Chronological index for October 2001
Monday, Oct. 1, 2001
TV marathon ties up downtown traffic big time
San José faced near gridlock Friday night as vehicles were backed
up for miles, in part because of temporary construction on Avenida 2.
Pavas market a deal
Photo essay: Saturday is the big day at the Pavas farmers' market where
vegetables, flowers and other home-produced goodies sell for from 40 to
60 percent of the supermarket price. The market takes up five city blocks
from Avenida 2 north to the Pavas boulevard in Pavas Center.
Danilovich confirmed as ambassador by U.S. Senate
John J. Danilovich, President Bush's nominee to be ambassador to Costa
Rica, has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Once upon a time at a bank in a magic land far, far away
Humor essay by Patricia Martin: Hello there. It is storytime for all
you grown-up boys and girls. Oh, not a big adventure saga . . . . we will
just spend an average day with Pat in Costa Rica, doing ho-hum things.
Clap your hands if you would like to come along.
Wife of Colombian national prosecutor found dead
A beloved cultural figure in Colombia has been found shot to death
days after she was kidnapped, reportedly by leftist guerillas. The body
of the 62-year-old Consuela Araujo was found by troops late Saturday
in a northern rural region.
Civil liberties under siege due to terror attack
Opinion by Edward B. Winslow: Saying that we are in desperate times,
government leaders on both sides of the political aisle warn that Americans'
civil liberties are in danger.
Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2001
Polling season upon us as presidential race kicks off
The statistical times are at hand, at least as far as Costa Rican politics
are concerned. The political season kicked off Monday, and public opinion
surveys are the order of the day.
Randomness is the key
The whole key to a good survey is random selection of the
people who respond. El Día and Demoscopía used
Nimda virus confirmed to be in Costa Rica
A computer virus is stalking computers here in Costa Rica. The virus
probably is the Nimda virus. A.M. Costa Rica received one e-mail from a
Costa Rican-based account Monday that was believed to be a vehicle for
Chase is on, and a thief loses prize
It was another story in the naked city. But this one had a happy ending.
Drug dealers are feeling terrorists' impact, too
The terrorist attack Sept. 11 in the United States has had a positive
effect on the drug war. While commercial aircraft were grounded for five
days, drug shipments, just like legal commerce from Latin America backed
up. As a result, Costa Rican police officials have made some spectacular
arrests during the last two weeks.
Guerrillas blame army for death of woman hostage
Colombia's largest guerrilla force blames the army for the death of
former Culture Minister Consuelo Araujo, who was found shot to death just
days after she was kidnapped.
A.M. Costa Rica finishes first full month of publishing news
A.M. Costa Rica completed its first full month of operation Sunday,
and the Web pages experienced about 45,000 electronic hits during September.
Wedesday, Oct. 3, 2001
Web pirate sued for trapping surfers in his sites
Did you ever mistype a World Wide Web address and become locked in
a site that dumped ad after ad onto your computer screen? Or worse yet,
has this happened to your youngster?
'Ten Little Indians' cast takes that theater curse very seriously
When they tell you in the theater business to "Break a leg," they are
speaking counter to their true feelings. The idea is to wish bad luck so
that good luck will come.
Please, let's have some evidence, Mr. President
An editorial: As the days become weeks following the Sept. 11
terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, we become more and
more impatient to see the evidence that links Osama bin Laden to
Another politician died in Colombia
Colombian authorities say an opposition Liberal Party representative
has been killed by suspected right-wing paramilitary forces. Officials
say Octavio Sarmiento was shot dead Tuesday at his ranch in the town of
Tame, in eastern Arauca state near Venezuela.
Montesinos wants Fujimori to return
Peru's ex-spy chief Vladimiro Montesinos has urged former president
Alberto Fujimori to return from Japan to face justice.
New Peace Corps group arrives here to train
A new group of 12 Peace Corps candidates have arrived in Costa Rica
and are undergoing 12 weeks of training in León XIII, Lomas de Río,
Pavas and Los Guido, according to the U.S. Embassy.
Free trade report says many issues remain
Negotiating groups working towards creation of Free Trade Area of the
Americas must resolve a number of issues if they are to begin discussions
on market access no later than their proposed May 2002 deadline, according
to a new report by the U.S. General Accounting Office.
Big increase noted in exam
The U.S. State Department has expressed pleasure that more than 23,500
people worldwide registered for the Sept. 29 Foreign Service Written Exam.
That's nearly double the number of registrants in 2000, according to a
State Department announcement.
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001
Drug trafficking equated to terrorism in Congress
Partnerships, called "dark synergies," exist between terrorists and
drug trafficking, a U.S. congressional committee heard this week.
Evidence about bin Laden 'clear and compelling'
There is "clear and compelling" information that Usama bin Laden and
his al-Qaida network were involved in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on
New York and Washington, Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said
Conspiracy show on TV featured airliner targeting NYC World Trade
Consider it another case of life imitating art. A March pilot of the
television show "The Lone Gunman" featured a passenger jet being secretly
programmed to crash into the World Trade Center.
Costa Rica seen being hit hard by international economic slump
An international credit-rating agency has singled out Costa Rica as
being among a handful of Latin American nations that will bear the brunt
of economic reverses caused by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United
Danger warning is renewed for citizens traveling overseas
The U.S. government has renewed its travel warning in the wake of the
Sept. 11 terrorists attacks in the United States.
Fox and Bush will meet again today in Washington
Mexican President Vicente Fox is expected to meet with President Bush
today in Washington to reiterate Mexico's support for the U.S.-led international
fight against terrorism.
Fox promises he will open files on massacre
Mexican President Vicente Fox has commemorated the 33rd anniversary
of a student massacre by promising to open secret government documents
on the event.
New ambassador picked for position in Caracas
President Bush says he plans to nominate the U.S. State Department's
director of Cuban affairs to serve as ambassador to Venezuela.
Coast Guard liberates hijacked yacht in Haiti
The U.S. Coast Guard says it has stopped an attempt by eight Haitians
to hijack a yacht and force the boat's French skipper to take them to the
Television station owner arrested on bribery count
A Peruvian judge has ordered the arrest of a television station owner
following allegations he took bribes from the country's former spy chief.
Friday, Oct. 5, 2001
Osa group on Internet pushes for marine sanctuary
Residents in the Drake Bay area in far southwest Costa Rica have taken
to the Internet to win support for a marine sanctuary.
Shot heard round the world came 50 years ago
Fifty years ago what most sports fans consider the greatest baseball
game ever played took place in New York. It was played between two bitter
rivals on a national stage. For one of those rivals, it ended in bitter
defeat. But for another, it was a surprise and dramatic victory.
Here's a great rediscovery of an elegant French restaurant
Jo Stuary's weekly column: Although French restaurants seem to have
gone out of vogue with the advent of nouveau cuisine and food lite, two
of the best and oldest restaurants in San Jose are French. One of them
is Le Chandelier.
Forest declining at high rate in the tropics
Tropical countries continue to lose their forests at a very high rate,
the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned in a report published
Thursday. But Costa Rica, the report said, lost only 16,000 hectares of
forest cover in the years 1990 to 2000, or about .77 percent, or less than
1 percent of the country's forest.
Muslims in Paraguay claim police extorting money
Authorities in Paraguay have increased surveillance of the country's
Arab immigrants. And there have been charges that police are extorting
large sums of money from some merchants in return for not detaining them.
Paraguay's increased vigilance over its Arab community has come in response
to the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.
Mexican President Fox visits New York scene
Mexican President Vicente Fox is in New York City to meet with Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani and view first hand the World Trade Center disaster site.
The Mexican president traveled to New York Thursday after meeting with
President Bush at the White House to reaffirm Mexico's support for the
U.S. led fight against terrorism.
Body of snake victim found at canal mouth
Searchers found the body of César Castillón Mejía.
54, floating near the mouth of the Tortugero canals in extreme northeast
Costa Rica Thursday. Investigators think he was the victim of a snakebite.
Robbers were active in three locations
Robbers held up a cooperative in Grecia, a fast-food chicken sales
outlet in San Pedro and a gas deliveryman in Tibás Wednesday.
Reno can be sued, federal judge rules
A U.S. federal judge in the state of Florida has ruled that former
Attorney General Janet Reno can be sued over last year's raid on the Miami
home where Cuban boy Elian Gonzalez was staying.
Investigators kill man with knife
Two investigators trying to find evidence of drug dealing in San Juan
de San Ramón shot and killed a man who challenged them early Thursday,
said police. The dead man was identified by the Judicial Investigating
Organization as Luis Ramírez Savedra, 21.
It's Costa Rica vs. Mexico
Sunday is another football day in Costa Rica as the National Team takes
on Mexico in a game that means a lot to Mexico but not to Costa Rica, which
already has qualified for a World cup berth.
Monday, Oct. 8, 2001
Photo display: Artisans opened up shop (for a fee) along the
Avenida Principal last weekend, a return to the place they were ousted
from years ago. But just for three days.
Costa Rica ties Mexico in match at home
Costa Rica and Mexico fought to a scoreless tie in Ricardo Saprissa
Stadium Sunday. But Mexico's World Cup hopes remained alive when the Trinidad
and Tobago national team beat Honduras, 1-0.
Bin Laden appears to be just one goal of military
The U.S. anti-terrorist operation now under way often appears to be
a hunt for one man: Osama bin Laden, the prime suspect in last month's
terrorist attacks against New York and Washington, who is believed to be
hiding out in Afghanistan.
British PM builds a circumstantial case in public
A report by British Prime Minister Tony Blair gives the fullest public
account yet of the evidence the western alliance has against Osama bin
Italian report shows links among terror cells there
A 100-page Italian investigative report tells what journalists
called a stunning story of cooperation among suspected Bin Laden cells
in Europe and includes chilling wiretaps among the "brothers."
Colombia and rebels reach an agreement
The Colombian government says it has reached an agreement with the
nation's largest rebel group for immediate cease-fire talks.
State Department urges Nicaraguans to vote Nov. 4
The U.S. State Department says it is crucial for all Nicaraguans to
participate in their nation's presidential election next month and for
the balloting to be free and fair.
Cubans gather to mark bombing
Hundreds of thousands of Cubans gathered Saturday in Havana's
Revolution Square for a rally led by President Fidel Castro to mark the
25th anniversary of an airline bombing.
Schindler's widow dies in Europe
Emilie Schindler, 94, died Saturday in a hospital outside Berlin.
Brazilian senator calls it quits
The Brazilian Senate has accepted the resignation of one of its members
who quit his job amid allegations of corruption, fraud and embezzlement
of public funds.
Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2001
Nation's Jade Museum, a great tourism site, to reopen Oct. 31
The Museum of Jade will be open again Oct. 31 on the 11th floor of
the National Insurance Institute building in Barrio Amon just north of
Orchestra changes dates
The National Symphonic Orchestra has moved up the dates of its final
Have you met Snow White and her seven little computer worms?
The Snow White virus now speaks Spanish and is alive and well in Costa
U.S. forces launch second night of air attacks
U.S. planes and missiles pounded military and terrorist targets in
Afghanistan for a second consecutive night.
Second anthrax case found in Florida
The FBI has taken over the investigation of a Florida man's death from
anthrax, after one of his co-workers tested positive for exposure to the
Some embassies close in Jakarta
Several foreign embassies in this Indonesian capital have closed their
gates and urged their citizens to stay home in the wake of U.S. air strikes
Iris, the most powerful storm of season, is inland over Belize
Hurricane Iris was inland and about 80 miles south-southwest of Belize
City, Belize about 9 p.m. Monday night, according to the U.S. National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
If you go to sale, you can chill out
The Little Theater Group has a deal for you: Go to their yard sale
and participate in their auction, and they will put air conditioning in
theater in Bello Horizonte.
Another kidnapping reported in Colombia
Colombian police say the nation's largest leftist rebel group
has apparently broken an agreement crucial to the peace process by kidnapping
six people in southern Colombia.
Mexico wins seat on Security Council
The U.N. General Assembly has chosen Mexico for a two-year seat on
the Security Council.
New ambassador here
The new U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica, John Danilovich, is scheduled
to present his credentials today to President Miguel Angel Rodríguez,
according to the presidential staff.
New warning issued by State Department
The U.S. government has told U.S. citizens in Afghanistan that they
ought to leave the country.
Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2001
Air tickets on their way up for the holidays
There's no place like home for the holidays, particularly when you
see what is happening to air fares.
Few signups force Association of Residents to cancel Carnival trip
The Association of Residents of Costa Rica has canceled its trip to
the Limón Carnival next week because of low signups.
A third night of attacks rocks cities in Afghanistan
Witnesses reported explosions and anti-aircraft fire in Kabul and other
Afghan cities as the United States carried out a third straight night of
air attacks against the Taliban and suspected terrorist targets.
Bush will limit info to Congress
President Bush has decided for national security reasons to dramatically
limit the number of people in the U.S. Congress who can receive administration
briefings that include classified information on the war against terrorism.
Canada warns citizens overseas
Canada has warned its citizens about the possibility of increased dangers
for those living abroad.
Investigators make separate arrests in drug cases
Costa Rica's police agencies made two major sets of drug-related arrests
Monday and Tuesday.
Arias will be speaker for Democrats Abroad
Oscar Arias S., 1987 Nobel Peace laureate and former president of Costa
Rica, will be the guest speaker Monday, Oct. 29, at the lunch meeting of
Democrats Abroad of Costa Rica.
Hurricane Iris kills divers from U.S.
As many as 20 people are feared dead in Belize, as Hurricane Iris battered
the coast of the Central American nation, capsizing boats and flattening
Intel competitor unveils new chip
Advanced Micro Systems of Sunnyvale, Calif., introduced a new computer
chip called the Athlon XP Tuesday. The company is a competitor of Intel,
which has chip manufacturing facilities here in Costa Rica.
Colombian officials hope rebels will free hostages
Colombian officials say they hope six people being held by suspected
leftist rebels will be freed once their captors learn about a guerrilla
agreement to end roadside kidnappings.
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001
Investigators make another big anti-drug score
Police are continuing their drug crackdown with the seizure Wednesday
of 65 sacks containing nearly 2,677 kilos of marijuana, some 5,890 pounds.
Bar owner Crouse, still in jail, victimized by thieves
Only a few things in life are certain: death, taxes and that Roger
Morris Crouse still is in jail in Liberia.
Big blaze reported near Kabul's airport
A huge fire was reported near Kabul's airport as U.S. forces pounded
Taliban and suspected terrorist targets in Afghanistan for the fourth straight
In Washington, President George Bush unveiled a terrorism "most-wanted"
list topped by accused terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, the suspected
mastermind behind the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States.
Another anthrax exposure
In Florida, U.S. federal officials say a third person has tested positive
for exposure to the rare, deadly anthrax disease.
Anti-narcotics effort vital to fight terrorism, U.S. official says
Providing support for counternarcotics and other anti-crime efforts
around the world is more important than ever, according to James Mack,
deputy assistant secretary of state for international narcotics and law
Latin terrorism noted in Congress
While there is "clear and compelling evidence" that the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks originated in Afghanistan, with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida organization,
... we must also recognize that the threats to our people and
interests can come from any venue," says Ambassador Francis
Taylor, coordinator for counterterrorism at the U.S. Department of State.
Artists' colony group with Costa Rican link rips Bush as coward
The Alliance of Artists' Communities has come out with a strong statement
against the Bush Administration and the war in Afghanistan.
Deaths of Colombian police may derail peace process
Colombian officials say leftist guerrillas have murdered two police
officers, a development that threatens to end the country's peace process.
Rabies cases cause concerns
Two deaths, that of a woman and a boy, in the southwestern part of
Costa Rica have been blamed on rabies probably contracted from a
cat, and the situation has galvanized the nation's health officials.
Internet connections shaky at some spots in San José
Computer hookups were erratic Wednesday in parts of San José,
but some commercial Internet cafes said they had no troubles.
Ambassador presents his credentials
The new U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica, John Danilovich, was to present
his credentials last night to President Miguel Angel Rodríguez at
the Casa Presidential.
Friday, Oct. 12, 2001
Warning for U.S. and overseas
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Thursday warned of imminent
terrorists attacks in the United States and overseas.
The times they are achanging
Jo Stuart’s weekly column on new motorcycles for police
Some cable connections have problems with Web
Computers that hook up to servers in Costa Rica through television
cables suffered two days of shaky service.
Gang members shoot it out
Opposing gangs shot it out Wednesday night in La Carpio, La Uruca,
and five persons suffered bullet wounds.
The holiday is Monday
Public offices and banks will be closed Monday as Costa Rica celebrates
Día de las Cultures.
Bush offers Taliban second chance on bin Laden
President Bush has offered to give Afghanistan's Taliban authorities
what he calls "a second chance" to hand over suspected terrorist mastermind
Osama bin Laden.
Leader's son believed killed in bombings
U.S. planes carried out a fifth night of raids in Afghanistan amid
reports that the first night of western airstrikes killed a son of Taliban
head Mullah Muhammad Omar.
Latin nations support terrorism effort, U.S. official tells Congress
Nations of the Western Hemisphere have strongly supported U.S. efforts
to construct a global coalition against terrorism, said Curt Struble, deputy
assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs.
Illegal aliens were lost in NYC terror attacks in U.S., too
Scores of legal and undocumented immigrants were among the victims
of the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
Worsening economy documented by report from embassy
Costa Rica's economy steadily worsened during the first nine months
of the year, according to an analysis by the U. S. Embassy. But the predictions
in the report are another casualty of the Sept. 11 terror attack in New
York and Washington.
Monday, Oct. 15, 2001
Someone who is unclear on the concept: You need a political party!
During political campaigns there is nothing unusual when party activists
raise money by promising cushy government jobs after the elections. But
one Costa Rican carried this tradition a step further by failing to be
involved with a political party before he went out selling government jobs,
according to investigators.
Eclipse Dec. 14 could be a boost to tourism here
Just when Costa Rica needed a tourism boost, the sun and the moon decided
to get together. The country will witness a solar eclipse Dec. 14, and
the section of the travel industry that specialized in eclipse tours already
is marketing the country vigorously.
It's a holiday
If you were going to the bank today, forget it. The Día de las
Culturas holiday normally held on Oct. 12 is celebrated today, according
to a law passed by the legislative Assembly.
It's the ninth day of bombing Afghanistan targets
U.S. warplanes have flown a ninth day of attacks in Afghanistan against
suspected terrorist targets and positions of the ruling Taliban.
Nearly 200 more sought
Meanwhile, in Sunday morning television interviews, Attorney General
John Ashcroft said law enforcement agencies nationwide continue to track
down leads in an effort to find all those responsible and to prevent further
Anthrax tests positive
Investigators still are trying to find out who is mailing letters containing
anthrax spores to mostly news outlets. No link has yet been made to Middle
Envionmentalists' experts unhappy with Harken's impact statement
Two Mexican experts urged that an environmental impact statement involving
a plan to drill offshore near Limón not be approved.
International guitar festival opens tonight
Victor Monge of Spain will open the Eighth International Festival of
Guitars at the National theater tonight at 8 o'clock.
Chavez and pope agree on terrorism
Pope John Paul II and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez met Friday
at the Vatican and discussed the current international situation,
as well as church issues in Venezuela.
Farmers march to reform in Guatemala City
Thousands of indigenous farmers marched in Guatemala City and
blocked roadways leading to the capital as part of what organizers
called a "Day of Indigenous Resistance."
Panel of experts to bring wealth-building ideas
A Maryland financial expert and a Costa Rican lawyer have teamed up
to put on a financial seminar designed to address the needs of U.S. citizens
Argentina voting for senate, house
Argentines have voted for new senate and house members, in an
election seen as a major test of President Fernando de la Rua's 2-year-old
Fox travels to Spain to promote trade
Mexican President Vicente Fox has arrived in Spain, as part of a five-nation
European tour to promote his country's latest trade agreement.
Belize puts homeless at more than 14,000
Officials in Belize say thousands of people are homeless after Hurricane
Iris battered the country's coast last week.
Intelligence services recalling a few Cold War types
If James Bond were flesh and not a literary creation, he might be getting
a big manila envelope delivered by a smiling junior naval officer. Sources
in London report that the British intelligence agency, MI6, is releasing
some top employees and recalling some James Bond types who can be of more
use in the confrontation with Arab fundamentalists.
Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001
Ex-Canadian minesweeper will become dive boat deluxe
When David Sewell spotted a used Canadian Navy minesweeper up for sale,
he quickly realized that he served on the same vessel for 11 months as
Association will help market CD by street children choir
The Association of Residents voted Monday to help market a compact
disk featuring The Street Children Choir of the Don Bosco Center in San
Holiday was a success
Costa Ricans celebrated Día de las Culturas, or Day of the Cultures,
Monday with public offices and banks closed.
Gunship joins the assault in skies over Afghanistan
U.S. forces have launched fresh attacks near the Afghan cities of Kabul
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2001
Immigration sweeps for foreigners in Pacific towns
Costa Rican immigration officials are cracking down on foreigners who
have overstayed their tourist visa or otherwise do not have the legal right
to be in Costa Rica.
The bells are ringing for illegal tourists
Love (or at least marriage) is motivated by many things: physical attraction,
money and, yes, nationality.
Mail handlers here put on gloves and masks to avoid anthrax
Costa Rican mail handlers donned masks and rubber gloves Tuesday as
fears of anthrax-laced letters reached Costa Rica.
U.S. official promises to fight 'terrorist' groups in Colombia
The U.S. State Department's chief of counter-terrorism says the United
States will fight terrorism in the Western Hemisphere "with all the elements
of our national power."
Final anti-terrorism bill rests with House-Senate committee
The U.S. Senate has overwhelmingly passed a pair of bills that expand
law enforcement powers in the fight against terrorism and tighten aviation
security. The House of Representatives has approved a companion, but different,
Peronists post big gains in both houses of Argentina's legislature
The opposition Peronist party has made large gains in Sunday's legislative
elections in Argentina.
Spanish king praises language
Spain's King Juan Carlos has called the Spanish language a powerful
tool for communication and urged its wider use around the world.
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001
Surprising optimism found among savvy tourist operators
The much-predicted tourism disaster facing Costa Rica seems to be steeped
in faulty logic and faulty statistics.
Immigrant crackdown probably triggered by criminal activity
A crackdown at Playas del Coco on the Pacific coast may have been engendered
by the drug-dealing, murders and other criminal activity in the area.
Giant Boruca project draws Indian protests
A typical Goliath vs. David face-off is shaping up, and the giant is
the national electric monopoly.
Online casinos dodge bullet in U.S. House money-laundering bill
The House of Representatives has overwhelmingly passed a bill to disrupt
money flows to terrorists after lawmakers dropped a measure that would
have prevented credit card payments to Internet casinos.
Bush appointee pledges commitment to hemisphere
Despite speculation that the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against New
York and Washington might prevent the United States from addressing important
regional issues, U.S. "commitment to this hemisphere is no less today;
in many ways, it is [greater]" than before, said Marc Grossman, under secretary
of state for political affairs.
Freeze on drug assets maintained by Bush
President Bush says the U.S. federal government will extend a freeze
on the assets of Colombian drug traffickers because they continue to pose
a threat to U.S. national security.
Quake hits Virgin islands
An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale shook the Virgin Islands
and was felt in Puerto Rico.
Friday, Oct. 19, 2001
Artist branch out at handiwork fair
There's not a lot you can do with busted tree limbs someone chucked
in the trash. That is unless you are six artists from Monteverde who constructed
their display area at the national artists fair with the castoffs.
Double murder and a suicide ends midmorning argument
A man described as either a French citizen or a French Canadian shot
and killed a man and a woman early Thursday then turned the gun on himself.
Writing about the bad things in Costa Rica important, too
Jo Stuart’s weekly column
Californian makes history with underage pimping conviction
A former California man became the first U.S. citizen ever convicted
of selling children for sex in Costa Rica.
Republicans plan a big weekend to consider elections in 2002
U.S. Rep. Tom Davis of Virginia will be the main guest when Republicans
Abroad of Costa Rica celebrate their Pura Vida Weekend Nov. 3 and 4.
Monday, Oct. 22, 2001
Internet junk mailers rattle our computers here
The Costa Rican Internet monopoly ran into trouble with the rest
of the world because it appeared that users were sending a high volume
of junk messages.
Publication's advertising section expanded and index updated
This publication has expanded its classifieds to include separate pages.
Dual citizens can vote and not lose out
Some U.S. citizens also have Costa Rican citizenship, and a few are
wondering if they can vote in the Feb. 3 presidential elections here without
jeopardizing their rights.
Man who shot couple was a French citizen
A man who killed a couple Thursday in Los Cuadros de Guadalupe was
definitely a French citizen, diplomats and police investigators affirmed
Bomb Blast in Colombia blamed on leftists rebels
Colombian authorities have blamed the country's second largest rebel
group — the National Liberation Army —for a bomb blast that killed at least
five people and injured two others.
Elian’s Florida home is museum
The Miami, Fla., home where young shipwreck survivor Elian Gonzalez
lived has been turned into a museum commemorating his time in the United
Greenpeace is upset by pollution of corn's genetic pool
Mexico is conducting an investigation on reports that Mexican corn
is being contaminated by imported genetically engineered varieties.
Concern voiced on agro-terrorism
A world authority on agriculture is warning of the potential dangers
Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2001
'War on terrorism' will have impact here in Costa Rica
Analysis by Jay Brodell, A.M. Costa Rica editor.
The worldwide fight against terrorism is likely to have far-reaching
impacts in Costa Rica.
For him, it's better to receive than give
The Nigerian scam has a blessing for you.
The latest transmutation of this scam to reach Costa Rica is purportedly
from a preacher in Togo who happens to have a trunk in storage with about
$30 million contained therein.
Cab driver killed by trio who hailed him
A 30-year-old pirate cab driver picked up the wrong three men about
7:30 Sunday night.
U.S. has triple strategy to fight money laundering
The U.S. government must work closely with the private sector and international
partners to "break the financial backbone of terrorist groups and their
financiers," a senior Treasury Department official said Monday.
Death of two postal workers blamed on anthrax
U.S. Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge says the deaths of two Washington
postal workers reported Monday were probably caused by anthrax.
Warplanes hit Afghani targets
U.S. warplanes have again struck targets in Afghanistan near Taliban
front lines north of Kabul.
Venezuela Stampede Leaves 11 Dead
Authorities say a stampede at an annual festival here left at least
11 people dead and 25 injured.
Sinn Fein admits link to man nabbed in Colombia
The leader of the Sinn Fein party, the political wing of the Irish
Republican Army, has publicly admitted that Niall Connolly, who was arrested
in Colombia in August on terrorism charges, was the Irish movement's designated
representative in Cuba.
Marathon raises cash for victims of terrorism
Tens of thousands of music fans gathered in Washington Sunday for a
marathon concert of pop stars to raise money for victims of last month's
Face factors seminar topic
English-speakers are being offered a chance to spiff up their face
at a medical seminar Dec. 6.
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001
About 8,800 air tourists didn't come to Costa Rica
Costa Rica lost about 8,800 airline tourists in September because of
the terrorist attacks in the United States.
Campaign to boost tourism part ads and part PR
The Costa Rican campaign to boost its tourists has been under way for
about three weeks.
CIMA plans seminar as overseas anthrax alert issued
Hospital CIMA plans a seminar about bioterrorism Thursday night for
the North American community. Meanwhile, the U.S. State Department says
it is "deeply concerned" about the security of Americans overseas, and
it has issued a new worldwide terrorist alert that warns of possible anthrax
Older but effective computer virus on the loose again via RACSA
The Win32SirCam computer virus attacked a computer via a message downloaded
from the RACSA server Tuesday morning.
Human rights vital in Central America, UN secretary-general says
U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said protecting human rights and
eradicating poverty in Central America is essential for building peace
and democracy in the region.
Colombia issues arrest warrants
The Colombian government has issued arrest warrants for the top leadership
of the country's largest guerrilla group on charges of murder.
Conference in Belize is warmup for world ecotourism discussion
Those involved in Central American ecotourism can meet Nov. 26 to 28
in Belize City to discuss ideas and actions to suggest at the World Ecotourism
Summit in May om Canada.
Thursday, Oct. 25, 2001
E-mailers still complain the world blocks RACSA
Costa Rican computer users continue to face blocks from Internet servers
elsewhere in the world because the government Internet monopoly has been
identified as being friendly to unsolicited e-mail senders.
The annoying problem of unsolicited e-mails is not a crime
Unsolicited e-mail messages are annoying but they are legal in most
jurisdictions. And they can be protected freedom of speech.
Press law committee votes to remove 'insult'
A legislative committee voted Tuesday to eliminate the crime of insult
from the country’s penal code.
Assistant to top judge charged with helping suspects leave country
An assistant to a chief judge in Costa Rica’s judicial system faces
charges that he sold permissions to let criminals flee the country before
their cases were resolved.
More help sought from First World
Latin American and Caribbean officials are urging industrialized nations
to increase their assistance on environmental issues in developing nations
as promised at the 1992 Earth Summit.
U.S. House passes massive incentives
The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a $100 billion dollar
economic stimulus package for the ailing U.S. economy. Wednesday's vote
in the House was a razor thin 216 to 214 in favor of the Republican-backed
U.S. wants to extradict Colombian combatants
The U.S. ambassador to Colombia says the United States will seek to
extradite and bring to trial Colombian rebels and right-wing paramilitaries
suspected of money laundering and drug trafficking.
Oil workers strike in Brazil over inflation offset
Brazilian union officials say oil workers have begun a five-day strike,
shutting down oil refineries and drilling rigs throughout the country.
Friday, Oct. 26, 2001
Grim photos punctuate seminar on anthrax
Anthrax spores are all around us all the time, but clumped up so a
normal body filters them out as harmless trash.
Jo Stuart’s column
Weekly column addresses concerns about the war.
U.S. citizen's body found
Police found the body of a 25-year-old man believed to be a U.S. citizen
in a small cabin near Quepos. They identified him as James Orney
and said he had been dead for about three days.
Salvation Army hopes it will be back helping children soon
The Salvation Army hopes to have a mobil kitchen on the streets within
two weeks to help homeless children and others.
Most of the artisans hoping for a better weekend of handicraft sales
The national artisans’ exhibition has some winners and some losers.
Some artisans selling their handicraft there report that the first full
week was good. Others characterize the week as having fewer sales than
the year before.
Samara on the ball to exploit eclipse tourism
The folks in Samara are getting serious about the eclipse. Already
they have a big display on their Web site encouraging tourists to visit
the Pacific beach town to take in the Dec. 14 astronomical event.
Colombian police grab lot of funny money
Authorities in Colombia have seized $7 million worth of counterfeit
U.S. currency and arrested eight members of a counterfeiting ring.
Anti-terrorism measures sent to the U.S. president
The U.S. Senate has cleared the way for President Bush to sign into
law a sweeping anti-terrorism bill later Friday. The bill, which the House
of Representatives had already approved, passed in the Senate Thursday
by an overwhelming vote of 98 to 1.
Candidates in Nicaragua seem to be in a dead heat
A new public opinion poll in Nicaragua indicates that former Sandinista
president Daniel Ortega and ruling party candidate Enrique Bolanos are
in a virtual tie two weeks before the country's presidential election.
Air war targets hideout of Osama bin Laden
U.S. warplanes are reported to have targeted suspected hideouts of
terrorists and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province
Monday, Oct. 29, 2001
Halloween more sedate here as Ticos go to cemeteries
Halloween, the scary holiday in North America, will be celebrated here
Wednesday mostly with small private parties.The big day in Costa Rica is
Nov. 2, the Day of the Dead, when family members visit cemeteries
to make flower offerings to their deceased loved ones.
Salvation Army amplifies explanation of shelter situation
Coomentary by Salvation Army Major John Mowers on the problem of youth
shelters and the Costa Rican government.
Costa Rica's corruption rate right in the middle
Costa Rica ranked 40th of 91 countries in the perception its public
has of corruption among its public officials and employees
Anti-money-laundering measures becomes U.S. law
President George Bush signed into law Friday anti-money laundering
legislation that aims to cut off financing channels for terrorist networks.
Rumsfeld denies war has become quagmire
U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says U.S. military action in
Afghanistan is going well, stressing it is "not a quagmire."
French judge seeking15 ex-officials in Chile
A French judge has issued international arrest warrants for 15 former
Chilean officials. They are wanted in connection with the disappearance
of five French citizens during the rule of former dictator Augusto Pinochet.
More action sought to save environment
Latin American and Caribbean officials are calling for urgent
action to halt environmental destruction and achieve sustainable development.
AIDS conference begins in Port of Spain
An international conference aimed at improving the lives and strengthening
support for people living with HIV-AIDS has begun in Trinidad and Tobago.
Argentine readies plan to bolster economy
Argentine officials say President Fernando de la Rua is preparing
to announce new economic measures aimed at easing the country's three-year-old
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2001
Cost Rica sex trade gets airing in Italy
An Italian television station was planning to report Monday night on
the exploitation of underage prostitutes in Costa Rica.
Arias promotes his idea of Marshall plan for poor
Oscar Arias Sánchez, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning former president,
called for a Marshall plan to aid the world’s poor before Democrats Abroad
U.S. vet in Curridabat heads VFW recruitment
Thomas D. Graham of Curridabat has been named a national deputy chief
of staff by the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Watch out for protest downtown today
Students at the University of Costa Rica are planning to rally there
today and then go to an unspecified part of San José to demonstrate
against government involvement with an oil drilling project in the Caribbean
offshore from Limón.
Ashcroft warns of imminent new attacks in U.S. and overseas
U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft has issued a new terrorism alert,
saying credible information indicates that within the next week there may
be terrorist attacks in the United States and against U.S. interests abroad.
Greenhouse gases are targeted by big meeting in Marrakech
Negotiators from around the world are meeting in Marrakech, Morocco,
to write the detailed operational rules of the Kyoto Protocol, which would
commit developed countries to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases linked
to global warming.
New ambassador plugs commerce on Internet
The Internet has changed the way businesses operate, creating economies
of scale and allowing companies to bring new products to market faster,
according to John Danilovich, the new U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica.
Dutch citizen dies after his arrest
A Dutch citizen whose arrest prompted snickers all over Costa Rica
ended up committing suicide in his jail cell in Alajuela, according to
U.S. citizen’s death remains a mystery
Technicians need to await the results of toxicology tests before they
can determine the cause of death of a 25-year-old U.S. citizen who was
found dead in a cabina in Quepos late last week.
Driver was not pirate
A reader has reported that Mauricio Ulate Jiménez, who was murdered
by car thieves Oct. 21 in Desamparados, was not a pirate taxi driver, but
a driver of the Decsa company, that offers transport service from Hipermás.
Three men stick up fast-food chicken spot
Armed men held up the Rosti Pollo outlet in Desamparados Sunday night
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2001
Betty does not disappoint her fans as she becomes a beauty
Betty la Fea became Betty the Beautiful Tuesday night as the popular
Colombian television novella moved towards its predictable conclusion.
Halloween happiness Tica-style (Photo)
Neyling Moreno Espinoza and Fanny Cordero Chávez, two employees
at Sharkey's Bar downtown, model the masks they will wear tonight
New U.S. law makes changes in civil liberties
The United States has fundamentally altered its domestic civil liberties
in order to fight terrorism, and the effects doubtlessly will be felt in
Costa Rica. (Related story follows)
These are some of the objections to the anti-terrorism measure
The Center for Democracy and Technology, an electronic watchdog organization,
criticized the newly enacted PATRIOT Law thusly: "This bill has been called
a compromise but the only thing compromised is our civil liberties."
Photo of marchers
Students from the University of Costa Rica and elsewhere march through
San José to the Ministry of Energy and Environment for a one-hour
Dead man carried British passport
The Colombian military has found a British passport on the body of
a man killed during combat with leftist rebels over the weekend. Colombian
authorities are trying to determine what he was doing there.
Storm causes emergency for battered Honduras
Honduran authorities have declared a state of emergency for the northern
part of the country following several days of heavy rains and floods that
have left at least one person dead and seven others missing.
Another drug suspect extradicted to U.S.
Alleged Colombian drug kingpin Alejandro Bernal Madrigal is in U.S.
custody to face trial for allegedly smuggling billions of dollars worth
of cocaine into the United States.
Argentina’s finances take new bad turn
Argentina's financial markets suffered their worst one-day losses for
the year, amid fears a restructuring deal for part of the country's $132
billion debt will effectively amount to a default.
New firm will track menace of bioterrorism
A local private investigating firm is expanding to provide bioterrorism
consultations and assistance in Costa Rica.
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