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Microsoft says it will increase job slots here

Microsoft Corp. says it is adding 280 employees here for customer service and inside sales. The new staffers will handle contacts with Central America, Ecuador, Perú and the Caribbean, the company said. Casa Presidencial welcomed the announcement. The new jobs … Continue reading

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Find those plants to hold the slope

Take a look at that hillside, that slope, that beautiful building lot? Can you say, “Oops”? “Oops” is what you often get in the rainy season, unless, of course, your land is beautifully flat or only at a 10-degree slope. … Continue reading

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Minibus mishap injures 18, three critically, near Manuel Antonio park

A minibus carrying more than 30 people ran off Ruta 618 near Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio Sunday morning. The accident occurred near the Hotel Costa Verde. Workers at the hotel said that the crash happened around 9:30 a.m. The bus … Continue reading

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Sanatorio Durán in Cartago stands empty as a remote historic site

By Conor Golden of the A.M. Costa Rica staff It is the stillness, the quiet and the loneliness that could first strike a visitor to Sanatorio Durán. Nestled in the highlands overlooking Cartago, the former sanitarium for tuberculosis patients has … Continue reading

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Drug dealers are expanding their inventory

The security ministry confirmed Friday morning the first case of a proven sale of ketamine in Costa Rica. Although police have confiscated the drug before at the border and in other operations, this case represents the first instance of an … Continue reading

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Playa Langosta-Tamarindo road job at last

Tamarindo will have a new hard surface road to Playa Langosta. The current single-kilometer stretch is punctuated with many potholes. The Concejo Municipal de Santa Cruz made the decision and agreed to spend 98 million colons for the job. The … Continue reading

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Surprise: Motor fuel prices will be going down

The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos has approved a decrease in the prices of fuels in response to the excess of petroleum on the international market and a drop in the world price. The super blend of gasoline will … Continue reading

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Heat and lack of oxygen blamed for dead fish

The government’s animal health service is blaming high water temperatures and a lack of oxygen for the death of millions of sardines. But the report released Friday does not disclose any root cause. The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal was … Continue reading

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Call center growth small in comparison

Costa Rica has shown enormous growth in contact center or call center employment, but the country still is small potatoes in Latin America. A summary provided by Aspect Software, Inc., said that Costa Rica now has 28 contact centers and … Continue reading

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Law makes providers responsible for denying inmate cell phone use

Costa Rica prison officials have been spectacularly unsuccessful in preventing inmates from using illegal cell telephones, so now lawmakers are asking the provider companies to figure out a way. Contact between visitors and inmates is not restricted in most cases … Continue reading

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Costa Rica’s American football league season opener this Saturday

The new Asociación de Equipos de Football Americano will open the 2017 1st Division National Championship calendar this Saturday with two games playing at Estadio Municipal de Flores, San Joaquín, Flores, Heredia. At 2 p.m., the Cartago Leones F.C. meet … Continue reading

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Expat advocacy group sees opportunity for tax relief with Trump

Expats rank pretty low on the priority list of the Trump administration tax experts, but overseas advocacy groups say the time is perfect for fundamental changes. The Association of Americans Abroad said that its Washington representatives have been meeting with … Continue reading

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Transport officials trying to drive commuters to public transportation

Transport officials are unhappy that restrictions on the Río Virilla bridge on the General Cañas autopista have not caused commuters to surrender their vehicles. But they may act soon to drive more and more persons to public transportation. Carlos Villalta … Continue reading

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Obamacare benefits employees, too

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: I would like to comment on the following statement contained in your news article on Page 5  of Thursday’s edition. “About half of Americans get their health insurance through their employer and often would not be … Continue reading

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Weekend events emphasize being outside

Another weekend of music, theater, and dance has a lot of performances that seeks to take the arts to the streets and the public. As Costa Rica moves into the summer season, a lot of performing arts groups and organizations … Continue reading

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Costa Rica wants to join war on plastic waste

Costa Rica intends to take aggressive measures, in congruence with the United Nations Environment Programme, to aid in the global elimination of plastic dumping into the oceans. Ten countries, including Costa Rica, are joining the “#cleanseas” effort by the Environment … Continue reading

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U.S. interest rate hike will impact Costa Rica

U.S. Federal Reserve governors believe that an interest rate hike may come fairly soon, according to notes from the most recent meeting of top officials of the central bank. A rate increase would have multiple impacts on Costa Rica. The … Continue reading

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Worker dies after utility pole falls down

A 33-year-old Cable Vision worker died Wednesday when the utility pole on which he was working fell. Grupo ICE, which operates the cable sevice, identified the man as Luis Diego Alfaro Morales of Vásquez de Coronado. The accident happened while … Continue reading

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