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Author Archives: Jaime Lopez

U.S. Elections: Trump Talks to Veterans; Will Not Debate Sanders Standard

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By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. On Sunday, more than 500,000 motorcyclists rode into Washington, DC as the annual Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom” Rally over the Memorial Day weekend got under way with presidential candidate Republican New York billionaire Donald Trump as the keynote speaker at the Lincoln Memorial. First organized in 1988 with 3,000 bikers, the event draws attention to veteran’s issues, POWs and limiting America’s participation in future wars protecting counties like Iraq and Afghanistan that hate the…

Why Some Families Observe Memorial Day in Costa Rica Standard

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The United States today celebrates Memorial Day, and in Costa Rica the expat community often gathers to observe the men and women who gave their lives while serving in the dear Armed Forces of their country. Author’s Note: The use of the noun and adjective “American” in this Article conforms to the definition in Princeton’s WordNet: (A native or inhabitant of the United States), and the recommendation by the Associated Press Stylebook: (An acceptable description for a citizen of the United States). Natives and inhabitants of North, Central and South America are also Americans. The American Legion Post 16 in…

Costa Rica Sportsbook Named in NY Indictment Against Mafia Crew Standard

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Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson announced last Friday that six men from Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island have been variously charged in a 37-count indictment for running an illegal Internet gambling operation that took over $13 million in wagers on various professional and collegiate sporting events and wired payments to an off-shore location. District Attorney Thompson said, “These defendants are charged with running a lucrative gambling ring that took in millions of dollars in bets and stretched all the way to Costa Rica. We’ve now shut down this illegal enterprise that was controlled by organized crime and will fully prosecute…

Zika Virus Fears May Affect World Surfing Games in Costa Rica Standard

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Costa Rica is scheduled to defend her World Surfing Games championship later this year in Jaco Beach, but organizers are closely following news headlines related to the Zika virus situation in Rio de Janeiro and how it may affect the Olympics. As previously reported by The Costa Rica Star, Jaco Beach has been subject to an outbreak of the Zika virus: Costa Rica’s Ministry of [Public] Health confirmed on Monday that 11 individuals tested positive for the Zika virus in the central Pacific resort city of Jacó, Puntarenas, which had until now been unaffected by the virus. The patients include…

Beyond FATCA, Costa Rica Adopts “GATCA” Tax Reporting Measures Standard

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The unpopular Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) of the United States has set off a rash of similar legislation around the world, and Costa Rica has been eager to adopt these international asset reporting treaties, which many taxpayers consider overreaching and in violation of financial privacy. The Costa Rica Star has reported on FATCA numerous times, and in September 2014 we reported on “GATCA,” a nickname for the Global Standard for Automatic Exchange of Information sought by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), wherein the “G” stands for “global.” The idea of GATCA as envisioned by the…

Costa Rica 2 – Venezuela 1: A Rainy, Friendly Match` Standard

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The National Men’s Football Teams of Costa Rica and Venezuela played their final match before the Copa America Centenario at the Chinese-donated National Stadium in La Sabana Metropolitan Park. It was an exciting, though rain-soaked match for both national teams, and it was a considerable improvement over their previous friendly encounter in Venezuela, which was an ugly affair featuring alternative squads that played like they had barely practiced together. Costa Rica started off offensively but slightly disorganized. Veteran striker Alvaro Saborio looked for opportunistic goals early on, taking passes from Joel Campbell. Venezuela took advantage of a defensive weakness on…

US Tourist Drowns in Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast Standard

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A 52-year old man from the United States passed away in Las Playitas, a coastal community located in Quepos, in the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica.   According to a news report filed by Alexander Mendez of daily tabloid Diario Extra, Ajit R Abhyankar had been in Costa Rica about a week when he drowned in a strong rip current. The unfortunate incident took place on Thursday.   Mr. Abhyankar, who was born in India but became a naturalized citizen of the United States, was with friends and relatives at Las Playitas when he entered the ocean and was caught…

Air France Gives You a Bed and Pajamas When Flying to Costa Rica Standard

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French culture is known to be classy and stylish, and these are cultural aspects that certainly apply to travel. Air France, an airline that recently announced new flights to Costa Rica, is taking classy and stylish to a very high level with an actual sleeping suite and even fashionable pajamas that match the decor. As previously reported by The Costa Rica Star, Air France will begin flying to the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO), which serves San Jose, beginning on November 2nd, 2016. The flights will be operated by Boeing 777-300 with a capacity of 468 seats – 14 in…

Massive U.S. Raid Related to Costa Rica Sportsbook; 46 Arrests Standard

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Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Gurbir S. Grewal announced today the arrests of forty-six (46) individuals, the execution of forty-six (46) search warrants in three states (New Jersey, New York, and Florida), as well as the seizure of approximately $2,000,000 in U.S. currency. The arrests, search warrants, and seizures are the result of an investigation into a large-scale, multistate criminal enterprise that was engaged in illegal money laundering, gambling, and racketeering. The investigation was conducted by members of the New Jersey’s Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office – Special Investigations Squad, under the direction of Chief Carmen MARTINO. Following are the details of…

Costa Rica Lawmakers Reach Out to Pope Francis on Abortion Issue Standard

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A cadre of 19 legislators from eight political parties in Costa Rica have signed a request for Papal intervention against the potential legalization of abortion. The request was announced earlier this week during an ordinary session of the Legislative Assembly; of the eight parties that signed the petition, seven are well-established in Costa Rica, only Restauración Nacional (National Revitalization) is a newcomer. The petition is addressed to Pope Francis, and it features a preamble that alludes to the Vatican’s longstanding position against abortion. The legislators specifically call on Pope Francis to talk with President Luis Guillermo Solis and recommend opposition…

Herbalife Will Sponsor Costa Rica at the Rio Olympics Standard

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LOS ANGELES–(Business Wire)–Global nutrition company Herbalife announced today it will be the official sponsor of the Costa Rican, Israeli, Italian and Vietnam National Olympic Committees all traveling to the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympic Games. Herbalife will also support more than 50 athletes and 19 Paralympians from over 16 countries. These Olympic athletes will compete in sports including gymnastics, swimming, and track and field, representing some of the following countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Israel, India, Italy, Uruguay, UK and Vietnam. Herbalife’s full range of quality sports nutrition products is backed by science…

Critical Coke Shortage as Venezuela Runs Out of Sugar Standard

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Caracas, May 24 (EFE).– The Coca-Cola Company of Venezuela said in a communique that it has used up its inventories of refined sugar for industrial use, which has in turn forced the company to temporarily suspend all lines of soft drinks containing that ingredient, though they will continue to produce others. “The sugar shortage means a temporary interruption of lines of soft drinks that require that raw material, though we will continue to operate lines of production that are sugar-free, such as water and Coca-Cola Light,” the note from Coca-Cola of Venezuela said. The statement explained that “existing inventories of…

Ismael Calá Will Host Inspirational Retreat in Costa Rica Standard

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MIAMI, May 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Following the success of the inspirational trips organized by Ismael Cala, particularly the most recent one in India, others are now being created. The new destinations and projects retain the objective of the participants’ personal growth. Ismael Calá is a renowned journalist and news host of his eponymous show on the CNN Español network. In July, the event goes to Machu Picchu (Peru), the best place in the world to visit, according to TripAdvisor. In September of the same year, Cala will visit La Montaña Azul (Blue Mountain), in the wilds of Costa Rica….

Strong Business Interest at Costa Rica Expotur 2016 Standard

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LAS VEGAS, NV — (Marketwired) — 05/23/16 — Pure Hospitality Solutions, parent Company of the Central American-Caribbean online travel Agency (OTA) Oveedia, announced today, that the overall response from Expotur 2016 has proven to be overwhelmingly successful for the Company”s OTA, as nearly 100 hotels and tour providers have expressed interest in aligning with Oveedia; an effort to spur tourism in Costa Rica and the Central American-Caribbean region of Latin America (LATAM). “The response at Expotur 2016 was even better than we expected,” stated Melvin Pereira, President and CEO of Pure Hospitality Solutions. “With a team of delegates representing Oveedia…

Movistar Plans to Launch Digital Wallet in Costa Rica Standard

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HINGHAM, MA–(Marketwired – May 24, 2016) –  DigitalX Limited is pleased to announce that Telefónica Internacional S.A.U. (“Telefónica”) is the Company’s first strategic partner in Latin America following the successful integration of the DigitalX AirPocket App into Telefónica’s network. The mobile phone giant signed a marketing, distribution and sales agreement with DigitalX, which was announced to the market via the ASX on 17 February 2016, that will give Telefónica’s Latin American customers access to DigitalX’s unique value transfer and remittance application, AirPocket. Telefónica, which has nearly 232 million telecommunication access points in Latin America, is one of the largest telcos in the…

Executives of Promising Biotech Firm Will Visit Costa Rica Standard

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ / ACCESSWIRE / May 23, 2016 / BioNovelus executives President and CEO Jean Ekobo, and CFO, Mark Johnson, will be in Costa Rica the week of May 23, 2016 touring and evaluating five coffee farms participating in a Pilot Test that has revealed CR-10 to be an effective coffee leaf rust killer. Additionally, BioNovelus has signed a Letter of Intent with a prominent Costa Rican distribution company dedicated to the production and commercialization of agrochemicals, fertilizers, fungicides, seeds and spraying equipment. This company also has expressed an interest in becoming the exclusive importer, distributor and seller of BioNovelus products…

Costa Rica Signs International Agreement to Fight Illegal Fishing Standard

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FAO Media Release – 16 May 2016, Rome – Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing is about to become much more difficult thanks to the imminent entry into force of the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA), a ground-breaking international accord championed by FAO. Now that the required threshold has been reached, with 30 Members having formally deposited their instruments of adherence – including Costa Rica, the count down to the entry into force of the PSMA is underway and on 5 June 2016 the world’s first ever binding international accord specifically targeting IUU fishing will become international law. Collectively, the…

SiRacha, a Thai Cuisine Delicacy Produced in Costa Rica Standard

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ATLANTIC BEACH, FLORIDA • HEREDIA, COSTA RICA – “QUASI-THAI”… as in “Comparatively, outwardly, relatively… Thai!” As we manufacture in tropical Costa Rica, utilizing fresh, tropical ingredients sourced within similar latitudinally lush growing environments, we played on this comparison, and that the “Sí” of “SíRacha” is obviously also “Yes” in Spanish. *And the authentic name we utilize comes from the coastal Thai town – SiRacha, where it originated. Our new honey-sweetened, gluten-free, all-natural Thai-style Catsup is like a trip to Bangkok without the jet lag. Here’s a delicious tasting, rich and thick Catsup… our “Thai-take” on the ever-popular Sriracha (we mean “SíRacha)…

Costa Rica Volcano Forced Delta Flight to Land in Nicaragua Standard

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Passengers of Delta flight 325, which departed from Atlanta, were eager to land at the Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO) yesterday; alas, the most active volcano in Costa Rica forced the aircraftto land in Nicaragua instead. The ash column rising out of the Turrialba volcano, located in the Cartago province, has reached heights of 3,000 meters as the colossus releases geological energy. Meteorologists from the National Institute of Meteorology (Spanish initials: INM) issued a report that did not indicate the presence of ash on the SJO runway, and ground crews have not noticed any ash coating the surface instruments. Still,…

U.S. Elections: EgyptAir 804 Becomes a Campaign Talking Point Standard

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By Britt Nelson Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Just as soon as EgyptAir Flight 804 crashed into the Mediterranean Sea early Thursday presidential candidate Republican Donald Trump — without any real evidence — claimed the tragic incident to be “one-hundred percent terrorism.” He is probably right. Some 66 crew and passengers took off from Paris headed for Cairo and plummeted from 38,000 feet into the sea about 180 miles off the coast of Egypt never sending a distress signal. EgyptAir on Sunday released…

Google Chromebooks Could Soon Replace Android Tablets Standard

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Google has not enjoyed the success it hoped to get from its Chromebook line of portable computers powered by the browser-centric Chrome OS, but that could change very soon. In a move that could eat into the market share of Android tablets, Google announced that Chromebooks will soon offer extensive support for Android apps; in fact, the Google Play store will be fully compatible with Chrome OS. This move by Google will certainly prove attractive to users of Android tablets who have mostly shunned Chromebooks due to their limited software options and reliance on constant Internet connectivity. With Android apps,…

Manchester United Wins FA Cup Title After Dubious Season Standard

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London, May 21 (EFE; betting context by IDSca.com).– A remarkable goal by Jesse Lingard in the second half of extra time gave Manchester United a 2-1 victory here Saturday over Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final, the Red Devils’ record-tying 12th title in soccer’s oldest tournament. After a first half short on excitement at Wembley Stadium, Marouane Fellaini and Anthony Martial both fired shots early in the second that ricocheted off the woodwork as United, which dominated possession throughout, seemed to be closing in on the opening goal. But instead it was Palace that struck first in the 78th…

Former Porn Star Will Play EDM Set in Costa Rica Standard

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Electronic dance music artist Marina Ann Hantzis, better known as Sasha Grey, will perform in Costa Rica as part of her ongoing world tour, which has already stopped in Argentina, Chile and Peru. Ms. Hantzis has been involved in EDM since 2011, which was the year when she announced her retirement from the pornographic film industry. As Sasha Grey, she first gained notoriety in the United States talk show circuit, where she discussed her desire to enter the adult film world as soon as she was legally able to. To this effect, she started filming at the age of 18…

Negative Outlook for International Bank of Costa Rica Standard

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Fitch Ratings-New York-20 May 2016: Fitch Ratings has affirmed Banco Internacional de Costa Rica’s (BICSA) Long-Term Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at ‘BB+’ and its Viability Rating (VR) at ‘bb’ following a peer review of Panama’s midsized banks. Fitch also affirmed BICSA’s National Ratings in Panama. The Rating Outlook for the bank’s IDR and Long-Term National Rating remains Negative. A full list of rating actions follows at the end of this press release. KEY RATING DRIVERS – IDRS, VR, NATIONAL RATINGS AND SENIOR DEBT The IDRs, National and senior debt ratings assigned to BICSA reflect the support that, in Fitch’s opinion,…

JetBlue Suspends Flights to Costa Rica Due to Volcanic Ash Standard

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The following alert was recently posted on the flight operations webpage of U.S. budget airline JetBlue: Due to volcanic ash in the San Jose, Costa Rica area, we will waive change/cancel fees and difference in airfare for customers traveling on Friday, May 20, 2016 through Saturday, May 21, 2016 to/from the following airports: -San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO) Affected customers may rebook their flights for travel through Friday, May 27, 2016 prior to the departure time of their original flight. Original travel must have been booked on or before Friday, May 20, 2016. To rebook travel or request a refund online,…

Sales of Surgical Masks Soar in Costa Rica Due to Volcanic Ash Standard

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A series of powerful eruptions by the hyperactive Turrialba volcano have left the Central Valley of Costa Rica coated with ultra-fine ash, prompting savvy street merchants to offer surgical masks at busy pedestrian intersections in the capital city. Street sales of surgical masks have been brisk in San Jose ever since the Ministry of Public Health (Spanish initials: MSP) issued advisories with regard to how volcanic ash can affect people with certain respiratory conditions. The Costa Rica Star inquired about the price of these disposable surgical masks from two street vendors: one sold for 100 colones (less than $0.25) while…

Adorable Coyote Cubs Rescued in Costa Rica Standard

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Field officers from the Ministry of the Environment (Spanish initials: MINAE) rescued a pair of baby coyotes that were found separated from their mother and pack in Guacimo, a farming community in the Caribbean region of Limon. The two cubs were transported to the Zoo Ave Wildlife Rescue Center in La Garita, province of Alajuela. According to a news report filed by Alejandro Fonseca of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the little coyotes are both males born about 9 to 12 weeks ago. Wildlife expert Aleyda Mendez Fernandez of Zoo Ave spoke to Mr. Fonseca about the general health of the…

UN Expert Concerned About Elderly Population of Costa Rica Standard

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GENEVA  – The diversity of the needs of older persons is invisible in current policies related to ageing in Costa Rica despite the existence of good practices in the country, the United Nations Independent Expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte, said on 18 May. “Older persons are not a homogenous group,” the expert stressed at the end of her first official visit to the country. “I urge the authorities to develop and implement specific policies and programmes that take into account the needs of older persons belonging to indigenous peoples, persons of African…

IMF Deems Reduction of Dollarization “Important for Costa Rica” Standard

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IMF Media Release – On May 16, 2016, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation with Costa Rica. Costa Rica bounced back quickly from the 2008–09 global crisis, but growth, despite picking up in the last two years to 3.75 percent, has stayed below trend, while macro vulnerabilities, mainly from the weak fiscal position, have risen. Failure to reverse the counter-cyclical budgetary stimulus imparted in 2009, and a rising interest bill since then have pushed the deficit to about 6 percent of GDP in 2015–16. This has placed the public-debt-to-GDP ratio on an unsustainable…

Drone Films Nesting Sea Turtle in Guanacaste, Costa Rica (VIDEO) Standard

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Conservationists from the Leatherback Trust, an international non-profit conservation organization that protects leatherback turtles and other sea turtle species from extinction, recently released rare drone footage of a female olive ridley swimming away from a beach in Costa Rica. The nesting event was filmed in Las Baulas National Park, located in the Playa Grande sector of the Guanacaste province. Las Baulas is a protected nesting sanctuary for the large and endangered leatherback sea turtles, although the much smaller Pacific olive ridleys also enjoy nesting here. What makes the drone footage shared by the Leatherback Trust so rare is that it…

Major LinkedIn Data Breach Puts Members at Risk Standard

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LinkedIn, the largest business-oriented social platform and one of the most popular social networks in the world, is warning members about a major data breach and is forcing a massive reset of passwords as a security measure. An update posted to the LinkedIn corporate blog yesterday explained the situation: In 2012, LinkedIn was the victim of an unauthorized access and disclosure of some members’ passwords. At the time, our immediate response included a mandatory password reset for all accounts we believed were compromised as a result of the unauthorized disclosure. Additionally, we advised all members of LinkedIn to change their…

Countryside Spa Vacations in Costa Rica Standard

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ATENAS, COSTA RICA (PRWEB) MAY 18, 2016 – Located in the lushly verdant Costa Rican mountains, on the outskirts of the picturesque town of Atenas, The Retreat at Altos del Monte (theretreatcostarica.com) has completely refreshed their spa menu. The renewed list of options is a return to the property’s tropical nature, using fresh, organic and local ingredients, which creates a unifying harmony with The Retreat’s overall dining and wellness philosophy. Created by The Retreat’s proprietor, Diana Stobo and executed with their Spa Director, Laura Solera, the innovative “Farm to Spa” treatments feature organic and edible body work. Each behavior has been…

Alvaro Saborio Returns to Costa Rica National Football Team Standard

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D.C. United forward Álvaro Saborío has been named to Costa Rica’s roster for the Copa America Centenario, joining four other MLS players in the 23-man final selection. Saborío, 34, recently moved into a tie for fourth among active players with his 71st career MLS goal. He opened the scoring against the New York Red Bulls on Friday, May 13, in the 20th minute. The Costa Rican now leads the Black-and-Red with four goals. In FIFA tournaments, los Ticos are 27-14-9 when Saborío plays. He most recently suited up for Costa Rica in a World Cup Qualifier on March 29, a…

Four Seasons Now Offering Vacation Rentals in Costa Rica Standard

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May 12, 2016 – Toronto, Canada – In the world’s most sought-after beach destinations, secluded residential holidays combine the best of private vacation homes with Four Seasons legendary service. The world’s leading luxury hospitality company is now offering deluxe vacation rentals in more than 15 of the most sought-after destinations in the world. For those who seek a “best of both worlds” approach to travel, vacation rentals offer both the exclusivity of a private vacation home as well as the legendary service and amenities found in Four Seasons hotels and resorts. Four Seasons vacation rentals allow guests to settle in, spread out…

New Job Opening at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica Standard

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The U.S. Mission in San Jose is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Cashier. OPEN TO: All Interested Candidates POSITION: Cashier, FSN-8; FP-6* OPENING DATE: May 9, 2016 CLOSING DATE: May 26, 2016 WORK HOURS: Fulltime 40 hours/week SALARY: *Not-Ordinarily Resident (NOR): FP-6 US$39,558 annual (Starting salary) * Ordinarily Resident (OR): FSN-8 ¢751,119.00 monthly (Starting salary) *Final grade/step for NORs will be determined by Washington. NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications received, we will only contact applicants who are being considered. Thank you for your understanding. BASIC FUNCTION OF POSITION As the Class B Cashier,…

Tampa Bay and Costa Rica Trade Agreement Valued at $12.1 Million Standard

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Tampa Bay, Fla. (PRWEB) May 16, 2016 – Leaders of the Tampa Bay Export Alliance (TBEA), a cooperative effort of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and Pinellas County Economic Development, are sharing the outcomes of last month’s joint trade mission to San José, Costa Rica, which took place from April 12-15. “The trade mission to Costa Rica was one that allowed the Tampa Bay region to shine across sectors,” said Mike Meidel, Director of Pinellas County Economic Development. “We were encouraged to see companies in industries from pharmaceuticals and manufacturing to fuel management and authentic craft brewing joining us for…

Costa Rica Agronomist Gets Special Recognition by Fast Company Standard

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NEW YORK, May 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Fast Company today announced its annual ranking of the 100 Most Creative People in Business for 2016, honoring an influential and diverse group of leading thinkers around the globe. Each year, the magazine’s editors present an all-new list of 100 visionaries chosen according to a proprietary methodology (honorees can’t repeat, and anyone previously profiled in the print magazine is excluded). The 2016 honorees hail from a vast range of industries and locales, from tech and design to entertainment, media, government and nonprofit, health care, and food, and they span the world from India to Costa…

Cielo, a New Communications App Gaining Users in Costa Rica Standard

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COSTA RICA (PRWEB) MAY 16, 2016 – Itellum, a Costa Rica-based, privately owned and operated international telecommunications, Internet and technology company with a focus on US and Central American markets, announces that its Cielo unified communications application has surpassed 12,000 registered users in Costa Rica, making it the leading and fastest growing application of its kind in that country. Itellum, which is a locally-licensed internet and telephone operator that owns the Cielo application and infrastructure, has taken a unique approach by incorporating features not found in competing apps, such as secure voice capabilities, video calling, and a variety of international calling…

Detained Foreigners Fear Malaria in Costa Rica Standard

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A spray fumigation team from the Ministry of Public Health (Spanish initials: MSP) rushed to the Temporary Detention Center for Foreigners (Spanish acronym: CATECI) in San Jose after a Cuban detainee was diagnosed with malaria earlier this week. According to a news report filed by of daily tabloid Diario Extra, the Cuban woman diagnosed with malaria was taken to the CATECI, which is located in the populous suburbs of Hatillo, after being approached along with her husband by immigration police officers in Paso Canoas, the border crossing checkpoint between Costa Rica and Panama. The woman did not have legal status…

Football Club Presided by U.S. Expat is Costa Rica’s New Champion Standard

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Club Sport Herediano (CSH), a professional football club in the First Division of Costa Rica, obtained its 25th championship in its history, which dates back nearly 100 years. The final match of the summer tournament took place at the Eladio Rosabal Cordero Stadium in the city of Heredia. CSH routed Liga Deportiva Alajuelense (LDA) by 3 – 0 on Saturday night. CSH received the championship trophy from the National Football Union (Spanish acronym: UNAFUT) in a conference room at the stadium instead of celebrating with fans on the pitch. UNAFUT had already determined that the trophy ceremony would be conducted…