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San José, Costa Rica            Published Friday,  March 2, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.302

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Authorities arrest former president of business chamber

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The former owner of the Yanber Corp., Samuel Yankelewitz, was arrested Thursday morning after an investigation into alleged bank fraud.

According to the press office of the Public Ministry, the arrest was made after the businessman was interviewed.

"The accused is being held in cells of OIJ, waiting for a hearing,” said the Public Prosecutor's Office  referring to the Judicial Investigating Organization cells.

Yankelewitz and four other former employees of the Yanber plastic bags company are being investigated for allegedly making up financial statements to get loans for more than ¢13,495 million from different banking entities.

Feb. 14, the judicial authorities arrested the former financial director of Yanber, the former financial director, the ex-financial manager and a public accountant, who audited and certified the financial statements.

The Criminal Court of San José ordered six months of preventive detention for each of the defendants. However, that day
Yankelewitz was not apprehended because in January he underwent heart surgery.

The investigation against those involved began in July 2016, after, "using false audited financial statements presented to financial companies, both public and private, they managed to obtain millions in credit that they did not honor," according to Attorney General Emilia Naval.

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Yankelewitz is the former president of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector.

In total there are four financial entities that have denounced the supposed scams: National Bank of Costa Rica for $6 million and ¢2,000 million, the Bank of Costa Rica for ¢6,975 million, Bancredito for ¢1,120 million, and the Financial Consultants Group, whose amount has not yet been calculated.

Apparently, after the institutions granted the credits, they learned that on May 28, 2015, Yankelewitz filed a request for a preventive agreement with the San José Bankruptcy Court to declare the company bankrupt. The banks found that strange since they had just given the credits. After a study, it was determined that the audited financial statements were faked, officials allege.

Legislators expedite process to move forward
with new taxes

By AM Costa Rica staff

Suddenly, and without many expecting it, legislators approved an extraordinary procedure that expedites the approval of tax increases.

The procedure sparked loud protests from legislators from the Broad Front Party. One of them, Jorge Arguedas, a former union leader, got so angry he dashed a glass of water against the floor.

The president of the Legislative Assembly, Gonzalo Ramírez, described the action as a temper tantrum.

During the legislative upheaval, libertarians also scolded the president of Congress, and asked why they were not following the agenda set up in advance for the day.

Ramírez said his colleagues tried to snatch the microphone so he could not continue with the voting.

Members of the Citizen's Action, National Liberation, Christian Social Unity, Costa Rican Renewal, Christian Democratic Alliance, National Restoration and Access Without Exclusion  parties supported the initiative.

According to the agenda, Wednesday afternoon legislators were to discuss the immunity of the magistrate Celso Gamboa.

"Do you realize the amount of time we are spending and not moving forward in the discussion of the Celso Gamboa case?" asked the Broad Front deputy, Edgardo Araya.

"If there are faults in the procedure, the Constitutional Chamber is available," the president of Congress replied.

The initiative establishes the creation of a special commission that will analyze the fiscal reform bill and, in three weeks, will issue an evaluation and send it to the full assembly.

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The unexpected approval of a fast track to study the fiscal reform caused a heated discussion and upheaval.

The commission will meet from Monday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. and, when the analysis is ready, the full legislature will discuss it from Monday to Wednesday, also from 9 a.m. to noon.

The bill for the strengthening of public finances is a contingency plan pushed by the executive power that includes creating an value added tax of 14 percent to professional services. It increases the collections on capital income, such as bank investments, to 8 percent, sets a maximum for luxury salaries and links the public worker's annuity to a performance evaluation.

Jan. 25, the Ministry of Finance confirmed that the 2017 fiscal deficit had closed at 6.2 percent of the gross domestic product.

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Tourism sector blames government for
its inability to tax Airbnb

By AM Costa Rica staff

The National Chamber of Tourism and the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels agree that the government's passivity and lack of will are the reasons why the state does not collect taxes from digital platforms such as Airbnb.

Both chambers regretted the statements that the Helio Fallas, minister of Finance and vice president,  gave to a media outlet, saying that distance and communication with the Airbnb controls made it difficult to create mechanisms to collect taxes.

The two entities said they reject this as a valid justification for avoiding the governmental responsibility of ensuring the collection of taxes.

"We believe that it is not justifiable, since on repeated occasions we have expressed to the government the urgency of regulating all those activities of the collaborative economy as other countries do in the world, thereby avoiding unfair competition," said the tourism chamber president,  Isabel Vargas.

The president-elect of the chamber, Sary Valverde, added that there must be proper management in the collection, especially when legislators are about to approve new taxes on formal businesses.

"We support the Costa Rican Chambers of Hotels in this fight that seeks to protect the rights and equal conditions of large and small hotels."

Before the statements of the minister of Finance, the president of the hotel chamber, Johnny Riba, explained that they have maintained communication with the directors of the Airbnb platform for Latin America, and that they have a note in which they express their interest in collaborating with the collection of taxes.

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In the past, Airbnb has offered to collect the taxes and deliver them  to the government, but does not allow for external audits.

He even noted that Airbnb representatives mentioned that they have tried to contact the government, but have not received a response.

"We believe that there must be a will, as there are countries that have already managed to establish the collections as in the case of Spain. We must learn from that experience, see the mechanisms used and adapt them according to the laws and internal regulations of our country,” Riba explained.

According to calculations of the Costa Rican Chamber of Hotels, the state does not receive about 48 billion colones annually from this platform. The sum represents sales taxes on hospitality deals  reached through the websites.

 Crystal meth dealers arrested in Hatillo

By AM Costa Rica staff

Thursday police arrested two brothers who are accused of transporting a massive load of methamphetamine through the district of Hatillo in the central canton of San José.

Methamphetamine is a stimulant made in the laboratory and highly addictive. It has been sold by Costa Rican drug traffickers for some time.

 According to medical reports, it can cause severe damage to the central nervous system and cause death.

The officers were patrolling when they came across a motorcycle whose driver reacted nervously, the Public Security Minister said.

Suddenly, he made a turn and headed at great speed towards La Sabana, the agency said. The police patrol followed the motorcycle.

In front of La Sabana Metropolitan Park, the motorcycle was intercepted and its two occupants were detained.

The detainees are brothers, 23 and 24, who live in La Aurora de San Felipe de Alajuelita, San José.

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The two brothers caught the police attention when they became very nervous, police said.

The police confiscated a bag containing 100 grams of methamphetamine, with a value close to five million colones, according to the ministry.

The brothers, who have the  last names of Montero, were sent to the Prosecutor's Office and are awaiting a judge’s imposition of precautionary measures.

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Business sector representatives will also meet privately with the candidates next week.      
Presidential candidates introduce their plans
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By A.M Costa Rica staff

Wednesday the presidential candidate of Acción Ciudadana, Carlos Alvarado, and the candidate for the Restauración Nacional, Fabricio Alvarado, participated in their first debate of the second electoral round, organized by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector.

The debate showed that the leaders had differences on energy issues and opening new markets, but coincidences in infrastructure and fiscal matters.

They agreed about the urgency to approve a reform to the way the legislative assembly works, the approval of fiscal reform and contingency measures in spending.

They also agreed to streamline and make more transparent the system of public purchases as well as seeking measures to stop abusive pensions and balance the department of the Social Security.

Among the issues in which there were differences was the opening of the energy market and the incorporation of Costa Rica to the Pacific Alliance Initiative.

"Costa Rica requires a president with the vision and mentality of a statesman, a president who, when he assumes power, is willing and committed to stop doing politics and make the decisions that we urgently need as a country," said Franco Pacheco, president of the chamber.

The debate also had the participation of legislators elected from the parties that will have five or more legislators in the next four years.

Among them were Víctor Morales of the Citizen Action Party, Jonathan Prendas of the National Restoration Party, Erwen Masís of the Social Christian Unity Party and Carlos Ricardo Benavides of the National Liberation Party.

The four elected lawmakers agreed to move forward with the necessary agreements to expedite the legislative processes and make the congress more efficient when passing laws that the country requires.

They also agreed to automatically lift the immunity of the members of certain governmental branches when they are accused of corruption, said yes to reducing the budget granted to public universities and agreed that the salaries of public employees should match their performance.

Carlos Alvarado of the Citizen Action Party will meet Wednesday with the Board of Directors of business chamber while Fabricio Alvarado will do so March 14.

"For the productive sector, it is essential to know in depth the opinion of the person who will govern us in the next four years," Pacheco said.

Board of Psychologists rebuts the effectiveness
of sexual reconversion therapies

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Professional College of Psychologists of Costa Rica considers it necessary, in the current context, to reaffirm that homosexuality is not a disease, according to a press release.

International organizations such as the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization, have repeatedly stated that homosexuality is not a disease, and therefore there is no cure or treatment.

Since 1993, World Health has eliminated homosexuality as a mental health disease and in 2012 its Pan American arm established that "the supposed 'cure' services of people with non-heterosexual sexual orientation lack medical justification and represent a severe threat to health and welfare of the people affected."

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Asphalt layers on Ruta 32 will be improved as of this weekend
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

This weekend, maintenance work will begin on the 32-km stretch of the Braulio Carrillo highway, Route 32, which connects the capital with the Atlantic zone of the country.

The work will seek to improve the conditions between Puente Virilla near the Ricardo Saprissa stadium and the toll station and then to Río Sucio.

The first asphalt layer will be 17 centimeters thick, which is 10 more than the current one between Puente Virilla and the toll booth. From that point on up to Río Sucio, the asphalt layer will go from 12 centimeters to 23.5 centimeters.

The measures are intended to extend the life of the road for up to 10 years.

The works will last six months and its implementation will involve traffic regulations at various points on the road.

The improvements will begin in the Río Sucio area and will move towards the capital from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The work day seeks to take advantage of the clear hours in a ordinarily rainy and foggy area, transport officials said.
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Authorities call upon drivers to take the necessary measures to avoid problems while commuting.

Also this schedule is thought is to benefit drivers as it leaves free passage in the morning and afternoon peak hours.

The authorities said work will be suspended if the weather conditions are adverse. Once the asphalt layer rehabilitation has been completed and 30 days have passed, the road will be marked. At that point, the asphalt will be thoroughly dry, the officials said.

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Pope accepts resignation of Bishop of Alajuela,
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Pope Francis accepted the resignation as bishop of Alajuela from Monsignor Ángel San Casimiro Fernández and appointed Fray Bartolomé Buigues Oller as his successor.

The appointment was made Thursday morning, as confirmed by the Episcopal Conference of Costa Rica.

San Casimiro submitted his resignation Sept. 16, 2017 for reasons of age, as established by the Code of Canon Law of 1983.

Fray Bartolomé Buigues Oller was born on March 7, 1963, in Teulada, Spain.

"This is a service I receive with great joy and humility. I have confidence that the Lord is the One who chose and He will give me the strength to proceed," said Buigues on Radio Fides.

Buigues began his religious life in the seminary of the Capuchin Tertiaries in Godella in the diocese of Valencia and pronounced his perpetual vows on June 25, 1988. He received his priestly ordination April 22, 1989.

In 2010 he was provincial superior in Costa Rica and, since 2013, local superior and novice teacher at the Seminary of the Order in San José. He is also a provincial councilor and president of the Conference of Religious people of Costa Rica.

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The change of bishop is important to the Costa Rican population since most of them declare that they are of the Catholic faith.

He received a degree in theology at the Theological Faculty of San Vicente Ferrer in Valencia, Spain, a pastoral theology degree at the Pontifical University of Salamanca, another in the management of educational centers in the Félix Evaristo Institute in Santo Domingo and finally one in Social and Cultural Anthropology in the University of Costa Rica.

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San José, Costa Rica       Published Friday,  March 2, 2018        Vol. 18, No. 302
Real Estate
About Us
Activists denounce increase in physical attacks
on LGBTI community

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Between Feb. 4 and the 28, the Front for Equal Rights recorded seven physical attacks and 18 verbal aggressions against LGBTI community members, according to Michelle Jones, spokesperson of the organization.

The attacks occurred in a bar, on buses, in the streets and one in a house in the area of San José, Guanacaste, Heredia and Alajuela.

Larissa Arroyo, the legal advisor at the front, explained that there is a spectrum in the forms of discrimination and violence against gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.

"This spectrum manifests as hate speech, as we have had with the presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado, but also in certain reprisals. For example, in the family, when someone wants to attend a family event they are either unwanted or, if the individual attends, there are comments about sexual orientation," she explained.

"And those of us who belong to the LGTBI community know this. We want to be loved, respected and count on a family that supports us in all our projects," she added. “Discrimination has dire consequences on an emotional level," said Arroyo.

The lawyer explained that people should know that there are legal mechanisms to protect their rights and their integrity.

One of them is the complaints that can be brought before the Ombudsman's Office, which deals primarily with those related to situations of discrimination in public institutions or by public employees.

In the last month, the Ombudsman's Office has made a call for calm and tolerance, asking people to put aside discriminatory speeches and to avoid violence in public spaces.

U.S. Embassy courtesy photo
U.S. Embassy staff supported the LGBTI community at San Jose March of Diversity in 2016.

"The Office of the Ombudsman of the Republic calls on everyone to put an end to the manifestations of hatred and discrimination that have prevailed and continue to prevail on the occasion of the electoral campaign," says one of their press releases.

“We make a call to get rid of political messages of any discriminatory bias, contrary to democracy and to the most basic values of human rights that have nurtured us through our national history," the document adds.

The electoral campaign might have influenced the attacks, according to the Ombudsman's Office.

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San José, Costa Rica       Published Friday,  March 2, 2018        Vol. 18, No.302
Real Estate
About Us

Our reader's opinion:
How much can be expected from our children?

Dear A.M. Costa Rica readers:

Many families take advantage of school report cards to talk with their children about school. Even if the report card is itself valuable, it should not be the sole standard to evaluate a child’s academic performance, since every child is different and so are his or her circumstances.

A child’s academic performance is satisfactory when it conforms to his or her intellectual capacity and realized effort. Performance is sufficient when a student’s grade level is “passed” or “progresses adequately”.

Two paradoxical situations may occur. The first one would be that the student passes with a sufficient grade point average, but his or her performance is clearly unsatisfactory because the student could have gotten a better grade as a result of improving his or her learning capacity according to what was expected. This is the case of gifted students that with explanations and little effort obtain a passing grade. It also depends, however, how demanding the teacher is and if he or she is satisfied with the minimum obtained basic knowledge.

The second situation would be if the student makes a big effort and dedicates many hours to studying but does not achieve a sufficient grade. This depends on whether the student’s studying methods are efficient (or not), whether the student lacks the minimum basic knowledge of a certain subject in order to progress, or whether the teacher is too demanding.

Nevertheless, parents should not value, in themselves, the grades their children obtain in school because they could be making three mistakes. The first one is to demand their child less than what he or she is capable of giving, thus fomenting commodity and conformism. By not acquiring the habit of studying, the student is propelled to fail in the future even if now he or she is passing by a margin.

The second one would be to demand of the student more than what he or she is capable of giving. Expecting a high performance from an average student who tries hard to progress could stir a state of anguish and anxiety within the student that could lead to desperation and the explicit refusal to study.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo

The last mistake would be to demand of all children the same expectations, when in reality each one of them is different. Comparisons between siblings or classmates always produce negative consequences and can lead to jealousy or envy.

Rather than assessing the report card itself, one must consider whether the academic performance that each student achieves is satisfactory with his or her capacity, and most of all, if the student has given his or her maximum effort and dedication to the daily labor of studying.

Arturo Ramo,

Note: The views or opinions expressed by the author, are the sole and exclusive responsibility of the sender and do not necessarily represent the opinion of A.M. Costa Rica, therefore, the newspaper does not accepts liability for reader's opinion letter content.

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