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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Rumors that Fabricio Alvarado lacked a solid team to face the economic challenges were brought to halt when a group of businessmen, former leaders of the commercial chambers and ex-ministers of the National Liberation Party made public their support. The presidential candidate presented his team of advisers on economic and tax issues Wednesday afternoon.

There are 20 people on the team of whom only four worked for Alvarado's campaign in the first electoral round. There are economists, political scientists and business administrators.

The new group is led by the former minister of Finance, Édgar Ayales, who has told the media that "I should be more careful because in a way I represent the party," he said.

Ayales has historically been a leader of the National Liberation Party.

"The situation is critical. The most serious matter is that economic and social welfare of the population is in danger," Ayales added.

As regards Fabricio Alvarado's point of view on issues related to the LGBTI community, the former minister said that those issues could not be more important than the economy of the country.

"There has been much talk of the human rights of small groups. We must not ignore that there are economic and social rights that affect the entire population, and we must not forget about them," he added.

Gerardo Corrales, former vice president from BAC San José will join Ayales in leading the economic group.

Ayales explained he would not be minister of Finance. "My most important added value is in the political negotiation. I could help him in the relations with the other factions, " said Ayales, who will probably be an adviser.  "I do not want to occupy a position as minister. I would like to work in several areas."

Luis Mesalles, director of the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector, Alfredo Volio, former president of the National Bank and former minister of Economy and Agriculture in the administration of Óscar Arias, as well as Marvin Rodríguez, who was vice minister of Economy in the government of Laura Chinchilla also are on the team.

Ronald Jiménez, former president of the Union of Chambers, Monica Araya, former president of the Chamber of Exporters as well as Gustavo Araya, former head of the National Chamber of Tourism and manager of the Wyndham Herradura Hotel and the Hard Rock Café, are also advisers.

The tourism sector also has the representation of Rubén Pacheco, chairman of the board of directors of Enjoy Group, who in the past was also president of the Chamber of Hotels, director of the Chamber of Commerce and of the Union of Chambers.


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A large number of the economic advisers have already been in positions of power, especially those coming from the National Liberation Party. 

The list is completed by Marcos Adamson, an economist and professor at the University of Costa Rica, as well as Álvaro Salas, Dalianela Redondo, Hannia Ramírez, Norberto Zúñiga, Juan Manuel Tirado, Josué Rodríguez, Fernando Horvilleur, Ricardo Zúñiga and Laura Fernández.

Ayales, who heads the new fiscal proposal for the National Restoration Party, was critical of transfers from the central government to institutions, including public universities. According to him, legislative bills must be proposed according to the needs of the institution and the capacity of the state.

"During this administration, there has been an increase in transfers to universities, almost 10 percent on average, and that cannot be possible. We have to review the state's capacity to increase those transfers," said Ayales.

He also said that the government of Luis Guillermo Solís avoided the issue of spending, but he will continue the Public Employment Bill.

"There is room to make people understand that we all have to make an effort. Social conflict can be minimized well if the cost of doing things is explained. Whatever is done, there will be an affected sector. We are in the situation where we do something, or we are all going to sink," he said.

According to Ayales, his participation, as well as that of Luis Mesalles, makes the rating agencies increase their trust in the country, as they are two people in constant contact with international organizations.


Constitutional Chamber finds no problems with the initiative that would fire legislators for corruption

By AM Costa Rica staff

The legislative bill that could cause lawmaker to lose their credentials for violating the duty of honesty is constitutionally permissible and could be approved, according to the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court.

The court endorsed the processing of file 19.117 through resolution 2018-3851.

However, the resolution said that there is a need to include the grounds for the loss of credentials in Article 112 of the Constitution, to which the project plans to add a paragraph.

The court was composed of Ernesto Jinesta Lobo, president, Fernando Cruz Castro, Fernando Castillo Víquez, Paul Rueda Leal, Nancy Hernández López, Luis Fernando Salazar Alvarado and José Paulino Hernández Gutiérrez.

Cruz did not support the resolution and said that there was a substantial defect in the procedure because the project was published late.

The initiative was approved by the legislature in an initial vote Jan. 23 after a delay of almost four years. Thirty-eight legislators voted for the proposal.

The draft, pushed by the Citizen Action lawmaker Ottón Solís, proposes an extra paragraph to be added in the Constitution.

"The legislators will comply with the duty of integrity. Violation of that duty will result in the loss of the legislator's credential, according to the procedures established by the law. The dismissal will require the support of two-thirds of the total members of the Legislative Assembly," says the proposed paragraph.

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The legislative bill has been pushed forward by the Citizen's Action Party legislator Ottón Solís.

Since this is a constitutional reform, the initiative must be mentioned in the report President Luis Guillermo Solís, will deliver May 2, one day after the new congress takes place.

The elected legislators will finally vote on the reform in the second debate.

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 Flights to and from the U.S. continue
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By AM Costa Rica staff

Due to a snowstorm that affected the East Coast of the United States, some 2,000 flights were canceled in that country. In spite of this , the Juan Santamaría International Airport reported that its services are flowing normally and that airlines continue working as usual.

"In the face of any natural event, it is always the airline's decision whether or not to maintain its flights.  At Juan Santamaría, the operation remains normal," said Josue Campos, an airport official.

The more significant problems in the United States have occurred in the city of New York, where the National Meteorological Service foresees an accumulation of 20 to 33 centimeters of snow.

Wednesday, 52 percent of the flights leaving the Newark Airport in New Jersey were canceled, as well as 54 percent of the flights at the La Guardia Airport and 42 percent at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, according to the specialized site Flightaware.com.

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This week New York accumulated up to 33 cm of snow.

Other sites that have been affected are Boston, Philadelphia, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Local authorities expect the storm to end before the weekend.


‘It is now that we have an opportunity,’ says presidential candidate Carlos Alvarado

By AM Costa Rica staff

The presidential candidate of the Citizen Action Party, Carlos Alvarado, held a meeting with the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector and reaffirmed his commitment to turn Costa Rica into a more competitive country.

Alvarado said he would fight against illicit trade, informality of employment, tax evasion, the high cost of electricity tariffs and bureaucracy.

"We want to build - that's what we came for -  to build a wonderful country because we have the potential no one else has in Latin America. There is an unbeatable opportunity to transform Costa Rica by a government of national unity," said Carlos Alvarado.

The candidate also presented his candidate for vice president, Marvin Rodriguez, who was characterized as a person who will be allied with the union sector and the business sector.

Alvarado recalled that Rodriguez participated in the negotiation of the national agreement between different sectors to prevent and eradicate child labor, as well as in an initiative of the International Labor Organization, which seeks a comprehensive implementation of dual education.

During the meeting, Alvarado explained that part of his plan to make communication and work with the business sector more efficient is to appoint a minister to carry out a coordinating job. This person will be announced in the coming days, he said.

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Alvarado said he would appoint a minister to serve as a mediator between the government and the productive sector.

The presidential candidate reflected on the inadmissibility of choosing, in the current context, between economic and individual freedoms. "One cannot choose between freedoms, freedom is chosen as all or not chosen. I believe in equality, I do not believe in a scheme that privileges economic freedoms and ignores human rights," he said.

Alvarado was also accompanied by the legislators elected by the Province of San José, Nielsen Pérez and Víctor Morales Mora.






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Coca-Cola launches one of its most
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By A.M Costa Rica staff

The Coca-Cola Co. announced at a press conference that it will install one of the largest and most technologically advanced concentrate plants of the corporation in the community of Liberia, Guanacaste.

The new operation represents an initial investment of $50 million.

The announcement was made by representatives of Coca-Cola with President Luis Guillermo Solís, the minister of Foreign Trade, Alexander Mora, the general director of the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency, Jorge Sequeira and the general manager of the country’s promotional organization, Pedro Beirute.

"We celebrated for Costa Rica and, especially for Guanacaste, the choice of Liberia as the headquarters of one of the three most modern Coca-Cola plants to produce concentrates," said President Solís. "It confirms that the country is an investment destination based on its people, our stability and competitiveness. It reinforces us to continue the efforts in which these investments are made in our provinces, to continue strengthening regional development with generation of employment, welfare and opportunities."

According to Solís, the company's decision is linked to local projects such as the Chorotega Regional Market, the expansion of the Daniel Oduber Airport and improvements in production, water, education and health.

The new plant will replace the previous operations facility located at La Uruca, San José.

The Liberia plant will be ready in 18 months and will start operating on Jan. 1, 2020, the company said.

The plant will be located in front of the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport within the Zona Franca Solarium, specifically in a property of 103,000 square meters of which the plant will be around 34,000 square meters. The current plant in La Uruca occupies a space of approximately 18,500 square meters.

Mora, the minister of Foreign Trade, showed his satisfaction and thanked Coca-Cola for this new investment.

"We learned about this project in 2015 from the corporate headquarters of Coca-Cola in Atlanta. We immediately offered the support for . . .  the project," said Mora. “For this administration, economic development and employment growth in areas outside the big cities, through the promotion of investments, has been a primary task." he added.

"With this investment, Guanacaste will be home to one of the three largest and most technologically advanced plants of the company worldwide." Mora explained.

By 2020 it is expected to have 130 direct employees.

According to data from the Investment Promotion Agency, the arrival of Coca-Cola in Liberia will generate an additional 100 indirect jobs, making a positive impact in the surrounding communities.

Sequeira of the investment agency said that the manufacturing and food industry companies attracted by his organization have generated 13,593 jobs. “We are pleased that the announcement made by Coca-Cola will contribute to the generation of quality and well-paid jobs to Guanacastecans," he said.

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The new plant would offer 130 direct jobs by 2020.


"We are proud to make this announcement not only because we believe in the growth opportunities of Costa Rica, but also that our concentrate plant is celebrating 50 years of doing business in Costa Rica," said Roberto Mercadé, president of Coca-Cola for Latin America.

"The project represents interesting opportunities for local production chains, particularly in the creation of indirect sources of employment," added Mercadé.

As of now, Coca Cola is the leading exporter in the food sector and the third largest exporter of goods in Costa Rica, according to data from the foreign trade promoter.

In 2017, Costa Rica exported $10.665 billion of goods, 7 percent more than in 2016. The contribution of Coca Cola is accounted for in this figure.

"With the investment that the Coca-Cola Co. is making in the new concentrate plant, we aim to double exports by 2024," concluded Mercadé.

From Costa Rica, not only is the concentrate is supplied to Central America, the Caribbean, Chile, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina for the production of Coca-Cola, but also for 89 additional types of beverage owned by the Coca-Cola Co.

In special cases, Costa Rica supplies the European Union and Puerto Rico.

The Coca-Cola concentrates plant will be friendly to the environment, as it is designed to apply for the LEED Silver certification, which is a seal of quality that is awarded to buildings that prove that they are sustainable and friendly to the environment, the company said.

In addition, it will have systems for the monitoring of lighting, air conditioning and refrigeration system to avoid waste.

The plant will also have solar panels, which will be located in a section of the parking lots and will provide electricity to part of the facilities.

Once treated, industrial water will be reused for toilets, the irrigation system and cooling towers.


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Diarrhea outbreaks in Garabito de Puntarenas includes Jacó
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

At least 800 residents of the canton of Garabito in Puntarenas have been affected by an outbreak of diarrhea.

The outbreak was confirmed on Thursday by the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, known as the Caja, which called for extreme hygienic measures.

Among the most affected places are Quebrada Granado, Quebrada Amarilla, Tárcoles, Jacó and Herradura, areas that host a large number of visitors during the holiday season.

According to the epidemiologist of the Caja, Elenita Ramírez Salas, cases of diarrhea in the canton of Buenos Aires doubled in recent weeks, to the point that now 80 patients are treated per week. The previous average was 40 weekly.

To protect the entire local population, the Caja said it is working with the Ministry of Health to detect the focus of the infection and care for the patients who report being affected by the outbreak.

Representatives of the Costa Rican Institute of Research and Education in Nutrition and Health and Aqueducts and Sewers have been meeting with the Ministry of Health to inform the population and analyze if water is the source of infection.

"Primary care technicians along with regional and local epidemiologists have been sent to the area to find cases of diarrhea and teach the population about extreme measures of hygiene, mainly the washing of hands with soap and water," said Ramirez.
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Authorities said students had been the most affected population.


Education centers are closely monitored because, according to the medical authorities, the students were the most affected by the outbreak of diarrhea.

The Caja will supply 3,000 packages of soap and provide education on the technique of proper hand washing to reduce the chances of transmission.

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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Gloss Over, a brand of cosmetics on sale in the country, does not have sanitary registration, the Ministry of Health said Thursday.

These products, oriented to the care of hands and nails, are advertised on the Internet and sold through agents, reported the Directorate of Regulation of Products of Health Interest.

For health authorities, their use can represent a health risk.

"It is not recommended that people buy them, and if they have been purchased, you should discontinue application," the ministry said.

The ministry also urged the population to report any suspicious cases about the presence of these products.

Complaints may be filed with the Customer Service Department of the Ministry of Health or in the corresponding governing area.
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The legislative bill on payment equality moves forward


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Special Commission for Women of the Legislative Assembly voted for a bill that seeks equal pay for men and women.

The initiative was voted in favor by Karla Prendas, Maureen Clarke and Rolando González, of the National Liberation Party, as well as Emilia Molina of the Citizen Action Party and the independent legislator Carmen Quesada.

The proposal adds three articles to Chapter III of the Law for the Promotion of Women's Social Equality, with the purpose of ensuring that women enjoy equal pay in the public and private sectors.

It also proposes to create a commission that must meet at least twice a year and will be in charge of managing and ensuring that the National Institute of Statistics and Census incorporates the salary equalization indicator in the corresponding studies.

"This will allow us to evaluate the reasons for the wage inequality between women and men as well as to establish the respective measures. This effort constitutes an important message in the framework of the commemoration of International Women's Day," said Prendas, president of the commission.


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The National Institute of Women would be in charge of designing and implementing the new policies.

Clarke said that the initiative is an advance, a further contribution to seek the economic empowerment of women.

According to the initiative, the Ministry of Labor will coordinate with the National Institute of Women in the design and execution of actions that promote wage equality between women and men. The initiative will now go to the full legislature for discussion and voting.


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Osa Spheres festival starts March 16

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A week from today concerts, sports, bands, workshops, visits to the archaeological sites and the Sierpe mangrove, local food and crafts will be part of the menu brought by the 13th Festival of Las Esferas-Osa 2018.

The event will take place in the park of Palmar Sur and the museum on Finca 6.

The festival has a sporting and educational emphasis before the weekend of cultural activities. That starts this Sunday with a mountain bike race, departing and arriving at the Palmar Sur Park. Interested parties may enroll in the Ibarra pharmacies.

Monday an educational day begins with talks, conferences and guided visits to archaeological sites in the area.

The cultural festival will be held from March 16th until Sunday, the 18th. Cultural, artistic and sports activities will be concentrated mainly in the park of Palmar Sur.

La Selección band will perform March 17 at 7 p.m. in the park of Palmar Sur. Attendees may enjoy meals, crafts, workshops, games and activities for children. The same day at 2 p.m. the Boruca group Non Cuan Xá, will perform a show based on the ideology of the indigenous culture of the area.

The Festival of the Spheres is an activity that fuses culture, entertainment and education around the stone spheres and the World Heritage archaeological sites.

The first Festival took place in 2005 and was born as a small activity within the community of Palmar Sur.

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The first festival was organized in 2005 as a small event in the Palmar Sur Area.


Throughout the last 13 years it has grown to become a project, organized and directed by the community of Osa, with the support of the National Museum, the Municipality of Osa and private companies.

In 2014, the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization declared four locations with stone spheres as World Heritage Sites: Grijalba, Finca 6, Batambal and El Silencio.

Finca 6 contains a museum where visitors can observe the only two alignments of stone spheres that have been found so far.

In addition, the area offers extensive natural attractions such as the mangrove of Sierpe, beaches, observation of scarlet macaws and many other natural riches.


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For Sale Versatile 2 Floors Building in La Sabana
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Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. In La Sabana, San Jose. School, park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium walking distance. 24-hour security, many restaurants, clubs and social facilities nearby. Approximately 323 meter construction. Asking $295,000.
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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.

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Londres, near Quepos, is an authentic Tico town just 10 miles east of Quepos, but worlds apart. The government FINALLY paving 616 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
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National Theater Company stages
Moliere's ‘The Imaginary Invalid’


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A "sick" man with a rather large imagination returns to the Alberto Cañas Escalante Customs Theater through March 25.

This is the production of a play by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known as Molière, under the direction of José Pablo Umaña, that won the XIII National Contest of Staging, of the National Theater Company.

According to Umaña, "we try to keep the staging more faithful to itself, because we liked it a lot when it was presented in 2017.”

“People are going to find a fresh set, a wardrobe, stage and beautiful environment, in short, a quality and fun production to have a very very pleasant time," he said.

"Aesthetically, the proposal is based on a realistic baroque concept at the stage, lighting and costume level, which exposes the aesthetic excesses of the period, and relates them to our interpretation of the text as a game of excesses of the contemporary human and social behavior," the theater company explained in a statement.

Umaña added that "The Imaginary Invalid," is one of those texts that remain universal over the years, both by the comedy and the intelligence implicit in itself. “It is a play for the whole family."


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Argan, the imaginary invalid, develops an excessive dependence on his doctors.

The play will be available from Thursdays through Saturdays, at 7:30 p.m ., on Sundays, at 5 p.m., at the Teatro La Aduana Alberto Cañas Escalante. General ticket costs ¢5,000 colones; students and senior citizens ¢2,500 colones. Reservations can be made at 2257-8305.

The play tells the story of Argán, a bourgeois who believes he is always sick and has become dependent on doctors, medical recipes and advice and constant house calls.
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Apartado 815-1007
Edificio Centro Colon
(Piso/floor 11)
San José 506 2258 2025

Oficentro La Sabana
Building 5, Third floor
Box: 351-1007, San José 506 2242-4400
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Oficentro la Sabana,
P.O.Box 10285-1000
San José 506 2296-1490

Torre Sabana, 8ƒ floor,
Sabana Norte.
Box 4017-1000, San José 506 2290-9091
After hours 506 8381-7968

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Embassy located in Mexico,
Rubén Darío No.55 street, Colonia Polanco , Delegación Miguel Hidalgo CP 110000, México D.F., México
Phone: (0052) 55 1101 2200
Email: australianembassy.mexico@dfat.gov.au
Immigration
Immigration
Direccion General
de Migracion
main page is HERE!

Appointment to renew
cedulas for residents

900-00-34639 Or click HERE!
Banco de Costa Rica
Community groups
Association of Residents of Costa Rica
HERE!
Community
                      alliance
Apdo 384-4250
San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica
www.actionalliancecr.com


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