Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018  / First news page





Constitutional Chambers orders immediately
release of United Nations road project files

By A.M. Costa Rica

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court ordered the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad to provide immediate public access to the files of road works contracted with the U. N. Office for Project Services.

The files had been declared confidential.

In separate decisions issued Sept. 25, the chamber accepted an appeal filed against the consejo, known in English as the National Road Council, and partially included the Comptroller´s Office, known as the Contraloría.

The road council was told to pay any damages that the retention of information could have caused.

The Comptroller's Office and the road council, attached to the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation, had refused to deliver the information because a controversial confidentiality agreement had been signed with the U.N. agency.

The plaintiffs representing construction companies alleged that they were denied access to public information of the bidding process to design and build a bridge over the Virilla River on Route 32.

That span is known as the Saprissa Bridge.

These are works financed with public funds in which U.N. agency is responsible for contracting the studies, obtaining designs and overseeing construction of the infrastructures in exchange for a percentage of the total cost.

In 2017, the road council signed an agreement in which it was obliged to maintain strict confidentiality on the files of these projects.

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Rendered image of the Virilla River Bridge once finished.

Last Dec. 5, the Comptroller halted, for the second time, the granting of contracts because the bidding companies were not allowed to see the complete files of the project. The Comptroller is the nation's financial watchdog.

The resolution came after the appeals from the companies H. Solís and FCC Construcción América S.A.

After the controversy generated by the decision of the U.N. agency to prevent access to the records of the road works under its charge, the government announced last December that in the future it will not grant it new public works projects.

Aedes aegypti mosquito develops resistance
to insecticides, scientists say

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits dengue, zika and chikungunya and sickens more than 6,000 people each year in Costa Rica, is generating resistance to cypermethrin and deltamethrin, two of the main insecticides used at the national level to control the insect.

The findings come from analyzes conducted at the University of Costa Rica led by Ólger Calderón and Adriana Troyo, microbiologists, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Latin American Vector Control Network and the Pedro Kouri Institute of Havana, Cuba.

The study analyzed the strains collected on the Caribbean coast and in Central Pacific regions, including Guácimo, Guápiles and Siquirres, Limón, Jacó, Barranca, Quepos and Orotina. These regions have a high rate of diseases transmitted by Aedes aegypti, as well as chemical control actions against the vector.

Through analysis with methodologies recognized by the World Health Organization the researchers reported they were able to determine the resistance to insecticides widely used at the national level. Researchers evaluated were deltamethrin and cypermethrin, which are used in the control of adults, as well as the organphosphate temephos, which is used against larvae.

As a result, the experts said they found evident resistance to deltamethrin in the Siquirres mosquitoes. Also, they observed slight resistance to cypermethrin in Guácimo, Guápiles and Limón.

Regarding the central Pacific region, evident resistance to deltamethrin was observed in mosquitoes of Jacó, the researchers reported. Likewise, resistance to cypermethrin was found in Barranca, Jacó and Orotina, they said.

"For diseases transmitted by Aedes aegypti there are no drugs or vaccines that prevent transmission, so control of the vector is the only alternative to prevent the spread of these infectious agents," said Calderón.

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The best measure against the mosquitoes is to destroy any water container where eggs can be laid.

The elimination of hatcheries is the most effective method for mosquito control. However, chemical control remains a fundamental alternative to block the transmission of viruses in epidemic situations.  Therefore, it is necessary to know if the insecticides used are effective or not, according to Calderón.

The main causes of resistance in mosquitoes are the misuse of insecticides, abuse in their application and the use of inappropriate concentrations.

"The findings should be a wake-up call to the population to rationalize the use of these chemicals. In the case of the mosquito the main control alternative is the elimination of hatcheries. This type of action impacts impacts a bigger size of the mosquito populations," Calderón said.

Plan to block cell phone signals in jails moves forward

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The blocking the cellular signals in prisons is about to a become reality.

Thursday the Legislative Assembly approved on first vote the bill that establishes the measure.

The bill was unanimously endorsed by the 50 legislators present at the time of the vote.

The proposal requires telecommunications operators and providers of these services to establish, within a period of nine months, actions to prevent inmates from accessing mobile networks.

The initiative, promoted by the Executive Branch, aims to reduce the amount of scams and extortion that may come from prison inmates.

The bill included a request for telecommunications operators to take the measures without affecting the people living in the vicinity of the prisons.

According to information provided by the Ministry of Justice, in the previous year 3,159 cell phones were seized in prisons.

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Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018  / Second news page
One-judge tribunals are the key to speeding up
judicial processes, says president of the Supreme Court

By AM Costa Rica staff

Changing trials from three to one judge is the idea promoted by the president of the Supreme Court of Justice, Carlos Chinchilla to reduce the length of judicial proceedings.

"Because of the experience we have we realize that a that large number of cases that are heard by courts three judges are not really relevant, so the idea is that the vast majority of issues be handled by unipersonal court, and this would save us a lot of human resources, speed and efficiency," said Chinchilla.

According to the president of the Judiciary, in two years there would be a very significant reduction in judicial delays

The unipersonal courts, according to him, could not see process cases related to organized crime, sexual relations or aggression against minors as well as all the contents of the Law on the Criminalization of Violence against Women.

Another proposal  to reduce the waiting time in judicial disputes is to eliminate the intermediate stage of the trials, by eliminating the preliminary hearings.

Precisely that change could reduce the duration of a process between two and three years, as estimated by the president of the court. The State of Justice 2017 points out that in Costa Rica a judicial dispute takes an average of seven years.

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Carlos Chinchilla, president of the Supreme Court of Justice.

The initiative is filed under bill number 20.181 and establishes a maximum duration of one month for the intermediate phase of a criminal proceeding.

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Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018  / Third news page

Government will attract visitors from
five European countries during World Cup

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tourism officials will promote Costa Rica as an attraction to residents of five European countries during the games played by their respective teams at the 2018 Russia World Cup.

That is the plan that the board of directors of the Costa Rican Tourism Board, locally known as the ICT,  approved to take advantage of the sporting event and thus expose the Essential Costa Rica brand, said Rafael Quesada, advertising director of the institution on a local radio broadcast.

The messages will be broadcasted through digital media in markets of interest: Spain, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Germany.

The idea is to make the investment as efficient as possible through the measurement of views. The details of the platforms to be used were not specified, and the official announcement will be made at a press conference.

"Everything will be focused on getting views, and that will make everything much more efficient. It will be during the matches of those teams. Imagine a match like Spain and Portugal," the official said.

Quesada said the material was already produced under the Esencial Costa Rica seal. "It is a single commercial because otherwise we would have to make a higher investment and in the end, right now, is to try to achieve the greatest impact with the least possible investment," he said.

The Costa Rican Tourism Institute was also in charge of the production of a video showing the president, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, wearing the shirt of #LaSele and giving a message of support and unity to the players that will represent to the country in Russia 2018.

This short video will be the first out of three that will be disseminated on social networks trying to get them viral.

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"It is in our interest to get good returns in regards the image of our country. We also want the soccer players to serve  as ambassadors of our country. Different places of Costa Rica have images of the different attractions that we want tourists to see," said Quesada.

In the coming days two other productions will be launched, one with tourist sites and the other with the presence of physicist Franklin Chang Díaz.

"The cost was minimal. We have already hired our advertising agency, and we have a purchase order to generate all that is content in the different digital media, videos and so on. Then many of the shots that were used are stock images taken from different places. . . .  The same agency offered it to us at no cost, it was a bonus with respect to our contract and we took it to avoid something very expensive," he added.











Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018  / Fourth news page
Six municipalities lack emergency plans,
according to Comptroller's Office
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Missing guidelines for the prevention of risks due to natural disasters and lack of planning instruments are part of the deficiencies that the Comproller`s Office found in six municipal emergency committees.

The municipalities that were reviewed in the report are Turrialba, Matina, Parrita, Upala, Sarapiquí and Nicoya.

The Comptroller says the weaknesses include the lack of a plan to prevent and control the vulnerabilities of each canton in the rainy season, and in case of strong winds, earthquakes or eruptions.

This reality may cause environmental and infrastructure damages such as those from Hurricane Otto in 2016 and the storm Nate in 2017, which generated significant economic losses in the analyzed cantons.

According to the review, the municipal committees do not plan for coordination with other organizations and private companies to deal with calamity.

"There is no ongoing training and preparation work with society, which includes simulation exercises and evacuations to respond appropriately and in a timely manner to an emergency situations that may arise in the canton. Nor are there activities aimed at mitigation such as the maintenance and protection of the infrastructure of the canton, reinforcement of rivers, protection dams and dredging," says the report.

The manager of the Area of Local Development, Vivian Garbanzo, said that the six municipalities lack a local emergency plan approved by the corresponding authorities.
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The Municipality of Nicoya is part of the local governments lacking an emergency plan.

In addition to these weaknesses, the Comptroller report noted that the committees are not properly constituted with four members of the city council and another four approved by the Municipal Council.

Authorities also found a lack of controls on the use and safekeeping of stored goods for emergency care.

The Comptroller's Office ordered the municipalities to correct the shortcomings and the National Emergency Commission  to verify the plans corresponding to each canton.

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Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018  / Fifth news page
Costa Rican architects design container-based
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Two Costa Rican architects who designed apartments built with containers were the winners at the XIV International Biennial of Architecture 2018.

The project is called Contenedores Franceschi by the architects Francisco Vásquez May and Rebeca Chang Ugarte. The project is in Santa Ana.

The duo won the National Prize and the Grand Prize awarded by the contest, which took place last week in the Children's Museum auditorium.

To create three apartments, three shipping containers were used in a way that allowed cross ventilation to mitigate the heat and take advantage of the view.

The project was highlighted by the reuse of resources, the use of space, low environmental impact and low budget, contest officials said.

"The good management of the resources was key in this project, making the most of all the materials available locally.The waste generated by materials such as wood and metal was used in the manufacture of furniture, lamps and doors, small parts of the container were reused in objects such as paper mills and planters which provides a strong character to the project, " said Vásquez.

Additionally, the structure has solar water heaters and a drainage system that allows proper filtration and treatment of water before being drained to the soil.

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This year, the International Biennial of Architecture featured 258 projects on display and the participation of 58 professionals, national and international, invited to serve as a jury through a platform created for the Federated Association of Engineers and Architects.

"We have won these awards with a low-budget project, low impact and a lot of design, proof that good architecture can also be austere and accessible," said architect Vásquez.

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Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018  / Sixth news page
Police seize 166 packages of cocaine in Grecia, Alajuela

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Deputy Prosecutor's Office against Organized Crime raided a warehouse in Los Angeles de Grecia in the province of Alajuela and seized 166 packages of cocaine, each weighing between 1.5 and 2.5 kilograms.

The raid began took place Monday at 6 a.m. and finished around 10 a.m.

The prosecutor confirmed the raids are related to the case in which six Mexicans and one Guatemalan were arrested Sunday after four raids carried out in Alajuela and Escazú.

At the request of the Prosecutor's Office, a criminal court judge ordered three months of preventive detention, while the suspects are being investigated for the crime of international drug trafficking.

During the operation on Tuesday four cars were confiscated. The vehicles had double linings in the floor, and law officers said they suspected that the spaces were used to hide and to transfer drug.

In the inspection of the buildings, the Prosecutor's Office and the judicial police confiscated 266 kilograms, $35,000 in cash, two firearms and three vehicles.

Police said they believe criminals were dedicated to storing drugs here and then sending them to Mexico and the United States, hidden in vans that left Costa Rica through Peñas Blancas border crossing.

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Part of the cocaine seized by authorities.

To prevent the cocaine from being detected, smugglers would put metal plates on the wheels of the trucks, so that the illicit packages would be covered. Inside the van, the group made sure to include legal materials, such as plaster bags for moldings and other purposes, so as not to alert the police.

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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part
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Real Estate For Sale
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Beautiful Balinese Style House
Price $299,000


Beautiful villa of 120m2 with pool overlooking the sea and the valley of 5400m2. Magnificent house with charm in wood and refined marquetry, furnished, very beautiful Balinese style. With its two very spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a mezzanine also very spacious that can accommodate another room and / or an office. A living-dining room with its American kitchen and its large wooden terrace of 70 m2, overlooking the pool and the green and tropical valley of 180 degrees, which ends with a view of the sea. To these is added a beautiful garden of 5400 m2 of tropical trees and decorated with Indonesian imported stone elements. Ideally located in terms of calm and serenity of the place. Finally, being in this heavenly environment, the property is less than 15 minutes from beaches and shops.

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Colinas Del Sol


Fenced Gated Parcels for Sale
* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project in a quiet area. * There are 88 clear titled parcels. * Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees. * Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds. * All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each. * Parcels are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD * Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica. * 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport * 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches * 10 minutes to Medical Facilities * 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital * 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray:
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: or call +517-484-3675
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Code: 9342-090318


Vista Verde Del Mar
(Green View of the Sea)

* 4.4 hectares / 10.91 acres.
* All roads on property are complete on solid, original ground...
no "fill" areas.
* Four private 2+ acre parcels available within a ten acre property.
* 12 minutes to the Quepos airport or Quepos Hospital.
* 17 minutes to the new Marina Pez Vela in Quepos.
* Unsurpassed 360 degree vistas of ocean and mountains.
* All legal work to convey clean / clear / legal title is complete.
* NO PRE-SALE glitches, ready to build on !
* Price to sell $299,000 Brokers Protected.

Mike Michael email:
U.S.A. phone: 770-310-1351
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Code: 9350-050419


Brand new Casa Palmera
Reduced from $389,000 to $349,000

This exquisite home is located within the EXCLUSIVE gated community. Casa Palmeras has 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, large BBQ area and a spectacular pool over 12m long. The gated community offers the perfect location for home buyers who are seeking true relaxation and peace, also offers 2 tennis courts, miles of hiking trails through primary and secondary rain forest, serenity and privacy! Casa Palmeras is a 5-minute drive from the town of Quepos and the new Marina and just short drive to Manuel Antonio Park and beach. More information here

7 Apartments for Sale
Price reduced to $289,000 USD

7 Apt Building For Sale By Owner- * 2000 m2 of property with room for additional apartment construction in the future. * GREAT INCOME POTENTIAL $25K- 540K yearly income potential with live in caretaker! *7 furnished studio apartments with sunny and bright open sliding window doors. Minutes from Quepos and the new Marina and a short drive from Manuel Antonio National Park and beach. More information here

Casa Palmera II
Price $299,000

Located within the EXCLUSIVE community , it has 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, situated on a 50,000 sq ft lot with large BBQ area, private pool and a huge backyard, ideal for pet owners. It is a 5- minute drive from the town of Quepos and the Marina and a short drive to Manuel Antonio Park and beach.The community offers 2 tennis courts , miles of hiking trails through primary and secondary rain-forest, serenity and privacy!
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Business For Sale
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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.
Contact Jim Holley
Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651

Three Cabins For Sale


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.
Call Harry +(506) 8682-9219


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Published Wednesday, May 30, 2018  / Seventh news page

Authorities ask motorists to avoid driving
at Las Hortensias in Cerro de la Muerte

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Work to clear slide on the two-lane road through Las Hortensias sector about 15 km before Pérez Zeledón creates a dangerous situation, according to Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

Through the use of dynamite Tuesday the passage from Cartago to Pérez Zeledón, crossing the Cerro de la Muerte, was cleared. The rocks were blown to divide them and be able to remove them from the road. Some of them weight approximately 50 tons. In total, there were about 2,500 cubic meters that were cleared from the road.

However, despite the fact that the passage would be free, the authorities of the National Road Council recommend not using the route if it is not necessary and to avoid it especially at night.

According to reports, rains had returned to the area of Las Hortensias, so new debris could fall on the road.

Although the road is open, if it is necessary to travel between the south of the country and the Central Valley, users are reminded of the possibility of traveling through the Costanera Sur route.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Dynamite was used to clear the roads and the danger of landslides is high, according to authorities.