Vol.18  No. 717 Published  Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - First news page


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More landslides keep main highway to Atlantic zone closed

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Sunday night and early Monday morning there were more landslides on Route 32 between San José and Limón Province.

Ministry of Transport officials are not sure when the highway will be reopened because of the danger of continued landslides in the area.

Workers of the National Road Council have been in the area since Sunday night, trying to open the main access to Limón Province.

The damage caused by landslides has blocked a long extension of land along the main highway to the Atlantic zone. The most dangerous and difficult access right now is near the Zurquí Tunnel.

"We are worried because the strong rain has not stopped since Sunday night. The continued landslides are falling right over the area where we were working. We were about to open the roads, but now the whole area is block again," said David Meléndez, the director of emergencies at the of Public Works and Transport.

The official advice to drivers is to use the two alternate routes to reach the Atlantic area. These are Route 126 that goes through Vara Blanca north of Heredia and Route 10 that goes east of San José through Turrialba.

Officials are warning people to avoid travel to the Atlantic zone.

If travel is necessary, they ask that people use the alternate routes and be very cautious due to the high risk of more landslides.

There is another blocked highway, this one between Heredia Province and Sarapiqui.

The officials reported another new landslide on that road, very close to the very popular tourist attraction of La Paz waterfall, which is  31 kilometers north of Alajuela, between Vara Blanca and Cinchona.

This is the last updated list of closed highways.
- Route 4 (the road between San Cecilia and La Cruz  in Guanacaste)


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Officials are warning people to avoid travel
to the Atlantic zone.

- Route 32 (the road between San José and Río Frío.)

- Route 36 (the road between the town of Hone Creek and the Atlantic zone)

- Route 230 (the road between the town of Capellades and the province of Cartago)

- Route 415 (the road between La Alegria and the town of Turrialba)

- Route 507 (the road between the Rio Sucio Bridge and Sarapiquí)

One of the blocked highways was open Monday morning between Puerto Viejo and Sarapiqui, but the main access to that route must be from the town of Vuelta de Kooper.



Violence in Nicaragua must end immediately,
U.N. secretary general says

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado and the U.N. secretary general, António Guterres, called for an end to violence in Nicaragua at a meeting Monday.

The Costa Rican president called for more forceful actions to stop the crisis in the neighboring country.

"It is absolutely essential that the national dialogue be revitalized. The U.N. is available to be a mediator in that process," said the U.N.'s top leader.

Alvarado, and Guterres agreed on the urgent need to end the violence in Nicaragua and find a peaceful solution to the difficult situation is now facing that country.

That is the concluding a bilateral meeting at the Presidential House Monday.

"It is absolutely essential that the violence stop immediately and that the national dialogue be revitalized to find an inclusive solution. From the United Nations we place ourselves at the complete disposal of the Nicaraguan government to serve as a mediator in this process," said Guterres.

The secretary general of the U.N. added "it is a primary responsibility of the states to guarantee the protection of citizen. The number of deaths and the lethal use of force by entities linked to the state are unacceptable."

For his part, Alvarado affirmed "what is happening in Nicaragua demands a reaction from the United Nations organization to stop the wave of generalized violence that has claimed more than 250 lives since last April."

Alvarado added that people vanishing, the arbitrary detentions, intimidation against demonstrators and intimidation against media, students, and civil rights defenders and members of the Catholic Church are inadmissible acts that must be stopped as soon as possible.

The president’s official statement is that the Nicaraguan situation is a priority issue to Costa Ricans, because of the direct impact it has on migration, social and economic aspects.

Monday, Vice President and Chancellor Epsy Campbell also urged the foreign ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the European Union to discuss the dangerous situation that is facing the Nicaraguans.

That took place at a summit in Brussels, Belgium, between the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the European Union.

Since the crisis broke out in Nicaragua, the government of Costa Rica has made a call for respecting human rights in many international forums including the Organization of American States and the Central American Integration System, as well as in official statements.

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Alvarado, and Guterres agreed on the urgent need to end the violence in Nicaragua and find a peaceful solution to the difficult situation is now facing that country. 

On other issues, Alvarado requested the support of the U.N. secretary general for the road map that Costa Rica will present this year to become the first country to decarbonize its economy.

"Costa Rica has been recognized in the world for generating electricity with almost 100 percent renewable sources and now seeks to be a pioneer in carbon neutrality, even before 2020," he said.

The official visit of the secretary general to the country was a good opportunity for Alvarado to reiterate his commitment to the National Pact for the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Alvarado also extended an invitation to Guterres to attend the Sept. 27 signing of the Escazú Agreement on Environmental Democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean, organized by Chile and Costa Rica.

This event will take place during the high-level week of the U.N. General Assembly.

Monday Guterres paid tribute to Costa Rica for its commitment to inclusion, sustainability and the fight against climate change in the meeting of the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development: Do not leave anyone behind.

The secretary general of the U.N. visited the National Center for Energy Control, which he described as a symbol of Costa Rica’s commitment to high technology and sustainability. 'It is being an example of great responsibility to the world, to ensure the inclusiveness of policies so that no one is left out of the process of development and sustainability, of a planet capable of defeating climate change,' he said.






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U.S. imposes more visa restrictions on Nicaraguans


By AM Costa Rica staff

The State Department is imposing more visa restrictions on those it says are responsible for human rights abuses or undermining democracy in Nicaragua.

"The Nicaraguan government must heed the Nicaraguan people's call for democratic reforms immediately," U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said late Monday. "The United States condemns the ongoing attacks by Daniel Ortega's para-police against university students, journalists and clergy across the country."

Nauert said the U.S. will continue to expose those responsible for the violence.

Earlier Monday, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also condemned the Nicaraguan government's violent crackdown on protesters.

A Guterres spokesman said Monday the U.N. chief believes "the use of lethal force is not only unacceptable, but it is also in itself an obstacle to obtaining a political solution to the current crisis."

The spokesman called on Nicaraguan authorities to protect the population against attacks, respect human rights and establish accountability for the violence.

Nicaraguan human rights officials say police and paramilitary forces killed at least 12 people over the past three days, including two inside a church in Managua and 10 at makeshift roadblocks south of the capital.

More than 200 demonstrators have been killed since anti-government protests erupted in April when President Daniel Ortega announced changes to the pension system.


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More than 200 demonstrators have been killed since anti-government protests erupted in April.



Ortega later dropped his plans, but the anti-government protests and violent police crackdown have continued.

Many of the marchers are demanding Ortega step down. But he has so far refused to call early elections and accuses the opposition of trying to overthrow his government.



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Specialty beans From Costa Rica wins
27,000% premium at coffee auction

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Bloomberg.com reports that at an auction dubbed the Cup of Excellence, a coffee grower from the town of Copey de Dota in Costa Rica won a record premium for his specialty Geisha beans, 27,000 percent above the benchmark for the standard Arabica variety.

“It’s crazy,” Michael Calderon, the 26-year-old son of the farmer who grew the coffee, said in a telephone interview from San José, the site of the auction. “We were not expecting these results. The place, the altitude, the soil, the processing and drying of the beans, all have direct influence on the quality.”

The father, Luis Ricardo Calderon, 60, sold a portion of his beans this week for $300 a pound at the auction co-sponsored in San José by the Specialty Coffee Association of Costa Rica.

The buyers included Maruyama Coffee in partnership with Sarutahiko Coffee and Yamada Coffee, all of Japan.

That surprising price compares with $1.12 a pound, Thursday’s settlement on ICE Futures U.S. for conventional Arabica beans used by retailers including Starbucks Corp. Bumper global crops including those in Brazil, the top grower, drove the standard variety down 12 percent this year. In contrast, demand by java connoisseurs for a premium brew has surged, triggering the astonishing auction bids.

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The auction result “reflects the growth at the top end” of the international market with some buyers “willing to pay almost any price for the very rarest and most exceptional coffees,” Peter Giuliano, the chief research officer for the Specialty Coffee Association in Santa Ana, California, said in a phone interview.

The top bean in the Costa Rica auction is believed to have been discovered in the village of Geisha in Ethiopia.

The variety has been a frequent winner in world competitions in the past decade.

From his farm 96 kilometers (60 miles) from San José, Calderon sold 529 pounds for $158,780 and another lot weighing the same at an average of $111 a pound at the auction.



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The top bean in the Costa Rica auction is believed to have been discovered in the village of Geisha in Ethiopia.

The third-generation grower has 70 hectares (173 acres) and plans to use the money on the new crop, including a bit more of the winning variety, the younger Calderon said.

“The price is significant, especially in this environment of low world prices,” Noelia Villalobos, the executive director at the Costa Rican association, said in a phone interview. “The results exceeded by far our expectations. There are other, newer auctions that sell coffee at higher prices, but they include smaller lots, and this auction has been around far longer.”

The Cup of Excellence was established in 1999 by Alliance for Coffee Excellence, based in Portland, Oregon. Auctions are held in several countries, including Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico.

Last year in Brazil, the top bean fetched $130.20 a pound, the previous record.

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Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 -  Fourth news page

Colombia getting more cash to help Venezuelan refugees
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By A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Trump administration is sending $6 million more in humanitarian aid to Colombia to help it deal with the more than 1 million Venezuelans who have fled across the border.

U.S. Agency for International Development chief Mark Green made the announcement Monday in the Colombian border city of Cucuta.

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Green said the United States condemns Venezuela's delusional and inhumane policies and accused President Nicolas Maduro of human rights abuses.

Venezuela's one-time oil-rich economy has collapsed in part because of the global drop in energy prices, failed socialist policies, and government corruption.

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Maduro has blamed the crisis on the United States and what he said is U.S.-backed opposition trying to drive him from power.


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Published Tuesday, July 17, 2018 -  Fifth news page


Hundreds of homes are without electricity or cell
phone access in zones affected by floods and landslides

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

More than 150 technicians from the Costa Rican Electricity Institute have been dedicated to attend service breakdowns that occurred during the weekend.

They are working in extremely complex conditions, due to the problems of access in the Limón and Turrialba areas, the institute said.

Outages include 236 homes in Limón, 12 homes located near the Turrialba volcano and nine homes in the town of Guapiles there.

About 60 percent of the cell phone service has been re-established.

The institute said it will continue working in the area until 100 percent of the electric and telephone services are restored. Repairs are expected to be completed by Tuesday.


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243 schools will be reopened today

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Students from 243 schools located in Turrialba, Limón, Sarapiquí, San Carlos and Súla, were closed Monday due to the effects of heavy rains and floods during the weekend.

The closings effected thousands of students, according to a Ministry of Public Education release.

The minister of Education, Edgar Mora, used social media to inform the public about school closings.

He added that the schools will be evaluated for damage and said he hoped that they could reopen today.

The protocol in emergency situations is that each school director is in charge of determining if the school should reopen or remain closed.

The list of schools that will remain closed can be reach at the ministry: https://www.mep.go.cr/


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The author Paulkovich says Jesus was a mythical-character. From the page 55 (Roman leaders decide they need a god, any viable god, to hold the flagging empire together) and page 61 (in 391AD, Roman Emperor Theodosius elevates Jesus, posthumously, to divinity.)
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"Beyond All Religion"
In that book, author Samuel Butler agrees with the thrust of Paulkovich’s new book, revealing that Christianity was chosen by a vote at the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE over several other contending religions. Sample Sam’s book Click Here
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The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise
By James J. Brodell
Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions.
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The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica: The official guide to relocation
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This guidebook was published to HELP people of all ages and budgets move to Costa Rica SUCCESSFULLY and make their dreams come true.
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Life is a Tropical Garden
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A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea.
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Make gifts from dollars or colones
Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. Preview or purchase at Amazon. Click Here

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The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson
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 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 -  Sixth news page

Police seize marijuana and cocaine in Pacific zone

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police special operations units made a sweep Monday through the areas of Jacó and Puntarenas.

While in Jacó, officers said they saw a speeding vehicle whose driver seemed to be avoiding police contact. Although the driver appeared to be trying to leave the area, the officers were able to stop the vehicle.

During a search, officers found a musical instrument – a drum – which seemed very heavy. Inside the drum they found a large package of marijuana and arrested the driver and his passengers.

Two of the men arrested, identified by police with the surnames of Hernández and Sánchez, are local, and the third was a foreigner with last name Flores. The foreigner's nationality was not reported.

During an operation in Puntarenas a quantity of drugs was found in a cargo vehicle. The operation began when the police said they noticed a truck driver who seemed very nervous.

They became suspicious and made a complete search of the vehicle where they found what appeared to be packages taped or pasted on the lower floor of the platform. Upon lifting the platform, they found approximately 270 kilograms of what appeared to be cocaine, officers reported.



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The actions of the police in the Central Pacific will continue, officers said.



The 21-year-old driver of the platform vehicle, identified with the name Montero, was sent to the judicial authorities to be processed for apparent drug trafficking.


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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.
For more photos and information write to organicfarmhouserental@gmail.com

Code: 9386-072918

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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
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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
More information Click Here
Code: 9350-050419



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.





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• 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.

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Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
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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  Tuesday, July 17, 2018 -  Seventh news page

Police car crash leaves officer dead

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial investigators say that a 42-year-old officer, riding as a passenger in the back seat of a police vehicle, died during a crash at 4 a.m. Monday near the Los Angeles Catholic Church in Cartago.

The vehicle contained three officers, another male and a female officer in the front seats and the passenger in the rear.

The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed into a truck. The Red Cross pronounced the officer dead at the scene of the accident.

The driver of the truck was trapped in his vehicle. Firemen who responded to the crash were able to rescue him and took him to Max Peralta Hospital.

Officials are currently investigating the cause of the crash and are trying to determine why the police vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic.



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The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle, swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed into a truck.