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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The finance ministry announced Thursday evening that it has not ordered the freezing of any bank accounts unsubscribed from the Registro Nacional.

The registry, in compliance with the tax law on legal entities or personas jurídicas, carried out a dissolution of over 200,000 sociedades anónimas that were late on paying their taxes.

The complete list was published in the official government magazine, La Gaceta, the Ministerio de Hacienda said.

Anyone affected by this situation need to go to the national registry, Hacienda said. No requests were made by the government authorities to the banks to close or freeze accounts linked to delinquent sociedades anónimas.

Many expats use these types of corporations in order to manage or finance their assets and property owned down here.

This includes anything from running a legal, registered business in Costa Rica to purchasing a vehicle. Some of those S.A.’s found inactive could be at risk of having their bank accounts frozen for use.

The announcement comes in the wake of several fiscal-related assurances, proposals and other statements made by financial authorities. In the past week, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís announced that the country faces a shortage in liquid assets such as cash.
Although the public institutions and funds are still in operation, Solís has warned continuously of the dangerous road the country is on.
To alleviate that, the executive branch presented Thursday to the legislature yet another reintroduction of its public financing strengthening law.

In simple terms, this means the passage of two tax measures: increasing the income tax and creating a new value-added tax.

A.M. Costa Rica has reported extensively on these two measures that the administration and Hacienda officials have been screaming for the legislature to pass.

“The taxes on income and sales came into force in our country back in the 1980s and respond to a very different national economic context,” said Helio Fallas, the Costa Rican vice-president and finance minister.

“They do not tax the most dynamic sectors of the economy, nor some obvious manifestations of wealth. The initiative has been developed taking into account progressive criteria.”

Aside from the taxes, the government’s suggestion for the budget would be gradual cuts in spending based on government authorities and establishing a cap that decelerates spending based on the debt ratio between the central government to the gross domestic product.

There is also a suggestion of reforming public wages.

However, it is unlikely given the country moving into an election year and unions already threatening to shut down the country with strikes over their pension plans that any legislator would seek to come out in favor of more taxes and less social spending.


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Hurricane season coming back with more storms
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Hurricane season is coming back for another round with the Colorado State University Tropical Meteorology Project predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season.

Costa Rica has had few historical incidents of a hurricane making landfall on these shores. Most expats will recall the most recent experience being in November of last year when Hurricane Otto slammed through Nicaragua and the rest of Central America and just barely touched the extreme north of Costa Rica with its edges.

But for many, the country has prevailed over a threatening force of nature. An assessment of damages will begin today, but trees seem to be the most numerous victims.

Communities like Barra del Colorado in extreme northeastern Costa Rica suffered some structural damage but were not leveled as would be expected being in the path of a category 2 hurricane with 110 miles per hour with higher gusts.

The storm made landfall just north of San Juan del Norte in Nicaragua on the north shore of the Rio San Juan, the international border. When it entered in Los Chiles, the storm became the first hurricane on record for Costa Rica. Then it continued moving west through Upala and northern Guanacaste.

Power outages and damage to road infrastructure were abundant and some of the repairs are still being done to this day in the northern part of the country, which the government alleges is due to the damage sustained by Otto.

This year, the effects of El Niño and slightly warmer than normal sea surface temperatures could be the fuel needed for more developing tropical cyclones. As of Aug. 4, the Colorado hurricane research team is predicting a total of 11 additional names storms to form, according to a statement from the university.

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Thursday tropical weather outlook shows cyclones approaching Eastern Seaboard.

Of those 11, eight are expected to become hurricanes and three to reach major hurricane strength.

“It takes only one landfall event near you to make this an active season,” said Michael Ball, a co-author in the report and specialist in atmospheric science with the university. Although, hurricanes have a tendency to just pass above Costa Rica and remain a worrisome threat to places like Haiti and Cuba or the Gulf Coast of México, the effects of that hurricane are felt for miles.

Heavy winds and heavier rains can be anticipated in the country as hurricane season and the really torrential portion of the rainy season begins. Just this past Wednesday, the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional reported the 32nd tropical wave in Panamá would enter the country that afternoon.

Hurricane-influenced rains are worrisome due to the floods it can cause on the roads particularly in rural areas. This part of the backlash Costa Rica gets from these tropical storms.

This morning, the meteorological institute reported a pattern of instability in weather conditions would lead to strong winds and rains in the Caribbean and Limón areas. Similar predictions of precipitation for the rest of the country were also made for Thursday afternoon.







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The country’s deputy prosecutor for fraud is requesting a year of preventive detention for 13 of the 38 people suspected of forming a multi-million dollar scam ring.

As to the rest of the people involved or arrested in relation to this case, the Fiscalía will request alternative measures for seven while the other 18 were released Wednesday night. “The reason is that they had a smaller participation in the criminal acts and there is no likelihood that they will affect the criminal process if they remain without precautionary measures,” a statement from the Ministerio Público said.

Officials did clarify, however, that they do remained charged and under investigation for their involvement. Among the 13 detained in prison include: the alleged leaders of this clandestine operation, a lawyer and a few so-called recruiters.

As for those under alternative measures, these include: the Banco de Costa Rica employee, three Aduana agents and the BMW car salesman among others.


These people were arrested Wednesday morning that gave some a rude wake-up call across the nation. Over 45 crimes of registry fraud, tax evasion, scamming, bank fraud, falsifying documents and violations of customs laws are suspected of being committed against both foreigners and Costa Ricans. The money involved is in the millions of dollars, agents believe. According to the Judicial Investigation Organization, the investigation into this case began back in 2014.

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 Wednesday statement from the Ministerio Público.

So far, judicial authorities have not conducted in-house arrests against these persons. 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.


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.


Patients can make appointments online

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Patients in over 1,000 Equipos Básicos de Atención Integral en Salud, or Ebáis, can now make their appointments online, according to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

Up until Wednesday, the Caja had granted over 775,389 appointments online but the institution hopes that this will be expanded as its benefits are showcased to people.

For the manager’s in the technology department, the online appointment system allows for reduction in waits, the patient need not move anywhere or get up early and can do it anywhere where there is an internet connection. It also intends to eliminate the practice of people who sell appointment times in the country.


The platform works 24/7, a statement from the Caja said. With the Edus app on one’s phone, appointment reminders can be sent to the patient.

In order to make an online appointment, one simply needs to go to the Caja website, search the online calendar and register. The person can make an appointment, cancel or make a change and consultation even if it was not obtained online, officials said.


The Caja would remind, however, that the identification number is very important as well as to know which place one is going to. If the appointment is for a minor under 12 years old, then the parent needs to enter the data in the name of the minor.

At this point, the Ebáis of the cantons of Vásquez de Corono, San Antonio de Desamparados, San Francisco Dos Ríos, Leon XIII and La Carpio are missing.


Volcano perimeter
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Map showing the perimeter for Volcán Turrialba.

Stay away from the crater, CNE says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

After repeated violations, the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias reminded people and businesses they need to stay off the active crater in Turrialba.

“We reiterate that Volcán Turrialba is one of the most active volcanoes in Costa Rica and although the activity has periods of relative calm, there is no warning to the moment, the hour, the direction of smoke or material thrown and at what distance,” the CNE said in a statement.

“Restricted areas should therefore be respected with an attitude of self-protection and individual responsibility to avoid unfortunate incidents.”


The emergency commission listed out the potential dangers of entering the restricted area within the security perimeter. Aside from being trapped by falling volcanic material or landslides, the other risks include: falling due to being hit by rocks, choking or being blinded by the poisonous gases, vapors and other particles in the air and an assurance that one may not receive help or be rescued in time.

The area has been in absolute restriction since 2012 but still individuals and tour groups manage to slip through the perimeter for a special view or experience to brave the risk of a sudden volcanic eruption.

Scientists and geologists attached to the commission note that the western slope of the volcano has particularly been most affected by ash and gas fall so much so that the exposure goes beyond the perimeter and into the nearby fincas of La Silvia and La Picada.


The CNE is partnered with organizations such as the Red Sismológico Nacional of the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación that handles Parque Nacional Volcán Turrialba.


Youth concert
Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud photo         
Saturday is for the young people with concerts like this one.

Saturday celebrates youth in Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Saturday marks International Youth Day and the Costa Rican culture ministry is coming out with a series of free events for everyone to enjoy this coming weekend.

The celebration begins Saturday morning at 10 at the Centro Cívico para la Paz in Garabito where the local Consejo de la Persona Joven are offering cultural, athletic and artistic activities for the day aimed at over 200 young people between 12 and 35 years old. According to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, the purpose of the event is to celebrate the role that young people have in the promotion of peace.

The whole series of events are a part of an initiative called Movemos Costa Rica, a project developed in partnership with the vice-ministry of youth and dedicated towards the younger population in the country. This extends towards a concert with the groups Piedra Blanca and República Fortuna.

A corresponding event will also be held in the Parque La Libertad and Parque La Sabana, both in San José. The program will start with the Cleteada por las Juventudes at 7 a.m. Saturday in la Libertad and also at 9 a.m. from the Antigua Aduana. Both of those will end in La Sabana.

“With the cleteada, we want to demonstrate the need to recover public spaces and democratize our streets and, at the end of the activity, there will be a petition signing for the pacification of the roads,” said Ricardo Sánchez Mena, the vice-minister of youth at the culture ministry.

Sánchez emphasized this was to encourage young people to be aware of their rights and the need for opportunities both for the present and the future.

The Estadio Nacional will host soccer and volleyball championships and the regular fare of food as well as access to Sabana’s facilities will be available to attendees. Concerts in San José will begin at 10 a.m. with Daniel Gazel and then extend throughout the day to include Pato Barraza, Infibeat, Kombo Style, Son de Tikizia, and Talawa y Nakury.

Activities are also expected in the Zona Norte, Desamparados, Guanacaste, Limón, Cartago and Heredia.


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Through the jungles and across streams are also offered too.

First Bribri tourism agency certified

By the A.M. Costa staff

Costa Rica’s first indigenous tourism agency, the Asociación de Guías Turísticos Indígenas Bribris de Talamanca, obtained its official certification by the country’s tourism institute.

For Agitubrit, as the group is called informally, this is the culmination of over five years in work in trying to obtain recognition, according to a statement from the Tecnológico de Costa Rica. The project started with the Plan Guía Turístico Indigena by TEC in 2012. Agitubrit said it offers a wide range of tours primarily focusing on other indigenous communities in Talamanca.

“We have a very different tourism package than what the tourist is accustomed too, a very unique experience,” said Róger Blanco, one of the guides. “The visitor enters our culture, learns from our worldview, our spirituality, our relationship with nature that allows them an authentic experience.”

This experience includes: walks through the forested mountains of Talamanca, boat trips, exhibitions of native traditions, visiting conical houses for an explanation of the deep meanings in the culture, exhibition of medicinal plants, demonstration of traditional cacao processing and native food among others.

The certification was given to the group of Bribri last Friday in Suretka, Talamanca, under the presence of the 15 guides making up the association and several kekepa, or a wise elder in the Bribri culture. This certification by the Instituto Costarricense del Turismo allows the association to get official advertising and recommendation from the government to tourists. It also could allow for more benefits and training as much as participation in any fairs and business meetings, according to Rafael Soto, the management assistant at the institute. It also officially marks the certifying of the first indigenous tour guides, TEC said in a statement.

“We need to diversify tourism more as a product and these types of projects and this type of tourism opens the stage for us to develop more programs,” he said.


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Woman scrolls through election rolls.

Only 54 percent of Costa Ricans say that they will vote in the next election

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Six months into the country’s election year and only 54 percent of the electorate said they were determined to vote and only 42 percent have decided on their candidate.

These were some of the results of an opinion poll tracked by the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Políticos at the Universidad de Costa Rica. The poll was conducted this past July to at least 1,000 people and has a margin of error of about 3 percent, the university said in a statement. Indecision seems to dominate the minds of the electorate at this point.

25 percent of respondents said that they may vote, 9 percent said they would not, 7 percent said they were doubtful and 7 percent are refusing to vote. The upcoming Costa Rican election day is Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. “In this electoral race, all parties are weak and have great difficulty attracting the support of the people,” said Ronald Alfaro, the coordinator of the public opinion unit. “There is enormous uncertainty about what can happen and where the undecided will move.”

For Alfaro, this reflects a trend in the Costa Rican population away from identifying with any political party and, theoretically, forces voters to analyze and thoroughly know each candidate’s proposals. The poll showed that only a third of those surveyed identified with a political party, the data showed. Interestingly enough, the poll showed another variable.

The group of people with the highest average respondents who were unsure of who they were going to vote for but did announce a definitive intention to vote at all were young women between the ages of 18 and 34 with a high school or higher education. That cannot be underestimated, Alfaro said.

Of the people who have already decided on a candidate at this point, the poll showed a quarter of those persons preferred Antonio Álvarez Desanti of the Partido Liberación Nacional. Coming in second place at 11 percent was Rodolfo Piza of Partido Unidad Social Cristiana and 8 percent for Carlos Alvarado of the current ruling party, Acción Ciudadana.

Aside from election trends, over 40 percent of respondents in the national electorate considers the country’s course to be going bad or very bad. The main concern appears to be unemployment, according to the data. Despite this, a close 37 percent think the current government is doing a good job with 33 percent more saying it is doing fair or average.

This is the first time that the survey was conducted using a random sample of cell numbers provided by the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, or Sutel. Prior to that landline phones to residences were used, pollsters said.





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Incomplete drought recovery may be new normal, research says
By the Carnegie Science press staff

The amount of time it takes for an ecosystem to recover from a drought is an important measure of a drought’s severity. During the 20th century, the total area of land affected by drought increased, and longer recovery times became more common particularly in the tropics region, according to new research published by “Nature” by a group of scientists including Carnegie’s Anna Michalak and Yuanyuan Fang.

Scientists predict that more-severe droughts will occur with greater frequency in the 21st century, so understanding how ecosystems return to normal again will be crucial to preparing for the future. However, the factors that influence drought recovery have been largely unknown until now.

“Research has usually focused on the amount of rain and other precipitation that ends the deficit of water that causes a drought, but assessments of drought-recovery need to account for the restoration of normal plant function,” explained Ms. Michalak.

The team used measures of photosynthetic activity to assess drought recovery. Quantifying how long it took for plant productivity to return to normal gave the researchers a better understanding of the longevity of a drought’s effects.

“If another drought arrives before trees and other plants have recovered from the last one, the ecosystem can reach a ‘tipping point’ where the plants’ ability to function normally is permanently affected,” Fang said.

The conditions most-strongly contributing to drought recovery time were precipitation and temperature, they found. Unsurprisingly, better conditions shortened recovery. Temperature extremes, both hot and cold, lengthened it. Recovery took the longest in the tropics, particularly the Amazon and Indonesia, and in the far north, especially Alaska and the far east of Russia.

Costa Rica itself has not experienced the full weight of a sustained yet sporadic drought in comparison to her northern neighbors.Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador are all considered at-risk in terms of issues related to a drought crisis, according to the United Nations agricultural program.

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Drought-affected aspen trees in Colorado. The paper's authors argue that assessments of drought-recovery need to account for the restoration of normal plant function.

The effects of the El Niño phenomenon have only intensified the issue. Other factors influencing drought recovery included pre-drought photosynthetic activity, carbon dioxide concentrations, and biodiversity.

The team found that drought impacts increased over the 20th century. Given anticipated 21st century changes in temperature and projected increases in drought frequency and severity due to climate change, their findings suggest that recovery times will be slower in the future.

A chronic state of incomplete drought recovery may be the new normal for the remainder of the 21st century and the risk of reaching tipping points”that result in widespread tree deaths may be greater going forward, they say.

This research was supported by the National Science Foundation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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Canadian diplomat in Cuba joins U.S. officials in injuries

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Canada's counselor affairs office said Thursday that one of its diplomats in Cuba was suffering from the same mysterious hearing loss that apparently forced several U.S. diplomats to leave Havana.

Global Affairs Canada gave no details. But a spokeswoman said “officials are aware of unusual symptoms affecting Canadian and U.S. diplomatic personnel and their families in Havana. The government is actively working, including with U.S. and Cuban authorities, to ascertain the cause.”

Canada's disclosure came a day after the U.S. State Department said it had expelled two Cuban diplomats from Washington in May over what it would describe only as a variety of physical symptoms suffered by U.S. diplomats at the embassy in Havana.

A spokeswoman gave no more information. But a State Department official said someone placed an inaudible sonic device either inside or outside U.S. diplomatic residences in Havana.

The device caused hearing loss, headaches, sleeplessness and general disorientation, and forced several U.S. personnel to return home early. It was unclear who ordered such actions against the Americans and why. But Cuba's Foreign Ministry sent out a statement saying the highest levels of its government had ordered an investigation.

The statement said Cuba never had and never would allow its territory to be used for any action against accredited diplomatic officials or their families, without exception.

It said that Cuba seriously complies with the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and that its impeccable performance in this area is internationally recognized.

The ministry said Cuba was a safe place for foreign visitors and diplomats, and it called the U.S. expulsion of the two Cubans from Washington unjustified and groundless.

Despite Cuba's assertion that there has never been action taken against diplomats on Cuban soil, experts say such tactics as harassing Americans were common before the U.S. and Cuba re-established diplomatic ties two years ago.

But the harassment was never intended to cause physical harm.


Season’s first hurricane
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Atlantic storm named Franklin has weakened from a hurricane to a tropical storm as it continues on a path over eastern México.

Franklin made landfall on México's eastern coast early Thursday morning as a Category 1 hurricane on the five-tiered scale that measures a storm's potential destructive power.

The latest reports from the U.S. National Hurricane Center shows Franklin now carrying maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers an hour. Forecasters say the storm will weaken even further as it moves over eastern México, before dissipating either late Thursday or early Friday.

Mexican authorities have cancelled nearly all hurricane and tropical storm warnings issued for parts of central México. But Tropical Storm Franklin is still expected to produce rainfalls between 10-20 centimeters, with some areas getting as much as 38 centimeters of rain, triggering life-threatening flash floods and mudslides.


Trump stiffens resolve
against North Korea


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump stiffened his resolve against North Korea Thursday, saying that if Pyongyang initiates warfare "things will happen to them like they never thought possible."

In his latest bellicose warning, Trump said that his earlier comments vowing to inflict fire and fury on the reclusive communist regime for its nuclear weapons development program maybe were not tough enough.

Trump spoke hours after North Korea said it is finalizing a plan to launch a salvo of four ballistic missiles to the waters off the shores of the U.S. territory of Guam, Pyongyang's latest provocation in the war of words between it and Washington.

In an unusually detailed announcement, North Korea's military said that within a week it would hand the regime's leader, Kim Jong Un, a plan to fire the Hwasong-12 missiles over Japan toward Guam, 3,300 kilometers to the south.

State media said the missiles would land 30 to 40 kilometers off the shores of Guam, where 163,000 people live and the U.S. has 7,000 military personnel at a naval installation and an air base.

General Kim Rak Gyom, the commander of the North's strategic rocket forces, told the state-run KCNA news agency that after the plan is given to Kim, the military would wait for his order.

Until Trump's latest remarks, Washington had sent mixed signals to the world this week in its effort to thwart North Korea's nuclear weapons development in the aftermath of a new round of sanctions unanimously approved last weekend by the United Nations Security Council.

Trump had vowed to attack North Korea, if it starts a war and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Pyongyang risks annihilation with military action. But 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."

World stock markets, averse to the uncertainty of the standoff, slid for the second day in a row on Thursday, with stock indexes in Asia, Europe and the United States all falling a fraction of a percentage point or, at some exchanges, more than 1 percent.

If North Korea carries out the missile launch aimed toward Guam, the U.S. could attempt to shoot down the missiles. It has six Aegis ballistic missile defense ships in the region capable of targeting North Korean missiles. But if Pyongyang were to launch the four missiles simultaneously, it could make it harder to shoot down all of them.

Firing the missiles over Japan would ratchet up North Korea's military adventurism. Its test missiles in recent months, launched at a very high angle, have landed in waters off Japan, although within its economic zone.

If the North carries out its missile launch plan aimed near Guam, South Korea said it would draw a stern and strong response from Washington and Seoul.

Japan Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told parliament that a North Korean missile attack on Guam would constitute a Japanese national emergency, saying it would imperil Japan's existence as a nation.

The threats and counterthreats between Pyongyang and Washington have occurred this week in the days after the U.N. Security Council imposed new, more stringent sanctions on North Korea. The new penalties are intended to reduce Pyongyang's income from exported goods and labor by at least $1 billion, one-third of its current annual earnings, in an effort to end its nuclear weapons development.

The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency concluded in the past month that North Korea has now miniaturized a nuclear warhead capable of being attached to an intercontinental missile. If Pyongyang does have such capability, it would make North Korea the world's ninth full-fledged nuclear power.

Mattis warned that the United States and its allies now possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive capabilities on earth, and that any North Korean military operation will continue to be grossly overmatched by ours.


Clock ticking to avoid
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. lawmakers will have three weeks to raise America’s $20 trillion borrowing limit and avert a potential debt default when Congress gets back to work next month.

If recent history is a guide, raising the debt ceiling will be anything but drama-free, with lawmakers demanding concessions in return for votes to prevent an outcome that could throttle global finances: the U.S. government unable to pay its bills.

The White House is pushing for a so-called clean debt ceiling increase with no conditions attached, something Congress delivered dozens of times prior to the Obama administration.

On Capitol Hill, Republican fiscal hawks are demanding spending cuts. In 2011, protracted congressional wrangling over the borrowing limit led to a downgrade of America’s creditworthiness. Much as they do today, Republicans demanded fiscal reforms as a condition for hiking the debt ceiling.

“At a time when we’re borrowing 40 cents out of every dollar we spend, we want to make sure we take a significant step to reduce spending,” Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee said days before the 2011 fiscal deadline.

Congressional Democrats responded by accusing Republicans of taking the U.S. economy hostage through debt ceiling demands. At the White House, then-president Barack Obama argued that linking the debt ceiling to spending reforms was misguided.

“It’s not a vote that allows Congress to spend more money,” Obama said. “Raising the debt ceiling simply gives our country the ability to pay the bills that Congress has already racked up. It gives the United States of America the ability to keep its word.”

In the end, Congress raised the debt ceiling in 2011 while also imposing spending caps. Shortly thereafter, Standard and Poor’s downgraded the U.S. government’s credit rating based on what it saw as chronic political chaos in Washington.

That chaos could prove even more severe in the current debt ceiling standoff, according to analysts.

In reality, the federal government reached its borrowing limit in March of this year. To avoid default, the Treasury Department took what it termed extraordinary measures such as postponing investments in a variety of pension programs for federal retirees.

Secretary Mnuchin has advised that Treasury’s ability to use bookkeeping slight-of-hand to avoid default runs out on September 29.

Distrust and suspicion mar
both sides in Brexit talks


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Brexit talks are laced with distrust and suspicion as British and European Union negotiators ready to identify even apparently trivial oversights as ways to gain the upper hand.

According to a British government worker writing anonymously for a London political magazine, the failure of European negotiators to ensure water was available at a recent Brussels was considered evidence by the British team as unsporting tactics.

For weeks now, EU and British officials have been warning that already complex talks on Britain's exit from the European Union are being hampered by deep-rooted mistrust.

British lawmakers accuse their erstwhile European partners of wanting to extract revenge for last year’s referendum; their European counterparts and officials say the British must agree to a divorce bill of upwards of $50 billion before Brussels will negotiate on a possible trade deal for post-Brexit Britain.

In an interview this week with a British newspaper, former European Commission president Roman Prodi warned that talks between Britain’s Brexit minister, David Davis and Michel Barnier, the EU chief negotiator, had started badly with blood on the floor.

He urged both sides to make compromises, especially over Britain’s future trade arrangements with Europe, saying there was an imprecise grasp of the real economic consequences of Brexit.

Ireland’s prime minister, Leo Varadkar, has warned even if the Brexit bill is settled, he will veto moving on to trade talks if he is unsatisfied with the cross-border arrangements between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Dublin and politicians in Northern Ireland, which voted against Brexit, oppose the return of a hard border between the north and south of the island, Britain’s only land frontier with the EU.

EU officials say the British government is not being clear about what it wants in terms of future relations with Europe. Britain’s Cabinet is sharply divided over whether the country should remain a member of the EU’s single market and customs union after Brexit. The increasingly powerful Chancellor of the Exchequer, Phil Hammond, backed by some of the country’s top business people, is trying to maneuver the ruling Conservatives away from a so-called hard Brexit.

On Wednesday, the deputy governor of the Bank of England, Sam Woods, issued a warning about the economic danger to Britain of leaving the EU without any trade deal. Even a transitional one, would cause “significant issues” for Britain’s private banks and could threaten the country’s financial stability, he said.

Hardline Brexiters in the Cabinet want a sharp break with the EU, arguing single market membership would prevent them from negotiating bilateral trade deals with non-EU states, stop Britain from ending free movement of Europeans into the country and force London to abide by the rulings of EU courts.

British voters appear to be increasingly worried about Brexit negotiations. In an opinion poll this week, 60 percent said they disapproved of the government's handling of Brexit, up 17 percent from April.


Trump intensifies feud
with leader McConnell


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump intensified his feud Thursday with Mitch McConnell, the Republican Party leader in the Senate, who has a key role in advancing the president's agenda.

Trump even suggested McConnell should step aside if he could not get a majority of votes in the Senate, which the party controls, to pass legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, and other legislation on issues embraced by the president.

Reporters asked Trump whether McConnell should remain as Senate majority leader if he was unable to win approval of the bills the president wanted. "You can ask the question," Trump said enigmatically, but he declined to answer the question directly.

Trump's remarks late Thursday followed three sharply worded tweets he issued about McConnell during the previous 24 hours. Earlier Thursday, Trump, who is on a 17-day working vacation at his private New Jersey golf club, assailed McConnell on Twitter for not pushing a health care bill through the Senate.

McConnell and the president spoke by telephone Wednesday, in what the White House described as an animated conversation, which CNN said took place while Trump was playing golf. Soon afterward, Trump began his critical broadside against the Senate majority leader.

Trump, however, has not relented on the health care issue, and has begun to personally target McConnell, who has been one of the most staunch supporters of the president's agenda on Capitol Hill.

The attacks also have attracted attention since they have coincided with a sharp slump in public approval of Trump's job performance. Recent public opinion surveys have shown that the proportion of voters who describe themselves as strong supporters of the president has declined.


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Native American culture

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

While the northern and southern U.S. states were engaged the civil war of the 1860s, a smaller war was playing out in the American southwest between the U.S. Army and the Mescalero Apache and Navajo peoples.

Between 1864 and 1866, soldiers forced tens of thousands of men, women and children along the so-called “Long Walk,” nearly 500 kilometers from their homeland in Arizona to the Bosque Redondo in eastern New Mexico. Today, a memorial marks the site, and the National Endowment for the Humanities has announced a $150,000 grant to help New Mexico and the Navajo and Mescalero Apache Nations develop a permanent exhibit and educational programs at the memorial.

“This grant will provide matched funds for site programming for the next four years,” said Patrick Moore, director of New Mexico Historic Sites. "The broad array of partners and the vast geography across which the proposed activities are planned provide an opportunity to reach a multitude of audiences.”

Hopefully, he said, these programs can help shift perspectives on both sides.

That grant is one of a dozen the endowment announced last week  to fund efforts to preserve Native American culture and history across the country.

Maryland’s St. Mary’s College will receive one of the larger grants, $240,000, to support its research into the Rappahannock people, who flourished in Virginia before the arrival of British explorers in the 15th century.

The college was earlier contracted to reconstruct the indigenous cultural landscape of Virginia’s Rappahannock River valley. Using the U.S. Geological Survey’s Geographic Information Systems Data, anthropologists dispelled previously held notions about the Rappahannock people.

“It was commonly accepted that the Rappahannock moved to this area to distance themselves from the more powerful Powhatan people,” said Julia King, a professor of anthropology at St. Mary’s. “As we came to the end of the study, it became clear that this was the area where tribal groups who wanted to get away from the Europeans in the 17th century went.”

The grant will allow the team to continue its research, develop a detailed cultural history of Rappahannock River groups, identify Rappahannock villages and connect them to contemporary locations, excavate sites and work with the modern Rappahannock tribe to create an oral history.

NEH also announced a three-year partnership with First Nations Development Institute to help revitalize Native American languages through language-immersion education programs in a dozen tribal communities. Language loss, a global phenomenon, is particularly acute in North America. Prior to contact with Europeans, hundreds of languages were spoken north of present-day Mexico. Today, only around 150 languages are still spoken, in some cases, only by the elderly, and are in danger of being lost.

The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent federal agency created in 1965 to fund research, educational and humanities programs across the country. The grants announced Aug. 2 are the last it will give out for fiscal year 2017, and, if the White House proposed 2018 budget passes, its last ever.

The Trump Administration has called for eliminating the endowment and other cultural agencies entirely. Its FY 2018 budget, released in May, requests about $42 million to cover administrative expenses and salaries associated with shutting the agency down by Oct. 1, when the new fiscal year begins.


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Hotel in
                                Escazú

For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú

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


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9142-7/27/17


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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


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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

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COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Hotel in
                                  Escazú

For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú

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


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


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


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9215-3/22/18


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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
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Airplane disaster exercise conducted

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Thursday morning saw a plane accident at Juan Santamaría airport with 10 to 15 victims. The difference was that this accident was a simulation and the victims were not really injured.

According to a statement from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, the exercise seeks to recreate a real event in the most similar way possible as a measure of preparation and coordination between institutions. The Bomberos de Costa Rica, the Cruz Roja Costarricense and officials at the airport were all involved in this exercise, the Caja said.

This appears to be the idea of Milton Salazar Acuña, an officials with the Centro de Atención de Emergencias y Desastres. While the air disaster training began at Juan Santamaría, it finished at the nearby Hospital San Rafael in Alajuela. The faux patients were taken through emergency services and referred to the different sections of the hospital as a means of testing the preparedness of hospital staff. Normal operations were not affected by the simulation, said Luis García Briceño, the hospital’s director of the Comité de Emergencias.


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Nursing home residents enjoyed their event.

Police host party at nursing home

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Alajuela department of legal support decided to drop by the Hogar de Ancianos in Palmares Thursday.

According to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, the lawyer-police officers brought with them tamales, pudding, fruits, rice with chicken and drinks. Everyone also enjoyed some folk dancing from a group composed of the Universidad de Costa Rica and live music from the Rondalla de Fuerza Pública.

“The more than 60 older adults laughed, hugged, sang and thanked the policemen, who from their own pocket took this joy to the mothers in the nursing home,” the ministry said.




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Bancrédito hosts public auction of properties

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago is starting up the public auction of five of its properties.

According to a statement from the bank, the institution is selling off its main building in Cartago as well as in San José, Turrialba and two premises in the Centro Comercial Metrocentro de Cartago. The presentation of the property listings will be held in a showroom at the Club Unión beginning Thursday, Aug. 17 at 9 a.m. Confirmation of attendance must be sent to bank representatives if interested as the quota is limited.

The auction itself will be held Thursday, Sept. 7 at the Oficina de la Proveeduría Institucional, the bank said. This is located in the Depósito Agrícola y Almacén Fiscal building in Lima de Cartago. Participants need to be up to date with their tax obligations, check their status to not be affected by prohibitions under the administrative contracting law and have an affidavit certifying the origin of the funds intended for the purchase. Further details can be gathered by calling or emailing the bank.

The bank said in a statement that it expects 11.7 million colones as a bare minimum of income from the auction.

Bancrédito, as it is popularly known, has faced a lot of trouble in recent years. The troubled bank is attempting to improve its financial status after a liquidity crisis that brought together other public banks and the government to help. The state commercial bank was stuck with bad loans last year when a major retailer sought bankruptcy. The bank was known as the Banco Crédito Agrícola de Cartago before being nationalized in 1948.

The country’s Superintendencia General de Entidades Financieras cited what were called irregularities in the bank’s finances. The bank has lost money for a number of months.

Bancrédito will continue to function as a state bank and will keep its operations related to trusts, fee collection, offering prepaid cards, logistical services to businesses and state entities and administrating the stores of the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social, Casa Presidencial said.

This decision to turn the bank into one focused on development, instead of a commercial bank, was justified by the government due to budgetary concerns. In simple terms, the amount of effort required to maintain the commercial status of the bank would be too great.