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Monsanto gets green light to plant genetically modified corn
On Monday January 21, the National Biosafety Committee has decided by majority to give the green light to the multinational company Monsanto to plant one or two hecatures of genetically modified maize in Costa Rica.
TSE Pays Thousands of Dollars in Rent While Still Owing Rent to Municipality
Starting this year, the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones (TSE- Electoral Supreme Court) will pay 1,332,000 colones ($2,664) per month in rent for the offices of the regional branch in Nicoya.
Taxes on “luxury” homes skyrocket up to 10x after readjustment of property values
A readjustment to construction values, made by the Ministry of Hacienda (Tax department), caused the taxes on “luxury homes,” (homes valued at about $234,000 USD and above) to increase between 57%-160% for this year, depending on the type of home.
Chamber of Hotels Parts Ways from CANATUR
The Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels (CCH) separated from the National Chamber of Tourism, CANATUR, for differences regarding the internal organization and after finding out about the poor financial management of the administration.
Lack of Fire Hydrants Causes Problems for Firefighters
“To put out a fire I draw water from the river, the sea, a pool or the well of a friend or neighbor. Here there are no hydrants”, explained Jo Pinheiro, describing the dramatic situation the Nosara firefighters go through when they need water to extinguish fires.
Technical Closure of Nicoyan Cemetery Begins
They finally demolished the boundary wall of the current municipal cemetery, thus initiating the long awaited technical closure.
Costa Ricans Consume 3 Kilograms of Agrochemicals Per Year
Costa Rica is currently one of the countries that uses large amounts of chemicals in its agricultural production, even using chemicals that are banned in other countries since they pose serious health risks.
Caja Intervenes at Nicoya Hospital for Administrative Mismanagement
The Board of Directors of the Costa Rican Social Security System (CCSS or Caja) decided to intervene starting December 27 at Nicoya’s Hospital de La Anexión for administrative mismanagement that has developed. Therefore there will be a transfer of the medical and financial directors to other venues in order to establish another work team for a year or more, according to the needs of the institution.
New Regulations for Liquor Licenses Should Be In Place By Late January
The Municipality of Nicoya is in the process of applying the new regulation for the commercialization of licenses for alcoholic beverages.
Ticos in the United States: Living the American Dream Has Its Price
We walk from the train station toward a Guatemalan restaurant where we decide to have breakfast. It’s 11 a.m. on a summer day in August, a little late to be eating the first meal of the day, but Sandra, Miguel and Robert requested the day off of work to be with us, and they decided that before opening the doors to their private life, we should get to know each other briefly.
Pictures and News of the Month
The Voice of Nosara brings you a brief recap of December stories you might have missed.
Requesting Permission to Build Will Only Take 30 Days
In general, those who have taken the steps to build a house have had to exercise patience since the process of obtaining all the permits has taken from several months to a year or more in some cases.
Nicoyans Speak Out Against Planting Transgenic Corn in Guanacaste
Guanacaste cantons, like Abangares and Nicoya, are fighting to remain free of transgenic corn now that the company Delta and Pine is looking to plant modified international Monsanto seeds in the canton of Abangares. The controversy will be delayed until the end of February since the State National Biosecurity Commission requested more information about the product.