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San José, Costa Rica            Published Tuesday, April 10, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.410

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"I thought I'd become a musician"

By Rommel Téllez
and the A.M.Costa Rica staff

Just 10 days after the election, Epsy Campbell is known worldwide as the first Latin America vice president of Afro-Latin descent, a fact that makes her proud and hopeful for the future.

Now she has been appointed by President-elect Carlos Alvarado to approach all opposition parties to ask for unity after a highly polarized election.

She splits her time between family, her newly assigned conciliatory role and the duties of being a legislator for the Citizens Action Party.

Her resume is that of a woman deeply involved in politics.

Campbell has a degree in economics and business administration from the University of Costa Rica and another in economics from the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica. In addition, she has a master's degree in political science.

She has been a presidential candidate and was a lawmaker in from 2002 to 2006.

She has been actively involved in the defense of women's rights, social development and fiscal policy and acted as a researcher, activist and international lecturer in gender equity and development.

"It is an opportunity to build a national government, to combine the capacities of the different political parties, and the country voted for a democratic and transparent option that respects rights," said Campbell.

All these achievements have a common denominator according to her: passion.

"Somehow I always knew I was going to follow my passions," said Campbell. “Even from an early age, people close to me, such as parents and one teacher, noticed I had interests different from that of my classmates," said Campbell in an interview with A.M. Costa Rica.

She also implied that the fact of becoming a mother at a young age trained her for a highly demanding life. In her 50s, she feels empowered enough to fight gaps among the population.

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Closing gaps and fostering equality, the aim of the first vice president of Afro-Latin descent in the whole continent.
"It is my purpose to close or reduce the gaps of inequality between the rich and the poor, those with access to an education and those without that opportunity, the gap between people living in the greater metropolitan area and Costa Ricans living on the coasts," she explained.

While a teenager, she thought of herself as a future musician, a path that was followed by her very well-known sister Sasha.

Musicians have a great creative impulse, and Campbell has transformed that impulse into a desire to build a more inclusive society where gender parity becomes a tangible reality. It is her political composition.

"It takes humility to approach the political others, however, I feel pleased to find out an open and true dialogue among the future government and other political parties," Campbell said.

"If there is a mark I want to leave after my time in government, it is a decrease between some awful inequalities still taking place in society,” Campbell adds. "It won't be possible to see at the beginning of the government because it will take time, but at the end, it will be visible to all."

Government unveils a new policy for seed management

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has published the National Seed Policy 2017-2030 that seeks to provide farmers with greater access to quality and improved varieties of seeds that will be efficient and adaptable to the country’s variable climate.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, with the support of the U. N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, managed the initiative.

"This policy is an instrument that promotes the development of new varieties, genetic improvement through the use of modern and conventional technological tools," said Minister Luis Felipe Arauz.

Through this policy, the state will support and regulate the production and trade of high-quality seeds that meet international standards to help increase agricultural productivity and competitiveness.

Specific strategies will also be implemented to meet the needs of the different farmers, giving them the chance to face changing climate conditions such as droughts and floods.

"The project puts Costa Rica at the forefront of modern public policies to promote sustainable development within the framework issued by the United Nations," said Manuel Otero, the general director  Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture.

“The tool will promote the availability of varieties resistant to pests and diseases, and that will have a high genetic potential of the seeds," said Octavio Ramírez, the coordinator of the U.N. agency in Costa Rica.

"The improvement of crops and the supply of high-quality seeds and varieties selected for producers are necessary to ensure better production and meet the growing environmental challenges," he added. “Food security depends on the safety of the seeds in the agricultural communities."

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Ensuring the food security of the country is one of the objectives of the initiative.

According to agricultural authorities, the initiative will contribute to the food and nutrition security of the country, the promotion of decent work and economic development, as well as the adaptation and mitigation of climate change and the achievement of the sustainable development goals.

Both the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture participated in the policy development process, which also involved the private sector, the public sector, academics, civil society and other parties in order to achieve an integrated approach that meets all interests.











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Kenya and Costa Rica join in strengthening
diplomatic approaches

By AM Costa Rica staff

On Monday, Costa Rica and Kenya signed an agreement to hold regular consultations at the level of foreign ministers and cabinet members on international issues of mutual interest.

The Costa Rican Foreign Ministry reported that both countries recognize the importance of the exchange of opinions that can contribute to the strengthening of bilateral and multilateral ties.

"The signing of this agreement is one of the first milestones on the road towards strengthening relationships between both countries. Costa Rica's foreign diplomacy and action has a truly global presence, and we are cultivating in fertile soil," said Costa Rican Foreign Minister Manuel González.

Consultations at the bilateral level will cover aspects of relations and cooperation between the two countries to improve and strengthen friendly relations in the political, cultural, economic, commercial, scientific and technical fields, according to an official statement.

While at the multilateral level, the two countries will cooperate in matters of mutual interest that are under discussion in international forums, such as the United Nations.

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Part of Kenya's economy also relies on
ecotourism initiatives.

The Costa Rican government explained that Kenya is an emerging middle-income country and, like Costa Rica, it is a leader in ecotourism, so both countries will be able to establish strategies in those areas.

An outbreak of infections affect kids in Heredia's Hospital

By AM Costa Rica staff

The cases of children infected with the bacterium Serratia marcescens in the Hospital San Vicente de Paul in Heredia rose to four, according to a report issued by Sonia Valverde, manager of the Pediatrics and Neonatology Department at that hospital.

The medical authorities of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund informed the public that the neonatology service of the hospital was closed during the weekend because three patients tested positive for the bacterium.

Monday another child was also reported as infected.

Serratia marcescens can cause infections in wounds, the urinary tract, respiratory system and eyes. Patients who have catheters are especially vulnerable to it, as are newborns and children.

To control the bacterium, cleaning and disinfection measures were applied in the neonatology service.

In addition, visits to new born infants were suspended. Other measures were also taken in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Hospitalizations were suspended due to a deep cleaning of the facilities.

Infected children are isolated in areas where they cannot infect others.

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Hospital authorities are keeping the children under isolated surveillance.

The authorities still do not know the origin of the bacteria. However, they said they are hopeful they will soon remove it completely.

In December 2017 and February, the social security fund temporarily closed the neonatology service of the Calderón hospital, due to the presence of the Serratia liquefaciens bacterium.

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Costa Rica-based organization calls for unity before
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The academic organization State of the Region Project, based in Costa Rica, urged Central American countries to promote joint actions regarding the immigration policies of the U.S. government of Donald Trump.

"This situation is also an opportunity to strengthen regional action among the Central American countries through the promotion of mechanisms that guarantee the protection of human rights and the physical and patrimonial integrity of migrants and their families," said the organization.

The document said these joint initiatives "could contribute to improving the management of migrations at the intraregional level, since it is foreseeable that, given the restrictive measures for the entry into the United States, the flows to other Central American countries will increase especially in Costa Rica and Panama."

The project, an initiative of the National Council of Rectors of the public universities of Costa Rica, says the hardening of United States immigration policies will cause considerable negative effects on the Central American economy, especially in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua.

These countries received more income from remittances than from foreign direct investment, according to data from 2016, especially in El Salvador, where remittances were 11 times higher than foreign investments.

According to these figures provided by the State of the Region Project, coming from the Central Bank of each country, remittances in Guatemala were 6.2 times the foreign investment, Honduras 3.8 and Nicaragua 1.4.

Currently, 75 percent of Central American emigrants reside in the United States, according to the research.

"Currently the Republican Party is negotiating stricter immigration measures that could even lead to the construction of the border wall or the elimination of special protection available to young migrants, known as dreamers," said the State of the Region Project.

In addition, the United States has canceled temporary protection status for 195,000 Salvadorans and 2,500 Nicaraguans, a statement said citing the Pew Research Center.

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"However, the current migration situation in Central America may also imply a series of opportunities for the region. Those people who are sent back to their countries probably have formal education and work experiences different from what they had when they left their countries of origin," said the State of the Region Project.

The report says the human capital can be used to promote actions that contribute to the unsatisfied demand for human resources.

"In addition, their knowledge and experience can be valuable to strengthen the quality and relevance of the training offered by technical and vocational education institutes, and promote productive transformation and emerging enterprises of higher added value," the organization explained.










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Rio Virilla bridge in Santa Ana will be
partially closed until Thursday

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Last weekend’s heavy rains have forced a two-day extension of the night closures on the Virilla bridge on Route 147, at the end of the radial of Santa Ana.

The work is now scheduled to be done by dawn Thursday.

Authorities from the National Road Council said there are two more closures on the bridge,  today and Wednesday.

However, bus services in the area will be allowed after 10 p.m.

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Once finished, the bridge will have a length of 133 meters and will be complemented by the existing two-lane bridge, creating four lanes in total as of July 2018.

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Agroecology, the new flag of Latin American Social Movements

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agroecology has become the brand of social movements, according to Clara Nicholls, president of the Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology.

The concept of agroecology emerged decades ago in Latin America due to the exclusion of small farmers.

To understand its evolution in the region, it is necessary to go back to the 1960s, when many governments promoted the Green Revolution, which included the introduction of improved seed varieties, pesticides, fertilizers and irrigation technologies in order to increase productivity.

"Non-governmental organizations were the first to come to the aid of small farmers who had been left behind," with the use of the then new system.

As an alternative, they promoted agroecology, based on traditional knowledge and practices of indigenous people and peasants from Mesoamerica, the Andes and other rural areas of Latin America.

The approach focuses on taking advantage of the interactions between plants, animals, humans and the environment without external inputs such as chemicals or transgenic seeds.

The study has gained momentum in the universities and is currently in the hands of social movements, which are pushing the necessary public policies to move forward and have taken agroecology as a flag for development, according to the academician.

Nicholls advocates for maintaining social and political identity not always related to organic agriculture, ecological intensification or agrarian practices adapted to the climate variables.

The Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology will begin this year the redesign of agricultural holdings in Puerto Rico and Haiti, which suffered considerable damage last September due to Hurricane María.

The measures adopted by Cuba in response to these extreme events and the studies that show that, "the most diversified farms resist hurricanes better than conventional ones" will be of inspiration, says the specialist, for whom "climate change is also an opportunity to transform the agrarian systems."

Nicaragua and Brazil are some of the countries where ecological agriculture has progressed the most, according to her.

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The movements seek to change the agro-industrial production models of transnational companies, according to activists.

In northern Colombia, a silvo-pastoral system helped to rehabilitate a degraded landscape, increasing pastures.

Cows, for example, went from giving 1.7 liters of milk per day to more than 4 liters in five years, according to Nicholls.

In Mexico, efforts to rescue farms known as milpas stand out. Milpa is an ancient Mayan system where different crops are mixed.

According to the activist, there is a lack of information about the damages caused by the agro-industrial model and the corporate interests of the multinational companies and, at the same time, governments need to implement policies and cooperation between ecologists and social movements.

The defense of the sustainable management of natural resources and biodiversity has also been led by Rolando Tencio, an engineer from the Ministry of Agriculture of Costa Rica, who has trained hundreds of farmers in the use of insects, fungo, yeasts and forest plants to develop organic fertilizers and bio-fertilizers.

These products have already been tested in the production of avocados, apples and plums, said Tencio, who has developed a manual for those who wish to follow the same path.

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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
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Bohemian Road Trip
By Paul Furlong
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Writing a will ? Expecting an inheritance?
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Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica
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The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise
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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
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Life is a Tropical Garden
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Make gifts from dollars or colones
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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

Vol. 18, No. 410       Published Tuesday, April 10, 2018           Sixth news page
Real Estate
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Worker's Party will demonstrate against
fines for foreigners overstaying their visas

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

According to the left-wing newspaper Socialismo Hoy, a group, accompanied by the Workers Party, will march Thursday to the Presidential House to show their opposition for fining immigrants who overstay their visas.

The General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners announced that, as of April 20, it will apply fines to those who overstay their visas, based on Article 33 paragraph 3 of the General Migration and Foreigners Law.

The Workers Party described the government's decision as shameful. "We demand the government of Luis Guillermo Solís respect the rights of migrants and not apply these fines," members of the party said in a press release.

They also invite society to join the protest that will take place this Thursday.

Partido de los Trabajadores courtesy photo
As of April 20, immigration authorities will charge a $100 fine for each month a person overstays his or her visa.

Real estate for sale (paid category)

Fenced Gated
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* Parcels are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD
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* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
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* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
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100' above sea level & one mile to beach. Safe & secure neighborhood. 3 bedroom and one bath, totally remodeled 3 years ago. Adding another bath right now. All new kitchen, windows, tile floors, AC, electrical, plumbing, yard for dogs and most importantly - very low electric, water, taxes and insurance bills. Possible financing. Owner has deposit on another property and needs to sell. $139,900
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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.

Located near Playa Avellanas and Hacienda Pinilla, at 3 miles from the beach. The project is located in a very quiet rural area. You will only hear sounds of birds and monkeys. Playa Avellanas is one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and a Surfer’s paradise.

Common areas: Swimming pool, Rancho, shower, restroom, soccer field, play ground

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Business For Sale/Business Opportunities (paid category)


In La Fortuna San Carlos. Price $145,000 USD
Three cabins for sale fully furnished with AC, hot water, micro waves, refrigerators, flat screen TV. three years old.Lot is 22 meters by 49 meters. fenced and gated with private drive.Fish and shrimp pond on property with several tropical plants as well as several fruit trees.Room for more new construction house or cabins. This property is in the country but close to Fortuna central.Cabins advertised on AirBnB. Good income property.
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Sport Fishing boat and charters, Tours and a Real Estate Business for sale. Retiring from 15+ yr old businesses in the Flamingo / Potrero area in Guanacaste. I will make it a great opportunity to the right party. Las Brisas Fishing Charters and Capt. Tom's Tours are on Tripadvisor. Also check $75k Call Capt. Tom USA phone: 1 800 360-9084 / CR phone: (506) 2654-7070 Email:
Code: 9328-04/15/18



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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Code: 04/16/18

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Vol. 18, No. 410         Published Tuesday, April 10, 2018          Seventh news page
Real Estate
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Authorities seize buses with no special
ramps for people with reduced mobility

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Faced with a large number of complaints on social networks and by phone, the Council of Public Transport began inspections to verify that the buses are in good condition and ramps for people who have a disability are in working order.

Due to non-compliance, the council withdrew from service more than 15 buses whose ramps were in poor condition or did not have the legal documentation. This happened in Heredia and Alajuela.

According to Aura Álvarez, in charge of the technical direction of the institution, the operations are carried out in coordination with the Traffic Police.

Álvarez noted that companies must guarantee the schedules already stipulated for their routes, despite having the buses seized.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Ramps for reduced mobility users should be in working order at any time, according to the law.

Child seeks help in fighting an atypical form of cancer
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Sebastián González is a 12-year-old boy from Pérez Zeledón who is seeking help to get medical treatment in the United States.

Since July 2017, he has been fighting an atypical cancer that requires a very specialized surgery.

Grettel González, Sebastián's mother, said that it all began with pain in his belly.

González was taken to emergencies services at Hospital Escalante Pradilla the next day, where parents were first told that it could be a muscular problem.

Not happy with the response, his parents took him immediately to the National Children's Hospital.

At the medical center, he was diagnosed with a desmoplastic tumor of small round cells, which is an aggressive soft tissue cancer that typically occurs in the pelvic or abdominal area and then extends to the lymph nodes and the liver.

Although Children’s Hospital doctors have done everything possible within their means, the staff does not have the technological advances necessary to face the disease.

Since they are short on resources, the family began a campaign in social networks called: "My favorite fighter," with which they seek to raise $200,000 to travel to the United States in June, where doctors will perform surgery and treatment.

"The doctor that we have contacted to operate on Sebastian is the best in the application of this type of technology," said his mother.

Grettel González courtesy photo
The boy’s family goal is to reach $200,000 for both surgery and long-term drug treatment.

She said that although they know that the scenario is difficult and the surgery is risky "we have to fight and we are going to do it, if God allows us to get that amount of money," the mother said.

The family has faith that they will collect the required amount of money for the surgery in the next two months.

People who wish help can do so by going to the GoFundMe page.