Costa Rica banks – Gran Logia Costa Rica Wed, 21 Sep 2022 07:25:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Costa Rica banks – Gran Logia Costa Rica 32 32 The Ministry of Agriculture will create seed banks Wed, 21 Sep 2022 05:15:36 +0000

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Pearnel Charles Jr (left) answers questions from reporters during Monday’s Jamaica Observer exchange at the newspaper’s corporate headquarters on Beechwood Avenue in the corporate area, while as the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Chief Technical Director Orville Powell is watching on. (Photo Naphtali Junior)

With With the cost of imported farm inputs contributing to concerns over Jamaica’s food security, safety and sustainability, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Pearnel Charles Jr revealed plans are in place to set up banks seed and develop local fertilizer and animal feed assets.

Charles Jr, who was addressing editors and reporters at the Jamaica Observers Monday Exchange at the newspaper’s Beechwood Avenue headquarters this week, made the revelation while outlining his department’s “Eat Smart, Grow Smart” strategy, which aims to mitigate the impacts of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the Russian-Ukrainian war and climate change on agricultural value and supply chains.

“To grow smart, you have to focus on research and development. So we’re talking about soil fertility, we’re looking at balancing the pH of water, we’re looking at exploring clean seeds, we’re looking for a seed bank – not just seed storage [but] seed bank, which is a whole different discussion,” he pointed out.

“We’re talking about an area where you have consistent modern mechanized vaults to protect your seed, and we’re looking to be that hub for the Caribbean,” the minister continued.

Charles Jr said the ministry is also exploring germplasm as part of its drive to integrate the science and technology needed for agriculture, “so we’re not just talking about climate-smart agriculture, innovation and technology, but that we are able to represent it as a country and establish it in our results.”

Given Jamaica’s vulnerability to climate change as a small island developing state, he said there was a need to build a resilient sector by introducing new methods and reintroducing traditional ones.

The agriculture minister had shared similar plans in his contribution to the 2022 sectoral presentations to Parliament in May. At the time, he pointed out that the development of the country’s germplasm and seed banks provides short, medium and long-term solutions and can improve Jamaica’s local production capacity.

The development of a seed bank also aligns with the strategies outlined in Jamaica’s Agriculture Sector Plan for Vision 2030.

Charles Jr, however, noted that the move comes against the backdrop that one of the highest costs of agricultural production is agricultural inputs.

Recently, during a Jamaica Observer Business ForumJamaica Chamber of Commerce President Ian Neita questioned the country’s ability to achieve food security when inputs including seeds, fertilizers and animal feed are imported.

Commenting on the cost of inputs, Charles noted, “I want you to understand how important it is [that] the highest costs in terms of final cost transfer to consumers are feed and fertilizer. So when food and fertilizer increase, you feel it the most.

“That’s why we are very deliberately focusing our research efforts on defining ways to add more local actives to our fertilizers and feeds,” the Minister added.

An example of increasing the country’s local feed asset is having the right grass to feed ruminants, which can increase the quality and quantity of animal by-products.

The Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Chief Technical Director Orville Powell noted that for a long time animal protein was one of the most expensive in the region due to the cost of feed. To rectify this, he said the ministry, through Bodles Agricultural Research Station, has identified and is now deploying new species of grasses for ruminants.

“So if you can produce this material more cheaply, that means your end product for consumers will be lower. So we’re using Mombasa grass as a way to reduce the cost of protein for our consumers going through ruminants.” , he explained, adding that by next weekend, the ministry will have completed the cultivation of 75 acres of Mombasa and Pangola grass.

Along the same lines, Minister Charles pointed out that research at Earth University in San Jose, Costa Rica has reaffirmed the approach taken by the Bodles Agricultural Research Station to determine the best grass and how to grow it in Jamaica.

“It’s about improving efficiency. The simple difference in grass texture and digestibility can make a huge difference in the growth of your goat or cow. So all of those things are the intricate details that surround you.

A seed bank.

Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Pearl Charles Jr announced plans to develop local fertilizer assets.

The sale of the BCR requires 38 votes Sat, 17 Sep 2022 23:41:53 +0000

QCOSTARICA – The Technical Services Department of the Legislative Assembly has confirmed that the bill authorizing the sale of the Bank of Costa Rica (BCR) requires a “qualified majority”, that is, the vote of approval of 38 of the 55 legislators who make up Congress.

This is contrary to what President Rodrigo Chaves said earlier this week, saying the bill, currently before the Legislative Assembly, would require a simple majority vote of 29 votes to approve the sale.

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This opened a debate between the legislative factions.

A report by the Department of Technical Services indicates that “in the case of public banks, a supermajority is required in the event of assignment of the sale of the shares to private persons who would become owners”.

The leader of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana (PUSC) legislative faction, María Marta Carballo, explained that the Technical Services explained that if the sale was made to another state commercial bank, it would be a different matter.

And, where are the resources that the State gains in the event of the sale of the managed bank? Carballo added that the bill, if approved, would become law, could specify where the resources, i.e. the money from the sale, could be directed and/or spent.

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Today, September 15, NOT a public holiday in Costa Rica Thu, 15 Sep 2022 09:08:39 +0000

QCOSTARICA – Although many activities are taking place today, September 15, to commemorate Costa Rica’s 201 years of independence, it is NOT a legal holiday for public and private sector workers.

Children proudly carry Costa Rican flags during Independence Day celebrations. Photo: Gary Burchett

The statutory public holiday will be Monday, September 19. This is due to a law approved in 2020 which moved 16 public holidays to the following Mondays in a bid to encourage local tourism at a time when the country was hit hard by the pandemic.

Initially, the plan was presented thinking of moving the holidays from Monday to Thursday to Friday. Admittedly, after several negotiations between banks, it was modified around Monday, but the plan remained the same: to guarantee three contiguous days of vacation for tourists, which implied a minimum of two nights of accommodation.

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Read more: The Torch of Independence is already in Costa Rica!

“As legislators, we must ensure that the consequences in the economy and the sector due to the Covid-19 pandemic are overcome as soon as possible by our economic sectors, this reactivation must be accompanied by national strategies to encourage the nationals and foreigners to return to visit tourist areas and get the sector out of the serious crisis in which it finds itself”, reads the text promoted in 2020 by former legislator Roberto Thompson.

The transfer from September 15 to Monday was made in the years 2020, 2021 and this year.

For 2023 and 2024, the law does not provide for the transfer of this public holiday to the day it falls on the calendar.

In 2020 and 2021, this did not have a major impact because the first year the country remained under strict movement restrictions and the world still did not have a vaccine against covid-19 that would allow the free movement of people and vehicles.

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Meanwhile, in September 2021, the country recorded nine months of vaccination campaign, although there were no student parades to avoid a spike in cases.

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Torch of Independence will begin a 378 km journey through Costa Rica this Tuesday Tue, 13 Sep 2022 12:31:06 +0000

QCOSTARICA – The Torch of Independence will begin its passage through Costa Rica this Tuesday morning, during a ceremonial act at the border with Nicaragua at Peñas Blancas.

The Independence Torch symbolizes Costa Rica, along with the rest of Central America, the 201st year of independence from Spain

The route from the border to the city of Cartago will be 378 kilometers and will have the participation of more than 20,000 students, starting with Hillary Morales of the Liceo Diurno de La Cruz (La Cruz Day School), the first to have the torch, then transmit it to the corresponding relays.

Morales assures that this is not the first time that she has accompanied the voyage of the Torch of Independence.

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According to the Ministry of Public Education (MEP), this Tuesday the torch will pass through the communities of Liberia, Bagaces and Cañas, while on Wednesday, September 14, it is expected to pass through Esparza, San Ramón, Palmares, Naranjo, Sarchí, Grecia , Tres Ríos, among other cantons; ending in Cartago with the protocol acts of the government on Wednesday evening.

For the San José parade, 13 schools in San José will participate for a total of 2,020 students, from the Parque de la Democracia to the Melico Salazar Theater.

Important to note

This year is the second year that September 15 is not a public holiday, as is a tradition, for 2022 it is moved to Monday September 19, as part of the previous government’s decree to promote economic recovery in the tourism industry.

For this reason, this Thursday, September 15, since it is not considered a public holiday, the Downtown San Jose vehicular restrictions WILL APPLY. Drivers of vehicles whose licenses end in 7 and 8 will face a ticket if they drive in the city center.

San Jose vehicle restrictions will not apply on Monday, September 19.

Additionally, banks, government offices and the like will operate as usual on Thursday and will be closed on Monday. However, some businesses and professional offices may choose to observe the tradition and close on Thursdays.

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Here is a table of public holidays moved to the following Monday until 2024, unless the current government promotes a bill to be repealed.

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Fintechs Help Close MSME Funding Gap to Drive Growth Across LATAM Region Mon, 05 Sep 2022 18:01:09 +0000

Fintechs in Latin America are playing a crucial role in helping micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) become more resilient, while increasing jobs, incomes and sales, according to a new report.

The study – The study on SME access to digital finance published jointly by the Cambridge Center for Alternative Finance (CCAF) to University of Cambridge Judges Business School and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) delves into the Latin American fintech ecosystem with a particular focus on access to finance for MSMEs.

After surveying 540 MSME clients from 34 fintech platforms in Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Chile, the study reveals that 75% of businesses were micro-enterprises. It also showed that the median amount borrowed or raised was less than $4,000, although for 75% of the sample the amounts were up to $20,000.

Before successfully receiving funding from a fintech platform, MSMEs had tried to raise funds from different sources, including banks or family and friends. Only half had received and accepted an offer from a bank.

The report also revealed that MSMEs using a peer-to-peer (P2P)/marketplace lending platform were unable to secure financing from any other source except a fintech company.

Furthermore, MSMEs indicated that the decision to raise funds through a fintech platform was largely influenced by the possibility of receiving the funds faster and with a higher level of customer service. Half of responding MSMEs opted for fintech financing due to more favorable interest rates.

The impact

Bryan Zhang, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the CCAF Research Center, says, “The findings of this study illustrate the potential of fintech to bridge the MSME financing gap and drive MSME growth in the LATAM region. Especially for micro-enterprises, fintech credit proves to provide them with much-needed support to enable them to sustain, grow and develop.

Businesses receiving funding reported an increase in their productivity, with 43% of businesses using a P2P lending platform reporting higher productivity. A third MSME that used a digital lending or bill exchange platform also reported cost reductions.

Juan Antonio Ketterer, The Head of Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division at the IDB, said: “Thanks to the availability of credit, fintech-backed companies have become more resilient even in the face of the unprecedented business conditions associated with the pandemic. world. These findings could be a call to action for our policy makers to help this industry grow.

Future goal

Founded in 1959, the IDB is a major source of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. According to the IDB, it helps governments in the region to develop public policies, improve institutional capacities and increase access to finance for individuals and businesses in countries such as Brazil, Chile, Colombia and the Mexico.

In addition, the bank has supported the creation of innovation hubs in Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and the Pacific Alliance, and has invested in a knowledge program to inform policymaking, which includes this latest study in partnership with the University of Cambridge.

Santa Cruz surfer Sam Coffey finishes 25th at WRV Outer Banks Pro in North Carolina Sat, 03 Sep 2022 21:32:11 +0000

Santa Cruz’s Sam Coffey is tied for 25th at the World Surfing League’s WRV Outer Banks Pro, a 1,000-point qualifying event in Nags Head, North Carolina on Saturday.

He placed fourth in his round of 32 with a total of 5.30. He finished behind Americans Taro Watanabe (9.20) and Dylan Hord (9.10), both advanced, as well as Malakai Martinez of Costa Rica (7.25), who was eliminated and tied for 17th.

Coffey posted a total of 11.65 over two waves in 1-4 foot surfing during his streak of 64 and was second to Tyler Gunter (12.25) as both surfers topped their streak of four athletes.

John Mel of Santa Cruz took fourth with an 8.50 total in his round of 64 and was eliminated. He finished tied for 49th.

In the women’s competition, three locals – Autumn Hays of Santa Cuz, Keanna Miller and Esme Brigham – were eliminated in the round of 16, including Hays and Miller by the narrowest of margins.

Hays (7.80) took third place in round 6 behind Havanna Cabrero of Puerto Rico (8.90) and American Talia Swindal (7.80) and placed 17th overall.

Miller also placed 17th after taking third place in heat 8. She posted a total of 8.60 and finished behind Chelsea Tuach of Barbados (10.50) and American Lanea Mons (8, 65).

Brigham (2.30) took fourth place in heat 4 and finished tied for 25th.

men’s football

At UC Santa Cruz 1, Macalester 1: The Banana Slugs were unable to hold a lead for the second straight game and settled for a draw on Saturday, the opening day of the UCSC Labor Day Tournament.

UCSC’s Will Barba scored from a Tanner Boyea pass in the 45th minute, but Macalester’s Milosz Fernandez-Kepka leveled the score in the 75th minute when he finished off a pass from Parker Etzbach.

Goalkeeper Arman Salimi made a save in 90 minutes.

The Banana Slugs (0-0-2) host Saint John’s University (1-0-0) Monday at noon at UCSC’s Lower East Field.

Chez Clovis 1, Cabrillo 0: Julio Hernandez scored on a pass from Maurisio Marquez Martinez in the 65th minute, and the Seahawks lost their non-conference game on Friday.

The Seahawks had four shots on goal.

Cabrillo (1-1-0) hosts Allan Hancock (0-2-0) Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Men’s Cross Country

USF invite: UCSC’s Luke Holland took 31st place in 19:11.4 at the 8k USF Invitational at Golden Gate Park on Saturday. The Banana Slugs (246 points) finished 10th out of 14 teams.

USF’s Ed Buck (18:36.0) won the individual title and Stanford (50) won the team title.

Women’s Cross Country

USF invite: Abbey Meck of Santa Clara (21:41.2), an alumnus of San Lorenzo Valley High, took 12th place in the 6k USF Invitational at Golden Gate Park on Saturday.

Stanford’s Riley Stewart (20:48.6) and Lucy Jenks (20:58.8) finished one-two to help the Cardinal (21) win the tag team title in the 13-team field.

Faith Dyogi (23:30.2) took 63rd place to lead the Banana Slugs. UCSC (329) took 11th place.

Women’s volleyball

UCSC opens with a split: UCSC opened its season with a split Friday at the Pacific Coast Classic in Claremont.

The Banana Slugs rebounded from a 25-18, 25-23, 25-13 loss to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps by beating Chapman 23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-20.

Junior Samantha Taylor had six kills, two aces and two blocks in the UCSC loss, senior setter Sinead Beaupain had eight assists and junior Emily Pasion had 15 digs.

Taylor had 21 kills and three aces in the win. Junior facing Sydney Ahrendt had 10 kills, and sophomore Audrey Gilbert had 10 kills and two blocks. Junior setter Lauren Bliss had 25 assists, eight digs and three aces. Beaupain also had 25 assists and Pasion had 15 digs, five assists and four aces.

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Best Honeymoon Hotels and Resorts in Costa Rica Wed, 31 Aug 2022 17:45:58 +0000

Courtesy of Nayara Tented Camp

Why we chose it

Located high on a hill, the luxury tents with air conditioning, plunge pools and Arenal Volcano views are tailor-made for honeymooners.

Notable amenities

Glamping tents with plunge pools, spa, pool, poolside bar, yoga classes


  • Stunning natural setting

  • Free perks like laundry service and breakfast

  • Wine pairing, mixology classes and coffee tastings

The inconvenients

  • Dear

  • Not for adults only

It’s rare for a property manager to master casual luxury the way Nayara Tented Camp does. Consistently ranked among the best resorts in Central America, this stunning rainforest retreat on the edge of Arenal Volcano National Park offers an unparalleled level of service. No need (or want, for that matter) is met, and the friendly staff makes every guest whim seem effortless. The caliber of amenities, food and accommodation is also unmatched.

Newlyweds can decompress with a soak in the hot springs or with spa treatments that harness the restorative power of nature. The cuisine fuses delicious local flavors and modern techniques. There really is no better place to call your honeymoon HQ than the glorious glamping tents, which feature four-poster beds, soaking tubs, outdoor showers and plunge pools.

Distribution of SOCD along different distances offshore in Chinese freshwater Lake Chaohu under different habitats Mon, 29 Aug 2022 22:03:13 +0000
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    New York mother and daughter started credit card fee scam to fund lavish lifestyle: impeachment Mon, 29 Aug 2022 18:25:00 +0000

    Like mother, like scammer.

    A Long Island mother and daughter have been charged over a decade-plus credit card fraud scheme in which they allegedly scammed banks out of hundreds of thousands of dollars for designer dud purchases and luxury vacations , learned The Post.

    Karan Geist, 61, and her daughter Alyssa Geist, 33, appeared in Manhattan Supreme Court on Friday and pleaded not guilty to the slew of charges against them, including grand larceny and fraud.

    “This is a 13-year scheme that involved thousands of credit card transactions that Karan falsely reported — even though she faced legitimate charges — as fraudulent,” Assistant District Attorney Catherine said. McCaw during the hearing.

    Prosecutors allege Karan falsely disputed $850,000 in charges from about 14 different credit card companies between 2008 and 2021.

    “These purchases ranged from the luxurious to the mundane,” according to District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office.

    “On numerous occasions, Karan has booked both overseas and domestic trips to exotic destinations including Paris, Milan, Norway, Costa Rica, Hawaii and a number of other locations,” said the ADA told Judge Laura Ward in court.

    The Huntington resident – ​​a former Elwood Middle School paraprofessional – allegedly received a credit on her statements after calling banks and writing letters to employees falsely reporting fraudulent charges, including $205,000 on her American Express cards and $155,000 from Chase.

    The Long Island mother and daughter have been charged for allegedly falsely reporting fraudulent charges on credit cards to fund luxury travel.

    “She booked tickets in her own name, car rentals in the name of a family member, hotel stays in her own name and other luxury purchases like watches and handbags. while she was traveling,” McCaw said.

    She also allegedly disputed mundane living expenses, such as shopping at the Dollar Store and even a vet bill for her dogs Louis and Daisy, as well as shopping sprees at Bloomingdale’s and Bergdorf Goodman.

    Prosecutors allege Karan — who lost his college gig in November 2016, according to Board of Education records — then recruited his daughter to join the family racketeering. They accused Alyssa, a former teacher from New York, of participating in the scam for about six months.

    In 2016, Barclays Bank obtained surveillance footage of Karan and Alyssa carrying out a transaction at a Chanel store – which the two later reported as a fraudulent charge, prosecutors say.

    Alyssa Geist is pictured during her arraignment in state Supreme Court on August 26, 2022 in New York City.
    Alyssa Geist during her arraignment in state Supreme Court on August 26, 2022 in New York City.
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    Karen Geist (pictured) and her daughter Alyssa are facing robbery and other charges.
    Karen Geist (above) and her daughter Alyssa face robbery and other charges.
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    Alyssa – who left the city’s Department of Education in 2015 and founded Tutorologie, an in-home and online tutoring service for children – allegedly used one of her mother’s credit cards for a purchase of $1,400 in July 2017. Following Karan’s specific instructions, she later contested the charge. to get a refund, prosecutors charged.

    While on a trip to Montreal with friends in August 2017, Alyssa texted her mother explaining how to wrongfully challenge charges as fraudulent, prosecutors say.

    Alyssa graduated from St. Joseph’s University in 2011 with a major in Secondary Mathematics Education, where she was a member of the Zeta Sigma Phi sorority. In her sorority biography, when asked what her favorite hobby was, she replied “I have a shopping addiction/semi-problem”.

    Police raided Karan’s home about a year ago and found more than 100 credit cards linked to several purchases – including a fridge and sunglasses – as well as receipts linked to transactions that took place. subsequently flagged as fraudulent, the prosecutor’s office said.

    The accused crooks were released on probation after their hearing on Friday, and their passports were confiscated.

    Karen Geist (left) and Alyssa Geist (right) walk to their arraignment in state Supreme Court on August 26, 2022.
    Karen Geist (left) and Alyssa Geist walk to their arraignment in state Supreme Court on August 26, 2022.
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    Alyssa, who wore ragged jeans and a printed top, was in tears as she left court, and she and her mother declined to comment.

    “My only comment [is] she is not guilty. She is completely innocent here and it will get out eventually,” Alyssa’s attorney James Pascarella said. A lawyer for Karan did not immediately return a request for comment.

    The mother and daughter are due back in court on September 14.

    Fishing pioneer born in Guyana, adventurer who died at 80: Thu, 25 Aug 2022 00:11:03 +0000

    Peter Gorinsky, a globally respected authority on tropical fly fishing who introduced countless friends, family and clients to the wonders of nature in Central and South America, has died in San Jose, Costa Rica, at the age of 80.

    The son of Caesar Gorinsky, a Polish cattle rancher and half Atorad tribeswoman Nellie Melville, Gorinsky was born on December 6, 1941 along the Berbice River in the remote interior of Guyana. His maternal grandfather was HPC Melville, a renowned Guyanese pioneer. As a child, Gorinsky developed an insatiable love of nature and closeness to animals, taming all manner of Amazonian creatures as he wandered barefoot through his family’s frontier ranch.

    He studied gemology and lapidary stone cutting at Idar Oberstein in Germany; a collection of exquisite orchids that he sculpted in semi-precious stones are part of his legacy, the fruit of his knowledge and passion for orchids.

    During an exploratory trip to Guyana, Gorinsky discovered an Amazonian orchid named after him – Phragmipedium gorinskyii. He eventually moved to Costa Rica in the early 1970s to pursue his passions. He was a polyglot, taught fly fishing, amassed a large collection of orchids – preferring the rarest miniature species – dabbled in oil painting and maintained hives of several types of bees native and melliferous.

    An early proponent and ambassador of ecotourism in Costa Rica, he trained some of the region’s first fly-fishing guides, helped run a floating lodge on the Rio San Juan, and founded his own fishing outfitter. on the fly in 1972. He was among the first to catch several species of Amazonian fish on a fly rod. The fish were his partners, he liked to say, not his adversaries.

    His pioneering fishing exploits across the Americas have been celebrated by filmmakers and featured in newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Esquire, and Sports Illustrated, among others.

    His tenacity, generous spirit and ingenuity, born of a childhood on the South American frontier, knew no bounds. A friend once observed Gorinsky, then 70, restrain a 10-foot boa constrictor with a single stroke of his wooden cane. He survived snake bites, boat and car accidents and multiple heart attacks, optimism forever on his side.

    Gorinsky was a legendary and enchanting storyteller, with a twinkle in his eye as he weaved fables and facts to captivate his audience. His enthusiasm, good humor and endless mysterious knowledge inspired the constant flow of visitors to his modest hilltop home in Escazu, overlooking the Costa Rican capital of San Jose and distant volcanoes. Her parrot, Barbara, greeted the guests. The ebb and flow of friends and family in his “Inshallah” home marked his life.

    A natural pedagogue, he has always wanted to share. In 2015, Gorinsky founded the Costa Rican Fly Fishermen’s Association, CRAFF, to introduce others to his beloved sport and to conserve the resources he valued so much. His “special place” was along the banks of the Rio Savegre in San Gerardo de Dota, Costa Rica, where rainbow trout swam beneath rare quetzals, a bird he gazed upon in awe as he cast his fly with characteristic grace.

    He is survived by his sister Marta Ware (Jeff), brothers Luke (Cheryl) and Marc (Caroline), half-brother César (Marie-Louise), several nieces and nephews: he supported the families of several of his helpers as well as his adopted son Charlie Chavarria, of Santa Ana, who is now an accomplished fly-fishing guide himself.

    Article by David Sherwood