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Authorities are still in the process of investigating what happened to the plane that crashed into the Río Torres last week.

Two people died after sustaining injuries directly resulting from the crash. One was a Costa Rican woman and the other a U.S. expat. Another U.S. citizen remains hospitalized and one Costa Rican also are still in hospitals around San José.

Officials at Hospital San Juan de Dios confirmed that Alejandro Cardona was sent home the same day as the accident on Tuesday.

The press office at Hospital Calderón Guardia confirmed that the pilot, Christián Méndez, is in the intensive care unit for neurological damage and is still under observation. Esteban Cubero was allowed to leave last Wednesday, according to Susana Saravia from the communications department at Hospital México.

Ms. Saravia also confirmed that U.S. citizen Keith Pubrese was transferred to Hospital CIMA upon his request.

A.M. Costa Rica made repeated calls and emails to Nature Air, the company that had contracted the flight in question, to ask about the reasons for the accident and if it had an insurance policy would apply to the survivors and family of the deceased. The only spokesperson authorized by the company, Juanita Miranda, did not respond.

According to Freddy Goméz, the spokesperson of the Dirección General de Aviación Civil, an internal department called Incidentes y Accidentes is carrying out an investigation on the accident.

Professionals from several areas like aeronautics, operations ad internal transportations will evaluate the case. “The investigation has no deadline due to its complexity so it may take up to several months,” said Goméz.

The plane went down about 6:40 a.m. Tuesday after flying out of Tobias Bolños airport in Pavas. All were traveling to Playa Tamarindo. Based on official photographs released to the public, the plane appeared to be a small single-engine bush-plane similar to a Cessna.



ARESEP holding hearing on electric rate changes
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Today, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos will hold a public hearing to move forward into a new system to calculate electric fares.

"The reform has the purpose to promote energy saving and efficiency," said Mario MoraIes, electricity superintendent at the Autoridad.

The hearing is a space where users of the eight distribution companies, can learn about the reform and have a say, according to Morales. The proposal aims to modernize the electricity calculations methodology, which has not been reviewed for 20 years.

In essence, the restructuring is based on establishing five consumption blocks, each with different prices.

These blocks are defined according to the particularities of each one of the distribution companies of the country, including its financial balance. Finally, the consumption blocks are fixed according to the consumption profile of the users in each electric company. “The consumption blocks are exclusive,” ARESEP said.

“This means that all the energy consumed by a family is paid at the price of the block in which it is located so that if a family is near the lower limit of its consumption block, it would be encouraged to save to go down to the lower block, where the cost of energy is lower and you would pay less for the service.”

In order to make it easier for users to understand the changes, the Autoridad designed a calculator that allows people to know the monthly payment of each household once the reform is applied.

The calculator can be accessed by the following link HERE. This calculator is supposed to tell someone the hours of monthly consumption from the main electrical appliances and the amount of hours that would require to decrease use and lower the monthly electrical bill.

The hearing will be held at ARESEP offices located in Guachipelín de Escazú. At the same time, the justice courts in: Cartago, Alajuela, Heredia, Santa Cruz, Limón, Pérez Zeledón, Ciudad Quesada, Acosta and Zarcero will broadcast the event over a live feed.







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Bad parking sees number of fines triple

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During the month of August, the amount of fines for parking in unauthorized places tripled when compared to the first seven months of 2017.

The amendment to the Ley de Tránsito, which has applied since July 19, allows officers to fine and remove license plates from drivers who park their vehicles in forbidden or yellow-lined locations.

In August, 5,433 fines were made for parking in undue places, while the monthly average for this same infraction between January and July was 1,895 fines, according to data provided by the Policía del Tránsito.

The increase is due to intense operations carried out by the traffic police, authorities said. The reform allows officers to remove license plates and fine $90 on vehicles parked in forbidden places that obstruct passage on sidewalks or are next to a yellow lines without the driver inside.

The previous law prevented punishment if the driver was not present. The increase in the number of fines means a better flow of traffic, according to Mario Calderón, director of the Policía de Tránsito.

Since July 19, police have removed at least 8,608 license plates.
Of that amount, The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad has returned only 4,861 plates, or around 51 percent. A driver who wants to recover their license plate and has other fines pending, must clear all debts before having the plates back.


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Bridge seen from the side with old railroad crossing collapsed.

Sixaola bridge back in business

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sixaola Bridge is now ready to be used as it represents no danger for commuters, according to the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

In a quick statement, Giselle Alfaro, the vice-minister of infrastructure, said engineers discarded any dangers on the bridge and it will know continue working as usual.

Last week, the old railroad bridge attached collapsed causing a traffic jam for a couple days coming to and from the border with Panamá.

Ms. Alfaro said that, as of this week, the removal of the old train infrastructure
will start. The works will not interfere with the development of the bridge between the two countries, which is in the process of construction.


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Men wrestle a crocodile and bound it for the ceremony.

Court rules in favor of La Lagarteada

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The constitutional court of Costa Rica issued a decision Friday regarding the cultural activity known as La Lagarteada.

La Lagarteada is a well-known cultural event going back hundreds of years since the Spanish arrival to Costa Rica. It usually begins on Good Friday during Semana Santa and is exclusive to Ortega de Bolsón near Santa Cruz in the province of Guanacaste. The practice consists of the town’s inhabitants hunting a wild crocodile, capturing it and keeping it in a cage for a few days before releasing it. There have been occasions when the animal dies as a result from captivity.

The Sala Constitucional rendered in favor of the celebration despite appeals from detractors saying that it constituted a direct violation of the Ley de Conservación de la Vida Silvestre. The four-to-three decision considered that the constitution and animal protection legislation establishes a broad, normative framework for the protection of these animals. The majority said that the special legislation provides enough protection and regulation without a decision from the nation’s highest court, a statement from the Sala Constitucional said.

“Consequently, it is considered that there is a sufficient legal framework for the protection of animal rights, for which they reason that they refer the injuries that are alleged in specific cases to the ordinary (administrative or jurisdictional) instances,” the decision from the court said.

The minority said that they considered La Lagarteada as an event contrary to the constitution, the United Nations nature charter, and the Río Declaration among others. They argued that the constitutional and conventional protection justified a decision of constitutionality through the amparo filed. For them, the dead crocodile was a wild animal whose capture is expressly prohibited by the wildlife conservation act.

“The species caught is explicitly cataloged by our legislation as part of the natural heritage and as an endangered animal, so that the treatment was given (having the snout moored for many hours) and his subsequent death, reflects a poor supervision of the public authorities and of those who coordinated the activity,” the minority opinion said.


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Work starting on the main road to San Miguel de Páramo.

Pérez Zeledón area receives new works

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government inaugurated two infrastructure projects in the Pérez Zeledón area to improve road access, according to Casa Presidencial.

The first project is designed to improve access to the main road for San Miguel de Páramo. The road will get a new layer of pavement and installation of storm water drains. The works will be carried out by the Asociación de Desarrollo Integral of Berlín de San Miguel. Financing of over 120.7 million colones will be provided by the Consejo Nacional de Desarrollo de la Comunidad, according to a statement from Casa Presidencial.

Along with the new work, there will be a mechanized cleaning of the roadway’s edges and ditches, the reconstruction of the ditches and widening of the road overall.

The second project consists of an improvement to the plaza de deportes by the Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de El Hoyón de San Isidro de El General. The improvement will be a metallic staging of 43 square meters with access ramps in compliance with the disability law, Inder said. Also 320 linear meters of mesh were built with gates for pedestrians and better lighting for the sports field.

The Consejo Nacional de Desarrollo de la Comunidad approved a sum of almost 44 million colones to finance the project along with an additional 1.2 million for the land grab. The project is expected to benefit over 1,200 residents of the El Hoyón and neighboring communities.


Legislators approve new marine reserve

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Legislators from several political factions have agreed to approve a bill to create one of the first marine reserve in the country.

The reserve would cover an area of ​​approximately 400,000 hectares between the southern sector of the Parque Nacional Marino Bahía Ballena, the sector in front of the Térraba-Sierpe wetland, bordering Isla del Caño and ending at Matapalo, south of Parque Nacional Corcovado. The protected waters would include at least twelve nautical miles.

The creation of the area is justified by scientific and technical studies that prove a great wealth of marine fauna, which is being affected by harmful activities, according to the Sistema Nacional de Areas de Conservación.

The sector is known worldwide for sightings of whales and the presence of dolphins, turtles, corals, rays, among many other species. The objective of the initiative, presented in April 2017, is to sustainably manage the site in the South Pacific and to organize a series of activities that operate in the sector.

Fishing tools that imply a serious impact on ecosystems, such as trawling and longline or longline fishing, would be prohibited as well as marinas and oil exploitation. However, tourist activities like whale watching and artisanal and sport fishing would be authorized but regulated to operate according to a new fishery plan established by the municipality.

It comes just in time as the Festival de Ballenas y Delfines is coming soon.Whale watching, concerts, cycling, family walking and talks are expected in anticipation of the upcoming festival beginning Sept. 15.

This year, the festival will be held from Sept. 15 until ending on Oct. 1.The project, now under discussion in the Comsión de Ambiente de la Asamblea would create a trust to fund the reserve.

This trust would be established between the Ministerio de Ambiente y Enería and one of the state banks, while supervised by the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación.



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Church lashes out at Caja for expanding birth control options
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Catholic Church has once again made use of its official religion status to oppose contraceptive policies implemented by the State.

Through the Comisión Pastoral Comunal para la Familia, the Church strongly criticized the fact that female minors will have access have to a new under-skin contraceptive method, which is a more discreet and safer form of birth control.

On July, the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social announced that it would gradually enable sub-dermal implantation as a contraceptive method for women between 10 and 20 years of age. The measure seeks to reduce teenage pregnancy and it is expected that by 2020 the method will be available in all health services in the national territory.

The device will be implemented on girls aged 10 and 12 with parental consent. Women or girls who are older will not need authorization.

“These types of clinical procedures, which have as their sole interest the avoidance of unwanted pregnancies, promote human sexuality as something purely biological without taking into account the inner core of the person," said church leaders on a statement signed by the Bishop of Tilaran  and Liberia, Manuel Salazar.

The commission said it violates the right of parents to educate their children.

For the Church, adolescents do not have the maturity to assume with responsibility their own emotional life, reason why they are no longer allowing marriage before the age of consent, according to the press release.

The Church urges parents to reject all types of sex education that is secularized and anti-creationist, promoting abortion, sterilization and contraception as a way to impose a false lifestyle against the truth of human sexuality,” the document says.

Separation of church and state?
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Luis Guillermo Solís with Catholic shrine-piece in background highlights the lack of separation of church and state.

The implant is placed through a simple procedure, with local anesthesia. It is a small bar, four centimeters by two millimeters containing etonogestrel, a hormone that prevents ovulation. It has effectiveness greater than 99.9 percent and works for about 3 years.

Due to its constitutional status as the state’s official religion, the Catholic Church has also tried to boycott other initiatives that seek to decrease the rates of teenager pregnancy.

Back in 2015, this Church organized several rallies opposing the public educational programs on affectivity and sexuality developed by the Ministerio de Educación Pública.

The content challenged by the clergy had to do with the notion of sex as a pleasurable activity that may happen out of marriage. Religious leaders also criticized the inclusion of sexual diversity concepts in the official education programs. The influence of Catholics and other Christian denominations could play a role on whether this new health policy is successful or not.



26 countries participate in Costa Rica's U.N.-climate change panel
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Last week, experts coming from 26 countries participated in a workshop on Costa Rica's Climate Change Adaptation Plans.

The initiative was organized by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the guests were all members of the Least Developed Countries Expert Group of the Convention on Climate Change.

Both institutions belong to the United Nations.
The workshop was the first of five regional meetings to support countries in advancing towards the implementation of National Adaptation Plans. Participants and organizations shared examples of adaptation solutions in areas such as crop production, livestock and public health. 

The experts also explained how to access funding to develop National Adaptation Plans. Foreign and national experts visited cattle farms already working with this model.
 In these places, sustainable practices of dairy production are developed by small farmers who reduce vulnerability and increase resilience to climate change.

"Adaptation must be a basic priority for us," said Patricia Madrigal, vice minister of environment.

"We are part of one of the most vulnerable regions on the planet before the consequences of climate change and therefore this is a survival issue."

One example of the vulnerability of Costa Rica became clear in November 2016, when Hurricane Otto passed $ 190 million in damages and losses, Madrigal added.

The workshop was held by the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture. Costa Rica maintains an intense environmental agenda with the aim of becoming the first carbon neutral country in 2021.


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Marine restoration, over protection, considered most cost-effective
By the University of Queensland press staff

Marine restoration, rather than protection, might be the most cost-effective solution for coastal marine ecosystems suffering from human activities, a new study has found.

The University of Queensland and the Australian Research Council Centre for Excellence in Environmental Decisions study examined how to best benefit coastal marine ecosystems on limited conservation budgets, to help managers better understand the trade-offs.

In Costa Rica, the move has been toward more protected areas rather than restoration of the environments themselves. University fellow Dr. Megan Saunders said the researchers developed a model comparing scenarios of restoration versus protection, on land, or in the sea, for coastal marine ecosystems.

“Coastal ecosystems like seagrass, coral and mangroves occupy the narrow fringe of sea between the land and the deep ocean,” Dr. Saunders said.

“As such they provide easy access to the marine world. They are shallow, close to shore, and relatively calm places compared to the open ocean.

“These same features also make coastal ecosystems vulnerable to human activities – activities occurring both on land and in the ocean. Consequently, these ecosystems pose a number of challenges to managers.”

Dr. Saunders said conventional wisdom was that the most effective conservation actions to benefit coastal marine ecosystems involved implementing marine protected areas, or alternatively reducing land-based threats.

“Active marine restoration, on the other hand, is typically considered a low priority option,” she said.
“This is due in part, to high costs and low success rates."
Palau seagrass
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Seagrass, shown here near an island in Palau, are particularly vulnerable to damage from human activity. 

However, the researchers' model, based on seagrass meadows and adjacent catchments in Southeast Queensland, found that contrary to conventional wisdom, and despite high costs, marine restoration may be the most cost-effective way. This assumes that there is suitable habitat available for restoration such as planting seagrass transplants, she said.  “Clearly, if suitable habitat does not exist, for example due to poor water quality, then other actions would take priority.”

Dr. Saunders said the researchers had developed some simple rules to guide decision-making for whether restoration or protection should occur in either marine or terrestrial environments to best benefit marine ecosystems.

“These rules-of-thumb illustrate how cost-effective conservation outcomes for connected land-ocean systems can proceed without complex modeling,” she said.

The paper, “Simple rules can guide whether land or ocean based conservation will best benefit marine ecosystems,” is published in “PLoS Biology.”

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Hurricane Irma slams
into Florida with full force


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hurricane Irma slammed into Florida Sunday, raking the populous state, especially its western playgrounds on the Gulf of Mexico coast, with whirling winds and pounding rain.

The enormous storm affected almost all of Florida, including Miami and other big cities on the Atlantic Coast, and scored a direct hit on the Florida Keys before swirling over the mainland. The hurricane's winds weakened slightly, to Category 2 on the U.S. five-point scale, but emergency officials sounded repeated warnings about storm surges hitting coastal communities on both of Florida's coasts.

By late Sunday afternoon, the eye of the hurricane, a small window of calm at the center of the storm, just a few kilometers away from the most powerful winds and rain - was over Naples, on Florida's southwestern coast. A hurricane is only half over when the eye passes overhead, and authorities warned people in Naples and other areas to avoid venturing outside.

Fierce winds and a storm surge that can bring deadly flash floods were expected as the huge hurricane, swirling in a counter-clockwise direction, moved through Florida. Residents of Tampa and St. Petersburg, large urban areas in the storm's path, were warned to expect winds blowing at up to 175 kilometers per hour, and the sudden arrival of waves of water up to three meters deep from storm surges.

A major hurricane has not hit Tampa in more than 100 years. The National Hurricane Center predicted Irma would continue up Florida's west coast Sunday night and into Monday, then weaken further as it pushes deeper inland in southern Georgia.

President Donald Trump returned to the White House Sunday from crisis meetings at the Camp David presidential retreat and issued documents designating the hurricane a major disaster for Florida, a step to release federal aid funds more quickly.

Asked how much Florida's recovery will cost, Trump said he is worried about lives, not cost at this point in the crisis.

Hurricane Irma has been called the most powerful Atlantic storm ever recorded, and it delivered as advertised. After devastating several Caribbean islands and Cuba as a Category 5, maximum-strength storm, Irma winds slowed only slightly before it hit the Florida Keys, the chain of islands stretching south from the U.S. toward Cuba, early Sunday.

More than 2 million people were without power in Florida. At least six tornadoes and several waterspouts were sighted in and around the Miami area.

Miami Beach, usually bustling with tourists, surfers, and swimmers, was a rain-soaked ghost town. Streets in downtown Miami were flooded.

Graceful palm trees became hazardous as high-velocity gusts turned leaves, branches, and coconuts into wind-blown weapons.

More than 75,000 people checked into 400 emergency shelters statewide, but overall, only three storm-related deaths were reported in Florida through late Sunday. At least 25 people have been killed since Irma clobbered the Caribbean late last week.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda says 95 percent of Barbuda's buildings were either destroyed or severely damaged. Reporters who flew over the island agreed with his assessment.

The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico suffered losses in its electricity network that blacked out more than one million people. Authorities said it could take up to six months to rebuild the island's power grid.

The Pentagon deployed Navy ships and aircraft and hundreds of Marines to help with recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Air Force flew evacuation flights to Puerto Rico and to the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten, which also suffered severe damage.

Netherlands' king will be headed to St. Maarten to assist in recovery efforts, and French President Emmanuel Macron said he would be arriving in St. Martin aboard an Airbus plane packed with aid supplies.

France and the Netherlands share jurisdiction over the island that is home to St. Martin and St. Maarten. The smaller French island of St. Barthelemy, which is nearby, also was badly damaged.


Death toll from México
earthquake rises to 90


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The death toll from the massive earthquake that rocked southern México has risen to at least 90, with most of the fatalities occurring in Oaxaca State.

The powerful 8.2-magnitude quake struck off México’s far southern Pacific coast just before midnight Thursday, about 100 kilometers from the town of Tonala.

The earthquake triggered a 1-meter-high tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, but there were no reports of tsunami damage.

The quake was felt as far away as Mexico City and Guatemala City. Residents of the Mexican capital fled into the streets, many in their pajamas, for fear buildings would collapse.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has said the earthquake was bigger than a 1985 earthquake in the country that killed thousands. In a televised address Friday evening, he declared three days of national mourning and promised that the government will help rebuild.


Pope continues tour
in rain-soaked Medellín


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pope Francis continued his trip around Colombia Saturday in the city of Medellín, where he held a mass with an expected attendance of as many as one million people.

Francis’s trip to Medellín hit a slight snag Saturday morning as heavy rains forced him to alter his travel arrangements into the city. He originally was scheduled to take a helicopter from the airport to the Mass, but opted instead to drive out of the Andes, which slightly delayed the mass.

The weather didn’t have much of an effect on turnout, though, as crowds gathered along the streets to wave as Francis passed by in his popemobile.

Later Saturday, Francis is scheduled to meet with sick children at a church-backed orphanage before speaking with local Catholic officials and returning to Bogotá for the night.

The pope will end his Colombia visit Sunday night after a brief trip to Cartagena, where he will honor St. Peter Claver, a 17th century Jesuit priest.

Prior to his Mass on Saturday, Francis spent most of the trip speaking about the need for Colombians to embrace the peace process following years of civil strife.

On Friday, Francis called for reconciliation in the country and said any efforts to permanently end the country's more than 50-year civil conflict would fail without concessions.

During a large open air Mass in the central Colombian city of Villavicencio, the pope said, "Every effort at peace without a sincere commitment to reconciliation is destined to fail."

Friday's Mass took place on the third day of the pontiff's five-day trip to Colombia, where he has met with victims of the violent civil war and with leaders. He lent his support to the contested peace process, which has seen Colombia’s largest rebel group, the FARC, turned into a legitimate political party.

During Mass, Francis urged Colombians to overcome the understandable temptation to vengeance and work to build a lasting peace.

Two Catholic priests killed during the civil war also were beatified in a move that is a step toward sainthood in the Church.

During a speech Thursday, Francis stressed the importance of the peace process. He said his visit was meant to express appreciation for the efforts made over the decades to end armed violence and find ways of reconciliation.

On the first day of his visit to this heavily Catholic country, Francis met with President Juan Manuel Santos and first lady Maria Clemencia Rodríguez, along with other government and religious leaders, and young people.

Francis met privately with Santos. Later, Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa handed him the keys to the city in a brief, symbolic ceremony.



Equifax faces lawsuits
after major data breach


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. credit monitoring company Equifax is facing a storm of criticism, lawsuits and investigations after a data breach that may have compromised personal data for about 143 million Americans.

New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Friday that his office would formally investigate the data breach, saying that more than 8 million New Yorkers had been affected by the hack.

"The Equifax breach has potentially exposed sensitive personal information of nearly everyone with a credit report, and my office intends to get to the bottom of how and why this massive hack occurred," Schneiderman said in a statement.

Illinois' attorney general also opened an investigation into the data breach, and more states are likely to follow suit.

Also Friday, U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, a Texas Republican who is chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, said he would call for congressional hearings on the Equifax breach.

Two proposed class-action lawsuits, one filed in Portland, Oregon, and another in Atlanta, Georgia, alleged that Equifax had been negligent in protecting consumer data.

Investors were also showing their displeasure about the hack by dropping their stock in the company. Equifax's share price fell more than 13 percent in trading Friday, to $123.32. The decline equates to more than $2 billion in lost market value.

The Atlanta company said Thursday that the hackers had obtained names, Social Security numbers, birth dates and addresses of more than 40 percent of the U.S. population.

"Based on the company's investigation, the unauthorized access occurred from mid-May through July 2017," the company said in a statement.

The company said credit card numbers were also compromised for 209,000 U.S. consumers, as were credit dispute accounts for 182,000 people.

Equifax discovered the hack July 29 but waited until Thursday to warn consumers.

Although other cyberattacks have been bigger than this one, such as a data breach at Yahoo last year that affected more than 500 million accounts, this one could be the most damaging because of the type of data collected.

Equifax is one the largest credit-reporting companies in the United States.


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                  Qaida fighter
Lebanese military press photo        
Militants seated in a bus with their families, after being evacuated from the town of Arsal,

Britain announces support
for Lebanese military


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Britain announced Thursday it is stepping up support of the Lebanese army, providing funds for defensive barriers to be used along Lebanon’s border with Syria.

The move is being seen as a vote of confidence by London in the Lebanese army and encouragement of the ambition of its commanders to emerge as the dominant military force on the frontier with Syria, a goal that would complicate Iran’s forging of a so-called land bridge through Iraq and Syria and of assisting its allies in Lebanon: Hezbollah.

Britain’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, said Thursday, “Our ambition is for Lebanon to have complete authority over its border with Syria.”

The stepping up of aid to the Lebanese army, or LAF, comes just days after LAF and Hezbollah, the country’s radical Shi’ite movement, succeeded in clearing Islamic State fighters from a mountainous pocket of the Syria-Lebanon border.

The clearance operations were simultaneous but LAF insists there was no coordination between its assault inside Lebanon and Hezbollah’s from the Syrian side, a claim dismissed this week by Israeli officials. Any evidence of liaison with Hezbollah, designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization, would undermine LAF’s standing in Washington and Western capitals and jeopardize Western military aid for the Lebanese military.

In the end Hezbollah negotiated safe passage for some 300 jihadists and their families to eastern Syria, close to the Iraqi border.

The Hezbollah safe-passage deal infuriated the U.S. and Iraq, whose governments condemned the agreement, which appears to have been engineered to spoil claims of battlefield success by LAF. For years LAF has had to defer to the Shi’ite movement, in a complex dance of a relationship aimed at avoiding clashes between the two and upsetting Lebanon’s delicate and highly charged sectarian politics.

Even so, some analysts say LAF should be seen as the bigger winner of the clearance operations rather than Hezbollah, as it drew the country’s military out from the shadows and allowed it to assert itself, undercutting Hezbollah’s claims that it is indispensable when it comes to Lebanon’s defense.

Last week, Israel’s envoy to the United Nations, Dany Danon, accused Hezbollah of planning for its next military campaign against Israel, arguing that Shi’ite commanders are using officers in the Lebanese Army as terror operatives. He claimed Hezbollah was building up its arsenals in southern Lebanon readying for a future attack and accused the U.N. peacekeeping force of failing to interdict the movement of arms.

Since Lebanese Gen. Joseph Aoun, a veteran field commander and counter-terrorism expert who trained in the U.S., was made army commander in March, LAF has become more assertive. Aoun has irritated Hezbollah with some of his picks for staff positions, although Nerguizian notes in his research paper that the army is not in a position where it can be openly antagonistic towards Hezbollah, which remains the preeminent faction in Lebanon’s sectarian political landscape.


DACA repeal could cost
U.S. economy billions


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The White House’s decision this week to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, carries enormous repercussions for the nearly 800,000 beneficiaries: the undocumented young people who were brought to the United States as children.

But the cost, which is difficult to quantify for a workforce faced with the real possibility of losing their job and forced to leave the country, is evident to employers, who largely view both the moral and economic implications of ending the program as intertwined.

“Losing is a direct cost,” said Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO of Partnership for New York City, which represents the city’s business leadership. She said the state’s DACA workforce contributes several billion dollars a year to the local economy.

To date, more than 400 U.S. entrepreneur and business leaders have signed an open letter that calls on U.S. President Donald Trump and Congress to preserve DACA and provide a permanent solution that ensures recipients’ ability to continue working legally in the country without risk of deportation.

“Our economy would lose $460.3 billion from the national GDP and $24.6 billion in Social Security and Medicare tax contributions,” the letter reads, referencing research conducted by the liberal-leaning Center for American Progress, over a 10-year period.

The conservative-leaning CATO Institute places that figure at $280 billion. Following the announcement of DACA’s repeal, the White House suggested unemployed American workers might somehow benefit, based solely on the age of the workforce.

“There are over 4 million unemployed Americans in the same age group as those that are DACA recipients,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

“Over 950,000 of those are African-Americans in the same age group; over 870,000 unemployed Hispanics in the same age group. Those are large groups of people that are unemployed that could possibly have those jobs,” Ms. Sanders said.

But economists and immigration analysts find fault with Sanders’ argument: the native-born unemployed population is not a perfect substitute for the DACA workforce, and the displacement of one worker for another does not increase productivity.

Under the repeal of DACA, CATO estimated employers would incur $6.3 billion in turnover costs, a figure that includes the recruiting, hiring and training of 720,000 new employees in often highly skilled positions. Thirty-six percent of DACA recipients 25 and older hold a bachelor’s or advanced degree.

Many DACA recipients are highly educated and working in positions such as health care and education, where they are more highly paid and therefore more productive, said David Bier, immigration policy analyst at CATO Institute.

Over the long term, Ms. Wylde said, failing to find a permanent solution for DACA workers would inhibit U.S. businesses’ ability to compete.



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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

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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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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


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9142-7/27/17


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9215-3/22/18


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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



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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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9174-2/7/18

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Published || Monday Edition, September 11, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 180
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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¯

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                        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

When certain fruits are in season

Out in the Grecia area, Joe, one of my readers, had an excellent question and suggestion: when are certain fruits in season and why don’t you write about it? Thanks, Joe! I did have a list that I used on Arenal Gardeners but had never shared on A.M. Costa Rica, but you’re right. It’s about time I did that even though it will take more than one column. There are a couple of things to point out before I start the list.

Victoria Torley
 First, Costa Rica has a lot of
 climates and micro-climates
 where fruiting times fluctuate.

 Second, we get some things,
 like avocados, as imports and
 that probably goes for other
 fruits as well. After all, we are
 in a tropical area and
 surrounding countries also have
 climates that change fruiting
 dates.


That being said: here are some generalities for fruiting for the months of September and October.  Sweet passion fruit, granadilla, are producing now. In fact, I posted a picture of a 10-pound fruit in August and I have several more on my vines.

Mamón are readily available at most roadside stands for about 1,500 colones a kilo. I have recently planted a tree but am not sure if my micro-climate is suitable for it. We have to wait and see.

Cherimoya is in season but there isn’t a large crop here in Costa Rica because of various pests and diseases. The best fruits come from Zarcero and the Cerro de la Muerte area.

Breadfruit is a non-native tree and comes in two varieties, one with seeds and one without. The seeds are roasted like chestnuts, so you might look for that variety, called castaño.

You may also find the last of the black raspberries on local bushes and strawberries continue to come fresh from the slopes of Volcán Poás.

Wild grapes are hanging in clusters from our vines. We were originally told to leave them for the animals, but a friend went wide-eyed when she saw them and had a few with no ill effects. So far, I can’t find them anywhere in my books, but I will keep digging.
Slipping into October, the granadilla, cherimoya, and breadfruit continue to produce well, the raspberries are usually long gone, but the strawberries keep coming.

We have, of course, things that are in constant flower and fruit. Coconut, pineapple, and banana are three examples of plants that are like energizer bunnies – they keep going, and going, and going. Due to the microclimates, soursop, papaya, chayote, avocado, sour (Seville) orange, naranjilla, cocona, tamarilla and uchuba (Cape gooseberry) are usually available year round.

Two months down and 10 to go. Thanks, Joe, this will keep me busy!

Grapevine
A.M. Costa Rica photo/Victoria Torley       

Plant of the Week

Uva, or grapes, are a wonderful treat, but ask the locals if they are a desirable snack. Our friend snacked on these and is still alive and kicking. Look for them on vines that have headed up local trees and collect them for you or to put out for the birds.

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Expert gives his thoughts on pension reform

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The pension system in Costa Rica is in desperate need of reform in order for it to be sustainable for the future. The question of how to improve the system instead of maintaining it is not often considered given that improvement can often be correlated into greater expense.

For one expert, Adolfo Jiménez Fernández, the honorary president of the Organización Iberoamericana de Seguridad Social, the economic variables marking the income and resources of a pension system will differ within five years.

“There is no single pension model in the world neither for Europe nor for Latin America with each country having their own objectives,” said Jiménez. “”While Denmark invests 30 percent of gross-domestic-product, in Lithuania it is 17 percent. The first country has problems regarding the sustainability of the system and how to maintain the levels of protection and, in the case of Lithuania, the objective is to how to improve protection.”

Countries with more mature or developed pension models propose how to adapt the contributions to life expectancy, he said. It is this that needs to be strengthened in Costa Rica, according to the expert. This requires every pension system to carry out updates of the basic variables.

Jiménez is a strong proponent of the public health system. It was emphasized in his comments that the public models have prevailed for decades during crises and wars while still paying benefits. It is likely that his proposals seek to further the Caja’s plans to raise the retirement age and increase the contributions.

These two factors are viewed as the immediate fixes toward maintaining the current system rather than any major overhaul.