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New State Department leader vows to boost morale

By A.M. Costa Rica staff / wire services

New U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is vowing to bring back swagger to the State Department.

"The United States diplomatic corps need to be in every corner, every stretch of the world, executing missions on behalf of this country, and it is my humble, noble undertaking to help you achieve that," said Pompeo Tuesday.

The chief U.S. diplomat introduced himself to hundreds of the department's personnel who gathered in the State Department lobby as he arrived for his first full day in Washington.

"I feel like I know you. I've worked alongside you as a member of the Congress when I traveled," said the secretary of State.

Pompeo takes the helm of the State Department after U.S. President Donald Trump fired then-secretary of State Rex Tillerson in March, hours after Tillerson had returned from a trip to Africa.

Unlike with Tillerson, Trump is said to have a close working relationship with former Central Intelligence Agency Director Pompeo. The president and several Cabinet members will be on-hand at the State Department today for Pompeo's ceremonial swearing-in, a clear sign that Pompeo enjoys the trust and backing of the president.

"Mike Pompeo is someone who I think has the close ear of the president," said Nile Gardiner of the conservative-leaning Washington-based think-tank, The Heritage Foundation.

Tuesday Pompeo took selfies with several State Department employees, vowing to reach out to as many staff members as he could.

"I'll spend as little time on the 7th floor" and meet people in "many parts of this organization," said the new secretary of State.

A U.S. foreign service officer, who did not want to be named, said he hopes Pompeo's experiences in Congress, the U.S. military, and the intelligence community "highlight that the United States faces real adversaries abroad, and that the department's career employees are resources — not the enemy."

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"I think I have the record for the longest trip on the first day of work," Pompeo joked  Tuesday.

Tillerson was under fire at the State Department for leaving many senior vacancies unfilled and proposing dramatic budget cuts, lowering the morale of the diplomatic workforce.

Pompeo, who was confirmed last week, boarded a plane just hours after being sworn in Thursday, traveling to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization foreign ministerial in Brussels. He continued on to Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Jordan.

"I do think he is going to be a far bigger presence on the world stage than Rex Tillerson was," said The Heritage Foundation's Gardiner.

And while former secretary of State Tillerson brought just one reporter on his first foreign trip to Asia, Pompeo left Washington with six journalists on his plane last week. He picked up two more reporters as he continued his overseas trip to the Middle East, before returning to Washington Monday.


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The new Congress representatives take an oath of loyalty to the nation.

Yesterday was the first day of work for the new congress


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The new lawmakers were officially installed yesterday and the legislature was characterized by the largest number of women deputies in the history of the country.

On April 13, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal delivered the credentials to the 57 deputies who formed the new congress Tuesday, May 1.

The period of this new assembly is four years, from 2018 to 2022.

It is the first time in history of the 57 elected deputies, a total of 26 are women. This represents 45.6 percent of the legislative power.




According to the assembly members, this is a very important step in the struggle for gender equality.

The congress women elected were: nine representing San José, four representing Cartago, four representing Alajuela, three elected in Guanacaste, and two each in Puntarenas and Limon.

In the group of legislators, the youngest is Aida Montiel, 27, and the eldest is Gustavo Viales, 72 .

The lunch for the new congress was in the National Museum. The total cost of the installation activities of the new lawmakers was estimated at $9,000.


Two young professional women are the new
president and vice president of the legislature

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Carolina Hidalgo, a lawmaker representing the government party Partido Accion Cuidadana was installed as president of the Legislative Assembly for one year, 2018-2019.

Hidalgo, 35, is a lawyer and sportswoman. She is the third woman to occupy the presidency of the Legislative Assembly since 1824.

Hidalgo’s priority as president will be the transparency and accountability in the congress. Her goal is create an open and public congress, she said.

"It is up to us to raise the flag of Costa Rica, to focus on a consensus agenda, tending to move towards that fair, prosperous, inclusive and modern country. History, our people, our nation, demands it from us, and it is the people, who will come to judge us," Hidalgo said in her speech.

Regarding the new project of more taxes, the new fiscal plan for a new value-added tax, Hidalgo said:

“It is urgent to give more income to the state. But it is necessary that the new deputies study the new tax bill. I believe that in the next six months, it is a prudent time to study in depth the details of the new tax package and then take an informed serious decision."

The other professional woman installed yesterday was María Inés Solís Quirós, representing the Christian Social Unity Party.  She was installed as the vice president of the Legislative Assembly for the 2018-19 period.

Solis is one of the youngest lawmakers at 33. She is a public relations and marketing specialist and has a master’s in business administration.

The priorities for Solis are: raise the education level, to generate better opportunities and more access for young people in rural areas, increase employment and entrepreneurship with the promotion of investment in the northern zone of the country, look for funds for better access roads for rural areas, support the conclusion of the Florencia-San Ramón highway and promote the dry canal project in the north corridor.


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The vice president of the assembly, Inés Solis, gave an open statement on her friendship with Juan Carlos Bolaños’s wife, and the controversial Chinese cement corruption case.


But the installation of the vice president was not without controversy, mainly for her friendship with Ana Laura Suarez, who is the current wife of Juan Carlos Bolaños, the very famous importer of Chinese cement and main suspect in a noisy corruption case.

In relation to her friendship with Bolaños’s wife, Solis said:

"It is unfair that I be judged for having a friendship and a situation in which I really have nothing to do. I would like to be judged by my work and what I do here and not for being the friend of someone's wife."


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Thousands of public and private
workers joined the march on Labor Day

By AM Costa Rica staff

In Costa Rica, it is already traditional to see a Labor Day March. Every May 1 thousands of workers march through the streets in San Jose.

This march is usually filled by public employees and unions members, but this year, many of the participants were also workers in the private sector.

The marches are held every year in celebration of International Workers' Day.

In Costa Rica the unions organize the march, which starts from the Iglesia de La Merced on Second Avenue, goes five kilometers thought Paseo Colon, until it reaches the legislative building near First Avenue.

This year, marchers are protesting several bills that are pending approval in Congress. Among the most controversial are:

- The proposed fiscal plan, with the new value-added tax that will reduce the income of many commercial activities and decrease salaries was well.

- The new Public Employment Law that seeks to control and reduce the benefits and bonuses of the public sector.


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Thousands of drivers were affected by street closures due to the march, which lasted more than four hours.
- The 1 percent extra tax on salary pension savings which would help fund pension and social security services but will reduce the salary of the workers.

According to the reports of the Ministry of Public Security, no incidents were reported nor were there any detainees.


President Trump announces inaugural delegation to Costa Rica

By AM Costa Rica staff

The U.S. secretary of Labor, Rene Alexander Acosta, will head his country’s delegation to the inauguration of Carlos Alvarado next week.

The White House made the announcement Tuesday.

Acosta is an attorney, academic and politician who is the 27th secretary of Labor. A Republican, he was appointed by president George W. Bush to the National Labor Relations Board and later served as assistant attorney general for civil rights and federal prosecutor for the Southern District of Florida. On Feb. 16, 2017, President Donald J. Trump nominated Acosta to the Labor post. Acosta is the first and only Hispanic member of Trump's cabinet so far. He is a former dean of Florida International University College of Law.

U.S. presidents seldom attend Costa Rica inaugurations, and members of the presidential cabinet usually are designated to represent their nation.

Sharon Day, the current U. S. ambassador in Costa Rica, also will be part of the delegation.

Another member, according to the White House, will be Juan Cruz, special assistant to the president and senior director of Western Hemisphere Affairs. Cruz has had a career with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, so until now he has maintained a low public profile. Cruz is well known to top former U.S. officials who spoke highly of his record. Cruz, who is a fluent Spanish speaker from Puerto Rico, was also stationed in Peru and Brazil before becoming the C.I.A. director for Latin America.

Sandra Cauffman, the Costa Rican woman who became a top official at the U.S.  National Aeronautics and Space Administration, also will be part of the U.S. delegation. She will attend as a science and technologies expert, the White House said. She provides executive leadership, strategic direction and overall management for the entire agency’s Earth Science portfolio, from technology development, applied science, research, mission implementation and operation. Prior to joining NASA, Cauffman worked at the Goddard Space Flight Center for 25 years, serving on a variety of roles.

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Sandra Cauffman, born May 10, 1962, is a Costa Rican specialist in electrical engineering and physics. She is very well known because of her work at NASA in different projects.

She served as the deputy systems program director for the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite Series, a multi-billion dollar operational geostationary weather satellite program developed in partnership with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Before returning to the satellite program for the third time in her career, Cauffman was the deputy project manager for the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission, a NASA mission to the red planet, which launched Nov. 18, 2013, and arrived at Mars on Sept. 21, 2014.

The Mars mission is providing a comprehensive picture of the present state of the upper atmosphere and ionosphere of Mars and the processes controlling them to determine how loss of volatiles to outer space in the present epoch varies with changing solar conditions, the White House said.







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Costa Rica's new president promises
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By A.M. Costa Rica  wire services

Costa Rica will reach 200 years of independence in 2021 and the country’s new president plans to mark it with a revolution of his own: A plan to end the use of fossil fuels in transport.

“When we reach 200 years of independent life, we will take Costa Rica forward and celebrate . . . that we’ve removed gasoline and diesel from our transportation plans,” Carlos Alvarado promised in his victory speech this month.

The 38-year-old progressive beat rival Fabricio Alvarado, an evangelical preacher and musician with 60 percent of the vote in second-round elections and will take office May 8.

The president-elect’s promise marks the first time a Costa Rican leader has backed such a move, though green organizations have previously urged it.

According to Alvarado’s environmental advisors, no date has yet been set for a full phase out of fossil fuels in transport, but the plan should be ready by 2021.

Achieving zero-carbon transport quickly, even in a Central American country well-known for its environmental commitment, will be a significant challenge, energy experts say.

Jose Daniel Lara, a Costa Rican energy researcher at the University of California-Berkeley, said completely eliminating fossil fuels within just a few years is probably unrealistic, though the plan will lay the groundwork for faster action toward the goal.

“A proposal like this one must be seen for its rhetoric value and not for its technical precision,” Lara told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Oscar Echeverría, president of the Vehicle and Machinery Importers Association, said the transition away from fossil fuels in transport can’t be rushed as the clean transport market is so far undeveloped.

“If there’s no previous infrastructure, competence, affordable prices and waste management we’d be leading this process to failure. We need to be careful,” Echeverría said.

But economist Mónica Araya, a Costa Rican sustainability expert and director of Costa Rica Limpia, which promotes renewable energy and electric transport, said that in a country already rapidly weaning itself off fossil fuels, focusing on transport, one of the last major challenges,  could send a powerful message to the world.

“Getting rid of fossil fuels is a big idea coming from a small country. This is an idea that’s starting to gain international support with the rise of new technologies,” she said in an interview.

Costa Rica’s push toward clean energy faces no large-scale backlash, in part because the country has no significant oil or gas industry.

But demand for cars is rising, as is use of other transport systems, and that may prove one of the biggest challenges in meeting the new goal, Lara said.

According to data by the National Registry, the country’s records agency, there were twice as many cars registered as babies born in 2016.

Transport is today the country’s main source of carbon emissions. According to the country’s National Meteorological Institute, 64 percent of Costa Rica’s emissions come from energy use, and more than two thirds of that is from transport.

According to data from the State of the Region report, put together by a council of Costa Rica’s university leaders, public transport has struggled to meet the transport needs of the country.

As a result, demand for private vehicles has risen dramatically, with the car industry growing 25 percent in 2015 alone, making Costa Rica one of the fastest growing auto markets in Latin America, according to the report.

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The first results of the research shall be ready by 2019.

One problem in cutting back on fossil fuels is that the country’s budget depends on them, Lara said.

According to the Finance Ministry, 22 percent, more than a fifth, of the government’s income comes from fossil fuel taxes, and most of those are levied on transport.

That is particularly problematic because the country has run a budget deficit since 2009, with its debt now having climbed to more than 6 percent of gross domestic product last year, according to the treasury.

The International Monetary Fund noted in 2017 that public debt continues to rise rapidly despite efforts to curb it.

But the president’s proposal to eliminate fossil fuel use for transport could force a rethink of Costa Rica’s financial dependence on a pollution source, Lara said.

The country could, for instance, consider broader new taxes on carbon emissions, Araya said, a move that could provide cost-savings benefits, including less spending by the country’s health services on respiratory problems.

The new president-elect, a former national employment minister under the country’s current center-left government, envisions eliminating transport fuels as just another step toward a full phase-out of fossil fuels.

Such an achievement would be a defining moment in the country’s history, akin to the country’s abolition of its army in 1948, he said.

The effort to end the use of transport fossil fuels is expected to start with reform of the country’s hydrocarbon laws.

Araya said that the rapid international scale-up of renewable power and electric transport could make things easier and be a big economic opportunity for Costa Rica.

“For example, it took almost 20 years to get to one million electric cars (worldwide). It took 18 months to reach two million. The third million happened in around the next eight months. This is exponential growth,” she said.

Prices are falling and efficiency growing in new clean energy technologies, including battery storage, she said. The biggest barrier to seeing them used much more widely may simply be that people aren’t yet used to them, she added.

“Tackling resistance to change is one of the most important tasks we have right now,” Araya said.

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About 130 migrants from Central America have arrived at the United States border with Mexico seeking asylum.

The group has been called a caravan and it has been sharply criticized by U.S. President Donald Trump and other U.S. government officials.

The Associated Press, or AP, reports that two buses, carrying mostly women and children, arrived late Tuesday in the Mexican border city of Tijuana. They stopped at two migrant shelters close to the border.

U.S. lawyers planned to lead informational meetings later this week on U.S. asylum law. They will tell the immigrants what to expect when they seek asylum. The first groups plan to try to enter the U.S. on Sunday at a border crossing near San Diego, California.

Trump and other officials have described the caravans and asylum seekers as evidence that security at the border with Mexico is a serious problem. The president tweeted this week that he opposed permitting such groups into the country.

Activist organizations have used caravans for years to bring attention to the issue of Central American asylum-seekers. Many migrants travel to the U.S. hoping to receive asylum. They say they are escaping political persecution or threats from criminal gangs.

The latest caravan began March 25 in the Mexican city of Tapachula, near Mexico’s border with Guatemala. It has received the most attention since the president has said the group’s efforts are an example why a border wall is necessary.

The asylum-seekers said they plan to turn themselves in to U.S. officials at the border.

Taxi driver Jovanne Torres is from El Salvador. He arrived in Tijuana on Tuesday. He told the AP that the U.S. president’s criticism of the caravan makes him believe he will not get asylum for himself, his wife and his two young daughters. But he still plans to try.

Torres said he fled his hometown near the city of San Salvador and joined the caravan after a gang threatened to kill him and his wife because he had refused to give a free ride to a gang member.

He said he could be killed if he goes home and wants to join family members in Houston.

“Trump’s words have made it difficult for us,” he said.

This caravan’s numbers are relatively small, however, in 2014, about 200,000 people were arrested at Mexico’s border with Texas in the Rio Grande Valley.

In 2016, thousands of Haitians seeking to enter the U.S. turned themselves in to U.S. border agents at the Tijuana-San Diego border crossing.

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Activist organizations have used caravans for years to bring attention to the issue of Central American asylum-seekers. Many migrants travel to the U.S. hoping to receive asylum.


The San Diego border crossing was overwhelmed by the Haitians. U.S. officials then worked with Mexican border officials to create a ticketing system which let the Haitians in over time. Some waited their turn in Tijuana for more than five weeks. Most of the Haitians passed through Costa Rica on the trip north.

Pete Flores is director of the San Diego field office of  U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He says his office has space to hold about 300 people at the crossing. Asylum-seekers are then sent to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Officials of that agency decide if people should be held for a longer period or if they can be released until their trial date.

Recently, asylum seekers have had to wait only a few hours, never overnight, Flores said.

Asylum-seekers first need to establish with asylum officers that they have a credible fear of returning to their homeland. If they pass, they are permitted to enter the U.S. and may face a sometimes long process before U.S. immigration judges.

A high percentage of the migrants who are given court dates and then set free never show up and join the illegal immigrant population in the United States. The number of illegals ranges from 11 to 45 million.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday that anyone who makes false claims to immigration officials could face criminal prosecution. She said that is the case for anyone who helps immigrants to make false claims.

The secretary also said asylum seekers in the caravan should seek protection in the first safe country they reach. That includes Mexico, she said.


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Vol.18 No.502 Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Fifth news page
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Bank offers money to modernize National Theater

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Central American Bank for Economic Integration has designated a loan of $31.3 million to safeguard the National Theater.

This is the first time that the Central American Bank for Economic Integration has made a loan for a cultural asset of a country.

The loan contract was called Comprehensive Security and Conservation Program for the Historic National Theater of Costa Rica. The repayment period is 20 years at an interest rate set at the international benchmark.

The construction of the National Theater began in January 1891. It is one of the most important heritage buildings in the country, considered an architectural jewel.

The money will be used to improve the modernization of the building and bring it in line with current construction codes.

One of the most important improvements in the building is the replacement of the electrical systems in order to reduce risk to occupants and property. As this is being done, a fire protection system with active and passive measures will be added to the building.

In addition to the theater improvements, a new cultural center will be built in the back of the theater to increase the the number of public shows and attract more tourists to San Jose.

"There are representatives of 12 countries in the bank, and it was very interesting that our country was asking for funding for this, but everyone understood the scope and importance that this country had for this jewel of our history. It has been an honor for the multilateral bank that has been able to accompany this intervention in the National Theater. It is worth mentioning that this is the first project that BCIE has done in its history in the culture sector," said Alberto Cortés Ramos, director Costa Rica before the Bank for Economic Integration.


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Sonia Marta Mora, Public Education Minister and Alberto Cortés, BCIE director, barely contain the emotion after signing the loan.


The contract for improvements was signed by Sylvie Duran, minister of Culture, and Alberto Cortés, representative of the Bank for Economic Integration. Sonia Marta Mora, Public Education Minister was part of the special guests.

The loan, however, is not active yet as it must be approved by the Costa Rican legislature. It is estimated that lawmakers will take four months to study the terms of the loan and then make a final decision on approval.

Photo-caption: In 1965 the National Theater was declared a national historic monument which means the government recognizes the architectural, cultural and historical importance of the antique building.


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Vol.18 No.502
Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Sixth news page
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Costa Rica guarantees the highest quality pineapple
exported to Europe and the United States


By A.M. Costa Rica staff
A report that an exporter was fraudulently labeling pineapples as organic when they were not had been discounted.

April 25 lawmakers in the Legislative Assembly approved the report of an investigation on accusations of possible falsehood in the export of pineapples.

In that report the lawmakers assured the public that there were no conventionally grown pineapples falsely labeled organic and exported from the country to Europe and the United States.

With respect to the alleged fraud, this matter was first investigated by the State Phytosanitary Service, an office that is part of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.

This organization is in charge of studying cases of fraud in the quality of exports of agricultural products.

The State Phytosanitary Service followed all the procedures and respected the due process and the right of defense of the companies at all times, officials said.

After analyzing all the information in the case, it was concluded that the complaint had no basis and that no pineapples were fraudulently labeled organic.

In addition, the National Organic Program of the Compliance and Enforcement Division, and the Department of Agriculture of the United States of America did its own research led by Mrs. Betsy Rakola, the director of that organization. This investigation also ruled out fraud in pineapple exports by Costa Rica.

The Ministry of Agriculture and its representatives consider that the credibility of the organic pineapple production of Costa Rica was put in at risk when this case was circulated by the news media before there was a completed investigations.

The Ministry of Agriculture said it is committed to guaranteeing the quality of the agricultural products that Costa Rica produces and exports to the world.


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Pineapple agricultural activity in Costa Rica generates more than 32,000 jobs, said National Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters.


According to the statistics of the U. N. Food and Agriculture Organization, the world production of pineapple was 25 million tons in 2014. The main producers of pineapple are (in millions of tons per year): Costa Rica (2.9), Brazil (2.6), the Philippines (2.5), Thailand (2.2) and Indonesia (1.8).

Costa Rica is the main exporter of fresh pineapple worldwide, surpassing other competitors, so this industry also has a decisive impact on other productive areas of the country such as processing, conservation, refrigeration, packaging and transportation.

According to the last report of the National Chamber of Producers and Exporters of Pineapple, Costa Rica is the main exporter of fresh pineapple worldwide, 98 percent of pineapple production is for export, and exports of fresh pineapple in 2017 were valued at almost $942 million dollars.

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Vol.18 No.502 Published Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Seventh news page
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Robbery suspect dies apparently
after being shot by a police officer

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 21-year-old robbery suspect, identified by the last name of Calderón, died in the sector of Santa Lucia in Cartago after being wounded by an officer.

Agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization were sent to Cartago to investigate the circumstances surrounding the Saturday night death.

Official reports say that the events occurred after 9 p.m. when three men with firearms arrived at a mini-supermarket in an apparent robbery attempt.

The Administrative Police of Cartago received an alert about the robbery and officers arrived quickly. Apparently, when the suspected gangsters saw the officers, they started shooting.

The officers fired back and the suspect, Calderon, was shot in the right side of the head and died. The body was transferred to the Judicial Morgue.

A second young suspect, a Nicaraguan, was detained. The third suspect fled the scene leaving behind an AK-47-type weapon and a bulletproof vest. An addition firearm was found on the scene.

Locals tried to attack the police to defend the assailants and try to help the young man who died.

The Judicial Investigation Organization officials opened an investigation into which weapon killed the young man. Representatives of the Public Ministry opened a file to investigate the facts and determine if it was an officer who shot and killed the man.

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A second young suspect, a Nicaraguan, was detained.


As part of the investigation, the weapons carried by the officers were also confiscated.

Earlier this year, the director of the Judicial Police, Walter Espinoza, reported that during 2017, there were 14,719 robberies in different parts of the country. On average, 40 people per day are victims of street robbery, according Judicial Police report.

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