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San José, Costa Rica            Published Tuesday,  March 6, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.306

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The trade of hammerhead sharks would be an embarrassment for the country, said biologist Randall Arauz.
Authorities flirt with the idea of exporting
hammerhead sharks

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture is analyzing whether it will lift the ban on the export of hammerhead sharks, news that has put environmental groups on alert since they claim that the fish is an endangered species.

Through a study carried out by its research department, the fishery institute will decide the issue based on the criteria established by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, according to the president of the Institute, Gustavo Meneses.

“Meeting the criteria provided by the CITES convention is a sensitive matter and INCOPESCA is responsible for ensuring the survival of the species," Meneses said, using the acronyms for the convention and the fisheries institute.

The official said they are acting in a transparent manner and that they will accept what the scientific and technical analysis given by the specialists says.

However, the manager of MarViva's Political Advocacy, Haydée Rodríguez, questioned the fact that no other body is being allowed to participate in these studies aside from members of the fishery institute

"The authorities are changing the way in which this decision is made, from being a multi-party body where the NGOs and the academy participate, to a group that is only INCOPESCA "said Rodríguez.

The maneuver increases the concern of environmental groups about the final result of the analysis.

Meneses came forward to defend the fact the decision will be purely technical and said that the fishery institute is the one  constitutionally in charge to decide.

Since March 2015, the export of hammerhead sharks has been banned. Its populations have fallen by nearly 90 percent in recent decades, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

In Costa Rica, the extraction of hammerhead sharks for sale is untenable, the Costa Rican biologist Randall Arauz said.

He is the president of the Marine Turtle Restoration Program, known as PRETOMA. He said that in August 2015 and March 2016, the results of two studies were published which state that it is impossible for the practice of taking the sharks to continue without impacting the species and the marine environment.

"Both scientific studies showed that in Costa Rica it is impossible to extract hammerheads for export because it is biologically unsustainable and because the Costa Rican state has no control capacity," said the scientist.

Arauz said that the current administration is desperate and that is why it omits the controls of collegiate bodies made up of eight specialists from the Universities of Costa Rica, National University and the Technological Institute, replacing them with the opinion of an institutional scientist who is subject to pressure to favor business groups.

Private telecom companies get
wider electromagnetic spectrum

By AM Costa Rica staff

The two biggest private telecom operators in Costa Rica, Claro and Telefónica doing business as Movistar, paid $19 and $24 million respectively for the use and exploitation of the radio-electric spectrum, which will ease the deployment of and strengthening the international mobile telecommunications networks.

According to Edwin Estrada, vice minister of Telecommunications, the deal brings several benefits for the users, including the improvement of quality and broader signal penetration.

According to Estrada, the concessions brought $43 million into the National Telecommunications Fund.

That money will be used for reducing the digital gap of the population in vulnerability conditions in accordance with the objectives of universal access, universal service and solidarity defined in the General Law of Telecommunications and the National Plan of Development of Telecommunications.

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Part of the money will be invested in digital literacy programs.
"This money will be used to bring connectivity and digital literacy to all the people, regardless of their condition and where they live, so they can have access to telecommunications services with which they can improve their quality of life through the productive use of information technologies," said the Minister.

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San José, Costa Rica         Published Tuesday,  March 6, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 306
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No trains and no alligators this coming Holy Week

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican Railway Institute said that during Holy Week celebrations there will be no train service in the greater metropolitan area. The suspension starts March 26 and ends March 31.

The rail institute explained that this period of low passenger demand will be used to provide maintenance to the railways. Work will be carried out through the facilities of the Pacific Station and at specific points of the road such as Quircot, Pavas and Tibás.

Staff will carry out general service reviews, and the locomotives will be greased and washed. Parts of the cars, such as balconies, floors, seats and handrails, will be repaired, the institute said.

In Quircot de Cartago, 500 meters of track will be rebuilt. Work will also be done on the west access of the railway bridge over the Torres River, in Pavas and in Tibás, in front of Walmart.

In a break with tradition, the National System of Conservation Areas denied the permits needed to carry out the Lagarteada, a festival where an alligator is chased, trapped and shown to the public in the Santa Cruz Canton, Guanacaste.

Last year, the Lagarteada caused the death of the animal after it suffered abuse while being transferred to a pool in Bolsón de Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. It was the first time an alligator died due to the festivities.

The custom dates back almost 200 years and consists of a group of locals catching the alligator on the Tempisque, Cañas or Las Palmas rivers. Later it is taken to a pool in the village and released the next day.

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The hunt and catching of an alligator for cultural purposes will not be tolerated this year.
The director of sustainable use of biodiversity of the National System of Conservation Areas, Henry Ramírez, said that the decision is final given the animal abuse that is registered.

The aim is to replace this activity with another form of rural tourism that can generate foreign currency for the local population.

The president of the Animal Welfare Association, Juan Carlos Peralta, stated that this mistreatment could not continue, but the group is making itself available to the community of Ortega to help organize some type of tourist event that generates profits.

The tradition received constant criticism given that the animal had to be beaten in order to be tied.

Two new cranes start operations at the docks in Limón

By AM Costa Rica staff

Monday the two Post Panamax gantry cranes officially went into operation, helping to modernize the public port now that the Dutch APM Terminals Co. has begun competing operation in Moín.

The docks are run by the Junta de Administración Portuaria y de Desarrollo Económico de la Vertiente Atlántica de Costa Rica, known as JAPDEVA. It is is a state agency that was formed to generate development along the Caribbean coast.

The cranes were baptized as Luisa and Glenda, honoring the first female port mechanic and the first operator of port equipment, respectively.

The terminal has waited for three decades the arrival of this type of machinery.

Upon their arrival and start of operations, JAPDEVA expects to reduce container unloading and loading times by four hours, a process that currently extends for up to 21 hours. Both Post Panamax cranes have the capacity to move 35 containers per hour.

The total investment amounts to $16 million.

The equipment was purchased from Sany Co. of the heavy machinery sector.

The equipment complies with all international safety standards including the color pattern used to ensure better visibility.

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Luisa and Glenda are the names given by the workers to the new cranes which will compete against those of APM Terminals.
"The decision to acquire this equipment lies in the urgency of reducing the high obstruction that our terminals shows, obstruction that translates into delays in the operation and high costs for importers and exporters, costs that are passed on to final consumers," said. Ann McKinley, executive president of JAPDEVA.

JAPDEVA has been making investments recently to make up for failures to modernize over the last 20 years, according to the executive president.

The institution has also acquired other equipment such as a new tugboat, a stacker of containers and transfer equipment such as port heads and forklifts.

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San José, Costa Rica       Published Tuesday,  March 6, 2018       Vol. 18, No. 306
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TEC inaugurates new branch in Limón


By A.M Costa Rica staff

After occupying  the facilities of a state-owned training center since 2014, were 300 students from the Technological Institute of Costa Rica celebrated the opening of its own branch in Limón Centro.

The new campus consists of a classroom building that houses computer, chemical, physics and language laboratories, as well as a library, cafeteria and a structure for student and administrative services. It is an investment of close to $6 million.

The construction of this new new university campus in Limón began in April of 2016.  The state university’s main campus is in Cartago.

"At that time I mentioned that the important thing in these processes was not the laying of the first stone, but the last one, which ends the work, precisely because it is what really triggers the generation of new knowledge, new ventures and new opportunities for local and national development," said President Luis Guillermo Solís.

"To see this effort materialized, as a way to give back to the  families of Limón what they give to the country through their taxes, the talent of their young people and their cultural wealth, it is indisputable proof of the progress that this region has had during the last years," he added .

This first stage of the construction process covers a total of 15,700 square meters, according to data from the Engineering Office of TEC. The new headquarters is built on a property of 26,000 square meters to allow for its expansion.

The design of classrooms, offices and other areas was inspired by the architecture of cultural heritage sites such as Liberty Hall (Black Star Line hall ) and the Correos building.

The structure is designed to take full advantage of lighting and natural ventilation. The materials used help keep the place fresh and integrate more harmoniously with the environment.

For the first semester of 2018, more than 100 first-year students were enrolled, 20 of them in business administration, 41 in industrial engineering and 46 in computer engineering.

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The new facilities are located in Barrio Cerro Mocho in front of the Limón Day School in a quiet residential area.

Julio César Calvo, rector of TEC, expressed the institution’s joy for this new milestone in its history.

"This is an achievement for which we have been fighting for several years. The effort of the institution to meet the academic demand in the province has been focused on doing everything in our power to improve the educational quality of the students who have seen in the TEC an opportunity to prepare for a better future. These facilities are cause for total celebration and pride," he said.

Minister of Education Sonia Marta Mora praised the rector of TEC, the teaching and administrative staff, as well as the students and parents who have followed this process.

"Behind the joy we share today, there is the tenacious work of a teaching, administrative and student community committed to present and future generations who will use this new academic resource in Limón," Mora added. "This is worthy of praise and recognition, because I am sure that the quality of the technical training that TEC offers its students and the entrepreneurial will that is breathed in these classes, will motivate more and more high school students from all over the province to become great professionals, agents of change and development.

National Symphonic Orchestra's Limón Tour starts today

By AM Costa Rica staff

The National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica will go on tour today through Friday, performing in the cantons of Montes de Oro, Puntarenas, Orotina and Garabito, where they will deliver four free concerts.

The tour is being directed by the Costa Rican Gabriela Mora, winner of the National music award 2017 for direction. She, along with the orchestra, will perform a musical program with works by foreign composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven and Edvard Grieg and nationals like Carlos Guzmán.

Two of the performances will be delivered to high school students of the José Martí Liceo School, in Puntarenas center and the Professional Technical High School of Jacó.

The programming of the concerts is as follows:

Tonight at 7 p.m., Miramar Amphitheater, Puntarenas

Wednesday at 10:15 a.m., gymnasium of the José Martí Liceo, Puntarenas

Thursday at 7 p.m., Catholic Church of Orotina

Friday at 10 a.m., Jacó Sports Center

"For the National Music Center this tour of concerts in the Pacific is very important because neighbors from these communities asked us for a visit of the OSN and the teaching of master classes to the young local students,” aid Gabriel Goñi, general director of the National Music Center. “These classes were very successful during the last visit of the orchestra to the area.”

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On Friday, the orchestra will perform at the Polideportivo Gymnasium, in Jacó.

During this tour, a group of musicians from the orchestra will offer master classes to young musicians and students of the National System of Music Education in the communities of Jaco, Puntarenas and Miramar.









San José, Costa Rica           Published Tuesday,  March 6, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 306
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Trade union denounces subhuman
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Representatives of the Union of Workers of the Industry of the Sugar Cane and the National Federation of Workers of Agro-industry and Allied Workers denounced what they called miserable working conditions of the sugar workers of the Taboga Sugar Mill.

Michael Hernandez, general secretary of the federation, said that the conflict supposedly began with the hiring process.

"The company went to Nicaragua with contracts drawn up by them and recruited hundreds of Nicaraguan workers for temporary jobs. When they moved here, the contracts were changed. They realized that the employer is not Taboga but a third party, and they changed all the conditions, including the salary.”

“There was an agreed remuneration, and when they arrived here the contractor changed his mind and pays what he wants," said the union representative.

Hernández explained that another situation exposed is the alleged abuse carried out by the contractors, "a system used by Taboga to disassociate from its responsibilities with workers."

"They install them in inhumane and unhealthy conditions. Workers sleep on cardboards, and if they want blankets, they have to buy them. They do not have fans or light. They have dirty bathrooms, and the employers sell them the water to drink and bathe in, as well as the tools for their work," explained Hernández.
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The living conditions of the workers were shown by the union leaders.

"In these times we find it incredible that these situations occur," said the union representative.

"We, as a federation demand the Taboga company take responsibility for the situation, pay the money that has not yet been paid them and to cover the basic needs they have in the dormitories. In addition, the figure of a contractor must be eliminated because it distorts the relationship," he concluded.

The company said that "Ingenio Taboga will maintain constant dialogue with labor representatives, as a responsible company for the economic and social welfare of its employees."

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San José, Costa Rica     Published Tuesday,  March 6, 2018      Vol. 18, No.306
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Justice Ministry will seek constitutional approval
to decrease jail overcrowding

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Justice will ask the Constitutional Chamber for approval to relocate prisoners to other prisons as a solution to prison overcrowding.

This was announced by the head of the ministry, Marco Feoli, after the meeting with the leaders of the executive and judicial powers last week.

The meeting sought to find possible measures to reduce overpopulation in the holding cells of the Judicial Investigation Organization.

The request will be heard at a hearing scheduled for March 15. Feoli explained that currently there are orders from the judges that prevent the relocation of the prisoners within the same penitentiary system.

"There are a number of orders of execution that prevent us from distributing people internally if the center is not closed. When this happens, which is the case in almost all the penal centers of the country, it is challenging for us to manage the overcrowding. That is jurisdictional matter and will be brought before the Constitutional Chamber," said the minister.

Another of the measures that emerged after the meeting is to reduce the time required for the location of the indicted prisoners.

Feoli explained that the ministry will also initiate a process of accompaniment with the Judiciary to avoid as far as possible the transfers from prisons to Judicial Investigation Organization facilities related to hearings or other practices. The interviews can be made through the use of technology.

"This will allow us to reduce the flow of people deprived of liberty who need to go to facilities," explained Feoli.

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Reducing the time indicted suspects spend in temporary jail would be another measure to decrease overcrowding.

The director of the judicial police, Wálter Espinoza, added that there is good faith to provide technological resources and provide training to justices on the part of the Judiciary.

The meeting was also attended by the president of the Republic, Luis Guillermo Solís, and the president of the court, Carlos Chinchilla.

The appointment was scheduled at the request of the court, after a complaint made by Espinoza about the murder of a man last February in the judicial cells in Limón.

The minister took advantage of the meeting to reiterate the need to create 900 new places for inmates before June.

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San José, Costa Rica         Published Tuesday,  March 6, 2018        Vol. 18, No. 306
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Coast guards find a semi-submersible boat
in the middle in the Pacific Coast

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Authorities of the Ministry of Public Security inspected a semi-submersible vessel that was found in the Pacific.

Vessels of this type are widely used in the transport of drugs, so the Drug Control Police and the National Coast Guard Service will analyze the case.

The ship was located on Sunday, at 4:23 p.m. after a crew from a boat sailing off Punta Burica reported it.

"It is a gray ship, about 42 feet (13 meters) long, equipped with three engines, inside which were observed garbage and food waste," said the Ministry of Security.

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According to authorities, this kind of boat is commonly used for drug transportation.

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San José, Costa Rica        Published Tuesday,  March 6, 2018       Vol. 18, No.306
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Our Reader's opinion:
A sincere apology to those generations ahead of mine

Dear A.M. Costa Rica's readers:

My friends, family and colleagues and I had good intentions. We strove to leave the world a better place than we found it. I truly apologize that we failed so miserably. Although I realize many will fail to comprehend it or deny its truth, I want to tell you about the world I was brought into 70 years ago:

We knew all of our neighbors. If they needed assistance with anything, we were there to help and vice versa. We had an annual block party that everyone anticipated and spent the year planning. The same was true with police, who rarely (if ever) drew their side arms. When there was trouble we ran to them instead of away from them. If a high school kid got a new rifle, he put it on the gun rack by the window of his pickup, and when the principal saw him parking in the student parking lot, he admired it and talked about the one he had when he was a kid.

I never knew or heard of anyone who was shot. You never went into a school/government office/public building unless you had business there. But no one checked your ID, and there were no metal detectors. If you did not have business there, someone was always there to tell you where to go, how to get there, and who to talk to. PLEASE and THANK YOU were the most commonly spoken words. No one had to tell you how to dress, as that was your parents' job, and you knew at an early age. My parents would not allow me to watch THE THREE STOOGES, as they felt it was too violent.

To this day I have never seen an X-rated movie. I always enjoyed sex, but still do not comprehend why someone would want to watch someone else having it. Boys knew they were boys, and girls knew they were girls. If I had a time machine, went back, and told them that in the future governments would debate for months laws saying that you had to have a penis to use a urinal, no one would believe me. If I suggested that schools should teach kids about anal sex, I would be put away somewhere and watched very carefully

We did study the U.S. Constitution very ardently, and fully understood why the U.S. was a model of civilization. Being accused of anything by anyone NEVER made you guilty. Media was neutral and reported only facts. Only a jury of your peers could make you guilty, and then only if you were given all the rights guaranteed by the Constitution. America was a representative democracy, and once elected, everyone got behind the elected leader and followed him. If they did not like his leadership, he was gone by the next election.

You went to college if you worked hard and proved yourself worthy, regardless of your color or gender. The same was true for your employment and promotions in the future. Girls actually liked boys, boys liked girls, and there were no debates over who was which. If you liked each other enough to spend you lives together, you got married. When there were problems, you talked them out.

Believe it or not, no one could seek a law prohibiting you from communicating. Communication was the key to solving all problems, marital, family, legal and government. We knew war all too well, and realized that a war never has a winner. Success was determined by your determination and hard work, not by how fast you can run, how tall you are or how much you weigh.

Much of your future security came from buying a house when you got married. Sometimes the folks would help out with the down payment, but every mortgage payment contributed to your net worth. The local bank put up the money to buy your house but only after they determined that it was worth the price and you could afford to pay it. I know this sounds ridiculous, as now banks could care less. Mortgages are sent off to Fanny and Freddy; then converted into junk bonds. The local bank could care less whether you wind up underwater.

Today the folks might help with the downstroke on a car. As my houses over the years increased in value, my assets became impressive. As you continue your years of car payments, your net worth approaches zero. Aside from real estate, I was taught: If you can't afford it/don't buy it. A $100 truck gets you there just as well as a $100,000 Lexus.

All companies competed with each other for your business. They succeeded by making a better product and selling it for a better price. THEY ACTUALLY APPRECIATED YOUR BUSINESS and WORKED TO EARN IT! What they do today used to be illegal: If they find themselves head-to-head, it is easier to merge than to compete, so that is what they do. GM/Toyota, Chrysler/Fiat, Exxon/Mobile would be in violation of laws we called "antitrust". As a result, companies are doing you a favor by allowing you to buy their products.

When Apple comes out with a new phone, you camp out overnight to buy it---not even knowing if it is better/worse than the one you have. If you don't stand in line, Apple sends out software to make your crash so you need a new one. People used to go to jail for that! Mom-and Pop stores gave you better service---so they got bought-up or wiped out.

In my day, airlines worked hard to lure you to THE FRIENDLY SKIES. That a doctor could have his nose broken and teeth knocked out for not surrendering his seat to an airline employee was beyond comprehension. That the President of United would send a memo to his employees congratulating them for doing so would get him tarred-and-feathered. Bank robbers were pursued and jailed. Yet when 5000 Wells Fargo employees rob millions off their own customers (more than once), the ringleader is given a $24 million check to quit.

I was born to a time when all cities/towns had great mass transit. So when Ford wanted to sell cars, Carnegie wanted to sell steel, etc.; they went across the country buying up all the trolley cars in all the cities. The "diner" became a big deal when I was growing up. That's because Ford, Carnegie, Rockefeller and Flagler turned trolley cars into restaurants instead of just scrapping them. As San Jose goes broke trying to establish a mass transit system, you only have to view the old photos of the city to see that they had trolleys a century ago. It's the same modern principle as our companies getting you hooked on modern medicine and then multiplying the price by 10, 100, or 1000 once you believe that you really need them.

There are laws against men abusing women. There always have been. But because OJ was able to kill his wife, write a book about how he did it, and walk away because he's a big football star, it was determined that our Constitution does not work and needs to be repealed. In your world, a woman (any woman) is accuser, judge and jury. Media educates us every day that men are inherently evil, and should have their lives destroyed because a woman says (just says) that he said/did something she did not like decades ago.

By joining #metoo, women are gaining money and power (along with their lawyers) so fast I cannot keep up with it. Presumption of Innocence, Due Process of Law, and Trial by Jury based upon evidence no longer have a place in our way of life. Everything is Trial by Media and is over when the first report comes out.

Meanwhile, for some reason I'll never comprehend, a troubled young man had evil thoughts and published to the world that he was "going to be a school shooter" along with photos of his guns. For months, people who are highly-trained and equipped to stop these actions decided not to act. A highly trained man who is paid twice the salaries of the teachers to protect a school, then decides to wait outside with a belt full of weapons and a bulletproof vest until the carnage is over.

The only good news is that he is willing to admit to everything without a trial and be locked in a cage for the rest of his life. At least the victims don't have to re-live that nightmare over again for years to come. But NO---the lawyers, in their infinite wisdom, have chosen to drag us all though that filth over-and-over again, with the distinct possibility that Cruz wiil be found Innocent by Reason of

So let's blame the guns. Certainly outlawing guns will end all shootings as well as the Prohibition Amendment ended alcoholism and the War on Drugs has ended drug addiction. Better we knock down the building and blame the President. From this day forward our public schools will become high-security prisons and education will be a secondary consideration. You can console yourselves with your cyberfriends (who you likely will never meet) and live a happy life on Facebook and Twitter. I am so thankful to have lived in my world and to be leaving it soon; and again apologize for the one I have left you.

Alan Seaman,

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