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Piszk: bad pension collection costs $3.5 million
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The lack of proper enforcement of the law may be costing the state at least $3.5 million every year, according to Sandra Piszk, legislator of the Partido Liberación Nacional.

Ms. Piszk issued serious questions about the reform to the pensions scheme at the Magisterio Nacional, the organization that provides and administers the pensions for all education-related workers.

According to the reform, all retirees receiving pensions over $6,600 per month should contribute back to the regime according to a scale.

However, Ms. Piszk said that according to her investigation, the collections have not been done correctly and workers who do not teach at elementary and high school level, but in universities are getting pensions of up to $17,500 without giving their part of the contributions.
 
For this reason, Ms. Piszk sent a letter to the minister of finance, Helio Fallas, asking for an explanation.

“It is regarding about 200 people who could not be receiving pensions that surpass the cap established in the law that would be benefiting from the non-reduction of that special contribution,” the deputy said in the note.

“This isn’t jut about the correct enforcement of the law, it’s also about the responsibility of the Ministerio de Hacienda and also an issue of social justice where disproportionate benefits should be eliminated,” said Ms. Piszk also reiterated in the letter addressed to Fallas.

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Sandra Piszk of Liberación Nacional.

The complaint comes at a time where several pensions regimes in the country are being subject to major reforms in order to eliminate what many call “luxury pensions.” Among those regimes are: the Fondo de Pensiones y Jubilaciones del Poder Judicial and the Regimen de Pensiones from the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social. 

In June 30, legislators approved cuts and changes to pensions paid directly from the national budget. Back then, legislators eliminated the right to inherit a pension for unmarried daughters and sons of former legislators.

They also eliminated the 30 percent yearly increase of the pensions of former legislators.They also approved a mandatory contribution between 25 and 75 percent to retirees receiving more than $4,300 per month. The government expects to save up to $35 million per year once all the reforms are implemented.



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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Today’s the deadline to pay the persona jurídica tax for the final trimester of 2017. As of tomorrow, delinquent companies will be subject to interests and potential fines.

According to the Ministerio de Hacienda, the original deadline was moved to Sept. 30 to today due to the fact that Saturdays are not considered working days.

For this year, Hacienda began collecting this tax beginning on Sept. 1. Due to several changes and reforms in the law, only the equivalent to four months worth of tax will be charged to registered personas jurídicas.

As of 2018, all registered personas jurídicas should pay their corresponding tax for the whole twelve months. Company owners who still have not paid this type of tax for prior years should first go to the Registro Nacional to pay any pending charge.
The money collected via this specific tax is used by the government to fund the Fuerza Pública.
Part of the money is also assigned to the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz to run the jail programs and the Poder Judicial to fund the Judicial Investigation Organization program to fight organized crime.

The tax should be paid by all limited liability commercial associations, representatives of foreign companies and individual limited liability companies.

Payment can be made through the online services platforms of all public banks by just having the Cédula Jurídica number handy. Small and middle-sized business can apply for a partial or full tax exception for the next years. To do so, business owners should head to the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio and apply for the benefit.

Once a business gets registered before that Ministerio, it may also apply for other exemptions  as well  for a limited period or time. For example, buying machinery or supplies needed to run the business.


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The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes announced Friday that the ferry transport service between Puntarenas and Playa Naranjo will be temporarily suspended today and Tuesday at certain times.

The División Marítimo Portuaria reported that the trips suspended include: today at 7 p.m. going from Puntarenas to Naranjo and at 8:30 p.m. coming from Naranjo to Puntarenas. Meanwhile, the ferry will not be in service at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday and again will be out of service at 8 a.m.

Port authorities said that the Wednesday 10 a.m. Puntarenas-Naranjo route would represent the resumption of normal ferry service times in both directions. The public works ministry said that the suspensions are to allow for preparatory work on the maintenance of the caboose terminal at Playa Naranjo.

The Naranjo terminal, located in the Gulf of Nicoya, will have two of its lifts replaced as well corrective maintenance one on the mooring and ramp for the ferry’s operational improvement.

This comes after the collapse of the Paquera ferry, located south of Naranjo, back in mid-August. The ramp and the other structures of that port, which allow the berthing of the ferry service came crashing down into the water. The ferry service that goes between Puntarenas to the Nicoya peninsula stations at Playa Naranjo and Paquera represent an important commuter service back and forth from the peninsula to the mainland. Tourists sometimes use the ferry to get to their destinations such as Playa Montezuma and Santa Teresa.



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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court has unanimously accepted a constitutional appeal filed by a woman against the Consejo de Seguridad Vial, forcing the latter to allow car owners to recover their license plates the same day they are confiscated.

According to the plaintiff, her son could not get back the license plates of his motorcycle the same day they were taken away. The woman says that even though he was ready to pay the fines, authorities at Consejo told her they were processing a maximum of 200 requests per day.

The constitutional judges ordered the executive director of the Consejo make all necessary arrangements so that the service is delivered as expected. The court imposed a two month deadline for changes to be fully enforced or else a penal process could be opened, according to the Ley de Jurisdicción Constitucional.

"Our political constitution implies the fundamental right to good and efficient functioning of public services," said the chamber in its ruling. "These are to be provided with high quality standards as it is an obligation of public entities to provide a continuous, regular, swift, effective and efficient service."

The sentence also says public entities must foresee their real capacities, in order to face the increase of tasks arising from changes.

"The problem of scarce human resources is not a justification for failure to fulfill their obligations," the chamber added citing another resolution from 2009.

Recent changes in the legislation allow the Policía del Tránsito to remove the license plates of vehicles parked on non-authorized areas, even if the driver is not present. The result has been an overwhelming amount of removals that has taken the Consejo de Seguridad Vial by surprise.


Suspected thief arrested in Garabito

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Following investigations and surveillance, judicial officers in Garabito arrested a 40-year old man as a suspect in a least six cases of theft and home invasion.

The arrest occurred this past Wednesday, according to a Friday statement by the Judicial Investigation Organization. The man was out on the street in a neighborhood where he had been allegedly committing many of these burglaries. Many of these houses were empty as judicial authorities called them summer homes. The thefts apparently occurred in the months leading up to this arrest.

The thief took advantage of the emptiness to force open doors and windows in order to carry out the thefts. Agents recovered items such as ovens, blenders, irons, jewelry and clothing among other objects.

As for the arrested man, he was passed over to prosecutors with the Ministerio Público to begin the court process. The judiciary said the case is still under investigation as it is not clear that the prior reports of theft are linked with the current one and this particular suspect in custody.


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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I was unfortunate enough to catch the very nasty flu “grippe” that is making the rounds in Costa Rica right now, and it turned into bronchitis very quickly.  The problem with this flu is this: there are two components to it, one is virus-based and the other is bacterial in nature. As a result, doctors are only addressing the virus aspect of the flu and not prescribing an antibiotic to address the bacterial side of the illness. 

I spent en entire week fighting this nasty "bug" until a friend who used to be part of the medical world in the United Kingdom suggested there might be another side to this "flu" that was not being addressed by the medications prescribed for me by physician from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. 

I returned to a different doctor, one who works for the medical clinic of the CoopeAgri in Pérez Zeledón, and I voiced my friend's opinion that there was a bacterial aspect to my illness that had not been addressed. He agreed with me and prescribed an antibiotic.  I only took one antibiotic last night and it made a huge difference. 

I just feel that this is a story that might of interest to your readers.  As you know, most of your readers are retired people and older who are particularly at risk of health complications.  This nasty flu has taken several expat residents of the Pérez Zeledón area to the brink of pneumonia and it needs to be nipped in the bud from the get-go. 

If a patient is informed prior to being treated that this flu is not only viral in nature but also bacterial, it might save the patient a lot of aggravation and misery.  It certainly would have saved me six days of total misery had I known ahead of time.

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Caja announces that plans for new Puntarenas hospital is progressing
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Authorities with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social announced Friday that the plans to construct the new hospital for Puntarenas are moving forward at a steady pace.

The architectural plans have been completed that defines both the medical and non-medical services expected at the new facility, said Jorge Granados Soto, the infrastructure and technology manager in charge of the Caja.

“We have the preliminary project finalized and we are about to initiate a series of studies to be able to finish the first stage,” Granados said.

“These studies include: the road feasibility, hydrology and environmental impact needed to develop the new job.”

The engineer also explained that the new facilities would require an investment of up to $178 million.

The full articulated budget should be released within the end of the year, the Caja said. The new hospital will be located in Barranca and will start operating in 2021 with a substantial increase in service capacity than that of the old hospital prior to the earthquake five years ago.

Among the new facilities, the Caja said that the new hospital will have 64 offices, 12 operating rooms, 350 in-patient beds, 43 observation beds and four delivery rooms. The new building is supposed to make up for the lack of available facilities and services resulting from the earthquake in 2012.

Following that earthquake, the Hospital Monseñor Sanabria went from an area of 26,500 square meters to only 2,500 square meters, said Rainier Chaves Solano, the regional director of health services for the Central Pacific.

Plans for hospital in Puntarenas
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The planned design for the new hospital in Puntarenas.

Thanks to a prior investment, over 20,733 square meters have been repaired to the residents in the province, the Caja said.It also seeks to remedy the old structure’s vulnerability to natural disasters, overcrowding and limitations in growth.

Currently, the hospital in Buenos Aires serves 275,935 people. The upcoming facilities will expand services to include: cardiology, endocrinology, oncology, gynecology and intervention radiology among others.

“The new hospital will be built under a model of a hospital prepared to respond to the population's health problems according to its capacity within the network of health services, environmentally responsible, with possibilities for growth for the incorporation of new technologies, to drive the multidisciplinary units with professionals of different medical and surgical specialties, integrated in network with the rest of the hospital structure of the country and focused on the patient whom we will prioritize the management by processes and will be the priority objective,” the Caja said in a statement.



Costa Rican beef and rice praised for uniquely high nutritional value
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica’s rice and beef received some praise from the health ministry and the Universidad de Costa Rica for its nutritional and health benefits.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Salud, the policy of rice fortification has made Costa Rica the first country in the world where nutritional deficiencies have been reduced and controlled through such a policy. Based on data from the last National Nutrition Survey, endemic goiter decreased from 18 to three percent, anemia in children went from 26 percent to 7.6 percent and vitamin A deficiency went down from nine to three percent. The survey results were conducted back in 2009.

The health ministry believes that food fortification represents a successful and low-cost measure to reduce nutritional deficiencies in the population. This practice has been applied since 1972 with the compulsory fortification of iodine and fluoride salt to 1997 when wheat flour was fortified with iron, folic acid and B vitamins.

“Since 2002, the Ministerio de Salud has promulgated mandatory fortification of rice with folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin E, selenium, zinc and vitamins of the complex B, to combat nutritional anemia and congenital malformation of the neural tube,” a statement from the ministry said.

With rice, producers use techniques designed to protect vitamins and minerals from being lost when the rice is washed before cooking. For every 200 grains of rice, the ministry mandates that a grain of the fortified rice be included that is apparently rich in vitamins and minerals.

"This extruded rice-shaped grain is one that has been mistaken for a supposed grain of plastic rice,” said Dr. María Esther Anchía Angulo. “We are reminding the population that it should not be alarmed by publications in social networks and remember that before believing these rumors, the ideal is to wait or request a pronouncement from official institutions.”

Meanwhile, a study by researchers attached to the Centro de Investigación en Nutrición Animal, or CINA, confirmed that beef produced in Costa Rica contains a significant amount of conjugated linoleic acid, a substance known as CLA that can increase immunity and protect against cancer and hear disease.

This acid is a fatty acid generated naturally and efficiently in the rumen of cattle and other animals like lamb and beef, CINA said in a statement. In order to determine the fatty acid content in Costa Rican beef, CINA researchers developed the research project.

“Three years ago, it was shown that ruminant milk in Costa Rica has important contributions from CLA, so we had no doubt that there was also an effect on meat,” said Carlos Campos Granados, a CINA researcher. “If it is a product produced in ruminants then the meat would also have a contribution so we decided to do a study.”

To that end, the researchers set about profiling all the fatty acids within the beef production from the main cattle areas of the country such as San Carlos, Guápiles and Pérez Zeledón. Additionally, the study collected information on the diets that cattle farmers used to feed their stock.

Introducing fortified rice
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María Esther Anchía Angulo speaks on the topic of rice.

Delicious carne de res
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And CINA talks on the benefits of Costa Rican meat.

They found that the concentrations of this acid in Costa Rican meat made contributions from 1.25 milligrams to 103 milligram a day for humans.

“The results suggest that the consumption of beef can supply from two to 100 percent of the daily recommendation of CLA acid consumption,” the study said.

Campos explained that the amount varies according to factors like animal feed.

The researchers also found that the concentrations of CLA in Guanacaste meat and the northern part of the country are within the average reported in studies conducted by other countries, while meat from the south, which presented lower total fat content, is far off from the average.

This suggested to CINA researchers that there might be a direct relationship between the fat content and the contribution of CLA, the university said.



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 Disease resistance spread from modified to wild mosquitoes in study
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Using genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes to reduce or prevent the spread of infectious diseases is a new but rapidly expanding field of investigation.

Among the challenges researchers face is ensuring that GM mosquitoes can compete and mate with their wild counterparts so the desired modification is preserved and spread in the wild population. Investigators at Johns Hopkins University have engineered GM mosquitoes to have an altered microbiota that suppresses human malaria-causing parasites. These GM mosquitoes preferred to mate with wild mosquitoes and passed along the desired protection to many generations of offspring.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, funded the research.

The researchers genetically modified Anopheles mosquitoes, which in nature spread the malaria-causing parasite Plasmodium. The team caged equal numbers of wild and GM mosquitoes and monitored their breeding over 10 generations. Ninety percent of the offspring in each generation passed along the GM trait. Even when combining 10 percent GM with 90 percent wild mosquitoes, the Plasmodium-resistance trait dominated after a few generations. Importantly, the GM mosquitoes maintained their resistance to the malaria parasite for seven years.

The group also showed that the change in the microbiota resulted in a mating preference between the GM and wild mosquitoes. GM males showed a preference for wild females and wild males preferred GM females; these preferences contributed to the spread of the desired protective trait within the mosquito population.

Injected mosquito
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases photo     
 Anopheles gambiae mosquito being injected
with hemolymph for a malaria research study.


The authors note that work was conducted in a laboratory setting and that more research is needed to determine if what they observed in the laboratory also will occur under natural conditions. Nevertheless, the study suggests that mosquitoes can be genetically modified to compete in nature with wild populations and spread resistance to the malaria-causing parasite. If implemented, this strategy could eventually result in decreased disease transmission to humans.

This research was supported by NIAID grant RO1AI061576.

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Seeds for soaking, seeds for scattering, seeds are a miracle in planting
Isn’t it great when your plants self-seed? Think of all the work they are saving us! No poking in among the blossoms for the wrinkled seed producer, no catching the seeds as they fall, no wrapping them in a baggie, no real work at all, just look out for new baby plants.

Victoria Torley
 Seeds are a miracle. An
 entire plant wrapped up 
 in something the size of a
 pea (a pea is a seed) or a
 fingernail, or a pin.

 Flat or round, fat or
 skinny or stringy, seeds
 are a marvel of tiny plant
 encased in plant food –
 except for orchid seeds.

Orchid seeds are a different thing altogether. Regular seeds, though, are amazing enough. My single cosmos plant self-seeded its way into a huge patch of plants that invaded paths and had to be pulled out and given away. Now they are spreading color in other yards, a happy thought.
But what about those packets of seeds you bought for planting? Look at the instructions. “plant after all danger of frost” – right, we need to know that why? How about something we need to know?

“Cover with an inch of fine soil”. Here is one you need to pay attention to because some seeds only germinate in the dark! Okay, that seems strange because plants need sun to grow but evidently the seeds are just shy about getting started and don’t want to be watched. They like their privacy.

How about “firm lightly”? Evidently these seeds like to be tucked into bed and snuggle up. These are also often the seeds that like to be kept “evenly moist” so don’t let them dry out.
Some of our seeds suggest planting in flats and transplanting when they have some leaves but not green beans. Green beans are some of my favorites – “Sow seed directly outdoors."

I can do that. Well, drained soil of course because we have so much rain. Then we have the “soak seeds overnight.”Peas are like that. They suck up moisture and get nice and plump before you tuck them into the ground. They germinate very quickly after that.

We also have the instructions, “scatter thinly.” For those seeds, I like to start with planters because “scatter thinly” is usually followed by, “thin to…X”, and X could be a few inches apart to a few feet apart. I don’t like to thin my plants. The seeds did all that hard work and now I am going to throw away (or transplant) a whole bunch of baby plants. It just doesn’t seem fair.

So, read those packets! And if your neighbor gives you a handful of seeds, be sure to watch where they came from and how they were planted. Success is sweet. It is also very tasty!



Cleome plant
A.M. Costa Rica photo/Victoria Torley     

Plant of the Week

The Cleome, a genus of many colors, is one of the self-seeders, which makes it an instant hit in my garden.

A sun lover, the Cleome needs no staking and are attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Cleome grows to about a meter and, for those in drier areas, is drought tolerant.

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Banco de Costa Rica heads give resignation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two heads of the state-owned Banco de Costa Rica resigned Sunday following pressures from Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís, who demanded the entire executive board to step down this past Tuesday.

The resignation request comes after several weeks of turmoil after Spanish-language media revealed the bank granted a risky $30 million loan to import Chinese cement.

The first to resign was Ronald Solís. He had been under hard questioning from an investigative commission at the Legislative Assembly looking into the case. Legislators had been pushing Solís to disclose who was the person at Casa Presidential who asked to support the election of Fernando Barrenechea as president of the board.

Legislators have also implied Barrenechea should have cancelled the loan when the estimated amounts of cement failed to arrive to the country. During the hearings, Solís always refused to provide a name.

A few hours later, Casa Presidencial announced another member of the board had agreed to step down. His name is Gustavo Arias. Arias, along with the rest of the board, had refused to quit his post claiming there had not been any wrongdoing in his actions. Nonetheless, he also stepped down formally this past weekend.

In a statement, Casa Presidencial said Arias is wiling to provide explanations to any formal government entity seeking further information on the case. He also mentioned his is a decision made as a gesture of respect to the dignity of the country.

This past week Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís came out on TV and social media broadcasts to request 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.

At the time, all member refused to quit and said if the president wanted them dismissed then he should follow the required procedure. The regular procedure normally takes several months of investigation before reaching a decision. In this case, Spanish-language media have been extensively covering the case.

It first gained notoriety thanks to a recording of a man suggesting to the grantee of the loan to invoke a breach in the banks secrecy regulations to not pay the amount of the debt.