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Internet revs up with myths for November elections
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Modern myths always have been around, and many, sad to say, were created by the news media.

But today the Internet seems to rank high on myths, which become more shrilled as the November election approaches.

Among the latest is the story that the Greek coastguard intercepted a boatload of guns headed for Muslim troublemakers in Europe. Few myths are without photos, and there were some showing officials taking long guns from boxes. In fact, the guns were illegal, but they were headed to Libya in 2015 and not to mainland Europe.

Costa Rica also got a bad rap internationally six years ago when internet users repeatedly circulated photos of residents taking eggs from the nests of olive ridley sea turtles at Ostional on the Pacific coast of the Nicoya peninsula. That is a legal activity, but the internet message claimed that this newspaper is deliberately keeping this shameful environmental tragedy secret.

Barack Obama has been the target of many myths, as have all politicians.

But some of the myths stick in the brain. Remember the missing children of the early 1980s. The claim was that millions of small American children were being kidnapped each year by strangers. Children’s photos began showing up on milk cartons.

Lou Kilzer, who more recently served as a senior editorial consultant here, looked into the situation with colleagues at The Denver Post. They found that the majority are runaways or are involved in custody disputes, according to the commentary for the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 1986.

Researchers at the Medical University of  Vienna, Austria, reported this week that

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people who watch a lot of television are more
likely to be susceptible to everyday myths. The research was focused on that country, but they noted that this is an example of cultivation where the television shapes the opinions and beliefs of the viewers.

The same can be said for the Internet.

Of course, some myths are harmless. It does not hurt to believe space aliens have colonized Roswell, New Mexico, unless you are selling real estate there. Some myths reinforce political beliefs, like the one about the thousands of coffins being stockpiled by the federal government.

Others are vicious and might be designed to skew the U.S. presidential election. One false report this week said that Donald Trump was dropping out of the race due to illness. There have been plenty of vicious messages about Hillary Clinton and Obama, too.

True believers, though, just know the reason such news is suppressed is because of the giant conspiracy from the news media that declines to tell the real truth about . . . . (fill in the blank).

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Two persons have vanished on the central Pacific coast.

The first, Vinicio Fallas Ureña, 47, was last seen leaving a Manuel Antonio hotel Thursday at 6 p.m., said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The second, Hector Navarro Hernández, 44, drove off on his motorcycle Friday. Navarro’s motorcycle also is missing, agents in Aguirre and Parrita said.

Fallas is a long-time tour guide who lives in Aserrí, said investigators. He was reported with a tour group at the hotel there.

Rangers among those held after drug raids

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two park rangers were among the seven persons detained Monday on allegations that they were growing marijuana in Parque National la Amistad.

The two park rangers are employees of the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía.

The arrests came during a series of eight raids in Pérez Zeledón and Buenos Aires. Three woman were among those detained.

The allegation is that the marijuana was cultivated in a section of the park near Pittier de Coto Brus. The park straddles the Costa Rica-Panamá border, and it is fairly remote.

Judicial investigators said that the marijuana was distributed as far north as the Central Valley. They said that seven other persons had been detained earlier and said that these were members of the same organization.

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U.S. and Costa Rica display their own agendas in Washington
By the A.M.  Costa Rica staff

The meeting Costa Rican officials attended in Washington, D.C., Monday was unusual. The schedule said they would meet with Vice President Joe Biden. President Barack Obama showed up, too, even though the meeting was not on his daily schedule.

Statements from the U.S. Embassy here and from Casa Presidencial basically contained a list of donations that Washington already made, is making or will make to Costa Rica.

Leading the list are two C-145 Skytruck turboprop aircrafts made by the same Polish firm that produces the famed Blackhawk helicopters. The U.S. military is phasing out the model and similar ones are headed to the Arizona aircraft cemetery.

The United States also is donating two more patrol boats and some smaller crafts.

The big question is how much of this largesse and the meeting itself has been generated by Nicaragua’s purchase of T-72 Russian tanks, also an obsolete model. Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís has expressed concern about the 50 tanks.

Of course, Solís also wanted to promote the candidacy of Christiana Figueres, the Costa Rican diplomat who is seeking to be secretary general of the United Nations. She was not at the meeting, but her brother was. She was in Africa seeking votes from the governments there.

In addition to Mariano Figueres, the director of the Dirección de Inteligencia y Seguridad Nacional, others at the meeting were Manuel González, the foreign minister, and Sergio Alfaro, the minister of the Presidencia. Also there was Román Macaya, Costa Rica’s ambassador to the United States.

The 1:30 p.m. meeting was behind closed doors although some photos were released.

Perhaps not coincidentally, El Diario Extra published a lengthy interview with S. Fitzgerald Haney, the U.S. ambassador here, in which he pushed for more Costa Rican expenditures on security. He was not at the meeting.

Haney and the White House may be aware of the decreasing security here.

The U.S. government also is concerned by the second wave of migrants who have poured into Costa Rica.  Among the donations listed by the U.S. Embassy were tents, beds and other necessary items for 2,400 persons that Haney said were worth $800,000. Also being provided are biometric identification devices to keep track of the identity of the migrants.

Haney pointed out that what the migrants say about their origin is not always correct. In fact, a lot of the migrants who identify themselves as being from Africa come from

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earthquake-ravaged Haiti.  Alfaro has said the percentage may be as much as 80 percent.

Haney also noted that the Costa Rican southern border was not secure and that in Paso Canoas he wandered from one country to another with ease. He also must know that some police officers are actively involved in helping migrants get across the border.

Obama plans to warehouse here some 200 young people from El Salvador, and that may have been another talk topic. No money has been mentioned, but the United States certainly will pay the costs.

Clearly, though, the main concern for the United States is that Costa Rica keep up the pressure on drug smuggling. Other donations were renovation costs for a King Air aircraft and a hangar and operations center in Ciudad Neily, both for the Servicio Nacional de Vigilancia, the new station in Golfito for the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas and equipment for the Policía de Fronteras.

There even were three amoured cars for the security ministry listed, as were what appears to be three virtual shooting ranges.

The U.S. Embassy reported that a major concern was the infiltration of the population by organized crime. The embassy characterized the two countries as partners in the fight against transnational crime.

The post-meeting statements also mentioned training for those involved in helping victims of sexual assault, training for a program of juvenile justice, help in obtaining accreditation for the country’s crime lab and more money for the Fundación Rahab to help trafficking victims in the northern zone.

There also were six-figure donations listed for programs to keep kids in school, for teaching English and to discourage participation in gangs.

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Designers and marketers try to find the right way for Muslim fashions
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Since Neslihan Cevik launched M-Line Fashion last December, her on-line company has been growing 20 percent monthly, fed by word of mouth alone. Today, the Turkish founder is looking beyond her stylish tunics and veils, hoping to launch a line of Muslim swimwear by next summer.

“It’s so ugly right now,” says Ms. Cevik of the head-to-toe covering suits, commonly branded as burkinis. “That’s one of the biggest problems for Muslim women. Whatever you do, all the designs we’ve had so far have been so ugly.”

Many French politicians see another message in the burkini, a semantic fusion of the burka and the bikini that was first launched in 2007 by Australian designer Aheda Zanetti.

This month, a growing number of towns and cities have banned the Muslim swimsuit from their beaches, citing a raft of reasons, from public order and hygiene, to water safety and respecting France’s fiercely secular principles. Last week, the Riviera city of Nice joined the expanding list, citing among other arguments, the Bastille Day terrorist attacks that killed 86 people.

No matter that the burkini is a rarity in France, and its very definition is vague. In a country that has banned the face covering veil, or niqab, along with the veil in public schools, the Islamic swimwear has sparked a sizzling summer controversy and laid bare battling visions of the role of Muslim fashion in shaping female identity.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls described the burkini, along with the veil, as a form of enslavement, a view shared by Women’s Minister Laurence Rossignol.

“The burkini is not a new swimsuit model, it is not a trend,” Valls told La Provence newspaper, lending support to the town bans. “It is a political project that goes against modern society.”

Far from oppressive, designers like Ms. Cevic argue, the bathing suit and other modern Muslim wear can be liberating. The barriers are instead posed by a fashion industry that is often light years behind the needs of conservative modern women and which is losing out on a potential gold mine in the process.

Hijabi women are engaged in different aspects, spheres and activities of modern life, but the market hasn’t taken them seriously so far,” says Ms. Cevik, a sociologist who has authored a book on the post-‘80s transformation of the Muslim identity.

“The clothing for that woman has been like, ‘she’s oppressed, she stays at home or goes to her in-laws,’ Ms. Cevik adds. “It’s only now that markets are catching up with that new image.”

Today, a growing number of designers are beginning to fill the void, offering trendy and colorful choices to a new generation of fashion-conscious hijabistas. Even mainstream department stores and brands are beginning to catch on to the boom, eyeing a Muslim market expected to be worth several hundred billion dollars in the next few years.

Britain’s Marks & Spencer and House of Fraser debuted burkini swimsuits in Europe this year. Other department stores like Mango and DKNY have launched Ramadan fashion collections themed to the holy Muslim month of fasting. Yet critics say the offer is limited, somewhat like the options offered to plus-sized women.

“You’re going to find one little section for the hijabi woman,” Ms. Cevic said. “Rather than integrating, I find it to be kind of segregating.”

In a recent undated handout picture released by British retailer Marks and Spencer, a model poses wearing a full-body bathing suit or burkini.

Ms. Cevic’s M-Line brand targets young, college-aged women who frequent cafes, listen to Latin music and opt for Muslim hipster fashion — backpacks twinned with headscarves, jeans or pleated skirts.

“They don’t want to wear the typical long overcoats,” she says. “They’ll do anything any young female would do. What’s different is they’re passionately religious.”

While most of M-Line’s clientele is Turkish, the brand is attracting sales from France and other European countries, even as far away as South Africa. Ms. Cevic’s next goal is to open a London showroom to broaden its reach.

She’s not the only designer shaping fashion choices. Fifteen years ago, Cindy van den Bremen helped to launch the Capsters brand of Muslim sports headgear, inspired by a Dutch ban on wearing hijabs to gym class over safety concerns.

“I realized it was not about the covering itself, but the way the girls are covered,” she recalls. “As a designer, I could solve that.”

Van den Bremen has since created a football friendly hijab that helped convince football’s governing body to lift its hijab ban. A Saudi fencer also wore one of her designs at the Rio Olympics.

“There are so many millions of Muslims living worldwide, especially in the diaspora. The second and third generation can now afford to wear clothes they want to wear,” she says.  “It’s kind of strange to ignore this Muslim market.”

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Several high-dollar donors to the Clinton Foundation were given access to Hillary Clinton during her time as secretary of State, according to a new batch of emails released Monday.

The documents, provided by the conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch, are the latest evidence of overlap between Mrs. Clinton's work at the State Department and that of the Clinton Foundation.

In one instance, Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band attempted to secure a meeting between Mrs. Clinton and Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain, who had donated millions to Clinton charitable efforts.

"Good friend of ours," Band said in the email.

Mrs. Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, later replied by saying that a meeting had been set up. In the emails, Ms. Abedin served as a go-between for several other Clinton Foundation donors who sought to meet with Mrs. Clinton.

Hillary Clinton was U.S. secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. She says she kept her work at the State Department separate from that of the Clinton Foundation, which does philanthropic work around the globe.

Her Republican presidential rival, Donald Trump, has used the issue to paint Mrs. Clinton as corrupt, saying she was engaging in pay-to-play practices with donors.

Monday, Trump renewed his call for the Clinton Foundation to be shut down, repeating his accusation that the charity group represents a conflict of interest for Mrs. Clinton.

"It is now clear that the Clinton Foundation is the most corrupt political enterprise in history," Trump said Monday. "What they were doing during Crooked Hillary's time as secretary of State was wrong then, and it is wrong now. It must be shut down immediately."

The foundation last week announced it would stop accepting foreign and corporate donations if Hillary Clinton were elected president. It also said her husband, former president Bill Clinton, would step down from the group's board.

That hasn't been enough to satisfy many critics. This week, the left-leaning Huffington Post became the latest media outlet to call for the Clinton Foundation to be shut down, joining the editorial boards of the Boston Globe and the New York Post.

"It's pretty obvious the Clinton Foundation has presented loads of problems and conflicts of interests for Hillary Clinton so far," said Larry Sabato, the director of the Center for Politics at the University of Virginia. "They would be far better off just shutting it down. But they're not willing."

Earlier email releases suggested State Department aides to Mrs. Clinton looked into doing favors for Clinton Foundation donors or those linked to donors. But nothing has shown that the favors were actually granted.

Most of the accusations have focused on two separate instances.

Shortly after Clinton stepped down as secretary of State in 2013, the State Department expressed interest in, but didn't follow through with, buying real estate from a Nigerian company run by a man whose brother donated at least $1 million to the Clinton Foundation.

In another instance, Clinton Foundation official Band asked a top Clinton aide at the State Department about getting a job for an individual whom he said it was important to take care of. The individual, whose name was redacted in the email, was subsequently sent options, according to a reply by Ms. Abedin, the State Department aide. The outcome of the apparent job placement effort is not clear.

Mrs. Clinton herself has not been implicated in any of the emails.

Clinton campaign officials have firmly denied any wrongdoing, saying any decisions by Mrs. Clinton were made without considering the influence of donors. More recently, they also have begun to use the issue as a way to launch counterattacks on Trump's business dealings.

"The Clinton Foundation is a charity that helps people around the world. It's already announced major steps it'll take if Clinton wins," Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said on Twitter. "Trump's businesses exist to enrich himself, involve a web of shady connections, and he still hasn't committed to divesting his holdings."

The billionaire Trump has said that, if elected president, he would hand over control of the Trump Organization to his three oldest children, who also are involved with their father's presidential campaign.

Trump after special prosecutor
for Clinton Foundation probe

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is demanding that an independent special prosecutor immediately investigate Hillary and Bill Clinton's Clinton Foundation, saying the FBI cannot be trusted to do the job.

Trump spent much of a Monday campaign speech in Akron, Ohio, on what he describes as the vast scope of Hillary Clinton's criminality, saying he is shocked by it.

Mrs. Clinton's Republican opponents allege that big donors to the charitable foundation used it to get special access to her or her top aides when she was secretary of State.

Bill Clinton announced last week that the foundation will change the way it does business if his wife is elected. It will stop accepting foreign and corporate donations and Bill Clinton himself will resign from its board, he said.

None of this has satisfied Trump. He demanded Monday that the foundation be shut down, calling it the most corrupt enterprise in political history, and accusing the Clintons themselves of caring more about donors and their own bank accounts than the American people.

Also in Akron, Trump declared the era of economic surrender is over, vowing to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal and renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. He said bad trade deals have cost Akron, an industrial Midwestern city, thousands of jobs.

Trump warned that companies are currently negotiating to leave Ohio, and said he will stop them. He gave no details.

The latest polls in Ohio give Clinton a 6 percentage point lead over Trump, and a nearly 6-point lead nationwide. But Trump, who is not known for his modesty, said he is going to win by a landslide.

Meanwhile, a former U.S. president says the American people do not like either candidate in the November election.

Jimmy Carter told the Associated Press "the way it's turned out, both choices in the major parties are quite unpopular, but I don't have any doubt that one of the candidates is better qualified than the other."

Carter did not say how he personally feels about each candidate, but he did say "everybody knows that I'm a Democrat and I'll be voting Democratic."

Two sponsors dump Lochte
after Olympic robbery claim

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Olympic swimming medalist Ryan Lochte has lost two major sponsors after admitting that he exaggerated his story about being robbed at gunpoint in Rio.

Swimsuit company, Speedo USA, and clothing maker, Ralph Lauren, both announced Monday that they would no longer be working with Lochte.

Speedo said it will donate $50,000 of Lochte's fee to Save The Children to benefit Brazilian youth.

"While we have enjoyed a winning relationship with Ryan for over a decade and he has been an important member of the Speedo team, we cannot condone behavior that is counter to the values this brand has long stood for,'' Speedo said. "We appreciate his many achievements and hope he moves forward and learns from this experience."

Ralph Lauren said its sponsorship of Lochte was specifically for the Rio Olympic games and said it would not be renewing its contract with him.

Lochte admitted Saturday he over-exaggerated assertions that he and three teammates were the victims of an armed robbery at a Rio De Janeiro gas station. He insisted, however, that he did not lie, but still issued an apology.

"I'm sorry, he said. "Brazil doesn't deserve that."

The 12-time Olympic medalist initially said that he and three teammates were robbed by gunmen early last week after their taxi was pulled over by armed men posing as police. Rio police rejected this version of events and accused Lochte and the others of lying.

Video surveillance has emerged showing the swimmers getting into a confrontation with armed security guards over alleged vandalism at a gas station where their taxi stopped.

Lochte maintained he was a victim of blackmail because he was forced by armed guards to give them money. Swimmer Gunnar Benz said the security guards accosted them after they had urinated behind some bushes and Lochte had ripped an advertising poster from a wall.

The gas station manager has accused the swimmers of vandalizing an area near the bathroom.

The gas station is close to Olympic Park, where coverage of the sporting events has been interspersed over the past two weeks with reports of muggings and robberies, including incidents involving other athletes and two visiting government ministers.

Judge blocks bathroom rule
just as Texas schools start

 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. judge blocked an Obama administration policy that public schools should allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice, granting a nationwide injunction sought by 13 dissenting states just in time for the new school year.

While a setback for transgender advocates, the ruling is only the latest salvo in a larger legal and cultural battle over transgender rights that could be headed toward the U.S. Supreme Court.

Following milestone achievements in gay rights including same-sex marriage becoming legal nationwide in 2015, transgender rights have become an increasingly contentious issue in the United States, with advocates saying the law should afford them the same rights extended to racial and religious minorities.

U.S. District Court Judge Reed O'Connor of the Northern District of Texas, an appointee of Republican president George W. Bush, issued a nationwide injunction siding with the 13 states and blocking the Obama administration's bathroom guidelines Sunday, the evening before students in much of Texas and some of the other affected states were due back in school.

O'Connor found the federal government failed to provide states with sufficient notice and opportunity for comment before issuing the guidelines. He also said the guidelines had the effect of law and contradicted existing legislative and regulatory texts.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in a statement it was disappointed by the decision and was reviewing its options.

Legal experts expected it to appeal, likely asking to put O'Connor's ruling on hold until the case could be litigated.

In May, the Justice and Education departments issued guidance that public schools must allow transgender students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and other intimate facilities of their choice rather than those matching their gender assigned at birth. The Justice Department has called the guidelines non-binding, saying they had no legal consequences.

But they were also backed up by a threat to withhold federal education money from states that refused to comply, drawing objections from 13 states, led by Texas, that sued.

Some conservatives have fought an expansion of transgender rights which they see as an attack on privacy and an example of federal government overreach.

In test cases around the country, various lower courts have differed in their interpretation on whether anti-discrimination laws apply to transgender people, potentially sending the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court for a definitive resolution.

O'Connor's ruling is just one small part of an unfolding process, said Aaron Bruhl, a professor at William & Mary Law School in Virginia.

"This won't be the last word on this subject, obviously," he said. "There's a decent chance the U.S. Supreme Court could address this issue in the near future."

Katherine Franke, a law professor at Columbia University, said it was shocking that O'Connor had applied his injunction to the entire nation, especially since "there's an opposite decision from the 4th Circuit and eight other lawsuits pending."

The office of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, a Republican who frequently sues the Democratic Obama administration, said he was pleased with a decision against illegal federal overreach.

But a group of five civil rights organizations supporting the Obama policy said legal precedent protects transgender students from discrimination, which a single judge cannot overturn.

"The court's misguided decision targets a small, vulnerable group of young people, transgender elementary and high school students, for potential continued harassment, stigma and abuse," said the five groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union and Lambda Legal.

The judge's decision came about eight hours before Jennifer Campisi took her 9-year-old son E.J., a transgender student, to the first day of school in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. E.J. is not allowed to use the boys' bathroom and instead must use either the nurse's bathroom or a faculty bathroom.

Canada faces brief influx
of illegal American rafters

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An estimated 1,500 Americans illegally and unexpectedly washed up in Canada late Sunday after strong winds blew them across the St. Clair River near Sarnia, Ontario.

The Americans were taking part in the annual Port Huron Float Down in the St. Clair River, which runs between the U.S. state of Michigan and the Canadian province of Ontario.

But high winds blew the rafts off course.

"The event has no official organizer and poses significant and unusual hazards given the fast-moving current, large number of participants, lack of life jackets, and, as was the case this year, challenging weather conditions," the Sarnia, Ontario, Police Service said on its Web site.

The uninvited visitors had to be rescued by Sarnia police, the Canadian Coast Guard, Canada Border Service Agency and employees from a nearby chemical company, Lanxess Canada.

"It was a bit of a nightmare, but we got through it," Staff Sgt. Scott Clarke told the Times Herald. "There were long waits and long lines. They were cold and wet, but they all made it home."

Jimmy Carter was counting
the days after his diagnosis

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says he thought he had only weeks to live after being diagnosed with brain cancer a year ago.

Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, spoke to a news conference Monday at a Habitat for Humanity construction project in Memphis, Tennessee. The 91-year-old Carter, a worldwide ambassador for the charity, is being joined by about 1,500 volunteers during a week-long effort to build 19 homes in a low-income neighborhood near the city's downtown.

Carter said he feels "pretty certain about my cure," but that the doctors are "still keeping an eye on me."

The former president revealed in August 2015 that he had been diagnosed with melanoma that had spread to his brain. He underwent treatment with a new drug, Keytruda, and by last December, he dramatically announced that the cancer had disappeared.

Four months later, he said scans showed he was free of cancer and was able to end the treatments.

But during the peak of his fight with the illness, he had his doubts.

"A year ago, I didn't think I was going to live but two or three weeks, because they had already removed part of my liver because I had cancer there,'' Carter said. "After that, when they did an MRI, they found four cancer places in my brain, so I thought I just had a few weeks to live.''

By last November, Carter was responding to treatment and was able to travel to Memphis for another Habitat for Humanity project.

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Lawmakers give first OK to climate pact

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmakers approved on first reading Monday the Paris climate change agreement. Costa Rican officials were anxious to be among the first nations to approve the agreement, which was introduced to the legislature only last week. The vote was 41 to 1.

The agreement grew out of the climate change conference in Paris last year.  Christiana Figueres of Costa Rica spearheaded the approval of the agreement. She was executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Under the non-binding agreement countries are supposed to establish individual plans to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide with the goal of keeping the average world temperature below at least an increase of 2 degrees C with a goal of 1.5 degrees. Costa Rica has been a leader in this area and plans to be carbon neutral by 2021.

Blaze burns grandmother and grandson

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A grandmother in Sixaola suffered burns over 70 percent of her body and her grandson suffered burns over 30 percent when a short circuit ignited a mattress in their home while they were sleeping.

The Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea took the pair by air from extreme southeast Costa Rica to San José later Monday for specialized treatment.

Man stabbed to death in Dominical

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 51-year-old man is under arrest after a stabbing incident in Dominical. Investigators said that a man from the community died after being injured with a knife. They identified him only by the first name of José.

Investigators said that a preliminary report said that the man who was killed had been chasing the suspect and wielding a machete. As he approached the man he was chasing he suffered a knife wound in the chest.

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Canadian firm begins software operations here

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Konrad Group has opened a software operation in Oficentro Terra Campus in Tres Ríos with 45 employees. The Canadian firm said it plans to increase the work force to 130.

The company designs and develops software solutions and counts among its clients some major firms.

Marco Fernánde, the manager here, said that the bilingual staff consists of young, well paid professionals with software engineering and information tech backgrounds.

In addition to Costa Rica, the firm has offices in New York and Vancouver.