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Published December 22, 2017

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Epsy Cambpell denounces fraud of ¢8 billion in the appointment of judicial workers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The legislator of the Citizen Action Party (PAC), Epsy Campbell Barr, denounced a budgetary fraud, for the amount of 8 billion colones, due to the duplication of administrative posts in the the Judicial Branch.

Campbell  described the practice as a shameful abuse of power, which further deteriorates the credibility of the Supreme Court.

The duplication consists of simulating the delivery of paid permits to judges under the reason they need to perform special projects. In this way, the codes of their posts are freed to appoint substitutes.

However, the judges remain in their ordinary jobs. The real reason for hiring fictitious substitutes is unknown.

According to Campbell, this will cause the expenditure of 8 billion colones to pay for the irregular appointment of 232 substitute judges and 75 administrative officials.

"Those 307 extra seats were not included in the approved budget for the Judiciary. They probably inflated the wage bill to camouflage them. I am demanding that the Supreme Court of Justice immediately stop this fraud against the public treasury, which looks as the work of a criminal organization rather than a power to the republic,"said the legislator.

Campbell emphasized the responsibility of President Carlos Chinchilla. The magistrate knew the agreement of the Supreme Court to restrict the permits with salary but In spite of this, he disobeyed this order of 2014 and endorsed that the Superior Council duplicated judges and administrative officials.

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Epsy Campell, legislator of the Citizen's
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"Judges are encouraged to lie and accept a corrupt act. It is totally frightening that the collaborators of the Judicial Branch assume such a serious immorality as part of their daily life and allow themselves year after year to be part of such a despicable practice, "said Legislator.

Campbell said she asked the Court for a report, from 2014 to up to date, with the name, place, justification, special assignment, place where they complied, and the product that was delivered by the officials to whom salary benefits were granted.

Government denies claims of worsening bureaucracy

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Earlier this week, the Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del sector empresarial privado set the Solís administration had caused a setback in regards the country competitive.

On Thursday, the The Ministry of Economy, Industry and Commerce (MEIC) replied back and presented some of the the efforts taken in regulatory improvement to strengthen the  competitiveness of the country.

According to Geanina Dinarte, minister of economy, this government managed to simplify  a total of 209 procedures are obtained; exceeding the goal of 146.

The country's progress in improving competitiveness in the general indicator of Doing Business 2018, as measured by the World Bank, positioned Costa Rica in 61st place, achieving greater solidity and legal security and positioning the country in strategic location. The progress is the result of reforms in the area of property registration and thanks to the implementation of the Minority Investor Protection Law, according to Dinarte.

"This directorate has also led the Interinstitutional Procedure of Commercial License in the Central Pacific Region, making the registration of a company to last just 10 days instead of the usual 33 days. This was achieved in the municipalities of Puntarenas, Orotina, San Mateo, Esparza, Parrita, Quepos, Montes de Oro, Monteverde and Paquera." added Dinarte.

These actions were also replicated in the Chorotega region in the cantons of Abangares, Cañas, Tilarán, Bagaces, Liberia and La Cruz, where the time to formalize a company was reduced by 83%, from 40 to 7 days with the new procedure Interinstitutional Commercial License, according to the government figures.

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Government says it is now easier to set up business in Costa Rica than any other point in history.

A statement sent to the press assures all this work was key for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), to approve the inclusion of Costa Rica to the Regulatory Policy Committee.

"We are working hard to reduce procedures and as of today, we have achieved the greatest reduction in history, while implementing regulatory quality," said Dinarte.

"Costa Rica has maintained a positive growth rate, not only in terms of GDP, but in different relevant indexes, among which the Doing Business and the Global Competitiveness Index stand out, which responds to coherent actions aimed at improving the business climate in favor of greater competitiveness of the country, "added the minister.

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Published December 22, 2017

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Unexpected rise of the Basic Passive Rate

By AM Costa Rica staff

As of yesterday, the basic passive rate (TBP) rose up to to 5.95% and will remain at that figure at least until Wednesday, December 27, when the Central Bank will update the indicator again.

At this level, the rate is 150 basis points above that at the end of of 2016.

This rate is used as a reference for calculating the installments that long-term loans in national currency a person must pay. It also determine the interests of some investments in colones.

The interest actually paid by banks (public and private), financial and mutual cooperatives is taken into account to determine the level of the rate.

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Higher installment payments may be a consequence of the increase.

Between the end of May and the middle of July, the TBP increased in an accelerated way, going from 4.45% to 6%. Since that date, it has remained at similar levels.

Costa Rica takes sides against Trump resolution on Jerusalem

By AM Costa Rica staff

On Thursday, the delegation of Costa Rica in the United Nations (UN) voted in favor of a resolution that declares "null" the decision of the United States, to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the State of Israel.

The UN General Assembly met yesterday morning under an emergency call, after President Donald Trump announced, a few days ago, his decision to fully recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, thus contrary to the historic position of the international community in that area.

Although Costa Rica internally avoided making its position public, claiming that it was a decision of the United States itself, the country voted in favor of the resolution along with 127 other nations. 9 countries voted against the resolution and another 35 abstained.

The United States threatened to remove aid to those countries that spoke out against its decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and during its intervention in the debate, prior to the vote, he reminded everyone about the contributions that that country makes to the UN.

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Published December 22, 2017

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Frente Amplio candidate releases
his public patrimony before elections

By A.M Costa Rica staff

Edgardo Araya Sibaja, presidential candidate of the Frente Amplio (FA), has become the first presidential runner to share his patrimonial declaration, which he made public on Wednesday.

Araya joined the 3de3CR initiative, which seeks that the people who seek the presidency of the Republic, share their tax, income and interest statements. All this as part of an exercise of transparency with Costa Rican citizens.

According to the website; "3de3CR is a citizen initiative that seeks that candidates for elected positions publish, voluntarily, three statements as a sign of their commitment to transparency, accountability and public interest."

Beyond the declaration, each candidate must fill out a form with more detailed information.

"I want to demand, I want to challenge the other candidates for the presidency to do so. I believe that this is a duty before citizens, a duty of transparency so that they know what accounts we have, what interests we have and who and for whom we are going to govern. Is it for citizenship or for a few interests? " said Araya.

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"In these moments of so much distrust on the part of the citizenship by Chinese cement scandal, I consider these initiatives are essential. That is why I challenge the other candidates to join, let's give a sample to the public of commitment to transparency in this campaign, "said the Frente Amplio candidate.

The FA presidential candidate invited not only his opponents, but also all the people who aspire to a position of popular election for the next period to do the same.






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Published December 22, 2017

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Fiscal deficit is under pressure by high interest rates
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Interest continues to rise and becomes the main item that presses the fiscal deficit.

As of November 2016, the accumulated balance of interest amounted to 2.4% of GDP, while in the same month of this year, the sum reached 2.8% of GDP. This directly affects the financial deficit, which goes from 4.7% in November 2016 to 5% in November 2017. A smaller increase is observed in the primary deficit, which excludes interest, which goes from 2.0% to 2.2% in the same period.

A positive aspect that is evident in the figures of November is the dynamism that continues showing the capital expenditure, used on to road and educational infrastructure, mainly.

As of November this year, this item registered a variation of 22% and its relation to GDP went from 1.1% to 1.3% in November 2016 in the same period of 2017.

The income tax, which maintains a two digits growth (11.5%) and rises from 3.7% to 3.9% of GDP from November 2016 to the same month of 2017.

However , this behavior does not prevent the deceleration of tax revenues, which went from an increase of 8.5% in November 2016, to 5.4% in the same period of this year.
This percentage is affected by the reduction in the importation of vehicles experienced during the past months.
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Fiscal deficit has also caused a liquidity crisis in government finances.
"The events experienced in this last semester, such as the reprogramming of payments of some obligations, only show a small part of the fiscal problem that our country is going through. Both the government and different international experts have insisted vehemently on the urgency of making decisions to provide more legal tools to the Public Treasury.

The cost of postponing these decisions is extremely high, especially for the most vulnerable sectors, "said Helio Fallas, first vice president and finance minister.

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Published December 22, 2017

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Driving on the beach means an $80 fine

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This year, a total of 47 drivers received a penalty of ¢51,316 for driving a car on any given beach.

As of January 1, the penalty will be higher, due to the variation in the cost of fines for 2018. This behavior will involve the payment of ¢52,227.43.

The Traffic Police makes a call and a warning to people who will go to the beaches on holidays, to not violate the Traffic Laws.

"Despite the limited staff available, we try to fight this behavior by making people understand how dangerous it is. Sometimes we think that nothing happens if we put the car or the ATV on the beach, but we forget that people lie down to sleep in the sand, children play, in short, It is a space for pedestrians, not for vehicles, "explained Mario Calderón, Director of the Traffic Police.

It is also essential that people call 9-1-1 when the situation is occurring, whether requesting the presence of the Traffic Police, the Public Force or the Coast Guard, because the important thing is that an authority , whatever it is, arrives as soon as possible to reduce risks and take the offender out of the sand.
Calderon also gave some advice to travelers, among them the use of a seat belt, not to drive with excess baggage,and avoid carrying people people out of the vehicle's cabin.

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On the other hand, it is recommended to sleep well the night before the ride, so that both the driver and his companions are well rested. Calderón also encouraged travelers to check the mechanical and electrical condition of the vehicle and the tires.

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Costa Rica

Sixth News Page

Published December 22, 2017

Real Estate
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Tale of two couples touring Costa Rica
Dear AM Costa Rica:

John & Julie are well off and book a resort on the west coast. Fly into Liberia and get on a cozy bus to the resort.

There are plenty of pools, there is a private beach and a nice golf course and good food. They spend a week and get on the nice bus back to the airport and fly back home. They would tell their family and friends how nice it was and the cheap rooms were only $875 a night plus $17.32 tax.

Jack & Jill are normal middle class people and have been saving for three years to make the trip to Costa Rica. They fly into the San Jose airport where they rent a car. Talking to some people at the airport about places to go they said they would like to go to 2nd avenue. When told there is an average of 47 robberies a day in the area they decide not to do that. They ask what about a pretty drive for site seeing not to far away. The person they were talking to said that the drive to Turrialba had very pretty views

So they put that in their GPS and start out. One of the first things that happens is a police truck drives up behind them with the lights on. Thinking they have done something wrong they pull over to the right and the police drive on. They finally figure out that the police run with the lights on all the time. (Why)

Next they get their ears blown out by numerous cars with echo tires and motorcycles with straight pipes. (And I thought they made a law against that) About half way around 39 they come to a stop and go with cars as far as they can see, only to find out the cause is a traffic light on the four lane with 250 cars backed up each way all just to let out 5 cars on a small side street. (ie 500 cars backed up because of the powers to be too stupid to time the lights to please the four lane.

While driving on the circumnavigation they could not help but notice all the trash dumped from the houses along the side of the road. Wondering if there was a garbage collectors strike.

They finally got to where they turn on 230 to Turrialba and end up counting 107 large pot holes 15% to 20% deep enough to cause severe damage to your car if you hit one. Two big enough to have to drive two wheels off the side of the road to get around. On the way back they end up following several vehicles spewing clouds of black and blue smoke. (How do they pass emissions ?) even buses with their exhaust pipe under the back bumper leaving a cloud of black smoke.


In between Cartago and Tres Rios traffic comes to a very slow stop and go. When they finally get to the problem it is because one car has bumped into the back of another and have a lane and almost a half of the other blocked. They do not even see any scratched paint. (I thought they changed the law two years ago that your were to get off the road unless there were injuries like most of the rest of the world).

Before they get to the Tres Ríos Wal-Mar, the traffic is at a halt again. Their GPS shows 2.4 km to the next turn.

When getting to where the turn off is to Wal-Mart and Hyatt Place is they decide to just stop there and get a good nights rest. They ask at the hotel why the traffic was stopped and were told the where the four lane ends the powers to be to stupid to put a traffic light.

After going to bed, about 11 pm the drag racing started and continued until 1:30 in the morning. They never hear a police siren?

In the morning they ask about somewhere for an easy drive to see some of the local housing. They were told to just cross the four lanes, turn right, go two blocks and make a left and up in that area was some nice houses. They did that and got into the area where several ambassadors live. Saw some very nice and very big houses.

But driving out of the area they could not believe in the garbage, old couches, refrigerators, building materials and other stuff dumped anywhere there was an open spot.

Jack asked Jill, where in the world do they come up with the saying Pure Life in Costa Rica? Jill said I have no idea. Jack asked, what are we going to tell our family and friends when we get back ? Jill said, I am going to tell them never go to Costa Rica.

Word of mouth is worth more than all the advertising (and lying) you can do.

Robert Woodrow,
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* There are 88 clear titled lots.
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Seventh News Page Business

Published December 22, 2017

Real Estate
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Do you have a domestic maid?

By Kevin Chavarría CPA

Here are some important issues you may need to know:

What is a domestic worker?

It is the worker who provides assistance to a family or person, on a paid basis. His or her tasks include cleaning, cooking, washing, ironing and other chores typical of a home, residence or private room, which do not generate profit for the employer.

They can assume roles related to the care of people, when agreed between the parties and these are developed in
the home of the person served.

How should the wages of domestic workers be paid?

It must be paid in cash and can not be less than the minimum wage established by law. In addition, they receive accommodation and meals when appropriate, which are considered non monetary salary. The percentage of non monetary salary can be agreed between the parties, but when it has not been agreed since the beginning of the contract, then it will account 50% of the salary paid to them in cash, something very important when calculating the aguinaldo. Both the cash salary and the non monetary salary must be taken into account in the calculation of other rights, such as: bonuses, vacations, holidays and legal benefits (notice and unemployment assistance). In the case of domestic work by the hour or by the day the salary
is to be agreed between both parties. As a reference, the monthly salary is calculated on a 30 days period to obtain the daily salary, and the daily salary should be divided by eight hours to obtain the hourly wage.

What rights do domestic workers have?

All domestic workers, even if they work for hours or per day, have the right to pay for vacations, bonuses, holidays, weekly rest periods, overtime, social security and work risk insurance, as well as the payment of notice and severance. where appropriate. In the case of those who work. By the day or by the hour, these rights will be calculated proportionally to the time they work.

What is the maximum working day for domestic workers?

Their effective ordinary day is of a maximum of eight hours in the day forty-eight per week, or six hours in the evening completing thirty-six hours a week. However, the law allows them to work up to ten hours a day or up to eight hours in a mixed day, provided that the week does not exceed forty-eight hours. It is also allowed to work overtime but a maximum of four hours per day, or up to twelve hours adding the ordinary day and the extraordinary. This extra hours can not be permanent. In any case, overtime must be paid on time and a half and on the next salary payment.

What are the breaks during the day?

In a day of eight hours you will have, at least, the right to one hour of rest. In the case of days shorter than eight hours a day, but longer than three hours a day, the right to rest will be proportional to these days. They are also entitled to a full day for weekly rest, which will be fixed by mutual agreement between the parties (working person and employer), but at least twice a month that rest will be on Sunday.

AM Costa Rica wire services photo

How many days are you for vacations?

The domestic worker is entitled to fifteen days of annual paid vacation; that is, to a period greater than the minimum that is granted to other workers.

How is the payment calculated?

Vacation pay for domestic workers is based on ordinary and extraordinary salaries earned during the fifty weeks prior to the vacations. The average monthly salary is divided by 30 and the result multiplied by 15. If the salary is paid on a weekly basis, the average weekly salary is divided by 7 and the result is multiplied by 15. If the labor contract of the domestic worker ends before completing fifty weeks of continuous work, they are entitled to be included in the payment of legal benefits, the equivalent value of 1.25 days for each month worked (15 days ÷ 12 months = 1.25).

Example: If five months were worked, the person is entitled to 6.5 days of proportional holidays (5 months x 1.25 days = 6.25 days), in this case you must pay the value of 6.25 days.

When you work by the hour do you have the right to vacation?

The domestic workers who work for days or hours, have the same right as if they worked every day, only that the salary they will receive during their vacations is different from the one that people who work full time receive because their working day is different. For instance if in a fortnight they work two days, their vacations will be those fifteen days but with the salary that they receive as if they were working two days. The average weekly wage is divided by 7 and the result is multiplied by 15.

Do domestic workers have a trial period?

The trial period will be three months, this means that during that time parties (working person or employer) can terminate the contract without any responsibility.

Kevin Chavarria CPA, is a accounting tax adviser based here in Costa Rica. He can be reached at

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