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Intel to close plant in Costa Rica

San Jose, Apr 9 (EFE).- In a major blow to the economy of the Costa Rica, tech giant Intel said it is closing its microprocessor assembly plant there, a move that means 1,500 workers will lose their jobs. "After extensive analysis, the company concluded the best long-term solution to maximize operational efficiency at the global level was to close its assembly and testing plant," Intel said in a statement in Spanish.

Bank of America shuts down in Costa Rica, lays off 1,400

Bank of America announced Tuesday it was shutting down its operations in Costa Rica, where it employed 1,400 people in a technological unit. The company said in a statement the closure of its center in the Central American country would take place over the next nine to 12 months, in order for it to concentrate its activities in other countries. "As a result of constant reviews (of operations) we will close our technology and operations sites in San Jose de Costa Rica," the bank said in a statement.

Bank of America shuts down in Costa Rica, lays off 1,400

Bank of America announced Tuesday it was shutting down its operations in Costa Rica, where it employed 1,400 people in a technological unit. The company said in a statement the closure of its center in the Central American country would take place over the next nine to 12 months, in order for it to concentrate its activities in other countries. "As a result of constant reviews (of operations) we will close our technology and operations sites in San Jose de Costa Rica," the bank said in a statement.

Intel lays off of 1,500 employees in Costa Rica

US microchip giant Intel announced Tuesday it was reducing its assembly and testing operations in Costa Rica and will lay off 1,500 employees. The move was a major blow to the economy of the Central American country, where 2,700 people were employed at an assembly plant set up in 1998. "We are going to phase our our manufacturing operations in Costa Rica over the next six months. It is assembly test manufacturing. It will result in the loss of about 1,500 jobs," Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy told AFP.

Costa Rica seeks court ruling on Nicaragua border dispute

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Costa Rica will ask the International Court of Justice to settle a decade-old maritime border dispute with Nicaragua related to potential oil concessions, President Laura Chinchilla said on Monday. Costa Rica plans to file a complaint with the court at The Hague on Tuesday in which it will ask the court to determine its borders with Nicaragua in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean, she said in a statement.

Daily presents appeal over phone tapping in Costa Rica

San Jose, Jan 23 (EFE).- The Extra press group on Thursday presented an appeal for legal protection to the Constitutional Court of Costa Rica regarding the alleged phone tapping of a journalist by the judicial branch. "We are presenting the appeal for the security of all journalists, so that we can continue working freely in this country recognized worldwide as a democratic country," the head of Grupo Extra, Iary Gomez, told the press.

Costa Rica welcomed record number of tourists in 2013

San Jose, Jan 16 (EFE).- Costa Rica in 2013 welcomed a record 2.42 million tourists, up 3.6 percent compared with 2012, the country's tourism minister said. Allan Flores told a press conference that tourism provided Costa Rica with $2.43 billion in revenues in 2013. "The sustained growth (of tourist arrivals) by air in these last four years is the reflection of an aggressive strategy to attract new airlines, (with) new destinations and more seats, on which we have been working jointly in the public and private sectors," the minister said.

Costa Rica welcomed record number of tourists in 2013

San Jose, Jan 16 (EFE).- Costa Rica in 2013 welcomed a record 2.42 million tourists, up 3.6 percent compared with 2012, the country's tourism minister said. Allan Flores told a press conference that tourism provided Costa Rica with $2.43 billion in revenues in 2013. "The sustained growth (of tourist arrivals) by air in these last four years is the reflection of an aggressive strategy to attract new airlines, (with) new destinations and more seats, on which we have been working jointly in the public and private sectors," the minister said.

6.0 magnitude quake off Costa Rica

A 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific off northwestern Costa Rica on Thursday, but officials said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The United States Geological Survey in Washington said the quake occurred about 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of the town of Sandoval. The quake struck at 12:29 GMT, at a depth of 18 kilometers (11.2 miles), according to the USGS, which uses the Moment Magnitude Scale. Seismologists in Costa Rica said the quake registered 5.3 on the Richter scale, and was not strong enough to be felt on land.

5,000 new species catalogued in Costa Rica

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Research for the updating of Costa Rica's National Biodiversity Strategy has detected roughly 5,000 new species in the Central American country, officials said. The number of documented species grew from 87,000 in 2009 to around 92,000 this year, the executive director of the National Commission for Biodiversity Management, Marta Jimenez, told Efe. But the study also highlighted threats to biodiversity, including the expansion of human settlement, pollution, overexploitation of resources, invasive species and climate change.
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