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Officials confirmed that two U.S. citizens were involved in an early Tuesday morning plane crash near Pavas. One of them died later that afternoon.

Jorge Jiménez, a spokesperson for the Cruz Roja, confirmed there were six people. Four were later confirmed as being Costa Rican citizens. The list of the persons traveling in the plane are as follows:

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

Jim Batres, the assistant director for the Atención de Riesgos for the Cruz Roja, confirmed the list was accurate. Three are tourists. All were traveling to Playa Tamarindo. The only female passenger on the plane, a Costa Rican, died shortly after the Cruz Roja arrived on the scene, officials said.

Reports are suggesting she suffered a form of cardiac arrest and the Cruz Roja attempted to perform CPR but were unsuccessful in reviving her. 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. Based on official photographs released to the public, the plane appears to be a small single-engine bush-plane similar to a Cessna.

There have been no reports on the condition that the pilot was in upon takeoff nor if the plane was overloaded with too much luggage or persons. Similar planes have crashed in Costa Rica before for those reasons.

When using these domestic air services, Cessna planes are often used. When someone purchases a ticket, what usually comes with the receipt of purchase, and even during the process of buying it, the notification of a weight limit for what one can carry on the plane aside from one’s own body weight.

Boarding passengers are told to stand on a scale that major airlines often use to weigh one’s luggage. These air services tell boarders to stand, luggage and all to determine the weight.


Failure to comply with the weight regulations allegedly results in a fine. There are also rules on not bringing many flammable items onto the plane as well.
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Two crash victims, including Lindner, were transferred to Calderón Guardia.

According to a statement from Nature Air, one of the two major domestic flight services in Costa Rica, the aviation company only permits 15 to 40 pounds of checked baggage per person based on the ticket one purchases. They based on the amount of weight that goes over charge excess weight. It ranges from $7 to $60. Surfboards and bikes are also not allowed on.

Sansa Air is more restrictive in allowing only a maximum of one carry-on piece with a max weight of 10 pounds and one regular baggage at 30 pounds, according to its website. The charge for excess baggage is $1 per pound, the airline said.

Currently, Nature Air is in the process of changing out its planes and replacing them. The company has hired contractors to fly the smaller planes in the fleet while the transition continues. It is suspected that the plane involved could be one of those contracted.

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.

The Caja said that a 46-year old man was in critical condition at Hospital México after sustaining brain and neck trauma along with burns. Another 37-year old man suffered multiple traumas and first-degree burns but he is reported stable. At San Juan de Dios, a 40-year old patient was admitted and had multiple x-ray tests done on him. Health officials report that he is stable, conscious and aware of his surroundings.

Authorities from the Dirección General de Aviación Civil said an official statement would be released in the coming hours. That response has not been released as of Tuesday evening. A Tuesday evening statement from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública said that police had corralled off the scene of the accident so that authorities of the Judicial Investigation Organization along with the civil aviation directorate can conduct an investigation.








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On Tuesday, the Fiscalía of Santa Cruz raided the municipality of Carrillo in Guanacaste for the alleged disappearance of over $190,000 suspected stolen by two workers.



According to the Ministerio Público, the operation is related to case 17-000187-0412-PE, against two men. They are members of the Asociación Solidarista de Empleados de la Municipalidad. 



Apparently, they granted each other loans and by doing so, they managed to steal the money from the association, investigators said. Authorities collected evidence to advance the investigation, which is being prosecuted for the crime of fraudulent administration.


Caja requests 4,500 Puntarenas women to take cervical cancer and HPV tests

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social is inviting 4,500 women from Puntarenas province to see if they have papillomavirus that could develop into cervix cancer if left untreated.

Human papillomavirus, or HPV for short, is one of the most common sexually-transmitted infections in the world. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control, anyone who is sexually-active can get it and is so common that nearly sexually-active people get it at some point in their lives. The CDC said it can be transmitted via vaginal, anal or oral sex with someone who is infected and can be passed even when someone has no signs or symptoms. It can even develop years after the act.

Usually, the symptoms and infection goes away on its own but severe cases can develop lesions and warts that could turn cancerous if not treated. According to data provided by the Caja, about 140 deaths occur each year to these silent types of cancers originating from an untreated virus.

The Caja guarantees absolute privacy of all the patients when diagnosed and also assures of an adequate follow-up after diagnosis. The diagnosis will be conducted by female medical staff, the result will be delivered within 15 days at the maximum and if there is an injury, then a follow-up appointment will be given in less than a month, according to a Tuesday statement from the Caja. It should be noted that, according to the CDC, there is not test to find out if someone has HPV. The test is a screening for cervical cancer. These screens are not recommended for men, adolescents or women under 30, the CDC said.

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Agents arrest three minors on assaults

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents arrested three minors Tuesday morning in relation to at least three cases of assault, attempted murder and theft.

The youngest arrested is 14 years old and the other two are 16 and 17 respectively, according to a report from the Judicial Investigation Organization. Six victims are apparently involved in this case, agents said. Two of the arrests were made in Los Guido de Desamparados and the 14-year old arrested in San Vito de Coto Brus. During the raid on the homes of two suspects, police seized clothing and a drug that investigators believe to be cocaine.

The suspects are accused of scouting around the Parque de la Paz after 5 p.m., according to a report on the investigation. They then chose their targets, threatened them with a deadly weapon and stole their belongings, agents said. In one case, however, one victim said that he noticed the weapon was a toy gun and tried to defend himself. He was stabbed in the abdomen, the report said.

The detainees were sent to the Ministerio Público to level charges and determine their legal status.


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10 years ago Chocolate Sibö was launched with a clear business vision: to make world-class chocolate with organic cocoa exclusively from Costa Rica and to make the country known for doing everything from here.



"Costa Rica has been producing excellent cocoa for thousands of years," said Julio Fernández, owner of Chocolate Sibö. "Now we must evolve to create a national and innovative fine chocolate industry, giving it added value in the country."



Last month, this small company won the silver medal at the International Chocolate Awards for its candy apple and lemon-covered milk chocolate with 55 percent cocoa. Sibö stood out among 650 competitors and was the only award winner for Central America.



Their caramel is handcrafted with natural ingredients. The chocolate is made with organic cocoa from Guácimo, in the province of Limón, where it is milled for 48 hours at its facilities in San Isidro de Heredia.

Also on July, Chocolate Sibö was praised by in the international industry for its outstanding contribution to the education of the Guild of Chocolatiers.

This recognition was granted for having created the first educational program on Cocoa targeted to chocolatiers who came from all over the world to Costa Rica in conjunction with the Canadian academy École Chocolat.

Over the course of 10 years, approximately 100 graduates from this program have come to be recognized for their artisan chocolate in their countries of origin.

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An explanation about Chinese cement, Solís and public contracts
By Rommel Téllez of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new independent legislator, 180 tons of Chinese cement, an audio clip, a man who became the sign of not-so-transparent business deals and a president questioned by lawmakers in the government.

All of the above are just some ingredients of the new and fresh political scandal that hit the public light just a few months before the elections, as it usually happens during election time in Costa Rica.

In this case, Spanish-language media have been extensively covering the case of the Chinese cement. A business deal that gained notoriety thanks to a clip of some recorded audio. That clip of audio is quite something. It is the recording of a man suggesting to another man to tell lies and by doing so, not having to pay a $30 million contract.

It is the supposed conversation of a businessman telling a member of the executive board of Banco de Costa Rica to leak a rumor. Just a small rumor that the institution had violated the bank secrecy laws. A bit of information that would allow this man to skip the payment of a loan granted to import Chinese cement.

That audio caused great uproar among Costa Rican public opinion. Some other uproars kept coming as weeks went by and more of the case was discovered. Apparently, that man and his loan were granted by the Banco de Costa Rica under unclear conditions and quite bizarre circumstances.

In 2015, the man apparently met with Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís at least seven times. By then, the investor was facing hardship getting the money to import the cement. Other banks would not trust him because he could not offer an insurance from the Instituto Nacional de Seguros, the biggest of its kind in the country.

Also, the bureaucracy was playing a foul game on him. Someone, several years ago at Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio said that all the cement sold inside the country could not be older than 45 days and be sold in 50 kilogram bags at a maximum. In 2015, these measures seemingly didn’t fit the plan of the entrepreneur. The Chinese cement he wanted to provide was apparently older and the presentations maybe bigger.

And then the meeting happened.  At Casa Presidencial, the man found himself apparently invited by the former minister of Presidency, Melvin Molina, and next to Welmer Ramos, the minister of Economía, Industria and Comercio. The director of the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias was there.

Some have reported a warm and friendly chat in that meeting, but that could not be confirmed by AM Costa Rica.  What was objectively confirmed a few days after is that Welmer Ramos, issued a resolution allowing changes in the type of cement that can be sold in the country that apparently fit exactly what the businessman was trying to sell the whole time!

Next step was to deal with the insurance requirement. Instituto Nacional de Seguros would not change its mind so the executive board of Banco de Costa Rica apparently modified one article here and an article there.

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Solís faces the nation again this past week.

Then Oceánica de Seguros was legally involved in the deal to insure the loan. Relations with the bank got better and that would have boosted the man to create several companies in Panamá once the money from the it was delivered.

In fact, that’s exactly what happened, according to media reports.


At some point, it seemed that the man was fighting for a good cause. At the time, he said his product would decrease the price of cement in Costa Rica by 20 percent and it would provide the country with a new choice, since Cemex and Holcim have been the most important providers in the country.

And then the audio. When it first made headlines, the executive board of Banco de Costa Rica was very shocked and all of them were for a deep investigation  on the matter, but then the attention somehow moved to President Solís.

Everybody focused on those forgotten meetings he had with the businessman at the time, and some implied his political power was used to subdue the will of the executive board of the bank.

Legislators finally forced him to provide and explanation on the case, which he did last Monday and was broadcasted on public television. There he explained he had nothing to explain because he is not into those technical decisions of an autonomous bank. However, opposition legislators were not satisfied and called the meeting a waste of time.

As collateral damage: Víctor Zapata. Zapata has been a close friend to the president who supported his candidature for the Legislative Assembly, but in the middle of it all he made a mistake and admitted it. At some point in 2016, he called the director of the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias to rush a delayed payment to the businessman.

That businessman was a provider for that government agency and allegedly requested a little push from Zapata. The president called for his resignation.

On Tuesday, far away from the audio clips, the cement and the loan, Zapata disassociated himself from the Partido Acción Ciudadana and crowned himself an independent legislator. “I paid” he said to the media and walked away from the spotlight.


Teatro Nacional closes 34th international choreography festival
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Teatro Nacional closed the 34th season of the Festival de Coreógrafos Graciela Moreno with some Costa Ricans on their way to pursue an artistic residence in México.

Josué Mora Campos and Camilo Regueyra Bonilla are the two winners appointed by the grand jury composed of the Mexican guests, curatorial commission of the theater and a representative of the Allianza Francesa de Costa Rica. “Given the characteristics of what we think they can offer for training in dance in México as well as face the differentiated processes of two creators, both are rich and full of possibility,” said Javier Contreras, a spokesman. “We consider it a tie.”

Both will be sent to México to strengthen their professional growth using an artistic residence with the Instituto de Bellas Artes in México. Their certificates were presented by the minister of culture, Sylvie Durán, and the director of the Teatro Nacional, Fred Herrera.

All the choreographers and performers changed their scenes from the foyer of the theater to the vestibules and right out to its gardens. The shows were done in segments between three and nine minutes with the participation of more than 13 dancers who enlivened the function with their work, according to a statement from the theater.

Some did not have much room to maneuver either. There were even so-called micro-performances conducted within a 1.5 x 1.5 meter space.

This past Sunday, the theater enjoyed a documentary narrated with anecdotes of the students and teachers of different generations from 1953 to 2017 at the Conservatorio de Castella, organizers said. It represented the change in Costa Rican dance. The entire documentary will be shared by Teatro Nacional on its social network sites.

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Audience member looks on as dancer performs choreographed show in foyer of Teatro Nacional.

Meanwhile, the Asociación Nacional de Trabajadores de la Danza, Anatradanza, chose Catalina Zeledón Arroyo as the best female interpreter for her performance in the choreography of “Chimera,” a work done jointly between her and Annemarie Altmann, the theater said. The award for best male performer was given to William Retana Alfaro who participated in several of the shows.

The judges were composed of Mexicans who highlighted three of their favorite choreographies such as “No. Nothing happened,” If I had known her before, I would have declared my love for her” and “Benjamin.” These three choreographies are expected to have a post-production phase, said Mimi González Hedges, the festival’s director, that will be supported with the resources of the Teatro Nacional.

“We want to point out that while the quality of composition, interpretation and creativity is diverse, we always enjoy the rigor, seriousness and beauty of Costa Rican dance,” said Gabriela Medina, representing the international jury.


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By the Washington University School of Medicine
in St. Louis press staff


While Zika virus causes devastating damage to the brains of developing fetuses, it one day may be an effective treatment for glioblastoma, a deadly form of brain cancer. New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California San Diego School of Medicine shows that the virus kills brain cancer stem cells, the kind of cells most resistant to standard treatments.

The findings suggest that the lethal power of the virus, known for infecting and killing cells in the brains of fetuses, causing babies to be born with tiny, misshapen heads, could be directed at malignant cells in the brain. Doing so potentially could improve people’s chances against a brain cancer, glioblastoma, that is most often fatal within a year of diagnosis.

“We showed that Zika virus can kill the kind of glioblastoma cells that tend to be resistant to current treatments and lead to death,” said Michael Diamond, a professor of Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine and the study’s co-senior author.

The findings were published Sept. 5 in “The Journal of Experimental Medicine.”

Each year in the United States, about 12,000 people are diagnosed with glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer. Among them is U.S. Sen. John McCain, who announced his diagnosis in July.

The standard treatment is aggressive, surgery, followed by chemotherapy and radiation, yet most tumors recur within six months. A small population of cells, known as glioblastoma stem cells, often survives the onslaught and continues to divide, producing new tumor cells to replace the ones killed by the cancer drugs.

In their neurological origins and near-limitless ability to create new cells, glioblastoma stem cells reminded postdoctoral researcher Zhe Zhu of neuroprogenitor cells, which generate cells for the growing brain. Zika virus specifically targets and kills neuroprogenitor cells.

In collaboration with co-senior authors Diamond and Milan Chheda, of Washington University School of Medicine, and Jeremy Rich of UC San Diego, Zhu tested whether the virus could kill stem cells in glioblastomas removed from patients at diagnosis. They infected tumors with one of two strains of Zika virus. Both strains spread through the tumors, infecting and killing the cancer stem cells while largely avoiding other tumor cells.

The findings suggest that Zika infection and chemotherapy-radiation treatment have complementary effects. The standard treatment kills the bulk of the tumor cells but often leaves the stem cells intact to regenerate the tumor. Zika virus attacks the stem cells but bypasses the greater part of the tumor.

Microscopic view
Washington University School of Medicine photo     
Brain cancer stem cells (left) are killed by Zika virus infection (image at right shows cells after Zika treatment).

“We see Zika one day being used in combination with current therapies to eradicate the whole tumor,” said Chheda, an assistant professor of medicine and of neurology. To find out whether the virus could help treat cancer in a living animal, the researchers injected either Zika virus or saltwater, used as a placebo, directly into the brain tumors of 18 and 15 mice, respectively. Tumors were significantly smaller in the Zika-treated mice two weeks after injection, and those mice survived significantly longer than the ones given saltwater.

If Zika were used in people, it would have to be injected into the brain, most likely during surgery to remove the primary tumor. If introduced through another part of the body, the person’s immune system would sweep it away before it could reach the brain.

The idea of injecting a virus notorious for causing brain damage into people’s brains seems alarming, but Zika may be safer for use in adults because its primary targets, neuroprogenitor cells, are rare in the adult brain. The fetal brain, on the other hand, is loaded with such cells, which is part of the reason why Zika infection before birth produces widespread and severe brain damage, while natural infection in adulthood causes mild symptoms.

The researchers conducted additional studies of the virus using brain tissue from epilepsy patients and showed that the virus does not infect noncancerous brain cells.

As an additional safety feature, the researchers introduced two mutations that weakened the virus’s ability to combat the cell’s defenses against infection, reasoning that the mutated virus still would be able to grow in tumor cells, which have a poor antiviral defense system, but would be eliminated quickly in healthy cells with a robust antiviral response.

When they tested the mutant viral strain and the original parental strain in glioblastoma stem cells, they found that the original strain was more potent, but that the mutant strain also succeeded in killing the cancerous cells.

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Pope Francis plans to visit
Colombia on Wednesday


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pope Francis arrives Wednesday in Colombia for a five-day visit that will fulfill a promise to visit the nation once it reached an agreement to end the country's civil war.

The pope made the promise in early 2016 and, only a few months later, FARC rebels and the Colombian government signed a peace pact to end the more than 50-year-old war.

Voters rejected the agreement in a referendum, but Congress approved it in November.

President Juan Manual Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to restore peace, but the agreement remains unpopular among Colombians.

When the pope arrives in Colombia, he likely will attempt to mitigate the lingering hostility over the issue.

The pope and the Vatican have been working for several years to bring peace to the South American country. Francis personally arranged an unprecedented meeting at the Vatican in December between himself, President Santos and former president and opposition leader Alvaro Uribe.

Although the pope is expected to focus on peace, the Vatican said his visit would be about more. "It is wrong to only focus on peace," Guzman Carriquiry of the Vatican's Commission for Latin America told reporters Friday. "The Pope sees this trip as part of a long process in fighting violence," Carriquiry added.


Irma is now upgraded
to Category 5 hurricane


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a Category 5 storm, the most severe designation for a hurricane, the National Hurricane Center said Tuesday.

Irma is the largest hurricane ever recorded by the National Hurricane Center in the Atlantic Basin outside the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, the center said.

People in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean are preparing for Irma's arrival late Tuesday or early Wednesday, as areas to the northwest, from Puerto Rico and Cuba to the coastal United States, wait to see what track the storm will take as the week progresses.

The state of Florida has issued mandatory evacuations for the Florida Keys to begin Wednesday morning. Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency in the state, mobilizing 100 National Guard members to support with planning, logistics and operations in preparation for potential impacts from Hurricane Irma, a statement from the governor said.

Hurricane Irma's Category 5 designation means sustained winds of more than 280 kilometers per hour will severely damage homes, uproot trees and power poles, and knock out power in affected areas for weeks.

In addition to the wind damage, forecasters expect the storm to drop seven to 15 centimeters of rain across the northern Leeward Islands, the British and U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The rain could cause dangerous flash floods and mudslides.

Officials in Puerto Rico have declared a state of emergency and activated the National Guard in anticipation of Irma's expected arrival there by late Wednesday.

U.S. disaster management teams are dealing with the catastrophic damage of Hurricane Harvey, which was a Category 4 storm when it made landfall late last month in the state of Texas and dropped historic amounts of rain as it stalled over the region.

Trump ends protections
for recipients of DACA


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States has ended a program that shielded nearly 800,000 young, undocumented immigrants from deportation and allowed them to work and study in the country.

New applications for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, will no longer be accepted, administration officials said.

President Donald Trump approved the decision, but sent Attorney General Jeff Sessions before news cameras Tuesday to announce the controversial policy change. Demonstrators opposed to the administration's decision massed in Washington and other cities beforehand, but there were no confrontations. The action revoked President Barack Obama's five-year-old administrative program.

The future status of the hundreds of thousands of young, foreign-born students and workers is unclear for now, since they are no longer protected from summary deportation by the DACA program. Congress will have six months to act if it wants to continue to allow them to remain in the United States.

The young immigrants typically entered the United States as young children. Many trace their heritage to México or Central American countries, but some arrived so young that they have grown up knowing nothing other than American society and customs.

Anyone who joined the deferred action program for work and study was required to have and maintain a clean criminal record. DACA did not promise participants citizenship or permanent U.S. residency, instead promising a reprieve from deportation. The program was initially intended as a stopgap measure to protect aspiring young immigrants, while Congress was to come up with a more lasting solution to their problems.

Earlier, he had issued a written statement declaring that federal immigration patrols would not make seeking out DACA recipients for detention and deportation a priority issue.

Former president Obama, who has refrained from commenting on most of the policy changes Trump has enacted this year, spoke out strongly against ending the DACA program, and said the current administration was carrying out a purely political decision and targeting young people who have done nothing wrong.

Obama said ending DACA was self-defeating and cruel, whether considered in political, economic or moral terms.

Officials of the Dept. of Homeland Security, which includes immigration and border-patrol officers, told reporters Tuesday they would not actively pursue the people who had been protected by DACA, at least for the next six months. However, many of the young people who have now become vulnerable to immigration action said they are greatly worried about the future.

Action by Congress is not certain. Lawmakers have been unsuccessful for years in their efforts to substantially revise U.S. immigration policies. During Obama's eight years as president, the Senate, controlled by members of his Democratic Party for most of that time, approved major policy changes only to see the legislation fail in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Supporters of DACA rallied Tuesday outside the White House. Trump's campaign promises included a vow to eliminate DACA, although he eased up on that anti-immigrant rhetoric on a number of occasions. Since his inauguration in January, however, the president has strengthened and prioritized the country's deportation system, calling for the hiring of thousands more immigration and border agents.

In his statement issued after Sessions' announcement, Trump said: "I do not favor punishing children, most of whom are now adults, for the actions of their parents. But we must also recognize that we are nation of opportunity because we are a nation of laws."

Once current DACA status expires for current recipients, they could be subject to deportation proceedings if detained, but government officials said no current beneficiaries would be affected before March 5, 2018. DACA recipients whose permits expire before that date will be allowed to renew their status, but they must act within one month. Homeland security officials said no other renewal requests would be considered and all new applications will be rejected.

Attorneys general from Texas and several other states on or near the southern U.S. border with México are said to have set Tuesday as a deadline for revocation of DACA, and to have told Homeland Security officials that they would otherwise seek a court order to overturn the program. Conservative lawmakers and some Republican officials have long contended that Obama's order amounted to impermissible executive overreach.


Four British soldiers arrested
on suspicion of Nazi ties


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

British police have arrested four army soldiers on suspicion of being members of an outlawed neo-Nazi group and planning terrorist acts.

The Ministry of Defense confirmed the men were army members.

Authorities allege the men belong to National Action, a neo-Nazi group that was banned in Britain last December after it praised the murder of parliament member Jo Cox, who died at the hands of a far-right nationalist.

Police say the arrests were made in the cities of Birmingham, Ipswich, Northampton in England and in Powys, Wales. They also say the suspects, whose names have not been disclosed, are between the ages of 22 and 32.

Britain is on a severe threat level, the country's second-highest level, meaning an attack is highly likely.

Suspected Islamists have killed 35 people in Britain this year, including in June, when driver Darren Osborne allegedly killed a man after plowing a van into worshipers near a London mosque. Prosecutors said Osborne, who is in jail awaiting trial, was motivated by extreme political views and a personal hatred of Muslims.


Australia’s high court hears
challenges to gay marriage


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Australia's high court has begun hearing legal challenges against the government's plan to hold a voluntary postal vote that could lead to legalizing same-sex marriage.

Ballots will be mailed next week to Australian voters that could give Parliament the go-ahead to vote on the measure in December, if the majority of voters check the "yes" box.

But same-sex marriage supporters are fighting to scrap the plan, saying Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's government does not have the legal authority to spend $97 million of taxpayer money on the postal vote. Gay rights campaigners are calling on lawmakers to go on the record with a simple "yes" or "no" vote.

Prime Minister Turnbull, who supports same-sex marriage, launched the postal vote plan after lawmakers rejected a bill to hold a compulsory plebiscite in November.

The Melbourne-based High Court is holding two days of hearings on the legal challenges to the postal vote.

French foreign minister
latest to visit Libya


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A string of Western politicians have visited Libya in recent weeks, the latest being French Foreign Minister Jean Yves Le Drian, who arrived Monday in Tripoli for talks with the strife-torn county’s rival politicians and militia leaders.

With the warlord Khalifa Haftar consolidating his position in the eastern part of the oil-producing nation and Fayez al-Seraj strengthening his internationally recognized Government of National Accord in the west, European diplomats say a fragile balance of power is beginning to emerge between two of the chief rivals for power.

And that’s increasing, they argue, the opportunities for sealing a breakthrough agreement reconciling the two halves of Libya. But no one is discounting the chances that all could go awry. The fractured country has had many false starts since the ouster of strongman Moamar Gadhafi in 2011 and there are multiple armed, tribal and regional players who have to agree to any deal making for it to be sustainable.

Much will depend on the U.N. envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, who replaced Martin Kobler in June. He has first-hand experience with fractious politics, having served as a Cabinet minister in Beirut, but he faces a daunting task in trying to give coherence to a U.N.-led peace process that’s been muddied by unilateral initiatives launched by others.

The French increasingly have been driving the search for a resolution to the Libya crisis. But Italy has complained of poorly coordinated initiatives by French President Emmanuel Macron, who the Italians see as impulsive and fear is boosting the political sway of General Haftar.

A former Gadhafi-era officer before he broke with the Libyan dictator, Haftar is meant to be the military commander of the western government’s main rival, the government established by the last elected legislature. But he is an independent player, frequently ignoring instructions from the so-called Tobruk government.

The Italians recognize Haftar, who’s backed by Egypt’s president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and has some Russian contacts, has to be part of any political deal, but they fear he’s a strongman-in-the-waiting. The powerful militias in the town of Misrata that are key political and military players who have supported the GNA share that view.

Both Paris and Rome are desperate to curb the migrant influx into Europe of mainly sub-Saharan Africans, nearly all of whom are coming via Libya, and a prerequisite is to establish a functioning nationwide authority in Tripoli with security agencies willing to impose order and able to take down the trafficking syndicates that are bolstered by powerful town-based armed militias.

Le Drian’s goal in Libya was to give further impetus to the so-called Paris deal, engineered in July by Macron. Meeting in the French capital, only the second time they had met, Seraj and Haftar shook hands on a cease-fire and early elections. They agreed to strive for a negotiated political settlement based on the U.N.-mediated 2015 Libyan Political Agreement, which was signed without much popular support and without acceptance by the country’s major armed groups.

But within hours, Haftar cast doubt saying he had no interest in elections and claimed the GNA is controlled by terrorists.

Libyan Prime Minister Seraj said at a press conference with Le Drian in the Libyan capital Monday that he remained committed to the Paris deal. He focused on the importance of holding early elections, saying, “We have waited a year-and-a-half and nothing has been achieved except for more confrontations, despite the country’s economic and security crises, so I propose the road map for the people go through the ballot boxes.”

Some analysts and international election advisers who worked on previous Libyan elections are highly skeptical about running early elections, saying they would likely deepen the country’s divisions rather than help repair them.


U.N. chief calls Myanmar
to end violence in east


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres voiced concern Tuesday about the potential for ethnic cleansing against the minority Rohingya in Myanmar's Rakhine state, as ongoing violence forces thousands to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

The United Nations estimates that nearly 125,000 minority Rohingya refugees have fled Rakhine state for Bangladesh in the last two weeks.

"They are scattered in local villages, refugee camps in makeshift sites in southeastern Bangladesh," Vivian Tan, UNHCR Asia regional press officer, said. "Many of them are arriving in very bad condition.”

Ms. Tan said that two official refugee camps in Bangladesh are stretched beyond their limits, with arrivals increasing every day.

Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urged the international community to mount pressure on Myanmar to stop pushing the Rohingya into Bangladesh and takes back the refugees. Bangladesh's border guards have detained more than 2,600 Rohingya entering Bangladesh, and nearly 2,000 have been sent back to Myanmar this week.

Bangladeshi border guards and locals have confirmed reports by Rakhine state residents that explosions rocked areas near the border, accompanied by thick, black smoke and the sound of gunfire.

Other leaders in the international community have condemned the violence, calling on Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung Sun Suu Kyi, to condemn the trouble and act to address it.

Increased violence began a week ago, when a group called the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army launched attacks on police posts in Rakhine, which is home to most of the Rohingya minority group. The police responded with attacks on villages to hunt down the insurgents.

Buddhist-majority Myanmar considers the Rohingya to be migrants from Bangladesh, and not one of Myanmar's many ethnic minority groups. Rohingya are denied citizenship, even if they can show that their families have been in the country for generations.

Sectarian violence between Buddhists and Muslims has flared periodically for more than a decade. Until last month’s attacks, the worst violence was last October, when insurgents attacked several police posts, sparking a military crackdown that sent thousands fleeing to Bangladesh.

The Myanmar government has denied allegations of abuse against the Rohingya and has limited access to Rakhine to journalists and other outsiders.



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COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $50,000 USD
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

Contact:
In Costa Rica, Jeffrey Sandi Murray:  jsandimurray@colinasdelsolcr.com
In the USA and Canada contact Jim Day: jimday50@aol.com or call 517-484-3675

For more information Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
9261-3/2/18


Hotel in
                                Escazú

For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú

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


Send an email hotelescazu@aol.com Call for more info:
Free US phone 877-778-8515  or 410-975-6703 
In Costa Rica phone: 506- 8307-0164
9142-7/27/17


Costa Rica
                                  Penthouse

Costa Rica Penthouse For Sale

 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  
U.S. contact: Carl Stratton, cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com
Costa Rica contact:  Dan Wise, phone numbers:  2232-4063 / 2232-8610  Email: danwisellawyer@yahoo.com
9132-6/1/17


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9124-4/19/17


Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
REDUCED $40K - $355,000
HEALTH CONDITIONS REQUIRES QUICK SALE
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.
 
    Summary of House Features:

       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
       * Custom designed kitchen w/granite countertops
       * Frigidaire Professional appliance package
       * State-of-the-art solar hot water
       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
       * House & perimeter security alarm system
       * 2-car closed garage w/large paved driveway
 
Video Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUEAmahIU9A
Community Web Site: http://www.altigua.com
Photos: HERE!
Costa Rica # 506-8985-6705 or from the States call # 561-740-0651 or email gary_one@msn.com
9173-9/1/17

Etlinger Farm
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Beautiful farm in excellent location
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

horse ranch
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Spectacular Horse Ranch and Spiritual/Yoga
Retreat Center For Sale

We invite you to a horseback tour of 187 acres of pristine farm land with breathtaking vistas, including the islands of the Gulf of Nicoya. There are multiple springs and streams, wooded areas, hard-wood and fruit trees, rolling hills with a geat variety of birds and wildlife. This property boasts the privilege of being bordered by thousands of acres of forest preserve down a steep canyon, offering its own spectacular views, which will never be developed. The many hills provide a builder an endless array of possibilities for nestling buildings in where they will have both views and privacy. The elevation of the property at 1,200 to1600 feet above sea level ensures fresh breezes and ideal year-round temperatures with a day-time average in the low 80's for open-air living. There is a ranch-style house with guest house with 8 total bedrooms, 5 modern baths, huge eat-in kitchen, landmark palm-thatched giant rancho, stable, and storage buildings. The home will come partially furnished, including beds, ample dishware for large groups, housewares, linens, washer/dryer, and fine hard-wood hand-built cabinetry. The remaining horses, 4 to 6 of them, will also convey if one wishes. We are also including a LARGE BEACH LOT in nearby Playa Bejuco. San Rafael de Nandayure is a tiny rural village nestled into the mountainside above Carmona with all the charms of the simple good life of a BLUE ZONE. Carmona is a thriving town with a clinic, restaurfants, shopping, and everything else one may need. The price of our listing Rancho Ricco is $799,000. More information
go to www.ranchforsalecostarica.com  Call Darin Ricco, phone +619-846-8249 or email:  darin_ricco@hotmail.com
9183-6/13/17

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Owner Financing in San Ramon
New Construction, and Ocean View 
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

Business for sale or lease (paid category)

Hotel in
                                  Escazú

For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú

Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot, incredible views. Flexible zoning. Easy to get liquor license. Low interest financing. Up to 40% financing / get residency through investor status / includes a corporation that is 27 years old and offshore banking account with  Banco National / possible 50/50 partnership. Super location in front of the Bosques de Escazú  Condos  / Monthly rentals available


Send an email hotelescazu@aol.com Call for more info:
Free US phone 877-778-8515  or 410-975-6703 
In Costa Rica phone: 506- 8307-0164
9142-7/27/17


Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)

CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH
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in CR since 1979

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Beaches, Houses, Condos,
Hotels, Restaurants, Projects,
Commercial, Investments and more

 Century 21 Jacó Beach
Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
U. S. A. phone numbers:  (213) 283-5168 
or Toll Free: (877) 746-3868
Costa Rica phone number: (506) 2643-3356
Email: info@c21jaco.com
Web: www.c21jaco.com
9215-3/22/18


Remax
                                  Tamarindo
www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and & commercial real estate. Twelve (12) agents to serve you, from Playa Marbella to Playa Dante in the Guanacaste, through our Tamarindo and Flamingo offices. For more information, please contact our local phones: 506-2653-0073 Tamarindo / 506-2201-9056 Flamingo ~ Toll Free: 1-866-976-8898 or email:  info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com  or click here www.remax-oceansurf-cr.com
9145-1/2918



ReMax
                                    Playas del Coco
We are an award-winning Team of Professional Agents working with Costa Rica’s #1 Selling Real Estate Agency RE/MAX Prestige Ocean Properties. Get to KNOW, LIKE & TRUST us and let us help you find YOUR Pura Vida! We have over 30 years of experience to educate our buyers and sellers in all aspects of Real Estate.  For Information on condos, homes, lots, farms, ranches, commercial or development property
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Toll Free 1-877-293-1456
Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

9174-2/7/18

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Published || Wednesday Edition, September 6, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 177
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Brodell Book
Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot

By the staff and contributors at A.M. Costa Rica
 (editor)A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.  
Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!

Trouble with Cash

The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson

Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1 million, but it comes with one condition...the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
 Click Here  Email:  j.paterson@riomagnolia.com 
Phone: (506) 8868-5561
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Money, Flowers and More

MAKE GIFTS FROM DOLLARS OR COLONES
Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. The book is being discounted to $0.99 through October 31. It is available at all major online book stores. Preview or purchase at Amazon or visit  DustyPilot click here. Buy this book at Smashwords For more information Contact Dusty Pilot: Email dusty@dustypilot.com. Phone  001 440 796-4105

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Life is a Tropical Garden By Victoria Torley 
    A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea….  Email: victoriatorley1@gmail.com.  Order this book here:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1522005986/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

Night-care
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Night-care centers are growing in Costa Rica for busy moms.

Night-care centers triple to help moms

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

After one year, the state-run program Centros de Educación y Nutrición-Centros Infantiles de Atención Integral has tripled the number of night-care centers for children, with the goal that mothers or caregivers have the time to finish their studies.

Currently, there are a total of 483 mothers who study at night and 922 children benefited from the service throughout the country. This night-care service has generated a positive impact on the promotion and academic performance of the students mothers. In the case of Guararí, Heredia, up to 100 percent of the mothers have been able to advance in their level of studies.



"The biggest benefit is that mothers do not abandon their projects and finish their studies very successfully," said Allan Solano, principal of the Colegio Carlos Meléndez Chaverri in Guararí de Heredia.

Kimberly Mejia is a single mother.

She is 21-years old and lives in the neighborhood of Los Sauces de Guararí de Heredia. She is a sophomore at the Carlos Meléndez Chaverri High School and has a two-year old son, who is a beneficiary of night-care.



"If it were not for the center I would not be able to study, because I do not have anyone to take care of my baby and it reassures me that here he is well taken care of and they love him very much," said Ms. Mejía.

The education that parents can afford thanks to these centers allows them to have better paid jobs and thus, gradually eliminate their level of poverty, according to a statement from Dirección General de CEN-CINAI.
  
Likewise, there is a reduction in the potential for children to be considered at-risk because the centers provide a safe and specialized space for care.

In the night centers, the children arrive at 5 p.m. on buses. At 6 p.m. they are given dinner, with all the nutritional requirements that the children need since the menu is supervised by a nutritionist.

Then they enter into quiet activities: work groups to develop the areas of fine, thick, cognitive motor skills. 



At 8:30 pm, they are served a snack and then the children choose their own activities like listening to stories, music, painting. Then the parents take them home.


Las Estrellas study looks for potential natural disaster effects on local area

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Researchers at the agricultural engineering school for the Instituto Tecnológico de Costa Rica conducted a three-year investigation on the Río Las Estrellas in the Caribbean zone.

According to a statement from TEC, the study was supposed to determine the reaction of the water-saturated basin toward natural phenomena and the effects any severe weather or disaster may have on nearby towns. The work ended up creating a new software called Iber that allows the user to see in 2-D how the flow moves and at which points could be overflowed before an event.

Additionally, it serves to measure the capacity and possibility of collapse in structures such as dykes and bridges. The topographic study was also able to find out the erosion points and where the sediment was deposited in the area, TEC said.

“There is a lot of fieldwork and we always looked in the historic record for when there were huge events such as precipitations,” said Isabel Guzmán, one of the researchers. “In this way, we have established a base to prepare for what could eventually occur.”

Ms. Guzmán said that the strong phenomena are usually manifested every one to 15 years.

The study counted on the collaboration of students in agricultural engineering in order to protect the people living in the area, the road network and all economic activity around the river basin such as banana plantations, TEC said.



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Government creates national trade council

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tuesday morning was the launch of the Consejo Nacional para la Facilitación del Comercio, an agency created to promote dialogue and coordination with the private sector and promote public-private partnerships.



The Consejo will include seven vice-ministers and five representatives from the private sector and it is expected to increase 1.8 percent of the Gross-Domestic-Product and 2.9 percent increase in employment, according to calculations by the Comisión Ecónomica para América Latina. 

The Consejo will also focus on addressing the competitive challenges of Costa Rica, such as infrastructure and logistics costs according to Ana Elena Chacón, the Costa Rican vice president.



According to Alexander Mora, the minister for Comercio Exterior, the new agency will be an essential tool for generating employment, attracting productive investment, boosting entrepreneurial talent and innovation.

The agency will be made up of the vice ministers from the foreign trade ministry, the Ministerio de Hacienda, the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería, Obras Públicas y Transportes, Salud and Seguridad Pública.

The private sector will be represented by the persons from the Chamber of Exporters of Costa Rica and four representatives appointed by the Costa Rican union of chambers of the private business sector.

The Consejo is part of the country’s efforts to comply with and potentially receive benefits from the World Trade Organization.