Vol.18  No. 516 Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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Minister of Finance told to explain to
deputies what expense allotments will be

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Legislators demanded Monday afternoon that the finance minister, Rocío Aguilar, meet them and explain what the government plans are for public spending.

According to the lawmakers, the minister should present precise, measurable and verifiable objectives in that matter in the next 30 days.

Knowing beforehand how the measures will be applied is the first demand of the opposition parties which want to expedite the approval of the pending tax bill and decrease the fiscal deficit by at least 2 percent.  The fiscal deficit reached 6.2 percent of the gross domestic product in 2017.

Carlos Ricardo Benavides, leader of the legislative caucus of the National Liberation Party, said the meeting was sought by the opposition in the legislature in the hope that the issue could be clarified for members and Costa Rican citizens.

"We have also requested that two sessions of the Legislative Plenary be opened so that there is enough time, not only for the minister to explain to us in detail, but also so that the legislators can ask questions that can be clarified by the minister," he said.

Benavides also said Aguilar has expressed her consent to talk and expose the issue to the legislators.

Carlos Avendaño, head of the National Restoration faction, the second largest legislative group, said that the idea is to encourage a response from the executive and be able to check efforts that, "we can really measure."

"They are rushing us without telling us the spending cut plan," he said.

Despite not having been included in the proposal, the request was also voted upon favorably by the ruling Citizen Action Party, whose chief, Víctor Morales, stressed that the government's provision has been reiterative in that matter. "There is a clear and manifest will," he said.

Just 10 days ago, the minister of the Presidency, Rodolfo Piza, said that Minister Aguilar had already planned to present measures for spending cuts in May, especially those related to the agreement for a national government made between the Rodolfo Piza and President Alvarado during the campaign.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo   
Rocío Aguilar, finance minister (sitting on the left) has been put under pressure to show legislators the spending cut plan before the end of May.

That agreement includes, for the most part, long-term measures. However, it also reflected the commitment to increase revenue more than 1 percent of the gross domestic product, not allow public sector jobs to grow more than 1 percent per year until 2020 and promote regulations to the public sector so that it does not generate new bonuses or annuities and introduce evaluation mechanisms.

The promise of Alvarado, his minister and his economic team is to reduce the fiscal deficit to 3 percent of the gross domestic product when they finish negotiation, a commitment written in the agreement and reiterated by the new president in his speech at the inauguration.

As of now, projections say the deficit will be 7.1 percent at the end of this year if the issue is not tackled.

New president may be too ambitious on climate

By Jay Brodell,
Editor emeritus A.M. Costa Rica

Carlos Alvarado, the new president, has come in on an environmental wave. He wants to ban fossil fuels eventually with the goal of making the country carbon neutral by 2021. He also is promoting the use of hydrogen as a fuel.

Such ardor for the environment is typical of new administrations. Abel Pacheco, in his first news conference, promised to stamp out gold mining. Never mind that the country already had issued permits to several companies.

Eventually that mindset, reflected in the courts, has let to the World Bank arbitration case in which Infinito Gold, Ltd., is seeking massive reparations. The company said it invested $92 million before the judiciary shut down the site. Meanwhile, gypsy miners, many from Nicaragua, are scavenging gold from the abandoned site in northern Costa Rica.

The case continues in the World Bank’s arbitration arm with another round of legal papers filed at the end of last month. The gold at the site may be worth $2 billion.

The country, which imports all its petroleum products, also has frozen plans by a Denver, Colorado, company to sink exploratory wells for oil in the northeastern part of the country.

Now even clean energy is under attack. The Sala IV constitutional court said this week it will hear a challenge against a 2008 presidential degree advancing the giant Buenos Aires de Puntarenas hydro plant.

Eventually, as with all new administrations, initial plans will run up against  practical problems. If President Alvarado wants to change motor transport over to hydrogen fuel or electricity, he also must consider where this power originates. Motorists cannot pluck hydrogen from the air. The gas must be made somewhere, perhaps with fossil fuels. The same is true of electricity, although Costa Rica is blessed with massive hydro and thermal sources.

A good start would be to analysis the experiences of the U.S. Embassy, which purchased an electric vehicle when Anne Slaughter Andrew, the environmental lawyer, was ambassador. At the time, the vehicle could not reach Jacó without recharging.

Hydrogen, in addition to being explosive, also generates a greenhouse gas, water. In fact, that and some other trace gases is all the combustion of hydrogen produces. Costa Ricans, obsessed with carbon dioxide, seem to have overlooked that water vapor itself is a potent greenhouse gas.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo   
Making the country carbon neutral by 2021
is the country goal.

Meanwhile the orthodoxy of global warming, promoted by the United Nations, is under increasing attack. President Donald Trump pulled his nation out of the Paris climate accords.

Late last month the peer-reviewed Journal of Climate, published by the American Meteorological Society, contained an article that said computer models have greatly overestimated the effect of carbon dioxide on temperature. The authors were Judith Curry, the former chairwoman of the School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Nic Lewis, a British independent researcher and statistician.

The paper said that future warming is likely to be much lower than that predicted by computer models and accepted by the U. N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Curry, herself, said in a television interview that nature already has conducted the experiment. She cites temperature levels and carbon dioxide concentrations from the advent of the Industrial Revolution until today, and said that warming is far lower than the computers would predict.

Naturally, She and her co-author have come under blistering attack by those accepting the U.N. dogma.

Usually overlooked in the discussion is that the earth has been warming since the glacial maximum about 16,000 years ago. The sea at that time was about 410 feet lower than it is today.




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National Restoration Party rejects decision on name change

By AM Costa Rica staff

The National Restoration Party rejected the decision of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal which had endorsed name changes for individuals with self-perceived gender identity issues who requested the changes before the Civil Registry.

The tribunal approved this change following an advisory opinion from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which says that Costa Rica must guarantee human right to all persons.

The Restoration Party unanimously agreed to reject the tribunal decision and warned that this is, "a threat to the biological figures of men and women to give way to a relative nature that changes according to the whims of those who promote an ideological agenda that threatens the basis of society."

The legislative group said the members respect the sexual orientation of each person but they are concerned about the scope of this change at the national level.

The Restoration Party suggests that the electoral tribunal has exceeded its mandate when it recognized the change of name without approval by the legislature.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo         
The evangelical group worries about the consequences of the election tribunal decision at national level.

The president will no longer face
questions by the press on Tuesdays

By AM Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado will be absent at the press conferences after the sessions of the governing council, which usually meets on Tuesdays.

For years, it has been customary for the president to be part of a meeting with the press after his own weekly gathering with his cabinet. However, that routine will change.

The minister of Communication, Juan Carlos Mendoza García, announced that it will no longer be customary for the president to meet with the press after the government council session.

Mendoza’s statement took place Tuesday after the second session of the council, when the press asked about the absence of the president, who happens to have a degree in journalism.

Mendoza explained that he and the minister of the Presidency, Rodolfo Piza, will speak with the media after the council session.

Those two ministers took care of the media Tuesday while the president held a meeting with several opposition parties.

"I can tell you that the president will provide other spaces so that you can ask him specific questions," Mendoza said.

In the press conference, Piza also announced that Presidential House is working on the elaboration of a directive to limit the trips abroad made by members of the central government.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo         
Juan Carlos Mendoza, former lawmaker, will now be the minister of Communications.

He added there will be special rules in regards for ministers whose duties require constant departures from the country, as in the case of the foreign minister and vice president, Epsy Campbell Barr.

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Chancellor Campbell calls on Israel to
stop attacks on the Palestinian population

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica deeply regrets the deaths of civilians in the Gaza Strip and makes a vehement call for Israel to stop the violent repression of the Palestinian civilian population, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

That statement about the Palestinian-Israeli came in the wake of conflict that has left at least 60 Palestinians killed by the Israeli army, as well as thousands of wounded.

"Today more than ever, the Israeli and Palestinian authorities are urgently required to resume credible negotiations on the core issues of the conflict that still exist Costa Rica advocates concerted action by the international community that rejects extremist views. Process towards a lasting peace, based on the obligations acquired,” said the document issued by the Foreign Ministry.

The government also reiterated its support for the coexistence of two states, Israel and Palestine, within secure and mutually recognized borders, borders agreed upon by the international community, in response to the war, social and cultural conflict that dates back more than 70 years.

The recent clashes were triggered at the beginning of the week when the Palestinians of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank territories controlled by Israel commemorated with marches, demonstrations and protests, what they see as the Nakba or catastrophe of the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.

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The new U. S. Embassy in the city of Jerusalem, a change that implies the recognition of Israel sovereignty over city holy to Christians, Jews and Muslims.

At the same time, the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem was inaugurated a few dozen kilometers away, which was seen as a moral blow for the Palestinian people. Costa Rica moved its embassy from Jerusalem 11 years ago.











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Writer Tom Wolfe, father of ‘new journalism,’ dies
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

American writer and journalist Tom Wolfe, 88, considered the father of new journalism and author of the famous novel "The Bonfire of Vanities," died Monday in New York.

"We are incredibly sad to learn about the death of Tom Wolfe. He was one of the greats, and his words will live forever," said Macmillan Publishers.

Since the 1960s, the thin writer with the eternally youthful face has been famous for his impeccable white three-piece suits and for his innovative use of novel techniques in his newspaper articles, helping to create the trend known as new journalism.

His agent, Lynn Nesbit, told the American press that Wolfe died after being hospitalized in New York following an infection.

Born in Richmond, Virginia, but a resident in New York from the time he began to work at The New York Herald Tribune in 1962, Wolfe wrote innumerable articles for magazines like New Yorker, Esquire and Harper's, which shone for their linguistic creativity and his ability to describe the pop culture and the narcissism of American society.

Some of his essays for Esquire where Wolfe gave free reign to his experimental writing techniques were put together in the 1965 collection of essays "The Flirty Coquette Rocanrol Caramel Color of Rum" ("The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby"), a classic of American non-fiction literature.

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Quepos seeks help for its gastronomical festival

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Center for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage has an open call for residents of Quepos to register for the traditional food and drink contest Yo soy Quepos, which will take place May 27, at 8 a.m., in La cocina del padre, next to the Catholic Church of the community.

The contest is organized by the Cultural Heritage Center with the purpose of recording and keeping the traditional gastronomy as an important and daily manifestation of intangible cultural heritage. The activity has the support of the municipality and the Parish of Quepos.

There will be 15 winners in the event, the first three places in five categories: main courses, picadillo, ceviches, breads and desserts, and drinks. In total, ¢7 million will be distributed among the winners. The prizes range from ¢200,000 colones to ¢1 million.

The registration form can be downloaded at the link insert link here where the interested parties will find more information about the event.

Participants must fill out a ticket for each dish with which they want to participate. The tickets will be received by today.

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Vol.18 No.516
Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Sixth news page
Real Estate
About Us
Osa becomes the first canton to
declare itself free of single-use plastic

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Osa municipality will join the national strategy for the replacement of single-use plastics by renewable and compostable alternatives, a move that is led by the Ministry of Health and several other organizations.

The municipality joins the local initiative "Ballena Bay free of plastic" that is led by non-profit organizations, private companies and communities of Bahia Ballena.

In addition, the strategy will support initiatives aimed at the prevention, mitigation and eradication of pollution in rivers, coasts and seas.

The municipality also plans to evaluate the possibility of reforming the municipal patents regulation in six months, seeking the gradual reduction in the services and industries of the single-use plastic. Patents are basically business licenses.

"This an important milestone in the project of Osa, Ecological and Friendly with Nature, where we have a policy to support a sustainable, harmonious and inclusive development for the whole community,” said Alberto Cole, mayor of Osa.

"The most important contribution that we can leave to future generations is to eliminate single use plastic like which are straws, disposable cups and bags," he added.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Single use plastic will be gradually banned in the Osa canton.

According to Cole despite the municipality's efforts to carry out recycling campaigns and make proper use of solid waste, many of these items made with single-use plastic end up polluting rivers and seas.

"In Osa where more than 77 percent of the canton is dedicated to conservation areas, parks, wild refuges, ecological areas, we have wanted to take a step forward in this global problem, and we are jointly committing ourselves with the Osa Chamber of Tourism and other local entities to encourage all businesses and the general public to eliminate single use plastic," he explained.

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Vol.18 No.516 Published Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Seventh news page
Real Estate
About Us

Magistrate from Constitutional Chamber retires at 52

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A magistrate and the president of the Constitutional Chamber, Ernesto Jinesta Lobo, decided to retire from his post in a decision that caused surprise among his colleagues.

He made the decision while he was still on vacation.

His departure from the judiciary is effective today. The Superior Council of the Judiciary passed the request made by Jinesta on Tuesday afternoon.

Jinesta, who still had four months left in his term, has served as a magistrate since 2002 having been reelected in 2012.

The post of president of the Constitutional Chamber became vacant in 2015, when former Magistrate Gilberth Armijo retired.

After Jinesta’s departure, there are now two vacancies for magistrates in the Constitutional Chamber. Magistrates must be appointed by the legislative assembly, since the legislators are given this power by the Constitution.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
Ernesto Jinesta was part of the constitutional
chamber since 2002.