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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad has requested an 18.82 percent increase in the general electricity prices for 2018. The request arrives at a time when energy sales are declining and debt payment grows, said the Instituto.

The request is processed under file ET-064 before the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos since Sep. 28 and is still under review.  In 2016, the Instituto requested an increase of 9.75 percent.

If the new hike in prices is approved, the Instituto would be getting an extra income of $109 million to cover operating expenses and finance debts.

In Costa Rica, residential customers account for 87 percent of all subscribers to the Sistema Eléctrico Nacional. The remaining 13 percent are commercial and industrial consumers. That 87 percent equaled 1,484,000 households as of December 2016, according to statistics provided by the Autoridad.

For a family that currently consumes 120 kilowatts per month, the monthly charge would go from 9,400 colones to 10,600, a 1,200 hike. For these customers, the Instituto proposes a minimum consumption range from 0 to 40 kilowatt-hours which will cost from 3,500 colones.

In the 41 to 200 kilowatts block, the price of each additional kilowatt would go from 77.9 colones today to 88.38,  and the kilowatt would rise from 140.4 colones to 159.26 if consumption surpasses 200 kilowatts.

The Instituto argues that this increase would allow them to pay for increases in generation and transmission systems.
In 2016, the institute estimated the energy consumption for 2017 and 2018 would increase 3.5 percent and 3.1 percent respectively, which would justify their request for rate increases.
According to data from the National Center for Energy Control, the growth in electricity consumption this year was 0.38 percent as of August 2017.

The Instituto recorded a 65,596 colones million loss in the second quarter of the year, according to its latest financial statements. This is due to payment of loans used to finance works and less income from the sale of electricity.

Out of the debt,  52 percent was acquired due to work made at the Reventazón hydroelectric plant, located in Siquirres, Limón. The plant is valued at $1.57 million, according to the latest ICE investment plan published in May.

With its 306 megawatts, it is the largest hydroelectric power plant in Costa Rica and, according to ICE, the second largest infrastructure project in Central America after the expansion of the Panama Canal.

It was inaugurated on Sept. 16, 2016. The Cámara de Industrias de Costa Rica announced  its  opposition to the plan on Monday, through a statement.

If approved, consumers and businesses would pay 105 colones on average for each kilowatt, 20 colones more than was paid back in January 2017, according to Ricardo Solera, vice president of the chamber, who stressed the increase should be rejected.

The Cámara has repeatedly stated that the continuous increases in electricity prices put the country at a competitive disadvantage, because in regions such as Europe and North America, the price paid by the industry is almost half of what is paid in Costa Rica.

“We are really desperate,” said Solera. "Companies will lay their off staff if this increase is approved and some may choose to leave the country. We are no longer competitive and it seems that Instituto does not care."


Health ministry issues multiple alerts to country
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The health ministry has been sending out warnings to residents in Costa Rica particularly calling for people to not donate medications to others.

According to a Sunday statement by Dr. Karen Mayorga, the health minister, the delivery of medicines for emergency care in the affected areas is done only through the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. Dr. Mayorga further clarified that there are no shortages of medicines in the country at this time.

The health ministry warned that there may be incidents involving people going around asking for medicines to be donated. These calls should be ignored as they are taking advantage of the plight of people affected by the flood, the ministry said.

Furthermore, Salud requested that people do not attempt to self-medicate as that can cause dangerous allergic reactions or complications and even death in some instances. This is because an individual’s personal health characteristics may interact negatively with some component of the medication.

Meanwhile, the ministry’s Comité Asesor Técnico de Apoyo Psicosocial met Saturday to help coordinate provision of relief from the emotional distress caused by the storms and reduce the risk of panicked reactions from survivors. This committee is made up of representatives from the Caja, the public education ministry, the Cruz Roja Costarricense and the Colegio de Psicólogos among others.


In response to some complaints received by the ministry of bodies of dead cattle and other animals along the coastal waters of Puntarenas, Dr. Mayorga warned that dead cattle and the surrounding contaminated water puts the health of people at risk.
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The health ministry is checking the warnings off its list.

She called the population to be careful in consuming meat not acquired in authorized establishments. According to Warren Hidalgo from the department of animal product safety with the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal, the health status of these animals is not known and there is a serious risk of bacterial disease being transmitted.

The more time passes and the higher the temperatures, the risk becomes greater, Hidalgo said. The veterinarian advised residents to report dead animals to the local municipality, which is in charge of disposing of the corpse.


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25,000 residents in Zona Sur remain without clean drinking water
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

About 25,000 residents from Coto Brus, in the Southern Pacific Zone of the country, have not had access to drinking water since Friday, due to the damages on a main pipeline located in the San Miguel sector, in route 613.

The most affected districts are San Vito, Sabalito, Agua Buena and part of Limoncito, according to Coto Brus mayor Rafael Navarro.

Navarro explained that on Friday, a joint team including workers from the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and Acueductos y Alcantarillados started working 24 hours shifts to have the pipeline repaired, but on Monday, the soil slid due to the accumulation of water and the pipe was damaged again.

"It seems that with so much rain, the road broke again exactly at the pipeline,” said Navarro. Navarro said that the efforts being taken mean that the water supply would go back to normal in three to fours days. “As of now, water is being supplied with tank truck from Acueductos y Alcantarillados.”

The Zona Sur is one of the most affected areas by storm Nate, severe rain made several roads tear apart.

For example, the bridge over the Río Grande de Térraba, which connects Paso Real with San Vito, was completely washed out and, as of  yesterday afternoon, was completely blocked.
As of yesterday, in the district of Pittier, two communities were left without communications, due to landslides and roadblocks. 
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There are about a thousand people who cannot enter or leave the site. "Right now we are working with the National Emergency Commission to measure the impact and to know how to proceed,” said Navarro.

Health ministry advises on proper water and food treatment plans
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministerio de Salud has issued a series of recommendations to the population affected by the floods caused by the storm Nate, in order to avoid any epidemics or health crises.

According to the Ministerio, risk conditions cannot be  fully eliminated, so good control and the reduction of dangers is the way to go. These are the recommendations on water and food consumption. Use of water for human consumption: in case of absence of water or the need to use alternative sources whose potability is not confirmed, the Ministerio advices to find the spot that seems less contaminated. After that, let the water rest and wait for sediments to settle to the bottom of the container. 

People should only take the water from the top and leaving the solids at the bottom of the container. If the water is cloudy, filter solids from the water using a blanket or cloth. If possible, boil the water for at least 10 minutes. Allow the water to cool to room temperature.

If boiling is not possible, authorities recommend the use of chlorine, delivering 4 drops of per liter of water or in the case of one gallon, use 16 drops. Shake the container strongly and let stand at least 20 minutes before drinking.

Also keep container tightly closed. When possible use the water delivered in a cistern truck identified  as Acueductos y Alcantarillados. In the case of food handling and consumption: Maintain proper hygiene standards and wash hands with clean water and soap before eating or handling food. Wash fruits and vegetables and avoid eating food in poor condition, which can be poisonous.

In the case of children under one year of age, breastfeeding is the best option. Finally, discard any food that has unusual odor, color or texture in relation to its normal appearance, and don’t forget to check the expiration date of all products, especially the canned ones.

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PROCOMER seeks to send more Costa Rican coffee to Germany
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The foreign trade promoter for Costa Rica believes that significant qualities of the country’s coffee would resonate with buyers in Germany.

According to a statement from the Promotora del Comercio Exterior, an increasingly sophisticated and demanding consumer base requires: quality, ethical and sustainable production and fair payment to the farmer. Costa Rica’s unique history with the bean and unique roasting style is an added bonus.

With the opening of a new market, PROCOMER believes that it could also open more production capabilities in the form of capsules and pods that are friendly to the environment. These findings are based on the institute’s study done on the coffee market in Germany.

“Germans prefer organic products and there is influence of public policies towards the search for suppliers of a clean footprint,” the study said. “The German population is concerned that there is fair remuneration to farmers, which could favor the participation of coffee that is roasted directly in the country where it is produced, thus shortening the marketing chain with a higher agricultural vale and establish a direct relation with the grower.”

Of course, one of the first things people look for when drinking coffee is its freshness which is why some households are moving to grinding and filtering coffee and even roasting it in their own homes. The study’s findings also highlighted generational differences in coffee drinkers in order to direct product advertising strategies for the future.

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PROCOMER wants to send these coffee beans
 to new markets in Germany.

As an example, the study found that young Germans were the most committed to drinking so-called sustainable coffee.

Coffee shops and hotels in Germany are dominated by the big brands, mass consumption and low price. At the same time, other boutique hotels and specialty establishments could be potential buyers of Costa Rican coffee, PROCOMER said. There is also the rising trend of e-commerce as well that could be used to reach the consumer directly, the institute noted.

The idea behind this study and these marketing strategies for Costa Rican coffee to gain more exposure in the German market, which is among the wealthiest economies in Europe and the world.

“Given the challenge that this represents, it would be for domestic exporters willing to make an important promotional effort and excellent commercial presence,” the institute suggested.



Storm's aftermath brings more cleaning for some returning residents
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The storm is over now, but the cleaning is just beginning for some residents returning to their devastated homes.

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social issued a Monday statement reminding people returning to their homes to properly clean and disinfect their residences.

“People should keep in mind that water and sludge carried by runoff into the streets, pipes, walls and objects may contain wastewater, which makes the area a latent source of possible disease,” said Dr. Xiomara Badilla of the Caja’s epidemiological surveillance unit.

“Residents should check if the house, the premises or building is safe to enter, to review the gas and electricity facilities and structure of the property and have tools for handling sludge or contaminated material.”

This means primarily a strong pair of rubber gloves, shovels, disinfectants and commercial cleaning supplies.

Dr. Badilla stressed that areas filled with mud need to be cleaned as soon as possible. Bedding also needs to be thoroughly disinfected especially if it has been in contact with contaminated water.

She recommends returning to the property during the day, cutting the electricity and gas off first to prevent fire or explosions. If one smells gas, turn off the main line, open up all windows, do not use anything that could cause a spark and call the fire department.

The Caja recommends using a commercial chlorine solution as well as detergent for cleaning all structures and items. For clothes, wash in hot water and dry completely.

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The flooding may be gone but now the cleaning up begins.

Any items that cannot be washed like a mattress or furniture should be ventilated and air dried before being thoroughly sprayed with a disinfectant.

“During the flood, hazardous chemical containers such as solvents or other industrial chemicals may have been buried or moved,” the Caja said in a statement. “Car batteries, even those that have been submerged in water can still contain an electric charge. Avoid contact with any acid that may contain a damaged car battery.”

Aside from that, the Caja said to remove all dead animals from the property as rats are commonly found after flooding. Homeowners should also dispose of any leftover food and alert authorities of the presence of wild animals so they can be properly removed.


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Disease-carrying mosquitoes abound in deforested lands, study says
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Most disease-transmitting mosquito species live in deforested areas, according to a new University of Florida study.

This represents a finding that may influence decisions on where and when to cut down trees.

Deforestation occurs when people remove trees to make way for neighborhoods, farms, shopping centers and other land uses, said Nathan Burkett-Cadena, an entomologist and lead author of the study.

For their study, Burkett-Cadena and Amy Vittor, an assistant professor of infectious diseases and global medicine at the university, synthesized and examined data from prior studies that had looked at how many pathogen-carrying mosquito species made their homes in forested lands vs. non-forested lands in 12 countries worldwide, including the United States.

They found that about half, or  52.9 percent, of the species were more abundant in deforested habitats. Of those species that favored deforested areas, more than half, or 56.5 percent, carry viruses harmful to humans, the study showed.

More importantly, all of the species that carry multiple human pathogens were more common in deforested land, said Burkett-Cadena, a faculty member at the Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach, Florida.

“This research shows that when we convert forest to other uses, we make habitat for the mosquitoes that carry our diseases,” said Burkett-Cadena.
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Mosquitoes like this one may be more of a menace
in deforested areas.

“The takeaway message is that our forests provide benefits above and beyond the biodiversity they sustain, the products they provide such as food, lumber and medicine and the recreational opportunities that they provide. Forests are poor habitat for most of our disease-carrying mosquitoes.”

Mosquito-borne diseases account for more than 17 percent of infectious diseases in people, according to the World Health Organization. The most common virus, dengue, is estimated to infect 390 million people per year, according to a 2013 study led by an Oxford University researcher.

In Costa Rica, data from the Ministerio de Salud shows that, for 2017, there have been 4,643 cases of dengue in the country. With Zika virus, the number of confirmed cases in Costa Rica are 310 and with Chikungunya, the number of cases are 320, the health ministry data shows. The study is published in the journal “Basic and Applied Ecology.”


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Featuring artistic expressions of Costa Rican culture, heritage and traditions, the Hidden Garden Art Gallery has been your source for fine art since 2010.  Here you will find 15 large rooms of art in a beautiful, tranquil setting, with more than 60 artists showcasing traditional and contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography and giclee prints.  Located just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) towards the beaches. Stop in for a visit to enjoy the view!

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Ask the others what you get for your money, and then compare the quality of accommodations, quality, quantity and variety of food and drink to measure the best value for your money. 

Learn how others “talk the talk” and learn who really can “walk the walk”

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Including disclosure of foreign corporations to avoid serious problems.

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Send us your:
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I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

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    Email: ajfernandez@racsa.co.cr
    Law Office is conveniently located near  Mall San Pedro, 350 meters south  from the Hyundai dealer, Los Yoses, San José.
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Start catching up with missed appointments and surgeries, Caja says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

About 3,500 appointments with specialist doctors and 45 surgeries were  postponed and will be rescheduled because patients were unable to arrive at  their health service locations due to flooding and road closures caused by Tropical Storm Nate.

The figures come last Thursday and Friday, according to Eugenia Villalta, medical manager of the Caja. According to the statistics, 659 people lost their appointments at the Hospital Fernando Escalante, in Pérez Zeledón, 645 at Hospital San Juan de Dios, 598 at Hospital México and 427 at Max Peralta, in Cartago.

In the case of appointments for surgeries, most were canceled at the Hospital Fernando Escalante and Victor Manuel Sanabria, in Puntarenas.

According to the authorities of the Caja, it is impossible to start rescheduling appointments until the roads are cleared of blockages.

The Caja also confirmed that all Ebáis in the Chorotega and Central Pacific regions function normally.

As of Monday, 27 Ébais were closed in all the national territory.

Police in Garabito canton detain suspected thieves in two incidents
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Despite flooding, police in Garabito canton made a few detentions of suspects accused of home invasion and theft.

According to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, officers detained three men who were apparently trying to steal a trailer. The incident happened in Jacó.

When police arrived, they saw the three men in hats and another with a mask trying to get away with the trailer. These suspects were detained on the spot with a firearm and other tools seized in the process, police said.

Two of the suspects detained are foreign nationals, Colombian and Nicaraguan respectively. All were referred over to prosecutors who are expected to press formal charges of theft against them.

There was another incident that occurred in El Cocal within the central canton of Puntarenas.

Officers received an alert reporting individuals who had stolen various appliances and furniture from a home.

Police said that they rushed to the scene and saw suspects loading the goods in a pickup truck.

Police subsequently arrested two adults and a minor. The men were passed to judicial authorities and the minor processed with the juvenile criminal court.

These crimes occurred as police units have been stretched thin due to the participation of thousands of officers in numerous rescue and aid missions throughout the country. Prior to the red alert issued by the national government last week, more than 3,500 police officers had been called up for duty in the wake of Tropical Storm Nate.

Arrest in Jaco
Ministerio de Seguridad Pública photo      
One of the detained suspects from the El Cocal theft.

There have been few official numbers released on the damage caused by the storm and any subsequent damage committed by thieves exploiting the situation.


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By the staff and contributors at A.M. Costa Rica
 (editor)A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.  
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A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $0.99 until Aug. 30. Visit Amazon.com to preview or purchase, or DustyPilot.com/cave.html More information Contact Dusty Pilot Email: dusty@dustypilot.com US phone: 001 440 796-4105¯


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Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1 million, 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.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
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By James J. Brodell. 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. But soon he is hijacked by a gang of avengers led by an icy Costa Rican-American woman who carries twin pistols strapped to her chest. Jack soon helps uncover a web of corruption and greed . Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!
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Guide to Costa Rican Spanish
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This one-of-a-kind best-selling Costa Rica Spanish phrasebook will help anyone including older retirees master the basics of using Costa Rican Spanish in real-life situations. Retirees, expats and tourists will get the most of of Costa Rica, be able to communicate effectively with Costa Ricans and understand the local culture. A practical pronunciation will help you sound a like a native Spanish speaker.  The book is now available for sale on Amazon click here





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INA faces high jobless rate for recent grads

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje, the country’s biggest technical school, has a 60 percent unemployment rate among its recent graduates, according to data provided by the Modernización del Entrenamiento Vocacional report.

The research was performed by using information from the Unidad de Planeación Estratégica of the Instituto. The figures also show that only 25 percent of unemployed students who start their education there can be expected to find a job once they graduate.

Out of the students who did have a job before enrolling in the Instituto, 20 percent of them were unemployed after graduating.

Due to reasons aforementioned, the Instituto has started making changes in its structure, seeking to review its academic offerings, with a little help of the International Labor Organization, which will provide consultancy services worth $784,000

"As of today, the training offered by the Instituto is characterized by a predominance of training modules that do not generate employability." the report says.

One out of every three entrepreneurs believes the Instituto careers are not aligned to the needs of the productive sector, said a survey of 400 entrepreneurs carried out by the Unión de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado.

In addition, 40 percent of businessmen, believe the technical education system does not properly prepare young people to enter the labor market,” said Franco Pacheco, president of the Unión.

In 2015, according to the Institute's statistics, 54,615 people were enrolled and pursuing a degree. The Instituto allows students to enroll in more than one option.

In total, The Instituto offers training in 2,600 courses and 300 programs or careers.

Fields such as electronics, mechatronics and electricity show an employability of 100 percent for recent graduates, while in other fields is very low, says the report

In the Human Talent Shortage survey by Manpower between 2016 and 2017, 35 percent of Costa Rican employers state they are not  able to find suitable professionals to perform the tasks required by their business.