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A decision and an approved bill favor criminals
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo will not rule on a request by private investigators and others to halt the release of criminals before they have served their sentence.

The Ministerio de Justicia y Paz reported the decision that involved an appeal by the  Asociación Nacional de Investigadores en Criminalística.

Also Thursday lawmakers passed for the second and final time a proposed law that would keep secret an ex-convict’s records more quickly than the law now requires.

Despite the action, lawmakers in their afternoon session asked the central government to revise the policy that is releasing thousands of convicted criminals into what are called semi-institutional regimes, basically halfway houses.

The discussion centered on the rape of a new mother, 25, by a man who had been released under the policy.

The action by the private investigators challenged the actions by the Instituto Nacional de Criminología and asked that prison authorities be ordered to recapture those who had been let out early under the  policy.

The Ministerio de Justicia y Paz contains an agency that runs the prisons, and the release of criminals before they complete their sentence is a way to reduce prison overcrowding.

The Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo basically said it was not empowered to make such a decision because when prisoners are released is the sole jurisdiction of judges. An appeal is likely.

The legislative action to hide criminal records is designed to help convicts reenter society by not letting potential employers know that they have committed crimes. The judiciary maintains a list of convicts and their crimes. Under current law this information is available for 10 years.

Many employers ask job candidates to provide an hoja de deliquencia issued by the government. The official document shows any convictions. Under the proposed change in the law that needs only the signature of the

president, those who are convicted and sentenced to a term of less than three years will not have a public criminal record.

If the individual serves a term of from three to five years, the record is wiped clean after he or she has been released for a year. Those released after serving from five to 10 years will have a clean record after three years, and those who served terms of 10 years or more will have their record cleansed after five years.

The exception are those who are charged with participating in organized crime, committed a sex crime against a minor, murdered, killed a wife or committed crimes against public entities, according to a summary of the bill.
They will have to wait 10 years to get a clean record.

Silvia Sánchez Venegas, a lawmaker for the Partido Liberación Nacional, said that many men and women learn professional or technical skills while in prisons but when they leave an institution they encounter a situation in which they are limited and excluded from jobs because of their criminal past. This is a barrier to a second opportunity, she said.

Hiding criminal records appears to be favored by international human rights treaties, according to lawmakers.

The bill makes no mention of private data bases, such as those maintained by credit agencies, which contain much of the same information.

In the discussion about freeing prisoners,  Gerardo Vargas, a lawmaker with the Partido  Unidad Social Cristiana, said that in the last 25 months, 5,995 convicts have gone on the streets due to a ruling by the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz.  He said that this computed to eight a day or one every three hours.

President Luis Gullermo Solís also came in for some criticism because when speaking elsewhere about the rape of the 25-year-old mother he said that one swallow does not a summer make, a common expression in Spanish and English. Some lawmakers said this was an unfortunate comparison.

Maureen Clarke, another Liberación lawmaker, said that the rapist was not a swallow but a predator.

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Heavy afternoon thunderstorms cause traffic chaos
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Heavy rains lashed the Central Valley again Thursday, and the same conditions are expected for today.

The Policía de Tránsito reported emergencies in San José and Heredia. The most spectacular was a bus bound from the capital to Heredia that went out of control while making a turn.

The Tuasa company bus was prevented from rolling down a steep ravine by concrete posts along the road.

The bus swerved and then rolled onto its side. The crash was caught by a municipal surveillance camera and made all the evening

news shows. More than 30 persons were on the bus and two were admitted to the Hospital de Heredia.

Heredia was where some streets ran like rivers, and 10 houses were flooded.  A car-bus mishap on the Autopista Florencio del Castillo in Ochomogo was not serious but jammed traffic for miles at the peak of rush hour. It was one of at least 60 such mishaps during the late afternoon rain.

In La Uruca, police closed the Juan Pablo Segundo bridge because the span was deemed unstable because rebuilding work is going on there. The access to the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería also was flooded and blocked.

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Turrialba volcano will not go quietly

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Turrialba volcano is letting everyone know that it is not going back to sleep quietly.

The mountain erupted late Wednesday night and continued to do so through Thursday morning.

Observing scientists said that the plume of ash and vapor rose 2,000 meters above the volcano crater. That was estimated to be about 5,300 feet above sea level by the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica at the Universidad Nacional.

Ash was reported in Santa Lucía de Barva, Santo Domingo de Heredia, San Francisco de Heredia, Tibás, perhaps Moravia, Cariari, Pococí and Guarco, said the Observatorio, adding that the smell of sulphur was detected in La Sabana, Alajuelita, Escazú and San Rafael de Coronado.

The ash knocked out some power because it can cause short curcuits at the insulators of major power lines, said the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. The state power company has 44 persons working in the area. This has been a continuing problem.

The renewed activity in the volcano has officials thinking twice about some of the farms close to the mountain. Thursday they evacuated horses, cows, chickens and dogs from the Finca La Margarita, which is within the two-kilometer prohibited zone.

The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal said that the animals were relocated in good condition. The animal health agency and the Fuerza Pública served eviction papers on the property owners at the direction of the Comisión Nacional de Emergencia.

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U.S. soldiers died in Fort Hood flooding

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Five soldiers are dead and four others remain missing after their vehicle was overturned in a flooded creek at Fort Hood Army base, military officials in Texas said. Three bodies were found soon after the two-ton truck was overtaken by the swift current of Owl creek during morning exercises Thursday. Two more bodies were found late Thursday.

Three soldiers were rescued and are currently hospitalized in stable condition. Fort Hood, 320 kilometers northwest of Houston, has seen a dramatic increase in rainfall over the past few days.

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Minister asks to use proposed corporate tax income for police salaries
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The security minister told lawmakers Thursday that if they approve the proposed renewed tax on corporations and make a slight change he will hire 1,000 more police officers.

The minister, Gustavo Mata Vega, was appearing before the Comisión Permanente de Seguridad y Narcotráfico. The committee is believed ready to vote and send the bill, No. 19.818, to the full legislature.

Under terms of the new bill, the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública would be 90 percent of the income from the tax. But he would be able to spend the money only on building new police stations or purchasing or maintaining police equipment.

Mata is asking lawmakers to change the bill to give him the option of using the money for police salaries.

This is the tax on corporations that was ruled unconstitutional in January 2015. The Sala IV constitutional court ruling was based on a technicality because lawmakers did not advertise a revised tax bill correctly before they passed it.

Bernardita Marín, a vice minister in Seguridad Pública said 1,000 new police officers would cost about 10 billion colons. That is about $19 million. However, the corporate tax is estimated to raise at least twice that amount.

The security ministry has had money problems because the central government reduced its budget in anticipation of income from the corporate tax. But then the tax was ruled unconstitutional.

Many expats hold vehicles, boats and dwellings in corporations.

The committee decided to charge corporations without economic activity 15 percent of  the base salary used in the law to establish such fees. That would be 63,600 colons or about $120.

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Corporations that have a small amount of economic activity would pay the same.

Corporations with annual income of 50.9 million colons or less would pay 25 percent of the base salary or 106,000 colons.

Larger corporations with income between 50.9 and 119 million colons would pay 30 percent or 127,200 colons. Corporations larger than that would pay 50 percent of the base salary or 212,000 colons.

The base salary is indexed to inflation, so the amount would increase each year.

The previous law imposed the same amount of tax on large and small corporations.

Electrical distributing chamber promises a tree for visitors to fair
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Visitors this weekend to the Feria del Ambiente at the Antigua Aduana will be able to take a tree home.

The chamber of electrical distributing cooperatives said Thursday it will make a tree a gift to 600 persons.

This is the 12th annual fair, and it is organized by the

Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía. Inauguration is this morning, and the fair runs through Sunday at the glassed facility that is east of the old customs building.

The Cámara de Empresas de Distribución de Energía y Telecomunicaciones said that visitors might have their choice of some popular hardwoods or even fruit trees like orange. Trees are good for keeping soil in place. The chamber has a display stand where the trees will be distributed.

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Some 371 needy residents of Barra del Colorado received first-class medical care when a volunteer team of nurses, technicians and physicians from Florida Hospital Heartland Medical Center, Sebring, and Florida Hospital, Wachula, visited for five days.

The community in extreme northeast Costa Rica is not accessible easily.

The team, headed by Jorge F. Gonzales, brought, used, and then donated a state of the art electrocardiogram machine for the Barra clinic which, said residents, will be a time and lifesaver for future cardiac patients.

Some patients boated in from Tortuguero to see the specialists. Several critical-need patients including one person with head trauma were transported out for help.

The team found time to visit 92 children at the local schools in Barra area and up river in the remote jungle settlement of Delta where the kids were given toothbrushes and hygienic tips and sang some songs with the nurses. 

The team turned no one away. Many of their patients do not have insurance with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social and often have little contact with doctors.  All patients got an eye exam and were given free glasses if needed. 

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House Speaker Paul Ryan has formally backed Republican presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump, trying to unify the party ahead of November's election.

Ryan, the country's top elected Republican official, last month said he was not yet ready to endorse the controversial candidate, whose policies have in some cases challenged longstanding party positions on trade, foreign policy and other issues.

After the two met in Washington in mid-May, Ryan said he was encouraged by what he had heard, and the party was "planting the seeds to get ourselves unified."

In an essay published in his hometown newspaper in Wisconsin Thursday, Ryan declared that through a series of conversations with Trump, he feels "confident he would help us turn the ideas in this agenda into laws to help improve people's lives."

"It's no secret that he and I have our differences. I won't pretend otherwise,'' Ryan wrote. "And when I feel the need to, I'll continue to speak my mind. But the reality is, on the issues that make up our agenda, we have more common ground than disagreement.''

Ryan's announcement that he would be voting for Trump was released the same time that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton was delivering a foreign policy speech excoriating Trump's foreign policy.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Most American voters don’t believe in solutions leading presidential candidates offer on issues from illegal immigration to cutting power of money in politics, a survey finds. 
A new poll indicates American voters do not believe presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will succeed in his plan to build a wall along the Mexican border to deter illegal immigration, and they don't think Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will cut money out of politics or restrict the power of Wall Street.

The Quinnipiac University poll found that 39 percent of voters think Trump, if elected, would try and fail in his plan to build a wall, while 45 percent think he will attempt to but not succeed with deporting the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants currently in the U.S.

Sixty-three percent of voters believe Mrs. Clinton will not even try to curb the influence of money in politics, while 18 percent said she could try but will most likely fail.

“No matter which candidate you pick, you can cut the cynicism with a knife. Will Donald Trump build that border wall or toss 11 million illegal immigrants out of the country? Voters believe that as much as they believe Hillary Clinton will police Wall Street or stop the flow of outside money into the pockets of politicians,” said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll.

The one issue with which Mrs. Clinton fairs better is the reduction of student debt in public colleges and universities.  Twenty-two percent of American voters said she will try and succeed, while 32 percent say she will try but fail on the issue.

Asked to rate the job their elected representatives are doing, respondents gave both Republicans and Democrats a negative review. According to the poll, 80 percent disapprove the way Republicans are handling issues in Congress, while 63 percent are unhappy with the performance of Democrats, the worst net approval ratings ever for Congress.

On a controversial White House directive that public schools provide transgender bathrooms, respondents were sharply divided. The poll found 56 percent opposed the measure, while 36 percent were supportive of it. Asked how important the issue was for them, 41 percent of poll participants rated it as "very important," while 27 percent considered it "somewhat important."

The Quinnipiac University poll surveyed 1,561 registered voters nationwide between May 24 and 30 through live interviews and phone calls. The university conducts public opinion surveys as a public service and for research.

Mrs. Clinton rips into Trump
as dangerous, unqualified

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton called Republican rival Donald Trump dangerous and unqualified for the presidency in a blistering foreign policy speech Thursday in San Diego, California.

"He is temperamentally unfit to hold an office that requires knowledge, stability and immense responsibility," she said. "This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes."

Trump “doesn’t understand America, or the world,” she said. "It’s not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin,” she said.

In anticipation of the address, Trump attacked his Democratic opponent on Twitter. “Crooked Hillary Clinton, who I would love to call Lyin’ Hillary, is getting ready to totally misrepresent my foreign policy positions,” he tweeted.

Mrs. Clinton emphasized her own experience as first lady, senator and secretary of State, saying she would provide the steady diplomacy the country needs.

“National security is the foundation of how we make sure our interests are pursued in the world,” said Louis Goodman, emeritus dean of international relations at American University in an interview.

With polls showing terrorism is a major concern among Americans, Mrs. Clinton targeted Trump's positions on the issue.

Trump  has promised to temporarily block Muslims from crossing U.S. borders.

"The struggle against radical Islam also takes place in our homeland. There are scores of recent migrants inside our borders charged with terrorism. For every case known to the public, there are dozens more. We must stop importing extremism through senseless immigration policies," Trump said in a foreign policy speech in April.

Trump's other anti-terrorism proposals include a pledge to torture and murder the families of suspected terrorists and target Islamic State.

"I have a simple message for them," Trump said. "Their days are numbered. I won't tell them where, and I won't tell them how. But they will be gone. And soon."

But Mrs. Clinton said Trump's presidency would have the opposite effect.

“A Trump presidency would embolden ISIS,” she said referring to the group also known as Islamic State. 

The two presidential candidates have presented very different approaches to terrorism, which experts like Goodman believe would likely produce different results.

“While Donald Trump is making statements that push people away from us and make it difficult for our allies to cooperate with us, Hillary Clinton is consistently reaching out to our allies and trying to get them to cooperate so we can work together … and stop this criminal behavior that’s called terrorism," he said. "And I fear that a practice or policies like those Trump is articulating will increase terrorism.”

Mrs. Clinton listed Trump statements on everything from the NATO alliance to threats from Russia and North Korea and played Trump’s assertions about climate change for laughs.

“If Donald gets his way, they’ll be celebrating in the Kremlin,” she said. “We cannot let that happen.”

Mrs. Clinton also openly mocked Trump’s Twitter habit.

“We all know the tools Donald Trump brings to the table: bragging, mocking, composing nasty tweets,” she said. “I’m willing to bet he’s writing a few right now.”

As if on cue, Trump did just that. “Bad performance by Crooked Hillary Clinton! Reading poorly from the teleprompter! She doesn’t even look presidential!”

Mrs. Clinton's speech comes five days before California holds its Democratic primary, which is expected to give her the delegates she needs to capture her party's presidential nomination even though several polls show the race getting tighter in California. Democratic rival Bernie Sanders has been campaigning vigorously there.

The address will not likely affect voters' opinions, as the minds of most are already made up. "I highly doubt a foreign policy speech will sway a large portion of the public," Pennsylvania State University political scientist Mark Major said.

For Mrs. Clinton, "the best outcome is that it may shift the news media narrative for a few days away from her emails and untrustworthiness," Major added.

Anti-EU sentiment growing
in Poland and in Austria

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

When Poland’s right-wing Prime Minister Beata Szydlo swept to an election victory late last year, one of the first things her government did was remove the blue European Union flag from the backdrop of her news conferences and leave only the red and white Polish flag.

It was a symbolic, patriotic gesture that signaled a more distant relationship with Brussels.

At the same time in Austria, more than 260,000 citizens signed a petition that forced the Austrian parliament to open a discussion on a referendum to leave the European Union.

Eurosceptics in both countries are now watching Britain’s march to a June 23 referendum closely.

“We need a referendum similar to the referendum in Great Britain, so the people of Austria can decide,” said Robert Marschall, leader of Austria’s EU Exit Party, in an interview.

Like in Britain, the migrant crisis that saw more than 1 million mostly Muslim newcomers enter Europe last year is a key driver of the movement to part with the EU.

Austria last year took in 90,000 asylum-seekers, an equivalent of 1 percent of its population, at a time when unemployment is more than 8 percent.

“Many people do not understand why they want people to come to Austria if there is such a high unemployment rate,” Marschall said.

In Poland, where the burning of EU flags has become common at demonstrations, anti-EU sentiments are stoked by memories of historic foreign intervention by Russia, but perhaps more poignantly by Germany.

The mandate proposed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel for EU members, including Poland, to accept a share of the migrants has galvanized support for Szydlo’s Law and Justice Party’s pledge to defy the quotas.

At the beginning, “there were a lot of voices in Poland in favor of taking refugees from the Middle East,” said George Byczynski, head of the British Poles Initiative, a Polish civic group in London.  But the threat of financial penalties for not doing so changed those attitudes.

“Suddenly, Poles started feeling this is again an authoritarian approach to helping people,” he said.

​Andriy Korniychuk, an analyst at the Institute of Public Affairs, a research organization in Warsaw, says antimigrant sentiments helped bring Szydlo to power, and he says the anti-EU wave is showing no signs of slowing.

“The Eurosceptic movement is growing. If you look just at the general tendencies, recent polls show there are more skeptic movements growing in Poland,” Korniychuk said.

But movements in both countries have failed to gain the same traction that the Brexit campaign has in Britain.

In Austria, the petition to launch a campaign to leave the EU led to a discussion on a referendum in parliament on Jan. 27, but it resulted in no action after none of the 183 lawmakers introduced a bill.

In Poland, analysts say the country’s status as the largest beneficiary of EU aid is the chief reason the movement has not led to any concrete, significant action for a Polish exit.

“Poland is a poster child of European integration. It has a lot of financial support from the cohesion,” Korniychuk said.

He said the arguments presented by Eurosceptics have failed to outweigh the economic benefits that Poles have seen on the ground, from infrastructure projects to foreign investment. The arguments to leave the EU, he said, “are very symbolic in regard to the protection of sovereignty of Poles.”

Szydlo’s government removed the EU flag from her news conferences but that was, for many, the limit of her willingness to express anti-EU intentions.

Since taking office, the Polish leader has never proclaimed quitting the European Union as one of her government’s goals.

No one, however, is ready to declare efforts to leave the EU dead in Poland or Austria.

Recent gains by right-wing parties in elections in both countries surprised many.

“I don’t think that it’s clear how this will unfold in terms of translating onto this specific issue,” said Davis Lewin, a political analyst at the Henry Jackson Society, a London research organization. “But we can be absolutely certain that as part of all of these parties’ programs will come an assault on the EU.”

Potent fentanyl gets blame
in death of pop star Prince

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Autopsy results from the U.S. pop star Prince, who died suddenly in April, show he died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller more potent than morphine or heroin.

It was not immediately clear if the drug was obtained illegally or by prescription. The medical examiner's report, released Thursday, said the overdose was self-administered and accidental.

Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, was found dead at his Paisley Park mansion outside Minneapolis April 21. His death came less than a week after he was given emergency treatment with Narcan, an antidote used for opiate overdoses.

Prince's hometown newspaper, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, reported the musician had seen a family practitioner the day before his death for treatment for opioid withdrawal symptoms. The same day, Andrew Kornfeld, son of prominent addiction specialist Howard Kornfeld, took an overnight flight from California to Minnesota to meet with the musician. Reports say Kornfeld was at the mansion when Prince's body was found.

Kornfeld was carrying a supply of buprenorphine, a drug that can be used to treat opioid cravings and withdrawal symptoms when a user is being weaned off the drug.

Fentanyl is similar to morphine and can be used when patients have developed a tolerance to other opioid medications.

It has also been blamed for an uptick in heroin overdoses in recent months. Experts say drug dealers are cutting fentanyl into heroin to make a more potent drug.

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration received reports of more than 700 fentanyl-related overdoses in late 2013 and in 2014.

Earlier reports said Prince, who reportedly did not drink or use recreational drugs, had the painkiller Percocet in his system when he died.

Friends of the 57-year-old musician said he suffered joint pain after years of performing vigorous stage shows.

If investigators find that Prince was sold fentanyl illegally, the person or persons who sold it to him could be charged with state and federal crimes resulting in up to 25 years in prison.

Minnesota murder linked
to killing in California

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The former student who killed an engineering professor and then himself in Los Angeles Wednesday has been linked to another apparent murder in Minnesota, more than 3,000 kilometers from the scene of the murder-suicide attack that resulted in a security lockdown and major disruption at the huge main campus of the University of Southern California.

Police said Thursday that authorities who searched gunman Mainak Sarkar's home in the midwestern state of Minnesota found a list that named his targets: a dead woman, the slain professor, William Klug, and another professor.

That in turn led police to the unidentified woman's home elsewhere in Minnesota where her body was discovered.

Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said the third name on Sarkar's target list, an unidentified man, is all right, but gave no further details.

Beck, who described Sarkar as mentally disturbed, asked Californians to be on the lookout for the car the gunman used to drive to Los Angeles before the shootings.

Sarkar's dispute with Klug, the engineering instructor he killed, reputedly centered on the gunman's belief that the professor had harmed him in some way by releasing intellectual property, possibly computer code.

A Web site operated by the University of California Los Angeles lists Sarkar as a member of a computational biomechanics research group run by Klug.

One of Klug's academic colleagues at the university, Alan Garfinkel, described him as "just the nicest guy you would ever want to meet," and said he coached his young son's baseball team. Garfinkel and Klug worked together on a complex project to build a computer model of the human heart that could be used for drug research.

The University of California Los Angeles, in the Westwood section of Los Angeles, has more than 40,000 students. The shooting Wednesday, coming one week before students' final exams, brought a massive police response and immediate orders for everyone on campus to stay inside, behind locked doors if possible. News media helicopters hovered overhead for more than two hours, tracking the movements of armed police squads, as the campus and much of central Los Angeles were swept by fears that a gunman was on the loose.

Most classes resumed Thursday, but the engineering department, where Klug was shot in his office, will not reopen until Monday.

Foreign students are facing
special U.S. job challenges

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

For most of the graduating class of 2016, the future is looking up.

Research on U.S. college graduate employment conducted by the consulting firm Accenture shows that 21 percent of this year's college seniors accepted a job before graduating, nearly double the figure from the previous two years. Additionally, a vast majority of them, 88 percent, are optimistic they will land a job in their field, up 23 points from 2015.

"The grads are telling us they've really thought about what they want to do in the future," said David Smith, senior managing director of Accenture Strategy. "They've studied the job market, they've thought about careers, and they did that prior to entering colleges and universities."

As a result of their pragmatism, Smith says, graduates are beginning to see their research pay off.

But these improved numbers, which speak to both an overall improvement in the U.S. economy and a rise of graduates who report being underemployed, don't necessarily translate to greater opportunities for everyone.

For international students, existing legal and social barriers can make entering the job market difficult.

On the legal end, there's the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, established by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 1996. For the U.S. government, the program serves as a safety tool and fraud prevention mechanism. But for international students, it translates to limited work visa availability and strict employer requirements.

New York University in downtown Manhattan enrolls more international students, approximately 13,000, than any other U.S. institution. Across the state, nondomestic students contributed more than $3.7 billion in 2015, or $30.5 billion nationwide.

But despite their contributions, both to the economy and on campus, many foreign-born students face greater hurdles when applying for their first job, according to Assistant Professor Hua-Yu Sebastian Cherng. He is in the international education department at New York University.

"The first question that many employers will ask directly is, ‘Are you authorized to work in the U.S.?'" Cherng said. He said U.S. regulations make it extremely difficult for a company to invest in an international graduate student.

With the exception of students who have degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, international students are eligible to work for 12 months upon graduation on an F-1 visa, an optional practical training program. Any extension beyond that, such as a six-year maximum H1B visa, is both expensive and limited.

"It costs anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 for a company to actually sponsor an H1B visa," Cherng said. "Depending on what your expertise is, they have to petition the U.S. Government.  It's a high rejection rate."

Hunan, China, native Bingqing Zhou, a master’s graduate of NYU's International Education program, remembers the constant pressure she felt immediately after graduating.

"You get your diploma and you are happy and then you find out that nobody sponsors you," Ms. Zhou explained. "They can get another employee easily without any sponsorship. Why would they bother to hire you?"

Even after obtaining a green card in 2013, Ms. Zhou believes her opportunities remain limited, in part because English is her second language, a frustration shared by many international students, including Fulbright scholar and NYU graduate student Arely Cordova, from Mexico.

"For me, it takes longer to explain a complex idea, especially an abstract one, so it's very complicated," Ms. Cordova said.

She plans to return to Mexico upon graduation. Her plan is to conduct research and create a support network for relatives of emigrants. She says her time in the United States has taught her about the struggles that minorities face in the labor market, apart from language issues, such as building social capital and withstanding prejudice.

"The system is built in a way that doesn't help minorities, and minorities have to work probably two or more times than others," Ms. Cordova said. "Sometimes, we are humans, and we cannot face that challenge."
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InterNations survey report
U.S. attracts more of world’s expats

By the The InterNations Press Team

Data from more than 2.1 million members of InterNations, a network for expats, shows that in May 2016 the United States was the most frequent country of residence for people who live and work abroad. Apart from the United States, the most common destinations were Germany, the United Arab Republic, and the United Kingdom.

While the main reason for moving to the United States was being sent there by an employer, according to the InterNations Expat Insider 2015 survey, an above-average number of expats who are currently residing in one of the other countries found a job on their own.

InterNations member data shows that those countries that send the most expats are spread far apart with the United States, the United Kingdom, India, France and Germany leading the field. With about 149,000 persons or 10 percent of all expats on InterNations, Americans make up the largest share of those who leave their home country. The United Kingdom and India follow up close with 8 and 6 percent respectively. Both France and Germany each contribute 5 percent more of expats moving abroad.

With 124,600 expats from the InterNations network now calling the United States their home, the destination also dominates as the primary country of residence. While the States thus hosts 8 percent of the expat population on InterNations, 7, 6 and another 6 percent have found a new home in Germany, the United Arab Republic, and the United Kingdom. About eight out of ten expats living in one of these countries consider themselves generally satisfied with their life abroad.

While English-speaking as well as South American InterNations members clearly prefer the United States as their new destination, the European nations are evenly split between the American and the European continent. For example, Belgians and Dutch expatriates tend to migrate to the States, whereas Italian expats mostly move to the United Kingdom.

Expats from two Eastern European nations, Poland and Romania, as well as Spanish nationals, prefer Germany. There is one exeption, though: British members of InterNations are the most likely to move to the United Arab Republic. Interestingly, the InterNations Expat Insider 2015 survey shows that apart from moving in order to pursue a new job opportunity (29 percent), moving for a better quality of life (29 percent) and looking for a personal challenge (27 percent) are the most common reasons for relocating among the British.

Dalia Gamali, a British national who has been living in Dubai for almost six years, confirms: “Having moved here from Singapore, Dubai turned out to be my personal dream destination: The proximity to the UK, the sunny weather, tax free salaries and the safe environment all lured me in.” Anna Hazlett, a private wealth manager who is also located in Dubai adds: “It is a highly diverse and dynamic region with great career opportunities.”

While Turkey has received a lot of public attention for becoming the main destination for refugees from Syria according to latest numbers from the United Nations, it is also a major consignor of expats: the international member base of InterNations included almost 30,000 Turkish nationals living abroad in May 2016, about 2 percent of the global community.

The main motivation for Turkish citizens leaving their home country is to pursue an international career: 31 percent of Turkish respondents from the survey moved, among other reasons, because they found a job abroad on their own. Another 29 percent were sent abroad by their employer, which is considerably higher than the global average of 18 percent. The most popular country of residence for Turkish expats is the United States, with about 7 percent of the Turkish InterNations members having moved to the States.

For its annual Expat Insider survey, InterNations asked more than 14,000 expatriates representing 170 nationalities and living in 195 countries or territories to rate and provide information on various aspects of expat life, as well as their gender, age, and nationality.

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Two stars join Sea Shepherd for turtle film

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society supporters Richard Dean Anderson and Holly Marie Combs are lending their names as producers on the company’s crowd-funded documentary feature “Why Just One?”

The documentary follows Sea Shepherd's 2015 sea turtle defense campaign, Operation Jairo, which took place in Honduras, Florida and Costa Rica. “Why Just One?” focuses specifically on the sea turtle defenders’ successes and struggles of the ground campaign in Costa Rica.

The Costa Rican campaign takes place on Pacuare Island and Playa Moín, the latter where Costa Rican turtle defender Jairo Mora Sandoval was brutally murdered May 31, 2013, while attempting to protect leatherback turtle nests. Sea Shepherd named Operation Jairo in his honor.

From death threats to attacks, from protecting sea turtles and their eggs, to interviews with Costa Rican activists and Sandoval's best friend, ‘Why Just One?” seeks to answer the question of why only one in one thousand sea turtles survive to maturity.

The documentary also looks to answer why sea turtles are disappearing from the beaches of Costa Rica.

“This species which has survived so much, may not survive us,” commented Sea Shepherd founder Capt. Paul Watson.

Executive producer Anderson, a close friend of Watson who is best known to fans in the title role of the hit TV series “MacGyver,” says he hopes the film will bring worldwide attention to the heart-breaking plight of sea turtles.

“My support for Captain Paul Watson, and the hearty hordes of volunteers who make up the crews venturing out to sea, has exposed me to the kind of on-going education that continues to enlighten me, both head and heart,” said Anderson. “It is my hope, as executive producer, that this documentary will shed a bright light on a dire situation, and proceed to enlighten all of us to care about these endangered turtles, as well as all of our earth’s marine life.  

Associate producer Combs, who came to prominence on the TV series “Charmed” and currently appears on “Pretty Little Liars,” added:

“I became a Sea Shepherd supporter a few years ago when I learned of their amazing work defending the oceans and her inhabitants. Sea Shepherd has shined an international spotlight on the slaughter of dolphins in Japan and the documentary ‘Why Just One?’ will bring that same international spotlight on the poaching of sea turtles in Costa Rica. I look forward to many more years of working with the courageous and dedicated volunteers of Sea Shepherd.”

The film reached its initial funding on Indiegogo in less that 24 hours and has backers from over 40 counties. It is scheduled for release in July.