Costa Rica News 6-3-15 posted by on June 3, 2015
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Transnica Invests US$4 Million in Managua

QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica’s transport company providing daily service between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, TRANSNICA, announced the construction of a new bus terminal, hotel and shopping centre, in the centre of Managua.

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Sharks and Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA TRAVEL Via National Geographic) Sharks are an essential part of the oceans. Their presence is an indicator of the good health of an ecosystem; their absence is representative of an overfished and out of balance

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Closings in Barrio Amon and Barrio Otoya (San Jose)(QCOSTARICA)


(QCOSTARICA) By Michale Miller – In the past few months, a surprising number of establishments in San José’s Barrio Amon and Barrio Otoya have closed. Some have closed for good, and some just temporarily.

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Costa Rica Sees ‘Intel Effect’ Ending as GDP Poised for Pickup

(QCOSTARICA Via Bloomberg) — Costa Rica should see accelerating economic growth in the second half after the country struggled to recover from Intel’s closing of export facilities last year, Central Bank (Banco Central) President Olivier Castro said.

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President Luis Guillermo Solís confirms new culture minister

After his weekly Cabinet meeting on Tuesday President Luis Guillermo Solís confirmed Sylvie Durán Salvatierra as the new culture and youth minister and appointed current Film Center Director Max Valverde Soto as the new vice minister.

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Costa Rica lawmaker to promote bill improving sex workers’ rights

Broad Front Party lawmaker Ligia Fallas Rodríguez has offered to assist a group of sex workers in Costa Rica draft and submit legislation to improve sex workers’ rights at public health agencies.

Fallas on Monday met at the Legislative Assembly with representatives of Asociación La Sala, a group that requested her assistance in submitting a bill to allow sex workers to apply for insurance with the Social Security System, or Caja, and a special regime at the Labor Ministry for regulating vacation and sick leave.

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Residents Erect Sign in Protest of CONAVI’s Failure To Build Their Community A New Bridge

(QCOSTARICA) It is not known who put up the cardboard sign, but there it was, signed on behalf of the national roads council, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad (CONAVI), saying “disculpe, este puente no es importante” (sorry, this bridge is not important).

The message is clear: the sign was a protest against the CONAVI not giving much importance in erecting a permanent concrete structure, rather maintaining a one lane Bailey bridge, in the communities of La Trinidad and Paracito, in Moravia, on the north side of San Jose.

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Market with international flair offers goods in Santa Ana

A group of 50 women will be selling their handcrafted goods at the Zoco Bazaar market, which takes place today starting at 10 am at Villa Maori in Santa Ana.

The Tico Times spoke to Rosanna Modenesi, organizer of the event. The idea of Zoco Bazaar started about two years ago, beginning as a small bazaar made up of friends and family members who sold various products.

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Costa Rica takes New York: Gala evening supports new expat mentoring program

On the streets of midtown Manhattan, another cloudy, muggy mid-week work day was wrapping up.  Inside one event space, however, a very colorful Tico scene was just getting started. “De Verde a Gris” (“From Green to Gray”), the first-ever fundraising gala organized by the Costa Rican Networking Group (CNRG), took place at the Art Director’s Club in midtown Manhattan on May 28. The gala was not an isolated event, but rather one component of a relatively new, multi-city effort to connect expatriate Costa Ricans, empowering them to support each other and the country they left behind.

Founded in 2013 by Carol Guzowski, 26, a Costa Rican who has been living in the United States off and on since her teens, the Networking Group’s core mission is to unite Costa Rican professionals in the United States in order to strengthen ties among the relatively small but growing population. The group has amassed 215 members thus far, and has now launched a mentoring component so that members can share their expertise with younger Costa Ricans.

According to Guzowski, who runs the group pro bono and has sponsored the group through the company she created, Coral Communications and Design, the group’s mission is “to become … continue reading

Is The Costa Rica Wastewater Treatment Problem Going to Be Addressed?

Costa Rica News – The Ministry of Health has a big project on its hands, as the Comptroller General of the Republic has requested that it exercise much better control over industries that have wastewater treatment systems.

One of the concerns that Costa Rica’s CGR has is that the residues generated from these wastewater treatment processes could be being mixed with waste in open dumps, vacant lots, or worse, rivers.

The Comptroller made a report between January and December 2014.

It stated that the Ministry of Health exercises “insufficient control” over the process of collection, treatment and disposal of the sludge generated from treating industrial wastewater.

The Ministry of Health hasn’t established any protocols for this matter.

It has not even requested that companies with these systems present a report of the management of the waste. Ensuring safe waste disposal is essential to protecting the health of citizens.

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Jairo Mora murder case: Costa Rica prosecutor seeks new trial

A prosecutor requested a new trial in the 2013 killing of Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora on Tuesday morning at an appeals court in Cartago, east of the capital, local media reported.

The prosecutor, Julián Martinez, called for a new trial with new judges after the seven accused killers of Mora were found not guilty, the daily La Nación reported.

Three of the suspects were acquitted of all charges on Jan. 26. The remaining four defendants were found guilty of raping and robbing a Costa Rican couple and their young nephews nearly two weeks before Mora’s murder.

Mora was killed on May 31, 2013 while patrolling Moín Beach north of the Caribbean city of Limón to protect nesting turtles from poachers.

The prosecutor argued that the trial in Limón illegally excluded important evidence, including telephone recordings that were ruled inadmissible. Rodrigo Araya, a lawyer for Mora’s family, told the news site that the family requested the appeal in February, citing missing evidence and constant delays in the proceedings, among other technical errors in the trial.

Araya was not alone in critiquing the state’s case. The criminal investigation and trial were so badly bungled by the state that the judges … continue reading

Is Pilsen’s Costa Rican Billboard The Most Obscene Ever?

Costa Rica News – Look up in the sky…….It’s a Bird……it’s a plane……….no it’s a penis………..

Costa Rican drivers are getting an eyeful when they pass this billboard for Republica Parrillera Pilsner beer. Looking at the front of the billboard, nothing seems amiss. But when viewed from behind … well, yeah, that does look like a giant penis, doesn’t it?

As always with such placements, there’s debate over whether this was intentional or a mistake.

Proponents of the former say it’s brilliant marketing, as drivers who approach the ad from the back are probably fairly likely to check out the front of the ad as they pass—behavior that precious few billboards provoke.

Those who think it’s a mistake can’t fathom the kind of balls it would take to put a giant wiener on a billboard.
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