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San José, Costa Rica, Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, Vol. 17, No. 189
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The weekend is shaping up to be a musical one
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The weekend is definitely a musical one with another performance by the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional tonight and even a free band concert Sunday at the Museo Nacional.

The orchestra performance features two works by Ludwig van Beethoven, the “The Creatures of Prometheus,” Opus 47, and “Piano Concerto No. 2.” Opus 37. On the piano will be Alon Goldstein of Israel.

The Coro Sinfónico Nacional will join with the orchestra in a performance of “The Planets” suit by English composer Gustav Holst.

The invited conductor is the Israeli, Yaov Talmi. The 8 p.m. performance this evening will be repeated at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, both in the Teatro Nacional.

The Banda de San José will be featured Sunday at the Música en el Museo program.

The 11 a.m. program is supposed to be 100 percent Costa Rican in honor of  September, which is called the patriotic month because it includes the Día de la Independencia.

The director is Juan Bautista Loaiza.

The selections are diverse, including “Paso doble Costa Rica” by Otto Vargas, “Mambo
'Hombre crucificado en el basurero,' by
Tomás Sánchez

de la big band” by Víctor Hugo Berrocal,  boleros and even a foxtrot.

Saturday there is warm up to the Festival Internacional de Poesía with a book sale sponsored by the Municipalidad de San José in Barrio Chino from 11 a.m. The festival, itself, begins in two weeks.

The Museo de Arte Costarricense opened an exhibition called “Paisaje” Thursday night. It will run through Nov. 28. On display are the works of Cuban artist Tomás Sánchez at the museum in Parque La Sabana. Admission is free.

Perhaps one of the best-known of his works is “Hombre crucificado en el basurero,” perhaps best translated as a man crucified in a garbage dump.

Tax officials say they will pore over Bahamas data
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new batch of corporate information has been released by a journalism organization, and officials at the Ministerio de Hacienda are quick to say that the new data reinforces the need to continue ahead with the international fight against tax evasion via exchanges of information among countries.  But the ministry said its Dirección General de Tributación had not yet analyzed the new data.

The release of information about offshore companies in The Bahamas is not as complete as was the information contained in the  Panamá Papers files. The information comes from the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and news organizations from Europe, South America, Asia and Africa.

This creates, for the first time, a free, online and publicly-searchable registry of offshore

companies set up in the island nation that has sometimes been called The Switzerland of the West, said the consortium.

The data base, which also includes information from earlier releases, is HERE! The material is searchable by name and country.

The cache of documents from the island nation’s corporate registry provides names of directors and some owners of more than 175,000 Bahamian companies, trusts and foundations registered between 1990 and early 2016, said the consortium.

Corporate data is available in The Bahamas but the information must be inspected in person, and there is a fee, said the organization.

Both Costa Rican tax officials and lawmakers have been investigating information from the Panamá Papers and other material released initially by hackers, but there have been no startling revelations.

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