Daily Archives: December 13, 2010

Latin exports rebounding with some help from China

Latin American exports to the world grew by a projected 29 percent in 2010, to approximately $853 billion, reversing a 23 percent fall in 2009, according to preliminary estimates by the Inter-American Development Bank’s Integration and Trade Sector. Exports within … Continue reading

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Scientists seek to make universal flu vaccine

The World Health Organization says about 500,000 people die every year from seasonal flu. To combat that, doctors recommend getting a flu vaccine at the beginning of each flu season, and researchers are now working on a universal vaccine that … Continue reading

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U.S. Cancún climate session agrees on aid to poor nations

After two weeks of deliberations and negotiations, representatives of more than 190 nations have concluded the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico with agreements to establish a fund to help poor countries deal with climate change and a … Continue reading

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Police continue crackdown on sales of illegal fireworks

Although there are plenty of illegal fireworks being shot off for the Christmas season, Fuerza Pública officers are making continual arrests. One man came into police hands Sunday when he tried to bring fireworks into the country from Nicaragua, where … Continue reading

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Holiday toy and food prices found to be very flexible

Another survey by the economics ministry shows vast differences in the price of toys and also differences in the price of food products that go into the traditional Christmas tamal. The toy survey took place at the beginning of November … Continue reading

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Many smaller firms can duck proposed corporation tax

Some corporations operated by expats will be able to dodge the proposed $200-a-year tax on their enterprise because the firm qualifies as a small or medium business. The Ministerio de Economia, Industría y Comercio said that there are about 31,000 … Continue reading

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Producers happy that contaminated rice was spotted

Rice producers here are expressing their pleasure that the health ministry ordered 10,000 tons of imported rice destroyed. The Ministerio de Salud said that a dangerous fungus infected some of the rice. The loss to two local companies, Pelón and … Continue reading

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Michigan man is Santa for many rural Costa Ricans

Gringo Santa does not restrict his outreach work to Christmas, but because he has a bushy white beard, he fits well with the season. The Ovid, Michigan, man said he has been a frequent visitor to Costa Rica over the … Continue reading

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List of security proposals has some big omissions

The legislature is studying the agenda of bills sent over by Casa Presidencial. The proposals are heavy with new taxes, but none seems to address the problems most expats consider the most important. President Laura Chinchilla’s security program is to … Continue reading

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Two sailors rescued from their raft in Pacific

A cargo ship managed to pick up two unidentified British Columbians who were adrift in the Pacific on a raft. The pair were traveling on a sailboat, said the The Victoria Times Colonist newspaper. The U.S. Coast Guard was credited … Continue reading

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How come no action is taken on noise

Will someone please explain why heavy haulage vehicles here in Costa Rica seem to remove the baffles in their silencers and create as much noise as possible. Some motorcyclists do this also. I live within a kilometer of the autopista, … Continue reading

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Left-leaning labor union wants to see U.S. cables

Left-wing labor leaders say they are anxiously awaiting release of U.S. diplomatic cables that were sent to and from San José at the time the free trade treaty with the United States was being considered. The Asociación Nacional de Empleados … Continue reading

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Liberación candidate wins mayoralty in Pococí

A delayed election took place Sunday in Pococí. The vote was postponed last Sunday because part of the northern canton was under water. The results were no surprise. The candidate of Partido Liberación Nacional defeated opponents. He is Jorge Emilio … Continue reading

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