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4Metallica to Thrash at Saprissa
Grammy-winning thrash metal stars Metallica will bring their World Magnetic Tour to San José’s Ricardo Saprissa Stadium March 7, before heading south to Panama the next day, the band announced recently. Tickets for the Costa Rica date went on sale Tuesday and sold out almost entirely hat same day. Only “VIP” tickets remain for dedicated metal-fans, at ¢55,000 ($98). However, unsold box seat tickets, at ¢40,000 ($71.30), will go back on sale Dec. 18, according to concert promoter Evenpro Costa Rica. Check at Bansbach, Servimás and La Barbería stores, as well as over the phone at 2206-7770 and the Internet at www.specialticket.net.
4Lehmann Bookshop Owner Killed
In one of the most prominent murders in recent years, on Nov. 15 assailants shot and killed Antonio Lehmann, the 75-year-old owner of Librería Lehmann, S.A., a popular Costa Rican book retailer. Lehmann was dining at Verbena Café and Restaurant in Tres Ríos, a suburb east of San José, when men wearing handkerchiefs over their mouths, dark sunglasses and hats entered to hold up the establishment. One of them took a wallet containing ¢20,000 ($36) from one customer and a cell phone from another. When Lehmann reportedly confronted the thieves, they took his life.
4On Your Mark, Get Set …
The 14th International Marathon Costa Rica is set for Dec. 6 in San José. For the marathon and half-marathon, including men’s and women’s races, the open categories are elite and master general for age groups 18 to 24 years, 5 to 29, and 30 to 34. Races will also be for wheelchairs, and skates. Prizes of ¢8 million (over $14,000) will be awarded. For more information, call 8354-6000 or e-mail email@example.com.
4Banking Made Easier
Digital cards to allow Internet banking transactions are available at three banks, and more banks are in line to offer the same. Banco Central, Banco Popular and BAC San José offer the cards now. Banco Nacional is authorized to offer them and has bought 2,000 such cards, to be available next week. A handful of other banks are in the authorization process. These cards, with chips incorporated in them, are designed to reduce the possibility of Internet fraud as only the card owner can make transactions with them.
4Working Free Trade
In the sixth and final round of free-trade talks, scheduled for February 2010, Costa Rica and China will settle on a greatly reduced list of issues. The original list of 6,600 points has narrowed to 200 for China and 24 for Costa Rica, according to Fernando Ocampo, chief negotiator for Costa Rica’s Foreign Trade Ministry (COMEX). The Chinese list includes agricultural products, such as beans and milk, and some industrial products, like plastics and tires. Costa Rica wants to include in the agreement products such as coffee and sugar, beef, pork, chicken, puree of banana and orange and pineapple juice.
4TV Via Internet
The Costa Rican Electricity Insistute (ICE) promises that clients will be able to receive television via Internet (IPTV) sometime between April and June of 2010. The signal for digital TV service would use the same broadband connection that takes Internet to homes and businesses. ICE said various “packages,” offering a variety of services with differing costs, will be designed.
–Tico Times and Other News Sources
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