Vol.18  No. 716 Published  Monday, July 16, 2018 - First news page


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High pressure system leaves 200 vehicles trapped,
10 roads closed, floods and landslides

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Emergency Commission reported that heavy rains caused by a high pressure system have left roads closed, vehicles trapped and floods and landslides in parts of Route 32 which connects San José with the Atlantic coast. The system affected the area since Friday night.

According to the president of the commission, Alex Solís, multiple problems were reported in in the cantons of Jiménez and Turrialba in the province of Cartago and also in the Central Valley.

By Saturday, it was estimated that 239 people had been taken to temporary shelters while an additional number had moved to the homes of friends or relatives.

The commission maintains seven open shelters in 20 cantons.

Solís said it is prioritizing rescue actions for people who are located in the Zurquí sector on Route 32 where one person died and 200 vehicles were trapped by landslides that accompanied heavy rains.

The director of emergencies of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, David Meléndez, said workers spent a busy Saturday night and stressed that the goal was rescuing people still trapped,  not opening of roads.

"There is a first segment with 130 vehicles, close to the Zurquí Tunnel. Work is being done to enable a way out.  We started in the Sarapiquí area and the other in the sector of San José-Heredia," said Meléndez.

Not all roads were open as of  Sunday night.

The ministry has brought in heavy machinery to open areas around Limón and San José.

"On Route 32, two patrols have made trips since by different landslides and have made assessments to different vehicles. At the moment there are no reports of wounded people or health problems and only the deceased person. We will bring food and water supplies to these sectors jointly with the CNE, Fire and Traffic Police," the deputy director of risk management of the Red Cross, Luis Guzmán, reported, citing the Spanish acronym of the emergency commission.

Due to the magnitude of the damages caused, the National Emergency Commission declared yellow alert in the cantons of Limón, Siquirres, Matina, and Talamanca of the province of Limón, Turrialba, Jiménez and Alvarado of the province of Cartago and Sarapiquí and San Isidro of the province of Heredia.

A lesser green alert was declared in the cantons of Guácimo, Pococí and Valle Central.

According to data from the National Meteorological Institute, in six hours Friday it rained as much as it usually rains during the whole month of July.

Intermittent rains are expected to continue in the northern zone and the Caribbean.

The transit police report on the status of routes as of Sunday night:

Route 2 (La Hortensia): Landslides - Regulated passage

Route 415 (Turrialba - La Alegría): Collapse - Regulated step


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More than 200 vehicles got trapped on Route 32
(San José-Limón) due to heavy rains.

Route 414 (La Suiza- Grano de Oro): Collapse - Regulated step

Route 10 (La Lima- Siquirres): Landslides - Regulated passage

Route 225 (Turrialba- Tucurrique): Landslides - Regulated passage

Route 230 (Turrialba- Santa Cruz): Landslides - Regulated passage

Route 4 (El Tigre): Flooding - Regulated passage

Route 507 (Barrio Naranjal): Flooding - Regulated passage

Route 230 (Capellades): Step cut - Closed

Route 32 (Limón): Landslides at km 18, 21, 29, 35 and 39 - Closed

Route 505 (Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, Quebrada Grande): Flood - Closed

Route 142 (Nuevo Arenal): Collapse - Closed

Route 230 (Pacayas-Turrialba): Culvert collapsed and collapsed - Closed

Route 810 (From Route 32 to Santa Clara): Filling fill of bridge approach - Closed

Route 36 (Limón-Sixaola): Río Banano overflowing - Closed

Route 415 (La Alegría de Siquirres): Cut of track - Closed

Route 10 (Turrialba): Overflow of Colorado River - Closed

Route 232 (Cruce Angostura - Las Suizas): River overflowing - Closed



President will discuss violence in
Nicaragua with U. N. secretary general

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado will take advantage of the visit of the secretary-general of the United Nations, António Guterres, to express his concern for the violence in Nicaragua.

Over the weekend the government condemned the neighboring country’s use of lethal force to repel the protests of the students of the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua.

Alvarado has made multiple calls for dialogue in that nation, where more than 300 civilians have already been killed because of their opposition to the Daniel Ortega regime.

The forced disappearances, arbitrary arrests, and intimidation against demonstrators and the media will be part of the conversation that Alvarado and Guterres will hold today at 3 p.m. in the Presidential House.

In addition to the call that Alvarado will make to the U.N. secretary-general, First Vice President Epsy Campbell will also take advantage of her participation in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit in Belgium to raise her voice against the violence in Nicaragua, according to the foreign ministry.

Later, at 6 p.m., both will attend the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.


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Antonio Guterres will meet president Alvarado at 3 p.m.








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Prosecutors seek detention against
suspect accused of 3-year-old child rape


By AM Costa Rica staff

Prosecutors are seeking a preventive detention order against a man accused of raping a toddler and producing child pornography. 

The case was recently opened in the Prosecutor's Office of Cartago after a person found a compact disc with sexual content. On the disc, the defendant is observed with the victim, according to the Public Ministry.

During an investigation, agents located the victim and her mother and determined that the events occurred three years ago in Santa Elena de Monteverde, Puntarenas, when the child's mother worked as a domestic laborer in the house of the accused.

The accused was arrested in Purral de Goicoechea, San José. Given that Santa Elena is in Puntarenas, the man was transferred to the Criminal Court of that province where the detention hearing will be held.

Prosecutors requested a search of the suspect's home where electronic devices were confiscated Sunday and added to the existing evidence.

The child, currently 5, is receiving appropriate psychological care, and the mother, when informed by the authorities of what happened, filed the complaint.


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Authorities destroy 191 weapons confiscated in raids

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The General Directorate of Armament destroyed 191 firearms linked to various crimes including drug trafficking, homicide, robbery, as well as illegal possession and illegal weapons sale.

The firearms, 133 short weapons and 58 long weapons, were seized in raids carried out by the Judicial Investigation Organization throughout the country.

The destruction was authorized by the Superior Council of the Judiciary. The weapons had been in custody years before 2012.

All the weapons appeared as evidence in criminal proceedings. When the trials were completed and the defendants declared guilty, the weapons were placed in judicial police custody. 

Investigators seized a total of 329 weapons in 2017 and confiscated 145 during the first semester of this year. A large percentage of these weapons are pistols, followed by revolvers, shotguns, military automatic weapons, rifles, and carbines.

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Published Monday, July 16, 2018 -  Fourth news page

10 more reported killed in Nicaraguan conflicts
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A Nicaraguan human rights group says government forces killed 10 people and wounded 20 during an operation in southern Nicaragua Sunday, as protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega continue.

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They include two students killed in a church in Managua Saturday. Police had besieged the church, leaving students and reporters huddled on the floor for more than 20 hours.

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Published Monday, July 16, 2018 -  Fifth news page


Union pressure may cause government
to cancel the declaration of illegal strike

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The government sent a letter of response to the unions raising the possibility that it might lift its declaration that the strike June 25 was illegal.

The letter, sent Friday, said that the unions would have to provide concrete measures to replace the work hours missed due to the strike which was held as a demonstration against proposed tax reform.

The document is part of the response to the union proposal presented in the fifth meeting held July 9 at the Pensions Board of Teachers.

"Regarding the dismissal of the request for the illegality of the strike, the government remains willing to discuss, with the Catholic Church as mediator, the concrete means of prompt and effective replenishment of any involvement in the public service that may have occurred, because of the strike," the document says.

The strike June 25 affected the operation of some public services in hospitals, health centers and educational centers, and the government declared it to be illegal.

The Presidential House said it would take legal action to punish all those officials who participated in the march, saying that the strike violated the procedure that establishes the labor laws.

Although both groups tried to reach an agreement, the second vice-president, Marvin Rodríguez, argued that during the last meeting the unions left the table without accepting a replacement plan.

During this last meeting, the unions presented a proposal for the government to raise financial resources without setting new taxes.

The proposal included strengthening actions in customs tax control, lifting exemptions, and collection of special contributions to free zones or global income.

Unions claim that this would contribute about 3 or 4 percent of the gross domestic product.

The Executive Branch said there is agreement on some points such as applying a solidarity contribution rate for all the free zones that, according to the calculations of the trade unionists, would be equivalent to a fourth of the estimated contribution.

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During this last meeting, the unions presented a proposal for the government to raise financial resources without setting new taxes. 

Another point where the government could also agree is the elimination of offshore companies so taxes could be applied to international financial transactions.

According to the document delivered by the unions. there is the need for surcharges on monetary gains that stay in the country less than one year.

The proposal of the trade unions also contemplates that a global income tax be charged, a point that the government already included in the new text that it presented to the legislature June 28.

In this regard, the proposal of the Ministry of Finance is that a global income system would force taxpayers to declare their tax accounting for all income in one step and that would represent a profit for the Treasury of 2.2 trillion colons.

Today, the sixth meeting of the government and the unions takes place in the Ministry of Labor where they will discuss the proposal of the trade unionists in the hope of reaching an agreement.


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Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1million, but it comes with one condition... the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back. Buy the book on Amazon. Click Here
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Published Monday, July 16, 2018 -  Sixth news page

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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A driver apparently lost control of his vehicle and ran over six people who were in the visitor’s line at the La Reforma penitentiary in Alajuela. According to police the driver was intoxicated.

The incident took place Sunday at about 8 a.m. Penitentiary police and other authorities responded to the incident.

The director of that police body, Pablo Bertozzi, said that some people were seriously injured. He said the accident left no deaths.

This was not the only peculiar situation that the Penitentiary Police faced Sunday. For the second time this year, authorities found a cat carrying drugs and a cell phone in a small bag attached to its body in one of the courtyards.

According to Bertozzi, these cases will continue until the law that allows blocking the cellular signal within the prisons is approved.

The Penitentiary Police is evaluating what to do with the cat. One of the options is to move it to an animal care organization.


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A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo        

Driver  apparently intoxicated, lost control of his vehicle. 

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Published  Monday, July 16, 2018 -  Seventh news page


Re - Potted

By Victoria Torley

So, where were we? Oh yes, my bucket of mud and pots. Well, the bucket of mud has dried nicely so the next step is to get my mud slightly wet, add some proportion of sand, and try to make something of it. But let’s look at real pots, the kind you can buy out there in the real world.

Last week, we talked about the cheap pots – mostly plastic – but if you have plastic pots, what’s next? Next is putting your pot in a cachepot. Cachepots in our climate need to be “not wood” unless they are indoors. A cachepot is simply a decorative pot that holds an ugly pot, sort of an outside liner. And they can be anything. Some of the best cachepots are simply heavy plastic that is highly decorated. Pick your size and pop in your other pot of flowers. If they die, take out the pot and put in something that is blooming.

Of course, cachepots can be anything. Got an old cook pot or teapot? Just insert your unattractive plastic pot of petunias and you have become “a decorator.” Petunias are faded? Pop in some geraniums. Why do we love it? Because it’s easy, that’s why.

But suppose you want your planters outside and you want them to last. In that case, we are talking about terracotta, stone, and concrete whether you plant in them directly or use them as a cachepot. They are much better here in the tropics as we don’t have the freeze/thaw cycle that causes them to crack in areas that have a winter (you remember “winter” don’t you?).

These pots are a serious upgrade – let’s call them “planters.” Planters usually have an attractive form and some decoration. They can be massive and they are all heavy for their size. I made a concrete planter in the states and then had to have Metric Man move it for me, so be careful where you put them. Concrete planters can also leach lime into the soil, so it’s a good idea to line them with plastic if you plants are sensitive to soil pH. A lot them also have just a single hole in the bottom, so be sure to check for drainage.  These planters can absorb and hold a lot of heat which can damage plant roots and kill the good bacteria in the soil. All things to be aware of when buying a planter of this type.

My homemade clay pot (when and if) will be an “inside” planter because I am not sure that it won’t melt in the first rain. Anyone got a kiln?





Plant for the Week

Here is a tree with a great shape that makes in a standout in the yard. The Norfolk pine (Araucaria heterophylla) originated in the Pacific and is admired as an accent tree and windbreak. It has some salt and drought tolerance and prefers a sunny location and well-drained soil. Pick an appropriate location for your Norfolk because it can grow to 50-65 meters in height.

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