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San José, Costa Rica            Published Monday,  March 19, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.319

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Constitutional Chamber voids initiative that
sought to legalize trawling

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Constitutional Chamber declared as unconstitutional an initiative that sought to deliver new licenses for shrimp trawling. The licenses were sought by the Costa Rican Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

The chamber had prohibited that activity in 2013 after an appeal filed by six environmental foundations.

This time the court issued the sentence on two appeals.  The Board of Directors of the fishery institute had  approved new permits for what it called sustainable shrimp fishing, although it had already been warned that this could be done only  through a legal reform.

Such reform has not yet happened, however, the institute argued it had made regulatory improvements to allow reinstating these operations via an administrative agreement.

The institute move and the sustainability of the economic activity had been challenged by academics and environmentalists, such as the Center for Research in Marine Sciences and Limnology, the National University and the MarViva Foundation.

The chamber reiterated that "the regulation of the fishing licenses for shrimp trawling must be carried out by law" and ordered the Board of Directors of the institute, including its executive president, Gustavo Meneses, to provide socio-economic assistance to the affected people who depend on this activity and cannot trawl until a law exists.

The institute must prepare a socio-economic assistance plan on this matter within six months of notification of this pronouncement, without being able to authorize, in the absence of law, new methods of shrimp trawling, the judgment says.

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The judgement also imposes a socio-economic assistance plan for fishermen.

In addition, the Institute was ordered to the payment of the costs, damages and losses caused by the facts that serve as the basis for the declaration.

The chamber's decision included the president Ernesto Jinesta, and magistrates Fernando Cruz, Fernando Castillo, Paul Rueda, Nancy Hernandez, Luis Fernando Salazar and José Paulino Hernández.

Faced with this ruling, the MarViva foundation said that the Legislative Assembly has spent more than four years and has not issued any law regulating trawling, according to technical studies and should issue, as soon as possible, a law.

New Jacó tourism chamber starts operations

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

With the purpose of launching a series of campaigns to encourage national and foreign visits as well as reactivating the economy and tourism of the Canton of Garabito, members of the Jacó community have created the Chamber of Tourism and Sustainable Trade of the Central Pacific.

Although Jacó and Garabito are cities that depend on tourism, in recent years the visitation has decreased due, in part, to the existence of criminal activities in the community, the new organization’s president said.

"Garabito is much more than a canton of beaches and bars. Our city every day struggles to improve in all aspects and, due to that, we have grouped around a chamber that now fights tirelessly through different projects, to show all our benefits as a destination. We want to change the face of our canton," explained the president, Juan Carlos Chávez.

One of the main projects focuses on the security issue, through the Taking Back Our Streets campaign. This is a citizen security forum where the municipal police and the state police, establish mechanisms of cooperation with all the institutions that allow for a safer canton.

In the first months of the year, more than 1,000 police officers were added to the country's security teams, which included officers in the Central Pacific, officials said.

In addition, the surveillance towers at Jacó beach were restored and two more were placed to strengthen the lifeguard program.

Work is also being done to provide the city with monitoring cameras 24 hours a day, under the Blue Summer campaign.

Frequent trips are carried out to involve the community in different activities and campaigns also promote culture, art, music and the environment.

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Several campaigns will be deployed to support sustainability in the Central Pacific Beach of Jaco.

The chamber, proposes initiatives such as the Festival de la Luz, the Festival del Mar, the typical dances and the support of the music band of the canton.

In environmental issues, the organization is working in obtaining the ecological blue flag. The Yo Cuido Jacó campaign seeks placement of trash cans in Pastor Díaz Avenue, and another campaign was organized to plant trees on the beach.

"We work very hard in campaigns for the environment, such as Cantón Libre de Plástico. Reduction in the use of single-use plastic is encouraged as well as the recycling of tires," added Chávez.

Everything is grouped under the campaign Jacó Enamora, which is currently underway and seeks the support of Costa Ricans and foreigners.










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San José, Costa Rica         Published Monday,  March 19, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 319
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Guanacaste airport unveils its news passenger terminal

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport has unveiled the expansion of its passenger terminal, as well as new measures taken to face the growth in the arrival of passengers to the province of Guanacaste.

The expansion work of the terminal, as well as the new passenger service measures, include the expansion of the passenger check-in area, expansion of the luggage reception area, addition of a baggage transport band and expansion of commercial spaces .

"The arrival of passengers to Liberia has been essential for the tourism engine to work in Guanacaste," said President Luis Guillermo Solís. "This province has managed to reduce poverty and part of the government efforts that have been implemented with the promotion of public works in water, sewage, educational infrastructure, roads, health and territorial projects are complemented by tourism."

"The Daniel Oduber International Airport must retain first world class. The return on investment comes in the shape of economic activity and social promotion," Solís added.

"We invested more than $10.3 million in the expansion of the passenger terminal, but the important thing is that it is a visionary effort that we are making for the future. The boarding rooms and other works in the terminal building are made to maintain a high level of quality in passenger service, avoid bottlenecks and have options for traffic growth in the coming years," said César Jaramillo, general manager of CORIPORT.

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The investments account for $10.3 million.

CORIPORT, the airport concessionaire, said the works are a proactive effort that aligns with the priority of working with excellence. The airport is currently working on the opening the cargo terminal, which should be operating during the first half of the year.

Manuel Antonio beach faces challenges
in waste management and water pollution

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Manuel Antonio National Park still has deficiencies in waste management in places near the beach and faces risks of water contamination.

This is the conclusion of the inspection carried out by the Quepos Health Office last week.

The purpose of the visit of regional authorities was to see progress after requests made from the Ministry of Health to establish improvements in infrastructure, of wastewater management and of sanitary services.

The environmental manager of the Quepos health office, Alvaro Murillo, said some progress has been achieved but more work needs to be done regarding the management of waste to prevent diseases during the rainy season.

Fernando Bermúdez, regional director of the Central Pacific Conservation Area, explained that the investment in improvements requested by the Ministry of Health amounts to ¢700 million, and its need can be seen in the state of the trails.

The Manuel Antonio National Park is the most visited in the country, and in 2017 it received 453,000 tourists.

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San José, Costa Rica     Published Monday, March 19, 2018       Vol. 18, No. 319
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Initiative seeks to get more female students
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By A.M Costa Rica staff

In order to inspire and motivate schoolgirls to become engineers, mathematicians or scientists, the TEACH (HER) initiative organizes scientific camps for seven participating schools in its pilot program.

The students of the Naranjo Bilingual Experimental High School, Liceo de Poás, Changuena Rural High School, Turrialba Bilingual Experimental High School, Hojancha Professional Technical High School, San José de la Montaña High School and El Roble Environmental High School will visit the facilities of Ad Astra Rocket Co. in Liberia and the EARTH University in Guácimo, Limón.

During the visit to Ad Astra, engineers and scientists will show several systems of great importance for the development of the VASIMR engine, the scale model of the AURORA platform and the VF-200 engine that will be installed in the international space station.

Students will also learn about the company's advances in renewable energy and the impact, importance and development of the aerospace industry in Costa Rica.

The EARTH University will provide a talk on the use of technology, innovation and business ideas with a gender focus.

"The support of these two institutions is very valuable for TEACH (HER), not only for the contribution of its resources, but also for the time that its professionals will dedicate to inspire and guide these young women in the path of science, technology and the entrepreneurship," said first lady Mercedes Peñas.

To date, two of seven camps have already been carried out, with 14 students and two teachers participating in each camp.

Last June 14 the TEACH (HER) program was launched worldwide by the U.S. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, Its aim is reducing the gender gap in education through public-private partnerships so that more women can access careers in science, engineering, mathematics and design, those with the highest peak and remuneration in the market, but which currently have less female participation.

The launch for Central America, Panama, Belize and the Dominican Republic took place in Costa Rica led by the Office of the First Lady along with the ministries of Public Education, Science, Technology and Telecommunications and Foreign Affairs and Worship.

The U.S. ambassador, Sharon Day, praised Costa Rica's support for this initiative and the country's commitment to expanding academic opportunities for all. Ambassador Day indicated that, "investing in education is the best that any country can do because the decisions that these students make today will enrich Costa Rica and the communities where they live."

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Studies show that, in careers such as engineering and those related to general sciences, less than 30 percent of students are females.

According to United Nations statistics, despite the rise of science and technology, only 30 percent of researchers are women.

"The educational processes and the climate that we generate in the study centers are key to demolish the prejudices that exist around the socialization of the feminine gender, which have limited the access of women in spaces associated with science, technology and engineering and girl's leadership roles. Educational centers are the first spaces in which we begin to modify cultural patterns," said Sonia Marta Mora, minister of Public Education.

In the case of Costa Rica, although it is the country that manages the best educational statistics in Central America, in terms of science, technology and engineering a wide gender gap is evident.

According to a 2015 study of working condition of graduated persons of the Costa Rican universities the distribution by sex is polarized with these areas having high female participation: Education (77.7 percent), health sciences (72 percent) and social sciences (69.2 percent). In contrast, males are more in these fields: Engineering (73.4 percent) and basic sciences (70 percent).









San José, Costa Rica           Published Monday,   March 19, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 319
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Zarcero inaugurates its first charging station for electric cars
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Zarcero already has its first electric station for electric cars and it is located in the  facilities of COOPEALFARORUIZ R.L.

The initiative seeks to encourage users of electric cars to travel to rural areas without fear and away from the city in order to promote tourism.

"It is important for COOPEALFARORUIZ RL to make available this first charging station in Zarcero which improves the quality of life of the associates by promoting the conservation of the environment," said Luis Rodríguez, director of the electrical cooperative.

The National Consortium of Rural Electrification Cooperatives is currently making investments to support the installation of charging stations in the areas of influence of its associated electric cooperatives.

"We reached the goal that we had in 2017, which was the installation of 10 power stations which have been located in Guanacaste, San Carlos, Los Santos and now in Zarcero," said Erick Rojas, manager of the consortium.

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San José, Costa Rica        Published Monday,  March 19, 2018      Vol. 18, No. 319
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Femicides hike to five cases in the last ten days

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Five women were murdered between March 8 and 18. The first case of the month occurred on March 3 in Florencia de San Carlos. The rest were in Liberia, March 10, in Puerto Jiménez, March 12, in Pavón de Golfito, and Saturday in Union de Cartago.

"We must be mourning: One more woman we need in our society, a woman who died at the hands of her partner," said Alejandra Mora, the minister of the Status of Women and president of the National Institute for Women.

Sunday Mora confirmed that a 20-year-old girl died after being wounded with a firearm operated by her partner in Cario 2000 of Siquirres.

According to a bulletin issued by the press office of the Judicial Investigation Organization, the assailant first broke the lock of the home of the woman’s mother where she was staying. The intruder also shot the victim’s mother who remains in a medical center in San José.

The incident took place at 12:45 a.m. and follows a new pattern with the victims being younger and involving guns and the presence of third parties, according to Moya.

Two days earlier an 18-year-old pregnant woman died at the hands of her partner after being stabbed. Her 2-year-old daughter witnessed the whole situation, officials said.

"This has not happened in our country for many years, and today we have to reflect deeply on what is happening and, above all, ask ourselves why more women are murdered in more cruel ways, in the presence of third parties, often family members, with young perpetrators involved," said the minister.

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"Many of the girls had had other forms of violence perpetrated against them because some have had children before the age of 15 and were trapped in a spiral of violence," she added.

Sunday the judicial police and the women’s institute confirmed six femicides so far this year.

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San José, Costa Rica      Published Monday,  March 19, 2018       Vol. 18, No. 319
Real Estate
About Us
Judicial officers under investigation
for allegedly breaking suspect's jaw

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Four policemen from the Judicial Investigation Agency from the regional delegation of Limón are being administratively investigated on the allegation they beat an inmate and broke his jaw.

The four had to be relocated to administrative offices while the investigations continue.

The events date back to Oct. 31 when a man was arrested and transferred to the courts of justice of Limón as part of a criminal proceeding against him.

The administrative file offered by an official of the Judicial Inspection Department says that three the officers dragged the man identified as Brayan Calwell across the floor of the cells.

They failed to remove the handcuffs from the detainee despite the fact that he was already inside the jail, the report said, adding that they continue to beat the detainee who was already on the floor.

The file said that the man suffered a complete, oblique fracture of the lower jaw, near the angle of the jaw. The fracture was treated surgically with two horizontal plates that aligned the jaw fragments, it added. The man spent six days recovering at the Calderón Guardia Hospital, the administrative file added.

The complaint against the officials was filed by the same judicial police office, while the victim’s defense counsel filed a plea of habeas corpus accepted for a violation of physical integrity.

A fourth man is being investigated because he allegedly watched the beating and did not tell his superiors.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
The suspects are currently working as administrative assistants while the investigation takes place.

According to the Judicial Inspection, the relocation of the officers to other tasks seeks to protect the administrative process and prevent similar cases.

A request for the precautionary measure said the goal is the protection of the physical integrity of the detainees in custody.

The Superior Council of the Judicial Power requested the relocation of the officials as of Feb. 21, until the investigation is over.

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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 19, 2018       Vol. 18, No. 319
Real Estate
About Us

Outdoor to Indoor


You know, I realize that I spend a lot of time talking about gardening outside when there are many of us (me included right now) you don’t get around well enough to do that.

What about gardening inside?

I am sorry to have neglected so many people for so long, so let’s talk about the indoor gardener. First, I want to go to the easiest of indoor gardens, the windowsill garden.

Everybody has a windowsill. Mine a shallow and yours may be as well, but that is easily fixed. Any good carpenter can attach a wider piece of wood onto the existing sill so that it will accommodate wider pots. He can even put a strip of wood as a barrier so they won’t topple if they are jostled. Some plastic sheeting can make it drip-proof and you can start to plant.

Herbs are a great choice for a windowsill garden. They are ready and nearby when you want to cook and they can scent the air when you finish baking your fish. Not scented enough? Crush a bit of lemon balm or lemon thyme and pop it in some simmering water. Hmmm.

My mother’s windowsill favorite was African violets. They don’t do well for me outside –way too much rain – but they are wonderful for a sill which is where mom grew them. Inside, they are an easy plant to maintain as long as you pick the correct windowsill.

If you are fortunate enough to have a bay window, you have lots of space for things. I remember a friend with a big window who grew pots of tomatoes all winter, hand pollinating them when they came into flower. She also grew some lovely vines that she trained with string and staples. They were a great window display.

And that’s just windowsills. If you want to go small, try a terrarium. These can be made of so many materials – the classic fish tank (or even fishbowl), the bottle garden, or even a garden in a jar! Mosses make a great start for these “mini-gardens” but there are small ferns like Pellaed rotundifolia and miniature begonias that are perfect for them. If you are planning on a dry garden, Sedum and Portulaca mixed with a small cactus are a wonderful idea.

Did you want something bigger? How about putting a lovely pot in the corner willed with ferns or mini-palms combined with Columnea or a trailing ivy? Want to hang it on the wall? A low-light bromeliad can be mounted on a plaque and hung in just the right spot to be eye-catching.

Is there more? Of course, but maybe next week.

Victoria Torley photo

Plant for the Week

This Clerodendrum vine did not start life as a patio plant. It was supposed to grow on a trellis near the pool but the leaf-cutter ants (!!) decided to have it as dessert. Now potted, it is doing well. Usually grown in full sun, this vine has had to adapt to a lower less direct light, but as long as the ants can’t get to it, it will continue to do well. Outdoors, water frequently in the dry season.

Editor's note: Ms. Victoria Torley, gardener columnist, can be reached at

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