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  • Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:32:05 +0000: Ebola Patient in New York Has a Connection to Costa Rica - Costa Rica Star News

    One day after health officials from the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed that a kind physician and volunteer for Doctors Without Borders has been diagnosed with an Ebola virus infection, the New York Times published a story on the patient’s fiancee, a liberal and kind-hearted woman whose efforts to help those in need have brought her to Costa Rica. The New York Times story on Morgan Dixon, Dr. Craig Spencer’s future bride, who works at a charitable organization that helps the homeless population of Brooklyn. Ms. Dixon and Dr. Spencer met while traveling: So Ms. Dixon explored...

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  • Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:56:50 +0000: Operation Pacuare: Sea Shepherd in Costa Rica - Costa Rica Star News

    Readers of The Costa Rica Star are very familiar with our extensive reporting on the saga of Paul Watson, the controversial founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. In late September, we reported on the Sea Shepherd chapter in Costa Rica, which is actively involved in the protection of sea turtles in our Caribbean coast. We now bring you an update by Sea Shepherd on Operation Pacuare, which departs from the action seen on Whale Wars, the reality television series broadcast by Animal Planet, in the sense that there are no scripted theatrics and the action does not take place...

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  • Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:14:29 +0000: New Stem Cell Research Subsidiary in Costa Rica - Costa Rica Star News

    A stem cell research company firm is opening an office in Costa Rica, according to a press release issued by the Global Stem Cells Group, Inc. In Costa Rica, clinical trials and stem cell research on humans was a gray area of the law for about four years. One of the last Executive Decrees signed by former President Laura Chinchilla gave more freedom to stem cell research in Costa Rica, which had been at a standstill due to an order by the Constitutional Chamber (known as Sala Cuarta). Although some people think that our country’s Roman Catholic constitutionality got in...

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  • Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:38:54 +0000: Viva Las Ticas! Costa Rica 1 (3) – Trinidad & Tobago 1 (0) - Costa Rica Star News

    At a grungy Chinese restaurant near downtown Alajuela this Friday afternoon, a group of construction workers are enjoying ice-cold bottles of Imperial and Pilsen beers with snack-sized portions of greasy fried rice and chicken wings; their eyes are affixed to a small flat screen television that hangs from the wall. They are watching the National Women’s Football Team of Costa Rica, Las Ticas, match up against the Soca Princesses from Trinidad and Tobago.   Hoots and howls resonate through the restaurant as a Soca Princess peels off from the right, enters the box and fires off a powerful shot on...

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  • Fri, 24 Oct 2014 22:23:13 +0000: ICE Bonds Perform Better than Sovereign Debt in Costa Rica - Costa Rica Star News

    Even though ratings agency Moody’s recently downgraded sovereign bonds issued by the Central Bank of Costa Rica as junk, President Luis Guillermo Solis has been busy courting investors from the United States and is planning on visiting Canada soon for the same reason. Costa Rica plans to issue $1 billion more in bonds next year, and President Solis is still intent on gaining entry into the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).   Not all government-related debt from Costa Rica is poorly rated. As you can see from the Fitch Ratings press release below, bonds issued by the electricity...

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The Americas (Washington Post)

  • Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:20:00 +0000: Income support wins Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff fans in Bahia ahead of vote - The Americas News: News and Headlines from Canada, South America & More - The Washington Post

    The men loading fresh lobster onto a pickup truck in this far northeastern coastal town joked as they talked politics, but one central issue in the country’s upcoming presidential runoff clearly divided them — the federal Family Allowance income support that has been paid to millions of poor Brazilians since the governing Workers’ Party took over in 2003.

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

    ALEM PARAIBA, 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 Alem Paraiba 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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