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Attacks on the press in an electoral campaign,
an imported strategy

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The constant attacks on the press by presidential candidate Juan Diego Castro have  marred the political campaign before the February 4 elections in Costa Rica, a country internationally recognized for its democracy and respect for freedom of expression and the press.

For several months, Castro, one of the leaders in the polls, has been acidly critical of  the media and journalists, whom he accuses of lying, persecution and participation in a dirty campaign against him.

The strongest attack happened on Monday night when he labeled the newspaper La Nación as a "diabolical lampoon" and its journalists as "psychopaths", and predicted that in one year of his presidency, the printed edition would stop circulating. Later he said that it would stop circulating because it is not profitable.

These ideas were made public when he was presenting his book, "The Deceivers of Bad Faith", which accuses the publication of persecuting him for 27 years.

On social networks, many followers of Castro support his statements, which have been condemned by other candidates and by the Journalists Association of Costa Rica, a country that in 2017 ranked sixth in the world in freedom of the press, only behind Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and the Netherlands in the ranking of the organization “Reporters Without Borders.”

The director of La Nation, Armando González, has said that the media and its journalists will not be intimidated and will continue to do their job properly, despite the fact that the attacks against the press generate, "sadness".

"We take this with deep sadness because they are unusual events in Costa Rica. There have been, as in all countries, disagreements between the press and politicians, but they have never had the characteristics of these attacks where by doing our job we are called as psychopaths, criminals," said González.

The director of the publication explained that, although it is sad that in an election campaign this type of speech is incorporated into the debate, the media takes it "calmly", as it relies on "the protection granted by the Costa Rican institutions" and international agreements on human rights.

La Nation has been the most attacked by Castro, but there are other media outlets that have received similar treatment, including the Semanario Universidad, University of Costa Rica paper and the television network Repretel, where he even canceled- at last minute- a live interview because he did not agree with  the appointment of the journalist who would ask him the questions.


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  Castro is getting stronger in the polls as the election day approaches.

The Journalist Association (Colper) has asked the media not to fall into the, "games" of some candidates and their condemning insults about communication professionals.


Colper issued a statement expressing its, "categorical rejection of the candidate's offensive statements to communicators and media," and stressed that, "as a union we cannot maintain silence when a person, whoever he is, publicly catalogs a group of journalists in a contemptuous and disdainful way ".

Juan Diego Castro is a criminal lawyer who was Minister of Justice and Security in the mid-1990s. For years he was a consultant for many journalists who wanted to discuss judicial issues.

For these elections, the lawyer joined the small National Integration Party, which does not currently have a single deputy in the legislature. He launched his candidacy with a popularity in the polls that has risen thanks to his tough-line speech against corruption and crime and his strong criticism of the government and the judiciary.

His political rivals label him as populist and authoritarian, and even as a threat to democracy.

Castro is polling strongly along with Antonio Álvarez, of the National Liberation Party (PLN), and Rodolfo Piza, of the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC).

According to the polls none of the 13 candidates for the presidency come close to the 40% support needed to win in a first round on February 4.



Leftist candidate asks the Pope to support sexual diversity

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The candidate for the Presidency of Costa Rica from the leftist Broad Front Party, Edgardo Araya, has sent a letter to Pope Francis requesting that he intervene regarding the social tension that exists in the country around the subject of egalitarian marriage and the, "non-existent" gender ideology.

The candidate said in the letter sent to the Vatican and copied to the Costa Rican “Nunciature” that he is "concerned" about the social division caused by fundamentalist groups and the so-called, "gender ideology", which, in his opinion, is, "a fallacy created by religious extremists and conservatives who want to twitch the population and instill fear in their followers."

The letter comes after Inter-American Court of Human Rights (CorteIDH), confirmed the Costa Rican State should protect the human rights of the LGBTI population, including homosexual marriage and gender identity.

Araya explained that it is urgent to take action to stop what may become, "violence in society" and expressed concern about "a growing polarization regarding effective compliance with fundamental rights" in the country.

According to the leftist candidate, it is essential that the "voices of hatred and social division become expressions of love and coexistence and Pope Francis can help bring out the necessary social harmony in the country."

Following the opinion of the Inter-American Court, some presidential candidates have expressed their opposition. The Christian Democrat Alliance candidate, Mario Redondo, accused the International Court of, "violating Costa Rican sovereignty" and said he will not accept an agenda against the family coming from abroad.

The candidate of the conservative evangelical party National Restoration, Fabricio Alvarado, has stated that the criterion is an "interference with the sovereignty of the country governed by laws" and announced that in a government of his he would not recognize the resolution.


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Edgardo Araya considers the issue of same-sex marriage as one that has polarized the society.


In Costa Rica, homosexual marriage is not recognized and initiatives to legalize de facto unions of same-sex couples have been stalled in Congress for years. The country has shown some progress providing insurance for these couples in the Costa Rican Social Security Fund.

The Government of Costa Rica, which requested the advisory opinion of the Inter-American Court in 2016, celebrated its issuance last week and described it as a triumph for human rights.

Immediately, the government notified the state's authorities of the Court's criteria so they could analyze their scope and determine the ways to apply it.

The Civil Registry created a commission that must issue a criterion in the coming days, while there are already same-sex couples who have announced their marriage and people who have requested a name change according to their gender identity.
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Journalists association reject attacks against the press

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican Journalists Association (Colper) expressed its, "categorical rejection" of the, "offensive statements" made by presidential candidate Juan Diego Castro against the press, especially the newspaper La Nación.

"Colper publicly accounces its categorical rejection of the offensive statements of the candidate about the staff of the newspaper La Nación and any communicator or media that has been affected by the harsh attitude of the presidential candidate," says the union in a statement.

Colper demanded that the candidates for the presidency respect democratic coexistence with the press and affirmed that disagreeing with the information published should not lead to insults towards reporters.

"We are aware that candidates can be uncomfortable or upset by our work, but it is our obligation to question those who aspire to public office because we are the means that people have to ask their questions," said Colper.

Juan Diego Castro, of the National Integration Party (PIN), has reached the first places according to the polls and his campaign has been noted for attacking journalists and media, as well as for criticizing the government and the judiciary.


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The Journalists Association call on its members to continue to take insults and criticism maturely.

Castro has promised a tough hand against corruption and criminals, which analysts say holds him in the top positions in the polls.

Doctors issue a warning against medication poisoning

By AM Costa Rica staff

Faced with the damage they can cause to health, but mainly concerned about the figures on poisoning, the College of Physicians and Surgeons issued an alert to the population regarding the use and abuse of medicines in the country.

The figures are clear: in 2014 alone, more than four thousand drug poisonings were reported in health services in Costa Rica, of which 28% were due to adverse drug reactions, 25% to accidental use of medications and 17% to accidental overdoses.

Medication errors, the administration of the wrong medication, the use of an incorrect dose and prescriptions made by people who are not doctors, are the main causes of poisoning.

"There is a growing trend of people who, not being doctors, dare to prescribe without knowledge, which represents irresponsibility and inappropriate behavior; they expose the population to danger because they prescribe without having the scientific basis on the medicine and the patient's clinical condition; they do not perform a clinical history, physical examination and much less an evaluation of the patient's metabolic condition.


These conditions of prescription subject the patient to a very high risk, unnecessary and even almost criminal," said Andrés Castillo Saborío, President of the College of Physicians.

During 2016 and 2017, the College Prosecutor's Office received 71 complaints of cases of illegal practice of medicine, of which a large number corresponded to damages and complications caused by the prescription of medications by people who were not medical professionals.


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The Colegio de Médicos shows concern for the existance of fake medicine.

The concern of the College also points to the transfer of illegal and false medicines, produced with a series of defects that endanger the health of the population.

This has been demonstrated and evidenced by Operation Pangea of ​​the World Health Organization (WHO), where in 2016 alone, national authorities managed to seize 222,000 medicines, which did not have adequate health records, were of dubious quality, were driven by misleading advertising and that were illegally prescribed by individuals who are not authorized and trained to do so.




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Neighbors of Paraíso de Cartago want to
revoke mayor's appointment

By A.M Costa Rica staff

On Wednesday, the Municipal Council of Paraíso de Cartago, approved a referendum to dismiss the current mayor Marvin Solano.

The initiative had the unanimous approval of the seven city council members. The motion was raised on the table on December 6, 2017 and, as determined by the municipality of the area, Paraiso will be the second canton nationwide to convene a plebiscite and the first to request the revocation of a vice-mayor.

Solano said in the session where the motion was approved that he has never opposed an electoral process and rather supports what happened. He said that if this is the cry of the people, it will be so.

Solano is currently a candidate for legislator for the Costa Rican Renovation Party (PRC).

The legislator of the Citizen Action Party, Marco Vinicio Redondo explained that residents of the canton collected, for several months, the evidence that demonstrates a repeated lack of probity and disrespect of Solano Zuñiga.

"Communities have the right to demand accountability from their local governments. In this case, the large number of complaints, irregularities and irresponsibility forced the people of Paraíso to mobilize against the mayor, and we support this citizen movement," said Redondo Quirós.

Among the complaints against Solano Zuñiga is that he allowed employees of the municipality to work simultaneously on private projects that needed approval from the local government, after those projects were apparently vetoed.


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The mayor could be removed from his post by popular vote.


In addition, complaints have been accumulated against him for allegedly favoring the construction of urban projects without the proper permits and procedures, and serious deficiencies in the administrative and managerial processes of the municipality.

The agreement of the Municipal Council includes the creation of a special commission, of 7 council members, to organize the coordination of the recall vote, which could be held on May 20.

Transgender individuals begin requesting
new identities after international court order

By A.M Costa Rica staff

Eleven transgender people and two sexually diverse couples went to the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE) to demand rights under the advisory opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. 

That advisory opinion seeks to force the country to also establish same-sex marriage rights.

The political affairs adviser, Gustavo Román, confirmed that the request for the change of name and marriage registration was received before the spokesman of the TSE. 

The issue is being studied like any other to determine how the legal framework is to be applied to these requests.

An internal commission was established to determine how to comply with the Inter-American Court.

TSE officials have given no deadline for clarification of the issue. 

Before the advisory opinion from the court, the TSE had received 17 requests for name changes  and gay couples were awaiting marriage before the Civil Registry.


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The implementation of same-sex marriage and gender identity changes remain under study.

After receiving the official notification by the Foreign Ministry of the Republic last week, the different state institutions are processing ways to comply with what the international body requests.

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Strong foreign investment in tech and life sciences
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Costa Rican authorities highlighted the weight of the technological and corporate services sector, as well as the life sciences industry, in direct foreign investment during the year 2017.

Data from the investment agency Coalición Costarricense de Iniciativas para el Desarrollo (CINDE) and the Ministry of Foreign Trade, show that last year 13,754 jobs were created through these investments, 11.7% more than in 2016, while the new investment projects totaled 40.

The services sector, in the area of ​​digital and corporate technologies, was the one that grew the most with the generation of 73% of those jobs, followed by the life sciences industry (19.8%), and, to a lesser extent, light manufacturing and the food sector.

For the authorities, attracting these new industries is essential because new technologies have changed the way we work and live.

The foreign investment figure for 2017 will be published in March.

The most updated figures show that, as of September the country reached $2,165 million in investment exceeding the goal of $2,000 that had been established for the year.

During 2018, the industry will have to confront geopolitical disruptions such as the consequences of Brexit, negotiations to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), as well as national ones such as overcoming the high fiscal deficit (close to 6% of GDP) and improving infrastructure.

As part of the challenges in attracting foreign direct investment, Foreign Trade Minister Alexander Mora stated that markets should be diversified and focused on other regions such as Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Latin America.

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The manufacturing of medical devices provides
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"We have to deepen the diversification. We have an enormous dependence on North America and the opportunities are worldwide as in the Middle East and Asia, that's why we have increased the offices of commercial promotion and we have made the opening of embassies, in addition to the diversification in the service sector and life sciences," said Mora.

Investment by national origin of companies is:  79% US capital, Japan (6%), France (5%), United Kingdom (5%), India (4%) and Switzerland (1%).

The authorities also stressed the importance of improving human resources, with the promotion of initiatives so that young people acquire the technical and educational capacity to meet the needs that companies currently have.

The companies that contributed most to the investment during 2017 were Edwards AstraZeneca, Swarovski, MSD and Microsoft among others.
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Procomer will train those interested in
exporting goods and services

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Training Unit for the Exporter of the Promotora del Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica (PROCOMER), offers a variety of options to those who intend to export their products.

On February 2 there is the Annual Training Plan 2018 with the workshop, “The Decision to Export (LADE),” with which people can gain basic knowledge of the process required before goods can be exported.

The LADE covers three major areas of knowledge:
1- Main considerations in the process of internationalization and support services provided by PROCOMER.
2- Areas of action of PROCOMER and COMEX, the search of clients abroad and the most used tools: fairs, missions, agendas and others.
3- Country Brand: concept, benefits and licensing process.

"In this 2018 we hope to continue supporting many entrepreneurs in strengthening their business skills in international markets and thus increase the competitive capacity of the Costa Rican export sector, an important driver of our country's economy," said Marta Esquivel, Director of Commercial Intelligence of PROCOMER.


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No Regrets

By Lucinda Gray

Too many times we blame ourselves for things we did in the past. It is sad to me that so many folks get stuck in beating up on themselves for past choices. This is a source of depression, weighing people down especially in later years as they look back on their lives.

Life is long. Most all of us have things in our past that we feel bad about, guilty or sad. I believe that a lot of this pain can be healed. If only we understood and could accept the true reasons behind our choices.

How can we let go of beating up on ourselves? First there is the need to be perfect. Clinging to being perfect supports painful regrets. It is a standard that keeps us from accepting ourselves the way we are. It builds self-blame, because we can never really make the grade.

We are all flawed human beings doing the best we can. Admitting we’re not perfect is a small step toward healing. It starts to open the way for self-inquiry.

Self-blame is another big obstacle in the way of self-understanding and acceptance. When we are blaming and judging we can’t actually consider our feelings about the past. We need to ask--“Why did I do that? What was going on in my life that led me to make that choice?”

Blaming and judging only leads to a closed door of shame—blocking all inquiry. “I am so ashamed of myself for doing that, I feel so bad about that I can’t stand to think about it.”

You see acceptance requires being fully honest with ourselves. And it is not as easy as it sounds. Blaming and shaming is a built in habit for many of us, because parents used it to socialize us, teach us to behave in acceptable ways.

Mom said don’t get angry, just smile and let it go. Big boys don’t cry. Dad said only a moron would leave his bike unlocked. They often paired blaming with shaming. So now we do it to ourselves.

We so badly need self-understanding, self-compassion and finally self-forgiveness. Yet, look at the obstacles that stand in the way. How can we possibly get there?

This is the profound Gordian knot we must untangle in order to heal. If only we could find compassion for ourselves as we were when we made the choices that we now see as mistakes, or compassion for even something terrible, like hurting another person as well as ourselves.

Let’s try an experiment. It takes a few minutes, a pause from reading.

There is a first step. Are you willing? Will you set aside the blaming just for now? Close your eyes and relax. In this moment can you imagine placing your self-blame to one side? Picture it sitting there across the room, no longer hiding in your body/mind.

Maybe setting it aside will bring a subtle physical sensation of relief, like taking off a weight around your shoulders. If you think of this break as temporary maybe you can allow yourself to stop judging. Remember you can have the burden back any time you want.

Now you have a small clear space in which to blamelessly consider a past decision you made that you have regrets about. Suspend the regrets for this time and let the decision float in your awareness. Let yourself sit with all of it for now, the feelings, thoughts, body sensation, memories, smell, everything about the whole situation. Let it be just as it is now.

Wait and see what comes inside, in thoughts and sensation. Let it come freshly as if all new. Notice any words and/or images that come to mind. Take time to let them emerge.


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Then check within to see if they fit with the whole feeling. If not quite right, notice what might come next. Spend whatever time you want until you find some words that do fit closely with the feeling. They somehow click with the feeling.

When you have a “right fit” you may feel a sensation of relaxation and relief. It is the body/mind signaling that this is the meaning of it for now. You feel differently about it.

This is a short Focusing process. It is a structured way of looking inside to discover your inner knowing about anything you feel regrets about. Actually it can be used not only for regrets but for any feeling, problem, or question.

If this is your first time trying Focusing don’t now beat up on yourself if you weren’t able to do it. If self-blame is your default, notice how quickly it snaps back. You will need to repeatedly do the exercise of setting blame aside to give yourself a time out. You will need practice and a teacher to learn Focusing, but fortunately some folks can do it right away.

In fact they already do it, but not with full consciousness of the process. The good news is most people can learn it. Be patient and gentle with yourself.

So I didn’t actually give you a quick fix for regrets. That’s because, at least in my view, there is no quick fix. We all have to struggle with our familiar patterns of self-criticism and defensiveness that stand in the way.

It is unfortunate that so many older folks suffer from the pain of beating up on themselves. The past cannot be changed.

Everything you did and every choice had a reason. At the time you did it, it fit for you. It met some needs you may not now remember. Often we were not aware of the full reasons behind the choice at the time.

Self-forgiveness is the fruit of a gentle process of uncovering how you were at the time and what you really needed. The process of discovering the truth of your reasons will open a window on your childhood and growing up. Your personal history holds the key to the deeper needs and feelings that determined your choices in the past and those you will make today.


Lucinda Gray Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist in International practice based here in Costa Rica. She can be reached at lucinda@drlucindagray.com or www.lucindagray.com


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SPORT FISHING BOAT, TOURS AND REAL ESTATE BUSINESS FOR SALE

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Sport Fishing boat and charters, Tours and a Real Estate Business for sale. Retiring from 15+ yr old businesses in the Flamingo / Potrero area in Guanacaste. I will make it a great opportunity to the right party. Las Brisas Fishing Charters and Capt. Tom's Tours are on Tripadvisor. Also check www.casitaoasis.com. $75k Call Capt. Tom USA phone: 1 800 360-9084 / CR phone: (506) 2654-7070 Email: capttom@casitaoasis.com
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Condominio Monte Donato II, is an unpretentious gated community, offering 44 lots at very accessible prices starting at only $19.995 and a monthly HOA fee of $28.

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

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

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

Security: Guard lives on the premises. Perimeter enclosure.

Construction: No zoning plan. You can build when you want, what you want!

Lot Sizes around 250m2 / 2700 sq. ft.

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Fishing Lodge for sale in Panama

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Londres, near Quepos, is an authentic Tico town just 10 miles east of Quepos, but worlds apart. The government is paying the road, and after 13 years has begun construction of the new High School. 5.77 acres (23,368 M2) of flat and fertile development land and in the heart of this up and coming "suburb" of Quepos. Quepos offers
world class Sports Fishing and is the gateway to world famous Manuel Antonio National Park. Londres is located on Rio Naranjo, just after the London Bridge, and it is the gateway to most of the adventure tours sold in Quepos. Christmas to Easter Rio Naranjo becomes a lazy river, and the locals favorite beach. The onsite creeks offers a tranquil place to relax and commune with Nature. All utilities to the property, mature Construction Grade Bamboo, fruit trees and 500 feet of creek frontage as the southern boundary. The existing 7 room facility is currently operated as a B&B, and could be used as a learning center, senior care, employee housing or B&B. The expat owner has been living in Costa Rica for 28 years and can offer development suggestions. the Mono Titis and several types of parrots have been frequent visitors.
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* There are 88 clear titled lots.
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* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
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* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD
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* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

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New direct flight between Costa Rica and Portugal

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of April 2018, Costa Ricans will have the opportunity to travel to Lisbon, Portugal and vice versa, on a direct flight.

After the company Ávoris of the Barceló Business Group and the Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT) signed an agreement to create the route.

The airline of the Barceló group that was selected to be in charge of the flights is Evelop and it will have one trip per week to transport 388 passengers, at maximum capacity.

"The decision of the Barceló group to fly to Costa Rica through the airline Evelop, is the result of a strategy that includes the strengthening and permanence of the airlines, the attraction of visitors to the country and the development of tourism infrastructure," explained the Minister of Tourism Mauricio Ventura.

In 2018, Evelop is settingout to direct its efforts to increase the number of passengers between 5 and 7 percent, which is why the airline decided to open a new flight to Costa Rica.

However, during the first year, the bookings will be done through a tour operator.

"In recent years, Costa Rica has developed as a very attractive destination for many tourists from Portugal and Europe in general. We are happy to announce the start of operations in Costa Rica and of course, we also welcome the Costa Ricans so that they can travel to Portugal," explained the marketing director of Ávoris, Ricardo Fernández.


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At the beginning, the flights will be booked only through a tour operator.


The company operates flights that go from Madrid, Spain to Cancun, Havana, Mauritius, Jamaica, Punta Cana, Santa Clara United Kingdom, Sweden and Norway.

The company’s latest achievement was to join the International Air Transport Association (IATA) hoping to reach more destinations.