Vol.18  No. 703 Published Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - First news page


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Melania Trump reacted after  case of Tico child left
in the Arizona desert, local media reported

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

"Oh God," were the words apparently uttered by Melania Trump, first lady of the United States, when a Border Patrol agent told her about how they found a 6-year-old Costa Rican boy in the Arizona desert on the border with Mexico, according to Central AZ Media.

The story of the child was one of three shown to the first lady by border agents  with whom she met last week in Tucson, Arizona, reported the media center.

Melania Trump was shown the image of the child, while border agents explain that the tot was abandoned by his uncle in the desert, dressed in a coat, jeans, tennis shoes, a backpack and a soda. At the time, the temperature was 38 degrees C (about 101 F) according to Rodolfo Karisch, the Tucson Sector's chief patrol agent.

The child had a paper on which was written: "I'm looking for my mom," along with other data that was deleted in media photographs.

The Costa Rican boy was found June 22 while walking in Luckeville, north of the border with Mexico. He was rescued by agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.


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The Costa Rican child was reunited with his mother, according to Costa Rican diplomatic sources.

Thursday, the child was reunited with his mother, according to the Costa Rican consul in New York, Rolando Madrigal.



State land agency again seeks to issue titles in Guanacaste

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


In the late 1940s and through the 1950s hundreds of squatters invaded a certain 16,000 hectares of land in Guanacaste.

The political pressure became so great that the central government expropriated the land in the name of what was then called the Instituto de Tierras y Colonización. That was in 1965. As it does now, Costa Rican law encourages squatting on large land tracts, and the intruders frequently can gain title.

But something went wrong in the case of the property that was called Hacienda Miravalles. The state rural land agency agreed to transfer title to the properties to the squatters two years later, but the institute's staff did not take action.

That agency is now called the Instituto de Desarrollo Rural, and the agency said Monday that it has been making an effort to set the record straight and provide titles to those who occupy the land now.

This is no small real estate deal. There may be more than 3,000 properties involved, and they include the communities of La Fortuna and Guayabo in the canton of Bagaces, according to the institute.

The properties range from lots to single-family dwellings to churches, to cemeteries, to public buildings, to farms, to tourism developments and to hotels.

About half the properties still are in the name of the institute and about half are jointly titled by the institute and an individual who may or may not be involved with the land now.

Friday institute staffers met with community members in La Fortuna de Bagaces. Saturday there were similar meetings in San Bernardo in the morning and Guayabo in the afternoon.

The tract is north of the community of Bagaces and south of the Miravalles volcano. The Daniel Oduber airport is about 35 kilometers to the west. The La Fortuna here is not to be confused with the tourism destination near the Arenal Volcano.

The institute said that its plan is to basically take a census of what is on the land and who is occupying it. The institute also said that some 7,000 properties might be affected without explaining in detail why there would be many more than the initial estimates.

The census is needed because the institute admits that it lost a list of properties it owns.

Despite its distance from the Central Valley, the hacienda has strong roots to Costa Rican history.


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The government land agency  has been making an effort to set the record straight and provide titles to those who occupy the land now.
According to “Tierra y ganadería en Guanacaste” by Roberto Cabrera, the property used to be owned by Bernardo Soto Alfaro, the former president, and had been owned previously by Tómas Guardia, another president.

In 1923 David Russell Stewart and Alfonso Salazar Aguilar formed the corporation Wilson y Salazar to purchase the property for agriculture use from the son of Bernardo Soto.

The government expropriated the property from the successor corporation, Sociedad Stewart Hermanos Limitada, in 1965 after more than 15 years of the legal conflict with squatters.

The property has been in the news repeatedly since 1965 as one group of officials after another try to remedy the title issue. Without legal ownership listed in the Registro Nacional, those who occupy the land cannot obtain mortgages from banks, improve their property, sell it or divide it.

Even if this latest effort succeeds, there might be problems. The law prohibits the institute from deeding more than one property to an individual. Yet some in the area have inherited or privately purchased more than one property.

The Instituto de Desarrollo Rural is involved in similar situations all over the country as squatters take over property owned by others. Sometimes the squatters gain legal authority for their actions. Other times they are evicted, and then the institute tries to purchase land on which to settle them.




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Air Canada will increase its flights to Liberia airport

By AM Costa Rica staff

As of mid-December, Air Canada will increase its operations to the province of Guanacaste, bringing more tourists from the cities of Montreal and Toronto, tourism officials reported.

The Montreal-Liberia route will increase from one to three weekly flights. They will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, starting Dec. 18.

The operation of the flights coming from Toronto to Liberia will increase from four times a week to daily as of Dec. 15.


These changes will be kept during the high season, until next April 9. Passengers will travel on an A319 Airbus.

"We continue to share positive news and strengthen the tourism from North America. We are proud to see the results of our efforts as part of the strategy of attracting airlines and increasing frequencies," said Maria Amalia Revelo, minister of Tourism.

She added that this is tangible example of the confidence the airline has in Costa Rica and Guanacaste.

President Carlos Alvarado said that "the increase of air frequencies represents a great commitment for the country in continuing to provide a quality service and a great opportunity to enhance tourism in the Guanacaste area."

According to data from the Costa Rican Tourism Board, the year 2017 registered the visit of more than 200,000 Canadians to the Daniel Oduber Quirós airport in Liberia. Canada represented 6.8 percent of total arrivals to the country and 13.4 percent of arrivals from North America.

Additionally the board said that 35 percent of Canadian tourists come from Toronto and Montreal, which supports Air Canada's decision to increase the frequency of the flights.

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Air Canada will increase the frequency of flights
between December and April.


The Canadian tourist is interested in culture, relaxation, rest, exploration of nature, adventure activities, visiting beaches and surfing, said the institution on a press statement.

"Canada is the second country where we are most visited from. Increasing these frequencies fills us with optimism for the future, as it benefits the province and directly translates into more and better jobs for the tourism industry," said César Jaramillo, general manager of CORIPORT, the company in charge of the administration and operation of the Liberia airport.


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Health authorities deny having inserted defective heart valves

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A research committee of Hospital México said that mortality rates of patients who had heart valve replacements in the 1980s do not suggest that implanted valves were defective.

This was reported by the Costa Rican Social Security Fund Thursday night.

The committee formed by the legal area official, Rubén Alvarado, the chief of medical records, Floribeth Solano, and physician Julián Peña, also concluded that "the mortality percentages referred to mitral valvular procedures 16 percent, aortic 17 percent. Mitro reflect similar percentages."

Also, the committee said that the 73 patients who received what have been considered faulty valves have been  monitored and treated throughout their illness at the Mexico Hospital and other medical centers.

Alvarado also stressed out that some of these patients have associated diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, problems caused by smoking, among others.

"They are patients who must receive immuno-suppressive treatment after the procedure. Some manage to live longer than others. The deaths are associated with other pathologies," said Alvarado.

In reference to an international warning that was made in the 1990s, the fund said that there is only one document that was sent to the office of the Pan American Health Organization in Costa Rica.

That was Nov. 30, 1990, and it refers to the existing situation with these devices, but "there is no evidence of an official note on possible valvular failures," said Alvarado.


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The fund started an investigation after a complaint filed in 2015 by Wainer de Jesús Castillo Huezo, who pointed out a failure in the aortic valve prosthesis which he says caused the death of his father, Franklin Castillo Alvarado.

The Ombudsman's Office asked the fund to review the cases of a group of patients who were placed with these certain heart valves at the Mexico Hospital during the 1980s.

According to the institution, patients were never informed about the existence of an alert issued by the Pan American Health Organization that indicated that the valve material was defective. Now patients must be located for evaluation and valve replacement.

It is estimated that between 43 and 72 people could have received the suspect devices but only about 22 patients remain alive.


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Published Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - Fourth news page

Legislative bill seeks to equate abortion and homicide penalties
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A bill published in the government daily La Gaceta  seeks to equate abortion and homicide penalties and is about to be discussed in the Legislative Assembly.

The bill was presented last December by former evangelical lawmaker and presidential candidate Fabricio Alvarado.

According to Alvarado, tougher penalties will serve to protect the health of women who decide to have an abortion.

"Nowadays the most severe sanction for those who commit the crime of abortion is 10 years in prison. In my opinion, that sanction is unacceptable," says the introduction of the bill.

The bill supports the belief that it is providing protection to the unborn and the mother whose health and life might be threatened if she chooses an abortion.

The proposal would double the maximum penalty, from three to six years in prison for women who consent abortion or provoke it. 

It includes  the possibility that the punishment can be replaced by up to 1,800 hours of community service.

In the case of non-consensual abortion orchestrated by someone other than the mother-to-be, the sentence could be between 20 and 35 years and from 18 to 32 years with consent. Currently, those sentences are from three to 10 years and from one to three years.

The project only excludes medical abortion when the mother’s life is at risk. However, the legislator does mention in the text that he considers this procedure to be unnecessary because it could conflict with the ethical objection clause contained in the code of ethics of physicians and surgeons, which does not allow doctors to provide abortions.

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The bill supports the belief that it is providing protection
to the unborn and the mother.

When asked about the progress of projects to decriminalize abortion in other countries, Alvarado said "some groups have declared themselves pro-choice under the pretext of defending the rights of women."

"In other countries abortion has been prescribed as a panacea against sexual violence committed by rapists, as a therapeutic measure, as a sign of progress towards a progressive society, as a measure of equality and many other arguments," he added.

Paola Vega, deputy of the Citizen Action Party, already stated on the party's social networks that the bill will be monitored and opposed by all means, because the criminalization of abortion cannot be allowed when women are demanding their rights.


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Published Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - Fifth news page

Social Security Fund denounced 1,187 delinquent
employers before the Prosecutor's Office

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

From June 2017 to May 2018, the Costa Rican Social Security Fund filed 1,187 complaints before Public Prosecutor's Office against employers who had kept the money their employees paid as their contribution to the fund.

The total amount withheld equals to ¢1.17 billion, according to a spokesman for the fund.

The law says that withholding worker's contribution is a crime and the person responsible might face up to three years in prison.

According to a press release, from June 2017 to May 2018, 21 employers or legal representatives were convicted by the Public Prosecutor's Office because they committed that crime. However since this was the first time they were convicted, the courts granted them the benefit of conditional execution of the sentence.

Conditional execution means that the individual remain free and will not serve the sentence unless he or she commits another crime that involves a six-month sentence. If such a crime is committed, the first sentence will be carries out, too.


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300 taxi drivers will take the streets today
to demonstrate against Uber


By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Taxi drivers will take to the streets to provide what they call a last warning to the government after waiting for almost three years for the Uber service to be banned, according to Rubén Vargas, representative of the movement.

Vargas explained that at 9 a.m. 300 taxi drivers will take the route that joins Paso Ancho with Loma Linda and from there they will slowly drive to Presidential House to ask for the closure of the Uber platform.

Vargas stressed his discomfort that the government continues to allow unfair competition in the country.

Different courts, including the Constitutional Court, have already ruled that the Uber ride service is illegal.


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Published Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - Sixth news page


Costa Rican Technical Institute seeks to open
new campuses in Guanacaste and southern region



By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Technological Institute of Costa Rica is carrying out studies prior to building two new campuses in the southern zone and Guanacaste, said Julio Calvo, rector of the university to local media.

Calvo said he already delivered a feasibility study for the opening of a campus in the Brunca region and that he even sent it to the current legislators and the executive branch. The institution is also conducting studies around the possibility of building a campus in Guanacaste. "These are the regions that we are not able to reach and provide opportunities for."

He added that there are some difficulties to be faced before carrying out the projects due to the fiscal crisis in Costa Rica.

Both locations are part of the goals that the rector said he sees as the path to follow if Costa Rica wants to improve its productivity, since the technology, science and research careers are solid opportunities for students. The institute is university level and based in Cartago.

Calvo said that in the countries of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, such as Germany, there is an annual average of 600 graduates in science and technology per 100,000 inhabitants, but in Costa Rica the average is 150 per 100,000.

That is why the Calvo said he believes that universities, both public and private, should focus on offering careers of that type in remote areas where they are not currently taught. This will allow universities to increase the enrollment of students throughout the country and encourage foreign investment.



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The Costa Rican Technological Institute
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According to Calvo, out of the nearly 200,000 university students in the country, only 20 percent study for a scientific or technological career.


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Published Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - Seventh news page

Fiscal authorities seize income of tax delinquent bus company

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The Ministry of Finance seized the income of a bus company that provides service between San José and Limón due to a ¢529 million tax debt, according to Priscila Piedra, general director of the Treasury Department.

In addition, Piedra said that an injunction seeks to block the income the company gets by renting its facilities to merchants.

Piedra added that the collection measures belong to the fiscal period of 2006 to 2007, but that it did not go into effect until now because the case was stuck in the judicial system.

Piedra argued that this case is just one out of 800 being pushed forward after President Carlos Alvarado announced that his administration would go after the big evaders.

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Fiscal authorities will focus on 800 big tax evaders,
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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.