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Carlos Alvarado steps in as the new Costa Rican president

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Carlos Alvarado became Costa Rica’s 48th president Tuesday morning at 9:57 a.m. in Democracy Square in downtown San José. In his inaugural address, he sent a message of the need for national unity to face the nation’s urgent challenges, such as the fiscal deficit, and promised hard work on his part.

At 38, Alvarado, journalist, writer and political scientist, becomes one of the youngest presidents of his country. In another historic first, he has formed a cabinet with a majority of women at 56 percent.

The president of the Legislative Assembly, Carolina Hidalgo, took Alvarado’s oath in a solemn ceremony.

"We know that today it is not enough to be proud of the country our ancestors built. Inertia will not be enough. We face important and urgent challenges that do not allow postponement,” Alvarado said in his first speech after being sworn in.

The president listed seven priorities for his term: education, security, health, environmental protection, better mobility and infrastructure, employment, and recovery of fiscal stability.

"The approval of a draft tax law is necessary. I ask the deputies to analyze the project and move forward in a timely manner, hopefully soon, to have its approval," said Alvarado.

The president promised to reduce the fiscal deficit of 6.2 percent of Gross Domestic Product to 3 percent at the end of his term in 2022.

"This will be the fifth government that will have to deal with this issue, but we are about to exhaust the time to make the reforms," Alvarado added.

The new president also promised to fight against evasion and smuggling, to reduce off-the-books work, collect taxes more effectively, use public finance resources efficiently and promote austerity, firm fiscal discipline and strict control of spending.

The president also promised to expand several strategic highways, advance an electric passenger train in the metropolitan area, strengthen Costa Rica's international leadership in environmental and human rights issues, work for higher quality and bilingual education and fight organized crime and insecurity.




As a symbol of his commitment to the environment and clean energy, Alvarado and his cabinet came to the ceremony in a bus powered by hydrogen, and the inauguration was declared carbon neutral, that is, the emissions generated will be compensated.

"I receive this presidency with full awareness that it is the greatest honor and an enormous responsibility. I will be the best version of me to carry out the most important issues of the country. I will do it for the welfare of all people and the humblest will have a special echo in my conscience," he said.

The president called on political parties, social and private sectors to work together to solve the country's problems, based on dialogue and common well-being and on “the things that unite us."

The Acción Ciudadana party will have only 10 deputies in the Congress composed of 57 legislators, which will force it to negotiate with the six fractions to advance in strategic projects.

Alvarado’s cabinet was also sworn in Tuesday. The cabinet is multi-party as a sign of his aspiration to build bridges with other parties and ensure plurality.

"The bicentennial government is plural, born of a national agreement and aims to concentrate on dialogue, understandings, goodwill and respond together with the just aspirations of citizenship," he said.

The inauguration ceremony was attended by 2,000 citizens and 108 international delegations, including seven presidents, Evo Morales of Bolivia, Lenin Moreno of Ecuador), Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic, Juan Carlos Varela of Panama, Jimmy Morales of Guatemala, Salvador Sánchez of El Salvador and the prime minister of Aruba, Evelyn Wever-Croes.

Also present was the president of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, Ana Pastor, as well as the U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day.

After the event, the Costa Rican president moved to the National Theater, where he hosted a cocktail party for international delegations, had meetings and, at the end of the day, attended a concert in Democracy Plaza.

Solís will now pay a time debt to his 12 years-old daughter

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Former president Luis Guillermo Solís said good-bye to his government duties in the canton of San Ramón on May 7 by shaking hands and letting people take pictures with him.

That was his last day in office, and President Solís, in his last statement, told the press members around him that he does not think he will participate in an elective post again. He also said he will resume his professional life as a teacher and right now is analyzing an offer to teach at Florida International University.

Without providing much detail, Solís said is next step is to prepare for hip surgery that will take place May 24.

The day before giving the reins to President Carlos Alvarado, Solís, accompanied by some ministers, was part of the inauguration of the new domestic flight terminal at Juan Santa Maria International Airport.

Then he departed to San Ramón to inaugurate his last educational infrastructure project: the Bilingual Experimental High School of San Ramón.

Four years ago, when he had just won the presidency, Solís told El País, one of the biggest newspapers in Spain, that he would like to be remembered as an unexpected government official who made it possible for Costa Rica to advance towards unsuspected levels of citizen's confidence in democracy, economic development prosperity, and transparency.

During his term in office he faced Hurricane Otto, Tropical Storm Nate, the construction of the so-called Platina Bridge, the cementazo corruption case and a worsening fiscal deficit.

Only a few days ago, the president read his latest management report to the full legislature.

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 Former president Luis Guillermo Solís could eventually become a professor at the Florida International University.

"What do you think you will be remembered for in history?" a journalist asked him after reading the report.

“I do not know, because historical time is not immediate. Historical time requires a series of processes, I tell you professionally, years will pass before I can provide a calmer, less passionate assessment of events in the country,” he said.

Now, at 60, Solís said he will take a few days off and that he owes his 12-year-old daughter Inés time. He will become "the ex-president and the dad who must compensate for the time loss with his youngest daughter.”


"It is all very emotional. We have shared very distressing moments,” said the 47th president of Costa Rica on his last day at work.

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Entrepreneurs from the Huetar Norte
zone compete on innovation proposals

By AM Costa Rica staff

After evaluating seven entrepreneurship  projects in the Huetar Norte zone, the judges of the Seedstars Costa Rica contest chose what they considered the three most innovative proposals with the greatest potential for the finals in September. The event is organized by the Foreign Trade Promotion Agency.

One of them is Sowing the Future, a sustainable agriculture project that uses adaptable structures for small spaces, solar panels and rainwater for crops in hydroponics. Another, ZNP, is an audiovisual production and promotion project in the field of agriculture, and El Barco Technologies, is a microenterprise that developed an application for sporting events.

Jaqueline Vargas, from the Sowing the Future project, said that "thanks to Seedstars we have the opportunity to reach new markets, to make ourselves known as entrepreneurs and find support from investors."

José Barquero from ZNP said that being one of the winners of the competition in the Huetar Norte area, has opened up many opportunities for his venture. "This recognition validates the efforts we have been making in the creative industries to further enhance the sector."

The contest was held at San Carlos as part of of the Business Meeting North Zone 2018, which also promoted discussions about the potential of the free zone regime in the region and a business roundtable between buyers and suppliers in the area.

"Seedstars Costa Rica by PROCOMER is an opportunity for entrepreneurs from different regions to get to know each other and access financing and investment. Besides, it is a very valuable tool to develop new exportable offer in the country," said Marcial Chaverri, Coordinator of EXIM Banking. 


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PROCOMER is the country’s export promoter.

The next calls for the contest will be May 24 in the Central Pacific region, June 22 in the Brunca region and Aug. 7 in the Chorotega region.

The jury included Erick Ulate, the promotional organization’s deputy director of exports; David Solano from BAC Mipyme; María Paula Antillón from Ernst & Young; Orlando Morales from Prisma Latam. and Martín Jiménez from Grupo INS.

Jacó police seize LSD sweets

By AM Costa Rica staff

A new way of hiding drugs has been detected by the police. During a review carried out by officers of the public force in the center of Jacó, they found a gummy bear sort of sweet containing Lysergic acid diethylamide, better known as LSD.

According to Rodrigo Alfaro, deputy director of the Puntarenas police, "the discovery happened when they opened the candies, and inside there was an LSD pill."

Alfaro said this would be would be an innovative way for people who use synthetic drugs, such as ecstasy or LSD, to hide it.

"The subject carrying the candies was approached but was not arrested, since the dose was small and he claimed it to be for his own consumption." Alfaro said.

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Initiative seeks to take digital education
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

In order to enhance learning in language, mathematics, science, communication and life skills through digital education in primary students, the ProFuturo initiative proposes the application of innovative methodologies in the classroom.

The project provides professional updating and support to teachers in addition to providing technology to schools and use of a robust web platform with educational content created exclusively for this purpose.

The ProFuturo program is carried out by the Directorate of Technological Resources in Education of the Ministry of Public Education and private fundations.

The project will involve about 400 teachers who will access the classroom management platform and the teaching resources that will allow them to personalize learning for their students.

“The use of technologies as part of class dynamics contributes to generating critical thinking in students," said Sonia Marta Mora, former education minister.

"We are oriented to the development of Costa Rican education through the inclusion of digital technologies in the teaching and learning processes, to support the educational curriculum, favoring the access and productive use of technology in the educational community, stimulating the development of critical and divergent thinking and the promotion of innovation in the practices of teachers through optimal learning environments," she said.

This initiative represents an opportunity to reinforce teacher training and encourage more innovative teaching and learning processes that allow children to participate fully in the knowledge society, according to Leda Muñoz, executive director of the Omar Dengo Foundation.

"We see collaborative work and networks as a fundamental way to promote educational proposals that, supported by technologies, promote the development of key cognitive skills," he added.

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The organizations consider the use of technology a great help in developing critical thinking.


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Teachers from the participating schools learn to use the technological devices and the class management platform, in addition to creating their own resources.

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Environmentalists deliver letter to new president
asking their requests to be taken into consideration
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Last week, the Neotrópica Foundation sent an open letter to Carlos Alvarado with the aim of encouraging prompt and decisive progress in terms of environmental human rights.

The document also calls for legislative measures that guarantee the operation and effectiveness of information mechanisms, citizen participation and socio-environmental equity throughout the national territory.

The document states that it is necessary for people to achieve a just distribution of the costs and benefits of conservation and development.

The urgency of the petition lies in the growing level of socio-environmental conflicts arising from inequities, which represent significant social costs and affect the credibility of democracy, the document adds.

According to the organization, the three main priorities for the newly inaugurated government are the implementation of effective mechanisms that guarantee the right to information in environmental matters.

The second most important request is the strengthening citizen's participation as part of the consubstantial rights of a healthy and balanced environment, while the third request is the promotion of socio-environmental equity at the level of the different regions of the country.

Likewise, the Neotrópica Foundation recognizes the pressures and threats generated by the presence of drug trafficking in protected wild areas and the vulnerability that it entails for people who work as officials from government institutions, civil society members, as well as environmental groups.

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The Neotrópica Foundation has made a call for the government to provide better security measures for environmentalists.

 
"The state must guarantee the safety of environmentalists in the face of new threats that are showing up in the country, such as the presence of drug trafficking in protected wild areas and the possible clash that may exist between environmental protection and those groups," said Bernardo Aguilar, executive director of the Neotrópica Foundation.

"The time has come for the state to recognize the public’s interest in protecting and strengthening organizations in the environmental sector and how urgent it is to take measures to protect the participation of the civil society that is not organized," he added.


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Vol.18 No.509 Published Wednesday, May 9, 2018 Fifth news page
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Place of birth marks the life of Costa Rican youth

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Young people’s concerns, educational achievements, the role they play in society and the age at which they become fathers and mothers vary considerably among that population, depending on the region in which they live, according to data released by the III National Youth Survey.

The differences that this study found based on the region in which individuals live indicate important challenges in regards to youth, according to Natalia Cambronero, executive director of the Council of the Young Person.

"It is the first time this has been done by regions, and it is very important because we realize that there are inequality gaps by geographical condition," she said.

Some of the inequalities found by the study, depending on the topic of interest are the following:


Educational level achieved

While in the central region 27 percent of people between 15 and 35 get a university degree, in other regions of the country the percentage is much lower. In the Brunca region in the south Pacific area of the country the percentage drops to 19 percent, in the Caribbean to 12 percent and in the Northern Zone of the country 10 percent.

In the North Zone, the lowest percentage of people studying is also registered, 22 percent in total. In the rest of the territory this percentage is close to or above 30 percent.

In the Huetar Norte region, in the north of the country, the percentage of young people engaged in domestic work is greater than in the rest of the country; the figure reaches 26 percent. In other points such as the central Pacific, South and the Caribbean 21 percent of the population is engaged in this activity, while in the central region only 15 percent.

Of all the young people interviewed who were unemployed, 25 percent said they did not want to work. However, this figure is bigger in the Huetar Norte region, where the percentage reaches 37 percent. On the contrary, in Brunca only 13 percent said they had no interest in being employed.

While the national average of employees by the private sector is of 63 percent, in points like Brunca and the central Pacific the percentages lower to 52 percent and 54 percent, respectively.

In addition, while the average of young people who work on their own is 22 percent, the central Pacific region (32 percent) and Huetar Norte (28 percent) show higher figures.

Drug consumption

The national average of young people who have consumed alcohol is 64 percent. However, in the central region it is 67 percent, in the central Pacific it is 67 percent) and in the Brunca region it is higher at 66 percent. Contrary to this are the percentages of the Chorotega region at 56 percent and the Huetar Caribe and Norte (51 percent).

The consumption of tobacco and marijuana among young Ticos is lower. While the national percentage of the first is 34 percent, that of the latter is 20 percent.

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For study purposes, the country is divided into regions.

However, young people in the central region exceed both figures. 36 percent of them smoke tobacco, and 23 percent smoke marijuana. The Brunca region also exceeds the figure for tobacco, with a percentage of 36 percent.


Fathers and mothers

According to the III National Youth Survey, the national average of young people with children is 53 percent. Only in one of the regions the percentage is lower: central region (49 percent).

In the others, the percentage is the same, as in the case of Brunca or higher as in the rest: Chorotega (61 percent), central Pacific and Huetar Caribe (60 percent), Huetar Norte (58 percent).

Pregnancy

25 percent of young women in Costa Rica become pregnant at age 19 or younger. In two of the regions this percentage is lower: 22 percent in Central Region and 21 percent in the Brunca region.

By contrast, pregnancy figures in other areas are: in the Chorotega region (31 percent), central Pacific and Huetar Norte (33 percent) and Huetar Caribe (34 percent).

Country problems

Costa Rican youth worry about country issues: lack of employment, citizen insecurity, high cost of living, drug addiction and corruption.

Some topics are scarier in certain regions. For example, the percentage of young people worried about the lack of work is much higher in the central Pacific and Huetar Norte and in Huetar Caribe. Meanwhile, the figure increases in the central region.

On the other hand, the regions where insecurity is least worrying are in Chorotega and Brunca.


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Vol.18 No.509
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AmCham proposes 10 high-priority tasks for new government

By A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Costa Rican-North American Chamber of Commerce unveiled the 10 issues on which the organization considers the government should focus in its first 100 days.

According to Elías Soley, president of the chamber known as AmCham, it is of utmost importance that new authorities have clear and truthful information when making decisions.

The 10 topics listed by AmCham are the following:

To reduce the fiscal deficit and the high cost of the government.

To promote a more comprehensive tax reform, incorporating a substantial reform to control and cut public spending.

Infrastructure and mobility: Define priority projects that quickly impact competitiveness, especially those that solve the problem of mobility in the metropolitan area.

National security: Increase the training of the different police forces, allowing them to complement each other to generate efficiency and greater capacity to face the growing crime problem.

Reduce electricity costs: Costa Rica has one of the highest electricity rates in the world which undermines competitiveness and requires an urgent solution, according to AmCham. The consumer of electricity, whether industrial or residential, does not care who produces the energy, what it requires is that it be stable, of good quality and at reasonable prices.

Exchange rate policy: It is important to make a detailed study of the loss of competitiveness due to the exchange rate against competing countries with Costa Rica’s main trading partners and to establish an adequate range in which the currency should depreciate to recover that competitiveness.

Dual and a more diversified and technical education: Germany is a leader in this kind of education and has a virtually zero youth unemployment rate. Likewise, an integral curricular reform of the National Learning Institute must be promoted so that it matches the current requirements of the productive sector. Dual education brings students into private employment during the school day.


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AmCham recommends education to align with the needs of the companies, following supply and demand rules.

Employment and Education: There is a structural gap between supply and demand. The educational system is not generating enough professionals and technicians in the fields required by local and foreign companies that settle in the country.

Greater commercial openness: To initiate a multi-sectorial dialogue to evaluate the "pros and cons" of an integration to the Pacific Alliance. AmCham says it believes this integration would positively impact 86 percent of the productive sector and that it is urgent to evaluate the opportunity.

Improve the fight against illicit trade: Provide more resources to the fiscal control police and the border police, through the redistribution of certain selective taxes.

Innovation: greater inter-institutional articulation and the creation of mechanisms to improve the use of resources allocated to promote innovation.

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* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees. * Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds. * All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each. * Parcels are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD * Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica. * 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport * 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches * 10 minutes to Medical Facilities * 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital * 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

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NALU Eco Development

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14 titled lots from $21,999, lot/house combos from $68,720 Walk to the beach (800 meters), Gated with onsite caretaker. Communal Organic Gardens. No time limit to build. 2 hours from San Jose, halfway between Jaco and Manuel Antonio at Playa Palma. All services and new hospital just 5 minutes away. Absentee owner friendly. Great vacation rental potential, we can manage for you! Owner Financing Available !

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Vista Verde Del Mar
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Casa Bella Vista

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Looking for a special property with amazing views? This is it! 2 Houses (main and guest), in ground pool, 3 acres (almost 100% usable) with Panoramic Ocean Views. 7 minutes off the coastal highway. 10 minutes from the beach (Playa Bejuco & Esterillos) 2 hours from San Jose. Furnished and turnkey. Must see to appreciate the view. Brokers Welcome $399,000 More information click here http://www.richcoastrealty.com/958-ocean-view

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Completely remodeled building. 14 areas for residence and/or offices, call center, upscale storage. Transportation within 50 meters, commuter train, buses and taxis. In La Sabana, San Jose. School, park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium walking distance. 24-hour security, many restaurants, clubs and social facilities nearby. Approximately 323 meter construction. Asking $295,000.
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44 Lots For Sale In Gated Community Playa Avellana, Tamarindo, Guanacaste

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Condominio Monte Donato II, is an unpretentious gated community, offering 44 lots at very accessible prices starting at only $19.995 and a monthly HOA fee of $28.

Located near Playa Avellanas and Hacienda Pinilla, at 3 miles from the beach. The project is located in a very quiet rural area. You will only hear sounds of birds and monkeys. Playa Avellanas is one of the most beautiful beaches of Costa Rica and a Surfer’s paradise.

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Judiciary will establish courts specialized in organized crime

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Supreme Court of Justice plans to establish at least two courtrooms in the first Judicial Circuit of San José specialized in organized crime.

Although president of the Supreme Court, Carlos Chinchilla, asked the legislative assembly to postpone the enforcement of the law against organized crime, the judiciary has already begun to make some arrangements.

The Law of Creation of the Specialized Jurisdiction in Organized Crime was approved on the second vote last Sept. 3, and will be enforced starting this October.

However, in April Chinchilla requested the law be postponed for 12 more months, but there was no agreement among legislators in regards to this requests.


"Yes, it will come into force, not with all the equipment or a new building as we think, but it will occupy two rooms in San José," said Chinchilla.

The use of these rooms would force the judiciary to perform a minor rearrangement of several offices.

Chinchilla said staffers are looking for criminal judges and other professionals interested in being part of the courts.

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The new law on organized crime will be enforced as of October.


According to him, judicial schools have scheduled specialization courses. It is also expected that a Spanish magistrate named Rodriguez, a specialist in organized crime, will guide the training of Costa Rican judges. That probably will be Ricardo Rodríguez Fernández, a criminal court judge from Madrid who provides overseas training.

German senior citizen is missing

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents in Cóbano are asking the cooperation of the public as they try to determine the location of a German senior citizen named Gerlinde Hahne Berhalter, 75. She was last seen on Thursday, around 2:45 p.m. in Las Delicias de Cóbano.

At that time she was dressed in the clothes that can be seen in the photograph. Any information could be important and the public is urged to 800-800-0645 or WhatsApp 8-8000645 which belong to the Confidential Information Center.

Published: Monday, May 7, 2018.

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Gerlinde Hahne Berhalter.
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