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Costa Rican authorities investigating Scotiabank
By Rommel Téllez
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For several months now, financial authorities have been investigating the arrival of $6.5 million into an account at Scotiabank.

Investigators believe this money could have been used to bribe former Peruvian president Alejandro Toledo, who ran the country from 2001 to 2006.

Due to a request from the Fiscalía de Lavado de Activos de Perú, a Costa Rican judge froze the assets in the same account where the money arrived. Peruvian authorities claim the money got into the country from an illicit origin.

Aside from the Peruvian investigations, the Superintendencia General de Entidades Financieras of Costa Rica, the government agency in charge of regulating the local financial, is also developing its own research with the intention of finding out the truth about how that money reached the Costa Rican banking system.

The Superintendencia process is regulated by article 81 of the Ley sobre Estupefacientes y Legitimación de capitales.

Basically, Sugef, as the institution is more commonly known, reserves the right to investigate and monitor all manner of transactions over $10,000 coming into Costa Rica. Usually, this is based on certain suspicious patterns by investigators attached to the institution.

If any wrongdoing is attached to the bank or any bank being monitored, that entity may face economic sanctions that vary from 0.5 to 2 percent of their patrimony.

A possible sanction would take into consideration the base social capital, extraordinary capitalizations, revenues and accrued losses.

Alejandro
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A. M Costa Rica talked to Rocío Zamora, a spokesperson with the bank, however she declined to speak on the subject and no comment was made prior to deadline.

Apparently, reports from the Spanish-language press allege that the account in Costa Rica was opened with the help of several people related to former president Toledo, who has been investigated in Perú for allegedly receiving a $20 million bribe from the Brazilian company Odebrecht. By paying that amount, the company would have been granted with the construction of an interoceanic road connecting Perú and Brazil.

Back in 2013, the Costa Rican prosecutors started an investigation on the matter and froze that money, however the investigation was halted since Perú was already taking care of the case and none of the suspects were Costa Ricans.

At the time, prosecutors determined that Costa Rica was part of an alleged plan of money laundering that started and finished in Perú. In October 2016, a Peruvian judge requested the money to be frozen for four months. On February 2017, the money was frozen for one extra year.




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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The price of accounting services could be on the rise anytime soon. That is one of the agreements reached last week during the Congreso Nacional de Profesionales Independientes en Contabilidad.

According to Eduardo Torres, president of the Colegio de Contadores Privados, there are about 19,000 accountants in the country who work independently.

Most of them usually provide consulting services to small businesses, individual professionals and sometimes large corporations. “We are meeting to analyze reasonable fares for our customers,” Torres said.

“Once we get a general agreement, we issue a minimum fare standard and then we monitor that it be enforced.” Torres also said this is the first time the Colegio de Contadores is inviting all of its members to participate in setting up the prices. In the past, this was decided by the Executive Board of the Colegio.

Once the prices have been established, they must be sent to the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio and the different chambers of commerce.

Part of the problem independent accountants face right now is reverse price gouging, since some professionals charge about $10 for a service that would normally cost $60, said Torres.







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Expelled Venezuela AG Ortega comes to Costa Rica for Maduro accusations

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The former Venezuelan attorney general, Luisa Ortega, who was expelled from her post by the government of Nicolás Maduro, arrived yesterday morning in Costa Rica and denounced the Venezuelan president for misuse of public funds before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which is located in the canton of Montes de Oca, San José.

According to the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería, Ortega arrived at 9:42 a.m at the Juan Santamaría International Airport. There, she was received by the fiscal general of Costa Rica, Jorge Chavarría, who is her counterpart in Costa Rica.

The former attorney general apparently fled her country and headed towards Brazil. Then she arrived in Colombia, where she finally took a flight to Costa Rica this past Monday. Last week, the 59-year old lawyer told the media in Brazil that she has evidence of corruption against key Chavista leaders such as Diosdado Cabello and Maduro.

He assured that he will deliver further evidence to the United States, Brazil, Colombia and the Inter-American Court of Justice.

"I have a lot of evidence against Nicolás Maduro, Diosdado Cabello and Delcy Rodríguez," she said during a meeting of prosecutors in Brazil last week.

On a press conference held yesterday at 3:30 pm, she openly accused Nicolás Maduro of having transferred up to $10 million in taxes to his personal accounts.

According to Ms. Ortega, the Venezuelan government has used a company called Contextus Comunicación Corporativa to cover the corruption network. Ms. Ortega said that company belongs to the wife of Alejandro Escarrá, nephew of Hermann Escarrá, a member of the Asamblea Nacional Constituyente, the constitutional assembly largely condemned across Latin America, the United States and Western Europe as being illegal.

“I can't find justice in my country but I will let the world know about this,” she said. “I can´t go back to my country since my life is at risk but I will continue helping my people from afar.”

Luisa Ortega was dismissed from her position as Fiscal General on Aug. 5 as one of the first moves by the newly created National Constituent Assembly. The expulsion of the charge was made at the request of Diosdado Cabello

With the dismissal, the Venezuelan government also prohibited Ms. Ortega from entering the headquarters of the Ministerio Público, leaving the country and froze all her bank accounts and assets.

She then fled from Venezuela to Brazil on August 18 and then traveled to Colombia where she said assassins were looking for her in that country.

According to a press release sent by the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto, Ms. Ortega is still recognized as the only valid attorney general of Venezuela and she is entitled to share and talk about political affairs  as representative of the South American country.

Last week, government declined to offer an official reception to a group of Venezuelans who are part of the recently created Asamblea Nacional Constituyente.


Small businesses can still avoid tax bite

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Small businesses still have time to submit an application for exemption for the upcoming tax on personal jurídicas, according to a statement from the economic ministry.

Sept. 1 marks tax day for companies in Costa Rica but applications that are received by the ministry this Thursday may provide some relief to those approved as small businesses. The Ministerio de Economia, Industria y Comercio said that received applications have a five-day review period and that those received after the tax day will be accepted, however the exemption will not be enforced for the September to December period.

To start the registration process, as a persona físicia or jurídica, there must be compliance with two of three requirements on the small business law. This includes: payment of Caja charges and be registered as an employer with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, compliance with tax obligations and compliance of labor laws in relation to a work insurance policy by the Instituto Nacional de Seguros. Additionally, one must complete the registration form to the small business register that can be obtained on the website of the ministry.

The ministry said that registration has no cost and is completely voluntary. It can be done online or by presenting it at the ministry offices with proof of two of the three requirements. The registration needs to be renewed annually and is good for 12 months. If a person is renewing then they need to send a file assignment HERE.


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Pineapple farming leaves behind a large pile of compost.

ICE announces plan to generate energy using pineapple compost and biogas

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad is looking for newer ways to produce electricity for the national grid.

ICE recently purchased two single-phase motors to produce biogas on the Cristo Rey and Corazón de Jesús plants at Pérez Zeledón and Orotina, respectively. The announcement was made Monday and the acquisition was acquired thanks to funds from the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarrollo. Total investment to this program was around $1.5 million.

“This equipment are the only ones in the region that set a precedent for generating electricity from a non-conventional source such as biogas and is connected to the grid,” said Carolina Hernández, the coordinator for the ICE biogas program.

She added that the resources provided by the Spanish agency also are helping to strengthen lab research on other tropical substrates to be used in biogas production such as the first power plant using the unused compost of pineapple. This is an multi-institutional project developed by ICE, the agriculture ministry, the environmental ministry and AECID, the acronym for the Spanish development agency.

This pilot program is being implemented near the Valle de Tarso farm in Upala due to its close proximity to the organic pineapple production system. “We have a national problem with unused pineapple compost and it is in the interest of ICE to help mitigate this impact,” Ms. Hernández said. “To do this, the first phase of the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions, whose emphasis is on residual biomass energy, has been formulated to transform the use of organic waste as a source of renewable energy.”

For each hectare of pineapple, over 220 tons of compost are made, said Evelio Chaves, the owner of the farm. “There is no other crop that has such an amount of compost and, for now, due to lack of research, development and application of modern techniques, we have a problem,” he said.

ICE determined in its biogas lab that the compost from pineapple has the potential for high biogas generation. The second phase of this project is expected to being in 2018 with the approval and implementation of the NAMA.


Ombudsman scolds several institutions

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Defensoría de los Habitantes, the country's ombudsman, has scolded several institutions that lack a proper protocol or specialized offices to handle workplace harassment.



In addition, the ombudsman harshly criticized the situation at the Ministerio de Educación Pública where the workers who suffer from aggressions are often re-victimized apparently. The institution also criticized that preliminary investigations take place even when victims and aggressor are fully identified.

According to the Defensoría, that increases the pressure and discomfort of the worker. In addition, investigations almost never end in a sanction. 

"The Defensoría de los Habitantes draws the attention of the Ministerio de Educación Pública, an institution that has more than 78,000 people enrolled and does not have a specific regulation to deal with these cases," said the Defensoría in a statement. 


On the other hand, the ombudsman's office congratulated the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social for the implementation of a protocol against workplace harassment, which has allowed for the detection of cases that were not previously reported.

According to the entity, only 17 institutions in the public sector have protocols against workplace harassment, which shows a clear lack of interest in addressing these situations.



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Increase in tourists could be changing raccoon behavior in parks, study says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The increase of tourists in the Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio could be modifying the behavior of raccoons, according to studies conducted by the Instituto Internacional de Conservación y Manejo de Vida Silvestre de la Universidad Nacional.


To deal with this issue, the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación made the decision to close the park on Mondays and not allow the entry of fried food and large quantities of it, as raccoons prefer to steal it than looking for it inside the forest.

The study of this phenomenon was done by the biologist Mónica Farrera, postgraduate student at Universidad Nacional.



To measure the impact of visitors on the animal population, the investigator placed six radio collars on four females and two males. Data showed that the average area of ​​action for the males is 18.1 hectares and that of the females 14. The hours of the most activity happen between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. with a peak at 9 a.m. and another at 1 p.m.


"The data clearly shows a change in the behavior of raccoons compared to what was observed in studies carried out in 1990, where the greater activity was before dawn and after sunset," said Ms. Farrera. "They have adopted the schedule in which arrive.”

Through interviews and research, Ms. Farrera was able to determine that about 198 kilograms of food enter the park daily.

"The park rangers make a general check up at the entrance, and most foods are fruits, sandwiches and energy bars," explained Ms. Farrera. “However some people carry fried foods, cookies and other types of edibles that are not allowed and are very easy for raccoons to access. "



In 1990, researcher Eduardo Carrillo determined that raccoons ate mostly crabs and fruits.

 "People think that if a raccoon steals a banana it is not serious because it is a fruit, but what they don’t know is that the fruits they eat are different, a banana has a lot of sugar, it can be healthy for us, but not for them, instead the crab is pure protein,"she explained.

Ms. Farrera also added that some captured raccoons show damage to their teeth. The researcher noticed differences on Mondays. "The activity of these animals remains diurnal, although they go down to the beach their main activity is focused on the search of food inside the forest, that is to say naturally."

Some recommendations that have been made to avoid these problems are to pack the food individually and not in large quantities, in addition to installing videos explaining to visitors why no animal should be fed.

Another proposal includes the construction of an exclusive site for food consumption and the installation of lockers where people can store their food.


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Texas jazz band to perform Friday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A U.S. jazz band is hosting a free concert in San José’s Barrio Amón this coming Friday.

Big Wy’s Brass Band from Austin, Texas, creates a mix of jazz, funk and rock for a more lively jazz show. The show is part of the wider series of jazz concerts being sponsored by the Centro Cultural Costarricense-Nortemericano as well as the Festival de Jazz. The event is at El Sótano music venue in Barrio Amón, organizers said.

Big Wy’s Brass Band is coming off a tour that brought them first to Guatemala for that country’s international jazz festival. Costa Rica’s Festival Internacional de Jazz is a biannual event organized by the cultural center as an educational and cultural opportunity for the Costa Rican public but one that expats can still enjoy too.

The full schedule of concerts can be found on the cultural center’s website or the Facebook page for the festival. Most of the concerts are totally free and sponsored by private and public sector companies as well as non-profits and individual donors.

Friday’s concert will go from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. Big Wy’s Brass Band consists of two trumpeters, four trombonists, one saxophone, one bass, one drummer, and a mellophone. All the musicians are in their 20s with many of them still formally studying music in university, according to the group’s website. They claim to be the sole representative of the United States as a featured group for the jazz festival in Guatemala.


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The Chinese ambassador to Costa Rica stands with Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís along with Gustavo Mata, the public security minister.

Funding for new police school shows a growing relationship with China

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica inaugurated the new national police school that will open in October thanks to funding by the People’s Republic of China.

The new school is expected to house over 810 police recruits, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública. It consists of over 29 buildings on an 85-hectare property located near Pococí in Limón. Total investment for the construction and preparation for this school was tallied at around 11.85 billion colones, or around $20.6 million. Of that number, $16.6 million was provided by China based on data provided by Casa Presidencial.

The school is expected to gather all members of law enforcement within its buildings including the prison police as well as the agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization, the public security ministry said. At the same time, it will also house officers from Colombia and Panamá as well.

China’s influence within Central America appears to be growing as U.S. interest appears to decline. A.M. Costa Rica has already reported significant cuts in the proposed federal budget in aid to this region if the Trump administration’s proposals are approved. With a Republican-controlled Congress and the White House, it is likely that these proposed budget cuts at least toward this region will be approved. Despite assurances from people within the administration such as Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, many countries in Latin America see the cuts as evidence of a declining U.S. presence within the hemisphere.

Panamá, as an example, has already officially recognized the People’s Republic of China in order to receive more money and better trade ties with the growing regional power in Asia. This comes at the expense of U.S. ally Taiwan. Meanwhile, Costa Rica is also seeking investment from other countries outside Europe and North America.

Government officials have been meeting extensively with wealthy Arab countries such as the United Arab Emirates. The government has also been extending increasing trade ties with the Chinese recently manifested in the first shipment of this country’s pineapple crop being shipped to a new Chinese market. It has also been noticed with the funding for Costa Rica’s Reventazón power plant as well as the Estadio Nacional that looms over Parque La Sabana in San José. Chinese products, illicit contraband or legitimate, flow onto the Costa Rican import scene.

This is also somewhat helped by the strong minority of Chinese-Costa Ricans living in the country already. This sector of the Costa Rican population is relatively well-organized and maintains strong ties with their country of origin. U.S. influence is still relatively strong even in the wake of budget cuts, however.

It is unlikely, given the country’s extensive trade and security deals with the United States, that there will be a shift in the primary political ally soon. Some analysts would still caution, however, that previously unmatched U.S. primacy within the Western Hemisphere is being challenged as the Latin American market is tapped by other foreign investment.





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Old-growth tropical rainforest key to stop mosquito-borne outbreaks 
By the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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A new study by scientists from the Smithsonian, the Panamanian government and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among other international institutions, concludes that conserving old-growth tropical rainforest is highly recommended to prevent new outbreaks of viral and parasitic mosquito-borne diseases.

“We found that fewer mosquito species known to carry disease-causing pathogens live in forested areas compared to disturbed ones,” said Jose Loaiza staff scientist at the Panamanian Institute of Scientific Research and High Technology Services, or INDICASAT, and Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panamá.

“Mosquito species from altered forest sites are more likely to transmit disease than mosquitoes native to an area of mature tropical forest.”

Loaiza’s team used DNA barcoding to identify almost 8,000 mosquito larvae representing more than 50 species from water standing in natural or artificial containers or ground water at 245 sites where tropical lowland forest was highly disturbed at Las Pavas on the west bank of the Panamá Canal, somewhat disturbed such as Achiote on the east bank of the canal and undisturbed at the Smithsonian’s research station on Barro Colorado Island.

The French attempt to build the Panama Canal failed because no one knew how malaria and yellow fever spread. The Cuban discovery that mosquitoes carried disease-causing agents made it possible for the U.S. to complete the interoceanic canal in 1914.

Because mosquito control was so important to the success of the Panama Canal project throughout the 20th century, there is a large amount of information available about disease-transmitting mosquitoes in Panamá.

The Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit Mosquito Catalog and in-country sources recorded 286 species of Culicidae, the scientific name for the mosquito family, in Panamá. Anopheles albimanus is the main vector of malaria in Central America. Culex nigripalpus is the main vector of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in the U.S. and C.pedroi is the main vector of Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus in Perú. All occur in Panamá.

Jose Loaiza
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José Loaiza collects mosquitoes in Panamá rainforest.

“Disease-carrying mosquito species were conspicuous in disturbed forest settings but almost nonexistent at undisturbed forest sites like the Smithsonian research station on Barro Colorado Island,” said Oris Sanjur, STRI associate director for science administration and molecular biologist on the study.

“Our results have important implications for tropical disease prevention and control. This is vital knowledge as global warming progresses and tropical disease organisms move into new areas.”

Researchers tested a controversial ecological model that predicted that the highest mosquito species diversity should occur at medium forest disturbance, known as the Intermediate Disturbance Hypothesis.They did not find this to be true.

“It may be possible to displace disease-carrying mosquitoes by introducing other species that compete with them at the larval stage,” Loaiza said.

The study was conducted under an agreement between the Smithsonian and the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Panamá’s National Secretariat for Science and Technology and Brazil’s Sao Paulo Research Organization’s BIOTA Fapesp Program. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, headquartered in Panama City, Panamá, is a unit of the Smithsonian Institution.



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U.S. forecasters keep watch
on new tropical storm


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

While Harvey has left a system of heavy rains stalled over Texas, experts at the National Hurricane Center are keeping an eye on another possible tropical storm, this time along the U.S. eastern seaboard.

"It's trying to organize itself into a storm or a depression," said Lixion Avila, a meteorologist at the center in Miami, Florida.

As of late Monday morning, the center offered a 90 percent chance that Tropical Storm Irma could form by sometime Wednesday, passing near the coastline before going out to sea over the Atlantic.

Avila said reconnaissance aircraft were monitoring the situation Monday. Heavy rain and gusty winds are forecast for coastal areas along the eastern U.S.

Though Harvey has lost strength since making landfall as a hurricane along Texas' Gulf Coast late Friday, it remains a potent threat.

The tropical storm has drenched the state with more than 60 centimeters of rain in some places, and more could fall through Wednesday.

"I want to make it clear that a tropical storm can produce as much rain as a hurricane," Ávila said. "Historically, many tropical pressure systems have been worse than hurricanes."


Meningitis vaccine shows
protection against gonorrhea


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists have not been able to develop a vaccine against the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhea, despite working toward one for more than 100 years.

However, they may have stumbled onto something that could provide clues to advance the development of such a vaccine.

Decades ago, in the late 1990s, a strain of meningitis B was reaching epidemic proportions in New Zealand. A vaccine, MeNZB, was developed to protect young people who were at the highest risk of getting this particular type. It did not provide protection against any other strain.

Between 2004 and 2006, MeNZB was given to anyone under the age of 20. Babies and preschoolers were routinely immunized until 2008. People with a high medical risk continued to get the vaccine until 2011. Once the epidemic was over, the vaccination program was stopped.

However, scientists noticed that the meningitis vaccine also seemed to offer some protection against gonorrhea. A study published in the Lancet last month showed that one-third of the people who had received MeNZB did not get gonorrhea, compared to a control group who was not inoculated. The lead author noted that the bacteria causing both diseases share between 80 and 90 percent of their primary genetic sequences.

Dr. Steven Black, an infectious disease expert at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, noted, “This is the first time it’s been shown that you could have a vaccine that would protect against gonorrhea. And if these results are confirmed in another setting, that would mean that it would be very reasonable to go forward with developing perhaps a more targeted vaccine.” Black's comments were published in the current issue of JAMA, the “Journal of the American Medical Association.”

The World Health Organization reports that gonorrhea is becoming harder, and sometimes impossible, to treat, warning that it could become incurable in the not-too-distant future. At the moment, there no new antibiotics being developed to treat this disease.

"The bacteria that cause gonorrhea are particularly smart. Every time we use a new class of antibiotics to treat the infection, the bacteria evolve to resist them," according to Dr. Teodora Wi, a medical officer involved in human reproduction at the WHO, quoted in a news release from the U.N. agency.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or the CDC, reports that gonorrhea is the second most commonly reported notifiable disease in the United States. All known cases must be reported to the CDC, but officials there estimate that they are notified of fewer than half of the 800,000 new cases each year.

Women may not have any symptoms, but untreated gonorrhea can cause serious health problems. It can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. It can cause life-threatening ectopic pregnancies, and pregnant women can pass the disease to their babies. Gonorrhea can lead to infertility for both men and women, and can make those who have it more likely to get HIV.

The study about the New Zealand epidemic may change the approach toward developing a vaccine against gonorrhea.

The JAMA article concludes that ultimately, a preventive vaccine could be the only sustainable solution to a fast-changing bug that has proven adept at developing resistance.


Cigarette prices in New York
soar to highest in the U.S.


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The price of a pack of cigarettes has skyrocketed in New York City, while the number of places they are available for sale is set to fall.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday signed a sweeping series of anti-smoking bills, part of a comprehensive effort to help reduce the number of smokers in the city by nearly 200,000 over the next few years.

"We are sending a loud and clear message that we will not let their greed kill any more New Yorkers without a fight,'' de Blasio said at a bill-signing ceremony at a Brooklyn hospital. "These new laws will not only help reduce the number of smokers in our city, but also save lives.''

The minimum price for a pack of cigarettes will jump from $10.50 to $13, the highest base price for cigarettes in the nation, de Blasio said.

New York health officials hope that with brands forced to charge at least $13 for the cheapest pack, premium brands will also raise their prices to maintain separation from lower-tier smokes.

The planned price hike is one of seven bills aimed at pressuring the city's 900,000 estimated smokers to quit.

Another new rule will reduce by half the number of retailers licensed to sell tobacco products. About 8,300 businesses now have a license. The numbers will be reduced through attrition, officials said. Philadelphia and San Francisco have similar licensing restrictions.

Other laws will ban the sale of all tobacco products in pharmacies, require licensing of e-cigarette retailers, and require all residential buildings to have smoking policies that are given to all current and prospective tenants. Some residential buildings will be required to ban smoking in common areas such as hallways.

Opponents of the price increase say it may push many smokers into buying untaxed, unregulated cigarettes on the black market.


Trump eases restrictions
on military gear to police


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Donald Trump eased restrictions Monday on the kinds of surplus military gear the Defense Department can send to local police departments throughout the country, a move aimed at curbing a violent crime surge in the United States.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a police organization meeting in Nashville, Tennessee that Trump would ensure that police officers "can get the lifesaving gear that you need to do your job and send a strong message that we will not allow criminal activity, violence and lawlessness to become the new normal."

Trump's action ends some limitations that his predecessor, Barack Obama, imposed on sending surplus gear to local police departments, a practice that had been in place since 1990.

Obama's law enforcement officials concluded that use of military-style equipment, including tracked armored vehicles, bayonets and grenade launchers, made matters worse during the violent 2014 street protests in Ferguson, Missouri that erupted in response to the police shooting death of a black youth.

But Sessions told the law enforcement officials, "We’re not going to allow equipment no longer needed to be sitting idly when you could be using it.”

The country's top law enforcement official said Trump's order would rescind restrictions from the prior administration that limited your agencies' ability to get equipment through federal programs, including lifesaving gear to rescue people trapped by rising flood waters in Houston.

Sessions said sending the surplus gear to local police departments is needed to curb an increase in violent crime in the U.S.


European security group
urges a stop to press attacks


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to stop his attacks on the press, saying they degrade the essential role of the media in a democracy.

The OSCE's media freedom representative, Harlem Desir, Monday said Trump's comments about the media are deeply problematic, adding that such statements, especially those identifying the media as the enemy of the people, could make journalists more vulnerable to being targeted with violence.

Desir highlighted remarks Trump made last week in Phoenix, Arizona in which the president accused the media of being dishonest, fake, crooked, and of making up stories and deepening divisions within the country.

Desir said the comments are particularly worrying given the United States' long-standing position as one of the global leaders in defending free speech and press freedoms. He said the media play a key role in democracies to hold governments accountable and to offer a platform for diverse voices.

The Vienna-based OSCE monitors security and election issues across the group's 57 member states, including Europe, much of central Asia, Russia and the United States.

Trump has popularized use of the term fake news to criticize news media and reporters that he contends treat him unfairly.


Tillerson meets with Trump
amid speculation of exit


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Speculation is rife in Washington that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson may soon leave the administration, following comments he and an aide made to reporters over the past two days.

Tillerson lunched Monday with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. Later in the day, Pence was meeting with the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley. The coincidence of meetings led White House observers to comment on the possibility that Haley might be tapped to take over should Tillerson leave.

In a television interview with "Fox News Sunday," Tillerson was asked about Trump’s much criticized response to deadly violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this month, following a rally by white supremacists, which resulted in clashes with counter-protesters.

Trump sparked outrage by initially blaming both sides for the unrest. Lawmakers from Trump's Republican Party and many social commentators accused the president of failing to single out unacceptable racial partisans for condemnation.

The top U.S. diplomat was asked this week whether Trump's comments, which were seen as equating white-supremacist sentiments with those of far-left demonstrators, reflected the nation's values.

When TV host Chris Wallace followed up by asking specifically about Trump’s values, Tillerson replied. A Tillerson aide Monday denied that the remark constituted a criticism of Trump’s values, but declined to soften the comment.

The back-to-back comments by Tillerson and his aide raised eyebrows among White House observers. The news website Axios on Monday reported that Trump’s frustration with Tillerson had bubbled over after a recent meeting on Afghanistan.

"Rex just doesn't get it; he's totally establishment in his thinking," Trump said, according to a source quoted by Axios.

The website reported that Tillerson was at odds with Trump on several foreign policy questions, including tensions in Qatar and sanctions against Venezuela, and that administration officials were having trouble understanding why the secretary had not filled senior political jobs at the State Department.

Tillerson's spokesman, R.C. Hammond, blamed a busted system, according to the Axios report. The website quoted Hammond saying: "The secretary sends over recommendations and they sit on the dock."

Tillerson’s departure would only add to the confusion that has characterized the first months of the administration, according to politics-watchers who said.

Cohn also has sharply criticized Trump's comments on race-related political issues. However, Sandman said appointing someone like Nikki Haley, who he said has maintained a high profile for the United States at the United Nations, would go a long way toward easing concerns if Tillerson were to leave.

The secretary of state hinted at his dissatisfaction with Trump’s attitudes on racial issues earlier this month in a speech to a group of students at the State Department.

"Those who embrace it poison our public discourse and they damage the very country that they claim to love," the secretary said. "So we condemn racism, bigotry in all its forms. Racism is evil; it is antithetical to America’s values. It’s antithetical to the American idea."

India and China reach accord
to end tense border standoff


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

India and China have reached an agreement to end the most serious confrontation in decades between the Asian giants along a disputed border in the eastern Himalayas.

A brief statement by India’s foreign ministry on Monday said the decision follows diplomatic communications between the two countries. “On this basis, expeditious disengagement of border personnel at the face-off site at Doklam has been agreed to and is on-going,” the ministry said.

The foreign ministry in Beijing said Chinese soldiers would continue to patrol the area. According to Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying, “China will continue to exercise sovereignty rights to protect territorial sovereignty in accordance with the rules of the historical boundary.”

The announcement comes days before Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is expected to travel to China for the summit of the BRICS (considered Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) nations scheduled to be held next week. The two sides were under pressure to find a solution before that visit.

The standoff over the strategic Doklam plateau in the eastern Himalayas had dragged on for two and a half months, much longer than previous border flare-ups that have erupted along their 3,500 kilometer border, parts of which are still disputed.

It began when Indian troops obstructed China from building a road at Doklam, a Himalayan plateau disputed between China and Bhutan. Since then, about 300 troops from each side have been confronting each other, raising fears of a wider conflict. Fears that control of the plateau would give Chinese troops easy access to a strategic strip of land, which connects India to its northeast had prompted New Delhi to refuse to vacate the territory, despite angry demands by China.

While China accused India of entering its territory, New Delhi maintained the plateau was disputed territory between Bhutan and China and it had moved in to help its tiny neighbor.

“We were able to express our views and convey our concerns and interests," the Indian foreign ministry statement said.

While New Delhi wanted withdrawal by both sides, China had insisted on a unilateral pullback of Indian troops even as sharp rhetoric from Chinese media had called on India to remember its humiliating defeat in a war they fought in 1962.

Commentators in New Delhi welcomed the thaw and said both sides appeared to have found a face saving solution.

Former India diplomat K.C. Singh told NDTV television India would not have objections to Chinese patrols in the area because they took place in the past also.  The official announcements did not mention the status of the road.



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AyA announces water interruption

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados announced Monday evening that the area around San Pablo would be experiencing a water outage this morning.

According to AyA, the Tanque de la Meseta that helps supply water to the neighborhoods in and around San Pablo is undergoing maintenance. Drinking water services will be interrupted from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. today.

This includes the neighborhoods of: Las Flores, El Oasis, Mauri, María Fernanda, La Irma, Yuli, Cruces, Crucitas, La Joya, Doña Nina, Santa Isabel, María del Rocío, Villas of Palermo, Urb. Chirripó, Uriche, Rosa Linda, Las Brisas, San Pablo, Uriche Street, El Marino, El Paramo, Villa Adobe, Quintanilla, Malibu, Real Puebla, Colonial, La Amada and Omar Dengo.

Approximately 12,150 people will be affected by this interruption, AyA said in a statement. Officials advise to responsibly use water and store it only for basic needs.


Caja issues impersonator notice

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officials at the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social issued a warning Monday morning regarding a person apparently impersonating as the head of nursing at Hospital Calderón Guardia going door to door on house visits.

According to Dr. Taciano Lemos Pires, the hospital’s director, hospital staff have well-established home-visiting programs and patients are aware of their existence as those visits are pre-established. Moreover, any member of the hospital have proper identification to denote who they are. In the case of this impersonator, they are apparently presenting no credentials, wear no uniform and are not in an official vehicle, the Caja said in a statement.

“These visits are carried out by inter-disciplinary teams made up of doctors, nurses, social workers, drivers, technicians and other support services responsible for supporting the patient that is home bound,” the Caja said. “The visits are organized by routes established by the personnel in charge of the neonatal, geriatric, social work or respiratory therapy services in the areas corresponding with the hospital.”

The hospital noted that staff will always make visits during a regular working shift from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. , are never alone, always uniformed, and always riding in an official vehicle of the institution. If any case similar to this impersonator happens to anyone, the Caja requests an immediate report to the proper police or judicial authorities.




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The 19th edition of the Buyers Trade Mission has some new participants from Japan, Ukraine, Norway, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, France and Argentina this year, according to the Promotora del Comerica Exterior.

The event is expected to have the participation of over 500 exporting companies and 340 international buyers, Procomer said. These include business representatives from 12 states in México along with 10 from the United States. Nova Scotia and Vancouver are also being represented as well. “These entrepreneurs will visit the country in search of fresh and exotic agricultural products, quality and value-added food, plants and flowers of various species, innovative services as well as differentiated industrial products,” a statement from Procomer said.

The main objective of this business conference is to place Costa Rica on the map as a talented country with extensive export experience and with a prepared, sophisticated and professional export sector, Álvaro Piedra, the export director at Procomer.

“The buyer has the opportunity to meet with all the Costa Rican exports being offered in one place, to know the diversity of companies, to have up to 24 business appointments with pre-established agendas tailored to client’s needs and to have monitoring given to the business by our commercial directors in the international markets,” he said.

Those interested in taking part in this business conference have until Aug. 31 to register, Procomer said, at the website for the event HERE.