Vol.18  No.727 Published Friday , July 27, 2018 - First news page


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Health Ministry confirms cases of hepatitis A  

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Health Ministry confirms that 11 people are being treated for suspected cases of hepatitis A in the town of Guadalupe in San José.


Three people being treated have tested positive for the virus and eight more people are awaiting the results of medical analysis to determine the presence or absence of the virus.

Health officials said they are also doing field work, interviewing people who live in the vicinity of the area where the first case was detected. So far, no new cases of the virus are suspected.

Officials are giving residents of the community of Guadalupe information about this disease and how to prevent it. They are also distributing leaflets in supermarkets, schools, parks and to the public in general. The leaflets also explain what to do if the virus is suspected and how to care for an infected person.

Health Ministry officials are investigating the confirmed cases of hepatitis A and collecting information about the backgrounds of the infected people.

Here is some of the information from the Ministry of Health:

-If the virus is suspected, keep the patient in quarantine for at least 12 days.

-Patient should not have unnecessary contact with other people.

-Maintain high hygiene measures.

-Wash hands before and after preparing or consuming food.

-Wash hands especially after going to the bathroom.

-People with babies should wash their hands before and after making diaper changes, and wash the baby hands was well.

-Do not consume foods that are prepared for public consumption.

-Consume food only in places that have operating permission from the Ministry of Health.

-If possible, use disposable gloves to avoid contagion.

Health specialists also give this advice on how to clean the house while taking care of or living with an infected person:


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The virus usually spreads in food or
water contaminated with infected feces.


People who care for or live with hepatitis A sufferers should clean surfaces that have been in contact with the patient, including chairs, table, walls, bed, dishes, sink, etc., with water and chlorine.

This is especially important during the initial state during with there may be vomiting or diarrhea. This stage can last up to 10 days.

Hepatitis a virus HAV: Many cases have few or no symptoms, especially in the young. The time between infection and symptoms, in those who develop them, is between two and six weeks. When symptoms occur, they typically last eight weeks and may include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, and abdominal pain.

Around 10 to 15 percent of people experience a recurrence of symptoms during the six months after the initial infection. Liver failure may rarely occur, with this being more common in the elderly.

The virus usually spreads in food or water contaminated with infected feces. Shellfish which have not been sufficiently cooked are a common source. It may also be spread through close contact with an infected person.

While children often do not have symptoms when infected, they are still able to infect others. After a single infection, a person is immune to the rest of his or her life. Diagnosis requires blood testing.



Team of air controllers are on strike 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The directors of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation held negotiations with the Union of Air Traffic Controllers to seek a resolution to the protest movement that began at 6 a.m. Thursday.

At that time the air traffic controllers of Juan Santamaria Airport began delaying the departure flights as a protest.

During the first hours of Thursday morning, 52 flights were delayed between 24 and 40 minutes, officials said. Delays in departures also affected on-time arrivals.

The directors said they are committed to supporting the air traffic controllers union with a reform of the migration law.

Rolando Richmond, director of Civil Aviation, explained, "This is an old claim by air traffic controllers, who are asking for a reform of the migration law, specifically Article 164, which establishes that controllers are responsible for ensuring compliance with the immigration requirements of any person traveling. Otherwise they are exposed to a fine of $ 10,000." This means that controllers are to ensure that people with travel bans are not permitted to leave the country.

According to Article 164 of the current legislation, the air traffic controllers have the responsibility of not authorizing the departure of any aircraft from the country until they receive formal authorization from the General Directorate of Immigration and Aliens. This authorization would indicate that all passengers meet the requirements to leave the country.

According to the current law, any air controller who violates this article will be fined and receive a notation of a serious fault in his record.

Air traffic controllers claim that the responsibility of reviewing compliance with the immigration requirements of people leaving the country should fall directly to the officers of the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration and not to them.

The hierarchy of Civil Aviation held meetings with the air traffic controllers to convince them to lift the protest.




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The hierarchy of Civil Aviation held meetings with the air traffic controllers to convince them to lift the protest.

The directors of Civil Aviation indicate that they presented a request to reform this part of the law in August 2017 but the proposal has not yet been addressed by Congress.

"We are in talks to lift this measure of pressure that logically causes delays in the departure of flights and making arrangements so that the legislation of the immigration law will be reformed in a definitive manner. It is an issue that involves the Executive and Legislative Powers to solve it," said Richmond.

Today, Friday, the Air Traffic Controllers Union will meet with lawmakers in Congress in order to request that they address the change in the law immediately.

As of this edition, the controllers continue to delay flights. 





 Magistrate of court suspended

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A magistrate of the Third Chamber, Jesús Ramírez Quirós, was suspended Thursday for a term of two months without pay due due to an investigation of his involvement in a dismissal related to the controversial case known as El Cementazo.

The sanction was agreed by the full Supreme Court July 16 and announced Thursday. The Third Chamber handles criminal appeals.

"It is determined on July 26, 2018, as the date from which it will begin to execute the sanction imposed by means of agreement No. 33-18, celebrated on July 16, 2018 by the Supreme Court of Justice for the magistrate Jesús Ramírez Quirós. Notification of this resolution to Judge Ramírez and communication to the Third Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, Executive Directorate and the Directorate of Human Resources, for execution," cites an email sent by the General Secretariat of the Court.

Ramírez is the fifth magistrate who has been suspended this year.

Last week two other magistrates, Doris Arias Madrigals and María Elena Gómez, were also suspended. Both magistrates filed a precautionary measure, causing the sanction to be suspended until the investigation is concluded.

At the beginning of July another magistrate, Carlos Chinchilla Sandí, was also suspended, but the magistrate managed to retire July 16 which is why the suspension could not be activated.




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

In the month of April, another magistrate, Celso Gamboa was fired. Gamboa was also suspected of involvement in the same controversial case called Cementazo.


The case involves irregularities  in the purchase of cement form China.



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  Confirmed: Bromacil contaminated water in northern zone


By AM Costa Rica staff

The presence of the agrochemical bromacil in the water of the northern zone was confirmed by experts from the Public Water Institute.

Bromacil was found in the water of the communities of Río Cuarto, Pital, Venecia, Agua Zarcas and other communities of San Carlos in the northern zone of the country.

Bromacil was found in the groundwater and surface waters by researchers from the University of Costa Rica’s Center for Research in Environmental Pollution after a study was requested by the Agriculture Ministry.

After these results, the Public Water Institute requested a second set of tests by its own specialists.

The  results were the same as those reported by the university team.

The Public Water Institute reported that, "They reaffirm the presence of bromacil at levels higher than those allowed, in several springs in the region.”

The positive results of the water laboratory show higher concentrations of the chemical at a level of more than 0.1 microgram of bromacil per liter of water, according to the report.

The institute ordered the immediate suspension of all the public water community associations, or ASADAS, located in the towns of La Tabla and El Pinar and suspended using water from the springs in the locality of Rio Cuarto.


 
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Bromacil has been used in the cultivation
of pineapples to control weeds.


According to the official directive, all the ASADAS located in La Tabla and El Pinar of Río Cuarto, should take their water services off-line immediately if the water comes from the spring in the community of Brenes and supply the system only with the spring water of the community of La Flor.

The Public Water Institute is now providing drinking water to these communities with trucks.



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Government signs credit agreement for $425 million 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government announced a new loan of $425 million in order to develop the potable water service project called Agua para Guanacaste.

The announcement was made by President Carlos Alvarado who stated, "the Central American Bank for Economic Integration approved a grant for Costa Rica and stated that this is the largest one that has been delivered to the country."

The former deputy and leader of the official party, Otton Solis, is now the representative of Costa Rica before the World Bank and he was the one who got the funds.

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"This will then have to go to the Legislative Assembly for approval, but this will allow the process to go forward,” said the president, who called the project “transcendental for the province.” He added that he hopes the deputies will vote in favor of the project quickly.



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most affected by the dry season drought.
    
 
This project would provide potable water to the communities of Nicoya, Santa Cruz and Carrillo.

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Closures on Florencio Del Castillo highway  
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By A.M. Costa Rica wire services

This weekend, the first pilgrims are expected to walk towards the Basilica of Los Angeles in Cartago for part of the celebration of the Lady of the Angels. For this reason, transit officials will close one of the lanes to give more space to pedestrians.

The closures will start on Saturday at Florencio Del Castillo highway between San José and Cartago.

Drivers who will use that route may have to slow down because they will have one lane less in which to travel.

The director of the Traffic Police, German Marín, said, "200 officers will be present in the area of the pilgrimage on the road, in addition to the presence of officers in other parts of the country, such as Limón, Guanacaste and San Vito, from where, traditionally, the pilgrims begin their journey towards Cartago."

The first police posts on the pilgrimage route will be active starting today.

From 2 o'clock this afternoon there will be transit officers on the road to Cartago, with the aim of providing road safety for the pilgrims who are heading to the Basilica of Los Angeles.

The officers will remain on duty his weekend particularly in the afternoon and evening until Sunday.

In addition, police surveillance will be maintained every day until Friday, Aug. 3.

It is expected that the day with the greatest number of pilgrims will be next Wednesday and Thursday, the official day of the morning celebration of the Lady of the Angels.

Wednesday is expected to be the day with the greatest traffic especially from San Pedro at the Fuente de la Hispanidad to Curridabat, passing in front of La Antigua Galera. The total closure would begin at 5 o'clock in the afternoon.

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Published Friday  , July 27, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Homeless in San José, will have a way to get help

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Mayor Johnny Araya of the Municipality of San José and Mauricio Villalobos of the Pro Mundo Foundation signed a two-year agreement to help the homeless who move around the city.

The helping campaign will be called Chepe Se Baña, showers for the homeless.

And consists of giving personal hygiene products, clothing and food to the indigent in the city. Chepe is the nickname for San José.

The objective is to help people over 18 who walk around the city, have no home, are jobless and have no family.

Some of these indigents have problems of alcoholism or addiction.

"The project will allow the identification and registration of the street population, promote the strengthening of human dignity, mitigate the environmental impact of waste derived from the physiological needs of these people, help to free pedestrian traffic and will enable state institutions to carry out preventive activities, epidemiological surveillance and primary health care, as well as referral to specialized centers as the need arises.”

The foundation has carried out this project in the past but the help was very limited, since the resources were donations.



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Now, with the support of the municipality, organized groups of civil society, non-governmental organizations, private companies, universities, hospitals and other social actors can be part of this program of ambulatory intervention.



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Published Friday , July 27, 2018 -  Sixth news page
Drier weather allows reopening of 121 schools

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Public Education reduced from 220 to 99 the schools that are closed due to access problems, flood problems or their use use as shelters.

The most affected schools are located in Sarapiquí, Limón, Sulá and Guapiles.

At this moment, the number of closed schools are: 38 in the town of Sulá, 29 in the town of Limon, 36 in the town of Sarapiqui and 13 in the town of Guapiles.

Amparo Pacheco, vice minister of institutional planning and regional coordination of the Ministry of Public Education, said, "that due to the change in alerts indicated by the National Emergency Commission and the improvement in the weather conditions of the last days, the educational centers are returning to normality, but they keep in communication with the regional directors of education to keep the emergency protocols active."

The officials of the Ministry of Public Education continued in close communication with teachers and administrators in each school, to assess and keep updating the number of people using the schools as shelters  as well as staying in contact with students so they can be informed of the reopening of schools.


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The most affected schools are located in Sarapiquí,
Limón, Sulá and Guapiles.
  





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Fully Furnished One Bedroom
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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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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.
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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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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:
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U.S.A. phone: 770-310-1351
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Code: 9350-050419



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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.

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Email:
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Code:9344-081518


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Published Friday , July 27, 2018 -  Seventh news page

Group of foreigners detained with
¢120 million will go to detention


By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Police arrested 15 suspects Monday on the allegations that they were involved in a shipment of drugs between Colombia and Moín. Five of these suspects were remanded to jail.


The Deputy Prosecutor's Office of Limón requested preventative detention measure for five of the 15 detainees, four of Colombian nationality and one of Panamanian origin, with the surnames: Molinar, Moreno, Toro, Rivas and Torres.

The rest of the suspects will have other types of precautionary measures that are alternative to prison.

For example, they must sign in once a month, they will not be able to be within 100 meters of any event taking place, they cannot leave the country and they will have to maintain a registered location or address.

These non-jail measures will be maintained until the criminal proceedings are concluded.

The prosecutor's office in Limón said that the subjects were detained in a three-story house in Moín where ¢7 million and $200,000 in cash were found.

Also found were: seven 7 firearms, four speedboats, two outboard motors, GPS devices and more than 20 cell phones.

The criminal investigation is being carried out for investigation of legitimization of capital and possession of weapons.


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The prosecutor's office found ¢7 million and $200,000 in cash,  seven 7 firearms, four speedboats, two outboard motors, GPS devices and more than 20 cell phones.

The arrests were made Monday, when an alert was received from the Coast Guard Command of the Colombian National Navy, Officers of the Fuerza Pública and the National Coast Guard Service participated.

"The work was aided by a police report issued from Colombia, where they noticed a transfer of drugs to our country, passing through the coasts of Panama to Moin. The seizure of drugs was not achieved, the theory being that on that weekend they had already been disposed of the drugs. But they did have the money for the transportation of drugs. They were preparing the boats, with food, to return to Colombia," said Eibor Paniagua, deputy head of the Judicial Investigating Organization regional delegation in Limón.