San Jose, June 4 (IANS/EFE) Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Costa Rica was the occasion for signing several bilateral pacts, above all for infrastructure financing and increased trade. Xi and his Costa Rican counterpart Laura Chinchilla were witnesses to the signing of nine documents by officials and business executives.
San Jose, April 6 (IANS/EFE) The government of Costa Rica announced Friday a plan to install access to the Internet in every public school in the country in order to reduce the digital divide and have better teaching tools. At present 4,800 public schools have access to the Internet and this year will reach 100 percent with the installation of the service in the 151 that still do not have it, the state-owned telephone and electric company ICE said in a communique. The connections, most of them broadband, are part of a joint project of ICE, the Public Education Ministry and the Science and Technology Ministry.
Buenos AiresS, April 1 (IANS) The outstanding performance of Boca Junior's goalkeeper Agustin Orion saved his team from losing for the second time to Independiente as two sides drew 1-1 in the seventh round of Argentina's final tournament. At the "Libertadores de America" stadium in Avellaneda, in south Greater Buenos Aires, Independiente had a better performance than the rival team here Sunday, reports Xinhua
Rouseau (Dominica), March 23 (IANS/CMC) Off-spinner Shane Shillingford says he relishes his record breaking performance which catapulted the West Indies to a 65-run win over Zimbabwe on the third day of the second test at Windsor Park in Dominica Friday. Shillingford grabbed 10 for 93 in the game to take Man-of-the-Match honours and finished with 19 wickets in the series to nail the Man-of-the-Series award. The Dominican off-spinner shattered the West Indies record for the most wickets in a two-Test series, 16, which was set by former fast bowler Courtney Walsh in New Zealand in
San Jose, Mar 1 (IANS) Costa Rica's right to host the Under-17 women's World Cup in 2014 has been revoked, FIFA, football's world governing body, has announced. In a brief statement posted on its website Thursday, FIFA said "considerable unforeseen events" caused substantial delays in the building of stadiums, so it has, with the agreement of the Costa Rican Football Federation, decided to seek an alternative host country, reports Xinhua. FIFA thanked the Costa Rican federation for "its efforts and its commitment" and said it was now studying several options that would serve as the hosts
San Jose, Feb 27 (IANS/EFE) Construction has started on a $96 million oil terminal in Moin, a port on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, the government said.
San Jose, Feb 21 (IANS/EFE) Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla and her Mexican counterpart, Enrique Pena Nieto, agreed to bolster bilateral relations, emphasizing trade, cooperation and investment, while maintaining a regional focus. Pena Nieto met with Chinchilla for nearly an hour Tuesday at the Costa Rican Museum of Art in San Jose. "We have reviewed the achievements in relations between the two countries, a relationship that has always been characterized by deep friendship and common values that we both promote, such as democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights," Chinchilla told reporters.
Santa Maria (Brazil), Jan 31 (IANS/EFE) The toll from last weekend's fire at a discotheque in this southern Brazilian city rose to 235 and 143 people remain hospitalized, authorities said Wednesday.
Santa Maria (Brazil), Jan 29 (IANS/EFE) One of the owners of the Kiss nightclub and two musicians have been arrested in connection with the fire that killed 231 people over the weekend in Santa Maria, a city in Brazil's Rio Grande do Sul state, media reports said Monday. An arrest warrant was also issued for the nightclub's other owner, but it could not be executed because he was among the 112 people hospitalized for injuries sustained in the fire, precinct chief Marcelo Arigony, who is in charge of the investigation, told the official Estado news agency. The arrest warrants were issued Monday morning by Judge Regis Adil Bertolin in Santa Maria.
San Salvador, Jan 25 (IANS/EFE) The Salvadoran quintuplets who were given little chance of survival when they were born in 1995 are now 18 and busy planning for their futures. "I thought they weren't going to make it. I thought at one point they were going to die; two of them were on the verge of death," the teens' father, Jose Abel del Cid, told