Daily Archives: February 8, 2017

Trusts OK’d for infrastructure and maintenance

The legislature Tuesday approved for the second and final time a plan to create  fideicomisos or trusts to generate funds to build, operate and maintain transportation infrastructure. The trusts also will have the authority to borrow money both locally and … Continue reading

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Guess what is making a comeback

Expats in Costa Rica might be surprised to learn that Latin is coming back. Latin like in Romans and not Latin like in salsa. That ancient language, of course, is the base for Spanish that most expats confront on a … Continue reading

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Coast Guard gives a hand to a very hairy neighbor

Sloths in Costa Rica can live happily with humans as long as there are leaves to munch. Sometimes the modern world gets in the way. That happened in Quepos where members of the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas found a sloth … Continue reading

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Lawmakers consider penalties for abusing the many tax-free deals

The Ministerio de Hacienda has been vocal in criticism about tax evaders and cheats, but an official of that ministry said Tuesday that there are 260 types of exonerations from taxes in the current law. And no one is checking … Continue reading

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Toledo probe involves activities here

Alejandro Toledo, the former president, is under investigation in his home country of Perú because he is suspected of taking millions in bribes from Odebrecht, a Brazilian company that has been under investigation there. Also involved in the case is … Continue reading

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Orchestra goes on road with free concerts

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional goes on the road this week with five free concerts. The first will be Friday at 7 p.m. in the Iglesia La Soledad in San José Centro. Sunday the concert will be at 5 p.m. in … Continue reading

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Deal reached on electronic fare planning

The central government is praising an agreement for electronic payments for public transportation, but expats should not be ready to flash their credit cards yet. The agreement for now is just for planning how the electronic payment system will work. … Continue reading

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Rice agency continues push for official protection

he world economy has not been kind to Costa Rican rice growers. In 2010 there were 81,116 hectares being cultivated for rice.  Today there are about 46,000 hectares, a reduction of about 40 percent. In 2010 and 2011 there were … Continue reading

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Art City Tour will kick off eighth season Thursday

Art City Tour returns for the 2017 season, its eighth, Thursday. This is the event when museums and other cultural locations are open to the public for free, and even transportation is provided. The museums include the Museo Nacional de … Continue reading

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