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  • Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:59:38 +0000: Drones: A Double-Edged Threat for the US and Beyond - Costa Rica Star News

    Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff.  It’s only common sense to think somebody, somewhere is planning a mass-casualty-shooting, bombing or other attack in the United States. Tick tock, tick tock. If the past is any indicator — look out America. In this day and age protecting the nation law enforcement’s and President Trump’s greatest challenge. From the local cop to the high echelons of the FBI, CIA and NSA the goal remains the same – keep America safe. Terror targets are everywhere and so are threats,...

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  • Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:35:15 +0000: UN launches campaign to clean up plastics from oceans - Costa Rica Star News

    The United Nations launched Thursday a global campaign directed at governments, companies and consumers to reduce plastic residues in oceans. The campaign “Clean Seas” was launched during the World Ocean Summit that will continue until Friday in Nusa Dua, in the Indonesian Island of Bali, the UN said in a statement. “It is time to tackle the plastic problem that blights our oceans. Plastic pollution is surfing onto Indonesian beaches, settling onto the ocean floor at the North Pole, and rising through the food chain onto our dinner tables,” said UN Environment Head Erik Solheim. Among other measures, the UN...

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  • Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:26:36 +0000: 4-Lane Bridge to Connect Belén With Santa Ana, Costa Rica - Costa Rica Star News

    Costa Rica is slowly digging its way out of decades of delays in infrastructure improvements, one of the main priorities of the current Solís administration. Along these lines, much needed improvements to another Virilla River bridge, this one on the heavily transited highway connecting Belén to Santa Ana, will begin at the end of March, and last an expected 13 months. Ministry of Public Works and Transportation (MOPT) officials said in a statement they did not expect traffic along the route, one of the main arteries into the greater San José metropolitan area, to be disrupted during the bridge construction....

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  • Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:23:49 +0000: 95% of Costa Rican migrants that return home intend to stay, why? - Costa Rica Star News

    Migrants from developing nations could be tempted to return home if exempted from paying taxes on their savings and given opportunities to build on their foreign experience, an intergovernmental think-tank said in a major report on Friday. The recommendations, which come amid the largest movement of refugees and migrants since World War Two, are among proposals put forward by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to encourage the return of migrants from poor countries. The number of international migrants has doubled in the past quarter century, reaching 240 million, the 35-nation economic policy body said in its report...

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  • Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:03:19 +0000: Study: Costa Rica’s Marine Protected Areas Need to Include Fishers - Costa Rica Star News

    —Currently a situation of rivalry between government institutions in Costa Rica hinders efforts to improve small-scale fisheries, found a case study on Costa Rica. A report released this week by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization’s Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Fisheries Expert Group analyzed the role of marine protected areas (MPAs) in fishery livelihoods and local food security. The report contains an analysis of Costa Rica’s marine protected area system and its effectiveness in managing the country’s small-scale fisheries. Even though thousands of Costa Rican households rely on artisanal...

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