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Green transformation contest launched

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rica United States for Cooperation Foundation and the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promoter have launched the first green transformation contest.

The contest focuses on selecting 25 small and medium-sized companies to receive non-reimbursable funds for project development. The projects must be aimed at environmental innovation in processes and products that seek energy efficiency, renewable energies, emission reduction, water use and integrated waste management and have an addition focus on company certification.

The project called, Green Growth aims to promote the green productive transformation of 200  small and medium companies through the granting of seed capital and promote both diversification and an increase of the added value in the exportable products of Costa Rica.

Claudia Dobles, the country's first lady. said "our country is positioned internationally as a de-carbonization laboratory, hence the government's actions are aimed at promoting processes like this, where productive transformation is intended to improve the sustainability profile of environmental protection of Costa Rican companies. We recognize the work of international promoter to increase the added value of the exportable offer and we thank CRUSA for this cooperation agreement.”

For the minister of Foreign Trade and president of the board of directors of international promotion, Dyalá Jiménez, this program is another example of environmental sustainability and competitiveness vis-à-vis international markets. "Costa Rica already has a consolidated image as a green country, which we seek to strengthen through the Green Growth program. There are competitive exporting companies that also contribute to the country goal of achieving a green economy that generates welfare and social equity, and at the same time reduces environmental risks," she said.

Pedro Beirute Prada, general manager of the international promotion, emphasized that this innovative program aims to take national small and medium enterprises to another level, where their green transformation increases their competitiveness and makes them more attractive to international buyers. "Consumer trends are increasingly oriented to environmentally sustainable products and processes. For this reason we are betting on this contest, because, for our companies, this green transformation is a great opportunity, as it will open the doors of many international markets," he said.

Michelle Coffey, executive delegate of what is called the CRUSA Foundation said that the foundation “seeks to promote high impact solutions to national challenges in a context full of uncertainty” by providing small companies with the means to develop their export potential. The foundation recognizes “Costa Rica's high global recognition in environmental matters” and hopes to build on that recognition with environmentally friendly production processes and high quality products, he said.


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The companies will be analyzed by experts, and the winners will obtain financing of up to 80 percent non-reimbursable for the development of the project.


Competition dynamics

The international trade promoter and CRUSA said that in this first edition of the Green Growth Platform at least 25 companies that meet the following criteria will be chosen:

- It must be a small or medium company from 1 to 100 employees.

-  Has already been approved as an exporter

-  Has a project that impacts positively on any of these criteria: energy efficiency, renewable energies, reduction of emissions, use of water and integrated waste management.

The companies will be analyzed by experts, and the winners will obtain financing of up to 80 percent non-reimbursable for the development of the project. The amount of the projects varies by category, with the maximum amount financed to be $15,000. These funds will come from the initial contribution of $1 million made by Fundación CRUSA for the implementation of the program. Up to $4 million will be invested in future calls.

Firms have until Sept. 28 to submit proposals, and winners will be announced Oct. 12. Those companies that do not have the sole PROCOMER exporter classification have until Sept. 14 to request their application. PROCOMER is the Spanish acronym for the Foreign Trade Promoter.

For more information, company managers can go to the page www.crecimientoverdecr.com to find the operational bases of the contest and the registration forms, or they can sent queries to the email crecimientoverde@procomer.com.



U.S. citizen dies in traffic accident

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Christopher Starbus Yares, 31, and a resident of Costa Rica, died in a one-car accident early Thursday morning.

Yares was driving a 4x4 on a ballast road in the town of Brasilito when he apparently lost control of his vehicle, left the road, and struck a tree. Yares was alone in the car at the time of the accident.

A 911 call brought firemen and members of the Red Cross of Santa Cruz of Guanacaste,  to the scene of the accident where they provided first aid but, according to the report of the Judicial Investigation Organization, Yares died as a result of the accident.

His body was taken to the judicial morgue and the case continues under investigation.


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Consumer confidence in Costa Rica is falling

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


The School of Statistics of the University of Costa Rica presented the results of it quarterly survey of consumer confidence, which shows a drop of 10 points compared to the measurement made just three months ago.

The consumer confidence index is the product of the periodic survey carried out by the school and has been generated since September 2002.

The survey is produced quarterly with results presented in February, May, August and November of each year. Since mid-2015, the consumer survey has been a national statistic that is reported to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

This survey was completed using 700 telephone calls to heads of households during the first 15 days of August.

The survey makes two underlying assumptions. First, optimism towards the economy generates consumer trust. prompting customers to make expenditures and incur debts. Second, that uncertainty produces pessimism and a desire to reduce expenses and reorganize financial reserves.

When many consumers collectively change from one perspective to another, a generalized change in their purchasing behavior arises, which affects the national economy positively or negatively.

Because the change in attitudes and expectations of consumers occurs prior to any specific event, it is considered that the index can act as an advance indicator of domestic economic activity.

In this way, the approach assigns importance to the power of the consumer, according to the school.

Confidence fell to 34.9 points on a scale of zero to 100, which shows a significant degree of uncertainty about the state of the country, the school said. The study warned that the future perspective of the consumer is even more pessimistic.

The decline in confidence is related to consumer expectations of a rise in interest rates, making loans more expensive, and a deterioration in family income and purchasing power, the school added.


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The study warned that the future perspective of
the consumer is even more pessimistic.



Up to 65 percent of consumers expect increases in poverty and unemployment, and more than 80 percent assume that there will be an increase in the price of fuels and negative change in the exchange rate, according to the results.

"This is an abrupt change. . . .  There has been an injection of uncertainty," said the researcher in charge, Johnny Madrigal Pana.

The research indicates that the decline in confidence may be related to factors not studied in the survey, such as the nation’s problematic fiscal situation.

All these factors affect the decisions that Costa Ricans make about whether or not to buy durable goods like a house or car. Although there have been other times when negative opinions surpassed positive ones, currently only 16.1 percent of respondents believe that this is a good time to buy a home while 65 percent disagree.

According to the researcher, current pessimism could indicate a contraction of the internal economy or of consumption.

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Microbiologist is the outstanding scientist for 2018

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Maria Laura Arias Echandi was recognized as the outstanding scientist for 2018 Thursday for her investigations into the safety and microbiological study of different types of foods and her dedication to student welfare.

"For me it is an honor to be a researcher and to share with my country the result of my work," said Arias.

The director of the Ministry of Science, Technology and Communications, Luis Adrián Salazar Solís, issued a statement celebrating the work of Arias and stated that the country must open more doors for girls and women to engage in science and technology. “The economic development of our country must be supported by knowledge and co-creation of value between men and women,” he stated.

With more than 100 articles in national and international journals, Arias has stood out for being a reliable promoter of the development of high standard scientific research within the country, the ministry said.

"The scientist Arias Echandi is an example of motivation," said the vice minister of Science, Paola Vega Castillo, adding that her contributions in the classroom have motivated students toward exploration of the sciences.

Arias obtained her master's degree in medical microbiology at the Karolinska Institute in Switzerland and is currently a professor at the University of Costa Rica.

She has also been part of several conferences on topics related to parasitology, infection control, immunology, bacterial toxins, topics in industrial and veterinary microbiology, as well as effects and applications of bacteria associated with industrial food products.

The focus of her work has been research on the safety and microbiological study of different types of foods in collaboration with research centers such as the Center for Research in Tropical Diseases and the School of Biology at the University of Costa Rica.


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Published Friday, August 31, 2018 -  Fourth news page


Ecological groups oppose government
agreements with fishermen

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The ecological group, Costa Rican Federation for the Conservation of the Environment, said that the Ministry of the Presidency has illegally committed itself to granting eight trawling licenses and has allowed the taking of gray, thresher and hammerhead sharks.

Tuesday the government, represented by the minister of the Presidency, Rodolfo Piza Rocafort, the minister of Agriculture, Renato Alvarado Rivera, and the President-in-Office of the fishery institute, Ana Victoria Paniagua Prado, yielded to representatives of the commercial fishing sector and pledged the government to grant six fishing licenses for shrimp trawling research for a period of two years and two additional licenses to study the associated fauna.

These eight licenses were offered even though the Constitutional Chamber has repeatedly determined that such activities are unconstitutional. There was no representative of the Ministry of Environment at the meeting.

In addition, the representatives of the executive branch committed themselves to the elaboration of the Non-Harmful Extraction Report for shark gray, thresher and hammer for Sept. 22.

This action, one that would legalize shark fining, would put marine life in serious danger in the nation’s waters, environmentalists said.

Environmental organizations consider it a mistake to re-open trawling on the pretext of investigation. It has been shown that sustainable fishing of this sort does not exist but the executive branch seems be failing in its environmental campaign promises with this measure, the environmental group said.


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Through a statement, artisan fishermen have expressed their rejection of the granting of these licenses as they threaten the future of ocean-based economic activity on which thousands of fishing families depend mainly from the province of Guanacaste.

The Chamber of Artisan Fishermen of Guanacaste affirmed that trawling is harmful to the ecosystem in general and this method of fishing endangers the reproduction of many species.

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Published Friday, August 31, 2018 -  Fifth news page

Cultural activities for all this weekend

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Literature, dance, music and theater are among many other cultural alternatives offered this weekend.

A feast of letters awaits visitors at the Antigua Aduana. This is the closing weekend of the International Book Fair featuring more than 100 editorial houses, booksellers and writers. During these last days, the public will be able to enjoy presentations of storytelling for children, conversations and talks, as well as the possibility of interacting with national and international writers. The schedule for the weekend is from 9 a.m.to 6 p.m. and admission is free.

The National Theater will be filled with contemporary dancers. This weekend is the celebration of the Festival of Choreographers at the theater. A total of 16 choreographers are part of the program of this festival that will feature the participation of people from Nicaragua, Venezuela, France and, of course, Costa Rica. Tickets cost ¢6,000. Students with a card and golden citizens pay ¢4,500. Sunday at the closing ceremony tickets will be ¢8,000, and students with a card and golden citizens pay ¢6,000. Tickets are available at the theater or call 2010-1110 or 2010-1100.

The Teatro 1887 premieres the play "Niña Bosque." The play a story that seeks to improve communication between parents and children. It is a production of the collective El Queso and the Compañía Nacional de Titeres, the puppet theater company. The staging aims to show the adventures and situations faced by Sara, an 11-year-old girl, who, through an electronic game called Niña Bosque, will discover important lessons for her life. The work will premiere on Sunday at 11 a. m. and 4 p.m., at the 1887 Theater. It is located at the National Center of Culture. General admission costs ¢5,000. Children and golden citizens pay ¢2,500. Reservations can be made at 2257-8305.

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Limon Carnival starts at 12:30 p.m.


Celebration of the Day of the Black Person and Afro-Costa Rican Culture is taking place in Limón. The closing of the Black Culture Festival Limón 2018, will include the Great Parade of Gala through the streets of downtown Limón today  starting at 12:30 p.m., from the Asís Esna Park, located Limón downtown. Saturday, the Calypso Moonlight Evening will be presented by the Limón Concert Band starting at 7 p. m., at Los Baños Park in Limón downtown.



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Published Friday, August 31
, 2018 -  Sixth news page

Environmentalists propose pineapple export tax

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

An environmental group presented a proposal to tax pineapple exports. This would be a solution to the financial problems of the country, according to the plan.

"In the event that the state applied a tax to pineapple farmers, the Ministry of Finance would obtain $162.6 million per year, the equivalent of ¢91,000 billion, more than 10 percent of the fiscal gap that Costa Rica carries. But it would also exceed the income that the state would get to put VAT on the basic basket. The tax on the export of pineapple would generate 1.5 times more than taxing the box of milk, bread, beans, rice, etc," said the Federation for the Conservation of the Environment.

The organization is known as Fedecon, and VAT is the proposed value-added tax.

The organization's proposal adds that that Costa Rica should be an example in taxation so that each person pays taxes according to the amount of wealth they have.

The proposal also says the group wants people and companies to contribute financially when their activities entail risks to the environment, public health and infrastructure of the neighboring communities. This is especially true in the case of pineapple plantations, it said.

"In this case, the polluting pineapple companies continue to go unpunished while the state covers their impact with public money. It is known that the cost of sources contaminated with bromacil is charged to the Public Water Service Institute. An example of this is that in previous weeks the new aqueduct of Milano de Siquirres was inaugurated with a cost of ¢374.5 billion of which the pineapple companies did not collaborate in absolutely anything," the organization denounced.


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Tax to pineapple farmers, the Ministry of Finance would obtain $162.6 million per year, said environmentalist.


A pineapple export tax does not solve the environmental crisis that the country is in, but it will be a step in the right direction in terms of environmental and fiscal justice, said the organization.

For the environment organization, the fiscal plan is regressive, neoliberal and is not based on a criterion of fiscal justice.

The organization especially asserts that those who damage environment, public health and the infrastructure should bear the cost of repairing that damage.

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Published  Friday, August 31, 2018 -  Seventh news page

Public Security seizes 407 kilograms of cocaine

By A.M. Costa Rica staff


Officers of the National Coast Guard and the Drug Control Police intercepted and detained a ship off the coast of Guanacaste.

The ship was escorted to port, searched, and 407 kilograms of cocaine were seized and three individuals were detained, said the Ministry of Public Security. This is the most recent blow by the government against drug trafficking.

The incident occurred when the U. S. Coast Guard informed the government about a suspicious Nauta-type vessel, which was seen 90 nautical miles from Flamingo de Guanacaste.

Members of the Costa Rican Coast Guard aboard the patrol vessel 3818 intercepted the suspicious boat in the waters of the north Pacific. Nauta is a style of luxury motored and sailing yachts.

The crew members detained and their last names and nationalities are: Serrano, Cuban with Ecuadorian residence card, without background; Barayona, Ecuadorian without antecedents, and Hydez, Honduran nationality, without background.

They traveled in the Nauta-type boat, without registration, with two 75 horsepower engines. The boat was confiscated.

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Once the boat was in port, the Drug Control Police officers made a search and found a double lining located on the floor of the boat. When that was searched, the agents said they found and confiscated the cocaine.

This investigation began on Wednesday and ended Thursday.