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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The probability is that Semana Santa will be a quiet time for family reunions, relaxation and recreation.

But various agencies are saying this is no time to put down the guard.

Volcán Turrialba appears to have quieted down after more than a week of eruptions. But the scientists who study volcanoes are not so sure. They still think the mountain may not respect the Semana Santa holidays.

Scientists who study the oceans said Wednesday that the Pacific coast is about to experience high seas again.

The strong seas crashing against the Pacific beaches represent a serious threat to bathers, said the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología. The announcement said that the seas are expected to diminish by Sunday.

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social warned about holiday food. The usual Semana Santa fare typically is a lot of fish
and other sea food. Without proper storage and preparation these foods are highly prone to creating intoxication, the Caja said Wednesday.

Such sea food is especially vulnerable to changes in temperature and incorrect storage methods, said Carolina Castro Calvo, a Caja nutritionist.

She said dehydrated cod, which is a Semana Santa standard can harbor fungus or bacteria if the original storage methods were not correct. Safety begins with buying fresh food and doing so from outlets that guarantee the condition of the food, she added.

Then there is the traffic. Police are out in force because holiday traffic usually results in accidents and personal tragedies.

The Cruz Roja said it is erecting 148 first aid stations around the country.

The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas will have 25 of its boats on patrol off popular beaches. The Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea will have up to four aircraft in the skies, said the security ministry.

Police locate second suspect in bus driver killing
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Publica officers have detained the second suspect in the murder of a bus driver.  The arrest took place about 6:25 p.m. Wednesday in Los Sitios de Moravia.

The 20-year-old man who has the last name of  Mayorga will be accused of killing the driver in a robbery Tuesday afternoon. That was near La Milpa, Heredia. Police managed to capture a 16-year-old suspect Tuesday afternoon as the climax of a massive search.

The Fuerza Pública said the older suspect was caught in the vicinity of a home occupied by family members.

Judicial agents said they conducted a search of a home in la Milpa earlier Wednesday and located evidence.

Police said the man detained Wednesday night had a juvenile criminal record.

Judicial agents identified the dead driver by the last name of  Ureña. They gave a different name Tuesday shortly after the killing.

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The robbers got away with the sponge typical of  buses where the driver has carved out indentations to hold change.

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Port officials say they hope to begin ferry service again between Puntarenas and Playa Naranjo Sunday. A temporary dock is being set up and tested over the weekend, said Luis Fernando Coronado, director of the División Marítimo Portuaria.

High seas and strong winds damaged the dock ramp earlier this month. The ferry across the Gulf of Nicoya is important to commerce and tourism.

Coronado was quoted in a release saying that during Semana Santa workers will begin the job of constructing a permanent dock.

Workers will test the temporary ramps without passengers or cargo Friday and Saturday. The agency expects service to resume with the 6:30 a.m. ferry that leaves Playa Naranjo for Puntarenas.

Coronado said that the work advanced well because the water was relatively calm. That may not last. The prediction for today, Friday and Saturday is for high seas in the Pacific. Constructora Náutica J y J S.A. is doing the job, and the firm installed four new pilings to accommodate the temporary dock.

A permanent ramp is estimated to cost 300 million colons or nearly $600,000.

Two new docks have been installed at Paquera to the south recently.

New study critical of Cocos enforcement

By the University of Victoria news staff

New research led by researchers at the University of Victoria raises serious concerns about the ability of marine reserve areas to effectively protect wide-ranging iconic species, such as sharks and rays.

The study, published today in Conservation Biology, investigated 21 years of recordings of shark and ray sightings at Cocos Island, a U.N. heritage site and marine protected area off Costa Rica.

Cocos is surrounded by an extensive system of coral reefs and seamounts and lies at the confluence of several major oceanic currents, leading to exceptional biodiversity. It is renowned among scuba divers as one of the best places in the world to view sharks and rays in large numbers.

But is Cocos a conservation success story or merely a paper park where conservation goals are not managed or enforced? To find out, the University of Victoria team and University of Northern Iowa biologist Mark Myers crunched numbers from more than 1.4 million shark and ray sightings made during dives led by Undersea Hunter, a local dive company.

“In a region lacking fisheries data or dedicated research surveys, the dive logs give us a window to see how sharks and rays have changed over two decades in this isolated, globally unique reserve,” says Myers.

Results reveal major declines in eight of the reserve’s 12 commonly observed shark and ray species. “The largest species, like hammerheads and manta rays, are simply moving in and out of protected areas as part of their natural migration patterns,” says Easton White, a co-author of the study and a Fulbright student at the time.

The team also found that other species like the whitetip reef shark and eagle ray, which tend to stay within protected waters, are also declining. “These species are likely suffering because of insufficient enforcement of the protected area,” says university biologist and co-author Julia Baum.

“Sharks and rays are paying the price for illegal fishing inside the reserve and rampant overfishing outside the reserve, both of which are ongoing across the eastern tropical Pacific,” she says.

Ambassador sacked over interview

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country's ambassador to Venezuela has been sacked because of comments he made in an interview with the Spanish-language daily La Nación.

He is Federico Picado. The foreign ministry announced the decision Wednesday night and said that the minister,  Manuel A. González, and the president made the decision.

The dismissal date is Wednesday. González said the ambassador should have consulted the ministry before doing the interview. In fact, the ambassador made laudatory comments about Venezuela that differed from Costa Rica's official position.

Semana Santa information

Banco Nacional gives Semana Santa hours

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Banco Nacional said that it would close Holy Thursday, April 2, and reopen Monday, April 6. The reason is the Semana Santa holidays.

In addition, the bank said that it would not provide evening services on Wednesday, April 1. The bank will close at 3:45 p.m. that day.

There may be some variations at individual bank offices outside the metro area. For example, the office at the Depósito Libre de Golfito will be open Saturday, April 4, and Easter Sunday, April 5.

The closing in the evening of April 2 might be a hardship to workers who are paid by check. But the automatic tellers will be in service all days.

The  Municipalidad de Montes de Oca will be open Monday, March 30, and Tuesday, March 31. Then the municipal offices close until April 6.

The canton also will enforce the Easter dry law April 2 and April 3, Holy Thursday and Friday.
The Municipalidad de Nicoya will not enforce the dry law.

A.M. Costa Rica will not be published Friday, April 3.

The  Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social will only offer hospital and emergency services April 2 and 3. Employees in many areas that re not directlyinvolved with the public will be closed all of Semna Santa, but financial and adminstraive officers will be open Monday, March 30, through Wednesday, April 1.

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church lists services

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Good Shepherd Episcopal (Anglican) Church has announced Holy Week services. All services are bilingual, an announcement said.

The special services begin Palm Sunday, March 29, at 9 a.m.

The Holy Wednesday services April 1 also is at 9 a.m. The service Holy Thursday, April 2, is at 6 p.m.

The Good Friday service April 3 is from noon to 3 p.m., and the Great Vigil of Easter is Saturday, April 4, at 6 p.m. The Easter Sunday service April 5 is at 9 a.m.

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Food marketers have reduced the size of their containers, ministry finds
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The consumer surveyors for the economics ministry have figured out how some food marketers are holding the line on prices.

The surveyors looked at prices of typical Semana Santa foods, both canned and fresh, in some 40 stores.

Among their findings is that some firms have reduced the content in their packaging.

Four producers of canned tuna have reduced the size of the
containers from 120 to 100 grams, a 17 percent reduction, the surveyors reported. Five have reduced the size from 120 to
 104 or 105 grams, a 13 percent reduction. Other firms also have cut the size although for a reduction of from 8 to 12 percent, they said.

Consequently, the report made heavy use of the per-unit price of items. And that showed the usual wide differences.

In checking the price per unit of cans of palmito or palm hearts, the surveyors found prices of from 4.73 colons per gram to 10.98 colons. A 220-gram can may sell for prices from 1,040 to 2,415 colons.

The report from the Dirección de Apoyo al Consumidor urged consumers to use the per-unit price in determining the real costs of food products.

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Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute scientists working as part of the Panamá Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project hatched the first Andinobates geminisae froglet born in captivity.

The tiny dart frog species only grows to 14 millimeters and was first collected and described last year from a small area in central Panamá. Collaborating scientists collected two adults and shared them with the project to determine the potential for maintaining the species in captivity as an insurance population.

“There is a real art to learning about the natural history of an animal and finding the right set of environmental cues to stimulate successful captive breeding,” said Brian Gratwicke, amphibian conservation biologist at the biology institute and director of the Panamá Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project.

“Not all amphibians are easy to breed in captivity, so when we do breed a species for the first time in captivity it is a real milestone for our project and a cause for celebration,” he said.

Scientists simulated breeding conditions for the adult frogs in a small tank. The frogs laid an egg on a bromeliad leaf, which scientists transferred to a moist petri dish. After 14 days, the tadpole hatched. Scientists believe adult A. geminisae frogs may provide their eggs and tadpoles with parental care, which is not uncommon for dart frogs, but they have not been able to determine if that is the case. In the wild, one of the parents likely transports the tadpole on his or her back to a little pool of water, usually inside a tree or on a bromeliad leaf.

After the tadpole hatched, scientists moved it from the petri

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dish to a small cup of water, mimicking the small pools available in nature. On a diet of fish food, the tadpole successfully metamorphosed into a froglet after 75 days and is now the size of a mature adult.

Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project scientists are unsure if A. geminisae is susceptible to the amphibian- killing chytrid fungus.

However, since it is only found in a small area of Panama and is dependent on primary rain forests, which are under pressure from agricultural conversion, they have identified it as a conservation-priority species.

“This species seems to have a clumped distribution within the small area where it has been found,” said Roberto Ibáñez, staff scientist at the Smithsonian in Panamá. “Apparently, their populations are associated with certain ridges bordering stream valleys," he said. "This could complicate its conservation, requiring several of these sites to be included within protected areas.”

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Barva will inaugurate its annual mascarada festival tonight
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The canton of Barva in Heredia province begins its four-day Feria Nacional de la Mascarada today with most of the activity centered on the municipal park.

Mascaradas are those giant papier-mâché figures of mythical characters, famous Costa Ricans or whimsical creations that dance and are usually accompanied by a street band, called a cimarrona.

They have a long tradition in the Latin world.

Barva is about as traditional as one can get for a Costa Rican community. And the municipality always schedules the mascarada event for the last week in March.

The event is one of two major gatherings of those who make and display mascaradas.

The other is in Desamparados around Halloween.

The official inauguration is tonight. Like most fiestas, there will be plenty of food booths and perhaps a chance to buy a mascarada, which qualifies as a work of art.

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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:

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
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

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

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:

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.
We are offering homes for every budget and every need.
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or call at (506) 2654-5442.

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.

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FBI is found wanting
in report on intelligence

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Citing a significant gap in the Federal Bureau of Investigation's intelligence goals and actual practices, a new report contends the bureau should beef up its ranks of analysts and linguists and better integrate analysis and criminal investigations to improve national security.

"The FBI: Protecting the Homeland in the 21st Century," released Wednesday, acknowledged the agency’s progress on intelligence sharing, one of the recommendations developed after terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001. But the report to FBI Director James Comey still found the agency wanting.

The agency needs to better mesh its intelligence collection and analysis with its criminal investigations, it said: "This imbalance needs urgently to be addressed to meet growing and increasingly complex national security threats, including from adaptive and increasingly tech-savvy terrorists, more brazen computer hackers and more technically capable global cyber syndicates."

New threats are rapidly growing in numbers, scope and lethality, Tim Roemer, one of the report’s authors, said in addressing reporters Wednesday.

Roemer is a former congressman from the Midwestern state of Indiana and a former ambassador to India. He said the bureau also needs more support from the White House and Congress.

The report analyzed five threat scenarios, including the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and the Boston marathon bombing. In three cases, the crucial tip originated outside the FBI, Roemer told reporters.

Intelligence support requires faster progress and deeper execution, the 9/11 Review Commission said in its report.

It also said that, "except for the larger field offices, linguists … are still in short supply. Hiring additional linguists and integrating them into operations should be a high priority."

The report said the FBI in April will roll out a pilot 20-week basic field training course for new agents and analysts that would provide more than "300 hours of integrated training, reinforced with joint practical exercises." The training will be fully implemented in September, the report said.

"Many of the findings and recommendations in this report will not be new to the FBI. The Bureau is already taking steps to address them," the authors wrote. "In 2015, however, the FBI faces an increasingly complicated and dangerous global threat environment that will demand an accelerated commitment to reform. Everything is moving faster."

The commission also recommended that the agency create a five-year strategic plan. Comey, testifying Wednesday afternoon at a House appropriations subcommittee hearing, said he first would consider whether overarching problems could be addressed outside of such a plan.

The FBI director has requested almost $8.5 billion for the agency's 2016 budget, up $47 million over its current allocation. The amount would enable the agency to build on its current capabilities, he told the committee.

Comey said he largely agreed with the commission report's finding, which he summarized as " 'you've done great, you're not good enough.' ... We still need to go further."

Kraft and Heinz planning
to become one company

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two of the most familiar brand names on American store shelves are joining forces to become one of the world's largest food companies.

H.J. Heinz Co., famous for ketchup, pickles and soup, is buying Kraft Foods Group Inc., known for cheese, mayonnaise and Maxwell House Coffee.

The combined company, which will be publicly traded under the name Kraft Heinz Co., will become the world's fifth biggest food manufacturer and is expected to have yearly revenue of $28 billion. It expects to save about $1.5 billion in annual costs by the end of 2017.

Heinz shareholders will own 51 percent of the combined company and Kraft shareholders the rest. The transaction is worth about $46 billion for Kraft shareholders, based on Kraft's market capitalization of $36 billion on Tuesday before news of the deal emerged.

Both brands can trace their beginnings to the 19th century, and they are staples in pantries around the world. Food industry experts see Kraft benefiting from Heinz's international presence, which generates more than 60 percent of its sales. Kraft brands are in 98 percent of North American households, the companies said, but would have a greater opportunity to expand overseas.

Heinz is expected to remain in its hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while Kraft's headquarters are likely to stay in Chicago.

Federal regulators and stockholders must approve the merger before it becomes final. The deal is unlikely to face regulatory hurdles as there is little overlap in products, antitrust experts said.

Mystery continues in case
of French aircraft crash

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As the investigation into the Tuesday crash in France of a German airliner with 150 people on board continued, an investigator familiar with the contents of the cockpit voice recorder said one pilot apparently left the cockpit before the plane’s descent and was unable to get back in, The New York Times is reporting.

“The guy outside is knocking lightly on the door and there is no answer,” the investigator said. “And then he hits the door stronger and no answer. There is never an answer.”

He said, “You can hear he is trying to smash the door down.”

Officials investigating the crash of an Airbus A320 in the French Alps Tuesday said they have been able to extract a usable audio recording from a battered  box recovered at the site, France's aviation security investigator BEA said Wednesday.

“We just have been able to extract a usable audio data file,” Remi Jouty told a news conference earlier in the day, adding that it was too early to draw any conclusions about the causes of the crash. The box was being examined in Paris, with authorities listening to the pilots' words in the final moments before the accident.

“Detailed work will be carried on the file to understand interpret the voices and sounds that can be heard on the file,” he said, adding that he expected to have more analysis of the voices in a matter of days.

Earlier, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy visited a makeshift rescue base near the Germanwings Airbus crash site Wednesday.

Hollande said the frame of a second black box had been found but that investigators were still searching for the box itself. However, Jouty would not confirm that any part of it had been recovered.

Investigators said the remoteness of the crash site meant it could be days before a clear picture emerged of Tuesday's tragedy, the worst air disaster in France in 15 years.

Carsten Spohr, chief executive of Germanwing's parent company Lufthansa, told reporters on Wednesday that the crash appeared inexplicable, since the plane had no technical problems and the pilot was experienced.

The plane went down Tuesday morning without issuing any distress signals, while en route from Barcelona, Spain, to the German city of Dusseldorf.

Former captive of Taliban
facing military prosecution

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. military prosecutors have formally charged Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army sergeant traded for five Taliban prisoners last year, with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.
Army spokesman Col. Daniel King read the charges Wednesday in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. If convicted, King said Bergdahl could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison for desertion and life imprisonment for misbehavior before the enemy.
Both convictions also carry a punishment of a dishonorable discharge, a reduction of rank and a total forfeiture of all payments received from the Army for Bergdahl's services.
King said the case has been referred to an Article 32 hearing, which is similar to a civilian grand jury hearing in that it will decide whether charges should move forward. From there, it could be referred to a court-martial or military court trial.

Bergdahl, who turns 29 later this week, went missing from his base in Afghanistan's Paktika province on June 30, 2009, and was captured by the Taliban.

He was held captive by the Taliban until President Barack Obama agreed to free the five Taliban militants the U.S. was holding at its Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba in a deal brokered through the government of Qatar.

The U.S. government traded Abdul Haq Wasiq, Mullah Norullah Noori, Mullah Mohammad Fazi, Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa and Mohammad Nabi Omari for his return last year, after five years in captivity. All five Taliban senior figures had been held at Guantanamo Bay.

The trade sparked controversy after Bergdahl's actions in Afghanistan came under fire from soldiers who served with him.

When Bergdahl was released in the prisoner exchange last May 31, Obama invited Bergdahl's parents to the White House for a public celebration of their son's new-found freedom.

Some American lawmakers praised the deal at first and hailed Bergdahl.

But numerous officials quickly reversed course as soldiers who served with Bergdahl condemned his actions overseas, saying he was not a returning military hero, but a deserter who voluntarily left his base in Afghanistan.

U.S. blames Islamic State
for severe rights violations

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United Nations accuses the so-called Islamic State of committing shockingly widespread and extremely severe human rights violations against the people of Iraq.

A report by the U.N. Commission of Inquiry submitted to the U.N. Human Rights Council singles out the crime of genocide against the Yazidi minority.

The report’s details set off a spirited debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council.  Country after country condemned the widespread, barbaric atrocities committed by the militants with some describing the group and its actions as pure evil.

In presenting the report, U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pasieri, using the ISIL acronym for the group, told the 43-member council and dozens of observer states that 2014 was the deadliest year for civilians in Iraq since the bloodshed in 2006 and 2007.

“It was marked by particularly horrific attacks and a surge of violence by the so-called ISIL group, which has deliberately committed shocking and serious crimes…suggestive of crimes against humanity; war crimes and other serious violations of human rights, particularly against women and girls,” said Ms. Pasieri.

The most appalling crime, she said, was that of genocide.

“Information gathered by the mission strongly suggests that ISIL may have perpetrated the crime of genocide against the Yazidi population, with a manifest pattern of killing, causing serious bodily or mental harm and forced transfer of children, aimed at destroying the Yazidis as a group,” said Ms. Pasieri.

The report documents men and adolescent boys being summarily executed, Yazidi women and girls sold as slaves, girls as young as 6 repeatedly raped and children between the ages of 8 and 18 forcibly conscripted.

U.N. investigators say other communities, including Christians, Kurds, Shia and Turkmen have also suffered violence at the hands of the militants, tantamount to crimes against humanity. In addition, they describe deliberate attacks by the fighters on Iraq’s cultural heritage of humanity, which they deem a war crime.

While most of the atrocities in Iraq have been committed by the Islamic State group, Ms. Pasieri noted the report also accuses the Iraqi security forces and associated militia of committing grave violations with impunity.

“It also gathered reports, from multiple credible sources, that violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, including war crimes, extrajudicial killings, torture, abductions and forcible displacement of large numbers of people, have been committed by the ISF or associated groups,” said Ms. Pasieri, referring to the Iraqi security forces.

In response, the Iraqi minister for human rights said Iraqi forces who were fighting the Islamic State were defending the honor of the Iraqi people and exercising their right of self-defense.  He added Iraq would not permit a transgression of the rule of law and committed itself to fight the Islamic State group and any other terrorist organization.

New approach for malaria
counts on parasite odors

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Malaria is spread by mosquitoes, which bite an infected person or animal, then spread the parasite to another human or animal.  A new study finds that the parasite that causes the disease produces an odor which attracts mosquitoes, inviting more bites and infections. 

The finding that chemical compounds called terpenes give off odors that mosquitoes find inviting could help break the cycle of malaria transmission by leading to a quick, non-invasive test for the disease, which now involves taking a blood sample and looking for evidence of the parasite. 

The scent of terpenes is emitted in the breath and sweat of infected individuals.

Audrey Odom is a pediatrician and microbiologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. 

She says her team's work documented that the type of mosquitoes that transmit malaria are able to detect the specific compounds produced by the parasites, an ability that guides the insects to infected people, increasing the chances the disease will spread.

"Do they really do what we think they are doing in terms of promoting malaria transmission?  And so we are doing studies to find out what proteins in the malaria parasites produce these compounds," said Odom.

Odom and her colleagues are planning to conduct a clinical trial in Malawi involving children with uncomplicated malaria, to see whether researchers can detect the presence of terpenes in the youngsters' breath and sweat.  The measurements will be compared to hospitalized children who do not have malaria.

If the theory holds up, that parasites that infect human blood cells give off a scent that's attractive to mosquitoes, investigators could develop methods for breaking the infection cycle with mosquito traps.

"Other people have already started to try what's called attractive sugar-baiting.  So, essentially making traps for mosquitoes that use the kind of compounds that they are attracted to.  So, the mosquitoes fly to the traps excited by the smells that they smell and then they get poisoned there," she said.

The study on terpenes is published online in the journal mBio.

The World Health Organization reports malaria infects an estimated 2 million people every year, resulting in almost 600,000 deaths, most of them children under the age of 5. 

Astronaut Cernan promotes
resumption of U.S. program

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In 1972, Eugene Cernan and two fellow astronauts began what would become the last mission to the moon, Apollo 17.

On Dec. 14, 1972, after scratching his daughter’s initials in the lunar dust and setting up a remote camera, he stepped into the lunar lander and left the moon.

Cernan assumed someone else would go back but, in his view, the U.S. space program then took a wrong turn.

“There is no space program,” he said, a situation he finds disappointing. “We cannot even put an American in space on a made-in-America piece of hardware to go to our own space station.”

Cernan went to Austin, Texas, last week to the annual South by Southwest film festival to help promote a film about him, aptly called "The Last Man on the Moon."

The film tells of a time in the 1960s and early 1970s when the United States was launching men into space every few months. It mixes archival footage of a young Cernan with shots of the older man of today, revisiting sites associated with his space adventure.

There is triumph, but also sadness, as Cernan recalls the cost his family paid for his all-out commitment to his career.

Director Mark Craig said it was not hard getting frank, honest comments from Cernan.

“Luckily for us, Gene is a very articulate character anyway, and so he was able to express his own feelings and emotions,” Craig said.

Cernan knows his days in space are over, but he hopes others will follow up on what he and his fellow astronauts started. “All we've got to do is inspire those young kids and give them the opportunity that someone gave myself and all my colleagues,” he said.

And what does it take to be a space explorer?

“If you believe that what you are doing throughout life is the right thing to do, and you are willing to take the challenge and accept the risk to get it done," he said, "you have what I call 'the right stuff.' ”

And he hopes "The Last Man on the Moon" helps spread that message.

Heat-resistant beans may
insure harvest in future

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The recent discovery of a variety of heat-resistant beans is promising to save the humble plant from devastation in the face of climate change.

For centuries beans have been a crucial food for hundreds of millions of people around the world. In Africa and Latin America they are a staple crop, and sometimes a community’s only reliable source of protein.

But researchers say with global temperatures expected to rise by up to four degrees in coming years, the bean could be at risk.  A bean researcher for food security research group CGIAR, Steve Beebe, said because beans originated in a relatively cool climate, the effects of global warming could be devastating.

“Beans are going to be under a lot of heat stress in the future if we are not careful.  We calculate that within a generation, if we do not get moving, we could lose up to 50 percent of the bean area around the world,” he stated.

Beans are more vulnerable to higher temperatures than other staple crops like cassava and maize, he said.

But on Wednesday CGIAR announced that it had discovered a new variety of heat-resistant bean that can handle temperatures several degrees higher than normal beans.

A cross with the tepary bean, a small variety once grown by Native Americans, this new strain of heat-beater beans can handle nighttime temperatures of up to 23 degrees (73.4 F), whereas most bean crops will start to fail at 18 or 19 degrees, said Beebe.

“It is a species that is naturally adapted to high temperatures.  We had some interspecific crosses sitting on the shelf, and when we started realizing what we are up against with rising temperatures we pulled them off the shelf.  That is where we found most of the really promising heat tolerance that we are working into the breeding program pretty much across the board,” Beebe explained.

The next step, he said, is to introduce heat tolerance into a range of beans already familiar to consumers, then to distribute them to partners in Africa and Latin America.

CGIAR is also trying to breed bean varieties that would be more tolerant of drought or flooding, as well as working to boost their iron content to make them more nutritious. 

California's top lawyer moves
to derail anti-gay initiative

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

California's attorney general has asked a court to allow her to reject a proposed ballot initiative that calls for the state to put homosexuals to death.

A lawyer filed an application with the attorney general's office last month for the so-called "Sodomite Suppression Act" which states "that any person who willingly touches another person of the same gender for purposes of sexual gratification be put to death by bullets to the head or by any other convenient method."  The measure would also impose a $1 million fine for anyone caught distributing gay literature, plus a 10-year prison sentence and permanent expulsion from California.

Attorney General Kamala Harris issued a statement Wednesday announcing her decision to seek legal action against the proposal, saying it "not only threatens public safety, it is patently unconstitutional, utterly reprehensible, and has no place in a civil society."

California's attorney general is required by law to administer a proposed ballot initiative once it is filed and the sponsor pays a $200 fee.  If the court rules against Harris, the sponsor can then try and collect the necessary 366,000 signatures to qualify it for the November 2016 ballot.

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Real estate for sale (paid category)

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 or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

ARenal home
Lake Arenal near San Luis and Tilarán

2 bedrooms & 2.5 baths - $279,000

Lake Arenal home (90 yards from lake) in a private 17-home gated community named Buena Vista 1 with full-time guards and views of Tenorio Volcano, Miravalles Volcano, Rincón de la Vieja Volcano and of course, Lake Arenal. This Lake Arenal climate zone provides temperatures of 75 to 85 degrees (23 to 29 C) year round, so there is NO need for heating or air conditioning and the $100's per month for fuel and energy costs !!!!! This is our property and you can see other Lake Arenal Properties at

The price is right!  Asking only $140,000 with terms, but your cash offer will buy it for less in this distress sale.  This clean and modern two-bedroom, one-bath home wastes none of its 102 m2 and the very large 1,129 m2 lot was intended for an apartment project that divorce terminated prematurely.  The emotionally-bruised owner has returned to the U.S., never to return to Costa Rica, has no heart to manage even this very desirable rental property from a distance, just wants out.  Her plan was excellent, but now someone else gets to benefit instead.  Only a three-minute walk to central park in La Fortuna yet quiet and private, the property features a superb volcano view.  Perfect for the future retiree who wants to buy now and have the property carry itself until that time comes while earning perhaps 6%-12% on their investment in the meantime, or for today’s retiree who wants to build the apartments and retire on a very comfortable income.  Not everyone’s cup of tea but money to be made for the right person.  For interior pix email or phone 8377-8402.

Finca home
 Little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica.       

16 acres (approximately.)   Price: $599,000USD
We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 k) 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. For more  information: In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 720-951-7928 or email In Costa Rica call: Ivo Henfling at Godutch Realty: 2289-5125/8834-4515

Barrio Peralta
Barrio Francisco Peralta
Grom Casa Italia, 200m south and 200m east, dead end, last property on the left side. Land size 461.15 m2, construction 340 m2 Part of the existing furniture can be negotiated by separate of the purchase. Contact: Gerardo Ortuño at 8820-0640 or 2253 3613. Email:

Escazu house
Residential area. 5 minutes from center of Escazú
Lot 489 m2 (5,166 sq ft). Building 220 m2 (2,368 sq ft + 50 m2) Living room, kitchen 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms, walk-in closets bedroom for domestic, laundry, hot water tanks, maid’s room, 2-car garage, additional parking space All services. Financing available. Sale $275,000. Rent $1,500 Contact: Gerardo Ortuñ,o 8820-0640 or 2253-3613. Email:

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In Alajuela , Penthouse in best location with views from all rooms. Quiet and private. Cheap to run. Extra large kitchen and balcony. Financing possible. Completely well furnished with $20,000 cost, including custom large kitchen and many cabinets. 10 minutes to Multiplaza, airport and close to highway 27, beach 45 minutes. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms + office. Open plan granite kitchen to living room. Wheelchair accessible, covered parking place by entrance. Large pool, jacuzzi, gym and tennis. Areas for walking and running. The best location in the complex. Close to all and only $127/month maintenance. Price $125,000. Write or call at:  8391-2080, 2220-2243.

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:  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

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  
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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
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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   
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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.

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.

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, for further info or to arrange a viewing.

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  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

Newly available in Roca Verde
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: 2446-5587.

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   Check out slide show HERE!

ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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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.

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Fantastic location for condo/ hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot. incredible views. Flexible zoning $2.3 M 
Easy to get liquor license.
Low interest financing
Call Bruce at: (506) 8307-0164.

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:   Web:

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Another wild critter saved from the pot

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police rescued another critter from the pot this week when they patrolled along the Río Frio in Los Chiles.

This time the rescued animal was bird, called a pato aguja in Spanish. It is a long-necked waterbird (Anhinga anhinga) sometimes called a snake bird in English.

Two local youngsters appear to have downed the bird with a slingshot and then stuffed it in a bag.

Police officers turned the bird over to the local environmental staffers, and they released it in another area, said the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública.

These birds are common in the wetlands of Costa Rica, and they can be found as far north as the Canadian border. But they are not really ducks, as the Spanish name implies.

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The email wasn't really Obama's?

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Hillary Clinton is being raked over the partisan coals for her use of a private email address for official business while she was secretary of State.

The suspicion is that she was trying to evade the Freedom of Information Act that makes official messages open to the public.

So the surprise Wednesday was a message from Barack Obama from a non-governmental Web site.

The president was offering a chance to fly to Washington to meet him.

Actually it was the lobby group Organizing for Action that was throwing around the president's name. The email came from that organization, which is continuing to raise money to fight for liberal causes.

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Tax police sweep Guanacaste for violations

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tax agents said they conducted a sweep of Guanacaste last week and found 104 violations. The Dirección General de Tributación and the Policía de Control Fiscal said they even found two businesses that were not even registered as taxpayers.

The sweep targeted bars, restaurants, stores, supermarkets, beauty salons, veterinarians, pharmacies, jewelry shops and casinos.

Of the 176 businesses checked, 86 did not issue authorized facturas or receipts, the tax agency said.  The tax police also made confiscation of merchandise at 12 locations.

The sweep was in Santa Cruz, Nicoya, Liberia and Carrillo.

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