February 24, 2013 |
LIBERIA, Costa Rica - On a recent Friday morning at a gleaming new international airport in Costa Rica, hundreds of tourists from New York and Minnesota emerged blinking onto the sun-blasted tarmac. At the other end of the runway, eight Americans zipped into tan flight suits aboard a huge white surveillance plane. As four propellers roared, the P3 Orion flew out above the tourists and over the hotels and beach clubs of the Pacific coast, its bulbous radar dish scanning for speedboats loaded with U.S.-bound cocaine.
February 22, 2012 |
Union boss Peter Nowak used words like "imagination," and "creativity" in describing the type of mindset he'd like his club to exude this season. The team held a training session Wednesday at YSC Sports in Wayne in preparation for a 10-day training stint in Costa Rica. With three matches scheduled on turf every three days against a pair of clubs in Costa Rica's first division in addition to its under-20 national team, Nowak wants this phase of preseason coincides with his players knowing exactly what to do in "pressure situations.
December 7, 2011 |
The Union has signed Josue Martinez from Club Deportivo Saprissa. The forward will be available upon receipt of his P-1Visa and International Transfer Certificate. Terms were not disclosed. Raised within Saprissa's youth system, Martinez made an immediate impact by scoring his first goal during his professional debut against Puntaneras F.C. in November 2009. He has 18 goals in 43 appearances with the Monstruo Morado. In 2010, Martinez and Deportivo Saprissa conquered the Costa Rican First Division Clausura title after the young forward opened the scoring against Asociación Deportiva San Carlos.
June 20, 1987
Into the low-intensity warfare that has passed for U.S. policy in Central America, Costa Rica's President Oscar Arias shot a ray of light a few months ago. He floated a plan that called for "outsiders" (read: the United States and Soviet Union) to stop fueling the region's wars, a cease-fire in Nicaragua and El Salvador, and a mechanism to supervise elections that would give rebels on both sides of the fence a crack at power that didn't flow from the barrel of a gun. No one said it would be easy.
June 12, 1990 |
Two alleged high-living scam artists, accused of bleeding $2 million from a Bucks County school district and then leaving the district business manager holding the bag, were kicked out of Costa Rica yesterday and shipped to Miami, where the FBI nabbed them, authorities say. Fugitives Marc Suckman, 36, and his wife, Teresa, 33, were ratted out by a tipster who saw their pictures in last week's U.S. News & World Report, authorities said. Costa Rican authorities put the couple on a jet to Miami, where they were jailed pending a hearing to ship them back to Philadelphia for a trial on federal fraud charges.
October 9, 2011 |
MANUEL ANTONIO, Costa Rica - The afternoon rains long gone, the beach crowd at Playa Espadilla sits back to watch the liquid golds and purples of the Pacific sunset spread across the sky. Surfers catch the last curls of the day breaking toward the crescent-shaped cove. The snowbirds who flock to this resort along Costa Rica's central Pacific coast won't be here for months. There's plenty of room - and plenty of bargains - in local hotels, inns, and restaurants for travelers who don't mind dodging a shower or two during the region's May-to-December rainy season.
May 1, 1989 |
Midfielder Tab Ramos scored in the 72d minute to give the United States a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica in a World Cup qualifying game yesterday in Fenton, Mo. Ramos scored into the right corner of the net on a 23-yard shot off a feed from Bruce Murray, who headed the ball from the top of the penalty box. John Stollmeyer set up the play when he kicked the ball in from near midfield. U.S. goalkeeper David Vanole saved the victory when he stopped a penalty kick by Mauricio Montero with about two minutes remaining.
August 25, 1996 |
Costa Rica, one of Central America's travel hot spots for much of the 1990s, has hit a tourist slump. Recent figures from Juan Santamaria International Airport show a decline in arrivals of 2.2 percent during the first five months of the year over the same period last year. That seems modest enough, until the figure is contrasted with the 17.24 percent growth in tourist landings that was the average from 1990 to 1994. In 1995, arrivals grew by just 2.9 percent. It's the first time since the mid-1980s that tourist arrivals have dropped, according to the Tico Times newspaper.
May 15, 2011 |
ARENAL VOLCANO, Costa Rica - I'm sitting in the middle of a rain forest, mesmerized by the sight of a volcano erupting. It begins with a rumble, like thunder. A thin column of ash spews from the tip of the cone. Lava and freshly baked boulders slide down the steep slopes. My wife and I marvel at the spectacle - and at the fact that just 11 hours earlier, we were eating breakfast in Hershey, Pa. Costa Rica, between the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea and slightly smaller than West Virginia, was the perfect fit - a five-hour plane ride to a vibrant land of beaches, jungles, friendly people, volcanoes, and flora and fauna so numerous that thousands of species have yet to be named.
September 6, 2012 |
CANGREJAL, Costa Rica - A powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake shook Costa Rica and neighboring countries Wednesday, sending panicked people into the streets and briefly triggering a tsunami alert, but causing little damage. Authorities reported one confirmed death. "When we felt the earthquake, we held on to each other because we kept falling," said Rosa Pichardo, 45, who was walking on the beach in the town of Samara with her family when the quake hit. "I've never felt anything like this," she said.