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Banco Nacional closes accounts to Uber drivers
for non-legal activities

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Bank of Costa Rica (BNCR) announced yesterday afternoon that it will close the accounts of  customers who receive an income from the Uber transport platform, since such activity is considered illegal.

The BNCR said they are taking the action following a presidential order issued on August 3.

The financial institution will now notify the cardholders who receive deposits from that company that their payments are prohibited unless there is a permit or a concession by the state.

The bank will inform drivers by mail that they have 10 days to define the future of their relations with the institution, either to change the platform of receipt of funds or to close the account to which Uber makes the deposits.

The director of the People Development Banking Sub-Directorate, Jorge Agüero, explained that the client's other relationships with the bank, such as credit cards, home loans or loans for vehicles, will not be affected.

The official indicated that the action of the bank is in compliance with the law number 8.204, which has to do with narcotics, psychotropic substances, drugs of unauthorized use, legitimacy of capital and related activities. It obliges the banking entities to verify that the origin of the funds is legal and, according to the presidential directive, an opinion of the Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR) and the Traffic Law, the Uber payments are not of legal origin. 

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Uber says more than 16,000 Costa Rican
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Agüero was emphatic in emphasizing that it is not a campaign against the company, but rather a responsible act on the part of the bank.

According to the official, the bank has a technological mechanism through which it can verify who the depositor is, but indicated that it would not go into detail, as that would violate security protocols.

Also on Tuesday, the Bank of Costa Rica (BCR) reported that it is currently evaluating customer acceptability policies, including the "non-authorized paid transport activity"

Cops threatened by illegal gold miners through WhatsApp

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A series of audios that circulate through the WhatsApp application are subject of investigation by the Ministry of Public Security (MSP), since they incite illegal artisanal miners - known as coligalleros - to shoot police officers who carry out patrols in the area of Crucitas, in Cutris de San Carlos, Alajuela.

"Here we are going to find out who has the balls and who is a coligallero at heart. Let's make a group tomorrow or the day after tomorrow, let's agree, let's go and put ourselves in the lagoon or somewhere and grab those sons ... we'll burn them the patrols," says one of the audios that began to circulate on Monday.

In other audio files, the same man said: "I'm going to talk to six Nicaraguans who bring AK's (AK-47) in Costa Rica, because they mistreated a girl, they chewed on her, they came in last night and  if I find them tomorrow I tell them to create the group."

According to Minister of Security Gustavo Mata, the threats are very serious and worrisome, so they are already taking the necessary measures to avoid an armed confrontation

"We are investigating and we will take the necessary actions, because when we talk about this type of weapon, we worry about ourselves as authorities, we will take note and we will do what is necessary," the minister said.

The official added that control operations in the area will be maintained to stop people who carry out gold mining activities illegally.
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Many of the illegal gold miners come from Nicaragua on an irregular migratory status.

According to data from the Ministry of Security, more than 100 Nicaraguans have been placed under the order of the Public Ministry for having been caught in flagrant felony, since the operations became more intense in October.

The police action in the area has been accompanied by the seizure of marijuana, as well as residues of mercury, cyanide, amalgam and other chemicals used for gold extraction. Stacks, jars, containers, picks and shovels have also been confiscated.

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Female transit cops lack uniforms and shoes,
according to their union

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The National Union of Transit and Allied Officers (Unaotraa) has denounced what it considers a worrying situation experienced by women officers of the Traffic Police.

In a letter sent to Germán Valverde, Minister of Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (Mopt), the union said this section of the police corps has waited more than 2 years without getting clothing or shoes fit for their work.

According to Joselito Ureña, secretary general of Unaotraa, for the officers it is a complex situation, "It is understood that the clothing is budgeted for them every year, but there is never anything. Their current clothes are embarrassing."

“Another major concern is that when these requirements are made, the authorities of the Traffic Directorate rather get angry. They call them rebels, but anger does not help because they do not solve anything either," he explained.

The unionist said that the officials have tried to solve the situation by ordering the footwear tailor made, "they pay for their shoes. However, a pair of boots can costs between 50 and 60 thousand colones. "

Ureña also denounced a second issue, the losses in the warehouses of the Traffic Police, which now lack the basic goods for the maintenance of the vehicle fleet.

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"Apparently, neither the Mopt nor the authorities of the Traffic Police are interested in the serious situation we are experiencing. Therefore, this document will also be sent to the President of the Republic, so that there is a record of what is happening. This cannot continue ,” he said.

Costa Rica becomes the region's face
before international foreign investment agencies

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica celebrates being chosen to represent Central America and the Caribbean before the World Association of Foreign Investment Agencies (WAIPA)

The investment promoter, Costa Rican Coalition for Development Initiatives (CINDE), was elected in Dubai as a member of the WAIPA steering committee, an association that brings together more than 170 investment promotion agencies, multilateral agencies, think tanks, consultants and universities of 130 countries

"Becoming part of this committee recognizes the excellent work that Costa Rica, represented in CINDE, has performed in recent years and that has led us to be recognized as an organization with good practices and innovation in terms of attractiveness of investments ,” said a press release from the general director of CINDE, Jorge Sequeira.

For Sequeira, occupying this position within the committee will allow a greater projection to the work of CINDE as an investment agency and "maintain its position of prestige and leadership within the different promotion agencies in the world, which translates into better references for companies that seek professional support in their decision-making processes to bring foreign direct investment to new countries."

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Retailers fight back prohibition to sell alcohol in small markets

By A.M Costa Rica staff

The National Chamber of Retailing Merchants expressed their opposition to a bill that would eliminate the licenses that the mini-super and small markets have to be able to sell alcohol.

This is the bill 19.916, which aims to "amend" an alleged error contained in the liquor law that was enacted in 2012 and that - according to legislators - did not define the appropriate limitations for these businesses.

However, the chamber said the approval of this law would generate more problems of unemployment because many of the businesses will have to shut their operations down.

According to Ana Teresa Vásquez, executive director of the Chamber, if the project were approved, a serious problem of competitiveness would be caused to micro, small and medium-sized commercial enterprises.

"If the business wants to survive, it must have the products and services that the consumer demands, because otherwise, it would disappear," She said.

Both the Chambers of Commerce and Tourism have already expressed their opposition to the plan.

Vasquez stressed the fact that the prohibition of the sale of alcoholic beverages to minors, is duly contemplated, regulated and sanctioned, both in Law 9047, a law that regulates the marketing of beverages with alcohol content, and in the national criminal code.

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The bill seeks to authorize alcohol sales only in big supermarkets.

"A project like 19,916, has no reason to exist, generating rather unemployment problems," she said.

In her opinion, the ban also encourages informality and illegality, a situation that would aggravate and endanger the health of many people.
Alcohol is the most socially problematic substance,
authorities say

By A.M Costa Rica staff

According to surveys conducted by the Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (IAFA), since the last amendment to the Liquor Sales Act in 2012 there has been an abrupt increase in the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Alcohol has become the most psychoactive substance consumed in Costa Rica and the one that generates majority of social and health problems.

The said Institute supports the modification of articles 9, 12, 18 and 24 of the Law of Regulation and Marketing of Alcoholic Beverages, No. 9047, as recorded in legislative file No. 19.916 and that could be discussed in the Plenary anytime.

The project seeks to change Article 12 of Law No. 9047 to better control advertising related to alcoholic beverages and licenses for mini-liquor stores.

Since 2000, there had been a gradual decrease in the levels in consumption, with the  lowest point happening in 2010 (20.5%). However, a notable increase in total consumers began to be seen in 2015, placing the figure at 27.9%, much higher than that reported in 1990.

According to Luis Eduardo Sandí, Executive Director of the IAFA, "one of the causes of this upturn is the weakening in the control of advertising in the country, because by 2012, the commission that analyzes the commercial advertisements for the promotion of alcoholic beverages moved from the IAFA to the Ministry of Health, incorporating at the same time two members of the alcoholic beverage industry, who have been playing the role of judge and party, as well as the excessive availability and facility for the acquisition of alcoholic beverages ".

This fact led to a greater promotion of advertising on beverages and greater availability of  products with alcoholic content in all national media. This had an impact on the rate of increase in consumption in the general population.

People between 20 and 39 years of age show more active consumption of alcoholic beverages. It is precisely this age group that tops the lists of injured people who require treatment in specialized health centers or die in traffic accidents due to driving while intoxicated.

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Since 2012, the use of alcohol has not stopped increasing.

At least 30% of the annual deaths on the road are due to the consumption of alcohol.

In 2016, of the total number of adolescents treated in the IAFA, 91.3% reported alcohol consumption, which is also understood as being easy to acquire and which has severe consequences for consumption at an early age.

"As part of prevention we must restrict [alcohol availability] to reduce the burden of mental disorders, domestic violence, academic problems, consumption of other drugs and dependency, among many of the consequences that causes the intake of this substance," said the head of the IAFA.

Young people between 12 and 14 years showed a reduction in consumption last month, while children between 15 and 19 years reported an increase of eight percent.

According to the IAFA, teenagers who start drinking at age 13 are six times more likely to develop problems with drinking and driving under the influence of alcohol.

In a recent study among children and adolescents hospitalized in the National Psychiatric Hospital, it was established that 75% had used at least one drug. It was also found that 70% had consumed alcohol, and, most relevant, it was determined that the latter were six times more likely to consume other drugs.







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Insects could be key to producing antibiotics and biofuels

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

According to Costa Rican scientists, bacteria associated with insects endemic to Costa Rican biodiversity have an enormous potential to solve the problem of the lack of new antibiotics and to provide efficient strategies to convert plant waste into energy.

The order, Hymenoptera, which includes ants, bees and wasps, are very susceptible to infections caused by fungi, so they have had to create effective defense mechanisms against them.

As part of these mechanisms there are symbiotic associations between these insects and bacteria called actinomycetes, which produce antibiotics naturally.

In this type of association, bacteria produce secondary metabolites with antimicrobial properties that protect their host (adult insects as well as larvae and pupae) or the food sources stored in their nests, such as honey from bees.

It was previously believed that zompopas (a popular name for Costa Rican leaf-cutter ants) were the only insects that obtained antibiotics from symbiotic bacteria, but new findings show that other species of ants, bees and wasps also use this resource.

M.Sc. Matarrita and her research group studied new relationships between actinomycetes and 29 different species of Hymenoptera at the La Selva Biological Station, in the canton of Sarapiquí, Heredia.

The researchers obtained 150 isolates of actinomycetes, most of them from the genus Streptomyces. In addition, they were able to isolate seven entomopathogenic fungi belonging to the families Ophiocordycipitaceae and Cordycipitaceae, some of which are natural enemies of the insects studied.

Among them is the parasite that turns the bullet ants (Paraponera clavata) into a zombie species, manipulating them to leave the nest and look for a high place to die, so that the parasite can leave their bodies to release spores and infect more ants.

The results obtained provided scientific evidence on new defensive associations between actinomycetes and insects, which in turn represent natural sources of antimicrobial and enzymatic substances with great potential for medical and biotechnological applications.

"We know that there are antifungal substances that inhibit the growth of fungi, but we still need to know what is the chemical structure of these substances to see if it is something new and if so, if it can be applied for medicinal purposes. But all this leads to more research," said Bernal Matarrita, one of the researchers.

Matarrita and other research groups studied the role played by different types of bacteria found in the nests of the Atta and Acromyrmex Zompopa ants from different parts of the country. The bacteria aid in the degradation of plant matter.

Zompopa ants cut and carry fresh leaves and other plant materials to grow a fungus (Leucoagaricus gongylophorus) in the underground chambers of the colonies. This structure, called a fungal garden, feeds the ants and also serves as a refuge for ants and their larvae.

Ant colonies process a large amount of plant material. Each colony consumes the same amount of food as a cow. Recent research has shown that fungal gardens are colonized by symbiotic bacteria that contribute to nitrogen fixation processes. Their possible involvement in the degradation of plant biomass has also been described.

For their studies, UCR researchers used a combination of various techniques including electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, microbial cultures and studies of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), to investigate the process of cellulose degradation in fungal gardens and the possible role of the symbiotic bacteria in the process.

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Some of the ants may become zombies of some parasites so they can hatch their eggs.

The researcher in charge of the study said that the most abundant thing in plants is cellulose (made up of a chain of linked sugars), but it is a molecule that is difficult to break down because it has a type of bond that hinders degradation.

The study was able to determine that plant cell walls are visibly degraded in certain regions of the lower section of the fungal garden where bacteria are more abundant.

This is an important contribution because it was thought that the symbiotic fungus was incapable of degrading the cellulose, limiting itself to penetrating the vegetal tissue through the cuts that the ants make with their jaws.

The new evidence shows that there is degradation and that the bacteria associated with the ants contribute to the process.

Thanks to their ability to grow their own food, the zompopa colonies can hold several million working ants, but only queens able to lay fertile eggs to populate the nest.

The research explained that, in a certain period of the year, the new queen ants (in this case winged ants) spread this fungus by taking a small fragment of the fungal garden of their parental colony and use it to start a new colony in another place.

According to the researchers, this fragment, which measures less than 1mm in diameter and is the seed to feed millions of ants, contains more than one million bacteria per gram of fungus.

The researchers obtained evidence that fragments of the fungal garden carried by virgin queens are colonized by a community of bacteria that resembles the main species found in mature fungal gardens, which shows that these bacteria are important for the degradation of the leaves and the operation of the colony of the zompopa ants.

According to the researcher, these results suggest that the beneficial bacteria in the garden are probably transmitted by the new queens to the next generations of ants.

The researcher explained that one of the concerns they had in mind when they proposed the project, five years ago, was the generation of energy from plant material.

Vegetable materials contain cellulose but our country does not always take advantage of the cellulose in agricultural bi-products which we have in abundance. Scientists hope to find a way to degrade that material quickly, efficiently and economically to produce biofuels.

"If you really want to get an industrial application of this, you have to analyze the bacteria in terms of cellulose breakdown efficiency, look for bacteria that do it with enough efficiency to use it in industrial processes. If it is found, it would have to be extracted and cultivated in bioreactors to take it to industrial processes, "explained the expert.

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Published November 29, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Real estate
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Marta: first woman director of the Biosystems Engineering Department at the Universidad de Costa Rica

A.M. Costa Rica staff

Marta Montero became the first woman to hold the position of Director of the Biosystems Engineering Department at the University of Costa Rica (UCR).

"I think that as women and university students we have a very good capacity to organize, accept challenges and fulfill them with pleasure," the Mora said.

According to the new director, the biggest challenge for the next four years of management is to ensure that all students enrolled in the course successfully complete their studies.

"We want them to develop well in their graduation projects and to have a very successful insertion in the productive sector,” she explained.

A biosystems engineering career combines knowledge of mechanical engineering and the biological study of crops and animals, in order to develop systems that meet needs and optimize production, product management and food health. It seeks to care of the environment and all the components of the process.

"The focus is on how we can help by getting our hands in engineering to improve processes, make things more efficient, and see how we can contribute new models, equipment and process designs to improve those areas," she added.

Among the main objectives set by the specialist is to achieve the accreditation of the career and, at the same time, to improve the curricular plan and cover the new needs of the country in the area of biosystems.

Universidad de Costa Rica photo        
Marta Montero is one of the top scientists at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

"We want to have a closer relationship with the productive sector to know what the needs are and also to prepare our students to face what the country needs, so that they are ready to start working and to facilitate their insertion to the labor market," she added.

As soon as the new building complex of the Faculty of Engineering is finished, students will get the chance to work in their own laboratories such as Bioenergy and Water, Soil and Environment.

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Sixth News Page

Published November 29, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Real Estate
About us

Climate change takes a toll on public finances,
says Comptroller's office
By AM Costa Rica staff

The effects of climate change on public finances is a matter of concern on the part of the Comptroller General of the Republic (CGR), which is why the office has proposed to include the costs associated with this phenomenon in the fiscal framework of the Costa Rican State.

This is one of the conclusions that emerged from the report DFOE-AE-OS-00001-2017 presented yesterday by the comptroller. The report points out the challenges the country has to face in order to reduce the impact of climate evolution.

The CGR pointed out that it is necessary to estimate the costs of variability and climate change in the short, medium and long term in order to access economic resources from national or international sources every year.

"It is necessary to create a fiscal climate framework that allows to estimate and budget the necessary resources to finance the actions that will alleviate the negative effects of extreme weather events,” said Lilliam Marín, manager of the Environmental Services Area of the Comptroller's Office.

The office pointed out that there are resources available from conventions and agreements, as well as multilateral and bilateral funds, however, the country lacks a count of how much money is currently spent under these mechanisms.

"In Costa Rica, it is not possible to establish the precise amount of funds received from international cooperation for climate actions, as there is no single registry with this information, and the organizations that partially have this are: the Ministry of National Planning and Policy Economic (MIDEPLAN), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship (MREC) and Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), " explained the CGR in its document.

According to partial data provided by the Directorate of Climate Change, the funds received for projects related to this topic were $32.8 million in 2016. Out of that, 65 percent is used for mitigation plans while the remaining is used for adaptation projects.

AM Costa Rica wire services photo  
The Finance Ministry could ask for money from the International Climate Change Green Fund.

The CGR identified the possibility of receiving money from the Green Climate Fund, which has $10,300 million committed worldwide. In order to obtain assistance of this type it is necessary to establish a financial strategy to promote the implementation of a climate agenda.

Regarding national resources, there are no mechanisms to identify sources of internal financing for actions in their protection, said the comptroller.

All the arguments developed in the report were presented to the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday so they can be taken into account when developing policies on the matter.

The comptroller body also projected how much the reconstruction resulting from events related to climate change would represent for the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Its analysis showed that by 2025 costs are expected to be between 0.68 and 1.05%.
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Published November 29, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
Real Estate
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Economy Ministry encourages better commercial relationships

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC), signed has signed a new Code of Good Commercial Practices along with the companies Automercado, Perimercados, Pequeño Mundo, PriceSmart, Megasuper, Walmart and the Costa Rican Chamber of the Food Industry.

According to the MEIC, the practices included in the Code are based on the dynamics of commercial relations regarding costs, discounts, promotions, acceptance and registration of new products, and price discrimination, where the prevalence of free competition and healthy negotiations is the core.

"This code of good practices represents a qualitative leap in terms of the responsible behavior of companies that recognize the relevance of dialogue and self-regulation, not only to guarantee healthy competition, but also to establish a good relationship between trade and suppliers.

This is reflected in greater confidence in the market and indirect benefits among consumers," explained Geannina Dinarte, Minister of Economy, Industry and Trade.

AM Costa Rica wire services photo
The new code aims to turn commercial competition
into a healthy interaction, where free market ideals prevail.

"I recognize the transparent and high-level dialogue that has marked this process and we know that this opens the opportunity for other actors to join in the future for the benefit of the national economy," he said.

According to Dinarte, one of the topics of greatest interest to market operators is how to deal with the informal sector on productive and commercial activities.

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