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Bill would restrict gun ownership to single firearm
By Rommel Téllez
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some say three is fair while some others say just one is enough. Legislators at the Comisión Seguridad y Narcotráfico, at the Asamblea Legislativa are currently discussing a bill that would restrict the ownership of firearms and let people have just one gun instead of the three currently authorized by law.

The bill was introduced by the head of the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, Gustavo Mata with the purpose of providing the government better tools to control amount of firearms in the country, many which are not registered and are used by organized crime.

The discussion of the bill has no deadline but it already generates some controversy among the legislators and the public opinion. According to Marco Vinicio Redondo, lawmaker of the Partido Acción Ciudadana, this measure is absolutely necessary to for a safer society and to fight an emerging black market of weapons.

“A more controlled market is a market easier to assess,” said Redondo. “With fewer guns on the streets it is easier to track them down and avoid organized crime to have access to them. Further control is absolutely necessary to keep people safer.”

Redondo said right now the discussion is in an early stage to determine what will happen with people who already own more than one registered gun.

On the contrary, Libertarian legislators have openly opposed the proposal claiming it is a legal right to own as many legal firearms as a person wants. As long as everyone complies with the law, it is absurd to restrict this freedom, the libertarians said.

“This bill is far from improving the citizens’ safety, as it restricts the right of the people to protect themselves while ignoring that the black market will continue its operation with or without the reform,” said Natalia Díaz, legislator of the Movimiento Libertario. “It is obvious the spirit of this proposal is to leave the civil society unarmed along with all the negative consequences.”

The bill also states a prohibition to carry firearms in places where alcohol is sold or consumed. According to a statement from the libertarian faction, this would imply that people would be barred from restaurants and supermarkets, a measure that will be out of proportion.

The Colegio de Psicólogos de Costa Rica also showed its support to the initiatives, as long as it promotes a culture of peace, according to a statement.

“The possession and use of firearms is completely contradictory, since it encourages conflicts to be resolved using violence,” the document said.

“More controls that the state exercises, along with public policies for a culture of peace, will bring tranquility and safety to Costa Ricans.”

Destroying guns
Ministerio de Seguridad Pública photo       
Woman is invited to destroy
her turned-in guns.


confiscation
Ministerio de Seguridad Pública photo      
Police encourage people to willingly turn
in their guns.


Guns
Ministerio de Seguridad Pública photo      
Archived photo of illegal firearms seized
by police during various actions.


The government frequently promotes gun destructions in order to decrease the amount of arms that may end up in the hand of criminals. Back in March, Juan José Andrade, director of the Fuerza Pública, admitted to A.M. Costa Rica that organized crime is getting heavier weaponry at a rate the security forces cannot keep up with.

“This is a concern we have been talking about for a while, because criminal groups are getting heavier guns and that’s a huge threat to both police officers and civilians.” he said.

The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública is also requesting further changes in the law in order to prevent minors from buying ammunition, a situation which is already illegal but continues to happen.

According to data from the ministry, from January to April 2016, the country has imported 12.3 million ammunition cartridges.



Health ministry issues malaria alert for country
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The health ministry issued a new alert for malaria Wednesday evening.

“Costa Rica did not have transmissions from 2012 to 2015 however, this year there have been four cases of autochthonous transmission in Matina, three in Sarapiquí and, more recently, two in Pital de San Carlos,” the Ministerio de Salud said.

“Due to the high rate of constant migration between Costa Rica and Nicaragua, due mostly to labor reasons, and taking into account that this country is an area of high endemic and has recently reported a high number of cases, it was decided to declare health alert for increased risk of malaria in Costa Rica.”

The health alert mobilizes the ministry to increase surveillance of suspected malaria cases throughout the country. There is also an increase in communication and awareness actions to health personnel about symptoms and signs of malaria infection.

Within the surveillance component, there is a mandatory notification to the Ministerio de Salud of each suspected case within 24 hours of detection. An epidemiological investigation for all the cases follows within 48 hours, the health ministry said.

Health and agriculture personnel will also be trained and made aware on the symptoms and signs of malaria. In the meantime, Salud recommends taking basic precautions against mosquito bites such as covering exposed parts of the body, use a mosquito net and of repellant.

“Any confirmed case, regardless of their insurance status, must have immediate radical treatment so that the health services of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social must count on and provide the complete treatments to be administered immediately and strictly supervised, according to the guideline Obligación de Brindar Atención de Salud y Tratamiento a la Población Migrante Continental y Extracontinental en Costa Rica.”







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30,000 people may have their water service interrupted today, according to a statement from the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados.

AyA announced that the districts of San isidro, Patalillo and Dulce Nombre de Jesús will have a water outage beginning at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The interruption is due to maintenance needing to be done on the tank in Ipís.

The areas affected: Coronado Centro, San Antonio, Patalillo, Dulce Nombre, Los Ángeles, Villa Margarita, Cataluña, La Fabiola, El Carmen, El Rodeo, La Y Griega, Villaflores, La Esmeralda, La Calabria and San Francisco. “The works carried out during the indicated period, the interruption will occur once the residents consumes the available storage of the reserve tanks and that is the reason why the shortage could be smaller in some sectors,” AyA said in a statement.

The institute recommends residents take the necessary measures to prepare for the interruption such as storing water and using only when necessary.


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The cement monopoly is apparently broken.

New cement company on the block

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In the coming weeks Costa Rica will have a new competitor in the cement market.

Its name is Cementos Fortaleza, which will open a production plant in Barranca de Puntarenas, according to Olman Vargas, executive director of the Colegio Federado de Arquitectos e Ingenieros.

Carlos
                              Slim
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Cementos Fortaleza is owned by the Mexican businessman Carlos Slim, who also owns the telecommunications companies Telefónica and Movistar. Slim is considered one of the richest men in the world.

"The plant of a new cement factory in the country will be  inaugurated at the end of September,” said Vargas.

"It is a very important multinational called the Plycem Group.”

At the moment there is no information available about the amount of the investment.

“Due to the experience our group has in the cement market in countries like the United States and México, we have been working for three years to enter the Costa Rican cement industry," the company said on a statement.

The direct competition that this new company will have in Costa Rica are Cemex and Holcim, of Mexican and Swiss capital respectively. The arrival of the company comes amid a political scandal where leaders of public banks would have granted irregular loans to an entrepreneur in exchange for the import of Chinese cement.

The case was the reason for the resignation of one of the deputies of the Legislative Assembly, who was accused by his party of the crime of influence peddling. The group is part of a consortium dedicated to the manufacture and marketing of construction products.

The consortium owns 33 production plants in México, the United States, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras and Perú.


Alejandro Castro
Procomer photo     
Alejandro Castro from El Salvador was among
the impressed students from Central America.


Costa Rica exploring Central America for students to attend school here

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Offering Costa Rica's educational services in the Central American market is the reason why 14 national universities visited Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador between Sept. 4 and 9, under the coordination of the Promotora del Comercio Exterior.

During the tour, Central American students were invited to attend higher education or specialized technical studies in Costa Rica. Central America is one of the main markets for Costa Rican exports, as it shares language, culture and is a sister region, according to Álvaro Piedra, export director for Procomer.

"In Costa Rica we have a large number of Central American students studying in our universities and that is why we visit Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to expand the opportunities for Costa Rican schools," said Piedra.

One example is Alejandro Castro, a Salvadoran student of Computer Engineering. Castro stated that he was interested in engineering and during the last year he dedicated himself to investigate where he could take it and found that Costa Rica was a very good option, since he has a very developed career and could have the experience of knowing a new country.

 "I liked the university because the culture of Costa Rica is very welcoming," said Castro. "The teachers have a high degree of knowledge in their subjects and there is good infrastructure, which has made me feel very good."

The Costa Rican delegation also included: Intercultura,  Universidad Santa Paula, Unibe, UIA, Texas Tech University, Ulead, Invenio, Ucimed, Universidad Hispanoamericana, Universidad San Judas Tadeo, Earth, Universidad Latina, Ulacit, Universidad Véritas and Unitech.


Horses
Policía de Fronteras photo       
Some of the cargo looking pretty rough.

Malnourished steed
Policía de Fronteras photo       
Officer looks at one of the malnourished steeds.

Border police seize 17 horses

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Policía de Fronteras caught another batch of horses allegedly brought illegally from Nicaragua to be slaughtered and eaten here.

The cargo of 17 horses was being pulled by a truck driven by a man who was stopped near Los Chiles along the Nicaraguan border, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública. The driver was accompanied by a passenger who claimed to be the owner of the horses. Police became suspicious when this alleged owner showed a series of documents with various inconsistencies, the report said.

The marks on the animals denoting their owner were different from those presented on the paper and appear to be of Nicaraguan origin, police said. The horses were in deplorable condition with multiple sores and ulcers on their backs and limbs as well as being full of ticks and starved to the bone in some cases, said Allan Obando, the border police commissioner.

The Servicio Nacional del Salud Animal recommended confiscation of the animals and make them available for their examination.

So far this year, over 79 horses have been seized by the border police with a further 35 found abandoned. All of the beasts are apparently from Nicaragua. Obando said that the illegal trafficking of horses is usually done for the purpose of slaughtering and of human consumption. This, he said, endangers the public health due to possible contagious diseases.


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Scientists dive into research on Cocos Island marine ecosystem
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Scientists of the Charles Darwin Foundation are running a complex investigation at the Parque Nacional Isla del Coco to determine the impact of non-native species in the general marine ecosystem.

The research is conducted with the purpose of minimizing the negative impacts that those imported species could cause, as well as establishing prevention, early detection and rapid response protocols.

“Non-native species can be introduced from different regions of the world in the hulls of ships and in ballast water  or can be dispersed naturally by ocean currents,” said Inti Keith, researcher of non-native species at the Galapagos Islands. “The most serious issue is that non-native species can become invasive species by establishing, reproducing and expanding.”

The research completed its first expedition to Parque Nacional Isla del Coco on Aug. 12. Searches focused on gathering baseline information in order to further study the connectivity that exists between the Galapagos Islands and Cocos Island. The depth range of dives was between 10 and 30 meters and covered a variety of habitats including coral reefs, sand and rocky substrates.

During the dives a number of species thought to be non-native to Cocos Island were identified.

The next step is for scientists to is to classify the information. The introduction of non-native species has been identified as the second-most important reason for the loss of biodiversity worldwide, after habitat loss, the Fundación said in a statement.

The propagation of species has increased over the last decade due to the growth of global commerce, transport and tourism.

“Oceanic islands often have many ecological niches that have not been occupied due to the distance of colonizing populations, increasing the probability of a successful invasion,” said Keith.

“The geographical isolation of Isla de Cocos has limited natural migration of new species, allowing for the present species to evolve in absence of competitors and predators.”
 
Cocos is visited by an average of 3,000 divers every year. This research will facilitate the development of guidelines in order to protect biodiversity locally as well as regionally taking into account ecosystem services.



New design for Gran Hotel Costa Rica presented and approved
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Back in July 26, the owners of Gran Hotel Costa Rica presented their new design for the fifth floor of the hotel. The Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural asked the owners to adjust the design due to strong public debate based on unverified information.

This new design was presented to the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud Wednesday. “The project seeks to rescue the most important concepts of collective memory by linking them with a language of the present time, through a light construction system that does not affect the current structure of the building while dialoging in a sensitive way with its context,” the ministry said.

The concept comes from two basic principles: respecting the past and rescue collective memory. “The design seeks dialogue with the past through a glass box that recreates the silhouette of the arches expressed in the different versions of the fifth floor of the Gran Hotel Costa Rica,” said Samuel Bermúdez, general director of the Gensler firm of architects.

“Complementing this past, we affirm the collective memory through the use of a system frit glass where they interpret the figure of the arches rooted in the collective memory of the Costa Ricans.”

Regarding the design proposal, William Monge, the director of the patrimony institute, noted that historic buildings are living entities in use and this project has the full permission of the institute and the culture ministry.

Gran Hotel Costa Rica design
Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud photo      
Architect's rendition of the new design for the fifth floor.

The Gran Hotel Costa Rica was inaugurated in 1930 and had four floors with a fifth floor planned in the original design but not initially built.

The design corresponded to the work of architect Víctor Lorenz and was named the best hotel of the country during the 20th century. The hotel has had an almost unaltered image for its first four floors, the culture ministry said.

In 1934, Luis Paulino Jiménez Montealegre, the son of the owner of the hotel, began construction of the fifth floor.

By 1978, the grandson of the hotel owner carried out the second major remodeling of the facades of the fifth floor. The hotel has not undergone any major changes in its design since the 1990s, the ministry said.



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As the flesh-eating Leishmania comes closer, a vaccine does too
By the Georgia Institute of Technology press staff

Parasites that ulcerate the skin, can disfigure the face, and can fatally mutilate internal organs are creeping closer to the southern edges of the United States straight from Latin America and Costa Rica.

No vaccine is available against Leishmania yet, but researchers have now come closer to changing that. A new experimental vaccine, made with a proprietary biological particle developed at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has immunized laboratory mice that were genetically altered to mimic the human immune system.

The vaccine exploits a weakness in Leishmania’s tricky chemical camouflage, which normally hides it from the victim’s disease-fighting cells, to trigger a forceful immune response against the parasite, according to a new study.
Second-deadliest parasite

Leishmania are the second-deadliest parasites in the world, topped only by malaria, according to the World Health Organization. There are some 30 strains of Leishmania.

They are transmitted mainly through the bite of a phlebotomine sand fly, which feeds on blood, and global warming is expanding the insect’s potential habitat northward from Latin America.

The outbreak regions closest to the United States of leishmaniasis, the disease caused by the parasite, have come within roughly 300 miles of the border.

As with many diseases, many people who contract Leishmania, the parasite, may develop leishmaniasis, the disease, with varying symptoms, or perhaps even show no outward signs of the disease. But when it breaks out, it can cause large skin boils, and some forms severely eat away at the nose and lips, even removing parts of them.

If another form of the parasite gets into the bloodstream, it can damage the liver and spleen in a deadly form of the disease called visceral leishmaniasis, also known as black fever.

“If you don’t treat it, within 20 to 40 days visceral leishmaniasis very often kills the victim,” said Alexandre Marques, a professor in the parasitology department of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil, and one of the lead researchers on the new experimental vaccine.

Conventional treatment, though mostly effective, can leave behind small numbers of the parasite, which can lead the patient to relapse or act as a carrier, in a similar manner as malaria.

A vaccine could be better at halting or averting outbreaks. Leishmania, which are single-cell organisms about the size of large bacteria, have been a scourge in about 90 countries in South America, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and southern Europe.

Leishmania sore
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Here is one of the results associated
with the flesh-eating parasite.

Diagram of parasite
Georgia Tech graphic       
Diagram showing the second-deadliest parasite beaten only by malaria.

For decades, researchers have worked to find a vaccine against them and similar parasites without success. The new vaccine leverages intimate knowledge that Marques’s team has gained living and working on the edge of leishmaniasis outbreak regions.

The team has uncovered minute details on the outer surface of Leishmania that make it vulnerable to a human immune reaction. The potential new vaccine, invented at Georgia Tech, employs a fake virus as bait to attract major immune system forces to these weaknesses to attack them.

The fake virus, or virus-like particle, is not infectious, and the body destroys it after use. The lab has developed many variations of such particles in recent years, and other products containing it has already been through phase II human clinical trials.

The researchers published the results of their vaccination development and testing on Sept. 13, 2017, in the journal ACS Central Science. The research was funded by the National Institutes of Health, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Brazil’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Development.

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Amazon plans warehouse
for México growth spurt


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Amazon.com Inc. is preparing to open a 1 million square-foot warehouse near Mexico City, sources familiar with the project said, part of an effort to boost its presence in México's nascent e-commerce industry.

The new warehouse will be built in the Tepotzotlan municipality about 25 miles north of the Mexican capital, according to four Mexico City real estate professionals familiar with the plans. It will be completed next year, the facility would triple Amazon's distribution space in México, home to around 120 million potential customers.

Amazon's México push comes amid talks to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement, which could benefit the Seattle-based retailer if the United States persuades México to raise a $50 limit on the value of online purchases that can be imported duty-free.

Amazon is a relative newcomer to México; it opened its Kindle e-books site to Mexican customers in 2013 and expanded into sales of physical goods just two years ago. But it is growing much faster than rivals such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc., and is already the nation's third-largest online retailer. Amazon posted $253 million in sales in Mexico last year, more than double the year before, according to market research firm Euromonitor International.

Sharing a nearly 2,000-mile long border with the United States, México would seem a logical place for Amazon to expand. But duplicating the company's U.S.-style success could prove tougher.

Online shopping comprises nearly 3 percent of all retail sales in México compared with over 10 percent in the United States. Some Mexican shoppers are wary of online fraud and many do not have credit cards.

Some analysts believe Amazon is willing to take the risk as it races to bulk up in foreign markets to compete with fast-moving global competitors such as China's Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.

Amazon spokesman Julio Gil declined to comment on plans for a new warehouse in México. He said the company's Mexican unit is aiming to expand its product offerings, offer faster deliveries and make the purchasing process as smooth and secure as possible to inspire consumer confidence.

Amazon currently operates two distribution centers in México totaling more than 500,000 square feet (46,452 sq m), Gil said.

Both are in Cuautitlan Izcalli in the state of México, adjacent to the autonomous district of Mexico City, whose metro area is home to more than 20 million people.

The new warehouse will be constructed about 7 miles (11 km) from the existing facilities. All are located along the so-called NAFTA highway, an industrial belt that runs through Mexico's factory regions to the U.S. border.

The México-based real estate investment trust owns 34.2 million square feet of manufacturing and logistics space across México. Prologis declined interview requests.

At 1 million square feet, the new facility would be able to distribute bulky products such as furniture, as well as small items like books and microwaves, a set-up Amazon uses in other foreign countries, said Marc Wulfraat, president of the logistics consultancy firm MWPVL International.

If about 85 percent of the space is used for small products typical of a U.S. warehouse set-up Amazon would be able to store 15 million products and make up to 1 million deliveries a day nationwide. It would likely employ 2,000 to 3,000 people to handle the shipments, Wulfraat said.

The location could also serve as a distribution point for products going north to the United States, added Saunders from GlobalData.

Amazon's global operations stretch across 14 countries including Latin America's most populous nations, Brazil and México. That footprint fueled $11.5 million in net international sales in the second quarter, just over half the size of Amazon's North American sales.

Amazon's 2016 México sales fell well behind the market leader, Argentina's MercadoLibre Inc., with $435 million in sales, according to Euromonitor. Still Amazon edged out No. 4 Wal-Mart and was neck-and-neck with third-place Linio, a division of Berlin-based Rocket Internet.

All are fighting for loyalty from consumers largely unaccustomed to clickable shopping and wary of credit card and mail fraud.

That reluctance may fade as México's elite millennials gain purchasing power.

Still, México's vast wealth disparity and cultural differences lead some analysts to doubt whether Amazon can replicate a U.S. shopping concept. Amazon backed off from its investments in China, for example, after struggling to understand the local markets, said Gene Munster, managing partner at Loup Ventures.

If the United States, México and Canada raise the value of online purchases that can be imported duty-free as part of a modernized North American Free Trade Agreement, Amazon may be poised to reap rewards in México.

The proposal, which is backed by U.S. trade representatives, would push the duty-free limit on imports to about $800 from thresholds of $50 in México and $20 Canadian dollars. That would give consumers in those countries an incentive to buy big-ticket products online from the United States, an idea that President Donald Trump has championed in his "Buy American" agenda.

"We have to find a middle point that does not damage our economies with extreme liberalization," Mexico Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said at the conclusion of NAFTA talks in Mexico City early this month. The next round is scheduled for Ottawa in late September.

International trade analyst Claude Barfield of the American Enterprise Institute anticipates that even a compromise is unlikely to dash Amazon's plans for Mexico.


Workers on seasonal visas
tell panel of abuses in U.S.


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As Congress looks into ways to fix the immigration system, often with the goal of safeguarding job opportunities for U.S. workers, at least one immigration organization argues that current federal regulations fail to protect foreign visa holders from job misrepresentation, recruitment fees, exploitation, fraud and discrimination.

Four women who came to the U.S. on temporary visas were part of a panel discussion Tuesday in Washington to raise awareness of a system they said often treats human beings like commodities.

"In the workplace, there were about 80 of us, women, and we had a hard time," Adareli Hernandez, a former H-2B worker, said in Spanish during a discussion hosted by the Center for Migrant Rights, a Mexico-based organization with an office in Baltimore, Maryland.

Hernandez, who is from Hidalgo, México, looked for two years before she was finally able to get a H-2B seasonal non-farm work visa to work at a chocolate packing factory in Louisiana.

While men who worked at the factory earned higher wages by carrying and stacking boxes, women were relegated to packing chocolates on assembly lines with no time off for illness.

But after four seasons as an H-2B visa worker, Ms. Hernandez fought for better labor conditions along with 70 colleagues. She said though work conditions improved, the company decided not to rehire her or co-workers.

Though the report focuses on women migrant workers, CDM policy recommendations said: "All temporary labor migration programs should be subjected to the same rules and protection so that unscrupulous employers and recruiters do not use the patchwork of visa regulations to evade liability."

According to the Economic Policy Institute, about 1.4 million people are recruited to work in the U.S. each year through temporary work visas, including: H-1B, specialty occupations, H-2B, J-1, exchange visitor program, and TN, or Canadians and Mexicans in certain occupations under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

The visas may vary, but immigration and labor organizations report that recruited foreign workers face common patterns of abuses.

In 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security cracked down on abuse within the H-2B system, hoping to prevent the exploitation of workers and to ensure U.S. workers' awareness of available jobs.

Rachel Micah-Jones, CDM's executive director, said there is a need to ensure workers have basic protections, including the right to understand a contract before entering into an agreement with a U.S. company.

Immigration hard-liners agree about the need to protect visa workers, but they also express concern about the welfare of American workers.


European Union head rules
out Turkish membership


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The head of the European Union Commission has ruled out Turkish membership of the bloc for the "foreseeable future" because of human rights concerns. In his annual State of the Union address Wednesday, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker cited human rights concerns as the reason.

Addressing other topics, Juncker struck an upbeat tone compared to his annual address last year, which came in the wake of Britain’s vote to quit the bloc.

Juncker said the European Union is aiming to complete trade deals with Mexico and South American countries, and to open trade talks with Australia and New Zealand.

But he reserved strong criticism for Ankara, highlighting the ongoing trial of dozens of Turkish journalists and opposition activists on terrorism charges.

“The rule of law, justice and fundamental values have a top priority in the negotiations and that rules out EU membership for Turkey in the foreseeable future. For some considerable time Turkey has been moving away from the European Union in leaps and bounds. Journalists belong in editorial offices, amidst the heated debate, and not in prisons.”

Amnesty International, whose Turkey chairperson is among those detained, welcomed the focus of Juncker’s speech.

“Over 150,000 people actually are facing some kind of prosecution, or loss of their position in the civil service. This situation is intolerable and in terms of human rights in Turkey, dissent is becoming an endangered species,” Amnesty’s Turkey campaigner Milena Buyum said.

Istanbul residents offered mixed feelings on Europe’s rebuff Wednesday. 22-year-old Teoman Yilmaz said he understood Brussels’ position. “We cannot expect Europeans to be happy with us, especially when our own people are not happy about being here.”

Fifty five year old resident Cetin Dincer backs the crackdown led by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following last year’s failed coup. "We have no need for Europe. We're a self-sufficient country, but Europe doesn't want this."

Ending Turkey’s accession negotiations will be discussed next month at a Brussels summit. Europe’s migration crisis will also top the agenda. Juncker praised Italy for saving the honor of Europe by continuing to take in thousands of migrants. He pledged to address concerns of horrific conditions at migrant detention centers in Libya.

As for Brexit, Juncker said Britain would come to regret leaving the bloc, adding the European Union would look at admitting new members after Britain withdraws in 2020. EU officials say Serbia, Albania and Macedonia are the most likely candidates, but no date has been set for their accession.


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A pair of sperm whales has been sighted for the first time in Pakistani waters.

Whales sighted in Pakistan
for the first time ever

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A pair of sperm whales, the largest toothed predators on earth, has been sighted for the first time in Pakistani waters off the coast of southwest Baluchistan province on the Arabian Sea, officials said.

A group of fishermen spotted and filmed the whales 22 kilometers away from the coastal area of Jiwani, according to the Pakistan chapter of the World Wide Fund.

It said the fishermen, including some trained and quipped by WWF to observe marine life, spotted the spouts of two whales on Sunday and chased them out of curiosity for about one-and-a-half hours until they took a deep dive and disappeared into the sea.

“Eventually, the whales turned out to be a pair of sperm whales which had never been reported live from Pakistani waters,” said WWF’s Muhammad Moazzam Khan.

He said that skeleton of a sperm whale was reported in 2005 near the southern port city of Karachi and a few bones of another specimen were also found in Jiwani.

“I am very excited about seeing them in Pakistani waters. Until now regional experts were reading about it in books and seeing sperm whales in TV documentaries,” an evidently excited Khan said.

The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales and has the largest brain of any creature on earth. Their massive heads and prominent rounded foreheads easily make them recognizable, experts say.

The giant mammal mainly eats large squids and can dive as deep as 3,280 feet in search of food, about one ton a day, and they can hold their breath for up to 90 minutes on such dives. The size of a sperm whale is up to 12 meters in length and can weigh up to 58,970 kilograms


U.S. orders federal agencies
to remove Kaspersky Lab


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. security officials on Wednesday ordered government agencies to get rid of products and services from Kaspersky Lab, a Moscow-based cybersecurity firm.

Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Elaine Duke issued the directive, giving agencies 90 days to comply.

"This action is based on the information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products on federal information systems," according to a Homeland Security statement.

The department said the key concerns were ties between certain Kaspersky officials and Russian intelligence and other government agencies.

"This is a risk-based decision we need to make," said White House cybersecurity coordinator Robert Joyce, speaking at the Billington CyberSecurity Summit in Washington.

"The company must collaborate with the FSB, and so, for us in the government, that was an unacceptable risk," Joyce said.

The U.S. said it would give Kaspersky an opportunity to address its concerns in writing. Kaspersky has repeatedly denied it helps Russia with espionage efforts. On Tuesday, company founder Eugene Kaspersky took to Twitter to try to calm fears.

The directive came hours after the top U.S. intelligence official warned that Russia has been ramping up the pace of its operations against the United States.

"Russia has clearly assumed an ever more aggressive cyberposture by increasing cyberespionage operations, leaking data stolen from those operations," Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said at the cybersecurity summit.

Coats did not elaborate on the scope or target of Russia's cyberoperations, but warned that a range of enemies was increasingly seeking to weaponize public opinion.

"Adversaries use the internet as an echo chamber in which information, ideas or beliefs get amplified or reinforced through repetition," Coats said. "Their efforts seek to undermine our faith in our institutions or advance violence in the name of identity."

The top U.S. intelligence official also said hackers were increasingly targeting the U.S. defense industry.

In an unclassified report released in January, top U.S. intelligence agencies concluded Russian President Vladimir Putin waged an unprecedented influence campaign in an effort to sway the 2016 U.S. presidential election in favor of then-candidate Donald Trump.

As president, Trump has repeatedly questioned those assessments, suggesting at times it was unclear whether Russia was responsible. Just last week, however, an internal Facebook investigation found 470 Russian-linked accounts paid for thousands of political ads to appear during last year's presidential campaign.

Facebook said further investigation revealed another 2,200 ads might have originated in Russia, including ads purchased by accounts with IP addresses in the United States but set to Russian in the language preferences.

Despite the doubts raised by Trump and some of his supporters, former officials have remained steadfast that Russia was responsible for hacking into Democratic National Committee computers in an effort to discredit Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton.

"We personally reviewed every single piece of intelligence that went into that ICA and spent hours and hours talking to the analysts," said former National Security Agency Deputy Director Richard Ledgett.

"I am as certain of this as I'm as certain as gravity: that the Russian government directed this activity with the intent to influence the election," he said.


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* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

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

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


Hotel in
                                Escazú

For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú

Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot, incredible views. Flexible zoning. Can build 1550 Sqm. 7 meters high zoning. Easy to get liquor license. Low interest financing. Up to 40% financing / get residency through investor status / includes a corporation that is 27 years old and offshore banking account / possible 50/50 partnership. Super location in front of the Bosques de Escazú  Condos  / Monthly rentals available


Send an email hotelescazu@aol.com Call for more info:
Free US phone 877-778-8515  or 410-975-6703 
In Costa Rica phone: 506- 8307-0164
CODE 9249-10/28/17


Costa Rica
                                  Penthouse

Costa Rica Penthouse For Sale

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

Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  
U.S. contact: Carl Stratton, cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com
Costa Rica contact:  Dan Wise, phone numbers:  2232-4063 / 2232-8610  Email: danwisellawyer@yahoo.com
 CODE 9229-12/6/17


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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
CODE 9264-3/2/18

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
CODE 9267-9/28/17

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)

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in CR since 1979

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

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


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



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

San José called an island of heat, university scientists say

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

San José has significantly warmed up between 1960 and 2015, at a rate of 0.09 degrees Celsius per decade, according to records of the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.

The data was analyzed by Hugo Hidalgo and Eric Alfaro, experts from the Center for Geophysical Research of the Universidad de Costa Rica

These changes in temperature could be due to different reasons of human origin, such as the increasing urbanization that causes islands of heat or because of global warming of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the university said.

The island of heat is a phenomenon that occurs in urban centers where the surface has been covered with cement and many buildings have been built and is able to retain heat.

"They add the global effect of climate change, the human effect and the change in land use, which influences local temperatures," Hidalgo said.


Solar panel installation
Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad photo      
Installing some solar panels in the Río Peje community.

ICE installs solar panels
for rural electrification plan


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

306 installed solar panels mark one of the larger successes from the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad’s rural electrification program.

According to a statement from ICE, more than 4,670 solar electric systems were installed at 383 communities that were remote and relatively off the grid. ICE intends to install more for the local clinic for indigenous community at Alto Pacuare around the Turrialba area as well as for schools at Laurel Corredores and Sierpe de Osa.

According to Sebastián Álvarez, from the ICE energy conservation department, the service was also taken to six homes where patients are dependent on oxygen and insulin. These families live in the Zona Sur region of Costa Rica such as Golfito, Puerto Jiménez and around Buenos Aires de Puntarenas, he said. “Rural electrification using solar energy has been a permanent effort by ICE to reach the most remote places in order to meet basic needs and improve the quality of life for families,” he said.

This plan first began back in 1998 to provide electricity in places where it is not possible to provide electrical service using the conventional grid network, ICE said. Aside from schools and healthcare facilities, ICE has also installed these solar panels at border posts and wildlife shelters in the nature preserves.

The goal of the institute is to add another 150 solar-powered systems using funds provided to the program by the Inter-American Development Bank.




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Hacienda sending alerts out on filing taxes

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

25,000 workers received a text message or email from the tax collector this month letting them know of any problems or procedures to continue with their tax obligations.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Hacienda, the Dirección General de Tributación is sending information to taxpayers to proceed with reviewing their statements and rectify their situation before the treasury if they are having problems. Officials of the directorate are reviewing the possible inconsistencies presented within their statements, the finance ministry said.

As part of the control plan, the tax status of these individuals previously selected as possible tax risks based on their income tax statements for the 2016 period will be checked individually. Based on data from the tax collection office, it appears that half of all professionals settle their decision without tax.

“They are considered tax risks, those cases in which taxpayers fail to declare income, acquire movable and immovable property that reveal signs of wealth, including personal expenses, in statements or credits not related to business, payment to relatives, among others,” said the finance ministry’s Wednesday statement.

“The greatest risks were detected in professionals in the areas of business consulting, medicine, architecture, engineering, law, accounting, IT and veterinary.”

According to the tax code of Costa Rica, the penalty for not declaring the correct amount of taxes is equivalent to 150 percent of the amount not paid.

“Paying well and on time the taxes that correspond is much more profitable than to stop paying or do it incorrectly, with the consequent risk of being marked by the Administración Tributaria,” said Carlos Vargas, the general-director of taxation. “Facing the consequences of non-compliance is not a pleasant experience for anyone.”