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Cecilia Sánchez, the justice minister, gets portrait drawn by prisoner.
Fair becomes fight between minister and legislators
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

After some controversy led to a sparring match between members of the legislative assembly and the justice ministry, a craft and culture fair was moved from the Bulevar de Asamblea Legislativa to the Centro Nacional de Cultural in San José.

Fairs and vendors and protests are a common sight on the cobblestone walkway that runs from Parque Nacional to the judiciary headquarters with the legislature’s chambers between.

This particular event, however, has a more interesting element: the people setting up shop also happen to be convicted prisoners serving sentences for varying crimes.

The fact that prisoners were going to be in close proximity to the chambers of the legislature sparked some staunch opposition from a group of deputies.

One of the more prominent voices to that opposition was the libertarian deputy, Natalia Diaz.

According to the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz, the prisoner’s artisan fair is still scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. with the location simply changing.

The incident produced a strong condemnation from Cecilia Sánchez, the justice minister.

“The right of our population to have opportunities of insertion and respect for human dignity is undeniable,” she said.
“Faced with all sorts of prejudice and stereotypes, it will be unavoidable. We will have our fair because there will always be good sense in other people and other institutions that do understand this is a human rights issue.”

“Perhaps the challenge is not to open doors, but to open minds, especially with those who should be called and who are called to build a more inclusive society,” she stingingly added.

Ms. Sánchez then added examples such as a 7-year-old approaching a juvenile delinquent and asking him if he wanted to paint together at the last fair held two weeks ago in the Parque de Alajuela.

She even goes with her own example in sitting down with a prisoner with a penchant for murals and talking with him as her likeness was drawn, the justice ministry said.

“We have to defeat prejudice if we want a society that is more just and inclusive,” Ms. Sánchez said.


Only 45 percent trust judicial system, report says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The goal to provide a better justice system is still a work in progress in Costa Rica, despite higher investments and higher amounts of recruiting, according to the second Estado de la Justicia report.

The second state of justice report is made with the collaboration of the Estado de la Nación program and in agreement with Poder Judicial.

The report finds that the amount of access to the judicial system is one of its greatest strengths. This is based, in part, on the amount of cases received each year.

According to the statistics provided, an average of 600,000 new cases are received out of a population of roughly 4.5 million.

However, when analyzing the number of cases received by each of the 15 judicial branches across the country from to 2010 to 2015, a clear decrease in the complaints filed can be spotted.

While the total number of cases filed in 2010 exceeded 650,000 a year, in 2015 that figure stands just above 600,000.

The decline in litigation coincides with a decline in the confidence citizens have in the judiciary. In 2004, 60 percent of people surveyed claimed to trust the system. 11 years later in 2015, only 45 percent did.

This occurs at a time when the country's per capita expenditure on judicial management has increased from $32.2 per person in 2000 to $361 in 2015, the study reads.

Also, the number of judges rose from 15 per every 100,000 inhabitants in 2000 to 27 per 100,000 people in 2015. In the case of prosecutors, the figure increased from 5 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2000 to 12 in 2015.

Although the increase in the amount of resources for the administration of justice grew significantly, both its territorial distribution and the productivity of the different judicial districts shows severe inequalities.

Such is the case with the Third Judicial District comprising the capital of San José. The report stated that the third district solves 196 cases per official each year.

Meanwhile, the First Judicial District of the Zona Atlántico shows the lowest productivity, with 81 cases solved per officer.

In regards to workload, the investigations of criminal cases are the ones who top the list, followed by judicial collection and traffic cases.

Estado de la Justicia emphasizes that, although there is a direct relationship between the amount of budget allocation and the number of cases admitted, this is not always true.

The Third Judicial District of San José received 7.9 billion colons and served 47,000 cases in a year.

The Second Judicial District of Guanacaste and the First Judicial District in the the Atlantic zone received 8.2 and 8.1 million colons respectively. Those districts served 23,000 and 27,000 cases.

The report points then out another glaring shortcoming of the judicial system in the small amount of sanctions relative to an increasing number of complaints.

The analysis reveals that only 15 percent of the complaints that come before the court of judicial inspection end up in an effective penalty essentially meaning that there is little punishment and penalization once sentencing is done.

With cases of tax inspection, that percentage becomes 18.

With the office of internal affairs for the Judicial Investigating Organization, that drops to 13 percent and 27 percent in the disciplinary unit for public security forces.

The report indicates that the judiciary should also pay close attention to its deficit in the pension plans for its employees.

There have been rumblings and grumblings among some judicial workers and a mismanagement of the situation could lead to a halt on all the services, the report gloomily said.

Another recommendation calls to redefine the roles of the Corte Supremo’s magistrates, which seldom have to deal with chores that could be easily delegated in other departments.


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According to a report, authorities tracked the area after a warning was made about a possible air accident in the early hours of the morning.

Police discovered the aircraft completely burnt and an unidentified body found among the wreckage. Officials believe the plane has a Panamanian registration. The investigation now includes members of the Fuerza Pública, civil aviation authorities and the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

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Inter-American highway gets some road maintenance over weekend

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The Inter-American highway received some repair work by the public works ministry over the weekend.

According to the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, a total investment of around $6.12 million in colons was made for the highway with the majority of the work concentrated on the section between Liberia and La Cruz. That constitutes at least 18 kilometers worth of road.

The work includes stabilizing the base level of the road with cement before applying a layer of asphalt mix, the Conservación de Vías y Puentes del Consejo Nacional de Vilalidad said.


Website shows environmental viability

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The environmental ministry released a new website this past Friday detailing information related to the impact that forests, water and energy has on the economy.

This website uses data and collects all the information from the Contabilidad de los Recursos Naturales and can be freely consulted by anyone interested, the Ministerio del Ambiente y Energía said.

This is an initiative promoted by the finance, planning and environmental ministries of the Costa Rican government but it is also being done in conjunction with the World Bank, the Banco Central, the statistics institute and WAVES, or the Wealth Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services.

The group is a World Bank-led global partnership launched in 2010 for examining and promoting natural capital accounting.

The group’s steering committee will be involved with the website, the environmental ministry said.

The preparation for the accounts was carried out by Banco Central and the environmental ministry. The Contabilidad data makes it possible to determine if the pace of economic growth is sustainable and demonstrates the capacity of national wealth that can be achieved without sacrificing the country’s natural assets, the government said.

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A Memorial Day reflection

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

This past Memorial Day weekend, along with honoring all of our fallen heroes, let us remember the 147 U.S. women and Native American Indian and Alaskan fallen heroes who have been killed in the War on Terrorism.

Since the attack on the United States on Sept.11, 2001, a total of 147 women deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait have lost their lives in service to the United States. Most Americans, and even members of the media, are not aware that 147 brave servicewomen have died in the War on Terrorism.

Native American Indians have served in the U.S. Armed Forces in every major military conflict since the Revolutionary War and in greater numbers per capita than any other ethnic group.

Before World War II and in the decades since, tens of thousands of American Indians have enlisted in the Armed Forces to serve their country at a rate much greater than any other ethnicity.

Yet, among all the monuments and statutes along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., not one stands in recognition of the military contribution of the Native American Veteran.

The push for a memorial can be traced back to the 1980s when the well-known Three Soldiers sculpture was unveiled near the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Depicted are three American soldiers: one white, one black and a Hispanic.

Our mission is to engrave the names of the 147 U.S. women and 90 Native American Indian fallen heroes who have been killed in the War on Terrorism on the walls of the 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial at Patriots Park in Venice, Florida,  by Sept. 11, 2017.

This is not about political correctness in singling out a specific ethnic group but merely a belated recognition.

The below is a list of the names of deployed military women killed since 9/11, updated on June 15, 2016.

It should be viewed with sober reflection and gratitude for the courageous women who gave their lives in service to the United States. Unless otherwise indicated, all servicewomen listed served in the Army:

To view the list click HERE.

To view the names of Native American Indian and Alaskan Native American fallen heroes killed in the War on Terrorism click HERE.

To view the names already engraved on the walls of the 9/11 Fallen Heroes Memorial at Patriots Park in Venice, Florida, click HERE.

Respectfully,


E.F. “Gene” Sweeney
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Costa Ricans off to compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu championship
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A group of six Costa Ricans are going to Long Beach, California, this Thursday to compete in the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu World Championship.

The competition will last over a period of four days and include fighters participating in various categories, organizers said. The championship is organized by the Federación Internacional de Jiu Jitsu Brasileño in partnership with the U.S. Jiu-Jitsu Federation.

The championship is expected to host teams from five different continents. This type of martial art is a combat sport of Japanese origin that focuses primarily on melee fighting on the ground.

The idea is to use techniques designed to immobilize and pin one’s opponent down regardless of size or strength. The combat techniques apparently date back to the Kodokan school of judo and were first brought to Brazil by Mitsuyo Maeda and other judo masters, organizers said.

Brazilian Jiu-jitsu has a system of bet ranks similar to many other martial arts from Japan like judo and Aikido. Alci Cleiton, the head trainer and black belt with the Academia Alliance Costa Rica, said that participating in the championship represents the growth of martial arts in Costa Rica. "In recent years we have noticed a flowering of this type of sports in the country,” he said.

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Daniel Hernández, member of the Costa Rican team.

“A clear sign is the growth in the number of academies that exist throughout the area. Now we have better chances to excel in events of first quality such as the World Cup.”

According to the international federation’s website, first place is currently held, in the men’s and women’s section respectively, by Leandro Lo and Mackenzie Der. In addition to bragging rights, both competitors received a $15,000 prize for their award.


Tobacco use declines following legal and social strategy, survey says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Seven years after the approval of the Ley 9028, which sought to diminish tobacco consumption among the general population, the results show a decline in the amount of consumers from all ages, according to a new survey.

The sixth National Survey on Drug Use in the General Population includes data from 2015 and seeks to evaluate how public policy impacts the patterns of drug consumption. It is issued by the Instituto de Alcoholismo y Farmacodependencia.

The study shows that in 2010, 18 percent of men and 8 percent of women smoked on a regular basis. While for 2015, those figures had lowered to 15 percent for men and 5.5 percent for women.

The most active smokers of either gender are 20 to 29 year olds.
The law created a specific tax of 20 colones for each cigarette, cigars and its byproducts, whether they are imported or not.
Of that amount 60 percent goes to the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social, 20 percent to the health ministry, 10 percent to the institute and 2 percent to the Instituto Costarricense del Deporte y  la Recreación.

In addition, the law forbids smoking in shopping malls, bars, restaurants, parks, bus and taxi stops, ports and airports, workplaces, restrooms, public administration offices, sports facilities, elevators, gas stations and ATM’s.

"Although the low level of consumption has made us the second country in Latin America with less prevalence, only surpassed by Panama, we cannot be satisfied,” said Teresita Arrieta, director of the smoke-free environments  program at the Instituto.

“In other countries, consumption levels have dropped and suddenly raise again”, she added. “That’s a wake up call so that we are vigilant and do not abandon the programs we have."

Another finding of the study shows that San José is the canton with the highest consumption of tobacco. 16.4 percent of residents smoke, while In Coto Brus only 2.4 percent of people smoke on a regular basis.

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Tobacco use is decreasing with limited smoking areas and increasing prices.

Aside from San José, the cantons of Tibás, San Pablo, Valverde Vega, Siquirres, Goicoechea, Santa Ana, Puriscal, Moravia and Leon Cortés Castro, are the ones with the highest percentage of active consumption.

These are the people who have smoked in the months prior to the study.

In the case of teenagers and secondary school students, tobacco consumption dropped from from 6 percent in 2012 to 2.4 percent in 2015. In average, teenagers try their first cigarette when they are 13 years old.

"In these cases, the success lies in the fact that tobacco advertising is outlawed, as are the sales of packs smaller than 20 units,” said Ms. Arrieta.

“The health warnings recorded on the packaging and the increase in taxes make it difficult for teenagers and other vulnerable groups to buy it.”

From a global perspective, tobacco is the cause of death for almost 6 million people every year.

About 80 percent of premature deaths due to tobacco use occur in low and middle income countries, according to the World Health Organization.



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Gas problems are on decline, report says, but prices still remain high
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Every year since 2014, the average amount of gas stations that fill up less gasoline to customers has remained at 28 cases, according to recent data provided by the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Publicos.

The latest figures are from 2016 and show that Autoridad carried out more than 1,406 inspections to 353 gas stations, as part of the Aresep’s quality control program.

Aside from the 28 cases where less gasoline was sold, there were 11 cases where the product had sediments or other chemical problems. In one case, the station was not charging the right prices that are mandated by law.

According to Aresep, the rate of non-compliances decreased 15 percent when compared to the data of 2015 and 47 percent when compared to that of 2014.

A total of 208 non-compliant gas stations spotted between 2013 and 2015 have been subject to sanctions.

In 80 of those cases, the companies have been fined. From that total, 56 percent were fined for delivering less product and 44 percent because of quality issues. According to the Autoridad, the fines add up a total of $310,000.

On Friday, the Autoridad approved a decrease in the price of gasoline, which will be effective this coming week the day after it is published in the government’s daily La Gaceta.
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Gas problems are on the decline excluding the high prices.

The liter of super blend will be 597 colons, accounting for a 25 colon decrease from the current price.

In the case of the plus blend, the price will set at 569, 28 less colons than the current cost.

Meantime, diesel fuel will have a 20 colones reduction, setting its price at 470.

In a statement, the Autoridad explained that changes in prices are a consequence of the oil production increase in China, which has led to an increase in the international supply and a decrease in prices.


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Homeland Security ponders
banning laptops as carry-ons


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Homeland Security chief says he's considering banning laptop computers from the passenger cabins of all international flights to and from the United States.

John Kelly says there are signs of a real threat against civilian aviation from carry-on electronic devices.

Speaking on the “Fox News Sunday” television program, Kelly said terrorists are obsessed with the idea of knocking down an airplane in flight.

The ban would expand a March order that affects about 50 flights per day to the United States from 10 cities, in the Middle East and North Africa. The ban requires all electronics larger than a smartphone to be checked in.

About 3,250 flights a week are expected this summer between European Union countries and the United States, according to aviation industry figures.

Britain has taken similar measures targeting flights from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.

In Europe last week, during President Donald Trump's nine-day foreign trip, Kelly met with European Commission officials in Brussels to discuss a possible laptop ban in airplane cabins.


Biofortified seeds can help
fight against malnutrition


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists are helping to combat the world hunger crisis by breeding nutrient-packed crops that will fill stomachs and lessen the effects of malnutrition.

It’s called biofortification.

It sounds complicated, but the concept is simple: create smarter seeds that grow into more nutrient-dense staple crops than regular ones. Then distribute the seeds on a large scale to farmers in developing countries, so they can grow crops that are more nutritious.

This is what researchers at HarvestPlus, a Washington-based nonprofit, have been doing on a large scale since 2003, feeding an estimated 20 million people in 30 countries.

Their biofortified seeds pack one or more vital nutrients, such as iron, zinc and Vitamin A, said Bev Postma, HarvestPlus’ CEO.

“It’s very important that the seeds are not just high in nutrition, but that they are still high-yielding, they are pest resistant, they are climate resistant,” she said.

Deficiencies of these nutrients can leave people more vulnerable to illness and infections, and in extreme cases cause blindness and stunt growth. Children are especially affected.

The organization’s research has found that many of these effects can be reversed in a matter of months once nutrient-packed foods are introduced into the local diet.

HarvestPlus scientists have produced 150 varieties of 12 staple foods, including corn, beans, rice, lentils and wheat.

In 2003, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gave the organization a $25 million grant over four years to help them scale up. This year, they are one of eight finalists for a $100 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, which could help them realize their goal of reaching 1 billion people with biofortified crops by 2030.

“We’re not trying to change behavior, we are looking to see what people are eating and we are just switching out to make that food more nutritious,” Ms. Postma said.

Biofortified seeds are produced in a traditional manner, and they are not genetically modified.

The seeds are distributed through seed companies and sometimes directly to farmers.

“We’ve learned that in some countries, if we give the seed away, we can encourage the farmers to not just grow this new variety, but then ask them to give the next year’s seed that they harvest to four new farmers,” Ms. Postma said.

In other instances, she said, they work with seed companies to persuade them to adopt biofortified seeds and sell them as part of a package of options to farmers.

“We find in some instances it is better if farmers are paying for these seeds, because then there is a perceived value and adoption is higher,” she said. Ms. Postma said they try to make sure that their seeds are not more expensive than regular varieties.

The organization works with government agriculture and health ministries in developing countries to encourage them to adopt biofortified seeds as a cost-effective way to solve some of their major health problems.


Blockchain tech becoming
more mainstream in business


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

More conventional companies and businesses are looking at the technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Known as blockchain, it is a public digital ledger that keeps a running tally of all cryptocurrency transactions within a distributed network of computers. Once they are recorded, transactions cannot be edited or removed, thus adding to the chain.

“It’s kind of like if you share an Excel file with a group of your employees at the office, but you don’t know exactly who updated it,” explained Hudson Jameson, chief operating officer and blockchain lead at Oaken Innovations. “Every time that you update the file, it gets updated on every other computer.”

Blockchains eliminate the need for intermediary parties, by relying on a decentralized network of computers, or nodes, to verify all transactions. Bitcoin uses blockchain technology to enable anonymous, peer-to-peer payments, which is why the digital currency is often associated with illegal activity.

But developers are realizing blockchain technology can be equally useful in traditional, commercial applications.

“There’s this whole trend of enterprise blockchains, which is essentially using certain aspects of blockchain technology, like this global shared ledger, but without native cryptocurrency, so a way to represent their actual balance sheets and just kind of transact them more efficiently with their peers,” said Alex Sunnarborg, research analyst at Coindesk.

Bitcoin’s blockchain protocol is also seeing competition from startups like Ethereum, which issues ether, a competing digital currency. Like bitcoin, the Ethereum protocol is open-source. Users can not only conduct transactions with ether, but interested developers can program and build applications that run on the same blockchain protocol and use ether as a form of payment.

Jameson’s startup developed a hardware and software platform for cars based on the Ethereum blockchain.

This machine-to-machine communication allows direct access to the digital currency stored in one’s digital wallet. Transactions are processed on the spot without going outside of the network.

“Automakers are now starting to get interested in blockchain. They’re seeing what it can do for the future for autonomous cars and some data-sharing applications,” Jameson said.

Companies like Toyota, UnitedHealth Group and Fidelity are exploring blockchain technologies as a way to streamline operations and cut costs. In doing so, they are also lending legitimacy to the space.

Only time will tell whether blockchain can set off a chain reaction.

“How it evolves into government frameworks is yet to be seen,” added Sunnarborg. “But it’s really hard to stop it at this point, it’s like once the cat’s out of the bag with this new technology it’s out there, and people are going to continue to transact.”

Free supermarket showcases
Australia's food waste issue


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Australia has opened a so-called rescued food supermarket that operates on a “take what you need, give what you can” model.

The market, known as Oz Harvest, was founded by a South African-born entrepreneur and is part of international efforts to curb global food waste.

Ronni Kahn founded the Oz Harvest charity in 2004 because she was appalled by the amount of food wasted by Australia’s hospitality services.

In the past 13 years, Oz Harvest has received unwanted food from hundreds of restaurants and businesses, and has delivered more than 60 million meals to the needy across Australia.

It has now opened the country’s first rescued food supermarket in Sydney.

“The food that you are seeing in this supermarket today has come from everywhere in the food supply chain. We have over 2,500 donors that give us food either on a daily (or) a weekly basis,” Ms. Kahn said.

She said the project is helping to raise awareness of food waste around the world.

“A third of all food globally goes to waste,” she said. “That is unconscionable. People do not actually have a notion of what that could look like. Yes, that they know they walk into a supermarket and reject an apple but do not actually think what that means, and here in this free supermarket where you can take what you need and give if you can, it is to put out into the public that opportunity to come in and learn, come in and engage and it is a great collaboration.”

Australia is a throwaway society. It is estimated that food waste costs the economy about $15 billion a year.

About a third of all discarded produce is thrown away by businesses, sometimes because vegetables and fruit have blemishes or an irregular shape.

Food waste campaigner Katie Barfield says corporate Australia is very wasteful.

“Business models are set up to have waste,” she said. “So if you imagine you go into a bakery at the end of the day and there was just one loaf of bread. Now that would be really good for the environment but really bad for the business, because no one wants to buy that loaf of bread and plus no one is really wanted to go in there for the last half-hour because there is nothing in there that looks particularly appetizing.”

“So the way that industry works is that it will just fill the shelves, and it has to have a certain amount of product available at the close of trading and so it deliberately produces waste,” Ms. Barfield added.

Australia’s minister for the environment and energy, Josh Frydenberg, said wasted food depletes other precious resources.

“The excesses in the agricultural production, the land and the water that is wasted producing that surplus food that we do not eat, as well as the landfill and the environmental cost that we incur,” he said, listing the resources. “We need to improve our supply chains.”

And then there is the issue of feeding the hungry.

“With more than 600,000 Australians seeking food relief every month, we also have a moral imperative to ensure we reduce our food waste and that the surplus food goes to those most in need,” Frydenberg said.

Under the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals, food waste is to be reduced globally by 50 percent by 2030. The Australian government has adopted a similar target.


Eight killed in Mississippi
shooting rampage Saturday


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A man was arrested Sunday for killing eight people in the southern U.S. state of Mississippi in a shooting rampage at three separate houses the night before.

Willie Corey Godbolt, 35, was arrested after the deadly attacks, which allegedly began when he got into a dispute with his wife and in-laws.

One of the victims was Deputy Sheriff William Durr.

"My pain wasn't designed for him. He was just there," Godbolt said of the deputy, speaking to local paper the Clarion-Ledger. "We was talking about me trying to take the children home. Somebody called the officer…That's what they do. They intervene. It cost him his life. I'm sorry."

The names of the other seven victims, two of whom were children, have not been released as police are informing their families.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation said charges against Godbolt have not yet been filed, as it is too early to determine a motive.


Gregg Allman passes away
peacefully at age 69


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Southern rock legend Gregg Allman has died in Savannah, Georgia, at age 69, according to his family.

Allman, whose blues guitar and vocals became representative of an entire genre of country-and-blues-tinged rock music, had been in poor health. He announced in March 2017 that he was canceling all performances for the rest of the year.

The family said in a statement that Allman passed away peacefully in his home near the southeastern U.S. coast Saturday.

The Nashville-born musician, known for his long, blond hair, originally began playing music with his brother, Duane, when the two were teenagers. The two boys, close in age, initially shared a guitar bought at Sears.

After years of playing together in various groups, the self-titled Allman Brothers Band had just begun to achieve mainstream success in 1971 when Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident at age 24.

Gregg Allman carried on with the Allman Brothers Band for decades afterward, releasing such famous Southern rock tunes as "Whipping Post," "Ramblin' Man" and "Midnight Rider," and influencing untold numbers of Southern songwriters who followed.

In 1995, the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It won a Grammy for the instrumental "Jessica" the following year.

Allman abused drugs and alcohol until the mid-1990s. While he spent the final two decades of his life sober, his health was affected by the excess of his earlier years. He underwent a liver transplant in 2010.

Throughout his recovery and later health problems, Allman maintained that playing music was essential to his survival. The year after his liver transplant, he released a solo album called "Low Country Blues."

During his five-decade career Allman worked with many of the greats of American blues and rock 'n' roll, including Wilson Pickett, Neil Young, Clarence Carter, Eric Clapton and T-Bone Burnett.

The band established a tradition of playing a multi-night residency at New York City's Beacon Theater once a year for most of two decades. Their final residency at the Beacon ended in October 2014.

He was married several times, including one famous but brief pairing with pop superstar Cher. He had five children.

Allman was the most famous face of a band that saw more than its share of tragedy.

In addition to the death of brother Duane, the Allman Brothers Band lost its bassist, Berry Oakley, to a motorcycle accident in 1972. In January of this year, another founding member of the band, Butch Trucks, committed suicide. Like Allman, he was 69.


Iran preparing to bankroll
pro-Assad fighters in Syria


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Syrian government has asked Iran to take over the supervision and payroll of thousands of Shi'ite militiamen fighting alongside Russian and Syrian troops in support of President Bashar al-Assad, according to a government source and a news report.

The pro-opposition Syrian news website Zaman Al Wasel reported that it obtained a Syrian defense ministry document saying the Assad regime has approved a plan to give Iran responsibility for paying foreign fighters who are mostly Shi'ites of varying nationalities. Shi'ite fighters mostly are paid in cash from Iran, the Syrian government and coffers of the Lebanese-based, pro-Iranian Hezbollah, according to analysts.

Iran would foot the bill alone in the future, a Syrian official said on the condition of anonymity, confirming the Al Wasel report.

“The number of Shia militia has increased dramatically during the last two months,” the official said.

“While a big part of these militia were recruited by Iran, a relatively big part was recruited by the Syrian government directly. We are speaking about more than 50,000 militants from different nationalities. The Syrian government requested that Iran provide for all of the mentioned militias.”

The document from Al Wasel put the number of fighters to be paid at 88,733, a figure analysts say is exaggerated. They estimate that about 10,000 Iranian combat troops are in Syria fighting alongside thousands of fighters from Lebanon's Tehran-affiliated Shiite militia Hezbollah and assorted Shiite militia made up of renegade Pakistanis, central Asians and other nationalities.

Since January 2013, more than 1,000 members of Iran’s elite Quds Force or other elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) units have been killed fighting in Syria.

Tehran says its forces are in Syria to protect the Zeinab Shrine in Damascus, a Shi'ite holy site. But since 2011, Iran has been a major backer of the Syrian regime in its war with rebel groups across the country, at first sending advisers, then forces from the Revolutionary Guard and expanding far beyond the shrine area.

Iran has long expressed a desire to command a unified army in the region, particularly in Syria, and its growing power in Syria and Iraq is causing unease in Western capitals. In an interview with the Mashregh news agency last August, Mohammad Ali Falaki, a guard leader, announced formation of a unified army in Syria, which appears to have come to loose fruition.

In the long run, the formation of a unified army in Syria under Tehran supervision appears very practical, analysts say.

“It seems plausible that the Syrian government shift the responsibility for management and organization of the militias, especially where financial burden is concerned,” said Rasool Nafisi, a Middle East affairs expert in Washington.

Asserting its military prowess would help Iran push its political agenda in the region, some analysts believe.

But unifying Assad supporters under Tehran’s umbrella could worsen sectarian conflict in the region between Shi'ites and Sunni, analysts say.

Iran is looking for any chance to increase its influence and gain an upper hand against Saudi Arabia, its strongest rival in the war of minds and hearts, analysts say. Saudi Arabia and Iran support rival groups in Syria's civil war. And in a speech in Saudi Arabia, President Donald Trump accused Tehran of contributing to instability in the region.

While Syria has relied on Iran militarily in the fight against rebels and Islamic State, it’s unlikely to grant Tehran a controlling foothold in the country, analysts say.


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* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

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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
go to www.ranchforsalecostarica.com  Call Darin Ricco, phone +619-846-8249 or email:  darin_ricco@hotmail.com
9183-6/13/17

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Owner Financing in San Ramon
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

Penthouse
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Costa Rica penthouse for sale
 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

Business for sale or lease (paid category)

Live the dream!
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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9215-3/22/18


Remax
Tamarindo
www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices. For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo ~ Toll Free: 1-866-976-8898 or email:  info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com  or click here www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com
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9174-2/7/18

Real estate-related services (paid category)

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9142-7/27/17
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Getting re-acquainted with flowers
not grown in Costa Rica


There comes a time in the life of every expat in Costa Rica when you yearn to go "on holiday" as the Brits say. Appropriate, as our holiday was to the British Isles. One isle actually, since England and Wales are contiguous.

There are many lovely times of year to visit the U.K. Ours was not one of them. Early spring can be very cold when your blood is tuned to the warmth of the tropics, but we did have a lovely time getting re-acquainted with flowers we can’t grow in Costa Rica. And those flowers were everywhere. Everywhere we looked, the yards were full of flowers.


Victoria Torley
 Even the lawns were alive with
 drifts of tiny daisies that seemed
 to hug the ground for warmth.

  I think I noticed the lilacs first,
 but I almost didn’t recognize
 them for the depth of their color.
 If lilacs in the States are the
 color lilac, then the ones in the
 UK are just purple – a rich lush
 purple – or bright white.


Frost may have been nipping at my nose, but the lilacs were flourishing, splendid, and fragrant. I hear there is a type of lilac that may grow in our climate and if that is true, I have to find it.

When we arrived in London, the daffodils were spent but the tulips were still blooming. As we traveled north, though, we found the daffies blooming in many yards and I was able to get my fill of their fragrance.

Then there were the baskets of our childhood friends, the pansies, heaped in baskets and smiling at us at the hotel doors. So many colors and scented just the way I remember them. And the wisteria! Yes, we have the blooms of queen’s wreath and jade vine, but they have no scent, while the wisteria can scent an entire garden.

In England, the climb the walls everywhere and overhang the doors. Sometimes they are joined by clematis in colors and shapes I hadn’t seen before. Amazing.

Then there are the ash groves where the trees have trunks and branches so huge you can imagine Robin Hood in them. Many of the woodlands are free from undergrowth – no machete needed – but others are underlain by bluebells.

Bluebells, we are told, are the “iconic English flower” and protected. They are everywhere, on the roadside, under the trees, and even poke from the hedges. To top it off, they have a wonderful fragrance.

I really enjoyed seeing old friends and seeing other flowers that were new to me, but it is good to be home. After all, I haven’t had dirt under my nails for a month!

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The petunia is a humble flower, simple and ordinary but with extraordinary color. To me, they work best where they can spill over an edge – a basket or a window box – but they are happy in many places. Since they are originally a tropical flower (from Argentina), they do well in our climate although they may need a bit of shade. There are dozens of hybrids to choose from so you can have your pick of colors and blooms with a single trumpet or ruffles. Just remember that they take a bit of deadheading to continue blooming.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

It looks as if the Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago, commonly known as Bancrédito, is getting a new lease on life albeit one mandated by a new plan issued by the government to turn it into a development bank.

"The bank does not close, it continues to operate, it continues to collect outstanding loans and continues to pay its creditors,” Sergio Alfaro, the minister of the presidency, said in a statement.

“The people who owe money have to keep paying their dues and the people who have deposited their money in the bank can have total peace of mind that Bancrédito will pay the debt due in time.”

With the upcoming transformation, the bank will continue to function as a state bank and will keep its operations related to trusts, fee collection, offering prepaid cards, logistical services to businesses and state entities and administrating the stores of the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social, Casa Presidencial said.

This decision to turn the bank into one focused on development, instead of a commercial bank, was justified by the government due to budgetary concerns. In simple terms, the amount of effort required to maintain the commercial status of the bank would be too great. The Consejo de Gobierno ratified its support for the bank’s board of directors and recommended public sector groups continue to do business with the bank. Interestingly enough, this board of directors were appointed in April.

Based on regulations required by the Banco Central, the financial intermediation that Bancrédito needs also means collecting financial resources from the public for the purpose of allocating them to any form of credit or investment in securities regardless of the legal figure used. This is at the intermediary’s risk, according to Casa Presidencial.

As to what happens to the people employed with the bank, their jobs are not on the chopping block in the immediate future however Alfaro announced that may be a gradual repositioning of people.

The Bank will be open during the weekend in regular hours in case the clients want to approach to clarify doubts about the process or to carry out ordinary operations.

Finally, the board of directors of the institution was asked to order a thorough and independent investigation to determine the reasons that led the entity to the current situation of financial fragility. The results of this research must be presented to the Consejo in the last quarter of 2017.