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.
The crime was discovered when a citizen found a CD.
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.
The different police forces in the country carry out joint operations in support of an international program called the ORCA Project, which consists of cooperative work that includes road control in various sites in the different countries of Central America and Mexico.
A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Pistols, revolvers and shotguns are
the most confiscated weapon.
10 more reported killed in Nicaraguan conflicts
By A.M. Costa Rica
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.
The Nicaraguan Association for Human Rights said two children are among the dead. Officials have not commented.
"We are being attacked by the National Police and paramilitaries armed with AK-47s and machine guns in our own indigenous neighborhood of Monimbo," a resident told the French News Agency. "We are resisting with homemade bombs and stones."
Sunday's violence was reportedly launched in the city of Masaya.
Human rights activists and religious leaders say the government is ignoring calls for dialogue with the protesters.
Anti-Ortega demonstrations erupted in April when he announced plans to reform the country's pension system.
Ortega later dropped his plans,
but protests have continued and the government's
violent crackdown against protesters has left more
than 300 people dead.
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.
A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Some protesters are calling for early elections
but Ortega has rejected such calls.
Union pressure may cause government
to cancel the declaration of illegal strike
By A.M. Costa Rica staff
sent a letter of response to the
unions raising the possibility
that it might lift its declaration
that the strike June 25 was
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.
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.
A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
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
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money while traveling the country
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
A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
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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
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