Vol.18  No. 627 Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018  - First news page
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Advocacy groups call for a rally Saturday at U.S. Embassy

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Several advocacy groups are calling on the general population to demonstrate at the U. S. Embassy in Pavas Saturday at 11 a.m. as a way to show their disagreement with the President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. Angie Vachio, one of the organizers, confirmed the rally information in a call to A.M. Costa Rica.

"We come together as concerned individuals who are horrified at the treatment of refugees and migrants.  We are dismayed at the violation of human rights, the separation of children and their families at the U.S.-Mexico border and the inability of the U.S. government to reunite them and the demonization of those coming from Latin America and from Muslim countries fleeing violence and pervasive poverty," she said.

Protestors will rally in front of the embassy to denounce what they call the cruel policies of the Trump Administration, according to a press statement.

Vachio is a member of the Women's International League of Peace and Freedom.

"We are blessed to live in peaceful Costa Rica where human rights are respected as a core value.  It stands as a beacon of justice for the world.  For this reason, I fear no retaliation.   The protesters are expected to be Costa Rican nationals, as well as residents, and others who come together to reject the treatment of those being demonized because of their race or country or origin, separated from family, denied due process, and demand that human rights prevail and that families be reunited," Vachio added.

According to the statement, since Oct. 1, 2017, at least 2,700 children have been taken from their parents. The vast majority were separated after U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a zero tolerance policy on illegal immigration. Every adult who enters the U.S. illegally without documentation is now subject to criminal prosecution.

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The protestors will meet at 11 a.m. before the embassy, which is located in Pavas.

"Photographs of hundreds of children in cages with foil sheets for blankets sparked such a public outcry that President Trump signed an executive order replacing his administration’s policy with a new one," says the document.

"The new policy, instead of detaining children in separate facilities away from their parents, holds families in detention together — indefinitely.  This is punitive, inhumane and unnecessary," it reads.

U.S. officials said that only illegal immigrants who sneak across the border are subjects of the controversy. Those who arrive at an official border crossing and seek refugee status are treated differently.

A.M. Costa Rica contacted the U.S. Embassy for comments but did not receive an answer by the deadline.


Country will provide free legal advice to refugees

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Bar Association of Costa Rica and the U.N. Refugee Agency have reached an agreement to provide legal advice to those who flee their country and seek refuge in Costa Rica. The program will begin in August.

The objective is to improve access to justice for refugees or for those who are in the application process. The Social Defenders Office of the bar association will be in charge of the service. At present, the consultations can be done in the Defensorías located in Pavas, Ciudad Neily and Liberia.

"Now we will not only deal with cases of conflict within the national territory such as violence against women, criminal issues and others, but we will be an important part of the process for refugees who live in the country. Costa Rica will continue to be at the forefront of humanitarian assistance," said Juan Luis León, president of the association.

The association created a commission called, Commission of Migrants and Refugees, into which the social defenders were integrated. During July, the refuge agency and the legal members of the new group will begin a training program designed to teach them more about the refugee population.

"This is a great step for the fulfillment of the commitments that Costa Rica has assumed before the world, since refugees, because of their condition, deserve free and effective access to legal advice to face the process in the country," said Carlos Maldonado, representative of U. N. High Commissioner for Refugees in Costa Rica.

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Immigrants seeking refugee status may look for legal advice at the Bar Association of Costa Rica.

The number of people seeking refuge in Costa Rica has grown recently due to danger or persecution in their home nations. Because of the turmoil in Nicaragua, most requests have come from Nicaraguan nationals.

According to data from the Directorate of Migration, between January and March of this year, 22 people requested refugee applications in Costa Rica. Then, in April, there were 20 applications and in May applications rose to 88. Now, in the first weeks of June, the directorate reported receiving 1,280 requests.


Advance payment of income tax expires this coming Friday

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Friday is the deadline for submitting the second tax advance payment.

The payment is due from all individuals or legal entities that carry out financial activities or businesses, as well as workers who provide their services independently if they anticipate owing money at the end of the year.

The partial payment is an advance payment of tax that must be settled at the end of the year with the proper declaration, as established in Article 22 of the Income Tax Law.

"The partial payments are three advances of the income tax and they are already scheduled. The first payment is made in March, the second in June and the third in September of each year," said Dunia Zamora Solano, spokesperson of the Association of Public Accountants of Costa Rica.

For example, if a taxpayer paid tax of ¢10,000 in 2017, then the quarterly payments for 2018 are 25 percent of that amount or ¢2,500.

In the event that the taxpayer does not make the partial payments already programmed, he will not have to pay a fine, but he will have to pay interest on the unpaid portion.

The law also establishes penalties for tax fraud.

Partial or advance payments can be made through the internet as bank drafts.


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The late payment of the tax will accrue
a 13.73 percent yearly interest.


This year the electronic invoice is essential in the payment of taxes so taxpayers are reminded of the new role played by this document.

"Remember that if you do not confirm the electronic invoice you receive from your provider within eight business days of receipt, you will not be able to deduct that expense," Zamora said.

The Association of Public Accountants of Costa Rica has enabled the line 2247-0045 for taxpayers with questions.



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Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018  - Second news page
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Costa Rica ranks in second place in school
bullying in Latin America, study shows

By AM Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica is in second place in Latin America regarding school bullying with almost 11 percent of children  claiming to be victims, according to a new report.

Data was released by the Programme for International Student Assessment of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

The phenomenon goes beyond the local school level and reaches the universities, according to a summary of the report.

It also has different forms as well as a variety of effects for those who suffer it, says the data.

An investigation carried out in 2014 by King's College London, discovered that the negative psychological effects suffered by people who suffered bullying remain for up to 40 years after the victimization.

One of the most common types of bullying is verbal aggression, which has sadly become normal within the Costa Rican culture, according Sonia Chinchilla, counselor at the Costa Rican Technological Institute.

Chinchilla said that Costa Rican men usually bully each other, which also makes the behavior normal.


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The effects of bullying may negatively impact the life of an individual up to 40 years after victimization, a report said.

There are a number of effects, both personal and social, that may lead to students avoiding classes and social events, the report said. "There are things that seem normal in the culture which shouldn't, and when there is peer pressure, the bullying becomes stronger and has different effects," said Chinchilla.

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Petroleum-based electricity consumption
in 2018 is the third lowest in the last decade

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of May, thermal consumption in the national electric system during 2018 is the third lowest since 2008, according to data from the National Energy Center.

The planning executed by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute allowed importing energy from the regional electricity market in appropriate periods and at competitive costs, in order to avoid rate increases and the production of polluting gases from domestic thermal plants, according to the center.

The figures also include the output of the Reventazón Hydroelectric Plant, the 70 percent drop in wind generation between March and May 2018 and the decrease in rainfall in the first five months of the year, according to the press statements.

The center figures show that production with hydrocarbons employed as a backup to the country's renewable system between Jan 1 and May 31 was 157.72 gigawatt hours.

It is precisely in this period of the year when the majority of fuel is consumed, given the rainfall nationwide.


During 2017, the year with the highest clean generation in the last three decades (99.67 percent), only 36.28 gigawatt hours of electricity from petroleum products were used.

On the other hand, in 2015, when a renewable electricity production of 98.99 percent was reached, the use of the thermal resource was 76.21 gigawatt hours.

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One of the National Electricity Institute thermal plants.


In 2014, before when Reventazón had gone into operation, the thermal consumption from January to May was 886.67 gigawatt hours and represented almost 25 percent of the electricity originating in the country.


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Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018  - Fourth news page

Job fair offers opportunities in the tourism industry
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Employment Fair in Tourism Sector will take place Saturday. Ten companies looking for human talent are offering a total of 100 jobs in tourism.

The Costa Rican Association of Tourism Professionals organized the fair which will be held in Plaza San Pedro, better known as Outlet Mall in San Pedro de Montes de Oca.

During this event, companies will show their available vacancies in areas such as customer service, administrative positions, event assistants, sales assistants, corporate sales, receptionists, sale of tourist services, direct customer service and others, according to a press release.

Those interested should make prior registration at the website www.empleosenturismo.com, organizers said. Applicants will be able to take their curriculum in digital format in a USB device.

In addition, participants can visit company booths and ask questions about the vacancies and the requirements and start their recruitment process.
 
"Our goal is to consolidate a channel between those who are looking for employment and companies in the tourism sector with job options. Of course it is also a time when those who want to start their career in the sector come to explore the possibilities, "said Massi Devoto, president of the sponsoring organization.
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Companies will be offering about 100 jobs.




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Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018  - Fifth news page

Vehicle restriction will not apply during
the two week of public school vacation

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

For two weeks, vehicle access to downtown San José will not be restricted by license plate number, announced the Traffic Police.

The restriction won't be enforced between Monday and July 13.

The decision was made so that police may prioritize controls around beaches and rural areas of the country during the school holiday, officials said.

The Director General of the Traffic Police, Germán Marín, said the decision was made based on prior years’ experience, where the number of vehicles entering the capital decreased.

The idea is to monitor the main roads to the beaches and mountain areas, such as the Interamericana Norte that connects the center of the country with the border with Nicaragua and with the provinces of Guanacaste and Puntarenas, and the Interamericana Sur, which allows access to Pérez Zeledón and beach sites such as Dominical and Uvita as well as the border with Panama.

The restriction by plate number will resume July 16, a Monday.

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Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018  - Sixth news page

Central Valley students sell drugs
in almost every school, police said

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial police have detected a steep increase in cases of minors who sell drugs in the country, especially in the Central Valley.

According to Randall Bonilla, head of the Juvenile Criminal Section of the Judicial Investigation Organization, nearly all the schools in the Central Valley have reported this problem.

"Children sell drugs because they feel powerful, protected and the economic aspect plays a role because they can buy what they want," said Bonilla.

The official said that minors are being recruited at the age of 13 and operate near or even inside education centers.

The police pointed out that in San José alone there are 50 investigations concerning minors selling drugs.

Bonilla added that there are cases in which children under the age of 12 are recruited by criminal organizations but 13 is the average age dealers choose for their distributors.

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The sale of drugs inside schools has raised concern among the judicial authorities.


Man gets 15-year prison sentence for aggravated robbery


By A.M. Costa Rica news

For committing five crimes of aggravated robbery, Jesús Torres Chacón will spend fifteen years in prison. The sentence was handed down Wednesday by a criminal court of Puriscal.

The Prosecutor's Office of Puriscal managed to prove that between November 2012 and April 2013 the robbery cases that took place in Santiago and Jilgueral de Puriscal all had a common denominator. The accused, along with a person who was not identified, rode a motorcycle through the areas late at night and used firearms to threaten people on public roads, taking their belongings.

After the investigation carried out by the Office of the Prosecutor, together with the Judicial Investigation Organization, the offender was identified and the accusations made.

The suspect is currently in preventive detention for six months, while the sentence becomes final.

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The man remains in preventive detention
until final sentencing.





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Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018  - Seventh news page


When the going gets tough, form a committee

By Jay Brodell
Editor emeritus
A.M. Costa Rica


That is the usual response by government, and that is what President Carlos Alvarado did for a study on the nation's financial and other crises.

The president, in fact, set up two committees that are heavy with politicians and lawyers and lawyers who are politicians. Only two persons seem to have formal training in business. Nearly all are among those who have brought the country to a critical financial situation.

The president did not look at the expat community for advice even though there are many here with outstanding business and administration backgrounds.

Committees, of course, are good ways to pass the buck and duck responsibility. There are two committees, one to consider reforms at the national level and the second to consider reforms in public administration. Almost certainly the two groups will generate multiple proposals for new laws. They have years to do so.

And almost certainly the two groups will avoid the sacred cows of the nation, a dysfunctional health system, a trend toward state ownership of nearly everything and a glut of public employees.

Over the last three administrations, the best that the leaders could come up with are proposals for new taxes and some cuts in the extraordinary benefits for public workers. For example, not only do lawmakers rate new cars and gasoline allotments, so do certain union leaders in state-owned businesses.

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Last June 22, President Alvarado installed the members
of the Public Administration Reform Commission



The dual committees will be bound by the current orthodoxies: getting rid of carbon is good, social democracy is great, capitalism is a necessary evil and diversity means equality of outcome.

One law that most certainly will not be changed is the constitutional bar against re-election of presidents. If Alvarado can just last out four years, he will be home free, just like most of the chief executives of the past. So the committees will be encouraged to take their time.