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64-year old U.S. man killed in motorcycle incident
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Reports are indicating that a 64-year old U.S. citizen was killed in Quepos Wednesday after being run over by a motorcyclist.

These reports are identifying Stanley Jay Astrachan as the man who was killed.  Apparently, the motorcyclist was doing tricks on his bike.

A video captured the rider doing a wheelie when he hit Astrachan who was leaving a supermarket. The motorcyclist fled and the man was left in agony for a few minutes on the roads until he was picked up and sent to the hospital in Quepos.

Eventually, Astrachan died after sustaining those injuries from the incident. It has not been reported if the motorcyclist intended to hit Astrachan or that it was simply an accident.

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Local residents attempted to stop the rider and hours later he turned himself in.

Some Spanish media reports are suggesting that the motorcyclist who allegedly killed the U.S. citizen is a minor. The video can be viewed HERE.


Child services takes custody of two tourist girls
By Rommel Téllez
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Last Friday, the Costa Rican child care services took custody of two young Polish sisters who apparently were used by their parents to beg in the surroundings of Liberia and Santa Cruz, both in the province of Guanacaste.

The parents have entered and left the country several times to maintain their tourist status since January, according to media reports. A.M. Costa Rica tried to confirm this but immigration authorities said they will refer to the case when further investigation takes place.

The Patronato Nacional de la Infancia confirmed one of the toddlers is 18 months old while her older sister is three years old. It also said the children were taken to a medical center for examination.

The results showed the elder child has a severe colitis case due to a strict vegetarian diet. Her sister suffers from anemia because she was only breastfed, diaper's burns where also found. Both of the girls were sun burnt.

Presumably, the family of four used to wander between Liberia and Santa Cruz asking for money for a plane ticket.

Until neighbors denounced the couple, the girls remained dirty, drinking unsafe water and suffering from extended exposure to the sun and heavy downpours.

Last Friday the Patronato picked up the girls and put them in a shelter after labeling the case as one of high risk.
The girls will remain in custody for six months and be delivered back to the parents only if they change their high-risk situation.
This usually means that they need to demonstrate that the kids will have access to a roof and proper food.

The immigration office did not respond on time if this is an implicit way to force the residency of the parents or they should continue leaving the country every 90 days.

A source inside the Patronato explained the country has every right to pull the kids out of the parents control based on the local law and the International Convention on Children's Right.

The first time the foreigners made headlines was on June 19, when reporters from La Nación interviewed the father who identified himself as Musial Ewal Carbara.

There he explained they first headed to Cartago but their kids got sick because of the cold weather, so they decided to move to Sámara and then Liberia.

At the time, they were asking for money to get a ticket back to their country, but despite some generous donations and a house provided by one neighbor, they hit the streets again back in July 3.

In response to new complaints from the neighbors, who confirmed that the girls remained for many hours in the open, under heavy showers or at dawn, the Patronato intervened in the case on July 7.

Last, Tuesday the couple returned to the market in Santa Cruz, with a sign saying they were on hunger strike until the return of the girls. 

As of now, they are at large. Costa Rica's child protection law establishes jail time in cases of negligence against minors.


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"They have nothing to do here," said the Minister of Security Gustavo Mata during a press conference Thursday, in regards the case of 88 foreigners who were considered as undesirable and repatriated by immigration authorities.

According to a brief analysis made by immigration officers, in 2017, 88 people in Costa Rican soil were labeled as a risk to national security. Eight of them were identified as members of Central American gangs also known as Maras. 

The analysis also included foreign nationals related to crimes such as drug trafficking, organized crime and sexual assault of minors.

According to Gisela Yockchen, director of Migración y Extranjería explained the analysis was a  thorough one, in order to expedite the departure of those who should. 
The director said Costa Rica shouldn't be an accessible destination for criminals.

"We will always be a humanitarian country, but we will defend our inhabitants," said Ms. Yockchen.



From the 88 cases, 35 percent are Salvadorans, 30 percent Colombians and 9 percent Nicaraguans.

From that same total, 33 are in the process of expulsion, deportation or rejection; five foreigners are detained while 45 cases still need some more legal analysis, the figures show. 



Back in June, two Salvadorans related to Calle 18, one of two prominent gangs in the country, were identified with suspicious behavior in the center of San José and were as well repatriated.


Nicoya celebrating annexation festival

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Nicoya peninsula is celebrating 193 years since the annexation of Partido de Nicoya to Costa Rica with a concert by the municipal band.

According to a statement by the municipality, the concert will be tonight at 7 with three local singers from the canton. The band’s director, Jorge Luis Guevara Mora, said that the Banda Sinfónica Municipal will be playing local tunes like “Luna liberiana,” “Guanacaste por siempre” and “Caballito nicoyano.”

“Taking advantage of the fact that many are on vacation and are close to the canton of Nicoya, they are invited to enjoy a wonderful concert performed by excellent musicians playing our music,” Adriana Rodríguez, the mayor of Nicoya, said. The activity is part of the wider Festival de la Anexión going on until next Tuesday at the Parque Recaredo Briceño.

The festival and these events stem from the self-annexation of the Municipalidad de Nicoya to Costa Rica on July 25, 1824. Costa Rica had only recently became independent from Spain during that time period. Previously, the area was ruled as a partido within the Spanish imperial system. In 1820, when the provinces of the Nicaragua and Costa Rica became divided by Spanish rulers into separate administrative districts, Nicoya became one of those partidos.

Upon that division, it came under the primary authority of the governor of Grenada in Nicaragua and then, in 1823, the governor of León, Nicaragua. It became officially established as a province within Costa Rica with the national constitution of 1848.

The origin of the name Nicoya, according to Manuel María de Peralta in his essay entitled “Los Aborígenes de Costa Rica,” comes from the word nahualt. The word roughly translates to “country with water on both sides.”


Public transport fees could use e-pay

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Using electronic payments and mobile money transfers are two of the strategies proposed by the Banco Central and the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes to implement the electronic payment of public transportation.

This project has been carried out by the Autoridad Reguladorta de los Servicios Públicos and the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles.

All agencies propose the use of credit and debit cards using a cryptographic chip with standard EMV, currently used by Europay, Mastercard and Visa along with wireless technology. Banks would be in charge of funding the platform on a first stage.

According to Banco Central, there are two million trips per day using public system, that account for about $1 million income for transportation companies.

Today, there are 8.2 million credit and debit cards. From that total, 37 percent are already equipped with the contactless technology. By 2018, Banco Central expects all cards to have this technology so users can make their transportation payment with the same cards they make their purchases with. However, the transportation sector still does not agree with this system.

"Costa Rica has the technology, but there are no agreements.” said Carlos Melegatti, director of electronic payments for Banco Central. “The transport sector has difficulty communicating among them and the regulators.”


Two men arrested for carrying gasoline

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For carrying an unlawful amount of gasoline on the sea, two men aged 21 and 27 were arrested by the Servicio Nacional de Guardacosta late Wednesday night at the Canales de Mawamba, in the Canton of Matina, Limón.

The men were carrying eight barrels of gasoline and several one gallon containers. Once they saw the police they tried to escape but their attempt was unsuccessful, according to a police report. After a closer look, police also found an substantial amount of non-perishable food.The two men are apparently residents of Barrio Pacuare.

A source from Ministerio Público said the two men were arrested because the area they were traveling too on the open water is a well-known one for transporting narcotics and that the fuel was likely to serve as supply to other boats in international waters. Same case with the food. However, the official response from the Fiscalía says that the boat was not authorized to transport that amount of fuel.

The coast guard also found a Costa Rican vessel named King Jiheje, with the registration L-4005. It is 32 feet long and it has a 200 HP motor. The two subjects were let go but the investigation continues, the Fiscalía said.


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New study in U.S. scholarship created

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

By the end of this month, high school students part of the Programa de Bachillerato Internacional will have the possibility to compete for scholarships to study in the United States, according to a statement from the CRUSA foundation.

This new scholarship, called the Becas de Técnicos Especializados Dr. Ana Sittenfeld, will be awarded to several students for the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The initiative was implemented with an alliance between the Fundación Costa Rica-Estados Unidos para la Cooperación, the Coalición Costarricense de Iniciativas de Desarrollo, the U.S. Embassy and the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano.

Total budgeting for the initiative is around $1.45 million for the next five years or about $290,000 per year for the seven students. It will include aid in tuition, books, health insurance and housing. According to Luis Gamboa, the president of the coalition, joint efforts are of great value to Costa Rica as it strengthens the country’s competitiveness in key industries while also allowing for individual growth.

The beneficiaries for this new program will study in community colleges in the U.S. along with allowing for internships in companies who have operations in Costa Rica but are headquartered in the United States, CRUSA said. The foundation also noted that an open call will be made beginning on July 24 until August 11 for students with English proficiency.

Interested applicants can visit the CRUSA website who will then receive the applications, verify the credentials and pre-select candidates before sending them on to the selection committee composed of representatives from CRUSA, the Costa Rican development coalition, the U.S. Embassy, and Education USA.


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Invasion of technology into human society and interpretive dance
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The invasion of technology into public and private life is the newest theme behind "El Largo Ahora" by the Teatro Abya Yala and Danza U of the Universidad de Costa Rica.

The production will be showcased this Saturday at the Teatro de la Aduana along with a pre-show talk discussing the influence of technology on the construction of identity. The talk included various experts on computer science, communications and philosophy from the univerisity and the Universidad Nacional.

During the course of the show, the dancers will take to the stage dead to the world on their phones, the university said in a statement. For one of the professors, Anabelle Conteras of Universidad Nacional, this dance is not new as one can see it every time someone goes out.

Ignacio Siles, professor of communications in Universidad de Costa Rica, said that technology is political as it places people in certain roles of consumption and makes them quantitative by asking how many likes someone received or how many friends someone has on social networks.

“There is a technological design and our role is to be addicted,” he said. “We are living in an algorithm culture where they already tell me what to consume, who to be friends with and what series to see.”

David Korish, founder of the Teatro Abya Yala, insists on making it clear that criticism of the addiction generated by technology is directed only at a sector of society, especially if it is taken into account that more than half of humanity does not have access to the Internet.

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A bug's life comes to Museo Nacional with new exhibit next week
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Bugs are coming to the Museo Nacional for a new exhibit opening to the public next Thursday at 10 a.m., according to a statement from the cultural ministry.

The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud said that bees, wasps, drones, butterflies, crickets, praying mantis, cockroaches, ants, tijerillas and dragonflies lead the parade of insects to be exhibited as part of the entomological collection of Museo Nacional.

The exhibit explains what insects are, their characteristics and their importance as the pollinators, predators and as food for other animals, German Vega, a biologist at Museo Nacional and scientific curator for the exhibit, said.

Insects are the most abundant and diverse living beings on Earth and represent 70 percent of the known species on the planet. Out of an estimated 950,000 species of insects, 360,000 call Costa Rica home. The country also utilizes its insect population for activities related to beekeeping, honey production and the export of live butterflies for gardens and zoos, Vega said.

50 photographs showing the daily life of these insects in their natural habitats, the ministry said, will accompany the wide array of samples. These photos will be enlarged by about five times the original size to see the specific, delicate details that the human eye cannot observe on first glance, said Lidilia Arias, the exhibition’s head designer.

This collection represents the largest in Central America with more than three million copies, some of those that are more than 125 years old. "It is a heritage collection whose importance transcends the national level,” Vega said.

“It is an information library for conservation studies, management plans and education. It is a mandatory consultation for scientists working on taxonomy, biogeography, genetics and insect ecology of the neo-tropics.”

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Universidad de Costa Rica scientists identify a new bacterium
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For the first time in the world, scientists from the Universidad de Costa Rica were able to identify a new bacterium in Costa Rica: Candidatus Rickettsia Nicoyana.

The bacterium belongs to the group of Rickettsias, microorganisms that contain some of the most deadly pathogens in the world.

It was found in the territory of Nicoya, in Guanacaste. The bacterium was found on a bat's tick. It was then isolated using molecular techniques at the Centro de Investigación de Enfermedades Tropicales.

The new bacterium belong to the group of the Rickettsias, microorganisms that includes some of the most deadly pathogens for humans.

The discovery is part of the work that the Centro has been carrying out since 2008 in the area of Rickettisias.

These bacteria are characterized by being intra-cellular parasites and inhabiting invertebrate animals such as lice, fleas and ticks, from where they are transferred to humans.

Currently, there are a total of 32 species of Rickettisia registered worldwide. Of that amount, 22 are dangerous for people, and can cause diseases such as Rickettsia rickettsii, a pathogen transmitted by ticks that can cause death.

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Technique called immunoflorescence was also used to detect the bacteria.

According to Adriana Troyo, a researcher at the Center, the discovery strengthens international scientific knowledge and makes Costa Rica the first country in Central America and the Caribbean to identify a new type of Rickettsia in a mild tick.

"Rickettsia are a group of bacteria that are potentially pathogenic to humans," said Ms. Troyo. “We still do not know if it can make people sick, but identifying it is the first step in monitoring it."



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Feds charge more than 400
with health care fraud


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. prosecutors say they have arrested 412 medical providers for alleged participation in health care fraud totaling $1.3 billion in false billings.

Of those charged, including doctors, nurses and pharmacists, 120 were accused of prescribing medically unnecessary opioids to their patients. Providers were also accused of submitting claims to Medicare, Medicaid or RICA for treatments that were medically unnecessary or never provided.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Thursday the action is the largest health care fraud takedown operation in American history.

As a result of the operation, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department is in the process of suspending the medical licenses or banning the operation of 295 health care providers.

Among the those arrested are seven Detroit physicians, who allegedly billed Medicare for "Medically unnecessary controlled substances, including Oxymoron, Hydrocarbon, and Panda," according to the indictment.

Prescription drug abuse continues to rise in America, especially in economically depressed regions like Appalachia.

Copious killed more than 33,000 people in 2015 alone. Patients can become hooked on prescription opioids, switching to illegally manufactured fentanyl or street heroin after treatment ends.

"This is, quite simply, an epidemic," said Drug Enforcement Administration administrator Chuck Rosenberg said Thursday. "There is a great responsibility that goes along with handling controlled prescription drugs, and DEA and its partners remain absolutely committed to fighting the opioid epidemic using all the tools at our disposal."

The arrests are the result of work carried out by the Medicare Fraud Strike Force. Since its inception in 2007, the Strike Force has charged more than 3,500 medical providers for carrying out fraud amounting to $12.5 billion in false billings.


U.S. outlines new guidelines
for travel visa recipients


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. State Department is asking all nations to provide extensive data about their citizens wishing to travel to the United States, to help U.S. officials decide whether those citizens constitute a terrorist threat.

Reuters news service quoted a diplomatic cable Thursday that it says was sent a day earlier to all U.S. diplomatic posts.

Reuters said the cable is a summary of a worldwide review of vetting procedures required under President Donald Trump's March 6 executive order that briefly banned travel by citizens of six majority-Muslim nations. The order, which was defeated by a legal challenge, was meant to reduce the threat of would-be terrorists entering the United States.

The memo outlines a series of requirements for other countries to meet if their citizens are to travel to the United States. Among them are issuing, or plans to issue, electronic passports; and regularly reporting any such passports lost or stolen to the international police agency, INTERPOL.

It also asks that nations provide other identity information to the United States as requested, including biographic details, biometric information, criminal record, or any grounds to suspect the traveler of terrorism.

The Department of Homeland Security has not commented.

The cable said nations that do not provide the information requested by the United States could be considered for possible sanctions, including barring some of its citizens from entering the U.S.

The cable also asked diplomats to underscore that while it is not our goal to impose a ban on immigration benefits, including visas, for citizens of any country, these standards are designed to mitigate risk, and failure to make progress could lead to security measures by the United States government.


House panel advances bill
to cut State Dept. budget


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A House of Representatives Appropriations subcommittee has advanced a spending bill that would cut the State Department's 2018 fiscal budget by 14 percent compared to this year's budget.

The proposed cuts are less than the 37 percent cut over several years proposed in the Trump administration's budget.

Ahead of Tuesday's mark-up, Appropriations Committee Chairman Rodney Frelinghuysen, a Republican, encouraged support for the $47.4 billion dollar budget, which includes funding for the State Department and Overseas Contingency Operations.

"This bill will target funding to where it's needed the most, ensure U.S. dollars are being put to good use to expand democracy and peace, and provide critical humanitarian assistance in war-torn, disaster-affected, and impoverished areas or the world," Frelinghuysen said.

State and Foreign Operations subcommittee Chairman Hal Rogers, also a Republican, asked other members of the panel to support the bill.

"This bill strikes the appropriate balance of fiscal responsibility and support for United States diplomatic engagement and foreign assistance," Rogers said.

But the Appropriations Committee's ranking Democrat, Nita Lowey, said she is deeply troubled, both by the president's request, and the allocation for this bill, which is $10 billion below the total enacted in fiscal year 2017.

But Republican Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker has said the Senate would never approve drastic cuts to State's budget.

Some former U.S. diplomats also oppose the cuts. Former U.S. ambassador and veteran diplomat Laura Kennedy told VOA many Americans are not aware of the great work U.S. Foreign Service officers and consular officials are doing around the world.

"There has always been a strain of isolationism throughout American history which is particularly virulent now. The world is indeed a complex and scary place and there may be a sense that we will be better off if we can retreat behind our walls. That doesn't work," Kennedy said.

Kennedy said the president may have influenced House members.

"Unfortunately, I think there is a particular animus toward State on the part of President Trump which has certainly been communicated to the House," she said.

The spending bill will now go to the full House Appropriations committee for a vote next Wednesday. The spending bill would have to be approved by both the House and the Senate before it goes to the president for his signature.


Trump says any challenge
to DACA remains his call


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump says he, not the officials who work for him, will make the final decision on whether to do away with a law that protects more than 750,000 children of illegal immigrants from deportation.

While visiting Paris Thursday, Trump was questioned about a remark by Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly that the Obama administration's Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrival program was likely illegal.

Speaking to members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in a closed-door meeting Wednesday, Kelly told lawmakers that he personally supports the program but thinks it would not stand up to a legal challenge.

He declined to say whether the Trump administration would mount such a challenge.

On Thursday, Trump said the decision about whether to challenge the program "is a decision that he would make.

During his campaign for the presidency, Trump pledged to immediately end the program, which is often referred to as DACA. As president, Trump has backed off of that pledge.

A Homeland Security spokesman, David Lapan, told reporters after Kelly left his meeting without comment that the legal experts Kelly spoke with about the issue felt that DACA, as it exists, is not legally sustainable.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last month threatened to sue the federal government if DACA is not withdrawn by September.

The program was first enacted under former President Barack Obama in 2012 and expanded in 2014. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services said it had received nearly 850,000 applications for DACA status by June 2016.

The Pew Research Center estimates as many as 1.7 million people might be eligible for DACA status.


American and Afghan forces
intensify anti-IS fight


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As the Islamic State terror group loses ground in Iraq and Syria, U.S. and Afghan forces are stepping up their attacks on the group's offshoot in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.

The U.S. military, in coordination with Afghan security forces, are pounding IS hideouts in Achin, Haskamena and Kot districts with rockets being fired from Jalalabad airfield where U.S. troops are stationed.

The terror group has been active in the eastern region of the country for almost two years.

U.S and Afghan security forces have been conducting ground and air operations against IS militants in the Nangarhar for some time now. The rocket attacks, however, indicate an intensification in the war against IS in the country.

Attaullah Khogyani, Nangarhar provincial government spokesperson told VOA that the rocket attacks on IS hideouts are conducted based on intelligence provided by the Afghan security agencies.

He added that the rocket attacks have targeted key IS members, killing several of them.

Local residents in areas under IS control echo Khogyani's account and have welcomed the move, saying rocket attacks are more accurate and effective. Ground operations by Afghan security forces, they say, result in civilian casualties at times.

Waliullah, a local resident in Deh Bala district said rockets have targeted IS positions only, without causing harm to the civilians in the area.

“Airstrikes and ground operations have caused civilian casualties. Rockets fired from the city are accurate and do not target civilians,” Waliullah said.

U.S. and Afghan security forces have been engaged in joint- counterterrorism operations against IS militants in Nangarhar and neighboring Kunar province.

Earlier this year, U.S military and Afghan government promised to eliminate IS in Afghanistan by the end of 2017. Hundreds of IS fighters, including several senior commanders have been killed in recent months.

A suspected U.S. drone strike late Tuesday reportedly targeted a gathering of IS militants in Kunar province, killing 11 fighters, including four key IS commanders.

Pentagon did not immediately confirm Tuesday's drone strike.

The IS terror group has been active in several districts in Nangarhar province. Recently, it has expanded to neighboring mountainous Kunar and Nuristan provinces as well, which share a border with Pakistan, to establish a persistent presence there.

IS has drawn the majority of its members from the Pakistani Taliban fighters, some former Afghan Taliban, and other militants from varied nationalities, including militants from India, Iran, Russia and central Asian neighbors.

In May, the terror group lost Sheikh Abdul Hasib, its leader in Afghanistan. Hasib was killed in a joint U.S. Afghan forces raid in eastern Nangarhar.


Sevag Mehterian
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Sevag Mehterian collects stalagmites in Iran.

A wetter climate unlikely
for 10,000 years, study says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A dry spell across the interior of the Middle East is unlikely to abate within the next 10,000 years, according to scientists who have been analyzing the chemical composition of two stalagmites collected from Qal’e Kord, a cave in north-central Iran.

Researchers at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science took samples from different points along the stalagmites and dissolved the rock to release ancient carbon dioxide.

Then they measured the oxygen within the CO2 and compared the ratio of heavier isotopes to lighter ones. A mix with fewer of the heavy oxygen isotopes was deposited during wetter time periods.

The mineral-laden drops of water that formed the 400mm and 440mm high spires contained a record of precipitation in the Middle East from 70,000 to 130,000 years ago.

That data helped scientists reconstruct the history of rainfall in the region over time. Paleoclimate doctorate student Sevag Mehterian, lead author of the National Science Foundation-funded study, said cycles of wet and dry periods corresponded to the Earth’s angle to the sun and the amount of solar energy it received.

He said the Earth's orbit around the sun oscillates between elliptical and more circular.

This pattern, from maximum solar energy to today’s minimum and back, was a worldwide phenomenon, repeated roughly every 20,000 years.

The researchers compared their findings to the numbers from the north Greenland ice core project and a deep-sea sediment record from the Atlantic, and what we found was that we see the same exact record recorded in all of these different mediums in vastly different regions of the world.

And while it might seem that more solar energy would create a warmer, wetter world, Mehterian said there’s a difference between heat from outside the planet, and heat-trapping gases from the surface.

"It's a different mechanism of heating that's not able to actually warm up any of the water enough to evaporate in a way to actually deliver beneficial precipitation to the region."

The research was published in Quaternary Science Reviews.


Ethiopians racing to leave
Saudi Arabia before ordered


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Thousands of Ethiopians in Saudi Arabia are in a state of limbo as they try to return home after being ordered to leave the Gulf state.

On March 29, Saudi Arabia launched a campaign it dubbed "Nation Without Violations," giving all foreign immigrants living there illegally 90 days to leave without incurring a penalty. They were told they could return later after applying and going through the immigration process.

As of the beginning of July, 111,000 Ethiopians had agreed to leave Saudi Arabia and 45,000 had successfully returned to Ethiopia, according to Meles Alem, the spokesperson of the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Many remained stranded, however, due to an inability to get a seat on overbooked flights.

Saudi government officials believe there are about 400,000 Ethiopians living illegally in the country. Most are employed as maids or other domestic workers; they have few legal rights and endure widespread abuse.

In early July, it was reported that 110 people were stuck for days in a community center in Riyadh, waiting for open seats on flights back to Addis Ababa.

Most of those who were stranded last week have returned to Addis, but many more are trying to get out as soon as possible.

It is unclear how many foreign workers will be affected. Middle East Monitor reported there are about 5 million illegal foreign workers living in the country. Saudi Arabia's total population is 32 million, and it relies heavily on imported labor.

Government officials have said the move will improve job prospects for Saudis. It will revive the economies of companies and establishments and protect small businesses and projects from illegal expats, while also reducing unemployment rates and creating a safe economic and social environment, said Turki Al-Manea, general director of the branch of the ministry of labor and social development in Qassim, according to Arab News.

The head of the Ethiopian community in Riyadh, Shawel Getahun, warned that people should not try to start the process of traveling now.

"People who actually bought tickets should consider going on time. Those who haven't bought tickets should process their papers in due time before it's too late," he said.

This is not the first such deportation. In 2013 and 2014, a similar effort led to the deportation of tens of thousands of Ethiopians. Many were detained, beaten and held in squalid conditions prior to deportation, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.

Yasin Kakande, a Ugandan journalist who has reported from the Middle East for more than a decade, said a traditional system known as Kafala sponsorship exists throughout the Gulf states, leading many African migrants to live in a state of indentured servitude.

The system gives Gulf citizens the right to sponsor foreign workers, who often must serve as maids or servants for an indefinite amount of time and for little or no pay.

"Most of the workers whom they refer to as illegal actually come to the countries legally," Kakande said. "They have high hopes of working and helping their families at home, but once they get into these countries … they find that there are a lot of abuses, that they cannot get away."

In recent years, stories of maids being raped, beaten and starved have generated worldwide outrage. In one case that went viral on YouTube, a maid in Kuwait was left dangling from a seventh story window while her employer filmed it, making no attempt to help before the woman lost her grip and fell.

"Most of them, what they try to do, is try to run away from their sponsors to try to find some justice, and in the end they end up becoming illegals because the law doesn't give them a chance to get out of their employer," Kakande said.


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This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
    Summary of House Features:

       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
       * Custom designed kitchen w/granite countertops
       * Frigidaire Professional appliance package
       * State-of-the-art solar hot water
       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
       * House & perimeter security alarm system
       * 2-car closed garage w/large paved driveway
 
Video Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUEAmahIU9A
Community Web Site: http://www.altigua.com
Photos: HERE!
Costa Rica # 506-8985-6705 or from the States call # 561-740-0651 or email gary_one@msn.com
9173-9/1/17

colinasdelsol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $40,000 USD
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

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

For more information Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
9056-2/28/17

Etlinger Farm
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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 www.etlingerafarms.com and photo album can be found at www.ticorico.com
9196-4/25/17

horse ranch
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Spectacular Horse Ranch and Spiritual/Yoga
Retreat Center For Sale

We invite you to a horseback tour of 187 acres of pristine farm land with breathtaking vistas, including the islands of the Gulf of Nicoya. There are multiple springs and streams, wooded areas, hard-wood and fruit trees, rolling hills with a geat variety of birds and wildlife. This property boasts the privilege of being bordered by thousands of acres of forest preserve down a steep canyon, offering its own spectacular views, which will never be developed. The many hills provide a builder an endless array of possibilities for nestling buildings in where they will have both views and privacy. The elevation of the property at 1,200 to1600 feet above sea level ensures fresh breezes and ideal year-round temperatures with a day-time average in the low 80's for open-air living. There is a ranch-style house with guest house with 8 total bedrooms, 5 modern baths, huge eat-in kitchen, landmark palm-thatched giant rancho, stable, and storage buildings. The home will come partially furnished, including beds, ample dishware for large groups, housewares, linens, washer/dryer, and fine hard-wood hand-built cabinetry. The remaining horses, 4 to 6 of them, will also convey if one wishes. We are also including a LARGE BEACH LOT in nearby Playa Bejuco. San Rafael de Nandayure is a tiny rural village nestled into the mountainside above Carmona with all the charms of the simple good life of a BLUE ZONE. Carmona is a thriving town with a clinic, restaurfants, shopping, and everything else one may need. The price of our listing Rancho Ricco is $799,000. More information
go to www.ranchforsalecostarica.com  Call Darin Ricco, phone +619-846-8249 or email:  darin_ricco@hotmail.com
9183-6/13/17

rollover
Owner Financing in San Ramon
New Construction, and Ocean View 
Brand new home with 4-plus bedrooms and 3 baths all overlooking an incredible 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and mountains. Located only 45 minutes from the San Jose airport and about the same to the Pacific Ocean.  The lower level could be used as a separate apartment or mother-in-law setup. Home includes HUGE master  suite, CLOSETS, custom cabinets, granite counter tops, high wood ceilings, and all in an area that is 70-80 degrees year round. Priced at $199,000. Completion date is January.  See the Virtual Tour CLICK HERE or see our site here  www.whynotcostarica.com. If you would like to take a look at this amazing house, please give me a call at  Costa Rica # 506-8755-6743 or if from the States call # 509-570-1928 or email tim@whynotcostarica.com 
9143-2/3/17

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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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9142-7/27/17


Sabana
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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. 
Contact :
 James Holley E-mail  jimmy6902001@yahoo.com
9245-7/8/17


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Web: www.c21jaco.com
9215-3/22/18


Remax
Tamarindo
www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices. For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo ~ Toll Free: 1-866-976-8898 or email:  info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com  or click here www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com
9145-1/2918


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9174-2/7/18

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Lufthansa is now the fifth airline to offer direct flights.

Lufthansa announces non-stop flight

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


The German airline Lufthansa announced Thursday morning that it will now include a flight path from Frankfurt to San José beginning March 29, 2018.

A non-stop Lufthansa flight will take off every Thursday and Saturday, according to a statement from Casa Presidencial. The government happily noted that this represented the tenth airline to announce new flights in and out of the country within the last two years.

Lufthansa is considered one of the largest airlines in Europe with more than 200 destinations in Germany and the world that moves about 100 million passengers annually. The airline said in a statement that the flights will be carried out on a 279-seat Airbus that will depart the airport in Frankfurt around 1:45 p.m. and will arrive in San José at 5:55 p.m. local time.

The return flight will leave at 7:50 p.m. Local time from Juan Santamaría airport and arrive at Frankfurt the next day at 3:10 p.m. The total flight time is expected to be around 11 hours, the airline said.

“Germany is the second largest emitter of tourists in the Old Continent and it is estimated that almost 2 million people are classified as travelers who consider Costa Rica as a vacation destination,” Mauricio Ventura, the minister of tourism, said.

“The decision of the Lufthansa group to fly to our country, first with Edelweiss operation from Zurich and now with this direct flight from Frankfurt, motivates us to continue along the path traced with the aim of positioning Costa Rica as a magnet for investments and destination of preference for airlines.”



Mayor vetoes anti-discrimination bill

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

During the past few weeks, the municipal council of Tibás approved a motion to declare itself a discrimination-free canton. The only problem that stood in the way of that was a mayoral veto which was implemented by the mayor, Carlos Cascante.

“Declarations of cantons free of discrimination are a measure to ensure progress in guaranteeing the human rights of all people from local governments,” Janekeith Durán, the spokeswoman for the Frente por los Derechos Igualitarios, said. “However, declarations have to be based on concrete actions and not just a manifestation of good intentions.”

The municipal council’s declaration of non-discrimination was simply a gesture although a later amendment was adopted to raise the LGBTIQ pride banner each year in celebration of diversity. The votes were six in favor and one against, the Frente said in a statement.

"I feel that he gave in to outside pressures, because at the beginning he welcomed the idea warmly,”  Laura Gómez, the regent proponent for both motions. “He even asked me where we were going to put the flag and where to get it."

To that end the civil liberties group said it was going to urge the council to approve the initiatives to eradicate discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the canton of Tibás, including raising the LGBTI pride flag every year. It even offered to provide legal evidence in support of the measure.




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Idea contest opens with Germany in mind

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The second contest of ideas by the Programa de Gerentes is opening with the idea of finding new business allies in Germany and increase the competitiveness of Costa Rican small businesses in the sectors of information and green technologies.

According to the Promotora de Comercio Exterior, a German development cooperative known as GIZ is seeking to improve the capacities of partners involved in the process with a view toward sustainability so that the initiative can be replicated in the future without external support.

Álvaro Piedra, export director of PROCOMER, said that the program is a great opportunity for IT and green technology exporters to show their talent and position in an often competitive and demanding market.

PROCOMER said that applications for proposals are being opened next Tuesday and will close on Sept. 4. Interested companies will be able to present the international proposals based on the requirements required by GIZ. The actual contest will be held between October 2017 and September 2018.

It will have three stages, the promoter said. The first is a training and coaching session for individual companies, while the second covers the selection process of which ones will take a business trip to Germany. The last element will be a post-trip monitoring phase where there will be an analysis of how sustainable is the support received in the businesses.

PROCOMER said that the companies selected to participate in this program will be announced on Sept. 25, 2017. The contest will include all the export promotion agencies in Central America.