Posted by: Idioma Extra | February 23, 2010

Tuesday’s News


Probe into James Norris killing continues

From http://www.ticotimes.net

The Costa Rican Judicial Investigation police (OIJ) arrested four men and three women last week for the suspected murder of James Norris, a U.S. business owner who was killed on Feb. 17, 2009.

Norris was shot seven times in his night club, Bouganvillea, in Barrio Los Angeles de Parrita, south of Jacó on the central Pacific coast.

A team of OIJ agents and members of the Prosecutor’s Office of Aguirre raided eight houses and one business in Parrita and Hatillo to make the arrests.

Authorities suspect that two of the women planned the homicide, two men and one female served as intermediaries in the operation, and the remaining two males provided the materials for the murder.

Officials believe that two other men, who are already in prison for other crimes, aided the homicide from their jail cells.

According to an OIJ news release, Norris was shot by one person inside his nightclub at 11:15 p.m. The shooter, who was wearing a ski mask, approached Norris inside the disco and fired at point blank range. The suspect then escaped in a car with one other person.

The shooting was the second murder attempt against Norris. In January 2009, four men entered Norris’ house and shot him four times before robbing his home (TT Daily News, Feb. 19, 2009). Officials said the two events could be connected, but said they will have to investigate further to confirm those details.

Officials believe that the murder was ordered by someone who was very close to Norris and who would assume control of some of his property and belongings if Norris died. So far, investigators have not identified this person.

Norris, originally from the U.S. state of New Hampshire, was 47 years old at the time of his death. He had lived in Costa Rica for several years and opened up the nightclub in 2008. He had no family in Costa Rica when he was killed.

Word of the Day

Main Entry: probe
Function: noun
Etymology: Medieval Latin proba examination, from Latin probare
Date: 1580
1 : a slender medical instrument used especially for exploration (as of a wound or body cavity)
2 a : any of various testing devices or substances: as (1) : a pointed metal tip for making electrical contact with a circuit element being checked (2) : a usually small object that is inserted into something so as to test conditions at a given point (3) : a device used to penetrate or send back information especially from outer space or a celestial body (4) : a device (as an ultrasound generator) or a substance (as radioactively labeled DNA) used to obtain specific information for diagnostic or experimental purposes b : a pipe on the receiving airplane thrust into the drogue of the delivering airplane in air refueling
3 a : the action of probing
b : a penetrating or critical investigation
c : a tentative exploratory advance or survey

More Vocabulary

Belonging: n. possession – usually used in the plural
Further: adv. To a greater degree or extent
Murder: n. the crime of unlawfully killing a person, especially with malice aforethought
Point-blank: adj. so close to a target that a weapon may be aimed directly at it and missing the target is unlikely or impossible
Raid: v. to make a sudden forcible entry into a place by police
So far: idiom. Up to the present moment

Love those Phrasal Verbs!

Open up: to begin operation

     The new branch opens up in Costa Rica next month.

Emailing Phrases

Below are some phrases used in business emails in English. To learn more phrases and expressions, consider Idioma Internacional’s AFD 450 Emailing and Business Communication Course!

Requesting Information

I’m interested in receiving information about your services.
Please send me information about your company.
I’d like to ask you a few questions. 

Providing Information

I wanted to let you know that I won’t be in the office tomorrow.
I’m writing to tell you about our company and rates.
This is just a reminder that you need to bring the report tomorrow.


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