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Captured suspect in theft and rape of a Canadian citizen

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agents of the Judicial Investigating Organization detained a 36-year-old Costa Rican man with the last name of  Ferrey Tuesday as a suspect in the robbery and rape of a 19-year-old Canadian tourist.

The suspect was captured at his home in Hatillo 8, San José, and transferred to the Courts of Justice of Pococí, in Limón where the case was open.

According to the official report, Ferrey has a record on charges of theft.

According to official information, the incident occurred July 22 as the Canadian tourist was about to board a bus from San José to Puerto Viejo in Limón.

While she was at the bus terminal, a man approached her and offered to take her to Limón in his vehicle, investigators said.

For reasons that are still being investigated, the woman agreed to travel with the man.

In the town of Guapiles, the two people made purchases in several shops and even withdrew cash from an automatic teller machine.

Then the man drove to some rental housing in the Guapiles area where he raped the woman and stole her goods, according to investigators.

After committing the act, the man took the woman to the bus terminal in Turrialba, where she took the bus to Puerto Viejo in Limón, agents said.

According to the police report, the woman filed the complaint last week in the offices of the Judicial Investigation Agency in the town of Bribrí in Talamanca.


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For reasons that are still being investigated,
the woman agreed to travel with the man.



She decided to file the complaint after telling the facts to a friend, who told her that she should file a complaint against the man, investigators said.

Ferrey was identified as the man who offered the ride with the help of recordings from the security videos of the shops and the automatic teller camera, investigators said.

This case is of special interest to the authorities because at the beginning of this month, two other female tourists were raped and murdered, incidents that were denounced by thousands of people throughout the country.



Small plane crashes in San Carlos mountains

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Civil Aviation confirmed an alert on the loss of communication with the Piper Seneca plane TI-BDH, owned by Aerobell Air Charter company Wednesday at 9 a.m.

The plane took off from the Tobias Bolaños Airport in Pavas and should have reached its destination at El Tanque airport in San Carlos half an hour later. The pilot, Marco Delgado, who had about 10 years of flight experience, was alone in the plane at the time of the accident. He died in the crash.

Communication between the pilot and the control tower of the Juan Santamaria Airport was lost when the plane was over the mountain area known as Cerro El Burrito in San Carlos.

The director of Civil Aviation, Rolando Richmond, issued a statement for confirming the accident.

"The plane left the Tobías Bolaños Airport in Pavas, scheduled to landing at El Tanque in San Carlos. For reasons that are still under investigation, the plane crashed three miles south of Cerro El Burrito in La Fortuna de San Carlos."

The Air Surveillance Service sent a helicopter to carry out flights over the area where the emergency signal was received from the plane. The crew located the remains of the plane a short distance from the top of the hill.

The emergency location transmitter is designed to send an automatic signal when an aircraft has accident like a fire or a crash. The signals are captured by control towers and can be read by searcher teams.

The area where the plane crashed is surrounded by mountains and difficult to access. Rain and fog in the early morning made it difficult to see the aircraft. Due to the danger of the area and the density of the trees, it was not possible to make an air rescue.

"About two miles from where we are located, we received a strong ELT signal. The problem we have is that the cloudiness does not allow us to go up to the hills, where the remains of the aircraft are. We cannot fly over the area so we are waiting for the weather to improve," said an air surveillance team report, citing the emergency locator.

At noon, the search and rescue team announced that they had found the plane and that the pilot, Marco Delgado, had not survived the crash.

"We have located the deceased pilot," confirmed the office monitoring the firefighters.

"Three members of the Red Cross, a fireman, four mountain guides and two doctors attended. They had to walk 700 meters inside the mountain," the statement said.

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The area where the plane crashed is surrounded
by mountains and difficult to access.

The airline Aerobell, owners of the plane, confirmed the tragedy at 12:45 pm.

"At 9 a.m., our Piper Seneca aircraft with TI-BDH registration from Aerobell Air Charter lost communication with the control tower of the Juan Santamaría International Airport," said the press release.

"Immediately the emergency protocol for the search of the aircraft was activated, in conjunction with the Air Surveillance Service and rescue teams,” the statement continued. It also confirmed that the pilot was alone in the aircraft and had filed a flight plan from Pavas to the airport which is near La Fortuna.

According to the statement, the company would not give more information for consideration to the relatives of the deceased pilot.

"At the moment we do not have more information, out of respect for our partner and his family, we will not be offering statements until we have an update,” the statement concluded.

Rescue workers report that the removal of the body of Marco Antonio Delgado Bogantes, will begin today.

According to Jim Batres of the Red Cross, OIJ needed additional time to gather evidence around the crash scene due to the rough terrain. Concerned for the safety of the rescuers, it was decided to postpone any further work until Thursday.



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Published  Thursday, August 23, 2018 - Second news page
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Plan launched to collect ¢8 billion in taxes

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


An agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the National Registry will allow the automatic update of the tax value of properties.

This tool will improve efficiency and tax collection for mortgages, property transfers and land segregation, officials said.

The agreement was signed by Fabiola Varela of the National Registry and Juan Carlos Gómez of the Direct Taxation Department.

The agreement between the two institutions will allow the Ministry of Finance to know the real value of properties, based on factors like the public deeds of transfers, mortgages and land segregation or subdivision, the registry official said.

"With this agreement, we managed to be more efficient as a state in keeping the tax values of real estate updated, which will allow us to improve collection. We are talking about that in most cases the transfers will be processed with contractual values," said Varela.

According to the National Registry report, from Jan. 1 to Aug. 10 of this year, 42,261 purchases of complete farms were entered, of which only 17,219, around 40 percent, paid a transfer tax on the sale value.

The remaining 60 percent that did not pay the tax represents ¢4.15 billion that the Ministry of Finance did not receive.

In the same period 36,142 mortgages were registered, of which 19,697 (54.5 percent) reported a commercial value greater than the value reported to the Treasury. That means that the ministry could make a future collection of  ¢4.73 billion when the value of the property is updated.


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The agreement between the two institutions will allow the Ministry of Finance to know the real value of properties.




This agreement allows the real values, or market values, of the properties to be updated daily. This means that the new fiscal value, which is used to calculate the tax, would be updated directly.

Officials estimated that the collection for transfer of real estate will increase by some ¢8 billion in the second semester of this year, thanks to this agreement.




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Published Thursday, August 23, 2018 - Third news page
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Organ transplants save 88 lives
 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation Program of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund reports that 88 patients are now living with transplanted organs.

For these individuals with terminal damage to a vital organ, heart, liver, kidney or lung, their only chance of survival was to receive a healthy organ from a living or deceased donor.

According to the report, 68 transplanted organs came from a deceased donor and 20 from a living donor. Of the surgeries, 45 were performed at the Calderón Guardia Hospital, 24 at the Mexico Hospital, 12 at the Max Peralta Hospital, four at the San Juan de Dios Hospital and three at Children's Hospital.

So far this year, organ donations from individuals who died in accidents exceeds the total of 34 donations in 2017.

Specialists encourage drivers and others to sign organ donation cards as one person who dies a accidental death can provide organs for up to nine others.

Marvin Agueron, co-coordinator of the donation program said that: "These donor families, in the midst of their pain, shook hands with strangers,” by providing an organ. In the difficult time following the death of a loved one, they find it fills them with peace by giving life to another person, he added.

In addition to the donation of organs are the tissue transplants. These include bone marrow, corneas, skin, heart valves, tendons, bone and amniotic membrane.



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According to the report, 68 transplanted organs came
from a deceased donor and 20 from a living donor.


Another of the improvements in the donation service has been the storage of umbilical cord blood in the Blood Bank of Social Security Fund. Blood in the umbilical cord is full of stem cells which, in the future, may be used in the treatment of disease.

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Published Thursday, August 23, 2018 -  Fourth news page

Alvarado government polling poorly
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

According to the results of a survey conducted by the University of Costa Rica, 35.7 percent rated the Alvarado government as bad or very bad, 35.3 percent of respondents rated it as good or very good, and 29 percent consider it regular.

The survey was conducted by the Center for Research and Political Studies of the University of Costa Rica.

The survey, published by the newspaper Semanario Universidad, was taken from Aug. 13 to last Thursday, with telephone interviews of 720 people.The results have a margin of error of 3.7 percent, the center said.

Carlos Alvarado began his term May 8 and served a hundred days in office as of last Thursday, a period in which his priority has been the promotion of a tax reform to alleviate the growing fiscal deficit that closed in 2017 at 6.2 percent of the gross domestic product.

On the topic of insecurity, those with a negative opinion of the government were 59 points more than those with a positive view.

Those with a negative view of the fiscal deficit were 43 points more than those with a positive view.

The best qualified area in this balance is the management of climatic emergencies with those reporting a positive view 42 points higher than those holding a negative opinion.

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On the topic of insecurity, those with a negative opinion
of the government were 59 points more than
those with a positive view.


Alvarado's government, which won the second round elections last April against conservative evangelical Fabricio Alvarado, will be in power until May 2022.

To the closing of this edition, the government has not given any reaction to this survey. The original survey can be reach at Semanario Universidad web.


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Published Thursday, August 23, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Prosecutor accuses Óscar Arias in Crucitas case

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The Prosecutor General's Office accused former President Óscar Arias Sánchez of  malfeasance in the so-called Crucitas case.

The former president is being investigated for decreeing that the mining project, operated by the company Infinito Gold Mining in Cutris de San Carlos, was of national convenience.

In September of last year, a criminal court asked that the legal status of the former president be determined.

Arias was never charged for the granting of the mining concession or for the declaration of national convenience of that activity, but his former minister of the Environment, Roberto Dobles, who also signed the declaration, was charged in the case and convicted in January 2015. Arias was not charged then.

This sentence was annulled, and a preliminary hearing is pending to establish if the case is going back to trial.

The case now will be brought before the Criminal Court of the Treasury which will hold a hearing to determine if there are enough elements to bring it to trial.

"The Prosecutor's Office signed yesterday the accusation against Mr. Arias for the crime of malfeasance. The law establishes that in cases where the offending party is the duties of the public function, the fiscal conclusion must be communicated to the Attorney General of the Republic, so that this body may decide whether to file a complaint (private accusation) and/or an action civil indemnity, with which you can request an economic amount to compensate the State for the damage that has been caused, the attorney general, Emilia Navas, said Tuesday.

The prosecutor has 13 days, starting today, to present the prosecution and the civil action. Once this period is over, the General Prosecutor's Office will send the accusation with the documents delivered to the Criminal Court of Finance and Public Function, of the Second Judicial Circuit of San José," the Prosecutor's Office quoted in a press release.

Arias was investigated in Nov. 8, 2017, and insisted on his innocence.



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Arias was investigated in Nov. 8, 2017, and
 insisted on his innocence.

The reactivation of the case was covered by a legal analysis ordered by the attorney general in order to deepen the search for new evidence that was not incorporated into the investigation file at the appropriate time, the judiciary said.

Arias served two terms as president. The first term was from 1986 to 1990. The second was from 2006 to 2010. It was during the second term when the Crucitas situation developed.

The Crucitas open pit gold mining operation was controversial. After Arias signed the decree, a court shut down the project to protect some trees favored by endangered birds. The mining company's Canadian parent.

Infinito Gold, Ltd., brought a case in March 2014 against Costa Rica in the World Bank's arbitration system based on a trade agreement between the two countries. That case still is pending, and Costa Rica just filed  additional paperwork last month.

The Crucitas site now is invaded periodically by illegal miners. At one time the company estimated that there was about $2 billion in gold in the ground.



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The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise
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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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Make gifts from dollars or colones
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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 23
, 2018 -  Sixth news page

Six drug suspects arrested

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Last week drug enforcement agents reported the seizure of a large amount of cocaine in a shipment of pineapple destined for Europe.

Tuesday investigators of the Drug Control Police and the Ministry of Security made several raids and detained six persons suspected in the failed cocaine export.

The officers carried out operations in Alajuela, Heredia and San José, where they detained suspected members of an international drug trafficking gang.

Detained were four Costa Ricans males, identified by the last name and ages as Jara, 43, Gamboa, 44,  Valerio, 34, and Huertas, 34. A 56-year-old Costa Rican woman with the last name of Boza also was detained, as was a 37-year-old Colombian male identified by the last name of  Pino.

During the operations, the officers reported that they also seized money and drugs.

According to the investigators, the criminal gang had established the members’ functions and established hierarchical roles.

The group was dedicated to making wooden pallets for the pineapples which were transported to Germany. They built special bases into the pallets so they could camouflaged the packages with the drugs, investigators said.


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The group was dedicated to making wooden pallets for the pineapples which were transported to Germany.

At the time of the closing of the edition, the suspects had been taken to the Public Prosecutor's Office so that the legal situation could be defined and precautionary measures requested.

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Jaco Oceanfront Furnished Condo
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Published  Thursday, August 23, 2018 -  Seventh news page

Former president Solís to give statements to legislature

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Former president Luis Guillermo Solís will have to present himself to the legislature Sept. 10, to explain budgetary discrepancies amounting to billions of colones.

Solís will appear before the Commission of Income and Expenditure after the legislators approved a request to call him to account for the budgeting problem.

Jonathan Prendas, president of the commission, said, “This Wednesday we had confirmation by Solís. Currently the former president resides in the United States where he works as a teacher at Florida International University.”

The lawmaker said that the hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. but could be moved to the evening hours, if necessary.

The legislators determined the need for the hearing because the former finance minister, Helio Fallas, pointed out that the president had known about the huge lack of money in the government budget for some time.

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Currently the former president resides in the United States where he works as a teacher at Florida International University