events hit the waves and the field
A.M. Costa Rica staff
Professional surfers are ready to hit the
waves following a two month hiatus and Costa
Rica’s national soccer team prepares for
what is being called an epic battle against
México tonight at 7:50.
If expats do not already know the importance
of this game for many Costa Rican soccer
fans, they are sure to learn tonight as
aficionados become glued to their television
screens, and the match’s results could
either make or break a night for fans
rooting for Costa Rica across the entire
The match tonight represents the third round
of the Confederation of North, Central
American and Caribbean Association Football.
This is a qualifying round for the 2018 FIFA
World Cup in Russia. The Fédération
Internationale de Football Association touts
this match as Costa Rica’s toughest
competitor yet. More so that the game will
be played on México’s home turf in the
Currently, Costa Rica is first in the
confederation rankings with an undefeated
record of two wins, no losses or ties.
México ranks right behind with one win so
far and one tie with no losses, according to
the rankings. The United States is in last
place with two losses by comparison.
After two months of no
official surf competitions, the national
circuit is about to begin again this coming
Saturday morning in Limón’s Puerto Viejo.
More than the competition, however, the
second date in this year’s surfing season
only leads to one place: the World Cup in
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call to the
first group of surfers in the national
pre-selection. These are the surfers
that the federation deemed to be at the
highest level in the country, according
to organizers for the Circuito Nacional.
surfers are expected at Playa
This weekend, the
competition will be at Playa Cocles and
organizers believe that the waves will
be at shoulder height to help surfers
get the highest score as much as
The competition will begin at 7 in the
morning on Saturday and Sunday.
Later on Saturday night, the Hotel La
Costa de Papito will be hosting live
music free of charge to all those who
want to attend.
under investigation for alleged fraud
A.M. Costa Rica staff
A U.S citizen and a Costa Rican politician
are under judicial investigation for an
alleged fraud involving the sale of fake
permits to grow marijuana for medical
The complaint was filed on March 8, in
Garabito, Puntarenas, by an Israeli man and
his Costa Rican wife. In it, they describe
that a man named Frank Reeves and his
partner, Gerald Murray, supposedly charged
them $25,000 for a false certificate that
would allow them to grow marijuana for
health related purposes until 2020.
According to the complaint, the couple was
first approached by a third man via email
who affirmed he worked for a company named
GreenLeaf Holdings Technologies. That person
also claimed that as of December 2016, Costa
Rica would approve the legalization of the
plant and the permits would cost as much as
To get the money, Reeves and Murray
apparently opened up a bank account under
the name of their company and asked the
payment to be split into several deposits.
According to Costa Rica regulations, any
deposit or withdrawal exceeding $10,000 must
be declared before fiscal authorities.
In exchange, the accused parties would have
given the investors paperwork similar to
that used by Ministerio de Salud, and it was
allegedly signed by María Esther Anchía, the
vice minister for health.
also granted the possibility to grow up
to 300,000 marihuana plants.
The document also reads that most of the
negotiations took place in Jacó in the
province of Puntarenas.
The Poder Judicial confirmed a criminal
complaint has been filed.
A.M. Costa Rica tried to contact
Frank Reeves, but he was unreachable and
apparently out of the country.
In the case of Murray, he refused to
talk. Murray did release a statement
on his Facebook page. There, he denies all
the charges and says he will sue the
people who spread rumors.
He also implied that the only company in
Costa Rica with a permit to process
cannabis could be in charge of destroying
Murray has been involved in the writing of a
bill seeking to legalize marijuana for
medical purposes. That bill is currently
under discussion in the legislature. Last
year, Murray also announced that he will
seek a presidential candidacy for the 2018
The bill No. 19.256 would also allow
citizens to grow cannabis for personal, and
So far, the bill is under discussion in
committee for examination at the Asamblea
Legislativa. Once an agreement is reached on
the draft, it will be discussed by the 57