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  • Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:24:40 +0000: Women and Girls in Costa Rica Suffer From Disproportionate Inequality and Poverty - Costa Rica Star News

    Women in Costa Rica are better educated, but have fewer employment opportunities. This, and the concentration of poverty among women and girls, are some of the recent findings of the 2017 State of World Population report published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) The report focuses on reproductive health and rights in times of inequality. “In Costa Rica between 2010 and 2016 the inequality index has increased, and we find that inequality is accelerating compared to other countries in Latin America. There has been accelerated inequality affecting some regions more than others, such as the Brunca, Huétar Norte and Chorotega...

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  • Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:48:44 +0000: Landmark: Court Orders Costa Rican School to Hire Aide for Down Syndrome Child - Costa Rica Star News

    Costa Rica’s Constitutional Court in a landmark ruling in September ordered the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) to hire an additional teacher to assist a student who has Down syndrome to allow their effective participation an integration into a regular classroom. The case was brought by the student’s family after the ministry rejected their request for a classroom aide for their child after the school moved their child from a regular classroom into a special education classroom, thus, said the family, lowering the quality of the child’s education. The court, in its sentence (number 013879-17), ruled against the ministry saying the child’s...

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  • Tue, 17 Oct 2017 17:59:58 +0000: Costa Rican Businesses Increasingly Offer Contactless Credit Card Payment Option - Costa Rica Star News

    Costa Rica’s businesses are trying to catch up technology-wise and offer consumers contactless credit card payment options. The technology means cashiers have no contact with your card and don’t ask for your ID when you pay for a product. Many consumers prefer this, as it minimizes the risk of personal data being stolen or a card being forgotten at the store if a cashier forgets to give it back. Although it does offer a loophole for a stolen card to be more readily used to make a purchase, admit credit card companies. Contactless cards have a chip and an emblem...

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  • Tue, 17 Oct 2017 16:51:00 +0000: Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano Tourism Businesses Clamor for Park to Open - Costa Rica Star News

    What happens when entire communities build their tourist businesses and livelihoods around an active  volcano? That is the story of the rural communities surrounding Poás Volcano in the aftermath of this year’s eruptions that caused closure of the Poás Volcano National Park. The closure has left dozens if not hundreds of families struggling for their survival, having switched from agricultural related activities to tourism in previous decades when visitors started arriving by the thousands to chance to see the volcano’s blue crater and hike trails through the park’s enchanted misty forests. Residents have organized to clamor for the government to...

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  • Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:31:10 +0000: Scenes From Costa Rica: Why Did the Sloth Cross the Road? - Costa Rica Star News

    A Costa Rican man traveling to Sixaola, a town on the southern Caribbean coast, aided a sloth who was attempting to cross the main drag into town. “We were arriving in Sixaola … and saw a sloth was crossing the street. A Dos Pinos delivery truck was headed right towards it, so I jumped out of the car, and helped it across the street, and then the critter posed for the photo,” said Yeraldo Agüero. The sloth definitely appears to be posing in the photo and giving a high-five of thanks to his helper, Yeraldo Agüero   Sixaola is a...

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