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San José, Costa Rica            Published Monday,  March 12, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.312

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Costa Rica will seek to negotiate Trump's
new tariffs on steel

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government of Costa Rica announced that it will seek a bilateral solution to the tariff imposed  Thursday by the United States of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports.

"We will continue to work bilaterally with the United States to find a satisfactory solution, keeping with the spirit of cooperation and trust that has characterized the trade relations between the two countries and the broad mutual assistance on matters of national and regional security," said Alexander Mora, Costa Rican minister of Foreign Trade.

Aside from that, the official confirmed that Costa Rica, "will be analyzing the options it has in the multilateral trading system."

Mora said that the government of Costa Rica is analyzing in detail the measures adopted by the U.S. government in order to determine what actions will be necessary to ensure the defense of national interests.

Thursday, the U.S. President, Donald Trump formally imposed 25 percent tariffs on steel imports and 10 percent for aluminum while Mexico and Canada were declared exempt from the order.

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The newly imposed tariffs are 25 percent for steel and 10 percent for aluminum.

According to Minister Mora, that specific action from the U.S. Government opens a possibility to make exceptions to those tariffs, and Costa Rica will work bilaterally to become one of the exempt countries.

Women's day commemorations tainted by vandalism

By AM Costa Rica staff

The government has deplored vandalism against several Catholic churches and historical heritage buildings that took place Thursday during the celebrations of the International Women's Day.

"Such acts are unacceptable in a country that respects all opinions and beliefs, especially in times when national unity must prevail," said a statement from the Presidential House.

Authorities offered support to the investigations of the judicial authorities, which seek to identify and punish the persons responsible for the damages.

A group of young people, detained at the scene, stained a sculpture of the artist Jorge Jiménez de Heredia with paint. The sculpture is located in the gardens of the Metropolitan Cathedral. The walls of that building and those of other churches of San José were also defaced, and the legislative building was also attacked.

The detainees were all released while the investigations continue.

The incident caused much of the local media to focus on the attacks which detracted from coverage of the Women’s Day march itself,  something many complained about on social networks.

The march gathered women and feminists defending their rights and demanding better conditions for women in various fields.

"My body is not violated, my body is not killed" and "life we love,” were some of the slogans shouted by hundreds of people who concentrated in the Central Park of San José at 5 p.m. and then marched to the Legislative Assembly.

Better working conditions, equity in salaries, sexual and reproductive health, the right to decide on matters concerning their own bodies and well-being in different public and private spheres are some of the requests that came to light through posters and chants.

In addition, the women reported harassment and physical, psychological and sexual violence suffered by them every day in their homes and the streets.

"At the end of the day, our decisions are not decisions, they are impositions. They are impositions such as when we decided to put on a pair of pants instead of that dress.  We know that how we are dressed will attract harassment and violence in the street," said Paola Gutiérrez, one of the attendees.

The march stopped for a while in front of the Grupo Extra media company, where the chant "It was not a crime of love, it was the patriarchal state" was sung as a single voice.

The electoral context and the discussion on human rights that has marked the campaign for the April 1 elections was also part of the protests.

"We are in a historic moment in which there is a fundamentalist ultraconservative threat that is real, that threatens the rights of women and that seeks to reduce us to the role that women can play in the family and threatens institutions such as INAMU," said Alicia Coto, member of the We Are Ours movement, using the acronym of the government women’s institute.

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The march gathered thousands of women seeking what they called equality and gender parity, while a few people took the opportunity to vandalize churches and the National Museum.

Collectives groups such as Women in Action repudiated what they called the disinformation and the use of fear in the electoral contest as well as the, "greater violation and discrimination against women and LGBTIQ people," said the group.

"March 8 is particularly important for defending our right to have rights, because we are not willing to give away rights we have won over more than 100 years of struggle,”  they added.

According to data from the National Institute of Census and Statistics, the wage gap, the ratio of women's earnings to men, was 6.2 percent lower for women in all occupations for the fourth quarter of 2017.

In the field of scientific or intellectual professions, the figure exceeds 16 percent difference and in unskilled occupations the difference was determined at 6.4 percent.

In terms of unemployment, the rate for women is 62.7 percent higher than for men, although 62.1 percent of higher education diplomas awarded in 2016 belong to women.

Regarding violence and according to statistics from the Gender Observatory of the Judiciary Power in Costa Rica, there are two femicides per month and 132 requests for protection measures per day.

2017 closed with 26 femicides and in the last 10 years, Costa Rica saw 313 women killed for gender reasons.

Out of that figure, 114 were femicides typified by Article 21 of the Law on the Criminalization of Violence against Women, that is, carried out by their current spouses or partners, and the remaining 199 are classified under extended femicide, that is violent deaths of women, because of their gender, even though there were no romantic bonds.

In addition, out of the 11,394 cases investigated by the Public Ministry in 2016 for sexual crimes, 9,626 victims are women.










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San José, Costa Rica        Published Monday,  March 12, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 312
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 Better educated and hardworking,
women still make less money than men

By AM Costa Rica staff

In Costa Rica, the female population is 2,451,720. Of that amount, 26.4 percent live in rural areas and 73.6 percent live in urban ones.

According to data from the National Institute of Census and Statistics, these women continue to face wage gaps within the private sector, unemployment and lack of equity in when taking care of children, people with disabilities and senior citizens.

According to the data, these are part of the main challenges for women in Costa Rica.

In the last quarter of 2017, the unemployment rate for women was12.3 percent which is 62.5 percent higher than that of men and they continue to earn less in the same jobs.

Other data provided by statistical institute say that women who have careers related to science and technology, earn 16.8 percent less than men. Those in other professions, earn 6.2 percent less and those who are perform unskilled work, 6.4 percent less.

Women still have higher education levels. As of the last quarter of 2017, 62.1 percent of the women had achieved their university degree, 63.5 percent higher than those granted to men.

"Only when families understand that everyone has the same rights and duties, this will not change,” said Camila Ordóñez, a researcher at the Center for Women's Studies at the University of Costa Rica

"Household tasks should not be thought of as the role of one person who traditionally is the woman, the mother, the grandmother, the aunt. All people are responsible for maintaining and caring for their homes," added Ordóñez.

The numbers of the statistical do not show a very encouraging picture in this regard.

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The study says women still have a greater responsibility for domestic chores and taking care of the elderly.

In 2016, 2,946 leaves were granted for women to take care of sick people, and this figure is four times higher than those granted to men.

In 2017, 23.5 percent  of women were heads of households in poverty conditions. That’s 31 percent higher than males.

In their private lives, women invest 37 hours a week in domestic work while men invest 15, according to Alejandra Mora, executive president of the National Institute for Women.
The minister emphasized that culture, the undervaluation of women and access to private banking are other challenges in which civil society must work to achieve equality.

Most crocodile's attack take place in the Central Pacific

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Central Pacific area of Costa Rican harbors the greatest possibility of crocodile attacks and the species shows an increase in its population.

In the early 70s this species was in danger of extinction, but over the years crocs have shown a noticeable increase in its population, according to Laura Porras, biologist specializing in conservation and wildlife at the National University.

The areas around Jacó, Bajamar and Manuel Antonio beaches in the Puntarenas province are regions where crocodile attacks are most likely to occur. but it impossible to determine specific beaches or rivers have the greatest possibility of attacks due to the way these animals travel, the researcher said.

The researcher added that crocodiles have a natural fear of the human being, but some actions raise the risk of an attack.

The expert said people should ask the locals when visiting beaches or rivers which are not necessarily located in the Central Pacific.

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Jacó, Bajamar Beach and Manuel Antonio, in Puntarenas, are some of the places where visitors should remain alert.

She also recommends that no one feed the animals and immediately leave a site if a reptile approaches even at a distance. Although they may seem slow, a crocodile is surprisingly quick when it attacks prey, she said.

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San José, Costa Rica       Published Monday,  March 12, 2018       Vol. 18, No. 312
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Disney Cruises resumes operations in the country

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The Disney Cruise Co. confirmed its decision to relaunch  operations in the country, after a meeting held at the Seatrade fair in Fort Lauderdale, United States.

Mauricio Ventura, minister of Tourism, said that the return of the cruise company is the result of the work being done to revive the cruise industry in Costa Rica.

"We are very honored that the Disney Cruise Line announced its agreement to operate again in the country, because this decision is the result of the hard work we have done in the Costa Rican Tourism Board , work directed towards the private tourism sector. We have been seeking to position ourselves in this industry and consolidate the country as an attractive destination for cruise passengers," Ventura added.

Arnaldo Zanonato, manager of Disney Cruise Line, said that, "Costa Rica has a very special brand. When we talk about the country, passengers think about nature and many things that are already positioned in their minds, so it is easy to convince them to take the cruise and visit the country."

The Disney Cruises fleet consists of the twin ships Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, constructed in 1999, which pay a tribute to the great era of the ocean liners that crossed the Atlantic Ocean and linked America and Europe.

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Disney Magic and Disney Wonder, built in 1999, are the two ships operated by the Disney Corp.

They are luxurious boats with characteristics of a theme park inside. They are 10-decked vessels with 875 cabins designed for families and have a capacity of 2,500 passengers.

The news became public during the Seatrade Cruise Global fair, the event that brings together members of the cruise industry, with around 900 exhibitors and more than 11,000 attendees from 125 countries.









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San José, Costa Rica           Published Monday,  March 12, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 312
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Starbucks opens its visitor center in Costa Rica
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Starbucks Coffee Co. has inaugurated its visitor center at Hacienda Alsacia, located on the company's coffee farm of 240 hectares on the slopes of the Poás Volcano.

Hacienda Alsacia is a functioning coffee farm that has served as a global research and development center for Starbucks since 2013. It is now open to the public, and visitors will have the opportunity to follow production coffee from seed to cup and experience the agronomy projects the company has promoted and invested in for more than two decades.

"Our clients will be able to connect with the entire coffee growing environment, from its cultivation, until its artisanal elaboration," said Howard Schultz, executive chairman of Starbucks.

Created by the Starbucks internal design team, this 4,200-square-meter visitor center allows people to walk through on their own or with the help of a guide.

Visitors will be able to check a coffee nursery, a greenhouse with disease-resistant coffee varieties, fields with ripe coffee cherries during the harvest, as well as a drying yard and a drying patio.

There is also a Starbucks coffee shop where visitors can toast coffee themselves and serve it fresh.

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The coffee plantation has an area of 240 hectares.

"Our farm allows us to learn the current complexities faced by coffee growers, in order to accelerate our comprehensive approach to ethical sourcing," said Kevin R. Johnson, president and CEO of Starbucks.

"Now, more than ever, we must ensure the future of this grain through sustainable practices that guarantee its availability for the next generations," he added.

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All of the ballots for the second electoral round are ready

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

This is the ballot that will be given to each voter April 1, when Costa Ricans will choose between Fabricio Alvarado and Carlos Alvarado.

The 3,322,000 ballots are ready and being packed with the rest of the electoral material to be delivered to the Cantonal Electoral Boards as of today.

The ballot is much smaller than that of Feb. 4, with a size of a letter cut in half. The space for the signatures of the party's representatives are on the back.

"The process has been done in less time than we had forecast and everything is going smoothly," said Esteban Durán, Supreme Court of Elections member.

The ballot packs, known as tulas, will be delivered to the 6,542 boards of the country and the 70 existing abroad. In total there are 6,612 stations where votes can be cast.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal informed the public that about 80 percent of the material that was used Feb. 4 will be reused.

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By the staff and contributors at A.M. Costa Rica & James J. Brodell
A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise.
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New World Meditation: Focusing Mindfulness Healing Awakening
By Lucinda Gray Ph.D.
You will be Free to Live, Love, Work and Play in the Full Creative Expression of Your Authentic Self. New World Meditation is easy to learn, easy to practice, and profoundly transformational.
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Bohemian Road Trip
By Paul Furlong
"Makin' it Real--a Road Trip," is basically three themes running concurrently: A motorcycle racer who betrays himself by quitting... who looks at his watch one day... and realizes he's thirty now... and if he was going to be a star, he would be by now. So he quits racing and takes a year long trip to see who else might be in his reflection.
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Writing a will ? Expecting an inheritance?
Most estate planning books focus on legal formalities. Pa$$ing On: What’s Fair in Family Inheritance? delves deeper, helping you avoid emotional minefields and create a will that’s fair to your survivors. Former Costa Rica resident Ruth Dixon-Mueller, Ph.D. brings a unique perspective to bear on inheritance practices in the United States. Published Sept. 2017; $14.00 plus shipping at Amazon. Click Here

Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica
A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $2.99. Visit Amazon to preview or purchase Click Here

The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise
By James J. Brodell
Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions.
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The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica: The official guide to relocation
By Christopher Howard
This guidebook was published to HELP people of all ages and budgets move to Costa Rica SUCCESSFULLY and make their dreams come true.
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Life is a Tropical Garden
By Victoria Torley
A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea.
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Make gifts from dollars or colones
Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. Preview or purchase at Amazon. Click Here

The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson
Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1million, but it comes with one condition... the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back. Buy the book on Amazon. Click Here

San José, Costa Rica    Published Monday,  March 12, 2018      Vol. 18, No. 312
Real Estate
About Us
A criminal gang robs and kills by pretending to be police raids

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The driver and companions traveling in the car in the picture are suspected of performing fake police raids, robbing houses and even killing.

According to the Judicial Investigation Organization agents are already investigating the case and trying to identify the vehicle.

The Judicial agency explained that the criminal gang consists of a group of at least six people who operate in the province of Puntarenas.

This gang is linked to the death of a businessman from Barranca, Puntarenas, Sept. 28.

Apparently the vehicle arrived at the house of the merchant and then six people wearing hooded jackets broke into the place.

The suspects acted as if it were a police raid, and even removed the gate with the vehicle.

Inside the house they found the businessman next to his wife. The robbers took 2 million colones in cash, cell phones and a car.

Before they left, the victim Marco Antonio Campos Porras, 53, was shot in the thigh.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Two deaths have been linked to the criminal organization.

The shot hit an artery and was lethal. Authorities believe the suspects do not live far away from the victim's house.

Judicial police requests the help of readers with any kind of information leading to the identification of the suspects.

The phone number for any confidential report 800-8000645

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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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San José, Costa Rica      Published Monday,  March 12, 2018     Vol. 18, No. 312
Real Estate
About Us

"Oops" has its advantages...


Yup, I am still walking with a cane, but it has its advantages.

For a long time, dear Metric Man has wanted me to “slow down.” Now he has his wish. Not that he is entirely happy with have extra household chores that I shouldn’t do (‘cause he isn’t), but my happy romps into the deep dark jungle have been terminated for a while and I won’t be climbing over dead tree trunks for months. Oh, those aren’t the advantages, those are part of “slow down”.

The advantage is – drum roll please – I am building an orchid greenhouse! It’s a “real” greenhouse with concrete block walls with transparent roofing and siding right at the back of the house. I can open the bedroom door and walk right into it. All sunny and warm and ready to receive the orchids that won’t survive outside in our climate like Cattleyas. I had a Cattleya once and kept it on the deck. It dies. I gave my Phalaenopsis orchids to a friend because they were dying as well. Now I will have a special place where they can be babied and displayed. Who knows, I may even move them into the house when they are blooming.

Of course, my first love will always be the mini orchids that abound in Costa Rica. The delicacy of the Sievekingia, the exotic shapes of the Gongora, the tiny beads-on-a-string that are the Stelis, and the best-seen-through-a-magnifying-glass Sigmatostalix. Most wild orchids are small, even tiny. Before people tour the garden, we always hand out the magnifying glasses.

Those orchids and others are my buddies. It took me some time to learn to recognize them, not from flowers, but from leaves, roots, and pseudobulbs. It took even longer to find accessible –legally accessible – orchids, which are only those on dead wood like downed trees and branches or old rotting fence posts. Some were easier.

The Gongora I found by following my nose, the scent of cloves pulled me in. Best of all, these local orchids thrive outdoors attached to trees and special posts. Yes, my orchid garden looks like someone was tossing pieces of wood here and there, but the orchids love it.

Yes, I may have over a thousand orchids outside, but most of them are unmovable because they love where they are. Now there will be an orchid house, warmer, safer from bugs, and ready for the splendid colors of hybrid orchids.

All of this because I messed up my leg and Metric Man wants me to slow down. I guess he figures that, if I can play in the dirt in a greenhouse, I can’t get into too much trouble. HAH!

Picture for the Week

Well, I thought it best to give you a picture of greenhouse progress, just for a change. So here it is. Yes, it doesn’t look like much right now, but wait until we get a bit further along.


Victoria Torley, gardener columnist, can be reached at
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Useful links
Today's international flights

- Juan Santamaría, San José airport click here
- Daniel Oduber, Guanacaste airport click here

Foreign English-language Embassies in Costa Rica
Ave Central at Calle 120
Pavas, San José. 920-1200
San Jose, Costa Rica
Call 506 2519-2000
after hours call
506 8863-4895

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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

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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
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Appointment to renew
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900-00-34639 Or click HERE!
Banco de Costa Rica
Community groups
Association of Residents of Costa Rica
Apdo 384-4250
San Ramon de Alajuela, Costa Rica