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Athletics received a boon in funds but some don't think that's entirely accurate.
Increase in sports investments not completely true
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The administration of Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís really wants to let people know that it cares about sports investment.

The government’s funds to athletics are funneled through the Instituto Costarricense del Deporte y la Recreación, or Icoder. Using the Banco Central to convert the investment to constant colones and eliminating the rise and fall of inflation, total investment reached 18,646 million colones. By comparison, the investment was 13,264 million colones during the previous administration of Laura Chinchilla.

6,427 million colones are direct contributions by the government to Costa Rican sports. The rest of the money comes from the Fondo de Desarrollo y Asignaciones Familiares, the tax on tobacco and the Instituto de Fomento y Asesoría Municipal.

The first fund is considered the principal instrument as to how public institutions contribute to the needs of living, education, health and social protection for both Costa Ricans and permanent residents.

It is considered a permanent fund, meaning that the resources are internal and also independent of the government except through a percentage of tax revenue. The latter institute is supposed to assist financing at the municipality level and arrange local budgets in a balanced way.

The contributions to the sports institute are broken down into a few categories: federations, the special Olympics, Olympic National Committee, the Central American Games, Mundial Femenino and scholarships.

By far, the greatest amount of money was allocated to the sport groups under Solís and more money divulged to the Olympics committee instead of the Special Olympics as the previous administration had done.

Scholarships for athletes, however, remain low at 961 million colones while the Special Olympics dropped in its available funding from 3,370 million colones to about 2,522 million colones. The announcement by the government has been called misleading by some.

Henry Nuñez Najera, the chair of the Olympic committee, left a scathing comment following the story’s publication on the president’s official Facebook page.

He said the president’s investments claim a raise in the budgetary funds to Icoder but this is really following a reduction by at least 42 percent in funds during the last three years to the Olympic committee and the national federations.

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Henry Nuñez Najera, head of the Olympic committee.

The information is not completely correct, he said. Nuñez respectfully asked the president in his comment for greater clarification on the actual nature of the budget.

This money does not include the budget for those activities and organizations allocated to the Recreation side of Icoder. Sport revenues, how they are obtained and how much can seem different in Costa Rica by comparison to other countries like the United States and Canada.

Although there is a bill proposed by the Partido Libertario to allow tobacco and alcohol companies to advertise during sports events and sponsor athletic teams or organizations, that has been sitting in the legislature untouched.

At this point, those types of companies cannot advertise with, during, or on sports events and teams.

Despite the billion dollar business of world soccer leagues like FIFA and the popularity of soccer in the country, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social has sent A.M. Costa Rica lists of groups late on their payments. Many of those are sports federations and soccer teams.

With the government’s recent announcements of a fiscal and liquidity crisis, the same administration asking  the legislature “to pull the reins” on spending also presides over one of the self-proclaimed larger increases in funding to sports and recreation.

Advocates would argue that these activities should be encouraged for the betterment of a country and its citizens not only culturally but also in health and training skills.

Detractors would argue that these programs are non-vital and could drag the country’s finances further while also elevating the debt burden.



$3.7 million in pensions gone to deceased persons
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Paid pensions to dead people is not only happening but also increasing at a rate of 41 percent in the last two years, according to data released by the Contraloría General de la República.

In the document, DFOE-EC-IF-00017-2017, issued by the Economic Services Area of the Contraloría, authorities have warned the Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social about the money that's still being wired to people deceased.

The money transferred to the deceased sometimes accumulates on forgotten bank accounts.

Other times relatives continue to withdraw the money until the death of a person is properly reported to both the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social and the Ministerio de Labor. 

According to an audit carried out by the Contraloría, this has been happening for at least several years. The figure also includes people who stopped being beneficiaries of a special pension and continue to get it.

That applies to students over 25 who were economically dependent on deceased parents while studying. Once they surpass that age, the benefit should normally stop. It also happens in some cases where severely-ill people recover and become fit to work but continue to receive the money.

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By the end of 2014, the state had mistakenly wired $2.6 million. At the end of 2015, that figure went up to $3.4 million and by the end of 2016 the amount reached $3.7 million.

The Contraloría said that only 1.4 percent of the erroneous transfers have been recovered by the government.

“This situation shows the implemented controls do not work, which affects the healthy administration and protection of public goods,” the document reads.

The Contraloría issued an order for the finance and labor ministries to develop a plan to recover the money before Nov. 30. The Contraloría is also requesting Jan. 31, 2018 as the deadline by which the implementations should be up and running. There is a chance that none of that money can be recovered from the families or benefactors that received those pensions.








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The newer waves of English teachers for primary schools are facing problems to meet  the demands of the new curriculum, according to the VI Informe sobre el Estado de la Educación, made public on Tuesday morning.

According to the research, Costa Rica has 12 universities that offer a degree of English teaching for primary school. These universities award baccalaureate degrees. The Universidad Internacional San Isidro Labrador and the Universidad de San José granted 55 percent of the degrees for primary English teachers between 2007 and 2015.

"The success of the new English language program of Ministerio de Educación Pública depends on the quality of the teachers. That is why it is important for universities to review the profile of their students and to update curricula, strengthen language courses and assess mastery of English using standardized tests that guarantee excellence,” says the document.

The analysis showed that universities should revise their English curricula in the short term to update them in areas such as pedagogical mediation, use of technologies and language proficiency by teachers.

In fact, only five of the universities analyzed offer at least one course of new technologies in the classroom to improve teaching and learning.

The researchers even detected a bibliography from 1962, despite the fact that, at an international level, universities should use books that should be less than ten years old, explains the report.

The new English language program presented by the Ministerio de Educación Pública on June 1, 2016 aims to make preschool and elementary students reach an A1 and A2 level of the language, with the goal that in high school they can reach level B1. According to Jennifer Léon, one of the researchers participating in the report, the goals are clear.

First, pedagogical mediation must be implemented to produce changes in classroom dynamics. In addition, the ministry should work on training and updating teachers who are already on their payroll and invest in phonology to improve pronunciation.

The report also notes that the ministry should increase the number of lessons per week, reach 100 percent of primary program coverage, and make administrative changes to improve conditions, quality and supply of education through educational infrastructure and teaching materials.

Between 2001 and 2016 primary English language coverage increased from 48 percent to 89 percent, meaning that it reached 2,323 schools across the country, according to data from the ministry.



European tourism on the rise, ICT says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tourists visiting Costa Rica are starting to have more and more Europeans thrown in the mix, according to data provided by the Dirección General de Immigración y Extranjería and analyzed by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo.

The number of European tourists grew 6 percent in this first semester, while the total number of visitors to the country grew by 2.8 percent. From North America, tourism only increased by 0.7 percent in the same period. These results are a consequence of several strategies seeking to strengthen the country’s presence in Europe and reduce dependence on the United States, according to Mauricio Ventura, minister of Tourism.

"History has changed because it is essential that Costa Rica take advantage of its image to strengthen its position in Europe, a market with enormous potential," he said.

France is the country with the most international arrivals by air with a total of 35,759, followed by the United Kingdom with 33,249 and Germany with 27,856. According to Ventura, growth is related to the increase in the number of direct flights from Europe. Costa Rica has eight European airlines, seven of which started operating in the last two years.

These companies are Iberia from Spain, British Airways and Thomson Airways from the United Kingdom, Condor from Germany, Air France from France, Edelweiss from Switzerland, KLM from the Netherlands and Lufthansa from Germany. Along with the reinforcement in the European market, Costa Rica is also intensifying its marketing campaign in North America.

During the first half of 2017 there was a decrease of 1.9 percent in the number of arrivals of Americans by all means, in part due to the presidential elections. Visits from Canada increased 13 percent by air and México showed an increase of 11 percent in the same period. During the first half of the year, the country recorded a growth of 5 percent in the visits by air, for a total of 1.2 million passengers.



Foreigners hired to meet Caja needs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officials at the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social explained that foreign doctors hired by the institution are there to meet the needs in different health facilities considered “priority.”

María Eugenia Villalta Bonilla, the medical manager for the Caja, said that every foreign doctor working in the institution needs to go through a process of being authorized by the Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos. This involves completing a series of exams to determine skill-level and suitability for the position.

There are 26 foreign doctors who are trained abroad and have recently been approved to begin work. “There are six specialists in orthopedics, 10 in gynecology, three in anesthesia, one in internal medicine, two in dermatology, two in general surgery, one in medical oncology and one in pediatrics,” the Caja said. Five of the 26 are actually Costa Ricans who completed their education abroad. They are complemented by 11 Cubans, seven Venezuelans, one Nicaraguan and two Mexicans.

This comes after the Junta Directiva of the Caja requested more foreign medical specialists for the areas of anesthesia, gynecology, radiology, emergency medicine and neonatology. The same meeting saw the board authorize the training of 244 specialists abroad  to meet these requirements.



Sifón-La Abundancia road sinks

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two specialized firms in geology and geo-technology, along with workers from the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad will be in charge of resolve the instability problems inn the new road Sifón-La Abundancia.

According to Germán Valverde, out of 73 sites identified as risky, 26 of them were fixed and totally built, while the rest of the works advance at a slow but safe pace. On Monday, part of the new road sank in some of its parts, a situation that rushed authorities to the place to take the proper measures.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes warned in a statement about the dangers of approaching to the site and assured police officers will be on guard.



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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional will, for the first time, include an organ as a solo instrument during its performance this coming Friday and a U.S. citizen will be the guest performer playing the organ. Meanwhile, another U.S. citizen will be directing.

A repertoire of French music composed such as “El corsario” by Héctor Berlioz and Symphony No. 3 with organ, Op. 78 by Camille Saint-Saëns will be ringing through the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar. There will also be the Concierto for organ by Francis Poulanc, according to José Manuel Roja, the historian and member of the orchestra.

Tickets for this concert will cost 10,000 colones for all seating arrangements, according to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. A fifty percent discount will apply to all those who present their student ID or senior citizen’s gold card at the sale areas. This is not available for the online purchases, gallery location and call center, the culture ministry said.

They can also be purchased the day of the concert at a special kiosk in the theater. Rehearsals began this past Tuesday with guest soloist Edward “Ned” Tipton and John Nelson directing.

Nelson was originally born in Costa Rica and has directed practically all the major orchestras in the United States and Europe, the culture ministry said. Throughout the years, both the orchestra and Nelson have maintained a professional relationship in the past decade. These include: the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the London Symphony and the Orchestre de Paris.

Tipton is a native of North Carolina and began his first piano recital at the age of six. Shortly after, he learned to play violin, organ, trumpet, oboe and flute. He was given his first position as organist when he was 14. Since that time, he is currently the Canon for Music, a role similar to the organist and choir director, at St. John’s Cathedral in Los Angeles, California. Before that, he founded the Choral Society of Paris where he was music director for 16 years.

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Costa Rica places second in region
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica is back to being in second place among Latin American and Caribbean countries for innovation but dropped in its overall ranking, according to a report.

The Global Innovation Index has been published annually since 2007 by Cornell University, the INSEAD world business school and the United Nations’ Intellectual Property Organization. The index measures and ranks using a complex system of indicators of around 128 countries’ innovation capabilities. Using around 82 data tables from 30 public and private sources worldwide, the index examines factors such as education expenditures by governments, taxes, regulations for businesses, gross domestic product, environmental performance, protections for investors, and intensity of local market competition.

The index looks at patent law as well as collaboration between different industries or education institutes in business enterprise along with very specific indicators such as the number of women with advanced degrees who are employed. It even looks at Wikipedia edits and YouTube video uploads as measures of creativity. The methodology is a complex computation that is then aggregated and calculated before being reanalyzed again in an examination of year-by-year changes from the previous indexes.

Costa Rica placed second behind Chile in the region and placed in the upper-middle income category with China but dropped to 53rd place overall globally. This comes after last year’s report saw Costa Rica rank 45th behind 44th ranked Chile. The index measures 127 countries total.

Some of the weaknesses, according to the report, were in investment under the category: Market Sophistication. The country placed dead last in the report on investment and performed similarly poorly in the area of the ease of protecting minority investors at 121. In the subcategory of general infrastructure, the country placed 104 and in the subcategory of graduates in science and engineering, the country ranked 91. Under the category of business environment and sub-category of ease of starting a business, the country ranked 95 overall.

The report did note strengths in the innovation profile of Costa Rica, however. It said that the country placed eighth in its expenditure on education relative to the percentage of its gross-domestic-product. Costa Rica also ranked fifth in research talent in business enterprise. The data ranked the country first in the sub-categories of cultural and creative services exports in percentage of total trade as well as information and communication technologies services exports. To see the full report, follow this link HERE.

The country was chosen as the venue to present the results of the Global Innovation Index at the regional level, which was announced Monday by the foreign minister, justice minister and Costa Rican Vice President Ana Helena Chacón.
 




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Trends From Costa Rican study could help focus conservation efforts
By the University of California-Davis press staff

Climate change and habitat conversion to agriculture are working together to homogenize nature, indicates a study based on findings in Costa Rica led by the University of California, Davis.

In other words, the more things change, the more they are the same. While the individual impacts of climate change and habitat conversion on wildlife are well-recognized, little is known about how species respond to both stressors at once.

In northwest Costa Rica, the study’s authors surveyed birds and plants at 120 sites that included rainforests, dry forests and farmland to determine how habitat conversion and climate-change-induced droughts affect tropical wildlife. They found that different bird species thrive in drier versus wetter areas of forests. In farmlands however, birds associated with dry sites were found everywhere, even in the wettest sites.

“Across Central and South America, we are seeing large areas being converted from native forest to agriculture, and droughts are becoming more frequent,” said lead author Daniel Karp, an assistant professor in the university’s Dept. of Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology.

“Both of these global pressures are favoring the same species and threatening the same species. This means we may be losing biodiversity faster than we previously thought when we were studying climate change and habitat conversion individually.”

Karp said the most vulnerable birds at the study sites were those in the wet forests, which include tropical birds like tanagers, manakins and woodcreepers. He noted that birds in the agricultural sites, such as blackbirds, doves and sparrows, were more similar to those found in the dry forest, where there is less of a tree canopy and more grass cover.

“Now that we know this, we know what to focus on from a conservation perspective,” Karp said.

To help retain high levels of biodiversity, land managers could target for protection areas of wetter forests that are expected to stay wet in the future. Conservation dollars could also focus on wet-forest species that are particularly sensitive to habitat conversion and climate change.

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Orange-chinned parakeets eat mangoes from a farmer’s tree in Costa Rica. It can thrive in drier habitats.

Another option is to incentivize private landowners in wet regions to create or maintain patches of forests near or within their farms to better balance food production and biodiversity. The findings were published in the journal “Global Change Biology.” Co-authoring institutions include the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, University of Toronto, the Unión de Ornitólogos de Costa Rica, and the Museo Nacional de Costa Rica.

The study was funded by the Killam Fellowships Program, University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, Canada Research Chairs Program, FuturAgua, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.




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U.S. expands México alert
due to crime and killings


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. State Dept. is expanding expanded its travel advisories to warn of dangers in more parts of México.

The new travel advisory doesn't mention the Caribbean resorts of Cancun or Playa del Carmen by name. But the advisory issued Tuesday says "turf battles between criminal groups have resulted in violent crime in areas frequented by U.S. citizens."

Warnings have also been extended to the states of Veracruz and Chiapas that previously didn't have them. The department also extended a total ban on personal travel by U.S. government personnel to the violence-wracked state of Guerrero.

U.S. personnel had previously been allowed to fly to the resort of Ixtapa. Personal travel by land in the state and to the resort city of Acapulco had already been prohibited.


Suspects in Spain attacks
appeared in court Tuesday


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Four suspects arrested in connection with last week’s deadly van attack in Barcelona are scheduled to appear in court Tuesday, a day after police shot and killed the man they say was the van’s driver.

Authorities say a 12-man terror cell was behind the attack, and that eight of the suspects have either been killed by police or died in an accidental explosion at their bomb-making facility the day before the attack.

The massive manhunt for the last outstanding suspect, Younes Abouyaaqoub, ended 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.

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.

They said officers were alerted to the fugitive by a caller who reported a suspicious person near the local train station and then by another witness who said she was sure she saw Abouyaaqoub in the small town of Subirats fleeing through the vineyards. Authorities later found the man hiding in the vineyards and asked for his identification, leading to the shootout.

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 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 the same terrorist cell carried out both attacks.

Authorities believe an imam named Abdelbaki Es Satty may have radicalized some of those who carried out the attack in Barcelona and the later attack in Cambrils. The imam was among those killed in the explosion at the bomb-making facility.

Japan considers releasing
Fukushima water into ocean


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Authorities in Japan are trying to decide what to do with the hundreds of thousands of metric tons of contaminated water being stored at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which went into meltdown following a 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

It is estimated the huge water storage tanks surrounding the site contain more than 750,000 tons of water contaminated with tritium, considered one of the less harmful radioactive isotopes.

Local media reported last month that plant owner TEPCO planned to release the water into the Pacific Ocean, prompting an outcry from environmental groups and local fishermen. The general manager of TEPCO’s nuclear division, Takahiro Kimoto, says the company has yet to make a decision.

“One option is to release the tritium-contaminated water into the ocean. However, there are other options such as vaporizing it, but we have not decided yet which option to take to dispose of the water. Since there may be an influence on the environment, and because there have been harmful rumors about what effects it may have on people and the environment, we are still consulting with various stakeholders before finally deciding on the solution,” Kimoto said.

TEPCO points out all nuclear power plants around the world release tritium into the environment. Tritium is considered one of the less dangerous radioactive isotopes, said leading marine radiochemist Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts. He has been monitoring the effects of the Fukushima disaster on the Pacific Ocean.

A purification system called ALPS is designed to remove other, more harmful isotopes from the contaminated water. Buesseler said more oversight is needed.

“Independently, I want to see for each tank, what are the levels not only of the tritium, which dominates by far the radioactivity, but all those minor elements, cesium, strontium, that are still there to some degree.”

Longer-term, Japanese authorities face the task of trying to remove the nuclear fuel. Robots have recorded footage of what appear to be melted fuel rods inside reactor 3, but in other reactors soaring levels of radioactivity have crippled the robots within minutes.

The Japanese government estimates the total cleanup cost, including compensation, decommissioning and decontamination, will reach $190 billion in a process likely to take at least 40 years.


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White House halts study
of coal mining health effects

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has ordered a halt to research on the potential health hazards of people who live near mountaintop coal mining operations.

The U.S. Interior Dept. ordered the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to end a study of surface coal mining sites in the Appalachian Mountains, pending a review of projects that cost more than $100,000.

Last year the Interior Dept., under then-president Barack Obama, commissioned research into possible health risks among those who live near current or former mining sites in Appalachia. The agency allocated $1 million in 2015 for a two-year study at the request of officials from West Virginia, located in the heart of Appalachia.

But the Interior Dept. ordered an immediate halt to the research, defending it as necessary to ensure the responsible expenditure of taxpayer money.

Trump proposed a $1.6 billion cut to Interior's budget in 2018, including 4,000 jobs.

The decision, which took effect Monday, comes as the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers collaborate to eliminate policies they believe restrict the mining and use of coal.


White House pays tribute
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The White House Press Office has released a statement mourning the deaths of 10 U.S. sailors who died in a collision at sea Monday.

"As the Navy begins the process of recovering our fallen sailors, our thoughts and prayers go out to their families and friends," the statement said.

"We are grateful for the rescue and recovery efforts of the officers and crew of the USS John S. McCain, the Malaysian Coast Guard, Royal Malaysian Navy and Royal Singaporean Navy," the White House statement said, adding that the Defense Department will conduct a "thorough and complete" investigation of the incident.

U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet Commander Adm. Scott Swift said Tuesday that divers have recovered human remains from the USS John S. McCain, the second U.S. guided-missile destroyer to collide with a commercial vessel in as many months. The American ship suffered "significant damage."

Swift also said at a news conference in Singapore that the Navy is trying to identify a body that was recovered by the Malaysian navy.

U.S. investigators have been trying to determine what led to the collision with a Liberian tanker ship near the Strait of Malacca. Navy photos show a gaping hole below the waterline on the destroyer's port side. Some sleeping areas and communications rooms flooded as a result.

The order for an immediate operational pause across the U.S. fleet was a response to the collision.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said a pause of 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.

In the earlier collision involving a U.S. destroyer, seven sailors from the USS Fitzgerald died when their ship hit a container ship in waters off Japan. The Navy relieved the U.S. captain of his command, and further punitive actions are expected, following an inquiry that found poor seamanship and flaws in keeping watch contributed to the collision.


Trump brings message
to Phoenix, Arizona rally


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Donald Trump traveled Tuesday to the western state of Arizona, drawing tens of thousands of his supporters and protesters to downtown Phoenix and intense precautions by security forces hoping to prevent violence.

Before the main political event in the Arizona capital, the president headed to a Marine Corps base in Yuma, on the border with México and a center of U.S. Border Patrol operations in the area. Trump's familiar pledge to build a wall along the U.S.-México border to try to thwart illegal immigration will be a primary theme of his remarks late Tuesday.

The interim director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Tom Homan, told reporters aboard Air Force One as the presidential jet headed to Arizona: "The president's message is that we need a strong border and we need stronger enforcement."

Trump's visit to the Border Patrol base included a scheduled inspection of enforcement aircraft, including a drone and a helicopter, and meetings to evaluate the Border Patrol's operational results, policies and morale in the lead-up to fiscal year 2018, another administration official told reporters.

Congress has not yet completed work on a budget for the U.S. government for fiscal 2018, which begins October 1.

The president rejected Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton's request to postpone or cancel Tuesday's rally. The Democratic official had expressed concern about Trump's recent comments about violent demonstrations in Virginia.

The mayor said Trump's statements doused racial tension with gasoline, and that he feared the president may be looking to light a match in Arizona.

Supporters of the president began lining up outside the Phoenix Convention Center 18 hours before Trump's address, some coming from other states.

Outdoor temperatures were expected to peak above 40 degrees Celsius, or 104 degrees Fahrenheit, Tuesday. Volunteer medics said they would be downtown to treat possible victims of heat exhaustion or dehydration, and to render first aid if violence should erupt.

Roads were closed to create an open space for large crowds outside the convention center, and local authorities said they would ensure there were no clashes.

Several local protest groups formed by members of Phoenix's Hispanic, Jewish and Native American communities were joined by some out-of-town protesters, none likely to be more prominent than a 6-meter-tall inflatable chicken with a golden comb fashioned like Trump's hair. Its handlers said the big bird symbolizes the need for transparency in the Trump administration, and a demand for the president to release his personal tax documents.

Other demonstrators were planning to wear purple to honor Heather Heyer, the young woman who was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, 10 days ago, when a man affiliated with white supremacist groups drove his car into a crowd on the day after a protest march by torch-bearing demonstrators resulted in clashes with other protesters.


Egypt’s top Islamic scholars
work on moderate vision


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Al Azhar University, Egypt's venerable seat of Islamic law, has been working to project a more modern image of Islam to counter the violent versions being espoused by Islamic State, al-Qaida and other militant groups.

Efforts by Al Azhar religious authorities to control the tenor of Islamic religious edicts or fatwas are part of the strategy that moderate forces are using to battle clerics espousing death and violence.

Egypt has been plagued by the efforts of militant Islamic terrorists and their spiritual guides to sow turmoil in the country in recent years, leaving a bloody trail of death and destruction. They have killed government officials, blown up government buildings, attacked top tourist sites, and randomly attacked police, military officers, and the country's Coptic Christian minority.

Attacks on Coptic churches, including suicide bombings at the main Coptic cathedral in Cairo last December, and more recent bombings at churches in Alexandria and Tanta on Palm Sunday, have left scores of victims and taken a toll on Egypt's fragile collective psyche. The loss of innocent lives from the deadly litany of terrorist attacks has led the government to denounce extremist Islamic clerics espousing bloodshed and violence.

Hard-line clerics, like Qatar-based Egyptian Sheikh Youssef al Qaradawi, have been accused of issuing edicts, or fatwas” to justify the killings of police, army officers and Christians. Qaradawi claims innocence, but video of him calling for attacks on both Egyptian and Syrian government security forces are widely circulated on the internet.

Islamic extremists in the Sinai, along the border with Libya, and in a number of cities across the country have stepped up attacks against government targets in the months and years since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military in July 2013. Morsi's followers call his ouster a coup, while supporters of the present government insist that popular protests against his rule were a new revolution.

Many of Morsi's supporters were jailed in the aftermath of his ouster and some were put on trial for acts of violence. His Muslim Brotherhood group was officially outlawed and many people fled the country or went underground. A series of trials have resulted in the convictions of large numbers of people.

In the wake of political and religious upheaval that has shaken Egypt's Islamic establishment, Sheikh Ahmed Tayeb of Al Azhar University, has gone on record to condemn Islamic clerics who preach violence. He insists they should not be allowed to define Islam.

“Islam,” he argues, “must not be considered a terrorist religion just because a few of its followers have hijacked some of its writings and misinterpret them to kill and shed the blood of innocent people.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el Sisi has also called repeatedly for reforming or renewing Islam, most recently during a visit by Pope Francis to Cairo in April. He insists that Islam should project a less violent image to the world. His pleas have met with resistance from Islamic religious scholars in some corners, however.

Efforts to give Islam a more modern image, though, continue on various fronts. One new way clerics with ties to Al Azhar have been trying to discourage extremism is by offering religious advice to the general public at a “fatwa” booth in the Cairo metro.

Sheikh Mohamed Zaki, the head preacher at Al Azhar, said that while the core beliefs of Islam are immutable, its image or modern applications of it should fit the daily lives of people.

“Each new generation,” he says, “should benefit from the teachings of Islam, which remain unalterable as God presented them, but as flexible as the new shoots of a tree branch.”

Another more prominent way Al Azhar has clamped down on extremist clerics in recent years, has been by preventing them from preaching at mosques it controls. Al Azhar has also sought to make preachers stick to specific sermon subjects each week, without going off-topic.

But, as Sheikh Zaki noted, various hardline Islamic media outlets continue to allow firebrand clerics to broadcast their message of hate. “Media which allow such clerics to preach hate should be sanctioned,” she said.


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   • Green properties and waterfalls
   • Farms and developments
   • Sustainable and green living communities.
   • Property management in the Jacó area

Romantic Country Bungalow Click Here
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Telephone: +506 2637-6285
cell: +506 8825-6556  
Skype: ecorealtorscr
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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
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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

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
                                  Escazú

For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú

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


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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.

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)

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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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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Cattle rustling
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The stolen cow in the back of the pickup truck. 

Man accused of intoxication steals cow

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Cattle rustling is a recurring theme for some ranches along the northern border but Monday night border police stopped a man, apparently drunk, who was driving a pickup truck with an unmarked calf in the bed.

According to the report issued by the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, patrols from the Policía de Fronteras were out around Los Chiles de Alajuela. One patrol on Ruta 1856, near a property called Los Robles, stopped a pickup truck and conduct a routine check. “As they approached, they noticed that the driver was in an apparent state of drunkenness and ordered him to get out,” officials said in the report.

The driver was sent with the local Policía de Tránsito to the hospital in Los Chiles for a blood test on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The calf was seized until further notice. Two other individuals traveling with the detained were released, police said.

The man was sent to local prosecutors Tuesday morning and is accused of reckless driving and illegal transportation of cattle. He remains in prison pending a court ruling on precautionary measure, the public security ministry said.



Drone
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Drones now have a set of rules defining their use.

Drones now have set of rules

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government has issued the official set of rules to operate drones in national territories, according to a statement from Casa Presidencial.

The rules aim to keep a safe airspace and comply with the international regulations, according to the Dirección General de Aviación Civil.

The new rules establish that recreational use of the devices can be done without any pilot certification, as long as the drone weights less than 150 kilograms. Drone pilots used to fight fire, search people and general rescue operations should have a prior approval from the Dirección.

Drones used for commercial activity such as photography and video recording should request a certification before the Ministerio de Economía, Industria  y Comercio. This includes a fee that should be payed annually, except in the case of entrepreneurs or micro businesses. These will be exempt from payment for three years. As of Aug. 13, drone owners in need of a certification should request it in the next six months.





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Costa Rican exports increase slightly for July

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican exports increased slightly during the month of July, according to the statistics from the Cámara de Exportadores Costarricenses.

Figures show that foreign sales increased by 8 percent from January to July. Statistics also show that exports from Zona Franca companies increased 13 percent in the first seven months of the year, while regular domestic sales increased by 3 percent.

According to the Cámara, it is necessary to strengthen the growth of national companies. "A balanced exchange rate policy that reflects the economic reality and the high costs of production is needed," said Laura Bonilla, president of the Cámara.

According to her, the lack of adequate infrastructure is making logistics more expensive in a situation where poor access to credit is a problem. Ms. Bonilla said that a rigorous strategy is needed to strengthen growth.

In general terms, most of the growth steam from the 190 companies operating under a Zona Franca regime, which allows them to pay a reduced percentage of tax or no tax at all for a limited amount of years.

"The sustained growth of exports ensures food for more than 580,000 families, so you should not lower your guard, but further boost this important sector for the national economy," she said.

Textiles, footwear, plastic, paper and cardboard are some of the products that have decreased their sales, according to the Cámara.