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San José, Costa Rica            Published Wednesday,  February 28, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.228

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Presidential candidate would support reconversion therapies for LGBTI population

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

"I agree that people who want to leave homosexuality should have a space where they are helped and restored," said the presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado Monday afternoon.

He was speaking at a press conference held in the campaign headquarters of his party, National Restoration, and his message was published on his official Facebook account.

Alvarado stated that he did not want to talk more about the issue, both to avoid polarizing the campaign and so that he would able to focus on other issues of the country.

"What I want is to approach homosexuals, sit down with them, find solutions to their situation," he added.

"I'm not going to say things that are going to offend them. As a Christian I have my position. I am a believer, and we have never denied this to anyone, but I also understand that the position of a government should bring everyone closer and seek better living conditions for all," he said.

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Alvarado said he just wants a better understanding of the sexually diverse community.

He did not finish his statements without first asking for forgiveness from the LGBTI community if it felt offended by his remarks because of polarization of the campaign.

Carlos Alvarado leads survey
carried out by the National University

By AM Costa Rica staff

A survey conducted by the Institute of Social Studies in Population of the National University said the candidate of the Citizen Action Party has 52 percent support and the candidate of the National Restoration Party has 29%.

The opinion survey, called "Perception of the Costa Rican citizenship with respect to the electoral process 2018,” shows, according to the university researchers, the change of perception of the Costa Ricans regarding the second round.

The survey was conducted by telephone between Feb. 6 and 17 with a sample of 1,000 people of legal age and Costa Rican, the university said.

The results have a margin error of 3.1 percent.

According to the data presented in this report, 14 percent of the population is still undecided about voting or not voting in the next electoral process. Some five percent of the people consulted did not respond clearly and 4 percent said they will void their vote.

The researchers from the National University concluded that the majority of people consulted, in the first round, voted mainly for Carlos Alvarado, Antonio Álvarez Desanti and Fabricio Alvarado.

This study differs from other surveys, such as the most recent one published by Opol Consultores, which ranked Fabricio Alvarado with 57.3 percent of the electoral support and Carlos Alvarado with 42.7 percent.  Fabricio Alvarado led voting in the first round, but he did not garner sufficient votes to win outright. So the runoff between both candidates is April 1.

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According to the National University's report, Carlos Alvarado would be the next president if elections were held today.
The Opol survey was between Feb. 21 and 23 at the national level in person with a sample of more than 2,000 people.

Public opinion polling displayed its shortcomings in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Analyses said that one problem there was the extensive use of cell telephones, which makes obtaining a representative sample difficult. They also said that many who voted for the winner Donald Trump were reluctant to make their opinions known to pollsters.

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San José, Costa Rica         Published Wednesday,  February 28, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 228
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Country ranks among those with the lowest infant death rates

By AM Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has the lowest neonatal mortality rate of the Central American region, according to The United Nations Children's Fund data. The rate considers deaths in the first 28 days after birth

The country also ranks 60th worldwide, out of 184 countries.

Worldwide, 7, 000 newborns die every day for reasons that can be avoided, especially in the poorest countries, said the children’s fund in its report on neonatal mortality.

Babies born in Japan, Iceland and Singapore have the best chance of surviving after childbirth, while for newborns in Pakistan, the Central African Republic and Afghanistan the chances are the worst.

"UNICEF congratulates Costa Rica for its successful work to prevent neonatal mortality, whose figures have improved since 1970 due to public investment aimed at reducing infant mortality through the extension of medical care, in particular, the primary health care,” said Gordon Lewis, representative of the organization in the country.

Until 1965 to 1969, infant mortality, which corresponds to the death of minors before the first year of life, represented more than 30 percent of all births.

This figure changed as of 1970 when the percentage decline began to reach only 0.8 percent, that is eight deaths per 1,000 registered births, according to the latest report from the National Institute of Statistics and Census.

"When it comes to the neonatal mortality rate, Costa Rica gets a medal on achieving the sustainable development goals, specifically the one that seeks to ensure a healthy life and promote well-being for all at all ages," added Lewis.

Neonatal deaths in the country, representing children who die within a month of birth, constituted 76.5 percent of the total deaths of children under one year in 2017, which meant a slight decrease in the neonatal death rate, which went from 6.27 per 1,000 in the first semester of 2016, to 6.23 per 1,000 births, in the first half of 2017.

Worldwide, in low-income countries, the average neonatal mortality rate is 27 deaths per 1,000 births.

In high-income countries, that rate is three deaths per 1,000.

Newborns from the most dangerous places are up to 50 times more likely to die than those born in the safest ones.

According to the report, more than 80 percent of newborn deaths are due to premature births, complications during birth or infections such as pneumonia and sepsis.

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The newborns in Costa Rica have a high chance of surviving due to public investment made in the past, according to the report.

The report also notes that eight of the 10 most dangerous places to be born are in sub-Saharan Africa, where pregnant women are far less likely to receive assistance during childbirth due to poverty, conflict and the fragility of institutions.

If, by 2030, a neonatal mortality rate similar to the average recorded in high-income countries is reached in each country, 16 million lives could be saved, said the report.

These deaths can be prevented with access to well-trained aid, clean water, disinfectants, breastfeeding in the first hour after birth, skin-to-skin contact and good nutrition, it said.

The U.N. agency said an urgent call is being made to governments, health service providers, donors, the private sector and families to keep all newborns alive, through the following measures:

* Contract, train, retain and manage a sufficient number of doctors, nurses and staff with experience in the care of the mother and newborn.
* Guarantee clean and functional health facilities equipped with water, soap and electricity, available to all mothers and babies.
* Consider as a priority providing all mothers and babies with medicines that save lives and the equipment necessary for a healthy start in life.
* Empower teenage mothers and families to request and receive quality care.

The children’s fund asked the Costa Rican population to join the global call for attention, by signing a digital petition on the website
Every Child Alive, so that world leaders invest more in quality and affordable health care for mothers and their babies.

Study points out poverty rates despite economic growth

By AM Costa Rica staff

Central America, Panama and the Dominican Republic recorded an economic expansion of 3.8 percent in 2017, but this growth did not mean significant changes in poverty levels or an improvement in income distribution, the Inter-American Development Bank said Tuesday.

These are part of the conclusions of the regional macroeconomic report published by the bank, "Inclusive Growth: Challenges and Opportunities for Central America and the Dominican Republic."

In recent years, the region has benefited from a favorable international context, "but unfortunately, we have not seen this boom reach the most vulnerable social sectors," said Verónica Zavala in a statement issued by the agency's office in Santo Domingo. She is general manager of the bank’s department overseeing Central America, Haiti, Mexico, Panama and the Dominican Republic.

"It is necessary for the region to maximize the impact of the assets it already has, such as the growing labor force, its financial system or its high commercial and financial integration, to accelerate growth and thus promote a more equitable distribution of the benefits of an economic expansion," she added.

In an environment of growing uncertainty about the world economy, authorities of the region should adopt actions and policies to boost their growth and increase its inclusiveness, the analysis added.

The report analyzes the accumulation of human capital and its influence on economic growth and highlights characteristics of the individual's home and individuals that affect the likelihood of accessing education and health services, according to a press statement.

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Vulnerable populations are reported still outside the benefits of economic growth.

It also examines the role of financial integration in the credit behavior of the region, and finishes with the construction of scenarios of regional economic performance in the face of external shocks.

"We hope that this report will allow a debate on the actions and policies to be followed by the authorities of the region to enhance their growth and increase inclusiveness. Our main challenge must be to ensure that the benefits of growth reach the largest proportion of the population," said Zavala.

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San José, Costa Rica    Published Wednesday,  February 28, 2018            Vol. 18, No. 228
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Constitutional chamber refuses appeal
against new sexual education programs

By A.M Costa Rica staff

The minister of Education, Sonia Marta Mora, celebrated the resolution of the Constitutional Chamber which denied an appeal for protection filed by the mother of a student. The mother had protested the guidelines of sexuality and affectivity education of the Ministry of Public Education.

The education leader shared her happiness through a live Facebook broadcast. She said she felt satisfied because the programs had sparked protests by some parents.

"It confirms that the programs are a fundamental tool to fight against improper relations, against the abuses of minors, against gender violence, against teenage pregnancy," said Mora.

The minister of Public Educations said the criteria of the chamber confirm these programs were prepared based on high quality scientific background.

She added that the state must guarantee the right to education and also the protection of the student.

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The sexual education curriculum for public education received constitutional support.
The appeal was filed by the mother of a student who claimed that programs indoctrinate, promote gender ideology, and that they pervert and incite to morbidity and pornography.

In 2012, the Constitutional Chamber said: ". . . there is an obligation for the Costa Rican state to implement sex education policies for minors."

First mobile simulation clinical center will train caregivers

By AM Costa Rica staff

For the first time, a highly specialized center will be able to move to rural and urban areas with the purpose of increasing the proficiency of clinical procedures performed by health care professionals at the national level. This is a program never before developed in Latin America.

The Mobile Simulation Center-UCR, run by the School of Nursing of the University of Costa Rica, will allow students, nurses, graduates and other experts dedicated to patient care to practice various types of complex clinical procedures in human models before dealing with a real person.

The objective is for the participants to further strengthen their skills in a high-tech controlled space, where they can design and carry out the steps that are needed in difficult cases, the university said. This will reduce the risk of a patient receiving a bad procedure, it added.

According to Seidy Mora, coordinator of the Center for Simulation in Health, clinical simulation has become an essential strategy to guarantee patient safety, as well as guaranteeing the quality of learning processes. In this aspect, the university has been characterized as a pioneer and leader in the country.

The center also responds in cases of national emergency, specifically in the selection and immediate care of patients, and even in the performance of minor surgeries that are vital at the time of emergency.

Those involved will be able to implement about 72 clinical procedures with their respective guides based on scientific evidence. These include the placement of different types of probes, application of injectables by different routes and various types of cures, among others.

Participants will also receive training in basic life support, advanced cardiovascular life support and advanced pediatric support, as needed.

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The new mobile center had a cost of more than half a million dollars.

Another contribution that the Mobile Simulation Center will provide will be to expand teaching in different scenarios of the health system, with the purpose that those involved are able to respond to changing environments in accordance with the new needs of Costa Rica, the university said.

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San José, Costa Rica           Published Wednesday,  February 28, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 228
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More than 40 irregular workers caught by immigration police
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

According to immigration police, 47 people from different nationalities were caught working illegally in the facilities of the Coopesa company, dedicated to the repair and maintenance of aircraft.

Authorities explained they are foreigners from El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Venezuela, among others, who entered the country as tourists and therefore do not have the respective permits to work in Costa Rica.

According to Elías Quesada, director of the Immigration Police, these people were found after an alert was received and an operation was carried out in the facility.

Foreigners received weekly salaries ranging from ¢240,000 and ¢747, 000 according to the findings of the authorities.

According to Quesada, the company faces fines ranging from two to twelve base salaries, for violating the migration law.
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The workers had tourist visas, police said.

The 47 people had their passports confiscated and a process was initiated to regularize their migratory status or have them leave the country.

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San José, Costa Rica     Published Wednesday,  February 28, 2018      Vol. 18, No.228
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Punta Uva is one of the most famous beaches in the Caribbean.

Trip Advisor says Punta Uva is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Punta Uva beach in Puerto Viejo de Limón was selected as one of the 25 best beaches in the world.

The designation was made by the American website TripAdvisor, which provides content reviews related to travel and includes opinions of tourists.

The vice president of the Chamber of Tourism of the South Caribbean, Jorge Molina, said the beach is one of the most visited and has a rich history. The calm of the sea and its landscapes makes it one of the jewels of the province, he said.

Molina asked those who visit this area not only to enjoy this and other beaches but to avoid littering, an action hard to control but one that can be eliminated with a little environmental awareness.

Punta Uva beach is located only five minutes by car from the center of Puerto Viejo. Visitors usually arrive by bicycle.

This beach shares its designation as one of the 25 best in the world with Varadero beach, in Cuba, Blanca Beach in the Philippines and Negril Beach in Jamaica.

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San José, Costa Rica     Published Wednesday,  February 28, 2018        Vol. 18, No. 228
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New theater opens up in San Sebastián

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

"Cream and chocolate in café concert," written by the Costa Rican playwright and director, Claudia Barrionuevo, is the inaugurating piece of Teatro Arte Urbano, located in the Eco Bambú Plaza shopping center in San Sebastián.

The new theater will be in the charge of the Costa Rican actress Thelma Darkings.

The opening activity will take place next Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. with a press conference and the presentation of the theatrical piece.

"The Urban Art Theater aims to become a meeting point for lovers of the arts, a space for discovery, a place to dream and to interact with the performing arts of our country. It was conceived as a special place to discover, explore and enjoy the theater," said Marbella Farach, spokesperson for the theater.

"Crema y chocolate en café concert" performances will be held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m. There will also be an art exhibition by the Talentum Gallery, which will exhibit pieces of different national artists.

In the play, two women embody different characters. Through the action they reveal their controlling attitudes and dysfunctionality finally realizing that the solution to the problems is solidarity, according to the theater.

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The theater is located in the Eco Bambú shopping center in San Sebastián.

"We chose solidarity as a message so that when our wonderful audience comes out after having seen the show they bring their hearts full of joy," Farach said.

The opening staging includes music, dance, singing and acting, and the theater announcement gave thanks to the artists who put their talent to work and created a show of high quality, which is one of the objectives of Teatro Arte Urbano.

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San José, Costa Rica     Published Wednesday,  February 28, 2018       Vol. 18, No.228
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Intel Costa Rica will dismiss several workers

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The technological giant Intel will resume dismissals in Costa Rica, the government said Tuesday.

Between 20 and 40 people would be left without work, according to the minister of Communication, Mauricio Herrera.

Herrera said the dismissals are the result of a restructuring process the company carries out globally and which also impacted Costa Rica.

The number of dismissals that was initially reported was 200. However, Herrera dismissed that information as false.

According to the minister, the impact of Intel's restructuring will be minimal in the country.

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Intel Costa Rica is located in Belén de Heredia.

These dismissals are added to 68 that Intel made last April when it closed one of its research departments and development center.

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