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Supreme Electoral Tribunal allows citizens to name themselves according to their sexual self-perception

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica's Supreme Electoral Tribunal said yes Monday to a reform allowing citizens to change their names according to their self-perceived sex.

The Presidential House released a statement saying it will implement the actions required to adapt the regulatory framework of its competence and ensure adequate respect for gender identity.

In addition, the tribunal will eliminate the indication of sex at birth in all the identity cards.

The Costa Rican government said that it reaffirms the commitment of the state to respect and protect the human rights of all people without distinction.

The decision of the electoral tribunal was made after an advisory opinion of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in favor of gay marriage, gender identity and guaranteeing family rights to same-sex couples.

"Regarding the regulation of civil marriage of same-sex people, the government of the republic is aware of the existence of jurisdictional processes pending resolution, so, due to respect to the judicial independence, it waits before ruling on the matter," said Presidential House in the document.

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Currently there are more than 100 name change requests due to sexual perception in line before the tribunal.

The reform will take effect following its publication in the official newspaper La Gaceta.

Pharmacists oppose possible 4 percent tax on drugs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Board of Directors of the Costa Rica Pharmacists Association announced its opposition to the exclusion of drugs from the tax exempt list proposed by the government. This would mean that a 4 percent tax would be added to all drug purchases.

Current legislation exempts drugs from all types of taxes and surcharges with the exception of customs duties.

According to the association, the change proposed in the legislative bill is a setback to the right to access medications and, therefore, would affect the right that all citizens and residents have to protect their health and their lives.

"The proposed reform would imply a worsening of the conditions of access to medicines, because without any doubt the final consumer, or the patient, would experience an increase in the price of a good that is essential for the protection of health and of one's life," said José Gatgens, president of the board of directors of the association.

"We are aware of the importance of strengthening public finances, but we cannot accept in any way that the lives and health of thousands of people will be compromised," he added.

In Costa Rica, the general health law establishes in Article 82 that the production and adequate and timely supply of medicines are basic elements for effective prevention and therapy of diseases and for the rehabilitation of the patient.

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The proposal is part of the tax reform bill, currently under discussion in the legislative assembly.

That's the reason the association argues that medicines must continue to be listed as an essential good and not a simple merchandise that must be taxed.

"With absolute awareness of the fiscal situation that our country is going through, we will be attentive and willing to collaborate with the administration in the way it considers appropriate,” Gatgens added.

Heredia bus company loses concessions
 due to mistreatment to senior citizens

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The company Busetas Heredianas S.A. lost the concession which allowed it to provide passenger transport service due to discriminatory actions against senior citizens, the Public Services Regulatory Authority ruled Monday.

The General Directorate of Customer Service conducted several inspections in which it was determined that at some bus stops and the main stations, entrance of the elderly was not allowed by drivers except when a supervisor was around.

"The company has the duty to guarantee that 100 percent of senior citizens can enjoy the service in the first place and also be exempt from payment without any discrimination," said the resolution, RJD - 081 - 2018.

The document also says that senior citizens must be granted their rights under the law and those rights include a reduced payment or total exemption from payment and preferential seating.

The investigation processes were ordered by the Board of Directors of the Regulatory Authority in 2015.

The company operated route 400 BS, between San José and Heredia through the General Cañas highway. The route is used by an average 250,000 people per month.

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Senior citizens pay a reduced fare or no fare at all in the public transportation system. 

To avoid affecting the users, the regulatory agency authorized the operation of Busetas Heredianas for three months, while the Public Transportation Council grants an authorization to a new company.




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Tourism in the Caribbean lost $741 million
due to hurricanes in 2017

By AM Costa Rica staff

According to data released by the World Travel and Tourism Council, tourism in the islands of the Caribbean recorded almost one million fewer visitors last year which caused losses amounting $700 million following the impact of hurricanes Irma and María in 2017.

"The hurricane season resulted in an estimated loss of 826,100 visitors to the Caribbean, compared to predictions made before the hurricanes," said the London-based organization that monitors the economic health of the tourism world.

The lost visitors could have generated $741 million and sustained more than 11,000 jobs, the organization added.

Tourism provides 15 percent of the region's gross domestic product and sustains 14 percent of its labor force. Worldwide, the average contribution of tourism to the gross domestic product is 10.4 percent.

As a reference, 46.7 million international tourists visited the Caribbean in 2016 and spent about $31.4 billion, the tourism council study added.

However, in August and September of 2017, the Caribbean was ravaged by two of the fiercest hurricanes ever recorded on the islands.

Irma and Maria left a trail of destruction in Barbuda, San Martin, San Bartolomeo, Anguilla, Cuba, Dominica and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Barbuda, Dominica and Puerto Rico suffered the greatest damage due to María's impact.

The contraction of tourism in the Caribbean also spread to the islands that were not hit directly by the hurricanes.

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Most of the Caribbean Islands have an important
economic reliance on tourism.

This is because there is a misconception on the part of the public that the entire Caribbean was hit by storms, the report says.

According to the researchers, the recovery of the tourism sector to pre-hurricane levels could take four years, during which time the islands of the Caribbean will have lost $3 billion.

Before the hurricane season of 2017, the tourism sector in the Caribbean was projected to grow 4 percent, but Irma and María reversed the trend and caused a 4 percent drop compared to 2016.

The Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1 and lasts until Nov. 30. Despite the dates, there still is one possible depressing forming in the Gulf of Mexico now.

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Costa Rica invites other Central America countries
to celebrate 200 years of independence

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has proposed to the Secretary General of the Central American Integration System that member states participate in the country’s 200 years of independent life, which will be celebrated in 2021.

The countries included in the integration system are Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, as well as Costa Rica.

The proposal was sent by the first vice president and minister of Foreign Affairs of Costa Rica, Epsy Campbell Barr, to the secretary general of the system, Vinicio Cerezo.

"I proposed the idea of building the Central American Bicentennial as a way to strengthen integration and Central American brotherhood," Campbell explained.

She explained added the idea is to incorporate this project into the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, which has 17 objectives to end poverty, inequality, and injustice and tackle climate change.

Campbell will meet with the ambassadors and foreign ministers of the region in order to build a plan that would include the suggestions of each of the countries.

The proposal of the Central American Bicentennial will be presented by the president of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado Quesada, at the integration system summit in June.

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From 1824 to 1839 the Central American countries
were one federal republic.

Campbell recalled that 2021 also coincides with the celebration of the 30 years of the Tegucigalpa Protocol created by the the integration system, whose fundamental objective is to establish Central America in as a region of peace, freedom, democracy and development, based on respect, protection and promotion of human rights.











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Digital signature gains momentum,
according to Universidad de Costa Rica
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The advanced digital signature is a cryptographic mechanism that authenticates electronic documents. It gives users the assurance that the document was digitally signed at a specific date and time by the signatory and that it cannot be altered during its transmission or storage.

In Costa Rica, the signature has been available since 2009 for various applications. However, almost a decade after its implementation, there are still ignorance, myths and taboos about its use.

How to get it?

Any person 18 years old or older with a valid identity document can obtain their digital signature  at the offices authorized by the Certification Authority of the Central Bank of Costa Rica, among them: Costa Rican Radiographic, the Bank of Costa Rica and the Banco Popular.

After paying the amount established by each issuing entity, the user will receive a card similar to a bank card with an integrated chip that contains legal information, a card reader and a virtual key. With this, the user can sign documents digitally via computer.

There are multiple software programs with which users can sign documents, for example: LibreOffice, Microsoft Office and Adobe Reader. To do this, the user selects the signature card and, with this, the system will generate a mathematical algorithm from which it will extract a summary. This summary is unique and identifies the user.

Subsequently, a virtual key is generated that encrypts the summary and attaches a notification to the document. This gives it the same validity as an autograph signature.

For the operation of the device, three factors are required: a user name, the card with a chip and a pin or secret key, which offer more security to the procedures.

Similarly, if the user loses his card, becomes the victim of theft or the plastic is damaged, he or she must report this immediately and void its validity.

Luis Loría Chavarría of the Research and Development Area of ​​the Computer Center of the University of Costa Rica said that the advanced digital signature has a great number of advantages that even the autograph signature does not has. For instance, it cannot be faked.

The computer specialist stressed that the digital signature guarantees authenticity because it allows the recipient to verify who the author of the message is, integrity because it is possible to verify if the received information has been altered and what is known as non-repudiation, which obliges the person to be responsible for their digital signature.
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10 years ago. 

Another important aspect is the time stamp. "Digital signatures expire every four years to renew their security encryption, so the time stamp guarantees that when a person signs something, be it a document or a transaction, it is valid over time. It also certifies that the signature was in force at the time of its application," added Loría.

The use of the signature allows not only saving time when carrying out paperwork, but also saving paper, since digitally signed documents do not require printing.

This change also entails a new way of storing documents. Alonso Castro Mattei, director of the university center, said that in order to keep the security and integrity of digital documents, special emphasis should be given to their correct preservation.

"The users of the digital signature must have an online document management system that allows them to establish archival policies to control who generates documents, who signs them and defines documentary series and the time during which documents are preserved, even in different formats such as text, audio or video," said Castro.

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Museum Day will be celebrated at
the Ministry of Culture and Youth facilities

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expo Museums, the fair of Costa Rican museums that celebrates the National and International Day of Museums every year, will host 31 participating institutions, including 25 museums throughout the country, as well as six organizations related to heritage management and promotion. The event is this weekend.

International Museum Day has been celebrated since 1977 with the aim of raising awareness about the importance of these institutions throughout the world.

This year the International Council of Museums chose the theme “Hyper-connected museums: new audiences, new approaches." In Costa Rica the theme of the celebration will be oriented towards sustainable development goals, the museums and the public.

"Expo Museos is a fair that presents a significant part of the cultural and educational offering of the Costa Rican museums with the purpose that the visitors recognize their importance and the possibilities they offer, through their work of research, education and dissemination of cultural and natural heritage which strengthens identities," said Hugo Pineda, coordinator of the event.

The Casa del Cuño, located in the Old Customs House in front of Parque España in San José, will have 28 information booths Friday and Saturday.

On both days there will be workshops for elementary and high school students, artistic presentations for all audiences, and special activities for museum workers, among other activities which are free.

Among the activities, students will be encouraged to wear white as a symbol of peace, in order to remember the need to promote peaceful, just and inclusive societies, free from fear and violence.

During Expo Museums 2018, and to commemorate the National and International Day of Museums, two talks directed to the culture sector, museums, heritage and the general public will be held.

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For its part, the National Committee of the International Council of Museums organizes a forum entitled "Connected museums: technologies to reach new audiences," in which officials of the National Museum of Costa Rica, Museums of the Central Bank of Costa Rica and the Museum of Art and Contemporary Design, will present good practices in the field of museums and technology.

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Vol.18 No.515
Published Tuesday,  May 15, 2018
Sixth news page
Real Estate
About Us

IT experts meet to avoid hacking of government sites

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Experts in cyber security from different institutions of the country met Monday at the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications to analyze the reports of incidents detected Sunday night. Minister Luis Adrián Salazar organized the session.

The meeting was attended by representatives of ministry, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, the Judicial Investigation Organization, the Ministry of Public Security, the Intelligence and Security Directorate and NIC Costa Rica, which analyzed all the information regarding the case that had been gathered at the time.

According to the reports provided by specialists, the incident occurred on a server that hosts several strictly informative and non-transactional websites of four local governments.

Other types of attacks or problems on other government websites, on the telecommunications infrastructure or on the .cr domains were discarded.

The institutions agreed to establish a working group that will propose corrective solutions as well as a remedial plan for the affected institutions.

In addition, they seek to standardize a communication protocol for the parties that make up the working group in order to let them communicate immediately if there is an incident.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Several municipal sites reported
being hacked Sunday night.

Regarding the origin of the incident, the judicial police will carry the investigation and will offer support to the Costa Rican Electricity Institute and the local governments affected by the incident.

"For this administration the issue of cyber security is a priority, hence the importance of continuing actions in a concrete, effective and timely manner," said the minister.

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Vol.18 No.515 Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018 Seventh news page
Real Estate
About Us

Costa Rica officially expresses its support
to the people of Nicaragua

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government of Costa Rica showed its solidarity with the people of Nicaragua and grieved the loss of human lives during the protests against the government of Daniel Ortega.

"Costa Rica is in solidarity with the people of Nicaragua and regrets that the current events generate the loss of human lives and damage fundamental aspects related to the dignity and physical safety of people," said a statement from the Costa Rican Foreign Ministry.

The text says that Costa Rica, "carefully observes the development of internal events in Nicaragua" and expresses interest in the efforts promoted by the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua as mediator and witness to the dialogue between the government and opposition groups, to "open the spaces necessary for understanding."

"Costa Rica supports dialogue as the mechanism for a peaceful solution that allows the return to peace and tranquility of the Nicaraguan people, and welcomes the fact that the Episcopal Conference is the guarantor of this process," the release says.

Sunday Nicaragua reached 26 days of a crisis that has left at least 54 dead and has sparked mass demonstrations in favor of and against President Daniel Ortega.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
A.M. Costa Rica readers have reported a quick
escalation of the conflict in the last days.