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Costa Rica News - 01/31/2015
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01/30/2015 -  Indicted money exchange ex-worker gets 3 years in U.S. prison - 03:27 PM

A former information technology employee at the defunct digital currency exchange Liberty Reserve was sentenced on Friday to three years in a U.S. prison for his role in concealing what authorities described as a massive money laundering business for criminals worldwide. Maxim Chukharev, 28, will likely serve approximately 10 months, with good behavior, after receiving credit for 10 months in a Costa Rican jail and 10 months in U.S. custody while awaiting trial, his lawyer said.



01/28/2015 -  Cuba demands return of Guantanamo Bay, compensation by U.S. before relations can resume - 11:07 PM

A fiery truck crash shut down a section of Highway 99 in Delta between the Massey Tunnel and Highway 17. The crash occurred shortly before 9 a.m. and caused major traffic probelms. The City of Vancouver will currently tow an illegally parked vehicle if it has accumulated three or more unpaid parking tickets in the past two years.



01/28/2015 -  Fitch Revises Outlooks on Financial Institutions Following Sovereign Rating Action on Costa Rica - 04:49 PM

NEW YORK, January 28 Fitch Ratings has revised to Negative from Stable the Rating Outlooks of the long-term Issuer Default Ratings of the following four Costa Rican banks and one Panamanian subsidiary, following the revision in Costa Rica's Outlook to Negative from Stable: --Banco BAC San Jose, S.A. ; --Banco de Costa Rica ; --Banco Internacional de Costa Rica ; --Banco Nacional de Costa Rica ; --Banco Popular y de Desarrollo Comunal . Fitch has affirmed the long- and short-term foreign and local currency IDRs, Viability Ratings , and Support Ratings of these issuers.



01/28/2015 -  The spookiness about sudden death - 11:40 AM

You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song and it awakens [you] and saves [you] from death. - Anais Nin On June 12, 2013, my driver and I were on our way to Sierpe, Costa Rica from Manuel Antonio when the road entered a palm tree plantation.



01/28/2015 -  A Cultural Exchange - 05:15 AM

Randy Combs, director of instruction and special programs for First Tee of Harrisonburg, shows Gabriela Gonzalez proper technique Tuesday at Heritage Oaks Golf Course, where the First Tee program is based. Gabriela, 16, is one of 16 Costa Rican high school students visiting Harrisonburg as part of an exchange program between HHS and a school in the Central American country.



01/28/2015 -  Where the jungle meets the sea - 01:00 AM

It was Joe and Jane that recommended it. They were just finishing up their two week tour of Costa Rica and were taking one last look at Playa Flamingo .



01/27/2015 -  U.S.-Cuba Moves Win Praise as Latin America Summit Gets Started - 08:50 PM

Latin American and Caribbean leaders urged the U.S. to move promptly in renewing diplomatic ties with Cuba at the start of a regional summit in Costa Rica focused on boosting development and investment in the region. Presidents and prime ministers, including Cuba's Raul Castro and Brazil's Dilma Rousseff, will meet through Jan. 29 in Costa Rica to discuss a range of topics affecting the region at the third summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, known as CELAC.



01/27/2015 -  Chocolate maker, other artisans carve out community in Washington Park - 04:36 PM

Dan Bieser, founder and owner of Tabal Chocolate , is busy transforming cacao beans into beautiful bars of specialty chocolate in his workshop above Amaranth Bakery and Cafe. Humming machines churn up to 60 pounds of chocolate at a time as the intoxicating smell of chocolate wafts throughout the room.



01/27/2015 -  After her sister's murder Helen Mack Chang became a reformer - 09:31 AM

Since the [Myrna Mack Foundation] was formed, we have tried to encourage citizens to know their rights and defend them, and ... build a genuine rule of law in Guatemala,' says Helen Mack Chang. It was late February 2003 and finally the Mack family had their government cornered at the sort of hearing for which they had waited more than a decade.



01/26/2015 -  Q&A with Costa Rican Film Editor Estefania Sequeira - 08:06 PM

After discovering the magic that goes into creating films in her youth, Estefania Sequeira began dedicating her life to realizing her dreams of being one of the magical elves that brings these stories to life. Today Estefania is a successful editor who has worked in the United States, Canada and Costa Rica.



01/26/2015 -  Reconnaissance of selected PPCP compounds in Costa Rican surface waters - 04:02 PM

Eighty-six water samples were collected in early 2009 from Costa Rican surface water and coastal locations for the analysis of 34 pharmaceutical and personal care product compounds . Sampling sites included areas receiving treated and untreated wastewaters, and urban and rural runoff.



01/26/2015 -  From ocean to ocean, through the Panama Canal - 01:02 PM

In this Oct. 19, 2014 photo, the the cruise ship Norwegian Sun is docked for a shore day in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Photo: Joe Kafka, AP In this Oct. 21, 2014 photo, giant lock gates are stored along the waterway in Panama for a third lane in the Panama Canal.



01/26/2015 -  CBP P-3 Crews Disrupt Drug Smuggling - 05:47 AM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents and interagency partners disrupted two separate drug smuggling attempts off the coast of Costa Rica resulting in the interdiction of more than $74 million in illegal drugs. Fla. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents and interagency partners disrupted two separate drug smuggling attempts off the coast of Costa Rica resulting in the interdiction of more than $74 million in illegal drugs.



01/25/2015 -  Playa del Coco for a dream vacation - 11:38 PM

Playa del Coco is the oldest village in the Province of Guanacatse, and one of the oldest beach resorts in Costa Rica. The beautiful town is also one of Costa Rica's fastest growing vacation destinations, and is equally popular with international travelers and Costa Rica residents.



01/24/2015 -  $34+ O/W Sale on JetBlue's New Routes - 12:52 AM

JetBlue's has added several new routes, including flights to/from Detroit; Las Vegas; Liberia, Costa Rica; and Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago; among many domestic, Caribbean, and Latin American destinations. Travel dates and pricing are varied and dependent on preferred route, but fares start at $34 one-way .



01/23/2015 -  Coffee-break companions for caffeine addicts - 08:33 PM

From top-notch Italian drips to Costa Rican beans and thermos flasks, find all the essentials needed to make your perfect cup at home. Coffee tasting For some aficionados, a good coffee can have all the complex aromas and flavours as a glass of fine wine.



01/23/2015 -  Jacksonville-based drug interception crews catch $74 million worth of illegal products - 04:29 PM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Air and Marine agents based out of Jacksonville disrupted two separate drug smuggling attempts off the coast of Costa Rica, stopping the flow of $74 million worth of illegal drugs. On Jan. 18, an Office of Air and Marine crew was on a patrol when they detected a suspicious vessel east of Costa Rica.



 


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