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First there was Kivú, and now nine Bengal tigers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats in Guanacaste may soon have nine Bengal tigers as neighbors.

La Ponderosa Adventure Park is reported ready to host the nine big cats now at a Mexican circus. But conservation officials appear ready to fight the idea.

The 10-year-old adventure park has a lot of African animals, including zebra, giraffes and ostriches. Some of the Spanish-language news outlets reported Tuesday that the circus, Circo Hermanos Suárez, was about to donate the cats to the Guanacaste facility.

In response, the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía quickly said that the law forbids public exhibition of former circus animals.

Government officials have just finished a long dispute over Kivú, the African lion, who was a

guest at the Parque Bolívar zoo for years. Officials put enough pressure on the zoo that the management there allowed the former circus lion to be moved to larger quarters
elsewhere. Then the lion died conveniently, ending the dispute.

The adventure park may be a different story because many of the animals roam free, something that Kivú was not allowed to do.

The ministry said Tuesday that it had not yet received a request to import the tigers.

Technically, the law prohibits the display of former circus animals if they are to be exhibited as part of a circus or temporary expositions, so there might be a loophole in the law for the adventure park.

Still, there might be some concern over the presence of apex predators by neighbors of the facility south of Liberia.


Judge bars only a reporter from court session on land
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A judge barred a reporter from a court session Tuesday that was held on disputed property near Los Sueños close to Playa Herredura.

The judge, Yeison Darío Rodríguez Fernández, permitted other persons not directly related to the case to attend. He took the action at the request of the lawyer of Armando González, one of the parties involved with the legal dispute.

The judge could not be contacted in the early afternoon at his office in Puntarenas. An individual at the Corte Agrario de Puntarenas said the judge would not be available for contact until today.

González, a prominent businessman, and those with him objected to the presence of a reporter and, prior to the meeting’s start, his lawyer moved to change the nature of the hearing from a full-blown trial to what was called a land observation. González was currently represented in this session by lawyer Álvaro Meza.

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Cabezas, a consulate specialist attached to the U.S. Embassy. Mrs. Cabezas was allowed to attend the proceeding as an observer. She has been following the case because Sheldon Haseltine is a U.S. citizen in addition to being the head of a corporation on the other side of the dispute. Haseltine is represented by attorney Horacio Mejias Portuguez.

The hearing is another chapter in the much publicized, 17-year-old property conflict in Puntarenas. The opposing parties claim ownership of almost eight hectares of land. Some of the area is currently occupied by shanty homes and a few persons dwelling on the property.


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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Occasionally I read articles about the lack of traffic police in this country.  The answer to the problem is to employ more which seems to be the the solution to everything here. 

While additional officers would probably work in some areas, the real problem is obviously the lack of control and management of the present force.  I regularly see three officers riding around San Ramón in an air conditioned car with the windows up all day long.  They stop for breakfast, coffee, lunch, coffee and sometimes even their dinner before going home.  It is generally the same for the large yellow tow truck driving around town all day with three officers inside. 

They seem to be oblivious to the motorcycles running the red lights and stop signs, the incredible amount of noise they create or the cars who do basically the same offenses.  It is the same on the major highways where all of us see the
traffic police pulled well off of the roadway talking on their cell phone or just sitting there watching life go by sometimes for hours.

On Sunday I got behind what appeared to be a traffic motorcycle carrying a female passenger near Cambronero, and I was behind him as he entered Puntarenas.  The female had sort of a helmet on, but no reflective vest, and this officer passed over double yellow lines and where the entire lane was marked out in yellow several
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Is being a taxico rather than a trafico utilizing resources correctly?  We all observe the large trucks driving well into the opposite lanes of traffic and in the mountains where they are supposedly restricted during the morning and evening rush hour, but traffic police look the other way, and the trucks are never stopped for their violations.

These are just a few specific examples of how traffic police are not reacting to traffic problems so how will more of them doing the same thing help eliminate the incredible number of accidents in this country?  I asked my insurance agent recently why my annual rate had risen since my car was a year older and his response was the high number of claims from so many accidents. 

I see the director of the traffic police in little news blips telling his tales of woe, but I would ask where is the management for your officers?  Who controls them when they are working and checks to see that they are actually doing something productive?  Now the situation is different inside San José where I have seen the officers working many times. But in other areas of this country it is obviously different, and they seem to show up and spend their days doing whatever they choose. If they are doing something constructive, they seem to find what we always called cherry patches to issue violations where there are no accident problems, but it is easy to issue tickets.

I guess you could say I am being somewhat critical of them, but there are times when this constant request for more of everything here being the solution is obviously not the answer.  If in this case the traffic police effectively utilize their resources for accident prevention and correct traffic control which should be their number one goal, they could do a great deal more with what they have.

It is time to begin controlling what this country has to work with to the maximum and stop trying to constantly add to any ministry or department when their performance is never maximized.  The goal of traffic enforcement is not only to issue tickets, but to correct bad driving and bad habits, and it is time to begin there.
Gary E. Zavadil
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Zavadil reports he has 32 years in law enforcement and has graduated from the Southern Police Institute.


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Some tourists are taking the hard route to have fun at Arenal
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Visitors to La Fortuna and the Arenal volcano have several options. Among them are:

1. Wallow in a hot pool or tub occasionally paddling up to a swim-in bar for a refill for one of those drinks with the little umbrellas;

2. Scurry, crawl and plow though unconsolidated volcanic ash to reach the cone of Arenal or the adjacent Chato volcano.

Amazingly, the administration of  Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal reports that some people are choosing option 2, so much

so that officials there issued a warning Tuesday.

Entry around both volcano cones is prohibited. To do so also requires quite a climb. Tourists are being encouraged by locals who act as guides.

The park administration promised to expel anyone in the prohibited zones and to seek judicial action.

There also is plenty of danger in addition to the possibility of a nasty fall. In 2000 a tourist, her child and a guide died when they were surrounded by hot, caustic volcano gas. The volcano has not been throwing out hot rocks since about 2010, but the mountain still is considered active.


Government agrees with truck drivers to limit foreign competition
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government said Tuesday it had reached an agreement with unhappy tractor-trailer drivers, and that efforts would be made to change laws.

The statement from Casa Presidencial said that a change would be sought in a customs agency rule to reduce the time foreign truckers can stay in the country from six months to three.

The government agreement is with the Sindicato de Traileros, which is associated with the Asociación Nacional de Empleados
Públicos y Privados. Truck drivers had blocked the Paso Canoas
land entry port and also parked vehicles on the Circunvalación in Zapote reducing the number of available traffic lanes.

The government also said it agreed to levy a 15 percent income tax on foreign tractor-trailer drivers.

The Costa Rican truckers wanted a tax of 20 percent.

The amount of time that the foreign truckers can stay in the country will be part of a decree issued this month, the government said. The new tax will be included as part of the tax bills that are in the legislature now, the government added in a statement.


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U.S. tourist dumped in Pacific

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A man identified as a U.S. tourist got in trouble Monday in the north Pacific, according to the Servicio Nacional de  Guardacostas.

The man, subsequently identified as David Lewis, 61, was dumped into the ocean when a wave overturned his small kayak.

The accident took place off  Punta Sabana in Playa Conchal, the coast guard said.

A patrol boat from the coast guard station in Flamingo was in the area and managed to pull the man from the water.

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U.S. President Donald Trump has told a joint session of the U.S. Congress that recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries reminded the U.S. that it is a country that stands united in condemning hate in all of its forms.

The president Tuesday night addressed lawmakers and invited guests at the Capitol, with Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan looking on behind him.

He said what the country is witnessing today is the renewal of the American spirit, in which "our allies will find that America is once again willing to lead."

President Trump said he listened to the pleas of the American people and began enforcing immigration laws, laws he said will raise wages, help the jobless, save billions of dollars and make the country safe for everyone.

Trump again promised to build a wall along the U.S.- Mexican border, calling it an effective weapon against drugs and crime.

And he said he is taking strong measures to protect the country against radical Islamic terrorism by increased vetting of would-be immigrants. He said the U.S. cannot become a beachhead of terrorism and a sanctuary for extremists.

Trump said he instructed the Pentagon to come up with a plan to defeat Islamic State, which he called a network of lawless savages who have slaughtered Muslim and Christian men, women and children.

He said that while the United States has spent trillions of dollars overseas, its infrastructure at home has crumbled.

He said America can only be made great again if it puts its own citizens first.

Domestically, Trump said, dying industries will come roaring back to life while heroic veterans will get the help they desperately need. New roads and bridges will replace crumbling infrastructure, he said.

The president also vowed to end the country's drug epidemic, giving hope and rebirth to inner cities and their youth.

Trump also promised to reform what he called an outdated immigration system.

He cited what he called a merit-based system used in some other countries that require people entering their borders to be able to financially support themselves.

The president repeated one his favorite themes: replace Obamacare, again calling it a disaster. He said a new system will expand choice and increase access to better health care at a lower cost.

He called for slashing restraints on governmental agencies like the Food and Drug Administration in a effort to speed up the process of bringing new drugs and treatments to the market.

He also called on Congress to pass a bill to pay for school choice for disadvantaged children, giving families the option of choosing schools other than government funded public schools.

Trump said he is making the safety of Americans a priority. He said he has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to create an office to serve American victims. The office is to aid Americans who become victims of violence by illegal immigrants. He did not specify how that office would help those harmed by such violence.

Trump's address to both the House and Senate was titled “Renewal of the American Spirit.” It comes at a critical time for this new president, who was elected on pledges to quickly shake up Washington, but whose first five weeks in office have left him saddled with historically low approval ratings. Just 44 percent of Americans approve of his job performance, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey.

This speech is technically not a State of the Union address, although newly sworn-in presidents often address a joint session of Congress in their first weeks in office. The Supreme Court justices and members of Trump's Cabinet were on hand for the televised event.

After the speech, Democrats had former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear give the official opposition party response. As governor he aggressively expanded access to health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans are vowing to repeal.


Intelligence selection agrees
Russia tried to influenced vote

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Donald Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. intelligence community cited Russia as a top threat, telling lawmakers Tuesday it is accepted fact that Moscow tried to influence November’s presidential election.

Former Indiana senator Dan Coats told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Russia seems to have stepped up their game in its campaign to influence the American elections. He promised to support a thorough investigation of the Kremlin's role in the U.S. vote.

“It is something that needs to be investigated and addressed,” the 73-year-old Coats, a Republican, said during his confirmation hearing.

“I think it is publicly known and acknowledged and accepted that Russia definitely did try to influence the campaign,” Coats said. “To what extent they were successful, I don’t think we know.”

Still, Coats called Russia’s newfound assertiveness a grave concern.

The stance would seem to put Coats at odds with Trump, who initially dismissed the intelligence community’s findings, both during the campaign and after the election.

A report issued before Trump's inauguration by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence concluded that Russian-backed operatives hacked into email servers belonging to the Democratic National Committee in order to undermine public faith in the U.S. democratic process.

But the Jan. 6 report also said Russia then went further as it aspired to help elect then-candidate Trump.

Since taking office, Trump has repeatedly praised Russian President Vladimir Putin, causing some lawmakers to worry the administration will decline to take a hard enough line with Moscow. Others have raised concerns about intelligence being politicized to support the president’s views.

“Our job is not to influence intelligence in any way for political reasons,” Coats assured lawmakers. “I will not tolerate anything that falls short of that standard,” he said.

Coats also promised that, if confirmed, he would make all relevant materials available for congressional investigations.

In his opening statement identifying other pressing threats to the United States, Coats included what he called radical Islamic terrorism.

“They’re spreading their message of fear and hate through cyberspace and mobilizing to venues beyond their self-declared caliphate,” he said in an apparent reference to the Islamic State terror group.

Coats also cited concerns about North Korea and China.

Lawmakers questioned Coats about his views on the interrogation of suspected terrorists. While in the Senate, he had been an opponent of legislation introduced in 2015 to ban so-called enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboarding, which many consider to be torture.

“I absolutely will follow the law,” Coats said.

The position of director of national intelligence was created following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon to improve communication and information sharing among the country's 16 intelligence agencies. Since then some lawmakers have voiced concern that the office has grown too large and cumbersome.

The Trump administration has also suggested the need to look at streamlining the processes. Coats said he was willing to consider reforms, but rejected the notion of bringing in anyone from outside the U.S. intelligence community to lead a review.


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Diversity lottery is threatened
by proposals in both houses

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

What could be more American: enter a lottery, win a chance at U.S. citizenship. Sure, the likelihood of getting the Diversity Immigrant Visa is slim, about 0.3 percent. But if you’re one of the 14 million applicants to win one of about 50,000 spots, you’re on your way to becoming an American.

As of early February, though, the diversity visa is once again facing an uncertain future. Republican sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia proposed a bill ending it, in addition to dramatically cutting the number of other legal immigrants and refugees allowed every year.

A similar bill in the House of Representatives narrows the scope, only proposing to end the diversity visa.

The 22-year-old visa lottery has been on the chopping block before in legislation sponsored by Republicans and Democrats as recently as last year. But it was rolled into broader bills that never became law.

Now with a Republican-controlled Congress and a president who has focused on immigration changes from his first week in office, the program is once again at risk with the Reforming American Immigration for Strong Employment Act.

In a statement announcing the bill, the senators claimed it will help raise American workers' wages. "We are taking action to fix some of the shortcomings in our legal immigration system," Perdue said. "Returning to our historically normal levels of legal immigration will help improve the quality of American jobs and wages."

While research has shown that correlation is tenuous, there are other anti-diversity visa arguments. For one, the program is susceptible to fraud, both by and against applicants, as the U.S. General Accountability Office found a decade ago. The State Department improved the application process to reduce the number of people who submit multiple applications in the same year, an automatic disqualification. It also warns against businesses charging aspiring immigrants to submit lottery applications on their behalf, since applying for the lottery is free.

For would-be Americans who don’t have family in the U.S., or an employer to sponsor them, or who aren’t refugees, the diversity visa is the only option. It’s a visa that evokes the American dream abroad. It requires a high school degree or a few years of work experience just to qualify. If the application is valid, the applicant’s number is chosen and he or she passes the other requirements for immigrants, money still is needed to get to the U.S. It's a small portion of immigration to the U.S. every year, but larger than other cornerstones of the program, like employment-based immigrant visas.

In Fiscal Year 2015, the U.S. issued 48,097 diversity visas out of 531,463 total immigrant visas.

“For the cynics, it's not everybody who you get on your shores. It's people who have access to that technology," said Carolien Hardenbol, a diversity visa recipient from the Netherlands.

She moved to the U.S. in the late 1990s from the Netherlands with her husband, new parents with advanced degrees and a sense of adventure. Uncertain they would be sponsored for permanent residency through work, they applied for the diversity lottery, and her husband won.

At its core, the diversity lottery was designed as the name suggests to diversify the immigrant stream to the U.S. from countries with lower immigration rates. A country that sends more than 50,000 immigrants to the U.S. in the previous five years will be excluded from the eligibility list. Natives of Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Haiti, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Philippines, Perú, South Korea, the United Kingdom (excepting Northern Ireland), and Vietnam were excluded from the most recent round of applications.

The visas succeed in that goal, says Hardenbol, because it “positions the United States in the center of ensuring diversity."

The Reforming American Immigration Act has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee for review.


Rubio wants to rename plaza
to honor opponent to Putin


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida has introduced legislation to rename the area in front of the Russian embassy in Washington Boris Nemtsov Plaza, after the Russian opposition leader who was murdered in Moscow two years ago.

Rubio's proposed bill says it would rename a broad stretch of Wisconsin Avenue, the main entrance to the large embassy complex in northwest Washington, to help raise awareness among the American people about the ongoing abuses in Russia under President Vladimir Putin.

"The creation of 'Boris Nemtsov Plaza' would permanently remind Putin's regime and the Russian people that these dissidents' voices live on, and that defenders of liberty will not be silenced," Rubio said in a statement.

"Whether it is looking at a street sign or thousands of pieces of correspondence addressed 1 Boris Nemtsov Plaza, it will be abundantly clear to the Kremlin that the intimidation and murder of opposition figures does not go unnoticed," Rubio added. "In honor of Nemtsov's memory and all Russians fighting for their democratic rights, I will continue working to ensure that those responsible for his murder are held accountable."

Rubio, a Republican who made an unsuccessful bid for his party's presidential nomination, issued his statement Monday.

Vladimir Kara-Murza, another prominent figure in the Russian opposition movement, also played a role in Rubio's initiative. In 2015, Kara-Murza was hospitalized after becoming critically ill, and he and others believe his illness was the result of poisoning. He was hospitalized again with the same symptoms this month, but has regained his health.

Kara-Murza thanked Rubio via Facebook this week for the initiative to rename the avenue in front of the embassy and the Russian compound's official address in Nemtsov's honor.

"This initiative has a precedent: In 1984, it was precisely such a Senate resolution that renamed the square in front of the then-U.S.S.R. Embassy in Washington Andrei Sakharov Plaza," Kara-Murza wrote.

Sakharov, perhaps the best-known dissident in the Soviet Union during the 1970s and '80s, was condemned to internal exile in Gorky, then a closed city, in December 1979. That triggered an international outburst that culminated in the boycott of the Moscow Olympics in 1980 by the United States and dozens of other nations, a low point in the Cold War between Russia and the West.

"Needless to say, the Soviet Foreign Ministry was furious" when the street outside its embassy was renamed in 1984. However, he noted, "the authorities of the new Russia put up a bust of Sakharov in the Embassy building." The former Soviet embassy, on 16th Street in northwest Washington, a 10-minute walk from the White House, became the Russian ambassador's when the much larger embassy complex was erected in its present commanding location, near a high point overlooking most of the U.S. capital.

Monday, U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Tefft visited the spot on Moscow's Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge where Nemtsov was shot to death Feb. 27, 2015, and laid a wreath in memory of the slain opposition leader.

"We call once more on the Russian government to ensure that those responsible for Boris Nemtsov's killing are brought to justice," Tefft said in a statement.

Gatherings in memory of Nemtsov were held Sunday in several U.S. cities, including Washington, New York and San Francisco.



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Potted pot turns up in two Escazú cases

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Fuerza Pública officers in Escazú found two separate cases of residents growing marijuana, and the discoveries Monday were by accident.

In one case in Bello Horizonte de San Antonio officers responded to a domestic violence complaint. When they arrived, the woman who made the complaint also told officers that there was a quantity of marijuana growing elsewhere in the dwelling, they said.

Police found 16 plants plus some harvested marijuana. They detained the 24-year-old man who was the object of the domestic violence complaint.

In a case in Carmen de San Antonio de Escazú, police officers showed up at a home to evict a tenant. The tenant was not there, but the owner of the dwelling was, officers said. The owner gave officers access, and they reported that they found 16 plants there.



Kansas cattle breeders to visit in April

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Kansas ranchers and genetics technicians are coming to Costa Rice to explore beefing up the livestock here.

The  Kansas Department of Agriculture is organizing what it calls a genetic trade mission to Costa Rica April 23 to 27 to increase opportunities for U.S. and Kansas cattle genetics operations.

The participants will be involved in a field day that will show calves produced from red angus and Charolais bulls crossed with local Costa Rican Brahman cows in an effort to demonstrate the advantages of cross-breeding in a tropical climate, the department said.

The Brahman has long been favored in the tropics due to its ability to withstand the weather. That breed was developed in the United States early in the 20th century by crossbreeding several types of cattle from India. It is known for its droopy ears.

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U.S. economic growth reported to have slowed

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Commerce Department reported Tuesday that the economy grew at a lackluster pace of 1.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016. While the figure was unchanged from the initial estimate last month, it represented a marked slowdown from the 3.5 percent growth reported in the third quarter.

Consumer spending was stronger than first thought, however, up half of a percentage point to 3 percent, even as state and local government spending declined slightly. Consumer spending is an important economic indicator because it's the biggest driver of the U.S. economy.

Overall gross domestic product growth was just 1.6 percent for all of 2016, the weakest in five years. Since the recession ended in 2009, annual growth has averaged 2.1 percent.

Gross domestic product, is the broadest measure of a country's economic health and represents the total value of all goods and services produced over a period of time.

During the presidential election campaign, then-candidate Donald Trump promised to double economic growth to 4 percent through a program of tax cuts, infrastructure spending and reduction in regulations. Many economists say that may be overly optimistic, given the aging of the U.S. population and declining productivity.