Daily Archives: December 20, 2010

Europe is in ice box and many are stranded

Blizzards and freezing temperatures shut down airport runways, train tracks and highways across Europe Sunday, stranding thousands of holiday travelers. Airports in Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Italy and other countries reported cancellations or delays in hundreds of flights. Runways … Continue reading

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Cháves says he’ll reject Obama’s new ambassador

Venezuela’s president has vowed to reject the U.S. nominee for ambassador to the South American country. Hugo Chávez said Saturday in a televised speech that Larry Palmer will not be allowed to take up his post because the diplomat has … Continue reading

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Thieves blamed in blast at Mexican oil pipeline

A state-owned oil pipeline has exploded in Mexico’s Puebla state, killing at least 22 people and destroying more than 30 homes. The Pemex oil company said Sunday’s explosion in the community of San Martin Texmelucan occurred at a duct where … Continue reading

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Neutral Internet facing commercial call for control

In the occasional rough-and-tumble of where business, politics and the Internet meet, the phrase net neutrality has become fighting words. It’s an easy bet that most people have no idea what net neutrality means, let alone what the fight’s about. … Continue reading

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Security officials still seeking an effective anti-crime policy

Police officials and prosecutors met Friday in an effort to map out a way to fight crime. Leading the session was Jorge Chavarría Gúzman, the fiscal general or chief prosecutor. He proposed forming a committee that would be called a … Continue reading

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President greets kids at Christmas fiesta

President Laura Chinchilla was swamped by children Sunday at a fiesta put on by the Asociación Obras del Espíritu Santo, a Catholic organization that works in low-income communities. The name translated to works of the Holy Spirit. The association has … Continue reading

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Early Tuesday is the time for another eclipse of the moon

Costa Ricans and expats will get a sky show just after midnight tonight when the earth’s shadow darkens the full moon. Tuesday also happens to be the Winter Solstice. The solstice marks the time when the Earth’s axial tilt is … Continue reading

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Tico rejects characterization of coward and spineless

I am not in the habit of responding to the senseless hegemony and belligerence proposed by contributors that this “newspaper” is in the habit of publishing. However, when you allow someone to express an insulting blanket opinion that “It is … Continue reading

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Cell networks disrupted over the weekend

Telephone users lived through another cellular moment Saturday as the GSM and G3 networks behaved irregularly. The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad does not know how many users were affected, but calls were not going through from 10 a.m. Saturday. Although … Continue reading

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Masked men blast away at victims near market

Two men on a motorcycle fired on pedestrians near a supermarket in Los Guidos late Saturday, and five persons suffered bullet wounds. Three were seriously hurt, said the Cruz Roja. No reason was given for the shooting, and the persons … Continue reading

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U.S. tells tourists how to stay out of trouble

The U.S. State Department has issued a routine warning to tourists that some areas of Costa Rica might be unsafe. The State Department also urged tourists to make copies of their passport and carry just copies while the original is … Continue reading

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Border beefed up to keep eye on possible invaders

Concerned that the government of Nicaragua might enlarge the territory it has invaded in northern Costa Rica, the central government has created a crisis committee to keep an eye on the border. The committee includes the foreign minister, the security … Continue reading

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Big winner Sunday was operator of national lottery

Once again, for the 10th straight year, the staff and editors of A.M. Costa Rica were shut out in the Gordo Christmas lottery. Despite weeks of studying on how to beat the U.S. Internal Revenue Service on taxes from lottery … Continue reading

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