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November 17, 2017, Vol. 17, No. 207
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Legislator dies in car accident

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Liberationist deputy for Guanacaste, Juan Rafael Marín Quirós, 54, died this morning when his vehicle collided with the protection wall of the toll station of the General Cañas highway, in Río Segundo de Alajuela.

Initially, it is presumed that the vehicle, a 2013 Hyundai Tucson model, was traveling with excessive speed.

"At the moment we believe that the fact is totally accidental, there is no element that indicates something strange, the car arrives very quickly at the toll zone, we do not find any braking marks, we are going to wait for the autopsy result", said Alberto Palma, head of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ) of Alajuela.

The accident occurred at 2:51 a. m., according to the registry of toll security cameras. The impact was serious and, according to preliminary information from the Red Cross and fire department, the person in the vehicle was initially trapped. He was removed from the vehicle, but then went into cardiorespiratory arrest.

Firemen reported that a doctor, who was with the paramedics, gave him assistance and performed CPR, but minutes later declared him dead.

The Fire Department confirmed that inside the vehicle they found the metal plate that identifies the deputies of the legislature. Officers of the Public Force confirmed with the Legislative Assembly that it was the number assigned to the deceased.

Allan Castro, administrator of the toll on the General Cañas highway, said that Odir Morales was the worker who was in booth # 2 at the time of the accident, where the car hit.

"What counts is that everything happened very fast, he only heard the sound of a car approaching and when he felt it was the blow against the wall of the house," he said.

The official added: "In the video system is recorded (the crash), the cameras show a spectacular collision against the wall, it looks quite strong, neither of the two booths were damaged by this fact."

The accident caused booths 1 and 2 (those on the left) to be out of service, so long lines became evident at 4 a. m. At 5:30 p.m. the row of cars in the San José-Alajuela direction reached near the Intel facilities. Soon after, the congestion was released.

The car was removed from the scene at 7:30 a.m. and by 8 a.m. all four lanes were open.

Two years ago, on October 27, 2015, at 3:30 a. m. Pablo Fonseca Barboza, 27, who was traveling at high speed in a Toyota Hilux car, also hit a tollbooth and died.

On that occasion it was determined that the car hit the cement protection of one of the casetillas and then, due to a rebound effect, collided with the other one. “Casetillas” are the concrete boundaries that guide cars to the booths.

Asamblea Legislativa photo
This is the second accident at the toll booth
since 2015.

Juan Rafael Marín Quirós began his political career began in his home town, where he was mayor in the years 2003 and 2010.

Between 2010 and 2013, he was Minister of Decentralization and Executive President of the Institute of Municipal Development and Advisory (IFAM), under the government of Laura Chinchilla.

He had a degree in Business Administration and a bachelor's degree in Law.

Ronny Monge, comrade of the National Liberation faction, posted on Facebook's social network: "It's been many years since I met him in his beloved Hojancha, many times we met, others separated but he was always there. The plenary and I never thought that it would be the last pat on the back that I would give him.”

Former president Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014), for whom Marín worked as Decentralization Minister, placed a message on Twitter: "Thank you, dear Juan Marín, for your services to the country and for your last legacy in the protection of water resources. It's a pleasure to have you in my cabinet, my heartfelt condolences to your estimable family. "

Deputy Ottón Solís, of the Citizen Action Party (PAC), characterized the liberationist in a publication on his Facebook profile, as a tireless, committed and incessant worker.

The flag at the national pavilion located in front of the Blue Castle, seat of the presidency of the Legislative Assembly, was flying at half-staff this morning.

The deputy's body will be moved by 2 p.m. to the Congress building, where it will be viewed for two hours in the legislative plenary, as befits the congressmen or ex-congressmen. The body will then be transferred to Hojancha.

The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. this Friday, according to the press office of the Liberationist caucus.

History of the army abolition becomes
official U.N. protected material

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This is the first time in the country's history that some of its most valuable Costa Rican documents have entered the international Memory of the World register, the program of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Culture (UNESCO).

The documents that enter this registry are considered of great importance not only for a town or a region, but for the whole humanity. The documents that were taken into the registry are related to the abolition of the army and the Central American Court of Justice.

"It is no small thing that the country has achieved this scope after so many processes. It is an extraordinary achievement, it is not normal for this to happen," said President Solis in an official announcement about the entry of documents to the registry.

During the event, which took place during the morning at the National Archive, senior leaders were present, including the Communication and Information specialist of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Jamion Knight, who said that on behalf of the agency, they recognize that the incorporation of the documents is the result of the excellence of the work that has been done by the National Committee and the National Cooperation of Costa Rica with UNESCO.

"Now Costa Rica is part of the growing list of countries that have been registered in the world registry. The initiative is aimed at preserving the documentary heritage of the world, which is found in archives, museums," said the specialist.
The Memory of the World Register is a list of documentary heritage that has been approved by the International Consultative Committee and ratified by the Director General of UNESCO as an element that meets the criteria for selecting documentary heritage considered of global importance .

The announcement of the new documents that make up the registry took place in Paris, on October 30, after the releases of the International Advisory Committee of the Memory of the World Program.

This group is composed of 14 experts who examined candidates from around the world and in the end determined that accepted 78 documents, among which are the Costa Rican documents.

Abolition of the army papers include Decree No. 249 of the Founding Board of the Second Republic (October 11, 1949). That decree transfers the building known as the “Bella Vista Barracks” to the University of Costa Rica and stipulates that the building be used for a national museum.

With regard to the Central American Court of Justice, the documents entered include: registry books, letters, trial files, lists, regulations, newspaper articles, and other printed matter.
National Archive photo  
These are the official documents of the abolition of the Costa Rican Army after the civil war led by former president José Figueres Ferrer.

"The inclusion of the documents postulated by the National Archive in the Registry is of the utmost importance because it is considered a recognition of the documentary heritage that the institution guarded, its authenticity, significance, rarity and relevance of the peoples of the world," commented Virginia Chacón, director of the National Archive.

The President of the Republic Luis Guillermo Solís, the First Lady Mercedes Peñas Domingo, the Minister of Culture and Youth, Sylvie Durán and the Director of the National Archive, Virginia Chacón, were present at the official presentation of the documentary collections. In addition to national authorities, representatives of the Legislative Assembly, Diplomatic Corps, Rectors of Universities, specialists and collaborators of the National Archive were also present. The documents that arrive at the registry can be registered for their importance in three different levels: national, regional and international.

There are other Costa Rican documents recognized at national level such as the Figueroa Album, the library of Prof. Carlos Méndez (located in the Historical Research Center of the History School of the University of Costa Rica) and the Death Registry of the Campaign of 1856. According to the director of the National Archive, it is expected that other documents may go through a similar process and be incorporated.

"The Archive generates at least one per year nationally and internationally, for example the documents of the National Company - which is Central American - will undoubtedly be recognized at the national and regional levels. Maybe it could become international.”  He highlighted the interest of incorporating others such as Franklin Chang, who is the first Latin American to have flown into space, or the Costa Rican scientist Clodomiro Picado, internationally recognized for his research and discoveries.

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