Monthly Archives: October 2010

U.N. expert says Panamá should decriminalize libel

The United Nations independent expert on the right to the freedom of opinion and expression voiced concern Thursday over a prison sentence for two Panamanian journalists, who had earlier been acquitted on charges of slander and libel.

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San Ramón expats discuss security with U.S. diplomat

Visiting diplomat Arturo Valenzuela and U.S. Ambassador Anne Slaughter Andrew met with the San Ramón-based Community Action Alliance Wednesday to discuss crime and security concerns.

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Tico culture being reclaimed with masks Sunday

Sunday is Halloween, but for many Costa Ricans this is a foreign holiday. So the Día de la Mascarada Costarricense was born to provide a local cultural outlet to the tradition of wearing disguises. Events will be held Sunday in … Continue reading

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Disabled access lacking at bank ATMs, Defensoría reports

The Defensoría de los Habitantes is asking banks to explain why they have not complied with plans announced two years ago to make automatic tellers accessible for the blind and persons in wheelchairs.

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Exhibit explores New York as second Latin capital city

A new exhibit in New York explores the city’s long history of cultural and political connections with Spain and Latin America, ties that have affected virtually every aspect of the city’s development.

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President heads north for two days of visits

President Laura Chinchilla Miranda will be going north today and will eventually visit Alfaro Ruiz, San Carlos, Guatuso, Upala and Los Chiles.

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Environmental inspectors open 19 cases at Caño Negro

The Tribunal Administrativo Ambiental reported Thursday that the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Caño Negro and adjacent areas harbor a multitude of environmental problems.

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Quepos residents invited to gripe about government

Got a beef? Live in Quepos?

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Sala IV orders repairs for risky Barva bridge

An Heredia resident who uses a bridge over the Quebrada Seca in Barva got fed up with the condition of the span and filed a Sala IV appeal. He said the bridge was putting at risk the lives of those … Continue reading

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The popular tide seems to be turning in favor of San José

When I asked the question about the word with the longest list of definitions last week, I had not set a time or manner in which to inform readers or tell those of you who guessed it right. Vi, from … Continue reading

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Archivo Nacional will mark the lottery’s 125th birthday

Some 125 years have past since the Junta de Caridad in San José staged a lottery to support Hospital San Juan de Dios. The concept was not universally popular and the city was full of such lotteries, legitimate or not.

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Plan to repair autopista reported to take 10 weeks

A plan to fix the Autopista del Sol where the highway collapsed will take 10 weeks, the operators predicted in a plan presented last week to the Consejo Nacional de Concesiones.

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When the approval process runs into lack of accountability

We are Americans who like many others have chosen to make our home in Costa Rica. To start, let me be clear, we love this place and the people. It offers so much and is a grand adventure. But . … Continue reading

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Gallery to open in Golfito

The Bambú Art Gallery in Gofito opens for business Saturday with an open house and exhibition of original paintings, the gallery said. The gallery also features other art objects.

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Orchestra to celebrate birthday with Chopin and Beethoven

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional celebrates its 70th birthday this weekend with the usual double concerts. The house already is sold out, but Teatro Nacional workers will be putting up a tent and giant television screen on the Plaza de la … Continue reading

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Kirchner brought stability to Argentine economy

Former Argentine President Nestor Kirchner has died at age 60. The husband of current President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner died after suffering a heart attack in the southern city of El Calafate.

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Driving examiners told to stay off job for probe

The undercover judicial police operation seeking driving examiners who took money has netted a total of seven.

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Former rail bridge placed to help small Limón town

The small agricultural town of Estrada in the Provincia de Limón has a new bridge, thanks to the national railway system.

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