Monthly Archives: May 2015

U.S. and Costa Rica sign customs pact

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Servicio Nacional de Aduanas Thursday signed a mutual assistance agreement. Officials said that the pact will mark a milestone in safety and will facilitate legitimate trade between the two countries. The agreement was … Continue reading

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Bridge won’t collapse, road agency says

The Ruta 32 bridge over the Río Chirripó is not in bad shape no matter what Japanese experts say, according to the national road agency. A release deplored alarmist suggestions that the bridge might collapse. The highway is a key … Continue reading

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Three smuggling suspects come ashore

Three more Costa Rican drug smuggling suspects arrived in Caldera Thursday. They had been captured along with 1,772 kilos of cocaine in international waters. The trio had been aboard a boat named  Capitán Luismi out of Golfito when they were … Continue reading

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Playa Tamarindo to get second tower

Tamarindo chamber of commerce officials plan to install a second tower at its beach to complement the one that was erected two weeks ago. The chamber, the Cámara de Comercio y Turismo de Tamarindo, held a meeting this week to … Continue reading

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Five persons detained in a string of thefts from bus passengers

Judicial agents are attributing at least 40 thefts from bus passengers to the man and four women who were detained Thursday. Agents said that 40 of the 152 thefts that have been reported in the Central Valley since the first … Continue reading

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Man, 36, from Guanacaste faces allegation of having child porn

Judicial agents said they got a tip from Europe that allowed them to detain a child porn suspect. The arrest of a 36-year-old man came Thursday in Guanacaste. The Judicial Investigating Organization said it was contacted by the International Police … Continue reading

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State phone company says it was defrauded out of about $200,000

Judicial agents said Thursday that a subcontractor of the state telephone company  defrauded the firm by initiating excessive telephone calls. Agents detained five women and two men in a series of raids in Atenas and in El Coyol de Alajuela. … Continue reading

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Bikers to draw Muhammad at mosque

A group bikers plan to hold a Prophet Muhammad cartoon-drawing contest today outside an Islamic community center in Arizona. Organizers say the rally is in response to an incident earlier this month in which two gunmen opened fire on a … Continue reading

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Go after the rich and powerful

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: Unfortunately again Costa Rica is suffering a black eye internationally. Corruption, corruption. The new president has an opportunity to fulfill his promise for change and transparency. Draft and present a new bill that would change the … Continue reading

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Lawmaker wants to ban illegal cash

Franklin Corella Vargas, a lawmaker, said Thursday that the system of election financing oversight needs to be reinforced. The  Partido Acción Ciudadana lawmaker made the comments in the wake of revelations that Eduardo Li Sánchez had donated 55 million colons … Continue reading

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Dangerous drug was sold by the drop

Officers of the Fuerza Pública’s regional drug program have identified three students they say are selling a dangerous prescription drug. The drug is  clonazepam, which, among other side effects, may encourage thoughts of suicide, according to medical information on the … Continue reading

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Weekend holds a variety of diversions

There’s no reason to stay at home this weekend.  Even the weather is expected to cooperate. Today is expected to see little rain, and Saturday is expected to be wetter but without electrical storms. The big attraction tonight is the … Continue reading

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U.S. experts also see a less active hurricane season

The U.S. government’s official forecast anticipates a less active than normal Atlantic hurricane season. Officially, the season starts Monday and run through November. The national  Climate Prediction Center says there will be from six to 11 named storms with winds … Continue reading

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Web program tries to place seniors in jobs

Tecnológico de Costa Rica, the public university, debuts an employment marketplace for seniors today at the Centro de Transferencia Tecnológica in Zapote. The Web-based program is called  Intégrate al trabajo. The minister of Trabajo,  Víctor Morales Mora, is expected to … Continue reading

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Press organization laments latest murder

The Inter American Press Association has expressed its dismay upon learning of a new murder of a journalist in Brazil, the second in less than a week. The body of Djalma Santos da Conceição, a journalist with RCA community radio, … Continue reading

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New municipal parking plan does not sit well with some in Quepos

Some Quepos residents are seeing red over the yellow paint that has been marked on downtown curbs. Parking is prohibited in the yellow zones, and the principal complaint is that there is nowhere to park. That the municipality also is … Continue reading

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Costa Rican composition to be featured at orchestra performances

Álvaro González will perform the world premier of the  “Concierto para violonchelo y orquesta,” composed by Carlos Escalante, also a Costa Rican, for the fifth concert of the season by the  Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. González  also will perform the “Chant … Continue reading

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Bill nearing passage would keep track of unpaid labor in the home

A legislative division that has the power to pass laws has given preliminary approval to a measure that recognizes the unpaid labor of child care, household work and the care of older adults and the disabled. The action came from … Continue reading

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