Vol.18  No.723 Published Monday , July 23, 2018 - First news page


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Liberia international airport,
expanding to deal with increased tourism

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Daniel Oduber International Airport in Guanacaste, has invested $10.3 million to expand the boarding area, to install six new counters and to create six new stores.


The airport administration has also remodeled the luggage area.


The new boarding area is 4,118 square meters, and the main entry hall was expanded by 417square meters.

The improvements were necessary to accommodate an additional 300,000 visitors expected this year, boosted by four new international flights, the administration said.

President Carlos Alvarado attended the inauguration of the new boarding area.

"We recognize tourism as the engine of the national economy and its multiplier effect to improve the quality of life of thousands of Costa Ricans," said the president.

Airlines such as Aeromexico, Sunwing and United have increased the number of flights to Liberia, and Air Canada will increase the frequency of its fights as well.

Aeromexico will fly twice weekly starting on Nov. 10.

The Sunwing Airline will fly to from Vancouver to Liberia, starting Dec. 23.

United Airlines will continue to operate the Houston-Liberia flight twice a week.




 




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President Carlos Alvarado attended the inauguration
of the new boarding area.

Air Canada, will increase the frequency of flights from Montreal and Toronto to Liberia.

Currently, 11 international airlines are offering direct flights to Liberia. Six are from United States, three from Canada, one from Panama and another from London, England.

In 2017, Liberia’s airport registered 525,661 international arrivals with 74.7 percent coming from the United States.


Lawyer found guilty of fraud
sentenced to eight years in prison

 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


A criminal court of the First Judicial Circuit ruled in favor of a German woman, Petre Schneider, who had entrusted the administration of a long list of properties, shares and cash to her then-attorney, identified by the last name of  Loria, who, in a period of six years, took advantage of that trust to strip her of everything, according to the decision.

The court found the lawyer guilty of stealing $40 million from his client.

Schneider’s lawyer, Luis Castillo, said that Loria had left his client in misery.

According to Castillo, Loria managed to steal his client’s, “money, concessions that she had in the maritime terrestrial zone, companies, and all her properties,” leaving her in shock and pain.

The court sentenced Loria to six years in prison for the crime of fraudulent administration and ordered him to return the equivalent of $42 million.

Loria was also sentenced to two additional years in jail and ordered to pay ¢40 additional millions to Castillo.

Loria took advantage of a situation where people did not know the environment or the Spanish language, according to the allegations.












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Loria took advantage of a situation where people did not know the environment or the Spanish language, according to the allegations.

As a consequence, he should have been more attentive to the handling of the property, the judicial panel ruled.

Loria’s defense attorney said that he will appeal the sentence on the grounds of insufficient evidence. 




Improvements to Guanacaste water lines announced
 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Acueductos y Alcantarillados, the government organization responsible for the distribution of drinking water in the country, announced 16 new water line projects that will benefit 280,000 users in Guanacaste.

The state company known as AyA invested ¢33 billion in improvements to the lines in the towns of Abangares, Bagaces, Cañas, Carrillo, La Cruz, Liberia, Nicoya and Santa Cruz.

"The AyA had two aqueduct projects in 2014. It now has 15, which demonstrates an effort to guarantee the population of Guanacaste the water for human consumption," said the AyA's executive president, Yamileth Astorga.

Three of the lines are for the elimination of salt in the water. The first is the ¢8 billion project in Santa Cruz, which is 50 percent complete should begin operations in 2019.

The second is the Las Trancas-Papagayo line with an investment of ¢3.5 billion. This project is 91.3 percent finished and should begin operating at the end of this year.

The third is the Sardinal-El Coco-Ocotal line which has an investment of ¢1.8 billion. It is 50 percent complete and should be ready to operate at the end of this year, the agency said.

The first part of the project on new water line in Liberia has been completed and the second phase should be completed in 2019.

About ¢3.8 billion has been invested in the project which will benefit 32,000 users and guarantee drinking water for the next 20 years.

One of the problems that most affected the public was that the water was contaminated with arsenic. Since 2014,  AyA has been installing chemical stirring plants to end the problems in the lines of Cañas-Bebedero, Cañas and Bagaces.

In smaller communities, projects called ASADAS, groups of neighbors who work in coordination with the municipalities and the AyA for the distribution of drinking water, are also underway.

The government announced the expansion of two new ASADAS lines, one in Santa Cruz to benefit 1,135 users and one in La Cruz which will begin construction in June and benefit 120 users.











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"The aqueducts that we deliver today in La Cruz de Guanacaste are added to the 10 already rebuilt in the North Zone, which were affected by the passage of Hurricane Otto," said president Alvarado


The government is continuing the reconstruction of the lines that were destroyed by Hurricane Otto in 2016.

The lines that have been repaired are in El Porvenir, El Gallo and Belize. These towns belong to the La Cruz sector.

“The aqueducts that we deliver today in La Cruz de Guanacaste are added to the 10 already rebuilt in the North Zone, which were affected by the passage of Hurricane Otto. We are a great country that with effort and unity recovers from natural disasters,” said President Carlos Alvarado.

In addition, two new lines will be reconstructed, the one in Guayabo at Bagaces and the other in Rincon de la Vieja. These communities also belong to the La Cruz sector.

The reconstruction of aqueducts was financed by the donation of $10 million by the United Arab Emirates.



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Turrialba tourism suffers with fall in sales  


By AM Costa Rica staff


The Tourism Chamber of Turrialba has invited the public to continue visiting the area as a way to support the tourism sector there.

The chamber reports a decrease in sales by 60 percent due to cancellations of hotels and tours as tourists become aware of the tropical storms in the area.

Tropical storms have had serious affects in different districts of this canton causing individuals and tour operators to cancel reservations for hotels and other services. At some hotels, occupancy has fallen 90 percent to only 30 percent.

The representatives of the Turrialba chamber said that the situation in the center of the canton, where most of the hotels and tourist attractions are concentrated, is stable.

The sites with damage are mainly in some towns and more vulnerable areas that are located on the banks of rivers.

"The economy of the area has been affected. We want to clarify to the people that they can come to the center of the town. Turrialba is a very large canton where the tour sectors are developed in 52 percent of the province. The center town and its surroundings areas, continue to operating normally and are unaffected," said the chamber vice president, Milagro Rowe.

Rowe said that the access roads are open and that people can enjoy the local hotels and their cuisine, or visit the Guayabo National Monument, the Botanical Garden, go horseback riding, take nature walks, and enjoy tours.

The Pacuare River, however, has maintained a high level and the chamber members are not developing tours on that specific river.

Shirley Calvo, executive director of the National Chamber of Tourism, said that "the chamber supports the efforts made by Turrialba entrepreneurs to promote the quick recovery of the economy through tourism. It is important that precautions are taken for the rainy season, but we know that there are different tourist activities that can be carried out in a responsible manner.”





 
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The Pacuare River has maintained a high level
and the chamber members are not developing
tours on that specific river.


The chamber invited tourists to visit the Cheese Fair, rescheduled for today and ending Tuesday. The fair will take place in the Botanical Garden of the Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education, located in the center of Turrialba. Visitors can taste and buy cheese products from small local producers, taste typical foods and enjoy cultural activities.

In addition, the National Emergency Commission will be receiving donations of canned food to help those affected by the rains. Visitors to the Cheese Fair can also give donations.

For more information about the Cheese Fair to or make donations email info@visiteturrialba.cr or go to the website http://www.visiteturrialba.cr/index.php/en/



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Coca-Cola announces construction of new plant in Liberia  

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The Coca-Cola Co., which has been in Costa Rica for 50 years, has started construction of a new and modern production plant in Liberia, Guanacaste.

The new operation represents an initial investment of $50 million.

The new factory will produce the concentrate of the famous Coca-Cola and 89 other beverages for export to Central America, the Caribbean, Chile, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.

Once concentrates arrive in these countries, bottling companies pack them and put them on the market.

President Carlos Alvarado said that the new plant will contribute to the strategy of his government, which is to promote territorial development and the generate employment in each region.

As a symbol of the new construction, a tree was planted on the site of the new building. This is an updated version of putting in a cornerstone.

"Coca-Cola has decided to make an investment in our country, today we plant the first tree of the new concentrate plant in Liberia, its operations will start in 2020 and will generate 130 direct and 100 indirect jobs," Alvarado said.

"Costa Rica has the necessary conditions to attract investment, and it is our job to continue improving these conditions, and improving the generation of employment in the region," the president added.

The plant will be located in front of the Daniel Oduber Airport, at the Zona Franca Solarium industrial zone. Initial construction will be 103,000 square meters.

The new facilities are expected to be operational as of Jan. 1, 2020.

At present, Coca-Cola is the leading exporter in the food sector and the third largest exporter of goods in Costa Rica, according to data from the Foreign Trade Promoter.

In 2017, Costa Rica had $10.6 billion in exports, 7 percent more than in 2016.




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President Carlos Alvarado said that the new plant will contribute to the strategy of his government, which is to promote territorial development and the generate
employment in each region.
  
  As a demonstration of technological improvements, this new operations center will use robots to pack certain products. it will have systems for monitoring lighting, air conditioning and refrigeration and avoiding waste and, as part of its contribution to the environment, the building will use solar panels installed in the parking areas, officials said.

In addition, it will have a wastewater treatment and processing plant and will use very little water in creating its products.

The plant should help decrease unemployment in the Guanacaste area where 18,000 of the 381,000 inhabitants are unemployed.

Globally, the Coca-Cola Co. has 19 concentrate plants in the world, including those located in the United States, Brazil and Ireland, as well as Costa Rica.





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Published Monday , July 23, 2018 -  Fourth news page

The ferry between Puntarenas
and Paquera will be closed Tuesday

 
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By A.M. Costa Rica wire services


The Ministry of Public Works announced that it will close the ferry service between Puntarenas and Paquera due to work on the ramp replacement at the Pequera terminal.

The improvement of the Paquera dock will cost ¢400 million and will take about six months, so ferry users may expect several suspensions of service during the coming months, the ministry said.

As alternative transportation, four boats will be provided and will travel the same route. Transfer by boat will start at 5:30 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m.

More boat transport will be provided at the Los Plátanos dock in Puntarenas. The first one will start at 7 a.m. and the last one will end at 6 p.m., said the ministry.







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The ferry service between Puntarenas and Playa Naranjo will not be affected and will follow a normal schedule, it added.





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Published Monday , July 23, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Coastguard intercepts boat and crew for illegal fishing

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


A boat that was sailing east of Tortuga Island in the Gulf of Nicoya was captured by the National Coast Guard Service as its crew was carrying out illegal fishing activities, the coast guard said.

Crew members from the coast guard station of Caldera, tasked with controlling fishing in the gulf, detected the boat, Popotito, and proceeded to request the documentation for their activities.

None of the crew had a fishing license and the captain, who has the last name of Juárez, is an illegal alien from Nicaragua, a report said. One of the crew members with the same last name is also an illegal immigrant, it added.

The coast guard crew said they immediately confiscated the boat and 740 kilos of fish that were on board.

Both crew members were arrested and sent to the Prosecutor's Office of Puntarenas.






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The boat is now in the custody of the coast guard and the seized product was delivered to the Costa Rican Institute of fishing and Agriculture.






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Published Monday  , July 23, 2018 -  Sixth news page


By A.M. Costa Rica wires services




One thing you don’t want to be in the tropics is complacent. “Gee, doesn’t the yard look nice,” is a smug statement. Once you start thinking that way, that’s when the yard decides to sneak up on you. We knew the sanchezia was growing nicely, and we loved the hummingbirds and butterflies it attracted. We were complacent. This morning I realized that our lovely shrub, although still shrub-tall, had taken over the small patch of lawn in front of the house. Worse, it had laid down branches on the lovely sweet-smelling jasmine that scented the air at night. Something had to be done!

Armed with my trusty clippers, I went out and attacked the wayward shrub. This is not as easy as it sounds since some of the branches were over an inch thick. Back to the house for the brush clippers and back to the bush. But branches of the sanchezia like to put out roots when they reach the ground. Clipping would be no good, so back to the house for a trowel and a shovel. This is more work than I bargained for and certainly more work than I wanted. What I wanted was to be sitting on the deck drinking sweet iced tea with lemon. What I was getting was sweaty and bug bitten.

Back to the sanchezia. I attacked it from all sides. First came the branches over the jasmine. Poor little jasmine was also being inhibited by vines, so I pulled them up by the roots. It’s no good leaving the roots, they will just grow back. Then, with shovel and trowel, I started to work on the rooted branches. Ever the conservator, I got as many roots with them as possible so they could be transplanted. Where? I think I have mentioned that we have a lot of road front, about 400 meters, and that takes a lot of planting, but then we have a lot of sanchezia.

So much for the front of the shrub. About an hour into digging and clipping, I needed to take care of the other side of the plant. The other side was downhill which is a little tough when the rain has made everything slippery. Nevertheless, downhill I went, clipping as I moved and grabbing unclipped branches for safety.

Another hour later and we had 50 or so baby sanchezia. Fifty?!?! I have to plant fifty ???

Ah well, nobody forced me to be a gardener.

















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Yes, creature. A little one that helps gardeners in big ways by turning manure and food scraps into usable compost. Meet the red wiggler (Eisenia fetida) – only 2 to 3mm wide and maybe 3 to 6 cm long - that normally lives in the O layer of the forest amid undecomposed leaves and other matter. If you want to start a compost bin, you can buy red wigglers or hunt up under leaves, fallen branches, or, as in the case of these worms, just move a flower pot. Evidently there were just enough leaves and twigs under the pot to draw them in. Or maybe they just wanted to get out of the rain. Gloves are a good idea, as fetida means bad smell. The worms release a smelly substance when disturbed.




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









 



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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.
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Published Monday, July 23, 2018 -  Seventh news page
Police confiscated more than 100 firearms in Puntarenas

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Security Ministry reports that more than 100 firearms have been confiscated by patrols, at roadblocks and during other interventions.

This is the double number of the weapons that were confiscated last year.

From January to July 2017, the officers seized 60 weapons but have seized 110 this year.

Included in the seizures are: 60 pistols, 33 revolvers, five shotguns, three rifles, and three carbines.

Seizures have been made in Pacific coast towns like Esparza, Puntarenas, Quepos and Parrita.

"We have had a strong increase in operational actions throughout the central Pacific region, which have resulted in the seizure of a significant number of weapons. We analyze the modes of operation of crime and this also allows us to be more effective in the actions we develop," said the regional director of the Fuerza Pública, Rigoberto Rodríguez.

In Costa Rica, 73 percent of homicides are committed with firearms, hence the importance of police actions that remove them from the street, officials said.





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According to the police, most of these confiscated weapons were carried by people who do not have permits.