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BREAKING: Cuba Dave acquitted by trial court
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Updated: Friday, Aug. 18 at 2:06 p.m.

The attorney for David Strecker, also known as Cuba Dave, a U.S. citizen charged with promoting Costa Rica as a sex tourism destination, has been acquitted by a trial court.

The lawyer,  Luís Diego Chacón, confirmed this to A.M. Costa Rica Friday afternoon. According to Chacón, the court in San José ruled that the evidence presented by the prosecution did not maintain a logical relationship with the accusation. He also explained that Strecker had no knowledge of the laws of the country and their changes being out of the country for at least four years, during which the new law that he was accused of violating was enacted.

Chacón also said the prosecution could not prove it was actually Strecker who directly published the images or videos. The Ministerio Público will have 15 days to appeal the court’s decision but Strecker is apparently freed from prison. Final resolution will be handed out around Aug. 24, Chacón told A.M. Costa Rica.

This was the second trial for Strecker, a Florida resident known for his web reports on first-person encounters with Latin prostitutes. The outcome is not final. As with other criminal cases, the prosecution has the option to appeal the verdict, and there is no limit on the number of times a case may be appealed.

Strecker’s first conviction was overturned by an appeals court in May because of what the panel said were serious flaws in the prosecution’s case. Among the flaws mentioned were that there was no proof that Strecker was in Costa Rica at the time his internet accounts were posted.

Although he was acquitted by the appeals court, prosecutors managed to keep him confined in anticipation of a second trial. He was subsequently transferred  to a prison facility for older persons.

Strecker was convicted of violating a 2013 law that made promoting the country as a sex tourism destination a crime.  After he arrived as a tourist, judicial agents followed him for days and arrested him when he was leaving the country in late August 2015. It appeared they were trying to find other crimes with which to charge him. They were unable to do so. To this day, Strecker told A.M. Costa Rica back in May that he still has no understanding of why he was arrested.

He claimed at the time that he was simply writing about the country from a tourism perspective and was reporting on certain aspects of the country rather than promoting anything.

The acquittal, if it sticks, is a major embarrassment for Costa Rica’s judiciary. The law, passed in February 2013, violated most international standards on free speech. The Poder Judicial has confirmed that the Fundación Rahab was the organization that initiated the criminal case. Fundación Rahab has been the recipient of a number of federal grants under the auspices as been the recipient of a number of federal grants for work with prostitutes in San José and Jacó.

Because of the sleazy nature of  Strecker’s reporting, he has not been supported by journalistic organizations or others who defend free speech. The initial sentence was for five years. Typically convicts serve about half of a court sentence, so Strecker would soon be eligible for release anyway.



Shrimp
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In the fight over shrimp trawling, it is the small-time fishermen that lose out.
Government tries to move trawling bill forward
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The administration of Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís looks like it is trying to continue pushing a bill that would seek to allow more shrimp trawling in national waters.

The move has drawn ire and opposition from numerous environmental groups. One of the more voiceiferous groups is Fundación MarViva that sent out a statement Thursday condemning the move as obstinate and lacking scientific support to show that shrimp trawling can be sustainable in Costa Rica.

“It is unfortunate that this decision can seriously endanger the marine ecosystem, without a scientific and technical base and ignoring the academics and scientists of the country,” said Jorge Jiménez, the director of the foundation.

“Instead of maintaining this obstinate position, the government has had years to promote a plan of transition and definitive cessation of trawling that allows us to protect our fishing resources and secure the future of thousands of families that depend on fishing in Costa Rica.”

Proponents of the bill argue that there are already environmentally-friendly regulations incorporated into the legislation.

“Any fishing gear has to prove that it is environmentally viable,” said Luis Paulino Mora, the deputy-minister for the presidency, back in March 2016. “That is clear in the bill.”

Casa Presidencial claims that the bill seeks a balance between environmental principles and sustainable production and is line with a constitutional court ruling back in 2013 not to hand out any fishing licenses to those companies or individuals not complying with environmental regulations.

Trawling is a type of fishing involving a net that sweeps across the sea floor bagging all manner of fish and marine life.
Opponents to mass trawling argues that this kills off the ecosystem by unintentionally grabbing and killing other sea life aside from the intended catch.
Fishing for
                              shrimp
Casa Presidencial photo      
Archive photo of trawling boat.

Costa Rica prohibits trawling within its territorial waters that does not comply with environmental safety measures yet some fishing vessels still do it.

They may claim that it is their only means of making a living and safeguarding the economic security of themselves and their families.

MarViva says that this ends up hurting most small-time fishermen to the benefit of large industrial fishing operations and corporations. They claim that shrimp trawling destroys the seabed and affects those same fishermen that depend on a healthy ocean.

The bill went before the legislature’s environmental committee last Thursday. Representatives of the Universidad Nacional, the Centro de Investigaciones Marinas of the Universidad de Costa Rica and 16 conservation organizations publicly voiced their opposition against the bill and the method used to create it, MarViva said.

“We want all the deputies to know our true position and to learn that the more than 500 fishermen who are members of the Cámara do not agree with what this bill proposes,” said a statement from the Cámara de Pescadores de Guanacaste.

The bill, numbered 19838, was first introduced back in December 2015 but has been sitting in committee since November 2016, based on the latest update from the Asamblea Legislativa.




Central
                              American mothers
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Central American mothers wait with their children at immigration facility.
Central American minors program terminated
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Wednesday signaled the termination of the Central American Minors Parole Program in the United States.

The notice was published in the Federal Register, which is the United States’ comparative to Costa Rica’s La Gaceta. The program began under the administration of former president Barack Obama back in December 2014 under the joint control of the Dept. of Homeland Security and the Dept. of State.

The program allowed for certain minors fleeing the area of Central America known as the Northern Triangle. These are the countries of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.

It allowed for parents who were lawfully present in the United States to request a refugee resettlement interview for unmarried children under age 21.

Due to the parent needing to be a lawful permanent resident or U.S. citizen, many qualifying parents under the program were unable to file an immigration petition for their in-country relatives. Qualifying children denied refugee status under the Central American Minors Refugee Program would then be considered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for parole into the U.S. on a case-by-case basis.

According to immigration law, parole does not lead to any immigration status and does not actually constitute an admission to the United States. It did allow, however, for the parolee to stay temporarily in the country until it was terminated.

“As of August 16, 2017, USCIS will no longer consider or authorize parole under the CAM Parole Program,” said a statement from Homeland Security.

“In addition, USCIS will notify individuals who have been conditionally approved for parole under this program and who have not yet traveled that the program has been terminated and their conditional approval for parole has been rescinded.”

Homeland Security clarified that those already paroled will be allowed to stay until their term has expired pending any other problems. So how could this effect Costa Rica?

The country is already starting to feel pressure mounting on its immigration situation. The Northern Triangle citizens need only cross through Nicaragua before making it to the country and beginning the process of applying for refugee status.

Some could consider Costa Rica to be the next best option to escape the violence of their home countries.

The Costa Rican government has already made an agreement with the United States to house some adult refugees from the region who are supposed to eventually be exchanged with Pacific Islanders in an agreement between the U.S. and Australia.

A.M. Costa Rica has confirmed from officials at the State Dept. and Casa Presidencial that the deal is in the works and will be honored by all sides.

As increased gang violence batters away at those countries just north of Costa Rica and the crackdown on illegal immigration continues with the policies under President Donald Trump, then those persons may look toward other countries to flee to.

One of those choices is Costa Rica, which has already seen a flood of Haitian, African, Cuban, Venezuelan and Nicaraguan nationals come within its borders for either a brief or more extended period of time.






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The Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados announced that around 65,700 people would be without drinking water this morning.

AyA said that some residents in Liberia would have their water service interrupted between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. today. The places in Liberia affected include: the north side of Plaza Rodríguez and around 75 metros east of the Abastecedor Las Palmas in Barrio Pueblo Nuevo.

The water and sewage treatment institute said that services are stopped due to maintenance and repairing a leak within the main system. Users are advised to store water only for basic needs and plan accordingly.


New
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New corridor between Vuelta Kooper
and B
ajos de Chilamate in Limón.


Limón road to be ready Wednesday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The road between Bajos de Chilamate and Vuelta Kooper is expected to be ready for use next Wednesday, according to the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

The road is a 27 kilometer stretch that is expected to shorten the current route by half the distance. It is also supposed to shorten travel times by 45 minutes. Communities in the Zona Norte have been waiting for this development in the road infrastructure since 1973, Casa Presidencial said. This new route will connect the towns of San Carlos, Río Cuarto and Sarapiquí with the Caribbean. It also opens a new avenue for the ports at Moín and Limón.

The investment to build this road rounded off at about 38 billion colones. Additional works to reinforce the road’s safety also were made to another investment of 1.8 million colones, the government said. “This road has been in the agenda of this territory for several decades and enabling its use allows for the improvement in the quality of life for surrounding residents,” said German Valverde, the public works minister. “A road is not just a project. It is opening opportunities for expansion, employment and community projects.”

Bajos de Chilamate is along the way to Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí. Just southeast of the tow is Guápiles and Ruta 32, a major artery of the country linking Limón province to the greater San José area. Generally, the area of this new section is between Parque Nacional Tortuguero and La Fortuna.


Dead fish
Costa Rica Fishing Facebook page photo        
Some of the unfortunate victims at the lagoon.

Numerous dead wildlife discovered
in Laguna Madre de Dios


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tour operators and residents near the Laguna Madre de Dios reported a massive graveyard of fish, crustaceans and reptiles apparently due to contamination from agro-chemicals in fields upstream.

The Costa Rica Fishing Facebook page first posted the photos of the dead fish this past Monday but the Federación Conservacionista de Costa Rica picked up the case Wednesday night. The environmental group claims that samples of the fish and water were taken to labs in Universidad Nacional. The groups and residents believe the cause to be the result of agrochemicals from nearby banana, pineapple and rice paddy fields upstream.

Costa Rica Fishing is one of the tour operators based out of Guápiles in Limón province. The lagoon is considered part of Parque Nacional Tortuguero. “The Instituto Regional de Estudios en Sustancias Tóxicas of the Universidad Nacional has been monitoring these contaminates in different projects, investigations and inventories,” a statement from the federation. “According to studies carried out by the IRET, in bodies of water that feed this lagoon, the pesticides applied in the near farmlands are being dragged by runoff to the tributaries of the lagoon and eventually arriving to it.”

The lagoon apparently has had similar incidents in 2003 and 2004 of wildlife poisonings that killed thousands of fish and vertebrate. In 2003, the Standard Fruit Company made a deal with the Tribunal Ambiental Administrativo where the court absolved the company of any wrongdoing in exchange for an annual payment of $8,000 for five years to help re-populate the Río Pacuare.


Antibiotic resistance rising, Caja says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The increase in resistance to antibiotics appears to be worrying specialists from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

Dr. Jairo Sancho, the pharmacy head in Palmares, warned in a statement by the Caja that the indiscriminate use of antibiotics leads to an increase in the resistance of bacteria to the medicines. Moreover, if a patient does not take the full dose of these drugs to eliminate the infection, the microorganisms could become stronger and reduce the number of effective alternatives.

At the same time, the Caja noted that this battle is being fought on two sides. The improper practice of people self-medicating with antibiotics to fight off viral infections like the flu or common colds and sore throats also causes a resistance to spread. If a person is mulling whether or not they have a major form of sickness, the best bet is to consult a doctor, the pharmacy head explained.

Antibiotics should only be used when there is clear, clinical evidence of a bacterial infection. The Caja recommends that a person do not self-medicate with leftover antibiotics prescribed to other people and never give persons medicine prescribed to you.

This warning comes with the arrival of flu season and many other viral infections such as pink eye that are following suit. The long waits at Caja facilities may also have a factor in why people are self-medicating themselves under these circumstances. Rural communities are particularly vulnerable to a lack of available health services as well and some are effectively isolated for certain periods of time.


Open data talks to be hosted in capital

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

AbreLatam and ConDatos are two of the region’s most important conferences on open data and are intended to bring together a wide array of public, private and academic representatives together to discuss transparency in government.

The conferences, beginning next Friday at 3 p.m., is organized by the Gobierno Abierto program of Casa Presidencial. Transparency is claimed as one of the top goals for the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís. Since his election, the government has made attempts to clean up its websites and provide better links and sources to the data on its programs. The public relations campaign appears to be largely successful in the sense that the administration appears to be trying. The reality is often different.

Costa Rica is one of the more transparent countries in Latin America, however it is not immune to practices of intentionally withholding information from the public as well as the hula-hoops journalists often say they experience when navigating the labyrinth of certain public bureacracies. The information is there and the door is unlocked but sometimes there are still gatekeepers and challenges in between the end goal.

A.M. Costa Rica staff have experienced these characteristics multiple times from persons holding what is legally considered public information. It extends beyond those officials in the public bureaucracy.

Casa Presidencial proudly announced the open data conferences would be held in San José to include figures such as Beth Noveck, who led the Open Government initiative under the Obama administration and Edison Lanza, the special rapporteur for freedom of expression on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. These two persons are among the 500 participants coming from all across the Americas ,including Canada and the United States. It will include talks, analyses and policy development on topics from data journalism to combatting corruption and the fight against gender violence.

Contrary to its name, Casa Presidencial did not say if the conference series was open for the public to attend and view. The conferences will go from Aug. 23 until Aug. 25 at 3 p.m. at the amphitheater in the Centro Nacional de Cultura.



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Costa Rica can still see solar eclipse on Monday...some of it, UCR says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This upcoming Monday brings with it a total solar eclipse that can be seen only in different parts of the United States but also in Costa Rica, albeit partially if weather permits.

According to the center for space research at the Universidad de Costa Rica, the eclipse can be partially viewed in Costa Rica at approximately 12:04 p.m. and will last about an hour and 15 minutes. “During the partial eclipse, we will not be able to appreciate the visibility of the solar crown, however this is one of the spectacular astronomical phenomena that rarely occurs and we recommend seizing the moment and enjoying its observations,” said Lela Taliashvili, an astrophysicist and the director at the center.

The Planetarium in San José located within the Ciudad de Investigación at the university, will be offering different talks as well as broadcast the full eclipse live from the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The schedule starts at 11 a.m., organizers said and ends with the program Solar Furias with astrophysicists from the center discussing the eclipse. All activities are free and open to the public.

On the other hand, there is also a night program beginning at 7 p.m. that does have a cost of 3,000 colones and does require a reservation. This is part of the usual program for the planetarium, the university said. “Direct observation of the sun during partial and total eclipses is dangerous due to the continuous solar radiation that attacks the human eye during exposure much longer than usual,” the space center statement said. “Therefore, it is advisable to use special filters to appreciate this phenomenon.”

Only people within the United States will be able to see the total solar eclipse in full. The next total solar eclipse that will be seen from Costa Rica will be on Dec. 31, 2233, the university said.

“A total solar eclipse presents a rare opportunity to observe with the naked eye, the solar chromosphere a few minutes before and after the phase of totality as well as the solar crown with its continuous structure,” Ms. Taliashvili said.


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Costa Rican chef Carlos Rodríguez and his Canadian counterpart, Darrell Thomas, are traveling to Chile and Argentina beginning today to represent Costa Rica at the Encuentro Bioceanico Gastronómico event.

Enbiga, as it is called for short, is simply a fancy circuit consisting of gastronomic tours between Argentina, Chile and an invited country which is Ecuador this year. Participants will go to the Los Ríos region in South America to experience the highlights of the Andean-Patagonian culture of Chile and Argentina, according to the website for the event.

It is mainly a public relations stunt highlighting and encouraging people to come to Costa Rica and experience the food culture in the country. “Chefs from around the world together with journalists from different countries will accompany us through a route of 500 kilometers of landscapes and sensations in the provinces of San José, Alajuela, Heredia, Cartago, Puntarenas, Guanacaste and Limón with varied gastronomic inventions full of color and magic,” said Merryam Alfaro, the producer for Enbiga 2018.

That is the future, however. For now, the Costa Rican residents are heading south. “I will work alongside Chef Darrell Thomas and, of course, with colleagues from other latitudes, discovering and learning more about cooking,” said Rodríguez. “We will also try local products that come from the land and work of the people in this beautiful corner of the world.”

“Enbiga is a tourist promotion vehicle of high impact and breaks with traditional schemes, bringing together professionals from the world press, gastronomy and the tourism sector,” said Carlos Snaimon, the founder for the event.

Thomas is the executive chef in charge of all food and beverage operations at the Los Sueños Resort and Marina. He came to Costa Rica from his native Canada in 2003. According to a statement from Enbiga, Thomas has over forty years in the gastronomy industry, is multilingual and has visited more than 30 countries.

Rodríguez is originally from Heredia, Enbiga said. He studied gastronomic administration at Mallorca in Spain and is currently the executive chef of Unilever Food Solutions for the Central American region. He has also been recognized as Chef of the Year for the northern part of Latin America, Enbiga said.




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Noisier oceans appear to have effect on migrating whales, study says
By the University of Queensland press staff

A new international study has measured the effect of loud sounds on migrating humpback whales as concern grows as oceans become noisier. 

University of Queensland School of Veterinary Science’s Dr. Rebecca Dunlop said one of the main sources of ocean noise was oil and gas exploration, due to geologists firing off loud acoustic air guns to probe the structure of the ocean floor in search of fossil fuels.

“The study, titled ‘The Behavioural Response of Humpback whales to Seismic Surveys,’ or BRAHSS, involved an air gun array - as used for oil and gas exploration,” Dr. Dunlop said.

Humpback whales can be seen off the Pacific coasts of Costa Rica. Due to the government’s stringent policy and environmental protections, much of the fossil fuel potential that could be discovered on or off the shores of Costa Rica is prevented. The result is that whales could often come near the coastlines in Costa Rica to avoid the noises while on their migratory and reproduction cycles.

There is even a festival dedicated to whale watching at Uvita along the southern Pacific coastline of Puntarenas province. The flip side, of course, is that the migratory pattern could be interrupted as a result of the noises at other sites at the Pacific.

Dr. Dunlop said it was unknown if, and how, the whales would also respond to the presence of the vessel towing the array as well as the array itself. “It was unclear how humpback whales might react to the airgun sounds and whether the proximity of the disturbance was a concern as well as the received level,” she said.

The BRAHSS team investigated the animals’ reactions to strings of repetitively firing air guns as they were towed for an hour across the migrating whales’ path.

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Whales are fleeing from all the loud underwater noise.

Two teams of volunteer observers on geographically separated Queensland Sunshine Coast beaches tracked the whales’ movements before airguns began firing, while guns were going off, and for an hour after. They did a series of controls which measured the response of the whales to the vessel itself.

The BRAHSS team also look at very fine-scale movements and responses using small research vessels which deployed small suction-cup acoustic tags on a few of the whales. Dr. Dunlop said both distance and airgun level were important factors in determining the response, not just received level alone. “Within a certain distance, they did not show a clear avoidance reaction to the vessel alone, suggesting it was the air guns that triggered this reaction,” she said.

The project outcomes can be used to improve current mitigation measures to prevent adverse effects of seismic air gun noise on large whale behavior. The study is published in the “Journal of Experimental Biology.”



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Area of Las Ramblas where the attack occurred.

Islamic State claims credit for Barcelona terror attack

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Islamic State is claiming responsibility for Thursday's terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, where a driver sped a van along a crowded sidewalk, killing 13 and injuring more than 100.

Catalonia police say two people are in custody: one from Morocco and the other from the Spanish enclave of Melilla, which shares a border with Morocco on the northern coast of Africa.

But the van driver is apparently still on the loose and it is unclear exactly how the two in custody are connected with the attack.

Police are also saying that Thursday's van attack is tied to a blast in a house in Catalonia the day before, killing one person. Authorities believe those in the house were building an explosive device that went off, leading to speculation that a larger terror plot may have been in the works.

Also Thursday, a car ran down two policemen at a Barcelona checkpoint, but it is unclear if there is any connection to the earlier attack.

Information on Thursday's incident in Spain is still coming in. What is known is that witnesses say the driver deliberately drove into a pedestrian area that runs down the center of Las Ramblas, a Barcelona street with shops and cafes, popular with locals and tourists.

They say the van was traveling at high speed and swerved from side to side, leaving a trail of blood and bodies with twisted, broken legs. Some witness say they saw two armed men jump out and disappear into a restaurant.

Police arrived almost instantly and immediately shut down the area. Catalan police say the driver was trying to kill as many people as possible.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said on Twitter the government's priority is helping the wounded.

U.S. President Donald Trump also turned to Twitter, saying the U.S. "will do whatever is necessary to help." U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned, "Terrorists around the world should know, the United States and our allies are resolved to find you and bring you to justice."

A spokesman for United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned the attack and sent condolences to the victims, saying the U.N. stands in solidarity with Spain.

The yellow and red colors of the Spanish flag lit up Tel Aviv's City Hall on Thursday night while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the civilized world must fight terrorism together and defeat it. European leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron, are also condemning the attack.


Joe Arpaio may be pardoned
by Trump or sentenced


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Sheriff Joe Arpaio, convicted two weeks ago of criminal contempt for failing to heed a judge's orders, has been branded by his supporters as America's toughest sheriff.

The 85-year-old Arizona law enforcement officer is the subject of speculation over whether President Donald Trump will pardon him next week when he holds a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton on Wednesday released a statement saying if Trump uses the event to announce a pardon for Arpaio, then it will be clear that his true intent is to inflame emotions and further divide our nation.

As sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, Arpaio was a vocal advocate for crackdowns on illegal immigration. Arpaio was found guilty of contempt because he refused to comply with a 2011 order by a U.S. district judge to stop traffic patrols that were aimed at identifying illegal immigrants.

Arpaio faces up to six months in jail when he is sentenced Oct. 5, although experts say his age and lack of prior convictions will likely result in no jail time.

Trump on Sunday told Fox News that he is seriously considering a pardon for Sheriff Arpaio. The president said Arpaio is a great American patriot and praised his work in the fight against illegal immigration.

Arpaio has enjoyed a significant amount of publicity with his unorthodox disciplinary methods, such as placing inmates in desert tent camps housing more than 1,000 people, in a state where summer temperatures often climb past 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Amnesty International spoke out against the so-called Tent City Jail in 1997, saying it was not an adequate or human alternative to housing inmates in suitable jail facilities.

The tent city continued to exist, however, until current Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone announced in April 2017 that it would be shut down. Penzone said the tent city was neither a deterrent to crime nor cost-effective.

Sheriff Joe also made famous the practice of outfitting prisoners in pink underwear to cut down on theft. Later he sold customized pink boxers to the general public as a charity fundraiser.

Arpaio was the subject of a lawsuit brought by the ACLU accusing him of mistreating pre-trial detainees by feeding them rotten food, refusing them health care, and packing them tightly into overheated cells. A federal judge ruled in 2008 and again in 2010 that conditions in Arpaio's jails were unconstitutional.

Accused in the lawsuit of creating a culture of cruelty at Maricopa County facilities, Sheriff Arpaio has responded that his jails are meant as places for punishment. He was investigated for abuse of power in 2008, in connection with an FBI investigation, but the inquiry was closed four years later by the Arizona U.S. Attorney's office with no charges filed.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of Justice released the findings of a three-year investigation into complaints of racial profiling in Maricopa County. It found that under Sheriff Arpaio, the sheriff's office had a pervasive culture of discriminatory bias against Latinos reaching the highest levels of the agency.

Arpaio appealed, but lost. On May 24, 2013, Arpaio and his office were found to be in violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments, as well as Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Maricopa County Sheriff is an elected position; Arpaio served six terms between 1992 and 2016, but lost last year's election to Paul Penzone.


Sen. Corker attacks Trump
and calls for radical changes


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has called for radical changes in the White House, saying President Donald Trump has not yet been able to demonstrate the stability, nor some of the competence, that he needs to demonstrate in order for him to be successful.

Corker was addressing the recent death at a protest rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Saturday and Trump's response to clashes between white nationalists and those who oppose them. He also criticized Trump's hot rhetoric toward North Korea and the plethora of criticisms Trump has unleashed on Twitter.

Corker is the latest of a handful of Republicans who have directly criticized Trump for his public statements.

Earlier Thursday, the president spoke out against the removal of statues honoring Confederate generals and soldiers who fought on the losing side of the country's 19th century Civil War.

Trump offered his thoughts on the Confederate memorials in the aftermath of last weekend's deadly street mayhem in Charlottesville, Virginia, where white supremacists were protesting the city's plan to remove a towering statue there honoring Lee, who led Confederate troops during the conflict that extended from 1861 to 1865.

Trump has drawn criticism from across the U.S. political spectrum for saying that hate groups and counterprotesters shared blame for the violence that left one woman dead and 19 injured when a Nazi sympathizer drove his car at high speed into a group of counterprotesters. White nationalists, the racist Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis shouted chants against racial minorities and Jews at the rally.

The Civil War is a seminal event in American history, fought largely over southern landowners' demands to own slaves and the secession of 11 states from the national government before Union troops prevailed in fighting that killed 620,000 people in combat and from starvation and disease.

A handful of cities have removed some of the 718 statues honoring the Confederacy's warriors, while others are considering taking them down.

There are mixed views in the U.S. about the effort to remove the statues from public sites, often parks and town squares, with most, but not all, of the statues in the South. Many are demanding their removal, saying they are a symbol of an indelible ugly stain, slave ownership, on the country's heritage that should not be celebrated.

Others, like Trump, are arguing that history should not be rewritten by removal of the statues, and note that some of country's Founding Fathers, including George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, owned slaves. Trump's tweet mentioning the country's first and third presidents was the second time this week that he questioned to what extent those wishing to eradicate the memory of slavery would attempt to go to erase history from the public square.

The U.S. national capital is named after Washington, and two of the city's most dominant memorials honor Washington and Jefferson. There are 10 statues in the U.S. Capitol building depicting prominent figures from the Confederacy, but they are likely to remain there.

Just this week, Baltimore, Maryland, took down four Confederate statues overnight, without announcing their removal ahead of time, so that protests, like those in Charlottesville, would not likely materialize.

In Durham, North Carolina, protesters toppled a statue of a Confederate soldier that crumpled to the ground, but police charged four people with vandalism in the incident.


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Orchard owners worry whether they will have enough immigrant labor to pick the fruit.

Rural America prepares
for labor shortage on farms

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

At CareerLink, the state job agency in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, custodial worker and former welder Glenn Hendrickson was looking to change careers. Hendrickson was just beginning his search for a new line of work and he did not yet know what would pique his interest.

But he for sure wasn’t interested in farm work, except as a last resort.

According to local farm sector employers, most workers are paid well above Pennsylvania’s minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Crew chiefs and foremen on some orchards earn close to $19 per hour. Yet few native-born Americans are willing to do this work, even if unemployed says Alan Dudley, administrator of the Gettysburg CareerLink office.

Adams County’s farms, orchards, and processing plants are where the jobs are. The so-called fruit belt of vast peach and apple orchards extends across the region’s rolling green hills, along with the packing and processing companies and other agricultural-related businesses.

Tourism, with the 3 million visitors drawn annually to the historic Civil War battlefield of Gettysburg, is the other main economic generator. Adams County’s $580-million fruit industry depends heavily on immigrant labor, which is why the country may be facing an unintended consequence of the Trump administration’s crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Businesses in the agricultural-based economy are experiencing labor shortages, and orchard owners are bracing for the possibility of not having enough workers for the fall harvest.

Last month, six Hispanic employees of a county fruit-packing company, which does not want to be identified, were picked up by local police and turned over to immigration agents, who sent them to a detention facility. These and other detentions have had a chilling effect on the county’s Hispanic residents, who make up 6.5 percent of the population of some 100,000 people.

Yet because of the immigration crackdown, workers are not showing up or in some instances, have fled. The local plant of Hillandale Farms, a major national egg producer and distributor, was desperately seeking to fill vacant jobs this summer, according to a company official, because much of its Hispanic work force had disappeared.

As the autumn harvest approaches, the demand for labor is accelerating, Dudley says, not just in the orchards but also in the fruit processing and other agriculture-related industries.

Adams County voted overwhelmingly for Donald Trump in last November’s presidential election.

At the Latimore Valley fair in June, which attracted several thousand people to watch antique car races, trucking company secretary Kim Sanders expressed strong support for President Trump’s policy of arresting and deporting illegal immigrants who have committed crimes.

But, echoing the views of others at the fair who were asked the same question, Sanders wants the law-abiding undocumented immigrants to be able to stay.

Republican Congressman Scott Perry, whose district includes Adams County, has heard the concerns of orchard owners and other businesses in the fruit industry. Perry said his message to them is that Immigration and Customs Enforcement has assured him nothing has changed in its enforcement actions.

Under the last two years of the previous Obama administration, non-criminals were not a priority and were often let go if detained.

Growers such as Kay Hollabaugh are running out of patience. She met last month with Congressman Perry and local lawmakers to express her concerns about the future of the Adams County fruit belt if the immigrant labor force is driven out.

The Trump administration’s immigration policy has galvanized activists in Adams County to press for immigration reform and to lobby local lawmakers to vote against measures that would target immigrant communities.

As the push and pull over immigration policy plays out, farmers may get some relief as the federal government issues more visas for temporary agricultural workers, mainly from México. The U.S. Labor Department has issued 20 percent more H-2A visas in 2017, compared to last year. Those visas are for seasonal agricultural work, such as harvesting berries, fruit or other crops.

But the visas require require farmers to demonstrate that no Americans will take the jobs they offer. In the meantime, the apple crop is ripening on the trees in Adams County. With harvesting about to begin in less than a month, orchard owners are not sure if enough workers will show up.

Simple concoction found
to halt fall armyworm


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A farmers' group in South Sudan's Imotong state says it has found a way to combat the dreaded fall armyworm, which has devastated crops across the state.

Robert Lokang, leader of the Bidaya Farm association, says he regularly sprays his crops with a concoction of tree leaves, ash, powdered soap and water. The all-natural formula is designed to kill the armyworms while not harming the plants.

It's not a new invention. Lokang says he learned it decades ago as a child, when his father used the same concoction to ward off pests.

He says about a year ago, the NGO Care International showed local farmers how to use the mixture as a replacement for pesticides. He says his group decided to try it on the fall armyworm and it worked.

Fall armyworms, which are native to the Americas, have spread across Africa since 2015, raising alarm among farmers and agriculture officials. The pests thrive in warm and humid climates, travel great distances quickly, and devour maize, cotton, sorghum, and vegetable crops.

United Nations and government officials say regular insecticides do not work on the fall armyworm.

Awello Obale, an official at the state agriculture ministry, said Lokang’s method is cost-effective since there is no other immediate solution to the fall armyworm infestation.

Fortunately, neem trees are plentiful in the area. Obale says farmers should take advantage of Lokang’s simple method.

U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization officials say they will introduce new crop varieties in Imotong State thought to be resistant to armyworms and other pests. The new crop varieties include maize, rice, cow peas, groundnuts and beans.


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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
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9143-2/3/17

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Howler monkey rescued by police

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In the middle of Barrio Mata Buey, police patrolling around the town of Nicoya discovered a baby howler monkey crying.

The officers rescued the monkey before she was hit by a car and immediately climbed into the arms of Dennia García, according to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública. Police named the monkey Niky and took her back to the local station before calling officials at Parque Nacional Barra Honda. The park officials reported that the monkey was in good health.

The incident occurred Tuesday night, police said in a Thursday statement.


Police detain suspected Coco dealer

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police in Guanacaste detained a man Wednesday night on suspicion of dealing drugs around the Playa El Coco area.

According to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, officers of the Grupo de Apoyo Operacional  saw a vehicle leaving at high speed in the Lomas community in Playa El Coco. Police were suspicious and decided to tail him until pulling the driver over.

When the officers pulled over the vehicle and subsequently searched it, they found a small bag of marijuana and cocaine along with about 35,000 colones and $26. The items were seized and the3 suspect handed over to immigration officials to check his status. Police said that the suspect is a Nicaraguan national.

The action was part of the group’s sweep through Guanacaste Wednesday involving 143 officers and 15 communities visited, the security ministry said.


 

     



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The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos is proposing a new tariff system on electrical consumption that seeks to make households more energy efficient.

According to a Thursday statement from ARESEP, the proposal seeks to divide electrical consumption into five blocks with differentiated tariffs attached. These fees will be adjusted based on the peculiarities of each electric distribution companies as profiles of residential consumption vary in each one.

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

“On the other hand, if the family is near the upper limit, they would also be motivated to save, not to move to the next block, where the cost of energy will be higher and you would pay mor.”

The proposal will be submitted at a public hearing Sept. 11 at 5 p.m. At each of the Tribunales de Justicia in the seven regions of the country. This proposal is supposedly designed to promote the best use of resources, equity and sustainability, the regulatory authority said.

To know which block of consumption a customer would fall under, ARESEP opened an electric rate calculator HERE. Simply select the electricity provider and write the service number. If the customer does not know this number, then the calculator will guide the user to identify it within the monthly invoice.

This calculator is supposed to tell someone the hours of monthly consumption from the main electrical appliances and the amount of hours that would require to decrease use and lower the monthly electrical bill.