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Cases of pink eye in Puntarenas are increasing
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Between 1,680 and 2,270 weekly cases of conjunctivitis have been reported in the island of Guadelupe and 15,670 cases in Martinque. The outbreak has spread to include parts of México and Panamá and now the outbreak has increased in parts of Costa Rica.

There are now 1,559 cases reported in the Garabito canton in Puntarenas. This represents an increase by almost 560 cases since A.M. Costa Rica last reported about the outbreak back in late June. Data from the Ministerio de Salud shows that these cases have all apparently arisen within the past five weeks.

Conjunctivitis, more commonly known as pink eye, is a highly contagious disease that causes some severe inflammation of the eye sometimes leaking pus and causing a lot of irritation. The first symptoms appear 24 to 72 hours after a person has been infected. It is spread by hand-eye contact, clothing, eye-liners, eye drops and other forms of direct contact.

According to health ministry officials who issued the warning, the Herredura sector reported the highest incident rate with 834 cases per 10,000 inhabitants. Jacó, Quebrada Ganado, Quebrada Amarilla and Tárcoles follow this with 700 and 300 cases per 10,000 inhabitants. The Dirección de Vigilancia de la Salud warns that it is also studying potential cases in Esparza, Puntarenas, Parrita and Nicoya.

The health ministry recommends that people who are experiencing symptoms should wash hands thoroughly as well as clean any objects that may be in contact with eye or respiratory secretions. It also said to avoid close contact with other people, to not self-medicate nor attend school while symptoms persist.

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Data from Salud shows that the age groups with the highest number of reported cases are between 10 and 19 years of age at 309 cases. The other age groups showing a high percentage of cases are those between 30 and 39 years, Salud said. Taking both together, this number represents 40 percent of the cases based on age.

At the same time, Salud noted that, of several cases analyzed with samples taken to a laboratory, two have tested positive for enteroviruses. An enterovirus can potentially mean a number of diseases. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said that many people infected with a non-polio enterovirus do not get sick or only have a mild illness that looks like the common cold.

Usually children get infected and show symptoms, the CDC said. Adults can be infected yet display none. Likely, the ministry is examining these cases in relation to the pink eye outbreak due to viral conjunctivitis being one of the infections that the disease can cause.

There are other risks, however, associated with the viruses that people with a weakened immune system have a greater chance of acquiring: viral meningitis, inflammatory muscle disease and heart or brain infections among others.



Employers slam labor ministry for campaign ad
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A campaign that sought to warn people about the dangers of human trafficking and labor exploitation caused a stand off between the labor ministry and the biggest employer's advocacy group of the country.

Apparently, the campaign ad was used on buses and billboards using the Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social logo without the approval of Alfredo Hasbum, the labor minister.

The advertising shows a person taking off a mask in front of a shady background. The image also included a written message that reads “Detrás de un jefe, puede haber un tratante,” which translates into: behind a boss, there might be a trafficker.

This message caused the Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado to protest the add through a statement sent to the media that demanded that authorities find the people responsible.

“It is sad that such a campaign is deployed with the Ministerio de Trabajo logo on it,” said Franco Pacheco, president of the employers league. “It is even worse to use public funds on banners that far from informing about a real problem, try to defame the figure of bosses and employers of the country.”

“Not every boss is a possible human trafficker, in the same way not every politician is a thief or public worker is a slacker," the document said.

Hasbum said he became aware of the situation during a trip made to Guanacaste last week.

"Unfortunately I was not informed of the beginning of the campaign prior to its publication,” Hasbum explained.
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“We have an internal policy that establishes that any publication of any nature that is made with the official logo of the Ministry must be approved by the Press and and Communication office.”

The minister also said the issue of trafficking is a very sensitive one and the campaign was an unfortunate event.

The Ministerio de Trabajo said that the company in charge of placing the adds already started the process of taking them down, both from billboards and buses. It also said the Hasbum also ordered an internal investigation to be started immediately.

Mario Redondo, legislator of the Alianza Demócrata Cristiana party, sent a letter to the minister requesting all possible information about the campaign and how it happened to happen.

Among the information requested, Redondo emphasized the nature of the contract, how much money was invested on the campaign, whose approval is on the paperwork and what was the purchase process of the service.



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Police officers in the central Pacific region seized about 684 kilograms of cocaine that was being transported in a truck along Ruta 34 five kilometers outside Quepos.

A confidential tip came in about Thursday morning that started off a series of police checkpoints along roads with officers on the lookout for a matching description of the vehicle, according to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.

At one of those checkpoints the Fuerza Pública noted a truck with similar characteristics and proceeded to search the vehicle. There were also two other cars traveling with the truck as an apparent escort, police said.

Checking the inside of the trailer, police found the packages of cocaine. Six people were detained during the stop including the four men in the alleged escort vehicles as well as the two persons in the truck. These men were placed with the public prosecutor on suspicion of drug trafficking, the ministry said.

In a separate statement, the Judicial Investigating Organization said that agents of the narcotics division from Aguirre and Parrita were also involved in the police action. The agents arrested four men between the ages of 21 and 30 years old on drug trafficking charges.

They found that only one of the two cars stopped for apparently escorting the vehicle was apparently involved in the crime. Agents said the stop was at Roncador in Quepos. The packages of cocaine were wet upon discovery by the narcotics division. They assume that the drugs were originally transported by sea.

A Thursday afternoon statement by the Fiscalía in Quepos and Parrita said that 684 of the parcels are intact while two were half full and four almost empty. The Ministerio Público said it is not ruling out that the seizure was related to a Tuesday incident where Guardacostas found a semi-submersible in Pacific waters. Prosecutors are expected to request today preventive detention for both men.


Goods and services exports up this year

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The exports of goods and services in the first six months of the year reached $5.44 billion, which means an eight percent growth when compared to the same period in 2016.

The figures were released Thursday by the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior and the Promotora de Comercio Exterior in the Análisis en la Evolución de Exportaciones de Bienes y Servicios.

By sectors, the agricultural one grew three percent, due to the increased sales of pineapple, bananas and frozen fruits. The exports of medical devices and contact lenses grew 11 percent and the food industry increased six percent.

In the plastic industry, there was a reduction of exports for packaging articles in Central America and also a decrease by seven percent in textiles to Guatemala.

In general terms, the data showed a positive behavior, according to Pedro Beirute, general manager of Procomer.  "The export flows registered in the first halves of the last five years show a growing trend,” he added. “They recovered from a decrease of  $119 million during the first semester of 2013 to positive and sustained changes from 2014 onwards.”

In regards to the services sector, exports between January and March 2017 totaled $2.454 billion.

Here, the travel exports registered a 55 percent market share of the foreign sales market, while services for businesses accounted for a 28 percent of it.

There was also a four percent increase in the amount of new national standard companies, while new companies created under the tax free or tax reduced status of Zona Libre grew by 12 percent.


Caja will offer birth control implant

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The social security health system will offer a new birth control option to their female affiliates: etonogestrel implants.

It consists of a four centimeters small bar placed under the skin of the arm to release etonogestrel, a hormone that prevents ovulation. It is is placed through a simple procedure, has an effectiveness rate of 99 percent and works for a period of approximately three years, according to the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social.

The device is already part of the official list of medications of the Caja, and will be gradually offered, since the training of health personnel on its correct use still pending. The idea is to let women choose, based on the proper information, the birth control method that best suits their needs, and encourages adherence to the treatment.

The Caja will train medical, nursing, psychology, social work and pharmacy personnel to provide counseling on the method, but it will prescribed and placed only by obstetrician nurses.

"In 2017 training will begin with staff from from the Central Pacific region and the Hospital México and will gradually continue throughout the country," the document reads.

The decision of offering the new implant was taken based on a technical analysis carried out by officials of the women's health program staff and also members of the Comprehensive Adolescent Care Program.

The Mesoamerican Health Project, an initiative that seeks to contribute to the reduction of teenage pregnancy and care during early maternity and paternity also took part in the project.

The institution also reported that Guanacaste’s La Cruz health system will prioritize the new method due to the existence of high pregnancy rates among teenagers. There, the Caja will also offer injectable birth control and the Intrauterine Device.

According to the Caja, the latter continues to be a very effective method to prevent pregnancies but its use has decreased due to misconception about its benefits.


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The eight screens displaying some of the views.

Liberia prison gets 94 new cameras

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Policía Penitenciaria received 94 video surveillance cameras for its prison facility in Liberia courtesy of the United States Embassy.

The facility was inaugurated with the new equipment this past Wednesday, according to the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz. The prison operates with the technical support from the Empresa de Servicios Públicos in Heredia and includes eight screens covering the 94 spots that the HD cameras are filming.

Additionally, the ministry said that it has a thermal camera to help detect any human movement at night within the perimeter. This is to avoid people throwing drugs over the fence, officials said.

“Historically, the Policía Penitenciaria had been characterized by the lack of means and resources necessary to attend to its operational functions,” said Pablo Bertozzi, the prison police director. “The use of technological tools is a great challenge for us. It puts us in the presence of a new way of doing things, makes us visible and leads us on the path of transformation.”

This is the second prison to receive a video surveillance center operating in the country’s prisons. The first was inaugurated by the justice minister, Cecilia Sánchez, back in March 2015 at the prison police’s building in San José for continuous monitoring of La Reforma and the youth detention facility in Zurquí, the ministry said.



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Dust appears to be an occupational hazard in grain storage centers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Basic grains represent one of the main economic activities in Latin America.

It is estimated that there are more than 12 million people involved in the grain industry within Central America. There have been plenty of studies done on grain production but very few on workers’ exposure to grain dust and its effect on their respiratory system.

According to the Tecnológico de Costa Rica, the agricultural sector is ranked second place in terms of its importance for generating employment.

The production of grains in the country is about eight percent of the agricultural sector. Researchers from the school carried out a study about the exposure workers faced from dust due to grain collection and how that affected their respiratory tract and allergies.

The research identified 22 storage centers in total for the country with 13 for rice, seven for corn and two for wheat, the institute said. Out of those, it examined over 136 workers from eight grain storage centers in Guanacaste, Puntarenas, Alajuela and San José provinces.

Dust samples were collected off the mouths and noses of the workers which were then analyzed by the institute at its analytical hygiene lab for the school of engineering in occupational safety.

“The analysis found that workers in grain storage centers had high personal concentrations of inhaling dust and long hours (up to 90 a week),” the study said.

“After a year of epidemiological studies, sampling and interviews, they found that workers exposed to grain dust are more likely to develop respiratory and allergic problems such as asthma symptoms and eczema.”

According to María Gabriela Rodríguez, one of the principal chemists and professors of occupational health at the institute, the study showed about 43 percent of workers reported having at least one symptom of asthma.

At the same time, the research did not see a correlation between rhinitis or chronic bronchitis with grain dust.

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“Our research is the first study in Costa Rica, and one of the few in developing countries, which examines the respiratory and allergic effects associated with exposure to dust in workers at grain storage centers,” Ms. Rodríguez said.

The researchers at the institute suggested that the centers install a localized extraction system that has adequate ventilation or separating the areas with walls or other enclosures. Even simply providing the employees with adequate protective equipment especially while cleaning the areas is recommended. The study noted that these facilities are often cleaned using compressed air.



International trumpet festival closes with Saturday morning recital
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Banda de Conciertos for San José and its counterpart in Heredia will take the stage to mark the closing performance of the Festival Internacional de Trompetas.

According to a statement by the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, the recital will be led by the Spanish director Raúl Miguel Rodríguez and will also feature Rubén Simeó as the guest soloist.

The concert is free and open to the public. It will be held at the Biblioteca Nacional this Saturday at 10 a.m.

The bands will perform top hits from contemporary band repertoire such as the debut of “Libertadores” by Costa Rican composer Oscar Navarro. The music will also feature works by composer J.V. Simeó including an adaptation of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” and a tribute piece to jazz musician and band leader Harry James, the ministry said.

"This activity gives the public the opportunity to listen to the San José Banda de Conciertos and the Heredia Banda de Conciertos, national trumpeters Julio Oliva, Fabián Mata and Alexis Morales, and of course, trumpeter Rubén Simeó, who has performed with great orchestras all over the world,” said Laura Rodríguez, the director for Biblioteca Nacional.

“The guest conductor, Raúl Miguel Rodríguez, has also directed great orchestras from his native Spain and other countries and is a prominent trumpet player."

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The concert will also provide the musicians of the concert bands an opportunity to work with other artists of exceptional quality as much as interpret a challenging list of songs, according to Juan Francisco Nájera, the band director for the culture ministry.

The Festival Internacional de Trompetas is finishing out the week of workshops and master classes at places such as the Escuela de Música de Mercedes Norte de Heredia and at the Universidad de Costa Rica.



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Study examines profitability of tropical deforestation across globe
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A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore, or NUS, has recently completed a global study on the trade-offs between the benefits provided by tropical forests and its conversion for agricultural use.

The team examined deforestation activities of more than 50 countries, including Costa Rica, in the tropics from 2000 to 2012, and identified regions where deforestation is most and least beneficial.

The NUS team, led by Assistant Professor Roman Carrasco from the Department of Biological Sciences at the NUS Faculty of Science, identified the Atlantic Forest, areas around the Gulf of Guinea, and Thailand as areas where benefits from agricultural conversion are higher than environmental costs. This suggests that it could be difficult to implement and incentivize biodiversity conservation strategies that are based on payments to farmers in these regions.

In contrast, Latin America, insular Southeast Asia, and Madagascar are considered economically viable conservation targets because deforestation in these regions derived low agricultural benefits and high environmental costs. This was also reflected in the group’s data about Costa Rica.

The research team hopes that the study could also contribute towards enhancing the efficiency and sustainability of land-use policies in these regions. Their findings were published in the scientific journal, “PLOS Biology,” on 21 July 2017.

The global demand for agricultural and forestry products have often resulted in tropical forests being destroyed to clear land for such purposes. However, much of this deforestation occurs with a lack of information on the spatial distribution of benefits and costs of deforestation.

Where does deforestation lead to greatest losses to the environment and greatest benefits from agricultural earnings? In addition, there is limited information on how the economic benefits and costs of deforestation vary on a global scale as existing studies have been largely constrained to the local and national level.

"Knowing which forested land, once converted to agriculture, presents the largest agricultural benefits and the lowest environmental costs is important as it allows us to be more efficient at meeting global agricultural demand without unnecessarily damaging tropical forests and biodiversity," Carrasco said on the significance of the study.
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Color code shows measure of money over the rate of deforestation using hectares per year. The darker the color, the lower the profit margin.

"A better understanding of the distribution of benefits and costs will also help in better selection of areas to focus conservation efforts."

The team conducted an analysis of deforestation and crop distribution data, and studied the trade-offs between agricultural benefits, carbon emissions, and losses of multiple ecosystem services.

Ecosystem services are the benefits obtained by people from ecosystems such as forests, including carbon sequestration, flood protection and water purification.

The findings showed that while gains by agriculture are $32 to $53 billion per year, the environmental damage caused by tropical deforestation during this period amounts to future annual losses of $107 to $135 billion per year.

Despite the study showing large differences between the costs and benefits globally, the team found that as a whole, tropical deforestation generates large economic losses.

"Having created this global map of trade-offs between agriculture and the benefits provided by tropical forests, we will be looking into integrating these maps with market models to understand how changes in land use could lead to changes in prices and affect consumers, as well as other indirect impacts on deforestation," added Carrasco.

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Sessions praises charges
against El Salvador gangs


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has congratulated his counterpart in El Salvador, Attorney General Douglas Menendez, on charging more than 700 gang members in the past two days, including many members of MS-13, an international criminal gang active in North and Central America.

Sessions is in El Salvador for talks on ways to fight the spread of the gang, which is also known as Mara Salvatrucha and is active in El Salvador and major North American metropolitan areas, such as Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; New York City; Boston, Massachusetts, and Toronto, Canada.

The Justice Department said in a release Thursday that Attorney General Sessions has made dismantling transnational gangs like MS-13 a priority. It said today's announcement comes as a result of the meeting of attorneys general held in March of this year in Washington, D.C.

The Justice Department also said this investigation is being handled by Salvadoran gang prosecutors who were trained and mentored by FBI and State Department advisers. It added that FBI and Justice Department teams worked with Salvadoran prosecutors to fund and arrange for essential witnesses to be transported to El Salvador for the proceedings.

The Justice Department said Sessions was also expected to discuss immigration, drugs and human trafficking with Menendez in El Salvador.

Sessions' visit comes just ahead of a major speech by U.S. President Donald Trump on cross-border gang activity. Trump is scheduled to make that speech Friday in Long Island, New York, where MS-13 members are believed to have been involved in more than a dozen deaths since January 2016.

Sessions has been undergoing heavy criticism from Trump in the past few weeks over his decision to recuse himself from an investigation into possible ties between the Russian government and the Trump presidential campaign.


Three killed as Venezuela
enters second day of strike


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A nationwide general strike in Venezuela entered its second day Thursday as street protests left three people dead in the ongoing showdown to protest the socialist government of President Nicolas Maduro.

State prosecutors said one man was shot dead in western Venezuela, while a 14-year-old boy was killed during clashes in the capital, Caracas. Details about the third person’s death were not released.

Millions of workers stayed home Wednesday, leaving streets and highways clear of traffic and scores of businesses closed. Some protesters threw up roadblocks in neighborhoods to keep people from getting to work, leading to deadly confrontations with security forces. The nationwide strike is aimed at forcing Maduro to cancel a vote on creation of a Constituent Assembly that would be tasked with rewriting the constitution.

Maduro has scheduled the vote for this Sunday for the assembly to restore order in Venezuela, where more than 100 people have been killed in almost daily violent clashes between protesters and security forces since April.

Opposition leaders say Maduro intends to assume more authoritarian powers once a constitutional assembly acceptable to him is chosen.

Leopoldo López, an opposition leader, called on Venezuelans Wednesday to continue peaceful street protests, and encouraged the military to ignore government orders to clamp down on activists.

A planned protest march Friday in the capital, Caracas, will follow the 48-hour walkout.

Meanwhile, the United States announced new sanctions Wednesday against 13 individuals connected to the Venezuelan government and state oil company, in an further effort to pressure Maduro to call off Sunday’s vote. In a statement accompanying the sanctions announcement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said further sanctions are possible after the election Maduro called.

The protests at home and backlash from abroad have not deterred Maduro from forging ahead with his plans. The president has followed through on his vow to arrest any new Supreme Court judges appointed by the opposition-dominated National Assembly, with three judges detained by intelligence forces since Saturday.

The protests were sparked by growing anger over Venezuela’s crumbling economy. Once rich with oil, the nation’s revenues have tumbled following the sharp drop in global energy prices; corruption by government officials also is seen as a factor in the economic decline.

Food stocks across the country have dwindled or disappeared, forcing many Venezuelans to cross into neighboring Brazil and Colombia to buy food.

Maduro blames his country’s woes on the United States. He has warned the Organization of American States not to intervene in Venezuela, saying that would surely bring on civil war.


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Scientists in U.S. edit
human embryo’s genes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists at the Oregon Health and Science University say they have successfully edited genes of human embryos in the first such attempt in the United States.

Previously, only scientists in China have reported similar experiments. Engineering human genes in the embryo stage opens up the possibility of correcting their defective parts that cause inherited diseases. The new trait is passed on to subsequent generations.

But the practice is controversial, since many fear it could be used for unethical purposes such as creating designer babies with specific enhanced abilities or traits.

Oregon scientists led by Kazakhstan-born Shoukhrat Mitalipov successfully repeated the experiment on scores of embryos created with sperm donated for scientific purposes by men with inherited disease mutations.

The editing was done very close to the moment of fertilization of the egg in order to make sure the changes would be repeated in all subsequent cells of the embryo.

Scientists have been experimenting with gene editing for a long time, but the availability of the technique called CRISPR rapidly advanced the precision, flexibility and efficiency of cutting and replacing parts of the molecule chains that comprise genes.

Citing ethical concerns, the U.S. Congress made it illegal to turn genetically-edited embryos into babies. Many other countries do not have such regulations.


Hepatitis types may be
gone by 2030, WHO says


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

On the eve of World Hepatitis Day, the World Health Organization is calling for stepped up action to eliminate Hepatitis B and C by 2030. It says the goal can be reached by scaling up diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the diseases, which can cause death from cirrhosis and liver cancer.

WHO reports viral Hepatitis B and C affected 325 million people and caused 1.34 million deaths in 2015, and is calling for the elimination of the public health threat by reducing new infections by 90 percent and death by 65 percent by 2030.

Officials say it can be done if countries show the political will and invest in available tools to rid the world of the ailment. They say vaccinating infants against the disease can prevent the epidemic of Hepatitis B, which mainly affects the African and Western Pacific regions.


In regard to Hepatitis C, the director of the WHO Department of HIV Global Hepatitis Program, Gottfried Hirnschall, says there has been a sea change in the treatment of this disease. He said until four years ago no good treatment existed for Hepatitis C, which kills nearly 400,000 people annually.

Hirnschall notes the revolutionary kickoff of the new drugs was hampered by the huge $84,000 cost for the three-month course of treatment. But he says the cost in developing countries now has dropped to between $260 and $280.

A survey of 28 countries, representing about 70 percent of the global hepatitis burden, finds efforts to eliminate hepatitis are gathering speed. It says nearly all the countries have set up high-level elimination committees and more than half are allocating money to move the process forward.


Italy plans naval patrols
off Libya to stop migrants


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Italy is planning to send warships to help Libya's coast guard combat smugglers who have transported thousands of migrants to Italian shores.

Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Thursday that the move could be a turning point in the migrant crisis that has gripped Europe for months. This year alone, 100,000 migrants from Africa, South Asia and the Middle East have arrived in Italy, a 7 percent rise from the same period last year. More than 2,000 others have died attempting the treacherous voyage.

With the foundering of a European Union plan to redistribute thousands of migrants rescued at sea and brought to Italy, Gentiloni said his center-left government would brief lawmakers next week about Libya's request for Italian navy vessels to patrol its Mediterranean shores.

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Serraj, who leads a U.N.-backed unity government based in Tripoli, met in Rome with the Italian leader on Wednesday and asked for the assistance. Gentiloni said his government was working out the details of a naval mission.

Military ships from European nations, vessels organized by aid organizations and commercial cargo ships frequently pick up men, women and children making the perilous Mediterranean Sea crossing. Lately, most of those rescued at sea have been economic migrants from African nations unlikely to win asylum.

The migrant crisis has stoked tensions between Italy and the rest of the European Union, which has been reluctant to share the burden of the migrants flowing into Italy, even though most of the migrants wish to resettle in other European nations.


Prince William quits job
as air ambulance pilot


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Britain's Prince William is hanging up his flight suit for the last time.

The heir to the British throne worked the night shift Thursday at the East Anglian Air Ambulance, where he has been flying medical crews to emergencies for about two years.

The 35-year-old Duke of Cambridge is giving up his job to become a full-time royal.

"As I hang up my flight suit, I am proud to have served with such an incredible team of people, who save lives across the region every day,'' he wrote in an exclusive story in the Eastern Daily Press, a newspaper that serves the community near the ambulance service's base at southern England's Cambridge airport.

His team assisted people in life-threatening moments such as a heart attack or a car crash. William said he was glad he could contribute and be part of a team that changed people's lives.

The job change also has to do with location. William and his wife, the former Kate Middleton, will be spending less time in their Norfolk residence and be carrying out more duties in London, where their 4-year-old son, Prince George, is due to start school.


50,000 civilians trapped
in Syria’s Raqqa, U.N. says


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United Nations estimated Thursday that 20,000 to 50,000 civilians remained trapped in the Syrian city of Raqqa, the site of heavy fighting as U.S.-backed local forces seek to defeat Islamic State militants in their self-declared capital.

U.N. deputy humanitarian chief Ursula Mueller told the Security Council, "Their situation is perilous. There is no way for them to get out."

Ms. Mueller said the heavy fighting and airstrikes had killed or injured dozens of civilians and had displaced more than 30,000 people in July.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, a group of Kurdish, Arab and Christian fighters, began their offensive to liberate the city June 6. They have received air and ground support from the U.S.-led coalition.

In its monthly report on the humanitarian situation in Syria, the U.N. said the situation inside the city was reportedly dire. Civilians continue to be killed by air and ground strikes, food and medicine shortages persist, and markets and bakeries remain closed.


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Body of Islamic State soldier among rubble.

Human rights group alleges
Iraqi troops executed dozens

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An Iraqi army division trained by the U.S. military allegedly assassinated several dozen prisoners in the final days of battle to recapture Mosul's Old City from Islamic State, according to Human Rights Watch.

The rights group, in a report issued Thursday, is urging the U.S. to end support for the Iraqi army's 16th Division pending a probe into what it believes are war crimes.

Human Rights Watch said two international observers witnessed the alleged executions. The observers said they saw a group of Iraqi soldiers who identified themselves as members of the 16th Division take four naked men down an alley and then heard gunshots. The observers said the soldiers informed them the prisoners were Islamic State fighters.

As the observers were leaving the area, one of them told Human Rights bodies of a number of naked men were seen lying in a doorway.

Islamic State lost control of the Old City after nine months of fighting with Iraqi forces who are supported by a U.S.-led coalition. Fighting in the area continued for several days after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over Islamic State on July 10. Videos were distributed showing Iraqi troops beating unarmed men and killing one by pushing him off a cliff.

Iraqi government spokespeople have not responded to these latest allegations.


Renewed clashes erupt
at the Temple Mount


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Fresh violence has erupted at a disputed Jerusalem holy place that is sacred to Muslims and Jews.

Palestinians clashed with Israeli police at the mosque of Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem's Old City, on the site Jews call the Temple Mount.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least 100 Palestinians were hurt in the confrontation, including some who were hit by rubber bullets or beaten. Several of those injured suffered broken bones, the group said.

The clashes arose after Muslim leaders in Jerusalem gave permission for their worshippers to reenter the site, which they had been boycotting over the increased security measures.

Israel set up metal detectors, security cameras and railings at the compound after Arab gunmen killed two Israeli policemen there, but the move sparked Palestinian riots. Palestinians described the measures as humiliating to Muslims, and they accused Israel of trying to seize control of the third-holiest place in Islam. They refused to enter the mosque through Israeli security and held tense prayer protests on the streets.

Earlier Thursday, it appeared that the Israeli concessions would help restore calm.

Mohammed Hussein, the mufti or Muslim spiritual leader of Jerusalem, said Israel's removal of the security devices was satisfactory; however, that failed to stop a new round of clashes.

The big test will come Friday, when thousands of Palestinians are expected for prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Muslim Sabbath. Thousands of Israeli police and soldiers will be deployed to keep order.

Jerusalem's police chief, Yoram Halevy, urged Palestinians to keep the peace, warning that there will be a harsh response to any further outbreak of violence.


Wife of Robert Mugabe says
he should name successor


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Zimbabwe's first lady has urged 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe to name his choice for a successor.

Grace Mugabe, who is widely thought to harbor presidential ambitions, made her comments Thursday while addressing the ZANU-PF party's women's league in Harare.

According a report from the state-run Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, the first lady, 52, said there is nothing wrong with Mugabe naming his successor, adding the move would enable all party members to rally behind one candidate.

President Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, has so far refused to say who should replace him, despite increasing divisions in his party.

Last year, ZANU-PF confirmed Mugabe would be its presidential candidate for the 2018 elections. But given his age, factions are jostling for the top spot within the party.

There are two camps openly vying for the presidency: Generation 40 and Team Lacoste. Generation 40, which refers to the party's young Turks, is allied with Grace Mugabe. Team Lacoste backs Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, who is widely known as the Crocodile.

President Mugabe has acknowledged the existence of the two rival camps and their feuding and has ordered them to stop. But the infighting has only worsened with reports of his deteriorating health and age. Mugabe has traveled to Singapore three times this year for what his office says are routine medical checkups.

ZANU-PF deputy legal affairs secretary Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana said the party's constitution is clear on the issue of succession, and it does not give the president the power to anoint a successor.


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San Ramon home
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed,  Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: mmpeace@hotmail.com  (please link that email)
Check out slide show HERE!
9220-8/15/17


Santiago de Puriscal
A little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal,
Costa Rica.
    

16 acres (approximately).  Price: $425,000 USD

We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 km.) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos. We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. Have surveyed plans for possible subdividing.

For more information:  In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 970-581-4826 or email toddscolorado@gmail.com. In Costa Rica call Liz Guegan at 506-7187-8577.
CODE: 9216-8/11/17


Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
REDUCED $40K - $355,000
HEALTH CONDITIONS REQUIRES QUICK SALE
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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Hotel in
Escazú

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


Send an email hotelescazu@aol.com Call for more info:
Free US phone 877-778-8515  or 410-975-6703 
In Costa Rica phone: 506- 8307-0164
9142-7/27/17


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


Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

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Beaches, Houses, Condos,
Hotels, Restaurants, Projects,
Commercial, Investments and more

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Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
9215-3/22/18


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


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Playas del Coco
We are an award-winning Team of Professional Agents working with Costa Rica’s #1 Selling Real Estate Agency RE/MAX Prestige Ocean Properties. Get to KNOW, LIKE & TRUST us and let us help you find YOUR Pura Vida! We have over 30 years of experience to educate our buyers and sellers in all aspects of Real Estate.  For Information on condos, homes, lots, farms, ranches, commercial or development property
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Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

9174-2/7/18

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Costa Rica delegation meets with the Abu Dhabi representatives.

Costa Rica seeks funds from UAE

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A mission of the Abu Dhabi Development Fund is currently in Costa Rica to analyze investment projects on infrastructure and services seeking to improve the socioeconomic development of the country.

During their visit, the delegation will meet with local authorities to discuss topics such as the construction of the San Jose - San Ramón Highway, the proposed high speed intercity train system and the water program for Guanacaste.

"Costa Rica's relationship with the United Arab Emirates transcends words and materializes,“  said Manuel González, the minister of Relaciones Exteriores y Cultos.“This approach, will allow us to go beyond the economic aspect and build a long-term relationship."

He also said Costa Rica aspires to make the United Arab Emirates the main strategic partner of the country in the Middle East. The Abu Dhabi Fund Mission comprises of: Adel Abdulla Al-Hosani, director of the operations department; Tarig H. M. Hamza, another operations director and Abdullah Al-Durdunji, a portfolio manager.

Aside from in San Jose, the delegation will also travel to the Guanacaste province to asses possible investments in tourism. The leader of the mission, Al-Hosani said this visit comes as a result of the bilateral meetings held by Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis, with the Prince of Abu Dhabi and Sheikh Mohammed BinZayed Al-Nahyan back in January 2017.

"We are here to analyze the development and investment opportunities as well as infrastructure projects,“ he said. “This visit marks the beginning of a new cooperation relationship between the Abu Dhabi Fund and the Government of Costa Rica."

The Abu Dhabi Development Fund is affiliated to the government of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Currently, it cooperates with 83 other developing countries. It also analyzes investments in order to encourage the private sector as a way to that accelerate economic development.


Sarapiquí declares itself herbicide free

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new municipality has joined the movement that seeks to ban the use of herbicides in public spaces. This time it was the Municipalidad de Sarapiquí in Heredia, last Monday.

The measure implies that no chemical herbicides can be used in parks, cemeteries, sidewalks, public gardens or playgrounds. According to the Frente Ecologista, this decision will better protect the worker’s and citizen’s health, in a country that imports the world’s largest amount of herbicides and pesticides yearly.

Other municipalities which have implemented the same ban are: Desamparados, Aserrí, Pérez Zeledón, Belén, Tibás, Santo Domingo and Montes de Oca.





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Feuji announces expansion of Costa Rica base

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Feuji, a global technology and cloud services company based in Dallas, Texas, announced that it is going to add 150 jobs to its Costa Rica base of operations in Heredia.

The company is located in Ultra Park 1 and currently employs 70 people, according to a statement from the Coalición Costarricense de Iniciativas de Desarrollo, or CINDE. Feuji claims that its operation may require up to 500 employees to meet their operational demand. That would be happening in the next three years, according to the company.

Costa Rica was selected by the group for its strategic location, the educational level of its workforce and the country’s stability. “As a country, we are successfully attracting projects such as Feuji, which not only generate employment opportunities for more than 150 workers, but also become platforms for knowledge transfer and training for Costa Ricans,” said Alexander Mora, the head of the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior. “This demonstrates our ability to adapt to the demanding needs of the market, strengthening our economy to provide sophisticated global services and continue to occupy increasingly higher positions in global value chains.”

Juan Carlos Hidalgo, the general manager for Feuji in Costa Rica, noted that the country’s proximity to the headquarters in the U.S. as well as the multilingual background of the company’s workforce provided added value to the services that the company provides. The company will seek personnel for customer service, technical support and IT platforms development, CINDE said.

Feuji has a focus on consulting for sales forces and outsourcing their services to other groups. Its headquarters is in the U.S. but the company also has operations currently in Bulgaria and India.