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Presidential debate shows no solution to fiscal deficit

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An iron fist against crime and the reactivation of the economy to attack the fiscal deficit. Those were two of the most highlighted promises made by presidential candidates on Sunday night in the debate organized by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

The debate brought together seven of the thirteen presidential candidates and will continue on Monday night with the remainder.

Present at Sunday's gathering were: Mario Redondo of the Christian Democratic Alliance Party (ADC); Edgardo Araya, of the Broad Front Party (FA); Óscar López, from the Accessibility Without Exclusion Party (PASE), Juan Diego Castro, from the National Integration Party (PIN); Antonio Álvarez, of the National Liberation Party (PLN); Sergio Mena, of the New Generation Party (PNG) and Fabricio Alvarado, of the National Restoration Party (PRN).

During the broadcast, the already controversial lawyer Juan Diego Castro, one of the favorites according to polls, said the current government and the political parties represented in in the legislative assembly, "are responsible for the epidemic of homicides that reached its highest historical rate" of 12 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2017.

"We are going to unify the police and put all the criminals in jail in prison spaces built by the prisoners themselves so that this country can recover peace," said Castro, a former Minister of Justice and Security in the mid-1990s.

For his part, the businessman and former deputy Antonio Alvarez, another favorite in the polls, proposed an, "iron fist against crime" to seize the assets of drug traffickers and a, "smart hand" to promote social policies that prevent the generation of crime.

The candidate also promised surveillance cameras and thousands more policemen.

Sergio Mena described the country as, "foolish" in immigration matters and said that his party would establish, "maximum security at airports and borders" to prevent the entry of transnational organized crime.

In economic terms, most of the candidates agreed that the fiscal deficit should be urgently addressed (close to 6% of GDP in 2017) but avoided saying if that meant more taxes.

Fabricio Alvarado promised a, "clear policy of reducing spending before raising taxes,” while Mario Redondo announced a fight against tax evasion and smuggling, rational spending and elimination of luxury pensions.


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  During the first debate, all of the candidates agreed to fight the fiscal deficit, but none provided details on how to do it.

The leftist Edgardo Araya proposed a, "progressive, fair and solidarity fiscal reform with which the rich pay as rich and the poor as poor," as well as a fight against evasion and spending cuts without impoverishing the workers.

Juan Diego Castro declared that the country's taxes, "must be modernized and the tax evasion stopped," and explained that if it fights corruption and crime, Costa Rica can recover 3.5% of GDP.


Antonio Álvarez's proposal focuses on, "raising revenues by promoting the growth of the economy," through the creation of 150,000 jobs.

In the debate, the candidates also spoke about the pension system and agreed on the need to use the Social Security system to finance public works and obtain more profitability that benefits the contributors.

The candidate and current deputy, Óscar López, recalled that for several months he has been pushing a tax on beer in Congress to generate fresh resources for the pension fund.

In order to eradicate poverty, the candidates presented a diversity of proposals, including: declaration of  a national emergency, facilitating access to credit, making better use of the resources of some social institutions, promoting the generation of employment and enforcing payment of the minimum wage.

The candidates Álvarez and Castro, who according to the polls are in the first place, also exchanged some accusations.

Alvarez said Castro is, "a wolf in sheep's clothing," and, "a danger to Costa Rica," while Castro said his rival is, "a liar."

On February 4, more than three million Costa Ricans are called to the polls to choose the president and the 57 legislators for the 2018-2022 period.


The polls show that so far no candidate approaches the 40% needed to win in the first round.

Turrialba Volcano shows increasing activity

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Turrialba volcano, located in Cartago, has been issuing ash and gases since Monday morning, as confirmed by the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica (Ovsicori) of the National University (UNA).

Due to the gusts of wind, just a few people could observe the eruption in the morning. However, later in the afternoon the wind stopped and  gray column rising 500 meters above the level of the crater could be seen.

Eliécer Duarte, a volcanologist at Ovsicori, explained Turrialba Volcano has emanated gases and ash, "of low volume,” which does not threaten to affect nearby communities.

"We must remember that the volcano has more than 3 years of activity and has shown all kinds of characteristics in these emanations," Duarte said.


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Turrialba Volcano has been in constant activity for the past three years.

According to the IMN forecast, in case of a major eruption the material would fall on the Central Valley and the North Pacific.
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Weather lets the sun shine again

By AM Costa Rica staff

The cold front affecting the country started to decline across the country yesterday, the National Meteorological Institute said.

Winds of up to 55 km / h in the lower parts of the Central Valley and 90 km / h in the mountainous sectors and the North Pacific had occurred last weekend.

Gabriela Chinchilla, IMN specialist, explained that the start of the week should be marked by less windy conditions and a decrease in rainfall in the Caribbean.

Chinchilla indicated that during the afternoons, some isolated downpours are expected in the Central and South Pacific, as well as west of the Central Valley.

The influence of the cold front left two deaths when two homeless men died at the San Juan de Dios Hospital after being admitted with hypothermia crises.

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Sunnier January days may come
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Preschool becomes mandatory for every child

By AM Costa Rica staff

As of this year, the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) has decreed that preschool education is mandatory and a requirement to start primary school.

The measure, which was decided in May of last year, is valid as of Monday, January 1, 2018.

These modifications were made to comply with international standards and the changes will only be in the enrollment process and not at the curricular level.

The Higher Council of Education agreed to modify the regulations for student enrollment and transfers, varying the age of admission to the Maternal and Child Cycle for children who, as of February 15, have reached 4 years of age.

Those who are 5 years old by that date must enter the transition cycle and those who are 6 years old on February 15, will enter basic general education.


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The regular student would start
the educational process at age 4.


The MEP asked parents to take note of the new regulations to avoid problems later and urged them to verify that the school in which they enroll their children is certified by the MEP. To do this, MEP established a telephone line for parents with questions at 2256-7011.



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Refugee applications were up in the last five years

By A.M Costa Rica staff

In 2012 were 1,167 requests for refugee status were received by the government, but as of October 2017 there were 5,455 requests.

The increase means that appointments that previously took less than a month to be assigned now can take up to six months, according to immigration officials.

"Generally we have been managing times from three weeks to a month, but with this new dynamic where we dealing with 500 to 600 requests [monthly]and that has exceeded our capacity," said Allan Rodríguez, the head of the Refuge Unit of Direccción General de Migración y Extranjería (DGME).

The official said that since 2016, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has collaborated with Costa Rica to increase staffing, but that even more people are required.

In total, some 15 people are involved in processing the applications of those who want special status in Costa Rica.

To improve the service, the DGME has had to make appointments on Saturdays.

Rodriguez said that one of the factors that has caused the surge in applications is the growth of requests for refugee status by Venezuelans.

"This is a phenomenon that has been going on for a year and a half. The issue of Venezuela has impacted the capacity of the administration," said the official.


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The influx of Venezuelans seeking residence in the country has grown exponentially.


There has been significant growth in requests coming from Venezuelan citizens, a figure that went from just 14 applications in 2012 to 2,626 in just five years.

Salvadorans also frequently resort to this process, with applications increasing from 148 in 2012 to 1,476 in 2017.

Individuals from a total of 83 nations have applied for refuge in Costa Rica in the last five years.

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Electoral delegates will support Ticos voting abroad
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

About 32,000 Costa Ricans will be able to vote abroad in the February 4 elections in 42 countries and 52 consulates.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) announced that a group of its officials will travel to countries and states that have more than 500 registered Costa Ricans. They will be in charge of carrying the electoral material, checking that everything goes smoothly and bringing the results back to the country.

This was made clear by the president of the TSE, Luis Antonio Sobrado, who was emphatic that everything has been designed for that process.

"An official will travel from Costa Rica with the material to those countries with more than 500 voters, which are mostly to the cities of the United States," said Sobrado.

In New York there are 8,674 Ticos registered to vote while 3,545 are registered in Los Angeles.

In the United States, the consulates of Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Chicago and Washington will also be open for voting. An official of  TSE will travel to each of these locations.
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Most of the Ticos voting abroad are living in the United States, especially in New Jersey.



They will also travel from Costa Rica with ballots and other electoral materials to Toronto, Canada, Madrid, Spain, Mexico and Panama.

The remainder of the nations with a Tico voting population will be sent voting materials though a courier company.

In these places, the consulates will be responsible for the ballots and the final reports of votes. In total, there are 31,864 voters outside of Costa Rica.

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No processions for Catholics, in case of second electoral round

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

If, on February 4, none of the candidates reaches 40% of the votes needed to win, the new president of the republic will be elected on April 1, the date of the Resurrection for the Catholic community.
 
Polls show a second round of elections as very probable. If that happens, Catholics would be left without their traditional processions of the Risen Christ.

Although the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) spokesman said they prefer not to discuss the matter prior to the elections, the regulations of the electoral authority prohibit the holding of mass events of any kind on election days.

No concerts, no football matches, no processions. The TSE prohibits any activity for February 3 and 4, mainly because the police will be focused on protecting the security of the elections.

"We still cannot talk about any suspension, because it is still not clear that a second round will take place. But if that scenario is the real one, the restriction will apply,” said Luis Antonio Sobrado, president of the Tribunal.

Catholics will be able to celebrate with activities that take place inside the churches, the TSE stated.


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Traditional processions might not be seen this year.



A second electoral round would include only the 2 candidates who get the most votes on February 4.

If no candidate reaches 40% of the vote at that time, it would be the third time in the history of the country that the president is chosen on a second ballot.

Previous two ballot elections occurred in 2002 and in 2014.


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During the 14 days of the San José, the Costa Rican Red Cross was in Zapote providing medical attention and first aid.

The majority of incidents reported were related to improvised bullfighters, with 352 of them being treated.

In addition, 66 other patients came from the field with different problems. In total, the Red Cross assisted 418 people.

Guillermo Pacheco, Operational Coordinator of the Red Cross in San José said that, "we have the valuable participation of cross-trainers with different degrees of training, such as: doctors, psychologists, emergency medical technicians, nursing, first aid, among others. About 80% of the staff that worked are volunteers.

The operation was carried out in a very coordinated manner and the most benefited were the people who needed some kind of assistance and were treated by qualified people with great human touch.”

The majority of incidents were cases of traumatic emergencies with 192 patients with blows or some type of accident in the bullfight.
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Every year, untrained people who engage in bullfighting are injured and sometimes even killed.


        
Out of the 418 people assisted, 316 were men and 102 were women with the majority in the 21 to 30 age group. Only 54 patients required transfer to a medical center for their assistance.
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Watch out for closures at General Cañas Highway

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Monday, The National Road Council (CONAVI) began the closing of five ramps that connect General Cañas with the Circunvalación highway.

There are three entry and exit roads closed to San José Palacio and two near the Water Monument, which will remain closed for four days. The roads should be open again by next week.

The Director of Roads and Bridges Conservation of CONAVI, Edgar May, explained that, since they are narrow ramps, it is impossible to leave a lane open for traffic.

Authorities recommend that people who usually leave the General Cañas from San Jose in the direction of La Uruca continue to Hotel Irazú and turn at that point on the right, or wait until the crossroads of the Pozuelo by the Juan Pablo Segundo bridge.

For drivers traveling in the opposite direction from La Uruca, they can leave through Irazú or Pozuelo.

For the connection with Pavas, there is access and alternative routes such as Bajo Los Ledezma or the marginal street that goes to Sabana Norte, located in front of the San José Palacio.


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Traffic through the Circumvalación will be sticky for the next few days.


The work consists of the removal of the surface, currently made of asphalt, and its replacement with concrete.

This work is part of a number of repairs and renovations that have been carried out on the Circunvalación since last year. May said that, during January, works will be carried out on 14 access and exit ramps in that highway.

The total cost of the project is ¢3 billion.

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