Vol.18  No. 604 Published Monday, June 4, 2018  /  First news page
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Legislators agree not to meet
individually with aspiring magistrates

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

No legislative member the New Appointments Committee may have private meetings with any aspiring candidate for any position chosen by the Legislative Assembly, such as judges and magistrates.

The initiative was approved last week when a judicial group, which examined two election processes, pointed out the weaknesses of the current methodology used by legislators to chose candidates on certain posts.

All members of the committee took part in the session with the exception of Carlos Avendaño, head of the National Restoration Party.

The Justice Forum, as the judicial group is called, said the measure is positive but insufficient, since the methodology should include third parties, for example, legislative advisers, as well as legislators who do not belong to the committee.

"Not only candidates lobby in their favor but also third parties," said Marcia Aguiluz, director of the Center for Justice and International Law.

Aguiluz proposed several items for the process to be objective, for example, the definition of a job profile, a methodology for the evaluation of academic and professional reports, as well as the definition of a unique questionnaire.

"We welcome the decision of this committee, but we hope it includes the prohibition of private meetings with third parties as well. In addition, the committee should broadcast the sessions on social networks so that interested people know what is happening. They have the means to do so," said John Brenes, representative of the Costa Rica Integral Association.

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Experts told the legislators there are many weaknesses
in the way they handle political appointments.

The president of the committee, Ana Lucía Delgado, said it will depend on the rest of legislators to assume the commitment in a moral and ethical way.

"We have to focus on finding the most suitable people for these positions and build a methodology that guarantees the whole society that the chosen ones are there due to objective parameters," said Delgado.

Delgado said that the proposal of the Justice Forum is a valuable feedback but that it is up to legislators to build that methodology.

The appointments committee has the duty of naming six magistrates in each of the country's chambers.

Dermatological tests will be also performed by using cameras for patients living in hard to reach places

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican Social Security Fund inaugurated a virtual center to care for patients with dermatological conditions, especially those located in distant parts of territory, according to authorities.

This center started working recently and has already served patients from the Ricardo Moreno Cañas Clinic, the Monseñor Sanabria Hospital in Puntarenas and, at this moment, staffers are treating patients of the Maximiliano Peralta Hospital in the province of Cartago, the authorities said.

At least 250 patients have been checked per week, and through this new care scheme, an average of 10 cases of different types of skin cancer per week have been detected, according to figures of the fund.

The virtual center works as follows: two specialists in dermatology sit in a cubicle equipped with high definition cameras, dermatoscopes and high-definition monitors, through which specialists can assess the patients shown by a properly trained general practitioner. This means that patients do not have to travel to where the specialists are located, according to Tania Jiménez Umaña, coordinator of special projects of the external consultation of Medical Management Department.

She said although this system of care has been used by the public health system for years, it is the first time that it has been modified to serve several hospitals in the national territory, since the specialists do not belong to any particular dermatology service but are at the service of the different health establishments to increase the institutional offer in dermatological care.

In case the specialists have to perform face-to-face procedures such as biopsies, they travel one day a week to the hospital where the consultation originated to carry out the diagnostic or therapeutic procedure, she added.

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Ophthalmology is another one the services
that could be virtually carried out.

This modality of attention uses the platform of the Information and Communication Technologies Directorate that the fund has in the national territory and allows interconsultations between the different hospitals and health areas, according to Robert Picado, chief of the unit.

The Single Digital Health File platform is also used to locate patients through its call center. This means that all institutional resources are being aligned to consolidate this alternative care model, he said.

The goal of the managers of this project is to serve about 12,000 patients with a dermatological conditions in the next six months, and add other medical and surgical specialties such as ophthalmology, according to the official statement.

Consumer's confidence changed
after new government's arrival

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The latest survey, carried out between May 2 and 25, shows that consumer's confidence reached 45 points on a zero to 100 scale. In February the figure was 40.9. The increase occurred mainly because consumers are more optimistic about the economic future of the country, according to Johnny Madrigal, researcher from the School of Statistics of the University of Costa Rica.

According to the study, the slight increase in consumer optimism just after the elections is a trend that has been repeated the last three electoral campaigns. However, that optimism seems to be more moderate with the arrival of Carlos Alvarado's government, according to Madrigal.

For example, when Oscar Arias won the 2006 elections, consumer confidence increased by 10.1 points, by 7.2 points after Laura Chinchilla's victory in 2010, as well as 8.6 percentage points when Luis Guillermo Solis reached the second round and knew with certainty that he would win, according to the report.

In contrast to what happened in the last three elections where optimism rose during the campaigns, this time, it did not change between November and February due to the uncertainty that the country experienced, says the document.

In addition, in the last three months the expectation for a higher family salary was strengthened, after moving from 18.5 points to 25.6 points, despite the expectation of purchasing capacity remains the same as three months ago, the research shows.

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More than a third of the surveyed population
expects unemployment to increase.

On the other hand, in terms of national policies, 49 percent of consumers say that the government is doing a poor job, 34.9 percent say the government does what is necessary, and 13 percent claim that the outgoing government of Luis Guillermo Solís was doing a good job, the study shows.

In the social sphere, 36.6 percent of people expect unemployment to increase in the next 12 months, and 43 percent predict the same with poverty. According to other survey measures, since August 2015, there is a trend towards more positive expectations in the social sphere, given that these figures are generally around 70 percent, says the investigation.




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Published Monday, June 4, 2018  /  Second news page
Politicians tell cyclists to own their lanes

By AM Costa Rica staff

Sunday more than a thousand cyclists took their bikes on the 12.5 kilometers dedicated route that connects the east and west parts of the capital in order to commemorate the first World Bicycle Day.

At 8 a.m. they left the University of Costa Rica in San Pedro and around 10 a.m. they arrived to Paseo Colón. According to the organizers, some 700 people had registered before starting and there was still another important amount who signed up at the very last moment.

Authorities such as the mayor of San José, Johnny Araya, the minister of the Presidency, Rodolfo Piza, and and some legislators showed up at the event.

Marcel Soler, mayor of Montes de Oca, said that the bicycle lane has become an opportunity to make the city more peaceful.

"This is the same result that seen in many cities, and we have to continue working in the same page with other municipalities," said Soler.

Soler said that it is necessary to improve the infrastructure and expand the bike lane to make it more accessible to citizens.

"The impact has been positive and the more time passes, the more positive it will be," said the Mayor of Montes de Oca.

Roberto Guzmán from the ChepeCletas group said there still are challenges to overcome, especially in the area of road safety education.

Carolina Hidalgo, president of the Legislative Assembly and member of the Citizen Action Party, said that it is necessary to support all initiatives that promote this type of transportation that is cheaper and less polluting.

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The activity summoned several politicians who now
are advocates of this type of transportation.

"Today is the first World Bicycle Day, declared by the United Nations. The idea is that people can experience what it is to cross the city by bicycle and the benefits that it has: faster and more accessible. Remember that the bicycle is economically easier to access than a vehicle," said Hidalgo.

Rafael Arias from the Municipality of San José said that the next step is for people to become advocates of the use of bicycles and, at least in the capital, take advantage of the 12.5 kilometers bike lane.

He said that the municipality is committed to improving the conditions for people to dare to use this means of transportation.

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Published Monday, June 4, 2018  /  Third news page


Emilia Navas swears in 224 officers in
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The General Prosecutor Emilia Navas has sworn in 224 people in positions of assistant prosecutor, prosecutor and deputy prosecutor.

These are not new places that have been granted to the Public Prosecutor's Office but rather posts that stopped being temporary to become permanent.

The new officials will start their duties June 15.

The prosecutor said that the appointments were made under absolutely objective criteria, "seeking the election of suitable people both functionally and ethically."

"This effort guarantees job stability, economic and emotional growth for the people who were appointed, so we hope that this will turn into effort, mystique and commitment to the work performed by colleagues, in order to improve public service," said Navas.

"With these appointments, the tranquility of the Public Prosecutor's Office is favored. They see in Ms. Navas a way to achieve job stability and equal opportunities for all staff, guaranteeing objectivity in the planning and administration policies of the human factor and the improvement of the public service through the designation of suitable personnel in the positions." said a Human Resources administrator named as Brown Sharpe.

Out of the total 224 places in the three different positions: auxiliary prosecutor (185), prosecutor (34) and deputy prosecutor (5), the Prosecutor Navas appointed 125 women and 99 men.

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Published Monday, June 4, 2018  /  Fourth news page
Offline: 20 municipalities lack their website
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Out of the 81 municipalities of the country, 20 do not offer an online presence, which makes transparency and tax payments much more complicated, according to the latest Index of Public Digital Experience, carried out in 2017 by Radiográfica Costarricense and the INCAE school of business.

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Published Monday, June 4, 2018  /  Fifth news page
Exclusive bus lane would extend
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The government will seek that the extension to four lanes that takes place in a 1.5-kilometer strip in Santo Domingo de Heredia can be extended to the center of Heredia at a later time.

Thursday President Carlos Alvarado and the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Rodolfo Méndez, made a visit in Santo Domingo, where a extension to four lanes is currently underway. The works take place between the intersection of Inbio Park and the cemetery of the canton.

According to Méndez, the objective is not only to improve vehicular traffic but also to stimulate the use of public transport, which will have an exclusive lane in each direction of the road.

On the other hand, the mayor of Santo Domingo, Randall Madrigal, considered highly necessary the work that is taking place, in that all the exits of the canton get sticky during peak hours, as he said.

The extension of the 1.5 km route in Santo Domingo is part of the work on 28 bottlenecks in the greater metropolitan area announced by the government in its first directive May 8.

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Published Monday, June 4, 2018  /  Sixth news page
Police rescued elderly woman in
a state of abandonment in Nicoya

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A call Friday to 911 alerted the Fuerza Pública in Nicoya Friday morning that an 87-year-old senior citizen was in a state of neglect and abuse at her home.

According to César Anchía, deputy regional police director of Guanacaste, the officers, once they arrived at the site, saw that the woman was in very bad condition, so they coordinated transportation to take her to the closest health center.

The director also said the police officers reported she told them that she was hungry because she had not eaten. "That is why an officer went to look for a soup to feed her," he added.

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One year lease required.

For more information email: rentals1@mac.com

Web page palmarescostarica.us

Code 9374-061118

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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
of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need.
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Real Estate For Sale
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Jaco Oceanfront Furnished Condo
Jaco Oceanfront Condo in excellent condition, completely furnished, with air conditioning, hot water, private parking, equipped gym, large pool and garden area, and 24 hour security.

Contains: large bedroom, bath with shower, living/dining area combined with kitchen, equipped with new refrigerator, TV, furniture and cooking equipment. Granite table and counter tops. Continuous cross-current ocean breezes.

Located at the south end of Jaco on quiet extensive beach away from noise, traffic and city tourism.

Monthly maintenance of $221 includes water, security, cable/internet and pool and garden maintenance. Asking price: $145,000.

Contact numbers: (506) 8820-9768 or (506) 2240-2240.

Code: xxxx- 090118
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.

More information here

Contact Us:
Email: mariogendron93@yahoo.ca
CR cellphone: (506) 8360-6620

Visit Our Contact Page http://www.palmaspacifica.com/


Colinas Del Sol
Fenced Gated


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: jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or USA call +517-484-3675
For more information: www.colinasdelsolcr.com

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: mikemichael@bellsouth.net
U.S.A. phone: 770-310-1351
More information Click Here
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 http://palmaspacifica.com/home-for-sale/by-owner-casa-pacifica-3br-2ba/

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 http://palmaspacifica.com/home-for-sale/7-apt-building-for-sale-by-owner-299000

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!
More information here

Contact Us:
Local Office Phone (506) 2777-3339
Phone Rentals: 1-800-381 3770
Real Estate: 1-800-346 9724
Email: richard@manuelantonioestates.com
Visit Our Contact Page http://www.palmaspacifica.com/


Business For Sale
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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
E-Mail: jimmy6902001@yahoo.com
Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651

Three Cabins in La Fortuna
San Carlos


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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Published Monday, June 4, 2018  /  Seventh news page

Indoor/Outdoor II​

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Remember my promise to offer more advice on indoor gardening? Here we go.

Anyone who lives in an apartment with a balcony can grow vegetables in pots, hanging baskets with flowers or herbs in a hanging shoe organizer.

Shoe organizer? You bet! Get yourself a plastic shoe organizer, fill it with soil, and put your herbs in each shoe holder. Be sure to poke some holes in the bottom of each of the holder or, if they are open, use landscaper fabric to hold the soil.

Would you rather have fragrance on the balcony? Great plants are the gardenia and the jasmine. They will thrive in nice big pots with just a little pampering. Keep them well fertilized and watered with lots of sun for best results. Climbing jasmine will twine around an open railing on the balcony making you the envy of your neighbors (who will wonder where the perfume is coming from).

Don’t neglect the bathroom. No light at all in the bathroom? There is even a plant for that, the Golden Pothos Vine, Epipremnum pinnatum, which will thrive in very low light and even grow in the dark, although, if you will be away for an extended period, it is best to move it from a dark to a low light area. As a bonus, the vine is an air purifier.

Bored with growing green things like philodendron, ferns, ivy, indoor palms, spider plants and lucky bamboo? Not that they aren’t great plants for the home, but there are any number of vibrantly colored plants you can grow indoors. Take, for example, the peace lily (Spathiphyllum). My garden has a lot of these lovely plants in white, pinks, reds, and purples. There is even a peace lily so dark it looks black. Great indoor color.

You might also try the Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema commutatum) with its white flowers and bright red berries or any of the flowering bromeliads which adapt very well to indoor situations. Gloxinia (Sinningia speciosa), are great flowering plants for the house and the new hybrids come in a variety of colors. But don’t ignore the coleus with its wonderful year-round leaf colors. Just remember to snip off the flowers when they bloom. Coleus are easy to start and easy to care for. The begonia also makes a great addition to the indoor garden and flowers very well.

If you can find one, the Columnea (Columnea gloriosa) is a fantastic low light plant with trailing foliage and exotic red and yellow flowers.

So, bring greenery and color into every room of the house with these plants and don’t forget to check the web for others.

Plant for the Week

Victoria Torley photo

Another great plant for the house or the shaded balcony is the caladium (Caladium bicolor) a native of South America and easily available at nurseries (or from your neighbor). The plant comes in different variations of red, white, and green, including one that appears to be purely white with red veins – the edge of green is difficult to see. Buy several varieties and mass them together for an amazing display.

Editor's note: Victoria Torley, gardener columnist, can be reached at victoriatorley1@gmail.com