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American citizen killed by white shark at Isla del Coco

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An unidentified American tourist died yesterday afternoon near the shores of the Coco's Island.

The woman was apparently taking diving lessons when the attack occurred. The trainer was also injured.

According to the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, the call for help was received around 2:30 pm at the Caldera Coast Guard station, in Puntarenas.

By 4:30 pm, the Ministerio said a vessel was on its way from the Island back to Puntarenas carrying the body and the injured trainer.

The remains were sent to Forensic Facilities of the Judicial Investigation Organization in the province of Heredia.

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The victim was apparently taking diving lessons when the attack occurred.


Aguinaldos hits the streets and the economy

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of today, Christmas bonuses, locally known as aguinaldos start being paid to retirees and public and private employers.

According to the labor law, this extra payment should be delivered between Dec. 1 and 20. Non-compliance may carry fines and non-payers can be subject to lawsuits.

The Ministry of Labor has launched an informative campaign called “Aguinaldo a tiempo y a derecho 2017”, meaning that officials of the institution will pay informative visits to work centers in all provinces

In 2016, 230 complaints were received for the non-payment of the aguinaldo.

The Deputy Minister of Labor, Nancy Marín, explained that the challenge is to reduce the number of complaints received.

In addition, she stressed out that, as of December 21, workers who have not received the payment can make their complaints to the Ministry of Labor.

It is expected that the private business sector will pay approximately ¢588,000 million to more than 1,258,000 employees as a bonus.

This was announced by the Costa Rican Union of Chambers and Associations of the Private Business Sector (Uccaep) after an analysis based on data from the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS).

Victor Ruiz, current president of the Uccaep, explained that for the payment of the bonus, extra payments, commissions, incentives and salary in all forms that the worker received between December 1, 2016 and November 30, 2017 must be included.

The Ministry of Labor has made available the 800-TRABAJO phone line a central point of clarification for employers.

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The aguinaldo is paid without any deduction.

The payment of the bonus also brings with it an important reinforcement in the surveillance carried out by the police.

Situations such as robberies and scams are considerably increased during the end of the year, so the Ministry of Security will allocate about a thousand officers to safeguard citizens in places where there is greater commercial activity.

The Deputy Minister of Security, Juan José Andrade, explained that the work will be focused on the provincial capitals, mainly bus stops, ATMs and areas of the capital where people go to make Christmas purchases more often.

Additionally, the Municipal Police of San José will make available 400 officers at the busiest points of San José.

This was stated by the mayor of the San José, Johnny Araya, who said that the goal is to complement the work done by other authorities such as the Traffic Police and the Judicial Investigation Agency (OIJ).

The capital will have massive events at the end and beginning of the year, such as the carnival and the Zapote party. In these activities, the number of police officers will increase up to 2,000.

The police and the Costa Rican Banking Association (ABC) called for those who make purchases during December do so with caution to avoid being victims of crime.

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Bill seeks to declare Blue Zones in Guanacaste

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Social Affairs Committee of the Legislative Assembly started the discussion of a bill that seeks to declare as Blue Zones the cantons of Nicoya, Hojancha and Nandayure, as well as the administrative districts of Cóbano, Lepanto, Paquera and the Gulf Islands.

"This is intended to improve the quality of life of older adults, promoting active aging, encouraging the participation of older adults in various initiatives, whether leisure or production. It also aims to ensure that new generations adopt lifestyles that allow them to reach a longevity with health and well-being," said legislator Marta Arauz, of the National Liberation Party (PLN), who is a proponent of the initiative

Between November 16 and 18, the Blue Zones World Summit was held in Nicoya, where tribute was paid to the long living people of this province.

Data from the Ministry of Health indicate that the Blue Zone in Nicoya will remain for many years, since there are more than 900 people over 90 and more than 5 thousand inhabitants over 75. Several sectors have noted the potential and tourist value and of the region.

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NGO calls for action after human rights report

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Representatives of the non-governmental Center for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR-Center), based in Geneva, said today that they are confident that Costa Rica will respond soon to the report of the UN Human Rights Committee in 2016.

"Costa Rica is a leading state in the matter, has actively participated in the Covenant for Civil and Political Rights, which is one of the legacies that the country has given the world and it is a bit paradoxical that the state does not advance with its effective compliance," has said the lawyer of the Center Fabián Salvioli to the EFE news agency.

Costa Rica had time until March to respond to three priority points in which the report detected deficiencies: discrimination, indigenous people's rights and voluntary interruption of pregnancy.

However, the country did not comply with the deadline.

"We come to encourage the state to fulfill its mission. It is a public policy process and we fully trust that the state will take the necessary steps," said Salvioli, who was president of the Human Rights Committee between 2015 and 2016.

For the human rights specialist, the fact Costa Rica has not yet presented a response to the report of the Committee is a pity  because he considers the country has taken steps that should be reported.

"Our task is to help the state to fulfill its international obligations and to give effectiveness to the mechanism of international supervision of the Covenant of Civil and Political Rights," said Salvioli.

The Argentinian and Costa Rican Víctor Rodríguez carried out a mission of the CCPR Center between November 27 and 30 meeting with government authorities and civil society organizations, in order to prepare a report on human rights that will be delivered to the UN.

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Indigenous people's rights is subject to improvement, says the U.N.

The March 2016 report of the UN Committee urged Costa Rica to create a law to prevent and punish all forms of discrimination, and to take measures to end the stigmatization of sexually diverse people and prejudice against those with HIV/AIDS.

Regarding indigenous peoples, the report urges the approval of an autonomous development law, giving legal protection to their lands and consultations to these communities.

In the third point, the report recommends reviewing abortion legislation to include additional reasons to approve abortion in the cases of rape, incest and fetal disability.

In addition, the report encourages the state to adopt protocols to guarantee access to abortion in the face of risk to the life of women, continue education programs on contraceptive use and punish violence against women.

Salvioli said that one of Costa Rica's challenges is "to assume that human rights must be a general state policy and be outside the electoral political debate."

Rodríguez said that, "in certain areas there is social dialogue" but Costa Rica "needs the gathering of information not only from the state, but from civil society and submit joint reports" on human rights.

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  Authorities should create new elder's institution,
association says

By A.M Costa Rica staff

Health, pensions, municipal management and institutional intervention are part of the issues that must be addressed urgently to ensure the quality of life for the elders.

That's the opinion that the Costa Rican Gerontological Association (Ageco) and the National Forum of Older Persons (Fonapam), presented. The opinion stated a series of priorities that should be taken care of in order to guarantee the quality of life of the elderly.

"Ageco is the technical secretariat of Fonapam and we made the call to some political parties," explained Fabián Trejos, general manager of the Association.

Among the requests made is the creation of a care institute for older adults, because, according to Trejos. Conapam has played an important role so far, but is a weak entity in terms of its management capacity and it needs to be strengthened.

"We know that the country is not yet ready for this aging process that we are facing, so it is necessary to have an entity that has greater political strength and can act with greater autonomy,” explained Trejos.

After the February elections, it is suggested that the new representatives try to promote a more active role of the municipal system in the care of the elderly.

"Aging is lived in the communities, in the family, at the local level and that is where it must be addressed by public institutions and until now the governing body is Conapam. We believe that municipalities can create care programs for the elderly in their communities," said Trejos.

Among the requests mentioned was the need for better health care services, which are considered key to healthy and successful aging.

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Active and dignified aging is the aim of the project.

"We are not talking only about the treatment of the disease, but the prevention part. It is necessary to educate to change habits and lifestyles and promote active aging," said Trejos.

Another point that was analyzed was the need to better enforce the rights of the elderly, "we know that governments often do not like to be mentioned the issue of human rights, but there is much to be done," he added.

Income security was another issue analyzed, because according to Trejos, at this time there is uncertainty in pensions. "In this administration the issue remained there, paralyzed, we did not reach a concrete and definitive solution, and above all, it is very important to ensure the Non-Contributory Regime pensions.”

The construction of a new geriatric hospital, the inclusion of coexistence with older adults within the programs of the Ministry of Public Education (MEP) and employment solutions for this population, were some other priorities identified by the organization.
San Lucas Island former prison burned down

By A.M Costa Rica staff

The director of the Center for Research and Conservation of Cultural Heritage, William Monge, evaluated the facilities of the headquarters of the former penal center located in the San Lucas Island, after they suffered a fire and a total loss.

"We came to assess the state of the property, which is practically totally destroyed except for some reinforced concrete wall the rest burned down completely," said Monge.

This property was declared a Historical-Architectural Heritage in 1995, as well as the other buildings of the complex. It was a building of 300 square meters of construction on three levels, the first of concrete with parts in French bahareque style and the other parts wooden. In 2011 it received some restoration in which the Heritage Center of the Ministry of Culture and Youth invested 106 million colones.

"Although it was restored was not in use, then the rooms were empty, but the floors and walls were restored, everything was painted, had its windows and the entire building was ready to be inhabited," said the director of Patrimonio.

The future of the remains will be discussed in an inter-institutional commission including the Costa Rican Institute of Pacific Ports (Incop), Costa Rican Tourism Institute (ICT), National System of Conservation Areas (Sinac), Cultural Heritage Center, Costa Rican Art Museum, National Museum of Costa Rica and the Municipality of Puntarenas.

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The latter is the owner of the island since the prison was finally closed in 1991.

"The greatest loss is at the historical level, as the place was the administrative part of the penal center, "said Monge.







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Consumers express negative expectation

regarding the economy

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Although Christmas bonuses and vacation payment deadlines are approaching, the confidence of consumers in regards to the economy remain pessimistic.

This was shown by the latest survey of the School of Statistics of the University of Costa Rica (UCR), known as the Consumer Confidence Index (ICC), corresponding to the last quarter.

According to the results, current consumer confidence only reaches 40 points, on a scale of 0 to 100. In addition, the trend is downward if one takes into account what was expressed by Costa Ricans in the last semester.

The researcher of the UCR,  Johnny Madrigal, commented that there are two situations in particular that do not allow a greater positivism towards the economy.

The survey showed that seven out of ten Costa Ricans expect hikes in the price of fuel, and six out of ten expect a rise in the exchange rate of the dollar in the next 12 months.

With respect to the government's economic policy, five out of ten consider that the work carried out by the Executive Branch is poor.
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The raise of fuel costs and the exchange rate bother consumer.

According to Madrigal, in this aspect the trend also shows deterioration in the confidence of the citizens.

Additionally, six out of ten people consider that it is not a good time to buy a home.

The survey gathered the opinion of 700 people, heads of household, through their residential telephones.

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Published December 1, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Higher loan installments expected for next year

A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Central Bank announced on Thursday morning that it raised the level of the Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) to 4.75%, which in the short term could increase the Basic Passive Rate and, consequently, the loan installments in colones.

This is the sixth consecutive increase of the indicator during 2017.

These increases and the difficulty in reaching a legislative agreement on fiscal reform projects make it prudent to increase the cost of loans in colones during the next year, given the financing needs of the Central Government.

The TPM is used by the Central Bank as a monetary policy tool in an attempt to give direction to the rest of the market interest rates.

In mid-year, the monetary authority announced that it would be one of the instruments it would use to fight against inflationary pressures that could arise from unexpected increases in the exchange rate.

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The non- approval of a fiscal reform is putting
pressure on interest rates.

According to a statement from the Central Bank, the increase on Thursday is a forecast against the inflationary pressures that would come from sustained increases in fuel prices.

It also responds to increases in international interest rates, especially in dollars.

An increase in the MPR will have an impact in the medium term on other market interest rates that will also rise.

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Published December 1, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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About affairs, broken trust and guilt
By Lucinda Gray Ph.D

Whether you are living together or married the time may come when you find yourself feeling alienated from your partner and fantasize about other men or women Fantasizing about sexual encounters with others is a sign that something may not be right in your relationship. It is wise to think carefully before doing anything that could break the bond in your relationship.

First of all let me stipulate that there is a difference between single sexual encounter you might have on a business trip and a more long term relationship which we call an affair. Deciding to have an affair is a much more serious decision than an unplanned one night fling. I do not mean to minimize the effects of such a dalliance. You might have painful feelings of guilt and shame after a one night fling.  Any lie that you carry is a burden of bad feeling that creates a barrier between you and your spouse. If you confess to your mate, at least the truth is out there and no longer stands between you. On the other hand you hurt your partner, wound your relationship and erode the trust you have built. When you unload your guilt on him or her you feel relieved, but now your partner carries the burden. It may take years for the trust to be rebuilt. A pattern of repeated one night stands is very destructive and could mean the end of your marriage. There is a price, a painful price.

But the risks are even greater in an affair. Let me explain why.

It turns out that free love is not free after all. Hormonal bonding occurs during orgasm. Oxytocin and endorphins are released in the brains of both men and women during orgasm. The more times you experience orgasm with a partner the stronger the bond becomes. In the ancient Tantric Books of India they warn that bonding occurs within as short to time as six sexual encounters. In my experience working with clients, I find that many people have high abandonment which makes them even more vulnerable to bonding in as short a time as three encounters. Once bonded,  it becomes hard to let go of that person. You are in a relationship now, if you set out wanting that or not. This sexual bonding happens even when we do not really know the person. It is a chemical process that we cannot control.

In Costa Rica prostitution is legal which adds another opportunity for risk. The bonding process happens the same way in relationships with prostitutes when the customer meets repeatedly with the same person. Aging brings on additional sexual relations which add stress to a marriage Older men are sometimes tempted to go to prostitutes when their wives no longer want sex, or for what folks think of as harmless sex. There are male prostitutes too, so men are not alone in this dilemma and the risk it entails. Finding yourself in love with a prostitute and wanting to take care of him or her presents another serious conflict situation.

What are the consequences of deciding to have a sexual relationship away from home? In having an affair you are risking your marriage partnership, and the years of investment (emotional, family ties, children, financial, friends circles, even your home.). When you make this choice you need to be clear on your feelings. When you have an affair it is not just your spouse that is hurt. You will be hurt too.

Having an affair can leave you very confused, unable to think clearly about your path. Years ago a woman told me the story of her affair. She became involved with a man she knew who was already a friend. After a year, she felt she had to make a decision between the men. With her guilt and shame leading the way she thought that she could not have done this if she did not really love the new man.
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Can couples recover from an affair and stay together? This is a tough one.

Thus she talked herself into believing this must be love. She decided to leave her husband and go with the other man. Years later, she realized her error and regretted the divorce.

This difficulty thinking about what you want is another reason it is important to work on your relationship first. I advise folks to spend the time to carefully consider their true wants and needs. Begin an inquiry inside about what is and what is not working in your life and relationship. Then you can have a dialogue with your mate to talk about feelings and listen to your partners' issues.

In my experience this kind of speaking and listening is a good way to explore with your partner what is going on between you. It is far healthier and less dangerous than impulsively making the choice to look outside your marriage for closeness. This process will usually require sit down calmly time, several meetings where you talk honestly and openly about what is going on at home.

If you cannot succeed in solving your problems with intimate truthful conversation then I recommend seeking a therapist for couple therapy. This is an investment you both make in your relationship.

Can couples recover from an affair and stay together? This is a tough one.  My experience in couple therapy with this problem is mixed. Having an affair is like setting off a nuclear bomb in your relationship. If you really want out of a marriage and do not have the courage to say it, then having an affair is the surest way I know. Betrayal is just about the hardest thing to forgive. And this betrayal is in your most intimate and trusting partnership, your primary relationship.

I always approach couples with the love in mind. I set my intention to help couples forgive and stay together if at all possible. In these columns I am sharing my beliefs and knowledge based on my education and over 35 years of experience. But I do not have a crystal ball, I cannot tell at the beginning how the work will evolve. Above all I appreciate the courage and strength couples show in coming to therapy.

Lucinda Gray Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist in International practice based here in Costa Rica. She can be reached at
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Published December 1, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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ICE will auction off eight properties in December

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Next Wednesday, December 6, at 1 p.m., the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) will auction a total of eight properties. The auction will be held in the Auditorium of the Historical and Technological Museum of the ICE Group, located in Sabana Norte.

The properties, which are located in San José, Heredia, Alajuela, Cartago and Guanacaste, have already fulfilled the purpose for which they were acquired. With its sale, ICE expects to recover more than ¢ 804.7 million.

"The sale is made within the framework of the ICE Group's strategy of optimization and operational efficiency. As a result of similar auctions, in the last four years (2013-2017) ICE obtained revenues of more than ¢206 million, "said Juan Carlos Jiménez, director of Real Estate of the Corporate Administration and Finance Department.

He added that these auctions generate income, as well as savings in operating and maintenance costs.

The properties to be auctioned are located in: Sabana Sur -San José-, San Antonio de Belén -Heredia-, San Carlos and Tambor -Alajuela-, La Unión -Cartago-, Liberia and Tilarán -Guanacaste.

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Unnecessary properties are sold by ICE
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Those interested can send inquiries to the email address:

Those interested in participating should only be present on the day of the auction and be up to date with the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS). The ICE Museum is located 300 meters north of the southeast corner of the central building of the ICE, in Sabana Norte.

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