Costa Rica

Campbell debió irse antes

Diario Extra - 3 ore 17 min fa
DIARIO EXTRA consultó con varios legisladores y con el propio pueblo de Costa Rica sobre la renuncia de Epsy Campbell a su puesto como canciller y coinciden con que la decisión de abandonar la Casa Amarilla llegó tarde.   A continuación, sus opiniones:   DIP...
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Con “soberbia” renuncia Epsy

Diario Extra - 3 ore 17 min fa
Con una actitud “soberbia”, insistiendo en la legalidad de sus actos y sin ofrecer una disculpa a la prensa, Epsy Campbell, vicepresidenta de la República, renunció a su puesto como canciller. Dio a conocer su decisión este martes en el Plenario Legislativo, amparad...
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Gobierno prevé estancamiento

Diario Extra - 3 ore 17 min fa
El Ministerio de Planificación y Política Económica (Mideplan) espera un estancamiento de la economía costarricense entre 2018 y 2022. Este anuncio lo hizo como parte del Plan Nacional de Desarrollo y de Inversión Pública de la administración Alvarado...
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“Con una convergencia podemos ir por 30 alcaldías”

Diario Extra - 3 ore 17 min fa
El Partido Nueva Generación (PNG) apuesta por una convergencia nacional de cara a las próximas elecciones municipales. Si lograra esa sinergia con otras fuerzas políticas tradicionales y no tradicionales asegura que obtendría hasta 30 alcaldías.  Sergio Mena,...
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Restricción vehicular hasta el 21 diciembre

Diario Extra - 3 ore 17 min fa
La restricción vehicular que se aplica en el casco central de San José quedará sin efecto para Navidad, fin y principio de año, anunció el Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT). El viernes 21 de diciembre se aplicará por última vez...
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Iglesias no deben cancelar impuestos

Diario Extra - 3 ore 17 min fa
Las iglesias católicas, evangélicas y demás no deben pagar ningún tipo de impuesto según así lo consideran los costarricenses. La información surge de la encuesta “Percepción sobre aspectos de la coyuntura y culturas políticas en ...
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Vence plazo para declarar y pagar renta

Diario Extra - 3 ore 17 min fa
Las personas físicas o jurídicas, públicas o privadas, que realicen actividades o negocios lucrativos en el país, o bien tienen la condición de declarantes, tienen tiempo hasta este 17 de diciembre para realizar la declaración del impuesto sobre la renta, co...
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Hoy vacunan a 770.000 niños contra sarampión

Diario Extra - 3 ore 17 min fa
770.000 niños mayores de 15 meses y menores de 10 años empiezan hoy a recibir la vacuna contra el sarampión, con el fin de protegerlos ante la circulación del virus en varios países del continente americano. En la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) informa...
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Expresidente Solís a juicio hoy

Diario Extra - 3 ore 17 min fa
Este miércoles a partir de las 8:30 a.m. empieza el juicio contra el Estado por la demanda que interpuso Patricia Gómez Pereira, exembajadora de Costa Rica en Bolivia. En este proceso judicial están convocados en calidad de testigos el expresidente Luis Guillermo Solís y...
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PAC rechaza apoyar a Catalina Crespo

Diario Extra - 3 ore 17 min fa
La fracción del Partido Acción Ciudadana (PAC) anunció este martes que no apoyará la candidatura de Catalina Crespo para la Defensoría de los Habitantes. Mediante un comunicado de prensa, los 10 miembros de la bancada oficialista señalaron varios cuestionam...
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“A Epsy la echó Ottón Solís”

Diario Extra - 3 ore 17 min fa
Los sindicatos vieron con buenos ojos la renuncia de Epsy Campbell como ministra de Relaciones Exteriores y creen que su permanencia ya era insostenible. Para Albino Vargas, secretario general de la Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados (ANEP), fue Ottón Sol&iacu...
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Rechazan presupuesto de Japdeva para 2019

Diario Extra - 3 ore 17 min fa
La Contraloría General de la República rechazó el presupuesto inicial solicitado por la Junta de Administración Portuaria y de Desarrollo Económico de la Vertiente Atlántica (Japdeva) por ¢49.620 millones para 2019, por lo que deberá trabajar con...
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San Pedro tendrá carril exclusivo para buses

Diario Extra - 3 ore 17 min fa
La idea de los carriles exclusivos para buses es algo que el gobierno está impulsando y será el próximo año cuando se comience a concretar en San Pedro. Así lo comunicó el director del Consejo de Transporte Público (CTP), Manuel Vega, quien anunci&oa...
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Gordo estrenará bolitas de premios

Diario Extra - 3 ore 17 min fa
Las 150 bolitas correspondientes a los premios que serán rodadas para el sorteo del gordo navideño son nuevas y las importaron de España. La Junta de Protección Social (JPS) pagó $25,39 (¢15 mil) por esfera, para una inversión que ronda los $3.800 (&ce...
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Ordenan embargar salario y bienes al alcalde de Limón

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El Juzgado Especializado de Cobro Judicial del II Circuito Judicial de San José ordenó al alcalde de Limón, Néstor Mattis, cancelarle a la Contraloría General de la República la suma de ¢7.600.000 por concepto de capital, más el monto de ¢23...
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Comex pelotea con cámaras Alianza del Pacífico

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El Ministerio de Comercio Exterior (Comex) aprovechó un encuentro con las cámaras empresariales para empezar a pelotear el tema de Alianza del Pacífico.  Una pregunta por aquí y otra por allá aparecía en media sesión del Consejo Consultivo de Co...
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Epsy Campbell resigns as Foreign Minister

The Tico Times - 12 ore 38 min fa
Epsy Campbell, Vice President and Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, at the OAS in Washington, DC.

Epsy Campbell resigned Tuesday from her position as Costa Rica’s Foreign Minister following an investigation into the process by which she appointed certain officials.

Campbell, who will continue in her role as First Vice President, said in a statement that she had informed President Carlos Alvarado of her decision Tuesday morning.

“I understand very well that my responsibility with this country goes beyond being in charge of a portfolio,” Campbell said. “Therefore, I will continue working hard to achieve the levels of development that this country deserves, from my office as Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica.

“I reiterate my commitment to the political project of the Alvarado Quesada Administration, and I deeply appreciate the confidence and repeated expressions of support from the President.”

Campbell has been facing scrutiny over the appointment of a director and a sub-director of Foreign Affairs who did not previously hold the rank of ambassador as required by law. Last Friday, the Attorney General had confirmed the illegality of the appointments.

In her statement, Campbell reiterated that other members of the administration had endorsed the controversial appointments.

“In my capacity as Minister of Foreign Affairs, I transferred the proposed appointments to the Human Resources department, who validated compliance with the technical and legal requirements,” she said. “[…] In none of the stages of the process must I, as Foreign Minister, issue legal or technical criteria on the respective appointment.”

Campbell was the first female Foreign Minister in Costa Rican history. She is also the first Afro-descendant woman ever to become vice president in the Americas.

Read The Tico Times’ interview with Epsy Campbell from April 2018:

Our chat with Epsy Campbell, Costa Rica’s vice president-elect

 

 

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Costa Rica launches ‘mega-operative’ to reduce domestic violence during soccer final

The Tico Times - Mar, 11/12/2018 - 22:16

Costa Rica’s Public Security Ministry launched what it calls a “mega-operative” to reduce domestic violence on the days of the country’s soccer final, the organization said Tuesday in a press conference.

The announcement, which included representatives from the National Institute for Women (INAMU), National Police, C.S. Herediano and Deportivo Saprissa, detailed the joint efforts that will begin during the days prior to the matches.

The strategy includes creating a registry of domestic-violence incidents to help police identify populations at a higher risk of being revictimized. The National Police will also increase patrols in areas they have identified as having higher occurrences of domestic violence.

INAMU has said that police in Costa Rica receive an average of 150 more domestic-violence calls on soccer game days.

“Violence against women is a problem that is affecting our country,” Michael Soto Rojas, the Minister of Public Security, said Tuesday. “To counteract this problem, institutions must seek different strategies. Preemptive police work focused on cases where there is an imminent risk of recidivism is one way to combat this phenomenon.”

The organizations will also launch coordinated social-media efforts denouncing domestic violence and encouraging the public to report any incident to authorities.

In August, the government of Costa Rica declared that reducing violence against women is “a national priority” following several high-profile murders. Earlier this month, Carla Stefaniak, a tourist visiting from the United States, was killed; the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) suspect a “sexual” motive, according to ABC News 10.

INAMU has previously organized efforts to curb domestic violence during soccer matches. In 2015, the “Tercer Marcador” — a third column on the televised scoreboard — tracked the amount of calls police had received throughout a Costa Rican national team game. By the final whistle, the number had surpassed 30.

C.S. Herediano hosts Deportivo Saprissa in the first leg of the Apertura final on Dec. 16.

Call 9-1-1 to report domestic violence in Costa Rica. The 9-1-1 operator can also connect you to COAVIF, which offers support to victims.  

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Colombian police bust child sex network run by Israelis

The Tico Times - Mar, 11/12/2018 - 19:42

Colombian police have arrested six Israelis on charges of running a sex tourism operation that exploited underage girls, prosecutors said.

After a two-year investigation, Prosecutor General Nestor Humberto Martinez told reporters Sunday that agents have broken up “an Israeli mafia that exploited and used girls, adolescents and women as sex slaves in Colombia.”

Two Colombians were also arrested in the sweep, Martinez said.

The “mafia” sold tour packages for Israelis with a destination to several Colombian cities that in reality was a front for sex services with minors, Martinez said.

Among those arrested was Israeli alleged gang leader Mor Zohar, and a Colombian police officer said to have helped protect the gang.

Israelis Eyal Shaty (C) and More Zohar (L), alleged members of a prostitution network, are pictured before a hearing at a court in Medellin, Colombia on December 10, 2018. (Joaquin Sarmiento / AFP)

The Israeli citizens all have Interpol Red Notices, the closest thing to an international arrest warrant, a statement read.

Officials seized assets belonging to the suspects worth $45 million.

The network was allegedly led by Israeli citizen Benyamin Mush, who has traveled in and out of Colombia and Central American countries, the statement read.

According to testimony obtained from victims, the minors received between $65 and $126 and were forced to belong to a WhatsApp group code-named after the Jewish holiday Purim.

The suspects, set to face a judge in the northwestern city of Medellin, face charges that include pimping minors, aggravated homicide, drug trafficking and money laundering.

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The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Dec. 10, 2018

The Tico Times - Mar, 11/12/2018 - 17:37

 

This edition of the Tico Times Weekly Digest is brought to you by Kaya’s Hotel and Brewery, located on the beach in Puerto Viejo.

Linked below are all the stories covered in the video.

This week in Costa Rica (Dec. 10, 2018):

Body of tourist Carla Stefaniak identified, suspect detained

Costa Rican hotel owners demand increased security following tourist’s murder

Costa Rican Congress, President Alvarado approve controversial tax reform

Dreamlike, diverse and grappling with change – Our Santa Teresa deep dive

Santa Teresa Deep Dive – How to Surf in Santa Teresa

Santa Teresa Deep Dive – Surfing in one of Costa Rica’s best beaches

Santa Teresa Deep Dive – The Bakery

Santa Teresa Deep Dive – Keeping an eye on wastewater

Costa Rican superstar Gloriana Villalobos wins NCAA title

Costa Rica to purchase eight new trains from Chinese company

Off the Eaten Path – Al Masri Cocina Egipcia

 

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