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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Construction of roads in the mountainous areas of Costa Rica often lack an effective strategy to prevent damage caused by mudslides or falling rock.

According to Sergio Sáenz, the general coordinator for the 2017 Geotechnology Seminar, one of the major deficiencies in the road network is a lack of updated information that allows for a better design. These natural phenomena occur with serious weather incidents like hurricanes or earthquakes but also with intense rains as well.

To date, the Costa Rican road network has about 7,500 kilometers with only 4,700 paved with asphalt or concrete. The rest are often a step above mud trails. A lot of this road network is located in mountainous areas. Sáenz said that the country is far behind in the use of state-of-the-art technologies to allow for the design and construction of safe mountain treks and at lower costs of maintenance.

In the case of Costa Rica, the greatest problems are due to landslides particularly on San José-Caldera, San José-Guápiles and Cartago-Pérez Zeledón highways.

“One of the biggest problems we have is the stabilization of slopes in our mountain routes because every time it rains hard, the landslides cost the country millions in the use of machinery, equipment and manpower to reopen the road,” he said. “This in addition to the costs associated with stopping the flow of goods and people for hours on end.”

“We need to know what solutions are being implemented in other areas to reduce risk and avoid future works that cost in the millions of colones.

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The Zurquí tunnel, if shut down, would be expensive to repair and reopen.

We do not know how we are doing before seeing what is done in other nations on this issue, but most likely we will be wrong,” Sáenz concluded.

The seminar will discuss how to improve the safety and security of these mountain roads based on the expertise of 150 participants from Venezuela, Japan, Italy, Canada, México and Costa Rica. This event is sponsored by the Asociación Costarricense de Geotecnia and the Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles., organizers said. The event will be held on Sept. 4 through Sept. 5 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Corobicí.

The association is a non-governmental organization attached to Costa Rica’s civil engineers association. It was created in 1979 for the improvement in technique and knowledge of soils and rocks in the context of civil works. It currently has over 50 members in Costa Rica that include geologists and engineers, according to the group’s website.



Authorities arrest 16 on drug trafficking suspicion
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The district attorney’s office for Nicoya directed police and members of the Judicial Investigation Organization to capture 16 people wanted on suspicion of forming a narco-trafficking ring on the peninsula.

Operations were carried out this morning in the districts of San Martín, Pedernal and Los Ángeles, according to a statement by the Ministerio Público. According to the investigation, this criminal group is allegedly led by two brothers from Limón who moved to Nicoya earlier this year.

The purpose was to apparently set up shop on the peninsula and sell marijuana and cocaine, the report said. Back in June, one of these suspected leaders was killed with police believing at the time that the murder was related to the drug trade. The other leader was arrested last month on charges of attempted murder, a suspicion investigators also believe to be motivated by narco activity.

Once these two men from Limón were put out of action, a man from Nicoya took charge over the operation, judicial agents said. Drugs were apparently transported from Limón to Nicoya and doled out to three distributors who then passed it on to street dealers.

During one of the raids, agents found a car reported stolen this year in Puntarenas. The suspect arrested also had his house wired with camera surveillance that were apparently stolen back in 2011 in San José.

2017 is not even over and, based on data provided by the judiciary, it is set to be one of the most violent for Costa Rica. According to data from the judiciary, there is at least one murder in Costa Rica each day. 

Guanacaste has seen the sharpest increase in murder rates at 29 percent from the last year. 342 have been found dead and murdered this year in Costa Rica. This data represents only proven cases of homicide. It does not include assaults, rape or any other violent crimes.

Meanwhile, drugs and drug trafficking appear among some of the highest priorities for law enforcement in the country. It is the reason why the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública has consistently asked, as an institution, for more resources and manpower.

Most crime reports of the day relate to drugs and cases of narco-trafficking and organized crime appear to become more frequent in a country often touted as being an oasis in a region plagued by violence.

To be fair, Costa Rica is still calm and tranquil compared to gang-infested El Salvador and Honduras, labeled as having among the highest homicide rates in the world.

The country also remains a transit point for illegal drugs rather than a primary place of production. The example of México could show what happens if or when a shift like that occurs in terms of the levels of violence, narco-related killings and cartel turf wars.







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A group of neighbors from the Paquera Community, in Guancaste, teamed up and organized a private transportation service between their town and Puntarenas to deal with the suspended ferry service that connects the two provinces.

On Aug 15, the official service, provided by the Naviera Tambor company, was suspended due to a crash between the barge and the ramp, which is currently under repair.

The partial solution is a couple of boats with a capacity to transport 30 people each. The departure time from Paquera is 5:15 a.m., 10 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The trips leaving from Puntarenas are scheduled at 6:15 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

According to Franklin Castro, from the Consejo Territorial Peninsular de Paquera said the travel time will be of about 45 minutes each way and the price will be 3,000 colones for adults and 1,500 for children.

“It's been a huge inconvenience because the other route is very long and very expensive in terms of fuel consumption, so that's why we implemented this service as of Tuesday,” said Castro.

According to the public works ministry, the usual service should be restored before Sept. 15. All costs are taken care of by the private concessionary. Official authorities will evaluate the possibility of building a second ramp to avoid this problem in the future.


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Bridge over the Río Suruy completed.

Bridges end tribal territory's isolation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

After more than 16 years of waiting, some of the tribes-people in Tayní-Cabecar territory and 18 other communities now have two new bridges to end their isolation from basic services.

Historically, the inhabitants have had serious problems with access to basic services like transportation, health, education and commerce, according to a statement from Casa Presidencial. During the rainy season, that isolation is more poignant as they are out of touch for days on end.

These bridges are part of the public program called the Plan Talamanca-Valle La Estrella within Limón province. The first bridge is located on the Río Suruy and measures about 168 meters. The other is located on Río Estrella at about 144 meters long. Investment in the works was provided by the Instituto de Desarrollo Rural along with the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

Inder constructed the bridges after an investment of 270 million colones. The public works ministry invested more than 1.7 billion colones to acquire them. Meanwhile, the Municipalidad de Limón gave 25 million for the purchase and placement of a drainage system to enable the bridge to approach the road around Llano Grande.

Casa Presidencial said that about 10,000 people are expected to benefit from the bridges and having that access. As part of the plan to improve the living conditions of the indigenous territory, Inder built and equipped its own post in the community of Boca Cuen. In addition, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social budgeted for this year the construction of a clinic in the community of Gavilán and another in Alto Cohen.

Once all the bridges are installed, other institutions such as the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and the Instituto Costarricense del Turismo among others, will also be able to implement its own actions and projects. The government said that other judicial and public institutions are also conducting actions in the territory.

The Talamanca-Valle La Estrella rural territory, was among the first of 28 rural territories formed by Inder, local organizations, as well as the public and private sector. The new system is supposed to promote the development of the rural population in Costa Rica.


Consumer confidence dips, index says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The consumer confidence index shows a significant drop in its last measurement, according to a statement from the Universidad de Costa Rica.

University experts seem to believe this reflects a general distrust in the current economy. According to data provided in the index, confidence apparently dropped 2.2 points from the last test. This goes from 42.8 to 39.8 percent, both percentages displaying a less than favorable outlook for the economy. 

The index is essentially a thermometer of the optimism or pessimism of the country in the face of the national economic situation. It has been published since 2002 and is considered part of Costa Rica’s official statistics. Results are provided to the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development, the university said. The survey is prepared by statisticians at the university and is held quarterly.

The decline in confidence is attributed to the uncertain environment of the fiscal crisis and the expected need for more taxes, said Johnny Madrigal Pana, the coordinator for the index. Loss of confidence is partially explained by the fact that consumers also expect to see increases in interest rates, loans, fuel prices and exchange rate changes, he said.

On the flip side, in the last three months, consumers surveyed believed the current administration was still doing a relatively below-average job. That number jumped from three months ago when it -35.4 percent compared to its current -27.2 percent.

The index divided itself into two components of current conditions as well as expectations. While expectations dropped, results on current conditions did not change. “This reflects that the general decline in the index responds to the deterioration of the perception of the future,” a statement from the university said.


One patient a day leaves hospital
after treatment of abuse, Caja says


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

At least one patient a day leaves the hospitals of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social after being treated for injuries caused by neglect, abandonment and sexual or physical abuse.

According to data provided by the health statistics area of the Caja, there were 381 people diagnosed with these types of injuries or symptoms back in 2016. The hospital with the largest number of these cases was Hospital Sanseñor Sanabria of Puntarenas along with Hospital Nacional de Niños, St. Vincent de Paul in Heredia, Tony Facio in Limón and Fernando Escalante Pradilla in Pérez Zeledón among others. 64 percent of patients treated are female, the Caja said.

In the case of men, 91 percent of men are between one and 14 years old. With women, that rises to inlcude those who are 44. For Dr. Marien Agüero Arce, a technical assistant for the attention of violence program at the Caja, the data is a reflection of a social phenomenon that is engendering violence resulting from a number of factors. These include: issues at work, poverty, drug use and other frustrations driving this abuse.

With the Caja hospitals often being the main recipients of violence, she pointed out the importance of creating a wholesome action strategy among all institutions such as the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia, the security ministry, the health ministry, the ombudsman and the Church to address this problem.

The Caja itself is apparently devising its own campaign to promote mental health and particularly promote assertiveness among parents with their children. The campaign is responding to the rates of aggression being observed in the country, according to Patricia Vegas Frías, the campaign’s director.



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Flooding in Moravia leaves some houses on edge.

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Moravia canton was hit the hardest during the storms.

Moravia hit hardest by latest rains

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Moravia canton was the most affected by heavy rains this past Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias.

Emergency workers set up a shelter in La Isla de  Moravia. The place has become the temporary home of over 20 people whose homes were affected by the floods and landslides.

Aside from shelter, the Comisión is currently providing foams and blankets.

"There have been at least 40 incidents in the whole country, most of them floodingso,  as a result of the passage of the tropical wave number 37," said Walter Fonseca, Operations director at the Comisión. "The most affected area is Moravia, as well as Cartago and Coronado."

Emergency committees are active and making further assessments in affected areas.


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Patch Adams gives a lecture on his medical theories.

Laughing
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A dose of laughter in the day keeps the doctor away.

Laughter and smiling improves the mood and health, physician says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Just 10 minutes of laughter a day can improve moods, stress and anxiety. That was the clear message of the physician Hunter Patch Adams at the Universidad de Costa Rica on Aug. 29.

This expert is from the United States and is known worldwide as the doctor of laughter. For more than 40 years, he has promoted a model of medical care based on human warmth to care for patients.

Adams emphasized the benefits of laughter in the human body and its effectiveness against various types of diseases, all that without any side effects.

His work teaches not to focus only on the condition, but on providing "love and enjoyment to heal the mind and soul before the body," Adams explained during his visit.

According to the specialist, more than half of the diseases are caused by personal dissatisfaction, poor interpersonal relationships, not being comfortable at work or family problems. It is right there when the compassion of the doctor towards the patient is the essential ingredient for success in any treatment, a way of exercising the profession that goes beyond what is usually instilled in universities.

“80 percent of headaches go away with laughter," said the doctor. "What makes the doctor a real professional is not treating the disease but the patient. It is knowing the person, investing time in them and being close."

The specialist spoke to almost 100 students and professors from different areas related to health and social sciences. For more than an hour, Adams also referred to child sexual slavery.

Adams said that up to 50 million people have sex with a minor. One of the youngest patients he has seen is a three-year-old girl with gonorrhea.

"That is a clear sign of a world that needs more compassion, not to see access to health care as an economic transaction," he added.

This is Adams' sixth visit to Costa Rica and the second time he visited the Universidad de Costa Rica.


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Philosophy on the radio makes lessons using everyday situations

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The issue can be anything. From the bottlenecks of San José traffic to the calls of a company trying to sell credit cards. Both scenarios are the perfect excuse to talk about philosophy every Friday in the new radio program Filosofía de Contrabando.



Under a radio theater format, this micro-program presents relevant figures of philosophy as Locke, Diogenes, Nietzsche or Kant, in hilarious situations of modern life where their questions and ideas become relevant.

 The characters talk about metaphysics, ethics, bioethics, logic and other areas of the philosophical world, in a simple way so that it can be understood by the totally newbie audience and others with some knowledge.



This experiment in radio has been transmitted at least a year over the frequency 101.9 FM and through  Facebook and Youtube.

The production is in charge of Professor Luis Fallas, students of the School of Philosophy, volunteers of Audiovisual Production Center and students at the School of Sciences of Collective Communication, all at the Universidad de Costa Rica.



"Filosofía de Contrabando basically wants to steal some elements of a philosophy to sell it more easily," explains Professor Luis Fallas.



Fallas states that Filosofía de Contrabando does not have a didactic purpose. It only tries to bring the philosophy that is in the everyday world to the general public. He is convinced that philosophy is more than academia, it is a tool for everyday life that allows people to understand situations of their reality.



Humor is one of the fundamental components of the proposal that also includes daily life and philosophical content in each of its programs. This is the formula for an emission that does not exceed four minutes in length and manages to catch the attention.



The Filosofía de Contrabando program was born as a research project of the institute of Philosophical Research. To date, there have been 35 programs and 60 written scripts that ensure the continuity of this proposal.





Since 1985, Adams and a group of collaborators have visited 82 countries to reflect on the importance of approaching people, human care in medicine and motivating young people to practice their profession from a human perspective.




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Changing languages is an effort for bilingual speakers if artificial
By the New York University press staff

Research on the neurobiology of bilingualism has suggested that switching languages is inherently effortful, requiring executive control to manage cognitive functions, but a new study shows this is only the case when speakers are prompted, or forced, to do so.

New research from New York University's Departments of Psychology and Linguistics finds that switching languages when conversing with another bilingual individual, a circumstance when switches are typically voluntary and does not require any more executive control than when continuing to speak the same language.

Research on the neurobiology of bilingualism has suggested that switching languages is inherently effortful, requiring executive control to manage cognitive functions, but a new study shows this is only the case when speakers are prompted, or forced, to do so. The findings appear in the “Journal of Neuroscience.”

“For a bilingual human, every utterance requires a choice about which language to use,” said senior author Liina Pylkkanen, a professor in New York University’s Department of Linguistics and Department of Psychology. “Our findings show that circumstances influence bilingual speakers’ brain activity when making language switches.”

“Bilingualism is an inherently social phenomenon, with the nature of our interactions determining language choice,” adds lead author Esti Blanco-Elorrieta, a university doctoral candidate. “These results make clear that even though we may switch between languages in which we are fluent, our brains respond differently, depending on what spurs such changes.”

Historically, research on the neuroscience of bilingualism has asked speakers to associate languages with a cue that bears no natural association to the language, such as a color, and to then name pictures in the language indicated by the color cue.

However, this type of experiment doesn’t capture the real-life experience of a bilingual speaker, given experimental parameters, it artificially prompts, or forces, the speakers to speak a particular language.

By contrast, in daily interactions, language choice is determined on the basis of social cues or ease of access to certain vocabulary items in one language vs. another. This distinction raises the possibility that our brains don’t have to work as hard when changing languages in more natural settings.

In an effort to understand neural activity of bilingual speakers in both circumstances, the researchers used magnetoencephalography, a technique that maps neural activity by recording magnetic fields generated by the electrical currents produced by our brain.

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Switching languages requires executive control
to manage cognitive functions.


They studied Arabic-English bilingual speakers in a variety of conversational situations, ranging from completely artificial scenarios, much like earlier experiments, to fully natural conversations.These conversations were real conversations between undergraduates that had agreed to be mic’d for a portion of their day on campus.

Their results showed marked distinctions between artificial and more natural settings. Specifically, the brain areas for executive, or cognitive, control, the anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortex, were less involved during language changes in the natural setting than they were in the artificial setting. In fact, when the study’s subjects were free to switch languages whenever they wanted, they did not engage these areas at all.

Furthermore, in a listening mode, language switches in the artificial setting required an expansive tapping of the brain’s executive control areas; however, language switching while listening to a natural conversation engaged only the auditory cortices.

In other words, the neural cost to switch languages was much lighter during a conversation, when speakers chose which language to speak, than in a classic laboratory task, in which language choice was dictated by artificial cues.

The study shows that the role of executive control in language switching may be much smaller than previously thought.

This is important, the researchers note, for theories about bilingual advantage, which posit that bilinguals have superior executive control because they switch language frequently. These latest results suggest that the advantage may only arise for bilinguals who need to control their languages according to external constraints such as the person they are speaking to and would not occur by virtue of a life experience in a bilingual community where switching is fully free.


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Hurricane Harvey may cut
U.S. economic growth


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Energy companies, homeowners, and others are calculating the cost of Hurricane Harvey, which has already boosted gasoline prices and may slow the growth of the huge U.S. economy.

Gasoline prices surged to a two-year high recently as record floods forced refineries and other oil industry operations to close in Texas and elsewhere.

Oil industry analysts say nearly one-quarter of the U.S. refining capacity is shut, which prompted worries about future supplies and rising prices. Crude oil prices sagged because closed refineries mean lower demand for this raw material. Some analysts predicted the price hikes would be temporary, but cautioned it is not yet clear how much damage has been done to some of the world's largest refineries.

The total cost of the disaster is unclear because floodwaters are still rising and officials have been focused on rescuing people not assessing damage to facilities. Preliminary estimates vary widely, and run into the tens of billions of dollars.

Some of that cost comes from closed airports that normally handle 1,600 or more flights per day. Other losses come from the closed shipping facilities that normally see thousands of containers and considerable oil that normally moves through Houston and nearby areas each day.

Data analysis expert Josh Green of Pajjiva said there is likely to be a major impact on the local community, but shippers will find alternate ports for cargos, which will limit the damage to the national economy.

Wednesday, the Commerce Department said U.S. economic growth had sped up to a three percent annual rate in the second quarter, which is faster than first estimated.

Analysts at Macroeconomic Advisers say Harvey could cut anywhere from three-tenths of a percent to more than one percent from growth in the third quarter.

Government experts will publish the newest U.S. jobless rate this Friday, but that information was gathered before the storm hit. Economists predict the jobless rate for August will be a very low, at 4.3 percent.


Houston shows solidarity
with Harvey evacuees


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Harvey, the largest tropical storm in continental U.S. history, has dumped a record 127 centimeters of rain on this sprawling metropolis in just four days. The massive flooding in the city also can be measured in anguish.

"Texas is always going to be my home, so to see it like this. It hurts," said Carolina Morales, who moved to New York in January with her husband and had returned for a visit to an unexpectedly watery place.

Ms. Morales remains deeply connected to Houston, especially because her 4-year-old daughter lives there much of the year. The girl's father, Morales' ex-husband, is a police officer working on the streets, collaborating with rescuers and patrolling so criminals don't compound the losses to property or life.

As of Wednesday morning, Houston police had arrested at least 14 armed robbers and looters. City officials imposed a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew in an attempt to deter crime.

The flooding has also brought out a wave of generosity and compassion. Community members have donated water, blankets, clothing and other items needed by evacuees.

"We have more supplies than we will need for weeks," said Cheryl Meissner, a volunteer and refugee coordinator at a local shelter. "It's amazing -- the community response."

On Tuesday, city officials opened the Houston Toyota Center sports arena as an emergency shelter to relieve overflow crowds at the George R. Brown Convention Center. The center had double its 5,000-person capacity.

Houston Rockets owner Les Alexander allowed use of the basketball facility and donated $10 million for relief efforts, the Associated Press reported.


Chris Allen
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Chris Allen in an undated photo at Ukraine.

Family mourns death
of reporter Chris Allen

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Freelance journalist Christopher Allen believed it was important to not look away from the worst of humanity. By the age of 26, he had lived up to his belief, covering conflict in Ukraine and South Sudan and sharing powerful stories with people around the world.

"He chose to bear witness; he chose to look unflinchingly at what was painful and to find the humanity within it," his mother, Joyce Krajian, said.

On August 26, Allen was killed in the southern border town of Kaya, South Sudan, in a clash between government and rebel groups. The Committee to Protect Journalists said he had been embedded with rebel forces for two weeks, citing a rebel spokesman.

A bullet wound to the head, although the details of his death are still unclear, killed him. A spokesman for South Sudan's Army said that anyone, including a journalist, who enters the country with rebels, would be targeted for death by their forces. The committee has forcefully rejected any notion that Allen was helping the rebels and noted that international law affords journalists the same protection as civilians in conflict zones.

Allen is the tenth journalist to be killed in South Sudan since 2012, according to the U.N. The committee has called for a full investigation into his death.

Allen grew up in suburban Philadelphia and attended the University of Pennsylvania. He later earned a master's degree in European history at Leiden University in the Netherlands. During his studies in Europe, Allen was riveted by images of revolution in Ukraine and decided to travel there to cover the story.

"In the middle of that program, when the rest of his cohort was going off to the Greek islands, Chris chose to go to Ukraine," his mother said. "It was just post-Maidan Square and he said 'I want to see history in the making. I don't want to read about history.'"

Allen's work appeared in The Telegraph newspaper, BBC, Mashable and other outlets. In 2014, he was one of the first reporters to arrive at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was shot down over Ukraine, killing 298 people.

Later, as part of a documentary, he shared his thoughts on the carnage he saw that day in a wheat field.

"Being in Eastern Ukraine, seeing all this death, you're conscious of how quickly a life can be taken," he told the interviewer in 2014. "Whether it's the person walking across the playground during shelling or whether it's the people who fell 10,000 meters in a plane, you quickly become conscious, being here, being in the middle of this conflict, that life is a really fragile thing."

Allen's family is left grieving the son they say could have chosen a comfortable existence in academia, but instead was driven to tell stories of people seeking freedom in forgotten corners of the world.

"He found it very refreshing when people would stand up for what they consider their human rights and the right of their country," said his father, John Allen. "And he was interested in what makes these folks tick who were prepared to put themselves out there to sacrifice, to even make the ultimate sacrifice, which most of us don't dare to do."

Above all, they feel an incredible sense of loss at a life cut short.


U.S. has 11,000 troops deployed in Afghanistan

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Pentagon said Wednesday that about 11,000 U.S. troops are serving in Afghanistan, not 8,400 as the Defense Department had previously reported.

The higher number emerged following Defense Secretary Jim Mattis's call for a more accurate troop-strength estimate, as the Trump administration worked on a new U.S. policy in Afghanistan.

The chief spokeswoman at the Pentagon, Dana White, told reporters the estimate of 11,000 troops was based on a simplified accounting method that provides greater transparency while increasing commanders' ability to adapt to battlefield conditions.

The lower number of troops cited previously excluded service members on assignment in Afghanistan for less than 120 days, short-term duty that could include temporary combat support or materiel recovery missions.

Lieutenant General Kenneth "Frank" McKenzie Jr., staff director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the new method of counting troops in the field used approximations rather than exact numbers of troops. This, he said, allows commanders more flexibility in battlefield deployments.

"We all recognize that whole units are inherently more prepared and more ready than units that are fragmented in order to meet an arbitrary force management level," McKenzie said.

White and McKenzie said the changes made in calculating troop strength in Afghanistan would eventually be applied to American troops fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

The new number of 11,000 does not include any additional troops that Mattis may choose to send to Afghanistan under the new military strategy there. McKenzie said no decision had yet been made on what total troop strength is to be in the weeks and months ahead. Officials have suggested that about 4,000 additional troops will join the fight in Afghanistan.

Mattis had previously acknowledged there were discrepancies between troop strengths listed in war zones and the actual numbers of American forces deployed there. The Pentagon chief told reporters last week that before he sent more troops to Afghanistan he would "level" the number of troops actually there.

Flooding in Mumbai
kills five, officials say


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

At least five people have died in flooding caused by monsoons in India's financial capital Mumbai, government officials said Wednesday.

Torrential rains brought the city to a halt Tuesday, making roads impassable and briefly shutting the suburban rail network used by millions of commuters. Thousands were stranded in their offices overnight.

Trains were mostly running at full function by Tuesday evening, but traffic remained chaotic and offices and schools were largely closed on Wednesday.

With a population of over 20 million, the coastal city of Mumbai is the latest to be hit by floods which have killed over 1,200 people this summer across India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

Rains in Mumbai had eased by Wednesday, but meteorologists warn that they may resume in the next 48 hours.

Photos and videos showed cars submerged in water and people wading waist-deep around the city. Residents of Dharavi, one of the continent's biggest slums and home to over a million people, said much of the area was under water.

A number of flights were forced to divert to other cities Tuesday as even the airport was affected by flooding.

The city of Mumbai struggles each year to plan for and cope with annual rains during monsoon season, which runs from June through September.

In 2005, over 1,000 people were killed when around 950 millimeters of rain fell in less than 24 hours.


U.N. Security Council meets
on Myanmar violence


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The International Organization for Migration says at least 18,000 ethnic Rohingya Muslims have escaped to neighboring Bangladesh in the past week. They fled after a series of coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on security forces in Myanmar's north Rakhine State triggered new fighting with the army.

Amid reports that the security forces have been involved in extrajudicial killings, the burning of villages and attacks on ethnic Rohingya communities, thousands more people have headed toward the Bangladesh border.

In a closed-door U.N. Security Council briefing Wednesday, Ambassador Matthew Rycroft urged all parties to reduce tensions. He also called on Myanmar's de facto leader and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi, to show strong leadership.

"We look to her to set the right tone and to find the compromises and the de-escalation necessary in order to resolve the conflict for the good of all the people in Burma," Rycroft said.

Myanmar is also known as Burma. On Tuesday, U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad al Hussein said the state has a duty to protect all people within its territory without discrimination.

He also expressed concern about unfounded allegations by the government that international aid organizations were complicit in or supported recent attacks on the security forces.

Human Rights Watch U.N. Director Lou Charbonneau said such accusations are dangerous. Charbonneau urged the Security Council to speak with one voice to demand that both the government and insurgents stop the violence, end human rights abuses, and carry out investigations of alleged abuses.


Jordan and Iraq reopen
main border crossing


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tureibil, Iraq's main international border crossing with Jordan and a key trade route, officially reopened Wednesday after being officially closed for three years. Privately owned U.S. security firms, along with Iraqi ground and air forces, will be responsible for safety along the 500-kilometer route from Baghdad to Amman, which goes through Iraq's Anbar province.

Iraqi forces have cleared areas near the highway of Islamic State militants in recent months, and parts of the route, including a number of bridges and overpasses, were rebuilt or repaired.

The Iraqi parliament agreed to allow U.S. security firms to oversee the highway, after a long and heated debate.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi indicated in a tweet Wednesday that he was "pleased by the reopening of the Iraq-Jordan border crossing," adding that it will "increase bilateral relations considerably."


The deputy head of the Anbar provincial council, Falah al-Aissawi, told al-Hurra TV recently that the provincial government was doing its utmost to reopen the key highway.

He says that Anbar province is using part of its budget to reopen the highway and the crossing with Jordan, which is a lifeline for both Anbar and the country, and that its reopening to traffic will give a boost to the economy.

Iraqi Interior Minister Qassem al-Araji inspected the highway and the border crossing several days ago, noting that the security situation appeared to be good. The interior minister says he has inspected the entire key infrastructure along the route and that Iraq was intent on reopening all its border crossings. He says the Tureibil crossing is vital to Iraq's economy.

Iraq and Saudi Arabia recently reopened their land border, which had been closed since 1990.

Largest drone drug deliveries
take off in Tanzania


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tanzania is set to launch the world's largest drone delivery network in January, with drones parachuting blood and medicines out of the skies to save lives.

California's Zipline will make 2,000 deliveries a day to more than 1,000 health facilities across the east African country, including blood, vaccines and malaria and AIDS drugs, following the success of a smaller project in nearby Rwanda.

Malaria is a major killer in Tanzania, and children under age 5 often need blood transfusions when they develop malaria-induced anemia. If supplies are out of stock, as is often the case with rare blood types, they can die.

Tanzania is larger than Nigeria and four times the size of the United Kingdom, making it hard for the cash-strapped government to ensure all of its 5,000-plus clinics are fully stocked, particularly in remote rural areas.

The drones fly at 62 miles-per-hour, much faster than traveling by road. Small packages are dropped from the sky using a biodegradable parachute.

The government also hopes to save the lives of thousands of women who die from profuse bleeding after giving birth.

Tanzania has one of the world's worst maternal mortality rates, with 556 deaths per 100,000 deliveries, government data show.

Companies in the United States and elsewhere are keen to use drones to cut delivery times and costs, but there are hurdles ranging from the risk of collisions with airplanes to ensuring battery safety and longevity.

The drones will cut the drug delivery bill for Tanzania's capital, Dodoma, one of two regions where the project will first roll out, by $58,000 a year, according to Britain's Department for International Development, one of the project's backers.

The initiative could also ease tensions between frustrated patients and health workers.



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AyA announces water outage Thursday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados is interrupting the water services for some people around Goicoechea and Moravia today.

According to a statement by AyA sent out Wednesday afternoon, water services will be interrupted between 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. for work on the water treatment plant in Guadalupe. While the canton of Tibás will not be affected, other areas will. These include: Goicoechea, Guadalupe Centro, San Vicente de Moravia, Alto de Guadalupe and Residencial Guadalupe among others.

The districts affected include: Guadalupe and San Vicente. Total persons expected to not have water for the day is 12,000. AyA recommends the affected people make the necessary preparations in the absence of clean water. This includes using it only for basic needs while it is out, the institute said.



Trade mission seeks out LGBT tourists

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

To go beyond the traditional tourism market and attract visitors from the LGBTIQ community living in Spain, England, the United States and Canada is the aim of the Cámara de Comercio Diversa de Costa Rica, which organizes the second edition of the Trade Mission Costa Rica LBGTIQ 2017.

The event will take place at the Hotel Radisson, in San José, as of next Monday, Aug 4.

According to Julio Calvo, president of the Cámara, 10 big agencies specialized in LBGTIQ travel will be exchanging information with local businesses with the purpose of promoting Costa Rican services and places for travelers coming from North America and Europe.

"It is important to understand that these travelers are different from heterosexual ones,” Calvo said. “Someone in the LGBT community spends an average of $300 per day because they have fewer family responsibilities, while an average heterosexual tourist spends an average of $150 per day.”



Calvo also explained these visitors are also looking for hotels and luxury services, where they can have more privacy and where they find respect. That's why Costa Rica proves to be a good destination due to its good reputation on human rights, he added. 

Aside from the business exchanges, the event will organize eight discussion forums with international guests who will speak on how to develop businesses in different areas of the economy.


Some other subjects of the agenda include the topics of business and employment for refugees in the country and the role of inclusion policies. 

International guests include members of the Canadian LGBTI Chamber of Commerce, a representative from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Vice-President Ana Helena Chacón.



The objective of this activity is to promote the birth of new businesses with a vision of inclusion in the Costa Rican market, besides analyzing the experiences of other countries like Canada and the United States in this matter.




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Banco Nacional chosen as custodian for bank

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Banco Nacional announced Wednesday that it was chosen by BNP Paribas to be a sub-custodian in the Costa Rican stock market.

Paribas is France’s largest bank and the fifth largest bank in the world, according to a statement from Banco Nacional. The decision was officially made on Aug. 16. “It is a magnificent achievement to receive this designation, which recognizes the quality of service as well as the effort, dedication and professionalism of the Banco Nacional’s investment management and custody department,” said Juan Carlos Corrales, the general manager for Banco Nacional.

“Management started operations back in 2007 and is, to date, a leader in the Custodian market, managing a balance of $17.4 million as of July 31, 2017, for a market share of 44.5 percent.”

Banco Nacional offers its investors the custodian service for their investment portfolios that assure the safeguarding of purchase and sales of investments on both the local and international market, the bank said in a statement. These include access to over 100 markets, issuing account and ownership statements.

Bank officials said that the decision was taken following a thorough analysis of the offer, professionalism in customer service, financial strength and in response times. Banco Nacional has already accrued similar deals for itself. In 2011, it earned the sub-custody service for the Bank of New York and then Citigroup two years later among others.