Vol.18  No.925 Tuesday Edition, September 25, 2018
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 Oil refinery ensures fuel supply

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican Oil Refinery, known as RECOPE, says that it ensures adequate levels of gasoline and diesel in the three main fuel plants and guarantees the fuel supply throughout the country even though public employees are continuing with their third week on strike.

According to the refinery, sales made so far ensure that service stations are supplied and can meet demand normally.

"Between Friday and Saturday, attention was given to about 450 fuel tank trucks, plus eight transfers of Jet-A1 product from the Barranca campus to the Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia.  The Barranca and La Garita plant worked at night from Friday to Saturday, while the plant at El Alto worked on Saturday during normal business hours," said the report, adding that  " The Alto plant also was open for the distribution.”

The fuel plants are working normal hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and fuel distributors are also working a regular schedule, said the report.

Transporters of Liquefied Petroleum Gas have requested the support of police patrols. "The distribution of gas is made from the Moín plant, with an average of 28 tankers per day, to supply the different gas companies and industries that use this product in their production processes," said the refinery report.

The members of unions continue in talks with members of the Labor Ministry, even though the strike continues over the main highways in the country. 

According to the updated report by the Road Safety  Council the major traffic obstructions were:

- In San José, in front of the Congress.
- In the center of San Ramon in Alajuela.
- In front of Gasotica in Pérez Zeledón.
- In front of the restaurant known as La Cabaña in Ciudad Cortés.
-On the main highway to Juan Santamaria Airport in Alajuela.
- In Belén in Heredia.
- In Santa Cruz in Guanacaste.
- In Guapiles.
- In Puerto Viejo in Limón.
- In Cañas in Guanacaste.
- In Liberia, in Guanacaste.
- In Siquirres, in Limón.
- In Barranca in Puntarenas.

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The fuel plants are working normal hours, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and fuel distributors are also working a regular schedule, said the report.

For his part, Gilberto Cascante, president of the teachers' union, said that his organization will give out no information about the conversations with the government until negotiators reach a final decision or agreement.

Cascante said that union negotiators are listening and analyzing the situation then taking the information back to union members and boards of directors.

When and if an agreement is reached it will be communicated to the public, he said.

Union leaders have said that a large march has been organized for Wednesday.

They are calling it la marcha de los gatos, meaning the march of the kittens, in response to a joke that has circulated on social networks saying that union support is so small that it is like four cats walking the streets of San José.

To counter that, union leaders have challenged members to turn out in large numbers for the march.

"It was a challenge that we gave to ourselves, we are not just four cats walking around San José streets. We will show 500,000 cats walking through downtown San José. We will start at the of León Cortés monument in Paseo Colon, towards the congress in San José," said the union leaders.

Costa Rica calls for more international refugee aid

By  A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Foreign Affairs Ministry reported that Vice President Epsy Campbell participated in a United Nations meeting on international refugees.

During the meeting, Campbell highlighted the role of international cooperation to ensure sustained political support for aid and reminded members of their responsibility for the commitments they have assumed as U.N. members. Those commitments include providing humanitarian and development assistance, she said.

"We believe that we all have the responsibility to protect people who have been forced to leave their countries and, therefore, the actions of international cooperation that are oriented in this regard, must be sustainable," Campbell said. She added that, "Costa Rica is the only country in Central America that receives asylum seekers from all the causes and important situations in the region: Venezuela, northern Central America, Colombia and, more recently, Nicaragua.”

According to the ministry, in September 2016, the U.N. General Assembly unanimously adopted the New York Declaration for refugees and migrants, which reaffirms the foundations of the international regime for protection and underlines the importance of cooperation.

That declaration called for a more equitable sharing of burden and responsibility, anchored in a broader base of support from the international community, including the earlier participation of development providers and a whole-of-society approach, said the ministry, adding:

To fulfill this imperative, the member countries initiated two important processes.

First, they requested that the United Nations Agency for Refugees develop and initiate a comprehensive response framework.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo      

Costa Rica is the only country in Central America that receives asylum seekers from all the causes and important situations in the region: Venezuela, northern Central America, Colombia and, more recently, Nicaragua, Vice president Campbell said

Secondly, they agreed to work towards the adoption of a global pact on refugees in 2018, which concluded its negotiations in Geneva last July and will be included in agency’s annual report to the General Assembly.

"The constant increase in refugee applications keeps us working to maintain clear operational guidelines, effective communication channels and, very importantly, maintain a constant update of our contingency plans," Campbell said.

According to the ministry's report, Costa Rica has developed protection and integration policies and initiatives for refugees, coinciding with its long history for the promotion and protection of human rights.

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