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If you thought the colon did not go as far . . .
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The increase in the world price of petroleum is among the reasons that the cost of living in Costa Rica increased about 14 percent in 2005.

The consumer price index has increased two and a half times since 1995, the base year, according to the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos. The inflation figure, released Tuesday, was expected. The institute said in early December that the country already had accumulated an inflation of 12.94 percent.

Inflation generally is above 1 percent per month.

The inflation rate from December 2004 to November 2005 was 14.19 percent.

The devaluation of the colon was less than the estimated inflation. The colon began the year Jan. 1, 2005, at 457.58 and was 495.65 four days ago, based on official figures from the Banco Central de Costa Rica. That's a devaluation of 8.4 percent.
The controlled devaluation of the colon is handled by the central bank, and so far no alternative informal market has developed.

Annual inflation in the transport sector was about 20 percent, thanks in part to the continual spiraling price of petroleum.

That number should take another hit this month as the full effects of a major increase in the taxi rates nationwide and higher fuel prices are counted.

The overall inflation rate for 2003 was about 8.5 percent, and the rate for 2004 was about 11.9.

The consumer index is determined by statistical sampling methods and can only be considered an indication. Plus individual household inflation depends on personal consumption habits.

Housing costs showed a modest 8 percent increase from December 2004 to November 2005, much less than the 16.6 estimate of the previous 12-month period.

Canadian fugitive caught as soon as he lands
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Canadian police officer under investigation for sexual abuse of his daughter was arrested as he walked off a plane at Juan Santamaría international airport Tuesday.

The suspect, 41-year-old William Robert Lawrence, is an officer in Waterloo, Canada, said the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública. 

Lawrence withdrew $3,000 on his credit card and bought a plane ticket to Costa Rica after his family claimed he abused his daughter between Dec. 26 and 28, said the ministry. Canadian officials informed the Costa Rican government, and Lawrence was arrested soon after he arrived, the ministry report said.
Upon arrival,  Lawrence became ill when he was arrested and had to be taken to Hospital San Rafael de Alajuela to receive treatment, the report said.  Now he is under the control of the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería.  The agency is arranging to send him back to Canada, the ministry report said said.  

He lives in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and two children, the ministry said.

Officials made a point of announcing the arrest because they said Lawrence came to Costa Rica to hide as so many wanted individuals have done before him. However, using the systems that now are in place at the nation's arrival points, they were able to spot him.

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Public workers to continue
coming to the job early

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Most Public employees will continue to report for work at 7 a.m. That was the word Tuesday from Fernando Trejos, minister of Trabajo. He said the government has decided to extend the rule setting the earlier work time.

A presidential decree July 5 ordered most employees to show up at 7 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. The move was an effort by the central government to decrease traffic congestion at peak hours and save motor fuel, which is produced from imported petroleum.  Offices now close at 3 p.m. except in special cases and in organizations where employees work 48 hours a week.

However, Trejos, speaking at the weekly presidential press conference, said that he had no hard data on what savings might have been produced by the change in work hours. He did say that there have been hardly any complaints.

He said the revised work hours were being extended indefinitely. The original decree had a six-month life. The edict will last at least until May 8 when a new president is sworn in.

Second headon crash
takes another life

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agents with the Judicial Investigating Organization in Grecia are looking into the circumstances surrounding the second death on the Bernardo Soto highway in as many days. 

According to reports, a 21-year-old man identified by the last name Alfaro was killed when his Hyundai smashed headon into an ambulance two kilometers north of the Río Poás bridge at 9:10 a.m. Tuesday morning.  He died on the scene, agents said. 

A San Ramón man died and his father was injured when their vehicle crashed headon into a bus Monday.

Intel is developing
a new brand identity

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Intel Corp. unveiled a new brand identity Tuesday.  Intel has been driving a shift in its approach to the market that began with the development of a technology platform, the company said.  The company reorganized itself around the platform model last year, and is now focused on four market segment opportunities: mobile, digital home, enterprise and health, it said. The company has also announced that it will deliver a new platform for the digital home in early 2006, it said. 

The new branding system unifies the look across Intel products and platforms in an effort to better communicate important characteristics and value to consumers, Intel said. The system includes new logos for Intel Viiv technology and Intel Centrino mobile technology, and re-designed logos for individual processors, chipsets, motherboards and other Intel technologies.

The company manufactures chips in Costa Rica.

Literary figure's life
noted in Desamparados

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Municipalidad de Desamparados is observing Jan. 20 the 125th anniversary of one of its most famous citizens. 

He is Joaquín García Monge, who was born in Desamparados Jan. 20, 1881,  He studied at the Liceo de Costa Rica where he eventually became a professor.  In 1920, he became director of the Biblioteca Nacional where he stayed for 16 years. 

He was also director of the Escuela Normal an institution which is a part of the Universidad Nacional.  He is considered the creator of the realistic Costa Rican novel. 

His best-known work "Repertorio Americano" has been read throughout the Spanish-speaking world, said the municipality.  It was first published in 1919.  His other books were "Hijas del Campo" in 1900, "El Moto" in the same year, "Abnegación" in 1902 and "La Mala Sombra" in 1917.  He died in San José Oct. 31, 1958.

Peru seeks extradition
of ex-President Fujimori

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

SANTIAGO, Chile — Peru has formally asked Chile to extradite former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori to face trial on human rights and corruption charges.

Peru's ambassador, Jose Antonio Meier, delivered the extradition request to Chilean Foreign Minister Ignacio Walker here Tuesday. The foreign ministry will pass the request on to a Supreme Court judge for a ruling.

The extradition request cites 12 counts against Fujimori, who claims the charges are politically motivated. Fujimori has been under arrest in the Chilean capital since he arrived in the country in November from Japan with plans to run in Peru's presidential election in April.

The cases compiled by Peru against Fujimori stem from his 10-year presidency from 1990 to 2000. Fujimori resigned from office in 2000 while in Japan in the wake of a corruption scandal involving his intelligence chief.
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Have you noticed a drop in the water pressure?
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The broken water pipe in front of the newspaper office continues to pour out thousands of gallons of the precious resource every day.

The newspaper office is lucky. On Calle Amagura in San Pedro, a broken pipe is leaking out what is euphemistically called agua negra. That's sewage in English.

One has to guess that the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados did not keep emergency repair crews at work over the holidays. However, a man answers the complaint line. He has done so since Dec. 23.

Still, the institute on its Web page makes a big point of saving water. The institute with a cartoon character suggests, for example, to turn off the tap when brushing teeth or washing hands in order to save water.

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Animal malaria dismissed as possible cause of Corcovado die-off
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Though parasites were present in the blood samples of the dead monkeys from Parque Nacional Corcovado, the agent that causes malaria wasn't one of them, said Edwardo Carrillo. 

Carrillo, a biologist associated with the Universidad Nacional, is one of the lead researchers looking into the deaths of the animals in the park that forced officials to close it Dec. 5 to Dec. 20. 

Malaria parasites, carried by mosquitoes, can be found in birds as well as primates and for this reason, the disease seemed a strong candidate for the increase in deaths, which began in October.  However, Carrillo was adamant about the lack of malaria parasites in the blood samples sent to a Texas lab and elsewhere. 

Even if malaria were the cause of death of the animals in Corcovado, there is only one type of mosquito that can cause the disease in humans, and animal malaria 
cannot be passed to humans and vice versa.

When asked to expand on the types of parasites found in the samples, Carrillo would only say that they were normal.  He maintained that the strong rains generated by the busiest Atlantic Hurricane season on record ruined the development of the fruits that the animals feed on.  As a result, their immune systems, already weakened by hunger, were not able to fight off the diseases, they would normally be able to. 

Carrillo said that the species biologists and park officials were most worried about were monkeys.  For this reason, researchers had only sent blood samples from monkeys to the lab for analysis.  Carrillo as well as hotel owners and residents near the park, said in December that toucans, macaws and sloths were also dying at an above average rate.  

Carrillo was the man who estimated in mid-December that perhaps half the monkeys had died in the sprawling park located on the Osa Peninsula.

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Bolivia's Morales vows to join 'anti-imperialist fight'
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Bolivian President-elect Evo Morales is vowing to change Latin America as he begins a world tour aimed at transforming his image from protest leader to president.

Morales arrived in Venezuela Tuesday for talks with President Hugo Chávez. The president-elect said he will join what he called the "anti-imperialist fight," adding that this is a new millennium for the people, not for empires.

Morales and Chávez share similar political views and
are vocal opponents of U.S. influence in Latin America.

Tuesday, they visited the Pantheón National in Caracas and laid a floral tribute at the tomb of a Venezuelan Indian hero, the chief Guaicaipuro,and also at the coffin of the Libertador, Simón Bolívar.

Later, Miraflores, the presidential palace, announced a commercial accord between the two countries.

Venezuela is the first stop of a 10-day trip that also will take Morales to Europe, China and Brazil. He will take office Jan. 22 to become Bolivia's first Indian president.

Shooting death at México-U.S. border condemned
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

México is condemning the shooting death of a young Mexican man by a U.S. Border Patrol agent as the man tried to sneak into California last week.

A Border Patrol spokesman says the man was shot after he began throwing rocks at the agent. The shooting occurred after a small group of men, including the shooting victim, crossed a border fence into U.S. territory.

Mexican authorities say 18-year-old Guillermo
Martínez fled back into Mexico and died the next day in a Tijuana hospital. He later was described as a coyote, a man who helps aliens enter illegally.

A spokesman for President Vicente Fox said the shooting proves that a law guaranteeing Mexicans legal entry to the United States is the only way to resolve the issue.

U.S. lawmakers recently ordered construction of security fencing along the U.S.-Mexican border to curb illegal border-crossing, another move that Mexican authorities protested.

Argentina pays off $9.5 billion debt to the International Monetary Fund
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The country has paid off its entire debt to the International Monetary Fund. Argentine news agencies report the Central Bank Tuesday transferred $9.5 billion from its international reserves to the fund.

Argentine President Nestor Kirchner had announced Dec. 15 that his government would pay off its debt to
the fund. He said the move would save the South American nation $800 million in interest payments and give it more freedom to carry out its economic policies.

Argentina defaulted on more than $100 billion in debt in early 2002 following a political and economic crisis. It still owes tens of billions of dollars to private lenders. The country and its people suffered through years of trying to turn the economy around.

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