Vol.18  No. 430 Published Monday, April 30, 2018
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Central Bank's political appointments questioned

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The appointment of the bank’s president must be dissociated from the electoral political cycle to strengthen the independence in the decision-making on economic policy at the Central Bank, said the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

That international organization, which Costa Rica is seeking to join, also added that the minister of Finance must not be part of the board of directors of the institution.

"Currently, the minister of Finance has the right to vote on the board of directors of BCCR a participation that is not in line with international best practices," says the organization in press statement.

The organic law of the central bank establishes that the appointment of its management is a decision of the governing council and is a term that begins and ends in the same constitutional period of the nation’s president.

The law also establishes that the manager of the National Treasury is one of the seven members of the Central Bank board of directors.

The minister of Finance, Helio Fallas, expressed disagreement with the international organization. He said he considers it beneficial to participate in the board of directors of the bank because it allows a better coordination of monetary and currency exchange policies.

Separation of the government from decisions in the central bank may have worked well in other countries but is not necessary in Costa Rica, Fallas said.

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Political appointment to the central bank's management is a common routine under the current Costa Rican law.

Treasury officials said that participation does not threaten macroeconomic equilibrium, adding that the vote of the minister is not decisive.

Fallas says if such a policy change doesn't´t happen, it will not prevents Costa Rica's access to the international organization and that it will be up to the next government to consider whether it keeps the same method or decides to accept the proposal

Costa Rica among the countries not
enforcing intellectual property laws

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Special 301 Report, prepared annually and assessing the situation of intellectual piracy outside the United States, includes 36 countries, out of which 12 have the priority surveillance level: China, India, Russia, Venezuela, Colombia, Canada, Algeria, Argentina, Chile, Indonesia, Kuwait and Ukraine.

The report places 25 nations, including Costa Rica, on a watch list and identified as having problems protecting intellectual property.

China leads the top violators black list prepared by the U.S. government.

For the 14th consecutive year, China leads the list because it prevents the effective enforcement of intellectual property rights and commits a wide range of bad practices in terms of intellectual property rights including theft of trade secrets, online piracy, the manufacture and mass export of counterfeit products,  according to the U.S. Office of the Foreign Trade Representative.

"This report sends a clear signal to our business partners that protecting the intellectual property rights of Americans is a top priority of the Trump Administration," said Robert Lighthizer, who is the foreign trade representative. In a statement, he warns that: "the problems of intellectual property in these countries will be the object of an intense bilateral commitment during the next year."

Neither the report nor the press statement mentions the measures that the U.S. could take.

At a time when Argentina is bidding to join the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the report lists a series of problems, among them the  lack of protection and respect for pharmaceutical products and medical treatments and development of new treatments and cures.

The restrictive patentability criteria and the lack of adequate and effective protection in the agrochemical area are also listed.

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Movie piracy is a common practice in Costa Rica.

The report also mentions illicit streaming devices that act against content creators, sports leagues, live shows, legal streaming services, on-demand and media providers.

With respect to India, the report points out serious concerns about the context of the future of innovation, particularly with regard to the patent registration system.

Colombia was included in this classification this year due to its long-term failure to achieve progress in the protection of copyright, an obligation derived from a free trade agreement.

Canada was also under the scrutiny of the trade representative for its lack of customs authority to inspect or stop alleged counterfeit or pirated goods sent through the country and for what was called its poor protection of copyright.

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Costa Rica and Ecuador sign agreement
to protect their national heritage sites

By AM Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica and Ecuador have come together to protect the natural wealth of the Cocos Island and the Galapagos Islands harbor in the Pacific, two world heritage sites home to hundreds of species, many of them endangered.

Although one site is in Central America and the other in South America and they are separated by thousands of kilometers, these two countries share a border in the Pacific Ocean and a willingness to protect the exuberant biodiversity of the area.

Last week, representatives of the National System of Conservation Areas of Costa Rica, as rector of the Isla del Coco National Park, and the Galapagos National Park in Ecuador, signed a cooperation agreement for the conservation and protection of ecosystems in the area.

This agreement will establish channels and and provide links that both nations can use to design, develop and execute actions to strengthen the management of these protected areas with special emphasis on marine species.

"The framework cooperation agreement will unite efforts to establish channels and links of mutual association to design, develop and execute joint actions and projects on various issues," said the director of the System of Conservation Areas, Mario Coto.

Authorities from both countries committed to generating scientific research on marine and terrestrial biodiversity and agreed to work on marine-coastal surveillance, management and eradication of exotic species and to focus on climate change, capacity building, fundraising for project implementations and the restoration of ecosystems.

They also committed to share knowledge and the development of joint strategies in human security and sustainable tourism.

The agreement was signed at the of a 12th-day of a scientific expedition led by the Pacific Foundation, which sought to collect information on the ecosystems of Cocos Islands and the Galapagos.

The expedition toured the island of Baltra in Ecuador, Darwin Island in the Galapagos and the Galapagos Marine Reserve and later it reached Cocos Island, covering a total of 2,059 kilometers.

"Several species of sharks and sea turtles were identified using the Cocos Range as a migratory route between both marine protected areas. Before, no visual evidence had been obtained or published," said the director of the Galapagos National Park, Jorge Carrión.

Carrión said during his visit to Costa Rica "one of our objectives was met: to determine and demonstrate the ecological importance of the area for several species such as sharks and other large pelagic  species." Pelagic means fish that live in the middle depths of the ocean.

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Cocos Island is home to hundreds of species,
many of them endangered.

During the expedition, underwater video systems with bait were installed in eight seamounts in depths between 160 and 900 meters in order to obtain information and quantify the distribution, abundance and diversity of species.

The scientists also analyzed the effect of factors such as temperature, depth, and distance of seamounts on the distribution and abundance of marine species found.

The cameras recorded film between Galapagos and Cocos Island and found species such as bottlenose dolphin, sailfish, pilot fish, striped marlin, whales, green turtle, Galapagos shark and hammerhead sharks.

"Fundación Pacífico is collaborating with the scientific team that participated in the expedition to analyze all the data collected, as well as the video sequences, GPS information and its route during the drift time at sea, depth, temperature and other relevant information," said the representative of that organization, Zdenka Piskulich.

The expedition also involved the MigraMar organization and the Center for Research in Marine Sciences and Limnology of the University of Costa Rica, which will prepare scientific papers and details of the experience to be published by relevant specialized journals.

This expedition had the participation of the two national parks, and the financing of the Waitt Foundation, Shark Conservation Fund and Helmsley Charitable Trust.

Work around Juan Santamaría International
Airport will be finished next week

By AM Costa Rica staff

The work close to the Juan Santamaría International Airport will be ready in the first week of May, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transportation.

Part of the work is based on building a link between the General Cañas highway with Route 3, which runs through Río Segundo, as well as enabling a cantonal connection between Invu Las Cañas and the Alajuela radial.

Although it had been announced that the road modifications would be ready in April, the ministry said that work is still under way due to the placement of the asphalt layer in the new routes.

The transport minister, German Valverde, said that the work will be ready before presidential inauguration May 8.

He added that some works that are pending depend exclusively on the Municipality of Alajuela, including, for example, the extension of the cantonal road between the Invu Las Cañas and the Alajuela's highway.

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A partial closure took place Saturday and Sunday mornings at the airport crossing for resurfacing.

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Presidential inauguration will cost less than $200,000

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The presidential inauguration, scheduled for May 8, will be a simple and inexpensive one, according to the data provided by the State Protocol Office and the Power Transfer Commission.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs had budgeted ¢100 million, about $180,000, to cover the activity and according to projections they will spend less than that amount, according to Gina Guillén, director of protocol of the state.

"Until the event takes place we will have no idea about the final costs, but we do not foresee spending much more than that amount," she said.

Marcia González, president of the Citizens Action Party and chief of the Power Transfer Commission, said the inauguration planners want to spend 50 percent of what was spent four years ago when Luis Guillermo Solís was inaugurated.

This time it has been decided to offer the special guests one night of lodging, and, instead of a lunch, a cocktail party will be offered.

The event will be held in the Plaza de la Democracia, and once he is sworn in, Carlos Alvarado will move to the National Theater to greet the heads of state and international delegations.

The presidents of Panama, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, and the prime minister of Aruba, who will be the official representative of the Netherlands, have confirmed their arrival.

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According to Guillén, they will have the final count of invitees who confirmed their presence at the inauguration next week.

There are another 36 confirmations at the level of vice presidents, ministers and ambassadors of the countries invited by Costa Rica.

Guanacaste´s Sardinal community and
government will administer water resources

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Government, public institutions and more than a dozen different community organizations of Sardinal, Guanacaste, agreed to create the Commission for the Integrated Management of Aquifers, an agency that will be created by executive decree.

The commission is designed to manage the Sardinal, Panama, El Coco-Ocotal and Hermosa aquifers adequately to ensure the supply of the communities and the protection of the resource in the face of drought scenarios and the effects of the El Niño Southern Oscillation phenomenon.
"The signing of this document is a clear example of this government's commitment to reach agreements with the different sectors through dialogue. It is a way of contributing to the management of aquifers, a priority resource for the population of the district," said the minister of Communication, Mauricio Herrera.

The commission will be made up of community representatives from Sardinal, such as integral development associations, the Aqueduct and Sewer Management Association and the Municipality of Carrillo.

Institutions such as the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Ministry of Health, the National Service of Groundwater, Irrigation and Drainage and the Costa Rican Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers, known as AyA, will participate.

"The AyA recognizes and values the participation of communities in the management of water resources. This methodology will allow us to design plans and projects about the integral management of the aquifers and share the scientific-technical information," said the general manager of the Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers, Manuel Salas.

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The signing of this agreement is the result of a dialogue between the institutions and the various representatives of the Sardinal community that began in November 2017 as part of the expansion of the Sardinal-El Coco-Ocotal aqueduct and with the facilitation of the Integral Center of Conflict Resolution. Residents of Sardinal have protested vigorously over plans to use water from their area elsewhere.

"I would like to acknowledge and thank the parties for their willingness to build a culture of peace through dialogue, openness and effort, through which they achieved a greater understanding of their interests for the exercise of responsible citizen participation, in the face of an issue of complexity and relevance as it is the management of water resources," said the facilitator of the process, Angie Salas.











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National Theater would eliminate 80 seats
to ease evacuations in case of emergencies
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

In order to provide better emergency evacuation of the theater, the director of the National Theater is assessing the possibility of removing 80 seats near the stage. This would facilitate the evacuation of individuals on parts of the first floor. The plan also includes the addition of two side isles.

"In the first floor part of the National Theater there are currently 320 seats, but there is only one entrance and that entrance is not easily accessible because the central corridor allows the passage of just one person," said the director of the National Theater, Fred Herrera.

The solution would reduce the time it takes to empty the main room by just over one minute.

Another change contemplated by theater officials is the steel reinforcement of the traditional wooden stage. The reinforcement would strengthen the stage without affecting its history, said the structural engineer of the National Theater, Orlando Gei Brealey.

International experts suggest that reinforcement would allow an increase in support capacity to 30 tons from the current 15 tons.

Officials also are analyzing the possibility of eliminating the warehouses of the building and transferring them to the José Joaquín Vargas Calvo Theater, which would then have a new rehearsal room and administrative offices.

It is expected that the theater officials will present the final plans to the Center for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage by mid-year.

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The building is insured for $58 million, while paintings and other artistic elements have $3 million coverage.

The work would cost around $31.3 million, which would be obtained from a loan from the Central American Bank for Economic Integration and would require the approval of the Legislative Assembly.

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Vol.18 No.430 Published Monday, April 30, 2018 Fifth news page
Real Estate
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San José commuters would be able to track their buses

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Public bus users of the greater metropolitan area will be able to know where their buses are at any specific moment by using their smartphones as of September.

At a press conference last week, the Public Transport Council announced the launch of an application which will be tested in a new monitoring center located at the council's headquarters.

The app will allow citizens to know in real time the route taken by the 1,700 units that operate in the metropolitan area so that users may know how long it will take to reach their destination.

"It is still in the development phase . . . it is necessary to generate the necessary information and create a history with the data, so that the app provides information in the most accurate way possible," said the director of council, Hernán Bermudez.

To develop the application, the council will join the Radiográfica Costarricense S.A. Specialists of that public company were responsible for installing in a secret compartment the 1,700 GPS devices on the buses. Each of them has an average cost of $31.

"We want the user to have access to a platform that tells him where his bus is coming from, that it has an estimated time because there may be a collision or a manifestation or another obstruction on the road and that allows him or her to say: I just get to the stop, I do not see the bus and in the app I can see that the bus has just left and that the next one is 10 or 15 minutes away, and I can decide if I wait or not," said Bermundez.

The device will also allow users to file complains immediately with all required info such as the route, the license plate number, and the time and the day in which an event occurred.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Buses will be tracked more easily with the deployment of the new app.

At the same time, a team of technicians from the Operations Management and Control Center will monitor the system in real time, fielding notifications such as speeding records, abrupt stops and complaints from users.

According to the council director, the number of units will be expanded to the rest of the greater metropolitan area by mid-2019, while in the rest of the country it is expected to be ready by 2020.

The monthly maintenance cost is about $18,000.

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Vol.18 No.430
Published Monday, April 30, 2018 Sixth news page
Real Estate
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No-plate restrictions will apply Tuesday and May 8

By A.M. Costa Rica staff
The vehicles whose plates end in 3 and 4 will be able to enter San José normally Tuesday first and May 8. Both are holidays.

The number of workers and students entering the capital is considerably reduced, so the measure is not necessary, according to Mario Calderón, director of the Traffic Police.

The measure has also been taken because the transit police staff must be sent to control several activities that are carried out during those days in the capital.

Tuesday, which is International Workers Day, police will be needed to regulate and separate pedestrian traffic, because marches will take place, usually on Second Avenue.

The officers must also coordinate traffic around the Legislative Assembly, where the election of legislative officers for next year will take place.

May 8, officers will work on traffic regulation for the presidential inauguration in the vicinity of the Plaza de la Democracia, in addition to escorting new government officials and invited political officials of other countries.

The measure will apply only these days, the rest of the week if someone does not comply with traffic restriction in San José, that person might receive a fine of up $40.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
If someone does not comply with traffic restriction in San José, that person might receive a fine of up $40.

Most of the Second Avenue and the Democracy Square will be heavily policed May 8 due to the presidential inauguration.
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Vol.18 No.430 Published Monday, April 30, 2018 Seventh news page
Real Estate
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Our Local Environment


Ever think of the big picture? Ever think about what we are doing when we garden? Yes, we are providing ourselves with fresh veggies and beautiful flowers, but we are also modifying the local environment.

Remember that annoying bunch of shrubs you condemned to the compost pile or that small tree you cut down so your garden would have more sun? You have modified the environment.

This is not necessarily a bad thing or a good thing, it simply is.

Gardeners modify the local environment all the time and have since human time began. Your deck was too hot to enjoy, so you planted a shade tree to give you some relief from the direct sun.

The house next door is a horrible color, so you put up a vine covered trellis to block the view. The neighbour has cows – smelly cows – so you planted some gardenias and jasmine to mask the odor. You have modified the local environment.

Costa Rica has a long history of modification of the environment. The pre-Columbian people had no herds of sheep, cattle, or goats, but the invading Spanish did and wanted grazing space for their herds.

Clear cutting of native forests left huge open fields where horses and other herd animals grazed. Fast-forward to our century and we can see the scars on the landscape where animals still browse. That is large scale but gardeners? We are small scale. Are we still important?

Well, that depends. The tree that you planted to shade the deck: was it native or non-native? The vine? Please tell me it wasn’t kudzu.

What you introduce to the local environment can unbalance an entire ecosystem. If you need an example, take a look at what the introduction of kudzu has done to Georgia or what the introduction of spreading bamboo has done to the area around our own Lake Arenal.

Still, we want what we want, and we will continue to plant what we like. I like tomatoes and they are, fortunately, a fruit that originated in the Americas which is probably why the seeds survive and grow when a ripe fruit drops to the ground. Invasive tomatoes? Unlikely.

Modifying your local environment is not wrong. We dig the ground, enrich the soil, plant and harvest. A good gardener is conscientious and careful.

Plant for the Week


Sometimes it’s good to talk about a plant that is available locally, as this one is. The Acacia mangium is a fast growing (2-4 meters in a season depending on location) straight trunked tree that can reach 30 meters or more. The tree provides great shade for daytime activities and is often used as a “cover tree” for things like cacao. The Acacia is a nitrogen fixer so it is great for the soil. It will tolerate many environments including poor soil and poor drainage but it prefers fertile soil. Acacia trees are often planted for later harvest as the wood is dense and strong and easily used for furniture.

Editor's note: Victoria Torley, gardener columnist,
can be reached at victoriatorley1@gmail.com


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