Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Portland Timbers to Travel & Play in Costa Rica

The Portland Timbers are changing things up for preseason this year.

Along with spending time in Portland and traveling to Tucson, Arizona for preseason training camp, the Timbers will train and play preseason games in San José, Costa Rica.

Portland is set to begin preseason training on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Portland. The club will remain in Portland for a week before departing for Costa Rica on Jan. 30. The Timbers will spend 11 days in Costa Rica training at Complejo Deportivo Fedefutbol Plycem, the home of the Costa Rica Football Federation.

While in Costa Rica, the Timbers will face Deportivo Saprissa on Monday, Feb. 4 and C.S. Herediano on Thursday, Feb. 7.

The Timbers will then travel to Tucson for the Mobile Mini Sun Cup. They will train in Tucson from Feb. 11-23. The club will play four games in Tucson, taking on Cascadia rival Seattle Sounders on Wednesday, Feb. 13, the New York Red Bulls on Saturday, Feb. 16, USL side Phoenix Rising FC on Wednesday, Feb. 20 and Real Salt Lake on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The Timbers will return to Portland on Sunday, Feb. 24 ahead of their regular season opener against the Colorado Rapids on the road on March 2.

2019 Timbers Preseason Schedule

Monday, Jan. 21 – Players report for training camp

Tuesday, Jan. 22 – Preseason training begins

Wednesday, Jan. 30 – Travel to Costa Rica

Monday, Feb. 4 – Preseason match vs. Deportivo Saprissa

Thursday, Feb. 7 – Preseason match vs. C.S. Herediano

Sunday, Feb. 10 – Travel to Tucson

Wednesday, Feb. 13 – Preseason match vs. Seattle Sounders FC at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.; 6 p.m. (Pacific)

Saturday, Feb. 16 – Preseason match vs. New York Red Bulls at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz.; 6 p.m. (Pacific)

Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Preseason match vs. Phoenix Rising FC at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. in Tucson, Ariz.; 5 p.m. (Pacific)

Saturday, Feb. 23 – Preseason match vs. Real Salt Lake at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson, Ariz. in Tucson, Ariz.; 4 p.m. (Pacific)

Sunday, Feb. 24 – Return to Portland

By Jamie Goldberg | The Oregonian/OregonLive

Association with Professor Josef Allen Hynek

New Exhibit at the Costa Rica Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

There are new contents in the Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, as of January 7. The new script allows visitors to appreciate information produced by new archaeological finds that led to information about ancient peoples.

The renovation is complete with different thematic stations. We can learn about the history of millenial objects and the human stories behind the objects, learning about cultures indigenous to Costa Rica.

Some of the updates were based on new findings and others on questions on many topics from visitors made over the last 16 years since the last renovation. There is an educational station that answers common questions.

There is also an infographic about what happens if someone finds a piece of history on an archaeological site. There’s a number provided to call the museum to notify of this type of discovery.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Costa Rica Operation to Combat Violence Against Tourists

Authorities, in a mega-operation, made 36 arrests in tourist areas. Drugs, firearms and license plates were also seized in this fourth mega-operation of the year. Among the arrested were two individuals who assaulted a couple of tourists in Uvita de Osa. The police also captured the criminals responsible for threatening two people with a machete and robbing them of a cell phone and other items.

The operation was carried out in bus terminals, airports, roads, hotels, beaches, lakes, rivers, and volcanoes. Arrests were made for 13 crimes against property and 10 people with arrest warrants.

A drug dealer in Cartago was apprehended for assaulting police officers. 2.2 kilos of marijuana, 462 doses of crack, and 33 doses of cocaine were confiscated on a bus from Limon.

Additionally, 63 people in irregular migratory condition were brought to the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration. Furthermore, 33 drivers were fined and officers of the Public Force talked to 5,640 tourists about security issues.

The Breakfast Club Costa Rica Style

The Breakfast Club is a new restaurant, about six months old, that offers breakfast options all day long. For breakfast lovers like me, the idea of pinto or chocolate chip pancakes for lunch sounds marvelous.

Most places only serve breakfast until 10 or 11. As if breakfast all day wasn’t good enough, each plate comes exquisitely garnished. The creators had in mind to offer an experience for the palate and eyes. Bring your appetite and your camera to this breakfast paradise.

Bring your pets, too. They will be served their own water bowl. There’s no reason for these family members to stay home while we are out enjoying a Gallo Pinto Bowl decorated with chive shoots and edible flowers or pancakes topped with roasted marshmallows and fresh strawberries with organic maple syrup.

Some say the best dish is english muffins with hollandaise, spinach, bacon crumble and parmesan cheese. There are also gluten free, child friendly, vegetarian and vegan options on the menu.

The Breakfast Club is open from 8am to 3pm every day except Tuesday. It’s located in EscazĂș, Boulevard Shopping Center, store #20. The phone number is: 4035-6613.

Insight Into the Costa Rica Sportsbook Owner Kidnapping

There was a computer error when opening a bitcoins wallet that actually allowed the OIJ insight into the kidnapping of sportsbook owner William Sean Creighton Kopko, who is still missing.

The group involved had at least 12 people including two Transit Police. Three were arrested in Spain and the rest here in Costa Rica.

The police involved stopped the man and four people arrived in a rented pickup to capture him and take him to a house in La Trinidad de Moravia. That was the man’s last known location.

The group then demanded the payment of $5 million but later lowered it to $1 million. This ransom was paid in bitcoin but the man was not released.

Computer researchers found the digital footprint of the group. Arrests were made but the scientific and technological investigation continues in order to find the victim. Several locations will have added police presence.