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  • Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:29:52 +0000: Costa Rica Attracts a Million Sea Turtles for Nesting - Costa Rica Star News

    The coastal community of Playa Ostional, located in the Guanacaste province, is home to one of the most magical beaches in the Gold Coast of Costa Rica. There is something about the sand on this beach that is attracting more and more sea turtles to massively arrive during nesting season. Although climate change is affecting sea turtle arrivals in other parts of Costa Rica, this is clearly not the case in Playa Ostional, where nature conservation activists estimate that a million sea turtles will nest here this month. September and October are typically among the busiest months of the nesting...

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  • Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:36:26 +0000: Bike Cops Spring to Action in San Jose, Costa Rica - Costa Rica Star News

    Fuerza Pública officers assigned to bicycle patrol in Costa Rica’s capital city are able to quickly respond to calls that require them to negotiate urban obstacles such as narrow streets, pedestrian areas, alleyways, and traffic jams. When it comes to dealing with suspects, these officers operate in pairs and are trained to swiftly dismount and initiate a short pursuit on foot before executing takedowns and detentions. Such actions were recently performed by officers in downtown San Jose.   Officers assigned to the Cathedral District around 6th Avenue and 9th Street, also known as Chinatown, witnessed the mugging of a female...

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  • Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:29:10 +0000: For Sale in Costa Rica: A Cloud Forest Reserve (VIDEO) - Costa Rica Star News

    In this video by U.S. journalist and videographer Elizabeth Donatelli, she visits the vast Chirripó National Forest of Costa Rica and somehow manages to hike up a cloud forest reserve in her sandals. Then she turns into real estate agent and tries to sell you the amazing Cloudbridge Nature Reserve. For $899,000, it is a bargain; however, absent landowners need not apply: A contractual ownership clause directs the purchaser to respect the primary forest reserve zoning and engage in the rewarding business of reforestation. This isn’t bad at all if you consider that the government of Costa Rica will actually...

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  • Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:21:01 +0000: Free and Open Source Electronic Signature in Costa Rica - Costa Rica Star News

    Although electronic signatures in Costa Rica have enjoyed legislative approval since 2005 by virtue of Law 8454, implementation and widespread adoption has been slow. Electronic signatures are one tool to reduce paper use, promote paperless practices and cut through stifling bureaucracy, but the development of compliant solutions has been mostly reserved to the private sector, until now. Thanks to a recent initiative by the Information Technology Center of the University of Costa Rica, legal documents can now be signed by means of an open source software method that works with LibreOffice, a free and open source productivity suite.   The...

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  • Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:58:38 +0000: Baby Sloth Delivered Via C-Section in Costa Rica - Costa Rica Star News

    Days before wildlife organizations around the world celebrated International Sloth Day, the Sloth Institute Costa Rica (SICR) reported on the rescue of a pregnant female sloth that fell from a tree and eventually required a surgical intervention to help her deliver an adorable baby. Here is the story as written by SICR Manager and primate conservationist Sam Trull, who has been interviewed by BBC One and the Huffington Post:   A week ago we received an adult female three toed sloth at the KSTR wildlife rescue clinic. The sloth was brought by a young man who worked for a local...

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The Americas (Washington Post)

  • Tue, 21 Oct 2014 07:30:00 +0000: Brazil presidential candidates look back to the future - The Americas News: News and Headlines from Canada, South America & More - The Washington Post

    ALÉM PARAÍBA, Brazil — Just 35 students attend the simple municipal elementary school in Beira Rio, a poor, rural community hidden in the dust and trees beside a highway in Além Paraíba in the far south of Minas Gerais state. But even here the electoral battle for president has polarized adults, just as it has split Brazil between the red of President Dilma Rousseff’s left-wing Workers Party and the blue of challenger Aécio Neves’s center-right Brazilian Social Democracy Party.

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  • Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:30:00 +0000: The new snack craze on Mexico’s streets starts with Doritos, and goes from there - The Americas News: News and Headlines from Canada, South America & More - The Washington Post

    MEXICO CITY — The streets of metropolitan Mexico City (population 20 million) are many things, not all of them pleasant.

    They are crowded, yes. Malodorous, at times. Dirty, sure. They are also one of the world’s great incubators of snack-food experimentation, where street vendors slather mayo and cheese on grilled corncobs, and carve mangoes into flowering fruit bouquets.

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  • Thu, 16 Oct 2014 00:26:00 +0000: In Mexico, a grim truth just below the surface - The Americas News: News and Headlines from Canada, South America & More - The Washington Post

    MEXICO CITY — Really, it should not have come as a surprise that the 28 bodies found in mass graves outside the town of Iguala do not correspond to those of any of the 43 student protestors who went missing there three weeks ago.

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  • Mon, 06 Oct 2014 20:27:00 +0000: Mexico finds mass graves with 28 bodies where students went missing - The Americas News: News and Headlines from Canada, South America & More - The Washington Post

    Massacres and mass graves are rarely a surprise in Mexico anymore. The nation’s drug gangs have periodically used them as a public intimidation tactic or to one-up their rivals with escalating displays of large-scale savagery.

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  • Mon, 06 Oct 2014 14:21:00 +0000: Evo Morales, Bolivia’s powerful incumbent, plays politics at high altitude - The Americas News: News and Headlines from Canada, South America & More - The Washington Post

    LA PAZ, Bolivia — There was a time when Evo Morales so alienated his opponents that Bolivia nearly broke in two.

    But those were the days of the old Evo. On Sunday, when Bolivians vote for president, Morales is expected to breeze to a third term behind a broad coalition of longtime supporters and one-time enemies. The latest polls show him trouncing a scattered field of opponents by a margin of 40 points or more.

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