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Suspected home invader gets just 22 days in prison
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Of the four men found in a vehicle Saturday night with firearms, two-way radios, gloves, ski masks and plastic ties for presumed victims, only one has been ordered into preventative detention.

And that was only until May 5, according to the Fuerza Pública.

Two more men who were in the vehicle in Tibás when police stopped it were freed without charge earlier on the orders of a prosecutor, police said earlier.

The 28-year-old man jailed for the next 22 days has the last name of  Mackenzie. He has been detained 22 times earlier for drug crimes, robbery, aggression with a weapon, illegal possession of a knife, attempted murder and illegal possession of a firearm, said police at the time.

His companion, identified as a 20-year-old man with the last name of  Sáenz has been ordered to sign in with prosecutors every three days, the Fuerza Pública reported. He, too, has an extensive police record.

The vehicle stop involving the four men got more press than normal because the owner of a B&B near Tamarindo died from injuries suffered in a home invasion April 1. The car in Tibás seemed equipped for a similar crime.

Meanwhile, the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública issued a press release praising its work in the first three months of the year in Tamarindo.

The ministry cited a reduction in crime of from 40 percent to 100 percent in the district.

The ministry said that in the first three months of 2015 there were but 13 robberies compared to the same period in the prior year when there were 24.

The ministry also cited statistics for what it called robberies of buildings. These could be simple burglaries or more serious events. It said that in January to March this year there had been no such crimes compared to 11 in the same period the prior year.

Contrary to the statistics, the Fuerza Pública rushed officials to Tamarindo Thursday in the wake of the death of Barry Lawson, the B&B operator. He lived in nearby Playa Langosta.

The agency said it was beefing up the number of police in Tamarindo and nearby areas.

The statistics might be due to frustrated Tamarindo residents failing to report all but major crimes. In fact, the home invasion that eventually ended the life of Lawson was not reported in the usual daily summary of police activities following the crime.

He died later at a San José hospital.

Residents and business people in tourism areas generally try to downplay crime so as not to affect the flow of visitors.

However, residents have been complaining about the lack of police and the lack of a police station in emails to A.M. Costa Rica.

Health officials discount Nicaraguan ebola action
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The health ministry says it is not concerned about a Nicaraguan ebola scare centered on a U.S. diplomat who visited the African country of Liberia.

The diplomat, identified by news services as 51-year-old Kenneth Mclean, spent three months in Africa and visited at one time a center where ebola patients were being treated.

The Nicaraguan government quarantined him when he returned to that country even though Costa Rican officials, citing a U.S. Embassy statement, noted that he had been cleared by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

The man is believed to have left Nicaragua. The press in that country noted that there is a steady flow of African illegal immigrants trying to reach the United States.

Many pass through Costa Rica.

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The Pan-American Health Organization and CAF-Development Bank of Latin America announced joint actions to strengthen the capacity of countries in the Americas to respond to disease outbreaks and epidemics, including ebola, during the 7th Summit of the Americas, which was held in Panama City.

CAF is making available up to $300 million to support efforts to prepare for ebola and other potential disease outbreaks. The announcement was made by Carissa F. Etienne and CAF Executive President Enrique Garcia, who noted that the impact of diseases such as ebola can go far beyond the health sector.

Ms. Etienne is director of the regional health agency, a World Health Organization entity.

“In our interconnected world, disease outbreaks can have serious economic and social repercussions,” said Ms. Etienne. “Countries need to be ready to protect themselves.”

Garcia said the $300 million “demonstrates CAF’s willingness to keep offering financial alternatives and technical assistance to its member countries to help their governments handle risks, start prevention plans and respond with agility and speed when confronting emergencies."

CAF´s funding, approved by its board of directors in late 2014, will be available to support efforts including strengthening epidemic surveillance systems and health services to ensure rapid and effective response to potential disease outbreaks. PAHO/WHO will provide technical support for CAF and for member countries in disease outbreak preparedness efforts, in collaboration with national governments in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Pan-American Health has undertaken a series of actions to help its member countries in Latin America and the Caribbean increase their preparedness to

CAF is a development bank created in 1970, made up by 19 countries—17 of Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal—as well as 14 private banks in the region.

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Existence of lava confirmed at Turrialba

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Volcano experts have recovered blocks of lava that were expelled as flaming chunks from the Volcán Turrialba. This is confirmation that lava exists just a few hundred feet below the crater.

The Red Sismológica Nacional said its experts made a field trip to the volcano crater Friday and recovered samples.

The material is basaltic andesite, a typical product of Costa Rican volcanoes.

The experts have been studying the ash to see if there was lava in it, but with the recovery of the basaltic pieces, there is no doubt, the Universidad de Costa Rica agency said on its Facebook page.

This is the same sort of glowing material that was expelled for years from the Arenal volcano and drew tourists from all over the world.

Agents seek chalice stolen in October

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Judicial Investigating Organization issued a request for help Monday to locate a religious chalice and other items that were stolen in Moravia in October.

The judicial agency did not say why there was such a delay.

The items were taken from a chapel in San Jerónimo de Moravia by a daylight thief who came in through a window, the agency said.

The gold-plated chalice has encrusted precious stones and is worth about $2,500, the agency said.

Truck was a rolling time bomb

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A truck on the highway may harbor surprises.

When police pulled over a truck Sunday in El Cocal, Puntarenas, they found 1,800 liters of  gasoline in 30 60-liter containers. That's about 475 gallons.

The man now faces an allegation of illegally transporting explosive material.

Small power firm seeks rate hike

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The electrical firm Coopealfaro is seeking a 30.22 percent rate hike, according to the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos. The firm serves about 7,000 customers in the canton of Alfaro Ruiz in Alajuela.

World financial officials meet in D.C.

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Top central bank and financial officials from nearly 200 nations are in Washington for World Bank and International Monetary Fund meetings that will focus on speeding up economic growth, creating jobs, and avoiding political bickering. New studies show the pace of global growth is frustratingly slow.

Even with falling oil prices and strong U.S. growth, the head of the International Monetary Fund said the global economy only expanded around 3.4 percent last year. While that is near the average growth over the last couple of decades, the fund's managing director, Christine Lagarde, said growth was uneven and too slow.

"Given the lingering impact of the great recession on people, it is actually generating hardship for many people around the world, including those countries where more than 50 percent of the youth population goes unemployed. So growth is not good enough," she said.

Ms. Lagarde urged nations to take advantage of lower oil prices to cut energy subsidies and use the saved money on education to boost long-term economic growth.

The International Monetary Fund chief said progress on trade agreements could also help growth and employment, while better access to credit could help small businesses hire more people.

And she called for more investment in infrastructure to provide jobs in the short term and bolster growth in the long term by facilitating commerce.

Improved infrastructure is also the focus of the new Chinese-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Some analysts see it as a rival to the International Monetary Fund  and World Bank, which critics say are unfairly dominated by Western nations.

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is urging the new bank to adhere to high standards for dealing with environmental and labor issues.

He also said nearly one billion people around the world struggle to survive on less than $1.25 a day. Kim pledged to work closely with the new bank because the enemy was poverty not other institutions.

World Bank critics said the global lender would fight poverty more effectively if it speeded up efforts to reform its large bureaucracy and improved safeguards for people and environments affected by bank projects.

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Industrial chamber challenges tax agency on shareholder names
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's industrial chamber has appealed the tax agency's plan to get the names of company shareholders.

The chamber, the Cámara de Industrias de Costa Rica, said it filed the contencioso administrativo appeal because the  Dirección General de Tributación is seeking this information without legal authority.

The chamber said that this defeats the purpose of an anonymous corporation and also violates the Costa Rican Constitution.

The tax agency issued a resolution that included a request for the names of shareholders of large firms.

The chamber also is seeking a legal prohibition against the tax agency seeking the information while the case progresses.
Some Costa Rican investors want to keep their names private for safety reasons. The tax agency promises confidentiality, but the files will be open to many employees.

Some companies have to report their shareholders. Any firm that does business with the government has to list shareholders so that officials know that there is no conflict of interest.

Police greeted with rioters, rocks

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A gang attacked a man and then went on to wreak havoc in Vista Hermosa de San Rafael, Oreamuno, Cartago, Sunday night.

The first police on the scene were greeted with rocks, so the Unidad de Intervención Policial, the riot squad, was called in.

In the midst of the melee police said someone fired a shotgun several times.

The marauders sacked several homes in the area and stole possessions. At least one vehicle had a window shattered. At one home the rioters stole a marijuana plant.

Eventually police detained seven persons, and two turned out to be juveniles.

The origin of the gang activity still is being investigated. Police said they retrieved some of the stolen items and also confiscated the shotgun.

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Internet hacking is expected to get much worse, experts agree
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

First came reports that Lenovo’s “Superfish” software was designed to intentionally break secure connections and steal users’ private data.

Then, Gemalto, the world’s largest SIM card manufacturer, announced it had reasonable grounds to conclude British and American intelligence services stole the firm’s encryption keys for billions of mobile phones.

Next, the cyber security firm Kaspersky Labs revealed that cyber-criminals, using a new bit of malware dubbed Carbanak. quietly stole upward of $1 billion from dozens of European banks before anyone caught on. And then came Fanny, a newly discovered package of crypto-worms and viruses with close similarities to Stuxnet that began turning up on thousands of computers, permanently destroying their hard drives.

These reports came out in the span of just one week recently. And the news may get progressively worse.

A recent poll of Internet security professionals at a major cyber security conference found that 93 percent of respondents said hacking will only get worse in the coming year, with 44 percent believing the U.S. is losing the battle against hack attacks.

There’s an emerging consensus among analysts about what needs to be done about it and how individuals can defend themselves.

“Twenty five years ago, I could never have imagined all this,” said cyber security expert Bhavani Thuraisingham. “It’s almost like we’re being attacked from every direction and everyone is attacking everyone else.”

Now a professor at the University of Texas – Dallas, and director of the school’s Cyber Security Research Center, Ms. Thuraisingham spent many years working in the field of cyber-security before anyone knew what to call it.

She said that hack attacks have been on an upswing lately, and is quick to caution that the situation is likely to get much worse before it starts getting better.

“The bad actors, they only have to get one thing right once, whereas we have to be correct 100 percent of the time.” Ms. Thuraisingham said. “It’s almost like terrorism. We need to focus much more on the prevention methods because that’s really what we need if we want to stop this.”

Top on her list of prevention methods are hacking prediction models. Ms. Thuraisingham said the models, still under development, would allow security professionals not just to plug security holes once they’ve developed but also to  predict attacks before they happen.

“We’re always dealing with the immediate problems right in front of us, much like cleaning up the broken china once it’s hit the floor,” she said. “If we’re going to really defend ourselves, we have to get out in front of the problem.”

The explosion of hacking attacks is something that’s not likely to go away any time soon, analysts say.

“We’re kind of living in what amounts to a digital wild west. This is something that folks are going to have to adapt to,” said Patrick Eddington, a policy analyst at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute.

Eddington said these attacks come from a wide array of sources including organized crime, crypto-anarchist groups, corporate spies and state-sponsored groups, such as “Unit 61398,” a hacking operation allegedly run by China’s People’s Liberation Army.

“If you look at the polling, you do find a tremendous amount of concern over what’s going on,” Eddington said. “But it hasn’t as yet translated into a sustained level of pressure on lawmakers. That may stem from the fact that, in people’s daily lives, they’re much more concerned about keeping a roof over their head, keeping their job, getting their kids through school.”

One tool both Eddington and Ms. Thuraisingham say can help stop, or at least slow many hacks, is encryption. “If you’re not encrypting, it’s like not locking your door when you go to sleep,” Ms. Thuraisingham said. “It’s a protection but it’s not fool-proof. A lock-pick could still get in. But a lock, like encryption, deters most people.”

That may be, but elements in the U.S. government, most notably the FBI, have issued a series of warnings about the spreading use of encryption, and the potential for misuse by criminals or terrorists.

Last fall, FBI Director James Comey compared encrypted devices to safes that could never be opened, putting a wealth of potential helpful information for law enforcement permanently out of reach.

“If the challenges of real-time interception threaten to leave us in the dark, encryption threatens to lead all of us to a very dark place,” he said.

More recently, Rep. John Carter, a Texas Republican, chairman of the House Homeland Security Appropriates Subcommittee, echoed Comey’s concerns.

“I don’t know anything about this stuff,” he admitted at a recent hearing, adding that “invaders from around the world trying to get in here. If that gets to be the wall, and even the law can’t penetrate it, then aren’t we creating an instrument that’s the perfect tool for lawlessness?” he said.

But analysts say U.S. officials are sending mixed messages.

“The FBI was for encryption before they were against it,” cyber security expert Eddington said. “If you go back to fall 2012 when different malware attacks – like Finfisher – were going on, the FBI was encouraging people to use encryption to help protect themselves. These hacking attacks are helping to bring this fundamental conflict to the surface.”

The encryption debate is unlikely to be settled anytime soon, and it will likely be years before hacking prediction models will be robust enough to defend against potential attacks.

So what can be done?

Analysts Eddington and Ms. Thuraisingham – as well as many other cyber security analysts – say it’s critical for everyone online to practice good Internet hygiene.

“Change your passwords,” Ms. Thuraisingham said. “Update your software. Don’t click on links or attachments that people you don’t know send you. Stop putting too much stuff on Facebook. That’s clean hygiene. And use encryption as much as possible, so at least if you’re hacked,” he said. “It’s still encrypted.”

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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
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Two-bedroom, 1-bath condominium available for rent starting June 1st in Corteza del Sol in the Quebrada Seca, just across the Costanera from Jacó. 24-hour security, wifi/cable, AC, luxurious amenities, kitchen includes everything you need to cook, gorgeous pools just steps from your front door. 15 minute walk to town or quick bike ride. ¢2,000 taxi to center of town. Short-term renter is fine. Long-term would be great! Looking for someone low-key who will fit in well with the complex. $950/month including cable & internet, NOT INCLUDING ELECTRIC! Call 8725-0344 or email

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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
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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.
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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 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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Rubio joins presidential race
to become third Republican

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida officially joined the 2016 presidential race Monday. He’s the third Republican to announce a White House bid, and his announcement came one day after Democrat Hillary Clinton launched her second presidential campaign.

Rubio vowed to move the country beyond the politics of the past to what he called a new American century.

He also took a swipe at Mrs. Clinton’s entrance into the presidential race on Sunday. "Just yesterday, a leader from yesterday began a campaign for president by promising to take us back to yesterday," he said to boos from the crowd. "Yesterday is over. There is no going back."

The candidate announced his campaign in downtown Miami in front of the Freedom Tower, a processing center for tens of thousands of Cuban exiles who fled the island nation in the 1960s and 1970s.

"Grounded by the lessons of our history but inspired by the promise of our future, I announce my candidacy for the presidency of the United States!" he said.

At 43, Rubio is the youngest candidate in the field so far, and offers Republicans the potential of winning over some younger voters as well as Hispanic Americans. He’s the son of Cuban immigrants who came to the U.S. shortly before Fidel Castro took power in 1959.

Rubio’s unique biography will be a major focus of his campaign, said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell.

"He has the most compelling narrative of the entire Republican field," O’Connell said. "The question is, how does he package it going forward so that voters know who he is and what it is he stands for? In a lot of ways, he does represent the American dream."

Rubio is the third first-term Senate Republican to join the presidential field, following in the footsteps of Ted Cruz of Texas (who also has Cuban roots) and Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Rubio won his Senate seat in 2010 thanks in part to strong support from Tea Party activists. But his subsequent backing of a bipartisan immigration reform bill that included a path to citizenship for millions of people living in the U.S. illegally angered Tea Party groups. He may have his work cut out for him to win back their support.

Public opinion polls show Rubio running in the middle of the Republican pack for the moment, trailing his political mentor, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and current Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

In his announcement, Rubio made it clear he will continue as an unwavering critic of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy. He vowed that, with his election, America would once again accept the mantle of global leadership by abandoning the administration’s dangerous concessions to Iran and hostility to Israel.

Rubio has used his seat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to become a stalwart critic of Obama’s foreign policy. He was one of 47 Senate Republicans who signed a letter to Iran’s leaders warning that any nuclear deal they reach with the Obama White House might not survive once Obama leaves the presidency in early 2017.

Rubio has become a leading Senate hawk on dealing with the threat from Islamic State and in confronting Russia over its ambitions in Ukraine.

Rubio is expected to be front and center during Foreign Relations Committee hearings in the weeks ahead, strategist O’Connell predicted. "He will do it on the back of national security and military policies because that is essentially what he has been selling himself as, particularly with his Senate experience."

The Senate could become even more lively than usual with Rubio, Cruz and Paul all vying for the White House at the same time. A fourth senator, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, also is mulling a presidential bid. Graham often teams with Sen. John McCain as one of the leading Republican hawks and a harsh critic of the Obama foreign policy.

The Rubio announcement came just one day after former secretary of State Clinton launched her second presidential campaign with a highly produced Web video that put the focus more on voters and less on Mrs. Clinton.

"Everyday Americans need a champion, and I want to be that champion," Mrs. Clinton said in the video kicking off her campaign.

Mrs. Clinton is now moving on to early contest states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, where she will meet with small groups of voters. It’s a far different rollout from her 2008 campaign, when she ultimately lost a bruising primary campaign to Obama.

Recent polls show if the election were held today, Clinton would beat all Republican candidates by a landslide.

But Republican National Committee head Reince Priebus said he believes voters do not trust her.

"Over decades as a Washington insider, Clinton has left a trail of secrecy, scandal and failed policies that cannot be erased from voters' minds," he said.

They include the deadly terror attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and using an unofficial email account for official business as secretary of State. Republicans also are likely to bring up scandals involving her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

"I believe our very identity as an exceptional nation is at stake, and I can make a difference as president," Rubio said.

Referencing his Cuban-born parents, a bartender and maid, the lawmaker said, "America doesn’t owe me anything, but I have a debt to America that I must try to repay.… America is literally the place that changed my family’s history."

His comments prompted periodic, enthusiastic outbursts from a crowd of supporters, who clapped, whistled and shouted "Marco! Marco!"

Rubio, who rode the Tea Party wave of 2010 to national prominence, is making muscular foreign policy a focal point of his campaign, portraying himself as the Republican most ready to handle threats to America in a chaotic world.

A video promoting the announcement casts Rubio's campaign as a new direction for America. It features clips of speeches in which he promotes the need for strong U.S. leadership in the world and criticizes President Barack Obama's policies.

In his video and campaign announcement, Rubio said the American dream is slipping from too many families' grip, and young people face unequal opportunities to succeed. It was a message honed to pitch the GOP as a party that cares about all voters, not just those in upper tax brackets.

Rubio will no doubt hear his rivals tell voters he's not ready for the White House. To counter that, Rubio has outlined specific policy proposals that boost him as a policy expert, both on foreign and domestic issues.

Tuesday, his first day as an official candidate, he is set to return to Washington to join a Senate hearing on a proposed deal with Iran on its nuclear ambitions.

Right now, Rubio's support registers in single digits in opinion polls of the likely contenders in what is expected to be a crowded Republican presidential field. But aides believe Rubio, who was on 2012 nominee Mitt Romney's short list for vice president, will rise in the polls when voters take a closer look at him.

If elected, Rubio would become the nation's first Hispanic leader.

Mrs. Clinton kicked off her campaign by hitting the road on a multi-state trip starting in Iowa, home of the country's first presidential caucus.

Relationship-building seen
as key to Cuban normalization

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The effort by the United States and Cuba to bridge gaps caused by more than 50 years of mutual hostility will require a heavy emphasis on relationship-building, says a former high-ranking State Department official.

Retired ambassador Thomas Pickering, who served as under secretary of State for political affairs during the Clinton administration, said one of the biggest challenges for U.S. and Cuban diplomats will be to establish ties that allow them to speak frankly to each other.
He said diplomats laid the groundwork in the lead-up to the December announcement that the two countries will start an effort to normalize relations.
"They involve very important questions like dealing with prisoners and dealing with the atmosphere that would be set, and setting up the conversations that needed to take place," said Pickering.
President Barack Obama and Cuban leader Raúl Castro met on the sidelines of last week’s Summit of the Americas in Panama.  Also, Secretary of State John Kerry and his Cuban counterpart, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez, had their first face-to-face meeting since the normalization process began.
Kerry told ABC’s This Week program that Washington has embarked on a policy of transformation with Havana.
“It will begin slowly,” said Kerry. “The first thing is diplomatic relations," he said.
Perhaps Kerry’s best-known relationship building effort involves Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
State Department officials said the two diplomats held more than 10 hours of one-on-one talks during just the most recent round of nuclear negotiations.
Pickering said he expects Kerry also will try to develop a strong relationship with Rodríguez.
"Personal relationship does not mean you give away the store.  It means, in effect, that you can speak very frankly to each other and have that opportunity to build understanding," said Pickering.
Some Cuban human rights activists have expressed concern that the U.S. could lose its leverage with Cuba in its bid to normalize relations, which includes lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking restrictions.
However, Pickering said stronger ties actually could give U.S. officials an opportunity to voice human rights concerns to a higher level of the Cuban government.
There could be other benefits, said Ted Piccone, a senior fellow with the Latin American Initiative at the Brookings Institution.
In an April report published by Brookings, Piccone said the shift toward critical engagement with Cuba offered the U.S. a chance to advance its strategic interests in a variety of areas, including counter-narcotics and counterterrorism cooperation, aviation and maritime security, disaster relief, human trafficking and migration.

Lincoln is found on many stamps and currency.

Lincoln assassination marked
around the United States

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The assassination of President Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago changed the course of U.S. history. Museums and historic institutions across the country are featuring special exhibits, plays and musical performances to commemorate that seminal event on April 14, 1865. 

At Ford's Theatre in the nation's capital, where Lincoln was shot, objects from that tragic evening are being presented together for the first time. The theater also is hosting more than 150 Civil War historians to recreate the all-night vigil for Abraham Lincoln.

On April 14, 1865, as Lincoln and his wife Mary sat in the presidential box watching a play at the Washington theater, a shot rang out and the president slumped in his chair, mortally wounded.

Shouting Sic semper tyrannis, a Latin phrase meaning "thus always to tyrants," actor and Confederate sympathizer John Wilkes Booth dropped his pistol and fled. Lincoln was carried to a house across the street, where he died the following morning.

He was the first American president to be assassinated.

Many still regard Lincoln as one of this country's greatest and most beloved presidents. His passing came just as he was leading the nation out of a bloody, four-year civil war that had led to the deaths of approximately 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers.

Saving the Union was one of the most remarkable achievements of his presidency, says Michelle Krowl, a historian at the Library of Congress in Washington.

"In the hands of a lesser man, hands of a less resolute person, one who is less politically astute, it could’ve easily gone the other way," she said.

"There were times when Lincoln was not sure that the war would necessarily be won. But he saw the United States as an experiment in democracy,” Ms. Krowl said, adding the 16th president “was upholding what the Founding Fathers had started. And in an era where republics that were governed by the people were very few and far between, he didn’t want that experiment in democracy to fail.”

The Emancipation Proclamation that he issued on Jan. 1, 1863, declared that "all persons held as slaves within any state ... in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free."

It set African-Americans on the path to freedom and helped set the stage for passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution two years later that outlawed slavery in every state.

On Nov. 19, 1863, four months after the Union Army defeated the Confederate Army at the Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania, Lincoln gave his historic Gettysburg Address.

"When you read the Gettysburg Address and he says 'this is a Government of the people, by the people, for the people,’ he meant that," noted Ms. Krowl. "Lincoln was someone who wanted to extend rights for people. He wanted the United States to really fulfill its democratic potential to be a place that fulfilled the Declaration of Independence, 'all men created equal.'"

Historian Martin Johnson says Lincoln's Gettysburg Address became popular and important very quickly because it "condensed the lesson of the War in a very brief manner."

After the war, Johnson said, the speech was recited "over and over again, hundreds of times across the Union and elsewhere.... It became rooted very quickly in American memory about what the Civil War meant."

The Gettysburg Address also demonstrated Lincoln's mastery of the language and his worldwide appeal, Johnson added. “Schoolchildren around the world learn the speech as part of their lessons in English because it is recognized as one of the finest speeches by any American.”

Lincoln's gift of language came from his love of storytelling, Ms. Krowl said. "He told stories all the time," she said, "usually with a purpose."

He was also a patient man, with a great sense of humor, and was a devoted father, she added. "You really see the more tender side of Lincoln when you hear or read about him interacting, particularly with his sons Willie and Todd during their White House years."

Tracey Avant, curator of exhibitions at Ford's Theatre, said that's also revealed by his signature top hat, one of the objects on display in the exhibit "Silent Witnesses: Artifacts of the Lincoln Assassination."

"It’s a beautiful, iconic piece; everyone thinks of Abraham Lincoln with a top hat," she said. "But what I love about it is it’s got this beautiful band that he put on it to remember his son Willie, who had died in 1862 of typhoid fever. It still remained on the hat in 1865, and to me – I’m a parent – it speaks to how deeply he felt that loss."

The exhibit also includes the small, single-shot pistol that assassin Booth used to shoot the president.

Avant describes it as the weapon that changed the course of American history: "In one small moment, one of our greatest presidents was brought down."

Lincoln’s eyeglasses also are popular with visitors, Avant said.

An arm "had broken off at some point ... so he used a little piece of twine to tie it back together," she added. "And to me, that just humanizes him so much and makes you realize how humble he still remained even though he was the president of the United States."

While his life was cut short, Lincoln’s legacy lives on.

More books have been written about him than any other American president. His face appears on U.S. currency. And millions visit his memorial on the National Mall in Washington.

Many credit Lincoln’s efforts during his presidency for helping to set the foundation for the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

And Ms. Krowl believes Lincoln would have been pleased to see an African-American as president 150 years after the Civil War.

But she noted that, despite much progress, Lincoln’s vision of equality has yet to be fully realized. 

Colombians who killed
drug agent are sentenced

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The last two defendants in the 2013 kidnapping and murder of a U.S. drug agent in Colombia were given long prison terms in a U.S. federal court Monday.

Edgar Javier Bello Murillo was sentenced to more than 36 years in prison. Co-defendant Omar Fabian Valdes Gualtero was given a 29-year term.

Both had pleaded guilty to charges of picking up special agent James "Terry" Watson in a taxi in Bogota and stabbing him. Watson managed to escape but later collapsed and died from his wounds.

Five other co-defendants were also extradited from Colombia to the U.S. are already serving long prison terms.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called Watson a courageous and patriotic law enforcement agent.

"Although our prosecution of his heinous attackers has come to its rightful close, the Department of Justice will never rest in our efforts to honor Special Agent Watson's life of service and sacrifice by upholding and values that he served to protect," Holder said.

Blackwater guard ordered
to spend life in prison

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. federal judge sentenced former Blackwater security guard Nicholas Slatten to life in prison Monday for the 2007 shooting deaths of 14 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad.

Three other former guards, Dustin Heard, Evan Liberty and Paul Slough, were given 30-year prison terms.

Judge Royce Lamberth ignored defense attorneys' pleas for leniency, saying the crimes are serious and the punishment not excessive.

The four were convicted in October of opening fire on Iraqi civilians in Baghdad's Nisour Square while guarding a U.S. diplomatic convoy.

Defense attorneys argued the guards came under gunfire and shot back in self-defense. They said the guards were working in a tense, violent and war-torn atmosphere.

Prosecutors say there was no gunfire and that the shootings were unprovoked. They also said none of the guards has shown any regret for the deaths of the civilians, including at least one child.

The shootings outraged Iraqis and many Americans who wondered why the State Department was hiring a private security contractor in a war zone.

North Carolina-based Blackwater was sold and renamed several times. It is now called Academi, based in northern Virginia.

Russian fighter jet action
called sloppy airmanship

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Pentagon is protesting the Russian intercept of one of its reconnaissance planes flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea, calling it unsafe and "an example of sloppy airmanship."

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren said Monday the incident occurred last Tuesday, when a U.S. RC-135U plane was flying north of Poland and was approached from the rear by a Russian SU-27 fighter flying at a high rate of speed. He said the Russian plane crossed in front of the American jet and tilted to show off its weapons.

Warren said it was "not certain why this (Russian) pilot was such a sloppy aviator" and that it "could be that he wasn't very well trained." He said it was unacceptable for the Russian aviator to "flagrantly disregard international standards of safety and professionalism."

Moscow has denied that its pilot did anything wrong.
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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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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

cndo rollover

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.

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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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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How about purple broccoli bred to be more hardy.

Plant breeders try to amplify veggie taste

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The rise of multi-national grocery chains, large-scale food production, and year-round availability of many fruits and vegetables has some clear consumer benefits: Convenience and lower costs to name just two. It also has drawbacks that you can touch and taste, such as hard tomatoes and bland strawberries.

Now at selected greenhouses, small farms and research plots across the United States, there's a flavor renaissance afoot, as breeders, farmers, chefs and seed growers collaborate to create more flavorful vegetable varieties, some with more vitamins too.

Oregon State University plant breeder Jim Myers explained this wasn't some miracle of genetic engineering.
"What I do is conventional breeding or traditional breeding, if you will. There is plenty of genetic variation out there for us to work with," he said.

Myers' lab in Corvallis cross-pollinates related plants with desired traits. In the warm, humid greenhouses, graduate research assistants wield fine tweezers to insert specific pollen into the blooms of broccoli plants on one bench and pole beans in another. On some plants, the researchers tape the blossoms closed afterwards to make sure no other genetic material intrudes. Hanging tags which describe what varieties were crossed make the broccoli row look like miniature Christmas trees.

The plan is to select the best of the results for commercialization. The university has already released trademarked tomato varieties with names such as Indigo Rose and Indigo Cherry Drops. The deep purple fruits contain higher levels of nutrition.

Myers says his next release may be a mild habanero pepper. He gathers his team together in the greenhouse for a taste test of multi-colored pickled peppers. The consensus?

"A little bit of kick. But it's not overwhelming," said one team member. "My mouth is not burning... It has a little bit of smokiness."

"A little bit of sweetness too I think," observed Lyle Wallace, one of Myers' students.

On Marrowstone Island in Puget Sound, Organic Seed Alliance executive director Micaela Colley recently checked on a trial evaluation of purple broccoli and other new crop varieties. The project at the Washington State University Extension research farm is one of several breeding partnerships her organization is involved in.

"We've been selecting for cold hardiness," Ms. Colley said, describing another direction vegetable breeding is going. This goal is an extended growing season in the Pacific Northwest. "We've been trying to support year-round availability of crops," she added. Storage onions, chicory and cabbage are also part of those trials.

Ms. Colley said large vegetable producers "didn't breed flavor out intentionally" over recent decades. As she sees it, it’s a matter of what components of plants received priority. "There's more of an emphasis on shipping, handling and uniformity."

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University plans contest for entrepreneurs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tecnológico de Costa Rica, one of the country's major public universities is seeking business ideas.

The university has set up a contest in several categories where students can make a presentation May 9 and 10 at the Centro Comercial Paseo Metrópoli in Cartago. Signups are accepted through Friday.

The event is the Feria de Ideas de Negocios 2015.

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The university has a plan to select the best business ideas with a series of presentations or pitches. The event is expected to generate ideas that can be commercialized.