Daily Archives: May 10, 2017

Banks continue giving minimum passive rates

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Some public and private banks continue to apply what is called the “minimum passive rate” in loans granted in both colons and dollars, even though this practice has been declared as abusive in the … Continue reading

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Wave power being explored in project

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff With the aim of expanding renewable energy alternatives, student engineers at the Tecnológico de Costa Rica seek to harness the power of ocean waves using what is called an olamotor system. The project, entitled … Continue reading

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Border police seize pharmaceuticals

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Another large stash of pharmaceutical and prescription drugs was discovered by border police at the crossing in Peñas Blancas Tuesday. According to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, officers of the border … Continue reading

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U.S. prepares to arm Kurdish forces in Syria

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff President Donald Trump has authorized the Pentagon to equip the Kurdish elements of the Syrian Democratic Forces, a move that places the United States at odds with North Atlantic Treaty Organization ally Turkey. Chief Pentagon … Continue reading

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U.N. Refugee agency says 245 migrants believed dead

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The U.N. Refugee Agency says up to 245 migrants are missing and feared dead following shipwrecks in the Mediterranean over weekend. UNHCR said its partner agency the International Medical Corps reported a shipwreck Sunday off … Continue reading

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Drug-resistant tuberculosis is increasing, CDC says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis is an increasing threat, according to investigators with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a study that focused on Russia, India, South Africa and the Philippines, four countries with a … Continue reading

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FCC website receives overflow of comments

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The website for the Federal Communications Commission has come under attack. Initially, the problems were believed to have been caused by comedian John Oliver, who on Sunday urged his viewers to leave comments on the … Continue reading

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FBI Director James Comey fired by President Trump

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, has been fired. President Donald Trump, in a blunt letter to Comey Tuesday, told him: “You are hereby terminated and removed from office, effective … Continue reading

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México receives second rank in new armed conflict report

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Just 10 armed conflicts account for 80 percent of fatalities across the world, according to a new report released Tuesday. In its Armed Conflict Survey 2017, the International Institute for Strategic Studies says civilians caught … Continue reading

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Explosion in Mexican house kills 11 children, three others

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff An explosion in a house where fireworks were stored killed 14 people and injured more than 20 in central México’s Puebla state, authorities said Tuesday. Eleven of those killed were children.Pictures from the scene showed … Continue reading

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Large deforestation most pronounced in South America, study says

By the A.M Costa Rica staff Larger patches of tropical forest are being lost worldwide as governments and corporations clear more land to make way for industrial-scale agriculture, a Duke University study shows. The newly published analysis reveals that clearings for … Continue reading

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Art City Tour promises museums, galleries, history and design

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Museums, art galleries, design shops and historical buildings are all going to be woven together beginning today for the third edition of the Art City Tour in San José. Some of the neighborhoods participants … Continue reading

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Six selected to represent Costa Rica in surfing’s World Cup at France

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Six athletes will represent Costa Rica in the upcoming World Cup for member-nations of the International Surfing Association. The competition will be held May 20 through to May 28, according to an announcement by … Continue reading

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Recharging station opens in Alajuela

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Another recharging center for electric-powered vehicles opened in Alajuela Tuesday morning by the Costa Rican electricity institute. This is part of the wider national initiative to have Costa Rica achieve complete carbon neutrality by … Continue reading

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Hospital in desperate need of blood

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The blood bank of Hospital México issued an urgent call Tuesday for more donors to step forward to prevent a potential disaster. According to Jacqueline Duque, the head of the Banco de Sangre, the … Continue reading

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Herbicide halt gaining some ground

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Environmentalists across Costa Rica are quietly but steadily seeking to halt the use of pesticides and herbicides in public spaces with the help of local governments. Ecologists are pushing municipalities to forbid the purchase … Continue reading

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Ambitious internet access program set to begin

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The Superintendencia General de Telecomunicaciones announced Tuesday morning one of its most ambitious projects yet: to provide free wireless internet in all public spaces across the country in the next five years. To achieve … Continue reading

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Costa Rica informs citizens in U.S. of legal rights

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff With recent immigration policies being enacted by the U.S. government in recent months, the Costa Rican foreign ministry said there has been no increase in the number of deportations of Costa Ricans. According to … Continue reading

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