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4Honduran Journalist Killings Unrelenting
Hundreds of friends, family members and fans gathered Monday to bury Luis Chévez, the sixth journalist killed in a recent string of deadly attacks on Honduras’ press. Chévez, a radio host known as “Huevo” on the W105 station, was 23. A police spokesman said he did not know the motive for the killing but officials believe the unknown assailants were waiting for Chévez to arrive at his San Pedro Sula home, Honduran daily La Prensa reported. The latest killing comes after the murder of five Honduran journalists in March sparked outcry from international press freedom groups pushing for action against media violence.
4Tech-Savvy English Teaching
Schoolteachers across Costa Rica will soon be polishing their language teaching skills on cutting-edge software thanks to a pilot project designed by Costa Rica Multilingüe. The project’s goal is to improve the quality of English language instruction in public schools. Teachers at more than 100 schools nationwide will use Cyberl@b, designed by the University of Costa Rica, and the internationally acclaimed Imagine Learning on 2,500 Intel Classmate computers and other equipment to enhance their knowledge. “The project includes schools of all kinds, from big urban schools to rural one-room schoolhouses, and even schools that do not have an English teacher, but will now have access to English through these technologies,” said Katherine Stanley, the project’s academic coordinator.
4Nicaragua Sends ‘Friend Request’ To Southern Ossetia
In an unforeseen contortion of diplomatic and economic priorities by the Sandinista government, Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos this week traveled halfway around the world to Tsinjivali to establish official diplomatic relations with Southern Ossetia, a breakaway Georgian republic that’s recognized by only four countries in the world. Eduardo Kokoity, a Southern Ossetia government representative, hailed the establishment of diplomatic relations as “very important for our two countries.” In Nicaragua, one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, the general sense of enthusiasm was fairly muted.
4Move Over Axl, Aerosmith and Megadeth Will Rock
On the win-some-lose-some global concert circuit, Costa Rica has taken its share of punches recently. Guns N’ Roses’ recent last-minute cancellation is a case in point. Now rock fans are hoping newly scheduled megashows will heal their wounds. U.S. metal band Megadeth is set to play May 9 and Aerosmith confirmed for June 1, both at the Autódromo La Guácima in Alajuela, northwest of San José. Concert-goers can get a fix as early as next weekend when rap-infused metal bands, Korn and P.O.D., play April 24 at Alajuela’s Morena Soto Stadium. This weekend’s Mundoloco Festival (see page W8) will be serving up plenty of rhythm as well.