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Number of forest fires finally reaches a low point
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The data is out for the 2017 forest fire season and it looks as though this year registered a lower amount of forest fire incidents throughout Costa Rica.

The data was compiled by authorities within the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación. It includes the protected wildlife areas, private properties, indigenous territories and the Patrimonio Natural del Estado. A total of 25,459 hectares were affected for forest fire-related incidents this year representing a 220 percent decrease from the 2016 high of 56, 139, SINAC said. This is a six season low and ranks eighth in the best seasons over the past 20 years.

Of course, the affected areas are not limited just to forested parts but also include nearly 16 types of vegetation as forest fires can spread toward most environments. Out of the total hectares affected by forest fires, SINAC said only 1,172 were within the protected areas.

“What has been recorded in this season within ASP could have been even less, with it the best data of the last 20 years, if not for the forest fire at the end of April at the Refugio Nacional de Vida Silvestre Mixto Caño Negro in Los Chiles,” a statement from SINAC said.

According to Luis Diego Román Madriz, the coordinator for SINAC’s fire management program, the conditions of this year’s dry season coupled with less effects related to extreme drought and the El Niño phenomenon contributed to this year’s results being better than the previous two.

Román Madriz assured that the next season of forest fires will have a faster response time as well as more human and logistical resources to handle or prevent them.

ASP is an acronym used by officials to describe the Áreas Silvestres Protegidas, the Spanish comparative to a protected wildlife area. During that fire outbreak, over 493 hectares were cooked and burned representing about 42 percent of the total within protected areas.

For its part, SINAC handled 72 cases of forest fires with 42 within its own territory and 31 on private properties, state heritage sites or maritime land areas, officials said.

It appears, based on this data, that the establishment of 983 kilometers worth of hand-built firefighting rounds and road maintenance to create lines of defense against the fires is working. The total investment for the 2017 season was about 285 million colones.

By province, Guanacaste gained first place in forest fires, SINAC said. Specifically, the Chorotega region saw the largest amount of hectares affected by forest fires at about 75 percent of the total hectares. 98 percent of the incidents were controlled with two incidents reported needing additional support to contain it. Of those incidents, most were started due to agricultural or compost burning at 42 percent and then illegal forest fires as well as hunting at 41 percent.

Despite the record high of lightning strikes in Costa Rica reported by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, the data only shows two fires started by lightning.


Caja gives preemptive warning on acute diarrhea
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Epidemiologists attached with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social issued an urgent warning for the population to maintain proper hygienic measures in order to avoid acute diarrhea.

The Caja sent out the warning due to a tendency for an increase in these kinds of cases between August and September before the increase in rains comes around.

According to Dr. Elenita Ramírez Salas, an expert on emerging and reemerging diseases at the Caja, over 165,541 cases have been taken care of so far this year.

The way to do it, Dr. Ramírez explained, is by following the Caja’s Manitas Limpias, or clean hands, program.

Simply washing one’s hands properly with soap and water significantly decreases the risk of spreading not only acute diarrhea but also cases of conjunctivitis and influenza. The highest number of incidences related to acute diarrhea occur in the Central Sur region followed by the Central Norte, Huetar Atlántica and central Pacific areas.

Usually, children under five are the most affected group of these cases followed by kids aged five to nine.

Institutional specialists are being called for strengthening education programs on the importance of basic hygiene measures such as proper food handling, hand washing and water treatment.

Signs of dehydration are among the most obvious of someone experiencing acute diarrhea aside from the obvious sign related to one’s excrement. Other severe cases include: food poisoning-related symptoms, crying without tears, irritability, thick saliva, or sunken fontanelle which is that soft spot on a baby’s head.

Specialists insisted that, in the case of communities with shortages of drinking water, it is recommended that the water ready for consumption, be boiled before ingesting it.

“In the case of a mild to moderate diarrhea such as less than three stools in an hour, hydration with oral salts and the consumption of starch-based foods such as cassava, potato, sweet potato, banana and apple that, in addition, contribute with the restoration of the intestinal flora,” a statement from the Caja said.

Self-medication and consumption of drinks with inadequate amounts of sugar and electrolytes are not helpful for the hydration of the patients, the organization concluded.






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The Costa Rican government sent a late evening announcement noting that it does not have the legal power to sue the ride service app Uber, however will be taking a series of measures.

The ongoing battle over Uber has largely been waged due to the strong power of the taxi and public transportation lobbying groups. According to Casa Presidencial, transit operations will be intensified in accordance with the Ley de Aresep to penalize those offering what the government defines as an illegal public transport service. Additionally, the government would ensure the strict compliance of Uber to comply with labor laws, existing tax obligations and Caja payments.

Officials did not specify how that would be done largely due to the independence within how the ride service operates. Individual drivers are paid based on their own schedules and the rates set up based on distance. This often leads to cheaper prices than those offered by taxistas who some accuse of basic extortion in charging outlandish prices to people.

To address these concerns, Casa Presidencial announced that a working timetable will be made to try and improve taxi services. Once again, no specifics were provided as to how that will be done. One way that was established earlier was the audible maría to benefit riders using taxi services.

“During the meeting it was explained that the agreement of the board of directors of the Consejo de Transportes Públicos on audible marias, the meter that should be run each taxi ride, cannot be annulled, since the Sala Constitucional ordered that all concessions have such devices,” the government said. “However Banco de Costa Rica has established differentiated and favorable conditions for taxi drivers so that they can obtain financing for the purchase of auditable marías.”

Uber has remained in legal anonymity until now. A February 2017 ruling by the constitutional court declined to throw out the nation’s law that governs taxis and other public transportation. The issue had been raised by lawmakers in defense of the Uber ride service.

The summary from the Sala IV made very clear that the decision in this case is not a judgment on the constitutionality of the Uber service. The decision was seen as favoring taxi drivers who are licensed under the law in question.

The request to annul the law claimed it created what was tantamount to a monopoly, which is forbidden by the Costa Rican Constitution. The law also was characterized as being contrary to the Central American Free Trade Treaty. The court rejected these arguments, although a few magistrates did not.

Employer's union now blames Solís



By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado, the country’s largest employers advocacy group, blamed Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís for the current cashflow issues government is facing.

According to the Unión, the measures announced Tuesday night on national television are necessary but arrive too late, despite several warnings sent by the association. The group said that it is not true that Solís has been fighting the fiscal deficit by reducing government expenses without increasing taxes during the first 24 months in office.

Employer’s say in the first year of his government, a yearly budget was approved that included a 19 percent increase. The group also blames the president for not honoring a multi-party agreement signed in the Legislative Assembly. The agreement implied that several legislators would work seriously on the required fiscal reforms the country needed, putting aside any ideology or partisanship. 

In addition, the president did not propose any bill related to cutting public expenses or sought the approval of the Ley de Empleo Público, which would standardize salaries and benefits in the public sector, according to Arturo Pacheco, president of the Unión.

“The president’s signing of a decree that forbids any increase in the budget for 2018 can be perceived as a well-intentioned step, but it will be a budget that will be under the responsibility of a new government,” said Pacheco.

The association also emphasized the fact the president has not mentioned a withdrawal of what they call advertising campaigns. According to figures provided by the group, the Refinadora Costarricense de Pétroleo has increased its spending by 33 percent on paid advertising informing of work being done, the same is true for the Acueductos y Alcantarillados with a 290 percent increase.

The Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social public relations spending grew by 1,240 percent, while the Centro Costarricense de Producción Cinemátografica had a 1,033 percent increase.

The Unión called on the president to be coherent with the financial reality of the country and demanded all advertising campaigns to date, from both the central government and the decentralized institutions, be halted. The Unión also said in a statement that, for the private sector to start talks about new income for the government, they must first talk about spending in the public sector.



blind device
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This neat device allows the blind to see on the sidewalk.

New device seeks to help the blind

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A device that combines internet, bluetooth and GPS technology seeks to provide blind people more independence while serving as a training ground for future engineers.

It is is being developed by students of the Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica’s school of Mechatronics engineering and right now remains as a prototype. It consists of a wrist strap that vibrates and that tells the user, which way to go depending on data introduced on an mobile app working on a GPS system. Both the wrist strap and the phone exchange information using bluetooth technology.

The prototype was created by students Luis Diego Sáenz, Sofía Arrieta and Steven Jiménez. According to them, one of the biggest advantages of the device is that users can define a route safe from crime, busy streets or dangerous places. This makes a difference with other products available in the market, which provide the fastest routes but not the safest.

 "The invention is of great importance since blind people can move to different places in a city without having to know it," said Jiménez.

The cost of the device is will be about $30, in order to make it affordable for those who really need it. As of now, students work on improvements such as reducing size so that it is comfortable to use. They are also testing wrist band materials to avoid any kind of allergic reaction on the wearer's skin. Optimizing the use of vibrator motors, battery and energy consumption are other challenges students still figuring out.

The prototype is based also on Arduino technology which could make the product small enough as to be inserted in watches and bracelets.



Turrialba warned not to forgive debtors

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Municipalidad de Turrialba attempt to forgive some tax debtors who received a warning from Contraloría General de la República, as it could hurt the municipality financial stability.

Fernando León, the mayor of Turrialba, explained the initiative seeks to help people facing hardship in the area and do not have the financial means to pay the municipality.

On July 21, the Contraloría issued the report DFOE-0590, stating concerns about the project.

"In relation to the real estate tax, the wording in article three could be interpreted as if the principal amount of the debts are to be pardoned.” the contraloría said in a statement. “It is warned that, if the proposal is approved as it is, municipal finances would be negatively impacted”.

However, Léon explained that the wording of the bill does not create a waiver of the total tax on real estate but only in the interests owed, in order to help taxpayers to catch up with their debts.

In total, they are about to owe the municipality about $2 million in tax property payment, including the principal amounts and their respective interest. The tax interest amnesty would apply from Nov. 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018, according to the Léon.



Drug mule x-ray
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X-ray of suspected drug mule shows drug balloons.

Drug police catch suspected drug mule

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Policía Control de Drogas arrested a Costa Rican man of Nigerian origins at Juan Santamaría international airport Wednesday on suspicion of international drug trafficking.

According to a Thursday report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, the man was found to have had cocaine balloons inside his body after he apparently swallowed them before setting off on his trip. The travel route, officials said, was from Costa Rica to Madrid, Spain, and then finally departing at Brussels in Belgium. The suspect was apparently born in Nigeria, maintains Costa Rican nationality and has no prior criminal record.

Following his arrest, he was transferred to a medical center where police reported that, as of Thursday morning, the cocaine balloons were still being removed from his body.

If found guilty of international drug trafficking, the suspect could face up to 20 years in prison, the ministry said. This suspect is called a burro in Spanish, or mule. A drug mule is a person who transports drugs by swallowing them or concealing them in a body cavity.



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New Escazú cafe includes coffee, cream, cake and gold on the menu
By Conor Golden,
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Coffee often comes with ingredients like sugar and cream to make it an additive, whiskey to make it a café irlandés and now a cafe in Escazú is adding gold to the mix.

Goldy’s Cafeteria is the brainchild of Alonso Jiménez and Geraldine Charpentier. The couple opened their cafe this past Monday at the Centro Empresarial Prisma. “The idea of a cafeteria with edible gold coffee came to us in one of our trips to Asia,” explained Ms. Charpentier. “We saw a restaurant that sold food with edible gold and found it interesting and decided to investigate more about it. Besides the great look of gold in food, we saw it has benefits to one’s health and is used in laboratories and hospitals.”

The healing properties associated with gold are apparently becoming more than just alchemy. Ms. Charpentier pointed to several websites in citing the benefits and debunking the dangers associated with consuming gold material.

The United States Food and Drug Administration has not apparently evaluated the safety or risk of consuming edible gold leaf but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not list gold as being a toxic substance. That is based on the CDC’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

This means that, theoretically, a person could consume 24-karat gold without falling ill. A potential danger is that consuming too much could give one a stomachache. At the same time, consuming too much candy, sugar or anything could also cause that as well. The danger could become if impure gold was thrown into the mix. Sometimes gold is mixed with copper, which is toxic in high doses. Silver is ok to consume as it is not considered a toxic substance either.

“From a personal side, my grandmother had rheumatoid arthritis and in my partner´s family there are several cases of cancer,” Ms. Charpentier said. “It seems that gold was used as treatment for both. Knowing that gold is beneficial against these things convinced us even more on using edible gold in our entrepreneur of the cafeteria.”

The two gold drinks offered at Goldy’s are the frappucino or the cappucino for 6,250 colones and 7,250 colones respectively. Both are made with 24-karat edible pure gold shavings, according to the cafeteria menu. Aside from those options, the next expensive thing on the menu is 2,700 colones for a panini with something on the side.

The most expensive drink aside from the gold specialties are one of the cold drinks at 2,600 colones. Hot and cold beverages, wraps, sandwiches and desserts abound in this cafe.

Goldy's Cafeteria
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Goldy's Cafeteria has a cozy space in Escazú's Centro Empresarial Prisma.


Goldy's Cappucino
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The Goldy's Cappucino including 24-karat gold flakes with the coffee.

Ms. Charpentier said that a friend of theirs works for an import-export company that gets the gold from Europe.

“We always believe that if you want to have something made with love and excellence, you have to make it yourself,” the cafe’s owner said. “We made the cafeteria all on our own: the furniture, decor
ation, etc. It was a lot of work, but worth all the effort since we came with a very cozy and warm environment.”



Ad Astra Rocket Company launches new hydrogen-powered bus
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Nyuti, the first hydrogen bus to ever be used in the country, has already arrived to Costa Rica.

The futuristic vehicle has been designed and manufactured by Ad Astra Rocket Company, owned by the well-known Costa Rican astronaut Franklin Chang-Díaz.

"We make history in carbon-free transportation,” said the company on a Facebook post. A collaborative effort made possible by a visionary team.”

This bus has a hydrogen-powered engine stored in a on tank. It was developed in alliance with the French Air Liquid Company, the U.S. Hybrid Corporation and Cummins.

The launch of the bus makes Costa Rica the second country in Latin America using hydrogen for transportation purposes. Only Brazil has started a similar project for public transportation. To make it work, hydrogen is produced from renewable electricity through water electrolysis and stored for later use and stored on-board. It is then combined with oxygen from the air to produce electricity, which feeds an electric motor and produces movement. The only byproduct is water vapor.

The construction of the bus is part of a public and private alliance between the company, its partners and Banca para el Desarrollo.
Hydrogen-powered bus
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N'Yu'Ti will be first hydrogen-powered bus in Costa Rica.

The bank is a financial agency that promotes entrepreneurship by granting loans to projects deemed as innovators.

“So far, we have invested about $430,000 in the whole project.” said José Castro, chief scientist of the team. “We are excited to tackle our generation’s biggest challenge: freeing ourselves from our dependence on fossil fuels and focus on sustainable solutions.”

The Nyuti word comes from the indigenous Chorotega language and it means “the star.” Fitting as stars are mainly composed of hydrogen.




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Study examines if payoffs to prevent tropical deforestation worth it
By the University of Missouri-Columbia press staff

The past few decades have seen the rise of global incentive programs offering payments to landowners to help reduce tropical deforestation. Until now, assessments of these programs have largely overlooked decreases in forest diversity.

In what might be a first of its kind study, University of Missouri researchers have integrated forest imaging with field-level inventories and landowner surveys to assess the impact of conservation payments in Ecuador’s Amazon Basin forests. They found that conservation payment programs are making a difference in the diversity of tree species in protected spaces. Further, the species being protected are twice as likely to be of commercial timber value and at risk of extinction.

“It has been widely proven that degradation of tropical forests have major implications for carbon cycles and biodiversity; yet, destruction of these forests still occur at alarming rates,” said Francisco Aguilar, associate professor of forestry in the university’s School of Natural Resources.

“More than 7 billion acres of tropical rain forests were destroyed between 1995 and 2015, so policy makers established voluntary compensation programs to slow down tropical deforestation and degradation. While these programs seem to be making a difference, there aren’t enough on-the-ground evaluation tools to see if biodiversity is being maintained, too. Therefore, we looked for other ways to observe the value of these payments for forest conservation.”

Costa Rica’s Sistema de Áreas de Conservación and the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía have similar programs designed to enhance protection of the country’s nature preserves and parks.

There have been reports of both SINAC or another organization of the government providing some manner of compensation in order to prevent the exploitation of the natural resources within the boundaries of the park. These are effectively payoffs. An attempt to keep landowners or rural peasants with little means from trying to mine or cut down trees as an example.

Moreover the country’s environmental permits and regulations are required for all businesses to do. They can often be stringent depending on the nature of the business venture in relation to the environment. Costa Rica prides itself on its sustainability emphasis within public policy even if the results sometimes do not match the image being provided.

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Researchers collecting forest biological measurements in Ecuador's Amazon Basin.

Philip Mohebalian, a former doctoral student in Aguilar’s group who now works for the World Wildlife Fund, built a methodology to assess degradation in Ecuador. Using remote images, Mohebalian combined inventories of Amazon rain forests with face-to-face surveys with landowners receiving payments for their conservation efforts through Ecuador’s Programma Socio Bosque.

Findings revealed that PSB prevented 9 percent of enrolled forest area from being deforested between 2008 and 2014, which is higher than previous assessments conducted through mostly imaging alone. An inventory of the species represented in the study revealed one to two more species per 100 acres than non-enrolled forests.

“To our knowledge, this study is the first of its kind to estimate differences in forest degradation associated with a forest conservation payment program,” Mohebalian said.

“Field-level data, while more expensive and time consuming, could add value to remotely sensed evaluations. We found that upon closer observation that several of the species being preserved are under great commercial pressure for timber putting them at greater risk of extinction—observations that might be lost in high-level imaging such as those derived from satellites.”

The study, “Beneath the Canopy: Tropical forests enrolled in conservation payments reveal evidence of less degradation,” recently was published in the current issue of Ecological Economics.



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Brazil’s president survives
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Brazil's President Michel Temer on Wednesday survived a congressional vote that could have suspended him over a bribery charge, mustering enough support to avoid a trial.

Temer needed the support of just one-third, or 171 of the 513 members of the lower Chamber of Deputies. Hours after the voting began, he had received the votes of more than that number of legislators. A final tally was expected later in the evening.

Members of Congress were announced and asked to announce their votes. While members voting against Temer were outspoken, most who supported him simply said no, a sign that many preferred not to broadcast their support for a leader deeply unpopular across the country.

Despite the victory, the vote was expected to serve as a referendum on Temer's ability to govern and pass unpopular reforms intended to lift the country out of a prolonged recession.

"Brazil can't change presidents three times in one year,'' Sergio Moraes, a Temer supporter, said. "He will be investigated later.''

Temer took office about a year ago, after Dilma Rousseff was impeached and removed as president for improperly handling government finances. Temer is accused of corruption after a close aide was given $150,000 in cash, which is part of $12 million in bribes prosecutors allege he and the aide were due to receive after intervening in a business deal.

During his opening statement, Antonio Claudio Mariz de Oliveira, Temer's lawyer, tore into the charges against Temer. He said that a recording secretly made of the president in March was illegal and that a confiscated suitcase of money, allegedly destined for Temer, was a red herring.

The suitcase of money was returned' by the police to the Temer aide who had been carrying it, Mariz de Oliveira said. During her impeachment, Rousseff accused Temer, her former vice president, of attempting a coup.

Since taking over, Temer has been hit by one scandal after another. And with his 5 percent approval rating even lower than Rousseff's was, Brazilians are wondering whether his government is even more compromised than the one it forced out.

Attorney General Rodrigo Janot, who leveled the bribery charge against Temer, is expected to charge him with obstruction of justice by the end of the month. That would provoke a second vote, forcing his allies to again decide whether to risk their own political futures by sticking with the deeply unpopular leader.

All 513 seats in the chamber are up for election next year.


Venezuela officials deny
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuela's president and election chief on Wednesday denied a report that voter turnout numbers were manipulated and inflated by at least one million for the controversial election to choose an assembly to rewrite the national constitution.

The head of the National Election Council, Tibisay Lucena, said the claim by a British election-technology firm was irresponsible, and she threatened to begin legal action against the company.

“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,” Ms. Lucena said.

The head of British firm Smartmatic, Antonio Mugica, said in London Wednesday there is no question in his mind that the total reported vote was false. He did not, however, say whether vote tampering altered the outcome of Sunday's balloting.

“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,” Mugica said.

“We estimate the difference between the actual participation and the one announced by authorities was at least one million.”

President Nicolas Maduro said in televised remarks that Mugica was pressured by the United States and Britain. He also repeated the government's stance that eight million people voted, adding that the turnout would have been 10 million if others had not been blocked by protesters.

The opposition, which boycotted the vote, said turnout was less than four million, and that account was reinforced by journalists' reports that dozens of polling places around Caracas were almost deserted on Sunday.

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 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.

Luisa Ortega Diaz, Venezuela's top law enforcement official and a Maduro critic, told CNN in an interview Wednesday that she has opened an investigation into the allegations of vote manipulation.

Despite the controversy surrounding voter turnout and the final results, Maduro plans to swear in the 545 members of the new constituent assembly so they can get to work. He originally set Thursday for the assembly's opening session, but late Wednesday announced the new body would begin its inaugural session on Friday instead, for the sake of peace and calm.

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 people 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.

“We've seen the completion of Venezuela's collapse into dictatorship,” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said during a visit to Montenegro Wednesday. “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.”

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' lawyer denies the charges.

The drop in global energy prices and political corruption has destroyed Venezuela's oil-rich economy. Gasoline, medicine and such basic staples as cooking oil, flour and sugar are scarce, and many Venezuelans cross into neighboring Colombia and Brazil to buy food.

Mauro has blamed the country's woes on what he calls U.S. imperialism and its supporters inside Venezuela. He has warned against intervention by the Organization of American States, saying that would surely lead to civil war.


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Father Carlo Ladicicco, a 65-year-old Catholic priest could be enjoying retirement after 35-years as a missionary in a remote region of Perú. Instead he is using his pension to subsidize his pastoral outreach to some of the poorest and most exploited African migrants in Italy, just a 40 minute drive from his birthplace in the country’s southern region of Campania.

Sitting in his cramped, sparsely furnished rented bungalow decorated with keepsakes from his decades in the Peruvian jungle, the bustling silver-haired priest with an easy laugh says, “The mission is the same. Here is where I can really help.”

Here is Castel Volturno, one of Italy’s most infamous municipalities, once earmarked by the Camorra, the main Mafia syndicate of Campania and Naples, to become a lavish Italian resort to rival the French Riviera.

The ambition was never realized. The Camorra’s waste companies also dumping toxic waste in the countryside between the cities of Naples and Caserta, earning the area the nickname “Death Triangle”, didn’t advance it.

What remains of the Camorra’s French Riviera vision is a bedraggled, squalid coastal town, 30 kilometers north of Naples, where many houses built illegally were sold to working-class families who bought into the mafia’s grandiose sales pitch.

Now Castel Volturno is one of Italy’s ground-zeros when it comes to a migration crisis that’s roiling Italian politics, straining the country’s resources and trying the patience of Italians.

Anti-migrant sentiment fanned by populist parties is mounting fast with Italians increasingly infuriated by the influx of mainly economic migrants from sub-Saharan African countries, an increasing number coming the past two years from Nigeria.

On Wednesday, in dramatic moves to try to curb the migration flow, Italian authorities deployed for the first time a patrol boat in Libyan waters to start a naval effort to block migrants from even hazarding the journey across the Mediterranean Sea. And Sicilian prosecutors ordered the seizure of a German migrant-rescue vessel for breaching a new code of conduct restricting what humanitarian vessels are allowed to do.

It is high summer now and some Italian families who’ve maintained their seaside homes in Castel Volturno against the grain of history present an incongruous picture trooping towards Death Triangle’s beach in their swimwear with kids clutching buckets and spades.

Vacationing families don’t spare a glance at the migrants they encounter as they walk in the sweltering heat past abandoned decaying villas and jungles of vegetation that once were carefully nurtured gardens.

Migrants now occupy some houses deserted by despairing owners. They are the latest generation to buy into the illusion of a promised land. Among their number are hundreds of Nigerian women trafficked into Italy by Nigerian crime syndicates. Italian and European authorities estimate as many as 16,000 Nigerian women have entered Italy the past two years to work as street prostitutes.

“Yes, they’re shocked at how hard life is here for them,” says Father Carlo of the migrants in the town. The men mainly are from Ghana.

“The men tell me they didn’t realize how difficult it would be to get work, find somewhere to live and to get documents. They thought Europe would be easy. But when they call home they lie and say everything is fine. They don’t admit things are falling apart because they’re ashamed,” he adds.

One of the key drivers pushing Africans to migrate, says Father Carlo, is the goal to make money to improve the lives of families back home. Other migrants wanted to flee the confines of a life proscribed by traditional rules and limited by crushing poverty. But poverty is what they find in Italy, too.

For the men there are scant work opportunities, except poorly paid, back-breaking labor as virtually enslaved agricultural workers for mafia-linked recruiters and landowners.

Recent Ghanian and Nigerian migrants settle in Castel Volturno once they’re allowed to leave reception camps in Sicily or Bari because previous generations of migrants from their countries ended up here. Some more than 20 years ago. Many of the older generation of migrants still live in Italy without legal documents and their children, even when born here, remain in a legal limbo.

The town, which is divided into two parts, the abjectly poorest being known as Destra Volturno, has seen its population rapidly swell in recent months from 16,000 to at least 40,000.

“This is a place where you can stay even if you don’t have the proper documents, or have been denied asylum or refugee status, and the police won’t bother you,” says Father Carlo.

Castel Volturno isn’t an actual no-go area for law enforcement, but it is a municipality police prefer to oversee gingerly. That’s a reflection of not wanting to stir things up in a town that can erupt into abrupt homicidal violence and angry street protest.

“It was the Camorra sending a message to Nigerian drug-runners and pimps,” says Filippo Portogese, commander of a province-wide mobile police squad specializing in combating organized crime. “The message was, ‘Hello, be respectful, you’re on our territory and have to reach agreements with us,’” he says.

Portogese says the main Camorra clan in the area isn’t interested in running drugs or operating prostitutes. Its focus is mainly major construction scams and waste. But he does believe it receives tributes from Nigerian syndicates.

Casual violence is common here, prompted by petty squabbles, arguments over drugs or as an expression of despair. Dr. Mariano Scaglione, a radiologist at a local private hospital the government pays to provide public services for an area without a public clinic, sees the evidence regularly.

Another migrant who was shot was more fortunate and managed to survive a bullet that lodged in his neck perilously close to the spinal cord.


Netanyahu now a suspect
in two corruption cases


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is suspected of crimes involving bribery, fraud and breach of trust in two corruption cases, Israeli police said Thursday.

Investigators, who have been questioning Netanyahu for months, secured a gag order that limits media coverage of the cases and of talks that are underway to enlist a state witness.

Netanyahu has denied any wrongdoing, and his spokesman said in a statement Thursday that the prime minister was the target of a witch-hunt, now at its peak, aimed at changing the government.

One case, dubbed File 1000, reportedly involves claims that Netanyahu improperly accepted lavish gifts from wealthy supporters, including Australian billionaire James Packer and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan.

The second, File 2000, reportedly concerns Netanyahu's alleged attempts to strike a deal with publisher Arnon Mozes of the Yediot Ahronot newspaper group to promote legislation to weaken Yediot's main competitor in exchange for more favorable coverage of Netanyahu by Yediot.

Netanyahu is not the first Israeli leader to face criminal investigation. Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was convicted of breach of trust and bribery in 2014, and Ariel Sharon was questioned while in office about allegations of bribery and campaign financing illegalities.


Mueller moves to seat
grand jury in Russia probe


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has seated a grand jury, The Wall Street Journal reports, meaning his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election is growing.

Investigators and prosecutors use grand juries to examine evidence, grill witnesses and subpoena documents to determine if a crime has been committed. It is a serious step in any investigation.

The Journal says the panel began its work in recent weeks and will likely continue for months. Mueller and his team of lawyers are looking into possible collusion between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign.

Reuters reports the grand jury has already issued subpoenas in connection with the June 2016 meeting a Russian lawyer and others held with Donald Trump Jr. and other top campaign officials.

Trump has consistently denied any collusion.

Now that a grand jury has reportedly been seated, it could seek to subpoena Trump family financial records. The president has warned Mueller to stay away from his finances.

Mueller's office has not commented on the Wall Street Journal report.

Trump special counsel Ty Cobb said that he is unaware of a grand jury probe but says “the White House favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly. The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller."

Also Thursday, two U.S. senators introduced a bill to make it hard to fire a special counsel.

The proposal by Democrat Chris Coons and Republican Thom Tillis would put into law that a president can only fire the investigator for misconduct, conflict of interest, severe illness or other good cause. A three-judge panel would determine if the firing was justified.

The law is apparently an effort to protect Mueller from any attempt that Trump would fire him.

But some analysts say if the president wants to fire Mueller, the proposed legislation may prompt him to do it before the Senate has a chance to vote on the new law.

The bill would apply retroactively to May 17, 2017. That was the day Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign.


WannyCry hero arrested
by U.S. authorities


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. security agents have arrested the British hacker known for discovering a kill switch that nullified a widespread ransomware attack earlier this year.

The FBI detained Marcus Hutchins, a 23-year-old malware researcher who uses the name Malware Tech, on Wednesday at the Las Vegas airport, where he was preparing to return to Britain after attending two hacking conferences in the city.

Court documents unsealed on Thursday indicated Hutchins was arrested on hacking charges unrelated to the ransomware attack known as WannaCry.

Reuters news agency reports Hutchins is accused of advertising, distributing and profiting from malware code known as Kronos that stole online banking credentials and credit card data between July 2014 and July 2015.

Hutchins became an overnight hero in May after disabling the WannaCry worm, which infiltrated software in hundreds of thousands of computers in hospitals, schools, factories and shops in more than 150 countries. Parts of Britain's National Health Service were infected, as well as the FedEx delivery company, German rail Deutsche Bahn and Spain's Telefonica.

The attack first became evident May 12, 2017, and continued over the weekend. By May 15, Hutchins had discovered a so-called "kill switch" that disabled the worm. The malware operators demanded the owners of the computers pay a fee of $300 to $600 to regain control of their computers.


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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. Can build 1550 Sqm. 7 meters high 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


Costa Rica
Penthouse

Costa Rica Penthouse For Sale

 Enjoy the most spectacular views in the valley in this 5 -story Penthouse.  One of a kind property on top of the Corobici / Crowne Plaza Hotel in Sabana overlooking the Central Park and new Soccer Stadium in San José.  Excellent location provides you easy access to everywhere.  Other benefits include 24-hour security, 2 restaurants inside the hotel plus other businesses.  Large Living Room, Elevator goes directly inside Penthouse.  Private hot tub deck and Dance floor with Spectacular views!!!  All exterior walls are glass or have windows. Commercial license is in place.  Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $695K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,500 per month on an annual basis.  This is a private condo residence and is Not associated with the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  

Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  
U.S. contact: Carl Stratton, cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com
Costa Rica contact:  Dan Wise, phone numbers:  2232-4063 / 2232-8610  Email: danwisellawyer@yahoo.com
9132-6/1/17


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9124-4/19/17


Rich Coast Realty
Rich Coast Realty
Real Estate and Construction in the Central Pacific
Three-bedroom furnished house in gated beach community, walk to the beach, $235k. Ocean View Property, can be subdivided into four view lots, 10 minutes from the beach. Only $40,000! Beachfront Lots from $35,000!Contact us with any questions you have about buying property in Costa Rica, Construction, Residency, etc.
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9189-9/2/17


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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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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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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Naranjo to invest $2 million in pipes

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The municipality of Naranjo will invest about $2 million to replace the San Jerónimo water and sewage pipelines.

According to authorities, the infrastructure is in very poor state and needs immediate intervention, since it supplies water to more than 5,000 people. Works started this week and the whole project will take about 10 months, said Gerardo Chacón, the municipality aqueducts coordinator.

The works consists of the total replacement of over 14 kilometers of pipeline. Chacón said the works will be done by using remote control drilling, so there will be no interruption of supply."

According to data from Contraloría General de la República, the replacement contract was granted to the Fernández Vaglio Constructora S.A. and will cost $1.2 million .


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RECOPE volunteers assist in the cleanup on La Islita.

RECOPE assists in pollution cleanup

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fossil fuel companies are not often portrayed as being environmentally friendly. Frequently, the images that loom in someone’s mind would be industrial smoke, oil spills but this time the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo is trying to give itself a greener image.

RECOPE went to the beaches of La Islita in the Gulf of Nicoya this past week to participate in a cleaning effort. The island is part of the mangrove area at the estuary of the Estero de Puntarenas and has a small portion of land holding 70 people. The local populace are mostly fishermen.

“The contamination of the ocean causes the man-made waste on the coasts to be deposited between the mangroves of La Islita, prompting RECOPE to take the initiative and carry out a sweep of the island to rescue it from a high-level of pollution,” the fossil fuel company said in a Thursday statement.

A total of 100 people participated including many volunteers who ended up collecting more than a ton of waste and recyclable material. The volunteers came from the Instituto Nacional de Seguros, Universidad de Costa Rica, Banco Nacional, Cámara de Turismo and Fuerza Pública. That waste was collected by the municipal authorities to be sent to the corresponding landfill or recycling plant, the company said. The initiative is part of RECOPE’s social compensation program.

Apparently, the results were impressive as the Red Interinstitucional requested RECOPE’s help to carry out a new sweep on Isla San Lucas on the Día de Parques Nacionales on August 24, the company said.





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Accenture expanding its Costa Rica operation

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Accenture LLC, a global professional services company, acquired the London-based consulting group Brand Learning, according to a statement released by the latter group Thursday. While the terms of the transaction to buy out Brand Learning were not released, Accenture is expected to expand the company’s Costa Rica operation.

“As part of the acquisition, a new delivery center will be established in Costa Rica for the 70+ Search Technologies big data engineers based there,” a statement from Accenture said. “The new location will become part of the Accenture Global Delivery Network.”

Accenture already maintains an operation in Costa Rica, according to its website. It is based in Heredia and performs digital marketing-type services with automotive, banking, consumer services, finance, life sciences, insurance, travel and tech industries, the group claims.

Brand Learning employs about 120 people globally with regional offices in New York and Singapore. It has served organizations ranging from those dealing in consumer goods, retail, life sciences, automotive, resources and financial services. Accenture, in the meantime, is much larger with 411,000 people serving its clients in more than 120 countries, the group said.

The Costa Rica operation will work with the company’s digital content production and marketing services team to offer clients varying packages related to marketing work. The group’s so-called Global Delivery Network is effectively a marketing team.