China gives green light to Costa Rican meat exports: minister posted by on April 30, 2012
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SAN JOSE, April 29 (Xinhua) — China has given the green light to imports of Costa Rican meat, Agriculture Minister Gloria Abraham said Sunday.

Speaking at an agribusiness expo in northern Costa Rica, Abraham said three meat processing plants that met the requirements of China and secured certification now have gained entry into the Chinese market.

The minister said she was pleased by the “positive effect” that the entry into the Chinese market would have on the country’s meat producing sector, which is just beginning to emerge from a crisis caused by several years of depressed prices.

“Cattle ranching has before it a new horizon full of opportunities,” she said.

She urged both private and public sector players in the meat industry to seize the new opportunities, and “reflect on the causes of the crisis and jointly decide the steps that as a country we must take.”

Costa Rica and China signed a free trade agreement in 2010, paving the way for removing most tariffs on exports of Costa Rican coffee, meat, juice and other products to the huge market.

China is the central American country’s second biggest commercial partner, while Costa Rica is the Asian nation’s ninth largest trading partner in Latin America.

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Costa Rican Raw Material Will Be Used In Japanese Cars posted by on April 29, 2012

Soon Japanese manufactured vehicles will have a little of “pura vida” in them, as the first container of raw materials from Costa Rica left this week for Japan.

The product shipped, made out of shredded plastic from agrochemicals, will be use by Japanese to manufacture car fenders and bumpers.

The initiative is part of an agreement between the Fundación Limpiemos Nuestros Campos (FLNC) and the Japanese firm Transtek.

The raw material is obtained through FLNC programs, part of the Cámara de Insumos Agropecuarios (CIA).

Luis Matarrita Díaz, manager of the FLNC, explained that the plastic used to make other industrial components contributes to environmental conservation.

To increase production, the FLNC hopes to install a new mill in La Garita de Alajuela, which would have the capacity to shred up to two tons of plastic daily.

“This year we expect to exceed the expectations of collecting 180 tons of plastic”, said Matarrita.

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Costa Rica Will Not Tolerate Foreigners Who Commit Crimes In The Country posted by on April 29, 2012

“We will not tolerate foreigners who commit crimes in the country”, says the Ministro de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública, Mario Zamora.


According to the minister, the recent implementation by the immigration service of an electronic system will control and monitor foreigners who are in prisons in Costa Rica.

The minister explained that with the new system it will send alerts, so that once the person has served his or her sentence in Costa Rica, they will be deported.

Zamora stressed that in the months before the person’s sentence is up the immigration service will proceed with the cancellation of their immigration status.

Of the 2.295 foreigner prisoners, 65% come from Nicaragua, 12% from Colombia, 4% from Panama and 4% from the United States, the rest from a variety of other countries.

A report last week found that 16% of Costa Rica’s prison population is of foreign nationals.

Last year, Costa Rican authorities made 456 deportations and rejected some 8.000 from entering the country.

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Costa Rica Immigration Cannot Detain Illegals posted by on April 29, 2012
• Immigration can only issue a summons

The Dirección de Migración y Extranjería (immigration service) on Friday distributed a memorandum to all immigration posts with respect to a resolution by the Sala Constitucional (Constitutional Court) that prevents the detention of illegals.


Right now, Migración can only issue as summons to illegals in the country.

The new measures, according to the memorandum, are obligatory and states that immigration agents may not withhold the passport or travel document of a foreigner.

The measure is in response to an appeal of unconstitutionality by an association of domestic workers against Article 18, paragraphs 5, 12, 26 and 31 of the Ley de Migración y Extranjería (Immigration Act).

Those items gave the immigration police powers to:

• Detain for a period of up 24 hours any foreigner for the purpose of verifying their immigration status, after which time either they would be an immigration order issued or the person released

• The detention period could be extended in situations on the order of the Director

• Investigate the foreign for corruption and association with international organized crime

• Once the investigation was completed, and the identify of the foreigner verified by the consulate of the country of origin, an administrative detention of up to 30 days could be made and deportation issued within the period, which period could be extended by the Director.


The above items are now invalidated until the Constitutional Court makes a final resolution on the appeal.

The immigration service reports that on Saturday alone, 13 illegal immigrants who entered the country by vehicle were arrested at Peñas Blancas border with Nicaragua.

Authorities say the vehicle belongs to a gang of “coyotes” who move illegals and goods across the border.

Also, so far this year, the immigration service has detained nearly 800 Cubans with “irregular” immigration status and the majority had their passports confiscated as a precautionary measure.

In addition, the immigration service reports having stopped two illegals who had just completed their sentence in the La Reforma prison for robbery, but given the Court decision, had to set them free with a summons.

The question now by immigration officials is what will be of the foreign nationals being detained at the Hatillo detention centre, for the Court has yet to provide a clear answer.

The Hatillo detention centre is now holding 38 foreigners, some of them suspected of a crime in their country, including the case of Colombian former guerilla, Libardo Parra.

Source: Telenoticias

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Cuban Artists Warmly Welcomed in Costa Rica posted by on April 28, 2012

Havana, Cuba, Apr 28.- The recital Cantos de amor y vida (Songs of Love and Life), by Cuban humorist Carlos Ruiz de la Tejera and troubadour Jesus del Valle (Tatica), was warmly welcomed on Friday by prestigious cultural centers of Costa Rica.

The show includes poems, songs and humor, and has been presented at various activities on the occasion of the World Day for the Freedom of the Five Cuban Heroes, unfairly imprisoned in the United States, the www.cubaminrex.cu Web site reported.

Cuba’s ambassador to the Central American nation, Antonio Pardo, thanked the two artists for their presence at the National Meeting in Solidarity with Cuba, and acknowledged their professionalism and devotion towards the enthusiastic public applauding them.

In this, their fourth visit to Costa Rica, De la Tejera and Del Valle were received at the National University of Nicoya, where they performed for residents in the locality of Mansion, founded in the 19th century by Cuban patriots Antonio Maceo and Flor Crombet.

After their presentation in the mountainous town of Jaulares (in the northern part of Alajuela), the renowned Cuban artists will perform on Saturday in the city of Guapiles, and on Sunday at Puerta de Alcala, in the city of Heredia.

Carlos Ruiz de la Tejera and Jesus del Valle will return to Havana on April 30, to take part in celebrations for International Workers’ Day. (ACN)

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Taking Advantage of Costa Rica Travel Deals During the Green Season posted by on April 28, 2012

People looking to take advantage of Costa Rica travel deals can find significant discounts during the green season.

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People looking to take advantage of Costa Rica travel deals can find significant discounts during the green season. The term “green season” was originally developed because it was considered more appealing to potential clients than the term “off-season” which usually led to them to think about poor weather conditions.

Costa Rica’s green season is from May to December for most regions, with the most precipitation occurring during the months of September and October. However, the months of July and August are the driest months of the green season making it ideal to achieve great value vacations.

Savvy travelers have been taking advantage of Costa Ricas green season during the months of July and August for years. A majority of hotel rates are discounted between thirty and fifty percent, the large crowds of tourists have disappeared, and sunny days at the beach are still very much the norm.

Yes the rainforest mountain slopes may be getting soaked but why should that prevent travelers from taking advantage of the huge savings on travel deals to gorgeous beach locations? If it does rain along the coast it usually starts in the afternoons and then stops by nightfall.

Emily Glazer (writer for The Wall Street Journal Travel section) recently wrote an article stating “head south of the border – really far south – for the best deals. Many countries in Central America and South America are experiencing a tourist boom for eco-travel in particular – thanks to a slew of new hotels and cheap package deals. And your dollar will go a lot further than in the U.S. and Europe.”

Travelers can take advantage of great travel deal packages like the Tamarindo Beach Escape. The package includes a four-night stay in the luxurious four-star hotel Tamarindo Diria Beach & Golf Resort, a welcome bottle of wine, meet and greet at the airport and a 4-day SUV car rental. During high season the package starts at $1378 for 2. People who purchase this package for travel in July and August save 30%. The package rate drops to under $1,000 for 2 based on double occupancy.

Casa Conde Del Mar is located to the north of Tamarindo and on average gets the lowest precipitation in all of Costa Rica. Even though the green season really doesn’t affect this region travelers can still take advantage of travel deals such as the Four-Night Guanacaste Beach Package for Two. The package includes four-nights at the Hotel Casa Conde del Ma (4-star hotel), a 4 day SUV rental, airport meet and greet and a welcome bottle of wine. The retail package price during high season starts at $1378 for 2 but for travelers heading south in July or August can save 30% and purchase the same package for under $1000.

Not all travelers are looking for a beach vacation. Visitors who want to explore some of Costa Ricas most famous volcanoes are in luck. The regional green season for the Arenal Volcano and Northern-Lowlands area is opposite to the Coast. This area offers the best weather during the green season.

Just because the Arenal Volcano regions green season doesn’t start until December, doesn’t mean travelers still can’t find Costa Rica travel deals offering substantial discounts.

The Three-Night Volcanic Spa Package for 2 is a perfect example. This package includes an airport meet and greet, private transfers, 3 nights at the Arenal Kioro (volcano view suite with hydro massage tub in room), welcome drink, Titoku Hot Springs, volcanic mud mini facial for her and a rainforest zipline tour for two. During the high season the package rate starts at $1,754.50. People who purchase this package for travel in July and August save 30%. The package rate is around $1,250 for two people.

Whether an individual wants to book their own trip or choose to alleviate the hassle and book their vacation through a travel agency one fact is clear, travelers can save a lot of money traveling during the green season without being overly affected by the amount of rainfall in the months of July and August.

If you have questions about any of the Costa Rica travel deals found in this press release or for more information please contact Monica McIntyre at 1.888.340.4943 or by e-mail at: customerservice(at)latinexplore(dot)com.

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Gregg Braden – The Holographic Nature of The Universe posted by on April 27, 2012

I have been reading a book on this very subject and will soon have a lot more to say.  In the meantime, here is a great video on this subject from Gregg Braden.

 

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