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San José, Costa Rica            Published Monday, April 9, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.409

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Environmentalists say the work lacks a permit. 

Environmental association joins protests
for road under construction in Tortuguero

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Federation for the Conservation of Nature (FECON) warned that the Tortuguero National Park, a sanctuary for the green turtle in the Western Hemisphere, is at risk due to the construction of a road.

According to the organization, the municipality of Pococí, in the province of Limón seeks to create the road despite the environmental protection laws.

The initiative would endanger the connectivity of the wild protected area and its wetland ecosystem," says a press statement sent by the federation.

Tortuguero attracts thousands of tourists every year and can be accessed only by boat.

According to the federation, the Municipality of Pococí has tried three times to open a road, but judicial resolutions have prevented it due to the impact that the work would cause on the national park and its rich biodiversity.
The federation said the road would be near the limits of the park but, according to environmentalists, it does not have the permits from the Ministry of the Environment and would generate a serious impact on local species.


"It is an extremely valuable area from the ecological perspective for our country, the most important nesting place in the Atlantic for the green turtle and other species of marine turtles, the natural habitat of many endangered species such as the jaguar and the manatee, microclimates, ecosystems and cultures," said federation ecologist Mauricio Álvarez.

The environmental sector fears that if the road becomes a reality it will fragment the ecological corridor, increase vandalism, hunting, drug trafficking and solid waste.

Tortuguero was declared a National Park on September 24, 1970 and has an area of 76,937 hectares, out of which 50,284 are marine.

Four species of sea turtles nest in this National Park: green (Chelonia mydas), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and loggerhead (Caretta caretta), and it is easy to observe dozens of bird species, as well as crocodiles.

President-elect will present his team
at the end of this month

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The vice-president elect Epsy Campbell said that by April 15 she will have defined the national agreement with political groups, as well as a common agenda.

Afterwards President-elect Carlos Alvarado will make final decisions about his cabinet.

According to Campbell, Alvarado will take seven to ten days to formalize the government team.

After April 25 the names of the new ministers, deputy ministers and executive presidents will be announced.

"This stage has to be completed so that the new president has the possibility to finish adjusting the direct participation other parties will have," said Campbell.

Campbell, along with the president of the Acción Ciudadana Party, Marcia González, the deputy-elect Víctor Morales and Ottón Solís are in charge of meeting and negotiating with the other parties to create the national unity government.

Last week, both of them met with the Broad Front Party and the National Integration party.

"We have a very accelerated schedule. We only have a month and a week," said Campbell.

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Epsy Campbell is in charge of negotiating part of the National Unity government with the new political forces.

The National Liberation Party said that it did not want to belong to the national unity government proposed by Alvarado.

"The time is putting pressure on us and that is why we need to have the national agreement so that the president has enough time to design the cabinet," said the vice president-elect.

Road accident deaths show slight decrease

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In the first 90 days of 2018, 107 deaths on the road were reported, an average of 1.2 deaths per day.

This figure is 15 percent lower than the 126 lives lost in the same period of 2017.

Mario Calderón, director of the Traffic Police, said he was positive about these results, especially taking into account that Holy Week was a period in which the risk of fatalities historically increases due to alcohol consumption, the massive presence of people on the coasts and the long trips that cause fatigue and speeding.

However, the Calderón was not satisfied with the fact that 44 deaths were reported in March.

He pointed out that among the results from January and March, 29 people lost their lives due to speeding as the main cause of death on the road.

"We are still worried about three things: the large number of deaths on motorcycles, the imprudence of pedestrians and speeding," Calderón said. "Although in the three areas we have fewer deaths than in the same period of 2017, we would like the figures to be even lower, as fatalities can be prevented by crossing at the corners - in the case of pedestrians - and wearing a helmet when traveling in motorcycle and reducing speed.”

In March, 24 people who traveled on a motorcycle died.

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Motorcycle accidents remain at the fatal
incidents on the road.

Motorcyclists are still the people who are most frequently killed on the road, a pattern that has been repeating over the years.

Data shows that 45 percent of those killed on the roads in the first quarter of the year traveled on a motorcycle, a figure that exceeds by 30 the deaths in automobile accidents. The third most deadly vehicle is the bicycle with eight fatalities.

Although the figure is high, it is lower than the one registered in the first quarter of last year, when as of March 31 there were 54 deceased motorcyclists, said Calderón.











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Vol. 18, No. 409               Published Monday,  April 9, 2018                  Second news page
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Legislative Assembly approves strengthening
musical education program

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Economic Affairs Committee of the Legislative Assembly approved a bill to strengthen the finances of the National Musical Education System.

This initiative modifies the Education and Culture Stamp Act, so that the music system receives 30 percent of the total resources collected. It also updates the tax base that has remained the same since 1997.

"The initiative creates a permanent source of income for this program, which offers the opportunity to thousands of young people in rural and marginal urban areas to receive music education," said Nidia Jimenez, the legislator of the Citizen Action Party who first filed the draft.

The stamp is charged to the companies and subsidiaries of foreign companies that register or perform any other act in the commercial registry.

The payment for the stamp will be changed from ¢750 to ¢5,000 for those companies that do not have a net capital exceeding ¢500,000. The maximum amount of the stamp will be ¢18,000 per year for companies with a capital exceeding ¢4,000,000.

Currently the music system has nine music schools around the country that allow 4,000 students to participate in 28 groups, 11 bands, 21 orchestras, 14 choirs and 16 different chamber groups.

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The National System of Musical Education seeks social integration in underprivileged communities. 

In addition, the system has agreements with many municipal schools throughout the country for loan of musical instruments, assignment of teachers and training.

San Pedro leads as the most entrepreneurial
canton in the country

By AM Costa Rica staff

The district of San Pedro was labeled by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce  as the one with more entrepreneurs in the country, thanks to its efforts to promote the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Municipal officials received an award for their contributions.

This award, called Entrepreneurial Cities, aims to highlight the work carried out by local governments together with the different supporters who help small and medium-sized enterprises to consolidate and expand their operations.

According to the economics minister, Geannina Dinarte, these incentives are necessary to improve the economy of the cantons.

"This type of commitment is essential to improve the business climate, to favor the monitoring of new productive projects and the growth of the number of companies, as well as the improvement of productivity," said Dinarte.

San Pedro stands out for the margin of success of its entrepreneurs.

The Municipality of Montes de Oca, in which San Pedro is located, is responsible for promoting training, training and co-working initiatives that help businesses to be more competitive.

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The award was delivered by the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce.
Belén and Palmares also stood out for their diverse strategies of local development and the growth of companies that positively impact the cantons, for which they won second and third place respectively.

The winners will have a program to boost entrepreneurship, which includes training on small and medium enterprise management, simplification of procedures and a diagnosis on aspects of innovation, among other benefits.

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Vol. 18, No. 409            Published Monday,  April 9, 2018                      Third news page
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Competing in the congress and fairs market is a slow process, according to the National Chamber of Tourism.
Tourism businessmen hope new convention center
will compensate for the upcoming low season

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Chamber of Tourism said it expects the opening of the new National Center for Congresses and Conventions will contribute to invigorate, even more, tourism and the economy, and to minimize low-season impact in the industry.

According to the chamber, the country's incursion and professionalization in this kind of tourism is very positive because it is a high-value industry that attracts tourists who spend more during their stay than a regular visitor.
"Entering to compete in this industry is a gradual process that takes time, of course, but we are showing important signs that the country is a destination that meets all the conditions to host world events," the chamber said.

The chamber said it trusts that the strategy promoted by the Costa Rican Tourism Board will successfully position the country within this global market that generates more than $11 billion per year.
“That would mean new and more productive chains that stimulate the national economy and that the benefits are distributed throughout the country," said Sary Valverde, chamber president.

"We are aware that it is work that might take years. We want to congratulate the minister of Tourism, Mauricio Ventura and all the visionaries who participated since the conception of the center, until the conclusion of this project," said Valverde.










Vol. 18, No. 409                Published Monday,  April 9, 2018                  Fourth news page
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National University says country could improve
revenues from honey-related products

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Research conducted by a student at the National University concludes that certain types of propolis found in the country can help beekeepers venture into more competitive markets.

Propolis, also called bee glue, is a substance produced by bees that contains antifungal, antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

Bee glue is used in human medicine, especially in creams to heal wounds.

According to Frederick Arias, a student of the masters in tropical beekeeping of the university, the propolis collected below 400 meters above sea level tends to homogenize, thus increasing its antibacterial power.

This represents an added value for beekeepers who could market the product in the health area.

"The chemical composition is very important for companies that are dedicated to produce products based on propolis,” Arias explained. “Today it is a product with high demand in Japan.”
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Propolis is an alternative treatment for many diseases that generate cellular disorders.

Being a product of natural origin, propolis is an alternative for many diseases that generate cellular disorders and cause chain reactions, as is the case of cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer.

For beekeepers, this product can be harvested from their hives without affecting the production of honey.

Trade unions plan how to fight the fiscal reform legislative bill
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Saturday social organizations agreed to take joint measures to reject Bill 20,580,  the Law for Strengthening Public Finance.

Those attending the meeting agreed to show their opposition to the draft, which combines reforms on public employment and the fiscal rule, which could lead stagnation in wages and pensions, according to the members of several unions.

The groups exchanged information on this topic and will generate a document to be shared in social networks and other meetings.

The meeting of social organizations seeks to start an informative campaign, directed not only to affiliates of the present organizations, but also focused on the need to inform the Costa Rican people, the people who work in the private sector, the mothers of families and the students,  about the negative implications that this bill would mean, and how it will negatively affect the economy of their families and the income obtained for their daily work, according to a release sent by the organizations.

The meeting of social organizations agreed on some concrete actions. Some of them are starting conversations with different political actors, legislators and other influence groups.

The organization also seeks to organize demonstrations in the legislative and other political spaces as well as set up a committee to execute these agreements, which will be monitored.
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Vol. 18, No. 409       Published Monday, April 9, 2018           Fifth news page
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Costa Rican firefighters sent to help Nicaragua
deal with Indio Maíz reserve fire

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A group of 40 Costa Rican forest firefighters will go to Nicaragua today to help control the fire in the Indio Maíz Biological Reserve near the San Juan River on the border with Costa Rica.

The fire has lasted six days and has destroyed more than 3,000 hectares, according to environmental groups.

Currently, 500 military personnel and 120 community members are working to control it, the Nicaraguan authorities said.

Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega declared a yellow alert for the country.

Sunday, Costa Rica sent two heads of operations to meet with their Nicaraguan counterparts, said Héctor Chaves, director of the Costa Rican firefighters.

"They are preparing all the equipment there before the 10 vehicles we send arrive and the 40 forest firefighters show up," he said.

The Costa Rican brigade will work jointly with all the teams that Nicaragua currently has working in the area.

The fire is burning in an area with difficult access, and Cháves said that it can only be accessed by way of the San Juan River.

Cháves explained that the firefighters carry hand tools like pumps, drones and a special radio system.

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Nicaraguan president has issued a yellow alert
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The director said this is part of the cooperation that takes place between different fire departments in the Central American isthmus when border fires happen.

The chief of the Fire Department added that they have the approval of the president, Luis Guillermo Solís.

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Writing a will ? Expecting an inheritance?
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Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica
A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $2.99. Visit Amazon to preview or purchase Click Here
The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise
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The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica: The official guide to relocation
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Life is a Tropical Garden
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Make gifts from dollars or colones
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The Trouble with Cash
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Vol. 18, No. 409            Published Monday, April 9, 2018          Sixth news page
Real Estate
About Us
Police arrests eight suspects in Jacó shootout

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police agents arrested eight people suspected of being involved in a shooting in front of a supermarket in Jacó early Sunday.

The updated information from the Press Office of the Ministry of Public Security said that the event took place at 2:54 a.m. in front of the One plus One supermarket.

On the site, officers helped five men and one woman, all of them with bullet wounds. Three of these people are of Nicaraguan nationality, and three are Costa Ricans.

All had to be transferred to the medical center in the area.

According to witnesses, it all started as a fight that evolved into gunfire.

The Judicial Investigation Organization is handling the case.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Five men and one woman were injured during the incident.

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For Sale Versatile 2 Floors Building in La Sabana

Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. In La Sabana, San Jose. School, park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium walking distance. 24-hour security, many restaurants, clubs and social facilities nearby. Approximately 323 meter construction. Asking $295,000.
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100' above sea level & one mile to beach. Safe & secure neighborhood. 3 bedroom and one bath, totally remodeled 3 years ago. Adding another bath right now. All new kitchen, windows, tile floors, AC, electrical, plumbing, yard for dogs and most importantly - very low electric, water, taxes and insurance bills. Possible financing. Owner has deposit on another property and needs to sell. $139,900
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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.

Located near Playa Avellanas and Hacienda Pinilla, at 3 miles from the beach. The project is located in a very quiet rural area. You will only hear sounds of birds and monkeys. Playa Avellanas is one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and a Surfer’s paradise.

Common areas: Swimming pool, Rancho, shower, restroom, soccer field, play ground

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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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Code: 04/16/18

Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
Bril Cajar

Lot size is 500 square meters, total construction about 212 square meters, with living area of about 156 square meters. Three bedrooms (or two and an office), two and one half baths, shop/storage of about 30 square meters. Carport with space for two cars about 30 square meters. Completely fenced property. The area is peaceful and very secure. For complete information click here

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Vol. 18, No. 409         Published Monday, April 9, 2018              Seventh news page
Real Estate
About Us

Sticks'n Bricks How to build a greenhouse


There are a lot of reasons to buy or build a greenhouse. I bought a small one a couple of years ago and put it down the hill from the house but I really can’t get down there much anymore because I am almost (mumble, mumble) years old with a bum hip.

What to do, what to do. Best thing I could think of was to build another one. Why? Well, honestly, there are orchids that just will not survive in our climate near the lake. And, okay, I am jealous of people who have big beautiful Cattleya and Phalaenopsis orchids. I killed my first Cattleya and I gave my Phalaenopsis orchids to a friend who had was I don’t have – a nice warm, sunny, glass enclosed porch to grow them in. She – almost – has a greenhouse.

So, where do you put a greenhouse? Well, it needs to be a sunny location with some wind protection and on a flat surface. Plus it needs to be near the house so I can go back and forth without strain. As it turns out, there is only one place like that, darn it.

Darn it? Well, the first garden I planted in Costa Rica was right behind the guest bedrooms. It had changed and grown over the years and guests loved looking out those broad windows into an Eden. So where does the greenhouse have to go? Yup, right there. Which meant that everything growing there had to move.

Taking out a garden lovingly planted over six years was painful – which is why I had my gardener do the digging and transplanting. The worst part was the things that were too big to transplant – the angel trumpet that was 8 feet tall was reduced to cuttings. The flowering maple was cut down and more cuttings taken. The rest of the shrubs and flowers were transplanted in the hope that they will be happy elsewhere. There was total demolition of the garden and we started construction immediately which meant that I didn’t have time to be (too) upset about the loss.

Things moved quickly. The local Colono sent the block and cement (not Chinese) quickly. Footings were dug. The floor will be dirt and stone so we didn’t have to worry about too much concrete. Then we went looking for – and found – a welder. Back we went to Colono for more materials – 3x3 of this, 1x3 of something else, sheets of roofing.

Things have happened quickly and we are almost ready for finishing touches.

I wonder if my friend will give back one of my orchids…

Building of the Week

Poor Metric Man. When I said I wanted to put a greenhouse where the back garden was he didn’t think I meant a greenhouse quite this large.


Victoria Torley photos
Stage I – sticks and bricks , almost done!

Victoria Torley, gardener columnist, can be reached at