Daily Archives: December 3, 2010

Panamá, U.S. sign tax treaty to give access to bank info

Panamá and the United States will be exchanging banking information for tax and other purposes under terms of an agreement signed this week. The so-called tax information exchange agreement gives U.S. officials access to suspect bank account information. At the … Continue reading

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Election tribunal tries to drum up support for Sunday vote

Those who say that all politics are strictly local could be talking about Costa Rica. The nation goes to the voting booths Sunday to pick leaders in 81 cantons. There are 43 different political parties represented. Many are local. The … Continue reading

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Low pressure area moves off after damaging many

A low pressure area has moved toward Panamá leaving flooding, death and heavy damage in its wake. The national emergency commission said that 2,000 persons were being housed in 38 shelters as a result of the heavy rain that began … Continue reading

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Haitian pregnancy wave self-centered, inhumane

More babies in Haiti? How totally selfish, self-centered and inhumane to even think about bringing children into the world to live amidst such squalor as currently exists in the tent cities in Haiti! Those baby producers would be better off … Continue reading

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Brazil sets up controls over offshore oil drilling

Brazilian lawmakers have approved legislation that will give the government more control over developing offshore oil fields. The lower house of the Brazilian congress passed the bill Wednesday, sending it to outgoing President Luiz Inacio da Silva for his signature. … Continue reading

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Hondurus gets $135 million to modernize its main port

Honduras will expand and modernize Central America’s biggest port with $135 million of loans from the Inter-American Development Bank. Puerto Cortés is the main port of Honduras, handling almost 90 percent of maritime traffic. Located on the northeast coast of … Continue reading

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Costa Rican hypocrisy needs to be confronted

I have only lived in Costa Rica two years now so forgive me for being so surprised at the apparent hypocrisy of Costa Rica´s positions on many of today’s issues. What scares me more is not many noticing or commenting … Continue reading

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Amnet suffers major outage of its Internet operations

Amnet, the cable television and Internet provider suffered a major outage Thursday. The company’s telephone system continued to report at 1a.m. that the network was not functioning. A subscriber in Sabana Norte said that the company lost its television signal … Continue reading

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Here’s two gripes and a report on a wonderful dinner

Where is the complaint box? Lately expats have been grumbling about the changes Amnet has wrought and a number of other things that have been irking them this year. I have been asked why don’t I talk about this. Since … Continue reading

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Chinese cultural pact OK’d

The Asamblea Legislativa has approved without dissent a cultural cooperation agreement with the People’s Republic of China. The agreement was negotiated in October by Manuel Obregón, minister of Cultura y Juventud, during a visit to China. Among other actions the … Continue reading

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Jamaican immigrant votes with his feet for Costa Rica

Police in San Pedro encountered a Jamaican deported in September after he lived three years here illegally. Not only was the man still an illegal immigrant, Fuerza Public officers said he was carrying a .40-caliber pistol. They identified the man … Continue reading

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Container training pays off with confiscation of marijuana

Most expats are not aware that shipping containers do not take a direct route from the United States or Canada. In fact, sometimes the ship carrying the container makes two or three stops. Two such containers were located in Moín … Continue reading

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Suspected Zeta leader captured by Mexican cops

Mexican federal police say they have captured a regional leader of the Zetas drug gang, who allegedly trafficked drugs from the Dominican Republic and Panamá to the United States. Security official Luis Cardenas said Thursday that Eduardo Ramirez Valencia was … Continue reading

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