YAWEPARE, Ecuador – An oil pipeline runs through this village to a Chinese rig at the end of the road. At night, when the rig is pumping, the pipeline is too hot to touch, but villagers say that in the morning it's a good place to dry laundry. That is its only apparent benefit to the families here, members of the Waorani tribe, lured out of the jungle by missionaries more than a generation ago.
Miss Nicaragua 2013 Nastassja Bolívar had her crown taken away, according to a statement from the country's local Miss Universe franchise. The surprise move has shocked the country. The director of the franchise, Karen Celebertti, decided that Bolívar "will have no involvement in the official events" for the Miss Nicaragua Organization. Celebertti alleged that the conflict began shortly after Bolívar was elected to represent Nicaragua, and insubordination led to the beauty queen losing her title.
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Most Costa Rican companies in the Central Valley do not plan to hire new staff or make investments in the next six months.
Independence Day in Costa Rica is September 15, but many Ticos will celebrate the bicentennial on Monday, September 13.
Costa Rican Olympians will light the independence cauldron on Tuesday night in Cartago, the Presidency announced.
Various buildings and monuments across the world displayed the red, white and blue of Costa Rica in celebration of its bicentennial.