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Intense storms cause some damage in Arenal area
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

At least seven mudslides are along the road connecting Nuevo Arenal and La Fortuna, reports from the public works ministry indicate.

In addition to the mud, downed trees and flooding are reported in the area, according to a report from the emergency commission. Public works confirmed that there were obstructions on the road preventing passage.

The torrential downpours Wednesday night and early Thursday morning caused the road blockages and infrastructure damage, according to the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias.

These storms forced the emergency commission to put the canton of Tilarán on a yellow alert Thursday afternoon. 

The recommendations from the alert are for the population in the affected areas to stay off the roads and not attempt to drive, to check one’s personal supplies of food and water and alert officials immediately if they are missing or lacking anything.

Emergency workers are considering the possibility of setting up a temporary shelter if needed, the Comisión said.

The greatest amount of damage is at Nuevo Arenal, Viejo Arenal and Tilaradora, emergency officials said.

So far, there have been no reports of injured or missing persons coming from official sources.

The Comisión can confirm that there is significant damage to property and livestock in the area in addition to the public infrastructure.

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Downed tree at La Unión de Nuevo Arenal.

Some of the roads affected by the storm include: Ruta 142 that goes between Arenal and La Fortuna, Ruta 926 between Tronadora and Arenal and the Las Minas bridge over the Río Chiquito among others.

Crews from the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes as well as the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad are working to clear the damage from the roads, officials said.


Meanwhile, emergency workers are looking to provide water to the more than 700 residences who lost drinking water following damage to an aqueduct at Tronadora. The municipality’s emergency commission is surveying the area for more damage.

The Instituto Meteorológico de Costa Rica forecasted that there will be heavy rains expected to accumulate in Guanacaste within the next few hours.

In the Central Valley, Zona Norte and mountains in the Caribbean, rainfall amounts will be between 40 to 70 millimeters between  3 to 6 hours.

“Particularly in Nuevo Arenal and surrounding areas, there will be rains of variable intensity and thunderstorm until late at night accumulated between 30 to 50 millimeters from 3 to 6 hours,” the Costa Rican weather service said in a statement Thursday evening.


Banco Central announces new exchange rate plan
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

After several weeks on the rise, the exchange rate had its first decrease Thursday morning thanks to a new injection of dollars by the Banco Central, which sold $1 billion in the currency exchange market.

According to data provided by the bank, the reference price for each dollar sold stood at 587.47 colons during the morning. In regards the average price for all other banks, dollars were sold at 595 colons each and bought at 585.56 colons.

During a press conference, Banco Central also confirmed three new measures to keep the exchange rate steady.

First of all, it will continue selling dollars whenever required from its $7.2  billion reserve. Secondly, the bank announced it will intervene in the currency market anytime during the day in order to protect the exchange rate from violent changes.

Finally, the monetary policy rate was increased from 3 to 4 percent  for the fourth time in the year.
This allows commercial banks to increase the interest rates for savings in colones, making them more attractive for the general public. 


These measures seek to prevent any pressure on the inflation rates and the consequent hike in the prices of goods and services. The central bank forecasts a maximum inflation of 4 percent for 2017.

The shortage of dollars is attributed to a macroeconomic incertitude from the Donald Trump administration in the United States.

This has led many investors to secure their funds by accumulating dollars.

Another reason, according to the bank, is an increase in the amount of Costa Ricans who prefer to keep their savings in dollars, because the interest rates in colons are not attractive.

A third reason, provided by the bank, is the increase in imported goods during the first quarter of 2017, which also need to be paid in dollars.


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U.S. college and professional football may be in the off-season right now but that does not mean expats don’t have the opportunity to see a football game live.

The seventh annual Tropic Bowl will be held this Saturday beginning at noon in Ernesto Rohrmoser Stadium. The stadium is located in the Pavas district of San José, according to organizers. Athletes Without Borders, American Football in CR, Costa Rica Gurus and the Hotel & Casino Taormina in Barrio Amón are sponsoring the event.

Event organizers said that the feature game, Tropic Bowl VII, will have the Northeast All-Stars, a U.S. team labeled as semi-professional and consisting of 25 players from the United States, facing off against the Costa Rica All-Stars team.

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Theater cancels shows this weekend

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Teatro Espressivo, after a Tuesday statement announcing the opening of a series of plays beginning this weekend, now says that some of the shows are being canceled.

Theater representatives said that, for reasons out of their control, the first two shows that were supposed to be held this weekend and the next are canceled. These were the performances of “La Casa Limpia.”

Meanwhile, the Teatro Espressivo did say that it intends to continue putting on some performances beginning June 16 and going into July. During that time period, the theater will host artists and independent groups from the Costa Rican theater scene.

This is part of a series of performances known as Espressivo Invita, organizers said.

The public is invited by the theater to enjoy a great diversity of shows that are expected to include contemporary theater, cabaret and even a magic show by professional troupes. It represents the first edition of the festival, Espressivo representatives said in a previous statement.

“The program aims to offer the public more quality theater options, and independent groups have the possibility to present their work in a room of excellent level,” the organizers for the series said.

“The works are selected taking into account quality as the main criteria.”

Tickets for these shows cost 8,000 colons for general seating and 10,000 for VIP placements. The shows will be performed during the previously mentioned dates on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 6 p.m.

Tickers can be purchased every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the ticket box or online at the theater’s website.

A full schedule and description of Teatro Espressivo’s shows can also be found on its website as well.


Montes de Oca bans agro-chemicals

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Montes de Oca canton has become the second canton to forbid the use of agro-chemicals in public spaces such as playgrounds, gardens, parks and cemeteries.

On May 22, the municipal council of Montes de Oca unanimously approved the measure that bans chemical products like Glyphosate or Paraquat, according to a press release sent by the Federación Conservacionista de Costa Rica.

The agreement also states the launch of a “hearts and minds” public relations campaign that calls Montes de Oca residents to avoid the domestic use of synthetic herbicides in schools and public institutions; it also encourages other municipalities to adopt a similar agreement, according to the statement.

“More municipal authorities study and discuss the socio-economic and environmental benefits that this simple measure represents for its inhabitants,” the document reads. “The proposal seeks to detoxify the country”.

Last April, the municipality of Peréz Zeledón became the first local government to ban the agrochemicals. 

The San Rafael de Heredia and Santa Ana municipalities are also considering a similar agreement, however, the discussions are still going on in both places.

The herbicide-free cantons were pressured by several environmental organizations such as the Latin American Union of Scientists Engaged with Society and Nature, the Red de Coordinación en Biodiversidad and Bloque Verde.


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Border police demolish fenced "toll stations" blocking public road
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some local residents were blocking stretches of a trail with some even charging a toll in order to pass through, according to a statement from border police.

The public prosecutor’s office for the canton of Sarapiquí ordered the Policía de Fronteras to unlock the stretch of Ruta 1856, also known as the Trocha Fronteriza. The operation took place Wednesday and stretched through three towns, the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública said.

Along that 30 kilometer stretch, border police discovered about 18 fences with padlocked gates installed along the route very close to the northern border with Nicaragua.

Officers proceeded to chainsaw and dismantle the fences as well as cut the locks off the posts to free up the trail.

Police reports also indicated that they detained some men who are suspected of creating some of the gates blocking passage.

Some villagers, apparently in a bid to avoid the fees, went on a longer route with their animals, which caused damage to the terrain, border police said.

Among those detainees was an undocumented Nicaraguan who, police said, was charging people 1,000 colons per person for passage onward.

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A second detainee is apparently a Costa Rican businessman who could be charged with usurping the government’s land, installing or ordering the installation of those gates, obstructing passage on a public highway and collecting illegal toll fees, the ministry said.

The man is also being investigated for illegally collecting 50,000 colons from a farmer so that he could go through the makeshift “toll road.”

Both detainees were turned over to prosecutor’s for further processing.


Legislator appeal to papacy ironic due to party's support of Maduro
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The old time union leader and current legislator of the Frente Amplio party Jorge Arguedas, has requested the intermediation of  Pope Francis to stop the political crisis in Venezuela.

Through a letter sent over fax, Arguedas asked the religious leader to become an active voice in finding a consensual solution to the political crisis that's currently affecting the South American country.

 "I allow myself to write these lines to show my support in the mediation that the Vatican has offered in the face of the political crisis in our sister Republic of Venezuela,” part of the document said. The open letter was sent Thursday afternoon in the wake of at least 50 days of constant protest and unrest within the troubled country.

The letter praises the Pope's intervention in the armed conflict of Colombia, stating it was a successful one because of a higher moral authority than that of the Organization for American States.

Frente Amplio has repeatedly come out in support of the presidency and socialist policies of Nicolas Maduro and that of his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, in the past. The organization has come out in opposition to the regime’s heavy-handed tactics in suppressing any opposition. Frente Amplio appears to ignore this fact, it seems, when it criticizes the regional organization.

“ It supported dictators such as Pinochet and Somoza, who killed many,” Arguedas said in a separate statement. “It would be better if it continued to support educational or social assistance programs and not getting involved in politics”.

The request to the Pope includes a complaint of the role of the media in the Venezuelan conflict and that the religious leader can count on Arguedas if he deems it necessary.

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"Part of the problem is that media lie a lot. And here there are legislators who believe those lies,” reads the document.

“We have a chancellor for whom the foreign policy of a country is a matter of interests, not principles. So in the search for peace in the fellow country, it's better if assumed by people with moral strength and credibility as that of Pope Francis."

On April 21, Ligia Fallas, another Frente Amplio legislator also expressed her opinion on Venezuela.

At the time, she delivered a two minute speech supporting the government of Nicolás Maduro.

The Venezuelan foreign minister, Delcy Rodríguez, used retweeted Fallas words and interpreted it as the position of the Costa Rican people.



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Costa Rica joins convention to combat bribery of public officials
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The various institutions and ministries of Costa Rica praised the country’s joining another international cooperation agreement.

Costa Rica joined the Convention to Combat Bribery of Foreign Public Servants in International Commercial Transactions.

This announcement was sent to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, an international body of nations that the government desperately seeks to be a member of.

The admission of Costa Rica into the convention is expected to take effect by July 21, according to Casa Presidencial.

So what is this convention?

According to its own website, the Anti-Bribery Convention establishes legally-binding standards to criminalize bribery of foreign public officials in issues related to international business transactions.

The convention claims to be the first and only international cooperative focused on the person attempting to bribe rather than the person accepting.

As to the teeth to this convention, that really is determined upon the willingness and or the ability of the country to enforce its measures.

Since it came into force in 1999, the convention includes some underwhelming examples of anti-corruption such as Russia, South Africa and Brazil among its membership.

All three of those are either undergoing or have undergone scandal related to corrupt public officials going all the way to the highest executive power in the past.

Some could interpret the joining of this convention on the part of Costa Rica as simply another step the country seeks to take to press home its case to join the overseeing OECD.

Costa Rica has been trying to join this group since 2015 and has so far not yet obtained membership but has received plenty of negative and gloomy reports from the group.

OECD urges Costa Rica to reshape some of the country’s economic, trade and political policies to reflect a shift in the neoliberal model, a model that the organization likes to promote.

It is also a forum by which issues of free trade and the improvement of the market economy are often discussed.

Recently, the legislature rammed a bill through to prevent Costa Rica from being blacklisted by the organization’s Financial Action Task Force, which investigates and reports on the status of countries and their policies related to fighting money laundering and terrorist financing.

For its part, Costa Rican officials hope that the adoption of the convention’s standards will aid the country’s case for membership but also to adapt the country’s laws on bribery of public officials to international standards.

“Through this international instrument, the country undertakes to establish strict and effective norms to typify, prevent, detect, investigate and punish bribery of foreign public officials in commercial transactions,” a statement from the government said.


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Venezuela's AG says deaths
are on the security forces

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuelan security forces are culpable for at least half of the 57 deaths recorded in nearly two months of massive anti-government protests, authorities there say.

Attorney General Luisa Ortega Diaz, speaking at a news conference Wednesday in Caracas, said her office had found the national guard responsible for last month's death of a 20-year-old demonstrator in Caracas. Juan Pernalete died after he was hit in the chest by a tear gas canister.

Her office issued the report tallying the deaths and injuries to roughly 1,000 others in demonstrations roiling Venezuela almost daily since April 1. At least three of the dead were security troops, the Miami Herald reported.

Ms. Ortega reminded security troops that citizens have a right to peacefully protest and that applying excessive force violates internal and international laws. "Use of violence as a political weapon does not contribute to a climate of trust and tranquility in society," she said, underscoring her growing distance from socialist President Nicolas Maduro.

Ms. Ortega also said it was unconstitutional for military tribunals to conduct trials for the civilians it has detained. She announced late Wednesday that her office was opening seven investigations into the detention of anti-government protesters.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights earlier this month condemned the rise in deaths, injuries and mass detentions accompanying the Venezuelan government's militarization in controlling protests. The commission also noted a series of allegations of torture and ill treatment of detainees.

On Thursday, students marched to demand the release of young people, professors and others taken into custody.

In Caracas, Lustay Franco said she was betting that the opposition would bring change in her own and the country's economic prospects, so that it is possible to survive.

Nicolas Bianco, vice chancellor for the central university of Venezuela, demanded the release of imprisoned students and teachers.

"We came to support them and to stand side by side for the struggle and freedom of Venezuela," Bianco said. "We are facing a genocidal dictatorship that has systematically murdered young people."

Crimes against people and property have soared as the economy has fallen. Severe shortages of food, medicine and other basic goods in the oil-rich country have fueled a political and economic crisis building for several years. It exploded in late March when the country's supreme court tried to strip the opposition-led national assembly of its legislative powers.

Meanwhile, Venezuela's political opposition on Wednesday denounced Maduro's plan to forge ahead with a controversial constitutional assembly in late July, contending the foundational document would be rewritten to keep the socialist leader in power.

The Maduro administration announced this week that it finally has scheduled regional elections for Dec. 10; they were to have taken place last year.

The president's rivals suspect that the constitutional assembly will represent pro-Maduro interests, and that a revised document might exclude opposition parties and their candidates.

Julio Borges, president of the national assembly, on Wednesday angrily predicted that the constituent assembly will not be elected democratically by the people and would decide which sector votes, when they vote and for whom they can vote.

Maduro early this month called for revising the constitution, saying the move was essential to bring peace and prevent his rivals from staging a coup.

A former U.S. State Department official, Roger Noriega, said he was encouraged by the United States' indication it would work with international bodies to help Venezuela address the causes and roots of the crisis, the regime's mismanagement of the economy in Venezuela and corruption.

In an interview Friday, the former U.S. ambassador to the Organization of American States said he recently has seen better U.S. collaboration with the organization. OAS Secretary Luis Almagro has urged the international community to take more comprehensive measures, including in-country monitoring, to help stabilize Venezuela.


U.S. prosecutors file suits
against “green card” scam


By the U.S. Justice Department press staff

Federal prosecutors have filed nine civil complaints that seek the forfeiture of nine real properties across Southern California that were allegedly purchased with proceeds generated by a fraudulent scheme that collected more than $50 million from foreign investors seeking “green cards” through the EB-5 visa program.

The nine lawsuits filed yesterday afternoon in United States District Court allege that much of the money collected from the primarily Chinese investors either was refunded to the foreign nationals or was stolen by participants in the scheme.

The asset forfeiture complaints allege that a business called California Investment Immigration Fund, LLC from 2008 until this year. In April, authorities executed federal search warrants as part of an ongoing investigation.

According to the lawsuits filed yesterday, the group exploited the EB-5 visa program, which provides lawful permanent residence, commonly known as a “Green Card,” to foreign nationals who invest at least $500,000 in a domestic business that creates 10 new American jobs. Those involved in the scheme allegedly convinced more than 100 Chinese nationals to invest over $50 million in CIIF and related companies.

“Rather than legitimately investing the funds into American businesses, CIIF either refunded the funds to the EB-5 investors while the investors’ EB-5 petitions were pending, in direct violation of the EB-5 program, or stole millions of dollars to use for personal expenditures, including buying million-dollar homes,” according to the lawsuits that allege “many foreign nationals were able to improperly obtain U.S. green cards.”

The lawsuits allege that the properties named in the asset forfeiture lawsuits were purchased with proceeds derived from mail fraud, wire fraud or visa fraud and that the purchases themselves constituted money laundering. The lawsuits seek the forfeiture of nine properties.

The asset forfeiture lawsuits contain allegations only. In order to forfeit the properties named in the complaints, the government must show by a preponderance of the evidence that the properties were purchased with proceeds derived from criminal activity.

The FBI and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations are conducting the ongoing investigation into the EB-5 fraud scheme.


Sessions vows to fight
lower court ruling on ban


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday that he would ask the Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling that blocks President Donald Trump's executive order limiting travel to the U.S. from six predominantly Muslim countries.

"The Department of Justice strongly disagrees with the decision of the divided court, which blocks the president's efforts to strengthen this country's national security,” the attorney general said. “The president is not required to admit people from countries that sponsor or shelter terrorism, until he determines that they can be properly vetted and do not pose a security risk to the United States.”

Sessions was responding to a ruling earlier in the day by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, in which it declined to reinstate the three-month ban on most travelers from the six nations.

The court said the executive order did amount to a Muslim ban. "Laid bare, this executive order is no more than what the president promised before and after his election: naked invidious discrimination against Muslims," the judges said in their 205-page ruling.

A majority of the panel of 13 judges ruling in the case cited Trump's tweets, television interviews and statements posted on his campaign website as evidence of his intent.

Three judges dissented on the ground that the executive order did not mention religion.

"Far from containing the sort of religious advocacy or disparagement that can violate the Establishment Clause, the order contains no reference to religion whatsoever. Nor is there any trace of discriminatory animus," the dissenting judges wrote.

They also criticized the use of campaign material as evidence: "If a court, dredging through the myriad remarks of a campaign, fails to find material to produce the desired outcome, what stops it from probing deeper to find statements from a previous campaign, or from a previous business conference, or from college?"

In March, a federal judge in Maryland blocked the travel ban, which itself was a revised version of one issued in January that was tweaked after encountering legal roadblocks.

The appeals court majority did not think the second version was an improvement.

"Significantly, in revising the order, the executive branch did not attempt to walk away from its previous discriminatory order. Instead, it simply attempted to effectuate the same discrimination through a slightly different vehicle — the proverbial wolf in sheep's clothing."

The Trump administration was given 90 days to appeal.

One of the plaintiffs in the suit, the International Refugee Assistance Project, vowed to fight as long as it takes. The project’s director, Becca Heller, said: "Once again, the courts have confirmed that the Muslim ban is discriminatory and harmful. The president cannot simply slap the words 'national security' on an unconstitutional policy and get away with it."

A part of the executive order stopping refugee arrivals for 120 days was not included in Thursday's ruling. But a second appeals court, the 9th Circuit in San Francisco, is reviewing the travel order on a wider basis, including the ban on refugees.

A judge in Hawaii issued the original stay in the 9th Circuit case.


Trump lectures NATO allies
on not paying their fair share


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump publicly lectured his fellow North Atlantic Treaty Organization leaders Thursday for not paying their fair share for defense, and he urged them to be more focused on terrorism.

Trump was speaking at a ceremony to unveil a memorial symbolizing the commitment of NATO members to the principle of collective defense, as outlined in Article Five of the alliance treaty. The memorial is a twisted piece of metal from the remains of the World Trade Center, a reminder that the only time Article Five was invoked was after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

A conspicuous omission from Trump's speech, however, was any clear affirmation of the U.S. commitment to Article Five. Trump's refusal to endorse that principle on the campaign trail raised fears in Europe about whether the United States is fully committed to its defense.

The president made only passing reference to Article Five, saying we will never forsake the friends that stood by our side. But White House spokesman Sean Spicer clarified afterward that the United States will not waver on collective defense.

Trump was quite clear, however, in scolding alliance members on the defense spending issues. "I have been very, very direct with Secretary Stoltenberg and members of the alliance in saying that NATO members must finally contribute their fair share and meet their financial obligations," Trump said.

The president noted that 23 of 28 member nations are not paying what they should, something that is not fair to the people of the United States.

Spicer told reporters afterward that the other leaders responded positively to Trump's call for them to work toward meeting NATO spending goals.

In his speech, Trump also said this week's Manchester bombing demonstrates the depths of the evil we face with terrorism.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman told reporters the prime minister used the occasion to express her concern to Trump about leaks in the U.S. media revealing details of the Manchester bombing investigation.

Manchester police were reported to have been furious that the New York Times published unreleased forensic photographs from the crime scene, and U.S. media outlets announced the name of the suicide bomber before British officials released it.

Media reports said British police stopped sharing information with their American counterparts after the leaks. Mark Rowley, head of Britain's counterterrorism unit, said late Thursday that the two countries had shared resumption of intelligence sharing.

In a meeting Wednesday with Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel in Brussels, Trump pointed to the Manchester attack as an example of the pressing terror threat.

"We have to be able to increase defense spending when tensions are going up. And tensions are going up," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters Thursday.


Jupiter cyclones
NASA photo     
Image shows cyclones as oval-like shapes.

New photos of Jupiter show
monster cyclones on planet

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists looking at the first pictures of the planet Jupiter sent by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration probe Juno were shocked at what they saw: monster cyclones, hundreds of kilometers wide, tearing across the planet's north and south poles.

The scientists said the poles are nothing like the planet's familiar placid and colorful equatorial region.

"That's the Jupiter we've all known and grown to love," Scott Bolton of the Southwest Research Institute, an applied research and development organization in San Antonio, Texas, said in an article released Thursday in the journal “Science.”

Along with the fierce storms, the researchers saw a huge river of ammonia gas extending from Jupiter's deep atmosphere down to its interior. They said they thought the ammonia might be part of what's causing the huge storms.

NASA launched Juno in 2011, and it reached Jupiter's orbit last year. The scientists said Juno's next fly-by would come in July, when it will take pictures of the planet's trademark Great Red Spot, a huge, hurricane-like storm that experts say has been raging for hundreds of years.


Lawsuit contends GM
cheated on emissions tests


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two truck owners have filed a class-action lawsuit against General Motors, alleging the company rigged diesel pickups to cheat government emissions tests.

The suit was filed Thursday in federal court in Detroit, home of the country's largest car builder.

GM is accused of installing three devices on hundreds of thousands of trucks, allowing them to spew less pollution in tests than they would on the road, under real-life driving conditions.

Plaintiffs Andrei Fenner of Mountain View, California, and Joshua Herman of Sulphur, Louisiana, said they wouldn't have purchased, or wouldn't have paid as much for, their vehicles — a 2011 GMC Sierra and a 2016 Chevrolet Silverado, respectively — had they been aware of the alleged rigging.

The lawsuit also names the German-based Bosch company for allegedly working with GM to develop the devices.

GM called the allegations baseless, while Bosch refused to comment on an outstanding legal matter. The price of GM shares fell about 2 percent Thursday.

GM is the latest automobile giant charged with trying to fix emissions tests. The U.S. Justice Department sued Fiat Chrysler this week, claiming it used illegal software to fake emission test results on its diesel vehicles, and Germany's Volkswagen paid billions of dollars after admitting it had cheated on government emissions tests.


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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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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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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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9173-9/1/17

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9056-2/28/17

Etlinger Farm
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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

horse ranch
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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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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

Penthouse
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Costa Rican firefighters are receiving new wheels. The 2017 BMW motorcycles will be equipped with a 50 liter water tank as well as hose and portable power supply. Officials from the Bomberos de Costa Rica said that these new vehicles will enter service in August after staff receive training from Dutch experts.



Caja begins internship on oral cancer

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Each week, there are three new cases of oral cancer in the country and the dentist is the first person to notice it, according to the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social.

Hospital San Juan de Dios and the dentistry school at Universidad de Costa Rica are teaming up to combat this phenomenon by creating a new internship focused on identifying and treating lesions that could potentially be cancerous.

Dr. Rodolfo Gamboa, the project manager and specialist at the hospital, said that the great benefit of getting an early diagnosis is the cure rate, which is 90 percent. This is important considering that, for three diagnoses of oral cancer a week there is also two deaths as a result.

Moreover, 55 percent of all registered cases to the Caja for oral cancer are persons between the ages of 20 and 64.

The Proyecto de fortalecimiento de la atención integral del cancer” is expected to invest around $1.5 million in dental equipment for this internship, the Caja said. A total of 44 portable dental units, 18 dental x-ray wall kits and 31 dental x-rays were purchased.

The equipment is expected to improve the images taken on x-rays using a digital rather than the more antiquated acetate plates, the Caja said. This may aid in providing a more accurate diagnosis for patients. The instruments are additionally more patient-friendly in terms of comfort and accessible to disabled persons as well.


Frente Amplio files inheritance tax bill

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Thursday, legislator Edgardo Araya, member of the prominent left-wing political party Frente Amplio, filed a bill that seeks to tax legacies, donations and inheritances exceeding at least 750 monthly salaries of a government office clerk. As of today that amount roughly equals to about $543,000.

Araya said this would be a partial solution to a serious imbalance in public finances. He also said the country needs new sources of income, given the need to redistribute what he considers an unequal tax burden. His goals is that those in the upper echelons of wealth and riches supply the most money.

The legislator considers the bill as a tool to move towards fairer tax systems that do not punish the low-income citizens.

The bill excludes donations intended for welfare institutions. It also keeps tax exemptions and deductions for donations aimed to the Costa Rican state, any autonomous or semi-autonomous institutions working for or with the government, municipal corporations, public universities, education boards, and the Cruz Roja Costarricense among others.

“We will continue to propose mechanisms of the redistribution of wealth in order to fight the serious inequality issues that Costa Rica faces,” Araya said. “There is nothing new to it as some other countries  have applied similar rules seeking the common good.”



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Company to invest $2 million in Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Okay Industries, a U.S.-based manufacturer of medical devices, is reinvesting in its Costa Rica operation with a $2 million plan to expand and improve its manufacturing technology.

According to the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior, the company is located in the Zona Franca section of El Coyol in Alajuela. It has been operating in Costa Rica for at least five years and has around 55 employees. Okay Industries intends to add about 30 new jobs for operators and engineers, the foreign trade ministry said.

The $2 million investment is intended to allow its Costa Rican manufacturing plant to make nano-machinery and merge laser-cutting technology with secondary forming processes used to create the tubes used in medical devices.

"Medical devices have allowed the country to diversify its export supply and place it in second as a sector in national exports, only after the agricultural sector,” Alexander Mora, the Costa Rican foreign trade minister said in a statement.

“In addition, thanks to this sector, a robust ecosystem has been developed in Costa Rica with local suppliers, which have formed a solid base of productively chained suppliers. This has undoubtedly strengthened our position, and today we are one of the leading global investment destinations for medical technology, which includes such well-known companies as Okay Industries.”