Vol.18  No.726 Published Thursday , July 26, 2018 - First news page


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Weapons theft from police facility 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three UZI sub-machine guns, 10 clips and ammunition were stolen from weapons storage of a Judicial Investigating Organization facility in Los Yoses, San José. Each weapon is valued at $1,000.



Walter Espinoza, director of the investigation organization, confirmed that suspicions point to officials of the agency.

Tuesday searches were carried out in eight houses of members of the Victims and Witnesses Protection Unit suspected of having stolen the weapons in Sagrada Familia, San Sebastian and Acosta, among other areas.

The mini UZIs are open-bolt weapons. When fired, the bolt automatically advances.

A standard weapon has a 254-mm barrel and a capacity to fire up to 600 rounds per minute if it uses a 9 × 19 ammunition.

The director explained the security protocol of the weapons storage.

First, there is an access and security system that allows agents to have access to weapons when they require it.

The control system was installed in 2009. Those who work for the Victims and Witnesses Protection Unit come to the site and comply with the controls of a biometric security system to access the weapons.

The system involves a unique card and requires fingerprint identification. The card and fingerprint have to match before the site can be entered.

"Once the door opens, there are several cameras that capture the entrance area and let us know who is in. We always have absolute clarity of the people and the area they visit," said Espinoza.

Agents of the unit are divided into five groups. Each group has access to a large safe where the weapons are stored and which they can access under certain circumstances and according to the cases they are investigating.

In case they require a weapon, the agents go to the safe, enter an access code, and make a notation in a log book.  Agents are only supposed to enter the area in pairs.



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A standard UZI weapon has a 254-mm barrel and a capacity to fire up to 600 rounds per minute.


Each group of agents is headed by a senior officer who must carry out an inventory on the weapons periodically and at least once a month.

In this case, the last entry in the log book was made on July 18.

To clarify what happened, the judicial must review 72 hours of video from the 30 cameras installed in the building.

As it is thought that someone within agency is a suspect, the agency is conducting a full review and searches of offsite locations.

"When the control system is violated, all the measures established for due control are disregarded. It could have been a single person or up to three. We must verify cameras, compliance with biometric controls or the entry of a third person," said Espinoza.

"We start with the idea that there could be an official involved. There is a control system that has worked for nine years and has given excellent results. There is an obvious violation of control and an evident failure because three weapons were lost," Espinoza concluded.



Tropical Wave # 18 that passed through the country
last weekend caused the dislocation of 531 farms 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The National Animal Health Service of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock identified a total of 531 livestock farms affected by rainfall.

The farms contained more than 19,000 head of cattle and horses. There are still areas the ministry has not been able to enter.

So far, 28 dead animals have been found, and the ministry is monitoring pets that are in shelters.

In the territory between Boca and Delta in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí, 177 affected farms are reported to hold more than 8,000 cattle.

"The main consequences that are being reported are the decrease in the production of milk and meat due to lack of food," said Luis Molina, in charge of the National Program of Animals in Disasters.

Producers in Isla Calero report damages and losses of pastureland due to mud.

In this area there is a population of more than 2,000 head of cattle on 7,843 hectares, according to the census made by animal health service in 2017.

In Sixaola and Matina, 345 farms were affected with a livestock population of more than 11,000 animals.

In the area near the Turrialba volcano there are nine damaged farms with a population of 359 animals.

Also, since last week the animal health service teams have been in vulnerable areas coordinating with municipal emergency committees on what needs to be done to care for animals.



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The farms contained more than 19,000 head
of cattle and horses.

The National Commission for the Prevention of Risks and Emergency Care has recommended the purchase of animal feed, such as concentrate, dehydrated molasses, bypass fat, mineral salts and vitamins.

In the area of ​​Sarapiquí, the number of animal deaths is the lowest, 0.2 percent of all animals, despite its being one of the areas most impacted by the recent rains.





Nicoyanos received President Alvarado
with a march demanding solutions 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Hundreds of people held a march at the Council of Government of President Carlos Alvarado, which was held in Guanacaste.

The march started at 8:30 a.m. near La Anexión Hospital and moved to the Coopealianza building near to Nicoya Park.

The people of Guanacaste had a list of requests which they believed would solve the main problems of the province.

Representatives of the marchers demanded accounts of the state of roads, housing and improvements in the agricultural and livestock sector to develop the various economic activities in the region.

"We are representing hundreds of people who do not have decent housing. We want the offers and promises that the president gave to the people of Costa Rica, the day he became president," said Elias Villegas, the representative of the organization Un Techo Para Nicoya.





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The Public Force was on the scene but the march was passive, and no incidents were reported.




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  Damages due to Hurricane Otto to
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By AM Costa Rica staff

Through the joint work of the National Emergency Commission, the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation and the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, the damage to Guanacaste from Hurricane Otto is now almost 100 percent repaired.

Some 27 structures in Bagaces and La Cruz have been reconstructed in their totality, officials said. Five other structures will be completed in August.

Bagaces, La Cruz, Corredores, Pococí and Upala were the cantons most affected by Hurricane Otto in November 2016.

"In Bagaces, we are finishing roads, bridges and interventions in rivers, while in La Cruz there are only two groups of roads that are in the final phase, as well as three bridges," said Ignacio Arguedas, of the general project coordination of the electrical institute.

The president of the emergency commission, Alexander Solis, said that the oversight of the electrical institute has guaranteed an effective execution of works that have benefited many communities impacted by the emergency.

Solis added that the supervised work  “resisted very well the impact caused last year by the storm Nate.”

The workers of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute managed to rebuild roads, five bridges, and eight problematic river areas in Bagaces.

Junnier Salazar Tobal, mayor of La Cruz said, "This has been a positive example and a lot of responsibility. I am very happy because we have made progress despite the weather, but not only because of the deadlines, but also because of the quality of the works that impact the communities. The town identifies the work of the ICE, the CNE and the municipality." He used the initials of agency names in Spanish.

Based on the institute's latest report, the roads pending completion La Cruz are already at 90 percent while the three remaining bridges are 75 percent complete.


 
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In 2016, authorities calculated at least
$190 million in damages across the country.


María Ramírez, director of bridges at the transport ministry, expressed her satisfaction at the inter-institutional response to the emergency. "It has been a more expeditious work in relation to other works in which people had to wait up to five years."

The intervention has been key for the communities, according to Arguedas, since, "it has become an engine to reactivate local economies, in addition to facilitating access to health centers, schools and colleges."

William Guido Quijano, mayor of Bagaces added, "We have received the works of roads and bridges that have meant quality and efficiency in the use of resources, in a short time. So, we really want the ICE to build beyond these works. We have learned a lot from the relationship between state institutions."



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What happens when a wild animal is hit by a car, but does not die?  What happens when a momma monkey or sloth gets electrocuted while carrying its baby?  What happens when a wild bird or raccoon is put in a cage and kept in a home as a pet, and MINAE finds out about it?  Many times, MINAE, Costa Rica's Ministerio de Ambiente y Energia, the government organization overseeing the environment and Costa Rican wildlife, will bring the injured animal, the surviving baby, or the caged animal to IRescue Wildlife Sanctuary, located in the mountains above Pejibaje, in the Southern Zone.

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There are many other Costa Rican wild animal shelters, but they are overcrowded with severely injured and handicapped animals that take away resources such as veterinary care, food, living space and labor as well as money needed to operate them.  These poor animals are then confined to small spaces and easily forgotten due to insufficient funds and staffing.  They won't live long in these conditions.

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Unfortunately, the domes need to be replaced soon due to corrosion.  The food preparation area needs to be updated and moved.  MINAE wants the sanctuary to build more large and small enclosures for the additional animals it wants to bring in.  IRescue is entirely funded through donations. 




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The land, 500 acres, was donated by American philanthropist John Merritt.  However, many projects, such as the animal kitchen project, dome project, vet clinic and animal bodega, perico project, jaguar project and numerous other additions and improvements are in need of funds for completion.

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Published Thursday , July 26, 2018 -  Fourth news page

International Rafting Federation
names first honorary president
 
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By A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The new position, that of honorary president, was proposed by the current International Rafting Federation President Joe Willis Jones, and was approved by the Board of Directors as an annex to the bylaws.

A well-known Costa Rican will fill the post.

The annex states that “The (IRF) congress may bestow the title of ‘honorary president’, or ‘honorary member’, respectively, upon any former president or member of the Executive Committee for meritorious service to rafting and the IRF … Honorary presidents shall primarily serve as an IRF ambassador.” The nomination of Rafael Gallo will be considered for ratification at the IRF Congress in March 2019 in Australia during the next World Rafting Championships.

IRF President Jones said he is pleased to have the honor of nominating Gallo in recognition for his years of commitment and service. “Everyone who takes part in the rafting sport today is beholden to the dedication and effort of those that worked to create it. Rafa’s years of service to rafting and to the IRF put us all in his debt. Without Rafa, it is likely that the IRF would not exist,” said Jones.

Gallo is one of the original founders of the IRF. He served as the IRF’s first vice-president, alongside president Peter Micheler, from 1997 to 2006, and then took over the IRF presidency from 2006 to 2013.

Gallo has helped improve rafting safety rules and guide training around the world. He was also one of the first assessors for the IRF, which is the highest level for river guide training certification that allows him to certify instructors, who in turn can certify rafting guides.

“As a founding member of the IRF, Rafa was very integral to waking everyone up to the need for an international governing body for rafting. He has been a strong component of the IRF since it was created and having him as an honorary president will ensure that the IRF can continue to benefit from his years of experience in the international rafting world,” said Sue Liell-Cock, IRF secretary general.

“It feels great to have been part of innovation in the rafting world through my whitewater rafting company, Rios Tropicales, in Costa Rica, and become such a leader. I feel lucky to have been in that historic era at the beginning and had the opportunity to lead such an important organization as the IRF with so many people from around the globe. It was a joining of minds from all over the world,” said Gallo.

“IRF has brought rafting to a more competitive level. You see people striving to be athletes and not just river guides, and they love rafting,” he added.

How the IRF began

Starting with the first Project RAFT event held on the Chuya River in Siberia during the 1989 Chuya Rally, people came from all over the world for the first time to compete together in river rafting.

Called Russians and Americans for Teamwork, the project was initiated by Russian and American rafters to override the political animosity between the two nations at the time and to join together in the sport of rafting.

The Chuya Rally proved to be a catalyst event that changed the world of rafting forever because of the contacts made and the friendships forged.

Jones recalls first meeting Gallo at the Chuya Rally where they both participated as rafting athletes representing their respective countries: “Rafa and I became fast friends and he invited me to Costa Rica to work as a river guide and guide trainer for his newly-formed rafting company. The Pura Vida lifestyle of Costa Rica and the Project Raft ethos was fully merged at Rios Tropicales, and it attracted some of the best river guides in the world to work a season or two with Rafa’s company.”

This first World Rafting Championship was replicated in 1990 on the Nantahala River in North Carolina, then in 1991 on the Reventazón and Pacuare rivers in Costa Rica, and on the Coruh River in Turkey in 1993. After that, it evolved into the Camel Whitewater Challenge from 1995 to 2001.

As international rafting competitions grew, drawing up to 50 teams to compete in slalom and down river events, there became a need for an official body that could represent and unite the various international rafting interests.

It was at the 1994 World Championship, hosted on the Dora Baltea River in Italy, that Gallo and Micheler saw the necessity to form an international rafting organization that could represent all competitors, guides, and aspects of rafting.

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Starting with the first Project RAFT event held on
the Chuya River in Siberia during the 1989.



“People were having a lot of fun competing against one another but it needed to be organized much better,” said Gallo. “Everyone showed up to this World Rafting Championship and discovered there were no set rules. It was very chaotic. The rafts were different sizes, the rules kept changing along the way, and the organizers had no clear idea as to how to run an event. We knew that if international rafting competitions were going to survive, we needed to change the model and implement an organizational structure and rules for raft racing.”

The founding group, Lee Porter, Micheler, Gallo, Tony Hansen, Sue Liell-Cock, Neil Baxter, Glenn Lewman, Zeljko Kelemen and Thomas Karas, met in 1997 at the Augsburg Eiskanal in Augsburg, Germany, Micheler’s home base and site of the 1972 Summer Olympics’ canoe slalom event. There, they drafted the first raft race rules and organization statutes, and in October of that year, the IRF was officially launched at the 1997 Camel White Water Challenge event.

The first official IRF World Championship, run jointly with the Camel White Water Challenge, was held in Costa Rica in 1998 on the Class 5 section of the Reventazón River, hosted by Gallo and Rios Tropicales. This is where the rules to govern raft racing were finalized. Later, in 2001, the IRF World Championships separated from the  Camel White Water Challenge.

20 Years of Success with the IRF

As the IRF competitions developed, so did the need to create a universal training system for raft guiding.

In 1999, at the IRF World Championship on the Orange River in South Africa, where Gallo acted as the first chief judge of an IRF event, he was involved in creating a guide training and education system that would be compatible for river rafting anywhere in the world.

“We wanted to create a method of assessing and certifying the basic skills and knowledge that a rafting guide should have,” Gallo said. “We adopted it right away in 1999 with our guides in Costa Rica.”

Gallo again was chief judge for the IRF World Championships in 2005 in Ecuador and in 2007 in South Korea. He hosted a second IRF World Championship in Costa Rica in 2011.

“By this time, IRF competitions were not festivals. They were full of pro athletes. People were training, getting sponsors and taking it very seriously,” said Gallo. “It was great. We were accomplishing our objective to create a world-class competition. We were already positioning ourselves to get rafting into the Olympics”.

In 2009, Gallo was inducted into the International Whitewater Hall of Fame for being an advocate for conservation and a leader in river rafting in the world.

The Future of the IRF

“Having ambassadors around the world is very valuable to promote the IRF and put it forward in the right places. The IRF Committees can turn to Rafael for advice and assistance in areas where his knowledge or expertise can assist,” said Liell-Cock.

“For me, becoming an honorary president is a great way to continue participating in the future of the IRF,” noted Gallo. “With 20-plus years of experience, I can be a mentor who has ‘been there and done that’ to help the new leaders who are guiding the rafting world as it is growing and growing.”


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Published Thursday , July 26, 2018 -  Fifth news page

DHL opens expanded customer support facility

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

DHL, a leading international logistics provider, has recently opened an expanded facility in Heredia that will bring together many key support functions previously separately located under one roof and will serve much of the company’s Americas region and beyond.

The new DHL Customer Support facility, a 6,610-square-meter building located at Zona Franca El Cafetal 2 Corporate Center, Edificio E, La Ribera de Belén, Heredia, will house finance services, customer service, IT services, and human resources operations. The move represents a space increase of 45 percent over previous facilities and represents a capital investment on the part of DHL of 13.7 million euros, the company said.

“Our divisions are growing, bringing more jobs into Costa Rica as the need for support in various areas increases,” said Mike Parra, CEO, DHL Americas region. “This new DHL customer support facility also reflects the shift of DHL to more value-added activities, such as digitalization in customer service to enhance the customer experience.” The center’s customer service operation manages several CS operations areas such as chat and assisting Spanish-speaking customers in the United States.

The new facility also signals expanded opportunities for staff, with the current 650-plus workforce expected to grow to 800 within the next two years.

“The new DHL customer support facility is a reflection of the growth in international shipping throughout the Americas and the proactive measures that DHL has in place to support both current and future growth,” Joe Joseph, global CFO for DHL. “Bringing together our people from various disciplines under the same roof helps strengthen the way we work as one, ensuring consistent high quality service for our customers.”

The finance services division serves 33 countries within the Americas, covering transactional, process optimization and digitalization activities from Costa Rica to the rest of the world. IT Services range from service desk to operational infrastructure to project management, covering Americas, Europe and Asia. Human resources provides international training and development services, in addition to various payroll functions. Recruitment is also a key function.

The new facility is LEED certified, supporting the company’s goal to reduce all logistics-related emissions to zero by the year 2050.



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The new DHL Customer Support facility, a 6,610-square-meter building in Heredia, Costa Rica, is a 13.5 million USD investment and provides services support to 33 countries in the Americas, in addition to Europe and Asia. 

The DHL customer support facility is multicultural and multilingual, with employees who speak Spanish, English, French and Portuguese. Women are well represented among the workforce, comprising nearly 70 percent of employees, and more than 40 percent hold leadership positions.

DHL has an active social responsibility program in Costa Rica, working with TECHO to build houses for those who would otherwise go without. The company also said it maintains a relationship with SOS Children’s Villages, helping the young people there develop both study skills and job skills.

“Some of the employees in our new DHL customer support facility are graduates of SOS Children’s Villages,” said Carla Carrillo, Americas finance services head. “We’ve provided internships for more than 150 of these young people and hire several of them every year. It’s part of our deep commitment to the Costa Rica community and the wonderful people here.”



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Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot
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Published Thusrday , July 26, 2018 -  Sixth news page
Government signs contract for
extension of Cañas-Limonal highway


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado and the minister of Public Works, Rodolfo Méndez Mata, signed the contract with the company Avzi- Orosi, for the extension and rehabilitation of 20.1 kilometers of the highway between Cañas and Limonal for an investment of $89.9 million.

This is the first of three sections in which the project seeks to expand and improve a total of 69.1 km between Cañas and Barranca, a strategic route for the country as part of the Pacific Corridor of the Mesoamerican Project, which is used by many of the region's importers and exporters.

The signing took place as part of the activities of the celebration of the Annexation of Guanacaste to Costa Rica.

The president said, “This work is of great importance and will allow us to go from having a road of two lines, to having a highway of four lanes (two per direction) in concrete, with high standards of road safety."

The Works minister, Méndez, said, "the next step, after signing, is to give the order to start the work, so it will be a matter of a week for the consortium to start with the previous work and installation in the place of the works."

In addition to moving from two to four lanes, the work will have high road safety standards that will control access to the main corridor through the construction of marginal roads, acceleration and deceleration lanes, and return areas, officials said.

The Limonal sector will have the most important work, an intersection of National routes 1 and 18 where traffic heads toward the La Amistad Bridge.

The project will also have elevated crossings in communities that register high volumes of vehicles, such as San Miguel de Cañas.

Throughout the 20.1 kilometers, all bridges will be rehabilitated and duplicated, although in some cases the current structures will be demolished to build new structures.




 


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The highway between Cañas and Limonal for an investment
of $89.9 million.      
  


The work will also have dividing barriers, pedestrian bridges, bays for buses, sidewalks, and land and aerial wildlife passes.

In addition, the transport ministry said staffers are in the final phase of giving the concession to the building of two highways, one for San Gerardo-Limonal (23.8 km) and the other for San Gerardo-Barranca (25.2 km).

Both highways will have four lanes, and the number of bridges will be doubled.

This additional construction will have dividing barriers, pedestrian bridges, bays for buses, sidewalks, and land and air fauna passages, among other components.





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House - Apartments For Rent
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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.

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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 the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or USA call +517-484-3675
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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.

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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.
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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)
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Code:9344-081518


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Published Thursday , July 26, 2018 -  Seventh news page

Speeding is apparent cause of multiple fatalities 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three people died in the early hours of Wednesday morning in a crash of three vehicles and one motorcycle on Route 27.

The accident, which was apparently due to excessive speed, occurred in the vicinity of Alto de las Palomas.

After receiving the emergency report, the Red Cross and firefighters traveled to the accident site.

Alonso Montero of the fire department who went to the scene said that they were dispatched and arrived to find two people dead. The department then checked for fuel spills and secured the scene.

According to the report, the scene that the officers saw was terrible. Parts of vehicles were scattered on the road and one of the vehicles was practically split in half. Some vehicle parts were located 150 meters from the initial site.

The responders indicated that a car was traveling from San José to Santa Ana when, due to apparent speeding, the driver lost control and the vehicle passed through the green zone that divides the two lanes. The car entered the opposite lane where three vehicles, a motorcycle and two cars were traveling.

Witnesses reported to the police that the speeding car caused a very violent impact when it invaded the opposite lane.

Two men died at the scene while a woman who was taken to San Juan de Dios Hospital died two hours later.

The Judicial Investigation Organization identified the deceased as: a 24-year-old male, last name Muñoz, and 23-year-old woman, last name Peraza, who died in the hospital.


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Parts of vehicles were scattered on the road and one of the vehicles was practically split in half.
 

It was not possible to identify immediately the man who was the third victim, agents said.

In addition, the Red Cross reported that another man was taken to the San Juan de Dios Hospital for a possible fracture and an additional victim was evaluated and released at the scene.

Route 27 was closed after the accident and reopened at 6 a.m. Wednesday.