Former presidents sign declaration in favor of equal marriage
By A.M. Costa Rica wire services
Four former Costa Rican presidents signed a statement in favor of equal marriage for the LGBTI community. The declaration was published by an LGBTI group. Presidential signatories include: Óscar Arias Sánchez, who served from 1986 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2010), Abel Pacheco de la Espriella, who served from 2002 to 2006, Laura Chinchilla Miranda, who served from 2010 to 2014, and Luis Guillermo Solís, who took office in 2014 and served until last May.
However, although the document is promoted by the LGBTI commissioner, Luis Salazar, it does not include the signature of the current president, Carlos Alvarado.
"The President of the Republic supports the actions of the commissioner in his objective of address LGBTI issues," stated the press office of Presidential House.
In the text, the signatories send a message to the Constitutional Chamber about the binding nature of the advisory opinions of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, particularly the one issued in January of this year, where it established the right of same-sex couples to be allowed marriage without any discrimination.
"We reaffirm the binding nature of the advisory opinions issued by the Inter-American Court as a natural interpreter of the American Convention on Human Rights, based on the jurisprudence of the Constitutional Chamber and the Inter-American Court," says Point Two of the statement.
The document arrives a few days before the constitutional magistrates resolve, as they announced in July, two unconstitutional actions filed against regulations that prohibit de facto unions and marriages between people of the same sex.
"We trust that the Constitutional Chamber will reaffirm its vast jurisprudence in relation to the supra-constitutional nature of international human rights instruments, as well as respect for the principles of progressivity and non-regression in the protection of human rights," says the statement. Supporters of an equal right to marry also include deputies and ex-deputies, ex-magistrates and other ex-public officials as well as members of 182 firms.
The document, with 182 signatures is designed to help the Sala IV resolve without further delay, the actions that were presented from 2013 and 2015.
The statement reminds the constitutional magistrates that "the chamber has left a historical legacy in favor of individual, social and cultural rights, recognizing the supra-constitutional nature of the international human rights in Costa Rica as well as the binding nature of the advisory opinions of the Inter-American Court since 1995 and for three decades."
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LGBTI document does not include the signature
of the president, Carlos Alvarado.
Apart from the four former presidents, the letter is also signed by the president of the Congress, Carolina Hidalgo, and lawmakers Catalina Montero, Enrique Sanchez, Laura Guido, Nielsen Pérez, Paola Vega and José María Villalta.
Constitutional ex-judges Gilbert Armijo and Carlos Arguedas also support the initiative, as well as former criminal judges José Manuel Arroyo and Daniel González Álvarez, and the ex-Second Chamber member, Eva Camacho, according to the document.
Also subscribed are former vice presidents Kevin Casas and Rodrigo Oreamuno, the former lawmakers Enrique Obregón, Edgardo Araya, Emilia Molina, Francisco Camacho, Karla Prendas, Carmen Granados, Carmen Muñoz and Francisco Chacón, former ombuds director Montserrat Solano, former attorney general Francisco Dall'Anese, the former director of public defense, Marta Iris Muñoz, and a large number of former ministers and ex-vice ministers of several government agencies. Additionally, the document was signed by San Pedro Mayor Marcel Soler, and the rector of National University, Alberto Salom, among others.
Dams to be repaired in Matina
By A.M. Costa Rica staff
The heavy rains that hit the country in
recent weeks as a result of a tropical wave from
the Atlantic Ocean, caused heavy damage in several
localities of the national territory.
The most affected areas was at the Caribbean,which reported
multiple landslides and floods.
“I thank the contribution of the banana sector for the reconstruction work in Matina,” said the president, adding that, “The private sector, in partnership with the institutions and civil society, can achieve major improvements for Costa Rica."
The donation will support the infrastructure improvements in Matina, Mile 23, Margarita, Luzón, Bataán, Leyte, 4 Mile, Estrada, and others. In addition, banana farmers, both traditional and small producers, were also affected. The banana plantations that will benefit from the investment are Placeres, Limofrut B and C, Arenal 1 and 2, Monte Línbano, Frubasa, Banenera Palo Alto, and San Marcos.
All funds used on those public works came from the tax on banana exports.
Public schools will connect to a single broadband network
By A.M. Costa Rica
This year, 4,659 public schools in the country and the offices of the Ministry of Public Education will be connected to a single broadband network using fiber optics, at speeds exceeding 10 Mbps.
The project was announced last week, and the design will be ready in three months.
The bidding processes will start between December and January.
According to education ministry 511 schools currently lack Internet service and 67 percent have a connection with a speed of less than 10 Mbps.
The minister, Edgar Mora, said that this tool will help students understand and handle new technologies and insert themselves in a digital world.
“Once the system is up and running, students will be able to participate in programming processes with students from other schools. They can also access online research,” the minister added.
The minister also explained that in addition to universalizing access to the Internet and improving speed, the network encourages teachers to incorporate new technology into the classroom to improve overall education.
"All this will be possible with security because we will have only one internet access, not like now that each school has an internet connection, but they are not networked. The MEP has thousands of connections but there is no private network," he said.
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Public schools will be connected to the same national network.
The initiative will be financed by the ministry and the National Telecommunications Fund. It has the support from Science and Technology Ministry, the Superintendent of Telecommunications, the Omar Dengo Foundation and the National Academy of Sciences.
According to the plan, these groups will be supported by an advisory council of Costa Rican scientists.
Job fair will offer 1,500 positions
By A.M. Costa Rica staff
Students, graduates and members of the public who are looking for a job may apply for one of the 1,500 that 52 companies will offer at the Trabajamos 2018 Employment Fair.
The fair is being organized by the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica, the American University, and the Municipality of Heredia and will be held Wednesday and Thursday at the La Perla Fairground, located in Mercedes Norte in Heredia. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., both days, and entry is free.
"As every year, we carry out this type of events to support those people who are looking for work and new opportunities for their professional development," said María Fernanda Cordero, director of Laureate University.
"Trabajemos 2018 Fair, is an commitment of the local government to generate job opportunities for the benefit of the population seeking employment, through important public-private partnerships with academic institutions and the business sector of our city," said José Manuel Ulate, Heredia’s mayor .
The companies will be looking for applicants with skills in engineering, administration, finances, human resources, accounting, gastronomy, hotel management, technology, customer support, operative positions, sales executives, security, and bilingual positions, among others.
"We have to take away the idea that a job fair is just to leave the curriculum and be part of a company's database, because those companies are urged to hire new staff," said Cordero.
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The Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, August 8 and Thursday, August 9 at Heredia
Among the companies that will be
hiring are: ADOC of Costa Rica, Amazon, Andaz,
AR Holdings, Atmos, Auto Market, BAC
Credomatic, Barceló, Bosch, Centriz CR,
Cinépolis, Coca-Cola, American Ice Cream
Company (Ice Cream POPS), Corporate
Communications (CCK), Convergys, DCC, SA, Wow
Retail SA, International Bookstore, Dell Costa
Rica, Automotive District, DXC Technology, EPA
Hardware Stores, Ferromax, GFT, Grupo Bimbo,
Grupo Laurete, Grupo Marta, Grupo Multivex ,
STT Group, Hologic, Intense, Moodys Analitics,
MRDOS Security, National Instruments Costa
Rica, Vision Optics, Pricesmart, Redvolution
Shopper Marketing, Subway Costa Rica, Sykes,
Tek Experts, Teleperformance, Aliss Store,
Ekono Stores, and Walmart.
|Reconstruction of damaged infrastructure 50 percent complete|
By A.M. Costa Rica staff
Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Response
reported that of the 16 projects in the Southern Zone,
half are completed. The reconstructions are of
infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Otto and Tropical
Storm Nate. The hurricane struck the country on Nov.
23, 2016, and the tropical storm hit the country on
Oct. 4 and 5 last year.
Public Works Ministry courtesy photo
Eleven people died after Hurracane Nate and ten peple died after Hurricane Otto
Regarding the purchase of supplies and materials for farmers of Corredores, Golfito and Osa, Solis confirmed that the commission approved ¢100 million. The construction of a vehicle bridge added ¢580 million.
Storm Nate caused the death of at least 11 people, forced the opening of 178 shelters, and left behind great economic losses. In the wake of Hurricane Otto, 10 people died and losses of ¢130 billion were generated.
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Think back a couple of weeks to pots. Remember pots? Now, let’s talk about what you are putting in the pots. Let’s get potted!
Okay, okay, let’s get the plants potted. When it’s all said and done, it will be time for a glass of wine.
Truth is, I don’t pot a lot of plants. Most of them go in the ground around here even if they come in a pot. And then there are the orchids that come in pots. I don’t like orchids in pots. Yesterday we stopped at La Garita Centrale to look for canna lilies and they had a nice low price on phalaenopsis and dendrobium orchids all in – you guess it – pots with the flowers attached to stakes so they would stay upright. No, no, no. Phalaenopsis orchids look great on stakes as a centerpiece on your table but they are epiphytes! That upright inflorescence is supposed to be pendulant and that plant should be on a nice slab of wood or tree fern. Once mine finish blooming, that is where they will go.
But enough (well, not for me) about orchids. What about things that go in pots?
I have a dear friend who loves her plants in pots. Not ordinary pots, mind you. She has beautiful ceramic and stone pots, and she knows what to do with them. Masses of petunias tumble over the sides of pots at her home. African violets are in lovely cachepots look lovely. Begonias spill out of a pot that sits on a carved stand and brighten up the deck, and hanging baskets decorate the eaves.
So what’s so good about potted plants? Well, it’s easy to move them, and I think that’s what a lot of people like best about them. Your petunias getting too much rain? Move them into a covered area. Not enough sun? Move them to a new spot on the patio.
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Mix and match your potted plants. Need them to be different heights? Make some little boxes of varying heights, cover them with some of that fake indoor/outdoor grass and put your potted plants on them. Fill a corner, hide an ugly spot, hang them on a fence. Having a party? Bring in a couple of potted plants for a day or two and then put them back outside. Have a guest? Put a plant in the guest bedroom. So versatile and no digging.
So, do I have a potted plant? Yes I do. In fact, I have three. But my reason is simple: They are potted and hidden so that the leaf cutter ants won’t devour them.
Plant for the Week
Instead of one plant, here are a whole bunch of plants, all in hanging baskets at Hotel Casa Roland in Pavas. If the sun is making your deck too hot, here is a way to cool things down and soothe the spirit at the same time. I highly recommend it.