Vol.18  No.702 Published Thursday , August 2, 2018 - First news page


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La Romería: a tradition that moves 2 million people

By A.M. Costa Rica wire services

La Romería, a tradition that began with the Catholic community, has become one of the most important events of the year. Romería, which means pilgrimage, is a mass journey of the faithful to pay homage to the Virgin of Los Angeles at the Basilica of the Angels located in the Province of Cartago.

The last report from the basilica estimated that 2 million people walk to the Basilica of the Angels every year.

Many people start their walk to the church on Aug. 1 every year. The defined route is approximately 22 kilometers from San José to Cartago, but there are devotees who travel to the basilica from their homes which may be a great deal farther from the destination and their walk may take days to complete. A contingent from Golfito this year walked for nine days.

Today, Aug. 2, is the most important day in this celebration. A solemn Mass is celebrated with the presence of the archbishop, dozens of priests and government authorities, including the president and representatives of public institutions.

Those who walk usually do so for two reasons, to ask for a favor or help from the Virgin or to give thanks for miracle already done by the Virgin.

The tradition includes a promise from the faithful, usually to repeat the pilgrimage every year.

It is a common practice to go on your knees from the entrance of the church to the altar, and visitors can see this practice daily as children, young people, and entire families continue this custom as a sign of gratitude to the Virgin.

Another tradition is to collect the holy water which comes from the pipes in the lower part of the church. Although this water is basically potable water, the pilgrims grant it curative benefits as water is provided by the basilica.

According to historical reports from the Costa Rican National Library, these traditions began on Aug. 2, 1635.

According to tradition, a young woman named Juana Pereira, a resident of the province of Cartago, was looking for firewood so that her mother would be able to cook the family meal when she found a little stone doll on a large rock next to a spring of crystalline water. The child took the doll to her home.

The next morning when the child went out to find more wood, she was surprised to find a stone figurine identical to the one she found the previous day.
 
Thinking it was another doll she happily took the new find home. When she arrived, however, she found that the first doll was missing.

The next day, the same thing happened: a new doll on a stone and the doll at home missing. This time the child was very frightened. She ran home to tell her mother what was happening and both went to the house of the town priest, Father Alonso Sandoval, to deliver the doll and tell him what was happening.


                                                   A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo

According to the tradition, the Mary Virgin showed the girl Juana, the place where the church must to be built.

Sandoval took the doll, put it in a box and dismissed the matter. The next day, however, when he went to look for the little stone doll, it was no longer in the box.

That same morning, Juana, went back to the same forest to collect firewood as usual and again found the same stone doll, right over the same large stone. The child and her mother went again to Sandoval’s home to report the situation, and he advised them that it was a kind of message from the Virgin.

According to the tale, Sandoval and some villagers decided to take the little stone doll to the local church and lock it up in the tabernacle.

The next day when he opens the tabernacle he finds that the doll is not there. Sandoval finally concluded that little stone doll, which looks like a mother holding a baby, is a sign from God and from the Virgin Mary herself, asking that the village of Cartago build a church at that same large rock where the stone doll was found the very first time.

The stone image is now in the church at Cartago. It measures about 20 cm and is composed of volcanic rock, graphite and jade. Since the rock is black, people call it La Negrita, but it is presumed to be the image of the Virgin of Los Angeles. The image has a round face, slanted eyes, a nose and a small mouth. In her left arm, she holds the baby Jesus whose right hand is raised in an attitude of blessing.

The name given to the image is Virgin of Los Angeles, because Aug. 2, the day of the discovery, the Franciscan Order venerates its patron saint, Santa María de los Ángeles.

On Sept. 24, 1824, by decree of the highest political authorities of the country, the Virgin of the Angels was declared official patron of Costa Rica.



Road closed for pilgrimage

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, transit officials closed four kilometers of the road between the Fuente de La Hispanidad in San Pedro to the area known as La Galera in Curridabat as thousands of people walked toward Cartago.

This closing could last 24 hours until about 5 p.m. today.

On the Florencio del Castillo highway there is another lane that remains exclusive for pilgrims. The route of the eastbound pilgrims must be by the road that is known as Calle Vieja, between Tres Rios, passing through the mountains of Ochomogo, and ending in Cartago.

The largest number of pilgrims is expected today so officers want to remind the population that there are several guard posts along the pilgrimage route.

The route is exclusively for pilgrims, so scooters, skates, bicycles, motorcycles and, of course, vehicles are forbidden.


                                                    Cartago Municipality courtesy photo

The last report from the basilica estimated that 2 million people walk to the Basilica of the Angels every year.








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By AM Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Public Security purchased a plane from the United States government at a cost of ¢4.3 billion. The aircraft is a King Air 250 that will be modified to patrol against organized crime and illegal fishing.

The purchase was criticized by deputy Jonathan Prendas of the National Restoration Party.

The legislator questioned the price and speed of the transaction. According to Prendas, the opening of the tender of purchase began on Dec. 8, and the bid was awarded only three days later.

That information was confirmed by a purchase report in the offices of the  Comptroller General of the Republic.

The minister of Security, Michael Soto, said the aircraft will expand the air intelligence platform to combat drug trafficking.

"This plane has mobile radar, and lacks seats for passengers. I only have seats for the pilot, co-pilot and operators of the Air Surveillance Service. The aircraft was acquired by a purchase by the government of Costa Rica from the United States and is expected to be in the country next year," said an official statement of the ministry.

The official statement said “the plane will serve as radar to patrol the oceans against drug trafficking and illegal fishing.”

"It's not for fancy tours. Our seas are used for drug trafficking. A lot of drugs enter by sea into Costa Rican territory to be stored and then leave by land, air or sea. The government must have the tools to do its job," said Soto.

The plane is scheduled to arrive in the country next May and is currently being equipped by the government of the United States. The amount of the technological investment is around $5 million and was donated by the U.S. government, added the official press release.


 
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The plane will serve as radar to patrol the oceans
against drug trafficking and illegal fishing 



Soto said that the data support the need for an aircraft to monitor the coasts. He cited as an example that in the last two weeks 5,000 kilograms of cocaine were seized in the Pacific.

"I regret to disclose this strategy information against drug trafficking. To travel 80 miles to stop a boat is not easy to do it in a patrol boat. It lasts for hours. The idea is that the radars give us the points and an effective follow-up is done."

"I reject that it's a luxury issue. It is a matter of high technology that is necessary to fight against the drug groups that have high resources," Soto said.

Soto also said that the country only has three patrol boats, so with the King Air operations against drug trafficking will be more effective.



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Consumption of liquor increased
  
 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The deputies of the Legislative Assembly approved a bill that obliges telecommunications operators to block cellular service in jails or juvenile penitentiary centers. It was reported that 47 of the legislators voted in favor of the initiative.

"According to the Super Intendencia de Telecomunicaciones, cell phone services companies can easily comply with the requirement of the authorities to fight against crime," said lawmaker Gustavo Viales.

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Published Thursday , August 2, 2018 -  Fourth news page
UK International trade minister visited Costa Rica
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The British minister for Trade Policy, George Hollingbery, traveled to Panama and Costa Rica Wednesday to build on the strong trade links between the his country and Central American nations.

Hollingbery also announced that his government has doubled the support available from UK Export Finance for UK-Costa Rica trade to up to £1.25 billion.

The minister now travels to the U.S. states of Georgia and Indiana where he will build on his country's already strong trade and investment relationship, updating businesses on his country's plans for an independent trade policy as the two countries look ahead to a future free trade agreement, a government announcement said.

While in Panama, the minister met with the Panamanian Minister of Trade and Investment, Augusto Arosemena, and the two reconfirmed their commitment to continuity of the EU-Central America Association Agreement. The meeting follows the successful visit of Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela to the United Kingdom in May this year, where he expressed his country’s firm support for the swift ratification of a continuity agreement.

The minister also visited the iconic Panama Canal to explore opportunities around the canal’s diversification strategy, followed by a discussion with the minister for Finance, Eyda Varela de Chinchilla, and financial services regulators to learn how Panama is advancing its financial services sector.

In Costa Rica, the minister met with Epsy Campbell, a vice-president and Foreign Affairs minister, and Foreign Trade Minister Dyalá Jiménez to make clear the British commitment to continued trade with Costa Rica and to discuss the smooth transition as his country leaves the European Union.

The two Central American nations are crucial to the United Kingdom's ties with the region, a statement said. Panama, the fastest growing country in Latin America, had total trade with the United Kingdom worth £242 million in 2016. Meanwhile, trade between the United Kingdom and Costa Rica was worth £311 million in 2017, a 13 percent increase on the previous year.

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Hollingbery’s U.S. visit follows the recent launch by Liam Fox of the first public consultations on a future free trade agreement with his country's largest single trading partner. Fox is minster of state for international trade.

Hollingbery is traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, and Indianapolis, Indiana, where he will update key local businesses and decision makers on the his country's independent trade policy. In Atlanta, these will include Coca-Cola Co and United Parcel Service of America, Inc., as well as other leading firms. In Indianapolis key meetings include Rolls-Royce North America, Inc., U.S. Rep. André Carson and the governor of Indiana, Eric Holcomb.

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The Minister came to make clear the UK’s commitment to continued trade with Costa Rica. 

At the heart of these meetings will be the the United Kingdom's unwavering commitment to a mutually beneficial trade agreement with the U.S. post-Brexit, ensuring free and fair trade continues to flow between the two nations, the British statement said.

Britain already has a large investment presence in the U.S. For example, online clothing retailer ASOS.com plans a brand new e-commerce center in Georgia, a state where Britain is currently the seventh largest trading partner. The UK also supports around 10,000 jobs in Indiana, and is the second largest foreign investor in the state.

Trade between the Britain and U.S. was worth £182.7 billion in the first quarter of this year, up 4 percent on the same quarter in 2017. Exports to the US were up 4.9 percent to £113 billion in the same year.

On a recent visit to Britain, U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Theresa May made clear their ongoing commitment to a close and prosperous future trading relationship, the statement said.

Hollingbery said:

“I’m delighted to be traveling across the U.S. and Central America this week, building on our already strong trade and investment relationship with the U.S. as well as ensuring continuity in our existing agreement with the Central America Association. Our trade with Panama was worth £242 million in 2016, and with Costa Rica, £311 million last year. Meanwhile, trade with the U.S.A. was worth more than £182 billion at the start of this year. As the UK leaves the EU, we have the perfect opportunity to work more closely with partners across the globe and I look forward to meeting with counterparts in Panama, Costa Rica and the United States to set out what that bright trading future might look like."


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Published Thursday , August 2, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Organizations unite to promote ecological pilgrimage


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Environment, the Municipality of Cartago, San José, San Pedro, Curridabat and the Marviva Foundation have call on pilgrims to bring their reusable bottles to the Romería.

There are three water refill stations where pilgrims can fill their reusable bottles for free and thus avoid a greater consumption of disposable plastics, the coalition said.

The posts are be located in the Plaza de la Democracia on Second Avenue, the Higherón gas station in San Pedro and in Curridabat, 300 meters east of the La Galera gas station.

"The previous year, 12,840 glass bottles were delivered, which prevented a large amount of disposable plastic from reaching the sea.This year we added municipal allies to place new water recharge stations and the goal is to surpass the figure of the previous year.

We are inviting all the people who make the pilgrimage to come to our posts to fill your bottle with water and join our campaign," said Mariana Blanco, representative of the Marviva Foundation.


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The glass bottles delivered, which prevented a large amount of
disposable plastic from reaching the sea.


Of the total of plastics discarded in Costa Rica, only 14 percent is recovered for recycling and mostly becomes less valuable products.

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The author Paulkovich says Jesus was a mythical-character. From the page 55 (Roman leaders decide they need a god, any viable god, to hold the flagging empire together) and page 61 (in 391AD, Roman Emperor Theodosius elevates Jesus, posthumously, to divinity.)
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"Beyond All Religion"
In that book, author Samuel Butler agrees with the thrust of Paulkovich’s new book, revealing that Christianity was chosen by a vote at the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE over several other contending religions. Sample Sam’s book Click Here
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The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise
By James J. Brodell
Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions.
Read a sample and purchase the book Click Here

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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 Thursday  , August 2, 2018 -  Sixth news page
Ten Costa Rican children stranded in Colombia


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican consul in Colombia and Costa Rican public institutions are trying to help 10 minors who are stranded in Colombia.

The children are part of the group Grupo Folklorico de Puerto Jiménez, which participated in the International Festival of Traditional Dances last week. They were expected to return home promptly but, due to some confusion over travel arrangements, they remain stranded in Columbia.

The director of the folk dance school explained that the students and teachers worked hard to raise the money to cover travel expenses including a private bus, but were denied boarding passes for one plane.

The case was communicated to the Costa Rican consul in Colombia, Roberto Céspedes, who in coordination with Vice President Epsy Campbell, activated the protocol of immediate intervention for the handling of emergency situations.

"The children are in a sports center that functions as a shelter, in the community of Andalucía, near Cali, in the Department of Valle del Cauca.


We are making all the necessary arrangements for them return to Costa Rica soon," said Cespedes.



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The kids folkloric dance group participated in the International Festival of Traditional Dances in Panama.

The consular department of foreign service and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and are in communication with all authorities in Colombia, to ensure that minors will promptly return to the country, the ministry said.

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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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Code:9368-112118


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 Thursday, August 2, 2018 -  Seventh news page

Fernando Cruz elected president
of the Supreme Court of Justice


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fernando Cruz Castro is the new president of the Supreme Court of Justice.

Cruz obtained 13 votes from the other magistrates of the court. The minimum required was 12.

Cruz succeeds Carlos Alberto Chinchilla Sandí, who resigned his post to qualify for retirement after being reprimanded in writing.

Cruz is a doctor of law from the University of Complutense, Spain, served as attorney general of the Public Ministry in 1983 and 1986, and has been a member of the Constitutional Chamber since 2004.

Cruz will hold the position for four years.




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Cruz will hold the position for four years.