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Learning English declared national priority


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado presented the project called Alliance for Bilingualism Monday as part of the national strategy to increase the teaching of English in Costa Rica.

There was a national meeting of legislators, ministers, businessmen, university directors, chamber presidents, embassies representatives, students and other representatives of organizations for the opening of the project, which was signed by Alvarado.

The project will consolidate the start of inter-institutional work. The alliance will join public institutions and have the support of the private sector to promote and guarantee the success of the strategy of the increase of teaching English in the country.

"The challenge is to forge a true alliance to extend the teaching of English and other languages as a state policy that ensures universal access opportunities for people of all ages and from all territories," said Alvarado.

Meanwhile, the minister of the Business Sector, André Garnier, said that the first joint initiatives will begin in a month, while the design of the complete strategy that will be published in November.

"We have been working since May on the design of specific initiatives that mark the concrete beginning of the work of the alliance to achieve an historic change in the formation of our population, recognizing the importance of speaking English as a tool for the opening of new opportunities, and economic reactivation," said Garnier.

The basic elements of the alliance are the expansion and improvement of the academic programs, the promotion of public-private partnerships, the increase on job opportunities and bilingual support in the country.

The initial plan includes these six steps.

1. Approval of and additional ¢5 billion for Empléate, a job program of the Labor Ministry, which will be used for bilingual training for the unemployed.

2. Universalize the teaching of English in preschool to cover approximately 125,000 students.

3. Application of a diagnosis this year of English language proficiency for 10,000 students from all over the country.

4. Implementation of English language certification tests, starting in the 2019 to 2022 period, reaching approximately of 180,000 students in 2022.


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The alliance will join public institutions and have the support of the private sector to promote and guarantee the success of the strategy of the increase of teaching English in the country.


5. Certification the English language levels with international standardized tests to all students of programs in English of the National Institute of Learning. This process will begin in December.

6. Application, as of October, of diagnostic tests and certification with international standards for the 223 teachers of the English language of the National Institute of Learning, accompanied by a training plan that allows raising the quality and relevance of teaching.

The director of the Costa Rican Development Initiatives, Jorge Sequeira, presented as the first public-private initiative with support from the Labor Ministry under the Empléate program. The program's title means get a job.

That first private and public project is the support of the teaching English program for more than 1,000 young people and young adults from  San Carlos, Puntarenas and San Ramón de Alajuela.

With the official opening of this first alliance officials said they expected that more representatives of the private sector, non-profit organizations, chambers and international organizations will join their efforts and or support the initiatives to increase the bilingual education in the whole country.



Hepatitis A infections increasing

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A total of 362 cases of hepatitis A have been detected in five cities of San José Province this year, according to a Social Security report.

To prevent the number from increasing, the authorities of the Ministry of Health call for people to remember to wash their hands properly.

The cases have been registered in the cantons of Goicoechea, Desamparados, Alajuelita, Coronado and Pavas, all in San José Province.

The virus that transmits this disease is in the human feces and spreads when there is contact with the mouth.

People who do not wash their hands properly after going to the toilet, changing diapers, or handling food, can contaminate what they put in their mouths later. A food handler or cook can contaminate food when the hands are not completely clean.  That is why this virus is called, “anus - hand – mouth."

Infection with hepatitis A causes inflammation of the liver. Someone who is infected initially presents symptoms such as fatigue, nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, and a yellowing of the skin and eyes. These symptoms may appear up to a month after being infected with the virus.

"The disease starts with level symptoms, until it becomes a more serious problem that can incapacitate the patient. Virus can stay in the body several months, and the recovery also lasts a long time. The severity of the disease usually increases with age. But after the recovery, there are usually no sequels,” reported the press release of Social Security.


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The virus that transmits this disease is in the human feces and spreads when there is contact with the mouth.

Daniel Salas, director of health surveillance of the Ministry of Health, said that it is normal for cases of the disease to be treated in the country. However, during 2018 the disease has had a peculiar behavior because the cases have been concentrated in a few communities.

Due to these figures, the Ministry of Health intensified the campaign, "Clean your Hands" in these five cantons, with the aim of eliminating the transmission of hepatitis A.

Other measures that can be adopted are to properly sterilize syringes, needles and other equipment used for injections and wash and cook food properly.




Suspect in housing scams arrested

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Deputy Prosecutor's Office of Frauds confirmed that it ordered the arrest of a man with the surname Villagra who was investigated on suspicion of the crime of fraud against at least 150 people who bought a house offered by the project known as Casas Vita.

According to the complaints, the affected people have made partial or total payment for their houses and have not received the houses yet.

The accused was arrested at the Juan Santamaría International Airport where he was about to leave the country.

At the beginning of the investigations, the prosecutorial officers had alerted to the immigration police, asking them to report if the suspect Villagra had intentions of leaving the country.

On Friday, the alert was activated and the suspect was arrested at the airport so that he could be investigated on new complaints that were issued as of May 22.

That date was when the investigators conducted five raids in order to collect more evidence.

The Prosecutor's Office confirmed that before May 22, there were 47 complaints. One month later, the figure increased to 125. Currently, 150 scam complaints are being processed.

Villagra was transferred to the First Judicial Circuit of San José where the prosecutor’s police and other investigators are making new investigation, based on the new complaints.

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The accused was arrested at the Juan Santamaría International Airport where he was about to leave the country.



Later, he was sent to the Criminal Court of San José, where pre-trial or preventative detention was requested.


At the close of the edition, the Criminal Court of San Jose had not disclosed how many months were approved for preventive detention of the suspect.



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Dozens protest the murder of tourists

By A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Plaza de la Cultura was the scene of a Costa Rican protest against the femicides of tourists Arantxa Gutiérrez López from Spain and María Trinidad Mathus from Mexico.

Dozens of people demonstrated to repudiate gender violence and machismo in the framework of a vigil in honor of the two tourists killed Aug. 4 and 5.

With banners and singing songs against violence, dozens of people demanded a stop to the violence and more actions from the government.

Carolina Funes, one of the protesters of the Las Rojas group, said that there is indignation because femicides and acts of violence against women in the country are becoming more frequent.

"We unite because of the indignation. Every day they are killing us. They are raping us for the simple fact of being women. The government is also responsible for not doing anything. We demand our right to be able to walk free, safe and without fear," said Funes.

In the demonstration, the group Causa Sorora, meaning cause supporter, carried a suitcase on which was engraved the names of Arantxa and Maria Trinidad, the two tourists killed while enjoying their vacations.

"We have brought this suitcase as a symbol of the event that is gathering us. It is a moment in which we must hold together, in this duel that ultimately affects everybody . . . These women lost their lives in a brutal way at the hands of murders." said Carolina Monge, member of the Causa Sorora collective.

The protesters lit candles, wrote messages of solidarity, condolences and slogans such as: "I have dreams, I want to live," "No more blood," and "Stop being afraid."

The Spanish woman, Gutiérrez, 31, and the Mexican woman, Mathus, 25, are the first tourists killed this year in Costa Rica.


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With banners and singing songs against violence, dozens of people demanded a stop to the violence and more actions from the government.



The Mexican tourist and her friend from England took a dawn walk on Early Aug. 5 on the beach in Cobano of Puntarenas when they were attacked by two men. The British woman managed to escape and ask for help, but the Mexican woman was murdered.

The day before the Spanish woman went out in the morning to walk the trails near the hotel where she was staying in Tortuguero on the other side of the country. She was also attacked and died of strangulation.

Spanish detectives have arrived in Costa Rica to assist with one of the investigations, and both cases are ongoing.






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Representatives of the National Children's Hospital, the Ministry of Education and the Firefighters of Costa Rica, are calling on teachers and parents or caregivers to take special care when preparing projects for scientific fairs.

The initiative comes after two cases where children were hospitalized for severe burns after their science projects involved fire and accelerators like alcohol.

Both students spent 30 days in the hospital and are undergoing rehabilitation therapies due to the severity of their injuries.

Firefighters indicated that some burns occur during project preparation in the home and others occur while students are in school.

Both of the two students recently hospitalized had adult supervision while preparing their experiments, which indicates that there is still a risk even when the experiment is supervised.

The Ministry of Education said that the basic rules of precaution include disallowing “poisons, drugs, dangerous substances, firearms, ammunition or explosives,” and excludes “demonstrations or experiments with dangerous chemical reactions or any activity that may cause a fire.”

The statement adds: "We must ensure the welfare and protection of the health of minors. We urge schools to disseminate these safety standards to students, teachers and families that make up the educational community, to ensure the safety of children and adolescents, throughout the process, especially in the election, development and use of materials for your project."

The firefighter’s officials request mayor caution for parents and teachers.

"We must remember that the mixture of chemicals that cause flame open or heat, not only puts at risk the life and health of people, it also causes damage to property and the environment. To prevent that this happens, the Fire Department urges parents and teachers to prevent their children or students from using elements they put in risk of his life and that of his colleagues," said Hector Chaves, director general of the Fire Corps of Costa Rica.


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Two students were hospitalized for severe burns after their science projects involved fire and accelerators like alcohol.


In terms of prevention, the firefighters recommends:

-During any activity, regardless of whether it is a scientific fair, organizers must have fire extinguishers on hand and people with the ability to make correct use of them.

-Students must use safety accessories during the development of projects, such as: gloves, glasses, masks and everything that accessory that is necessary to provide security to the person.

The firefighters state that: "A burn is not an accident, it is a lack of prevention, so it depends on the adults who are with the children, to take all possible precautions to avoid more new cases of burned children.”



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Ministry seizes 102 ethanol drums
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Customs officials in Peñas Blancas identified 102 drums of ethanol Sunday. The containers were found in a truck from El Salvador and falsely registered as liquid soap, the officials said.

Ethanol is a chemical used in the production of illegal drugs.

Once the containers were certified as contraband, the situation was referred to the Fiscal Control Police. They confirmed that of the tins declared as soap, 102 contained the ethanol alcohol, and the others contained liquid soap.

The full load was seized, and the truck driver was detained. He is Salvadoran, surname Anaya, and he already has a history of possession of contraband, police said.

Final analysis of the contents of the drums was determined by representatives from the National Liquor Factory. The experts there tested the product and determined that it was ethanol.

This brought it under law 8204: "on narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, drugs for unauthorized use, related activities, money laundering and financing of terrorism and as a precursor to the manufacture of drugs,” according to the police report.

“Although it is the Public Prosecutor's Office that defines the classification of these crimes, based on the evidence, we presume that we are facing two crimes: one for the introduction of a precursor to the national territory and another for contraband, because the person responsible declared 106 barrels of liquid soap, when in fact it brought 102 with ethanol. The first one establishes a penalty of one to three years in prison, for the second one to five years," said Irving Malespín, police director.

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Ethanol is a chemical used in the production of illegal drugs.

      

For his part, Wilson Céspedes, director of the National Customs Service said: “In all Customs, the efforts are being redoubled to prevent irregular entry of goods into the country which threaten both public finances and the health of the population. On this subject, the authorities of El Salvador customs will be informed about the finding because the merchandise is covered by a transit declaration issued by the Customs of that country.”

The truck driver was sent for the prosecution of a flagrant offense, which is an offense where the suspect has been caught in the middle of committing what appears to be a violation.


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Taxi leaders meet with Ministry of Transport


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Minister of Transport, Rodolfo Mendez, met Monday with the leaders of taxi drivers to continue their dialogue and try to reach an agreement regarding their demands.

Eduardo Brenes, Transport vice-minister, explained the main agreements.

"As part of the agreements, the taxi are suspending the protests in the streets that they had announced and commit to a follow-up meeting with the minister next Wednesday, Aug. 22, to analyze the report on illegal transport that the government will soon issue," said Brenes.

During the meeting, the operations of Traffic Police were discussed. The operations were made to punish the illegal taxis.

From January to July, 2,549 drivers have been fined for providing illegal taxi service.

Most of these sanctions have been in San José (1,085 drivers), followed by the Huetar Norte area (694 drivers), the Atlantic Region (351 drivers), the central Pacific (274 drivers), Brunca zone (84 drivers) and the Chorotega area (61 drivers), said officials.


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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 Tuesday August 14, 2018 -  Sixth news page

Explosive devices found on San Carlos road


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A farmer near Santa Rosa de Pocosol in San Carlos on the Nicaraguan border called police Monday at 8:56 a.m. to say that he had found what he thought were two explosive devices.

Police experts in the handling of explosives collected two devices, which were apparently an explosive grenade and a underground land mine. The items were in the middle of a road which was immediately closed to protect area residents.

Marisol Flores, the local police chief, said, "The specialists arrived at the site of the discovery shortly after 11 a.m. and, after collecting the artifacts, took them to the arms storage in the police office of Los Chiles."

"The appearance of the artifacts, which look extremely deteriorated, looks like they are part of the explosives placed in the border area during the Nicaragua war in the 80s," the police chief added.


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San Carlos police courtesy photo 

According to the police report, the explosives will be taken to the Special Intervention Unit to be destroyed.


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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.

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Colinas Del Sol
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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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Vista Verde Del Mar
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* 4.4 hectares / 10.91 acres.
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* 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.
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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.
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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.

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Code:9344-081518


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Published TuesdayAugust 14,  2018 -  Seventh news page


Another attack on tourist reported


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A young woman from Germany was assaulted and raped in Tortuguero Sunday night.

The woman had been part of a group tour to see the turtles in the park when she was invited to take an additional evening tour near the community of San Francisco.

Once the tour operator had her alone in the boat he assaulted and raped her, investigators said.

The crime report says that after the assault, the young woman managed to escape and report the incident.

A suspect was captured by the police just hours after the attack, and was identified as a Nicaraguan citizen surnamed Castillo.

He will be investigated to determine his immigration status.

The report indicated that the young woman was taken to a forensic medicine clinic for examination.


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Tortuguero police courtesy photo        

A suspect was captured by the police just hours after the attack, and was identified as a Nicaraguan citizen surnamed Castillo.