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Nicoya mayor arrested on allegations of corruption
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Tuesday morning, agents from the Judicial Investigating Organization arrested the mayor of Nicoya, Marco Antonio Jiménez, on allegations of unlawful appointments, abuse of authority, administration for his own benefit and illegal labor benefits.

The arrest took place around 8:30 a.m. in front of Jiménez house, according to judicial officials.
Jiménez was then taken to his office in the municipality where police performed a search and seizure of documents.

At the same time, agents from the anti-corruption unit of the Ministerio Público were searching other departments of the Nicoya municipality such as the legal, human resources and engineering ones.

Jiménez is being investigated for allegedly granting a concession to organize the local festivities under the former Nicoya mayor, Luis Gutiérrez, using his power as president of a special municipal commission. According to the law, such permit can only be granted through a public auction.

Authorities said that Jiménez is also a suspect of providing an irregular concession of 40 hectares to a private company while he was part of it. The concession is located in Playa Barrigona, Sámara, Guanacaste.

The third case has to do with a supposed unlawful purchase of a property that would be used as part of the local cemetery. Jiménez is suspected of approving the purchase even though the land was not fit for that purpose, investigators said.

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Mayor Jiménez.

He apparently did so in spite of his niece being both the legal counsel of the municipality and the representative of the company.

All these events are suspected of having taken place from 2009 to 2017, according to a statement from the Ministerio Público.

Jiménez was elected as a mayor from the Partido Liberación Nacional in 2011 and then reelected in 2016. Prior to that, he served as the secretary of the Consejo Municipal de Nicoya from 2003 to 2011.

Also under investigation in this case are a legal adviser and a council member, among other workers of the municipality, judicial authorities said.



Biusa
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One of the buses serving (or rather not serving) the La Peregrina community.
60,000 bus riders without service in communities
By Rommel Téllez
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Lebanese concessionary of several bus lines went on strike Tuesday paralyzing the transportation service of two of his companies in a bid to demand financial support from the government. The concessionary is expected to be nearly bankrupt.

This measure affected at least 60,000 riders who rely on this service, according to data from the Consejo Nacional de Transporte Público. The communities not served included: Carpio, Hospital Mexico, León XIII, Barrio Corazón de Jesús, La Peregrina, Barrio Escalante, Barrio La Cruz and Barrio México.

According to Biusa, the company that serves the communities from La Uruca, it is impossible to continue on with the business because the current methodology used to calculate the fares do not provide enough income to sustain the operations.

In a statement, the company also said that they are asking for a temporary hike in the fares, a possibility the law authorizes in emergency cases to avoid the interruption of public transportation.

The company says it will go back to business once the hike is approved.

According to Carolina Mora, spokeswoman of the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos, the government agency in charge of regulating the concessions of public transportation, a group of bus drivers were sent to the facilities of the Autoridad while representatives of the company delivered a letter demanding the hike and a review on the methodology.

Several Facebook pages, including Tráfico CR, reported that a slow march of buses took place around 4 p.m. in the General Cañas Highway on Tuesday also.

However, the so-called emergency clause invoked by the representatives of the company does not exist in the way they think, said the Consejo de Transporte Público on a statement.

The Consejo also said that if the companies do not resume their operations as soon as possible, the concessions will be granted to some other operator as the law establishes.

Today, the same services will not be served either.


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This Sunday, residents from El Coco, Sardinal, Comunidad and surrounding areas in Guanacaste will be affected by temporary changes in traffic from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to the Ironman competition taking place in the Carrillo canton.

The Ironman is a triathlon competition where athletes from all over the world gather to push themselves to the limits, according to the group’s website.

Since it includes running and cycling, the Departamento de Ingeniería de Tránsito of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes has set up a plan to decrease the traffic problems to a maximum.

According to Jonathan Cáceres, one of the agents in charge of executing Sunday's plans, all traffic will be regulated and not blocked with the help of Policía de Tránsito and Fuerza Pública officers. Thus, two main roads are expected to experience some backup and delays.

The first is Ruta 151, that connects El Coco and Comunidad. Also Ruta 912 that connects the communities of Sardinal and San Blas.

"In these two places, we expect the biggest bottlenecks and jams so we advise tourists and residents to take the proper measures, since we can not guarantee a constant flow of vehicles, even though we will try to keep the roads as fluid as possible." said Càceres.

Cáceres also explained there will be Policía de Tránsito posts in the intersections between Ruta 21 and Comunidad; in the intersection between Ruta 151 and 912, which is the main entrance to Sardinal.

Another post will be located in the intersection between Ruta 151 and 911, close to the Hotel Río and a fourth one between Ruta 151 and 159, close to the Do It Center.

"At the end of the competition, we expect a massive gathering of people close to the soccer field of El Coco, where the finish line will be, so we are asking people to avoid driving around the place," added Cáceres.

The officer also said the patrols, ambulances, buses and other emergency and public transportation systems will have a priority in the roads.

"We'll make our best to re-open the roads up to about 90 percent by 1 p.m. However, that might not be possible so the operations will officially continue until 4 p.m.,” Càceres said.

This may come as more welcome news following some reports on social networks that the roads would be shut down entirely leaving many residents around Coco completely cut off for hours on Sunday.

According to the Costa Rican Tourism Board, this event will attract about 2,000 athletes and up to 8,000 visitors. The board estimates this will generate an income for about $8 million.

"By working closely with the private sector, we have established the country as place where sports and tourism get along," said Mauricio Ventura, Ministry of Tourism.

A.M. Costa Rica attempted to contact Ironman organizers as to their preparation for the event but no response was provided.


Guardacostas arrest ex-FARC member

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officials from the Guardacostas intercepted a boat carrying a cargo of cocaine Monday evening off Cuajiniquil de La Cruz in Guanacaste. One of the suspects is a known member of a designated terrorist organization while the other has been nabbed by U.S. authorities in the past.

According to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, an unlicensed fishing boat containing over 50 kilograms of cocaine was caught after an alert came in from the Dirección de Inteligencia y Seguridad Nacional. Three Nicaraguans and three Colombians were detained by police during the operation.

“None have a history or anything pending in court, at least until yesterday,” a Tuesday police report said in reference to their Costa Rican criminal record. The coast guard seized the drug packages, each being about a kilogram in weight, in coordination with the Policía de Control de Drogas.

The six suspects remain in custody by the criminal court based in Liberia, police said. Tuesday afternoon, the public security ministry confirmed that one of the detained Colombians is a former member of the Fuerzas Armadas Revolcionarias de Colombia, popularly known as the FARC.

Colombian authorities told Costa Rican officials that the 50-year old suspect was arrested back in 2005 at the port of Buenaventura on the Pacific coast. Another Colombian was apparently nabbed by a U.S. frigate in 2008.

According to ministry officials, that man was aboard a tugboat with the flag of Sierra Leone and carrying about 2. 3 tons of cocaine.


Group wants new FTA with U.K.

The Costa Rican Chamber of Exporters is calling for the negotiation of a free trade agreement with the United Kingdom to soften the negative impact of the country’s exit from the European Union will have on the local economy.

According to Laura Bonilla, president of the chamber, the United Kingdom stands as Costa Rica’s fourth ranked buyer in the European market. From the total sales to that country, 40 percent account for bananas and 31 percent account for pineapples, she said.

“Once the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union, Costa Rica will lose the benefits in tariffs it has had,” Ms. Bonilla said. “So we will have to renegotiate an agreement which, in the best case scenario would take a year.”

“Over that period, pineapple and banana exporters would be the main losers, and may even stop exporting their product at all or send smaller volumes because of the loss of their benefits,” Ms. Bonilla added.

This idea was wildly discussed during the II National Congress Exporter’s that took place on June 9th.

About 400 exporters and 30 international delegations attended the event, according to the chamber. Aside from the free trade agreements, the attendees shared different strategies to strengthen the exporting businesses and increase their competitiveness.

"We all agree that Costa Rica lacks competitiveness, and we agree that we must work hard on innovation, added value, electricity costs, infrastructure and certainty in the exchange rate,” Ms. Bonilla said. “We also need to improve in terms of supply and demand and education," she added.

Attendes also discussed how the phytosanitary barriers were not contemplated during the negotiations of other free trade agreements and the path to solve such barriers.


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Former editor writes a how-to book

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Long-time newsman and former editor Jay Brodell wrote a book on making a profit with a new magazine, newsletter or newspaper. The book, which went on sale today, encourages those who wish to become editors and publishers, and suggests that advertising provides the most logical was to pay the bills.

Brodell and his wife founded A.M. Costa Rica 17 years ago. Previous to that, he was general manager of The Tico Times, a journalism professor, founder of a Colorado newspaper and and editor and reporter in Colorado, the New York-New Jersey area and Venezuela.

Brodell also noted that he has seen vast changes in the publishing business to the point today where anyone with something to say can easily and cheaply do so online. He took advantage of this technology to produce this ebook through Smashwords, a publishing firm geared to independent authors.

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110-year old who never graduated from school earns degree now
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On time, actively engaged in class, grateful and 110-years old describes José Flores Flores who graduated with another degree from the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje Tuesday.

Flores’ age apparently did not stop him from rolling up his sleeves, grabbing a shovel, and doing the weeding and planting necessary to obtain his degree in “Cultivo de Hortalizas,” Casa Presidencial said.

The course is essentially a horticulture one and is taught by the institute at the elderly care facility in Santa Rosa de Pocosol.

The native of Lajas de Cañas in Guanacaste has never graduated from any school aside from the courses he has taken with the institute, Flores said. Eight years ago, he graduated from the institute’s courses on Métodos y Técnicas de Motivación and organic agriculture in addition to his recent title.

Being 110 and still mobile as well as able to do physical activity like weeding is unique in comparison to Flores’ classmates. He also is not assisted by a walker or a cane apparently either. “Work is healthy,” he said. “If I stopped working, I would undo myself.”

“You have to adapt the program because it is different to teach older people,” said José Medina Solís, Flores’ teacher.

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José Flores Flores receives his newest certification.

“In the case of Don José, his spirit and good nature are admirable. This man has been working in the field since he was seven years old and he continues to do it with passion.”

Next up for Flores is the hydroponics course, Casa Presidencial said.


Photo exhibit provides perspective to agrarian conflict in Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new photographic exhibition will be on display for the public  at the Biblioteca Nacional showing a Costa Rican version of landless farmers searching for greener pastures.

“Luchas campesinas (1970-1980)” is a step back in time and relates the role of public universities in the lives of displaced workers and landless peasants throughout the country, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

The photos are part of the personal collection of Miguel Sobrado Chaves, a sociologist and professor for more than 40 years at Universidad Nacional.

It showcases, among other themes, the issues of agrarian conflict taken from the perspective of displaced workers from banana plantations, the cultural ministry said.

The opening for the exhibit will be today at 2 p.m. in the Biblioteca Nacional. The inauguration will feature remarks from Álvaro Rojas, one of the campesino leaders back in the 1970s in Costa Rica’s Zona Sur.

The first lady of Costa Rica, Mercedes Peñas Domingo, and the president of the Instituto Desarrollo Rurual will also be present.

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"Luchas campesinas" photo to be on display to the public.

The event will close with a panel discussion on the peasant struggles along with a digital book compiling the photographs, organizers said.

The exhibit will be open to the public until June 29 on the first floor of Biblioteca Nacional at its regular hours from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Entrance is free, the ministry said.



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Corte Suprema orders halt to constitutional convention group
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala Constitucional of the Corte Suprema temporarily shattered the dream of a citizen's group that seek to call for a referendum which, in turn, would call for a constitutional convention.

Through the order 2017-8368, the court demanded Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones to suspend all administrative processes that would allow the call of such referendum.

According to the court, the measure is taken after a group of citizen's opposing the initiative filed an appeal in which they questioned if the constitution may be changed by people rather than legislators.

In its statement, the Sala IV said the case needs to be further studied before the country goes on supporting the idea.

On Tuesday, the Tribunal issued a brief press release clarifying that, even though they will obey the mandate from the supreme court, they are unable to stop the group from collecting the 170,000 signatures required.

Tribunal agreed, however, not to make any official call for the referendum should all the signatures be collected.
The referendum and potential constitutional convention is an idea that has been carried out by former legislator and comptroller officer Alex Solís and a group of allies calling themselves Nueva Constitución CR. A.M. Costa Rica tried to talk to Solís about the setback, but he did not respond to several calls.

In the beginning, the idea was to approve a new constitution by popular vote directly from a final draft.

However, the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones ruled it is not possible to change the constitution that way, so the group decided to call for a referendum to approve a law that would then call for a new constitution.

The change was authorized by the Tribunal and it proceeded to create the official forms with which the group started to collect the 170,000 signatures required.

With the new ruling, the process is paused indefinitely, since the court has no deadlines to issue rulings, according to the law. Other supporters of the referendum are well known in Costa Rican politics.  For example: Patricia Pérez, a former libertarian legislator; Fernando Berrocal, former security minister during the presidency of Oscar Árias and member of Partido Liberación Nacional.


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Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores Panamá photo        
Panamá foreign minister, Isabel de Saint Malo, with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Panamá government chooses
ties with China over Taiwan

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela announced late Monday his Central American country would switch diplomatic ties from Taiwan to China, a move analysts said is a major success to Beijing in its drive to isolate the self-governing island it claims as its own territory.

In a televised address on Monday Varela said Panamá, which has strategic significance to China, was upgrading its commercial ties with Beijing and establishing full diplomatic links with the second most important customer of its key shipping canal. "I'm convinced that this is the correct path for our country," he said.

Panamá’s sudden break in relations with Taiwan has hardened the Asian government’s defiance against China, which it suspects of engineering the move, with no signs of Taipei meeting Beijing’s longer-term demands. Taiwan reacted by severing formal ties with Panamá and all aid.

Taiwan’s government vented toward China as well as Panamá, which announced the cut in diplomatic relations after recognizing Taiwan’s government for more than a century. Taiwan warned China against inflaming ill will in Taiwan.

“Mainland China’s suppression of our country’s international space, interference in our international participation and temptation of our allies to break ties are all still present and have not eased,” said Chiu Chui-cheng, spokesman for the Taiwan government’s Mainland Affairs Council.

“We would like to severely warn mainland China here against pushing, step-by-step, cross-Strait relations to a dangerous brink from which it cannot turn back,” he said.

China, supported by a $11.2 trillion economy and more than 170 diplomatic allies, has taken a series of measures over the past year to pressure Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen into negotiations with a pre-condition that each side see itself as part of one country.

Most Taiwanese prefer their democratic self-rule to a tie-up with China, opinion polls have found.

“I think mostly we are getting tired of Taiwan being isolated,” said Shane Lee, political scientist at Chang Jung Christian University in Taiwan, referring to the erosion of diplomatic relations. “We have to tell China you cannot threaten Taiwan’s existence forever. You have to let people live.”

Tsai rejects China’s conditions for dialogue and officials in Taipei believe Beijing has retaliated by forming ties with former Taiwan ally Sao Tome and Principe in December. Also that month China passed an aircraft carrier near Taiwan’s coastlines. Last month, Beijing blocked Taipei from observing the World Health Organization’s annual assembly.

But analysts said China just wants to warn Taiwan without fanning outrage and while holding a door open in case Tsai shifts to a Beijing-friendlier policy. An enraged Taiwanese public is seen as more likely to elect people who take a tougher stand against Beijing.

China will use caution in paring down Taiwan’s remaining 20 diplomatic allies, which are mostly poor countries in Africa, Central America, the Caribbean and the South Pacific, said Alex Chiang, international relations professor at National Chengchi University in Taipei.

“I think China will be selective because they don’t want to embarrass Taiwan, so I think they will only try to go slowly and also give time to Taiwan to react,” Chiang said. “China still has some hope to have a friendly relationship with Taiwan, but if you push too hard, if our diplomatic ties (go) down to five or six, then it’s going to be very difficult for Taiwan.”

Taiwan can get by on fewer than 10 allies if needed, political scientists have said. The Taipei government looks to them largely for a voice in the United Nations, which Taiwan left in 1971 when the global organization admitted China.

Taiwan maintains strong informal relations with Japan and the United States, as well. Both may help Taiwan in a deeper diplomatic crisis, Lee said.

Taiwan offers development aid to its allies and before 2008 it would vie with China to give higher sums of money to make allies switch sides.

Under former Taiwanese president Ma Ying-jeou, no allies switched sides, but three other Latin American and Caribbean countries expressed interest in formalizing relations with China and may now be able to do that, Chiang said.

Panamá’s decision follows several years of private discussions between Chinese and Panamanian leaders.

China is the second biggest investor in the Panama Canal, the chief marine shipping link between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, after the United States, reported the Latin American news website El Universo. Over the past fiscal year, China sent 38 million tons of cargo, or 19 percent of the total, through the canal, it said.

In June last year Tsai visited Panamá to improve ties. She attended a ceremony for the Panama Canal expansion and saw Taiwan donate 3,000 boxes of flu medicine to fight an epidemic according to the Taipei-based Central News Agency.

China’s Foreign Ministry said on its website Tuesday that Panamá had agreed to recognize only Beijing as the government of China.

Panamá’s president for business interests went along with the authorities in Beijing by making a diplomatic switch, Taiwan’s ministry said in a statement. This is an extremely unfriendly act and the last time Taiwan will be cheated.


Attorney General denies
improper Russian meetings


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Tuesday denied having an undisclosed meeting with Russia's ambassador to Washington or improper communications with other foreign officials, saying the notion that he colluded with Russian officials during last year's presidential election was an appalling and detestable lie.

In heated testimony before the Senate intelligence committee investigating Russian meddling in the election, Sessions, who was an adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump's campaign, said he met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak last year, but he denied reports that he had a third, undisclosed meeting with Kislyak at a Washington hotel where Trump gave a foreign policy speech last April.

"Let me state this clearly: I have never met with or had any conversations with any Russians or any foreign officials concerning any type of interference with any campaign or election," Sessions said.

But Sessions qualified his answers with to be the best of my knowledge and left open the possibility that he might have casually met with Kislyak at the Washington Mayflower Hotel before Trump's speech.

Sessions announced Saturday that he'd appear before the intelligence committee to address matters brought up by ousted FBI Director James Comey during his testimony last week.

However, Sessions repeatedly refused to answer a host of questions about his conversations with Trump, drawing sharp rebukes from Democratic members of the committee.

Asked whether he'd discussed his recusal with Trump, Sessions declined to comment.

Asked whether Comey's handling of the Russian investigation might have come up during discussions about his firing, he gave a similar response.

While he said only the president could invoke executive privilege against disclosing information to Congress, he cited a long-standing Department of Justice policy of not commenting on confidential conversations between the attorney general and the president.

Republican Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma offered support for Sessions' position, but Democrats were not convinced.

"You raised your right hand here today and said you would solemnly swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth," Sen. Martin Heinrich of New Mexico said. "Now you're not answering questions. You're impeding this investigation."

Former Department of Justice officials said they were not aware of such a policy.

Laurie Levenson, another former Department of Justice official, said she was unfamiliar with the policy, saying, "There has to be follow-up by Congress."

Sessions appeared before the intelligence committee five days after Comey, the former FBI director, delivered dramatic testimony of his own before the same panel, accusing Trump of initiating improper one-on-one communications with him and trying to get him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Sessions confirmed that Comey had expressed concern about being left alone with the president, but he said he saw nothing improper for the president to meet alone with the FBI director and that he advised him to follow Department of Justice protocols in communicating with the White House and the president.

The attorney general recused himself from oversight of the Russia investigation in early March after reports emerged that he'd failed to disclose his contacts with the Russian ambassador during his confirmation hearings in January.

In his testimony, however, Sessions said he'd recused himself not because of any wrongdoing, but because Department of Justice rules prohibited him from being involved in the investigation as a former Trump campaign adviser.

"It is absurd, frankly, to suggestion a recusal from a single specific investigation would render an attorney general unable to manage the leadership of the various Department of Justice law enforcement components that conduct thousands of investigations," Sessions said.

In announcing Comey's dismissal last month, Trump initially said he was acting on the recommendations of Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

But Trump later told a television interviewer that he'd fired Comey over his handling of the Russia investigation.


Ivanka Trump urged to speak
after arrest of investigators


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The case of three labor rights activists detained in China for trying to investigate a factory that makes Ivanka Trump brand shoes highlights the pervasive problem of labor abuses and lax enforcement by authorities.

But rights activists said President Donald Trump's daughter, who is also his assistant, could help make a difference if she speaks out about the case.

The Ivanka Trump brand has yet to comment on the plight of the activists, but has confirmed shoes for the brand were made at the factory. But the company has said its last order was placed in March.

Rights activists are urging the Chinese government to give labor activists and investigators more room to freely expose labor rights violations.

So far, however, the Chinese government has refused to release the activists and has accused them of using illegal monitoring devices and interfering in the company's normal operation and production activities.

China Labor Watch, the group the labor activists work for, has been conducting similar investigations at Chinese factories for years. They said the response to the investigation at the factory making Ivanka Trump shoes is unprecedented in the nonprofit’s 17-year existence.

Founder and executive director Li Qiang said his New York-based nonprofit group has obtained solid evidence in the form of still pictures and videos that her branded shoes have been manufactured in factories of the Huajian Group for the past four years, the place where labor abuses were allegedly uncovered.

The investigation was conducted by the group’s rights activists Hua Haifeng, Li Zhao and Su Heng, who went undercover and posed as temp workers in Huajian factories between March and May, but were later been detained by Chinese police.

He said in his assessment, Chinese labor accounts for only 1 percent of Ivanka Trump’s branded shoes, which are priced at more than $100 each in U.S. stores.

Li added he has mailed evidence to Trump and the U.S. State Department and expects the first daughter to call for the release of his Chinese investigators and to further pressure its supplier into improving working conditions there.

Last week, the U.S. State Department called for the activists’ release or for Chinese authorities to afford them judicial and fair trial, protections to which they are entitled.

The State Department also highlighted the important role labor activists play in helping U.S. companies understand conditions in their China supply chain.

One industry insider said that suppliers of top-tier brands can easily lose orders if they fail to meet requirements and operate within strict social compliance regulations.

However, activists say violations of worker rights can be easily found in small- and medium-sized Chinese suppliers, which are deeply caught in cutthroat pricing competition.


Pakistan dubiously stays
neutral in Qatar-Saudi fight


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pakistan would like to help mediate an end to the rift between Persian Gulf allies because it has a lot to lose if the dispute drags on or turns violent, but analysts say it doesn’t have enough clout.

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates severed diplomatic relations with Qatar on June 5 and cut land, air and sea links, alleging it has ties to terrorists, a claim that the country strongly denies.

Increasingly isolated due to its own disputes with Afghanistan and India due to allegations that it shelters terrorist groups blamed for attacks in both countries, Pakistan has neither the economic power nor the diplomatic influence to pressure Qatar or Saudi Arabia to make the kind of concessions that likely will be needed to end the dispute.

Prime Minister Sharif Nawaz met Monday with Saudi King Shah Salman bin Abdul Aziz in Jeddah, but no progress was reported in resolving the crisis.

“Pakistan can play a positive role, but that will be very limited because Pakistan has not political or economic leverage,” former Pakistani diplomat Javed Hafeez said. “Pakistan’s role must be neutral.

The United States and China are seen as more likely arbiters in what U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has called a complex situation.

A special adviser to Qatar's Foreign Minister Mutlaq al-Qahtani told the French news agency AFP that the crisis is not about terror financing, it is about an orchestrated campaign to pressure Qatar to change its active, independent foreign policy.

The crisis has led some countries to immediately take sides, with Turkey offering to send up to 3,000 troops to a new base in Qatar and dispatching food to ease any shortfalls caused by the severed transportation links. A large pro-Qatar demonstration was held in Istanbul on Sunday.

Turkish President Erdogan denounced the isolation of Qatar as inhumane and against Islamic values, adding, "Qatar has shown the most decisive stance against the ISIS, and victimizing Qatar serves no purpose."

Iran also has sided with Qatar. Egypt is allied with Saudi Arabia; they share a common enemy in Akhwanul Muslimeen, a religious-political party with a strong base in Egypt that holds appeal for many Arabs.

Pakistan’s ties to the region are critical to the country and the standoff puts its loyalties right in the middle of the conflict.

Some 4.4 million Pakistanis live in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, and they send home $6 billion to $7 billion per year, providing a key source of foreign exchange. If the situation were to worsen, analysts believe any attempts to expel Pakistani workers or block remittances could have a major effect on Pakistan's economy.

Ties are particularly close with Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Pakistan relies on them for energy needs, like fuel, and signed a landmark 15-year deal last year with Qatar to import liquefied natural gas.

Sharif also has benefited from support from both.

When Gen. Pervez Musharraf overthrew the Sharif government in a bloodless coup in December 2000, the Saudi royals brokered a deal in which they took in him and his family until November 2007.

The Saudi government also gave Sharif's government a grant of $1.5 billion in March 2014 to help meet debt-service obligations and undertake large development projects. At the time, Ishaq Dar, Pakistan's finance minister, called it a gift amid criticism from opposition parties.

Pakistan former general and defense analyst, Gen. Talat Masood, said that such aid would make it hard for Pakistan to stay neutral now, and a former Pakistani general is heading a Saudi-led Sunni military coalition of over 40 nations.

Sharif also has relied heavily, though, on a letter from former Qatari Prime Minister Hamad bin Jasim bin Jaber Al Thani as part of his defense in an ongoing corruption investigation that could unseat him.

Sharif tried to mediate between Iran and Saudi Arabia early last year, with no apparent success, after Riyadh executed dissident Saudi Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr on charges of terrorism, which was followed by the ransacking of the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

Other Pakistani international interventions have been less diplomatic. Shia Muslims in Bahrain, an ally of Saudi Arabia, have complained that Pakistani forces quelled their pro-democracy protests in 2007.

During the black September of 1970, a brigade led by Pakistani brigadier Zia ul Haq was accused of killing 10,000 to 25,000 Palestinians who rose up against the Jordanian monarch, although more conservative estimates put the number between 1,000 and 2,000.

Cristiano Ronaldo accused
of tax evasion in Spain


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Soccer megastar Cristiano Ronaldo has been accused of tax evasion.

Prosecutors in Spain allege the Real Madrid player defrauded the government of about $16 million in taxes from 2011 to 2014. Specifically, Spanish authorities say Ronaldo took advantage of a business structure created in 2010 to hide from fiscal authorities income generated in Spain from image rights.

Authorities say Ronaldo used a shell company in the Virgin Islands to create a screen in order to hide his total income from Spain's Tax Office.

In the past, the world’s highest paid athlete denied any wrongdoing, and he maintains innocence on the most recent allegations.

Before the Champions League final on June 3, Ronaldo told El Chiringuito TV that he was not worried.

Ronaldo reportedly earned $93 million last year in salary, endorsements and other bonuses. The latest tax evasion news comes in the wake of a similar situation involving Ronaldo’s rival Lionel Messi of Barcelona, who was found guilty of tax evasion last summer and given a 21-month suspended sentence.



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* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $40,000 USD
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

Contact:
In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray:  jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or call 517-484-3675

For more information Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
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

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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

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.

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)

CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH
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Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
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
9145-1/2918


ReMax
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

Real estate-related services (paid category)

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SMALL and LARGER jobs welcome !!!. We can build from any plan you bring us all work done by USA codes master electric and plumbing Better quality and lower prices than USA. We do it all Right  + Reasonable.
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9142-7/27/17
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Aduana seizes 25 tons of shampoo

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Customs officials at the Caldera port seized an interesting cargo load coming from China this month: shampoo and over 25 tons of it.

According to a statement by the Ministerio de Hacienda, more than 60,000 units of shampoo were put up for sale in retail without being declared in customs as an import. Officials from the Órgano Fiscalizador y de la Aduana made the discovery. In the process of digging through the shampoo, officials with Aduana also found around 5,150 packages of napkins, toilet paper, bookshelves, furniture and shopping baskets, Hacienda said.

Wilson Céspedes, the general director for Aduana, said that these items violated domestic patents and constituted, essentially, illegal knockoffs of a similar yet registered brand.

The counterfeit goods were given to the judicial authorities and the criminal investigation begins to punish the alleged perpetrators, the finance ministry said.



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Wind turbines power energy grid for Costa Rica.

Wind energy increased 545 percent

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Operating power from wind energy increased over 545 percent in the last ten years, according to a statement from the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

Last week, two new wind energy plants were incorporated into the country’s electricity grid with over 87 percent of the total wind energy produced in the hands of private producers, the institute said.

“This strong growth is concentrated in the province of Guanacaste and is part of the diversification of the electrical matrix that the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad has been running since the 1990s,” Javier Orozco, the director of planning and development said.

Out of a total power output of 70 megawatts in 2007 to nearly 382 megawatts in 2017, Costa Rica exceeds members of the European Union in utilizing wind energy, ICE said. Back in 1996, the country became the first in Latin America to add wind in the electricity menu of options.

According to a French study Renewables 2017-Global Status Report, the country is second for the region and twelfth globally in wind energy usage as a source of electricity.

Data provided by ICE showed that wind energy accounted for almost 11 percent of the total contribution to the grid. The peak generation of this energy is usually in the dry season, ICE said.



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Costa Rica to host regional illicit trade forum

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica is extending the fight against illicit trade at the regional level with an upcoming forum this Thursday that will include officials from the region as well as a representative from the United States Customs and Border Protection.

The forum is being organized by the Cámara Costarricense-Norteamericana de Comercio, commonly referred to as AmCham, and the Ministerio de Hacienda. The objective of it would be a joint effort and regional coordination to stop illicit forms of commerce. This means activities and experiences related to contraband, tax evasion, falsification, piracy and under-invoicing will be expected topics of discussion.

Participants include representatives from the governments of Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala, the finance ministry said. Myra Irizarry, an international specialist attached to U.S. Customs, will also be in attendance.

AmCham’s president, Dennis Whitelaw, aims to provide a regional perspective on illicit trade and the negative impact it has across borders. “We want to make a call for all of us to work in conjunction and to identify possible joint and coordinated solutions between countries,” he said.

According to international studies, between $70 and $85 billion are imported annually into merchandise from illicit trade. A study done in 2016 by the European Union’s Intellectual Property Office and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said that counterfeit and pirated goods accounted for up to 2.5 percent, or $461 million, of world trade for 2013.