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Today marks the end of a fiscal year of struggles
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Today is the end of the fiscal year, and those in business can only hope for better times in the next 12 months.

The year has been plagued by uncertainty, lax enforcement of immigration laws, still enforcement of others and a manipulated colon-dollar rate.

There may be as many as 250,000 persons unemployed and actively seeking jobs. A recent job fair promising 1,000 openings drew 13,000 persons.

The uncertainty stems from the central government effort to put in place a 14 to 15 percent value-added tax. The measure is in the legislature. Those in business are hard-pressed to estimate the impact of the measure, particularly since the final form is not known.

The government eased the introduction by calling for an initial 14 percent rate that would quickly rise to 15 percent.  Such taxes assess every step of the production process, and they generate far more government income than a sales tax, which is what the country has now.

Also hanging over business here is the government's growing deficit and annual budget deficit. No amount of new taxes will cover these expenses, and the Luis Guillermo Solís administration has failed to impress the public with its competence.

In fact, Central American Date, the online financial reporter, just called the country an ineptocracy, meaning a place run by the

inept. The Urban Dictionary describes the term as "a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers"

The producers are being reduced in number. The full impact of Intel Corp shutting down its chip-making facilities here has yet to be felt. Other, smaller firms have either failed or decided to move to countries where the salaries and social charges for employees are less.

Agricultural firms in the western part of the country are dealing with an unprecedented drought while those in the east are recovering from massive flooding.

Immigration officials have been allowing Nicaraguans to enter the country to work on tourism visas, and many expats have declined to become official residents because the government is assessing an assessment for the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. Illegal employees seem to be the norm in some industries, and these do not pay taxes.

On the other hand, the tax officials are known to change the rules. These officials tried to slap tourism firms with five years of back sales tax because they changed the definition of what should be covered. A resolution to that problem still is in the legislature.

Th annual tax return for most businesses is due Dec. 15 this year, and the Dirección General de Tributación is promising more oversight.

Central market will celebrate coffee this Thursday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Coffee lovers will find what they like Thursday at San Jose's Mercado Central when the merchants there celebrate the Día Internacional del Café.

The Union de Comerciantes del Mercado Central said that a number of other organizations and firms would be present to serve free coffee. There will be a voluntary donation for a social project, the merchant group said.

Coffee aromas hang heavy in the air around the market. There are some major retail coffee outlets there and nearby with constant grinding of beans.

Thursday the event is from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the merchants promise the traditional aspects of a Costa Rican fiesta: Mascaradas, those giant papier-mâché heads, and cimarronas, those brass street bands. Most certainly there will be typical dancing, too.

Also participating are the Asociación Costarricense de Baristas, the Instituto del Café de Costa Rica and the Asociación de Cafés Finos, said the merchant group.

The merchant organization noted that


coffee, the grano de oro, has played a majorrole in the history of Costa Rica. In fact, coffee changed the country from subsistence agriculture to exportation in the middle of the 19th century. Great wealth followed.

The Mercado Central is between the pedestrian boulevard and Avenida 1. The market dates from 1880 and now has about 200 stores inside.

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And we’ll publish the Halloween stories next

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'Where Tapirs and Jaguars Once Roamed' graphic       
Map shows the location of the biological corridor

Ever-evolving Costa Rica
provides another series of tales

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Jack Ewing, the Costa Rican environmentalist and story teller, has produced a second book that starts at the beginning: That is before North and South America joined 15 million years ago.

The highly personal book is "Where Tapirs and Jaguars Once Roamed."
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The location is where Ewing has lived since the early 1970s on what is now Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge.

Probably no one is more surprised than Ewing that he still is here. The Colorado native and cattleman arrived in December 1970 as an escort to a plane load of Canadian cows. He and his wife and young daughter made the trip from Miami, as described in the introduction, titled "You Make Mistake, Maybe We Die."

The mistake would have been

underestimating the weight of the 37 cows on the World War II vintage DC-6. Ewing, the storyteller, recalls every bounce in the craft as it managed to reach what was called El Coco International Airport, now Juan Santamaría.

Ewing, the environmentalist, is introducing the reader to the way Costa Rica was and the way it could be. Hacienda Barú was once a cattle ranch, but Ewing converted it into a tropical rainforest reserve that is now a tourist attraction. The location is near Dominical on the Pacific coast.

He first described that process in "Monkeys Are Made of Chocolate," his 2005 book. The new book promotes the restoration of the Tapir Biological Corridor. As he says in the preface:

"Although tapirs no longer roam in the corridor that bears their name, they may still be found at both ends. The dream of the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor project is that people will work together to restore natural habitat, especially along rivers and streams, thus connecting larger areas of rainforest. The ultimate sign of success will be the migration of tapirs into the corridor from the Los Santos Reserve to the north and Corcovado Nacional Park to the south."

The tapir is an herbivorous mammal about the size of a pig that can be found in many Latin American countries. The ones in Costa Rica are Baird's tapir (Tapirus bairdii). Costa Ricans call them dantas. A mother and offspring are shown on the book cover.

The subtitle of the book is "Ever-Evolving Costa Rica," which pretty well characterizes the many short tales ranging from grave robbers to the local moonshine.

Ewing, 72, is currently president of two environmental organizations, the Association of Friends of Nature and the Foundation for the Path of the Tapir Biological Corridor, his publisher, PixyJack Press said.

The 288-pages features cover art by Jan Betts, who lives near San Isidro de Pérez Zeledon. It is available at Amazon and other literary outlets.

Eduardo Li expected to appeal extradition

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Swiss government has authorized the extradition of Eduardo Li to the United States, but the Costa Rican soccer official is expected to appeal the decision.

The Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto confirmed the Swiss decision Tuesday and said that it was providing consular support for Li as provided by international agreements.

Li is one of 14 international soccer officials and associates who were detained in May in Switzerland at a meeting of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.

The allegations include kickbacks from intermediaries who arranged media coverage of world soccer events.

Li founded the Puntarenas soccer team and headed the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol.

Construction chamber pleased by rejection

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Cámara Costarricense de la Construcción has applauded the decision by the Contraloría General de la República to reject a contract for a new, $12 million government building.

The building was to be for the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes in Plaza Víquez in San José.

The Contraloría, the budget and contract watchdog, said that the management of the bid process damaged the good faith of the other bidders. The contract had gone to EUROBAU S.A.

The ministry set a five-day period for submitting bids, and the construction chamber protested at the time.

Change in airwaves law advances

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A committee has sent to the full legislature a bill that would eliminate steep fines and cancellation of licenses for media outlets that aired vulgar language or transmissions contrary to what the current law calls good customs. 

The current law also provides penalties for airing false information or for being alarmist without reason.

The proposed changes are to protect the liberty of expression of the press, according to Javier Cambronero Arguedas, one of the lawmakers involved.

The decision was by the Comisión Permanente Especial de Ciencia, Tecnología y Educación.

The bulk of the current law was passed  in 1954.

Our reader's opinion
Elderly Gringos called prime targets

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I was disappointed to read the latest story in A.M. Costa Rica today about the latest gun control legislation being proposed and the statement that it is not a right for persons to be able to defend themselves with a firearm, but a concession of the State. 

As usual, the anti-gun people don't seem to understand that the problem with firearms is not the honest law abiding people, who would respect the laws, but with the criminals who don't respect any laws and are definitely armed, putting the rest of the citizens at their mercy.   

How many home invasions would be stopped or prevented if the criminals knew that the odds were good that the occupant of the home was armed and would defend themselves, or the street robbers who act with impunity had to fear bystanders or their intended victim could actually defend themselves?

Guess the politicians and wealthy with bodyguards don't have to worry as much about this issue, but for an elderly Gringo, and believe me, we know we are prime targets for the young criminals. This does not make Costa Rica an attractive place to come, to invest, retire or vacation.  

Once again, this government seems set on discouraging Gringos from coming or living here, as they clearly are unable to control the crime or protect us, but they sure want our money.  Wonder what will happen when all the Gringos and their money leave having had it with a country that clearly does not want us here.
Jim Day
Playas del Coco

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Costa Rica remains in top half of world competitiveness rankings
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
and A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The country earned 52nd place in the World Economic Forum's  Global Competitiveness Report, one place lower than last year.

Costa Rica was awarded 4.3 points based on 12 so-called pillars, such as infrastructure, macroeconomic environment, health and primary education, business sophistication and innovation, to rate a country’s competitiveness.

Some 140 countries were rated.

Panamá with 4.4 points placed in 50th position, and Turkey was 51st.

Costa Rica found itself grouped with Romania, Bulgaria, India, Vietnam, México, Rwanda, Slovenia, Macedonia and Colombia, all with 4.3 points.

Costa Rica ranked highest with a 5.9 score on health and primary education and lowest on innovation with 3.7

The World Economic Forum says that the rankings assess the competitiveness landscape of the 140 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity.
At the top of the list were Switzerland, Singapore, the United States, Germany, the Netherlands and Japan with scores from 5.5 to 5.8

In Latin America and the Caribbean the forum said that greater resilience against future economic shocks will require further reform and investment in infrastructure, skills and innovation. Chile (35th) continues to lead the regional rankings and is closely followed by Panama and Costa Rica. Two large economies in the region, Colombia and Mexico, improved to 61st and 57th.

The report said countries that fail to embrace the structural reforms needed to boost productivity and encourage

entrepreneurial talent are losing out in the global competitiveness race. It said driving productivity levels forward is important to achieve growth, bring unemployment rates down and be competitive.

It noted that economic growth has returned in most countries, but not to 2008 pre-crisis levels. The report warned that emerging markets that have failed to improve competitiveness since the recession will have great difficulty absorbing future shocks to the global economy.

Margareta Drzeniek-Hanouz, lead economist and head of Global Competitiveness and Risks for the World Economic Forum, noted that the digitalization of machines and manufacturing is becoming more important in the global economy. But she said the human factor is crucial for future competitiveness.

“And when we see also how the top economies have fared in comparison to some of the economies that rank well, we see that across the board, the common factor is that the top-ranking economies did actually very well in terms of this human factor," she said. Examples of the human factor, she said, include education, nurturing of talent, the flexibility of the labor market and the ability of the business sector to adapt to changes in the country.

Key findings showed the trend in the larger emerging markets is mainly one of decline or stagnation. But the report noted that India and South Africa appear to be bucking this trend, with both countries moving up in the rankings. It said 28th-ranked China is the most competitive in this group of economies, but China's failure to move up in the rankings shows that the country is facing some difficult economic challenges.

The report said sub-Saharan Africa continues to grow at close to a 5 percent annual rate, but competitiveness and productivity remain low, largely because of volatile commodity prices. 

Most African countries are in the bottom half of the competitiveness ranking, with Guinea at number 140. 

Law enfrocement agencies sweep areas of San Carlos to reduce crime
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

More than 50 law enforcement officers descended on low-income areas of San Carlos and checked out  240 persons, 35 vehicles and  66 motorcycles.

The sweep included the Fuerza Púbica, the Judicial Investigating Organization and the Policia de Migración.

Several pineapple operations also received police visits during the Friday sweep. A report said that the officers located 76 Nicaraguans who were in the country illegally and that they were given appointment to change their status to legal.

The places that police visited were  Barrio Chino, la Puñalada, Puerto Escondido, Nuevo Pital, La Trinchera, San Luis and Veracruz Resident have complained of increased criminal activity in San Carlos for the last year.

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Some of the items turned up by police.

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Amigos de las Americas is marking 50 years of Latin American service
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Since it was founded in Houston 50 years ago, Amigos de las Americas has sent 26,000 U.S. high school and college students to work on projects in Latin American communities.

“Our approach is not necessarily to help the needy. That is not what we do," said Marta Ascherio, an Amigos de las Americas regional director. "What we do is create programs that invest in the capacity of young people to be leaders for themselves and leaders for their communities.”

Sara Nathan, Amigos de las Americas president and CEO, said participants work on projects to improve education, health care or community resources.

“They are really also about training and giving young people the experience of learning how to identify something to do in their communities and carry it out themselves,” she said.

Former volunteer and current staff member Ryan Kingston was studying computers when he signed on for what turned out to be a transformative experience.

“It was really great to get to know kind of what it is like to travel and to live in a different circumstance and to really

focus on learning a new language and developing a whole other part of my brain that I hadn’t really been working on,” Kingston said.

Since 1965, Amigos volunteers and staff have developed lasting friendships in Latin America.

Ms. Ascherio said she learned that character and virtue have little to do with economic circumstances.

“I didn’t see it as poverty. I saw it as my friends and my family," she said. "And so I think it gave me this really unique perspective on: What does poverty mean? What does it mean to be happy? What does it mean to have enough? What does it mean to have a life?”

Over the years, Amigos de las Americas has expanded from summer programs to some programs that last up to a year and at least one U.S.-based program.

“It is the first program Amigos has run where we bring Latin Americans to the United States to do their training and then they go home to do their service abroad,” Ms. Nathan said.
Ms. Nathan said many Amigos participants go on to make careers in the U.S. Foreign Service or other international programs.

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Unfurnished 400-sq. ft. apartment, with modern kitchen, located on beautiful Junquillal Beach is waiting for you. Sea Turtles are common to this beach. Great area for surfing one of C.R.'s premier surf spots or boogie boarding. Close to a market, restaurants and more touristy areas - Playa Negra and Tamarindo, if you want shopping, etc. This area is a great community. If you are looking for a nice relaxing area, this is it. $500 month + electric, visit our Web page - plumitapacifica.com  - for more info, photos and to view a video. Or call (506) 5004-3473.

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Small furnished apartment with private entrance for one or two adults. No pets. Located in Colonia del Rio, San José, approx. 1.5 miles northeast of San José Centro. Location can be seen in Google maps: Calle 24 on the Rio Torres. Apartment fronts the river.  All utilities including Wi-Fi and TV cable. Photos on request. $350 a month with a month's deposit and three months minimum rent. Enclosed garage available for $50. Available Oct. 26. Email bobbyruffin22@gmail.com. telephone 2256-9426.

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Flow of recruits continuing
for forces of Islamic State

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Slow progress in the U.S.-led effort to ultimately destroy the Islamic State terror group is being mirrored by equally sluggish progress in the attempt to stem the flow of foreign fighters to the combat zones in Syria and Iraq.

For months now, U.S. military officials have said the Islamic State has been finding ways to replace fighters lost to the now more than 7,000 coalition air strikes “at the rate we kill them.” And while some of these newcomers are novices to the art of guerrilla warfare and terror, many more are not.

“As a general rule, our observation of ISIS is that they tend to be pretty tactically proficient,” one U.S. official said of recruits on the condition of anonymity. “A lot of them have significant combat experience.”

The official, who was not permitted to speak about the matter publicly, said that experience has been paying off for the Islamic State in places like Ramadi and Bayji, where fighters have been holding off Iraqi forces with a mix of tactical prowess and a steady stream of reinforcements.

U.S. officials say part of the problem is that one of the most popular entry points for foreign fighters, the Turkish-Syrian border, remains porous despite increased efforts by Turkey to clamp down.

The result is that, on average, about 1,000 foreign fighters are making their way to Syria each month.

A report released by U.S. lawmakers Wednesday put the number of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria at nearly 30,000, including 4,500 Westerners and 250 U.S. citizens.

At a United Nations summit in New York Tuesday to discuss the growing terror threat, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the U.N.’s latest data show a 70 percent increase in the number of foreign fighters from more than 100 countries.

U.S. officials worry the recent Russian military build-up in Syria designed to support President Bashar al-Assad, could also expand the pool of would be foreign fighters.

“Many modern terrorist groups are rooted in the legacy of battling the former Soviet Union in Afghanistan,” a U.S. counterterrorism official said. “It would not be surprising if ISIL features the Russian build-up as a tie into their apocalyptic narrative, and to help bridge the generational divide among jihadists with Moscow’s actions in Afghanistan and Syria as bookends.”

U.S. defense officials admit the challenge, especially when it comes to the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, is significant.

“They have a very effective social media campaign to attract would-be jihadists,” a senior defense official said. “But as we continue our fight against ISIL and they continue to have setbacks that attraction will wane.”

Others are not nearly as confident.

“We are not only failing, we are losing this war,” retired U.S. Gen. Jack Keane told U.S. lawmakers during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday. “We have not impacted the ideology or ISIS recruiting.”

Activists working on the ground to prevent the recruitment of foreign fighters say one reason for the struggle to slow extremist recruiting is the global response, itself, often put out in the form of government action plans.

“I've been meeting up with Muslim youth from all over Europe and also quite a few from USA,” said Yousef Bartho Assidiq, a former radical from Norway. “They feel that the plan is out of touch with the reality on the ground and it's more like a policy tool for politicians and elected officials.”

Keneshbek Sainazarov, based in Kyrgyzstan with the non-governmental organization Search For Common Ground, said evidence indicates the number of recruits from Central Asia is growing, with extremists increasingly targeting women using a combination of social media and in-person outreach.

Still, he refused to attribute the growth to any one factor.

“Economic difficulties in Russia is contributing to the recruitment significantly,” Sainazarov said. “Punitive measures used by law enforcement and security agencies is another contributor.”

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul warned the U.S. is not immune to the problem.

“We are losing in this struggle to keep Americans from the battlefield,” he said. "When you have 200,000 ISIS tweets per day going out to thousands of followers in the United States every day to kill, to kill military, to attack military installations, it's really hard to get around that from a security standpoint." Still, officials argue there has been some progress.

INTERPOL, the international police organization, said Wednesday its database of fingerprints and other data needed to help identify foreign fighters has increased to more than 4,000 so-called identifiers. Officials said information sharing among member states has also increased, leading to some apprehensions.

Analysts also point to the actions of Sunni Arab countries in the Middle East, some of which had tacitly supported the flow of foreign fighters, seeing it as a chance to take down the Syria’s Shi'ite rulers.

“It’s too early to point to success stories, but the fact that this is much higher up on Arab states’ radars is very clear,” said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “There have been measures taken to disallow travel, for example, males of certain age groups, to monitor people who are returnees from the area, and to deal with it from both a criminal justice approach and also from a demobilization slash rehabilitative approach.”

Taliban torch radio station
that was run by a woman

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Reporters Without Borders Tuesday condemned the Taliban’s torching of a woman-run radio and TV station in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz shortly after overrunning it.

Taliban forces seized Kunduz Monday in a surprise move that marked the first time the insurgent group captured a major city since being ousted from power in 2001.

In a statement, the French-based media advocacy group said Taliban forces occupied government buildings and the offices of local media organizations in Kunduz, including independent local broadcaster Roshani Radio and TV, torching and destroying much of the equipment.

In a brief interview from an undisclosed location on Tuesday, Sediqa Sherzai, the proprietor of the station, confirmed the Taliban attack on her station.    

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid rejected as government propaganda that Taliban fighters have indulged in looting banks, shops, government and non-government offices.

Under the Taliban, Afghanistan had one state-run broadcaster, Radio Voice of Sharia.  The media sector has since undergone rapid growth since the fall of the Taliban regime and is regarded as one of the success stories of the past 14 years.

About 100 journalists work in Kunduz province, which has a population of about 1 million and at least five radio stations, three TV stations and five newspapers.  Many journalists have fled the city, and radio and TV stations have stopped operating since the Taliban’s takeover.

Heavy fighting raged near Kunduz City Airport Tuesday as government forces, backed by U.S. airstrikes, engaged in a counteroffensive to wrest control of the city.

Rahimullah Samandar, the head of a national journalists' association, said that many journalists had fled to the airport to where government forces have retreated.

“All of the media have stopped working,” he said.

Zarghonah Hasan, who runs two radio stations in Kunduz, called the torching of Roshani Radio and TV an attack on media and women.

She said she had lost contact with her journalist colleagues and was worried about their fate.

Reporters Without Borders said it “is very worried about the situation of the media in Kunduz, which continues to be controlled by the Taliban, and about the fate of several journalists of whom there has been no news since yesterday morning.”

Georgia executes woman
who helped murder husband

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A woman convicted for the 1997 murder of her husband has been executed in the southeastern U.S. state of Georgia, despite a flurry of last-minute legal maneuvers and a personal appeal by Pope Francis to spare her life.

The woman, Kelly Gissendaner died by lethal injection early this morning at a prison facility outside the capital city, Atlanta.  The 47-year-old Ms. Gissendaner was the state's only female on death row, and the first to be executed by the state since 1945.

Ms. Gissendaner was initially scheduled to be executed Tuesday night, but it was delayed as her lawyers filed several unsuccessful requests with state and federal courts to postpone the procedure, including three separate requests to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the pope's diplomatic representative, sent a letter to the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles on Francis's behalf, asking the board to commute Ms. Gissendaner's sentence "to one that would better express both justice and mercy."  The board is the only legal entity in Georgia authorized to issue commutations.

Ms. Gissendaner was convicted for conspiring in the stabbing death of her husband with her lover, Gregory Owen, who actually carried out the crime. Her lawyers and supporters argued that her sentence was disproportionate to her actual crime, as Owen was sentenced to life in prison and is eligible for parole in 2022. They also noted that Ms. Gissendaner had undergone a profound spiritual transformation during her time in prison, becoming a source of comfort and encouragement for her fellow inmates.

Ms. Gissendaner was originally scheduled to be executed in February, but it was delayed because of a winter storm.  It was rescheduled for a month later, but corrections officials canceled that date over concerns about the quality of the lethal drugs to be used in the execution.

Trump proposes a tax plan
to eliminate or cut rates

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Republican presidential campaign entered a new week with some memorable moments. Frontrunner Donald Trump revealed his tax plan Monday in New York while rival Carly Fiorina barely escaped a falling curtain wall at an event in San Antonio, Texas.

Trump promised to cut income taxes for middle-class as well as wealthy Americans, while eliminating them altogether for people making less than $25,000 a year. He also said he would slash corporate taxes by half and reduce taxes for businesses, both to help create new jobs. He said he would eliminate exemptions and close tax loopholes for the rich.

"We are lowering taxes very substantially, we are simplifying and we are getting rid of deductions that are actually obsolete," said Trump.

Trump's Republican rivals did not have comments. Sen. Marco Rubio was quite emphatic about it during a radio interview.

"I am not interested in the back and forth to be a member or part of his freak show," said Rubio.

Democratic Party presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton slammed Trump's proposal, saying the rich would benefit most from it.  But both she and Trump have criticized the loopholes that help speculators, such as hedge funders, avoid taxes.

Trump was well received at a meeting with Christian and Jewish clergy Monday in his Trump Tower offices.

"He wasn't trying to pander to us to gain our support.  He was speaking to us as one of us," said one pastor who attended.

But the polls show the billionaire's Republican rivals catching up to him, with former surgeon Ben Carson only one point behind in opinion surveys.

"It kind of reflects what we've been seeing out on the road, just tremendous crowds but enormous enthusiasm,” said Carson.

Former business executive Fiorina had a memorable moment during her campaign Monday when she barely escaped a heavy curtain wall crashing onto the stage where she spoke.

Ms. Fiorina joked afterward that the fall could have been arranged by Trump or Clinton.

Some in Congress seek
to block payments to Iran

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Congress is considering a bill that would block President Barack Obama from releasing frozen Iranian assets until Tehran pays compensation to victims of Iranian-sponsored terrorism.

Rep. Patrick Meehan of Pennsylvania, a Republican, is sponsor of the Justice for Victims of Iranian Terrorism Act.

"Iran shouldn't get one red cent in U.S. sanctions relief until it has paid its victims what they are owed," Meehan said. "I oppose the Iran deal, but surely we can all agree that Iran should not reap any benefits from the U.S. until it has compensated the families of those whose lives were taken by Iranian terrorists."

Meehan said U.S. courts have ordered Iran to pay $43.5 billion to the victims of Iranian-backed terrorist attacks and their families. They include the 1983 attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Lebanon, the 1996 Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia and various other attacks on buses and shopping centers and hostage taking. Iran has yet to pay any damages.

It is unclear whether Meehan's bill has enough support to win House approval. The measure also has to get through the Senate and would need Obama's signature.

At least one victim of Iranian brutality, Sarah Shourd, who spent more than a year in solitary confinement in an Iranian prison for alleged spying in 2009, opposes the compensation bill.

She wrote in the political journal Roll Call that forcing Iran to pay terror victims out of frozen assets would endanger other Americans still held in Iran. She said it could also derail the nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers, including the United States.

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Lovely east coast property for sale
This is a huge property surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. The house is about 85% built, but I will give you the property completely finished.  The whole land includes 7,886 m2 or 84,884 ft2 of forest and gardens in a mountain area of Cimarrones, Limón, east coast. Full house with large master bedroom plus bathroom. One extra guest bedroom. Large dining room. Large kitchen area. Another extra bathroom for guests. Large laundry room and two cellars (storage areas). The house has wide corridors where you will see a breathtaking view of large gardens and forest.  I am open to hear your offer. The full property and land price is $125,000. Call Harold Fonseca, Phone number (506) 8702-4217, Email: hfonseca24@gmail.com

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Charming small oceanfront hotel for sale in Playa Palo Seco
Ideal oceanfront location with back up to a mangrove estuary. The
charming small hotel has a fully equipped kitchen, bar and restaurant and is exceptionnally well maintained. Located on a very private beach of the central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica 35 minutes north of Quepos-Manuel Antonio and 45 minutes south of  Playa Jacó. The main building is a two-storey house with 12 bedrooms. The lot measures 3,054 M2. Beautiful gardens around the large pool and exceptional flora and fauna. Well mentioned in tourist guides like Lonely Planet and Guide Ulysse. Offered at $999,000. USD
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834.62 square meters property with 326 square meters construction. Two-storey house with front porch, entry lobby, living room, dinning room, large kitchen, breakfast room, large cupboard, 3 ½ bathrooms, 3 large bedrooms, the main bedroom includes jacuzzi and balcony. Playground, office, laundry area, garage for two cars, own and municipal potable water supply, electricity service, cable TV system, A/C. Located 700 meters from Las Colinas Golf Course, near the airport, Tamarindo Beach and the best beaches of the country. Excellent construction and great details. Price $349,000. 2,866.33 square meters building lot with three terraces. Price $75,000. For more information, please contact us:
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Small private ranch for sale
This exceptional private ranch sits on a 9+ hectare lot and supports 15-20 horses. Only 2 hours south of San José, on the road to Puriscal. Roomy stalls all with drains, water hookup, lights and fans, grooming and shoeing área. Two-story house all furnished and cowboy house. Don't miss your chance on that turnkey operation.  Offered at $749,000.
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Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail azucarb@racsa.co.cr or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: mmpeace@hotmail.com   Check out slide show HERE!

A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

A beautiful American style suburban home, 2,700 sq ft of living space with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front and rear living rooms, laundry area, kitchen and small attached library nook, arched windows and doors and connected hallways, exotic wood interior ceilings and trim, tile floors thru-out.  The lot is 835 m2 with mature landscape and orchid nurseries surrounding the house. There is an enclosed workshop and BBQ area in the back yard with lots of storage under roof, plus a nursery for an herb/vegetable garden.  This is a very well-kept property with many upgrades, a private feel but yet only 5 minutes from the center of town.  Pérez Zeledón is the commercial hub of the southern zone and considered to be one of the best places to live in all of Costa Rica, the perfect size town, not too big and not too small.  The beach is 45 minutes to the west and a short drive to the cool mountains is to the east. In between, this large valley has a moderate climate.  Pérez has plenty of modern goods and services, an excellent farmers market, private schools, private doctors and clinics, all you need without having to go to the crazy madness of San José.    Just reduced to $199,000.  Call  Jeff: 8824-8113 or 8725-8176.  Email:  angelsdad@me.com

Aerial Ocean and Volcano Views with Boutique Coffee! 33 Acres $380,000. Click HERE!

For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
Panoramic ocean view lot  5,400 sq. ft. (500m2)  $6,500. Financing available.
For rent two-bedroom house  five minute walk to water $350 a month.
Call 6261-7932 Or email gsmboss@hotmail.com. See this Web site:

ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
Web site: costaricalandsales.com
email: kim@costaricalandsales.com

The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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New Zealand unveils giant marine reserve

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

New Zealand is to create one of the world's largest marine reserves to protect wildlife in the South Pacific.

Roughly the size of France, the Kermedec Sanctuary will cover 620,000 square kilometers of largely pristine ocean where all mining and fishing will be forbidden. Beneath its waters, which lie in-between New Zealand and Tonga, is one of the world’s biggest strings of volcanoes.

The reserve is home to an array of endangered wildlife, including dolphins, turtles and whales, while new marine species are regularly discovered. It is also an important breeding and feeding ground for seabirds, fish and invertebrates.

Covering 15 percent of New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone, the sanctuary is 50 times the size of the South Pacific country’s largest national park.

“It is my great pleasure to take this opportunity to announce the creation of what will be one of the world’s largest and most significant fully-protected nature reserves," said New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, who made the announcement during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

The move will likely disappoint sections of the deep-sea mining and fishing industries, which will be locked out of the enormous sanctuary.

A spokesman for New Zealand’s seafood sector said it would consider the implications of the decision. A Canadian resources firm has applied for a permit to prospect in the area.

The New Zealand government has said the oceans had become the new frontier for environmental protection.

Conservation groups have welcomed the marine reserve announcement, although they continue to criticize what they describe as Wellington’s poor record on reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.

The United Nations has made sustainable development a key focus.

Honduras will get corruption assistance

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Luis Almagro, the secretary general of the Organization of American States, has announced the creation of a mission to support the fight against corruption and impunity in Honduras. He did so in the presence of Honduran authorities, including President Juan Orlando Hernández.

“We seek to make the justice system an effective tool in the fight against impunity, that manages to earn the respect of the people of Honduras and that becomes an essential part of the democratic system,” said the secretary general.

The purpose of the mission is to improve the quality of services provided by the justice system in Honduras.

The mission will be led by an internationally recognized jurist with high levels of competence in the investigation of cases of corruption and impunity, who will report directly to the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States.

The mission plans to establish a group of recognized international judges and prosecutors whose task is to supervise, advise and provide support to Honduran bodies charged with the investigation and criminal prosecution of crimes involving acts of corruption.

The announcement comes in response to a request made by the government of Honduras for the support in the strengthening and reform of the Honduran justice system.

The Organization of American States set up a similar mission in Guatemala that was headed for a time by Costa Rican Francisco Dall'Anese, the former fiscal general here.

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Lawmaker plans to address UBER situation

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A lawmaker plans to convene meetings with taxi drivers, operators of digital transport services, the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte and the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos.

The goal, said Franklin Corella Vargas, is to draft a bill that will modernize the transport system and reflect the realities of digital communication.

The lawmaker made the announcement after receiving a letter from the Procuraduría General de la República that described the service now being provided by UBER as illegal.

UBER is enlisting local vehicle owners to serve as on-call taxi drivers. Licensed taxi drivers naturally are upset.

The Procuraduría, basically the government's top lawyer, said that no one could provide paid transportation services without the authorization of the Consejo de Transporte Público.

Government officials have been caught flat-footed because UBER simply began making deals with drivers and offering the service. Traffic police for a time issued tickets to UBER drivers, but the U.S.-based firm is expected to make a strong stand in court, aided in part by the free trade treaty with the United States that is strong on offering services.