Water rationing for some 14,000 residents of Heredia, north of San José, began this week. This measure was taken by the local water authority in the face of dwindling water supplies caused by a decrease in the flow of water from its aquifers. For more, see story, p. 4.
4ICE Official Charged
The executive president of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, Pedro Pablo Quirós, faces charges, brought this week by the Public Ministry, of misuse of public funds. Quirós is accused of using a $2,000-per-hour helicopter for a trip in March that included attending a wedding in the mountain village of Zarcero, north of San José.
4Runway Lights Working
Troublesome atmospheric conditions shouldn’t be a problem for airplanes landing at Costa Rica’s JuanSantamaríaAirport now that the new system of approach lights is functional. Five years after the old lights ceased to function, the new ones were inaugurated Tuesday night. See story, p. 4.
4No MoreRiver Taxes
The San Juan River between Costa Rica and Nicaragua can now be used by Ticos for tourism and commerce without having to pay taxes imposed by Nicaragua. The International Court of Justice in the Hague made the ruling in July, but it was ignored until Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega recently signed an order prohibiting the practice. (See next week’s Nica Times for more on this story.)
4Less Painful to Fill ’Er Up
A decrease in the price of certain fuels was approved Wednesday by the Comptroller General’s Office. A liter of super gasoline will be ¢575 (98 cents), down by ¢22. Plus gasoline will be ¢558 (95 cents), down ¢24. Diesel will cost ¢506 (86 cents), down ¢22. The price reductions will take effect at midnight Oct. 8. See story, p 11.
4U.S. Insurance Co. Knocks on Door
Pan-American Life Insurance Group in the United States has asked Costa Rica’s insurance regulatory agency for permission to sell policies in the country. The company, which announced its intentions Wednesday, said it wishes to sell individual and group life and health insurance policies, but not automobile or disaster policies, in Costa Rica, beginning in early 2010.
4Nicaragua’s Opposition in Talks
Opposition leaders Arnoldo Alemán and Eduardo Montealegre, whose 2006 split allowed Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega to return to the presidency, sat down this week for a timid attempt at reunification of the Liberal Party, which so far has been unable to present any coherent opposition to Ortega’s presidency. The meeting between the two was mediated by Estelí Bishop Juan Abelardo Mata, a leading critic of the Ortega government.