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British expat's artwork to be displayed in San José
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The work of a British expat is gracing the walls of the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural in San José.

Deidre Hyde has been a resident of Costa Rica for many years, according to the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. In 1979, a group of Britons traveled to Isla del Coco to create a book about the island and included in that group was a young graduate of the University of Reading: Ms. Hyde.

For six months, the cultural ministry said, Ms. Hyde learned about the tropical biodiversity of Costa Rica that later became a source of inspiration for her work in art and in conservation.

During the time Ms. Hyde arrived only a few hunting books had some of the few photographs to consult Costa Rican fauna. The ministry said that she collaborated with the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación to create what the government called some remarkable illustrations of the plants and animals of the country.

Her work has been included in brochures, books and posters including some that were used in celebration of the Día de los Parque Nacionales.

“In addition to the museum design of visitor centers in conservation areas such as Poás, Tortuguero, La Amistad, Manuel Antonio and the Universal Carara Trail, Hyde has made her mark in Brazil and countries in Central America and Europe,” a statement from the ministry said. 

“Working with organizations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the World Wide Fund for Nature and Conservation International. She also illustrated for National Geographic and publishers from the United States and England.”

Transitions
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Combining nature and man-made modernity using light.

On the nature of her exhibit, Ms. Hyde explains that “Transiciones,” the namesake for the exhibition, is a meditation on the changes effecting humanity. Light is the key in her artwork and is particularly significant when examining it, the ministry said.

"In the present, it shows that the artist does not abandon her innate passion for naturalistic painting, but now merges with urban environments where nature still emerges rebellious or submits to the abstraction of lines in buildings, stations and airports,” Ms. Hyde said.

“These 'Transiciones’ include climate change and how human intervention is felt in every environment in the world.”
 
The exhibit will be on display at the entrance to the cultural building, located on Avenida Central, in front of the Librería Lehmann Library, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday thru Friday until May 30.



Financial task force includes dubious members
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has identified that more than $63 million in cash has come through its border posts in the last five years. Of that number, only $1 million has been confiscated during that time period.

A.M. Costa Rica previously reported that the government rushed to pass a bill allowing it to join another international organization called the Financial Action Task Force, an international agency that enforces anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism cash flows among its affiliates.

Legislators had to call for an extraordinary session last Wednesday to approve the bill on second discussion. The deadline granted by the agency to comply with the approval of the law was also Wednesday. It probably also avoided what may have been a lackluster report by the task force on the state of financial regulation in the country.

The bill requires not only financial institutions to report suspicious financial activities but also freelance professionals such as accountants, realtors, lawyers and fund managers to report them as well. Casino operators are also included in the list however sports books were not.

This will keep the country from entering the organizations black list, which would have implied international financial sanctions and burdens for Costa Rica. Had Costa Rica not complied with the deadline and put in the list of non-cooperative countries, it would have complicated the country's capacity to sell bonds, make international investment or request international loans.

In the latest report done by the group back in October 2015 about the country, many of the marks scored were labeled moderate on a scale between low, moderate and substantial.

The only substantial score that the country received was in international cooperation. Particularly, from the report was a section called “Legal Structures and Persons” dealing mainly in property issues.

According to that report, Costa Rica scored a low ranking because “it is difficult for authorities to obtain beneficial ownership information, since such information is not always updated, due to lack of obligation to record the transfer of shares, or due to the refusal of representatives or notaries to submit any such information.”

The report also found a particularly glaring lack of a specific registry for trusts and legal structures where such contracts are created.

Moreover, the country scored low again on financial sanctions and preventive measures. The task force was adamant in mentioning that there were no regulations to prevent non-profits from misusing funds to finance terrorism. The findings of the full report can be found HERE.

Casa Presidencial announced the numbers in a bid at fighting the funding of international terrorism and money laundering operations.

According to the law, no person can exit or enter the country with more than $10,000 physically on their person. At the same time, land border control is a porous operation with many illegal immigrants as much as contraband slipping through the cracks.

A reporter noted that at the southern border of Paso Canoas, the security check back in to Costa Rica simply amounted to an opening of a bag and a wave to move on.

Neither customs nor security officials gave so much as a second glance as to the contents inside. It leaves an impression on some that it is fairly easy to smuggle things in and out at times.

The country is one of many Latin American countries that are part of this task force.

Members within the Latin American Task Force, however, are ones coming under recent fire for their own money laundering problems and financial irregularities. These include Venezuela with sanctions enacted by the U.S. and other nations for their vice president’s alleged involvement with narco-trafficking.

There is México that counts itself as a member despite lurid and glaring allegations that government officials at all levels are involved in perpetuating a system of narco-violence and cartel activity.

Brazil also is facing no shortage of revelations going to the very top that include presidents and other high-ranking members of their legislature immersed in corruption scandals.

When visiting the task force website, an interactive map displays countries deemed by the group to be non-cooperative or high-risk in terms of money laundering and financing international terrorism. At this point, the group with such labels marked no country in the Western Hemisphere.

Some expats would agree that other choices seem glaringly obvious: North Korea, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen among others.


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The government extended an olive branch to some of the indigenous tribes dwelling in Costa Rica following a recent spar between the two parties.

Casa Presidencial was calling Saturday and Sunday’s forum of representatives from 24 indigenous territories a triumph of dialogue and a historical outreach event. The Encuentro Nacional de Consulta a Pueblos Indígenas agreed on what the presidency vaguely described as substantive issues. Over 92 delegates were in attendance, the government said.

The meeting was intended at fixing the dispute of requiring analysis of projects, executive actions, or legislative bills affecting native communities and how those should be negotiated.

The protocol is a requirement established in Convenio 169, an agreement that Costa Rica signed with the International Labor Organization seeking to protect the rights to land, cultural identity and self-determination of native peoples.

The Defensoría de los Habitantes and the United Nations functioned as observers during the confines of the meeting, according to Casa Presidencial.

"This Friday we reached something historic for the government of Costa Rica: to achieve a space of dialogue among the 24 indigenous territories that put their differences on the table, not as an impediment to advance their conditions but as an element to build,” said Ana Gabriel Zúñiga Aponte, Vice Minister of Political Affairs and Citizen Dialogue.

Ms. Zúñiga came under some fierce criticism by some native tribesmen over what they perceived as an arrogant and inattentive attitude to the concerns of the indigenous groups in Costa Rica. “The day we met, the vice-minister didn't even greet us and talked to us in a very condescending way,” said Agustín Jackson, a Bribri native and member of the Comisión Nacional de Asuntos Índigenas.

“We have attended meetings in our territories where people from Casa Presidencial arrive with the police and it's up to them to say who stays in the meeting and who doesn't. Also, some of the people attending struggle with Spanish and no one cares to find a translator,” added Jackson.

Ms. Zúñiga was not able to comment to A.M. Costa Rica at the time of these developments. According to a government statement, the meeting also was translated into native Bribri, Cabécar and Ngäbere. Included during the meeting was a guarantee of access to fundamental documents in those languages as a means of protecting tribal rights.

That includes the Convenio previously mentioned as well as the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The translated documents were officially presented during the meeting.

Some of the delegations included people from: Térraba, Maleku, Kéköldi, Quitirrisí, Matambú, Abrojos Montezuma, Coto Brus, Conte Burica, Ujarrás, Salitre, Cabagra, Tayní, Telire, Talamanca Cabécar, Talamanca Bribri, Zapata, Nairi-Awari, Osa, Bajo Chirripó, Alto Chirripó, Curré, Boruca, China Kichá and Altos de San Antonio.

The majority of the Costa Rican native tribe groups live on or near the southern border with Panamá.




Illegal dumping
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The ditch where the garbage was disposed of.

Two suspects caught illegally dumping

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two men were arrested Thursday on suspicion of illegally dumping garbage on a piece of property in Uruca.

Members of the División Ambiental of the Judicial Investigating Organization caught the pair transporting and dumping hazardous waste in a ditch. The investigation began following a complaint by the manager of the land alleging that garbage as well as fecal matter was being dumped on the property, agents said. The manager said that both could easily wind up in a nearby river.

The suspects were arrested on the charges of violating the Ley de Residuos Peligrosos, or the dangerous waste act. Both were placed into the custody of the prosecutor’s office, according to a report.


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Why are some records now private?

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
 
Eight years ago we were able to buy an autopsy report from the San Joaquín de Flores morgue for 12,500 colons, to cover the cost of copying a public record. For some reason, someone changed this rule and said we had to go to the district attorney where the person died to get permission for a copy.

As a result, we had to send an attorney to the district attorney to make an official request and then we would wait for them to approve the request and, if successful, the San Joaquín morgue would forward an electronic copy to their office where we would pick it up. But they would not always approve this request.
 
I want to know: where is the rule, reglamento or decision that changed this rule?  Is there a legal justification to take what was formerly a public record and essentially make it a private record? What is their reason for doing this? Did someone take an autopsy and misuse the information?    

I recently filed a complaint with the  Defensoría de Los Habitantes.  And do you know why? Because we are working for life insurance companies that are trying to pay out the life insurance policy to the beneficiaries of the decedents, those who died in Costa Rica sometimes due to the dangerous situation here that is not adequately explained to foreigners, sometimes accidents on the highways or drowning in the ocean.  

This routine report allows us to pay the beneficiaries (frequently the surviving spouse and their children) what is due to them so they can continue on with their lives.
 
The presidency of Mr. Solís prides itself on transparency and cooperation internationally. So where is this transparency and cooperation when I have tell these people suffering this horrible loss that they have to wait because of some government bureaucrat in Costa Rica? The only people being hurt by this arbitrary rule are the families of those who unfortunately visited the country.


Seth Derish*
San José

 
Editor's noteMr. Derish is an international private investigator with offices in San José, Costa Rica and San Francisco, California. He has been operating in Costa Rica for 18 years and is a champion for transparency in government.


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Jerry Ruhlow, well-known Costa Rica outdoors writer, dies at 85
By Dan Wise*
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Jerry Gus Ruhlow, a well-known expat, passed away quietly at his home in Santa Ana on Saturday afternoon after sustaining a long illness.

Jerry, a former sportswriter for the L.A. Times, came to Costa Rica on a trip to do a story on Archie Fields’ Rio Colorado Lodge and undiscovered bill fishing on the west coast of Costa Rica back in the early 1970s.

Jerry fell in love with the mangoes, the amazing fishing, the warm climate and the cold beer and returned to California eventually moving his whole family here in Costa Rica.

He wrote all of the English publicity used by the Costa Rica tourism institute (ICT) and his internationally published articles in many major fishing magazines were responsible for the publicity that got local charter businesses world publicity and off the ground in a big way.

Jerry for a number of years wrote “Free Spooling,” which was a weekly fishing report in the Tico Times, the local English-speaking newspaper. Eventually, with more and more articles published, a charter industry in its infancy was further assisted to become a multi-million dollar enterprise. For a short period, Jerry was editor of Costa Rica Today, a monthly tourist paper.

In 1994, Jerry launched Costa Rica Outdoors magazine and one of the very first online fishing and vacation planning businesses, which he successfully ran from his home in Santana.  He booked all major hotels and did family vacation planning with a personal touch for years often inviting tourists to the house for a beer on their arrival.
When Jerry’s health began to fail, that business was sold with all employees intact and opened up as the Hotel Corobici.

That hotel is now known as the Crowne Plaza Corobici where to this day it remains in the trip planning and fishing marketing business.


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Jerry Ruhlow.
One of Jerry’s sons, Rick Ruhlow, runs a charter boat for billfish on the Pacific. 

Jerry’s daughter, Jeryln, became lodge manager for a number of years at Archie Field’s Rio Colorado Lodge tarpon fishing resort on the Costa Rican east coast.

Jerry was one of the last living gringos who came down here and got the tourist fishing industry off the ground. 

The annual “Jerry Ruhlow Can’t Catch S….” Rainbow bass tournament at Lake Arenal was a must-fish for many locals and expats alike. 

Jerry was an avid writer, fisherman, grandfather and true friend of Costa Rica. He will never be forgotten for his smile, positive attitude, and hard work for all of us in the tourism business.

*Editor's Note: Dan Wise is a resident of Barra del Colorado in the far northeastern corner of Costa Rica. He was a longtime friend and business associate of Ruhlow.



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Amputees and inmates meet on the soccer field to share message
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Another soccer match in Costa Rica is a common sight found on fields, playgrounds and stadiums. This particular series, however, was slightly different. This was a match between prison inmates and amputees.

Friday’s match was between the inmates at the Centro de Atención Institucional Limón and the members of the Asociación Deportiva de Fútbol para Amputados.

The minister of Justicia y Paz, Cecilia Sánchez, praised the activity as a potential motivation for the inmates to move forward no matter any limitation.

Among the amputees sharing their story was the goalkeeper, Glen Pérez, who said his arm was amputated following an accident with a machine at a butch shop where he worked.

According to the justice ministry, Pérez said that he was also an alcoholic at the time.

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The activity allowed both sides to level with each other, according to the ministry, and was apparently well-received. Since the match was a friendly one, there was no score recorded to see who won.


Parties show increased organization and concern among officials
By Rommel Téllez of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The organization of private parties targeting high school students, where alcohol and other drugs are available, is so fine-tuned and planned out that it worries some government officials who consider it a priority to investigate and stop.

Last May 5, officers from the regional antidrug program of the Fuerza Pública prevented one of those parties to take place on a private property in Turrialba, according to Guillermo Araya, director of the Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas.

"We were advised by an anonymous informant about the event, so we went to the place and talked directly to the owner of the property," Araya said.

"We explained to him the dangers of a party where beer and marihuana were likely to be sold to minors, then we explained him that he could share judicial responsibility.”

The party was supposed to start at 6 p.m. that Friday and end at midnight. The beers were supposed to cost about $2 and the entrance fee was $4.

These events, called Bailes Intercolegiales, are usually advertised on social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, but also by word of mouth and print brochures.

Sometimes organizers rent buses to take minors to faraway places and then return them back at a pre-established location, Araya explained. He also said that three parties of this sort have been investigated in 2017.

Data from the institute shows that, during 2015, police tracked down 15 parties similar to the one just mentioned. In 10 of those, police officers cracked down and stopped them, while in the other five they stopped them before happening.

To improve this figure, the Instituto, the Ministerio de Educación Pública, the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia and the Instituto de Alcoholismo y Farmacodependencia have created a joint strategy to prevent, detect and cancel these activities.

Even the police intelligence unit has assigned specialized officers to monitor social networks and keep track of these organizers, said Juan José Andrade, director of the police force.

Most of these events take place in September and November, and police have seen them in Montes de Oca, Cartago, Turrialba, Atenas and San José, according to Andrade.

“It is important to emphasize that these events are not organized by the students, behind them there are adults seeking a way to make easy money.” Andrade said.

"These minors are exposed to weapons, sexual assault, drug consumption and other dangers," he said.

"In some of those parties they carry colored bracelets indicating what they are looking for in terms of sex and drugs."

According to the Costa Rica law, those involved in the sale of alcohol and drugs to minors could face up to 30 years jail time, under charges of corruption of minors among others.


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At least 100,000 groups
affected by cyber attack


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Europe's police agency Europol says a global cyber-attack has affected at least 100,000 organizations in 150 countries, with data networks infected by malware that locks computer files unless a ransom is paid.

"I'm worried about how the numbers will continue to grow when people go to work and turn on their machines on Monday," Europol director Rob Wainwright told Britain's ITV television.

So far there has been no progress reported in efforts to determine who launched the plot.

Computer security experts have assured individual computer users who have kept their PC operating systems updated that they are relatively safe.

They advised those whose networks have been effectively shut down by the ransomware attack not to make the payment demanded, which is the equivalent of $300, paid in the digital currency bitcoin to be delivered to a likely untraceable destination that consists merely of a lengthy string of letters and numbers.

However, the authors of the "WannaCry" ransomware attack told their victims the amount they must pay would double if they did not comply within three days of the original infection. That is by today in most cases. And the hackers warned that they would delete all files on infected systems if no payment was received within seven days.

Avast, an international security software firm that claims it has 400 million users worldwide, said the ransomware attacks rose rapidly Saturday to a peak of 57,000 detected intrusions. Avast, which was founded in 1988 by two Czech researchers, said the largest number of attacks appeared to be aimed at Russia, Ukraine and Taiwan, but that major institutions in many other countries were affected.

Computer security experts said the current attack could have been much worse but for the quick action of a young researcher in Britain who discovered a vulnerability in the ransomware itself, known as WanaCryptor 2.0.

The researcher, identified only as "MalwareTech," found a kill switch within the ransomware as he studied its structure.

The kill function halted WanaCryptor's ability to copy itself rapidly to all terminals in an infected system, hastening its crippling effect on a large network, once it was in contact with a secret internet address, or URL, consisting of a lengthy alphanumeric string.

The kill function had not been activated by whoever unleashed the ransomware, and the researcher found that the secret URL had not been registered to anyone by international internet administrators.

He immediately claimed the URL for himself, spending about $11 to secure his access, and that greatly slowed the pace of infections in Britain.

Experts cautioned, however, that the criminals who pushed the ransomware to the world might be able to disable the kill switch in future versions of their malware.

WanaCryptor 2.0 is only part of the problem. It spread to so many computers so rapidly by using an exploit — software capable of burrowing unseen into Windows computer operating systems.

The exploit, known as EternalBlue or MS17-010, took advantage of vulnerability in the Microsoft software that reportedly had been discovered and developed by the U.S. National Security Agency, which used it for surveillance activities.

NSA does not discuss its capabilities, and some computer experts say unknown parties using the name Equation Group, which may also be linked to the NSA, developed the MS17-010 exploit. Whatever its source, it was published on the internet last month by a hacker group called ShadowBrokers.

Microsoft distributed a fix for the software vulnerability two months ago, but not all computer users and networks worldwide had yet made that update and thus were highly vulnerable. And many computer networks, particularly those in less developed parts of the world, still use an older version of Microsoft software, Windows XP, which the company no longer updates.

The Finnish computer security firm F-Secure called the problem spreading around the world the biggest ransomware outbreak in history. The firm said it had warned about the exponential growth of ransomware, or crimeware, as well as the dangers of sophisticated surveillance tools used by governments.

With WanaCryptor and MS17-010 both unleashed into the wild, F-Secure said the current problem seems to have combined and magnified the worst of the dangers those programs represent.

The security firm Kaspersky Lab, based in Russia, noted that Microsoft had repaired the software problem that allows backdoor entry into its operating systems weeks before hackers published the exploit linked to the NSA, but also said: "Unfortunately it appears that many users have not yet installed the patch."

Britain's National Health Services first sounded the ransomware alarm Friday.

The government held an emergency meeting Saturday of its crisis response committee, known as COBRA, to assess the damage. Late in the day, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the health services was again working as normal, with 97 percent of the system's components now fully restored.

Spanish firm Telefonica, French automaker Renault, U.S.-based delivery service FedEx and the German railway Deutsche Bahn were among those affected.

None of the firms targeted indicated whether they had paid or would pay the hackers ransom.


Maduro fires health minister
after reports show bad data


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro fired his health minister after ministry data published this week showed the country's medical crisis significantly worsening.

The government said it was replacing Antonieta Caporale, a gynecologist who held the post of health minister for four months, with pharmacist Luis Lopez.

In announcing the move late Thursday, Vice President Tareck El Aissami did not provide a reason for the change.

The news comes as elderly protesters, angry over medicine shortages, joined in Friday with demonstrators demanding the president step down. Venezuela is in the fourth year of a recession caused by a collapse in crucial oil exports that has led to widespread shortages of basic goods, including food and medicine.

The Health Ministry released data this week that showed cases of infant mortality rose 30 percent, maternal mortality increased 65 percent and malaria cases jumped 76 percent last year. The ministry also said there was an increase in cases of diphtheria and zika.

The report was the first release of health ministry figures in nearly two years, part of a wider government data blackout.

Maduro is resisting pressure to hold early elections, calling the economic crisis a U.S.-backed conspiracy. Opponents of Maduro blame his socialist policies for the crisis. A month and a half of sometimes-violent protests has led to the deaths of 38 people.

In the latest demonstrations Friday, thousands of pensioners marched in the capital, Caracas, calling their protest the March of Grandparents.

Riot police with helmets and shields used pepper spray several times to control the crowd, while the elderly threw punches and yelled curses.

Chanting "Freedom!" and "Down with Maduro!," the elderly protesters made it onto a highway but were blocked from their intended destination, the state ombudsman's office, by police with armored vehicles. A representative of the office listened briefly to their grievances on the street instead.

The crowd, including plenty of octogenarians plus a nun and one white-haired man dressed as Santa, sang Venezuela's national anthem in front of the security cordon. Opposition leaders joined them, hugging and linking arms with the pensioners.

Since launching protests against Maduro in early April, Venezuela's opposition has sought to vary tactics by staging silent and candlelit marches, for instance, and rallies for women, musicians and medics.

Each time, the ruling Socialist Party has tried to match them. On Friday, other elderly Venezuelans, dressed in red to support the government, marched to the presidential palace.


Nabarro wants the job
of WHO director-general


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Dr. David Nabarro says he wants to rid the world of two diseases that are close to being eradicated: polio and guinea worm. Polio exists mainly on the Pakistani-Afghan border and in northern Nigeria. Both are conflict zones, where vaccine workers risk their lives to immunize children.

“The last part of eradicating any disease is always the hardest part,” Nabarro said. “If you don’t do it, you lose everything. To do it, you’ve got to really bring all the energy and commitment you can to bear.”

The World Health Organization has worked to eliminate polio for more than 30 years. Nigeria was to be declared polio-free this year, meaning the country had no cases for three continuous years, but then the disease returned.

Nabarro also wants to rid the world of Guinea worm, a disease that starts when people drink water that has fleas infected with guinea worm larvae. The larvae grow in human intestines. And while it is not life-threatening, it is painful when the worm emerges.

In 1986, about 3.5 million people had Guinea worm disease. Last year, 25 people had it. This was the result of efforts by United Nations agencies and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Nabarro wants to make more inroads in ending malaria, a disease that threatens nearly half the world’s population. Even through malaria can be prevented and cured, the WHO says it caused nearly half a million deaths in 2015.

During the Ebola epidemic, Nabarro visited the West African countries ravaged by the disease as the U.N. special envoy on Ebola. It took the world a long time to put together an effective response to the epidemic, and before it was over more than 11,000 people died.

The WHO was heavily criticized for the way it handled the pandemic. Nabarro wants to make sure a tragedy of this magnitude does not happen again because of a lack of preparedness.

Nabarro has spent his life working in public health. He worked in Iraq with Save the Children in 1974. He continued to work in public health positions until he joined the World Health Organization in 1999 and has worked at the WHO and for the U.N. since then. Nabarro has worked on malaria programs.

Now, he hopes to be elected director-general of the World Health Organization when the World Health Assembly meets in Geneva May 23.

This is the first time candidates will be elected to become director-general of WHO by member nations.


Security Council to hold
an emergency meeting


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United Nations Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting Tuesday on North Korea's latest missile test.

The United States, Japan and South Korea requested the emergency discussions after Pyongyang launched a missile Sunday in an unusual high altitude ballistic path that indicated it might be a new two-stage liquid fueled rocket capable of flying up to 4,500 kilometers.

Early Monday, North Korea said it successfully conducted a newly developed mid-to-long range missile test, supervised by leader Kim Jong Un and aimed at verifying the capability to carry a large scale heavy nuclear warhead. The official news agency KCNA said the missile was launched at the highest angle so as not to affect the security of neighboring countries and flew 787 kilometers, reaching an altitude of 2,111 kilometers.

KCNA quoted Kim as accusing the United States of browbeating countries that have no nuclear weapons and warning Washington not to misjudge the reality that its mainland is in the North's sighting range for strike.

The test, according to a White House statement, should serve as a call for all nations to implement far stronger sanctions against North Korea.

Later, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said it was time for many nations to send a strong, unified message that this is unacceptable. She said the U.S. would continue to tighten the screws against North Korea.

U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier this month he would be honored to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un under the right circumstances, but Ms. Haley said that having a missile test is not the way to sit down with the president.

Japan and South Korea also quickly condemned North Korea's action as a grave threat to the region and a violation of U.N. resolutions about North Korea's arms programs.

Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, ordered his government to prepare for all possible contingencies, according to his office.

“The launch of such ballistic missiles is a serious threat to our country. The defense ministry and the self-defense forces are continuing to work closely with the United States and South Korea to collect and analyze the information,” Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada told reporters in Tokyo.

She explained it was possibly a new type of missile that was fired in a high-angle orbit, reaching an altitude of more than 2,000 kilometers and flying for 30 minutes, before coming down in the Sea of Japan after a total flight of about 700 kilometers.

China called for restraint to avoid increasing tensions in the region while the foreign ministry expressed opposition to Pyongyang’s violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions. Beijing is North Korea’s only major ally and Pyongyang’s key trading partner.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is in Beijing for an international summit, expressed concern about the missile test and the escalation of tensions, according to a Kremlin spokesman.

The splash-down point was about 400 kilometers from the east coast of North Korea, according to the Japanese government.

Guam, an American territory with two large U.S. military bases, is 3,400 kilometers from North Korea and until now had been considered beyond the range of the most powerful rocket North Korea is known to have developed, the Musudan, with a range of about 3,000 kilometers.

With this test, North Korea may have leapfrogged its troubled Musudan series of missiles.

The U.S. Pacific Command, based in Hawaii, confirmed the rocket launch but said the unidentified projectile did not appear to be large enough to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, a weapon that North Korea says it is developing.

National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster briefed Trump about the North Korean launch on the telephone, a White House official said.

Just one day earlier, a senior North Korean diplomat had said Pyongyang would be willing to talk with the United States about the two countries’ disputes, under the right conditions.

Choe Son Hui, the North Korean foreign ministry’s director general for U.S. affairs, raised the issue of talks when she spoke with reporters in Beijing while returning home from a trip to Norway.

Some analysts dismissed Choe’s comment as a long-stated position of Pyongyang, along with its constant belligerent rhetoric toward Washington and Seoul.


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San Ramon home
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed,  Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: mmpeace@hotmail.com  (please link that email)
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Santiago de Puriscal
A little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal,
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16 acres (approximately).  Price: $425,000 USD

We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 km.) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos. We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. Have surveyed plans for possible subdividing.

For more information:  In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 970-581-4826 or email toddscolorado@gmail.com. In Costa Rica call Liz Guegan at 506-7187-8577.
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Plantation Acres
PLANTATION ACRES
This exiting new project offers spectacular home sites with breathtaking ocean and forest views stated on 100 acres of tropical forest.

* On-site Welcome Center
* Located between Punta Leona and Playa Agujas
* At just an hour from San José, the capital city.
* 5 minutes from Los Sueños Marina and 18 Hole Ted Robinson Golf Course
* 10 minutes from Jacó Beach, Costa Rica’s lives beach town

Contact:
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Phone: (506) 8945-5820 / (506) 2643-3356
Email: johnny@c21jaco.com
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Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
REDUCED $40K - $355,000
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This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
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       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
       * Custom designed kitchen w/granite countertops
       * Frigidaire Professional appliance package
       * State-of-the-art solar hot water
       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
       * House & perimeter security alarm system
       * 2-car closed garage w/large paved driveway
 
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Community Web Site: http://www.altigua.com
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Costa Rica # 506-8985-6705 or from the States call # 561-740-0651 or email gary_one@msn.com
9173-9/1/17

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COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
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* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

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Etlinger Farm
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At only an hour's drive from San José, minutes from Guápiles, and boardering Braulio Carrillo National Park, Etlingera Farms is one heck of an amazing farm. We purchased this 77-acre farm 10 years ago after many trips, and an exhaustive search. It has a little bit of everything we were looking for and a whole lot of beauty. Our average elevation of 600 meters helps to keep Bella Vista cool year round. This farm is nearly level with a semi-modern 2-bedroom house. A fairly rustic 2-bedroom caretaker's home. And, a comfortable, 1-bedroom cabin where we stay. We have 2 large barns, a chicken coop, and a 3-stall pig pen. There are two tilapia ponds and 2 hectarias, (approximately 5 acres) of different species of bananas. The property boarders Rio Blanco in the rear and has 300 meters of public road frontage. Water, electricity, and telephone are all serviced by public utility. Etlingera Farms was reforested with several thousand wood trees of different tropical varieties. We truly believe this farm is spectacular. Our neighbors are selling for as much as $20 per meter. We are negotiable, motivated and open to offers. Our location can be found by searching Etlingera Farms on Google Maps. Our webpage is www.etlingerafarms.com and photo album can be found at www.ticorico.com
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Spectacular Horse Ranch and Spiritual/Yoga
Retreat Center For Sale

We invite you to a horseback tour of 187 acres of pristine farm land with breathtaking vistas, including the islands of the Gulf of Nicoya. There are multiple springs and streams, wooded areas, hard-wood and fruit trees, rolling hills with a geat variety of birds and wildlife. This property boasts the privilege of being bordered by thousands of acres of forest preserve down a steep canyon, offering its own spectacular views, which will never be developed. The many hills provide a builder an endless array of possibilities for nestling buildings in where they will have both views and privacy. The elevation of the property at 1,200 to1600 feet above sea level ensures fresh breezes and ideal year-round temperatures with a day-time average in the low 80's for open-air living. There is a ranch-style house with guest house with 8 total bedrooms, 5 modern baths, huge eat-in kitchen, landmark palm-thatched giant rancho, stable, and storage buildings. The home will come partially furnished, including beds, ample dishware for large groups, housewares, linens, washer/dryer, and fine hard-wood hand-built cabinetry. The remaining horses, 4 to 6 of them, will also convey if one wishes. We are also including a LARGE BEACH LOT in nearby Playa Bejuco. San Rafael de Nandayure is a tiny rural village nestled into the mountainside above Carmona with all the charms of the simple good life of a BLUE ZONE. Carmona is a thriving town with a clinic, restaurfants, shopping, and everything else one may need. The price of our listing Rancho Ricco is $799,000. More information
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9183-6/13/17

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New Construction, and Ocean View 
Brand new home with 4-plus bedrooms and 3 baths all overlooking an incredible 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and mountains. Located only 45 minutes from the San Jose airport and about the same to the Pacific Ocean.  The lower level could be used as a separate apartment or mother-in-law setup. Home includes HUGE master  suite, CLOSETS, custom cabinets, granite counter tops, high wood ceilings, and all in an area that is 70-80 degrees year round. Priced at $199,000. Completion date is January.  See the Virtual Tour CLICK HERE or see our site here  www.whynotcostarica.com. If you would like to take a look at this amazing house, please give me a call at  Costa Rica # 506-8755-6743 or if from the States call # 509-570-1928 or email tim@whynotcostarica.com 
9143-2/3/17

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 5 -story penthouse for sale.  One of a kind penthouse on top of the Corobici Hotel in Sabana overlooking the Central Park and new Soccer Stadium in San José.  Excellent location provides you easy access to everywhere.  Other benefits include 24-hour security, 2 restaurants inside the hotel providing 1st class room service plus shared common areas in the hotel. Commercial license is in place. Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $795K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,400 per month on an annual basis. Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  Owners U.S. cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com
9132-6/1/17

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Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

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Tamarindo
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Cacti are fussy plants but offer plethora of gardening options

It never ceases to amaze me that in our wonderfully, well-watered area of Costa Rica that I sometimes need to remember to address readers on the Guanacaste coast who struggle to keep things alive while I struggle to keep mine from drowning.

Victoria Torley
You see, Metric Man loves cacti.

 Sigh. Cacti are fussy plants.
 They like dry sunny weather
 and they hate wet feet.
That
 means that anywhere I put them,
 the dirt has to be dug out and
 that tiny red gravel has to be
 brought in and mixed well with
 just enough soil. I can never
 figure out what “just enough” is.

Then it has to be mounded or bermed for just the right drainage. Down on the Guanacaste coast, you don’t have those worries. If you want cactus and succulents, you just plant away. But what are you going to plant? I am so glad you asked.

Naturally, you will want a nice tall plant at the back of the garden, so I would head for the Nopalea cochinelllifera, which can reach up to 4 meters. You can trim it back or take cuttings to start and give to friends. Cacti are very easy to propagate.  The Nopalea is a branching tree-like cactus with red flowers that are followed by edible fruit.

In front of the tall Nopalea you can plant another great Costa Rica cactus, the Nopalea guatemalensis, which also flowers but in a lovely yellow. This is a lower cactus, about 1.5 meters, and has a trailing or sprawling habit that makes it a good cover on bare spots.

The Crown of Thorns is spectacular in any cactus garden and, like most cacti, takes little maintenance. The plant reaches about a meter in height. Although flowers were originally red, new varieties have been produced in other colors, including pink and yellow. Watch out for those thorns! Crown has some of the worst thorns I have ever seen or been punctured by.

Now that the back layers of garden are covered, you are free to choose among a multitude for the low areas of the garden. Sedum, for example, are vigorous low growing succulents that flower beautifully. With over 500 species to choose from, you are sure to find some perfect for your climate (zone 11). Plant in partial sun and watch those repeating blooms.

Then there is Portulaca or moss rose, a perfect creeping plant for the very edge of the garden. Beautiful repeat color, plump leaves, and easy to grow, Portulaca is a boon for your garden.

As for me, I will struggle along with too much water.


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Well, it has to be a cactus, so here is one of mine. Until it flowers, I won’t know exactly what it is, but it sure has spines. If the garden around it looks a little weedy, it’s because cactus are Metric Man’s specialty. I refuse to weed around spiny things unless they have black raspberries on them.


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68,000 new jobs created in opening of 2017


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A total of 68,000 more jobs were created in the first three months of 2017 in comparison to the first three months of 2016, according to a research conducted by the Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos.

According to the government agency, this is the highest increase on a first quarter in three years. The areas of health and education show the highest increase in employment, with 36,000 new hires. This is followed by the transportation and the logistics sector, which recruited about 18,000 people, the study said. Other increases took place in sales, agriculture, construction and manufacturing.

As of March 31, the total employed workforce in the country includes over 2.06 million people with 1.5 million living in the greater metropolitan area of San José. Meanwhile, 528,000 live in rural areas, the research said.

From that total, 885,800 fit into the underemployment category. This is a category used to describe those not working a 40 hours a week, working seasonal jobs or working fulltime but missing at least one labor right such as a minimum wage, social security, and an eight-hour working schedule among others.

However, data shows that underemployment has hit the lowest rate since the Instituto started to measure it back in 2010. It has decreased 6.8 percent when compared to the first quarter of 2016.

From a gender perspective, the report shows better employment for male workers in the professional and technical field at 24,000, while female workers are getting more jobs in manufacturing at 17,000 more.

In terms of unemployment, the percentage reaches 9.1 percent for the first three months. That means 207,000 people are listed as without an occupation. 111,000 are male and 96,000 females.

The vast majority of unemployed workers also reside in the Gran Área Metropolitana at 153,000. That figure decreases to 54,000 in rural areas.

When it comes to employment type, the research shows that 1.57 million people are salaried workers, about 76 percent of the total employed workforce.

Independent workers account for 449,000 people. That is 35,000 more than the same period in 2016. The study notes that most independent workers are defined as urban males.

Costa Rica has 2.27 million people in capacity of working, according to the Instituto.