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 Women Export helps female entrepreneurs

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Itan Wix Co. was created as a result of the need to teach a child the multiplication tables. Laura Ortiz, founder and owner, created a method for her child to learn the tables and continue the school process normally. The new method was very successful and also helped other children in the school to learn math in a way that was easier and more fun.

Since its development four years ago, Itan Wix – a game to aid learning – has become a program sold in 50 stores nationwide. The game Itan Wix has now its own Facebook page and the company is in the process of setting the game up to be exported.

Founder Ortiz said that the export program for women helped guide her through the process and gave her advice on “how to develop my company.”

With Itan Wix are 20 other companies led by women who are part of the Women Export Program created by the Costa Rican Promoter of Foreign Trades.

The minister of Foreign Trade, Dyalá Jiménez, commented on the importance of this program that calls for more women to become exporters.

"This initiative aims to include women in internationalization processes through a policy of promoting inclusion and the development of at least 30 companies that promote exports," said Jimenez.

Micaela Mazzei, director of the Costa Rican Promoter of Foreign Trades said:  "The inclusion of more women in internationalization processes is already a global trend. This is because it is not only a matter of responsibility and equity, it is a matter of economic development and opportunity for the countries that promote it. We trust in the talent and quality of the products and services of Costa Rican businesswomen, and we know that there is an opportunity for them in international markets."

In 2018, the 20 women who are currently in the process of exporting for the first time or exporting to new markets were selected. The next open call will be held in October, when it is hoped that there will be 10 new companies in the program.


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The new method was very successful and also helped other children in the school to learn math in a way that was easier and more fun.


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Women who own a company and wish to participate in the program must meet these requirements: Know the full process and production capacity of her own company, the product must be registered according to the Ministry of Health requirements, and she must have at least two years of selling the product. Women interested  in being part of this program can get more information at: womenexport@procomer.com



Moody's notes evidence of lack of financial supervision

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Rocío Aguilar, the Finance minister, reported Aug. 7 that the government has paid internal debt in the last two months, but that those payments were outside of the budget and without the authorization of the legislature.

The rating risk firm Moody's reacted to this assertion and said that this action highlights the absence of adequate financial supervision in Costa Rica.

In February 2017, this risk rating agency granted a grade of Ba2 to the country with a negative outlook.

The government of Carlos Alvarado inherited the budget of the previous year, which was made by the team of president Luis Guillermo Solis. That inherited budget settled the limits of the repayments of the debt. Even so, after a short time the top of the budget was exceeded.

"The Costa Rican law allows the government to continue making debt payments beyond the limit, so that debtors are protected," explains the rating agency's publication. It adds, "However, doing so may entail sanctions for the officials involved."

July 31 the government requested that the legislature authorize an increase the debt payments at ¢600 billion ($1.06 billion), equivalent to 1.8 percent of gross domestic product.

According to Moody's, this series of events shows that the Costa Rican government does not have adequate financial supervision and internal communication.

The situation is compounded by the permanent institutional weakness that Costa Rica has shown in the last decade, a period in which it has not managed to get fiscal reform approved in the legislature, the ratings firm said in its report.



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The farms contained more than 19,000 head
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"Costa Rica is in a difficult financial situation with large fiscal imbalances and an increasing burden of debt. The fiscal balance of the central government has deteriorated steadily since the global financial crisis," the statement said.

The country went from a surplus of 0.6 percent in 2007 to a deficit of 6.2 percent in 2017.

According to the report, the continuing deficits have brought total debt to almost 50 percent of gross domestic product last year, an upward process that began in 2008.


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Two U.S. women marry in Costa Rica

By A.M. Costa Rica wire services


A couple of New York women decided to travel to Costa Rica to get married.

They are Dacia Kwiatkowski and Rachel Chase, both residents of Brooklyn, who decided to travel to Cahuita in Limón Province to get married.

The ceremony was attended by 37 people, including family and friends of the couple.

They came to marry in Costa Rica because it was here that they made the first trip together six years ago.

Dacia said, "That visit marked the lives of both of us. We rafted for two days. We explored the jungle in Manzanillo, and from the first moment we felt Cahuita was our own."

"When we decided to get married, we remembered the beautiful national park and the quiet culture of pure life, and we decided that Cahuita would be a great place to begin our married life together. We contacted Gaycations to see if they knew of a wedding planner. Our friends Yeiling and Ernesto took us to Playa Negra Guest House, and we were delighted when we saw the garden," she continued.

The couple met on the subway in New York City. According to Dacia, the train braked quickly and the women collide with each other. From that moment, there was an immediate connection.

After a relationship of five years, the pair decided to go rock climbing. When they reached the top of a cliff, Rachel proposed to Dacia.

She acknowledged that the fact of being a lesbian was not easy at first and that the acceptance of the family is vital.

Dacia said that although they were married in Costa Rica, they must complete all their paperwork and documentation in the United States to make the wedding legal.

"The right to marry is much appreciated because it gives us the right to support each other in difficult times," she said.

Same-sex may be legal in Costa Rica in 18 months, and Dacia said that everyone deserves the opportunity in society to find the person with whom to spend the rest of their lives.


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"Everyone deserves the opportunity in society to find the person with whom to spend the rest of their lives."


Marco Castillo, representative of the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans movement, celebrated the event and argued that it provides hope for making this type of union possible in the country.

Castillo also said that it makes them reflect on the importance of guaranteeing human rights, which should not be postponed.

"An activity like this fills us with hope. We are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. We do not know if it will take us 18 months or more. The fact that this couple has come here and has done us the honor of getting married here opens an international path of respect for our rights," he concluded.

The Constitutional Court has endorsed equal marriage and gave the legislature a period of 18 months to make changes to the constitution to allow equal married in Costa Rica.


The news was published by the Diario Extra



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Government receives more requests for refuge than
those estimated by international organizations


By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Carlos Maldonado, representative of the U. N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said the organization estimated an approximate 9,000 refugee applications here in 2018.

The majority come from Nicaragua due to the sociopolitical crisis of the last four months.

Maldonado said that the commission, like all international organizations, had done planning for the year and that taking into account the uptrend, thought that there would be 9,000 requests for refugee status by the end of the year.

However, according to the data of the General Direction of Migration, 10,425 refugee applications have been received from Nicaraguans, and 7,000 requests had been registered  from Nicaraguans and others countries before the crisis for a total of 17,425 applications. This is almost double the number of applications projected by the commission.

By year, Costa Rica has received:

In 2014, 2,400 refugee applications were registered.

In 2015, refugee applications decreased to 2,200.

In 2016, the number of applications doubled to 4,500

Last year, applications increased to 6,300.

So far in 2018, the country has a record of more than 17,000 requests.


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The majority come from Nicaragua due to the sociopolitical crisis of the last four months.  
 
"We currently have around 17,000 people. These figures, in the context of Costa Rica with the institutional capacity, with the legislative framework and with the capacity that there is in Costa Rica, seem to me figures that are absolutely manageable," said Maldonado.



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University medical students attend 7,900 patients  
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Janella Murillo Rodríguez went to the Costa Rican Social Security Fund in 2017 to continue her medical observation and treatment.

She discovered that in order to continue treatment she required an abdominal ultrasound but was told she had to wait almost six months for this diagnostic test.

The reality of a long wait affected an additional 7,918 people. However, thanks to a new initiative created by the Specialty in Radiology and Medical Imaging of the University of Costa Rica, those who require an ultrasound will receive it promptly, the university reported.

This means that Janella only had to wait three months for her appointment.

The radiology residents of the university, general practitioners in the last year of specialty, are providing a vital contribution to the national public health system, the university said.

From 2016 to 2017, the students performed 3,704 ultrasounds at the Calderón Guardia Hospital. In that same period, the students at the Carlos Luis Valverde Vega Hospital carried out 908 more tests.

Students also performed 2,102 tests in the San Juan de Dios Hospital and, in the Hospital México, 1,204. All this work was performed under the guidance of a teacher.

"The UCR started this idea in 2016. The first residents moved to San Ramón. Others did the exams in the Hospital Mexico, in San Juan de Dios and in the Calderón Guardia. Only in San Ramón, it was possible to carry out more than 900 studies scheduled for five years. This place was one of the sites with the greatest need and in which we managed to have a favorable impact,” said Manuel Hernández Gaitán, a physician and coordinator of the specialty.

The contribution of these students helps to speed up the ultrasounds most required by Social Security patients, including diagnostics for the abdomen, neck, urinary tract and breasts, areas where an early diagnosis and immediate treatment are most urgent, the university said.

This support is part of the final work before a doctor can graduate. Currently, the university offers four options as a final requirement to graduate as a specialist: an investigation, a bibliographical review, a project or a practical work.

The students are the ones who decide which one to take, and the practical work has been the most selected, according to the university.

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The students performed 7.900 ultrasounds.




Laura Jiménez Redondo, who performed her practice at the Carlos Luis Valverde Hospital in San Ramón says that choosing practical work is often because it results in helping the patient. “When reviewing a topic or conducting an investigation, one can learn a lot, but that is not necessarily reflected in the improvement of other people.” She added that some of the reviews are simply archived and many student doctors want “to do something that would have an impact on a hospital in need."

Each student provides 100 hours of service in the medical centers defined by Social Security. The work of future specialists is gaining strength in the daily struggle against the diseases that most afflict Costa Ricans, such as breast cancer. According to Hernández, if the presence of this disease is discovered early, the percentage of cure is almost 90 percent.

Janella Murillo, one of the beneficiaries of the program stated: "In my case, I have nodules in the thyroid and cysts in the ovaries. I have arrived at the radiology service, and they leave me on the waiting list. It has happened that I have an appointment with the doctor and they have not yet performed the ultrasound. I have waited from six months to more than a year. With this project of the UCR I waited three months.”

The current objective of the university is to increase its presence in rural areas. In 2018, a first step was taken when, for the first time, two students left the great metropolitan area and went to the south of the country.


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Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Only two of 10 seniors are healthy

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Social Security authorities are concerned about the prevalence of chronic diseases in people over 64 years old, diseases that could be avoided with healthy habits.

Only four of 10 senior adults eat the recommended daily allowance of fruit and have some daily exercise or physical activity.

According to an analysis of common diseases, it can be noted that only two out of 10 older adults are healthy. According to the most recent survey of cardiovascular risk factors, only 21.74 percent of the population over 64 years is healthy, meaning without diabetes, without hypertension and without high cholesterol.

When the analysis is extended to other disease risk factors, the population only 18.56 percent of the population over 64 years is healthy with no diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and with no current smoking or alcohol consumption.

By focusing on people who do have disease, Roy Wong, who specializes in epidemiological surveillance, drew attention to the fact that eight out of 10 have diseases that are related to habits that are the responsibility of the patient, such as a diet high in fats, sugars, and flour and a sedentary lifestyle.

Physical activity is one of those concerns of the institution, since older adults do not perform the physical activity recommended for their age. In this country, physical inactivity in a population greater than or equal to 65 years of age is 61.6 percent in both sexes, 52.7 percent in men and 69.5 percent in women.


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Only four of 10 senior adults eat the recommended daily allowance of fruit and have some daily exercise or physical activity.

Regarding diet, it is recommended that everyone consume five servings of fruits and vegetables daily but, in those over 65, only 40.8 percent of men and 36.1 percent of women eat the recommended amounts.

Wong stressed that if people reach 50 without chronic diseases and maintain a high degree of control over their health, they can reach 70 years without disease. This increases their life expectancy beyond that age.

The executive president of Social Security, Román Macaya Hayes, pointed out that a strategic line of action should be the comprehensive approach to health in the elderly and said that health services should focus attention on promoting a healthy lifestyle to reinforce the idea that life can be long and healthy.



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Most estate planning books focus on legal formalities. Pa$$ing On: What’s Fair in Family Inheritance? delves deeper, helping you avoid emotional minefields and create a will that’s fair to your survivors. Former Costa Rica resident Ruth Dixon-Mueller, Ph.D. brings a unique perspective to bear on inheritance practices in the United States. Published Sept. 2017; $14.00 plus shipping at Amazon. Click Here

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Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica
A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $2.99. Visit Amazon to preview or purchase Click Here
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"No Meek Messiah"
The author Paulkovich says Jesus was a mythical-character. From the page 55 (Roman leaders decide they need a god, any viable god, to hold the flagging empire together) and page 61 (in 391AD, Roman Emperor Theodosius elevates Jesus, posthumously, to divinity.)
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"Beyond All Religion"
In that book, author Samuel Butler agrees with the thrust of Paulkovich’s new book, revealing that Christianity was chosen by a vote at the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE over several other contending religions. Sample Sam’s book Click Here
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The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise
By James J. Brodell
Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions.
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The New Golden Door to Retirement and Living in Costa Rica: The official guide to relocation
By Christopher Howard
This guidebook was published to HELP people of all ages and budgets move to Costa Rica SUCCESSFULLY and make their dreams come true.
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Life is a Tropical Garden
By Victoria Torley
A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea.
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Make gifts from dollars or colones
Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. Preview or purchase at Amazon. Click Here

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The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson
Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1million, but it comes with one condition... the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back. Buy the book on Amazon. Click Here
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Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 -  Sixth news page
Costa Rican pineapples could reach Oceania

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Authorities of the State Phytosanitary Service of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock met last week with a delegation from New Zealand to continue the process that could place the Costa Rican pineapple in that country.

The Phytosanitary Service in conjunction with the productive sector requested market access for fresh Costa Rican pineapple. They sent their counterpart in New Zealand, the Ministry of Primary Industries, technical information on this crop to initiate the development of the export standard for pineapple.

As part of this process, a delegation from New Zealand was in Costa Rica to exchange information and visit pineapple production areas and packing plants in the areas of Guapiles, Sarapiquí, San Carlos and Upala.

The objective of the visit was to observe and understand the operation of phytosanitary procedures in the country and the pineapple production process in order to assess the risk of the transport of pests.

In addition to fresh pineapple, Costa Rican experts discussed the possibility of exporting frozen and dehydrated products to New Zealand, which could follow a shorter procedure, because the processing process minimized the risk of introducing non-native insects to New Zealand.

The State Phytosanitary Service and the Foreign Commerce Promoter, together with the National Chamber of Pineapple Producers and Exporters and the Costa Rican pineapple producing sector, have made efforts in the coordination of this visit so that products of Costa Rican plant origin may have access to the New Zealand market in the future, those involved said.


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A.M. Costa Rica wire services photo 

According to Pineapple Producers  there are currently around 44,500 hectares of land dedicated to pineapple cultivation. 


According to Pineapple Producers statistics, there are currently around 44,500 hectares of land dedicated to cultivation in 16 cantons, divided into: Northern Zone with 24,653 hectares, equivalent to 56 percent of the cultivated area, the Atlantic with 11,188 hectares and represents 25 percent, and the Pacific allocates 8,659 hectares, which constitutes 19 percent of the cultivated area.

The current destinations for Costa Rican pineapple are: 53 percent to North America, 44 percent to the European Union, 2 percent to the rest of Europe and 1 percent to other markets.




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Jaco Oceanfront Furnished Condo
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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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* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project in a quiet area. * There are 88 clear titled parcels. * Mountain areas with great views.
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* 12 minutes to the Quepos airport or Quepos Hospital.
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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.
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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.

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Published Wednesday, August 15, 2018 -  Seventh news page

Speeding is apparent cause of multiple fatalities 

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

According to a Traffic Police report, 893 drivers have been fined this year for put children at risk in cars and motorcycles.

Of those fined, 820 were for transporting children under 12 years of age without using special seating.

According to the traffic regulations, the safety seats or booster are: baby's car seat (0 to 1 year), child car seat (1 to 4 years), booster back support (4 to 6 years) and booster without back support (6 to 12 years).

73 people were fined for carrying children under 5 on their motorcycles which is illegal.

In both cases the fine is ¢211,041, and drivers will receive a penalty of 4 points on their licenses.

"We are not talking about money,” said the director general of the Traffic Police, German Marín. He said that ignoring the traffic law, “is strictly linked to endangering, increasing the risks, that a child is injured or killed." He added that, in terms of money, the fine is much higher than the cost of a booster seat of some kind so, “it is cheaper to comply with the law. In the case of motorcyclists, the restriction is due to the fact that a child less than 5 years old does not have the capacity to adequately hold onto the motorcycle or the adult driver.”


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Public Transport Ministry courtesy  photo        

The fine is ¢211,041, and drivers will receive
a penalty of 4 points on their licenses.