Costa Rica declares an emergency due to high oil prices

The Costa Rican government has declared an emergency and will study a package of measures to avoid a financial debacle as a result of the high international price of petroleum.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

The measures could include prohibiting the entrance of cars to the capital and other cities, says the minister to the presidency, Rodrigo Arias.
The ministry announced that several sectors of governement that are related to the energy sector met on Thursday with President Oscar Arias to analyze alternative actions for the short and medium term.

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Broca in Coffee Plantations in Brazil

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The presence of an outbreak of beetles has been detected in coffee plantations in the states of Espirito Santo and Sao Paulo, where they have declared a state of phytosanitary emergency.

From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture in Brazil:

The Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Storage (MAPA by its initials in Spanish) has declared a state of phytosanitary emergency in Sao Paulo and Espirito Santo because of an imminent risk of an outbreak of Hypothenemus hampei, popularly known as Coffee Berry Borer (CBB) or 'broca' in Spanish.

More than $100 million in damages due quake in Costa Rica

January 2009

When it declared a National Emergency, the government of Costa Rica estimated that there were $100 million in damages caused by Thursday's quake.

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Oil prices head still higher

July 2008

A barrel of Brent petroleum has passed the 146-dollar mark and could rise even higher if the European Central Bank raises interest rates.

The latest price increase followed an announcement by the United States government that its oil inventories have fallen more than expected.

Nationwide vehicle restrictions to be extended throughout Costa Rica

June 2008

The vehicle restrictions that are currently in effect in San José will soon be extended to the entire country.

The measure, which in effect is a surcharge, is being imposed by the Executive Branch as a means of reducing fuel consumption in Costa Rica, with the goal of reducing the national petroleum bill.

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