4Chamorro Regains Voice
A month after leaving Channel 8 TV after the station was bought by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s political allies, renowned Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro announced this week that his popular news programs, called “Esta Noche” and “Esta Semana,” will return to the air on Feb. 28 on Channel 12 TV, one of the few remaining networks not controlled entirely or partially by Ortega.
4AA Flies From JFK to SJO
Costa Rica is one of three new American Airlines international routes to begin operations soon out of John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York. The new flights to JuanSantamaríaInternationalAirport in San José will begin April 6. The other two flights are from New York to Madrid, Spain, and to Manchester, England. The new flight to San José, flight 611, will depart from JFK every day except Friday and Sunday. American will fly its Boeing 757 aircraft with 16 seats in business class and 166 seats in the coach cabin on the route. The airline made the announcement early this week.
4Art in the City
Dry, breezy and balmy nights lend themselves to museum and art gallery visiting in Costa Rica’s capital city of San José. Tapping into this idea is the Art City Tour, which kicked off its 2010 program of several all-free, two-hour nocturnal tours to nine art attractions in the city on Wednesday. If you missed the tour this time around, don’t despair. Similar tours are scheduled for April 21 and June 23. For more information, call 8817-3136.
4Immigration Law News Online
Costa Rica’s new immigration law is scheduled to take effect Monday, March 1. In order to separate fact from fiction, dispel rumors and clarify the new requirements, The Tico Times met with Immigration Administration Director Mario Zamora on Thursday just before the newspaper’s deadline. For the story, visit us online at www.ticotimes.net or see next week’s print or online edition.
4Southern Zone Stones
The almost-perfectly round stone spheres found in Costa Rica’s Southern Zone will be the focus of nine international experts, chosen by the United Nations Environmental, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), when they visit the area March 8 to 13. The mission of the group – which will include professionals in archaeology, anthropology, geology and the atmospheric and cultural sciences – is to evaluate the Gran Chiriquí archeological zone, where the stones are found, and make a recommendation on whether the area should be a candidate for designation as one of UNESCO’s Prehistory and World Heritage sites.