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BREAKING: U.S. citizen dies following crash
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
UPDATED: Sept. 5, 2017 at 2:49 p.m.

Officials have confirmed that two U.S. citizens were involved in an early Tuesday morning plane crash near Pavas. One of them is now reported dead.


Jorge Jiménez, a spokesperson for the Cruz Roja, confirmed that Bomberos were arriving at the scene. There were six people, Jiménez said. Four are confirmed as being Costa Rican citizens. The list is as follows:

-Cristian Méndez: pilot, Costa Rican
-Esteban Cubero: passenger, Costa Rican
-Randall Linder: passenger, United States
-Alejandro Cardona: passenger, Costa Rican
-Keith Putbrese: passenger, United States
-María Elena Umaña: passenger, Costa Rican

This list was confirmed as those in the plane by Jim Batres, the assistant director for the Atención de Riesgos for the Cruz Roja.

Three are confirmed as being tourists. All were traveling to Playa Tamarindo.

A Costa Rican woman died shortly after the Cruz Roja arrived on the scene, officials said. A U.S. citizen confirmed as being Randall Lindner died around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to his emergency contact and business associate in Costa Rica.

He was one of two patients transferred to Hospital Calderón Guardia. The contact said that he had perforated his lungs and had fallen into the river where he contracted hypothermia, worsening the situation.

He was apparently going on a business trip to Playa Tamarindo and reported the plane crashed at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. Lindner said that he was calling 911 in the river, was injured and had a lot of blood. Lindner was the owner of U.S. Tax Costa Rica and was a resident of the country.

Reasons for the crash are still unknown at this point. The plane left the Tobías Bolaños airport at around 6:40 a.m. today.

Jiménez said that rescue workers are waiting for the Judicial Investigation Organization to made the official notice of death and transfer the body to the Morgue Judicial.

Four ambulances and 25 rescue workers are reportedly on the scene. Two of the six involved in the crash were sent to Hospital México, one to Hospital San Juan de Dios and two to Hospital Calderón, according to a statement from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

Authorities from the Dirección General de Aviación Civil said an official statement will be released in the coming hours.


Legislative assembly gives itself a raise for 2018
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Legislative assembly gave itself a raise for its 2018 budget by $4 million, 6.3 percent more than that approved for 2017.

This was confirmed by the Ministerio de Hacienda, during its presentation of the 2018 national budget plan, last Friday, Sept. 1 . According to the documents, the Legislative Assembly will spend $62 milion during the next year. Documents from Hacienda justify the increase with various arguments.

One of them is that salaries and social contributions represents 80.9 percent of the total budgeted,  6.7 percent more than 2017.  "Salaries and payments are increased according to the inflation rate of the past 12 months prior to May 1. So by 2018, the increase is 3 percent,” according to the Hacienda report.

In addition, the legislature will use 10.9 percent of its budget for the payment of services, that is, 9 percent more than was budgeted in 2017.
One of the reasons for this increase is the rental expenses. The Legislative Assembly leases six buildings, due to the apparent impossibility of finding a single one that meets conditions for all departments.
In addition, the assembly will rent 900 computers for the administrative offices and those of the legislators.

Every lawmaker office will have the right to have at least one laptop computer.

Other items that increase the expenses of the assembly are: the wireless internet service, the publication of all the bills that are presented during the year, the radio transmissions of plenary sessions, the internet broadcast from legislative commissions and the contracts of maintenance and cleaning of the institution among others.

The assembly also increased its expenditures in the purchase of database servers and other hardware equipment.

These purchases account for 4.3 percent of next year's budget. Another reason to increase the budget is that, in May 2018, many of the workers of the assembly will terminate their contracts and their economic compensation must be canceled.

Starting in 2018, The Legislative Assembly will have 983 workers on its payroll.


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Solís meets with the U.N. High Commissioner of Refugees, Filippo Grandi, last week.
Body of migrant boy discovered off Isla Bolaños
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A child’s body washed up on the shores of Isla Bolaños Monday morning presumed to be the body of a missing Congolese child who disappeared Friday night near Bahía Salinas in Guanacaste.

Reports from the Spanish-language press presumes that this boy was traveling in one of two boats loaded down with 50 migrants who were illegally trying to make their way north toward the United States and Canada. These reports said that the group were in Costa Rica for several days. The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, the Judicial Investigation Organization or the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería issued no comment on these allegations.

According to a report from the public security ministry, judicial agents were in the process of being transferred to the island from Puerto Mora to carry out the lifting of the body.

A search team consisting of police units and the Cruz Roja Costarricense had been looking for the boy this past weekend. Bahía Salinas where he apparently was last seen is very close to the Nicaraguan-Costa Rican border. The island is located within the bay itself.

The Judicial Investigation Organization was not able to respond to request for comment on the details of this case in time for publication of this story.

Many African migrants to Costa Rica often seek temporary protected status or apply for refugees in the country. The recent incident that may involve the missing boy comes just after the visit by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, ended his tour of Latin America in Costa Rica last week. During his visit, Grandi praised the country as being a model to replicate in other countries for its protection and integration of refugees.

Costa Rica has received refugees claiming to be from as far away as Africa as well as Haiti and Cuba. Many only use the country as a stepping stone on the way to their intended destinations to the United States and Canada. Grandi seeks to establish a global compact on refugees given the situation currently facing Europe as that continent faces its largest refugee crisis since the end of the Second World War.

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Police search the bay for the body.

Body map
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Marker points to where body was found.

Meanwhile in the United States, President Donald Trump along with a Republican—majority Congress are, for the most part, in agreement on the need to curb illegal immigration as well as lowering the number of refugees and other protected persons into the country.

The current political climate has left a few of those requesting asylum or protection of some kind to head north toward what is assumed to be a friendlier Canadian government to provide shelter for these persons.

“In keeping with its tradition of welcoming and respecting human rights, Costa Rica has taken the lead in this process and carried out an extensive process of consultation with the ministries, state institutions, private sector and representatives of civil society to respond to the situations that the refugees face in the country,” a statement from Casa Presidencial said.

Among those situations include problems in the past of housing and providing adequate shelter for these asylum-seekers and other applicants.

Conditions appeared almost dire when migrants were being housed in camps using secondhand U.S. military tents to protect them from heavy rains and mud.








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The Paquera ferry is resuming its regular services this morning following some repair work done at the terminal.

The ferry service had been suspended since Aug. 15 after one of the rods holding up the ramp collapsed during a mooring by one of the ferries, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

Although the repair work was completed this past Sunday, the División Marítima Portuaria wanted to conduct tests on the berthing and loading of vehicles on the ferry. Service will resume this mornign at 5 a.m. With the first departure from Puntarenas, officials said. The first trip from Paquera to the mainland will be at 5:30 a.m. 494 million colones were spent on its repair, the ministry said.

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A complete schedule for the ferry can be obtained on the concessionaire’s, Naviera Tambor S.A, Facebook page or by consulting the public works ministry.


Judiciary requests complaints against
Alalea Travel Agency

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

If you or someone you know could have had problems with the Alalea Travel Agency, the Judicial Investigation Organization is asking for possible victims to approach and file a complaint.

The prosecutor’s office for fraud is asking people to go anytime to start an investigation as soon as possible. It is not necessary that users submit any paperwork, as all complaints will be handled under the same investigation.

Apparently, 41 other complaints are being taken care of by the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio. Complaints can be filed in the fraud office Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Top court clarifies it is not after Uber

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala Constitucional issued an announcement that it has made no recent decision on any cases related to the Uber transportation service.

In a complaint analyzed by the court under 17-012759-0007-CO, the appellant claims to have been arbitrarily and unconstitutionally detained during a transport incident that, according to her, was related with Uber. The court dismissed this claim saying that the appeal did not show that this was the reason for the incident.

The court was emphatic in a Monday statement that it did not, in any moment, refer to the subject of Uber drivers in its analysis of this complaint. “The facts correspond to what is done in all routine traffic control operations that are done on the road and are expressly authorized by law,” the court said in a statement. “The delay was due to a refusal of the person to comply with the orders of the officers to show the safety elements required by law without the driver leaving the vehicle. Based on this, the appeal was declared without standing.”

The court noted that no Uber driver was involved and the decision was made without judgment and did not constitute a restriction on the freedom of transit.


Study seeks a decrease in smoking

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In Costa Rica, five people die from smoking everyday.

It is estimated that 9.3 percent of all deaths recorded in the country can be attributed to this cause, according to the Instituto de Efectividad Clínica y Sanitaria de Argentina.

The institute states that a person who smokes loses about six years of life. An ex-smoker three years of life as an average. The study is made with data from 2015 and takes into account the population over 35 years old.

In the case of Costa Rica, an estimated 1,747 annual deaths could be avoided. The Institute said that tobacco consumption in the country is responsible for 6,495 heart diseases, 754 cases of pneumonia, 486 cancers and 269 types of lung cancer.

This analysis was done together with the Ministerio de Salud, with the objective of generating a diagnosis of the situation of Costa Rica in relation to tobacco consumption, according to Roberto Castro, coordinator of the Programa de Control de Tabaco.

"The study shows that the tax that is being collected at this time for social security covers only 30 of the costs associated with tobacco consumption," said Castro

Nydia Amador, vice president of the Red Nacional Anti-Tabaco, said this analysis is proof of the need for the country to improve its control mechanisms. "What we lack is to implement flat labeling, which is unattractive labeling; increase the health warning of labels and increase controls so that the law is enforced, "she said.

In 2008, the country ratified a tobacco control agreement and then passed the Tobacco Control Act and its regulations.


Longevity
Blue Zones photo          
Nicoya is one of the most-famous blue zones in the world.

Bill proposed to declare blue zone
of public interest

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The cantons of Hojancha and Nandayure, as well as the districts of Cóbano, Lepanto, Paquera and the islands in the Golfo de Nicoya could soon be declared a Special Longevity Zone, if a bill is approved by the Legislative Assembly.

The bill has been introduced by the legislator Marta Arauz. “The goal is to preserve and to declare of public interest all the activities that encourage the lifestyles of our elders who are known today for living in the biggest Blue Zone of the world,” said Ms. Araúz.

The bill also seeks to foster small businesses of organic production, recreational activities for the elder and intergenerational exchange programs. Ms. Araúz said the Península de Nicoya is a special area since it was labeled as the largest Blue Zone in the world and the same time is an important tourism destination.

According to her, life expectancy for a male who reaches 80 is 88.2 years. If he reaches 90 his life expectancy increases by 4.4 year. That is above the average of nations such as Japan, Iceland or United States.

Blue zones are an anthropological concept that describes the characteristic lifestyles and the environments of the world's longest-lived people. The term first appeared as an international concept in November 2005 as part of National Geographic magazine story.



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Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica graphic      
Lab's map showing the radius of a nuclear blast.

Lab conducts experiment of possible nuclear attack on Costa Rica's capital

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A threat of a nuclear attack is highly unlikely for Costa Rica. Most countries with nuclear stockpiles would not consider targeting this tiny Central American country that has no military and no means of exercising hard power as a target for attack.

Still, researchers at the Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica of the Universidad de Costa Rica apparently thought it would be interesting to examine if a bomb exploded in the middle of San José. Using the recent example of North Korea’s Sept. 3 nuclear detonation, the researchers placed the bomb as dropping directly on to the Parque Central of the capital.

Using software called NUKEMAP, the scientists described the immediate vicinity of the park post-explosion as being a ball of fire and completely wiped out. That is about 0.54 kilometers square or roughly near to the edge o Parque Morazán and Avenida 10 to the south. Within the next circle of destruction, the researchers predicted a 50 to 90 percent mortality that engulfs roughly most of the town from Pavas through Barrio La California and the edges of Los Yoses. This is, of course, if there is no prompt medical and emergency response from the country.

Just within those two circles alone, most of the capital’s major hospitals and many of the government’s buildings would be wiped out. The next circle shows where the direct explosion causes little damage but the force and velocity from it would create a literal wave of expansive air that would wreck various structures. That part of the detonation would extend out to San Pedro, Montes de Oca and Zapote as well the Hatillo neighborhoods and just past Parque La Sabana.

Lastly, the radiation cloud that would hang over the capital adds its layer that extends out to the towns of Alajuelita, the edges of Curridabat, Desamparados and almost to the edges of Pavas and Santo Domingo de Heredia. This radiation burst would yield third degree burns within its vantage points, the researchers said.

The graphic used by the lab does not take into account, however, the direction and intensity of wind. It uses perfect circles to draw radii but the radiation overcast would likey spread through much of the Greater Metropolitan Area.

Costa Rica is prominent for being among the leading nations to ban all nuclear weapons throughout the world. The efforts within the United Nations have been largely effective with countries that do not and never have had them. Still, the United States, Russia, China, Pakistan, Britain, France and India are among some of the examples that still maintain an active nuclear stockpile. Meanwhile, other countries such as North Korea are working to achieve a fully-functioning nuclear armament, which has led to ever-increasing tensions between the so-called Hermit Kingdom and most of the world.


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Nigel Armstrong, guest violinist for Friday's performance.

Orchestra joined by U.S. conductor and violinist for Friday performance

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional of Costa Rica will be joined on stage this Friday by guest conductor Daniel Hege and violinist Nigel Armstrong, both of whom are from the United States.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, the concerts will be this Friday and Sunday at 8 p.m. and 10:30 a.m., respectively. Both concerts will be held at the Teatro Nacional in San José. This is the first time Hege joins the Costa Rican orchestra for a performance. During his career, Hege directed international ensembles from Singapore to St. Petersburg along with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, the ministry said.

The musical program for this coming weekend is made up of selections by Edvard Grieg, Sergei Prokofiev and Sergei Rachmaninoff. The 27-year old violinist, Nigel Armstrong, will be doing his own solo for the Concerto No. 2 for violin by Prokofiev. This is also his debut with the country’s symphony orchestra.

Aside from this, Armstrong has had experience playing with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Boston Pops and the Dusseldorf Symphony among others. He is a graduate of the Colburn School, a prominent performing arts school in Los Angeles, as well as the Curtis Institute of Music, the culture ministry statement said.

Tickets for this concert are on sale both at the window and the website of the Teatro Nacional. The cost is between 4,000 and 18,000 colones depending on seating arrangement. Students and senior citizens can request a 50 percent discount when presenting their card at the ticket office, the theater said.

Aside from that, there will be a free pre-concert talk in the foyer of the Teatro Nacional by Aurora Sáenz. Admission is limited, organizers said. The general rehearsal for this concert will be this Friday at 9 a.m. in Teatro Nacional. Practices began Monday for the show.


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Javier Pizarro, Costa Rican biologist who won French prize.

Costa Rican biologist wins prize
for bacteria work in France

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Meet Javier Pizarro, the Costa Rican biologist who won the Georges, Jacques and Elías Cannetti prize granted by the Institute Pasteur, located in France, where he has worked since 1999.

Pizarro and some of his collaborators recently identified the antibiotic used by a pathogenic agent that destroys the protective bacteria present in the intestinal flora, which in turn produces Listeriosis.

Listeriosis is a food-originated disease that causes a general infection in the central nervous system. It is particularly dangerous when it hits pregnant women, since it can cause an abortion, premature birth or severe neonatal infection. Aside from pregnant women, it is a fatal in up to 30 percent of the cases, the institute said.

That's why its further understanding will help in the development of new treatments. Pizarro was granted with 10,000 euros grant to continue with his research about the Listeria monocytogenes, the bacteria causing the illness.

Pizarro is an honorary graduate from the Universidad de Costa Rica and was also the winner of the Premio Nacional en Ciencia y Tecnología Clodomiro Picado Twight back in 1998. He also pursued further studies in immunology in France.

Back in 1994, he received a scholarship from the French Embassy to continue his investigations. He then started working for the Institute Pasteur where he has become director of the Cellular Biology and Infections Dept.






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Accents don't change just with intense social interaction, study says
By the Linguistic Society of America press staff

A new study of how accents change over differing periods of time demonstrates the limited impact of intense social interactions in isolated environments, and surprisingly large differences among people in how susceptible their accents are to change.

The study, “The medium-term dynamics of accents on reality television,” by Morgan Sonderegger of McGill University, Max Bane of the University of Chicago and Peter Graff of the University of Vienna will be published in the September 2017 issue of the scholarly journal “Language.” The article explores the extent to which people’s accents can change over time as a result of social interactions.

The capacity for accent change among adults has been well-documented by linguistic researchers, over both the short-term, or temporarily in the context of a single conversation, and the long-term, slowly evolving based on exposure to other accents over a period of years.

In this study, the middle period between the short-and long-terms is documented using the unique experimental environment of a reality television program.

The authors investigated accent dynamics by taking advantage of a natural experiment: the reality TV show, Big Brother UK, whose structure is uniquely suited to investigating how and why an individual’s accent changes over the medium term.

Contestants live in an isolated house for three months, are continually recorded, and interact with each other constantly, without access to the outside world; the house is thus a linguistically closed system, where it is possible to both determine the dynamics of contestants’ speech from day-to-day and reason about the sources of any observed changes.

To address these questions, the authors built a dataset of 14.5 hours of speech for 12 contestants from the diary room segments of the show, where they are in an isolated room talking to Big Brother. The linguists transcribed what contestants said and annotated five variable aspects of a speaker’s accent.

Accents
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List of the dialects and description of tested speakers.

Transcription and annotation were added by automatic tools based on machine learning and speech recognition technology, allowing the authors to construct datasets much larger than those used in most work analyzing how people speak, which enabled them to chart fine-grained variability in how people speak, on a day-to-day basis.

The analysis showed that accent change over the medium term is ubiquitous: large daily fluctuations in each sound variable are the norm, while longer-term change over weeks to months occurs in a minority of cases.

Their results, along with previous studies, show that the dynamics of accent change over time within individual speakers, even in settings of intense social contact, are highly complex.

The complexity of these dynamics rules out any simple path from social interaction to change in a person’s accent over their lifetime: despite constant interactions over three months, contestants do not end up all sounding more similar. Instead, the degree of accent change over time can be explained by systematic differences between people and sounds in how subject they are to change over time.


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Colombian government agree on ceasefire with ELN

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

After months of negotiations, the Colombian government has reached a ceasefire deal with the country's last active guerilla group, the Ejercito Liberación Nacional or ELN.

The announcement was made in Quito, neighboring Ecuador's capital where talks were being held, on the eve of Pope Francis's visit to Colombia.

"We have said that the visit of Pope Francisco should be an extra motivation to accelerate the search for agreements, which have as the main target communities that suffer the unfortunate consequences of the conflict," ELN said on one of its Twitter accounts, using the Spanish name for Pope Francis.

FARC, Colombia's largest rebel group, signed a peace deal with the government last year, largely ending five decades of war. But Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos has negotiated with ELN, the country's second-largest rebel group, since February, seeking a deal to ensure complete peace.

Leftist rebels began fighting a guerrilla war to topple Colombian governments in 1964, and more than 220,000 people have been killed. The rebels used drug trafficking and kidnappings for ransom to fund their war.

U.S. farmers look for boost
from NAFTA negotiations


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Ken Beck characterizes his life as a farmer in the U.S. right now as a gamble.

“Risky at best,” he said. “There is no money in this game anymore.”

Beck says he is entering a fifth year of losing money, due in part to lower corn and soy prices, along with high input costs for fertilizer and seed.

But he says there is something the U.S. government can do to help. The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw from the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP agreement, earlier this year erased Beck’s hope for increased demand, and ultimately a boost in prices for his corn and soybeans.

That is why he now is closely watching the U.S. government’s efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, with Canada and México.

Renegotiating NAFTA fulfills a campaign promise made by President Donald Trump. While much of the focus is on manufacturing jobs, the original NAFTA agreement, signed in 1994, provided a critical boost for U.S. agricultural exports, and farmers like Beck are concerned about any changes to the current agreement that could negatively affect their bottom line.

“For a corn producer, grain producer, NAFTA’s been extremely good,” said Beck, standing not far from some of that produce which could ultimately travel south of border after it is harvested later this year.

The U.S. sent more than $2.5 billion of corn to México in 2016, making the U.S. one of the top suppliers to its southern neighbor.

“They have a rising middle class there that wants to eat protein, and I produce protein,” Beck explained.

But this year, Mexican imports of both U.S. soybean and corn are down, and Beck knows his protein isn’t the only one on the market.

“Mexico for the first time in history bought corn from Argentina. Was it cheaper? No. But they are sending a signal,” he said.

Other signals that concern Beck are those from President Trump, who has threatened to withdraw from NAFTA, creating further uncertainty for U.S. farmers.

“If you have a shock like pulling out of TPP or not keeping the agreement going on NAFTA, it makes the markets nervous and it lowers the farmers farm income,” said Tamara Nelsen, senior director of commodities for the Illinois Farm Bureau.

She has heard from many farmers in recent weeks, including those she met with during the 2017 Farm Progress show in Decatur Illinois, one of the largest Farm shows in the country, who tell her they are concerned about the increased rhetoric as negotiations continue.

Meanwhile, Beck says he isn’t looking for dramatic changes for agriculture in NAFTA, and would be satisfied with the status quo.

Whatever happens, Ms. Nelsen said it’s important to reach a new agreement soon. Beck also hopes negotiations keep moving, because time to make money isn’t on his side at the moment.

As Beck keeps one eye on his bank account, the other is looking at the skies above his Illinois farm as he deals with the other major unknown in his life right now, the weather.


Irma
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Hurricane Irma, right, heads toward Caribbean.

Caribbean and U.S. brace
for incoming Hurricane Irma

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Still reeling from the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, the East and Gulf coasts of the U.S. are warily eyeing Irma, which late Monday developed into a Category 4 storm, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Forecasters issued hurricane warnings Monday for the Leeward Islands and a hurricane watch for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Emergency officials in the Caribbean warned that Irma could dump up to 25 centimeters of rain, unleash landslides and flash floods, and generate waves of up to 7 meters as it gets closer.

It is not clear if Irma will make landfall on the U.S. mainland, but the center warned that there was a distinct possibility it would impact the Florida Keys and the Florida Peninsula by the weekend.

Meanwhile, Harvey, which caused mass flooding and devastation in Texas and Louisiana, has moved away from the U.S.


Sweden to deport refugee
who is 106-years old


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A 106-year-old woman thought to be the world's oldest refugee will be deported after being denied asylum in Sweden.

Bibihal Uzbeki's son and grandson carried her on their backs as they fled from Kunduz in northeastern Afghanistan via Iran and Turkey in the hopes of finding haven in Europe.

Their journey made headlines in 2015, when they were part of a huge influx of people who came to Europe from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other countries. They traveled by foot and on trains through the Balkans before reaching Sweden.

Two years later, she and her 11 family members are living in the small village of Hova, in central Sweden. Her family says Ms. Uzbeki has suffered a stroke since her application was rejected. They say traveling back to Afghanistan is out of the question for the bed-bound centenarian who is unable to see, speak or walk.

The family is appealing the decision. The Swedish Migration Agency confirmed in a statement to the Associated Press they had taken a decision regarding an expulsion in the case arguing that high age does not in itself provide grounds for asylum.'

People whose applications are rejected are allowed up to three appeals, a time-consuming process. The applications of other family members are in various stages of appeal.


Protests are being planned
ahead of DACA decision


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The White House is expected to announce a decision about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals on Tuesday; with early media reports indicating the president will end the program that has shielded hundreds of thousands of young undocumented immigrants from deportation for the last five years.

Officials who described the move to journalists said it would come with a six-month delay meant to give Congress time to address the issue. Lawmakers were not involved in instituting the program, which was created through an executive order by former president Barack Obama.

A protest is planned Tuesday morning in front of the White House in support of DACA and its recipients some 800,000 people across the country, brought to the United States as children. Demonstrations are also expected in other cities across the United States.

President Donald Trump came into office with a promise to eliminate DACA, but at times seems to ease up on that rhetoric; since his inauguration, however, the president has prioritized bolstering the country's deportation system, calling for thousands more immigration and border agents to be hired.

Unclear Monday was what would happen if Congress did not take any action before the six-month window ended, or what happens to someone whose work permit comes up for renewal during that period.

House Speaker Paul Ryan and several other Republican lawmakers are urging the president not to cancel the program. Ryan says he believes Congress should come up with a way of protecting people now in the DACA program. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has asked Ryan to work with Democrats this week to find a legislative solution for the people sometimes referred to as Dreamers.

The Obama administration began the program in 2012 to allow young undocumented immigrants who met the requirements to lawfully remain in the country to work and study, in a semi-legal status that has to be renewed every two years. It does not provide a path to citizenship, however.

The majority of DACA-eligible people are from México, followed by Guatemala, El Salvador, South Korea, Honduras and China.

Supporters of the program argue that since applicants came as children, they often have little connection to their home country, and have grown up in the U.S., where they have family and friends, work and school. The average age that DACA recipients arrived to the U.S. was 6.5 years old, according to data collected by Tom K. Wong, associate professor of political science at the University of California, San Diego.

The program requires applicants to have lived continuously in the United States since 2007, were under the age of 16 when they arrived, and under the age of 31 as of 2012. There are also education and security requirements. They cannot have a significant criminal record and must be enrolled in school, or have graduated from high school in the United States, or have a GED, or have been honorably discharged from the U.S. military.

An estimated 800,000 of the 1.7 million people eligible for DACA have registered. Some who would have met the requirements feared handing over such personal information to the government, including details about close relatives who may also be in the U.S. illegally.

When announcing the program in 2012, Obama emphasized that it was not a permanent solution. Congress has not passed any law since that would replace DACA, and lawmakers have struggled for years to push immigration reform through.

For years, younger members of the undocumented community and their supporters have cultivated a grass-roots movement to push for immigration reform that would formalize their legal status. Cesar Vargas, co-director of the DREAM Action Coalition, said at a rally in New York last week that he and other activists would keep fighting to stay in the country.


Financial realism hits
White House after Harvey


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

When Hurricane Harvey ripped into the Gulf coast last month, causing untold devastation and upending millions of lives, it also poured a heavy dose of reality onto President Donald Trump's political agenda.

With disaster relief funding likely to add hundreds of billions of dollars to the federal budget, there will be new questions about Trump’s centerpiece tax reform proposal, which he says will spur job growth but which critics call a massive tax cut for corporations and the rich. There are also new doubts about building his long-planned border wall.

As recently as two weeks ago, Trump was touting the idea of closing the government if Congress didn’t allocate money for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. But in the wake of the most expensive natural disaster ever to hit the United States, the idea of using a government shutdown as leverage suddenly seems absurd.

Trump’s new strategy, outlined by Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, is to combine the nearly $8 billion request for a first round of disaster relief with a bill to raise the federal debt ceiling, which Congress must pass by Sept. 29 to avoid a catastrophic default on financial obligations.

Mnuchin said in a “Fox News Sunday” interview that the two funding initiatives should be linked to ensure the emergency desperately needed rebuilding money starts flowing quickly to Texas and Louisiana.

That strategy, however, is likely to draw strong opposition from conservative Republicans, who were instrumental in sinking the Obamacare repeal effort. Rep. Mark Meadows, the influential chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, called linking the two issues into one piece of legislation a terrible idea.

The disagreement among Republicans could make for a rough September for President Trump, who sees his first year in office slipping away with little to show in the way of legislative accomplishments, says Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

Many observers say the last best hope for the president’s legislative agenda is tax reform. Rewriting the mammoth, unfathomable tax code has been a Republican priority for years, and should be easily within reach at a moment when the GOP controls both chambers of Congress.

But with the failure to repeal Obamacare still fresh in their minds, along with the new demands for Harvey recovery money, GOP calls for tax cuts are sounding increasingly hollow. Opinion polls suggest most Americans think wealthy individuals and corporations already pay too little taxes.

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah told the Fox Business Channel last week that failure to pass a tax reform bill would be fatal for the party.

Merkel weathers debate
in upcoming elections


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-left challenger Martin Schulz failed to land a blow Sunday in the German election campaign’s one and only TV debate between party leaders.

A relaxed chancellor easily parried the attacks from Schulz, whose Social Democrats have propped up Ms. Merkel’s conservatives in a grand coalition government since 2013.

With three weeks to go before the polls Schulz, a former European Parliament president, has been unable to engineer momentum to close a big gap between his party and Ms. Merkel’s conservatives, who in the latest surveys enjoy a 14 percent edge.

Schulz attacked Ms. Merkel for her 2015 decision to throw open Germany’s borders for mainly Syria asylum-seekers stranded in Hungary, arguing that she should have consulted Germany’s neighbors before making a decision that triggered central European leaders to close their borders, placing an even greater burden on Germany.

Schulz also took aim at the Chancellor’s handling of Turkey amid rising tensions between the two countries, which are currently in yet another standoff, this time over the arrests of a dozen German citizens.

But the center-left challenger’s barbs on Turkey didn't shake Ms. Merkel, and allowed her to appear tough on Ankara by announcing a new position on Turkey’s bid to join the European Union, saying, “The fact is that Turkey should not become an EU member.”

Commentators faulted Schulz for failing to press Merkel, who has been in power now for 12 years, on some of the key challenges Germany faces — including renewing the country’s infrastructure, education and how the country will handle growing defense responsibilities.

A year ago Germany’s veteran leader appeared to be in trouble with her popularity plummeting in reaction to her handling of the migration crisis roiling Europe. But after the election of Donald Trump in the U.S. her poll numbers started to climb again.

One of the key questions, though, as Germany heads into the home stretch of campaigning is who Ms. Merkel will decide her right-leaning Christian Democratic Union should partner with to form a coalition government.

As the CDU will not secure sufficient seats in the German Bundestag to govern alone it will either have to partner once again with the Social Democrats or with the Free Democrats and Greens and that may have major consequences for Germany’s position on European Union reforms being proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The electoral performance of Germany’s far-right anti-immigrant party, Alternative for Germany, which likely will become the third-largest­ faction in the German parliament after the Sept. 24 election, could well have a bearing on the Ms. Merkel’s choice of coalition partners for her fourth term in office, say analysts.

While the AfD has failed to shape a right-wing populist wave, it will, according to the latest opinion polls, break the threshold needed to secure seats in the Bundestag. Polls give the far-right nationalist party about an 11 percent share of the vote, which would translate to about 60 Bundestag seats.



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

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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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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
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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 
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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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Police prepare for upcoming game

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

400 police officers are going to be on duty for the soccer match between Costa Rica and México today.

The Fuerza Pública will also be joined by 250 private security contractors who will be in charge of security within the Estadio Nacional of Parque La Sabana, according to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública. The game is part of the qualifying round to get into the upcoming World Cup games. Costa Rica is within the top three teams in its region along with México. These top three teams automatically qualify into the games.

Police actions for the game will include a review of the security for the stadium. Bus and train stops will be patrolled around the area along with areas that usually have a high concentration of people, police said. The ranks are also being joined by the police canine unit and the mounted police officers too.

Authorities appear to be taking the upcoming event seriously. Sunday saw much of the Spanish-language press focused on an apparent bomb threat within the stadium for the Saprissa soccer club, the capital’s hometown team. Police evacuated the entire premises and then later announced that the threat did not exist with no bomb discovered in the area.

Still, police officials appear on edge and Monday saw a press conference held by the head of the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, Gustavo Mata, along with Juan José Andrade, the commissioner for the Fuerza Pública. The conference was held on the theme of the upcoming security concerns as well as plans by the country’s police forces.

The public security ministry advises people not to carry large sums of money or high-value belongings with them in and around the game area. Those looking to stay away from a traffic crunch may want to avoid the area around the west side of town in La Sabana. The game is set to start at 8 p.m. tonight.




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Comptroller issues gloomy deficit report

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The government financial deficit increased from 2.2 percent of the Gross-Domestic-Product in 2016, to 2.4 percent in 2017, according to the latest report issued by the Contraloría General de la República, the country's comptrollers office.

The report called “Informe de Evolución Fiscal y Presupuestario del Sector Púlico 2017,” goes further and says Costa Rica is facing a fiscal and budgetary crossroads, due to a high level of ever-increasing public debt, a weaker tax collection and a lot of rigidity in public expenses.

“The threads are non-sustainable in the middle term and implies a high cost in terms of fiscal changes,” the document reads.

The study also shows that, from December 2016, government debt showed an increase of 7.2 percent, leading to a debt of  around $26 million.

The general public sector debt is also on the rise and, as of June 2017, it accounted for a total of $34.7 million.

According to the same report, the government increased its exposure to exchange rate and interest rate risk, while its indebtedness causes a decrease in risk ratings.

Some other findings of the study show that the salaries in the public sector increased almost three percent since June 2016. As of June 30, purchases of the public sector equals 5.3 percent of the GDP, 3 percent more than last year.  This figures show up a few weeks after Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís admitted on television  that the country is facing a liquidity crisis that will force austerity into the 2018 budget.

However, the budget for 2018 is unchangeable for 96 percent of its funds since many of the payments are mandated and set by law.

Solís issued a decree halting all public purchases that are not urgent for the country and said the social programs will be the last to be affected, particularly education.

In the case of higher education, Solís agree a 3 percent increase in the budget of national universities. Last year, universities received a 7 percent increase.