San José, Costa Rica                     Thursday Edition, April 19, 2018                                   Vol. 18,  No.419
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Criminal court orders a halt to work
affecting wetlands in Playa Hermosa

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Puntarenas criminal court ordered a private company to remove construction material and demolish a wall in a protected wetland located in the Hermosa Beach sector in Garabito.

The precautionary measure was issued against the developer of a condominium project which has been prosecuted by the criminal court of Puntarenas since April 3, where it is charged with a wetland drainage crime in File 17-00036-0611-PE.

The resolution ordered the removal of all the filling material deposited in the wetland and the removal of the embankment that divides the water bank. The local municipality was ordered to execute the work in case the company fails to comply.

The investigation began last September as a result of an accusation of possible damages to the ecosystem. The Prosecutor's Office requested investigative measures including the opinion of experts, which were provided as evidence and served as the basis for the precautionary measure ordered.

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If the company does not comply with the order, then the Municipality of Garabito will carry out the demolition.

The case continues under investigation so that investigators may collect further evidence.

Central American system aims to become an entrepreneurial bridge between Europe and Latin America

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The presidency of the Central American Integration System, held by the Dominican Republic, has deployed all its resources in the Startup Olé Entrepreneurs contest in the Spanish city of Salamanca to consolidate Central America as a bridge between Europe and America.

Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama and the Dominican Republic make up this group, which presented its so called strengthened ecosystem in Salamanca for the development of entrepreneurial projects, which are said to have been a common dream since 2013.

The Dominican ambassador in Spain, Olivo Rodríguez, explained that the steps taken in terms of entrepreneurship, mainly through the integration system’s Emprende Strategy, generate employment and new companies and increase the economic autonomy of the companies.

Since its launch, these countries have invested some $3 million and created 534 new companies,  47 percent managed by women, and generated more than 1,500 jobs in the region, according to data provided by Rodríguez, who added that in these years of activity, 12 percent of the projects have been internationalized.

In the case of the Dominican Republic, the ambassador pointed out the participation of up to seven entrepreneurs in StartUp Olé, from various fields of activity, such as education, entrepreneurship, labor, financial services, marketing and technology.

In particular, Edupass offers students from Latin America and the Caribbean the support necessary to achieve success in the process of admission to the best universities in the world, while Happiness Labor is dedicated to business consulting and training on welfare at work.

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The integration system runs several projects to attract direct foreign investment to the Central American region.

In addition, Emprende SDQ has become a kind of bridge between the Dominican Republic and Spain for entrepreneurship and the financing of emerging companies, with the support of the European Institute for Entrepreneurship, while Impact Migrants tries to eliminate risk and facilitate employment of migrants through personalized training on the requirements of the contracting companies.

The dream of overcoming inequality before 2030

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica seeks to reduce or even eliminate discrimination and inequalities between women and men before 2030 with the help of authorities of the Judiciary, Executive Power, Legislative Power and the Supreme Electoral Tribunal.

A commitment on reaching these goals was signed Wednesday during the presentation made by the National Institute for Women of the National Policy for Effective Equality between Women and Men, 2018-2030.

"This policy is supported by all the Powers of the Republic and establishes a strategic route for the promotion of equality, inclusion and respect for human rights within the framework of compliance with the sustainable development goals, established for the year 2030," said Alejandra Mora, Executive President of National Women Institute.

Unlike the first policy, which covered the years 2007-2017, this new model seeks to expand opportunities for women and the general population and ensure their access to a culture of equality, wealth and power.

It is hoped that the construction and execution of the action plans of this policy will be carried out from national and regional levels, considering the diversity of women by region.

"We have learned that proposals must be prepared and managed in all regions of the country. We learned to monitor and evaluate the work of many institutions in favor of equality and to encourage many people to make public services better, more sensitive to diversity, more inclusive of rights, that is why we openly declare our commitments and goals and offer them an assessable policy. We have also learned that together public institutions can do more," Mora said.

This new policy proposes that public institutions, municipalities, private companies, and mixed social organizations, as well as networks or other non-governmental organizations of different types, support actions and initiatives that open more opportunities for women and their inclusion in the national development.

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This new model seeks to expand opportunities for women and the general population and ensure their access to a culture of equality, wealth and power.

Each work axis will yield a set of results in the next 12 years. These must be evaluated at least three times during the period.

Since 2017,  the National Institute for Women has been coordinating this new National Policy for Effective Equality between Women and Men, 2018-2030 through dialogues and negotiations with women  and with organizations and public institutions.

Participation at the presentation of the new policy participated were: Ana Felicia Torres, Coordinator of the Forum of the Women of the womens institute; Hugo Picado, representative of the Supreme Electoral Tribunal; Alejandra Mora Mora, minister of the Status of Women and Executive President of the institute; Carmen María Escoto, magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice; Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría, vice president of the Republic and Gonzalo Ramírez, president of the Legislative Assembly.

The new policy deals with four main axes: the consolidation of an egalitarian institutional culture, the equitable distribution of work, equitable distribution of wealth, and the promotion of parity in positions of power.

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