Daily Archives: May 1, 2012

Cement firm bids a disgruntled farewell to Costa Rica

A cement producer that spent five years wrapped in red tape has called it quits. The firm, Comercializadora de Concretos y Asfaltos S.A., took out full page ads in Spanish-language newspapers Monday to say that Costa Rica does not have … Continue reading

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Fax machine blamed for blaze that damaged home

Fire investigators are blaming a fax machine for a blaze that nearly destroyed a home in Calle Blancos early Monday. The Cuerpo de Bomberos received the alarm at 5:30 a.m. The blaze was in a home in El Encanto subdivision … Continue reading

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Those with complaints ready to march today

Depending on the weather, a good part of the morning and early afternoon today will seek International Labor Day marchers in the downtown to the Plaza de las Garantías Sociales behind the headquarters of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. … Continue reading

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Robbery suspect certainly knows the procedure

Maybe the 25th time will be a charm. At least that is what Fuerza Pública officers hope after they detained a robbery suspect for the 25th time. Police officers frustrated an armed robbery in Tibás Monday. Two men stuck up … Continue reading

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Puriscal-Ciudad Colón road rebuilding due to be done in July

Road officials expect to finish the Puriscal-Ciudad Colón rebuilding by July. The work has been going on since September. An unusual aspect is a retaining wall that has been put up in Alto de Quitirrisí. The wall helps workers rebuild … Continue reading

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Minor Vargas convicted of 10 felony counts by U.S. jury

A federal jury in Virginia found Minor Vargas Calvo guilty Monday in a massive fraud scheme that has thousands of victims worldwide. Vargas, 60, was president of a Costa Rican company, Provident Capital Indemnity Ltd., that sold reinsurance bonds to … Continue reading

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Delta purchases refinery to provide its jet fuel

U.S.-based Delta Airlines will soon be the world’s first air carrier to produce its own jet fuel. Delta announced Monday it is buying a struggling oil refinery near Philadelphia from the Phillips 66 oil company for $150 million. The airline … Continue reading

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New tower in New York claims record as tallest

One World Trade Center, the skyscraper being built in Lower Manhattan to replace the World Trade Center twin towers destroyed by terrorists in 2001, is now the tallest structure in New York City. Monday workers erected a steel column on … Continue reading

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Tourism chamber seeks more government action

The tourism chamber wants more action from the central government during the final two years of the Laura Chinchilla presidency. Among the requests is legislation to make the theft of a passport a felony. The chamber, the Cámara Nacional de … Continue reading

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New tower in New York claims record as tallest

One World Trade Center, the skyscraper being built in Lower Manhattan to replace the World Trade Center twin towers destroyed by terrorists in 2001, is now the tallest structure in New York City. Monday workers erected a steel column on … Continue reading

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Environment ministry losing telecom section

Anyone who thought that the situation was strange to lump telecommunication in with the environment will be happy to know that there is going to be a change. As a stopgap measure, the Arias administration put the telecom supervision into … Continue reading

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French president to sue Web site for defamation

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he will bring charges against a news Web site for claiming that late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi had offered to give him $50 million to help finance his first presidential bid. French Web site Mediapart … Continue reading

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