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New Sardinal aqueduct stirs up old water conflict

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Last week a group of neighbors and activists who oppose the construction of the new aqueduct in Sardinal, Guanacaste, decided to lock several public officials up inside the local school, when the officials were ready to unveil a study on the capacity of the local aquifer.

The Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers (AyA) filed a complaint Monday morning at the Santa Cruz Prosecutor's Office. Among those inside the building, there were officials from the National Service of Groundwater Irrigation and Drainage (Senara), the Ministry of Environment and Energy (Minae) and the University of Costa Rica (UCR).

"These acts involve violence," said Manuel Salas, general manager of the AyA. "There were officials who, at the time, could not leave due to fear and I consider these things cannot be happening in Costa Rica." Salas said that at other times they have faced shouts and verbal violence when trying to hold meetings to provide the community with information about the project.

Some months ago, the AyA also denounced acts of vandalism that affected the wells that were built as part of the project.

Since 2008, environmental and political activists have fought the construction of the aqueduct stating that it seeks to provide water to big hotels and other investment properties, while leaving the poorest villages without enough supply.

At that time, villagers also questioned the reports that said the aqueduct was “good to go”. In 2009 the Constitutional Chamber ordered the feasibility study to be cancelled, which stopped the construction.

However, Salas said that the construction of the aqueduct will not stop and insisted the aquifer has enough capacity to provide for everyone.

"Out of the 440 liters [per second] available to take advantage of, we will extract just a sixth part because we cannot risk water supply for an entire town," he added.

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The Sardinal aqueduct has faced opposition from activists for almost 10 years.

Salas said that this system will only take advantage of 70 liters of water per second, of the 440 liters per second that can be taken out of the Sardinal aquifer.

The AyA coordinated with the police forces to protect the safety of workers and neighbors as well as the machinery used in the project. According to the AyA, neighbors of  Coco and Ocotal have been waiting for more than 10 years to build the aqueduct that will benefit about 34,000 people.

The costs amount to an investment of ¢1,730 million and will be built totally with the AyA funds. The aqueduct will consist of a storage tank, pipelines and the well and it is expected to start operations in March 2018.

According to information from AyA, studies show that the aquifer has sufficient recharge capacity. A few months ago, the Constitutional Chamber dismissed another appeal against the project, but this time magistrates found no violation.
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Cerro de la Muerte is open for night drivers again               

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


As a result of Tropical Storm Nate, Cerro Bellavista, better known as Cerro de la Muerte, had been undergoing road repairs at different points and was closed at night.

With the arrival of the dry season and the completion of many of the repairs, the National Road Council (Conavi) announced that the road will now be open 24 hours a day. Closure will only reoccur if there is a significant amount of rain.

Authorities also pointed out that work is currently being done on very few parts of the road, such as “Division” and kilometer 105. This work should have little effect on drivers. 

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The council noted that in Tolomuco and La Ese, some parts of the road still lack asphalt and made a call for drivers to travel at reduced speed. In the El Empalme section, the situation is back to normal.


The area is very foggy and the route has many slopes and curves, warned Conavi, which is why they insist that people continue to drive very carefully.

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Costa Rican becomes UN expert on LGBTIQ Rights


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The UN Human Rights Council today appointed Víctor Madrigal-Borloz as the new independent expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

The appointment took effect after being proposed by the president, Thai Vitit Muntarbhorn, who resigned last September for health reasons after a year in office.

The resolution that created this position created great controversy. More than a hundred countries do not recognize homosexuality and gender diversity as human rights and punish those behaviors with prison sentences or death.

Before the appointment, Madrigal occupied the position of general secretary of the International Council of Rehabilitation of Victims of Torture (ICT). 

He previously worked in the Inter-American Court and in the Human Rights Commission. During his time at the Organization of American States, Madrigal-Borloz led the process of consultation and preparation of the Commission's Action Plan regarding the rights of LGTBI individuals.

He also served as a member of the UN Subcommittee for the Prevention of Torture, where he was responsible for the draft of the policy regarding LGTBI.

Madrigal-Borloz will be in charge of implementing existing international human rights legislation on sexual orientation and gender identity.

His other duties will be: to denounce violence and discrimination suffered by LGTBI persons, to create dialogue spaces, to cooperate with the states to implement human rights measures, and to provide advice and technical assistance where necessary.

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The International Association of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transsexuals and Intrasexuals (ILGA) said, "his experience in international human rights, always listening to the voices of civil society, is particularly appropriate for the role that he will assume."


Madrigal-Borloz was also honored by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association for Latin America and the Caribbean (ILGALAC) and its leaders were confident that, "the voice of civil society will play an important role in his mandate.”


Immigration authorities increase their checkpoints
at Juan Santamaría Airport


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The General Directorate of Immigration and Foreign Affairs (DGME) plans to increase checkpoints at the Juan Santamaría International Airport from 8 to 12.

The interim director of the directorate, Esteban Obando, said that they are fine-tuning the details in order to be ready for the beginning of the “high season” for tourists with the expansion already implemented.

The checkpoints that will be added are those for travelers leaving the country and will be near the entrance to the boarding rooms. Obando said that project will be a good complement to the pilot plan that eliminated the physical entry and exit card (TIE) that passengers had to fill out and deliver to the authorities.

The TIE system caused problems from 2:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. last Tuesday, which caused huge lines in the terminal. Immigration noted that it was a failure in a team of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), which was solved by the latter. Obando said that since September, when the plan started, there have been no major problems.
 
"The system has worked very well, but at times it has been affected by causes beyond our control. However, we already have a protocol that reduces waiting times and eliminates delays in the times of arrival," said the official.

The mitigation plan refers to the use of physical cards to avoid passenger delays.

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The measure also seeks to reduce the long lines and waiting time of the passengers.

A short interview will be conducted with the traveler, with questions about the amount of money being carried, the reason for the trip, place of lodging, and similar questions about the trip. The interview will cover items that were previously filled out on a form provided by the airlines.

The validation of the exit permit for minors was eliminated, as this will be done directly with the official of the entity. During the first half of this year, there were 2,206,857 arrivals and 2,192,001 departures, with the international airports Juan Santamaría and Daniel Odube being the busiest.

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  10 percent of Costa Ricans fight a disability

By A.M Costa Rica staff

In Costa Rica, people with disabilities make up 10.5% of the population, according to the National Statistics and Censuses Institute (INEC).

Of that portion of the population, at least 30% have an unmet basic need. For example, 43% of children and teenagers with disabilities do not have access to a decent home, a healthy life, education, and access to other goods and services, the study says.

"People with disabilities face daily obstacles in terms of access to basic services, which decrease their opportunities for development. It is urgent that the different social sectors work to eliminate obstacles, there will only be social justice when we have truly inclusive societies," said Alice Shackelford, Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Costa Rica.

In Costa Rica, the absolute poverty rate among people with disabilities is around 31.5%, about  ten points more than the national poverty rate. Unemployment also strongly affects people with disabilities, since about 63.7% are are unemployed, a figure that rises to 78% in the case of women with disabilities.

Few women go to health services due to the inaccessibility of infrastructure or information or due to the negative attitudes on the part of officials responsible for providing the service, according to the document


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78% percent of women with disabilities
face unemployment.


Costa Rica has ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Law 8661 of August 19, 2008) and has recently enacted the Law for the Promotion of the Personal Autonomy of Persons with Disabilities (Law 9379 of August 18 of 2016).

"The 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals advocate for leaving no one behind, today we urge people to work to eliminate ignorance, stigma, discrimination and obstacles that prevent people with disabilities from fully developing," Shackelford said.



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  Venezuelans seeking refugee status in Costa Rica
has doubled since 2016

By A.M Costa Rica staff

During 2016, a total of 1423 requests were received, while between January and October of this year the figure increased to 2626, according to the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners (DGME).

The situation was recognized by the deputy director of Migration, Esteban Obando, who said that the increase in requests has required significant efforts on the part of the institution. 

In the first ten months of the year, 34,596 Venezuelans entered the country, while during the same period, only 30,441 of them were reported leaving.

According to Obando, that does not necessarily mean that the remaining ones have decided to stay illegally in the country, since they are granted an initial three month stay.


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The volume of Venezuelans entering the country has greatly increased in the past months.

Earlier this year, the immigration authorities said they were considering the possibility of requiring Venezuelans to have a visa to enter the country due to the political and social problems in their home country. However, Obando said no decisions have yet been made.

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Chamber encourages exporters
to halt exchanges with Honduras
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Civil unrest in Honduras over alleged electoral fraud on November 26, caused the Costa Rican Chamber of Commerce (Crecex) to express concern. The chamber called on importers and exporters to take a break in the shipment of cargoes to that country.

"It is recommended not to send cargo, or transit through Honduras until there is 100% certainty that the authorities are in control of roads, ports and other public places," said José Manuel Quirce, President of Crecex.

Quirce, who claims to be in communication with the businessmen in Honduras, said that the situation is one of total uncertainty, and states that there have been a series of lootings of containers lined up in Puerto Cortés and a place called Potrillo.

Also, according to the president of the Chamber, it was confirmed that the cargo of several Honduran companies was completely vandalized, while international cargo has been partially damaged.

"Three containers carrying clothes from Nicaragua were affected. One was robbed half the cargo, the other a quarter and a third lost several boxes. For this reason, many of the containers in transit to Puerto Cortés were located on safe grounds waiting for road safety," he added.

It has been confirmed that groups causing disorder and civil disobedience tried to take control of the Puerto Cortés dock, but failed to do so. The Honduran army is already protecting the area.

Through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship, Costa Rica has issued a statement advocating respect of Honduran institutions, following the slow count of votes in the presidential elections.
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The Foreign Ministry calls for calm during while waiting for official results. So far, the elections are led by the current president, Juan Orlando Hernández, who managed to run for re-election thanks to a ruling by the courts, despite the fact that the Honduran constitution does not allow re-election.

However, the president's narrow advantage comes after a series of interruptions in the computer system, one of them of up to five hours. That caused the unrest of Alliance of Opposition against the Dictatorship, which had achieved a difference of five points with 57 percent of the votes already counted.

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Electricity theft is on the rise in Heredia, according to authorities

By
A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new method implemented by the Public Services Company of Heredia (ESPH) seeks to eliminate, or at least reduce, the theft of electricity in the province.

The new system has started in the Guarari community. It consists of placing metal boxes that protect digital meters inside, known as clusters. The system, in addition to preventing the theft of energy, allows the company to cut off service from a distance. It replaces the traditional meters.

According to the energy company, this system is used in the shanty towns of Brazil to avoid fires due to poor connections, as well as injuries or deaths in unskilled people performing electrical works. "Thanks to this system, we avoid sending technicians to the area, which reduces operating costs," said ESPH's specialized technician, Francisco Redondo.

A total of 109 new meters have already been installed in the area. As a test, ESPH placed one of the boxes six months ago and, due to the positive results, it was decided to install the rest of them, a duty finished this past weekend.

The placement of another 10 new devices was scheduled for April 2018. Each will have a capacity of 12 meters. The exact place where they will be installed is under the study of technicians, who take into consideration the criminality of the area. Guararí was chosen as the axis of the project because it is the sector of the province in which there are more thefts of electric power, according to ESPH.

The clusters also allow users to check their electricity consumption from their home. Guararí is considered a "time bomb" by the Public Services Company of Heredia, as the number of reports of irregular connections increased from 2016 to date, forcing the company to implement new actions such as the installation of clusters.

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Electricity theft is on the rise in Heredia,
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The number of complaints for illegal connections went from 34, between July and December of 2016, to 63 so far in 2017.

ESPH carries out cleaning work on the power line once every three months.

Illegal connections can cause serious burns due to high voltage, falls and electric shocks - potentially fatal results. They can also generate short circuits in the electrical network, raising the possibilities of fires in an area where, for the most part, the houses are composed of wood and highly flammable materials.

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What would a gardener do without friends?
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It’s great to have friends. Three of them came over the other day and took home a bunch of weeds! They even brought their own shovel and used it! What great friends.

Okay, so the “weeds” were really nice plants that just tend to be a tiny bit too prolific. You know the ones I mean. Things like bird of paradise heliconia. Plant five and soon you have fifty. Or butterfly white ginger that smell heavenly but crowd out everything in their path and then take over the path.

Sadly, my friends didn’t want any of those “weeds”. They wanted baby black raspberry bushes and I have too many because the birds keep dropping seeds…. I don’t have the energy to start a new raspberry patch and my gardener doesn’t have the time (I keep him pretty busy) so off they went to a new home.

But while they came for raspberries, I was able to send them home with a bunch of other weedy things. The purple shield had gotten a bit weedy so some of that went into the truck. Joy weed (Alternanthera dentata rubiginosa) has great purple leaves and it’s a runner. Just lay a stem on the ground and roots seem to appear overnight. Some of those went into the truck too and they will look great on a hillside (preferably one far, far from my house).

Come to think of it, even things that aren’t weedy have been making a lot of new plants. Angel trumpet, red spurge, even Shanchezia root like mad if you leave a pruned branch on the ground. They are sprouting up everywhere.

Ah well, things do get a bit crazy in the rainy season; plants dropping seeds, seedlings shooting up, and invasive things getting more invasive. Now if only the right things became invasive.

Take marigolds, for example. They make a natural pyrethrin that is supposed to repel leaf cutter ants. Imagine if they were invasive. Can’t you just imagine an orchard of strong healthy citrus trees above a field of yellow and orange marigolds? What a beautiful picture.



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Plant for the Week

Once again, I want to talk about the palm tree. In a previous column, I had a picture of the palm beetle grub which is about 2-3 inches long. The beetle lays its eggs in the top of the palm and the hatched grubs eat into the palm and kill it. And then? Then the beetles emerge and gather material from around the base of the palm and make a cocoon.

This is why you need to clean ALL debris from the area around the palm leaving nothing for the grub. So, if you have palm trees, you should begin looking for cocoons and kill the grubs. This cocoon is four inches long and made of fibers from the edges of a palm frond.


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Real estate for sale (paid category)

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Condominio Monte Donato II, is an unpretentious gated community, offering 44 lots at very accessible prices starting at only $19.995 and a monthly HOA fee of $28.

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Colinas del Sol
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* There are 88 clear titled lots.
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About a third of roads damaged by Nate, report says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


A recent report from the National Laboratory of Materials and Structural Models (Lanamme) stated that of 215 road structures evaluated, 85 of them suffered some type of damage from tropical storm Nate.

The damages range from those evident during the storm to those where damage causes “potential risk”. The problems occurred mainly in four routes: 27 (San José - Caldera), 34 (Costanera Sur), 14 (towards Paso Canoas) and 2 (Interamericana Sur).

According to the document, Nate, "not only leaves a lot of material and human damage but also exposes those structures that have vulnerable characteristics to the effects of this type of events."

After the completion of this report, the Lanamme informed the authorities of the damage to bridges and sewers. Tropical Storm Nate affected Costa Rica last October. The government estimated that the repair of the damages could amount to $300 million.


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The tropical storm Nate hit the country last October


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