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Minimal impact seen from new law on rent increases
By Rommel Téllez
and the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The legislature’s latest effort at social engineering puts a cap on annual rent increases consistent with inflation.

The measure, which awaits the signature of Luis Guillermo Solis and publication, ties rent increase in colons to whatever the government statistical agency says is the annual rate of inflation. The law that is being replaced allowed landlords to raise colon rents by 15 percent a year.

Naturally landlords will be seeking ways around the law to protect their investments.

Otto Guevara, legislator for the Partido Movimiento Libertario who voted against the change, said it is a nonsense reform because it will negatively affect those it seeks to protect.

“Most owners will increase the starting price of the contract in a way that it makes up for future low adjustments.  In other words, it will be less affordable for people to rent.” Guevara said.

A similar opinion is held by Jose Porras, president of  Cámara Costarricense de Corredores de Bienes Raíces.

“We find this law useful to avoid abuses from landlords even when the inflation has been very low in the last years. However, we don't believe it will relieve poverty because it doesn't help get access to decent housing.” he said.

When asked if the regulation would impact investments and real estate developments, Porras considers it will have a minimum influence, since most of the market works on a supply and demand basis.

“Anyway, most of the people who build apartments for rent are issuing their contracts in U.S. dollars that have shown little variation over time. So far, we have not noticed any reaction in the market.” he said.   Rental contracts issued in any foreign currency continue to be fixed for three years.

Some landlords with substantial holdings in rental property have expressed fears that the rental cap reduces the market value of their properties. Some also fear that the soon-to-be law hurts banks who hold mortgages on apartment complexes. But Maria Isabel Cortes, director of Asociación Bancaria Costarricense, declined to discuss if this reform would reduce the interest of investors to build apartment buildings for rent. She considered there is no relationship among mortgage's market and the reform.

According to data provided by Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos, there are 244,000 houses and apartments for rent in Costa Rica.

Some previous news stories in A.M. Costa Rica said incorrectly that the measure would cap colon rent increases at 10 percent. That was the original wording of the bill. The change to the inflation rate came in committee.

Government shell game left security ministry wanting
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The tax on corporations gained passage because it promised to give more money to the security ministry to fight crime.

But those drawing up the nation’s budget saw the tax as a way to reduce the money that the ministry normally would get from the general fund. So when the Sala IV constitutional court declared the tax unconstitutional in January 2015, the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública left with a hole in its own budget.

The hole could be as much as $70 million,
although officials are estimating $40 million. That is why Luis Gustavo Mata Vega, the minister, is so anxious to have the tax on corporations to be reinstituted.

He has made pitches to the Comisión de Asuntos Hacendarios where the bill is bottled up.

The Partido Unidad Social Cristiana has gone so far as to suggest that the central government create an addition to the national budget so that the ministry would get the money it needs to function.  Lawmaker Johnny Leiva has been the most vocal on this point.

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Coronado, as any rural area of Costa Rica, has its share of snakes. But to see a cobra there, a visit to the 29th edition of the Feria Agrícola y Pecuaria would be required.

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President Luis Guillermo Solís arrived in Alajuela Monday by train to inaugurate the 12-kilometer section from Heredia Centro. Passenger service still is some months away. The train will take 50 minutes to travel from San José to Alajuela, officials said of the $5 million project.

Delay announced for Río Virilla bridge in Heredia

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Paracito bridge over the Río Virilla in Santo Domingo de Heredia will not be in service today because work crews have more supports to install. Since Saturday crews were installing one of those temporary bailey bridges. Eventually a new, two-lane bridge with sidewalks on each side will be installed. Officials had predicted the bridge would be ready today.

Highway officials said that the bridge will be opened first for passenger cars and that trucks probably will not be able to use the bridge until next week.

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New Jacó mayor has a full agenda including tax assessments and sewers
By Rommel Téllez
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The new mayor in Jacó has a long agenda of projects for the canton and says he is ready to block the Costanera main highway to get his way. He is Tobías Murillo, 74. He said he wants to provide housing for the people living in the slums of El Hueco, improve the tax collections and build a new sewage system for the whole community of Jacó. He takes office as the mayor of Garabito May 1 and will be the oldest mayor in the country.

Murillo has accrued more than 30 years of experience in public office, including eight years as legislator in 1982 and 1986. He claims to be among the pioneers who founded Jacó housing projects and improved electricity and health coverage in his canton in the 80s and 90s.

A lifetime member of the Partido Liberación Nacional, he won the municipal election with the support of 1,903 voters, according to data from Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones.

“Many believe Jacó is a wealthy and abundant place,” said Murillo. “However, the truth is that there is a lot of poverty, especially in El Hueco. Our plan is to buy at least 35 hectares to provide 1,000 families with decent housing.”

Murillo said he also wants to fight fraud with property taxes. He assures that one key strategy towards this goal is to standardize the tax value of similar properties in similar locations.

“Sometimes a property pays $300 in taxes per square meter. The property next to it pays $50. It’s ridiculous,” he said. For Murillo, those disparities come from crooked public officials.

“Then there is the sewage issue. We don´t have one that works, and I will protest or block the Costanera Sur highway to get it done if I have to. We’ll get it. I don’t know how, but we will get it,” Murillo said.  Sewer service is provided by the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados.

He also plans to play an important role in the next World Surf Championship, where he expects more than 100,000 visitors to crowd the streets of Jacó. The event will take place Aug 6 to 14.

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“We are supporting this effort with $150,000. We want the local businesses to profit as much as possible from this opportunity. We will have about 200 hectares for parking lots, and we'll double the amount of police officers during those days,” he said.

According to the latest municipal efficiency index, published by Contraloría General, Garabito obtained 60.23 points out of 100. The document cites trash collection as one of the main issues to be improved in the area. Nevertheless, Murillo does not think so.

“I don’t know how those indexes are created. Probably those guys took one trip to Jacó and just looked around, without even getting out of their cars. There are way more important things to work on.” he said.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Sooner or later each of the country’s active volcanoes will erupt and send clouds of ash into the sky.

Neighbors will find this to be a chore as the ash has to be removed from the roofs, patios and sidewalks. San José residents last had mountains of ash when the Volcán Irazú erupted in 1963.

Homeowners may just have the driveway to keep clear, but the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad says it has 2,229 kilometers of high tension lines, 5,090 towers and 60 substations. Many are vulnerable to acid rain and ash.

So the state power company reports it has gone into the records as far back as Colonial times to figure out what the impact might be on its power facilities. Then the company creates hazard maps for two of the country’s volcanoes with an emphasis on the company’s properties within range of an eruption.

The first 10 maps involve the territory around Turrialba and Rincón de la Vieja, both volcanoes that are in an active stage now.

The abrasive ash can generate short circuits and damage metal towers within five miles of an eruption, said the company.

If ash mixes with water, it can become a paste that can short out the electrical line insulators, it added.

Naturally any flow of magma can level electrical installations.

Similar studies are being done on Miravalles, Tenorio, Arenal, Poás, Hule, Barva and Irazú, as well as Barú in Panamá which is close enough to Costa Rica to affect the transmission lines, said the company.

Eventually all the maps will be online for the use of residents and developers who might find them useful for their own purposes, said the company.

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Police have arrested more than 400 protesters who were demonstrating by the U.S. Capitol in Washington against the role of money in politics, saying the protesters engaged in unlawful demonstration activity.

Video of the protest Monday showed a police officer saying "If you don't want to be arrested, move on back to 1st street."

U.S. Capitol Police said the demonstrators are being processed using mass arrest procedures. Some of the protesters were led away from the east front of the Capitol in plastic handcuffs.

The protest was organized by a coalition of groups calling itself Democracy Spring, which said on its Web site that the demonstration was held "to demand Congress take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice."

The demonstrators chanted slogans like "money out of politics." Some of them had marched from Philadelphia to Washington over the past week.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

One of the biggest U.S. investment banks, Goldman Sachs, agreed Monday to pay the government $5 billion in penalties for selling financially questionable mortgage-backed securities leading up to the country's financial crisis in 2008.

A Justice Department official, Stuart Delery, said the agreement, "holds Goldman Sachs accountable for its serious misconduct in falsely assuring investors that securities it sold were backed by sound mortgages, when it knew that they were full of mortgages that were likely to fail."

The deal requires the New York company to pay $2.4 billion in civil penalties, $1.8 billion in relief to homeowners hurt by the economic downturn and $875 million to settle other claims.  The company admitted it did not share information with investors regarding troubling information it had received about the business practices of the banks that had originated the loans with homeowners.

The penalties against Goldman are the latest of several multi-billion-dollar settlements imposed in the last two years on Wall Street firms for their role in selling investment securities supported by home loans that depended on homeowners continuing to make monthly mortgage payments.  The government already settled cases against Bank of America, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase.

As the country's economic downturn worsened in 2008, millions of U.S. workers lost their jobs and many of them their homes when they no longer had the money to repay loans, making worthless many of the securities that the big banks were selling to investors.

Critics of U.S. financial regulators have attacked the monetary settlements against the banks as insufficient accounting for the damage caused by the financial crisis.  While the institutions have been penalized, it is believed that only one financial executive has been imprisoned for actions linked to the country's worst financial meltdown since the Great Depression of the 1930's.   

The Justice Department is now focusing on individuals and decisions they made, but it is not clear whether any new criminal charges will be filed.

Zika virus a bit scarier
U.S. health officials say

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. health officials say that the more researchers learn about zika, the more concerned they are about the neurological effects and long-term complications from the virus.

"Everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we thought," said Anne Schuchat. She is principal deputy director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Schuchat joined Anthony Fauci at Monday's White House press briefing, outlining new findings that show zika is linked to a broader set of pregnancy complications that go beyond the much-reported microcephaly. Fauci is director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

". . .  It has a very strong propensity to destroy tissue, which could explain why besides interfering with the development of a fetus, it might directly attack brain tissue even when the fetus is later on in the period of gestation," Fauci said.

Officials noted concern about the spread of the disease with hundreds of thousands of potential cases in Puerto Rico, while calling on Congress to approve a $1.9 billion emergency funding request to fight zika.

"If we don't get the money that the president has asked for, we are not going to be able to take it to the point where we actually accomplish what we need to do," Fauci said. "We really don't have what we need."

The Allergy and Infectious Diseases director said health officials are doing what they can by transferring funds from other areas.

Last week, the White House announced it would redirect $589 million in funds, the majority from existing ebola resources, to fight the spread of the zika virus.

Officials are also urging Congress to replenish the redirected funds from the ebola response.

"We also feel a sense of urgency about ebola and the global health security agenda. Ebola is still circulating in Liberia and Guinea, and many of the vulnerable countries in Africa are having outbreaks right now," Dr. Schuchat said. “We have to be, as a country, ready to support response to more than one outbreak at a time."

White House officials have warned that without the funding, the U.S. risks the ability to properly respond to the zika virus, including delays in mosquito control and surveillance, diagnostic testing and vaccine development.

There are at least 672 confirmed cases of zika in the United States, including 64 pregnant women. One zika-related case of microcephaly has been confirmed in the state of Hawaii.

Officials say local transmission is currently centered in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and American Samoa. But they believe there will likely be local transmission in the continental United States in the coming months.

"I don't expect there to be large outbreaks in the continental U.S.,” Dr. Schuchat told White House reporters Monday. “I can't give a number to how many cases, but I can say that we can't assume that we are not going to have a big problem."

About 40 million people travel yearly between the continental U.S. and zika-affected countries. The administration says that as of last week, 33 countries and territories in the Americas reported active zika transmission.

The administration's efforts are focused on Puerto Rico, with 31 staffers from the Centers for Disease Control on the ground and a dengue field office converted to handle the zika response, including mosquito control and surveillance and the education of pregnant women.

Some 5,000 kits have been distributed to pregnant women in areas where the virus is already spreading, Dr. Schuchat says. The kits include insect repellant, information on self-protection, condoms and vouchers for screening materials to keep mosquitoes outside the home.

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seen as a racial stereotype

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Asian Americans are the highest-earning and fastest-growing racial group in the United States.

They’re also the best educated, as new numbers released by the U.S. Census Bureau demonstrate. More than half of Asians in the United States, 54 percent, have at least a bachelor’s degree. That’s up from 38 percent in 1995. It’s an impressive number, especially when compared to the 33 percent college-graduation rate for the total U.S. population.

The Census Bureau also found that higher-education rates for native-born Asian Americans are the same as their foreign-born counterparts.

Experts say this impressive rate of educational achievement has a lot to do with a U.S. immigration policy that favors the applications of highly educated immigrants from Asian countries.

Since 1965, some Asian-American immigrants have come to the U.S. under preference categories that favor professional skills and training,” Eliza Noh, an associate professor at California State University, Fullerton, said in an email. “Those groups tend to already have educational training and economic resources, which they invest in their children’s education. Their access to social and economic capital is what fuels academic achievement.”

Asian Americans, immigrants and their descendants who come from the Far East, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent, account for about 6 percent of the U.S. population. Six groups make up the majority of this population, including people of Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese origin.

These highly-educated immigrants build so-called ethnic capital, which results in programs such as tutoring and college-prep courses that build their children’s academic achievement, she said.

“Besides being able to spend more money on their children’s curricular and extra-curricular activities, such as tutoring and academic clubs,” Professor Noh said, “middle-class parents can pass on their knowledge of how to be successful in academia, such as study skills, professional networking, and navigating educational institutions.”

And if Asian-Americans push their children to excel, there are practical reasons behind it, according to Professor Noh.

“If Asian American parents emphasize education, it has more to do with their perception that education can help them overcome existing barriers in the labor market,” she said. “They know they cannot rely on just their hard work and experience and ‘who they know’ in order to move up the ladder.”

These kinds of statistics have resulted in Asian Americans being dubbed the model minority. Lumping all Asian Americans into one group contributes to the stereotype that all Asian Americans are highly educated.

A 2010 report focusing on Asians in California, a state with the highest U.S. Asian population outside of Hawaii, found that expectation to be false. In California, for example, 45 percent of Hmong, 40 percent of Cambodians and Laotians, and one-fifth of Fijians had less than a high school education. The report also found that 20 percent of Pacific Islanders in the state eventually drop out of high school.

The model minority myth, the stereotypical expectation that Asian-American students will excel at school and on the job, is taking its toll.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death behind unintentional injuries such as car accidents among Asian American women between the ages of 15 and 24. The highest female suicide rates, across all ethnic groups, occur among Asian American women between the ages of 15 and 25 and those over 65. So-called model minority expectations and family pressure are often cited as factors contributing to the suicides.

Canadian native villages
face rash of suicide attempts

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The native community of Attawapiskat First Nation in Ontario has declared a state of emergency after 11 of its members attempted suicide this past weekend. Twenty-eight suicide attempts were reported last month in the Northern-Canadian community of 2,000 people.

Bruce Shisheesh, chief of the community, tweeted Monday that Canadian health authorities were flying in a crisis team of mental health nurses and social workers. Federal agency Health Canada also said it had sent two mental health counselors as part of that unit.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his commitment to improving living conditions for native people, stating the news was heartbreaking in a tweet Sunday.

Another Canadian native community in Manitoba applied for federal aid last month after seeing 140 suicide attempts in just two weeks.

Canadian natives make up about 4 percent of the country's population and have lower life expectancies and higher levels of poverty than other Canadians. They also have higher rates of violent crime, addiction and incarceration.

According to Health Canada, suicide is among the top causes of death for native communities in Canada.

"This is a systemic crisis affecting the region," said Charlie Angus, a member of parliament. "There has just not been a serious response from any level of government until now."

Majority in new survey
favor Sanders above all

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

More Americans said in a new survey released Monday they would definitely vote for or consider voting for Democrat Bernie Sanders than any other candidate left in the 2016 presidential race.

The Associated Press-GfK poll surveyed 1,076 people between March 31 and April 4.  21 percent said they would definitely vote for Sanders, and 41 percent said they would consider it.

Hillary Clinton, who leads Sanders in the Democratic race, ranked second with a combined 50 percent.  On the Republican side, Ted Cruz and John Kasich each had 43 percent, while front-runner Donald Trump ranked last at 35 percent.

Trump did lead when it came to the candidate people said they would definitely not support with 63 percent.  That number is up from 54 percent from the same poll in February.  Kasich and Sanders were the only ones who showed significant improvement in that area.

The survey also examined a hypothetical general election matchup between Clinton and Trump.  In that case, 43 percent of people said Clinton represented their positions on important issues, compared to 30 percent for Trump.

Clinton also had a similar advantage when it came to who would better handle the U.S. image abroad, filling Supreme Court vacancies, immigration, health care, international trade and working with Congress.  The two candidates were about equal when it came to the economy, creating jobs and handling the threat posed by Islamic State.

The Democratic and Republican parties will formally select their candidates for the general election at conventions in July after the conclusion of the months-long process of primaries and caucuses across the country.  About one-third of the 50 states have yet to hold their contests.

The next primary for both parties is April 19 in New York, which is one of the most delegate-rich states.  Multiple polls have Trump leading Cruz and Kasich by about 30 points, while Clinton has about a 15-point advantage over Sanders.

U.S. Appeals court rejects
favorable polygamy ruling

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. federal appeals court has dismissed a landmark decision by a district court decriminalizing polygamy in the state of Utah.

The case was brought by Kody Brown and his four wives who star on the reality TV show “Sister Wives.”

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday that Brown and his wives cannot sue the state since they no longer face the threat of prosecution under the law. Prosecutors in Utah have a new policy of not charging consenting adults with multiple wives.

In a 2013 ruling, a district court judge found that the threat of prosecution drove the Brown family out of Utah and that key parts of Utah's bigamy law violated their right to privacy and religious freedom.  He declared the law in part unconstitutional.

A local prosecutor in Utah had opened an investigation after the family appeared on the show.

The federal court in its ruling said the prosecutor involved had issued a new policy limiting prosecutors to cases of deception or those that involve polygamy and some other crime.

Polygamy is relatively rare in the U.S. and mainly associated with the Mormon population, even though the mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially banned the practice in 1890.

There are about 30,000 polygamists in Utah, according to court documents.

American woman asserts
innocence in Abu Dhabi case

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A 25-year-old American woman appeared in court Monday after being held in Abu Dhabi for seven weeks for allegedly insulting the United Arab Emirates while waiting for a taxi outside the airport.

The unidentified woman told the court she did not know why she was on trial. She has been in custody since Feb. 23.

Government-owned daily The National reported that the woman claims she was approached by two men who spoke to her in a manner she did not like. "The men tried to help me. I had another flight to catch at 1:29 am. I refused to engage with them and nothing happened," The National quoted her as saying.

The woman has asked the court to allow her to pay a fine and be released. A verdict is scheduled for May 2, the local paper reports.

Although liberal on many other issues, the UAE has strict laws governing expression. Defamation is treated as a criminal offense and insulting the UAE's leaders or the nation itself often comes with a prison sentence and heavy fine.

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Protecting sharks linked to economy

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The waters around eastern Indonesia are known as the Amazon of the Seas because of their biodiversity.  They are home to the world's most diverse coral reefs and the world's largest shark fin industry, responsible for the deaths of more than three million sharks a year.

Shark fishing is the main livelihood in Indonesia's remote island communities.  But shark populations have been declining sharply in recent years. That affects not just the fishermen, but also the region's ocean ecosystem and lucrative marine tourism industry.

To protect those interests, conservationists are calling for better fisheries management.

Three years ago, the Raja Ampat regency government established a shark sanctuary around its archipelago off the coast of West Papua.  Marine biologist Vanessa Jaiteh of Murdoch University in Perth studied the impact of the ban on commercial and artisanal fishing of sharks and reef fish.

Writing in Frontiers in Marine Science she reports the shark population was up to 28 times higher in the no-take zones than in areas open to fishing.  Reef fish were more abundant, as well.

Ms. Jaiteh and her colleagues followed up their study by talking to fishermen, who reported they moved their operations to other fishing grounds or found other means of making a living, including illegally transporting and selling fuel to local communities.

"Some of their self-initiated alternatives involve high personal or environmental risk and are hardly more sustainable than shark finning," Ms. Jaiteh said.

The authors conclude no-fishing zones will be effective only if they are part of a broader conservation strategy, which includes legal and sustainable livelihood options for those who make their living in the shark fin trade.

Brazilian commission urges impeachment

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A Brazilian congressional committee Monday recommended that President Dilma Rousseff face impeachment for alleged corruption.

The panel voted 38-27 in favor of the motion and will now send its recommendation to the entire lower house. A two-thirds majority is needed there for a trial in the Senate.

The lower house is expected to vote within a week and political observers say the outcome is too close to call.

Ms. Rousseff is accused of  hiding the details of the poor state of the Brazilian economy to ensure her reelection in 2014.

Her supporters say the charges are part of a coup attempt by her vice president, Michel Temer, who has joined the pro-impeachment camp. But Temer is facing the same corruption charges as Ms. Rousseff.

Temer said Monday that a recording of a draft speech he plans to give if he takes over as president was released to the public by mistake. In it, he sounds as if he already has become president.

But Temer says there is nothing in the speech that he has not already said in public.

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Miami and local firms to design state bank

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Miami, Florida, architectural firm has joined with a local one to begin plans to renovate the headquarters of Banco Popular.

The Florida firm is Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates, and the Costa Rica firm is Alberto Reifer & Arquitectos. An announcement said that the Florida firm is most known for its restoration and redesign of many of Miami’s most legendary historic properties including the Morris Lapidus-designed Fontainebleau, Eden Roc, Loews, and the DiLido, now the Ritz-Carlton South Beach.

The Costa Rica firm has substantial knowledge and experience working within local codes and building methods, said the announcement. The formalized partnership marks the architecture firm’s official expansion into the Latin American market, it added.

The commission for the bank project resulted from a national request for proposals that included several international design firms, architects and engineers, said the announcement. Nichols Brosch Wurst Wolfe & Associates and Alberto Reifer Arquitectos said they seek to bring an international flair to the design of the new building while adhering to local requirements.

Banco Popular is on the southeast corner of Avenida Segunda at Calle 1 just east of the Catedral Metropolitana.