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80 people arrive at Peñas Blancas for transit visas
By Rommel Téllez
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Between Sunday and Monday, immigration authorities reported the arrival of at least 80 foreigners coming from Africa and Asia at the Peñas Blancas border, north of the country.

According to the press office of the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería, the immigrants requested an entry and transit permit and not one of them were said to seek refuge in the country.

From the total 80 people: 43 of them come from Nepal, 21 from Eritrea, three from Sri Lanka, eight from the Democratic Republic of Congo and five from Angola..

Immigrations officials performed medical check ups on all them and made some research as to their true origins, their destination and their journey. In these cases, the law requires that authorities make sure the immigrants are not victim for human trafficking.

According to the Dirección, those who are granted a transit visa must leave the country in the next 25 days, unless their status changes. 

Starting at the end of 2015 and during 2016, Costa Rica faced an immigration crisis when large amounts of Cubans, Haitians and Africans landed in the country seeking to reach the U.S.

At some point, more than 1,000 people were stuck at the Paso Canoas border while the government declared a humanitarian crisis.

The situation worsened once Nicaragua closed its border so authorities had to negotiate with Guatemala and México to help the migrants reach U.S soil via an airplane.

Some of those migrants who claimed to come from Africa were later found to actually come from the Dominican Republic or Haiti.



Court gives wide leeway to Hacienda on taxes
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala Primera dismissed a suit filed by the Cámara de Industriales to annul an article in the tax code that allowed for requesting information from large, Costa Rican companies.

The Cámara was calling for the dismissal of article eight in the tax code called the Herramienta de Análisis Multifuncional Programados y Objetivo, or AMPO.

The court said that the tax authorities are able to issue general resolutions to request information for tax purposes and may issue general rules for the purposes of making sure that there has been a correct application in tax laws.

“In order to facilitate the timely verification of the taxpayer’s situation, the Administración Tributaria may require the presentation of books, archives, accounting records and other tax information printed in the form of a document, technical support of registered by any other technological means,” the court decision said.

The court also mentioned that information regarding the identity of shareholders for large taxpayers does have tax implications.

The argument that the court found in favor of believed that the administration has the right, through its duties of tax control, for the timely verification of a taxpayer’s situation and verify correct obligation with tax records.

According to the Ministerio de Hacienda, the court concluded that there is now sufficient leeway to authorize a central registry of shareholders to be created.

That also includes a note that access to the private documentation of reference is not a violation of an individual or document right to privacy. The argument supporting that is due to it being in the interest of the public order, the court ruled.

“The timely verification of the taxpayer’s tax situation carried out by the Ministerio de Hacienda is necessary for proper tax control and collection,” the decision says.







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Worst pink eye outbreak in 20 years

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The pink eye infections that have been hitting the Garabito canton hard in the last few weeks spread further into the country, reaching other cantons such as Turrubares, Nicoya, Orotina, San Mateo and Los Chiles.

The information was confirmed by the Ministerio de Salud. According to the ministry’s statistics, the amount of cases have doubled in Garabito in less than a week. They rose from 1,559 between June and July and reached 3,337 this week.

This is the worst pink eye outbreak in 20 years, according to Jorge Núñez, general health director at the ministry.

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

Núñez also believes the strong rains will cause the cases to continue on the raise in the following weeks. The director made an urgent call to all population and specially those living in the affected areas to strengthen hygienic measures.

"We are encouraging people to wash their hands as frequently as they can, several times a day," Núñez added. "People should take this cases seriously and know that hand-washing is the key to avoiding this dangerous and annoying disease."

The ministry also said that several other Latin American countries are facing a similar situation, among them are Brazil, the Dominican Republic, Martinique, the Bahamas, México and Panamá.


Expert: Guanacaste real estate booming

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The real estate market in the northern and middle pacific areas of the country are experiencing a steady growth with new players, according to Leslie Saborío, director of ALD Inmobiliaria.

The expert has pointed out that the current reality is way different from 2008 and 2009, when a financial crisis coming from the banking system in the United States hit almost every country in the world. To him, the real estate market now is a lot more mature and involves the presence of more Costa Ricans in a field that has been traditionally dominated by investors coming from the United States.

“Nowadays, we could say there is 50 percent market share managed by Ticos, a percentage very different from that of 10 years ago,” he added.

He said the profile of the national investor fit that of young people with a lot money willing to take risk on a market that is waking up. Saborío pointed out that even though the Central Pacific has been very active in terms of developments and property business despite the crisis, it is Guanacaste that is rising with more appeal to investors.

“Guanacaste is being targeted by industrial developers to serve manufacture and services activities,” Saborío explained. This will have a positive impact in the province, as many workers coming to work in this activities will boost the residential market.”


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Ambassador Gort, left, poses with Jorge Gutiérrez at farewell ceremony.

Costa Rica says goodbye to ambassador

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica’s foreign affairs ministry gave a fond farewell to the Canadian ambassador, Michael Gort, on Monday.

Gort has held the post of Canadian ambassador and leader of the Canadian mission in Costa Rica since October 2015, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto. He will officially step down from his post on August 10 to take over the Canadian campaign for the United Nations Security Council, he said.

Official relations between the two countries began nearly a century ago on Nov. 18, 1920, said Jorge Gutiérrez Espeleta, the deputy minister of administration for Relaciones Exteriores. Gutiérrez expressed that during Gort’s tenure, a spirit of cordial friendship and cooperation has characterized relations between Costa Rica and Canada.

“Today is a special day for Central America to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Plan de Paz,” Gort said at the beginning of his speech.

“I am truly honored to be here with you. I see that Costa Rica continues to work for peace at the national, international and multilateral levels and I congratulate you.”

Gort is referring to the peace process in Central America during the 1980s that culminated in the signing of the Acuerdo de Esquipulas that was signed on Aug. 7, 1987, by then-Costa Rican president Óscar Arias Sánchez. The agreement helped Arias obtain the Nobel Peace Prize that same year for the country’s efforts in this.


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The Nambí bean is supposed to be ideal for avoiding drought.

UCR develops drought-resistant bean

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Scientists from the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Instituto Nacional de Innovación y Transferencia en Tecnología Agropecuaria have developed a new type of bean that is more resistant to drought.

The new bean species is called Nambí, after a former indigenous leader who ruled Nicoya. According to the scientists who participated in its development, the new bean is a way to face the food challenges derived from climate change.

The original seed was donated by the Universidad Zamorano of Colombia and was released into the environment in December 2016 at Veracruz de Pejibaye, in the canton of Pérez Zeledón. Once in Costa Rica, the local scientists and producers were in charge of their local improvement and adaptation.


In Costa Rica, bean production has been negatively affected by long droughts in recent years. Beans are part of the basic diet of Costa Ricans and a frequent staple in comics tipica. Studies released by the Instituto Costarricense de Estadística y Censos have shown beans are the main source of protein for Costa Ricans living in rural areas.
During its production, this new type of bean was genetically modified and also cultivated with the help of independent producers.

Communication was essential for future producers to familiarize themselves with the new type of seed. The whole project took five years and was lead by Néstor Chaves, Researcher at the Estación  Experimental Agrícola Fabio  Baudrit at Universidad de Costa Rica and Juan Carlos Hernández from the Instituto. According to Cháves, the new bean type was tested in all the Costa Rican regions and the results confirmed it can grown anywhere in the country.

It does, however, perform better in the Huetar Norte and Brunca regions.

"This is the first out of many different seeds that will be released in the country to fight the climate change and secure the food sovereignty in the country", he added. 


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Expert encourages digital signatures to cut bureaucratic backup
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The hassle of a bureaucracy often means a lot of paper pushing and multiple signatures for a mountain of forms. Any expat who has been in Costa Rica already knows that it comes with the territory of living in the country.

For Marco Vinicio Gómez, a member of the information technology and communications department in the Tecnológico de Costa Rica, a huge amount of time and greater efficiency can be had with more installation of digital signatures.

“The digital signature can be used to authenticate a user in an online system of multiple public institutions in Costa Rica,” he said in a statement to TEC. “With the use of this resource, there is a considerable increase in the quantity and quality of the services given to the clients of the country and private institutions.”

Gómez also noted that the signature method allows for a greater efficiency and reduction in operating costs in the institutions as much as a simplifying in the procedures.

According to the Banco Central, over 220,000 signatures have been issued out to clients. The primary purpose is related with efficiency but also security as well since the digital signature acts as another measure added on to the necessary entering of bank passwords and account numbers. With adequate training and use, Gómez believes that signature can also work to stop impersonation and issues related to fraud.

The Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones has stated that more than 150 public institutions have already adopted the digital signature. Many use it in dealings with international organizations such as the World Bank, the International Court of Justice and other private banks.

“People have already become accustomed to doing a lot of activities with the use of technology,” Gómez said. “Clear examples are: online purchases, banking transactions and video streaming among others.”

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Digital signature cards could be an effective tool to cut through bureaucratic red tape.

Detractors may say that the argument of providing more security is a false hope. They would point out instances of online-conducted fraud using the dark web and hacking methods. Their point would be preventing criminal activity by using a digital or online means simply would mean an eventual shift that the criminals would go online too.

The other issue is that, frequently, digitized services and signatures can be expensive to transition too. The idea appears ideal if one is to assume that everyone is online and plugged into the Internet by some method when the a substantial portion of the entire world maintains no ability to connect online. In Costa Rica, there are still many people without internet or a stable wifi connection particularly in rural areas where the infrastructure simply is not there.

Despite government efforts to put the entire country online within a few years, progress has been limited towards donations of equipment for community centers and schools largely. There has also been a slight expansion in the electrical and fiber optic grid by giants such as the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. In order for digital signatures to work for the whole population, the whole population would need a stable internet connection at some point.



Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" premieres this coming Thursday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

To celebrate the 40-year anniversary of the Taller Nacional de Teatro, graduates from the institution will put on a rendition of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” premiering this Thursday at Teatro La Aduana.

According to a statement from the Compañía Nacional de Teatro, the project seeks to bring a young audience to the classic play using a contemporary setting with all the music of the work performed live by the same actors.

The play is a joint effort between the Taller and the theater company. 35 performers will be on stage and all of them graduates of the Taller’s Class of 2016.

The play will be shown between August 10 and September 3, the cultural ministry said. Opening night will be at 7:30 p.m. and that time will remain the same for all showings from Thursday to Saturday. Sunday shows will be at 5 p.m. Tickets can be reserved by calling the theater at a cost of 5,000 colones for general audience and 2,500 colones for seniors with proper identification.

“It is a great and beautiful metaphor that the playwright Shakespeare poses to us in relation to how young people live within certain societies,” said Tatiana Chaves, one of the directors for the play.

“They do not necessarily have their eye turned towards that youth but we are focused in old quarrels, in rancid hate that sometimes does not make sense and it is the young who pay those consequences hence the importance of bringing this work to the stage."

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This adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet will include an all-graduate cast of actors.

The history of Romeo and Juliet has some influences in Greek tragedy and in some Medieval tales and was the subject of many versions, but it was Shakespeare that infused the play into a passionate drama unpublished until then, the culture ministry said.

The play is set in Verona, Italy, and tells the story of two young lovers of warring families who become victims of hatred and violence associated with the feud.



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Researchers believe cultural activities influence learning processes
By the Tel Aviv University press staff

A new Tel Aviv University study suggests that cultural activities, such as the use of language, influence our learning processes, affecting our ability to collect different kinds of data, make connections between them, and infer a desirable mode of behavior from them.

"We believe that, over lengthy time scales, some aspects of the brain must have changed to better accommodate the learning parameters required by various cultural activities," said Arnon Lotem, of the university’s Department of Zoology, who led the research for the study.

"The effect of culture on cognitive evolution is captured through small modifications of evolving learning and data acquisition mechanisms. Their coordinated action improves the brain network's ability to support learning processes involved in such cultural phenomena as language or tool-making."

Lotem developed the new learning model in collaboration with Joseph Halpern and Shimon Edelman, both of Cornell University, and Dr. Oren Kolodny of Stanford University. The research was recently published in “PNAS.”

"Our new computational approach to studying human and animal cognition may explain how human culture shaped the evolution of human cognition and memory," Lotem said.

"The brain is not a rigid learning machine in which a particular event necessarily leads to another particular event. Instead, it functions according to coevolving mechanisms of learning and data acquisition, with certain memory parameters that jointly construct a complex network, capable of supporting a range of cognitive abilities.

"Any change in these parameters may change the constructed network and thus the function of the brain," Lotem said. "This is how small modifications can adapt our brain to ecological as well as to cultural changes. Our model reflects this."

To learn, the brain calculates statistics on the data it takes in from the environment, monitoring the distribution of data and determining the level of connections between them. The new learning model assumes a limited window of memory and constructs an associative network that represents the frequency of the connections between data items.

"A computer remembers all the data it is fed. But our brain developed in a way that limits the quantity of data it can receive and remember," said Lotem. "Our model hypothesizes that the brain does this intentionally. That is, the mechanism of filtering the data from the surroundings is an integral element in the learning process."

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Researchers believe some aspects of the brain have changed to accommodate different cultures.

"Moreover, a limited working memory may paradoxically be helpful in some cognitive tasks that require extensive computation," he added. "This may explain why our working memory is actually more limited than that of our closest relatives, chimpanzees."

Working with a large memory window imposes a far greater computational burden on the brain than working with a small window. Human language, for example, presents computational challenges. When we listen to a string of syllables, we need to scan a massive number of possible combinations to identify familiar words.

But this is only a problem if the person who is learning really needs to care about the exact order of data items, which is the case with language, according to Lotem. On the other hand, a person only has to identify a small combination of typical features in order to discriminate between two types of trees in the forest. The exact order of the features is not as important, computation is simpler and a larger working memory may be better.

"Excluding very recent cultural innovations, the assumption that culture shaped the evolution of cognition is both more parsimonious and more productive than assuming the opposite," the researchers concluded. They are currently examining how natural variations in learning and memory parameters may influence learning tasks that require extensive computation.




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Chicago sues the U.S.
over restricted funding


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The city of Chicago has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice over new regulations for a public safety grant Monday.

"These new conditions fly in the face of longstanding city policy that promotes cooperation between local law enforcement and immigrant communities," the 46-page lawsuit read.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced Sunday that the city would file the lawsuit, telling a press conference: "Chicago will not let our police officers become political pawns."

The Department of Justice announced in late July new immigration compliance requirements for the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant, or Byrne JAG, programs which include sharing more information among federal, state, and local law enforcement.

"From now on, the Department will only provide Byrne JAG grants to cities and states that comply with federal law, allow federal immigration access to detention facilities, and provide 48 hours notice before they release an illegal alien wanted by federal authorities," Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a DOJ statement.

Some municipalities that are often known as sanctuary cities decline to cooperate with federal requests to detain and hold non-citizens under arrest on charges unrelated to their immigration status, until immigration enforcement officers can take custody and possibly deport them.

In the past, Chicago has used Byrne JAG funds for the purchase of SWAT equipment, police vehicles, radios and tasers. Last year, the city received $2.3 million in Byrne JAG funds.

The Chicago lawsuit argues that the Justice Department would be federalizing local jails and requiring city authorities to violate the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution, which requires probable cause for an arrest and blocks what it calls unreasonable search and seizure.

“In 2016, more Chicagoans were murdered than in New York City and Los Angeles combined. So it’s especially tragic that the mayor is less concerned with that staggering figure than he is spending time and taxpayer money protecting criminal aliens and putting Chicago’s law enforcement at greater risk,” Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores told the Chicago Sun-Times in reaction to the suit.

Applications for FY2017 Byrne Grants are due on Sept. 5, 2017. A press release from the Chicago mayor's office says the Byrne JAG program is named for a New York City police officer who was murdered in 1988 while on assignment protecting a Guyanese immigrant who had reported illegal activity to police.


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Aug. 6, 2017 photo shows search efforts for three U.S. Marines missing

Australian naval team finds
the missing U.S. aircraft

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Australian navy says it has found the missing U.S. aircraft that crashed into the sea Saturday off Australia's east coast.

Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne said in a statement the submerged aircraft was located shortly after Royal Australian Navy survey ship HMAS Melville arrived in Shoalwater Bay.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Navy divers are working with the crew of the Melville at the crash site and are using remotely operated underwater vehicles. The aircraft had been launched from the USS Bonhomme Richard assault ship and was involved in routine operations when it crashed. Twenty-three people aboard the MV-22 Osprey were rescued, but three Marines remained missing.

The U.S. military launched a search and rescue effort for the missing Marines, but eventually changed that operation to a recovery effort in coordination with Australian defense forces. The families of the missing Marines were notified.

The aircraft was in Australia after completing a joint U.S.-Australian military training exercise at least two weeks ago in Shoalwater Bay. The biennial exercise involved some 30,000 troops and 200 aircraft. Australian troops are among U.S.-led coalition forces fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Marine Corps did not say what caused the crash, but indicated it is under investigation.

The Osprey is designed to take off like a helicopter and rotate its propellers to fly like a plane. Its development was almost cancelled after 23 marines were killed during a flight test in 2000. The U.S. military grounded its Osprey fleet in Japan last December after one of them crash-landed into the sea, injuring all five crewmembers on board.


9/11 victim remains named
16 years after the tragedy


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The remains of a man killed in the terrorist attack on New York's World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, have been identified nearly 16 years after the deadly attacks.

The city medical examiners’ office announced the finding Monday, but is withholding the man’s name at the request of his family. It is the first new identification made since March 2015.

Remains of 1,641 victims have been identified. That means 40 percent of those who died that day have yet to have any remains identified.

New, more sensitive DNA technology was deployed earlier this year and helped make the latest identification after earlier testing produced no results, the medical examiner's office said.

Nearly 22,000 human samples recovered from Ground Zero have been tested and retested since 2001 in an effort to return the remains to the families.

The 9/11 airliner attacks killed a total of nearly 3,000 people in New York, at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.


ASEAN nations urge code
on South China Sea policy


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States, Japan and Australia expressed serious concerns Monday over disputes concerning the South China Sea, while calling for a halt to land reclamation and military actions in the area that could increase tensions or cause permanent environmental damage.

The three countries issued a joint statement after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono met in the Philippines on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, ministerial meeting.

They called on China and the Philippines to abide by an arbitration ruling last year that invalidated much of China's territorial claim to the South China Sea, which is claimed in part by Taiwan and ASEAN members: Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

The statement also called on ASEAN members and China to ensure that a code of conduct they have pledged to develop regarding the South China Sea be legally binding, meaningful, effective, and consistent with international law.

The code of conduct would be aimed at avoiding accidents as the claimant countries fish, explore for oil and gas or develop some of the estimated 500 tiny islets. China has resisted having the agreement be binding, and has reinforced its claims to the sea with the construction of artificial islands that the United States and others have criticized.

ASEAN ministers said in a communique Sunday they warmly welcome improving cooperation with China and are ready to begin substantive negotiation on the code of conduct, but made no mention of making it binding.

They also noted concerns expressed by some members about land reclamations and emphasized the importance of non-militarization.


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Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center photo          
James Lee, Ph.D., left, examines a silicone chip with Junfeng Shi at the Ohio State University.

Scientists reprogram cell DNA using nanotechnology

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Researchers have turned skin cells into blood vessel tissue to save a mouse's wounded leg. They were able to do that simply by tapping the wound with a chip that uses nanotechnology to inject new DNA into the cells.

This step follows a number of significant advances in techniques to turn one type of cell into another. Scientists hope this so-called cell reprogramming can one day be used to regenerate damaged tissue, or cure conditions such as Parkinson's disease.

The research, published Monday in Nature Nanotechnology, combines existing biotechnology and nanotechnology to create a new technique called tissue nano-transfection. The researchers turned skin cells into brain cells, in addition to demonstrating the therapeutic benefit of turning them into vascular cells.

Maintaining blood flow to deliver nutrients around a wound is critical for recovery, so by making more blood vessel cells, researchers found that a mouse's wounded limb was more likely to survive.

A brief electric current causes the chip to eject DNA fragments that reprogram the cells. The particles only enter the very top layer of cells, so L. James Lee, a biomolecular engineer at the Ohio State University and study co-author, said he was surprised to find reprogrammed cells deep within the tissue.

"Within 24 hours after the transfection, we actually observed the propagation of the biological functions deep inside the skin," Lee said. "So we were very surprised that it actually works for tissue." Lee said it wasn't yet entirely clear why this was possible.

Masato Nakafuku, who studies cell reprogramming at the University of Cincinnati and was not associated with the research, said that he, too, was surprised to see very efficient generation of the vascular cells.

Nakafuku added a cautionary note: It is not clear that that tissue nano-transfection will work on animals as large as humans, since the treatment would have to reprogram cells much deeper in the tissue in order to be effective.

In theory, tissue nano-transfection should be able to turn any cell in the body into any other cell type. That could make therapeutic applications of cell reprogramming easier and safer, because cells would stay in the body during reprogramming. If cells are removed from the body, reprogrammed and then returned, they could be attacked by the immune system.

Cracks appear in the resolve
over naval mission in Libya


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Italian government ministers are becoming increasingly divided over risky naval efforts to curb the numbers of migrants who have landed at the country’s ports.

At issue: what the mission should be for two Italian naval ships to be deployed in Libyan waters. Several ministers object to the idea of Italian sailors turning back mainly sub-Saharan asylum-seekers, either directly or indirectly in coordination with Libyan Coast Guard ships, some of whom are suspected of being in league with people smugglers.

The emerging cracks in the Italian government policy come as a ship leased to a far right anti-migrant group started to shadow refugee-rescue vessels operated by humanitarian organizations, raising fears of a possible dangerous confrontation at sea with the far-right activists from Defend Europe.

The number of migrants who have arrived in Italy this year totals more than 95,000, although in the past two weeks the rate of arrivals has eased slightly. About 2,000 migrants attempting the sea crossing this year have drowned.

In the past four years, about 600,000 migrants have arrived on Italian shores: the majority of whom departed from Libya and made the hazardous journey across the Mediterranean Sea.

The mass influx has strained Italy’s emergency and humanitarian system almost to the breaking point and is a source of increasing political tension among Italy’s political parties. Last week, parliament approved the limited Italian naval mission to help Libya’s coast guard regulate the flow of migrants and prevent human trafficking.

The non-government organizations have been accused of coordinating pick-ups with people smugglers, which is something the humanitarian organizations vehemently deny.

NGO heads say they are merely doing what European governments should be doing more of: rescuing migrants at risk of drowning. NGOs are now responsible for picking up more than 40 percent of those rescued at sea.

Last month, the government of Italy introduced a code of conduct restricting what refugee-rescue charities are allowed to do, if they want to land migrants at Italian ports. Among other requirements, they are to refrain from patrolling within Libya’s territorial waters.

Former Communist and Interior Minister Marco Minniti is the exponent of a tough, security-focused line on migration. The 61-year-old Minniti wants to close Italian ports to any NGOs failing to sign the code of conduct, a proposal frowned on by transport minister Graziano Delrio. And he was the main exponent for the Italian naval mission after persuading Prime Minister Fayez Serraj, the head of an internationally recognized government in Libya, to welcome the mission.

The Italian naval mission to Libya is not only under threat from opposition within the Italian government. Now a Libyan warlord has threatened to bomb the Italian ships.

Anti-migrant rage is obvious in slogans daubed in cities and even in towns that have been allotted only a few thousand migrants.

In San Benedetto del Tronto, a seaside resort on Italy’s Adriatic coast, high-school students shocked their teachers in July by daubing across a large mural the slogan “Stop The Immigration Business!”

The mural adapted an Edward Hopper painting, replacing a yellow hay field with a dark and stormy sea and a boat loaded with migrants.


Trump claims political base
is still bigger and stronger


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump claimed Monday that his political base of Republican support is far bigger and stronger than ever before, despite new polling that shows it eroding.

Trump tapped out a string of Twitter comments from his working vacation at his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, deriding the surveys as phony Fake News polling.

He contended that political rallies he's held in several states he won in last year's election show his continuing strength and that several factors have driven the Trump base even closer together.

Recent national surveys show that only about a third of American voters approve of his performance during the first six and a half months of his presidency, with declining support among segments of voters who cast ballots for him.

But Trump cited record highs in the country's main stock markets, tightened border security, job growth, business deregulation and approval of a conservative choice for a Supreme Court opening as evidence that he is succeeding.

Numerous investigations are underway in Washington about whether Trump campaign aides colluded with Russian officials to help Trump defeat his Democratic challenger, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is conducting a criminal investigation, convening a grand jury to hear testimony about contacts between the Trump campaign and Russians and whether Trump obstructed justice by firing James Comey, another former FBI director, when he was leading the agency's Russia investigation before Mueller took over.

Last week's Quinnipiac University poll showed that 61 percent of Americans view Trump's White House performance unfavorably and 33 percent favorably, the lowest ever standing for a U.S. leader in his first months in the White House. Other polls also show Trump with less than a 40 percent approval rating.

The Quinnipiac survey also showed that his support among a key Trump demographic: white voters without a college degree had fallen with 43 percent of that group approving of his performance and 50 percent disapproving. In the election, surveys showed 66 percent of whites with no college degree voted for him over Clinton.

While claiming political support among Republican voters, Trump also attacked Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal in a series of tweets after the Connecticut senator appeared on CNN and said there is no minimizing or underestimating that attack by the Russians on last year's presidential election, leading to the current investigations.

Trump called Blumenthal "a phony Vietnam con artist! He told stories about his Vietnam battles and conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a lie. He cried like a baby and begged for forgiveness like a child. Now he judges collusion?"

Trump's allegations stem from Blumenthal's admission during his 2010 election campaign that he had served in the U.S. military during the Vietnam war, but not in Vietnam as he had repeatedly said.

After Trump's tweets, Blumenthal said, "Mr. President: Your bullying hasn't worked before and it won't work now. No one is above the law."



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

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

colinasdelsol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

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

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

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

Etlinger Farm
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Beautiful farm in excellent location
At only an hour's drive from San José, minutes from Guápiles, and boardering Braulio Carrillo National Park, Etlingera Farms is one heck of an amazing farm. We purchased this 77-acre farm 10 years ago after many trips, and an exhaustive search. It has a little bit of everything we were looking for and a whole lot of beauty. Our average elevation of 600 meters helps to keep Bella Vista cool year round. This farm is nearly level with a semi-modern 2-bedroom house. A fairly rustic 2-bedroom caretaker's home. And, a comfortable, 1-bedroom cabin where we stay. We have 2 large barns, a chicken coop, and a 3-stall pig pen. There are two tilapia ponds and 2 hectarias, (approximately 5 acres) of different species of bananas. The property boarders Rio Blanco in the rear and has 300 meters of public road frontage. Water, electricity, and telephone are all serviced by public utility. Etlingera Farms was reforested with several thousand wood trees of different tropical varieties. We truly believe this farm is spectacular. Our neighbors are selling for as much as $20 per meter. We are negotiable, motivated and open to offers. Our location can be found by searching Etlingera Farms on Google Maps. Our webpage is www.etlingerafarms.com and photo album can be found at www.ticorico.com
9196-4/25/17

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

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

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

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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


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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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Correos expands to do certifications

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Citizens and residents in need of getting official certifications from the Registro Civil may now request their paperwork at the closest post office instead of traveling all the way to San José.

According to Correos de Costa Rica, the new service seeks to facilitate government services, as required by the Ley contra el Exceso de Trámites y Requisitos en la Administración Pública.
That said, people may now request birth, marriage and marital status by approaching the nearest authorized Correos de Costa Rica offices.

They are the facilities located at La Fortuna, Naranjo, Pérez Zeledón, Buenos Aires, Cañas, Filadelfia, Cartago, San Pedro, Zapote, Alajuela, Correo Central, El Roble, Las Juntas, Guápiles and Limón.

Each certification will cost 2,625 colones, require no stamps nor the so called timbres and are as legally valid as those issued by the Registro Civil. This one extra service provided by Correos de Costa Rica is to diversify its operations and survive as a business in a country where regular mail has become almost obsolete.

Due to this reality, Correos de Costa Rica has developed its own courier service, money transfer options, delivery of invoices, import of goods bought online and P.O. box services.


Potable water project
Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad photo      
Crews are digging the ground as prep for the new aqueduct.

Siquirres community gets aqueduct

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

About 200 families will have access to clean drinking water directly into their home after waiting for 50 years to have an aqueduct.

The beneficiaries live in the Guayacán community, located in Siquirres, Limón. People from the community have historically drawn their water from rain or natural underground sources. The project is being developed by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and will be ready during the first semester of 2018. The institute said it would invest $1.2 million in building the aqueduct.

Works started this month with the construction of water-collection infrastructure: the installation of a 100 cubic meter storage tank, a 10 km pipeline, a pumping system and a water chlorination device.

“The water source is 200 meters underneath the future storage tank, which implies a complex logistic to pump the water up to the distribution site,” said Yeuding Chávez, project manager for ICE.

This is a huge improvement in the quality of life for the people in the community,” said Maritza Chacón, president of the local water committee. “Since this community was founded, nobody ever solved the water issue until now.”

According to Ms. Chacón , the local clinic, the church and the school will be among the most benefited from the new infrastructure. The works are developed by the Instituto as part of a social compensation program for building the Reventazón Hydrolectric plant.





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Crowley to make weekly routes to Costa Rica

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Crowley Liner Services, a container shipping and contract maritime towing operator, announced Monday morning that it would begin weekly sailings directly between Florida and Costa Rica as well as Panamá.

The sailings are expected to begin this Wednesday from Jacksonville and Port Everglades to Puerto Limón in Costa Rica and Manzanillo in Panamá, the company said in a statement. On the return journey, the ships will depart on Fridays from Costa Rica to arrive Tuesdays in Port Everglades or Wednesday’s at Jacksonville.

“The new, dedicated service continues our strategy of providing importers and exporters the fastest, most dependable suite of supply chain solutions possible between the U.S. and Central American regions,” said Frank Larkin, the senior vice president for the company and general manager. “Crowley has a unique opportunity to benefit U.S. and international customers by combining its longtime ocean shipping expertise with full, fast and robust supply chain solutions.”

The company said that the new service will expand the logistics offerings to customers to deliver cargo for import and export including: customs clearance, pool-point distribution, inland transportation and dry or refrigerated warehousing for both full container loads and less-than-container loads. It also expects fast transits to speed cargo to market at peak times, the company said.

Crowley Liner Services is a subsidiary of Crowley Holdings Inc., a privately-held family and employee-owned company. Aside from its new direct routes to Costa Rica, the company provides shipping and logistical services via Puerto Rico/Caribbean liner services, logistics, petroleum transportation, marine and technical support.