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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization carried out 19 raids Wednesday morning that involved a mass arrest of over 39 people suspected of scam, fraud, corruption and customs fraud among others.

Over 45 crimes are alleged to have been committed. Some of these are suspected of being conducted against foreigners as much as Costa Ricans. The fraudulent activities, scams and tax evasion are suspected of being in the millions of dollars at least.

The OIJ reported that this investigation began back in 2014 due to a suspicion of a criminal organization led by a couple who were arrested at their home in Escazú. An Italian national is also suspected of being a leader in the criminal organization, agents said. Among the other people arrested include: lawyers, accountants, customs staff, a banker and a BMW car salesman.

According to Jorge Chavarría, the fiscal general for Costa Rica, the alleged criminal organization are suspected of recruiting at least five officials from Aduanas and a branch manager of the Banco de Costa Rica.

“They were linked to the facilitation of documents and contacts to evade taxes on the importation of refrigeration equipment that came in the name of an Italian citizen who is currently detained,” Chavarría said.

Notably involved in this is the father of the deputy prosecutor of Limón who also happens to be the father-in-law of the deputy prosecutor against organized crime, according to a statement from the Ministerio Público. So far, judicial authorities have not conducted in-house arrests against these persons.

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Despite the family relation, authorities insist that the official attached to the organized crime office neither knew about the nature of the case nor was involved in its process.

The investigation began with Walter Espinoza, the current director of OIJ who was then deputy prosecutor against organized crime.

The criminal process was conducted with strict confidentiality on behalf of the Fiscalía General, the nation’s highest lawyer similar to a U.S. attorney general. The arrests were conducted all over the country in San José, Moravia, San Francisco de Dos Ríos, Cartago, Puntarenas, Tres Ríos, Liberia and Heredia.

Agents report that the crimes include: registry fraud, property scams, banking fraud, falsifying documents, tax evasion and illegally importing items.

During one of the raids, OIJ agents also found documentation belonging to the prosecutor in San Ramón and have been sent to the Inspección Fiscal for disciplinary investigation. The suspects have been handed over to the Fiscalía for further investigation.


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Sharon Day speaks at a confirmation hearing on July 19, 2017.
Sharon Day confirmed as Costa Rica ambassador
By Conor Golden,
News Editor for A.M. Costa Rica

This past Thursday, the United States Senate officially confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee for ambassador to Costa Rica, Sharon Day.

“It is my honor to appear before you today as President Trump’s nominee to represent the United States as Ambassador to the Republic of Costa Rica,” Ms. Day said during a confirmation hearing by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in mid-July. “I want to emphasize that, if confirmed as U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica, my duty would be first and foremost to the American people.”

She spoke to the committee that she had previously traveled to the country and witnessed firsthand its natural beauty and the closeness of the two countries diplomatically, politically and commercially.

“Costa Rica is a key tourist destination for my fellow Americans with over a million visitors annually and the number one destination for U.S. students studying abroad in Latin America,” she added. “I look forward to continuing to build our long history of bilateral cooperation.”

Ms. Day cited three main goals during her address to the committee: to assure U.S. visitors and residents are safe, to stop the flow of illegal drugs and immigrants coming through Costa Rica to the U.S. and support the country’s efforts to strengthen the economy and improve its business climate.

“A safe and secure Costa Rica is beneficial for both the U.S. citizens who visit this beautiful country and for those who call Costa Rica home,” she said to the committee.

She has held no diplomatic or foreign affairs position within the federal, state or local level. Ms. Day also does not speak any Spanish, which is something staff at the U.S. Embassy said that they would help her with upon coming to the country.

Now confirmed, the former co-chair of the Republican National Committee will need to present her credentials and letter of ambassadorship before the Costa Rican government. Only then, upon formal acceptance by the Costa Ricans, will she be officially announced as the U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica. It is expected that Costa Rica will accept the confirmation, embassy officials said.

Ms. Day is a former co-chair of the Republican National Committee being first elected back in 2011. According to a statement provided by the Office of the Press Secretary, she has served the Republican Party at state, local and national levels for more than 20 years as well as being an active political commentator and columnist. She left the RNC in mid-January.
“Earlier in her career, she was the chief executive officer and vice president of Marketing of Stop Loss International, a general managing underwriter and reinsurance company, headquartered in Indianapolis,” a statement from the Trump administration said.

“Ms. Day has also been active in community service, including as housing authority chair for the Broward County Housing Authority and as commissioner on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.”

She will replace S. Fitzgerald Haney as the Costa Rica ambassador. Haney is a businessman from New Jersey who held the post since 2015. He was allowed to stay on as ambassador after Trump was elected, even though many other Barack Obama appointees were required to leave their posts on Inauguration Day.

Since Haney’s departure in July, the responsibilities of the ambassador post are being stewarded by, Robin Matthewman, the Chargé d’Affaires and career Foreign Service officer.

Most of Ms. Day’s published statements from the RNC deal primarily with issues of domestic policy particularly in regards to women’s rights. She has been a vehement critic of former secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in the past including speeches at the most recent Republican National Conventions in 2012 and 2016.

She is expected to face some uphill battles as the U.S. State Dept. experiences widespread cuts in its budgets particularly in the areas of foreign assistance as well as in its diplomatic programs. The diplomatic mission to Costa Rica will not be immune to this and neither will the Central American region.

The Trump administration has proposed a cut of more than 30 percent in U.S. assistance to places like El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in spite of simultaneously pledging a stronger commitment to the region.

These countries are notorious for increased problems related to gang violence and being among the top most murderous countries in the world.

The Trump administration has requested $460 million in assistance for the Northern Triangle in fiscal 2018, down more than 30 percent from its current $655 million allocation but still a substantial amount of money, according to John Creamer, the deputy asst. secretary of State.

Since fiscal year 2016, Congress has appropriated $1.4 billion to implement U.S. strategy in Central America, Creamer said. Advocates worry the proposed cut would negatively affect Northern Triangle economies, security and migration.






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Government tries traffic reform again

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Starting this weekend, the first pilot project of creating exclusive lanes and training drivers on traffic operations of the Tibás-Santo Domingo route.

This is coming late as the whole plan is based on a transport reform in discussion since 1999, the Política Pública Sectorial de la Modernización del Transporte Público Modalidad Autobuses for the greater metropolitan area. The pilot plan seeks to change the current model of bus routes. One plagued by heavy traffic, multiple isolated routes and a complete saturation of urban areas.

The plan, coordinated with the municipalities of Tibás and Santo Domingo, is to reorganize the road and, again, try to make bus drivers comply with the public transportation lane. Aside from the training, police checks will be carried out throughout the process and the Consejo Transporte Público and the Laboratorio Nacional de Materiales y Modelos Estructurales of the Universidad de Costa Rica will be riding along to monitor.

Although the pilot plan is beginning for the Tibás-Santo Domingo route, it will expand to San Pedro-Curridabat, Santa Ana-Escazú, Pavas and Desamparados among others. “The Costa Rica se mueve began as an effort to renew the modernization of public transport, which had fallen into paralysis due to lack of concrete progress with a change of strategy,” a statement from Casa Presidencial said.

This plan will eventually encompass not only the bus lines but is also intended to involve the railroad system, Banco Central, and the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.


Ruta 21 line painting continues today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Work is continuing on an 18-kilometer stretch of road between Liberia and Guardia this week.

Ruta 21 will be undergoing some line-painting over the next few weeks with the work expected to be completed by the end of August. The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that these works will be carried out all day between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. if weather conditions permit. The public works ministry advised drivers to plan accordingly as the road will be regulated by the crews at some points potentially causing delays.

“Due to the type of painting, the work must be done by day since at night there is a higher probability of rain and, if not rain, then an increase in humidity,” a statement from the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said.

Currently, crews are around Daniel Oduber international airport just outside of Liberia Centro. The next days will see them head towards Guardia. Previously, a new asphalt layer was laid on top of the road, the ministry said. This is supposed to help drivers in preparation for the heavier part of the rainy season and when there is greater tourism traffic from next December on. Total investment reached 135 million colones, officials said.


UCR hosts first symposium on climate

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica will be holding the first Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity going on until tomorrow.

The event will take place at the auditorium of Ciudad de la Investigación, at the Universidad de Costa Rica. According to the Vicerrectoría de Investigación, the activity will gather social actors and experts in the problem of climate change and the search for solutions.

The symposium will be attended by 24 experts from 10 American and European countries, including the United States, Guatemala, Chile, Germany, Colombia, Uruguay, México and Costa Rica, who will speak during the three days of the activity.

Climate change is one of the most serious issues facing the planet and threatens humans directly in the economy, health, housing, natural resources and development models, says the statement.

"The impacts of this phenomenon are already ringing the first alerts in Latin America, However, experts say it has not been given the necessary attention," according to a statement from the university.

The meeting will address four major issues which are the impacts of climate change on terrestrial and marine ecosystems and mitigation of climate change by the energy, transport, agriculture, land management and biodiversity sectors.
Another subject to be covered is adaptation to climate change in the energy, infrastructure, agriculture, sustainable farming systems and food security, public health sectors and biodiversity conservation at places such as the country’s nature preserves.

The last issue is about communication and learning on climate change, as well as analysis and discussion of climate change from different perspectives, such as geopolitics, gender and governance. There is no entrance fee to the event and it is open to the public.


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Member of the press team and coast guard listens at discussion.

Security officials participate
at U.S. Southern Command exercise


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two officers from the Costa Rican Guardacostas and other officials with the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública are participating in a multinational exercise on the defense of the Panama Canal.

This is called PANAMAX 2017 and is being hosted by the United States’ Southern Command at Mayport Naval Base in Jacksonville, Florida. The exercise includes simulations by air, land and sea to command and control threats to the canal, an area previously under U.S. jurisdiction for decades. These would include terror attacks, war, natural disasters or pandemic outbreaks involving Panamá and neighboring countries, the ministry said.

One of the exercises involved a fake group called the Brigada de los Mártires de la Liberación who intend to seize the canal similar to war games. The military and other representatives of more than 17 nations then coordinate the response to neutralize the fake group.

For Costa Rica’s participation, they are conducting the exercises in the framework of two areas: coordinating at sea due to proximity in Panamá and how to communicate a response to the public in any situation requiring an intervention of nations to defend the canal.

The Panama Canal is considered one of the most strategically and economically crucial infrastructures in the world, the security ministry said. Six percent of the world’s trade passes through its gates at about 400 billion tons of products.

Aside from Costa Rica, the nations participating in this year’s exercises are: Brazil, Belize, Chile, México, Trinidad and Tobago, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, Brazil, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú and the U.S.


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LabGas leads on use of drones

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For more than a decade, the GasLab of the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias Atómicas has been working on the development of drones in the use of measuring atmospheric gases and volcanoes.

According to a statement from the Universidad de Costa Rica, it is nearly impossible to install new permanent monitoring stations on volcanoes like Turrialba and Poás, two of the more well-known active volcanoes in the country. The stations already in place have been damaged by prior eruptions, which continue in varying frequency and intensity. Now, the volcanologists see a solution in the use of drone technology, which will allow data-gathering during the eruption itself.

The information gathered by GasLab is also used to confirm and calibrate remote sensors located on space satellites and monitored by the International Space Station. “The first time, we used a drone was eight years ago and cost the Universidad de Costa Rica about $20,000,” said Jorge Andrés Díaz, a physicist and microelectronic engineer specializing in constructing instruments for scientific research. “Over time, we have learned to use the drones and adapt measuring equipment.”

The cost of this technology has also gone down as it has developed and become more popular in usage. Speed is also the key as everything is obtained in transmitted in real ti

“Emerging technologies, such as drones and miniaturization of instruments and sensors are already revolutionizing the field of data generation and data collection for scientific research purposes,” a statement from the university said. “The collection of data in places where it was previously not accessible is one of those and the possibility of conducting them more frequently allows researchers to analyze changes in a phenomenon over time.”

It is also a niche with only a few people worldwide using the type of technology for these kinds of purposes, Díaz said. Beyond the volcanoes, the drones could also be used to identify and measure the presence of chemical weapons such as mustard or sarin gas. To that end, the GasLab team was recently invited to Brazil to present its work to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons of the United Nations.


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2,000 new books will be at the fair

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Book lovers will rejoice as over 2,000 new titles, published between September 2016 and August 2017 from a wide variety of genres, will be presented at this year’s Fería Internacional del Libro.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, students from over 70 schools from places like Puriscal, Sarapiquí, San Carlos, Upala and Pavas will join them. The visits will occur beginning Friday, Aug. 25 from 9 a.m. to noon and then continue the next week. The main meeting place will be at the Antigua de Aduana but organizers said that a novelty of the festival will be the conversion of Casa del Cuño into two stories of book publishers, collectors and representatives of stores. Other bases for the event will be in the Nave de Ladrillo, Teatro de la Aduana and Biblioteca Nacional.

The book festival will last from Aug. 25 to Sept.3, organizers said, and will be dedicated to Universidad Estatal a Distancia for its 40th anniversary. “The UNED has the most prestigious publishing house and recognition at the national and regional level both for the diversity and breadth of its catalog,” said Luis Bernal Montes de Oca Figueroa, the president of the Cámara Costarricense del Libro.

The celebration will include talks and meetings with 10 international writers from México, Nicaragua, El Salvador, the United States, Chile, Puerto Rico and Perú. “All of them were selected for their wide and recognized career in contemporary literature and as leaders of opinion in their countries of origin,” a statement from the cultural ministry said. “For example, the work of Fernando Iwasaki is characterized by his sensitivity, humor and acute criticism and Juan Villoro stands out for his journalistic chronicles.”







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Retention of Zika virus in males is often not considered in studies
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In most ways, Zika is a lot like other tropical fevers. People become infected when they are bitten by mosquitos. Infected mothers pass the virus to their unborn children.

But unlike other mosquito-borne outbreaks, Zika doubles as a sexually transmitted infection, passing from person to person in bodily fluids. And that’s where things get complicated. In a new paper, a team led by Santa Fe Institute Research fellow, Laurent Hébert-Dufresne, asks under what conditions a Zika outbreak might be sustained where mosquitos play no role.

“Zika has a lot of unusual characteristics that have caused scientists a lot of confusion,” says Hébert-Dufresne. “Infected people rarely have symptoms, and typically only reproducing women get tested, so we know very little about the true extent of Zika’s sexual transmission.”

One Zika oddity is that infected males retain the virus in their semen nearly 10 times longer than women do in their vaginal fluids – 180 days rather than 20, on average — making males much more likely to transmit Zika sexually than females.

That raises a question: Could a population of males who have sex with males sustain an outbreak once the virus gets going? What about when an infected male returns from visiting a place where Zika-carrying mosquitos are active, for example?

To study the problem, the research team generated hypothetical sexual contact networks, randomly assigning sexual orientations to its members. Then they let the networks percolate.

They found that their random networks quickly developed core-periphery structures, with populations of males who have sex with males forming an outbreak-sustaining core and the heterosexual population experiencing smaller outbreaks on the periphery.

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Males who have sex with males, of course, are part of a wider sexual contact network in which bisexual males pass the virus to their female partners, who pass the virus to their partners, and so on.

In the researchers’ networks, Zika outbreaks make their way into the heterosexual community but soon peter out under the less-probable female-to-male transmission conditions. The possibility of silent, sustained outbreaks among populations least likely to get tested for Zika should raise alarms, says Hébert-Dufresne.

“Because people usually don’t have symptoms, we mostly care about Zika when it goes into the community of reproducing females,” he says. “But if there are hidden reservoirs of Zika infection out there that can get into the reproducing population, we might want to rethink our surveillance and prevention strategies.”

The research team included two physicists, Antoine Allard and Hébert-Dufresne, and two epidemiologists: Sam Scarpino and Ben Althouse.


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Accidental Cuban refugee
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

When the electricity went out in the Havana neighborhood where she lived, Jessi Calzado-Esponda remembers her family often brought out the guitars. This memory of singing and dancing in the darkness is one of few the 29-year-old has from her childhood on the island nation.

She left at age seven as an accidental refugee. Her aunt had decided to emigrate from Cuba on a crowded raft. Somehow Ms. Calzado-Esponda and her grandmother, who were just there to say good-bye, ended up on the raft as it drifted out to sea.

Faced with the choice of swimming to shore or staying put, they stayed. Neither was a swimmer.

“Literally in the blink of an eye, I lost my mom, my immediate family and my beloved Cuba.” Ms. Calzado-Esponda would not see her family again for almost 20 years.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the raft. Ms. Calzado-Esponda, her aunt and grandmother were taken to Guantanamo Bay, where they lived for several months before they were resettled in Tampa, Florida.

That’s when Ms. Calzado-Esponda’s American life began, a story almost as remarkable as the one that got her to the United States. At one time homeless, she later founded a tourist agency, which caters to, among other groups, celebrities, like reality TV stars, the Kardashians.

“My first English words were, ‘Mister, mister, give me candy,’” Ms. Calzado-Esponda recalls. “I looked at it as a big adventure.”

Her first years in the U.S. were happy ones, but she missed her parents and brother. “I was always accustomed to being with people. It was a big adjustment for me not hanging out with my little cousins and brother.”

Several years after their arrival in Tampa, Ms. Calzado-Esponda’s aunt committed suicide. The adjustment was complicated by the fact that the aunt had been the small family’s breadwinner. Without her, Ms. Calzado-Esponda and her grandmother could not make ends meet and ended up in a homeless shelter.

But something wonderful happened there too. A music teacher, who volunteered at the shelter, took an interest in Ms. Calzado-Esponda, who was then about 12, nudging her to play the piano, play the flute, play the guitar.

Ms. Calzado-Esponda moved to Washington, D.C., in her 20s and was working for a U.S. congressman when she was involved in a car accident that left her with a traumatic brain injury. Forced to leave her job, she couldn’t remember people’s names or conversations. She was nauseous and her back ached. Two years later, she is better, if not completely recovered.

When she learned her mother was sick, Ms. Calzado-Esponda applied for a visa to return to Cuba. “Unfortunately, one day before I was able to come into Cuba, my mom passed away, so the very first time I met my whole family, was at my mom’s funeral,” she said.

But her reception and Cuba had a profound effect on her. Right after then-president Barack Obama announced an easing of relations between the U.S. and Cuba, Ms. Calzado-Esponda started her travel agency, Cuba Inspires, building on her ties to the island country to build insider tours for all kinds of groups.

After more than a year of operation, Cuba Inspires is off to a good start. Ms. Calzado hopes to build on her success with events, such as the U.S.-Cuban youth choir competition, for which she recently won permission. She sees herself as an unofficial ambassador.

"I’ve always considered the United States and Cuba kind of like two divorced parents and the United States being my father, Cuba being my mother," she said. "And it is my job to kind of bridge the differences between them because I love both of them."


Mexican player sanctioned by the U.S. for associations

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Well-known Mexican soccer star Rafael Marquez Alvarez is one of 22 people sanctioned Wednesday by the U.S. Treasury Department for alleged connections to a Mexican narcotics organization.

The Treasury announced that it would sanction 42 Mexican entities including: a casino, several bars and restaurants, and a music production company for providing support to longtime Mexican drug kingpin Raul Flores Hernandez.

"Raul Flores Hernandez has operated for decades because of his longstanding relationships with other drug cartels and his use of financial front persons to mask his investments of illegal drug proceeds," the Treasury’s director of foreign asset control, John Smith, said in a statement.

The Treasury said Mexican authorities also seized diverse assets belonging to Hernandez, including a Guadalajara casino. In addition to sanctions placed on the soccer star Alvarez, who previously played for major league soccer teams in the U.S. and Spain, the Treasury also identified singer Julio Cesar Alvarez, better known as Julion Alvarez, as having been one of several people who acted as front persons for Hernandez and his drug trafficking organization and held assets on their behalf.

Several of Hernandez’s family members also had sanctions levied against them. The sanctions will block access to any assets held in the U.S. and block U.S. citizens from doing business with the named subjects.


Venezuela’s new assembly says its decision overrides all

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuela's newly established constituent assembly declared itself Tuesday to be above all other branches of government, including the opposition-led congress.

Assembly leaders said their laws and decisions trumped all others made by anyone else. They said they were not intending to threaten anyone, but were just looking to coexist. But the opposition-controlled congress vowed not to give up its power, even while the assembly threatens to strip it of any authority and scrap parliamentary immunity from opposition lawmakers.

Some opposition politicians complained Tuesday that they had been barred from entering the congressional chamber. The 545-member assembly's chief task is to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution. Its members were chosen July 30 in what the United States has called a sham election. No Latin America country will recognize any decisions by the new assembly, nor will the U.S., Canada or the European Union.

Peruvian Foreign Minister Ricardo Luna hosted a meeting of his Latin counterparts Tuesday in Lima and declared Venezuela to be a dictatorship. He said Venezuela's only way out was to return to democracy by dissolving the constituent assembly, freeing all political prisoners and holding a new presidential election.

Perú has already withdrawn its ambassador from Venezuela and has suggested other nations do the same.

Also Tuesday, the U.N. human rights office said most of the 125 deaths of anti-government protesters had been caused by widespread and systematic excessive force by Venezuelan security forces. The U.N. agency said preliminary results of its investigation showed 46 demonstrators had died directly at the hands of Venezuelan security forces, while pro-government armed groups were responsible for 27 deaths. It was unclear what killed the others.

U.N. human rights commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said more than 5,000 people had been arbitrarily detained in Venezuela since widespread unrest broke out in late March. More than 1,000 are still in custody. Zeid's office reported allegations of torture, including electric shocks, beatings with sticks, hanging detainees by their wrists, and threats of sexual violence against their families.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has imposed sanctions on eight more Venezuelan officials in retaliation for helping to create a new legislative body that is expanding the power of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

The sanctions were announced Wednesday by the U.S. Treasury Department. They will freeze the U.S. assets of the targeted officials, including the brother of deceased Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez. The sanctions will also prohibit the Venezuelan officials from traveling to the United States and ban Americans from conducting business with them.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said Venezuela's illegitimate body serves to tighten Maduro's grip on the country.

"This regime's disregard for the will of the Venezuelan people is unacceptable, and the United States will stand with them in opposition to tyranny until Venezuela is restored to a peaceful and prosperous democracy," Mnuchin said.

The new sanctions came after the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Maduro himself last week and on 13 Venezuelan officials on July 26.

Meanwhile, the mayor of the Venezuelan capital of Caracas, who is hiding from authorities for allowing anti-government protests in his district, has urged citizens to keep resisting the Maduro government. Ramon Muchacho delivered the message in a video recorded at a secret location after Maduro's Supreme Court sentenced him to 15 months in prison for defying orders to stop the protesters from blocking traffic.

Muchacho was the fourth Venezuelan mayor to be charged in the last 15 days for not stopping protesters from disrupting traffic in their jurisdictions. A fifth mayor was scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.


Guam receives spotlight
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

North Korea's threat against Guam spotlights a western Pacific U.S. territory that looms large as a military asset, despite being smaller than Singapore.

A former Spanish colony, Guam has been in American hands since the end of the nineteenth century. It is one of 17 non-self-governing territories of the United States. Guam serves as a major military base for the United States, with U.S. Air Force and Navy installations occupying some 29 percent of the island's total land area. It is also a major hub for submarine communications cables between the western United States, Hawaii, Australia, and Asia.

Guam, with an area of only 544 square kilometers, hosts a military presence of nearly 7,000 military personnel and it is expected to house thousands more in the near future, as the United States moves military assets and personnel currently housed on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

Guam has been a major base for U.S. military aircraft since World War II. The U.S. built an air base on Guam in 1944 to stage its bombing missions to Japan, and has maintained an air and sea presence on the island since.

Andersen Air Force Base on Guam hosts a Navy helicopter squadron and Air Force bombers; it has two three-kilometer runways and large storage facilities for fuel and munitions. Naval Base Guam is home port for four nuclear-powered fast-attack submarines and two submarine tenders.

Guam's proximity to the Korean peninsula is also what makes it an attractive target for North Korea. Pyongyang is only 3,380 kilometers northwest of Guam, putting it within a feasible striking distance. Tokyo is 2,400 kilometers to the north, and Taipei is 2,700 kilometers to the west.

Guam was an important asset in the Pacific during the Vietnam War, as a base for B-52 bombers headed for missions in southeast Asia. It was also used as a transit point for evacuating Vietnamese refugees.


North Korea risks its ruin
if it starts war, Mattis says


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Wednesday that North Korea risks annihilation if it starts a war, and he told Pyongyang it must end its pursuit of nuclear weaponry.

Mattis said North Korea should cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people. The reclusive communist nation, he added, must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

Mattis, whose remarks came in a statement, warned that the U.S. and its allies now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on Earth. He said any North Korean military operation will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours and would lose any arms race or conflict it initiates.

Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, spoke out after President Donald Trump, in the midst of an exchange of bellicose threats with North Korea, declared that the United States nuclear arsenal is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before.

In an early-morning Twitter comment, Trump said his first order as president after taking office in January was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It was not immediately clear what overhaul of the country's nuclear weaponry Trump was referencing. The president has called for a big increase in military spending, including research and development of new weapons, but Congress has yet to enact a 2018 spending plan.

On a refueling layover in Guam as he returned to Washington from a trip through Southeast Asia, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said, "I think Americans should sleep well at night and have no concerns about this particular rhetoric of the last few days." Tillerson added that Trump, as commander in chief, felt it necessary to issue a very strong statement directly to North Korea.

The secretary of state continued: "I think what the president was just reaffirming is that the United States has capability to fully defend itself in any attack and defend our allies. And we will do so. And so, the American people should sleep well at night."

Tillerson said Trump's rhetoric was intended for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in words he would understand, because he does not seem to understand diplomatic language.

North Korea said earlier Wednesday that its armed forces were carefully examining a plan to launch missile strikes against Guam. American military bases on the U.S. Pacific island territory are thought to hold the largest U.S. arsenal of nuclear weapons outside the continental United States.

Tillerson said he never considered rerouting his jet's refueling stop. "I do not believe that there is any imminent threat, in my own view," Tillerson said.

The governor of Guam, Eddie Calvo, said authorities there were prepared for any eventuality but did not feel they were under threat. "Guam is American soil not just a military installation," Calvo added, and noted that the White House had assured him that any attack on the island would be considered an attack on the United States.


As its caliphate crumbles,
Islamic State turns to crime


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

There’s an increasing convergence between criminal and jihadist milieus in European countries such as France and the Low Countries.

Radicalization experts say they expect the crime-terror nexus to grow as Islamic State tries to find new sources of revenue to replace those it is losing as its caliphate shrinks, and to mount attacks in Europe to demonstrate its continued relevance.

The presence of former convicts and criminals inside terrorist groups and mutually useful connections with crime groups is not new or unprecedented, they say. It has been seen with secular, nationalist as well as Christian-based terror gangs for decades from Northern Ireland’s IRA and Protestant paramilitaries to the Basque separatist movement, but the phenomenon related to Islamic State has become more pronounced.

In several European countries, most jihadist foreign fighters are former criminals, and talent-spotters recruit aggressively among prisoners as well as among ex-convicts on the outside. Criminal gangs and the jihadists are recruiting from the same pool of people, with both needing members who have useful skills from experience with guns and readiness to be violent to the ability to escape police detection.

The crime connection adds to the challenges for de-radicalization efforts, says Emma Webb, an analyst with the Henry Jackson Society, a London-based research organization. She says the criminal past of IS a recruit helps to reinforce bonds among members with friendship and criminality reinforcing each other.

A landmark report last year by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King’s College, London University, also argued that the jihadist narrative, as articulated by Islamic State, is surprisingly well-aligned with the personal needs and desires of criminals, and that it can be used to curtail as well as license the continued involvement in crime.

As the terror group is squeezed in territory it once controlled, its primary revenue-generating streams, sales of oil, gas and phosphate as well as extortion of local populations and the sale of ancient loot from archaeological sites, are drying up, forcing the terror group to look elsewhere for revenue. Islamic State will need to rely increasingly on self-funding recruits, if it is to continue to mount attacks in the West, say analysts.

And it isn’t only in Europe. Islamic State is drawing closer to criminal networks, cooperating with them as well as taxing them when they want to move contraband, drugs or people through territory it controls or has a major presence in with fighters.

In remote parts of western Iraq’s Anbar province, Islamic State may be more involved in drugs than just helping their movement. Earlier this year, the London-based Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported that Islamic State has been encouraging local farmers to cultivate marijuana, which is then moved through Syria into Turkey for onward transportation by crime syndicates to Europe.



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Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot, incredible views. Flexible zoning. Can build 1550 Sqm. 7 meters high zoning. Easy to get liquor license. Low interest financing. Up to 40% financing / get residency through investor status / includes a corporation that is 27 years old and offshore banking account / possible 50/50 partnership. Super location in front of the Bosques de Escazú  Condos  / Monthly rentals available


Send an email hotelescazu@aol.com Call for more info:
Free US phone 877-778-8515  or 410-975-6703 
In Costa Rica phone: 506- 8307-0164
9142-7/27/17


Costa Rica
                                  Penthouse

Costa Rica Penthouse For Sale

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

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


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9124-4/19/17


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


San Ramon home
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed,  Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: mmpeace@hotmail.com  (please link that email)
Check out slide show HERE!
9220-8/15/17


Santiago de Puriscal
A little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal,
Costa Rica.
    

16 acres (approximately).  Price: $425,000 USD

We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 km.) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos. We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. Have surveyed plans for possible subdividing.

For more information:  In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 970-581-4826 or email toddscolorado@gmail.com. In Costa Rica call Liz Guegan at 506-7187-8577.
CODE: 9216-8/11/17


Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
REDUCED $40K - $355,000
HEALTH CONDITIONS REQUIRES QUICK SALE
This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
    Summary of House Features:

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

colinasdelsol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hotel in
                                  Escazú

For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú

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


Send an email hotelescazu@aol.com Call for more info:
Free US phone 877-778-8515  or 410-975-6703 
In Costa Rica phone: 506- 8307-0164
9142-7/27/17


Sabana
                                  Sur house
Commercial Building for Sale in Sabana Sur
A two story building w/14 areas for offices, call center, storage or residence. Building has been completely remodelled  Transportation within 50 mts. passenger train, buses and taxis. Park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium 2 - 3 block walk. 24 hour security, many restuarants, clubs and social facilities nearby. Approximately 325 mts. construction $350,000. 
Contact :
 James Holley E-mail  jimmy6902001@yahoo.com
9245-7/8/17


Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

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Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
9215-3/22/18


Remax
                                  Tamarindo
www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices. For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo ~ Toll Free: 1-866-976-8898 or email:  info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com  or click here www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com
9145-1/2918


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                                    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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Downed power pole
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One of many downed electrical poles hit by a vehicle.

Collisions happen everyday, ICE says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Vehicle collisions to electric posts have occurred every day, based on data from the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz.

More than 219 million colones were spent by ICE and CNFL for the cost of repair or reinstalling these posts within the first seven months of this year. This has also resulted in the temporary loss of power for over 41,000 people for an average of six hours at a time, ICE said.

The institute said that, in some cases, the period of time was longer such as when a truck broke several poles at the Moín port in Limón, which knocked out power for up to 1,652 customers back in late July. ICE said it took about 20 hours of non-stop work to finally restore services to the area.

A similar situation happened to CNFL customers near San Rafael de Ojo de Agua after another truck damaged three posts and also required 20 hours of continuous work. This situation happened last week.


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Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social photo     
New Centro del Dolor y Cuidados Paliativos.

12,000 expected to benefit from new Caja building and expanded services

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Around 12,000 people are expected to benefit from the new Centro del Dolor y Cuidados Paliativos that was inaugurated Wednesday by Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís.

The building is about a block north of Hospital Calderón Guardia in San José’s Barrio Aranjuez. According to a statement from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, the new facility cost about 6.3 million colones and consists of around 5,950 square meters. The center will provide spaces for areas such as: ulcer cures, specialized therapies, specialized medical consultation, nursing, physical therapy, nutrition and psychology among others.

“The new building will allow users to be in a more comfortable, safe and dignified place,” the Caja said. “It will also contribute to the continuous improvement and development of education in pain control and palliative care for health officials.”

Palliative care is a form of specialized medical care for people who have serious illnesses. It is focused mainly on providing relief from stress resulting from having a serious illness or injury. This type of care was formally applied back in 1991 as a clinic within Hospital Calderón, the Caja said. Today that has expanded to over 51 clinics and an average of 50 consultations each year.
 





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Event to discuss digitization in business sector

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In addition to the climate change symposium at Universidad de Costa Rica, there will also be an upcoming Congreso de Estudiantes de Negocios as well from Aug. 17 to 18.

This event was completely organized by students in business administration, according to a statement from the university. The symposium will be held at the Wyndham Herredura Hotel where 11 speakers will participate including Michelle Poler, a Venezuelan transplanted to New York who rose to fame as a YouTube blogger back in 2015. Ms. Poler made a TEDx Talk on her “100 Days Without Fear” project that went viral. She has since become a prominent public speaker at universities and companies like Google, Facebook, Netflix and ESPN. The main theme in these talks appear to be discussing the transition to digital processes in business from data engineering to brand design.

Some of the other speakers will include: Gerardo Corrales, the general manager for Banco de América Central-San José; Juan José Altmann Garnier, a manager of the Imperial beer brand; and Edgar Odio Rohrmoser, a lawyer attached to Pragma Legal. These men will speak about sustainable branding, competition law and the advent of the digitization in business.

Along with the 200 business students, organizers received the funding to provide a full scholarship to a percentage of the participants, the university said. With various promotions, a regular ticket will be $120 for the two days and includes food
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