Costa Rican News in Brief



A NEW PACT WITH THE OPPOSITION, proposed by President Jose Maria Figueres, is supported by former President Rafael Calderon, who said so yesterday. The aim is approving at Congress several projects deemed important for the nation as a whole.

NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE INTERNATIONAL Monetary Fund were successful, and the outcome is to be disclosed by the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance today, according to an official who requested his name be withheld.

THE GOVERNMENT EXPECTS TO COLLECT $250 million with the taxes that became effective Tuesday and yesterday. This would help lowering the fiscal deficit, which reached 8% of the Gross Domestic Product--some $600 million--in 1994.

COSTA RICA WILL INVEST $35 MILLION to improve tourist facilities the next two years, Minister of Tourism Carlos Roesch announced. Taiwan is to provide the funds that will be used in part to improve Juan Santamaria Airport and to develop several projects in Puntarenas, including a pier for cruise ships.

POPE JOHN PAUL II WILL SKIP COSTA RICA and Honduras in his visit to Central America planned for February next year, Archbishop Roman Arrieta disclosed yesterday.

REFERENCE RATE OF EXCHANGE* 185.73 colones (sell); 186.73 colones (buy) per U.S. $1 at Costa Rican banks. *50-cent up/down fluctuations at participating banks.


Events

WITH GUEST TENOR DANILO CHAVES, the Castella Conservatory presents a Camerata Concert this evening at 7, at Castella Theater, northern La Sabana.

THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA presents its X Season Concert at the National Theater, today and tomorrow at 8 p.m. Pianist Alexander Peskanov is to solo in Johan Brahms Concert #1 for piano and orchestra.

SAN JOSE PALACIO HOTEL HOSTS the IV Sample of Chilean Cuisine, today through Saturday.

AS PART OF THE SISTER CITY PROGRAM, Alajuela will be linked to San Bartolome de Tirajana, Canary Islands, as of 10 this morning, when the corresponding agreement is to be signed at Juan Santamaria Museum.

"LET'S CLEAN THE WORLD" IS THE MOTTO of a campaign to be launched in Alajuela tomorrow, and which will start with a city-wide collection of garbage joined by community organizations.


Weather

FORECAST from the National Meteorological Institute valid from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, September 21, 1995.

CENTRAL VALLEY: Mostly sunny morning. Cloudy afternoon, with scattered showers on the western and southern sectors mainly.

GUANACASTE: Mostly sunny morning. Cloudy afternoon, with scattered showers.

CENTRAL PACIFIC AND SOUTH PACIFIC: Mostly sunny morning. Cloudy afternoon, with scattered showers mainly on the coastal areas.

NORTHERN ZONE AND CARIBBEAN WATERSHED: Partly to fully cloudy morning. Cloudy afternoon, with moderate rainfall.

COMMENT: Today, patterns similar to yesterday's are expected in most of Costa Rica.



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