Vol.18  No. 712 Published Thursday, July 12, 2018 - First news page


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Legislative bill seeks to put drug prices under state control

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new legislative bill seeks to control the prices from drugs sold in private pharmacies across the country.

The bill is being presented by lawmaker Wálter Muñoz, head of the National Integration Party.


The proposal seeks to create an office attached to the Ministry of Economy and Commerce to regulate the cost of medicines according to international prices.

"The price of drugs in Costa Rica is higher than in the rest of the countries in Latin America due to lack of regulations on the profit margins between the producer, the distributor and the consumer," he said.

The legislator added that this would not be a new office but would use a platform the ministry already has.

That platform already monitors the international prices for medicines.


"If an acetaminophen tablet is worth a penny in the world, it does not have to be worth a dollar in Costa Rica. There is no public spending involved, and the ministry already has the means to do what it has to do, which is price control," he added.

However, he said that the government's proposal to tax drugs would affect the benefits of this proposal and make medicines less accessible to lower-income citizens.


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The latest version of the fiscal reform bill suggests applying a 4 percent tax on drugs.

"The tax plan has aggravated the situation because people are going to pay more for the price of the drugs. If the fiscal reform passes not only medicines will increase 4 percent but also the manufacturing process and that is going to be almost unaffordable," said Muñoz, a physician.


Costa Rica urges Nicaragua to comply with recommendations from the Inter-American Court

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica once again expressed its concern to the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States about the crisis in Nicaragua and called urgently for the Nicaraguan government to comply with the recommendations of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights  and put an end to acts of repression and violence against protesters.

The Organization of American States met Wednesday. The session was chaired by the ambassador and permanent representative of Costa Rica to that organization, Rita Hernandez. She will hold that position until September.

The counselor minister of Costa Rica, Linyi Baidal, also spoke about the country’s  concern for what she described as undeniable facts.

"Up to date, there are reports of more than two hundred deaths, forced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and the systematic erosion of human rights, as well as the selective repression and intimidation against demonstrators and their families, against students, defenders of human rights and members of the Catholic Church, among others. Each of these acts is undeniable," said Baidal.

In addition, Hernández added that the Nicaraguan government should respect and guarantee the right of protest of the people, especially freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and the political participation of the population.

Baidal added that Central American nations have observed serious problems, “in migratory, social, economic aspects,” and said that the issue “of the human rights in Nicaragua is a priority” for Costa Rica and demands quick attention.

The council highlighted the installation of the special follow-up mechanism for Nicaragua  with the purpose  of conducting missions of observation and offering solutions to the  violence. It will work with the interdisciplinary group of independent experts.


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Costa Rica added one more call to stop the violence in Nicaragua where deaths occur daily.


The protests in Nicaragua started April 16, when thousands of citizens took the streets to protest against the government of Daniel Ortega after the approval of a reform to the Nicaraguan Institute of Social Security which included an increase in the labor fees that workers had to pay.

"In accordance with our figures, since the beginning of the repression of social protests, 264 people have lost their lives and more than 1,800 have been injured," said Paulo Abrao, a  member of the commission.


Costa Rica and El Salvador
ready to launch a maritime ferry

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica and El Salvador officially announced Wednesday that they have readied all the conditions for the Central American Ferry to enter into operations, establishing an export and import route between the ports of La Unión and Caldera.

The initiative would provide a sea route for commerce and provide a definite and sustained alternative route for trade to help minimize the risks associated with land transportation in the Central American region.

Efforts to implement the ferry intensified as a result of the situation that arose in Nicaragua,  a situation that has impacted Central American foreign trade.

"From this moment on, interested companies can contact the concessionaires of the ports to offer their services," said the deputy minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica, Duayner Salas.

The authorities said that both governments made efforts to provide the facilities and conditions that allow the operation of the ferry.

However, the interested companies will be responsible for coordinating the activation of the maritime route with the concessionaires.

"This is a fundamental advance for the facilitation of trade in the region. Now we are making every effort to consolidate this initial stage and to expand it at the regional level," said Julián Salinas, deputy minister of Economy of El Salvador.


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The initiative would let exporters send their products without facing the Nicaraguan political crisis. 

The Costa Rican and Salvadoran authorities agree on the need to make available the possibility of offering this service in conditions of free competition, so that any bidder that has the capacities and meets the requirements will obtain the guarantee to operate.

Scheduling of the ferry has yet to be defined.






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3,000 inhabitants of Chacarita will benefit from new clinic


By AM Costa Rica staff

By the end of 2018, more than 3,000 people from the community of Santa Eduviges de Chacarita, Puntarenas, will enjoy better medical care, thanks to the construction of the new ebáis. Ebais are small clinics where patients receive basic medical care.

Financing of this work comes from the resources of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund and has an estimated cost of ¢340 million.

The work will start at the end of July and is scheduled to be finished in five months, if there are no delays due to the rainy season.

This ebáis will have a waiting room and multipurpose room, wi-fi network, clinical file, nursing, observation, inhalation therapy, injectables, septic and aseptic cures, vaccination, doctor's office, primary care, kitchen, cellar, hydro-pneumatic room, waste and electrical room, toilets accessible to the public and toilets for the staff.

Also in Puntarenas, the new Monseñor Sanabria Hospital will be ready at the end of December and will provide an integral response to the specialized health care needs of the population of Puntarenas.

It is environmentally responsible and 100 percent digital according to President Carlos Alvarado.

This medical center will be located in Barranca and will have a substantial increase in infrastructure and services for the 276,000 people currently enrolled in the central canton of Puntarenas.

Among the services it will provide are hospitalization, outpatient consultation, emergency care, surgeries, delivery care, diagnostic support services, treatment, supply and processing, administrative and complementary support services.

Within the new specialties and services are: cardiology, critical medicine and intensive care, medical oncology, gynecology, home hospitalization, chemotherapy, hemodynamics and optometry.


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The Monseñor Sanabria Hospital in Puntarenas.



The new building has an estimated cost of $176 million, and includes 70,000 square meters of construction, 64 offices, 12 operating rooms, 350 hospital beds, 43 emergency observation rooms and four delivery rooms.

In addition, the construction will comply with safety standards and will be friendly with people with reduced mobility.

The Monseñor Sanabria Hospital was inaugurated in 1974, but suffered significant damage in the earthquake of Sept. 5, 2012, which limited its useful area and caused an increase in its vulnerability.

As a result of that earthquake, seven of the original 10 floors had to be demolished.



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International organization grants $12 million
to the country to implement green policies

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Global Environment Facility announced that it will allocate $12 million to encourage the creation and implementation of green policies during the next four years of government.

This increase in collaboration is the result of the trip made to Washington last month by President Carlos Alvarado and Environment Minister Carlos Rodríguez.

The amount set aside by the Global Environment Facility, the largest public financier seeking to improve the global environment, would mean $4 million more than what was allocated for the previous four years, according to Presidential House.

The resources will be used to strengthen compliance with the sustainable development goals in Costa Rica, which have the aim of achieving a transformation of the current economic model, through the strengthening of the Green and Blue Economy.

"This contribution will allow us to significantly advance in the route we have set ourselves to achieve the de-carbonization of the Costa Rican economy," said Alvarado.

He added that it will make it easier to, "have a profound institutional reform, allowing the implementation of actions derived from the organic law of the environment, including the generation of new economic incentives to stimulate a green economy in the country."

The president pointed out that the country has been an example for the world in the implementation of sustainable solutions, which has allowed the promotion of human development projects based on the protection of nature.


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The Global Environment Facility premises
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The Global Environment Facility is an association of 18 entities. It works with 183 countries to address the most pressing environmental issues, both through international institutions and civil society organizations and the private sector.

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Since 1991, provided more than $17 billion in grants and mobilizing an additional $88 billion in financing for more than 4,000 projects in 170 countries, according to a statement sent by Presidential House.


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San Juan de Dios Hospital workers
demonstrated for better infrastructure
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The staff of the Nutrition Service of the San Juan de Dios Hospital went on strike Wednesday due to what they called the disastrous conditions in the kitchen where they work.

The Nutrition Service Department is in charge of preparing the meals for all the hospitalized patients.

During Wednesday's protests many patients had to rely on yogurt and cold sandwiches.

Some 45 people took part of the strike demanding that authorities pay attention to infrastructure and equipment and charged that there had been neglect of a health order issued by the Ministry of Health in 2015.

The director of the hospital, Ileana Balmaceda, met with union representatives during the afternoon. After the meeting, she said the hospital sent a work plan to the Ministry of Health,  and it was accepted.

In addition,  health authorities have visited the facility on several occasions to verify compliance with the health order.

Balmaceda said that improvements have been made, such as the purchase of equipment, painting on walls and ceilings, installation of lavatories and fixing pipelines.

The leaders of both the Costa Rican Social Security Fund and San Juan de Dios Hospital are clear that the conditions are not the best, but they are in process of a new construction, Balmaceda added.

"It is evident that the current infrastructure is not the best. Due to such conditions, a process of a new building was started. The construction process does not happen overnight. It takes an approach and the logistics with which it is going to operate," said the director.

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Poor conditions in the kitchen is the main
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For breakfast, patients received juices and cookies. For the mid-morning snack, they were given a yogurt, and for lunch those who were not on strike collaborated with the sandwich preparation.

On the part of the trade union sector, Michael Matarrita mentioned that union members were going to select representatives to talk with the medical authorities and reach an agreement.

The agreement was still under discussion as of deadline.


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Published Thursday, July 12, 2018 - Fifth news page

Canton de Flores has lowest water rates

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The smallest canton in the country, Flores, in to the Heredia province, shows the lowest rate recorded for water.

According to the mayor of Flores, Gerardo Rojas, this canton registers the lowest rate of drinking water by setting 15 cubic meters, at an amount of 2,400 colones per month, while the Public Services Co. of Heredia charges a rate of 4,185 colones, and Aqueducts and Sewers service at approximately 11,000 colones for the same amount.

"Currently in the whole canton we have water 24 hours a day, with the cheapest rate in all of Costa Rica and, when I say cheap, 15 cubic meters in Flores is worth 2,400 colones and, with that amount of water a family of four survives for a whole month,” said Rojas.

In the market, with 2,400 colones you can buy between four of five bottles of drinking water, which would be equivalent to 2.4 liters.

This cantonal record is due to a greater extent to the reduction of administration costs, said the mayor.

"We have achieved financial sustainability, the same as what is being charged now. An average of about 100 million colones are invested in improving the aqueduct. That's why the canton presents continuous improvements in this area," he added.


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Published Thursday, July 12, 2018 - Sixth news page

President Alvarado proposes an expansion
of La Angostura route in Puntarenas


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

During his working tour through the central canton of Puntarenas, President Carlos Alvarado informed the community of the upcoming extension of the La Angostura road which allows access to the center city of Puntarenas.

National Route 17 will be widened from two lanes to four, according to the minister of Public Works and Transportation, Rodolfo Méndez, who accompanied the president on the tour around Puntarenas Centro.

The studies will be contracted with resources from the Transportation Infrastructure Program, which has funds from the loan of the Inter-American Development Bank.

Authorities estimate that the project can be completed by the end of 2019.

According to the ministry's data, 16,000 vehicles pass through the narrow route daily, so it is necessary to solve the issue that affects traffic in the area.


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A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo        

La Angostura route could be expanded to four lanes.

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Fully Furnished One Bedroom
Apartment in Guadalupe

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One bedroom apartment located in neighborhood Colonia del Rio Guadalupe. Approximate a 1.5 NE miles from central San Jose. Buses pass every few minutes, walking distance to shopping center Walmart, eating places and bank. Washing facility, all utilities include including cable TV and Wi-Fi apartment fully furnished including bedding, eating and cooking items and 32”TV. Apartment is built above a river rapids on one side. Faces a grass yard with patio on front. Photos on request. Apartment available August 1st. $400 a month and deposit, returnable after 3 months if apartment is left in order. One car enclosed parking space $50.

More information call: 2256-9426
or email: bobbyruffin22@gmail.com

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Furnished House Inside Gated Property
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Beautiful house, surrounded by a wonderful nature. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath on private property close to town. $650.00 Includes Electric, Internet, WiFi, Cable TV, water. In Santa Barbara de Heredia. American owner lives on site, quiet, secure.
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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

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.
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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
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Code: 9350-050419



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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 Thursday, July 12, 2018 - Seventh news page

Judicial agents detained four men suspected of stealing fuel

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization at the Regional Delegation of Guápiles, have arrested four men, 19, 22, 33 and 44, who are suspects of fuel theft.

Preliminary reports say that about 5 p.m. Tuesday agents were alerted to the presence of the individuals in the sector of La Marina in Guapiles.

When they arrived at the site, they found 15 tanks full of fuel inside a truck. The fuel represents a loss of 16 million colones to the Costa Rican state refinery, which is in charge of fuel distribution in the country.

The detainees were brought before the Public Ministry so that their legal status can be determined.


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A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo         

Fuel theft is a constant crime in the Caribbean
region of the country.