Daily Archives: December 1, 2010

Under-the-counter cigarette sales snuffed out by police

The cartons do not contain crack cocaine, but for some the cigarettes are nearly as bad. Not only that, they probably were smuggled. So the Fuerza Pública accompanied by individuals from an anti-cancer association raided a series of small stores … Continue reading

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Where is CNBC signal and where is Amnet?

CNBC, the elusive Amnet program, is still in hiding It has now been a full five weeks since CNBC, the business information channel carried on Amnet, went off the air without explanation. For two days, Amnet presented only a black … Continue reading

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Binding agreements asked to cut greenhouse gases

The U. N. Climate Change Conference got under way in the Mexican beach resort of Cancun with calls for decisive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions worldwide as part of an effort to curb global warming. But participants are looking … Continue reading

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High schooler picked the wrong place to set off fireworks

A Parrita high school student picked the wrong place to explode fireworks Tuesday morning. He set them off in the park in the center of town. Fuerza Pública officers heard the blasts and investigated. The basic rule in Costa Rica … Continue reading

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Reader is seeking boycott of invading Nicaragua

While most of us expats who live in Costa Rica deplore the invasion of Costa Rica territory by Nicaragua, we feel that there is nothing we can do to stop it. Probably not, but what we can do is to … Continue reading

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Culture ministry calculates carbon dioxide emissions

The local operations of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud produced 2,491 tons of carbon dioxide from October 2009 to this September, the ministry said Tuesday. The estimate includes the Casa del Artista, the Museo de Arte Costarricense, the Museo … Continue reading

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More items added by president to legislative to-do list

The executive branch’s legislative agenda mushroomed Tuesday to 32 separate bills that are being given a priority until next April 30. Casa Presidencial listed a handful of bills Monday, but a decree signed by President Laura Chinchilla Tuesday increases the … Continue reading

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Survey says unemployment declined from 2009 level

In an unexpected report Tuesday the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos said that unemployment was 7.3 percent and that 21.3 percent of the households in the country are considered poor. The report came from a national survey of some … Continue reading

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The fat Christmas bonuses are beginning to flow

The economy is about to see a major uptick. The Costa Rican law that provides workers with a fat Christmas bonus also covers pensioners and even those who hold certain governmental positions. Starting today the central government and the other … Continue reading

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Home invaders allergic to weapon in the house

I read your article about the Canadian women’sproblems with break-ins in the central Pacific. The home invasions are totally out of control in Costa Rica. I live in North Georgia. Nice, hard working, God fearing mountain people. Everybody has a weapon … Continue reading

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Firm doubles its size

Emerson has doubled its operations in Costa Rica with the inauguration of a second service center in Multipark, Guachipelín de Escazú. The company expects to add 150 new employees as a result of its $3.4 million investment. The firm is … Continue reading

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Second residency firm did the job properly

Delighted, I received approval of my application for a pensioner’s residency. I was ripped off by my first so-called “immigration” lawyer, but I was overjoyed with the performance of my second one, which I got through an ad in A.M. … Continue reading

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Population boom expected by Haitian quake refugees

Since a January earthquake in Haiti, tent camps have become home to hundreds of thousands of people, including newly pregnant women. Some Haitians fear unplanned pregnancies in the camps may fuel a baby boom in the capital. Denise Cheristal, 35, … Continue reading

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Army’s end to be marked in museum ceremony

Today marks the 62nd anniversary of the day that José Figueres Ferrer abolished the national army. The country has been true to that philosophy since. Attending a ceremony today at 10 a.m. will be President Laura Chinchilla Miranda, who is … Continue reading

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