Daily Archives: May 31, 2012

Consumer confidence takes a dip, university study says

Consumer confidence has taken a dip, according to a study released Wednesday by the Escuela de Estadística of the Universidad de Costa Rica. On a 100-point scale, confidence dipped 4.5 points when compared to three months earlier, said the report. … Continue reading

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Celebrated northern route quickly becoming a political albatross

While President Laura Chinchilla visits Europe, the scandal over the new road along the Río San Juan becomes more complex. The Nicaraguan government has expressed its concern because road construction has caused silting of the river nearby. The road was … Continue reading

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Envirnmental groups hopeful in effort to end shrimp trawling

A coalition of environmental groups is hopeful that its case against shrimp trawling will advance because the Sala IV constitutional court has taken an interest. One of the members of the Coalition, the Programa Restauración de Tortugas Marinas, said that … Continue reading

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Drug drama on the high seas captured on infrared video

Anti-drug forces are combing the Caribbean and the Pacific with some success. The most recent was an incident in which a drug-carrying fastboat was frustrated in its passage north in the eastern Pacific. The U.S. southern Command reported that the … Continue reading

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Gang treaty in El Salvador appears to reduce murders

A gang truce mediated by the Catholic Church in El Salvador has dramatically reduced gang-related killings in the Central American country since it was implemented in March. Those who work with gang members in the United States support the fragile … Continue reading

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Rebels in Colombia release captured French journalist

A humanitarian delegation has secured the release of a kidnapped French journalist in Colombia. The French journalist, Romeo Langlois, was captured by Colombian rebels on April 28 during an attack on troops. He was accompanying them to film a drug … Continue reading

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Memorial Day services draws 50 to San Antonio

About 50 former members of the U.S. military, relatives and friends showed up for Memorial Day services at Cementerio Campo de Esperanza, San Antonio de Escazú. They included members of American Legion Post 10, the Marine Corps League and members … Continue reading

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Newspaper attacks decried

The Interamerican Press Association has expressed concern at attacks against news outlets in Brazil and Venezuela. The Miami-based press advocacy organization urged officials in both countries to investigate. In Venezuela, someone threw explosives against the daily ¿Que Pasa? in Maracaibo … Continue reading

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Well, there goes the neighborhood . . . and local pets

Some bizarre events have taken place on the central Pacific at Dominical. Resident Vance Richardson said via email that an 8-foot caiman is probably the culprit behind the disappearance of some neighborhood dogs. Recently, the animal graduated to larger prey. … Continue reading

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Readers invited to express their political views

This is another presidential election year in the United States, and plenty of expats here have opinions on who should win. The choice is between the incumbent, Barack Obama, and the Republican hopeful Mitt Romney, although a reader wrote Wednesday … Continue reading

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Expats have many options to register to vote Nov. 6

U.S. expats have plenty of time to register to vote in the Nov. 6 federal election. They have a right to do so no matter how long they have lived overseas. Several organizations exist to help expats register and obtain … Continue reading

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