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, May 21, 2009,  in Vol. 9, No. 99     E-mail us
Sports
Calendar
Jo Stuart
Classifieds
Real Estate
Entertainment
About us


Nosara road work perhaps a hint of things to come
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A visitor really has to love Nosara to get there. The main route is a gravel, mostly dirt road bisected by runoff ditches and dotted with mud holes. Frequently in the rainy season only buses and large trucks can traverse the route.

Many residents like the situation the way it is because bad roads retard development.

There is a change coming.

Workers are grading the road now, and the work looks like preparation for pavement, according to residents. Grading is done every year, and officials froze a contract to pave the Nosara road in mid-2007. The job was supposed to start last year.

"In some places it has been made wider and it is being graded to make the road drain properly," said one resident.  "They have official signs about men working and a real road crew to direct traffic, which we've not seen before."

But because the rainy season is here, most residents doubt that an asphalt job can be done until at least December. The route is a rocky 30 kms or about 19 miles. The central government has been promising asphalt since at least 1985.

Finding out for sure in the bureaucracy of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes is daunting.  The construction firm CASICA won a bid to do the job in May, 2007, in part because it
was the only company in the process that had a certified laboratory to keep track of road work. However, a new bid process was called for to include companies that did not maintain a certified lab, said Pedro Castro, vice minister, at the time.

This is only half of the story. In the planning stages for the Pacific coast community is a new $60 million highway project that will include seven bridges. The road will more or less follow the path of another seasonal gravel road that leads from Sámara to Playa Garza and Nosara. It will be about 40 kms or 25 miles.

This is one of the projects that is on the ministry's wish list for Guanacaste.

The current gravel road cannot be used during the rainy season or when there is high water in the many rivers. Motorists now have to ford the rivers and streams. The road parallels the coastline.

The $60 million price tag may seem excessive, but if the job is done it will open up a section of Pacific coast property that has been a backwater. Sámara, which is further south on the Nicoya Peninsula Pacific coast already is connected to the business center and community of Nicoya with an all-weather, hard surface road.

Planners also are drafting designs for a 40-km (25-mile) stretch between Santa Cruz and Santa Bárbara as well as doing preliminary sketches for a  Sardinal-Potrero road that will connect with the  Golfo de Papagayo.


U.S. Embassy affiliates itself with Facebook site
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. Embassy has become a member of the social networking site Facebook. A notice from the embassy's Public Affairs Section gave the site link.

Facebook has an estimated 200 million users in the world. The embassy site is bilingual Spanish-English. The Facebook site strongly resembles the embassy's Web site.

The Web site has been updated more often recently. Wednesday it showed a photo and a short report on a meeting between Costa Rican and U.S. coast guardsmen during an exercise.

The Web site is not particularly current with news about swine flu. The last message there is from May 12.
embassy on facebook
Click graphic to see entire site

It is unclear if other Facebook members will be able to post comments and criticisms on the embassy site.  The embassy does not appear to be a member of Twitter, another social network site.


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


Will Spy
White House Hotel
Icon gif rollover

Rush Consultoria
Poderco Solar Costa Rica

framemaker ad
residency ad
MP Realty rollover

mean brown advertisement
travel exchange rollover



Medical Vacations in Costa Rica

Tico Travel ad
Finca Futuro Verde
CR Books ad
Karen Real Estate
  Costa Rica Real estate



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, May 21, 2009, Vol. 9, No. 99

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.
5198-6/11/09

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.
• Natural sound
• Lowest prices
• No more background noise, feedback or echoing
• American hearing consultant from D.C. & Atlanta
• Nine clinics including Hospital CIMA
• Authorized provider  to the U.S. veterans
• The worlds leading provider of hearing aids
      Widex hearing aids since 1956

Weinberg with tie
Allan Weinberg
  We service the U.S. veterans/Foreign Medical Program. 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

marijuana suitcase
Ministerio de Gobrenación, Policía  
y Seguridad Pública photo 
Suspected marijuana is in this suitcase

Bus passenger with marijuana
targeted by informant

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

It pays to know your friends well, particularly if you are transporting marijuana.

The Fuerza Pública attributed the arrest of a woman bus passenger Wednesday to a tip from someone who knew her in Limón.

The woman, identified by the last names of Briones Ibarra, was met by police when she got off a bus in San José. Carlos León, the San José Fuerza Pública commander, said the confidential tip gave a description of the woman, so police spread out to check incoming bus passengers.

Typically, buses are not searched between Limón and San José, although police are vigorous in checking public transport south of Limón.

The Fuerza Pública said the woman had nearly 7.2 kilos, about 16 pounds, of suspected marijuana in three packages surrounded y her clothes.


Confirmed cases of swine flu
now put at 20 in Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
and wire service reports

The Ministerio de Salud says that there are now 20 confirmed cases of swine flu in Costa Rica and that two more cases are probable. Some 124 cases are pending study.

Some 11 cases have just been confirmed by the Laboratorio Nacional de Influenza, and the health officials said they were pleased that they did not have to send samples out of the country now. The 11 cases had been classified as probable.

For this reason, the ministry said that all suspected cases are being treated as if they are confirmed cases. Some of the sufferers appear to have contracted the flu within the borders of Costa Rica, the ministry said. In the past, those who came down with the disease had had some contact with other countries where the disease was found, such as México.

The health minister, María Luisa Ávila, said Wednesday that the Panamerican Health Organization had donated $200,000 for diagnostic lab equipment to handle the flu samples.

The World Health Organization now says the number of global swine flu cases has surged beyond 10,200 and the death toll has climbed to 80.

The World Health Organization reported the vast majority of deaths, 72 of them, are in Mexico. But the greatest number of infections, nearly 5,500, are reported in the United States.

Wednesday, U.S. health officials in the Midwestern state of Missouri reported a seventh death in the United States. Authorities say the 44-year-old patient was diagnosed with the swine flu after a trip to Mexico.

Taiwan reported its first swine flu case Wednesday. Health authorities say the 52-year-old Australian man arrived in Taipei Monday, after working as a doctor on a cruise ship in the northeastern U.S. state of New York.

The World Health Organization says the virus has spread to 40 countries, not including Taiwan. The confirmed cases span the Americas, Europe, Asia and Oceania.


Five safe-cracking suspects
captured in multiple raids


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial police and other law officers made multiple raids early Wednesday to arrest five persons they believe are suspects in the string of safe crackings on the Nicoya Peninsula.

The five, four men and a woman, were tracked because witnesses got their license plate number in Santa Cruz and were able to make personal identifications.

They are formally accused with breaking through the wall of a supermarket in Santa Cruz and burning open the safe with a torch. A similar crime happened this week at a Mega Super in Cóbano. All the crimes happened after store hours.

Investigators said they believe that the five are members of an expanded criminal organization of as many as 80 persons based in Pecora. One raid was made there. Others were in Villa Esperanza de Pavas and in Parismina.

In one raid agents found a pickup containing tanks for a acetylene torch, they said.

Have you seen these stories?




Top story fees are disabled on archived pages.






Escazú Christian Fellowship
newspaper mast

For your international reading pleasure:

News of Nicaragua

News of Central America

News of Cuba

News of Venezuela

News of Colombia

News of El Salvador




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
third newspage

Brenes lawyers grpahic
Home
Tourism
Calendar
Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us
San José, Costa Rica, Thursday, May 21, 2009, Vol. 9, No. 99

Republic of Panama
Red Mango Real estate
A.M. Costa Rica
 is read
in more than
90 countries
every day



Top officials will meet on drug flow and witness protection
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica's top officials will meet in a week to consider what Rodrigo Arias says is the alarming proportions of drugs coming into the country. They also will try to figure out how to put into effect the witness and victims law passed by the legislature.

Arias, minister of the Presidencia, said that he called the meeting in response to a letter from Luis Paulino Mora Mora, the president of the Corte Supreme de Justicia. Mora Mora said in the letter released Friday that the central government should reinstitute a top-level citizen security committee.

The witness and victim protection law requires the Ministerio Público to provide the security. That is an agency of lawyers, so the job is falling to the Judicial Investigating Organization. But Jorge Rojas, director of the judicial police, said that his employees are investigators, not bodyguards. He is asking for more money to find and train guards and those skilled in witness protection.
The key point is that the country has not budgeted money for this, so the meeting May 28 will address that specific point, said Casa Presidencial.

Traditionally witness and victim protection has been handled by the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública and its Fuerza Pública. But Janina del Veccio, the minister, also said that her agency does not have the trained individuals or the money.

When lawmakers passed the bill they considered the financial needs of protecting witnesses and victims, but they did not follow through.

The flow of drugs through the country has been made clear by several major confiscations and the robbery of 320 kilos from the prosecutor's office in Golfito. There also was the crash of a helicopter May 1 where 395 kilos were found in the wreckage.

Nearly every day border or airport police find packages of cocaine being smuggled north.


Alternate version of helicopter photo story supports agents
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The case of the confiscated photos at the remote May 1 helicopter site gets stranger and stranger.

This is the case where a Diario Extra correspondent said investigators confiscated his photos at the scene of a drug helicopter crash May 1.

Jorge Rojas, the director of the Judicial Investigating Organization, said Wednesday in a report that the correspondent, Elías Alvarado Jiménez, agreed willingly to surrender his photos to agents after they found that some problem prevented the transfer of the photos to a law enforcement laptop.

Rojas also said that agents did not have any receipts but instead used a form that the Fuerza Pública uses when items are confiscated.

Rojas also said that the day before the correspondent had turned the photos over to a Cruz Roja volunteer who then
sold them to a national newspaper. Rojas also said that
investigators did not know that Alvarado was a correspondent because he carried no credentials.

The correspondent was among the first to arrive at the crash site near Cerro de la Muerte. Some 395 kilos of cocaine were strewn on the ground at the site. Alvaro works for the newspaper but is based in Pérez Zeledón.

Rojas added that the Cruz Roja has severed its relationship with the volunteer.

Investigators, when they got to the site some 72 hours after the crash found that the locational device that would have shown where the helicopter pilot picked up the cocaine was missing. They also believe some of the cocaine vanished. The flight was headed to Turrialba from some point on the Osa Peninsula.

The suggestion is that the memory device holding correspondent's photos was damaged on purpose. Rojas said that technicians were trying to reclaim the images.


Limón dock workers union rejects big termination payoff
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The central government has sweetened the payoff for Limón dock workers if they agree to modernization of the port.

Rodrigo Arias Sánchez, minister of the Presidencia, said that each worker would get 2.7 million colons instead of the original 1.7 million colons for every year of the first 20 they worked on the docks. That's about $4,735 per year. A 20-year employee would get nearly $95,000.

The deal includes a payoff of 1 million colons for every year after 20. That's about $1,750.
 
However, the employee union, the Sindicato de Trabajadores de Japdeva, is balking.

These are the payoffs required under Costa Rica labor law if an employer discharges a worker or changes the rules. 
Similar payments were made in Caldera when a concessionaire took over the docks there.

The central government wants to restructure the Junta de Administración Portuaria y Desarrollo Económico de la Vertiente Atlántica, the agency that now runs the docks. It is not certain that the workers would be fired. They may be picked up by whoever obtains the concession the government seeks to award. But the workers would be private employees.

Arias said after the meeting that he was sorry the union leaders rejected the plan. He is pushing for a secret vote of union members.

The restructuring is part of the project to rebuild the area around Limón Centro and put in modern cargo handling facilities. The dock workers frequently go on strike, endangering the shipment of perishable agricultural products like bananas and pineapples.


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, May 21, 2009, Vol. 9, No. 99


U.S. agents arrest eight in Texas in gun smuggling case
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Federal agents have broken up a gun-smuggling ring in the Houston, Texas, area that was allegedly sending weapons to criminal gangs in Mexico. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has 100 additional agents in the border region for a 120-day special deployment under what is called "Project Gunrunner."

The agents involved in "Project Gunrunner" are trying to locate and seize weapons before they can be taken over the border into México and investigate past trafficking of guns as well. This week federal agents arrested eight of 10 people indicted for smuggling guns that were later seized by Mexican authorities and provided to U.S. investigtors for tracing.

Dewey Webb, special agent in charge of the ATF Houston region, said such smuggling operations are directly linked to murders south of the border.

"We know that this particular group bought over, I think, 338 guns over a 15-month period and spent over $368,000 doing that, and out of those 338 guns, 72 of them have been recovered in México and Guatemala, so far," he said. "Out of the 72 guns, 36 of the guns have been connected to shooting deaths in México. Out of the 36 deaths, 17 of them have been police officers and civilians."

Although guns used by drug gangs in Mexico come from a variety of international sources, many of the guns Mexican authorities have provided through the U.S. Embassy did trace back to gun store purchases in the United States. Webb says a large percentage of those guns originated in the Houston area.

"Because we have long been a hub for the narcotics trafficking, moving into the United States and going north, we have also been a hub for the money going south, therefore we also, because of the infrastructure being there, we are also a hub for the firearms going into Mexico," said Webb.
Webb says some hand guns, easily obtained in gun shops here, are popular with drug gangs in México, where private ownership of firearms is severely limited by law. He says military-style semi-automatic rifles, which can be purchased legally in the United States, can be made fully automatic on the other side of the border.

"The cartels have people on their payrolls who know how to work these guns. They know how to convert these weapons, and we know that is happening quite a bit down there," said Webb, adding:

"As soon as they get a semiautomatic version of a weapon, the first thing they do, if they have the capability, is convert it to full automatic."

Webb says smugglers often use what are known as straw purchases of weapons from dealers in the United States. They pretend to be purchasing a weapon for private use and then sell it to smugglers. Someone convicted of this crime could spend up to ten years in prison.

Webb says gun dealers are rarely involved in illegal schemes and most are, in fact, very cooperative with federal authorities.

"Some dealers, along the border, have refused to sell certain types of weapons because they know they are big items for the drug trafficking organizations, which, to me, is another example of their doing the best they can do to work with us on this stuff. Most of the time, if a dealer doesn't smell something right, we are the first ones they call. They are some of the best sources we have," he said.

Webb says "Project Gunrunner" may be extended, if necessary, and that agents are also keeping close watch to make sure smugglers do not move their operations to sections of the border where inspections are not as intense.

He says U.S. officials are also in touch with Mexican counterparts to foster cooperation in the effort to stop gun smuggling. 

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, May 21, 2009, Vol. 9, No. 99


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.


China and Brazil agree
to $10 billion oil deal

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

China has agreed to lend $10 billion to Brazil's Petrobras, in return for guaranteed oil supply over the next decade. The deal was among a host of agreements signed during Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's state visit to China.

The highlight was a $10 billion loan from China Development Bank to Brazil's state-owned Petrobras oil company. In return, Petrobras is to supply China's state-owned Sinopec with up to 200,000 barrels of oil a day for the next 10 years.

China's official Xinhua News Agency gave no details about the other agreements, except to say they covered equipment, financing, science, space, law, ports and agricultural products.

China last month overtook the United States to become Brazil's No. 1 trading partner, with two-way trade in April reaching $3.2 billion.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu told reporters in Beijing the Brazilian leader's visit will further strengthen what he described as "the already existing sound cooperation between the two countries."

Ma says the visit also will promote what he described as a strategic partnership between China and Brazil. The two countries have agreed to hold a second strategic dialogue later this year.

China and Brazil are part of a loose grouping of four emerging economies, known as BRIC, which also includes Russia and India. Foreign ministers from the four BRIC nations are scheduled to meet in Russia in June.

The Chinese spokesman said his government is "positive" about its participation in the meeting.

Ma says dialogue and cooperation among the four countries are "transparent and open," and "not directed against any other country."

Meanwhile, in an essay printed in the China Daily, the country's main English language newspaper, President Lula da Silva said his visit comes as Brazil and China mark 35 years of diplomatic relations. He says the two nations now need to focus on the challenges of taking the partnership to, in his words, "a higher level."


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, May 21, 2009, Vol. 9, No. 99


Latin American news digest
$300 million bond issue
will construct new schools


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministerio de Educación Pública will build 32 high schools and 19 elementary schools and a host of other education-related projects with a $300 million bond issue approved Wednesday with the central government and the Banco Nacional de Costa Rica.

In addition to benefiting education, the projects, some of which will be started in November, will generate construction jobs. This is part of the Óscar Arias Sánchez shield plan for the national economy.

The bond issue, which will be payable over 20 years, will finance the purchase of land and finance the construction. In addition to the schools, the money will create 53 telesecondary and rural schools, 81 gymnasiums and 100 regional educational offices. Also to be constructed is a training facility for teachers.

The bonds will be sold to investors. The construction projects will be all over the country.

The bond issue still has to be approved by the Contraloría de la República.

Bacteria infections plague
Hospital San Juan de Dios


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Medical officials at Hospital San Juan de Dios say they have been fighting an outbreak of a common bacteria that has infected more than 200 patients and may have had a role in the death of about seven.

The bacteria is Clostridium difficile which is common in the intestinal track of children and some adults. It can cause colitis and diarrhea, particularly when the internal flora of the body is changed by the use of antibiotics, according to experts at Medical College of Wisconsin.

In hospitals, the bacteria usually is spread on the hands of workers. The bacteria propagates through spores, which can last 70 days outside a body, according to U.S. health experts.



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