Vol.18  No. 702 Published Monday, July 2, 2018 - First news page
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Pence's visit to Central America not expected
to stop immigration to the United States

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The visit of the vice president of the United States, Michael Pence, to Central America will not stop irregular migration while the countries of the Northern Triangle, one of the poorest and most violent areas of the world, do not create living conditions for people currently forced to flee in terror in search of a future.

That's the position of Crisis Group analyst, Sofía Martínez, and former Guatemalan foreign minister Edgar Gutiérrez, during an interview with the EFE press agency.

Stopping immigration was not achieved either by the visits of Joe Biden in 2014 or that of president George W. Bush in 2007 and will not be achieved by the visit of Pence to Central America, the pair agreed. Pence visited Guatemala last Thursday.

Only in the first six months of the year, 150,000 Guatemalans, Salvadorans and Hondurans have reached the southern border of the United States, they said. This is a figure that raised concern in the administration of Donald Trump, the experts said.

They also added that the three countries need to be aware that as long as they do not create prosperity and security, people will continue to seek the American dream.

Martínez said she thinks a more effective approach would be crime prevention, institutional reinforcement and the fight against corruption.

Gutiérrez and others are of the opinion that the U.S. exported the phenomenon of gang and says that the United States is only focusing on the repressive part of immigration which anyone can anticipate  will fail and increase the pain of families.

"If its objective is to contain immigration, it will not be achieved until development is created. The cause of immigration is the lack of expectations, and as long as this is not properly addressed, people will continue to suffer," he said.


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Costa Rica's citizen's and residents demonstrated against current U.S. immigration policies before the embassy.

That´s why he said he asks everyone to  rethink the proposals and analyze, in depth, the causes of the feeling of exclusion immigrants have in their countries of origin: "Doing more of the same would only cause the macroeconomics to do well and people do bad."

The pace of economic growth in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras has been low and uneven and has not allowed for a substantial change in the supply of opportunities for progress for a predominantly young and growing population, the analyst said.

This is how this non-inclusive growth, the lack of options and the overflow of violence and insecurity have become the main drivers of emigration.



Expats still have two July 4 celebrations

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The traditional Independence Day picnic put on for five decades by the American Colony Committee will not take place Wednesday.

Grace Woodman, who is heading the volunteer group of expats, said that the committee will use this year to reorganize.

But there are celebrations elsewhere. Marina Pez Vela in Quepos plans an event from 3 to 9 p.m., that includes a fireworks display and the appearance of Uncle Sam.

Los Sueños Resort and Marina will hold its celebration on Wednesday July 4. Perfect getaway for expats and its families to enjoy the American style picnic at the beach club with live music, special Grey Goose cocktails. Beach Club open to public from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fireworks start at 7 p.m.  Call  2630-4050 to make your reservation.

Admission is free to both events.

In the post war years Independence Day for expats in Costa Rica meant a party hosted by the U.S. ambassador at the ambassadorial residence. Costa Rica was not the retirement mecca it is now, and the guest lists were manageable.

In 1961 the American Colony Committee took over to begin a more than 50-year run. The committee included expat business leaders, spouses and members of various other organizations, and each donated many hours soliciting funds, setting up stands and doing manual labor.

The bulk of the picnics were at the Cervercería Costa Rica grounds west of San José. The morning hours dodged afternoon rains and gave U.S. citizens a good start for the holiday. The picnic was noted for the free beer and hot dogs. Many attendees thought all the food was donated, but committee members have said often that a lot had to be purchased.

Businesses with expat connections made a lot of donations to help with expenses.

The idea behind the celebration was more serious. The committee wanted to duplicate as much as possible an American July 4 for the sons and daughters of expats who may never have had the chance to view the real thing in the States.


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In 1961 the American Colony Committee took over to begin a more than 50-year run.

That is why there usually was a July 4 parade led by Uncle Sam, the presentation of the National Anthem and square dancing, as well as the raising of the U.S. Flag by the U.S. Marine embassy contingent.


The picnic was on and off in the last few years with conflicts with the Cervercería scheduling and an occasional year's break so the committee could reorganize. Sometimes the event was held a day early for logistical reasons.

Several times the committee joined forces with Avenida Escazú to hold the event at that mall.

Plenty of expats traveled hours from all over the country and even from international locations to take part in the famous event.

With the growth of tourism and growing expat populations on the Pacific coast, similar events have taken root there.



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 Published Monday, July 2, 2018 - Second news page
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Labor Ministry grants first pension
transfer to same-sex couple widow

By AM Costa Rica staff

The Minister of Labor and Social Security, Steven Núñez, issued a resolution ordering the National Pensions Directorate to grant the first pension transfer to a person whose same sex partner died two years ago.

Roy Calderón Guzmán, 54, received the resolution that allows him to inherit the pension of his partner, who died Feb. 11, 2016, after submitting the request for transfer to the National Pension Office.

In Dec. 21, 2017, the same directorate refused the request because it said it did not meet the requirements.

Calderón later appealed this decision before the Office of the Labor and Social Security which this time voted in his favor after applying the control of conventionality, meaning that the norms and acts of the national authorities must adhere to the standards of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights.

"It fills me with satisfaction and pride to be able to deliver this resolution that marks a milestone in the public administration by recognizing this right and respect for human dignity, sexual orientation, equality, gender identity and the principle of non-discrimination," said Núñez.

Sunday, the minister of Labor of the Social Area, Natalia Álvarez, signed, along with other leaders of state institutions and 32 private companies, the Declaration of San José, promoted by the Presidential Commissioner for the LGBTI Population, the Business Alliance for Development, and Pride Connection CR.


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The labor Minister Steven Nuñez sings the resolution on beneficiary of the same-sex couple pension.

The 10 principles of the declaration state companies and organizations promote inclusive work-spaces that respect human rights.


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 Published Monday, July 2, 2018 - Third news page
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Central American countries oppose
Nicaraguan violence and family separations

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The presidents of Central America gathered in Santo Domingo at the summit of the Central American Integration System and called for a cessation of violence in Nicaragua and asked that the United States respect the rights of Central American migrant children and teenagers.

The eight countries that make up the organization approved three declarations in Santo Domingo, one calling for a halt to Nicaraguan violence that has left more than 280 people dead since April 18, another on the separation of migrant families in the U.S. and a third on the challenges for strengthening the institutional framework of integration system.

Regarding Nicaragua, the presidents made an urgent call for the immediate cessation of violence, expressed their condolences to the families of the victims, and insisted that the preservation of peace must be the responsibility of all social actors, according to Marco Vinicio Cerezo, secretary general of the group.

He also added that Nicaragua faces a situation, "that can only be resolved by respecting human rights within the framework of the rule of law and open political dialogue that guarantees the unification of a society that is highly polarized."

"We do not want to continue mourning more deaths," Cerezo said at the meeting, which was attended by presidents Danilo Medina  of the Dominical Republic, Carlos Alvarado of Costa Rica , Salvador Sánchez Cerén of El Salvador, Juan Carlos Varela of Panama), Jimmy Morales of Guatemala and Juan Orlando Hernández of Honduras, as well as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belize, Wilfred Elrington, and the advisory minister for Caribbean Affairs of Nicaragua, Valdrack Jaentshke.

In the declaration, the presidents also expressed their, "deep concern about the situation of passengers and cargo mobility that is affecting the entire region."


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The Central American presidents signed
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The blockade of roads in Nicaragua has negatively affected the transit of Central American goods, affecting Costa Rican exports.

On the issue on immigration, the presidents emphasized the right of minors to remain with the parents and the right of family protection, according to a press statement.

They also highlighted the need for family members of minors to have accurate, clear, and timely information about their children, that due process is guaranteed and asked that the principle of family unity be respected. President Donald Trump has decreed zero tolerance against illegal immigration, and those who enter the country illegally are separated for at time from their children, if caught.

The summit approved the Declaration of Santo Domingo, in which presidents sent their condolences to Guatemala for the eruption of the Volcán de Fuego earlier on June, which left more than a hundred dead people dead.


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 Published Monday, July 2, 2018 - Fourth news page

President Alvarado apologizes to the LGTBI community
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

"On behalf of the government of the republic, I ask your forgiveness (for past persecutions) and I renew my commitment to fight so that this shameful chapter of our history will not be repeated." That was the message that President Carlos Alvarado, sent to the LGTBI community celebrating the Diversity March Sunday.

The president recalled the persecutions, raids, arbitrary detentions and beatings that sexually diverse people suffered in other countries during past decades, and in this country in the  70's, according to a letter sent out by the Presidential House.

Alvarado also recalled how this population was left unprotected and was even denied rights.

"It was the Costa Rican state that has systematically denied fundamental rights to LGBTI people and has also protected its citizen's rights for loving who they want and being who they are," he wrote.

According to the president, although difficult times may come, the task is to establish a state of total equality.

"I reaffirm my commitment to fight for the dignity that belongs to every transgender, lesbian, gay or bisexual person who still suffers for living outside the law, for the denial of their rights or for the fear of being subject to physical and emotional violence," he added.

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The Diversity March started at noon, before the statue of former president León Cortés, in La Sabana.


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 Published Monday, July 2, 2018 - Fifth news page

Diversity March took the San José streets

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Couples, families and friends joined the Diversity March Sunday.

The motivation of those present was varied, but the main proposal was to call for a more inclusive country with equal opportunities for all, according to the Facebook site of the organizers.

The activity began in front of the León Cortes statue at the west end of Paseo Colón and continued through Avenida Segunda to Plaza de la Democracia where a concert with Costa Rican singer Debi Nova took place. What began as a march became a party.

According to the organizers, about 120,000 people took part in the march.

Claudia Dobles and several government members were present to show their support.


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Weekend's mega operations detain more than 100

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Public Security carried out its 13th police mega operation which resulted in 102 people being apprehended.

According to police statistics, out of the 102 arrests, 47 are misdemeanors, 18 for people caught in the act of committing some crime, 17 as a result of arrest warrants, nine for non-compliance of the weapons and explosives act, seven for crimes against property, three for not paying child support and one with a pending hearing. The authorities also apprehended 32 people for immigration-related cases, according to a press statement.

Police seized nine firearms and ammunition as well as 15 sharp objects that could be used as weapons. Also seized were 361 grams of marijuana, 70 grams of cocaine and 215 doses of crack. In addition, police confiscated 167 flasks of ketamine coming from Nicaragua, according to the statement.

With the collaboration of the Traffic Police, two vehicles and four motorcycles reported stolen were seized and 147 traffic tickets were given out. In the Upala canton, specifically in the district of Aguas Claras, police captured a man sought for homicide.


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The mega operations have been implemented across the country but specially in the greater metropolitan area.

The report added that the detainee was driving while intoxicated and that his vehicle had been reported stolen.



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Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1million, but it comes with one condition... the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back. Buy the book on Amazon. Click Here
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 Published Monday, July 2, 2018 - Sixth news page
It's a mystery



Did you ever notice that there seems to be one spot that you just can’t get right? You check everything - soil, sun, water, fertilizer, bugs, bacteria, fungus – everything and still it just won’t come out right?

Everybody appears to have a spot like that. You put in bulbs or seeds and the ground seems to swallow them up. You buy a nice healthy looking shrub and all the leaves fall off. Your neighbor gives you a “never fails” plant and it fails anyway.

So, you think I have an answer? Nope. In fact I have a couple of “spots” that won’t cooperate. Usually, though, I can figure out the answer. Or maybe not.

One of my “spots,” we have a number of them, has had 4 shrubs in it over time. I dig, water, fertilize and something goes wrong. Mostly it seems to be those leaf-cutter ants even though I buy plants “guaranteed” to be unloved by them. The latest shrub was doing well and then things started to turn black……. I took some cuttings because I was sure it was going to die, probably due to the rains, when it suddenly took a turn for the better. Do I know why? Nope.

And there are “bad luck” spots. We have a lovely trellis and the passion flowers loved it. Until the silver spot butterflies moved in, laid their eggs, and the caterpillars ate it. We planted another vine. It died. Then we tried a Mexican fire vine. It grew straight up and refused to spread, so we planted a grape vine. The vine sat there for over a year. Nothing. Then, suddenly and for no good reason, it grew 2 meters. It’s a mystery.

Then there are things that are just annoying. We have put in any number of tomato plants and babied them. Lime, fertilizer, screening from the sun, an “umbrella” against the rain…they died. Down at the end of our road, next to the trash bin what do I find? Two – count them, TWO – tomato plants growing wild after someone threw out an old tomato. Grrrr. I dug them up and gave them nice pots and put them in the greenhouse where they are well cared for. They died.


Sometimes we just want to throw up our hands and forget the whole thing. We don’t, though, because gardeners are tough. We are persistent. We are a little nutty from too much sun. And we know, deep in our hearts, that next week, next month, or next year, we will get it right.

It’s a mystery.


Plant for the Week

Sometimes it just has to be an orchid, and this is the week. This is a lovely Stelis orchid that I just transferred to the greenhouse. It has 70 or so flowering stems and is getting some raves on Facebook’s orchid sites. The Stelis genus is common in Costa Rica and the tiny flowers are 2.5-4mm in size. Look for them on fallen logs or downed trees. They love the rain and light shade.

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Stelis orchid / A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo       




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


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 Published Monday, July 2, 2018 - Seventh news page

Expat outlines why he left here

Dear A.M. Costa Rica readers,

In response to Brodell's letter of June 27:

I recently left Costa Rica after 15 years. I came to Costa Rica in 2002. I had every intention of dying there. However, as the continuing deterioration of the conditions in the country, including the quality of life, not only for expats but for the Costa Ricans citizens as well, I found it necessary, regretfully, to leave.

My assessment of the following facts led me to my decision:

1. - Refusal to take or return business phone calls (or emails).

2. - Refusal of the government to address the rapidly collapsing infrastructure.

3. – The ongoing destruction of the economy.

4. – The constant touting of grandiose projects (dry canal (?), international airport at Orotina, rebuilding of the railroad, etc.).

5. – Even the recent departure of the Defensora De Los Habitantes who cited as one of her reasons the xenophobia displayed by the government!

Costa Rica need only look to South Korea as an example to resuscitate the ailing economy and bring real prosperity to their country.


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Unfortunately, because of the head-in-the-sand approach, Costa Rica is doomed to failure, and I would expect that mainland China is about to take over Costa Rica. Remember? The Chinese make the Costa Ricans the Johnny come lately in the area of graft and corruption!

Paul Meister
Papillion, Nebraska

Editor's 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.

Toxic relationships and how they affect our health


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By Aleksander Pichkur
Editor at Jump For Love
Rosyth, Dunfermline, United Kingdom

As you may know, the presence of social ties in a person’s life positively affects their health and life expectancy. In general, this statement is true, but not when we’re talking about toxic or unsuccessful relationships. Anyone, who went through a painful divorce or was raised in a difficult family, will say that relationships can actually do a lot of harm to our body. We all have at least one person that makes us nervous all the time. Shouldn’t we do something about that?

What researchers say:

Scientists from the UK Social Service evaluated the quality of the relationship of 9,000 people. Subjects were interviewed about their relationship and various aspects that lead to negative experience in their personal life. In addition to that, researchers closely examined all participants’ health. Those who had more problems had a 34 percent higher risk of developing heart diseases, even after other factors, such as body weight and overall health, were taken into account. This is a fairly significant increase.

In another study, conducted at the Institute for Aging at Portland University, more than 650 adult participants were interviewed in a span of two years. The researchers found that long conflicts with other people were closely linked to serious health problems. Any type of stress, whether it’s a toxic relationship with a bad person or a responsible job, has a marked effect on the effectiveness of the immune system.

People have adapted to stressful situations and developed something called the conserved transcriptional response to adversity (or CTRA), associated with inflammatory processes and low immunity. For instance, if you were pursued by a predator, the CTRA would give you some useful short-term advantages, such as much faster healing and other survival perks.

Chronic stress can lead to your CTRA being constantly active, which, in its turn, causes inflammatory processes and health problems such as adrenaline fatigue.

How to recognize toxic relationships

Usually, people feel when their relationship is unhealthy, but toxic relationships are pretty tough to spot. This quick test will tell if your relationship harms your health.

After speaking to the person, whom you’re analyzing, check if you constantly feel the below-mentioned symptoms. (By “constantly” we mean that you feel them almost all the time. This is the key point).

- Exhaustion;

- Low self-esteem;

- Imbalance of what you give and get;

- Emotional or physical insecurity;

If you experience most of these symptoms, you are dealing with a toxic person.


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How to cope with toxic relationships:

Set boundaries

It doesn’t matter whether you’re going to treat, support or end the relationship; you should still create new healthy boundaries between you and others. Another effective but radical way to exclude toxic people from your life is to completely change your surroundings. Some people even go to extremes by replacing their friends with people who live in distant countries or breaking up with their wives and finding Ukrainian brides thousands of miles away from home.

Create your inner circle of close people who value you and charge you with positive emotions all the time. The next layer of your circle should consist of those, who inspire you. The outer circle should consist of those who adversely affect you if you approach them too closely. Be kind, but stay away.

Create the environment you want

Just as toxic people harm your health, the opposite is also true. According to recent studies, people in a healthy relationship had lower blood pressure, and their bodies better regulated inflammatory processes.

Aleksander Pichkur is an international author who frequently writes on relationships, he can be reach at pichkuralex@gmail.com




Editor's 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.