Monthly Archives: January 2017

Costa Rica gets its first world body OK

Costa Rica is one step closer to being a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The foreign trade minister, Alexander Mora, said he was satisfied with the organization’s approval of Costa Rica to join in the area … Continue reading

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A review of language-learning programs Duolingo language-learning site appears to be a great start for Spanish

Duolingo continues to be a winner in language learning, a newspaper study has shown. The free, online training site is 5 years old now, and 27 languages are being offered with nearly that many in development. Not all courses are … Continue reading

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Keeps those duds clean might require some comparison shopping

Laundry service represents a common necessity for tourists, expats, and anyone who desires not to smell funny. This common service can be uncommonly expensive in Costa Rica. Some businesses providing these services of washing and drying clothes fall prey to … Continue reading

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Police officers greeted with rain of rocks

A rock-throwing brawl outside a bar turned into an attack on Fuerza Pública officers Sunday night. The incident occurred in Pital at San Carlos where police received a call about people outside a local bar hurling stones against parked vehicles … Continue reading

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1,500 new police officers are expected

An estimated 1,500 new police officers will join law enforcement this year, according to officials in the public security ministry. The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública announced Monday afternoon that 25 billion colons, around $44.8 million, is being budgeted for the … Continue reading

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Ancient Greek Tragedies coming in March

Classical Greek drama is taking the stage in March at Costa Rica’s Teatro Nacional. The Oresteia, called in Spanish La Orestíada, an adaptation of the tragedies created by Aeschylus in the fifth century B.C., will debut March 10 at 8 … Continue reading

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Winds expected to continue today

Strong blasts of wind have been pummeling areas of the Central Valley and Guanacaste these past couple days and will continue today. According to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional, the Costa Rican national weather service, a cold front is generating strong … Continue reading

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Reality of passport confiscations still some time off

The U.S. State Department still is a long way from pulling passports of citizens with major tax debt. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service said that it has not yet reported tax debt to the State Department but that it plans … Continue reading

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License law change penalizes expats who overstay

A new traffic law calls for the removal of license plates on cars owned by foreigners who get caught driving past the three-month limit allowed tourists, according to the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes. This is a sequel to … Continue reading

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Tourism chamber pleased by Solís on taxes

The tourism chamber is expressing pleasure that President Luis Guillermo Solís said he does not agree with officials who want to tax the industry. Solís made his comments Friday at the 19th Congreso Nacional de Turismo. The issue stems from … Continue reading

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How about a nice fungicide bath?

Do you know what you get when you mix water and vinegar, garlic, marigold, and tobacco from two packs of cigarettes? You get a home brew of fungicide! And then? Then you let it sit in the sun for 7 … Continue reading

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Law enforcement continues its sweep against cutting downed trees

Law enforcement and environmental agents continued their efforts against those who are logging trees downed by Hurricane Otto. Fuerza Pública officers in Pital said they have confiscated 1,200 planks from three different types of trees. Police, agents from the Ministerio … Continue reading

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Suspicion centers on two young men in the Parque Nacional at dusk

While sitting on a green bench lining the charming paths through Parque Nacional, the only thing I expected was maybe to get hassled for a minute by someone asking for money. A few people were sitting down. A couple shared … Continue reading

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Adult and two minors held in theft

Tourist police in Puerto Viejo caught an adult and minor who are suspected of stealing from tourists. The two suspects were accused of trying to steal several belongings out of a vehicle near Limón province’s Coles Beach Saturday, according to … Continue reading

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Study approved for improving Ruta 27

The Ruta 27 concessionaire was given the go-ahead to carry out studies considering the possibility of improving the route between San José and Caldera. The Autopista del Sol, the firm that holds the concession, is looking at options of widening … Continue reading

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Trio of bicyclists cut down on highway

A black Mustang, reported to be traveling at a high speed, killed three bicyclists and critically injured a fourth, a woman, early Sunday in Curridabat. This was the accident that took the greatest number of lives, but there were other … Continue reading

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Iranian woman here was blindsided by Trump’s order

Hamaseh Tayari, a United Kingdom resident who holds an Iranian passport, had been on holiday in Costa Rica with her boyfriend for the last week. When she tried to leave, she inadvertently ran afoul of U.S. changes in immigration rules. … Continue reading

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Government shifts its position on new taxes

The government made another pitch for more taxes Thursday and proposed a value-added tax of 13 percent rather than the 15 percent that had been proposed previously. The change came in a letter from Helio Fallas, the finance minster, to … Continue reading

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