Daily Archives: May 22, 2017

Banks prepare for loan currency changes

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff In the last two weeks, the exchange rate has increased in 12 colons, leaving the devaluation rate of the first quarter of 2017 hovering at 4 percent, according to data from Banco Central. The … Continue reading

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Expat authors are diverse in writings

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff An expat retirement expert has updated her book on retirement here to warn retirees about too much free time. Says the expert, Helen Dunn Frame, of her book: “The biggest change was to do … Continue reading

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Turkey’s Erdogan extends the state of emergency

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has formally extended the state of emergency declared after a failed 2016 military coup, saying the decree will remain in place until the country finds welfare and peace. Erdogan spoke … Continue reading

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Largest Muslim group’s head calls for a secular Indonesia

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Weeks after Jakarta elected a governor whose campaign called for Islam to dominate politics and society, the leader of Indonesia’s, and the world’s, largest Islamic organization has appealed for strengthening secular values. The remarkable request … Continue reading

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WHO optimistic on trapping Ebola outbreak in Congo

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The World Health Organization’s regional chief for Africa reports prospects for rapidly controlling the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo are good. While not underestimating the difficulties that lie … Continue reading

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Aborigenes win long battle for return of tribal lands

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff After a 30-year battle, indigenous groups on Australia’s Cape York Peninsula are celebrating the return of more than 160,000 hectares of tribal land. It has been handed back to three aboriginal clans by the Queensland … Continue reading

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Pentagon scientists show new technology of defense

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Robot teammates and snake arms that can find a crack .005 millimeter long were just two of the U.S. military’s latest technological innovations on display at the Pentagon this week. The Defense Laboratory Enterprise showcased … Continue reading

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Saturday’s protests mark 50th day against Maduro

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Tens of thousands of people marched Saturday in the Venezuelan capital and elsewhere in the restive country, facing police tear gas as they protested against the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro. Saturday’s protests … Continue reading

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Brazil’s president rejects calls for him to resign

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff Brazil’s President Michel Temer insisted he will not resign despite a corruption scandal that appears to implicate him through a recorded conversation. In a speech to the nation Saturday, Temer said Brazil will not be … Continue reading

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Even without showing any symptoms, Chagas doubles risk of death

By the A.M Costa Rica staff Chagas disease, affecting millions of people in Central and South America, is classified as one of the 17 most important neglected diseases by the World Health Organization. Now, researchers have found that even the non-symptomatic … Continue reading

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Costa Rican cocoa seeds being brought to the gourmet shops of Paris

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The cocoa seeds of a small cooperative hit the French market for the development of gourmet chocolates, which are produced by the Paris-based company Ara Chocolat. This is possible thanks to a partnership between … Continue reading

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Garabito to receive road repair funds

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The municipal development institute intends to finance about $1.75 million toward the municipality of Garabito so it can improve its road infrastructure. The investment includes material, machinery and the training of officials for road … Continue reading

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Platina expected to open this Thursday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff This coming Thursday, the Alfredo González Flores bridge over the Río Virilla will finally be opened after five months of construction and commuter headaches. The bridge is probably more popularly known by its nickname: … Continue reading

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Prison report offers gloomy findings

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff “If Costa Rica wants to overcome the deficient conditions found in places of detention, it must bet on obtaining, budgeting and executing necessary resources that allow the construction or arrangement of basic minimum infrastructure.” … Continue reading

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Legislators approve the Convention on Cybercrime

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff The Costa Rican legislature gave the second approval towards ratifying the Budapest Convention, according to a statement made by the science and technology ministry Friday afternoon. The Budapest Convention, also known as the Convention on … Continue reading

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Activist group offers to patrol Costa Rican waters

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff An environmentalist group is offering its help to park rangers on Isla del Coco in Costa Rica since one of its patrol boats arrived into territorial waters Saturday. Sea Shepherd is a controversial marine … Continue reading

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BREAKING: U.S. citizen dies in auto accident

By the A.M Costa Rica staff A 70-year old U.S. citizen died Saturday afternoon along the Caldera highway after colliding with a truck. The man was confirmed dead Monday morning by agents of the Judicial Investigating Organization. His wife has … Continue reading

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