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Published November 6, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Seven people arrested after several raids

linked to the Chinese cement case

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

At noon on Friday, the Attorney General's Office confirmed that the seven people who were to be arrested for the Chinese cement case are already in police custody.

Three of arrested are: Mario Barrenechea, general manager of the Bank of Costa Rica (BCR); Gilberth Barrantes, corporate risk and internal control manager of BCR and Juan Carlos Bolaños, owner of Sinocem Company. 

Then, at noon, the Prosecutor's Office confirmed the arrest of Marvin Francisco Corrales Barboza, assistant manager of Retail Banking at the BCR; Andres VÌquez Lizano, Deputy Manager of Wholesale Banking; Leonardo Acuña Alvarado, deputy manager of finance and risk and current manager of bank of Costa Rica and Rodrigo RamÌrez RodrÌguez, director of Credit Management of the BCR.

All of them are charged with alleged embezzlement when they granted a multi-million dollar loan to the company Sinocem of Juan Carlos Bolaños, for the import of Chinese cement. Meanwhile, the businessman is investigated for embezzlement, influence peddling, slanderous denunciation and inciting crime.

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The arrested individuals were in a 12 hour hearing over the weekend weekend.

According to the Public Prosecutor's Office, the detainees were interrogated at the First Judicial Circuit of San Jose, and the individual situation of the accused will be analyzed in order to determine the type of action to be taken.


Costa Rica on the right track against money laundering, international group says

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has agreed that Costa Rica has made positive and tangible progress in its actions to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism. This keeps Costa Rica off the “grey list”, a register of countries under intensified monitoring due to inaction in these areas.

The decision was made by the international organization its meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the Minister of the Presidency, Sergio Alfaro, accompanied by representatives of the Costa Rican Institute on Drugs (ICD), the General Superintendence of Financial Entities (SUGEF) ), the Central Bank and the Attorney General's Office defended the efforts and progress made by the country in the area.

The announcement was well received by the state delegation. Entering the “grey list” would have affected Costa Rica’s reputation, its financial system in particular and the economy in general.

The Minister of the Presidency celebrated the decision, which started with the development of a National Risk Assessment and adopting, in 2015, a national strategy that has since been implemented. The minister explained that some of those measures are the creation of an online reporting module for suspicious operations, mechanisms for immediate freezing of funds of terrorist origin, and training for prosecutors and judicial investigators in the field. In total, more than 500 people were trained on their new obligations.

"Costa Rica has provided clear and convincing signs of being a country that fights against money laundering and financing of terrorism, committed and articulated work has allowed us to present constant improvements to the evaluators and representatives of FATF throughout this path. Since 2015, we have made progress on 16 technical compliance recommendations and had 10 immediate results of effectiveness.”

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“It has been a long road but it is certainly satisfying to see the results of the effort. Costa Rica did not have to face the intensified monitoring of FATF with the consequent damage to its international reputation " said Minister Alfaro.

FATF is an intergovernmental entity established in 1989 by the Ministries and their member jurisdictions of the G8. Its mandate is to set standards and promote the effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures to combat money laundering, the financing of terrorism and the financing of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and other threats, through the issuance of 40 international recommendations.  It has 36 member countries and 8 regional groups as associate agencies.

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Legislators approve new water management law on first vote

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Thursday, legislators approved the law on Integrated Management of Water Resources, which seeks to better protect and manage water resources.

"This law establishes the inalienable principles and the basic contents for a public, sustainable and coordinated management of water resources in our country, totally necessary to eliminate the gaps of the previous law," said Edgar Gutiérrez, Minister of Environment and Energy.

The law comes after several years of legislative debate.

Among the main objectives of this new law is the establishment of citizen participation as a management principle. It also seeks to provide the necessary tools to Acueductos y Alcantarillados and the Asadas (administrators of rural aqueducts) so that the agencies can continue their duty of providing drinking water to the whole country. The law also sets stronger sanctions for pollution.

A press release from the legislature says  the new law promotes planning to ensure the human right of access to quality drinking water that is available in quantity and penalizes those who drill illegal walls or  contaminate water sources

"It is a historic moment, the country was left behind with an outdated law, to approve a law that rethinks the priorities and responsibilities of the State in the area of Integrated Water Resources Management was a must,” said Gutierrez.

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The new regulation on water use establishes needed regulation on water use and penalizes polluters.

The text replaces the one presented by the Popular Initiative mechanism, which was approved in the first vote in 2014 and sent to the Constitutional Chamber at the end of the previous legislative period.

The project is waiting for the second vote to be sent to the Executive Power for its sanction and publication and become the Law of the Republic.

Almost half of those who die in road accidents

are motorcycle riders

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

On average, some 16 motorcyclists die have died every month of 2017. In total, there have been 164 motorcycle deaths in the first 10 months of this year.

This figure represents 44% of the total of 376 road deaths registered so far this year, as of Oct. 31.

Motorcyclists are 128% more likely to die in an accident than those in cars.

Mario Calderon, Director of the Traffic Police said in 2016, motorcycle accidents resulted in 197 deaths. There were 150 motorcycle deaths in 2015 and 114 in 2014.  

"We are at 33 fatalities away from reaching the 2016 figure and there are two months left. If the average number of motorcyclists who die per month in 2017 is 16.4, we would be very close to matching last year's mark. Seen in perspective, it is a very high figure, but it could be the first time in recent years that there is no increase compared to the previous year. However, it is an assumption, a statistical projection, we are on the verge of end-of-year celebrations that tend to increase road accidents and deaths," Calderon said.

He believes that the key for reducing road deaths, in general, and in particular those related to motorcycles, is the attitude that drivers assume on the roads.

The main cause of death on the road is speeding with 103 cases recorded between January and October. That is followed by the ‘invasion of lane’ with 85 cases and the imprudence of the driver with 75 fatalities. The imprudence of the pedestrian adds 56 deaths and drunk driving is in fourth place, causing 18 lost lives.

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High death rates of motorcycle riders causes an increase in the marchamo tax for that group.

By age, the highest death toll is in people between 21 and 30 years old. Deaths in that age range represent 35% of the total or 132 deaths. Drivers aged 31-40 have the second highest death toll at 88. 

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Published November 6, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Competing for a new traditional gastronomy

By Rommel Téllez, staff writer

Nicoya, Guanacaste.  A never ending flow of people come and go from the Mercadito Nicoa, a recently restored market whwhich held the second Festival Gastronómico de Nicoya on Saturday. 

It was easy to tell the contest already started, the smell coming from the kitchens were the best reminders the competition  already started and passers-by were getting as many free samples of food as possible. The participants, all of them women from 21 to 87 years old faced the same dilemma: how much of their product to give away to visitors who could become potential buyers and how much to keep with themselves in case the jury arrived all of a sudden. 

Tanela, cream cheese made of yogurt, gluten free versions of Queque de Ayote, Black bean cakes and even verdolaga tortillas, which tastes quite similar as seaweed tortillas were there on exhibit. 

Their creators combine the recipes dating back 150 years with innovation and a dose of entrepreneurship to attract new markets. Why would someone create vegetarian tamales or high protein rosquillas if that person does not want to hit new market with new ideas.

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The participants, all of them women
from 21 to 87 years old

While a group of blue shirted musicians, called The Mentos,  played the marimba in the background the jury was on duty. An all-female panel took into consideration the expertise, innovation and true favors of the dishes they tasted.

It’s a tough decision when you've eaten so much. The jury declared no absolute winners but a tie in the categories main dish and a desert. 

Chefs don't really care, most of them express gratitude for having the chance to show how well they cook.


Insights of a man who loves bikes and Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

From a young age, Paul Furlong wanted to see the world and experience it in several ways. What life is for if not be lived to its fullest? 

Motorcycles would be part of his life as well, the journey of life seemed better and freer if he met the road on two wheels. 

Paul Furlong was born in the U.S and traveling the country accounted for much of his time.  The Republica Dominican followed as a chapter in his life. When that one was finished, Costa Rica became his next destination.  

He arrived in this country about 28 years ago and made the decision to stay, a decision made for love of the country and his wife.

Today a Costa Rican citizen, he found himself in a country where anything related to the ecological trend has not only become cool but also profitable. 

Five years ago, he decided to partner with his friend and founded, one of pioneering companies in the field of sun power.

“I wanted to protect people from power companies,” said Furlong. “In the way things are set up, prices will always be on the rise.” 

The power business started to flourish and became a well-known to expats and Ticos. Around 2008, the financial hardship that shook the United States and the rest of the world reached his company.

Hardship was to be dealt with, and, with persistence, Furlong would survive the crisis. Today CR-Solar is up and running.


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“I’d say the estimate annual growth of this business could be around 10%. Some of my corporate clients include bed and breakfasts, ice cream factories, restaurants and any kind of business where there is high electricity consumption.”

“Although I have some Costa Rican customers, I’ve noticed that many of them do not require hot water for their daily routines,” said Furlong as a curious fact. “For other people, solar panels make a huge difference.”

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Some legislators call for suspension of
the motorcycle property tax

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Otto Guevara insists on making changes with respect to the calculation of the vehicle tax. He suggests that the current fixed value is established without considering the vehicle value in the domestic market.

Currently the tax is based on a rather subjective methodology which he sees as a manipulation of vehicle value resulting in an excessive collection of the tax which is an abuse of the citizens.

To correct the situation, Guevara presented the bill No. 19.804, called: "Elimination of motorcycle property tax, reduction of vehicle ownership tax and change of methodology for the determination of that tax." This bill aims to establish a fixed rate for quadricycles, tricycles and two-axle vehicles (approximately ¢25,000).

In the case of aircraft and boats, as well as vehicles with three or more axles, a fee of about ¢50,000 would be applied. Motorcycles would also be free from the collection of property taxes. Most motorcyclists are courier workers who have very modest salaries.

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Charges to motorcycles owner are in the news after they filed a complaint against those charges before the Constitutional Court.

"Costa Rica pays the highest in Central America with respect to the right of circulation and the vehicle ownership tax. Therefore, I propose to charge a reasonable amount comparable to what is charged in other countries for circulating in the streets. Citizens at the end of the year have to find ways to adjust their Christmas bonus to pay the tax, which is a very excessive, leaving them practically without it," said Otto Guevara.

As of Nov. 7, traffic between La Uruca and Anonos
 will be regulated
Ministry of Public Works and Transport                              
Most of the work will be carried out at night to decrease the inconvenience  to drivers.

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

During a period of 6 months, the National Road Council, will be working on on 2.9 km from the Circunvalacion highway, so traffic will be regulated during this time. The work begins on Tuesday, November 7, at 10 pm.

The area of the regulation will stretch between La Uruca and Los Anonos, on national route 39, or Circunvalacion and will be 24 hours a day every day of the week.

The investment in rehabilitation of the road will be around ¢3,000 million and as reported in the Council and also have the objective to improve safety conditions on the road which is badly in need of repair.

The works will consist of the removal of the current asphalt layer and then an improvement of the base will be cement. After that, a completely new surface area will be placed.

The authorities caution area drivers, particularly those who use the road to go to work, that they should take an alternate route or expect delays. 

At night, drivers are also urged to be alert to road signs and work in progress.

Works are coordinated by the Council, the Meco Company, which will carry out the works, and the General Directorate of the Traffic Police.

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Published November 6, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Landslides and plant rescues


I drove into the clouds.

Where there was road, it was badly rutted by the rains. Where the road ended, there was mud and gravel but four wheel drive made it, if not friendly, at least passable. So, what was I doing in the clouds? I was out looking for plants of course, especially orchids.

Orchids do not do well on downed trees because the roots are usually firmly attached to the furrowed bark not to the underlying wood. When a tree is down, insects begin their destruction in the bark. Wind and rain take their toll as well and the bark detaches from the branch or trunk and falls to the ground taking the orchid with it. If an orchid species can be both epiphytic and terrestrial, the plant can survive, but a strictly epiphytic orchid will die from lack of nutrients when separated from its host tree. My mission was to rescue those epiphytic orchids and find them appropriate homes elsewhere.
Orchids are not the only plants damaged by rain. Many of the bromeliads fill with water and the extra weight begins to pull them from the tree. Add some nasty winds making the branches smash against each other and you have a recipe for bromeliads hanging from branches or littering the ground.

You don’t have to look far to find something interesting. We have had some minor mud slides up and down the road and they usually take something with them. Ferns often end up in the middle of the road, roots exposed and endangered. At that point, it is best to gather them up and put them on the roadside or take them home. Replacing them on the slide area itself is often a good option. Just cut the fronds down, dig a small hole and replant them. Ferns are often the first plants to repopulate a slide area so you have started reclamation.

Of course, if the slide area is on your property (we have two) or on the road near your property (we have 3), your very best option is to plant vetiver.  Yes, we are back to vetiver. There are few things like it for holding soil in place and it boggles the mind that road crews are not out there replanting slide areas with vetiver and maní.

Somebody want to explain this to all those folks at the road maintenance department and ICE?


Plant for the Week
Look at this poor little orchid dangling from the limb of a downed tree. At the top, you can see the tip of one undamaged root clinging to the branch. This is an orchid that is solely epiphytic and will not survive when it falls to the ground. If you find an orchid in this condition, gently slide a knife under the tree bark where the root is attached and pry upwards. The bark and root should come loose with little damage to the root. Just take the orchid to a new home and wait for it to bloom.

Over 3,000 Ticos received a subsidy due to terminal phase illnesses

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

During the first part of the year, a total of 3,883 individuals received the subsidy that the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS) grants a benefit that for the care of patients who are in the terminal phase of an illness.

Between January and June 2017, CCSS paid ¢580 million in terminal phase subsidies, an average of 647 cases per month.

The benefit extends to any salaried employee, whether or not related to the patient, who will care for someone during the terminal phase of an illness. The designated worker must have paid into CCSS for at least three months.  

The benefit can also be extended to relatives or friends of patients who are treated privately, as long as they comply with the requirements established in current legislation.

The coverage of this benefit is assumed by the Fund for Social Development and Family Allowances. Necessary leave time is left to the judgement of the attending physician and can be extended from 30 days as needed. Leave can also be cancelled by the physician.

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The benefit can be requested by the patients, their relatives or their care givers.

The subsidy is calculated based on the average of the wages during the three months immediately prior to the license.

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National Cocoa gets international recognition prize

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The cocoa currently grown in Costa Rica, especially in the area of Upala, Alajuela, continues to be considered as some of the best in the world, and is being highly ranked in different competitions around the world.

This was confirmed by Juan Pablo B. Chert, president of the National Chamber of Fine Cocoa of Costa Rica, who stated that there are several factors that make the cocoa stand out to the experts. 

“There are four keys to achieve a superior quality of chocolates. Among them, the correct genetics, and in Costa Rica there are excellent varieties, the post-harvest process, the roasting and the conching. But now we can highlight the progress we have made in the post-harvest treatment, which allows greater control of fermentation and drying, a meticulous process that allows cocoa to reach the maximum flavor potential," he explained.

Costa Rican cacao, has received numerous awards in recent years. According to the reports, the country’s cocoa has made it four times into the list of the 50 best in the world. Those reports are from the “Cocoa Program of Excellence” of the International Cocoa Awards (ICA).

In addition, chocolates prepared from cocoa grown in Costa Rica have also received important awards: Winner of the Gold Award in the International Chocolate Awards 2017 Europe competition; Winner of the Bronze Award in the International Chocolate Awards 2016 Europe competition; Winner of the Silver Award in the International Chocolate Awards 2017 Americas competition; and Winner of the Bronze Award in the International Chocolate Awards 2017 Americas competition.

According to data from the Chamber and the National Cocoa Program of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, there are approximately 3,400 farmers growing cocoa full time in Costa Rica. In Upala, 21% of farmers are women and on average, each farmer has a cultivated area of 1.9 hectares approximately. About 90% of them grow cocoa as their main activity. They have very good access to water, electricity, health services, education and cell phone service.

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Experts believe the nation’s first cocoa could have been grown in Talamanca, in the province of Limon.

According to Chert's research, it is estimated that the varieties currently exploited in Upala are hybrids that were introduced from Nicaragua,but there have been other successive introductions of genetic material.

One of the first direct references to the cultivation of cacao in Upala was made by Bernardo Augusto Thiel, in the 1890s, when he reported plantations in the northern zone after a visit to that region of the country.

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Published November 6, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Country joins the festivities of the Global Entrepreneurship week

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In November of each year, Costa Rica joins the celebration of the Global Entrepreneurship Week, (GEW), in association with the public and private sector and academia.

This year, the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Trade (MEIC) developed a campaign called "Abriendo Caminos". The campaign speaks to the effort made by entrepreneurs striving to achieve their goals which are usually aimed first at a local level of success but which may expand to become more regional or global in outlook. It is hoped that the campaign will hus motivate other entrepreneurs to discover their own paths to success.

"We celebrate entrepreneurship with a month dedicated to those who, with their vision and leadership, generate ideas, solutions and businesses. It is a month to highlight the heroes, of whom little is spoken, but who change the country and can change the world. Entrepreneurs take risks and face important challenges and difficulties. Throughout November we will make available lectures, training, tools and contact spaces to strengthen the mentality, culture and entrepreneurial capacity of our country, "said Geannina Dinarte, Minister of Economy, Industry and Trade.

As part of the stimulus for the development of an entrepreneurial system, a Digital Guide for Entrepreneurial Culture has been created, which includes basic elements of funding, financial education, promotion of technology-based companies, and angel investors.

The guide is complete with testimonies of entrepreneurs and recommendations for the emergence of social enterprises and youth entrepreneurship. It also includes a glossary with concepts and key terms for any entrepreneur, ranging from the basic to the complex language of the investment environment.

This manual will be available on the website of the MIEC, called “Yo emprendedor.”

In addition, the YE Lab program will be presented, whose objective is the development and implementation of entrepreneurial talent training strategies focused on business.

The talk "Disruptive Entrepreneurship", with the Chilean speaker, Jaime Gonzalez, begins a series of free activities organized by the MEIC throughout the month.

Those interested can participate in all activities but should register for each chat on the following link:

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Conferences and workshops will take place
during the event.

As part of the global celebration, the "Entrepreneur Cities" recognition will be launched, an initiative that, for the first time, will highlight the efforts made by municipalities and local institutions to promote and support entrepreneurship.

“We will launch a competition that hopefully will motivate and infect the territories to improve their business climate and generate entrepreneurial support and management tools as a basis to achieve greater economic growth at a local level and improve the quality of life of people," the minister added.

Young people with disabilities will also have the opportunity to be part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week through the first inclusive Youth Fair, which will promote entrepreneurial spirit in Costa Rican youth and creation of opportunities for people with disabilities. The fair will be held on November 17 and 18 at the Center for Technology Transfer and Continuing Education in Florencia, San Carlos.

These activities are joined by those prepared by the non-profit organization “Yo emprendedor”, which has a broad agenda of activities for entrepreneurs of all ages. There will be tours to universities, schools and communities, business skills sessions, presentation of entrepreneurship projects and innovation, the first festival of innovation and the creation of an association for entrepreneurs. For more information about the times and places, people may visit site:

Since 2011, the Global Entrepreneurship Week has been celebrated simultaneously in more than 160 countries, during the second week of November.

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