San José, Costa Rica         Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018             Vol. 18,  No.417
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Now it is Milanes who is among the missing

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The complex case of Luis Milanes Tamayo, the operator of the defunct Savings Unlimited, is back in the news with a report that the former casino owner has vanished.

Milanes ran one of the two major high-interest operations that folded in 2002. The other was operated by Luis Enrique Villalobos. Both promised investors spectacularly high returns, but there was a difference. Villalobos conducted his borrowing business in a back office in Mall San Pedro. He was secretive. He gave investors Bibles. He gave them their monthly interest in bulky envelopes. He declined to say what he did with the money entrusted to him. His religiosity extended to making large donations in favor of the International Baptist Church where he was a member.

Milanes, on the other hand, told investors that their money would be put to use in his several casinos. He also owned a firm that manufactured slot machines and another that operated a string of beauty parlors. He conducted business behind an etched glass door in Edificio Centro Colón on one of San Jose’s main drags. Inside, a cashier conducted business behind a window that resembled one in a bank. The office staff consisted mostly of beautiful Colombian women.

The larger-than-life Milanes was an avid poker player and even arranged tournament. He never was seen in San José without beefy bodyguards. He is Cuban-American.

Both Villalobos and Milanes disappeared in November 2002 and left behind frantic investors, mostly North Americans and Europeans. Villalobos has never been located. But Milanes returned in 2008 to initiate lengthy legal proceedings.

The news story in the daily La Nación Monday recounted the trials and appeals that are continuing. The latest is that a trial court once again imposed a 15-year prison term for fraud against the aging Milanes. But his lawyer promised to appeal that sentence again.

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Milanés (left) was arrested in June 2008.

Milanes paid off about 150 investors by turning over real estate and the downtown Hotel Europa.  But those with whom he settled represented less that a quarter of those who lost money in his operation. Meanwhile, he divested himself of his casinos and other investments.

The lawyer of Milanes, José Pablo Badilla, told a La Nación reporter that he would appeal the latest sentence, but he also admitted that he did not know the whereabouts of Milanes. He said he communicated with his client via email.

Local branches of public universities
could run out of funds due to fiscal reform

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Almost unanimously, 10 of the 11 legislators of the Hague Affairs Committee of the Legislative Assembly voted in favor of approving bill No. 20595, Law on Efficiency in the Allocation of Public Expenditure, which would repeal specific articles of Law 6450 (paragraphs 3 and 3 bis). The law provided a funding source for ¢2.93 million for regional investment of each public university. The source is income tax.

The project, promoted by lawmakers of the Citizen Action Party, Marcela Guerrero and Steven Núñez, aims to define a minimum amount these institutions receive for the development of regional headquarters.

The problem is that the initiative does not ensure this money will increase yearly because the text indicates that in the future, transfers would be made without specifying any raises, said the rector of the University of Costa Rica in a statement Sunday night.

Due to the risk of fund stagnation, leaders of the National Council of Rectors went to the Legislative Assembly on Thursday to meet with the deputies who make up the Finance Commission. At the meeting, they pointed out what they considered an error in the new law.

"The UCR warned that the mere possibility of subtracting resources from public universities would be unconstitutional," said Henning Jensen, rector of the University of Costa Rica.

He pointed out that public universities "would be affected, since this type of fund responds to the National Plan of Higher Education and, with the new draft. funds would be at the discretion of the National Development Plan.”

He also said that, according to Article 84 of the Constitution, the universities are supported by their own means and not by the state's single funds.

On the other hand, Article 85 of the Constitution says  that the state will endow public universities with patrimony and will create its own revenues and this financing is considered as its own income in Law 7386 that reforms article 3 and 3 bis of Law 6450.

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The legislators’ proposal could be deemed as unconstitutional, according to the University of Costa Rica.

Officials of the university said that, after the meeting with the deputies, the rectors agreed to send a text with a satisfactory wording for both parties, so that the unconstitutional aspects are eliminated and that there is an insurance that the budget grows in percentage in the same rate as it does every year in the Special Fund for Higher Education.

Another aspect that should be highlighted is the fact that the draft was not shown to public universities which also goes against what is established by the Constitution.

The University of Costa Rica trusts that the lawmakers will change their minds and deliver a negative majority report that, in theory, would eliminate any possibility that this initiative could be approved by the 57 deputies of this or the next legislature. The statement said.

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If the reopening happens anytime soon, visitation will be restricted to a certain number of tourists per day.

Reopening of Poás Volcano is delayed one more time

By AM Costa Rica staff

The date of reopening of the Poás Volcano National Park is still uncertain. Public access was supposed to be granted before Holy Week, but two weeks later this has not happened.

At present, the infrastructure that must be adapted to meet the parameters required by the National Emergency Commission cannot be determined because the institutional funds arrive very slowly, officials said. Lack of funding could delay the eventual reopening until 2019.

The director of the National System of Conservation Areas, Mario Coto, explained he agrees that the park should look for additional mechanisms to raise money to speed up the works.

Among the main improvements requested by emergency commission are the installation of informative screens in strategic sites and improvement of the viewing conditions for visitors, conditions which were damaged due to months of eruptions.


The park also needs to install and maintain informative and restrictive signs that are easy to understand in Spanish and English.

The president of the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism of Poás, Lionel Araya, said he regrets that there was a miscommunication and that full funding was not available for the reopening process.

According to the indications of commission, visits to the Poás Volcano will be restricted in terms of number of people for a specific period of time.

Another requirement that the conservation system must meet for reopening is the installation of special cameras that measure the degassing of this volcano.

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Published Tuesday,  April 17, 2018               Third news page
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Republican Party insists in creating a family ministry

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The deputy and head of the Republican Social Christian Party, Otto Roberto Vargas, said that among the plans of his faction is to recover the idea of establishing a ministry of the family, a proposal that would seek to concentrate institutions in a single entity.

"The idea is that social welfare institutions such as the Mixed Institute of Social Assistance, the National Institute for Women, the National Board of Children and the elderly and child care networks are fused in a single ministry,” said Vargas.

The legislator also said that the idea would be different from that of former presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado who, as deputy, presented the file 20.126

At the time Vargas said that his decision was merely for electoral support.

"What is certain is that Fabricio Alvarado’s party has 14 legislators. I have an idea but we have not yet formed any group or any legislative coalition," he said at the time.

Vargas also spoke of tasks such as implementing evaluations for public employees as well as promoting the generation of employment, "With a law that will make it of national interest that people work where they live," with the support of the National Apprenticeship Institute  and the Costa Rican Electricity Institute.

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The proposed family ministry would gather together most of the social assistance networks into one single entity.

Finally, Vargas said he sees the need for the country to, enter a digital government, something on which he said that there have been efforts, but not the necessary ones.

Along with Vargas will be the psychologist and psychiatrist Dragos Dolanescu, the only two lawmakers elected from the new party.

'Militia' of workers deployed to prepare seats of new legislators

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Preparing the offices for the 57 legislators who will inaugurated May 1, will take a total of four days and the work of four crews from April 27 to 29 with an additional day, if approved by the legislative directory.

Sixteen employees of the Legislative Assembly, eight from the Department of Supply and eight from Computing, will receive and review both the assets, desks, chairs, refrigerators, coffee maker, among other, and the technological equipment assigned to each of the 57 legislators.

In addition, two more groups will have the sole task of changing more than 1,000 locks of the offices in Congress.

"The time is very short and the process is very meticulous because all the offices are equipped with up to seven computers, they have printers, furniture, many articles, the procedure becomes tedious, slow," said Antonio Ayales, the executive director of the Legislative Assembly.

The cleaning of computers to protect the files of the legislators and their staff will be done with extra care, he said.

In addition, the profiles of the new deputies will be created.

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Digital data management is one of the most sensitive issues of  the work.

Ayales asked the legislators about the possibility of suspending the parliamentary session on April 30 to get the job done in a timely manner and prepare the offices to be occupied by the new deputies for the next two years, but the proposal has not been approved.

At the beginning of 2020, politicians and staff of the Legislative Assembly will inaugurate the new building, a work of ¢52 billion whose construction began last March.











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Published Tuesday,  April 17, 2018             Fourth news page
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Rural agricultural development should be a priority
in Latin America, says continental organization
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The governments of the countries of America must prioritize to a strategic sector such as agriculture if they want to ensure long-term development, said the director general of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, Manuel Otero.

"I represent an institution that defends the importance of rural agricultural development, which considers that this sector, rather than strategic, is a priority for a harmonious and integrated development of our countries," said Otero, who participated in the III Business Summit of the Americas.

The director of the institute attended the VIII Summit of the Americas in the Peruvian capital and delivered a clear message to all the heads of state: "Make more efforts on the importance of agriculture as an absolute priority sector, which is necessary to have state policies with a medium and long term vision."

"Agriculture is life and is the future of our continent," said Otero, who took over three months ago as head of the hemispheric cooperation agency on agricultural matters.

His idea, he explains, is to provide a "fresh, hopeful, renewed and positive vision on the agricultural sector" and stress that if the activity is thriving, it will be possible to attack many of the central issues that are currently limiting the development of the countries of the region.

According to him, "the problems of migration are due to failed strategies in the field of rural development."

The degrees of evolution of the agricultural businesses in America are very different, as are the policies applied to the sector in the different countries.

"There are many agricultures, and that is why it is fundamental to find and propose new strategies of rural development that consider rural territories as dynamic spaces and creators of opportunities, increasing exports, improving food security and an offer of quality," he said.

Otero said that "in the past, in some countries the farms have been given a blind eye" and pointed out that this is a strategic error that must be reversed.

He noted that "the most advanced countries today have gone through successful rural development strategies that have allowed them to continue advancing in the stages of development," a journey that the region should imitate.

"Dichotomies between small agriculture and business, organic production and chemistry, between exports and import should be scratched because there is room for everything and these seemingly antagonistic visions have to find a middle ground."
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The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, a specialized agency in agriculture of the Inter-American System, was created in 1942 and is based in Costa Rica.

"The agribusiness will continue to exist, increasingly capitalized, looking towards the international area. Let's not lose sight of the fact that a trillion dollars that increase exports represents 14,000 new jobs," he said.

At the same time, he said, family farming is needed, and technology and financing are needed to create a small business that, in turn, works with the large agribusiness.

More resources, better infrastructure, integration of value chains, attention to climate change are concrete ways to demonstrate that the states give priority to the field, in addition, according to Otero, to promoting the transfer of agricultural technology.

In this regard, within the framework of the Lima Summit, the institute signed a declaration with the Andean Community of Nations to promote new actions for rural development, including the promotion of trade in family agriculture products and mechanisms of dialogue between the public and private sectors linked to agricultural activity.

Andean Community member countries include Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru with 120 million inhabitants of which about 30 percent is based in rural Andean areas.

In terms of agricultural trade, Otero stressed the need to reduce non-tariff barriers and be much stricter with international standards in sanitary matters.

In addition, he called for greater efforts to facilitate the procedures so that the rural producer does not get caught losing many hours in bureaucratic matters instead of concentrating on producing more.

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Another immigrant association rejects
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Network of Civil Organizations for Migration asked the government of Costa Rica not to fine migrants who exceed the legal length of stay in the country.

The director of the Asociación Enlaces Nicaragüenses and member of network, Quxabel Cárdenas, said in a statement that "this fine is unpayable for thousands of migrant workers, because it is retroactive," and he therefore requested an extension for its application.

"The measure will affect the country's economy, because sectors such as agro-export, agriculture, construction, domestic employment, private security, as well as the service sector, among others, depend a lot on the workforce of migrants," he said.

The government announced March 19 that as of April 20 it will charge $100 for each month of irregular stay and that if the person does not pay, it will apply an entry ban for triple the time of that stay.

Migration authorities have called for migrants to legalize their situation, not only to avoid fines, but also to allow them access to health, education, financial and other services.

The fines apply both to non-residents and to resident aliens whose permits have expired and who have not renewed them.

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Most of immigrants who overstay their visas are Nicaraguans, agricultural, and blue collar workers.

The network also asked the Government of Nicaragua to facilitate the delivery of the basic requirements for legalization, including birth certificates and apostille police records, for the protection of its citizens abroad.

Costa Rica is a country of 4.7 million inhabitants, of which 8 percent are foreigners, mostly Nicaraguans, according to official data.

These people usually perform the lower paying jobs in agriculture, construction and domestic service, among others.

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Vol. 18, No. 417          
Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018                 Sixth news page
Real Estate
About Us
Female coffee producers gather together in Aserrí

By A.M. Costa Rica staff
Twelve women producers of coffee from La Legua de Aserrí will have a micro company to process and market coffee and a small cafeteria for neighbors and visitors that that they hope will link production with the national and international tourism sector.

This project is driven by the Tejiendo Desarrollo Program of the Office of the First Lady, Mercedes Peñas Domingo, and has as objective that the producers can add value to their production of 100 percent pure and high quality coffee.

With the micro company, the coffee will be processed and marketed, while with the cafeteria the production will be linked with the national and international tourism sector. The coffee will be collected, pulped, dried, stored, threshed, roasted, ground and packaged for sale to the public or served in the cafeteria.

"We have accompanied several projects and productive ideas of women that improve their socioeconomic conditions and their families, with the conviction that we are contributing to the equity and empowerment of women," said the first lady.

The productive initiative is possible thanks to the coordination of Tejiendo Desarrollo and the contributions of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the National Apprenticeship Institute, the National Production Council, the National Institute of Rural Development, the Association of Agricultural Producers of Acosta and Aserrí, the State University at Distance, VEPS, Pronamype, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture, Veritas University, and Ladies Association of Mexicans.

In 2015, the agriculture ministry contributed ¢25.1 million for machinery and the Asociación Ideas Productivas Femeninas de La Legua de Aserrí contributed ¢16.6 million colones in land. Currently, the rural development institute is projected to invest ¢70 million for infrastructure this year.

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Different institutions provided help to develop the entrepreneurial objective.

In addition, in June 2017 the Office of the First Lady managed a donation of ¢750,000 by the Civic Cultural Association of Mexico to La Legua de Aserrí, with the objective of financing the required plans.

Other contributions are those of the Véritas University, which provided advertising design and marketing for the coffee, and the Inter-American Institute, which invited the associates to participate in the international seminar: Rural women a fundamental pillar in the development and sustainability of family farming, as exhibitors of their project.

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Vol. 18, No. 417            
Published Tuesday, April 17, 2018           Seventh news page
Real Estate
About Us
Ministry of Health mistakenly granted
permits for Tattoo Convention in the last six years

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The organization of the Paradise Tattoo Convention, one of the most popular meetings between tattoo artists and the ink-loving public, reported that it will not hold its seventh edition in Costa Rica because the Ministry of Health denied permission.

Gustavo Espinoza, director of Health Belén-Flores, said that during the previous six years an erroneous interpretation had been made of the applicable regulation (Executive Decree N 32181-S) and that is why the convention promoters received permission to carry out the event.

The request made by the organizers of the Expo Tattoo at the end of last year caused officials review the criteria and they said they determined that the activity cannot be carried out.

Espinoza added that there has been no formal refusal to the Paradise Tattoo Convention, because promoters did not apply for the permit.

"This situation began last year by an anonymous report to the head of the Regulation and Control Unit of the Ministry of Health, through Dr. Jennifer Lee,” he said.

Lee asked other health officials why they had authorized an exhibition where participants were going to actually make tattoos. Espinoza said he explained that previously the permits had been authorized due to two assumptions: first, there is a regulation of tattoos dating from 2004 that, in article 2, says that all kinds of tattoos are banned in fairs, beaches, exhibitions or in places where there is more than one activity.

He said, first, the organizers of these exhibitions had told health officials that what they do is an exhibition of tattooists or tattoos. The interpretation had been made that no tattoos were made at the public level, he said. Second, that article says that there would be only one activity, and that is true of Expo Tatto. That's why the permits were granted, said Espinoza.

"But Jennifer Lee told us that definitely not, because the regulation forbids it and that the interpretation was wrong on our part," he added.

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Lack of inspecting staff was the cause of permitting the event in the past, according to authorities.

The official justified what happened to the fiscal deficit and the lack of resources to pay overtime, So, he said, health officials made inspections on the activities only on Friday, when participants are barely preparing the spaces for the events. For that reason, officials never found out that in the activity included making tattoos on site, he said.

At the moment, there are two options that would allow the expo to continue: change or modify the tattoo regulations, which would take a long time because it must be signed by the president, or organizers could go to the General Director of Health or the Minister of Health and request a directive authorizing the activity, provided that the requirements stipulated between Articles 4 and 9 of the regulations are met. However, in the meantime, activities cannot be carried out, the official said.

Our Reader's opinion regarding from a recent article: University of Costa Rica hosts Angela Davis’ speech on women empowerment

Dear A.M. Costa Rica readers,

Regarding a quote from a recent article University of Costa Rica hosts Angela Davis’ speech on women empowerment, I’d like to say to the wonderful people of Costa Rica empowering all women is a wonderful thing but please remember that one women’s opinion is NOT the opinion of all Americans. Donald Trump was not elected to Make America Great Again to make it a white and masculine nation. That isn’t what made America great in the first place. Please do not believe everything you hear and read.

America was made great by people from all walks of life, color, ethnicity, and their open arms to all who cherished their values and wanting to make a better life for their families. Great jobs, schools, medicine, hard stance on criminals and drugs are some of what once made America great. That is what President Trump promised. That is what people voted for not to put white people in charge. Most Americans are tired of the evil ways and want good changes for all.

Quote: "The White House is today whiter and more masculine than it has been in many decades," she said. She also criticized Trump's slogan, Make America Great Again, and its implication, the desire of the businessman and his followers that the United States is once again a white and masculine nation. Therefore, she said, it is no coincidence that women, once again, have led mass marches and that the movement has regained strength throughout the world.”

The are so many wonderful women from the United States that your university could have chosen to be your guest speaker besides their choice. Please do not be lead down the wrong path. Keep an open mind and continue your Costa Rican ways and do not be misled.

My family has been visiting there for 14 years and because of the wonderful Tico people we keep coming back. Hold onto your values, do not be swayed or influenced by the wrong people....Pura Vida.

Gail Mason,
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Editor’s note: The writer refers to comments made by Angela Davis in a speech. Letters sent to the editor rely only on their author's responsibility. A.M is not accountable for the content of such letters.