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What do expats want II? That wasteful border run
By James Brodell
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The issue of immigration and the process of renewing a tourist visa are important to expat readers, according to feedback from a news story Wednesday.

At the very least, snowbirds would like to be able to pay money and renew a three-month tourist visa without traveling to another country.

The 2010 immigration law contained such a provision, and discussion when the proposal was going through the legislature found broad agreement. But once the law went into effect, the final wording excluded those who had been granted a 90-day visa. These were exactly the individuals for whom the clause had been drafted. The question still remains if this was an error or a trick played by the legislative staff.

Consequently, a Canadian couple who seeks to spend four or five winter months at their $400,000 condo on the Pacific coast must dash off to Nicaragua or Panamá. And there is no guarantee that they will be readmitted for the same amount of time.

"One thing the immigration people could do that would be a win-win for both them and the expat professional tourist would be to charge $100 to renew visas for 90 days instead of forcing people to leave the country and spend their money in Nicaragua or Panama and also providing additional income to the government," said readers Charles and Shirley Varnum of Arenal.

A $100 renewal also would be a benefit for the large and growing group of perpetual tourists. Current legislation encourages expats to avoid the various residency requirements. The only downside is the need to make a border run every 90 days and the fear that a surly immigration agent will not grant a full 90-day renewal.

A lot of these perpetual tourists have lived for some time here and hold local or Internet jobs, even though they are not supposed to do that. Some expats actually have surrendered their pensionado or rentista residencies to become perpetual tourists and avoid the obligatory monthly assessment for the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social and the expense of  renewing every two to five years.

Javier Zavaleta of Residency in Costa Rica is an expert in immigration, He is a Costa Rican who lives in California, and this is his take:

"Costa Rica is losing a lot of divisas extranjeras and investment to Panama and Nicaragua.  Instead of making moving to Costa Rica more attractive and easier, the current (and last administration) have set up expensive and tedious barriers for the successful relocation of foreigners to Costa Rica.

"Pensionados and rentistas bring not only dollars to the local economy. They also bring a desire to keep busy and active, and many want to put their background and experience to use by working as unpaid volunteers in CR’s educational system, working to protect the environment, to save land from being deforested. Some develop small businesses that employ Ticos. Many make long-term investments in homes and farms.  By and large, the expat community tends to integrate with Costa Rican social values, and their contributions should be recognized and encouraged."

Said another expat: "The Caja and having to have $2,500/month income to get residency are a joke.  How many people on Social Security get that much per month?  Why should an expat have to have an income five times more than the average citizen 
makes in Costa Rica?   Buying a vehicle, insurance, appliances, are much more expensive than other equally beautiful retirement destinations."    

Rentistas are required to have a $2,500 monthly income from elsewhere or have equivalent funds in a bank. Pensionado couples still can obtain residency with an income of $1,000 a month.
 
Another expat suggested a completely different system for immigration:
 
"Twenty years ago Costa Rica sensibly crafted policies designed to attract expats, and now sensibly has more restrictive policies. My own recommendation is that immigration to Costa Rica move toward more of a point system like Canadian immigration.  Canada's system gives points to prospective immigrants based upon their language abilities (French and English), their education, their work experience, and so on.  This enables Canada to attract immigrants who will assimilate into the society and contribute to it in ways that go beyond money, although money is a factor too."

That is the view of Ken Morris of San Pedro. His full comments are on Page Two.

Some expats choose to take an investor or inversionista residency by purchasing a home for $200,000 or more. That is permitted now.

Angela Jiménez Rocha of Escazú is a licensed architect and appraiser.

"Much of my work is doing appraisals and inspections of real estate for buyers or sellers of property," she said.  "For the banks that I work for, I required to make sure the property is exactly in the position the official plot map indicates and that the property meets all the zoning, insurance requirements of the government before they approve any loans.  I am required to attend seminars each year which address any regulation changes.  I think an expat would be well served by having a licensed architect to help address real estate needs even if they only want to rent." The remainder of her comments are on Page Two.

The issue of perpetual tourist does not only relate to retirees or those nearly so. Costa Rica has no system for young guest workers, and the paperwork to be a legitimate volunteer is similar to applying for residency. Work permits are difficult to obtain and the procedure may take as much as a year. That is unless the applicant is some favored, large corporation.

Consequently, there are many young men and women working in Costa Rica without legal protection or rights. Sportsbooks have been known to hire many native English speakers and to pay them with credit card deposits made through banks in Panamá or in the Caribbean.

Costa Rica loses out on the tax dollars, and the workers are not affiliated with the Caja. Some workers have been here so long that they marry and have children, thereby giving them residency rights.

Another class of expat are those couples or single women who come here to have a child on purpose in Costa Rica. That provides immigration rights, too, and it is presumed that residency is just a byproduct of the situation and not the principal reason for the birth.

In all of these cases, expats tend to keep a low profile, and only are consulted infrequently when legal changes are being considered. In fact, one official in the Abel Pacheco administration was surprised that a reporter thought that abolishing the rentista category was a dumb idea. The category stayed in the law.

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Our readers' opinions
Maybe country should not
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

While I agree with the items listed on your expat wish list, I disagree with the premise that Costa Rica should encourage more expats to live here.

Immigrants contribute a lot to their host societies by introducing new ideas, injecting fresh energy, etc. Yet, at some point, the influx of culturally different immigrants becomes too large for the host society to absorb.

The U.S. is currently confronting this issue -- and its immigrant population is smaller as a percentage of its population than is Costa Rica's.  Why would expats imagine that we pose less of a challenge for Costa Rica than immigrants pose for the U.S.?

Once an immigrant population grows large, it also tends to establish its own separate subculture.

Although this can enrich the host society too -- witness Chinatown in San Francisco, Spanish Harlem in New York, etc. -- by virtue of their very separation from the larger society, enclave subcultures tend not to contribute as much to their host societies as immigrants that assimilate do.

Costa Rica is already pockmarked by scores of these expat enclaves.  There are entire towns, as well as subdivisions, bars, and so forth where expats predominate and Ticos are effectively excluded.

There are even expat-owned bars in which any entering Tico must pass through security and in some cases be interrogated by a manager prior to being allowed to enter, although expats saunter in without objection and even have a Tico open the door for them.

How would Americans feel if they were subjected to this kind of treatment in their own country while tourists and immigrants were not?

Moreover, expat retirees represent a demographic group that is unlikely to assimilate well.  We tend not to have school-age children, so don't get involved in the public schools.  We tend not to hold jobs, so don't become involved in the workplace.  We also have more difficulties learning the language and the culture than younger immigrants.

Expats claim that spending money in Costa Rica justifies our presence and Costa Rica should welcome us because of this.

But it's not clear that expat spending contributes much to the local economy.

When expats rent or buy housing from other expats, socialize in expat-owned sports bars, and eat in expat-owned restaurants, the main local jobs we are supporting are menial ones -- like for the doormen who open the doors for us.

Tourism data shows this reality in basic numbers.  Whereas tourism contributes only 8 percent to Costa Rica's GDP, it is responsible for 13 percent of the country's employment.  Obviously, the average pay for jobs in tourism is lower than it is in the rest of the economy.

Moreover, the influx of expat dollars can have the effect of raising prices for Ticos. To some extent, housing prices follow the law of supply and demand, and expat demand increases prices for Ticos in desirable areas.

The notion that expats are to be valued for our economic contributions then fosters the stereotype of the rich gringo that saddles all of us.  Is anyone else as tired as I am of being regarded as a walking wallet by some Ticos?  But expats bring this on ourselves by justifying our presence by our economic contribution.

Meanwhile, a large expat presence creates ancillary immigration problems for Costa Rica.  About half the prostitutes catering to expats are illegal immigrants from other countries. Some similar proportion of construction workers, maids, and so forth are illegal immigrants.

There are many factors countries must weigh when crafting policies regarding immigrant retirees as well as tourists, but in general policies designed to attract these groups are only helpful as initial and limited economic development strategies.

Twenty years ago Costa Rica sensibly crafted policies designed to attract expats, and now sensibly has more restrictive policies.

My own recommendation is that immigration to Costa Rica move toward more of a point system like Canadian immigration.

Canada's system gives points to prospective immigrants based upon their language abilities (French and English), their education, their work experience, and so on.  This enables Canada to attract immigrants who will assimilate into the society and contribute to it in ways that go beyond money, although money is a factor too.

By permitting any immigrant with enough money (and patience) to obtain legal residency, Costa Rica exercises no control over the quality and character of the expats who immigrate -- and let's face it, some expats don't exhibit much of either.

Of course, once legally here, expats should be accorded fair treatment by efficient officials.  However, the first problem is the self-serving expat fiction that Costa Rica should roll out the red carpet for any foreigner with a few dollars to spend.
Ken Morris
San Pedro    


INS medical policy seems
to be much better deal


Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Since you interviewed me before publishing the suggestions for what expats want, one of the main points was not clearly stated.
 
The suggestions must pass the Costa Rica government congress, so I stressed that the expats have a choice of either or the Caja or the INS.   Medicare or other private insurance does not fill the government institutions bank accounts. The only way to get the government of this country to pay attention is money coming in.
 
My observations after advising expats for 18 years is they prefer to use private medical care like Hospital CIMA rather than the Caja.  The current residency requirements require expats to join the Caja.  The payment is based on a percentage of declared income, which is rather high for someone meeting the rentista minimum of $2,500.

The Instituto Nacional de Seguros has terrific health insurance policy for a lot less cost than the Caja for those declaring an income of $2,500 and even for those declaring income as pensionado of $1,000.  A typical 50-year-old man can buy health insurance policy from INS for $120 month which covers $2 million.  Since medical care in the private hospitals is a fraction of the U. S. cost, this policy is a gift.
 
You forget to mention my other point about the fact that there is no official license for real estate.  However I have an official license from the Colegio of Architects.  I assure you that the responsibility mandated under this license is serious. Much of my work is doing appraisals and inspections of real estate for buyers or sellers of property.  For the banks that I work for, I am required to make sure the property is exactly in the position the official plot map indicates and that the property meets all the zoning, insurance requirements of the government before they approve any loans.  I am required to attend seminars each year which address any regulation changes.  I think an expat would be well served by having a licensed architect to help address real estate needs even if they only want to rent.
 
My family and I own several condos which we rent, and we serve on the board of directors of several condo complexes.   We know that if the government was more open-minded that all the available condos will fill up quickly creating a lot more jobs in Costa Rica.   
Lic. Angela Jimenez Rocha
Escazú


Press freedom conference
will be in Costa Rica


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Last year 121 journalists were killed, according to statistics in a release from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. 

In the last 10 years, more than 600 journalists were murdered, the organization reported.

The organization will address this and the topic of press freedom during the annual international conference this year.  The conference, themed “Talk without risk: exercising safe freedom of expression in all media,” will take place May 2 to 4 in Costa Rica.

“Ensuring the safety of journalists and those who transmit information via the Internet is an urgent issue,” spokespersons said.  “The importance of this problem led UNESCO to lead the creation of the United Nations Action Plan for the safety of journalists.”

The plan includes the support of different governments to create freedom or speech laws that will give journalists more security including on the Internet.  It will be discussed at the conference.

Other talks will be centered around impunity.  The organization reports that only one in 10 persons who commit crimes against journalists are convicted.  In the conference, members will address ways to combat this statistic.

These members will include journalists, teachers and representatives of the United Nations.

Also, a ceremony will be held May 3 for the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Prize for freedom of the press.  It has been awarded to Reeyot Alemu, a journalist from Ethiopia who is serving a five-year sentence in Kality prison.

Irina Bokova, general director for UNESCO, and President Laura Chinchilla will host the ceremony. 


Chávez economic legacy
being outlined in Ecuador


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Iran's Fars News Agency said Wednesday that economics ministers from the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas were meeting in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The trade organization known as ALBA is the creation of former Venezuela president Hugo Chávez.

The minsters are trying to set up an economic zone that would compete with U.S. interests in Latin America.  The countries involved, in addition to Venezuela and Cuba are Antigua and Barbuda, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Dominica, Ecuador, Venezuela, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines.

 
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

True to the unofficial government slogan We make easy hard, the traffic agency has set up an elaborate scheme so vehicle owners can report an email address.

That email addresses were desired was another one of those hidden clauses in the new traffic law. Supposedly Friday is the deadline for submitting a valid email address.

Because hardly anyone knew about the request, the Consejo de Seguridad Vial has granted two more months for compliance.

Of course, the agency could have just asked for an email address in December when the vehicle road tax was paid. Or the agency could have set up a Web page where someone could simply send an email. Or they could have workers at the Registro Nacional obtain the information when motorists make an obligatory exchange of old license plates for new.

Instead, the agency decided to produce forms to be printed on paper. The document templates are available on the Consejo Web site. Motorists have to print their email addresses, a single character to an individual box.   Then they can mail it. or they can drop it off at a traffic agency office or at a vehicle inspection station.

Of course one form just will not do. So each motorist inexplicably has to fill out identical forms. One serves as a receipt, and it probably will be stamped and dated.

If a motorist mails the document, he or she has to include a photocopy of a cédula or a passport. Presumably this is to prevent unauthorized persons from learning that the motorist has received a traffic ticket. That's the reason the email address will be maintained.

Those who fail to provide an email address will just have to check out their license plate number when lists of speeding violators are listed in the La Gaceta official newspapers, which is now online. Those without an email address can obtain a free one from the Consejo.
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Motorists can get the form HERE!

Still, there is an option to return the scanned forms by email as long as the person doing so includes a scanned copy of a cédula. Those who have digital signature cards just have to send the forms and sign it electronically, the agency said.

The person responsible for this procedure is Silvia Bolaños, the vice minister of Transporte Terrestre y Seguridad Vial. Somewhere in her office will be rows of workers typing in the email address from the printed forms.

Of course the procedure is a bit more complex for owners who have their vehicles in a corporation. A cédula juridica, the proof of the corporation's identity, is required. And government workers will be making the rounds of companies with fleets of vehicles to help them submit the email address, said the Consejo.


Cocaine investigation ends with 10 more arrests Wednesday
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Anti-drug agents detained 10 persons Wednesday as they wrapped up what they identified as four separate drug smuggling organizations that worked together in the service of Colombian drug lords.

The cases extend back to the middle of last year and involve the capture of three drug boats.  Some of those detained Wednesday were involved in recruiting boat captains to carry drugs, said the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública.

The “Capitán Allan” was boarded and confiscated Feb. 25. The "Capitán Erson" came to the attention of investigators Nov. 28. Four crew members of each boat were detained and hundreds of kilos of cocaine were confiscated. Another boat, the “María Paula," was boarded earlier this month in Quepos, and some 901 kilos of cocaine were confiscated, agents noted.

In all 30 persons have been detained, including the 10 Wednesday in this case.

One man, identified by the last names of García Reyes was a former judicial investigator who did prison time for murder and robbery. Agents said he was involved in supplying a gang in Playas del Coco with cocaine for local consumption. Persons suspected of being in that gang were detained  Feb. 15.

Raids and arrests were conducted Wednesday in  Barrio México in San José, Barranca, Quepos de Puntarenas and Carrillo de Guanacaste. Two suspects already were in custody in Panamá, said agents.

Agents said that the long investigation yielded  3,115 kilos of cocaine. Most of it found onboard the boats.
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On average, Latin American and Caribbean countries will grow by 3.5 percent in 2013, thanks to buoyant internal demand and the improved performance of Argentina and Brazil compared with 2012, according to new projections presented Wednesday.

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean launched its economic overview of Latin America and the Caribbean, which updates the figures and information from last December's preliminary overview.

The 2013 results are partly due to the expectations of higher growth in Argentina (3.5 percent) and Brazil (3.0 percent), thanks to the upturn in agricultural activity and investment (which fell in those countries in 2012).

The regional expansion is also backed by ongoing growth in consumption in the wake of improved labor indicators and rising bank credit to the private sector (and, to a lesser extent, investment). This has combined with consistently high prices for raw materials, which are expected to remain elevated despite falling in relation to levels seen in 2012.

In the new report, which was released online exclusively on Tuesday, the United Nations agency predicts regional growth that is slightly lower than the estimate provided in December (3.8 percent).  This is mainly due to the ongoing uncertainty about the future of the world economy, sluggish developed economies and a less dynamic recovery than expected in Argentina and Brazil.

Paraguay will lead growth in 2013, with an expected rise in GDP of 10 percent, followed by Panama (8.0 percent), Peru (6.0 percent) and Haiti (6.0 percent). Bolivia, Chile and Nicaragua will grow by 5.0 percent, while Colombia will expand by 4.5 percent and Uruguay by 3.8 percent.

Mexico, with expected growth of 3.5 percent in 2013 and the Central American economies, plus Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic (3.8 percent) are expected to benefit from a more buoyant United States economy, combined with improvements in the agricultural sector especially in Cuba, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic and the construction sector in Guatemala, Haiti and Honduras).

South American countries, which tend to be more specialized in the production and export of raw materials, will grow on average by 3.5 percent
in 2013, thanks to continued growth in the Asian economies. This will have positive repercussions on the level of revenues and the performance of export activities.

The Caribbean growth rate will continue to accelerate, with an expected increase of 2.0 percent, on the back of the buoyancy of economies specialized in producing and exporting raw materials, mainly Guyana and Suriname, and the recovery in countries more focused on exporting tourist services (as a result of the improved economic situation in the United States).

According to commission, Latin American and Caribbean GDP grew by 3.0 percent in 2012, as a result of a subdued growth in the world economy due to the recession in Europe, slower growth in China and slow growth in the United States.

In terms of subregions, South America grew by 2.5 percent whereas Central American countries, Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic expanded by 4.3 percent (compared with the initial respective predictions of 2.7 percent and 4.2 percent). The 0.9 percent rise in Caribbean GDP represents faster growth than in 2010 and 2011.

Internal demand was one of the main drivers of regional growth over the past year, and it was based on good labor indicator performance, increased credit to families and in the case of Central America and the Caribbean, higher migrant remittances.

Trade, construction and financial services to businesses were the fastest growing sectors, while gross national disposable income grew at almost the same rate as GDP, with external regional saving also rising.

In addition, inflation fell to a regional average of 5.6 percent in 2012, compared with the 6.8 percent posted in 2011.

The ECLAC report adds that the open urban unemployment rate dipped slightly last year from 6.7 percent to 6.4 percent. Unemployment reached a new 20-year low, with the absolute jobless figures falling by 400,000. However, there are still around 15 million people looking for work in the region's urban areas.

Slower growth in the world economy affected Latin American and Caribbean trade, as the region's export values rose by just 1.6 percent in 2012, compared with 23.9 percent in 2011.  Meanwhile, import values also fell from 22.3 percent in 2011 to 4.3 percent in 2012.

 
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The Obama administration plans to ship fewer U.S. food commodities to countries in need and instead buy more from developing world farmers closer to the area. The proposal marks a major shift in the 60-year program known as Food for Peace.

From floods and earthquakes to wars and chronic food shortages, the United States is the world’s largest donor of food aid.  But budgets are extremely tight in Washington these days. So U.S. Agency for International Development chief Rajiv Shah says he is proposing reform.

“This reform is designed to reach 4 million additional children with basic core nutrition during times of extreme need without asking for additional funds,” Shah said.

Shah said buying food in the affected region, or providing cash or vouchers to people in need, is up to 50 percent cheaper than buying and shipping food from the U.S. Plus, it gets to where it’s needed up to 14 weeks sooner.

The amount of food bought and shipped from the U.S. would decrease from about 85 percent today to 55 percent under the administration’s proposal.

But Kansas Republican Kevin Yoder said any decrease in food coming from the U.S. would cost American jobs. He said that would be hard for farm communities to accept.

“Certainly that would need to be explained to constituents why that choice was made to pay farmers in other countries as opposed to pay farmers here,” Yoder said.

And Yoder questioned whether buying locally is always cheaper. 

“At least some information shows that local and regional purchase, cash transfer programs are not necessarily less expensive than U.S. food aid,” Yoder said.

Shah said that study after study has found sourcing locally is more efficient. 

“And this is why, I believe, every past director of the World Food Program and the current one, almost all the major NGOs, most experts that have looked at this, all of my predecessors and major CEOs in the agricultural space all believe this is the right thing to do,” Shah said.

And Shah added that while food aid may have been a bigger market for farmers in the past…

“Today, Food for Peace in its entirety is about a half of one percentage point of total value of agricultural exports. And going from 85 percent to 55 percent is probably something less than that,” Shah said.

The proposal also faces opposition from U.S. shippers, who say delivering food aid helps keep a shrinking U.S. merchant marine fleet afloat.

This hearing and another in the Senate Wednesday were the first since the president’s budget was released earlier this month.

Analysts say it faces an uphill battle on Capitol Hill.


India struggles with idea
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

India is debating banning pornography, as the country copes with a rising number of incidents of sexual violence. The ban on pornography has been sought by a petition in the country’s supreme court, but is winning support from women activists.

Lawyer Kamlesh Vaswani, based in the central Indian city of Indore, wants watching pornography to be made a non-bailable offense because he feels there is a direct connection between sexual assault and looking at pornographic videos.

“They corrupt the people. They corrupt the mind. Indian kids are accessing more graphic and brutal videos,” said Vaswani.

To buttress his argument, Vaswani points to reports that the suspect arrested for the recent rape of a 5-year-old girl in New Delhi told police that he watched porn clips on a mobile phone before the brutal crime.

The lawyer has outlined his concerns that existing laws are not adequately protecting society from pornography, in a petition to the Supreme Court. Distributing pornographic material is illegal in India.  Watching it is not. The top court last week asked three government ministries to respond to the proposal by Monday.    

The petition comes as reports of violent sex crimes targeting women and children are hitting headlines and igniting street protests. Laws have been tightened since the horrific gang rape of a 23-year-old woman in New Delhi five months ago.  But police figures show that the number of rapes has increased in the city.

What is worrying many activists is the growing number of children being targeted. Some are blaming the trend on an increase in access to online pornography. 

Although less than 10 percent of Indians have home computers connected to the Internet, mobile smart-phone ownership has increased phenomenally, providing easy access to Internet videos. In the last decade, the proportion of searches on Google for pornographic material has increased fivefold.

Leading women activists in the country now back blocking pornography sites. They say that in the culturally conservative country, where the subject of sex is still largely taboo, pornography is negatively shaping the way young people think about sex.

Ranjana Kumari heads the Center for Social Research in New Delhi. “There is lot of segregation that young men and women are raised with.  There are many, many issues in India. It really creates all kind of abnormalities in terms of understanding of sex," Ms. Kumari said. "It is always showing that men can take control of women’s bodies and do whatever they want. It is very important for India to review this and also to see how it can be put under maximum control.”

Junior Information and Technology Minister Milind Deora says authorities plan to consult experts on whether pornography is provoking sexual violence.

Even if porn sites are blocked, Internet users could still find a way to access pornography.

Sunil Abraham of the Center for Internet and Society cites the examples of countries which have imposed similar bans.  “Even in China, pornography continues to be available and likewise in Pakistan. This is because, where there is a strong human motivation to access online content, like alcohol, prohibition becomes a losing strategy," Abraham stated. "This is very similar to underage drinking and is best regulated at home. ”

As authorities debate whether to restrict online pornography in the coming weeks, the outcome could have an enormous impact setting online standards for one of the world’s fastest growing populations of Internet users.


Surveillance camera use
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The suspects in the bombings at the Boston Marathon were first identified from surveillance camera images. Debate about the use of the cameras has been ongoing for many years in Britain, a country with one of the highest densities of CCTV cameras in the world.

The FBI released color surveillance camera footage of the Boston bombing suspects three days after the attacks took place.  The video shows two men walking with rucksacks moments before the explosions.  They were quickly identified as Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his brother Dzhokhar.

​Former FBI special agent Peter J. Ahearn says surveillance cameras are one of the primary tools of investigation.

"The first thing you do in any kind of a crisis in an area is you go for the tapes, you go for the video.  The ATM machines, anything on the street and there will be a team of investigators and analysts working that," he said.

At the last count in 2007, there were 147 surveillance cameras operated by Boston city authorities and more than 400 on buses and subways.

Some are calling for more cameras.  Among them is former mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, who cited London as an example, describing it as a virtual Hollywood studio of surveillance.

Surveillance or CCTV cameras from railway stations were crucial in identifying, within hours, the terrorists who attacked the London transport network in July 2005.

Conservative lawmaker Philip Davies is a strong advocate.

"CCTV is an absolutely crucial tool for the security services and the police," he said, "not just in identifying who was responsible for a crime after the event, but sometimes for actually identifying where people are to try to prevent those people who you have identified at source, knowing where they are so you can cut them off if they are trying something out.”

Estimates vary from around 1.8 million to four million surveillance cameras across Britain.

"The debate should be about how do we prevent crime," said Nick Pickles, from the organization Big Brother Watch, which campaigns for more privacy. "And if there is one thing that London as a city has proved, it is that CCTV does very little to deter criminals, it does very little to reduce crime levels, and when you have a major security incident like we tragically saw in Boston, CCTV is of very little use preventing these attacks happening.”

Londoners were broadly supportive of CCTV.

"A lot of crime nowadays is solved because of CCTV, so I am all for it," said one man.

"CCTV is a good thing.  But sometimes it depends on the situation.  Sometimes the police go too far," said another man.

Boston investigators noted the critical role of the public in identifying the suspects. 

"For more than 100 years the FBI has relied upon the public to be its eyes and ears," explains Special Agent Richard DesLauriers from the FBI’s Boston division. "With the media's help, in an instant these images will be delivered directly into the hands of millions around the world.”


Kuwait media insult law
ripped by journalism group


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Kuwait should scrap plans for a repressive new media law, the Committee to Protect Journalists  said Wednesday, claiming the draft legislation would severely undermine press freedom.

As the government of the Gulf Arab monarchy faces ongoing opposition protests, the law would steeply increase fines on journalists deemed to have insulted the state.

The government passed the Unified Media Law earlier this month and it now needs approval from parliament and the emir, but the New York-based campaign group said it would mean inflated fines as well as "unjustified restrictions on election coverage, and ambiguous regulations for online media."

Kuwait's media are among the most free in the Gulf region, and the government generally tolerates more political dissent.

However, in recent months dozens of activists have been charged with insulting the emir and several have been handed jail sentences.

The draft law proposes fines of up to 300,000 dinars ($1 million), up sharply from the previous maximum financial of 20,000 dinars, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

Insulting the emir or crown prince would carry the largest fines. There would also be fines of up to 100,000 dinars for insulting the constitution, the flag, harming public morals, inciting crimes, harming relations with other governments and slandering public servants.

The Ministry of Information has said that the law is positive for journalists because it replaces prison penalties for secular offenses with fines, but the Committee to Protect Journalists  said: "the fines are so steep that journalists could be sent to jail anyway . . . ."

Kuwait's main private newspapers have also said the law would violate free speech.


China again tapped as leader
for Internet espionage


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

China leads the world in computer espionage, according to an annual report that monitors the state of global cyber threats.

Ninety-six percent of cyber espionage cases targeting intellectual property and business trade secrets were attributed to threat actors in China, while the remaining 4 percent were unknown, according to the 2013 Data Breach Investigations Report, which is issued by Verizon, a large U.S. telecom firm.

“This may mean that other threat groups perform their activities with greater stealth and subterfuge,” read the report. “But it could also mean that China is, in fact, the most active source of national and industrial espionage in the world today.”

While the numbers certainly seem clear, some security experts caution not to draw too many conclusions from the report.

“Verizon doesn't explain how they determine that an event is state-sponsored, nor how they distinguish between legitimate attacks originating from China and those which use compromised servers in Chinese IP space,” said Jeffrey Carr, CEO of Taia Group, a cyber-security firm. “Hence, any conclusion that they try to draw about the government of China has to be taken with a great degree of skepticism.”

Carr said he believes a lot of the espionage originating in China could “actually be the work of non-state actors working in the Chinese IP space.”

However, he said he welcomed recent discussions between the U.S. and Chinese official to collaborate on dealing with cyber attacks.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, discussed cybersecurity with his Chinese counterpart, Fang Fenghui, during his visit to China this week. Earlier this month, Secretary of State John Kerry also discussed the topic with Chinese leaders during a visit to Beijing.

Banks and other financial institutions remain the most targeted among hackers, according to Verizon, but manufacturing companies, transportation organizations and utility companies were also targeted.

Verizon’s data was compiled from numerous sources, including U.S. and foreign incident response teams and companies that have engaged Verizon to perform cyber work.


Fake bombing report hurt
Twitter and raised questions


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Does Twitter have a credibility problem?
      
For many, a single fake tweet from The Associated Press account that briefly roiled financial markets on Tuesday, driving the Dow Jones industrial average down about 145 points, vividly reaffirmed the fearsome, near-instantaneous power of the 140-character message.
      
But the security lapse also revived doubts about Twitter's place in the media landscape and its ultimate value at a moment when its status as one of today's essential information networks had seemed all but cemented.
      
Just a week after social media networks took criticism for helping circulate misinformation about the alleged perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing, Twitter's security shortcomings fell under a harsh spotlight Tuesday after a hacker group commandeered the AP Twitter account and falsely reported that explosions in the White House had injured President Barack Obama.
      
The AP was only the latest hacking victim in recent days after Twitter accounts belonging to National Public Radio, CBS "60 Minutes" and others were breached. Last year, Reuters News was the victim of hackers who briefly took over one of its Twitter accounts and posted false tweets.
      
The latest hack was by far the most significant: The single AP tweet stunned investors and effectively wiped out $136.5 billion of the S&P 500 index's value in a matter of minutes.
      
Although the news agency later disclosed that one of its employees may have inadvertently given away company passwords as the result of a phishing attack by the hackers, security experts quickly faulted Twitter for its longstanding failure to implement two-factor authentication, a double-layered password feature used by the likes of Google and Microsoft that might have prevented the spate of high-profile Twitter hijackings.
      
"It's one of those cases that we are seeing too often. It's getting unnerving,'' said Robert Quigley, a journalism lecturer specializing in social media at the University of Texas. "What media organizations need to do is pressure Twitter to have a more secure website.''
      
Although Twitter has repeatedly declined to address its product roadmap, the company has signaled that it will soon unveil two-factor authentication, including a public job posting in February that suggested the company was hiring to tackle the problem.
      
Mark Risher, the founder of a security consultancy that counts social media companies Pinterest and Tumblr among its clients, said introducing more measures like two-factor authentication would make Twitter more cumbersome to use and potentially slow its user growth, a critical concern for a company that relies on advertising revenues. But he warned that a prolonged rash of high-profile hacks, and an eroding sense of user trust, would hurt Twitter more.
      
"There's always a tradeoff between convenience and safety,'' Risher said. "But a security issue damages Twitter's brand.''

For Twitter, the hacking has raised questions about its credibility just as it is beginning to assume a central role in a fast-changing media landscape, with the volume of tweets rising to more than 400 million a day. Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission ruled that U.S. companies may report material information such as quarterly results on Twitter, as long as investors are alerted in advance. Days later, Bloomberg L.P. said it would funnel Twitter directly into its terminals used by thousands of traders on Wall Street.
      
At the same time, the world's leading news organizations and Twitter, which has 200 million users around the world, have become increasingly intertwined in a symbiotic, if sometimes troublesome, relationship.
      
Dan Gillmor, a journalism professor at Arizona State University, said the hacks have especially hurt news outlets because their Twitter accounts are often the primary way that their news reaches consumers who may not subscribe to a newspaper or have access to a newswire.
      
Twitter has touted itself as a critical newswire of sorts, such as during the 2011 tsunami in Japan, when it helped emergency responders locate survivors, or when it became a vital lifeline for some New Yorkers as television sets fell dark during Hurricane Sandy last year.
      
But last week, in the wake of the Boston bombings, some of those who previously viewed Twitter as an indispensable news source began turning against the service upon discovering that the wisdom of crowds is, in fact, an adage not often applicable on the Internet.
      
Steve Brunetto, a senior executive at Edgewave, a network security company, said Tuesday's hacking undermined Twitter at a sensitive time.
      
"On the heels of the Boston Marathon bombing, everyone's trying to figure out, 'Okay, where does Twitter fit into that news cycle? Where does Twitter fit into disseminating information?''' Brunetto said. "They've got an opportunity to legitimize themselves as a real player in that information life cycle but they get knocked down a peg every time somebody says, 'Oh, you can't believe what you read on Twitter.'''
      
Jeff Jarvis, a prominent Internet pundit and a journalism professor at City University of New York, said that the confusion caused by social media in recent weeks was not an indictment of social media but rather a reminder that the onus falls on professional reporters to verify information.
      
"No, the Internet's not broken,'' Jarvis said.
      
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Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
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Pirate beach
For sale by owner: Ocean view condominium. Reduced $175,000

Gorgeous two- bedroom, two-bath with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built-in energy efficiently. This condo is located in a gated community with low HOA dues and offers amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to a beautiful white sandy Pirates Beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double panel windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, porcelain tile. Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025. www.puntaplayavistas.com
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Condo
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Rich Coast Montage
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Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
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American football title
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By Cody L. Gear
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The end of the American Football 2013 season is Saturday. The 5th championship game will be played at 2 p.m. in Estadio Cuty Monge which is located at Olympia in Desamparados. As it has been for the past four years the same two teams will compete for the championship.

The Toros, who are undefeated this year, will take on the Bulldogs, who had two losses. Last year’s matchup had the Bulldogs undefeated and the Toros with two losses.

Over the course of the past five years, a rivalry has developed between these two teams, and the emotions going into this game will be running high. Both teams feature veteran players and the afternoon of amateur football here in Costa Rica should be an interesting one.

Scott Doherty is the veteran quarterback for the Toros.  It is not clear whether or not he will start as he suffered an injury in his last meeting with the Bulldogs. If Doherty is unable to go, he will be replaced by Manrique Víquez who has been the backup to Doherty for the past three years.

The Toros’ defense will be led by veteran linebacker/defensive end Charlton Ortega. Ortega will be facing one of the best running backs in Costa Rica, Ryan Weiss.

Weiss, the outstanding veteran running back of the Bulldogs, is healthy and looking forward to running the ball against a formidable and stout defense that the Toros will put on the field.  The Bulldogs have struggled offensively this year as they replaced veteran quarterback Garin Gustafson.

Gabo Mena appears to have won the starting quarterback job for Saturday’s game. Mena will be the first Costa Rica native to start at quarterback in the championship series.

The Bulldog defense will be led by veteran safety/linebacker Dean Mooke. Mooke known for his football savvy and vicious hits will be trying to stop the potent and powerful attack of the Toros.     


Rhode Island will become
same-sex marriage state


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services


Rhode Island is set to become the latest U.S. state to allow same-sex couples to marry.

The state Senate Wednesday approved a bill to permit same-sex marriage. The bill passed the Rhode Island House in January, and now returns there for a largely procedural vote next week.

Rhode Island's governor supports gay marriage and has said he will sign the bill, which would go into effect Aug. 1.

The District of Columbia and nine other U.S. states permit same-sex marriage.

Legislation to allow it has been introduced in Rhode Island's legislature for almost two decades. But the heavily Roman Catholic state has been a holdout until now.


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