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GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) concluded its second free trade agreement with a country in the wider Caribbean with the signature of the CARICOM-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement today in Jamaica. Prime Minister P.J. Patterson on behalf of CARICOM and President Abel Pacheco of Costa Rica signed the Agreement in the presence of a gathering, which included members of the Costa Rican and Jamaican cabinets, private sector representatives of both countries, and the Secretary-General of CARICOM, Mr. Edwin Carrington.…
			
By Adam Williams The Tico Times SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (MCT) -- After eight days of silver and bronze medals, Costa Rica's Nery Brenes blew past the competition in the 400 meter run to claim the nation's first gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games on Monday night in Puerto Rico. Brenes, who is from the Caribbean port city of Limon, set a Central American and Costa Rican record on Monday with his time of 44.84. He beat…
			
By Chrissie Long The Tico Times, San Jose, Costa Rica SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (MCT) -- Outgoing Canadian Ambassador to Costa Rica Neil Reeder has announced a program that will open opportunities for cultural exchange for young professionals living in Costa Rica and in Canada. The Youth Mobility Program is on the verge of approval by both governments and would facilitate work visas for Costa Ricans aged 18-35 to spend up to six months in internships or other jobs in Canada. The…
By Chrissie Long The Tico Times SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (MCT) -- Costa Rican legislators have decided not to let a disagreement over the Joint Patrol agreement with the United States stand in the way of humanitarian aid. In a 45-3 vote this week, the Legislative Assembly granted docking permission to the 800-meter navy ship USS Iwo Jima, scheduled to arrive in the Caribbean port of Limon in late August. The ship will carry doctors, medical supplies, education material and…
By Adam Williams The Tico Times, San Jose, Costa Rica SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (MCT) -- Costa Rica's Supreme Elections Tribunal (TSE) announced last week that it received petitions containing a sufficient number of valid signatures to require a nationwide referendum on legalizing civil unions for homosexual couples. In order for an issue to be subjected to a referendum, the TSE must receive at least 136,750 signatures, which represents 5 percent of registered voters. As of Thursday, the TSE had received…
By Caribbean News Now Staff SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (GNC) – The first luxury beachfront hotel and condominium resort in Costa Rica is to be built with the latest green building techniques and the country’s largest green roof. Arqueco Ltda., a Costa Rican architectural firm, has announced approved plans for the Palazzo Park Hotel & Residences. In a press release, the firm’s president and founder, Tony Quesada, said that Palazzo Park was the “first truly green project of this size…

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