Yes, a New Hospital will be build in Puntarenas, Costa Rica

In a previous blog we mentioned the possibilty of the construction of a new hospital in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. We have now an answer for you, please continue to read.

Amid applause the president of Costa Rica said the words that most wanted to hear; funding and land for the new hospital in Puntarenas is a reality. “Hand in hand we bring good news for Puntarenas. Here we will built a new hospital in Puntarenas and this is thanks to the good will of several politicians and institutions, said Laura Chinchilla.
The site of 15 acres was donated by the National Production Council (CNP) as payment to a debt with the State. The CNP passed the land to the Ministry of Finance which then passed it to the Social Security Fund.
The president announced that funding will be processed as credit line with the Central Bank for Economic Integration and the total cost of construction will be $100 million US dollar.
“In exactly one month we found a solution to the problem of Puntarenas Hospital and we will do our best to ensure that procedures are streamlined and that this hospital is advanced by the end of my administration or 2014, said Chinchilla.

This is huge news for Puntarenas! I personally use the public medical health services of Costa Rica and any improvement is a big advance. Hopefully they will build a larger hospital with more medical services to get rid of the waiting lines. Puntarenas is a big province in Costa Rica so a new hospital is very welcome. It shows once again Costa Rica is growing and moving into the right direction.

Costa Rica is saving the Sharks

Costa Rica began to close several legal loopholes that was allowing the transfer of shark fins. By an official act signed yesterday, the country ban the import and export of fins obtained. Furthermore, it prohibits the transfer of fins between vessels at sea, something that until now was not forbidden.

“We have to recognize that there were those who were making fun, fishing in our waters, but selling shark fin through import mechanisms”, said the president of the Republic, Laura Chinchilla, yesterday in Manuel Antonio National Park, where she signed the decree with her ministers of Environment, René Castro, and Agriculture, Gloria Abrahams.
Chinchilla said she received several calls, one even yesterday morning, to not sign the decree.
Only fins. Finning is a practice of catching a shark, cutting off their fins and the rest of the animal returned alive, where she dies on the sea bottom.
The fins are the commercially most valuable portions of the animal, due to high demand they have in some Asian cultures, where consumption is attributed to several medicinal products.

According to the Trade Office, this year we have exported the equivalent of $ 102,903 (over ¢ 50 million) in shark fins to Hong Kong.
In recent years it became harder to transfer the fins from the sea to Costa Rica, therefore fishermen chose to take the fins from Costa Rican waters to the nearby countries and import by land to Costa Rica. Since 2010 Costa Rica has imported 15 tons of fin from Nicaragua.

During the signing of the decree the British entrepreneur Richard Branson, owner of the Virgin Group was present as well, who a couple of weeks wrote to the president of Costa Rica asking to stop cutting the fins of sharks.
Branson congratulated the president for the decision, calling it “fantastic”, and said that Wednesday was “a historic day” for Costa Rica.

Costa Rica exports products for 3 Billion Dollars in 6 months.

Costa Rica exported $ 2,922 million in services during the first half of this year.
Multinational companies such as IBM have support centers in different countries worldwide beyond Costa Rica. The Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer) reported Wednesday morning that this amount is equivalent to 12% more than the same period last year, when Costa Rica services sold approximately $ 2.595 million. It is understood by those selling services are related to computer and information (software, architecture, digital animation etc.) and business services (payroll, human resources and support).

Anabel Gonzalez, Minister of Foreign Trade, said at a news conference that the exportation of services are increasing and play a very  important role in the national economy. With an average annual growth of 9.5% during the period 1999-2011, foreign sales increased from $ 1,682.02 million in 1999 to $ 4,972.35 million last year.
100% of total exports, the sale of services represents 32% of total exports.

Costa Rica attracts lots of multinationals to start operating here. Most look for the free trade zones, which gives them additional tax benefits. Because Costa Rica spends lots of money on education, to find quality staff is not difficult, such as in the other countries in Central America. Most foreign companies do very well and have or will expand their business.

Direct Flights from Canada to Costa Rica

More Options for Canadiens to come and visit Costa Rica. In a short period of time the various airlines operating in our Costa Rica will have the opportunity to plan direct flights with tourists from Canada, as well as more facilities for freight shipping between Costa Rica and Canada. This opportunity is given to Costa Rica after the approval that was given, so called air transport agreement between Costa Rica and the government of Canada, this was published a couple of months ago by the office press office of the Legislative Assembly.

The minister Luis Fernando Mendoza Jimenez said that the opinion of this project will directly impact the province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica. According to Mendoza, an important segment of beach tourism comes from that country, which is very appreciated by local entrepreneurs because it leaves lots of income and employment in the region.

“This agreement which is generally for aviation will benefit the people as well as the trade business in goods and services, this last point will also to facilitate the implementation of the KAFTA that Costa Rica already has with Canada.

Costa Rica has been a very attractive country for Canadiens for many years. Canada suffers extreme winters with temperatures up to -30 degrees celcius below cero, which is completely inbareble. These so called snow birds prefer to spend the winter in our beautiful Costa Rica. Lots of Canadians have purchased real estate in Costa Rica for that exact same reason. Of course Costa Rica has a lot to offer besides the perfect climate, such as the beaches, natural environment in general, wildlife, friendly people, peaceful county without army, longevity in life because of the blue zone, happiest people on the globe, just to name a couple.

Costa Rica invites all Canadians to come and visit our country. Canadians get with their passport a 3 month turist visa. There are no limitations for Canadians with regards to ownership of a property in Costa Rica.



Costa Rica is a country of Peace

Long live the Peace in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is recalling the commemoration of the anniversary of the battle of March 12, 1948, which took place in San Isidro, Perez Zeledon. This battle marked the beginning of the Revolution of ’48, which lasted 44 days.
In this confrontation died over a hundred fighters (men and women) who gave their lives for peace in Costa Rica, as did the Costa Ricans in the National Campaign of 1856-1857 and in 1955, avoiding our country being conquered by the militaries, so that today we enjoy a free, democratic and independent Costa Rica.

Unfortunately it is clear that some Costa Ricans have forgotten their brave patriots, who showed their unconditional love for Costa Rica, they did not hesitate to grap a weapon to fight against any threat that would jeapordize the freedom of our Costa Rica.
This forgetfulness is atrocious, for the war memorial of March 12, 1948, located in south of the San Isidro River Bridge, on the Panamerican Highway in Perez Zeledon, is literally thrown-in a place where they do not honor the remains of more than a hundred fighters of Costa Rica let alone pay a tribute to the national history.

Given this apparent collective forgetting, today I thank the brave Costa Ricans who fought on both sides to realize that Costa Rica is a country of democracy, freedom and peace, it is to them that the National Anthem refers to Costa Rica to quote: “If anyone should attempt to besmirch your glory, you’ll see your people, valiant and virile, the trocar rustic tools for weapons.” Also, I thank the president José Figueres Ferrer, because at the crucial and unique moment of our country, established peace and forever erased the shadow of militaries in Costa Rica. I also appreciate, former president Luis Alberto Monge Alvarez, for the declaration of perpetual peace in our Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is one of the fastest growing countries in Latin America

The Costa Rican economy is one of the fastest growing this year in Latin America and the Caribbean as the region’s economic study released today according to the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).
According to ECLAC estimates, Panama will grow in 2012 , with a GDP of 9.5%, followed by Haiti (6.0%) and Peru (5.9%). Bolivia, Chile and Costa Rica will grow 5.0% this year, while Mexico 4%. Paraguay is the only country to experience a contraction of -2.0%, because of unique climatic factors that destroyed part of its production of soybeans, their main product for exportation.

In general, for Latin America the ECLAC cut its growth forecast of 3.7% that was expected in June to now 3.2% due to the weakness of the world economy, mainly caused by the difficulties facing Europe, the U.S. and China.

While lots of other countries worldwide are now suffering an strong economical crisis, Costa Rica is still growing strong. Spain just annouched a 25% desemployment which is unheard of. Obviously the crisis also reached Costa Rica, but has been able to handle it. Yes, the Costa Rican government is here also looking to do a tax reform to improve their income to use these funds for medical services, eductation, infrastructure and police. If Costa Rica can recollect all the taxes that are still owed, it will be more than enough to cover the extra expenses. The problem is that lots of people are not paying the taxes.

In Costa Rica, besides the breathtaking beaches, volcanous, natural reserves, flora & fauna, beautiful people there is a middle class or working class and a stable goverment, not spending any money on military because it does not even have an army being a neutral country with longest longevity in life (blue zone) and happiest people in the world. It feels pretty good living here in Costa Rica!

Costa Rica unveils Brand New Airspace Management

The International Airport in San Jose, Costa Rica unveiled yesterday a new airspace management, which will ensure safe takeoffs and landings, as well as avoiding the change of routes because of adverse weather conditions. The new system is known worldwide as the Performance Based Navigation (PBN), and Costa Rica becomes the first country in the region with this management.

With PBN airspace managers, formerly known as drivers-may draw more routes for the arrival and departure of an aircraft. Airport authorities say that cases like the waits of up to an hour to free a runway for takeoff will be a thing of the past. In addition, companies such as TACA and Copa, who provided aircraft for testing the PBN, reported savings of up to $ 4,500 in fuel efficiency of the flights. Costa Rica is once again advancing in technology.

Historically, all landings were made in Santamaria on track 7, in the southeast of the airport way (down by La Garita de Alajuela Costa Rica), it was the only way to ensure correct maneuvers for pilots and for drivers. Therefore, the flights coming from destinations such as South America and the Caribbean had to take to La Garita and “flip” to land. Now with the Performance Based Navigation, aircraft may arrive at the airport using runway 25, which starts across the street from Finca Park.

The PBN is a system used by large nations. Here, the new method and satelite was donated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and costs approximately $ 1 million. The organization chose Costa Rica to manage 40% of air traffic in Central America. Luis Carlos Arce, IATA representative for the region, said that “the airline companies requested that the PBN was used in Costa Rica.

Luis Carlos Araya, Deputy Air Transport, said that with the system, the Juan Santamaría increase its traffic capacity of aircrafts up to 20%. This means that, with the improved space management, it would go from 150 to 180 daily flights. Gradual. Edwin Jimenez, Air Navigation, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation, said the official start of operation of the PBN will be December 13th. Before that day Costa Rica will be informing to all aviation authorities that Costa Rica already has satellite system for aircraft control.

Another advantage of the Performance Based Navigation is that even internal processes within Costa Rica Internation airport, as the passage through customs and baggage check will be optimized. How do you achieve that? The computer application measures execution times of these tasks and each area can make the adjustments it deems appropriate.

A New Hospital in Puntarenas, Costa Rica?

Puntarenas on the Central Pacific of Costa Rica could have a new hospital if the Government gets the approval to use the land assigned for this. The National Production Council (CNP) is willing to transfer a property of more than 12 hectares or 30 acres, in the district of Barranca, Puntarenas.
Meanwhile, the Social Security Fund (CCSS), the Board of Directors agreed to support the initiative, but cannot guarantee to use the land given for the construction of a new hospital.

Meanwhile, last week, this legislative committee passed a motion to expedite the process and pass the whole initiative as soon as possible.
“This is a good time for the government to make decisions and decide to invest in the construction of a new hospital,” said Rodolfo Sotomayor, deputy of the Social Christian Unity Party (PUSC) and proposer of the motion.

Is this a priority for Costa Rica? Although no deadlines have been set, William Barrantes, CEO of CNP, said the president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, asked the petition to transfer the lot to the Fund.
“There were previous efforts, but it really took effect once the president was in the area and assessed the damage from the earthquake,” said Barrantes.

The sale of the land, they will pay between the Council and the Ministry of Finance, in the form of taxes, because the assets will not be transferred directly to the Fund.
“This is not a donation, but a legal instrument that allows to settle the debt in exchange for a non-liquid asset,” explained Alvaro Ramos, Deputy Minister of Revenue of that portfolio. However, according to Gabriela Murillo, Infrastructure Manager of the Fund, the transfer could settle a debt of CNP in favor of the Social Security Fund.
Regarding the valuation of assets, is a matter that belongs to the Directorate General of Taxation, and the amounts are not yet known, said Murillo.

After the earthquake of September 5, the damage to the health sector was estimated at $22 million according to president of Costa Rica. The president said the government should afford to pay this amount via the national budget and by other income.
The estimated total damage was approx. $45 million.
Monsignor Sanabria Hospital in Puntarenas Costa Rica, which was affected in its structure and fully evacuated, has yet to resume its activity to one hundred percent.
This medical center is located in the district of El Roble, in the canton of Puntarenas, Costa Rica.

It would be very good news to have brand new public hospital in Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Costa Rica is a seismic country and therefore people are prepared, there were no people hurt in Costa Rica after the earthquake of 2 weeks ago. Here at Los Delfines Golf & Country Club in Playa Tambor, Costa Rica  not 1 home has any structural damage because of the good construction standards.

The Independence Torch arrived in Costa Rica

The independence torch aroused again the feeling of patriotism among thousands of Costa Rican students since yesterday, when she entered Costa Rica.

Dozens of children and students welcomed the torch at the border of Costa RIca with Nicaragua, Peñas Blancas and many others received it in their schools. In addition, about 20,000 bear the torch along the 386 km route to Cartago, where the torch will arrive today at 8 p. m.

One was Alba Marin, student from La Cruz, who even trained specially how to carry the torch. She practices on the beach. As did her teammate Alejandro Espinoza, who said he was very happy to carry the torch for about 200 meters. “It is a very great emotion and a great responsibility,” said the young Tico from Guanacaste, the northern province of Costa Rica.

That pride fueled the residents of La Cruz, who, early on, took to the sidewalks to witness the passing of the torch. Meanwhile, outside the community, kids and adults, with bicycles with flags, escorted the torch to Liberia which is a symbol of freedom.

Even the heavy downpour yesterday at noon did not made them surrender. That uproar seemed to portray the message of hours ago, when Nicaraguan students received the torch. “We must live without differences between the two countries come together in one place,” said Yendry Solorzano a tenth year student of the College of La Fortuna de Bagaces. Those words were shared by other students as well. For them, the flame of liberty must symbolize the desire to revive the Central American countries. After these words, the torch started the journey to Cartago, where it will arrive today at 8 pm.

It is beautiful to see how proud the Ticos are of Costa Rica. Independence day is tomorrow the 15th of September, another national holiday in Costa Rica. Viva the peace in Costa Rica.’

Costa Rica received an award for its progress in protecting the ozone layer

Costa Rica was recognized for its progress in the protection of the ozone layer.

On Monday 20 August of this year, Costa Rica received an award (a commemorative plaque) for its progress in the protection of the ozone layer, given by the representatives of the Ozone Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), as part of the 25th anniversary of the Montreal Protocol.

Since the ratification of the Protocol in 1991, the country has greatly contributed in the protection of the ozone layer, through different activities such as the development of a national licensing system to regulate the use of substances, which made Costa Rica by 2010 completely Carbon Free.

Also, Costa Rica features local technology to replace methyl bromide, which is used to fumigate the soil, and it is expected that for this year this substance will be completely eliminated.

With regard to the legal framework, the country has the regulation of control of substances that deplete the ozone layer (ODS) and other amendments to the Montreal Protocol.

All of these advances show the compromise of Costa Rica to defend the ozone layer since many years.

The commemoration took place in Pueblo Antiguo of the National Amusement Park in Costa Rica.