Monthly Archives: July 2015

Press advocate cites declines in freedom

The increase in direct and indirect censorship and physical attacks on journalists have caused deterioration in freedom of the press and of expression in he Western Hemisphere, the  Inter American Press Association told a U.S. congressional subcommittee The House Subcommittee … Continue reading

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Latin growth seen as less than 1 percent

The countries in Latin America and the Caribbean will grow a half a percent on average in 2015, according to new projections released by the regional United Nations agency. Although the deceleration is a generalized phenomenon in the region, the … Continue reading

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Cruz Roja plans 35 aid stations

The Cruz Roja said 800 of its workers and volunteers will staff 35 aid stations for pilgrims starting at 8 a.m. Saturday. That is when the greatest flow of romeros, as they are called, is expected to begin. The destination … Continue reading

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Local air travelers being snagged by unauthorized fees

Operators of two local airports have been under investigation since last year because they have instituted their own landing fees for passengers, according to the Dirección General de Aviation Civil. The government agency disclosed these facts as a reporter sought … Continue reading

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Man held on allegation of pimping

Judicial police detained a man Thursday on an allegation of pimping. The Judicial Investigating Organization said that agents raided the 40-year-old man’s home about 2:30 p.m. where they found identification documents of women and other evidence. The location was in … Continue reading

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Tourists stranded on Río Pacuare trip

A group of 30 tourists were stuck overnight in the vicinity of the  Río Pacuare. They were caught in a heavy downpour and  some of their kayaks overturned in the late afternoon. The Cruz Roja was expected to provide transportation … Continue reading

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Bottoms up: Official booze bill is lower

The current administration is praising itself for only spending 37.2 not reflected in these figures, the foreign ministry is a big consumer of alcohol because there are a number of diplomatic functions throughout the year.

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June flooding emergency is costing the government about $20 million

The national emergency commission said Thursday that government entities have invested 10.5 billion colons, some $20 million, in repairs from heavy rains in June in the northeastern part of the country.  Two thirds of that amount were to fix roads … Continue reading

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President sends list of bills to lawmakers

The executive branch has designed more than five dozen bills for what is known as an extraordinary legislative session that begins Monday. During times when the Constitution does not say the legislature should meet, the executive branch has the power … Continue reading

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Let Fido stay home, animal health officials suggest

Government animal health officials are making the obvious announcement that taking dogs on the pilgrimage to Cartago is not a good idea. A total of 32 dogs were abandoned last year at the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles … Continue reading

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Top-drawer artists, artisans promised for Hecho Aquí

he culture ministry is touting a three-day expo starting today as an introduction to Costa Rican cuisine. The event, Hecho Aquí,  Artesanía Costarricense, will have a broad range of artisans showing their wares, and that includes candy makers and beekeepers. … Continue reading

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Marine Corps League is looking for a few good toy donors

Late July is not too early to think about Christmas. The Marine Corps League and U.S. Embassy Marine Security Group Detachment have asked for donations to the annual Toys for Tots Drive. And the Museo de los Niños said it … Continue reading

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1 percent tax to finance Cruz Roja advances in the legislature

A legislative committee approved and sent to the full body Wednesday a proposal for a dedicated tax to support the Cruz Roja. The action came in the  Comisión Permanente de Asuntos Hacendarios on bill No.  19.234. The measure also would … Continue reading

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New genetically modified rice strain reduces methane gas emissions

Opponents of genetically modified crops will soon face a conundrum. Rice cultivation is a major producer of methane, which is a gas 20 times more effective in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide in trapping heat. World estimates say that rice … Continue reading

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Perez Zeledon Women’s club to meet

The  Perez Zeledon International Women’s club meets Aug. 11 at  Bazooka’s Restaurant on the Interamerican highway at 11 a.m. The organization said the goal of the meeting is to share ideas on fun activities for the club. Reservations are sought … Continue reading

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Model-turned-designer uses coconut shells

Former model Adriana Fernández is one of those entrepreneurs who will be featured in the Feria Hecho Aquí, Artesanía Costarricense this weekend in the Antigua Aduana. She makes jewelry from organic materials, such as coconut shells, other organic items and … Continue reading

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Savings Unlimited testimonies are sought

ose who have filed a case against Luis Milanes are getting summonses requiring them to appear in court to testify, one of those summonsed said Wednesday. Milanes and two associates, his brother José and Michael González, are on trial for … Continue reading

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Salary list finally ready for employers

The increase in minimum wages for the second half of 2014 is more complex than previous years. Instead of decreeing a single percentage for all salaries, the Consejo Nacional de Salarios decided to give higher percentages of wages to those … Continue reading

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