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ID verification now may include a fingerprint check
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new system is online that will allow those in business to check electronically the validity of a person's identity.

The system uses the data base of the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones to display a photo of an individual if their fingerprint coincides with the information on file.

The system may prevent some cases of property theft by impersonators.

Notaries are being encouraged to use the system to verify the identity of those who appear before them to make real estate or other business transactions.

The system has been working since May, but it has not been publicized widely. The Tribunal is home to the Registro Civil where Costa Ricans go to obtain cédulas de identidad. At the time the identity document is requested, the Registro takes and files a fingerprint.

To use the system, notaries and other business firms have to sign up for a contract with Radiográfica Costarricense S.A., the state Internet service, and obtain a device to read fingerprints. Some banks already are using the system.

The U.S. Embassy here has used a similar system for years to obtain prints when foreigners seek visas to the United States.

The proponents for the system assume that notaries are honest. Those who are have an affirmative obligation to check the identities of those who appear before them.


However, a lot of property fraud is the product of crooked notaries who knowingly fake property transfer documents.

And some notaries are arguing about the cost of the system, which can be as much as a U.S. dollar for each verification plus the cost of equipment. They aired their complaints on a judicial blog.
Others say that such a system has been a long time in coming.

Currently, expats are not included in the system, although those who have legal residency already have provided the Direccion General de Migración y Extranjería their fingerprints.

When the fingerprint system gives an electronic alert that the fingerprint and the data stored by the Tribunal do not match, notaries and others in business have to revert to simply checking the cédula presented by the individual whose identity needs to be verified.

The Costa Rican property transfer system goes back to a time when many residents could not read or write. Consequently the procedure is for a seller to appear before a notary, a special kind of lawyer, who then prepares documents based on what the seller says. So there is wiggle room for a crooked notary to simply make up documents.

Notaries also are involved in vehicle transfers, among other transactions.

This was the scene today, Thursday, as downtown workers poured into the streets  and parks to do their part in a simulation of a major earthquake.

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Simulation today is a reminder of what may happen
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The emergency simulation this morning will take some 60,000 persons away from their jobs, but the scenario is a common one: An earthquake of some magnitude that rattles a few metro area buildings.

Such events are common here, and Costa Ricans pretty well know how to act: They go racing into the streets.

The 1991 Limón earthquake jostled some buildings in the downtown, but none fell. The Sept. 5, 2012, Nicoya quake was of the same magnitude, 7.6, but there was no major damage reported in the Metro Area.

By contrast, the 1972 Managua, Nicaragua, quake had just a 6.2 magnitude but devastated that city.

The most damaging earthquake in historical

times here was the one May 4, 1910, in Cartago. From 600 to 1,200 persons died,  and many structures were destroyed. The ruins there of the Templo de Santiago Apóstol are a reminder of that day. That quake was just slightly stronger than the one in Managua later.

Costa Rica has made a lot of progress since the unreinforced masonry buildings collapsed in Cartago. Today buildings can withstand earthquake shock, and business owners who remodel have a shock of their own when inspectors require them to make the building earthquake resistant.

The Cartago quake was well documented, and an anniversary story is HERE!

The simulation today has as a goal to save lives. The national emergency commission and the Municipalidad de San José certainly will be getting the attention of the thousands of workers who participate.

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Power company wants a big rate hike

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz has asked the rate regulating agency for a 35.56 percent increase, the agency said.

The agency, the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos said that the company wants a 25.8 percent increase to cover future power purchases, and it wants 7.71 percent more to cover purchases it already made from its parent, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

The Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz provides power to much of the Central Valley except Heredia and Cartago, which have municipal companies.

The regulating agency noted that prior requests by the power company have been rejected.

In the filing the company also said it seeks a rate for generating power that is 250 percent greater than that of its parent. The company maintains some wind generating systems that have been the subject of criticism of their operation and cost.

If the regulating agency decides that the rates should be raised, a public hearing will be held. Representatives of industry and other big power users are sure to protest.

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Customs official held in smuggling probe

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The head of customs at the Paso Canoas frontier post has been detained because officials think he was involved in the theft of a shipping container of cigarettes.

The Ministerio de Hacienda, which includes the Direccion General de Aduana, and the prosecutors at the Ministerio Público said Wednesday that the man, Luis Alberto Juárez Ruiz, had been taken into custody.

They said that the value of the merchandise, the cigarettes, was 400 million colons or about $760,000.

The container with the merchandise had been held up at the border because the shipper lacked a permit from the Ministerio de Salud, said the announcement of the arrest. Then it vanished. That was in April.

In June the container turned up when they broke up a gang involved in smuggling, said the report.

The Ministerio de Hacienda said that in the last few months three members of the Policía de Control Fiscal or tax police were suspended in investigations of extortion and dereliction of duty.

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Those detained are brought ashore in a boat.

Seven detained in watery operation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An interinstitutional force detained seven persons in the relatively unpoliced section of Dos Bocas in Barra del Colorado, Limón. The location is on the bank of the Río Colorado in extreme northeast Costa Rica.

Law officers had to go in boats. Involved were the Poder Judicial, prosecutors, the Defensoría Pública and the Fuerza Pública. Three members of the same family were detained on an allegation that they took over state land.

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Stories about the president's budget are boring and very important

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A lot of expats must wonder why Spanish-language newspapers and this one write lengthy stories on the president's budget.

Even for reporters and editors, these are tedious efforts that generate the need for a nap. In addition, the budgets are not easy to write about in language that generates reader interest.

As one Washington politician is reported to have said "What's a billion dollars one way or the other."

Times have changed. Budgets used to generate fights over what program should get money. Now the entire future of the country is at stake. President Luis Guillermo Solís has presented a $15.1 billion budget without any significant cuts.

The Spanish-language La Nación printed a blistering editorial Wednesday on the topic. But Solís is doing exactly what presidents who preceded him have done.

They take care of the short-term problems and ignore the long-time impact. After all they are only in office for four years, and both Solís and former president Laura Chinchilla have scant chances of ever being elected again.

Solís is pushing for approval of a value-added tax to replace the current sales tax. Such a tax generally takes in much more money. He also wants higher income tax rates. La Nación noted that even with new taxes, the country's financial situation will be grim.

Expats can expect to see many more tax band aids, like the luxury home tax and the tax on corporations. They also probably will see more strikes, social unrest and perhaps even an authoritarian regime. That is what happened in Venezuela as the electorate turned to Hugo Chávez, who had all the answers.

Certainly such protest will disrupt tourism. Already there have been marches by teachers and telecom workers who said they were defending their salaries. A general cut of public employee salaries would provoke chaos.

Although there has been grumbling in the legislature, there is a good chance that lawmakers eventually will approve the Solís budget that consists of 46 percent borrowed money. Lawmakers only have a couple of years left to serve.

The situation is complex, and the politics of the situation pretty much tie the president's hands.  There appears to be no clear way out of the dilemma.

A Fuerza Pública officer can be seen surveying the damaged car.  There are other spectators. The view is through the smashed window of the vehicle in this photo supplied by the expats who was injured.

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Expat reports aggression and an attack by protesters in Liberia
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A prominent Pacific coast expat said that he and three companions were the victims of a mob of protesters near the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia.

The expat, Dan Bizier, is circulating his story on social networks and in emails to friends. Reporters were unable to contact Bizier, but the information was relayed by a trusted third party.

The expat reports that while traveling to Liberia Tuesday afternoon he and his companions came upon a crowd of some 50 persons. They are believed to be supporters of fishermen.

There also were protests in other parts of the Pacific coast, expats reported.                  

Not typical for Costa Rican protests, the crowd attacked the expat's vehicle, smashed windows and struck the occupants, in at least one case with a club.

Bizier said that he and a male companion went to the Liberia hospital by ambulance. He said he was bleeding and had a shoulder injury from being struck. He said he and his companion also had glass embedded in their flesh. He said that police officers witnessed the attack.

Bizier said he made reports to the Judicial Investigating Organization and the U.S. Embassy, but the account could not be confirmed Wednesday night.

"Thank God we are alive because we all thought we had had it and were going to be killed," he said in his email.

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Sturdy ice cream: A discovery that will improve the ubiquitous product
By the University of Dundee news staff

Childhood memories of sticky hands from melting ice cream cones could soon become obsolete, thanks to a new food ingredient.

Scientists have discovered a naturally occurring protein that can be used to create ice cream that is more resistant to melting than conventional products.

The protein binds together the air, fat and water in ice cream, creating a super-smooth consistency.

The new ingredient could enable ice creams to keep frozen for longer in hot weather. It could also prevent gritty ice crystals from forming, ensuring a fine, smooth texture like those of luxury ice creams. The development could allow products to be manufactured with lower levels of saturated fat and fewer calories than at present.

Researchers at the universities of Edinburgh and Dundee developed a method of producing the new protein – which occurs naturally in some foods – in friendly bacteria. They

estimate that ice cream made with the ingredient could be available within three to five years.

The protein works by adhering to fat droplets and air bubbles, making them more stable in a mixture. Using the ingredient could offer significant advantages for ice cream makers. It can be processed without loss of performance, and can be produced from sustainable raw materials.

Manufacturers could also benefit from a reduced need to deep freeze their product, as the ingredient would keep ice cream frozen for longer. The supply chain would also be eased by a reduced need to keep the product very cold throughout delivery and merchandising.

The protein, known as BslA, was developed with support from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Cait MacPhee, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Physics and Astronomy, who led the project, said: “We’re excited by the potential this new ingredient has for improving ice cream, both for consumers and for manufacturers.”

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Another senator announces
she will back deal with Iran

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. senator's announcement that she will vote for the international agreement to restrict Iran's nuclear program gave President Barack Obama a major foreign-policy victory Wednesday.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, a Democrat, was the 34th member of the Senate to pledge her support for the deal when it comes up for a vote in the U.S. Congress. That's enough to assure that Obama will prevail in the administration's effort to complete action on the landmark nuclear agreement.

Sen. Mikulski said, “No deal is perfect, especially one negotiated with the Iranian regime.” However, she added, she has concluded the Iran deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is the best option available to block Tehran from producing a nuclear bomb.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who played a leading role in marathon international negotiations that produced the agreement with Iran in July, appealed for even more support from Congress in an impassioned speech Wednesday in Philadelphia.

Answering opponents who contend the new agreement with Iran is unworkable because the leadership in Tehran is not trustworthy, Kerry said the pact is not based on trusting Iran, but on the international community's ability to police Iran's nuclear research-and-development work.

"The United States and the international community will be monitoring Iran nonstop," Kerry said. " ... The agreement gives us a wide range of enforcement tools, and we will use them. And the standard we will apply can be summed up in two words: 'zero tolerance'."

After Sen. Mikulski announced her decision to support Obama on the Iran deal, a spokesman for Republican House Speaker John Boehner issued a statement declaring the political fight in Washington was not over: “Forcing a bad deal, over the objections of the American people and a majority in Congress, is no win for President Obama. The White House may have convinced just enough Democrats to back an agreement that legitimizes Iran’s nuclear program, trusts the regime to self-inspect and offers amnesty to terrorists, but this deal is far from being implemented.”

The issue before Congress is not a straight, up-or-down vote on the agreement reached with Iran by negotiators from the major world powers. It's a resolution of disapproval of the agreement, which could allow Congress to delay or derail any U.S. easing of sanctions against Iran, a key part of the deal. Obama has said he will reject any such action, by using his veto power, if necessary.

The Senate can overturn a presidential veto with a two-thirds vote, or 67 members. With 34 Senate votes now pledged to him, Obama can be confident that any attempt to overturn his veto will fail.

Democrats in the House of Representatives say they also will have enough votes to block any attempt to overturn a presidential veto. Under those conditions, Congress would have virtually no pathway to block implementation of the deal with Iran.

Charges remain in death
of prisoner in Baltimore

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A judge in the eastern U.S. city of Baltimore has refused to dismiss charges against six police officers in the death of an African-American man who died while in police custody. The judge also ruled that each officer will be given a separate trial.

The ruling comes more than three months after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died from a severe spinal injury he suffered while handcuffed and restrained inside the police vehicle.

Gray’s case inflamed national debate over the death of young black men in police custody. It also sparked riots that prompted state and city officials to call in the National Guard and implement a citywide curfew.

The officers face charges that include second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and manslaughter. One of the six, the driver of the police van where Gray's injuries took place, faces an additional charge of second-degree murder.

Though half of the officers charged are black, the case became a symbol of what protesters say is police brutality against African-Americans.

The judge also dismissed a defense motion to remove State Attorney Marilyn Mosby and other prosecutors from the case.

The defense argues that Ms. Mosby violated her obligation to ensure a fair trial by holding a highly-publicized open air news conference announcing the charges May 1. 

Judge Barry Williams said that while he was troubled by some of the comments Ms. Mosby made, they did not compromise the defendants’ right to a fair trial.

Photo of tragic drowning
highlights refugee crisis

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Photographs of the body of a migrant Syrian toddler washed up on a Turkish beach were printed Wednesday in newspapers across Europe, and the baby instantly became the poster child for the continent's refugee crisis.

One picture showed the baby's lifeless body lying in the surf.  Another showed a Turkish soldier carrying him away.

Turkish authorities believe the boy was one of 13 Syrian migrants who drowned Wednesday when two small boats heading from Turkey to the Greek island of Kos capsized.

Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director for New York-based Human Rights Watch, condemned what he called the indifference and obstacles that migrants in Europe were facing in their efforts to escape war and poverty.

"Some say the picture is too offensive to share online or print in our newspapers," he said. "But what I find offensive is that drowned children are washing up on our shorelines when more could have been done to prevent their deaths."

Bouckaert called the parents of Syrian children heroes for trying to get them away from the fighting and terrorism.

In Hungary, meanwhile, hundreds of migrants demanding free passage to Germany protested for a second day Wednesday at Budapest's main international train station.

Riot police outside the Keleti terminal pushed back the migrants, who were told they had to go to camps set up in Hungary. The migrants, denied access to the trains, shouted at police in Arabic and English, but the demonstration did not turn violent.

Europe is experiencing an unprecedented wave of refugees, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty for a better life in the European Union.  Many of the migrants are from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Africa.

The 28-nation bloc has been struggling for months to handle the more than 332,000 migrants who have arrived this year.

Turkish media reports said 12 people drowned in the capsizing of the Kos-bound boats, including a woman and three children, while a 13th person died later in a hospital.

Greece's coast guard recovered the body of a man south of the island of Kalolimnos, but it was not clear whether that body was connected to the capsized Turkish boats about 22 kilometers to the northeast.

More than 200,000 migrants have reached Greece this year, mainly from neighboring Turkey, where more than 1 million people from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan live in refugee camps.

El Niño might give relief
to parched Californians

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As the drought continues for another year in southern California, more and more people, including Jan Muntz, are replacing all or parts of their yards with unconventional garden plants.  

The switch is very painful, Ms. Muntz said. "Some of these plants have been there probably 80 or 90 years.”

Many of the plants in the Los Angeles area are not native and require lots of water.  The Theodore Payne Foundation, through its nonprofit nursery, has been trying to promote and educate people about California native plants for decades. In the last several years, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people who are interested, said the foundation’s Kitty Connolly.

“You use less water, so in a California native garden, depending on how you plant, you’ll save 50 to 80 percent of water over a conventional garden,” Ms. Connolly said.

A lack of water, however, may not be a problem this coming winter, said climatologist Bill Patzert.

“This looks very, very promising for a down payment on drought relief in the American West," he said. "We’re very hopeful for this El Niño.”

El Niño refers to a situation of warmer-than-average waters in the equatorial Pacific.  Scientists expect a big one to hit toward the end of 2015 and into 2016. But, El Niño impacts go beyond the United States.

“Some areas that are normally dry, like the American West, Perú and Ecuador, get torrential rains," he said. "Southeast Asia, Indonesia and the Philippines and northern Australia, they get punishing droughts.  Even in South Africa, they get droughts. So there isn’t one continent that doesn’t feel the footprint of a big El Niño.”

While El Niño lasts for about a year, another weather pattern in the works could last much longer.  It’s call the Pacific Decadal Oscillation, and it tends to show patterns of warming or cooling that would last for years or decades, research scientist Nate Mantua said.

"The warm pattern favors above-normal rainfall in southern California and throughout the southwest part of the U.S. and northern Mexico," he said.

But weather, Mantua said, is unpredictable, and in the last two big El Niños, there were quick transitions to cold conditions and a shift in the Pacific Decadal Oscillation pattern.  So one possibility: The southwestern U.S. may get only one year of rain.   

At the Theodore Payne Foundation’s nursery, where people are learning to garden with California native plants, they say rain or drought, their yards will be prepared with plants that can probably handle whatever Mother Nature brings their way.

South Carolina prison eyed
as new Guantanamo lockup

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A team of U.S. defense officials has started surveying a medium security military prison in Charleston, South Carolina, to potentially hold detainees currently at the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The team will conduct the surveys Wednesday and Thursday at the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig at the Charleston Naval Weapons Station, according to defense spokesman Commander Gary Ross.

"These site surveys are necessary to determine potential locations for detaining a limited number of individuals in the United States, and to assess the costs associated with doing so,” Ross said.

He did not say where other site surveys will be conducted in the future.

A defense team looked at a facility in Leavenworth, Kansas earlier this month. The Leavenworth surveys began Aug. 13.

The U.S. facility would need to hold about 50 of the detainees, according to a U.S. defense official.  There are currently 116 prisoners at the detention center at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base.  Many of the others are eligible for transfer to other countries.

President Barack Obama has made closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center a top priority, despite opposition among both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter suggested this week that the Guantanamo Bay military prison might need to stay open, despite the president’s efforts to shut it down.

"If they're detained at Guantanamo Bay, fine," Carter said. "I would prefer to find a different place for them."

Carter was speaking at a call-in event Tuesday with U.S. service members stationed around the globe.

Carbonated beverages linked
to cardiac arrests in study

By the European Society of Cardiology news staff

Carbonated beverages are associated with out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of cardiac origin, according to results from the All-Japan Utstein Registry, presented for the first time at the the European Society of Cardiology Congress.

The study of nearly 800,000 patients suggests that limiting consumption of carbonated beverages may be beneficial for health.

"Some epidemiologic studies have shown a positive correlation between the consumption of soft drinks and the incidence of cardiovascular disease and stroke, while other reports have demonstrated that the intake of green tea and coffee reduced the risk and mortality of CVD," said principal investigator Keijiro Saku, dean and professor of cardiology at Fukuoka University in Japan.

"Carbonated beverages, or sodas, have frequently been demonstrated to increase the risk of metabolic syndrome and CVD, such as subclinical cardiac remodeling and stroke. However, until now the association between drinking large amounts of carbonated beverages and fatal CVD, or out-of-hospital cardiac arrests of cardiac origin, was unclear."

The study compared the age-adjusted incidence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests to the consumption of various beverages per person between 2005 and 2011 in the 47 prefectures of Japan. It included 797,422 patients who had arrests of cardiac and non-cardiac origin from the All-Japan Utstein Registry of the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. Data on the consumption of the various beverages per person was obtained from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan, using expenditure on beverages as a proxy measure.

The analysis focused on the 785,591 OHCA cases that received resuscitation, of which 435,064 (55.4   percent) were of cardiac origin and 350,527 (44.6 percent) were of non-cardiac origin.

The researchers found that expenditures on carbonated beverages were significantly associated with cardiac arrests but not non-cardiac origin.

Expenditures on other beverages, including green tea, black tea, coffee, cocoa, fruit or vegetable juice, fermented milk beverage, milk and mineral water were not significantly associated with cardiac arrests.

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Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike:   Check out slide show HERE!

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   Juan Santamaría is going all out to put up decorations for
   September, the patriotic month that includes the Sept. 15
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    at the airport decorated in the national colors.

Embattled Guatemalan president quits

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina has resigned after being connected to a corruption case. A presidential spokesman said today that Pérez Molina, who has held power since 2012, submitted his resignation at midnight, after a judge issued an order to have him detained for questioning.

Guatemala's lawmakers stripped Pérez Molina of his immunity on Tuesday. He is accused of orchestrating a customs fraud scheme known as The Line. The scandal has already resulted in the resignation of six of his cabinet ministers and his former vice president.

Current Vice President Alejandro Maldonado is expected to assume power. Guatemalans vote Sunday to select a new president, who will take office in 2016.

The controversy has inspired months of street demonstrations, with protesters demanding that Sunday's election be postponed.

Mrs. Cinton's email tech won't talk

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A former employee of the U.S. State Department who helped Hillary Clinton set up her personal email server has said he will not testify before a special congressional committee investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Attorneys for Brian Pagliano sent a letter to the House committee Monday in which Pagliano invoked his constitutional right to not answer questions that could expose him to criminal charges.

The Washington Post, which initially reported the letter Wednesday, said Pagliano worked in the State Department in its information technology section during Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, having previously worked on her 2008 presidential campaign.  He set up her private email server in her New York home in 2009.

Critics accuse Clinton of leaving her emails open to hackers and foreign agents by not using an official account. They also allege she is trying to hide controversial communications involving the Benghazi attack, which left four Americans dead.

Moravia will be without water today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 30,500 customers in Moravia will be without water today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., said the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados. The company said that it was fixing a water main. The affected areas are in La Trinidad and San Vicente.

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China's economy major topic for G-20

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Officials in the United States and Japan have urged global financial leaders and central bankers to make the Chinese economy a key focus of talks of the Group of 20 major economies when they meet Friday and Saturday in Turkey. Just how much will be accomplished during the talks, however, is uncertain, analysts said.

China’s market turmoil and devaluation of its currency last month sent shock waves through global stock and commodity markets in recent weeks. Stocks in China plunged nearly 40 percent since a high in mid-June and a slew of poor economic data that followed further fueled concerns.

Tuesday, Japan’s finance minister said it is important to understand the structural issues behind what is going on and called for a “frank debate at the G-20 about what is happening in the Chinese economy.”

A U.S. official speaking ahead of the meetings also echoed concerns, calling on Beijing to “carefully communicate its policy intentions and actions to financial markets.”

Such calls were new, said Raymond Yeung, a senior economist with ANZ in Hong Kong.

“Perhaps this is the first time that other countries want China to explain more about what they have been doing in terms of the reform, for example, the change of the exchange rate regime,” Yeung said. “But it doesn’t seem to me an international norm to require other countries to do so.”

While Yeung said he agrees that what has happened in the past few weeks has highlighted the influence of Chinese domestic markets and its policies, he said he does not see a need for a global effort as was needed during the 2008 U.S. subprime mortgage crisis.

“To some extent, the current issues facing China are domestic reforms. And I don’t see that platform… will address such domestic issues,” he said.