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A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary
Special to A.M. Costa Rica
by Conor Golden,
News Editor for A.M. Costa Rica

Today A.M. Costa Rica turns 16 years old today with quite a few changes occurring this past year.

A.M. Costa Rica began publishing a daily newspaper on Aug. 15, 2001, under the overall command of company president and former editor-in-chief Jay Brodell. The longtime leader of A.M. Costa Rica and the A.M. newspaper sites retired from the daily affairs of the company back in April 2017. I have taken over in his place as News Editor for the publication.

Since Jay’s founding of the newspaper, our readership and stories have grown much as the country and the community, with whom we provide news, to has grown. The newspaper was founded under the auspices of giving legitimate, fair and relevant news toward the community of English-speaking expatriates.

That idea continues on as staff and the website itself continuously changes and refreshes itself with solid news reporting. We have covered a wide range of topics this year from the first touchdown of a hurricane in Costa Rica’s recorded history to the fiscal crisis and budget shortfalls facing the Costa Rican government.

There was also a spat between the U.S. Embassy and the country’s domain holder, a Canadian premier’s vacations to Costa Rica, a refugee deal of Central Americans, Trump and Costa Rica and the rest of issues facing this country and all those, foreign and national, who call it home.

The future remains bright for A.M. Costa Rica and A.M. Newspapers because Costa Rica still is a top choice for vacation and retirement. And our readership remains solid. Readers recognize that our staffers actually are in contact with officials and other newsmakers instead of just copying and pasting stories from the Spanish-language press using faulty, online translators.

Based on our own data, nearly 48 percent of our local readers are mainly foreigners from the United States, Canada and Europe. We are also being read outside Costa Rica as well. Total hits average upwards of 23,000 each day and eight million page views by year.

It is a tradition to the principles and spirit of fair journalism that guide us in our reporting and publication of the news.Those values were vindicated within the past weeks when the local American Legion post chose to honor us with a certificate of appreciation of services to the expat community here, many of who are veterans.

A.M. Costa Rica is seeking to expand upon these principles and move toward a more modern format of news publishing as much as reporting placing emphasis on the importance of social media outlets as a means of expanding the newspaper into an all-encompassing online media outlet.

On our anniversary, I would like to take the time to also thank our readers for their support and being an integral part of A.M. Costa Rica and for adjusting to the transition under my direction as the editor of the news operation.


Caldera waves
Comisión Nacional de Emergencias Facebook photo/Ezequiel Becerra     
Waves rise with great fury along Caldera's shoreline.
Tidal waves continue to unleash fury on Caldera
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Strong, violent waves rolled over Caldera Monday morning and forced the evacuation of over 27 family living around the area’s maritime zone.

According to the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias, there was a surge in tidal waves along the Pacific coast in the area that caused the Escuela Villa Nueva to be turned into the temporary shelter for those persons who need it.

In the meantime, classes in Escuela de Caldera were suspended. Some of these tidal waves are expected to continue on today, CNE said Monday afternoon.

The waves ripped through along the coastal roads causing flooding but there has been no official announcement as to the damage sustained as a result.

The CNE said that the Municipalidad de Esparza’s emergency committee had been activated and was doing evaluations in the area to assess the damage. Officials said that the municipality is equipped with machines to drain the water.

The Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología, or Cimar, is asking all tourists and residents of the coastal areas to take precautions for all persons heading to the Pacific in Costa Rica.

“The bottom swells have very strong breaks, so surveillance is recommended in regions prone to erosion,” the center said in a statement.

Caldera
                            tidal wave
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People duck away from the big splash.

“These swells have a high probability of generating oscillations in ports, which makes it difficult to dock boats.”

Cimar said that these conditions were caused by strong storms along the South Pacific of the continent. The center also noted that some of the waves could reach as tall as three meters or more but are expected to decrease in intensity today.
The intense waves came shortly after a light earthquake was recorded around 3:53 p.m. about 18 kilometers south of Paquera in Puntarenas.

According to the Red Sismológico Nacional, it only reached a magnitude of 4.2 on the Richter scale but it was felt around the area of Herredura, Jacó, Paquera and Tambor in Puntarenas. All these communities are relatively near Caldera.

The Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados announced that all operations around Puerto Caldera are in good condition and clean, drinking water services will not be interrupted.







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Emeldo
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Emeldo Marquez Pittí speaks to reporters post-conviction.

Gringos sentenced on murder charges

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two U.S. citizens, accused in the murders and robberies of five Americans between 2007 and 2010, were collectively sentenced to over 73 years in prison by Panamanian authorities Monday.

William Dathan Holbert and Laura Michelle Reese were sentenced to at least 47 and 26 years in prison respectively for their crimes apparently committed around Isla Cauchero in Bocas del Toro province. All charged crimes were committed in Panamá.

According to Emeldo Marquez Pittí, the second-highest attorney for the Tercer Distrito Judicial, the criminal case presented sufficient evidence that indicated both persons were guilty of murder and robbery committed against Michael Watson Brown, Manchita Nankathoke Brown, Watson Seaward Brown, Laurence Icelar and Cheryl Linda Hughes. The 38-year old Holbert was sentenced as the primary perpetrator of the crime while Ms. Reese, also 38-years old, was labeled as a secondary accomplice, according to a statement from the Panamanian Ministerio Público.

Panamá officials said that Holbert is currently being held in the public prison in David, while Ms. Reese is being held in the female rehabilitation center.

According to reports from investigators, the crimes were committed for the purposes of acquiring the money and properties of the victims. The circumstances related to the victims’ subsequent disappearance led the prosecution to open an investigation. The Ministerio Público said that, upon capture, both Americans confessed to their crimes.

Other reports from U.S. media publications charged at the time that Holbert allegedly befriended the victims before shooting them in the head, burying their bodies and stealing their homes and businesses shortly thereafter. Both were arrested after attempting to make their way into Nicaragua via Costa Rica, according to the Associated Press at the time.

Bocas del Toro is a popular tourist destination in Panamá that is just across the border with Costa Rica on the Caribbean side near the Costa Rican town of Sixaola.


Poder Judicial cuts billions from budget

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The president of the Corte Suprema de Justicia asked the different heads of the programs within the Poder Judicial to start analyzing items in the budget to cut during a session held by the Corte Plena last week.

The Dirección de Planificación created a revision of the 2018 budget for judicial entities such as the Ministerio Público, the Defensa Pública, the Judicial Investigation Organization and the information technology department. According to a statement by the Poder Judicial, the different programs agreed with the court on the possibility of postponing some expenses for future budgetary periods.

About 1 billion colones are expected to be cut from the judiciary’s budget for 2018, based on data provided by authorities. This was to be for purchasing and replacing the judicial vehicle fleet. A further 2.3 billion colones for the construction of buildings is also being cut from the budget. A further 2 billion is also being cut as well for the Fideicomiso. The IT department agreed to cut about 624.7 million colones, the Defensa Pública is cutting 12 million for renting buildings and 30 million for cleaning and surveillance services, Poder Judicial said.

That makes a grand total of 6 billion colones. Carlos Chinchilla Sandí, the Corte Suprema head, reported the cuts to the Ministerio de Hacienda this past Saturday.


Día de la Madre begins with quiet start

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Día de la Madre is today here in Costa Rica and based on the lack of statements, it appears that this one will be a relatively quiet affair by comparison to other ones.

The Bandas de Conciertos already had most of their shows this past Sunday throughout the country and there was not so much as a peep from Casa Presidencial on the lead-in to the day today. This is Costa Rica’s Mother’s Day, but unlike in the United States, this is considered a public holiday meaning all public entities and employees have the day off. As a result, many but not all private businesses also are celebrating the holiday too with the day off.

The U.S. Embassy will also be closed today in observance of the Costa Rican holiday. Meanwhile, the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that it would not apply the vehicle restriction by plate number today in San José.

The head of the Policía de Tránsito, Mario Calderón, said that suspending the measure is to allow families to meet and visit their mothers, aunts, in-laws and grandmothers. “There are many cases of women who are hospitalized,” Calderón said. “Although it is never pleasant to be hospitalized in a medical center, it is even more difficult to be in a hospital on these holidays. The idea is that relatives can visit that mother, that grandmother in the hospital or, on the contrary, that the mother can spend some time with their son or daughter.”

The police chief also quipped that it was for those persons who forgot to but that gift and need to do so last-minute. The measure would be re-instituted Wednesday with the plates that finish with 5 or 6 in whole area covered by the route of Circunvalación and the center of the capital, public works said.


Pence and Santos
White House photo        
U.S. VP Pence and Colombian President Manuel Santos pose for a photo in Cartagena.

Pence meeting could impact Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff with wire service reports

Drugs, violence, trade, reaffirming goodwill and Venezuela are all on the menu for U.S. Vice President Mike Pence to discuss during his tour of Latin America.

Pence arrived to the capital of Colombia, Cartagena, Sunday to meet with the country’s president, Juan Manuel Santos. The Colombian leader has already been laureled internationally for his work in brokering the peace between the national government and the FARC rebels after almost 30 years of warfare. “On behalf of President Trump, I’m here to deliver a very simple message to you and the people of this great nation: the United States stands with Colombia,” Pence said during a joint press conference.

“Colombia has no better partner and friend than the United States of America. Under President Donald Trump, the United States will always put the security and prosperity of America first. But I hope my presence here today demonstrates, America first does not mean America alone.” 

Pence will continue his tour on to Argentina, Chile and Panamá, according to the White House. The primary concerns that the Vice President could directly affect Costa Rica will include his statements on the drug trafficking and immigration issues. Both Costa Rica and Panamá face similar circumstances in this regard. Costa Rica is also particularly concerned, as are the other nations in the region, of what a decrease in U.S. funding could mean for the security threats facing them.

In the case of Central America, it is already widely noticeable that China is attempting to make commercial inroads with the countries in Central America including Costa Rica. Recently, Panamá officially recognized the People’s Republic of China and began stronger trade ties with that country over Taiwan. This was a move that angered the Taiwanese and pushed them to pull out of bankrolling certain programs for Costa Rica’s southern neighbor.

Drug trafficking and Venezuela remain the two more-pressing concerns for Pence on his trip. Pence encountered resistance from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Sunday over President Donald Trump's threat to use military action in Venezuela. This move, Santos said, would be rejected by all of Latin America.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Santos in Cartagena, Pence did not rule out using military force, but he did not directly talk about it either. “President Trump is a leader who says what he means, and means what he says,” Pence said Sunday. “But the President sent me here to continue to marshal the unprecedented support of countries across Latin America; to achieve, by peaceable means, the restoration of democracy in Venezuela.  And we believe it is achievable by those means.”

On the issue of drug trafficking and its threat to the security situation of the region, both Santos and Pence highlighted Colombia’s accomplishments in combatting the trade with policies backed by U.S. funding, equipment and assistance such as the Plan Colombia. In Costa Rica, some officials remain worried about the administration’s planned budget cuts in aid to Central America largely for combatting narco-trafficking.

The executive branch’s proposed budget would slice a third of the region’s funding away. U.S. Embassy officials here, however, have assured A.M. Costa Rica in the past that the budget cuts do not limit the United States’ resolve and commitment to the country.

As for Pence, he travels on to Argentina and Chile next before capping the trip with Panamá.



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Costa Rica train approaches but it's not a canal.

Costa Rica's railway system faces
some South American competition


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica’s dry canal is now getting competition from a proposed 3,700-kilometer project across South America.

Bolivian President Evo Morales is spearheading the project that also will include Paraguay, Perú and Brazil with possible support from Argentina. The dry canal really is a major rail project.

Morales and Peruvian President Pedro Kuczynski are expected to formally present the concept at a join cabinet meeting Sept. 1.  Horacio Cartes, president of  Paraguay, already has signed on for the rail section to be built in his country.

The trans-South American rail line from the Atlantic to the Pacific is of major importance to Morales because his country does not now have ocean access despite a war and continual diplomatic efforts

In Costa Rica, Cansec de Costa Rica S.A. proposes to build 320 kilometers of rail lines and highways from  Parismina de Limón on the Caribbean coast to Santa Elena on Guanacaste’s Pacific. The firm made a formal submission to the Consejo Nacional de Concesiones earlier this year, and the project is being considered in the country’s governmental organizations. The price tag is estimated to be $16 billion.

Already there has been environmental opposition voiced.

Neither project is to be confused with the proposed Nicaragua canal, which would be a real waterway.

The Nicaragua legislature has given a 50-year concession to a Hong Kong billionaire to link the Caribbean with the Pacific through Lago Nicaragua. However, there has been little recent development with this massive job, and there have been reports that the billionaire, Wang Jing, took a beating in the downturn of the Hong Kong stock market two years ago.

In addition, Nicaraguans who would be dispossessed by the canal claim that the project is just a way for the Nicaragua authoritarian government to strip them of their land. There also have been suggestion that it is the Chinese government that really is behind the project.

The climate might also weigh against all these projects. Official climate projections anticipate better access to the Northwest Passage that is in the Canadian Arctic. Cargo vessels can use this route now several months of the year, sometimes with the aid of ice breakers.

Costa Rica has a rail line that could easily become a dry canal to carry containers back and forth from ocean ports. San José is connected to Caldera by a state-owned rail line. The valley commuter line goes no further than Cartago, but there is work to extend it. From Limón it is possible to travel by train to Guáples, but the historic right-of-way connecting Limón with San José has long been abandoned.

In addition, some of the narrow-gauge main lines run right through the San José city streets.


Henning
                                  Jensen
Universidad de Costa Rica photo    
Henning Jensen speaks to reporters Monday.

University officials discuss issue
of sexual harassment on campus

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Sexual harassment and assault on college campuses are a common theme when discussing U.S. universities but the Universidad de Costa Rica has been looking for a solution in this matter for over 20 years.

The university implemented its most recent definition of what constitutes sexual harassment back in 1997. “Sexual harassment, understood as sexual conduct unwanted by the recipient, is typified by its corresponding sanctions in the Reglamento contra el Hostigamiento Sexual,” a statement from the university said.

The university’s rector, Henning Jensen, reiterated the commitment during a press conference Thursday morning to deal with complaints filed with the Comisión Institucional contra el Hostigamiento Sexual. “The Universidad de Costa Rica strongly rejects all types of harrassment and will always offer a hand to those victims of any outrage,” he said. “The university population is a sample of Costa Rican society, dominated by a patriarchal logic in which women have a more vulnerable presence in cases of sexual harassment and this makes the denunciation process much more complex since it is re-victimized.”

Jensen elaborated that it is the task of the whole community to change this type of persecution associated with this phenomena. Since 2012, 75 cases have been dealt with by the commission, according to data provided by the university. Of those 75, 27 persons were punished in some way, 20 cases were dropped, 10 cases were closed and 18 are in process. The punished cases saw three of the 27 dismissed. According to Carmen Cubero, the coordinator for the commission, most cases are closed because the person filing the complaint revoked it themselves or request that it be filed.

“The Comisión can only initiate instructional processes through complaints,” she said. “It is therefore extremely important that these complaints be lodged. We provide an accompaniment in this process as we know that the victim should not be alone. Sometimes people are not ready to file the complaint or need support at various stages of the process.”

The system of providing someone to accompany the victim appears to be well-intentioned, however some may argue as a defense that that person could potentially influence a victim in some way. Ms. Cubero said that these persons provide support in both the legal and psychological sense but provided no other detail at the time as to the nature of these positions nor the scope of the role.

The university officials did not also explain as to the nature between going through the school’s system versus police authorities. Presumably, the two are separate from police or judicial complaints.





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Scientists propose existence of micro-tectonic plate near Costa Rica
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A microplate discovered off the west coast of Ecuador adds another piece to Earth’s tectonic puzzle, according to Rice University scientists.

Researchers led by Rice geophysicist Richard Gordon discovered the microplate, which they have named Malpelo, while analyzing the junction of three other plates in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

The Malpelo Plate, named for an island and an underwater ridge it contains, is the 57th plate to be discovered and the first in nearly a decade, they said. They are sure there are more to be found.

The research by Gordon, lead author Tuo Zhang and co-authors Jay Mishra and Chengzu Wang, all of Rice, appears in “Geophysical Research Letters.”

How do geologists discover a plate? In this case, they carefully studied the movements of other plates and their evolving relationships to one another as the plates move at a rate of millimeters to centimeters per year.

The Pacific lithospheric plate that roughly defines the volcanic Ring of Fire is one of about 10 major rigid tectonic plates that float and move atop Earth’s mantle, which behaves like a fluid over geologic time. Interactions at the edges of the moving plates account for most earthquakes experienced on the planet. There are many small plates that fill the gaps between the big ones, and the Pacific Plate meets two of those smaller plates, the Cocos off the coast of Costa Rica and Nazca, west of the Galapagos Islands.

One way to judge how plates move is to study plate-motion circuits, which quantify how the rotation speed of each object in a group affects all the others. Rates of seafloor spreading determined from marine magnetic anomalies combined with the angles at which the plates slide by each other over time tells scientists how fast the plates are turning.

“When you add up the angular velocities of these three plates, they ought to sum to zero,” Gordon said. “In this case, the velocity doesn’t sum to zero at all. It sums to 15 millimeters a year, which is huge.”

That made the Pacific-Cocos-Nazca circuit a misfit, which meant at least one other plate in the vicinity had to make up the difference. Misfits are a cause for concern and a clue.

Knowing the numbers were amiss, the researchers drew upon a Columbia University database of extensive multibeam sonar soundings west of Ecuador and Colombia to identify a previously unknown plate boundary between the Galapagos Islands and the coast.

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Researchers' map proposes location of microplate off coast of Ecuador.

Previous researchers had assumed most of the region east of the known Panamá transform fault was part of the Nazca plate, but the Rice researchers determined it moves independently.

“If this is moving in a different direction, then this is not the Nazca plate,” Gordon said. “We realized this is a different plate and it’s moving relative to the Nazca.”

Evidence for the Malpelo plate came with the researchers’ identification of a diffuse plate boundary that runs from the Panamá Transform Fault eastward to where the diffuse plate boundary intersects a deep oceanic trench just offshore of Ecuador and Colombia.

“A diffuse boundary is best described as a series of many small, hard-to-spot faults rather than a ridge or transform fault that sharply defines the boundary of two plates,” Gordon said. “Because earthquakes along diffuse boundaries tend to be small and less frequent than along transform faults, there was little information in the seismic record to indicate this one’s presence.”

“With the Malpelo accounted for, the new circuit still doesn’t close to zero and the shrinking Pacific Plate isn’t enough to account for the difference either,” Zhang said. “The nonclosure around this triple junction goes down not to zero, but only to 10 or 11 millimeters a year.

“Since we’re trying to understand global deformation, we need to understand where the rest of that velocity is going,” he said. “So we think there’s another plate we’re missing.”




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Pence meets with refugees
seeking help in Colombia


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met Monday with refugees who fled the chaos in Venezuela for the safety of a church in Cartagena, Colombia.

“The president sent me here with a message of compassion for those families that are fleeing Venezuela,” Pence told reporters. “We are with them. We stand with them to restore democracy in Venezuela.”

With store shelves empty and staples hard to find, many Venezuelans cross into Brazil and Colombia to buy food. Some do not return.

Pence repeated what he told Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos: that the United States “will not stand by while Venezuela collapses into dictatorship. We will not stand by while Venezuela crumbles.”

Pence did not talk about Trump's threat to use military force to help restore democracy to Venezuela. But he did say a failed state in Venezuela threatens the security and prosperity of an entire hemisphere and the people of the United States of America.

Santos has told Pence that no Latin America country would accept any form of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela and that it should never even be considered.

Recalling more than a century of U.S. military action throughout the Americas, Santos said no Latin leader wants “that phantom” to reappear. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has ordered military exercises later this month in reaction to Trump's threat, even if U.S. military intervention is highly unlikely.

Maduro also offered to speak to Trump by telephone to tell the U.S. president that everything they tell you about Venezuela is a lie and they were throwing him into a ditch. He called Pence's visit a sign of imperialist desperation.

Maduro has blamed Venezuela's economic calamity, violence, and political unrest on the United States and its supports among the opposition, believing the U.S. wants to get its hands on Venezuelan oil. Pence will be in Argentina Tuesday for talks with President Mauricio Macri, and will later stop in Chile and Panamá.

The visits will not only focus on marshaling support for Venezuelan democracy, but trade and bipartisan ties.


Trump denounces racists
who staged deadly rally


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump has denounced the white supremacists behind Saturday's deadly rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying their racism is evil.

For the first time since the violence, Trump mentioned by name neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and white supremacists as criminals and thugs repugnant to everything we hold dear as Americans.

He vowed that anyone who committed racist violence in Charlottesville would be held accountable. Trump said the hatred and bigotry on display in Charlottesville “has no place in America and as I have said many times before, no matter the color of our skin we all live under the same laws. We all salute the same great flag. And we are all made by the same, almighty God.”

Trump’s comments followed intense criticism from across the political spectrum for failing for two days to explicitly use the words white supremacists and neo Nazis in condemning the violence.

Many critics say they are glad Trump directly criticized the racists, but also lamented that it took 48 hours for him to do it.

“It should not take two days and a national tragedy for the president to take action and disavow white supremacists,” said Kristen Clarke with the non-profit Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. “When it comes to the safety and the security of our communities, too many of which now feel targeted by hate-fueled protestors, two days is too late.”

Late Monday, Trump lashed out at the media for its coverage of the last two days.

“Made additional remarks on Charlottesville and realize once again that the Fake News Media will never be satisfied...truly bad people!” the president wrote on Twitter.

Two members of the American Manufacturing Council, the president’s advisory board of chief executive officers, resigned over the president’s reaction to the violence.

Kenneth Frazier, the chief executive of Merck Pharmaceuticals, said the president initially did not clearly reject expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal.

Trump, in a Twitter response, said that since Frazier had quit the manufacturing council, he would now have more time to lower ripoff drug prices.

Late Monday, the CEO of sports gear and footwear company Under Armour, Kevin Plank, tweeted that he is quitting the council because he would rather unite people and promote diversity through the power of sports, not politics.

Speaking at the White House Monday, Trump paid tribute to the three people who lost their lives, including Heather Heyer, a 32-year-old paralegal who had gone to the rally to protest against the white nationalists. She was killed when she was hit by a speeding car driven into a group of counter-protesters.

Heyer’s mother, Susan Bro, thanked Trump for denouncing violence and hatred, and vowed to continue her daughter’s activism against bigotry.

Two Virginia state police troopers who had been monitoring the protest from the air were also killed when their helicopter crashed.

Trump spoke after two of his top law enforcement officials, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, briefed him on the federal probe. The Justice Department has opened a civil rights investigation into Saturday's violence.

Charlottesville police chief Al Thomas said the far right groups broke their agreement with police and entered a city park form different directions instead of a single entry point. The 20-year-old alleged driver of the car that hit Heyer, James Alex Fields Jr., has been charged with murder along with other counts.

Fields is a longtime Nazi sympathizer. A Charlottesville judge refused to grant him bond during his first court appearance Monday.

The far-right groups held the rally to protest plans by Charlottesville to tear down a statue of General Robert E. Lee. Lee was the leader of the Confederate forces that fought against federal forces in the U.S. Civil War from 1861 until 1865.


Colombia president at odds
over U.S. threat of force


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence encountered resistance from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Sunday over President Donald Trump's threat to use military action in Venezuela.

Speaking at a joint news conference with Santos in Cartagena, Pence did not rule out using military force, but he did not directly talk about it either.

Pence, however, told the Colombian president that the US would much prefer what he called a peaceable solution for Venezuela.

He said there are many options available to pressure the Maduro regime in Venezuela, including increasing economic and diplomatic pressure. Pence assured Santos that the U.S. will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles and slides into dictatorship.

He said a failed state in Venezuela endangers the entire continent. Pence said Trump sent him to Latin America to marshal and consolidate regional support for the need to help the Venezuelan people.

Santos said no Latin America country would accept any form of U.S. military intervention in Venezuela and that it should never even be considered. Recalling more than a century of U.S. military action throughout Latin America, Santos said no Latin leader wants that phantom to reappear.

He said an illegal constituent assembly is killing democratic institutions in Venezuela, “it is the coup de grâce we support all the measures adopted by the U.S. government, and we will support additional measures,” adding that “we always look for a negotiated solution and, above all, a peaceful solution.”

Santos said “America is a continent of peace. It is the land of peace. Let us preserve it as such.”

Two days after U.S. administration imposed sanctions on Venezuela, Trump said Friday that a military option against Venezuela was on the table, describing the situation there as a dangerous mess. Venezuela called Trump's threat reckless.

Earlier Sunday, CIA Director Mike Pompeo told “Fox News Sunday” that Trump talked about the possibility of military action to give the Venezuelan people hope and opportunity to create a situation where democracy can be restored.

Pence and Santos also discussed drug and cocaine trafficking and Colombia's so far successful peace agreement ending 50 years of war with FARC rebels.


Trump orders investigation
on trade relations with China


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump ordered his trade office Monday to investigate whether China is stealing American intellectual property, but Beijing warned in advance that both countries would end up losers in a trade war.

Trump took a break from his working vacation at his golf resort in New Jersey to return to Washington to sign an executive order directing U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to investigate the alleged Chinese theft of American technology and intellectual property. Trump wants trade officials to look at Chinese practices that force American companies to divulge their proprietary intellectual information in order to do business in China.

If the United States pursues the case, it could eventually ask the World Trade Organization to impose penalties on China or seek some other remedy. Analysts says the investigation could heighten tensions between the United States and China and lead to a trade war between the world's two biggest economies.

Trump has praised Chinese President Xi Jinping for recently voting with the United States at the U.N. Security Council to impose new sanctions on North Korea for its test missile launches and nuclear weapons development. Beijing announced Monday it is banning imports of coal, iron ore, seafood and other products from North Korea to comply with the new sanctions aimed at cutting Pyongyang's export income by $1 billion annually.

But Trump has often complained about the chronic U.S. trade deficit with China, $347 billion in 2016 and mounting at a similar pace this year. The United States imports an array of consumer goods from China, with many of U.S. consumers' favorite technology devices manufactured in China, such as Apple's iPhones.

Meanwhile, major U.S. companies are reporting higher earnings in recent weeks, in part because of their Chinese operations. Caterpillar, a U.S. manufacturer of heavy construction machinery, said it expects the demand for its products to remain strong in China through the rest of the year.

Before Trump's directive to Lighthizer, China warned against his action.

"There is no future and no winner in a trade war and both sides will be the losers," said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying. "As we have emphasized for many times, the nature of China-U.S. trade relations is mutual benefit and win-win.


250 dead in Sierra Leone
mudslide and flooding


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Officials in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, say at least 250 people are dead after a mudslide and heavy flooding.

Relatives dug through the mud in search of their loved ones Monday while military personnel were deployed to help with the rescue operation.

Photos and video posted by local residents showed people chest deep in mud trying to traverse the roads.

The catastrophe in the early hours of Monday followed hours of heavy rains. Witnesses described a particularly-hard hit area in Regent saying roads became churning rivers of mud. Sinneh Kamara, a technician at the Connaught Hospital mortuary, told state media that a lack of space is forcing workers to leave bodies on the floor.

“The capacity at the mortuary is too small for the corpses,” he said. Kamara said the death toll will likely rise, as many people were sleeping in their homes when the flooding and mudslide happened.

A spokesman for the Red Cross told the French News agency that the group had accounted for at least 312 dead.

Officials estimate several thousand people have been left homeless.

State television halted regular programming and showed scenes of people carrying loved ones' remains in rice sacks to morgues, while others were seen digging through the mud in search of missing family members.

Vice President Victor Foh, who came to the Regent area, said that it is likely that hundreds are lying dead underneath the rubble. He said a number of illegal buildings were constructed in the area.

Some impoverished areas in Sierra Leone's capital are located near sea level and have poor drainage systems, which increases flooding during rainy season. Freetown is often hit by heavy rain and flooding for several months a year which raises the risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera.

Sierra Leone was one of several west African nations hit by an outbreak of the Ebola virus in 2014. The epidemic left more than 4,000 people dead and greatly affected the country's economy which is still trying to recover.


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Gunmen attack U.N. base
in Mali with seven dead

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United Nations says gunmen have attacked a U.N. peacekeeping base in the northern Mali city of Timbuktu, killing seven people.

U.N. officials say the dead include five Malian security guards, a gendarme and a Malian contractor working for the U.N. mission.

They say six assailants were also killed by U.N. peacekeepers during the Monday afternoon attack.

The violence follows an attack earlier Monday in which armed men opened fire on U.N. peacekeepers and Malian troops in the central Malian town of Douentza. One peacekeeper and one Malian soldier were killed in that attack.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attacks and said they may constitute war crimes under international law.

No one has claimed responsibility for Monday’s violence, however Islamist militants frequently target the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali. More than 100 peacekeepers have been killed in Mali, making it the most deadly of the United Nations’ 16 global peacekeeping operations.

U.N. peacekeepers along with French forces are in Mali to help the country deal with the remnants of an Islamic insurgency in the north. Al-Qaida-linked militants briefly took over the north of the country in 2012 after a failed coup in Bamako.

The militants have also spread to southern Mali, along the border with Burkina Faso.


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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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 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.  

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Costa Rica contact:  Dan Wise, phone numbers:  2232-4063 / 2232-8610  Email: danwisellawyer@yahoo.com
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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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A little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal,
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16 acres (approximately).  Price: $425,000 USD

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

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


Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
REDUCED $40K - $355,000
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This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
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       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
       * Custom designed kitchen w/granite countertops
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       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
       * House & perimeter security alarm system
       * 2-car closed garage w/large paved driveway
 
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Community Web Site: http://www.altigua.com
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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.
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* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
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* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

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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

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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

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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
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For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú

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


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
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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. 
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 James Holley E-mail  jimmy6902001@yahoo.com
9245-7/8/17


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Strong rains predicted for Pacific coast

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Just after a massive wave hit Caldera, the Pacific coast in Costa Rica was expected to receive some isolated but strong showers, according to a Monday morning weather forecast from the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.

Expats may be getting wet if they step outside particularly in and around the areas of the Nicoya Peninsula, Jacó, Parrita, Quepos, Dominical, San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Osa and Golfito. The maximum amount of rain expected is about 50 millimeters worth of it in lapses of three to six hours, the meteorology institute said.

Meanwhile, in the mountains of the Zona Norte and the Caribbean, the rain will be a little more dispersed and light by comparison with only 25 millimeters expected. The Central Valley will have light showers around the western and southern parts of the area. Officials recommend people be aware of the risk of lightning touchdowns as well as the potential for flooding along roads and highways.



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Licenses are approved outside capital

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

It appears that many people are still traveling to the headquarters for the Educación Vial in San José in order to receive their licenses.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, people can go get their driver licenses approved at any of the other 13 regional locations for Dirección General de Educación Vial. The process can be done Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.  at: Heredia, Cartago, Nicoya, Liberia, Río Claro, Puntarenas, San Carlos, Alajuela, San Ramón, Pérez Zeledón, Guápiles, Limón and at La Uruca in San José.

The ministry said that interested parties can go to Educación Vial’s website to obtain more information on the location and avoid wasting time and transfers elsewhere. The process of getting a driver’s license approved can be done by foreigners who have lived in the country for at least three months, the ministry said.

With the approval, the driver can drive in Costa Rica with the same vehicles that they are authorized to drive with their foreign license. The approved Costa Rican driver’s license will have the same expiration date and other specifications as the other license, the public works ministry said. Foreigners must prove their legal residence in Costa Rica, however, using their cédula de residencia, carnet de refugio or permiso de trabajo
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The approval costs 5,000 colones and does not require one to schedule an appointment ahead of time, the ministry statement said.



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Bit by bit the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is providing a more favorable rating for Costa Rica to join the organization.

Costa Rica has been wanting to join the OECD for some time. The global entity is primarily composed of developed countries considered to have high-income economies. Chile and México remain the only two full-fledged members in the group for Latin America. The OECD seeks to create a more globalized economy and for countries to maintain financial stability. It opened talks for Costa Rica’s membership into the organization back in 2015.

One of the OECD’s committees on policies toward science and technology gave a favorable rating to Costa Rica back in April following the publication of its Study of Innovation Policies. “It is a great pleasure to announce this achievement in the framework of the month of science and technology,” said, Carolina Vásquez, the head of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones. “The OECD has recognized the efforts that the country has been making in order to create an enabling environment for the promotion of scientific and technological knowledge in the country. This important advance urges us to continue building a knowledge-based economy and society.”

The study was conducted by experts of the OECD and its member countries that evaluated Costa Rica’s science and technology policy within the framework of the regulations and practices related to both. The process was contributed to by the science ministry who assisted the experts in visiting 35 institutions, private sector participants and academia. The ministry said it also created a series of questionnaires that assessed those public policies and their management.

“With this favorable formal opinion provided by the Science and Technology Policy Committee, we have added five approvals in terms of trade, health, agriculture, education and now science and technology,” said Alexander Mora, the minister for Comercio Exterior and the coordinator for Costa Rica’s membership to the OECD.

Mora did mention, however, that there are still 17 other committees that Costa Rica need go through in order to obtain membership.