Vol.18  No. 518 Published Friday, May 18, 2018
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Carlos Alvarado cabinet suffers its first resignation

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Carolina Fernández, former vice minister of Foreign Affairs, resigned to her post one day after being sworn as part of Carlos Alvarado government.

The resignation took place on Wednesday after a report from the daily CRhoy.com made public the fact that Fernández was sanctioned for leaving her job in the Embassy of Costa Rica in Brazil for several weeks at a time there was no ambassador and Fernández had the highest rank.

The incident occurred during the government of Laura Chinchilla, when Fernández was the minister counselor and chargé d'affaires of business in Brazil.

Fernandez said through a statement that the Foreign Ministry announced that she was leaving office "so the National Unity Government has the best political environment in its first weeks in power."

"I consider it pertinent to resign as vice chancellor of the Republic, which I assumed yesterday with great enthusiasm and commitment. I was chosen for my records, which were enough for the authorities," she said.

The former vice chancellor said that although the administrative process was in 2010, "it can generate unnecessary noise for the president, whom I admire and respect, to the chancellor, whom I thank for choosing me, and to the institution, which I love and have served faithfully for 12 years."

"I have decided to resign as my appointment could become an obstacle to the work of the new national government, led by Carlos Alvarado," she added.

The statement also details that the resignation was already accepted by the chancellor and foreign minister, Epsy Campbell Barr.

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Carolina Fernández,  next to the president Alvarado in this photo, and former Vice Chancellor who resigned the day after being sworn.


Political parties such as National Restoration, National Liberation, and Christian Social Unity showed their concern with the appointment and said that "the appointment of Fernández is not consistent with the discourse of transparency and ethics promoted by the president and his administration."

According to the Foreign Ministry, the appointment was justified based on her records "without having considered the events of 2010, when the official was suspended by the Foreign Ministry following a disciplinary process against her."

Fernández is a lawyer and graduated with a master's degree in diplomacy from the University of Costa Rica.


Requests for a local driving license can be made nationwide

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

In Costa Rica, owners of a foreign driver's license can obtain a Costa Rica one at 13 locations nationwide.

This license will have the same characteristics in due date and other specifications as the foreign one, according to the General Directorate of Road Safety which provides the  service.

The agency says the process can be initiated without prior appointments in Heredia, Cartago, Nicoya, Liberia, Rio Claro, Puntarenas, San Carlos, Alajuela, San Ramón, Pérez Zeledón, Guápiles, Limón and La Uruca in San José Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 7 to 11 a.m.

The applicant with complete requirements can obtains a local license immediately, the agency reported.

Despite the decentralization of this service, users continue to visit the headquarters of the National Road Council in La Uruca, which saturates the facilities, according to Hugo Jiménez, director of road education.

"According to our reports, some 50 users show up at La Uruca every week to have licenses approved or homologated while in the regional headquarters about 10 people arrive per week. Many foreigners, who reside in coastal areas should know there are more locations," said Jiménez.

The cost is ¢5,000.

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Foreigners do not necessarily have to apply
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Some of the requirements necessary to complete this process are: that the original license still is valid and in good condition, that the applicant documents a medical check-up and that the applicant shows proof of legal stay in Costa Rica. This proof can include a still-valid residence card, a refugee card or a work permit. More on all the requirements can be seen here.



President and Ministers will hold
two private meetings as of today

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

In order to get to know each other better and coordinate the work in different areas more efficiently, the Executive Power called its whole cabinet to a meeting taking place on May 18 and 19 at the Earth University headquarters, according to the Minister of Communications, Juan Carlos Mendoza.

Mendoza pointed out that the objective of this type of activity, which will be directed by the same members of the government, is to create a good relationship between the work teams and find strategies that can meet government objectives.

This will be the second private meeting carried out by President Alvarado and his cabinet. The first meeting occurred on April 12. 

Mendoza said that this kind of event - where the ministers and other authorities can share beyond the councils of government - will be usual during the current administration
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The Earth  University will hold the second private meeting taking place under Carlos Alvarado administration.

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The country recycles only 6.6 percent of its ordinary solid waste

By AM Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica generates up to 4,000 tons of solid waste per day, and of that amount 1,000 tons end up in rivers, vacant lots, and roads, while only 264 tons are collected and reach the recycling centers, health officials say.

The data was released during the opening of the VI National Recycling Meeting that started Thursday at the Institute of Municipal Advisory and Development in Moravia.

The meeting was organized by the of Ministry of Health, which is responsible for the collection and final disposal of waste.

According to the figures, in 2014 an average of 1.26 percent of the total waste was recycled while in 2017 the percentage of recovered materials increased to 6.6 percent.

Regarding the waste deposited in clandestine landfills, the percentage was reduced from 25 percent to 6.4 percent in the same period.

The Ministry of Health's objective for 2018 is to increase the collection and recycling of waste to 8 percent and reach 15 percent by 2021.

"This will be the opportunity to learn about the good practices that are being carried out in the municipal regime to improve the quality of life of Costa Ricans," said Marcela Guerrero, the new institute executive president.

This inter-institutional coordination involves the Ministry of Environment and Energy, the Ministry of Health, the Institute of Municipal Development and Advisory, and the National Union of Local Governments.

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Most Costa Rican households do not separate their solid waste, despite government campaigns.

"This meeting is part of the process of our country to improve the recovery of waste in each one of the cantons, as a shared responsibility among municipalities, public sector, private sector and communities,” said Karen Porras, executive director of the National Union of Local Governments. “Local governments are investing human and economic resources to reduce the negative impact in our environment.”






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Vol.18  No.518 Published Friday, May 18, 2018 Third news page
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Authorities accelerate actions for a safe
reopening of the Poás Volcano National Park

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

With the reconstruction of trails, the placement of safety signs and the training of officials, progress towards meeting the requirements to reopen the Poás Volcano National Park are being made, said the Ministry of Energy and Environment and the National Emergency Commission.

These actions are being taken to guarantee the safety of tourists and inhabitants of the surrounding communities, the agencies added.

The head of research and risk analysis of the emergency commission, Lidier Esquivel, said that after sustained seismic-volcanic activity decreased after the beginning of the year the Technical Advisory Committee on Volcanology and Seismology established Feb. 12 five requirements for the reopening of the Park.

As of Thursday, the installation of signs indicating that visitors are in a high-risk area has been completed as has the recovery of trails and railings, among others.

There has also been progress in the training institutional staff, and the same will be done with tour guides and inhabitants of the surrounding communities.

Another requirement is the construction of temporary shelters for visitor safety. The shelters were designed by the National System of Conservation Areas and construction is awaiting  permits by the Federated College of Engineers and Architects.

Authorities also said they are in the process of acquiring a gas meter that will measure volcanic emissions in real time, another of the requirements established by the Technical Advisory Committee.

"MINAE is speeding up the opening to tourism and the enjoyment of this wilderness area and the safety of visitors and officials, as well as the opportunity to promote the development of the surrounding communities," said Pamela Castillo,  deputy minister of environment and energy, using the Spanish acronym for her agency.

The government has outlined efforts to alleviate the drop in sales of the businesses in the area after the closure of the national park in conjunction with the Municipalities of Alajuela, Heredia, Valverde Vega and Poas, the Costa Rican Tourism Institute, the National System of Radio and Television, the Chamber of Tourism of Poás, Poasito and Fraijanes and the Chamber of Tourism of Sarchí and Bajos del Toro, according to Castillo.

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Businesses around the area have been heavily affected by the closure of the national park.


In March, and as part of this work,  85 micro-entrepreneurs from Poas, Fraijanes, Sarchí, Vara Blanca, Poasito and Bajos del Toro came together to offer products and services at a fair called Montaña Viva, an event that sought to motivate tourist visitation and let people discover the natural, cultural, gastronomic and artistic attractions the area has to offer.

Following the closure of the Poás Volcano National Park, the Costa Rican Tourism Board started an advertising campaign in which the visitation was promoted.

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Get ready for the eighth Tropic Bowl, coming up this weekend
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

For the eighth consecutive year, the U.S. semi-professional American football players from the Northeast region are voluntarily sharing their sportsmanship, experience and cultural camaraderie with Costa Ricans.

The annual Tropic Bowl is the most popular American football occasion of the year in the country, attracting people of all ages to participate in diverse capacities of the sport.

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The feature game at 2 p.m. will pit the USA North East All  Stars against the Costa Rican All Stars, a game not to be missed, according to the organizers of the event. Activities will take place at the Municipal Stadium in San Joaquin de Flores in Heredia and the admission is free.



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The annual Tropic Bowl is the most popular American football occasion of the year in the country.

The annual Tropic Bowl event is organized by Athletes Without Borders, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of initiatives that cultivate youth empowerment. Through the efforts of athlete mentors, community leaders, and volunteers the program strive to create initiatives that reinforce the importance of young peoples’ healthy activities, organizers said.

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Vol.18 No.518 Published Friday, May 18, 2018 Fifth news page

Legislature approves resolution against the Venezuelan elections

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The full legislature approved a resolution against the presidential elections of Venezuela, which are scheduled to take place Sunday. 53 legislators voted in favor of the resolution and one against.

The resolution supports the so-called Grupo Lima, which is calling for the elections to be suspended until all the necessary conditions can be put into place to make the process fair, transparent and democratic.

The legislators considered that Venezuela and Costa Rica are sister nations and that it is the duty of the the legislature is to support elections that are consistent with the rule of law and not the ones controlled by the current government.

"This Legislative Assembly agrees that the presidential elections in Venezuela should be called off until there are the necessary guarantees for a free, fair, transparent and democratic process that respects the popular will," says the resolution.

The lawmakers also asked on the President Carlos Alvarado and the Executive Branch to take a side on the matter and establish a country-level position that is clear and coherent to the principles that Costa Rica defends.


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Nicolás Maduro, asked Alvarado not to interfere in the country’s internal matter in a congratulation letter.




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Vol.18 No.518
Published Friday, May 18, 2018
Sixth news page
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One of the world's biggest luxury cruisers
arrives on the Pacific Coast

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican Institute of Ports of the Pacific said the luxury cruise ship Norwegian Bliss, considered one of the largest in the world, arrived to Puerto Caldera Thursday.

The vessel has a capacity of 5,000 passengers and 2,000 crew members, according to the institute.

The vessel sailed from the German shipyard Meyer Werft in March, and began a 15-day voyage sailing from Miami, Florida, through the Panama Canal and along the west coast of Central and North America, until reaching its final destination Los Angeles, California.

The boat is the largest passenger vessel to transit the canal.

The Costa Rican authorities gave a reception for the cruise, with a welcome ceremony chaired by the executive president of the Costa Rican Institute of Ports of the Pacific, Juan Ramón Rivera because this the first visit of the Norwegian Bliss vessel to Caldera.

"We have a strong commitment to strengthen and promote the growth of cruise tourism in Puntarenas, which would enhance the development of the cruise industry in Costa Rica," Rivera said at the official ceremony.


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A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
The ship was welcomed with an official ceremony
on its first arrival to Costa Rica.


The Norwegian Bliss features luxurious staterooms, as well as a racing track for double-decker electric cars, an outdoor laser fighter circuit, pool area, a solarium, a theater with capacity for 900 people, casino, restaurants and a water park. He grosses 168,028 tons.


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Vol.18 No.518 Published Friday, May 18, 2018 Seventh news page


Police detain two people for transporting several million colones

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

After several operations carried out Wednesday and Thursday, officers of the Operational Support Group, stationed in the Caribbean region of the country, arrested four people.

The first of the arrests happened in Siquirres, when by means of an anonymous call, the officers stopped a suspicious vehicle with two men inside.

The officers seized an amount valued at $11,332 at today's exchange rate coming from unexplained origins.

During a search of the car, ammunition was found in the dash and also 24.5 grams of marijuana, a report said.

The officers coordinated with the Prosecutor's Office of Siquirres for the delivery of the suspects, the money, the drugs and the vehicle.

Officers also apprehended two men in Siquirres for carrying a firearm without the required documents.

One of them tried to hide inside a shop, evidently because he had already been ordered to appear before the Siquirres Court.

The revolver that was seized was in the name of another person, according to the weapons and explosives control system of the Ministry of Public Security.

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A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo
All the police operations took place in Siquirres, Limón.


The fourth man, who also tried to outwit the authorities in Guápiles, was arrested for driving an altered motorcycle without a driver's license.

The officers coordinated with the Traffic Police in the seizure of the motorcycle.

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