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Much ado about Marjanishvili arrival in June
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Georgian theater group is coming to Costa Rica to perform their rendition of a Shakespeare comedy in June at Teatro Nacional. No, it is not the U.S. state of Georgia. It is the country of Georgia.

The Marjanishvili Theater will present “As You Like It,” one of William Shakespeare’s most well-known comedies, at Teatro Nacional beginning on June 9 at 8 p.m., according to a statement from Teatro Espressivo. The Costa Rican theater company is the sponsor for the Georgian performers.

“As You Like It” was written in 1599 and explores different love stories through the eyes of funny characters who struggle, fall in love, disguise themselves, sing and dance, the group said.

“It is a work that deals with many current issues despite having been written more than 500 years ago: family, human relations and love, all from a comic point of view,” Teatro Espressivo said.

As for the theater group, its founder who shares the same name established the Kote Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre in Kutaisi in 1928.

Since then, the group has worked in more than 50 productions, both classic and modern, and its facilities average 50,000 visitors a year, the theater said.
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Performers with the theater group.

This version put on by the Marjanishvili Theater has been critically acclaimed in several countries, organizers said.

It was also recognized as the best ensemble of the Globe to Globe Shakespeare Festival in London back in 2012.

Spanish-speakers need not worry as the work is expected to have descriptions translated into Spanish.

Tickets to enjoy the show vary but a general seat in the galleries will cost around 15,000 colons and can be purchased at the office or website of Teatro Espressivo, organizers said.



Man posing as Uber driver detained, agents say
By Rommel Téllez
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Judicial Investigating Organization confirmed it is investigating an alleged Uber driver who has robbed at least six people at gunpoint.

The suspect is allegedly a 39-year-old man who is being accused of robbing prostitutes, seniors and students near the Pavas district in San José.

According to investigators, the man was enrolled as an Uber driver and that allowed him to gain the trust of the customers he then robbed inside or outside the car.

A.M. Costa Rica tried to contact the Uber local and international representatives to ask them about the case and how it would respond to the incident, but garnered no response from either.

According to judicial agents, the suspect is in preventive custody in the San Sebastián jail due to several other complaints filed for the same felony.

The organization still seeks other possible victims, according the press department.

In an account from one of the victims, the man showed up to provide a transportation service after another driver cancelled the request.

The application apparently made the victim request another ride instead of automatically finding another driver. The photo of the suspect allegedly appeared on the app so the rider entered the car.

Once inside, the man pulled a gun and told the victim to empty their pockets for money and cell phone.

According to the victim, they denied having either. However, the driver apparently took the victim's pants off and seized the phone hidden in the underwear, according to the complaint filed before the authorities and then provided to A.M. Costa Rica.

“I went to the Uber offices at Paseo Colón and I explained what happened to me to someone in the reception,” said the victim, who is a former resident of the United States.

“This person told me he already heard of those cases and that possibly the Uber application was hacked and that's how the driver got in the system.”

The victim sent a formal complaint to the company through the application but never got any answers, according to their personal testimony.

The victim also said that a complaint against the company is still viable, since records of the driver have disappeared from the website.


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Sales of herbal or traditional products from Costa Rica reached $22 million in exports, a three percent growth in the period from 2011 2016, according to the Promotora de Comercio Exterior, the government agency in charge of promoting exports.

Figures show that last year, 92.3 percent of herbal or traditional products sold were cough, cold and allergy remedies at 69.4 percent as well as nutritional supplements 22.9 percent.

Of that amount, 86 percent were manufactured in Costa Rica, followed distantly by the United States and India, each at four percent, involving a total of 22 companies in the process.

These products are marketed as capsules, tea and drops.

“Local brands such as Total Natural, La Fuente Natural Center, Lisan Natura and Neolab have a large participation in the national market and reach a greater number of health stores,” said Marta Esquivel, Director of Commercial Intelligence of Procomer.

“In 2010, the World Health Organization formally recognized traditional medicine, urging countries to regulate it, which has been an incentive for consumption,” added Ms. Esquivel.

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What could be a surprise product in this sector is the contact lense manufacturing, which accounted for a total revenue of at least $13 million in the last three months.

In second place, the electric and electronic sector showed a 22 percent increase in the last three months, reaching $27 million in sales.

Among the products that showed a decrease, melon and sugar stick out. The melon sales decreased in $6 million, while the sugar industry reported negative growth losing $5 million, according to the Promotora statistics.

In general terms, all exports combined reached in the first quarter of 2017 reached $2,592 million, that's an 8.7 percent increase when compared to the first quarter of 2016.


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On their fifth visit to the Peninsula de Papagayo, the Caparros family decided to go beyond a touristic experience and help the local community’s students.

That was the impetus that inspired the family to donate over 420 backpacks and other supplies to the Escuela Pacífica located in Carrillo canton, Guanacaste province.

Also the couple and their two kids shared some time with the beneficiaries and were invited to watch a 4th grade soccer match.

“This kind of initiatives provide motivation to many of our students who sometimes struggle just to come to classes,” said Geldy Mendoza, director of the school.

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Human rights court opens for opinions

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights began its public hearing Wednesday to begin the process of forming an advisory opinion on Costa Rican law related to the rights of gay, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender persons.

This happened to begin on the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia, according to a statement by the court. The process began back in May 2016. Costa Rica requested the court to give its advisory opinion on matters related to the interpretation of civil code related to name changes and determining a definition of a state of marriage. Both these issues are of obvious importance to many same-sex couples as well as LGBTIQ groups.

During the framework of these meetings, the court will hear oral arguments and interpretations from various delegations representing interested countries, civil society groups, universities and individuals.

A.M. Costa Rica previously reported that a civil rights group, the Frente por los Derechos Igualitarios, focusing on LGBTIQ issues will be providing its own testimony. In addition to oral arguments, the court has received over 91 pieces of written testimony as well.

It should be kept in mind that the official state religion of the country is Roman Catholicism, whose church ideology has a tendency to take a conservative standpoint on issues related to homosexuality and transgender persons.

Another group who attended today’s opening of the court session was the ADF International group. ADF, formerly known as the Alliance Defense Fund, is a U.S.-based non-profit organization that touts itself as an American, conservative, Christian organization. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which is a group aimed at monitoring U.S. hate groups, described the organization as virulently anti-gay.

“The Inter-American Court must respect national sovereignty, particularly in areas where international law is silent, such as sexual orientation and gender identity,” said Neydy Casillas, legal counsel for ADF International and an expert on human rights law and the Inter-American Court.

“While the right for men and women to marry is recognized under international law, there is no corresponding right to same-sex marriage or a name change based on gender identity.”

Meanwhile, the Costa Rican foreign ministry issued a statement of support Wednesday to respect and protect the human rights of all persons. This includes efforts by the Costa Ricans on the international stage to condemn any acts of discrimination or violence against persons of LGBTIQ status.

“Consistent with its clear and defined State policy, Costa Rica will continue to ensure the effective protection of human rights and the condemnation of all forms of discrimination,” the Ministerio de las Relaciones Exteriores y Cultos concluded.



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Resetting the Costa Rican political system is the goal for group
By Rommel Téllez of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

It is time for a new Constitution.

That's the motto by which a group of experienced politicians are organizing a national consultation to install a new constitutional convention and update the Costa Rican political system.

According to Alex Solís, one of the organizers, the current constitution has wrongs that are impossible to correct without changing the entire fabric of the document. The current constitution could be keeping the country from real progress and a deep reform is the only way to fine-tune the legal universe for the benefit of future generations.

“One of the main things we need to change is how the legislative assembly works,” said Solís.  “It is way too slow and inefficient to evolve by itself by using its own rules”.

“But that's just part of the problem, we should also reform our social security, justice and education systems, and this country will not run smoothly if we continue applying patches to bigger injuries,” he added. “We are thankful to our parents and grand parents for their legacy, but it is time to adapt to modern needs”.

According to prior legal interpretations from Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones, it is not possible to change the constitution directly from a popular referendum.

To circumvent this objection, the group called Nueva Constitution CR will seek the approval of the bill called Ley que Convoca a una Asamblea Constituyente, using the referedum tool.

If approved, the bill will turn into a law that will establish a Consejo de Notables, which is a presiding council consisting of nine people, chosen by the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones.  A 50 percent gender parity rate should be observed at this stage.

The council will be in charge of preparing a first draft within the next 30 calendar days before a full 61 people constitutional assembly is set in place.

Out of those constituents, 31 should come from national political parties and 30 from provincial ones. They will have the same immunity as regular legislators. Each province will have a number of delegates, according to its population. The will be chosen by the Tribunal.

According to the hypothetical law, the assembly will then have a 15 month maximum period to ask for citizen feedback, analyze the proposal and come up with a final text.

That final text would then be taken to a final popular vote where citizens may either approve it or not approve it but they can't modify it.

Should the text get approved it would become the new constitution.

If the bill that calls for all this process to happen is approved, it will also make the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones contribute financially up to a maximum of half a percent of the gross domestic product of the year prior to the referendum, according to the document.

It also states that the current citizen's participation office at the legislative assembly would become the channel by which all proposals and inquiries will be organized and sent to the group of 61 people.

When asked why this process is not built from a more grassroots perspective, Solís said that Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones would not allow them to do so and this is the only way to move forward.

He also emphasized that all political representations are welcomed and that ideology is totally irrelevant.

“We don't ask people what their political views are when they approach us,” he said.

Other supporters are also well known in Costa Rican politics. For example: Patricia Pérez, a former libertarian legislator; Fernando Berrocal, former security minister during the presidency of Oscar Arias and member of Partido Liberación Nacional. 

Solís himself is the former comptrollers officer. He had that job for six months before its destitution by the legislative assembly in 2004.

“The risk I see in this kind of proposal is that we may end up damaging the things that actually work very well in the current constitution,” said Fernando Zeledón, director of the Instituto de Estudios en Ciencias Políticas at Universidad de Costa Rica.

“All of the arguments from people pushing for the change are based on the idea that there is a governability problem with our current constitution and right there many of us could disagree,” added Zeledón.

“Take me as an example, I am very happy with article 50 which protects the environment. I don’t know if the constituents will respect that.”

Zeledón also explained that more clarification on how the constituents will be chosen could positively impact a serious discussion on the matter.

As of now, Solís claims to have collected half of the 170,000 signatures required to call for a referendum and he hopes to obtain the rest by the end of October, which is the deadline granted by the Tribunal.



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Man-made dams trap fifth of all organic carbon in rivers, study says
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Water reservoirs created by damming rivers could have significant impacts on the world’s carbon cycle and climate system that aren’t being accounted for, a new study concludes.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Waterloo and the Université libre de Bruxelles,  appears in Nature Communications. If found that man-made dam reservoirs trap nearly one-fifth of the organic carbon moving from land to ocean via the world’s rivers.

While they can act as a significant source or sink for carbon dioxide, reservoirs are poorly represented in current climate change models.

Costa Rica is well regarded in the international scientific and political communities as being highly environmentally-friendly. The country is powered by renewable energy sources with the vast majority of it originating in dams.

Last year, Costa Rica went 271 days using all renewable energy to power the entire country’s electrical grid, according to data from the Centro Nacional de Control de Energía,.

According to the report, Costa Rica produced about 10,778 gigawatt hours of electricity and 98.21 percent of it came from renewable sources. Costa Rica relies primarily on hydro and geothermal energy sources for its renewable power creation.

Water power accounted for the vast majority of energy sourcing during 2016 at 74.39 percent. Geothermal energy came in at a distant second of renewable energy usage with wind and solar power picking up the slack.

Most geothermal and water energy is stored in large and medium-sized reservoirs controlled by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. This organization of energy has placed Costa Rica in 2016 as the country with the largest renewable energy matrix in the world, according to officials.

“Dams don’t just have local environmental impacts. It’s clear they play a key role in the global carbon cycle and therefore the Earth’s climate,” said Philippe Van Cappellen, a Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ecohydrology at Waterloo and the study’s co-author.

“For more accurate climate predictions, we need to better understand the impact of reservoirs.”

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There are currently in excess of 70,000 large dams worldwide.

With the continuing construction of new dams, more than 90 per cent of the world’s rivers will be fragmented by at least one dam within the next 15 years.

The study’s researchers used a novel method to determine what happens to organic carbon traveling down rivers and were able to capture the impact of more than 70 per cent of the world’s man-made reservoirs by volume.

Their model links known physical parameters such as water flow and reservoir size with processes that determine the fate of organic carbon in impounded rivers.

“With the model used in this study, we can better quantify and predict how dams affect carbon exchanges on a global scale,” said Van Cappellen, a professor in Waterloo’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

In similar recent studies, the group of researchers also found that ongoing dam construction impedes the transport of nutrients such as phosphorus, nitrogen and silicon through river networks.

The changes in nutrient flow have global impacts on the quality of water delivered to wetlands, lakes, floodplains and coastal marine areas downstream.

“We’re essentially increasing the number of artificial lakes every time we build a dam,” said Taylor Maavara, lead author and a PhD student at Waterloo. “This changes the flow of water and the materials it carries, including nutrients and carbon.”



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Featuring artistic expressions of Costa Rican culture, heritage and traditions, the Hidden Garden Art Gallery has been your source for fine art since 2010.  Here you will find 15 large rooms of art in a beautiful, tranquil setting, with more than 60 artists showcasing traditional and contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography and giclee prints.  Located just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) towards the beaches. Stop in for a visit to enjoy the view!

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Ask the others what you get for your money, and then compare the quality of accommodations, quality, quantity and variety of food and drink to measure the best value for your money. 

Learn how others “talk the talk” and learn who really can “walk the walk”

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Twin blasts kill at least six
at a Colombia shipyard


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Colombian police are investigating explosions at two shipyards in Cartagena that killed at least six people and injured 22 others.

The blasts occurred within about 30 minutes of each other Wednesday, at two industrial facilities that are at least six kilometers apart. Black plumes of smoke rose into the sky from the scene of each blast. Some of the injured were seriously burned.

The first explosion was aboard a ship undergoing repairs at a facility operated by the Cotecmar firm, which is linked to Colombia's defense ministry. The second blast rocked the Astivik Shipyards, owned by a U.S. corporation. The controlling company builds specialized barges, floating docks and tugboats for fuel transporters and commercial salvage firms.

Authorities said investigators will focus both on the cause of the blasts and whether they were related. The shipyards in the Caribbean port's industrial zone are at least 15 km from Cartagena's center and tourist attractions including an old town section that has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Security Council briefed
on Venezuela situation


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.N. Security Council held a closed-door meeting Wednesday to discuss the deteriorating situation in Venezuela, where anti-government protests have rocked the country for more than six weeks, amid a worsening economic and humanitarian situation.

The United States called for the meeting, which marks the first time the 15-nation council, which is responsible for international peace and security, has taken up the matter.

“In Venezuela, we are on the verge of a humanitarian crisis,” U.S. ambassador Nikki Haley said ahead of the meeting.

For the past six weeks, Venezuela has been shaken by near-daily anti-government street demonstrations aimed at removing President Nicolas Maduro from power. At least 43 people have been killed in the unrest.

Protesters are angry about the socialist country's downward economic spiral, which has led to food and medical supply shortages, and they blame Maduro for wrecking the economy.

Maduro blames the opposition for the country's problems, accusing his opponents of launching a coup against him with the support of Washington. On Tuesday, he extended the country's state of emergency for the seventh time.

The regional bloc, Union of South American Nations, and the Vatican have separately tried to mediate the crisis.

“We're not for the opposition, we're not for President Maduro, we're for the Venezuelan people,” Ambassador Haley told reporters after the meeting. She added that Washington supports a regional solution to the crisis.

Venezuela's U.N. envoy Rafael Ramirez rejected what he called U.S. intervention in his country. “They have to understand that we need and we are asking for respect for our position, our decision and our sovereignty,” he said.

Not all council members thought the Security Council should take up the issue.

“We are not facing a threat to international peace and security in Venezuela, not even on a regional level,” Bolivian ambassador Sacha Llorenti told reporters.

“We prefer to maintain the issue within the realm of the regional organizations,” Uruguay's Ambassador Elbio Rosselli said after the meeting.

“We understand that the only way to come out of this is through an agreement between the Venezuelan political actors,” Rosselli added. “They themselves are the ones who have to take the situation in their hands and carry through negotiations to a satisfactory outcome.”

U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres has been following the situation very closely, his spokesman told reporters. “Obviously, it is a source of concern, not only because of the political situation, but also due to the difficult economic and social situation we are seeing,” Stephane Dujarric said.

He said Guterres, who is in Europe, has been conducting telephone diplomacy with the various mediators to help resolve the crisis.


Mexican journalist never
felt safe prior to death


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Well before his fatal shooting Monday on a Mexican street, journalist Javier Valdez Cárdenas acknowledged a fear that had gripped him while covering drug trafficking and other crimes.

"I have never felt safe," Valdez said. "Now, the feeling of insecurity is much worse. We are in danger in this country, not only to dissent with the government and not just to criticize or protest. … We are in the hands of the narcos, the powerful bad guys inside and outside the government."

Valdez, 50, was shot and killed Monday in broad daylight in Culiacán, a city in the northwestern coastal state of Sinaloa. The Associated Press reported that masked gunmen had dragged him from his red Toyota Camry, firing shots and leaving his body on the street about a block from the office of Ríodoce, the local weekly he launched in 2003.

No arrests have been made, fueling cynicism among beleaguered journalists in a country where at least five other journalists have been slain since early March and at least 40 since 1992, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Earlier this month, the New York-based organization released a special report saying that, though the government had appointed a special prosecutor, a lack of political will to end impunity exposes Mexico as one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

Valdez also was a correspondent for La Jornada in Sinaloa. The state is associated with heavy drug activity, including the cartel run by Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman. The drug kingpin is in a New York prison facing trial.

Guzman had managed to escape two maximum-security prisons: first in 2001, when guards smuggled him out of a facility in Jalisco state, and again in 2015, when he tunneled out of Altiplano prison near Mexico City. He was extradited to the United States in January of this year.

"Many Mexicans agreed with the extradition because they considered that this would help change the situation in Mexico," Valdéz said. "But this does not happen. Everything remains the same and nothing is going to change."

Valdez spent his journalism career investigating the drug trade, writing about it in news reports, columns and books. In 2011, the committee presented Valdez with its International Press Freedom Award.

"Poverty and inequality have allowed the narco to nest easily in several regions," Valdéz said. He added that drug trafficking fostered corruption in the political class, which feeds on narco not only for drugs but financing campaigns and parties.”


Apple to announce upgrades
to laptops and computers


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Apple will reportedly announce an update to its lineup of laptops at its annual developer conference, known as WWDC, in June.

The report from Bloomberg suggests Apple is responding to increased competition from rival Microsoft.

According to the report, Apple will announce three new laptops: the MacBook Pro will get a quicker processor, as will the 12-inch MacBook and the 13-inch MacBook Air. The processors, according to Bloomberg, will be Intel’s newest, seventh generation chips.

Apple’s laptops account for 11 percent of the company’s annual $216 billion in sales. iPhones make up nearly two thirds of the company’s sales.

Rival Microsoft recently unveiled its own Surface Laptop as a possible competitor to MacBook Air. That device reportedly boots up quickly and has a touchscreen.

According to Bloomberg, the new MacBook Pro would share the same basic external look of the current models.

It has been seven years since Apple redesigned the MacBook Air and more than a year since the company released a new MacBook Pro. The 12-inch MacBook saw its last update last spring.

Apple will also reportedly announce an upgrade to its macOS operating system. The WWDC will start June 5.

Arrests of immigrants are up
under Trump administration


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The rollback of an Obama-era policy that prioritized the arrest and deportation of immigrants with a criminal background over those without a rap sheet is having the intended effect, according to data provided Wednesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The number of people known or suspected of being in the United States illegally who were arrested on civil immigration charges climbed to 41,318 in the first three months of President Donald Trump's administration. This comes in comparison to 30,028 during the same period in 2016.

Arrests of non-criminals, or people without legal status in the U.S. who have not been charged with or convicted of a crime, surged 150 percent from the first day of Trump’s administration to the end of April, up from 4,372 last year to 10,934 this year, according to additional data provided by ICE on Wednesday.

“These statistics reflect President Trump’s commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board,” ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan said in a statement from the agency. Among Trump's first executive orders in January was the change to immigration enforcement.

While ICE touted the increase over last year, the numbers are similar to arrest rates during the Obama administration before a prioritization system was created by then-secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson in late 2014.

Johnson issued a memo outlining guidance that federal law enforcement officers were to focus on arresting immigrants with violent criminal backgrounds or repeat offenders. Those immigrants who were unlawfully in the country but did not have a criminal record were deemed lower priority for enforcement.

The numbers under Trump are not as great as those under the Obama administration before the memo went into effect.

From Jan. 20 to April 29, 2014, for example, ICE officers detained 54,584 people, about 27 percent of whom were non-criminals. Under Trump, that figure is 26 percent, according to data provided.

The data from ICE is only part of the arrest and deportation landscape. It does not include figures from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, for example, which annually detains hundreds of thousands of people entering illegally along the country's borders.


Former FBI head named
special prosecutor in U.S.


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named special prosecutor to oversee the investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said his decision to appoint a special counsel, also known as a special prosecutor, does not mean a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted.

"What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command," he added.

Mueller, who held the top position at the FBI from 2001-2013, was the predecessor to James Comey, who was fired last week by President Donald Trump. In a statement late Wednesday, he said, "I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability."

A small but growing number of Trump's Republican colleagues in Congress, along with Democrats, have been calling for a special prosecutor or commission to examine ties between Trump and his aides to Russia, an investigation going beyond those already being conducted by the FBI and the intelligence committees in both the Senate and House.

Calls for the appointment have grown in recent days, after the firing of Comey, who had been leading an investigation into the matter, and after news reports Tuesday that said Comey wrote a memo alleging Trump had asked him to end an investigation of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Rosenstein said he determined a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome.

Reactions on Capitol Hill were generally positive for choosing Mueller to head the investigation.

Congressman Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Mueller is a "great selection. Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted."

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement Wednesday that Mueller is a respected public servant of the highest integrity. But she added, "A special prosecutor is the first step, but it cannot be the last."

Congressman Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the Oversight Committee, called Mueller a solid choice, and commended Rosenstein for putting our country and justice system first.

But some Republicans questioned the reach of a special prosecutor.

Congressman Darrell Issa said Mueller has a long history of honorable service. But he said of the role of a special prosecutor, "You want to make sure we have somebody who doesn't have to reinvent the wheel.”


Putin claims that he can
prove no secrets were passed


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Russian President Vladimir Putin says President Donald Trump never passed any classified information to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov when they met last week in Washington, and he has the transcripts to prove it.

Speaking Wednesday alongside Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, Putin said Lavrov never passed the purported secrets on to him, and he would be happy to hand over the transcripts of the conversation.

Trump has been defending himself this week after media reports claimed he shared sensitive intelligence with Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak.

The president and his aides have denied Trump shared any information that would have compromised sources or methods of gathering intelligence. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster called Trump’s discussion with Russian diplomats “wholly appropriate.”

News accounts of the meeting claim the classified information involved a possible Islamic State plan to smuggle bombs hidden in laptop computers aboard airliners.

Putin said the anti-Russian sentiment in America is damaging the country and not allowing Trump to govern properly. He accused Trump’s detractors of suffering from “political schizophrenia.”


Sea monster
Voice of America photo   
The so-called sea monster carcass.

So-called sea monster body
identified as baleen whale

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists say they have identified the sea monster that washed ashore on an Indonesian beach.

The badly decomposing carcass measures over 15 meters long and baffled scientists since it washed up on Seram Island last week.

Marine biologists now believe the carcass is a dead baleen whale, largely because of a visible skeleton, which would rule out speculation that the creature was a giant squid.

"Giant squid are invertebrates and there are clearly bones visible, so I am very comfortable saying it’s some type of rorqual whale,” said Regina Asmutis-Silvia, executive director of Whale and Dolphin Conservation in an interview with the Huffington Post.

“Certain species of baleen whales have ventral grooves which run from their chin to their belly button. It is stretchy tissue that expands when they feed."

Alexander Werth, a whale biologist at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia agrees with the assessment after seeing photos of the carcass on social media that showed the nearly amorphous carcass surrounded by blood in the water. He added that the carcass probably stinks to high heaven.

"That's yet another reason you don't want to be close to these things, not because it's a scary, spooky creature, but it would just be releasing some pretty foul, noxious gases," Werth told “Live Science.”

Locals have asked the government for help in removing the whale.


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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
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Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
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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
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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.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
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* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

Contact:
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Beautiful farm in excellent location
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
9196-4/25/17

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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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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 
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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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Whirlwind of evacuations Wednesday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police officers and pilots for the Dirección del Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea have been busy these past couple days with at least four persons evacuated due to medical problems.

The latest incident happened Wednesday when pilots transferred an 8-month-old baby from Alto Bley in Talamanca to the Home Creek clinic in Limón province.

Again, at a village near Alto Chirripo de Turrialba, a 29-year-old man was suffering severe chest pain requiring an instant medevac, according to reports from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.


Pilots from the security ministry also transferred a 4-year-old girl with fever and shortness of breat from Telire in Limón to Hospital Tony Facio. The fourth ambulance flight was made Tuesday up in in Upala.

Pilots transferred a newborn with severe respiratory failure in a tube and incubator, police said. The crew landed the newborn safely at Hospital Nacional de los Niños in San José.


These flights make 111 medical evacuations done by the Servicio so far this year, according to data provided by officials.


Three out of every ten people have hypertension in Costa Rica, Caja says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

 

A new study by the Costa Rican social security fund said that the increase in the number of obese people also increases the likelihood of more cases of hypertension. Among overweight Costa Ricans, the prevalence increases by 50 percent and with those considered obese, the risk doubles.

 

Currently, three out of every ten people 20 years or older have a diagnosis of hypertension in Costa Rica. The Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social has invested nearly $5.1 million.

 

According to data from the Caja, this type of situation affects women more than it does men. This is mainly due, however, to the general prevalence of being overweight and obese in that population group, the Caja explained in a statement.

 

Dr. Roy Wong conducted the survey for the Caja. Although the findings may seem negative, the population scored very well generally on keeping blood pressure under control through monitoring one’s diet and continuous physical activity.

 

Dr. Ángelica Vargas, another medical professional for the Caja, said that hypertension is a disease that continues to be one of the first cause of consultation in the adult population. She said that this identifies it as a priority problem in health.

 

Wong added that the three causes of death related to hypertension include: coronary ischemic disease, cerebrovascular disease and hypertensive disease. A growing trend in recent years, based on data from the Caja, has seen an increase of myocardial infarction. In laymen’s terms, that is called a heart attack.




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A U.S.-based company that provides a protective coating around medical device part will be opening a new plant in the Zona Franca of Coyol in Alajuela.

Precision Coating Co. is a subsidiary of Katahdin Industries and headquartered in Hudson, Massachusetts. According to the company website, the group serves a global market for healthcare companies and medical devices by coating cables, hypotubes and other devices.

This represents the first expansion of the manufacturing sector of the company outside the United States, according to Ray Parvin, the company’s vice president.

"Exports of precision and medical equipment accounted for 3 percent of Costa Rican exports in 1999 and by 2016 represented 34 percent,”  Jorge Sequeira, the director general for Coalición Costarricense de Iniciativas de Desarrollo.

“This growth is achieved thanks to companies in the life sciences sector and their suppliers, which managed to turn medical devices into the country's first industrial export good. Precision Coating comes to strengthen this cluster of 70 multinational companies that are operating from Costa Rica and generating employment to more than 21,000 Costa Ricans. "

The new plant will be located in a building called B25 of the Zona Franca, the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior said. The space is said to be around 1,300 meters squared.

Fluoropolymer, the type of coating the company puts on the products it receives, is a type of strong coating known for having a high resistance to solvents, acids and bases.