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Hurricane Irma grounding thousands of flights
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Hurricane Irma may not be on its way to Costa Rica but the Category 5 hurricane will have a ripple effect to the region and the country.

According to the latest report from the National Hurricane Center, a subagency of the United States’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Hurricane Irma is slamming its way across the Caribbean Sea and is somewhere around the area of the Bahamas, Cuba and the island of Hispaniola. With winds coming in at over 175 miles-per-hour, some airlines are already preparing for the damage from the storm.

According to a Wednesday afternoon statement from Delta Air Lines, the company has upsized airlines and added flights to airports in Punta Cana, Nassau, Freeport, Key West, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, Sarasota and Orlando among others.

“More than 2,000 seats were added Thursday and 1,300 for Friday to airports along Irma’s path to help customers evacuate the area,” the airline said.  Company officials are keeping a close eye on the progress of the storm as it is expected to hit Florida at some point this weekend. Delta has capped one-way fares in all its flights at $399 until Sept. 13 in the meantime.


The airline also announced that it is waiving all baggage and pet-in-cabin fees for customers traveling to or from the cities covered for the region this week.
At this point, airports in St. Thomas and St. Maarten remain close due to the infrastructure damage caused by the hurricane.

Delta said that Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach are expected to close tonight.
The airline is going to cancel its operations likely Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, American Airlines issued a travel alert for more than 40 airports based on a statement issued Thursday afternoon.

2,000 flights have been canceled by the airline including those originating from Europe and South America that were supposed to arrive today and were canceled.

American has also capped fares at $99 each way for the main cabin that applies for tickets returning to the area between now and Sept. 17, the airline said.

In Costa Rica, the influence from Irma will reinforce the heavy rains expected in the southern Pacific and central Pacific regions during this weekend, according to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.

Guanacaste will also have moderate winds for the whole weekend.

The Zona Norte and Caribbean will have partly cloudy skies and the Central Valley should anticipate isolated showers in the afternoon and rain in the first hours of the night, the meteorological institute said.


Expats still reeling from loss of one of their own
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats in Costa Rica are still reeling from the sudden plane crash that occurred this past week near Pavas that left one U.S. citizen dead and another hospitalized.

Randall J. Lindner died Tuesday afternoon after sustaining injuries in a plane crash while on his way to a business trip to Playa Tamarindo. The U.S. citizen was traveling with five others in the plane at the time.

One of the other passengers, a Costa Rican woman, passed away at the scene. The other U.S. citizen, Keith Pubrese, was injured but is not believed to be in life-threatening condition.

Emergency workers took Lindner to Hospital Calderón Guardia after the plane crashed into the Río Torres near Pavas around 6 a.m.. He was flown via helicopter to the hospital during the morning but died around 12:30 p.m. the same day.

Requests for comment from Nature Air, one of the two major domestic service airlines who contracted the plane in question, were not answered. Lindner founded U.S. Tax International based in San José around 18 years ago.

Prior to his move to Costa Rica, he was worked for almost 20 years as a tax accountant in Florida, was an enrolled agent licensed by the U.S. Dept. of Treasury to represent clients before the Internal Revenue Service.

He was a longtime advertiser with A.M. Costa Rica and a source of information for many of the newspaper’s stories related to expats, accounting help and taxes.
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He provided clarity and context to this publication and the expat community in relation to any changes within the tax code that would affect U.S. citizens abroad.

Before his death, Lindner requested that his body be cremated and his ashes sent back to Florida.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced but it is expected that the family will request a private funeral for the longtime expat. His wife, Jane Lindner, was arriving to Costa Rica to recover and identify her husband’s remains.

Judicial agents and members of the Dirección General de Aviación Civil have still given no statement in relation to the incident and initial findings from autopsies and the wreck site.







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Sixaola bridge shut down for inspection

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The collapse of the old railroad bridge of Sixaola forced the land crossing between Costa Rica and Panamá to temporarily shut down Thursday morning.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, the collapse of the railway bridge forced the closing of the pedestrian and vehicle bridge between the two countries. This was intended to inspect for any potential damage that the railroad bridge may have caused to the main one.

The closure stopped all traffic between Panamá and Costa Rica at Sixaola was closed at least until 10 a.m. Thursday. The old railroad bridge broke down around Wednesday afternoon. Initial inspections from officials by the contractor UNOPS and engineers attached to the public works ministry said that it does not seem the collapse of the former meant damage to the other.

“However, given the proximity of both structures, it was considered urgent to discard any possible alarm for the safety and security of the users,” a Wednesday evening statement from public works said.

The ministry said that it was also coordinating with Panamanian authorities on the other side of the border in regards to the closure and inspections.

No statement has been released by authorities in relation to why the bridge suddenly collapsed.


Ruta 126 to have partial work closures

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad began working on Ruta Nacional 126 last year with a new layer of asphalt specifically between San Miguel and Ujarráz.

According to a statement from Conavi, the rest of the job will be going on for another month so long as weather conditions allow it. In the interest of keeping the job site secure and crews to work in safety, there will be a total shutdown of the road from 8 a.m. until noon and then from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., the Consejo said.

Closures will be coordinated with traffic police and Conavi insisted that it had alerted residents in the area announcing the closure. Additionally, there are signs on Ruta Nacional 126 marking the road as closing in the coming future. The recommended alternate routes would be Ruta Nacional 32 or the road through San Carlos, it said.

Another route for people who know the area better would be a cantonal road that passes through the Laguna Hule but the driver probably should be in a four-wheel drive vehicle. Even Conavi cautioned drivers to use it at their own risk.

The roadwork is primarily between the towns of San Miguel and Cariblanco and is intended to benefit tourists and commuters who use the road to head toward Río Frío, Limón or San Carlos. Total investment constitutes around 400 million colones.


Zipcar opens services in Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Zipcar, a worldwide car sharing network, announced the opening of its services in Costa Rica and its first entry into the Latin American market.

Zipcar's expansion to Costa Rica offers Ticos, businesses and visitors access to a variety of vehicles in various locations, according to a statement from the company. The service allow customers to book vehicles by the hour or by day, up to one year in advance. Reservation is made through the mobile application.

The operations will start with 20 vehicles that will be located in Terrazas Lindora, Paseo Colón, Bambú Eco Urbano, Zona Metro Heredia, Avenida Escazú, Ford La Uruca and INCAE in Alajuela. According to the statement there will be various models and sizes. Reservations include gas, insurance and roadside assistance.

"The launch of Zipcar is a great milestone for Costa Rica's transportation network," said Montserrat Medina, the company's commercial manager. "Each Zipcar eliminates up to 13 vehicles on the road, so the system has proven to reduce congestion and parking problems in cities around the world," she said.

Zipcar claims to have operations in 500 cities and towns in Asia, Europe and North America. In Latin America, the company expects to reach one million members.


Organized crime killings on the rise

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Murders unrelated to organized crime have gone down and murders with an organized crime element have gone up, according to a recent study supported by the government of the United States and the United Nations Development Program.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz, murders unrelated to organized crime fell from 11.3 per 100,000 people in 2010 to 6.4 in 2016. Organized crime killings, however, jumped from 0.3 to 5.5 per 100,000 in the exact same period.

The study was carried out by the Comisión Técnica Interinstitucional sobre Estadística de Convivencia y Seguridad Ciudadana, or Comesco. The project had the support of Infosegura, a program with the United States Agency for International Development, the ministry said.

Alice Shackleford, the United Nations Development Program’s resident representative, said that part of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals includes building peaceful and inclusive safe societies.

During the meeting, however, Ms. Shackleford withdrew the importance of working to prevent these factors associated with citizen security in Costa Rica. The research indicates that the reality of this phenomenon is different from just a few years ago and so new ideas are needed on a case-by-case basis.

Among the findings in the report also was that, by 2016, San José constituted the province where the highest number of intentional homicides related to drug trafficking occurred at 47.2 percent of the total. This makes sense, of course, due to the other factor that San José province has the highest population overall in Costa Rica. Limón province placed second with almost 17 percent of the total murders in the country.

“The recent increase in homicides related to organized crime implies for the OIJ to redouble the institutional efforts and to deepen research efforts aimed at dismantling structures linked to drug trafficking and organized crime,” said Diego Rodríguez Zumbado, a statistician with operations office at the Judicial Investigation Organization.

“This is in accordance with the objectives and commitments made the country that seek to improve the security conditions as axes for social development.”

The data also showed that, for 2015 and 2016, men were the primary victims of these killings at over 97 percent and young people between 18 and 29 were the most affected age group.

The organizations participated in the investigation called for a comprehensive approach to citizen security that was not exclusive to law enforcement but also for the population in Costa Rica to continue denouncing any criminal activity before authorities, the justice ministry concluded in its statement.


Air particle
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One of the monitors used to determine air quality.

Salud issues air quality controls

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The health ministry issued an air quality control regulation for pollutants and modernized the national air quality monitoring index.

Particles with a diameter smaller than 2.5 micrometers, or in other words ones that can get caught in people’s lungs, will now be regulated under this reform, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Salud.

The regulation also allows for the establishment of Costa Rica’s Comisión de la Calidad del Aire to strengthen the functions of the index. It coordinates decisions with the health ministry and is made up of representatives from: the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía, the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, municipal and academic representatives and a person attached to the Defensoría de los Habitantes.

Meanwhile, Salud said that the Costa Rican air quality index was given a boost with advanced technology that will hopefully be used to monitor reports of noxious fumes and pollutants resulting from fossil fuel consumption, ash and gas from the country’s volcanoes and any other occurrences that affect the air.

One attempt at cleaning up the air was the ministry’s creation of a new regulation on dust and other particles coming from construction sites.

There was another health regulation issued to improve measuring pollutants in chimneys and the occupational health for chimney sweepers or repairmen. The sampling of pollutants is largely based on the standards of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and also to monitor exposure to high temperatures.

Lastly, to reduce the emissions of gases from garbage trucks, the health ministry modified another regulation to allow those vehicles to provide their services in the evening and also to improve traffic congestion within the greater metropolitan area. This also applies to sewage, plumbing and water maintenance vehicles, Salud said.



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Child's suicide provokes national outcry on mental health services
By Rommel Téllez of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The suicide of an 8-year old child last Wednesday, raised concern among mental health specialists, including the Colegio de Psicólogos de Costa Rica.

On Sept. 6, the Cruz Roja received an alert from the family of the kid, who found the boy lying on the floor on his room, located in San Felipe de Alajuelita, San José.

The paramedics proceeded to check the vital signs of the minor and declared his death. They said the kid had injuries around his neck, along with the typical signs of hanging. The case is under investigation by the Judicial Investigation Organization.

The incident caused the Colegio to make a general call to authorities to increase public policies in favor of mental health. According to Wayner Guillén, president of the Colegio, the society is in a circle of violence, and the  most affected groups are children, teenagers and the elderly.

"The public policies on the matter are too weak in their execution,” he said.
“We must act now because the suicide of an eight year old kid and the death of a baby in the hands of his mother are reflections of a society that needs prompt attention."
The Política Nacional de Salud Mental points out that mental health is a process of well-being characterized by feelings of self-realization, self-esteem and autonomy.

In addition, It includes the ability to respond to the demands of life in various contexts, such as family, community, academy, work, as well as enjoying life in harmony with the environment.

Guillén said special attention should be given to social, economic, environmental and cultural factors as well as biological ones, since they have a strong impact on people's quality of life.

"A child should never have suicidal thoughts,” Guillén explained.

“If at that age, when he is of developing his cognition, such an incident should occur, then something's happening at a social and family context.”

Guillén pointed out that next Sept. 10 is the World's Suicide Prevention Day, organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention and the World Health Organization.



Tico companies take their video game ideas to Canadian summit
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three Costa Rican video game companies are attending the External Development Summit in Vancouver, Canada, which has been taking place since Sept 6 until today.

Their objective is to position Costa Rica within the entertainment and digital animation industry as a content and intellectual property creation country, where quality is the added value.

The Summit is considered an event only for industry professionals and brings together a community of developers, publishers, suppliers and game distributors. The event is held each year in Vancouver, Canada, to promote collaboration, brainstorming, networking and training.

The Costa Rican companies that participate in the fair are Fair Play Labs, Headless Chicken Games and Journey Animation. These companies will have 40 meetings with buyers from America, Europe and Asia. In addition, they have the possibility to position the country in the video game industry and distribute their products internationally on different platforms, according to the Promotora del Comercio Exterior, or Procomer.

"Participating in the Summit allows us to communicate and get close to the right people to offer our services," said José Monge, Headless Chicken Games.

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"This is a very focused event and lets us know what the person we're talking to wants or is interested in.”

About 30 countries are represented at the Summit through distributors, studios, licensing companies, content creators, among others. Some recognized companies are: Apple, Spilgames, Sega, King, Disney, Warner Bros., Ubisoft, Sony, Microsoft, EA, among others.


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Justice minister presents state of prisons before human rights court
By Conor Golden, News Editor for A.M. Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s head of the prison system presented the state of the country’s penitentiary system before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on Wedneday.

Cecilia Sánchez, the minister for Justicia y Paz, told members of the court that, at the beginning of her administration, prisons were more than 53 percent over-capacity. She admitted that they are still overcrowded but that the number has been halved since her taking over, according to a statement from the justice ministry. She decried the previous conditions that prisoners were subjected to conditions such as a deteriorated infrastructure, a lack of technical attention and personnel isolated from the population leading to a severe lack of communication in addressing needs.

Since her time, Ms. Sáchez touted her accomplishments that the ministry has undergone in the past few years: new facilities, introduction of electronic surveillance in some areas, compliance with judicial orders to relocate prisoners, closure of solitary confinement and a reforming of the maximum security model.

The ministry also presented bills in relation to public utility penalties, proportional penalties to women and a reform on the ankle bracelet monitoring system. In Costa Rica, the system is primarily geared toward reform and rehabilitation. The ministry attempts to practice a policy of re-insertion into society.

It does not always succeed in these efforts, however, and the cycle of having inmates or parolees coming in and out of the system still continues. This comes despite Ms. Sánchez’s attempts to give prisoners more recreation opportunities while behind bars and even a refusal by officials to call prisoners “prisoners” and instead using a euphemism in Spanish that translates to “those deprived of liberty.”

In her address to the court, the minister highlighted the obstacles that she has faced in her advocacy for social re-insertion programs. “The minister highlighted the obstacles she has faced such as media harassment, permanent questioning, accountability to distorted information, personal threats to her integrity and the repeated populist discourse that promotes hatred, discrimination and exclusion of vulnerable groups,” a statement from the justice ministry said.

Some might say that her statements before the court would sound like a person making an appeal as a martyr. Her personal challenges aside, she did note that their needs to be a construction of a so-called democratic criminal policy and prioritize alternative penalties aside from incarceration.

She also proposed the creation of prisons that resemble “normal conditions” and find a more rational approach to deal with drug addiction aside from the penal system.

The most recent report on the state of the penitentiary system by the Mecanismo Nacional de Prevención de la Tortura back in May found fault in lack of money and resources to improve the system. The group is a section under the overall direction of the Costa Rican ombudsman. The findings stingingly pointed out enormous deficiencies not just for the prisoners being held in their cells but also for personnel conditions as well.

The report analyzed and inspected the seven prisons in Costa Rica as well as the other detention centers and holding areas for the judiciary, justice ministry, immigration and for security forces.

“The infrastructure of most places of detention is exhausted,” said Róger Víquz Gairaud, the director for the group doing the report at the time. “Every time a budget effort is made, it is insufficient. The country must overcome the era of patches and address the basic conditions effectively. The responsibility surpasses a certain administration. It must be a country decision.”

The findings were divided according to who presided over the maintenance of the facilities in question. Among the report’s details came about descriptions of lack of training, lack of budgeting and a general lack of many necessary requirements needed to maintain this essential part of the criminal justice system.

The report stingingly said that the government had consistently failed to provide the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz, the ministry in charge of maintaining the actual prisons in the country, with an adequate budget for hiring and training more personnel to oversee an already overcrowded system.

The application of pretrial detention on the part of the judiciary was noted by the report as being a primary factor in the prisons being overpopulated with persons not yet found guilty or not of their suspected offenses.

The staff among the security forces guarding and maintaining the overcrowded system is also stretched to the limit. Employees are overworked and working in substandard conditions, the report said. Detained foreigners under temporary apprehension for being in the country illegally are being placed in a rented building leaving no room for remodeling or improvement.

Immigration police require more training as to how to handle the custody process and the detainees as well.

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Hurricane Irma passing
north of Puerto Rico


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The eye of Hurricane Irma was passing just north of Puerto Rico Wednesday night, knocking out power and running water to hundreds of thousands of people.

Irma is a Category 5 storm and the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded. Its top sustained winds are 295 kilometers per hour.

U.S. President Donald Trump earlier declared a state of emergency in Puerto Rico, which has been struggling to maintain its infrastructure amid a financial crisis. The declaration authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate disaster relief efforts on the island.

Some officials say it could be as long as six months for power to be fully restored. Meanwhile, the prime minister of the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, told CNN that Barbuda is “barely habitable” after taking a direct hit from Irma.

Browne said 95 percent of the properties on Barbuda are damaged, calling it unprecedented destruction.

At least one death on Barbuda has been reported while three others are reported dead on other Caribbean islands. French President Emmanuel Macron said he expects 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.

Forecasters said after Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti are next in Irma’s path. The Turks and Caicos and southeastern Bahamas are bracing for a hit as Irma moves along its forecast path toward Florida.

Irma is predicted to strike southern Florida and the Miami area by Sunday. One meteorologist said Irma is big enough that the entire state could fit inside its dimensions. While an exact forecast is nearly impossible to nail down, Florida Gov. Rick Scott told people to prepare now and not ignore mandatory evacuation orders.

The Florida Keys and Miami Beach are under a mandatory evacuation. People are finding long lines at gas stations that still have fuel. Anyone entering a southern Florida supermarket is finding more empty shelves than full ones.

The governor said stores are working as hard as they can to restock supplies, especially bottled water. Forecasters said Irma could bring storm surges of 6 to 19 feet and as much as 50 centimeters of rain on top of its fierce winds.

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

Along with Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, President Trump declared a state of emergency in Florida. He has ordered FEMA to begin relief efforts even while it is 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 islands 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 call the formation of three simultaneous Atlantic hurricanes extremely rare.

Pope Francis urges peace
understanding in Colombia


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pope Francis urged Colombians to rally behind a peace process seeking an end to Latin America's longest-running conflict and to address the inequalities that fueled it during his first full day in the South American country Thursday.

The 80-year-old Argentine pontiff spoke alongside Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, addressing political elites bitterly divided by last year's peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, which ended a more than 50-year-old war.

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

Later Thursday, Pope Francis will lead an outdoor Mass in Simon Bolivar Park, attended by thousands of people tightly packed into the plaza. At least four people were taken away in stretchers after fainting in the crowds.

Crowd control has been a challenge and security tight during the first Latin American pontiff's trip to largely Catholic Colombia.

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 globally. Out of the country's almost 49 million people, nearly seven out of 10 identify as Catholic.

Catalonia sets date
for independence vote


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Parliament in Spain's prosperous Catalonia region has approved an independence vote for Oct. 1, which Madrid has vowed to stop.

Separatist parties, which hold a slim majority, backed the referendum legislation and legal framework needed to set up an independent state.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy ordered government lawyers to file a complaint with the country's constitutional court in hopes of annulling the referendum.

Polls in the northeastern region show support for self-rule waning as Spain's economy improves. But the majority of Catalans say they do want the opportunity to vote on whether to split from Spain.

The vote will come about three weeks after Barcelona and a nearby town were struck by Islamist attacks that killed 15 people. Deputy Prime Minister Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría condemned the Catalan leadership for carrying out an act of force and for acting more like dictatorial regimes than a democracy.

"What is happening in the Catalan parliament is embarrassing. It's shameful," she told reporters.

But Catalan leaders have pledged to proclaim a new republic within 48 hours if the "yes'' side wins, regardless of turnout. Former Catalan President Artur Mas said pushing ahead with the referendum was justified because a pro-independence coalition won the 2015 regional election.


Alcohol industry accused
of misleading public


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists have accused the alcohol industry of misleading the public over the link between alcohol and cancer.

Researchers looked at the websites of 28 global organizations representing the alcohol industry, and concluded that the vast majority distort or misrepresent the evidence of an alcohol-related cancer risk.

"What you might see is that certain health problems related to alcohol consumption are mentioned on the website, but cancer is missing, or specific types of cancer are missing, particularly breast cancer or colorectal cancer," said Mark Petticrew, professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who led the research.

The Washington-based International Alliance for Responsible Drinking, or IARD, is accused of misleading the public over the risk of contracting specific types of cancers, and trying to confuse the issue by highlighting a range of other risk factors.

In a statement, the IARD disputed the conclusions, saying: "We believe in sharing the current state of the scientific evidence and stand by the information that we publish on drinking and health."

Petticrew compares the industry's actions with those of the tobacco giants, which for a long time disputed the link between cancer and smoking.

The report says further research is needed on whether the alcohol industry is distorting information on other risks, such as cardiovascular disease.


Two-thirds of Americans
get news from social media


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A full 67 percent of Americans now report receiving at least a portion of their news from social media, according to a new poll released Thursday.

The Pew Research poll showed a small increase since early 2016, when 62 percent of people said they relied on social media for some of their news. The overall change isn't particularly substantial, but among some demographics, social media use increased significantly.

Among non-white U.S. adults, 74 percent now say they get news from social media, marking a 10-percent increase over last year when 64 percent said they did. Similarly, among those aged 50 or older, the percentage who said they receive news from social media rose by 10 percent from 2016 to 55 percent.

While Facebook still dwarfs other social media sites in terms of news dissemination, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube made strong gains in the number of people using the sites for news over the course of the last year.

"Looking at the population as a whole, Facebook by far still leads every other social media site as a source of news. This is largely due to Facebook's large user base, compared with other platforms, and the fact that most of its users get news on the site," the report reads.

Twitter showed a 15-percent increase in the number of users who said that's where they get their news, from 59 percent in 2016 to 74 percent in 2017. The number of YouTube users who get news from the site rose from 21 percent in 2016 to 32 percent in 2017. Snapchat showed a 12-percent gain, from 17 percent in 2016 to 29 percent in 2017.


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Leader Abubakar Shekau is seen in an image from video released by the militant group.

Poverty and abuse of power
push Africans to extremism

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Poverty, deprivation and state abuse of power are driving young Africans to join violent extremist groups, such as Boko Haram, al-Shabab and Islamic State, according to a “first-of-a-kind” study by the U.N. Development Program.

The 124-page study, which was conducted over a two-year period, is based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations.

It explores the reasons why young Africans are attracted to organizations that engage in terrorist activities, and it sheds light on the recruitment process, misperceptions, growing dangers and presents recommendations for resisting extremist messages and recruitment.

“The report finds the road to extremism in Africa is paved with deprivation,” said Mohamed Yahya, lead author and UNDP Africa Regional Program Coordinator. “Poverty, marginalization and underdevelopment play an important role in the African context and it is, therefore, important for development actors to also be involved in finding solutions.”

Yahya said society must move away from its fixation on security to contain violent extremism. He said that security actors obviously have an important role to play, but two decades of ever-tightening security measures have not succeeded in stopping the growth of terrorism.

He added that it would be more useful to work on solutions aimed at preventing young Africans from joining extremist groups, rather than reacting to a terrorist act after the fact.

The report warns Africa’s vulnerability to violent extremism is deepening. It notes half of the continent’s population lives below the poverty line, and many of its young people are chronically under-employed, making them vulnerable to recruitment.

Participants in the study were asked about their family circumstances, including childhood and education, religious ideologies, economic factors, state and citizenship.

According to the study, 71 percent of recruits interviewed said some form of government action was the tipping point that triggered their decision to join an extremist group; 83 percent believe that government only looks after the interests of a few; and more than 75 percent place no trust in politicians or in the state security apparatus.

Half of the respondents cited religious reasons for joining extremist groups, but 57 percent admitted that they understood little to nothing of the religious texts or interpretations and indicated that frustration about their economic condition played a larger role than religious ideology.

The study found that recruitment in Africa takes place mostly at the local level, face-to-face, rather than online, as is the case in other regions. Despite this hands-on method of recruitment, Yahya notes the impact of violent extremism in Africa was very high compared to most regions, except the Middle East.

UNDP estimates some 33,300 people in Africa lost their lives to violent extremist attacks between 2011 and early 2016. The most destructive force has been Boko Haram, which UNDP notes is responsible for at least 17,000 deaths and the forcible displacement of 2.8 million people in the Lake Chad region.

Yahya said that, for now, recruitment of young Africans between the ages of 17 and 26 by terrorist organizations was still a labor intensive process. He warned, however, that ominous changes in this process were likely to occur when the Internet becomes more universally available on the continent.

The UNDP official said this future; riskier reality should spur people to action. He said there was still a window of opportunity to get our houses in order, to provide opportunities for our young people, to ensure that the rights of young people are much more respected.


Pakistan says U.S. can’t
win War on Terror without it


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pakistan has vowed to stay engaged with the United States to help fight terrorism in neighboring Afghanistan, but said excluding or confronting Islamabad cannot win the war.

Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif made the remark Thursday at the end of a three-day conference of Pakistani ambassadors to key world capitals for formulating a comprehensive response to the new U.S. policy on Afghanistan.

U.S. President Donald Trump criticized Pakistan when he announced his long-awaited Afghan war policy last month. He accused Islamabad of harboring terrorists linked to the Taliban and Haqqani network, which are undermining U.S.-led efforts to stabilize Afghanistan and staging attacks on American forces.

The charges have strained an already fragile relationship between Islamabad and Washington.

“We want to stay engaged with the United States. There is absolutely no doubt about it ... But this relationship will be driven by the interest of Pakistan. We want to have a relationship based on mutual respect,” Foreign Minister Asif told reporters after the meeting.

He again rejected allegations his country is sheltering terrorists who are plotting deadly attacks in Afghanistan. Asif recounted Pakistan has lost thousands of its citizens, including security forces, and suffered massive economic losses while fighting terrorism.

Asif urged the U.S. to respect Pakistan’s sacrifices in the fight against terrorism and warned that scapegoating his country for failures of international forces to secure Afghanistan will be counterproductive.

Trump singled out Pakistan for not doing enough against militant groups operating on its soil but did not outline how he planned to pressure the country to move against the alleged terrorist sanctuaries on its soil.

U.S. media has reported a range of possible punitive measures under consideration, such as increasing diplomatic and economic pressure, and intensifying and expanding anti-terrorism drone strikes inside Pakistan. Asif warned against any coercive U.S. action.

He admitted that eliminating militancy from the entire Pakistani society would take time. The Pakistani minister was referring to the U.S.-backed Afghan insurgency against Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

The American CIA in collaboration with Pakistan’s spy agency, Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI, created, funded, trained and armed Afghans as well as volunteers from across the Muslim world to fight Soviet occupation forces, admitted Hillary Clinton while testifying as U.S. Secretary of State during a congressional hearing in April, 2009.

The backing from the powerful military establishment emboldened and enabled the militant groups to penetrate and extend influence in the mainstream Pakistani society, which has over the years become a major domestic security challenge and a source of spreading religious extremism, critics say.

Afghans and U.S. officials have been skeptical about whether ISI would cut its covert ties with the Taliban and Haqqanis because Islamabad uses them to counter growing influence of rival India in Afghanistan.


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* 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.

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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 || Weekend Edition, September 8, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 179
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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

Airport
                            radar
Casa Presidencial photo     
Worker shows off new radar and surveillance equipment.

Airports receive upgrade in equipment

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The airports at Juan Santamaría, Daniel Oduber and Tobías Bolaños have a new system of radars that will facilitate their operations and aid in improving security, according to a Thursday statement released by Casa Presidencial.

The new equipment cost $13 million. In addition, there are new flight plan processing systems, automatic data exchange systems and coordination between control towers are included, the government said.



In the case of the oral communications systems, the processing and recording technology known as voiceover IP will be used.



“The change is part of the modernization process of the air traffic system, which allows coverage to be extended to 250 nautical miles, which guarantees the safety of the air operation in the country, " said Enio Cubillo, the director-general of the civil aviation service.



The funds were requested before the Central American Corporation of Air Navigation Services through the Consejo Técnico de Aviación Civil and Dirección General de Aviación Civil. 

Most of the systems that have been replaced were acquired in 2006. Radars that will no longer be used will be donated to the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública. A control console will also be donated to improve the aerial surveillance service.


Expat
                      destinations
Expat Insider 2017 graphic      
Map shows the top destinations with Costa Rica listed second.

Survey labels Costa Rica
second most-welcoming country


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica is the second most-welcoming country in in the world, according to a survey called Expat Insider 2017, carried out by the prominent social networking firm for expatriates around the world, InterNations.

For Latin America, it is Costa Rica, México,and Colombia as the top destinations that attract expats, while Chile, Argentina, and Brazil seem to be the least likable to relocate, according to the survey.

The document also shows that Ecuador and Panamá showed worse rankings for working abroad, while there is a general dissatisfaction with political stability and personal safety particularly in Brazil and Argentina. Panamá showed a significant drop by 24 places in terms of likeability to work abroad based on a statement provided by InterNations.

Among the survey respondents, there is a rising dissatisfaction with the political instability in many Latin American countries. Again, Argentina and Brazil perform exceptionally badly: only 18 and 11 percent respectively are satisfied with their destination's political stability, compared to a global average of 56 percent.

Besides political instability, personal safety was seen as a potential disadvantage for life in Brazil (54 percent), Colombia (36 percent), Mexico (37 percent), Argentina (32 percent), and Perú (31 percent) before moving.

The research also shows that, apart from those living in Perú, the majority of expats in Latin America are likely to stay in their host country forever: responses range from 27 percent planning to stay in Argentina up to nearly half of the expats in Costa Rica at 48 percent. This might be due to the welcoming attitude of the local population towards expats, which is rated positively by more than seven in ten in every destination.

At a global scale, Greece, Kuwait, and Nigeria ranked like the worst destinations, according to the document.



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Ombudsman opposes effective competition

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The ombudsman's office announced its strong opposition to the idea of declaring effective competition in the telecommunications market.



That idea was announced by the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones last month. For this purpose, the institution opened a popular consultation space to receive the opinion of citizens about what would imply declaring absolute competition in the mobile market.

According to the Superintendencia, more than 10,000 observations sent by citizens were received and now the agency will start the process of analyzing the information before going any further.

Although the telecommunications market was opened since November 2011, there is still a strict regulation of internet and telephone prices, which have a maximum rate approved by the Superintendencia. However, telecommunication companies are authorized to offer services at lower prices.



"This position of the Superintendencia we received it with surprise, because in November they told us that they were not ready to present it," said Montserrat Solano, the country's ombudsman.



According to Ms. Solano, declaring effective competition would lead to a tariff deregulation that will allow charging users for the amount of Internet downloaded. 

"It also surprised us that the data analyzed by the superintendents did not vary substantially from the information analyzed less than a year ago," said Ms. Solano. 

The Defensoría de los Habitantes enumerated a series of unclear aspects in the proposal put forward by the Superintendencia.



For example, the ombudsman said it's not enough that the existence of five companies in the market to declare it in open competition. On the contrary, the benefits for the users should be taken into account. Ms. Solano also said there are deficiencies in the information provided by the Superintendencia for  public access like prices, the nature of services and the satisfaction rates. 



"The data shows that conditions for effective competition are not met," Ms. Solano insisted.

 The Superintendencia has also been criticized for allowing telecommunication operators to implement policies of fair use of the internet, using as source the same data provided by the companies.

On Monday, the Sala Constitucional of the Corte Suprema notified the Superintendencia and the telecommunications operators that they must create a new methodology to establish fair use within the next 30 days, otherwise the download restrictions must be eliminated.