Daily Archives: April 10, 2012

Wacky tax assessment system needs to be improved

The tax scandals of the last two weeks have shown major flaws in the Costa Rican legal framework. The former finance minister got in trouble for not updating the value of some real estate holdings. Elsewhere in the country many … Continue reading

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San Ramón Action Alliance plans another book sale

The Community Action Alliance will be holding its second Gran Venta de Libros Usados April 28 at the Regional Museum of San Ramón. The first book sale was a huge success with nearly 1,000 people attending and over $2,200 raised … Continue reading

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Political parties pick leaders for new term

There will be a change in the Asamblea Legislativa come May 1, and the two dominating political parties in the country are ready to lead the new term. The Partido Liberacion Nacional and the Partido Acción Ciudadana have already chosen … Continue reading

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Iberia pilots planning 30 days of work stoppages

The Spanish airline Iberia grounded 150 flights Monday as pilots struck to protest the start-up of the low-cost carrier Iberia Express. The Iberia pilots say they plan to strike 30 times, every Monday and Friday between now and July 20. … Continue reading

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Imported European fungus blamed in bat disaster

U.S. and Canadian scientists say a fungus that was likely brought to North America from Europe is responsible for a disease that has killed millions of bats. White Nose Syndrome is named for the powdery-white substance that clusters on the … Continue reading

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Obama cites progress in relations with Brazil

Obama cites progress in relations with Brazil

President Barack Obama says there has been enormous progress in the U.S. relationship with Brazil, though more work needs to be done. The president spoke after Oval Office talks with Brazil’s president, Dilma Rousseff, covering economic and trade relations, and … Continue reading

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More techs now processing Pap samples at Caja laboratory

The nation’s public health system said Monday that it has added 17 new technicians to the central cytology laboratory. Last month public health workers issued a chilling report: That there are 200,000 cancer tests awaiting analysis and that the wait … Continue reading

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Semana Santa meant more work for cops

Semana Santa meant more work for cops

While many Costa Ricans enjoyed a week off, the law enforcement agencies were working overtime. The Policía de Tránsito is taking credit for holding vehicle deaths below the 2011 level. There were just eight deaths, three fewer than the year … Continue reading

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Semana Santa death toll reported to be 34 persons

Semana Santa recorded 34 violent deaths, according to the Judicial Investigating Organization. There was a total of 19 traffic-related deaths, making the highways the leading cause of deaths in the country for the week. Eight people drowned. Five died by … Continue reading

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Nicaragua also is offering free trips to tourists

Nicaragua, too, has turned to Facebook and a free trip giveaway to promote its tourism. The Nicaragua tourism board said Monday that the launch of the Facebook campaign is the beginning of a $3 million marketing campaign. Nicaragua has experienced … Continue reading

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Kidnapped Tico diplomat liberated in Caracas

Kidnapped Tico diplomat liberated in Caracas

Costa Rica’s foreign ministry confirmed Tuesday morning that Guillermo Cholele, a diplomat at the nation’s embassy in Caracas, had been liberated. Cholele appeared to have been hit on the head but was otherwise in good condition, said sources in Venezuela. … Continue reading

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Despite scandals, president says she won’t dump taxes

President Laura Chinchilla addressed the nation Monday night and promised to forge ahead with her plan for new taxes. “I arrive to your homes after days of consideration and reflection to give you an explanation that you deserve in relation … Continue reading

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Fewer fatalities reported for Semana Santa this year

Although all the numbers are not yet in, Semana Santa appears to have cost fewer lives this year than last. The Cruz Roja said that only 21 violent deaths were reported by Sunday night, 19 less than the 40 for … Continue reading

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Sala IV faults way in which tax plan won approval

Without making a decision on the contents of President Laura Chinchilla’s tax plan, the Sala IV constitutional court has ruled that the process by which the measure passed through committee and ended up being approved in an initial vote was … Continue reading

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