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By Rommel Téllez
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A total of 1,300 general physicians are either unemployed or engaged in jobs different than their profession, according to data from the Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos de Costa Rica. 


To address this issue, the Colegio's employment commission has partnered with the National Chamber of Social Economy and Solidarity, to train unemployed doctors to create professional activities.

According to Andrés Castillo, president of the Colegio, the entity will be offering discussion panels to come up with alternatives to face unemployment. For example, the discussion will include the process of getting loans so they can start their own practices  or seek positions abroad. 


Castillo said he is concerned that universities continue to train more than 600 professionals a year, a situation that increases the number of unemployed professionals.

“It is a waste of time, effort and money for the families and the doctors themselves,” said Castillo. “Aside from the overpopulation of medical professionals, we are worried that the quality of their education has declined.”

Many of the new graduates and general doctors are the ones facing this problem, because they see the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social and the private clinics as the only possibilities, said Castillo.

“We are also offering help to people who are interested in working overseas.” Castillo said. “Some destinations we encourage are Germany, Kuwait, Iran, Irak, and United Arab Emirates.”

On the contrary, unemployment is almost non-existent in the field of specialized doctor. There, less than 1 percent lacks a job and even the Caja invests in the hiring of foreign professionals. 

Meanwhile, officials at the Caja explained that foreign doctors hired by the institution are there to meet the needs in different health facilities considered “priority.”

According to María Eugenia Villalta Bonilla, the medical manager for the Caja, every foreign doctor working in the institution needs to go through a process of being authorized by the Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos.
This involves completing a series of exams to determine skill-level and suitability for the position.

There are 26 foreign doctors who are trained abroad and have recently been approved to begin work.

“There are six specialists in orthopedics, 10 in gynecology, three in anesthesia, one in internal medicine, two in dermatology, two in general surgery, one in medical oncology and one in pediatrics,” the Caja said.

Five of the 26 are actually Costa Ricans who completed their education abroad. They are complemented by 11 Cubans, seven Venezuelans, one Nicaraguan and two Mexicans.

This comes after the Junta Directiva of the Caja requested more foreign medical specialists for the areas of anesthesia, gynecology, radiology, emergency medicine and neonatology.

The same meeting saw the board authorize the training of 244 specialists abroad to meet these needs.


Woman sentenced for murder of her own baby
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Fiscalía de Turrialba won a case against a woman who confessed to murdering her newborn baby, according to a statement from the Ministerio Público.

The sentence was handed out by the criminal court in Turrialba Tuesday afternoon. The woman is sentenced 18 years in prison after she accepted the charges that was apparently based on strong evidence issued by the prosecution.

The facts of the case begin on June 17, 2016, on the east side of the public square in Turrialba.

The woman alerted police that, in the back of her house, there was a trash bag with a baby inside. When judicial agents arrived on the scene to begin their investigation, the woman said someone had thrown the baby to her house.

Prosecutors, however, did not accept this story and launched an investigation against her due to indications it may have been her who committed the crime. She ordered the Judicial Investigation Organization to take the trash from the home. Upon inspection, agents noticed garbage strewn with blood that was used to compare the DNA of the baby with that of the woman.

Results confirmed that the two were a match and tests made in the house saw traces of blood within. The result of an autopsy done by the Morgue Judicial indicated that the baby died from suffocation, agents said.

Prosecutors said the woman committed this crime in an attempt to hide the baby’s existence from her husband. Apparently, the baby was the son of another man.

The woman was arrested back in February and had been in pre-trial detention since her arrest, prosecutors said.







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Fishermen and tour operators organize march against polluting waters

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The killing of fish by using agrochemicals has outraged sport fishermen and tour operators associated with fishing.

 To denounce this situation, the Federación Nacional de Conservación is calling for a march this coming Sunday at 9 a.m. at the Plaza de la Cultura, San José.



According to the Federación, two major killings have occurred in the Pacuare River and in the Madre de Dios Lagoon.  "We want the government to know that we are already tired of the bad practices of certain companies that are killing and poisoning our rivers," the Federación said in a statement.



Jorge Chaverri, fisherman from Cartago, called for the participation of all people. "We have to do it for Costa Rica, for all the people who live in the rivers and lagoons, for the fishing resource, for the health of Costa Ricans," Chaverri said. "We also have to protect the rivers and lagoons from the indiscriminate fumigation of pineapples."



"In a very peaceful way we want to complain about all the problems that we have in the rivers and seas of our country, because of the agrochemicals," said Cristian Pescod,  member of the group Los Pescadores de la Vieja Metropoli.


The call is being made through videos and social networks. The march will include samples of fish and contaminated water. In the case of Laguna Madre de Dios, tour operators and residents reported a massive graveyard of fish, crustaceans and reptiles apparently due to contamination from agro-chemicals in fields upstream.

The Costa Rica Fishing Facebook page first posted the photos of the dead fish this past Monday but the Federación Conservacionista de Costa Rica picked up the case Wednesday night. The environmental group claims that samples of the fish and water were taken to labs in Universidad Nacional. The groups and residents believe the cause to be the result of agrochemicals from nearby banana, pineapple and rice paddy fields upstream.

Costa Rica Fishing is one of the tour operators based out of Guápiles in Limón province. The lagoon is considered part of Parque Nacional Tortuguero. “The Instituto Regional de Estudios en Sustancias Tóxicas of the Universidad Nacional has been monitoring these contaminates in different projects, investigations and inventories,” a statement from the federation.

“According to studies carried out by the IRET, in bodies of water that feed this lagoon, the pesticides applied in the near farmlands are being dragged by runoff to the tributaries of the lagoon and eventually arriving to it.”

The lagoon apparently has had similar incidents in 2003 and 2004 of wildlife poisonings that killed thousands of fish and vertebrate. In 2003, the Standard Fruit Company made a deal with the Tribunal Ambiental Administrativo where the court absolved the company of any wrongdoing in exchange for an annual payment of $8,000 for five years to help re-populate the Río Pacuare.


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Some of the stolen gold and silver from the church.

Agents arrest two for cathedral theft

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agents of the Judicial Investigation Organization arrested two men Wednesday morning as suspects for stealing from the cathedral in Puntarenas.

According to a preliminary report from authorities, the two men, 24 and 40 years old respectively, allegedly forced open the doors of the Catedral de Puntarenas and made off with an image of the Virgin Mary, 100 pieces of silver and an angel bathed in gold.

Investigators received the formal complaint the same morning of the theft. Using a confidential tip, investigators found the suspects with objects taken from the church. The arrest was made on the street of the city of Puntarenas.

Agents said, however, that the case remains under investigation while authorities attempt to find more suspects involved in this theft. The arrested men were passed to the prosecution.


Man sentenced to 74 years for murder

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The prosecutor’s office in Heredia requested 74 years in prison against man accused of two counts of homicide, aggravated theft and providing false testimony.

According to a Wednesday statement from the Ministerio Público, the request was made before the criminal court in Heredia. Closing arguments for the case by the prosecution were made Wednesday and Tuesday following a trial that began back in August.

The murders occurred on Aug. 11, 2014, investigators said. The victims, a woman alleged to be the partner to the accused and the woman’s 16-year old daughter. They lived in Mercedes Norte de Heredia with another newborn child, prosecutors explained.

According to a report from judicial investigators, the accused killed both mother and teenage daughter and proceeded to steal three monitors, the cell phones of the victims, video game console, computer and money. The prosecution alleges that this was an attempt to mask the twin murders as being the result of a robbery.

The case now continues with the defense for the accused having the opportunity to make their argument before the court. The criminal court in Heredia will then issue a sentence.



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Cruz Roja video seeks to put a human face to migrant situation
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is a new video out on social networks and the Cruz Roja Costarricense made it. The topic of the video: the migrant situation in Costa Rica.

The video features Cruz Roja officials explaining the conditions of the migrants and how they arrive into the country. The focus is primarily on those who enter the country illegally via extremely dangerous rural routes through the mountains and jungle that define most of the southern border.

A map appeared in the video explaining how some enter South America through ports in Brazil and make their journey northward. These are primarily peoples claiming to be from the African continent.

One Cruz Roja official in the video recalled the case of hundreds of Cubans left stranded at the border. The official from the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería, Rafael Marchena Bustos, said: “We began to see a number of 500, 1,000 people. We had 1,200 Cubans on the border in Paso Canoas without being able to solve them, stranded on the border.”

It pans to another official discussing how some hostels opened their doors to house up to 3,000 or 4,000 people within one place alone. The conditions were crowded and there were no “showers, no drinking water. There was only one water pipe for all those people,” said Yolanda Saravia Durán, a translator.

Interviews with an English-speaking man as well as a Spanish-speaker sought to highlight the institution’s goal of diversifying its volunteer force to include those who can speak multiple languages and provide different aid. “Five days in the mountains, you do not have and do not know where to get drinking water and you do not have to eat,” said one migrant only called Enzo.

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Cruz Roja worker holds migrant baby.

The Cruz Roja said that, in partnership with the Red Cross in Panamá, requested the International Federation to activate emergency funds. This, according to data shown in the video, constituted around $2.5 million more and an increase in 1,000 more aid workers.

“However these funds were not sufficient,” said Felipe del Cid, a spokesperson for the Panamanian Red Cross.

This all comes following last weekend’s discovery of the body of a six-year old boy believed to be of Congolese origin who authorities believe to be a part of a group of 50 migrants that were attempting to illegally continue their journey north by sea. The boy’s body was discovered off the north shore of Isla Bolaños in Guanacaste, a statement from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.

The agency closed with one more requests to the public. The video attempts to display these migrants in a more positive light as people who need help and assistance but also as people as well. The full video can be viewed online HERE. It provides English subtitles.


Ten Costa Ricans heading to the U.S. for business experience
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Designers of bathing suits, producers of sweets and beers, integral health promoters, founders of cafés and platforms to facilitate the learning of chemistry.



These are some of the examples of Costa Rican entrepreneurs who have been selected to participate in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative, organized by the United States Dept. of State.



The program that will bring these ten entrepreneurs to the United States for five weeks to expand their social and business projects will share. 

They will share knowledge and good practices with US companies and organizations.

 The 2017 edition of the program involves 250 young people from 36 Latin American and Caribbean countries.

The first activity they will have will be a conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Then the youth will live for four weeks in different cities in the United States where host companies will share business and business advice with them.



The program ends with a summit in Washington, D.C., focused on boosting leadership and developing business skills.

The ten Costa Rican entrepreneurs were selected from more than three thousand applicants at regional level and stand out for representing high-potential ventures in productive, educational and cultural sectors.
All of them are dedicated to emerging companies, non-governmental organizations and companies.
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Canadian embassy announces country's commitment to refugees
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government of Canada, through its embassy in Costa Rica, released a Wednesday statement to reiterate the country’s commitment towards the rights of refugees.

The move comes following the decision by the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, popularly known as DACA. The program was an executive order enacted by former president Barack Obama back in 2012. DACA had shielded more than 800,000 illegal immigrants from deportation.

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. They typically entered the United States as young children. 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.

These people were not refugees, however and an event closer to Costa Rica has already occurred this past weekend of refugees leaving the country and heading north by sea. The country was recently wracked by the discovery of a six-year old Congolese boy who was found dead off the coast of Isla Bolaños in Guanacaste Monday morning.

Reports from the Spanish-language press at the time presumed 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.

Many African migrants to Costa Rica often seek temporary protected status or apply for refugees in the country while on their way towards places like Canada. Costa Rica has received refugees claiming to be from as far away as Africa as well as Haiti and Cuba. The current political climate in the United States 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.

“Anyone entering an unauthorized port of entry will be arrested, taken to an immigration post and be subject to a thorough security review,” a statement from the Canadian Embassy said. “Canada is committed to orderly and secure migration, including giving protection to legitimate refugees with a justified fear of being persecuted but the asylum application should not be considered as a ticket ot the country.”

The Canadians noted to any would-be applicants for visas, residency or asylum that there are many opportunities for them to enter the country legally. “United States Temporary Protection Status (known as TPS) does not entitle the same status to Canada,” the embassy statement said.

“What's more, when you enter Canada and file an asylum application, you may be risking your TPS status in the United States.”

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Puerto Rico next to face
strong Hurricane Irma


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Caribbean island of Barbuda is isolated after taking a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, the strongest Atlantic storm in recorded history.

There is no power on Barbuda and no way to communicate with the outside world.

Meanwhile, French Prescient Emmanuel Macron said he expected the toll Irma took on the French West Indies, including St. Martin and St. Barts, to be "harsh and cruel," with considerable casualties and damage.

Puerto Rico was next in Irma's path. High winds and rain began to lash the island late Wednesday afternoon. The U.S. territory is in the middle of a financial crisis, and officials there said it could take as long as six months to restore electricity to the entire island if power was knocked out.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center predicted what it called the "extremely dangerous core" of Irma to pass over Puerto Rico's northern coast Wednesday night on its way to the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Irma's power is breathtaking. It is a Category 5 storm, the highest on the wind scale. It had top sustained winds of 295 kilometers per hour. Forecasters said they did not expect it to fall below a Category 4 storm as it moved along its forecast path toward Florida.

Irma was predicted to strike southern Florida and the Miami area by Sunday, though an exact forecast was nearly impossible to nail down.

Florida Governor Rick Scott told people to prepare now and not ignore any mandatory evacuation orders. He said the storm was likely to affect the entire state.

The Florida Keys were already under a mandatory evacuation order. People were finding long lines at gas stations that still had fuel. Anyone entering a southern Florida supermarket was finding more empty shelves than full ones.

The governor said stores were working as hard as they could to restock supplies, especially bottled water.

Forecasters said Irma could bring storm surges of 2 to 6 meters (6½ to more than 19½ feet) and as much as 50 centimeters (nearly 20 inches) of rain on top of its fierce winds.

Scott said the storm was worse than Hurricane Andrew, he 1992 storm that turned entire Miami neighborhoods into empty lots. Some longtime Florida residents who stayed put for Andrew and other powerful storms said they were not going to take any chances with Irma.

President Donald Trump declared states of emergency in Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. He ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to begin relief efforts even while it was still helping southeastern Texas clean up from last month's Category 4 Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricanes need tropical water for fuel, and Irma's power is coming from the unusually warm waters in the Atlantic.

Meanwhile, forecasters have their eyes on two other hurricanes.

Hurricane Jose is a Category 1 storm east of the Lesser Antilles and still far from land.

Hurricane Katia is also a Category 1, in the southwestern Gulf of Mexico, prompting authorities to issue a hurricane watch for the coast of Veracruz, México.

Experts called the formation of three simultaneous Atlantic hurricanes extremely rare.


En route to Colombia, Pope
speaks out on Venezuela


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pope Francis arrived Wednesday in this capital city on a five-day peace mission, and his focus primarily will be on salving wounds from Colombia's decades of guerrilla warfare, recently ended.

But strife in neighboring Venezuela also is claiming his attention and some Venezuelans are watching how he responds.

As his flight took off from Rome early Wednesday, the pontiff spoke briefly with journalists onboard, emphasizing his goal to help Colombia advance on “the path of peace,” the Catholic News Agency reported. He then noted the flight path over Venezuela, urging accompanying journalists to pray for stability in that country — and for productive dialogue to achieve it.

Ysbeicy Salcedo, a Venezuelan hairstylist who came to Bogota in June, is pessimistic about the Roman Catholic Church’s ability to improve conditions in her homeland. It’s mired in a political and economic crisis that has been years in the making.

“They say that it has influence, but things follow the same,” Ms. Salcedo said of the church. She added that the United States and the church, both of which she described as empires, have not had weight in resolving tensions.

Massive, anti-government street demonstrations that began in April have left more than 120 dead, though the protests have dwindled.

The Vatican repeatedly pressed for Venezuela’s socialist government to hold free elections, and it repeatedly has offered to mediate talks among the government’s supporters and opponents. The pope himself received Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in a private audience at the Holy See last October. But the Vatican last month condemned the new, pro-Maduro constituent assembly as a threat to human rights.

Francis is the third pope to visit Colombia, but the first Latin American pontiff, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio in Argentina, from a region with the largest concentration of the globe’s 1.1 billion Catholics.

Nearly four out of 10 Catholics lived in Latin America and the Caribbean as of 2010, the Pew Research Center’s latest data show. Colombia alone had the sixth-largest concentration of Catholics. Out of Colombia’s almost 49 million people, nearly seven out of 10 identify as Catholic.

The young woman, who’s been studying public relations, grew up in a Catholic family and attended Catholic school, but she doesn’t identify as Catholic.

Ms. Salcedo is part of a tide of Venezuelans that has swept into Colombia as conditions at home deteriorated. A native of Los Teques, in Miranda state, she was able to obtain permanent residency, a legal status Colombia offered to Venezuelans who arrived before July 29.

Officials with Migration Colombia, a government agency, report that 153,000 Venezuelans have residency in the country, and that 1.5 million have entered as tourists in the last year.

Francis, who became pope in 2013, is scheduled to greet a delegation of Venezuelan bishops later in the day. Bogota has prepared for the pontiff’s visit with tightened security, traffic restrictions and school closings.


DNA test on Dali’s remains
disproves paternity claim


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

DNA tests done on the remains of Spanish surreal artist Salvador Dali revealed he is not the father of a Spanish psychic who claimed to be his only child and heir.

The Gala-Salvador Dali Foundation said in a statement released Wednesday that the results showed "the exclusion of Salvador Dali as the biological father of María Pilar Abel Martínez."

In June, a court in Madrid ordered the artist’s body to be exhumed after previous attempts to determine paternity had failed. A month later, experts entered the crypt beneath the museum Dali designed for himself in his home town of Figueres to take DNA samples from his hair, nails and bones.

Abel had alleged her mother and Dali had an affair in the fishing village where he lived and that it was no secret among the villagers. She claimed she was not interested in his estate and only wanted to be recognized as his daughter.

Dali, who died in 1989, is the world's most renown surrealist painter. His picture melting watches, "The Persistence of Memory," is an icon of surrealism.

He is also known for a long pencil-thin mustache and eccentric behavior.


Archeaological find
Mark Fairchild courtesy photo     
At Adamkayalar, Roman-era reliefs of warriors and citizens are carved on a towering cliff face.

Real-life Indiana Jones finds
ancient religious sites

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hollywood's famous archeologist Indiana Jones has nothing on Mark Fairchild.

The film character and the religion professor both teach at a university in Indiana. Like Jones, Fairchild travels to far-off places in search of Biblical antiquities and doesn’t like snakes. In fact, his students call him Indiana Mark. And like the hero of five adventure movies, Fairchild is also a film star, of sorts, in a new documentary by two of his former students.

Matt Whitney says when he and his friend Logan Bush went on their first trip to Turkey with Mark Fairchild, they couldn’t believe a film hadn’t already been made about the Huntington University professor of Biblical studies and religion. "This guy is in his 60s and is climbing giant mountains all day long and discovering lost cities out in the middle of the wilderness!"

After the students graduated in 2015, they formed a production company called Squatchagawea Films. They returned to Turkey with Dr. Fairchild, and this past May, completed filming a documentary, tentatively titled The Last Apostle: Journeys in the Holy Land.

Mark Fairchild didn’t start out to be an archeologist. As a Biblical historian, he was fascinated that most of the New Testament takes place in Turkey. Twenty years ago, he made a side trip to the country, and was so impressed with the antiquities he saw there that he became a self-taught archeologist and began spending all his free time in Turkey.

He says that by finding Hellenistic and Jewish sites, he’s often able to learn more about early Christianity. On one of his trips in 2012, he uncovered the oldest synagogue in the world.

Fairchild has visited more than 350 sites in Turkey. He often makes his discoveries by visiting the countryside and talking with the locals. While they’re often aware of many ruins, they seldom know what they are or have visited themselves. That’s partly because they’re so remote and overgrown and partly because the country sees its history as beginning with Islam.

Fairchild hopes his work, as well as this film, gives Westerners not only an appreciation of the past, but a better understanding of Turkey’s role in the modern world. The filmmakers hope to have their feature-length documentary ready for release by the end of September. It will then make the rounds at several film festivals and be available on the internet.


Trump confident Congress
will protect DACA migrants


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump says he is confident Congress will act to protect 800,000 young undocumented immigrants from being deported, even after he moved to end the program that kept them from being returned to their home countries.

"Congress, I really believe, wants to take care of this situation," Trump said aboard Air Force One before heading to North Dakota for a speech about tax reform. Trump said he told congressional leaders at a White House meeting before leaving Washington, "If we can get something to happen, we are going to sign it and we are going to make a lot of happy people."

Trump has been widely criticized by Democratic lawmakers and some Republicans, along with U.S. business leaders, for rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program created by former President Barack Obama for the undocumented immigrants that kept them in the U.S. to study and work and serve in its military.

In overturning the program Tuesday, Trump gave Congress six months to vote on the issue, but said he would revisit his decision to lift the ban on deportations if Congress did not act.

In his remarks on the plane, Trump said he did not think he would have to reconsider his decision in six months.

The immigrants’ years ago illegally entered the United States with their parents. While numerous lawmakers have said they want to keep the immigrants, often popularly referred to as Dreamers, from being deported, Congress has been stymied in several attempts in recent years to change U.S. immigration policies.

Trump has pressed for tighter immigration controls and called for construction of a wall on the country's southern border with Mexico to thwart more migrants from entering the country, but the proposal remains controversial and Congress has not adopted it.

Trump offered his latest comments on the undocumented immigrants after meeting with the top four congressional leaders, Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, along with the top two Democrats, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer.

Earlier, Ryan said that Obama was wrong to create the deportation deferral program "because he overstepped his constitutional bounds" in authorizing it with an executive order rather than with legislation and Trump was "right in his decision" to overturn it.

Ryan said lawmakers would work in the coming months to find a compromise in how to protect the undocumented immigrants from being deported. But he described their plight as "a symptom of a larger problem. And the larger problem is that we do not have control of our borders. And so it’s only reasonable and fitting that we also address the root cause of the problem, which is borders that are not sufficiently controlled, while we address this very real and very human problem that’s right in front of us.”

But key Democratic lawmakers called for passage of what they are calling the Dream Act, which would protect the undocumented immigrants, many of whom know only the United States as their home, but not address broader immigration issues. Four Republican senators have announced their support for it, but Democrats need another eight Republicans for Senate passage.

Schumer said Democrats want Ryan and McConnell to "immediately put the Dream Act on the floor for a vote in the House and Senate. We’re ready to pass it. I am confident that if put on the floor it will garner overwhelming support from both sides of the aisle."

Schumer said if the Dream Act is not passed this month, Democrats will attempt to attach it to other legislation until it passes.


black hole in milky way
NASA photo     
A near-infrared image of a black hole at the center of the Milky Way.

Astronomers find evidence
for long-theory black holes


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Astronomers have found new evidence for the existence of a mid-sized black hole, considered the missing link in the evolution of supermassive black holes.

Astronomers in Japan found the possible black hole in our own Milky Way galaxy, a long-theorized object which is bigger than the small black holes formed from a single star, but still much smaller than giant black holes such as the one at the center of the Milky Way.

Black holes are difficult to find because they do not emit any light. However, scientists can detect them by their influence on nearby objects.

The astronomers in Japan found new evidence of the so-called intermediate-mass black hole when they turned a powerful telescope in Chile's Atacama Desert on a gas cloud near the center of the Milky Way. The gases in the cloud move at unusual speeds, and the scientists believed immense gravitational forces were pulling them. They say the gravitational force is likely caused by a black hole measuring about 1.4 trillion kilometers across.

The findings are published in the journal “Nature Astronomy.” Theoretical studies predict at least 100 million of these small black holes should exist in the Milky Way, however only about 60 have been found.

The possible mid-sized black hole is much smaller than the supermassive black hole that is located in the center of the galaxy, known as Sagittarius A, which weighs as much as 400 million suns.

If confirmed, the intermediate-mass black hole could help explain how supermassive black holes operate. One theory is that supermassive black holes, which are at the center of most massive galaxies, are formed when smaller black holes steadily coalesce into larger ones. However, until now no definitive evidence has existed for intermediate-mass black holes that could indicate a middle step between the small and massive black holes already detected.

Researchers say they will continue to study the intermediate-mass black hole candidate in the hope of confirming its existence.



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

Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  
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This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
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       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
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       * 2-car closed garage w/large paved driveway
 
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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

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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


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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.

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Email: info@c21jaco.com
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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 || Thursday Edition, September 7, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 178
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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
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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

RSV pathogen
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This electron micrograph depicts the RSV pathogen.

Hospital issues alert for RSV pathogen

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Hospital Nacional de Niños has issued an alert for parents to maintain extreme hygiene measures to avoid the Respiratory Syncytial Virus, known as RSV.



95 children are admitted each day to the hospital due to this virus, according to Lydiana Ávila, head of the medicine department at the hospital.



"We continue with respiratory diseases, people can not lower their guard," Ms. Avila said.



The months of September and October require more attention from the parents, according to the doctor.



"The population should continue with hand-washing," she added. "We have to remember that the birth peaks in our country are in September, so we have to be very careful with newborns."



In previous years the greatest number of respiratory complications occurred in September and October, but this year the cases are happening before. RSV is particularly risky for children younger than 2 years old who also have heart, lung, asthma, chronic brain disease, metabolic diseases, diabetes and premature infants.



It is characterized by difficulty breathing, fever, chest sinking at the level of the ribs, purple lips and resistance to food and fluid consumption.


Caja doing emergency drill Tuesday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

“Today’s preparation saves lives tomorrow” is not the name of a bad drivers education video but the motto for next Tuesday’s emergency simulation across the canton of San José.

According to a statement from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, over six buildings will be participating in the practice activity. The drill will allow the institution to evaluate the preparedness in the face of a large-scale emergency, said Hellmut Lobo Ávila, an official with the Centro de Atención de Emergencias y Desastres. The emergency in this simulation? A massive earthquake of such magnitude that it shuts down the capital.

The exercise consists of a set of activities based on a disaster south of the capital in Alajuelita and requires Costa Rica to request international assistance. The central offices of the Caja, pension management building, architecture and engineering management and the central clinic on the west side of Hospital Calderón Guardia are involved in this drill.

“In the case of administrative buildings, these are highly-crowded workplaces and with a large number of workers so the mockup is of great importance because it allows us to evaluate our level of preparedness in the face of massive emergencies,” Lobo said.

The evacuation procedures for the Clínica Central will serve as a test on evaluating the evacuations of key health facilities, the Caja said. The exercise is not expected to affect patient care in key clinic services. There is a chance, however, that it could affect the bureaucratic paper-pushing going on in the administration facilities.

The drill will go for two hours and will start at 10 a.m. Employees will be evacuated, first aid and rescue procedures conducted, damage assessment carried out and then all employees and visitors will be allowed back in.

The exercise is part of a multi-institutional one called Mi ciudad se prepara organized by the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias, the local emergency committee and 42 public and private organizations, the Caja said.



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ICE invests $4 million in telecom equipment

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The infrastructure that is supposed to connect the cantons of Matina, Limón, Talamanca, Guácimo and Siquirres will be delivered by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad next November.

According to a statement from ICE, the project will benefit around 446 villages and 264 Centros de Prestación de Servicios Públicos, or community centers with a focus on telecommunications. The investment is put at around $4 million.

“The work is halfway done,” said German Sánchez, the head of the infrastructure division for ICE. “It is planned to complete them in November and deliver them to the Fideicomiso. Once accepted, we would proceed with the implementation of the service.”

Sánchez said that, last year, the Fondo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones awarded ICE five tenders to bring telephone and internet service to those five Caribbean cantons within the framework of the government’s Comunidades Conectadas program.

Last December, ICE gave Sutel the equipment and material necessary to bring broadband internet and fixed telephone lines to Golfito, Osa, Corredores, Buenos Aires and Coto Brus with funds from Fonatel. A recent ruling from Costa Rica’s constitutional court ordered Sutel to issue instructions within three months to say yes or no to the network infrastructure. It was also to guarantee internet access after six months.

According to ICE, that decision is still pending. Last March, ICE was the only operator to offer internet services in seven areas of the Chorotega and Central Pacific regions. Sutel’s award resolution is also still pending. In total, 11 contracts for the government’s program have been awarded to ICE since 2014.