Vol.18  No. 709 Published Monday July 9, 2018  - First news page


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Nicaragua detains two Costa Ricans
and ministry demands reasons

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two Costa Rican citizens have been detained by Nicaraguan authorities without much explanation.

One arrest took place in El Chipote prison and the other in a police station in the Nicaraguan capital.

The Costa Rican Ministry of Foreign Affairs is seeking further information on the arrests.

The detainees are Eduardo Mora Araña, 34, and his father, Eduardo Mora Báez, 64. Both have dual Nicaraguan and Costa Rican citizenship.

Costa Rica's ambassador to Nicaragua, Eduardo Trejos, said on Saturday that the young man had been arrested Thursday.

When his father went to look for him, he was also arrested. At the moment the legal status of both is unknown.

"We are informed that Eduardo Mora Araña was arrested and is in a jail in Nicaragua and his father Eduardo Mora Báez was subsequently arrested when he was visiting him or was trying to obtain information about him," said Trejos.


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The two men were detained in the midst
of a political crisis in Nicaragua. 

The consul of Managua, Óscar Camacho, contacted the Nicaragua's Ministry of the Interior to request explanations about the detention and to ask for authorization for a visit.

The Nicaraguan deputy, Edipcua Dubón, published a complaint on social media a few days ago about the arrest of the Costa Rican.

The Foreign Ministry is in contact with the families of the detainees.  As of last night, no new reports had been received from the Nicaraguan Embassy.


Costa Rica extends visa validity
for Nicaraguan citizens up to six months

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Immigration authorities will extend the validity of the tourist visas granted to Nicaraguan citizens for up to six months and will automatically extend the current visas of those who are already in the country.

With this action, the government seeks to protect Nicaraguans who face the conflict caused by the violent repression of the Ortega regime.

The conflict, which began in April, has now caused more than 300 deaths, left hundreds wounded and triggered the loss of thousands of jobs, according to several civil organizations.

Tourist visas are routinely valid for three months, but the director of immigration, Raquel Vargas, already signed the modification that will be applied while the conflict in Nicaragua continues.

This change will apply as of its publication in the official daily La Gaceta, which could happen next week, she said.

The Costa Rican consulates in Managua and Chinandega issue between 500 and 700 visas a day, although not all beneficiaries register their entry into Costa Rica, Vargas said, due to apparent difficulties in leaving their country.

The decision to extend the time of legal residence in Costa Rica to these individuals has been added to the ministry’s plan for refugee claimants, which has totaled more than 6,000 since the crisis began in mid-April.


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The measure will last as long as the Nicaraguan conflict goes on, said immigration authorities.


Although many of these requests were submitted by Nicaraguans who were not even in Nicaragua at the time the conflict began, immigration studies all the petitions and, during a review of the request, issues a card that allows the individual to stay in the country legally for a period of 11 months, officials said.


Suspects in the murder of U.S. citizen
get six months preventive detention

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A criminal court in Grecia, Alajuela, issued a six-month preventive detention order for a couple who are suspected of murdering U.S citizen William Nearhoff.

Prosecutors charged the couple with simple homicide and aggravated robbery.

Nearhoff, was found dead July 2, inside his apartment in the town of Grecia. A spokesman for judicial investigators  said the man had been bound, gagged and stabbed to death.

Tuesday two suspects, a man, 30, and a woman, 29, were arrested in the canton of Sarchí as possible perpetrators of the crime, according to Walter Espinoza, general director of the Judicial Investigation Organization.

"One of the suspects is a 29 years old with a criminal record for theft. The other person has a record for robbery and theft," Espinoza said.

The apparent motive in this case is robbery. Agents found the victim's belongings after two raids were carried out in a suspect's home.

Investigators were aided because the entry to Nearhoff's apartment was covered by a surveillance camera.

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U.S citizen William Nearhoff / A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo  

The suspects were charged with simple homicide and aggravated robbery.


The footage showed Nearhoff and the 29-year-old woman arriving and entering the building while two men showed up and loitered for a while outside.





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National Coast Guard may use boats
confiscated from drug traffickers

By AM Costa Rica staff

A new law will allow the National Coast Guard Service to use boats, ships, and vessels seized from organized crime.

The law was signed on Friday in the Presidential House, within the framework of the official installation of the National Security Council, which will be chaired, for the first time, by the president.

Commenting on the importance of this legislation, the Security minister, Michael Soto, said that previously there were a series of limitations that prevented the Coast Guards from making use of these assets in its operations to combat drug trafficking and crime.

"This caused hundreds of these naval assets to deteriorate and left them practically useless," said Soto.

With this new legislation, the Coast Guard authorities will assess whether the characteristics of the equipment are adequate for their operations.

Otherwise, they can sell them, deliver them as payment, use them as spare parts or donate them to institutions, education boards, cantonal sports committees or associations for integral development, he said.

In the event that the donation is unfeasible, dangerous or inconvenient, the Coast Guard is authorized to proceed with the destruction of the property.

The National Security Council, installed Friday, is in charge of defining the national strategies that will be implemented to fight crime in the country.

It will be chaired by President Carlos Alvarado, under the technical secretariat of the minister of Public Security, Michael Soto.

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Before the law, naval assets confiscated from
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The other members are: the Ministry of Justice and Peace, Ministry of Government and Police, Costa Rican Institute on Drugs, General Directorate of Migration and Immigration and the Intelligence and Security Directorate.

The National Security Council will meet at Presidential House at least once a month or more often in cases of emergency when convened by President Alvarado or by the technical secretary, Michael Soto.


Indigenous population will have
greater guarantees for access to justice

By AM Costa Rica staff

A bill of rights on access to justice for indigenous peoples was approved in a second vote by the Legislative Assembly last week.

"The law raises the obligation of the Costa Rican state to provide an interpreter during judicial proceedings related to indigenous communities, the performance of cultural expert opinions, the promotion of alternative mechanisms of justice and conflict resolution and free legal assistance," said the Judiciary in a press statement.

This issue has been addressed for several years, thanks to the work of the Commission for Access to Justice, coordinated by Judge Carmen María Escoto, and the subcommittee on indigenous affairs, according to the document.


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New sentencing hearing ordered in kidney transplant case

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Last Dec. 4 a trial court found guilty and imposed prison terms on a physician and a restaurant operator who had been accused in a kidney brokerage scheme.

The physician,  last name Mora, received 12 years for one count of organ trafficking and one count of embezzlement in using the facility of a public hospital for private gain.

The restaurant operator, last name Karkasi, got eight years. He was accused of spotting potential kidney donors and steering them to Mora and other physicians.

However, prosecutors appealed the sentencing. Last week the Tribunal de Apelación de Sentencia ordered a new trial to reconsider the sentences.

The appeals panel said that Mora should face penalties for 13 counts of trafficking in organs and 14 counts of embezzlement.

The restaurant owner now faces sentencing for three counts of organ trafficking.

The assistant fiscal general, Ileana Mora, said this means the original sentence could be tripled due to the repetition of the crime.

So Mora faces 48 years in prison, and the Greek expat faces up to 24 years.

This is the case where Costa Ricans agreed to surrender a kidney for payment, sometimes as much as $17,400 each.

The organ recipients were mainly foreigners. The bulk were from Israel, although A.M. Costa Rica knows of one elderly U.S. recipient.

The arrests were made in 2013 and based on a 2005 updated version of Costa Rican law that included organ trafficking along with trafficking in persons.

The personable Greek expat operated a pizza restaurant near Hospital Calderón Guardia.


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The assistant fiscal general said that Costa Rican law allows tripling the penalty for a single crime when there is a series of similar crimes. 


The two men are in preventative detention until at least Dec. 4. The Office of the Fiscal General did not give an estimated date for the new sentencing.

Those were accepted money to donate a kidney are being treated as victims by the Costa Rican prosecutors.

The recipients generally were those unable to obtain a transplant in their own countries.

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So he traveled to Costa Rica and spent upwards of $100,000 for a transplant. He died shortly after returning to the United States.

Mora was chief of the nephrology section at Calderón Guardia, but prosecutors said he used private facilities at  a two private Hospital in San José.


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Mayor of Puriscal urges works on Route # 239
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Luis Madrigal, the mayor of Puriscal, urged the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Rodolfo Méndez Mata, to carry out work on the route that connects Puriscal with Parrita because the road is in very poor condition due to the rainy season.

The mayor confirmed that the minister and legislators had agreed to meet with him, but that the minister’s scheduling problems caused the meeting to be cancelled.

"I urge the deputies to help to improve this route that will help the neighbors of the community, the canton of Puriscal and the country, because it is an important alternative route to the Central Pacific when there is a problem on Route 27," he said.

Madrigal said that with the arrival of the rainy season, schoolchildren, and small and medium entrepreneurs in tourism and agriculture are affected by the lack of accessibility along this road.

He added that "it hinders the transportation of students who go to the different schools, the neighbors who seek medical attention like the elderly, pregnant women and people with disabilities,” as well as farmers who try to get their products to market.

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further deterioration of the road.


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Published Monday July 9, 2018  - Fifth news page

Finance Ministry trains students in tax literacy

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

From February to June, 835 students were provided with workshops on personal finance through the finance ministry which hopes that this education will help them control their money and recognize the importance of paying taxes.

The deputy director of education and fiscal tax culture, Daniela Chacón, said that it is important for everyone to understand personal finance, savings plans, debt control, and the like, and how paying taxes helps everyone.

Education centers and organizations can request a permit to provide workshops, talks and games about the subject.

"The workshops include a presentation that lasts 10 minutes and explains where the taxes come from, what they are used for and more. In addition, the importance of asking for invoices in shops is also mentioned," said Chacón.

During 2017, 30 schools were visited and 2,129 students were trained.

The idea of the ministry is to visit 30 primary schools and 30 high schools, to ensure that not only children learn but that the students share their experience with their families.


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Published Monday July 9, 2018  - Sixth news page

Well potted (part 1)



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‘Tis the rainy season and Metric Man is running the dehumidifier in the walk-in closet so the clothes won’t get moldy. Next to the dehumidifier is a bucket of mud also in the drying process.

Was he surprised? Well, yes, but he shouldn’t have been, after all we have been married a long time and stranger things have happened. Anyway, I heard, “Wife? Why is there a bucket of mud in the closet?” Response? “It’s is drying out so I can try making a clay pot. “


It’s like this. When we dug out an area for some plants, we hit a big layer of clay and some pot shards so I figure that the clay must be good for pots. Naturally, I want to try it because pots are good for plants.

Well, the whole thing got me thinking about what kinds of pots there are and what is best for plants, so I thought I would share it with you.

Black plastic planting bags are a kind of pot and very useful. All you need is a few stones for balance and a little dirt and they are perfect for starting seeds. I use them all the time. Sometimes, if you are careful, they can be reused, but remember to recycle them when you are finished.

Plastic pots some in black and lighter colors although the light colors seem to be hard to find. They also come in flimsy and sturdy and I have both. The flimsy ones are breakable and head to the recycling bag when they are unusable.

Black plastic is good for plants in the shade as they heat up very quickly and can damage plant roots. You can also use Styrofoam boxes as planters in the sun as they are great insulators. Make your plastic pots more attractive with a little paint.


Then there are the hanging pots which are a great choice for balconies and patios. To make sure they last, look for pots made of painted or plastic covered wire as wire rusts easily in our climate. If you have bare wire, you can line the sides of the pot with plastic and leave the bottom open for drainage.


Wooden planters? These are a no-no for our climate unless they are in a covered area. In addition being easily rotted, they attract bugs – including the dreaded termite. Nevertheless, they are very attractive, can be painted, and look great inside.

Well, that leaves out a lot of different pots, so come back next week for the rest of them.

Happy Gardening.



Plant for the Week.


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Victoria Torley photo        




Oh, the colors of the Ixora genus, pink, scarlet, yellow, orange, they all make a great addition to the garden. There are 150 varieties of Ixora to choose from. They make a wonderful hedge and can be trimmed for topiary. Although they will grow in full sun, they prefer some shade. They will also need rich well-drained soil. For best blooming, remove spent flower heads.


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

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Published Monday July 9, 2018  - Seventh news page
Costa Rica business news

The taxi drivers biggest threat is the taxi drivers, not Uber

Dear A.M. Costa Rica readers:

They have been spoiled like a government worker with so much job security they feel they do not need to perform.

Taxi drivers are often grumpy, involved in drugs and seducing underage girls. Many operate with impunity as they think because they are connected and mobile they can call upon other taxi driver to rally behind the driving errors they often make.

Whereas Uber driver are respectful and held accountable by their client's reviews. They drive safely because they know if they do not they will get poor reviews.

The challenge to the taxi system is not Uber. It's making the system compatible with the new way of the world. They need to compete. Improve. The owners of the taxi services need to institute an online review system.

They must hold their drivers accountable, insist that they stop cruising around like sharks looking to feed on their clients through illicit service and impregnating teenagers.

Uber is a godsend. It can be a godsend to taxi drivers, too. A signal to wake up to the world by examining their actions and motives when providing a service.

Long live Uber!
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Incline Village, Nevada

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



Three men shot and killed in Guápiles


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Judicial Investigation Organization is investigating the murder of three men who were shot to death in the town of Guápiles in the province of Limón.

The victims were 23, 27 and 28 years-old.

The preliminary report says the events took place in the Nuevo Caribe sector in Cariari. Neighbors apparently heard several detonations, so they gave notice to the authorities.

Police officers arrived and found the bodies and alerted the judicial agents.

Investigators removed the bodies and transferred them to the morgue for autopsies.

An investigation will try to determine exactly what happened and try to locate the perpetrators.

This is the third triple homicide in recent weeks in the country.

A 63-year-old mother, her 21-year-old son and a 16-year-old teenager were gunned down last week in Orotina, Alajuela province, while three people were murdered in the town of Siquirres, in Limón June 24.

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Neighbors apparently heard several detonations, so they gave notice to the authorities.