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San José, Costa Rica            Published Friday, March 23, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.323

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U.N. requests urgent actions to stop
femicides in the country

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The wave of femicides that the country has suffered in recent weeks caused the United Nations to request urgent actions from the government to curb and prevent cases of gender violence.

So far in 2018 eight women have been killed in cases where investigators accuse their partners.

According to the pronouncement, “Costa Rica must strengthen the mechanisms of prevention, investigation and sanctions against all types of violence. In addition it must build a more respectful society of women and girls."

"In recent weeks we have seen several deaths of women, due to their status as women, at the hands of their partners or ex-partners. This in no way can be seen as normal. Violence against women and girls reflects unequal power relations," said U.N. Coordinator Alice Shackelford.

The official statement also demands strengthening the capacities of public institutions to ensure the protection of women's rights.

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Since the beginning of the year, authorities have recorded eight femicides.
The statement was released through the official Facebook page United Nations Costa Rica.

Municipalities demand legislators
strengthen their local police

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Union of Local Governments and the National Network of Municipal Police are asking legislators to approve a law to strengthen municipal police forces before the legislative term ends April 30.

The initiative aims to regulate and unify the police forces and provide the municipal police with a legal framework that allows adequate financing and at the same time delineates their powers and actions within each canton.

According to Karen Porras, executive director of the local government union, the proposal is important for citizen security because it helps to update the legal framework and to standardize the police forces.

Currently, there are 23 local governments that have municipal police and at least 1,000 municipal police members.

The initiative would reform laws to strengthen the financing of police forces without generating new taxes.

Among the changes proposed is a reform that would allow municipalities to use parking meter money to finance the municipal police.

A reform to the traffic law seeks to allow 70 percent of the fines currently charged by municipal inspectors to be directed to the financing of the municipal police. Currently that amount is 40 percent.

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The new law would allow more financing to local police corps without creating new taxes.

An authorization that allows municipalities to take funds from the parks service fee is also proposed.

Nov. 11 the Security and Drug Trafficking Commission gave a positive vote to the draft, which sits as part the agenda of the full legislature.

Young Costa Rican becomes the best
young fencer in the whole continent

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This week, national fencer Karina Dyner Villa was seeded in 12th place of the world ranking of fencing in the category called Youth Sword.

It places her as the best of the American Continent.

"The feeling of being number one in the area and 12 in the world is inexplicable. I have worked very hard to improve and give the best of myself and the effort is seen in the results," she said.

“It's really an honor because there has never been anyone from Costa Rica so far ahead in the world ranking," Dyner added

The International Fencing Federation posted the ranking in March. The Italian, Federica Isola, is considered the best in the world.

"This only shows that the work we have been doing with the national team and my coach Jerzy Konczalski has yielded results and that we are still working to continue on this good path," said the 15 year old.

Recently Dyner won a silver medal in the Pan-American Cadet and Youth Fencing Championship held in Costa Rica.

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Karina Dyner ranks 12 as the world's
best Youth Sword fencer.












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San José, Costa Rica         Published Friday,  March 23, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 323
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Legislators push for the creation of
a national coffee sustainability fund

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Committee on Agricultural Affairs of the Legislative Assembly voted out a bill to strengthen coffee activity in the country.

The initiative is promoted by the executive branch to create a national coffee sustainability fund.

The project would contribute to maintaining the sustainability of the sector through a permanent program of financing with special emphasis on the small producer.

Renewal and maintenance of the coffee plantations as well as the acquisition of new technologies to increase the productivity and competitiveness of the plantations would also be possible with the new fund.

"Coffee production in Costa Rica has an enormous economic, historical and social importance. That is why the state must ensure that our producers have access to financing tools that help them improve the yields of their coffee trees," said Marlene Madrigal, Citizen's Action Party legislator.

The fund would provide resources that can also be used as seed capital managed by the Coffee Institute of Costa Rica, support the Trust for Coffee Producers Affected by Roya, and partial interest relief for producers participating in the national coffee renewal program among other things.

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The program would also support financing for small producers.

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San José, Costa Rica       Published Friday,  March 23, 2018       Vol. 18, No. 323
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Cuban-American director will lead
National Symphonic Orchestra concert

A.M Costa Rica staff

Under the leadership of the Cuban-American director Andrés Cárdenes more than 175 musicians and choristers, from the National Symphony Orchestra of Costa Rica and the National Symphonic Choir, will fuse their arts at the National Theater during the II Concert of the Official 2018 Season.

The presentations will be tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the National Theater.

The concert also will feature Costa Rican soprano Gloriela Villalobos, who will perform arias from famous operas such as “La Traviata,” “Tosca” and “Turandot.”

The musical program will include the works: “Fiestas romanas,” by Ottorino Respighi, as well as the pieces “Le fosche notturne spoglie” from “Il Trovatore,” by Giuseppe Verdi, “O mio babbino caro” from “Gianni Schicchi” by Giacomo Puccini, “Vissi d'arte” from Puccini’s “Tosca,” “Noi siamo zingarelle” and “Coro di mattadori” from “La Traviata” by Verdi), “Tu che di gel sei cinta” from Puccini’s “Turandot,” “Regina Coeli” from “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni and “Triumphal march” and “Gloria all'Egitto” from Verdi’s “Aida.”

"For me it is an honor, and I feel very honored to be in my country with those who were my teachers and who will now accompany me as a guest soloist, as well as with the companions of the National Symphonic Choir, with whom I had the pleasure of working for some time," said the soprano Villalobos, who is currently pursuing a master's degree in vocal music with an emphasis on opera performance at the Hochschule für Musik Nürnberg in Germany.

“This is an important boost for my career and to show all the work I have done in recent years outside of Costa Rica," she added.

For this presentation, there will be more than 15 extra musicians in sections such as percussion, trumpet, trombones, clarinets, mandolin and organ.

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The performances will take place today and Sunday.

Most of these musicians are advanced students of the National Institute of Music, an institution attached to the National Music Center of the Ministry of Culture and Youth.

Tickets for this concert are on sale at the ticket office and website of the theater with prices between ¢5,000 and ¢20,000 colones.

Students and senior citizens may request a 40 percent discount when showing their ID at the theater ticket office.

This will be the first experience of Cárdenes in leading the orchestra. However, the musician has performed as a soloist on multiple occasions since the 1980s, including as a soloist in the recording of the album "Music of Costa Rican composers Vol. I," nominated for a Latin Grammy.

On both dates of this concert, a minute of silence will be held in memory of the director emeritus of the orchestra, Irwin Hoffman, who died Monday.









San José, Costa Rica      Published Friday, March 23, 2018       Vol. 18, No. 323
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Only 12 municipalities will ban alcohol
during the Holy Week celebrations

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Out of the 81 municipalities in the country only 12 will ban the sale of alcohol on Holy Thursday and Good Friday, March 29 and 30.

The places were alcohol sales won't be tolerated are: Puriscal, Alajuelita, La Union, Turrialba, Alvarado, El Guarco, Heredia, San Isidro, Flores, Cañas and Esparza. In the case of Cartago, the ban will only be on Friday.

Some 65 more municipalities have informed the public that they will not prohibit the sale of liquor, while four local governments have not yet made a decision.

Prohibiting the sale of liquor in the cantons is an exclusive power that the municipal councils have and that reinforces their autonomy, as established in Article 26 of the Law on Regulation and Marketing of Beverages with Alcohol Content.

Municipalities “can regulate the commercialization of alcoholic beverages and liquor consumption, on the days of civic events, parades or other cantonal activities, on the assigned route, and may delimit the radius of action," says the law.

In 2017, 21 municipalities applied the prohibition of liquor sales in their cantons, while 53 municipalities did allow alcohol sales.

Businesses that violate these restrictions may face closure and a fine of up 10 minimum monthly salaries, about $800.

Alcohol restriction will not apply in San Jose, Desamparados, Tarrazú, Aserrí, Mora, Goicoechea, Santa Ana, Vázquez de Coronado, Acosta, Tibás, Moravia, Montes de Oca, Turrubares, Dota, Curridabat, Pérez Zeledón, León Cortés, Alajuela, Greece, San Mateo, Athens , Naranjo, Palmares, Poas, Orotina, San Carlos, Zarcero, Valverde Vega, Upala, Guatuso, Paraiso.

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In 2017, 21 municipalities decided not to sell alcohol during the Christian festivities.

As well as, Jiménez, Oreamuno, Barva, Santo Domingo, Santa Bárbara, San Rafael, Belen, San Pablo, Sarapiquí, Liberia, Nicoya, Santa Cruz, Bagaces, Carrillo, Abangares, Tilarán, Nandayure, La Cruz, Hojancha, Puntarenas, Montes de Oro, Osa, Quepos, Golfito, Coto Brus, Parrita, Corridors, Lemon, Pococí, Siquirres, Talamanca, Matina and Guácimo.

Officials in Escazú, San Ramón, Garabito and Buenos Aires have not made a decision yet.

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San José, Costa Rica     Published Friday, March 23, 2018        Vol. 18, No. 323
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Music, dramatic arts and gastronomy to enjoy this weekend

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

What do you feel like doing this weekend? Music, theater, good food, cinema? Options are here.

"El Enfermo Imaginario," says goodbye to Teatro La Aduana. Molière's play closes its 2018 season at the Alberto Cañas Escalante Theater also known as the Teatro de la Aduana.

This is the project of José Pablo Umaña, a proposal that won the XIII National Contest of Staging, of the National Theater Co.

The work tells the story of Argán, a bourgeois who believes he is always sick and has become dependent on a doctor, his recipes, his advice and his constant visits.

"El Enfermo Imaginario" will be staged tonight and Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday the last show will be at 5 p.m. General entry os ¢5,000 colones. Students and senior citizens will pay ¢ 2,500 colones. Reservations can be made at 2257-8305.

Identity, culture and gastronomy in Feria del Gustico Guanacasteco.

The First Guanacaste Gustico Fair will take place Saturday and Sunday at the Plaza Futura office in Liberia where there will be participation of 54 entrepreneurs from the 11 cantons of the province of Guanacaste.

The activity aims to promote the identity and traditions of the province of Guanacaste, which will allow national and foreign visitors to experience the best of the culture of the Chorotega Region.

The Plaza Futura office is 4 km west of the main entrance of the Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport. Admission is free, and the fair is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a wide range of local foods and beverages. The schedule is at: Ministerio del Cultura Facebook page

Briefs - Cultural Agenda

Lyric singing

National Theater of Costa Rica inaugurates "Aperitivo Musical" with the performance "Todo está consumado," by mezzosoprano Keren Padilla, accompanied by pianist Daniel Chacón Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the theater foyer. Cost is ¢10,000. Students and seniors pay ¢8,000. Tickets are on sale at and at the theater ticket office.

Ministry of Culture and Youth photo
"El enfermo imaginario" The classic character who always thinks he is sick, says goodbye.


"Preamble": Projection of national and international cinema. Friday, 7 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., Sala Gómez Miralles of the Costa Rican Center for Cinematographic Production. Information and programming at:

Visual arts

Exhibition "From the image to the word. Carmen Naranjo, a plastic appreciation." Sample of 110 posters, drawings and original writings of the artist. Open until April 14, Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. at 5 p.m., at the Dr. Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia Museum. Free pass.


Concert of Sacred Music, by the Vox Nova Collective, directed by Guadalupe González, Saturday at 4 p. m., Olger Villegas Gallery of the José Figueres Cultural and Historical Center in San Ramon. Free entry.

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San José, Costa Rica     Published Friday, March 23, 2018       Vol. 18, No. 323
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Our Reader's opinion: Should shrimp trawling be allowed?

Dear A.M. Costa Rica's readers:

Should shrimp trawling be allowed? The legislators think so.

The article yesterday in A.M Costa Rica reported the legislators have voted overwhelmingly to bring back shrimp trawling.

Unfortunately the legislatures are pushing once again to allow a very destructive and unsustainable practice that is destroying the coral reefs and the Costa Rican ecosystems in our oceans.

We may be appalled by this practice but the reason for this damaging practice is our insatiable appetite for shrimp.

Shrimp is one of the most eaten here in Costa Rica and elsewhere. Over 90 percent of the shrimp served in the U.S. and in other countries comes from the tropics. It is harvested in non-sustainable ways.

I have witnessed, in just one month period, 192 turtles wash up on one beach in the Osa Peninsula with their fins cut off and dead from drowning. This was done by shrimp boats off shore.

The shrimp boats do not want to catch the sea turtles in their nets so the best way to stop catching the sea turtles is by killing them.

Very little oversight is done by the government to make sure shrimpers are following proper techniques to harvest shrimp without killing be turtles and other wildlife.

New laws sound good, but enforcement will be the big problem.

The shrimp boats also often drag the nets over the coral reefs to catch the shrimp which destroys large parts of the reef system.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo

Along with that, for every pound of shrimp harvested, about 10 pounds of other young fish and aquatic wildlife are caught and then thrown overboard dead.

The best way to stop this destruction is to stop supporting this practice and stop eating shrimp.

Henry Kantrowitz,
Punta Leona

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