Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018  / First news page





President of the Supreme Court asks
legislators to halt new courts on organized crime

By A.M. Costa Rica

The president of the Supreme Court of Justice, Carlos Chinchilla, requested a halt to the law that creates specialized courts against organized crime due to the lack of financial resources.

According to Chinchilla, the court's work could wait until 2019 instead of next Oct. 14 as initially planned.

The announcement was made by Chinchilla at the press conference following a meeting between the heads of the supreme powers last week.

"At one point I had already processed this request with the previous legislative assembly, and now we are going to present a new one to the presidency of the current one," said the president of the court.

Chinchilla said that the idea is to prevent the new jurisdiction from having a weak start the first months as the initial budget proposal for the courts was far too low.

However, the measure is subject to the approval of the fiscal plan promoted by the former president Luis Guillermo Solís which sought to generate fresh revenue long with a reduction of spending by government departments. 

"We do not have the resources, but we do have interest, a lot of interest, that this project to be carried out," he said.

"Organized crime is still being fought, people continue to be judged and sentenced for it," the president of the court said.

The law on the creation of specialized jurisdiction in organized crime was approved last Sept. 13 and establishes special courts and tribunals to punish drug trafficking.

The initiative reforms the organic law of the judicial power to allow for a criminal court and a special court of appeals to handle cases involving organized crime. The modification would require the appointment of an unknown number of  judges, prosecutors, defenders and administrative staff.

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Carlos Chinchilla, president of the Supreme
Court of Justice.

These officials would receive a different pay from those who work in the ordinary Costa Rican criminal system and would be provided with special protection while performing their work.

The judges of these specialized courts would have at least five years of experience as criminal judges.

President Carlos Alvarado was grateful Chinchilla considered the enforcement of the new legislation as it could increase the gap in public finances.

"I am deeply grateful for the request of the president of the Supreme Court of Justice because we must be realistic, we need resources through a fiscal reform to have healthy public finances and thus, implement the project," the president said.

The meeting was held last week at noon at the headquarters of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, with the presence of Alvarado, Chinchilla, Legislative Assembly President Carolina Hidalgo Herrera and Luis Antonio Sobrado Gonzalez, the head of the Supreme Election Tribunal.

Trade unions demand legislators withdraw
the fiscal reform bill from further discussion

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The unions of the public sector rejected the government's proposal to make changes to the fiscal reform draft.

The workers said that if they participate in a modification of the bill, they would be supporting it, when in reality they seek the document to be withdrawn and a national dialogue opened.

At noon, representatives of both parties met for the first time on the fifth floor of the Board of Pensions of Teachers to exchange criteria on the draft law on strengthening public finance.’

"We continue insisting on the social and political dialogue, given the depth of the national fiscal problem, we do not deny the relevance, the seriousness or the magnitude of that problem, but we believe that this fiscal draft is plagued by inequalities, is unfair, and affects sectors of our society that are not having a good time," said Albino Vargas, the secretary general of the National Association of Public and Private Sector Employees.

The trade union leader pointed out as negative effects that could be generated by the elimination of taxes on capital gains, a proposal recently issued by the minister of Coordination of the Economic Sector, Edna Camacho.

According to legislator José María Villalta, the recommendation implies a conflict of interest in favor of the upper class, including her husband.

The minister of the Presidency, Rodolfo Piza, said he respects current course of the fiscal proposal.

"I believe that there is a legislative course that has been developing, and it is important that adjustments or amendments made be based on it," Piza said.

However, Vargas said that "we do not want any amendment to that bill because the amendments make us legitimize a project that we already consider is unfair."

The general secretary of employee’s association stressed the importance of union organizations presenting themselves to the meetings united, since the presidency has tried to summon the groups one by one.

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The unions ask for more dialogue among the parties involved before discussing the legislative bill.

"Politically, it was very important for him to see that we are united in this crusade and to deliver the same message to the president and other political actors," he said, referring to Piza.

The union representation, in addition to Vargas, included of the president of the National Association of Costa Rican Educators, Gilberto Cascante; National Union of Employees of the Fund and Social Security, Luis Chavarria; Internal Front of Workers of the Costa Rican Electricity Institute, Juan de Dios Cordero; the secretary general of the Workers' Conference Rerum Novarum, Mario Rojas; the president of the Association of Teachers of High School, Mélida Cedeño, and the secretary general of the Union of Costa Rican Educators, Edgardo Morales.

For his part, the second vice president of the republic, Marvin Rodriguez, and the minister of Labor and Social Security, Steven Nuñez, together with Piza were part of the delegation of Presidential House.

Unions and government will hold a second meeting June 8. The unions keep threatening with a general strike.




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Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018  / Second news page

Costa Rica will preside at the Organization of American States

By AM Costa Rica staff

Sunday Costa Rica will accept responsibility for the presidency of the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States.

Foreign Minister Epsy Campbell said the alternative ambassador of Costa Rica to the organization, Rita Hernández, will become the permanent ambassador for three months and will preside over the organization.

The last time the country occupied this position was in 2010 during the Laura Chinchilla government. On that occasion, it was Ambassador Enrique Castillo who was in charge.

The Permanent Council of the organization reports directly to the General Assembly and has duties assigned to it by the Inter-American Charter and other diplomatic instruments.

It must also comply with the functions entrusted to it by the General Assembly and the group of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the countries that make up the hemispheric forum.

Among these functions is to ensure friendly relations among the member states and help in the peaceful settlement of their disputes.

Given the current international situation, the country will have to deal with the crises going on in Nicaragua and Venezuela.

The Permanent Council also executes those decisions of the General Assembly whose implementation has not been entrusted to any other entity.

While in charge, Costa Rica must also make recommendations to the General Assembly on the functioning of the organization and the coordination of its subsidiary bodies, agencies and commissions.

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The country will have to deal with the Venezuelan
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The Permanent Council of the organization is made of a permanent representative for each member state, appointed by their respective governments.

The presidency is granted successively by the permanent representatives in Spanish alphabetical order of the names of the countries.

The countries exercise their functions for a period of three months that begin on the first day of the months of January, April, June and October.

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Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018  / Third news page

Limón's legislator presents seven proposals
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Eduardo Cruickshank of the National Restoration Party and representative of Limón province, has proposed to the government a development plan for his region.

The initiative, as explained by the legislator, consists of seven fundamental axes:

1. Creation of a commercial economic zone with new incentives.
2. Make Limón a home dock, which means a place where vessels can be registered.
3. Redefine the role of the Port Administration and Economic Development Board of the Atlantic Coast, known as Japdeva.
4. Strengthen and improve the airport.
5 Open a free commercial warehouse in Talamanca.
6. Solve the needs of water supply throughout the province.
7. Find the $65 million lacking to complete the Route 32 expansion.

The lawmaker delivered the proposal to President Carlos Alvarado.

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Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018  / Fourth news page

Court orders six months preventive custody
for foreigners related to cocaine case
By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Six Mexicans and one Guatemalan citizen captured this weekend in Escazú and Alajuela as suspects of international drug trafficking will spend three months in preventive custody.

The measure was issued by the Criminal Court of Alajuela.

The arrests were made after four raids conducted by the Office of the Deputy Prosecutor against Organized Crime in three houses and a warehouse, located in Alajuela and Escazú.

According to the press office of the Public Prosecutor's Office, after the search in the buildings, the Prosecutor's Office and the judicial police seized drugs, cash, two firearms and three vehicles.

According to the investigation conducted by the Deputy Prosecutor's Office against Organized Crime, the alleged criminal structure stored drugs in this country to later send them to México and the United States in the wheels of vans that crossed the border with Nicaragua.

To prevent the cocaine from being detected, smugglers would put plates on the wheels of the trucks, so that the illicit packages would be covered by metal.
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From the end of 2017 until today, the crime unit has seized 524 kilograms of cocaine a spokesman reported.

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Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018  / Fifth news page
Physicians will register death certificates online

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A new digital system will significantly reduce the time it takes to register deaths, especially when they occur in remote places, and will support families when they go through these difficult times, officials announced.

The platform was created by the Supreme Electoral Tribunal, in coordination with the Board of Physicians and Surgeons of Costa Rica and the Costa Rican Social Security Fund.

The online death certificates can be done from a public or private hospital, a house or any place with an internet connection.

Once a doctor verify a death, it can be registered digitally and immediately in the database of the Civil Registry.

"This new service expedites attention and make legal procedures easier for the relatives of the deceased, while allowing the state to run an up-to-date registry for matters regarding pensions, policies and other related procedures,” said Luis Bolaños, general director of the Civil Registry.

Currently, the electoral body has the possibility of digitally declaring marriages and births, and now deaths.

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Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018  / Sixth news page
Ministry of Culture carries out an
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The Ministry of Culture and Youth is carrying out a survey in the Los Santos Area for the purpose of creating a complete map of the cultural resources existing in a place most commonly known for coffee production.

The Cultural Inventory Los Santos 2018 is a work in progress with the cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Youth, the Municipality of Dota, the Municipality of León Cortés and the Municipality of Tarrazú, as well as people who work in areas directly or indirectly related to cultural activities.

Ana Lorena Rovira, mayor of Tarrazú, said that the existing cultural capital in the area of ​​Los Santos has its roots in the coffee production tradition from which many other activities have been developed.

"A sense of taste for music and religious traditions have been part of us over the years, giving birth to a whole the generation of talents that are a matter of pride for the entire region," she said.

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no "fill" areas.
* Four private 2+ acre parcels available within a ten acre property.
* 12 minutes to the Quepos airport or Quepos Hospital.
* 17 minutes to the new Marina Pez Vela in Quepos.
* Unsurpassed 360 degree vistas of ocean and mountains.
* All legal work to convey clean / clear / legal title is complete.
* NO PRE-SALE glitches, ready to build on !
* Price to sell $299,000 Brokers Protected.

Mike Michael email:
U.S.A. phone: 770-310-1351
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Code: 9350-050419


Brand new Casa Palmera
Reduced from $389,000 to $349,000

This exquisite home is located within the EXCLUSIVE gated community. Casa Palmeras has 3 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms, large BBQ area and a spectacular pool over 12m long. The gated community offers the perfect location for home buyers who are seeking true relaxation and peace, also offers 2 tennis courts, miles of hiking trails through primary and secondary rain forest, serenity and privacy! Casa Palmeras is a 5-minute drive from the town of Quepos and the new Marina and just short drive to Manuel Antonio Park and beach. More information here

7 Apartments for Sale
Price reduced to $289,000 USD

7 Apt Building For Sale By Owner- * 2000 m2 of property with room for additional apartment construction in the future. * GREAT INCOME POTENTIAL $25K- 540K yearly income potential with live in caretaker! *7 furnished studio apartments with sunny and bright open sliding window doors. Minutes from Quepos and the new Marina and a short drive from Manuel Antonio National Park and beach. More information here

Casa Palmera II
Price $299,000

Located within the EXCLUSIVE community , it has 3 bedrooms with 2 bathrooms, situated on a 50,000 sq ft lot with large BBQ area, private pool and a huge backyard, ideal for pet owners. It is a 5- minute drive from the town of Quepos and the Marina and a short drive to Manuel Antonio Park and beach.The community offers 2 tennis courts , miles of hiking trails through primary and secondary rain-forest, serenity and privacy!
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For Sale Versatile 2 Floors Building
in La Sabana


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.
Contact Jim Holley
Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651

Three Cabins For Sale


In La Fortuna San Carlos. Price $145,000 USD
Three cabins for sale fully furnished with AC, hot water, micro waves, refrigerators, flat screen TV. three years old.Lot is 22 meters by 49 meters. fenced and gated with private drive.Fish and shrimp pond on property with several tropical plants as well as several fruit trees.Room for more new construction house or cabins. This property is in the country but close to Fortuna central.Cabins advertised on AirBnB. Good income property.
Call Harry +(506) 8682-9219


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Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018  / Seventh news page

Costa Rica would be the next member of the OECD,
secretary general says

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Ángel Gurría, secretary general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, said Monday that he is confident that Costa Rica will formally enter this organization by the end of this year or the beginning of 2019.

Costa Rica would become the fourth Latin American member, after Mexico, Chile and Colombia, whose membership was announced last week.

At the opening of the International Economic Forum on Latin America, Gurría said that he hoped to see Costa Rica united with the organization soon.

Three other Latin American countries, Argentina, Brazil and Peru, are working with the international organization and will begin the negotiation process for their entry, said the secretary general.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo        
Ángel Gurría, secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.