San José, Costa Rica, since 1956




4Come Fly With Me


Beginning next month, Aeroméxico will begin direct flights from its airport at Mexico D.F. to Costa Rica’s JuanSantamariaInternationalAirport. The airline announced its plans this week and said the first flight will be Friday, March 26. Officials said the direct flight would facilitate better connections for passengers en route to Central and North America. Flights will leave Mexico daily at 8:30 p.m. (Costa Rican time), arriving in Costa Rica at 10:30 p.m. Return flights will leave Costa Rica at 7 a.m. daily and arrive in Mexico at 10:10 a.m.


4Nica-Tica Tit for Tat


In a tit for tat response to a Costa Rican government investigation that revealed misuse of Nicaraguan Embassy vehicles, the Nicaraguan government last week opened its own probe of vehicles used by the Costa Rican Embassy in Managua. A report last November in the daily La Nación revealed that the Nicaraguan Embassy had imported a 2009 Mercedes Benz, a Porsche and a BMW. All three luxury vehicles were imported duty-free for official use, though the investigation revealed all allegedly were being driven for personal use by the family of Ambassador Harold Rivas, brother of Roberto Rivas, president of Nicaragua’s Supreme Electoral Council and frequent visitor to Costa Rica, where he owns several properties. The report also said two of Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s sons who study in San José were unlawfully using the vehicles. Costa Rica has charged Nicaragua $114,000 in back taxes on the vehicles, prompting Nicaragua to open its own investigation of the Yaris, Kia and Ford used by the Costa Rican Embassy in Nicaragua.


4El Menos Malo Is El Más Malo


Another Costa Rican vote is in and, again, former Unidad presidential candidate Luis Fishman came up short, by a long shot. His campaign of el menos malo (the least of the worst) “won” this week the dubious distinction of being voted the worst of this election season’s political campaigns, according to a telephone poll conducted by Unimer for the daily La Nación. The poll showed 37 percent of the 2,471 people interviewed gave a thumb’s down to Fishman’s campaign.


4Christmas Is Over, Really


Nicaraguan business leaders are asking Nicaragua President Daniel Ortega to take down the Sandinista Christmas trees and political propaganda covering enormous billboards throughout the capital city of Managua, arguing that the cluttered and rather bizarre images do not contribute to a healthy business climate. The Sandinista Christmas trees have been up for 15 consecutive months.


4Party, Chinese-Style


The upcoming International Festival of the Chinese Culture in Costa Rica will include costumes, concerts, cooking workshops, dance, table tennis, martial arts, theater and paintings, among other cultural draws. The festival will begin Monday and conclude on Feb. 27. For information and schedules, contact festival organizer Víctor On at 8818-1848.



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