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Recent decisions display slowness in court system
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Pavas prosecutor succeeded in its case against a man who was found guilty of aggravated robbery against a Scotiabank branch in Escazú. The ruling came later than one might expect. 12 years later to be exact.

According to a statement issued this past Friday by the Ministerio Público, the sentence was handed out Friday morning by the respective criminal court. The total number of years in prison: eight years. The court release issued seemed brief and only mentioned the circumstances of the crime.

On the morning of June 8, 2005, this man arrived in a car to the bank’s branch and used a gun to threaten the employees into handing over 20 million colones and $25,000. “Days later, the subject was arrested and placed under the orders of the Ministerio Público,” the public prosecutor’s office said flatly.

Almost 12 years had gone without a sentence for a bank robbery. Another six months while waiting for the decision to be confirmed is what this man will get.

Many expats realize the nature of the justice system in Costa Rica is riddled with delay, rescheduling and all manner of issues in the logistics and administration of all these cases.

The principle of applying pretrial detention has aggravated an overburdened prison system based on both reports from Costa Rica’s own public institutions and the U.S. Dept. of State. One need only read this week’s statements from Ministerio Público to gather an idea of the veracity of the problem.

In another Friday statement, the prosecutor’s office in Turrialba succeeded in sentencing a man to 15 years in prison for raping a minor.

The sentence was issued by the criminal court in Cartago this past Wednesday. That report said that the man was working as a clown and obtained the trust of the 15-year old girl when he promised to help her get a job.

On April 9, 2013, the accused said he had found her a job cleaning a house but instead took her to one of the rooms and raped her. The minor became pregnant as a result of this incident, officials said.

The accused was arrested that same day, however, and taken into custody. He did not remain in prison long.

The inmates allegedly beat him and, for that reason, the justice system allowed him to be released under “precautionary measures.” Part of those measures was to stay within Turrialba and frequently check in.

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He did not and spent the next four years as a fugitive on the run. Three months ago, the accused rapist was arrested again, the prosecution said.

This time in Guápiles where he faces another case related to sexual crimes. Meanwhile, the man was placed in preventive detention once again. This time for six months on a crime that occurred four years ago.

These examples appear to exemplify a systemic problem within the justice system. Some expats have faced similar situations of drawn-out waits for court decisions, preventive detention for months and even years while a case file can sometimes be buried in the mountain of paperwork that comes with legal disputes.

The right to a fair and speedy trial is often considered and touted as a fundamental right for citizens with the basic legal argument being that justice coming late is not justice at all.

A.M. Costa Rica has frequently reported on the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública and other officials asking for more money and manpower to flood the streets with officers and patrolmen in an effort to curb or deter criminal behavior, which they claim is rising.

To that end, the legislative assembly of the country as well as foreign governments has supplied large amounts of money, equipment and training toward this goal.

While the police forces obtain these significant resources, the level of support to the judicial system and the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz, which controls and guards the country’s penitentiaries, seems by comparison to be underwhelming. Some officials in the justice ministry, the judiciary, the public and the Defensoría de los Habitantes would agree with that statement.


Supreme court calls for internet use policy change
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In one month, the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones must apply provisional changes in the polices of fair internet use in postpaid mobile internet or else, the restrictions will disappear. 

That’s an explicit order delivered by the Constitutional Chamber of the Corte Suprema, after reviewing three ongoing cases.

During the next 30 days, magistrates have ordered the Superintendencia to establish a minimum functional amount of Internet in mobile devices and do not transfer that responsibility to the telecom operators.

In the next four months, the Superintendencia has to provide a definitive minimum internet speed and also establish a schedule of how often the minimum speeds should vary over time.

The fair use policy was first implemented on a temporary basis in 2014. It establishes that operators can reduce the speed of their connections if they exceed the limits established in the contract.

"Once the period of one month has elapsed without Superintendencia having technically defined such provisional minimum functional speed, or the period of four months without the agency fully complied with what’s requested, the Fair Internet Use will be suspended."

As of the next 30 day’s, operators are allowed to continue working as usual. The constitutional magistrate, Luis Fernando Salazar, explained that this ruling defends the right of users to a minimal functional connection to the Internet.

The Superintendencia, added Salazar, should now, based on technical studies, set the periodicity and speed and then communicate these parameters to the operators. The Chamber, he said, analyzed other rights such as access to information, education and freedom of expression in issuing its ruling.

"There are now many people who need access to the mobile Internet to carry out research, study and work and to inform themselves. No restriction policy, however technically reasonable, can damage this fundamental right," he said.


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On Saturday a man was captured after apparently shooting several rounds off in the community in the Calle Blancos district of Goicoechea, San José.

The man shot several times and wounded one person, who did not require medical assistance. The man also hit several houses.

The Fuerza Pública chased the man within the facilities of an EBAIS, which are small community clinics. Inside the area, a children's playground was under construction. In the search for weapons, the officers found them under the concrete of the floor of a swinging rope game.

The guns were inside a bag. A shotgun and a registered pistol. Police reported the shotgun is registered by a company dedicated to private investigation. It has not been reported as robbed or missing. The man had a firearms license card that had expired since 2015. He has a criminal record for shooting firearm in 2012.

He was transferred to the public prosecutor's office.


Taxistas promise to hold off strike


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

No more road blocks or unintended violence coming from taxistas in the next two weeks for now.

This is due to President Luis Guillermo Solís’ promise of holding more frequent meeting with the leaders of their organizations and find a solution about the operations of Uber in Costa Rica.

So far, Taxi drivers claim thousands of families who depend on this income are on the verge of bankruptcy, while Uber continues hurting them by providing an illegal service. On July 14, Solís engaged to seriously study the proposals submitted by the unions and then have a more informed discussion on the matter at the end of July.

"All will be analyzed. The will of the Executive Power is to establish a plan which requires tranquility in the streets," he said.

One of the main demands of the taxi drivers is a state lawsuit against the Uber Company, as the Consejo Nacional de Concesiones has already ruled its operations as illegal.

President Solís insisted that this request like others, need an extensive analysis, so that the dialogue process may continue.

According to Gilbert Ureña, president of the Foro Nacional de Taxistas and member of the Comision Nacional de Enlace, said his organizations recognized the willingness of President Solís to talk to them and thanked the presence of the Ministers of Finance, Transportation and Labor.

The taxi leader confirmed the march scheduled for Tuesday 18 is now cancelled. Uber started operations in the country in Aug. 2015. It has become very popular in the last 24 months, creating much concern for taxi drivers and even bus drivers who work under a concession status.



University defends study on pensions

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The School of Mathematics at the Universidad de Costa Rica, in charge of carrying out the mathematical study on the sustainability of the pensions regime of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, defended the methodology applied in its most recent report.

This comes after the International Labor Organization released its own report last week and accuses the university of applying a bad methodology. This drew some questions from interested officials as it was largely based on this document that the board of directors of the Caja have taken measures to guarantee pension funds for future generations.

In its response, the university defended its research and clarifies that the methodology used does not inflate the number of affiliated workers, nor the rights of future retirees. Its answer also states that the demographic model is adequate and that the calculation of future wages complies with the laws of the pension system. For their part, the academics of the university said that the report of the organization lacks the necessary rigor.

"The pension system is vital for the future of the Costa Rican population, the well-being of families and people," says the document. "The politicization of the technical aspects means a great risk of distortion of the data that will not benefit nor our country nor its inhabitants."

The university study indicated that migrations, new pension types approved in 2005 and 2007, informality of workers, the possibility of access to more than one pension and the non-prescription of quotas, will cause an increase in the amount of beneficiaries.

In 2015, there were 6.4 active workers for each retiree. The university estimates that by 2040 there will be only 1.4 active workers per retiree. In the response document, university explains point by point the arguments that the organization deems as wrong and calls for a meeting with the members of the labor group.

"The Universidad de Costa Rica has the will to analyze the matter in more depth and for that, it is important that the Organization provides the technical information that supports its calculations and observations."


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Garabito police seize cocaine Thursday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police in Garabito seized more than 300 kilograms of cocaine last Thursday hidden within the liner of a truck. The suspect driving the vehicle was detained.

According to an initial report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, Fuerza Pública officers were conducting a road control checkpoint and discovered the false wall in the back of the vehicle. A later report from the Ministerio Público indicated that the officers also saw two kilograms of cocaine next to the driver in the cabin of the truck. The officers held the vehicle until the Policía Control de Drogas were called in to seize the packages. A 65-year old man was detained and sent to judicial authorities on suspicion of trafficking.

Friday, the prosecutor’s office at Garabito requested the canton’s criminal court to impose three months of preventive detention to the suspect. The official count of the cocaine seized, according to the Ministerio Público, came out to be 370 kilograms. The court has not apparently rendered a decision on the prosecution’s request.

The 370 kilos now brings the total amount of cocaine seized at the national level to be around 13.4 tons, police data says.



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Five-year old boy gets his wish to be a police officer for the day
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Matías Valerio Fonseca is only five-years old, but ever since he was two he has wanted to be a police officer. Sunday morning, he got his wish when the local Fuerza Pública station at Siquirres invited him to join their ranks for the day.

According to the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, none of the boy’s relatives has ever been a police officer. His family, however, did make him a couple uniforms including one for the tourist police and the Fuerza Pública complete with shirt, pants, bulletproof vest and toy handcuffs and gun.

He took his role seriously too as always greeting the officers on patrol and then telling passerby at his house that he was the police and nobody can enter, said Elías Valerio, his father.

When his parents took him to the park in Siquirres to meet the patrolmen on duty, they decided to invite him to the station for the whole day where he met the officers and toured the facility.

“I want to be a policeman because they are the ones who arrest the bad guys in the streets, take care of people and put the robbers in jail,” he proudly told the police chief, Capt. Miguel Chinchilla.

That apparently sold the captain and Matías patrolled with two police academy students and filed the report for their work after.

For his part, Capt. Chinchilla was happy encourage the kid to continue his dream of becoming an officer when he grows up and noted the nice feeling of recognition as a positive example for this community.

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Costa Rican pianists place in top two at regional music contest
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Four piano students from the Universidad de Costa Rica received awards at the regionally prestigious Musicalia contest in Cuba this past June.

“The presence of Costa Rica was of a very high level,” said Ulises Hernández Morgandañez, the president of the competition’s jury and professor of the Universidad de las Artes in Cuba.

“Proof of that was the fact that they all took prizes including first and second place, something that hadn’t been seen throughout these six editions of the Musicalia Internacional de Piano.”

Hernández noted that he believes that the renewed energy and the well-directed education of these students by the university’s Escuela de Artes Musicales is a testament to a very solid future for these students as Latin American pianists.

“For me, there is a fundamental element: the spontaneity and freedom with which they approach the instrument. They are young people without barriers,” he said from Havana.

The young pianists include: David Saravia, the first place winner for his interpretation of Cuban music; Alejandro Arroyo, the second-place finisher; Sharon Villegas, who achieved recognition for her interpretation of “Matices” by Natanael Mojica; and Kevin Sequeira, who was praised for his skill in playing contemporary pieces.

According to the university, some of these students have been training on the piano since they were in preschool.

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“The recognitions at the Musicalia took us by surprise,” Ms. Villegas said.

“The skill level of the participants was very high and we were in a very competitive country musically. But we did not stop to think about that as the best prize was to live the experience.”

The contest took place between June 19 and 24 at Havana, Cuba. In addition to the competition, the four-day event also included workshops with professionals of international standing and networking with other musicians from the region, the university said.



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Four UCR projects receive 160 million colones to aid in research
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Four research projects will receive about 160 million colones for the work shown at a competition organized by the Espacio Universitario de Estudios Avanzados, or Ucrea.

According to a report from the Universidad de Costa Rica, the contest sought out research papers that dealt with complex topics and included teams of researchers from multiple disciplines from national and foreign institutions.

Javier Trejos, the coordinator of Ucrea, said that they evaluated the proposals based on their originality and novelty as well as the clarity in the objectives and methodology.

Of course, the judges were also looking for the feasibility of the project within the deadline and budgetary reasonableness, the university said.

Out of some 16 projects presented, only four were chosen. The first was one called “CeMerge: Contaminantes Emergentes Monitoreo,” which aimed to address the issue of emerging pollutants.

The project was developed in three stages that mainly include an analysis, detection, quantification, monitoring and designing strategies to focus on their elimination, the university said.

Another winning project was on on resilience to climate change in the Central American Dry Corridor which was led by researchers from the geophysics and international relations departments of the Universidad de Costa Rica as well as Israeli researchers.

The main focus on the project was the issue of underdevelopment within Guanacaste as well as the region in the wake of some harsh droughts plaguing the Northern Triangle area of Central America.

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Financing will help the purchase of equipment and visits of experts, workshops and seminars among other aspects.

The third proposal is on the influence of social networks and democracy in Costa Rica, which received help from the University of Missouri. The project will analyze the political implications on the circulation of content in profiles of Costa Rican media as well as political parties on Facebook within the next two years.
 
The idea is to capture and create a computer platform that allows to one to capture and visualize this data. It also seeks an automated monitoring of all information published on Facebook to identify any unique patters or trends.

The last proposal mainly deals in the issue of food security and genetic manipulation of the rice genome. Researchers proposing this project said that the need is for Costa Rica and Central America to provide new genetic characteristics in the cultivation of rice to ensure a sustainable increase in its production. The idea is influenced also by the effects of climate change and the environment.



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Gunmen open fire on voters
in unofficial referendum


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Gunmen on motorcycles fired on a group of voters in Caracas casting ballots Sunday in a non-binding referendum on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's plans for a new constitution.

Opposition officials say one woman was killed and three other people were wounded. They blame the attack outside a church in one of Caracas' poorer districts on pro-government paramilitaries.

An opposition statement says it feels great pain over the shooting.

Turnout was reported heavy for the opposition-sponsored referendum asking voters whether they approve of a July 30 election for a special assembly to draft a new constitution.

Maduro has said changing the constitution is the only way to pull Venezuela out of its deep economic and social crisis.

"I'm calling on the opposition to return to peace, to respect for the constitution, to sit and talk," he said Sunday. "Let's start a new round of talks, of dialogue for peace."

But the opposition says the assembly will be rigged in Maduro's favor. It says rewriting the constitution is nothing but a Maduro ploy to turn Venezuela into a socialist dictatorship and destroy dissent.

They hope a strong voter turnout will increase the pressure on Maduro.

One voter who rejects the new constitution summed up the feelings of millions of Venezuelans, telling the Associated Press there's no medicine, no food, no security, no separation of powers, no freedom of expression.

The drop in global energy prices along with government corruption has destroyed Venezuela's oil-rich economy. There are severe shortages of basic goods such as gasoline, flour, sugar, and cooking oil. Supermarket shelves are bare and many Venezuelans cross into neighboring Brazil and Colombia to buy food.

Daily clashes between pro-government marchers, protesters, and police frequently blows up into violence. Nearly 100 people have been killed.

Maduro blames his country's woes on the United States and warns against intervention by the Organization of American States, saying that would surely bring on civil war.


Venezuelans casting votes
in unofficial referendum


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuelans are casting ballots in an unofficial opposition organized referendum Sunday on President Nicolas Maduro's bid to hold a July 30 election for a new assembly tasked with drafting a new constitution.

Dozens of people lined up ahead of the 7 a.m. open of polls Sunday morning, and throughout the day thousands more lined up to cast their votes, the opposition said Sunday. Fourteen million ballots were printed ahead of the referendum.

The polls will close at 4 p.m., but remain open as long as voters are still in line.

Volunteers and delegates, mostly dressed in white, manned tents and tables at thousands of polling centers around the country.

About 10,000 Venezuelans are reported to have voted from abroad in Madrid alone. Polls in Spain's capital will be open until 8p.m. local time.

Maduro has called the vote illegal and his supporters are boycotting it. But the opposition maintains that the referendum is justified.

"Following our rights, in the article 333 and 350 of our constitution we the people of Venezuela have decided to vote and decide the future of our country," Maria Corina Machado, Spokesperson for Venezuelan Opposition, said.

"And it is a future of freedom, of peace, and democracy," she said, calling on Venezuelan citizens in the country and abroad to cast their votes.

The vote may serve to further increase pressure to remove Maduro, who is the subject of mounting criticism amid months of violent protests against food shortages and rampant inflation.

At least 90 people have died in clashes among anti-government demonstrators, security forces and Maduro supporters.


Eight dead, more missing
in Arizona flash flood


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Eight people have been confirmed drowned and more are missing after a flash flood swept over a popular swimming spot in a river in the western U.S. state of Arizona.

Authorities are searching for the missing after the incident on Saturday afternoon in the Verde River inside Tonto National Forest, about 145 kilometers northeast of Phoenix.

There was no warning before a wall of water hit the swimmers.

"They had no warning. They heard a roar, and it was on top of them,'' said Ron Sattelmaier, chief of the fire and medical district around Water Wheel Falls, Arizona.

Up to 4 centimeters of rain from an intense thunderstorm had fallen during one hour in a remote area about 14 kilometers upstream, local authorities said.

The storm surge of water, swollen by debris from recent wildfires, reached a narrow canyon where people were taking refuge from the summer heat. The river burst its banks and overwhelmed the swimmers.

Unofficial reports said more than a hundred people may have been relaxing in the water at the time. Witnesses said survivors clung to trees as the water rose around them.

The severe thunderstorm that caused the sudden flood pounded down on an area charred by a recent wildfire, which left a deep burn scar on ground where pine trees, foliage and ground dust would normally absorb rain.

The National Weather Service had issued a specific flash-flood warning about an hour and a half before the tragedy in Tonto National Forest unfolded.

Most of Arizona is under flash flood watch until Monday evening, and the regional NWS center in Phoenix warned that heavy rains can produce flash flooding of low lying, normally dry areas such as washes.


Iran sends U.S. scholar
to prison for espionage


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An Iranian court has sentenced a Chinese-American scholar to 10 years in prison on infiltration charges, Iran's judicial spokesman said Sunday. The announcement triggered an immediate protest from the U.S. State Department.

Xijue Wang, 37, a dual national of China and the United States, was arrested nearly one year ago, according to Mizan Online, a news agency operated by the Iranian judiciary.

“The Iranian regime continues to detain U.S. citizens and other foreigners on fabricated national-security related changes,” the State Department said in a statement to news agencies. “We call for the immediate release of all U.S. citizens unjustly detained in Iran so they can return to their families.”

At least four Iranian-Americans currently are being held in Iran, and a fifth is free pending an appeal of his sentence of 18 years in prison for alleged national-security crimes.

The deputy chief of Iran's judiciary, Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejeie, gave few details about the case involving Xiyue Wang when he announced the court action Sunday: "The person was identified and arrested by the intelligence forces. The court has sentenced the person to 10 years." The sentence can be appealed.

Princeton University officials identified Xiyue Wang as a researcher and fourth-year graduate student working toward a doctorate in Eurasian history of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The regime-approved report published in Tehran said Xiyue Wang was arrested on August 8, 2016, and accused of passing confidential information about Iran to the U.S. State Department, to Princeton's Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Iran and Persian Gulf Studies, to the Harvard Kennedy School and to the British Institute of Persian Studies.

Wang digitally archived 4,500 pages of Iranian documents for foreign research institutions, according to Mizan Online. It published screenshots of Wang’s Princeton web page and an excerpt of a March 2016 report from the British institute that quoted Wang as saying he had been in contact with senior scholars at Iranian government archives in Tehran and Mashhad.

Mizan cited the statement as evidence that Wang was on a covert mission, even though the institute’s report was publicly available.

At least four Iranian-Americans are known to be detained or imprisoned in Iran: Baquer Namazi, 80, and his son Siamak are serving 10-year sentences in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison and are believed to be in ill health. Also, Karan Vafadari, who owns an art gallery in Tehran, was arrested last July with his wife, who is a permanent U.S. resident.

American Gholamrez Reza Shahini of San Diego, California, was sentenced to 18 years in prison for national security crimes but has appealed the judgment and is free on bond.

The U.S. government has repeatedly called for the Americans’ release. An unknown number of Iranians holding European passports are also believed in custody in Iran; among them are Britons, Austrians and French citizens.

Iran-U.S. relations, tense for years, have drastically deteriorated since President Donald Trump said he would review U.S. participation in the nuclear deal reached with Iran in 2015.

The historic agreement between and the group of world powers, including the United States, was hailed as a breakthrough in the quest to stem Iran's nuclear ambitions.


Plastic foam waste
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Kaylite is dangerous because it emits toxic chemicals when burned.

Zimbabwe bans containers
made of plastic foam


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Zimbabwe’s Environment Management Agency has ordered the food industry to stop using containers made of expanded polystyrene and replace them with recyclable or biodegradable ones.

The agency recommends restaurants use paper packaging or encourage patrons to partake of their food on site.

The ban on expanded polystyrene went into effect immediately, upsetting business owners left with unused stocks.

“I think this is quite unfair,” said Denford Mutashu, the president of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Retailers. “We are going to comply, but we would prefer that it becomes gradual because we need a period where it has to be phased out.”

However, Steady Kangata, the spokesman of the Environmental Management Agency, says this regulation dates back to 2012 and businesses were made aware.

EPS is a plastic foam, also known as a kaylite. The government says EPS is dangerous because it emits toxic chemicals when the containers are burned, and garbage is routinely burned in Zimbabwe.

Another issue is litter. The containers are among the garbage clogging drainage in Harare and contributing to flooding.

Environmentalists in Zimbabwe are applauding the ban but say the government hasn’t gone nearly far enough. Other African countries, including most recently Kenya, have banned the use of plastic bags.

The government says anyone found flouting the EPS ban will be fined between $30 and $5,000.


Thousands protest reforms
to the judiciary in Poland


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Thousands of people rallied in Warsaw Sunday to oppose the Polish government's controversial new court reforms which opponents see as a threat to judicial independence.

Chanting "we will defend democracy" and waving EU and Polish flags, around 4,500 protesters attended demonstrations in the Polish capital, according to police. Smaller rallies were held in other cities throughout the country.

The law passed last week gives lawmakers a dominant role in appointing judges, a move that opposition parties and rights groups said would make jurists subject to political influence.

Sunday's demonstrations were the latest in a string of anti-government protests since the conservative and populist Law and Justice party took political control in 2015.

The new legislation has drawn criticism from the European Union, which says that it violates judicial independence.

Poland is a relatively new democracy, having overthrown communist rule in 1989 and joined the EU in 2004.


Germany says two tourists
stabbed to death on Egypt


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Germany has confirmed that two of its nationals were stabbed to death in an attack at an Egyptian resort hotel.

Officials say the female tourists were killed Friday when the assailant swam ashore from another Red Sea beach.

Egyptian authorities say the man has been arrested.

A German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, "According to what we know, the act was a deliberate attack on foreign tourists - a particularly devious and criminal act that leaves us sad, dismayed and furious."

Four other people were wounded in the incident.

Hurghada is one of Egypt's most popular beach resorts, especially with Europeans.


Trump lashes out at media
for coverage of son’s meet


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Donald Trump lashed out at the U.S. media Sunday, accusing it of "DISTORTING DEMOCRACY" in its reports on his eldest son's meeting last year with a Russian lawyer he thought would hand him incriminating information about Democrat Hillary Clinton ahead of the 2016 election.

In a string of Twitter comments from his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump defended Donald Trump Jr., who met with Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 after being told by an intermediary that she was a Russian government attorney who would offer him information as part of Moscow's support of Trump to defeat Clinton.

The White House Correspondents Association rejected Trump's attack, saying, "A free and independent press actually is critical to democracy."

Trump has been dismissive of numerous investigations into Russian meddling in the election, calling them a witch hunt and an excuse by Democrats to explain Clinton's upset loss.

One of Trump's lawyers, Jay Sekulow, told ABC News on Sunday that he does not believe the probes will lead to Trump having to testify in the case even though Trump has said he would if necessary.

Last week, on a visit to France for its Bastille Day celebration, Trump at a news conference defended his son's meeting with Veselnitskaya.

Trump faces months of controversy over Russian interference in the election, with numerous congressional probes underway, as well as a criminal investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mueller is looking at possible collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, as well as whether Trump obstructed justice by firing another FBI director, James Comey, who was heading the Russia probe before Mueller took over.


Women in Silicon Valley
take on harassment at work


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Sweat rolled down the faces of women dressed in super hero costumes at the recent noon SoulCycle class in San Mateo, California.

Despite the thumping beat of the music, this was no routine workout. These Silicon Valley women were cycling as a protest, part of a response to an array of claims of gender inequity brought to light in recent months.

Travis Kalanick, the former chief executive of Uber, resigned from the company he co-created after women complained about the ride-hailing firm’s culture.

More recently, two prominent male venture capitalists left their roles after women complained about sexual harassment they experienced. Justin Caldbeck of Binary Capital resigned amid a sexual harassment scandal and Dave McClure of 500 Startups also stepped down after a New York Times article earlier this month described incidents of his sexual misconduct.

The controversies threaten to cast a shadow over a unique part of the U.S. tech industry - the startup ecosystem.

“There’s no glass ceiling when you start your own business,” shouted Tim Draper, a prominent venture capitalist and organizer of the event, before the cycling began. He wore a red cape and a Spider Man shirt. “You can paint it any color you want.”

The venture capital industry, which finances startups, is predominantly run by men. Some Silicon Valley women say they have faced harassment when they sought financing.

“You pitch your idea and they go, ‘Oh that’s really interesting,’ and more like they were setting up dates,” said Wendy Dent, founder and chief executive of Cinemmerse, which makes an app for smartwatches.

Dent, a former model-turned tech entrepreneur, says she faced harassment during conversations with a would-be advisor. She struggled over how to respond.

“What was I going to do, go the police and say he sent me this email?” she said.

The willingness of more women to publicly come forward, including posting their experiences on social media, is making an impact, say some industry veterans.

In the case of Uber, a female engineer went online to detail her experience, which included being propositioned by someone on her team. It was the financial backers of the firm who ultimately pressed for the ousting of the CEO.

“We can use things like social media now, not just the courts, to communicate what we’re all seeing within the industry,” said Kate Mitchell, a venture capitalist.

At the SoulCycle rally, Miranda Wang, chief executive of BioCellection, said attitudes about women in the industry are slowly changing.

“What we are doing now,” she said, “is making it something people have more awareness of.”


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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
9173-9/1/17

colinasdelsol
COLINAS DEL SOL Fenced Gated Lots for Sale

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

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

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

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

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

rollover
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
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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


Sabana
Sur house
Commercial Building for Sale in Sabana Sur
A two story building w/14 areas for offices, call center, storage or residence. Building has been completely remodelled  Transportation within 50 mts. passenger train, buses and taxis. Park, gymnasium, tennis club and National soccer stadium 2 - 3 block walk. 24 hour security, many restuarants, clubs and social facilities nearby. Approximately 325 mts. construction $350,000. 
Contact :
 James Holley E-mail  jimmy6902001@yahoo.com
9245-7/8/17


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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


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9174-2/7/18

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So you think you like to garden

So you like to garden. Hey, me too! Have problems with your garden? Me too!


Victoria Torley
Actually, it’s more like I have problems with myself when I garden. I like plants that will grow in our climate.

Things like peppers. The only trouble is, I don’t really like eating cooked peppers and there are only some peppers you can eat raw before your body asks: “Why are you doing that?”

Right now, I have peppers from last year in the freezer and a new crop on the way. This has to stop because I am wasting garden space.

What does all that mean? It means we gardeners need to figure out what we like and find a way to grow it. Let’s face it, growing a lot of what you aren’t going to eat (even if it’s pretty like my purple peppers) makes no sense.

So, what do you like? Sadly, I like a lot of cool weather crops. Broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, snap peas, asparagus, they all need special care. Even tomatoes need care as they suffer from too much rain. What’s a gardener to do?

Well, mainly, don’t give up! Hang out shade cloth or plant under trees, mound or raise your beds, garden in moveable pots and, most of all, read! There is a lot to be said about reading what other people wrote concerning their failures and successes with tropical gardens.

Take a Costa Rican class! Ed Bernhardt (thenewdawncenter.info) runs gardening programs – some on weekends and some that are three weeks in length. Take a class online! There are a lot of them and many are free. If you do take a class, do what they tell you to do. A lot of gardeners learn something new and then seem to forget it when they get home (okay, okay, I am guilty).

Visit your gardening neighbors or a local restaurant that grows a lot of its own produce. My favorite is Las Delicias in Nuevo Arenal. The restaurant has a small backyard and grows everything from bananas to peppers to squash.

Find out what you like that grows well in your climate. Me, I like zucchini and spaghetti squash and both should do well in my garden, provided I watch out for vine borers. Fortunately, a cone of aluminum foil over the base of the plant usually prevents infestation.

Finally, remember that we’re not in Kansas anymore. Unless you moved here from a tropical climate, try to forget what you know/knew about gardening and pledge yourself to learning to all over again.

It’s a pain, but oh those garden fresh veggies are worth it.



Palm critter
A.M. Costa Rica photo/Victoria Torley       

Plant for the Week

This week’s plant is the coconut palm, but not exactly. A friend of mine complained that two of her small palms died suddenly, “But why?” she asked. The answer is the palm beetle larvae, pictured below. I have talked about the beetle before but this is the first time I have been able to find and detain one. They are huge! Eggs are laid in the top of the tree, so prevention starts there. Refer to Wikipedia for full details.

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Lared Limitada takes over open bus route

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Users of the San José-Barrio México, San José-La Cruz and San José-Escalante neighborhood bus routes will not suffer any interruption in the service.

The Lared Limitada company will operate these bus lines with the same number of buses and the same schedules beginning today.The decision was confirmed by the Board of Directors of the Concejo de Transporte Público last Wednesday night.

The Lared Limitada will take over following the refusal of the company Guilial to continue providing the service in this line. Guilial claimed at the time that bus fares were not competitive and did not cover the costs of the service.

Guillial S.A., is a company owned by Raymond Salim Simaan Khachab, who repeatedly called for a temporary bailout from government to solve a supposed financial imbalance. However, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos denied any special treatment and encouraged the company to request a fare increase using the established steps.

At the time, the company did their own calculation and concluded the fares will fall from 255 colones to 120 colones for the San José-Escalante-UCR route, the San Jose-México neighborhood from 130 to 60 and San José-barrio La Cruz from 180 to 90.

To put some pressure on the government, Salim went on strike on June 13, not only with the aforementioned bus lines, but also with his company Biusa, who stopped all services to La Uruca.

At the time, neighbors from La Carpio, one of the communities affected by the shutdown, confirmed that the businessman asked them to request a fare raise before authorities.

However, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Público explained that such a request is not possible to process, since any adjustment should be granted by using an standard formula.