Daily Archives: December 27, 2010

Ambulance crash kills driver en route to Quepos

A 32-year-old ambulance driver died Wednesday night when his vehicle struck a truck and two other vehicles, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. The victim was identified by the last name of Astúa. The ambulance was returning from Puntarenas to Quepos … Continue reading

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Krav Maga teacher plans to visit local affiliate

Costa Rica Krav Maga will host internationally known John Whitman for special sessions and instructor training in March. Whitman is the former president of Krav Maga Worldwide, the largest Krav Maga organization in the world. However, Mr. Whitman created and … Continue reading

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Another Mexican jail break frees 159 in Nuevo Laredo

Mexican prison officials say that at least 159 inmates have escaped from a prison in Nuevo Laredo, a northeastern town near the U.S. border. Officials say the inmates escaped early Friday through the main entrance.  One police source said the … Continue reading

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Ecuador bus crash kills 35 after mechanical failure

At least 35 people were killed and more than 20 injured in an early morning accident Friday in Ecuador when a bus plunged into a ravine. Authorities said the death toll could increase as six people were trapped under the … Continue reading

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Cuban cable criticizes Jamaica drug cooperation

A U.S. diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks suggests that Cuba complained to the United States about Jamaica’s apparent lack of cooperation in the fight against drugs.  The cable, dated August 2009 and published by The Guardian newspaper, says Jamaican officials … Continue reading

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Low oxygen ocean areas reported making fish vulnerable

Billfish and tuna, important commercial and recreational fish species, may be more vulnerable to fishing pressure because of shrinking habitat according to a new study published by scientists. The study came from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, The Billfish … Continue reading

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Police bring Christmas to border region with Nicaragua

The central government has been giving more attention to the northern zone since Nicaraguan troops invaded the Isla Calero and began constructing an artificial mouth for the Río San Juan. More police have been deployed to the area, including at … Continue reading

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U.S. ambassador says milling would remove rice toxins

The U.S. ambassador said that Costa Rican lab workers made an error when they conducted tests for harmful fungus on a boatload of rice imported from the United States. The ambassador, Anne S. Andrew, said that test results show that … Continue reading

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Costa Rica is hypocritical in U.S. child custody cases

Here we go again. I see that Costa Rica is again failing to comply with international law concerning child custody decisions made in other countries. See “Defensoría moved to halt return of U.S. child” here. Costa Rica is counting on the … Continue reading

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Boat dumps 20 into gulf

A launch containing 20 persons overturned en route to Isla Tortuga about 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the Cruz Roja reported. All of the boat occupants were pulled from the Gulf of Nicoya, the agency said. A tourist boat nearby and another … Continue reading

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Brawl injures 10 persons

Christmas morning was anything but peaceful in Barrio Nuevo de Curridabat. The Cruz Roja reported that a brawl there injured at least 10 persons and that six ambulances were needed to carry victims to hospitals. The agency was called about … Continue reading

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Health ministry closes Tambor hotel over illnesses

When some 50 more guests said they were ill Saturday, the Ministerio de Salud closed the Hotel Barceló Tambor to new guests. The minister, María Luisa Ávila, said she expected the closing to last for a week while the hotel … Continue reading

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U.S. fugitive detained by agents in Alajuela

The Poder Judicial said that a fugitive from the United States was detained Thursday in Desamparados de Alajuela. The man was identified as Daniel Jay Dossier. The Poder Judicial said he was wanted in the United States to face charges … Continue reading

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Quepos lawyer identified in money-laundering case

The Poder Judicial has identified the Quepos lawyer facing a money laundering allegation. They said he has the last name of Bermúdez. The organized crime prosecutor and the anti-money laundering task force of the Judicial Investigating Organization detained the man … Continue reading

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Hosting U.S. ships ruled to not be unconstitutional

The Sala IV constitutional court, by a split vote, has rejected a challenge to Costa Rica’s agreement to operate joint maritime patrols. As part of the agreement, the legislature votes every six months to allow U.S. Coast Guard and Navy … Continue reading

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Horse parade participants had antidote to the cold

More than 4,000 horsemen and horsewomen, some of them fortified against the chilly weather by beer, wine and other alcohols, took to the streets of San José Sunday for the annual Tope Nacional. They were cheered by an estimated 200,000 … Continue reading

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