Author Archives: A.M. Costa Rica Staff

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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Artist adopts his own style and adds plenty of passion

The principal ingredient in abstract works is passion, and that is what musician-artist Christian Porras Piedra brings to the canvas. The artist, who also is known as C Po Pie, inaugurates a show Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. … Continue reading

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Train operator to get funds for expansion to Alajuela

Casa Presidencial said Tuesday that it was sending to the legislature a special budget request to support routing the valley train to Alajuela Centro. Under the plan, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles will get 1.5 billion colons, about $3 million, … Continue reading

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Tourism chamber hosting major fund raiser Friday

The tourism chamber will host its 27th edition of Bingotur for an anticipated 1,200 persons Friday night in the Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobicí. The main goal of the fundraising is to help pay for a mobil hospital that will be … Continue reading

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Period expiring for motorists to submit their email address

Today is supposedly the last day that motorists have to submit their email address to the Consejo de Seguridad Vial, but so far only about 35 percent have. The agency issued a reminder Tuesday and said that 455,000 motorists have … Continue reading

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License plate prohibition suspended for vacation

Motorists are getting a break during the mid-year vacation because the license plate prohibition will not be enforced in the metro area. This is the law that limits a motorist to four of five weekdays depending on the final digit … Continue reading

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Lawmakers vote to issue bonds to help coffee growers

Lawmakers voted Tuesday in the second and final round to issue bonds to help beleaguered coffee growers. At the same time, Casa Presidencial said it would send a budget change to lawmakers that would provide 20 billion colons to come … Continue reading

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Similar fungus disease shows there is no quick remedy

Many similarities exist between today’s epidemic of coffee blight and the Irish Potato famine in the 1840s. Both today’s coffee plants and the 19th century Irish potatoes lack genetic diversity. Cornell University researcher Phil Arneson notes that nearly all the … Continue reading

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Virgen del Mar procession on the water will be televised to the world

The celebration of the Virgen del Mar in Puntarenas July 7 will be televised throughout the world, said  Telefides, the religious station that is initiating the broadcast. This is special day. It is the 100th anniversary of the procession by … Continue reading

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