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Chávez and friends taking an interest in treaty vote
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The full shadow of Venezuela strongman Hugo Chávez has now fallen across Costa Rica and the campaign over the free trade treaty.

As the association Por Costa Rica, a group that favors the treaty, notes, the support of opponents by Chávez and other socialists in South America now is out in the open.

Por Costa Rica condemned the prospect that Chávez and his allies would intervene in the buildup to the free trade treaty referendum here.

Presidents Chávez, Evo Morales of Bolivia  and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua subscribed to the so-called  Declaración de Tintorero last weekend at a summit of socialist leaders under the name of the Alternativa Bolivariana para las Américas. Also there was José Merino del Río, a member of the Costa Rican legislative assembly and the sole lawmaker from the Partido Frente Amplio.

In the declaration, the movement, started by Chavez, professes its solidarity with Costa Ricans fighting against the free trade treaty and says it will help to reject it in the binding referendum that will be set up by the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones. The Alternativa said it seeks to create alternatives to the free trade treaty "under the principles of just and binding commerce."

Venezuela appears to be on an authoritarian track with Chávez, who has forged ties with Cuba's Fidel Castro, Morales, Ortega and Ecuador's Rafael Correa. All have socialistic agendas, although Nicaragua already has approved the free trade treaty. Chavez is the patron of many of the left-wing politicians because he has the Venezuela petroleum income to pass around. He is believed to be the principal sponsor of Ortega's successful presidential run in Nicaragua last year.

The socialist philosophy conflicts with the capitalistic bent of the free trade treaty which suggests that development can come from greater commerce.
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Por Costa Rica, in a release, said it was a shame or embarrassment that Merino del Río would participate in seeking foreign aid in the referendum campaign. The lawmaker has made no secret of his opposition to the treaty.

Under Costa Rican law foreigners may not participate in campaigns for referendums.

During an anti-free trade treaty march Tuesday, at least two Venezuela flags were in evidence, a fact that Por Costa Rica mentioned.

The organization said that with the referendum the country will decide not only the commercial accord with the United states but also what type of country voters want. "They will decide between a model of development that promotes the intelligent integration with the international economy or a model "al la Chávez, a lo Evo, a lo Correa y a lo Ortega."

The United States has been criticized in the past for providing money and other support to Costa Rica's treaty negotiating team. However, there has been no obvious direct support promised as incorporated in the Declaración de Tintorero, named after the Venezuela town where the meeting took place.

The declaration also demands the extradition from the United States of  Luis Posada Carriles, who is facing an immigration fraud charge.

A judge awarded Posada Carriles house arrest status. The former U.S. operative is wanted in Venezuela on a charge of blowing up a Cuban airliner. He had been pardoned in Panamá for plotting an attempt on the life of Castro.

The declaration also urged followers to remember the 40th anniversary of the death in battle of Ernesto  'Che' Guevara. Actually Guevara was murdered by a Bolivian soldier after being taken prisoner in 1967.

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Gaia Earth Theory talk
features Stephan Harding

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Stephan Harding, a proponent of the Gaia Theory of Earth, will be in Costa Rica May 10 to give a public talk.

He holds a doctorate in ecology from Oxford University, a degree in zoology from the University of Durham, and has many years experience of ecological field research and of teaching at university level, according to his publisher, Chelsea Green. He wrote "Animate Earth," a 2006 book expanding on the theory.

According to the Gaia Theory, named after the Greek goddess of the Earth, the planet is far from dead. Instead, it should be seen as a complex, interactive system.

This systems approach shows that many aspects regulate the conditions on the earth. The theory has relevance to global warming and cooling.

The 30-year-old theory is not unique to Harding but he has worked alongside many of the world’s leading experts on ecological thought and action, including Jonathon Porritt, Fritjof Capra, Arne Naess, Joanna Macy, Hazel Henderson and James Lovelock, with whom he has collaborated for many years on the development of the theory, said his publisher.

The presentation will be from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the auditorium of the Ciudad Científica of the Universidad de Costa Rica in San Pedro. The talk is free.

The event is being sponsored here by the Initiative Tierra Viva, which is supported by the British Embassy.

Child needing bone marrow
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Alice Daniela Abarca, a child who needs a bone marrow transplant, has the money for such an operation, thanks to Costa Ricans who raised 16 million colons, some $31,000.

President Óscar Arias Sánchez topped off the collection Wednesday by kicking in 1 million colons, some $1,925. Arias is using his presidential salary to make gifts to those in need.

The  Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social added 4.5 million colons more, some $8,650. However, much of the money came from campaigns staged by the Spanish-language media.

The Hospital Nacional de Niños has the staff and equipment to do the transplant, but the matching marrow must be brought in from elsewhere because a suitable match in not available here, said Gabriela Barboza, the girl's mother.

The girl suffered from leukemia when she was 2 years old.

All were at a ceremony Wednesday in Casa Presidencial.

Hospital Calderón trial
begins at end of month

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A man who faces 19 counts of murder on the allegation that he started the fire at Hospital Calderón Guardia will go to trial May 28, according to a spokesperson for the Poder Judicial.

The man  has the last names of  Ledezma Sánchez. The July 12, 2005, blaze destroyed the surgical recovery wing of the public hospital and routed all the patients and the staff. The blaze started in a storeroom.

Judicial officials said that at least 27 witnesses will be heard and that the trial is scheduled to last three months.

The suspect was detained more than a year ago and continues in preventative detention.

Immigration changes hours
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By the A.M., Costa Rica staff

The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería is suffering from power cuts at its La Uruca location, so it has changed the hours for today and Friday. The offices will open at 9 a.m. and stay open until 5 p.m. The usually time is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The immigration department was thrown a curve Wednesday. The Compañia Nacional de Fuerza y Luz said it would suspend power to the area at 3 p.m. So the department scheduled a workday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

So the power company cut the juice at 7 a.m., frustrating the efforts to work around the blackouts, said Mario Zamora, director general.

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Borrowing money not illegal, Villalobos lawyer tells court
By Dennis Rogers
A.M. Costa Rica special correspondent

Oral arguments have ended at the Oswaldo Villalobos trial, after more than three months of testimony and debate. Approximately 100 witnesses appeared, most of them victims of the collapse of the high-interest investment operation run by Oswaldo’s brother Luis Enrique. The verdict on charges of money laundering, fraud, and illegal banking will be read May 16.

Most of the day was dedicated to closing arguments by defense lawyer Federico Campos, continuing his performance from Monday afternoon. In a monotonous drone he summarized the defense case against the charges of illegal banking and accounting irregularities, at one time talking nearly non-stop for more than 90 minutes. The fraud charges had already been covered in detail by fellow lawyer Rodrigo Araya.

Campos emphasized that the money-capture system used by Luis Enrique was not illegal. He noted that even in his Cartago neighborhood there is a “prestimista,” or loan shark.

According to the defense’s reading of the law pertaining to financial intermediation or unauthorized banking, for the money capture as practiced by Luis Enrique to be formal and regulated he would have to issue some sort of certificate that could be traded on secondary markets and was guaranteed by him. That would involve what the regulations refer to as “bearing risk” on the part of the issuer.

Numerous businesses do capture money in an official manner in Costa Rica, and Campos showed a sample of newspaper ads from companies that do so in a public way. Luis Enrique’s operation was always private and just provided him with working capital for his other businesses, he said.

No such certificate was involved until the captured money went into local mutual funds. The undated checks Luis Enrique issued to investors were not tradable, so he and Oswaldo were not committing financial intermediation, Campos said.

Campos attacked investigators Manuel Roldán and Isabel Flores of the Judicial Investigating Organization, noting they had no academic credentials in the field and that it was Ms. Flores’ first case of this sort. When they could not find the source of Luis Enrique’s success, they jumped to the conclusion that it was a Ponzi scheme. “Isn’t there such a thing as business secrets?” asked Campos.
Not even long-time Villalobos business associate Bobby Cox had brought to light a scheme Campos described as key to Luis Enrique Villalobos’ ability to earn enough money to pay the high interest rate he offered investors. The defense referred several times to their expert witness Gerardo Sanabria, who apparently was going to describe Luis Enrique’s money-making prowess. He was not allowed to testify in detail due to perceived bias. What he did say under questioning was highly damaging to the defense.     

The plan described by Campos seemed to involve Oswaldo Villalobos charging “juicy commissions” for cashing checks drawn on mostly U.S. banks, then taking advantage of the lag between the 3 to 5 days it actually takes to clear an international check and the 30+ days the government banks in Costa Rica hold funds. Oswaldo would then circulate the frozen amounts and charge a 1 to 5 percent commission on each check changed. Most of those present in the courtroom seemed baffled by Campos’ explanation.

Alleged accounting fraud at the Ofinter S.A. exchange house owned by Oswaldo were dismissed by Campos as the work of underlings and not Oswaldo himself. He had managers at each branch and auditors who were responsible, the lawyer said.

When Campos finished the prosecution had a chance to reply, which government prosecutor Walter Espinoza used to clarify some points he found deceptive. He defended the searches of the various offices associated with the Villalobos and of Oswaldo’s house. Sorting third-party papers at the time was impractical, and the warrant was for the whole dwelling. Indeed, he said, six boxes of documents were found in a bathroom. Defense lawyers had alleged that searches were defective.

The defense had argued against the use of legal books belonging to Oswaldo’s daughter Ana Leonor. Among her papers was found a copy of what Espinoza called the now “extremely famous” Alternative Emergency System, which described procedures to follow if both Villalobos brothers were not available. The prosecution has argued that this document suggests a pre-meditated intent to disappear in the event of trouble from investors. In fact, Luis Enrique Villalobos still is a fugitive.

Ewald Acuña, representing civil plaintiffs, helped by pointing out that the check-cashing scheme described by Campos might work with at least a 3.5 percent commission, but this was not to be found in the international financial system. Acuña then repeated much of his fraud allegation with accompanying diagrams until asked to finish by the court.

The decision demands $810,895.94
U.S. court reaches out and touches resort operators here
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A federal court case is moving forward in the United States that has widespread ramifications for anyone doing business here with U.S. citizens.

The case shows that at least U.S. citizens doing business in Costa Rica under certain circumstances can be haled into U.S. court for actions that take place in Costa Rica.

The facts are straight forward.

March 6, 2005, a U.S. citizen and Florida resident Richard Oldfield went for a boat ride in the Pacific. He was a guest at Parrot Bay Village in Puerto Jiménez on the Osa Peninsula. The boat, the 29-foot sports fishing craft, hit heavy seas. Oldfield was knocked from his seat and injured his back.

The details are provided in the complaint that Oldfield and his lawyers filed with U.S. District Court in Miami Sept. 27, 2005. The complaint said that the skipper should have turned around when he met heavy water and, therefore, was guilty of negligence. The suit asked for in excess of $75,000 and a jury trial.

The complaint also says that Parrot Bay Village is the trade name of a Costa Rican corporation but the owners are U.S. citizens. The boat was under separate ownership, also a Costa Rican corporation, but with the same principals.

On April 4, 2006, the deputy clerk of the court, Lorraine Sandelin, entered a default judgment, meaning that Parrot Bay and Iffy Iffy de Osa S.A., the owner of the boat, did not appear to contest the complaint.

On June 28, 2006, a default judgment was entered against the defendants  for $810,895.94.  That appears to have gotten the attention of Parrot Bay and the boat owner, so their lawyers finally contested the default verdict Aug. 3, 2006. They sought to set aside the default judgment.

At a hearing last March 8 before Stephen T. Brown, a magistrate judge in the judicial district the operators of the resort were identified as Arthur Augustensen, Jr. of New Jersey and  Sean Weaver of South Carolina. They argued that the court had no jurisdiction over them and that they were improperly served the initial summons for the case.

The magistrate judge found that Parrot Bay maintains an Internet site seeking business in the United States and that "In this case, the defendants are not licensed in Florida, and have no employees, officers, property, telephone number or mailing address in Florida. Plaintiff relies on several other contacts to establish jurisdiction.
"The first is the defendants' presence in 2005 at a 'Ladies Let's Go Fishing' seminar in Islamorada, Florida, at which 'representatives from Parrot Bay attended the seminar and handed out brochures about Parrot Bay . . . . ' Additionally, the boat on which plaintiff was allegedly injured was one of two fishing boats purchased from a manufacturer in Miami, Florida, in 2001-2002."

Eventually the magistrate judge found that the activities of Parrot Bay did not  mean they were doing business in Florida and were not subject to jurisdiction in that state. However, he said in a decision that a special section of federal law allows a federal court to assume jurisdiction if a court can "aggregate a foreign defendant's nationwide contacts to allow for service of process provided that two conditions are met: (1) plaintiffs claims must 'arise under federal law;' and, (2) the exercise of jurisdiction must be 'consistent with the Constitution and laws of the United States.'"

Because the incident in this case occurred on navigable waters, the first part of the test is met, the magistrate judge said in his decision. He also paid attention to  the stateside residences of the two defendants and that Parrot Bay had a bank account at one time, advertised in a U.S. fishing magazine and promoted the resort by word of mouth in New Jersey. Parrot Bay also donated a trip to a New Jersey charity fund raiser, said the judge.

"By this advertising and solicitation activity, as well as the maintenance of a bank account and post office box, the court finds that the defendants have purposefully established minimum contacts with the United States as a whole such that they have invoked the benefits and protections of its laws, and that they should reasonably anticipate being haled into court here. said the magistrate judge in his decision, rendered last March 27.

Consequently the magistrate judge declined to throw out the $810,895.94 judgment.

In another order Wednesday, the magistrate judge said that a stay against execution of the order will be lifted May 18 unless the defendants put up a $850,000 bond. He said he thought the default judgment was appropriate. His written decision suggested that the defendants are continuing the appeal.

Oldfield, the man who hurt his back, provided the documents in the case but he said he could not make any oral comments.

However, he suggested that his lawyers would seek to collect the judgment by targeting the defendants assets in Costa Rica.

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Hemispheric anti-terror report critical of Venezuela and Cuba
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The threat of a major terrorist attack remains low for most countries in the Western Hemisphere, according to a new State Department report.

The rport, inssued Monday, said most governments in the region took modest steps to improve their counterterrorism capabilities and tighten border security.

Terrorism in the Western Hemisphere came primarily from organizations based in Colombia and by the remnants of radical leftist Andean region groups, said the report, which covers the year 2006.

Except for the United States and Canada where suspected terrorists were prosecuted, the region had no known operational cells of Islamic terrorists.  The report said, however, that pockets of ideological supporters and facilitators in South America and the Caribbean lent “financial, logistical, and moral support” to terrorist groups in the Middle East.

The United States enjoyed solid cooperation on terror-related matters from most hemisphere partners, and maintained “excellent” intelligence, law enforcement, and legal assistance relations with most countries in the region, said the report.

Mexico and Canada were called key partners against terrorism and for U.S. homeland security.  U.S. cooperation with those countries, according to the report, was broad and deep.

Mexico represented primarily a terrorist transit threat, and the Mexican government worked with the United States to enhance aviation, border, maritime, and transportation security to secure critical infrastructure, and to combat terrorism financing.  Canada collaborated extensively with the United States on a broad array of initiatives, exercises and joint operations that spanned virtually all agencies and every level of government, said the report.

Mexico also was singled out along with Panamá and El Salvador for making “serious prevention and preparedness efforts against terrorists.  However, other countries in the region were said to lack urgency and resolve to address deficiencies in their counterterrorism posture.”

Caribbean and Central American nations, “recognizing their attractiveness and vulnerability to attack or transit by terrorists, took steps to improve their border controls and to secure key infrastructure,” said the report.  It added that most countries in the region began to look “seriously at
possible connections between transnational criminals and terrorist organizations.”

Costa Rica embarked on a program to bring its seaports and airports up to international security standards. For example, better fencing and access control was installed for the Limón facilities.

Colombia merited special praise for emerging as a regional leader in improving counterterrorism capabilities and for strengthening political will to combat terrorism in the Western Hemisphere.

The United States remained fully committed to helping Colombia defeat Colombian-based terrorist groups, said the report.  The Colombian government also increased its efforts with neighboring countries to thwart terrorist expansion, investigate terrorist activities inside and outside Colombia, seize assets and bring terrorists to justice.

Venezuela, meanwhile, merited criticism for not cooperating fully with U.S. anti-terrorism efforts.

The report said Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez persisted in public criticism of U.S. counterterrorism efforts, deepened Venezuelan relationships with two state sponsors of terrorism — Iran and Cuba — and was unwilling to prevent Venezuelan territory from being used as a safe haven by Colombian-based terror groups.

The report said it remained unclear to what extent the Venezuelan government provided material support to Colombian terrorists.  However, limited amounts of weapons and ammunition — some from official Venezuelan stocks and facilities — have turned up in the hands of Colombian terrorist organizations.  The report said the Venezuelan government did not systematically police the Venezuelan-Colombian border to prevent the movement of groups of armed terrorists or to interdict arms or the flow of narcotics.

Cuba received criticism for continuing to oppose publicly the U.S.-led coalition prosecuting the war on terror.  To U.S. knowledge, Cuba did not attempt to track, block, or seize terrorist assets, although it had the authority to do so, according to the report.

The report said the Cuban government provided safe haven to members of foreign terrorist groups, and maintained close relationships with other state sponsors of terrorism.

The Cuban regime continued to permit U.S. fugitives to live legally in Cuba.  The U.S. fugitives include convicted murderers, two of whom killed police officers.

Bush and Uribe push for approval of free trade deal between U.S. and Colombia
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire  services

U.S. President George Bush and Colombian President Alvaro Uribe are calling for U.S. legislators to ratify a free-trade agreement with Colombia. 

Bush said the free-trade agreement will be good for employers, farmers, and workers in the United States and Colombia.

Following a White House meeting with the Colombian leader, Bush said it is more than a trade vote. He said the agreement sends a signal to South America that Washington stands with nations willing to make hard decisions.

"This agreement has strategic implications," Bush said. "It is very important for this nation to stand with democracies that protect human rights and human dignity, democracies based upon the rule of law.
The agreement, concluded last year, would remove trade barriers in the service sector and provide a legal framework for U.S. investments in Colombia.  U.S. trade representatives say it would better enforce labor and environmental laws, protect intellectual property rights, and establish a system for better settling trade disputes.

Some congressional Democrats, including the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Charles Rangel, have expressed concerns about the deal's safeguards for worker rights. 

There have also been private sector complaints about Colombian sugar imports hurting U.S. producers.

Colombia's free-trade agreement must be approved by both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee before being considered by the full Congress.

Former soldier convicted of role in massacre of priests deported to El Salvador
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. authorities have deported a former Salvadoran army officer who was convicted of involvement in the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador.

Officials in Los Angeles say Gonzalo Guevara Cerritos was flown back to El Salvador  Monday. He was arrested in Los Angeles last October for illegally entering the United States in January 2005.

Guevara Cerritos was one of several soldiers convicted in
El Salvador in connection with the killings of the priests, their female housekeeper, and her teenage daughter.

The 1989 massacre happened at a university in the capital, San Salvador. At the time, Jesuits were calling for a peaceful and negotiated end to El Salvador's civil war, and some in the army considered the priests to be subversives.

In 1991, a Salvadoran court also convicted Guevara Cerritos of conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism. He was placed under house arrest for two years, before being pardoned by the government under a 1993 amnesty.

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Here are the planned outages for today and Friday
There will be more electrical outages today and Friday, according to the power companies.

The following planned outages have been announced by the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz for today and Friday.

From 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Desamparados centro to the vicinity of the Cruz Roja, Calle Fallas,  El Porvenir, Gravilias, Río Azul, all of Patarrá, Dos Cercas, San  Antonio, La Colina, Río Azul, (not including Tirrases), San Rafael Arriba,  San Miguel, Higuito, Los Guido, La Capri, El Llano, Jericó, Aserrí,  Tarbaca, all of Alajuelita, San Josecito, San Felipe, vicinity of the Clínica  Solón Nuñez. San Francisco de Dos Ríos, La Pacífica, Sector of the motels, vicinity of Café Rey, Quesada Durán, Zapote centro and viciniity, from Palí in Curridabat to the west, Multiplaza del Este,  Registro Nacional. La Carpio, Parque de Diversiones, Repretel,  Rositer Carballo, INCESA.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

San Juan de Tibás total (not including the vicinity of ICE La Florida), all of Colima, all of Cuatro Reina, León XIII, Piuses, Garabito, all of Uruca, all of Cinco Esquinas, Radial de Calle Blancos (not including the vicinity of the Urb. El Encanto), all of Pavas, Rincón Grande, Santa Fe, Metrópolis. Guadalupe centro the vicinity of Clínica Católica. Santa  Rosa de Sto. Domingo, Barrio México and vicinity. Guadalupe  centro, vicinity of the Centro Comercial Guadalupe, vicinity of the  Iglesia Betania and Iglesia Sta Teresita, Sindustrial sector of  Pavas,  Jacks to the fire station to the U.S. Embassy (not including the section northeast of the embassy). Sabana,  Canal 7 vicinity, Avenida 10. vicinity of the  Cementerio Obrero and Sala  Garbo. vicinity of Super Anonos y Pops in Escazú. San Antonio de  Belén centro, Calle Potrerillos, vicinity of Plaza La Asunción, San  Rafael Ojo de Agua to Pieles Costarricenses.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Barrio Cuba and vicinity, all of Hatillo (except Hatillo 2 and vicinity of Brenes Mesén). Sabana Sur, Avenida 6 vicinity de La Sabana,  Sagrada Familia. San Rafael Abajo, San Juan de Dios de  Desamparados, Bello Horizonte and San Antonio de Escazú, Escazú  centro, from the east side of the church iglesia de Escazúsouth to Barrio  el Carmen (inclusive), Bebedero de Escazú, El Monasterio , Calle  Jaboncillos, from Centro Comercial Paco south to the Cruz Roja,  Barrio Corazón de Jesús. all of Santa Ana, Salitral, Pozos. Autopista  Próspero Fernández and vicinity, Multiplaza y Guachipelín. all of Santa  Bárbara de Heredia, vicinity of Café Britt, San Pedro de Sta Bárbara, Puente Salas, Pulpería La Máquina to the north, Finca La Amada  to the north.

From 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Moravia centro, all of Sabanilla, Los Cuadros, Purral, Vista de Mar,  Rancho Redondo, Llano Grande, all of San Pedro, Betania, UCR,  Cedros, Sta. Marta, Los Guayabos. San Ramón, Mata de Plátano,
vicinity of Chacón Paut, from Motores Británicos in Curridabat east to the antigua Galera, from the antigua Galera, north along Calle  Vega to the water tanque, from Motores Britanicos,south to thenew Banco Nacional building and west to the Municipalidad de  Curridabat, vicnity of the antigua IREX, Montesacro. San Miguel and  San Luis de Santo Domingo, Sto. Tomás de Sto. Domingo, Sto.  Domingo centro, Barrio San Martín and nearby, Coronado,  Cascajal, Patio de Agua, San Rafael, Las Nubes, Dulce Nombre.

From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

San Joaquín de Flores, San Lorenzo, San Roque, Barva, San Jose de  La Montaña, Santo Domingo El Roble, Chaute, Carrizal. Calle Rusia.  La Asunción and La Ribera de Belén, from the park of San Antonio de  Belén north, vicinity of  Club español. Los Lagos de Heredia,  Lagunilla, Barreal, La Aurora.

Alrededores de Conducen and La  Cervecería. Curridabat centro y all of Tirrases, vicinity of the  Colegio de  ingenieros, San Diego de Tres Ríos, Lomas de Ayarco Los Pinares,  Haciaenda Vieja, all of La Unión de Tres Ríos, Concepción y Dulce  Nombre de Ochomogo, Quebrada El Fierro, Kativo. Radial Santa Ana  Belén south section, vicinities of Matra and Forum.

These outages are planned by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad for today and Friday.

7 a.m. to 10 a.m.

 Liberia - Guatuso, Arenal - Cañas: Pueblo Nuevo, Moracia, Curime   Bijagua, Rio Naranjo, El Areno, Santa Rosa, Canalete, Upala, Quebradon, Las Milpas, Moreno Cañas, Santa Clara, El  Fosforo, Colonia Puntarenas, Chimurria, Caño Negro, El Jobo. Arenal, Mata Caña, La Union, Sagregado, Sta Eulalia, La Tigra, El Venado, Lindora, Linda Vista, El Castillo, Jicarito, San  Antonio, Saíno, La Cabanga. Pueblos De Bebedero, Rancho Horizonte, Paso Hondo, Ingenio Taboga, Mag, Curtds, Estanques Terrapez.

Tarcoles - Jaco:  Batalla, Ceiba, Punta Leona, Parcelas de Barón, Oricuajo, Quebrada Ganado, Santa Rita, Capulin, Villa Caletas, Pueblo de  Herradura, Jaco, Playa Hermosa, Quebrada Amarilla, Tulin, Esterillos, La Loma

Norte de Alajuela -Atenas -Ciruelas -San Ramón - Palmares:  La Ceiba, Calle Loría, Tambor, Sabanilla, Itiquís, Pilas, San Isidro, Chaparra, Fraijanes, Poasito, hasta Tuetal Norte  Atenas Centro, San Isidro, Angeles, Santa Eulalia,Avícola Ricura, Escobal Bo San José  Ciruelas Centro, Calle Los Llanos, Quivel, Tropigas,Canicas,Calle Sanchez, La Pradera, Rincón Chiquito  En San Ramón: Piedades Norte, La Esperanza, Bajo Zúñiga, La Paz, Copán, Tres Marías, Urb. Los Tucanes, Sector Oeste  Estadio  En Palmares: Palmares Centro, Esquipulas, La Granja, Calle Brujos  En Palmares: Candelaria, Zaragoza, Cocaleca, Santiago, Calle Vargas, B° Santa Fé, Quebradas, Rincón de Zaragoza.

Turrialba - Juan Viñas  - Tres Equis - Cachí - Aquiares, El Recreo, Distrito Santa Cruz total, Santa Rosa, San Juan Norte y Sur  Juan Viñas, La Victoria, Naranjo  Las Américas, Calle Puntarenas, Aragón, UNED, INS, Transtusa, Calle Vieja, Alto Cruz hasta Mon Río  Purisil, Tapantí  Cachí, El Congo, La Represa, San Jerónimo, San Miguel, La Chaparra

Moín -Siquirres - Limón:  Changuinola  Villa del mar, Pueblo Nuevo, Corales, Pacuare, Santa Eduviges, Cangrejos, Muelle Moín  Freehold, Indianas, el Mangal, La Guaria, Siquirres centro, Invu Nuevo y Viejo. 

Alrededores de San  Isidro:  Villa Ligia, Calle Licho, Loma Verde, Sinaí, Alto de Alonso, Brasilia, San Andrés, Santa Cecilia, Sector Y Griega, Sector  Bomba Coopeagri, Bº El Prado, Bº Liceo Unesco, Sector Gasoytica, San Luis, Bº Boston, Tierra Prometida, Bº Cementerio,  Ciudadela Blanco, San Isidro centro, Pedregoso, Santa Rosa, Savegre, San Ramón Sur, Santa Eduviges.

Cotos - Zancudo - Laurel - Javillos: Coto63, Coto58, Coto54, Coto49 ,Coto47, Coto42-45, Coto44, Tamarindo, Naranjo, Zancudo, Pavones, Roble, Laurel.  Santa Rita, La Unión, Sabanilla, Javillo, Tablas, Vueltas, Clavera, Paso Real, Bajos Coto, Sabalo, Colorado, Altamira, Biolley.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Liberia Barrios del  Norte- Arenal - Tilarán:  Del Puente de Liberia hasta Bramadero, Barrio Los Angeles, IMAS, San Roque, Corazón de Jesús, Buenos Aires, Curime
Nazareth, Pueblo Nuevo, Chorotega, INVU Viejo y Nuevo, La Gallera, Santa Ana, Jícaro, Rojas Chaves, Martina Bustos, Las  Brisas, Los Encinos  Libano, Tilaran Centro, Tronadora, San Luis, Rio Chiquito, San Antonio, La Cabra

Puntarenas Centro - Caldera - Mata Limón - Esparza - Macacona: Puntarenas Centro, desde el Cocal hasta La Punta  Caldera, Juanilama de ALUNASA hacia Caldera, Mata de Limon por Escuela  Esparza Centro, Juanilama, Sn Juan, Sn Jeronimo, Macacona, Sn Roque

Sector Este de  Alajuela - Sector  Noreste de Alajuela - Puriscal - Sectores  Palmares - Sectores  de Naranjo - Zarcero - Bajos del Toro:  Invu Las Cañas,La Giralda, El Erizo hasta la Cuesta del Cacique, los Targuaces, Urb. Aledañas  all of Desamparados, Brasil, Guadalupe, Carrizal, Los Cartagos, Alrededores de la Agonia Urb. Don Bosco Sector del  Colegio Redentorista, Urb. La Babilonia, Brasil, all of Puriscal, Junquillos Arriba y Abajo,Salitrales, Cerbatana, La Legua Sta. Marta, Pedernal, S. Antonio, Naranjito .  En Palmares: Buenos Aires, Y Griega, Tres Marías, Bajo la Cabra, Calle Real, Calle Jiménez, Calle Ramírez.  En Naranjo: Rosario, San Miguel, Pilas, Dulce Nombre, Pitigüirra, Calle las Rosas, Calle El Llano  En Alfaro Ruiz: Zarcero, Laguna, Palmira, Bajos del Toro 

Turrialba - Azul: Recope, Sictaya, Nuevos Horizontes, El Coyol, La Haciendita, Campabadal, Carmen Lyra, El Repasto, El Mora, La Isabe to the Plaza de Azul, Clorito Picado  Azul, Guayabo, Peralta, Santa Teresita, San Ramón, Pascua, Bonilla, Tres Equis  Celulosa, CONAIR, Javillos, Mollejones, Sitio Mata, Pacayitas

Cahuíta - Puerto Viejo  - Manzanillo - Sixaola  La Rita - Fincas de la  1 a la 11:  Changuinola  Río Blanco, Santa Rita, Bufalo., Beverly, Cahuita, Puerto Viejo, Cocles, Manzanillo, Sixaola  La Rita, La Colonia, La Unión, RTV, La Teresa, La Javillana, Horquetas, Fcas 1 a la 11 

Vicinity of Pejivalle -Carretera San Isidro - Dominical: Barrio Los Angeles, Monte General, Baidambú, Calle Jara, Quebrada Honda, La Angostura, Pacuar, Cristo Rey, Los Reyes  San Juan Bosco, La Suiza, Mollejones, Platanares, Las Mesas, San Pablo, San Carlos, San Antonio, Bolivia, Pejibaye, El  Aguila, Zapote.

Carretera San Isidro - Dominical  Pista las Lagunas, Pavones, Las Esperanzas, Rosario de Pacuar, Pacuarito, Alto San Juan, La Alfombra, San Salvador, San  Juan de Dios, Barú, Dominical, Escaleras, Playa Hermosa, Uvita, Bahía, Ventanas

Alrededores  Carretera Río Claro - Golfito - Alrededores  Gutierrez Brown:  Colegio Rio Claro, km24, km20, km16 ,Las Trenzas, Pueblo Nuevo, La Campiña, Sta Lucía, La Mona, Golfito Centro.  Las Brisas,Poma,La Administración, Santa Elena, Palmira.
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Sandillal - Entrada  Upala - Rio Chiquito - Montenegro - Montano - Bagaces  Centro- San Antonio - Las Palmas - Vista  Mar - Punta Islita - Playa Coyote - San  Juan Cadelillo:  Sandillal, Corobici, Entrada Carretera Int. Upala Hasta Rio Chiquito De Bagaces (Tenorio, Nueva Guatemala, Palmira).  Mojica, Montenegro, Agua Caliente, Montano, Bagatsi, Bagaces Centro,  San Antonio, Las Palmas, La Uned, Empresas Chani Mora, Finca Chalo Elizondo y La Virgen  Vista De Mar, Porvenir, Los
Angeles, Quebrada Grande, Jabillos, La Ygriega, San Francisco Coyote, San Jorge, San Juan  Candelillo, Quebrada Nando, Playa Coyote, Hotel Playa Caletas, La Javilla, Playa San Miguel, Bejuco, Corozalito, Islita, Hote  Punta Islita

Orotina - San Mateo - Desmontes - Barranca Centro - El  Roble Viejo: Orotina, San Mateo, Desmontes  Centro de Barranca, La China, El Roble Viejo, Manuel Mora, El INVU

Sector Este del  Colegio Marista - Alrededores de San  Pedro de Poás - Sectores de Grecia: Desde el Marista hacia el Este, Urbanización Ciruelas, Paso Flores  Cacao, Las Horquideas, Calle Vargas, Quebradas de Poas, San Pedro de Poás Total hasta San Juan Norte, Vokar, not including Chilamate  Cebadilla, Calle la Garita, Calle Limón, As de Oros,   Desde la Subestación hasta el Recloser de Ciruelas por el Cruce de Línea , Rincon Herrera, Rincon de Monge, Parte de San  Antonio del Tejar, Roble Total y Sectores Aledaños a la Calle desde S. Antonio hasta La Independencia

Sectores de San En Grecia: Angeles, Cajón, Carbonal, San Miguel  Ramón - Sectores de  Naranjo:  En San Ramón: Angeles, El Llamarón, San Juan, Concepción, San Isidro, La Guaria, Calle Ramírez, Calle Fernández,
Cachera, La Balsa  En Naranjo: Llano Bonito, San Juan, Candelaria, Concepción, San Roque, Palmitos, San Rafael, San Antonio.

Sectores de la Suiza:  Atirro, Eslabón, Florencia, La Suiza, Tayutic, Grano de Oro, Alto Quetzal, San Joaquín.

Sectores de Pejiballe - Sectores de Orosi  El Humo, Oriente, Pejiballe, Tucurrique  La Anita, La Castilla, La Laguna (Paraíso), La Troya, Orosi, Palomo, Sanchirí.

Alrededores de  Entrada de Limón:  Changuinola, Urba Isaís Marchena, Predio Cobal, UCR, INA, Colina, Limoncito, Envaco, Cocos, Limón centro, Siglo 21, Codela y Siquirres  carretera entre  Cairo, La Alegría, la Represa Florida, Codela, Germania, Earth, Recyco, Iroquois por la pista

Alrededores de la ruta  San Isidro - Buenos  Aires: El Pilar, Cajón, San Pedro, La Unión, Convento, Cacao, Volcán, Santa Marta, Ceibo, Buenos Aires, Brujo, Potrero Grande,  Boruca

Río Claro - Palmar  Norte:  Villa Briceño,Venecia,Villa Bonita,Villa Colón,San Francisco,Olla Cero,La Palma,Palmar Sur,Fca 2-4, Fca 6-11, Fca 5, Fca 7,
Sierpe, Palmar Norte, Cajón, Ciudad Cortés, Ojo de Agua, San Buenavenrtura, Punta Mala,Tortuga, Ventanas, Ojochal.

Liberia - Aeropuerto -Ina, UCR, Proyectos Construcción y Comercios Margen Izquierda, Carretera Liberia-Guardia.

Alrededores de   Cañas Centro: Cañas Centro, Barrios Pedregal, Bello Horizonte, El Vergel, Los Malinches, Barrio Kennedy, San Pedro, San Cristobal,  Unión, INVU, San Martin, Las Palmas, Chorotega y El

4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Carretera Liberia - El Capulín, El Sitio, El Aserradero, Burger King, San Antonio, Tres Marías, El Mercado Municipal, Cambalache, El Gallo  Curubandé, Irigaray, Guadalupe, Las Delicias, Colorado, Cañas Dulces, Pital, Borinquen, Ahogados, Potrerillos, Quebrada

Centro  de Puntarenas - Parrita - Quepos: Cocal, Chacarita, 20 Noviembre, Fray Casiano   La Loma, Guapinol, Chires Abajo, Caserìo los sueños, La Palma de Parrita, Proyecto de Empacadora de Banano Frutas  Selectas, Playa Bandera, Playon, Los Angeles de Parrita,Aserradero San Ignacio, La Vuelta, Las Mesas, Chirraca, Subres,  Vasconia, El Rey, Bijagual de Acosta, Caspirola, Vegas de Acosta, La Fila, Asobipa, El INVU de Parrita, Sitradique, Parrita
Centro, La Julieta, Pueblo Nuevo, Finca La Ligia, Arrocera la Julieta, Isla Palo Seco, Hotel la Isla, Palo Seco Viejo, Palo Seco  Nuevo, Finca Nicoya, Finca las Vueltas o Canfinera, Barbudal, Rio seco, Finca Pirrìs, Valeria, San Antonio de Damas,  Parcelas de Damas, Damas, Cerros, San Rafael de Cerros, El Estero de Damas, Isla Damas, Paquita, Boca Vieja, El  colegio, El Muelle, La Zona de Quepos, Quepos Centro, Barrio Arenal, Bella Vista Parcial, Super 2000, Iglesia Cuadrangular,  Finca Los Alfaro, Por Puente de Lolo, Rancho Grande Parcial, Hospital Viejo, El Cocal de Quepos.

 Alrededores plaza El  Carmén -Alrededores Norte de  Alajuela - Alrededore  de Tururcares - Alrededores de Villa  Bonita - Alrededores  de Atenas - Alrededores de San  Ramón - Alrededores  de Grecia: Sector Oeste de la Plaza El Carmen, Urb. Baviera, Lotes Llobet, Parte Cristo Rey, Sector Oeste y Norte de Calle Ancha,  Antiguo Hospital y Urb. Montenegro Entrada por el Gimnasio del Instituto de Alajuela, Costado Noreste de la Corte, San  Turrucares, San Miguel de Turrucares, Indo Park,Calle los Llanos Parcial, Siquiares. Monserrat, Lotes Murillo, Parte de Villa Bonita, Mall Internacional, Kentucky, Urb. El Cafetal, La Tropicana, Lotes San Lu Desde la Subestación Garita, Balsa, Esc. Ganadería, Asilo Ancianos, Camino a San Mateo (Sabana Larga, Estanquillos),hasta Cuchillas en Desmontes y Bo Jesús. En San Ramón: Piedades Sur, Quebradillas, Zapotal, La Guaria, Sn Francisco En San Ramón: Santiago, Calle Zamora, Río Jesús, Balboa, La Colina, Super Pro, Calle León, El Empalme, Rincón Orozco, Magallanes En Grecia: San Roque de Grecia, Sector de Mesón a La Cooperativa En Grecia: Arena, San Isidro, Santa Gertrudis, El Cedro, Calle Achiote, Calle Rodríguez, San Francisco

Alrededores  Carretera Santa Rosa  - Penshurt - Alrededores de  Cariari - Tortuguero - Colorado:  Changuinola  Bomba de gasolina Borocho, Santa Rosa, La Bomba, Bananito, Penshurt, Valle de la Estrella, Bribri, Amubri, Shiroles  Najera, Astua Pirie, Cariari, Ticaban, Campo 2,3,4,5 4 Esquinas, Tortuguero y Colorado

Alredores Carretera  Dominical - Manuel  Antonio:  Hatillo, La Guapil, Matapalo, Portalon, El Pasito, Savegre, El Silencio, Santo Domingo Quebrada Arroyo, Savegre, Marítima  La Mona, La Llorona, El Roncador, Bartolo, Naranjito, Londres, Villa Nueva, Esquipulas, Sabalo, Bijagual, Cerritos,  Concepción, La Gallega, Inmaculada, El Estadio, Colinas del Este

Alrededores de  Sabalito  Salas Vindas, Campo2, Campo 2 1/2, Campo 3, Copabuena,Santo Domingo,Agua Buena, Cañas Gordas, San Francisco, Valle  Azul, Copal, San Bosco, San Rafael, Sabalito, La Unión, Valle Hermoso, San Miguel, Río Negro, La Lucha, Piedra Candela, San  Joaquín, Lourdes.

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Alrededores carretera  Liberia - Guardia - Papagayo - Alredores  Zona Este de Upala —  Nosara:  Proyectos Construcción y comercios margen derecha, carretera Liberia - Guardia, Laboratorio Franklin Chang, Earth,  Residencial La América, Bombeo de Agua Proyecto Papagayo.  Aguas Claras, Valle Verde, Rio Negro, San Jose Upala, Popoyoapa, Birmania, Brasilia, Las Armenias, La Gloria, Sta Rosa  San Isidro, Las Milpas, Porvenir, Cuatro Bocas, San Jose, Upala, La Victoria, Mexico, Upala, Gerico, Santa Cecilia, San  Cristobal  Zapotal, Rio Blanco, Rio Oro, Monterromo, Pilangosta, El Socorro Pitarayada, Palmares, Betania, Lajas, Santa Marta,  Estrada, Rio Ora, El Silencio,San Pedro, El Carmen, Carrillo, Samara, San Fernando, Terciopelo, Maquenco, Cuesta  Grande, Naranjal, Zaragoza, Santa Elena, Belen, Caimital, Cuajiniquil,

Caimatalito, Buena Vista, Esterones, Barco Quebrado,  Playa Guiones, Panama, Garza, La Esperanza, Proyecto Americano, Nosara,Santa Elena, Arenales.

Alrededores  Carretera Barranca - Guacimal - Alrededores  Carretera Coyolar - Herradura:  Miramar, Guacimal, Sardinal, Chomes, El Palmar, La Pita, Costa de Pájaros y Punta Morales  Herradura-hacia la Playa, Los Sueños, Tárcoles, Guacalillo

Sector Oeste de  Alajuela - Alrededores  de Naranjo - Sarchí - Grecia:  Desde la Subestación El Coco, Montecillos, La Trinidad, Los Jardines, Pueblo Nuevo, Tuetal Sur ,Urb. Gregorio, Urb. Llanos  del Molino, La Barcelona, Sector Mega Super del Barrio San José  Desde Subestación El Coco, Pacto del Jocote, Villa Rica, El Coyol, Los Lagos , Riteve, Calle Los Llanos, Autopista hasta  Manolos, final de Rincón de Cacao, Bajo la Iguana, Carretera a San Ramón, Precario Rincón de Cacao, Carrillos de Póas  Total, Chilamate  En Valverde Vega: Sachí, San Pedro, Trojas, La Luisa, Alto Castro. En Grecia: San Luis y San Juan.  En Grecia: Tacares, Poró, Rincón de Salas, Cataluña, Puente de Piedra, Bodegas, Prendas.  En Naranjo: Lourdes, Cirrí, Los Robles and San Jerónimo

Alrededores carretera Siquirres - Pocora - Alrededores de  Guacimo - Alrededores Siquirres  - Zent: Changuinola  Freehold, Cairo, La Francia, Germania 1 y 2, Herediana, Siempre verde, Neguev, Carmen, Imperio, Las Catalinas, Barra de  Parismina.  El Hogar, Guácimo, Río Jiménez, Villa Franca, Santa Rosa, Fca Thames, Duacari  Bataán, Matina, Estrada, Cuba Creek, 28 Millas, La Perla 1,2 y3, Freeman 1,2 y3, Santa María, Bristol, Zent, Monte Verde

Alrededores  Carretera San Isidro  Dominical - Rivas - La  S - Hortencia - División - Cerro Buvis  - 3 de Junio:  El Clavel, Lourdes, Palmares, Repunta, Santa Margarita, Cocorí, El Hoyón, La Palma, La Guaria, El Roble, Alto San Juan,  Tinamastes, Platanillo, Santa Juana, Barú, Lagunas  Los Chiles, La Linda, General Viejo, Miraflores, Rivas, Canaan, San Gerardo, Pueblo Nuevo, La Bonita, Miravalles, Morazán,  Quebradas, Durán Picado, San Luis, La Hortencia, El Jardín, División, La Georgina, Cerro Buvis, Chespiritos, Tres de Junio.

Alrededores  Carretera Ciudad  Neily Paso -Canoas - La Cuesta - Cuervito -Bambito:   Abrojo, Coloradito, Darizara, La Mariposa, Canoas, Los Lotes, La Cuesta, La Palma, Colorado, Cuervito, Control, Bambito, Cenizo.

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