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Some would put the Caja into the critical care unit
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

When a company gets behind on paying the social security tax for its employees, government collectors sometimes come and drape yellow tape around the exits and entrances. The tape stays until the debt is paid.

That even happened to some professional soccer teams when inspectors for the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social sealed the stadium entrances and applied yellow tape.

If the Caja were consistent, Casa Presidencial and the other main government agencies would be decked out in yellow tape. The Caja's employee union estimated Tuesday that the central government is behind 1 trillion colons or about $2 billion.

The union, the Unión Nacional de Empleados de la Caja y la Seguridad Social, said the institution is in crisis. This is the national health care system that runs the hospitals and local clinics as well as provides payments for disabilities. Expats who have residency in Costa Rica are supposed to affiliate with the Caja be they rentistas, pensionados or residentes permanentes.

The union also said that suppliers are reluctant to front the Caja any more goods, and some of these goods and services are indispensable, such as petroleum gas, chemicals, syringes, rental of buildings and collection of dangerous medical waste.

There also are shortages of vital medicines, such as blood pressure medication, said the union.

Although the union did not mention it, there are many cases of employees owed substantial sums in back pay. Employees and even physicians are planning a general strike starting July 19.

A chamber that represents employers also issued a statement on the Caja Tuesday and said that there should be no increase in the percentage businesses have to pay until the agency straightens up its own house. The chamber, the Unión de Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado, said that the Caja spends fully 70 percent of its budget on salaries.

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amount to the Caja, but the agency also collects 9 percent more for other institutions. So the payments total 31 percent of the gross salaries. The employer percentages may vary slightly depending on the size of the company.

The employer chamber attributed the problems with the Caja to faulty management. Of course, there is corruption, too. This is the agency that invested $39 million into equipment that doctors said was not needed. Former president Rafael Ángel Calderón Fournier has been convicted of being the mastermind of a $9 million bribe that trickled down to executives of the Caja from that deal. His conviction is under appeal.

The employer chamber called upon the central government to pay its debt to the Caja and said that 48 percent of the amount is owed by the Ministerio de Salud. The chamber characterized the Caja favorably as a pillar of democracy.

Of course the central government is struggling with its budget in all areas and is unlikely to come up with the full amount.  The Caja is predicting a $184 million deficit this year and is in negotiations with the central government to at least get some money to balance its budget.

A recent internal audit disclosed how precarious is the financing of the Caja. Most Costa Ricans rely on its medical services which are mostly free. There are many complaints about long lines, long waits and impersonal services.

Expats, unless they are employed here, join the Caja as independent individuals in much the same way that self-employed Costa Ricans do. The Association of Residents of Costa Rica also has a plan for its members. The hospitals also provide care to any tourists who are in need of emergency services while they are here. Sometimes the Caja is reimbursed by a foreign insurance company for these services, but not always.

Some expats hold three types of medical insurance: the Caja, U.S. Medicare or Tri-Care and a separate policy from the Instituto Nacional de Seguros.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Jim Barbian, from Wisconsin not California, tries to explain the decline of the education system in California from an article he read about today's problems.  He berates Henry Kantrowitz for his so called liberal paradigm assertion of the fall of the California school system. 

Jim's response to the problem that Henry was talking about has nothing to do with illegal aliens back in the late 70s and 80s.  He may want to use that excuse in today's scheme of things, but it had nothing to do with the start and continuation of the decline in the late 70s and 80s of the education system in California.  I was born in California, and my husband and I raised our children there and saw the decline of the school system as well, following the Jarvis Bill property tax cuts. 

If you are going to try and pin it on illegal aliens maybe you need to research the the problems back then and you will see it had nothing to do with illegals in California. That was not even an issue back then.   It had everything to do with cutting back on funds provided to the education system.   Jim might be better off talking about his own experiences in Wisconsin and not be so attacking of a fellow Californian who experienced the same thing I saw while raising my kids back then.

Illegal aliens seem to be the problem to everything to some, instead of taking responsibility of our own mistakes.  I see similar blame here in Costa Rica regarding Nicaraguans.  They, too, are blamed for everything that is a problem.  If it wasn't for both groups of illegals, we wouldn't have much of the food provided us nor the jobs filled that many Gringos or Ticos will no longer do.  I am not saying there is no problem with illegals in either country but to put blame where blame was not due is uncalled for.

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A 57-year-old man died Monday night when fire flashed through his apartment.

Firemen identified the dead man as Rolando Corella Corrales, He was alone in his apartment when the fire was reported about 10 p.m., firemen said. The location was San Rafael Arriba de Desamparados.

The Cuerpo de Bomberos attributed he blaze to faulty wiring in the ceiling. However, the Judicial Investigating Organization will still study the case. He is the eighth fire fatality of the year.

Taxis OKs for disabled

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The Consejo de Transporte Público has awarded tentatively 1,034 taxi permits for special vehicles for the disabled. The Consejo said that 1,124 persons sought the special permits. and that those who did not win one have eight days to contest the award. That is why the awards remain tentative. The vehicles will carry a symbol of a person in a wheelchair to show that they can handle disabled passengers.

Quake rattles Dominical

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An earthquake estimated at  magnitude of 4.2 took place  at 6:02 p.m. Tuesday. The Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica placed the epicenter some 5 kilometers north of Dominical on the central Pacific coast. The quake was felt in Quepos to the north and Pérez Zeledón to the east. The quake was blamed on a local fault.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Investigators raided what turned out to be a chop shop Tuesday and found a smorgasbord of car parts. They said they believe that the parts come from vehicles that were stolen and then dismantled at the location.

Detained nearby was a man believed to be the operator of the shop, a Syrian national, agents said. The facility was in Barrio Cuba, a low-income neighborhood. The Judicial Investigating Organization said that many of the vehicles were believed to have been stolen in the immediate area and in nearby Cristo Rey.
Agents found one vehicle that had been stolen over the weekend that was being dismantled, but there were no workers in the shop when they arrived.

The judicial agency said that the raid was the result of investigative procedures, but informal sources said a woman who lost her car to crooks spotted the vehicle and tipped agents.

A dismantled vehicle is frequently worth more than assembled original, and there is less trouble in selling parts because documents do not have to be forged and vehicle numbers altered.

Puriscal bus passengers among those with storm problems
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Local emergency committees reported 25 incidents that stemmed from the heavy rain that fell Monday afternoon. The regions of Desamparados, Tibás, Moravia, Heredia and Santo Domingo were among those with problems.

At Salitral de Puriscal a bus with 50 persons was isolated by a landslide. The riders had to spend the night in the local community center.
A mechanics shop a well as a home were among the structures destroyed at  San Juan de Dios de Desamparados. Six other homes suffered water and mud damage. In Tibás some 18 families needed help. They were in Cinco Esquinas, Colima, Llorente and Copey. They were victims of the  Quebrada La Cangreja and storm sewers that overflowed.

The automatic weather station in Barrio Aranjuez in San José registered an inch of rain in an hour and a half.

Web link can clarify the salary adjustment for rest of year
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Consejo de Salarios decreed a 2.55 percent hike in the minimum wages this year, but it also decreed a 3.5 percent wage hike for low-income earners. Expats are having trouble figuring out how they should adjust the salaries of their workers for the second half of the year.

And thanks to the power of the press, journalists still lead the list of minimum wages with a monthly income specified at 614,095.22 colons, about $1,224. By contrast someone with a university bachelor degree has a minimum wage of 415,499.60 colons, about $828.50 a month.
Among those getting the 3.5 percent wage were workers classified as trabajador no calificado. The minimum wage is 7,641.58 per workday, about $15.24.

Officials estimate that about 80 percent of the blue collar workforce earns the minimum.

The minimum wage degree does not cover professionals like lawyers and physicians, which is why the inclusion of journalists is inconsistent.

The full list of minimum salaries is HERE on a page posted by the Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social.

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Experts seek to raise awareness to TB and HIV coinfections

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Fewer than half of tuberculosis patients in Latin America and the Caribbean are currently tested for HIV, and people living with HIV are not always screened for TB even if they show symptoms of the disease.

As a result, most people in Latin America and the Caribbean who are infected with both HIV and TB do not know it and are not receiving treatments that could cure or reduce illnesses and prevent deaths from both diseases.

Public health experts say the problem stems from insufficient coordination between programs aimed at HIV/AIDS patients and programs for TB patients. The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization will host two meetings this week in Panama City to promote stepped-up coordination among these programs and with other public health partners, particularly in civil society.

The impact of TB/HIV infection is worrisome. Worldwide, TB accounts for nearly one in four deaths among people with HIV, according to WHO estimates. People with HIV infection are 20 to 30 times more likely to develop active TB disease than people without HIV.

Moreover, people with HIV are at risk of infections with drug-resistant TB, which does not respond to first-line antibiotics, as well as extensively resistant TB, which resists both first- and second-line anti-TB drugs. In these cases, mortality is extremely high.
The best way to address these problems, experts say, is through increased collaboration between health care providers and TB and HIV programs and through joint monitoring and surveillance of the two diseases.

“There are excellent examples of coordination between TB and HIV programs in Latin America and the Caribbean that have produced better prevention and treatment of the TB/HIV coinfection,” said Mirta Roses, a physician who is director of the Pan American Health Organization. “We need to multiply these examples across our region. We're asking ministries of health to step up coordination between their TB and HIV programs, using an integrated approach to prevent these diseases and to better help those who suffer from them.”

To promote this integrated approach, the organization is bringing the heads of national HIV and TB programs from 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries to Panama City this week to meet with HIV and TB experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pan American Association of Infectology, United Nations Office on Drug and Crime and the International Labour Organization, as well as its own experts

“We're calling on governments, health providers, academic institutions, and members of civil society to support these efforts,” said Dr. Roses. “HIV and TB are both preventable. For people who are already infected, HIV is treatable and TB is curable. With the proper coordination, we can do a lot to improve the lives of all these patients.”

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Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has marked the nation's independence by addressing troops in a televised address, one day after returning from Cuba, where he had a cancerous tumor removed.

Chávez delivered his comments Tuesday from the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas during a military parade on the bicentennial of Venezuela's independence from Spain.

As he congratulated the participants in the day's event, the president spoke about his health, saying he was glad to be back. No reason was given for the president's decision to skip the parade. He delivered his address as he stood beside military commanders at the palace.

Monday Chávez addressed thousands of supporters from the palace balcony, telling the crowd in a 30-minute speech that he will win this battle for life. The president also said he had to submit to strict medical treatment.

Last week, Chávez announced in a televised speech from Cuba that he underwent surgery there to remove a tumor with "cancerous cells."  He did not indicate the type of cancer he had, and questions remain about his health. Prior to that surgery, Chávez underwent an operation in Cuba for what officials said was an abscess in his pelvic area.

The 56-year-old president has ruled Venezuela since 1999.

U.S. Coast Guard returns
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The U.S. Coast Guard has repatriated more than 120 Cuban and Haitian migrants picked up at sea.

The Coast Guard says it intercepted 82 Haitians aboard a sailing vessel northwest of Great Inagua, Bahamas, on Friday and returned them on Monday to Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

It says it also returned 15 Cubans to Bahia de Cabanas, Cuba, Monday, after they were picked up in three separate incidents last week. That followed the return of 25 Cuban migrants Sunday after a Coast Guard helicopter spotted their boat south of Key West.

The United States follows a so-called wet foot/dry foot policy with Cuban migrants. Those intercepted at sea are typically repatriated, while those reaching U.S. soil are usually allowed to remain and eventually apply for U.S. residency.

The policy is for Cuban migrants only. Some human rights advocates argue that the U.S. should afford Haitian migrants the same privilege.

Dalai Lama in Washington
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, arrived in Washington D.C. to celebrate his birthday and guide followers of Tibetan Buddhism in a 10-day prayer and meditation ritual. The Dalai Lama's visit, which is likely to upset China, is his first to the nation's capital since he stepped down as the political leader of the Tibetan government in exile earlier this year.

Since Chinese forces marched into Tibet more than half a century ago and the Dalai Lama was later forced to flee into exile, the struggle between the two has waged on

The current Dalai Lama, named Tenzin Gyatso and born in 1935, is the 14th to hold the title. After his death, the Central Tibetan administration and leading monasteries will begin their search for a child that is believed to be his reincarnation.

As the Dalai Lama tries to focus solely on his spiritual teachings, analysts say it is too early to predict how China may respond to the Dalai Lama's new role, but note it could be an opportunity.
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The astronauts who make up the crew of the space shuttle Atlantis have arrived at Kennedy Space Center, and tourists who are eager to witness the historic final shuttle launch are not far behind.  Shuttle Atlantis is set to lift off for the last time Friday.

There is a common question for tourists to the part of Florida that is home to the space center.

“How far is the launch site from here," asked a woman.

Space shuttle launches are a definite draw, not just to the Kennedy Space Center's compound, but to surrounding towns. From souvenir t-shirts hanging in shops to the walls of restaurants adorned with images of shuttles and spacewalking astronauts to parks dedicated to the early days of the space program, the city of Titusville and the surrounding area live up to the name “The Space Coast.”

Some people who have property with a view of the Kennedy Space Center's launch pad will open their land to tourists. Forty dollars buys a place to park a car with a view of the historic liftoff. And, just as soon as one lot operator began to post signs along the expressway, visitors pulled over to inquire about snagging a spot.

More than half a million visitors are expected in this community to watch the final shuttle launch. Every park, parking lot, pier and bridge will be filled with people angling to get a view.

The National Aeronautic and Space Administration is retiring the shuttle fleet after this Atlantis launch, so visitors are eager to witness history.

Geraldine Lewis is among them. She and her family drove to Florida from the midwestern U.S. state of Ohio.

“I teach kindergarten back in Ohio, and we watched the recent launch on television with my class and that kind of inspired me to stay for this launch and see it in real life with my two teenage sons," said Ms. Lewis.

For the Lewis family, choosing a viewing spot was easy. She gestures toward an apartment complex near the waterfront.

“Actually, we have family that live right here in the condos right here to our left, so we have an excellent, excellent view," she said.

The four astronauts who make up this final shuttle crew flew into the Kennedy Space Center themselves on July 4.

Astronaut Rex Walheim will be one of two mission specialists on board when the space shuttle Atlantis blasts off on a mission to resupply the International Space Station.

“It's such a pleasure to come down here when a rocket is on the pad that's got your stuff  on it," said Walheim.

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