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Second border crossing in north to open Saturday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The new Las Tablillas border crossing in Los Chiles de Alajuela will go into service Saturday, according to the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior.

This is the second official crossing at the Nicaraguan border.

The immigration services will start slowly there and improve as more facilities are opening, the ministry said.

The government plans no official ceremony Saturday.
 
Jhon Fonseca, a vice minister, said that opening the border crossing is one of the most important achievements of the Luis Guillermo Solís administration.

The location is expected to provide an international exit from Costa Rica by trucks carrying cargo from the port of Moin. APM

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Las Tablillas border crossing is well signed.


Terminals is building a $1 billion container handling facility there, and a second firm said it also will build a dock setup for cargo from the sea.

The money to construct the buildings at the Las Tablillas crossing came from the exit taxes paid by those leaving the country by land in 2014, said the ministry.



Property scam cases have their human costs, too
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

News stories about property thefts and similar scams that steal from expats and would-be expats usually feature the economic loss.

Not as often do news stories address the physical, psychological and emotional impact. Of course when one writes about the 17-year struggle of someone like Sheldon Hazeltine, the personal impacts are assumed. He has been in and out of court more times than a lot of judges.

But how about the average U.S. property buyer who comes to Costa Rica full of trust and the desire to find a home for eventual retirement. Larry Meholick, now in Naples, Florida, is one such individual. He wrote Thursday describing his long battle over real estate.

He said that in 2004 he and his now ex-wife purchased a retirement condo in construction at Flamingo and made payments representing 98 percent of the purchase price. He said they furnished it and put the condo up for rent until retirement. The payment was $272,473.

"But one month later, we heard a rumor our condo was being auctioned because the developers did not pay any of our money to the bank after they represented having clear title," he wrote. "No warning, only assurances the project was solvent."

"Our earth dropped from beneath our feet," he continued. "After working nearly a combined 100 years saving for the home and fulfilling all contractual obligations, we have lived a nightmare since: divorce, broken lives, major health issues, my ex-wife’s bankruptcy, my unending crushing condo loan debts, our life savings and children’s inheritance – gone.

"I will be 68 soon, I have nothing left to lose. I am a retired police officer, never gave up seeking justice for a victim in my career and was particularly diligent bringing justice to victims from other cultures preyed upon by those in positions of trust . . . "

Meholick now is in the courts seeking damages from the developer and his associates. There may well be innocent explanations for what happened, which the court will determine. But he is not alone.

Many of the persons who dealt with Paragon Properties of Costa Rica, S.A. ended up 
losing their money. The company sold vacant lots with a sophisticated boiler room operation in Florida that offered free trips to Costa Rica. Some claim the operation started out as a ponzi scheme, and others, including the former management, said the rapidly expanding operation was blindsided by the economic downturn.
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In any event perhaps as many as 900 couples lost their money and dreams of a life in Costa Rica. Some who have valid corporations that own a lot still are hanging on. Most U.S. legal efforts were not successful.

There is a long list of similar problem properties mostly on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica.

Meholick makes the point that has been echoed over and over by those in similar circumstances: No one would help.

He said he got no help from staffers at the U.S. Embassy, the Colegio de Abogados, the lawyers professional association, or from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. He said he was told that he did not lose enough to launch an investigation.

Others have made the same comments about the lack of embassy response. Each time an ambassador designate appears before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he or she reads from a prepared text and promises to look out for U.S. citizens here.

That does not seem to be the case with property fraud and disputes. Embassy staffers lavish all sorts of police equipment on the Costa Rican government. For example, Thursday the U.S. gave $220,000 in tools to the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea to fight crime from the skies.

Wednesday one of the many subsecretaries of the U.S. Department of State was in town to help Costa Rica become a member of another international organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. The visitors met with the foreign minister, Manuel A. González, and the commerce minister, Alexander Mora.  That would seem to have been a good time to mention the many U.S. investors and would-be retirees who have had property problems or who have been defrauded here. And the State Department bigwigs could have made some suggestions.

But there is no indication that the topic came up.

 
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U.S. donates flight equipment

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The United States donated some $220,000 in police equipment to the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública and its Dirección del Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea.

Among the donated items were scanners that can check for explosives for use at airport terminals. There also were Darth Vader-like flight helmets, life jackets for water rescues, binoculars and vests.

The United States has emphasized in its donations the provision of materials that can be used to impede the drug trade.



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This is one of the test devices that officials hope to use.

Contract glitch delays saliva testing

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The transport ministry's efforts to obtain testing devices for saliva to administer to suspected drunk drivers has been delayed. The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that an error has been found in one of the bid documents, and the entire process must be done again.

The ministry plans to purchase the devices from the United States, and there are three firms ready to submit bids.

In the meantime, the ministry said that it made arrangements with the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social to continue doing blood tests for drunk driving suspects. The new request for bids is expected to be published in a few days, the ministry said.



Renewed probe asked in newsman's killing

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The Mexican weekly newspaper Zeta has asked officials to renew the investigation of the unpunished murder of its co-editor, journalist Héctor Félix Miranda, where the mastermind has still not been identified.

Zeta’s complaint comes at a time when the two killers, Victoriano Medina Moreno and Antonio Vera Palestina, are due to be released from prison after having completed their sentence. At the time they killed Félix Miranda, in 1988, they were security agents at the Aguas Calientes racetrack in Tijuana, where Félix Miranda had reported serious irregularities.

The Inter American Press Association said it supported the request.

Association President Gustavo Mohme, editor of the Lima, Peru, newspaper La República, stressed the solidarity of his organization with Zeta, which he called “one of the media outlets in Mexico that has suffered the most direct attacks and losses of life in recent decades.”

The Félix Miranda case is one of the emblematic investigations which the Inter American Press Association submitted in 1997 to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. With that body as intermediary, the association and the government of Mexico signed an agreement in 2004 for review of the case file, but several weeks later Zeta’s new co-editor, Francisco Ortiz Franco, who was heading the review, was himself murdered.

The chairman of the Association's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Claudio Paolillo, editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda, declared, “In this case there has been no closure, since the mastermind has not been identified, thus the person or persons who gave the order to execute Felix Miranda remain unpunished.”

Zeta is an investigative weekly that focused on the drug gangs and crooked politicians.

For many years Tijuana was under the control of the Arellano Félix drug cartel. And this gang and drug wholesalers like them are the people the newspaper targeted in his reporting, as well as the links between organized crime and the politicians.    

Jesús Blancornelas founded Zeta with Félix Miranda in 1980.  Blancornelas was the target of an unsuccessful assassination attempt in 1997. He died in 2006.



Geolocators for tiny birds supported

By the The Condor: Ornithological Applications news staff

A pair of newly published papers in The Condor: Ornithological Applications lay out a method for outfitting birds with geolocators or
wabler
A tiny golden-winged wabler
radio transmitters that cuts precious weight from the package, allowing the devices to be used on very small birds, and demonstrate that the trackers do not harm the birds or impede their migration.

Henry Streby of the University of California, Berkeley, and Sean Peterson of the University of Minnesota led a team of researchers to carry out the studies, which could make it easier than ever before to identify the migratory routes and
wintering ranges of small songbirds such as warblers.

Unlike radio transmitters, which are best suited to tracking the movements of birds over relatively small areas, geolocators calculate a bird’s position using sunrise and sunset times and can record their movements over an entire migratory cycle. Peterson, Streby, and their colleagues developed new methods for attaching both types of trackers to small birds, using harnesses made of elastic thread or jewelry cord that don’t require metal or plastic parts and can be placed on the birds smoothly and quickly.

“It took a lot of brainstorming and effort in the field to get things just right with transmitters on small songbirds. Once we had it working, we refined the method over several years, and then all of that knowledge translated smoothly to geolocators,” says Streby.

Weighing just 8 to 10 grams each, golden-winged warblers (Vermivora chrysoptera) are the smallest birds yet to be outfitted with geolocators. The researchers captured 20 golden-winged warblers at each of two sites, one in Minnesota and one in Tennessee, in May 2013 and fitted them with geolocators using their new method. When the warblers returned in the following spring after having traveled over five thousand miles, geolocator-carrying birds did not differ significantly from control birds in return rate, migration timing, or body mass.

“I think one of the best things about working on this project was the feeling of excitement when one of our marked individuals returned,” says Peterson. “When we analyzed the data and had the migration routes of these tiny birds laid out in front of us, it was just kind of awe-inspiring to think that they were making such an epic journey twice a year.”


Kindergartner lashed with cable

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Fuerza Pública reported that a 6-year-old girl was disciplined by lashes with a cable. The 67-year-old grandfather was detained.

The case unfolded in Barra del Colorado Sur when a school director went with police to seek the child. The director told police that two days earlier the girl's kindergarten teacher noticed marks on her back and legs.

The girl and a brother, 4, lived with the grandfather. Police said the man became hostile when questioned about the girl and that a warrant was needed to see her. The Patronato Nacional de la Infancia, the child welfare agency, is involved in the case.

The children were abandoned by their mother two years ago, police said.


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President names new tourism minister along with other officials
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Expotur exhibtion begins Thursday for a two-day run, and there will be a new tourism minister to participate.

He is Mauricio Ventura Aragón, a former president of the Cámera Nacional de Turismo. Although a minster is not an obligatory ingredient for the tourism marketplace, the country would be in an awkward position without one as hundreds of out-of-town participants visit.

He replaces Wilhelm von Breymann, who was squeezed out last month under pressure form the tourism industry whose members claimed he was not supportive enough.

Ventura was one of a handful of selections announced

Thursday by President Luis Guillermo Solís.

As usual, the tourism event Expotur starts Wednesday night at the Teatro Nacional at 6 p.m. followed by cocktails at 8:30 p.m. in the Crowne Plaza Corobicí. The closed event is in the Hotel Wyndham, San José-Herradura. This is where sellers meet with those who purchase tourism packages in bulk. The Asociación Costarricense de Profesionales en Turismo has put on Expotur for 30 years.

Solís also named Fernando Llorca Castro as minister of Salud, Marcelo Jenkins Coronas, as minister of Ciencia y Tecnología and Elian Villegas Valverde as executive president of the  Instituto Nacional de Seguros, a position made vacant when the president picked Sergio Alfaro as the new minister of the Presidencia.


There are plenty of reasons to stay off downtown streets today
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Today may be a holiday for some, but police started closing down streets early today in anticipation of a morning march and the 6 p.m. speech by President Luis Guillermo Solís. This is a state of the union address, and the audience includes the diplomatic corps.

The traffic police and the Fuerza Pública will be tested by the workers parade, starting around 9:30 a.m. in the western reaches of Avenida 2. The march will end at the legislative complex.

During the day lawmakers will be electing legislative leaders
for the next year, and the successful candidate might indicate
if the president's massive package of new taxes will be approved. The new legislative president has a lot of power to assign various bills to committees. The presidential address will be televised.

The Policía de Tránsito also said that they were covering principal vacation routes because many Central Valley residents are taking advantage of the three-day weekend.

Expats probably should plan on avoiding the downtown today and into the evening. The legislative area from the Museo Nacional to the Biblioteca Nacional will be closed all day. These are key routes. Avenida 2 usually is open to normal traffic after 2 p.m. or so as marchers reach the legislature.


American football game, Caribbean Bowl III, planned for Jacó Saturday
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A visiting U.S. American football team will take on the Bulldogs of Santa Ana Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Garabito Stadium at Jacó Beach.

The Costa Rican team will include players from the Federación de Fútbol Americano de Costa Rica teams: Toros, the  Pérez Zeledón Predators and the San Jose Titans.

The game is the Caribbean Bowl III. The visiting team is the All American Football Events USA Patriots. They have been here before.

The Patriots crushed the Bulldogs, 68 to 6. at the inaugural Caribbean Bowl I, hosted on the grounds of ULatina in Heredia but took an unexpected loss, 13 to 6, the following year from the Bulldogs at the Caribbean Bowl II, also held in Jacó Beach.

The Patriots have returned once again to Costa Rica to take revenge on the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs players have the advantage of being acclimatized to the coastal heat that seemed to affect the Patriots playing ability last year.

There is a 2,000 colon admission, which will be donated to the Jacó girls' soccer program, said organizers.


Palmares picks new firm to handle the municipal trash pickups
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Municipalidad de Palmares said it has selected Manejo Integral Tecnoambiente S.A. to handle the local garbage. The municipal trash will be taken to the Parque Ecoindustrial  de

Miramar in Puntarenas where it will be capped with a layer of clay each day, said the municipality.

The municipality said the firm got the job for a year and that the collection days for residents would remain the same.

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Diet swap between Africans and Americans highlights danger of cancer
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Doctors have long known that the Western diet, one often high in animal proteins and fat and low in fiber, increases the risk of colon cancer.

In the United States, the second-highest number of cancer deaths is from colon cancer, a malignant tumor in the colon or rectum, the lower part of the human digestive system.  African-Americans are at especially high risk for the disease, which experts say is diet-related in more than 90 percent of cases.

A team of international researchers studied what would happen if African-Americans and rural South Africans swapped diets for two weeks.  Colon cancer rates are much lower in rural South Africa, where people consume a high-fiber, low-fat diet typical of Africans.

The diet swap, though brief, showed dramatic effects on the risk of colon cancer in both segments and raised concerns about the Western diet and its impact on the disease.

It produced evidence that the South African participants might someday contract colon cancer if they consumed an American diet.  The Americans, in comparison, showed signs of reduced cancer risk over the long term.

Stephen O’Keefe, one of the study's lead authors and a professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said his team was extremely surprised by the magnitude of the findings, namely the vast changes in the biomarkers for cancer risk.

He also said the results are good news in the research of colorectal cancer.

"This shows that you can change your environment very acutely with a dietary change," O'Keefe said, "and it has dramatic effects on the interior milieu of the colon, namely the microbiota, and the way that it metabolizes in the digestive system to produce things that either preserve colonic health or actually produce inflammation and increase risk of neoplastic change."

The study involved 20 people from each country, ages 50 to 65.

The African volunteers were fed a meat-heavy American-style diet that included sausage, hamburgers, french fries, meatloaf and rice.  The American group ate high-fiber African meals featuring a lot of beans, fruits and vegetables.  The meals were prepared using their typical ingredients and cooking techniques.

After two weeks, researchers compared fecal and colon content samples to those taken from the volunteers before the study began.

For the American group, consuming the African diet led to much less inflammation in the colon and reduced signs of cancer risk.  For the South Africans, the turnover rate of intestinal cells speeded up, a sign of increased cancer risk.

O'Keefe gained the impetus to pursue the study through his work as a gastroenterologist in rural parts of South Africa, where he performed colonoscopies on patients with diarrhea-related problems.

"We found a lot of parasitic infections, but we never found colonic polyps or colon cancer, or extremely rarely.  Then when I moved to the States, a routine screening colonoscopy clinic of the age of patients of subjects that we looked at in the study, namely between the ages of 50 and 65, we find polyps or cancer in about 20 to 30 percent, and the rates are even higher in African-Americans.”

He hopes the findings in the study will positively impact the dietary habits of people in the West. "The key message is change your diet, change your risk of colon cancer," he said.  "And clearly we based our findings on biomarkers that are legitimate.  Now, we need to move into the public health arena to try to advocate the use of a balanced diet containing efficient quantities or good quantities of fiber-rich foods, including fruits and vegetables and grains."

The study by O'Keefe and his research team was published in the journal Nature Communications.

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U.S. lawmakers expressing
different views on Baltimore


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The unrest in the East Coast city of Baltimore, triggered by the death in police custody of 25-year-old resident Freddie Gray, sparked emotional debate in the U.S. Congress Thursday. Not surprisingly, Republican and Democratic lawmakers expressed different views on the best ways to tackle poverty, inequality and policing problems.

Former House speaker Nancy Pelosi is sometimes referred to as the daughter of Baltimore because her father and brother were both mayors of the city many years ago. She told reporters that the riots this week were not as bad as the violence that erupted after the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. when her brother was mayor in 1968, but she said it has been a sad week.

“All of us who love justice and all of us who love Baltimore are deeply saddened by the death of Freddie Gray and deeper wounds that have been laid bare in the Baltimore community,” she said.

Mrs. Pelosi called for peace and non-violent action in her native city. She said the root causes of the furor unleashed this week are very complex, but access to a good education and job training for all would be a good place to start.

On the House floor Thursday, several members of the Congressional Black Caucus also spoke passionately about Baltimore and offered their apologies to the family of Freddie Gray, whose spinal cord was severed while in police custody.

Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, a Democrat, apologized to Gray’s family, saying Congress’ own policy failures are partly to blame.

“When you disinvest in education, when you provide no places for kids to play and no summer jobs, Baltimore happens. When you refuse to provide resources for job training, for decent housing and you have a lack of resources to the communities of highest need, Baltimore happens," she said.

Ms. Fudge said the budget Congress is working on this week continues to prove that the majority of the people in the House of Representatives care little about the plight of poor and underserved communities.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner also expressed his condolences to the Gray family, as well as recovery wishes to the police who were injured in violence in the city this week. He said he disagrees with President Barack Obama that government programs can help fix the underlying problems.

“Now the president has suggested more taxpayer money is the answer," he said. "Again, we believe the answer is more jobs and more opportunity.”

Boehner said the U.S. government has invested hundreds of billions of dollars in well-intended programs designed to help people get out of poverty, but those programs are not working.  He said people do not want to be dependent on government services.

Earlier this week, Obama spoke at length about the situation in Baltimore, saying there is no excuse for violence or looting. But he said the United States needs to do some soul searching about the way people of color are treated by police and about the inequality and poverty that fuels unrest.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president has no plans to travel to Baltimore, because he does not want to divert city policemen to help provide security for him.


U.S. adversaries use Internet
to spew negative propaganda


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Across the world, this week’s unrest in Baltimore after the death of a young African American following being taken into police custody is being used by America’s adversaries in a global wave of online propaganda and criticism, much of it designed to embarrass the U.S., analysts say.

Some western governments like the U.S. and others are beginning to bolster their own social media tactics and campaigns to counter misinformation and criticism spreading via social media.

But according to David Altheide, a media researcher at Arizona State University, those options might be limited.

"The response has got to be minimal, and very focused," said Altheide, whose research focuses on propaganda and media. "The biggest change with social media is how widespread it is," he said.

"Increasingly throughout the world, people are using social media because it's so instantaneous, visual and personal," Altheide said. "That's why social media tends to be very effective. The best response the United States should be limited, truthful, and focused on the problem."

But even before the fires in Baltimore had died down following Monday night’s unrest, critics of the United States were up online, seizing on the events.

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Twitter account posted the first of eight tweets about the death of 25-year-old African American Freddie Gray following his arrest by police.

“Power and tyranny are different. In some countries like US, police are seemingly powerful but they kill innocents," his first tweet read.

In subsequent tweets, he criticized what he called the unjust killings of African Americans by police, praised Islam as a religion where police act with mercy, and tweaked President Barack Obama with a tweet calling it ridiculous that crimes against African Americans continue while the President himself is black.

Russian comment trolls, on Web sites such as RT, left thousands of often anonymous comments calling the U.S. hypocrites, criminals, slave-holders and much worse.

“USA got nerves to teach RUSSIA how police shall behave,” read one comment. Konstantin Dolgov, Russia’s commissioner for human rights, said the unrest illustrates “the depths and systematic character of racial discrimination in the United States.”

Militants associated with the Islamic State group hijacked popular hashtags online to blast the West and recruit new fighters.

“In the Islamic Religion and Islamic State #IS is no difference between black person and white person” read one of hundreds of tweets from Twitter accounts sympathetic to the Islamic State militant group.

Official Chinese state news agency Xinhua published a scathing commentary, along with several stories, calling this week’s riots “…another piece of evidence that the United States is now profoundly divided, and its society has become increasingly unstable while its legal system fails to meet the expectation of its citizens.”

There’s nothing new about a state seizing on the misfortunes of an adversary for propaganda purposes. Russia has done that for years. But social media is changing the way the propaganda game is played, experts say.

“In many ways the aim of Soviet subversion, or agitprop, until the mid-1980s and of Russian information warfare today are identical,” said Keir Giles, an associate fellow in the International Security Department at Chatham House, a London-based institute for international studies.

Giles, who worked in the former Soviet Union, studies the Putin administration’s use of social media to spread its aims and messages.

While the old Soviet propaganda may look like today’s more sophisticated messaging directed by the Kremlin, Giles said they’re different in one key aspect.

“Amplification of the message is a key aim for use of social media by Russia,” he said. “The troll farms that employ hundreds of people to post on social media, discussion boards, and comment pages for other online media do so partly in order to create the impression that the disinformation put out by Russian state media in fact has widespread support.

“Trolls using Western-sounding names will repeat the false or misleading stories from Russian sources, including both Russia Today and any number of fake media sites, as widely as possible,” Giles said. “This can be highly effective.”

Giles said that modern Russian propaganda, spread by social media, has several aims, including creating confusion, stirring up emotions, and shifting public opinion in key geographic regions.

“The underlying principles are the same: to weaken and destabilize the adversary using any opportunity or angle available, and if possible to influence policy and decision-making,” he said.


Two Vietnam ceremonies
show political differences


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Vietnamese and Americans both commemorated the Vietnam War Thursday with two very different ceremonies in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon.

In the morning Thursday, groups of Vietnamese dressed as laborers, farmers, and soldiers paraded outside of the Reunification Palace, where the arrival of Communist tanks marked the end of fighting 40 years ago.

In the afternoon, the U.S. consulate dedicated a plaque to Charles McMahon and Darwin Judge, both Marines and the last Americans killed in the Vietnam War.

For the United States, Vietnam has been a tragic symbol of military defeat. For Vietnam, April 30 is a day of victory.

“After 40 years since the country’s liberation, there’s been development and prosperity,” said former soldier Phung Thi Khuyen, who talked from a park bench after the parade ended. “I’m really glad that south and north have been reunited and the country can be peaceful and happy," she said.

U.S. ambassador to Vietnam Ted Osius said he, too, was happy to see the progress this Southeast Asian nation has made in recent decades.

But the sentiment was mixed with sorrow. “Today’s ceremony is a vivid reminder to all of us who serve overseas that all too often, that service comes with sacrifice,” Osius said, emotion filling his voice.

The small, solemn gathering at the U.S. consulate in Ho Chi Minh City Thursday was very different from the loud celebrations happening just hours earlier.

Vietnamese marched through the central city in outfits ranging from sailors’ uniforms to the traditional attire of ethnic minorities. Doves and balloons were launched into the air, as foreign dignitaries from Laos to Cuba looked on.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung kicked off the parade with a speech about how the society and economy have improved, yet still had far to go. He also used the occasion to criticize the U.S. for what he called barbarous crimes, saying the Americans caused "immeasurable losses and pain to our people and country."

Thousands of Vietnamese students volunteered to set up the parade’s colorful backdrops and floats, including Nguyen Ngoc Lam. He said he was grateful to the veterans who died before Vietnam reunited on April 30, 1975.

“My parents told me they were happy to have a kid who recognized the historical importance of the day,” Lam said. “We contribute what little we can to keeping the memory alive.”

Yet for many people, today was just a day off from work. Ho Chi Minh City was quieter than it has been on other anniversaries after authorities cordoned off much of downtown with barriers that kept the vast majority of ordinary citizens from seeing the parade. They could settle for a TV broadcast of the festivities, but few actually stopped to view the mega screens set up near the city’s Opera House.

For most of the public, April 30 comes and goes. But the government still believes it is important to remind its citizens of the Communist victory.

It’s also important to U.S. veterans to remind people of their fallen comrades. Juan Jose Valdez, president of the Fall of Saigon Marines Association, spoke at the consular tribute to fallen Marines, Judge and McMahon.

“April 1975 was indeed a cruel month, filled with total chaos, utter confusion, and people eager to get out,” he said. Valdez, who helped with the final U.S. evacuation, added, “I believe we carried out our mission as best as possible under stressful conditions.”

In Washington, U.S. Rep. Alan Lowenthal introduced a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives, honoring the contributions of Vietnamese Americans, the service of U.S. and South Vietnamese forces who fought and died in Vietnam, and those who lost their lives attempting to flee the Southeast Asian country.

Meanwhile, the author of Canadian’s Black April Day Act, Thursday strongly rebuffed Vietnam's criticism of the measure.

The act, passed by Canadian Parliament last week, establishes April 30 as the day to commemorate the thousands of refugees who fled Vietnam in pursuit of freedom. It pays tribute to Canada’s humanitarian tradition of welcoming thousands of refugees during and after the Vietnam War.

Sen. Ngo Thanh Hai, author of the bill, said Thursday that the bill "is about a particular moment in Canadian history and has nothing to do with Canada’s relations with Vietnam."

He said, "The Vietnamese government never admits the truth. They always ignore the truth since they don’t want the world know their violating rights and murdering people. They have to admit the truth first and foremost, if not, Vietnamese Communists would get to nowhere."

Hanoi said its relationship with Ottawa has been damaged by the bill and summoned Canada’s ambassador to express concern last Friday.


Big Sunday has become
big weekend to volunteer


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Today through Sunday thousands of people around the United States are gathering at schools, parks and community centers to help out with Big Sunday, a volunteer effort that started on a Sunday but has expanded to three days every year in early May.

Students and parents will be pitching in at Ramona Elementary School in Los Angeles, removing dead vegetation and beautifying the building. School Principal Guillermo George said a donation from Big Sunday organizers provided $500 for supplies, including plants and paint.

“So we are doing a little bit of gardening, putting in some new plants, and also a cleanup for the school," he said. "And we are also doing a little bit of painting.”

For many in Los Angeles, where the annual volunteer celebration got its start, and in other cities around the country, Big Sunday has become an annual tradition of helping out with community projects.

Hollywood screenwriter David Levinson began the effort in 1999.

“We started as just a single day of service, which was called Big Sunday, and then it became a big weekend of service," he said. "This is the 17th one.  But now this weekend is the culmination of a year’s worth of helping, and the kickoff for the next year’s worth of helping.”

Each year on this weekend in May, people find new friends and help their neighborhoods in ways that often continue through the year. 


New administrator picked
to head U.S. aid agency


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama has nominated Gayle Smith to serve as the top administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the federal agency mainly responsible for civilian foreign aid.

If the Senate confirms the nomination, Ms. Smith would succeed Rajiv Shah, who left the post in February after serving for five years.

In a statement Thursday, national security adviser Susan Rice described Smith as a valued colleague and friend.

"Her many years of field experience, including in Africa, as well as her steady leadership, sharp intellect and deep knowledge of international development, make her an exceptionally qualified nominee for USAID administrator," Ms. Rice said.

Ms. Smith most recently served alongside Ms. Rice as senior director for development and democracy on the National Security Council staff, where her responsibilities included global development, democracy and humanitarian assistance issues.

Prior to joining the government, Smith spent more than 20 years in Africa as a journalist covering military, economic and political affairs. She has also been a consultant for a wide range of aid and governmental organizations, including the World Bank.

John Prendergast, founding director of the Enough Project, which Smith co-founded, said Ms. Smith "has spent her entire professional life doing work that perfectly prepares her to lead USAID."
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8553-6/22/15

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Mafi Real Estate: Houses, lots and farms in Costa Rica





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If you do not find you are looking for in our page, contact us, WE HAVE A NETWORK OF OVER 500 brokers across the country to get what you are looking for.

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Phone/Fax.+506 2238-5029
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Email: mfiatt@mafirealestate.com
8609-2/20/16
Mafri one
Beautiful house in Santa Ana, Valley and mountain view. Price: $1,300,000. Single story, bedrooms. 5 baths. Double-size garage: 360 m2. Lot: 4,487 m2. 
Click HERE!

Mafri two
San Isidro de Heredia. Great lot with 3 houses. $3,200,000 single story. 1,505 m2 Lot: 37,419m2  Click HERE!
Mafri three
Finca Las Trufas, San Ramon-Esparza, Price: $3,900,000 Farm and ranch. Single story 1,500 m2. on 25 hectares Click HERE!

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CoopeAgri Real Estate

The best option in real estate services in southern Costa Rica and the South Pacific coast. We are professionals promoting properties such as farms, lots, ranches, commercial premises, homes and apartments, through our advertising and marketing services.
Are you buying a property? Our experienced team is ready to help you to find the right place. Are you selling? We are experts selling properties.  Keep it simple. Don't waste your time. We are  the best local and international listing.  Contact us, and we will be glad to assist you!
E-mail: bienesraices@coopeagri.co.cr
Local CR Phones: (506) 2785-0282 or  (506) 2785-0278
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8563-4.15.15

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A Buyer’s Broker offering the best
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For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 4030-5480 or 8339-2112. www.costaricarealtyone.com
8554-6/15/14

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Re/Max Ocean Surf and Sun:

The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and commercial real estate.  Call us: Ocean Surf and Sun Int. Realty Ldta at 011 (506) 2653-0073 or send us an email at: info@remax-oceansurf-cr.com
8583-1/27/16

Moran Arenal
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
The undiscovered jewel of Central America, 35 square miles of blue, pristine, clear water ideal for fishing, swimming, boating, Real estate values still low.
Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
 
This is far and away the most beautiful place in all Central America — cool climate. Try our two-day, all-inclusive discovery tour for $299.

Check with our Web site at www.moranlakearenal.com
Contact us at the office: (506) 2694-0088
Cell (506) 8880-8888
Phone number from the U.S. (305) 307-0088
Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com
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8655-10/21/15

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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 foot 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. Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: mmpeace@hotmail.com 
Check out slide show HERE!
8671-6/30/15

volacano
DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!
They say a stock market crash is overdue.  Is your money in the bank earning only pennies in interest?  Is it time to get some of your assets out of the United States and into a wonderful retirement location?  That was this owner’s plan.  Gross ROI for this property was 11% most recent 5 months with 1,129 m2 lot crying for development of more rentals.  Build two or even three inexpensive fourplexes and live off of the income the rest of your life.  But current owner is unable to stay in Costa Rica (divorce, health reasons) so must sacrifice retirement dream property.  Offered at only $140,000 by extremely motivated seller and cash talks!  Very desirable location only a short 5-minute walk to central La Fortuna, clean and modern construction 2 bedroom 1 bath home is 102 m2 with no wasted space, very livable.  THIS ABSOLUTELY MUST BE SOLD!  For interior pix email  lafortunaguy@gmail.com
or phone (506) 8377-8402.
8552-5/20/15

Lantz
A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

A beautiful American style suburban home, 2,700 sq ft of living space with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front and rear living rooms, laundry area, kitchen and small attached library nook, arched windows and doors and connected hallways, exotic wood interior ceilings and trim, tile floors thru-out.  The lot is 835 m2 with mature landscape and orchid nurseries surrounding the house. There is an enclosed workshop and BBQ area in the back yard with lots of storage under roof, plus a nursery for an herb/vegetable garden.  This is a very well-kept property with many upgrades, a private feel but yet only 5 minutes from the center of town.  Pérez Zeledón is the commercial hub of the southern zone and considered to be one of the best places to live in all of Costa Rica, the perfect size town, not too big and not too small.  The beach is 45 minutes to the west and a short drive to the cool mountains is to the east. In between, this large valley has a moderate climate.  Pérez has plenty of modern goods and services, an excellent farmers market, private schools, private doctors and clinics, all you need without having to go to the crazy madness of San José.    Just reduced to $239,000.  Call  Jeff: 8824-8113 or 8725-8176.  Email:  angelsdad@me.com
8661-6/20/15

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8657-7/14/15

Orosi
Costa Rica Villas For Sale
*In 2009 this property appraisal for $240,000  (two hundred forty thousand).
*Located in Paraiso, Cartago, Costa Rica.
*We spent over $70,000 in renovating the villa.
*The first floor has renters with a year lease. They pay $200 a month.
*Health reasons need to return to the U.S.A.
*One of Costa Rica famous waterfalls, 100 yards in front of the villa.
*I'll sell this property for $189,000.
*Visit my Web site www.costaricavalleyhotel.com
Contact in Costa Rica:  Cray phone (506) 8977-2777
Contact in USA: Billy phone  001 (678) 576-5107
8652-5/7/15

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 gsmboss@hotmail.com. See this Web site:
http://costaricarealestate.jimdo.com/
8651-5/7/15

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

Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for birds and other animals. 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email: wolfganghilbich@yahoo.com  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.
8648-7/29/14

Motel–Hotel
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 andreas_meyn@shaw.ca
8646-4/30/15

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

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

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

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail azucarb@racsa.co.cr or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.
8643-4/16/15

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 toddscolorado@gmail.com. In Costa Rica call: Ivo Henfling at Godutch Realty: 2289-5125/8834-4515 ivo@godutchrealty.com
8524-6/5/15

Jaco hotel

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

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

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

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

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FOR SALE  5,200 M2  ESCAZÚ
Fantastic location for condo/ hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot. incredible views. Flexible zoning $2.3 M 
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Call Bruce at: (506) 8307-0164.
8863-6/13/15

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Atheist TV seeks to influence Middle East

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In Egypt, a deeply religious country in a deeply religious region, atheism is not only taboo, it is dangerous.  It is sometimes even criminal to publicly declare nonbelief.

Despite the danger, one group of activists is pushing back with a new online TV channel. Free Mind TV defends the right not to believe.

Edited and produced in a studio in the United States, Free Mind TV says it wants to promote nonreligious liberal ideas in the Middle East.

On the screen, the presenter appears to be in a sophisticated studio. But in reality, presenter Ahmed Harqan, a former Muslim, sits at a card table in a small bedroom in Egypt, with a green cloth hanging behind him.

He asked that his location be kept secret, because many of his countrymen consider atheism an insult to religion, making it dangerous to openly not believe. He speaks from personal experience.

Harqan said that in one instance, people on the street were trying to kill him and his wife, Nada Mandour, so he ran into a police station. The people followed and told the police that he appears on a TV program, insulting Islam.  The couple were arrested.

After they were released 24 hours later, they had to move to a different house to avoid threats and harassment.

Ms. Mandour, also a former Muslim, shoots and directs some Free Mind TV programs.  Since she abandoned religion two years ago, she said, most of her family has abandoned her. Ms. Mandour said they hate her for being critical of religion and ultimately declaring herself a nonbeliever.  She no longer sees her parents and is not allowed in the family home.

Nonbelievers from Christian families in the Middle East face similar dangers, said Ayman Ramsy, a former Christian who appears in the broadcasts.

Ramsy said it is not technically a crime to be an atheist in Egypt. But he said he had been arrested for expressing his beliefs publicly, accused of compromising the values of society and of insulting religion.

Free Mind TV began broadcasting late last year when Iraqi producer Khaldoon Alghanimi moved to the United States, where he feels it is safe to talk about the dangers atheists face in the Middle East.

Self-proclaimed atheists are punished across the Arab world. In some cases, they are given jail time. In some countries like Saudi Arabia, atheism is considered a crime worthy of the death penalty.

In Egypt, Harqan said he hoped the TV project would encourage people with controversial beliefs to speak openly, diluting the taboo.


Ecologist estimates impact of extinction

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

One in six species could be threatened with extinction from climate change unless steps are taken to reduce global warming emissions, according to a new study.

Lead author Mark Urban, an ecologist at the University of Connecticut, reviewed 131 articles on species extinction to come up with a global meta-analysis of the issue.

The data, published in the journal Science, show that as the Earth warms, extinction risk will increase. Urban said the increase wouldn't look like a straight line, but instead might quickly curve upward.

“There is an acceleration of those extinction risks as we get into a warmer and warmer climate,” he said.

Today, 3 percent of species are at risk of disappearing, but the extinction rate climbs as the planet approaches 4.3 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial times, he said.


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Alaska Airlines says it will add a new service between Los Angeles and Costa Rica's two major international airports. The eight weekly flights from Los Angeles to San José are scheduled to begin Oct. 31 and to Liberia/Guanacaste Nov. 1.

Flights will be available for purchase for the new Costa Rica routes starting May 21, pending approval by Costa Rican civil aviation authorities, the airline said.

The new flights will be operated with fuel-efficient, next generation Boeing 737 aircraft, it added.

Alaska Airlines, a subsidiary of Alaska Air Group, together with its partner regional airlines, serves more than 100 cities through an expansive network in the United States, Canada and Mexico.