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National Seismological Network to monitor Poás Volcano with four new cameras
Volcanologists from the University of Costa Rica’s National Seismological Network (RSN) are installing two video cameras and two thermal cameras at Poás Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the country.
Last week RSN experts began transporting materials to the Poás Volcano National Park in the province of Alajuela and building the foundations for the cameras, which will broadcast real-time video and thermal video feeds to monitor frequent emissions of steam and other materials. Scientists also will be able to track of temperature changes inside the crater.
Video feeds broadcast by the four cameras will be available to the public at the RSN website. Currently the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (OVSICORI) has cameras at Poás, but they only take and broadcast snapshots in intervals.
Costa Rica Ombudsman’s Office pushes for better marine conservation
Costa Rica’s Ombudsman’s Office issued a statement Tuesday urging the government to prioritize marine resource management. According to research by the agency – which is responsible for petitioning the state on behalf of Costa Rican citizens – climate change, poor technology, inadequate marine management and a lack of political will have depleted the country’s marine resources, leaving coastal residents who rely on fishing with few options to support their families.
“Some 15,000 families rely on fishing to support themselves,” the statement said. “Currently those families are in crisis.”
How the Clintons went from ‘dead broke’ to rich
Former U.S. President William J. Clinton (1993-2001) is visiting Costa Rica today, July 1, as part of the inauguration of a new medical research and teaching facility at the Universidad Latina in San Pedro, east of San José.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over seven frenetic days, Bill Clinton addressed corporate executives in Switzerland and Denmark, an investors’ group in Sweden and a cluster of business and political leaders in Austria. The former president wrapped up his European trip in the triumphant Spanish Hall at Prague Castle, where he shared his thoughts on energy to a Czech business summit.
His pay: $1.4 million.
Costa Rica uniforms are international best-sellers thanks to World Cup run
And now, just like that, everyone wants Costa Rica’s jerseys. The World Cup uniform – with the simple one-stripe design – received much criticism for its bare-bones style. Mashable called the uniforms, created by Italian company Lotto, one of the worst designs at the 2014 World Cup. Tico fans didn’t care for them much, either. However, the apparel suddenly is a best seller thanks to the Ticos’ shocking appearance in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Brazil.
According to Reuters, Lotto is selling out jerseys faster than the sportswear brand can make them:
It is a rare triumph for a smaller kitmaker of an ilk that has been increasingly squeezed out of the World Cup with major brands such as Nike, Adidas and Puma paying millions to hog the stage at the world’s most watched sporting event. Lotto is struggling to keep up with demand and says an extra 50,000 shirts have been sold since Costa Rica won their opening game against Uruguay. At Fifa’s online store the red home strip is no longer available in the usual short sleeves.
Former US President Bill Clinton lauds Costa Rica, urges students to make most of their futures
Hoarse from watching the U.S. soccer team fall to Belgium on Tuesday, former U.S. President Bill Clinton (1993-2001) found his voice long enough to call on Costa Rican students to work for a better world, during a speech at the Universidad Latina east of San José.
Clinton landed a few jokes about how La Sele goalie Keylor Navas would have given Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís a run for his money in an election before Clinton moved on to issues related to the future of the country. The former U.S. president lauded Costa Rica’s record on environmentalism and said the small country of less than 5 million people was well positioned to meet the challenges of the 21st century through its investment in education, health and the environment. Clinton called Costa Rica one of the countries he most admires.
Here are today’s headlines from Costa Rica:
President Solís says proposals to lower record-high fuel prices are not viable
The Public Services Regulatory Authority (ARESEP) sent President Luis Guillermo Solís two proposals for lowering record-high fuel prices: 1) Eliminate fuel taxes and 2) Reduce spending at the National Oil Refinery (RECOPE).
However Solís believes that the tax elimination proposal “is not a valid option considering the harsh fiscal situation the country is facing.” Continue Reading
Supreme Court asks Solís to clarify Cabinet post for Lutheran bishop
The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, on Wednesday admitted a citizen’s complaint over whether the appointment of Lutheran bishop Melvin Jiménez Marín as presidency minister is constitutional. Justices gave President Luis Guillermo Solís 15 days to formally respond.
Attorney Álvaro Orozco Carballo filed the appeal on June 11. According to Orozco, Jiménez’s appointment violates Article 142 of Costa Rica’s Constitution. Paragraph 3 of that article states that all government ministers must be “members of the secular state,” which the complaint interprets to mean that government ministers cannot be active members of religious organizations. Continue Reading
Costa Rica leads Central America in Cup of Excellence coffee auction
The breakaway favorite of Costa Rica’s 2014 Cup of Excellence competition took home the highest bid in the Alliance for Coffee Excellence international auction Tuesday.
Luis Enrique Navarro of Monte Copey in Dota, Tarrazú, winner of the Cup of Excellence in May, received $41.20/lb. for his lot. Maruyama Coffee, Sugi Coffee Roasting, Ponpon Coffee, and Orsir Coffee of Taiwan purchased 1,518 lbs. of Navarro’s coffee for $62,541.60. Continue Reading
In pictures: Passenger jet converted into luxury hotel in Costa Rica rainforest
Revealed: How governments can take control of smartphones
Legal malware’ produced by the Italian firm Hacking Team can take total control of your mobile phone. That’s according to Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab and University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab(which also obtained a user manual).
Operating since 2001, the Milan-based Hacking Team employs over 50 people and offers clients the ability to “take control of your targets and monitor them regardless of encryption and mobility,” while “keeping an eye on all your targets and manage them remotely, all from a single screen.” Continue Reading
When laptops offered more features (such as Webcams, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi), the sales of desktops began to decline. Before netbooks could gain a significant market share, smartphones and tablets grabbed their mobile market share. The change is so rapid that it is hard to find reliable statistics. Studies performed in 2011 are now outdated. Studies made this year will be ancient history next year. However, the studies do show a trend in how we interact with the Internet. Following are a few highlights of the ever changing world of mobile devices:
- An International Telegraphic Union study for the year 2011 shows that there are 5.9 billion global mobile cellular subscriptions, which equates to about 87% of the world population. In mid-2011, there were 1.2 billion mobile broadband subscriptions (broadband connections cover both smartphones and data cards), with 90% of the world covered by 2G, and 45% having 3G coverage. The report provides no statistics on global 4G coverage.
- In a Google Mobile Ads blog entitled “Consumers love there smartphones. Now businesses must fall in love with mobile.”, Jason Sepro predicts that 1 billion people will use mobile devices as their primary Internet connection by the end of 2012.
- According to the latest global statistics from Share Wales, Android holds 50.9% of the market share for mobile devices. iOS dropped to 23.7%, and Symbian has slipped 11.7% of the smartphone market. Windows Phone 7 commands only 1.9%, which is well behind RIM’s (Blackberry) 8.8%.
- Scripd presents an infographic summary of the April 2011, Google/IPSOS report. This report shows that 77% of the mobile device users rank search engines as the most visited Web sites. 51% of the users searched for dining information. While 47% searched for shopping information. The study shows that 89% searched the the Web, because of an urgent need for information.
- A Viacom study (reported by Endgadget) shows that the tablet has replaced the desktop and smartphone, as an alternative second TV. Out of the total time spent watching TV shows, 15% percent of the viewing occurs on tablets. When a cable company offers a streaming app, consumers are more likely to use the streaming app than the Web browser.
The growth in the number of mobile devices accessing the Internet also changes how advertising dollars are spent. The following statistics indicate how mobile devices impact on purchase decisions:
- The Scripd infographic, see above, shows that 9 out 10 smartphone users take action as a result of their smartphone search. 53% of the users make a purchase as a result of their search.
- A US local business search graphic at Our Mobile Planet shows 51% called the business, 47% looked up the business on a map, 52% visited the business, and 27% made an in-store purchase. Surveys for this study were made during March and July of 2011. A Pew Internet study (performed in February of 2012) shows that 74% of the smartphone users now use location-based information.
- A study by Flurry shows that as of July 2011, apps consumed more Internet time than Web browsing on mobile devices. The two largest categories for apps were games (47%) and social networking (32%). Since the study, more social networks have released apps, and the social networking apps are vastly improved over the versions available at the time of the study.
- According to comScore, a majority of smartphone users access travel information on their devices. Seven out of eight users researched airline / hotel prices from their smartphone. In addition users researched airline phone numbers, checked flight schedules, and checked flight status. Only 21% of the smartphone users availed themselves of smartphone check-in.
- In an article entitled “Mobile now accounts for more of a consumer’s time than TV,” On Device Research reported that mobile devices account for 27% of a consumer’s media time, versus 22% for TV. Moreover, 76% of the mobile users plan to conduct mobile commerce (mCommerce) activities over the next year. Of those users, 42% say that mobile advertising introduced them to something new, and 14% indicated that they will make a mobile purchase as a result of the ads.
The above global statistics impact the future marketing trends of Costa Rican tourism and export businesses. For local Costa Rican businesses, the growth in mobile devices in Costa Rica offers an opportunity to increase their connection with customers, and improve their sales. Whether a person takes a picture of a QR Code, or uses the browser to search for local information, the first contact is often the Web site. Yet, the vast majority of Web sites, including those in Costa Rica, are not mobile device friendly.by
“We will not tolerate foreigners who commit crimes in the country”, says the Ministro de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública, Mario Zamora.
According to the minister, the recent implementation by the immigration service of an electronic system will control and monitor foreigners who are in prisons in Costa Rica.
The minister explained that with the new system it will send alerts, so that once the person has served his or her sentence in Costa Rica, they will be deported.
Zamora stressed that in the months before the person’s sentence is up the immigration service will proceed with the cancellation of their immigration status.
Of the 2.295 foreigner prisoners, 65% come from Nicaragua, 12% from Colombia, 4% from Panama and 4% from the United States, the rest from a variety of other countries.
A report last week found that 16% of Costa Rica’s prison population is of foreign nationals.
Last year, Costa Rican authorities made 456 deportations and rejected some 8.000 from entering the country.by
Havana, Cuba, Apr 28.- The recital Cantos de amor y vida (Songs of Love and Life), by Cuban humorist Carlos Ruiz de la Tejera and troubadour Jesus del Valle (Tatica), was warmly welcomed on Friday by prestigious cultural centers of Costa Rica.
The show includes poems, songs and humor, and has been presented at various activities on the occasion of the World Day for the Freedom of the Five Cuban Heroes, unfairly imprisoned in the United States, the www.cubaminrex.cu Web site reported.
Cuba’s ambassador to the Central American nation, Antonio Pardo, thanked the two artists for their presence at the National Meeting in Solidarity with Cuba, and acknowledged their professionalism and devotion towards the enthusiastic public applauding them.
In this, their fourth visit to Costa Rica, De la Tejera and Del Valle were received at the National University of Nicoya, where they performed for residents in the locality of Mansion, founded in the 19th century by Cuban patriots Antonio Maceo and Flor Crombet.
After their presentation in the mountainous town of Jaulares (in the northern part of Alajuela), the renowned Cuban artists will perform on Saturday in the city of Guapiles, and on Sunday at Puerta de Alcala, in the city of Heredia.
Carlos Ruiz de la Tejera and Jesus del Valle will return to Havana on April 30, to take part in celebrations for International Workers’ Day. (ACN)by