Vol.18  No. 511 Published Friday, May 11, 2018
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Major bus crash on the General Cañas
 Highway leaves more than 20 injured

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two buses collided on the General Cañas highway in Uruca Thursday.

Apparently, the two vehicles were traveling from San Jose to Alajuela and for reasons that are still unknown one of the drivers hit the rear side of the other heavy vehicle.

One of the vehicles went off the road and hit several palm trees.

In total, the incident left 10 people in distress, 12 in yellow condition and another 22 stable.

"There is a patient who has a serious injury at the level of his left leg, a second patient who presents with lower limb injuries while remaining pressed in the structure of the vehicle," said Antonio Gaitán, a member of the Cruz Roja.

He added that one of the injured was walking on the road and after the crash he was run over.

"The patient was walking and was run over, he explained that he only felt a blow lying on the gutter, trapped under a palm tree that was uprooted by one of the buses," said Durán.

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The reasons for the collision remain unknown.

The San Juan de Dios Hospital, Mexico Hospital and Calderón Guardia Hospital was used to care for the wounded.

Red Cross units and firefighters continued to work on the scene where a significant traffic jam took place since there was only one lane available and being regulated by the traffic police.

Spending cuts will be announced in the following weeks

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The minister of the Presidency, Rodolfo Piza, confirmed that the government will be announcing its policy for decreasing the public spending.

"There is a commitment not to lower it but to halt its growth," the minister told the media.

The minister said the the new finance minister, Rocío Aguilar, would be presenting the policy in the coming weeks and would guarantee that budgetary measures would come from all sides. “We'll be saving without affecting social programs or the infrastructure projects," he said.

According to Piza, the measures that will be announced will be related to those that he and President Carlos Alvarado embodied in the agreement they signed during the electoral campaign, a draft in which 10 strategic action points were set to reduce expenditures and get new income.

The goal of Alvarado, his minister and his team is quite concrete: reduce the fiscal deficit to 3 percent of the gross domestic product.

Among the goals are: increasing revenues by more than 1 percent of the gross domestic product, not allowing public sector jobs to grow by more than 1 percent per year until 2020 and promoting regulations on the public sector so that they do not generate new bonuses.

Alvarado said that the early retirement of 27 percent of the public employees is an opportunity to rethink those vacancies, an idea that also attracts the Social Christian wing.

Another measure would be limiting luxury salaries in the public sector (file 19.156) and controlling specific destinations (file 20.595). All of them require the approval of the legislature.

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 At this point, fiscal reform is the main concern of the newly inaugurated Legislative Assembly.

The agreement cites the possibility of promoting the placement of bonds abroad without the authorization of the legislators "as long as the balance of the debt in foreign currency does not exceed 20 percent of the total balance."

"They are proposals already well defined, although quite new because they are placed in a very specific agreement that has very important implications. The government will send a signal of effort and austerity, but it also takes an effort to better target the collection of taxers," Piza said.

Two Filipino women detained in Nicoya
by the Judicial Investigation Organization

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police arrested two Filipino women Thursday after a request of the Judicial Investigation Organization. The apprehensions took place in the center of Nicoya.

One of the foreigners had all proper immigration documents and the other had an expired 90-day permit granted by immigration officials.

"After carrying out the police and immigration consultations, they were released, since they presented current identity documents or migratory permits for religious activities," said police.

But hours later the judical police asked the Ministry of Security to arrest them.

"The police carried out that order after complaints from various communities and businesses saying those women asked for money in the name of a foundation for child welfare," the authorities said.

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 The woman remain in judicial custody.

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Scientists recommend keeping Irazú's
Volcano crater area closed to visitors

By AM Costa Rica staff

A field report carried out by specialists from the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica says there are many risks associated with visits in the area bordering the main crater of the Irazú Volcano.

For many years, physical and chemical alterations of the terrain due to the action of gases have occurred in the area which is also prone to landslides.

The warning of the observatory becomes relevant because, since the closure of the Poás Volcano, tourism at the Irazú Volcano National Park has increased, reaching 100,000 people in a single year.

Eliécer Duarte, one of the geologists who led the field trip, explained that although the volcano has not registered more activity recently, it is risky to visit the area.

Specialists from the observatory who visited the site say that the Irazú Volcano shows a physical and chemical degradation in its walls, which translates into eventual increases in seismic and volcanic activity.

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The crater area of the Irazú Volcano.

San José will promote health education through a marathon

By AM Costa Rica staff

The second San José Marathon that will take place May 20, will encourage a healthy lifestyle due to the increase of older people in the competition, according to the minister of Health, Giselle Amador.

"It is a project that goes beyond the marathon. It has to do with the healthy lifestyle, with what the president said in his speech on May 8. We have to resume what is the promotion of health and healthy lifestyles because our population is growing in age, we have more and more elderly people," she said.

Amador said she will prioritize health education in order to follow up on healthy eating campaigns.

She said that there will be a lot of emphasis on health education and taking back programs that have been neglected. She wants to encourage the population to resume healthy eating and educate people so that they know the importance of eating well.

The second edition of the San José Marathon will be two races, one five kilometers long and one of 10.5 kilometers. Races will start and finish in the Central Park of San José, and will include a prize of $30 in the 5-km route and $40 in the 10-km one.

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Free Wi-Fi in all public parks could be a reality anytime soon

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The superintendent of Telecommunications announced that it has received offers to install free wireless internet in public places throughout the country this year.

He said that this is due to the Public Connected Spaces program, through which free wi-fi for citizens will be installed in 515 sites such as parks, squares, libraries, train stations and university campuses.

"It is a very important step in the development of broadband networks that will open new opportunities to the inhabitants of the whole country will improve the connection capacity in many areas and reflects the interest of the Costa Rican capital companies in investing in this project," Manuel Emilio Ruiz, member of the agency, said in a statement.

The program divides the country into three large areas of coverage in which a local consortium formed by the state-owned Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, the state company Radiográfica Costarricense, and PC Central, proposed a quote for $7.8 million.

The cooperative Coopeguanacaste offered to connect one of the three zones for $19.9 million while the private company Telecable offered another area for $15.5 million.

As of this Thursday, the telecom agency will have a maximum of 45 days to review the offers.

The company or companies granted the project will have between 6 and 18 months to deliver the work, depending on the complexity of each project.

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The Connected Spaces program should be up
 and running in 18 months.

The agency expects the first digital zones to start operating during the third quarter of 2018.

The calculations indicate that this program will directly benefit some three million people of the 4.7 million living in Costa Rica.











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Minister of Public Education will make
surprise visits to schools and high schools
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The new minister of Public Education, Édgar Mora, will carry out surprise visits to different schools and high schools located throughout the country with the aim of listening to the demands of professors and students.

On his first day as a minister, Mora decided to move to the province of Puntarenas and visit unexpectedly the Juanito Mora School in Barranca and the Liceo de Chacarita.

According to the minister, the idea is to have direct contact with the directors, teachers and students.

"The objectives are to take direct contact so as not to depend on an analytical base that might not be collecting the data we need to govern the country's education system. By taking direct contact one can rethink many things," said Mora.

The minister wants to hear from teachers about possible solutions for reducing their administrative duties. Some teachers work from 10-14 hours daily, which intrudes on their personal time.

He also said he wants to listen to the needs of the students because he said that "a student of the MEP not only goes to study but also receives social services such as food and transportation,” citing the acronym of the ministry.

During the visit to the Chacarita School, the children talked with Mora and requested measures to improve their stay at the institution.

"Today, the children told me that they wanted more books, especially stories, that they needed a different transportation system to go to school and go home and that they needed a little more food every day. If I ask anyone else in the system they will not tell me those three things because it is not their problem," said the minister.

The minister said that he does not know if the ministry has the resources to fulfill these needs and that econometrics must be carried out.

"Because one could also think about the future, in which cash grants should become food grants that go straight to the belly of people," Mora said.

Mora also emphasized that one of the problems that the education system currently has is that the the teaching institutions currently compete but do not collaborate with each other.

"I do not want to divide the system anymore. The system should be united in relation to a single educational quality. The public system should not encourage competition between schools and right now it is happening it because each of these units only reports upwards and has no co-responsibility with the closest unit,” said the minister.

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Édgar Mora, current minister of Education and former mayor of the Curridabat Canton.

During his visit to both institutions of Puntarenas, the minister was accompanied by two officers of student life of the Ministry of Public Education, a communicator and a driver.

Mora said he has the will to cover the entire national territory. It is expected that in the next few days, the minister will make more visits to other educational centers.

In his first steps as minister of Education, Mora, who is a non-believer, had to approach and talk with religious professors.

"Today something very interesting happened. Today the professors of religion approached me. They even invited me to participate in a debate soon. I told them how happy I am going to go because it is important for me to have a respectful dialogue that should be given on the basis of my recognizing that they have a place in the system and that someone unbeliever like me also has a place in the system," said Mora.

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Sharp increase in patients receiving
dialysis for chronic kidney disease

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The number of patients with chronic kidney disease who have received dialysis in the last six years has increased by 317 percent, according to the Costa Rican Social Security Fund.

According to the head of nephrology of the Hospital Mexico, Manuel Cerdas, The institution known as the Caja currently serves more than 800 patients while in 2011 it barely served 269.

"With the opening of units and therapies outside the metropolitan area, we took dialysis therapy out of the central area and now we are doing dialysis therapy in Guanacaste, Limón and Zona Sur. In both therapies, ambulatory peritoneal and hemodialysis, we have more than 800 patients," said Cerdas.

As of February, 208 patients received hemodialysis treatment and 647 were on ambulatory chronic peritoneal dialysis. This second group grew 48 percent in the period 2015 to 2018. In 2011 the ratio was 132 and 137 patients taken care of in each treatment program.

Cerdas also said that among the main causes of chronic kidney disease are diabetes mellitus, arterial hypertension, polycystic kidney disease and Mesoamerican nephropathy in the Chorotega region.

Kidney failure occurs when the kidneys are not able to properly filter toxins and other waste substances from the blood.

Worldwide, it is estimated that 1 in 10 people suffer from this disease and the investment made by the Caja in dialysis this year is around $31 million.

According to the study "Mortality and hospital discharge due to chronic kidney disease compatible with chronic disease of non-traditional causes," carried out in Costa Rica, the Guanacaste area shows a tendency to progressively increase in a range of premature age, among the 30 to 34 years. That is, 20 years ahead of the national trend.

According to Cerdas, it is a disease that attacks mainly men and those who are engaged in agriculture.

"In the case of the Mesoamerican nephropathy of Guanacaste, what characterizes the patient is that they are men who work in the agricultural area, work exposed to high temperatures and even dehydration. That's where the hypothesis goes, that is associated with climate change, dehydration and physical effort," Cerdas said.

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Guanacaste and the Chorotega region people show
early signs of kidney disease.

Studies of biopsies of diseased kidneys have been done in the country. However, they have not shown that there is any genetic, hereditary, toxic or immunological factor that are associated with the disease.

Each year, the Caja spends $8,640 on each patients receiving chronic peritoneal dialysis while investing $124,800 in those who receive hemodialysis.

In July 2017, the board of directors of the Caja, agreed to allocate more resources to increase response capacity and standardize the comprehensive approach to this condition.

At the end of last year, the implementation of the protocol for the care of the person with chronic kidney disease began in the Caja service network aimed at prevention, early diagnosis and screening of patients at risk.

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Vol.18 No.511
Published Friday,  May 11, 2018
Sixth news page
Real Estate
About Us

Dare to discover and experience art and culture in San José

By A.M. Costa Rica staff
As part of the weekend activities organized by the Ministry of Culture and Youth, citizens and residents in San Josè will have the opportunity to tour the National Theater for free, be part of the celebrations of the 131th anniversary of the National Museum or go and view films.

Sasturday and Sunday people will have the opportunity to enjoy a trip through the National Theater of Costa Rica, this time with the novelty that they will be able to appreciate the main floor lift at the height of the stage.

Attendees will take a tour that begins in the theater gardens and will be received by living statues and outdoor painters who will recreate different areas of the monument.

In the first hall, the harpsichord will be played by musicians Roberto Enrique Vargas, José Pablo Calvo, MaryBehy Navarro, and María Clara Vargas, who will play baroque music.

The foyer will receive attendees with lyrical singers, all students of the baritone José Arturo Chacón.

The assistants will be able to interact with the paintings and take pictures with the characters that will be interpreted by different actors. After passing through the stage people will have access to a dressing room, a place little known to the general public.

This activity is free and is a way to share with the Costa Rican public the preparations that the theater had to make to receive the international delegations in the recent transfer of powers.

The activity will be offered from 10 a.m. at 5 p.m.

Movies at Sala Gómez Miralles

The Costa Rican Cinematographic Production Center invites the public to enjoy its program "Preamble," a specialized cinema option that offers films different from those on commercial cinemas.

This initiative is a meeting place, located in a historic capital district, where attendees can talk and get to know each other, share tastes and appreciations.

This weekend the film offer includes:

-Friday, 7 p.m., "Paterson" (Jim Jarmusch, United States, 2016).

-Saturday, at 4 p.m. - National short Films.

"Coyotes of the same hill" (Nacho Rodríguez, 2017).

Filmoteca Cine Arte courtesy photo
Screening of the documentary "Q'eshwachaca," by José Huamán Turpo.

"Elena" (Ayerim Villanueva, 2017).

"Nado" (Alejandro Ferlini, 2017).

"Pray for us" (Andrés Madrigal, 2017).

-Saturday, at 7 p.m., "Aya de Yopougon" (Marguerite Abouet and Clement Oubrerie, France, 2013).

-Sunday, 4 p.m., "Las cinéphilas" (María Álvarez, Argentina, 2017).

7 p.m., "Yellow mango" (Cláudio Assis, Brazil, 2002).

All of them are free and open to the public and are showcased in their original language with Spanish subtitles, when required. No reservations are necessary

In the case of the National Museum there will be guided tours of the Bellavista Barracks building. These are specialized and mainly directed to photographers and architects. The tours will be directed by the architect Andrés Fernández. For more information the email lsanchezp@museocostarica.go.cr has been enabled.

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Vol.18 No.511 Published Friday, May 11, 2018 Seventh news page
Real Estate
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The too much criticizism of the Catholic Church

Dear A.M. Costa Rica readers:

For some time and from several official media, insults in form of campaigns that systematically attack the Catholic Church have been launched. It is not known exactly the reason because it usually becomes a tempest in a teapot and the reality hides. This leaves the impression that ecclesiastics are a string of undesirables. However, we must remember that this is one of the purposes of the left, and they do it quite well.

But do you ever have thought the amount of money that the institutions of the Catholic Church help to save the state? And when I say the state I mean our pockets. Let's see some examples:

These are some numbers of the much criticized Catholic Church in Spain: 107 hospitals (the state saves 50 million euros per hospital per year), 1,004 centers for outpatients, dispensaries, old people’s home, centers for the disabled and terminally ill.

A total of 51,312 beds (the state saves 4 million euros per hospital per year), Caritas expenses per year: 155 million euros (donations of Spanish people), Manos Unidas expenses: 43 million euros (donations of Spanish people), Pontifical Mission Societies expenses: 21 million euros. Do you imagine where it comes from? 365 re-education centers for social outcasts: ex-prostitutes, ex-convict and ex-drug addicts; 53,140 persons.

(The state saves half a million euros per center) 937 orphanages; 10,835 abandoned children. (The state saves 100.000 million euros per center) 80 percent of the expenses of conservation and maintenance of historical and artistic heritage (The state approximately saves between 32 and 36 billion Euros per year).Meanwhile, we must add that almost all people who work or collaborate with Manos Unidas, Caritas, etc…are volunteers without salary.

This is true, although it is a surprise for some people. There are people who work for others without asking for money. How much is their work value?

And we have not mentioned educational centers, food banks, etc. with which the state can approximately save 15 billion Euros per year.

This is the reason why the state continues to give some aid to the Catholic Church.

What is amazing is that nobody (or very few people) knows that this saving is essential for the Spanish economy goes well...

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Catholic church at Huesca, Spain.

All of this represents an overall saving of some 50 billion euros per year. This translated into old pesetas represents a surprising amount of more than eight billion three hundred billion euros. It is amazing, isn’t it?

As counterpart, how many soup kitchens for indigent people has the Workers' Commissions opened (Spanish: Comisiones Obreras, CCOO) How many hospitals for terminally and AIDS ill patients does UGT (General Union of Workers) keep open? Can the needy go to ask for food at the headquarters of the PP, PSOE or the UI?... all of these live at the expense of our budgets and what a budgets... And how many missionaries, schools, hospitals, leprosarium, etc serve for the world members of other not Christian religions?

By looking at this information why are we going to be ashamed of our church?

Isabel Costa E.,
Fraga, Huesca, Spain

Editor's Note: The views or opinions expressed by the author, are the sole and exclusive responsibility of the sender and do not necessarily represent the opinion of A.M. Costa Rica, therefore, the newspaper does not accepts liability for reader's opinion letter content.

German senior citizen is missing

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents in Cóbano are asking the cooperation of the public as they try to determine the location of a German senior citizen named Gerlinde Hahne Berhalter, 75. She was last seen on Thursday, around 2:45 p.m. in Las Delicias de Cóbano.

At that time she was dressed in the clothes that can be seen in the photograph. Any information could be important and the public is urged to 800-800-0645 or WhatsApp 8-8000645 which belong to the Confidential Information Center.

Published: Monday, May 7, 2018.

Judicial Investigation Organization photo
Gerlinde Hahne Berhalter.