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Balloons were let go to color the sky in the Pride flag colors.
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The rainbow colors were evident.
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The U.S. Embassy delegation came out for the Marcha de la Diversidad along with some volunteers from the Peace Corps.

LGBT Marcha de la Diversidad colors the capital
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Pride events carried on throughout the weekend globally and also occurred here in Costa Rica as well.

Sunday afternoon saw Paseo Colón become calico with the many colors of the rainbow on flags, T-shirts, faces, floats and even the sky when all the balloons were tossed in the air. The Marcha de la Diversidad kicked off in celebration of the LGBTIQ population in Costa Rica. It commemorates a watershed moment in LGBTIQ history: the Stonewall Riots of 1969 where a spontaneous combustion of protests amongst the gay community flared up after police raided the Stonewall, a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village.

The Frente por los Derechos Igualitarios, a gay rights advocacy group that organized the march, raised four ‘flags’ of struggle to install within Costa Rica. According to a statement provided by the group, those four tenets are: equal marriage with same obligations and rights, the recognition of gender identities by the government, a secular state and an anti-discrimination law.

Prior to the parade pageantry, the government issued a response saying that it was beginning training and inclusion programs among state employees for issues related to the LGBTIQ community.

“We are moving forward with a firm step towards respect for sexually-diverse populations,” Ana Helena Chacón, the vice president of Costa Rica, said. “For that reason, we continue with a human rights agenda that we are promoting and or which we are having greater achievements step-by-step.”

With that announcement came the government’s own parade of progress that it has done so far in support of the LGBTIQ community.

These included: the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social agreeing to provide hormonal treatment to transgender persons, Seguridad Pública and the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia establishing its own frameworks as much as resource allocation toward the needs of the community.
Costa Rica was not alone as other embassies from foreign governments joined in on the march with its own participation. According to a statement issued by the Canadian Embassy to Costa Rica, the diplomatic delegations of: Bolivia, Canada, Colombia, Chile, Spain, the United States, France, Britain, the Netherlands, Israel and México all sent its reps out.

“LGBTI persons have the same human rights as all others, including the right to equality and non-discrimination,” a statement from the Canadian Embassy said.

“This principle is enshrined in numerous international and regional instruments, as well as in the Resolutions of the UN Human Rights Council.”

“We call on the LBGTI populations to celebrate and join in the struggle for our rights,” a statement sent by the Frente prior to the march said.

“Nothing we have today has been given to us. If today we go outside to celebrate, in broad daylight is because many people have pushed this wave of rebellious energy.”

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Not sure you may leave Costa Rica as easily as you got in? Maybe some investigation pending or just a misunderstanding with your records?

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It's not all work for members of the Cruz Roja. The organization Costarricense hosted a free family fair this past Saturday in celebration of the Día del Cruzrojista. According to an earlier statement from the organization, the public was invited to enjoy first aid talks, dance, exhibitions and other activities in front of the Museo de Arte Costarricense. Additionally, anyone could go to sign up and be a volunteer for the Cruz Roja.

Man fined $85 for assault on woman

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A man in his 50s who works for the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, has been sentenced to pay $85 as a compensation for kicking and hitting a woman.

The incident took place in Feb. 2016 across the street from the main entrance of Hospital Calderón Guardia, in San José. 

The aggressor apparently catcalled the 27-year old lady who was an actress and businesswoman. She decided to reply back to the harassment and threw a drink on his face. This caused the man to kick her in the stomach and hit her in the head, until a third person came in running and pushed the man away.

Upon arrival, the man was arrested by Fuerza Pública and taken before the Ministerio Público. From there,  the prosecutors started the case by charging the then-suspect with an obscene words and behaviors felony as well as with a non-serious physical damages charge.

However, the case was transferred to a lesser court because, apparently, the behavior of the man does not constitute a felony but a misdemeanor.

Last week, the Juzgado Penal del I Circuito Judicial Costarricense confirmed the man accepted the charges and the $85 fine was imposed upon him. At the time, the woman also declared that due to the kick, she had an abortion and her baby died. However prosecutors did not refer to that allegation.

The man in question sped up his retirement process to avoid any labor consequence at the Instituto.

The case gained some notoriety in the Spanish media and went viral in social networks because of its wide publicity delivered by the a group called Furia Rosa.

Caja says it is not under investigation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officials from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social clarified Friday that it is not under any investigation directly from judicial agents following a raid at the La Cruz branch.

The case in question apparently involves an ongoing judicial proceeding happening between the Caja and an employer in the province of Guanacaste, the organization said. Since March 2013, the inspectors of the La Cruz branch have carried out various collection actions for employees of the Inversiones Guanaranja, according to Luis Mario Carvajal Torres, the regional Caja director for the Chorotega region.

The company has about 877 employees on its payroll, a Caja statement said. The Judicial Investigating Organization is examining the payrolls of alleged contractors and their registrations in the Caja by the employer. The Caja estimates this represents a sum of 101 million colons in workers and employers quotas.

Carvajal said that the employer filed several revocation appeals that are still pending resolution. Before this action was undertaken, however, the Caja asked a Juez de Trabajo for an order to enter the farms. The employer, in the form of habeas corpus appeals, criminal complaints against the La Cruz branch and contentious proceedings motions in administrative court, then filed a waterfall series of complaints, the Caja said.

The raid was for the criminal complaint in gathering evidence. No official was reported arrested during the course of the raid. This complaint was filed specifically against the head of the branch and three inspectors who were in charge of the process.

AyA presents water management bill

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

It was a busy day this past week for officials in the water and aqueducts institute and the Legislative Assembly. Yamileth Astorga, the head of the Instituto Costarricense del Acueductos y Alcantarillados, presented the group’s criteria regarding a new water management law.

The bill, presented before the environmental affairs committee, seeks to address water usage in Costa Rica and reiterate its use as a fundamental human right. According to a statement from AyA, the bill would regulate the competence of institutions managing water sources. This management would be a new wing of the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía with the intention of basing its rulings on science and technology.

Now, surface and underground sources will also be combined if this bill is passed with priority given to hydrological basins and the creation of respective councils. These Consejos de las Unidades Hidrológicas will include the participation of state institutions and ASADAS, or Asociaciones Administradoras de Sistemas de Acueductos y Alcantarillados Comunales.

This water management legislation also calls for better quality controls with the idea that there is no point in having data on water quantity if there is none also researching its quality. This applies also in the area of efficient reuse of water, the institute said.

All this information would then be integrated within a single database to know how much water is available within a specific region of Costa Rica as well as its quality, AyA said. The decisions on use could then be made in what effectively amounts to a state-sanctioned rationing of the country’s water supply. In a sense, this creates a more central system on managing water in the hopes of greater efficiency and control of the supply and quality.

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Costa Rican researchers call snake bites an untreated tropical disease
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Since June 9, venomous snake bites are now considered what is called an untreated tropical disease by the World Health Organization. The Clodomiro Picado Insitute at Universidad de Costa Rica is largely responsible for that declaration.

The declaration will allow the organization to financially support the purchase of  Suero Antiofídico from the institute to be sent to several continents in the African continent, according to Alberto Alape, director of the institute.

Suero Antiofídico is the Spanish name for snake bite antidote.

The resolution would also include an strategy to control, elimination and eradication of venomous snake bites, a situation that has been overlooked in many international forums, Alape said.

"Snake bites are a poor people's disease in poor countries,” Alape explained. “So the pharmaceutical companies are not interested in financing the production of antidotes  because they don't generate money.”

According to a statement sent by the Universidad de Costa Rica, this achievement is also a consequence of the cooperation among the head of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social and former health minister, Fernando Llorca, and José María Gutiérrez, a researcher from the institute. They were in charge in preparing all the scientific and political arguments before the health organization.

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"The organization pays a lot of attention to neglected diseases and calls for the help of potential donors, such as foundations, governments and other entities,” the statement from the university said. Aside from the human perspective, this declaration strengthens the diplomatic respect for the country before Asia and African nations, which rate higher in this kind of diseases, Gutiérrez said.

"This is a very important achievement because it puts the issue on the global agenda,” explained Gutiérrez. “Our institute provided the capacity and leadership in this case, however, the mere fact of contributing to the visualization of the snake bite, is already very satisfactory.”

The researcher also said the achievement shows how several institutions can come together towards a common goal.

Femicides on rise by comparison to last year, judicial report says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For reasons related to their gender, 16 women have been killed in Costa Rica from Jan 1 to June 2, according to the latest report from the Sub-Comisión Interinstitucional para el Registro del Femicidio, a program run by the Poder Judicial in order to better understand gender related violence.

The organization's figures are considered to be the official ones for any government-related purpose. According to the statistics, a total of 28 women have been assassinated since the beginning of the year, however not all of them have been labeled as femicides.

From that total, seven of the cases  are classified as legal Femicide, meaning the perpetrator of their deaths were either their spouses or their partners.

Other nine cases are classified as broadened femicides. These are the ones where gender is a stronger cause of attack rather than relationship issues. It includes more open relationships such as girlfriends, divorcees, women who just ended a relationship and those subject to sexual attack.

There are six more records of women whose deaths were not classified as legal or broadened femicides and six more who death still pending more investigation.

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In 2016, 64 women were killed and 23 of the cases were classified as femicides. From those 23 deaths, 11 were legal femicides and 12 broadened femicides. Authorities started keeping track of this kind of crime since 2007, when the Ley de Prevención de la Violencia contra las Mujeres was issued.

In the last decade, 2011 was the year with the highest record of femicides in general, followed by 2009 with 39 cases and 2008 with 33 cases. In 2013, only 18 cases were reported, according to statistics from the judicial branch.

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New website aids in tracking seismic, volcanic activity in real time
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Red Sismológica Nacional launched a new website to allow users a closer and more accessible link to the latest volcanic and seismic activity in Costa Rica.

“It is important to be able to approach the community from many channels,” Lepolt Linkimer, the coordinator for the network, said. “The website is one of them along with other resources such as the app and social networks, to disseminate the information generated daily from the Escuela Centroamericana de Geología.”

The new website was created in consultation with its users who, using an interactive methodology, arranged the content of the site in such a way as to offer descriptive labels, greater readability and an improved search engine.

According to a statement from the Universidad de Costa Rica, the site provides information on active faults, historical earthquakes, updated volcanic reports and documentation of geological events on a weekly, monthly and annual basis.

The network is a subsidiary of the university and the Instituto Costarricense de la Electricidad.
Linkimer added that the importance of updating the site was to allow institutions in charge of dealing with the emergencies in real time and the media that covers it, a chance to provide real-time data on seismic or volcanic activity.
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“This is part of a first stage of innovations, which will be expanded upon at the end of this year when a questionnaire is enabled for people to share their experience with earthquakes,” a statement from Red Sismológica Nacional said.

“This will allow validating the models on attenuation of seismic waves or the perception of As well as the development of maps for rapid response to emergencies.”

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Ministry comes out with Festival Internacional de los Artes app
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Want to know more about the most important artistic festival in both the country and the region? There is an app for that.

The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud created a mobile app to keep abreast of any details related to the upcoming Festival Internacional de los Artes.

“The web application is a digital tool that gives the user the complete itinerary for the FIA 2017,” the ministry said in a statement.

“They can access it from anywhere and there you will find a map that will guide you through the city to the different venues. In addition they will be able to find all the information divided by categories,” Lindsay Jiménez, the festival’s spokeswoman, said.

Aside from this, each individual event within the event will have a brief synopsis of what it is going to show. Users can even create a calendar based on the ones they want to attend and share on social networks or through WhatsApp, Ms. Jiménez said.

The app is available both on iOS and Android devices, the cultural ministry said. At the same time, however, one must go directly to the site in order create the link. To do this, officials explained, one must put in the toolbar or navigation to enter the option: Agregar pantalla principal.

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The Festival Internacional de los Artes app in action.

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The festival begins this Thursday and runs until July 9, organizers said. The shows include a repertoire of all the arts both within Costa Rica and foreign showings as well. 14 sites are being dedicated to the festival within a range of 1.5 kilometers. They run from the Parque Central in San José to the Anigua Aduana on the east side of the capital.

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Colombian police arrest
eight for mall bombing

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Colombian police have arrested eight suspected members of an anti-government militia for the deadly June 17 blast at a luxury shopping mall in Bogota.

A bomb planted behind a second floor toilet killed three and wounded at least eight. The dead include a young French woman who was volunteering at a school for the poor.

Police say all eight suspects arrested Saturday are members of the People's Revolutionary Movement, a newly formed group that is allegedly responsible for a number of other attacks.

The eight are expected to be charged with several crimes, including murder and terrorism. The group denies any involvement in the mall blast.

"We profoundly condemn that criminal act against innocent people and we reject being linked to an act of barbarism oblivious to our ideas and actions," the group said it a statement last week.

Colombia is striving to return to security after the government and the FARC rebel group signed a peace deal last year. The pact officially ends a 50-year FARC uprising that killed more than 200,000 people.

The government also is holding talks with the National Liberation Army, the second largest rebel group.

Colombia’s ELN frees
two Dutch journalists

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Leftist rebels in Colombia said Saturday that they had released two Dutch journalists they had kidnapped earlier this week.

Reporter Derk Johannes Bolt and cameraman Eugenio Ernest Marie Follender were released early Saturday to a delegation of Colombian human rights officials in a rural area of Norte de Santander state.

A tweet from Colombia's Marxist ELN rebel group said the two have been released in perfect condition.

Bolt said after his release that the two men had been treated well.

The men were snatched Monday in El Tarra, the northeast region of the Andean nation.

ELN, Colombia's second-largest rebel group, is in talks with the government to end five decades of war. FARC, the largest rebel group, signed a peace deal last year with the government.

Leftist rebels began fighting a guerrilla war to topple Colombian governments in 1964, and more than 220,000 people have been killed. The rebels used drug trafficking and kidnappings for ransom to fund their war.

Southwestern U.S. sees
consistent heat wave

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A deadly heat wave that has claimed at least six lives in parts of the American Southwest continues.

While temperatures cooled off Friday in Los Angeles, residents are bracing for a long, hot summer.

Planes were grounded for a time in Phoenix earlier this week, as temperatures in parts of the U.S. Southwest soared to 45 degrees Celsius and higher, from Tucson, Arizona, to Palm Springs, California.

People have tried their best to stay cool, using community cooling stations in parks and community centers throughout the region.

An air-conditioned senior center in the Los Angeles suburb of Canoga Park offered companionship and relief from the heat.

Four women relaxed over a game of dominoes, while in another part of the center, a dozen women kept active in a tap-dancing class.

They are fine indoors, center director Karin Haseltine said, but she warned too much activity outside on hot days could be hazardous for both seniors and young children.

Haseltine said many seniors also worry about the cost of air-conditioning.

“They can’t turn it on because the bill is so expensive,” she said.

Inside the center, where it is cool, seniors were staying active, taking tap dancing classes and doing yoga.

Scattered fires have burned throughout the West, and several deaths in Nevada, Arizona and California have been blamed on intense heat.

Animals are in danger, too.

Zoo workers have been hosing down the elephants at the Phoenix Zoo. Authorities also warn parents and pet owners not to leave animals or children in cars, where temperatures can quickly soar to deadly levels.

At an air-conditioned center in Los Angeles, senior volunteer Rosalie said people are making the best of being indoors.

“They don’t have to worry about being uncomfortable, getting ill,” she said, and can have lunch and activities with friends.

Others are doing what they can to stay cool outdoors, from lounging in the shade to splashing in public fountains.

Makeshift hydration stations are offering bottled water. Near-record-high temperatures are expected through early next week, and people say they are prepared for more heat this summer.

China landslide kills
10 with dozens missing

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hopes are fading for dozens of people still missing following a deadly landslide in southwestern China, where 10 bodies have been recovered so far.

Officials say 93 people remain missing after a huge landslide Saturday buried the mountain village of Xinmo in Sichuan province. Provincial officials on Sunday lowered the earlier body count from 15.

As of Sunday night, only three people, a couple and their month-old baby, had been rescued after the wall of rock and debris destroyed at least 40 houses.

More than 3,000 people, including police, soldiers and civilians, are participating in the rescue efforts, according to officials, and have been working nonstop to search through the rocks and rubble for survivors.

Rescuers and local residents used ropes to move a boulder while dozens of others, aided by dogs to sniff out humans, searched the rubble for survivors, according to videos posted online by the government and state broadcaster CCTV.

Bulldozers and heavy diggers also have been deployed to remove boulders, while villagers and soldiers lifted rocks with their bare hands. Rescuers brought spotlights to continue the search after sunset.

"It's the biggest landslide in this area since the Wenchuan earthquake," said Wang Yongbo, one of the officials in charge of rescue efforts, referring to the disaster that killed 87,000 people in 2008 in a town in Sichuan.

Authorities say the landslide was caused by torrential rain, and the cascading debris of mud and rocks blocked a 2-kilometer stretch of a river and a 1.6-kilometer section of a road, according to local officials.

Landslides are a frequent danger in rural and mountainous parts of China, particularly after heavy rains.

Rubber bullets fired
on Venezuelan protesters

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuelan security officials clashed with protesters again Thursday, firing rubber bullets at demonstrations in Caracas. One protester was killed.

David Jose Vallenilla, 22, died after arriving at a hospital in Caracas' Chacao municipality, where the protest happened. His death brought the toll to at least 76 fatalities since April.

There have been almost daily protests against the government of President Nicolas Maduro for the past three months.

The unrest was set off by an attempt by Maduro's government to nullify the opposition-controlled congress in late March.

But demonstrations have escalated into a vehicle for airing grievances against the government regarding triple-digit inflation, food and medicine shortages, a rise in crime and Maduro's attempt to rewrite the constitution.

The opposition blames the bloodshed on state security forces using excessive force.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Thursday urged the international community to take action to deal with the worsening crisis.

"The tragic situation in Venezuela calls out for action. The Venezuelan people are starving while their government tramples their democracy," Ms. Haley said in a statement in which she complained about the lack of action from the U.N. Human Rights Council and the Organization of American States.

Maduro has repeatedly rejected such calls for action by the international community. On Thursday, he praised the country's police and national guardsmen for their heroic efforts to maintain public order without the use of firearms.

He condemned any excessive use of force while also criticizing the opposition for not renouncing violence and for allegedly using teen demonstrators as human shields.

The United States organized the first-ever U.N. Security Council consultations on Venezuela on May 17 to spotlight the worsening crisis. The U.S. mission to the United Nations said Thursday that it had no immediate plans for additional U.N. action.

European Union agrees
on defense cooperation

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

With snipers on the roof and armored vehicles surrounding the Council building, Europe’s leaders met in Brussels with security topping the summit agenda. EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said leaders had agreed on greater cooperation in intelligence sharing and defense spending.

“We are spending half of the military budget of the U.S. but our efficiency is 15 percent. So there is room for improvement and that’s exactly what we decided today,” Juncker said.

Outside a band of refugees called “Syrians Got Talent” aimed to send a musical message to EU leaders: that they should stand up for migrant rights.

Not all of Europe shares that sentiment. The EU is taking legal action against Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic for refusing to accept refugee quotas.

More than 81,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe in 2017, and close to 2,000 have died so far.

French President Emmanuel Macron, attending his first EU summit, said Europe would look to address the causes of the crisis.

He said it is a long-term challenge whose long-term solution is to stabilize Africa, and the near and Middle East.

Despite the challenges there is a renewed optimism in the bloc, says Professor Anand Menon of the U.K. in a Changing Europe program at Kings College London.

“And the Eurozone’s growing again. So all that looks good,” Menon said. “But what I would say is the fundamental structural problems that confront the European Union, whether it’s the migration crisis, whether it’s the Eurozone crisis, whether it’s the problem of democratic backsliding in countries like Hungary and Poland, are no nearer being solved than they were last year. And they will come back again.”

Britain’s exit from the bloc was also discussed. EU leaders described Prime Minister Theresa May’s offer on the future rights of European citizens living in Britain as below expectations, signaling tough negotiations ahead.

Defense deals on agenda
for Trump-Modi meeting

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The bearers of two potentially clashing slogans, “Made in India” and “America First,” will finally meet Monday at the White House.

“It’s going to be a robust discussion,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said of what will be the first face-to-face talks between India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Donald Trump.

“These are two very populist leaders,” with aspirations for transformation, notes Satu Limaye. He is director of the Washington office of the East-West Center, an American nonprofit group dedicated to promoting public diplomacy in the Asia-Pacific region.

Their origins are not only separated by a distance of 12,000 kilometers: Modi helped his father sell tea from a Gujarat street stall, while Trump’s tutelage was in property development.

While Trump likes to set the tone with a very firm handshake, the barrel-chested Indian leader breaks the ice with bear hugs.

What they have both embraced is enthusiasm for Twitter, and they are among the most followed political figures on social media. Both will surely want to tout the success of this visit in 140 characters or less.

The news from Modi's and Trump's tweets is likely to come from their announcement of transactions, rather than geopolitical agreements.

A California drone-maker, General Atomics, confirms a deal is imminent for the sale of 22 Guardian (MQ-9) unarmed drones to India’s navy for maritime patrolling.

The deal, estimated to be worth up to $3 billion, originally raised concerns at the State Department about putting such sophisticated surveillance capabilities in the Indian Ocean, where tensions could arise between India and its rival Pakistan.

Also highlighted will be a tentative deal between Lockheed Martin and Tata Advanced Systems to produce F-16 fighter jets in India.

A senior White House official notes these defense deals support thousands of American jobs, but that may not be enough to appease some U.S. commercial sectors.

With a $24 billion trade surplus in India’s favor, American manufacturers want action by Washington on a range of issues, including tariffs and localization, intellectual property and eliminating price controls on medical devices.

“I think this is an opportunity for the prime minister and President Trump to sit down and figure out ways that both sides can grow their economies through the right set of trade policies,” the vice president of international economic affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers, Linda Dempsey, said.

On the other hand, a former high-ranking U.S. diplomat who served as ambassador to India in the early 1990s under President George H.W. Bush, Thomas Pickering, says he is concerned the two leaders will focus on short-term economic gains, at the expense of nurturing a longer-term strategic relationship.

Pickering said the Trump administration should see that India espouses values and ideas that are much closer to the U.S. than the other dominant country in Asia: China.

A focus on commerce rather than geopolitics may come as a relief to traditionally nonaligned India.

“India doesn’t want a relationship with the U.S. built on an anti-China policy,” says Limaye.

There is angst in New Delhi that Trump has not paid adequate attention to India, especially in contrast to his repeated praise for China and its leader, Xi Jinping.

For Trump, “Foreign policy, on the whole, is not a priority, with the exception of the hot-ticket issues generating the headlines: Russia, Syria, ISIS, and the like,” says Michael Kugelman, deputy director and senior associate for South Asia at the Wilson Center. “In that regard, India has indeed been left in the lurch.”

Trump has generally been positive about India in public messaging. He previously visited Mumbai as a businessman, and he has Trump-branded properties in the country.

Both Trump and Modi enjoy support from a significant portion of the 3.5 million-member community of Indian-Americans.

“This is the ballast in the relationship,” says Limaye. “But I don’t think it’s a determiner.”

Trump has named several members of the community to important positions. Nikki Haley is U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Ajit Pai is chairman of the Federal Communications Commission and Seema Verma runs Medicare and Medicaid programs under the Department of Health and Human Services.

U.S. drops reward offer
on former al-Shabab leader

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. State Department has withdrawn its reward offer for Mukhtar Robow, a former leader of the Somali militant group al-Shabab.

In June 2012, the State Department offered up to $5 million for information on Robow that brought him "to justice." At the time, Robow was still considered a top leader of al-Shabab, having served periods as its spokesman, spiritual leader and military commander.

But soon afterward, Robow exiled himself from the group because of long-running disputes with its emir, Ahmed Abdi Godane. He spent recent years living in his hometown of Abal, south of Huddur, in Somalia's Bakool region.

Robow has his own militias from his own clan in the area.

Godane was killed by a U.S. missile strike in 2014.

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Published || Monday Edition, June 26, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 125
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Lettuce gets sunburnt but it can still be grown here...

Metric Man misses crunchy lettuce. Big crunchy iceberg lettuce in salad with croutons and bacon bits and radishes all mixed in with blue cheese dressing. Yum. The salad of “spring greens” or spinach with the stems left on so that you have to wrestle them with your fork is not for Metric Man. Oh no. Just something crunchy please.

Victoria Torley
 Unfortunately for my poor 
beleaguered hubby, “Lechuga 
 Americana,” the crunchy stuff,
 is seldom available where we 
 live and it can be pricey when 
 we find it.

 So, is it impossible to grow 
 good lettuce in Costa Rica? The 
 answer is no although iceberg
 is touchy.

Lettuce likes a cool environment and bolts (goes to seed) in hot weather. Do we have cool weather in the mountains around the lake?

Of course we do. Folks on the coast: not so much. Lettuce gets sunburned easily as the leaves get bleached white. Can we prevent sunburn? Of course we can. All we need is shade cloth.

Lettuce needs really rich soil, so we have no trouble there, but it also likes light soil with lots of organics. Shoot, that’s easy. If you have heavy soil, add rice husks for instant lightness.

For organics, make yourself some manure tea (a kilo of cow manure in a porous bag with half an over-ripe banana, hang in a gallon or so of water and let it sit in the sun for a week – the web has more recipes) and use it to water the lettuce. No problem. If you find that the lettuce is not doing well, add some Miracle Gro or the equivalent. Or increase the amount of manure tea you feed the plants. Remember, lettuce does best with repeated small feedings so don’t let it go too long between dinners.

Lettuce has shallow roots so it needs to be checked for dryness daily and watered. Again, no problem. Those rice husks can be used as top dressing to prevent drying or you can simply check daily. If your lettuce is outside under shade cloth in the rainy season…..well, let’s just say you barely need to check it, except to be sure it isn’t waterlogged!

Lettuce seeds are usually available locally, even the iceberg lettuce, but those seeds are tiny! Start them in trays and thin like mad (and eat the little plants) so that only the biggest and best are transplanted.

Late afternoon is the best time to transplant. Then watch for bugs and slugs. Use the beer remedy for the slugs and deal with anything else that attacks them in your own way.

Well, poor Metric Man may not get iceberg lettuce soon, but I found a variety called “Summer Wonder, or Maravilla de Verano, that does well around the shores of the Mediterranean that grows what looks like crunchy heads or at least not all wilted. I will let you know…..

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Not just one plant, but a huge number of trees and all FREE!

It's that time of year when ICE gives away saplings of dozens of different species of trees including Guanacaste, rosewood (cocobolo), laurel, rubber trees, too many to list and may differ per location. Take your residency card and fill out some paperwork, perfect if you have a lot of land and want to do some reforestation with 100 saplings, but you can also get just a few trees for erosion control (rubber trees are good for that). Some ICE places even have ornamentals.

Here is one of my new saplings.

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Fallas fights for passage of two new taxes

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Helio Fallas, the Costa Rican finance minister and first vice president, shrugged off his penchant non-combative demeanor and cool banker-like attitude when speaking about the need to pass two new taxes.

Fallas was before the legislative committee on income and public expenditure late last week when he criticized the assembly for sometimes taking his statements out of context. “Taking my statements out of context, they will not prevent you from insisting before the Asamblea Legislativa on the urgency to approve the bills updating the income tax and the value-added tax,” he said.

“Let’s talk seriously, let’s not look for more excuses and concentrate on the discussion of what is really important and urgent: the strengthening of the public treasury,” he added.

Before the legislators, Fallas reiterated an overarching point regarding the budget of Costa Rica: there is not enough income for the government to pursue its ambitious projects without providing more sources. He presented the legislators with a grim prognostication on the future of the country’s finances arguing that, if these two bills are not installed into law, then the country’s debt will exceed 60 percent of its gross domestic product by 2021.

"Time is exhausted and everyday, immediate and urgent sacrifices are what is really important,” Marta Acosta, the comptroller general who joined Fallas at the meeting said. “The indifference to the situation we live in is a luxury that we cannot afford without causing irreparable damage to society.”

A.M. Costa Rica has reported on these two additions Hacienda is desperate to push through. The additional income sources also mean a raised income tax with the amount depending upon how much one earns and a completely new value-added tax.