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Travel firm goes to court to recover domain name
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A travel Web site operator with the unique name says in U.S. court papers that it lost rights to the domain to a hacker.

The operator, CostaRica.Com, Inc. S.A., had gone to U.S. District Court in Virginia in an effort to reclaim the domain name.

The court filing Friday said a hacker stole the domain name and did so in a way so that employees of the real owner would not find out.

The Web company is represented in Costa Rica by Alejando Solorzano-Picado, according to the complaint. He said in the complaint that the domain used to be held by MelbourneIT.

That is an Australian domain registrar.  The hacker somehow managed to gain access to the domain management account.

"This hacker apparently changed the mailing address to an address in Menlo Park in California where he could receive mail then subsequently put a privacy service on the registration of the disputed domain to hide the fact the hacker had converted it," the complaint said.

The current registrar of the domain in now, which operates out of Denver, Colorado. The complain said that the new register was unhelpful and told

CostaRica.Com, Inc. that it would need to seek judicial remedies. The owner of the top-level domain is VeriSign, Inc. of Alexandria, Virginia, hence the location of the suit.

The person who now claims ownership of the domain is listed as someone in Egypt, said the company.

"Notably, the hacker did not redirect the nameservers," said, Inc. "As a result, plaintiffs’ Web site stayed active after the theft. Because plaintiffs’ Web site was still active, plaintiffs did not realize until mid-2016 that the disputed domain had been fraudulently transferred and converted. Plaintiffs surmise the hacker intended to wait until the expiration of the statute of limitations for conversion and other applicable claims to change the nameservers."

The person who is listed as the current owner of the domain is someone in Egypt, said the company.

The company has asked the court to return the domain to it under provisions of the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act.

CostaRica.Com, Inc. S.A. said it has registered trademarks associated with the domain and also has spent a lot of money in promoting the trademarks and the site. The firm also said that it has owned the domain since 1995.

Hurricane Otto left a major health menace in the cantons its hit. The Ministerio de Salud said efforts are under way to eliminate standing water and breeding spots of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes to stop widespread cases of zika, dengue and chikungunya.  Staffers have been added, in part, to eliminate stacks of tires like these.
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Taxpayers get a break because of hurricane decree
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats who pay Costa Rican taxes got an early Christmas present Monday. The tax authorities said that the first form related to 2015-2016 taxes would not be due until Monday.

The deadline had been Wednesday. The  Ministerio de Hacienda said that the deadline had been extended because of the national emergency imposed because of the damage wrought by Hurricane Otto last week.

Among other things, the central government closed offices for two days, including offices of
the Dirección General de Tributacion, the tax agency within the ministry, 
More on storm cleanup

Many expats, particularly those in business, have to file the D-151 form each year, usually by Nov. 30. This is the form that lists major amounts of income and major expenditures. There are stiff fines for failing to file on time. The tax agency uses the forms to catch cheating.

The form has to be filed online.

The form is a warmup for Dec. 15 when the final tax form is due along with any payment.

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President Luis Guillermo Solís and others engaged in hurricane damage mitigation salute the Costa Rica flag, which was at half staff Monday, the first of three days of national mourning.

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This is one of three U.S. helicopters that have been used to supply hurricane-stricken areas. The aircraft made trips to Alto Telire de Talamanca and to  Chirripó with supplies and medical personnel.

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Animals, such as this dog are getting emergency care, too. The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal said it had set up three mobile clinics, including this one in Upala Centro. 150 pets had been cared for and fed, and in the next weeks thousands of cows will be evaluated.

The problems might not be over yet

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Vulnerable communities are not safe yet. Rains in the mountains are swelling rivers which are rushing toward the lower communities.

A resident of Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí reported Monday night that the adjacent river could be as much as an incredible 40 feet above normal levels. Water from the swollen Sarapiquí eventually empties into the Río San Juan and Río Colorado and jeopardizes such communities as Puerto Lindo and Barra del Colorado in northern Costa Rica.

Both those communities already are under perhaps as much as two feet of water.

The national emergency commission could not confirm the situation early today, but estimates from residents say that the giant slug of water will reach the Caribbean in 24 hours.

Similar situations are believed to exist in the rest of the northern zone and also in the Caribbean and the south Pacific coast. The area around Golfito still was considered under the highest alert. Rains continued Monday. The highest alert status continued in  Guatuso and Los Chiles, asell as Upala in the north and  also in Osa and Corredores in the southwest of the country.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that a cold front over the country had intensified the rain in these areas and that from two to four inches had fallen in the mountains above the rivers.  The agency was predicting as much as four more inches in the mountains Monday night and perhaps three inches in the south Pacific.

The agency said it hoped that the influences of the cold front would diminish today with a reduction in the rain in the northern zone and the Central Valley. But the central and south Pacific were likely to get even more rain.

The ground is saturated all over the country, so most of the rain becomes runoff. There was concern about landslides. Highway officials closed Ruta 32 north of San José for several hours Monday morning to allow for inspections for slides. The key highway was reopened in the afternoon.

In the northern zone, the government reported that 14 water systems still were out of service of the 52 in that area. The Hospital de Upala was getting water from a tanker, as were some communities in the disaster zone. There still were more than 3,200 persons in shelters. Some have no homes to which to return. Two of the shelters were in Limón province, one in Matina and one in Limón Centro. The Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social said it was evaluating three new locations for those who would need shelter for a longer period.

The Ministerio de Salud said that nearly 300 homes already had been sprayed in Upala Centro to control the anticipated increase in the mosquito population.

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said that 93 percent of the damaged telcom services had been restored.

School resumed Monday in  3,896  education centers, but 305 in the disaster zones remained closed. All schools had closed for Thursday and Friday last week.

Candidate in Haiti wins a majority

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Banana exporter Jovenel Moise won Haiti's presidential election in the first round, provisional results released by the election council on Monday showed, after a Nov. 20 election intended to end a year of political uncertainty.

Moise won 55.67 percent of the vote, the council said, a majority that means the impoverished Caribbean nation will avoid a runoff election and months more in a political void, if the losing candidates do not contest the result.

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Costa Rica gambling figure featured in Rolling Stone crime article
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An article Monday in Rolling Stone magazine details the account of a former University of Southern California athlete who is suspected of heading an online sports betting and drug distribution ring with a base here in Costa Rica.

David Amsden, the writer of the article, weaves a story of how a notorious high-stakes gambler named Robert J. Cipriani, who goes by the pseudonym “Robin Hood 702,” became involved with a man named Owen Hanson. the former athlete.

The story details meetings in various locations including Costa Rica and how Cipriani eventually helped the FBI take down the operation that Hanson was running abroad.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of California, Hanson and the organization used threats and violence against its gambling and drug customers to run the operation.

Hanson, 33, went by the moniker of “O-Dog” and was one of 22 others named in a federal court indictment in late January being charged with racketeering, operating an illegal gambling business, conspiracy to distribute drugs and money laundering.

Hanson is accused of running the Web site with an associate in Perú, according to the article in Rolling Stone. That same article also mentions a connection in business and real estate here in Costa Rica.

The U.S. attorney also goes on to include that Hanson was initially indicted and arrested on Sept. 9, 2015, after arranging the delivery of five kilograms of cocaine and five kilograms of methamphetamine. This indictment adds additional charges relating to Hanson’s organization.

If found guilty and convicted, Hanson and his associates could face the maximum penalty of two consecutive life sentences for the charges of racketeering conspiracy to conduct enterprise affairs and conspiracy to distribute narcotics.

Modest price cut announced for gasoline and diesel fuel
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's regulatory agency has approved a cut in the price of gasoline.

The agency, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos, said it took the steps after the Sala IV constitutional court concluded that the methodology that was being used was permissible.

The price of super will be 562 colons a liter. That translates to $3.87 a U.S. gallon. Plus or regular gasoline will be 535 a liter or $3.61 a gallon. Diesel will be 427 a gallon or about $2.94 a gallon.

Super went down 19 colons, plus, 30, and diesel, 41. That is from 3.5 to 7.5 U.S. cents per liter. The prices go into effect the day they are published in the official newspaper, probably later this week.

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Marine microalgae: It may be what's for dinner in the future
By the Cornell University news staff

Taken from the bottom of the marine food chain, microalgae may soon become a top-tier contender to combat global warming, as well as energy and food insecurity according to a study published in the journal Oceanography.

“We may have stumbled onto the next green revolution,” said Charles H. Greene, professor of earth and atmospheric sciences at Cornell University, and lead author of the new paper. The study presents an overview of the concept of large-scale industrial cultivation of marine microalgae.

Microalgae could reduce fossil fuel use by supplying liquid hydrocarbon biofuels for the aviation and cargo shipping industries. The biomass of microalgae remaining after the lipids have been removed for biofuels can then be made into nutritious animal feeds or perhaps consumed by humans.

To make the biofuel, scientists harvest freshly grown microalgae, remove most of the water, and then extract the lipids for the fuel. The remaining defatted biomass is a protein-rich and highly nutritious byproduct, one that can be added to feeds for domesticated farm animals, like chickens and pigs, or aquacultured animals, like salmon and shrimp.

Growing enough algae to meet the current global liquid fuel demand would require an area of about 800,000 square miles, or slightly less than three times the size of Texas. At the same time,

2.4 billion tons of protein co-product would be generated, which is roughly 10 times the amount of soy protein produced globally each year.

Marine microalgae do not compete with terrestrial agriculture for arable land, nor does growing it require freshwater. Many arid, subtropical regions, such as Mexico, North Africa, the Middle East and Australia, would provide suitable locations for producing vast amounts of microalgae.

A commercial microalgae facility of about 2,500 acres would cost about $400 million to $500 million. Greene said: “That may seem like a lot of money, but integrated solutions to the world’s greatest challenges will pay for themselves many times over during the remainder of this century. The costs of inaction are too steep to even contemplate.”

Microalgae’s potential is striking. “I think of algae as providing food security for the world,” said Greene. “It will also provide our liquid fuels needs, not to mention its benefits in terms of land use. We can grow algae for food and fuels in only one-tenth to one one-hundredth the amount of land we currently use to grow food and energy crops.

“We can relieve the pressure to convert rainforests to palm plantations in Indonesia and soy plantations in Brazil,” Greene said. “We got into this looking to produce fuels, and in the process, we found an integrated solution to so many of society’s greatest challenges.”

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Police in the Midwestern U.S. city of Columbus, Ohio, say at least nine people were injured on the campus of Ohio State University when an attacker drove a vehicle into a crowd of pedestrians and then began stabbing them.

The suspect was shot and killed by police. "We have to consider that it is a terrorist attack," said Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs.

Ohio State University identified the attacker as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a freshman at the school. Community members in Columbus say that the man was of Somali descent and was about 20 years old.

Hospital officials said eight of the victims had non-life-threatening injuries, but that the other person was in critical condition.

University President Michael Drake said there initially were rumors of a second suspect. However, Drake said police have searched the area and believe there was only one attacker.

Drake said he would not speculate about a motive for the attack. He said it was a deliberate attack because the suspect drove his vehicle over a curb to hit pedestrians on a sidewalk. He said the suspect then got out of the car and began stabbing people with a butcher knife.

Campus Police Chief Craig Stone said a campus officer arrived at the scene and shot and killed the suspect less than a minute after the attack began. Officials say the policeman, Alan Horujko, happened to be in the area of the attack because of a previous call and saw the scene unfold.

Students said they barricaded themselves inside classrooms and offices, pilling chairs in front of doors, when the incident was happening. There are nearly 60,000 students at Ohio State's main campus in Columbus.

During Monday's news conference, Jacobs referenced a previous terrorism case tied to Columbus, that of Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, who was arrested in 2015 after returning from Syria. Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Somalia, was charged with providing material support to terrorists.

Vote recount being sought
for verification, Dr. Stein says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Officials in the northern state of Michigan have certified Republican Donald Trump as the winner of that state's presidential vote over Democrat Hillary Clinton by a slim 10,704 votes out of nearly 4 million ballots cast.

The announcement Monday officially awards the president-elect Michigan's 16 electoral votes.

But Michigan and two other states where the election was especially close, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, face possible recounts.

Green Party candidate Jill Stein has filed petitions in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and says she will do the same in Michigan.

Dr. Stein says she is not trying to get the national results overturned but wants to double check the integrity of the election in states where the results were tight.

"After a presidential election tarnished by the use of outdated and unreliable machines and accusations of irregularities and hacks, people of all political persuasions are asking if our election results are reliable," she said.

Dr. Stein has raised millions of dollars to help pay for the recounts. However, there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud or that voting machines were hacked, despite allegations of Russian involvement in manipulating the outcome.

If the results in all three states were to be overturned, the 46 electoral votes Trump would lose would be given to Mrs. Clinton, and would make her president-elect. But the chances of that happening are very slim.

While Mrs. Clinton lost the Electoral College, she leads in the popular vote by more than 2.2 million. This does not set well with Trump, who clams millions of people voted illegally.

"Serious voter fraud in Virginia, New Hampshire and California — so why isn't the media reporting on this? Serious bias — big problem!" Trump said on Twitter.

He has not offered any evidence of fraud, and major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times, say Trump's claims are baseless.

Trump threatens to reverse
Obama's warming to Cuba

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has threatened to reverse President Barack Obama's warming of relations with Cuba, the clearest indication yet that the historic restoration of ties is under threat.

"If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban-American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate deal," Trump said in a Twitter message Monday.

The tweet is consistent with what Trump has said for months about the U.S.-Cuba deal, which he views as one-sided in favor of Havana. The matter has received renewed attention following the death last week of long-time Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

Trump's chief of staff on Sunday said the president-elect is absolutely willing to reverse Obama's opening to Cuba. Speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Reince Priebus said the future of U.S.-Cuba relations depends on whether Havana makes movement in the right direction on human rights.

"Repression, open markets, freedom of religion, political prisoners. These things need to change in order to have open and free relationships," said Priebus. "There's going to have to be some movement from Cuba in order to have a relationship with the United States."

Obama had been working with Raúl Castro and others in the Cuban government for nearly two years to re-start relations between Cuba and the U.S., culminating earlier this year in the first direct flights between the two countries in 50 years and the reopening of embassies.

When Trump was asked early during his presidential run about the United States' warming of relations with Cuba, his response was largely positive.

"I think it's fine," Trump told The Daily Caller in a September 2015 interview. "We should have made a better deal,  the concept of opening with Cuba — 50 years is enough," he said, referencing Washington's long-standing economic and diplomatic sanctions against the socialist country.

Fast forward a year, and president-elect Trump's public stance on the issue has almost completely reversed. Now, when Trump talks about President Barack Obama's efforts to normalize relations with Cuba, it is almost entirely in negative terms.

Though Trump did not reveal any details about his plans for Cuba policy, he promised his administration will do all it can to ensure the Cuban people can finally begin their journey toward prosperity and liberty.

The statement stood in stark contrast to that of President Obama, whose statement largely spoke of Castro in neutral terms and once again reasserted that Washington extends a hand of friendship to the Cuban people.

The relaxed regulations introduced by Obama made it easier for Americans to bring products back from Cuba, allowed more access for doctors to work with Cuban researchers on medical investigations and ended the 180-day ban on ships docking at U.S. ports after leaving Cuba.

Obama also visited Cuba earlier this year, marking the first time a U.S. president had stepped foot in Cuba since Calvin Coolidge did in 1928.

At the time of Obama’s announcement, national security adviser Susan Rice was asked whether a new administration would be able to alter the new rules, to which she said: “It would be profoundly unwise and counterproductive to turn back the clock.”

But during that September campaign stop, Trump said he would roll back Obama’s executive orders unless Cuba met his demands, which include “religious and political freedom for the Cuban people and the freeing of political prisoners.”

Although Trump's comments on Cuba may have been inconsistent during the presidential campaign, the businessman does have a long record of criticizing Castro.

U.S. fighter jet force faces
shortage of 725 fewer pilots

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

When Iraqi troops began the operation to retake Mosul last month, fighter pilots in America’s F-22 Raptor jets struck the first Islamic State targets there. But that kind of operation may be in jeopardy.

The U.S. Air Force says a shortage of fighter pilots has become so dire that it is struggling to satisfy combat requirements abroad.

“We have too few squadrons to meet the combatant commanders’ needs,” Maj. Gen. Scott Vander Hamm, the general in charge of fixing the fighter pilot crisis, said.

The Air Force is currently authorized to have 3,500 fighter pilots, but it is 725 fighter pilots short. And with fewer pilots, the number of fighter pilot squadrons have also dropped, from 134 squadrons in 1986 to 55 in 2016.

As a greater percentage of the force has needed to be deployed over the past 10 years, readiness, the ability to accomplish missions at home and abroad, has dropped 20 percent.

“We’re having to look across the board and offer some pretty unpalatable options as we get after it,”  Vander Hamm said, “And we may have to, within the next calendar year, start to take some degradations in the frontline squadrons. What that would mean to us is that we would have to accept not being able to get forces to theater in the same time.”

Each pilot needs years of training to maneuver high-tech aircraft, which have evolved into flying supercomputers.

The number of fighter pilot squadrons have dropped from 134 in 1986 to 55 today. As a greater percentage of the force has needed to be deployed over the past 10 years, readiness has dropped 20 percent.

The Air Force is now training about 135 more pilots than two years ago, but that effort appears to have been undercut by the number of fighter pilots who have chosen to leave the Air Force.

After about 10 years, pilots are offered a bonus payment as incentive to stay on in the force. But in fiscal 2016, only 40 percent took the bonus. Vander Hamm said the Air Force needs to retain about two-thirds of its fighter pilots up for contract renewal in order to fill the slots needed in the force.

At Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia, pilots who fly the F-22 Raptor say that longer and more frequent deployments have devastated morale.

“We were on 45-day rotations. Then they made it 90-day rotations. Then they made it 120-day rotations. Now it’s six-month rotations with one-year rotations sprinkled on top of it for key positions,” said a lieutenant colonel who asked only to be identified by his call sign Buz due to his commander’s concern about potential retaliation from enemy terror groups.

The deployments aren’t the only thing causing pilots to quit. While stationed at home, pilots often have to work extra hours to finish administrative tasks, in addition to maintaining their flying skills.
“All of the same responsibilities fall on about half the number of people who were there before, and that creates a pretty high demand on these guys and their work life,” Col. Pete Fesler, the commander of the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, said.

The fighter pilot shortage has spiked at a time when commercial airlines, which offer more stable schedules at home and the potential for higher pay, are looking for more pilots.

“If it’s up to just me, I definitely would stay in, but my family has a vote,” a major who asked to be identified by his call sign “Jack” said. “If they want me to leave to do something else, then that’s probably what I’ll end up doing.”

Tom Hunt, a former fighter pilot who left the Air Force in 2013, says he decided to leave for several reasons. He says he now earns more money as a Washington, D.C., lawyer.

The Air Force is asking Congress for money to raise the bonus from $25,000 per year to $48,000 per year, the first such bonus increase since 1999. They also have pledged to decrease administrative duties for fighter pilots in the squadrons.

Breakfast on the Mars flight
likely to not be very inspiring

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A journey to Mars presents many challenges, not the least of which will be how to feed the astronauts during what is expected to be a six-month journey to the Red Planet.

To that end, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is working to create lightweight food bars that provide calories without adding a lot of extra weight to the Orion spacecraft and the massive booster needed to get to Mars.

Unlike the International Space Station, where astronauts can choose from more than 200 food items, that’s simply not feasible on a mission to Mars, primarily because the amount of fuel needed to get to Mars means finding ways to save weight in other areas, like food. Also, the space station is regularly resupplied with various consumables.

The food bars, for now at least, are being developed for breakfast, NASA said.

“When you have 700 to 900 calories of something, it’s going to have some mass regardless of what shape it’s in, so we’ve taken a look at how to get some mass savings by reducing how we’re packaging and stowing what the crew would eat for breakfast for early Orion flights with crew,” said Jessica Vos, deputy health and medical technical authority for Orion. “When you think about multi-week missions in Orion, having just one package for breakfast items for crew will help us limit the space we need to store them.”

While many Americans eat a protein bar in place of a meal from time to time, NASA said those are not good enough for the Mars mission.

“There’s no commercially-available bar right now that meets our needs, so we’ve had to go design something that will work for the crew, while trying to achieve a multi-year shelf-life,” said Takiyah Sirmons, a food scientist with the Advanced Food Technology team at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Some of the flavors being worked on include orange cranberry and barbecue nut.

NASA notes that for other meals, astronauts on their way to and from Mars will have food selection similar to the space station.

One potential problem with food bars is that they may lower crew morale, as food choice, taste and quality are important on long missions.

So, NASA is also working on other ways to provide food to astronauts, including a vegetable production system like the one on the space station as well as other types of packaged foods.

The first manned launch of the Orion is expected as early as 2021, with manned missions to Mars coming sometime later.

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Second time is a charm for wheelchair

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officer Kristtel Zúñiga Vega of the Fuerza Pública in the Canton of Goicoechea, San José, has a giving personality.

When she had learned that in Barrio Moreno Cañas in Upala that a 9-year old child suffering from paralysis named Adrián Moncada needed a wheelchair, Officer Zúñiga went to the community and contacted Ms. Moncada’s mother to provide the wheelchair. The police made all the necessary arrangements and gave permission to Officer Zúñiga to travel to Upala and deliver the chair, which was in perfect condition but no longer needed due to a death in her family.

Adrián’s mother, Francisca Castillo, was pleased by the gesture of the Fuerza Pública officer in putting a big smile across her child’s face.

Local crafts to be displayed at fair

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

El Centro de Producción Artística y Cultural of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud is hosting the second Feria Hecho Aquí con Identidad 2016 starting Friday.

The event will be held through Sunday and is set to start at 10 a.m. at the Antigua Aduana. There will be a wide variety of innovative and elaborate products there made by around 150 artisans and 30 designers, said the ministry. This years’ event will focus on combining creative proposals of crafts and design, the ministry said.

The Antigua Aduana is on Calle 23 in northwest San José not far from the Estación al Atlántico.

French appetizer on the menu Saturday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Alliance Française is hosting an event from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday celebrating the end of the school year in the style of a traditional French gathering known as I’apéro or the appetizer.

The event is open to the public and will be at the Alliance Française building along Avenida 7 in Barrio Amón. An entrance fee of 8,000 colones allows attendees to receive two samples of French wine, a portion of cheese with each wine sample, and a traditional portion of bread. Karaoke and bingo will also be happening as well.
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Innovation is the theme for two events

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones will present the 2016 Edition of Click para Innovar and a session of  Innovación 360 today and tonight in an effort to promote further cooperation between influential persons in innovation within Costa Rica.

Click para Innovar will be primarily made up of academia groups and business sectors of agri-food and biotechnology seeking to work together on new project. It is supposed to develop activities that will become a means to network and link researchers and entrepreneurs together in order to create real impact in the country, the ministry said.

The initiative is scheduled to be held at the Wyndham Herradura Hotel, west of the capital, with the expressed goal of boosting those sectors of the Costa Rican economy. It is also as part of the ministry’s Programma InnoLab, which promotes technologically innovative projects from research centers and establishes companies within the entrepreneurship company.

“This event offers more than 68 researchers and 65 entrepreneurs of different backgrounds, the opportunity to meet, give confidence, raise new ideas, and schedule appointments to start working together in the following weeks,” said David Bullón, director of innovation at the ministry.

Innovación 360, the second event, will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Colegio Los Angeles, Sabana Norte. The Ministerio de Ciencia Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones is also the organizer and encourages all to attend and learn to explore projects driving innovation and how to get involved.