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Free speech institute warns of possible confusions on administration's new public information bill
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto de Prensa y Libertad de Expresión warns of possible confusions in the bill to access  public information that the administration of Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís presented to the Legislative Assembly.

Through a document sent on Aug. 28 to the Science, Technology and Education Committee of the Assamblea Legislativa, Alejandro Delgado, president of the organization, showed his concerns.

According to him, the proposal would oblige government institutions to provide public information to citizens, but at the same time, the state secrecy exception would be established. That label includes restrictions on issues relating to international relations and monetary or fiscal policies before they are implemented. The idea is to avoid disclosure of risky information to the economic order or to confer undue advantages on some people.

The bill has already been sent by the executive for discussion and also includes restrictions on access to information in the case of special laws.

"The exception in matters of international relations can range from government positions in certain matters to situations of staff restructuring or investigations of officials," Delgado said.

"Much remains in the power of interpretation, with the danger that that entails."

Regarding monetary and fiscal policies, Delgado questions the meaning of concepts such as public order or undue advantage, because they are ideas that will bring confusion if not explained in great detail.

The document sent by the institute to the Legislative Assembly indicates that there are no specific sanctions to punish the violation of the right of access to public information. The only punishments are verbal, written and exceptionally dismissals

"The institute makes a call to review and modify the project to improve it and that our system has a law that innovates and does not describe what already exists," says the document.

According to Martin Chinchilla, president of the Colegio de Periodistas de Costa Rica, the proposed exceptions are currently being studied and the Colegio will soon issue an official position.

According to the 2017 Reporters Without Borders report,  Costa Rica has the best record of respecting human rights and free expression in Latin America, and is a remarkable exception in a region characterized by violent crime and corruption.

“The enlightened media legislation and the significant level of freedom enjoyed by journalists have nonetheless been marred by certain negative practices such as the spying on the Diario Extra newspaper by the Judicial Investigation Agency in 2014,” the report says.


Frustrated Solis
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A frustrated Solís answers questions from the press during a conference Monday.
Emergency commission releases contracts budget
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias has approved around 486 million colones for 32 contracts during the administration of Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís.

29 of these contracts were related to first responses and three projects made by emergency decree, according to a brief statement by the commission on the subject matter. The commission and the administration are under increasing scrutiny by members of the press on the issue of cement. Spanish-language media has been abuzz with reports alleging that the contractor for this cement went to Casa Presidencial several times to meet with the president.

This cement was allegedly going to go at a lower price toward several infrastructure projects, according to Spanish media. The moves have bristled Solís to irritation based on a recent video published by Casa Presidencial’s Facebook showing an obviously frustrated president answering questions from the media in relation to the issue. To that end, the CNE is coming out with their budgetary data in relation to expenses on its projects.

The specific contracts that the CNE are pointing out are with the companies of Juan Carlos Bolaños. From 2014 to now, only 2.6 percent of the first impact contracts and 0.9 percent of the funds for emergency decrees went to that company, the CNE said in a statement.

“We have made clear recruitment processes in this administration,” said Ivan Brenes Reyes, the head of the commission. “The companies participating in our contracting processes belong to the databases of the Sistema de Compras Públicas del Estado administered by the Ministerio de Hacienda and has its own criteria. The CNE has no interference.”

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Graph shows total funds devoted to the CNE in blue and to the JCB company
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CNE said that its contracts with the JCB companies constitute cleaning of canals, earthworks, dredging, removal of material, repairing roads and drains as well as other works.

Brenes then compared the total funds devoted to the companies during the previous administration of former president Laura Chinchilla. According to its data, 4.92 billion colones were spent on JCB services.

Ms. Chinchilla has not issued any statement on her official social media networks in response to the data.

“Therefore, it is demonstrated that the CNE has carried out a transparent process, without prejudicing or favoring the interests of any particular company,” the statement from the commission said.

Transparency and public works improvements are among some of the key goals touted by the current administration. The government has been trying to enliven its public image to one that is open, accessible and responsive.

Critics argue that the method has been largely ineffective and little has changed within the system.







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It is now a matter of meters and of time for the public security ministry in relation to Sunday’s assault in Cartago.

Initial reports and an amateur video leaked to the public implied that officers of the Fuerza Pública did not rush to aid a man being assaulted by four others wearing soccer jerseys of the local Heredia team. It apparently became so violent that the injured man was struck by a brick and left for dead by his assailants based on the video recording. The incident occurred on the outskirts of the Fello Meza in Cartago.

The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública issued a stern statement Tuesday morning categorically denying any allegations that police officers intentionally did not intervene to stop the beating. Police say that over 55 people were detained for disorderly conduct that day.

“The images show the moment when the mini-bus arrived but does not record when the officers are inside the minibus putting on special equipment to deal with the event,” a statement from the ministry said. “This in view of sticks, bricks and other blunt objects from the construction zone being thrown outside the stadium.”

The ministry condemned any alternate version created related to the incident that, it said, intentionally discredits the valuable work of the police force in controlling the violent situation.

According to data provided by the ministry, over 300 people have been detained so far this year in relation to the national championship games. That is around 20 people detained each weekend, police said. The majority are for drug sales and consumption but around 20 percent are also arrested for disturbing the peace, disorderly conduct and starting a riot. This is rounded with a refusal to obey a police order at 18 percent and possession of a deadly firearm, the data indicated.

Officials note that this puts a drain on available officers to patrol local areas and communities as more are re-assigned to be the security detail at soccer matches. Juan José Andrade, the head of the Fuerza Pública, met with the heads of several soccer clubs in the country in an attempt to alleviate the incidences of riot and other criminal acts, police said.


Reventazón plant on shaky ground

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Reventazón hydroelectric plant may have almost collapsed on itself after officials discovered infiltration within the massif.

A massif is a geological term used to describe a section of a planet's crust that is demarcated by faults. When a part of the Earth’s crust moves, a massif tends to retain its internal structure while being displaced as a whole. The term also refers to a compact group of mountains formed by such a structure. This problem was first publicly reported back in January, according to a statement from the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

A permanent monitoring system at the power plant’s site detected a change in the massif’s conditions due to an increase of water flows from the drainage system. “The geology of our country is recent and therefore complex,” said Luis Pacheco, the electricity manager for ICE. “The reservoir constitutes a new element for the adjacent lands, so that after filling and during the operation changes could be made.”

Experts attached to ICE’s team said that the dam site works are operating normally and do not present any structural damage. This opinion was matched by the German company Fichtner, which supervised the construction of the plant.

Still, however, ICE is taking no chances and announced it has filed an insurance policy with the Instituto Nacional del Seguros. To solve the issue, the institute also said it plans to install more instruments for monitoring the phenomenon. Construction of a gallery 50 meters in length that will allow access to the site is also beginning this week. 96 anchors will also be placed to reinforce the area at the top of the landfill as well, ICE said in a Tuesday statement.

In the channel area, a concrete slab will be laid out and secant pile walls, which are designed for reinforcing deep excavations and are reinforced with steel, will also be plugged into the ground on the approach to the dam.

“ICE will continue to provide permanent monitoring to know the behavior of the massif and reinforcement actions,” the institute said.

Reventazón first launched back in 2016 after five years of construction. Upon completion, it had the largest dam in Central America reaching 430 feet. The total cost for the project was up to $1.4 billion. ICE said at the time of its completion that the power project has completed final tests with the national grid and that initially one of four turbines will provide 73 megawatts of power. The capacity is estimated at 305.5 megawatts. The project takes water for the Río Reventazón via a 4.2-kilometer tunnel. That’s about 2.6 miles.

It is located near Siquirres in Limón.


Railroad surveyor
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A vehicle on a vehicle was part of the survey project.

ICE assists in railroad examination

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Using the most recent technology, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad carried out a detailed topographic survey on the railroad network within the Greater Metropolitan Area. This represents the first of its kind in Costa Rica.

The reason for the uniqueness is the equipment that was used. According to a statement from ICE, the surveyors used LiDAR Terrestrial technology along the 60 kilometers worth of railway between the stations in Alajuela-Heredia, Heredia-San José, San José-Cartago and Atlántico-Pacífico-Belén. The technology was hauled onto a locomotive platform with over 105,000 photographs and scanned images obtained using laser light pulses, ICE said.

The LiDAR Terrestrial equipment used seven high-resolution digital cameras recording from different angles of the train routes. The data obtained in the field was processed by ICE technicians before being sent to authorities at the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles. The mapping provides detailed information on the railroad network in case of the need for improvements.

“INCOFER requires a real and updated database to know in a timely manner the topographic location of all bridges and related structures as well as the main railway sidings, spurs, stations for passengers and patios along the network,” said Elizabeth Briceño, the head of the railroad system in Costa Rica. “Not having this updated information affects the control and planning of all the preventive and corrective actions required to ensure the proper functioning of this important transportation service.”

The new technology also reduced time and money that normally would have been devoted to this surveying without the technology. According to Rody Rodríguez, the ICE official in charge of the survey, the work was completed in nine hours worth of fieldwork and then two months in the office. Normally, a job like that would have taken at least two months of fieldwork alone to conduct without the LiDAR technology, he said. A group of topographers only advances about a kilometer each day, he said, without it.


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Here come the cranes!

Moín docks finally receiving cranes

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In a historic milestone, the docks of Moín have received two Post-Panamax cranes, which will allow the workers to reduce in four hours the loading and unloading of all containers.

The acquisition will allow the state-owned dock to better compete against APM Terminals, a private company located not far away from Moín and was granted a concession to improve the export and imports rates of the country.

The Moín docks have been requesting better cranes for about three decades and now they have a state-of-the-art machinery, said President Luis Guillermo Solís.

The Moín docks are administered by the Junta de Administración Portuaria y de Desarrollo Économico de la Vertiente Atlántica de Costa Rica. By law, the money gathered by the docking activities should be re invested in the province of Limón.

Each of the cranes has the capacity to move 35 containers per hour, so that cuts into half the average time a vessel should stay in the port. The cost of the cranes is $16 million, according to authorities.

The equipment was bought by the Sany company and departed from the Zhuhai harbor in China on June 22. The transportation vessel stopped at Durban, South Africa for refueling then the cranes arrived directly into Limón. The total travel time was 90 days.


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Luisa Ortega denounces Maduro
but shouldn't expect court action

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The visit of the former Venezuelan attorney general, Luisa Ortega Díaz, to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in Costa Rica, did not generate the expected results.

Ms. Ortega was received Tuesday by the court’s president, Roberto Caldas, the Costa Rican judge, Elizabeth Odio, and the judge secretary, Pablo Saavedra. The objective of the former prosecutor was to show documents of importance on the government of Nicolás Maduro in Venezuela.

According to a statement sent by the court, the ex-attorney general spoke before the judges about human rights in Venezuela, the political persecution against her and the request for precautionary measures that she has submitted to the Inter-American Commission.

Although Ms. Ortega intended to file a complaint against the regime of Nicolas Maduro, the judges recalled that the Inter-American Court cannot receive complaints from individuals, except those that are referred by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Likewise, the judges recalled that in 2012 Venezuela questioned the competence of the court, which is the reason why that entity cannot deal with cases of that country. In addition, the court stated that neither the commission nor the court can receive complaints against individuals, since both bodies determine the international responsibility of states and not individual people.

Despite the fact the results were not what Ms. Ortega expected, during her visit to Costa Rica she denounced the existence of alleged corruption between the Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro and the Odebrecht construction company from Brazil.

Ms. Ortega also accused Nicolás Maduro of transferring himself about $10 million from taxes.

On Monday, the foreign ministry of Venezuela said the Costa Rica government had been arrogant for letting Ms. Ortega in and not welcoming the members of the recently installed Constituent Assembly. Costa Rica does not recognize the latter body as being a legitimate wing of the Venezuelan government.


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Caja provides Gnöbe women
with special pregnancy care

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Changes in food, preparation of a special room, educational material in their native language and an indigenous adviser are some of the adjustments being made at the hospital in San Vito out of respect to the women of the Gnöbe tribe.

This strategy is based on a project by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social for qualified childbirth care and postpartum work. Dr. Jorge Granados Rivera, the acting director of the medical center, said that the adjustments include changes in the menu. The members of the tribe do not eat pork several hours prior to giving birth, the Caja said. “We aim to consolidate the continuous improvement of delivery service with a people-centered approach, maintaining standards of warmth and quality of care,” he said.

According to data provided by the hospital, San Vito attends to an average of 600 deliveries each year of which 5 percent are of Gnöbes women. For that reason, staff went to transcribe the material offered by the Caja to explain rights, symptoms, signs and warnings of pregnancy. The hospital attends to around 45,000 inhabitants of communities such as Limoncito, Sabalito, Agua Buena and Pitier.

This past month, a new rule was added to emergency protocol that has every pregnant woman, once passing the initial assessment, will be referred to a nurse practitioner obstetrician who remains in an equipped room with the woman at all hours of the day. Gnöbe women will also be able to have their children in the way they traditionally practice it using the vertical delivery method.

Some officials have traveled to Perú and Ecuador in order to perfect the vertical delivery method with the assistance of the staff, the Caja said. To aid with the transition, hospital officials sought the advice of their counterparts at Hospital Monseñor Sanabria.

Dr. Lidieth Carballo Quesada, the coordinator of skilled birth nursing at the medical department of the Caja, said she maintains meetings with staff at Hospital Ciudad Neily and the clinic at Corredores to raise awareness in the delivery rooms. The intercultural approach in San Vito is being mirrored to include other groups such as the Chinese-Costa Rican and Afro-Caribbean communities that also have their own particularities when it comes to childbirth.


Guitars
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Some of the guitars by the Rodríguez family brand.

Free guitar performance today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Music lovers cannot miss the concert and conference with the Spanish guitarist Manuel Rodríguez III, which will happen today at 6 p.m. at the José Figueres Ferrer Library in the Instituto Tecnólogico de Costa Rica.

Manuel Rodríguez III leads the second-oldest guitar maker in the world. The company that bears the name Manuel Rodríguez Guitars has a legacy of three families.

Manuel Rodríguez Guitars was the first company to both bringing the classic guitar to the United States figuring out a solution to tuning issues thanks to a  movable bridge.

As of today, these guitars are sold in over 122 countries, according to Rodríguez.

The concert and conference is totally free. Pablo Ortiz, Henry Calvo and Diego Monge will be the invited guitarists.





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 (editor)A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.  
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Trouble with Cash

The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson

Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1 million, but it comes with one condition...the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back.  Review or buy the book on Amazon  Click Here  Email:  j.paterson@riomagnolia.com  Phone: (506) 8868-5561

Money, Flowers and More

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Brodell book 2
The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise

By James J. Brodell. Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions. But soon he is hijacked by a gang of avengers led by an icy Costa Rican-American woman who carries twin pistols strapped to her chest. Jack soon helps uncover a web of corruption and greed . Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!

Trapped in Damas Cave
Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica

A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $0.99 until Aug. 30. Visit Amazon.com to preview or purchase, or DustyPilot.com/cave.html More information Contact Dusty Pilot Email: dusty@dustypilot.com US phone: 001 440 796-4105¯

New World Meditation
New World Meditation: Focusing-Mindfulness-Healing-Awakening
By Lucinda Gray PhD

You will be Free to Live, Love, Work and Play in the Full Creative Expression of Your Authentic Self. New World Meditation is easy to learn, easy to practice, and profoundly transformational.  More information HERE!
Life
                          is a Tropical Garden

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Higher coffee consumption associated with longer life, study says
By the European Society of Cardiology press staff

Higher coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of death, according to research presented Sunday at the European Society of Cardiology Congress. The observational study in nearly 20,000 participants suggests that coffee can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people.

“Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world,” said Dr. Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain. “Previous studies have suggested that drinking coffee might be inversely associated with all-cause mortality but this has not been investigated in a Mediterranean country.”

Coffee is among the most well-known staples of Costa Rican exports. In fact, it remains among the top five exports from the country with the likes of tropical fruits. It is also inherent to the culture and manifested in the crop having its own national day of celebration in September.

The purpose of this study was to examine the association between coffee consumption and the risk of mortality in a middle-aged Mediterranean cohort. The study was conducted within the framework of the Seguimiento Universidad de Navarra, or SUN, Project, a long-term prospective cohort study in more than 22,500 Spanish university graduates which started in 1999.

This analysis included 19,896 participants of the SUN Project, whose average age at enrollment was 38 years old. On entering the study, participants completed a previously validated semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire to collect information on coffee consumption, lifestyle and sociodemographic characteristics, anthropometric measurements, and previous health conditions.

Patients were followed-up for an average of ten years. Information on mortality was obtained from study participants and their families, postal authorities, and the National Death Index.


Cox regression models were used to estimate hazard ratios and 95 percent confidence intervals for incident mortality according to baseline total coffee consumption adjusted for potential confounders.
Folks drinking coffee
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Coffee consumption is linked to a longer life.

During the ten year period, 337 participants died. The researchers found that participants who consumed at least four cups of coffee per day had a 64 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality than those who never or almost never consumed coffee. There was a 22 percent lower risk of all-cause mortality for each two additional cups of coffee per day.

The researchers examined whether sex, age or adherence to the Mediterranean diet had any influence on the association between baseline coffee consumption and mortality. They observed a significant interaction between coffee consumption and age.

In those who were at least 45 years old, drinking two additional cups of coffee per day was associated with a 30 percent lower risk of mortality during follow-up. The association was not significant among younger participants.

Dr. Navarro said: “In the SUN project we found an inverse association between drinking coffee and the risk of all-cause mortality, particularly in people aged 45 years and above. This may be due to a stronger protective association among older participants.”

She concluded: “Our findings suggest that drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people.”



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More barriers used to protect
Europe’s landmark sites


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

European governments are once again scrambling to come up with new security measures aimed at making it more difficult for extremists using cars, knives and other low-tech weapons to attack civilians in city centers and near landmark sites, monuments and tourist attractions.

The car-ramming attack earlier in August in Barcelona, in which a van mowed down pedestrians, followed soon after by a stabbing frenzy in the Finnish town of Turku, has prompted national and municipal authorities across the continent to review security measures and to erect concrete barriers to hinder extremists from plowing into shoppers and tourists.

But analysts say many city authorities remain reluctant to introduce "Israeli-style" security and costs and aesthetics are being weighed, too. However, slowly but surely, after each attack, reluctance is giving way and manufacturers of bollards and security barriers say there’s been an increase in orders in recent weeks.

Some municipal authorities, including in the British city of Birmingham, are using water-features and trees to provide some protection. Europe has experienced a dozen car-ramming attacks so far this year.

British authorities are considering erecting a boom in the River Thames to defend the House of Commons from a boat-borne attack. The barrier has been recommended by police chiefs after a security drill showed how easy it would be for extremists to gain riverside access to the Palace of Westminster, kill lawmakers socializing on terraces overlooking the Thames and gain access to the debating chambers of both the Commons and the House of Lords.

Last March, a British Muslim convert, Khalid Masood, mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before stabbing to death a policeman in the grounds of the Palace of Westminster, where he was shot dead. The London mayor has called for cars to be banned from Parliament Square altogether.

London police mounted an unprecedented security effort over the weekend and Monday to protect the Notting Hill carnival, deploying for the first time concrete and metal barriers at Europe’s biggest street party, which was attended by a million revelers over three days. Security arrangements included 8000 police officers patrolling on foot. The carnival kicked off 24 hours after a man drove at police outside Buckingham Palace and then lashed at them with a sword.

In Rome, authorities have erected more barriers around landmark sites to prevent car-ramming. But aesthetics are being hotly debated, with municipal politicians and residents in the historic center opposing unsightly obstructions.

Anti-terror flower pots were installed Monday outside the presidential Quirinale Palace. Similar pots, ordered in the wake of the Barcelona van terror attack, have been installed already in the Roman Forum with more planned for parts of Via del Corso and Piazza del Popolo.

Although Italy is the one major European country not to have experienced a jihadist attack, concerns are mounting that it’s only a matter of time before there will be one. The Islamic State terror group has threatened frequently to attack the Italian capital and the Vatican in particular.

On Saturday, Pope Francis’s top aide reacted to an IS video posted online last week calling on "lone wolves" to drive cars into crowds around the Vatican, saying one cannot avoid worrying.

But Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin told reporters in the city of Rimini that no particular new security measures are being put in place in the Vatican as a direct result of that video, which showed a terrorist tearing an image of Francis.

Paloma García Ovejero, the pope’s deputy spokesperson, said last week: “We haven’t raised the security measures because the controls are already very high.”

Protection was dramatically increased around the Vatican after last year’s attacks in Paris with the main artery leading to the square closed to traffic. Heavy pots with palm trees were placed on side streets, and a military and Italian police presence is visible around the Vatican, which is protected on church territory by Pontifical Swiss Guards and the 130-strong Corpo della Gendarmeria, which includes a Rapid Intervention Group and an anti-sabotage unit.

The Swiss Guards, who are charged with the Pope’s personal safety, have recently been going through re-training, focusing on marksmanship, in Ticino, an Italian-speaking region in southern Switzerland. Last week, Swiss Guard Commander Christoph Graf said that it might only be a matter of time before extremists launch an attack in Rome.

Many churches across Europe are introducing new security measures to try to decrease the risk of attack and casualties. In Cologne, Germany, authorities have placed barricades made up of huge stones around the perimeter of the historic Domplatte cathedral.


Trump inspects Texas
as more rain expected


By the A.M Costa Rica wire services

President Donald Trump on Tuesday inspected the huge cleanup and rescue work in southeastern Texas from Hurricane Harvey and said the storm recovery would probably be one of the most expensive efforts the U.S. has ever undertaken.

The storm is already a record-breaking disaster. More than 49 inches, or 124 centimeters, of rain have poured down on Houston since Friday night, the most rain ever to fall in the continental U.S. in such a short period.

Visiting an emergency operations center in the Texas capital of Austin late Tuesday, Trump said his administration and Congress would come up with the "right solution" to help storm victims.

The president and first lady Melania Trump spent the day in Texas to get a firsthand look at the indescribable damage caused by Harvey. No longer a major hurricane, the tropical storm was still dumping heavy rain on southeastern Texas and western Louisiana.

Several Cabinet members accompanied Trump, including Health and Human Services chief Tom Price, who said his department was trying to make sure storm victims get the medical care they need, especially those with chronic diseases who may be unable to reach their regular physicians.

Housing Secretary Ben Carson said his department was reallocating assets from routine spending to disaster relief.

In Corpus Christi, where the hurricane hit the Texas Gulf Coast, Trump said he wanted his administration's storm recovery effort to be better than ever before.

In an ironic convergence of hurricane history, Tuesday was the 12th anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana and caused catastrophic damage in New Orleans.

Total damage estimates from Harvey have ranged between $30 billion and $100 billion. But the immediate job for emergency workers, including firefighters, doctors and the Texas National Guard, is rescuing thousands of people still trapped by floods inside or on top of their homes.

More than 3,500 people in the Houston area already have been rescued in around-the-clock efforts by emergency personnel and volunteers pushing boats, rafts, inflatable dinghies and even floating plastic furniture through streets and highways that now resemble brown, debris-filled rivers.

As many as nine storm-related deaths have been reported. They included Houston police Sergeant Steve Perez, who drowned in a highway underpass Saturday when his car was overwhelmed by floodwaters as he tried to get to his post.

Police Chief Art Acevedo could barely hold back his tears when he talked about Perez, saying the 59-year-old veteran officer would get a proper tribute from the city as soon as possible.

More rain fell in Houston Tuesday as the storm, which has moved back out over the Gulf of Mexico, remained near the Texas coastline, sucking up moisture from the warm Gulf waters, normally above 85 degrees Fahrenheit, above 30 degrees Celsius, at this time of year.

Forecasters said Harvey would move back inland, passing north and east of Houston Wednesday. Once it moves away from the Gulf, the tropical storm is expected to weaken further as it heads toward the U.S. East Coast by the end of this week.

But the worst may not be over for storm survivors. Brock Long, chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said difficult times lie ahead, even after the rain stops.

Trump did not visit Houston, where flood recovery and relocation efforts were concentrated, in order to avoid disrupting rescue efforts. But White House officials said the president planned to return to Texas as soon as Saturday to see how the recovery effort is going. He also plans to stop in Louisiana, east of Texas, which also has received a heavy share of Harvey's rains.


Digital war prep
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Military trainers are prepping for cyber wars.

More dependence on internet
leads to more cyber attacks

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

From power grids, to major corporations, nothing in the world is immune to cyberattacks. The reason, said cyber security experts, is the growing dependence on the internet.

“The internet is becoming more and more integrated into our lives every single day, and we as citizens and we as corporations and governments are becoming more interconnected and using the internet as part of that backbone of communication and collaboration. This means that there’s increased attack surface for those who wish to be malicious,” said Jonathan Homer, with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center.

Homer works with a team that supports federal agencies, local governments and those who are part of the critical infrastructure within the U.S. to help them get back online and help prevent future attacks.

More digital information on the web means greater financial gain for criminals. In the last year, there has been an increase in cases of ransomware, an attack that locks a computer until a payment is made.

“It’s becoming easier and easier in part because the tool kits needed to break into many of these systems are becoming more readily accessible on the dark web,” said Clifford Neuman, director of the University of Southern California Center for Computer Systems Security.

Tracking down the criminals has not been easy for law enforcement.

Federal laws on reporting breaches are vague and many state laws require reporting when personal information is compromised, but there are gray areas.

"Much of what happens in the case of businesses is they don’t necessarily know what information has been disclosed, and they sort of, perhaps intentionally, lay a blind eye to that to say, 'Well, we don’t know personal identifiable information has been disclosed. All that we know is someone got into our system,'" Neuman said.

The FBI says the online perpetrators range from criminals who want money to hackers with geopolitical motivations.

A Chinese national, Yu Pingan of Shanghai, was arrested and charged this week for allegedly distributing malicious software known as Sakula. The malware has been linked to hacks against U.S businesses.

Sakula has also been linked to the 2014 and 2015 cyberattacks at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, or OPM, where personal information of millions of federal employees was stolen. The federal court filing, however, against Yu does not mention the OPM hacks.

U.S. officials have blamed the Chinese government on those attacks.

“Most cyberattacks require multiple weaknesses or vulnerabilities of some form in order to be able to reach the final goal of the attacker.One of the greatest weaknesses of any corporate network is the human element,” said Homer.

Neuman said it is not a matter of if an attack will happen, but when.

“I think that most companies are not prepared to handle the zero day, the newest attack that occurs because it’s like fighting the last war. You don’t know what the particular new techniques are that are going to be applied,” Neuman said.

For the FBI, building partnerships with private industry is critical.

Another way to prepare for a cyberattack is to rethink how systems on the web are designed, Neuman said.

“Where we really need to be going is in a way where we design our systems to be more resilient against the inevitable hack," he said. "Understand that individuals are going to get in, but make sure that the structures of the systems are designed to contain the damage that can occur. And that’s a much more difficult problem to solve because it requires changing the way we design our systems overall.”


After violent eviction, Rome
allows some refugees to stay


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Public sentiment on unauthorized immigration continues to sour across Europe, prompting authorities to respond with decisive, sometimes violent, action.

An example occurred last week in Rome, when Italian police forcibly evicted hundreds of refugees from a building near the Piazza Indipendenza.

Police used water cannon and beat people with batons, resulting in 13 people being treated for injuries at the scene and four hospitalizations, according to Doctors Without Borders in Italy. The force was necessary, police said, to defend themselves against rocks and gas canisters hurled by the refugees.

Following an international outcry, Rome’s city council said Friday it will allow 40 refugees, mostly children, elderly and people with disabilities, to stay in the building for six months; but, hundreds of others remain homeless, and thousands of recent arrivals throughout Italy continue to struggle to integrate with the society.

An estimated 800 people, mostly Eritreans and Ethiopians, were living inside the building, and most fled when authorities arrived. Several hundred people stayed outside to protest, and about 100 people, mostly women, children and those with disabilities, remained inside. Authorities at 6 a.m. local time cleared them out the following day.

Police said those evicted were illegally squatting. Immigrants had been occupying the building since 2013.

Laetitia Bader, a researcher at Human Rights Watch, said Italian courts had first ordered the eviction in December 2016, and the refugees had been warned that it would take place five days prior to the police action.

The temporary housing offered by authorities, however, was considered substandard by the refugees and far from the city center, Bader said, adding that the government has a legal responsibility to provide housing to the displaced.

In Italy, public opinion toward refugees has grown increasingly hostile. According to research published by Pew last September, 53 percent of Italians think diversity makes their country a worse place to live, and 77 disapprove of the EU’s handling of refugees. Sixty percent of Italians think refugees will increase domestic terrorism.

Politicians across the country have seized on this sentiment, often running on overtly anti-immigrant platforms. In June, center-right parties were decisive in local races, winning mayoral elections in 15 cities, according to The Guardian newspaper.

Italians have seen record numbers of refugees reach their shores in recent years. At the end of 2016, Italy hosted nearly a quarter million “persons of concern,” including about 150,000 refugees and about 100,000 asylum-seekers, according to the U.N.’s refugee agency.

Despite its prominence as a point of entry into Europe, Italy hosts fewer persons of concern than both France, where more than 300,000 refugees live, and Germany, home to nearly 700,000 refugees and well over a half-million asylum seekers.

Italy has 20 million fewer people than does Germany, but hosts three times fewer persons of concern per capita. It’s also processing far fewer asylum-seekers. In 2015 and 2016, 45 percent of asylum applications were handled in Germany, compared to 8 percent in Italy.


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Colinas
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COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

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


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9142-7/27/17


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 Enjoy the most spectacular views in the valley in this 5 -story Penthouse.  One of a kind property on top of the Corobici / Crowne Plaza Hotel in Sabana overlooking the Central Park and new Soccer Stadium in San José.  Excellent location provides you easy access to everywhere.  Other benefits include 24-hour security, 2 restaurants inside the hotel plus other businesses.  Large Living Room, Elevator goes directly inside Penthouse.  Private hot tub deck and Dance floor with Spectacular views!!!  All exterior walls are glass or have windows. Commercial license is in place.  Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $695K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,500 per month on an annual basis.  This is a private condo residence and is Not associated with the Crowne Plaza Hotel.  

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Costa Rica contact:  Dan Wise, phone numbers:  2232-4063 / 2232-8610  Email: danwisellawyer@yahoo.com
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Three-bedroom furnished house in gated beach community, walk to the beach, $235k. Ocean View Property, can be subdivided into four view lots, 10 minutes from the beach. Only $40,000! Beachfront Lots from $35,000!Contact us with any questions you have about buying property in Costa Rica, Construction, Residency, etc.
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Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
REDUCED $40K - $355,000
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This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
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       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
       * Custom designed kitchen w/granite countertops
       * Frigidaire Professional appliance package
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       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
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9173-9/1/17

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

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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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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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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


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9142-7/27/17


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9215-3/22/18


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Decapitated crocodile seized by police.

Matina police detain two men
and headless crocodile


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police in Matina arrested two men and a woman found with a rifle and a decapitated crocodile in the back of the truck they were driving.

According to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, the incident occurred near Larga Distancia in the Carrandí district. Police apparently stopped a Toyota truck on a random stop and search operation. Checking the back of the truck, officers discovered a crocodile, about five feet long, with its snout cut off and a rifle. Police said there were no permits for possessing the weapon on any of the persons detained.

The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal confiscated the dead crocodile. The report did not mention if the head was found during the search. The suspects were sent to the prosecutor’s office.


Ana
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Ana Helena Chacón in her office.

Vice president applies for new job

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

With the administration of Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís reaching the twilight of its term, some officials are looking ahead on what to do when the new government is elected in 2018.

One of those officials is current-Vice President Ana Helena Chacón Echeverría who announced her nomination as executive director of the United Nations Population Fund. She hopes to succeed Dr. Babatunde Osotimehi who died three months ago. Ms. Chacón said that this comes after a personal assessment related to her 25 years of work in the advancement and defense of human rights. These include her positions as vice president, a former deputy in the legislature and deputy minister for Seguridad Pública.

According to its website, the population fund is an international development cooperation agency that seeks to promote the right to every person to enjoy a healthy life with equal opportunities. The fund supports the use of socio-demographic data for the formulation of various social programs in poverty reduction and safe pregnancies among others.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations approves the position. Ms. Chacón informed Solís of her decision to pursue the nomination for the purpose of receiving his consent and judgment. She also said that her candidacy will not be an additional cost to the government or the public. All expenses related to interviews at U.N. headquarters in New York City will be paid out of her own expenses, a statement from Casa Presidencial said.



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Tourism chamber examining niche market

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Tamarindo tourism investors are turning their heads into a new type of visitors: those who show up for a wellness experience.

According to Hernán Imhoff, president of the Cámara de Comercio y Turismo de Tamarindo, Playa Tamarindo and the surrounding areas have all the infrastructure and services necessary to conquer this new niche market.

"These are customers coming from developed countries looking for a haven of peace in paradisiacal places with very healthy environments," said Imhoff. "We as a country have enormous potential to exploit this market. Since 2015 a group of entrepreneur began to promote this but we still need greater coordination between the private sector and public entities.”

According to Imhoff, most hotels in Tamarindo already offer wellness tourism services such as gastronomy with natural ingredients, yoga classes, gyms, mountain tours, surf lessons and others.

According to data unveiled during the 2017 edition of the Travel Show Expo, held at the Hotel Aurola Holiday Inn Hotel in San Jose, in 2015 the global market for wellness tourism accounted for  $563 million.

Worldwide figures from 2015 delivered by the Global Wellness Institute, show that alternative medicine meant an income of $199 million, while hot springs therapies collected $51 million.

Spa services followed with $99 million, physical training paid off $542 million while healthy eating and nutrition revenues reached $648 million.