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Couple honored for 40 years of tourism success
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

People in business say that anyone who starts and keeps a company running here for a year deserves a medal.

How about 40 years?

That's how long David and Cecilia
Reid have been running Calypso Cruises. The firm is best known by its catamaran Manta Raya that brings tourists daily to Isla Tortuga in the Gulf of Nicoya, The firm says that it has provided the service to nearly one million visitors since 1975.

That was the history for which the couple was honored Wednesday at the inauguration of Expotur, the country's tourism marketplace. They received a statuette as pioneers of Costa Rican tourism.

"Returning to port in the afternoon, Calypso's captain will escort his passengers on a tour of exploration of the islands in the Gulf of Nicoya, important to not only foreign travelers to see and learn more of Costa Rica's history but also for national tourism and those who want to see up close, maybe for the first time, the beautiful and protected uninhabited islands in the Gulf of Nicoya accessible only by water," the firm notes on its Web site.

Mrs. Reid notes that the couple was on a beach in Hawaii when a chance comment caused them to think about Costa Rica. Their trip here included a stopover at then-deserted Isla Tortuga, hence the idea for the tour.

The couple first settled in Puntarenas and remodeled a shrimp boat to carry passengers. Mrs. Reid, a chef, provided a memorable lunch for tourists that continues to be served daily on the island.

Reid did what every business operator does: sales and marketing. The twin efforts have made what today is a highly successful business with a second generation already involved. The firm also provides a living to some 40 employees.

President Luis Guillermo Solís, Mauricio Ventura, the new tourism minister, and Massimiliano Devote, head of the Expotur organizer, presented the award at the Teatro Nacional.

Foreign visitors made up the bulk of the audience. Many will participate in the
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The Reids, tourism pioneers.

two-days of negotiations and visit displays set up by tourism operators in the Wyndham Herradura Hotel west of San José in Heredia. The private tourism marketplace is organized by the Asociación Costarricense de Profesionales en Turismo.

The organization has not been as clear as it has been in past years, but a spokesperson finally confirmed that the booths by the various tour operators will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday.

The president got applause and cheers Wednesday night when he said he would sign a decree that elevates the tourism industry to a higher level in the Plan Nacional de Desarrollo. The president admitted that the decree was largely symbolic, but some tourism operators were irked last year when tourism was relegated to a lesser category under one of the ministries. He signed the document at a small table on stage.

Both Solís and the tourism minister surprised the audience with short welcomes in flawless English. The speeches in Spanish were translated by a wireless electronic network for non-Spanish speakers.

The July 4 party will take place on that day here
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The American Colony Committee has quietly posted an invitation to U.S. citizens for the annual July 4 picnic. The day is a Saturday, but the committee said it still will be able to use the Cervercería Costa Rica grounds just off the General Cañas Autopista west of San José.

Once again, U.S. citizens will be able to bring a Costa Rica friend to the picnic, said the Web page. Citizenship is checked at the gate, but those doing the checking have been known to be generous in the past.

Picnic organizers have been criticized for restricting the event to U.S. citizens and their immediate families until the policy changes several years ago. Admission is listed as 5,000 colons this year with children under 5 entering under the parent's admission.

The American Colony Committee seeks to provide an Independence Day holiday primarily for the children of expats who grow up far way from the U.S. Main Street. A central event is the 11 a.m. raising of the U.S. Flag by Marines stationed at the
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embassy. There also are hot dogs, beer and cotton candy. Organizers promise Nathan dogs this year.

Visitors also will see cheerleaders, square dancers and plenty of games for children.

Uncle Sam will make the rounds after the flag-raising.

The picnic starts at 9 a.m. and wraps up at 1 p.m. in deference to the anticipated afternoon rains.

There are special rules for those who drive posted on the Web site.

The picnic is paid for mainly by donations. Committee members will be soliciting from expats and businesses. Contact information is on the Web site.

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One suspect captured in home invasion

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Pública officers managed to capture one of four men who burst into a home in Río Grande de Nicoya Tuesday night.

Meanwhile there are scant official details of another home invasion that involved an expat couple in Guácima de Alajuela.

Fuerza Pública officers said they chased a vehicle Tuesday night from Río Grande to Aranjuez de Pithaya where the driver overturned the car. A foot chase in the dark netted a Fray Casiano de Puntarenas man, who also was the subject of a warrant for attempted murder. Recovered was a 12-gauge shotgun.

Police said they still were seeking three other suspects.

The men are accused of breaking into a home and tying up the domestic worker there. The invaders took a flat-screen television, kitchen appliances and other items,Then they fled in the family's vehicle. That's how police spotted the vehicle at a checkpoint. Some of the items taken were found in the wrecked car, police said.

The Guácima crime was Monday night, but there were no arrests. Police seldom make mention of such crimes. A neighbor managed to scare off invaders who forced their way into the home of the expat couple.

Home invasions are a nightly occurrence in the Central Valley and not, it seems, in rural areas of the country. Crooks are known to stake out homes to learn family patterns.

Sometimes they poison or even shoot dogs and force their way through steel bars. The Fuerza Pública and judicial agents are experts at forcing steel doors. They simply connect a chain between the metal barriers and a vehicle. Most metal doors and gates cannot withstand that force.

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Solís signs press freedom document

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Luis Guillermo Solís signed Wednesday morning the Declaration of  Chapultepec, a document created in 1994 that contained 10 principles on freedom of the press.

Solís did this in a meeting with representatives of the Inter American Press Association who were in town for a seminar.

They are Gustavo Mohme, president of the association, Claudio Paolillo, director of the weekly Búsqueda in Uruguay and José Roberto Dutriz, director of La Prensa Gráfica in El Salvador.

Paolillo is chairman of the association's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information. Mohme is editor of the Lima, Peru, newspaper La República.

In its preamble the declaration, drafted by former democratic presidents, Nobel Prize winners, leaders and journalists, declares that “Without freedom there can be no true order, stability and justice. And without freedom of expression there can be no freedom,” the association notes.

The Declaration of Chapultepec contains 10 fundamental principles necessary for a free press to comply with its essential role in a democracy, according to the association. It was approved during the Hemisphere Conference on Freedom of Expression on March 11, 1994 in Mexico City and since then has been adopted by heads of state, leaders, academics, students and citizens of the Americas, it said.

Dutriz has had a leading role in presenting the concept of the declaration to political leaders.

Solís had a press freedom problem last month when a draft of a radio-television law gave the government the right to shut down stations that it didn't like. The bill had been copied from similar laws in authoritarian regimes.

Solís quickly repudiated the draft and a minister and vice minister lost their jobs.

Veracruz report is latest murder victim

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Reporter Armando Saldaña Morales has been murdered in Veracruz, Mexico. The Inter American Press Association expressed outrage and urged the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the crime. At the same time the organization voiced its concern with the climate of impunity in the country, given the violence there.

Saldaña, 53, hosted a news program broadcast by radio station La Ke Buena 100.9 FM in Tierra Blanca and lived in the nearby town of Tezonapa, both in Veracruz State. His body, with signs of having been beaten and with four bullet wounds, was found in the neighboring state of Oaxaca.

Gustavo Mohme, editor of the Lima, Peru, newspaper La República, declared, “We are seeing another murder which based in our experience could run the risk of going unpunished and without justice being done, like so many other cases in Mexico, where violence and inaction by authorities are what set the rules of the game.” Mohme is president of the Inter American Press Association.

Saldaña had been kidnapped Saturday along with others. His body was found two days later by a group of peasants on the bank of a stream in the Oaxaca state town of Acatlán de Pérez Figueroa, where organized crime has maintained a violent presence in recent years.

Claudio Paolillo, said, “We urge the Mexican government to comply with its obligation to investigate urgently and in-depth, and severely punish the perpetrators and masterminds.” He is chairman of the association's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information,

Paolillo, editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda, added, “It is a matter of urgency to put an end to the culture of violence that is harming the very basis of human rights and democracy.”

According to information gathered by the association's Rapid Response Unit in Mexico, Saldaña had not received any threat and was a journalist known in the region for his collaborations with various media, among them El Mundo and El Sol of Córdoba, La Crónica of Tierra Blanca, Radio Max and recently the La Ke Buena station.

In his news items and commentary Saldaña often referred to organized crime, therefore the authorities have not ruled out any theory, including the possibility that his murder is linked to his work as a journalist

British vote in election too close to call

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

British voters head to the polls today for a parliamentary election that opinion polls show is too close to predict.

Results of a national survey Wednesday showed Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservative party with support from 33 percent of British voters. Ed Miliband's main opposition Labor party was just one point behind.

The polling suggests that the election results could force either of Britain's two main political parties to form a new coalition government with any of several parties collecting a smaller share of seats in the 650-member House of Commons.

Analysts are calling the election Britain's most unpredictable and consequential in a generation.

Cameron has promised if re-elected to hold a referendum on whether Britain should stay in the 28-nation European Union. The question of Scottish independence from Britain remains as a key issue. Scottish nationalists lost a plebiscite last year, but could emerge with the third biggest bloc of seats in Thursday's voting and form a coalition with the Labor party.

Cameron, Britain's leader since 2010, and Miliband have both cast the election as a referendum on the country's economy, the world's fifth largest.

''People really want to think carefully before casting their vote," Cameron said at a campaign stop at a farm, "but I believe when the crunch comes, when they ask themselves the question: Do I trust Ed Miliband with the economy or do I want to stick with a plan and a team that's turning the country round?  I think we can do very well on Thursday and cross that line."

Miliband has attempted to characterize Cameron's Tories as the party of the wealthy.

"This is the clearest choice that has been put before the British people for a generation," Miliband said, "between a Tory government that works only for the privileged few or a Labor government that will put working families first."

More than 45 million people are eligible to vote at 50,000 polling stations set up throughout Britain.

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Making hash oil at home can be an explosive experience
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Back in the old days of Prohibition homeowners making a version of bathtub gin could suffer embarrassment and burns when the mix exploded and knocked out the wall of their home.

The modern version of this is hash oil, made with marijuana and butane gas. This type of liquid marijuana is becoming more popular because it can be smoked with electronic cigarettes that vaporize the oil.

However, the oil is highly dangerous to make.

Ask two person who suffered burns in Brasil de Mora and were hospitalized in Hospital San Juan de Dios early Wednesday.  Fuerza Pública officers who responded called judicial investigators because the apartment was littered with bags of marijuana, they said.

The butane gas, which can be purchased in small canisters, appears to have ignited, agents said.

Online sources say that some 17 persons have been burned in a similar fashion in California while making the hash oil.

There was so much marijuana in the second floor Mora apartment that agents left weighing it up to a forensic team. There also were small cans of butane.

Agents said that the two 25-year-old men suffered burns over 30 to 40 percent of their body.

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More thunder and lightning predicted for Pacific and Central Valley
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The time has come to start disconnecting the computers and flat-screen televisions when the clouds gather.
The hot weather and overcast skies are dragging moisture from the Pacific Ocean, and the south and central Pacific regions as well as the Nicoya peninsula and the Central Valley are likely to see more afternoon thunderstorms.

That is the prediction from the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.

Today's forecast closely resembles yesterday's.

The weather institute put out a special bulletin about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday warning of downpours. There were some very localized heavy storms all over the western part of the
country. In other places, there was what could be called a heavy mist or dew.

The weather institute warned of possible flooding in the Central Valley and on the Pacific coast.  The agency noted that the main danger was clogged storm drains.

During a day filled with thunderstorms, Costa Rica may receive up to 10,000 lightning strikes.

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad keeps track with automatic equipment.

Any one of them can fry a computer, a television set or other electronic devices.  There are a number of devices that are supposed to ward off lightning from valuable equipment. They are ineffective when lightning makes a direct hit or nearly so and may be fried themselves.

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Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere peak at record levels, U.S. says
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Global carbon concentrations in the atmosphere reached a record level in March, U.S. government statistics showed.
For the first time since the government started tracking carbon dioxide in the atmosphere around the world, the monthly global average surpassed 400 parts per million.

Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that occurs in nature but is also a byproduct of burning fossil fuels such as oil and coal.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Global Greenhouse Gas Reference Network had previously collected readings of 400 ppm at individual sites, such as its Arctic locations in 2012 and its Hawaiian observatory in 2013. But this was the first time 400 ppm had been reached as a global average.

“This marks the fact that humans burning fossil fuels have caused global carbon dioxide concentrations to rise more than 120 parts per million since pre-industrial times,” said
 Pieter Tans, the network's lead scientist. “Half of that rise has occurred since 1980.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration collects air samples in flasks from 40 sites around the world. The sites include ship decks and remote islands.

Ed Dlugokencky, the scientist who manages the global network, said his team gets a better global average at the remote sites. “We choose to sample at these sites because the atmosphere itself serves to average out gas concentrations that are being affected by human and natural forces," he said.

Dlugokencky said he expected the global average to remain above 400 ppm through May, the time of year when global carbon dioxide concentrations peak because of natural cycles on top of the persistent human production of greenhouse gases.

Carbon dioxide levels drop back down as more plants emerge from their dormant period, using carbon dioxide for photosynthesis in late spring and summer.

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When you visit Costa Rica, you'll want to discover what you need to know to  make the right choice about moving to this tropical paradise.  Our familiarization tours have won hard-earned credentials that prove general excellence and the right focus.  These are the only retirement tours that are licensed and approved by the Costa Rican government and tourism institute  (ICT). In 2006 we were featured on the NBC Today Show and World News.  In 2010, we won the  prestigious Latin America-Asia Travel Excellence Award for the Best and Most Unique Tour in Latin America.

   * Discover how to make the right choices about moving here
   * Find out how to live affordably
   * See how other expats live. Meet other expats who have made
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   * Tours led by Christopher Howard, 34-year resident, citizen,
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Drop in to see some of Costa Rica's finest art
at the largest gallery in Guanacaste.

The Hidden Garden Art Gallery near the Liberia airport is a great place to find quality remembrances of Costa Rica to take home or to decorate your home or office in Costa Rica.  We also offer commissioned pieces so you can create your own unique masterpiece to cherish forever.  With more than 60 artists on exhibit and fine art in 15 rooms full of paintings, prints, sculptures, and diverse artistic expressions, we are easy to locate just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport. Visit our Web site at
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Gallery hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel. 2667-0592 / 8386-6872; U.S. telephone 702-953-7073. International shipping available.

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The Relocation/Retirement tour with the

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Visit many rental options to actually experience the price/amenity options available in more of the areas chosen by Expats for security, comfort, and quality of life.

Meet many Expats who are willing to share their experiences and how the tour has value long after the “lust” wears off.
See how to choose a Retirement tour video by past guest!

Ask the others what you get for your money, and then compare the quality of accommodations, quality, quantity and variety of food and drink to measure the best value for your money. 

Learn how others “talk the talk” and learn who really can “walk the walk”

Please visit my Web site  to contact my references.
George Lundquist, retirement, relocation columnist, Guide & Developer/Builder.


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The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes from 2 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms ocean view with private pool,  all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous Manuel Antonio national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, whitewater rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, Fully equipped, Pool, concierge,  parking, cable TV, and Internet. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation, Call us for your family vacation package.
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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.  Rent per month $750 plus utilities with free internet.  Price for Sale $179,000   Contact Mike:  Check out slide show HERE!

Beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bathroom American-style apartments with an elevator to your front door in a secure building located in Gringo Gulch the American Section of downtown San José. Costa Rica. Located between the Hotel Del Rey, the Hotel Mona Lisa and the Sportsman's Lodge and The Zona Blue (AKA) Little Habana across the street from Harry's Poas Bar, and next to the Holiday Inn.
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 There are 15 restaurants and American- style bars on this block and four supermarkets within a few blocks. There are 5 casinos within 2 blocks and dozens of hotels around this apartment. Included in your rental price, fast Internet, the best they have in Costa Rica, cable TV with 80 stations, water, washer
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Two-bedroom, 1-bath condominium available for rent starting June 1st in Corteza del Sol in the Quebrada Seca, just across the Costanera from Jacó. 24-hour security, wifi/cable, AC, luxurious amenities, kitchen includes everything you need to cook, gorgeous pools just steps from your front door. 15 minute walk to town or quick bike ride. ¢2,000 taxi to center of town. Short-term renter is fine. Long-term would be great! Looking for someone low-key who will fit in well with the complex. $950/month including cable & internet, NOT INCLUDING ELECTRIC! Call 8725-0344 or email

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We offer for rent a gorgeous two-bedroom mountain chalet and a one-bedroom mountain home located on the slopes of the Barva Volcano, Heredia Province. The homes are situated at 7,300 feet altitude and within a working horse ranch just three kilometers from the Braulio Carrillo National Park entrance. From our homes one can hike to the Barva volcano crater-lake.  Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and breathtaking views of the Irazú volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of cloud forest bird species to include the resplendent quetzal.  The homes are incomparable in beauty and attention to detail within the Barva highland area.  We are only 35-55 minutes from Costa Rica’s three principal cities (Heredia, Alajuela, and San José), less than two hours from the central Pacific beaches, and three hours from the Caribbean beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountains while maintaining quick access to the conveniences of the city and rapid access to other eco-tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Additionally, we can board your horses at a reasonable fee.  We can also offer our clients rental of a small and fully functional farm complete with stables, pasture, and office space.
Mountain chalet: $750.  Basic mountain home: $400.
Boutique mountain home: One-bedroom $850. Two-bedroom $1,000.
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Tornadoes ravage three states,
but no fatalities are reported

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Nearly three dozen homes were destroyed Wednesday after a series of tornadoes struck the midwestern U.S. states of Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

The damage mainly occurred in Oklahoma, especially on the outskirts of the capital, Oklahoma City.  Officials say at least 35 homes were destroyed by a tornado that hit southwest of Oklahoma City Wednesday afternoon, and reportedly caused damage at a tiger zoo.

A second tornado that struck late Wednesday night turned over several vehicles on a major roadway and downed nearby power lines.

So far there have been no reports of injuries or fatalities.

The storms also dumped several centimeters of rain on Oklahoma City, prompting the National Weather Service to issue a flash flood emergency.

Islamic State is a natural
for online humor and jokes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In an online “Isis Bloopers” video, a terrorist bungles his lines until his victim, dressed in orange prison gear, helps him get his speech to U.S. President Barack Obama just right.
“If you want the killing to stop, you give us $10 million, change your name to Mohammad and kill Justin Bieber,” the actor playing the terrorist says.
The video may be offensive to some, making light of recent brutal public murders; but, for others, taunting the self-proclaimed Islamic State is a direct attack on the militant group.  And as reports from the inside grow increasingly bizarre, some analysts say mockery is now a powerful weapon of war.
“One of the ways to undermine any power in the world is through jokes, through mockery,” says Said Sadek, a political sociologist with The American University in Cairo.  “Mockery is the best weapon to undermine a powerful or tyrannical figure or organization.”
In the past year, social media have become awash with videos, music, tweets and jokes taunting the Islamic State group like a collective cry of “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf.” 
Videos made by the Islamic State group sometimes also draw laughter, like one that appears to show inept militants training, showing off their beginner level karate.  Other videos, more terrifying but equally bizarre, show what appears to be the murders of gay men by stoning or tossing them off buildings.  In one such video, militants embrace the victims before stoning them to death, apparently forgiving them.
Despite these propaganda fails, one of the reasons the Islamic State group has been able to take over and largely hold vast territories in Iraq and Syria has been its sophisticated use of social media, according to Sadek.
“Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose with propaganda,” he says.  “Until very recently they had some of the best and sophisticated propaganda machines of any terrorist group we have seen before.” 
The Islamic State group's media savvy has been undermined by all the laughter, he says, and he believes the group is on the decline.  Even the most optimistic observers, however, assume it will be several years before the Islamic State can be defeated, he cautions.
Such a defeat is increasingly a worldwide concern, he says.  Wars and abject poverty in the Middle East and Africa are driving people onto rickety boats to Europe at unprecedented rates, raising fears that jihadists may be hiding among the ranks. 

The group claims it has 70 soldiers inside the United States.  It also claims responsibility for an attack in the U.S., according to SITE Monitoring Service, a Jihadi watchdog group.
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop warned Tuesday the group’s power base could still be growing. "In relation to Daesh, we are deeply concerned about the rise of this terrorist organization that appears to be more dangerous, more complex, more global in its ambitions and reach than perhaps we've seen before,” she said on Tuesday.
“The declaration of a caliphate of parts of Syria and Iraq is a rallying cry for extremists around the world," she added.

In her choice of words, Ms. Bishop calls the group by the name Daesh rather than the Islamic State, or various other English acronyms.  It is an Arabic acronym for Islamic State, insulting because it is a word-form normally reserved for criminals in Arabic.

Besides mocking the Islamic State group with words, the militants are also mocked for their use or misuse of words.  For example, last month newspapers and social media took notice when the Islamic State in one area reportedly banned Nike-brand clothing because the word Nike sounds similar to a particularly dirty word for sex in Arabic.

Threat of fifth columnists
has U.S. officials concerned

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A bold, new threat by an alleged American member of the Islamic State terror group has U.S. intelligence officials taking notice, although so far there seems to be little to back it up.

The threat, posted on the blog site, says Sunday’s attack in Garland, Texas, “is only the beginning.”

“We have 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire,” wrote Abu Ibrahim Al Ameriki, a U.S.-born terrorist thought to be active in Pakistan's tribal areas.  “The next six months will be interesting.”

Al Ameriki also wrote that the target of the attack in Garland was Pam Geller, co-founder of the American Freedom Defense Initiative.  The organization was holding a conference at the location of the attack featuring a contest to draw a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.

Police identified the gunmen in the Garland attack as Elton Simpson, 31, and Nadir Soofi, 34. The pair wore body armor and managed to wound a security guard after opening fire, but were shot and killed by a police officer on the scene.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest Wednesday suggested there is little evidence thus far to suggest either man was operating under orders from the Islamic State group.

“Based on what we know now, and there is still a lot more that we have to learn, this is consistent with what has previously been described as lone wolf attacks,” Earnest said. “You have two individuals that don’t appear to be part of a broader conspiracy.”

U.S. intelligence officials said Wednesday they take the new threat from Al Ameriki seriously, but they added the fact such threats are being posted online does not come as a surprise.

“We expect ISIL and its supporters to continue their efforts to incite fear and encourage lone wolf attacks around the world,” a U.S. intelligence official said, using an acronym for the group.  “We also remain concerned about individuals in the West who are inspired by ISIL’s propaganda and may take violent action on their own,” said the official.

As for the threat itself, analysts like Max Abrahms, a terrorism expert at Northeastern University and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, say there is little to back it up.

“There really is no evidence that ISIS is succeeding in the development of an affiliate within the United States,” Abrahms said, using another acronym to identify the group. “That seems extraordinarily unlikely."

Abrahms also said the gunmen in Sunday’s attack, while well-armed, failed to do much damage.

“These attackers do not seem to me to be like the trained soldiers that this terrorist is describing,” he said.

In his post, Al Ameriki wrote that of the 71 Islamic State fighters in the U.S., “23 have signed up for missions like Sunday.”

“It does reflect a pattern,” said former U.S. ambassador Mark Wallace, now chief executive officer at the Counter Extremism Project.   “You’re seeing that ISIS and others have sought to take action against those who in any way use free speech for humor or to express themselves related to Islam, and are calling for those persons to be killed or hurt.”

U.S. counterterrorism officials say more than 180 Americans have traveled to or attempted to travel to Syria or Iraq.  Of those Americans, some are back in the U.S.

Rosies the Riveter given
honors by Dutch embassy

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Some of the American women who helped win World War II were honored last weekend at the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Washington, D.C.

The event coincided with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II.

When American men went off to fight in the early 1940s, women were called upon to help work the assembly lines to produce items needed for the war effort.

The women who answered this call came to be known as Rosies the Riveter. More than six million female workers helped build the planes, bombs, tanks and other war-time equipment that helped the allies win the war.

The Netherlands Embassy hosted the ceremony to thank these women who came to be known as the Rosies.

“My country had the opportunity to recover from a brutal occupation and become the prosperous nation it is today, in part, because of your efforts on those assembly lines seven decades ago,” Ambassador Rudolf Bekink said. “For that my nation is forever thankful.”

Fourteen Rosies attended and shared their experiences. Each was given a pink dogwood flower, a symbol of the beauty, strength and positive impact of the Rosies.

The Dutch specifically wanted to thank the women for building the aircraft the allied forces used to deliver 20,000 tons of food to the Netherlands in April and May of 1945, ending a long period of starvation.

Mozelle Brown, who contributed to the war effort by building F4U Corsairs at Goodyear Aircraft in 1942, was surprised by the significant place the Rosies have earned in U.S. history.

“We didn’t realize it at that time, it was just a job that I felt like had to be done, and we were doing it,” Brown said.

The Rosies not only played a significant role in the war effort, they also demonstrated the huge impact women could have on the workforce and in their communities.

Patriots cheated in playoff,
NFL investigation reports

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A three-month investigation by the National Football League has concluded that it is more probable than not that the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots  broke the rules when it used under-inflated footballs during a January playoff game.

The report said Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady was probably aware of what was going on. Brady has denied breaking any rules.

Using an under-inflated football, especially during cold weather, may make it easier for the quarterback to throw the ball and the receiver to catch it.

The Patriots beat the Indianapolis Colts in the American conference playoff game 45-7, and went on to defeat the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

The NFL probe said that more probably than not Patriots staff members Jim McNally and John Jastremski were part of a deliberate plot to break NFL rules by releasing air from the balls before handing them over to game officials.

The NFL investigation clears Patriots coach Bill Belichik of any wrongdoing and did not recommend any penalties at this time.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft said he is disappointed by the report. He said it does not include any hard evidence that anyone deliberately deflated the balls.

U.S. National Day of Prayer
includes D.C. Bible reading

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As presidents before him have done, Barack Obama is expected to issue a proclamation making today a National Day of Prayer.
The annual observance was first proclaimed in 1952 by President Harry Truman, responding to an appeal from Rev. Billy Graham.
While organizers present the event as a non-denominational exercise that belongs to all Americans, the day of prayer draws participation mostly from conservative Christians and is routinely called into question by both secular and religious progressives.
Nonetheless, this year there will be ceremonies at churches as well as state capitols across the country, while in the nation’s capital, a group of particularly fervent Christians has already been reading the entire Bible on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building in anticipation.
As the Capitol Bible Reading Marathon crusaded into its fourth day Wednesday, a woman was reading from the book of Zechariah.
“And the Lord shall be king over all the earth,” she declared.
Volunteers took turns at a lectern, and by the afternoon had finally began the New Testament. The group was expected to finish by noon today after about 90 hours of non-stop recitation.
One of the readers described the purpose of the exercise:
“It’s a way that we can pray for our nation, and so much is going on now around the world, so much unrest, and I just want to show people the love of Christ.”
Some visitors accepted that love, and participated in Pentecostal-style prayer circles – raising their hands to the heavens and speaking in tongues.
Others kept their distance.
“I was in front of the White House last night and there was a guy with a bullhorn, slinging a message, and that was not very pleasant. It was just too loud,” said Jim Mahoney. But, pointing to the Bible marathon, he added: “This is fine.”
Many Americans see prayer as something that’s done at home or in a church. But Rev. Michael Hall, the marathon director, sees prayer as essential to maintain America’s standing in the world.
“I think by doing this that God will bless this nation, God will help this nation, and God will protect this nation,” he said.

U.S. employment expected
to get better in few years

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. unemployment rate is expected to get better, millions of people find work, and wages grow a little faster over the next couple of years, according to a recent study by Credit Suisse Bank analyst Julia Dumanskaya.

She said poor job prospects prompted a higher than usual number of people to attend universities and other training during and after the recession in the hope of becoming more employable.  She added the gradually improving U.S. economy means that about 2.5 million more people will find opportunities for work over the next couple of years.

Ms. Dumanskaya projects that U.S. unemployment will fall to 4.7 percent by the end of 2016.  The U.S. jobless rate has already fallen from a recession-high of 10 percent to the current 5.5 percent. 

Economists surveyed by the Bloomberg financial news service say the jobless rate will probably decline slightly when the latest data is reported on Friday, showing 5.4 percent of people willing and able to work are unable to find jobs.

The Credit Suisse study says when unemployment falls, companies have to compete harder for workers, and that puts upward pressure on wages.  But wages are currently rising more slowly than they have in previous recoveries.
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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: 
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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
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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:

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Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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*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.
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For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
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Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.

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

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

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

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

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

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

16 acres (approximately.)   Price: $599,000USD
We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 k) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos.  We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. For more  information: In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 720-951-7928 or email In Costa Rica call: Ivo Henfling at Godutch Realty: 2289-5125/8834-4515

Jaco hotel

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

ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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

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Alajuela raid
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Judicial tactical officers invade an Alajuela massage parlor,

Trio accused of forced prostitution

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents raided three massage parlors and a home in Alajuela and Heredia and detained a man and two women Wednesday afternoon. Agents said the suspects had forced women into prostitution.

Police said that the trio used employment ads to attract women for household chores or non-sexual work in massage parlors at a good salary.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that after a few days, the  34-year-old man in charge of the operation raped them and then forced them to perform sexual services with customers. Judicial agents said that the man made threats against the women and their families. In addition the women did not receive any payment, agents said.

The two women, 30 and 34, were administrators of the massage parlors, agents said. The case is being handled as trafficking in persons.

La Segua brings social issues to the stage

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Everyone knows the story of La Segua, the beautiful woman who transforms into the face of a horse with rotting flesh during a late night tryst with a solitary male.

She is one of the classic Costa Rican creatures that were designed as morality lessons.

But what if she were real?

That is the theme of a play called “La Segua” being presented in the  Teatro de la Aduana by the Compañía Nacional de Teatro. The play runs Thursdays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. through June 14.

The principal character is beautiful Encarnación Sancho, a young resident of Cartago in 1750, played by Rebeca Alemán. The girl is a narcissist and egotist and maybe a bit demented, according to a summary. She sees herself as La Segua.

At another level, the play is a commentary on the condition of women then and now as well as the role forced on men. Also addressed are double morality, religious problems and economic power, according to the theater company.

 The work was first performed in 1971.

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Beer festival planned for June 6 in Belén

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Beer brewers will show their products to the public again this year at the Festival de la Cerveza Artesanal June 6 at the Centro de Evento Pedregal in Belén.

An announcement by the Asociación de Cerveceros Artesanales de Costa Rica said that there are some 60 different beers that are brewed here by independent producers.

Visitors pay a 12,000-colon admission and then buy tickets for 1,000 colons a piece that they can trade for five-ounces servings of the beers of their choice. The festival said that there is a reduced admission for designated drivers who receive a special bracelet demonstrating that they cannot buy beer.

The festival has been organized every year since 2012.

The event also includes awards for beer.