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Why so furious? Road rage on the rise, expert says
By Rommel Téllez
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

While driving through La Uruca road, in San José, Emmanuel jumped from his seat when he heard the cracking noise of a taser dangerously close to his neck.

Out of nowhere, a man yelled and insulted him through the driver window he had left down.

The irate man kept threatening the driver that he was about to pull him out of the car and "kick his ass."

By the time Emmanuel could react and ask what he had done to unleash the other persons rage, a dry blow to the roof of the car left a big bump.

The whole situation just took a few seconds which was enough for a group of motorcyclists to create a barrier around the assailants car to keep the aggressor from escaping the consequences of his violence.

When a police car passed through the other side of the lane, the madman transformed into a gentleman trying to justify his violence before the authorities.

It is said that Costa Ricans are less than sophisticated on the road, with their honking, yelling, tailgating and cutting off, many of them use their vehicle as a means of venting their issues.

“I can say there is an evident raise of driver's violence,” said Mónica Vul, a psychoanalyst and coordinator of the research program Violencia en Sociedad, at Universidad de Costa Rica.

“Such violence is not only against others, but sometimes against oneself. Speeding is an example of a self-destructive behavior on the road.”

According to data from Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, there are three main profiles of drivers.

One of them is the aggressive one, likely to have a prior violence record, young and with minimal education. These drivers also have little empathy and do not know how to deal with stress.

Secondly, there's the responsible driver who abides by the law and doesn't really care if the rest of the world is honking.
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Angry driver with eyes barred for legal reasons.

A third type would be the driver who, driven by his impulses, seeks feelings of reward for his actions and has a tendency to try to control everything.

One example of this could be case of a 32-year old man who allegedly hit and killed three cyclist while speeding in excess of 100 miles per hour in Curridabat.

The man arrested was let go under some conditions like not leaving the country and signing before authorities every two weeks.

“The very first step is to become aware,” Ms. Vul said. “Stop for a moment and realize either that I am violent or others are violent to me, and then make a decision on how I'm going to react.”

In the case of Emmanuel, there was no time to think about how to react. Even when police officers arrived to the place they struggled to calm the man down. It took about three hours for the man to provide his identification, insurance companies to show up and Policía de Tránsito to issue a formal report of the case.

“File a complaint at the Judicial Investigating Organization,” recommended one of the police officers. “No, we cannot stop him as of now.”

In that case, the mad driver shifted to a really easygoing guy with the authorities taking his vehicle and driving away, until he meets someone new who ignites his fury.

Health ministry issues new respiratory virus alert
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The health ministry issued an alert Tuesday afternoon after recent weeks showed a rise in cases of Respiratory Syncytial Virus, or RSV.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, RSV symptoms usually appear in stages instead of all at once. It has the potential to cause severe infections such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia. While RSV represents only a temporary annoyance similar to the flu or common cold for many healthy adults, infants and older adults are particularly at risk and need to be hospitalized if they are having trouble breathing or are dehydrated.

There is no specific treatment for the virus and a severe infection is dangerous for older adults or those with a chronic heart or lung disease as well as a weakened immune system, the CDC said. With infants, it is even harder to discern initially as symptoms range from irritability, decreased activity, pauses in breathing and a decreased appetite. It can lead to congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, otherwise known as COPD.

The prevention methods are relatively simple. Wash one’s hands, avoid contact with sick persons and stay at home if sick in addition to covering coughs and sneezes. According to the Ministerio de Salud, the health alert consists of two components. The first is to increase paying attention and the second is a call to take on the preventive methods.

This comes after a recent string of health-related episodes that A.M. Costa Rica reported so far this week. The first dealt with a prisoner at La Reforma prison who obtained a case of bacterial meningitis.

Unlike its viral counterpart, bacterial meningitis can be a highly contagious, potentially fatal disease if left unchecked. Many in the United States, Canada and Western Europe are vaccinated against this type of bacteria.

Death from bacterial meningitis can occur in as little as a few hours or can result in permanent disabilities like: hearing loss, brain damage and learning disabilities.

The prisoners and staff involved have already been isolated and the government has not reported an increase in cases since this story was published.

A new analysis issued by the mathematics department at the Universidad de Costa Rica said mosquito-borne illnesses in Costa Rica could be misdiagnosed for some infected persons as medical specialists enact a clinical diagnosis based on symptoms rather than actual lab tests.

The university said that, since 2009, the country has diagnosed both illnesses with clinical symptoms and blood testing in selective cases.

According to Dr. Eugenia Corrales Aguilar, a researcher at the Centro de Investigación en Enfermedades Tropicales, the country needs to perform lab tests to diagnose with certainty which of the three is actually infecting the patient.

The specialist advised that the patient undergo rapid screening tests and not rely solely on an early, clinical prognosis. The virology lab at the Universidad de Costa Rica remains the only one in the country that can actually isolate the four types of dengue in order to identify the actual cases of people carrying the virus, the university said.

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By Rommel Téllez of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Tuesday, taxi drivers suspended the march they had scheduled a few weeks in advance because President Luis Guillermo Solís left the country on Monday and headed to Colombia to attend a coffee exports activity.

However, the taxi drivers rescheduled their march for next July18 and expect the president to close the Uber application that very same day or they will take stronger measures, said Gilbert Ureña, spokesperson of the Foro Nacional de Taxistas.

“We want to send an apology to the citizens because we planned this demonstration during the time of school vacations,” added Ureña. “However, the president insists in evading the subject with us, so we need to reprogram until he talks to us.”

So, on July 18, cabdrivers will meet at Plaza de la Democracia, in San José downtown. From there, the group will move as a caravan until reaching Casa Presidencial in Zapote, so major roadblocks and traffic is to be expected.

Taxi drivers seek the total closure of the Uber platform, after a ruling from Consejo de Transporte Público issued on September last year, declared the Uber services as illegal.

In the prior months, taxi drivers have claimed to be working under unfair conditions, since the law requires them to pay extra insurance costs, two mechanical check ups a year and file revenue taxes when applicable.

“If the government wants us out, fine,” said Ureña in the past. “We'll take a $120,000 compensation per person and we will go home or even move into the platform”

Uber started its operation in Costa Rica on August 2015.

Bill seeks to privatize hold on water

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A bill that seeks to allow cooperatives to manage sewers and water distribution systems and is currently under legislative analysis, has created some fear among environmental organizations.

Currently, water management can only be carried out by public institutions and non-profit community associations called Associations of Administrators of Aqueducts and Sewer Systems, or Asadas.

 According to the Frente Ecologista, changes in the law would make it possible to transform Asadas into private entities that are far from communitarian and participatory management of water as a human right and a public good.

The problem for environmentalists is that Cooperatives have greater tax benefits than the Asadas. For example, they are exempt from territorial taxes for 10 years, registration taxes and also exempt from customs taxes on the tools, raw materials, motor vehicles and others. 

In addition, Article 21 of the project under analysis opens the possibility for the Asadas to be transformed into cooperatives, a legal figure more compatible with private and commercial interests.

The environmentalists also consider the project to be a political treasure, since 1500 cooperatives and the respective posts are created.

“These organizations provide a service at cost and are designed to guarantee access to drinking water in remote areas of the country,” according to the Federación Ecologista. 

The history of cooperatives in the administration of a public service such as electricity is full of bad credit management and poor environmental management of hydroelectric projects in the north of the country, the federation said.

Albino Vargas Barrantes, Secretary General Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados, described the proposal as a crazy initiative because he believes that in the near future there will be the fights for water. “It would not be exaggerated to think that cooperatives generate real private corporate consortium,” he said.

$227 million invested in electrical grid

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

215,000 residents in and around Los Santos received some improvements in their electrical grid after a $227 million investment from the Cooperativa de Electrificación Rural Los Santos.

COOPESANTOS, as it is called, is a distribution company that offers electricity to its associates, according to a statement from the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos. The area receiving the fruits of this investment include the towns of: Asserí, Dota, Cartago Centro, Desamparados, Mora, Acosta, Tarrazú, León Cortés and El Guarco.

The regulatory authority conducted a study to evaluate the quality of electricity among the distribution companies providing the service to certain sectors. The regulator found a total conformity to the rules and regulations established by the current norm. Among those studied was COOPESANTOS.

The cooperative said that it had installed new LED lights, conducted preventive maintenance on the electricity network, created new electrical lines and replaced some new transformers. The group made a commitment to perform a single, mass maintenance plan on overloaded transformers, unbalance in the electrical distribution and loose connectors.

Back in April, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad approved a 13 percent increase in generation tariffs charged to distribution companies. COOPESANTOS was emphatic in saying that the increase was not placed as a burden on the users with their rates despite costs of more than 300 million colones for 2017.

“We have committed to the partners and will provide a stable rate,” Mario Patricio Solís, the cooperative’s manager said. “It is the reason why it has been decided not to transfer the approved increase to the monthly payment users pay, as that would generate an average increase in fees of 3.59 percent.”

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Chiripa-Hacienda fault line southwest of Tilarán.

Nicoya Peninsula heading northbound

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Nicoya Peninsula is moving northwest every year—literally.

According to a recent study conducted by geologists and seismologists with the Universidad de Costa Rica and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the peninsula sits on a tectonic plate that moves northwest of Costa Rica at a rate of one centimeter a year. That is not much in the scheme of current time but the research provides more than 11 millimeters a year movement.

“This research is considered of great relevance by the information that it provides to determine the seismic threats in the country since, for the first time, it was possible to identify several faults and their characteristics located near places like Upala and Tilarán,” the university said in a statement. “Likewise there are now known aspects that can shed light on the seismic potential of these faults and the possible consequences for that area.”

According to Walter Montero Pohly of the university’s Center for Geological Sciences, the study has its origins in three earthquakes that occurred around Bijagua de Upala in the last 15 years. Montero thought the earthquakes striking not for their magnitude but due to them being not particularly large yet still caused local effects.

“I began to investigate and realized that there are very long faults in that area ranging  from the border with Nicaragua to the south of Lago Arenal,” Montero said.

The area that is moving constitutes what is called the Volcanic Arc of Guanacaste, which includes the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Elena Peninsula, the Orosi volcano chain, Rincón de la Vieja, Miravalles and Tenorio. This block marks the boundary between the Cocos and Caribbean tectonic plates, Montero said.

The hypothesis as to why this section of Guanacaste is moving is that the Coco block is moving under the south of Costa Rica. This movement causes compression and the Guanacaste Volcanic Arc is moving sideways out of the area where the rising Coco block is pushing Costa Rica, the university said.

The researchers are now interested in proposing a project to expand the existing geodetic network in Costa Rica, especially in the north and east of the country, in order to better understand the areas where the faults are still, but store energy that can then be transformed In earthquakes.

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Cooking for linguistics helps preserve native Costa Rican culture
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Over a fire, some sancochos and all in the native languages being taught, researchers from the Universidad de Costa Rica made three new recipe dictionaries for traditional, gourmet Bribri, Malecu and Brorán food.

Using only the local language, the team figured out how to properly cook an iguana, toucan or turtle in addition to preparing plants and making their own kitchen utensils. The three recipes were cooked each year as a means of preserving both it and the language of the native tribes in Costa Rica, according to Carlos Sánchez Avendaño, linguist and project coordinator.

“Dictionaries are a safeguard of cultural knowledge about food, food conservation techniques and preparation techniques,” Sánchez said to the university.

The emphasis was on maximum utilization, the university said in a statement. As an example, the Malecu eat what is called an atol with banana, tamales with the liver and the skin is used for patching up drums. With the toucan, the whole animal is consumed and the feathers used for fire and the beak is a toy given to children.

In plants, the Bribri consume a specific kind of nettle flower despite normally having five different words for varieties of cacao. The Malecu have four different words. This also happens when the Malecu tribe consumes a type of coconut called carúqui cúru and a plant called catúju. Neither have words in Spanish as a comparative, the university said.

However, several traditional foods are no longer consumed, Sánchez said, partly because it costs a lot to get the ingredients, especially some animals. In these cases, Professor Sánchez and his team collected the information through descriptions, the university said.

Researcher Alí García Segura, a member of the Bribri community that was part of the project, stressed the importance of working closely with these peoples. "Of the big problems we have is that universities believe we know everything and that is not true,” García said.

“That makes the community always jealous to tell you something.”

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A more traditional kitchen found by the linguists.

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"You cannot even say that you are the wise,” García said. “You come into the community and say rather: 'I want to know, because I do not know anything'. To change that mentality.”

Paulino Najera, a member of the Brorán tribe, said that: "When you forget the basis of health that is food, we are basically forgetting where we come from.”

San José's Art City Tour opens tonight with the work of two Zúñiga's
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As part of the July edition of the Art City Tour in San José, the Museo de Arte Costarricense will be opening a new exhibit to the public featuring the work of Costa Rican artist Francisco Zúñiga.

According to a statement from the museum, the MAC will be part of the Art City Tour opening its doors tonight from 5 to 9. The Art City Tour allows participants to enjoy the wide and lively cultural offer in the city of San José and its surroundings, connecting activities for four hours and free of charge throughout the many museums, galleries, cultural centers, design and patrimonial buildings in San José’s neighborhoods.

The 22 works will be featured in museum’s Sala Temporales del Museo. All of the designs were on paper using different techniques such as sanguine, graphite, ink, pastel and watercolor. In addition to the works, 16 prints of the artist will also be shown in the exhibit.

The Fundación Zúñiga Laborde, the estate controlling much of the legacy of famous Costa Rican sculptor that uses his name, will be donating 28 sketches of the sculptural set, Monumento al Agricultor, the museum said.

The foundation has works representative of all the different stages of the artist from 1930 to 1987. Museum officials said they made an investment of around $38,000 to obtain the sketches and insist it is only a fraction of the current value in the international market of the artist’s work.

The two Zúñiga’s will be joined by the winning artists from the 2017 Salón Nacional de Artes Visuales who will be hosting a lecture on the work done for the contest and their careers beginning at 7 p.m.

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The national salon is an exhibition that gathered 38 works by 27 artists of varying techniques.

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Volcanoes use crystals to lessen magma pressure and eruptions
By the University of Alaska Fairbanks press staff

University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers have discovered that volcanoes have a unique way of dealing with pressure: through crystals.

According to a new study published in the “Journal of Geology,” a network of microscopic crystals can lessen the internal pressure of rising magma and reduce the explosiveness of eruptions.

Crystals can form in the rising molten rock in as little as 18 minutes. If the magma becomes more than 20 percent crystals, they can act like guard rails that funnel gas to possible cracks within the volcano or to the opening at the Earth’s surface.

“The problem is when the gas can’t get out,” said Amanda Lindoo, lead author and geosciences doctoral student. “That causes a buildup in pressure that can lead to the very explosive eruptions that shoot ash plumes. The crystals can alleviate that.”

Co-author Jessica Larsen, a volcanologist with the university’s Geophysical Institute, said the findings challenge the prevailing assumption that the amount of silica in magma is the major driver in gas escape.

The usual rule of thumb, she said, is that magmas with lots of silica are slow moving, which can make it hard for gas to escape. While scientists know that these magmas tend to form fewer crystals, she said not much research has focused on the crystal’s role in eruptions.

Volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands, the Cascade Range and Central America aroused Larsen’s curiosity. Some volcanoes in those regions have magma consistently high in silica, while others have low-silica magma.

“If you follow the rule of thumb, then the volcanoes with low-silica magma shouldn’t produce hazardous, explosive eruptions,” she said. “And yet they do. We wanted to know what was swinging the pendulum, because it’s important to understanding the hazards of eruptions.”

To study the crystals, Ms. Lindoo worked with Ms. Larsen in the Geophysical Institute’s Experimental Petrology Lab, which has a furnace that can superheat volcanic rocks up to 2,400 Fahrenheit and melt them back into molten lava. It also has pressurizing pumps, pressure lines and valves.

Ms. Lindoo created magma from eruptive materials from the Aleutian Islands. She applied extreme pressure to the magma to simulate pressures in the Earth, but then reduced pressure to mimic the way low-silica magma rises.

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Ms. Lindoo pulls a rod containing a snapshot of magma from a furnace in the experimental petrology lab.

As the magma rose, dissolved water formed into gas bubbles, much as bubbles form when opening a bottle of pressurized soda.

Crystals also grew in the molten part. Ms. Lindoo then compared lab samples to those taken from volcanic explosions and found patterns of crystal networks channeling gas where crystal formation was high. Ms. Larsen said temperature, the amount of water in the magma and the speed of the magma’s rise all play a role in crystal formation.

“For awhile we’ve understood how crystals form,” said Ms. Larsen. “But we didn’t know how profoundly the crystals influenced gas escape.”

Ms. Larsen said she will continue the research, but the next phase will look at how the different sizes and shapes of crystals influence gas escape.

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Family planning summit
overshadowed by fund cuts

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Donor countries at a London summit pledged Tuesday to increase funding for family planning, but proposed cuts to family planning programs by the U.S. government overshadowed the conference.

The largest boost in donations announced at the Family Planning Summit came from the U.S.-based Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which sought to improve women's access to contraceptives.

"The $375 million that the foundation announced today, that is absolutely not a reaction to President Trump," Melinda Gates said. "There is not anything anyone can do to fill the bucket of the money that the U.S. has committed to family planning."

The United States is by far the biggest donor to global family planning programs, giving $600 million this year. But Trump announced in April that he planned to withdraw financial support for the U.N. Population Fund, accusing it of using what he called coercive family planning practices, including providing abortions. The United Nations strongly rejected the claims.

Nigeria's minister of health, Isaac Adewole, said the cuts would have an impact.

"Every country in the developing world will be worried, because it really signifies an increase in the gap," he said. "We know family planning is one of the strongest anti-poverty strategies the world has ever known. It is a low-hanging fruit for reducing maternal mortality. It will contribute to shared prosperity."

By 2050, Nigeria is on course to be the third most populous country, with more than 400 million people. Nigeria's minister of budget and national planning, Zainab Ahmed, said action was needed fast.

Nigeria is budgeting $3 million for family planning programs in 2017 and says more is needed. Ministers say reaching young people is key.

Georgia Arnold, executive director of the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, said, "It is much harder for governments and organizations to be able to speak openly about sex. That is where we come in. We can use our brand. We can use our access to young people and all of the media platforms that they use."

Delegates expressed hope that partnering between the private sector and governments can provide improved access to contraceptives and family planning advice.

U.S. pledges $639 million
toward aid in four countries

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Aid agencies say they welcome the Trump administration's promise of nearly $640 million to help four countries dealing with rampant food insecurity but say the pledge is overdue and taking too long to reach the people who desperately need it.

President Donald Trump announced the pledge at the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany last weekend, several weeks after Congress approved the expenditures for Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.

Jeremy Konyndyk, a senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, said that during his time in government, funding announcements were typically made after money was in the process of being spent.

Konyndyk served as the director of USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance between 2013 and 2017.

“We announced actual funding, not pledges or vague commitments,” Konyndyk said. This, he added in an email response, is in contrast with donors who would announce pledges and sometimes fail to deliver on them.

Asked about delays in getting assistance to those in need, a USAID official said the U.S. has moved with as much speed as possible.

“We are continually assessing, analyzing and then funding needs throughout the year, regardless of where we are in the budget cycle,” said Robert Jenkins, deputy assistant administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, in a conference call discussing the new assistance.

“We pride ourselves on having perhaps the world's fastest ability to fund emergencies and redirect funding if need be and put assistance directly where it needs to be as fast as possible,” he added.

Since October 2016, the U.S. has contributed over $1.8 billion in aid to the four countries to help address what the U.N. has called the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II.

To date, U.S. funding has helped avert famine in Somalia and Yemen, said Jenkins.

Jenkins said the new funding will help provide emergency food, nutritional assistance, medical care, improved sanitation, drinking water and emergency shelter. It will also support hygiene and health programs to treat and prevent disease outbreaks.

41 percent of Americans say
they were harassed online

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Forty-one percent of Americans say they’ve experienced online harassment, a new survey says.

According to the Pew Research Center, that number is up from 2014, the last time they did the survey, when 35 percent of Americans said they’d been harassed online.

Nearly two-thirds reported seeing online harassment happen to someone else, the survey found. That was down from 73 percent in 2014.

The most common type of abuse was offensive name-calling, according to Pew. Other forms of harassment include purposeful embarrassment, stalking, physical threats and sexual harassment.

Men were more likely to be targeted than women, with 44 percent saying they’d been harassed compared to 37 percent of women. Women were more likely to be sexually harassed online, with 53 percent reporting they’d received unsolicited, sexually explicit photos.

Much of the harassment, the survey found, was based on political views, race, ethnicity or gender.

“I got into a political debate and the person did not agree with me,” said one survey respondent. “They threatened to find information about me and make it go viral. After I called them a troll they threatened to physically harm me.”

Another had a similar experience.

“I made a comment regarding the recent presidential election and was called many names and stereotypes regarding my race,” the respondent said.

Social media was the most common forum for adults to experience online harassment, the survey found, with 58 percent of victims reporting the harassment had happened on social media. More than half reported that the harassment came from a stranger.

While social media sites have tried to reduce levels of harassment, the survey found that 79 percent of respondents think social media sites should do more.

The survey also found emergent forms of online harassment such as doxxing, which means to post someone’s personal information without their permission; trolling, or trying to provoke someone; hacking, or accessing someone’s accounts; and even swatting, meaning to call the police, reporting a fake emergency at the house of the person targeted.

“While many Americans are not aware of these behaviors, they have all been used to escalate abuse online,” according to the report.

U.S. Army sergeant arrested
has long history, FBI says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Federal Bureau of Investigation says an active-duty U.S. Army sergeant arrested for allegedly trying to help Islamic State has a long history of making threats and pro-extremist statements.

Ikaika Kang has made his first court appearance in Honolulu and was ordered to remain behind bars.

Undercover FBI agents posing as Islamic State contacts arrested Kang on Saturday after he allegedly pledged his loyalty to IS, talked about wanting to kill a bunch of people. He had also gone shopping with an undercover agent for a drone to give to IS fighters.

According to an FBI affidavit filed in federal court, the Army reprimanded Kang as early as 2011 for threatening to kill fellow soldiers and praising Islamic militants.

Kang had lost his military security clearance in 2012 and later had it reinstated.

The FBI says the Army feared Kang was becoming radicalized and turned his case over to federal investigators in 2016.

Since then, Kang allegedly said the Pulse shooter who killed 49 at a gay nightclub in Orlando did what he had to do. Kang has also been heard lauding Hitler and calling for the mass murder of Jews.

The FBI says Kang turned over classified military documents to an undercover agent posing as an Islamic State member.

Kang was an air traffic controller at Wheeler Army Airfield in Hawaii. He had served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Kang's court-appointed lawyer, Birney Bervar, said his client may be suffering from combat-related mental health issues.

Fair probe into Afghan VP
is key to upholding law

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States has stressed that a fair and transparent probe into allegations of rape and assault against Afghanistan's controversial first vice president and possible follow-up legal actions are key to upholding the rule of law and combating impunity in the country.

First Vice President Abdul Rashid Dostum, an ethnic Uzbek warlord, and some of his militia guards have been under investigation for months over allegations of sexually assaulting an elderly political rival.

But in late May, Dostum, flew to Turkey saying he needed health care. He remains in Turkey, and his departure has prompted allegations he struck a secret deal with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to escape prosecution.

Hugo Llorens, the acting U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, said Tuesday in Kabul that the charges against Dostum were extremely serious and warranted close review by Afghan judicial authorities.

Late last year, Ahmad Ishchi, a former provincial governor, said in a nationally televised interview that Dostum's militia forces had detained and sexually assaulted him. Ishchi said Dostum had ordered the detention and abuse.

The warlord rejected the accusations as politically motivated, and he refused to cooperate with investigators. But the incident outraged critics at home and abroad, putting Ghani under pressure to bring Dostum to justice.

The U.S. envoy said that like other Afghan citizens, the first vice president deserved due process and the presumption of innocence. He emphasized that the legal process underscored the Afghan state's efforts to uphold the rule of law, combat impunity and send a signal to the world that no one is above the law in Afghanistan.

The American diplomat apparently was referring to a new alliance of three mainstream Afghan ethnic minority political parties. The political group comprises Jamiat-e-Islami, Hizb-e-Wahdat-e-Islami and Dostum's Junbish-e-Milli party.

The alliance was announced from Turkey this month, and it presented a list of demands for reforms by Ghani.

Some of Dostum's critics say he is behind the political move to pressure the beleaguered Afghan unity government to seek a favorable outcome from the investigation into the Ishchi allegations.

Leaders of the other two parties in the alliance also hold senior positions in the government.

Hours before the U.S. ambassador spoke, Ghani told reporters in Kabul that his government was totally neutral in the judicial proceedings involving Dostum.

He said the first vice president left the country with the permission of the Afghan attorney general because the laws do not bar someone suspected of wrongdoing from seeking medical treatment abroad.

Washington shop sells
$3 falafel to feed refugees

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Customers are waiting in line at Falafel, Inc. when the tiny shop opens at noon. Mostly young, they are in search of inexpensive food to fill their hunger. But they also are making a social statement.

Falafel, Inc. is nestled in Georgetown, one of the poshest neighborhoods in Washington, D.C. Yet at lunchtime on a weekday, the 74-square-meter shop is bustling as employees assemble falafel sandwiches and bowls for the area office workers who crowd the premises.

The food is good and cheap at $3 for a falafel sandwich and only $4 for the most expensive thing on the menu. But the falafels, fried dough made from beans, and their price aren’t all that draw patrons.

For every $10 that Falafel, Inc. makes, owner Ahmad Ashkar donates a day’s worth of food for a refugee, about 50 cents, to the U.N. World Food Program. That amounts to more than you might think on sales of $3 falafel sandwiches. Since the shop opened in mid-May, Ashkar has donated enough to feed almost 10,000 refugees, about $1,000 a week.

“There's many ways we could have decided to help refugees,” Askar said. “We chose falafel for two reasons. One, because falafel stands are prevalent around refugee camps around the world; actually the main food in most refugee camps, because it's so cheap, and it's affordable, and it's highly nutritious. Second is my personal love and passion for falafel.”

Ashkar grew up on the food, cooked by his Palestinian mother; the recipes in the shop are all hers.

Every Sunday, when Askar totals up his weekly earnings, he makes a donation to the program via the ShareTheMeal app, but he dreams of establishing his own foundation and targeting his donations more closely.

He wants to open falafel shops around the world, and Askar already is in talks with several franchisees in cities around the world. If he can open 100 franchises, he can feed 1 million refugees a year.

Ashkar says the simple nature of the business makes it possible. Each shop, mimicking a refugee camp stall, requires just a small space for a kitchen with a fryer and oven.

And he wants to do more for refugees than feed them. He also wants to employ them.

“Every one of our units can employ up to 12 refugees,” he said, “and we're looking at a place where the refugee can actually become, after 24 months of employment, an actual owner of the stores themselves.”

He is not worried about having enough mouths to feed or refugees to employ. “Every day we’ve seen more and more refugees,” he noted.

The U.N. Refugee Agency reported in March that as of mid-2016, there were 16.5 million refugees globally, 5 million more than in mid-2013. More than 30 percent came from Syria.

Trump cheers son’s release
of emails on Russia lawyer

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump is praising his son for disclosing emails that show how the Trump campaign met with a Russian lawyer in an active search for incriminating information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton last year.

The principal deputy White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, read a brief statement by the president to reporters Tuesday: "My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency." The president's statement did not discuss ramifications of the emails his son released.

However, Capitol Hill correspondents said the disclosure that Donald Trump Jr. eagerly sought damaging information about Clinton ahead of the November election sent shockwaves through Congress and prompted strong reactions from Democratic members in particular.

Donald Trump Jr. released the emails Tuesday morning after learning that The New York Times was about to publish a story about them. They show an exchange with Rob Goldstone, an American music publicist who was representing Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who met with the younger Trump shortly after his father clinched the Republican party's nomination for president.

Goldstone told the younger Trump on June 3 last year that the Crown prosecutor of Russia offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.

"This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump," the email said.

Within minutes, the younger Trump replied: "If it's what you say, I love it, especially later in the summer."

Democratic senators, such as Chris Murphy of Connecticut, said Tuesday's developments in the tale of Donald Trump Jr. and his meeting with the Russian lawyer starts to look like collusion; open, knowing collusion with the Russian government on the part of the Trump campaign team. Republican senators were more cautious in their reaction but Susan Collins of Maine said the emails deserve a thorough investigation by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Democratic Congressman Elijah Cummings said the email chain confirms that the president's son was both aware of and supported the Russian government's efforts to help Trump get elected.

Cummings, the senior Democrat on the House committee that oversees the executive branch of the U.S. government, called the latest account of contacts between the Trump campaign team and Russia a sad day for our country.

Republican senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said the issue is problematic and that the younger Trump definitely has to testify before congressional investigators.

In his emails to the younger Trump, Goldstone referred to Ms. Veselnitskaya as the Russian government attorney from Moscow. The Russian government has denied knowing Ms. Veselnitskaya and rejects U.S. claims that it meddled in the election.

Then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and the future president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, the husband of Trump’s daughter Ivanka, also attended the subsequent meeting. Both Kushner and his wife are now White House advisers to the president.

The June 9 meeting with Ms. Veselnitskaya was the earliest confirmed encounter between senior Trump campaign officials and Russian interests during the campaign.

The revelations this week about activities by Donald Trump Jr. last year come amid multiple investigations by Congress and a criminal probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election.

The U.S. intelligence community has already concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally directed a campaign aimed at discrediting the U.S. election, damaging Clinton's reputation and helping Trump defeat her.

Bradley Moss, deputy executive director of the James Madison Project, saids that foreign nationals are barred from making expenditures to advocate the election or defeat of a political candidate.

"An expenditure can be money or it can be something as abstract as 'something of value.' Information can qualify as 'something of value,' so it's not too far of a stretch to imagine a charge against Donald Trump Jr. for conspiracy to violate the Federal Election Campaign Act or other related provisions," he said.

However, Moss cautioned people to restrain them from leaping to definitive legal conclusions of either guilt or innocence. Mr. Mueller will investigate the entirety of what occurred comprehensively, as this squarely falls within the scope of his mandate.

Moss's James Madison Project was established in Washington in 1998 to promote government accountability and the reduction of secrecy, as well as to educate the public on issues relating to intelligence and national security.

The emails between Trump Jr. and Goldstone, according to Moss, portray the president's son as a naive and amateur political operative with no apparent grasp of the legal process that applies to campaigns. A veteran operative would never have agreed to that meeting, and arguably would have reported the issue to the FBI, or at least their in-house attorneys, for guidance.

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Etlinger Farm
Beautiful farm in excellent location
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 and photo album can be found at

horse ranch
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
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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 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 

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For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú

Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot, incredible views. Flexible zoning. Easy to get liquor license. Low interest financing. Up to 40% financing / get residency through investor status / includes a corporation that is 27 years old and offshore banking account with  Banco National / possible 50/50 partnership. Super location in front of the Bosques de Escazú  Condos  / Monthly rentals available

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Sur house
Commercial Building for Sale in Sabana Sur
A two story building w/14 areas for offices, call center, storage or residence. Building has been completely remodelled  Transportation within 50 mts. passenger train, buses and taxis. Park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium 2 - 3 block walk. 24 hour security, many restuarants, clubs and social facilities nearby. Approximately 325 mts. construction $350,000. 
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 James Holley E-mail

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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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Bulgarian arrested on fraud charges

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents specializing in fraud detained a 39-year old Bulgarian citizen, who is suspected of credit and debit card scams.

The arrest took place on the morning of July 8 inside an apartment in Escazú. The investigation determined that the suspect entered the country as a tourist on June 21 and the next day, placed skimmers at several ATMs to clone the cards.

Police seized $59,000 in cash and 300 cloned cards with their respective pin number, skimmers and a card reader.

So far, he is suspect in at least 23 complaints that have been received in the Fraud Section in San José. The economic damage registered in the denunciations accounts for $50,000.

AyA almost done with fire hydrants

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados installed 391 new hydrants in 2016 fulfilling more than 80 percent of its objective.

The replacements are part of the law of hydrants and according to the institute, 90.5 percent of them are in good condition, 4.7 percent are in an acceptable state and 4.8 percent in poor condition.

However, the institute still has to replace 358 hydrants that are deteriorated. Moreover, 346 labeled as acceptable are in need an intervention. AyA plans to complete the replacement by the end of 2018, according to a press release.

The document says that during the second half of 2016, the AyA carried out 2,173 preventive work and 312 corrective measures.

Preventive work includes: lubrication, cleaning, painting and operational diagnostics, while corrective work includes repair of leaks and installation of control valves.

During 2016, the institute invested $643,000 in the rehabilitation of 488 hydrants.

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Tek Experts says its local operation is largest

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tek Experts, a multinational business and information technology company, announced that the company’s Costa Rica operation is its largest worldwide.

According to a statement issued out by the group, Tek Experts Costa Rica holds 40 percent of the overall volume of the company’s management. The business operates in Vietnam, China, Bulgaria, Malta and the United States in support services and software solutions among other industries. Luis Guillermo Campos, the country manager for Tek Experts Costa Rica, said that the company created part of its operation in the country due to the proximity of certain, strategic clients.

“We have access to a passionate and caring workforce that takes pride in doing a great job and that’s why our customers love us,” Campos said. “We believe in San José because it is a hive of technical talent that has really put the city on the map and that the talent base grows each year.”

Tek Experts first arrived in Costa Rica in 2012 after the entire company began operations in 2009. According to its website, the company employs more than 2,000 people globally with 700 of that workforce based in Costa Rica. Its offices are located in San Pedro.