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Pixabay Commons Improve Your Lighting to Increase Your Productivity

Pixabay Commons By Carolina Ruiz Vega Visual fatigue, exhaustion, stress, and headaches… Improper lighting can make you feel sick; the right lighting, on the other hand, can benefit your performance, your health, and even your mood. Illumination conditions are known to influence people’s moods and productivity. Several studies have shown this relationship; research by Cornell Universi...

BICSA in Panama. Wikimedia Commons Ratings Affirmed for International Bank of Costa Rica

BICSA in Panama. Wikimedia Commons NEW YORK & SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Fitch Ratings has affirmed Banco Internacional de Costa Rica's (BICSA) 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-T...

New Bennigan's look. Wikimedia Commons Bennigan’s Restaurant Brand Travels to Costa Rica

New Bennigan's look. Wikimedia Commons SAN SALVADOR, EL SALVADOR (May 20, 2015) – Bennigan’s has long been one of the most popular American restaurant brands across the globe. Its focus on chef-driven food, innovative drinks and friendly Irish hospitality has helped it stand apart from other concepts that have come and gone over the years. Today, Legendary Restaurant Brands, owner of the ic...

Wikimedia Commons Five Major Banks Involved in Global Criminal Conspiracy

Washington, May 20 (EFE).- The U.S. government said Wednesday that five of the world's largest banks have agreed to pay a combined total of nearly $3 billion in criminal fines and penalties for rigging currency rates. Those global financial institutions "for years participated in a brazen display of collusion and foreign exchange rate market manipulation and will as a result pay a total of near...

Traffic Air Bag Issue May Affect Cars Imported from U.S. to Costa Rica

Washington, May 19 (EFE).- Japanese auto parts maker Takata agreed to recall more than 33 million vehicles in the United States, acknowledging that the air bags it installed in them are defective and could cause serious injury to motorists. The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday at a Washington press conference that Takata has a...

Wikimedia Commons Organic Baby Food Coming to Costa Rica

Wikimedia Commons Bogota, May 6 (EFE).- Colombia's first organic puree brand, which boasts chemical- and preservative-free ingredients and environmentally friendly packaging, is looking to compete in Latin America's baby-food market, having already begun expanding to the neighboring countries of Ecuador and Panama. Baby Faves Organics has been sold since last year by Colombia-based Odaco Gr...

EFE/File Increased Remittances From the U.S. to Central America

Washington, May 12 (EFE).- The volume of remittances received in Latin America last year topped the previous high of $65 billion reached in 2008, the Inter-American Development Bank said Tuesday, crediting the increase to an improving U.S. economy. Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2014 totaled $65.38 billion, according to figures compiled by the IDB. The economic crisis cont...

AOL You’ve Got Mail! Verizon Pays $4 Billion for AOL

AOL New York, May 12 (EFE).- Telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc. said Tuesday it was acquiring digital content provider AOL Inc. for $4.4 billion. Verizon is paying $50 per share for AOL, a premium of 17.4 percent over the stock's closing price of $42.59 on Monday. "Verizon's vision is to provide customers with a premium digital experience based on a global multiscreen network plat...

DHL DHL University Will Return to Costa Rica This Year

MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, announces it is teaming up with industry experts for the eighth consecutive year on its DHL University program. The program, which included the participation of more than 310 customers in 2014, is designed to engage logistics professionals in academic discussions and provide industry...

Praxair Praxair Costa Rica Receives Social Responsibility Award

Praxair DANBURY, Conn. & MEXICO CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE) -- Praxair Mexico and Praxair Costa Rica, subsidiaries of Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX), were each recognized as a socially responsible business by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (CEMEFI) and the Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility (AliaRSE). Praxair received the awards at the eighth annual Summit of Socially Responsible Compan...

Boston Scientific Device Boston Scientific Facility in Costa Rica Earns Award

COYOL, Costa Rica (May 6, 2015) – For the second year in a row, Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) has received a Shingo award from the prestigious Shingo Institute, part of the Jon R. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University.  The company’s facility located at Coyol, in the Alajuela province of  Costa Rica, has earned the Shingo Bronze Medallion for successfully delivering on s...

Scotiabank Scotiabank is a Great Place to Work in Costa Rica

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - May 05, 2015) - Scotiabank has been recognized as one of Canada's Top Employers for Young People by Mediacorp Canada Inc. Previously, the Great Place to Work® Institute also recognized Scotiabank as a great workplace in Costa Rica. "We are honoured to be recognized as one of the country's Top Employers for Young People," said Barbara Mason, Scotiabank's Chief Human R...

Flickr Commons Fascinating: Neuroscience Leads to Cheaper Advertising

Flickr Commons Sao Paulo, May 4 (EFE).- The use of concepts and experiences from neuroscience is one tool that "optimizes" advertising campaigns resulting in reduced costs and production time, Spanish expert Manuel Garcia said Monday. "Our brains determine our behavior, so the science of the brain helps explain all human behaviors," Garcia, the director of Neuroscience for Nielsen in the Un...

Source: Verbal.ink Why Machine Translation is Not Good For Business in Costa Rica

Source: Verbal.ink In early 2015, Google released a significant upgrade of its Translate application. No longer content to offer translations of written text, the upgraded app now includes a visual translator and an audio translation function. Machine translation, particularly in the English – Spanish and Spanish – English language pairs, is often utilized by business owners in Costa Rica, ...

Wikimedia Commons Costa Rica and Jamaica Agree to Increase Trade and Commerce

Wikimedia Commons JAMPRO/Go-Jamaica -- Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce, the Honourable G. Anthony Hylton and Costa Rica’s Minister of Foreign Trade, Alexander Mora signed an agreement last week in Costa Rica to cement a trading partnership between both nations. The Jamaican and Costa Rican governments seek to take advantage of the countries’ close locations, improve their exis...

Source: Tigo CR Denied: Merger Between Tigo and Telecable in Costa Rica

STOCKHOLM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Millicom (NASDAQ:MICC) (STO:MIC), today issued the following statement regarding the status of its proposed merger with Telecable Costa Rica which was announced in December 2014. Millicom, trading as Tigo in Costa Rica, has confirmed that its petition to merge with TeleCable Económico TVE, S.A has not been sanctioned by regulators Superintendencia de Telecomunicacion...

Source: Flickr Commons Costa Rica, the OECD and FATCA: What You Should Know

Source: Flickr CC Now that Costa Rica has been formally invited to go through the process of becoming a candidate nation worthy of joining the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), financial advisors and legal professionals are starting to ponder how their clients will be impacted by this new chapter in our country's fiscal history. For Costa Rica, membership in the ...

ForceField Legal Action Against US Firm of CEO Who Lived in Costa Rica

RADNOR, Pa., April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The law firm of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, LLP announces that a shareholder class action has been filed against ForceField Energy, Inc. (Nasdaq: FNRG) ("ForceField" or the "Company") on behalf of purchasers of the Company's common stock between September 16, 2013 and April 15, 2015, inclusive (the "Class Period"). For additional information ab...

Cafe Costa Rica Italian Coffee Giant Acquires Major Roaster in Costa Rica

Massimo Zanetti Beverage Group (MZB Group), one of the main Groups in the global coffee market, thanks to international labels such as Segafredo Zanetti, Chock full o'Nuts, Kauai, Hill Bros (USA), and Meira (Finland), announced today its acquisition in Costa Rica of an entire business division from CECA S.A, a subsidiary of the German Neumann Kaffee Gruppe. Starting in April, MZB will take cont...

Source: Wikimedia Commons A Weight Loss Industry Flourishes in Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons It is not a secret that people in Costa Rica (colloquially known as Ticos) are gaining weight at a gradual and steady pace, which is due in great part to the adoption of sedentary habits, the increase of car culture and the proliferation of fast-food outlets. To this effect, a veritable industry centered on weight loss and fitness is beginning to emerge, and some busi...

Source: The ANDYs Costa Rica Hosted International Advertising Industry Awards Event

Source: The ANDYs NEW YORK, April 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2015 International ANDY Awards have announced this year's winners in recognition of their creativity and bravery. The ANDY Awards gives its most prestigious honor, The GRANDY, to the agency that defines what it takes to be a bold leader without limitations. This year's GRANDY has been awarded to Marcel for the Inglorious Fruits and...

Medical-dental care in Costa Rica Dental Clinic in Costa Rica Earns Important Accreditation

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - April 23, 2015) - More than 50 facilities have demonstrated their commitment to patient safety by gaining accreditation from the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF). AAAASF is celebrating its 35th year of promoting the highest quality patient safety in the ambulatory (office-based or outpatient) surgery setting. AAAASF req...

Source: Wikimedia Commons US Stock Fraud Suspect Arrested on His Way to Costa Rica

Source: Wikimedia Commons (US Justice Dept. Press Release) – Richard St. Julien, the Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of ForceField Energy Inc. (ForceField), a publicly traded company whose common stock was listed on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol FNRG, was arrested late Friday evening on charges of securities fraud conspiracy. The arrest occurred as St. Julien was preparing to...

Source: SWAmedia.com Invasion of the Low-Cost Airlines in Costa Rica

Source: SWAmedia.com The two major international airports in Costa Rica are seeing a greater influx of passengers who arrive and depart aboard low-cost airlines. According to a report filed by Oscar Rodriguez of national newspaper La Nacion, 13 percent of the 4.4 million passengers at the Juan Santamaria and Daniel Oduber Quiros international airports flew aboard budget air carriers. Data c...

Growing Marijuana in Costa Rica Medical Marijuana: $9 Million Potential Revenue for Costa Rica

The medical use of marijuana by the public healthcare system of Costa Rica, known as La Caja, could generate $9 million in revenue, a figure that would be equivalent to 0.2 percent of the nation's gross domestic product (GDP). Such is a legislative proposal that was presented last year by lawmaker Marvin Atencio, who represents the ruling Citizens' Action political party (Spanish initials: PAC). ...

Source: OneSeed Vegetable Gardening Startup Inspired by Trip to Costa Rica

Source: OneSeed Newswise — Stella Liu wanted to solve a problem. She knew that her peers were passionate about local organic food and curious about growing their own fruits and vegetables. But many of them had no gardening experience, lived in apartments or were intimidated by massive home improvement stores, with their endless options for soil, fertilizer and tools. That’s where OneSeed co...

inflation The Looming Economic Crisis in Latin America

By Alfonso Fernandez. Washington, Apr 15 (EFE).- The World Bank said Wednesday that the economic slowdown in Latin America could become "permanent" if structural reforms are not made to adapt the growth model to an international scenario in which China will also slow down economically and the prices of raw materials will remain at low levels. "In the absence of growth-friendly structural ref...

Source: OVSICORI Farms Near the Turrialba Volcano Receive Private Investments

Source: OVSICORI PRLog - April 2, 2015 - SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – A few weeks ago, specifically during the 12 and 13 March 2015 weekend, the Turrialba Volcano in Costa Rica showed significant activity, putting on alert not only the people in surrounding towns but even people in cities as far as Heredia and San José due to high concentration of volcanic ashes flowing far and wide. What worries pe...

Wikimedia Commons Video Streaming Firm Chooses Costa Rica Imagery

Wikimedia Commons SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - April 13, 2015) - Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT), the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, today announced the launch of its Harmonic Video Network (HVN), an OTT video streaming service available at www.hvn.tv. Designed to provide video engineers with a valuable source of information related to video delivery infrastructure, the HVN-1 chann...

Wikimedia Commons Ecolab in Costa Rica Kicks Off Water Conservation Program

ST. PAUL, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services, has launched its Clean and Conserve Education Program to educate students about the importance of water conservation and hygiene. Developed in partnership with the Project WET Foundation, a nonprofit water resources education organization, the interactive curriculum is expected ...

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