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Festival de la Luz took over the San José streets

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For the 22nd year, the Festival de la Luz took the roads of Paseo Colón and Avenida Segunda, showcasing bands, floats and cheerleading teams on Saturday.

All of the participants were invited and picked up from across the country

This years the winning float was the one developed by the Demasa company. The snacks business relied on their well-known mascot: the Tosty alligator.

The float featured a medieval fortress resembling that in the Legend of Zelda video games series. In this micro-universe, children are in charge of keeping the gates of their lands safe from invaders.

The Banda de Orotina won first place as a musical ensemble.

According to municipality of San José, about one million people attended the event, while another million saw the live broadcast.


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The event is used by media corporations to sell advertising, while the participant companies usually use their floats for marketing purposes.
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Fiesta de los Diablitos: the newly declared
Intangible Cultural Heritage

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Deep inside the communities of Boruca and Rey Curré, located in Buenos Aires of Puntarenas, live an indigenous people who preserve an ancestral tradition that is part of the multicultural and multi-ethnic identity of the country.

The Fiesta de los Diablito is an event that's been taking place since colonial times in these communities. Since 1979 it has had a closely fixed date.

In Rey Curré, it is celebrated between December the 30 and January 2, and in Boruca, from the last weekend of January to early in February.

This traditional festival represents the historical drama of the conquest, the struggle of the Borucas, personified by the cabrûs (diablitos) against the Spaniards represented by a bull, metaphors for the indigenous resistance to colonization.

The National Commission of Intangible Cultural Heritage (Conapaci) received a request from the Boruca community asking that the celebration be declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The request was accepted and was approved last week via decree 40766-C.

The decree will make it easier for public and private organizations to help protect the cultural heritage of the festival.

"We are pleased that this beautiful ancestral manifestation of the communities of Boruca and Rey Curré continues to be recognized. It has been our will as a government that the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which is the hallmark of our identity, occupies a special place in the political agenda," said President Luis Guillermo Solís.

According to Sylvie Durán, Minister of Culture and Youth, the declaration commemorates, "the main ritual of the Brunca community and its cosmogony. It now belongs to our intangible cultural heritage in the same way as Calypso, Swing Criollo, Tope de Toros, Boyeo and Carreta do. All of them provide an account of our cultural diversity."

Loida Pretiz, president of Conapaci, said they were responsible for drafting the declaration with input from the community.

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The Fiesta de los Diablitos is a metaphor for the indigenous resistance against the Spaniards during colonial times.
Some of the Conapaci members are representatives of the Ministry of Culture and Youth, Center for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Ministry of Public Education, a representative of Public Universities, Costa Rican Tourism Institute, International Council of Monuments and Sites and the Association of Groups and Interpreters of the Costa Rican Popular Cultures.

Melvin González, a member of the Boruca community and the Heritage Commission of the indigenous people, said that, "our community has preserved this legacy that our grandparents left us, so it is up to us to pass it on to the new generations. This declaration reinforces the work we are doing  and arrives at the right time,  because our older members are no longer there, we have lost them all in the last two or three years."

La Fiesta de los Diablitos has a series of rules and elements of the tradition. Because of its complexity a large number of actors participate, among them the Devils Commission, the Greater Devil, minor devils, shepherds, musicians, the bull, bullfighters, matadors, collaborators, "dogs" and diablas.

The festival is linked to ancestral knowledge and other cultural expressions such as the craftsmanship it takes to make the masks and costumes of the devils, the musical instruments and traditional songs, dance and theater, traditional foods and drinks and other elements of oral tradition.




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Expropriation puts an end the Chánguena conflict

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The Institute of Rural Development (Inder) has announced its decision to expropriate the Finca Chánguena, located in Palmar Sur. The property covers an of 297.5 hectares

The land has caused conflict among the owners of the property and about 80 families who settled there to establish farms. In the last years, the police tried to expel the families, however, helped by activists considered the land as abandoned by the legal owners, they always returned.

Several negotiations took place among government, families and owners to find a solution that would please all parties involved but that proved impossible. 

The authorities of Inder said that, before agreeing to expropriate the land, all the administrative options were exhausted including one of direct purchase from the owners.

Inder made a deposit of ¢ 1,890 million to the Contentious Administrative Court. That's the price of the property determined in the appraisal also carried out by Inder.

The Litigation Court has a month to put Inder in possession of the farm. Once that step is completed, there will be a redistribution of the land to the families who occupy it.


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In the following months, Inder will begin the construction of roads, common areas, an aqueduct
and electricity access.


The families have benefited from an agricultural project there which is called the, "Integral productive development models to improve the social and economic status of families of the Chánguena Group.”

The project has been carried out with the help of experts from the National University.

On November 3, the Executive President of the Inder, Ricardo Rodriguez, and the General Manager of the Inder, Diana Murillo, visited the farms and met with organized groups of farmers who have been living irregularly on the property, in order to inform them about the upcoming expropriation.

Legislators push for electric public transportation

By AM Costa Rica staff

A recent measure approved by the Legislative Assembly  which encourages the purchase of electric cars also seeks that at least 10% of the public transportation vehicles be electric as well.

This is included in the Law for Incentives and Promotion for Electrical Transportation.

Among those incentives is total tax exemption for electrical vehicles under $35,000. These cars would also be exempt from paying the Marchamo during the first five years, although they would continue to have mandatory insurance coverages.

The lawmaker of the Citizen Action Party, Franklin Corella, one of the proponents of the initiative, explained that the cost of these cars ranges from $22,000 to $75,000.

The legislator also said some companies have shown an interest in setting up operations in the country to manufacture and sell parts. There are about 30 charging stations in the country.

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Freddy Pacheco, a university professor and environmental activist said the approval could be an international example.





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2017 leaves a bad taste in the food industry


By A.M Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry (Cacia) described 2017  as a year to forget in terms of economic growth and the behavior of the domestic market.

According to José Manuel Hernando, president of Cacia, during the first nine months of the year the average growth of the industry was -0.07%.

This situation shows a deceleration and stagnation in the business, when compared to 2016 when the average growth was 2.76%.

"For this year we have neither good nor bad news in terms of jobs," said Hernando. "The decrease in economic activity did not generate unemployment, but it was not possible to consolidate any condition to create them. Because of this, the number of jobs is close to the same 55,500 held in 2016."

According to him, in 2017 sales abroad exceeded $1.7 billion, showing a growth of 5.9%. However it is not enough to create new jobs.

The biggest growth was achieved by sugar, palm oil or beverage concentrates. Exports of products such as dairy, processed meats, seafood and processed fruits also reported growth.

The exports of products such as flours, pasta, snacks and cereals, chocolate products, beverages and fruit juices were reduced.


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Sugar and palm oil are two of the products with the highest increase, according to the chamber.

According to Cacia some of the factors that caused the industry to stagnate this year were the fear of new taxes, an increase in electricity costs and loss of competitiveness.

The chamber also blamed the theft of trucks, at an expense of ¢33 billion, the bureaucracy and unnecessary procedures, the small size of the market and need for greater freedom to market raw materials.

Issues such as efficiency in border crossings, inefficiency of customs, incorporation of Panama into the Central American Integration System and the administration and efficient application of technical regulations in the region continue to be pointed out by food entrepreneurs as priorities for the authorities of the next government.

Authorities realize changes in homicide patterns


By A.M Costa Rica staff

According to the Minister of Security, Gustavo Mata, the way homicides in Costa Rica are carried out is showing pattern changes, meant to leave no trace behind and avoid judicial investigations.

The new pattern consists of committing the homicides inside houses and then moving the bodies to different places.  This keeps the authorities from performing adequate forensic investigations.

Mata shared his thoughts after the arrest of two people who were carrying two corpses on a minibus in La Sabana last week.  Police began following the vehicle at 3am while it was in the park.  After an exchange of gunshots, the authorities managed to arrest two individuals, one of whom was injured and had to be taken to the San Juan de Dios Hospital.

When police checked the minibus, they found firearms and two bodies. Policy have not determined where the suspects were taking the bodies. 

"They are changing the dynamics of homicides, they are killing them inside the houses, they invite them to a meeting, they kill them and then throw them away in other places, for example they kill in Desamparados and throw them in Coronado to avoid tracking," he explained to local media.


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The Judicial Police have acknowledged that deaths are becoming more violent and more
alarming for society.


The country is about to reach, for the fourth consecutive year, a record number of homicides. The OIJ foresees 2017 ending with 600 murders.

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The Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) is seeking to a $500 million loan from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). IDB, however, is asking that ICE accept a series of guidelines from the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in order to get it.

Mario Redondo of the Christian Democratic Alliance Party (PADC) explained that the Constitutional Chamber has endorsed these guidelines in order guarantee the proper management of resources that the institution requires for projects related to clean energy.

The congressman pointed out that this measure will allow the public to supervise the way in which money is managed in entities such as the ICE.

"For a long time, we have been fighting for public institutions to adopt a system of international standards at the financial level that guarantee transparency and good management in the management of public resources," said Redondo.

The loan with the IDB received an approval in the first vote in September, but the conditions were challenged before the Constitutional Chamber. 
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The Inter-American Development Bank and legislators demand more transparency from ICE.

In the end the magistrates endorsed the conditions.


The initiative must now get a second vote to move forward.

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Public health system will start implementing major changes

By
A.M. Costa Rica staff

The transformation of health services in the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) will begin in 2018 in the Huetar Atlántica region, and then gradually extend to the rest of the country

According to the institution, there are 16 services that will be improved based on the needs of individuals, families and communities.

María del Rocío Sánchez, leader of the project, explained that after 18 months of work, 12 services are ready to be implemented in the Atlantic region which was designated by the Board of Directors as the best place to test the changes.

"Along with the community, we have developed the instruments, methodologies and actions that will allow an improvement in services," explained Sánchez.

The changes would also establish the criteria on how to standardize different benefits offered by the CCSS in different parts of the country, such as the Daycare Hospital, the Scheduled Hospital and Hospital Care at the Home.


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Providing home care in certain cases is one of the initiatives being tested by CCSS in the Atlantic region.


Another of the proposals seeks to improve institutional interaction with the population in order to adapt measures to their requirements and needs. The institution will also implement the,” user service protocol” developed by the Organizational Communication Department.

The plan is one of the seven parts of a bigger improvement project financed by World Bank with a loan of $420 million.

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Question?  Don't ask!
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Someone asked me the other day, “How should I put in a vegetable garden.”

Oh, no, a gardening question.

Okay, it has happened before but here’s the problem: What I know usually works but not always. I really hate, “not always.”

Anyway, here’s what usually works.

Mark out the size of the bed. For me, 3 feet wide and 8 feet long usually works. That’s 3x8 of soil, not 3x8 including concrete block. For that you need to add the width of the block. I use block 4 inches wide so that’s a total of 8 inches – so 3’8” x 8’8” if you are laying down string. Confused yet?

Concrete block is great to work with if you remember the rebar – two pieces of rebar need to secure each block so it won’t move if you step on it. Rebar also means less digging as each block needs to be set down into the ground a bit – with rebar, maybe only an inch. Block also has nice big holes in it. Fill with soil and plant there too.

Well, by now you have your nice 3x8 bed which is easy to work because you can reach the center from both sides. Next, add an inch or so of rough gravel for drainage and cover it with landscaper’s fabric. The fabric keeps the soil (that gets added next) from seeping into the gravel and making a mess. Gravel filled with soil doesn’t drain very well.

Now a lot of the veggies we like don’t particularly like the tropical sun. My green bean’s leaves are already getting bleached out and it’s still the rainy season. No problem. Just go get some shade cloth and rig up a nice tent over your garden bed.

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Mine is on 7 foot posts which allows some sun to reach the plants but shades them from early afternoon sun which has been the worst for my plants. It also gives me some shade when I am out there planting and weeding.

Then there are your local pests and not just leaf-cutter ants. When your beans are 4 inches tall and something eats the leaves and part of the stems we are talking rabbits, squirrels, or iguana. To protect plants from those, you need fencing with small holes. Chicken wire is an option but it won’t keep small iguanas out, so know what is eating the plants before you buy your wire. Oh, and leave no room for things to go under the wire.

Phew, I am getting tired just thinking about all this work. Good thing we have a gardener.

Plant for the Week

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Well, that should be “PLAN for the Week”. Since we are talking about constructing a garden, I thought you might like to see Ken’s new garden. As you can see, he is using raised beds with light screening over arches. What a great garden to work in. Just lift the screening and pick the veggies. Jealous? I am!


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Real estate for sale (paid category)

44 LOTS FOR SALE IN GATED COMMUNITY

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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.

Located near Playa Avellanas and Hacienda Pinilla, at 3 miles from the beach. The project is located in a very quiet rural area. You will only hear sounds of birds and monkeys.  Playa Avellanas is one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and a Surfer’s paradise.

Common areas: Swimming pool, Rancho, shower, restroom, soccer field, play ground

Water: The project has its own well and a 13,200 Gallon storage tank.

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284-3/22/18   


Charming country home in the mountains above San Ramon
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Lot size is 500 square meters, total construction about 212 square meters, with living area of about 156 square meters. Three bedrooms (or two and an office), two and one half baths, shop/storage of about 30 square meters. Carport with space for two cars about 30 square meters. Completely fenced property. The area is peaceful and very secure.  For complete information click here

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Legislators approve new measure to deal
with national emergencies


By AM Costa Rica staff

Last week, the Legislative Assembly approved law 19.308 that modifies Article 15 of the National Law on Emergencies.

The change allows an extension of the maximum number of debris cleaning hours from 100 machine hours to 300 hours to speed up recovery in emergency situations of natural origin, like tropical storm Nate last October or Hurricane Otto in 2016.

Emergency corps may now authorize the increase of hours without the need of the declaration of an emergency by the President.

With this modification, the National Emergency Commission (CNE) is allowed to hire the necessary equipment to deal with first-time emergencies that occur in the country, and can hire a maximum of three hundred hours of machine cleaning the areas affected by local and minor emergencies.

Luis Paulino Mora Lizano, Vice Minister of the Presidency, believes that this new law will improve regional attention to emergencies. The law was approved thanks to the close coordination with the lawmakers of the Legislative Assembly.

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During national emergencies, debris can affect the delivery of help to isolated areas.


"With this approval we made clear the importance of improving the immediate attention of national emergencies; we thank the legislators for the prompt approval of this law that will allow us to act in a more prompt and timely manner," said Mora.
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