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Luxury pension cuts save over $17 million

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Legislative reforms applied to luxury pensions have saved the country over $17 million thus far. The reforms included topping out pensions and special tax contributions required on pensions over a certain amount, called a solidarity contribution.

The reforms also include pegging the increase in pensions to the cost of living and eliminating the 30 percent annual pension increase of former legislators.

The Labor Ministry has made significant progress in the presentation to the General Attorney of the cases in which an individual was exempted from the solidarity contribution, it reported. The cases involve 340 pensions in the National Teachers' Distribution System. This will allow annual savings to the treasury estimated at more than $3 million annually, the government estimated.

"We see how the implementation of measures in the different pension schemes administered by the National Pensions Directory is giving really positive results with significant numbers of savings. This is the path we will follow in order to protect and strengthen the public treasury," said the minister of Labor and Social Security, Steven Núñez Rímola.

He added that, in addition, "We’ll continue to make progress in applying special solidarity contributions to luxury pensions that for various reasons had not been implemented as in the case of the National Magisterium or were recently created.”

The projects to reform the government’s pension system were promoted during the previous four years by different legislative fractions such as Liberación Nacional, Frente Amplio and the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana, as well as by the government, in a joint effort to curb the so-called platinum pensions. Measures similar to these have been applied to the pensions of the judiciary.

This is the detail given by the government of the results for the application of the legislative reforms to luxury pensions:

Special solidarity and re-distributive contribution:

It applies to luxury pensions charged to the national budget which exceed 10 times the lowest base salary paid in public administration. According to reports from the Finance Ministry, the application of this contribution between January 2017 and June 2018, saved a total of almost $11 million.

Limit to the growth of all pensions from the National Budget:

A uniform revaluation methodology was established for all pension schemes charged to the national budget (except National Magisterium) so that pensions are increased according to the cost of living determined by the government.

According to estimates from the National Pension Administration, this will result in a savings to the government of about $6.4 million.


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The projects to reform the government’s pension system were promoted during the previous four years.

This amount includes the savings that have been achieved with the elimination of the revaluation of 30 percent per year of a total of 124 pensions of former deputies.

Extension of the quotation in special regimes, charged to the national budget:

The new solidarity contribution charged to pensions over a certain amount is adding about $380,000 monthly to the treasury. This includes the increase in the contribution of active employees and pensioners and totals over $1 million from May to July.

Additionally, a reform was applied to the expiration of pensions administered by the National Pensions Directory, which brought an estimated saving of over $600,000, the government estimated.

The Labor Ministry said it has made significant progress in presenting 340 cases to the attorney general regarding exemptions granted by the National Teachers' Distribution System.

Currently, the governing council has approved the submission of 165 cases and, of these, 137 cases have been transferred to the attorney general. The cases charge injury and seek to recover sums that have been overdrawn. They also want to apply the solidarity contribution to pensions of the National Magisterium (that is the public teachers’ pensions administrative organization) regime. If the court determines the money has been paid inappropriately, the government hopes to recover that money.

The solidarity contribution is applied to pensions that exceed $7,000 a month and this will serve to strengthen the pension funds of the National Magisterium, the government said. According to the pension system, if that contribution is applied correctly, over $3 million would be collected annually.



Costa Ricans march against xenophobia

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Hundreds of Costa Ricans marched this weekend to protest discrimination against Nicaraguans.

With the march, they confirmed their belief that Costa Rica must be a nation of solidarity and inclusion.

Many foreigners who live in the country also joined the march. The crowd sang phrases like "Ticos and Nicas somos hermanos" (Costa Ricans and Nicaraguans are like brothers).

The march is the response to the protest made by a group of people Aug. 18 at La Merced Park. That protest against the presence of Nicaraguans in the country resulted in 44 arrests and the seizure of knives and Molotov cocktails.

The march in support of the immigrants passed peacefully in the Plaza de la Democracia.

The police reported that there were no violent incidents.

Randall Picado, director of the San José police, said "the march of this Saturday, 25, passed with total normality from 10 a.m., when two groups of people began to march, one from the University of Costa Rica and another one from the La Merced Park, to join in the Plaza de la Democracia."


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The police reported that there were no violent incidents.

The event was also motivated by the protests against the government in Nicaragua and in support of immigrants fleeing the crisis. The four months of protests in Nicaragua have left about 400 dead.

"The people came in a peaceful attitude, none of the songs was aggressive, that's the big difference," the police director added.



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Basic food basket: To tax or exempt?

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The basic food basket is a list of consumer products which are considered to be the minimum products that a family should be able to buy for their sustenance. Among these products are: milk, rice, sugar, eggs, beans, coffee, and bread.

The government, through Partido Acción Ciudadana, is trying to convince the legislature and the members of the Special Commission of Fiscal Reform to reverse the motion that was approved last week to exempt the basic food basket and private schools from the proposed value-added tax.

Last week, the four legislators who voted to keep the food basket exempt were José María Villalta of Frente Amplio Party, Carlos Avendaño and Eduardo Cruickshank of National Restoration Party, Walter Muñoz of National Integration Party and Gustavo Viales of theNational Liberation Party.

The government has explained that exempting the food basket and private schools could be equal to $16,000,000 less in government income.

The Finance Minister, Rocio Aguilar, indicated her dissatisfaction with the changes in the fiscal plan.

"If the text (referring to the original text of the new tax plan) continues" draining," that is, exonerations are still approved, the feasibility of continuing with this tax reform should be evaluated.”


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The Tax Reform Commission will continue reviewing
the motions today.



In addition, she warned, "Without the tax plan, the government would be forced to cut its budget and even reduce the number of employees."

By the last day of last week’s session, the legislature had studied 437 motions of 873. The Tax Reform Commission will continue reviewing the motions today.



  
President of Spain will visit Costa Rica

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The last visit of a president of Spain was in 2004, when José Luis Rodriguez visited Costa Rica to participate in the Ibero-American Summit.

The new President of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, will visit Costa Rica Thursday and Friday as part of a working tour on Latin American countries.

The visit will strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries and allow collaboration on environmental issues, said Vice President Epsy Campbell.

"The meetings will include two axes of work. The first, related to environmental issues, because it is a priority for Costa Rica to share with Spain the proposal to decarbonize the economy. On the other hand, we will address the issues of bilateral cooperation and the political and economic empowerment of women. There are important opportunities to create strategic alliances and move forward with an agenda for social inclusion," said Campbell.

Costa Rica hopes to deepen its relations with Spain with the objective of generating greater strategic alliances with that nation, especially in matters related to disarmament, the promotion of peace and democracy, the defense of human rights, the protection of the environment, and sustainable development, the Foreign Ministry said.

President Carlos Alvarado and Vice President Epsy Campbell will receive President Sánchez at the Yellow House, the headquarters of the Foreign Affairs Ministry Thursday.


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The presidents and their respective delegations will hold a meeting to discuss issues of foreign policy.



The presidents and their respective delegations will hold a meeting to discuss issues of foreign policy as well as the effectiveness of international cooperation for the development of the environmental policies of Costa Rica.


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Poás Volcano National Park reopens !

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


"Everything is ready for the reopening of the Poás Volcano National Park," Environment Minister Pamela Castillo said. She added, “ They are in the last details of the coordination of the agenda of the president, to define the opening date.”

Traders, tour operators and transporters in the area received instruction on the new operational model for the re-opening on the park.

Lionel Araya, president of the Chamber of Commerce of the Poás Volcano region, said that everyone is thrilled that the park is re-opening and understands the ticket reservation system.

Five eruption refuges are completed, and there are already four gas measurement sensors for real-time detection of high levels of sulfuric acid and other gases potentially harmful to humans.

If there is an emergency, a protocol will be activated to move visitors to a shelter where 70 helmets, 140 air filters and 70 masks will be available for individual use.

The recent investment is around $175,000 and allows everything to be ready for the reopening of the second most visited national park in the country, a runner-up to the Manuel Antonio National Park in Quepos.

There will be a new access logistic that will regulate visitation and consists of a limited time, just 20 minutes, at the crater for each group of 50 people and a maximum visitation of 1,000 people per day.

At present, only the parking lots, sanitary services and access to the crater are reopened.

Depending on the behavior of the volcano, the cafeteria, shop, amphitheaters, family areas and other trails, including the trail to the Botos lagoon, would be reopened.


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Poas Volcano is the second most visited national
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Castillo recalled that the government is committed to the safety of visitors and park rangers at the Poás volcano, so the reopening must be done in a responsible and professional manner.

The resources for the purchase of the equipment and the construction of the refuges amount to $135,000 and was obtained from the Second Exchange of Debt for Nature USA- CR which is managed by the Costa Rica por Siempre Association and additional agencies.

With the help of volcanologists from the Volcanological and Seismological Observatory of Costa Rica and staff from the Costa Rican Tourism Broad, more than 500 guides have been trained to accompany visitors and explain the characteristics of the volcano. Guides will also show visitors the effects of the volcanic activity, like pipes bent by the stones thrown out by the colossus.


Sun Country increasing flights to Liberia

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Sun Country, a U.S. airline, has announced that it will increase its flights for the high season, December to March 2019. A total of 15 new direct flights to Liberia from Minneapolis and St. Paul will bring the airline’s total high season flights to 53, up from 38.

Sun Country Airline was founded in 1982 by a small group of pilots and hostesses in Minneapolis-St. Paul and the airline reports that their first flight was between Sioux Falls and Las Vegas in 1983.

With the increase, the airline will add 53 flights distributed as follows: six in December 2018; 14 in January, 15 in February and 18 in March 2019.

"This increase in operations of the Sun Country Company reflects the continued interest and confidence of the U.S. market in the destination of Costa Rica. According to the projections, this will be one of the most important high seasons we have had in recent years. We hope it will bring many benefits for all the communities," said the Tourism minister, María Amalia Revelo.

Minneapolis-Saint Paul is the largest metropolitan area in the state of Minnesota with a population of over 3 million. During the winter months, heavy snows and low temperatures hit the state, making a trip to Costa Rica extremely attractive.

Hermes Navarro, the man responsible for attracting air flights to Costa Rica, said, “our intention is to continue growing gradually with sustained tourism from North America to both international airports."

He said that in Juan Santamaría  Airport there was an increase in arrivals from North America (Canada, U.S.A and Mexico) of 6.5 percent in May and 7.5 percent in June. In the specific case of tourists from the United States, the percentage increased from 8.2 percent in May to 9.2 percent in June.


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Meanwhile, at the Daniel Oduber Quirós Airport in Liberia, Guanacaste, visitation from the three markets of North America (United States, Canada and Mexico) grew by 8.6 percent in May and 11.9 percent in June.

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The new restaurant

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Restaurants come and restaurants go, and the ones that are going to go, usually go pretty quickly.

This seems to be especially true in Costa Rica. But there are exceptions.

So what does it take to succeed in the restaurant business in Costa Rica? Is it really about location, location, location? Well, in part, it is.

Take Nuevo Arenal for example. In a 15-km diameter circle, there are 19 restaurants. And Arenal is not exactly a top tourist destination.

The area gets a lot of to and from traffic, but not a lot of tourists who stay for a week. Choosing to start a restaurant here is tricky especially when some established restaurants pay a bonus to tourist firms so their buses will stop for lunch and also feed the bus driver for free.

It can be hard to compete with that. So Nuevo Arenal is not a location for a new restaurant unless . . . . to survive here, you need more. You need business from native Costa Ricans and business from local expats.

That means you have to have the other two parts of a successful plan – good food and good pricing.

Now, if you are giving a kickback to tourist companies, you really don’t need either. After all, the tourist is here and gone and probably not coming through town again.

Serve it fast and get them back on the bus is the motto. But repeat trade? Nah.

Repeat trade is the heart and soul of a local business, and there is a local restaurant that almost has it all – in fact, it was so good that it had to expand after eight months in business.

Welcome to El Corral in the little town of Aguacate between Rio Piedras and Nuevo Arenal. Most tourists stop in one of those two towns for food, so the survival and growth of this little restaurant is something of a surprise.

It does not have location going for it. What it does have is the other two-thirds of the equation plus a bonus.


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The chef at El Corral is from San José and knows his business. The food is top rate and the prices are reasonable. Local Ticos eat there for the Costa Rican specialties.

Local expats eat there for the variety from local food to perfect steaks and shrimp. And it doesn’t hurt that local expats, who communicate through Facebook, have raved about the place or that it has become a key restaurant for group breakfasts, luncheons, and birthday celebrations.

It also helps that the grill is open to the restaurant and diners can watch their food cook and, since it is ‘the corral’ that cute little calf is a draw. But what really puts it over the top? Staff is friendly and open and they just seem happy to be doing what they are doing. It is relaxed and relaxing.

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Greenhouse visitors

By Victoria Torley


When you live in the tropics and you have a greenhouse, you have to expect visitors. Sometimes you show them around and answer questions about orchids and orchid growing. Sometimes you watch them and sometimes you want them to go away. A greenhouse, you see, is almost impossible to seal up completely.

I suppose it would be worse if I lived in India. Every morning I would let my mongoose out into the greenhouse to deal with any cobra that might have snuck in during the night . . . . On the other hand, a terciopelo might sneak in during the night, and I don’t have a mongoose.

So far, I have been lucky. No leaf cutter ants yet, just a few tiny ants in my wooden orchid mounts that I can get rid of with some Raid. A millipede here, a centipede there, and the occasional slug drinking stale beer (if you don’t know that method of dealing with slugs, get yourself online and look it up).

I do get little butterflies in the greenhouse, but they mostly manage to get out themselves. If there is a large butterfly or a moth, I just get out the butterfly net. That’s how I removed this moth from the greenhouse. It’s not that he wasn’t welcome, but he seemed to want to leave. I had expected a bird or two, but that hasn’t happened.

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When you live in the tropics and you have a greenhouse, you have to expect visitors. Sometimes you show them around and answer questions about orchids and orchid growing. Sometimes you watch them and sometimes you want them to go away. A greenhouse, you see, is almost impossible to seal up completely.

I suppose it would be worse if I lived in India. Every morning I would let my mongoose out into the greenhouse to deal with any cobra that might have snuck in during the night…On the other hand, a terciopelo might sneak in during the night and I don’t have a mongoose.

So far, I have been lucky. No leaf cutter ants yet, just a few tiny ants in my wooden orchid mounts that I can get rid of with some Raid. A millipede here, a centipede there, and the occasional slug drinking stale beer (if you don’t know that method of dealing with slugs, get yourself online and look it up).

I do get little butterflies in the greenhouse, but they mostly manage to get out themselves. If there is a large butterfly or a moth, I just get out the butterfly net. That’s how I removed this moth from the greenhouse.

It’s not that he wasn’t welcome, but he seemed to want to leave. I had expected a bird or two, but that hasn’t happened.

 


What I do have that is very welcome is a lovely lizard in jewel-like colors. Sadly he would not hold still for a picture. Lizards are welcome in the greenhouse because they eat bugs and no one needs bugs in the greenhouse. With any luck, if a wandering leaf cutter wanders in, he will be eaten before he snacks on anything.

The other day, while I was misting the plants, I did discover another visitor and this one would have alarmed some gardeners. Fortunately, I know my venomous from non-venomous snakes and just ran for the camera. Unlike the lizard, this one was happy to pose for the camera coiled in a Catasetum.

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Some people are afraid of all snakes, which seems a waste because most snakes are harmless and timid and it doesn’t take long to learn which ones you can befriend and which ones you should stay away from.

As for this snake, he can stay as long as he doesn’t eat the lizard.

Plant for the Week

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Life is both amazing and tenacious. Decades ago, a seed fell on moss on the top of this rock and began to grow. It survived storms and high winds and sent its roots down tiny cracks in the rock absorbing whatever nutrients they could find until they reached the soil.  There are probably many examples of the tenacity of trees and their ability to grow against all hardships. This one is on the short-cut road around Tilarán. If you know of another, send me a picture and you may see it in a column. Life finds a way.



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Published Monday, August 27
, 2018 -  Sixth news page

Costa Rican operatives used by UK drug ring

By A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A drug cartel from the United Kingdom was using Costa Ricans to enhance its operations in this country. The ring was smashed when officers from Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police raided five houses, an apartment, a factory and a packing plant.

Five men and six women were arrested but there was no sign of the Israeli kingpin, who police said they believe is either on the run or dead.

The ring was exposed when 133 kg of cocaine were discovered hidden in a consignment of pineapples bound for Cork. Police believe the route may have been in operation for as long as a year.

Detectives think that the drug ring, known as the Kinahan Cartel, was primarily involved in the logistics of smuggling the product between countries.

They suspect that the supply of drugs was provided by an Israeli gang which also had men on the ground to control and monitor the movement of the container.

Police are now concentrating on finding the people whose job it was to remove the drug from the port of Cork for distribution in Dublin and the United Kingdom.

Members of the Garda Drug and Organized Crime Bureau have established a special team to investigate the Costa Rica smuggling route. The An Garda Síochána is the national police of the Republic of Ireland.

The investigators — who held meetings with authorities in Costa Rica this week — are trying to track down the Kinahan cartel associates involved in the plot.

A source said: “Their role in this international smuggling plan was to provide logistics at the ports. They would have had a representative in Central America but the main function was to remove the pineapple boxes into a suitable form of transport that was clean. Once the drugs had successfully been transported, their role then was to break them up before distributing them to other gangs. The package was due to go to Ireland and to the UK with all the profits being shared. When international crime gangs come together they all have a specific role and in this case the Kinahan speciality is logistics.”

Meanwhile, Costa Rican authorities are continuing to hunt for the Israeli drug suspect.


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The investigation was published by The Sun Irish

Costa Rica’s Security minister, Michael Soto, said the suspect, who was identified for them by the FBI, has not been seen for three months. He had been arrested in 2013 at the airport in Alajuela carrying $231,000 in cash.


Soto told a press conference: “The investigation began because of him.  He was one of our main targets and he mysteriously disappeared. When I say mysteriously, he left in a vehicle, according to neighbors, and never returned.”

Soto added that later the same day, two men returned to the Israeli’s apartment in his car, went inside and left shortly afterwards.

He said: “We can assume a number of things here, that due to some circumstances within the organization, he decided to flee the country or that something may have happened to him.”

Costa Rican authorities, as part of the transatlantic probe, are working closely with the FBI, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement agencies.

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Published  Monday, August 27, 2018 -  Seventh news page

Spanish arrests linked to cocaine from Costa Rica

By A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Agents of the Spain National Police have seized 67 kilos of cocaine inside hollow pineapples and have arrested three people in Madrid and four in Barcelona.

The drug was transported inside pineapples emptied and stuffed with compact cylinders of cocaine that were coated with a bath of wax or yellowish paraffin.

The paraffin isolated the odors of the chemical products contained in the drug and dodged their detection.

The cargo was located in Madrid and it was necessary to open each pineapple until they located those containing between 800 and 1,000 grams per piece.

The investigation began after collating the information gathered in other operations against drug trafficking with this same modus operandi.

The agents confirmed the existence of a fruit import company that was supposedly in charge of importing the narcotic substance from Latin America.

After several discussions with the owners of the company and further investigation, the police found that the primary company used other companies to import the pineapples as a way to mask their activities.

With this information in hand, the police were able to interdict a cargo from Costa Rica that had arrived at the port of Setúbal, Portugal, for transport to Madrid.


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The agents located the truck as it was unloading its merchandise and began to open the pineapples.

The pineapples each contained 800 to 1,000 grams of cocaine and a total of 67 kilos of the drug was confiscated.

As a result of the discovery, the seven people were arrested their alleged involvement in the drug trafficking network.