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Ruta 27 remains open despite severe flooding
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Consejo Nacional de Concesiones and Globalvias announced that they would activate protocol to shut down Ruta 27 in the case of heavy downpours. But the road remains open as of Sunday night.

The major road, which is part of the Caldera highway, received some heavy rain this past weekend. Some commuters took to social media to display the images of downed trees, accidents, flooding and even a waterfall coming down the side of the adjacent hill.

Ruta 27 connects the capital of Costa Rica, San José, with the port of Puntarenas. The route runs 77 kilometers and was inaugurated back in 2009.

Autopistas del Sol is the concession holder for the road while Globalvía Ruta 27 is the administrator for the road on behalf of the company.

According to Silvia Jiménez, the technical secretary for the Consejo, said Sunday afternoon that in case it is necessary to close the road, there will be a preventive measure issued at Escazú and Caldera. Drivers would also be warned through information board.

Inspections carried out Saturday confirmed that there is unstable material and drivers were warned to take the necessary precautions in case of heavy downpours. These rains caused the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias and the Instituto Metereológico Nacional to issue a Sunday warning for the western sector of the Central Valley.

Several incidents related to an overflow in the sewer system were recorded at Escazú, Santa Ana, Turrubares, Pérez Zeledón, Buenos Aires and Quepos, the CNE said.


Globalvía Ruta 27 posted on Facebook after the Consejo’s statement that said that the road would remain open.
Waterfall
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Flooding runs down the slopes of Ruta 27.

Initial comments posted below called the decision fatal, terrible and poorly done.

The road-holder said that drivers need to exercise caution and issued hour-to-hour updates of slow traffic along with a couple accidents. Globalvía said it would provide free emergency assistance as a result of the inclement weather.

According to the latest report from the Costa Rican meteorological institute, the rains are concentrated on the Pacific side and the Central Valley.

The Caribbean and Zona Norte are partly cloudy. The institute said that the rains would spread to the Zona Norte toward the early hours of Sunday night.

Officials advised caution in areas with vulnerability to flooding due to saturation of systems and increased flow in rivers and streams.


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Solis with Manuel González, foreign minister, on right and Ana Helena Chacón,
vice president, are in New York City for the U.N. General Assembly meet.

Officials go to U.N. after signing treaty with China
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís is in New York City for the General Assembly meeting of the United Nations Tuesday. This comes right after the president and other officials met with the Chinese foreign minister to sign an expanding cooperation agreement.

According to a statement from his official Facebook page, Solís is expected to speak this Tuesday before the assembly. He will also be present at the signing ceremony of the Arms Prohibition Treaty that has been led by Costa Rican representatives these past few months. This treaty is a basic re-affirmation of nuclear arms prohibition.

The president will also meet with other world leaders from now until Friday in addition to participating in some of the U.N.’s multiple panels on international issues from economic empowerment of women to climate change.

The government delegation to U.N. headquarters comes just after a Friday meeting with Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, who made an official visit to the country in celebration of ten years since diplomatic relations were established.

With the president as the witness of honor, Yi and Manuel González, Costa Rica’s foreign minister, signed the Agreement on Economic and Technical Cooperation. According to the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, the agreement establishes an allocation of a $15.2 million grant for economic and technical cooperation. This will be based on mutual agreement between the two governments.
The meeting included some high-ranking officials such as the ministers for the environment, agriculture, public security, public works, education, finance and technology.
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Wang Yi and González sign agreement.

The head of the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados and the national planning heads, the foreign ministry said.

Both countries confirmed the interest in continuing the excellent relations between China and Costa Rica, the foreign ministry said.

“Costa Rica has always seen in China a very important partner with which it has continuous bilateral exchanges in areas of common interest, especially in the areas of green development, emission reduction and combatting climate change,” González said.

China is one of the world’s largest polluters due to its rapid industrialization. The smog warnings in Chinese urban areas has become so bad, in fact, that the Chinese government announced it would halt construction projects during the winter. In terms of China’s contributions to Costa Rica, it is growing as U.S. interest and influence apparently wanes.

Chinese money constructed the country’s national police school, which was finished in late August. Chinese loans helped with the Ruta 32 project between Limón and San José. It has also assisted in Hurricane Otto recovery and created the Estadio Nacional in Parque La Sabana.







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Cartago hospital receives improvements for cancer treatments
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The Hospital Max Peralta in Cartago will now include screening for colon and rectum cancer as part of the improvements to the Centro de Detección Temprana de Cáncer Gástrico.

María Eugenia Villalta Bonilla, the medical manager for the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, explained that the screening of colon and rectal cancer is a project that is part of a national development plan to receive disbursements of the $420 million World Bank loan approved in 2016 by the legislature.

According to the Caja, colon cancer is one of the most common forms among Costa Ricans. Despite decreases between 2000 and 2014 among colon cancer cases in men, there has been a 14 percent increase in cases among women.

Meanwhile, the mortality rate shows a different picture. There has been a 51 percent increase in deaths due to colon cancer among men as opposed to only five percent among women.

In the last 20 years, the center has cared for at least 530,000 registered users distributed throughout the nine health areas within the province of Cartago, said Dr. Krisia Díaz Valverde, general director of this hospital. The gastric cancer-screening program was reopened with an investment of 81 million colones in infrastructure as well as new x-ray equipment costing $838,000.

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It began back in 1996 as part of efforts to reduce mortality from gastric cancer. Since that time, the center screened around 95,000 patients.

Two fluoroscopy rooms were remodeled with high-tech equipment and the center added five rooms for diagnosis and therapeutic endoscopic procedures. These rooms will also help patients with diagnostic studies for esophageal and anorectic motility, the Caja said. The new manometer program had an investment of 89 million colones to allow for timely access for diagnosis of various disorders that affect the digestive tract, said Dr. Alexánder Sánchez Cabo, the director of the cancer center.


AyA shutting down road until October for wastewater improvements
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados is shutting down Ruta 306 beginning Tuesday until October.

According to a statement by AyA, a complete 24-hour closure of Ruta 306 will happen between the crossroads at the Escuela de Santa Marta and another at the Taller Wabe.

“During this period, pedestrian crossings will be maintained and vehicles will only be used for the residents in the closed area and for people who work in offices or institutions in the area,” AyA said.

All buses and public transport will have to use alternative routes around the work but will still be required to provide service for the current stops.

AyA insisted that this project is coordinated with the Dirección General de Ingeniería in order to generate the least possible hassle for road traffic. The project is designed to improve wastewater collection and contribute to the protection of the environment. Ruta 306 runs east to west between the Granadilla and Lourdes districts.

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Green routes show alternative routes with red dots representing points of closure of Ruta 306 in white.

The alternative routes suggested by AyA show a long reroute going north or south and then around. The institute advises commuters and businesses to prepare for longer detours. The section of the road will reopen on Oct. 20.


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Cargo freighter company obtains wood for sailing vessel project
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

SAILCARGO INC. now has the wood ready to build the first wooden sailing vessel with an electric engine in Costa Rica, according to the company.

The young cargo shipping company announced that the three-mast wooden ship would be traditionally built at the company’s port in Punta Morales.

“People ask us all the time: if you’re a green company, how can you cut down trees? The answer is simple: lumber, when sourced responsibly, is one of the world’s most renewable resources,” the company said in a statement.

“We are very careful about how we choose our timbers: making sure that the species is not endangered, using careful selective-cutting techniques which reduce impact on the forest, and obtaining the appropriate permits approved by the Ministerio de Ambiente are ways we make sure we’re making an environmentally-informed choice.”

According to Lynx Guimond, the project co-founder and professional carpenter, the company has already planted upwards of 1,000 trees and that number continues to grow.

They try to find wind-fallen trees near the mountaintop headquarters in Monteverde and other places around Costa Rica, Guimond said. Most significantly, the company has used fallen trees from Upala as well as 24 Spanish Cedars sourced from La Pita, which is around 11 miles away from the shipyard in Punta Morales.

“So far, 100 percent of the lumber for Ceiba is from Costa Rica meaning few miles have been traveled to transport the materials,” the company said. “These trees were planted around 50 years ago, and are expected to live much longer as a ship.”

According to design plans previously given to A.M. Costa Rica by the group, the Ceiba is a carbon-negative marine freight vessel the group wants to build. The ship will run on the power of the wind using sails like vessels of old before the advent of steam and coal power.

It will not be completely reliant on wind and weather as the electric engine will run on solar battery banks onboard that will be charged using the ship’s propeller when sailing, a statement from the group said. It should be built in three and a half years.

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SAIL CARGO want to take all ships of the line as far west as Hawaii, south to Perú, north to Canada and have the Costa Rica Pacific Coast as its homeport. Additional stops to México and California are also planned, the company said.

“We are a carbon-neutral and socially responsible for-profit corporation, and we hope to show that if shipping is to continue, there needs to be a huge shift in the way that people do business,” Danielle Doggett, the company’s CEO and founder, said. “Tallships like Ceiba are sustainable now and have always been sustainable.”


Drug police arrest five sisters and two others near Playa del Coco
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Policía Control de Drogas arrested members of a family suspected of narco-trafficking near Playa del Coco in Guanacaste province.

According to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, police raided six places in Barrio La Loma, popularly known as Barrio El Precario, on Thursday.

The police found the suspects and also seized 248 doses of crack, 20 doses of marijuana and 251,325 colones in cash. This is suspected of being money obtained from illegal drug sales.

In total, seven were arrested. Five are sisters and two are men with all being Costa Rican citizens, police said. The investigation began in mid-February 2017 when the drug police received a number of confidential tips along with information from local police.

Investigators believe that the drug trafficking operation specialized in crack sales. The suspects range between 21 and 37 years old. The suspects remain jailed pending questioning from judicial agents.

A Thursday statement from the Ministerio Públic, prosecutors will request preventive detention at the criminal court in Santa Cruz. The case, 17-000317-412-PE, continues to be investigated. The prosecutors office said that it is collecting evidence and conducting tests.

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Converting waste toilet paper into electricity is affordable, study says
By the University of Amsterdam press staff

Chemists at the University of Amsterdam's Sustainable Chemistry research priority area, together with colleagues from the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development of Utrecht University, have published the first techno-economic analysis of converting waste toilet paper into electricity.

In the journal “Energy Technology,” they propose a two-step process and calculate a cost per kWh comparable to that of residential photovoltaic installations.

Waste toilet paper is not often considered an asset. In Costa Rica, one can often see the backup of weeks worth of what was flushed down the toilet spring up whenever a pipe bursts and the dirty toilet water with its contents flows down the sidewalk and storm drains.

As part of the Costa Rican culture, many expats will notice requests in bathrooms to deposit all waste in nearby trashcans rather than flushing it down the toilet for these reasons. Usually this goes on for days until the Instituto Acqueductos y Alcantarillados comes back to repair the pipe and pick up what is left.

Most people prefer not to think about it at all. Yet it is a rich source of carbon, containing 70 to 80 percent of cellulose on a dry basis. On average, people in Western Europe produce 10 to 14 kilograms waste toilet paper per person per year. Accumulating in municipal sewage filters, it is a modest yet significant part of municipal waste.
The ultimate waste has a negative cost

At the same time, waste toilet paper is a businessman’s dream because it is one of the few raw materials with a negative cost. While this may vary across countries and regions, in the Netherlands wastewater treatment facilities pay around 70 Euros per ton to get rid of the toilet paper. It is therefore an extremely attractive resource since people will actually pay you to take it off their hands.

Being such ‘true waste’, it offers a great opportunity for closing loops, increasing resource efficiency and creating a truly circular economy. For the university’s chemists, using toilet paper as a resource for generating electricity therefore ‘the ultimate waste recycling concept’.

The Amsterdam region alone generates some 10,000 tons of WTP per year, enough to power 6,400 homes.

What's more, since the cellulose in toilet paper comes from trees, the electricity produced is renewable. This offers a great opportunity for matching society's demand for renewable energy.

Renewable resources often show discontinuous peaks. Plant stems can be recycled, but only after the harvest; sunlight is available in the daytime depending on cloud cover; and wind supply is as predictable as the weather. Waste toilet paper, however, is a continually available resource.

The Amsterdam-Utrecht research project, led by professors Gadi Rothenberg and Bob van der Zwaan of the Van‘t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences, proposed a simple two-step process for the conversion of toilet paper, creating a direct route from unwanted waste to a useful product.

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What goes down the toilet can be re-used for energy.

Master's student Els van der Roest examined the possibility of combining devices for the gasification of toilet paper (step 1) with high-temperature solid oxide fuel cells, or SOFCs, able to directly convert the WTP-gas into electricity as the second step. The project's goal was to assess the feasibility of such a WTP-to-electricity system at a scale of 10,000 ton WTP per year, based on real-life parameter values.Using techno-economic analysis methods, the team presented a basic process design, an overall energy balance and an economic study for this concept. Data for the experiments and calculations were obtained in collaboration with the Amsterdam waste-to-energy company

In an open-access paper published in the international peer-reviewed journal “Energy Technology,” the researchers present the basic system design, as well as its electricity yield and overall efficiency, based on detailed mass and energy balance calculations.

The overall electric efficiency is 57 percent, similar to that of a natural gas combined cycle plant. The levelized cost of electricity is 20.3 cents per kilowatt. This is comparable at present to residential photovoltaic installations.

The system’s capital costs are still relatively high, mainly due to the fuel cell investment costs. But these are expected to decrease as the market for fuel cells develops. The operating costs are relatively low. The researchers expect learning effects could make the system more competitive in future.

The project team concludes that there is a future in turning waste toilet paper into electricity. However, no Dutch company or municipal authority has as yet been willing to invest in further development. The team is now considering taking their concept abroad.

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U.S. considers closing
its embassy in Cuba


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the United States is considering closing its embassy in Cuba following a number of health attacks on American diplomats there.

"We have it under evaluation and it is a very serious issue with respect to the harm some individuals have suffered," Tillerson said on the CBS show "Face the Nation."

At least 21 Americans have suffered what the State Department calls incidents that have lead to a variety of symptoms, including hearing loss, concussions, headaches, ear-ringing, and even problems with concentration and common word recall.

Though investigators have explored the possibility of sonic waves or an electromagnetic weapon, no culprit or device has yet been identified.

Lawmakers in Washington have raised alarm over the incidents. On Friday, five Republican senators wrote Tillerson to call for both closing the Havana embassy and expelling all Cuban diplomats from the United States.

Former president Barack Obama re-established ties with the Caribbean island nation two years ago, a move that has been criticized and threatened by his successor Donald Trump.


Hurricane Marie threatens
some Caribbean islands


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In a hurricane season that just will not quit, forecasters are keeping their eyes on three storms, including one threatening the Caribbean islands clobbered by Hurricane Irma just a little over a week ago.

Forecasters upgraded Tropical Storm Maria to a hurricane Sunday as the storm heads toward the Leeward Islands.

Maria is following the same path as Irma. Hurricane warnings and watches are out for some of the islands that that saw devastating damage from Irma, including Guadeloupe, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.

There is also a tropical storm warning for Barbuda, where Irma destroyed 95 percent of the buildings on the island. Irma killed at least 60 people in the Caribbean and at least nine more when it struck the U.S. state of Florida.

Meanwhile, a tropical storm watch is out for the U.S. East Coast from Fenwick Island, Delaware, north to Nantucket, Massachusetts, because of Hurricane Jose.

Jose has been churning in the Atlantic for nearly a week and has yet to make landfall, but the storm is expected to bring dangerous surf and heavy rain to Atlantic coastal areas.

There is also a tropical depression named Lee in the Atlantic, about 1,500 kilometers west of the Cabo Verde Islands and moving west.

As of late Sunday, Lee was no threat to land and forecasters say it may weaken to a low pressure system by Monday night.


Trump expresses sympathies
to Mexican president


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An earthquake that killed scores of people struck a week after México, U.S. President Donald Trump called his Mexican counterpart to express his sympathy.

The White House said Thursday in a statement Trump called Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to extend his condolences for the lives lost and homes destroyed due to the earthquake.

Trump said via his Twitter account that he had been unable to reach Peña Nieto for three days because of sketchy cell phone reception in the earthquake area in southern Mexico where the Mexican president was visiting.

The White House said Trump expressed his solidarity with the government and people of México as both countries respond to the recent spate of natural disasters.

Peña Nieto said last week the earthquake was the biggest México has experienced in more than 100 years and declared three days on national mourning.

At least nine arrested
in St. Louis protests


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens warned Sunday that his administration will deal harshly with those responsible for violent protests in St. Louis over the death of a black man.

A small band of protesters began breaking windows and throwing objects at police late Saturday during the second night of protests over the acquittal of a white police officer charged with murder in the man's death. More demonstrations were expected later Sunday.

At least nine people were arrested during Saturday's violence, which was focused in the upscale Delmar Loop area of the St. Louis suburb University City. The Loop is home to more than 100 specialty shops, including restaurants, galleries, clothing boutiques, gift shops and entertainment venues.

Police in riot gear quickly brought the disturbance under control, but not before demonstrators had left a path of broken glass.

Earlier Saturday, several hundred people walked through two malls in suburban St. Louis. Protesters shouted "Black lives matter" and "It is our duty to fight for our freedom," as they marched in a mostly peaceful demonstration.

The organizer of a regional food festival at one of the malls welcomed the protesters, the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported. Mike Kociela told the demonstrators, "There should be no difference in how anybody is treated. I want to be part of the solution. I'm glad you are here. You are welcome."

The band U2 announced Saturday morning that it was canceling a concert planned for Saturday night, in St. Louis, saying they did not believe city police would be able to adequately protect the event.

British singer Ed Sheeran's representatives said they were concerned about the safety of the fans when they announced the cancellation of a Sunday concert.

Friday's protests began after the acquittal of Jason Stockley, a former St. Louis police officer who had been charged with the fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith after a car chase in December 2011.

Prosecutors also alleged Stockley planted a gun on Smith's body. Prosecutors said the gun had only Stockley's DNA on it. During the car chase, Stockley can be heard on the video from his car saying that he was going to kill Smith, prosecutors said.

Police said 23 people were arrested and nine police were injured in skirmishes with protesters.

Mayor Lyda Krewson released a statement early Friday urging compassion, despite differing opinions on the acquittal. Protests started peacefully on Friday, with hundreds gathering in the streets of St. Louis holding signs and chanting "No justice, no peace." Some made their way to police headquarters, calling for police resignations.

By the end of the night, demonstrators had broken a window and splashed paint on the mayor's home, prompting police in riot gear to move the protesters away from the residence.

Racial tension in the area is not new. One of the suburbs of St. Louis is Ferguson, Missouri, where two weeks of protests began in August 2014 with the shooting death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man, by a white police officer.

That November, the decision not to indict the police officer sparked another week of protests, and the anniversary of the shooting in 2015 was the occasion of a third protest.

Brown's father told a St. Louis television station after Friday's verdict, "You all know this ain't right and you all continue to do this to us. Like we don't mean nothing, like we're rats, trash, dogs in the streets... my people are tired of this."

The incidents in Missouri were followed by police shootings and protests in a number of American cities, among them: Baltimore, Maryland; Charlotte, North Carolina; St. Paul, Minnesota; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Britain eases threat level
after police arrest suspect


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Britain eased its terrorist threat level Sunday from critical to severe after police arrested a second suspect in the bombing of a subway train in London.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the second arrest was an indication that good progress was being made in the investigation of Friday's attack that injured 30 people, all but one of whom have now been released from hospitals.

The severe threat level indicates British authorities now believe another attack is highly likely, while the critical designation meant an attack was seen as imminent.

Police said in they arrested a 21-year-old man in the west London suburb of Hounslow, which is home to London's Heathrow Airport, just before midnight Saturday. He was arrested under Britain's Terrorism Act.

Authorities searched a home in the London suburb of Stanwell, also neighboring Heathrow Airport that was linked to the second suspect, who was not identified.

Earlier Saturday, an 18-year-old man was arrested in the port area of Dover, a major ferry terminal for travel between Britain and France.

Residents of the neighborhood say an elderly couple, Penelope and Ronald Jones, who have taken care of foster children for decades, occupies the house that was searched. Queen Elizabeth honored them for their efforts in 2010.

Islamic State jihadists claimed responsibility for the attack, but Home Secretary Rudd discounted it.

"It is inevitable that so-called Islamic State or Daesh will try to claim responsibility, but we have no evidence to suggest that yet," she told the BBC. Rudd said authorities will try to determine how the suspects may have been radicalized.

Earlier, she had dismissed as pure speculation U.S. President Donald Trump's claim, made Friday on Twitter, that Scotland Yard knew a “loser terrorist” behind the attack.

British Prime Minister Theresa May had already rebuked the U.S. leader for the remark, saying, "I never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation."

London Transport authorities said Saturday they have re-opened the Parsons Green station where the bomb on a train partially detonated. Images of the bomb posted on social media appear to show a bucket on fire that had been placed inside a plastic bag close to a rail car door.

Ms. May said the public may see more armed police on the streets and the transport network. The prime minister also said members of the military will begin aiding police, providing security at some sites not accessible to the public.

The blast was the fifth major terrorist attack in Britain this year.

London police said their investigation into Friday's attack is being supported by MI-5, Britain's domestic intelligence agency.


Floods wash away homes
in South Sudan’s Bor


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An overflowing Nile River and heavy rains flooded the South Sudanese town of Bor this week, sweeping away homes and leaving hundreds of families without food or shelter.

Marth Aluel Akuei, a resident of the Lekyak area just outside Bor town, used mud to build a dyke around her damaged home. The three grass-thatched structures she owned, known as tukuls, were washed away in the flood.

"We are living in water," Akuei said. "I am so worried about my children. Anything could hurt them in this flood area. The wind and rain have demolished this house."

A resident of the Hai-panjak area, Angeer Majer, 30 years old, said she had to take refuge in a neighbor's house.

"It's very bad. My entire house is flooded. I am struggling now to see if I can get plastic sheets so that I can set up a tukul for me and my children," Ms. Majer said.

Bor-area resident Lueth Alier said he does not feel safe walking to work through flooded areas because the overflowing Nile can bring hostile animals to residential streets.

"They are very dangerous sometimes, animals, like crocodiles, there in the water," he said.

Machar Machol Deng, deputy mayor for administration and finance in Bor municipality, says at least 1,200 households were affected by the flooding.

He said Bor authorities are trying to dig passageways so the water can drain, but they don't have the money to finish the work.

"The whole government is in financial constraints right now. The little fuel that we had, we utilized it. We have a bulldozer here, and this bulldozer can help us to open the drainages," Machol said.

Machol and local residents are appealing to governments and nongovernmental organizations to provide plastic sheeting for shelters, in addition to other aid.


Six killed in Mogadishu
as rival Somali troops clash


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

At least six people were killed and eight others wounded Saturday when rival Somali government forces clashed in the capital, Mogadishu, officials and witnesses said.

“We have the dead bodies of at least six people and eight injured civilians have been so far admitted at our facility,” said Dr. Mohamed Yusuf, the director-general of the city’s main Madina Hospital.

Clashes erupted when Mogadishu’s Stabilization Security Unit clashed with a military unit based in the city’s Industrial Road in Hodan neighborhood.

Sounds of gunfire awakened the residents of the Hanta-Dheer area.

“It started with sporadic gun shots just before dawn prayer, and then it escalated into heavy gunfire. When I came out of the house as the day wore on, the gunfire died down. I saw the dead bodies of at least three soldiers,” said Hashi Hirey, a resident of the neighborhood.

It is not clear if those three dead soldiers included the bodies that were taken to the hospital.

Another resident, Ali Hassan, said “It was around 3 p.m. local time when we heard the first gunfire. I was shocked and ducked under my bed, hearing the loud gunshots being fired. We didn’t know it was rival government soldiers clashing. I got suspicious about some terror attack, so we were alert."

Later in the morning more government soldiers were deployed into the area and security officials were sent to go between the rival troops. What triggered the clash between the troops is still unclear.

Somalia’s defense minister, Abdurashid Abdullahi Mohamed, declined to give details saying he was in a meeting with his top security officials on the matter.

The intensity of the gunfire used during the clash forced residents in the neighborhood to flee to other parts of the city, where children and women carrying their belongings were seen arriving.

Another resident, Mohamed Nur Barre, said, “They were using anti-aircraft machine guns and other heavy weaponry. In recent years, we only witnessed explosions and suicide attacks by the al-Shabab militants, but such heavy gunfire in residential neighborhoods reminded us when the militants were fighting in Mogadishu in 2010, that forced us to flee.”

Somalia has been without a functioning central authority since the 1991 ousting of strongman Mohamed Siad Barre. Subsequent governments have not been able to maintain control.

Meanwhile, as government soldiers were clashing in Mogadishu, al-Shabab militants were attacking a key town near the border with Kenya.

The district commissioner of El-Wak town in the Gedo region, Ibrahim Guuleed Aden, said al-Shabab fighters entered the town and left after looting some properties.

“They attacked the town at dawn and briefly held as the troops retreated to the outskirt. They looted a storage facility owned by a local aid organization before they withdraw,” said Aden.

He said the attack caused no casualties. El-Wak is on the border with Kenya, and it is a key transit point for Kenya military convoys carrying supplies to forces serving as part of the African Union Mission in Somalia known as AMISOM.


Greeks are marching
to protect ultra-nationalism


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hundreds of people marched in Athens, Greece, Saturday in an anti-racism protest to commemorate the killing of an activist rapper by a member of the Greek ultranationalist political party Golden Dawn.

Scuffles broke out between police and a few dozen protesters who broke off from the march and began heading toward the Golden Dawn offices. Blocked by police from reaching the offices, the protesters threw firebombs and police responded with tear gas.

The march was to commemorate rapper Pavlos Fyssas, whose music conveyed anti-fascist messages. Fyssas’ stabbing death in 2013 resulted in an investigation of Golden Dawn, which had been linked to violence, xenophobia and anti-Semitism. Nearly 70 members of the group have gone on trial since 2015.

Giorgos Roupakis, the Golden Dawn member who admitted to a judge that he had killed Fyssas, served 30 months in pretrial detention, the maximum amount of time allowed. Now under house arrest, he is still awaiting trial.

The anniversary of Fyssas’ death is September 18. Another commemorative march is expected to take place in the Athens neighborhood of Keratsini where Fyssas died.


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 CODE 9229-12/6/17


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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


Send an email hotelescazu@aol.com Call for more info:
Free US phone 877-778-8515  or 410-975-6703 
In Costa Rica phone: 506- 8307-0164
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.

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in CR since 1979

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Hotels, Restaurants, Projects,
Commercial, Investments and more

 Century 21 Jacó Beach
Playa Jacó, Puntarenas, Costa Rica
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

Link to Playa Panama listings page HERE

Link to Playa Hermosa 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 || Monday Edition, September 18, 2017 || Vol. 17, No. 185
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Books headline

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
 Click Here  Email:  j.paterson@riomagnolia.com 
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¯

New
                        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

Begonias are very happy flowers

Begonias are happy flowers and easy to like. My mother always planted them in the shade but down in Costa Rica they are more than happy in the sun and why not?


Victoria Torley
 After all, most begonias
 originated in tropical climates.

 Still, since my experience was
 with begonias in the shade, it
 confused me quite a bit when I
 first saw them growing in my
 neighbor’s sunny yard and then
 spotted them on one of our
 fence posts. Evidently, some
 begonias love the sun.

That wasn’t the only thing that was confusing.

1) Begonias are supposed to be little. Nope, begonias can be a shrub.

2) Begonias have flowers that peak out from under the leaves. Nope, begonias have tall flower stalks that tower over the leaves and the whole thing can be nearly a meter tall.

Oh the things we learned “Up North” that aren’t true in the tropics.

Take this, for example. I used to plant my black raspberries in full sun up north. Down here, full sun gives the leaves sunburn. A sunburned leaf turns white and does the plant no good.  Once I replanted my berries in an area with afternoon shade, they began to produce like crazy. Love that black raspberry pie.


Coconut
                              palm
A.M. Costa Rica photo/Victoria Torley       


Plant of the Week

Well, would you look at this! Flowers on my coconut palm! We have never seen them flower before and didn’t think they were mature enough to flower. The coconut palm can take up to 6 months to sprout and six to ten years to fruit (you have to guard against beetles), but we must have done something right because three of five are in flower. That’s a lot of coconuts!

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South Korea and Aresep sign agreement

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

South Korea and the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos signed a cooperation agreement last week to strengthen quality control programs in gas, diesel and other fossil fuels.

Roberto Jiménez, the regulator general, and Seong-Cheol Shi, the president of the Korean Petroleum Quality and Distribution Control Authority, signed the agreement. According to a statement from Aresep, the purpose of this agreement is to establish an exchange of knowledge, good practices and experiences for the quality of fuels.

“Aresep seeks to strengthen the quality program in fuels, which has been in existence for more than 17 years and is positioned as one of the greatest impact in Latin America, which has allowed this exchange of progress,” the statement from the regulatory authority said.

This is supposed to also train personnel and developing joint research studies on hydrocarbons and alternative energy as a means of placing Costa Rica at the level of world powers in fuel quality control.

“Our goal is to guarantee users quality products and for that we need to have the technical knowledge and tools that allow us to do this,” said Jiménez. “That is how this agreement gives us technical facilities for Aresep to verify, with the latest technology and based on international best practices, the quality of gasoline, liquefied gas and biofuels.”

The Koreans have an interest in Costa Rica’s technical information on quality control of fuels. This includes implementing a Korean version of a mobile app, Estaciones CR, developed by Aresep to inform users on the results of quality control inspections at gas stations, the authority said.