Vol.18  No. 713 Published  Friday, July 13, 2018 - First news page




Authorities increase home sales
regulations due to fraud increase

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

After an increase in fraud complaints against housing projects, the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce announced that it will modify its regulations.

The measure was taken by the minister, Victoria Hernández, along with the attorney general, Emilia Navas, in an alliance to prevent new victims of fraud.

One of the new protections, Hernandez says, has to do with non-traditional financing, where banks turn development projects into trusts.

This proposal should be consolidated in later meetings with the Costa Rican Banking Association and the Chamber of Banks and Financial Institutions of Costa Rica.

The announcement of changes to the regulations comes after the raids of and charges against the CasasVita S.A. Business Group for failing to deliver homes to people who paid for them.

Judicial police raided offices in Santa Ana, La Guácima and Heredia and two houses in Santa Ana and San Rafael de Escazú May 22 to gain evidence.

There are now are at least 125 complaints against the group, the Prosecutor's Office confirmed July 3.

Navas said that the crimes of swindling people who want to purchase housing are a priority for the Public Ministry "because it is not just any good, but goods that affect human dignity. Buying a house means building a home, making a life project, and for many families that implies debts for up to 30 years with banks."

The deputy prosecutor of frauds who is in charge of the case against CasasVita, Miguel Navarro, took part in the meetings along with Vice Minister Laura Pacheco, the head of the Department of Education for Consumer and Term Sales, Kattia Chaves, and the head of the Administrative Procedures Department of the Directorate of Consumer Support, Carlos Andrés Sanabria.

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General Attorney Emilia Navas is in charge
of the CasasVita case.

They all recommended that those interested in acquiring a house check if the company with which they intend to start negotiations has prior consumer complaints or criminal cases.

They also suggest avoiding impulsive purchases.

The prosecutor, who has extensive experience in frauds, suggested that buyers not place absolute trust in the information offered by those selling housing projects.

Gran Hotel Costa Rica reopened under Hilton

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Gran Hotel Costa Rica has reopened in San José as the 16th Hilton hotel in Central America under the auspices of the Curio Collection.

Curio Collection by Hilton is a worldwide group of more than 50 distinctive and high-level hotels with a special recognized value, usually historical, architectural, or cultural.

"Costa Rica remains a preferred destination of choice for travelers, and the Curio Collection by Hilton is pleased to offer these travelers a new and authentic experience with the opening of Gran Hotel Costa Rica," said Mark Nogal, global director of Curio Collection by Hilton.

"We recognize the demand for unique accommodations in key markets in the region, and our first hotel in the country allows us to provide this to the growing number of travelers seeking superior and unexpected experiences while visiting the capital," he added.

The Gran Hotel Costa Rica was the first hotel for international visitors in the country.

The new administration restored the building and reopened it with 79 rooms.

According to a press release, the architectural proposal seeks a fusion between the history of the hotel and modern design and incorporates interior gardens and a rooftop with piano bar overlooking the National Theater and the city.

The hotel had started operations in October 1930 and was declared historical and architectural heritage in 2005. Along with the National Theater, Las Arcadas mall, the Plaza de la Cultura and the Museo del Oro it completes an area of historic buildings in the heart of San José.

The hotel was downsized from 108 to 79 rooms and upgraded so that each has organic and natural bathroom amenities, complimentary wi-fi, a 49-inch television, and an ergonomic work area.

Guests who opt for a suite will have 24-hour butler service and access to the hotel's executive floor, which offers free breakfast, snacks and nightly liquors, said the press release.

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The Gran Hotel Costa Rica was the nation’s
first hotel for international visitors.

In this new stage, the hotel incorporates a restaurant of international and Costa Rican food, called Cultura5, which offers panoramic views of San José from the fifth floor of the hotel. It also adds a 24-hour business center, gym and access to a 75-square-meter event room, according to the statement.

"As the newest boutique hotel in the city center, the Gran Hotel Costa Rica offers guests an outstanding travel experience with carefully designed rooms and distinctive amenities," said Sandor Tupi, hotel general manager.

According to the company, Hilton has more than 130 hotels and resorts in the Caribbean and Latin America, including nine hotels of the Curio Collection by Hilton.

The company seeks growth opportunities in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Legislator requests the government’s
clear work schedule for the San Carlos road

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmaker María José Corrales requested that the minister of Public Works and Transport, Rodolfo Méndez, provide a timeline that clarifies with dates and actions the government’s commitment to the construction of the road to San Carlos.

"We need concrete solutions and relevant actions. San Carlos and residents of northern areas require a schedule that has someone assigned as responsible for each action, and also the dates established for each of these goals," said the legislator.

So far, the ministry has not specified where the government will find the financing for the highway.

"We definitely need to know how the $ 300 million will be obtained in order to complete this work. We also seek to know what will happen with the Laguna Bridge and how the Punta Sur will move forward," said Corrales.

The minister has requested a meeting for today with the participation of several legislators of the area and the Association Pro Carretera to discuss the work, which legislator Corrales sees as a sign of goodwill but one that requires concrete actions.

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The initiative would let exporters send their products without facing the Nicaraguan political crisis. 

"I have received the invitation of Minister Rodolfo Méndez to a meeting, in which we value the goodwill of the minister. However out of good will this work so important for the area and for the country will not move forward,” Corrales added.

The meeting will be held today at 2 p.m. in the minister's office and will have the participation of legislators from the area.




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Published  Friday, July 13, 2018 - Second news page

Uruguay, Costa Rica and Argentina
lead the Latin American telecom market

By AM Costa Rica staff

BuddeComm recently launched an exclusive telecommunications maturity index  that analyzes the broadband, mobile and fixed lines of a country as well as a range of economic parameters to rank it from a scale of 1 to 100 and compare it to its region.

The Latin America index is now available and reveals the market leaders, the challengers and the developing ones.

Market leaders: Uruguay is the top-ranking country in Latin America with a telecoms maturity index score of 63, followed by Costa Rica at 55, Argentina at 52 and Brazil at 50.

Uruguay is one of the few Latin American countries where the local fixed-line market is neither privatized nor liberalized.

Antel, the state-owned provider, has a monopoly in the provision of local telephony and fixed broadband services.

Other segments of the telecom market have been opened to competition, including international long-distance telephony, mobile telephony, and fixed-wireless broadband.

Uruguay has the second highest fixed-line teledensity in Latin America after Costa Rica, and the second highest mobile penetration after Panama.

Uruguay is also one of the regional leaders in other key indicators, such as computers per household and internet access.

What the index developers call the top two market challengers are Mexico with a score of 40 and Peru at 33. , said the index.

Despite liberalization efforts, Mexico's telecoms market has remained highly concentrated.

The fixed line sector is dominated by the formerly government-owned incumbent, Mexico Telmex, while the mobile market is dominated by Telmex's sister company Telcel, which Telmex spun off in 2001.

The market share held by these operators is declining as telecoms reform measures take root.

The top two developing markets were given as Paraguay at 21 and El Salvador at 20, said the index.

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The Latin America market report showcases the telecommunications maturity index for all Latin American countries providing a unique perspective on the region.

Paraguay has considerable potential for telecom market growth, given that the country has the third lowest fixed-line teledensity in South America and the Caribbean, with the lowest gross domestic product per capita.

In general terms, most countries in Latin America have poor fixed-line infrastructure being generally lower than in Europe but above those found in Africa and parts of Asia.

Although it can be effective in the major cities, in many semi-urban and rural areas it is woefully inadequate.

This state of play has helped the development of mobile voice and broadband services.

With regards to 5G the main operators are unlikely to introduce services until 2021 or 2022.

Countries in the region have generally been a step behind the U.S. and key European markets in adopting new mobile technologies.


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The importance of having an Afro-feminist
activist in Costa Rica's government

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Epsy Campbell Barr made history as the first black female vice president to be elected in Costa Rica and in all of Latin America. Following the vote, her sister, Shirley Campbell Barr, reflected in the significance of a woman being present in government in an email exchange with a Global Voices' editor. Below is an edited and translated version of that email, published with Shirley Campbell Barr's permission.

Now that the presidential race in Costa Rica has ended and the media frenzy has died down, it is worthwhile to go beyond the headlines and examine what makes Epsy Campbell's election as vice president such an important hallmark in the political life of the country and the region .

Epsy's win was a reason to celebrate for many communities of African descent throughout the Americas. In Costa Rica, the significance of their choice was not really explored in depth at the time of the vote, becoming a topic of discussion rather belatedly. Nevertheless, her rise was the result of the continuous work she undertook within and on behalf of communities of Afro-descendant people, especially women.

Epsy's arrival to the political scene took place in a country with a great democratic tradition, one of the oldest and most stable in Latin America but at a moment when another candidate running for office threatened to erase years of democratic progress.

The first article in Constitution of the Republic of which Epsy is now vice president may recognize Costa Rica as a multiethnic and pluricultural republic, but that is only a recent development (the previous government amended the text). Costa Rica is a country that has presented and continues to present itself as white, the whitest of the Central American region, and that has made the full recognition of its multiculturalism and diversity difficult.

Thus, in Costa Rica, there are several unresolved issues affecting minorities, such as those related to representation and visibility. Even with a national policy against xenophobia, everyday racism, largely related to educational programs and social interactions in school, remains a problem.

There is a long way to go, for example, in terms of recognizing how people of African descent participated throughout Costa Rica's history and helped shape its national identity. The school curriculum is supposed to address these issues, but current didactic material is scarce. In addition, continuous awareness building and training for teaching staff are needed. Intentions may be good, but without concrete plans and measurable results it is difficult to make achievements in the mid- and long-term. This training is necessary because, in many cases, teachers continue to reproduce the stereotypes that limit the possibilities of true intercultural education.

Everyday racism manifests itself in a series of stereotypes about the Afro-Costa Rican population and the areas of the country where there is a concentration of people of African descent, such as Limón province, which is often associated with violence and drug trafficking.

For more representativeness in feminism and social justice activism

I think the core element of Epsy's political activity, in light of the deep mistrust that exists between people and their governmental representatives, is that she remains very attached to her work as an activist and to her own personal experience. Her party certainly capitalizes on her image and the number of people in the sectors she represents.

However, the fact that it is one of the people's elected political representatives crystallizes the long-standing struggle for Afro-descendant presence in decision-making circles.

For this community, Epsy represents an Afro-descendant consciousness. People of African descent in the Americas know-how because of their participation in Costa Rica's partisan politics, but because of their work for the rights of the region's Afro-descendant population. Along with several other leaders, Epsy has contributed much to the idea of a black Latin American movement and also a black and Latin American feminist movement.

On that last issue, the struggle has been internal, confronting white feminists' resistance when raising issues pertaining to black women. The Latin American feminist movement, like that of other regions, has been rocked by the need to question its precepts in order to incorporate, or at least to consider, the existence of other types of feminism.

The mobilization of black women in the region has brought with it the need to understand that women are not homogeneous. On the contrary, the historical and social conditions of black women undermine the foundations of a movement envisaged according to the same colonial logic that excludes those considered to be the "other."

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Epsy Campbell Barr, foreign minister
and vice-president of Costa Rica.

If they do not count us, we do not exist

Currently in most of our countries, the political representation of people of African descent is very limited. Afro-descendant communities continue to have lower health and education indices and face major obstacles in accessing acceptable levels of education and health. Therefore, in order to make a tangible difference, it has been vitally important to understand ourselves as a movement, and not only to Costa Rican one, but also one that operates at a Latin American and global level.

One part of the struggle is the presence of Afro-descendant communities in the census. I had the opportunity to work with a group campaigning to incorporate a question about ethnicity in official surveys of population. The process included collaboration with other experts of African descent in several Latin American countries. It's been hard work, and it's not over. Some countries still do not include this question because the responsible agencies refuse to recognize the importance of quantification.

If they do not count, we do not exist.

We know this because, until now, people of African descent have not had a voice in decision-making institutions when these institutions proclaim what's happening in our own communities. We are not a priority when policies meant to deal with these populations in an adequate manner are formulated.

Only with representation of people from these communities will it be possible to implement coherent public policies and affirmative actions that gradually dismantle inequalities that have existed for centuries.

A growing movement.

In these elections, we fought to protect the fundamental rights upon which we have built this country. One of the winning candidates in the first round of the presidential vote was an evangelical Christian pastor and singer whose campaign was based on the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI) community. He also promised to transform the National Institute of Women into the "National Institute of Family," a very concerning prospect in a country where femicides reach alarming figures.

Although we understand that Epsy is vice president of a small country like Costa Rica, I still think it is a significant fact. It is a step, an example, and an impetus. While Marielle Franco was assassinated in Brazil for being a black, feminist and dissenting voice in politics, Epsy Campbell, a recognized leader of the Afro-Latin American movement, was elected vice president in Costa Rica.

Epsy represents a movement that is growing. People of African descent in Colombia, Brazil, Perú, Ecuador, Uruguay and other countries feel represented. And not because she represents them directly. (After all, she is only the vice president of Costa Rica). It's because representativeness matters. Seeing a black woman who comes from this community, and is active in it, is very important.

It is a mirror in which black boys and girls can see and identify themselves.

This article first appeared in globalvoices.org









Published  Friday, July 13, 2018 -  Fourth news page

Piano Festival will gather international
teachers in its fifth edition

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rica Piano Festival will be held for the fifth time in the country as of  Monday to July 21 and will have the participation of internationally recognized pianists as well as national performers.

It is an initiative in which for several years, its founder and executive director, Lanzo Luconi thought that young students would share with national and international teachers and thus, encourage musical exchange.

This edition will be attended by international pianists from Russia and the United States mainly.

Among them, the founder and partner of Bakitone International, the agency dedicated to promoting the most important classical music competitions around the world.

He is Sergey Kuznetsov, who studied at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow.

American musician Sean Kennard will also be part of the meeting, who at his 33 years has been recognized for winning several international competitions such as the National Chopin Piano Competition.

He studied with the Russian pianist Boris Berman, a renowned international professor, who has been a teacher in some of the best music schools in the world, such as the universities of Indiana, Boston, Brandeis and Tel-Aviv or Yale University.

Another well known participant is the soloist Vladimir Khomyakov who is also a conductor and  musician.

The pianist and composer Nahre Sol, creator of a type of music that combines improvisation, form and traditional western harmony, jazz and minimalism, will also be part of the performers.

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The concerts and classes will be held at the School of Musical Arts of the University of Costa Rica and also at the National Theater, the Eugene O'Neill Theater, the rooms of the Costa Rica Tennis Club and the Municipal School of Integrated Arts, in Santa Ana.

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Published  Friday, July 13, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Independent workers can now pay their
fees by using credit and debit cards

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Independent workers and voluntary insurance buyers who usually pay their premiums at the central offices of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund), can now pay by credit and debit card.

Interested parties may pay with Visa, Credix and Master Card, the fund said.

According to Iván Guardia, director of the Financial Accounting Directorate, the measure is part of a work strategy that seeks to ease payments, bring services closer to the population and ensure their transaction is carried out safely.

Guardia said the measure has been so successful that, in the first days of operation, the fund collected about ¢25 million in the central offices platform.

The chief financial officer of the fund explained that the project is running in central offices but the intention is to gradually extend it so that, as of 2019, credit card payment will be available at the  72 branches that the fund has throughout the national territory.

The measure would benefit 230,481 independent workers and 163,551 voluntary health insurance buyers.

According to Luis Rivera, director of the main collection platform, people can also make their payments in the online virtual office of the fund 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Users are able to link an account to make an automatic charge or to make the debit in real time. Those who have agreements or repayment plans can also use the cards, according to Rivera.

Those interested in using this online payment system should access the website www.ccss.sa.cr in online service / CCSS Virtual Office / where the document for the registration of the bank account and the corresponding payment is available, the fund said.

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The insurance payment by using credit or debit cards will eventually benefit the whole country.

In addition, independent workers and voluntary health care insurance buyers can pay their fees through the 3,660 points of sales that the fund has in the nation.

Among the external collection agents are public and private banks, pharmacies, supermarket chains, mutuals, cooperatives and businesses such as BN Services and Tucán.

In both cases, both voluntary and independent workers must pay all of the ordinary invoices with less than 59 days due, in order of seniority, said the fund.


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Published  Friday, July 13, 2018 -  Sixth news page

New contest allows you to make
money while traveling the country

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

All Costa Ricans and residents are invited to participate in the CRx5 Challenge contest organized by the National System of Protected Areas (SINAC) and the Costa Rica Forever Association (ACRXS), which aims for groups of five people to visit different national parks, win several contest and at the end earn money.

The initiative aims to promote the protected wild areas of the country so that citizens may discover the natural beauty of the country, the work of the park rangers and the efforts made in national conservation.

At the same time, it seeks that the surrounding communities benefit economically from tourism.

The challenge is that groups of five people, whether friends, family or more, visit between July 4 and Sept. 5, five protected wild areas: the Bahía Junquillal National Wildlife Refuge, Cabo Blanco Marine Management Area, Marino Ballena National Park, Cahuita National Park and Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge.

In each of these places the groups complete different challenges, among which are taking pictures, make videos explaining the importance of the park, writing down names of officer, among others.

Each place has its own challenges and the more they achieve, the more points the team earns.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo        

Cabo Blanco Marine research area is one of
the places where the challenges will take place.

Only three teams of all the participants can be winners. The first place team will win $1,000 plus $600 to be donated to any of the parks they visited. The second place team will receive $500, and the third place team will receive $300.

To participate, groups must register on the website: desafio.costaricaporsiempre.org


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Published  Friday, July 13, 2018 -  Seventh news page

Police detained woman for apparent sexual exploitation

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents arrested a 63-year-old woman who is a suspect in the crime of sexual exploitation of third parties.

The detention took place after several months of investigations, surveillance and monitoring, according to a press release issued by the Judicial Investigation Organization.

In the investigation, that began several months ago, investigators said they determined that the woman served as administrator in a massage parlor on Paseo Colón.

There investigators said there were three Costa Rican women, one Nicaraguan and one Venezuelan. The women offered sexual services and paid a percentage of their income to the suspect, investigators said.

An amount of 20,000 colones per hour was charged to clients, according to the judicial report.

Thursday about 2 p.m. the agents raided the place, and woman was arrested. In addition, money, cell phones and evidence for the case was confiscated

As it is usual in these cases, the suspect was sent to the Public Ministry to determine the woman´s legal status.

A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo         

The suspect managed a massage parlor service where apparently sexual services took place.