San José, Costa Rica         Published Monday, April 16, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.416
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More than 100 missiles lit up the sky in Damascus.

Costa Rica does not support the unauthorized use of military force in Syria, Minister Mario Gonzalez said

By A.M.Costa Rica staff

Syria has been at war for seven years. The war has left around 320,000 people dead and 10 million people have left their homes. The unforeseen situation in Syria has reached intolerable limits, according to the Costa Rican government.

On April 7, the town of Douma in Syria was the target of attacks with chemical weapons by the regime of Bashar Al Assad. Dozens of civilians died, mainly women and children.

Since the conflict began in 2011, the Costa Rican government has said that it only accepts a peaceful solution to the conflict, a solution of dialogue and negotiation.

The government's position is the use of dialogue to resolve the conflict, and to make use of international law to judge the criminals responsible for attacks on civilians.

Chemical weapons are prohibited by international law, and their use is a flagrant violation of human rights.

The government's opinion is that the U.N. Security Council has not been able, in particular its permanent members, to assume its responsibilities before the international community to maintain international peace and security in order to achieve consensus and prevent the escalation of the conflict.

Although Costa Rica does support the efforts of the United Nations, it does not support the response of allied countries.

The minister of International Relations, Mario Gonzales, presented the government's position on conflict in Syria.

"We echo the call of Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy of the secretary general, so that an escalation of violence is not allowed and civilians have security protection," González said.

Costa Rica asks to prohibit the use
of lethal autonomous weapons systems

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, a lethal autonomous weapon, is a one that, once activated, can select targets and fire at them without the need for human intervention.

This weapon system is known as LAWS for lethal autonomous weapons.

Representatives of Costa Rica participated in the first international meeting on the use of lethal autonomous weapons in Geneva, Switzerland.

The government's position is that the use of such weapons should be prohibited to prevent excessive or indiscriminate damage, harm and death of human beings by their use.

In addition to Costa Rica, there are a large number of countries against the autonomous weapons, including: Austria, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ireland, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, and this time, even China.

All of the delegations represented expressed their absolute agreement that the design, deployment and use of autonomous weapons systems should be regulated by , according to a summary provided by Costa Rican officials.

These countries requested that the chairman of the Group of Experts, Ambassador Amandeep Singh of India, enforce the request for the prohibition of this armament.

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Lethal autonomous weapon, is a one that, once activated, can select targets and fire at them without the need for human intervention.

Costa Rica was represented by Ambassador Elayne Whyte, permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva and the minister counselor, Maricela Muñoz.

Both representatives said that "beyond the interesting philosophical and technical exchanges that the subject raises, including the state of development of artificial intelligence, and the characteristics of human-machine interaction, the mandate of GGE forces us to prevent excessive or indiscriminate damage, the harm and death of human beings, including the victims of erroneous, inaccurate or unreliable identification or targeting exercises."
The Ministry of Labor authorizes
the transfer of the death pension to same-sex couples

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The minister of Labor and Social Security, Alfredo Hasbum Camacho, has authorized the transfer of the death pension to a beneficiary in a same-sex partnership, previously registered as a homosexual couple. Before that law, only couples of different sexes had the right to collect the pension.

The pension for death is a percentage of the salary and comes from funds paid by a worker each month and sent to the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, known as Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

After the worker dies, the money remains in the hands of the national pension directorate known as the Direction Nacional de Pensiones. This institution is in charge of collecting that money and delivering a monthly payment to the beneficiary of the deceased.

Now the worker can include in the list of beneficiaries of this pension, his/her same sex partner.

"With this directive we are giving equal treatment and rights in attachment to principle of equality, respect for human dignity, orientation sexuality and gender identity," Alfredo Hasbum, minister of Labor, said.

The new decree must be applied immediately by the officials of the National Pensions Directorate.

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Costa Rican Mario Arias, left and Venezuela's Roberth Castillo, right, were scheduled to marry in January 2018. They canceled their wedding after the National Directorate of Notaries prohibited public notaries from legalizing homosexual marriages.

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Vol. 18, No. 416                
Published Monday,  April 16, 2018             Second news page
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Foreigner could face jail for five years
for selling archaeological pieces in black market

By AM Costa Rica staff

Many different types of articles of great archaeological value have been found in Costa Rica. These include: Spheres, semi-precious stone necklaces, metates, pots, human figures, hunter weapons, and even gold ornaments.

Alejandro Fernandez, representative of the Division of Environmental Crimes, reported a rise in the illegal purchase and possession of archeological pieces. The penalty is three to five years in jail for having or selling such articles.

In Costa Rica, there are two laws that regulate this crime, Law 6703 that regulates the possession of national patrimony, and Law 7 that prohibits the commercialization and expropriation of indigenous pieces or article.

However, a person can avoid going to jail if he or she reports the collection to the National Museum. The experts of the National Museum have a record of all the archaeological finds in the country and where they are currently located.

In 2016, 118 articles were confiscated. Last year, that number increased to 222 items. And in the first four months of this year, the number has already surpassed that total.

This year 266 archaeological items have been confiscated. Of these, 137 items were on the property of a Costa Rican known as a private collector in Sabana, and 222 were hidden in San Pedro, where a foreigner was arrested on the presumption that he was going to sell the items on the black market.

The investigation is in process, so the name or nationality of the foreigner was not released.

The black market for archaeological articles is an increasing activity in the country. The buyer looks for people of low economic resources in indigenous areas, or in areas where articles have been discovered in the past.  The buyer may pay little money to the people who find the pieces, but the value is much higher in the black market.

In the past, one of the most important cases was the capture of a merchant who bought a jade necklace found in Turrialba for $1,600. The asking price on the European black market was $54,500.

The greatest number of archaeological pieces found in a single attempted sale occurred at the Juan Santamaria Airport where six wooden boxes were found. The upper section of the boxes all had a seal of the National Museum of Costa Rica which was a guarantee that inside were pieces of modern art for export. The destination was Brussels, Belgium, where the buyer would have paid for the art. 

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A private collector can avoid going to jail if he or she reports the collection to the National Museum.

However, one of the boxes was too large to go through X-ray control so someone in airport control called the National Museum for an authorization to open the box. The staff member at the museum said that institution had not sent any cargo, so airport drug traffic experts opened the boxes where they found 42 authentic pre-Columbian art objects from the Atlantic area. Among these were various pots, stone figures, jade, and a unique metal ornament from the Atlantic area’s ancient habitants. The items were valued at $1 million. A retired tourist guide named Jiménez was found guilty of illegal trade.

Now the police are facing a new type of black market in social networks. Groups of users of social networks have been found to be trading in the artifacts, so it is even more difficult for the police to find the illegal buyers or sellers.

Citizens can collaborate with the police and the National Museum by making an anonymous report, either directly in the National Museum by phone: 2257-1433 or to the Judicial Investigation Agency phone 800-8000-645.

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Vol. 18, No. 416          
Published Monday, April 16, 2018               Third news page
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An easier option to obtain medical insurance
for foreigners and their families

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Family Benefit of Social Security (Depends Benefits), was established in Article 12 of the health insurance regulations as follows:

"The direct insured person has the right to apply to Social Security for protection through the family benefit of those who meet with him (her), the general requirements of economic dependency and bond, as well as the individuals as set forth in this Article. The same right assists the potential beneficiary (a) to directly require Social Security to protect it in the cases in which the Law and this regulation by its condition covers it."

That article guarantees non-discrimination to any person Costa Rican or foreigner who requests the medical insurance benefits, including whole family.

The foregoing, according to the authorities, shows that the regulation does not contain any differentiation of treatment associated with the migratory status of the directly insured person or of the person in relation to whom the protection of the family benefit is being requested, which is also concordant with what stipulates the Constitution in its Article 19: "Foreigners have the same individual and social duties and rights as Costa Ricans, with the exceptions and limitations that this Constitution and the laws establish."

For foreign couples requesting family benefits insurance who were already married abroad, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social had been requesting for  a new marriage certificate from the country of origin and stated that the document be apostilled, translated and edited within 30 days of presentation, an unreasonably short period. Now the law has been reexamined and its interpretation corrected.

A foreigner can affiliate to the state health insurance, and can affiliate a relative, fulfilling the following requirements:

1- The direct insured and the beneficiary insured must live in the country.

2- The indirect insured or beneficiary should not have their insurance with the CCSS.

3- Demonstrate the legal link (son, daughter, husband or wife). The legal document is a marriage certificate, or a birth certificate from your country of origin. Or, a certification emitted by Costa Rican notary.

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Health insurance regulations guarantees non-discrimination to any person Costa Rican or foreigner who requests the medical insurance benefits, including whole family.

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5- Residence ID copy of the direct insured and their relatives.

6- People who are not married must deliver a letter, authenticated by a lawyer that ensures a conviviality of at least three continuous years.

7- A water, electricity or telephone bill indicating the residence address.

In the case of non-residents, or those with residency in process, there is also another option to obtain health insurance.

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Vol. 18, No. 416                  
Published Monday,  April 16, 2018             Fourth news page
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Proposed VAT tax estimated to raise billion-plus a year
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The proposed value-added tax, which may get initial approval before the end of the month, will transfer substantial amounts of money, perhaps more than $1 billion, from the public to the government. The exact amount is uncertain, although lawmakers consistently overestimate amounts raised by new laws.

Government officials have said for years that a prime reason for instituting the tax is to reduce fraud. A value-added tax is assessed at each stage of the production process and eventually is paid by the end consumer. Because suppliers of raw materials, manufacturers, wholesalers and retail outlets receive rebates on what they have paid, the government expects to keep better track of taxable events.

The proposed law expands the type of products and services that would be taxed and maintains the same rate as the current sales tax, which would be eliminated. That rate is 13 percent.

The proposal would tax private medical services, private education, capital gains, rides with Uber and even online activities, like videos and tourism housing bookings.

The proposal also will expand the need for accountants who would have to keep track of the various transactions.

For some, this would be easy. A private medical doctor would simply charge a patient 13 percent for services and report that to the government. A more financially astute medical practitioner might choose to deduct from his value-added tax payment the tax he already has to pay during the time allocated to the patient. This would be a basic cost accounting strategy that probably would be employed only by large organizations.

The proposal of a 13 percent value-added tax is lower than the 15 percent minimum mandated for member states by the European Union and lower than the rate in much of the world. Britain maintains a 20 percent rate. Denmark collects 25 percent, and China charges 17 percent. The  Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development says that 166 countries already have some form of a value-added tax.

Canada assesses 7 percent in what is called a consumption tax, but individual provinces have their own taxes on top of the federal levy.

The United States does not have a federal sales tax, but many states do. Only two U.S. states have a system similar to a value-added tax.

Costa Rica is anxious to become a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and that unelected bureaucracy most likely will soon encourage the country to raise the value-added rate. President-elect Carlos Alvarado already suggested and then backed off a 15 percent rate.
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The value added tax has been estimated to raise about $1.23 billion a year.

The Dirección General de Tributación is instituting a system of electronic invoicing that will allow staffers to keep track of all economic transactions in the country and to verify that appropriate taxes will be paid.

One criticism of the government’s economic policy is that only minimal effort has been expended to reduce public spending. The country’s fiscal deficit is estimated to have been 6.2 percent of gross domestic product last year. The Fitch Rating Service is suggesting the deficit will grow to nearly 7 percent this year.

Politicians generally talk about finances in percentages of gross domestic product which is the estimated value of all goods and services generally for a year. In 2017 that figure for Costa Rica was estimated by international sources at $61.5 billion. The last estimate of total government debt was for 2015, and that number was $22.65 billion. A 7 percent increase in the debt, based on gross domestic product, would be about $4.3 billion.

The value added tax has been estimated to raise about $1.23 billion a year, and all concerned agree that the new levy would do little to offset the public debt.

Inflation and international lending rates on the rise could cause more trouble for the country. In addition the tax agency will need an infusion of staffers to keep track under the new law.

The 13 percent sales tax already has produced a thriving shadow economy with firms doing transactions off the books. Although the electronic invoicing system is supposed to prevent this, there is no guarantee everyone will do this. The government will use local credit card date to track down Netflix sales and other online transactions to foreign countries, but those with foreign credit cards and U.S. Pay Pal accounts would be obligated to self-report if they so choose.

U.S. taxpayers are getting a small break
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

U.S. taxpayers who are here but are not Costa Rican residents got a break this year.

Their U.S. income tax filing deadline is Tuesday and not Sunday.

The traditional filing day is April 15 each year. But U.S. residents abroad always have until June 15 to file the U.S. tax form. In order to qualify, the U.S.

Internal Revenue Service says both their tax home and abode must be outside the United States and Puerto Rico.

That would seem to eliminate U.S. citizens who are in Costa Rica under tourist visas.

Even those who are supposed to file by the April date and cannot do so can easily get an extension.

U.S. citizens in Costa Rica and green card holders can get an extension to Oct. 16 if they seek one before their filing deadline of June 15, the IRS said.

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The reason for the shift in dates this year is because April 15 fell on a Sunday, and Monday is a local holiday in Washington, D.C.
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The value added tax has been estimated to raise about $1.23 billion a year.

The holiday is Emancipation Day which commemorates the date in 1862 when President Abraham Lincoln signed an order that freed more than 3,000 slaves in the District of Columbia.

That was months before Lincoln ordered slaves elsewhere in the United States to be freed.

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Vol. 18, No. 416      
Published Monday, April 16, 2018              Fifth news page
Real Estate
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Pulmonary embolism, as a result of liposuction,
is the leading cause of death in cosmetic surgeries

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Extracting that extra fat through liposuction could represent the aesthetic solution that some people aspire to achieve. However, in Costa Rica, this procedure, which is among the most performed cosmetic interventions in the world according to the International Association of Plastic Surgery, was the one that generated a greater number of deaths due to pulmonary embolism, a complication that prevents the passage of blood in the arteries of the lungs.

This is the result of the latest research developed by Marcela Balmaceda Chaves, under the supervision of Maikel Vargas Sanabria, within the framework of the postgraduate program in forensic medical specialties with an emphasis in legal medicine from the University of Costa Rica.

The study, the first in the country and presented in mid-2017, documented 13 cases of death due to aesthetic procedures in the Department of Legal Medicine of the Judiciary from January 2006 to December 2015. Of this figure, the surgery performed more frequently and that generated greater deaths was liposuction, followed by the enlargement of the buttocks and the remodelling of the abdomen.

Regarding the direct causes of death, pulmonary embolism stood out as the first cause in the study. The others were septic shock, massive infection in the human body, and hypovolemic shock, also known as hemorrhagic syndrome or heavy bleeding.

"The pulmonary embolism is divided into other categories. One is the fatty embolism - obstruction of an arterial vessel by a mass of fat - which was the most usual and that was related to liposuction. The death occurs during or just after the operation ended. The rest of the causes (septic and hypovolemic shock) were complications that arose after surgery. There are a number of factors that could have an impact, such as the patient's initial condition, poor surgical management or little postoperative care," Balmaceda said.

The other embolisms found to cause death were: pulmonary thromboembolism-blocked by clot-and pulmonary embolism due to foreign material.

The risk of suffering a pulmonary embolism is present in all surgery. In the case of a liposuction, this occurs in the fat extraction process. At that time there is the possibility that small amounts of lipids enter the blood vessels and travel through the blood to the lungs. The buildup will generate an obstruction that will cause immediate respiratory failure, according to an explanation in the study report.

"At the autopsies, fatty lumps could be found in the pulmonary artery. The situation is that the fat embolism was so massive, that it generated death within a few minutes without allowing time for the emboli or bodies of fat to travel to other organs," Balmceda add.

Hemorrhagic shock is caused by the great loss of blood. For every liter of fat aspirated in a liposuction, a patient may lose between five to 15 milliliters of blood. This amount may vary depending on the patient and may even be greater. By intervening in the abdomen, back, thighs and arms simultaneously in a person with underlying complications, the total blood loss may become high.

Septic shock this is due to the presence of bacteria. In one of the cases analyzed the bacteria Escherichia coli, which causes diarrhea, and Staphylococcus epidermidis, a persistent germ in human skin that increases as the number of artificial devices introduced into the body increases.

According to Balmaceda, there have been patients who underwent up to four cosmetic procedures at once, a situation which generates an important medical concern.

The specialist explained that there is not yet an international standard that indicates the number of surgical interventions that can be performed in the same operative time. However, it is known that the longer the operation, the greater the risk of complications.

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The surgery performed more frequently and that generated greater deaths was liposuction.

An additional problems is the materials used in the surgery. Although at the national level products used must be in a sanitary registry, there is no regulation that explicitly prohibits the use of biopolymers. These components are implants that aim to shape the body and the Food and Drug Administration considers them a public health problem because they produce irreversible injuries.

The country is currently advancing a system of authorization on who can perform plastic surgeries. Previously, any doctor enrolled in the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Costa Rica could perform such procedures even if they were not specialists. Currently, the college, a professional organization, is working so that this does not happen and is developing new professional profiles on what doctors can do based on their training.

"In the new board would be a repeal of a criterion that was in force since 2006, which said that the physician could do any medical act, as long as it was within the framework of ethics and had the conscience to do so. We believe that this is not convenient, because people without the specialty were doing surgical procedures that put the patient at high risk. We removed that criterion in 2017," said Andrés Castillo Saborío, president of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.

In Costa Rica there are highly trained medical professionals, but it is necessary that people seeking these procedures investigate and inform the Costa Rican College of Physicians and Surgeons about the experts’ reports, the physician said.

Similarly, it is vital to review and request in advance the substance or implant that is to be applied in the body, which must have health clearance from the Ministry of Health.

Balmaceda recalled that aesthetic surgeries are not exempt from complications and the fact that the patient is healthy and young does not protect them fully.

"Something that must be taken into account is that, in all aesthetic surgeries, there will always be a latent risk of complications that can never be eliminated. But, it is the responsibility of the medical team in charge of the patient to make a diagnosis and timely treatment to all possible complications that arise from these procedures," concluded the specialist.

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Vol. 18, No. 416 Monday Edition, April 16, 2018
Sixth news page
Real Estate
About Us
Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock inaugurates
the first rain collection system in Guanacaste

By A.M. Costa Rica staff
The prolonged droughts that occur in the Guanacaste region have negative effects on the inhabitants of the area.

Tito Díaz highlighted the importance of this innovative rainwater catchment and use system to provide more stable water provision for agricultural production and to increase resilience in the face of climate phenomena. He is the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization sub-regional coordinator for Mesoamerica.

Rainwater collection systems are a sustainable and economically viable option that improve productivity and promotes adaptation to climate variability.

The system that was made can store an approximate of 500,000 liter and will allow the producer to have water for at least four months in the dry season. However, the duration will depend on the optimization of the use of the water by the farmer.

More than 200 technicians, students and agricultural producers were trained in the application of this model in their farms throughout the country.

This is an initiative of the Hunger-Free Mesoamerica Program of the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Mexican Agency for International Cooperation for Development.

The district of Huacas, Guanacaste, was the first to have a rainwater collection model, known as SCALL.

The purpose of this initiative is to promote the responsible use of rainwater as an alternative to satisfy partially or totally the water demand of different agricultural activities in response to the cyclical drought characteristic of the Central American Dry Corridor, which affects more than 10,800 farms in the Chorotega region.

"This type of project responds to the specific needs of the communities from a comprehensive approach in the area of food and nutrition security, also for water supply for agricultural production, among others. Therefore, we reiterate our commitment to continue supporting this successful initiative," commented Edith Robledo, deputy director general of social development of the Mexican agency.

In this specific case, SCALL was designed to meet the water demand of a small family farm dedicated to dairy cattle. The beneficiary family faced daily the problem of not having a permanent water supply which would allow it to have the amount of water needed to meet the needs of their livestock.

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The district of Huacas, Guanacaste, was the first to have a rainwater collection model, known as SCALL.

For his part, Manuel Rojas, a producer who is a beneficiary, said that the initiative will help improve animal yields and productivity that has fallen considerably. In addition the system will not incur more expenses to solve the water shortage.

The water reservoir is a sustainable and economically viable alternative that allows the producer to supply the trough, use the water resource to properly wash the pen, and irrigate a short pasture area, the participants heard.

"From a practical perspective, we want to promote responsible replication, in the search to improve the production conditions of agricultural producers," said Octavio Ramírez, Food and Agricultural Organization resident coordinator in Costa Rica.

"Due to the high amount of sun present in the area, free water surfaces tend to evaporate at an extremely high rate, so we worked on placing a cover on the structure, so that when it rains the water may permeate, but evaporation decrease and the stored water is maintained for several months, allowing the producer to produce both summer and winter," said Diego Fallas, program assistant of the Food and Agricultural Organization in the country.
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Vol. 18, No. 416         
Published Monday, April 16, 2018             Seventh news page
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The National Orchid Show


Here I am at the El Guarco Hotel in Cartago, about five hours from home (it should be four or so but you have to go through San Jose…yuck). And what am I doing here? The National Orchid Show happens here at the Paseo Metrópoli Mall – in the car park area. How unusual.

Actually, it did make sense since the covered car park was easy to block off and turn into a display area for the three-day show, but the lighting was terrible. Did I care? Heck, NO!

You all know how I love orchids.

At present there are more than 1,200 orchids in the garden but they are 98 percent native mini-orchids. Tiny blooms, measured in millimeters, are everywhere, and visitors need magnifying glasses to see them properly. And they are getting repetitive. I have a lot of the same genera of orchids, even if I do have different species, including four species of gongora. Still, there are a lot of other orchids in the world, so I came to the orchid show. Why now? Because, if you have been reading the column, I now have a greenhouse which means that I can house orchids that need more warmth and less rain.

Somehow, the Cattleyas I had outside must have decided that five meters of rain was a bit much (and there are many days when I agree with them) but now there is a greenhouse and the more picky orchids have a home.

I suppose I could just buy orchids locally or grab them at La Garita, but they all sell the same sorts of orchids. For variety, the orchid show is worth the trip. So, instead of more talk, here are pictures. Do I want them all? Of course I do!

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