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Court plans hearing on coercive taxation measure
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

One of the more powerful weapons in the arsenal of the Costa Rica’s tax collector is something called Artículo 144.

This section of the tax code says every taxpayer must deposit within 30 days whatever the Dirección General de Tributación says is owed before an appeal can be filed.

This rule does not just apply to big business, Expats can be snared, too. For example, a tax investigator might conclude incorrectly that Canadian snowbirds have been renting their beach home while they are not in Costa Rica and failing to pay sales tax on the rent. The result would be a large assessment of taxes owed, fees and interest.

The snowbirds would have to come up with the cash before presenting what might be an

air-tight case. Of course, there would be delays in getting the money back if they won.

That situation might even apply to the purchase or sale of a vehicle by another expat.

So even if the expat is in the right, and the tax agency is incorrect, no challenge is possible until the full amount is paid. And then the case goes to the tax agency in-house court.

So it might be years before the expat can get a fair hearing in a legitimate court even if the tax collectors are wrong.

If this process sounds unfair, the Sala IV constitutional court considered that it might be and  has scheduled a hearing for Thursday in an appeal of the tax code article. No decision is expected then, but the Ministerio de Hacienda is expected to mount an argument in defense of the article.

Road agency gets strong criticism from watchdog
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation’s road and highway agency received strong criticism Tuesday from the Contraloría General de la Republicá.

The budget watchdog said that the agency, the  Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, lacked a system of administration, which was the reason it was created in the first place.

The Contraloría monitors the work of government agencies.

Costa Rica is ranked 115th of 140 countries in the state of its highways, said the Contraloría. Despite receiving a lot of money each year, the

Consejo shows serious weaknesses, said the summary of the report.

This is not a new criticism. President Luis Guillermo Solís, in his campaign, promised to eliminate the consejo. But when he got into office he found out that this was more difficult than he thought.

The Contraloría said its study showed that the consejo was not well coordinated and that it was executing highway projects without the required administration.

The report said that highway projects were being done without a technical basis that would optimize the public investment.

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Tica surfer advances to the quarterfinals

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On the third day of competition at the 2016 World Surfing Games the first repechage rounds resulted in fierce competition and the first athletes eliminated from the event.

The third day of competition got off to a blistering start with six heats of main event open women.

Peru's Melanie Giunta went toe to toe with Costa Rican Emily Gussoni in the second heat of the morning. Both surfers earned identical heat totals of 11.33, advancing into round 3, however Ms. Gussoni's higher single wave score of 6.10 pushed her into first place and Ms. Giunta to second.

Ms. Gussoni now is one of 12 competitors in the quarterfinals of the 44 who participated.
The men's and women's repechage round 1 also took place in overcast conditions with continued two- to three-foot swells at Jacó. 34 competitors that were not able to place in the top two spots of their heats were knocked out of the competition. 
France's Pauline Ado repeated her impressive performance from the second day of competition and earned the highest heat total, for any man or woman, for the second consecutive day.
Ms. Ado charged through her main event round 2 heat early in the morning, connecting powerful maneuvers to obtain a heat score of 17.93 highlighted by a nearly perfect 9.5-point ride. She advanced into round 3 of the main event along with Ecuador's Dominic Barona, who surfed a solid heat to earn a total of 15.57. Costa Rica's Leilani McGonagle (10.60) and Panama's Johanny Alfonso (5.57) were relegated to the repechage rounds, where they will face a longer route to get to the grand final.

Ms. McGonagle, the current world sub-champion, was not able to find the waves to display her talent, said observers from the Federación de Surf de Costa Rica.

Better education urged for native students

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Defensoría de los Habitantes urged the government Tuesday to strengthen the education system for native peoples. The agency said that there are 14,857 students enrolled in schools characterized as native.

The statement came as part of the United Nation’s International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

Costa Rica as a system created in 2009 for educating native residents who live on reserves. The Defensoría said that the Ministerio de Educación Pública needs to work to eliminate the gap between native schools and schools in the rest of the country.

The Defensoría pointed out some specific problem and suggested that the state push literacy and try to involve residents regardless of age.

There also are pending allegations of discrimination. Residents of  Salitre are claiming that a teacher there, a BriBri, has discriminated against local students of another ethnicity.

About 104,000 persons identify with one of the country’s native groups, but just 35 percent live on the established reserves, according to a census, said the Defensoría.

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Taxi drivers are led to an awaiting police vehicle. Most face misdemeanor charges.
Protesting taxi drivers promise that they will return next week
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Taxi drivers are upset because their blockades Tuesday were met with more force than they are accustomed to seeing, but they still plan another protest next Monday.

There were some confrontations, and the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública quickly went public with the photo of a police officer who had three teeth knocked out by a baton at the Fuente de Hispanidad traffic circle. Some taxi drivers also complained of rough treatment when they were arrested.

Police and traffic officers handed out 119 traffic tickets and 74 persons were detained. The Poder Judicial said that four taxi drivers were facing what amounts to felony charges, including the men suspected of  hitting the officer in the face. Some other officers were injured elsewhere.

Traffic police also confiscated 33 taxis, and the owners will have to make significant payments to recover them. Confiscations took place when the taxi was not registered properly or had not been submitted to the twice-yearly inspection, said police.

More than 3,000 police officers were on the streets as taxi drivers in much of the country protested with blockades or slow movement.

One downtown office worker said that she left her home very early Tuesday to avoid the protest, but her trip to work still took twice as long. Her trip home took much less time than normal because most motorists had avoided the metro area if they could.

Although taxi drivers complained of the police response, tourists would have done worse. Many visitors were livid at the blockades. The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública said some new arrivals were stuck for as long as 10 hours at Juan Santamaría airport. Some actually left the airport on foot to walk to San José Centro. Others who were outbound and caught in the jam, ended up walking to the airport.

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Despite promises to keep traffic flowing, taxi drivers seem to have blocked these lanes.

There is no estimate of the work hours lost because employees and delivery drivers were caught in the protest.

The drivers ended their protest about 1 p.m. as the rain started to fall.

They gained one concession. The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos said its staff would study the law to see if it has the power to shut down the Uber ride service and its online app. The bulk of the protest was directed at the U.S.-based company that has no legal authorization to work here. Uber, meanwhile, offered cheap rides Tuesday.

Taxi drivers from the Unión de Taxistas Costarricenses will next meet with the regulating agency Tuesday, the agency said.

Meanwhile, traffic police officers have called off the protest they had scheduled for today after a meeting with Carlos Villalta, the minister of Obras Públicas y Transport. The ministry said that the officers received permission to work in pairs, something they had been seeking.

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Words can lead to self-inflicted wounds, as we have seen
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Plagiarism became an issue in the U.S. presidential campaign when Melania Trump uttered words that Michelle Obama had used.

Mrs. Trump’s speech writer took the blame and said she failed to attribute some statements Mrs. Trump made to her over the telephone.

What most do not understand is that such errors, either accidental or deliberate, are frequent. The internet provides a number of resources to check the originality of phrases, and many a university student has been caught with recycled term papers.

One problem is that a phrase or concept can stick in the mind and falsely present itself as an original thought days or weeks later. This is why A.M. Costa Rica's editors do not subscribe to La Nación, even though it is a great Spanish-language newspaper. There always is the danger of accidentally stealing the words of another.

About once a month there is a scandal in the United States over a reporter or columnist who stole the words of another. Some have been high profile and involved the newsrooms of top papers.

There is a big difference between stealing words and stealing concepts. Television writers nearly always get most of their news leads from the local papers. But then station reporters and camera operators go and prepare their own on-air sequence.

As bad as plagiarism is, distorting comments to enhance a news story can be worse. Sometimes this, too, is accidental.
In the days before laptops and the internet, reporters used to telephone in news stories in order to make a deadline. Old movies frequently have some reporter calling and saying “Hello, sweetheart, give me rewrite.”

Well in one case, Rewrite was otherwise occupied, and Sweetheart, a good-hearted, attractive young woman with uncertain focus, decided that she could at least take notes from the reporter over the telephone.


Alas, she punctuated the notes with her own comments around which for some reason she put quote marks. Quotes are pretty sacred in the newspaper business, and the rewrite person could be forgiven for mistaking the gushings of Sweetheart for the statements of a distant politician.

One phrase was highly quotable. “My God, it makes you want to cry.”  Of course that was Sweetheart’s opinion and not that of the politician. But it turned out that way in the rewritten news story.

In fact, the phrase was so good that the desk editor promoted it to the headline of the news story.

By then Sweetheart was having a gin and tonic elsewhere.

The politician was less than pleased, and the next day the newspaper was compelled to write an apology that should have begun “We are a bunch of idiots . . . . ”

So as Donald Trump and others have learned precision and attention to detail in writing and speaking is a lot harder than it looks.

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Three small words, "maybe there is," uttered by Republican Donald Trump as an off-the-cuff comment have shaken up the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign.

Speaking Tuesday in Wilmington, North Carolina, Trump said Democrat Hillary Clinton would appoint liberal Supreme Court judges who would take away Americans' constitutional right to own guns.

"By the way, if she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don't know."

It is unclear whether Trump was joking when he said "maybe there is." But his opponents immediately interpreted it to mean that Clinton or the judges should be assassinated.

"What Trump is saying is dangerous. A person seeking to be the president of the United States should not suggest violence in any way," Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook tweeted.

Social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, erupted over the Trump comment.

But Trump denied having any thoughts of violence when he spoke.

"Give me a break," he told Fox News. "This is a political movement . . . a strong and powerful movement, the Second Amendment. Hillary wants to take your guns away. She wants to leave you unprotected in your home. And there can be no other interpretation."

The National Rifle Association also was quick to run to Trump's rescue and urged gun rights supporters to vote.

This newest controversy has all but wrecked Trump's apparent efforts to restart his chaotic campaign. He made a relatively straightforward speech Monday in Detroit in which he spelled out his economic plans if elected.

Trump has a reputation of veering away from his prepared remarks for ad-libs and off-the-cuff remarks that he says the media distort.

Mrs. Clinton has said, "There is no other Donald Trump. This is it."

But Trump tried Tuesday to paint Mrs. Clinton as the one who has no self-control, calling her volcanic and impulsive and someone who is "wacky and makes bad decisions."

Trump got back to business when he said that if he is elected, he would charge American companies that move their factories overseas a 35 percent tariff on goods they export to the United States. He also promised to cut government regulations for people who want to start new businesses.

Mrs. Clinton was in Miami, Florida, where four new cases of the zika virus, suspected to have been spread by mosquitoes, have been reported.

She urged Republican leaders to immediately call the House of Representatives into special session and pass a bill funding the fight against zika. She said this is an epidemic that will only get worse.

The Senate has passed a zika funding measure, but the House recessed before it could pass one and reach a compromise with the Senate on a final bill.

Cleveland neighbors illustrate
civilized political discourse

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Ohio residents Art Ledger and John Meehan disagree often: on whether to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, on how to address gun violence, and on whether the United States is ready for a female president.

In online communities and dining rooms across the country, disagreement on any sensitive topic seems to have the power to fracture or destroy relationships. One doesn't have to look past the comments section of any Web article to witness the vitriol.

Many avoid discussing politics altogether, preferring to seclude themselves with like-minded individuals in an insular safe zone, free of criticism.

But Ledger and Meehan don't fall into either category. No topic is off limits, and no disagreement can tear their friendship apart.

"We've both been on the front lines together," Meehan said.

"Get along or die," added Ledger.

The two are Vietnam veterans and neighbors in an economically depressed Cleveland,  neighborhood called International Village, situated in a voter-rich swing state that could well determine the future role and leadership of the country.

Meehan, a white retired tax preparer, will vote for Republican nominee Donald Trump in November because he sees Trump as better able to keep Americans safe from terrorism. Meehan registered as a Republican for the first time last year.

Ledger, on the other hand, is a lifelong Democrat and a proud Hillary Clinton supporter. The self-proclaimed "first black taxidermist in America" and best man at Meehan's wedding says Trump's rhetoric has divided "our brown brothers against our black brothers and our white ones."

"And we're not ashamed to say what we say," added Meehan. "We do it within a boundary."

While many Americans echo Ledger's and Meehan's divergent views on this year's election issues, research on the polarization of the U.S. electorate is inconclusive.

A 2014 study by Pew Research Center, conducted among 10,000 U.S. adults nationwide, found that "92 percent of Republicans are to the right of the median Democrat, and 94 percent of Democrats are to the left of the median Republican." The study also found that the number of people holding negative views of the opposite party had more than doubled over 10 years.

But a more recent survey by the American National Election Studies suggests the public is less polarized than their representatives in Congress.

"Looking at 67 different policy questions, we don't find any evidence that Americans are giving us more extreme answers or fewer moderate answers than they were in 1956," said Chris Tausanovitch, assistant professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles, in an email.

"At the same time, there are now almost no legislators in Congress who occupy the middle of the political spectrum. Forty years ago, moderate legislators were common."

Tausanovitch describes this year's general election as a national phenomenon, but one which should not be taken out of context.

"We can't blame people for believing that 50 percent of the country has truly radical views that they disagree with. But the reality just isn't so," he said.  "We should keep in mind that much less than 15 percent of Americans have cast a vote for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump combined so far, probably under 10 percent. Yet it seems like those are the only voters that we hear about."

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A few hundred people gathered for a moment of silence Tuesday at the spot in the central U.S. city of Ferguson, Missouri, where Michael Brown was killed by a police officer two years ago.

Later Tuesday, a few dozen people marched in protest, sometimes blocking traffic and chanting "no justice, no peace." An order to clear the street by police led to a shouting match between the two sides.

Brown, 18, was shot by officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, 2014, an incident that led to months of protests, sometimes violent, in Ferguson.

His father, also named Michael Brown, spoke at the memorial Tuesday.

Michael Brown, Sr., said the teen's death opened the eyes of the world to concerns about law enforcement's treatment of minorities.

"My son built families up, opened the eyes of the world and let people know that this . . .  this ain't right. It ain't right. It's broke. It's wrong," he said. “This color is not a disease. This color is beautiful. Black is beautiful.”

Local resident Gerry Jasper said she attended the memorial to support the Brown family.

Jasper said Ferguson has struggled over the past two years but that change must come.

"Some days were really tense, but some people have the right to speak their mind and people have to stop dying," Jasper said.

The fatal police shooting of Michael Brown helped spark the Black Lives Matter movement, which rebukes police treatment of minorities.

The movement has grown following several other killings of black men and boys by police, including the deaths of Eric Garner in New York, Tamir Rice in Cleveland and Philando Castile in Minnesota.

The city had been under federal scrutiny since the August 2014 shooting of Brown, who was black and unarmed, by white police officer Darren Wilson.

Although Brown was unarmed, he and an accomplice robbed a local  store and then got in a struggle for the police officer’s gun when Wilson stopped them.  The officer shot him as the man approached the patrol car again in a threatening manner.

Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing by the Justice Department in the shooting. A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict him as well.

However, a Justice Department investigation found patterns of racial bias in Ferguson's police and municipal court system.

In March, the U.S. Justice Department and Ferguson reached an agreement that resolved a lawsuit filed by the federal government against the city over reforming its mostly white police department.

The federal government, alleging a pattern and practice of unconstitutional police conduct, sued the city in February after city leaders voted to change the terms of a deal negotiators had been hashing out for months.

The City Council in the St. Louis suburb approved the agreement, which calls for the hiring of a monitor to ensure that Ferguson follows the requirements.

New diversity training will be instituted for police, software will be purchased, and staff will be hired to analyze records on arrests, use of force and other police matters. All patrol officers, supervisors and jail workers will be outfitted with body cameras.

Texas baby’s death blamed
on foreign zika virus infection

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Officials in Texas say a baby whose mother traveled to El Salvador while pregnant has died shortly after birth, in a case attributed to the zika virus.

Umair Shah, executive director of Harris County Public Health, announced Tuesday that the infant, who died a few weeks ago, had microcephaly, a medical condition linked to the zika infection.

Test results Friday confirmed the mother's zika infection.

Texas health officials say there have been no reported cases of zika transmitted by mosquitoes in Texas.

This was the second zika-related death in the United States. The first was an elderly man who died in Utah in June, while battling a zika infection, as well as other health conditions. The man is believed to have been infected with the virus while traveling abroad, although health officials have not specified where.

In Florida, where zika also is a concern, Gov. Rick Scott says four new cases, suspected to have been transmitted by mosquitoes, have been reported in Miami. The four cases all are in an area of less than 2 square kilometers.

Scott said Tuesday that the number of locally transmitted cases is 21. He has called on Congress to return from summer recess to approve emergency funding to help Florida deal with the health crisis.

In the Cayman Islands, national health officials say they have confirmed the first locally contracted case of zika virus. The patient is a man who first reported zika symptoms in late July. He had not traveled to any countries where zika is known to be present.

Immigrant to Germany held
after threat to soccer game

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

German authorities have detained a man suspected of being a member of Islamic State who was linked to a threat to the opening game of the local soccer championships.

Authorities in the western state of Rhineland-Palatinate said they arrested the suspect Friday in Mutterstadt, but little information was available on the specifics of the reported threat. The man was reported to be an asylum-seeker from Syria.

The suspect was first reported to be a high ranking member of Islamic State, but later reports backed off from that assertion.

Germany has suffered two terror attacks by refugees on civilians in the past month.

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 Visitors flock to a megastore to buy souvenirs from
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Despite Games, Brazil faces
bleak economic prospects

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The images from the summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro have been strikingly beautiful.  But underlying all that beauty is great turmoil as Brazil is in the grip of a crippling political and economic crisis. Ordinary Brazilians are feeling the pinch, especially those who live in the Rio slums called favelas.

Huberto Sousa spent most of his life renting beach chairs to tourists on Copacabana beach. Then in October 2010 he decided to open a bar in the favela of Cantagalo, where he was born and raised.

“I always wanted to work for myself rather than to work for others because I am lazy and I don’t want a boss getting on my nerves.  And this way I would be able to choose my own hours and earn my own money instead of earning it for someone else,” said Sousa.

Known in the neighborhood as the king, Sousa opened the Kings Castle and business took off.   

2010 was a unique moment in Brazilian history. The economy was booming and many Brazilians moved out of poverty and into the middle class. Between 2003 and 2013, the median household income grew 87 percent in real terms.  But the good times didn’t last.

“The good times were when the middle class people from down there would come and socialize with people from the favela, and it was cool because it was a mix of those people. That was the best time, but it started to drop off about 2014.  And people would say they don’t have the money,” said Sousa.

Brazil’s economy hit a wall.  Some blame rising debt and cuts in government spending.  Others think of it as a convergence of economic forces, cuts in spending, consumption and investment.

Blame aside, Brazilian economist Rodrigo Magalhaes said the impact was felt hardest among people who had recently moved up into the middle class.

“When the recession began it broke the expectation of these people because in the last 10 years they had seen the situation getting steadily better and then it all collapsed,” said Magalhaes.

Public services like hospitals and public schools also have been hit hard. At the Amaro Cavalcanti school in Rio, the sign on the gate says “The struggle has only just started.”  

Across Brazil, teachers like Fabiola Camargo have been on strike. And students have been occupying schools for weeks.

“We have not had a raise since 2014.  The occupations are supporting the strikes just as much as the strikes are supporting the occupations because they both were wanting improvements in education.  It is as if the federal government and the city of Rio wants to stop investing in schools," said Ms. Camargo.

Unemployment in urban areas is reaching 8 percent and Brazil's GDP is expected to dip another 2 percent this year.  Economists don’t see any quick solution.
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Youngsters enjoy the offerings of the Bibliobús that is part of the Festival Nacional de las Artes. The mobile library will be in Ciudad Neily today and then in Golfito from Thursday to Sunday.

Training is today for locating the lost

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Soon getting lost in Costa Rica will be harder.

The Cruz Roja and the Dirección General de Aviación Civil will be training rescue personnel today in the use of a satellite tracking system.
Also being trained are members of the Cuerpo de Bomberos and Fuerza Pública.

The Cruz Roja has special rescue units who are called into service when a hiker or tourism group fails to return. Costa Rican forests are vast and challenging. They also can be confusing to newcomers.

The tracking system is similar to that used on aircraft. In fact, aircraft rescue will be included in the training. Costa Rica still holds some unlocated aircraft wrecks.

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration operates a worldwide alert system.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has been operating the system since 2001.

Impeachment trial OK’d in Brazil

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Brazilian Senate has voted to begin the impeachment trial of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, a move that could officially hand over power to her former vice president and current interim president, Michel Temer.

Senate debate stretched into the early hours today, but the results were clear-cut, with a 59 to 21 majority voting in favor of moving forward with the impeachment proceedings. The Senate needed just a simple majority to decide on taking Ms. Rousseff to trial, but a two-thirds majority will be needed in the final vote, which will come after the trial in late August.

The Senate suspended Ms. Rousseff in May after allegations emerged that she illegally fudged the numbers on the country’s budget to make it seem like a slump in the economy wasn’t as bad as it actually was during her 2014 re-election campaign. Throughout the impeachment process, Ms. Rousseff has maintained that she did nothing wrong and called it a coup.

Ms. Rousseff has denied she broke budget laws and maintains she is the victim of a right-wing conspiracy to overthrow her government that advanced the interests of Brazil's poor.
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U.S. labor productivity reported in decline

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The productivity of American workers fell in the second quarter, continuing a 12-month decline that fuels concerns about corporate profits and the ability of businesses to maintain their recent brisk hiring pace.

The U.S. Department of Labor said Tuesday productivity dropped at an annual rate of 0.5 percent in the three-month period through June.

The past 12 months have seen 0.4 percent drop in productivity, as rising labor costs and the number of hours worked are outpacing workers' output of goods and services.

Strong job gains help boost worker productivity, which contributes to higher incomes and rising living standards.

Uncertainties stemming from fragile global economic growth and the U.S. presidential election could affect wage hikes for U.S. workers as companies grapple with potentially weaker profits.

Some economists say they believe the drop in productivity, which measures hourly output per worker, is due to a shift from manufacturing and energy jobs to jobs in the service industry. Other economists question the government's ability to accurately measure it.