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  • Tue, 31 May 2016 17:48:12 +0000: Guess WHO Is Not Helping to Control Tobacco Smoking - Costa Rica Star News

    By Drew Johnson The World Health Organization celebrates World No Tobacco Day by promoting policies that cause more smoking. Editor’s note: The views expressed by guest columnists are not necessarily those of The Costa Rica Star, its advertisers, or its staff. Tuesday, May 31 marks the World Health Organization’s World No Tobacco Day. The United Nations’ public health arm should spend the day celebrating a 30 percent global reduction in smoking rates over the past 35 years. Instead, the WHO is marking the occasion by launching an all-out assault against intellectual property rights, freedom, and common sense. The WHO decided...

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  • Tue, 31 May 2016 16:01:41 +0000: Expat Thief Allegedly Targeted Tourists Near Jaco, Costa Rica - Costa Rica Star News

    On Monday afternoon, undercover agents from the Office of Judicial Investigations (Spanish initials: OIJ) arrested a 50-year old man from Colombia after he broke into a car rented by German tourists visiting Costa Rica. The undercover OIJ agents were from the regional office assigned to Jaco Beach and nearby Playa Hermosa. It was at the latter coastal town that they decided to conduct a surveillance operation over the weekend after receiving complaints of vehicle theft. The surveillance operation unfolded on Saturday and Sunday and noticed a particular car that seemed to have been casing a specific area near the beach. The...

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  • Tue, 31 May 2016 15:12:41 +0000: Mystical Politics: Shamans in Peru Perform Election Rituals - Costa Rica Star News

    Lima, May 30 (EFE).– A group of Peruvian shamans faced off Monday in a duel of rituals to bring an election victory either to Keiko Fujimori or to rival Pedro Pablo Kuczynski in the June 5 presidential runoff. The rituals were celebrated by six shamans, four in favor of Fujimori and two supporting Kuczynski, outside Lima’s National Stadium. Empowered by flowers and fruit, potions and conch shells, elements representing the nation’s mountains, jungles and coastline, the shamans asked Pachamama (Mother Earth) to choose their preferred candidate to succeed Ollanta Humala for the 2016-2021 term. The sorcerers put into practice their...

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  • Tue, 31 May 2016 14:47:51 +0000: Long Sentence for U.S. Marine Who Used Costa Rica as Murder Ruse - Costa Rica Star News

    DOJ Press Release – SAN DIEGO – Just a few hours after murdering his girlfriend in Panama and chopping up her body with a machete, retired Marine Brian Karl Brimager sent an email to a friend: “Hey bro, whatcha up to? I got stories for days. I’m living on an island off the coast of Panama loving life and living semper free!!!!!!” [“Semper free” is an uncouth euphemism for the Latin expression “Semper Fi,” the motto of the United States Marine Corps, which means “always fatithful.” In barracks parlance, Semper Fi is translated as “once a Marine, always a Marine.”]...

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  • Tue, 31 May 2016 13:44:23 +0000: Panama Canal Suffers Damage Ahead of Expansion Inauguration - Costa Rica Star News

    Panama City, May 30 (EFE).– The Panama Canal Authority, or ACP, said Monday that the repairs to a wall in the southern section of the Miraflores lock that collapsed over the weekend is progressing at a steady pace, but will take at least five weeks to complete. “All the canal’s operations are continuing in an absolutely normal way. It is estimated that the first phase of the work will be completed in four or five weeks,” the ACP said. A number of experts studied the lock and concluded that it is “solid, secure and stable,” the ACP said. “That wall...

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