Vol.18  No. 601 Published Friday, June 1, 2018 /     First news page
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World Bank highlights public spending
cuts announced by the government

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

“They represent an important step towards fiscal consolidation of the country," said the World Bank about the public spending cuts announced by Minister of Finance Rocío Aguilar.

The deficit between 2010 and 2016 was on average 5.2 percent of the gross domestic product. In 2017 the amount was 6.2 percent, the highest since the crisis of 1980.

According to the World Bank, the fiscal imbalances caused an explosive growth of public debt, which went from less than 25 percent of gross domestic product in 2008 to almost 50 percent in 2017.

"The biggest challenges facing Costa Rica today are to reduce the fiscal deficit and stabilize public debt, since they are a threat to the principles that govern their social pact," said the World Bank representative for Costa Rica, Fabrizio Zarcone. "Fiscal sustainability is critical to ensure the future social and economic achievements."

The persistent deficits and high levels of indebtedness put at risk the achievements of the last decades, such as low inflation, the reduction of poverty and the generation of inclusive growth, Zarcone said in a press release. In the long term, lower fiscal deficits and lower debt burdens would help consolidate these gains and boost growth, according to the press release.

The document says the adjustment that Costa Rica needs is 4.5 percent of gross domestic product to stabilize the public debt ratio at its current level. Although the measures announced by Minister Aguilar are not enough to reduce the fiscal deficit in this magnitude, they are necessary to begin a consolidation path, it added.

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Public spending cuts seek to decrease
the deficit at least 3 percent.

"The measures announced show that the government has as a priority to avoid a fiscal crisis that would have serious consequences for families and society. As a committed partner with the Costa Rican people, the World Bank celebrates this announcement, urges the early approval of the bills and will continue its collaboration with the government in its goal of achieving a more prosperous, fairer and more inclusive country," the statement adds.

Minister of Finance summoned head
of the government branches to urgent meeting

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The finance minister, Rocío Aguilar, asked the presidents of the three other branches of government for a meeting to discuss tax reform as part of the actions implemented by the executive branch in recent days, regarding spending cuts.

The minister sent a letter to each of the presidents: Carolina Hidalgo of the Legislative Assembly, Carlos Chinchilla of the Supreme Court of Justice and Luis Antonio Sobrado of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal.

"Today, more than ever, the effort of each Costa Rican is required for fiscal sustainability to maintain the social contract that has given our country peace and prosperity," Aguilar said.

The minister's call to the presidents is to join "the efforts made by the Executive Branch to reduce and contain public spending" to alleviate the fiscal deficit, which according to projections could reach 7.1 percent of gross domestic product at the end of 2018.

The leaders of the supreme powers held a first meeting May 23 at the election tribunal when they expressed their agreement and commitment to adhere to the principles of austerity requested by the government.

Legislative leader Hidalgo said she would facilitate leadership through debate and consensus-building.

The government promised to implement a series of measures to reduce the expenses of the Executive Branch.

The measures put forward by the minister are aimed at specific actions to cut salaries, budgets, to halt growth in annuities, to cap new hires and reduce travel budget, which must also be complemented with the approval of the proposed Law for Strengthening of Public Finance by raising taxes.

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The spending cuts plan was demanded by legislators before approving tax reform.

Minutes before the appearance of Aguilar, President Carlos Alvarado, signed an order to reduce the salary to the general managers of the commercial banks of the State.

Now, those salaries should be adjusted to the salary of the general manager of the Central Bank of Costa Rica, "as an objective and reasonable parameter,"  Alvarado said.

Also, as part of these measures, the president signed sign an order freezing the salaries of public sector leaders.

The guideline would apply for the president, the two vice-presidents, ministers, deputy ministers and executive presidents, managers and deputy managers of the decentralized sector.

Nosara holds plebiscite this weekend

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

"Do you agree with the creation of the Bocas de Nosara District Municipal Council? Yes or No?". That is the question residents of Nosara will have to answer Sunday to decide if they want  more administrative independence.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal has organized the process where 40,863 people registered in  the canton of Nicoya will have the opportunity to cast their ballots.

For the outcome of the plebiscite to be valid, it is necessary to it gets the support of at least 15 percent of the total number of voters registered, about 6,000 voters.

In case the people says yes, the district will acquire functional and budgetary autonomy, organize its municipal services, although it would continue as part of the Nicoya municipality.

In addition, if the municipal council is created, it will also be necessary to designate in the future an office that has similar attributions to that of a mayor. This post would be voted on in 2020.

The election tribunal noted that the results of this plebiscite will be ready 15 days after the vote.

In the country there are currently eight municipal district councils, which are Peñas Blancas de San Ramón, Tucurrique de Jiménez, Cervantes de Alvarado, Colorado de Abangares, as well as Monteverde, Lepanto, Paquera and Cóbano de Puntarenas.

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Nosara would gain greater independence should
the results are positive.

The most recent  plebiscite to create a municipal jurisdiction of this type occurred in 2008 when Pejibaye de Cartago sought that goal. however, the votes necessary for that were not reached.




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Published Friday, June 1, 2018 /     Second news page
'Stop bullying! Do not wait until it's too late,' says new campaign

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Public Education and the Board of Psychologists launched a new campaign calling on citizens to stop and prevent bullying in Costa Rica.

The campaign consists of demystifying 16 statements related to bullying, through preventive messages that will be highlighted in the media, social networks and on the website of the Board of Psychologists, the ministry said.

The messages will be replicated in the networks of the ministry and in social media.

According to the ministry's director of student life, Kattia Grosser, the aim of the psychologists is to draw attention to this issue and put it in the limelight, so that public opinion recognizes the need to create a safe space in educational centers.

"We insist in the MEP that educational centers are spaces for the protection of our childhood and teenagers and, therefore, that everything that contributes to foster a culture of peace and a commitment to the exercise of non-violence on behalf of our boys and girls is a valuable support, "said Grosser, using the Spanish acronym for the ministry.

The president of the psychologists board, Waynner Guillén, said his organization is contributing to generate a culture of peace.

"We know that the MEP has been making great efforts, and we join that same call to inform about bullying. We make the call first to our members, then to teachers in general, to parents and caregivers, and of course, to the public so that we act jointly and responsibly,"said Guillén.

As part of the actions undertaken by the ministry for the prevention of violence is the application of protocols created for bullying situations.

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The new campaign will run above all in social media.

These protocols establish the guidelines to follow in a simple way in support of students, staff of education centers and community, the ministry said.

This year the ministry said it will launch a protocol to counter homophobic bullying.

According to the data of the ministry's Department of Statistical Analysis, from 2014 to 2016 the cases of violence presented in schools decreased, going from 48,457 cases in 2014 to 41,370 in 2016.

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UCR leads international research on mental health disorders

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Scientists from the University of Costa Rica working on mental health are part of a research network created for the study of mental disorders. The network also includes scientists in Scotland, Nepal and Malawi.

The network is funded by the Medical Research Council, a state institution of Great Britain that supports science and provides research grants around the world.

University of Costa Rica participates in this project through the Genetic Neuropsychiatry Group of the Center for Research in Cellular and Molecular Biology. The organizations have worked for years in the genetic factors that influence mental illness in Costa Rica.

Henriette Raventós Vorst of the center said that during this year there will be meetings between researchers from universities, representatives of institutions and non-governmental organizations of the three countries who work in the creation of public policies to take care of mental health.

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In October, there will be a second meeting in Costa Rica with national researchers who study various aspects of mental health in order to discuss and share what the needs in this area are.

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The international research will focus on genetic factors
of mental diseases.

The center is interested in studying the protection factors of Costa Rican families who are at high risk of suffering from mental disorders. Why do some people get sick and others not, despite having genetic risk factors? That is one of the questions, the center said it seeks to answer.

Genetic factors are already identified, but scientists consider that environmental and psycho-social aspects should be analyzed, such as stress, trauma and other adverse events such as unemployment, poverty and migration.











Published Friday, June 1, 2018 /     Fourth news page
Santo Domingo de Heredia works to speed up traffic
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President Carlos Alvarado and the Minister of Public Works and Transport, Rodolfo Méndez, inspected the works being carried out along with the National Road Council in Santo Domingo de Heredia Thursday, as part of the 28 road efforts to better the traffic flow in the greater metropolitan area.

Méndez said work started Monday near the intersection of Inbio Parque in Santo Domingo de Heredia.
In addition, the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, one of the state-owned power suppliers, has begun the relocation of the 11 public lighting posts on the road.

A third provisional lane was created to allow the work to continue without affecting the normal operation of the two-lane road.

Méndez added there are three jobs that will take place in National Route 5 and are scheduled to be completed in November, according to the planned work program.

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The Public Works Division began a second job began Monday with the cleaning and shaping of a third lane in the section between a local cemetery and Imbio Park. The work  include excavation for the placement of necessary pipes for the channeling of rainwater.
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The intervention in 28 strategic points of the city roads seeks to fight the problem of traffic jams, locally known as presas.

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Published Friday, June 1, 2018 /     Fifth news page
Expo Leche 2018 celebrates the World Milk Day

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tastings, the sale of dairy products, talks for children and livestock exhibition will be part of the celebration of the World Day Milk 2018 taking place of Campo Ayala in Paraíso de Cartago.

The opening will be held today at 10 a.m and will continue throughout the weekend with an exhibition of livestock of the Holstein, Jersey, Brown Swiss, Simmental, Simmbra and Gyr races. In addition, there will be goats and sheep.

"The World Milk Day is a celebration started in 2001 by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in order to raise awareness about the nutritional contributions of milk as well as the dairy products, so we dedicate this celebration to promote 100 percent Costa Rican production and consumption," said Álvaro Coto, president of the National Chamber of Milk Producers.

Data from the National Animal Health Service say that 132 industrial plants are used in the country for the production of dairy products and there are 1,024 small-scale operations.

These farms are distributed throughout the country and are in the hands of small and medium-sized producers.

The activities are free, and parking will cost ¢2,000.

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Goats will also be part of the celebration.

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Published Friday, June 1, 2018 /     Sixth news page
Expat suggests holistic medical approach

Dear A.M. Costa Rica readers:

Open letter to president Carlos Alvarado.

The Costa Rica government spends millions of dollars on health care.

Patients suffer due to limited knowledge of doctors trained in allopathic medicine while medical schools curricula teach about drugs for symptom relief, surgery, radiation and chemotherapy.

Almost nothing about disease prevention and nothing about holistic prevention, diagnosis and treatment taught. Most patients leave the hospital or doctor's office with a prescription for synthetic drugs.

Some patients are referred for lab work, examinations or to another doctor. The causes of diseases such as diabetes, cancer and others do not get a full investigation and are seriously neglected.

Allopathic training is very limited. The patient develops drug dependence and the pharmaceutical companies increase their sales and the patient may develop side effects from the drugs. The disease continues and the cycle goes on as the medical schools continue to be dominated by drug companies.

There is a better way to function and it needs to be discussed and evaluated as soon as possible. Here are some of the points to be considered.

1- A holistic understanding of disease prevention which includes nutrition and exercise, mental and emotional conditions, such stress, frustration and automatic reactions, etc., need to be investigated as well as a patient's lifestyle this concept needs to be taught and practiced.

2- A holistic team diagnosis which is formed by the interchange with other types of healthcare professions such as traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, functional medicine, reiki, chiropractic, etc. needs to be developed. This interchange is almost never done a single point of view limits a full diagnostic understanding of the disease.

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3- When diagnosis is limited, treatment becomes limited, in most cases treatment is drugs, surgery, radiation or chemotherapy. Diabetes and cancer treatments are not the best they are not up to date with existing proven knowledge.

I suggest a holistic team for prevention, diagnosis and treatment help Costa Rica become a leading model for healthcare and save money and patient suffering by investigating the advantages of such a new model.

I will be happy to help develop this model and I am a permanent resident of Costa Rica.

Walter Urban
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Note: The views or opinions expressed by the author, are the sole and exclusive responsibility of the sender and do not necessarily represent the opinion of A.M. Costa Rica. Therefore, the newspaper does not accept liability for reader's opinion letter content.

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San Jose Central 2-1/2 bedroom 2 bathroom apartment on the 3rd floor, fully furnished American-style apartments with elevator in a secure building in Barrio Amon. Large balcony. Adult Bldg. Free Cable Tica cable with flat screen television in the living room and one in each of the two bedrooms, high speed internet,WiFi,fully equipped large kitchen with microwave, toaster oven, coffee maker, lots of utensils. Water included. Free laundry rooms on all floors. Convenient to Parque Morazon, 100 mts. North of downtown Holiday Inn, other hotels,restaurants, casinos, city government, National Registry. For a single individual it is $650 per month plus electric only. 1/2 mo. security deposit.

For personal inspection and more information contact:
Call Hilda at 7273-5699 (Spanish)
or Frank (English) at 506-7087-0916


Cozy House in Heredia

Beautiful house, surrounded by a wonderful nature, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath furnished house inside gated farm. Close to town. $650.00 Includes Electric, Internet, WiFi, Cable TV, water. Santa Barbara de Heredia. American owner lives onsite, quiet, secure.
For more information email: organicfarmhouserental@gmail.com

Code: 9378-062818
New Beautiful One Bedroom Home



Palmares, Alajuela: This new beautiful large one bedroom home, fully furnished with views of the surrounding mountains from the living room and patio , is on a compound with 4 other homes with swimming pool and rancho with TV and barbecue.

The property is very secure and has fabulous gardens and a variety of fruit trees. The house rents for $650.00 a month which covers all the utilities cable TV and high speed internet.
One year lease required.

For more information email: rentals1@mac.com

Web page palmarescostarica.us

Code 9374-061118

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Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part
of Costa Rica.We are offering homes for every budget and every need.
Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com
or call at (506) 2654-5442

Real Estate For Sale
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Jaco Oceanfront Furnished Condo
Jaco Oceanfront Condo in excellent condition, completely furnished, with air conditioning, hot water, private parking, equipped gym, large pool and garden area, and 24 hour security.

Contains: large bedroom, bath with shower, living/dining area combined with kitchen, equipped with new refrigerator, TV, furniture and cooking equipment. Granite table and counter tops. Continuous cross-current ocean breezes.

Located at the south end of Jaco on quiet extensive beach away from noise, traffic and city tourism.

Monthly maintenance of $221 includes water, security, cable/internet and pool and garden maintenance. Asking price: $145,000.

Contact numbers: (506) 8820-9768 or (506) 2240-2240.

Code: xxxx- 090118
Beautiful Balinese Style House
Price $299,000


Beautiful villa of 120m2 with pool overlooking the sea and the valley of 5400m2. Magnificent house with charm in wood and refined marquetry, furnished, very beautiful Balinese style. With its two very spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a mezzanine also very spacious that can accommodate another room and / or an office. A living-dining room with its American kitchen and its large wooden terrace of 70 m2, overlooking the pool and the green and tropical valley of 180 degrees, which ends with a view of the sea. To these is added a beautiful garden of 5400 m2 of tropical trees and decorated with Indonesian imported stone elements. Ideally located in terms of calm and serenity of the place. Finally, being in this heavenly environment, the property is less than 15 minutes from beaches and shops.

More information here

Contact Us:
Email: mariogendron93@yahoo.ca
CR cellphone: (506) 8360-6620

Visit Our Contact Page http://www.palmaspacifica.com/


Colinas Del Sol
Fenced Gated


Fenced Gated Parcels for Sale
* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project in a quiet area. * There are 88 clear titled parcels. * Mountain areas with great views.
* 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.
In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray: jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or USA call +517-484-3675
For more information: www.colinasdelsolcr.com

Code: 9342-090318


Vista Verde Del Mar
(Green View of the Sea)

* 4.4 hectares / 10.91 acres.
* All roads on property are complete on solid, original ground...
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: mikemichael@bellsouth.net
U.S.A. phone: 770-310-1351
More information Click Here
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 http://palmaspacifica.com/home-for-sale/by-owner-casa-pacifica-3br-2ba/

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 http://palmaspacifica.com/home-for-sale/7-apt-building-for-sale-by-owner-299000

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!
More information here

Contact Us:
Local Office Phone (506) 2777-3339
Phone Rentals: 1-800-381 3770
Real Estate: 1-800-346 9724
Email: richard@manuelantonioestates.com
Visit Our Contact Page http://www.palmaspacifica.com/


Business For Sale
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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
E-Mail: jimmy6902001@yahoo.com
Local CR phone: (506) 8912-5651

Three Cabins in La Fortuna
San Carlos


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)

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Published Friday, June 1, 2018 /     Seventh news page
Costa Rica business news
School director in Liberia faces embezzlement allegation

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Prosecutor's Office of Probity, Transparency and Anticorruption of Liberia arrested the director of a school in that canton for investigation of the crimes of embezzlement, concussion and illicit enrichment.

The arrest came around 8 a.m., at the Community Education Institute, which has a student population of 3,000 people. The man faces accusations of making irregular charges to students and teachers.

Investigators said that schoolchildren or their families were charged between ¢1,000 and ¢4,000 for study records, transcripts and student cards. About 300 cases are being investigated, a judicial report said.

Two teachers also complained that they had to pay ¢150,000 and ¢200,000 in exchange for being appointed to work at the school. Another person said he was asked for ¢1.2 million to obtain a job at the school.

The Prosecutor's Office sought evidence related to the alleged charges, such as documents and files of students and teachers and cash.

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The school director is accused of collecting money illegally through various strategies.

The suspect will be investigated by the Prosecutor's Office to subsequently define the measures against him.