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Forum will address rising juvenile criminality
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The man who is credited with reducing gang violence in Los Angeles will address the issue of juvenile violence Friday at a forum that has multiple sponsors.

The man is Guillermo Cespedes, a Cuban native, who worked four years as director of the Los Angeles Office of Gang Reduction and Youth Development.

More recently he is with a U.S. consulting firm and travels extensively through El Salvador and Honduras.

Among the sponsors is the U.S. Embassy that noted that Costa Rica is being confronted by growing juvenile violence.

Two incidents validate that statement. Tuesday a 12 year old died in a Pavas shooting because he was in the company of the suspected leader of a drug gang, who also died.

And earlier in the week, the Fuerza Pública confiscated a small pistol from a 15-year-old girl after another teen was held up at gunpoint and robbed of her cell telephone.

The issue of juvenile criminality has not been a major topic with the public in Costa Rica although there has been a trend of those under 18 becoming more involved in serious crimes.

Another sponsor is Fundación Acción Joven, a non-profit organization that is working in Puntarenas and Limón to prevent juvenile violence and offer opportunities to youngsters, according to the U.S. Embassy which is helping with these programs.

Scheduled to appear at the forum will be Second Vice President Ana Helena Chacón; Nuria Marín Raventós, former president of  the Asociación Latinoamericana de  Sociología; Víctor Barrantes, vice minister of Justicia y Paz; Miguel Tello, executive
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director of Fundación Strachan, and Jorge Vargas Cullell of the Programa Estado de La Nación.
The Estado de La Nación and the Consejo Nacional de Rectores also are sponsors, and the session will be from 9 to 11 a.m. in the auditorium of the consejo at the Edificio Franklin Chang Díaz in Pavas.

Costa Rica has a number of public and private agencies involved with helping young people but they have not been able to stem the problem. The forum is designs to generate solutions, said the embassy.

Southern California Public Radio said that Cespedes set up innovative programs that included using ex-cons to convince gangsters and wannabes to take another path. The strategy contributed to a drop in crime.

"Under his leadership, gang intervention workers in L.A. have played a key role in preventing retaliation shootings by rushing to crime scenes and calming rivals," said the radio station in assessing the work of Cespedes in Los Angeles.

A major problem in Costa Rica is gun play by rival drug gangs. That is believed to be the reason for the death of the 12 year old.

Restaurateurs offer their exciting dining options
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has a dynamic and vibrant restaurant scene. Hundreds of men and women, some of them top chefs, have made major investments to support their culinary creativity.

Their restaurant chamber wants to show English-speaking expats and tourists that cuisine here is much more than rice and beans. The chamber is the Cámara Costarricense de Restaurantes y Afines, which hopes to provide some new dining ideas starting this week.

Jorge Figueroa, owner of the famous Chancay, is chamber president. Alejandro Madrigal is the executive director of the 
chamber, and he has been selected by the central government to direct a national
plan for sustainable and healthy gastronomy.
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Figueroa and Madrigal
These two leaders in the industry want to present some of the country's outstanding eating places to the A.M. Costa Rica readership. The chamber has placed a graphic announcement in the upper right of this page. HERE! The graphic
is linked to a PDF file containing details on top restaurants. Readers can consult this growing file or even download it to remind themselves of the spectacular dining options that may be nearby.

Editors encourage readers to provide feedback on featured restaurants and information on ones that may have been missed. Write

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Conviction listing was false, Sala IV notes

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The judiciary is having its troubles with innocent persons.

There have been several high-profile cases where innocent individuals were sent to prison in error. In one case, a man actually was convicted and only managed to get out of a long prison term with a legal appeal.

A woman who appealed to the Sala IV constitutional court had another problem. She was seeking a hoja de delincuencia, which is an official criminal record emitted by the judiciary.

The record is something that frequently is sought by employers and other authorities.

She complained that the judicial registry incorrectly said that she had been convicted of drug sales. There was a conviction for that crime in the Puntarenas courts, but the woman making the appeal was not the suspect, the court was told.

The constitutional court reported that the conviction has been applied to the names of two persons, including the woman making the appeal. The magistrates ordered that the woman's name be cleared.

Fire destroys five homes in Alajuela

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A child suffered light burns of the hands, neck and face when he was playing with a lighter and ignited a blaze that eventually evicted 18 persons and eight minors.

The Cuerpo de Bomberos said the 6 a.m. blaze was in Lotes Llobet, Alajuela. Five modest homes were involved.

Firefighters said that the blaze started in the child's bedroom.

Puntarenas warning system to be tested

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national emergency commission has installed a system of sirens in Puntarenas Centro, and officials plan to test them today, starting at 9 a.m.

The tests may last much of the day, said the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias.

The commission said that the sirens also can relay voice alerts. This will be tested, too.

Food exhibit planned for weekend

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 200 exhibitors will be at the IV Feria del Gustico Costarricense that opens Friday and runs through Sunday at the Antigua Aduana, organizers said.

This is an exhibitio of foodstuffs and related items that drew 15,000 persons last year.

The event also will provide training for those in the various businesses of sales or productions. There also will be an area for negotiating deals and also retail sales of the products.

Products such as coffee, bakery goods, jams and jellies and ice cream will be offered, said organizers.

The event is geared to small and medium enterprises.

Blood test said to predict breast cancer

By the University of Copenhagen news staff

According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women both in the developed and less developed world, and in the long term the scientists hope that a new blood test method will lead to better prevention and early treatment of the disease.

"The method is better than mammography, which can only be used when the disease has already occurred. It is not perfect, but it is truly amazing that we can predict breast cancer years into the future," said Rasmus Bro, a professor of chemometrics in the Department of Food Science at University of Copenhagen. He stressed the method has been tested and validated only for a single population and needs to be validated more widely before it can be used practically.

Nevertheless, the method could create a paradigm shift in early diagnosis of breast cancer as well as other diseases.

"The potential is that we can detect a disease like breast cancer much earlier than today. This is important as it is easier to treat if you discover it early. In the long term, it will probably also be possible to use similar models to predict other diseases," said Lars Ove Dragsted, a professor of biomedicine in the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports.

The method has been developed in cooperation with the Danish Cancer Society and the study was recently published in Metabolomics.

The researchers' approach to developing the method was adopted from food science, where it is used for control of complex industrial processes. Basically, it involves handling and analyzing huge amounts of biological data in a holistic and explorative way. The researchers analyzed all compounds a blood sample contains instead of  as is often done in health and medical science examining what a single biomarker means in relation to a specific disease.

"When a huge amount of relevant measurements from many individuals is used to assess health risks, here breast cancer, it creates very high quality information. The more measurements our analyses contain, the better the model handles complex problems," said Bro.

The model does not reveal anything about the importance of the single biomarkers in relation to breast cancer, but it does reveal the importance of a set of biomarkers and their interactions.

"No single part of the pattern is actually necessary nor sufficient. It is the whole pattern that predicts the cancer," said Dragsted.

A metabolic blood profile describes the amounts of all compounds in a blood sample. The scientists measured metabolic blood profiles for this project. In a pre-cancer state, the pattern for how certain metabolites are processed apparently changes.

While a mammography can detect newly developed breast cancer with a sensitivity of 75 per cent, the new metabolic blood profile is able to predict the likelihood of a woman developing breast cancer within the next two to five years with a sensitivity of 80 per cent, the researchers said.

The research is based on a population study of 57,000 people followed by the Danish Cancer Society over 20 years. The participants were first examined in 1994 and 1996, during which time their weight and other measurements were recorded and they answered a questionnaire. They also provided a blood sample that was stored in liquid nitrogen.

The scientists used the 20-year-old blood samples and other available data from 400 women who were healthy when they were first examined but who were diagnosed with breast cancer two to seven years after providing the first sample, and from 400 women who did not develop breast cancer.

The method was also used to test a different dataset of women examined in 1997. Predictions based on the new set of data matched the first dataset, which indicates the validity of the model.

First-World assaults higher, study says

By the West Virgina University news staff

When researchers examine violent assault numbers, historically the data has pointed to higher rates of female victimization in developing countries.

But a study by a West Virginia University sociology professor finds that women in developed countries, like the United States, are actually more likely to be physically assaulted than women in developing countries.

In “Individual and Structural Opportunities: A Cross-National Assessment of Females’ Physical and Sexual Assault Victimization,” the professor, Rachel E. Stein examines how individuals’ daily routines and elements of country structure create opportunities prime for victimization.

“Research on developing countries will often lump sexual assault, physical assault and robbery together and sometimes studies expand to examine all types of victimization to increase the report record count,” Ms. Stein said.

Using data from the International Crime Victimization Survey from 45 countries, Ms. Stein reviewed physical and sexual assault victimization statistics at the national level to determine whether the societal structures around victims played a part in the frequency of attacks.

Sexual victimization is defined as incidents where, “people sometimes grab, touch, or assault others for sexual reasons in a really offensive way.” Physical victimization is defined as “being threatened or personally attacked by someone in a way that really frightened you.” The sample was limited to females only.

A variety of factors contributing to victimization exist. These can range from how often a female goes out for leisure activities (go to a bar, to a restaurant, to see friends), whether she lives alone, and age.

“Because individuals’ routines matter for victimization risk, it is important to educate people so they can become more aware of how their everyday activities might increase their risk for certain types of victimization,” Ms. Stein said. “However, individual routines are not the only contributing factor to victimization.

A woman’s surrounding environment also plays a risk, Stein said.

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Christiana Figueres gets a bad rap over her population comments
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Conservative Web sites are styling Costa Rica's Christiana Figueres
as Doctor Death.

Ms. Figueres is the executive secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. She gave an interview with Climate One, and a six-minute, 40-second version made the Internet.

When asked, she said that fewer people in the world would exert less pressure on the national resources. She also said that the current population, expected to
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reach 9 billion by 2050, already exceeds the planet's carrying capacity.

"We should do everything possible," she said without advancing specific remedies.
A Web site called PatriotNewsII said she wanted to depopulate the planet. The site also said that Ms. Figueres wanted to kill off capitalism by stressing global warming.

Another site called also accused her of trying to depopulate the planet, which is different than slowing a rising population. As Greg Dalton of Climate One said in asking the interview question, population control is a controversial issue.

Another Web site,, handled the story correctly and said that Ms. Figueres suggested efforts to reduce global population trends.

A Canadian reader said Tuesday that "it's not as though these suggestions are anything new as they've been around for a long time, just that they are being proposed by a supposedly august body such as the U.N. — begs the question, where does she intend starting this process?  Perhaps Costa Rica?"

Clearly the implication was that Ms. Figueres was suggesting some type of Gestapo-like culling of the population.

Cardiologist's claim of needless deaths becomes a major issue.
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The concern over wait times at the nation's public hospitals took a dramatic turn Wednesday when the chief of cardiology at Hospital México said that 141 persons had died unnecessarily.

The allegation was a shocker for the nation's news media, and the major television stations devoted plenty of air time to interviewing the cardiologist, Sofía Bogantes, and the head of the hospital, Douglas Montero, also a physician.

Dr. Bogantes alleged that the lack of catheter procedures cost the lives of the patients who were on a waiting list. She said the list now holds 800 persons awaiting the medical procedure. She included with her written complaint a list of the 141 person who died.

She sent the document to legislators, and one lawmaker called for the dismissal of  Montero.

Hospital México in La Uruca handles delicate heart

procedures for much of the country. The catheters are tubes that are inserted into a vein and used to open up passages for blood flow.

The hospital has been undergoing remodeling for the last year, and there have been many postponements of operations in all areas.

Dr. Bogantes said she had been complaining about the lengthy waiting list for two years. Lengthy waiting lists are the norm for the public hospitals operated by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. However, hardly ever does someone with the stature of Dr. Bogantes link the waiting lists with deaths.

That was the shocker that television presenters reflected. Montero appeared on Channel 11 and underwent an extensive cross examination. He also appeared in videos at other stations.

Expats who are legal residents of Costa Rica have to signup with the Caja for health care, but most use private facilities where they have to have insurance or pay.

Tax agency reports that it has changed Web site location
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The tax collectors, the Dirección General de Tributación, has changed its Web site and can now be reached via the main Ministerio de Hacienda Web site:

This is important because nearly all tax payments are online

now and the payer has to connect a computer with the tax agency's server. These include the Eddie 7 y Declar@7 programs that are mandatory.

Users now have to find the Servicios Tributaries button on the Hacienda Web site. The tax agency said that all of the information contained in the prior location can be found there.

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Winds are called an important variable in the prediction of El Niño
By the University of Maryland news services

The long-forecasted El Niño event this year did not meet expectations.  March 5 the National Weather Service finally declared a weak event arriving several months later than expected, formally dashing predictions that the season would see a major event on par with the monster El Niño of 1997-98.

A big event would bring much-needed rain to California and other western states. Now, a team of researchers believes that they know why this year's event — and others like it — didn't live up to the hype.

A new study published online this week in the journal Nature Geoscience finds that prolonged wind bursts originating in the western Pacific can have a strong effect on whether an El Niño event will occur and how severe it is likely to be. In addition, the paper identifies three distinct varieties  of El Niño and explains how these westerly wind bursts can determine which of these varieties will take shape. The findings should help refine future predictions of these global-scale climate events.

"These westerly wind bursts are intraseasonal. They're not weather. They're not climate, but somewhere in between," said Raghu Murtugudde, a professor of atmospheric and oceanic science at the University of Maryland who is a coauthor on the study. "Our study shows that the wind bursts are definitely having an effect. We better learn to predict them if we are going to have skillful El Niño predictions."

The researchers analyzed 50 years of tropical Pacific sea surface temperature and westerly wind burst data. They found differences, especially when comparing the data from this

year's weak El Niño event with the record-breaking event of 1997-98.

"The most notable difference was the existence of strong westerly winds extending from the western to central equatorial Pacific in May 1997, which were not seen in 2014," said Murtugudde. "The development of strong westerly winds in the central equatorial Pacific in association with the warming to its east appears to be an essential element of large El Niño events."

After adding westerly wind bursts to their intermediate ocean-atmosphere coupled model, the researchers consistently found three types of El Niño (rather than one, which was the model's output without the winds). The three warm patterns included extremely strong events with the largest warming near the South American coast, a cluster of weak warm events centered near the international dateline, or moderate warming in the central-eastern equatorial Pacific. For strong El Niño events, the westerly wind bursts grew strong and extended east of the dateline.

According to the research team, the wind bursts affect ocean dynamics by exciting Kelvin waves that produce surface warming in the eastern equatorial Pacific and by generating strong equatorial surface currents that extend the eastern edge of the warm pool.

"We hope this study helps other climate modeling researchers realize the importance of westerly wind bursts on El Niño severity and diversity, and the importance of extending our weather forecasting capabilities from two to four weeks . . . ." said Murtugudde.

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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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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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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.
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Postman delivers his protest
to lawn of Capitol Building

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A 61-year-old mailman from Ruskin, Florida, is under arrest for illegally landing a one-passenger helicopter on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

Capitol Police have not identified the suspect, but a Florida postal carrier named Doug Hughes took responsibility for the stunt on a Web site where he said he was delivering letters to all 535 members of Congress to draw attention to campaign finance corruption.

"As I have informed the authorities, I have no violent inclinations or intent,'' Hughes wrote on his Web site, "An ultralight aircraft poses no major physical threat — it may present a political threat to graft. I hope so. There's no need to worry — I'm just delivering the mail.''

According to the Tampa Bay Times,  Hughes' letter to lawmakers said, "I'm demanding reform and declaring a voters' rebellion in a manner consistent to Jefferson's description of rights in the Declaration of Independence."

The small craft presented a strange sight, sitting on the green lawn of the Capitol, its rotors slowly spinning. Police immediately placed part of Capitol Hill on lockdown while dogs and a robot detector checked the copter for possible explosives. Once the craft had been declared free of hazardous cargo, authorities began preparing to move it to a secure location.

The White House said President Barack Obama had been briefed on the situation.

Witnesses said the craft, known as a gyrocopter, approached the Capitol from the west, flying low over the National Mall and the Capitol reflecting pool. It barely cleared a row of trees and a statue of General Ulysses S. Grant, then settled on the lawn a few hundred meters from the Capitol. It sported the U.S. Postal Service's logo.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul, a Texas Republican, said authorities were prepared to shoot the aircraft down. "Had it gotten any closer to the speaker's balcony, they have long guns to take it down, but it didn't. It landed right in front,'' he said.

John Jewell, 72, a tourist from Statesville, North Carolina, said the craft landed hard and bounced — where an officer was waiting with his gun drawn. The pilot "didn't get out until police officers told him to get out. He had his hands up'' and was quickly led away, Jewell said. "They snatched him pretty fast.''

Elizabeth Bevins, a tourist from Atlanta, said she was standing across the street from the Capitol when the gyrocopter flew in about 20 or 30 feet off the ground and "just sort of plopped down on the lawn.''

As it flew, police told bystanders to run with their heads down, said Nora Neus, 21, a junior at the University of Virginia who was in the capital for a job interview.

"I thought it was a joke at first. My next thought was, 'This is something really bad,' '' she said.

The Times said the Secret Service had been tipped off that Hughes was planning to fly to Washington. An agent questioned him at his home but took no action.

The newspaper said Hughes told the agent he was not suicidal or violent and had no intention of crashing into any government buildings.

The gyrocopter might qualify as what the Federal Aviation Administration calls an ultralight aircraft. These aircraft weigh under 254 pounds empty, have a fuel capacity of 5 gallons or less and aren't capable of flying faster than 55 knots. The FAA doesn't certify the safety of these aircraft, and their pilots are not required to have a license.

Airspace around Washington is highly restricted for security reasons. Any aircraft flying into the restricted zone is at risk of being shot down.

Capitol Police, the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not commented on Wednesday's incident.

The security scare came after a man shot himself dead in front of the Capitol on Saturday and sparked a temporary lockdown.

In January, a small quadcopter' drone crashed onto the White House lawn. The man who was operating it did not face criminal charges.

Seattle businessman takes
pay cut for his employees

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The founder of a credit card payments company in the western U.S. city of Seattle is taking a huge pay-cut in order to give every one of his employees a big raise.

Dan Price, owner of Gravity Payments, told his employees this week that he is slashing his own $1 million per year salary to $70,000.  He will use that money and company profits so every employee would earn a base salary of $70,000, to be phased in over three years.

He says the cost of living is rising rapidly in Seattle and the salaries should increase with it.  The company currently pays an average of $48,000 a year to its 120 employees. Seventy of them will see a wage increase under this plan and 30 of them will see their salaries double.

Price's announcement at a company meeting brought wild applause from his employees, with some saying it would enable them to start a family sooner, buy a home or pay off credit card debts or student loans.

Earlier this month, Seattle's minimum wage law went into effect, which will eventually raise base hourly pay to $15. It's phased in more quickly for big companies. Large businesses and national chains had to raise their minimum wage to at least $11 an hour when the law took effect April 1, while smaller businesses now must pay at least $10 per hour.
Washington state already has the nation's highest minimum wage at $9.47 an hour.

Obama warns of complacency
in battle against deadly ebola

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama says there has been great progress in the fight against ebola in West Africa, but warns the international community must stay vigilant until the virus is wiped out.

Obama on Wednesday met with the leaders of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, the nations most devastated by last year's outbreak, to assess the progress and talk about recovery efforts.

The strides those countries have made, with help from the United States, is evident.  After killing 10,000 people in the region, the ebola epidemic is down to fewer than 40 new cases in Guinea and Sierra Leone.  Liberia has no registered new cases.

Obama hosted Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President Alpha Condé of Guinea, and President Ernest Bai Koroma in the White House Cabinet Room.  He praised what he said was their great courage and resolve in treating victims.

“Now, we’re focused on a shared goal and that is getting to zero,” he said, adding “We can’t be complacent. This virus is unpredictable.”

Obama called for vigilance, saying the international community has to remain fully engaged in a partnership with the three countries until there are no cases of ebola.

In addition to killing thousands, ebola damaged the economies of Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, and their leaders are asking for help to rebuild. They also want help to strengthen their health systems to deal with future threats.

Obama said the U.S. wants to provide that help.

The West African leaders, during their visit to Washington, also had meetings scheduled at multi-lateral organizations including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.

The U.S. last year sent thousands of troops to West Africa to set up medical facilities in the region, train medical personnel, and coordinate an international response to the epidemic.

This week, Secretary of State John Kerry and the African Union representative signed an agreement for the creation of  African Centers for Disease Control.  The U.S. is to provide technical advisers and fellowships for the institute, which is expected to launch later this year.

As a sign the epidemic is still cause for concern, Guinea this week closed its border with Sierra Leone to prevent a further spread of the disease. Guinean officials say President Condé ordered emergency measures, including the border closures, to be reinforced for 45 days in five districts.

Allies against Islamic State
tour U.S. to fight recruitment

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

High-level representatives from 11 of the countries involved in U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group are on a U.S. tour sponsored by the State Department in an effort to combat violent extremism.

They are meeting with government and leading technology officials in Washington, New York and San Francisco to explore ways to counter the militant group’s propaganda and its appeal to some foreigners.

More than 3,000 Moroccans have joined Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, said Moroccan parliament member Mohammed Benkhaldoun, who is taking part in the tour.

“The main reasons are unemployment and poverty," he said. "As you know, most of these guys are looking for a better life, and they can not find that in their own countries.”
Islamic State militants have successfully used social media to appeal to foreigners who think the group will offer them more out of life, said Egypt’s security studies director Khaled Okasha.
“They target young people who possibly like adventure, to do new things, and possibly have also violence inside of them and they want them to express violence,” he said.
U.S. officials estimate more than 20,000 foreigners have joined the Islamic State, including about 3,400 from Western nations.
Among them is the so-called Jihadi John who has appeared in several Islamic State beheading videos and is believed to be British, and three teenage girls who flew from London to Turkey for what investigators believe was a bid to join the Islamic State.

To counter the narratives of violent extremists, the State Department is helping foreign governments use traditional and social media to tell the stories of communities affected by militant violence, said the State Department's Muslim communities special representative Shaarik Zafar.

He said there are other important stories of people who are defectors who, by choice or by force, went and "fought with these groups and then they realize: ‘Wow, this is not what I signed up for.’ Those can be very effective stories."

He said part of the U.S. effort of challenging the Islamic State group’s ideology involves exposing its flaws.

Presidential action on Cuba
generates mixed reaction

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Congressional reaction to President Barack Obama’s push to remove Cuba from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism spans from ardent support to fervent opposition, with many lawmakers of both parties taking a wait-and-see approach.

“Long overdue,” said Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who ridiculed any suggestion that Cuba today poses a security threat to the United States. 

“They are riding the last mile of socialism in a ’57 Chevy.  They didn’t belong on the list for a while. It was more a political designation," he said. "That list ought to mean something.  Now, it means a lot more.”

By contrast, Cuban-American Sen. Marco Rubio, another Republican, issued a video condemning the president’s move.

“Cuba is a state sponsor of terrorism. They harbor fugitives of American justice,” he said.  “It is also the country that is helping North Korea evade weapons sanctions by the United Nations.  I think it sends a chilling message to our enemies abroad that this White House is no longer serious about calling terrorism by its proper name.”

Cuba will remain on the terrorism-sponsor list for a 45-day review period, during which time Congress could pass a resolution to block Obama’s decision.  Other nations on the list are Iran, Sudan and Syria.

Tuesday’s White House announcement came as many lawmakers were focused on another foreign policy question, Congress’ role in Iran nuclear talks, and members of both parties say they will use the review period to examine Cuba’s record more closely.

“We are going to review the rationale and use the 45-day period we are allotted to determine whether we stick with the president’s determination,” said Sen. Tim Kaine, a Democrat who nevertheless calls himself a strong supporter of normalized relations between Washington and Havana.

Equally cautious is Republican Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who says he is drafting a letter to the White House seeking more information on the president’s decision.

“Before we respond, we want to ask some questions,” said Corker.

Others have made up their minds about the Obama administration’s overall engagement with Cuba’s Communist government.

“They don’t give freedom of speech, freedom of the press,” said Sen. Bill Nelson, a Democrat who represents Florida, home to a large Cuban-American population. 

“If we are going to have a normal relation with Cuba, they have got to open up, stop human rights abuses, and give the rule of law,” he said.

“I think the president is moving in the correct direction,” said Sen. Edward Markey, another Democrat.  “It is time for us to move as quickly as possible toward the normalization of relations with Cuba.”

For decades after the Cuban Revolution of 1959, Havana backed insurgents and leftist movements in the Americas and parts of Africa.  Analysts say Cuba’s foreign adventurism all but ended in the 1990s, although Havana continues to harbor a handful of fugitives from U.S. justice.

More recently, Cuba has played the role of mediator rather than agitator, hosting peace talks between the Colombian government and leftist rebels.

Muslims predicted to hold
second spot of U.S. faiths

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

If the current demographic trends hold, Muslims could become the second-largest religious group in the United States by 2050, surpassing Jews, who currently hold the number two spot, according to the Pew Research Center.

U.S. Muslims have the highest fertility rate and the youngest median age of any major religious group in the country, according to Michael Lipka of the Pew Research Center, who said this is helping to fuel this growth.

The number of people who identify as Jewish is expected to decline from 1.8 percent in 2010 to 1.4 percent in 2050.

In 2010, the median age of American Jews was 41 years old, while the media age for Muslims was 24, a 17-year age gap.

Also, on average, Jews have 1.9 children per woman while that number is 2.8 for U.S. Muslims, according to Pew.

In a 2013 survey, Pew found that more than 22 percent of American Jewish adults considered themselves to be atheist, agnostic or nothing in particular, but still identified as Jewish.

Pew does not include these people in the Jewish population. If the projected numbers were to include these cultural or ethnic Jews, it’s possible this more broadly defined Jewish population might still outnumber Muslims in 2050.

Whatever the changes, overall, the United States is expected to remain an overwhelmingly Christian nation.

In 2010, more than three-fourths of Americans, 78.3 percent, identified as Christian.

However, a growing number of Americans consider themselves to be religiously unaffiliated and, by 2050, the number of people who consider themselves to be Christians is expected to drop to 66.4 percent.

Russia in propaganda war
with U.S., lawmakers told

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Participants in a Congressional hearing Wednesday argued that Russia is waging a sophisticated propaganda campaign that threatens American allies and interests and that U.S. government-funded news media haven’t adequately countered that disinformation.

“Russia’s propaganda machine is in overdrive, working to subvert democratic stability and foment violence,” the chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce of California, said in opening the hearing.

"Russian propaganda has the potential to destabilize NATO members, impacting our security commitments,” he added. “ This Russian campaign - what one witness describes as the weaponization of information - seriously threatens U.S. security.”

The committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. Eliot L. Engel of New York, described propaganda as “a critical element of Russia’s so-called hybrid warfare strategy - a strategy on devastating display in occupied Crimea and war-torn eastern Ukraine.

"Coupled with cyberattacks and other covert operations, these new capabilities and Vladimir Putin’s belligerence pose a direct threat to our allies and our interests," Engel said. “These measures are well financed. These measures are working. And these measures demand a robust response from us.”

As an antidote, Royce called for righting international broadcasting and clarifying the mission of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the independent federal agency that oversees government-supported, civilian international media. Its networks include Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Marti).

Andre Mendes, interim chief executive of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, issued a statement after the hearing saying the agency shares the committee’s concern about the intensification of Russian propaganda. He said the agency "is deploying a flexible, innovative, aggressive multimedia effort aimed at Russians and Russian-speakers in the former Soviet Union, Europe and around the world."

In the last Congress, Royce and Engel co-sponsored a bill to reform the Broadcasting Board of Governors, a measure that passed the House on a voice vote but was not taken up by the Senate. They are expected to reintroduce the legislation.

Peter Pomerantsev, a senior fellow with the Legatum Institute, testified to the committee that Russia crafted an information-psychological war almost a decade ago. He said the Kremlin targeted Estonia in 2007, when authorities there wanted to move a Soviet war memorial.

“Russian media went into a frenzy, accusing the Estonians of fascism,” said Pomerantsev, whose London-based think tank promotes capitalism. He said the Kremlin also sponsored a crippling cyberattack on Estonia’s government and banks, in a show of force designed to demonstrate that NATO was unable to protect its member-state.

Pomerantsev said Russian state-sponsored media exert outsized influence with domestic and international audiences.

Kremlin media reach "30 million Russians outside the country . . .  in NATO countries such as Estonia, Latvia and Ukraine,” Pomerantsev said in prepared testimony. “The Kremlin has also invested hundreds of millions of dollars into foreign-language media, including the multilingual news channel RT, or Russia Today, which reaches millions of watchers in English, Spanish, German and Arabic, just for a start.”

He said the Russian government also hires people to put out fake news and slanted messages on social media.

Pomerantsev said President Putin’s administration is “bankrolling and lending political support to both far-right and far-left parties in Europe” as part of its destabilization effort. Information is twisted and manipulated “to sow divisions,” he said. “This is not merely an information war but a war on information.”

The committee also heard from Elizabeth Wahl, a former Russia Today anchor. Frustrated by the channel's coverage of Ukraine, she resigned on air in March. She said that Russia Today and other Kremlin-backed outlets have added to audience confusion or mistrust by including some legitimate coverage, as well as by adopting the look and feel of Western news media.

“We’re dealing with an organization that doesn’t play by the rules,” she said.

Helle Dale, a former journalist, told the committee the U.S. government “became complacent in the battle for hearts and minds in Russia and its neighboring countries after the end of the Cold War.”

Now it’s scrambling to catch up, said Ms. Dale, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a conservative Washington think tank. She, too, called for reform.

In written testimony, she cited lopsided spending. The U.S. administration’s “budget request for 2016 is $751,436,000 for U.S. International Broadcasting,” she said. “Reportedly RT has a budget alone of $400 million for its Washington bureau.”

Royce said Russia is spending an estimated $600 million a year on its media campaigns. The Broadcasting Board of Governors’s most recent allocation was $742 million, including $212 million for the Voice of America.

Outgoing director David Ensor recently noted that Voice of America’s international radio, television and online audience has increased to 172 million people a week, an increase of 49 million over four years.
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For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
Panoramic ocean view lot  5,400 sq. ft. (500m2)  $6,500. Financing available.
For rent two-bedroom house  five minute walk to water $350 a month.
Call 6261-7932 Or email See this Web site:

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.

Choice 4.5 hectaares. Waterfront, titled property. Financing available for motel or hotel. Water and power on the property. $35 a  m2. In Tropical Paradise Resort. Buy all or Part at  Puerto Viejo, Limón. Call Andy at

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

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  
Email:   Web:

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

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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Chicks give hope for endangered birds

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Of the world's nearly 9,900 bird species, 13 percent are threatened with extinction, according to BirdLife International. Among them are two Hawaiian honeycreepers, tiny birds that live in the forest canopy, and, as the name implies, survive on nectar from tropical flowers.

Scientists at the San Diego Zoo report they have managed to hatch half a dozen of their chicks in captivity, raising hopes that the birds will flutter back from the brink of extinction.

Akikiki and Akeke'e, two species of honeycreepers, make their nests high in the trees of dense rainforests on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i, camouflaging them as clumps of moss.

Avian malaria, loss of native habitat, hurricanes and non-native predators have devastated their population.

Losing them would mean losing a special part of Hawaii, said Bryce Masuda, Program manager of the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program.

Akikiki and Akeke'e are found only on the Island of Kaua’i and could become extinct in a few years without an intensive conservation intervention,” said Masuda.

Members of the Kaua‘i Forest Bird Recovery Project found several eggs from both species after a long search. They were carefully collected, and transported by helicopter to a conservation facility, where they were placed in an incubator.

So far, six chicks have hatched and are doing well. Masuda said this is the best way for recovering the population of endangered birds.

“By bringing Akikiki and Akeke'e into captivity for breeding purposes, we would be able to prevent these two species from going extinct and we would be able to support their long-term recovery by eventually releasing captive-reared individuals back into the wild again,” he said.

Scientists plan to continue with the program throughout the breeding season. The same method was successfully used by the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program for increasing populations of other endangered birds on the islands.

Missing plane search comes up empty

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Authorities leading the multinational hunt for the missing Malaysian jetliner say they are prepared to double the current search zone in the Indian Ocean, if nothing is found there soon.

At a news conference today in Kuala Lumpur, Chinese, Australian and Malaysian officials said 61 percent of the original 60,000 square-kilometer search zone has been scoured, with no signs of the plane.

If nothing is found by May, that search area will be expanded in every direction, according to Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss, who added the search would take the rest of the year to complete.

Truss said the search is "hazardous, and needs to be undertaken with great care," but stressed no effort will be spared to find the plane. Those comments were echoed by Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai and China Transport Minister Yang Chuantang.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was carrying 239 passengers and crew when it disappeared from radar last March during a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Though the airplane's traditional communications systems were disabled, satellite transmissions from the plane suggest it crashed in a remote area of the southern Indian Ocean, about 1,800 kilometers west of Australia.

The Malaysian transport minister said authorities are confident they are searching in the correct area, since the so-called acoustic "pings" believed to emanate from the plane are "very specific."

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Cable services have their ups and downs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Internet seems to fail just when it is needed most.

The major Internet providers in the Central Valley all have their problems, and the wind had a way of making the situation worse.

That is why A.M. Costa Rica is up to an hour late today. CableTica failed about 12:30 a.m. just as the newspaper was to be posted.

The fallback is in Radiografica Costarricense S.A. at the downtown sales office.

Cable Tica has performed well over the last year after Tigo Star developed repeated problems that the techs could not handle.

Of course, those who have been in Costa Rica awhile remember dialup!