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  • Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:00:01 +0000: Made in Costa Rica: An Alternative to Apple Music - Costa Rica Star News

    Lovingly made in Costa Rica and in the loveable English city of Newcastle upon Tyne, Leaf.fm is a new music streaming service that aims to enter a market already crowded by the likes of Pandora, Spotify, Tidal, and the new Apple Music. According to the Leaf.fm developers: Leaf.fm is the first music service crafted for the post-millennial generation.   Leaf.fm provides a new generation of fans with a simple, personalized and handcrafted music experience. Using tech built on top of YouTube and social content, we empower artists and music creators to regain direct control of their fanbase to promote and...

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  • Sat, 04 Jul 2015 13:00:45 +0000: Electrical Home Connections in Costa Rica - Costa Rica Star News

    By: Carolina Ruiz Vega In Costa Rica and Central America, one of the main causes of fire is deficient electrical connections. Having qualified personnel making proper installations is, without a doubt, a first step in avoiding this kind of hazard. A second step is installing certified electrical products — the kind of appliances that have gone through a series of evaluations that verify national and international regulations compliance for the purpose of ensuring quality and safety to the final user. “Although users are usually inclined to buy non-certified electrical products, mostly because of budgetary reasons, it is important to let...

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  • Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:30:06 +0000: War On Drugs: Coca Cultivation Increased by 44% Last Year - Costa Rica Star News

    Bogota, Jul 2 (EFE).– The area planted in coca in Colombia grew last year by 44 percent, from 48,000 to 69,000 hectares (120,000 to 173,000 acres), and potential cocaine production grew by 52 percent, the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime, or UNODC, revealed Thursday. Those are the main conclusions contained in the latest Colombia Coca Survey, which verifies that while the cultivation area of coca decreased in the Colombian regions of Amazon, Orinoco and Sierra Nevada, it rose in Pacifico, Central, Putumayo-Caqueta and Meta-Guaviare. In these regions, and also in Cauca, is concentrated 73 percent of the coca cultivation...

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  • Sat, 04 Jul 2015 12:00:01 +0000: Sex Scandals Dominate Politics in Costa Rica - Costa Rica Star News

    Two former legislators and the previous Secretary of the Legislative Assembly in Costa Rica are currently subjects of embarrassing complaints, investigations and even criminal charges for alleged sex scandals.   As recently reported by The Costa Rica Star, former legislator Ronal Vargas from Guanacaste may face criminal theft charges for his dogged insistence in keeping an iPhone 5 that belongs to the government of Costa Rica. Mr. Vargas wishes to keep the smartphone as evidence in a trial for his alleged sexual harassment of a female legislator, who happens to be an ex-girlfriend.   Until recently, the case involving Mr....

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  • Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:00:07 +0000: Saudi Arabian Prince Makes Philanthropic History - Costa Rica Star News

    HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Alwaleed Philanthropies, today announced his intention to donate all of his wealth to philanthropy over the coming years to help build a “better world of tolerance, acceptance, equality and opportunity for all.” This $32 billion philanthropic pledge will help build bridges to foster cultural understanding, develop communities, empower women, enable youth, provide vital disaster relief and create a more tolerant and accepting world. “It is a commitment without boundaries. A commitment to all humankind,” says Prince Alwaleed. In his announcement, Prince Alwaleed stated: “Based...

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The Americas (Washington Post)

  • Thu, 02 Jul 2015 23:51:55 +0000: Before carnage, Mexican army was told: ‘Take out’ criminals - The Americas News: News and Headlines from Canada, South America & More - The Washington Post
    MEXICO CITY — The Mexican soldiers who killed 22 people last year in a town called Tlatlaya had been ordered by their superiors to “take out” criminals at night, according to military documents presented by a Mexican human rights group on Thursday.Read full article >>







  • Thu, 02 Jul 2015 22:34:00 +0000: Dominican government is accused of forcible deportations - The Americas News: News and Headlines from Canada, South America & More - The Washington Post
    MEXICO CITY — The Dominican Republic’s government is facing new accusations that it has arbitrarily detained and deported people in recent months as part of a crackdown on undocumented Haitian migrants in the country.Read full article >>







  • Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:45:34 +0000: Unpopular Brazilian president to visit U.S. as her country’s economy slides - The Americas News: News and Headlines from Canada, South America & More - The Washington Post
    RIO DE JANEIRO — In March 2011, President Obama swept onto the stage at the Municipal Theater here to tumultuous applause.“I met with your wonderful new president, Dilma Rousseff, and talked about how we can strengthen the partnership between our governments,” he told an invited audience.Read full article >>







  • Sat, 27 Jun 2015 07:30:00 +0000: Cuban artist pushes boundary between art and politics, and pays a price - The Americas News: News and Headlines from Canada, South America & More - The Washington Post
    HAVANA — It was probably inevitable, given the trajectory of her career, that Cuban artist Tania Bruguera’s creative vision would collide one day with her country’s less-expansive political reality.From a young age, Bruguera, 46, won international acclaim as an irreverent, barrier-breaking performance artist. She smeared the floor with pig’s blood to make a point about sexual assault. She stripped naked and ate dirt in tribute to Cuba’s vanished indigenous tribes. During one performance in Colombia, she circulated trays of cocaine — real cocaine — inviting audience members to try it. They did.Read full article >>







  • Wed, 24 Jun 2015 07:30:00 +0000: A Haitian border town struggles with new rules in the Dominican Republic - The Americas News: News and Headlines from Canada, South America & More - The Washington Post
    OUANAMINTHE, Haiti — Several mornings a week for the past five years, Smith Laflur has left his one-room cinder-block shack, walked past the stray goats and the sour cherry tree, down the quiet dirt lanes and out into the shouts and motorcycle roar of this clamoring border town. Read full article >>







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