free webpage hit counter
Ship Costa Rica alternate

evermarine
A.M.
Costa Rica

Your daily
English-language 

news source
Monday through Friday

Pacific lots of Costa Rica
(506) 2223-1327               Published Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010,  in Vol. 10, No. 162     E-mail us
Sports
Calendar
Jo Stuart
Classifieds
Real Estate
Entertainment
About us


Limón to celebrate triple anniversary Aug. 31
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

They were English speakers, Protestants and black. That was enough to make Limón and its residents close to a separate country in the eyes of many Costa Ricans. Until 1948 black Limón residents were not permitted to travel to the Central Valley except under special circumstances.

But now the tables are turned and residents of the Limón area will celebrate their differences on the 30th anniversary of the decree that made Aug. 31 El Día del Negro y la Cultura Afro-costarricense. That is the day Limón is in fiesta with a colorful parade starting at 3 p.m. in Parque Vargas.

The history is well known that many of the black residents of Limón trace their heritage to the Jamaican workers brought to the country starting in 1872 to build the Atlantic side of the country's railroad. Later many adopted Costa Rican farm life or worked on the banana plantations.

The creation 10 years ago of the Festival de la Cultura Negra helped provide a focus for the day, and it is this festival that brings droves of tourists to the provincial capital.

This year also is the 100th anniversary of the arrival in Costa Rica of Marcus Garvey, the internationally known black leader and businessman. His Black Star Line building in Limón is still the soul of the region.

Manuel Obregón, minister of Cultura y Juventud, will be visiting the building for a Homenaje a la Cultura Negra at 7 o'clock tonight.  Obregón is being honored for his musical and investigative work he has done on the Limón culture, said the ministry.

Among other things, Limón has a music school that promotes calypso. It is Sinem-Cun Limón, supported by the ministry. There also is a strong gospel choir tradition.  Gospel singer Stephanie Pinnock will be featured at a free concert, also in the Black Star Line, Monday at 6 p.m. as part of the celebration.

The Sinem-Cun Limón, formerly the Conservatorio de Artes y Música del Caribe, will have a strong role in the festival and events leading up to it. The school has 475 students in Limón, Guápiles, La Estrella and Sixaola. They are taught by 20 instructors. The school has two orchestras supported by 12 adult guitarists.

Many tourists are attracted by the food. The Caribbean culinary tradition is different than the standard Tico diet, although there has been some fusion. There will be plenty of food Aug. 31.


percussion
A parallel event is the Festival Afrocultural Limón Roots. It is a traveling event that will have its kickoff Monday for Afrocultural week at the Universidad de Costa Rica facilities in Paraiso de Cartago. Scheduled is a percussionist from Senegal and an exposition of paintings with Afrocultural themes at the Casa de la Cultura in Cartago. The week runs until Aug. 27

The inaugural of Limón Roots is Aug. 25 in the Escuela Especial Fernando Centeno Guell, sponsored by the Municipalidad de Goicoechea. Limón Roots has academic dimensions, too, and there will be conferences, historical discussions and other presentations as well as expositions of Caribbean agricultural products, food and music.

Friday, Aug. 27, Limón Roots hands out awards in the Teatro Popular Mélico Salazar, starting at 7:30 p.m.. This is an elaborately programmed event with President Laura Chinchilla among the invited guests. There will be a number of musical and singing groups, too.

What is called an Afrocultural jam takes place the next day at Peppers Club in Zapote with a number of musical groups, including Grupo Marfil. The well-known Costa Rican group gives another concert at a festival of Caribbean food in Goicoechea the next day, Sunday, starting at 12:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 30, there is a musical presentation in Limón with a roundtable on ancestral roots. Limón Roots also is arranging a concert in conjunction with the Aug. 31 parade.

Several cultural events continue until the closing of Limón Roots, appropriately Oct. 12 in the Parque de Guadalupe. That is the Día de las Culturas, a holiday.


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

Search
our site

Send us
a news story

Real estate ads
Classified
ads

Tourism and
services

Display
ad info

Classified
ad info

Contact us

Del Rey page one

new Ship to Costa Rica ad

Resiudency in Costa Rica
Costa Travel

Las Olas

Colinas de Miramar

GLC replacement
Oscar Vargas, dentist

Mountain View
exotic property tours

rss feed graphic
Twitter link
Facebook graphic



09210 clinic

Association of Resdients of Costa Rica

Puriscal properties

Rosas Monge

Chris Howard
 
Take it to the
next level, Bet
sporting
events
world wide with us

Live Casino
Sportsbook
& More

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


90210 dental clinic

Costacan graphic
Clinica Vizualiza
A.M. Costa Rica's Second newspage
Home
Tourism
Calendar
Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us

San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, Vol. 10, No. 162

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

Pure LIfe Development
Sportsmen's Lodge

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.


Dentistry
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 12,000 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: aestheticdentistrycr.com
6094-xxxxx


Appraisers

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 advice and design
• remodeling advice
• certified appraisals
  
www.orbitcostarica.com/
certifieda.htm
6235-12/14/10


Hearing consultant

Allan Weinberg
your American hearing consultant
Now offering the smaller, better and less expensive hearing aid
from Widex, their best ever.

A fraction of U.S. prices. No more background noise, feedback or echoing and a lifetime of service.
 
8891-8989
allan9000@gmail.com
We service U.S. veterans
Clinica Dinamarca 10 clinics
www.clinicadinamarca.com
6124-6/17/10
Weinberg 070709
Allan Weinberg


Accountants

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!
6214-8/17/100

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 $
91,400 in 2009)
• 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
6023-3/30/11



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
5970-9/1/


Legal services

Burke Fiduciary, S.A.
Registered Escrow and Legal Services
Glenda Burke
Glenda Burke, LL.M
Thomas Burke
Thomas Burke, LL.M

Core services: real estate due diligence, real estate escrow services, residency status, business corporations, estate planning. English, Spanish, German and French spoken.

More about us at www.burkecr.com
Ph. 011 506 2267-6645
info@burkecr.com 

The registration of Burke Fiduciary S.A., corporate ID 3-101-501917 with the  General Superintendence of Financial Entities (SUGEF) is not an authorization  to operate. The supervision of SUGEF refers to compliance with the capital legitimization requirements of Law No. 8204. SUGEF does not supervise the
business carried out by this company, nor its security, stability or solvency.
Persons contracting its services do so for their own account and at their own risk.
5937-9/4/10

CONSULTORIA JURIDICA EMPRESARIAL CA, S.A
Attorneys & Notaries
 Tel.  2280-9692 / 2225-9322
Skype: CONJURIDICA
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.
6163-112/8/10
5903-2/17/11

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
Phone/Fax: 2290-8117, 8841-0007
New location on Rohrmoser Blvd.
 Phone: (506) 2232-1014
6286-3/17/11

Real estate agents and services

MARGARET SOHN
with Great Estates of Costa Rica

20 years Costa Rican
real estate experience

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

Member of
Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce

info@realtorcostarica.com
www.realtorcostarica.com
(506)  2220-3729 &  (506)
8333-8391 cell
(506)  2232-5016 (phone/fax)
586236-1/12/11

Latitude Nine real estate graphic
Latitude 9
Real Estate, Development, Investments.

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
506 2777-1197

Over 25 years experience in Costa Rica

www.latitude9.com
55672-5/25/10

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
4401-6/9/0

/

Collection services

COLLECTIONS COSTA RICA
The collection agency you’ve been searching for
• Receivables     • International Debt
• Comercial Collections     • Portfolio Collections
• Bad Debt Collections     • Condo HOA Collections
• Bad Check Collections     • Recovery solutions
Start early, recover more. Free quotes at
collection services
collectionscr@gmail.com
We are an attorney-based collection agency and specialize in the recovery of delinquent accounts nationwide. We work on a contingency basis or fee structure depending on the type of debt, but always fees that you can understand with no hidden costs. We recover your lost revenue quickly & professionally. Tel: 2253-3705/2283-8712   E-mail: collectionscr@gmail.com
5919-


U.S. ship arrives at Limón
Friday, U.S. Embassy reports


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. Embassy said Tuesday that the USS Iwo Jima will dock in Limón Friday to begin its humanitarian mission here.

A.M. Costa Rica reported on the ship's schedule last month. The ship and its crew of sailors and civilan health and construction experts visited Haiti and most recently Colombia.

The embassy said that the dental and medical and veterinarian services will be free and that the ship's company will play baseball with Limón residents.

The ship's plans were announced amid a political flap over allowing U.S. ships on drug patrol to dock for shore leave and resupply. Eventually lawmakers had to pass a special approval for the arrival of the Iwo Jima because it is not involved in anti-drug efforts.

The ship's civic and humanitarian mission is called Continuing Promise 2010. The U.S. Southern Command said that the  257-meter (843-foot) amphibious assault ship has been refitted with special medical equipment. The boat, its crew and non-profit organization staffers will spend from 10 days to two weeks providing humanitarian assistance to residents of the southern Caribbean coast, the Southern Command said.

Some 1,600 persons will be on the Iwo Jima, the Southern Command said. The Iwo Jima left Norfolk, Virginia, July 12 to begin its four-month goodwill mission.  In addition to Costa Rica, Haiti and Colombia, the ship will stop at Guatemala, Guyana, Nicaragua, Panamá and Suriname.

The crew of the Iwo Jima is joined by medical, dental and engineering professionals from Canada, Chile, Germany, the Netherlands and Paraguay, the Southern Command said. Supplies have been donated by some 30 non-profit organizations.

Large amphibious ships, like Iwo Jima, resemble small aircraft carriers and include the ability to rapidly move personnel and cargo by helicopter and landing craft, making it an ideal platform to support humanitarian relief missions on short notice, the Southern Command explained.


University march for money
came off as scheduled

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A crowd of students and university employees, estimated varyingly at 10,000 to 12,000 individuals, marched to Casa Presidencial Tuesday, as they said they would.

However, there were no concrete developments in the university rectors' campaign for a bigger budget. Casa Presidencial said that the four university rectors twice declined invitations to meet with central government officials.

A spokesperson for President Laura Chinchilla said that she again had invited them to meet today at 11:30 a.m.

The march caused extensive traffic jams on principal routes.

The central government has offered to increase university funding by 4.5 percent every year, plus inflation, until 2015. University officials said they want much more.

The budget money goes into a special fund, the Fondo Especial para la Educación Superior, and then is disbursed to individual schools.

At the legislature, every political party except Ms. Chinchilla's Liberación Nacional asked that she negotiate with the rectors.

A lot of the participants in the march incorrectly claimed that the government was cutting the budget. In fact, several carried a coffin labeled "La U," predicting the demise of the Universidad de Costa Rica.
 

Escazú murdered pair
identified by investigators


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Judicial Investigating Organization has identified the two men found stabbed to death in a car at a luxury Escazú condo Monday morning.

Carlos Luis Salas Fernández was 35, and he was found in the rear seat of the vehicle. A 23-year-old man, Ezry Cambronero Ureña, was found in the trunk. Agents think the men were murdered in the condo with a short samurai -type sword. Salas was a businessman and wine merchant. He was living in the condo.

The Cerro Alto condos in Guachipelín are in a gated community with 24-hour guards.

Investigators said that the murders happened between midnight and 6 a.m. Monday morning. They suspect robbery was a partial motive because some of the possessions from the Salas condo were found in his vehicle. They think that the killer was going to drive away with the vehicle, dump the bodies and keep the items, including a laptop. Or perhaps the killer was trying to make the crime seem like a robbery.

That idea failed when the car security alarm went off attracting a guard. The killer or killers fled.


Have you seen these stories?






Top story feeds are disabled on archived pages.












A.M. Costa Rica 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 weekday.

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.

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.


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

News of Honduras
News of the Dominican Republic
News of Panamá


Newspaper nameplate
Del Rey casino

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


Del Rey ad

A.M.
Costa Rica
third newspage

Pura Vida Drilling
Home
Tourism
Calendar
Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us
San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, Vol. 10, No. 162

Bus swerves and kills mother and child along autopista
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An Alajuela-bound bus swerved out of control off the Autopista General Cañas Tuesday, killed a mother and child on the road shoulder and then plunged down a wooded bank into the Río Torres.

The crash seems to have been the result of a truck braking suddenly ahead of the bus.

The bus was of the company TUASA, which are the red units that carry passengers on that route. Some 60 persons were on the bus at midday, and at least 30 of them required medical care. Several are in critical condition.

Officials immediately closed the westbound lanes of the key highway, and monumental traffic jams resulted. The road was reopened by 6 p.m.

Some 80 Cruz Roja rescue workers responded as did 30 police officers. Injured passengers had to be brought on stretchers up the steep river bank. The front part of the bus was only in about two feet of water, so passengers were not thrown in the river.
The bus driver was identified as Jiaro Rodríguez. He was hospitalized but able to talk with investigators at the scene as he was carried to one of the many ambulances. He said the bus went out of control. He has worked for the company about five years.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that he was current with his license and that the 2003 bus had been inspected, rejected and then passed on its second try. Such vehicles are inspected every six months. Attention was being paid to the condition of the tires on the vehicle. The road was wet at the time of the crash.

The woman and child were on foot walking to complete an errand. The woman was 25 and the child 1. They had no chance as the bus crashed through the metal guardrail.

The scene was less than a mile from the northwest corner of Parque La Sabana.

César Quirós, director of Tránsito, said that judicial officials at the scene requested additional time to handle the investigation of the deaths, so the route was not reopened until about 6 p.m.


Caja planning a new push against the danger of dengue
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's health officials will kick off another push against dengue a week from Friday in Parque Nacional in San José.

One of the principal agencies involved in the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, which runs the hospitals and clinics.

The agency said that 16,256 person had been treated for the disease as of last week. The principal weapons against the  Aedes aegypti mosquito that spreads the disease are sprays and elimination of the insect's breeding spots.

The Caja said that eliminating the breeding spots is best done by informing the public. There have been several calls
to citizens to eradicate the breeding spots, usually old tires or other objects that hold water. The Caja persuaders were in San Carlos at the hospital there last week attempting to instruct school children and others to create a consolidated front against the mosquito, it said.

Similar awareness sessions were held in the other 36 areas into which the country is divided for health purposes by the Caja.

"Clean it, cover it, overturn it, perforate it, fill it, eliminate it or recycle it" is the motto of the health programs. In Spanish that is limpiar, tapar, volcar, agujerear, rellenar, eliminar o reciclar.

Dengue takes a big bite out of the Caja's budget, and it also has an impact on the country's workforce.


Sports fishing logo

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

renes law firm
Home
Tourism
Calendar
Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us
San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, Vol. 10, No. 162


Banco Nacional will buy 11,000 new card-reading devices

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Hypercom Corp. said Tuesday that Banco Nacional de Costa Rica with more than 165 branch offices across the country, has selected and will deploy more than 13,000 Hypercom
Optimum countertop and mobile payment terminals to merchants throughout Costa Rica.

The multi-million dollar, four-year roll out is believed to represent one of the largest in the country, and represents a significant expansion of Hypercom's high security product portfolio in Costa Rica, the
card reader
Hypercom card reader
company said. The card payment terminals and merchant field services will be provided by Evertec Latin America one of the authorized distributors of Hypercom products in Costa Rica. The terminals include the devices that connect to the bank with telephone or Internet. There also is a Bluetooth version.

"Hypercom's state-of-the-art and much in-demand products address the specific needs of our customers and will help us improve substantially the merchant and consumer experience at the point of transaction," said Jorge Bonilla Lorenzo, Director de Banca de Medios Electrónicos de Pago at Banco Nacional.

"BNCR is one of the electronic payment leaders in Costa Rica, and their selection of Optimum is a major endorsement that recognizes the product's competitive advantages and strengthens our footprint in Central America," said Samia Bounaira, managing director, Mexico, Caribbean and Central America for Hypercom Corp.

Hypercom's high security  Optimum T4200 and M4200 
product family for North America consists of six powerful 32-bit multi-application devices that share the same platform, user interface, and software toolkit to maximize efficiency, application portability, and offer customers a broad range of options to serve any market need, the company said. The high security battery powered M4100 Blade weighs in at 7.1 ounces; measures 4.9 inches long, 2.7 inches wide, and 1.15 inches deep; features GPRS and Wi-Fi communications, high-contrast full-color signature capture touch screen; and provides other state-of-the-art features for restaurants, delivery services and other businesses worldwide.

Over the last several decades, consumers worldwide have increasingly turned to card-based payment methods, such as credit, debit and gift cards, to replace checks and cash, said Hypercom, whch is based in Scottsdale, Arizona.. Card-based payments require the use of a point-of-transaction terminal capable of reading the cardholder’s account information from the card’s magnetic stripe or chip, and combining this information with the amount of the sale, it noted.

The payment terminal electronically captures and securely transmits this transaction information over a communications network to an authorized computer data center and then displays the returned approval or denial.

Payment systems require an extremely high level of reliability and security, as even an apparently small system failure or security breach can have extremely serious consequences, the company said. The electronic payment industry operates in a sophisticated environment of dedicated systems, applications, specialized products and access networks, it noted.



Health officials express concern at rise in cases of shootings

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Already this year 277 persons have been hospitalized for gunshot wounds, according to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

Not all of them were the victims of crimes or shootouts, the Caja noted as it issued a call to parents to keep weapons away from children.

Marco Díaz Alvarado, of the Programa Integral del Adolescente at the Caja said that he realizes that there are conditions of insecurity around the country and that this motivated citizens to arm themselves. But he noted that frequently the victim is a member of the family.
He and others at the health agency said they were concerned by the increase in shooting cases. Of course, the statistics do not include the many persons who died at the scene from gunshots.

However, there have been several well publicized cases of children shooting themselves while playing with weapons in the home. There also are two policemen who died in separate incidents from gunshots from their service weapons.  Both cases happened in police stations, although one case was called a suicide.

Diaz also said that parents should help children learn non-violent ways to settle disputes.



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
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

News of Honduras
News of the Dominican Republic
News of Panamá
Home
Tourism
Calendar
Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us
San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, Vol. 10, No. 162

Medical vacations in Costa Rica


Chávez political monopoly
being tested by economy


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire servcies

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's near-monopoly on political power will be tested during next month's elections for the national assembly.  Currently, all but a few legislators are loyal to Chávez.  Public opinion polls show the socialist president's popularity slipping amid tough economic times and soaring crime rates.  Chávez has significant political and institutional advantages over the opposition as campaigns heat up ahead of the Sept. 26 vote.

Perhaps the most-polarizing figure in South America, Hugo Chávez elicits strong responses wherever his name is mentioned.

One Caracas resident said she voted for Chávez in 1998, but will never do so again.

"I voted for him because he was young and came from humble beginnings," she said.  "And I thought he would move the country forward.  I think this government is the worst.  And if they want to arrest me for saying so, let them do it.  Bad, bad, bad!"

The biggest complaints: inflation, unemployment, food shortages and rampant crime.

In a poorer part of Caracas, where government money has brought social services and development projects, a disabled retiree has a different perspective.

"My family and I survive, thanks to the president.  As long as he is there, I will vote.  As long as I can get on my feet to cast a ballot, I will support my president," she said.

Venezuelan pollster Luis Vicente Leon says Chavez's public approval rating has dropped from 65 percent a few years ago to 45 percent today.

"Forty-five percent approval! You could call that stellar, even spectacular, if you consider that this is a president who has been in power for 11 years and has yet to solve the nation's biggest problems," said Leon.

Hoping to capitalize on the president's sagging ratings is Julio Borges, who heads the opposition party Primero Justicia.

"In Venezuela, we do not have good or bad governments,  just governments in power during high oil prices or low oil prices.  And President Chávez's popularity has followed this pattern," noted Borges.

But the president speaks as confidently as ever.  Chávez is in full campaign mode, lashing out at his opponents.

"It would be a catastrophe if our country fell back into the hands of the thieves who governed before and destroyed it.  They would destroy all we have achieved, and ruin the country once more," said Chávez.

According to pollster Leon, the president has significant campaign advantages, including vast oil revenues that can be deployed as he sees fit.

"The opposition battles Chávez from a position of extreme weakness," explained Leon.  "This is not a conventional democracy where the rights of political minorities are respected, where public resources are kept separate from political campaigns.  The president's political party has all the government's money at its disposal."

After more than 11 years in office, Chávez is the only president many younger Venezuelans, including Leslie Contreras, 26, can remember.

"From my teenage years until now, I have only known Chávez.  The opposition does not know how to lead, how to speak to the people," she said.
News from the BBC up to the minute






BBC news and spors feeds are disabled on archived pages.
BBC sports news up to the minute



Casa Alfi

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


Home
Tourism
Calendar
Classifieds
Entertainment
Real estate
Rentals
Sports
About us
San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010, Vol. 10, No. 162



Latin American news
Please reload page if feed does not appear promptly
Obama's aides considering
loosening ban on Cuba


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. officials say the Obama administration is considering easing some travel restrictions to Cuba.

Administration and congressional officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the goal is to make it easier for researchers, educators and students to travel to the Communist-led island.  Details of the proposed policy shift were first reported by The New York Times. The White House and State Department declined to comment Tuesday.

President Barack Obama has said he wants improved relations with Cuba.  Last year, his administration eased travel and money-transfer restrictions on Cuban-Americans with relatives on the island.

A decades-old U.S. embargo on Cuba remains in effect.  Obama has said the embargo will stay in place until Havana takes steps toward democratic reforms.

U.S. Sen. Robert Menéndez, a Cuban-American from New Jersey, opposes any policy changes.  He says loosening restrictions would reward a government that has shown little interest in reform.

In a recent statement, Menéndez said this is not the time to ease pressure on the Castro government.  He said that promoting travel and wide-spread remittances will give the government a much-needed infusion of dollars that will only allow the Castro brothers to extend what he called their reign of oppression and human rights violations.

A U.S. congressional panel voted in June to lift the decades-old ban on American travel to Cuba, to make it easier to sell U.S. agricultural exports there.  Similar measures have failed in Congress in recent years as opponents have argued that lifting the ban could prop up Cuba's government.

Another three dissidents
arrive in Spain from Cuba


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Another three Cuban dissidents are free, the result of a landmark deal brokered with Cuba by Spain and the Roman Catholic Church last month.

The three dissidents arrived in the Spanish capital, Madrid, Tuesday, accompanied by 15 family members. Spanish officials say three more dissidents are expected to arrive in the coming days, bringing the total number released under the deal to 26. Cuba has agreed to free 52 of the 75 prisoners sentenced to lengthy prison terms following a government crackdown on the opposition in 2003.

Last month, Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos predicted that Cuba would improve its relations with the European Union and the United States if it freed all political prisoners.







Latin American news feeds are disabledon 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