Vol.18  No. 719 Published Thursday, July 19, 2018 - First news page


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Authorities join forces to give more security to tourists

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

 The attorney general, Emilia Navas, appointed four new prosecutors who will work on tourists’ complaints in the areas of Santa Cruz, Nicoya, Osa and Limón.

The objective is to offer immediate attention to tourists who are victims of crime in Costa Rica, she said, adding:

"We seek that the staff attend to the offended person, provide information and interpreters” so that there is a “clear and documented statement of the victim about the events.” She  added that even when the victim returns home, his officials will continue to seek the perpetrators of the crime.

"To achieve success in criminal investigations it is necessary to have more inputs. What we propose is to expand the information in the police, so that the police can request more data from victims of crime," said Navas.

The new prosecutors will be alert to criminal acts that occur mainly in areas such as Coco, Sardinal, Flamingo, Villareal and Guiones in Guanacaste, as well as in Dominical in the central Pacific and Cocles in the Caribbean.

In the case of tourists who are victims of a crime in San José, the complaint is made in the Office of Technical Advice and International Relations in the Public Ministry.

The announcement was made during the high-level meeting on tourism security held at the Ministry of Public Security.

This meeting also included senior officials such as: Maria Revelo, minister of Tourism, and Walter Espinoza, director of the Judicial Investigating Organization. Also present were Mary Fisk-Telchi, the U. S. consul general in Costa Rica, and Sylvia Cabezas. deputy coordinator of the Tourism Security Commission, among others.

Tourism represents 27 percent of employment in the country and 6.5 percent of the gross domestic product.

"The challenge of keeping the country as a desirable and safe destination for tourists must be done in an articulated manner with state institutions." said Cabezas. "Without security, there is no tourism," she added.




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An immediate strategy is flyers, in both English and Spanish, what to do in case of  suffers some crime, robbery, loss of his passport or a sexual crime.


"We drafted regulations for the attention of tourists and established a procedure for attention to what the police should ask the victim: identification data and means of possibility of location abroad, in case it is necessary to collect more data once that the person is already in his country," said Espinoza.

"The tourist does not know who to turn to when he suffers some crime, be it a theft, robbery, loss of his passport or a sexual crime,” Espinoza added.

An immediate strategy is flyers, in both English and Spanish, which will be distributed at airports. Among the information included will be the steps to be taken to file a complaint, the officials said.

Another measure will be a day of training for the tourist police Aug. 20. The officers will learn more about tourism security so that they can deal with these crimes more effectively, the session heard.

The public prosecutor's priority is to deal correctly with complaints lodged by tourists with the possibility that video-conferences can be held with victims or witnesses who are abroad. In the past, a lack of videoconferencing prevented cases from being resolved because the victim was not in the country, officials noted. 



United front against housing fraud

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The minister of Economy and officials from the office of the attorney general are uniting to prevent companies from defrauding those who wish to purchase housing.

The minister of Economy, Victoria Hernandez, and the attorney general, Emilia Navas, are designing an action plan to prevent housing fraud, provide buyers with purchasing guidelines and accelerate the investigation process if fraud does occur.

"There is no public organization that has not understood that we have to work hand in hand, regardless of whether the public prosecutor intervenes at the moment when the crime is committed. The important thing is that we collaborate with the preventative part, since the objective is that there are fewer victims of fraud and, in the event of crimes, we work hand in hand to bring proof that these criminal acts are properly processed," said Navas.

Home purchase fraud goes beyond being a simple crime, she noted. In many cases it affects the family for years as they lose property, left with large debts, and their dignity is affected as well.

This type of fraud is a priority for the attorney general, because a home is not just any possession, but one that affects human dignity, she said “Buying a house means building a home, making a life project, and for many families it implies debts for up to 30 years with banking entities," said Navas.

For its part, the Ministry of Economy is committed to make improvements in the area of ​​prevention by increasing public information about the steps buyers must take before purchasing to be sure it is a real transaction.

The main recommended is to investigate the company or person who sells the property. The investigation should include checking if there are claims from other clients or if there are criminal cases.

Purchasers should avoid buying on emotion or because it is an opportunity deal or hot sale, the ministry said.

"We are making a modification of the regulations for term sales, specifically in issues related to real estate purchases. From what happened recently with a real estate company and consumer dissatisfaction, we look for ways to coordinate efforts with the Office of the Prosecutor and from the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce, reinforce what corresponds to support the work of the Office of the Prosecutor," said Hernández.

Being distrustful is a characteristic that can free a person from being the victim of a scam, the ministry noted.

A buyer must not believe everything the person selling the property says especially if the sale is one of unrealistic opportunity, it added.




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A buyer must not believe everything the person selling
the property says especially if the sale is one of unrealistic opportunity.
 

Another recommendation is for buyers to think about all the possibilities of fraud before signing a purchase contract. Being distrustful can help avoid fraud, the officials said.

Never believe everything that is said about the property or the real estate project, and investigate the information personally, and then verify it, they added.

In Costa Rica, property information is public. Any property can be investigated. The buyer has the right to investigate the background of the seller or the real estate firm.

They also can investigate the conditions of the land and the conditions of public services. They can check to see if there are complaints against the seller, or against the brokers. They also can find out if the seller has other projects that have not yet been built.

The buyer can go to the Ministry of Economy, the municipality where the property is located, the Federated College of Engineers, the Public Land Registry, or even the Ministry of Finance.

Another important piece of advice is to do the research directly. Do not sign a power of attorney to another person, or ask someone to do the research for you or make the purchase in your name.

In the event that a buyer cannot go directly to the public offices, there is a lot of information that can be seen online. Public institutions can answer questions, personally, or by email. A lot of information is public and can be seen through the websites of the institutions.

"The people who are going to buy a house should know that they have the right to be demanding, that they should investigate who owns the property in which the real estate project will be built and the conditions of the land," said Navas.



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 Costa Rica, Nicaragua prepare to
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By AM Costa Rica staff

Panama isn’t the only country that will host World Youth Day pilgrims in January.

Dioceses in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, the closest neighbors to Panama City, the site of World Youth Day, Jan. 22 to 27, are preparing to receive up to 30,000 young people as part of the celebration leading to the main event.

The Rev. Miguel Adrian Rivera, executive secretary of youth ministry for the Costa Rican bishops’ conference, said parishes are planning to welcome pilgrims for catechetical and cultural events.

Rivera added that Panama, a small nation, asked that eight dioceses in Costa Rica provide assistance in handling the large number of pilgrims expected.

The eight dioceses of Panama also are participating in youth days.

Each diocese has a priest overseeing activities that include finding host families, introducing guests to the community and providing information about tourist attractions pilgrims can enjoy.

At the end of the week of preparation each diocese will have a massive youth event with the local bishop before sending the pilgrims to Panama, Rivera said.

Bishop Jorge Solorzano Perez of Granada, Nicaragua, president of the bishops’ Youth Ministry Commission, announced in April that dioceses in his country were preparing for more than 15,000 pilgrims.

Special security arrangements are being undertaken in Nicaragua, which has experienced rounds of anti-government protests in recent months, Rivera said.

Costa Rica has created an inter-institutional commission that includes the police, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Immigration and National Emergency Commission to facilitate the passage of pilgrims and the safety of the young adults for as long as they are in the country, Rivera said.

The priest noted that each of the three countries has different cultural characteristics and faith practices.



 
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World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every three years in a different country.


“In Costa Rica, youth ministry is very dynamic. In all the parishes there is a youth ministry,” he explained.

In the parishes of the Diocese of Cartago, local young people plan to share with pilgrims the tradition of popular Marian piety, which is based on a devotion to the patroness of the country, Our Lady of the Angels.

Parishes of the capital city of San José plan for pilgrims to experience university ministry and the process of education in the faith.

If pilgrims from any part of the world decide to choose one of the parishes of the Diocese of Limon, on Costa Rica’s Atlantic coast, they will experience how the church ministers to tourists and indigenous people.

The Panamanian government has announced that there will be improved transportation to facilitate the influx of pilgrims and that the normal $60 fee for consular and migratory services will be waived for pilgrims.



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Route 32 between San José and Caribbean reopened

By A.M. Costa Rica staff
At noon Wednesday, Route 32 was reopened after staff from the public works ministry removed all the material that was blocking the road.

Most of the debris was a consequence of landslides generated by heavy rains that began Friday afternoon.

Friday’s rainfall was the equivalent of all the rain that was expected for the month of July.

The ministry workers cleaned 14 landslides, removed about 30 fallen trees, and extracted lot of material that was blocking drainage.

The Ministry of Public Work and Transport made a final closure for 12 hours Tuesday night with the objective of monitoring the area but it was reopened Wednesday at 6 a.m.

Staffers will maintain permanent monitoring at the route to anticipate any dangerous situations mainly because the high risk of further landslides due to the new tropical wave that entered in the country Wednesday.

Ministry officials advised drivers to travel very cautiously, reduce speed, and remember that there is still a lot of mud on the roads and the vehicle could skid.




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Staffers will maintain permanent monitoring at the route to anticipate any dangerous situations.

  
  The officials request that drivers collaborate with the police, reporting to the 9-1-1 emergency number any anomalous or dangerous situation that is observed on the road.



New tropical wave brings more rain in the Atlantic area


By A.M. Costa Rica staff
Early Wednesday morning tropical wave number 17 entered the country bringing more rain on Caribbean Coast.

More strong winds, heavy downpours, and electric storms are also expected.

During today, this wave will cross the country.

The National Commission of Emergencies requests that the public take extreme precautions  mainly in the towns and roads near to Sarapiquí, Turrialba, Cartago, Pococí, Siquirres, Guácimo, Matina, Limón and Talamanca.

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Route 34 (between San José and the south Pacific coast).

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Route 4 (the road that is along the north Atlantic coast).

Emergency officials recommend that travelers, especially tourists, be cautious on the road to the town of Vara Blanca which has been heavily affected by the rains the last weekend.

That area is very attractive to tourists who enjoy visiting the famous Waterfall of La Paz located between the Poas and Barva volcanoes.




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More strong winds, heavy downpours, and electric storms are also expected.
  
  According to the last update of the National Emergency Commission, 1,408 people have been affected.

The Emergency Commission opened 21 shelters to keep the people safe.

The majority of people are from Matina, Turrialba, Talamanca, Sarapiquí, and Limón.




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Published Thursday , July 19 , 2018 -  Fourth news page
Team from Costa Rica and UC Riverside
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By A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The University of California, Riverside informed there is significant research being conducted into sustainable solar energy production. In the past, solar panels use silicon and tin, but the new technology uses bacteriorhodopsin and graphene for what is hoped to be truly sustainable solar power.

Claudia Chaves Villarreal, a Ph.D. candidate in materials science and engineering at the University of California-Riverside’s Bourns College of Engineering, received a 2018 AAAS Pacific Division Alan E. Leviton Student Research Award for her work in the field. She is an assistant professor at the Costa Rica Institute of Technology

The $700 award will help support her ongoing collaboration with Ashok Mulchandani, the W. Ruel Johnson Chair in Environmental Engineering, which hopes to integrate biological components with photovoltaic cells to deliver solar energy.

Existing photovoltaic technology is not fully capable of realizing the promise of sustainable solar energy. Commercial and emerging photovoltaic technologies require energy-intensive extracting and manufacturing processes and often require metals like tin that generate social conflict and environmental harm with their mining. Slave and child labor, along with rampant environmental destruction and pollution are widespread in the tin mining industry, which in some places is even controlled by militias to fund wars.

Villarreal and Mulchandani are developing sustainable bio-photovoltaic technology fabricated from renewable carbon sources. A bio-photovoltaic cell integrates biological materials as functional elements in the solar cell. Instead of silicon they use the protein bacteriorhodopsin, found in halo-bacteria from salty lakes, as the component that captures sunlight in the device.

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Bacteriorhodopsin offers a potentially more environmentally friendly and effective alternative to silicon because it naturally converts solar radiation into electricity and can be produced with very little environmental impact.

The researchers integrate carbon nano materials like graphene to replace traditional transparent conductors. The award will help researchers continue improving the design of the device to increase power conversion efficiency by exploring the charge transfer mechanisms at the interfaces of the device.

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Schematic of biophotovoltaic device built from renewable carbon by integrating graphene hybrids and the phototropic protein bacteriorhodopsin.


Villarreal obtained her bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering with an emphasis on microelectronics from the Institute of Technology in 2010. She joined the Mulchandani’s bio-nanotechnology research group in 2013, supported by an academic fellowship from her university. The institute supports 50 fellows in professional development capacities at other universities.

In rural parts of Costa Rica, Villarreal is working with the the California university's chapter of Engineers without Borders to replace firewood in cooking, improve treatment of agricultural waste water and economic development with biogas generated from agriculture waste.

She also plans to help establish an academic partnership between The University of California-Riverside and the Institute of Technology that will bring students from Costa Rica to do internships at Riverside or pursue graduate degrees, as well as provide opportunities for California students to develop research projects in Costa Rica.

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Published Thursday, July 19, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Officials exchange positions

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The new president of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, Roman Macaya, is finishing his four years of work as ambassador to the United States to be replaced by the current head of the security fund, Fernando Llorca.

Llorca, Costa Rica’s the next ambassador to the United States, is a medical graduate of the Autonomous School of Medical Sciences of Central America and was the president of the fund.

Román Macaya was appointed as president of the fund, by President Carlos Alvarado. 

At the time of his appointment Macaya had not completed his term as ambassador and will not take up his new appointment until August.

Of his work in Washington, Macaya said, “They were four incredible years, full of meetings, projects, achievements and some great challenges that had to be addressed. It was also a great family experience, where we all had to adapt to the new environment. Now we return to Costa Rica with great enthusiasm and we are happy to meet with family and friends again."

Macaya will have to face great challenges now as president of the Social Security Fund. The government's social security and pensions system has increased the fees to the insured to try to generate more income to help maintain the system and ensure pensions in the future.




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Román Macaya Hayes was Costa Rican ambassador in Washington, D.C. since August 2014. 

Users’ complaints about bad services in hospitals, workers' complaints about bad conditions in buildings and protests about pensions and the union benefits of unions in the public health sector are all problems he must contend with.



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Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot
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Published Thursday , July 19, 2018 -  Sixth news page

Income Alternatives for a Low Interest Rate World

By A.M. Costa Rica wires services

In the current low interest rate environment prevalent in many developed market economies it makes little sense to park one’s investment money in conservative fixed income investments that offer poor yields; perhaps even yields lower than expected inflation rates.

Given the fact that the first few years of Baby Boomers are now retiring, and people in retirement tend to favor income producing investments, it seems there should be considerable demand for alternatives to bonds. These alternatives should pay a good income stream, should be relatively conservative, should be able to withstand an inflationary environment, and should offer diversification benefits to stocks.

This is a tall order and the fact is, as we saw in the panic of late 2008, nothing offers the diversification benefits of US Treasury Bonds or gold; pretty much all other assets fell during this time period. Nevertheless, panics aside, there are a number of investments that offer at least some diversification and have many of the other properties in which we might be interested - so let’s have a look at a few of these.

It should be stressed that all of the income alternatives mentioned below are likely more volatile than most fixed income investments, and certainly more volatile than Treasury bonds. But risk comes in many forms; and these days perhaps we should be more concerned about interest rate risk than volatility.

Preferred Stock:

These securities are generally mid-way between equity and bonds in terms of risk, although in a panic they tend to behave more like stocks. Preferred shares pay a higher dividend than common shares and receive dividend payments before any such payments are made to common stock investors. Many US bank preferreds offer current yields in the 6% range. Of note are so-called “floating-rate” preferreds that offer a dividend that is the greater of a fixed amount or a floating amount based on Libor or a similar interest rate benchmark – here by offering protection against rising interest rates.

Real Estate Investment Trusts:

These come in two flavors; mortgage trusts and equity trusts. Mortgage trusts get their cash flow from mortgages and therefore their fortunes are re-tied to the spread between their borrowing rates and their lending rates. As inflation increases, generally short-term interest rates also rise. At some point short-term rates rise faster than long-term rates and this is when mortgage REITs underperform. Equity REITs get their cash flow from property rents and sales, which tend to increase with inflation, so these are less sensitive to rising interest rates. Some mortgage REITS offer dividends over 10%, but this is because they are leveraged investments on the mortgage market – if we end up in another credit crunch or housing bust like we did in 2008 then these REITs will suffer.

Royalty Trusts and Master Limited Partnerships:

These are similar to REITs but the income stream comes from other types of assets, mostly from oil and natural gas producing properties. Canadian Royalty Trusts (most of which have actually converted to corporations and therefore are no longer technically Royalty Trusts) generally try to replenish their reserves, whereas US Royalty Trusts generally do not. This leads to differences in taxation of dividends and obviously the US Trusts have a finite life. MLPs may replenish their reserves and were traditionally structured as limited partnerships; which means different tax treatment again.

The recent changes in US tax law have taken away some of the tax benefits that MLPs have traditionally enjoyed and as a result many of these investments’ share price has dropped substantially and many are now converting from limited partnerships to corporate forms.

These investments may currently yield in the 7 percent to 9 percent range and offer a cash flow that might be inflation-protected by virtue of the fact that it is linked to oil and gas prices.




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US Business Development Companies:

This is basically a private equity investment for the common man. Normally private equity investments have high minimums but certain companies have in essence created funds that invest in private rather than public companies these are BDCs. Some, but not all, BDCs have good yields; currently in the 10% range. We can expect that BDC share prices will be highly correlated and probably somewhat more volatile than the S&P500, but the high dividends give us a cash-like, uncorrelated, income stream (as long as they are paid).


Infrastructure Funds:

These funds invest in certain infrastructure plays. For example, they might be toll-road operators, getting a cash flow from the tolls, or railroad or port operators. Generally they pay good dividends, are somewhat less volatile than stocks, and may offer inflation protection if they can increase the price of their services with inflation.

Dividend paying common stock:

Let’s not forget these - you can get a 4% or higher yield in some blue chip companies, especially in non-US markets, and others are increasing their dividend payouts as their business improves. Generally such companies tend to be less volatile than the stock market as a whole; although of course highly correlated to the stock market.

It is important to note that while the investments mentioned above are all more volatile than conservative bonds and better correlated to the stock market, the income stream that comes from the dividends has practically zero correlation to any stock market. This is an important and little understood point.

For more information on International Asset Management (IAM) and our services for Americans living abroad, please see our website and contact Peter Brahm: peterb@iamadvisors.com

 
Author’s note: Tom Zachystal is President of International Asset Management, a Registered Investment Advisor specializing in investment management and financial planning for US citizens living abroad, and is past president of the San Francisco chapter of the Financial Planning Association. This article is for informational purposes only; it is not intended to offer advice or guidance on legal, tax, or investment matters. Such advice can be given only with full understanding of a person’s specific situation.

 

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.



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Published Thursday , July 19, 2018 -  Seventh news page
Man found guilty of raping children

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 23-year-old man named Villegas was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years in prison after being found guilty of raping two minors between July and November of 2014. At the time, the victims were 8 years old.

The sentence was handed down by the Criminal Court of San Joaquín de Flores in Heredia.

Villegas was the administrator of a private soccer field, a sport very popular among children. He worked at a field known as Futbol 5 Playgrounds.

"One of the events took place inside the facilities of the soccer field called Futbol 5, where the accused worked as the person in charge of coordinating the rent. Villegas took advantage of the child's trust to take him to the parking area where he abused him and raped him," the Prosecutor General's Office said in a press release.

The second of the events happened days later when the accused invited two children to play video games at his own home, located in Heredia.

The investigation of the Prosecutor's Office found that the subject took advantage of the fact that one of the two children left the room. Villegas took that opportunity to sexually abuse and rape the second victim, the court report said.



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Villegas was the administrator of a private soccer field,
a sport very popular among children. 
  

"Days later, both victims told to their mothers what had happened, so they filed an accusation on the Prosecutor's Office and the Judicial Investigation Agency," the report said.