Vol.18  No.701 Published Wednesday , August 1, 2018 - First news page


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National Restoration Party cites
possible illegal acts by its leadership


By A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Carlos Avendaño, a lawmaker and president of the National Restoration Party, denied Tuesday that he had filed a criminal complaint against his party’s former presidential candidate, Fabricio Alvarado.

Avendaño said that he presented an accusation of possibly illegal acts to the Public Ministry but added that the complaint does not indicate any name or direct suspect.

According to the lawmaker, the complaint was not his personal decision but a decision of the Executive Committee of the party. The committee agreed to send a request for an investigation of several facts to the justice authorities, he said. Those facts have generated controversy within the party and have also has been investigated by the SupremeElections Tribunal.

The original complaint was filed June 25 and alleged two possible infractions of electoral law: payments made by the party without the required agreement and a  possible fault related to the reception of non-registered private contributions.


The Prosecutor's Office confirmed that there are no people directly accused in the complaint.

"The facts that we want to investigate are those referring to the rental of the helicopter that the ex-deputy Patricia Mora had denounced before,” said Avendaño. “In addition another fact is about the payment of the rent of the building as headquarters of the party during the campaign. In addition, a similar investigation is being made by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal."

The legislator said this complaint was presented by him as the representative of the Executive Committee of the party.

 
"We are not denouncing people, just giving the facts. Then the prosecutors will investigate, and if they find that there is responsibility, they should point out who is responsible," added Avendaño.


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The legislator said this complaint was presented by him as the representative of the Executive Committee of the party.

Avendaño said that during the campaign he did not hear about any of the business that was carried out and he expects the authorities to find the person responsible and determine if any crime was committed.

The Prosecutor's office confirmed that the complaint is under investigation.

"This is the phase of research, called the preparatory stage, where evidence is collected and analyzed to establish whether or not a crime was committed, and, if so, we will determine the dynamics and the person allegedly responsible," the Prosecutor Office said.



Hospitals will donate bones for grafts

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Femoral heads, the bones removed during hip replacements, will be donated by four public hospitals to the Trauma Hospital of the National Insurance Institute to be used in victims of accidents who need bone transplants. The insurance institute has a tissue bank capable of processing bones to meet the demand of the Hospital del Trauma.

The hospitals that will supply this bone material are: Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia Hospital, Mexico Hospital, San Juan de Dios Hospital and San Rafael de Alajuela Hospital. These hospitals could provide to the institute with 20 percent of the total bone material needed.


According to Costa Rican law, all donors must sign a document authorizing the donation or any body part.

Since 2010, the state health authorities have maintained a bank for tissue and cell where it also preserves bone, tendons, skin and heart valves.

Fernando Llorca Castro, executive president of the The Costa Rican Social Security Fund, confirmed the interest that both institutions have in this agreement because it allows the hospitals to join forces and have enough tissue available for use in treatments.

For his part, Marvin Agüero Chinchilla, technical coordinator of the Institutional Program of Donation and Transplants of the fund, reported that the use of human tissues to be grafted into another person is a common procedure.


                                                 
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According to Costa Rican law, all donors must sign a document authorizing the donation or any body part.

"It is a viable option for the treatment of many medical problems caused by tissue loss due to the removal of a tumor, loss of a bone due to an accident or when a prosthesis wears out," said Agüero.





Body of Irish tourist found

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A crew of the aviation police found the body of an Irish citizen Tuesday morning. The tourist disappeared from Herradura beach Saturday. The tourist’s name was not reported.

Isla Herradura is a small uninhabited island, located offshore of Herradura beach on the Central Pacific coast. The island can only be reached by sea.

The Ministry of Public Security reported that the air crew found the body during an overflight by air rescue units, “at four nautical miles from Isla Herradura in the central Pacific.”


After the foreigner disappeared in the sea tourist police and Red Cross had continued the search until the body.

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Forensic agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization recovered the body.



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Contaminated crackers to be withdrawn from sale  


By AM Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Health requested all stores in Costa Rica to check and see if they have on their shelves the products from Mondelez  International. Those products were imported from the United States.

The producer, the subsidiary Mondelez Global LLC, reported July 21 that it had issued a withdrawal of certain Ritz Cracker Sandwiches and Ritz Bits products due to possible salmonella contamination. The problem was with a whey powder used as an ingredient, the statement said. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the whey came from Associated Milk Producers, Inc., in Blair, Wisconsin, and was used in the Ritz products among others.

Salmonella is a bacteria that, "can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, weak or elderly people and other people are weakened immune systems," the company warns.

Based on that official alert, the Ministry of Health gave local businesses a period of five business days to report if the product is in their inventory and to remove it from the shelves.

The ministry said that businesses were asked to give a report by a deadline Friday on how many of the specified products were sold and if the rest were removed from the shelves.

"The deadline expired on Friday but the order is to immediately suspend the commercialization if they found it and have five working days to inform if they found and destroy the products," the ministry said.

Jennifer Lee, head of the Normalization and Control Unit of the Directorate of Health Regulation and Control, said that when the alert was received there was an investigation about the importers of the product.

Lee reported that same day the order went out for product withdrawal and destruction and said that the individual store was responsible for reporting those actions.


 
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Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them but should throw them away, health officials said.



The company added that, to date, there have been no complaints of ill effects due to the consumption of the products. The withdrawal is made as a preventive measure, due to the provider's warning.

After the warning Mondelez Global said that the problem was limited to the products detailed below, which would have been sold in the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The products are the following:

Regular Ritz Bits Cheese Cookies, Ritz Cheese Cracker Sandwiches, Ritz Crackers Whole Wheat Cracker Sandwiches with Cheddar Cheese, Cookies Ritz Everything Cracker Sandwiches with Cream Cheese, and Mixed Cookie Cracker Variety cookies.



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Consumption of liquor increased
  
 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 49 percent of Costa Ricans between 18 and 65 consumed at least one alcoholic beverage in the last 12 months, according to a new survey.

That is an increase in consumption compared to the data of 2014, when the consumption was 44 percent.

This data is derived from the study: "Consumption of alcohol in adults," carried out by the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences.

Jorge Mora, a sociologist and researcher at the institution, said "The idea is to know patterns of harmful alcohol consumption, in order to determine public policies for the prevention of this behaviors."

The research was conducted between May and June  and included 800 people (50 percent men and 50 percent women), between 18 and 65 years old, who answered a 15-minute telephone interview in different parts of the country, the institution said.

The institution performs this type of study in 14 countries in Latin America. This is the third time this study was made in Costa Rica. The last two studies were done in 2009 and 2014.

"The objective was to identify the basic indicators of alcohol consumption in Costa Rica," Mora said.

According to Mora, surveyors managed to identify a slight decrease in alcohol consumption per capita, despite the increase in prevalence.

"In 2009 per capita consumption was 3.9 liters of pure ethanol. In 2014 it was 3.1 liters. And now it decreased to 2.95 liters in 2018, "Mora said.

He said that in Latin America, compared to the United States and Canada, per capita consumption is lower.

Researchers define as consumers people who have drunk at least one drink in the last 12 months. From this follows the frequency, which in this case is 49 percent.

A fact that draws attention is the increase in consumption among young people between 18 and 24 years old, those with university education, and singles. This could influence the increase in prevalence.

"In 2009 in the case of Costa Rica, it was a 59 percent prevalence of consumption. In 2014, it went to 44 percent and in 2018 there was an increase of 49 percent in the prevalence, that is, in the percentage of people who have consumed at least one alcoholic beverage in the year," Mora explained. Despite this, the country is below the regional average, he said.

Two other important pieces of data are the frequency and quantity of consumption.


 
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Latin America, compared to the United States and Canada, per capita consumption is lower.



Regarding the number of drinks per week, people were asked about consumption in the last 30 days.  It was determined that in 2009 people had 1.9 drinks per week. In 2014 they had 1.3, and in 2018 that increased 1.7 drinks per week.

As for the number of drinks for each occasion, while in 2009 it was 4.5 drinks, in 2014 it was 6.4. This year the number was 5.6 drinks.

"This shows a decline, which if maintained, would be very positive, because it would lead to a greater moderation in the consumption of alcoholic beverages," Mora said.

The main reasons why Costa Ricans are drinking alcohol, based on the survey, are:

-18 percent because they like the taste.

-17 percent because alcohol is used in celebrations or special occasions.

-5 percent said they drink due to peer pressure.

The survey was announced Tuesday morning in the annual forum organized by Educ-alcohol and the National Union of Local Governments, in which the challenges to transform the culture of consumption in our country were discussed.



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Published Wednesday, August 1, 2018 -  Fourth news page
Only 18 of the 81 municipalities get a passing grade
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Office of the Comptroller General of the Republic said Tuesday that just 18 of the country's municipalities scored better than 70 our of 100 in an evaluation.

The agency has carried out a study and created what it calls the Municipal Management Index. The scoring is based on the information provided by the municipalities in the year 2017.

The Comptroller's Office qualifies the level of management, good or bad, based on this data.

According to the report, only 18 municipalities received an acceptable grade on the Municipal Management Index of the total of 81 municipalities. The 18 scored 71 or above.

The study is based on the result of municipal work in: development and institutional management, planning, citizen participation and accountability, the management of environmental development, the management of economic services, road management and the management of social services.

According to the study, the municipalities most often struggle in the areas of: cleanliness of roads and public places, parks and ornamental works and waste treatment.

"The highest score was obtained by the Municipality of San Carlos, 88.50 points. On the other hand, the lowest rating was the Municipalidad de Los Chiles with 34.68 points," said the report.

One of the most negative aspects of the report is that there are 12 municipalities that have always obtained less than 50 points.

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The study of the Municipal Management Index can be consulted on
the website of the Contraloria.



The Comptroller said that "in the last six years, at least 12 municipalities - recurrently - have registered a score lower than 50."

The agency continues "this translates into weaknesses to manage the provision of public services (cleanliness of roads, parks and decorative works, collection and storage and treatment of waste), difficulties in implementing internal control systems and inability to articulate mechanisms of citizen participation and participatory budgeting."


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Published Wednesday , August 1, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Nicaraguan crisis sends 23,000 refugees to Costa Rica

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According to the United Nations, at least 23,000 Nicaraguans fleeing violence in that country have sought refuge in Costa Rica since April.

"In recent months, the number of asylum applications filed by Nicaraguans in Costa Rica and other countries increased exponentially," said a spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.  He is William Spindler, and he spoke at a press conference in Geneva.

According to the refugee agency, "Costa Rica received the most requests for asylum, but Panama, Mexico and the United States also recorded an upward trend during the first half of 2018 with a significant peak in June."

The regional figures are still unknown, but in regard to Costa Rica, "there were about 8,000 asylum requests from Nicaraguan citizens since April and some 15,000 people got an appointment to register later because the national treatment capacities are exceeded," he explained, citing data from the Costa Rican authorities.

Currently, 200 asylum applications are registered every day in Costa Rica, according to the U.N. agency, which said it wants to help the authorities increase this figure to at least 500 a day.

The spokesman said that the agency is reinforcing its presence in Costa Rica, along with other U.N. agencies and associated non profits, and is prepared to provide protection and immediate assistance to thousands of Nicaraguan refugees and asylum seekers, both in the region of north of Costa Rica and around the capital.



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Since April 18, Nicaragua has experienced a protest movement against the repressive government, which has left more than 400 dead and 2,000 injured, according to several human rights organizations.


Many Nicaraguans who flee their country join some of the 100,000 to 150,000 Nicaraguan families who were already settled in Costa Rica before the crisis, according to the U.N. agency, which said it is preparing a regional plan to respond to the needs of the refugees.



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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
By Christopher Howard
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
By Victoria Torley
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 Wednesday  , August 1, 2018 -  Sixth news page
Argendora Bridge in La Cruz de Guanacaste will reopen Friday


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The bridge of the community of Argendora in La Cruz in Guanacaste will be reopened this Friday after the damages caused by heavy rains in July have been repaired.

The structure access slopes on Route 4 were eroded and the width of the river increased. The National Road Council has lengthened the metal bridge from 27 to 45 meters in order to repair the problem, said engineer Gustavo Alvarado. The repair involved bringing in additional structural pieces from San José.

Improvements to the road and bridge pilings have also been announced.The project would cost ¢165 million.

Although the strongest rains were two weeks ago, continuing rains complicate repairs, particularly pile driving, as the river is still growing.




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The project would cost ¢165 million.


For light vehicles, the alternative route is route 917, from Brasilia de La Cruz to the Interamericana Norte. For heavy trucks, the recommendation is to take Route 6 that goes to Cañas and from there to the Interamericana Norte.

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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.

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.
Contact:
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.
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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 Wednesday , August 1, 2018 -  Seventh news page

Triple collision leaves one dead


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Tuesday morning there was a triple crash involving a light vehicle, a bus and a trailer at Monte Oro in Miramar, Puntarenas.

Full details of the crash are not available but evidently the sedan involved ended up under the truck, complicating efforts to rescue the two passengers.
 
Hydraulic equipment was brought to the scene, but despite the efforts of rescuers, the driver, a woman, died at the scene.

Her identity was not reported by the police who removed her body to the morgue.

The hydraulic equipment was also used to release a man, surnamed Robles, from the wreckage.

He was seriously injured and transferred in delicate condition to the Monseñor Sanabria Hospital.

                                                    
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The accident caused long vehicle jams and significant detours along the Interamericana highway between Miramar and Caldera.