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Garabito mayor fined for violating a court order
By Rommel Téllez
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A court of law fined the mayor of Garabito for going ahead with the construction of a boulevard despite a judicial order that halted the works.

According to resolution 16-001381-CA-4, issued by the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo, Mayor Tobías Murillo has been sentenced to pay around $800 out of his own pocket for not abiding by the law.

Aside from the fine, the sentence also establishes that he could be forced to pay for any other damages and compensations that may result of the continuation of the aforementioned works.

"It is clear he did not comply with a judicial order issued by this same authority," said the judge issuing the sentence, Sady Jiménez Quesada. “That shows a clear disrespect that can not be tolerated.

The sentence was issued on May 26, 2017, and notified on Monday.

Murillo confirmed Monday afternoon the existence of the sentence and said he was taken by surprise, since he had a hearing for that same case scheduled for June.

"I had previously been acquitted for this case, and I have audio recordings to prove it," he said. "The construction of the boulevard started before my administration and a prior judge understood that."

Murillo explained that the only thing he has done is to protect the cobblestones used in the project. He said once the works were stopped, thieves stole about 1,000 pieces.

"Then I urged the workers to cover the remainder of the cobblestones with sand to stop the thefts,"he added. "I was protecting public goods."

Murillo said the whole situation has his removal as mayor as an underlying goal. He stressed that his projects are conflicting with the private interests represented by a small, local political party.

Murillo is a member of Partido Liberación Nacional.

"I'm seeking to build a center for public institutions to open their local branch," he explained.

"Here residents would find social security, judicial, health and other administrative offices.”

"It will be built somewhere between Herradura and Jacó on donated property I've fought for," he added. "That bothers some investors who are afraid of losing clients that would move to that area."

The complaint before the court was filed by Walter Brenes as he believes any project in Jacó should abide by the rules. Brenes heads Energy Law Firm. He said that living in front of the place where the boulevard is being built led to question if environmental laws were observed.

"Many ideas coming from the municipality are just random and lack the proper analysis and permits," he said. "Then I learned the construction of the boulevard lacks the environmental permits from the Secretaría Técnica Nacional Ambiental."

The Secretaría is the government agency in charge of assessing the risks any construction would have on the environment.

Brenes has also filed several other complaints before the municipality and denies working for someone else. He explained that, as an environmental lawyer, he is taking this cases from a personal perspective.

"I've filed complaints for water pollution, sewage problems and illegal use of water sources," he added.

According to the sentence, the mayor has five business days to deposit the amount of the fine or else he will be subject to pay interest rates.

However, Murillo said he will appeal the decision and find out what's really going on in the courts.




Costa Rica's EMT's recognized despite challenges
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The emergency medical team of Costa Rica’s social security fund became the first country in the Americas to receive verification from the World Health Organization as part of its emergency medical treatment, or EMT, services.

EMTs are teams made up of health professionals who provide direct clinical care to areas affected by emergencies or disasters, the health ministry said.

The Ministerio de Salud and the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social seemed to burst with joy at the recognition obtained with statements released shortly after getting the official certificate of approval from the WHO.

The health minister said that it was an honor to receive the recognition and the WHO director-general, Margaret Chan, said that this represented a very strong recognition of the capacity of the country to respond to emergency situations.

WHO said in the letter that Costa Rica’s emergency response teams demonstrated a “satisfactory commitment to the principle guiding patient care as well as a high level of adherence and ability to implement the basic and technical standards for a Type 1 EMT.”

The level of which this type is referring to is the ability to respond and provide emergency ambulatory care to over 100 people each day, the health ministry said. This includes stabilizing them while on their way to the hospital.

The verification process by the WHO began back in mid-February, the Caja said in its statement.

It confirmed that Costa Rican EMTs comply with principles and standards determined by the WHO as far as readiness and deployment in emergency areas or disasters.

These are the same responders who were deployed during the national effort to relieve the northern part of the country that was hit hardest by Hurricane Otto.

“So far, EMT teams from Russia, China, Japan, Australia, Israel and the U.K. have been classified. Costa Rica is the first country in the region to join the global EMT roster,” the statement from Salud concludes.

“Several other countries in the Americas are working hard to classify their own EMTs. A third of the countries registered for the verification process come from the Americas.”

While these emergency response units have been praised for their work, regular emergency services have been noted on needing more resources and manpower.

A.M. Costa Rica reported on this need back in February around the time that experts from the WHO were collecting data for their final determination.

Some ambulance drivers who double as EMTs from the Cruz Roja Costarricense noted that there were not enough people volunteering and not enough money to hire more staff.

Many staffers work twelve-hour shifts for days on end.

Moreover response times varied depending on who one asked and for the obvious indicators of traffic and quality of road being traveled on.


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Jorge Roldán is a physician who has lived and worked in Santa María de Dota for the last 18 years. He's always known firsthand that this is one of the places with the highest suicide rates in the country.

In fact, Santa María de Dota is the canton with the highest suicide attempts rate, according to a research conducted by the Ministry of Health in 2015. However, this phenomena really struck Roldán at the beginning of 2013, when three residents of the area decided to take their own lives.

"It was a tragedy as any other suicide, but in this case it shocked me because these were three people I would have never expected to make that decision." he explained.

After he found no data about the suicide rates in this area, he decided to look for people who would help him understand what was going on. First, he got in touch with the school of sociology at Universidad Nacional but they did not pay much attention. He then decided to turn to Universidad de Costa Rica and sought an appointment with the rector.

"I was lucky that her secretary understood the importance of the situation and granted me a tiny time slot to talk to him." he said.

He then took the mayor and the local priest to the meeting and explained his goal: to get the support of the university in order to better understand why people committed suicide in his town.

"That same year, the university started their field investigation and a complete strategy to comprehend the reasons behind the suicidal rates," he said.

Ever since, a group of specialists from the Vicerrectoría de Acción Social have been interviewing people, collecting data and analyzing why residents tend to take fatal decisions. This intervention group has also being in charge in educating people on how to deal with frustration, depression and isolation, three of the main risk factors found during their researches.

"Residents of these areas deal with a high unemployment rate and also other circumstances that make them feel unhappy," said Adriana Maroto, one of the researchers sent by the university.

"From an external perspective, this is a beautiful yet small valley but, for some longtime residents, having the mountains so close gives them a feeling of being in a cage. As if the mountains surrounding them meant that is as far as their lives will go." Ms. Maroto explained.

Most of the work is based on a psychosocial approach to community and psychosocial dynamics. That's led the group of workers to conclude that encouraging people to build strong bonds with those they care about is one of the most efficient ways to prevent suicide.

As of today, the team of experts sent by Universidad de Costa Rica still promote strategies of community support for people with past suicide attempts and families surviving the death of a loved one because of suicide.

To achieve that goal, they provide training and awareness raising by visiting local organizations and families. Cultural and recreational activities are also carried out. For example, this year took place the first arts festival of León Cortes, on Feb. 25 and 26.

"I'm pleased to say that all these initiatives have permeated throughout the whole population, leading to some sort of support network,” added the physician. "People now know who to talk to when suicidal thoughts arise within them, their families and friends," he said.


Costa Rica ranks third in cellular lines


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In 2006, there were just 33 cell phones lines for every 100 people. Ten years later there are 170 lines per every 100 people, according to data released by the vice-ministry of telecommunications.

The data was collected after a survey was sent out to the primary telecom companies in the Costa Rican market.

This figure is surpassed only by two other countries in Latin America: Panamá and Uruguay. When this figure is compared to those countries who are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, only Austria has a bigger cell phone penetration, according to the research.

Aside from the high demand of telephones, cell phones and data plans, the country also require public policies to build more infrastructure. The idea is to continue developing a single telecommunications structure and network that is used by several operators and can be easily expanded according to the varying telecom needs, according to Estrada. 


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The consular section of the U.S. Embassy is providing an outreach event to U.S. expats and tourists at San Ramón de Alajuela this Wednesday.

According to a statement provided by the embassy, staff members will be in the COOPENAE Bank in San Ramón de Alajuela Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Services being offered include passport renewals, notary services and federal benefits as well as voter registration, officials said.

In order for staffers to assist in the areas of renewal, notarization and federal benefits, a person must email consular services HERE. The embassy said that all payments must be in cash and in colons.

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Quality of fuel improves, report says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The quality of fuel has improved and the hope is that, with less dirty fuel exhausts, then the better chance of improving air quality as well, according to the latest report on the subject.

The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos released an evaluation as to the quality of fuels in Costa Rica for 2016. The Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo, or more commonly known as RECOPE, celebrated the findings as a partial triumph on their part.

“It was determined that the products marketed in the country are superior to those distributed in the region,” the refinery company said.

2016 yielded all RECOPE stations and campuses as being within all the quality control parameters for its fuels. This includes: diesel, gas blends, Av gas, jet fuel, bunker, motor oil and naphtha.

More than 120 inspections were carried out at RECOPE facilities, the organization said.

“The significant decrease in sulfur content confirms that the quality of diesel that is distributed in Costa Rica is of very high quality and, consequently, is not comparable with what is sold in the rest of Central America,” the report says.

With the case of diesel, the analysis shows that the reduction in sulfur improved the impact that exhaust fumes and burning fuels have on the air quality and public health. RECOPE emphasized this point since the analysis also indicated that diesel is the most consumed of all fuels, it said.

Meanwhile, super blended gasoline had a lower concentration of pollutants like lead and sulfur. The results from tests on plus blends of gas also showed a decrease in pollutants. The report was issued last Thursday.


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Cartago to play host to internationally-led symposium and concert
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Banda de Conciertos de Cartago is playing host to a symposium of professional training by international directors, according to the cultural ministry.

Specialist workshops are bringing Thomas Verrier, a professor at the Blair School of Music for Vanderbilt University and Christopher Hughes of the University of Ithaca in upstate New York.

Both men are prominent directors at their respective universities, according to the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

To cap off the event, organizers are hosting a concert Friday at 7 p.m. in the Anfiteatro Municipal de Cartago.

The concert is free and open to the public and is a chance for people to see the knowledge acquired during the symposium in action as the Bandas de Conciertos of Limón and Cartago perform with the participating directors at the lead.

"For some years we have been implementing a different way of making music, a different way of directing, based on chamber music, in which the musicians listen and tune themselves,” said Ricardo Vargas, the director for the Cartago band.

“It is a modality to which they are not accustomed here because usually the musicians follow the director."

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Aside from the two U.S. directors, there will also be another three participating directors in the symposium from Argentina and the Dominican Republic.

The directors for the Bandas de Puntarenas, Alajuela, Limón, the municipal band for San José and two young directors from the Universidad de Costa Rica will participate too.

The symposium will take place at the rehearsal venue for the Banda de Conciertos de Cartago, organizers said.

During the afternoons, there will be workshops and instruction held at three hotels in Cartago area.

Vargas said that the intent is to open spaces for professional training for band directors in Costa Rica, but also Latin America as well.



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Zika spreads inflammatory damage throughout tissues, study finds
By the University of Wisconsin-Madison press staff

Zika virus infection passes efficiently from a pregnant monkey to its fetus, spreading inflammatory damage throughout the tissues that support the fetus and its developing nervous system.

This suggests the virus poses a wider threat in human pregnancies than generally appreciated, University of Wisconsin–Madison scientists have found.

The Madison researchers, along with collaborators at Duke University and the University of California, Davis, published their study of Zika-infected pregnancies today in the journal “PLOS Pathogens.”

Their work, which was funded by the National Institutes of Health, followed the pregnancies from infection in the first or third trimester, regularly assessing maternal infection and fetal development and examining the extent of infection in the fetus when the pregnancies reached term.

The researchers infected four pregnant rhesus macaque monkeys at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center with a Zika virus dose similar to what would be transferred by a mosquito bite, and found evidence that the virus was present in each monkey’s fetus.

“That is a very high level. 100 percent exposure of the virus to the fetus along with inflammation and tissue injury in an animal model that mirrors the infection in human pregnancies quite closely,” said Ted Golos, a university reproductive physiologist and professor of comparative biosciences and obstetrics and gynecology.

Three of the fetuses involved had small heads, but not quite so small relative to normal that they would meet the human standard for diagnosing microcephaly, the most striking and widely discussed result of Zika infection since Brazilian doctors raised alarm in 2014 of many babies with arrested brain development.

The new study did not find abnormal brain development, but the researchers did discover unusual inflammation in the fetal eyes, in the retinas and optic nerves, in pregnancies infected during the first trimester.

“Our eyes are basically part of our central nervous system. The optic nerve grows right out from the fetal brain during pregnancy,” Kathleen Antony, professor of maternal fetal medicine and an author of the study, said.

“Problems such as chorioretinal atrophy or microphthalmia in which the whole eye or parts of the eye just don’t grow to the expected size.”

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“It’s sobering. If microcephaly is the tip of the iceberg for babies infected in pregnancy, the rest of the iceberg may be bigger than we’ve imagined.”

The similarities between the monkey pregnancies and reported complications in Zika-affected human pregnancies further establish Zika infection in monkeys as a way to study the progression of the infection and associated health problems in people.

“There are so many things about Zika infection we can’t study as well in pregnant humans, or fast enough to make a difference for a lot of people who may be infected,” Dawn Dudley, pathology research scientist and one of the lead authors of the new research, said.

An animal model opens the door to studying how Zika infection interacts with other infections, like dengue virus, how the effects of early pregnancy infection might be different from later infection, and, according to Ms. Dudley.

It can also help to see whether quick treatment with some antiviral therapies could manage the damage of what has come to be known as congenital Zika syndrome.

“The precise pathway that the virus takes from mom’s bloodstream to the fetal bloodstream, across that interface, cannot be studied except in an animal model,” Golos said, whose research group found damage from Zika infection in every part of the interface between mother and fetus from the placenta to the amniotic fluid in the womb and the lining of uterus.

While the immediate effects may not be as dramatic as microcephaly, the results we’re seeing in monkey pregnancies make us think that, as they grow, more human babies might develop Zika-related disease pathology than is currently appreciated, Golos said.



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Ecuador’s president says
Assange still has asylum


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Ecuador's new President Lenin Moreno described WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as a hacker but said he would continue to receive asylum in the South American country's embassy in London.

“Mr. Assange is a hacker. That's something we reject, and I personally reject,” Moreno told journalists on Monday. “But I respect the situation he is in, which calls for respect of his human rights, but we also ask that he respects the situation he is in.”

Moreno's tone is a sharp break from that of his predecessor Rafael Correa, who had said Assange was a journalist and granted him asylum in London in 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden over rape allegations. And Moreno's right-wing opponent in the election had promised to kick Assange out of the embassy if he won.

Since taking power, Moreno has also warned Assange not to intervene in the politics of Ecuador or its allies.

Assange, who denies the allegations, feared Sweden would hand him over to the United States to face prosecution over WikiLeaks' publication of thousands of classified military and diplomatic documents in one of the largest information leaks in U.S. history.

Even though Sweden dropped the charges earlier this month, authorities in London have warned Assange that he would be arrested if he left the embassy that his been his home for five years.


Tiger Woods’ DUI due
to medications, police say


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. golfer Tiger Woods said Monday that an unexpected reaction to prescription medications, and not alcohol, was what led to his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Police arrested Woods early Monday morning in the city of Jupiter and released him on his own recognizance several hours later.

In a statement, Woods said he understands the severity of his actions and takes full responsibility.

"I didn't realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly," he said.

Woods added that he fully cooperated with police and thanked them for their professionalism.

The greatest player of his generation and one of the best of all time, Woods, 41, has not won a major tournament since 2008. He was the world's number-one ranked golfer for nearly 700 weeks but is now ranked at number 876.

Woods had been plagued in recent years by multiple back surgeries which have forced him to withdraw from recent tournaments.

Woods has won 14 major golf championships and had been pursuing the record of 18 held by retired U.S. golfer Jack Nicklaus.


Merkel remains committed
to strong trans-Atlantic ties


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

German Chancellor Angela Merkel remains committed to strong trans-Atlantic relations, her spokesman said Monday, after the German leader suggested that the United States is no longer a reliable partner.

"Because trans-Atlantic relations are so important to this chancellor, it is right from her viewpoint to speak out honestly about differences," spokesman Steffen Seibert said Monday during a news conference.

"The times in which we can fully count on others are somewhat over, as I have experienced in the past few days," Ms. Merkel said, addressing a campaign rally in Bavaria.

Ms. Merkel, among other European leaders, was sharply critical of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision at the recent G-7 meeting in Sicily not to reiterate support for the 2015 Paris agreement to combat climate change. In a pared down final communique, all G-7 nations except the U.S. pledged action to mitigate climate change. Ms. Merkel has said the climate agreement is so important there should not be any compromise on it.

While acknowledging that Germany and Europe should strive to maintain good relations with the U.S. as well as Britain, which is leaving the European Union, Merkel also said, “We need to know we must fight for our own future as Europeans for our destiny.”


China will still play nice
with Philippines despite fight


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

China will keep working toward a stronger friendship with the Philippines, which it sees as a valuable new ally in Southeast Asia, despite the Philippine president’s comment that Beijing’s top leader once threatened war over a disputed tract of sea, analysts say.

Duterte told a Philippine coast guard unit on May 19 that Chinese President Xi Jinping this month had threatened war if the Philippines forced the issue over sovereignty of the Spratly Islands, an archipelago of tiny features in the South China Sea, according to widespread media reports in the Philippines.

Beijing claims about 90 percent of the 3.5-million-square-kilometer South China Sea, including the Spratlys. The claim overlaps the exclusive economic zones of the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam. Xi and Duterte were talking about oil drilling in the Spratlys at a meeting in Beijing when Xi made the comments, Philippine media say.

China probably did not want the war comment disclosed and political experts say Beijing may speak more cautiously with Duterte’s government in the future.

But analysts say Beijing will avoid any retaliation for the disclosure because it sees Duterte trying to improve relations after a stormy past. The president has thundered against China’s major global rival and former Philippine colonizer, the United States. He has visited China twice, and the two sides sat down this month to start working out their maritime differences.

Last week Duterte traveled to Russia to sign a series of agreements. Russia is a traditional Chinese ally that like China was not on Manila’s roster of friends a year ago when Duterte took office.

Duterte, a populist known for being loose with language, also has a reputation for making comments against other countries. He has slammed the United Nations, the United States and the European Union over their criticism of an estimated 6,000 to 7,000 extrajudicial killings in the Philippine anti-drug campaign.

“I think as long as there’s not any substantive action on the part of the Philippines to follow through with any of its rhetoric, they’re willing to let it slide at least to some extent because Duterte seems to be badmouthing everyone,” said Maxfield Brown, business intelligence associate at the consultancy Dezan Shira & Associates in Manila.

A mellow Chinese response to the comment about war could in turn allay any fear in other countries about their own relations with Beijing. Each has its own way of handling China based on historical relations, Batongbacal said.

Beijing has increasingly valued its relations in Southeast Asia since July 2016, when a world arbitration court ruled against the legal basis to much of China’s maritime claim. China had incensed countries in Southeast Asia with a half-decade of building artificial islands and passing coast guard vessels through contested waters.

China rejected the ruling, but to minimize its impact the government it wants to talk with the other countries, in some cases offering them aid. Duterte received pledges of $24 billion in aid and investment from China in October.

Beijing and the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations agreed last week after 15 years of resistance, largely because of China, to a framework for a code of conduct that would eventually prevent mishaps in the sea that’s prized for fisheries and fossil fuel reserves.

The presidential office softened Duterte’s comment about war days after he made it. His spokesman Ernesto Abella said on the office website the two sides would keep seeking peace.

“President Duterte was forthright about its economic rights awarded by the Arbitral Court in The Hague, a claim the Chinese leader said they would vigorously contest given their historic claims to the area,” Abella said. “Given this complexity, both parties agreed to pursue a more peaceful resolution to the matter that satisfies both our sovereign and economic rights.”



A Swedish satire takes
top prize at Cannes festival


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Swedish satire "The Square" has taken the top honors at the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival.

The art world satire by Swedish writer-director Ruben Ostlund won the Palme d'Or in Cannes, France, Sunday. Dominic West, Elisabeth Moss and Claes Bang star in the movie. Bang plays the curator of an art museum, who sets up "The Square,'' an installation inviting passers-by to acts of altruism. But after he reacts foolishly to the theft of his phone, the father of two finds himself dragged into shameful situations.

Sofia Coppola became only the second woman to win the prize for best director for her film The Beguiled, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. Soviet director Yuliya Ippolitovna Solntseva was the first woman to win the prize in 1961.

Diane Kruger was named best actress for her performance in Fatih Akin's “In the Fade.” In the drama, she plays a German woman whose son and Turkish husband are killed in a bomb attack.

Joaquin Phoenix was named best actor for his role in Lynne Ramsay's thriller “You Were Never Really Here,” in which he played a tormented war veteran trying to save a teenage girl from a sex trafficking ring.

The French AIDS drama “120 Beats Per Minute” won the Grand Prize from the jury. The award recognizes a strong film that missed out on the top prize.

Ms. Kidman was awarded a special prize to celebrate the festival's 70th anniversary. She wasn't at the French Rivera ceremony, but sent a video message from Nashville, saying she was absolutely devastated to miss the show.

Jury member Will Smith made the best of the situation, pretending to be Ms. Kidman. He fake cried and said in halting French, "merci beaucoup, madames et monsieurs.''

Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar presided over the competition jury that included Smith, German director Maren Ade, Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, American actress Jessica Chastain and South Korean director Park Chan-wook.


Russian TV
RT Television photo   
The network has critics saying it's propaganda.

Propaganda is everywhere
based on history and present


By Jay Brodell, editor emeritus
and president of A.M. Newspapers


The new French president,  Emmanuel Macron, is the latest to criticize RT Television as a pawn of Russia. Macron in a press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin said the television staffers “. . . didn’t act like the media, like journalists. They behaved like deceitful propaganda.” That was the reason he gave for denying the network accreditation for the event.

His opinion should be no surprised. RT America says on its website that it offers “a totally different perspective from the mainstream American television.

We delve deep into the most important issues on the US agenda, report the other side of the story, and explore unanswered – and unasked – questions.”

Two network staffers quit after airing complaints in 2014. Correspondent Sara Firth said the network obscured the truth. Anchor Liz Wahl said she could no longer be part of a network that whitewashes the actions of Putin.

Ms. Firth was upset at the network’s handling of reports involving the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over the Ukraine. The station’s news stories sought to absolve rebels in eastern Ukraine who probably launched the fatal missile.

RT Television, paid by the Kremlin, certainly does offer an alternative view. Current stories include opinion pieces headlined “World in flames - the deadly legacy of Cold War warrior Brzezinski” and  “Theresa May twists Corbyn’s words on Manchester attack to grab a few extra votes.” A news story is headlined “Support for Putin in Russia hits new high – poll.”

Westerners usually considered the Soviet Union, during its nearly 70-year run, as a master of propaganda, so it is not a surprise that the tradition has continued as Russia morphed into a republic.

Yet, the propaganda image may have been overstated by Cold War analysts. The bulk of the effort was directed at the developing worlds, and there were extensive private networks within the Soviet Union that carried western news, criticisms, critical folk songs and even bootlegged recordings of popular rock and roll songs that countered the official line.

Similar criticisms of U.S. television networks rise to the level of propaganda accusations.

For some, CNN is the Clinton News Network or the Communist News Network. Many reporters have had person concerns while working for the right wing Chicago Tribune under Robert R. McCormick, notoriously known as the colonel.

That was the newspaper that declared Dewey the winner of the 1948 presidential elections in early editions. Some reporters today are uneasy with the anti-Donald Trump slant of The New York Times and the Washington Post.

The Soviets have had media presence in the United States long before television. The Daily Worker began publication in 1924 and reached a maximum of 35,000 readers with its Stalinist line. A good part of the readership came from U.S. government spy agencies. The publication became the People’s World in 1968 and ceased print publication in 2010.

Despite its obvious Soviet ties, the newspaper’s editorial line was on the right side of a number of pressing social issues by today’s standards. For example, it pressed for justice for the Scottsboro Boys, nine black men who were accused falsely of raping two white women on a train in 1931 Alabama.

French President Macron said that RT Television and another Russia media outlet, Sputnik, are “organs of influence and propaganda,” adding that both “produced infamous counter-truths about him,” according to news services.

Russian propaganda is in the news now because of allegations in the United States that Putin’s agents hacked the email accounts of the Democratic National Committee to reveal embarrassing details of how party leaders were working to keep Bernie Sanders from the presidential nomination in favor of Hillary Clinton.

There also are allegations that Russians posted many pro-Trump statements on social media. So far there has been no direct evidence presented in public that confirms these suspicions.

Russian efforts in propaganda began as the new Bolshevik regime tried to solidify its hold on the country after the 1917 revolution. Joseph Stalin’s rewriting of history may have been the basis for aspects of George Orwell’s epic “1984.”

A famous example is a photo that shows Stalin with Nikolai Yezhov and a later copy of the photo without the commissar after he had been shot. Photo manipulation in Soviet times was extensive and also difficult in the pre-Photoshop days.

The West had its share of propaganda beginning with World War I when President Woodrow Wilson set up the Committee on Public Information, headed by former newsman George Creel. The target was the Hated Huns, who were depicted impaling babies in Belgium on their bayonets.

World War II saw the “Why We Fight” series created by Lt. Col. Frank Capra, who later would produce “It’s a Wonderful Life,” with the goal of giving U.S. troops a moral incentive to finish the war.

There was a strong dimension of propaganda in the space race. The launch of Sputnik into Earth’s orbit on Oct. 4, 1957, shocked U.S. citizens and leaders. But the propaganda impact was substantial in the developing world.

As Apollo 11 was ready to take off for its successful landing on the moon on July 16, 1969, the United States had in place temporary satellite receiving stations so that the new television grids in the developing lands could be linked to the U.S. system so the world could see Neil Armstrong set foot on the lunar neighbor.

The United States started the Voice of America to counter Soviet propaganda in 1947. The service which now broadcasts in many languages was the modern version of government broadcasting that began before World War II. Voice of America is supposed to be neutral and independent of U.S. policy.

But in March then-president Barack Obama created the Global Engagement Center within the State Department to actively expose and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation as well as  to counter messages about terrorism. Congress confirmed the agency in December.

In the United States and other western countries, propaganda followed the money and became product advertising. So Russian propaganda must compete with Superbowl and World Cup advertising in the West. Product advertising is big business in Russia now, too.

Although the word propaganda in Spanish simply means advertising, the term has strong negative connotations in English. So those producing television spots for a U.S. congressional candidate would never use that term, although such advertising usually rises to the level of propaganda.

That means the information is biased and produced for a specific reason. During the last U.S. presidential election race an estimated $6 billion was spent mainly on television advertising nearly all of it could be considered propaganda.

Consequently, U.S. viewers are pretty well inoculated against any propaganda that might be dispensed by RT Television. In fact, not a lot of viewers are watching.

Still, just as the Daily Worker did, the television network seems to exploit flaws in American society to produce reports that might not be seen on U.S. network shows. And there are plenty of flaws to exploit as RT Television delves “deep to explore unanswered – and unasked – questions.”


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* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

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9056-2/28/17

Etlinger Farm
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At only an hour's drive from San José, minutes from Guápiles, and boardering Braulio Carrillo National Park, Etlingera Farms is one heck of an amazing farm. We purchased this 77-acre farm 10 years ago after many trips, and an exhaustive search. It has a little bit of everything we were looking for and a whole lot of beauty. Our average elevation of 600 meters helps to keep Bella Vista cool year round. This farm is nearly level with a semi-modern 2-bedroom house. A fairly rustic 2-bedroom caretaker's home. And, a comfortable, 1-bedroom cabin where we stay. We have 2 large barns, a chicken coop, and a 3-stall pig pen. There are two tilapia ponds and 2 hectarias, (approximately 5 acres) of different species of bananas. The property boarders Rio Blanco in the rear and has 300 meters of public road frontage. Water, electricity, and telephone are all serviced by public utility. Etlingera Farms was reforested with several thousand wood trees of different tropical varieties. We truly believe this farm is spectacular. Our neighbors are selling for as much as $20 per meter. We are negotiable, motivated and open to offers. Our location can be found by searching Etlingera Farms on Google Maps. Our webpage is www.etlingerafarms.com and photo album can be found at www.ticorico.com
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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 5 -story penthouse for sale.  One of a kind penthouse on top of the Corobici Hotel in Sabana overlooking the Central Park and new Soccer Stadium in San José.  Excellent location provides you easy access to everywhere.  Other benefits include 24-hour security, 2 restaurants inside the hotel providing 1st class room service plus shared common areas in the hotel. Commercial license is in place. Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $795K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,400 per month on an annual basis. Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  Owners U.S. cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com
9132-6/1/17

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

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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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Playas del Coco
We are an award-winning Team of Professional Agents working with Costa Rica’s #1 Selling Real Estate Agency RE/MAX Prestige Ocean Properties. Get to KNOW, LIKE & TRUST us and let us help you find YOUR Pura Vida! We have over 30 years of experience to educate our buyers and sellers in all aspects of Real Estate.  For Information on condos, homes, lots, farms, ranches, commercial or development property
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9174-2/7/18

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9142-7/27/17
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Crocodile caught roaming the streets

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police officers near the town of Sixaola at the Panamanian border found an unlikely drifter roaming through the streets.

Prowling around the houses was a crocodile, almost 10 feet long, according to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública. The Fuerza Pública unit, on patrol at the time, received the call from residents who were frightened that the crocodile would go after their children.

With the help of officials from the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía, the police nabbed the crocodile and hog-tied it. The animal was taken to an endangered species shelter in Puerto Viejo, officials said. The reptile apparently had some lesions on one of its legs supposedly caused by a fishing line that tangled him days ago.

A veterinarian at the shelter treated the wounds and, once the crocodile has healed, it will be released back into the wild.


More trains and faster, frequent service are the goals for the new railroad head

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Buy more trains in the next 12 months and increase the speed and frequency of the services are the two main and most immediate objectives for the president of the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles.

Her name is Elizabeth Briceño, and she is an experienced project manager and economist whose main interest is to leave the government with at least 10 trains already purchased and in process of manufacturing.

She considers that will boost the success of train transportation in the country as a viable alternative to cars and buses, which produce serious traffic problems particularly in the greater metropolitan area consisting of the capital and surrounding communities.

According to Ms. Briceño, the Ministry of Planning already has the required feasibility studies that should allow her to increase the amount of units and distribute times and frequencies in a way so that people will do their travels a lot faster than now.

To pursue these goals, Ms. Briceño mentioned that she is already working with a technical commission at the Instituto, which will analyze today’s challenges and trends when it comes to transportation. This commission meets weekly at Casa Presidencial.

“I got to be honest and say I’ve found a lot of enthusiasm to turn the projects into reality,” she said in a statement issued by the railroad institute. “I’ve gotten a lot of support from the workers who see me as one of them.”



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Costa Rica seeks advice on public investment

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Beginning this Wednesday, the first installment of the International Congress on Project Management of Public Investment will be held in the country to include international specialists and members of different Costa Rican state institutions.

The event is intended to address central themes related to the Latin American region but officials from the Ministerio de Hacienda are looking to put a Costa Rican twist on the agenda particularly in the area of public infrastructure.

The talks are bringing some heavyweights in Costa Rican public policy. Helio Fallas, the first vice president and the finance minister, will open the event and President Luis Guillermo Solís will close it. The well-known Costa Rican journalist, Glenda Umaña, is expected to moderate the two-day series of meetings as well.

Experts from the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and the Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica will also be present, the finance ministry said.

The objective of the activity is to identify the best practices in Latin America, the Caribbean and Costa Rica, in order to reach consensus on the need to improve project management in terms of quality, efficiency and transparency, a government statement said. This is for the country to achieve higher levels of competitiveness, equity and quality of life for Costa Ricans, said Fidel Jaramillo, the representative for the Inter-American Development Bank in Costa Rica.

The bank said that low investments in infrastructure relative to the percentages of the region’s gross domestic product were confounding the execution and planning of improvements. In 2013, capital expenditures reached 1.6 percent of GDP, Fallas said. From 2014 to 2016, the percentage has raised to 1.8 percent due in large part to outsourcing the public projects to private contractors.

“However, if the country decides to sustain the increase in the next few years, it will have to add two fundamental components: to conclude the approval process for the projects that make up the proposal for the strengthening of the Hacienda Pública and to promote the public-private partnership,” Fallas concluded.

The talks will be broadcast live on the finance ministry’s Facebook page.