Monthly Archives: February 2017

Trucker protests brings police actions and tickets

A protest by tractor-trailer drivers lingered on Monday night with trucks still parked on the Cicunvalación in Zapote. The Zapote site was one of two that the drivers chose to vent their unhappiness over what they say is their economic … Continue reading

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Fragile road network promotes jams

The downtown traffic network is so fragile that a slight tap between a bus and a sports utility vehicle can cause chaos. That is what happened Monday when the minor mishap took place on Avenida 7 at Calle 23 opposite … Continue reading

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Raising clowning to the level of an art form requires being wacky

By Conor Golden of the A.M. Costa Rica staff There is more to being a clown than just wearing the makeup and putting a smile on one’s face. The art of being a clown is an expression of self-made relaxation, … Continue reading

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Sugar cane industry promotes pollution

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: Every morning as I look out into the valley that runs past my house, I think of all the propaganda that has been around for years, ie. how environmentally friendly and clean Costa Rica is.  My … Continue reading

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Electronic monitoring of prisoners begins

The project is just the beginning, but for now 16 police officers and seven professionals are monitoring eight persons who have been ordered to house detention. The professionals include lawyers, social workers and psychologists. The eight individuals, seven men and … Continue reading

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Canadian teen held for dealing synthetic drugs

Police arrested at least four minors these past two days for varying offenses including theft and drug dealing. Police arrested a 15-year old Canadian minor for possession of illegal drugs and reported that the minor was dealing in an area … Continue reading

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Montes de Oca unhappy with unwanted ad displays

A conflict is brewing between the Municipalidad de Montes de Oca and the central government. The dispute illustrated the lack of power that local governments have in some cases. Municipal officials are unhappy that the transport ministry gave permission to … Continue reading

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Microsoft says it will increase job slots here

Microsoft Corp. says it is adding 280 employees here for customer service and inside sales. The new staffers will handle contacts with Central America, Ecuador, Perú and the Caribbean, the company said. Casa Presidencial welcomed the announcement. The new jobs … Continue reading

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Find those plants to hold the slope

Take a look at that hillside, that slope, that beautiful building lot? Can you say, “Oops”? “Oops” is what you often get in the rainy season, unless, of course, your land is beautifully flat or only at a 10-degree slope. … Continue reading

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Minibus mishap injures 18, three critically, near Manuel Antonio park

A minibus carrying more than 30 people ran off Ruta 618 near Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio Sunday morning. The accident occurred near the Hotel Costa Verde. Workers at the hotel said that the crash happened around 9:30 a.m. The bus … Continue reading

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Sanatorio Durán in Cartago stands empty as a remote historic site

By Conor Golden of the A.M. Costa Rica staff It is the stillness, the quiet and the loneliness that could first strike a visitor to Sanatorio Durán. Nestled in the highlands overlooking Cartago, the former sanitarium for tuberculosis patients has … Continue reading

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Drug dealers are expanding their inventory

The security ministry confirmed Friday morning the first case of a proven sale of ketamine in Costa Rica. Although police have confiscated the drug before at the border and in other operations, this case represents the first instance of an … Continue reading

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Playa Langosta-Tamarindo road job at last

Tamarindo will have a new hard surface road to Playa Langosta. The current single-kilometer stretch is punctuated with many potholes. The Concejo Municipal de Santa Cruz made the decision and agreed to spend 98 million colons for the job. The … Continue reading

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Surprise: Motor fuel prices will be going down

The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos has approved a decrease in the prices of fuels in response to the excess of petroleum on the international market and a drop in the world price. The super blend of gasoline will … Continue reading

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Heat and lack of oxygen blamed for dead fish

The government’s animal health service is blaming high water temperatures and a lack of oxygen for the death of millions of sardines. But the report released Friday does not disclose any root cause. The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal was … Continue reading

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Call center growth small in comparison

Costa Rica has shown enormous growth in contact center or call center employment, but the country still is small potatoes in Latin America. A summary provided by Aspect Software, Inc., said that Costa Rica now has 28 contact centers and … Continue reading

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Law makes providers responsible for denying inmate cell phone use

Costa Rica prison officials have been spectacularly unsuccessful in preventing inmates from using illegal cell telephones, so now lawmakers are asking the provider companies to figure out a way. Contact between visitors and inmates is not restricted in most cases … Continue reading

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Costa Rica’s American football league season opener this Saturday

The new Asociación de Equipos de Football Americano will open the 2017 1st Division National Championship calendar this Saturday with two games playing at Estadio Municipal de Flores, San Joaquín, Flores, Heredia. At 2 p.m., the Cartago Leones F.C. meet … Continue reading

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