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Not all parks are expensive but none are cheap either for the non-resident.
Extreme price differences at parks based on taxes
By Rommel Téllez
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Tourists and non-residents willing to visit the famous Costa Rican national parks, reserves and historical monuments pay a high price due to their migratory status. That's a literal affirmation.

According to an analysis by A.M.Costa Rica, tourists and non-residents must pay up to 786 percent more for their entry tickets in some national parks than Costa Ricans or permanent residents.

For instance, visiting the Parque Nacional Volcán Poás, one of the country's top tourist attractions implies ticos and residents pay $1.70 to access its facilities. But for those who happen to have a different passport, they must pay $15. That is exactly 786 percent more.

The same is true for Volcán Irazú, Parque Nacional Tortuguero and the Reserva de Vida Silvestre Barra del Colorado.

The gap decreases a little bit in the case of Parque Nacional Las Baulas and Reserva Cabo Blanco. There, the price for locals is $2.70 but non-residents and tourists are charged $12, creating a 344 percent difference. A few less contrasting cases are the one of Parque Nacional Chirripó and the Isla del Coco.

In the first case, Chirripó local visitors must pay around $5.90 versus the tourists and non-resident, which must provide $18. That translates into a 205 percent difference.

For those who get the permit into the Isla del Coco, luck is on their side, since locals will pay $25 and the other groups $50, just double from the original price.

This prices are established by the Sistema Nacional de Areas de Conservación and have remained the same since August 2014.

The prices take into consideration if the visitor is Costa Rican or permanent resident because he has most likely paid taxes to profit from the nature, so the entry fee must be lower, according to Sandra Jiménez, a spokesperson with the Sistema Nacional de Área de Conservación.

Park
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“We have a methodology where we establish the prices and it is then approved by the direction of the system,” said Ms. Jiménez.

For several weeks, A.M. Costa Rica tried to get a copy of such a methodology.

The document sent, however, shows a policy designed to increase income in the protected areas.
The document contains a mathematical formula applied only to Chirripó and Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio.

The document was made by Francisco Alpizar for the Centro Agrónomico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza, a private organization headquartered in La Suiza de Turrialba.

The file does not show the results of the mathematical formula applied to the other 49 parks and reserves handled by the system.

It does explain the formula and then makes some suggestions for the policy to work.

Authorities started applying the charges after decree  Nº 38295-Minae was published in the government’s daily newsletter, La Gaceta, on April 30, 2014.


Caja files 335 suits for failure to deliver medicines
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social filed over 335 claims to various companies for failure to deliver medical supplies and other pharmaceuticals.

This action has generated more than $820,000. The institution is now going after the Seven Pharma company due to its failure to deliver 600,000 Efavirens pill, a treatment for patients diagnosed with HIV, according to Manrique Cascante Naranjo, the head of supply and services for the Caja.

Based on the institution’s plans, 300,000 pills would be received on each particular date. So far, only half of the original purchase has been delivered forcing the Caja to ask foreign governments and health ministries for support.
The Caja statement also outlined that it had to search the private markets, redistribute the product between desperate hospitals, purchase more than 200,000 pills from another pharmaceutical company. Seven Pharma, meanwhile, said that it intended to deliver more than 450,000 doses of the drug by Sept. 14 despite earlier promises it would come last week. Cascante said that if by this coming Thursday, the product does not arrive, the Caja will move to a different supplier.

As for the pills lent to Costa Rica by the health ministry for the Dominican Republic and the social security institute of El Salvador, authorities will try and return those back. At this time, the Caja said it has enough of a supply to meet the needs of patients for up to two months thanks to efforts abroad and within.







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Due to an enlarged prostate, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís will undergo surgery in the coming weeks.

The news was confirmed by Mauricio Herrera, the minister of communications. Herrera explained it is not a serious condition but he does want to prevent further damage.

Several weeks ago, the president had his blood examined and a biopsy ruled out any possibility of carcinogens, but it showed an irregular enlargement in the prostate area. The doctors also ruled out any signs of cancer in the president.

"The president decided to have the surgery as a prevention measure so that nothing may complicate his health," said Herrera.

The surgery will take place in the second week of October at an undisclosed private hospital. 

On a message posted on Facebook, he said he decided to do it at a private practice so he doesn't take the space of someone who has been waiting for surgery for months. It is a nice reason, however, an equally possible reason is that the president did not want to trust the public healthcare system with this operation.

Solís has a full agenda this September, with the celebrations of the month of independence. He also is expected to participate at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York in the following weeks. These reasons are why the surgery was set in October, officials said.

After surgery, the president might have a disability leave to be assessed by the treating physicians, so it is possible that the presidency will be temporarily assumed by the first vice president and minister of finance, Helio Fallas.


Salud issues new waste regulation


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Due to the increase in waste products, the health ministry issued a new regulation on waste management using cement kilns as a means of controlling this activity and the emissions that it causes.

Cement kilns are often used as an option to prevent environmental contamination and to retain temperature for the cement manufacturing business.

“Cement manufacturing can consume significant amounts of waste as non-combustible fuels and raw materials with numerous potential benefits such as: recovery of the energy content of waste, conservation of non-renewable fossil fuels and natural resources, high efficiency in the removal of pollutants in the chimney, reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, reduction of production costs and use of existing technology to treat hazardous waste,” said a statement from the Ministerio de Salud.

The new regulation for processing and waste management in cement kilns is supposed to eliminate what are called persistent-organic-pollutants, or POPs, as well as ozone-depleting-substances and infectious medical waste.

Using a test protocol, the cement managers will only receive garbage from waste companies authorized by the health ministry and that these cement producers have the proper sanitary permit enforced.

The regulation also requires the presence of an emissions monitoring system in the exhaust chimney of the furnace of the cement kiln for gaseous pollutants, particles and metals among others. Salud said that this is supposed to help Costa Rica comply with policies established by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or OECD, on the disposal of waste rather than exporting it.


OECD committee gives new approval

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica appears to be on the march toward full membership in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

According to a statement released by the Committee on Employment, Labor and Social Affairs, the country’s social and labor market policies received a favorable rating for entry into the organization.

The OECD is an international body of countries that Costa Rica has been desperate to get in for a few years. The most recent positive decision by this committee came following detailed analyses by so-called experts and member-countries of Costa Rica’s willingness and capacity to implement the group’s legal instruments on employment, labor and social affairs.

The evaluation highlighted the political stability and social progress accumulated by Costa Rica and highlights the important achievements in the fields of education, health and social protection. It also identified the most important challenges facing the country in order to stay on the path of economic growth and social development such as: the need to improve economic performance, reduce production costs and improve infrastructure.

The labor minister, Alfredo Hasbum Camacho, said that the country should optimize the functioning of the labor market and the desirability of investing more in the development of human talent, as well as providing greater quality employment opportunities for young people and women.

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“With this recognition, in particular, of the recent reforms and actions that Costa Rica has undertaken to improve its labor and social policies, the country manages to reach six favorable decisions in the process of accession begun in 2015,” a statement from the Ministerio de Hacienda said.


AyA announces water interruption

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The district of San Pablo de Heredia will face an interruption on its water supply today from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The interruption of the service is caused by maintenance works at the San Pablo water tank, according to the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados.

Some of the communities affected are: Urbanización Las Flores, Rosa Linda, María Auxiliadora, Urbanización Valle Claro, among others.

AyA estimates that about 16,000 people could be affected, so it recommends that residents store water only for basic needs.



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San José's Art City Tour returns "under the rain" this Wednesday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Museums, art galleries, cultural centers, design shops and some of the capital’s heritage buildings will be part of the Art City Tour this coming Wednesday.

“This season of downpours should not deprive us of continuing to enjoy a multidisciplinary and active cultural offer that San José gives us,” said Henry Bastos, director of GAM Cultural, an organization in charge of the Art City Tour.  “We extend the invitation to arm ourselves with umbrellas and coats to enjoy this cultural night.”

The theme for this Art City Tour is “Chepe bajo la lluvia.” The Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo will present “Les Magiciens de la Terre” and “Potasio” by Guatemalan artists Alfredo Ceibal and Moisés Barrios.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, there will also be an exhibition seeking to revive the essense of Costa Rican artist Yolanda Oreamuno’s masterpiece, “La Ruta de la Evasión.”

In the Museo Nacional, participants will be able to see the museum’s extensive new bug collection, the largest in Central America with more than three million pieces. The Museo de Arte Costarricense presents the exhibition “Margarita Bertheau Inédita,” that brings the artist’s most important murals along with documents and photos of the artist and her relationship with ballet.

Meanwhile, in Barrio Escalante, the Museo Calderón Guardia will host a sample of Daniel Mordzinski’s literature which brings together one of the most important photographers of Spanish literature in San José, the culture ministry said.

“Objetivo Mordzinski” includes more than 200 photographs, unpublished material such as the first portraits of Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar to more recent images. Lastly, two actors will take Art City participants on a tour of the old liquor factory that is now the Centro Nacional de la Cultura, organizers said. The free tour is organized by the culture center’s press office.

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At the same time, interested participants need to register at the email address visitaguiadacenac@gmail.com The tour starts at 5 p.m. at the Parque España, in front of the center’s east entrance.


Uvita residents receiving land grant to develop local tourism industry
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Uvita residents are getting land from the government and the Instituto de Desarrollo Rural to develop touristic projects that would boost the community economy.

The land will de administered by the Asociación de Desarrollo de Uvita it has a size of 2,17 hectares. The place is located in the Bahía District, in the Osa Canton.

The official delivery of the land took place last Friday. The property used to belong to Inder. That day, members of the Asociación received a Contrato de Asignación de Tierras, which allows them build and divide it for social development purposes.

Among the projects the association want to carry out are an institutional services center, a children park, a bus terminal, a sports facility, classrooms and Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. Bahía Ballena is worldwide known for being a place to watch whales and dolphins.

“Without a doubt, this is an example of an organization that allow community leaders, private companies and public institutions to join the expected development, a good life for the inhabitants of this beautiful area that attracts national and international tourists,” said Ricardo Rodríguez, executive president of India.

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Uvita is considered prime real estate for beautiful beaches.

This land forms part of a bigger property formerly known as Finca Bahía. Back in the 1970s the Alcoa company sought to establish a mining storage in the place. 

A landing space even existed in this place. In 1985, part of the property was separated from a nearby forest reserve to foster ownership.




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Global warming may reduce coffee-growing areas in Latin America
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Global warming could reduce coffee growing areas in Latin America, the world’s largest coffee-producing region, by as much as 88 percent by 2050.

That’s a key takeaway of the first major study of climate change’s projected impacts on coffee, and the bees that help coffee to grow. The findings appear in “Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.”

“Coffee is one of the most valuable commodities on earth, and needs a suitable climate and pollinating bees to produce well,” said Taylor Ricketts, director of the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Environment and study co-author.

“This is the first study to show how both will likely change under global warming in ways that will hit coffee producers hard.”

While other research has explored climate-coffee scenarios, no other study has explored the coupled effects of climate change on coffee and bees at the national or continental scale. The study forecasts much greater losses of coffee regions than previous global assessments, with the largest declines projected in Nicaragua, Honduras and Venezuela.

“Coffee provides the main income for millions of the rural poor, so yield declines would affect the livelihoods of those already vulnerable people,” says Ricketts, who is also a professor in UVM’s Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. While the research suggests coffee suitability and bee populations will decline in Latin America, it does offer some good news.

The scientists projected a slight increase in coffee suitability in México, Guatemala, Colombia and Costa Rica, mainly in mountainous areas where temperatures are expected to support coffee growing and more robust bee populations.

The study also identified future coffee regions where the number and diversity of bees are likely to increase. This could boost coffee productivity regionally, offsetting some negative climate impacts, the researchers say.

“If there are bees in the coffee plots, they are very efficient and very good at pollinating, so productivity increases and also berry weight,” said lead author Pablo Imbach of the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, or CIAT.


“In the areas projected to lose coffee suitability, we wanted to know whether that loss could be offset by bees.”

The study highlights the importance of tropical forests, which are key habitats for wild bees and other pollinators. While 91 percent of the most suitable area for coffee in Latin America is currently within a mile of tropical forests, that is projected to increase to 97 percent by 2050, meaning conservation of those habitats will be crucial.

The study was conducted with advanced modelling, spatial analysis and field data. It provides strategies to improve coffee growth and bee pollination for Latin American coffee farmers: increase bee habitats near coffee farms where bee diversity is expected to decrease, prioritize farming practices that reduce climate impacts on coffee production where bees are thriving, but where coffee suitability will decline; protect forests and maintain shade trees, windbreaks, live fences, weed strips, and native plants that provide food, nesting and other materials to support pollinators.

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Featuring artistic expressions of Costa Rican culture, heritage and traditions, the Hidden Garden Art Gallery has been your source for fine art since 2010.  Here you will find 15 large rooms of art in a beautiful, tranquil setting, with more than 60 artists showcasing traditional and contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography and giclee prints.  Located just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport (LIR) towards the beaches. Stop in for a visit to enjoy the view!

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I provide the highest professional standards. Official documentation and Notary deeds are always translated in English for better comprehension, client satisfaction and safety.

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Trump and Pence recall
Sept. 11 attack victims


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Donald Trump said terrorists have nowhere to hide Monday as he led the nation in observing the 16th anniversary of the worst act of terrorism ever on U.S. soil.

“We are making plain to these savage killers that there is no dark corner beyond our reach, no sanctuary beyond our grasp and nowhere to hide anywhere on this very large Earth,” Trump told a gathering at the Pentagon, where one of four hijacked jets hit on Sept. 11, 2001.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis introduced Trump, noting the 9/11 attacks had only strengthened America’s resolve. “Maniacs disguised in false religious garb thought by hurting us they could scare us that day. But we Americans are not made of cotton candy. We are not seaweed drifting in the current. We are not intimidated by our enemies, and Mr. President, your military does not scare.”

Memorials to the 2,977 victims of the 9/11 attacks were held at several locations, including the World Trade Center in New York, where the annual bell ringing and reading of victims’ names was re-enacted.

Vice-President Mike Pence traveled to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where a fourth jet heading for Washington crashed into a field after passengers overpowered the hijackers. Pence recounted how he watched the drama unfold from his vantage point in the U.S. Capitol Police chief’s office.

“The chief set the phone back down and informed the leaders gathered there that there was a plane inbound to the Capitol, and he said it was 12 minutes out,” Pence said.

“So we waited. It was the longest 12 minutes of my life. But it turned to 13 minutes, then 14, and then we were informed that the plane had gone down in a field in Pennsylvania.”

The vice-president paid tribute to the passengers who overcame the hijackers and prevented what could have been another horrific chapter in the 9/11 story.

Earlier, President Trump led a moment of silence on the White House lawn at 8:46 a.m., the exact moment the first jet smashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center.

Sixteen years later, that moment reawakens horrific memories in millions of Americans, none more so than Tom Weber, who was at the window of his 39th floor lower Manhattan apartment facing the twin towers of the World Trade Center when he heard the unusually loud sound of an aircraft engine.

“When the second plane started its way toward the buildings I thought, maybe this was some kind of military plane that was going to take photos of the damage, when the next thing I know it goes right into the south tower, and a humongous fireball goes toward us and shakes our building. And that’s when Carolyn said, ‘We’re getting out of here, let’s go.”

Weber, a university professor and professional baseball coach, says he has conflicting feelings each time he looks out his window at the gleaming new skyscraper that replaced the Twin Towers.


Irma moves
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Florida Keys inaccessible
for weeks due to Irma

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Residents of the chain of islands at Florida's southern tip could be prevented from returning to their homes for weeks by the extensive devastation from Hurricane Irma, the White House said Monday.

U.S. homeland security adviser Tom Bossert said recovery in the Florida Keys is going to take a while because of damage to bridges that link the islands to the U.S. mainland.

“I would expect that the Keys are not fit for re-entry for regular citizenry for weeks,” Bossert said. The archipelago, a popular tourist destination, has about 70,000 full-time residents.

Bossert's assessment came as Florida officials got their first look at the damage Irma left behind. The hurricane weakened to a tropical storm Monday as moved through northern Florida and into Georgia, dumping torrential rains across the region. Numerous communities were flooded, from Florida's western shoreline on the Gulf of Mexico to the state's biggest city, Jacksonville, on the Atlantic Ocean coast.

Some officials in Florida said they were relieved, since damage overall was not as severe as had been predicted, after Irma raked over fragile Caribbean islands last week and wrecked their normal sun-and-sand, tourist-based economies. Dutch King Willem-Alexander flew to St. Maarten, the Netherlands’ tiny Caribbean territory, for a firsthand look at the devastation.

The damage in mainland Florida may have been less concentrated, but it spread across a much larger area. The state is the third most populous in the U.S., with more than 20 million residents. Nearly six million people had no power Monday, and large areas were devastated by fallen trees, roofs ripped from homes and roads closed by wind-swept rains; many harbors were filled with the wreckage of storm-tossed yachts.

The National Hurricane Center said the storm's maximum sustained winds; over 125 miles per hour at times on Sunday have diminished to 60, with some higher gusts. Tropical gales were still felt more that 400 miles from the center of the swirling weather system.

The hurricane center warned that swells along the southeastern U.S. coast could still cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions. Forecasters also warned that tornadoes were possible near the Georgia and South Carolina coasts.

The U.S. State Department said it reopened embassies and consulates in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Bahamas, Barbados and Curaçao, although services were limited. The Defense Department said 4,600 American troops were supporting relief operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and that more than 10,000 service members were in Florida.

Meanwhile, weather forecasters are keeping an eye on Hurricane Jose, now with maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers-per-hour. Jose is expected to gradually weaken as it meanders in the Atlantic off the eastern U.S. seaboard in a near circular pattern, posing no immediate threat to populated areas.

Rescue teams continued to pull people out of their homes in some Florida communities on Monday as floodwaters rose.

After ravaging the Leeward Islands and other parts of the eastern Caribbean last week, Hurricane Irma passed over Puerto Rico and grazed Cuba before turning north and slamming into the Florida Keys early Sunday, when it was near its maximum strength. By evening it closed in on Tampa and St. Petersburg, the two largest cities around Tampa Bay, near the northern end of the Florida Peninsula.

President Donald Trump declared Florida a major disaster area Sunday, a step that will release federal aid funds for storm victims more quickly. Only three storm-related deaths were reported in Florida through late Sunday, but at least 25 other people died as a result of the storm during its earlier passage through the Caribbean.

Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda said 95 percent of Barbuda's buildings were destroyed or severely damaged.

The power grid in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico was so badly damaged that repairs could take months, authorities on the island said. More than one million residents have no power.

Puerto Rico says it received more than 1,000 people, mainly U.S. citizens, evacuated from St. Thomas and St. Maarten.

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. The U.S. Air Force flew evacuation flights to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and to the Dutch Caribbean island of St. Maarten, which also suffered severe damage.


Supreme Court issues order
upholding Trump travel ban


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Supreme Court has issued a temporary order allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees while the court considers challenges to the travel ban.

Justice Anthony Kennedy issued the temporary order Monday. It was expected to remain in effect while the full court takes up the matter, likely within a matter of days. Had the Supreme Court not acted, an appeals court decision lifting part of the ban on refugees would have gone into effect on Tuesday.

The Trump administration made an emergency application to the Supreme Court Monday, asking for a stay on an earlier ruling by an appeals court, which effectively reinstated a 120-day ban on entry to the United States by almost all refugees. The lower court ruled last week that refugees could enter the country if a U.S.-based resettlement agency agreed to accept their cases.

The forthcoming ruling by the nine justices of the full Supreme Court could decide the fate of up to 24,000 refugees.

Federal attorneys did not seek any immediate action Monday against a separate part of last the ruling issued last Thursday by the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The lower court said Trump's ban on travelers from six Muslim-majority countries should not apply to the grandparents, aunts, uncles or cousins of legal U.S. residents.

Court action this week marked the latest twist in the prolonged legal battle over the president's immigration policies.

Just after taking office in late January, President Trump issued an executive order that would have blocked nearly all refugee arrivals. After court challenges that stymied his plan, the president issued an amended version of his order in March that barred travelers from Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days, a move Trump argued was needed to prevent terrorist attacks.

The Supreme Court ruled in June that the federal government could exclude prospective refugees who did not have a bona fide relationship to people or entities in the United States, prompting litigation over the meaning of that phrase.

Resettlement agencies argued that their commitment to provide services for specific refugees should count as a "bona fide" relationship. The Trump administration said it should not, meaning such refugees would be barred.

As lower courts and the Supreme Court weighed in on the travel and refugee bans in recent months, the U.S. refugee program has lurched from an ambitious projection of 110,000 arrivals for the year, to just a few hundred arrivals a week. Through the end of the fiscal year, Sept. 30, fewer than 52,000 will have entered the United States during the previous 12 months, a population close to Trump's stated desire to cap arrivals at 50,000.

The administration is expected to announce in the coming weeks what the maximum number of refugee arrivals for the coming fiscal year will be.

Human rights protections
threatened by authoritarians


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, the United Nations' high commissioner for human rights, painted a dark picture of growing violations and abuse around the world in an address to delegates at the opening of the 36th session of the U.N. Human Rights Council Monday.

While condemning the actions of violent extremists and terrorists, he warned of the greater dangers to society from governments that peel away at human rights protections, watching societies gradually unravel as an increasing number move toward authoritarianism and oppression.

The current session is expected to be particularly active. Over the next three weeks, the 47-member body will explore more than 80 topics and country reports presented by more than 25 human rights experts and investigative bodies on a wide range of issues, including torture, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances.

Two-hundred-and-30 side events organized by non-governmental organizations and an additional 50 state-sponsored side events will be held dealing with a myriad of issues, from the human rights records of specific countries to terrorism.

General debates will be held on the findings of reports submitted respectively by the U.N. Commissions of Inquiry on Syria and on Burundi. Vigorous, often contentious discussions are expected during interactive dialogues on human rights situations in dozens of countries.

High Commissioner Zeid presented an overview of the global situation in which he highlighted his concerns about extensive gross human rights violations in 39 countries.

He condemned the brutal security operation under way in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which, according to latest reports from the International Organization for Migration, has prompted more than 300,000 minority Muslim Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh in fewer than three weeks.

An independent international fact-finding mission on Myanmar next week will update the council on the alleged abuses carried out by the military forces.

The high commissioner called the human rights situation in Yemen extremely alarming, condemning the Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen for causing most of the nearly 14,000 civilian deaths and injuries since the start of the conflict in March 2015.

U.N. officials report that the Netherlands will table a resolution calling for an independent investigation on Yemen.

Separately, Zeid criticized the Trump administration for its decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, in October in six months’ time, despite evidence of its positive impact on the lives of almost 800,000 young migrants, and on the U.S. economy and society.

The United States, which was elected for a three-year term as a member of the council in October, is expected to play an active and, some would say, controversial role in this session.

On a visit to Geneva in June, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council that Washington’s continued membership in the organization depended on its reform of the elections and membership process, on removing Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories as a separate agenda item and on putting greater focus on country-specific human rights issues.

The United States, which has expressed concern about the human rights crises in Burundi and Venezuela, is expected to follow those issues closely. In response to an address by Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, at the council Monday, the U.S. mission issued a statement accusing him of trying to shift attention away from the Maduro regime’s sustained repression of political dissent.

The U.S. called this an affront to the council and urged the international community to condemn the Maduro regime for the assumption of legislative powers by an illegitimate constituent assembly.

This is the final year of Zeid’s mandate as high commissioner. In concluding his remarks, he noted that the world had grown darker and dangerous during this time.


India to provide assistance
to Afghan Defense Forces


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

India will provide more assistance to Afghan defense forces and implement new development projects in the war-torn country.

The announcement came at the first high-level meeting held between the two countries after U.S. President Donald Trump unveiled a new Afghan strategy in which he called on India to step up its role in Afghanistan.

A joint statement issued at the end of a day-long conference between the Afghan and Indian foreign ministers Monday in New Delhi said they have agreed to strengthen security cooperation, and India will extend assistance for the Afghan forces to fight terrorism, organized crime, trafficking of narcotics and money laundering.

Afghanistan has long pressed for greater Indian assistance in defense supplies and capacity building as it struggles to fight Taliban insurgents who have taken swathes of territory.

Although India provides economic aid to Kabul, it has been more measured in giving military assistance, wary that Pakistan has resisted a greater role for India in Afghanistan. India trains Afghan soldiers in its military academy and has supplied attack helicopters.

The two countries also said they would cooperate in overcoming challenges posed by Islamic terror groups. Both India and Afghanistan have long accused Pakistan of sheltering terror groups that mount attacks in their countries.

Saying that current regional trends bring India and Afghanistan more closer than ever, Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani said their friendship does not mean hostility with others in the neighborhood.

The new projects would include a dam and drinking water supply project for Kabul, a low-cost housing project for refugees, and a polyclinic in Mazar-e Sharif. New Delhi also said it will step up connectivity projects between the two countries, which remains a key challenge in the landlocked country, and start sending wheat shipments in the coming weeks.

India already has a $2 billion economic cooperation program in the country that includes building roads and hospitals.


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In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
9124-4/19/17


Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
REDUCED $40K - $355,000
HEALTH CONDITIONS REQUIRES QUICK SALE
This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
    Summary of House Features:

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

Etlinger Farm
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Beautiful farm in excellent location
At only an hour's drive from San José, minutes from Guápiles, and boardering Braulio Carrillo National Park, Etlingera Farms is one heck of an amazing farm. We purchased this 77-acre farm 10 years ago after many trips, and an exhaustive search. It has a little bit of everything we were looking for and a whole lot of beauty. Our average elevation of 600 meters helps to keep Bella Vista cool year round. This farm is nearly level with a semi-modern 2-bedroom house. A fairly rustic 2-bedroom caretaker's home. And, a comfortable, 1-bedroom cabin where we stay. We have 2 large barns, a chicken coop, and a 3-stall pig pen. There are two tilapia ponds and 2 hectarias, (approximately 5 acres) of different species of bananas. The property boarders Rio Blanco in the rear and has 300 meters of public road frontage. Water, electricity, and telephone are all serviced by public utility. Etlingera Farms was reforested with several thousand wood trees of different tropical varieties. We truly believe this farm is spectacular. Our neighbors are selling for as much as $20 per meter. We are negotiable, motivated and open to offers. Our location can be found by searching Etlingera Farms on Google Maps. Our webpage is www.etlingerafarms.com and photo album can be found at www.ticorico.com
9196-4/25/17

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

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

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Owner Financing in San Ramon
New Construction, and Ocean View 
Brand new home with 4-plus bedrooms and 3 baths all overlooking an incredible 180-degree view of the Pacific Ocean and mountains. Located only 45 minutes from the San Jose airport and about the same to the Pacific Ocean.  The lower level could be used as a separate apartment or mother-in-law setup. Home includes HUGE master  suite, CLOSETS, custom cabinets, granite counter tops, high wood ceilings, and all in an area that is 70-80 degrees year round. Priced at $199,000. Completion date is January.  See the Virtual Tour CLICK HERE or see our site here  www.whynotcostarica.com. If you would like to take a look at this amazing house, please give me a call at  Costa Rica # 506-8755-6743 or if from the States call # 509-570-1928 or email tim@whynotcostarica.com 
9143-2/3/17

Business for sale or lease (paid category)

Hotel in
                                  Escazú

For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú

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


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


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

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)

CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH
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Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
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in CR since 1979

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


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



ReMax
                                    Playas del Coco
We are an award-winning Team of Professional Agents working with Costa Rica’s #1 Selling Real Estate Agency RE/MAX Prestige Ocean Properties. Get to KNOW, LIKE & TRUST us and let us help you find YOUR Pura Vida! We have over 30 years of experience to educate our buyers and sellers in all aspects of Real Estate.  For Information on condos, homes, lots, farms, ranches, commercial or development property
CONTACT US TODAY with NO OBLIGATION whatsoever.

Link to Playas del Coco listings page HERE

Link to Playa Panama listings page HERE

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Toll Free 1-877-293-1456
Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

9174-2/7/18

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Published || Tuesday Edition, September 12, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 181
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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

Transit officer
                          during independence day
Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes photo      
Traffic officer blocks procession during independence week.

Traffic police announce restrictions
for weeklong celebrations

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As of Sept. 13, the Policía de Tránsito will apply a few restrictions in San José, as part the Costa Rican independence day celebrations.

On Wednesday, the Policía de Tránsito will close some roads at 11 a.m., with the purpose of escorting the Torch of Freedom arriving from the border with Nicaragua.



The escort will cover about 339 kilometers. It will begin with the entrance of the torch in the country and will end at 8 p.m. on Sept. 14 in Cartago, the original capital for Costa Rica during the early 19th century.


Thus, the route to the capital includes: Liberia, Bagaces and Cañas in Guanacaste and Esparza in Puntarenas, as well as San Ramón de Alajuela.

On Thursday, some parts of Paseo Colón and Avenidad Segunda, will be closed to allow the Desfile de Faroles, a tradition that represents the spirit of independence to file down the roads. On Friday, the Independence Day, a protocolary act will take place at Parque Nacional, so traffic around this park could be modified.



ICE creates tunnel for electric plant

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad finished up a new, 1,800-meter long tunnel after ten months of work Friday.

According to a statement from ICE, the tunnel was built to connect with the Tapantí tunnel directly with El Llano reservoir without passing through Tunnel 1, the original section of the pipeline that needs to be emptied for repairs. This was done to continue work without affecting the electricity output produced by the nearby Río Macho Hydroelectric plant and the drinking water supply to the Orosi sewer system.

The milestone happened Friday after officials and special guests paid witness to the last blast that allowed the two crews, working on opposite sides, to finally meet up. One crew began work from El Llano dam and the other crew excavated from Montecristo, ICE said. Dumpers were used in the extraction and in another, smaller section used adapted equipment such as a backhoe without a cab.

“As this new tunnel is parallel to the existing one, it was necessary to carry out controlled blasting in the zones of smaller separation,” said William Aguilar, the engineer in charge of the work.

The Río Macho plant will stop running between October and December as work will be done to dry the original tunnel and make the required repairs, ICE said.

Aside from the tunnel, more than 2,376 meters worth of sidewalks were installed at the Río Macho and Calle Sánchez. There were also improvements to the water system for those places and Orosi and some patching along Ruta Nacional 408, ICE said.

The hydroelectric plant is located in Cartago province past Paraíso.





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Peñas Blancas customs changes schedule

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The customs posts at Peñas Blancas along the northern border with Nicaragua will have a different schedule for today and tomorrow.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Hacienda, tourism and cargo transportation at the Aduanas will be from 6 a.m. until midnight based on the schedule established at the border. Operations will be carried out to control cargo transport units, the ministry said.

On Wednesday, from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., only tourism, vehicles, buses and cargo transport with perishable products will be admitted through the border. “The national and international tourism service at Aduana de Peñas Blancas, Costa Rica, will be restored when the Antorcha arrives at La Cruz,” a Monday statement from Hacienda said. That will be around 4 p.m. Wednesday for the units located in the primary zone of the customs-house.

The customs directorate said that it recommends users make preparations particularly if they have a shipment of perishable goods on the way.