ARCHIVE Published Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - First news page


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Former president Solís called before legislature

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Legislators have announced that they will call former president Luis Guillermo Solís before a committee to explain an error of 600 billion colones in the national budget.

Solis must appear before the Public Expenditure and Income Commission, which investigates who was responsible for not budgeting to that amount and not including  the sum in the money necessary to cover the state's expenses for the year 2018.

"It will not be a political trial, but the explanations are needed from Solis in this situation," said a legislative representative of the National Liberation Party, Franggi Nicolás.

The request for a visit of the former president is a consequence of the statements made by the former Finance minister, Helio Fallas who detailed that he has known about this budget shortage since March.

Monday Fallas gave statements in the legislature and was interviewed by the Income and Expenditure Commission.

"The necessary resources for the operation of the government were budgeted," said the former minister.

"The shortage is due to the deterioration of the finances in the first semester . . . the lack of money for the non-approval (of more taxes)," said the former minister.


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It is expected that former president Solis will explain
the missing millions in the budget.



"Debt payments increased almost 20 percent in just three years, and the budget was made according to the economic outlook of mid-2017," he added. Therefore, said the former minister, Solis did not forget to budget these monies.



Cartel linked to cocaine seizure in Costa Rica

By A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Drugs hidden in pineapples that were due to be loaded on a cargo ship destined for Cork, Ireland, have been linked to the Kinahan Cartel has been seized in Central America. The drugs had a value of €10 million ($12,800,000). Some 133 kilograms of cocaine had already been packed onto thee Polar Chile cargo ship,

The ship was about to depart Moin Port in Limón when it was boarded and searched. The intelligence-based operation was conducted last Wednesday but news of the operation only emerged Sunday. Police sources said the main line of inquiry involved information that the drugs were owned by the Kinahan cartel.

The cartel, which is based in Ireland, has been operating out of southern Spain for almost 15 years and built one of the biggest drug wholesale businesses in Europe.

The cartel has supplied the Irish and British markets, as well as selling to organized crime groups in some continental European countries.

After a number of murders in Spain were linked to the cartel, it became embroiled in a feud which has mainly unfolded in Ireland.  The violence has caused increasing concern and the police service of the Republic of Ireland and Spanish police have escalated their investigations into the cartel. This additional pressure on the cartel – pressure from officials and their rivals –has cause the Kinahans to leave Spain and take up a new base in Dubai where they continue to traffic drugs and use their favored contacts and transit routes in Spain..

The discovery of such a large quantity of cocaine linked to the gang so close to the source countries for the drug in South America is unusual.

Most of the consignments seized from the cartel have been found in Spain and Ireland. The ship the cocaine was found on regularly travels through the Caribbean to Central America and Europe.

Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who is in charge of the Irish police’s Special Crime Operations, confirmed that his agency and revenue commissioners were involved in the international investigation.

The agencies were investigating the role of Irish criminals in the effort to import the drugs into the states from South America.

An Irish police statement confirmed detectives in Dublin were working on the case: “The Garda National Drugs and Organized Crime Bureau is undertaking an investigation with a significant international dimension,” it said. The full name of the Irish police force is the An Garda Síochána.

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The article was published on the Irish Times

“(The investigation) arises from the seizure, at Moin Port in Limón, Costa Rica, on Aug. 14th by the Drug Control Police of the Ministry of Public Security in Costa Rica, of an estimated one-hundred and thirty-three kilograms of cocaine.”

“(It) was concealed in a cargo of fruit which was destined for Ireland. The cocaine was discovered in a container on board a ship named Polar Chile. The cocaine seized has a potential value of €10 million.”

In an unrelated case, a man using an Irish passport has been arrested by police in Spain in connection with a drug seizure there.

Police seized almost seven tons of cannabis with an estimated street value of €18 million ($23,000,000) near Marbella.

Eleven people, nine men and two women, were arrested, including British, Moroccans, Spanish and Irish nationals. Police said five of those arrested were either British or Irish citizens.

It is alleged the gang was using boats to smuggle cannabis into southern Spain from Morocco.

Officers say the gang was led by a British man who was using his home in San Pedro de Alcantara near the resort of Marbella to store the drugs.

The identity of the man who presented an Irish passport as identification was not immediately clear.

The drugs were not being linked to the Kinahan cartel.



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Trial of men suspected of murdering
a Dutch couple, began Monday

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The trial of three men suspected of murdering a Dutch couple started Monday at 8:30 a.m. in the courts of Puntarenas. The men are the main suspects in the December 2015 murder of a Dutch man and wife and the foreman of their farm in Sardinal de Puntarenas.

Those principally implicated are three men with surnames Zúñiga, Calderón and Angulo. They are accused of the crimes of qualified homicide and robbery.

Seven other men will also be judged. They are suspected of having been part of a band of criminals directed by Zúñiga, Calderón and Angulo, according to the report of the Prosecutor's Office of Puntarenas.

According to the prosecutor, the 10 suspects formed a criminal organization that engaged in home robberies in various places in Puntarenas.

According to the official report, the homicide of the Johannes Johannes Snelders (known as Hans Snelders), his wife, Kawitadevi Dhawtal (known as Sita Dhawtal) and the employee of the farm, identified as Nicaraguan citizen Richard Abenor Montalbán, took place on Dec. 27, 2015, at the 400-hectare farm called La Flecha located in the town of Sardinal.

According to the Public Ministry's report, the Dutch couple had been living in Costa Rica for eight years. The band of criminals forced their way into the property, killed the couple and the farm worker and stole many of the most valuable articles in the home.

In a statement, the ministry said that the suspects apparently entered the home of the victims, murdered them with knives and a shotgun, and looted the house.

The prosecution had also determined that after attacking the couple, the crooks went to the foreman's house on the farm and "apparently, they took the victim's cell phone and television and finally shot him twice, causing his death immediately."

The bodies were not located until Jan. 4, 2016. The victims were tied with plastic tape and had been shot several times. Mr. Snelders also had apparent stab wounds.

For the judicial authorities, the motive for the murder was robbery.


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For the judicial authorities, the motive for
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In order to clarify this triple homicide, the researchers relied mainly on scientific evidence and criminal analysis.

The suspects were arrested in different places and at different times, but the last suspect was arrested last Nov. 30.

The suspects are linked with the robberies in other places like Orotina, Esparza and Barranca in addition to the triple homicide.

In all cases, the suspects entered the houses violently and stole money, jewelry and other valuable items.

In another of their most violent assaults, the gang members are suspected of entering a house in the town called La Islita in Puntarenas Oct. 14. On that occasion the intruders fired at the people who were in the house and, in addition to stealing several items, they raped a woman who was in the house.

According to the estimates of the Public Ministry, the trial could last several weeks and the verdict could be issued in October.




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Cruise season begins with arrivals to Limón
 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The port of Limón will receive 110 cruise ships at the Hernán Garrón Terminal this season.

The first one will be Sea Princess Thursday.

The Administrative Board of Atlantic Port, known as JAPDEVA by its Spanish acronym, estimates the arrival of 224,000 passengers this season, which directly impacts the economy and development of local tourism as each passenger spends around $80 in Limón.

The president of the board said: "The institutional policy of JAPDEVA as a port and development authority is to increase cruise tourism in Puerto Limón and specialize in the Hernán Garrón Terminal, together with other projects under development, such as the development of a marina."

This year, the controls have been increased and will tighten the security protocols with special attention to the visitors inside and outside the port facilities, he said.

Additionally, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute has increased the quality standards of tourist destinations offered to cruise passengers, it has reported.

The tourist strategy is based on promoting the city of Limón as a diverse, multi-ethnic and multicultural site. This port is part of the Caribbean route recommended by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association.

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Published Tuesday, August 21, 2018 -  Fourth news page

Squatters evicted in San José
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Triangulo de la Solidaridad (Triangle of Solidarity), located in Calle Blancos in San José, was the target of an eviction of squatters by police officers and workers of the Ministry of  Public Works Monday at 6:30 a.m.

According to the Public Housing Ministry report, the land is owned by the Ministry of Public Works, but in 2001 it was invaded by Nicaraguan families who illegally erected small houses or huts.

The census of 2012 found that more than 1,200 Nicaraguans from 400 families were living in the community. The government offered families a cash bonus to cover rent expenses if they would leave the property. Not all the families accepted the offer.

Monday government workers destroyed all the huts and isolated the area to prevent other families from entering illegally.

According to the official report, at the time of the arrival of the officers, there were still eight families living in the area.

The Minister of Housing, Patricio Morera, stated that the government had coordinated the aid for families, with the objective that no person should be left homeless.

"Eight families are in the process of relocation. Today there are only 20 people left, and we have already identified the cases of children and seniors who require special attention. The idea is that there is no family left on the street," added Morera.

Morera continued by stating, "It was a process of dialogue with the community, so that the eviction was peaceful."

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Monday government workers destroyed all the huts and isolated the area to prevent other families from entering illegally.


"Families are going to be relocated in different areas of the country. Some will receive a subsidy to have a house or in other cases, a subsidy for them to rent a house. The subsidies are for help the families to relocate," Morera explained.

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Published Tuesday, August 21, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Manuel Antonio Natural Park closes
a beach due to contamination

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Health has instructed the administrators of the Manuel Antonio Natural Park in the Pacific Zone to close access to Beach No. 3, which has been contaminated by wastewater or sewage.

The Ministry of Health alerted the Ministry of Environment about the problem last week stating that action needed to be taken regarding the situation of wastewater management and discharges on beach No. 3.

The closing order will be in force until the problem is solved.

Park officials began maintenance work on the rest rooms, which are located on that beach last Friday.

Apparently, the sewage comes from those sanitary services that are used by tourists who visit the park.

The director of the Central Pacific Conservation Area, Fernando Bermudez, reported: "We are complying with a health order, since the previous week beach 3 was closed, and from the moment of closure at the site, on the recommendation of the health authorities, work has been done on the site."

“Today, the park is closed, which will allow this day to double the maintenance actions on the beach 3. In view of the need to continue working on the management of wastewater and discharges, access to this specific site remains closed," Bermudez added

The vice-minister of Environment, Pamela Castillo, said that work is being coordinated to improve management of the sanitary services.

Castillo continued that the ministries and their officials are working as part of a team to diagnose the needs of all the national parks and implement improvements recommended by the National System of Conservation Areas in 2017.


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Apparently, the sewage comes from those sanitary services that are used by tourists who visit the park.

The first phase was to make improvements to the homes of park rangers so that they would have good conditions as they lived and worked in the parks.

According to data from the Ministry of Environment, improvements were made to the park in 2017 to meet the demands made by the large number of tourists.

In addition they continue making improvements in the other national parks in the country.

The report said that the representatives of the ministry and the park will continue to make the improvements necessary to guarantee the public health of the tourists and the conservation of the environment.



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Published Tuesday, August 21
, 2018 -  Sixth news page

Analysis of electric service published

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Public Services Regulatory Authority carried out an analysis of the electrical interruptions according to the place and duration in 2017.

The average time of national interruption is 14 hours. Interruptions are caused by external problems such as falling trees, weather or equipment failures.

According to the data provided by the companies, there were 58,201 problems in the national electricity grid which caused the interruption of the service in 2017.

Electric utilities recorded the following interruptions: Coopesantos (55.5 hours), Coopeguanacaste (21.0 hours), the Costas Rican Electrical Institute (16.6 hours), the National Co. of Power and Light (12.7 hours), Public Service Co. of Heredia (10.6 hours), Coopelesca ( 7.2 hours), the Cartago Junta of Electircal Services (6.8 hours) and Coopealfaro (3.7 hours).

Interruptions were caused by problems in the transmission system of the electrical institute or the lack of generation, external agents (environmental influences, human activity and external electrical networks), and internal causes (operation and preventive and corrective maintenance).

Subscribers served by Coopesantos, Coopeguanacaste and the electrical institute had the longest interruptions per subscriber during 2017, with times of: 55 hours, 21 hours and 16 hours of interruption, which exceed the national average of 15 hours with 6 minutes of interruption.


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A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo    
The technical report can be consulted at the Public Services Regulatory Authority site


The users of the other companies experienced average interruption times below the national average. The subscribers of Coope Alfaro Ruiz were those who experienced the shortest interruption time.

Interruptions can be momentary (less than 1 minute), temporary (less than 5 minutes) and prolonged (more than 5 minutes).

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Published  Tuesday, August 21, 2018 -  Seventh news page

New migration police for north border

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A total of 98 new policemen will move to the different border control posts and irregular crossing areas in the north of the country, said the director of Migration and Immigration, Raquel Vargas.

The official explained that this strengthening of the presence of the migration police in points such as Los Chiles, Tablillas, Upala and Peñas Blancas is part of the inter-institutional coordination actions that are carried out to meet the strain of the extraordinary flow of migrants from Nicaragua.

"Additionally, we are training 189 immigration officers, who will help strengthen immigration controls throughout the country," Vargas said.

The director of Migration, Vargas, said that the country has two temporary assistance centers for migrants, one in the town of La Cruz at the north zone with a capacity 500 to 600) where there are 50 foreigners, of which 22 are Nicaraguans and one in Golfito in the south zone with a capacity of 150, where there is only one Nicaraguan.

"These centers are prepared to assist migrants in situations of extreme vulnerability," she concluded.

President Carlos Alvarado emphasized the need to optimize migratory work in order to provide prompt and timely assistance to migrants and guarantee national security and stability in accordance with international protocols and agreements on human rights.


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The presence of the migration police is part of the actions that are carried out to meet the strain of the extraordinary flow of migrants from Nicaragua.


The president said that since June, numerous institutions have been working jointly to guarantee a safe, orderly and registered migratory control as a result of the unrest in Nicaragua.