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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats who complain too much about Costa Rica sometimes are told to go home if they do not like living here.

Two expats who live on the southern Caribbean coast have the unusual distinction of being told that officially by the mayor of their canton, Talamanca, in a letter posted on the municipal Facebook page.

The expats, mentioned by name in the letter, are Carol Meeds, a U.S. citizen, and Philippe Vangoidsenhoven, who is from Belgium.

The mayor, Melvin Cordero Cordero, did not sign the letter, which is on municipal stationery, but Ms. Meeds said that he told Vangoidsenhoven that he wrote it.

The Facebook posting says that the municipality seeks the opinions of the public about the interference and manipulation by "some persons who promote chaos and paralysis in the zone."

Ms. Meeds, at least, is a strong believer in environmental protection. She also has written about crime in her area.

Some of the posters on Facebook seem to agree with the mayor. One man, apparently a Costa Rican, said "it is a lack of respect that foreigners ignorant of our idiosyncrasies try to come and impose, decide and even demand how to protect
the existing natural resources . . . ."
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The letter said that two foreigners were creating discomfort among the citizens, failing to respect local and national authorities and staining the image "of our beloved Caribbean Sur, our way of life and our relation with nature."

Vangoidsenhoven was accused of making false claims against four citizens to environmental agencies and the fire fighters. He also was accused of posting false and disrespectful information on social media.

The mayor also said Vangoidsenhoven is a citizen of a county that had done much damage as a colonial empire.

The accusation was less specific about Ms. Meeds, except that the mayor said she most likely has a large pension.

Both are welcome to leave Talamanca and preferable the country, the letter said, because they are uncomfortable with the local values, customs and way of life.  At least one of the postings by the public suggested that the writer was being instigated by the letter to take some unspecified action.



Ann Patton faces another round of Tico justice
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Cartago appeals panel has made the obvious decision that the conviction of Ann Patton was flawed. And the panel ordered a new trial.

This will be the third time that Ms. Patton, the widow of multimillionaire John Bender, is the accused in a murder trial if prosecutors choose to go to court again. She was acquitted once, but that verdict was reversed on appeal. Then she was convicted May 27, 2014, in a trial in which some of the witnesses altered their testimonies.

The Benders lived at a 5,000-acre  private wildlife refuge in La Florida de Barú de Pérez Zeledón in a five-story 8,000-square-foot glass-walled showplace home.

A trial court Jan. 21, 2013, gave the benefit of the doubt to Mrs. Bender. She was set free because judges said that there was not sufficient evidence that she had killed her husband.

Bender was said to be bipolar and had attempted suicide once before. However, prosecutors appealed the decision.

A second new trial panel in Peréz Zeledón convicted the woman and imposed a sentence of 22 years and remanded her to prison. She finally got out this week based on the order of the Tribunal de Apelación de Sentencia de Cartago.

The woman's case has received international publicity.

Bender died Jan, 8, 2010, in a room where the only other person present was his wife. She testified she tried to stop his suicide. Prosecutors said she did it but did not define a motive.

CBS news hired a husband and wife team of forensic experts who raised serious doubt about the investigation and the evidence that was used to convict the woman.  They said that the testimony of Ms. Patton was plausible. She, too, is a U.S. citizen.

Prosecutors based much of their case on the location where the bullet entered the head and that this would have been difficult for a left-handed person.

Those close to the case note that Bender could use both hands well and that there is a photo showing him wearing a pistol holster on his right side. They also questioned the testimony of Gretchen Flores Sandí, a medical examiner, and said that she changed her testimony between the two trials.

The transcript of the second trial shows that Dr. Flores relied on word of mouth from someone she does not remember to conclude that Bender was left-handed.

The CBS experts said that investigators also failed to photograph the scene correctly, test the blood stains on the bed sheets or even fingerprint the gun.

The Poder Judicial released a brief resolution by the appeals panel Thursday afternoon. The resolution only said that the verdict was ineficacia without elaborating.

That means there was something wrong. Ms. Patton also was ordered to continue to sign in with prosecutors regularly and to continue to leave her passport in the custody of law enforcement.

More than a year passed between Ms. Patton's first trial and her second. If prosecutors seek a third trial, the date might be sometime in 2016.

 
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Police locate hidden euros at airport

 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two Dutch women failed to make the trip through customs Wednesday because airport police discovered some 85,130 euros in their luggage and hidden on the body of one traveler.

The women came from Madrid, Spain, to Juan Santamaría airport.

A 35-year-old woman with the last name of  Paterson carried most of the cash, police said. A companion, a 41-year-old woman with the last name Lympoa, had a bit more than 7,000 euros in her luggage.

The pair face money laundering allegations.


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Here is the cover of the catalogue

Here's a handy book of coke trademarks

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

When you are buying cocaine by the boatload, you want to have some assurances that the product is of high quality.

So foreign drug dealers have gotten in the habit of impressing a trademark into cocaine packages.

For six years, investigators have been keeping track.

The impressions can be anything from a simple letter to images of animals, vehicles, Roman letters, stars and figures from the comics.

The Judicial Investigating Organization unveiled a catalogue Thursday that contains six years worth of drug trademarks. Officials said the catalogue will be helpful in further investigations.


More winds predicted for today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The weekend will be for kites because there is another high pressure area in the Gulf of Mexico that will be causing winds in the Central Valley.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the gusts could reach up to 50 kph (about 37 mph) in the Central Valley and north Pacific with greater speeds in the mountains.

The weather institute also is predicting a brisk day today in the Central Valley.


Our reader's opinion
Rural 911 service seems uncertain

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

If you need an emergency service here in Golfito, there isn’t much. I phoned 911, now a couple of times in the past two weeks, first for a robbery, and then for an injury.

Now I know that 911 is useless for us folks in rural areas. First the operators, admittedly speak a little English, however as the  911 operators are likely in San José, and have no clue as to what is happening here in Golfito.

Second, 911 must not have caller ID, or a readily available map as they asked for my land line phone number, and all of this takes time to explain to someone who has absolutely no idea of where the location is.

I phoned 911 twice trying to get an ambulance here, and it still took over half an hour.  I got the Fuerza Publica here faster, amazingly, as they were flagged down on the road. And it still took another 15 minutes after the police called for an ambulance. We put a tourniquet on the injured individual, and waited, and waited. We had someone drive to the Golfito Red Cross, and there were three ambulances in the garage, but no drivers available!! They had to call one from Río Claro.

Costa Rica makes everything difficult, they must do this on purpose, as a call to 911 should be a simple task, with a prompt response!! When I was robbed, no problem with time, (took about an hour to respond) but needing an ambulance for a person who is bleeding profusely, I needed someone here, NOW.

All of this expensive stuff like 911, must work well for you wealthy folks up there in San José. Shame on the CR government for their lack of concern for the rest of the country, outside of the Central Valley.

Glenn Klima
Golfito

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Sunday for the seventh year riders will be doing amazing maneuvers with bicycles in Nicoya. The event is the BMX War Jam that is expected to attract bike experts from France and the United States as well as Costa Rica.

The Municipalidad de Nicoya is among the sponsors. The competition begins at 9 a.m, and probably will be finished by 5 p.m., organizers said.

The municipality also hopes that the skate park can be built to accommodate the local bike tricksters.

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This is a scene from last year's competition.


Contract defined for solar owners to sell power back to utilities
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The utility regulating agency has approved a contract to be used when solar energy producers sell their power to a public utility.

The agency, the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos, said eight firms, including the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, are participating in the program. The benefit to residents with solar projects is that the document corresponds to the national laws.

Ley 7593 gives permission to persons with solar energy

generators to connect with the national grid to sell excess power. The small solar plant requires approval from the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía.

The regulating agency also has outlined the steps that are necessary to hook up to the grid.  Although there are many steps, most would be taken by firms that specialize in installing solar panels.

The regulating agency said that those generating power would be paid once a year for the excess that they put into the national grid.


There were just $113,000 in small details that were not mentioned
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

When the Ministerio de Hacienda outlined the money it would save by purchasing a 5,200 square meter office building, there was a slight omission.

A lawmaker, Johnny Leiva Badilla, who is a member of the  Comisión de Gasto Público, said that there were a few financial loose ends in the $121.7 million deal. Among these were proposals to spend 23 million colons to
remodel an
office for the minister, two of what were described as crystal desks for 12 million colons and a gymnasium for 26 million. The total was about  $113,000.

There also were proposals to purchase more than 100 other desks.

The ministry said it would save money by buying a building instead of renting the 13 locations in the Central Valley where it now has contracts.

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Robbery suspect dies in shootout, but two police officers wounded
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Pública officers surprised two robbery suspects on a motorcycle Thursday morning in Curridabat.

Two police officers suffered bullet wounds and one of the suspects died in a shootout.

The events played out near Café Volio de Curridabat when two officers in a patrol car spotted the two suspects who seemed to be dumping items into the street.

The Judicial Investigating Organization later confirmed that the items were cell telephones and wallets that appeared to have been robbed from individuals on their way to work.

The Fuerza Pública gave this account:

The suspects dumped the motorcycle and fled into a lot. Police officer Fabián Herrera Ramírez caught up with one and engaged in a wrestling match to apprehend him. In the brawl, the man, later identified as a frequent offender with the last name of  Ledezma, fired and wounded the officer.

As he fled, he was confronted by another pair of officers. He opened fire and wounded officer Carlos Prado

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Police make the arrest of a second suspect.

Portugués. Other officers cut him down.

The second suspect was tailed by a police dog named Lyra. He was later identified by the last name of Carmona. Police captured him near the Río Tiribí. That was about 8:30 a.m.

Both officers were reported to be critical but stable.


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Conveniently located just a 200-meter walk to the beach. In the favorite community of Las Palmas, this condo is a perfect vacation home and/or great for vacation rental income.  The condo is located on the 2nd level offering beautiful vaulted ceilings, front and back balcony, pool and mountain view. Screens in every window/door, Air condition in both bedrooms and at living room. The condo is in perfect condition. It has been recently painted and super well-kept, new appliances, fully furnished. Wired to have own washer dryer. It has been the residence of the owners since they built it. Never rented out to third parties. The owners are selling as they are moving to the Central Valley.  The community has a great-size pool and beautiful landscaping and large parking. Just step out your condo and in less than 5-minute walk be swimming in the ocean! A must see! Rate $795 per month. Contact Bob Mobile C.R. ( 506 ) 8392-7520. E-mail: redlclark@aol.com
8602-5/15/15

Two houses for rent inside Sarchí working coffee farm. We will be renting out only one of them, so choose which suits you best.

Casita - Roomy, fully furnished 1 bedroom/1 bath/ 1 guest room, office or storage room. Hi-speed     WiFi, private phone line, hot water, balcony with lovely view across the Central Valley. Includes
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linens, dishes, etc and washing machine. Rent is $500 per month plus utilities for 6 months or longer, $625 all inclusive for less than 6 months. Sorry, no pets.

Main house - Spacious 2 bedrooms/1 bath/ and an office w/Wifi. Fully furnished 
(except for TV), Sky satellite, private phone line, washer and dryer, alarm system.  There are lovely verandas with views of Poás and Central Valley, raised beds for gardening and lots of fruit trees. A well-behaved pet MAY be negotiable. Rent is $750 plus utilities for long term tenant.

Our farm is in a small, quiet and very safe neighborhood in Sarchí Sur and is gated and guarded 24/7 and we live on-site. It's totally private and quiet, but less than a 5-minute drive to Sarchí central and 15 minutes to Grecia.  There are great places to walk as well. More info and photos at jogy345@yahoo.com
8580-2/20/15

Maneul Antonio
The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes to chose from, all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, white water rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, have easily accessible parking, cable TV, and Internet and are fully furnished. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation.
Manuel Antonio Estates        TOLL FREE: 1800 346 9724
011 (506) 2777.3339        www.manuelantonioestates.com

Beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bathroom American-style apartments with an elevator to your front door in a secure building located in Gringo Gulch the American Section of downtown San José. Costa Rica. Located between the Hotel Del Rey, the Hotel Mona Lisa and the Sportsman's Lodge and The Zona Blue (AKA) Little Habana across the street from Harry's Poas Bar, and next to the Holiday Inn.
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 There are 15 restaurants and American- style bars on this block and four supermarkets within a few blocks. There are 5 casinos within 2 blocks and dozens of hotels around this apartment. Included in your rental price, fast Internet, the best they have in Costa Rica, cable TV with 80 stations, water, washer
 and dryer. All you pay extra for is electricity. You have your own meter and receive a bill from the electric company every month.  This apartment has a American-style hot water system, hot water in both bathrooms and the kitchen. There is a 25-foot balcony to sit on and watch the people in San José walk by. The neighborhood Barrio Amón is the safest in San José For photos and more information contact:  rentnowcr@gmail.com.
8594-3/6/15

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
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We are offering homes for every budget and every need.
Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com
or call at (506) 2654-5442.
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ALAJUELA – SERENE LIVING
MONTHLY $800 TO $1,200

Villas Casa Loma has everything you are looking for.  Best vistas, climate, value.  Four unique homes in a secure private compound on a ridge near Alajuela overlooking the entire Central Valley.  Two are available fully furnished and equipped, each a complete home accommodating 4 persons in two bedrooms with ensuite baths.  Pool, rancho, mirador, other features.  Ask about part-month rates.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See virtual tour of accommodations HERE!
Get to know the real Costa Rica – you may want to live here someday.
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HP Cattle rentals
Mountain homes or farm for rent
Barva volcano, Heredia province
We offer for rent a gorgeous two-bedroom mountain chalet and a one-bedroom mountain home located on the slopes of the Barva Volcano, Heredia Province. The homes are situated at 7,300 feet altitude and within a working horse ranch just three kilometers from the Braulio Carrillo National Park entrance. From our homes one can hike to the Barva volcano crater-lake.  Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and breathtaking views of the Irazú volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of cloud forest bird species to include the resplendent quetzal.  The homes are incomparable in beauty and attention to detail within the Barva highland area.  We are only 35-55 minutes from Costa Rica’s three principal cities (Heredia, Alajuela, and San José), less than two hours from the central Pacific beaches, and three hours from the Caribbean beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountains while maintaining quick access to the conveniences of the city and rapid access to other eco-tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Additionally, we can board your horses at a reasonable fee.  We can also offer our clients rental of a small and fully functional farm complete with stables, pasture, and office space.
Mountain chalet: $750.  Basic mountain home: $400.
Boutique mountain home: One-bedroom $850. Two-bedroom $1,000.
Small Farm that includes a chalet, basic mountain home, stables, and 8,000m2 of pasture/green areas: $1,500.
Contact:  HPCattleCR@aol.com
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Venezuelan police grab
Maduro opponent Ledezma

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuelan police have arrested Caracas mayor and opposition leader Antonio Ledezma, who the Venezuelan government has accused of helping plan what it says was a U.S.-backed coup against the socialist government.

Heavily armed security forces, outfitted in masks and camouflaged uniforms, Thursday seized Ledezma after breaking down the doors of his office in the banking district and firing warning shots into the air.

President Nicolas Maduro accuses the 59-year-old mayor of being behind a coup, which he says also involved military aviation officers.

On the orders of state prosecutors, Ledezma was captured and will be processed by the Venezuelan justice system for crimes committed against the peace of the country, Maduro said.

The president said the plan was financed and directed by Washington. A State Department spokesman on Thursday called the accusations baseless and false.

President Maduro and his predecessor, the late Hugo Chávez, have spoken routinely of U.S.-backed coup attempts, but have provided no evidence to support these claims.

The arrest of Ledezma comes almost exactly a year after opposition protests spread throughout Venezuela, leading to clashes between demonstrators and police, killing dozens of people. Ledezma had participated in those protests.

The veteran opposition leader's wife, Mitzy Capriles, said she does not know where Ledezma is or if he has been charged with a crime.

Opposition leaders denounced the arrest as an attack on democracy. Small protests in support of Ledezma were seen outside the country's intelligence service on Thursday. No clashes were reported.

Ledezma was elected twice as mayor of Caracas, most recently in 2013. His powers have steadily been restricted by the federal government.

Maduro, who was elected in 2013 following the death of Chavez, has faced several challenges, not only from the protests, but also declining popularity ratings and a shrinking economy.


Islamic State tweaking
Italy over its proximity

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Islamic State militants are goading Italy on their social media accounts by urging jihadist recruits to go to Libya in preparation for attacks on Rome, saying the strategic location of the conflict-torn North African country is perfect.

The online propaganda offensive comes as Italian authorities ramp up security measures to protect landmark sites, outlining plans to put 4,800 soldiers on the streets in Rome and in other major cities. Counter-terror officials say they worry about attacks on newspapers, synagogues and embassies and they are mounting extra security patrols around the Vatican.

Italy has been in the grip of growing alarm following the mass execution last week of 21 Coptic Christians by extremists affiliated with the so-called Islamic State on the Libyan shore of the Mediterranean Sea, some 480 kilometers (300 miles) from Italy’s mainland.
 
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has urged the United Nations and Western powers to consider mounting an intervention to halt Libya’s descent into chaos. The North African country is riven by two blocs of competing militias, which are backing rival governments in Tripoli and Tobruk, with jihadists exploiting the anarchy.

Islamic State militants appear to be doing everything they can to stoke alarm in Italy. Since the black-clad, masked militants threatened to take their war to Rome, jihadist propagandists have been posting calls for followers to head to Libya rather than Syria, the main draw for foreign fighters.

Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi last month announced the group's expansion to Libya and urged Muslims to travel there. Many of the participants in what is clearly now becoming a coordinated social media campaign have been stressing the advantages of Libya as a major arena in the jihad against Europe. They are citing its proximity to southern European cities such as Athens and Rome, say researchers with the Middle East Media Research Institute, a U.S.-based non-profit specializing in monitoring online jihadist activity.

One IS supporter even argued that the distance between Libya and Italy allows Scud missiles to be fired at Rome, adding a sketch to demonstrate his claim.

Another prominent IS supporter uploaded an essay, written in Arabic, entitled “Libya: The Strategic Gateway for the Islamic State,” on why jihadists need to assist supporters of the so-called caliphate in their expansion from Syria and Iraq to Libya.

In the document, unearthed by researchers at the London-based think tank Quilliam Foundation, the author outlines the immense potential Libya has for jihadists, arguing that waging jihad in Libya could result in the Western powers being diverted from their air strikes on militants in Syria and Iraq thereby alleviating the pressure on them.

And the author identifies the strategic geographic location of Libya, the fact that it “looks upon the sea, the desert, mountains, and six states: Egypt, Sudan, Chad, Niger, Algeria and Tunisia.” Further, the author writes, “it has a long coast and looks upon the southern Crusader states, which can be reached with ease by even a rudimentary boat.” He also discusses the ease with which weapons and ammunition can be secured from the large caches of arms that remain in Libya from the stockpiles of the former regime of Moammar Gadhafi.

The document provides “a window into the mind-set of a jihadist propagandist and recruiter in Libya, allowing us to better discern the aspects of Libyan geopolitics that are perceived as being of strategic value for IS,” says Quilliam researcher Charlie Winter.

Quilliam’s managing director, Haras Rafiq, warns: “The international community must act to help bring stability to Libya before it becomes a new Syria, whether it is for al-Baghdadi’s so-called caliphate or any other jihadist organization.”

Of particular concern for Italian authorities are jihadists infiltrating Italy as illegal immigrants and mixing themselves among the thousands of sub-Saharan Africans risking a boat journey across the Mediterranean from Libya. Authorities in Italy are already jittery and since the slaughter of the Coptic Christians there have been almost daily alarms.

Wednesday, counter-terrorism police launched a manhunt in two central districts in Rome after it was reported that two men believed to be Libyans sought to buy firearms on the black market and tried to buy bulletproof vests and night vision equipment. “It is possible that the two alleged Libyan terrorists arrived in Italy long ago, and now have decided to act. But it is too early to tell,” an official told l’Espresso magazine. “Meanwhile, we are trying to stop them.”

Italian counter-terror officials say they are currently monitoring 50 people thought to have links with overseas jihadist groups. Some are Italian-born, others are foreign residents. But officials say they are more worried about jihadists who are not on their radar mounting lone wolf attacks similar to the assault in January in Paris on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.


Obama facing a backlash
from his summit speech


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama came under fire on social media for his comments at the White House Summit to Counter Extremism.

Conservative media critics, such as Breitbart’s senior editor-at-large, Joel Pollak, condemned the president for failing to mention Islam, radical Islam or anything about the religious ideology they believe drives Islamic State militants.

The president had said it is an ugly lie that the West is at war with Islam. In a small sample from Twitter users Thursday, this remark seemed to prompt the most responses from all sides of the political spectrum.

U.S. Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, quickly responded with the tweet: "The notion that radical Islam isn't at war with the West is an ugly lie."

Fox News Channel contributor Katie Pavlich tweeted  "[W]e cannot coexist with those who want to kill us. Period." 

Meanwhile, Canadian Maher Arar tweeted that the summit "should have been named 'Countering Violent Islamic Extremism' bc that's what it's about." 

Similarly, a tweeter from New Orleans who goes by "Saleem" opined: "What is fascinating to me is  pres. obama saying islam [does not equal ] terrorism...yet he has a whole conference on extremism focusing on muslims."

The president's suggestion that extremist terror groups focus on trying to recruit Muslim youths trapped in poverty also prompted numerous reactions.

Jim Sciutto, CNN's chief national security correspondent, tweeted that Obama, in identifying oppression and a lack of economic opportunity as root causes of extremism, was " laying out a long, long war."

Numerous other tweets, most of them right-leaning, suggested the president wanted to give jobs to the extremists.


Walmart plans pay raises
for many of its workers

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Walmart, the United States' largest retail company and the country's biggest private employer, announced Thursday it is raising the pay of about 40 percent of its workers.

Some 500,000 Walmart employees will be paid at least $9 per hour starting in April, and $10 an hour by next February.

The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

Walmart will also introduce training to give low-level employees the opportunity for promotion.

Walmart, which operates thousands of discount department stores, has long been a target of criticism from labor groups for offering what they say is low-paying jobs with no benefits and little chance for advancement.

The White House sent out a Twitter post Thursday congratulating Walmart for giving its workers a pay hike and again called on Congress to increase the federal minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour.


Former Muslims find help
in their own organization


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The gifts were mostly what used to be forbidden: liquor, condoms, even a framed portrait of Arabic calligraphy that read: “There is no God.”

The exchange of presents was held at a holiday get-together of Ex-Muslims of North America, a support group for those who have left the faith. It was a lighthearted way of asserting their new found identity, a contrast to the hostility, including threats of death and disownment, that many say they faced after their exercising freedom of conscience in the United States.

Changing religion or abandoning it altogether is so common in America that according to the Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Survey, 28 percent of Americans have left the faith they were raised in. And while all major creeds have lost adherents, those who abandon Islam can face particular hardships.

“We even had a few times when people threatened their own kids that they would be killed,” said Muhammad Syed, a co-founder of the group.

Major polling organizations have not published data on how many ex Muslims there are in the United States. But Syed said the organization has expanded since its founding in 2012 from two initiating chapters in Washington, D.C., and Toronto, Ontario, to more than a dozen across the U.S. and Canada.

In a separate interview, Mohamed Magid, an imam at one of the largest Washington area mosques and former president of the Islamic Society of North America, said Muslims must accept the fluidity of American faith and heed the teaching, in the Surat al-Baqarah of the Quran, that there is “no compulsion in religion.”

“We have people in the United States, who do not believe in God,” Magid said, “who came out of Judaism, who came out of Christianity, and Islam is not immune.”

Ex-Muslims is open to all former Muslims, but focuses on atheists who may not have access to the support networks of a faith community. 

The group invited a reporter to talk to some of its members, under an agreement to protect the identities of those who fear retaliation. Syed said the Internet has made it easier for former Muslims to find each other and encourages them to come out of the closet.

“The more people that speak out, the more people that are out there, you realize that there is nothing really wrong with this,” he said.

Sarah Haidar, who was born in Pakistan, said that growing up in Texas, she never imagined someone could want to leave Islam.

“I thought it was sort of a one-way street. You just found your way into Islam and you stayed there,” she said, adding that people who are pulled in the other direction are afraid to talk about it.

“Many Muslims take it as a personal insult when you step out and step away from their religion,” she said. “And I understand why that is, but I think it creates a situation where people are afraid to speak their minds, where dissent is not really respected on any level.”

According to Syed, whose parents immigrated from Pakistan, being a former Muslim is not a shield against prejudice.

“My name is Muhammad,” he said. “I’ve had people scream at me to go back home, even though I was born here.”

He made a distinction, however, between criticizing Islam and having a problem with Muslim people.

“Unless this anti-Muslim bigotry is challenged and pushed away, there is no way for Muslims to actually start signing up and pushing back against the problems that exist within our cultures,” he said.

Samira Mukhtar, who grew up in the United Arab Emirates, said she became an atheist after moving to the United States and hearing a talk by British-Iranian secularist Maryam Namazi.   

“You feel safe with these people,” she said, looking around at the others at the party.

Magid, who is imam of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society in Sterling, Virginia, said the Quran talked about people who have changed their faith multiple times and were not put to death. He has challenged Muslims who believe in capital punishment for apostasy.

“I’m asking those people, what are you teaching? Are you telling the person, he has to pretend to be Muslim to be safe? What kind of religion is this?” he asked, rhetorically, and added a message for ex-Muslims in America: “Rest assured that I will not allow anyone to harm you.”


Academy Awards on Sunday
to get attention from world


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hollywood is gearing up for the Academy Awards, or Oscars Sunday, the highlight of the year for the movie industry. 

Top contenders at the Oscars include the drama "Birdman," with Michael Keaton as a best actor nominee, and the film’s costars, Edward Norton and Emma Stone, up for supporting Oscars for this tale of a washed-up movie superhero who tries to revive his career on the Broadway stage.

Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Inarritu co-wrote and directed "Birdman" and is considered a top contender for the Oscar for best director.

Richard Linklater is another frontrunner for best director for the coming-of-age tale "Boyhood," a film that was shot over 12 years.  Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette are Oscar nominees for their supporting roles as the parents of two children who grow from childhood to adolescence.

The "Imitation Game" from Norwegian moviemaker Morten Tyldum is another multiple Oscar nominee.  Star Benedict Cumberbatch will compete for the Oscar for best actor for playing the World War II code-cracker Alan Turing.  The film is based on a real-life story of the people who deciphered the German secret code called Enigma.

Keira Knightley will compete for an Oscar for her supporting role.

Other major film contenders the include "The Grand Budapest Hotel," a comedy from director Wes Anderson.

The Iraq war film "American Sniper" earned an Oscar nomination for star Bradley Cooper.  And a story of money, madness and Olympic aspirations, "Foxcatcher," earned acting nominations for star Steve Carell and costar Mark Ruffalo.

Julianne Moore is a best actress nominee for her role as a woman with early onset Alzheimer’s disease in "Still Alice."  Marion Cotillard is a best actress nominee for her role in the workplace drama "Two Days, One Night," and Rosamund Pike for the thriller "Gone Girl."

Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern are acting nominees for the film "Wild," a real-life story based on a woman’s journey of healing and self-discovery.

Among foreign-language nominees are the corruption tale "Leviathan" from Russia and the French-Mauritanian entry "Timbuktu," which is based on real events in Northern Mali under repressive jihadist rule in 2012.

The film "Virunga" is among the nominees for best documentary feature.  It looks at heroic efforts to save mountain gorillas in a national park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The eyes of the world will be on Hollywood on Sunday when the winners are announced at the Oscar ceremony at the Dolby Theatre.


Hunt for native species
to secure seeds for future


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A flash of yellow catches Heather-Rose Kates’ eye as she drives the highway running through California’s Mojave Desert. She’s scanning the roadsides for a plant that may help secure the future of some of the world’s favorite vegetables.

“They’re yellow, and they’re bigger than tennis balls,” she said, eyeing the highway shoulders. “So they’re kind-of easy to spot.”

Easy if, like Ms. Kates, you’ve been driving desert highways for nearly two weeks. To a newcomer, it’s all a stark, beautiful blur. The wide-open roads out here run straight as an arrow through flat plains of scrub and cacti, between barren, gray-brown hills.

The occasional car whizzes by. “Everyone passes us because we’re looking for squash,” Ms. Kates said.

A squash called coyote melon, to be specific. It’s a wild relative of butternut squash and pumpkins. Cucumbers, cantaloupes and many other popular fruits and vegetables are also part of the botanical family. There’s a cousin in just about every cuisine in the world.

But Ms. Kates definitely is not collecting the coyote melon for its flavor.

“Terrible. It tastes like soap,” she said. And it’s bitter. Really bitter. It’s loaded with cucurbitacin, a chemical that humans bred out of most domesticated relatives of the coyote squash.

What coyote melon lacks in flavor, however, it makes up for in its tolerance for drought. While cultivated squash need about 3 centimeters of water per week, this desert gourd gets by on about 18 centimeters per year.  Breeding wild coyote melon with its farmed relations could make some favorite vegetables more drought tolerant.

That could be useful in the coming years. On a planet growing hotter, the risk of drought is growing for farmers in certain regions.

“The world is facing a real challenge in terms of food security over the next few decades,” said Andy Jarvis, who heads a climate change and agriculture program at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture.

As the population grows in size and wealth, farmers will need to produce 50 to 70 percent more food by 2050.

“And to be honest, we’re running out of options in terms of making crops more productive,” Jarvis added. “And so, really what I think we’ve got to do is go back to the wild. Go back to the origins to look for characteristics that we can use to improve our crops.”

Life in the wild is a lot tougher than the coddled existence on the farm, Jarvis said.

“These things are exposed. They haven’t had the luxury of pesticides and fungicides and so on,” Jarvis said. “They’re out there battling these things constantly,” which gives some wild relatives “very impressive resistance to a lot of the major pests and diseases.”
 
Farmers today are growing sunflowers that can handle salty soil thanks to traits bred in from untamed relations, Jarvis said. Corn plants get help fending off rootworms from their wild cousins. 

There’s a problem, though. Many of the wild relatives are disappearing.

“Our agriculture is dependent on these kinds of species that in the wild are going extinct,” Jarvis said. “They’re threatened, and in most cases we don’t have seed collections in gene banks.”

Ms. Kates is part of a global effort to collect as many seeds as possible, while they are still available. Local people in Uganda, Vietnam and elsewhere are also being taught to find and save these precious plants.

They’re collecting wild oats in Cyprus. Wild potatoes in Argentina. Wild chili peppers in Paraguay.

"Careful with those chilies, " Jarvis said. “You have to handle them with gloves. Literally, after being near these things you have to wash your hands pretty thoroughly. Your eyes are red. These are serious business, some of these wild chilies.” In Colombia, they call them “devils,” he added.

The seeds will be stored at the Global Seed Vault in Norway and at Kew Gardens outside London.

But for Ms. Kates, the road trip has given her a whole new appreciation of her subjects. She spends most of her time in a lab studying how food crops got domesticated. But, she noted, “It’s really only once you’re out here looking at the wild plants, which are where our crops came from, that you get to see what they can do.”
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Playas del Coco home
Playas del Coco  Unique opportunity, multiple possible uses, project property! i.e. large home, b&b, hostel, rooming house, retreat, or business?

The property consists of 2,200 sf of construction, pool, bodega, garage, 1,126 m2 lot (adjacent 550M2 vacant lot available to purchase), and is only a 3-minute walk to the beach. Google @: 10˚54’23.80”N  85˚70’41.40”W There is a well for irrigation, in ground sprinkler system, 5,000 liter in ground reserve water tank, fruit trees, palm trees, shrubs, and many flowers. The property is walled on 4 sides with 2 entrances. There is hot water throughout the house. The property has municipal water, telephone line, Internet, and cable. The property is in a clean & up to date LLC for easy transfer. The property taxes are less than $600. on a valuation of approximately $196,000.
Price $159999. Less than replacement. Contact for more info & pictures: Puravida1957@gmail.com 6283-1172 CR  or 00507 6620 3201  Panamá.
8591-3/4/15

Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.

Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for birds and other animals. 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email: wolfganghilbich@yahoo.com  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.
8586-2/28/15

Fortuna view
GREAT VOLCANO'S VIEW
Sometimes “distress sale” is a come-on.  Sadly, for this bruised North American ex-wife it is not.  She has a very nice modern- construction 2-br home on 1129 m2 intended for up to a couple dozen apartments with superb volcano view, short walk to downtown, all the amenities.  The existing 1st loan can be assumed but the 2nd has to be paid off, as do her other debts here, so that’s the distress part.  The irony is that their business plan was perfect, the place rents extremely well today, but she can’t manage it from a distance and doesn’t plan on returning to Costa Rica.  Asking $140k but her Costa Rica dream property is going to go to the first best offer with enough cash to clear her debts as well as clear her mind.  Her own personal bad experience provides an unusual opportunity at this time.  For interior pix: phone 506-8377-8402 or E-mail 
 lafortunaguy@gmail.com
8584-2/28/15

1-acre beautiful beachfront lot
Power and water on the property A very nice tropical setting in Puerto Viejo, Limón. Choice location. 9 beautiful lots for sale. Each lot is $69,000 or offer. Please call Peter: 7122-3754 or e mail: andreas_meyn@shaw.ca
8582-2/27/15

Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:  
Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085  
Email: costarenas@ice.co.cr   Web: www.costa-arenas.com
8573-4/15/15

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Tambor three for jan. 15
Total area of the property is 23 hectares at $425,000. There's an option to buy 2 sub lots, the first one is land with no construction of 890 sqm at $19,900. The second, 1,700 sqm including a small house, for the price of $65,000
Located 300 meters from the south Jacó . First house is 110 sqm with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom,  private pool, A/C, kitchen and separate laundry. Second is a 120m, two-story house with 2 bedrooms, There's a small lot has its own entrance and is perfect for building  $280,000.
This 115 sqm condo is located four blocks from the heart of Santa Ana. It is a corner unit with a view of the green area from your living room. Two bedrooms, a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Kitchen is clean and modern. Home is in good condition, and ready to move into. $132.000.
Contact Jo-Anne  Cell phone number: 506 8310-2915
or through email: tamborsales@hotmail.com

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
 www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24055899   
For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8570-4/13/15

Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail azucarb@racsa.co.cr or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.
8503-2/13/15

Condo montage
Cariari luxury condo for sale
 PRICE REDUCED FROM $235,000 to $195,000
This is not an ordinary condo. Completed one year ago, a $45,000 renovating made it an exquisite dwelling. As soon as you walk in you know it is a special home. No detail has been overlooked, even minuscule ones. The owner has a need to move on, and someone lucky will be the beneficiary of the fine detailed work. The home itself has three bedrooms, two and half bathrooms plus a maid’s quarters with its own bathroom. Also, it has a living room, dining room and a gorgeous kitchen with a kitchenette. There’s also a small outdoor patio. Being the end unit of this four-home condo complex, there’s parking space for three vehicles.  Approximately 240 sq. meters. All this near the Cariari Golf and Country Club and its renowned Tom Facio golf course. The club also has amenities such as a fitness centre, exercise room, Olympic swimming pool, sauna, 12 tennis courts and many other benefits. Tel:  8384-9608 or 2293-9054  Price $195,000.
8545-1/2/15

Atenas home
This developer's prime lot with super house is being offered in Roca Verde, 7,006 M2 of gentle grade, all landscaped for tropical effect, 3 bedrooms 2 baths with tile floors and hardwood kitchen, near the entrance of the neighborhood. Great floor plan on this one! There is a double carport, and a large patio and pool, wheelhouse style living room and many other features. View, large usable lot, close to town, nice, oh yeah. $495,000. http://www.atenasrealty.com/fotos%20H392.html
8542-12/17/14

Maneul Antonio
Manuel Antonio Estates focuses on building vacation homes for clients within Manuel Antonio Estates and Palmas Pacifica. We take care of the details from permits and design to supervision of construction and management of the rentals, if needed. We provide privacy and security, and our gated community offers shared common recreational facilities, beautiful landscaping and parking areas. Our homes and lots are located just minutes from the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. If you've ever considered buying a second home, just minutes from the beach, do not hesitate, if you have any questions or would like to request more information please take full advantage of our Costa Rica real estate services and contact us today!
Manuel Antonio Estates    1 800 346-9724  (506) 8815-9606. www.manuelantonioestates.com
8515-2/16/14

Ciudad Colon
Great Deal!! Apartment in condo with pool and extensive green areas:
Ciudad Colón, San José $112,000
The apartment has a master bedroom with a large ensuite bathroom with bath tub, and a smaller second bedroom/office with air conditioning. It has a second full bathroom, living/dining room, laundry room with hot water tank and storage area. The kitchen comes with granite countertops, a breakfast bar and new dishwasher. It has 82 m2 of construction. 2 balconies with beautiful views of the river and mountains. Private parking for one car. Elevator and a well presented reception area. Located in a very quiet and private neighborhood just 400 meters from the centre of Ciudad Colón. Within minutes to all major amenities in Santa Ana and Escazú. Easy access to the beach (less than 1.5 hrs).  24-hour security, visitor parking, pool, extensive and lush green areas, BBQ area, children’s playground and its own water treatment plant. Contact (506) 6022-9294 or 6022-9967, orbec12@gmail.com for further info or to arrange a viewing.
8509-xxx

Suenos montage
Outrageous blowout prices on oceanfront condos in Los Sueños!

Located in the private Bay Residence enclave overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Los Sueños Resort and Marina, there are three gorgeous units available at unbelievable bargain pricing from $589,000.  All of these beautiful units are three bedrooms and two baths, 2,200 square feet, fully furnished and ready to move in.  Development includes a gym, access to 3 pools, jacuzzis, BBQ areas and the Beach Club.  If you’ve always wanted to own in Los Sueños, now is the time!  Contact Karen@remax-ocr.com  or call 8702-0778.  From U.S. call 209-482-1788.

Top floor unit: $649,000   Second floor unit: $675,000  Garden unit: $589,000
8500-1/3/15

Newly available in Roca Verde
Atenas
Well-built home of 215 m2, 3 bedrooms, two bath on 1,150 m2 of lot, with attractive rock retaining wall, carport, and a pool. Indoors there are high, vaulted hardwood ceiling, bright rooms, a laundry room.  The floor is ceramic tile in pastel shades. $247,000. Photos: http://www.atenasrealty.com/fotos%20H326.html 2446-5587. ldrock@gmail.com
8499-q11/3/14

San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya.7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 ft. elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. $199,000 Contact mmpeace@hotmail.com   Check out slide show HERE!
8482-2/11/15

Esterillos

Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away. Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails: edumace64@yahoo.es  and pdvartanian@aol.com.
8458-3/2/15

NOW REDUCED TO $595,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES
TURNKEY

Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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8422-9/15/14

ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
Web site: costaricalandsales.com
email: kim@costaricalandsales.com

The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.
8406-8/2/14

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Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:   Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085   Email: costarenas@ice.co.cr   Web: www.costa-arenas.com
8573-4/15/15

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Women still in prison in El Salvador

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On the same day local advocates celebrate the official release of Guadalupe — a rape survivor who became pregnant, suffered an obstetric emergency, was charged for having an abortion and later wrongfully imprisoned for homicide — sources have confirmed that El Salvador will refuse to issue any additional pardons of other similarly imprisoned women, according to Agrupación Ciudadana.
 
Last month, the congress approved Guadalupe’s pardon by 43 votes, after both the human rights congressional committee and supreme court committee submitted their recommendation for her release. The remaining women, part of a group called “Las 17,” are each currently serving 30 to 40 year sentences.
 
For more than 16 years, El Salvador has criminalized abortion in all circumstances --even when necessary to save a woman’s life — imposing harsh criminal penalties on both women and physicians. The ban has resulted in the imprisonment of countless women who have suffered pregnancy-related complications and miscarriages, who are then charged for having an abortion and wrongfully convicted of homicide.
 
Said Nancy Northup, president and CEO of the Center for Reproductive Rights:
 
“Guadalupe’s release should be celebrated as a victory and symbol of hope for women who have suffered under El Salvador’s unjust laws, but instead it marks a day justice is being denied to the rest of these wrongfully imprisoned women.
 
“Seeking critical health care in a medical emergency is not a crime, and no woman should have to fear imprisonment for doing so.
 
“El Salvador’s severe anti-abortion laws are a gross violation of the human rights of Las 17 and women across the country. We stand with our global and local partners to demand the release of all women wrongfully imprisoned under these laws, and long-overdue reform for all Salvadoran women living under their government’s cloud of fear, suspicion, and abuse.”
 
In December, a coalition of non-=profit organizations led by Agrupación Ciudadana and the Center for Reproductive Rights, launched the Las17 online campaign calling for the release of Guadalupe and 16 other Salvadoran women who all suffered obstetric emergencies, were charged for having an abortion and were later convicted of homicide. Mirna, one of Las 17 was released in December after serving her prison sentence before her pardon could be finalized. The remaining 15 women are each currently serving 30 to 40 year sentences.
 
In November, 12 countries denounced the criminalization of abortion in El Salvador as part of the universal periodic review by the U. N. Human Rights Council. In January, a group of United Nations human rights experts called on El Salvador to review its draconian abortion law and pardon all women jailed for obstetric emergencies.
 
“The Center for Reproductive Rights will continue to shed light on the human rights violations faced by women in El Salvador, and we will not rest until the government reforms its laws to respect, protect, and fulfill women’s rights to life and health,” said Mónica Arango, regional director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
 
The Center for Reproductive Rights has worked for more than 12 years to expose the consequences that the blanket abortion ban in El Salvador has on the lives of women.
 




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Bean growers might get some help

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government's alliance for employment said Thursday it soon will present a plan to help 1,000 bean growers in the northern zone as well as increasing the orange groves by some 10,000 hectares in order to generate 5,000 jobs.

The meeting included representatives of various ministries and the private sector.

Another plan was to generate jobs in the tourism, agricultural and livestock areas. The details will be presented in coming weeks, a summary said.

Another proposal was to revise charges for registering small businesses.

Also promoted was telecommuting for public employees. Also outlined was a training plan that has been submitted to lawmakers for action.