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By Conor Golden, News Editor
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This year marks the tenth anniversary since Costa Rica’s signing of the Central American Free Trade Agreement. The Consejo Nacional de Rectores and the Programa Estado de la Nación have decided to launch a website that examines the effects and impacts that the FTA has had on the country.
 
The information is available HERE.
 
The approval process for what is commonly referred to as CAFTA was a long and arduous one for the country. In subsequent years, there have been few studies conducted on the effects and impacts that the treaty has had on national development, according to the Programa. This led to a mandate issued by the council to publicize a set of academic studies examining its impact.
 
“The investigations that the Programa Estado de la Nación carried out by order of CONARE do not pretend to be a verdict on the convenience or inconvenience of the treaty,” a statement from the group said. “The short time elapsed and the information available does not allow a comprehensive assessment of the impacts of CAFTA. However, they constitute a first approximation that provides important clues and testimonies.”
 
This information is categorized online based on four modules. The first module is an aggregator of literature collected on the subject. This includes technical and academic studies on the subject from 2004 to 2016. It is a product of extensive bibliographic and institutional database pulls as well as individual surveys. A search engine allows someone to locate the documents.
 
The next module allows for one to find information on trade flows, an econometric study on discernible effects on Costa Rican exports, foreign direct investment and private consumption. The third is a module on the legal studies or ramifications of CAFTA for Costa Rica. The last module is Pro vs. Con database of over 71 interviews from leaders on either side of the issue. That content is analyzed and reconstructed with contemporary narratives as well, the program said.
 
Many issues remain to be studied, said Jorge Vargas Cullell, the director of the program. The studies examined deal with several difficulties with the FTA. The lack of years passed hampers the assessment of such impacts, Vargas said, and that is aggravated because several of the contractual agreements, such as tariff reductions, have not yet been implemented.

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Costa Rica narrowly backed the free trade agreement during a referendum held on Oct. 7, 2007 with 51.6 percent voting yes. This occurred during the second administration of then-president Óscar Arias Sánchez. The agreement took effect two years later in 2009. According to a statement from the United States’ Office of the Trade Representative:
 
“Combined, the countries in the CAFTA-DR would represent the United States' 16th largest goods trading partner, with $53 billion in total (two way) goods trade during in 2015. Exports totaled $29 billion while imports totaled $24 billion. The U.S. goods trade surplus with CAFTA-DR countries was $5 billion in 2015. According to the Department of Commerce, U.S. goods exports to CAFTA-DR supported an estimated 134 thousand jobs in 2014.”
 
In Costa Rica, the agreement was a source of hot debate among leaders and citizens. Many groups were and remain adamantly opposed to the agreement due to issues of sovereignty and suspicions of imperialistic undertones in the free trade system. Proponents argued at the time that it would help lead the country to greater economic prosperity and give greater access to goods and services.


Ministry urges businesses against price gouging
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
False donors looking for medications, dead cattle, and homes that need deep cleaning were the latest in the lists of warnings or instructions from government agencies.

Now, in the wake of damage from Tropical Storm Nate, the economic ministry is issuing a warning on price gouging.
 
Price gouging occurs when a seller spikes the price of goods, services or commodities to a level much higher than is considered reasonable or fair.

In fact, it could sometimes be considered unethical or exploitative.

According to a Tuesday statement issued by the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio, several people have complained of an unreasonable or unjustified rise in prices of basic goods to the detriment of communities hit hard by the storm.

The economic ministry urged businesses to collaborate with other efforts made in those areas by both public and private sector institutions and alleviate the effects of the storm. Ministry officials also have opened a free telephone line at 1-311 so consumers can alert them if there is any potential price gouging in their communities. Concerns about price gouging can also be posted or messaged via the ministry’s social media networks.
 
“It is important to emphasize that these alerts do not constitute a complaint, however the information will be valuable to take the corresponding actions to avoid any abuse to the detriment of the affected consumers and communities,” the ministry’s statement said.
 
Formal complaints may need to be lodged before judicial and law enforcement authorities for subsequent investigations. The ministry said that it remains concerned about these reported incidences.


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The next tropical wave to hit the country this coming weekend
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new tropical wave, currently developing in Venezuela, will reach the country between Friday and Saturday, confirmed the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional last Tuesday morning.

“We are waiting for the tropical wave to get closer so we can better estimate its behavior and see if it could become a storm,” said Rebeca Morera, meteorologist at the Instituto.

The wave is being closely monitored by the Institute, and by Thursday experts may have a better understanding of it, what places it may affect and any required protocol, added Morera. According to the Instituto’ records, this would be the tropical wave 43 if it reaches the country.
 
First reports of the storm were by the Instituto Nacional Venezolano de Meteorología e  Hidrología. The Instituto sent out an  alert on its website about scattered rains of variable intensity, along with lightning and wind gusts throughout the South American country.
Costa Rica is partially under emergency status due to the recent passing of storm Nate, which has caused landslides, floods and other extensive damage especially in the Pacific and mountainous parts of the Central Valley.
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The weather institute is closely monitoring the next storm.

In regards the Tropical Storm Ophelia, located 1,260 west-southwest miles from the Azores Islands, the National Hurricane Center of the United States says it is expected to become a Hurricane by Saturday.

According to the Instituto officials, it is unlikely this hurricane will have an effect on Costa Rica.

Caja issues new warnings on both pink eye and pink creams
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
Pink creams and pink eye are the latest concerns for authorities at the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.
 
The Caja’s logistics management department is investigating rumors on social media claiming an illegal sale of so-called crema de rosas. These ointments are prescribed for all manner of skin and dermatological issues from sunburn to rashes and even for aiding in cancer treatment. In Costa Rica, they are often a catch-all treatment for these types of afflictions and  are provided at virtually all Caja clinics, hospitals and facilities.
 
According to Dinorah Garro Herrera, the logistics manager for the Caja, there have been no formal complaints received so far but investigations will continue for the present. Logistics authorities said that they will review inventories, control systems at the warehouse and the various suppliers to determine if there is an actual shortage of this product.
 
“The crema de rosas is an institutional formula that has become the star product manufactured by the Laboratorio de Productos Farmaceuticos of the CCSS,” the Caja said in a statement. “Annually, they produce 3.2 million tubes to meet the demand and cost of production per tube is around 800 colones.”
 
The distribution and prescription of these ointments are controlled because not more than two tubes are provided per patient, said Dr. Esteban Vega de la O of the Coordinación Institucional de Farmacias. Patients with cancer treatments are those who are prescribed more of this product due to their chemotherapy and other harmful treatments to the skin.
 
“This is one of the products most requested by patients, as they themselves recognize that they use it for other purposes outside of those just described,” the Caja said.
 
Likewise, conjunctivitis, or pink eye, is becoming of more concern to the Caja as large numbers of people gather in shelters since issues with proper hygiene can exacerbate the affliction.
 
Pink eye is caused by a bacterial infection and is highly contagious. The disease causes an irritation of the eye that covers the underside of the eyelid and the whites of the eyes, the Caja representative said. “After Tropical Storm Nate, there are conditions for the spread of this disease among the population in areas affected by the flood, which is why prevention and control measures must be ensured,” said Dr. Catalina Ramírez, a member of the epidemiological surveillance unit of the Caja.
 
The simplest and most effective way to avoid contracting pink eye is to wash one’s hands, Dr. Ramírez said. If a person is infected, he/she should not share any objects or personal belongings. People who wear contact lenses should remove them. The lenses should be disinfected but they should not be worn again until the infection is gone. The current lense solutions should be discarded as it may carry the bacteria.

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Social media rumors are to be ignored, the Caja says.

“The secretions should be cleaned frequently with clean towels or tissues and, for no reason, rub your eyes,” she said.
 
The Caja said that a person who thinks they may have symptoms should check in to the nearest health facility or the shelter coordinator.

These symptoms include: red eyes with or without feeling of grit or other discomfort, swollen eyelids, itching or pain in one or both eyes. Do not self-medicate or share eye drops, the institute said.


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World Heritage sites suffer damage during storms, museum says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
Tropical Storm Nate caused partial damage to one of the four World Heritage archaeological sites in Costa Rica.
 
According to preliminary reports from the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica, the spheres at Finca 6 suffered flood damage while El Silencio, Grijalba and Batambal spheres were unharmed. Beginning Oct. 16, a team of specialists from the museum will go to these areas to evaluate the sites more thoroughly.

They will also assess damage in areas around Osa. These specialists, composed of archaeologists, conservationists and an architect, will remain on-site for several days making a detailed inventory of the visitation center along with the spheres and other architectural structures.
 
Finca 6, located in Palmar Sur, appears to be the most damaged from the storm, according to Jeisson Bartels, the site administrator.

“One of the half-buried spheres, which is part of one of the original alignments found so far, was completely covered by mud,” he said.
 
On the other hand, the building where the exhibits are displayed and activities carried out suffered no apparent damage as the water level did not reach the floor of the building, the museum representative said. This is due to the structure being at least six feet above ground level.
 
Signs and labels seem to have suffered the most damage. Trails and visitor reunion points were also wiped out. The museum said that access to the sites will be suspended until further notice.
 
Reopening Finca 6 will depend on the external technical reports of collaborating institutions in the area, including: Servicio Nacional de Aguas Subterráneas Riego y Avenamiento, or SENASA, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional and the recommendations from the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias.

At this time, the CNE is the governing body on the site, the museum said. Since the red alert was issued for the Zona Sur, museum officials in the area were placed under the orders of the CNE in order to coordinate food and shelter needs.

Partially submerged sphere
Museo Nacional photo   
The sites of the famous stone spheres got a little flooded.
Damaged sign
Museo Nacional photo     
Primary damage appears to be with the signs and trails.

Although the three other World Heritage archaeological sites did not suffer serious damage, the museum will not authorize visits until an evaluation report is made by the team of specialists. Once the technical report of the damages and the restoration plan of the World Heritage sites has been made, the museum will communicate to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization about subsequent actions.


Costa Rica and region not ready for tech revolution, report says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A recent study developed by the Centro Latinoamericano para el Desarrollo y la Competitividad has revealed important delays in the development of technological skills in the youth of Costa Rica and other countries of Central America.

The report states that almost 50 percent of young people in Central America are isolated from the exponential technological development the world is going through, a phenomena that is one of the root causes of unemployment or under employment in non-technological or low productivity fields.

 Those same fields are at high risk of being displaced by automation and new artificial intelligence. An average of 40 percent of the jobs may undergo a similar fate in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Panama the study says.

“If we want the region to benefit from the opportunities offered by those technologies, then we must think of at least three basic points: how to develop digital skills in the population, renew the rules of the game according to new digital sectors and generate public private partnerships with large digital companies,” said Jaime García, researcher of the study.


To illustrate the world new technology scenario, the report takes the United States as an example.
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The report states it is essential to provide more high tech educational tools to the salaried worker.

Between 1990 and 2007, 670,000 jobs were lost due to the incorporation of robots in industrial manufacturing processes. In the case of Japan, the research says, not only do industrial robots take jobs, but artificial intelligence is already displacing white collar workers or clerks.

“The insurance company Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance fired 34 actuaries and analysts in exchange for installing IBM artificial intelligence called Watson, a supercomputer capable of learn and process new knowledge,” cites the document. 



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Project seeks improved irrigation techniques for Guanacaste program
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
 
One of the main challenges facing humanity today is the demand for water.  In Costa Rica, water for irrigation is sometimes scarce, particularly in parts of the province of Guanacaste.
 
According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, irrigated land has grown steadily at five percent every decade. Costa Rica is no exception. Despite its savanna-like conditions in some parts, Guanacaste has seen a particularly booming amount of agricultural development due to its increasing population and the tourist boom. A team of researchers at the Escuela de Ingeniería en Biosistemas is working with the Distrito de Riego Arenal Tempisque, or DRAT, to optimize water resources in Guanacaste.
 
The idea of DRAT is to increase irrigated areas in the province from 28,000 hectares to 48,000 hectares by 2022, according to a statement from the Universidad de Costa Rica. In addition to increasing land under cultivation, DRAT wants to provide planning for adequate irrigation of incoming crops, a new tariff model and an information platform accessible to farmers.
 
“One of the great challenges of modern agriculture is to feed a growing population and if we remain the same we will not achieve it,” said Alejandra Rojas, a specialist in hydraulics at the engineering school and lead investigator on the project.

“Here the idea is: how to make a completely circular economy? That is, everything that comes in is maximized and what is discarded is not contaminated.”
 
DRAT was first created in 1984 to manage the water generated from the Arenal-Dengo-Sanillal hydroelectric complex for irrigation purposes. Guanacaste has historically faced the challenge of controlling and distributing water in fertile areas during heavy droughts or severe flooding, the university said.
 
The program allowed the development of agriculture in Cañas, Bagaces, Liberia and Carrillo using surplus water from hydroelectricity plants. Today, the crops and cattle practices in those areas generate between $150 and $200 million annually for the economy, the university said.

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Evaporation of water in crop areas is a determining factor in irrigation for Guanacaste.

DRAT dam
Universidad de Costa Rica photo     
Primary objectives for this project are to quantify
water demands for different crops.

The university project was created to provide an efficient and flexible way to respond to the current and future demands for agricultural water in order to meet the DRAT program’s modernization requirements,
 
“The idea is to make the system more efficient and improve the distribution so we need this study to be ready by 2022 when the Paacume project starts operating,” said José María Alfaro, the coordinator of DRAT’s primary network. “We have high expectations with the UCR so we can draw upon a good study to help us manage the water resource in DRAT because, nowadays, the water resource becomes relevant and we have to take advantage of it until the last drop.”


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Adrian Fernandez
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I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

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Some national parks still remain closed days following the storm
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía along with the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación, will keep some national parks closed to visitors while the parks are being cleaned of the debris left by the tropical storm Nate.

At present, park rangers are working to open the facilities as soon as possible, according to the Ministerio. 
 
As of Tuesday, the closed parks in the Guanacaste Conservation Area are: the Guanacaste National Park, Rincón de la Vieja National Park, and Santa Rosa National Park.

In the North Huetar Conservation Area, the parks shut down are: Arenal Volcano National Park, Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge, La Camelias Wildlife Refuge, Juan Castro Blanco National Water Park, and Mixed Wildlife Refuge Maquenque.
In regards the Central Pacific Conservation Area, the Manuel Antonio National Park remains shut down.
Closures in the Conservation Pacific-Amistad Conservation Area are: Chirripó National Park and La Amistad National Park.

In the Cordillera Central Conservation Area, closures include: Prussian Sector of the Irazú Volcano National Park and the Villamils ​​Sector of the Tapantí National Park.

In the Osa Conservation Area closed parks are: the Corcovado National Park, Isla del Caño Biological Reserve, Piedras Blancas National Park, the Refugio de Vida Silvestre Golfito and the Ballena National Park.

Also, the Palo Verde National Park and Volcán Tenorio National Park are closed in the Arenal Tempisque Conservation Area, while in the Tempisque Conservation Area, the Barra Honda National Park and Cabo Blanco Natural Reserve also remain closed.

Universidad Estatal a Distancia has dangerously-low retention rate
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For every 100 students who enroll in the Universidad Estatal a Distancia, only 21 graduate there.

Of the remaining students, 32 enroll in a public university and 47 more to a private university, according to the Sixth Report on the State of Education, released by the Estado de la Nación program.

That is, almost 80 percent of those who begin their academic training at the Universidad choose to leave their classrooms and enroll in one of the other universities of Costa Rica..

The university, locally known as UNED, is the only one to provide distance education for those who cannot afford the time to go to a regular classroom.

Students are given all the content in print books or via internet to study by themselves. One or two times a week the group gathers with a tutor to ask any question and then take the tests.

To find the data, the researchers studied the behavior of students who started their careers at the same time in 2000, 2004, 2007 and 2009 in the five public universities in the country.

According to Valeria Lentini, one of the coordinators in the report, the academic journey of all those students was observed from their enrollment until their graduation.

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UNED is the sole public university offering
distance education degrees.


The case of the UNED is different from that of all other four public universities, where students change schools only 17 percent of the time. As an example, in the Universidad de Costa Rica, 73 percent of the students who enroll also get their degree there.

According to the report, the reason that students change universities might be related to the system itself. The documents question whether students are able to adapt to the methodology, because it requires a high degree of commitment, responsibility and planning.


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Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot

By the staff and contributors at A.M. Costa Rica
 (editor)A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.  
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Trapped in
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Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica

A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $0.99 until Aug. 30. Visit Amazon.com to preview or purchase, or DustyPilot.com/cave.html More information Contact Dusty Pilot Email: dusty@dustypilot.com US phone: 001 440 796-4105¯


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The Trouble with Cash
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Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1 million, but it comes with one condition...the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
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Money, Flowers and More

MAKE GIFTS FROM DOLLARS OR COLONES
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Life is a Tropical Garden

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By James J. Brodell. Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions. But soon he is hijacked by a gang of avengers led by an icy Costa Rican-American woman who carries twin pistols strapped to her chest. Jack soon helps uncover a web of corruption and greed . Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!
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Guide to Costa Rican Spanish
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This one-of-a-kind best-selling Costa Rica Spanish phrasebook will help anyone including older retirees master the basics of using Costa Rican Spanish in real-life situations. Retirees, expats and tourists will get the most of of Costa Rica, be able to communicate effectively with Costa Ricans and understand the local culture. A practical pronunciation will help you sound a like a native Spanish speaker.  The book is now available for sale on Amazon click here





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Cyber currency invalidated by Banco Central

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Before the arrival of cyber-currency users in the Costa Rican market, the Banco Central issued a statement warning about the risks associated with the lack of control over these currencies.

In a statement, the bank explained that cyber-currencies are not issued by any country, so they don’t fit any exchange rate regime and are not covered by any security, according to articles 48 and 49 of the Ley Institucional del Banco Central.

“They cannot be considered as legal currencies, therefore, do not have the support of the State,” said the Banco Central on its statement. “Their effectiveness or use as a means of payment in our economy cannot be guaranteed, nor can anyone be forced to accept them in transactions of goods and services.”

If any financial institution, for any reason, is directly or indirectly involved in the commercialization or use of any kind of these digital assets with its clients, said transaction will be carried out at the party’s own risk and expenses.” the entity said.

The bank also said that it will continue to closely monitor their evolution and issue recommendations should it be necessary.

Bitcoin is a completely digitized form of currency that, according to its website, is cash for the Internet. It came onto the scene back in 2009 in a cryptography mailing list by a person called Satoshi Nakamoto, a largely anonymous identity who left the project a year later. This money is often acquired through payments, purchasing the bitcoins at a Bitcoin exchange or exchanging them with another holder. According to a statement from Bitcoin.org:

“Bitcoins have value because they are useful as a form of money. Bitcoin has the characteristics of money…based on the properties of mathematics rather than relying on physical properties (like gold and silver) or trust in central authorities (like fiat currencies). In short, Bitcoin is backed by mathematics. With these attributes, all that is required for a form of money to hold value is trust and adoption. In the case of Bitcoin, this can be measured by its growing base of users, merchants, and startups. As with all currency, bitcoin's value comes only and directly from people willing to accept them as payment.”

Unlike gold or other currencies, however, Bitcoin does not have any guaranteed purchasing power and the exchange rate floats freely meaning it is highly volatile as a currency.