Vol.18  No. 710 Published Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - First news page


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Government refuses to halt
the request to declare strike illegal

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

At a meeting held at the Presidential House Monday, a government spokesman informed trade unions of the decision concerning their latest list of demands, demands they insisted be met if there was to be a continuing dialogue on fiscal reform.

The executive branch has refused to withdraw a judicial request to declare the June 25th strike illegal.

"Government is responsible for ensuring compliance with the law and goes to the competent judicial bodies to respect the legality," according to the announcement letter.

The strike took place in several areas of the country and caused the suspension of services including education and health.

The letter, signed by the second vice-president, Marvin Rodríguez, informs the leaders of the labor groups that the executive branch is not willing to withdraw the proposed bill for strengthening of public finances from the current Legislative Assembly, where it is under discussion.

It also informs the unions that the possibility of integrating a multi-sectorial group for tax discussion is rejected and, instead, offers a bilateral space with a priest, Edwin Aguiluz, as facilitator of the negotiations.

"The government keeps its willingness to build a road map on issues of national interest and listen to the proposals and concerns of the trade union movement," states the document.


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The strike June 25 affected mostly education
and health centers.


During the meeting, the leader of the education union, Gilberto Cascante, told the government representatives that unions will have no faith in the government’s will to begin a dialogue as long as the government keeps the bill in the legislature.


Evangelical party fights proposal to tax church income

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The deputies of the National Restoration Party described the proposal to levy the value-added tax on the income of religious organizations that exceed the two monthly base salaries,  about ¢850,000, as unacceptable.

Those taxes are proposed in Article 8 of the first chapter of the bill.

The party made its position public in a press conference, where a representative reiterated the party’s disagreement with several measures of the fiscal reform bill, including a 4 percent taxes on education, health, rents, medicines and a 2 percent levy on basic food.

"This cannot happen," said Eduardo Cruickshank, the Limon legislator who is one of the two lawmakers from the party. The other is the faction leader, Carlos Avendaño.

From their point of view, the work that the churches do is enough argument to leave them tax exempt, because, although they receive donations, "no one carries out lucrative activities," said Avendaño.

"No church, whether it is Catholic, Evangelical, Mormon, or any denomination, performs for-profit activities," he added. “What the churches do is spiritual, socially focused activities that benefit the living conditions of the people," he said.

According to the statements from the press conference, the churches work with souls and the donations received are used for maintenance and supporting their daily work.


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The National Restoration Party held a
press conference Monday morning.


The faction said it has filed several appeals to modify the proposed bill, so that it applies the greatest weight against tax evasion and avoidance.

They also reported consulting with the ombudsman and urging him to study the effects of the reform on poverty figures since they believe those figures will increase if the tax bill passes.

"Taxes on basic food, medicine, medical services or health would go to the working class, when taxes should fall on those who have greater ability to pay them," Avendaño argued.


250 athletes will represent Costa Rica in the Central American and Caribbean Games Barranquilla 2018

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado, swore in the 130 men and 120 women who will represent Costa Rica in the XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games to be held in Barranquilla, Colombia, from July 19 to Aug. 3.

The activity Saturday took place at the headquarters of the Olympic Committee in Coronado.

The delegation will compete in 23 of the 36 sports of the games.

"Like everything in life, the important thing is to give the best of ourselves, working as a team and supporting each other," the president said."Youth in sport represents one of the fundamental pillars of this wonderful country."

After the oath, first lady Claudia Dobles, announced that the cyclist Andrey Fonseca Ureña, national champion of Mountain Bike XC, in 2016 and 2017, will be carrying the Costa Rican flag during the opening of the games.

The disciplines in which the country will compete are: swimming, water polo, athletics, badminton, handball, bowling, boxing, cycling, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, golf, judo, karate do, weightlifting, skating, racquetball, rugby, taekwondo, archery, sports shooting, triathlon and indoor volleyball.

Other countries participating in these games are Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Colombia, Cuba, Curacao, Dominica, El Salvador, Granada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, French Guiana, Haiti, Honduras, Cayman Islands.


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The games will start on July 19 and will last until Aug. 3.


In addition, Turks and Caicos Islands, Virgin Islands of the United States, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela.





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Costa Rican and Chilean presidents sign
environment and gender equality agreements

By AM Costa Rica staff

The president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, and President Carlos Alvarado signed a declaration committing their governments to cooperation on environmental issues and gender equality.

The leaders signed the document Monday at Presidential House in a two-hour event. 

The ministers of Foreign Affairs of Chile, Roberto Ampuero, and that of Costa Rica, Epsy Campbell, signed two complementary agreements.

In environmental matters, the objective assumed by both governments is to have their appropriate ministries develop joint programs for cooperation and exchange in priority areas such as environmental democracy, biodiversity, protected areas, climate change and environmental information.

The other agreement seeks the exchange of ideas and experiences related to the implementation of management systems for gender equality, good labor practices programs and gender equality stamps.

Both nations also hope for a continuing political dialogue in the areas of social security and regional and commercial affairs.

"We are very happy because we have signed not only collaboration agreements, but two memorandums of understanding to strengthen our collaboration in two important areas such as seeking full gender equality, equal rights, equality of duties, equality of dignity among men and women and a zero tolerance against all types of violence or abuse against women," said Piñera.

Piñera stressed that Costa Rica has been a pioneer country in environmental matters for which "we have much to learn and much to benefit from these agreements."

On his part, Alvarado said he is pleased that "issues that are in the DNA of both countries," were  part of the work agenda they had addressed.

The leaders spoke of the similarities of their countries in issues such as democracy,where they have a commitment to help the Latin American region.

"We have to deepen the close ties that unite us with Chile, the values we share: the democratic value, the freedom and the desires of our peoples for a better future of our society," Alvarado said.


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Both presidents are seen during the signing of the agreement.


The president of Chile arrived Monday morning at the Juan Santamaría airport, along with a government delegation consisting of the first lady Cecilia Morel, the minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Ampuero, the general director of ceremonial and protocol of Chile, Ambassador Frank Tressler, the press director of the Presidency, Juan José Bruna, the chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of Chile in Costa Rica, Sebastián Osorio, and the ambassador-designate for Costa Rica, Óscar Alkaman.

The delegation arrived at the Presidential House about 9:30 a.m., and the meeting began shortly before 10 a.m.

The Concert Band of Alajuela sang the National Anthem of Costa Rica while the children of the Republic of Chile School received the leaders with flags of Costa Rica and Chile.  By the afternoon, the Chilean delegation had departed.

Piñera assumed the presidency of Chile March 12 with the center-right coalition Chile Vamos, and will serve for four years.

This is the second time he has been elected president of the South American country.  His first term was from 2010 to 2014.



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554 drivers under investigation for using
Uber and other transportation platforms

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A total of 554 drivers are under investigation by the Public Services Regulatory Authority for providing transportation through digital platforms such as Uber.

The information provided by the regulatory body does not show how many of the cases are directly linked with Uber.

According to the law, these drivers may face a fine of up ¢8.6 million.

On Nov. 2, 2017, the regulatory authority imposed a fine on an Uber driver for the first time.

By that time, they had opened another 30 investigations against drivers of that platform.

The sanction that was then determined was ¢2 million.

At the time, the authority argued that to offer transportation of this type, drivers must have a concession and a permit from the state, but drivers of the multinational company, Uber, have neither.

The current deputy regulator, Xinia Herrera, said the institution does not have a specific deadline to resolve the complaints which are processed as they are filed.

The process includes a hearing where the driver can present arguments and evidence.


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Last week, taxi drivers took the streets
to demonstrate against Uber. 

A resolution is issued and communicated to the parties involved. In the ruling, the economic penalty is established and collection procedures are then carried out.

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Five college students develop tooth enamel
repairing and whitening mouthwash
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Five students from the pharmacy program of the University of Costa Rica have relied on nanotechnology to create a prototype mouthwash unique in the Costa Rican market.

The product has the ability to whiten teeth while time regenerating tooth enamel.

Nanotechnology allows to products to manipulate molecular structures in extremely small measurements.

The product is called Apati-Dent and, according to Karol Angulo, member of the developing team, the rinse consists of nanoparticles that have the main mineral components of teeth.

This naturally generates an important competitive advantage, Angulo said, adding that while some of the products offered on the market are characterized as abrasive and cause wear for the purpose of achieving optimal whitening, Apati-Dent uses the same compound from which the tooth was formed.

This means that the product will not damage teeth, but strengthen them naturally.

"It provides all the benefits of a normal mouthwash like good breath and freshness and using it in the long term and daily, people can achieve the whitening without any deterioration," said Angulo.

According to recent research by the University of Costa Rica, published in 2017, and led by Tatiana Vargas Koudriatseva of the Faculty of Dentistry, old whitening methods can cause a decrease in phosphate and carbonate molecules in teeth.

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Published Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - Fifth news page

A.M. Costa Rica fifth news page

Environmentalists ask the National Liquor
Factory to reduce single-use plastic

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Environmental groups have asked the National Liquor Factory to commit to reducing the use of plastic materials in products sold to consumers.

The request is based on the government's national strategy for public institutions to replace single-use plastic.

This is part of the international free plastic campaign Plastic Free July, which started in Australia and is now a global movement.

In Costa Rica the initiative is supported by the Preserve Planet environmental organization.

Pollution by plastic will cause the seas have more plastic than fish by 2050, according to a press release from the organization which cites the World Economic Forum as the source.

"More than 5 billion pieces of plastic, weighing more than 250,000 tons, are floating on the surface of the sea, aside from the plastic that sinks," said the organization on a statement.

Plastics represent about 13 percent of solid waste in the world, and 5 percent of the world’s population discards enough plastic bottles as to cover 8 football fields every 5 minutes, the document says.

In the country, the national strategy of replacing single-use plastic is led by the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Environment and Energy.

They have joined more than 65 public and private institutions.


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"It is not acceptable that in Costa Rica, where many state-owned companies are suppressing the harmful practice of buying and using single-use plastic, the factory continues to use it," said Luis Diego Marín, regional coordinator of Preserve Planet. "We urge the factory to analyze this issue and begin to pack in environmentally friendly alternatives such as glass,".


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The Trouble with Cash
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Published Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - Sixth news page

Man gets preventive detention after
gasoline stolen directly from distribution pipe


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Deputy Prosecutor's Office of Alajuela managed to get the local criminal court to impose one month of preventive detention against a man who was accused Friday of stealing fuel from a pipeline of the state petroleum monopoly, the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A.

Another person caught at the scene was also arrested. In his case, the prosecutor requested measures to prevent him from leaving the country.

The measures also require him to have a stable job and fixed address, not to return to the scene or communicate with the other suspect. All these measure were granted by the court.

The individuals were captured on a farm on Limón Street in La Garita after the security ministry’s deployment of the Operational Support Group.

Deployment was in response to a loss of pressure and a lack-of-fuel warning at a refinery, according to a statement released by the Public Ministry.

"On the site, the officers located an illegal pipeline and a truck that had been stolen that same day in Puntarenas, which stored more than the 6,000 liters of fuel," the document adds.


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Fuel theft amounted to $2,000 in losses for
the state refinery in 2017
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House - Apartments For Rent
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Fully Furnished One Bedroom
Apartment in Guadalupe

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One bedroom apartment located in neighborhood Colonia del Rio Guadalupe. Approximate a 1.5 NE miles from central San Jose. Buses pass every few minutes, walking distance to shopping center Walmart, eating places and bank. Washing facility, all utilities include including cable TV and Wi-Fi apartment fully furnished including bedding, eating and cooking items and 32”TV. Apartment is built above a river rapids on one side. Faces a grass yard with patio on front. Photos on request. Apartment available August 1st. $400 a month and deposit, returnable after 3 months if apartment is left in order. One car enclosed parking space $50.

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Furnished House Inside Gated Property
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Beautiful house, surrounded by a wonderful nature. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath on private property close to town. $650.00 Includes Electric, Internet, WiFi, Cable TV, water. In Santa Barbara de Heredia. American owner lives on site, quiet, secure.
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Code: 9386-072918

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Jaco Oceanfront Furnished Condo
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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.

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Code: 9380- 090118
Beautiful Balinese Style House
Price $299,000

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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
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CR cellphone: (506) 8360-6620

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Colinas Del Sol
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Parcels

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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.
Contact:
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
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Code: 9342-090318




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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.

Contact:
Mike Michael email: mikemichael@bellsouth.net
U.S.A. phone: 770-310-1351
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Code: 9350-050419


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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
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Contact Us:
Local Office Phone (506) 2777-3339
Phone Rentals: 1-800-381 3770
Real Estate: 1-800-346 9724
Email: richard@manuelantonioestates.com
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Code:9358-070318



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Business For Sale
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Versatile 2 Floors Building
in La Sabana


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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
Code:9333-072318

Three Cabins in La Fortuna
San Carlos


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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)
8682-9219
Email:
lagringo2003@yahoo.com
Code:9344-081518


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Published Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - Seventh news page
Costa Rica business news

Fiscal Control Police seized more than
30,000 units of macrobiotic products

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

At the end of the last week, the Fiscal Control Police, a branch of the Ministry of Finance, seized 30,701 units of macrobiotic products at a supermarket located in Paso Canoas.

Authorities alleged that the products are contraband and that the supermarket did not have permits from the Ministry of Health.

This action is part of the inter-institutional large-scale operations that are being carried out by different police forces throughout the country in order to reduce contraband and improve tax collection, according to a press release.

In Costa Rica, smuggling is alleged if the merchandise is worth more than $5,000.

If that threshold is met, the merchandise is retained and the owners may face imprisonment.


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Authorities said plants brought from Perú, including dandelions, were part of the seizure.