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Solis admits Costa Rica faces a liquidity crisis
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tuesday night, President Luis Guillermo Solís acknowledged the country is going through a liquidity crisis and announced the actions he will seek to overcome the crisis and keep the government running.

"The government faces liquidity difficulties to pay its obligations and guarantee the operation of essential services,” said Solís.

“Despite all the public calls and efforts we have made since the beginning of my government to restrain expenses and increase revenues, there is still a gap that we must close with fresh resources.”

According to the president, thanks to the the financial decisions made by his team, the population does not perceive the dangers the country is facing at an economic level.

He labeled the situation as a liquidity crisis which has happened despite the growth in  production, the inflation management policies and the measures taken to control the ongoing increase in interest rates.

"In all honesty, we have noticed the fragility of our finances since 2010. For more than three years I have requested timely actions the increase in the interest of housing loans and other essential activities," he added.

Last week, government officials admitted a delay in wiring the money to fund some social problems. The Ministerio the Hacienda did not raise enough funding from the sale of public debt bonds.

Among the measures to face the situation, next year's budget will not grow unless it is required by law. However, 95 percent of the budget is said to be fixed and cannot be changed. Payment of public debt, salaries and pensions of the central government are a priority, also money wirings will be set according to their social urgency and then the rest of the financial obligations.

New requests to buy or rent properties with resources from the national budget will be halted, except in terms of infrastructure. Activities of public interest that imply fiscal exemptions will not delivered.

Back in 2014, the Comptroller General had already warned that expenses had increased at rates higher than the gross domestic product, while revenues are not keeping up.

In 2015, the private sector asked the president for a greater role in avoiding the fiscal crisis, however the did not get involved in the first two years as per a campaign promise. Liquidity is the availability of cash assets to a market, company or, in this case, government.


Manitoba premier faces a new Costa Rica issue
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Reports are flooding the Canadian press that Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister is experiencing more problems with his Costa Rica vacations.

This time, several media outlets in Canada report that Pallister’s wife, Esther, was allegedly receiving sensitive material through her personal email account while at their vacation home in Costa Rica.

By all accounts, the situation is unusual but not necessarily illegal.

The press obtained the emails through a freedom of information request, reports say. The law in Manitoba province that Pallister governs does not specifically forbid the use of private emails on official business.

This is part of an ongoing issue that the premier has been having in relation to his Costa Rica visits. Back in December, A.M. Costa Rica reported about the controversy surrounding Pallister for his frequent visits to his property in Playa Tamarindo.

His press team at the time released a statement saying that the premier would spend six to eight weeks a year in Costa Rica under the auspice of maintaining the property the family owns and to safeguard the privacy of his family.

It appears that that is no longer the case if a person other than Pallister or his staff was using a personal email account for official and sensitive government information.

He has faced increasing pressure from the press that forced him to acknowledge why he failed to disclose where he was going and for how long.

His staff has refused to provide comment or allow an interview with the premier to A.M. Costa Rica in the past.

While running for the office, the Canadian Broadcasting Cooperation conducted an investigation that discovered that, while Pallister was a representative within the province’s legislature, he spent roughly 18 percent of his time en route to or within Costa Rica since being elected in 2012.


None of the trips were while the legislature was in session, they said.

Brian and
                              Esther Pallister
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Brian and Esther Pallister.

“No public dollars were involved in my travel,” Pallister said back in April, “We saved for over 30 years to have a vacation property that we enjoy as a family, but I also work and I would want to be clear about that.”

That property, Pallister said, was bought over a decade ago, and to maintain it he said he opened a bank account that some political opponents attacked him for as trying to hide from the public.

“I never have had a tax haven, never will, and deplore the use of them. I have always reported all my earnings from all sources,” he said to the press back in April, “The account in Costa Rica and the property have always been reported on my tax return, which is confidential.”

The premier added during that conference that he only had 620,802 colones in the account itself. He maintains that the reason he holds the account is for property maintenance and to pay the local taxes and utilities.

Manitoba is a province within the central part of the country that shares its southern border with the United States. Its capital is Winnipeg and is Canada’s fifth-most populous province. Pallister began his political career in the provincial legislative assembly in 1992 before becoming a member of parliament of Canada’s House of Commons in 2000.

He assumed the role of premier in May 2016. A premier in the Canadian system of government would be the comparative of a state governor in the United States.







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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This week marks the AmeriGEOSS Regional Working Group event being held in Costa Rica.

AmeriGEOSS is a training initiative conducted by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, in conjunction with Costa Rica’s Instituto Meteorológico Nacional and the Universidad de Costa Rica. The whole point of the training session is to exchange information between regional groups on Earth observations. Representatives from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, also join these organizations.

Some of the other Costa Rican organizations involved include: Universidad Nacional, the Colegio Federado de Ingenieros y Arquitectos, Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Censos and the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias.

Today from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., data will be presented from Costa Rica on seismological, volcanic, landslides and coastal marine activity in the area. This is to further benefit agreements and the development of risk scenarios, organizers from AmeriGEOSS said. Tools from the U.S. organizations will be showcased towards this goal along with the application of space technology and numerical risk models drawn up by the visitors.

While this past week has been restricted toward training staff in government institutions and other decision makers in the region, the progress and planning meeting is open to the entire community. Feedback is expected to be collected, according to the AmeriGEOSS website.

Today’s event will be in the Facultad de Ciencias Sociales building at the university. The training series will conclude this Friday, organizers said.


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Runners, joggers and strollers may be in attendance.

Carerra UCR coming August 20

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Everything appears ready for the Universidad de Costa Rica’s annual 10-kilometer run happening Sunday, August 20.

The annual event is done within the framework of the 77th anniversary of the university’s Alma Mater, according to a statement from the university. There are two races available for runners with one being five kilometers and the other 10 kilometers. Meanwhile, a walk will be five kilometers, organizers said. The event begins at 7 a.m.

Both activities will leave the sports facilities and will go around different points of the main campus in San José. The race finishes at the same spot. From the beginning, the route heads west past the Universidad Estatal a Distancia and moves past the Farmacia La Paulina to go through the main campus at the Facultad de Letras. After that the participants will move south and then west across the university until the Lanamme where it heads back to the starting point.

Those interested in participating must register on the website HERE or at specific spots in: the Unidad de Programas Deportivos, Artísticos y Recreativos, Fundación UCR, Junta de Ahorro y Préstamo de la UCR y Gelatería Tiki y Lalen ubicada in the Outlet Mall. Registration will be open until August 16 or until the quota is made, organizers said.

The costs to enter both types of the events are 8,000 colones for the general public and 6,000 for students. That price gets the participant: a dry-fit T-shirt, medal, life insurance, access to the hydration centers and refreshment at the finish line.

More information can be found on the event’s website.

Dems Abroad to host liberal author


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Democrats Abroad are hosting a prominent political blogger to speak during the group’s monthly meeting Saturday, August 12.

John Nichols is a political blogger and the national affairs correspondent for The Nation, one of the oldest continuously-published weekly magazines in the United States.


John Nichols
John Nichols.
Both journalist and magazine are known for the liberal and progressive commentaries published. His most famous discuss the state of journalism in the United States based on his interpretation.

The talk begins from 10 a.m. and runs until noon at the Restaurant Tin Jo in San José, organizers said. Coffee, tea and water will be available to attendees.

Kathy Rothschild, the chair for the Democrats Abroad chapter in Costa Rica, said that all are encouraged to stay for the lunch at noon. Interested participants for the lunch must make reservations to the organization.

Nichols’ talk is expected to speak on his upcoming book “America’s Great Fall: Can We Put It Back Together Again?” It won’t be just a speech and lecture, however, as the talk will be followed by a discussion between the author and the audience members.

The Nation is the direct successor to firebrand William Lloyd Garrison’s The Liberator. Nichols holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and appears frequently on left-leaning cable news network MSNBC.



Golfito hospital goes digital in filing

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Hospital Manuel Mora Valverde, located in Golfito, has become the first hospital to have its filing systems go 100 percent digital.

According to Guillermo Mendieta, director of the health facility, the clinic, operating room, emergency room and the X-ray scheduling tool already rely on digital process to assure proper healthcare.

The Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social said the digital system will benefit 3,000 patients residing in the center of Golfito, Puerto Jiménez and Rio Claro. The director said consultations are now faster and doctors can verify the type of health care provided to a patient inside or outside the medical center.

The Caja has said other hospitals have been making significant progress in regards to the implementation of the different modules of the digital files. Some examples are Upala, La Anexión in Nicoya, Monseñor Sanabria in Puntarenas, Max Terán Vals de Quepos and Tony Facio in Limón.

The goal is that by the end of 2018, the different modules will be operating in all the 29 hospitals across the country. 



Marine Corps League founder dies

By Ken Johnson*
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

William “Bill” Enell of the Marine Corps League died Friday the 27th of July. His remains were cremated and were interred on the 2nd of August. Bill was one of the founders of the Marine Corps League and was active in the American Legion for many years.  The veteran community has lost a strong leader who will be sorely missed.

*Editor’s Note: Ken Johnson is the post commander for the American Legion Post 10 based here in Costa Rica.



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Film festival examines unique Latin American human rights stories
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Stories about indigenous transgender persons in Paraguay and the working conditions of women in the mines of Argentina will be broadcasted in the Primer Festival Internacional de Cine Ambiental y Derechos Humanos.

The festival will be held from August 7 to 13 at four venues in San José, thanks to the Centro Costarricense de Producción Cinematográfica, the DerHumALC Multimedia Institute and the Argentine Embassy.

The festival features of 33 cinematographic works from 16 countries in Latin America and Europe, with a variety of formats and genres such as feature films, short films, documentaries, fictions, animations and international reports.

The multi-award winning documentary Mujeres en la Mina, directed by Argentine filmmakers Malena Bystrowicz and Loreley Unamuno is the one creating most of the expectations, according to the organization.

The festival will be based in the Sala Gómez Miralles of the Centro de Cine, the auditorium of the Facultad de Educación at the Universidad de Costa Rica, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights facilities and the El Steinvorth building in downtown San José.

"We decided to bring a sample of the International Film Festival that has its origin in Buenos Aires, Argentina since 1997." said Yoshua Oviedo one of the organizers.

Oviedo explained that the festival will have a balance in the programming with topics on food sovereignty, pollution, climate change, human rights in prisons, migrations and people with non-heteronormative sexuality, among others.

Mujeres en la Mina poster
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Official poster for "Women in the Mine" documentary.

Among the films selected for this first edition,  there’s the Costa Rican documentary, “The Life of Xabier Irigibel Urizy and José Chisco Arce,” which focuses on some of the last traditional midwives of the country. The film will be shown on Friday, August 11 at the education buildings auditorium of the Universidad de Costa Rica  at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.

The documentary “Ai Weiwei: the fake case by Brad Allgood & Graham Townsley,” will be shown on Friday, August 11 at 7 p.m. at the Steinvorth building. The film approaches the adversities of the contemporary artist and activist who is a severe critic of the Chinese government. In order to generate interaction with the public, after the shows the festival has organized a forum with Maximiliano Rottjer, general producer of the International Film Festival of Human Rights.


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Saliva, casual contact no way to spread Zika virus, researchers say
By the University of Wisconsin Madison press staff

Saliva is no way to pass a Zika virus infection.

According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison who conducted studies with monkeys, casual contact like kissing or sharing a fork or spoon is not enough for the virus to move between hosts. Their findings were published Aug. 1, 2017, in the journal “Nature Communications.”

Scientists believe that mosquito bites are the source of most Zika virus infections in people. After infection, the Zika virus is present in blood and saliva for up to about two weeks, but it remains in bodily fluids like breast milk for weeks and semen for months.

The virus can also be spread by sexual intercourse, but much about Zika remains unknown including, until recently, whether the saliva of an infected person posed a danger.

According to university researchers who conducted studies with monkeys, casual contact like kissing or sharing a fork or spoon is not enough for the virus to move between hosts.

“If passing the virus by casual contact were easy, I think we would see a lot more of what we would call secondary transmission in a place like the United States,” says Tom Friedrich, a virology professor at the university’s School of Veterinary Medicine.

“But we’re not seeing clinically apparent spread of Zika throughout the continental U.S. without the presence of the mosquitoes that carry the virus, and our study helps to put into context some of the transmission risk.”

Last week, Texas public health authorities announced a case of Zika virus infection likely caused by a mosquito bite. The National Institutes of Health funded the saliva study in 2016 amid uncertainty about other potential ways Zika could spread between people. In particular, officials were concerned by a mysterious case of Zika transmission between an elderly man and his caretaker son in Utah that ruled out better-understood routes such as mosquitoes or sexual activity.

In the study results reported today, rhesus macaque monkeys at the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center were infected with the strain of Zika virus that has been circulating in North and South America in recent years, and saliva was collected from the infected monkeys.

Zika mosquito
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Researchers say Zika is spread through bite, not saliva.

The researchers swabbed the tonsils of five uninfected monkeys with the saliva, and swabbed the tonsils of three monkeys with a concentrated high dose of Zika virus in solution.

None of the saliva-swabbed monkeys developed an infection nor did a pair of monkeys who had infected saliva swabbed in their nostrils or eyelids. However, all three monkeys who had high-dose virus applied directly to their tonsils in the absence of saliva got infected, though the infection took slightly longer to develop than in monkeys infected under their skin.

Dawn Dudley, a scientist in the university’s School of Medicine and Public Health, says the tonsils were chosen as a site for testing because they are typically a source of infection for influenza and Epstein-Barr virus. But saliva itself may do a lot of work to thwart Zika’s infection potential.

The study’s infected monkeys had very little active virus in their saliva, compared to the amounts typically passed into people or monkeys by mosquito bites. The monkeys who were swabbed with the high dose of virus encountered nearly 80,000 times the number of Zika particles the researchers counted in the saliva from the infected monkeys. This does not add up to an environment friendly to infection.

“The case in Utah was an outlier, by orders of magnitude, in terms of the amount of virus that was present in his blood,” Friedrich said. “Transmission via saliva is theoretically possible, but it would require extraordinarily high viral loads that just aren’t present in the vast majority of infected people.” 

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Venezuela denies rigging
voter turnout numbers

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuela's election chief denies claims by a voting technology firm that voter turnout numbers for last Sunday's election on rewriting the constitution were manipulated by at least 1 million voters.

The head of the National Election Council, Tibisay Lucena, calls the claim irresponsible and says Venezuela has the right to sue the firm.

"This is an unprecedented opinion from a firm whose only role in the electoral process is to provide certain services and technical support that has no bearing on the results," she said.

But the head of British firm Smartmatic, Antonio Mugica, said in London on Wednesday that there is no question in his mind that the numbers were inflated.

"Based on the robustness of our system, we know, without any doubt, that the turnout of the recent election for a National Constituent Assembly was manipulated. We estimate the difference between the actual participation and the one announced by authorities was at least 1 million."

He did not say whether the tampering changed the results of the election.

The government said more than 8 million people cast ballots Sunday. The opposition, which boycotted the vote, said the turnout was less than half that number. Reporters in Caracas said dozens of polling places were almost deserted.

The president of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, Julio Borges, said Smartmatic's findings are complete confirmation of what the opposition and election analysts had suspected.

Pre-election polls showed more than 70 percent of all Venezuelans opposed a body to change the constitution. The opposition contends the vote was rigged to pack the assembly with supporters of President Nicolas Maduro. Maduro's opponents are demanding early presidential elections. The next scheduled election is October 2018.

Borges said lawmakers will ask the country's top prosecutor to investigate members of the National Election Council for potential crimes.

Despite the controversy surrounding voter turnout and the final results, Maduro plans to swear in the 545 members of the assembly so they can get to work Thursday.

Details on what might be included in a new constitution are unclear. Maduro has said it is the only way to pull Venezuela out of its severe economic crisis and stop the daily protests that have killed more than 120 since April.

But the opposition says its goal is to dissolve the opposition-controlled national assembly, fire anyone who disagrees with the government, and turn Venezuela into a socialist dictatorship.

The United States, Canada, European Union, and nearly every Latin American nation have said they will not recognize the constituent assembly.

The U.S. imposed sanctions against Maduro on Monday for what it called his "illegitimate" election of a body to rewrite the constitution. All of Maduro's assets in the United States are frozen and Americans are forbidden from doing any business with him.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday during a visit to Montenegro, "we've seen the completion of Venezuela's collapse into dictatorship. The United States calls on all who cherish freedom to condemn the Maduro regime for its abuse of power and its abuse of its own people."

Pence reminded Maduro that he is personally responsible for the health and safety of opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma, who were dragged out of their homes in the middle of the night earlier this week and taken to military prison.

The Supreme Court accuses the two of breaking the terms of their house arrest for previous opposition activities and planning to flee the country. Lopez's lawyer denies the charges.


United Nations calls arrests
of opposition leaders illegal


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein is calling for the immediate release of two prominent Venezuelan opposition leaders who were taken into custody. Authorities seized the men, who had been under house arrest, during raids on their homes early Tuesday.

Zeid says he is deeply concerned opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma once again were in jail. The Venezuelan Supreme Court revoked their house arrests, claiming they were planning to flee.

The high commissioner’s spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, said the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has declared the detention of both Lopez and Ledezma to be arbitrary and says they never should have been arrested.

“It is absolutely illegal under international human rights law to arrest somebody and detain them arbitrarily," she said. "Now, the U.N. Working Group on Arbitrary Detention is the authority on these matters and they make their decisions after a careful review of the facts and the analysis of the law behind it.”

Shamdasani says the high commissioner is worried the excessive use of force will worsen the volatile situation in Venezuela. She adds at least 10 people were killed over the weekend while demonstrating against the election of a new body to rewrite the constitution, an act the opposition considers undemocratic.

“We have received many reports of violent house raids that have been carried out by security forces in various parts of the country. So, the high commissioner is calling on the government to ensure that it does not use excessive force in relation to people who disagree with them,” she said.

Shamdasani says the high commissioner is urging the Venezuelan government to carry out prompt, independent investigations in cases where excessive force may have been used. She says the human rights office will be closely monitoring events in the country.


Dead zone in Gulf of México
biggest ever, researchers say


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Gulf of Mexico's dead zone, the area where there's too little oxygen to support marine life, is the biggest ever measured this year.

The low-oxygen dead zone along the Louisiana and Texas Gulf Coast measured 22,720 square kilometers or 8,776 square miles, about the size of the U.S. state of New Jersey.

Scientist Nancy Rabalais found a solid band of water along the Gulf bottom with oxygen levels of less than 2 parts per million stretching from just west of the mouth of the Mississippi River in Louisiana well into the Texas coast area near Houston. Ms. Rabalais said the area was likely even larger, but the mapping cruise had to stop before reaching the western edge.

She and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released the latest measurement Wednesday.

"The number of dead zones throughout the world has been increasing in the last several decades and currently totals 500," the news release said. "The dead zone off the Louisiana coast is the second-largest human-caused coastal hypoxic area in the global ocean and stretches from the mouth of the Mississippi River into Texas waters and less often, but increasingly more frequent, east of the Mississippi River."

Nitrogen and phosphorus pollution enters the Mississippi throughout its watershed, which includes runoff from Midwest crop farms and meat producers that stimulate massive algal growth that eventually decomposes, which uses up the oxygen needed to support life in the Gulf.


Vietnam rebounds after sting
from demise of trade pact


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Stronger ties with European and other Asian countries and an increase in foreign investment have helped Vietnam’s export-reliant economy rebound from a freeze of the massive Trans- Pacific Partnership trade deal earlier this year, analysts said.

The Southeast Asian country, one of 12 in the partnership better known as TPP, was jolted briefly when U.S. President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the pact in January, saying it was bad for American workers.

The TPP would have cut import tariffs on Vietnamese goods shipped to the United States, Japan and other developed markets. Exports equaled more than 90 percent of the $202 billion Vietnamese economy last year.

Vietnamese leaders began factoring in a mothballed TPP after Trump was elected in November. Since then, they have pushed countries in Europe for early ratification of a European Union free trade pact that was signed in 2015. They're also talking to India, China and peers in Southeast Asia.

Vietnam has opened further to tourists from its main trading partner, China, since last year, bringing in 2.2 million arrivals from January through July.

The TPP itself may be revived, too. Japan indicated at a meeting in Hanoi in May it would try to bring back the deal without U.S. membership.

Economic liberalization at home has brought in new foreign investors even without trade deals. Direct investment rose nine percent last year to $15.8 billion, as Vietnamese media project more growth this year. Foreign firms, including Intel and Samsung Electronics, have sited Vietnam for its cheap labor and land.

Exports are growing along with domestic consumption, while inflation is not an issue, said Fiachra MacCana, research head at the stock brokerage firm Ho Chi Minh City Securities. He expects economic growth to hold around six to 6.5 percent during the next five to 10 years. That level of growth would outpace most of Asia.

The economy grew 6.21 percent in 2016 and the Asian Development Bank forecasts it will expand another 6.3 percent this year.

Consumption has strengthened with the rise of Vietnam’s middle class and higher, a group expected by Boston Consulting Group to reach one-third of the overall population by 2020. Much of the middle class works for foreign exporters and their local suppliers.

Industry and construction are due to grow nearly nine percent this quarter, the Ministry of Planning and Investment projects. Around Ho Chi Minh City, the Vietnamese financial center, cranes dot the skyline as they build a metro line and new high-rise office towers.

“In general the economy is doing fine,” MacCana said. “You see from the cranes and whatnot construction activity is very strong. So I’m not concerned about the metrics at the moment.”

Vietnam keeps investors coming by building out infrastructure as well as keeping minimum wages low enough to stay attractive and exempting customs duties for companies that work in export processing zones.

About 325 firms belong to the Indian Business Chamber in Vietnam, up from just 13 in 1999 and double the figure of five years ago. More than 80,000 Indians visit Vietnam each year, probably as tourists looking eventually to invest, chamber vice chairman Radha Krishnan said. In view of that traffic, he said, a Vietnamese airline is considering the launch of its first direct flight to India.

Vietnam is pinning hopes now on a tariff-cutting deal with India, China and nine countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations for effect by 2022, Krishnan said. A decade-old strategic partnership is also letting Vietnam get more capital from India, Indian media say.


Turkey to replace chiefs
of Army, Navy, Air Force


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Turkey's top military body will replace its heads of the army, air force, and navy, Turkish media reported Wednesday.

The heads of the three military bodies will be replaced by other high-ranking members of the military in Turkey's latest shakeup of the armed forces after last year's failed coup, according to media reports.

The decision followed a Wednesday meeting of the Supreme Military Council chaired by Prime Minister Binali Yildrim, and will go to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for final approval later Wednesday.

The council usually meets once a year, but it has convened three times since the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The council also has shifted to give more prominence to government ministers, and the prime minister instead of being held at military headquarters now hosts meetings.

Last year, the Supreme Military Council put 586 colonels into retirement and reduced the length of some officers' service.


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Iranian Defense Ministry photo       
Photo released showing alleged launch.

Security Council condemns
recent Iranian missile launch

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States, Britain, France and Germany have called Iran’s recent rocket test inconsistent with a U.N. Security Council resolution and asked the U.N. chief to investigate it.

“This launch therefore represents a threatening and provocative step by Iran,” says the letter sent Wednesday to U.N. Secretary-General António Gutteres and the president of the Security Council by the United States on behalf of the four powers.

Last Thursday, Iran announced that it had successfully fired a rocket carrying a satellite into space. Tehran claimed the Simorgh rocket is capable of carrying a 250-kilogram satellite as far as 500 kilometers above Earth, but did not elaborate on the payload of the rocket fired last week.

The launch followed the U.S. move in July to increase economic sanctions placed on Iran for its ballistic missile program.

It is not a violation of the 2015 nuclear deal signed, but is inconsistent with language in the U.N. Security Council resolution that endorsed it, “calling on” Iran not to undertake any ballistic missile related activity.

"We call on Iran to immediately cease all activities related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology," the four powers wrote in their letter.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Tuesday the United States is working with the other parties, which include Britain, France, China, Russia and Germany, in order to fully enforce the terms of the Iran deal and challenge whether Iran is living up to its commitments and the spirit of the agreement.

During his campaign, President Donald Trump dismissed the 2015 agreement as a terrible deal and threatened to pull out from it. On Tuesday, Secretary Tillerson left that option open.

Meanwhile, U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley singled Iran out for criticism during a debate Wednesday on the flow of weapons to terrorist groups.

“One country stands out for its deliberate, systematic contributions of weapons, training and funding for terrorist groups,” Haley said. “One country uses its support for terrorist proxies to conduct its foreign policy and to compensate for its own weakness. That country is Iran.”

She pointed to Iran’s support for groups like Hamas and Hezbollah, and its interference in Iraq and Syria.

The Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday seeking to prevent terrorist groups from acquiring weapons. Haley said technical cooperation and security upgrades would not be enough to diminish the threat from Iran.


Digital nomads use remote to work from anywhere

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Brand strategist Phil Pallen travels from city to city to meet with clients, individuals and companies who want to shape their image through traditional and social media.

“A few weeks ago, I was in an airplane for 41 hours of that week,” said the Los Angeles-based marketer and publicist, “and I actually did a full loop around the world. LA, Europe, Middle East, Asia, back to LA.”

He recently helped launch a gourmet food truck in Australia, taking a trans-Pacific flight for the opening.

Pallen has no fixed office, but works from the shared workspaces of a company called WeWork, which has 200 locations in 50 cities around the world. Other entrepreneurs have created similar co-working spaces, and they are common in Silicon Valley, the tech hub around San Francisco where a single shared space can house scores of tech startups.

Charles Du, a software product manager from California, said he travels the world as a digital nomad and teaches others about the lifestyle. He says most of his fellow nomads are also technical workers, but not all.

“I've met account managers who work with clients remotely, and lots of marketing people,” said Du. “I’ve met nursing faculty, people that teach for universities and they conduct their entire classes online.”

Accountants, lawyers and other professionals who do much of their work by computer but need to travel to meet with clients, also use co-working spaces says WeWork's director of public relations, Taylor Patterson.

“We have folks who may have their home base in Los Angeles, but travel to London frequently,” she said, and when they get there, they have office space with Wi-Fi and other amenities.

Working from the same Los Angeles location as Phil Pallen, actress and producer Fanny Veliz operates a business called Avenida Productions, which finances and produces films through online crowd-sourcing sites such as Indiegogo.

Ms. Veliz helps filmmakers get their projects off the ground and says that her company focuses on diversity, creating opportunities for people of color and other under-represented groups in the entertainment business.

She works wherever she needs to, setting up shop as needed in various parts of Los Angeles or other U.S. cities, or in México.

Growing hubs for digital nomads include low-cost resorts such as Ubud on the Indonesian island of Bali and Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, said Charles Du, who has worked in both. He has also worked in cities in Europe and Latin America.

He said the challenges include finding housing, friends and new-shared workspace in a new location, but that with the internet, it is becoming increasingly easy.


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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
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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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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


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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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9174-2/7/18

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Cruzrojista attends romero at outside the basilica.

2,748 people cared for during Romería

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A total of 2,748 people were taken care of during the Romería 2017, according to Cruz Roja Costarricense.

The medical emergencies top the list, followed by traumas and 18 falls registered by the paramedics.

Of all the people treated, only 39 had to be transferred to a medical center for a more complex assessment, seven of them were in critical condition.

Most of the people in need of medical support were women between 20 and 59 years old.

Most of the Romeros who needed help showed up at the temporary Cruz Roja center in front of the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Cartago. Several cases were also reported by the centers set up at Ochomogo, El Fierro, Tres Ríos and Taras.


Costa Rica places second in ranking

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Weather is sometimes a crucial element in where an expat chooses to move to and where there is a choice, there is probably a ranking survey done on it.

InterNations, a popular international expat organization that touts itself as the largest networking site for foreigners living abroad, came up with its own list of top countries where “sun lovers” should move. Out of the opinions of 14,000 people surveyed in over 191 countries around the world, Costa Rica apparently ranked second.

“Luckily, there are plenty of options for those who are fed up with the rain, such as Malta, Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal and Ecuador,” the group triumphantly proclaimed in a statement.

The organizers for the survey, however, seem to have forgotten about rainy season in Costa Rica, however. Still, InterNations called Costa Rica the place “where expats are on cloud nine.”

“Costa Rica shows that sunny weather and personal happiness might be related: not only do nearly nine out of ten expats, 89 percent, say they considered the climate in Costa Rica as a potential benefit, a similar percentage, 92 percent, also state they are happy with their life in general,” the description of the ranking said. “Two in five even say that they are very happy, compared to a global average of a mere 19 percent, positioning Costa Rica 1st out of 67 countries in regards to personal happiness.”

Ahead of Costa Rica in the final rankings was Malta at number one. Following Costa Rica were: Cyprus, Morocco, Spain, Portugal and Greece among others. Only Ecuador and Brazil were in the top 10 behind Costa Rica to round out the top destinations for expats going to Latin America for the weather, based on the data from InterNations.

These surveys are often difficult to conduct as they take relative opinions based on a prepared series of questions and try to quantify it into hard data. These rankings have yet to be published on the group’s website. In spite of the potential faultiness, it did point out that weather is a concern for anyone moving abroad even if they are not fully aware of the complete scenario related to a country’s forecast and change of seasons.



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OCDE warns government to resolve deficit

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development has warned the government  about the urgency to reform taxes by applying the value added tax and income tax increase as a step towards resolving the fiscal deficit.

The organization also said the contribution to social security are very high, and these expenses limit the possibilities of hiring staff and encourages informal working positions.

These warnings were detailed by the organization in a special report called “The OECD Fiscal Policy Analysis report for Costa Rica 2017,” at the request of the Ministerio de Hacienda. The report is unrelated to the country’s desperation to be a sitting member of the organization.

The Minister de Comercio Exterior and government coordinator of the OECD adhesion process, Alexánder Mora, said the report does not include suggestions on expenditure cuts. The report does suggest to review the exemptions of income taxes for foreign companies. The income tax as such is very high, on a narrow tax base, according to the document.

The current tax on sales, benefits the families with the greatest purchasing power. Some of these cases occur in the service sector, such as private education, private medical care, professional services and construction, the document reads.
The research also suggests how to evaluate the possibility of taxes related to environmental protection, such as fossil fuels or electric cars.

In this regard, the organization said that taxes on vehicles should be charged according to their capacity to generate carbon dioxide and not charged based on the market value.

The high contribution to social security leads to a 46 percent informality rate, which, in turn, reduces the options for improving the collection monies, said Bert Brys, head of the Fiscal Policy Unit of the organization’s Center for Tax Policy and Administration.

He said that reforms are necessary, because a deficit of five percent or more of the gross domestic product is too high and will cause a crisis at any time.
The Viceministro de Hacienda, Fernando Rodríguez, said the objective is to use the document as a basis for a tax transformation process.