free webpage hit counter
Sonesto graphic

Playa Potrero condos
A.M. Costa Rica

Your daily
English-language 

news source
Monday through Friday

Tico Travel

(506) 2223-1327       Published Thursday, April 30, 2009,  in Vol. 9, No. 84     E-mail us
Sports
Calendar
Jo Stuart
Classifieds
Real Estate
Entertainment
About us


Another expat is victim of Nicoya Peninsula bandits
By José Pablo Ramírez Vindas
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Another expat faced armed home invaders on the Nicoya Peninsula.

The expat, identified as William Hinton White, 56, suffered two bullet wounds in the confrontation.

The crime happened about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at his home in Playa Punta Coyote in the Cantón de Nandayure, said police. This is on the Pacific Ocean side of the peninsula south of Samará but north of Santa Teresa. A Dutch expat, 85, who lived in Costa Rica for 20 years died in San Martín de Santa Teresa de Cóbano a week earlier when bandits invaded his home and shot him.

A policeman who declined to be identified stated the obvious when he said that such cases are not unusual in the area. The entire Pacific coast of the peninsula, including some of the famous tourist sites, have been scenes of similar invasions. Many have gone unreported to officials.

Norman Ugalde, a Cruz Roja attendant who
responded, said that the victim had two bullet wounds. One bullet went through the leg and the other struck the man in the chest and lodged in the torso.

The Fuerza Pública said that the motive was robbery but that the crooks did not get anything. The crime was carried out by three men, officers said. Officers said that the man lives in the area and was not a tourist. He lives with his wife, and both are believed to be North Americans, said officers.

The man was in Hospital La Anexión de Nicoya where surgeons were trying to locate the bullet.

From official and unofficial reports there appears to be at least two home invasions a week in the area. All seem to take place on the Pacific side of the peninsula in towns such as Sámara.

In an unrelated case, police found the body of a North American identified as Terry Roman, 62, in his home in Playa Negra de Puerto Viejo Saturday. He had been dead for some time, and death was believed to have been the result of one or more stab wounds.


mask graphic
A.M. Costa Rica graphic
There's no reason to mask your creativity over flu
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

If and when the swine flu epidemic becomes so serious that the majority of Costa Ricans begin wearing surgical masks, there would be no need to overlook individual creativity.

Nothing is more boring than face after face garbed in the same white or blue mask as can be seen in news photos from México and earlier from China.

The situation calls for a little pizazz. Consider the nearly formless mask as just another base on which to display personality. A creative mask might not do anything toward increasing protection for a virus, but it goes a long way toward lifting the spirits.

Who would not smile (under their mask) when confronted with another bus passenger with a few feathers, some yarn and maybe a few happy face stickers adorning a mask?

Who would not work longer and harder if the boss showed up wearing a Jason mask?

Creativity is the only limit. Godzilla? The wearer
More swine flu stories
HERE!

would be sure to get a seat on the bus.

Or maybe one of those little delicate, multicolored Venetian editions with sparkles.

Over at the Universidad de Costa Rica there is a ready supply of Óscar Arias masks left over from free trade demonstrations. There might even be a few Uncle Sam and George Bush masks there too, unless they all have been burned.

And for Sunday, how about a Mother Teresa representation for churchgoers. That is if church services are continued.

The firmer, face-fitting masks lend themselves to painting and all kinds of heavier decoration. But true newspeople will have their own choices. For A.M. Costa Rica, the order is going in for a box of Bat Boy masks.


Today's
colon
exchange rate
HERE!
Subscribe
to our
daily digest

Search
our site

Send us
a news story

Real estate ads
Classified
ads

Ads for
tourists

Display
ad info

Classified
ad info

Contact us
Our stats


mean brown advertisement
 In 2008 A.M. Costa Rica had this many daily visitors:
1,680,040
And all of them interested in Costa Rica!

Will Spy

Icon graphic design ad

Rush Consultoria
Poderco Solar Costa Rica

Bed and breakfast
residency ad
MP Realty rollover



Karen Real Estate
  Costa Rica Real estate
Tico Travel
Chris Howard tours




Sports
Calendar
Jo Stuart
Classifieds
Real Estate
Entertainment
About us
What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier

The contents of this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007  and 2008 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for more details

updated hot springs

A.M.
Costa Rica
Second newspage
Sirena hotel
Home
Tourism
Calendar
Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us
San José, Costa Rica, Thursday, April 30, 2009, Vol. 9, No. 84

Costa Rica Expertise
Costa Rica Expertise Ltd http://crexpertise.com E-mail info@crexpertise.com Tel:506-256-8585 Fax:506-256-7575

Puriscal Properties
sportsmens update
Click HERE for great hotel discounts


Professional Directory
A.M. Costa Rica's professional directory is where business people who wish to reach the English-speaking community may invite responses. If you are interested in being represented here, please contact the editor.


Residency experts

Residency in Costa Rica
A full service immigration agency
U.S. and San José offices
Getting and authenticating documents can be a chore —

we know how to do it. Experienced with many nationalities. Up-to-date on
Costa Rica's evolving immigration law.
Pensionado and rentista. Your first stop for smooth, professional service and a positive experience. Javier Zavaleta jzava@pacbell.net
www.residencyincostarica.com
Tel: (323) 255-6116
5055-8/26/09

Psychiatrists
Dr. Luis Carlos Sancho Torres
  bilingual psychiatrist (UCR)
Dr. Sancho
• consulting • depression  • schizophrenia 
• psychiatric disability VA Affairs

• evaluations for gun permits 
 
• bipolar disorders  • addictions 

• methadone

• Transmagnetic stimulation
for depression and stroke

Available 24-hour a day

office: 2246-3458 or 2246-3459
soon: www.psiquiatriacostarica.com
 lucasancho@yahoo.com
5128-7/14/09

Physicians and surgeons

Aesthetic Surgery Costa Rica Awarded The Best Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery Center in Costa Rica 2005-2006. Dr. Gabriel Alberto Peralta in Board Certified Plastic Surgeon with the most renowned plastic surgeons worldwide.
5068-4/19/09

Dental Clinics
Marco Cavallini & Associates
Dental Implants $500, Crowns $250

Dr. Marco A. Muñoz Cavallini has placed and restored
Dr. cavallini
Dr. Marco A. Muñoz Cavallini
over 10,000 dental implants since 1980. The Dr. Marco Muñoz Cavallini Dental Clinic, is recognized as one of the best practices in Dental Reconstruction,
Dental Implant placement and Cosmetic Dentistry in Costa Rica and the World. 
For more information,
visit us today at: www.aestheticdentistrycr.com
5067-5/17/09

Hearing consultant

English-speaking hearing consultant 
We can professionally evaluate your hearing problem at Clinica Dinamarca off Paseo Colón or at Hospital CIMA.

We are affiliated with Widex hearing instruments because of their quality, natural sound and intelligibility over background noise. That means  no more echoing, feedback or interference.
We service the U.S. veterans/ Foreign Medical Program.
Weinberg with tie
Allan Weinberg
  Please contact me, Allan, at allan9000@gmail.com or at 8891-8989.
5127-5/13/09

Acupuncture physician

Acupuncture (disposable needles),
& Auriculotherapy (without needles) 

Immediate results guaranteed
for sport and all injuries; Back, neck, shoulder, elbow, carpal tunnel, knees, sciatica, 
Eugene McDonald
Eugene Mc Donald A.P.
migraine, T.M.J., kidney stones, intercostal neuralgia, and all painfull conditions  without drugs. Excellent results for stress, tension, anxiety, depression; and many other medical conditions and health maintenance.  Acupuncture works even if other therapies had little or no results. Free consultation, U.S. license, 19 years experience, Eugene Mc Donald, A.P (acupuncture physician) Escazú, 8352-0661. acutherapy0@hotmail.com
http://acupuncturecr.blogspot.com/
5073-9/20/09

Accountants

James Brohl, C.P.A. & M.B.A.
US Income Tax,  US GAAP Accounting
& Business Consulting

• US Tax return preparation  for
individuals and businesses
• eFile returns: secure with faster refunds
• Assist with back reporting and other filing issues
• Take advantage of the Foreign
Income Tax Exclusion (up to $
87,600 in 2008)
• Business Consulting to facilitate working in Costa Rica
• Accounting for US and International Financial Reporting


Telephone 8305-3149 or 2256-8620
E-mail jrtb_1999@racsa.co.cr
5097-3/30/10

U.S. Tax International

Plus Costa Rican taxes, accounting, and legal services
Over 15 years in Costa Rica
(English Spoken)
C.R. 2288-2201   U.S 786-206-9473
FAX: 2289-8235
E-mail: ustax@lawyer.com
Web page with vital U.S. tax info HERE!
4954-5/12/09

Real estate agents and services

MARGARET SOHN
with Great Estates of Costa Rica and Ocean Realty - Jacó

15 years Costa Rican
real estate experience

Member of the Costa Rican Real Estate Association, Lic. #1000

Member of
Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce

samargo@racsa.co.cr
info@realtorcostarica.com
www.realtorcostarica.com
(506)  2220-3729 &  (506) 8382-7399 cell
(506)  2232-5016 (phone/fax)
4906-7/5/09

CENTURY 21 Jacó Beach Realty
A Name You Trust & Professional Service


Buying? Selling?
We Can Do It!
TOLL FREE FROM THE US
1 (877) 746-3868
  Tom Ghormley - Owner/Broker - in CR since '79

Beachfront, Views, Mountains, Lots, Farms, Beaches, Houses, Condos. Hotels, Restaurants, Projects, Commercial, Investments

www.c21jaco.com
2643-3356
Info@c21jaco.com
4401-6/9/09v

Appraiser

BEFORE YOU BUY and OVERPAY
Angela Jiménez
ask Angela Jiménez
Architect/Certified Appraiser
23 years experience
for Costa Rica Banks

• building inspections
•¨property management
• construction management

www.orbitcostarica.com/
certifieda.htm
4865-6/11/09

7Legal services

CONSULTORIA JURIDICA EMPRESARIAL CA, S.A.
Attorneys & Notaries
 Tel.  2280-9692 / 2225-9322      
e-mail: info@conjuridica.com  Web:  www.conjuridica.com
       We offer the highest professional standards with very competitive rates. All our official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.
consultoria logo
• Immigration Law.
• Real Estate Law.
• Corporations, Foundations
       and Associations. 
• Trademarks & Intellectual
       Property.  
• Notary public services
• Criminal Law
•Civil & Commercial 
       Litigation
Our Law Office is conveniently located near Mall San Pedro,  350 meters south from the Subaru dealer, Los Yoses, San José.
4827-5/31/09

Arcelio Hernandez, Esq.
BUFETE HERNANDEZ MUSSIO Y ASOCIADOS

CRTitle.com - ForeverCostaRica.com
Member: Cenpac, AmCham
Jaco: Tel. 2643-3058 - Fax. 2643-0358
US & Canada: 1-305-280-6860
San José: Tel. 2519-4647 - Fax: 2520-0831
Skype: hernandez.mussio
Arcelio hernandez
• Real Estate Transactions
•  Legal Due Diligence
• Purchase and Sale   Agreements/Options
• Trademarks 
• Costa Rican Corporations.
• Title Guaranty • Fraud
     protection * Litigation 
• Constitution of condominiums
• Notary public services in
   general • Offshore Incorporation • Offshore Banking  • Business Law 
• Escrow Services (registered
     with SUGEF) • Estate Planning 
• Family Law 
• Bilingual Accounting Services 

Visit our Office in Jacó Beach (GEM Building, 
Office 4 across from AyA on Calle Ancha).

4815-5/24/09


KEARNEY-LAWSON & Asoc.

Lic.Gregory Kearney Lawson.
Attorneys at Law and real estate brokers
Relocation services, Wedding Planning
Greg Kearney
*Investments  *Corporations
*Tax Shelters *Immigration
*Real Estate Sales in Costa Rica
*Name & Product registration
*Business procedures 
*Family and Labor Law
*Locate People   *Private Investigations

Ph/Fax: 2221-9462, 8841-0007
Alternative ideas flourish
with lack of vaccines


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

With no official vaccine for swine flu, Costa Ricans and expats are turning to non-standard protections. Among these are religious candles, certain foods and something called colloidal silver.

These are in addition to surgical masks and the usual procedures of washing hands, avoiding sick individuals and not mixing with crowds.

María Luisa Ávila Agüero, the health minister, spent hours with the Consejo de Gobierno, the president's cabinet, Wednesday. Afterwards she said her ministry was seeking an additional $5 million in funds for overtime, immediate purchases and for potential problems.

President Óscar Arias Sánchez cautioned retailers against raising prices on medicines and other flu-related products.

"These are not the moments to seek profits but to put yourself at the service of the people of Costa Rica," he said.

At the international level, the The World Health Organization raised the swine flu pandemic alert level to phase 5 — just one step below the highest level. The decision comes as the number of countries with confirmed cases rose to at least 10.

Margaret Chan, World Health Organization director-general, said the alert level was stepped up because influenza viruses are unpredictable and can spread quickly around the world.

"This change to a higher phase of alert is a signal to governments, to ministries of health and other ministries, to the pharmaceutical industry and the business community that certain actions should now be undertaken with increased urgency, and at an accelerated pace," said Dr. Chan.

The increase to level 5 indicates that there is sustained human-to-human transmission in communities in different geographical locations.

Dr. Chan said all countries should immediately activate their pandemic preparedness plans and countries should remain on high alert for unusual outbreaks of influenza-like illness and severe pneumonia.

"The biggest question, right now, is this: how severe will the pandemic be, especially now at the start?," she said.

The decision late Wednesday from the Geneva-based body comes the same day as Germany and Austria announced their first confirmed cases of swine flu, raising the total number of countries affected to 10. They include Mexico, the United States, Britain, Canada, Costa Rica, Israel, Spain and New Zealand. While Australia, France, Denmark and South Korea are investigating possible cases within their borders. Many of the infected persons had recently visited Mexico, which is the epicenter of the outbreak.

More than 100 cases are being studied in Costa Rica, officials said, even though the confirmed cases of swine flu are just two cases. Both individuals had been to México.

The situation is ready made for alternative therapies. Suggestions range from drinking a lot of alcohol to drinking water with tiny bits of silver in suspension. Both processes are not considered effective by the medical establishment.

There also are herbal remedies and religious ones that are being put forward in the absence of any vaccines.


At border México struggles
with effects of flu uncertainty


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As authorities in México struggle to contain the spread of the swine flu, there are concerns about the economic impact of the virus on a country where a large part of the population lives in poverty. There are fears that tourism and cross-border trade might also be affected.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection inspectors in El Paso, Texas, are giving more scrutiny to people entering the United States on foot and in vehicles. William Molaski, El Paso port director, says officers are trying to identify people who might be infected with the swine flu virus.

"Basically, we have our officers on the line, they are observing the traveler. If they appear to have symptoms or if they express that they have symptoms, we will immediately isolate them," he said.

If someone is detained because they appear ill, a medical expert from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes to the scene to check them and, if necessary, send them back over the border.

So far, there have been no cases detected at the border. But the idea that traffic could be impeded by the spread of swine flu worries U.S. and Mexican officials. Every day, thousands of people on foot and in vehicles go back and forth across the border here, and millions of dollars worth of products cross the line in trucks and railroad cars. Last year, U.S.-Mexico cross-border trade amounted to $293 billion. Even a slowdown at the border would have a major impact on both countries.

Mexico's General Consul in El Paso, Roberto Rodríguez Hernández, says both countries are working together to deal with the swine flu emergency, without disrupting border commerce.

"The first thing that we began to do is begin encounters between the Mexican health authorities and the American health authorities in order that they might interchange information regarding the situation in México. The main objective of being in contact is to provide information to the public," he said.

The outbreak of swine flu in México comes at a time when the country is already struggling with the effects of the worldwide economic recession and some loss of tourism caused by drug violence in cities like Juárez.

Because of the flu, Carnival Cruise lines has suspended stops in Mexican ports. A few countries, including Cuba and Argentina, have suspended airline flights to México and many Americans are canceling vacations at Mexican beach resorts.

Rodriguez warns that Mexico's economy is at risk. "We are going to be suffering with less resources coming from the industry of tourism. At the same time, the economy itself in Mexico is going to be affected because nobody is attending classes. The restaurants are closed, the bars. Every entertainment is closed," he said.

On the streets of Juárez, the impact is dramatic. Traffic is minimal and many stores are shuttered. Because bars, restaurants and night clubs have been closed by the state government as a precautionary measure, people who have money have few places to spend it.

Restaurant and night club owners, and employees have been protesting the closure of their workplaces outside of government offices, arguing that the measures taken to prevent the spread of the virus are depriving them of their livelihood. There have been similar complaints in other parts of the country. A restaurant association in Mexico City says the closure of businesses there is costing the city $57 million a day.

But while some Mexicans view the swine flu crisis with skepticism, others are reacting with near panic. In Juarez, people with flu-like symptoms have formed long lines outside of some clinics and hospitals, even though there have been no confirmed cases of swine flu here. Although face masks, which have become a common sight in Mexico City, are worn by only a few people on the streets of Juarez, pharmacies say they are doing a brisk business selling them.

One newspaper vendor is one of the people wearing a mask.

He says he has worn it for two days and figures it must be working because he has not come down with the flu. But he admits that he takes it off now and then when it becomes uncomfortable.

Nearby, soldiers guarding a street corner wear surgical masks issued to them by their commanders. For any tourists who do cross the bridge into México, the heavily armed men in blue masks are among the first sights they see.

Have you seen these stories?




Top story feeds are disabled on archived pages.





newspaper mast


Home
Tourism
Place
classified ad

Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us

What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this page and this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007  and 2008 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details




Medical care promo

A.M.
Costa Rica
third newspage

Brenes lawyers grpahic
Home
Tourism
Calendar
Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us
San José, Costa Rica, Thursday, April 30, 2009, Vol. 9, No. 84

Escaazú Christian Fellowship
Costa Rica Travel Exchange


Judge terminates conditional liberty for suspect in drug case
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The arguments of the prosecutors prevailed Tuesday, and drug smuggling suspect Ricardo Alem León went back to jail for four months of preventative detention.

Another judge had released the man  on the condition he post 100 million colons in bail. That's about $176,000, and Alem did so by posting property as security.

The release April 14 was a surprise because prosecutors and observers of the case suspected that Alem would flee. That idea found weight in the discovery at the time of his August arrest of a false Costa Rican passport and a fake driver's license bearing his photo but in the name of another person.

The prosecutors used these facts as evidence in a hearing Tuesday before Gustavo Jiménez in the  Tribunal Penal del Segundo Circuito in San José.

According to the Poder Judicial, prosecutors also argued that Alem was adjudged inclined toward crime in a psychological and psychiatric profile done in 2006 while he was serving a term for money laundering. They also noted
that 30 kilos of cocaine were found in the storage area of one of this companies, RICAL S.A. and that he is the person responsible for the operation of the firm.

His defense lawyer argued that Alem rented the storage area to someone else.

Alem was handcuffed after the judge made a ruling reversing the previous order of conditional liberty. He had been arrested in August and spent time in prison until mid-April. In addition to the conviction for money laundering in Costa Rica, Alem did time in a U.S. prison for conspiracy to possess and distribute cocaine.

 Two other person were detained at the same time in August. They remain in prison. Agents are trying to link this group to some 130 kilos of cocaine confiscated at the Nicaraguan border last year.

There was controversy in mid-April when another judge moved to release Alem. The action took place just as the courts were closing for the Semana Santa vacation, and prosecutors had to move quickly to prevent his immediate release and schedule a hearing.


Expotur generates $80 million in income, organizers say
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expotur, the tourism marketplace that is scheduled in two weeks, brings $80 million into the country each year, organizers say.

The tourism marketplace unites tourism operators, mostly from Costa Rica, with tourism wholesalers from all over the world.

The organizers, the Asociación Costarricenses de Profesionales en Turismo, released an accounting of the success of the event after a press conference Wednesday. Expotur has created a network of some 986 tourism
distributors in 51 countries around the world, the association said.

The association said that 100 wholesalers bring some 70,000 tourists to the country. That is where the $80 million figure originates, by estimating the spending and duration of the stays for these tourists. The association figured $100 a day in expenses and a stay of just under 10 days.

The tourists also leave some $5.5 million in taxes and $1.1 million in airport exit taxes in the country, the association said.  The 25th edition of Expotur begins officially May 13 and runs through May 16 and the last day with the tourism exhibits being open to the public.


Playa Manzanillo has its blue flag restored after hotel solves sewage problem
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Occidental Hotels & Resorts reports that the Hotel Allegro Papagayo has built a new sewage treatment plant and now has won a blue flag showing ecological excellence.

This is the Pacific coast hotel that was closed down by the Ministerio de Salud because the sewer system was contaminating the gulf.

That happened in February, 2008, and the hotel was allowed to reopen on a restricted schedule.

However, the pollution was enough to cost Playa Manzanillo its blue flag, which is a program set up in part by the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, the water company.
The hotel first got in trouble when neighbors complained that sewer tankers were making continual runs to the area's overloaded treatment plant. Then there was the allegation that sewage was going directly into the gulf.

The hotel owner faced trial in the Tribunal Ambiental Administrativo of the Ministerio de Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones and haggled over a fine.

But now all seems well, said the company in a release. Employees worked almost a whole year to solve the problem, it said. There was a social event at the hotel Tuesday recognizing the restoration of the blue flag or bandera azul Ecológica  as it is called in Spanish.

The hotel also said that its staff was working to restore some mangroves.


Spanish Eyes promotion
Cala del Sol


You need to see Costa Rican tourism information HERE!


Home
Tourism
Place
classified ad

Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us

What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this page and this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007  and 2008 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details


A.M. Costa Rica
fourth news page

Emerald Forest AD
Home
Tourism
Calendar
Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us
San José, Costa Rica, Thursday, April 30, 2009, Vol. 9, No. 84


Two suggestions from our readers to improve Costa Rica
Put schoolkids to work
cleaning up the trash


Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
 
I've said it several times and I'll say it again.

The answer to the epidemic of trash in Costa Rica (A.M. Costa Rica April 28) is a no-brainer but no one in the government seems interested in implementing it.
It goes like this:

All school children from grade one through university must spend one hour a week picking up trash.  The easy jobs for the little kids and the rivers for the big guys.

Guaranteed that within one month the kids will be screaming at their parents to stop polluting this beautiful country . . . and the kids will stop throwing trash out also.

Within one year this place will truly be the showcase of Central America and the slogan of the tourism institute, "Costa Rica ± All Natural Ingredients" will become reality instead of just false hype.
Dick Burgoon
Alajuela


Got a good idea?

We love publishing thoughful ideas on how to make positive changes in our adopted country.

You can sent your ideas to

and we will publish them. We try to publish many letters, although we like to see new writers.


Take some responsibility
and plan for the future

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I understand why people blame flu or crisis as the reason for less tourists and a downfall in tourism. It is always easy to blame something outside yourself as the main reason for a painful thing. It also creates people who are victim of that outside reason. "I can't help it, it is the . . . flu/crisis/earthquake who does this mean thing to me, : is something I hear a lot these days.

And then those same people talk to each other how bad everything is. Of course the others agree and within no time everyone agrees on the reason and start to look for the one who is responsible for the solution. The government, the WHO, the specialist, the . . . .  Again, everyone except the person himself. The effect is that nothing is done and everyone waits and looks for some one to put the blame on.

Wake up!! This is the best period to start repairing things that are broken, wrong or incorrect. Within two to three years tourism is back in business. Get ready to receive those tourist in a good way! Think now about what those tourist will look like, what they expect, where they want to go and how you are going to fulfil their needs! Costa Rica needs to refocus again! The "eco" brand we used for years has no real meaning anymore. Everything is "eco." Every country uses the "eco" brand. Or we really focus on the real ECO and tell them how we do it and show it (prove it!!)! Or we move to something we can prove!

I hope A.M. Costa Rica will support the initiatives to make Costa Rica a better place instead of only focusing on the bad things with some more positive articles. Take a look at the future instead of blaming and complaining about now!

Maarten Oosterhoff
Uvita, Puntarenas


Casa Alfi Hotel
News from the BBC up to the minute
BBC sports news up to the minute
BBC news and sports feeds are disabled on archived pages.


Home
Tourism
Place
classified ad

Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us

What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this page and this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007  and 2008 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details



A.M.
Costa Rica
fifth news page
food page promo
Home
Tourism
Calendar
Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us
San José, Costa Rica, Thursday, April 30, 2009, Vol. 9, No. 84



A.M. Costa Rica

users guide

This is a brief users guide to A.M. Costa Rica.

Old pages

Each day someone complains via e-mail that the newspages are from yesterday or the day before. A.M. Costa Rica staffers check every page and every link when the newspaper is made available at 2 a.m. each week day.

So the problem is with the browser in each reader's computer. Particularly when the connection with the  server is slow, a computer will look to the latest page in its internal memory and serve up that page.

Readers should refresh the page and, if necessary, dump the cache of their computer, if this problem persists. Readers in Costa Rica have this problem frequently because the local Internet provider has continual problems.

Searching

The A.M. Costa Rica search page has a list of all previous editions by date and a space to search for specific words and phrases. The search will return links to archived pages.

Newspages

A typical edition will consist of a front page and four other newspages. Each of these pages can be reached by links near the top and bottom of the pages.

Classifieds

Five classified pages are updated daily. Employment listings are free, as are listings for accommodations wanted, articles for sale and articles wanted. The tourism page and the real estate sales and real estate rentals are updated daily.

Advertising information

A summary of advertising rates and sizes are available for display and classifieds.

Statistics

A.M. Costa Rica makes its monthly statistics available to advertisers and readers. It is HERE! 

Contacting us

Both the main telephone number and the editor's e-mail address are listed on the front page near the date.

Visiting us

Directions to our office and other data, like bank account numbers are on the about us page.


Lawmakers to work hard
to pass measures today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Today is the end of the so-called extraordinary session of the Asamblea Legislativa. Lawmakers will be working hard to pass legislation that has been served up by the executive branch.

Among these are a revised immigration bill and some bills designed to fight crime.

The session is extraordinary because it is not authorized by the Costa Rican Constitution. Instead, lawmakers were called to convene by the executive branch.

The Constitution says the legislature can meet on its own initiative for six months, from May 1 to the end of July and from Sept. 1 to Nov. 30.

The legislature generally meets all year round now because members can be called to work by the executive branch. During these periods the executive branch sets the agenda.

Friday is May 1, the start of a new regular session, and lawmakers will be electing its leaders. Most will remain the same, according to reports from Casa Presidencial.


Gunman leads foot chase
through downtown's heart


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A police chase, punctuated by gunfire, through the heart of the San José downtown resulted in the arrest of a robbery suspect Wednesday.

The robbery took place at a supermarket north of the central post office. The bandit got the drop on a guard and demanded money and then fled.

When he was confronted a short time later by police, the robber fired shots in their direction. A suspect, identified by the last names of Enríquez Córdoba finally was arrested not far from the Corte Suprema de la Justicia, said the Fuerza Pública.

Police said they confiscated a .38-caliber handgun.

El Ángel to be inaugurated

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A sure sign of recovery: The  El Ángel food processing factory will be inaugurated today, an official recognition that there has been substantial recovery from the Jan. 8 earthquake. The plant is a major employer in the Chinchona area that was hit hard by the quake. The firm began producing again in February.


Home
Tourism
Place
classified ad

Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us

What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this page and this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007  and 2008 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details
 

A.M. Costa Rica
sixth news page

Cafta report promo
Home
Tourism
Calendar
Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us
San José, Costa Rica, Thursday, April 30, 2009, Vol. 9, No. 84


Latin American news digest
Raúl Castro rejects gestures
to win approval from U.S.

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Cuban President Raúl Castro says his country does not need to make any gestures as it pursues better relations with the United States.

The Cuban leader said Wednesday he is still willing to talk about all issues and that it was up to the U.S. to make the next move.

He also complained about the long-standing U.S. embargo of the island nation.

Earlier this month, U.S. President Barack Obama eased restrictions on travel and money transfers by Cuban-Americans to family in Cuba, but left the embargo in place.

He has said it is up to Cuba to take the next step. 

A senior U.S. diplomat met with a Cuban official in Washington for the second time in as many weeks Monday for exploratory talks on improving the historically chilly U.S.-Cuban relationship.

State Department spokesman Robert Wood downplayed the significance of the meeting, saying the U.S. and Cuba have had discussions in the past when events warranted them.

But another official said he was only aware of one such meeting during the last year of the recent Bush administration.

A spokesman at the Cuban Interests Section in Washington declined to comment on Monday's meeting.

The State Department says the Obama administration would like to see the Communist government in Havana reciprocate the U.S. opening with steps to ease political restrictions in Cuba.

The United States and Cuba do not have formal diplomatic relations.

They have interests sections that are technically part of the Swiss embassies in each other's capitals.



Latin American news feeds
are disabled on archived pages.


Home
Tourism
Place
classified ad

Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us

What we published this week: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Earlier
The contents of this page and this Web site are copyrighted by Consultantes Río Colorado 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007  and 2008 and may not be reproduced anywhere without permission. Abstracts and fair use are permitted.  Check HERE for details