Daily Archives: May 17, 2017

Residency-based tax still on expat wishlist

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Approving a same-country exception would be good, repealing FATCA altogether would be better, but the best choice would be adopting residency-based taxation. That was the testimony submitted by an expat advocacy organization to a … Continue reading

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San Andrés road section to be fixed

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Poor quality of materials and a water problem coupled to make a section of road near San Andrés de León Cortés quite a slippery slope. According to the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, … Continue reading

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Annual vaccinations beginning June

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Next month, the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social will start its annual immunization campaign against the seasonal influenza. This year, the Caja will apply at least 1.3 million doses. That’s 100,000 more doses than … Continue reading

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Trump’s global gag rule effects world health funding

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The Trump administration says it will expand a rule that pulls funding from public health agencies who provide or even discuss abortions. The global gag rule, which Trump reinstated via executive order earlier in his … Continue reading

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U.S. military begins tapping into new technology startups

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Capella Space may look like just another Silicon Valley technology startup, with people coding at their desk. But just a year old, Capella has a unique customer: the U.S. military. “We like to work with … Continue reading

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Indian court rules in favor of child wanting abortion

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff A pregnant 10-year-old girl in northern India will be allowed to have a late-term abortion, a local court announced Tuesday. The girl, who is about five months pregnant and reports being raped repeatedly by her … Continue reading

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Afghanistan poppy harvest exploding heroin to world

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The world’s number one opium-producing country, Afghanistan, is braced for an exploding poppy harvest this year, as farmers are cultivating the illicit crop in areas where it has never grown before. “Unfortunately, the narcotics production … Continue reading

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White House denies reports of request to end probe

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The White House was in crisis mode yet again Tuesday after reports emerged claiming that President Donald Trump asked former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey to shut down an investigation into Trump’s ousted … Continue reading

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An uninhabited island has the worst plastic pollution

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The beaches on a remote, uninhabited island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean have the highest amount of plastic debris in the world. Researchers from the University of Tasmania say Henderson Island, which is … Continue reading

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Tropical forests in Central America threatened by narcos, study says

By the A.M Costa Rica staff Central American tropical forests are beginning to disappear at an alarming rate, threatening the livelihood of indigenous peoples there and endangering some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in North America. The culprit? Cocaine. The … Continue reading

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Virus cuchara destroying tomato crop as scientists look for solutions

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Scientists from the Universidad de Costa Rica are fighting against the spread of the spoon virus, the local name given to a disease that is attacking tomato plantations since 2012. The virus is known … Continue reading

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IMF report cautiously lukewarm review

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The latest report gathered from the International Monetary Fund gave some cautiously average and lukewarm reviews of the state of financing and economy within Costa Rica. Among the group’s findings summarized in 19 points, … Continue reading

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Platina is in the final construction phase

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff After numerous delays and heavy traffic backup, the Alfredo Gozález Flores bridge over the Río Virilla is in the final phase of construction, according to engineers. The bridge, commonly known as the platina, will … Continue reading

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USDA inspecting four local meat plants

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture is auditing four establishments here in Costa Rica. According to the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal, the audit on the establishments is … Continue reading

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Overstaying 90-day visa means a fine of $0 so far

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff As of today, tourists who stay in the country for more than 90 days have to pay a fine of $0, since the last two governments have not yet implemented a system to collect the … Continue reading

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Legislators respond while LGBTI group plans fight

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The Frente por los Derechos Igualitarios, an organization that fights for the rights of the sexually diverse people, will accuse the president of the Legislative Assembly before the constitutional court for allegedly violating the … Continue reading

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