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Costa Rica celebrates 196 years of independence
By Rommel Téllez
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

It is Sept. 15, and most of the country has waken up to the sounds of drums, flutes, whistles and the sound of marching steps of legions of flag girls and boys. Costa Ricans are celebrating 196 years of independence since leaving from the Spanish colonial rule and the benefits of self determination that started back in 1821.

Or maybe not.

On Sept. 15, 1821 Costa Rica was part of the Captaincy-General of Guatemala, an administrative division established by the Spanish Crown. Due to prior reforms that were taking place, that date the Capitanía proclaimed itself independent from the Kingdom of Spain, but it didn't mean Costa Rica was independent right away.

The country still belonged to the Sede Gobernativa de Léon, Nicaragua y el Partido de Nicoya, according to Ana Botey, historian from the Universidad de Costa Rica.

“The document stating the Central American Organization had declared independence from Spain did not arrive to Costa Rica until October, probably on a mule,” said Ms. Botey.

“That's how difficult communications were at the time.”

Another historical impression many Costa Ricans are taught during their school and high school years is that, Costa Rica started its own way right off the bat once the independence was declared. In reality, it took at least three years for the local authorities to start developing their own sort of legislation.

“At this time Costa Rica was still part of the then independent Capitanía and there were internal divisions on whether the country should join the Mexican Empire of Iturbide,” said Ms. Botey. “The latter never happened and we became part of the República Federal de Centroamerica from 1823 to 1839.”

During all those times, Costa Rican intellectuals worked hard to create their own legislation on almost anything but the Constitution.

By this time, the country had found great success in the production of coffee, which provided the main income to the country. “The Federación was falling apart but anyways Costa Rica had to leave the group in order to sign export contracts with international buyers such as England,” added Botey.

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And so, it wasn't until 1839 the country started to work as a real independent entity with some sort of individual identity. However, Ms. Botey clarifies that this idea could also be a false positive from the historic perspective.

“Independence is an ongoing process, one that has to be worked on all the time to ensure the sovereignty of the people,” said Ms. Botey. “I understand people need a date to celebrate for cultural purposes, but in fact, the 15 de setiembre symbolizes the start of a cycle that never ends.”

Expats can still enjoy the holiday as the entire country will open with a cacophony of marches, concerts and fireworks in celebration. One should check with the municipality to see if yours is a dry canton for the day or not and also to see what times are the marches for independence. As for the fireworks, those are more an informal affair and could already be heard with the car horns Thursday night.



Report notices poor performance in public schools is tied with poor conditions with the facilities
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The students of the Costa Rican public school system see their performance negatively affected by the poor infrastructure conditions of their classrooms and schools.

According to the Sexto Reporte del Estado de la Educación, there is a significant deterioration in the structures and equipments of schools. In addition, there are adverse environmental conditions such as noise, poor light and inadequate temperatures, elements that generate concentration and learning problems.

The Estado de la Educación is a study published every year through the Estado de la Nación  project, which seeks to evaluate the country in different development criteria. The current government has invested and executed more than $346 million to attend schools and colleges, an amount that is still not enough, according to Walter Muñoz, director of Dirección de Infraestructura y Equipamiento Educativo.

Muñoz said that, while infrastructure helps the educational process, this is not decisive, since in many cases depends more on the attitudes of students.

One of the challenges for the next governments will be to create a new management model for the Boards of Education.

This model includes consultancy services along the processes of contracting, review and inspection of the works, as they board members often lack this knowledge.

At the moment, 103 officials of the Direction are in charge of attending near 4,800 educational centers, which hinders the speed and the quality of the attention.

"We need more staff and a decentralization of management, and avoid concentrations here in San Jose, by building several branches in the country," he said.







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The Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados will be shutting down part of a main bus route in San José beginning this Saturday.

AyA said that work will require the closing Calle 15 between Avenida 1 and Avenida 3. Once complete, the closures will move toward Avenida 3 between Calle 15 and Calle 16. Calle 15 divides the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones building and Parque Nacional. Avenida 3 is part of the Paseo de las Damas passing in front of the Biblioteca Nacional where it runs west to hit Parque Morazán.

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AyA did not provide a timeframe for how long these projects would take.


Cardiovascular emergencies increased

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

More than 1.44 million consultations were made for the leading cause of death in Costa Rica, according to data from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

Cardiovascular diseases represent the number one killer in the country, the Caja said. Data for 206 from the Dirección Actuarial said that more than 243,350 million colones have been invested in the care of patients and more than 245,350 days have been longed for incapacity related with this type of disease.

Based on the Caja’s data, there has been a decrease in total consultations since 2014 with the record high being 2015 with 1.52 million and a low of 644,692 back in 1998. At the same time, 2016 saw a rise in the number of emergency cases at 149,768. In comparison, there were 142,248 the year before.

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Back in 2015, the Junta Directiva approved a plan to reinforce the available equipment at all levels of care for cardiovascular problems. As part of that plan, work will be done to strengthen services by acquiring echocardiographs, equipment for stress testing and blood pressure studies, the Caja said.

The arsenal for the cardiology services for the major hospitals in the greater metropolitan are also being improves such as the creation of a new electrophysiology laboratory for Hospital Calderón Guardia. Special ambulances will also be purchased for transferring patients requiring special support for hospitals in San Ramón, Liberia, Guápiles, San Carlos and Pérez Zeledón, the Caja said.


Court issues order on crocodile bridge

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court gave Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes  a two-year term to ensure the safety of tourists who huddle on the bridge over the Río Tárcoles to observe crocodiles.

The order is found in resolution No. 2017014306 of Sept. 8, 2017. The constitutional court gave the reason to the plaintiff Walter Brenes.

"I am very happy because important issues such as road safety are solved," Brenes said. "I am sure that all the Costa Ricans who have passed through that bridge understand the insecurity that one feels there."

Brenes said he will remain alert for orders to be enforced. He explained that this problem is not only associated with pedestrian safety, but also with the safety of drivers passing through the place, who can run over a tourist that falls from the narrow pavement of the infrastructure.

The resolution also orders the immediate action to safeguard the lives of pedestrians and drivers using the bridge, until a total solution is enforced.


Ombudsman adds its views on pensions

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The ombudsman's office issued 11 recommendations to ensure the stability of the Costa Rican pension system and its sustainability over time.

Despite the fact that most of the workers have already accepted the one percent increase in their social security contributions, the dialogue group established by the Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social is still discussing how to find a formula for sustainability.

Sept. 30 is the deadline for this dialogue group to issue a diagnosis of the situation and present  possible solutions. As a first recommendation, the Defensoría de los Habitantes considers that financial sustainability should not be a pretext for ignoring human rights.

The second recommendation is to create annual audits on the financial projections of the Caja, thereby avoiding emergency situations. A third idea is to establish a differentiated and progressive contribution system, since currently the people with more money contribute with less effort than the lower income workers.

The ombudsman's document also values the creation of contributions to capital income and consumption. In addition, it suggests applying article 78 of the Worker Protection Act, which obliges public enterprises to transfer up to 15 percent of their profits to social security.

According to the ombudsman's office, it is important to establish a strong, universal and attractive basic pension that is supplemented by capitalized income over the years. In its document, the ombudsman opposes that the social security system takes money from the insurance policy that protects again sickness and maternity, because they are part of a same system that will weakens itself.
   
Finally, the ombudsman emphasizes that any action taken must take into account the principle of solidarity that allows a decent pension to every worker, regardless of their historical contribution to the regime.

Pension systems for teachers, judicial and private workers have been subject of debate this year. The three schemes present sustainability problems and in some cases experts have mentioned the possibility of increasing the retirement age to 70 and reducing the percentage of what someone may receive in a pension.


Our reader’s opinion
Evil guns: put a trigger lock on them

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

It is always amusing to watch people whip themselves over inanimate objects that do harm, especially firearms.  Firearms kill and maim by themselves, without human presence, and put misery on everybody.  Humans are always victims and are never at fault for tragedy--oh yeah.  But wait: if a firearm has a simple steel trigger lock in place it is totally harmless and any attempt to break the lock will ruin the firing mechanism and render the evil monster impotent. But that would end the photo shoots for the media and politicians who like to posture.  By the way, how many people get killed or wounded by edged weapons in Costa Rica annually?

A simple law that a firearm has to have the trigger lock that is usually supplied by the manufacturer would solve the problem instead of addressing it endlessly.  Yes, firearms get stolen and that is why manufacturers usually provide a trigger lock.

If the owner is too stupid to use the lock perhaps the media and politicians can find a way to blame the piece of steel for not putting the lock on itself?  If an adult's firearm accidentally kills their own child the nation's newspapers should put the pictures of the parents on the front page for a day or two as an example.

But, but, what about those that bring firearms into the country illegally?  Laws obviously don't work against this crowd so what is the answer?  Perhaps real prison sentences on a remote island where sharks provide free security?

Costa Rica, much like the U.S., seems to love to recycle it's criminals several dozen times before something might happen to a career criminal.  Job security for lawyers and judges needs to start taking a back seat to common sense.

Jim Harrison
El Paso Texas


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Tamarindo Beach Marathon kicks off this coming Saturday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The countdown is ticking for the upcoming Tamarindo Beach Marathon coming this weekend.

According to the marathon’s organizers, the run will begin this coming Saturday at 4 a.m. and last until around noon at Playa Tamarindo in Guanacaste province.

This represents the eleventh edition of the marathon with four different distances set for the participants, according to the event website. There is the 10-kilometer, 21-kilometer, 30-kilometer and 42-kilometer races occurring all around the same time, organizers said.

The marathon will start and end outside the Hotel Tamarindo Diriá. Registrants are apparently coming from all across the country to participate in this event. The minimum cost for entering the marathon is around 33,600 colones for the 10-kilometer race. Meanwhile, the big run is at 60,000 colones.

Registration may be expensive but the prize money is pretty big for the first five finishers of each segmented run.

As an example, the first-place finisher for the 10K marathon receives 100,000 colones as a prize. The fifth place winner gets 40,000. Meanwhile, in the general open category for the 42-kilometer segment, the winner receives over 1.2 million colones in prize with second place coming in at just 600,000 colones, organizers said.

The event is sponsored by Gatorade, Fruta Internacional S.A., Saucony and the Hotel Tamarindo Diriá among others. More information about the marathon and the routes that it will take can be found on the event’s website or Facebook page.

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New university research suggests bird songs isolate similar species
By the University of British Columbia press staff

Two birds that look the same, but have songs so different they can’t recognize each other, should be considered distinct species, suggests new University of British Columbia research.

“Songs are important for birds and who they choose to mate with,” said Benjamin Freeman, a Banting postdoctoral fellow in the department of zoology at the unviersity. “Birds evolve different songs and we wanted to find out which populations are so different in song that they should be considered different species.”

Among the 72 related populations of Central and South American birds the researchers tested, they found evidence for 21 new species.

Organisms that mate and create an offspring that can go on to reproduce are considered to be part of the same species but there are a number of naturally occurring barriers, like geographic location or behaviour, that can prevent similar organisms from mingling. In the study, University of British Columbia and Cornell University biologists examined how different populations of birds respond to each other’s songs.

In the tropical forests of Central and South America where the vegetation is dense, birds rely heavily on song to claim their territory and let other birds know where they are.

For this experiment, the researchers conducted playback experiments by hanging wireless speakers in the trees and broadcasting songs from related subspecies and then observing how the birds responded.

If the birds continued on with their natural behavior and ignored the speaker and sound, it indicated that they distinguished the songs. They did not feel like another bird was encroaching on their territory and trying to mate with their partner. If the bird got angry and started to try and kick the “intruder” out, it indicated they recognized the song.

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Birds west of the Andes respond to song
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Historically, scientists have identified new species by finding birds that look different enough or occupy different geographic locations.“It’s interesting that with one study in one year, we came up with good evidence that there are 21 new species that authorities should recognize,” said Freeman. “We know so much about birds but this demonstrated that we still have a lot to learn.”

This research is part of a larger pursuit to learn about the evolution of bird songs and why birds develop different songs.

“As a birdwatcher in tropical forests, you have no choice but to get interested in songs,” said Freeman. “As you walk through the forest, you hear 25 birds for every one you see. As a biologist, I wanted to know: is it important that the birds sing differently and is it a little important or a lot important?”

Freeman and his colleagues will submit these findings to a committee of ornithologists who are responsible for naming and recognizing bird species of South America.

This study was published in “The Auk.”


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9234-12/1/17


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Research points to costs
of "unethical" chocolate


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Your afternoon chocolate bar may be fueling climate change, destroying protected forests and threatening elephants, chimpanzees and hippos in West Africa, research suggests.

Well-known brands, such as Mars and Nestle, are buying through global traders cocoa that is grown illegally in dwindling national parks and reserves in Ivory Coast and Ghana, environmental group Mighty Earth said.

Mars and Nestle said they are working to tackle deforestation. Both companies have committed to join the Cocoa and Forests Initiative, a major effort to end deforestation in the global cocoa supply chain, launched in March.

"We will be working to ensure human rights are given a high priority alongside the environmental aims of this initiative," Nestle said in emailed comments.

Almost one-third of 23 protected natural areas in Ivory Coast that researchers visited in 2015 had been almost entirely converted to illegal cocoa plantations, the report said.

Researchers said the practice is so widespread that villages of tens of thousands of people, along with churches and schools, have sprung up in national parks to support the cocoa economy.

Ivory Coast, Francophone West Africa's biggest economy, is the world's top cocoa grower.

While the bulk of its 1 million cocoa farmers ply their trade legally, Washington-based Mighty Earth estimates about a third of cocoa is grown illegally in protected areas.

Deforestation for cocoa happens in sight of authorities and chocolate traders are aware of it, they said. Loss of natural forests is problematic because they act as a home for the region's wildlife and a key weapon against climate change, absorbing carbon dioxide, a major driver of climate change, as they grow.

Available land for new cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast ran out long ago, so farmers have moved into parks and reserves, taking advantage of a decade of political crisis that ended in 2011.

Ivory Coast's now has about 6 million acres of natural forest, a fifth of what it had at independence in 1960, according to European Union figures. Expanding agriculture has caused most of the losses.

The government has struggled to evict farmers from forest reserves amid accusations in 2013 of human rights abuses by security forces.

Details of the Cocoa and Forests Initiative, which is initially focusing on Ivory Coast and Ghana, will be announced by November's global climate talks in Bonn.


Rohingya
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Rohingya refugees line up for water at a new settlement near Uchi Prank, Bangladesh.

With refugee camps flooded,
Rohingya fleeing continues


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Overwhelmed and underfunded, aid agencies in Bangladesh are at a breaking point. But nearly three weeks into Rakhine State’s bloody conflict and the humanitarian crisis shows no signs of relenting.

Around 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have now sought refuge in the country's southern state of Chitagong, with the UN’s top human rights official saying Myanmar is carrying out 'a textbook example of ethnic cleansing' against the Rohingya.

With refugee camps at full capacity and insufficient support from aid agencies, Bangladesh makes for an inhospitable home.

“Too many Rohingya have arrived, so there is not enough room of us in the camps," said Noor Mohammed, a Rohingya refugee. "We do not know where else to go so we are sleeping on the side of the road. It is very miserable.”

New arrivals are clearing hectares of forest to make space for the spontaneous settlements that are springing up across the country’s southern border.

A rumor of a new camp quickly spreads among the roadside population, sparking a desperate scramble for the limited space.

With little or no access to basic humanitarian services, conditions in these makeshift camps are dire, with some unable to access the life saving assistance required after days walking through the Myanmar jungle.

“I have been in the camp for three days with my five children, the youngest one is very ill and suffering from malnutrition," said Ansar Begum, while holding her baby in her arms. "I am worried that my child will die if I stay in the camp because we are not getting any support or medical aid.”

Save for a few tarpaulin sheets, an official humanitarian response is difficult to find among the new Rohingya settlements. With a shortfall of $77 million, the United Nations admits it is unprepared to meet the demands of the growing refugee population.

A water delivery draws a large crowd. Despite lining up for hours, some of the men in line will go home empty handed.

“We are struggling," said Azmat Ulla of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent. "I believe like many other agencies here, we are struggling for resources. We need resources fast.”

While the aid organizations wait for their funding to trickle in, it has fallen on the people of Bangladesh to meet the needs of the desperate Rohingya population. Every day, hundreds of citizens rally together to distribute food, water and clothing bought from the local market.

But their generosity will not sustain a refugee population that is growing day by day. Unless the official response is scaled up soon, this humanitarian crisis might turn into another humanitarian disaster.


Trump says he is close
to reaching a DACA deal


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump said Thursday he is fairly close to a deal with congressional leaders to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from being deported years after their parents illegally brought them into the United States, but that any agreement must include massive border security.

Trump's remarks came not long after he said on Twitter that he had not made a deal with the top House and Senate Democratic leaders on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that the Trump administration rescinded last week, while giving Congress six months to vote on the issue.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Charles Schumer had said after a White House dinner with Trump on Wednesday night that they had agreed to quickly put in place protections for the young immigrants who registered under DACA, former president Barack Obama's program that protected them from deportation.

While Trump said no specific deal had been reached, he expressed his sentiments for allowing the young people, many of whom have been studying and working in the U.S. and serving in its military, to remain in the country.

"Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!" he said.

During Trump's run for the White House last year, his supporters cheered loudest for his plan to build a wall on the southern U.S. border with México, but Democratic lawmakers and some Republicans are opposed and it has not been funded.

In a tweet, Trump said the wall, "which is already under construction in the form of new renovation of old and existing fences and walls, will continue to be built."

Regarding the young immigrants, Trump added, "We're not looking at citizenship. We're not looking at amnesty. We're looking at allowing people to stay here."

Schumer and Ms. Pelosi said Trump's latest comments on the undocumented immigrants were "not inconsistent with the agreement reached last night" and stressed that there was no final deal yet.

"We agreed that the president would support enshrining DACA protections into law, and encourage the House and Senate to act," the statement said. "What remains to be negotiated are the details of border security, with a mutual goal of finalizing all details as soon as possible."

Trump also indicated that he believes both Republican congressional leaders, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, are on board with a deal regarding DACA and border security.

Ryan, while he has expressed support for the young immigrants staying in the U.S., questioned whether an immigration deal was near.

The president had told a group of lawmakers from both parties Wednesday that funding for a border wall could be dealt with separately from a bill providing a permanent fix for the people who had registered under DACA. The program allowed them to continue working or studying in the U.S. temporarily without the fear of deportation.

Trump's move toward protection of the young immigrants, many of whom have never known a home country other than the United States, has angered hardline immigration foes in the Republican Party.

Breitbart News, a far-right Internet news site headed by Trump's former White House chief strategist, Stephen Bannon, called the president "Amnesty Don" for his stance to protect the immigrants and said he was engaging in a full-fledged cave on the issue.


Kurdistan referendum is
still controversial in Iraq


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In the capital of Iraq's Kurdistan region, traffic cameras nail speeders, and trash thrown on the street is whisked away by morning. High-level officials from all over the country dine in five-star hotels, and parks, malls and cafes are packed on nights and weekends.

People speak Kurdish, listen to Kurdish music, marry Kurdish spouses and eat Kurdish food. There are plenty of Arab residents and visitors, but they come with permission from Kurdish authorities, and after passing through Kurdish military checkpoints.

For many people here, the upcoming referendum on Kurdish independence from Iraq is obvious.

"Any region that has its own culture and language has the right to be independent," says Saman Sadq, the owner of a nuts and sweets shop. "Forget politics. We need to think of our future as Kurdish people."

Opponents of the referendum are many and varied. The Iraqi parliament, opposition parties within the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, Western leaders, and Iraq's neighboring countries have come out against the vote. Some want the referendum canceled; others want it postponed.

Karzan Gardi, who heads the Irbil election office for Gorran, one of Kurdistan's main opposition parties, said, "There are many signs there will be a backlash."

The Gorran party, like many Western countries, wants to postpone the ballot. The Kurdish opposition sees the referendum as ill timed and led by a president who has outstayed his mandate and a non-functioning parliament.

Many Western countries are also lobbying for postponement. They see the referendum as potentially damaging to the fight with Islamic State militants, who still hold portions of Iraq.

Kurdish and Iraqi forces have been allies against Islamic State, but a vote for independence would skyrocket tensions, and possibly incite violence within Iraq. Both the Kurdish government and Baghdad claim parts of Iraq, including Kirkuk, one of the country's biggest oil cities. Additionally, the vote would certainly anger Iraq's neighbors, also allied against IS.

The Iraqi parliament in Baghdad voted this week to reject the vote, promising to use "any means necessary" to prevent the referendum.

On Thursday, representatives from the United Nations, the United States and Britain met with Kurdish President Masoud Barzani, asking him to postpone the referendum. In the past, Barzani has been defiant against calls for postponement.

Barzani, however, has also noted the international community may be able to persuade his government to postpone the ballot, if it offers an alternate plan, and some kind of guarantee to help Kurdistan transition into independence safely.

After the meeting, a Kurdistan president's office statement said the international delegation had proposed an alternative to a Sept. 25 vote that Kurdish leaders will discuss and will announce a stance in the near future.

Western officials fear the referendum will destabilize the region, as Iraq's neighbors Turkey, Iran and Syria oppose the ballot, apparently worried a "yes" vote will fuel established Kurdish independence movements at home.

Among these movements are militant groups like the PKK, recognized internationally as a terrorist organization and the Turkish government's enemy No. 1. Other Kurdish groups, like the YPG in Syria, are viewed as terrorists by Turkey and are armed and trained against IS by the United States.

Turkey's Foreign Ministry called the referendum a historic mistake on Thursday, warning Kurdish Iraq will pay a price if it goes through with the vote.

The only country in the region that supports the referendum outright is Israel, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying Thursday that Israel supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to achieve their own state. Israel has no official diplomatic ties to Baghdad.

According to Barzani, foreign opposition and threats are not factors in the decision on whether to hold the referendum.

"If someone wants to try to break the will of the people of Kurdistan by force," he said Thursday, according to local news, "the field is open for them to come and give it a try."

Kurdistan is a historical and cultural region overlapping the borders of Syria, Turkey, Iraq and Iran.

Divided by an early 20th century European deal to divvy up spheres of influence in the Middle East, Kurdish people are known for harboring a near-universal dream of an independent state.

"The Kurdish people have suffered so much destruction," explains Ari Nanakali, a senior member of the ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party in his office in Irbil. "I expect all Kurdish people here will vote, and 75 percent will vote 'yes.'"

Under President Saddam Hussein in the late 1980s, Kurdish people in Iraq suffered genocide, chemical attacks, mass displacements and forced disappearances. Over 182,000 Kurdish people were murdered during the campaign.

Kurdistan in Iraq is one of the most secure places in the region, with an economy that was expanding rapidly until recent years. Kurds believe it can start growing again.

Cassini spacecraft on course
for final death dive to Saturn


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

After a 20-year mission, including two extensions, the spacecraft Cassini is preparing to make a final death dive into the planet Saturn on Friday.

Scientists and engineers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory said their decision to end the life of the spacecraft in this way is because of what they found during the mission, the ingredients for life on some of Saturn’s moons.

“At the time of its design, we had no idea that ocean worlds existed in the outer solar system,” said Morgan Cable, Cassini’s Assistant Project Science Systems Engineer of the Cassini.

The discovery of ocean worlds on some of Saturn’s moons could mean life. One unexpected discovery came from the south pole of Enceladus, a moon embedded in one of Saturn’s rings.

Instruments on Cassini have been able to taste the grains and gas coming from that geyser plume.

Cassini was also able to gather data from the Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, which has lakes and seas of liquid methane and ethane instead of water. There is also evidence of a liquid ocean beneath the surface that probably contains ammonia and water. Scientists and engineers say the environment could still hold life.

These discoveries helped Cassini’s scientists and engineers decide what to do with it once it runs out of fuel. They do not want any earthly organisms that may be on Cassini to contaminate a moon that may have life.

Scientists and engineers are already envisioning future missions back to Saturn and its moons such as Enceladus, to look deeper into the possibility of life.

“We really need to understand what’s in that plume, and if there is evidence of life, and I think with today’s instrumentation, things that we could put on a spacecraft right now, we could find that life with our instruments of today,” said Cable.

The end of Cassini looks like a death dive into Saturn’s atmosphere, sending critical data to Earth until the very end. It’s information that will be studied and analyzed by scientists long after the end of Cassini.


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In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
9124-4/19/17


Puriscal home
GORGEOUS MOUNTAIN & OCEAN VIEW HOME
REDUCED $40K - $355,000
HEALTH CONDITIONS REQUIRES QUICK SALE
This is a gorgeous, new, 3-bedroom luxury home on 2.2 flat acres in a secure, gated community, high in the hills of Puriscal, with stunning, 180-degree views of the ocean, city and mountains of the Central Valley in Costa Rica. Centrally located in the heart of Costa Rica, you are never more than an hour from the Pacific beaches while being much less than that to the culture, shopping, services and night life of the San José, Escazú, Santa Ana and the whole Central Valley. The Altos de Antigua gated community sits at an altitude of 2,800 feet with mild temperatures year round. Features wide paved roads and cement culverts throughout, a large community pool & spa with changing rooms & showers. The community association fees are $42 a month ($500 annually).
This property is currently being offered for $355,000.00 U.S.
Purchase adjoining 2.2 acre investment lot with the home sale for $35,000.00 U.S. or separately for $55,000.00 U.S.
 
    Summary of House Features:

       * Completed 2012 to North American standards
       * 3 large bedrooms, 2 full baths
       * Custom designed kitchen w/granite countertops
       * Frigidaire Professional appliance package
       * State-of-the-art solar hot water
       * Eco-friendly Toshiba LED lighting
       * LG Multi-Split air conditioning system
       * House & perimeter security alarm system
       * 2-car closed garage w/large paved driveway
 
Video Tour: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AUEAmahIU9A
Community Web Site: http://www.altigua.com
Photos: HERE!
Costa Rica # 506-8985-6705 or from the States call # 561-740-0651 or email gary_one@msn.com
CODE 9264-3/2/18

Etlinger Farm
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Beautiful farm in excellent location
At only an hour's drive from San José, minutes from Guápiles, and boardering Braulio Carrillo National Park, Etlingera Farms is one heck of an amazing farm. We purchased this 77-acre farm 10 years ago after many trips, and an exhaustive search. It has a little bit of everything we were looking for and a whole lot of beauty. Our average elevation of 600 meters helps to keep Bella Vista cool year round. This farm is nearly level with a semi-modern 2-bedroom house. A fairly rustic 2-bedroom caretaker's home. And, a comfortable, 1-bedroom cabin where we stay. We have 2 large barns, a chicken coop, and a 3-stall pig pen. There are two tilapia ponds and 2 hectarias, (approximately 5 acres) of different species of bananas. The property boarders Rio Blanco in the rear and has 300 meters of public road frontage. Water, electricity, and telephone are all serviced by public utility. Etlingera Farms was reforested with several thousand wood trees of different tropical varieties. We truly believe this farm is spectacular. Our neighbors are selling for as much as $20 per meter. We are negotiable, motivated and open to offers. Our location can be found by searching Etlingera Farms on Google Maps. Our webpage is www.etlingerafarms.com and photo album can be found at www.ticorico.com
CODE 9267-9/28/17

horse ranch
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Spectacular Horse Ranch and Spiritual/Yoga
Retreat Center For Sale

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

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

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Hotel in
                                  Escazú

For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú

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


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9142-7/27/17


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

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)

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


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



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

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Toll Free 1-877-293-1456
Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

9174-2/7/18

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Published || Weekend Edition, September 15, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 184
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Brodell Book
Costa Rica: Remarkable Tales from Our Super Vacation Spot

By the staff and contributors at A.M. Costa Rica
 (editor)A.M. Costa Rica celebrates its 16th anniversary with a compilation of classic news reports geared to the needs of foreigners living here and those elsewhere with personal or business interests in this vacation paradise. Each seeks to tell something new or original about the vacation and retirement mecca.  
Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!

Trouble with Cash

The Trouble with Cash
By John H Paterson

Greg and Liz must sell their property in Costa Rica to finance their retirement. They receive an offer for their full asking price of $1 million, but it comes with one condition...the payment is to be in cash. They go for it. Things go wrong. The money is stolen.The local police are no help so Greg devises his own plan to get their money back.  Review or buy the book on Amazon ON SALE FOR $0.99
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Phone: (506) 8868-5561
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Money, Flowers and More

MAKE GIFTS FROM DOLLARS OR COLONES
Running out of gift ideas? Author Dusty Pilot has just released easy to follow, step-by-step instructions for turning bills (dollars or colones) of any denomination into unique gifts such as flowers: roses, daffodils, daisies and poinsettias; shirts and blouses, and birds with flapping wings. The book is being discounted to $0.99 through October 31. It is available at all major online book stores. Preview or purchase at Amazon or visit  DustyPilot click here. Buy this book at Smashwords For more information Contact Dusty Pilot: Email dusty@dustypilot.com. Phone  001 440 796-4105

Brodell book 2
The Dark Side of Pura Vida: Murder, Betrayal, Abduction and Revenge in the Vacation Paradise

By James J. Brodell. Retired baseball player Jack Patterson becomes suspicious after his younger sister dies in a Pacific Ocean rip tide while on vacation in Costa Rica. Jack has to go there to find answers to troubling questions. But soon he is hijacked by a gang of avengers led by an icy Costa Rican-American woman who carries twin pistols strapped to her chest. Jack soon helps uncover a web of corruption and greed . Read a sample and purchase the book HERE!

Trapped in Damas Cave
Trapped In The Damas Cave, Costa Rica

A true story by author Dusty Pilot, who lived in Costa Rica for 11 years. Dusty tells his horrifying story of being trapped in the Damas Cave, near Quepos, for 26 hours. The book is available from Amazon in both digital and print format. Digital format will be on sale for $0.99 until Aug. 30. Visit Amazon.com to preview or purchase, or DustyPilot.com/cave.html More information Contact Dusty Pilot Email: dusty@dustypilot.com US phone: 001 440 796-4105¯

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                        World Meditation
New World Meditation: Focusing-Mindfulness-Healing-Awakening
By Lucinda Gray PhD

You will be Free to Live, Love, Work and Play in the Full Creative Expression of Your Authentic Self. New World Meditation is easy to learn, easy to practice, and profoundly transformational.  More information HERE!
Life
                        is a Tropical Garden

    Life is a Tropical Garden By Victoria Torley 
    A quirky look at gardening in the tropics. What happens when a "Northern" gardener moves to Costa Rica? You have no idea….  Email: victoriatorley1@gmail.com.  Order this book here:  https://www.amazon.com/dp/1522005986/ref=rdr_ext_tmb

Turtle eggs
Ministerio de Seguridad Pública photo      
The police discovered a turtle nest in a frequently visited beach.


Picking up the eggs
Ministerio de Seguridad Pública photo       
Guardacostas picking up the eggs safely and carefully.

Police rescue over 600 turtle eggs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officers of the Guaradacostas and local Fuerza Pública rescued a batch of loggerhead turtle eggs from being destroyed by the high tides or looted by egg robbers.

According to a Thursday statement from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, the Quepos coast guard station was out on patrol near the Playa Palo Seco de Parrita Tuesday night. They found over seven nests with 457 eggs that could be destroyed by the high tides in the area or collected up by locals. The nests and their eggs were then relocated to a different area so that neither factors could harm them, police said.

On an early Thursday morning, the trend continued! Officers with the Parrita police force on a patrol in Playa Bandera saw a turtle laying her eggs in an area heavily trafficked by people. They called in the coast guard to prevent the nest from being destroyed, the report said.

The Guardacostas then coordinated with the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación to relocate the eggs to a safer place.



Chayote processing plant
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Workers receive a new facility for processing some chayote.

Cartago gets chayote processing plant

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Chayote producers in Cartago received a new factory to help in the harvest.

The new building will be managed by the Centro Agrícola Cantonal de Paraíso, according to a statement from the Instituto Desarrollo Rural. Total investment for this project exceeded about 305 million colones with Inder investing 137 million and the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería contributing 76 million for the remodeling.

Other people making the funds included the Universidad de Costa Rica and agricultural center managers. “Our main objective is to equip the chayote industry in order to encourage the use of raw material through the production of chayote minimally-processed, benefitting the agricultural producers affiliated to the canton’s agricultural center,” said Rafael Sandoval, the president of the group.

This project is expected to benefit the workers and residents of Cartago province and, specifically, the communities of El Yas, Ujarrás, La Flor and Santiago, Inder said.

Aside from the new production plant, the innaugural ceremony also served as an opportunity for Inder to deliver 13 deeds to people who had been waiting decades to receive their title. These are mainly people from Don Rogelio, Garabito, Nolaso, Las Aguas, Cerro Grande and San Isidro II, Inder said.

“In some cases, people have had to wait for 22 years as the case of Doña María Rojas Sanabria,” a statement from Inder said. “Since Aug. 28, 1995, Doña María has been waiting for her title deed.”





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ICE announces formation of new subsidiary

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

With the approval of the budget by the comptroller, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad will add a new company to its ranks that will officially begin work in October.

The company, Gestión Cobro ICE S.A., will be in charge of reducing the corporate deafults of ICE, the Compañía Nacional Fuerza de la Luz, Racsa and Cable Visión, ICE said in a statement. This will be done through a unified judicial and administrative management.

“With the outsourcing model, we want to change the collection culture of the group, which includes among other measures: bringing customers together, having an efficient call center and making the collection an exception,” said Cristian Gould, the former director of Cobro Judicial for ICE and the new manager of this subsidiary.

The presentation of the budget for the company was made last February but the comptroller for the government did not approve it until recently following the order to comply with some recommended changes. During this last fiscal year, the ICE collection officials were contracted under a global salary regime and able to recover around 602.8 million colones. This corresponds to 2,884 debts of ICE clients that were in court.

Additionally, ICE said that it was possible to formalize 2,272 lawsuits with the aim of recovering more than 2.323 million colones from the judicial courts.

Gould said that for 2017, the company formalized various agreements for the service to be provided and the capitalization contract was signed with ICE for the start-up of operations and authorized by the Consejo Directivo last year. “The tariff model that the business will charge for services will be 100 percent self-sufficient by the end of a year to payback the debt we owe ICE in the first year,” he said.

Currently, the company is working on recruiting staff for the call center of the new company. An external audit authority, KPMG, had recommended back in May 2016 that an action plan to asses all the cases pending resolution in administrative collection. Based on the report’s findings, the financial viability of the new company appears sound and would allow a significant net savings.