San José, Costa Rica         Wednesday Edition,  March 21, 2018         Vol. 18, No. 321
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Japan donates 60 hybrid and electric vehicles to Costa Rica

By AM Costa Rica staff

Tuesday the government of Japan donated 60 hybrid and electric vehicles to the government of Costa Rica.

The vehicles will be used to improve the work of 13 public institutions in areas of poverty reduction, labor inspection, small and medium enterprises, women’s rights, sports and conservation areas-related offices, according to president’s office.

The vehicles are eco-friendly and represent a donation of 300 million Japanese yen, the equivalent of $ 2.8 million.

"We thank the Japanese people for the sensitivity and affection they have always had for the Costa Rican people. It also helps us continue fulfilling our environmental efforts and the achievement of national and international commitments to reduce emissions and protect the environment," said President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera.

The ambassador of Japan in Costa Rica, Yoshiaki Ito, said "this donation is made within the framework of the Japanese assistance policy for developing countries in the area of ​​climate change. The government of Japan continues to support Costa Rica with its technology, which has been leading the global efforts in the fields of the environment, with the purpose of reaching the proposed objective of being carbon neutral by 2021."

The units donated break down as follows: six Toyota Prius hybrids, five Toyota Camry hybrids, 20 electric hybrids plug-in Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV and 29 Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric.

Regarding the beneficiary institutions, 17 cars will go to the environmental ministry, 13 to the Presidency, eight to the Ministry of Health, four to the Ministry of Labor, three to the Ministry of Planning and two each to the National Women Institute, the ministries of Foreign Affairs, Housing, Agriculture, Culture and Youth and Economy, and the Justice and Peace center and one vehicle to the University of Costa Rica.

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The donation from Japan seeks to support actions against climate change.

"Costa Rica not only thanks the government of Japan, but recognizes its status as a loyal friend, as well as the bonds of friendship and joint work that have historically characterized the relationship between both countries, and have generated enormous benefits for our population," said Manuel Gonzáles, minister of Foreign Affairs. "We highlight our will to cooperate in different areas and promote better living conditions and the sustainable development of our societies and our citizens."

Legislative bill seeks to compensate former gold miners

By AM Costa Rica staff

The current head of the Broad Front Party, Frank Camacho, has filed a legislative bill to compensate former gold miners from the Corcovado and Piedras Blanca national parks in the Osa Peninsula.

The proposal seeks to compensate those people whose fundamental rights have been violated since the 1980s.

The bill suggests that they suffered mistreatment, police violence, and violation of their freedom when they were prevented from continuing to extract gold.

The miners were evicted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock through the National Park Service  after the two national parks were created, because gold mining is contrary to conservation principles.

Between 1985 and 1986, an official census was conducted which determined that there were 1,101 people affected in Corcovado. A second census, between 1991 and 1992 determined the existence of 50 gold miners in Piedras Blancas.

Over the course of time, compensation has been paid to those who dedicated themselves exclusively and permanently to this activity. In total, 840 people were paid a total of 623.4 million colones, through laws No. 7056, No. 7063, and No. 7375.

After a review of the records, a prequalification was established for those who have not yet received any compensation.  They account for 138 people who are included in the registry issued by the Osa Conservation Area. There was also an indeterminate group of artisanal miners who were evicted in the 80s and 90s.

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Corcovado was a gold mining area
back in the 80s and 90s

"Just now we are seeing the light with the help of Mr. Camacho and the Broad Front Party members. We have already lost many because of their age, but on behalf of the community I feel very happy for what is happening and now we have the challenge of convincing the Legislative Assembly," said Tomás García, who worked as gold miner in Corcovado for 17 years.

Camacho said that to compensate these people a trust would be created and the money will be granted through an evaluation commission according to strictly technical criteria, which will be based on an actuarial study.

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