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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

More than 200,000 corporations late on its payments will be able to take advantage of a tax amnesty that offers the possibility of paying back government debts without fines or interest.

The amnesty applies as of today, Sept. 1, until Dec. 31 and can be taken advantage by all personas jurídicas that did not pay taxes between 2012 and 2015.

In 2012 there were 265,768 corporations with debts of one to three years. In 2015, that amount was reduced to 205,555 companies.

The Impuesto de las Personas Jurídicas was created five years ago with Ley No. 9024, which established a tax on all commercial companies, individual companies with limited liability and foreign companies with representatives in the national territory.


However, on Jan. 28, 2015, the Sala Constitucional of the Corte Suprema declared the law unconstitutional due to poor legislative procedure.

At that time, the magistrates clarified that the law, the collection of the tax and its rationale were not under question. Corporations had to pay the tax in 2015, however, in 2016 no collection was made.
For this reason, Gustavo Mata, the security minister, exerted strong pressure to increase the number of police in the country with the use of that money.
Finally on March 17, 2017, a new law revived the tax: law 9428 which is applied today. The new regulations authorize the Registro Nacional to dissolve corporations that have not paid their tax for three years or more.

According to the vice president of the Costa Rican association of public accountants, Luis Porras,  the dissolution of a corporation for non-payment, is like becoming an undocumented person in the system.

"No cédula jurídicas, or a document that grants rights and obligations, will be granted and without it is impossible to withdraw money or certify that someone is representative of a company owning a vehicle or property," Porras said.

In addition, the dissolution of a company carries problems to collect insurance policies, because if the payments are made in check, they would come out in the name of a sociedad that no longer exists.

The Registro Nacional must wait until the amnesty is over to receive a report from the Ministerio de Hacienda, where it will be asked to dissolve a number of corporations that did not pay during the grace period.

The law states that only the part of the tax for the period from September to December this year will be up for potential exemption. For 2018, the full tax must be paid in January.


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Limón province receives needed public investment
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

It looks like many eyes have been on Limón province this past week as investments pour in and the province is paid a visit by officials and even members of the U.S. Embassy within the area.

The province is among one of the poorest and least-developed provinces of the country. Residents and interested parties in the public and private sector have been attempting to uplift the economic situation within. These include new investments in the road network, the port at Moín, rural infrastructure being built for the tribes in Talamanca and promotion of tourism along the Caribbean and in the rainforests.

The Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados invested about 21.5 billion colones into the province so far. According to a statement issued by AyA, these are to promote 12 projects in the region that are expected to benefit more than 252,000 people.

These include: access to potable water, sanitation services and construction of water storage facilities for the indigenous communities. Many of the works are around the areas of Limón Centro, Pococí, Siquirres, Talamanca and Matina, AyA said.

One of the largest projects is the integrated water facility in Limón Sur at a cost of 7.04 billion colones to benefit 14,000 people.

This includes improvements to the drinking water systems and a new storage tank. It is scheduled to be complete by the first part of 2018, the government said.

The projects benefiting the largest amounts of people are in the city of Limón and in Siquirres, based on data provided by AyA.

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These include construction of a new storage tank for the benefit of more than 48,000 Limón residents and improvements to the Río Bananito system for 80,000 people.

The former costs 2.4 billion colones and 724 million colones, respectively. There are also improvements to the sanitary sewer lines in Puerto Viejo and Cocles that include both the system, flood control and treatment plant.

Another 1.6 billion colones is going toward 57,000 people in Guápiles for improvements for its water system, AyA said.

More bridges, flood control systems and other water projects are also at hand for the province as well that goes beyond AyA and includes the local associations, the Instituto de Desarrollo Rural and the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias.

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís and officials from the United States Embassy are making the rounds around the province to see how the work is progressing and experience the unique culture within the province that houses not only many of Costa Rica’s tribal population but its Afro-Caribbean peoples as well.







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Hurricane Irma heads toward Americas

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Hurricane Harvey has slammed through the Texas coastline and now a new hurricane looks like it is on its way to the Americas. If it continues on a straight trajectory, this one could hit Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Hurricane Irma is the name given to the storm lying out in the Atlantic Ocean by the National Hurricane Center, a entity under the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization, or NOAA. The latest report from the center is that Irma is rapidly intensifying as it makes its way over the Atlantic Ocean in a west-northwest trajectory, officials said. It has not quite reached the Caribbean and NOAA is labeling it as a Category three hurricane with winds reaching a maximum speed of over 115 miles-per-hour.

The hurricane itself, however, is moving slow across the Atlantic at a speed of 12 miles-per-hour. “Irma is forecast to become a major hurricane by tonight and is expected to be an extremely dangerous hurricane for the next several days,” said a Thursday morning public advisory from the center.

NOAA is predicting the hurricane’s winds to reach the Americas by Monday around 8 a.m. with a center moving just underneath Puerto Rico. “The forecast indicates that next week there will be a major risk of hurricane activity for the islands in the north Caribbean Sea,” according to a Thursday evening statement from Costa Rica’s Instituto Meteorológico Nacional. “The country will definitely not be in the route of direct impact but the size and intensity of the hurricane will need further evaluation for possible indirect effects.”

Some commenters on the subsequent Facebook post for an earlier advisory disagreed. Thursday morning, the meteorologists predicted that there was no chance of the hurricane making landfall in the country and claimed there were no routes heading toward the Caribbean Sea or Central America. The map also showed a majority of the routes appear to be heading directly into the Caribbean Sea. One reflected Hurricane Otto, the last hurricane to hit Costa Rica’s northern shores back in November 2016 and how poor predicting also indicated the same thing. Another noted that one can never predict with complete accuracy the trajectory of a hurricane.

Current predictions, however, place the hurricane as sliding past Costa Rica. Still, one may expect heavy rains resulting from the bad weather conditions accompanying the storm as it makes its way across. This weekend is looking to be another round of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms based on forecasts for the area by NOAA.


Court rules on Gran Hotel Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala Constitucional of the Corte Suprema ruled that it will not intervene on the current repairing of Gran Hotel Costa Rica.

William Monge, the director of the Centro de Patrimonio, received the notice from the court this past Tuesday, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. The court ruled that the appeal filed against the current repair work did not have standing and did not violate articles 50 and 169 of the constitution as the appellants alleged. The move confirms what had already been discussed by the professional group that the culture ministry hired to see if there were any violations to the historic integrity of the building.

The group ruled that the fifth floor of Gran Hotel Costa Rica was not part of the original building and subsequent changes to the floor would not compromise the historic architectural fabric. This came following leaks to the press that the reparations being done to the building included a plan by the developer to completely overhaul and change the facade of the hotel.

“In this case, it is clearly observed that the Centro de Investigación del Patrimonio Cultural for the culture ministry and the municipality appealed have acted in a responsible and coordinated way with the purpose of maintaining the protection of property considered historical heritage,” said the ruling of the court.

The façade on the east and north sides is expected to become a grey color rather than black and white, the ministry said. The construction of a fifth floor on the building was authorized and that clearly is a new change as the original building constructed in 1930.

The last remodeling completed 30 years ago included the fifth floor and even then did not correspond to the original fabric of the hotel. Inspectors did order, however, that the owners restore the original flooring and the old terrace, keep all the original mosaics at all levels of the building excluding the carpeting, preserve the room where U.S. President Kennedy stayed in his visit here in 1963 and keep the windows and their style throughout the building.

The hotel closed for a complete overhaul and refurbishment back in 2016. It is located in a prime spot next to the Teatro Nacional and is a prominent heritage site for the capital San José. A subsidiary of the Hilton Hotel chain currently acquired the hotel.


Security Minister Mata condemns
court decision on soccer assault


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The security minister is not happy about the recent ruling of the court in Cartago about letting two men accused of attempted murder off without preventive detention.

“This is practically a public homicide in a public road,” said Gustavo Mata, the minister of Seguridad Pública. “I respect the decision of the judges but I do not share the same view in this case because those who commit crimes like that or any other way must answer for their actions. It is necessary that, before the increase of violence, we close every door of action and give a clear and forceful message against those who commit crimes.”

This statement came following an assault this past Sunday of a man by four others wearing soccer jerseys of the local Heredia team. The events were captured via an amateur video leaked to the public following a soccer match in Cartago. It 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 also 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 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.

Two suspects arrested related to the case were released while awaiting their court date without any jail time. Their restrictions are only: to sign in every 15 days, do not approach the victim or any witnesses of the case and do not enter Cartago Centro, prosecutors said.

The Ministerio Público said that it intended to appeal the decision of the court and will request preventive custody again before the criminal court in Cartago.


Universities see increase in budget

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Public universities will receive a budget increase by 3.7 percent to fund their operations in 2018, according to the Foro Especial para la Educación Superior, the government counsel in charge of distributing the monies in the higher education field.

That means the government will transfer more than $863.7 million to the Universidad Nacional, the Universidad de Costa Rica, the Universidad Nacional Estatal a Distancia and the Instituto Técnológico de Costa Rica. An extra $59 million will be transferred to the Universidad Técnica Nacional.

The agreement was reached Tuesday night by Sonia Marta Mora, the minister of public education; Helio Fallas, the finance minister; Olga Marta Sánchez, the planning minister; Carolina Vásquez, the science and technology minister; and the rectors of the five public universities.

Ms. Mora said that, despite the country's difficult situation in fiscal and economic matters, the increase represents the effort and commitment they maintain with education.

"Public universities are a fundamental instrument to promote economic and social development,   mobility, social cohesion and the enrichment of the country's cultural identity,” Mora said. “This agreement confirms our engagement with higher education, which is of enormous importance for Costa Rica.

Luis Carpio, the president of the Consejo Nacional de Rectores, said the signed agreements will guarantee the normal functioning of the five universities.

"The agreement signed guarantees the normal operation of universities without affecting essential aspects such as scholarships and other student benefits,” said Carpio.

In 2015, government provided a 7.5 increase to the Foro. Now it has approved half of that, since this year Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís announced a shortage in the government’s cash flows due to a liquidity crisis.



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U.S. plays Costa Rica today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

It is another round of soccer matches this coming weekend and Friday’s game between Costa Rica and the United States is among one of the big ones for the hemisphere.

The game will kick off today at 7 p.m. EST, or 5 p.m. local, at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey, and traditional home of the New York Red Bulls for U.S. Major League Soccer. This game represents a critical qualifying match for the U.S. and the team’s hopes to ascend into the World Cup tournament. Last time, the U.S. played Costa Rica was back in July at Arlington, Texas, where the United States beat the Ticos 2 to 0 snapping a seven-game winning streak.

So far the Men’s National Team has held their own drawing up to third place behind Costa Rica and México with two wins, two losses and two draws for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying CONCACAF Final Round. Costa Rica has three wins, one loss and two draws for second place based on the FIFA standings. The top three teams in the region automatically qualify for the World Cup.

“A victory at home against Costa Rica would be a huge step closer to qualifying for Russia, so the MNT is on a mission to get three points at home once again,” a statement from U.S. Soccer said.

“Friday’s return match in the U.S. is a definite six-pointer for both sides. Los Ticos arrive at Red Bull Arena sitting second in the six-team Final Round, just three ahead of the U.S. An MNT win would pull the home side level, while a Costa Rica victory would create more distance for the top two ahead of the rest of the pack.”

Following this game, the U.S. will head to Honduras in San Pedro Sula for the third straight qualifying cycle, the association said. The two countries first played against each other in soccer back in 1975 for a total of 36 times. So far, the record is even with 15 wins and 15 defeats for both sides with six draws, U.S. Soccer said.


Flooding hits Desamparados
Desamparados landlside damage
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Desamparados damage
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Landslide
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Los Guido de Desamparados, in San José, was one of the most affected placed by heavy rain this past week. On Wednesday, a landslide destroyed several houses that forced the evacuation ofat least 20 families who were sent to a shelter by the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias.

The committee is trying to evict, at least temporarily, some of the neighbors that still live at high risk places, where flooding is still frequent.


Group hopes $3 million donations can rebuild historic Limón landmark

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Rebuilding the Black Star Line, the historic Limón landmark destroyed by a fire on April 29, 2016, will have a cost of $3 million, which will be obtained by campaign of donations.


The announcement was given by the government on Thursday in Limón, during the celebration of Día del Negro y la Cultura Afrocostarricense.

Also, the reconstruction plans of the famous Liberty Hall, were also presented at the event by a commission of the Movimiento Universal para el Mejoramiento del Negro, a group that built the property in 1922.


The commission also worked alongside the architecture school of the Universidad Latina. 

Other companies like: Ingiotec, CR Ingeniería and Camacho and Mora made contributions to carry out the initiative. In 2016, the firm Zurcher Arquitectos donated the design of the reconstruction of the building, which turned to ashes due to an electrical failure.



According to Winston Norman, leader of the African heritage group, there will be an online platform where   donors will be encouraged to collaborate to build the structure. The building itself was declared a historical and architectural heritage of Costa Rica in 2000.

In addition, the campaign will be complemented with the possibility of making deposits in a bank account or wiring money by sending text messages.

Norman said the group has already collected $261,000 which were granted by the Ministerio de Cultura. 

"We would like to start construction, but we are just going to start with the collection campaign, so we have to wait," he said.

The campaign is currently being developed by the marketing company BPro, which is also donating its work to the initiative.

William Monge, director of the Centro del Patrimonio Nacional of the culture ministry, said the building will retain its original design, but, unlike the old one, it will meet the standards of  security and accessibility.

The two-story frame structure was the headquarters of the Universal Negro Improvement Association created and directed by Marcus Garvey, a famous black nationalist and promoter of Pan-Africanism during the turn of the 19th century.

Before becoming a part of the Harlem Renaissance movement of the early  20th century, the Jamaican-born Garvey worked on a banana plantation in Costa Rica for some months.. The name came from the steamship company Garvey created in 1919.





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Yucatán skeleton dates before estimates of settlement in Americas
By the University of Heidelberg press staff

A prehistoric human skeleton found on the Yucatán Peninsula is at least 13,000 years old and most likely dates from a glacial period at the end of the most recent ice age, the late Pleistocene.

A German-Mexican team of researchers led by Wolfgang Stinnesbeck and Arturo González González has now dated the fossil skeleton based on a stalagmite that grew on the hip bone.

“The bones from the Chan Hol Cave near the city of Tulúm discovered five years ago represent one of the oldest finds of human bones on the American continent and are evidence of an unexpectedly early settlement in Southern México,” says Prof. Stinnesbeck, who is an earth scientist at Heidelberg University. The research findings have now been published in “PLOS ONE.”

The early settlement of the Americas is a subject of controversial debate. A longstanding hypothesis claimed that the first migration took place 12,600 years ago through an ice-free corridor between retreating North American glaciers, via the ice-age Bering Land Bridge between Siberia and Alaska. In recent years, however, this theory is being increasingly called into question by new finds from North and South America.

They indicate that people arrived there earlier, Stinnesbeck explained. However, these finds were mostly artifacts or open hearths, their age being dated by using the sediment they contained. It has been extremely rare so far to find human bones older than 10,000 anywhere in the Americas.

The water-filled caves near Tulúm on Yucatán, a peninsula separating the Gulf of Mexico from the Caribbean Sea, offer a rich area for finds.

Seven prehistoric human skeletons have already been documented in the intricate cave system near the coast in the eastern part of the peninsula, some of them previously dated by other researchers.

The caves along Yucatán’s Caribbean coast were not flooded until the worldwide rise in sea level after the ice age. They contain archaeological, palaeontological and climatic information hidden there from the time before the flooding, which is extremely well preserved, Stinnesbeck said.

It was, however, difficult to exactly determine the age of the human skeletal material using conventional radiocarbon dating, because the collagen in the bones had been completely washed out due to the long period spent in water.

Stinnesbeck and his German-Mexican team of earth scientists and archaeologists therefore chose another method.

Body discovery

Skeleton
University of Heidelberg press photos       
Discovery of a skeleton at Chan Hol Cave appears to be older than the earliest evidence of American settlement.

By dating a stalagmite that had grown on the hip bone, they were able to narrow down the age of the human bones from the Chan Hol Cave.

The analysis of the uranium-thorium isotopes gave the skeleton a minimum age of 11,300 years. However, the climatic and precipitation data stored in the stalagmite showed a clearly higher age. It is measurable in terms of oxygen and carbon isotope ratios and was compared to environmental archive data from other parts of the earth.

Aged at least 13,000 years, the Chan Hol Cave inhabitant presumably dates from the Younger Dryas. “It represents one of the oldest human skeletons from America. Our data underline the great importance of the Tulúm cave finds for the debate about the settling of the continent,” the professor said.

According to the Heidelberg earth scientist, the enormous urbanization and growth of tourism in this region threaten the palaeontological and archaeological archives preserved in the caves. Shortly after the discovery of the human skeleton in February 2012 the site of the find was looted; unknown divers stole all the bones lying around on the ground of the cave.

Only a few photos and small fragments of bones bear witness today to the original find. The hip bone investigated by the German-Mexican researcher team only escaped being stolen through the protection provided by the rock-hard lime-sinter of the stalagmite.

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Venezuela regime reports
around 10,000 homicides


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuela's government has tallied nearly 10,000 violent deaths nationwide this year through mid-August, a grim figure some observers contend is a serious undercount.

The Venezuelan Security Observatory, part of the federal Ministry of the Interior, Justice and Peace, recorded 9,927 homicides from Jan. 1 through Aug. 13, it said in a report released Monday.

Opposition lawmaker Simón Calzadilla expressed skepticism, citing figures from the non-governmental Venezuelan Violence Observatory group that show Venezuela's homicide rate has been increasing in recent years. It reported 27,875 violent deaths in 2015 and 28,468 in 2016.

"And this year it seems that we are going to break all the records," Calzadilla said at a Tuesday news conference, predicting the homicide count could top 33,000.

Venezuela's government does not include extrajudicial killings in its homicide totals, though human rights group do, two experts with the Brazilian think tank Igarapé Institute wrote in the Los Angeles Times earlier this year. The institute tracks homicides globally.

The Venezuelan government said its current toll excludes deaths linked to mass street demonstrations for and against President Nicolas Maduro's government that began in early April. Its attorney general's office is investigating 124 such deaths.

On Wednesday, the United Nations human rights office released a report suggesting that Venezuelan security forces were tied to 46 of those deaths and pro-government armed groups, or colectivos, to another 27.

Upon the government report's release, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said Venezuelan authorities were working to reduce violence. More than 9,000 uniformed security forces have been deployed nationwide, he said on social media, to improve public safety and to defend the sovereignty and independence of the country.

Fear about security stalks many of the South American country's 31 million residents. Only 12 percent of Venezuelans reported feeling safe, according to Gallup's Law and Order Index. The results, released in August, show the South American country was considered the least secure among 135 countries in the ranking.

Gallup said almost four out of 10 Venezuelans 38 percent had had money or property stolen last year. At least one out of five 22 percent reported being assaulted or mugged. Venezuela was the only Latin American country to have at least 15 percent of respondents claim they were assaulted or mugged in 2016.

Growing insecurity has prompted countless Venezuelans to flee the country. The government report attributed most homicides to firearms, used in 92 percent of all cases.


Pence visits Texas as flood
poses lingering threats


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Vice President Mike Pence visited Texas on Thursday to survey the damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey, commending residents of the town of Rockport for the manner in which they were handling adversity.

Pence was accompanied by several other Cabinet secretaries, including Energy Secretary Rick Perry, a former Texas governor. President Donald Trump visited Texas on Tuesday and plans to return Saturday.

Harvey, now a tropical depression, brought heavy rain to Louisiana and northwestern Mississippi on Thursday, leaving flooded east Texas to start drying out but still facing danger from flooding. Forecasters expected parts of Louisiana to receive 4 to 8 inches, 10 to 20 centimeters, of rain as the storm system continued moving toward Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Harvey also left the town of Crosby, east of Houston, expecting more explosions after two early-morning blasts at a chemical plant.

Residents of Crosby were ordered to evacuate their homes after the explosions at the Arkema Inc. plant emitted flames of 30 to 40 feet and black smoke, resulting in the hospitalization of 15 sheriff's deputies who had inhaled the smoke. Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said 13 of the deputies had been released after receiving treatment for inhaling a nontoxic irritant, but Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long told reporters in Washington that the plumes were considered incredibly dangerous.

Arkema executive Richard Rennard said at a news conference in Crosby that there is a possibility more explosions could occur after the company and local officials agreed the best plan was to allow the plant's extremely flammable organic peroxides to burn themselves out.

Rennard acknowledged the situation at the plant is a very serious issue and that the smoke is certainly noxious. Rennard said anyone who was exposed to the smoke could suffer irritation to the eyes, lungs or skin. He urged those exposed to call their doctor or to seek medical advice.

Bob Royall of the Harris County Fire Marshall's Office said authorities established a 1.5-mile evacuation zone around the plant to ensure our citizens are safe and that our environment is protected to the best we can.

The National Hurricane Center said that while the risk of more rain was over for Houston, catastrophic and life-threatening flooding will still be present there, in Beaumont, Texas, and into southwestern Louisiana for the rest of this week.

The threat was also clear Thursday as Fort Bend County, on the southwest side of Houston, announced a mandatory evacuation for people living near a reservoir because imminent flooding.

Officials in Beaumont said the flooding had caused the city water system to stop working, and repairs will have to wait until the water recedes. Beaumont officials could not say when the city's homes and businesses would have running water again.

The lack of running water and limited access forced Baptist Beaumont Hospital to evacuate nearly 200 patients, according to spokeswoman Mary Poole. Christus Southeast Texas-St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont said its emergency and trauma operations would continue, but officials were considering whether to relocate patients in other departments.

In Houston, where some parts of the metropolitan area saw more than 50 inches of rain, city services were resuming Thursday, with regular trash pickup and limited bus and rail schedules. Flights into and out of Houston's two main airports resumed Wednesday.

Houston's fire department said it would go block by block, starting Thursday, to look through areas with floodwaters of roughly 3 feet in order to make sure no people were left behind. Officials estimated the process could take up to two weeks.

Officials in Texas have confirmed more than 38 storm-related deaths. Nearly 780,000 Texans have been forced to evacuate their homes, and 32,000 others have been forced into shelters, according to FEMA.

The U.S. Coast Guard reported to FEMA that it had saved 3,000 lives. Estimates of the damage from the storm ranged into the tens of billions of dollars.

A multitude of charity efforts have raised millions of dollars from businesses, celebrities and everyday people to help those who need immediate help as well as more long-term assistance in rebuilding.

Decision on DACA program
expected as soon as Friday


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. news reports say President Donald Trump could decide as early as Friday whether to end the Obama administration policy that protects children of undocumented immigrants who entered the United States illegally.

On Thursday, White House spokeswoman Sara Huckabee Sanders told reporters the Trump administration is still reviewing the program known as DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Sanders added that a decision hasn't been made there are a lot of conversations about the timeline. She said nothing has been finalized.

Trump had pledged on the campaign trail to scrap the program, calling it amnesty. Since taking office, he has said the issue is one of the most difficult he has dealt with as president.

His administration faces a September 5 deadline for a decision, set by a group of state attorneys grappling with the issue in their states. But it is possible the administration could negotiate an extension, based on the fact that the Dept. of Homeland Security, the agency responsible for implementing the change, currently is occupied with the substantial aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.

DACA has given nearly 800,000 people a reprieve from deportation by providing two-year, renewable work permits for eligible applicants.


U.S. agency names firms
to build border wall


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Customs and Border Protection selected four construction companies Thursday to erect prototypes of the Mexican border wall that President Donald Trump has said he intends to build to deter illegal immigration and smuggling.

The four firms, from four different U.S. states, are to build solid-concrete prototypes of the border wall within 30 days, once they are given a notice to proceed. Those four sample walls will then be tested for strength and permeability, according to the agency's acting deputy commissioner, Ronald Vitiello.

The border protection agency is separately screening applicants for other contracts to build prototype walls made from alternate materials.

Trump has said he thinks the 10-meter-tall wall should have windows, or even be fully transparent, so Border Patrol officers in the United States can observe suspicious activities on the other side of the barrier.

Thursday's announcement was the latest step forward in a bureaucratic process that has been delayed multiple times. The administration once said construction of the full border wall would begin in June, but it was not until mid-March that the first requests for proposals went out to contractors, seeking conceptual designs for the border barrier, which has been shrouded in political controversy.

Congress has appropriated $20 million to CBP for use in preparing the prototypes, both of concrete and other materials. No funds have yet been budgeted for the full border wall, likely a multibillion-dollar undertaking that would be one of the largest public works projects in U.S. history.

The four companies selected Thursday to build concrete prototypes were Caddell Construction of Montgomery, Alabama; Fisher Industries of Tempe, Arizona; Texas Sterling Construction of Houston; and W.G. Yates & Sons of Philadelphia.

Driver loses control and
nearly slams into motorcade


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A freak accident almost led to disaster on Wednesday when a brake malfunction caused a woman's car to nearly collide with President Donald Trump's motorcade on a highway in southern Missouri, police say.

Trump was returning from a speech on tax reform in Springfield when a white sedan emerged from a wooded area, plowed down an embankment, and headed directly for the presidential limousine.

The car stopped about 10 meters from Trump's limousine, which sped by unharmed with the rest of the motorcade. Video posted on social media showed a woman emerge from the car, seemingly distressed at her accident.

Police quickly determined there was no intent to harm the president. In a statement, the Secret Service said an investigation revealed the vehicle experienced a total failure of its braking system.

"The vehicle did not make contact with any motorcade vehicles, and there was no alteration of the motorcade route. A security sweep of the vehicle was carried out with negative results," the statement said.

Still, the incident had many onlookers wondering if they had just witnessed an assassination attempt.

Presidential limousines are incredibly secure. Nicknamed The Beast, the fleet of presidential limos is reported to feature 20-centimeter-thick armor plating and multilayered protective windows, and is built on the frame of a truck, not a car.


Floods kill at least 1,200
across southern Asia


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Monsoons have flooded parts of India this week, adding to the toll of a season that has killed more than 1,200 people across South Asia.

A building collapsed Thursday in Mumbai, India, killing at least two people and trapping around 30 others after days rain in the city.

Rescuers pulled several people from the rubble. A police official told reporters nine families were living there. Monsoons have flooded India's commercial capital this week, killing 14 people. Forecasters said more heavy rain is possible in the region Thursday.

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.

Throughout the week, Mumbai residents safe in their homes tweeted their locations, often adding whether they had movies or food, offering their homes to anyone nearby who was stuck in the floods.

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 the airport was affected by flooding.

India's neighbors have also been hit by the monsoon season, which runs from June to September, and has affected more than 40 million people.

Flooding in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi, after heavy monsoon rains hit the sprawling metropolis, officials said Thursday, has killed at least 13 people. Storms were expected across the country for several days.

Bangladesh and Nepal have also experienced severe flooding that forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.


May appeals to leaders
as Brexit talks deadlock


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

British Prime Minister Theresa May is planning to appeal to her counterparts in the European Union to try to break an impasse in Brexit talks.

After four days of negotiations, the third round of formal exit discussions between London and Brussels, the two sides are as wide apart on the key issues as they were before, acknowledge British and EU officials.

Officials said the talks were at a standstill and deadlocked. Each side is blaming the other for the impasse. Europeans say the British remain unclear about what they want, while the British argue the EU negotiators’ insistence on agreeing on the terms of departure before negotiating a free trade deal is artificial and unhelpful.

Remaining stumbling blocks include a reported $89 billion divorce bill Brussels is demanding for the British departure to cover budget payments, and project and structural loans Britain committed to in 2013, long before last year’s Brexit referendum. The British say the EU sums don’t add up, but EU officials dismissed a British demand for flexibility in the negotiations.

An exasperated Michel Barnier, the chief EU negotiator told reporters, “To be flexible you need two points, our point and their point. We need to know their position and then I can be flexible.”

Analysts say the British don’t want to agree to a settlement bill until they’re convinced they can secure a preferential free trade deal shaped to their liking. The Europeans see the divorce costs and a future trade agreement as two separate things.

But there are no signs Britain is prepared to change its negotiating strategy.  The Brexit talks have been laced with distrust and suspicion, acknowledge officials, with British and EU negotiators ready to identify even apparently trivial oversights as ways to gain an edge in the discussions. Former European Commission president Roman Prodi warned earlier this month the talks headed by Britain’s Brexit minister David Davis and Barnier had got off to a very bad start with “blood on the floor.”

The two sides have also made little progress on the long-term rights of more than two million European citizens and their families living in Britain and the estimated 1.3 million Britons residing in EU countries.

Nor is there any agreement yet on what will happen with the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Britain’s only land frontier with the European Union. Dublin and politicians in Northern Ireland, which along with Scotland voted against Brexit, oppose the return of a hard border between the north and south of the island. And there are fears that anything short of an open border risks triggering a revival of violent Irish republicanism.

Ireland has threatened to veto any moves towards trade negotiations until they are satisfied about cross-border arrangements.

Some former British officials have criticized the British government’s strategy. They say it is a reflection of the sharp rifts within Theresa May’s Cabinet, as well as the wider Conservative Party and Britain’s Parliament, over whether the country should remain a member of the EU single market and customs union after Brexit, despite having to accept rules and regulations from Brussels that London will have no influence on shaping.

The influential chancellor of the exchequer, Phil Hammond, backed by many of the country’s top business people, is trying to maneuver the ruling Conservatives away from a so-called "hard Brexit" and a definitive break with Europe.

Rising concerns about post-Brexit economic prospects and their future status in Britain is likely to prompt an exodus of up to half the Europeans residing in Britain. A million EU citizens, many highly educated and qualified, are planning to leave the country because of Brexit, a study by KPMG, the professional services firm, has found.



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

Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  
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Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
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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
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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
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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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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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Afro-Costa Rican heritage is now on the curriculum for schools.

Education ministry seeks to promote Afro-Costa Rican heritage

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministerio de Educación Pública announced a series of strategies to promote the cultural, artistic and educational contributions provided by the Afro-Costa Rican population to the country.

The ministry developed didactic support material that seeks to sensitize and strengthen students' behavior towards tolerance and acceptance of individual differences. According to Alicia Vargas, the vice-minister of Educación Pública, the aim is to promote knowledge, appropriation and use of the intercultural approach between the teaching and administrative staff.

They also want the student population to understand the importance of cultural diversity. Another proposition by the ministry is a protocol to prevent, care and manage racial discrimination in schools.

Also, the ministry has incorporated textbooks that deal with Afro-Caribbean culture in the official list of suggested readings. Some national authors recommended include: Shirley Campbell, Eulalia Bernard, Quince Duncan and Delia McDonald.

As for the artistic contributions, the incorporation of African music classes like jazz, reggae, rock, calypso, gospel, blues and classical music is sought.











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Costa Rica seeks to tap into Israeli market

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

What are the best products to export into Israel? Coffee, tea, chocolates, cookies, fruit snacks, sauces and processed fruits.

That's the straightforward answered provided by the Promotora de Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica, through its study Opportunities for Food Marketing in Israel.

According to the analysis, these five categories are based on the Israeli demand and the Costa Rican supply.

In the case of hot drinks, the recommended is to export coffee for further processing in Israel and its sale on the retail channel. The sale of coffee pods is growing, so exporters have an opportunity to approach hotels, cafes and restaurants, for this is a product with greater added value.

Fruity, herbal and green tea flavors are being used to innovate infusions. The research also shows that dark chocolate, reduced in sugar and high in cocoa, is ideal for Israeli consumers who prefer that type of customer. Also, cookies and fruit snacks have a good opportunity in the healthy-eating market.

As for sauces and preparations, despite the fact the market has a lot of Asian alternatives, the Costa Rican one may hit a good niche as long as they are spicy and free of additives, the report says.

The processed fruits can be sold to prepare juices, purees and concentrates. In addition, other products such as coconut water, pineapple, frozen banana, canned pineapples and palm hearts could also be of interest.

The main trends for food consumption in Israel include the purchase of products from different cultures given the strong immigration, greater concern for health and a balanced diet,” said Marta Esquivel, director of commercial intelligence at the Promotora. “The consumer is increasingly eager to purchase private label products, not forgetting the fact people mainly buy Kosher foods.

 “It should also be taken into account that the Public Health Protection Act, entered into force in 2016, opens the market to imports of foods considered non sensitive to independent marketers,” Ms. Esquivel explained. “This means it significantly facilitates food import formalities.”

According to the Promotora, Israel is the main destination market for Costa Rica's exports to the Middle East, where $8 million were sold in 2016. The two main products: gold coffee and dried pineapples.

The Promotora recommends to seek support of an importer or distributor with knowledge about the import requirements and getting Kosher certification, as it is almost a mandatory requirement.