Author Archives: Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Press group rejects Panama’s media bill

The Inter American Press Association has expressed its rejection of a legislative draft bill in Panamá that seeks to oblige privately owned news media to circulate educational and cultural messages, saying this is “an interference in content and a violation … Continue reading

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Hands off legislature, Venezuelans told

The Organization of American States has defined as unacceptable and outrageous the continuous violation of the independence and balance of power through speeches and announcements by representatives of both the executive branch and the governing  party in Venezuela who say … Continue reading

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California parental kidnapper sentenced

A Los Angeles-area woman who brought her two children to Mexico to keep them from their father was sentenced Thursday to 13 months in prison in a federal kidnapping case. The woman, Faye Hsin-I Ku, 42, of Lakewood, was sentenced … Continue reading

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The social conservative has gone to war against everybody

Being a conservative can’t be easy these days. That’s the price to pay for having strong convictions based on a simplistic vision of the social world. This vision makes the world look to him as a terrifying landscape painted in … Continue reading

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A visit to Costa Rica’s unique tundra is just a few hours away

A day trip from San José brings the visitor to a zone at the Cerro de la Muerte that is very much temperate in a tropical country. It’s called Death Pass for those who succumbed to the cold walking over … Continue reading

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Obama urged to grant a posthumous pardon to Marcus Garvey, Jr.

Editor’s note: Marcus Garvey has a long legacy in Limón where the  Universal Negro Improvement Association is rebuilding the Black Star Line, the central canton’s gathering place and social center.   By Stephen Cooper* Special to A.M. Costa Rica Early … Continue reading

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American football teams are recruiting

Eleven teams are participating this year in the newly established Union Nacional de Equipos de Football Americano. All teams are currently recruiting for 2017. The teams will become divided into three divisions for the 2017 championship calendar. This arrangement will … Continue reading

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Rights entities seek to double budgets

The head of the Organization of American States wants to double the budget of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Secretary General Luis Almagro said he welcomed the communiqué Friday from the commission … Continue reading

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Report singles out low Latin income tax rates

Taxes on the salaries of the average worker in Latin American and Caribbean  countries totaled 21.7 percent of total labor costs in 2013, one-third lower than in First World countries, where the average was 35.9 percent, according to the first … Continue reading

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American Legion is planning a barbecue

American Legion Post CR10 is sponsoring a barbecue party at the Avalon Country Club in Santa Ana. Oct. 12 from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $15 per person payable in advance.  The barbecue includes three varieties of meat with … Continue reading

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Prison upheld for Maduro’s chief foe

The Human Rights Foundation has called on the government of Venezuela to release opposition leader Leopoldo López, again calling him a prisoner of conscience. López was detained while leading a demonstration in Caracas. Thursday morning López was formally notified of … Continue reading

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Country’s famous bird expert began his career in botany

Finca Los Cusingos, the home of the famed naturalist Alexander Skutch for more than 60 years, attracts wildlife lovers and those wanting to see a sample of the simpler life of past times in Costa Rica. Skutch died in 2004, … Continue reading

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Customs inspector is facing California mail theft charges

A longtime U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer has been arrested on federal charges that allege that he stole mail from an international mail processing facility in Torrance, California, and arranged to have an accomplice deposit checks obtained from the … Continue reading

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U.S. indicts top Venezuelan officials

A federal grand jury in Brooklyn, New York, has indicted two top Venezuela officials on being part of a cocaine conspiracy. The men are Nestor Luis Reverol Torres, the former general director of Venezuela’s Oficina Nacional Antidrogas and former commander … Continue reading

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Hemispheric press group rips Banco Nacional for punishing La Nación

The Inter American Press Association has repudiated practices carried out by Costa Rica’s state-owned Banco Nacional, whose executives have handled its official advertising with the objective of putting pressure on news media in their news coverage and editorial stance. The … Continue reading

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U.S. coaches will teach American football basics this weekend

Coaches from the United States will conduct an American football training clinic Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Parque la Sabana. There is also a youth clinic on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for boys and … Continue reading

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Former California senator agrees to admit corruption

Former California state senator Ronald S. Calderon has agreed to plead guilty to a federal corruption charge and admits in a plea agreement filed Monday that he accepted tens of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for performing official … Continue reading

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Hacker admits accessing Google, iCloud

A Pennsylvania man admitted Tuesday that he utilized a phishing scheme that gave him illegal access to over 100 Apple and Google e-mail accounts, including those belonging to members of the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. The man, Ryan Collins, … Continue reading

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