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Costa Rica President Solís publicly calls for the resignation
of the Banco de Costa Rica's board of directors.

Solís calls for resignations in Banco de Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Banco de Costa Rica is not facing any kind of financial hardship in spite of the political scandal surrounding it. That's the message delivered  by Javier Cascante, the country's financial superintendent, to a group of lawmakers currently investigating the government’s latest so-called scandal with cement.

These lawmakers are looking into the granting of a $30 million loan to Juan Carlos Bolaños, a businessman who tried to import Chinese cement into the local market after meeting with top officials of the government and under unclear circumstances.

Cascante delivered his answers on Sept. 13 before the legislative Comisión de Créditos Bancarios, where he insisted the size of the bank is such that it should cope with any problem in the aforementioned case.

“Problems with a big load could certainly negatively impact our ratings and it could imply a blow to the loan businesses of a bank,” said Cascante.

“But as of now, a systemic risk that could affect the national financial system is discarded, otherwise we would be asking for money.”

Cascante also told legislators that there are many other loans for much higher amounts that have been granted by the institution.

"Even when the collateral is not strong enough, they also evaluate the projects and its potential," he said.

The peculiar circumstances under which the loan was granted has taken over most of the Spanish press, since political meeting and changes to the law seem to have been carried for the loan to be approved. You can read the story HERE.

On Monday, on a television broadcast, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís requested the entire Executive Board of the Bank to resign their positions, due to the lack of transparency in their operations and the clear existence of  conflict of interests.

However, the board has already said they will not quit and if the president wants them dismissed then he should follow the required procedure. The regular procedure may take several months of investigation before reaching a decision.

Due to all the buzz the case has created, the prominent libertarian legislator, Otto Guevara, has proposed to merge the Banco de Costa Rica with Banco Nacional, set up a cap of loans they may approve and in case a company requires more money, that it should be addressed to the private banks or international organization. As of now, the investigations in the legislature continue. This time, with the ex-general manager of the Banco de Costa Rica.


Agents detain U.S. citizen as suspect in murder
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents in Pérez Zeledón received a tip leading to the discovery of a body located near the property of a U.S. citizen.

The Judicial Investigation Organization announced Wednesday that they could not determine the body’s identity but did believe it to be female. OIJ did not want to make a concrete statement until the Morgue Judicial had the opportunity to perform the respective autopsy.

The body was pulled out Monday. The OIJ believes the case to be an incident of murder. Authorities have the U.S. citizen under investigation as the primary suspect for the apparent murder, according to Marisel Rodríguez, the spokeswoman for the OIJ.

Ms. Rodríguez did not provide any further details in relation to the case, whether other crimes occurred or any circumstances and motives leading to the death.

Investigators seem to think this is not the case as the body was found partially buried.

The U.S. citizen apparently lives at the main house of the finca close to where the body was found.

Agents said the case is still under investigation and more details will be announced later.

A.M. Costa Rica has not received direct confirmation from judicial authorities as to the names of the persons involved in the case.



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Service for U.S. expat this weekend

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The family of Randall J. Lindner, the U.S. expat who lost his life in a plane crash earlier this month, announced a celebration of life for friends and colleagues this coming weekend.

Randall
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 The announcement from Jane
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Randall J. Lindner died Sept. 5 after sustaining injuries in a plane crash while on his way to a business trip to Playa Tamarindo. The U.S. citizen was traveling with five others in the plane at the time. One of the other passengers, a Costa Rican woman, passed away at the scene. The other U.S. citizen, Keith Pubrese, was injured but is not believed to be in life-threatening condition.

Emergency workers took Lindner to Hospital Calderón Guardia after the plane crashed into the Río Torres near Pavas around 6 a.m.. He was flown via helicopter to the hospital during the morning but died around 12:30 p.m. the same day.

Lindner founded U.S. Tax International based in San José around 18 years ago. Prior to his move to Costa Rica, he was worked for almost 20 years as a tax accountant in Florida, was an enrolled agent licensed by the U.S. Dept. of Treasury to represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service, according to his business’ website.

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Many police recruits fail to show up

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

About 40 percent of people interested in becoming a police officer with the Fuerza Pública, did not show up for their first interview, according to the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.

In hard figures, it means that out of 28,323 potential interviewees, only 16,899 actually showed up to start the psychological test. The Fuerza Pública recruiters said most of the people miss the start of the process because they forget the password of their online profiles and emails. Recruiting staff also try text messages and personal calls.

According to a report by A.M. Costa Rica published in May, the absenteeism rate was about the same at the time.

“About 40 percent of people we call to start the process never come, so that lowers the amount of available offers,” said Ruth López, director of recruitment at the security ministry, said at the time.

“One of the reasons that keep people from joining the forces is the high risk associated with the job and also the fact they might be assigned anywhere in the country.”

“It’s not only difficult to find new police officers. On top of that, there is an increasing desertion rate in our forces because the environment is too risky, not well paid, danger of facing lawsuits and too much media exposure,”  said Minor Anchía, president of the Fuerza Pública branch of the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados, one of the country’s biggest unions.

During this year, the ministry has faced the desertion of many officers who get hired by the municipal police forces, which they find less exhausting and closer to their homes.

The Ministry expects to hire at least 1,500 patrolmen for 2017. 900 of those are being formally trained and 600 more would start in the following months, according to a statement.

Trainees who get the job at the entry level, called Agente 1, get paid about $540 a months without deductions. They are provided with uniform, shoes and weapons. Those who are assigned far away from their place of residence get a place to sleep, three meals a day and special compensation. In general terms they get one day off for every 12 hour shift.



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Attention turns to Puntarenas cantons

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Authorities at Casa Presidencial are now turning their attention to Puntarenas province following a visit by Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís to mostly-rural areas near Quepos, Parrita and Garabito among others.

A total of 935 families are expected to benefit from new homes with the Jardines del Río Presidente project in Quepos. Of the 187 houses built, 133 are for families with the mother as primary breadwinner for the entire household. The project was developed on a 50,000 square-meter estate at a cost in the millions of colones. The beneficiaries of this project were identified due to their socio-economic placement in extreme poverty.

The site is located about four kilometers outside Quepos and is less than one kilometer from the local airport and hospital, authorities said. “Improving the housing of Costa Rican families is imperative,” said Solís during his visit this past Sunday.

“In the development of this project that we inspected, we came to verify the construction of stormwater drainage, sanitary sewer lines, pipelines for drinking water, installation of an electric distribution grid, sidewalk construction, pavements and treatment plant.”

Meanwhile, the Instituto Desarrollo Rural contributed to a new senior-living center for residents in Quepos, Parrita and Garabito. The facilities are expected to increase the capacity to take care of 68 people, Casa Presidencial said. Aside from the new facilities, the equipment and furniture in the nursing home was obsolete. Officials are still budgeting for the replacement of these needs as the facilities were relocated to the community of Naranjito. This project is still in progress.

Education in Puntarenas received a boon of more 62.9 million colones for facilities, scholarships and cafeteria improvements. Around 25.4 million of those funds was used to remodel, expand or improve schools across the province, the government said. 37.46 million was used for improvements to the school cafeteria. The rest of the fund were used for transportation credits so over 8,600 students could get to school and other scholarships for children considered in at-risk situations.

Lastly, almost 800 residents around Las Vegas de Parrita received a new paved road at an investment of over 120 million colones. The Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de Las Vegas managed the project along with the Consejo Nacional de Desarrollo de la Comunidad and the Dirección Nacional de Desarrollo de la Comunidad.




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U.S. expat focuses on the dignity of persons in his photo exhibit
By Conor Golden, News Editor for A.M. Costa Rica

Expats will have the opportunity to see one of their own display his photographs at an upcoming exhibition in San José’s Barrio Amón.

David Flynn is coming off more than eight months walking the streets of León, Nicaragua, to capture what he defines as the city’s unique atmosphere. The Chilean-born U.S. expat has done extensive traveling and living throughout much of Latin America.

“I’m very excited about this show,” Flynn said. “Living in León is like living in another century. It’s a unique place for me and close to my heart. So I hope I am giving it its just due with these pictures of mine.”

Flynn’s exhibit will be held at the Galería Talentum in Barrio Amón and will be free for the entire public to view and enjoy. The grand opening will be at 7 p.m. on Oct. 3 and will run until the end of the month, Flynn said. The gallery space is located next to the Hotel Taormina.

According to Greivin Ureña, the director and curator for the space, the exhibit reflects the gallery’s efforts to support emerging artists. Flynn said that he spends half his time in San José when not in Nicaragua or traveling around much of Latin America to soak up the culture and more photo opportunities.

“We are looking forward to seeing the reaction in San José of this unique collection of photographs from our neighboring country,” Ureña said.

“I personally have always liked León and I think David Flynn has captured that city’s unique soul and personality.”

Although coming from the era of film photography, Flynn told A.M. Costa Rica that he has completely embraced the era of digital photography due to a hatred of the dark room.

When asked what was his favorite photograph, the artist said he liked “El Viejito en una Puerta,” which is a showcase photo the public can see in this exhibition.

“It was taken from inside of the Hotel Azul from my favorite vantage point in the city,” he said. “I sat there for a couple hours waiting for the light to be just right. Then the old man walked by and I had my photo!”

Flynn said that he plans to do a San José themed show due to Costa Rica presenting another level of photo opportunities. A.M. Costa Rica asked what were the themes he liked to touch on with his work, he replied that it is really what he chooses not to photograph.

“I don’t photograph poverty,” he said.

Un viejito en la puerta
“El Viejito en una Puerta.

David
                                        Flynn
David Flynn.

Playing
                                  billiards

Flynn's exhibit will focus on scenes from León in Nicaragua.


“I take pictures of poor people, yes, but always seek dignity, joy or interaction with the subject. I also don’t photograph people in pain, in conflict or distress. My thematic essay focuses on the dignity of people or maybe lighthearted moments. I want people to see a picture of mine and say ‘I’d like to go there’ or ‘I like that person in the shot.”

The photographer said that he tries for angles that emphasize the subject and make them stick out. Flynn finds that photography draws upon the same skills as fishing: patience, anticipation and being in the right location. The one challenge in Central America is finding good lighting. “In Costa Rica or Nicaragua or Guatemala, I look for light contrasts, shadows that may be interesting,” Flynn said. “You have to look at light differently and don’t let the challenge of harsh tropical light defeat you.”

Editor's Note: David Flynn provided all the photos used in this story. The photos were willingly provided to A.M. Costa Rica for publication with the author's permission. 


Group seeks to inform women of their right to therapeutic abortion
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

To let more and more women know their rights on therapeutic abortions and how to request it before public health services is the goal of a new campaign led by several social activists.

The concept of therapeutic abortion would mean the right of women to end their pregnancy if their life is at risk. Even though, abortion is considered illegal in Costa Rica, the law provides that exception.

# SaludyVida121 is the name of the campaign headed by the Asociación Ciudadana Acceder.

The initiative seeks to show how the country has failed in implementing the rules necessary to invoke article 121 of the Penal Code, which actually allows abortion when it is a consented decision, performed by a physician or authorized obstetrician and the outcome could not have been avoided by other means.

However, health personnel due to ignorance, fear or prejudice, have denied access to this medical procedure, according to Larissa Arroyo, one of the activists involved.

Ms. Arroyo, who is a lawyer specializing in human rights and gender issues, explained it is an information campaign and a call for the country to grant access to the human rights of women.

"That includes a medical procedure like therapeutic abortion, which was guaranteed 50 years ago in the Criminal Code, but has never been fully implemented,” Ms. Arroyo said.

“The problem has to do with the ignorance of the health personnel, with myths, stereotypes, prejudices and lack of clear regulations that would allow a medical staff to feel safe from a legal perspective."

Opposition
                                to abortions
Agencia Católica de Informaciones photo     
Protesters against legalizing abortion in archive photo.

Ms. Arroyo said that, currently, women who require a therapeutic abortion are subject to the goodwill of the health staff.

"It depends on the luck of the woman, it depends on the doctor, if it wants to comply with the law or if he is some conservative that prefers to assert its opinion over the law, even if it means the patient will receive a degrading treatment."

The campaign will have a website and videos that will be released on social networks starting next Thursday. The website, will explain how to make complaints, in case the health services deny them their right to abortion, said Ms. Arroyo.

On March, 2016, the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations recommended that Costa Rica allow abortion when the pregnancy is the result of rape, incest, or if the fetus suffers a fatal malformation.
 In its report, the Committee noted that it worries that in Costa Rica the law only allows abortion when there is a serious risk to the life and health of the pregnant woman, and does not allow other exceptions.



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A third of parrot population endangered due to pet trade, study says
By the Universitat de Barcelona press staff

More than 38 percent of the neotropical parrot population of the American continent is endangered due the impact of human activity, according to a scientific study published in the journal “Biological Conservation”

Hunting for local and international trade and the loss of natural habitat are the main threats for these tropical birds, according to the article led by the experts Igor Berkunsky of the Universidad Nacional de Buenos Aires, and Juan Masello of the Justus Liebig University in Germany. The research study has the collaboration of 101 experts from 76 institutions and non-governmental organizations that could determine the main threats affecting 192 populations of 96 neotropical parrots in 21 countries. The Neotropical region consists of Central and South America.

Capturing birds for the pet trade has been one of the main threats to the preservation of wild parrots. From 1980 to 1990, millions of these birds were captured in the tropical regions like Costa Rica and taken to the United States and Asia. This huge removal of parrots could be the cause of the decline and local extinction of many species, such as the Spix’s macaw.

In the African continent, the trade of the grey parrot played a main role in its removal in Ghana and other areas of Africa. Currently, some of the most threatened species in Brazil are the Spix’s macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii) and the red-tailed amazon (Amazona brasiliensis). Species such as the sun parakeet (Aratinga solstitialis) and brown-backed parrotlet (Touit melanonotus) are in quite a vulnerable situation due the small size of its populations.

Regarding protection, the Wild Bird Conservation Act (1992), launched by the United States and the permanent ban on the wild bird trade by the European Union in 2007 contributed to the reduction of international trade in big markets. However, the Americas, Southeast Asia and the Middle East are still playing an important role in the legal and illegal trade. Some countries of have reinforced their laws to protect wild parrots, such as in Costa Rica, México and Nicaragua. However, Bolivia, Brazil, México and Perú still have worrying levels of local trade.

Agricultural activity, selective large-scale logging and other human activities have altered the natural habitat of these species, which are affected by an average rate of ten different threats.

Caged parrots
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Live parrots stacked high and tight within cages.

This situation is putting at risk more than 38 percent of the populations of Neotropic Psittacifiormes, but the real scene could be even worse than estimated, according to the experts.

According to Juan Carlos Guix, a biology professor at the University of Barcelona, “it would be necessary to promote actions aimed at the effective preservation of habitats and preserved natural areas. Moreover, it should be necessary to create social and educational programs with the people who live around the natural preserved areas, and provide security and the illegal trade audit with more resources”.

The new study, published in the journal “Biological Conservation” is set by the International Ornithologists Union. This group, with more than 200 experts worldwide, is led by Juan Masello and has the researcher Igor Berkunsky as the coordinator of the Neotropic region.


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San Ramón to host annual traditional food festival in mid-October
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

If some are craving comida típica in the next few weeks, a visit to San Ramón for the Festival de Comidas Tradicionales should be noted on the calendar.

According to a statement from the Centro Cultural e Histórico José Figueres Ferrer, the festival is currently inviting residents of San Ramón to present their recipes from the area or around the country.

This time around, however, there will be three categories of participation: sweet, salty and drinks. Each participant can submit a single recipe to the fore.

Based on the recipes given in last year’s festival, some of the local delicacies such as Melcochas de María, a unique food usually part of the Christmas festivities in San Ramón, and chinchiví, a bebida tradicional also unique to the town since the 19th century, will also be present.

The registration for the food contest will be open until Oct. 7, said Fernando González, the head of the culture center.

The dishes will be presented to the public on Saturday, Oct. 14 at 10:30 a.m. with the winner in each category receiving a prize of 75,000 colones.

This is all part of the wider Día de las Culturales celebrations put on by Costa Rica’s ministry of culture.

The food judges will be made up of three people considered experts in the culinary arts.

The ministry said that more information will follow as the date draws closer in terms of expected activities and other events open to the public.

Comida tipica
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All different kinds of dishes will be put on display.

More food
Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud photo      
Along with dips, sauces and drinks too!


Tourism chamber calls for continued focus on sustainability
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Cámara Nacional de Turismo issued a call to the local industry to continue focusing on sustainable tourism as the business model the country is recognized for worldwide.

“Historically, tourism has been an ally of natural conservation,” said Isabel Vargas, president of the Cámara. “ Today, we have new challenges in terms of innovation, differentiation and quality of the services and we need help from everybody to stick to a business model that has proven to be beneficial over the years. ”

Ms. Vargas also announced the sixth edition of the Premios al Mérito Turístico, which will take place on Oct.19. Sustainability and Innovation will be two of the biggest criteria used by the committee to deliver the prizes, she added.

The United Nations Organization declared 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The organization said it is a way to send a message of change in the policies, business practices and consumers behaviors to make tourism more sustainable.


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Luxury tax fails to deliver expected funding

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In 2009, the then-new tax applied to luxury homes was expected to bring in at least $26 million in revenue for the fiscal authorities. Eight years later, roughly a third part of that amount has been collected for government funding.

Data from the Ministerio de Hacienda shows that, since the enforcement of the tax, whose right name is Impuesto Solidario para el Fortalecimiento de Programas de Vivienda, the collection of duties has remained the same in recent years.

According to officials at the finance ministry, there are at least 4,258 people who willingly approach the Dirección General de Tributación Directa to comply with the payment, however authorities have a hard time finding those who are apparently hiding or avoiding to pay the tax.

To pay the tax, it is necessary to deliver an updated appraisal of one’s property, a process in the law requires to be carried out every three years and it is based on the owner's word. As of 2017, only properties whose value is over $127,000 should declare and pay 0.25 percent of the value. Properties with a higher price pay more, up to a 0.55 percent of the total value.

If the payments are due, owners may face a fine of up to 1 percent of the value of the property plus a monthly interest rate of 12.56 percent of the remainder of the debt.

The funds are administered by the Banco Hipotecario de la Vivienda, which is supposed to invest the funds in social housing programs for the poor and the lower middle classes who can't afford a loan from conventional banks.








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