Author Archives: A.M. Costa Rica Staff

Mid-year vacation is beginning on a soggy note

The much-awaiting mid-year vacation is starting under skies weather expert call unstable. The little summer of San Juan appears to be over after a handful of sunny days. The forecast for today is for daytime rains in the Caribbean and … Continue reading

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Voters may get chance to decide on same-sex unions

A campaign is being launched to hold a referendum to legalize same-sex marriages. That was announced Thursday by an organization called Frente por los Derechos Igualitarios. The organization said it would be collecting signatures to put the question on the … Continue reading

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Vice minister making rounds to encourage enforcement

Patrons may doubt it but there really is an agency in charge of inspecting buses. It is the Departamento de Inspección y Control. Officials from this agency and a vice minister of transport have been on tour to encourage enforcement … Continue reading

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Parade this morning in Jacó

There is a 9 a.m. parade in Jacó today to kick off the third Interinsitutional Festival Garabito sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and many of the town’s businesses. Most of the activities will be in the Parque Central with … Continue reading

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Rock and Roll Sunday at 11

The Banda de Conciertos de San José will present a rock and roll tribute Sunday  at 11 a.m.  in the garden of the Museo Nacional. Works of  The Beatles, Chicago, Queen and Pink Floyd are on the program. The concert … Continue reading

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Conservation director seeks funds to buy land already in parks

The head of the nation’s conservation system told lawmakers Thursday that the agency needs extensive funding to pay for private land incorporated into protected areas. The man is Rafael Gutierrez Rojas, executive director of the  Sistema de Áreas de Conservación.  … Continue reading

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Boat ready to carry drugs north captured by coast guard crew

A crew from the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas broke up what appears to have been the transfer of drugs from a shipping container to a fastboat early Thursday. Coast guard crewmen encountered a small boat in Cieneguita that was stocked … Continue reading

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Most bean packages have correct weight, study says

Beans, both red and black, make up a substantial portion of the Costa Rican diet. So economics ministry inspectors went to supermarkets to check these products for net weight and quality. Packages were taken from 11 markets around the Central … Continue reading

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Construction chamber seeks takeover of road agency

The Cámara Costarricense de la Construcción is urging a government shakeup of the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad because the agency has not done what it has promised and has suffered a loss of confidence. The chamber issued a statement Wednesday. … Continue reading

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New bridge going in at Barva

The road agency said that the first girders of a new bridge at the entrance to the Heredia community of Barva were installed Wednesday. The agency, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, said that traffic will be halted from 5 a.m. … Continue reading

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Latest crisis in Panamá involves deaths of infants

The latest crisis in the Panamá public health care system is the death of at least eight newborns at the Arnulfo Arias Hospital Complex, according to the Panamá News that reported extensively on the situation. Editor Eric Jackson said the rash of … Continue reading

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Home invasion suspect held after months of investigation

Judicial agents have detained a man they say was a vicious home invader who worked during the day. The man was detained Monday in Ciudad Neily after six months of investigation, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. He was detained at … Continue reading

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Local police chief and aides face allegations of abuse

Judicial agents detained the head of the Fuerza Pública in Moravia and two of his assistants Wednesday on allegations that they abused their authority. The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the case stems from a complaint in April and one … Continue reading

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Sala IV ducks chance to clear up key question on property theft

The Sala IV has ducked the chance to resolve a key issue in property theft.  The Sala IV, the constitutional court, rejected an appeal because it said the case still was open. The issue centered on the traditional tendency of … Continue reading

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Judicial agents trying to bust up ring that seeks victims at licensing offices

There has been another series of license scams. The Judicial Investigating Organization said there were at least 80 complaints of would-be motorists who were ripped off when they tried to get a driver’s license. Judicial agents showed up at the … Continue reading

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Panduit workers spruce up roadways

Employees of Panduit Costa Rica took to the roads to collect about a ton of trash last week around the company’s Grecia plant. This is the fourth year for the cleanup that marks occupational health and environment month. Naturally finding … Continue reading

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Southern zone invited to show traditional cookery

What are the traditional dishes along the south Pacific coast. That is a question food historians will seek to answer Saturday as residents of that area are invited to demonstrate their unique food products. This is another of the contests … Continue reading

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Protests were many, peaceful and not well-attended

Midday rains put a damper on what was supposed to be a national strike Tuesday. Police said they only detained six persons and five of them were minors. Casa Presidencial reported that only about 3 percent of the workers at … Continue reading

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