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Not a single homicide reported for five days,
says Public Security minister

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Monday the head of the Public Security, Michael Soto Rojas, announced that no murders were registered in the country for five days ending Sunday, a situation not seen in the last several years.

"On Monday there were three homicides, which is very bad, but we spent five days with zero murders, which is very good news when the average was up to three per day, so we are very happy," said Soto.

"The truth is that this has not happened for quite some time, I do not have the data, but I would say many years because last year data was 1.6 homicides per day," he added.

The pause in killings is related with the police action that he has promoted since his arrival May 8, said Soto.

Since then, the minister has led a series of police efforts, up to three each weekly and locally known as mega-operations, which hamper, at least for a few hours, the criminal activity.

The operations, in which thousands of officers go to the street, have stopped homicides and robberies, and lead to the confiscation of drugs and weapons and the arrest of subjects with outstanding warrants, said Soto.

Some of them are made with a prior announcement while others take the public by surprise.

Soto said on live radio that between June 1 and Monday there were 11 murders fewer than the same period in 2017.

However, the total number of homicides to date is 25 cases higher than last year.

"We hope that if we continue to carry out this type of activity we could at least balance the numbers," said Soto.

"I perceive a lot of motivation.  I thank the 16,000 officers of the Public Force for the work they do, the effort they put in, the sacrifice they make, and I encourage them to continue," said the minister.

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Transit, municipal and national police take part in the mega-operations carried out by the ministry.
He also said that during the operations, police seized about 110 weapons, something of great concern for the security forces.

According to preliminary investigations, 50 percent of those weapons come from the black market and enter the country illegally.

The rest were legal weapons stolen from citizens who had permission to carry firearms.

"It's a bad thing. What we have to do is to be in the streets seizing weapons and investigating in coordination with the Judicial Investigation Organization to try to identify those markets," said Soto.

The minister said that in Costa Rica the most common type of weapon used to commit a crime is a 9-mm. handgun.


110 women sought help due to partner aggression
during the soccer World Cup games

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A total of 110 women called 911 to report aggression from their partners during broadcast soccer matches of the 2018 Russia World Cup, including that of the National Soccer Team of Costa Rica.

One woman became a murder victim, police said.

The figures were provided by the Public Security Ministry and show a 38 percent increase when compared to June 17 between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m.

During that period, the national team was defeated in its World Cup debut against Serbia.

The game started at 6 a.m. and ended at approximately 7:45 a.m.

Sunday was also the celebration of the Father's Day.

The figure is no longer a surprise for the minister of the Status of Women and president of the National Institute for Women, Patricia Mora, who once again called for a halt to gender violence.

Ms Mora stated that it is the entire nation’s responsibility and that people: “cannot stop wondering how we got here." The game began early in the morning  and by one o’clock an average of 19 women per hour had called 911 for help, said police.

The woman was murdered in San Antonio de Belén, Heredia, according to police.


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Past year’s studies have shown a correlation between domestic violence and the results of national or international soccer games.
Mora said that in the coming days, the government will declare a state of emergency due to violence against women, in order to focus the attention of public institutions on the problem and establish the issue as a national priority.

Police say the body of murdered
American female was in a camper van

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police said the body of an American-Costa Rican woman known as Melida Thomas Dixon, 67, has been found.

The woman had been reported as missing by her son. The body was inside a camper van in San Rafael of San Ramón de Alajuela, according to the police.

The police reported that the van was in an area that was difficult to access, that the contents were in disarray and that the woman had a knife wound to the chest.

The police are looking for the woman’s partner. That individual’s identity and whereabouts are unknown. "It has not been determined if there was robbery," said a police official.

According to Luis Ángel Ávila of the Judicial Investigating Organization, the victim was last seen Friday, and neighbors made no report of a disturbance.

Ms Dixon’s daughter called her repeatedly over the weekend, and, when there was no answer, drove to the van and found the victim Monday.


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Luis Ángel Ávila, deputy director of the Judicial Investigation Organization provided the details
about the case.





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Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018  / Second news page
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Citizen's Action Party owes $181,000
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The Citizen Action Party owes $181,000 to advertising and a polling agencies for services provided during the electoral campaign.

Víctor Morales, former campaign manager, said there was an error in the calculations of the funds that the party was going to charge for the sale of bonds of political debt.

Such a miscalculation prevented the immediate payment promised to these providers.

"We did not have the liquidity we expected.  We had foreseen for the sale of bonds, so we had to delay payments to suppliers," Morales said.

The president of the party Alfredo Chavarría, said that the debts will be paid in the next 22 days.

"There may have been an error in the calculations. We have had a little delay, in part due to the changes in the party's authorities," Chavarria said.

The party hired advertising services, while the polling firm provided the party with consultancies, focus group sessions as well as internal surveys, according to Morales.


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Apparently, the party did not sell as many bonds as expected.

"We are asking for some time. We have said to them that we are going to pay once we solve the credit procedures," he said.

The party has already reached a repayment schedule with one creditor.





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Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018  / Third news page
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Reventazón hydroelectric plant generates electricity again

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Reventazón Hydroelectric Plant was re-incorporated into the National Electric System Friday after going out of operation last February due to a leak in the spillway, according to the National Electricity Institute.

The reservoir filling program, which began on May 18, was completed on time, according to the institute.

The minimum level of operation, 245 meters above sea level, was reached and allowed for the tests necessary for the plant to begin operations.

The current generation of the $1.4 billion Reventazón comes from the unit of the ecological compensation plant while the four main generating units will be added progressively over the next seven days, the institute said.

"With satisfaction we have reinserted the Reventazón Hydroelectric Plant into the national electric park. The plans are implemented to guarantee the supply of the country and to preserve the levels of renewable generation which have been successful. We hope that at the end of the following week, the five turbines will be feeding the plant," said Luis Pacheco, corporate director of the Institute.


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The Reventazón Hydroelectric Plant in near Siquirres.

The rest of the intervention plan will be extended until August. The plant went into service in September 2016, and has the capacity to provide electrical power to more than a half million homes, the institute has said.


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Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018  / Fourth news page
Border areas will be more strictly
monitored to fight human trafficking
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Public Security will employ several preventive programs in the country's border areas to fight human trafficking and other crimes, according to a press statement.

The ministry said there are new resources assigned for the delegations of Los Chiles, Upala, San Carlos, Talamanca, La Cruz, Sarapiqui, Corredores and Coto Brus.

"The investment will prevent problems such as violence and crime in issues such as human trafficking, sexual exploitation, domestic violence and bullying," says the document.

Deputy Minister Eduardo Solano said that the benefiting delegations belong to the areas with the lowest social development index, where they hope to continue strengthening the offices that serve migratory zones.

Authorities delivered new vehicles, electronic equipment and furniture donated by the General Directorate of Migration to the areas in question.

The security minister, Michael Soto, said that the country must understand that many citizens flee from neighboring countries due to different social crises.

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It is likely that security measures will be strengthened at the Nicaraguan border due to the political crisis.

"Although it seems little, it's a lot. This will make the work easier since prevention is necessary in order to reduce crime rates in the medium term," said Soto.

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Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018  / Fifth news page
Finance ministry warns about scammers
using its name to steal data

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Minister of Finance has issued a call to all citizens and residents to be on the alert for scammers and said that no representative of the ministry will ever request the personal data of taxpayers or ask for access to their computer equipment.

The institution also said no one is authorized to make phone calls or visit companies or houses on its behalf.

According to the document, some people have been using the name of the EXONET system as a pretext to enter facilities, arguing that they should review the installation of that system.

The implementation of electronic invoices has also been used for possible scams.

The General Directorate of Customs warned that scammers may also request money for allegedly auctioned goods even though anyone wishing to participate in an auction must deposit an advance payment by means of a certified check in favor agency that is in charge of the auction.

Payment is never made in cash to officials or individuals.

The Ministry says that anything related to the exoneration system, EXONET, is only coordinated before the Exemption Management Department of the General Directorate of Finance, in San José.


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Fraudsters use telephone, emails and even personal visits trying to scam the population, the Finance Ministry warned.


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Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018  / Sixth news page
President Alvarado appoints economist
as new deputy minister of Public Security

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Public Security said that Fiorella Salazar Rojas will be the new deputy minister of Public Security and will focus her work on administrative goals.

The ministry said Salazar has a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Costa Rica and a master's degree in project management from the University for International Cooperation of Costa Rica.

She also speaks three languages, Spanish, English and Italian, and has over nine years of experience in management and supervision of operations at the Inter-American Development Bank in Costa Rica in the energy, transportation, citizenship, security and education sectors.

"Regionally, also with the bank, she has experience in projects such as the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity of the Northern Triangle. She has also taken part in the creation and coordination of the Consultative Group of Civil Society of the bank in Costa Rica," said the Ministry.

The appointment was by President Carlos Alvarado.


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Beautiful house, surrounded by a wonderful nature, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath furnished house inside gated farm. Close to town. $650.00 Includes Electric, Internet, WiFi, Cable TV, water. Santa Barbara de Heredia. American owner lives onsite, quiet, secure.
For more information email: organicfarmhouserental@gmail.com

Code: 9378-062818

Tropical
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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.
Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com
or call at (506) 2654-5442
Code:9325-082618
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Real Estate For Sale
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Jaco Oceanfront Furnished Condo
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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: 9380- 090118
Beautiful Balinese Style House
Price $299,000

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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
http://www.bienesyraices-costarica.com/ES/en-venta-en-costarica-detalles.awp?P1=122

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

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

Code:9358-070318


Colinas Del Sol
Fenced Gated
Parcels

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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.
Contact:
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




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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.

Contact:
Mike Michael email: mikemichael@bellsouth.net
U.S.A. phone: 770-310-1351
More information Click Here
Code: 9350-050419


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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
http://palmaspacifica.com/home-for-sale/by-owner-casa-pacifica-3br-2ba/

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/

Code:9358-070318



Costa Rica's first Realtor specialized in Eco Properties, Eco Consulting, Green Living and Hotel Real Estate & Hotel Consulting. Own farm with sustainable development project under planning.





 • Specialized in the Central and South Pacific, Hotels in the whole country.
• Great network of Realtors, to find your dream property.
• Homes, condominium & luxury homes.
• Eco lodges and hotels.

• Green properties and waterfalls.
• Farms and project developments.
• Property management in the Jaco/Garabito area.

• Hotel Real Estate and Hotel Consulting.



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Visit our sites:

www.ecorealtorscr.com
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Telephone: +506 8825-6556
US phone: 1-626-461-7851
Skype: ecorealtorscr

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Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
Code:9368-112118


Business For Sale
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Versatile 2 Floors Building
in La Sabana


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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
Code:9333-072318

Three Cabins in La Fortuna
San Carlos


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In La Fortuna San Carlos. Price $145,000 USD
Three cabins for sale fully furnished with AC, hot water, micro waves, refrigerators, flat screen TV. three years old.Lot is 22 meters by 49 meters. fenced and gated with private drive.Fish and shrimp pond on property with several tropical plants as well as several fruit trees.Room for more new construction house or cabins. This property is in the country but close to Fortuna central.Cabins advertised on AirBnB. Good income property.

Call Harry +(506)
8682-9219
Email:
lagringo2003@yahoo.com
Code:9344-081518


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Published Tuesday, June 19, 2018  / Seventh news page
Costa Rica business news
Jacó drug traffickers sentenced to eight years in prison

By A.M. Costa Rica news

Sergio Antonio Araya Aguilar has been convicted of the crime of international drug trafficking and will spend eight years and six months in prison.

The sentence was handed down June 11 by the Criminal Court of Puntarenas, according to the Public Ministry.

Last Dec. 19, brothers Jorge Bolívar Chaves and José Luis Palma González, Ecuadorians, accepted the charges and went through a special abbreviated procedure without a trial, and each received an eight-year prison sentence.

Araya Aguilar, a Costa Rican national, was the only one who refused the abbreviated process and faced trial.

Those sentenced individuals were detained Sept. 2, 2016, in the sector of Miradores de Jacó.

Prior to arrest, they had been intercepted by the National Coast Guard Service when they were at sea throwing away packages found to contain 331 kilograms of cocaine.


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A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
The events that led to the sentence took place in the Pacific
off Jacó, in the province of Puntarenas.