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Municipality scammed out of $167,000 on phone
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

By tricking a naive municipal worker over the phone, scammers got away with over $167,000 fraud against the Municipalidad de Nandayure, according to information confirmed by the Judicial Investigation Organization on Monday.

Apparently, fraudsters called the municipality pretending to be workers of the Banco Nacional de Costa Rica on Aug. 7 in the afternoon, and Shirley Sánchez, the current vice-mayor, picked up the call.

At that point, a fraudster apparently asked her to provide bank account numbers and their respective passwords to update the systems to a new format. Seemingly, Ms. Sánchez believed them and provided them with the sensitive information.

According to the complaint filed before the OIJ, that same Monday municipal officers detected irregular withdrawals from the municipality accounts. The complaint was immediately filed by the current mayor Giovanni Jiménez.

The first money wire was made for an amount of $132,000 and the second one for $37,000. Some hours later a woman withdrew $8,000 from a financial cooperative called Coopeservidores, located in Liberia, Guanacaste.

At that point, OIJ investigators were alerted that some other withdrawal attempts were taking place at Liberia and Cañas, both in the province of Guanacaste.

Judicial police arrived to both places and arrested two males who are 27 years old, as well as two women who are 26 and 27 years old each.

All suspects were delivered to the Ministerio Público for further investigation were they face potential pretrial detention at a hearing scheduled for today.

One suspect was captured after he left an agency of a cooperative in Cañas while the other three were caught outside the Liberia branch.
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Nandayure canton in Guanacaste.

Of that group, one was found with 1.5 million colones in cash, prosecutors said. The Fiscalía believes that the calls were made from within La Reforma prison. Officials are waiting for the bank to report how much of the money managed to be stolen by transfer to other accounts or cash withdrawals.

These types of scams are very well known by authorities. Criminals will often target elderly or low-income people due to their association with often being vulnerable to scamming and issues of fraud.


Back in February 2017, the Banco Central de Costa Rica had issued an alert warning people not to provide any banking information over the phone.

At the time, most of the banks were changing their account number formats in order to adhere to the International Bank Account Number standard. It consists of a 22 figure series that identifies a financial institution all across the world.

“The transfer is automatic and it requires no users to deliver sensitive information over the phone or emails,” the Banco Central explained in a statement warning users at the time.



Group accuses Solís of scaring foreign investors
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The American Chamber of Commerce has asked Costa Rican president Luis Guillermo Solís to stop scaring foreign investors away by exaggerating the lack of liquidity level the country is going through.

According to Alberto Arguedas, executive director for the chamber, the president’s public broadcasts sends a destabilizing message especially when they are picked up by international media and provide a crisis image.

“What investors would ever buy Costa Rican bonds under these circumstances? What company would start an investment if there is a risk government may not comply with its obligations?” the chamber said in a statement.

Last week, Solís admitted on a public broadcast the government is facing issues with liquidity due to a decrease in the sales of bonds by the Ministerio de Hacienda.

The situation caused the government to halt all public purchases and contracts, except for urgent infrastructure works. Solís also said that salaries and funding for social programs will be a priority.

“The president's speech discourages also investments coming from the United States, which have historically accounted for most than 50 percent of foreign investment,” said Arguedas.

“Government might issue national bonds or send messages that sound less of a chaos, since we are not becoming Greece.”

According to Arguedas and the Cámara, it's been years since the government spent more than it gets from taxes and in the last three years expenses have increased by around 34 percent.
“Solís has declined to cut expenses and now he wants more taxes to be approved while the people and the productive sector refuse it because the fiscal burden is unbearable,” Arguedas added.

Arguedas pointed out international trips and propaganda as two important expenses that could be cut off immediately and called for inefficient public agencies to be shut up. He also added that, in eliminating informal employment, lies part of the solution, since 40 percent of economically-active people continue off the system.

Last week, the Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial privado issued a statement strongly criticizing the announcement and also blamed Solís as the primary person responsible for  the crisis due to his spending and lack of leadership to address the liquidity matter before it was too late.

The Unión also called for strong spending cuts and the improvement of the Costa Rican fiscal system, where many informal employers skip their due payments, causing unfair competition in the market.






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Fed up with repeated environmental studies that may take up to 700 days to be approved before a project can go on, the legislator Ottón Solís presented a bill that seeks to simplify the environmental impact studies, required in medium and large agricultural or construction projects.

According to Solís, big state companies such as the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and the Ministerio de Obras Públicas and Transportes have a strong expertise in developing environmental impact studies that meet the requirements of the Costa Rican law.

However, the Secretaría Técnica Ambiental duplicates the analisis and assez the results already evaluated for other institutions

“Unfortunately, there are still some bottlenecks that delay and increase the price of public and private investments, but the worst is the system to get a Viabilidad Ambiental,” Solís said.

The bills seeks to modify this situation and automatically grant the Viabilidad Ambiental permit once the studies have been presented directly from the investors or the developers of a project.

The bill would free the Secretaría Técnica Nacional Ambiental from any responsibility and would transfer it to the institutions and authors of the studies.

“According to the Estado de la Nación, larger projects take between 400 and 700 days to obtain viability. All this is time that we waste and stops the economic and social development of the country,” Solís said.

The legislator emphasized that both the environmental legal system of the country and its sanctioning regime, will not change, so the initiative does not effect the protection of the environment. In addition, the environmental impact studies will continue to be carried out according to the guidelines of the Secretaría and the experts it endorses.

The monitoring and control will continue in the hands of the Secretaría, which will have the power to halt works that could be damaging the environment. The initiative also seeks to simplify the sanctions mechanisms applied to companies or organizations who disrespected the environmental regulation.


Hospital extending blood bank hours


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Hospital Calderón Guardia is in desperate need for type O positive blood, according to a statement from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

The hospital’s blood bank will keep its facilities open Monday thru Thursday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Fridays from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Taciano Lemos Pires, the hospital’s director, said that hospital has an urgent need to perform complex surgeries and procedures particularly in transfusions for those in the oncology ward and patients in emergency services. He called upon all patients with some scheduled procedure to go to the blood bank of the hospital with at least one donor to help out, the Caja said in a statement.

According to Patricia Contreras, the director of the blood bank at Calderón, blood donations have dropped dramatically since November of last year. She said they went from 550 monthly donors to about 320 causing massive suspensions in surgeries and other medical procedures.

Ms. Contreras recited the necessary requirements to be a donor: eat a light breakfast, weigh more than 100 pounds, be 18 to 65 years old and have some form of cédula.


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Three arrested for string of art thefts

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization in Heredia conducted four raids and arrested three men on suspicion of participating in more than 17 cases of thefts from houses.

A statement from the judiciary said that, in Hatillo 4, a 39-year old man suspected of being a leader in these incidents was arrested along with several items seized as evidence. These included: 7.5 million colones, a shotgun, pistol, 20 sculptures and vases, collectible coins and several brand watches.

The suspect apparently owned a separate apartment that he used as a warehouse where agents also seized 14 paintings by a renowned artist, a vehicle and several oriental vases that included their authenticity certificates.

Two more houses were raided in Desamparados, agents said. During those raids, the judiciary arrested two men and seized jewels, brand watches and purses, almost 1.2 million colones, 4,603 yen, 2,000 euros, 30 pounds, several cell phones as well as computers and more coin collections. According to a preliminary report, the thefts involved homes in Cariari, Santa Ana, Escazú and Cipreses. The report said that thieves scouted a house and entered it by forcing open the gates and bound or gagged their victims. They apparently used a getaway vehicle to haul away the stolen items.

Agents said these robberies usually occurred between 6 p.m. and midnight. The captured suspects were hauled to prosecutors for the continuation of the case.


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The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional will perform Friday.

Orchestra to perform free show Friday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional is hosting a free concert on Friday  to give the public some good melodies to start the weekend off right.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, the concert will be held this Friday at 7:30 p.m. at the Iglesia de Fátima in San José’s Los Yoses sector. A repertoire of works by Corelli, Bloch, Samuel Barber and Mozart are expected to be performed during the concert. The show is expected to last just longer than an hour, the culture ministry said.

After this show, the orchestra will be working on its seventh official season with the opening shows happening on Aug. 18 and 20 at the Teatro Nacional with music by Strauss, Haydn and Brahms. The ensemble is expected to be joined on stage with John Nelson, a director from the United States, and Ned Titon, another American soloist. They will appear on Aug. 25 at 8 p.m. at the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar, organizers said.

Works by French composers such as Hector Berlioz and Camille Saint-Saëns will be performed. Tickets for that show will be about 10,000 colones and can be purchases online or by calling. Students and seniors get half off when they present their cards at the gate, the culture ministry said.


Israelis hosting an innovation meeting

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Young Americas Business Trust and the government of Israel is hosting a workshop until Friday discussing the country’s experience and knowledge in innovative business activities.

The purpose of the program, titled the Laboratorio Empresarial enfocado en Innovación, is to generate measures for improving business competition in Costa Rica through the definition, implementation and innovation of practices and settings. According to a statement from the Promotora del Comercio Exterior, the workshop is being led by Jaime Amsel and Nuria Levy from the Golda Meir International Training Center in Haifa, Israel.

“Israel is a leader in the field of innovation and has achieved much in just 70 years of existence,” said Davy Antebi, Israel’s consul in Costa Rica. “This oxymoron of a civilized country with a long history and, simultaneously, among the ten most innovative countries in the world continues to fascinate many who seek the secret formula to success. Many Israeli inventions are known by the world in several areas such as the USB or llave maya, the Mobileye, Waze, cherry tomatoes, HighSense and many more.”

Pedro Beirute Prada, the general manager at Procomer, said that Costa Rica has a lot to learn from Israel as the workshop becomes a tool to acquiring knowledge and greater competitiveness for companies. Procomer said that the audience is primarily made up of professionals in the private and public sectors as well as in academia. The sessions will include group discussions, case studies and creating proposals that will be judged by the panel of experts.

“The collaboration between the governments of Costa Rica and Israel and hemispheric organizations such as the YABT and OAS show the potential of international alliances to boost economic opportunities for young people and support them in promoting their enterprises with a global vision based in innovation,” a statement from Procomer said.

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Proposed tourist circuit that cuts across Amón and Otoya.

TEC students propose plan for historic neighborhoods in San José

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Barrio Amón and Barrio Otoya are two of the most historically rich neighborhoods within the capital of San José but they have also been subject to deterioration and removal of some of its more charming historical buildings over the years.

Some students of architecture at the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica, or TEC, have decided to take an initiative to develop an entire urban area as being of cultural significance. This would include the protection of the remaining buildings considered of historic or architectural value as well as the urban landscape that contains them.

“The growth of the capital transformed what were very quiet, residential areas into an extension of commercial and service activities along with the consequent wave of vehicular and pedestrian traffic,” a statement from TEC said. “For this reason, many residents left to other regions of the country, taking with them much of the memory that gave life to these noble neighborhoods.”

Research from the Proyecto de Fortalecimiento de la Gestión Pública Urbano Territorial, of which these students are part of, visualizes both areas as a Zona de Significación Cultural. Several studies were carried out showing that, of the 45 buildings within 32 blocks, 13 are patrimonial.

“We discovered that there are 18 buildings with great potential to be declared architectural heritage and that they are at risk of being demolished or that something be built next to them,” said Marvin Carmona, one of the students involved. “For this reason, we are suggesting to modify the existing law to be able to make patrimonial declarations of urban groups and not only isolated buildings.”

This would include: the scale of construction, vegetation, urban furniture and everything involved in the context of a building. For the TEC project, the two districts have bad sidewalks and streets, garbage spewn on the streets, noise and smog along with commercialization that negatively affects the security and image of the zone. One of the ways to improve this is to declare these neighborhoods of touristic and cultural interest by the Municipalidad de San José.

Marcela Villalobos, attached to the tourism office for the municipality, said that there is an interest in getting the mayor to declare the neighborhoods as such. To that end, that would include revitalizing the public infrastructure, create a tourist circuit and an environmental circuit along the Río Torres, declare 16 properties of patrimonial value, declare both barrios of cultural and tourist interest and create a total prohibition of public parking among others.

"We were aware of the heritage value of the neighborhoods Amón and Otoya, but we wanted to develop a tool that was functional and replicable,” Carmona said. “In this way, the methodology that we develop in the thesis can also be applied in the neighborhoods of the south or in other neighborhoods with historical relevance. Although we focus on the study of these two neighborhoods that had a high concentration of the bourgeoisie for many years, that does not mean that the methodological tool can not be applied to popular neighborhoods.”


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Costa Rica gets first lab on radiation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica is set to gain its first laboratory that will be able to attend accidents caused by radiation exposure.

It seems strikingly odd that a country with no nuclear power plants or a nuclear weapons stockpile and whose officials advocate the complete eradication of all nuclear weapons would have a lab dedicated to treating radiation burns and other things. At the same time, there is more to radiation research than just nuclear issues. The lab, using techniques in Spanish called Dosimetría Biológica would certainly afford a great advantage to the Universidad de Costa Rica where it is being housed.

The new lab includes an automated microscope and three types of the latest software for testing karyotypes, micronuclei and dicentrics to make the equipment multi-functional. It also will have two trained professionals and two trained technicians. The university said it will be ready to attend a radiological emergency, but in the meantime its scientists will be doing diagnostic and research at the service of national public health in the cytogenetic areas.

These areas are tests of conjugal karyotype, which is practiced to couples with fertility problems to know if their situation is due to chromosomal causes,” the university said in a statement. “Another is the amniotic fluid karyotype, which identifies whether the baby will have any anomaly such as Down's Syndrome. Finally, tests in patients diagnosed with leukemia, in order to know if the disease is caused by the Philadelphia chromosome, essential in identifying a suitable treatment.”

The techniques that will be studied in this lab will allow researchers and scientists to evaluate a radiation dose received by a person and assessing the biological tests caused by the energy in the human body. This is supposed to help treatment so doctors can know more about radiation exposure and its effects on human health, a statement from the university said.

Through the school’s Instituto de Investigaciones en Salud, a project was established to verify radiation doses received by radiotherapies in Hospital San Juan de Dios. This came about as a result of a 1996 accident that occurred there where over 115 patients were over-exposed to radiation beyond their intended doses. “For the HSJD project verification project, a manual method was started using microscopes to find out if there were changes caused by radiation in the irradiated blood samples,” said Luisa Valle Bourrouet, a researcher at the institute.

“This was very laborious in terms of sample analysis time. With a patient, it is necessary to analyze a minimum of 500 metrical figures or cells to see if it had undergone alterations as a product of radiation. Now the machine will help us identify those alterations automatically, which means less processing time and a faster response.”

The lab research may also help with working with nuclear medicine in patients who absorb radioactive iodine, the university said. To date, seven similar dosimetry laboratories are in other Latin American countries but Uruguay is the only one that has a similar level of technological sophistication as the one Costa Rica has. It is expected to be ready in 2018.




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Bilingual babies listen to languages and are not confused, study says
By the Princeton University press staff

Are two languages at a time too much for the mind? Caregivers and teachers should know that infants growing up bilingual have the learning capacities to make sense of the complexities of two languages just by listening. In a new study, an international team of researchers, including those from Princeton University, report that bilingual infants as young as 20 months of age efficiently and accurately process two languages.

The study, published Aug. 7 in the journal “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,” found that infants can differentiate between words in different languages. “By 20 months, bilingual babies already know something about the differences between words in their two languages,” said Casey Lew-Williams, an assistant professor of psychology and co-director of the Princeton Baby Lab, where researchers study how babies and young children learn to see, talk and understand the world. He is also the co-author of the paper.

“They do not think that ‘dog’ and ‘chien’ are just two versions of the same thing,” Lew-Williams said. “They implicitly know that these words belong to different languages.”

To determine infants’ ability to monitor and control language, the researchers showed 24 French-English bilingual infants and 24 adults in Montreal pairs of photographs of familiar objects. Participants heard simple sentences in either a single language or a mix of two languages. In another experiment, they heard a language switch that crossed sentences. These types of language switches, called code switches, are regularly heard by children in bilingual communities.

The researchers then used eye-tracking measures, such as how long an infant’s or an adult’s eyes remained fixed to a photograph after hearing a sentence, and pupil dilation. Pupil diameter is an involuntary response to how hard the brain is working, and is used as an indirect measure of cognitive effort.

The researchers tested bilingual adults as a control group and used the same photographs and eye-tracking procedure as tested on bilingual infants to examine whether these language-control mechanisms were the same across a bilingual speaker’s life.

They found that bilingual infants and adults incurred a processing cost when hearing switched-language sentences and, at the moment of the language switch, their pupils dilated. However, this switch cost was reduced or eliminated when the switch was from the non-dominant to the dominant language, and when the language switch crossed sentences.

“We identified convergent behavioral and physiological markers of there being a ‘cost’ associated with language switching,” Lew-Williams said. Rather than indicating barriers to comprehension, the study shows an efficient processing strategy where there is an activation and prioritization of the currently heard language.

The similar results in both the infant and adult subjects also implies that bilinguals across the lifespan have important similarities in how they process their languages, Lew-Williams said.

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Princeton researchers seem to believe that bilingual babies do not have trouble with mixing languages.

“We have known for a long time that the language currently being spoken between two bilingual interlocutors. The base language is more active than the language not being spoken, even when mixed speech is possible,” said François Grosjean, professor emeritus of psycholinguistics at Neuchâtel University in Switzerland, who is familiar with the research but was not involved with the study.

“This creates a preference for the base language when listening, and hence processing a code-switch can take a bit more time, but momentarily,” added Grosjean.

“When language switches occur frequently, or are situated at boundaries, or listeners expect them, then no extra processing time is needed. The current study shows that many of these aspects are true in young bilingual infants, and this is quite remarkable.”

Janet Werker, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia, who was not involved with the research, noted that the findings may have implications for optimal teaching in bilingual settings.

“One of the most obvious implications of these results is that we needn’t be concerned that children growing up bilingual will confuse their two languages. Indeed, rather than being confused as to which language to expect, the results indicate that even toddlers naturally activate the vocabulary of the language that is being used in any particular setting.”

Lew-Williams suggests that this study not only confirms that bilingual infants monitor and control their languages while listening to the simplest of sentences, but also provides a likely explanation of why bilinguals show cognitive advantages across the lifespan.

Children and adults who have dual-language proficiency have been observed to perform better in tasks that require switching or the inhibiting of a previously learned response, Lew-Williams said.

The study, “Bilingual infants control their languages as they listen,” was published Aug. 7 by “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”




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U.N. criticizes Venezuela
and its widespread abuses


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United Nations' human rights office said Tuesday that Venezuelan security forces caused many of the 125 deaths demonstrators have suffered during four months of anti-government street protests, by the widespread and systematic use of excessive force.

The U.N. report was made public Tuesday in Geneva, as foreign ministers of 15 Western Hemisphere nations met in Perú about the situation in Venezuela. The political and economic crisis in Caracas and other parts of the country already is spilling over neighbors' borders, with thousands of Venezuelans fleeing the chaos.

The U.N. agency said preliminary results of its investigation show that 46 demonstrators died directly at the hands of Venezuelan security forces, while pro-government armed groups were responsible for 27 deaths; it was not clear who caused the remaining deaths. The Human Rights Office in Geneva promised a more comprehensive version of its report by the end of this month.

U.N. human rights commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said more than 5,000 people have been arbitrarily detained in Venezuela since widespread unrest broke out in late March, and over 1,000 of those detainees are still in custody. Another 2,000 protesters have been injured during almost-daily demonstrations.

A spokeswoman for Zeid, Ravina Shamdasani, said there was abundant evidence of the use of torture against detainees. Zeid said these were grave violations amid the breakdown of the rule of law in Venezuela.

U.N. investigators said they conducted 135 interviews between June and July with victims and their families, witnesses, journalists and others.

Venezuela's social and political turmoil worsened last Friday, when President Nicolas Maduro swore in an unpopular constituent assembly to rewrite the constitution.

The assembly's first major move last week was to dismiss Attorney General Luisa Ortega, a former Maduro ally turned vociferous opponent. That brought a swift reaction from the Latin American trade bloc Mercosur, which suspended Venezuela's membership indefinitely just hours later.

On Tuesday, the constituent assembly threatened to lift parliamentary immunity for opposition lawmakers. Diosdado Cabello, a prominent politician and member of the new assembly, said it was reviewing whether to strip immunity from those who have called for violence in Venezuela and now want to introduce themselves to be candidates for governor, as if nothing has happened here.

The opposition Democratic Unity coalition was to announce Tuesday whether it would participate in long-delayed regional elections, now set for December.

The foreign ministers who met Tuesday in Lima were mostly from Latin America. They are considering forming a permanent group to follow up on the crisis, as the Organization of American States recently proposed, unsuccessfully.

Those meeting in Perú also were reported to be discussing their possible suspension of diplomatic relations with the Maduro government.

Countries' individual actions could include withdrawing their ambassadors, as Perú did, said the host country's foreign minister, Ricardo Luna. He suggested other nations could consider rejecting or expelling Venezuelan ambassadors in their capitals.

"The future of Venezuela has to be solved by Venezuelans themselves, but the countries of the region have a role to play in seeking that solution, even if it is difficult," Chile's foreign minister, Heraldo Munoz, said in advance of the meeting.

Ministers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, México, Panamá, Paraguay and Saint Lucia were at the Lima talks, along with Peru's Luna.

The top United States diplomat, Rex Tillerson, is in Asia, but the U.S. government weighed in Tuesday via a series of tweets by a State Department spokeswoman, saying it does not recognize the legitimacy of Venezuela's constituent assembly, an illegitimate product of a flawed process designed by a dictator.


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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An Iranian drone came within 30 meters of a U.S. Navy fighter jet that was waiting to land on the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz as it traveled in the central Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy and U.S. Central Command said Tuesday.

U.S. military statements said an F/A-18E Super Hornet jet was in a holding pattern above the USS Nimitz when a QOM-1 Iranian drone executed unsafe and unprofessional altitude changes nearby.

The Navy said sailors had made repeated radio calls for the drone to stay clear of the flight operations around the USS Nimitz.

A U.S. Navy official said Tuesday the incident was a single run-in, but the drone had been flying in an area around the carrier for about three hours. The drone was not armed at the time of the incident, the official added.

The near-collision marked the “13th unsafe and/or professional interaction between U.S. and Iranian maritime forces” this year, according to the Navy and Central Command statements.

Last month, the USS Thunderbolt fired multiple warning shots at an Iranian vessel in the Persian Gulf that came within 140 meters of the ship at a high rate of speed.


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The U.S. State Department is advising its diplomats to sidestep questions from foreign governments about the Trump administration's stance on the Paris climate deal.

The Reuters news agency reported Tuesday that a cable sent Friday to U.S. embassies by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson provided prospective questions foreign government officials could ask diplomats and suggested answers.

Tillerson's cable came a little more than two months after Trump announced that the U.S. would withdraw from the landmark Paris climate deal and on the day that the administration was reviewing a climate change report prepared by 13 federal agencies, the conclusions of which conflict with administration perspectives.

The document, which was leaked ahead of publication and reported by The New York Times on Tuesday, said Americans were seeing more heat waves and rainfall as a result of climate change.

The report found human activity was extremely likely the cause of more than half the Earth's temperature increase since 1951, a position at odds with the administration's belief that the cause of global warming is uncertain.

The report said human impact caused an increase in the global temperature of 0.6 degree to 0.7 degree Celsius between 1951 to 2010 and that heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions led the way as the primary contributor.

"There are no alternative explanations, and no natural cycles are found in the observational record that can explain the observed changes in climate," said the study, the Climate Science Special Report.

The Trump administration received a copy of the most recent draft of the report several weeks ago, senior administration officials said. It was unclear whether the administration, which announced in June it would withdraw from the Paris accord, would approve the report. The study will be included in the National Climate Assessment, which is mandated by Congress every four years.

Some scientists were concerned that the administration could amend or suppress the report. Conversely, skeptics of human-caused climate change were equally concerned that the report would be publicly released, along with the more comprehensive National Climate Assessment.

The report concluded that if humans immediately halted greenhouse gas emissions, global temperatures would still rise an additional 0.3 degree Celsius this century, compared with the actual projected increase of 2 degrees Celsius.

Small increases in global temperatures can significantly affect the climate. For example, a global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees to 2 degrees Celsius could cause more intense rainstorms, longer heat waves and lead to more rapid deterioration of coral reefs, scientists say.

Policy recommendations were not included in the study, but it emphasized the need to stabilize the global mean temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius by significantly cutting carbon dioxide levels. An increase above 2 degrees Celsius would push the global environment closer to catastrophic changes, scientists have said.

The Paris climate accord, in which nearly 200 countries participate, includes an agreement to cut or limit fossil fuel emissions. The report said meeting the emissions goals would be a significant step toward managing global warming.


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Undated photo shows Kim Jong Un celebrating with technicians after missile launch.

Trump warns of fire and fury
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a stark warning to North Korea, saying it "best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen."

Trump, speaking to reporters at his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, accused North Korean leader Kim Jong Un of having been very threatening. Trump then repeated his warning that the impoverished country faced "fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which the world has never seen before."

The president's remarks came hours after several media reports said the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency concluded last month that North Korea had successfully built a miniaturized nuclear warhead it could fit inside its missiles.

Other experts have said in recent months that such advancement by Pyongyang, in its pursuit to become the world's ninth full-fledged nuclear power, was probably years away.

The Washington Post quoted the defense agency's assessment that North Korea has produced nuclear weapons for ballistic missile delivery, to include delivery by intercontinental ballistic missiles. North Korea has said in recent days that the ICBM it tested in a launch last month was capable of hitting the U.S. mainland, an advance it had not previously claimed.

Trump's forceful language Tuesday, rivaling that frequently heard from Pyongyang, is certain to prompt concern that war could resume on the Korean Peninsula, where three years of combat in the early 1950s ended in stalemate.

"I think a number of observers' fear on this issue, and on a number of issues in this administration, is that perhaps there wasn't a careful consideration of the words of our commander in chief in this instance," said David Pressman, a former deputy U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

"If ever there was a topic on which we need to be extremely precise, it's nuclear proliferation when dealing with someone who is as unpredictable as Kim Jong Un."

It is not known whether North Korea has tested a smaller nuclear warhead, although it said last year that it had. After one successful long-range missile test in July, state media declared North Korea as a proud nuclear state with an ICBM rocket that can now target anywhere in the world.

Media reports Tuesday, referencing the DIA report, said the intelligence agency concluded Pyongyang had now amassed 60 nuclear weapons, although some experts think the number is smaller, perhaps half that.

"The U.S. government has not been able to have reliable, confirmable, accurate intelligence about North Korean military assets for decades, so it's all speculation," Hwang, a former U.S. State Department adviser on North Korea, said. "It could possibly be true or not necessarily accurate."

The United States early last year concluded that Pyongyang was struggling to build intercontinental ballistic missiles, but even then assumed that it would eventually be able to produce them and have nuclear-armed missiles capable of reaching all of its adversaries.

The reported conclusion comes as the United States and other world powers have focused new attention on North Korea's military ambitions. The U.N. Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on Pyongyang on Sunday in an effort to cut $1 billion of its $3 billion in annual export income.

Trump, earlier Tuesday on Twitter, commended the international community for confronting North Korea over its nuclear weapons development, even as his U.N. envoy said she was skeptical that the latest sanctions would deter Pyongyang.

But U.S. Representative Eliot Engel of New York, the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Trump pushed too far with his fire and fury comment.

North Korea vowed Monday to persist in its nuclear weapons development program, rejecting calls from the international community to rein in its aggressive military actions.

Pyongyang's U.N. mission contended that new U.N. sanctions against it for its missile tests were a flagrant infringement upon its sovereignty, with state media claiming they were the result of a heinous U.S. plot to isolate and stifle the reclusive communist country.

North Korea told a security conference of key regional leaders in Manila that it would never bargain away its development of nuclear weapons or ballistic missiles, and said that it would teach the United States a "severe lesson" with nuclear strategic force if Washington launched an attack against it.

Trump retweets news story
based on anonymous source


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump has assailed the leaks of intelligence documents from his White House, but on Tuesday he sent a news story to millions of followers on his social media account about North Korean missiles that was based on reports from anonymous U.S. intelligence sources.

Trump, apparently wanting to emphasize the dangers posed by North Korea's missile tests and nuclear weapons development, used his Twitter account to retweet a Fox News story saying that a few days ago U.S. spy agencies had detected Pyongyang loading two anti-ship cruise missiles onto a patrol boat.

Fox attributed the story to officials with knowledge of the latest intelligence in the region, although it was not known whether the information was classified as secret. At another point in the story, Fox said it was quoting one official who requested anonymity to discuss sensitive information.

The story retweeted by President Trump:

The White House had no immediate comment on why Trump retweeted the story that had appeared on the "Fox & Friends" show, which he frequently watches in the early morning hours.

From his first days in the White House in January, Trump has complained often about leaks of classified information from government agencies, particularly news stories based on the leaks that have cast a shadow on his administration, and he has demanded that those leaking the information be found and prosecuted.

Last month he criticized his own attorney general, Jeff Sessions, as very weak" on intelligence leakers!"


Australians prepare to vote
on issue of gay marriage


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the government will hold a vote later this year that could put the country one step closer to legalizing gay marriage.

Turnbull told reporters Tuesday his government will present a bill to the Australian Senate to hold a compulsory plebiscite in November. If the Senate rejects the measure, the government would then hold a voluntary postal vote, with the votes due back by mid-November, at a cost of $97 million. If a majority of voters in either scenario check the yes box, parliament would then vote on the measure in December.

Turnbull says he is following through on a campaign pledge to hold the plebiscite. “Strong leaders carry out their promises, weak leaders break them,” he told reporters. Senate lawmakers rejected a bill to hold a plebiscite last November, with opposition lawmakers citing concerns about cost and a run-up campaign filled with bigoted and homophobic rhetoric.

Gay rights campaigners are also opposed to the plebiscite, calling on lawmakers to go on the record with a simple “yes” or “no” vote.


Google engineer fired
over memo on gender


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. technology giant Google has fired a male engineer who wrote a memo questioning the need for gender diversity programs in the industry.

In a 10-page internal memo titled "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," James Damore asserted that so few women were employed in the technology field because they prefer jobs in social and artistic areas, while men are more inclined to become computer programmers, which is a fact he said was due to biological causes.

The memo created a firestorm after it was leaked on social media, reviving the debate over the lack of racial and gender diversity in the tech world. Google is under investigation by the U.S. Labor Department over whether it pays women less than men, while claims of sexual harassment at the ride-sharing firm Uber Technologies has triggered a change in management.

Sundar Pichai, Google's chief executive officer, blasted Damore's memo in an email for advancing harmful gender stereotypes in our workplace.

Damore revealed he had been dismissed in an email sent to various news outlets. He says he has filed a complaint with the federal National Labor Relations Board accusing Google of trying to shame him into silence.



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9220-8/15/17


Santiago de Puriscal
A little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal,
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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.
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GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
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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.
 
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       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
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       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
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* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
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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
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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
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9183-6/13/17

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

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For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú

Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot, incredible views. Flexible zoning. Easy to get liquor license. Low interest financing. Up to 40% financing / get residency through investor status / includes a corporation that is 27 years old and offshore banking account with  Banco National / possible 50/50 partnership. Super location in front of the Bosques de Escazú  Condos  / Monthly rentals available


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9245-7/8/17


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Helicopter helps on transmission lines

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Electric crews of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad used a helicopter to place a guide rope on the stretch of the San Isidro-Palmar transmission line in southern Costa Rica.

Helicopter assistance
Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad   
Helicopter helps on the lines.
 The work on the line is for
 rerouting the stretch at around
 5.1 kilometers, ICE said.
 Around 11 towers will also be
 constructed between the
 communities of Guadalupe,
 Veracruz and Guagaral in Pérez
 Zeledón. The idea is to
 maintain the operational safety
 of the transmission system in
 the area due to two geological
 faults being in the area.

 “It requires a high level of
 coordination, concentration and
 precision on the part of the
 pilot and personnel located on
 the structures to receive and
 secure the guide transported by
 the helicopter at each one of
 the towers,” said Marco Ortiz,
 the person in charge of the
 project.


After installing the guide wire, the installation of conductors or cables continues by means of a controlled voltage process, ICE said.

Two emergency towers made in June allowed for the conductors to remain open and electricity to be left on while work is being done on the tower sites. The project is expected to be completed and ready for operation by the end of August.

Absent the helicopter, the work is normally done by land and involves carrying the line along the entire route. The topography in the area made it near impossible to do so due to the heavy vegetation and conditions, ICE said.





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OCED study says tax will not relieve poverty

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

When it comes to reducing income inequality, the Costa Rican income tax system is not as efficient as many would believe, according to a recent study released by the Organisation for Co-operation and Economic Development.

The research says the well-known Impuesto sobre la Renta does not really provide a substantial relief to poverty or inequality, as it happens in other states that belong to the organization. In Costa Rica, the income tax has a progressive status, meaning that whoever makes more money pays a higher percentage of their revenue.

In the case of workers, they are deducted the income tax only of they make more than a certain amount of money per month. That amount changes every year and the government will charge 15 percent of the surplus. Independent workers are required to pay the income tax no matter the amount of money they make, unless they receive a special temporary exception by the Ministerio de Hacienda.

The organization points out the system works at a certain level, but when the gap between the salaries becomes too big, poorer persons will feel heavier taxes. One recommendation made by the study is to increase the income tax even more only if fiscal practices are improved.

The Legislative Assembly has been discussing a bill to reform the Impuesto sobre la Renta. Legislators want people who make more than $4,000 a month to pay 20 percent in taxes and those who make over $8,000 to contribute with a 25 percent.

The idea of the bill is to improve wealth distribution and fight the inequality that’s been  increasing since the mid 90s, according to the organization. As a last recommendation, the entity also called for lower social security contributions that may negatively impact job creation and productivity otherwise.