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summary of the
important or most interesting stories that have appeared in
A.M. Costa Rica, the English-language daily newspaper, between Oct. 1,
2008, and Sept. 24. 2009. The latest daily news feed is HERE!
Top stories two Sept. 28, 2009, July 12, 2010 HERE!
Top stories three Dec. 10, 2009, and Dec. 29, 2010 HERE!
Top stories four May 11, 2010, to Aug. 30, 2011 HERE!
visiting the Monumento Nacional Guayabo next year might find an
elevated walkway covering nearly the entire lengthh of the monument's
protected area, some 700 meters long, about 2,300 feet.
Costa Rica as a sex tourism destination would be a crime under a
proposal announced by the security ministry Wednesday. The prohibition
extends to any medium of communications, presumably including the
Costa Rican branch of a housing charity made 43 million colons, some
$75,000, by sending volunteers into the streets with collection cans
Costa Rica Animal Shelter near San Rafael de Heredia is a great spot
for anyone wishing to adopt a pet dog, puppy or cat. The dogs in
particular show the mongrel vigor not found in expensive purebred
The Nicoya Peninsula's first kayak races
good weather and 10 participants.
are working on the assumption that a missing 28-year-old doctoral
student is living as a hermit just outside Parque Nacional
RincÃ³n de la
Costa Rican immigration agency has added another requirement for those
seeking permanent and temporary residency in Costa Rica. Applicants are
required to register with their own consulate in Costa Rica.
Rican shoppers have 13 more types of credit cards, according to a
survey by the economics ministry. That brings to 414 the types of
credit cards available in the country.
gunmen killed a nurse Sunday in Puntarenas investigators realized
almost immediately that they were dealing with some sort of personal
revenge and not a street crime.
parents of a missing U.S. tourist are not giving up, and they have
hired an investigator to continue efforts to find their son.
parents of a missing U.S. tourist are not giving up, and they have
hired an investigator to continue efforts to find their son.
many with cold and flu-like symptoms, relief is just a few minutes away
through a local drug store or visit to the family physician. But at
Tolokicha in this remote, mountainous and heavily forested region of
Costa Rica it's a lot more complicated.
expats found that the long arm of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service
reaches to Costa Rica. All are in prison awaiting extradition.
United States said Monday an ongoing military buildup by Venezuela
poses a serious challenge to regional stability. The comments follow an
announcement that the Caracas government of President Hugo
received a line of credit from Moscow to purchase Russian tanks and
disposing and treating waste has become one of the biggest and most
serious problems of Costa Rican culture. The problem is not only a
contradiction to the self-proclaimed ecological, diverse and clean
reputation of the country, but also accurately illustrates the Tico
short sightedness that prevents Costa Rica from becoming a developed
independence came in 1821 what is now Costa Rica did not have a
printing press, so documents about the period are scare and handwritten.
legislature voted Thursday night to delay for six months the effective
date of higher fines found in the new traffic law. The vote was the
first, and a second and final vote is planned for Monday.
of the Guanacaste Country Club said that construction would begin in
December for a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. The announcement
came from Craig Williamson, a principal in ERA Real Estate in Latin
America, and Frank Biden, the brother of the current U.S. vice
president. They said that the golf course, when it is finished, will
host a Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf.
man accused of sticking a gun in the face of former president Luis
Alberto Monge and stealing his car has yet to complete the judicial
process. He still is at liberty. Or at least he was at liberty until a
judicial agent nabbed him Wednesday night in San Francisco de Dos
where another motorist, a 21-year-old, suffered critical wounds from
gunmen who tried to take his car.
85-year-old woman has won an access case against the Asamblea
Legislativa. The woman argued in an appeal to the Sala IV
constitutional court that she likes to attend legislative sessions and
watch what happens from a gallery reserved for the public. But she said
that certain obstacles impede her. She said she had a bad right leg.
DÃa de Independencia is coming, and everyone living in
should be able to join in when the national anthem, the Himno Nacional,
new survey indicates that Switzerland, rather than the United States,
is now the world's most competitive economy. Costa Rica was ranked 55
out of 134.
got a look Monday at a new bill that would postpone the effective date
of the bulk of the provisions in the new traffic law until March 1.
would have thought that an avocado tree moving gently in a breeze would
confound the technicians of RadiogrÃ¡fica Costarricense
could not be more of a contrast than a 1940s steam locomotive and
several stone spheres made by pre-Columbian Costa Ricans.
residents of the Nicoya Peninsula are reminded periodically that a
major earthquake is likely there, Costa Rica has at least 150 local
faults that can cause serious damage, an agency of the Universidad de
Costa Rica has warned.
a clear recognition that the telephone business is not a monopoly any
more, the nation's former monopoly is backpedaling on eliminating
first-generation cell phones.
visited police stations in downtown San JosÃ© and in Barrio
Wednesday to detain 10 police officers accused of extorting money from
average citizens as well as law breakers. The 10 include a top official
of the Fuerza PÃºblica in the downtown area.
telecoms to competition has brought one issue to the fore immediately
as interested firms jockey for position on utility poles. The
electrical distributors who are the owners of the infrastructure plan
to offer telephone and cable television services, prompting conflicts
with cable companies seeking similar opportunities. Latecomers risk
being crowded out entirely.
This is a summary of the articles
in A.M. Costa Rica Sept. 2, 2009
fans and other are enraged because fake tickets for the Costa
Rica-MÃ©xico game Saturday have been in the marketplace.
has been swift.
will be no electric rate cut for at least a week. The Instituto
Costarricense de Electricidad, the principal power generator, filed an
appeal Thursday with the price regulating agency.
observer of the culture might conclude that Costa Ricans think no
farther than their noses. Does that have something to do with why many
Hispanic nations keep falling behind global progress? Yes, in fact, it
has everything to do with it, and Ticos are definitely not the
Not just the turtles are endangered by
economic times on the Caribbean coast. Iguanas are a hot item, too.
2001 standards Tom Jafek was not big-time. His Green Fund attracted
perhaps $10 million from from investors seeking spectacular interest
rates. And he seemed to conduct that company like a business.
Remember the Diablos? This is the
and violent Pavas drug gang that police and agents targeted Tuesday.
de Costa Rica has come out with another colorful issue this week. The
set of stamps are called Maravillas Naturales â€” Parques
judicial morgue has confirmed the death of Tom Jafek, the leading
figure in the Green Fund, a high-interest operation that may have cost
investors $10 million when it folded.
adults can ride for free on certain public buses, and now there is a
movement in the legislature to extend this benefit to the passenger
sarnosa!â€� or â€œBack, you mangy cur!â€� is how
certain dogs are greeted in
Costa Rica. The one in question does not actually show any signs of
mange, though she is probably does carry the parasite in question.
that plastic that washes from the Central Valleyy, down the
de Tarcoles and into the Gulf of Nicoya may not be so benign. A new
study said that plastics are not indestructible but, instead, decompose
with surprising speed and release potentially toxic substances into the
of Parque Nacional Marino Las Baula marched through San
JosÃ© to the
legislature Monday demanding the defeat of a bill that would downgrade
the Pacific turtle nesting site to a national refuge. They claim this
would reduce the park size by 35 percent and permit development.
judicial department has been investigating the Villalobos Brothers
high-interest borrowing operation since 1999 and had difficulty making
headway because investors were not anxious to talk, according to the
principal prosecutor in the case.
I drove from Atenas center along the road that used to lead to the
municipal garbage dump. That road now ends abruptly, and at that point
I could look down to the new road beautifully aligned and leveled and
ready for paving. But beyond my vantage point were slopes so steep of
earth, not bedrock, that in the next heavy rain, or a temblor, they
will want to throw themselves down onto the narrow roadway below."
a revelation that is sure to unsettle the central government, the U.S.
Treasury Department Thursday designated a Colombian living in Costa
Rica as a high-ranking official of the terrorist Fuerzas Armadas
Revolucionarias de Colombia.
The price regulating agency has reduce
electric rates an average of 7.2 percent, it said Thursday.
United Nations agency dealing with weather, climate and water says an
El NiÃ±o event has begun in the tropical Pacific and is
continue into early 2010.
A new study shows that bilinguals are
to turn off a language completely.
child dreams of finding a rainbowâ€™s pot of gold. Thatâ€™s
of a fund-raising auction being held by the Womenâ€™s Club of
Sept. 6 from 2 to 6 p.m., at the Aurola Holiday Inn in downtown San
JosÃ©. The announcement was made by Bonnie Murry, president
Cartago Catholic church project will be the recipient of 100 million
colons (about $171,500) as the winner of a culture ministry contest.
and in small groups, Venezuelans who endorse capitalism are leaving
their home country, and many are settling in Costa Rica. Now it is
official. A delegation of 25 Venezuelan investors from the
de CÃ¡maras de Venezuela has come here seeking
visit began Monday.
when the free trade agreement was a hot issue, the nation's first vice
president and a legislative deputy related to the president penned a
memo urging hardball tactics to win passage of the treaty in a 2007
most people, going to the dentist is reason alone to have nightmares
for several nights before siting on that dreadful chair and getting
tortured by the infamous chilling drill. Having a traumatic experience
at the dentist has almost become a rite of passage during childhood for
thousands of people. Fortunately, technology is now transforming the
painful and horrific aspect of dentistry into a painless and actually
pleasant experience for patients around the world, including Costa Rica.
Kaplan, the founder of BetOnSports, has pleased guilty to federal
racketeering charges and agreed to surrender more than $43 million,
according to the U.S. attorney's office in St. Louis, Missouri. Kaplan
will serve between 41 and 51 months in federal prison, according to the
deal he made with prosecutors
is the eighth birthday of A.M. Costa Rica. The publication originally
was conceived as a small Web site to provide daily local news for
expats here. Now the publication has developed other titles, and A.M.
Costa Rica is the leading English-language voice in Central America and
perhaps most of Latin America.
five-year plan for the national telecommunications fund gives priority
to rural Internet development and access to wideband connectivity for
schools and health centers. â€œFONATEL has as its main goal to
access, universal service, and solidarity, through the objectives
established in Article 32 of the General Telecommunications
television and Internet customers of Amnet in part of downtown San
are mystified because they have been without service for six days.
Rica is adopting private-public key technology to serve as a digital
signature. Instead of the cryptography being part of a computer's
software, the private key of the user will be contained on a piece of
plastic very much like a driver's license or credit card.
new weapons against violent street gangs like MS-13 and 18th Street is
the Central American Intelligence Program, a joint operation of the
U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. State Department and
police agencies in gang-plagued countries.
Ã“scar Arias SÃ¡nchez has the swine flu and will be
at home in Rohrmoser
at least until Monday, health officials and Casa Presidencial said
would have expected the Arias administration to be defined in part by a
bridge expansion joint? But that is what has happened in the last two
DÃa de la Madre is Saturday, and this is a big day in Costa
mothers remain the heart of the family. But it also is a time, like
Christmas, when store operators can capitalize on the desire to give
major fear of law enforcement has become a reality with the arrest of
two men who claim to be members of the international crime mob the Mara
Salvatrucha. This is the same gang that is a major criminal element in
the United States and, in fact, a product of the Los Angeles slums.
Costa Rican surfing team took seventh in the international games at
Playa Hermosa that ended Saturday. The U.S. surfing team took first and
walked away with the gold medals.
residents on the Pacific coast south of Quepos plan to meet Saturday to
hear about possible health risks from a major electrical transmission
line that is part of the RÃo Savegre hydro project.
9-month-old system of speedy justice set up by the Poder Judicial to
quickly resolve street crimes is constitutional, the Sala IV has
passed for the second and final time a new immigration law that seeks
to integrate foreigners into the Costa Rican culture.
for the Movimiento LIbertario said Monday that they are introducing
legislation to provide penalties for so-called minor infractions.
Museo Nacional plans to reopen its Sala de Historia Precolombina today
with a ceremony involving the culture minister and children from a
school in Hatillo 2.
are open about their intentions because of a cultural belief that
foreigners are walking wallets and an easy way to get a slice of the
American dream. Culturally, a Tica who marries a foreigner is
considered lucky, and saying that one is fishing for Gringos is not
frowned upon, but rather admired and encouraged.
am extremely responsible mother, and had I thought there was serious
risk of danger I would have never permitted my family to participate in
this tour. We were never warned of any dangers, never signed a waiver,
and the owner of tour knew we had two 6 year olds and a 7 year old with
us. To place our lives in the hands of such irresponsible guides that I
now understand were underage is beyond me."
some real estate projects falter and their investors get anxious, many
say they wish they knew. They should not blame A.M. Costa Rica. This
newspaper has been publishing news articles about real estate and its
problems since it was founded. The protection of expats is one of the
priorities. That extends to their pocketbooks.
Rican and Japanese scientists will be studying today and Friday the
possibility of a major earthquake in Guanacaste and the Nicoya
came with papers in hand and with uncertainty mixed with fire in their
eyes. They are U.S. investors who bought the problem of their lives on
the Central Pacific coast. They are emblematic of the slow tragedy that
is sweeping Costa Rican real estate.
The national emergency commission is
steps to improve the escape route from the vicinity of the Turrialba
struggle for control of Costa Ricaâ€™s Caribbean ports continues
government attempts to let the docks as a concession. A rift in the
dockworkersâ€™ union has appeared with dissidents collecting
signatures to force a rank-and-file vote on their leadersâ€™
health ministry estimates that the swine flu epidemic will continue for
20 more months and that the dispersion of the virus is inevitable. That
prognosis was in a statement issued by the ministry Friday.
Asamblea Legislativa passed on first reader Thursday afternoon the new
immigration law that had been languishing in various committees for
U.S. Fourth Fleet has celebrated the first anniversary of its
reactivation, and U.S. Navy officials are saying the year was a success.
Honduran negotiations and the mediation effort by President
SÃ¡nchez have not led to an agreement, and Arias said the
of opposing sides might look to some other place for a solution.
who walk to Cartago at the end of the month will be doing so against
the advice and requests of the health ministry and the Roman Catholic
experts are keeping an eye on Arenal, which is a bright spot in Costa
Rican tourism. The mountain has been more active than normal, but
experts say they are not expecting anything cataclysmic.
Rica is developing a reputation as a medical tourism destination. From
what I saw as a walk-in patient at the La Sabana eye clinic, the
reputation is well deserved. Treatment and sanitation were first class.
The facilities and equipment were impressive.
ignorant attitude and lack of responsibility towards proper pet
handling escalated to a level where Costa Rica was accused of violating
human rights after police officers allowed the mauling of a Nicaraguan
citizen by two rottweilers in 2005. The mauling happened in the
presence of eight police officers.
latest edition of The Economist magazineâ€™s Big Mac Index is out
Costa Rican colon is looking very close to its true value relative to
the U.S. Dollar. At official exchange rates, China has the cheapest Big
Mac and Norway the most expensive.
Museo Nacional said Wednesday that it is building a 110-meter
(361-foot) ramp to provide a new access to the facility from the
remodeled Plaza de la Democracia.
Registro Nacional will be putting corporate and other documents online
starting in August, and the project seems bound to change the way
business is conducted.
A report on a great diving expedition to
The Atenas-based technical university
study the feasibility of raising water buffalo on a commercial scale in
International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the
United Nations, has found unanimously that Costa Rica has the right of
free navigation on the RÃo San Juan for purposes of
passengers and tourists.
children's advocacy group is urging the supreme court to restrict
publication of the faces and names of juvenile offenders. The group,
Defensa de NiÃ±as y NiÃ±os Internacional,
sent an open letter to the
court following a decision involving a television interview of a
bilingual individuals have separate areas of the brain that process
each language or are the multiple language skills handled in one place?
While judicial officials worry about
organized crime and drug smuggling, frauds and scams continue unabated.
progressive British think tank has pulled off the public relations coup
of the month with a press release promoting its happy planet index.
Costa Ricans, based on three variables and a couple of fudge factors,
have been crowned the world's happiest people.
DefensorÃa de los Habitantes has weighed in against
construction in the municipalities of Osa and Golfito in the south
Pacific coast. This includes the pristine Parque Nacional Corcovado on
the Osa Peninsula.
Apollo 11 moon flight, 40 years ago this month, was the impetus for
connecting Latin America to the northern hemisphere for television
will have a chance this weekend to shop for ceramics at the place that
has been producing traditional pottery for the last 4,000 years.
There are some important reasons to
doing a will in Costa Rica and taking the task off one's to-do list.
Here's another in the continuing saga of
banks that have no clue about customer service.
nation's postal service is getting serious about selling stamps to
collectors. The agency, Correos de Costa Rica, always had examples of
new stamp issues on its Web site, but now it has created a separate set
of pages for collectors to browse what is available.
Fuerza PÃºblica chief for San JosÃ© said
Wednesday that his officers have
made 5,600 arrests in the first five months of the year and
significantly cleaned up the central city.
law enforcement officials and politicians talk about human trafficking,
they seldom are very specific. But there is a big difference between an
individual migrating voluntarily from one county to another and someone
being forced against their will into slavery.
though most Costa Rican officials agree the country does not have the
resources to fight organized crime and despite concerns that the
measure is not constitution, lawmakers passed the law against organized
an electronic system to find parts for damaged vehicles, the Instituto
Nacional de Seguros has been paying the highest price 80 percent of the
time, according to the Superintendencia de Pensiones.
Government leaders meeting in Managua,
Nicaragua, agreed Monday to put the pressure on the new regime in
A New York man whose Golfito estate has
featured on television as a nest for drug smugglers is unhappy, to say
A court in San RamÃ³n has
U.S. woman who is a felony suspect in an international child abduction
has started on the main post office building, and the institutional
green color will become tri-toned, although the exact shades have not
yet been selected.
The 527 investors who hope to get money
from Luis Ã�ngel Milanes Tamayo have suffered another reverse.
Inspections at two of the nation's most
active volcanoes suggest that no major eruptions are likely soon.
what the head of the telecom regulating agency called an historic day,
six companies have won the right to offer Internet and
voice-over-Internet telephone services here.
Private companies will have to pay their
minimum-wage employees 2 percent more starting July 1.
inequities in Costa Rica's family laws are in large part the fault of
men. This is especially true in cases of domestic violence where men
now have little or no rights. Women are now in control in this country,
and they know it. Some find expeditious ways of doing in their male
last honor that the United States government can bestow on a veteran is
to provide a flag to drape the former warrior's coffin. Thanks to
stubborn officials at the U.S. Embassy, a veteran in Costa Rica has to
be buried on a weekday to receive the honor.
anthropology professor and his team have uncovered a manioc field
one-third the size of football field buried under 10 feet of ash by the
eruption of a volcano about 1,400 years ago that blanketed the Mayan
farming village of Ceren in El Salvador.
discovery of another load of cocaine with links to Costa Rica outline
the dimensions of the problem. What is not as apparent is the pressures
being brought on individuals and institutions as a result of the
Sala Secunda supreme court for labor cases has found an employer
responsible for the wellbeing of a worker up until the individual
enters his home.
approved a bill on first reading Wednesday that would make July 25 a
holiday and drop it from the diminishing list of three-day weekends.
Transport officials seem to want to keep
secret, but the Heredia branch of the valley rail line is in operation.
U.,S. secretary of State honored Mariliana Morales Barrios, the founder
of the FundaciÃ³n Rahab that cares for former prostitutes,
Washington, D.C. ceremony Tuesday.
article being published this week in a chemical journal says that the
favorite crop of some expats damages the genetic material DNA in ways
that could increase the risk of cancer.
Ricans have borrowed heavily on their credit cards, and the estimate of
total revolving credit debt is just short of $1 billion: $999,843,679,
based on Monday's exchange rate.
with a tourism industry in distress and an erosion of the nation's
worldwide image, government officials want to put a new face on the
There is a lot more to the Provincia de
Cartago than potatoes, and cooks of the communities will be out to
prove this June 27.
would-be property buyers in Costa Rica expressed uncertainty Wednesday
after reading about land invasions in the central Pacific resort areas.
Their concerns have merit, but A.M. Costa Rica has been publishing for
years ways for expats to protect their property.
the warm tropical sun near Playa Herradura on the central Pacific
coast, two decades of lawlessness have flourished mostly ignored by
officials elsewhere. This is the tradition of physically invading
property and trying to steal it by occupying the tract.
ANALYSIS: In informal discussions with Costa Rican voters, former
president Rafael Ã�ngel CalderÃ³n emerges as a
immigration department has canceled all the cÃ©dula renewal
for foreigners from July 1 and after. Some of them were set for dates
in 2011. Instead, the department is asking expats to make another
appointment through the new system with Banco de Costa Rica for
reality TV producers search for creepy stuff to wow North American
audiences, expats here generally take their critters in stride.
transparency phantom stalking clients back in 2005 was not as obvious
as he is today. Now, Costa Rica is on its knees in front of the world,
pleading for forgiveness for its tax haven practices and wanting to
change. The country seeks to send a strong signal to the world it has
Laura Chinchilla appears to be the
presidential nominee of the Partido LiberaciÃ³n Nacional.
new report finds that five influential authoritarian states â€”
Russia, Iran, Venezuela, and Pakistan â€” are actively
democracy within their borders and abroad. Their efforts to taint
international development and subvert organizations that promote human
rights are organized, sophisticated and well-resourced.
from star fruit to guavas to the prickly guyabana and the delicate
naranjilla are on the market now, and you can get your daily dose of
vitamin C with little trouble.
only Costa Rican hospital that did not require insured U.S. military
retirees to pay upfront has closed. But supporters hope that a change
of ownership will allow the facility to reopen next week.
left-wing Latin leaders seem to be following the Hugo
ChÃ¡vez game plan.
ChÃ¡vez is the Venezuelan president who won the right in
February to run
continuously for the presidency. Now Manuel Zelaya Rosales of Honduras
wants to change the constitution there so he can run again.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has pledged new support to Central
American and Caribbean allies to combat violent drug traffickers. Mrs.
Clinton was meeting counterparts from across Latin America in San Pedro
always promoting Costa Rica. Unfortunately many "Yates" have chosen to
bypass Costa Rica entirely. No. 1 reason, crime of course. The No. 2
reason, after 90 days Costa Rica wants to bill you for the IMPORT Tax.
So, many people just sail on by and never get to discover the beauty of
Costa Rica nor the wonderful Ticos."
former top reporter for La NaciÃ³n has started a Web site
that seeks to
report on and evaluate retail firms and organizations here.
central government is taking notice of the wave of crimes being
committed by juveniles, those under 18 years. Such crimes were up 22.6
percent in 2008. At a meeting Thursday heads of the various branches of
government agreed to set up a committee to consider reforms in the
juvenile law. Casa Presidencial called the topic complex and delicate.
SolÃs, as expected, scored an overwhelming victory Sunday
to become the
presidential candidate of the Partido AcciÃ³n Ciudadana,
founded. Turnout by party members was light, and the full totals are
not known, but with 327 of 411 polling places reporting,
SolÃs had 71
percent of the vote, the party said.
culinary landscape of pre-conquest America lacked some of the foods
taken for granted today. There was no sugar. That was imported by
Columbus on his second voyage. The delicious mango did not grown here.
And the banana did not come to the Americas until the 16th century.
Even the ubiquitous rice plant is a colonial import.
nation's financial watchdog issued its approval Thursday for a Houston
company to take over management of Juan SantamarÃa airport.
U.S. legislation to restrict the use of so-called tax shelters would
invoke the Patriot Act to punish firms that are deemed to be impeding
U.S. tax enforcement.
central government will hold its weekly cabinet meeting in
10 as a way of pushing forward it plan to privatize the cargo and
tourist docks there and deliver them to a concessionaire.
U.S. citizen has been identified by investigators as the intellectual
author of two contract killings. The killings were prompted by disputes
over a franchise vending business that preyed on mostly older residents
of the United States.
officials took action Tuesday to protect the country from a bacterial
disease that can cause serious damage to the citrus crops.
U.S. network NBC plans to send 10 so-called celebrities here to brave
the Costa Rican jungle and be afflicted on command by various
tribulations delivered long-distance by viewers.
may have been Memorial Day and a legal holiday in the United States. In
Costa Rica, Memorial Day will continue to be May 30, which is Saturday
many â€” especially young people â€” take the bait and move
to Costa Rica
thinking they're going to earn big bucks teaching or by working in call
centers. Only they get trapped earning very little and what they do
receive is easily consumed by living expenses.
who have been annoyed, upset and angered at the prying demands of bank
officials should not count on help from the Sala IV constitutional
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.
Legal residents can now renew or replace
their identity cÃ©dulas at 32 Banco de Costa Rica offices
all over the
Tribunal Ambiental Administrativo, the environmental watchdog, ordered
Del Monte to close its pineapple production facilities in Siquirres
Monday because of what it said were high levels of chemicals in the
local water sources.
A woman who filed criminal complaints
determined to be false against a judge has been sentenced to four years
supreme court president wants Ã“scar Arias SÃ¡nchez
to reactivate a
citizen security commitee to weigh the problems of drug trafficking and
asked them why me with only $885 in my account when they should be
concerned more with the criminals and those with huge amounts of monies
being deposited. Apparently, this in accordance with the U.S. since
last year, and they are just following protocol here."
structures will get their chance to shine again in a painting contest
sponsored by the Ministerio de Cultura, Juventud y Deportes. The
ministry announced the contest Thursday.
proposed law against tobacco would, if passed, eliminate the Costa
Rican tradition of street vendors selling one cigarette at a time to
customers. The proposal also sets up a special tobacco tax of 100
colons per cigarette or cigar.
One turbine of the Planta
Cariblanco went into service Wednesday night six month sooner than
architects will not be around to receive the designation, but the
American Society of Civil Engineers soon will bestow on the ancient
ruins of Guayabo the title of international heritage of civil
10 percent mandatory tip that is added to the bill in restaurants and
some bars is not now considered part of an employee's salary. But there
is a movement in the Asamblea Legislativa to do so.
who believe their coastal communities are being destroyed by the
country's maritime law are taking to the streets in front of the
Asamblea Legislativa today.
Boston youth chorus is being considered something of Typhoid Marys and
getting the blame for spreading swine flu in Costa Rica. But it is far
from clear if the chorus spread the flu or if members were themselves
expats who have built families with a Costa Rican want to get their
natural or adopted offspring a U.S. passport. Some believe that since
they are U.S. citizens the right to pass on U.S. citizenship is
automatic. It is not. However, it does not need to be a daunting task
major project to construct a new dam also was the victim of Alma. The
Instituto Costarricence de Electricidad and its contractor had to
evacuate about 1,100 workers from the PirrÃs hydroelectric
29 because of the storm, which then inflicted costly damage to the
construction. The work suffered a major setback.
way Costa Rican judges apply the concepts of conditional liberty or
pre-trial detention is enough to make an expat's head swim.
officials are expecting about 94,000 persons a month to take a trip on
the new San JosÃ©-Heredia line. And they said there will be
42 trips a
day on the 9.67-kilometer (6-mile) route.
The U.S. State Department blames Costa
ineffective enforcement mechanism for the new ban on importing shrimp.
What will online reading be like in a
officials are calling the new alcohol law a success even though 12 more
persons died in the first four months of 2009 than did in 2008.
security ministry has been hit with another scandal with the disclosure
that a former aviation employee was piloting a helicopter containing at
least 347 kilos of cocaine.
Barack Obama said Monday he wants to crack down on U.S. companies and
wealthy investors who avoid federal taxes through offshore business
dealings. Obama unveiled a plan that aims to boost U.S. tax revenue by
$210 billion over the next 10 years and preserve American jobs.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the Obama administration is
working to improve relations with Latin American leaders, in part, to
counter the growing influence of China, Iran and Russia. Clinton says
it is not in U.S. interests to shun countries in its own hemisphere.
the world waits to seen how the swine flu epidemic plays out, some
expats are old enough to remember another plague: polio.
expat faced armed home invaders on the Nicoya Peninsula. The expat,
identified as William Hinton White, 56, suffered two bullet wounds in
Expotur, the tourism marketplace that is
scheduled in two weeks, brings $80 million into the country each year,
president and the health minister issued an emergency decree Tuesday
that gives officials the power to impose quarantines and other measures
to stop the spread of the swine flue virus.
country had the unusual opportunity Tuesday to see a former president
register again as a candidate with his political party at the same time
his corruption trial was continuing not far away.
of the impact of swine flu in Costa Rica, the tourist industry is bound
to suffer as health officials all over the world encourage people to
least one lawmaker wants to prohibit the use of plastic bags in Costa
Rica. He is Alexander Mora of the ruling Partido
who has introduced a proposed law to do just that. The measure would
prohibit the importation, sale and production of plastic bags.
many cases the Costa Rican counterpart, whether it be a wife or a
husband, does not want to live here but wants to live in the United
States and, most importantly, wants to be a U. S. citizen. Some even
believe it to something of a prize they need to win to be happy and
constantly pressure the expat to repatriate â€” go back to the
States to live â€” so they can get their citizenship.
$60 million senior living project is fully permited and ready to go.
Associates say the ground breaking on the seven-hectare (17-acre) tract
may be as soon as July.
finally have located the historic church bell that was taken by thieves
Feb. 8 from southern Costa Rica. The 400-pound bell was cut up in
pieces on the floor of a private home in Pocora, Provincia de
a new immigration law that is on the verge of passing, pensionados can
obtain residency for themselves, a spouse and children under 24 years
with an income of $1,000 a month. Rentistas will be able to obtain
residency for their spouse and minor children for the new monthly
income requirement of $2,500.
Three masked bandits forced their way
the home of an expat early Wednesday and killed him when he resisted.
ex-president Rafael Ã�ngel CalderÃ³n Fournier
observes the daily
developments in his corruption trial he probably also is mapping out
the strategy for his presidential reelection. Meanwhile, a man who is
not even representing CalderÃ³n's political party, Unidad
Cristiana, is putting himself forward as "Plan B," in case Calderon is
The executive branch said Tuesday that
submitted a new gun control measure to the legislature for approval.
legislative committee drawing up a new immigration bill has established
income requirements for rentistas at $2,500 a month and for pensionados
at $1,000 a month.
handshaking and photo opportunities are past, and the hemisphere's
leaders have left Trinidad with the hope that the U.S. image in the
Latin word will improve.
legislative deputy said Monday that she will submit a bill in the
current session that seeks to avoid psychological harassment in the
free trade treaty ratification and the world economic crisis seem to be
the defining factors in the presidency of Ã“scar Arias
situations have hampered him in completing his agenda.
was the International Day of Monuments and Historic Sites, so Costa
Rica announced that work soon will begin on restoring the Escuela
Metalica, the downtown school that is made mainly of metal.
acted Thursday to hear from those law enforcement officials who let 320
kilos of cocaine slip through their fingers last month.
job will not be the most visible restoration project in San
the culture ministry is giving the go ahead for a major restoration of
the cupola of the Teatro Nacional.
10 dealers and
traffickers get pardons
April 17, 2009 4:21 AM
if you do the crime in Costa Rica, you may not have to do all the time.
The Consejo de Gobierno, the president's cabinet, has pardoned 10
persons. All of them were in prison for drug crimes, including two who
were convicted of trying to smuggle drugs into a penitentiary.
Yes, we have many
April 17, 2009 4:19 AM
gallito you get can be a chile relleno (a filled pepper), an almuerzito
de repollo (cabbage), tortas de huevo con cebollin (a scallion
omelette) a barbudos (string bean omelette), a canellones ticos
rellenos de carne (pasta stuffed with meat) or an enyucada with beef as
well cheese. The last is meat or cheese wrapped in yucca and deep fried.
This is the week to
get or renew your license
April 16, 2009 3:54 AM
of the real deals for expats is the ease of getting a Costa Rican
driver's license. Assuming that the expat already holds a valid,
unexpired license from North America or Europe, the whole process
should not take more than a few hours.
Changes afoot at data
April 14, 2009 4:26 AM
few years ago data reporting was new to Costa Rica. The major players
in the market were Datum.net, Cero Riesgo S.A., Protectora de
Comercial S.A., and Trans Union Costa Rica. Today the same companies
still are in the market. What is interesting is the increasing role
they play in providing credit, localization and employment reporting to
companies, lawyers and financial institutions.
Firemen face another
April 13, 2009 4:06 AM
the second day in a row, Costa Rican firemen faced a massive blaze. The
fire Wednesday was in a saw mill and adjacent lumber yard in Pueblo
Nuevo de Alajuela.
Coast guard docks and
boats charred by fire
April 9, 2009 3:13 AM
tore through at least eight boats docked at the Costa Rican
Guardacostas station in Puntarenas Tuesday and sent columns of black
some into the air and into the surrounding neighborhood.
immigration becomes a movie
April 9, 2009 3:12 AM
Nombre," the film that won the Sundance Festival's awards for best
direction and cinematography, has just opened in U.S. theaters and
already has received rave reviews.
Boulevard seems to be
April 8, 2009 4:26 AM
traffic and buses are gone now, except for a few delivery vehicles. And
the full width of Avenida 4 and adjacent streets are filled with
No burro in San
April 7, 2009 3:41 AM
Jesus Christ was conspicuously
the Palm Sunday procession in San JosÃ©, but there was a
Archive seeks to
preserve national memories
April 7, 2009 3:40 AM
Archivo Nacional is seeking nominations for the Memory of the World
Programme that seeks to preserve documentary heritage that reflects
Wall Street legend
eyes investments here
April 6, 2009 3:55 AM
latest entrant to the Costa Rican real estate market is Wall Street's
Henry Kaufman, famous since 1957 when he took over the largest bond
specialist unit of the New York Stock Exchange.
Del Monte facility
gets the once over
April 6, 2009 3:54 AM
inspectors â€” some 20 strong â€” descended on the Finca
Siquirres Wednesday. The operation is owned by Del Monte, but it did
not take inspectors long to find something amiss.
A bit of sarcasm on
the current news
April 3, 2009 4:25 AM
the ballots are in for the first (and perhaps last) weekly genius award
from A.M. Costa Rica. The award goes to the persons who or institutions
that distinguish themselves as being in dire need of having their brain
Time to take advantage
April 2, 2009 4:27 AM
life will change. No more lingering in bed until 6:30 a.m. Every day
becomes a race against the rain. Depending on location, figure a heavy
thunderstorm every day between 1 and 2 p.m.
What happened to
March 31, 2009 3:45 AM
Snell left his computer on when he left his home in Ostional. He also
left his wallet, passport and credit cards within the dwelling. He left
his dog and did not provide any extra food. That was 40 days ago, and
he has not been seen during that time.
Judges can do no
wrong, Sala IV seems to say
March 31, 2009 3:45 AM
Sala IV, in it decree, told the inspectors' office that to investigate
a judge they had to investigate his or her performance in the execution
of their duties â€” like do they show up for work on time
â€” but not to
meddle with their application of the law.
For how long will the
March 31, 2009 3:44 AM
question that remains in the air is: Will Internet reporting have the
same effects on political corruption and misdeeds as the current paper
product? On such a question democracy hangs.
Judiciary is the
victim of a drug heist
March 30, 2009 3:12 AM
entire judicial and law enforcement apparatus of the country suffered a
black eye early Thursday when armed men, as if on cue, showed up at the
judicial building in Golfito and took 320 kilos of confiscated cocaine.
Twin festivals include
protection of spheres
March 30, 2009 3:12 AM
are two big festivals starting today in the southern zone, and the
Municipalidad de Osa will take advantage of the events to sign an
agreement with the Museo Nacional to provide more protection for the
stone spheres found in the canton.
Cartago tourism sites completed
March 25, 2009 4:01 AM
tourist sites, including the 17th century church ruins in
been refurbished and made accessible for the handicapped in a program
spearheaded by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo.
City tree that knows
March 25, 2009 4:01 AM
does not have to go far to find beauty in Costa Rica. This roble de
sabana tree has blossomed even though it lives in a concrete jungle on
a corner where desperate men pile cardboard for recycling each
Sunday was a day for
March 24, 2009 3:05 AM
The municipality's first horse
parade did not
do much for beer companies, but horse lovers had a treat Sunday.
March 24, 2009 3:05 AM
is less than three weeks away, and that means expats will have just
this week and next to conduct official business with the government.
Arias seeks ties with
March 20, 2009 4:22 AM
Ã“scar Arias SÃ¡nchez formally announced Wednesday
that Costa Rica would
resume diplomatic relations with Cuba after a 47-year rupture. Arias
made the announcement on the anniversary of the Black Spring crackdown
in Cuba six years ago when 55 activists and independent journalists
911 a little slow on
March 19, 2009 4:37 AM
Rica's 911 emergency telephone service has an automatic answering
system. That revelation came Tuesday as the flames from a field fire
climbed up the wall of a neighbor's home and shot 45 feet into the air.
More bike routes going
March 18, 2009 4:23 AM
The transport ministry has started
construction of three bike routes. Two are in Puntarenas and one is in
New law simplifies
March 17, 2009 4:04 AM
big problem with the Costa Rican legal system is notifying the parties
to a criminal or civil court action. Hopefully, this difficulty has
been solved with the revamping of the judicial notification law. Even
the name has been changed to make it easier to understand.
New stadium to cost
Chinese $10 million more
March 16, 2009 3:27 AM
new stadium being donated by the People's Republic of China will cost
$83 million, some $10 million more than the original estimate,
according to officials who participated in a ceremony marking the start
seeks help from expat residents
March 13, 2009 4:11 AM
Presidencial has discovered a great resource right under their
collective noses. Costa Rica MultilingÃ¼e, a program of
issued a call Wednesday for English-speaking volunteers who want to
help adult Costa Ricans learn the language.
U.S. vice president
plans a visit here this month
March 13, 2009 4:11 AM
Presidencial scheduled a 5:30 p.m. press conference of major importance
Wednesday and then canceled it at the last minutes. The Presidencia
said that the important event involved another country and that Costa
Rica was going to make a joint announcement today. But the news leaked
out that the big event is the visit of Joseph R. Biden, the 66-year-old
vice president of the United States, at the end of the month.
Twin quakes felt in
March 12, 2009 2:54 AM
earthquakes hit the southern zone of Costa Rica Wednesday. The first
was at 11:24 a.m. The second came at 3:04 p.m. Both were within the 5
to 6 magnitude range.
Stop the presses! They
had a great experience
March 11, 2009 4:37 AM
day A.M. Costa Rica receives letters critical of Costa Rica. The
Internet discussion lists are frequently negative, too. So it is with
delight that the editors publish this missive from a Canadian couple
who not only enjoyed their trip but are able to comment authoritatively
on dental tourism.
goes up in flames
March 9, 2009 4:04 AM
from a brush fire ignited the thatched roof of one of Tamarindo's
leading restaurants, and the subsequent fire leveled the establishment.
Government still hopes
to get a convention center
March 9, 2009 4:04 AM
Rica still hopes that a private company builds a new convention center
here. The nation's convention proposal suffered a setback when the
government of Taiwan scrapped a $25 million planning project as Costa
Rica severed diplomatic relations in favor of the People Republic of
China in June 2007.
pledges $10,000 to find Enrique
March 6, 2009 3:55 AM
self-described once-foolish investor has pledged $10,000 to the Luis
Enrique Villalobos reward fund. He is Hank Guichelaar of Longview,
Texas, who is known to fellow investors are the author of a newsletter
on the Villalobos financial crash.
Electronic tolls for
Autopista del Sol
March 6, 2009 3:54 AM
del Sol will announce today a system of electronic toll collecting that
is designed to reduce the wait by motorists at toll booth.
Arias to sign
financial disclosure law
March 5, 2009 4:19 AM
Ã“scar Arias SÃ¡nchez is scheduled to sign today a
law against terrorism
and money laundering. The measure has been promoted as a way for the
country to stay a member of the Egmont Group, a 20-year-old an informal
organization of countries designed to fight money laundering. But the
law is much more.
Investor begs Enrique
March 5, 2009 4:19 AM
the little investors, like me, that only wanted to better their
retirement and are not looking to make tons of money, only to have
enough to get by on! If he would only return the money of the small
investors, people with under 100,000 dollars so we can retire and pay
All that unfinished
March 4, 2009 3:59 AM
in Costa Rica today is similar to the circus juggler who has multiple
balls up in the air at one time. There is a file cabinet full of
Pure theater leads to
March 3, 2009 3:59 AM
abuse of Costa Rica's domestic violence laws is touching everyone, even
senior expats. One 71-year-old man â€” who is blind in one eye
thrown out of a home last week in a theatrical production put on his
wife's daughter from another relationship. The man's wife wants the
house they once shared.
Portable potties for
Parque Manuel Antonio
March 3, 2009 3:59 AM
tourism institute will donate 120 million colons to keep Parque
Nacional Manuel Antonio open. The money, about $214,000, will be used
to construct new toilets and a treatment plant at the park.
Cahuita, Puerto Viejo
lose city status
March 2, 2009 2:37 AM
Sala IV constitutional court has stripped Cahuita and Puerto Viejo of
their status as cities and reaffirmed the principle that no one there
could acquire rights in the maritime zone after 1977.
Whooops! A multi
million math error
March 2, 2009 2:36 AM
administrator of the nation's roads paid an amount six times more than
it should have for private contractors to clean highway gutters, said
the ContralorÃa de la RepÃºblica Thursday.
Keith Nash is dead
February 27, 2009 4:11 AM
of the Costa Rican scene have seen another chapter close in the saga of
the Brothers Villalobos. Canadian Keith Nash, who is generally credited
with being a factor in the downfall of the ponzi scheme, has died at
96, according to a Canadian newspaper.
Manuel Antonio park
needs some help
February 26, 2009 4:08 AM
critical e-mail by a supporter of Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio
lambasted the business community there for inaction. But the message
generated support and a renewal of a donation pledge for the endangered
Sailboat race can be
big boon to tourism
February 26, 2009 4:08 AM
tourism institute will invest $500,000 in promotion to attract tourists
to LimÃ³n in November for the finish of the Transat Jacques
race across the Atlantic by sailboats.
having tough time
February 25, 2009 4:03 AM
life has pretty well taken the sting out of the old legendary creatures
whose main goal was to keep Costa Ricans on the straight and narrow.
And the poor ghosts are having self esteem problems.
Heredia ready to begin
massive public works project
February 25, 2009 4:02 AM
utility company will invests $180 million in a sewage treatment plant
and some 500 kilometers (311 miles) of collector lines to services
eight of the province's 10 cantons.
figures in new exhibit
February 25, 2009 4:02 AM
may come as a surprise to animal lovers that the bird with the most
representation in recovered examples of pre-Columbian sculpture is not
the parrot but the vulture. And that appears to be true throughout the
archaeological history of Costa Rica
Country's exports take
February 24, 2009 4:23 AM
good news is that January exports to Canada increased 9.7 percent over
the same month in 2008. The bad news is that total January exports from
Costa Rica were $600.6 million, a number which represents a 19 percent
decline from the same month the year before
Medical tourism gets
central government support
February 23, 2009 1:47 AM
country has put its support behind health tourism. A decree published
Wednesday pledges the executive branch to simplify and speed up the
process of giving approval to firms involved in this type of tourism.
tremble over Stanford
February 23, 2009 1:46 AM
and panic stemming from fraud charges against U.S. billionaire Allen
Stanford have spread to Latin America, prompting several governments to
swing into action. The man at the center of the banking and investment
scandal turned up in Virginia Thursday and promptly was served with
legal papers showing his assets have been frozen.
Flooding from melting
Antarctic could be much worse
February 20, 2009 3:37 AM
estimates of sea level rise suggest inundations could be worse than
anticipated. The report is not good news for Costa Rican coastal
dwellers who have been warned by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate
Change to expect a maximum sea level rise during the next 100 years of
about 1 to 4 inches.
Costa Rica tries to
stems several levels of crime
February 19, 2009 4:02 AM
was when Colombian drug lords and leaders of the paramilitary forces
traveled to a recreational area near Santa Ana for vacation. They felt
safe and far removed from the daily struggle in their home country.
Trafficking can be
internal with higher penalties
February 18, 2009 4:07 AM
the citizen security initiative passed twice by the legislature this
month is a legal change that tightens up Costa Rica's prohibition
against human trafficking. For the first time, the legal change covers
the trafficking of persons inside the country, noted the Ministerio de
GobernaciÃ³n, PolicÃa y Seguridad
PÃºblica Monday. Now only trafficking
of persons across national borders can be prosecuted.
Arias pushes two bills
to transform tourism
February 18, 2009 4:07 AM
executive branch put its weight behind two measures Monday that are
designed to strengthen tourism in Costa Rica. The first is a general
law of tourism and the second is a measure to promote rural tourism.
An option for the
February 17, 2009 4:20 AM
free sexual atmosphere of Costa Rica can have negative consequences
when sex tourists and expats inadvertently create offspring and then
either turn their backs or leave not knowing what they have done.
salamanders appear to be vanishing
February 13, 2009 4:10 AM
decline of amphibian populations worldwide has been documented
primarily in frogs, but salamander populations also appear to have
plummeted, according to a new study in Central America.
set the agenda for 2009
February 12, 2009 4:06 AM
nation's environmental tribunal will turn its attention to the many
pineapple fields in the Caribbean and northern zone in its first sweep
of the year.
We ask lawmakers to
give hard look at immigration bill
February 11, 2009 3:08 AM
EDITORIAL: The paragraph should be changed so that there is no chance
the the law will be interpreted to mean retroactivity. Otherwise, at
best, there will be a extensive litigation on this point. And who knows
how the Sala IV constitutional court will decide.
Gasoline prices do a
February 9, 2009 2:56 AM
nation's price regulating agency is blaming the Israeli invasion of the
Gaza Strip for an increase in the local gasoline prices.
Taxi drivers and
competition come to an accord
February 6, 2009 2:30 AM
drivers, their competitors and others in the transport industry met for
nearly eight hours Wednesday to create what the Presidencia is calling
an historic accord.
First part of citizen
security measure gets initial approval
February 5, 2009 3:39 AM
Asamblea Legislativa Tuesday passed on first reading the initial
citizen security bill, part of a package that contains revisions to the
immigration law. The bill that was passed received strong support among
promises to finish infrastructure
February 4, 2009 2:47 AM
what he calls a tough situation, the chairman of Paragon Properties of
Costa Rica, S.A., renewed his promise Monday that he would complete the
infrastructure on the company's many projects here.
Find your property
without leaving your chair
February 3, 2009 3:40 AM
is a great tip for expats to find property with Google Earth when a
real estate sales agent provides them with a "catastro" or a plat map
of a parcel. Google Earth has come a long way in the last several
years. Back in 2005, there was very little high-definition photography
available for Costa Rica, but today there is much more and it is very
Arias rescue plan
draws mixed reviews
February 3, 2009 3:39 AM
by President Ã“scar Arias SÃ¡nchez to shield the
country from effects of
a world economic crisis got mixed reviews Union leaders have expressed
concern while business executives called the ideas a good start.
Refund of some down
payments may be elusive
February 2, 2009 3:59 AM
nation's real estate market is grinding to another crisis as developers
find they are unable to perform on their promises. In beach towns and
in the Central Valley condo buyers gave money to developers as down
payments in anticipation that a building would be erected. Now many
structures do not exist or stand unfinished, and the buyer's legal
problems are just beginning.
Arias rescue plan has
February 2, 2009 3:58 AM
Ã“scar Arias SÃ¡nchez presented his 29-point
stimulus and rescue plan to
the country Thursday night. The president's proposals depend heavily on
borrowing, including a $500 million infusion for the Banco Central.
Many of the proposals already have been discussed and some have already
been approved. The rescue plan appeared to be an integration of what
the administration has been doing for months. There were some new items.
Murder cases up nearly
25 percent in 2008
January 30, 2009 4:09 AM
took nearly a 25 percent increase in 2008, according to statistics
reported Wednesday by the Judicial investigating Organization. In 2007
there were 349 murders in the country. In 2008 there were 435. That is
an increase of 86 murders or 24.6 percent.
Gates worries about
Iranian infiltration here
January 29, 2009 3:08 AM
Defense Secretary Robert Gates told senators Tuesday that although much
attention was given to Russia's recent courting of some Latin American
countries, he is more concerned about new activities of Iran in the
New Orleans on the
January 28, 2009 3:35 AM
Gras is coming to Esterillos Oeste. The central Pacific Krewe of Sirena
is planning a parade Saturday, Feb. 21, starting at the local plaza at
Obama has to wrestle
with Latin drug flow
January 27, 2009 2:51 AM
with other responsibilities, President Barack Obama is assuming control
of the decades-long struggle to stop illegal drug shipments into the
United States from Latin America and elsewhere.
Sports fishermen get
January 26, 2009 2:27 AM
a month after its countryâ€™s fisheries agency passed measures
its sailfish and other sport fishing resources, Costa Rica has formed
the first national sport fishing federation representing the interests
of its anglers and the sport fishing tourism industry.
January 23, 2009 3:55 AM
it turns out that most of the world was a big ponzi scheme. The $1
billion dropped with Luis Enrique and Oswaldo Villalobos appears to be
peanuts compared with the $50 billion loss attributed to Bernard Madoff.
More effort urged on
policing maritime zone
January 22, 2009 2:23 AM
tourism institute is creating a new section to inspect and exert
control in the country's maritime zone. A new study by the
General de la RepÃºblica gives the institute eight months
to have the
inspection system working.
January 22, 2009 2:23 AM
Four municipalities have joined
protect the RÃo Grande de TÃ©rraba in the south
More stuff in the sky
January 21, 2009 2:29 AM
unexpected images showed up in a Jan. 8 photograph of traffic on the
PrÃ³spero FernÃ¡ndez highway. The images
reinforce the belief that
something is traveling through the skies above Costa Rica.
A positive story about
a U.S. visa request
January 20, 2009 2:13 AM
expats would like to travel to the United States with friend to show
them around. If their friend goes about the process the right way and
can prove true ties to Costa Rica, he or she probably will get a visa.
They have a better than 75 percent chance to do so. The expat also
should do a bit of homework and ask the friend the right questions to
see if they do have what it takes to get a United States visa. The
embassy's Web site is a wealth of information regarding the visa
Unhappy readers seek
to censor el Diario Extra
January 19, 2009 2:11 AM
Unhappy readers seek to censor el
extra. Two shocking photos in El Diario Extra have generated a wave of
condemnation and calls for newspaper censorship.
Trees get a pardon
January 16, 2009 2:55 AM
was general dismay when the transport ministry said it would chop down
a line of trees along the north side of the old road to
Sabana Sur. The ministry and the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said the
current two-lane highway would be widened and that the trees would have
Plaza de la Democracia
January 16, 2009 2:55 AM
abruptly canceled a reinauguration of the Plaza de la Democracia this
week in keeping with the national mourning over the Cinchona
earthquake. However, work continues on the site in downtown San
Flurry of quakes
causes more concern
January 15, 2009 2:32 AM
flurry of earthquakes Monday night and Tuesday morning signaled the
presence of yet another fault in the vicinity of the
VolcÃ¡n PoÃ¡s, and
residents of the area, already reeling from Thursday's 6.2 magnitude
shock are nervous.
Papagayo marina open
January 15, 2009 2:31 AM
Papagayo has opened Phase I of Marina Papagayo with 180 slips capable
of accommodating private crafts ranging from sport fishing boats to
mega-yachts, the marina said in a news release.
Nation in mourning for
January 14, 2009 2:16 AM
preliminary estimate of the damage inflicted by Thursday's earthquake
is $100 million, Casa Presidencial said Monday. The death toll rose to
17 with the recovery of three more bodies in the community of Cinchona.
And the president declared five days of national mourning through
Costa Rica leads Latin
nations in freedom
January 14, 2009 2:16 AM
status of freedom in nearby countries is exactly what one would expect.
A survey released Monday by Freedom House gave a failing grade to Cuba
and so-so evaluations for Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Venezuela and
Colombia. Costa Rica continued its top evaluation as a electoral
Quake fast becoming a
January 12, 2009 2:14 AM
appeared at first to be another routine earthquake has fast become a
national emergency. The Cruz Roja said Thursday night that more than
300 persons have been injured and that 15 persons have died.
Individuals remain trapped in workplaces, vehicles, buses and hotels,
and some will have to be airlifted to safety this morning.
Costa Rica hit by
January 9, 2009 2:36 AM
6.2 magnitude earthquake hit north of the Central Valley this afternoon
at 1:21 p.m. and set streets and buildings in motion. There were
injuries. The quake endured for at least 20 seconds and was followed by
a number of aftershocks, some of which were felt.
The realities of the
real estate markets
January 9, 2009 2:35 AM
in the business are quick to say the Costa Rican real estate markets to
emphasize that there are no universal truths to the current economy.
Heredia train fares
January 8, 2009 2:06 AM
may be a little hitch in the government's plan to begin rail service to
Heredia in mid-February. The nation's rate-setting agency said Tuesday
that the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles, which runs the
trains, has not yet applied for approval of fares.
Another special day
January 7, 2009 2:15 AM
you thought that Christmas was long past, you are selling short the
Catholic culture of Costa Rica. Today is a special day, el
DÃa de los
How lawyers justify
January 6, 2009 2:23 AM
times going to see a lawyer in Costa Rica is like taking a science
lesson. Sometimes they tend to make any discussion about the law or a
legal matter very complex. They love to write out lengthy descriptions
of legal procedures on blackboards or whiteboards.
Free trade treaty a
maze for the average expat
January 6, 2009 2:21 AM
expats who seek to import goods under the new free trade treaty with
the United States and other Central American countries face a
A.M. Costa Rica posts
significant gains over 2007
January 5, 2009 1:36 AM
Costa Rica served up 16.6 million news and advertising pages to 691,986
unique readers in 2008, statistics at the newspaper's Web site show.
The readership reflects an 17.6 percent increase over 2007
Lucky streak ends for
San Pedro man
January 5, 2009 1:35 AM
56th time is a charm, according to the Fuerza PÃºblica in
San Pedro de
Montes de Oca. Finally after 56 arrests last year alone, a man has been
put behind bars.
Traffic conviction not
enough to void residency
January 2, 2009 2:45 AM
foreign woman has avoided being expelled from Costa Rica because the
Sala IV constitutional court found that a conviction after a traffic
accident does not warrant canceling her immigration status.
Get ready for a year
December 31, 2008 1:50 AM
2009 the attention of those expats interested in politics will turn to
Costa Rica because national elections are the first Sunday in February
2010. That means the bulk of the campaigning will take place in 2009.
Volunteers are putting
up weather stations all over
December 31, 2008 1:49 AM
retired physics professor is creating a network of weather stations
connected by Internet to cover all of Costa Rica. The plan is to
complement the national meteorological instituteâ€™s limited
to aid in disaster planning.
needed at Zapote festival
December 30, 2008 2:29 AM
who goes hungry to the Fiestas de San JosÃ© better bring
kids rides and some other services are inexpensive, purveyors of food
do not seem to have been filled with holiday spirit.
close and personal
December 30, 2008 2:29 AM
the street in the commercial district, shoppers were out in force. The
day was Saturday, the second day after Christmas, and the stores
promised big sales. Some pedestrians were returning from the
Desamparados carnival and changing buses in the center of the
Famous tall ship put
in to LimÃ³n
December 29, 2008 2:15 AM
classic four-masted bark Sea Cloud sailed into the Port of
week. The 316-foot long windjammer sailed up the coast from
it's compliment of 30 sails billowing with a 20-knot wind at her stern.
Professor and her
recorder talk to the birds
December 24, 2008 2:07 AM
use song systems to communicate about mating and reproduction,
territorial boundaries, age and even overall health. Sandra Vehrencamp
studies them to decode which elements convey such essential
information. With colleagues in the Bioacoustics Research Program at
Cornell's Lab of Ornithology, she studies birds in such natural
habitats as Costa Rica, Colombia and Bonaire.
Chief prosecutor comes
to aid of runaway mom
December 24, 2008 2:07 AM
nation's chief prosecutor has interjected himself into the case of a
U.S. woman being extradited to face a federal charge of international
It is possible to make
December 23, 2008 1:39 AM
this author arrived with his family 36 years ago, Costa Rica was truly
a paradise. It has a good chance to be so again. It will just take time
as with all evolution. This writer is dedicated to making a difference
with the help of A.M. Costa Rica, and this dedication will continue
well past the New Year."
Allegro Papagayo tries
to reduce its fine
December 22, 2008 2:03 AM
operator of the Allegro Papagayo was in environmental court Thursday
seeking to reduce a claim for some $224,000 by the government because
the hotel ran sewage into the Golfo de Papagayo.
Russia interested in
December 22, 2008 2:03 AM
President Dmitri Medvedev expressed interest in a Nicaraguan proposal
to link the Atlantic and Pacific oceans with a new canal. The project
could include the RÃo San Juan that runs along Costa Rica's
The secret drug war
December 19, 2008 2:10 AM
the pretensions of peace and tranquility, a hidden war rages in and
around Costa Rica. Only infrequently do signs of this battle come to
light. Wednesday two separate incidents illustrated the situation. In
the Golfo Dulce a presumed drug fastboat turned up adrift with 25
bullet holes in the hull.
New traffic law is
coming after New Year's
December 19, 2008 2:10 AM
caught driving drunk New Year's morning will not face the stiffer
penalties of the new traffic law. The law was signed by President
Arias SÃ¡nchez Wednesday, but it will not take effect
until 10 working
days after it is published in the La Gaceta official newspaper.
Christmas dish is more
December 17, 2008 4:21 AM
According to the unreconstructed
Scrooge, Christmas is a poor excuse for picking a man's pocket every
25th of December.
The official Christmas
December 16, 2008 4:43 AM
may be the seasonal drink elsewhere, but in Costa Rica the universal
lubricant is cane liquor or aguardiente. The government monopoly
FÃ¡brica Nacional de Licores, makes the product that is a
many family gatherings, alcoholics and casual tipplers.
Sick kids will get a
December 15, 2008 2:33 AM
youngsters at Costa Rica's famous Hospital Nacional de
NiÃ±os will be
getting a brightly colored early Christmas present from some of the
best artists in the country.
Trace molybdenum vital
to rain forests, study says
December 12, 2008 3:19 AM
team of researchers led by Princeton University scientists has found
for the first time that tropical rain forests, a vital part of the
Earth's ecosystem, rely on the rare trace element molybdenum to capture
the nitrogen fertilizer needed to support their wildly productive
growth. Most of the nitrogen that supports the rapid, lush growth of
rain forests comes from tiny bacteria that can turn nitrogen in the air
into fertilizer in the soil.
Gringo arrested here
will face 450 U.S. complaints
December 11, 2008 4:19 AM
officers, acting on a U.S. warrant Tuesday, captured a U.S. citizen
wanted to face multiple charges of fraud. The man is suspected of being
one of nine persons who ran a series of scams from Costa Rica that
collected up to $13 million from customers in the United States.
New tax pushed for
witness and victim protection
December 11, 2008 4:19 AM
discussing ways to finance protection of witnesses and victims seem to
have come to an agreement that a new tax is needed. They will suggest
that a tax be imposed on the interest from bonds issued in foreign
Long holiday starts
Dec. 19 for many
December 10, 2008 4:22 AM
The vacation for public employees
about 16 days this year, thanks to Christmas and New Year's Day being
Art museum will be
closed for repairs for a year
December 10, 2008 4:21 AM
Museo de Arte Costarricense closed its doors Monday to begin a
year-long, 350 million-colon restoration and repair job. The museum is
in the former international airline terminal on the east side of Parque
Tax time details for
December 9, 2008 3:57 AM
is the help one needs for this year's tax season. Most expats hold
their Costa Rican assets in a company. Whether it be a sociedad
or a sociedad de responsabilidad limitada â€” also known as an
in Gringo speak an L.L.C. â€” expats have tax obligations like
Ricans. However, most expats use inactive companies to hold the assets,
and tax obligations are different for active and inactive companies.
How to rewrite the
Constitution expat style
December 9, 2008 3:57 AM
Arias administration is making moves to change the nation's
Constitution because officials think that the current document makes
the country ungovernable. Administration officials have not said what
they have in mind, but here are some suggestions from the expat point
U.S. mother here says
she will seek refugee status
December 8, 2008 4:03 AM
U.S. woman facing a federal charge of international child abduction
said Thursday she is seeking refugee status in Costa Rica. If granted,
Costa Rica would decline to extradite her to face the U.S. charge.
Downtown will get a
vivid reminder of Nazi horror
December 5, 2008 4:52 AM
Dutch government is donating a statute of Holocaust victim Anne Frank,
the young German girl who hid with her family in a Dutch attic until
discovered by Nazis during World War II.
Don't count on that
atm machine late at night
December 4, 2008 2:55 AM
Nacional, despite full time advertising and promotional employees,
likes to surprise its customers. Instead it was the ministry that said
Tuesday that the bank will be closing down its automatic teller network
at 10 p.m. Friday and every day afterwards until 5 a.m. the next
Milanes creditors are
December 3, 2008 5:00 AM
who lost their money with Savings Unlimited are getting restless
because former fugitive Luis Ã�ngel Milanes Tamayo has been free
for more than five months, and their money seems as far away as ever.
Boyeros and their
bueyes brave heavy rain
December 2, 2008 4:13 AM
JosÃ©'s 12th annual oxcart parade, known as the entrance of
is nothing to sneeze at, admitted Arturo Arrollo, a 70-year-old oxcart
handler, or boyero, from Atenas. The parade, which kicks off Christmas
festivities in the capital, is a showcase both for boyeros and their
massive oxen. The animals pull delicately painted, brightly colored
traditional oxcarts from Paseo ColÃ³n to Avenida Segunda, a
usually occupied by taxis and buses belching black smoke.
Immigration bill on
Arias priority list
December 1, 2008 4:02 AM
executive branch has placed a new immigration bill on the priority list
for the Asamblea Legislativa in the so-called extraordinary session
that begins Monday.
Damage at $77.3
million, and Sixaola is evacuated
December 1, 2008 4:02 AM
preliminary damage report from more than a week of flooding is in, and
the national emergency commission has a preliminary figure of 42.3
billion colons or about $77.3 million.
Developer on Pacific
faces $2 million in environmental damages
November 28, 2008 3:12 AM
the first environmental case involving projects cited this year along
the Pacific, the nation's environmental court says a conservation
district is seeking $2,124.509 in damages against Hermosa Vista, a
60-hectare (148-acre) development 15 minutes south of JacÃ³.
Transit bill advances
November 27, 2008 3:14 AM
The full legislature gave initial
Tuesday to a rewrite of the nation's traffic laws that contains
officially starts Sunday
November 26, 2008 4:24 AM
marks the official start of the Christmas season in San
kickoff will be highlighted by the traditional Entrada de Santos y
Boyeros, which is a procession of carretas pulled by bueyes with santos
Caribbean coast and
elsewhere still taking a hit
November 26, 2008 4:23 AM
Ricans in the Caribbean and northern zone are waking up today to the
eighth straight day of rain. About 4,000 of them are in shelters
because of heavy flooding and rivers running out of their banks.
The Caja wants to sign
November 25, 2008 4:39 AM
to handle employees and their paperwork represent continuing problems
for expats. An article on domestic employees produced a great deal of
interest. Many persons wrote and said they were not legally registering
their employees and did not have workers compensation for them either.
Some expats asked if they needed to cover themselves as well. Everyone
that wrote still is confused.
weathers another disaster
November 25, 2008 4:38 AM
Caribbean coast is taking it on the chin again with rains and flooding
spawned by a cold front. Some 32 communities have been affected, and up
to 2,100 persons are in shelters, according to the Cruz Roja,
Fraud suspect close to
Arias raises a cloud over police agencies
November 24, 2008 1:41 AM
government officials and police supervisors are dumbfounded that the
No. 2 man in the DirecciÃ³n de Inteligencia y Seguridad is
using his position and inside knowledge to advance a long-running check
Legislators give final
OK to $15 tax on air tickets
November 24, 2008 1:41 AM
passed for the second and final time Thursday a $15 tax on every air
ticket to Costa Rica purchased outside the national borders. The same
vote also results in eliminating a 3 percent tourism tax on hotels and
other temporary housing vendors.
Amnet says it will
pull out of metro area
November 21, 2008 2:50 AM
the cable television company, appears ready to surrender its franchise
in the Municipalidad de San JosÃ© rather than put its lines
New drivers have to
know about gears and clutch
November 21, 2008 2:49 AM
who hope to pass a driving test now have to do so by using a vehicle
with a manual transmission. The Ministerio de Obras
Transporte said Wednesday that a decree has been published in the La
Gaceta official newspaper prohibiting test-takers from using automatic
Real estate business
moves from bonanza to prudence
November 20, 2008 2:37 AM
Costa Rican economy is expected to surmount lower real estate activity
that will last well into 2009, said representatives from a Costa Rican
real estate association during a Tuesday conference on the future of
Costa Rican real estate.
Frogs fare badly with
November 20, 2008 2:36 AM
decline of some frog species in Costa Rica may be related to pesticides
and herbicides. That is suggested by the reports of two recent studies.
Costa Rica is no. 10
in hosting U.S. students
November 19, 2008 4:00 AM
Rica hosted 5,383 U.S. students in 2006-2007, a slight drop from the
previous year, according to statistics available on the Web site of the
Institute for International Education.
Alguinaldos are a form
of stimulus plan
November 19, 2008 4:00 AM
world economy may be dragging, but Costa Rica will soon see an
incentive payment of its own, a traditional one. Fast approaching is
the time when employers have to come up with the aguinaldos for their
Legislature decides to
slap another tax on tourists
November 17, 2008 4:25 AM
Asamblea Legislativa approved on first reading Thursday the
administration's $15 a head tax on tourists. The measure also would
repeal the 3 percent tax on hotel stays and other purchases in
Justice is a
do-it-yourself project here
November 14, 2008 3:24 AM
can be a do-it-yourself occupation in Costa Rica. Or at least some
situations can illuminate the reluctance of judicial employees to seek
Desdemona is naughty
November 14, 2008 3:23 AM
a new reading of the play by the Dominical Little Theatre group uses
only three microphones and some dramatic lighting for staging, theater
group founder Monica Perez said most of the play's bawdy humor remains.
approval seen for immigration draft
November 13, 2008 3:58 AM
new draft of the nation's immigration law was accepted as a substitute
Tuesday by the legislature's ComisiÃ³n Permanente de
Asuntos de Gobierno
y AdministraciÃ³n. Olga Marta Corrales
SÃ¡nchez, the president of the
committee, said that the bill is a consensus, and she hoped that the
committee would approve the bill, No. 8487, and send it to the full
legislature next week.
mayor told to
clean up community
November 13, 2008 3:58 AM
Sala IV constitutional court ordered EscazÃº to clean up
its act after
residents complained of too many empty lots piled with garbage and
Legislature ready to
give final approval to treaty bill
November 12, 2008 4:13 AM
are expected to vote this morning on the last piece of implementing
legislation needed to bring the country into compliance with its
promises under the Central American Free Trade Treaty.
What is a little
robbery among friends?
November 12, 2008 4:12 AM
midnight on a Sunday, and there is a guy in a motorcycle helmet
pointing a six-inch knife at my boss. I'm standing a few feet away with
my mouth wide open, because even though I have walked home late at
night through crime-happy neighborhoods in Colombia, Madrid and that
infamous gangster rap stronghold in East Bushwick, Brooklyn, I am only
just now witnessing for my first honest-to-God stickup.
Some citizens are
fighting back and winning
November 11, 2008 3:44 AM
are tired of losing money in Costa Rica. They are fed up with flushing
it down the toilet due to the mistakes made by the Registro Nacional
and other government entities. They are also disgusted with the bulling
around they get from administrative offices.
Report says that
Sardinal has enough water to share
November 11, 2008 3:43 AM
government commission reported Sunday that there is enough groundwater
in Sardinal to allow for continued construction a controversial
pipeline. The information was based on studies conducted by the
national water company, the environmental ministry and an agency that
studies the risks of construction related to the water industry.
Officials maneuver to
keep Costa Rica solvent
November 10, 2008 1:34 AM
economy was at center stage Thursday as President Ã“scar Arias
outlined the executive branch's commitment to lessen as much as
possible negative impacts on the country.
Not everyone is happy
with Obama victory
November 7, 2008 3:22 AM
conservatives in Costa Rica's expat community, the future was not
looking rosy after Sen. Barack Obama's victory in the Tuesday
Embassy bash is a
celebration of democracy
November 6, 2008 3:19 AM
the end of the U.S. Embassy's election night party, the sound that
filled the room was not cheers or wild applause, but the thud of empty
wine bottles being dumped into garbage cans. TV wires taped to the
floor with grey masking tape were yanked loose. The giant, flat white
screen that projected CNN's announcement that Sen. Barack Obama of
Illinois had become the president-elect of the United States was hauled
down and folded away.
November 6, 2008 3:19 AM
sweeps by the environmental watchdogs resulted in 15 development
projects being frozen and 18 more under investigation in the
Some expats feel they
were blindsided by draft law
November 5, 2008 3:45 AM
expats reacted with surprise Monday when they learned about a proposed
rewrite of the nation's immigration laws that would mean pensionados
and rentistas would need to show a lot more financial depth.
Draft law would jack
up residency requirements
November 4, 2008 4:06 AM
Arias administration has come up with a rewrite of its proposed
immigration law that jacks up financial requirements for pensionados to
$2,000 a month and for rentistas to $5,000.
Criminality not good
for turtles either
November 4, 2008 4:05 AM
Parque Nacional Tortuguero, a breeding ground for four species of
turtle, receives about 75,000 visits from the creatures each year.
However, the park lacks the security needed to face threats from
poachers and narcotraffickers operating in the area, according to the
Bandits sacked home of
November 3, 2008 5:23 AM
Canadian-Costa Rican family endured five hours at the hands of home
invaders who even pulled a gun on the 82-year-old bedridden grandmother.
Arrests made in
horrific casino murder case
November 3, 2008 5:22 AM
director of the judicial police said Friday evening that his agents
have detained two men and a female minor in the murder Tuesday of a
hotel casino worker and the shooting of her sister and work companion.
This is the case of the three women abducted as they left the White
House Hotel casino.
It's time to get
October 31, 2008 4:12 AM
constitutional court has done away with two marriage rules that have
caused pain and suffering for hundreds of expats and Costa Ricans. The
rules are those that required a three-year wait after a marriage for
the couple to obtain a divorce. A second section, also thrown out,
required a two-year wait for a couple to get a legal separation.
Organized crime bill
is reported out of committee
October 31, 2008 4:11 AM
legislative commission Wednesday reported out a proposed law that is
designed to attack organized crime. A short time later the Poder
Judicial announced that the proposal contains all the revisions sought
by Francisco Dall'Anese Ruiz, the nation's chief prosecutor.
Nation horrified by
murder of casino worker
October 30, 2008 4:29 AM
crime took center stage again Tuesday after bandits attacked three
young women in a car in EscazÃº, killed one and distributed
in three different parts of the western metro area.
predicted for Latin exports
October 30, 2008 4:27 AM
from Latin America and the Caribbean are on track to grow at an
estimated 23 per cent this year, despite the global financial crisis,
according to a report released Monday by the United Nations office for
Can it be true? The
transition is starting?
October 29, 2008 3:51 AM
many, the sweetest sound is the phrase "I love you." But in October in
Costa Rica the three little words that caress the ear is "Dry season's
Employers upset by
stranglehold on credit
October 29, 2008 3:51 AM
organization representing the nation's employers Monday demanded the
loosening of credit by the Banco Central and the county's other
financial institutions and said that 20,000 workers already had lost
Three dangerous errors
expats make hiring domestic help
October 28, 2008 3:38 AM
many expats make the same mistakes with domestic workers in Costa Rica.
Usually their intentions are good. Nevertheless, from the outset of the
work relationship most start it off on the wrong foot, giving workers a
reason to go to court. Why should they wait to be fired upon by the
domestic staff? They should fix the mistakes. It is easy to do.
A.M. Costa Rica
endorses John McCain
October 27, 2008 4:17 AM
does not cut and run. American finishes what it starts, including
efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. American does not sit down with
second-rate authoritarian dictators. American does not whimper and beg
pardon from the world for being great.
Reporter sees what
acupuncture is like
October 27, 2008 4:16 AM
show up to my appointment late. It's pouring rain as usual, and it's
the last day of my period and I am feeling cranky. I visit Eugene Mc
Donald, who graciously agreed to give a demonstration at his
office. He's been licensed in Florida, and the walls of his office are
covered in framed certificates. He smiles a lot, gives me three
business cards and asks me whether I would like some grape juice."
Forbes tells world
about property problems here
October 24, 2008 3:17 AM
estate here took another hit this week as Forbes, the U.S. publisher of
authoritative business magazines, posted an account of Costa Rican
property ownership problems.
Minimum wages are
October 24, 2008 3:16 AM
minimum wage employers must pay their workers is going up 7 percent
Jan. 1, but the increase is much less than employee negotiators sought.
Workers sought more than 16 percent.
Chief prosecutor opens
a case against Arias
October 23, 2008 3:23 AM
nation's chief prosecutor stepped into the open pit gold mine
controversy Tuesday and announced he was opening an investigation
against President Ã“scar Arias SÃ¡nchez and the
Osa sweep focuses on
October 23, 2008 3:24 AM
enforcers of environmental laws closed down nine construction sites in
the Canton de Osa Monday, and inspections elsewhere are scheduled all
Trees put the brakes
on gold mine
October 22, 2008 3:39 AM
controversial open pit gold mine in northern Costa Rica has suffered a
new setback because the Sala IV constitutional court froze work there
to determine if the firm would be allowed to cut down trees.
An expat named Garfield
October 20, 2008 4:23 AM
time resident Garfield George Wagner a familiar imposing presence in
the Gringo bar circuit is gone. "Field," as he was know by his family,
was highly visible for years in the San Jose's Downtown scene. Locals
will well remember the immaculately groomed, 6-foot, 4-inch,
bigger-than-life guy with the perfect tan, big toothy smile and long
blond pony tail.
Criminals swiftly go
through court system to freedom
October 17, 2008 2:55 AM
judiciary's swift justice process whisked three more individuals
through court and onto the streets Wednesday. That followed by a day
the first conviction of a criminal under the program. He got out of
Neighbors get 20 years
for killing a thief, but robber walks
October 16, 2008 4:28 AM
separate but significant cases played out in the Costa Rican courts
Tuesday. In one case, five persons who had attacked and fatally injured
a man who was ransacking a vehicle each got 20 years in prison for
aggravated homicide. The second case was the first of the rapid justice
officials promised for persons caught red-handed committing a crime.
New Osa radio station
was a long time in coming
October 16, 2008 4:27 AM
three years of wrestling with contractors, some inconveniently placed
mangrove trees, and that infamous Tico attitude towards time, the
expat-themed radio station Radio Pacifico Sur is making some waves
across San Buenaventura. But owner and DJ Stephen Petretti now has a
warning for other aspiring Gringo entrepreneurs: the bureaucratic
struggles in Costa Rica are not to be underestimated.
complains about faults in the system
October 15, 2008 4:40 AM
expat businessman and developer can identify with the nation's
president and his brother, who are now complaining about the obstacles
confronted by those who would move the nation ahead.
program sidesteps racial issues
October 15, 2008 4:40 AM
an effort to make Costa Rican history come alive for the Youtube
generation, the Museo Nacional is now featuring dramatic historical
tours of the museum's exhibits, hoping that the interactive field trips
will complement what students are learning in the classroom.
He fought long and
hard with little official help
October 14, 2008 2:40 AM
four long years of fighting hard in the courts in Costa Rica, an expat
saved his property investment. He thought all hope was lost, but in his
case justice prevailed. Last week the expat had what was stolen from
him returned: A mortgage fraudulently canceled by property thieves and
an attorney gone bad.
'Latin idol' hopes
October 13, 2008 2:12 AM
Rica's Latin American Idol finalist MarÃa JosÃ©
Castillo came in second
last night at the end of a two-hour, commercial-filled spectacular on
Tribunal orders Banco
National to reimburse Internet victim
October 13, 2008 2:11 AM
a Thursday decision that may set a groundbreaking precedent for other
cases involving Internet fraud, a court ruled that the Banco Nacional
must pay damages to a man after money was stolen from his bank account
via the Internet.
Ice hockey in Heredia?
October 9, 2008 4:20 AM
hockey program at the Castillo Country Club emerged in 1997. El
Castillo Knights have since gone on to win a tournament in Cuernavaca,
Mexico, received praise from Canadian Ambassador Neil Reider and hosted
the Vancouver Flying Pirates.
Sugar cane crop
endangered by fungus
October 8, 2008 5:20 AM
Monday asked the central government to declare an emergency in the
PÃ©rez ZeledÃ³n and Buenos Aires regions
because of the fungus disease
Tax collectors change
October 8, 2008 5:20 AM
The nation's tax collecting agency
a change in its rules that will mean more paperwork for businesses and
history rears its head
October 7, 2008 4:21 AM
before the performance â€” a dance originating from the
religion, originally performed by â€œCaribbean witches,â€�
as Ms. GRACE
FernÃ¡ndez put it â€” she wanted to remind the
audience of a little bit of
JosÃ© makes it to
October 6, 2008 4:10 AM
country is flying high because MarÃa JosÃ©
Castillo will be one of two
finalists next week on "Latin American Idol," a television reality show
based in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
It's not just the
boomers who are coming here
October 3, 2008 3:39 AM
to Costa Rica's lax immigration policies, waves of mortgage brokers,
Wall Street hotshots and bankers are even now getting their travel
plans together. Dominical is much more inviting than Club Fed.
Tamarindo sure beats the local county lock up.
agitates for his radio show
October 2, 2008 4:13 AM
say there are no guilty persons in prison. That is never truer than in
Costa Rica where those convicted of high crimes can appeal to the court
of public opinion via Web pages, radio shows and even pocket calendars.
Costa Rica gets yet
another extension for free trade OK
October 2, 2008 4:12 AM
it comes to ratifying the Central American Free Trade Agreement, the
clock keeps running out on Costa Rica. The country got another break
Tuesday when its trading partners agreed to reset the clock and approve
Heredia girl makes
birds love has a broad sidewalk
October 1, 2008 3:47 AM
were no medals from the 2008 Olympics, the last World Cup soccer effort
was a disaster, and the Nobel Prize is a bit dusty. But that is all
forgotten because the hopes of Costa Rica are hanging on the sweet
sound of a 17-year-old Heredia girl. She is a finalist in "Latin
October 1, 2008 3:47 AM
La Selva is a world-renowned destination for tropical biologists and a
tourist destination as well. Visitors can sample the forest with a
guide or stay overnight to be there at dawn when activity is best.