Vol.18  No. 524 Published Thursday, May 24, 2018
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Casas Vita headquarters raided
for alleged fraud against 30 people

By A.M. Costa Rica
staff

Two offices of the real estate company Casas Vita were raided Tuesday morning by prosecutors and agents of the judicial police in an investigation of an apparent scam affecting more than 30 people.

The raid began at 8 a.m. and was carried out in the offices of the company, located in Santa Ana and La Guácima de Alajuela.

In addition, a lawyer's office was raided in Heredia, and two houses, in Santa Ana and San Rafael de Escazú were also raided.

Authorities looked for documents and electronic evidence related to the case.

According to the Public Prosecutor's Office, the investigation is being processed and three men and a woman are suspects.

Evidently the suspects  used two corporations and provided misleading information to the purchasers, who delivered large sums of money as down payments for homes, money with which the company’s operation would be financed, the prosecutor's office said.

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Among the accusations, plaintiffs said the company gave them misleading information.
In addition, the suspect sold the same property to more than one person, generating a double income from a single asset, prosecutors claimed.

The amount of the money paid was not disclosed by the prosecutor's office.
Business representative in Venezuela will remain at her post, despite the country not acknowledging
Nicolás Maduro’s government

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The vice president and foreign minister of the republic, Epsy Campbell, has said the government is going to keep Ana Patricia Villalobos in her post in Venezuela to serve the Costa Ricans living in that country and to keep the national authorities informed about the state of the political, economic and social crisis.

The chancellor said she does not know how many nationals are living there.

Costa Rica has had no ambassador in Venezuela since 2015, so Villalobos is the highest authority in the diplomatic headquarters.

The foreign minister's statements come after some countries that make up the Lima Group called for the withdrawal of their ambassadors from Venezuela after Sunday's elections, which were not recognized by the international community because there was no guarantee that they had been carried out democratically, freely, and transparently.

The group is also encouraging member countries to block international funds and any type of aid to Venezuela.

However, in this regard, Campbell said that the country will analyze the measures to be followed in conjunction with the Organization of American States in an assembly taking place on June 3.

Campbell added that for Costa Rica the crisis in Venezuela will be one of the priorities once the country assumes on July 1 the direction of the permanent council of the hemispheric organization.


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Epsy Campbell, Chancellor and Vice President of the Republic.
The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, was re-elected Sunday with 67.7 percent of the votes against 21.2 percent of his main rival, Henri Falcón, after 92.6 of the votes had been tallied, announced the electoral power .

"The trend is irreversible," said the president of the National Electoral Council, Tibisay Lucena, noting that, out of 8,603,936 votes, Maduro obtained 5,823,728 votes.

The Venezuelan opposition, which boycotted the presidential elections Sunday, asked the two main rivals of President Nicolás Maduro to, ignore the results of the elections as a fraud.

Turrialba volcano has increased
its activity slowly and steady in recent days

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Turrialba Volcano, located 70 kilometers east of San José, has recently emitted ash that dispersed towards the southeast of Costa Rica.

According to the last report of the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica, the volcano has resumed its ash emissions.

The Turrialba ash emission is described as moderate because its column has not exceeded 500 meters and there is no reported ash fall or sulfur odor in communities.

The volcano has been doing some sporadic emissions since Friday, and Tuesday it started doing it again. The column is not very high. It is a normal and moderate activity, nothing that is out of the ordinary, according to the observatory.

Turrialba Volcano went into an active phase of greater activity in October 2014, spewing ash, gases, and incandescent material.

During this period of activity, the volcano has generated ash columns of up to 4,000 meters above the crater and affected populations of the Central Valley.

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The Turrialba Volcano started its more active phase in October of  2014.




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Published Thursday, May 24, 2018   /   news page #2

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U.S. senior citizen's care depends more and
more on Latin caretakers, says association

By AM Costa Rica staff

In the United States about 10 million millennials between 18 and 34 years of age are primary caregivers of senior citizens in their homes, and 27 percent of them are Hispanic.

That number is expected to continue to increase in the following years, as the baby boomers, who were born between 1946 and 1964, continue to age.

The above data come from the report, "Millennials, the emerging generation of family caregivers," recently released by the American Association of Retired Persons.

Millennials are becoming an emerging generation of primary caregivers of the elderly, serving the medical and physical needs of parents and grandparents, in a trend that is directly related to family attachment in Hispanic culture.

Yvette Peña, vice president of multicultural leadership at the association, says that before publishing the report, the association were not aware of the significant number of Latino millennials taking care of a loved one in their homes.

Typically, a family caregiver in the U.S. is a 49-year-old white woman, however this profile is changing.

According to American Association of Retired Persons figures, more than half of the millennials who care for an adult belong to a minority group and are more likely combine this responsibility with a full-time job.

"The 'millennials' face great challenges. They might have finished college, be starting their career and dealing with inflexible hours of work and not having the support they need," Peña added.


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In the Latino culture, retirement homes are not seen as a positive option for the elderly and they usually remain at home.


The report also shows that many times caregivers must miss work to meet a medical appointment because their employers do not understand the type of responsibility that young people have at home.

The American Association of Retired Persons, said Peña, is committed to helping millennials and all those who care for an adult at home.

According to the report the Latin millennials work approximately 42 hours a week and provide more hours of care to an adult in their homes, since in their culture they do not plan to send their elders, whom they venerate for seniority, to retirement homes.





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Published Thursday, May 24, 2018   /   news page #3

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New Cartago sewer will benefit more than 30,000 people

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Municipality of Cartago is building a new sanitary sewer that will treat the wastewater that pollutes the Agua Caliente, Toyogres and Zopilota rivers.

Completion is scheduled for July 30, 2018.

"This first stage meets the needs of 7,500 subscribers, among which are houses, shopping centers, and public institutions. It is estimated that, at the completion of the work, more than 30,000 people will be the direct beneficiaries, thus reducing the environmental impact that directly affects the health of people," said Marcela Guerrero, executive president of the Institute for the Promotion and Municipal Advisory.

"The first treatment module covers the current subscribers of the sanitary sewer service of the canton of Cartago. The infrastructure that is being built consists of the main pipe or collector, the ones planned for the houses, the interconnection boxes between the ones planned and the system, which runs for approximately eight kilometers," said Arturo Herrera, engineer of the municipal development agency.

Herrera emphasized the benefits of eliminating bad smells and the problems derived from the malfunction of septic tanks, as well as the discharge of untreated  water from the sanitary sewer to the water bodies of Cartago.

Currently the wastewater from the homes of the central canton of Cartago are directly deposited  in the Agua Caliente, Toyogres and the Zopilota, causing smells, extinction of the flora and fauna, pests and proliferation of insects and rodents that transmit diseases.

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As of now, sewage goes directly to three rivers without
any treatment.



The Wastewater Treatment Plant is one of the fundamental elements of the project, and consists of a system that captures water from homes and businesses, and, by means of bacteria, degrades organic matter, thus reducing the amount of pollutants.



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Published Thursday, May 24, 2018   /   news page #4
President Alvarado issues resolution to
restrict international travel of public officials
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado issued a resolution that instructs ministers and vice ministers to reduce the expenses of traveling abroad as much as possible.

The resolution establishes that international departures must be authorized only when it is strictly necessary and when it provides a benefit of importance to the country.

The department head must present the detailed request to the governing council when a trip is requested.  The council “will assess the need and convenience of such trips, taking into consideration criteria of austerity and efficiency in the use of public funds," says Article 1 of the resolution.

An authorization issued by the governing council will be required in order to process the travel agreement in the Office of the President, under the terms established in Article 31 of the Regulations on Travel and Transportation Costs for Public Officials.

The resolution will be valid once published in the official newspaper La Gaceta.
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The measure sends a sign of austerity and public spending cuts at a time when tax reform is being discussed.


U.S. Embassy will be closed Monday
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

This Monday is Memorial Day in the U.S. and the Embassy and Consular Section of the United States will be closed.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, on May 5, 1868.

The first time it was commemorated was May 30 of that year, when flowers were placed on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington,  D.C.

On this special date, homage is paid to all the men and women who lost their lives while serving their country in war.

The diplomatic headquarters will be open again on Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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Graves decorated with flags at Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2008.

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Including disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid serious problems.

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Published Thursday, May 24, 2018   /   news page #5
Italian man murdered in Los Yoses after being shot seven times

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Salvatore Ponzo, an Italian businessman, died at the Calderón Guardia Hospital Wednesday after being shot seven times just after leaving the embassy of his country, located in Los Yoses, Montes de Oca.

According to witnesses, two individuals riding a motorcycle apparently waited for the Italian man to exit the embassy.

Ponzo owned a fruit exporting company, according to preliminary information.

At the time of the attack he was with an Ecuadorian woman who remains hospitalized due to gunshot injuries.

A source from the Italian Embassy said that the couple was making arrangements for a passport.

Agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization arrived soon after the incident, and one of them entered the embassy with the Italian consul.

The man and the woman were going to board a white pick-up vehicle, with the legend "Tierra Nuestra Latina" printed on the doors.

According to Carolina Figueroa, dispatcher of the Red Cross, the agency received the alert through the 9-1-1 system at 11:39 a.m, and immediately sent three units to the site where they found the wounded couple.

Ponzo was checked into the emergency unit of the Hospital Calderón Guardia, where doctors determined that he had multiple injuries to the liver and intestines and had suffered massive blood loss or hypovolemic shock.

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Ponzo was shot in Los Yoses area in San José.


Daniel Calderón, General Director of the San José police, said that the last time the motorcycle was seen was in Desamparados, where there was an unsuccessful search for the vehicle.

The reasons for the homicide are under investigation.

OIJ collected firearm casings for further analysis in the forensic laboratory.


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Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot
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The Trouble with Cash
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Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1million, but it comes with one condition... the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back. Buy the book on Amazon. Click Here
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Published Thursday, May 24, 2018   /   news page #6
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Two hours of weekly musical education
will be mandatory in public education centers

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Music classes will be compulsory in all public schools in the country, and students must attend them for two hours a week.

This standard was established by the reform of the Education Code, and was published Monday in the official newspaper La Gaceta.

"Each grade or section of the primary schools of the republic, without exception, will receive weekly two hours of religious education and music education," the article now says.

Music classes must be taught by teachers specialized in the subject, added the announcement

According to the Ministry of Public Education, there will be a gradual and progressive process for compliance.

"The implementation of a complete national curriculum, that is to take all the subjects to all the educational centers, has to respond to a gradual and progressive process in accordance with the changes that the ministry has to make in terms of schedules, infrastructure, changes of modality so that all the schools of the country have that basic national curriculum," said Giselle Cruz, the Academic Deputy Minister of MEP.


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The new law will be gradually applied throughout the nation.
Last December, students, teachers and activists marched down the Central Avenue to the ministry offices in Paseo Colón, demanding compulsory music education.

At that time, they also showed their concern because several educational sectors exchanged music lessons for more religion classes or physical education classes.

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Costa Rica business news
Published Thursday, May 24, 2018   /   news page #7
Members of the coast guard linked to drug trafficking
ring in the southern part of the country


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The raids carried out by the Deputy Prosecutor's Office against Organized Crime and the Drug Control Police ended with the arrest of 24 people suspected of taking part in a drug trafficking organization in the southern of the country.

As reported by the press office of the Public Ministry, the detainees included two former members of the National Coastguard Service. They were identified as leaders of the criminal organization.

Other detainees are a former police officer and four active coast guard members.

"Apparently, the officials would have collaborated with the group by providing them with information regarding the actions and operations that would be developed by both police forces," said a statement issued by the Prosecutor's Office.

In total, authorities carried out 28 raids in communities such as Osa and Golfito.

The investigation against this group began in 2015.

The detainees apparently provided services to rings of drug dealer from the south of the continent, agreeing to pick up the drugs at certain positions in the open sea, prosecutors said.

They would then transfer the drugs to farms in Puerto Jimenez where they were delivered to the individuals who were in charge of making the drugs reach their destinations, the prosecutors added.


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Apparently some imported cocaine
supplied national consumption.



According to the Office of the Prosecutor, occasionally the payment received by the organization was cocaine, which was sold in different areas of the country.

The prosecutor added that the police operations continue and that those arrested were taken before the Golfito criminal court.

During the course of the investigations, judicial authorities said they confiscated nearly eight tons of cocaine hydrochloride and $950,000.


Public notices

American Legion on Memorial Day
Remember, Memorial Day will be observed on Sunday, 11:00 a.m., 27th of May. The observation is organized by the Marine Corps League and sponsored by the American Legion. It will be followed with lunch at Las Brujas. You can google Escazú and then Las Brujas and the location will pop up on the map. Remember this is one of only three opportunities for the American Community to celebrate our heritage in Costa Rica, so spread the word among the Americans you may know and we can have a large turnout.

Kenneth Johnson Vice Commander,
Email: kstacey90@hotmail.com

Democrats Abroad Costa Rica
By popular demand we will be showing Michael Moore's Academy Award-winning film: Bowling for Columbine / Political documentary filmmaker Michael Moore explores the circumstances that lead to the 1999 Columbine High School massacre and, more broadly, the proliferation of guns and the high homicide rate in America. In his trademark provocative fashion, Moore accosts Kmart corporate employees and pleads with them to stop selling bullets, investigates why Canada doesn't have the same excessive rate of gun violence and questions actor Charlton Heston on his support of the National Rifle Association. The film was released in 2002 and things have only become worse. The film will be followed by moderated discussion… So don’t miss it! The film is 2 hours long so in order to have time we need to start our meeting at 9:00 a.m. sharp. Please be on time.

Date: Sat May 26, 2018 / 9:00 am - 12:30 pm at 27 Calle Rolex, Little Theater Group, San Rafael Escazú, San José.

At 12:30 everyone is invited to stay a little longer for a champagne send-off for David Truslow and Lucinda Gray who sadly for us are moving back to the states) David is a former Chair.

* Suggested donation: ₡3,000 (Contribution goes towards coffee, iced tea,meeting space & the Get Out the Vote campaign)
* 50-50 Drawing: Bring extra money for the 50-50 drawing to win a chance at receiving50% of what is raised from it.
* Tickets: ₡1,000 each (money raised goes towards our Get Out The Vote efforts)
* Free transfer from San José. Those desiring a free ride to Escazú can meet at Teatro Nacional by 8:30 a.m. promptly or earlier if all who reserved are present. We will provide a free ride back to San José at 1:00pm. Call Nelleke: 8614-2622 or contact Maxine at mtorresdacr@gmail.com You MUST reserve for a ride.

For the time, directions, map, ride share and full details. Click the link http://whoozin.com/VVK-FF4-HM33

If you have any questions or comments, please call Kathy Rothschild at 2244-2247 or email DemocratsAbroadCostaRica@gmail.com

Nelleke A. Bruyn
Email: bruynn@yahoo.com
Telephone numbers:
CR: Cell phone 8614-2622
USA: 317-663-7732
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