Monthly Archives: March 2017

Under-educated can get driving lessons

The road education directorate is opening up classes for those persons who did not have an education past the sixth grade. In an announcement Wednesday, the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, which oversees driver education courses in Costa Rica, … Continue reading

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Cooperative corruption case continues

The six members of the Instituto Nacional de Formento Cooperativo arrested Tuesday had their Wednesday court session delayed for unclear reasons. The Poder Judicial issued a statement that said the Fiscalía de Anticorrupción suspended the Wednesday afternoon hearing and moved … Continue reading

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Puerto Viejo man called dealer for tourists

Drug police allege that on Tuesday they detained the main drug dealer of Chiquita beach in Limón’s Puerto Viejo. Police from the Control de Drogas allege that the 60-year old man was selling indiscriminately to foreign tourists. The man also … Continue reading

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Illegal firearms give holders perceived protection

The security ministry reported this week that its officers confiscated 340 firearms in the first four months of the year. Not all the confiscations followed shootouts like the one Monday in San Rafael Abajo de Desamparados when a gunman fired … Continue reading

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30K minors currently employed in Costa Rica

The central government estimates that there are 30,000 youngsters between 5 and 17 years that are working after the Costa Rican national household survey for 2016 showed 12,000 minors were not officially working. The number represents only around a single … Continue reading

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Embassy must prepare a daunting report

Somewhere inside the sprawling U.S. embassy complex in Pavas, there are one or two persons struggling to provide the data for this year’s human trafficking report. Usually the report is boiler plated with ample sections simply copied from the previous … Continue reading

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Vehicle watchmen, although informal, will not be disappearing soon

By Rommel Téllez of the A.M. Costa Rica staff Wearing phosphorescent green or orange vests and sometimes wielding wooden sticks for self-protection, an army of cuidacarros have taken streets and sidewalks all over San José and claimed possession over it. … Continue reading

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Arrests at Panamá border checkpoint

Border police near Paso Canoas arrested three foreign nationals for attempting to smuggle money into the country by hiding it among the seats of the vehicle. At the checkpoint for the Panamá-Costa Rica border, colloquially known as kilometer 35, the … Continue reading

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Agents arrest two traffic cops on breach

Agents of the Judicial Investigating Organization arrested two traffic police officers Monday on suspicions of breach of duty. According to a preliminary report, the incident happened on Jan. 29, 2016, when both officers arrived to the scene of a traffic … Continue reading

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National orchestra goes to Escazú Friday

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional will present a special concert Friday in Escazú. Costa Rica does not have distinctive seasons of the year, just rain and no rain, but composers worldwide have used the season concept to frame their works. The … Continue reading

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Judiciary arrests six on corruption charge

Agents of the Judicial Investigating Organization arrested five men and one woman suspected of embezzling and trafficking money. Preliminary reports by investigators said that the suspects apparently created an organization or group that was successful in planting people in strategic … Continue reading

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Despite website, questions remain on stone spheres

Costa Rica’s famous stone spheres now have their own website. The graphics are colorful, and the site is chock full of information about the Diquís region at the mouth of the Río Térraba in the country’s south Pacific coast. But … Continue reading

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U.S. Embassy offers $1.5 million in grants

The U.S. Embassy announced that it is prepared to give $1.5 million to organizations that want to strengthen institutions to counter the effects of organized crime, up hold the rule of law, and protect human rights. Application is not for … Continue reading

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Platina almost done, public works says

The Alfredo González Flores bridge over the Río Virilla is finishing its crawl to completion as 80 percent of the work is done, according to the public works ministry. The bridge, colloquially known as the platina, has opened up some … Continue reading

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Defensorías Sociales establishes legal aid for low-income persons

Justice for the poor and justice in the street could be the motto of Defensorías Sociales, a social responsibility program created by Colegio de Abogados y Abogadas de Costa Rica. Similar to U.S. legal aid societies, the organization was recently … Continue reading

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2017 Robotifest competition draws high-tech, high-aspiring students

About 800 college and high-school students will turn into robotics and compete to win the Robotifest UCR 2017 Festival. This is touted as a high-tech contest that will take place from Aug. 21 to 27, at the Universidad de Costa … Continue reading

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Give Medicare consumers choice abroad

Dear A.M. Costa Rica: The Medicare article is on target considering the current healthcare wrangle in DC.  Apparently neither party was aware that by allowing Americans to use their Medicare coverage in a foreign country patients and federal budget alike … Continue reading

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Police get more than two tons of marijuana

Police seized around 2.7 tons of marijuana following a shootout that led to the arrest of four suspects Monday. According to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, officers found 602 kilograms, or around 1,327 pounds, of marijuana in … Continue reading

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