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November 6, 2009

*British Tourist in Tamarindo Still Missing

 

Two weeks after a British journalist went missing in the northern Pacific coastal town of Tamarindo, his brother said he will stay in Costa Rica “as long as it takes” to find him. Thirty-three-year-ld journalist Michael Dixon was traveling here on his own and was last spotted leaving Tamarindo’s VillasMacondoHotelOct. 19. Friends and family have set up a group called “Help Find Michael Dixon” on the social network Web site Facebook, along with a Google e-mail address to receive any information of his whereabouts: findmichaeldixon@gmail.com.

 

*British Remembrance Day

 

British Remembrance Day – also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day (the event it commemorates) or Veterans Day – will be celebrated in Costa Rica on Sunday, Nov. 15, beginning at 5 p.m. at the international BaptistChurch in Escazú, one kilometer from Multiplaza. It is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, especially since World War I. British Ambassador to Costa Rica Tom Kennedy will be the principal speaker, and dignitaries from the United States and Canadian embassies will be in attendance. Visitors can expect bagpipes, food and fellowship. For more information, call 2258-2025 or 8395-9653.

 

*Crime Fighters Freeze Gun Permits

The Public Security Ministry suspended the issuance of new gun permits to foreigners Wednesday. The move came on the heels of a shootout Tuesday between Jamaican assailants and Costa Rican police in the western San José suburb of Escazú, in which 30-year-old Judicial Investigation Police officer Randall Mauricio López was shot dead. Security officials, owever, gave no details as to how suspending legal gun permits will stop assailants such as the Jamaican crew, who also are believed to be linked to the murder of a 20-year-old university student in eastern San José the week before.

 

*Half-Price Cremations for Veterans

The American Legion Post CR10 in Escazú has negotiated with the Montesacro and Polini funeral homes for half-price cremations for all United States military veterans and their families. Instead of the regular price of $1,600, cremations will be done upon payment of $800. This arrangement includes Costa Ricans who served in the U.S. military. For more information, contact Montesacro at 02253-1923 or Polini at 2223-4333, or Mel Goldberg, 1st vice commander of Post CR10 at 2288-2454 or 8870-6756.

 

*Rodríguez Trial Set for February

The trial of former Costa Rican President Miguel Angel Rodríguez is set to begin Feb. 15, 2010. Rodríguez was president from 1998 to 2002. The case is known as the ICE-Alcatel case because Rodríguez is accused of accepting bribes from the firm Alcatel to obtain cell phone contracts with the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE).

 

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