Vol.18  No.708 Published Wednesday , August 8, 2018 - First news page


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Terrorists may have entered Costa Rica


By A.M. Costa Rica wire services


According to the Diario Extra of Aug. 4, eight foreigners, six with British passports, one with documents from Canada and one from the United States, were held at the Juan Santamaría Airport in coordination with Interpol authorities, the Dirección de Inteligencia y Seguridad Nacional, Airport Police and Migration. The Interpol report identifies these foreigners as suspected of terrorist activities.

The capture follows an international alert issued in Canada that placed the men on a list of those involved in terrorist activities. The men entered Costa Rica after having been expelled from Panama. According to the Diario Extra report, Costa Rican authorities requested explanations from the Panamanian authorities who expelled the men but did not inform the authorities in Costa Rica.

The foreigners were identified as a criminal cell. The names under which they were traveling were: Yasir Mushtaq, Sulaman Ali Butt, Usman Ahmed, Khurum Zaman, Ibrahim Ahmed, Abdul Ghaffar Ghani, Ashley Charles Burton and Denzil Stephen Mark Tapper.

The men evidently entered Costa Rica about three days before their arrest. During that time, their whereabouts, intentions, and activities are unknown.



According to Diario Extra, the terrorism suspects were simply passing through Costa Rica and their final destination was unknown.

Friday at 9 a.m. the men arrived at the air terminal with the intention of leaving the country. When their documents were inspected, officials noticed that their entry into the country was not noted. This alerted airport security personnel who separated them from the regular passengers and put them in an isolation room.

One of the details that caught the attention of officials is that the eight subjects each carried a sum of $6,000. At first, it was thought that the Canadian citizen only carried $1,000, but security personnel searched his checked baggage and located $5,000 more. Seeing that each man carried the same amount of cash, the police immediately coordinated with the immigration authorities, who in turn, contacted international agents for more information. It was then decided to expel the men from the country.

The American citizen and the Canadian left Costa Rica at 3 p.m., while the  six Brits waited for a flight to take them back to the United Kingdom.

The original report of the Diario Extra, in Spanish language is in this link.



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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Outstanding academics, English language proficiency, leadership and interest in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics are qualities shared by the six Costa Rican students who won scholarships to study in the United States.

These are María Nazareth Mata Castillo, Valeria Saborío Barquero, Diego Hernández Montero, Maxwell Jornae Pita Nelson, Josué Ortega Ramírez and Antony Ramírez Montero, and they are the second generation of scholarships for the Specialized Technician Scholarship Program of Dr. Ana Sittenfeld.

This program is a reality thanks to the partnership between the Costa Rica - United States Foundation for Cooperation, the Costa Rican Coalition for Development Initiatives, the United States Embassy, United Airlines and the North American Costa Rican Cultural Center, through its Education USA educational advisory office.

According to the coalition, multinational companies are able to double the number of jobs that are generated each year if there is a greater supply of qualified personnel in careers related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


In 2017 alone, 13,754 high-quality and well-paid jobs were generated.

These projections make the CRUSA Foundation able to promote the training of human talent in the areas demanded by the labor market.







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Published Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - Second news page
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  Controversy follows appearance of Solís   


By A.M. Costa Rica wire services


Franggi Nicolás, deputy of the National Liberation Party, presented a motion for the Public Expenditure and Income Control Commission to call for the appearance of former president Luis Guillermo Solís.

This, the legislator explained, was in order for the former president to give an account of the budget item of ¢600,000 million that was not included in the calculation of expenses of the state for this year and corresponded to the payment of internal debt.

Nicolás said that his concern was that lawmakers are just receiving this information seven months after the start of a new administration when there should have been openness and transparency when such a large sum was involved.

Paola Vega of the Citizen Action Party said asking the former president to appear on this issue was just a politicking trick.


She believes that a commission should look into the issue and ask for economists to explain the technical basis for the budget item without calling on the former president.

She also regretted that the motion was presented when the father of the former president had just been buried.

Nicolás responded to the accusations of the ruling party and added that the claim seems very strange when Vega was the first to talk about transparency.

"Here we are talking about accountability and the one who owes nothing, fears nothing. I do not understand if she is calm with that fiscal gap of ¢600,000 million, I at least do not feel comfortable," he said.

The motion will be Thursday in the commission. Nicolás said that he hopes to have the votes, because if it is rejected he would interpret it as an intention to protect the former president.


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Published   Wednesday , August 8, 2018 - Third news page
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Electric company should not operate, says deputy    

By A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
The National Power and Light Co., which has more than 565,000 customers, is currently operating illegally, since its concession expired July 1.

This situation was cited by National Restoration Party lawmaker Jonathan Prendas, who said that at that time the concession contract expired, the company technically began to operate outside the law. The situation, if not resolved soon, would put the supply of electricity to customers of the firm at risk.

Prendas said that, in 2014, the Attorney General's Office issued Legal Opinion OJ-036-2014, which was not binding, in which the office warned that the service concession had an expiration date. The law, called Extension of the Electricity Contract, Law No. 2 of April 8, 1941, and its reforms, is under the legislative record as No. 18.920.

According to this opinion, it was observed that "the electricity contract and the concessions contemplated in Act No. 2 of April 8, 1941, initially had a term of 25 years, which were fulfilled for the first time in 1993, and the extension during 25 more years, this period is about to expire in 2018."

A bill for extension of the concession is is in the Legislative Assembly, but has not been reviewed by the executive for approval.

Prendas is of the opinion that the National Power and Light Co. should not be operating as the concession has expired. “It is quite serious what is happening," he said.




To this, the legislator added: "the company as such exists, because this was resolved in the last law that was approved a few years ago, but that did not approve, automatically, the extension of the concession, because they are two very different things. The concession expired on July 1. The Attorney General's Office had warned that it was important to approve this law so as not to reach this point, and for reasons unknown to me, all the parties forgot the bill and it is in the Plenary.”


Prendas also said he sees a possible opportunity for competing companies in the electricity sector can make offers to provide the service since the current concession has expired.

In accordance with the rules under which the National Power and Light Co. began providing electricity, if the concession is not renewed, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, which is the parent company, must assume the company's clients.

Prendas said that he does not consider that the institute has the ability to deal with the number of clients of its subsidiary, and he said he wants to see the concession renewed.

The Law on Strengthening and Modernization of Public Entities of the Telecommunications Sector, No. 8660, granted the institute an extension of a 99-year concession. The opinion of the state's lawyers is that National Power and Light Co. consumers cannot be automatically transferred.



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Published Wednesday Tuesday , August 8, 2018 -  Fourth news page

Police name three suspects in murder of German octogenarian
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Prosecutors say that a security guard was instrumental in the murder of a German woman in her Santa Ana condo last year.

The Prosecutor's Office in Pavas said Tuesday that two men have been apprehended in the murder of Rosemarie Bockhold de Dietrich, 80, last Sept. 20. A third suspect already is in prison on an unrelated charge.

Investigators began at 5 a.m. Tuesday in Coronado. Officers had targeted several homes and entered them while a suspect was sleeping, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. Another raid took place in Alajuela.

The detained men were identified by the last names of  De la O and Carmona. The man is prison was identified by the prosecutor by the last name of Grenados, and it was he who was working as a security guard at the woman's building, the office statement added.

The Prosecutor's Office is seeking preventative detention for the two men detained Tuesday. Grenados is in prison in Liberia, and investigators are seeking his transfer to the metro area for questioning, the Prosecutor's Office said.

According to the police report, the German woman was living in a condominium when crooks entered to rob her. Not satisfied with the robbery, they took the woman from her home, agents said. Her body was found in the trunk of a vehicle which was left abandoned on one of the nearby roads. The victim suffocated, they said.

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In a statement Tuesday judicial officials alleged that the men invaded the woman's home with the assistance of the security guard in order to steal jewelry.

In a development in the murder of another foreigner, the judiciary said that a court in Cóbano ordered three months of preventative detention for a man identified by the last name of Esquivel.

He is a suspect in the murder of a Mexican tourist early Sunday at Playa del Carmen in Santa Teresa de Cóbano.

The 25-year-old victim has been identified by the last name of Matus. She was walking on the beach with a British woman when they were confronted by two men.

The British woman reported that a man carried her into the sea with the goal of drowning her, but that she managed to escape.

She fled and summoned help, agents said at the time. Later searchers found the dead Mexican woman.

A second man detained in the case has been freed because the criminal court did not think there was sufficient evidence against him, the judicial report said.

The murder at the beach and the murder of another tourist Saturday in Tortugero have generated concerns among tourism operators, and discussions are being help about security.


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Published Wednesday , August 8, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Children stranded in Colombia are home


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

After seven days stranded in a shelter in Cali, Colombia, 10 children and 4 adults, neighbors in Golfito, managed to return to the country Tuesday afternoon.

The delegation, which is part of the Folkloric Group of Puerto Jimenez, was in Colombia to represent Costa Rica in the International Festival of Traditional Dances. However, an attempt to save money left the group in an uncertain situation.

According to authorities of the Colombian Ministry of the Interior, air tickets had been purchased in Cali for Panama without specifying Costa Rica as the final destination.

The intention of the group was to arrive in Panama and undertake the return to Golfito by bus, but, since they had not purchased the ground transportation tickets, the Colombian migratory alerts were activated, and they were not allowed to leave that country.

According to Victor Barrantes, vice minister of the Interior, in order to bring the children home they had to activate the emergency intervention protocol.



In record time, the Costa Rican authorities were able to verify the vulnerable condition of the delegation and they sent a social worker to Puerto Jimenez to verify the economic situation of the families.

 When the condition of scarce resources was verified, the use of about ¢3 million from the Social Migratory Fund, which is administered by the General Directorate of Migration and Immigration, was authorized to bring back the delegation.

The Foreign Minister Epsy Campbell, who is in Colombia, managed to talk with the 14 members of the group and confirmed that they were in excellent health. "It was an unexpected situation, but fortunately the Costa Rican institutions have been able to respond to this emergency.

From the Ministry of Foreign Affairs we articulated our greatest efforts so that children could return safely to their home," said Campbell from Colombia.



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Published  Wednesday August 8, 2018 -  Sixth news page
More than 7000,000 overstayed their visas in the U.S.


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

More than 700,000 foreigners who were supposed to leave the United States during a recent 12-month period overstayed their visas, the Homeland Security Department said Tuesday.

President Donald Trump has focused border security efforts on erecting a multibillion-dollar wall with Mexico. But the latest annual figures underscore how visa overstays are a big driver of illegal immigration.

An estimated 40 percent of the roughly 11 million people in the country illegally stayed past their visas.

There were 701,900 visa overstays from October 2016 through September 2017 among visitors who arrived by plane or ship, more than the population of Vermont or Wyoming.

The total number of overstays is much larger but has not been quantified because it doesn't include how many people arrive by land.

The cost and technological hurdles to develop a checkout system at congested land crossings are enormous.



Last year, authorities occasionally captured fingerprints from people in vehicles at three crossings with Mexico and plan to test facial recognition technology on pedestrians at two Arizona crossings with Mexico.

In 2016, Homeland Security published the number of overstays for the first time in at least two decades. From October 2015 through September 2016, there were 739,478 overstays among visitors who arrived by plane or ship.

Overstays accounted for 1.3 percent of the 52.7 million visitors who arrived by plane or ship during the latest period, an improvement from the overstay rate of 1.5 percent a year earlier.

Canada again occupied the top slot for overstays, followed by Mexico, Venezuela, the United Kingdom and Colombia. Nigeria, China, France, Spain and Germany rounded out the top 10.

The overstay rate was much higher among students and foreign exchange visitors, with 4.2 percent staying after their visas expired, a decline from 5.5 percent the previous year.


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Published Wednesday August 8  2018 -  Seventh news page


Murder of tourists damages the national image


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Minister of Public Security, Michael Soto, acknowledged that the killing of two tourists, over the weekend will cause damage to the international image of the country but that "it is surmountable."

This is what the national security chief said after the murders of a Spanish and a Mexican woman shocked Costa Rica and their respective countries.

"Certainly although there is already damage to the image of the country, I think it is surmountable and we will overcome it and we will move forward, because the country needs it and because Costa Rica lives from that and citizens have the responsibility to move on," said Soto of tourism.

According to Soto, as the ministry of Security looks forward to the high season, officials are preparing a surveillance plan at tourist attraction sites. "We are already developing a plan in that sense," he said.

The minister added that the Executive Branch, through the Costa Rican Institute of Tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Security, is working to accelerate the transfer of the bodies of the victims to their countries of origin, as well as to clarify the facts.



"We are not going to repair the damage, but we want to be a supportive country even in the midst of difficult circumstances for these families," he said.

Despite being consulted, the chief did not delve into his assessment that police officers were quick to catch the suspects of these crimes but that the judges released one a few hours later.

"After so many years of doing this work, one should not lose motivation," he said.

This weekend two women tourists were murdered in the country. María Trinidad Matus, a 25-year-old Mexican, was found on a beach in Cóbano de Puntarenas, while Arcanza Gutiérrez, 30 and Spanish, was found in the Tortuguero sector of Pococí de Limón.