Vol.18  No.706 Published Monday , August 6, 2018 - First news page


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Miami Activist Aids Nicaraguans

By A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Some Nicaraguans in Miami who have been organizing to aid those opposing President Daniel Ortega are now focusing their efforts on the country's neighbor, Costa Rica.

Dimitri Largaespada, a Nicaraguan activist in Miami who leads Somos Nicaragua, returned from a six-day trip to Costa Rica. He met with Nicaraguans seeking asylum there as well as with Costa Rica's Servicio Jesuita Para Migrantes. Together they met with Costa Rican police, immigration officials, and border police and asked them not to turn away Nicaraguans crossing the border.


"We were telling them, 'You cannot send anybody back, please. If you send somebody back, you're sending a dead body.'"

Since April, pro-Ortega forces have unleashed a bloody crackdown on the opposition, killing nearly 450 people.

The paramilitary forces are targeting those connected to student-led protests that have gripped the country in  the past three months. About 8,000 Nicaraguans have already made official asylum requests in Costa Rica and around 17,000 more have appointments scheduled to formalize their petitions, according to information given to the newspaper La Nación by Costa Rica's Dirección General de Migración and Extranjería.


Asylum requests from Nicaraguans have also increased in Panamá, México and the United States, according to a report by the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees.

Largaespada says he saw Nicaraguans who fled to Costa Rica sleeping in the streets and in the Parque La Merced, a square in central San José. As a result, he said he called officials from Costa Rica's government program that deals with immigrants and expressed the need for shelters to house Nicaraguan refugees there.


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Since April, pro-Ortega forces have
 unleashed a bloody crackdown on the opposition, killing nearly 450 people 
 

Costa Rica's Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería has set up two tent camps for Nicaraguan refugees who can't stay with family or pay for housing. One is in the south of the country, along the Costa Rican border with Panamá.

The second shelter, which is newer, is along the Costa Rican border with Nicaragua. According to La Nación, together the two camps can hold a total of 2,000 Nicaraguans.

Largaespada says he met many refugees experiencing paranoia about being confronted by the armed turbas or gangs, that they fled.

"One of the ladies that I spoke to, she had been there for about 10 days, she said 'The first three days, I wouldn't talk to anybody, because I was scared that if I would say something, they would like, turn me in,'" Largaespada said.



Emergency in eight towns due to rain

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The passage of tropical wave number 21 through the country continues to cause havoc.

At present, eight towns have faced emergencies in the wake of heavy rains over the weekend, and national authorities reported 11 incidents in which floods and landslides occurred.

According to Sigifredo Pérez, chief of operations of the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Response, staffers have received a large number of calls notifying them of what happened.

"So far 11 incidents have been reported, of which seven are due to flooding in the villages of Desamparados, La Unión, where two accidents were registered. and 1 in the corners canton," Pérez  said.

Other areas are also experiencing problems, Pérez added. There has been one flood in San José and one in Tilarán.

There have also been floods, “generated in the area of Desamparados, Coronado, El Guarco and San José.”

According to Pérez, the municipal emergency committees have processed the incidents that have been reported at the moment and there are no support requirements at the moment.

However, the central agency remains alert, he said.


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The land is saturated with water and so are the sewage
systems, all as a result of heavy rains.

Pérez said the land is saturated with water and so are the sewage systems, all as a result of heavy rains.

There is serious concern in Guanacaste province where the Cañas River overflowed to alarming levels, while in the Pococí area, the Costa Rica River is also spilling over its banks, he said.







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  "Save 2 lives" - the slogan of anti-abortion protesters  


By A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Under the main motto "Let's save the 2 lives," members of more than 50 organizations paraded down Second Avenue to voice their position against abortion.

“Yes to life!” “We support the mother and the son!” “We do this for love!” “No to abortion!” were all slogans shouted by the protesters.

The primary position of the protesters is the belief that life begins at the moment of conception and that abortion should be considered murder.

Juan de Dios Calderón, one of the organizers said we “should take care of life - that is one of the most important rights of the human being.”

The demonstration on Avenida Segunda progressed to the Plaza de la Democracia, blocking traffic for many hours on Saturday morning.


 

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“Yes to life!” was one of the  slogans shouted by the protesters.




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Costa Rica's growing relationship
 
  
 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff
 

Costa Rica is one of the few countries in the world that functions mostly on renewable energy and the government want to share this knowledge and tourists, with the United Arab Emirates.

At first sight, Costa Rica and the Emirates may not seem to have much in common, but the two countries are increasingly looking to work together on mutual interests such as increasing tourism and renewable energy.

The Emirates will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its establishment in 2021 when Costa Rica will mark its bicentennial.

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In November, Costa Rica opened its first embassy there, and, since then, trade between the two countries has increased by 15 per cent, officials said.

“I am the first ambassador and this is the first embassy, so I started from scratch,” said Francisco Chacon, 53, the new Costa Rican ambassador to the Emirates.

“In just one year, the framework covered is amazing.”


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Pride parade demands approval of equal marriage
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff


With posters, music and drag shows, the LGBTI organizations of the country demanded the approval of equal marriage in a demonstration that took place Saturday in front of the Plaza de la Justicia at the center of San José. The event blocked the San José main downtown street during the morning.

The Constitutional Chamber reported that the magistrates should resolve two citizen complaints in the next days both of which center on the approval of gay marriage in Costa Rica.

These resolutions could legalize marriage between people of the same sex. The group of organizations and civilians gathered on Saturday to demand that the magistrates allow the union and to keep the issue in the public eye.

"What we call the magistrates to be coherent with two things: the legal reality and the social reality of the country. We can no longer evade the fact that the country has homo-parental families, diverse families and that there are pending same-sex couples to be recognized before society," said Geovanny Delgado, spokesperson for the National Movement for Equal Marriage.

The event involves gay groups, homo-parental families, organizations representing the transgender population and family and friends of this population.

The protest called for the prompt resolution in the constitutional chamber and wants that chamber to adhere to the provisions of advisory opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which obliged the state of Costa Rica to assure the LGBTI population the same rights as the heterosexual population.

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The event blocked the San José main downtown
street during the morning.

"We are full of optimism. We do not find a resolution different from that of complying with the opinion of the court," said Nisa Sanz, spokesperson for the Families Homo-parentales Organization.

The court cases at constitutional chamber were filed in 2015 and 2016. The cases ask that two articles of national legislation be declared unconstitutional.

One article states that marriage shall be between a man and a woman and the other prohibits unions between people of the same sex.


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Published Monday  , August 6, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Books in English donated for rural schools


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Diana Ojeda Herrera, 30, died at home in Moravia, surrounded by her parents and siblings.

Ms Herrera suffered from disease epidermolysis bullosa dystrophic, which affects the integrity of the skin causing it to blister and peel easily. The skin is unable to tolerate any sort of friction and the movement of clothing against the skin can cause painful irritation and exposure to the sun is usually forbidden. In extreme cases, amputations are necessary due to the severe erosion of the skin. Most sufferers die before their 20th birthday. The disease is rare and only one of every 100,000 suffer from it. Because of her condition, the woman was called the butterfly skin woman in the local media.

César Ojeda, Diana's brother, said "My sister was a person who never in her life complained, despite the injuries and sufferings that she had constantly. The EB not only destroyed her skin externally, but also internally, but she never complained, on the contrary, she always had a smile," he said.

One of the woman's greatest wishes, according to her brother, was knowing what it felt like to be in the sea, however, because of her condition, she could never go to the beach.

She always wanted to know how it would feel to be inside the sea, Ojeda said.

She told you that you had to keep going, figthing, and, because of her way of being and speaking, she reflected that God was with her, only with the fact of having to endure the wounds in her body. I never heard my sister say that ir was not worth living, in fact, she managed to live up to 30 years.


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Diana Ojeda Herrera, 30, died at home, surrounded
by her parents and siblings.


Ojeda added, people usually complain about small things, light scratches, beacause the weather is ugly or beacause the sun came out radiant, but exemplary people like his sister, on the contrary, give thnks to God for life.

Epidermolysis bullosa dystrophic is called an orphan disease beacause it is not heavily studied. Its history is recrded in the gallery of the Center of Orphan Diseases of the University of pennsylvannia, in the United States.



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Published  Monday  August 6, 2018 -  Sixth news page
Continued night closures between Santa Ana and Belen


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The highway over the Virilla River Bridge located in the town of Lindora, between Santa Ana and Belén, was closed at night over the weekend and these night closures will continue, according the Ministry of Public Works.

The ministry has informed the public that the closings will be from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. of the next day.

The night closings are part of the renovation of the bridge.

During the closings there will be horizontal demarcation with paint as well as the placement of a metal barrier that will divide the two lanes of traffic.

The ministry said only the ABA Co. buses will be allowed to cross the bridge at nigth.

That company provides public service between Santa Ana and Belen.

Other drivers must take alternate roads such as Route 27 or the san Rafael route, next to Alajuela.

Las month, Minister Rodolfo Mendez said the night closures would stop Aug. 10.



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The night closings are part of the renovation of the bridge  

The bridge project cost $8.5 million and financed by the Central american Bank for Economic Integration.

The extension of the bridge will allow the passage of 40,000 vehicles daily whit two lanes in each direction.

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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

Code: xxx-081018


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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Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com
or call at (506) 2654-5442
Code:9325-082618



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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Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
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 Monday,  August 6  2018 -  Seventh news page


Two deaths reported at popular tourism sities


By A.M. Costa Rica staff
 

Women became weekend murder victims on both sides of the country.

In the popular Playa Santa Teresa de Cobano on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, a Mexican woman died Sunday when she resisted an attack by a male assailant, judicial police said.

In Tortugero, another popular tourism location on the eastern Caribbean coast, hotel staffers found a Spanish woman dead after she failed to return from a walk. Strangulation is the preliminary cause, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

In  Playa Santa Teresa judicial police said two women were walking on the beach about 3 a.m. when they were confronted by two men, presumed robbers. One woman, reported to be British, managed to flee her attacker. She called for help from a security guard, and he and others went with her to the beach.

There they encountered a man the woman said was her attacker and detained him.

The woman said the man tried to take her into the sea and drown her, judicial police said.

Then the rescuers reported finding the body of the Mexican woman on the beach.

She had no obvious injuries, and judicial police speculated that she migth have died of drowning.

According to officials, the Spanish woman was staying in a hotel in Tortuguero when she decided to take a walk on a path near the hotel Saturday motning.




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Murder cases are under investigation.

Staff members at the hotel noticed that she had not returned and went to look for her. They said they found her body and reported  to judicial agents that there were sings of her apparently having been strangled.

Agents were in the area to gathering necessary information in order to  clarify the cause of death.

So far the name of this tourist has not been reported and it is not clear if she was out alone or accompanied during her stay in Costa Rica.