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Outrage arises over dismissal of beloved gardener
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A wave of outrage over the dismissal of the Parque Zarcero gardener by the Catholic Church’s authorities shook the country’s social media and hit headlines Sunday night.

Evangelino Blanco, a 79-year old gardener in charge of the famous animal-looking green sculptures located in the Zarcero Park, was fired from his post last Friday by priest Kenneth Castillo.

The park belongs to the Parroquia San Rafael Arcángel in the  province of Alajuela.

A letter handed out by the priest to the gardener explains the labor relation is terminated due to willingness of the employer and then cites article 85 of the labor code, which states the right of the employer to do so.

The document also says that a monetary compensation will be granted to the gardener on July 28, according to law.

Blanco has gained prominence over the generations for being the only gardener in charge of craft-shaping the trees of the park, which have become an international tourist attraction.

In 2014, the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud granted him the Cultura Popular award, due to  a lifetime devoted to his gardening art and keeping the Zarcero identity alive.

The news of his dismissal caused hundreds of Costa Ricans to sign a request at website, in order to have the gardener back on his post.

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Evangelino Blanco works on his garden.

Sunday afternoon, the Catholic Church said the labor relationship with Blanco was over because of his age and health status.

“Gardening is a tough job, specially for an elderly man as Evangelino,” the document reads. “Working on a ladder all the time could cause a serious accident that carrying serious trouble to the church as well.”

“Those who today call for violence against the priest, would likely be the same ones who call for violence against the church should a labor accident occur,” the document said.

Blanco has been working in  the past for more than 50 years. He is already retired and has got a pension. He never married nor had kids.

“The tree figures in the park are like my children,” he said in 2014, when he won the award. 

Gran Hotel Costa Rica project adds new overseers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The cultural ministry has now opened a dialogue space between itself and the owner of Gran Hotel Costa Rica in an attempt to pacify the concerns of some citizens on the hotel’s renovation.

The problem arose when some news reports began publishing what appeared to be developer plans to completely overhaul and change the façade of the hotel.

The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud quickly refuted these designs as being false, however it was already too late for some in the public.

According to a joint statement issued by the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud as well as the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural, the project has been given the approval many times over for refurbishment.

The images that were circulating in media outlets and social networks did not correspond to the plans approved by Patrimonial or cultural ministry officials.

Moreover, Patrimonial inspectors have been visiting the site on a weekly basis and maintain the right to suspend the project in case developers are violating the confines of the agreement.

The façade on the east and north sides is expected to become a grey color rather than black and white, the ministry said. The construction of a fifth floor on the building was authorized and that clearly is a new change as the original building constructed in 1930.

It is not, the cultural ministry said, a brand new part of the building.

The last remodeling completed 30 years ago included the fifth floor and even then did not correspond to the original fabric of the hotel.

The inspectors did order, however, that the owners restore the original flooring and the old terrace, keep all the original mosaics at all levels of the building excluding the carpeting, preserve the room where U.S. President Kennedy stayed in his visit here in 1963 and keep the windows and their style throughout the building.

“To intervene in heritage is a complex task that requires both specialized knowledge and high sensitivity to collective memory,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Therefore, it is important to clarify that, although the intervention works currently being carried out at the Gran Hotel Costa Rica have been developed in accordance with the criteria and procedures established by out legal system, the MCJ, considering the significant value of the property established a Grupo Técnico Profesional de Trabajo.”

This commission is basically being established as an extra monitoring authority on the hotel’s continued renovation. It will be composed of an architect named Roberto Villalobos, a structure expert Gino Guidi and a historian named Carlos Manuel Zamora.

This team is expected to conduct and compile a report to the culture minister regarding observations made and recommendations toward the Gran Hotel Costa Rica renovation.

The hotel closed for a complete overhaul and refurbishment back in 2016. It is located in a prime spot next to the Teatro Nacional and is a prominent heritage site for the capital San José.

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The reform was approved by the legislators last Thursday during the second vote. Authorities expect the waiting processes for issuing eminent domain on a property to be reduced considerably.

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Blood drive at Caja's main offices today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The blood bank is moving on to stop at the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social’s headquarters in San José today.

Two teams from the Banco Nacional del Sangre will be in the small plaza of the Caja’s headquarters trying again to get more people to donate blood. The goal is to get about 120 people to donate. Donations will be open from 8 in the morning until noon.

Interested donors should have a light breakfast that day without fatty foods or dairy products. Anyone who already had those for breakfast need to wait at least two hours before donating, officials said.

According to the Caja, the blood bank teams visit different companies each day as well as public organizations and visit twice a month to different communities in Costa Rica. Their goal is to get at least 32,000 donors by the end of the year.

Each donor loses between 400 and 500 milliliters of blood, or about 10 percent of the total blood flow. Provided one drinks enough fluids, that loss of blood should be recovered in about 24 hours. To be a donor, one must be: at least 18 years old, over 100 pounds, be in good health, carry an identity or residence card and eat a light breakfast. Anyone who has tattoos, may have hepatitis, is pregnant or on medication should consult with the doctor during the donation period.

A healthy person can donate every three to four months without endangering their health, the Caja said. Officials advise that, following the donation, one refrain from physical activity or sports and drink a lot of fluids.

Donating blood also means that one could also be helping the areas of red blood cells, plasma, platelets, cyroprecipitates or in coagulation factors, the Caja said.

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Foreign ministry issues new stamp

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

To celebrate ten years since the official establishment of diplomatic relations between Costa Rica and China, the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto and Correos de Costa Rica came out with a commemorative stamp.

The new stamp started circulating Saturday and consists of 5,000 souvenir sheets worth 1,400 colones each. It includes an image of the Great Wall of China and the national flower of Costa Rica, the guaria morada.

Luis Francisco Valverde, the vice president of Correos de Costa Rica, said that Correos sends nearly 5,000 documents and packages a month to China. Many of these will now bear the new stamp as a sign of continued friendship and cooperation between the two countries, according to a statement by the foreign ministry.

Japan donates new urology equipment

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Representatives from the Japanese government gave a unique gift to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social Friday morning: urology equipment.

Urology is a branch of medicine that focuses on surgical and medical diseases in relation to the urinary tract system and male reproductive organs. The equipment was delivered to the Centro Nacional de Rehabilitación, according to the Caja.

Some of the instruments delivered include: a portable fibrescope for uterine cysts, a resectoscope and equipment for urodynamics. According to Dr. Arnoldo Matamoros Sánchez, the rehabilitation center’s director, the equipment will allow medical staff to evaluate the urinary tract and to treat problems associated with the tract, the prostate and the bladder.

According to Yoshiaki Ito, the Japanese ambassador to Costa Rica, the total value of the donation is around $95,000 and was given with funds from the Japanese cooperation program: Assistance for Community Projects and Human Security.

“The Japanese government provides the means to improve the quality of life in the communities, but it is up to you to make this project truly beneficial,” Ito said. “We hope that the donated equipment will be used to the fullest and to serve the community for many years.”

The Caja said that it is already putting to use the new urology equipment at the rehab center.

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Raid yields $48,000 of false socks

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Judicial Investigating Organization publishing reports about its actions and raids is nothing new but this past week seemed a little more unusual than others.

The raids that the judiciary usually prefers to publish are in relation to capturing a suspect for murder or nabbing a certain band of thieves or uncovering a large drug raid. This past week, officials decided to tell the public that it had conducted operations at two San José businesses. The crime? More than 4,300 illegitimate socks, hats, purses and sandals.

According to a preliminary report, the Thursday morning raids came about after a complaint was issued by a representative of the affected brand. That person alleged that the faux goods were being sold in those shops. These socks and clothing items fetched a high economic loss, according to the report. That loss is reported to be around $48,000 in colones, agents said.

Agents with the Sección Delitos Varios sent on their report to the public prosecutor’s office for the incident.

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Banco Nacional's main offices hosts feel-good photography exhibit
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

While the international arts festival is happening all around the capital, the Banco Nacional is playing host to another exhibit of its own.

According to a statement by the bank, a new photography exhibit featuring the work of Costa Rican photographers will be on display at the bank’s main offices in San José for the whole of July. Diseñados para vivir, or Designed for Life as it is translated in English, attempts to show life and hope in Costa Rican society.

The exhibit consists of 20 black and white photographs from seven photographers who are trying to portray the values of hope, love, friendship, inner happiness, patience, teamwork, purpose in life, integrity and ethics, the Banco Nacional said in a statement.

These photographers were selected by the organizations for their ability to capture the human spirit in their work. The majority are actually not professionals either. Many simply take photos as a hobby.

“What we looked for in this photographic exhibition was to capture the beauty of human beings regardless of age or socio-economic status,” Kenia Salas, a representative attached to the Perdonados para Amar y Servir group who is presenting the project.

“We want to motivate people to find the inner beauty of each one, to understand how perfect they are as God has created them and that we all have a very important purpose to fulfill on Earth, which is why it is worth to live eagerly.”

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One of the 20 photographs on display through July.

The exhibit has been on the move since January, the bank said. It was presented in schools that sometimes included corresponding talks with FundaVida  encouraging giving purpose to life.

It was also on display at the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia and the Instituto Nacional de la Aprendizaje  among other places.

The Perdonados para Amar y Servir is a Christian community founded in the late 1980s as a different option to other Christian churches, according to the group.

Its purpose is to provide a place to meet and discuss biblical principles and put them to practice in daily life.

Turning a profit from biological waste is this company's goal
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Making a profit from biological waste and thus, innovating in favor of the environment. That is basically the objective of Pelletics, a pioneer company in the use of biomass located in Los Molinos del Muelle de San Carlos, in the northern area of the province of Alajuela.

The company manufactures and sells pellets, which are similar to compacted capsules made of dried and crushed wood, sawdust and firewood, making it a more effective energy source than burning regular wood or fossil fuels.

"In addition to the energetic value it has in industrial boilers, the pellets are also used for the composting of organic waste, which is a very good way of transforming it into fertilizers," said Juan Sauma, director of the company.

The companies process also seeks to encourage the proper use of wood and agricultural waste while reducing the carbon footprints.

In the last ten years, the company has been able to establish 30 sawmills in the region, which have generated better waste management practices and provided direct employment to 25 people.

“On an average month, the company processes more than 3,000 tons of firewood which has allowed us to meet some of the energy needs of companies such as Bridgestone, the Marriot Hotel, Abopac, Intercontinental Hotel, National Chocolate Factory, Punta Leona Hotel, Agro Orchids and others,” explained Sauma.

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"By partnering with Pelletics and incorporating a biomass boiler, we were able to reduce our carbon footprint by 55 percent and reduce the use of fossil fuels by 65 percent," said Erick Herrera, Bridgestone's country manager.

According to Herrera, the relationship with Pelletics and the search for energy greener alternatives are part of the company's environmental plan.

Pelletics has become a success story with the support of the Promotora de Comercio Exterior, which have helped the company to keep a steep growth. The Promotora is the government agency in charge of providing support to businesses seeking to sell in international markets.

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Only two percent of wilderness protected as World Heritage sites
By the University of Queensland press staff

Less than two per cent of wilderness is currently protected in global World Heritage sites, but many opportunities exist to increase this figure.

An international study, led by University of Queensland researchers, urges the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization World Heritage Convention to better conserve wilderness areas within Natural World Heritage Sites.

Lead author and the university’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences doctorate student James Allan said the study revealed only 1.8 per cent of the world’s wilderness is protected in these sites.

Costa Rica currently has three natural world heritage sites within its borders.

These include: the Área de Conservación Guanacaste, the Parque Nacional Isla del Cocos and the Parque Nacional La Amistad. Parque Nacional Corcovado and the Isla del Caño Reserva Biológica is also on a waiting list to become recognized as such.

”While some sites like the Okavango Delta in Botswana and Purnululu National Park in Australia both have excellent wilderness coverage, there are broad gaps in wilderness coverage across the globe,” Allan said.

“Our study identifies protected areas within these gaps, for example the Hukaung Valley Tiger Reserve in Myanmar or Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna Reserve in Bolivia.

“They have good wilderness coverage and may warrant consideration for World Heritage Status.”

Allan said globally important wilderness areas were increasingly being shown as not only strongholds for endangered biodiversity, but critical in the fight to abate climate change.

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They also play a key role in regulating local climates, and supporting many of the world’s most culturally diverse, but politically and economically marginalized, communities.

Natural World Heritage Sites, via the formal process run by UNESCO, are globally recognized as containing some of the Earth's most valuable and most threatened natural assets.

Co-author Professor James Watson and the Wildlife Conservation Society said wilderness conservation had been almost completely ignored in environmental policy.

“There is not just an important opportunity, but an urgent need for a global environmental convention to recognize the importance of conserving wilderness before it is too late,” Watson said.

“The World Heritage Convention can better achieve its own objectives by increasing wilderness coverage within NWHS, which in turn will raise the profile of wilderness conservation globally, and provide wilderness areas with additional protection they need. It is a win-win situation.”

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At least four confirmed dead
at recent Venezuela protests

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

At least four people were killed during anti-government protests in the northwest city of Barquisimeto, Venezuelan officials said Saturday.

Officials confirmed the deaths occurred in clashes in Barquisimeto late Friday but offered no details.

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

The deaths brought the toll to at least 83 fatalities since April. Authorities said more than 1,000 people have been injured.

On Saturday, a few thousand anti-government protesters took to the streets of Caracas, the capital.

Opponents of Maduro contend the leader has undermined democracy by canceling a key referendum and interfering with the functions of Congress, among other issues. Protesters have been demanding a presidential vote and solutions to food and health care shortages.

Maduro warned earlier this week that he and his supporters would take up arms if his socialist government were to be violently overthrown by the opponents protesting in the streets.

Colombia’s FARC leader
recovering from stroke

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Doctors in Colombia say FARC rebel leader Rodrigo Londono is in satisfactory condition after suffering a stroke.

Londono, who is also known as Timoshenko, was taken to a hospital in the central city of Villavicencio, Sunday morning, after he slurred his speech and his arm felt numb.

Doctors say they expect him to fully recover and that he could be released within days.

"Thank you to everyone who is concerned about my health," Londono tweeted. "Everything is going well. I also want to thank the medical team for their care."

Londono's illness came just days after U.N. observers certified that his FARC rebels have completely disarmed, under terms of last year's peace deal with the Colombian government.

The deal ended a 50-year uprising against various Colombian governments that killed more than 220,000 people.

Londono said FARC is transforming itself from a fighting force into a legal and democratic political party.

Brazil's police arrest kingpin
wanted for three decades

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Brazilian police say they have arrested an infamous drug kingpin who had evaded authorities for three decades.

Authorities say Luiz Carlos da Rocha had undergone plastic surgery in his efforts to dodge capture.

Officials believe da Rocha, who was living under the name Vitor Luiz de Moraes, is the head of a massive international cocaine empire.

Authorities say the cocaine da Rocha produced in the jungles of Bolivia, Colombia and Perú was distributed in the United States and Europe. They also said da Rocha was one of the main cocaine suppliers to the notoriously violent drug dealers in Brazil’s Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.

Police seized $10 million worth of da Rocha’s property, including luxury cars, aircraft, farms and other real estate, in several raids. The police, however, believe that da Rocha’s personal assets are worth at least $100 million and will seek them in the second phase of the operation against the drug kingpin.

Survivors of wartime rape
break their silence at meet

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

"I was 12 years old when I was raped. I did not understand what was happening."

Nelle is now 36 years old. But in 1993 when war broke out in Burundi, armed men came to her village near the capital, Bujumbura. They killed her mother and father and six siblings. She was raped, but she survived.

“I saw people were killing each other. They were running away and killing each other. I hid myself under dead bodies for five days,” she said.

Nelle’s story of survival was long and difficult to tell. After living through years of instability, she said she left for South Africa in 2004 when a new government came to power in Burundi.

“I was scared,” she said. “I was afraid war was coming and I did not want to go through the same thing as in 1993. I did not want to be raped again. So, I quit the country and became a refugee in South Africa.”

Nelle is one of 25 rape survivors from South Sudan, Mali, Colombia and 12 other conflict-affected countries around the world who attended a four-day retreat this week in Geneva.

They came to share their experiences and to devise strategies for the creation of a global movement to end rape as a weapon on war.

“These 25 women have suffered unthinkable things and developed remarkable powers,” said Esther Dingemans, director of the Mukwege Foundation.

“They have experienced the cruelest violence. But the perpetrators did not succeed in breaking them,” she said.

The foundation is headed by Denis Mukwege, a renowned surgeon from the Democratic Republic of Congo, who has treated thousands of survivors of sexual violence in Congo.

“We hope that this week will be the beginning of a large long-term movement that leads to a global platform of survivors,” said Ms. Dingemans, “and that their voices will finally be heard.”

In 1992, after the atrocities committed in the Bosnian war, especially against Muslim women, rape, for the first time was recognized as a weapon of war by the United Nations Security Council.

In 2000, the Security Council adopted resolution 1325, which was the first formal and legal document that required parties to a conflict to protect women and girls from sexual and gender-based violence in armed conflict.

It also was the first U.N. resolution to specifically mention women.

Ulrike Lunasek, vice president of the European Parliament, who spoke at the ceremony honoring the 25 women survivors, said it is important to break the vicious circle of shame and silence that women usually feel when they are raped.

She said women raped in war must be supported, helped to heal and then be encouraged to speak up, but also to tell the truth about what military conflict and war means for women.

Women did speak up at this conference. Several survivors presented searing testimony about their ordeals.

Solange Bigiramana, who survived the horrors of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, now lives as a stateless person in South Africa.

“My situation of being a survivor, that comes from a situation of war. It happened for me to face rape. I know what rape means," she said.

“And I am here with a story of hope,” she said. "I once was under a shadow. I want every survivor to be out of the shadow and to be into the light."

Another survivor, Farida Abbas-Khalaf, a Yazidi girl from the Iraqi village of Kocho, described the torment to which she and other members of her community were subjected by the Islamic State in her book “The Girl Who Beat ISIS.”

She spoke movingly and in agonizing detail about being raped, beaten, insulted, and forced to pray and read the Koran.

"Young boys were brainwashed and sent to ISIS training camps to become ISIS fighters while women and young girls were taken as sex slaves and sold at slave markets," said Abbas-Khalaf.

She said that she was able to heal because of support from her family, her community and her spiritual leader who she said made a statement that the surviving girls are an important part of the Yazidi community and that what happened to them was against their will.

She added, “It is time that survivors break the silence. But mostly it is time for the world to hear their voices."

Trump releases video
attacking “CNN” figure

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Donald Trump ratcheted up his attacks on U.S. news media Sunday, tweeting a doctored, 10-year-old wrestling video that showed him tackling and punching a figure labeled as CNN, the television news network he has repeatedly denounced for so-called fake news.

With negative comments about Trump's Twitter tactics streaming in throughout the day from establishment political figures and media groups, Trump took to social media again late Sunday, declaring the fake media is trying to silence us, but we will not let them.

Pledging he would triumph over the dishonest media, the president accompanied his latest tweet with a video excerpt of his speech a day earlier at a rally in Washington commemorating the U.S. national holiday on July 4.

The president's remarks about the news media drew a standing ovation from his audience.

Trump has railed against major newspapers and television networks for their coverage of his five-month-old presidency, but he has aimed increasing vitriol in recent days against CNN.

The network has retracted a story that linked a Trump supporter to the investigation of ties between Russian officials and the Trump political campaign before last year's U.S. presidential election.

The video singling out CNN that Trump posted to his Twitter account earlier Sunday came from a professional Wrestlemania event 10 years ago, where Trump performed outside the wrestling ring in a fake match.

In Sunday's version, the CNN logo is superimposed on the head of Trump's opponent as the future president, wearing a business suit, pounds away in fake punches with his fists before walking away triumphantly.

White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert, in a television interview, rejected the idea that someone might interpret Trump's video as a threat against journalists.

CNN said in a statement: "It is a sad day when the president of the United States encourages violence against reporters. Instead of preparing for his overseas trip, his first meeting with Vladimir Putin, dealing with North Korea and working on his health care bill, he is instead involved in juvenile behavior far below the dignity of his office. We will keep doing our jobs. He should start doing his."

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which advocates for journalists' rights, condemned the Trump video and said it glorified physical violence against members of the press.

The patriotic rally that Trump addressed Saturday evening at the capital's John F. Kennedy Memorial Center for the Performing Arts resembled both a political rally and an evangelical Christian religious service, according to a White House reporter for Reuters. A choir sang and attendees waved miniature American flags from their seats.

Trump is due to leave Washington later this week for a trip to Poland and Germany, where he will meet with leaders from other members of the Group of 20 nations, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump's broadside against CNN came after days of his Twitter attacks on the two main hosts of a political news and talk show Morning Joe on the MSNBC cable network.

Trump's tweet maligning the intellect and appearance of Brzezinski drew widespread condemnation from Republicans and Democrats alike, but the White House defended his comments. Trump sent a follow-up tweet defending his use of social media as modern day presidential, a way to communicate with millions of his followers by bypassing traditional U.S. media outlets.

Well-known conservative political commentator Bill Kristol, editor-at-large of The Weekly Standard, also took to Twitter Sunday to discuss the controversy over the president's use of Twitter.

Kristol compared the United States role in the world since Trump was sworn in as president on January 20 to the fall of the Roman Empire, and to the behavior of the leaders in ancient Rome: "The speed with which we're recapitulating the decline and fall of Rome is impressive. What took Rome centuries we're accomplishing in months."

Qatar wins 48-hour reprieve
of deadline Arab states set

 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Saudi Arabia and its allies involved in a prolonged diplomatic dispute with Qatar said Monday they would extend by 48 hours a deadline for Qatar to comply with their demands.

Kuwait, which has been trying to negotiate a peaceful end to the Gulf Arab states' blockade of Qatar, asked for the deadline extension Sunday, shortly before time for Qatar's reply to the Saudi-led coalition was due to expire.

A coordinated statement released early Monday by the state news agencies in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia confirmed the deadline had been extended until the end of Monday.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic and commercial links with Qatar on June 5, accusing the government in Doha of supporting terrorism in an alliance with Iran.

Qatar has denied the accusations and said such charges are baseless. The small Gulf state's foreign minister, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, has said the demands by the Saudis and their partners, including the withdrawal of Turkish troops in Qatar, closure of the Qatari-state-owned Al Jazeera news group and a downgrading of Qatar's relations with Iran, are impossible to meet without sacrificing Qatar's sovereignty.

Although Al Thani signaled the Saudis' demands were virtually certain to be rejected, Qatar has not yet formally responded to the Arab group.

Egypt said on Sunday the foreign ministers from the four boycotting countries would discuss the situation with Qatar in Cairo on Wednesday.

U.S. President Donald Trump discussed the situation by phone in separate calls Sunday with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Qatari Emir Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani and Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The United States has supported Kuwait's attempt to mediate the Gulf Arabs' dispute. Washington has strong ties to both sides: the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet is berthed in Bahrain and a land base in Qatar is the largest U.S. military facility in the region.

In addition, hundreds of billions of dollars' worth of pending arms deals between the United States and Saudi Arabia potentially could be affected by the outcome of the diplomatic dispute.

The new director-general
begins work at the WHO

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The World Health Organization's new director-general, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, began his five-year term Saturday.

The former Ethiopian health and foreign minister is the first African chosen to head the organization.

Tedros, who goes by his first name, won the office by a clear majority, defeating British and Pakistani candidates in May in the first WHO election decided by member countries.

He is facing a slew of challenges as he takes the helm of the sprawling organization with a funding shortfall of approximately $2.2 billion that is responsible for improving health care around the world.

After his election, he said the concept of health as a human right would be at the heart of whatever he does at WHO.

"Half of our population does not have access to health care." He said that could and should be remedied through universal health care coverage, which would address the issue of health as a human right and act as a spur to development.

"All roads should lead to universal health coverage and it should be the center of gravity of our movement," he said.

Tedros has said one of his first orders of business would be to strengthen WHO's ability to respond swiftly and effectively to emergencies because epidemics can strike at any time and the WHO must be prepared.

Tedros is taking over the reins of the organization from Margaret Chan of China who led WHO for nearly ten years.

Macron affirms French aid
for counter-terrorism force

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

West Africa and France must work together to eradicate terrorism, French President Emmanuel Macron said Sunday, opening a summit in Bamako, Mali on forming a regional anti-jihadist force.

Macron said that France would provide military support, as well as 70 tactical vehicles, for a new multinational force dedicated to fighting terrorists in the region.

Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad, Mauritania and Niger are part of the so-called G5 Sahel. Each have said they are coming together to provide troops to combat rising insecurity and jihadist attacks affecting their countries.

The G-5 Sahel troops would bolster the 4,000 French troops and the 11,000 UN peacekeepers already operating in the region.

As the six leaders addressed the rising threat of jihadist attacks in their countries, an al-Qaida affiliated group, Nusrat al-Islam wal Muslimeen, released a proof of life video showing six Western hostages it has taken over the past few years.

One of the hostages seen in the video clip released Saturday is Frenchwoman Sophie Petronin, who was kidnapped from the Malian city of Gao in December.

The French leader said France would put all our energy towards eradicating those responsible for kidnapping Ms. Petronin.

Macron visited Gao in northern Mali in May, his first trip outside Europe as president, and said French troops would remain until the day there is no more Islamic terrorism in the region.

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Published || Monday Edition, July 3, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 130
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Dear Guanacaste Coast, I hadn’t intended to ignore you…

Someone asked me why I don’t talk about saving water. Well, I live where it rains a lot but that’s not a very good excuse is it? So, for those gardeners who live where water can be scarce, this is for you.

Victoria Torley
 There are lots of ways to save 
 water or use less in the garden
 and it starts with your soil.

 Sandy soil needs additives like
 pulverized clay or burnt earth
 to help it hold water. Rice
 husks can help as well. It also 
 needs a lot of compost so please
 make use of your veggie scraps, 
 grass clippings, and the like.

In extremes, you can use a piece of black plastic with only a few perforations to allow drainage when it rains heavily. Dig a hole, line with the plastic, and add soil.

Top dress your garden! Top dressing, and some people call it mulching, means that you cover the soil around the plants with organics.

Remember it’s organics not stones. If the garden is in the sun, stones on top of your plants just heats them up and can cook the roots. Top dressing with organics means that the material will slowly compost and enrich the soil.

Level your soil so that precious rainfall doesn’t become runoff. Got a slope? Don’t level the soil, terrace it so you get the full benefit of the runoff. Thirsty plants need to be at the upper section of the slope and plants that need less water at the bottom.

Save your rain! Get rain barrels under those gutters and make sure they are free of debris. You don’t have to have mosquitoes in your barrels if you cover them with screening or drop in a ‘no mosquito’ pellet. Screening will also prevent debris build-up. This is very important if you have a tap for your hose at the bottom of the barrel.

Plant a tree! Plant six trees! Plant the kind that have deep roots and can survive dry weather. Guanacaste, cenízero, rubber trees, and medera negra come to mind so you never have to worry about shade. And don’t forget a palm or two or that great beach almond that grows right in the sand.

Get some great native plants! Sneak into your neighbor’s yard for cuttings or pull up a couple of vines from that tangle on the beach. Want color? Get some purple fountain grass, crocosmia, or salvia, all great for the beach.

And don’t forget the cacti if you want a real water saver. Just don’t get too close….

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Well, I guess it has to be a cactus. This cactus is an epiphyte that just happened to be growing on a tree stump. With a little encouragement and by that I mean removing some of the competing foliage, it started to bloom repeatedly. The blossoms are orange scented and open at night. Wonderful on the evening breeze.

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Costa Rica expanding into the Asian market

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Asian market is becoming more interesting for Costa Rican exporters, who in the last few years have had an increased sales rate, according to data from Promotora del Comercio Exterior.

The Promotora is the government agency in charge of supporting local producers in selling their goods and services to other countries.

The Promotora figures show that in the last 24 months, sales to Asian destinations have increased an average of five percent, while all exports to that region of the world account for three percent of the total exports as of 2016.

Japan comes in first place by purchasing 38 percent of goods, which is followed by China with 26 percent, South Korea with 11 percent, India with seven percent, Singapore and Taiwan with six percent each and Vietnam at two percent.

Needles and catheters, medical devices, wood, prosthetics and coffee are among the main products sent. In a smaller percentage, the country also sells to the Asian markets beef, electrical materials, iron, steel scrap aluminum scrap, textiles, clothing and pineapples.

More than half of the products made in Costa Rica and sent to Asia are manufactured in the Zona Franca area. These are special places in the country where foreign companies pay a reduced amount of taxes for a certain amount of years in order to move their operations into the country.

In that regard, the Coalición Costarricense para las Iniciativas de Desarrollo has also been offering Costa Rica as an investment destination within the Asian region.

According to Coalición, the country is being sold as a Greenfield Investment Destination. That means a country that offers foreign investors a 360 degree support base to establish their operations in the country.

The Coalición offers support for any idea to start from scratch, from land purchasing until the operations are started. To be more attractive, the Coalición also brags about the fact that more than 300 multinational companies have found success here.

It has to do with the highly trained human resource element, a strategic geographical location, an excellent business climate, a strong infrastructure of services and quality of life, according to its website.

Last week, a Costa Rican delegation visited Japan with the purpose of approaching and strengthening the commercial bonds between both nations. The visit included Alexander Mora, the foreign trade minister, who met with its Japanese counterpart Kentauro Sonoura and the Japanese Minister of Economy Masaki Ogushi.

Currently, Costa Rica is home to more than a dozen companies of Asian origin, which use the country as a gateway to the North American market. Among them are Bridgestone, Panasonic, MicroVention Terumo, TradeStation and Fujitsu, according to Coalición.