Vol.18  No. 503 Published Thursday, May 3, 2018
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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio met privately with
President Solís and his successor, Carlos Alvarado

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Sen. Marco Rubio met with current the Costa Rican president, Luis Guillermo Solís, in the Presidential House Monday.

The same day, he also had a private meeting with president-elect Carlos Alvarado at the National Insurance Institute.

"Rubio traveled to the Republic of Costa Rica on Monday to meet with diplomats from the United States and with senior officials of the Costa Rican government to discuss the crisis in Venezuela," according to the senator's website.

However, the communications office of the Costa Rican Presidential House said the senator was only passing through.

"It was not a meeting. It was a quick visit that Rubio made to the Presidential House where they dealt with security and hemispheric issues,” said Stephanie Gonzáles, head of communications for the president. "He spent some time with President Solís. It was a quick hearing. It was not a meeting between the president and Carlos Alvarado and the congressman," she said.

On his website Rubio, who represents the State of Florida in the Senate, published photos with Sharon Day, U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica, President Solís, Carlos Alvarado and a group of Marines.

"I was pleased to travel to San José and meet with President Solís and president-elect Alvarado to thank them for their leadership in the Lima Group. It is vital that we continue to work with our partners in the region to help restore democracy in Venezuela," said Rubio.

Neither the press team of the government nor Carlos Alvarado was informed about the meeting beforehand.

A couple of weeks ago, when president-elect Alvarado talked by phone with Justin Trudeau, the prime minister of Canada, he did not mention the situation in Venezuela and the role of Costa Rica in the Lima Group, as it was later confirmed by the Canadian government.

In the U.S. Senate April 19, Rubio presented the actions that the United States and its allies must, in his opinion, carry out to accelerate the emergence of a post-Maduro Venezuela and restore democracy in that country.

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Marco Rubio met with top Costa Rican political authorities, apparently to discuss Venezuela's political affairs. 

Rubio's measures include increasing multilateral pressure on the Maduro government, opening a humanitarian corridor to send food and medicines to Venezuela and preparing to rebuild the free and democratic Venezuela, once Maduro steps down.

The Lima Group is a bloc of 12 American countries created with the aim of monitoring and providing a solution to the crisis in Venezuela. It was created last Aug. 87 in the Peruvian capital that included representatives of 17 different countries.

The group has asked for the release of political prisoners in the South American country.

In addition to Costa Rica, the countries supporting the demand are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay and Peru.

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Solís government delivers a 50,000-page final
report knowing no one will read it completely

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Following the constitutional mandate that obliges the Executive Power to deliver an accountability report before the Legislative Assembly, Presidential House issued a 50,000-page report, aware it is unlikely anyone will read it completely.

“The objective of the document, called Memory of Administration Affairs and Political State of the Republic, is to allow citizens who are interested in a particular achievement to deepen their knowledge by looking at the right volume and chapter just as if it was an encyclopedia," explained Mauricio Herrera, minister of Communications.

"Obviously a document of 50,000 pages is not necessarily expected to be read in full. It is, quite clearly, a consultation document," said Herrera to local media.

Tuesday morning the Executive Power delivered to the presidency of the legislature the 50 volumes, of approximately 1,000 pages each, with the summary of the work of the autonomous and semi-autonomous institutions, as well as public state companies, ministries and other organizations.

Herrera said the length of the document is totally normal.

The document should be sent to magistrates, lawmakers and executive authorities every May 2, according to Articles 139 and 144 of the Political Constitution, as well as Law 9398.

Nature Air permits suspended again

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The General Directorate of Civil Aviation has indefinitely suspended the operational permits of Nature Air, in this case for the abandonment of routes.

The company has not made flights since Dec. 31, when a plane crashed in Nandayure, Guanacaste, causing the death of 12 people.

Read the breaking news published in December 31 here  , January 3 here  and January 4 here.

At that time, and due to the airline’s lack of equipment to operate, the permit was suspended.

On Feb. 1 the airline received an operational endorsement. However, the company has not made a single trip so far.

"Effectively, a week ago for a totally technical issue, the operating certificate of the company Nature Air was suspended indefinitely," said the director of Civil Aviation, Enio Cubillo.

In addition, the report delivered by the department of the technical operations of the directorate determined that the airline does not have aircraft in its primary fleets and that its leases on other planes have expired.

The resolution, which may result in a total suspension by the board of civil aviation, will be taken according to the reports that will be received from the technical experts.

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The company’s plane crashed in Dec. 31

In March of this year, the airline announced the dismissal of 31 people due to the difficulties the firm has had, going from having a payroll of 80 employees to only 15.

Before the accident, Nature Air operated on 12 different routes and had plans to start flights to David in Panama.




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The work will be delayed seven more days.

Work over Virilla River will now be delayed until May 10

By AM Costa Rica staff

The assembly and welding work taking place at the new Virilla bridge of the Santa Ana radial will be extended until May 10. The work is carried out at night and early morning with the aim of decreasing negative impact on traffic.

The closing of the road will continue seven more days, although the last closure from 10 pm to 5 am was scheduled Wednesday, May 2.

The suspension of the traffic is due to the placement of a oversized crane used to move large and heavy pieces used in the bridge.

Only the buses of the ABA company will be allowed  to use the bridge. The buses provide commuter services to residents of Santa Ana and Belén. The last commuter bus departs from Santa Ana at 11 pm.


Those traveling from Belén or San Rafael de Alajuela to Santa Ana may use Route 27 through the San Rafael de Alajuela sector.

Authorities have said the bridge will have a length of 133 meters and will be complemented by the existing two-lane bridge, which will allow four lanes of transit once the project is finished.

It is expected the first part of the bridge, where vehicles and pedestrians will pass, will be finished by June 2018.

Work started in 2017 and has an approximate cost of $8.5 million, the equivalent of about ¢4.900 million. The work is being executed by the United Nations Office for Project Services.

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Action on new taxes put off for months

By A.M. Costa Rica  news analysis

Expats probably will not be seeing a value-added tax anytime soon.

The full 57-member legislature changed Tuesday, as is the custom every four years. The outgoing legislature was expected to pass a comprehensive tax bill on first read before vacating their seats on the last day of April. They failed to do so.

Government officials were hoping that the incoming legislature would quickly pass the bill that had been approved initially by the former legislature.

That will not happen.

The new lawmakers elected Carolina Hidalgo, of the government party Partido Accion Cuidadana as president of the legislature. She said upon assuming the post:

“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."

That basically means that the tax plan and other associated measures will be headed back to committee and residents in Costa Rica will not see immediately the current 13 percent sales tax changed into the more comprehensive 13 percent value-added tax.

But there is a downside. Any new tax bill might propose an increased rate. Even with a 13-percent value-added tax on the books, lawmakers would be under pressure to increase the rate because the current proposal would do little to solve the country’s tottering financial structure.

About half the national budget is borrowed money and the national debt in 2017 represented 6 percent of the gross domestic product, the total value of all goods and services.

In addition, if a new tax bill wins approval, the unelected Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development quickly would start pressuring the country to increase the rate. The organization, an outgrowth of the U.S. post World War II Marshall Plan is a proponent of European-style socialism, and some member countries have value-added taxes with rates as high as 25 percent.

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On May 1, demonstrators showed their opposition to the Fiscal Reform, a subject nobody agrees with.

Costa Rica is working hard to become a member of the organization, and one of the rules for member states is to impose a value-added tax.

The new Legislative Assembly president was probably influenced in her speech by the strong opposition to a value-added tax that was demonstrated by participants in the International Workers’ Day march Tuesday. Shelving action on the tax proposal can be seen as a political move to allow lawmakers to organize and become accustomed to the new job.

A.M. Costa Rica has calculated that a value-added tax, as proposed in the former legislature, would take about $1.2 billion from the local economy. That is much more than the current sales tax because the value-added tax covers many more categories, including private education, private medical treatments and payments to professionals such as lawyers, accountants and other specialists.

The new assembly president is one of 10 members of her party who just took office. The National Liberation Party has 17 members. Both parties favor the new tax, and they make up nearly 50 percent of the legislative body.

Still, legislative blocs tend to fragment, so there is no guarantee that supporters of new taxes will have the votes to pass whatever measure is put forward when that time comes.











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Ministries of Public Safety and Environment
sign agreement with Global Fishing Watch
By A.M. Costa Rica news services

The Ministry of Public Safety and the Ministry of Environment and Energy agreed to sign an accord with the international organization Global Fishing Watch.

The purpose of the alliance is to improve mutual cooperation in the analysis and mapping of sea activities and fishing patterns in waters belonging to the exclusive economic zone of Costa Rica, as well as to increase the capacity of the Costa Rican authorities in marine and fisheries surveillance through the help of a modern technological platform.

The platform developed by Global Fishing Watch was launched in September 2016 and it is designed to mark the beginning of a new era in fisheries management and market responsibility. The software provides a exclusive public view of global commercial fishing and specific ship behaviors and, by making the data freely available for research, allows for faster advances in understanding how commercial fisheries affect the world's industry.

"The collaboration agreement with Global Fishing Watch is a move towards effective protection of water resources and surveillance of our maritime territory through state-of-the-art technology," said Gustavo Mata, minister of Public Security.

"Through the Global Fishing Watch technology platform it is possible to improve protection efforts in marine protected areas. It is also another concrete result of joint work between the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Public Safety," added Fernando Mora, vice minister of Water, Seas, Coasts and Wetlands.

The development of this platform will be supported through public-private collaboration with the Costa Rica Forever Association and the Pacífico Foundation, among others.

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The fisheries industry is an important source of income specially in Coastal Areas.

Since the creation of the Marine Submarine Management Area in the Cocos Conservation Area in 2011, the placement of a radar station on the island took place.

In June 2017, a decree was signed to create the Cabo Blanco Marine Management Area. Two additional radar setups were placed there to detect small vessels.

Environmental authorities expect to install two more radar stations to cover the North Pacific area.

Global Fishing Watch was founded by Google, Skytruth, and Oceana in 2014. Its vision is to launch a transparency platform that facilitates the location and analysis of the behavior of commercial fishing fleets in all oceans through a map of fishing activity with free access and processed data sets, according to its website.

Its purpose is to protect the world's fisheries, which are an important source of protein for almost half of the people on the planet, according to the organization's data.

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New strategy seeks to reduce smoking

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The state Costa Rican Social Security Fund launched a strategy seeking to increase anti-tobacco advertising in the media, social networks, cinemas, educational and health centers and health centers. The campaign will last until September.

The authorities will also emphasize the effects of third-hand smoke, the residue of smoke that is impregnated in various surfaces such as walls, windows, doors or furniture and which also affects the health of other people.

The institution seeks to reach the target population directly and indirectly in order to help people understand the urgency of modifying habits that make them vulnerable to chronic non-communicable diseases.

In addition to the dissemination of information, they will carry out other types of activities, especially in educational centers, where they will use games, cultural shows, dancing and contests to raise awareness about the risks of tobacco use.

According to the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, anti-smoking strategies in Costa Rica have been very effective and in recent years there has been a decrease in smoking, although specialists say that it is necessary that this reduction be more significant.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Tobacco consumption continues to be
a major health issue.

Data from the World Health Organization indicate that cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide, and tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke contribute to about 12 percent of deaths from heart disease.

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New World Meditation: Focusing Mindfulness Healing Awakening
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Bohemian Road Trip
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Writing a will ? Expecting an inheritance?
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Life is a Tropical Garden
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The Trouble with Cash
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Vol.18 No.503
Published Thursday, May 3, 2018 Sixth news page
Real Estate
About Us

Leftist Villalta reactivates 200 legislative bills
on his first day back into the Legislative Assembly

By A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Broad Front Party legislator José María Villalta resumed his role as a lawmaker by reactivating 200 bill drafts during his first day at work.

Villalta is a well-known figure in the Costa Rican political field and one of the youngest leaders in the left political spectrum.

The 200 drafts consist of a conglomerate of legislative ideas that includes new initiatives, some left behind and others that were archived.

Some of these include the constitutional reform to declare water as a public good and its access as a human right, the project to strengthen labor inspection, as well as the whole agenda against corruption, tax evasion, and tax avoidance.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Jose María Villalta is a lawyer who had his first legislative seat during the 2010-2014 period.

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Business For Sale
(paid category)

For Sale Versatile 2 Floors Building
in La Sabana


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Vol.18 No.503 Thursday Edition, May 3, 2018 Seventh news page
Real Estate
About Us

Traditional kindergarten uniform
worn for decades will disappear

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The traditional and characteristic use of the light blue uniform for preschool children has been left behind.

The objective of the change is that students can be identified more easily by their parents or relatives and also allow them to dress better in the rainy season.

The minister of Education, Sonia Marta Mora, explained that the change comes after a reform of the ministry’s uniform regulation.

But what are the modifications? Boys and girls will wear a light blue basic V-neck t-shirt. In addition, children will be able to wear dark blue shorts and the girls will wear petticoats of the same color. They may also wear black or dark blue tennis shoes and dark blue socks.

For this change there is no single supplier.

For the moment, the use of this type of dress will not be compulsory for the rest of this year or for the next school year. It becomes mandatory in 2020.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Traditional uniform known to several generations of Costa Ricans.