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Current revenues and counting up the savings don't appear to be enough.
Likelihood of fixing country's fiscal crisis on hold
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The fiscal crisis and liquidity crisis have initiated a lot of fine words about how the government could save money but the likelihood of the legislature moving forward on any actions to stem the rising tide is low.

Costa Rica is moving through to its upcoming elections in February. This is usually a time of promoting oneself as the best candidate for the job whether it be the presidency or as a legislative deputy, mayor or otherwise.

Cutting spending to certain programs and initiating austerity measures during an election year is usually a political type of suicide. Not many politicians or public officials want to stomach the backlash facing this.

Still, the fiscal crisis for the country is very real and is only saved by the Banco Central pumping dollars back into the economy to keep its value down relative to the colón. That was shown within the past three months after a jump in the exchange rate scared off a lot of people who thought their pensions or their money would disappear.

Coupled with that is outgoing Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís and his comments that the government is facing a liquidity crisis. Solís made the announcement a few weeks ago, but the government had been facing it for over three years.

While some public institutions and ministries appear to be making cuts to its budget either by pressure from the administration or by its own decision such as the Poder Judical and the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, others are not as forthcoming to tighten the proverbial belt.

Expats realize that a correct balance of public spending as well as saving is necessary for the overall stability of the country. At the same time, when a country like Costa Rica borrows half of its funds to pay for the continuation of the country fiscally, the options to save would be drastic.

The Ministerio de Hacienda recently released some figures saying that spending has stabilized relative to the previous four years. However, the finance officials warned that this is only temporary and their solution is the addition of two taxes: the value-added tax and the income tax.

They also, albeit more quietly, push for the legislature to control its spending programs that the ministry believes to be outright excessive.

Meanwhile, unions have been consistently out in the streets demanding that the pension regimes for the Poder Judicial remain the same or more beneficial to workers. Those benefits means more money. Something the government is running out of to fund itself.

The other issue that unions have been hot about is the increase in tax percentages to healthcare via the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. The trouble with both those gripes is that everyone agrees that the current route facing the Caja payments and Poder Judicial pensions are unsustainable yet the parties involved appear to not agree on how to solve it.

Measures the government could do to alleviate the situation would almost likely draw opposition that could spill out in the streets.

These would be things like: combining the public banks into one entity, promote offshore drilling of fossil fuels, invite Infinito from the Las Crucitas case to mine the gold pits supposedly in the area, allow exploratory wells in the Zona Norte and charge 1,000 colones per visit to Caja facilities.

These ideas would be considered outlandish, outrageous and inconsiderate of many factors to varying lobbying groups at the Asamblea Legislativa and the doors of Casa Presidencial.

Take the upcoming elections and some observers would call it impossible. In the meantime, the fiscal crisis continues with borrowed time.


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The orchestra prepares for Friday's concert with a Monday rehearsal.
Symphony orchestra begins official season Friday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This coming weekend marks the opening of the official season for the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.

The orchestra, under the leadership of Carl St. Clair, will perform at the Teatro Nacional with German pianist Markus Groh, according to a statement from the orchestra.

Groh has performed with many symphony orchestras such as the ones in New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Washington and London.

Their opening night will be this Friday at 8 p.m. with a repertoire of German composers such as Johannes Brahms with “Concerto No. 1 for piano in D minor.”

There will also be a rendition of a serenade by Richard Strauss and Symphony No. 88 by Austrian composer Joseph Haydn, the orchestra said.

“In this performance, we are going to perform the Johannes Brahms piano concerto, a monumental work for both piano and orchestra,” said José Aurelio Castillo, a performer with the orchestra. 

“For us as musicians, it is always very good and challenging to play the music of this great composer.”

Rehearsals for the show began this past Monday, organizers said.
A unique aspect of this coming concert would be the Strauss piece. The strings and percussion will fall silent in the wake of the woodwinds being the only ones to play for the song representing something unique in the orchestra’s performance history.

Tickets are on sale at prices between 4,000 and 18,000 colones depending on seating choice, the Teatro Nacional said. Students and gold cardholders can request a 50 percent discount at the gate. The orchestra continues its opening season with a show on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as well.






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Whale watching festival coming soon

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Whale watching, concerts, cycling, family walking and talks are expected in anticipation of the upcoming Festival de Ballenas y Delfines at Parque Nacional Marino Ballena mid-September.

The event is being organized by the Asociación Operadores de Turismo and is aimed at the general public but especially people with families. This year, the festival will be held from Sept. 15 until ending on Oct. 1. “The festival is a meeting point for all people in Costa Rica to know a natural resource as valuable as whales,” a statement from festival organizers said. “The whale watching activity develops in a calm, responsible and fun way.”

The marine park is recognized internationally for the annual visitation by different species of whale from the humpback to the pilot whale as well as three species of dolphins and several species of sea turtles. Tickets to participate in the festival go on sale during the days of the event, organizers said, but pre-sale reservations can be made online at the festival website.

The cost is 15,000 colones for adults with foreigners adding about $6. The reason for this is apparently the charge attached for visiting the national park. Children between 3 and 9 years old are charged 10,000 colones and kids under 3 get in free.

The whale tours depart every two hours beginning at 7 a.m. until the last departure at 3 p.m. The cost of the tour gets a person an hour and a half travel through the national park, water and fruit. The tour operator association recommends that interested participants bring sunscreen, flip flops, light clothes, camera and plastic bag for electronics.


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Castro is the newest candidate for president on the scene.

Castro announces his presidential bid

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

It looks as though another Costa Rican political party has announced their candidate for president. For the Partido Integración Nacional, it is Juan Diego Castro Fernández.

Castro is a well-known figure in the framework of Costa Rican politics and the law. He had been relatively silent until recently on his intentions to run for the presidency for the upcoming national elections in February. He first came to the public spotlight as the minister of Seguridad Pública under the administration of José María Figueres Olsen between 1994 and 1997. He resigned that post citing personal reasons.

A lawyer by trade, Castro’s focus has been on criminal science and the state of the justice system in Costa Rica. He obtained his specialization in criminal science from the Universidad de Costa Rica in 1984 and is the founder of the Asociación de Ciencias Penales. He is a prominent figure within the Spanish press who often bring him on shows and comment on articles related with the criminal justice system.

He came out publicly in favor of higher penalties for persons carrying a gun without a permit or having an unregistered weapon back in 2011 when a bill was up for tighter gun restrictions.

He also spoke at the time about wanting a harsher penalty for those who threaten persons with a weapon. Castro also spoke out in 2012 against a gag law that created a political secrets act under the administration of Laura Chinchilla. It penalizes persons who disclose political secrets with prison time without defining what those are.

Like many other candidates, Castro is running on a platform to clean up corruption within the Costa Rican bureaucracy. He was affirmed by the political party’s national assembly Monday afternoon. The Partido Integración Nacional has been described as a center-right or conservative party formed in 1996. It is a small party by comparison to the giants like Partido Liberación Nacional and the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana. Since the party’s creation, it has not won many electoral seats in the legislature or in local politics.


Fuente de Hispanidad
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Fuente de la Hispanidad's water runs red.

Water runs red outside Mall San Pedro

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Prank, political act or just pure pollution, no one seems to know why the Fuente de la Hispanidad’s water suddenly went red Tuesday morning.

The water source, located in front of San José’s Mall San Pedro turned a dark shade of red and the Spanish-language press was all over it. The Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados issued a statement that said that the fountain was being cleaned and a sample sent to the Laboratorio Nacional de Aguas to determine what the substance was. AyA also announced that it would be lodging a formal complaint with the Ministerio Público on the issue and try to identify the persons responsible for this.

“It is important to note that water for human consumption was not contaminated and can be used normally,” the statement concludes flatly.

There have been no announcements from the police, public security ministry, or the judiciary in relation to any arrests on this case.


Green lapa
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Green lapa bird is in danger of disappearing entirely.

Genetic study initiated on rare bird

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The green lapa is one of the quintessential birds in Costa Rica. The bird is difficult to spot despite it being one of the main tourist attractions in the country as tourists spend several days trying to see one, according to the Universidad de Costa Rica.

The bird is in danger of extinction unfortunately. It is estimated that there are less than 400 left in Costa Rica due to loss of habitat and illegal commercialization, the university said. Still, people pay for the hotels, go to the nearest communities and hire the guides just to see the rare species. The vulnerability of the bird was what motivated Otto Monge Solano, a researcher attached to the Laboratorio de la Escuela de Biología at the university to conduct a genetic study.

Using collected samples of bird feces and feathers, the analysis of the DNA sequence began. With the data unclassified, the scientist could understand the genetic variability of the species. A low variability leaves the risk of extinction high due to incestuous breeding. Monge and his team hope they can gather full results by October 2017.

“We expect to find genetic variability that is not so high,” he said. “We believe that the loss of habitat has affected the green lapa more than the red lapa. We also believe the samples belong to a single population.”

The green lapa lives along the northern Caribbean coast. They tend to stay in treetops and have a special affinity for mountain almond trees, the university said. They usually reproduce there in Refugio de Vida Silvestre Mixto Maquenque where the almond trees are more abundant. The bird only inhabits a few countries between Honduras and Ecuador, the university said.



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Las Olas case decision may sink or swim the country's judicial reputation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country’s judicial reputation may hinge on an international tribunal’s decision on a property case.

The case is that of Las Olas, a residential development that was shut down in Parrita on environmental allegations. If Costa Rica loses against seven U.S. investors, the price tag may be as much as $100 million as well as interest and the cost of the elaborate legal proceeding.

Lawyers for Costa Rica and the investors have filed their final submissions to the three-person arbitration panel. The case is being heard under the investor protection clauses in the Central American Free Trade Treaty.

The two filings, both works of highly competent lawyers, arrive at dramatically different conclusions, as is usual in the law. The filings are available online at the website of the World Banks’ International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington, D.C.

The case is best known by the name of the principal claimant, David R. Aven. The final filing recounts his claim that despite having all the required permits, the Municipalidad de Parrita shut down his development. Then he was accused of violating environmental laws. Then was the target of a gunman. He fled the country only to be named on the red list of the International Police Agency.

Aven also claimed again that a municipal employee and two central government officials tried to exact bribes.

The Costa Rican filing defends the actions of the country and says Aven and an associate cut trees, moved dirt without permission and hide the existence of wetland on the development property. Costa Rican law protects wetlands.

The filing disclosed that Aven sold what remained of the property to a nearby resident for $650,000.

There is no indication when the tribunal will issue a decision. Much of the last filings address the amounts sought for damages.

Costa Rica wants Aven to pay for the arbitration and also to mitigate damages the government says took place on the development land in Esterillos Oeste.

The investors hired an expert who estimated the value lost by shutting down the project at $95.4 million. There is an addition amount estimated for back interest. His lawyers say that Aven also deserves $5 million for what are called moral damages, including that to his reputation due to the International Police Agency filing.

Aven also is seeking $2.7 million to repay customers who bought lots in the subdivision before the municipality shut it down

Costa Rica denies that Aven and an associate were subjected to aggressive prosecution for alleged environmental crimes by a prosecutor, Luis Martínez. Much of the country’s argument is that the investors lack jurisdiction to bring a case under the free trade treaty. They cite Aven’s dual Italian-United States citizenships.

Costa Rica also says that no  construction  permits  can  displace  or  waive the  imperative  of  a  continuing  obligation  not  to  impact  the environment. 

The investors claim that the bulk of the environmental allegations came from a disgruntled neighbor,  Steven A. Bucelato.

The claimant’s case puts the Costa Rican government and judicial system in a bad light and repeats Aven’s allegation that a municipal employee and two central government officials sought bribes. But is also says that the environment prosecutor brought charges based on a law that was not in effect when the actions took place in order to increase the possible penalty.

Costa Rica dismisses Aven’s allegations of bribes because the filing claimed there was no supporting evidence. Aven claims the bribery complaint was not investigated properly.

Aven and his investors are represented by Vinson & Elkins RLLP of London, England, and Todd Weiler of London, Ontario. Herbert Smith Freehills New York LLP represents the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior.

The arbitration tribunals sometimes tell parties to a dispute to pay their own costs. In this case, the costs will be astronomical. For example, the most recent filings were 323 pages for Aven and his investors and 266 pages for Costa Rica. That is on top of seven days of hearings in Washington and a host of expert witnesses on each side.

A much smaller arbitration case involving land at Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas generated more than $1 million in legal costs on each side.

The case has been watched closely in Costa Rica by real estate agents, investors and potential investors. The case dates back to 2011, and the arbitration case started in September 2013.

All of the proceedings are online in both English and Spanish. Also included are videos of the seven days of testimony.





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Every coastal country can meet domestic seafood needs, study says
By the University of California-Santa Barbara
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Covering 70 percent of Earth’s surface, the world’s oceans are vast and deep. So vast, in fact, that nearly every coastal country has the potential to meet its own domestic seafood needs through aquaculture. In fact, each country could do so using a tiny fraction of its ocean territory.

So finds a study led by scientists from the University of California-Santa Barbara and including researchers from the Nature Conservancy, the University of California-Los Angeles and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Their research, published today in the journal “Nature Ecology and Evolution,” demonstrates the oceans’ potential to support aquaculture. Also known as fish farming, the practice is the fastest-growing food sector, and it’s poised to address increasing issues of food insecurity around the globe.

“There is a lot of space that is suitable for aquaculture, and that is not what’s going to limit its development,” said lead author Rebecca Gentry, who recently completed her Ph.D. at the university’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. “It’s going to be other things such as governance and economics.”

According to the study, among the first global assessments of the potential for marine aquaculture, the world’s oceans are rife with aquaculture hot spots that provide enough space to produce 15 billion metric tons of finfish annually. That is more than 100 times the current global seafood consumption.

More realistically, the researchers note, if aquaculture were developed in only the most productive areas, the oceans could theoretically produce the same amount of seafood that the world’s wild-caught fisheries currently produce globally, but in less than 1 percent of the total ocean surface, a combined area the size of Lake Michigan.

“There are only a couple of countries that are producing the vast majority of what’s being produced right now in the oceans,” Ms. Gentry said. “We show that aquaculture could actually be spread a lot more across the world, and every coastal country has this opportunity.”


The United States, for example, has enormous untapped potential and could produce enough farmed seafood to meet national demand using only 0.01 percent of its exclusive economic zone, Gentry noted.

Given that the U.S. imports more than 90 percent of its seafood, aquaculture presents a powerful opportunity to increase domestic supply and reduce the nation’s seafood trade deficit, which now totals over $13 billion.


“Marine aquaculture provides a means and an opportunity to support both human livelihoods and economic growth, in addition to providing food security,” said co-author Ben Halpern, executive director of the UCSB-affiliated National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis.
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Study believes the world's oceans are well-supplied enough to sustain humanity.

“It’s not a question of if aquaculture will be part of future food production but, instead, where and when. Our results help guide that trajectory.”

To determine aquaculture’s global potential, the researchers identified areas where ocean conditions are suitable enough to support farms. They used synthesized data on oceanographic parameters like ocean depth and temperature and the biological needs of 180 species of finfish and bivalve mollusks, such as oysters and mussels.

The research team ruled out places that would come into conflict with other human uses, such as high shipping zones and marine protected areas, and excluded ocean depths that exceed 200 meters, following current industry practice to keep their assessment economically realistic. Their analysis did not consider all possible political or social constraints that may limit production.

Co-author Halley Froehlich noted that aquaculture could also help make up for the limitations of wild-caught fisheries. In the past two decades, the wild-caught industry has hit a production wall, stagnating at about 90 million metric tons, with little evidence that things will pick up.

“Aquaculture is expected to increase by 39 percent in the next decade,” said Ms. Froehlich, a postdoctoral researcher at NCEAS.

“Not only is this growth rate fast, but the amount of biomass aquaculture produces has already surpassed wild seafood catches and beef production.”

Ms. Froehlich emphasized that it will be crucial for science, conservation, policy and industry to work together to proactively ensure fish farms are not just well placed but also well managed, such as balancing nutrient inputs and outputs to avoid pollution and monitoring for diseases. This study is a step in that collaborative direction.

“Like any food system, aquaculture can be done poorly; we’ve seen it,” she said, referring to the boom and bust of shrimp farming in the 1990s, a fallout of poor management. “This is really an opportunity to shape the future of food for the betterment of people and the environment.”


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Argentina’s Mauricio Macri says military not an option

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Argentina's president Mauricio Macri is the latest Latin American leader to say U.S. military intervention is not the way to go to bring back democracy to Venezuela.

Macri and visiting U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with reporters following their talks Tuesday in Buenos Aires.

"The way to go is not the use of force," Macri said through an interpreter. "We must refine diplomatic and economic skills in order to ensure that a democracy is restored as swiftly as possible."

Macri said there is unanimity across Latin America against a military solution. Pence heard the same objections Monday from Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

President Donald Trump said last week he is not ruling out force for Venezuela. Pence said Tuesday that Trump has made it clear that the United States has many options and reserve those options. He said the U.S. will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles into dictatorship and that a failed democracy in Venezuela is a threat to the United States.

Argentina is currently hosting about 60,000 refugees in Venezuela, where the economy is a wreck and such basic foods as bread, sugar and cooking oil are in drastically short supply.

"Venezuela has the potential to be one of the wealthiest nations in our hemisphere with its oil reserves alone," Pence said. "And yet the poverty and deprivation that is resulting from their collapse into dictatorship speaks for itself."

Pence congratulated Macri for his reforms that helped revitalize Argentina's economy, calling its revival an inspiration for the world.

Pence continues his Latin America tour this week in Chile and Panamá.


Venezuela’s Maduro orders
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro has ordered his army to conduct a comprehensive drill late this month in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat last week of a possible military action in the South American country.

"We must prepare ourselves so that no one dares to touch a single piece of sacred land of Venezuela," that it’s never touched by an imperialist Yankee boot, Maduro said in an address broadcast Monday on national television and radio.

Venezuela’s military maneuvers are scheduled for Aug. 26 and 27.

On Friday, Trump said military action was among a range of options being considered in Venezuela, devastated by a political and economic crisis.  U.S. President Mike Pence, on a weeklong tour of Latin America, struck a more temperate tone Monday.

“We are absolutely determined to bring the full measure of American economic and diplomatic power to bear until we see democracy restored in Venezuela,” he said at a news conference in Cartegena, Colombia, where he’d met with Venezuelan families who’d left their homeland.

At least 120 people have died in political violence engulfing Venezuela since April.

Monday also was the final day on which candidates could file for Venezuela’s long-delayed gubernatorial elections in all 23 states. These had been scheduled for December, but the National Constituent Assembly, the new, all-powerful legislative body charged with rewriting the constitution, on Saturday moved up the date to Oct. 10.

Many are skeptical that the long-delayed elections actually will take place. Opposition parties debated for days whether to participate, but the majority fielded candidates.

Maduro said registration by opposition-party candidates gives a vote of confidence to the election process.


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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Justice Depart. has requested information from a California web hosting provider about anyone who visited DisruptJ20.org, a website that coordinated protests against Donald Trump's presidency on Inauguration Day.

DreamHost received a search warrant last month requesting any record or other information related to the DisruptJ20 website, which the company said amounted to more than 1.3 million visitor internet protocol addresses.

In a post on its website Monday, DreamHost said complying with the request would require it to hand over contact information, email content, and photos of thousands of people, prompting the company to question the legality of the order.

"That information could be used to identify any individuals who used this site to exercise and express political speech protected under the Constitution's First Amendment," DreamHost said. "That should be enough to set alarm bells off in anyone's mind."

In a court filing last month, government prosecutors said the DisruptJ20 website was used in the development, planning, advertisement and organization of a violent riot that occurred in Washington, D.C., on January 20, 2017.

In April, authorities charged 234 people with felony rioting for their roles in riots that played out in Washington on Inauguration Day. Video of the incidents shows rioters throwing rocks and bricks at police and using crowbars and bats to smash storefronts and vehicles. Six police officers were injured in the mayhem, and one limousine was set on fire.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Top U.S. and Chinese military officers have signed an agreement aimed at improving communication amid tensions over North Korea's missile program and China's controversial claims in the South China Sea.

Speaking in Beijing with Chinese General Fang Fenghui, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford said the two countries have many difficult issues to work through.

Tuesday's signing of the Joint Strategic Dialogue Mechanism opens the door for building trust and understanding between the two militaries, but it will only be useful if it results in meaningful dialogue that reduces the risk of miscalculation, which is especially critical now due to growing North Korea provocations, a senior U.S. defense official said on Tuesday.

The first talks to result from the agreement have been scheduled for November. U.S. and Chinese military leaders responsible for military strategy, plans and policy recommendations will take part in those discussions.

Tuesday's meeting was the highest-level meeting between the two countries' militaries since Fang and U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met alongside President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping in April.

On Wednesday, Dunford will travel to the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang to observe an exercise by the People's Liberation Army's Northern Theater Command. Fang said the visit could help increase mutual trust.

The Northern Theater Command is roughly 200 kilometers from the border with North Korea.

China has pushed the U.S. and North Korea to avoid actions and rhetoric that could worsen tensions on the Korean peninsula. Both China and the United States have stressed they do not want a war on the Korean peninsula and are participating in international sanctions against North Korea aimed at stopping Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

At the Pentagon on Tuesday, when asked about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's earlier threat to fire a missile near the U.S. territory of Guam, Mattis told reporters, "here in the Pentagon, we're part of the sentinel for our nation and we stand ready to defend our nation."

China began enforcing new sanctions against North Korea on Tuesday as punishment for its latest missile tests. North Korean imports banned in China now include seafood, coal and iron.

When it comes to the South China Sea, China and the U.S. strongly disagree on territorial claims in the sea's international waterways. China considers much of the sea its territory, overlapping with the territorial claims of other nations. The U.S. continues to conduct freedom of navigation operations in the area to dispute China's claims. Last week, the USS John S. McCain destroyer traveled within 22 kilometers of the artificial island Mischief Reef, some 250 kilometers west of Palawan island in the Philippines.

Taliban flatters Trump,
urges to pull U.S. troops out


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Taliban has called on U.S. President Donald Trump to pull out all forces from Afghanistan as a responsible leader of the United States and stop listening to stooges in Kabul.

In a so-called open letter to the American president Tuesday, the Islamist insurgent group asserted that a number of war mongering congressmen and generals are pressing Trump to prolong the Afghan conflict because they seek to preserve their military privileges.

About 8,400 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan, training, advising and assisting local forces under a NATO-led military coalition, in addition to conducting counterterrorism operations.

“If you failed to win the Afghan war with disciplined U.S. and NATO troops, advanced technology, experienced military generals, consecutive strategies and mighty economy, you shall never be able to win it with mercenaries, notorious contractor firms and immoral stooges,” said the Taliban letter.

The insurgency's main spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, released the letter to media outlets. While preparing its new military strategy for Afghanistan, the Trump administration is reviewing various options ranging from troop withdrawal to an increased reliance on private security contractors to help Afghan security forces reverse Taliban territorial gains.

“We have noticed that you have understood the errors of your predecessors and have resolved to thoroughly rethinking your new strategy in Afghanistan,” noted the Taliban letter.

“You must also not handover the Afghan issue to warmongering generals but must make a decision where history shall remember you as an advocate of peace,” it said. The letter also alleged U.S. generals are concealing casualties the Taliban is inflicting on American forces.

The statement went on say that the Afghan conflict could be resolved by the withdrawal of U.S.-led foreign occupation forces from the country.

Commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan General John Nicholson has requested several thousand additional troops to help Afghan forces break the military stalemate with the Taliban. Some influential Republican congressmen also have supported the call for troop surge.

The Taliban has made unprecedented battlefield gains since the beginning of 2017, inflicting heavy casualties on Afghan forces. The insurgents also have besieged several provincial capitals and blocked main highways that cross Afghanistan.

“You must realize that these repulsive sellouts neither care about your interests nor that of their own nation, rather the only thing they hold dear is retaining their seat of power and securing their personal interests,” said the Taliban letter, while taking aim at the Afghan government.

Corruption in security related Afghan state institutions and emerging political rivalries within President Ashraf Ghani’s national unity government, critics say, have enabled the Taliban to increase its influence.

Afghan officials have not commented on the Taliban letter, nor has there been a reaction from the Trump administration.

Taliban spokesman Mujahid, meanwhile, has denied as baseless propaganda official claims of him being injured during Afghan forces' operations in northern Faryab province. A regional military commander told reporters Tuesday Mujahid received "serious injuries" but similar previous official assertions had turned out to be untrue.


Death toll passes 300
in Sierra Leone capital


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

At least 300 people are confirmed dead a day after mudslides and heavy flooding struck Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone.

Authorities say they expect the death toll to rise as search teams, military personnel and distraught relatives continue digging through the mud, looking for people buried or swept away in the disaster.

Kelvin Lewis, a reporter for VOA's English to Africa service, said the searchers have little hope of finding more survivors.

"They are still doing excavation work, because of a lot of buildings are still covered. What I got is that they are looking for only corpses. I don't think they would be able to find anyone who is alive anymore," he said Tuesday.

Lewis said a Freetown mortuary he visited is overwhelmed. "There are bodies are lying practically everywhere, naked," he said.

Relatives have identified and taken away some of the dead, according to Lewis. He said the chief pathologist is recommending the rest be buried in mass graves, because the mortuary needs to make room for more bodies.

A spokesman for the Red Cross said that the group had accounted for at least 312 dead. Officials say thousands of others have been left homeless.

The mudslide occurred early Monday while many Freetown residents were still sleeping, after hours of heavy rains. Witnesses described a particularly-hard hit area in the Regent district, saying roads became churning rivers of mud.

Photos and video posted by local residents showed people chest deep in mud trying to traverse the roads. Lewis said homes had been built on an unstable hillside composed of clay-like soil. He says the situation was made worse when people chopped down trees for firewood.

He said officials expect bodies to pop up in unexpected places for months to come, as many people were carried away from the Regent area by floodwaters.

Freetown is often hit by heavy rain and flooding for several months a year.


Iran’s top general makes
rare visit to Ankara, Turkey


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In a rare visit, the head of Iran’s armed forces is in Turkey. The two neighbors have found themselves increasing rivals in Iraq and Syria, but both sides are trying to find common ground.

The chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, Major General Mohammad-Hossein Baqeri, arrived in Ankara, leading a high-ranking military and political delegation, for three days of talks. It is the first visit by Iran’s chief of staff since the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Former Turkish ambassador to Iraq Unal Cevikoz now heads the Ankara Policy Forum. He says conflicts in Iraq and Syria have exacerbated regional rivalries.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has positioned himself as an advocate of Sunni Muslim rights in the region and has been in the forefront of criticizing Tehran’s policy in Iraq and Syria.

Erdogan has strongly criticized the treatment of Sunnis by Iraqi militia backed by Tehran. Ankara is one of the main supporters of Syrian rebels fighting the Damascus government supported by Iran.

The Iranian general's visit comes as Tehran, Ankara and Moscow are cooperating in what is called the Astana process to resolve the Syrian civil war. The conflict is expected to be discussed during the visit. Political columnist Semih Idiz of the Al Monitor website says talks will include the Syrian enclave of Idlib, one of the last areas the rebel forces control.

"Idlib is a potential hornets nest. There is infighting there between two radical Islamist groups," said Idiz. "One is considered nominally more moderate and supported by Turkey and the other one more close to ISIS in sentiment. It is not clear how that is going to play out in Idlib and Assad is going to take advantage of that."

Idlib borders Turkey, and there are growing concerns in Ankara that if it is overrun by Syrian government forces Turkey could experience a major refugee influx, which could include many radical jihadists. Last week Ankara closed its border crossing into Idlib due to security concerns.

The aspirations of the region’s Kurds is also expected to be on the Iranian general’s agenda in Ankara, with both countries having large and restive Kurdish minorities. Next month's independence referendum by Iraqi Kurds will provide common ground, with Tehran and Ankara strongly opposing the vote.


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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.  

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


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9124-4/19/17


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

colinasdelsol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

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

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

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

Etlinger Farm
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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

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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
                                  Escazú

For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú

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


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


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


Live the dream!
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9215-3/22/18


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


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                                    Playas del Coco
We are an award-winning Team of Professional Agents working with Costa Rica’s #1 Selling Real Estate Agency RE/MAX Prestige Ocean Properties. Get to KNOW, LIKE & TRUST us and let us help you find YOUR Pura Vida! We have over 30 years of experience to educate our buyers and sellers in all aspects of Real Estate.  For Information on condos, homes, lots, farms, ranches, commercial or development property
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9174-2/7/18

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Proposed market model
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Proposed model of the  Chorotega regional market.

Chorotega region to get new market

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Carillo will be getting a new regional wholesale market for the Chorotega region, according to authorities with the agriculture ministry. 

The Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería said that construction of the market is expected to start in September with the project being completed a year later. “The Mercado Mayorista is a comprehensive response that includes construction of the market, the management of the regional supply of products and management of demand for the province of Guanacaste,” said Luis Felipe Arauz, the agriculture minister, said. “It also includes other cross-cutting programs such as regional planning, training and business development of organizations linked to the market.”

This project will include two warehouses and 52 premises for varying distributed products, according to Humberto Solís, the general manager of the Programa Integral de Mercadeo Agropecuari. There will also be several chambers controlled by temperature at the facility, a new administrative building, maintenance workshop and collection center for waste will full access to provide for the entry and exit of vehicles.

“It is project that meets all the philosophy of environmental sustainability, emphasizes the reuse of all the water, the use of sanitized parts that do not require water for discharge, consideration of the environment for ventilation and for lighting,” Solís said.

The whole purpose of the market is to have an efficient and modernized system of supply, distribution and commercialization of agrifood products, the ministry said. Total investment for the project reached about $52.8 million, of which $48.075 million is financed through a loan via the Central American Bank for Economic Integration. The government is footing the rest of the bill at about $4.8 million.


Policewoman denounces superior

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A young Costa Rican policewoman who was studying at the Escuela de Carabineros in Santiago, Chile, denounced her direct superior for alleged sexual assault.

This was confirmed Tuesday afternoon by the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto in a statement. “The Costa Rican Ambassador to Chile, Manuel Rojas, contacted the police officer and her legal representative, to verify and safeguard their status and compliance with procedures,” the ministry said. “Due to the sensitivity of the facts and the identity of the official, the government will not give details or additional information that endangers its integrity.”

This also means that the confidentiality of the woman’s identity is also being protected at this time. Spanish media reports that the woman is apparently a member of the Fuerza Pública. The foreign ministry added that she was attending the school on a scholarship
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Government announces debt placement plan

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officials from the finance ministry and the Banco Central announced last week a new plan on where to place the country’s debt for the second half of the year.

According to a Monday statement from the Ministerio de Hacienda, the debt financing plan is based on the availability of resources for the government to meet its obligations. Primarily, the resources are made up of tax revenues and once actual expenses are established, the percentage that will be paid in colones and dollars will be further elaborated. For the second half of 2017, a debt value of about 1.1 trillion colones which Hacienda has placed more 266 billion of that.

Meanwhile, the Banco Central includes a gross placement of 75 billion colones. In terms of liability management, Hacienda said it plans to carry out three reverse swaps and auctions with maturity in 2018 and 2019. “To diversify funding sources and investor bases, several auctions will be implemented in the second half of the year,” Hacienda said. “Take credit lines with local banks, motivate changes in legislation to encourage placements and activate mechanisms for the placement of domestic debt with foreign investors.”

Both institutions are attempting to take measures to restore benefits for investing in colones. There is also a bill being prepped to authorize external indebtedness such as the issuance of bonds, credit lines, global deposit notes and local debt in the international market. To that end, those markets do not appear to be responding alarmingly to the recent moves but the government insists on the approval of its desired tax reforms.

As of June 2017, the public debt amounts to over 15 trillion colones with over half of it in colones and 80 percent being older than five years.