Vol.18  No.709 Published Thursday , August 9, 2018 - First news page


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Tourism minister and others call
for more security for tourists



By A.M. Costa Rica wire services

When two foreign tourists vacationing in Costa Rica are murdered in less than 24 hours, the events sound alerts in several sectors, including the ministry of tourism. The deaths were also reported in the international media, affecting the image of Costa Rica as a tourist destination which can be enjoyed safely.

María Amalia Revelo, head of the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, said that it is necessary to redouble security efforts for national and foreign tourists.

"There is absolute clarity that to be a sustainable tourist destination we must be a safe destination, which is why I have pointed out that one of the critical issues of my management is the safety of national and foreign tourists," she said.

"ICT continues with the country's tourism promotion in its key markets, but concrete actions are required since taking care of the destination is everyone's task and to promote it as a safe destination we must guarantee that it is," she continued,using the Spanish acronym for the institute.

The tourism minister said that, although there is a competent institution for this, there must be joint work between the government and the private companies.

She insisted on urging concrete actions within the country. “This is a task headed by the Ministry of Security, but requires the support of other government institutions through strategic alliances, as well as key actors in the tourism sector such as businessmen, tourism chambers and local authorities," she added.

Revelo said that national businessmen should not be afraid to show that, although Costa Rica is a wonderful country, it can present situations of risk, like any other place on the planet.

That is why those who dedicate themselves to tourism should talk honestly with their clients about precautionary measures whether they are foreigners or Costa Rican nationals, she said.

"I have insisted that tourism businessmen lose their fear of talking about security and that those who do not should still warn their clients about the relevant security measures in each area," she said.

For her, the danger can be a volcano, a river with fast currents or a dangerous beach, but also night risks, either in a bar or at some paradisiacal point.



The National Tourism Security Commission called on the presidents of tourism companies for a meeting, right after hearing about the murders of the two tourists this weekend on national beaches.

During the meeting, Revelo called on tourism entrepreneurs to work jointly and proactively with the public sector in the construction and execution of the most urgent strategies to strengthen short-term security in the most vulnerable destinations.

At that meeting, were representatives of the National Chamber of Tourism, the Costa Rican Association of Self-Entrepreneurs, the Guanacaste Tourism Chamber, the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels, and the Costa Rican Association of Tourism Operators.

Ana Rita Rodríguez, president of the Chamber of Tourism Entrepreneurs of Tortuguero, expressed her solidarity with the families of the victims, at the same time that she denounced what happened. A Spanish tourist was killed in her town Saturday.

She also said that these are isolated incidents and that people can be sure that the area is safe for those who want to visit it.

"Tortuguero is one of the most visited parks in the country. It is an isolated event. It is the first time it has happened after the passage of hundreds of thousands of tourists, but it must be attended to immediately," she said.

Rodríguez called on the authorities to ask that everyone work on a joint solution so that this area of the country does not experience a collapse in its visits by tourists.

Michael Soto, minister of Public Security, said that although these crimes undermine the country's reputation as a safe place for tourists, this image can be improved with specific strategies.

"Certainly, although there is damage to the image of the country, I think it is surmountable and we will overcome it, we will move forward because the country needs it, and Costa Rica lives from this,” he said.

Soto added that we have the responsibility of moving forward, reviewing all the facts, and generating ideas based on analysis of the facts.



U.S. and Columbia to help Costa Rica
with crime reduction plan

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado has expressed his deep regret for the murders of two tourists that occurred on beaches over the weekend. The president offered his condolences to the families of Arantxa Gutiérrez of Spain and María Trinidad Matus, of Mexico.

The bodies of the two victims have been returned to their respective families in Spain and Mexico. 

The president stated that in his 100-day period as president, 24 mega-operations have been carried out and that the approval of the Extinction of Dominion law has been promoted. The law which would allow the government to seize assets from drug trafficking.

Alvarado and his ministers are developing a plan to attack the security issues in the nation. "We are working hard on these matters," said the president.

In the midst of increasing citizen insecurity and the increase in the number of homicides in the country, the Executive Branch presented an action plan for the 82 cantons of the country.


The plan to increase security in the country is known as: Sembremos Seguridad, meaning Let’s plant seeds of security.

With the support of the governments of the United States and Colombia, a decree declaring the Integral Prevention Strategy for Public Safety, Sembremos Seguridad  was declared of public interest on Wednesday.

The plan, which was executed as a pilot program in 15 cantons last year, will now cover the rest of the nation.

The initiative seeks to unite security work by the institutions of the Executive Power with those made by local governments. It also provides advice on the part of the National Police of Colombia in matters of protection of the population.

The U.S. Embassy has invested $ 7.5 million to purchase software, Google Maps licenses, and computer equipment to aid with the program.







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By A.M. Costa Rica wire services


President Carlos Alvarado met this week with the president-elect of Colombia, Iván Duque, hours before the inaugural events in Bogotá.

Cooperation in the field of security for the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking, Colombia's successful experiences in public transport and the strengthening of cultural exchanges were the themes that dominated the agenda of the meeting, according to the Presidential House.

Both leaders emphasized the need to deepen and increase cooperation and bilateral assistance for the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking in order to strengthen regional security, the statement said.

In this framework, said Alvarado, a coordination meeting was agreed to between the security ministers of Costa Rica and Colombia for the implementation of these initiatives.

"We talked about the regional challenges, the environment, educational processes and the orange economy under the cultural, environmental and tourism axes," said Duque.




As part of Alvarado's agenda in Bogotá, he met with the Costa Rican police women who participate in the U.N. Verification Mission in Colombia for the implementation of the Peace Accords.

Silvia Álvarez, Hilda Alemán and Leonor Canales are the officers of the Ministry of Public Security who are part of this mission.

Costa Rica is the only country that contributed a delegation composed 100 percent of women.

The president thanked the women the work they do in the Colombian communities and stressed that they are source of pride for our country.

He also had a meeting with the prime minister of Curaçao, Eugene Rhuggnaath, with whom he addressed security issues in the context of the San José treaty for the fight against drug trafficking in the Caribbean, commercial exchange, higher education and cooperation in port development fields.


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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

While it is normal for the nation’s hospitals to treat people for the virus that that causes hepatitis A, the disease had an odd pattern this year. The disease is usually scattered, with  cases occurring throughout the country. But this year the disease appeared primarily in four specific communities: Alajuelita, Los Yoses, Tibás and the most recent case, in Goicoechea, all in the province of San José.

The Ministry of Health issued assurances that the situation is under control and that the last registered patients have recovered satisfactorily.

After infection and subsequent inflammation of the liver, the person has symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, and yellowing of the skin and eyes. These signs could appear up to a month after the infection, which complicates detecting the specific moment of infection.

Daniel Salas, director of Health Surveillance of the Ministry of Health, stated that the infections could have been caused by a food preparer infected with the virus who did not wash hands properly. This could have been the starting point for the infections which were then transmitted to homes or institutional centers due to further failure of personal hygiene, he said. Polluted water was ruled out in all the communities.

During the last week of July, there was a new focus of the diseases in Goicoechea. To date, 10 cases have been confirmed and eight more were suspected. Previously, three teachers from a school in Tibás were also infected.

Hepatitis A is transmitted mainly by the consumption of water or food contaminated with feces, either during its preparation or consumption. Because of this, the main recommendation of the authorities is the correct washing of hands.



In addition, it is important that whoever has this disease stay at home during the first 12 days of illness because it is the period with the highest risk of infecting other people. After that, the individual can return to work or school but must be very careful to wash his or her hands carefully, health officials said.

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-Wash food thoroughly before eating, avoid raw or little known meats and fish.

-If you do not have drinking water, chlorinate the water with four drops per liter of water or boil it for 20 minutes.

-Do not buy food in street vendors or of unknown origin.

-Buy packaged foods that have the sanitary registry of the Ministry of Health so as to avoid exposure or increase the risk of getting sick.

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-Where there has been vomiting or diarrhea of the infected person, care givers should disinfect with chlorinated solutions to neutralize the virus.



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Published  Thursday  , August 9, 2018 -  Fourth news page

Public Water Institute sanctioned for distributing
contaminated water in Valle la Estrella
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff


For the second time, the Constitutional Chamber validated an appeal against the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers and the Ministry of Health and the Public Services Regulatory Authority for water pollution.

The inhabitants of Valle la Estrella must use filters in their pipes because of the dirt in the water. Polluted water affects schools, businesses and homes. According to the accusation, the area has lacked drinking water for several years.

According to the claim, the people have also had health effects including diarrhea and vomiting. The school canteen cannot work with the piped water, it said.

The drinking water supply system of La Guaria in Valle La Estrella also supplies the communities of Jupiter and Siberia. The pipe system has been administered by the Institute of Aqueducts since April 2014.

The institute presented a document that summarizes the quality of water in the Huetar Caribe Region from Jan. 1 to May 31 to justify its claim that the liquid is potable.

Since August 2017 there have been orders from the Ministry of Health about the situation in the area and subsequent verifications.

The water Institute assured the magistrates that the water consumed by the community is "of potable quality, and there are no records of notifications by health entities about health effects associated with the aqueduct water."

"It is a service that the institution provides complying with the parameters of quality, quantity and continuity. The service is provided in optimal conditions and meets the purity required for human consumption," said the entity.

The Constitutional Chamber, however, did not accept that statement and endorsed the testimonies of the neighbors about water pollution.

The magistrates assured that "it is clear that there are sufficient evidentiary elements" to demonstrate the pollution in the La Guaria water system.

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This was based on the testimonies of neighbors about the coffee color, smell and taste of the water, and verified by health inspections. He also recalled that this contamination had happened before.

The Guiding Health Area in Limón conducted inspections last July and verified what was claimed by the neighbors.

According to one of the testimonies,  four out of seven days a week the water presents a brown coloration, which makes everyday tasks like washing clothes impossible, since laundry is stained with a color of rust, according to testimony "They should open the water tap for at least 30 minutes, until the color of the water is clearer, a situation that causes a significant increase in the receipt of payment for the service," said the ruling.

"This situation is intolerable, especially considering that, since April 2018, this Chamber was emphatic in ordering that, immediately, a potable water improvement project should be prepared for the water system that supplies the community of La Guaria in Valle La Estrella, Limón, which includes the source, the treatment plant, and the storage and distribution systems, in order to comply with the provisions of the Water Quality Control Regulation," said the ruling.

That is why the people of the village emphasized that "the situation continues the same, with the aggravating circumstance that this entails for the health of the inhabitants of the community of La Guaria, as well as the impact on the development of their daily activities".

Although the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers sent reports according to confirm that the water is of potable quality, the Chamber said that "the reality is different, as could be established from the inspection carried out on July 6."

"When in doubt and in the face of this clash of technical criteria, the Chamber is in favor of protecting the right to health of the residents of the community of La Guaria, as well as its fundamental right to have an adequate, efficient and safe supply of water,” concluded the decision.


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Published Thursday , August 9, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Minister of Tourism reveals plan to increase
sustainable tourism


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Maria Amalia Revelo, Costa Rica's minister of Tourism, has revealed her plans to increase tourism to the nation over the next four years. With over 40 years of experience in the airline, tourism and hospitality industry, Revelo has outlined an ambitious agenda to continue placing Costa Rica at the forefront as the most visited destination in Central America.

Among her priorities for the next four years are the promotion of small and medium-sized companies while strengthening the joint work between the public and private sector. Great emphasis will also be on the development of new local destinations and products with a special focus on culture and gastronomy, according to her plan.

"We are a destination that is constantly evolving, able to offer unique experiences to visitors 365 days of the year.

A small but large country not only in its natural richness, but also because of our warm and hospitable people, who will certainly manage to sow in your hearts the desire to return," said Revelo.

With the country's new convention center in full swing, Revelo is determined to position Costa Rica an attractive destination for the meeting and conference industry.



Efforts of attracting new flight routes to the country from North America are also on Revelo's agenda.

"The North American market remains the main generator of tourists to the country with nearly 1.3 million annual visitors and a prospect market potential estimate of more than 20 million visitors," said Revelo. "I will place special emphasis on the United States, as it is very important that we strengthen the relationship with the airlines that come from that region.  Additional routes will strengthen the air operations of such an important market and open new opportunities at truly competitive prices."

Costa Rica is a leader in the quest for environmental sustainability. Naturally, sustainability is a priority in all of Revelo's actions in the ministry. She said she will focus efforts on strengthening and encouraging more companies in the sector to obtain sustainable tourism certification.

The tourism board has currently issued this certification to 391 tourism companies, including hotels, tour operators, car rental companies, as well as marinas and restaurants that showcase their commitment to sustainable operations in their businesses."It is my belief that together, Costa Rica is on a great path to attract more tourists and achieve environmental sustainability," said Revelo.


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Most estate planning books focus on legal formalities. Pa$$ing On: What’s Fair in Family Inheritance? delves deeper, helping you avoid emotional minefields and create a will that’s fair to your survivors. Former Costa Rica resident Ruth Dixon-Mueller, Ph.D. brings a unique perspective to bear on inheritance practices in the United States. Published Sept. 2017; $14.00 plus shipping at Amazon. Click Here

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Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica
A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $2.99. Visit Amazon to preview or purchase Click Here
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"No Meek Messiah"
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.
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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 9, 2018 -  Sixth news page
Murder suspect apprehended in immigration
and could be deported


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Immigration police have arrested a Nicaraguan man with the last names of Díaz Hawkins who is a suspect in the murder of a Spanish tourist that took place over the weekend in Tortuguero.

Díaz Hawkins was arrested hours after the murder, but a judge from the Criminal Court of Pococí released him.

According to the judiciary press office, the man is in the immigration cells since he appears to have been in Costa Rica illegally.



"The apprehension extends for 30 days during the process of deportation," the agency said. The man is in the prison of Los Lagos de Heredia.

The Judicial Investigation Agency continues with its efforts regarding the murder of Arantxa Gutiérrez López.

The woman's husband posted a message on his Facebook account in which he thanked everyone for support he has received during these moments that he described as "hell."


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Fully Furnished One Bedroom
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One bedroom apartment located in neighborhood Colonia del Rio Guadalupe. Approximate a 1.5 NE miles from central San Jose. Buses pass every few minutes, walking distance to shopping center Walmart, eating places and bank. Washing facility, all utilities include including cable TV and Wi-Fi apartment fully furnished including bedding, eating and cooking items and 32”TV. Apartment is built above a river rapids on one side. Faces a grass yard with patio on front. Photos on request. Apartment available August 1st. $400 a month and deposit, returnable after 3 months if apartment is left in order. One car enclosed parking space $50.

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Furnished House Inside Gated Property
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Beautiful house, surrounded by a wonderful nature. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath on private property close to town. $650.00 Includes Electric, Internet, WiFi, Cable TV, water. In Santa Barbara de Heredia. American owner lives on site, quiet, secure.
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Jaco Oceanfront Furnished Condo
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Jaco Oceanfront Condo in excellent condition, completely furnished, with air conditioning, hot water, private parking, equipped gym, large pool and garden area, and 24 hour security.

Contains: large bedroom, bath with shower, living/dining area combined with kitchen, equipped with new refrigerator, TV, furniture and cooking equipment. Granite table and counter tops. Continuous cross-current ocean breezes.

Located at the south end of Jaco on quiet extensive beach away from noise, traffic and city tourism.

Monthly maintenance of $221 includes water, security, cable/internet and pool and garden maintenance. Asking price: $145,000.

Contact numbers: (506) 8820-9768 or (506) 2240-2240.

Code: 9380- 090118

Colinas Del Sol
Fenced Gated
Parcels

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Fenced Gated Parcels for Sale
* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project in a quiet area. * There are 88 clear titled parcels. * Mountain areas with great views.
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In 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
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Vista Verde Del Mar
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* 4.4 hectares / 10.91 acres.
* All roads on property are complete on solid, original ground...
no "fill" areas.
* Four private 2+ acre parcels available within a ten acre property.
* 12 minutes to the Quepos airport or Quepos Hospital.
* 17 minutes to the new Marina Pez Vela in Quepos.
* Unsurpassed 360 degree vistas of ocean and mountains.
* All legal work to convey clean / clear / legal title is complete.
* NO PRE-SALE glitches, ready to build on !
* Price to sell $299,000 Brokers Protected.

Contact:
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U.S.A. phone: 770-310-1351
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Code: 9350-050419



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Business For Sale
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Versatile 2 Floors Building
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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
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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)
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Email:
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Code:9344-081518


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Published Thursday August 9,  2018 -  Seventh news page


Fiscal Control Police seizes goods in
Peñas Blancas and Pérez Zeledón


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Fiscal Control Police of the Finance Ministry and the local police confiscated 128,259 units of merchandise, including toothpastes, deodorants, medicines and cosmetics Monday in Peñas Blancas.

The seizure was made from a man with the last names of Flores Ruiz, who was entering the country from Nicaragua without the required documentation for the products he was carrying, had not paid the corresponding taxes and did not have the authorized purchase invoice, the tax police said.

A second seizure was made in a bar in the town of Pérez Zeledón. This seizure was of approximately 5,148 units of mixed liquor, rum, whiskey and tequila, and 2,712 units of beer.


At that site, the police found wine and two vehicles loaded with liquor, as well as labels used by smugglers to re-label the bottles and thus circumvent existing controls.

Seized contraband from Peñas Blancas was transferred to a Customs Depository in Caldera. Items seized in Pérez Zeledón were sent to a fiscal depository in the jurisdiction of the Central Customs.

The investigation process will continue in conjunction with the Public Ministry.