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Tested aluminum gas cylinders fail rules on safety
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

All aluminum gas tanks tested on safety compliance by the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos did not pass the test, posing a higher risk of leakages and explosions to consumers.

According to the Autoridad, the thickness of the outer layer of all the aluminum cylinders, as they are called by the regulator, it tested are not guaranteed to withstand the pressure of gas.

Also, 69 percent of those types of tanks often do not tell the volume of the gas in the tank leaving the customer to guess exact quantity of gas they are buying when the weight is for the cylinders.

Another finding is that only eight out of every 100 aluminum cylinders provide information in regards to its serial number, the year of manufacture or the date of quality reassessment, which ensures it can stay in service.

These figures are drawn after evaluating over 47,000 cylinders during 380 inspections in the facilities of the gas producing companies such as Gas Zeta, Tomza and Super Gas.

According to the Autoridad, all gas cylinders should comply with traceability criteria, which allows users to know where that specific product is coming from in case an emergency arises.

Companies have been steadily correcting this flaw since 2014, according to the Autoridad study. In 2014, 46 percent of all tanks had no traceability while in 2016 only 16 percent of them had incomplete or missing information.

In terms of leakages, the inspections shows this problem decreased when compared to prior years, going from 7 percent in 2014 to 4.7 percent in 2016.

Still, many households and businesses rely on the older model of aluminum tanks particularly when they are simply refilled every so often rather than purchasing a newer, and potentially, safer tank all together.

However, the study insists to the companies that every cylinder should comply with all of the requirements if they want to avoid losses.

According to the law, the authority has the power to check, seize or destroy flawed cylinders before they enter the market.

The gas industry has been under tighter scrutiny in the last years because of explosions that have killed users and destroyed businesses.

One of these cases occurred back in January 2013 when a small restaurant in San José set on fire after a gas tank was ignited.

The cause of the fire was due to leakage. The owner and cook died two days later in the intensive care unit at Hospital San Juan de Dios.

Last year in March, a potato-themed restaurant located close to Universidad de Costa Rica was destroyed by another gas tank explosion.

The industrial sector is the main consumer of propane and natural gas in the country, accounting for 41 percent of purchases. Residential consumers with 35 percent of purchases follow it, data from the study says.


Costa Rica totes diplomatic balance in Middle East
By Conor Golden,
News Editor of A.M. Costa Rica

A delegation of the Costa Rican foreign ministry is continuing its tour of the Middle East with the most recent visit to the state of Israel.

Manuel González, the Costa Rican foreign minister, made the official visit with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday.

This comes after the delegation finished up another visit to the nation of Qatar. In both instances, the message is one of promoting cooperation and potential facilitation of investment between the private sectors of the two countries.

It is interesting to note the diplomatic balancing that the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto attempts to make when visiting nations in the Arab world, who are vehemently opposed to what they see as an Israeli occupation of Palestinian territory, and Israel, often described by political scientists in the past as being completely surrounded by hostile countries in the Middle East.

During the meeting, Netanyahu spoke of the contributions that the local Jewish community has made in Costa Rica and touted his own country’s progress in technological innovation as a model the visiting country should follow, according to a release by the ministry.

Big on the list of priorities for the Costa Ricans were the promotion of trade flows between the two countries particularly the problem of pineapple exports entering Israel. Gonzaléz himself gave a lecture in Tel Aviv, where the Costa Rican embassy has been located since 2006, to over 300 investors as to the benefits of investing in the country, officials said.

This larger meeting preordained a much smaller one where the foreign minister went into greater detail as to investing, according to the ministry.

This is not the first pitch to this part of the world about Costa Rica. The foreign relations ministry has sent its head and other representatives to places such as Qatar, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates among others.

These three nations are not known, as of late, for stellar reputations in the areas of human rights as well as promotion of free and democratic principles.

Even Israel has come under fire by groups such as Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the United Nations for its conduct in relation to the Palestinian situation.

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With the case of Turkey, it has been said by prominent international groups that it is one of the most repressive countries when it comes to limitations of the free press as well as expressions and assembly particularly following an attempted military coup last July.

Since that time, observers have noted that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has potentially used that as an excuse to install himself as more of a strongman and less of a democratic leader within the Muslim-majority country.

The country has recently made headlines around the world following a referendum vote on the constitution that yielded enormous transfers of power to the president.

Some reports believed that such actions have caused an increase in authoritarian rule in the traditionally-secular, democratic nation of Turkey.

Meanwhile, the other two countries do not even pretend at being democracies and are monarchies.

The United Arab Emirates is a federal absolute monarchy and is frequently criticized for its human rights record as well as heavy-handed suppression of protests that came forth beginning in 2011 with the Arab Spring.

Qatar hosts a very powerful and influential royal family and has also come up in critiques as to its state of freedom by organizations.

What these two countries do share however are wealthy economies with some financial muscle as much as pull in global trade. Israel and Turkey too are no lightweights on the global stage of foreign policy and are important U.S. allies for the region.



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Government halts project's permits

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Environmental authorities halted the permits to develop a controversial new pineapple plantation in the Osa canton in the southeast part of the country.

The local branch of Fresh del Monte international fruit company had been granted the permit in December 2016, just 27 days after the request was filed. The plantation field would have been located very close to an archaeological heritage monument under the protection of the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Inside the project area, there are also wetlands that are protected under the Ramsar international agreements.

According to the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energia,  all members of the environmental secretary's council voted to stop any further action in the place until new studies are carried out.

In their agreement, the council asked the secretary to partner with the required authorities to fully protect the wetlands. It also establishes that Museo Nacional authorities should carry a full archaeological onsite inspection and determine if the plantation is viable from a heritage perspective.

The above are usual requirements to any company who develops agricultural projects in the country. But in the case of this particular one, no field inspections took place neither for archaeological nor environmental purposes.

In fact, the permit skipped the inspections based on photographs provided by the company representatives, as A.M. Costa Rica reported last week.

The measure seems to arrive after much pressure from several organizations. On Monday, Bloque Verde, one of the countries biggest environmental organizations held a massive rally in San José to protest against this same project.

That same day the Ambiente y Energía Ministry ordered a detailed review of the case, which began right way. Three days later the project has been halted.


Costa Rican woman raped while abroad

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Local news reports on the rape of a Costa Rican woman in Guatemala this past Monday was confirmed Thursday in a statement by the foreign relations ministry.

The reports said that the woman was apparently a women’s rights activists and member of the Costa Rican feminist organization, Centro Feminista de Información Acción. The group, also called Cefemina, has roots all the way back to 1975, according to the website, and is dedicated towards the defense and promotion of women’s rights in Costa Rica but also in supporting the global movement.

Costa Rican news reports said that woman is 23-years old and was apparently kidnapped and raped by a group of men. The consulate for Costa Rica in Guatemala said that it is providing personal assistance to her and her family. The Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto also emphasized it is cooperating with Guatemalan authorities to guarantee her access to medical care and justice.


Police in Herradura stop two crimes

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two Spanish tourists were robbed Thursday morning in Herradura, a town located in the Garabito canton close to Jacó.

According to the police report, a young man apparently attacked two women and  ran off with one of their suitcases.

The women screamed for help and, upon the arrival of police officers, a search operation was deployed and the robber was caught still having the suitcase, the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública said.

The man was taken into custody and sent to the local prosecutor's office. The two women recovered their documents, two cameras and a cell phone.

Also in Herradura, three men in possession of crack cocaine paste tried to run from the police, who eventually caught them in Turrúcares de Alajuela Wednesday night.

The men were inside a black Toyota Yaris. Inside, police also found a bulletproof vest and a shirt with the logo of the Judicial Investigation Organization, police said.

Some individual crack doses were also found. The men were taken into custody and a prosecutor assigned.


Security ministry declares crackdown

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Following the shootout near a school in Escazú that left two men dead, the killers still at large and the deceased’s brother arrested while attempting to leave the country, the public security ministry felt compelled to make a statement.

Within the confines of this statement, there are many different interpretations to be made but the facts are relatively clear. In 2016, the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública said, police forces seized over 44 percent more cocaine than in the previous year.

It also praised itself for making Costa Rica a leader in marijuana eradication as it slashed and burned over 1.5 million hectares more than in 2015. Some may believe that to represent a triumph in the war on drugs.

It could also point toward an increase in marijuana growing as well. This could suggest a transition of Costa Rica becoming a country where drugs are produced rather than funneled through to the north.

To that end, the public security ministry conceded that the stakes in the international takedown of criminal organizations are higher. The police forces have seized more drugs and weapons than in previous years. With all that in mind, officials gloomily railed that they had “lost two years insistently requesting resources.”

The recent shooting has inspired a complete nationwide crackdown at the behest of Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís and under the orders of Gustavo Mata, the security minister. Solís requested that the security ministry create a full report of actions taken by the Fuerza Pública nationwide. This report is required to be submitted in a month.

It is uncertain if the contents of the report are to be released from the public. The recommendations are expected to remain the same: more men and more money are needed to the ministry.

Expats should recall however that this ministry does not budget nor is in charge of the Judicial Investigating Organization, whose agents actually arrest and formally charge persons usually.

This ministry does not control the prison system and its guards, which equally need money and manpower. The report may suggest an expedition in judicial cases and a promotion in coordination between different law enforcement entities.

Security officials and government legislators have warned time and again that, unless there are changes made to improve the situation as much as the system, it is unlikely crime and violence will decrease.



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Local rancher completes his four day protest march to visit Solís
By Rommel Téllez of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

For almost four days, Jorge Castro marched all the way from his home up in Pavones de San Carlos, in the far north of Alajuela, to Casa Presidencial just to deliver a message: he is sick and tired of pineapples and he demands further control on its plantations.

Castro started his journey Monday and arrived in San José on Thursday afternoon, where has was welcomed by a heavy downpour of rain on a May afternoon.

Along with his wife Mariana Paniagua, a dog named Muñeca, Cielito the horse and a black cow fittingly called La Negra, he decided that making this march was the best way to let people know that not everybody is happy with the pineapple industry. In his case, it is affecting his cattle and thus, his living.

By the time he had reached the Alfredo Gonzaléz Flores bridge, colloquially called la platina, along the General Cañas highway, he decided not to take any calls. He considered that walking on the highway was dangerous enough and there was no need for extra distractions.

“Unfortunately, we have pineapple plantations very close to our home and that's the reason our cows have been sick for about a year, even with the help of veterinarians,” said Mariana Paniagua, his wife who also worked as his spokesperson during the trip.

When she says pineapples hurt the cows, she is referring to the Tábano fly phenomenon. This kind of fly population increases due to the pineapple production waste and tends to attack livestock up to 10 kilometers away from a plantation.

The bug bites the cows and bulls and sucks their blood. That leads to infections, fatigues, anemia and other health problems for the animals. Since 2011, farmers associations have been complaining about this and have asked sanitation and animal health service authorities to take the proper measures.

“I also fear about the water because experts keep saying it will be polluted,” she said.

Before this personal mission, the couple packed some food, blankets and sheets in case of an emergency. However, having a place to rest with their animals and food has not been an issue due to peoples generosity, she explained.

“Along the way many people has been supporting us and we are very grateful for that,” Ms. Paniagua said. “We have stayed in hotels or houses and sometimes inside the truck to rest for a while.”

The pineapple industry has been facing increasing opposition from environmentalist groups. Many ecological organizations demand more control on the permits granted as they see its expansion as damaging to the soil, potentially polluting water and hurting workers rights.

From the industry's perspectives, many of those accusations are untrue and based on fear and biased studies.

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Jorge Castro proceeds onward to the final destination.

Abel Cháves, president of the Cámara Nacional de Productores y Exportadores de Piña, has said many times that pineapples are safe to grow, the industry respects labor laws and that it provides jobs in places where unemployment is rampant.

“Let me ask you something: if you have a child, would you give him milk from a pineapple? If, instead of eating rice and beans, you ate pineapple everyday, wouldn't you get sick?” asked Ms. Paniagua.

“We are not against the jobs or the industry as a whole, we just want more control. We want the expansion to stop and the government to regulate,” she added.

About 4 p.m. he arrived to Casa Presidencial and was able to pick up the phone. He confirmed he got wet and at some point he was just missing some soap.

“I'm here because the president invited me,” he said. “Yes, he invited me the day of his inauguration when he said, ‘If I am ever mistaken, correct me.’ Well, here to tell him that he might be wrong with the pineapple industry,” he said.

Castro said he just expected to meet some friends who work at Casa Presidencial. “The house of all of us,” he said.

For a second, he had to stop the conversation as a background voice announced the president wanted to talk to him.

Another voice asked him to wait for a quick medical check up before the unscheduled meeting.

“I have to go and thank you,” he said.


Verdi classic "La Traviata" includes a diverse international crew
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The six salvos of the famous “La Traviata” opera by Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi will be directed by U.S. conductor Arthur Fagen, according to the cultural ministry.

Fagen, is the principal director of the Atlanta Opera in the U.S. state of Georgia, the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud said in a statement. He has presented more than 70 operas in his career that catapulted him to places such as the Metropolitan Opera of New York, Teatro Massimo de Palermo, the Chicago Opera and the French Bordeaux opera.

The cast for the bombastic piece includes a mix of mainly Costa Ricans but also an Italian and Cuban-American, organizers said. The latter is Elizabeth Caballero, a soprano voice, who will play the leading female role of Violetta Valéry.

The opera will be done in three acts beginning July 23 at the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar, the cultural ministry said. The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and the Coro Sinfónico Nacional are expected to lend its help to this production whose members, beyond the performers and director, come from a variety of nationalities.

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Some of the cast for the famous Italian opera.

The cast and crew were selected by the Costa Rican Compañía Lírica Nacional.

More details as to ticket prices and the production itself are expected in June, the cultural ministry said.


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Predatory behavior in tropics driven by ants and others, study says
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A new Oxford University collaboration revealing the world’s prime insect predation hotspots, achieved its landmark findings using an unusual aid: plastic dummy caterpillars.

The new study published in “Science” has revealed a global pattern of predation on insect herbivores. The trends observed were surprising, revealing that predatory behavior in the tropics is not driven by birds or mammals but by ants and other small arthropods.

The international team made the discovery by examining a fraction of caterpillars eaten along an 11,635 km gradient from the Arctic Circle to southern Australia. The work revealed that a caterpillar living near the Equator is eight times more likely to be eaten, than a caterpillar at the poles.

The findings were achieved with surprisingly simple materials. To measure local predation rates, researchers glued thousands of artificial caterpillars made from plasticine, to plants across 31 sites around the world.

Predators of caterpillars, such as birds and ants, are then tricked into thinking the decoy insects are the real thing, and only realize that they have been deceived when they have taken a bite. The team then revisited sites several times to check for bite marks, and evidence of any predatory behavior.

Eleanor Slade, one of the study’s lead authors and a researcher in Zoology at the Universities of Oxford and Lancaster, said: “The great thing about this method is that you can track down who the predator was by inspecting the attack marks. The jaws of an insect, like an ant, will leave two small piercings, whereas a bird beak will cause wedge-shaped marks. Mammals will leave teeth marks – well, you get the idea.”

Tomas Roslin, the other lead author and professor of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Helsinki, said:

“The pattern was not only mirrored on both sides of the Equator, but also appeared across elevational gradients. Moving up a mountain slope you find the same decrease in predation risk as when moving towards the poles. This suggests a common driver could be controlling species interactions at a global scale.”

Decoy insects have been used in previous ecology studies, but never before on such a broad scale. It was comparing results from these smaller initiatives that inspired the team to take their research to the next level.

The replica insects were placed at far-flung locations across the globe, which meant that gathering the corresponding data required a lot of team work, with a total of 40 researchers from 21 countries working on the project.
Dummy catepillar
Oxford University photo
Not-so-tasty snack to predator contributing to the study.

For the insights gained to be comparable, consistency and standardization were key. The dummy caterpillars were designed at and sent to researchers from the projects central hatchery, at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Moulded from green plasticine, the materials were shaped to closely resemble loopers, or inchworms.

Even the glue used to attach them to plants was included in the kit to ensure the same look and smell of caterpillars across all sites.

A total of 2,879 were used in the study and left at the sites over the course of four to 18 days. The caterpillars were then carefully detached from the leaves and returned to Helsinki for analysis. Led by Bess Hardwick, the team inspected the caterpillars for signs of predator-induced damage, such as bite marks.

By attributing each attack mark to a specific predator group, the team was then able to identify a clear culprit behind the latitudinal gradient in attack rates.

Will Petry, Postdoctoral Research Associate at Zurich, who contributed data and supported analysis from California, said: "People often think of vertebrates as the most important predators in the tropics, but birds and mammals weren’t the groups responsible for the increase in predation risk towards the Equator. Instead tiny arthropod predators like ants drove the pattern."

The findings may also have implications for herbivore evolution, Petry said: "Our results suggest that tropical caterpillars would do well to target their defenses and camouflage specifically against arthropod predators. Closer to the poles, lower predation may allow caterpillars to let their guard down."

Roslin said: ‘To understand why the world stays green and is not fully consumed by hordes of caterpillars, we should appreciate the role of arthropod predators. Our findings suggest that their role may be even further accentuated towards the Equator.”



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White House considering
new sanctions on Venezuela


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Trump administration is set to impose new sanctions on members of the Venezuelan Supreme Court for stripping the opposition-led congress of all power earlier this year.

Among those targeted is Maikel Moreno, the president of the pro-government supreme court, which issued a ruling in late March. The ruling was later partially reversed amid international criticism, but it sparked a protest movement that has continued for nearly two months and left more than 40 people dead.

On Thursday, U.S. President Donald Trump called the situation in Venezuela a disgrace to humanity, and said the deadly political crisis is possibly the worst of its kind in decades.

The threat of new sanctions comes as Venezuela's socialist president, Nicolas Maduro, is facing increasing international pressure to hold elections. On Wednesday, the U.N. Security Council discussed the crisis in Venezuela for the first time at the request of the United States. The Washington-based Organization of American States is holding a rare foreign ministers council session on the troubled South American nation later this month.

Maduro's political foes have taken to the streets to demand that he schedule long-delayed elections, release political prisoners and permit the delivery of humanitarian aid. The demonstrations and counter-demonstrations have escalated since the socialist leader's call earlier this month for a new constitution.

But Maduro repeatedly has accused the United States of leading an attempt to overthrow his government.


Possible cure discovered
for Ebola virus, scientists say


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists have discovered a possible cure for all five known Ebola viruses, one of which ravaged West Africa in recent years.

The so-called broadly neutralizing antibodies were discovered in the blood of a survivor of the West African epidemic, which ran from late 2013 to mid-2016. The deadly virus killed more than 11,000 people of the nearly 29,000 who became infected in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.

Ebola got its name from the first documented outbreak, which occurred along the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly Zaire, in 1976. Since then, there have been two dozen outbreaks of Ebola in Africa, including a current one that has infected nine people in the DRC. Three people have died.

Kartik Chandran, a professor in the department of microbiology and immunology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, New York, helped identify the antibodies, which were described online in the journal “Cell.” He is optimistic that the antibodies can be used as a single therapy to treat all Ebola viruses.

Researchers isolated about 350 antibodies from the human blood sample, two of which showed promise in neutralizing three viruses in tissue culture. The antibodies work by interfering with a process that the pathogen uses to infect and multiply inside cells.

The drug company Mapp Pharmaceutical Inc. is now testing the antibodies in monkeys to make sure they are safe and effective.

A forerunner of the experimental drug, called Zmapp, was in the experimental stages when it was pressed into service during the last epidemic. Zmapp is a combination of cloned antibodies discovered in mice that enlist the body's natural immune system to fight infection. If given up to five days after symptoms appear, it can cure the disease.

The problem, Chandran said, is Zmapp is not terribly specific and works to neutralize only Ebola Zaire, one of the five known viruses. He said the broadly neutralizing human antibodies attack and destroy all of the viruses.

It took scientists just six months to discover the antibodies, according to Chandran, "so this is really incredibly fast and incredibly gratifying. And we are hoping that things will continue at this pace and that in very short order we will be in a position to be able to test these things in people."

While the broadly neutralizing antibodies are being developed as a treatment, Chandran envisions using them in a vaccine that can be given ahead of an Ebola outbreak to guard against infection.


Recent death of rock singer,
Chris Cornell, ruled suicide


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The death of rock musician Chris Cornell, whose distinctive voice led the bands Soundgarden and Audioslave, has been ruled a suicide.

Medical authorities in Detroit say Cornell, 52, hung himself in his hotel room.

Cornell was found dead in his hotel room, hours after Soundgarden played Detroit's Fox Theater as part of a North American tour that had been scheduled to continue Friday in Columbus, Ohio.

Cornell's publicist said "His wife, Vicky, and family were shocked to learn of his sudden and unexpected passing, and they will be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause."

Soundgarden was a major force in the 1990s musical movement known as grunge along with groups such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. Its 1991 album "Batmotorfinger" spawned popular singles such as "Outshined," and "Jesus Christ Pose." In 1994, the band released its breakthrough Grammy nominated album, "Superunknown," which debuted at number one in the U.S. It included songs such as "Spoonman," "Fell on Black Days," and "Black Hole Sun."

In 1991, Cornell recorded an album with Temple of the Dog, a supergroup that included members of both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam.

During a period in which Soundgarden had broken up, Cornell partnered with former members of another band, Rage Against the Machine, to form the successful group Audioslave.

Soundgarden reunited in 2010 and launched its current tour in April. Cornell throughout his career released several solo albums as well.

He and his wife, Vicky, also launched a foundation aimed at helping kids facing homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect. Cornell's contemporaries reacted to his death with shock and surprise on Twitter early Thursday.


Greek parliament approves
another round of austerity


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Greek Parliament approved another round of tough economic cuts and austerity measures Thursday to assure itself another installment payment of European bailout funds.

Greece may have again faced bankruptcy in July without the payment.

All 153 lawmakers in Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' leftist coalition voted for the cuts; all 128 opposition members voted no.

More than 10,000 Greeks weary of the nation's economic problems, including elderly pensioners facing more cuts, marched outside parliament against the measures.

Several dozen young marchers wearing masks broke away from the crowd to throw gasoline bombs at police, who responded with tear gas.

Greece desperately needs about $8 billion of bailout money from its Eurozone lenders in order to make a scheduled debt payment.

In exchange, the government agreed to EU demands for more austerity measures, including tax hikes and programs aimed at easing poverty.

With Thursday's vote, Greek officials hope they can renegotiate payment terms on the nation's massive debt payment, nearly 180 percent of Greece's gross domestic product. The International Monetary Fund calls this number unsustainable.

Greece has been relying on international bailouts since 2010, when the outgoing conservative government badly underreported the country's debt.


Car slams into pedestrians
at Times Square, killing one


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A car slammed into pedestrians at Times Square, killing an 18-year-old woman Thursday.

Police identified the driver as 26-year-old U.S. citizen Richard Rojas, who had a history of arrests for driving while intoxicated.

22 additional people were injured, according to the New York Fire Department. Four of them were in critical condition, but none is likely to perish, New York Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro told a press conference.

The incident does not appear to be linked to terrorism and is being investigated as an accident, according to New York City police, who are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“Based on the info we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told a press conference. "That being said, we are reinforcing key locations around the city with our anti-terror units of the NYPD," he added.

Police said the red Honda sedan mounted the sidewalk and traveled for three blocks at high speeds before crashing into a lamppost on 45th Street and Broadway.

President Donald Trump has been made aware of the situation and will continue to receive updates, according to White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

The Department of Homeland Security also stated that it is in close contact with law enforcement officials in New York City about the incident.

Police have closed off the area.

Times Square, full of restaurants, shops and entertainment, is a popular tourist destination in New York City, attracting hundreds of thousands of pedestrians on a daily basis.


Mars aerial shot
NASA photo  
Water-carved valleys on Mars from rain runoff.

Heavy rains shaped Mars
billions of years ago

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Heavy rain shaped the Martian landscape billions of years ago, according to a new study.

According to researchers at the Smithsonian Institution and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, rain on Mars once carved riverbeds and created valleys much like rain on Earth has, and does. It no longer rains on the Red Planet, and the water that remains is mostly in the form of ice.

The rain appears to have slowly changed over time, researchers said, noting that changes in the Martian atmosphere influenced how heavy the rain was, particularly the size of the raindrops.

When Mars formed 4.5 billion years ago, it had a much thicker atmosphere and higher atmospheric pressure. Pressure, researchers say, influences the size of raindrops.

They say that early in the planet’s history, the rain would have actually been more like fog, so it would unlikely have made much of an impact on the terrain. But as the atmosphere thinned over time, larger raindrops could form and were heavy enough to cut into the soil changing the shape of craters and leading to running water that could have carved valleys.

Specifically, researcher say the atmospheric pressure on the Red Planet was about four bars, compared to one bar on Earth today. This means the raindrops could not have been bigger than three millimeters across. Over time the pressure dropped to 1.5 bars allowing for larger drops measuring about 7.3 millimeters across.

"By using basic physical principles to understand the relationship between the atmosphere, raindrop size and rainfall intensity, we have shown that Mars would have seen some pretty big raindrops that would have been able to make more drastic changes to the surface than the earlier fog-like droplets," said Ralph Lorenz of John Hopkins APL.


T-rex had pulverizing teeth,
new study now suggests


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Tyrannosaurus rex had jaws and teeth strong enough to pulverize bones, a new study suggests.

The pressure the huge dinosaur could muster when biting was equal to the weight of three small cars simultaneously generating world record tooth pressures, researchers from Florida State University and Oklahoma State University said.

T. rex’s bone-crushing bite is typically not seen in reptiles, which aren’t able to chew up bones, but in carnivorous mammals like wolves and hyenas.

Researchers say the T. rex could bite with more than 3,600 kilograms of pressure, which is twice the force of the current living crocodile. For bone crushing, however, the dinosaur’s conical teeth generated enough pressure to cause bones to explode.

"It was this bone-crunching acumen that helped T. rex to more fully exploit the carcasses of large horned-dinosaurs and duck-billed hadrosaurids whose bones, rich in mineral salts and marrow, were unavailable to smaller, less equipped carnivorous dinosaurs," said Paul Gignac, assistant professor of anatomy and vertebrate paleontology at Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.

To reach their conclusions, researchers looked at the musculature of crocodiles, which are close relatives of dinosaurs. They also looked at birds, which are modern-day dinosaurs.

Crocodiles revealed that bite force did not fully account for the ability to crush bones, so researchers looked at what they call tooth pressure. T. rex’s unique teeth capitalized on the bite power, researchers said. The study was published in the journal “Scientific Reports.”


Turkish reactions to brawl
vary based on affiliation


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. officials and lawmakers may have been outraged when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards attacked and beat peaceful protesters in Washington as their leader watched. Back in Turkey, however, that hardline approach is welcomed by many of the president’s nationalist supporters.

The clash Tuesday began when Erdogan’s motorcade pulled up in front of the Turkish ambassador’s residence, returning from a visit to the White House and a meeting with President Donald Trump.

Erdogan, emerging from his limousine, stood and watched as his guards and supporters began punching and kicking their way through a group of mostly Kurdish protesters across the street. Eleven people were injured.

Two U.S. senators protested to Erdogan Thursday about his guards’ behavior.

“The violent response of your security detail to peaceful protesters is wholly unacceptable,” Senators Dianne Feinstein and John McCain said in a letter to Erdogan. They added that the incident was “unfortunately reflective of your government’s treatment of the press, ethnic minority groups and political opponents.”

While some Turks also decried the use of force to quash a peaceful protest, calling it a blemish on the country’s international reputation and a violation of free speech, those who support Erdogan’s increasingly authoritarian rule felt it was justified.

“Those terrorists deserved to be beaten,” Atakan, a taxi driver from the city of Erzurum said. “They should not be protesting our president. They got what they asked for.”

Yusuf Kanli, a newspaper columnist and political analyst, said no matter how bad it may have looked, the scene played right into Erdogan’s image.

“I believe Erdogan makes use of this type of brawl for internal politics, to solidify his electorate and to get more nationalists to move to his party,” Kanli said. “If you are an anti-Erdogan citizen in Turkey, you think like the civilized world and do not approve of beating people who think different from you. But if you are a pro-Erdogan citizen, you applaud when people who don’t think like you do get beaten up.”

Erdogan has bolstered his power base, particularly since a coup attempt last year. He has cracked down hard on dissent, jailing journalists and the leaders and other legislators of the PKK, a Kurdish party that was the second-largest opposition group in Parliament, on allegations of terrorism.

The result has been a growing political divide in the country, as shown by results of a referendum last month in which voters narrowly approved even more sweeping powers for Erdogan.

A similar clash between Erdogan’s men and protesters broke out a year ago when he visited Washington for a nuclear conference.

“Turkish people who support Erdogan’s AK Party see this sort of incident as legitimate,” said Ilhan Tanir, a freelance Turkish journalist and analyst. “Pro-government newspapers and columnists are proof of that. They say they had to teach the PKK terrorists a necessary lesson.”


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Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
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       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
       * Custom designed kitchen w/granite countertops
       * Frigidaire Professional appliance package
       * State-of-the-art solar hot water
       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
       * House & perimeter security alarm system
       * 2-car closed garage w/large paved driveway
 
Video Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUEAmahIU9A
Community Web Site: http://www.altigua.com
Photos: HERE!
Costa Rica # 506-8985-6705 or from the States call # 561-740-0651 or email gary_one@msn.com
9173-9/1/17

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COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

* Colinas del Sol is a fenced and gated project  in a quiet area.
* There are 88 clear titled lots.
* Mountain areas with great views.
* Gently sloping level areas ideal for hobby farms, gardening, fruit trees.
* Quiet place to get away from the busy city and beach crowds.
* All lots have gravel roads to them, water and electricity at each.
* Lots are 5,000 sq. meters or larger, starting at only $40,000 USD
* Located in Libertad, Guanacaste, northwest Pacific area of Costa Rica.
* 20 minutes to the Liberia International Airport
* 15 minutes to the Pacific Beaches
* 10 minutes to Medical Facilities
* 25 minutes to the Liberia Hospital
* 5 minutes to Vista Ridge Golf Club

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

For more information Click Here: www.colinasdelsolcr.com
9056-2/28/17

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

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Spectacular Horse Ranch and Spiritual/Yoga
Retreat Center For Sale

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

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

Penthouse
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Costa Rica penthouse for sale
 5 -story penthouse for sale.  One of a kind penthouse on top of the Corobici Hotel in Sabana overlooking the Central Park and new Soccer Stadium in San José.  Excellent location provides you easy access to everywhere.  Other benefits include 24-hour security, 2 restaurants inside the hotel providing 1st class room service plus shared common areas in the hotel. Commercial license is in place. Seller will consider owner financing.  Asking $795K U.S.  Also available for monthly rent for $3,400 per month on an annual basis. Go to www.ThePenthouseCostaRica.com  Owners U.S. cell phone: 813 310-7402  Email crstratton@ymail.com
9132-6/1/17

Business for sale or lease (paid category)

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

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

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Playas del Coco
We are an award-winning Team of Professional Agents working with Costa Rica’s #1 Selling Real Estate Agency RE/MAX Prestige Ocean Properties. Get to KNOW, LIKE & TRUST us and let us help you find YOUR Pura Vida! We have over 30 years of experience to educate our buyers and sellers in all aspects of Real Estate.  For Information on condos, homes, lots, farms, ranches, commercial or development property
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9174-2/7/18

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9142-7/27/17
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The equipment is intended to put the public in Costa Rica online.

New tech equipment going to public

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican government  plans to deliver free laptops, computer, tablets and other technological equipment as part of a national strategy to modernize some public centers throughout the country.

According to a statement by the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones, over $8.4 million in tech equipment is being awarded to schools, Centros Comunitarios Inteligentes, nutrition centers and child daycare facilities will be among the beneficiaries.

Casa Presidencial said that the centers receiving the equipment will be institutions that have already had implemented the first stage of the program called Comunidades Conectados. This is part of the wider strategy to connect all of Costa Rica online known as the Estrategia CR Digital.

We must think of the internet as an allied tool for human development, because it is undoubtedly a right and therefore subject to its effective fulfillment for people,” said Ana Helena Chacón, the second vice president. “We want a Costa Rica connected, supportive and inclusive.”

The goal for the government is to use this strategy to improve the education sector in order to reduce poverty and generate better employment opportunities with access to these  technologies. The spoils from the program, however, are expected to be delivered at the end of the administration of President Luis Guillermo Solís, the ministry said.

In total, the entire program expects to donate almost 40,000 devices to the tune of around $20 million.


Study in process to halt water losses

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto de Fomento y Asesoría Municipal is financing a study needed to implement a loss control program for the municipal water supply of Cartago’s Paraíso community.

Around $175,000 is being put towards the study and the Tecnológico de Costa Rica, which through its water supply program is handling the information gathering. The study will include basic leakage tests and audits of the water supply in order to determine actual supply availability and demand, the institute said.

"Paraíso has for several years problems of shortages in service of drinking water, mainly in dry season, this caused that the municipality look for solutions to the problematic reason why it decided to realize a series of investments that positively affect the operation,” said Edmundo Abellán, the head of the municipal strengthening for the institute.

The financing was approved unanimously by the municipal council, the institute said. Over 12,500 taxpayers receive water from this supply.



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U.S. President Donald Trump's administration says it has notified Congress it intends to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and México.

In a letter sent Thursday to congressional leaders, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the administration plans 90 days of consultations with lawmakers over how to rewrite the agreement followed by negotiations with Canada and México that could begin after August 16.

Renegotiation of NAFTA was a key promise of Trump's during his presidential campaign, when he frequently called the treaty a disaster.

Lighthizer told reporters NAFTA has helped strengthen the U.S. agriculture, investment services and energy sectors, but it has hurt U.S. factories and resulted in well-paying manufacturing jobs being sent to México.

Lighthizer said NAFTA needs to be updated to more effectively address matters involving digital trade, intellectual property rights and labor and environmental standards.

At a news conference Thursday at the State Department with Mexican officials and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and other U.S. officials, Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said México welcomes the renegotiation of NAFTA.