Vol.18  No. 625 Published Monday, June 25, 2018 - First news page
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Legislator seeks to up tax on casinos and slot machines

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Integration Party is proposing an increase in taxes on casinos and gambling machines so that basic food and medicines remain tax free.

Lawmaker Walter Muñoz filed the document before the commission studying the bill that would strengthen public finances.

"The government has mistaken the way. We better talk about the casinos and the gaming machines," said Muñoz.

According to Muñoz, the proposal could generate three or four times more revenue than taxing basic food and medicine.

Muñoz said he has been studying the methodology used in countries like Mexico with Harvard University experts and has considers the proposal a solid one.

"We have to be very careful in food and medicines because they are two essential things for the people," the deputy added.

The initiative only requires acceptance of the proposal for discussion by appropriate parties in the Finance Ministry. New collection methodologies could be easily incorporated into the tax program, he said.

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The proposal has to be accepted for discussion by the General Taxation Office of the Ministry of Finance.


Taxing casinos and slot machines have been suggested for years. After the most recent tax received approval, casinos reduced the number of the machines to avoid some of the tax.

U.S. cell phone decision could have impact here

By A.M. Costa Rica news analysis

Most expats know that the U.S. government collects any email messages they send home from overseas.

And there is strong suspicion that plenty of other electronic surveillance is conducted at home and abroad by U.S. agents.

Costa Rica is not far behind with electronic eavesdropping systems, most of them provided by the United States ostensibly to fight drug trafficking.

In fact, many civil libertarians in Costa Rica and certainly in the United States are concerned by the rapidly growing power of the central governments to keep close tabs on citizens.

Every parent of a teenager knows that cell telephones can be tracked with simple applications. A few clicks gives the current geographical location of any active cell, thanks to the phone's connection to those network towers.

And many other sophisticated eavesdropping methods are far ahead of any laws or rules to regulate them.

Detectives routinely plant GPS devices on the vehicles of suspects to track them. And telephone companies supply localization records of cell telephones, called cell-site location information, usually upon official request.

Finally, the U.S. Supreme Court took a stand to require that law enforcement officers need a warrant supported by probable cause to obtain this location date. The case is Carpenter v. United States.

In this decision announced Friday, five of the nine justices said that a person has an expectation of privacy relating to documents that can track his or her location.

In the past, law officers relied on a clause in a communication law to obtain a warrant for this information. Now they must show a good reason.

The United States has a clear prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures in the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The amendment, one of the original 10, demands a warrant based on probable cause for police searches.

The justices concluded that this prohibition also covers getting a list of locations from the telephone company. In the criminal case involved in the decision, Timothy Carpenter's cell record obtained by federal law enforcement had nearly 13,000 locations listed over 127 days.

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Eavesdropping is as an electronic attack where digital communications are intercepted by an individual whom they are not intended.


Prosecutors used this information to show that Carpenter and his cell telephone were at four of five robbery locations when those crimes took place.

The four most liberal justices on the Supreme Court joined with Chief Justice John Roberts to require probable cause. The four conservative justices disagreed.

The court already decided in a 2012 case that police need a warrant supported by probable cause to install a tracking device on a suspect's vehicle.

These issues have not risen to the level of the Constitutional Court here, even though the Costa Rica Constitution contains detailed privacy protection in its Title IV.

There is little doubt that similar cases eventually will reach the Costa Rican courts. The Constitutional Court here is under no obligation to follow the lead of the United States, but typically the magistrates here generally consider foreign decisions when they struggle with complex cases.


President creates a expert committee
to provide suggestions for state reform

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado intends to form two expert committees to propose reforms to state and public administration, according to the Ministry of the Presidency.

Included on the committees would be former vice president Kevin Casas, former presidential candidate Rolando Araya, academician Roberto Salom and legislator Vladimir de la Cruz.

De la Cruz said the first meeting will be held today and the committee will build an agenda based on the contributions of the members.


De la Cruz also told local media they will likely approach subjects regarding the regulation of the Legislative Assembly, management of directive boards and electoral policies.

The committees will provide the president with a document he can analyze and eventually form into a legislative bill.

De la Cruz said that the intention is to reach concrete proposals and not just make a diagnosis of the country.

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The members will likely focus on changes to the functioning of the Legislative Assembly.





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Casas Vita sentenced to return $25,000 to clients

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Civil Court of Heredia sentenced the CasasVita Co. to return more than $25,000 for breaching a contract in the Los Arcos housing project. This is the first of at least 70 civil suits filed against the real estate company in the last year.

According to the lawyer in charge of the case, Mario Valverde, the sentence obliges the company to return down payments already charged to two clients.  Lawyers have said the sentence is not enforceable because the company does not have any assets that can be seized.

One of the plaintiffs filed the criminal case after being told the down payment would not be reimbursed because he breached the contract by not paying the rest of the money when the company looked for him.

Valverde, legal representative of dozens of victims who went to the civil and criminal courts pointed out the fact that the ruling was predictable. The time it took for the court proceedings could have allowed the company's attorney to dismantle his own organization.

"CasasVita no longer exists as a company. It is just a shell nothing more. They would have transferred to other companies the assets, and now this sentence that we have in favor of my client turns out to be unenforceable," the lawyer said.

As of now, the decision, called a sentence in Spanish, is not final since the appeal period has not expired.

The lawyer says that in the next days similar sentences will be will be handed down, since the duration of a civil process is approximately one year.

Valverde said he aims to file criminal proceedings but that is no guarantee the money will be returned.

The offices of the company in Santa Ana and La Guácima, the office of a lawyer in Heredia and two houses in Santa Ana and San Rafael de Escazú, were raided May 22 by prosecutors of the Public Prosecutor's Office and agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization.

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The Casas Vita case has been called a fraud
by the prosecuting authorities.


A day later, the 33-year-old owner was arrested and held for a few hours before being released. The prosecutor did not appeal the release and was later withdrawn from the case by order of the Attorney General Emilia Navas.

The Public Ministry has reported that at least four individuals would have provided misleading information to at least 30 plaintiffs.

In addition, authorities said that properties may have been sold to more than one person.

Valverde says that one of his clients is an 80-year-old woman who paid $485,000 in cash for the purchase of three houses in the Los Arcos project in Heredia and did not receive any of the houses.




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 Published Monday, June 25, 2018 - Third news page
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Costa Rican students will develop
nuclear research projects in Switzerland

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The European Organization for Nuclear Research has accepted students Esteban Dodero Rojas from the School of Physics, Irvin Umaña Chacón from the School of Computer Science and Informatics and Andrés Marín Portuguez from the School of Electrical Engineering. All from the University of Costa Rica, into its summer program for students.

The students will spend two months in the Swiss facilities where they will be part of the daily scientific work of the organization and participate in research projects.

The students will work with experimental teams and receive lectures given by scientists from around the world.


"Beyond the outstanding first-class scientific value of their stay, the selected students will find that working in a multidisciplinary and multicultural environment is an enriching personal experience. It is a unique opportunity in life to make valuable and lasting contacts with other students and scientists from all over Europe," said the  organization in the description of its summer program.

Portuguez, 24, was born in Pérez Zeledón and is a student of electrical engineering. He has a baccalaureate degree in mechanical engineering.

Marin has been assigned to a project on the validation of a magnetometer. He will carry out an analysis with finite elements, which is a system where solids are modeled as a 3D mesh to analyze mechanical efforts, behaviors of certain materials before very high electromagnetic fields in order to build a prototype, the announcement said.

"In this way, I can not only understand the theory, but also apply knowledge of both careers in the program, in the section of superconductors and cryogenic cameras," he said.

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Marin, Dorero and Ruíz will spend two months in the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Umaña, a student of communication and computer science, is Honduran and a refugee in Costa Rica. He will work on the quantitative analysis of a data caching research project.

Dodero is a fourth-year physics student and will participate in the NA61 project, which studies the properties of hadron production in beam particle collisions with a variety of fixed nuclear targets. Although his career is physics, Dodero will travel to Switzerland to collaborate in the computational side, another of his passions and one that was self-taught, he said.

Students will complete the internship with the financial support of NIC Costa Rica, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications, and the European Organization for Nuclear Research.


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 Published Monday, June 25, 2018 - Fourth news page
Public employees strike starts early today
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The strike of public employees called for today by different unions will begin in  the early hours.

The groups call for a massive exit to the streets in different parts of the country and hope to mobilize people between 5:30 a.m. and 8 a.m.

Strikers are protesting the bill to strengthen public finances which contains new taxes and a set of measures to change certain factors of public employment.

The union leadership expects a national movement that impacts different regions of the country. Participation is expected not only in San José but also in other provinces.

One of the sectors which may be most affected is health services.

Luis Chavarría, general secretary of the National Union of Employees of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, said that doctors, nurses, assistants and administrative staff of the medical centers will join demonstrations.

Only emergencies and intensive care services will be provided, said Chavarría.

Guilds of the education sector, for their part, asked the parents not to send their children to school.

One of the marches should start at 7:30 a.m. in the vicinity of the Hospital Mexico and move towards the Legislative Assembly.
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Unions demand the withdrawal of the fiscal reform bill
and a dialogue with the working sector.


Another group will leave at 8 a.m. from the Plaza de la Democracia proceed to the Fuente de la Hispanidad, in San Pedro de Montes de Oca, and from there to the Presidential House.

The unions also say that there will be slow transit on different national routes such as Route 32, and the Florencio del Castillo highways, and blockades in Taras de Cartago.

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 Published Monday, June 25, 2018 - Fifth news page
inance ministry reports hike in tax evasion complaints

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Services Comptroller of the Ministry of Finance reported an increase in citizen complaints Friday through the Denuncie Ya (Denounce Now) web application where individuals can report possible cases of non-compliance with tax payments.

The complains reached 353 in a 24-hour period following the presentation of a more aggressive plan to combat tax evasion and smuggling, which was announced last Friday.

According to data provided by the treasury comptroller's office, the complaints that have entered through the application have been out of the ordinary, since an average of 200 are received monthly.

Of the 353 reports 90 are for non-delivery of an invoice, 126 for businessmen demanding payment in cash, 33 for other tax issues, 58 for non-payment of taxes, 18 because commerce is not registered before taxation, 13 for contraband, 10 for double accounting, three for customs issues, one for substitution of goods and one for alteration or use of false customs document.

President Carlos Alvarado urged the public to continue filing complaints against those who do not provide an invoice or refuse a credit card payment, evade the payment of taxes and introduce contraband merchandise to the country.

"Evasion control is everyone's business," he said.


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 Published Monday, June 25, 2018 - Sixth news page
Tax police catches smugglers from Nicaragua

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Saturday the tax police of the Ministry of Finance raided a warehouse in San Ramón de Alajuela where they said they found a large amount of contraband products which had illegally entered the country through the Peñas Blancas border post.

Irving Malespín, director of the Fiscal Control Police, said the operation was successful thanks to the joint action carried out with customs office at Peñas Blancas.

"Since Friday we began to follow up on a transport unit that entered our country from Nicaragua," said Malespín.

"Saturday morning the Fiscal Police personnel moved to San Ramón de Alajuela. The officers managed to enter a warehouse and discovered a large number of contraband products such as toothpaste, chewing gum, soups, deodorants, cosmetics and over-the-counter medications, among others," said Malespín.

The director of the tax police revealed that personnel under his charge began counting the goods to determine the volume of contraband seized.

"Our work continues, without stopping. The line of work is laid out in the Fiscal Evasion Control Plan, announced this week by President Carlos Alvarado and Finance Minister Rocío Aguilar,” said Malespín.

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Much of the contraband included personal use products.




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 Published Monday, June 25, 2018 - Seventh news page

The Hobbit Way

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Remember Hobbits from “Lord of the Rings”? Hobbits had the right idea about food. They had breakfast when they got up in the morning then they had “second breakfast” later on.

That’s kind of like what I do. In the morning, there is coffee and toast and then I head to the garden and get to work.

Coffee and toast don’t last long when you are gardening but once you start a project, you have to finish so it can be two hours before I want to go into the house again. Especially since going “into the house” usually requires a shower and a fresh set of gardening clothes (which means more laundry), but, as I said, coffee and toast don’t last long, so a shower it is. Then comes second breakfast.

Second breakfast has a lot of options. Cereal and fruit (and more coffee), eggs and gallo pinto (and more coffee), oatmeal with walnuts (and more coffee), and lots of juice.

Me, I am very fond of eggs and gallo pinto because that particular second breakfast has a lot of staying power. Eat cereal and you are good for an hour. Have my breakfast and you are good for three or four hours which is important if you have a lot to do.

And when do we not have “a lot to do”? If you have a large yard, gardening never seems to end and even a small garden is a lot of work and nobody wants to be interrupted by silly things like stopping to eat.

One of the nice things about a vegetable garden is that you don’t have to stop gardening in order to have a snack. Snacks are all around you. Feeling peckish? Grab a tomato, munch a sweet pepper or pick some string beans.

They are all good for you and you can tell your non-gardening spouse that you already ate your veggies. After all, they are better raw than cooked.

Lunch. Throw out your old ideas of a sandwich for lunch. Sandwiches are over-rated anyway. We found a baker who makes an amazing rye and seeded bread. Instead of a thin sandwich, cut a nice thick slice and top it with avocado and strawberries – or whatever your favorites are. Yum.



Snack? Hey it’s hot out there. Make a nice fruit smoothie with pineapple and mango. We found some wild grapes and I made a thick juice with them to throw into smoothies. And granadilla, and strawberries, and soursop, and dragon fruit…….. wow.


Back to the garden to pick veggies for supper then another shower, a dip in the pool, and a light supper of salad, fresh veggies, sweet potato and fish.

You are done for the day, the Hobbit way.


Plant for the Week

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Victoria Torley photo

Well, it’s been a long time since an orchid was the week’s plant, but now that the orchid greenhouse is done, I think it’s time. Here is Prosthechea fragrans a lovely little native orchid that will fill a greenhouse with scent. Fragrans is an epiphytic orchid that enjoys bright indirect light. It is unusual in that the floral lip is at the top of the orchid.

Editor's note: Victoria Torley, gardener columnist, can be reached at victoriatorley1@gmail.com