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Bill nearing passage would keep track of unpaid labor in the home
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A legislative division that has the power to pass laws has given preliminary approval to a measure that recognizes the unpaid labor of child care, household work and the care of older adults and the disabled.

The action came from the Comisión con Potestad Legislativa Plena Segunda on proposal No. 18.073

Specifically the measure asks that the Banco Central, the Ministerio de Hacienda and the Instituto Nacional de

Estadisticas include this unpaid labor in what is called the  Sistema de Cuentas Nacionales.

The Sistema is a complex list of economic activities that has been handled by the Banco Central since the 1950s. The gross domestic product, the sum of all goods and services, is derived from this system.

The idea is to give credit for this unpaid activities by putting it in a special category. Still uncertain is how this labor can be calculated. The government will have six months to figure how to do that if the measure gets a second approval.


Costa Rican composition to be featured at orchestra performances
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Álvaro González will perform the world premier of the  “Concierto para violonchelo y orquesta,” composed by Carlos Escalante, also a Costa Rican, for the fifth concert of the season by the  Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.

González  also will perform the "Chant du ménéstral" for cello and orchestra by  Aleksandr Glazunov, an announcement said.

The orchestra performances will be Friday at 8 p.m. and repeated Sunday at 10:30 a.m., both in the Teatro Nacional.  Irwin Hoffman will conduct.

Also on the program is "Russian Easter Festival," composed by  Nikolái Rimski-Kórsakov.

González, who is member of the orchestra, has performed previously as a soloist and holds the Premio Nacional de la Música.

González, was a student in the juvenile program of the  Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, and he played a solo when he was 17. Then in 1982 he went to Israel to the University of Tel-Aviv and was in several youth orchestras that made extensive tours.

He has taught at festivals in the United States and France.
He also is a member of the Cuarteto UNA at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, where he also is director of the university orchestra.

Admission ranges from 4,000 to 18,000 colons, and there is a 50 percent discount for students and seniors.

Celloist
Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud photo
Álvaro González


New municipal parking plan does not sit well with some in Quepos
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some Quepos residents are seeing red over the yellow paint that has been marked on downtown curbs.

Parking is prohibited in the yellow zones, and the principal complaint is that there is nowhere to park.

That the municipality also is installing 350 colon-an-hour parking meters does not sit well with the workers and shoppers downtown either.

To express their unhappiness some of those who oppose the new parking plan said they would attend a municipal council meeting Wednesday night where they were going to present petitions with 1,200 signatures.

One merchant said that his sales are down 40 percent because of the month-old parking restrictions.

Miguel Masis, head of the anti-parking meter movement, said that there's no public parking space and that everyone is getting tickets like crazy.

Marco Zuniga of the  Municipalidad de Aguirre legal

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Anti-parking plan graphic from Facebook


department said that the intention is to get rid of the bad customs or habits like the business owners parking in front of the stores. "Our goal is to created a culture especially for the tourist so they will find a better town more organized as they are used to," he said.

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