Daily Archives: December 16, 2010

Band concerts to precede big gordo lottery drawing

National bands will be in concert Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the Plaza de la Democracia in San José. The Sunday concert is a warmup for the drawing of the big Christmas lottery, the Gordo. The Dirección General de Bandas … Continue reading

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Cluster bombs outlawed in approved treaty text

The legislature Tuesday approved for the second and final time a measure to outlaw cluster bombs in Costa Rica. The measure is largely symbolic because Costa Rica seeks to adopt an international treaty against such weaponry. The Sala IV determined … Continue reading

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Development plan reduced to 256-pages of specifics

The central government came out with a 256-page national development plan to cover the years of the Chinchilla administration. The plan says it is a fundamental instrument to make decisions, assign resources and manage government, according to the preface. In … Continue reading

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Big Christmas party today for 400 youngsters in Pavas

The Patronato Nacional de la Infancia will celebrate Christmas today with 400 youngsters in Pavas in the facilities of the Asociación de Desarrollo Integral. The celebration organized by the child welfare agency is part of the Red contra la violencia … Continue reading

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U.S. southern Command set inauguration of headquarters

The U.S. Southern Command is about to inaugurate its $405 million, 630,425-square foot headquarters building in Florida. The command identifies itself as one of six Defense Department geographic unified operations centers and is responsible for U.S. military operations, cooperation and … Continue reading

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U.S. Senate passes plan to stimulate economy

The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly approved a sweeping federal tax bill that will swell America’s national debt by hundreds of billions of dollars and, it is hoped, stimulate a lagging U.S. economy. Attention now shifts to the House of Representatives, … Continue reading

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U.S. is wary of proposal to give Chávez decree power

The U.S. State Department said Wednesday Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez is subverting the will of the country’s electorate by seeking emergency powers in advance of the seating of a new legislature next month. The current congress, filled with pro-Chávez members, … Continue reading

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Defensoría fielded more than 20,000 complaints in 2010

Costa Ricans, who have a reputation for suffering silently, really do complain. The Defensoría de los Habitantes said that it received more than 20,000 complaints over the quality of public services in 2010. The most complaints were about public transportation, … Continue reading

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Arrest in tire-puncturing case serves to remind tourists

Tourists continue to be easy picking for crooks who take advantage of flat tires on rental vehicles. The Judicial Investigating Organization made an arrest Wednesday, but the threat for tourists leaving Juan Santamaría airport in Alajuela and Daniel Oduber airport … Continue reading

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Environmentalists concerned by apparent fishing violation

Environmentalists trying to enforce a commercial fishing regulation thought they had a deal. The Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura and the Ministerio de Agricultura y Gandería said that by Dec. 1 every commercial fishing boat would have to unload … Continue reading

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Great irony follows talks about global climate change

I am an off-and-on reader. Maybe I missed a comment or there was none on what happened in Cancún. Well, nothing to write home about but we received another glimpse of the irony of the subject matter, of our moment … Continue reading

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Colon-dollar exchange rate keeps this tourist away

I see in today’s A.M. Costa Rica that the dollar has again fallen below 500 colons. I noted also that there is a story projecting, as usual, improved tourism visitation, but detailing how poorly the tourism industry performed in the … Continue reading

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Plunge on quadracycle is fatal to U.S. tourist

A quadracycle rider who was a U.S. tourist, died Tuesday night near Jacó when his machine plunged off a road into the ravine. The man, identified as Jonathan Andrew Sharp is believed to have suffered a broken neck in the … Continue reading

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Rains expected to endure through next Tuesday

Despite the winds from the north the Central Valley has a 30 percent chance of rain from today through next Tuesday, according to the Weather Underground, a forecasting service of this newspaper. The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that today will … Continue reading

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U.S. ship arrivals continue to feed political debate

Opposition political party members are sensitive to the arrival of U.S. warships, even when they are not U.S. warships. The security minister held a press conference and issued a statement Wednesday after the Partido Acción Ciudadana complained in its own … Continue reading

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Here are some recommendations for high season

A report on tourist occupancies Wednesday did not point out that the impact of the world’s financial crisis falls disproportionately on smaller firms. Wednesday some of those tourism operators said that for them conditions are far worse than the so-so … Continue reading

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