News Briefs

October 2, 2009

4Water Woes

 

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.

 

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 15, 2018
Tico Times Weekly Digest
509 views
Tico Times Weekly Digest
509 views

The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Oct. 15, 2018

The Tico Times - October 15, 2018

In this week's episode of the Weekly Digest, a wrap-up of last week's heavy rains, plus more news from around…

Guatemala Fuego eruption is over: officials
Guatemala
615 views
Guatemala
615 views

Guatemala Fuego eruption is over: officials

AFP - October 15, 2018

The most recent eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano ended Saturday, an official source said, with locals escaping a repeat of June's…

October in Costa Rica: when the Caribbean comes a’callin’
Pic of the Day
900 views
Pic of the Day
900 views

October in Costa Rica: when the Caribbean comes a’callin’

The Tico Times - October 15, 2018

Costa Rica's Caribbean coast is famously exempt from many of the typical weather patterns in the rest of the country.…