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San José, Costa Rica            Published Monday,  February 26, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.226

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Success in surgery to separate Siamese twins

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican twins Samuel and Ezequiel Núñez Badilla, who were born joined at the head, were successfully separated by surgery held on Friday at the National Children's Hospital.

The children were in the operating room for almost 19 hours according to a medical spokesman. The process of separation, which began at 7:30 a.m, ended Saturday morning a little after 2 a.m. The children are currently in the intensive care unit in critical condition.

The operation was classified as complex, and both parents, Evelyn Badilla and Stallin Núñez, asked the doctors of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund) not to provide details of the operation or speculate on the recovery prospects of the twins, the hospital said.

The process consisted of at least five phases: tissue expansion, anesthesia placement, body separation, skull work and reconstruction.

Since May 10 the conjoined twins had skin expanders in their heads as this was intended to facilitate the separation stage.

Samuel and Ezequiel were born on Dec. 11, 2015.

Since then, they had been tested to analyze the internal structure of their skulls. It was determined the children shared veins, arteries and capillaries, but their brains worked independently.

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  This is the first time a skull separation has been performed in the country.

This is the first time that a skull separation process has been carried out in the country.

Two operating rooms and two surgical teams had to be used, one for each patient. Among the specialists were neurosurgeons, reconstructive surgeons, anesthesiologists, room assistants, and nurses.

Sunday morning Samuel had to be rushed to the operating room due to unexpected bleeding, according to the the hospital.

Russian vehicles will soon enter the Costa Rican market
By A.M. Costa Rica staff   

The Ulyanovsk Automobile Factory, known as UAZ, has announced the beginning of sales of the UAZ Patriot, pickup and Profi cars to Costa Rica.

The SUVs will be distributed by the company, Russian Vehicles of Central America.

The first UAZ distribution center has opened In San José and should be in full operation by May.

The Russian ambassador to Costa Rica, Alexandr Dogadin, along with other diplomats, joined the opening ceremony. The company forecasts the opening of three more distribution centers.

The Ulyanovsk factory was the first Russian automaker to start exporting to Costa Rica. The company has tried to open a market in Costa Rica before and made a single delivery of 30 cars in 2008.

The current distribution contract with Russian Vehicles of Central America was signed at the end of 2017 and the first delivery will be of 50 units. The SUVs are a very attractive type of car in the local market, where they represent between 40 and 45 percent of the total purchases.

The Patriot and pickup models will sell in the country only in their diesel version.

The UAZ Profi will sell in the 4×2 and 4×4 versions with a diesel or gasoline engine.

"Costa Rica is not the largest market in Central America for UAZ, but supply to the region can grow to 500 or 700 cars per year in case our partner develops a good distribution also in neighboring countries, including Guatemala, Panama and El Salvador," said Andréi Doroféev, export director of the company.

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The company expects to open three more points of sales in the short term.

UAZ has recently become more active in the markets of Central and South America. Distribution agreements have already been signed in Bolivia, Haiti, Nicaragua, Mexico, Paraguay, Ecuador and Honduras.

The Russian automaker also makes deliveries to Cuban state customers upon request.

In the coming months, UAZ will sign an agreement with new partners to begin exporting to Peru and Argentina, in addition to obtaining certification of their cars in Chile.

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San José, Costa Rica         Published Monday,  February 26, 2018          Vol. 18, No. 226
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New International Airport in Limón will cost  $2.6 million

By AM Costa Rica staff

The construction and equipment of the new passenger terminal of the International Airport of Limón will cost approximately $2.6 million, President Luis Guillermo Solís announced during the tour that he made in the province last Friday.

According to the government, the terminal will comply with international aeronautical standards and will boost the competitiveness and connectivity of Costa Rica within the Caribbean. According to Solís, this project will have a positive impact on the economic and social development of the region.

"This is part of a clear policy of attracting investment, production and tourists that has a positive impact on the economic and social development of this region, as well as more jobs and welfare for the communities," the president said.

According to the authorities, the new building is environmentally friendly, will be equipped with waiting rooms, government offices, divided national and international passenger flows, firefighting system and rainwater and sewage systems.

The project provides a serious improvement in aeronautical infrastructure

The reconstruction of the Barra de Tortuguero, Bataan and Guápiles airports will be done at the same time as the new passenger terminal and will cost $3.1 million each.

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The work will take place between 2018 and 2019.

The arrangements in the construction of the Bataan facility will also cost $3.1 and it will be necessary to invest another $3.5 million in expropriations.

The general director of Civil Aviation, Ennio Cubillo, said the work will modernize and reinforce the country's air infrastructure.

"This is part of the work we have been doing in airports and aerodromes throughout the national territory, in order to attract more flights that boost the economy of tourism and the international competitiveness of the country," he explained.

New discovered species of bacterium could help fight meningitis

By AM Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican scientists discovered a harmless bacterium that could lead to the discovery of new molecules, according to experts from the Technological Institute of Costa Rica.

The discovery was made in collaboration with scientists from the Pasteur Institute, based in Paris, France, the state facility said.

Once identified, the bacterium was officially called Listeria costaricensis.

"The discovery of Listeria costaricensis will allow comparisons with the pathogenic species of Listeria to study new components that it may have and better understand the behavior and adaptation of these pathogens," the TEC biotechnologist involved, Kattia Núñez, said in a statement.

Listeria is composed of 18 species, two of which are pathogenic and cause severe damage to humans and animals and are transmitted through contaminated food.

Listeria monocytogenes is the best known pathogenic species and can cause meningitis but Listeria costaricensis is not harmful.

One of the hypotheses of the scientists is that the newly discovered bacteria, by surviving adverse environmental conditions, could lead to the discovery of new molecules and even antibiotics that could save the lives of millions of people affected by bacterial infections.

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Listeria costaricensis was registered in the microorganism archives of the Leibniz Institute, in Germany.

The discovery of Listeria costaricensis was made from water collected from an industrial drain in the province of Alajuela, and took three years of sampling and research to quantify.

The bacterium was recognized internationally after a genetic identification carried out in collaboration with the National Reference Center of Listeriosis of the Pasteur Institute.

"In Costa Rica, there is little research on microbiological diversity. Despite this, the discovery reflects the great diversity of the genus Listeria and evidence that, in Costa Rica, there is a fertile ground for this type of research," said the director of research at the Pasteur Institute, Javier Pizarro-Cerda.

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San José, Costa Rica       Published Monday,  February 26, 2018          Vol. 18, No. 226
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Group of mayors join the call of presidential
candidate Carlos Alvarado

By A.M Costa Rica staff

A group of mayors and representatives of different local governments from across the country joined the call for unity made by the presidential candidate of the Citizen Action Party, Carlos Alvarado.

The municipal representatives had a meeting on Thursday with the ruling party candidate in which they discussed different issues of national interest but mainly the need to form a government of national unity.

"I think the most important thing is for all of us to understand that this is not about parties but Costa Rica," said Leonardo Chacón, Dota's mayor and president of the National Association of Mayors and Municipalities.

Chacón said he was very happy to open a space for dialogue with local governments, as they could be critical in a second Action Party government.

"It seems that we live in two countries. With a budget of 500 million and 83.5 percent of protected territory in Dota, they evaluate me with the same parameters of San José with a budget of 90,000 million. We want Costa Rica to be one," he said, citing the budgetary figures in colons.

There were representatives of the parties National Liberation, the Christian Social Unit, the Broad Front, New Generation and the Action Party at the meeting.

These politicians came from places like: La Cruz, Nandayure, Hojancha, Cóbano, Montes de Oro, Quepos, Palmares, Mora, Turrubares, Barva, Acosta, Alajuelita, Montes de Oca, Curridabat, Moravia, Tarrazú and Turrialba.

Patricia Bolaños, mayor of Quepos and member of the Christian Social Unit, referred to the helplessness they experience in the face of the discrimination they suffer due to rulings from the central government that hinder development of the cantons.

Coinciding with this message, the mayors of Moravia, Roberto Zoch, Montes de Oca, Marcel Soler, and Acosta, Norman Hidalgo, among others, spoke about the importance of guaranteeing respect for human rights in Costa Rica and the need, "to work from what unites us."

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Several mayors at the meeting showed their support for the candidate. 

"We have had the happiness of being governed gently so that liberties in Costa Rica are growing. I think we are facing a threat of losing our freedom, the basis of our economy," said the mayor of Curridabat, Edgar Mora, who also announced his support for the unity government proposed by Alvarado.

A great majority of the local government's representatives expressed their support for the Action Party before the second round of elections to be held April 1, in which the ruling party must face National Restoration Party candidate.

"You are fundamental, so that in our next government we can build a Costa Rica without imbalances in the development of the territories and with equal opportunities for all people no matter where they live," said the Action Party presidential candidate.

Alvarado was escorted by legislator Franklin Corella, legislators-elect Welmer Ramos, Víctor Morales Mora and Carolina Montero, as well as the president of the party, Marcia González.









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San José, Costa Rica           Published Monday,  February 26, 2018          Vol. 18, No. 226
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Two arrested over $ 5,000 theft from a Canadian citizen
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officers of the Airport Police of the Directorate of the Air Surveillance Service of the Ministry of Public Security arrested a couple who had  $5,000 in cash and the belongings of a Canadian national.

The incident took place at the Daniel Oduber International Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste. The woman left behind a case with $5,000 dollars, credit cards and the passports of her husband and son after using one of the restrooms.

Some minutes later she noticed her loss and notified the members of the Airport Police, who acted immediately.

The airport police noticed that a woman entered the same rest room. Minutes later, a man said he had left some belongings in his car, then both left the airport and walked towards the airport parking lot.

Once in the parking lot, this couple got into a car and tried to flee, but there was an immediate police action, and the officers of the Airport Police of intercepted them.

The airport officers requested the collaboration of judicial agents of the province, who transferred the suspects to the local prosecutor's office.
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Suspects were intercepted in the parking lot.

The tourist filed the complaint with the appropriate authorities.

This was reported by the head of the Airport Police in Liberia of Guanacaste, Capt. Otto Arrieta, who also said that "in the case owned by the Canadian were money and other items that belonged to her and her family."

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San José, Costa Rica         Published Monday,  February 26, 2018         Vol. 18, No.226
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Senior's mistreatment on public transport is on the rise

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The number of complaints about poor service in public transport towards seniors had a significant growth during 2017, when 219 complaints of this type were filed.

In 2016 only two were registered and in 2015, only 35.

The deputy director of the Council of Public Transport, Hernán Bermúdez, explained this important complaint growth to the implementation of a protocol in conjunction with the National Council of the Elderly.

The result of the protocol is that this population has a more expeditious process when they raise complaints.

Among the most common complaints are the retention of the identity card by the driver and denial of service.

Bermúdez said that in this scenario they have worked to raise awareness among the bus companies about the importance of improving care for the elderly.

2017 closed with a total of 609 complaints from users, 34 percent more than in 2016.

In addition to the complaints of the population over 65 years, there were also cases of diversion of routes, schedules unmet, and units in poor condition.

The transport council data account for another scenario in the case of the taxi service where the complaints decreased from 171 in 2016 to only 30 last year.

According to Bermúdez, the information campaigns educated the users so that they now address these complaints to the correct agencies.

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Out of the total number of complaints received by the Council, between 40 and 45% are admissible.

However, Bermúdez didn't deny that it may also correspond to a decrease in the demand of the service.

Among the most common complaints in the taxi service is denial of service, especially when it comes to short trips.

The council receives complaints in different offices in the country, on its website and recently through the telephone (2586-9090 from Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.) where users can communicate to raise their concerns.

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San José, Costa Rica      Published Monday,  February 26, 2018       Vol. 18, No. 226
Real Estate
About Us
Two Salvadorans arrested for alleged links to Maras

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officers of the Immigration Police in San Carlos detained two Salvadorans officials said were linked to an international criminal gang.

The pair was found in the sector of Agua Zarcas and after, an initial investigation, it was determined that they were in an irregular migratory status, so officers apprehended them.

Both were taken to the Central Region Apprehension Center in Hatillo. The man is 25 years old, and is alleged to have ties to crimes of vehicle theft, property damage, resistance to authority and possession of drugs in the United States, the country from which he was deported in 2013.

The woman is 23 years old and had no criminal record.

Both are awaiting the orders of Migration for their respective deportations.

Immigration police photo
From 2014 to date, 26 foreigners linked to gangs have been located, three of them in 2018.

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Condominio Monte Donato II, is an unpretentious gated community, offering 44 lots at very accessible prices starting at only $19.995 and a monthly HOA fee of $28.

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In La Fortuna San Carlos. Price $145,000 USD
Three cabins for sale fully furnished with AC, hot water, micro waves, refrigerators, flat screen TV. three years old.Lot is 22 meters by 49 meters. fenced and gated with private drive.Fish and shrimp pond on property with several tropical plants as well as several fruit trees.Room for more new construction house or cabins. This property is in the country but close to Fortuna central.Cabins advertised on AirBnB. Good income property.
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Sport Fishing boat and charters, Tours and a Real Estate Business for sale. Retiring from 15+ yr old businesses in the Flamingo / Potrero area in Guanacaste. I will make it a great opportunity to the right party. Las Brisas Fishing Charters and Capt. Tom's Tours are on Tripadvisor. Also check $75k Call Capt. Tom USA phone: 1 800 360-9084 / CR phone: (506) 2654-7070 Email:
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Londres, near Quepos, is an authentic Tico town just 10 miles east of Quepos, but worlds apart. The government FINALLY paving 616 road, and after 13 years has begun construction of the new High School. 5.77 acres (23,368 M2) of flat and fertile development land and in the heart of this up and coming "suburb" of Quepos. Quepos offers
world class Sports Fishing and is the gateway to world famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Londres is located on Rio Naranjo, just after the London Bridge, and it is the gateway to most of the adventure tours sold in Quepos. Christmas to Easter Rio Naranjo becomes a lazy river, and the locals favorite beach. The onsite creeks offers a tranquil place to relax and commune with Nature. All utilities to the property, mature Construction Grade Bamboo, fruit trees and 500 feet of creek frontage as the southern boundary. The existing 7 room facility is currently operated as a B&B, and could be used as a learning center, senior care, employee housing or B&B. The expat owner has been living in Costa Rica for 28 years and can offer development suggestions. the Mono Titis and several types of parrots have been frequent visitors.
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San José, Costa Rica        Published Monday,  February 26, 2018        Vol. 18, No.226
Real Estate
About Us

It's a weed....or is it?


Dear A.M. Costa

Like most gardeners, I have little pots of “starters,” seeds or cuttings that I need to keep an eye on. The really important ones sit on a glass table on the deck while others, usually multiple cutting of the same type of plant, are just outside and in light shade. But those special ones? They get pampered and fussed over.

I don’t start with sterilized soil, there are too many cuttings, so naturally I am on the lookout for weeds and I yank them right out when I see them. Usually…

Here’s the problem. How do I know when a weed is actually a weed?

I have a lovely cutting – just one - from a camellia growing happily on the deck. When I checked it after a day or two of ‘negligence’ I noticed a couple of things growing in the pot with it. So what’s the problem, yank them out, right?

The problem is that they all look exactly alike. Hmm. In my experience, weeds don’t all come up at the same time, they are usually different in size and shape, and, after almost six years in Costa Rica, I recognize them as weeds. YANK. Not so this time, so I left them alone.

What could they be? As they grew, they continued to look alike. They couldn’t stay – they would compete with the camellia – but I was intrigued. Did I plant some seeds in that soil and forget about them? Did I get a puff of wind while I was planting seeds in another pot? There were only four of them…

There was only one thing to do. This morning I dug out them out of the camellia pot and gave them soil of their own. Good thing too as the roots were 10cm long or more.
So there they are, repotted and sitting with the “specials” on the deck. It’s going to be fun watching them and waiting for new developments. Are they vegetables? They don’t look like anything I have ever planted in the veggie garden but I am trying new seeds. Are they flowers? If so, I hope they have gorgeous blooms. Are they actually weeds? Oh well, it won’t take much effort to pull them out and discard them.

Gardening can be a mystery.

Plant for the Week

Ah, the water lily. If you have a pond, you definitely need a water lily or two (or more). And the pond? Half an old barrel will do although my friend down near Dominical splurged on his ponds. It’s not very deep, but depth isn’t a problem for the water lily. If you want to have fish in the pond, then you need lilies to give them a place to hide from the herons. There are 6 genera of these lilies and at least 58 species so you can choose from colors and scents. Find them in La Garita Centrale and at other viveros around the country.

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Today's international flights

- Juan Santamaría, San José airport click here
- Daniel Oduber, Guanacaste airport click here

Foreign English-language Embassies in Costa Rica
Ave Central at Calle 120
Pavas, San José. 920-1200
San Jose, Costa Rica
Call 506 2519-2000
after hours call
506 8863-4895

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Apartado 815-1007
Edificio Centro Colon
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San José 506 2258 2025

Oficentro La Sabana
Building 5, Third floor
Box: 351-1007, San José 506 2242-4400
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After hours 506 8381-7968

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900-00-34639 Or click HERE!
Banco de Costa Rica
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Association of Residents of Costa Rica
Apdo 384-4250
San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica