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4Type O Positive Blood Needed
A call has been issued by the Costa Rican National Blood Bank for donations of blood from people with Type O Positive. Edna Meléndez, director of the blood bank, said this week that hospitals in the country need 150 units, but they had only 50 units as of Monday. She said 53 percent of Costa Ricans have Type O Positive, and this provokes demand. For information about donations, call 2283-7321, 2280-9903 or 2280-9952.
4Limón Has a Mayor
Costa Rica’s Caribbean port city of Limón has a mayor again. Jeffrey Beckford Cambronero, vice president of the Limón City Council, has assumed the post in the absence of Mayor Eduardo Barboza Orias, who was suspended by a judge on Oct. 8 for six months while facing charges of corruption. The local government has been virtually paralyzed during the absence of a mayor to authorize payment of salaries and pay for supplies and services. The situation was aggravated because, in addition to Barboza, the next two officials in line for the post also were suspended for misconduct in office.
4Lapa Ríos Ecolodge a Favorite in C.A.
Sometimes this region’s plethora of hotels can make a vacationer’s head spin. Readers of the popular travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler have made the choice for you, voting southern Costa Rica’s Lapa Ríos Ecolodge the top hotel in Central America. The hotel is near CorcovadoNational Park on the OsaPeninsula and is frequently cited as a model for travel that leaves the smallest environmental and social footprint possible. Four other Costa Rican hotels made Condé Nast readers’ top 10 in Central America, including Villa Caletas at Playa Herradura on the central Pacific, San José’s Hotel Grano de Oro and Costa Rica Marriott Hotel, as well as Capitán Suizo in Tamarindo on the north Pacific.
4Return of Obligatory Service
Nicaragua’s opposition and retired defense experts are warning that President Daniel Ortega may seek to follow Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez’ recent lead and reinstate obligatory military service. Though it’s prohibited by the constitution, critics say last week’s Supreme Court ruling to overturn Article 147 and allow Ortega’s re-election proves that anything is possible in Nicaragua. During the 2006 campaign, Ortega warned the opposition would try to scare people into thinking his return to office would mean a return of forced military service.
4Honduran Killings, Kidnapping
The bound body of a nephew of Roberto Micheletti, de facto president of Honduras, was found last Sunday in a wooded area of Choloma in northern Honduras. Enzo Guillermo Micheletti, 25, was shot in the face and the chest. He was a businessman. Additionally, a colonel in the military, Concepción Jiménez, was shot and killed this week as he arrived at his home in the capital city of Tegucigalpa. Another businessman, Alfredo Jalil, the father of Micheletti’s deputy defense minister, was kidnapped on Tuesday.
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