ARCHIVE Published Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - First news page


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Officers in Delaware intercept cocaine
shipment from Costa Rica

By A.M. Costa Rica wire services


U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the port of Wilmington, Delaware, seized 99.66 pounds of cocaine last Wednesday.

The cocaine was secreted within the corrugated bottoms of 20 cardboard boxes containing pineapples from San Carlos, Costa Rica. The shipment was destined to Clifton, New Jersey.

A Border Protection unit, a U.S. Coast Guard unit, and a Delaware National Guard counter-drug task force liaison with Border Protection, targeted the shipment.

A K9 dog alerted officers to the shipment which promoted further inspection leading to the discovery of the narcotics.

“Part of CBP’s mission is to prevent illicit narcotics from entering the U.S. utilizing all the resources at our disposal – technology, K9s, CBP officers, and our law enforcement partners,” said Casey Durst, Border Protection's field operations director in nearby Baltimore, Maryland.  “This interception is a great example of the results we can accomplish working with our partners across the law enforcement community.”

Customs and Border Protection officers routinely conduct random inspection operations on international passengers and cargo and searches for narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products.

Almost a million times each day, Border Protection officers welcome international travelers into the U.S.

In screening both foreign visitors and returning U.S. citizens, Border Protection says it uses a variety of techniques to intercept narcotics, unreported currency, weapons, prohibited agriculture, and other illicit products, to ensure that the defense against global tourism remains safe and strong.


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The report was published on the
 Border Protection news site


U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of the nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry.

Border Protection is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

Early this month, agents of the Spain National Police seized 67 kilos of cocaine inside hollow pineapples imported from Costa Rica and arrested three people in Madrid and four in Barcelona.

Aug. 15 a review of a shipment of pineapples made by agents of the Drug Control Police of the Ministry of Public Security in the port of Moín, uncovered 133 kilograms of cocaine hidden inside pineapples that were apparently destined for Ireland.



Government does not withdraw fiscal project

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


An intervention by Finance Minister Rocio Aguilar before the legislature opens possible windows for new negotiations.

Aguilar made a call to the legislators reminding them of the importance of returning the basic food basket and education tax to the new fiscal plan and opened new negotiation possibilities with the political parties.

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, among others.

"We welcome the consent of fellow congressmen to open new spaces for dialogue, in order to ensure that the tax reform is sufficient to prevent a crisis and ensure the stability of the economy," said the head of the fraction of the Partido Accion Ciudadana, Víctor Morales.

Both leaders, the minister of the Presidency, Rodolfo Piza, and Morales said they are sure that the government will not withdrawal the project and that it will work to generate the necessary agreements that will allow the project to advance without eroding or destroying the initiative.

"There are alternative solutions that can be found in the same motions. Failure to do so will have painful repercussions on the lives of Costa Ricans. I hope that together we will take this task forward,” said Aguilar.

“The alleged benefits behind the changes to the tax reform may be like a siren song: an elaborate speech and pleasant to the ear, which hides serious and serious consequences for the country," said Aguilar.


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The Government request to congressmen to approve the 2 percent tax on the basic food basket and private education, among other new taxes.

"We trust in the responsibility of each Costa Rican, especially of the legislators, because it is time to build, to work for the country to advance and achieve the goal of cleaning up the finances of the state," said Piza.

Lawmakers will return to work and re-analyze the tax bill until Thursday, but from the province of Limón.

They had agreed to go to the Caribbean central town, to join the celebrities of the Afro-Costa Rican day.



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World Bank warns fiscal reform is insufficient

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The World Bank said it is pleased that the Costa Rican legislature has shown its support for tax reform, reflected on the recent approval of the new substitute text of the Bill for Strengthening Public Finances, but regretted the passage of motions that will reduce the income generated by the reform, which leaves the country without the ability to solve its fiscal problem.

Achieving an agreement to approve tax reform is critical, and the longer it is postponed, the harder will be the impact on public finances, said the World Bank.

The reform needed to stabilize the debt was 3.2 percent of the gross domestic product in 2015 but today measures that generate 4.5 percent are required, the World Bank said.

"Costa Rica should not postpone taking measures to reduce the fiscal deficit, which has reached the highest level in the history of the country," said Oscar Avalle, representative for Costa Rica at the World Bank. "If the purpose is to ensure financial sustainability and the future of the important social achievements that the country has had in recent decades, this proposed reform is insufficient, but represents a step in the right direction."

“We invite the parties to continue working to achieve the necessary agreements as soon as possible, in order to achieve a sufficient reform to control persistent deficits and inflation, place debt on a sustainable path, reduce poverty and promote inclusive growth.”


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Approving this reform is imperative,
World Bank statement said.     


The level of the deficit between 2010 and 2016 was on average 5.2 percent of the gross domestic product. In 2017, it reached a more worrying level with 6.2 percent, the highest since the crisis of 1980, the World Bank estimated.

These fiscal imbalances caused an explosive growth of public debt, which went from less than 25 percent of gross domestic product in 2008 to almost 50 percent in 2017.




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Limón celebrates Festival of Black Culture

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Every Aug. 31 the country celebrates Black people's day and the Afro-Costa Rican culture, which was established in response to the need to recognize the contributions of the Afro-Costa Rican sector in economic, social and cultural aspects.

This celebration is held in Limón during the whole month of August, through the XX Festival of Black Culture Limón 2018, organized by the Civic, Black Ethnic Committee of Limón.

The initiative aims to rescue, revalue and promote Afro-Costa Rican cultural identity, as well as its contribution to the history of Costa Rica.

The 2018 edition of the Festival of Black Culture has been declared of cultural interest by the Ministry of Culture.

The festival includes screening of documentaries, talks, conferences, food tastings, and, most awaited, the closing of the celebrations with the traditional grand parade.

Marcelle Taylor, general coordinator of the XX Festival of Black Culture Limón 2018, said: “ Through these last 20 years, the goal has always been to go towards the rescue of culture and values. Hence, during these years, all the activities have had that component of going back to the roots, with activities for children, young people and adults, and in general with the Limón community."

"The legacy left by our ancestors is very much linked to food, language, music, art and history, so through education, we can amalgamate this project-the festival-to give the results that we seek, that is, to go towards the rescue of culture. To that we add that values are a matter of every day, then that is where we try to embrace that range to be able to fulfill our objectives, " said Taylor.


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  The parade will start from the Asis Esna park.

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In the afternoon, at 2:30, there will be a conference on entrepreneurship for women, with the presence of the U. S. Ambassador Sharon Day.

Friday at noon, the main event, the grand parade, will take place with bands and in celebration of the Day of the Black Person and Afro-Costa Rican Culture.

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War on roads: Deaths from accidents increase

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Speeding, lane invasion, driving drunk, the imprudence of the pedestrian and the disrespect of road markings are some of the main reasons for a record of 293 deaths on the road.

The figures for August and July exceed those recorded in August 2017 with four more deaths in August and seven more in July.

"August has shown a worrying increase in the accident rate with fatal consequences,” said German Marín Sandí, general director of the Traffic Police. “We are not only talking about the number of deaths, but the circumstances in which these accidents have occurred, such as frontal crashes, which could be related to improper overtaking or people who go with the cell phone and lose sight of the road. We have the case of vehicles that go out of lane, which can infer speed abuse or alcohol at the wheel. Sometimes, the reason is as simple as inexperience, people who are not trained to drive. For example, as of July 31, we had 24,292 fines for driving without being accredited as drivers."

The figures of August are incomplete because the month is not yet over. In June, there were 45 deaths or an average of 1.5 daily. It is feasible that August, with 40 deaths or an average of 1.4 deaths a day, could exceed the number of deaths in June.

"If we take into account that in 2018 we only exceed 40 deaths on three occasions and August could be the fourth month exceeding that figure, it is clear that we would have an upward trend in this aspect, plus four months before the end of the year and with November and December ahead, two months of many parties and celebrations," said Marín.

As of August 31, 2017, the number of deaths reached 300. The objective is not to exceed that number, the official said.

Driving without using a seat belt, allowing passengers not to use it or riding a motorcycle without a helmet are situations that increase the risk of injury or death in the event of a road accident, he noted.

Between January and July, 2,550 motorcyclists received a fine for driving without a helmet or wearing it badly, and 1,499 motorcyclists received a penalty for allowing the passenger on the motorcycle to wear the helmet badly or all or not.


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August record 40 deaths or an average of 1.4 deaths a day.        


Similarly, 820 drivers received a fine for carrying children under 12 without the appropriate child restraint device. Another 2,303 drivers received a fine for not using the seatbelt and another 855 drivers for allowing a passenger to ride without a seatbelt.

"People still do not understand that the traffic law does not make distinctions. Everyone must wear a seat belt. The case of motorcyclists is also alarming, we have punished slightly more than 4,000 motorcyclists for not wearing a helmet, while by July 31 116 motorcyclists had died . . . who are even more irresponsible who do not even wear the helmet. It is difficult to understand how more people do not die," said Marin.

The perception of irresponsibility is reinforced by the report of 104 drivers sanctioned for traveling at more than 120 km per hour.

Marín called attention to those who drive while using a cell phone, considering it almost an epidemic. Simply checking the phone to see who is calling or sending a message creates a dangerous level of distraction, he said.

To put it into perspective, recording an audio with the cell phone while driving at 40 km/h, takes 15 seconds, representing 160 meters of travel when the driver was not concentrating on the road.

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Published Wednesday, August 29, 2018 -  Fifth news page

President Alvarado to reopen Poas Volcano Park

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Technical Advisory Committee of Volcanology and Seismology of the National Emergency Commission has given its approval for the reopening of the Poás Volcano National Park after 16 months of closure.

President Carlos Alvarado will be at the park today to wave a banner that will allow the park to reopen for tourists. The first tourists will be welcomed into the park Friday under a new risk management model.

The Emergency Commission confirmed that it was possible to comply with the safety requirements raised by the group of experts in volcanology.

The provisions included the construction of five shelters, the purchase of real-time gas sensors, helmets and masks, security signage and training for park rangers, tour guides and residents of surrounding communities.

Alexander Solís stated: "We have verified that the necessary security measures have been implemented to authorize the reopening of the volcano park according to the criteria of the specialists." He is president of the National Emergency Commission.

"These measures are based on the new paradigm of risk management that has been established to generate safer conditions in the face of an eventual volcanic situation," Solis said.

This new security paradigm established that the visit to the crater vantage point will be for 20 minutes and in groups of 50 people. and an online ticket sales system was implemented which will allow for an orderly entry.

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2017 due to the strong eruptions of ash and magma.


The trail to Botos Lagoon and the picnic areas will not be re-opened for the moment.

The deputy minister of Environment, Pamela Castillo, reported: "We also articulate important efforts with the Costa Rican Tourism Institute and NGOs to strengthen the economic reactivation of the area through other activities that do not depend on the opening of the park. For this reason, close work with the communities has been fundamental.”



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Published Wednesday, August 29
, 2018 -  Sixth news page

Increase in number of people in jail

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government has reported that despite the increase of 2.5 percent in the number of people incarcerated from May to July, the percentage of overcrowding was reduced from 33 percent to 31.6 percent from May to July.

This was possible thanks to the opening of the Pococí jail and the opening of more modules in La Reforma, San Agustín jail and Limón jail.

The decrease in overcrowding was made even with the exhaustive revision of the technical criteria for the transfer of the population from the institutional to the semi-institutional regime, the ministry said.

The minister of Justice and Peace, Marcia González, said "The modernization of the management of the penitentiary system is complemented by actions such as the strengthening of the National Institute of Criminology, the revision of the regulation of the Penitentiary System and the technical criteria for the regime transfers, as well as the incorporation of technological tools that will improve decision making and increase the security of the system."

The government is preparing the program Building Opportunities, an initiative that will involve the population in the jails, helping individuals develop job skills that allow them to have more alternatives and reintegrate successfully into society.

In addition, the ministry has developed five therapeutic communities for the rehabilitation of inmates who are also drug users.


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These will be financed by the Drug Addiction Institute and the Alcohol and Drug Dependency Institute and will start operating in the first quarter of 2019.

The administration set the goal of building 3,000 new spaces to house more prisoners as part of the plan to improve the infrastructure in the jails.

It is estimated that by 2019, nearly 700 spaces will be built to house prisoners and by 2020 there will be 1.500 more spaces.


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Published  Wednesday, August 29, 2018 -  Seventh news page

Foreigner suspected of money laundering

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Investigations, monitoring and follow-ups carried out by agents of the Money Laundering Division from the Judicial Investigating Organization resulted in the detention on a money laundering allegation a 24-year-old naturalized Ecuadoran of Asian origin who was in Costa Rica as a tourist.

The investigation began several weeks ago when the man was detected at the Juan Santamaría Airport entering the country with a large sum of money.

This was not the first time the man had entered the country and declared a large sum on money.

He lived in an apartment located in a luxurious building in Paseo Colón, agents said.

As part of the investigation, a search was made of the apartment. The suspect was arrested and a luxury car was seized.

According to the documentation, the luxury car was purchased with $65,000 in cash.

An additional $468,760 was found hidden in the apartment, now evidence in the investigation.

Police also was seized two computers, two cell phones, a banknote counting machine, storage devices, stacks of 1,000 colon notes and and stacks of dollar banknotes.


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$468,760 was found hidden in the apartment,
now evidence in the investigation.


Investigators that this shows that the stored money was to be distributed to third parties.

The detainee's information was passed with a report to the Public Ministry to determine his legal status.

Officials report that the man was given three months of preventive detention.