Daily Archives: December 10, 2010

Hatiain electoral panel agrees to recount votes

Haiti’s electoral council says it will review the outcome of last month’s presidential election following violent protests against the results. The council released a statement Thursday saying it will recount the votes for the three leading presidential candidates. Earlier this … Continue reading

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Lawmakers move closer to getting a new home in Zapote

The legislature is taking another step to obtain new offices. Banco de Costa Rica is supposed to sign an agreement with lawmakers today in which the bank will buy a $23 million facility in Zapote overlooking the Circunvalación highway. The … Continue reading

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Flycatcher has a surprise for those who catch and count it

Bird-banders don’t forget their first royal flycatcher. In the hand, the bird waves its head around with the colorful crown fanned and gaping orange mouth in a mesmerizing “cobra” show. This display has been so rarely observed in nature that … Continue reading

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Seasonal feathered visitors are showing up to be counted

Now that neotropical migrant birds are settled in and established on their wintering grounds in México and Central America, the new season of Monitoreo de Supervivencia Invernal can get underway. This program seeks to determine if survival in the birds’ … Continue reading

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Reinforcement work completed at nation’s oldest church

The Centro de Patrimonio has pronounced reinforcement work on the country’s oldest church to be finished. There was a ceremony to that effect Wednesday at the church, the Templo Católico de la Purísima Concepción del Rescate. It is in Ujarrás … Continue reading

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Show and sale downtown

Some 26 artists are expected to show their works in the Feria del Deseño Artesanal on the pedestrian mall on the north side of Plaza de la Cultura starting today. This is a holiday event that runs through Saturday and … Continue reading

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Volcanos here are anything but carbon neutral

Costa Rica repeated its promise Thursday that it will become the first carbon neutral country by 2021. Vice President Alfio Piva told this to the U.N. climate summit in Cancún, México. The vice president spoke for six minutes to say … Continue reading

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Judicial police urge action against crooked traffic officers

The Judicial Investigating Organization came out with some guidelines Thursday on how motorists should handle crooked traffic cops. The agency encouraged motorists to use the cameras on their cell telephone to get photos of bribe-seeking tránsito officers. The investigative agency … Continue reading

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Norma Lenkowsky served as Women’s Club president

Norma Lenkowsky died on Dec. 2 after a short illness. She was 96 years old. She and her husband, Joe, moved from New Jersey to Costa Rica in the mid 1970s. They lived in Cariari and Ciudad Colón. After Joe … Continue reading

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Who is that face in the mirror? Someone we are stuck with

All is not lost with the new television channels. The other night I caught a Dave Rose interview of Nora Ephron on Bloomberg News. This was right after Rose had interviewed the former prime minister of Australia discussing the real … Continue reading

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Nicaraguan officials asked to come to a meeting Dec. 20

The Costa Rican foreign ministry said Thursday night that it has invited Nicaraguan diplomats to Liberia, Guanacaste, Dec. 20 to discuss the Isla Calero situation at the northeast border of the country. The invitation went to Samuel Santos López, foreign … Continue reading

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Two carloads of suspects rounded up near Tamarindo

Fuerza Pública officers detained eight men after U.S. tourists were robbed at gunpoint on Playa Potrero, said the security ministry. The eight were captured at the La Huacas crossing and appeared to be on their way to Tamarindo. The tourists … Continue reading

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Caja barred from collecting long-overdue payment

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social has been barred from collecting a 10-year-old debt owed by an employer. The case involves a short payment by a corporation on the social security charges for its employees. The Caja sought more than … Continue reading

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Brazil’s economy growing but reported at a lesser pace

Brazil’s booming economy cooled slightly in the July-to-September period but still advanced 6.7 percent compared to a year ago. Latin America’s biggest economy grew by one-half of a percentage point in the third quarter compared to the April-to-June period. That … Continue reading

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Sunday is election day in the Cantón de Pococí

Sunday is election day in the Cantón de Pococí because flooding in the Barra del Colorado area caused election officials to cancel the voting last week. The canton has 75,016 voters in six districts. There are 49 polling places. Prosecutors … Continue reading

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Senate action uncertain on bill aiding young illegals

The U.S. Senate has postponed a vote on the DREAM Act in order to introduce a version that already passed the House of Representatives. It is not clear whether Democrats have the votes necessary to overcome a Republican-led procedural motion … Continue reading

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Taxing during recession does not make sense

This administration needs to learn the lessons that the U.S. voters put forth in the midterm elections. That is simply that you do not add taxes during these recessional times. It does not work to try to redistribute wealth without … Continue reading

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