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Zona Sur wracked by severe floods and mudslides
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Monday, a sinking in the Rio Claro highway, Golfito, suspended the transit of vehicles while authorities rushed to reopen the road.

According to Julio Duarte, director of the Policía de Tránsito in the Brunca region, drivers should avoid passing through that area and look for alternate routes.

"The road is closed on Ruta 237 which includes Palmar Norte, Paso Real, San Vito and Ciudad Neilly," said Duarte. "This road is only for light vehicles because it is very dangerous, it is not recommended to use articulated vehicles or to carry cargo. "

“The route of exit would be for the moment of the zone of the slope towards Coto Brus and resume the Interamerican above,” emergency workers said. “ICE has already enabled the passage of Rancho Quemado and are directed to Aguijitas. For now, the route Progreso-Drake, Estero, Guerra, Sábado, Sierpe is to go to Palmar.”

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad noted that operations and services were continuing as normal despite these issues with the infrastructure. This includes electricity and telecommunications, ICE said.

In addition, there were reported problems with fallen trees and floods in the Osa canton. The problems were caused by an excess of rain that is hitting the country. According to meteorologists, the passage of several tropical waves across the country have significantly increased the amount of rainfall. Mudslides were also abundant in the area following pummeling rains that were felt in the area.

For today, the Institute Meteorológico National forecasts isolated rains throughout the country during the morning and heavy downpours during the afternoon in the Pacific, Central Valley and in the mountains of the Caribbean coast.

While heavy rains affect several cities in the country, the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias issued a yellow alert for the south and central Pacific regions.

This is the middle ranking that the CNE uses to determine the severity of risk toward the safety of residents. The commission recommends increased awareness and to stay off the roads during the night as well as monitor the weather conditions. This comes as the CNE started a series of drills in cooperation with professionals from Panamá for the first time.

Golfito
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Severe flooding has wracked the region.


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Road partially collapses in Zona Sur.

According to the Comisión, the simulacro will continue today and its objective is to prepare the emergency systems of both countries in case of a potential mass displacement of the population.

"In this way we comply with international treaties that oblige us to protect all people in cases of humanitarian crises," said Ivan Brenes, director of the commission.

"Worldwide these situations are frequent and many of them are due to climate change."

In the simulacrum there will be the assistance of immigration officers, Cruz Roja, police  and municipalities. It is unclear if the participation of these officials could potentially slow the work to repair the damaged roads in the Zone Sur.



Group proposes permanent pull on luxury pensions
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A group of citizens have introduced a bill into the legislative assembly, seeking to repeal the luxury pensions.

According to an initiative by the Asociación pro Pensiones Justas y Solidarias, the bill would eliminate the pension schemes of the Ministerio de Hacienda, Magisterio Nacional and Poder Judicial.

Pensioners currently enrolled on those schemes would be automatically transferred to the pensions scheme administered by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social within six months after the law is approved.

Right now, the legislature is discussing a reform on the pensions scheme from Poder Judicial and some legislators have agreed to cut down the maximum pensions amount. In addition, pensioners getting a higher amount than that set by the Caja would pay a solidarity contribution based on their income.

Those who earn a pension of up to $4,500 per month would pay a joint contribution of 15 percent. Those who receive an amount between $4,500 and $6,000 would be subject of a  solidarity contribution of 25 percent.

Those with a pension between $6,000 and $15,000 per month would pay a solidarity contribution of 40 percent while pensions higher than $15,000 per month would pay a contribution of  50 percent.

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The pensioners under all schemes would have their annual increase in the same percentage as in the Caja.

The bill, which was presented through the Oficina de Iniciativa Popular at the legislative assembly, also establishes that all the contributions collected so far by regimes other than that of Caja would have a centralized fund management. The same group also filed an appeal before the Sala Constitucional of the Corte Suprema against luxury pensions.








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Electronic prescription system to be fully implemented by 2018, Caja says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The electronic prescription system is already working in 121 pharmacies of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, while its authorities expect that by 2018, all drugs will be delivered in this way.

With the implementation of the electronic prescription, typing, reading and interpretation errors of the data are reduced, allowing for greater discipline in the dosage and indications of the prescribed medication, according to Esteban Vega, coordinator of Pharmaceutical Services at the Caja.

With the new methodology, patients no longer wait in line to deliver the prescription in the pharmacies, as the doctor sends it electronically. Patients should simply show up to the pharmacy to get the drugs. Electronic prescription also prevents patients from returning to the doctor's office to correct prescriptions in case of error. With these new measures, waiting times are expected to decrease by 50 percent.

In the case of patients using drugs against chronic diseases, the new system offers a document that reminds them of the dates in which they should withdraw their treatment.


Puntarenas arrest
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One of the detained being searched this past weekend.

Puntarenas police make several arrests

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Weekend police operations in Puntarenas province yielded several drug seizures and weapons confiscations. Property crimes were also noted as being down by 10 percent during the same period from January and July 2017.

The highest decrease was recorded in tourist areas such as Puntarenas, Jacó, Quepos, Parrita, Cóbano, Savegre and Monteverde, according to the public security ministry. 4,203 people were detained for crimes against property, drug violations and illegal possession of weapon.

So far during the same period, more than 74 firearms were confiscated with over 32,000 doses of drugs seized as well.

When stopping a vehicle at a highway checkpoint towards the entrance to Jacó, Fuerza Pública reviewed the car and found a pistol. According to a report from the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, the driver apparently had a prior criminal record for drug-related violations. Police seized the gun following the background check.

In the canton of Puntarenas, police detained three subjects with a total of 104 grams of marijuana that was hidden in a vehicle. The officers searched the car and found three bags of the drug hidden under the seats, the police report said.

Police also detained a man in Quepos accused of selling drugs outside the neighborhood school. He was found with over 10 doses of cocaine on his person, the security ministry said.


ICE expands LTE technology services

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

From July 2016 to July 2017, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad installed 452 LTE technology equipment in strategic locations across the country, improving the coverage in hospitals, shopping malls and tourist areas.

According to the institute, the investment in technology is proportional to the density of the population, so in the Central Valley is where the largest number of equipment is located.

"We have the largest LTE network in the country," said Jaime Palermo, manager of telecommunications at ICE. "The goal is to continue the improvements to meet the demands of our customers every day."

In addition to the modernization of the LTE network, ICE also invested in the improvement of the GSM networks, so that the telecommunications equipment can be available in both technologies. This allows customers to achieve superior data transmission speeds.

In addition, ICE protects the availability of cellular and radio base networks with an energy reserve to deal with natural disasters, according to German Sánchez, head of the Telecommunication Infrastructure Division.

The first LTE network was installed in Costa Rica back in 2014 with 127 radio stations in San José.

That same year, ICE installed 230 more devices, showing a strategic and sustained increase throughout the national territory, Palermo said. According to ICE, LTE technology allows for speeds up to 10 times quicker for traffic of all types of data: live transmissions, massive file downloads, videoconferences, online games, videos, movies and others.

Kölbi was the first operator to make its mobile internet packages available to its customers.


Caja urges prevention of elderly falling

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Falling is not much of a big deal when one is younger, but for a person who is older these could lead to serious health complications and even death.

According to data provided by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, 2,987 people 65 years and older were discharged from the hospital due to falls with 52 percent of that number corresponding to women older than 80.  Of those discharges, 92 percent suffered severe fractures to their hip, forearm, shoulder, legs and skull among other body parts.

Specialists attached to the Caja said that a fall with complications like fractures and post-fall syndrome can affect physical activity and the well-being of person as well as one’s motor skills, neural coordination and reaction time. Some of the risk factors associated with the falls are: visual impairment, dizziness, mental deterioration and joint or bone pain.

Usually factors such as sidewalks in poor or uneven condition along with slippery surfaces and inadequate housing conditions are primary causes for falls, the Caja said. One of the most important decisions to be taken by development associations and municipalities are fixing the sidewalks, said María Eugenia Villalta Bonilla, the Caja’s medical manager. Elimination of architectural barriers for older residents is another support as well as adding bars and supports for elderly persons to get up.



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Tasting and sampling will be abundant for coffee day.

Have a coffee with a taste of
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Coffee beans, coffee crafts, espresso, food trucks and all manner of café’s will be abundant during the Día Nacional del Café along the boulevard in Barrio Chino.

According to a statement from the Instituto del Café, the event will be held Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in coordination with the agriculture ministry, the municipality of San José, the baristas association and the chamber of coffee roasters. For Felipe Arauz, the minister of Agricultura y Ganadería, coffee is an important pillar of Costa Rican identity. It was coffee, he said, that allowed the country to have a presence in export markets and that the coffee sector was an example of maintaining high productivity in the wake of climate change.

Johnny Araya, the mayor of San José, said the best place to celebrate will be the high-quality gastronomic walk being made along the Boulevard de Los Estudiantes in barrio Chino. Coffee is a symbol and icon of Costa Rica’s history and culture, Araya said.

Special recognition is expected to be given to Los Grandes de Copey de Dota as the winners of the International Mug of Excellence auction along with the Cafetalera Aquiares de Turrialba company for becoming certified as carbon-neutral with the NAMA Coffee project.

The Día Nacional del Café was established back in 1988 and is held the second Friday of September each year, the coffee institute said.


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                                  Santamaria painting
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Rodolfo González paintings will be on display at the museum.

Genealogy findings showcase
Costa Rica's heroes


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría and the Costa Rican academy of genealogical sciences is hosting a series of free activities examining the roots of ordinary Costa Ricans and some of the country’s heroes.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Encuentros de Genealogía will bring together experts and amateurs in the discipline exchange their findings. It comes on the commemoration of the birth of Juan Santamaría, considered a national hero for his sacrifice during the Filibuster Campaign of 1856.

“It represents a fundamental reference of the Costa Rican national identity and the City of Alajuela,” said Adrián Chaves, a member of the education department at the museum. “The museum proposes a varied agenda of the rescue of Juan Santamaría and other historic persons as well as elements of the local Alajuelan identity.”

The activity will begin with Rodolfo González, an artist and native of Alajuela, who will tell audience members three stories of families and characters from his hometown, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. He will be followed by Luis Alberto Sell Biasetti, a representative of the Asociación de Genealogía e Historia de Costa Rica, who will open the exhibition with a lecture on the ancestry of persons and how close we are as a species to each other in relation.

There will be a presentation on navigating the digital genealogical reference tool, FamilySearch.com, which is a platform controlled by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is world-renowned for being one of the largest genealogical organizations in the world with records from over 110 countries.

Mauricio Meléndez Obando, a well-regarded Costa Rican genealogist, will present his own study of Juan Santamaría. Meanwhile, Tomás Federico Arias Castro, the president of the Academia Costarricense de Ciencias Genealógicas, will present his genealogical research around Francisco Cipriano Calvo, chaplain of the Costa Rican army during the National Campaign and founder of the Masonic Lodge.

The activities are free and open to the public, the culture ministry said. Families are encouraged to attend.



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Sunblock component could be killing coral reefs, researchers say
By the American Chemical Society press staff

Coral reefs can’t seem to catch a break. Not only are rising temperatures wreaking havoc with their environment but emerging evidence suggests that a certain sunblock component in many lotions that may help protect humans from developing skin cancer is a coral killer. Now, researchers have developed a biodegradable bead that can soak up the sunblock ingredient, oxybenzone, like a thirsty sea sponge. They hope to use the agent to clean up seawater at beaches.

The researchers are presenting their work today at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. The society, the world’s largest scientific society, is holding the meeting here through Thursday. It features nearly 9,400 presentations on a wide range of science topics.

“Coral bleaching by oxybenzone is a difficult problem, but not an impossible one,” said Felix Roman, a spokesman for the society.

“Our magnetite nanoparticles are magnetic, and we can make them specific to a particular pollutant, in this case oxybenzone, by altering the surface chemistry of these particles. But you don’t want to release loose nanoparticles into the environment, so we encapsulate them in a matrix that is environmentally friendly and cheap. The idea is that if you dump it in water, you can pull it out with a magnet.”

By controlling the alginate and chitosan ratio, he says they can make these magnetic nanobiocomposites float or sink for added flexibility in the removal of contaminants.

The beads’ matrix consists of materials that are familiar to the ocean: alginate, which is derived from algae, and chitosan, which is a waste product of fish. Inside this gelatinous matrix are the magnetic nanoparticles. The magnetic core of the nanoparticles is made from iron oxide and is coated with sodium oleate.

To come up with a strategy to increase the nanoparticles’ affinity for oxybenzone, the researchers, who are at the University of Puerto Rico, analyzed the molecule’s chemical properties.

“Oxybenzone is soluble in water and is capable of hydrogen bonding, so it’s going to have good interactions with hydroxyl functional groups,” said Roman. “So we wanted to increase hydroxyl functional groups on the surface of the nanoparticle.” To do that, the researchers oxidized the sodium oleate.

Then came the fun part: The researchers headed to a local beach to test the beads. An undergraduate student in Roman’s laboratory, Ana Zapata, slathered herself in oxybenzone -containing sunblock and stepped into the ocean.
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“You could see the sunblock leaching into the water, so I collected that water for analysis back in the lab,” she said. There, Zapata ran chromatography experiments on the sample and found an oxybenzone concentration of 1.3 parts per million within 10 minutes of the exposure.

“That’s very high,” she said, because concentrations of only parts per billion may be enough to negatively impact coral.

Next, the researchers added their beads to the sample. “We collected seawater samples and spiked them with oxybenzone at 30 ppm, and within an hour, we removed 95 percent of the compound,” said Roman.

“It’s a fairly fast process.” Control experiments showed no change in oxybenzone concentrations without beads present.

In their next set of experiments, Roman’s team will be heading to a saltwater swimming pool.

The group intends to have a bunch of volunteers coat themselves in sunblock and swim around for a bit. Then, the researchers will add beads and see how long it takes to remove oxybenzone from the pool.

“We may have to run the experiment a number of times with different amounts of beads,” Roman said. He adds that, someday in the future, people would likely drag a net full of these magnetic nanobiocomposite beads with a boat to help remove target contaminants, especially in areas near vulnerable coral reefs.

Roman acknowledges funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Science Foundation.

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Venezuela’s Maduro warns
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says new measures will be rolled out this week to combat economic speculation in the crisis-ridden country.

In an interview distributed via state-run media Sunday, Maduro said he was working with a special commission of the new, pro-government Constituent Assembly to clamp down on price gouging.

The commission is going to announce a set of actions so that the maximum price of the products is respected, Maduro said, without providing details. He also warned that very severe justice would shake the society.

Venezuelans constantly complain of scarcity of food, medicine and personal hygiene products and of outrageous prices amid soaring inflation. The currency has shriveled in value, down from eight bolivars to the dollar in 2010 to more than 8,000 bolivars last month, as CNN Money recently pointed out. A single-serve bottle of water can cost about 1,200 bolivars.

Maduro previously declared a war on speculation in 2013, according to the Washington Office on Latin America.

Carlos Larrazabal, president of Fedecamaras, a union representing Venezuela's business sector, accused the socialist administration of trying to smother private enterprise.

"The government has a political agenda. Instead of correcting problems of supply and production," the Constituent Assembly has deepened Venezuela's crisis, Larrazabal said in an interview Sunday with Caracas television station Televen.

The assembly declared on Friday that it would wrest legislative power from the opposition-led National Assembly, a move denounced by many in Venezuela and beyond. The United States does not recognize the Constituent Assembly as valid.

Larrazabal said Venezuela is suffering the consequences of bad economic policy, with an exchange mechanism that is not transparent, which does not allow raw materials into the country. He also complained of price controls.

The archbishop of Caracas, Jorge Urosa Savino, recently reiterated his call to the Maduro government to ease Venezuelans' suffering. He said the Roman Catholic Church has repeatedly urged the opposition to defend the rights of the Venezuelan people.

Spanish police shoot dead
suspected Barcelona attacker


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Police in Spain have shot dead a man they believe was the driver of Thursday's deadly van attack in Barcelona.

Ending a massive manhunt, police killed Younes Abouyaaqoub after confronting him Monday in a rural area known for its vineyards about 45 kilometers west of Barcelona. Authorities say they shot the fugitive after he held up what appeared to be a bomb belt, which they later discovered was fake.

"We confirm that the man shot dead in #subirats is Younes Abouyaaqoub, author of the terrorist attack in #barcelona," police tweeted on Monday.

Catalan interior minister Joaquim Forn told Catalunya radio that everything indicates Younes Abouyaaqoub was behind the wheel of the van during Thursday's Barcelona attack that killed 15 people.

Police say a bomb disposal robot was dispatched to approach the man's body after the shooting to check the apparent suicide belt.

Earlier, authorities said they had been searching for Abouyaaqoub as the last member of a 12-person cell still at large.

Police have arrested four of the suspects in the 12-man cell, while the rest were either killed by police or died in an accidental explosion at their bomb-making facility on the day before the attack. Many of the suspects had connections to the northeastern town of Ripoll, one of the places where police have focused their investigation.

Authorities say Abouyaaqoub, who was born in Morocco and has Spanish residency, also is suspected of carjacking a man and stabbing him to death as he made his getaway from the Barcelona attack.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the Barcelona attack along with another vehicle attack on Friday in which a car crashed into people in the resort town of Cambrils, Spain, and the attackers then got out and tried to stab people. One person was killed and several people were wounded. Authorities believe both attacks were carried out by the same terrorist cell.

Authorities are also looking for an imam named Abdelbaki Es Satty, whom they believe may have radicalized some of those who carried out the attack in Barcelona and the later attack in Cambrils.


U.S. Navy orders pause
following destroyer collision


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Navy is promising to take a much more aggressive stance as it tries to determine what led to a second collision between a U.S. guided-missile destroyer and a commercial vessel in as many months.

Ten American sailors are missing and five injured, with the USS John S. McCain sustaining significant damage as a result of Monday's collision with a tanker near the Strait of Malacca.

Photos released by the U.S. Navy show a gaping hole, below the waterline, on the John S. McCain's port side. A statement from the U.S. 7th Fleet said the damage was significant and that some sleeping areas and communications rooms flooded as a result.

In response to the incident, the Navy ordered an immediate operational pause across the U.S. fleet. Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said the pause, lasting one to two days, will give commanders a chance to evaluate everything from how officers conduct themselves on the bridge to shipwide working conditions.

Richardson has also ordered a broader investigation that will look at potential root causes for what he described as a series of mishaps at sea from training and operational tempo to equipment and maintenance. He said that effort would bring in experts from outside the Navy to make sure nothing is overlooked.

The collision between USS John S. McCain and the Liberian-flagged tanker ship Alnic MC early Monday is the second involving a ship from the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet in the Pacific in two months. Seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship hit each other in waters off Japan.

In the case of the USS Fitzgerald, the Navy relieved the captain of his command and other sailors are to be punished after an inquiry found poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to the collision.

Two other U.S. Navy ships have also been involved in mishaps this year, one bumping into a fishing boat and the other running aground.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told reporters while traveling in Jordan he fully supports the Navy's broader probe that will look into all related accidents at sea.

Despite the damage, the USS McCain was able to pull into Singapore's Changi Naval Base under its own power.

Singapore's Maritime and Port Authority said the Alnic MC also sustained damage, but that there were no injuries among its crew.

The Singapore military evacuated four of the injured sailors by helicopter to a hospital in Singapore, where they are being treated for injuries that were not life threatening. The fifth sailor did not require medical attention.

The U.S. Navy said it is continuing search-and-rescue operations with the help of local authorities, including the Malaysian and Singaporean navies.

The USS America, an amphibious assault ship that had been in the region, is also on the scene in Singapore to help with search-and-rescue operations, as well as with damage assessment.

The USS McCain is named for the father and grandfather of U.S. Senator John McCain, who each served as U.S. Navy admirals.


Native American tribes eye
lucrative marijuana market


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An increasing number of Native American tribes are looking to the marijuana business to break the poverty on reservations, but they are treading quietly over uncertainties in federal policy, which could shift under President Donald Trump.

Cannabis is big business in states that have legalized its medical or recreational use. Arcview, a California cannabis investor network, says the U.S. marijuana market earned $6.7 billion in 2016.

Apart from its medical and euphoric properties, proponents of cannabis cite the industrial potential of hemp, which is derived from the male cannabis plant. It is used globally in more than 25,000 products, from fabrics to food to pharmaceuticals. Because of its association with marijuana, hemp cultivation is strictly controlled in the U.S., and manufacturers must import hemp fiber, seed and oil.

“Let’s just look at one small piece of what hemp can do,” said Leslie Bocskor, founder of Electrum Partners, which works with states and tribes looking to enter the cannabis industry. Hemp, Bocskor said, can be used to manufacture plastics that are more environmentally friendly than plastics made from oil and gas, which aren't biodegradable.

“When you put hemp plastic into landfill, it will break down into things that are not damaging, at worst, and, at best, it can be additive to the soil it’s put into,” he said. “It also causes far less pollution to produce hemp plastics.”

Tribes stand to realize even greater profits than states due to their tax advantage.

State cannabis producers and retailers can't deduct business expenses on their federal tax bills and end up paying a larger part of their gross earnings to the government.

But recognized tribes and tribal corporations don't pay federal income tax on earnings gained on reservations. The federal government regulates drugs through the 1970 Controlled Substances Act, which bans the use of marijuana.

In 2013, the Dept. of Justice issued a guidance memo essentially giving states permission to grow and sell marijuana without fear of federal prosecution with some restrictions: States may not allow it to grow on public land, for example, be sold to minors, distributed in states where it is illegal or channel profits into drug cartels. The justice department issued similar guidance to tribal governments a few months later.

Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized some form of marijuana use. Several tribes have attempted to enter the market; most have been shut down by the government.

In July 2015, federal agents raided two reservations in northern California, alleging they were producing unlawful quantities of marijuana, which the tribes denied. Three months later, agents seized industrial hemp plants from Wisconsin’s Menominee Nation, charging that non-Natives with ties to the Colorado marijuana industry were managing the operation and that the plants contained higher levels of THC than permitted. The Menominee said they had invited the government to test the plants and had offered to destroy any plants that tested too high.

In the wake of these raids, South Dakota’s Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe burned its crop and shut down operations, fearing a similar crackdown.

But others, such as the Squaxin Island Tribe in Washington state, where marijuana is legal, have successful retail businesses. Still other tribes, including South Dakota’s Oglala Sioux, have banned marijuana altogether.

It's not clear why authorities have pressured tribal marijuana operations. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions openly opposes marijuana. And a presidential spokesman said Trump sees a big difference between medical and recreational marijuana. The president understands the use of medical marijuana to ease suffering, the spokesman said, and he suggested that crackdowns on recreational marijuana could be coming.

Bocskor continues to advise tribes and predicts the government will hold back from stricter marijuana enforcement.

“The federal government is in a very difficult position here,” he said, noting that Colorado has received more than $500 million in tax revenue from marijuana sales since it legalized the drug in 2014.

Taking that revenue away from states, he said, “would be a very, very unpopular” move.

United States Embassy halts
non-immigrant visas 


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States will halt the issuing of all non-immigrant visas from Russia from Wednesday to September 1, according to the U.S. Embassy in Moscow.

The embassy says the move is due to the Russian government-imposed cap on its staff levels, according to a fact sheet on the U.S. Embassy's website.

"All non-immigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended on August 23," it said. Visa issuing resumes Sept. 1 but only at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Consulates in St. Petersburg, Vladivostok and Yekaterinburg will stay frozen for as long as staffing levels are reduced, it read.

The statement said all scheduled appointments for non-immigrant visas would be canceled.
Russians outside the U.S. Embassy in Moscow voiced frustration Monday with the ban, citing the effect on travelers to the U.S. for tourism, business and education.

Others noted that ordinary Russians bore the brunt from the dispute. As many as 200,000 Russians apply for non-immigrant visas to the U.S. annually.

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov claimed the suspension attempts to stir discontent among Russians over the actions of the Russian authorities.

"As for our response, like I already said, it is necessary to thoroughly study the decisions announced by the American side today. We will see. I can say only one thing. We will not take it out on American citizens," Lavrov said.

In July, Russia retaliated against U.S. sanctions by expelling U.S. Embassy staff from diplomatic property and demanding their numbers be reduced from 755 to 455 by the end of August.

However, hundreds of Russian citizens employed at the U.S. Embassy are expected to account for most of the lost jobs.

U.S. officials have said the administration plans to announce its own retaliation after Sept. 1.


Compost for climate change
Marin Carbon Project photo        
Jeffrey Creque examines MCP Demonstration Ranch compost at the Stemple Creek Ranch.

Farmland can sequester
carbon from atmosphere

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

California rancher John Wick says the Marin Carbon Project could help save the world from climate change.

“How would you possibly know, looking out at this beautiful day in front of us, that the Earth is crashing?" he asks, rhetorically. "But when scientists measure it and see the effect of it, and watch the ocean die-off and everything happening, this is scary as hell. And, then, we have evidence that there might be something that could stop that. And, then, we had measurement of something that holds promise to actually reverse it.”

That something is carbon farming, using processed compost to cool the Earth. It's a theory developed by rangeland ecologist Jeff Creque, who also promotes beneficial land management practices to increase the health of agricultural systems.

“Agriculture is the art of moving carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to the vegetation to the soil and, then, back again," he says, explaining, "If we can increase the rate of carbon capture and decrease the rate of carbon loss, we can actually begin to bend that Keeling curve of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere in the other direction, which is what we need to achieve.”

Wick met the ecologist when he turned to him for help restoring his ranchland, which had been overgrazed by cattle, and overrun with invasive weeds and brush. After implementing a strategic grazing disruption plan Creque designed, deep-rooted native flora gradually returned to the property.

Wick was now a firm believer in Creque's theories, and to prove them, they founded the Marin Carbon Project. In December, 2008, they covered a carbon-depleted test plot on Wick's land with one and a quarter centimeters of processed compost, next to another grazed test plot without compost. They wanted to see if the compost-treated land would pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and sequester durable carbon during photosynthesis.

Compost, Wick explains, is like medicine for poor soils, and “when you put this compost on top of soil not tilling it in but just setting it on top good things happen and that’s what our research showed.”

The benefits were well beyond expectations. Wick is thrilled with the results of the Marin Carbon Project’s experiments and believes carbon farming could make a big difference if it was widely implemented.

But other voices are more tempered. Tom Hedt, a resource conservationist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, agrees that compost helps capture carbon in the soil and takes some CO2 out of the air. But it's just one of a host of land management practices that the service encourages to help the soil and the air. Others include crop cover, reduced tillage, and tree and hedge plantings.

Hedt notes that every plot is unique, and more research needs to be done to fully determine the effectiveness of carbon farming and whether the Marin Carbon Project's findings hold up on a large scale.


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Telephone: +506 2637-6285
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In front of Subway at Plaza Herradura, Jacó Green NAR designee, member of the CCBR, CRGAR
9124-4/19/17


Rich Coast Realty
Rich Coast Realty
Real Estate and Construction in the Central Pacific
Three-bedroom furnished house in gated beach community, walk to the beach, $235k. Ocean View Property, can be subdivided into four view lots, 10 minutes from the beach. Only $40,000! Beachfront Lots from $35,000!Contact us with any questions you have about buying property in Costa Rica, Construction, Residency, etc.
12 years’ experience in Costa Rica Real Estate.

Have a Property For Sale? Contact Us!
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
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9189-9/2/17

Santiago de Puriscal
A little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal,
Costa Rica.
    

16 acres (approximately).  Price: $425,000 USD

We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 km.) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos. We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. Have surveyed plans for possible subdividing.

For more information:  In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 970-581-4826 or email toddscolorado@gmail.com. In Costa Rica call Liz Guegan at 506-7187-8577.
CODE: 9216-8/11/17


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
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

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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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CENTURY 21 JACÓ BEACH
Century 21

A Name You Trust,
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Tom Ghormley and the dream team!
Owner/Broker
in CR since 1979

Buying? Selling? Renting?
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Beaches, Houses, Condos,
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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Email: michael@costarica-realestate.com

9174-2/7/18

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Inder prepares to forgive certain debts

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto de Desarrollo Rural, or Inder, is now poised to forgive debts acquired before Dec. 31, 2005, for land grants.

With the publication in La Gaceta, the country’s official gazette similar to the Federal Register in the United States, Inder will begin to carry out total cancellation of debts to those individuals or personas jurídicas whose amounts do not exceed 6 million colones as of Jan. 24. According to a Monday statement, people within this debt category need not go to the offices of Inder to make any application. The institution is taking steps to eliminate the debt automatically.

Inder claims it will contact each beneficiary and will not charge for the procedure. Those who owe an amount higher than 6 million, however, need to go to the nearest Inder office to request a debt forgiveness form at the office. Only half the debt can be forgiven and only one of several debts can be forgiven.

The institute said that the form can also be obtained and downloaded on the Inder website before presentation to the nearest office.


Five municipalities ban herbicides

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The municipalities of Corredores, Quepos and Talamanca agreed to ban the use of herbicides in municipal sites such as parks and cemeteries.

In the case of the Municipality of Alajuela, another agreement has prohibited the use of all herbicides. A similar agreement was made with the Municipality of Esparza.

These rules are already applied in: Sarapiquí, Desamparados, Aserrí, Belén, Pérez Zeledón, Tibás, Santo Domingo and Montes de Oca. The Universidad Estatal a Distancia and the Universidad de Costa Rica are also part of the initiative.

The movement to avoid the use of agro-chemicals in public spaces began in April 2017. This movement includes ecologists, farmers, indigenous people and women's groups, according to Frente Ecologista de Costa Rica.
 
"The ban is a first step to abandon the use of agrochemicals and it encourages other municipalities, educational centers and public institutions to be aware that there are other alternatives," said Fabián Pacheco, one of the leaders.




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Country's revenues slow, finance ministry says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The finance ministry issued a Monday statement noting the country’s finances is starting “to exhibit less favorable behavior.”

Revenues for July 2017 showed growth at 5.6 percent by comparison to last year’s data during the same month but expenses also increased by 9.1 percent during the same period. 88 percent of this increase in spending is explained by transfers, interest and investment in education as well as road infrastructure, according to the Ministerio de Hacienda.

Tax revenues are also slowing down peaking at 5.6 percent from 9.7 percent in July 2016. Hacienda claim this was due to less imports of new vehicles and the subsequent tax attached to them. This causes the fiscal deficit to reach 2.9 percent of Costa Rica’s gross domestic product. The increase in interest rates sparked the rise by 0.3 percent in July alone.

“The greater the delay in the fiscal adjustment that the country must make, the greater the interest participation in the deficit, the growth in the debt balance and interest rates,” said Helio Fallas, the finance minister and first vice-president.

“To say that we have not done anything in three years is not welcome,” Fallas added. “We are aware of the responsibility we have with the country for the effects that the fiscal problem can generate on interest rates, debt behavior and on the deficit.”

The initiatives that Fallas are referring too are mainly the imposition of two new taxes for revenue sources. These are increasing the income tax and also adding a value-added tax to the mix. A.M. Costa Rica has reported extensively on the government’s fiscal situation and drastic lack of liquidity in its coffers. Most agree that if these situations are not alleviated, then the country faces a fiscal crisis that it has not seen in decades.