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There are few sights more dramatic in the wilds than a scarlet macaw in full flight.
Scientists managed to chart scarlet macaw genome
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

University researchers in Texas have successfully sequenced the complete genome of a Scarlet macaw.
The bird, Ara macao, is one of the animal wonders of Costa Rica.

Some birds have wing spans up to four feet and are flashes of red in the wilds as they approach speeds of 35 mph.

Researchers at Texas A&M have been studying the macaw for years, and that is where the genome was sequenced. The university called is a groundbreaking move that provides new insight into avian evolution, biology and conservation.

The birds have declined in numbers, in part because of the pet trade. But they are considered less than threatened by the  International Union for Conservation of Nature, which keeps track of animals via its well-known red list. The bird is found naturally in many Latin countries.

The university said the genetic work was led by Christopher Seabury and Ian Tizard at the Schubot Exotic Bird Health Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. The researchers drew blood form a bird at a Des ~Moines, Iowa, zoo and published their work in the current issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal PLOS ONE, said the university.

The university reported that sequencing showed that the macaw has one billion DNA bases in the genome, which is about one-third of that found in mammals. Said the university:

"The final completed genome demonstrates some similarities to that of the chicken. 'But there are significant differences at both the genome and
biological level,' according to Tizard. For example,'Macaws can fly great distances, while chickens can’t. In addition, brain development and volume are very different in macaws, which is unsurprising since they are very intelligent birds compared to chickens.   Likewise, macaws can live many years, while chickens usually do not, and therefore, our macaw genome sequence may help shed light on the genetic factors that influence longevity and intelligence.'"

Macaws also are said to be very affectionate and sensitive to human emotions.

Central Valley residents are closer than they may think to a number of macaws. The Ara Project is a continuation of 30 years of work by Margot and Richard Frisius. It is a licensed zoological park in Rio Segundo of Alajuela for macaws confiscated by the government or abandoned by owners.

Through the implementation of a breeding program in 1992 and the creation of a non-profit organization, Amigos de las Aves, the Frisius efforts grew the site into the largest collection of great green macaws in captivity in the world, said the organization's Web site. 

The conservation program also received notice for a successful scarlet macaw reintroduction program.

The project workers are trying to relocate the birds to land donated in Punta Islita in the Nicoya peninsula because the owners of the land who bought the property after the deaths of the founders want to use it in another way. A friend of the project said in an email Thursday that the new owners have reduced the size of the property available for macaws but that they have stopped short of eviction.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Parents in Guanacaste who are trying to preserve the Country Day School there said they think that an 8 a.m . meeting today will be critical to the institution's future.

The parents involved call themselves the  Country Day School Guanacaste Transition Team. The goal is to create a non-profit organization to run the school with an elected board. The group said that this would provide much better represents the values of the parents and the community.

The big problem is money. As a news story  reported Thursday, the group needs $500,000 in addition to tuition for the coming year. About half of that amount has been pledged, the group said.

Woodson Brown, who said Tuesday he was turning over control to the group, said in a letter published today that the school was in the read for all but one of its 13 years.

The meeting today in the school's cafeteria will seek to confirm student enrollment for the coming year and also financial pledges. The school is in Brasalito on the northern Pacific coast.

The parent group ha setup an email address for inquiries.
cdsgtransitionteam@gmail.com

An email form the transition team said this about today's meeting;

"The purpose of this meeting is to ensure that EVERYONE in the Guanacaste Community has his or her questions and concerns heard and addressed in order to make an informed decision. Based on the feedback and support received at the meeting, a final decision will be made in the following days as to whether the school will open for the 2013-14 school year."

As has been reported, the unique aspect of the school is that it is accredited by the U.S. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. This gives graduates a better chance to enter top U.S. schools.


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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Thank you for publishing the article, “Parents Fighting to Save Country Day in Guanacaste.” This type of publicity should help the new school board find the support it needs to save the school.
http://www.amcostarica.com/050913.htm#31
As the current owner, president, and founder of CDS Guanacaste, it is my duty to set the record straight on certain elements that may be misinterpreted by the way they were presented in the article. None of these take away from the urgency, and the “call to arms” by the new parent group to do everything necessary to save a school, but they are important nevertheless.

Country Day School Guanacaste was founded in 2000 by myself and a small group of investors, after a group of Guanacaste parents petitioned us to do so. The area needed a school to serve the growing expat population and there were no U.S. accredited alternatives to choose from (and still aren’t). The parents lacked the knowhow and resources to start their own school, and CDS, which at that time was in its 37th year of operation in San Jose, stepped in to fill a need.  That is how the Guanacaste campus of Country Day School was born.

The school started in rented facilities at the Flamingo beach hotel with something like 40 students in grades 1 to 12. Over the course of 13 years, we acquired property for the school, built purpose-built facilities that rival any campus I have ever stepped on (and which I believe any visitor to the campus would agree), and did everything necessary to keep the school a going concern. Throughout those 13 years, the school ran a budget deficit every single year except one. We have funded this deficit through personal means, investor contributions, and other businesses each and every one of those years. We also covered substantial unexpected losses due to vendor fraud, acts of God, met all of our employee and other obligations, and met each and every one of our commitments, all without burdening the school with debt. That is what you do when you have a business you believe in and care deeply for, and most especially when that business is a school.

This should not be news to anyone in the CDSG community. The fact that CDSG has run deficits like this has been made clear since the beginning, and every year since. Anyone who has lived in the area for any length of time should be able to attest to the roller-coaster ride economic and population swings the area has lived through over the past decade plus.

As a business owner, and as an educator, there is nothing I would want to avoid more than to see a school close. However, there also comes a point in time when subsidizing the education of a community with your own resources, stops making any sense. That point was reached this year.

For that reason, we spent the better part of the first week in February of this year in presentations with parents, in which we shared the school’s financial figures going back several years. We did not at that time believe we would have to transfer the school to a new governing body. The purpose of the presentation was to be 100 percent transparent, to show the community (parents and staff) why it was absolutely necessary to raise tuition substantially over a multi-year period, and to explain all the cost drivers a school such as ours requires to fulfill its mission.

Unfortunately, the message we tried to convey, despite it being in black and white, fell largely (but not entirely) on deaf ears.

Fortunately, a group of parents with deep ties to the area, and with a great love and appreciation for Country Day School and its mission, reached out to us in an effort to take over the school. We agreed to find a way to do so, and on March 20th of this year, the school and the parent group announced that a “meeting of the minds” had been reached.

This group is now in the midst of doing everything necessary to save the school. CDS is doing everything it can to help them achieve their goal. The deadlines cited are very real, but they are not set because of some hard line we are trying to take. They are set by the reality of the situation which calls for a resolution to be reached in the shortest amount of time possible, because people’s lives, their plans, their own futures, depend on it and cannot wait much longer. Also, there are fiscal realities, and decisions that have to be made as a school that depend on the new group taking over. If these decisions are not made on time, they impact the following year’s programs.

We have every reason to be confident that the new group will find a way to make this transition successful, because it is too important to allow it to fail.

CDS is celebrating its 50th anniversary in Costa Rica this year. We are sorry our Guanacaste campus will have to go its separate way, but we are deeply satisfied that we did absolutely everything we could for 13 years against constant headwinds, to ensure a quality education was available to the community.  We believe, with time, the school will succeed under its new leadership, and wish them nothing but the best.
Woodson Brown,
President,
Country Day School


Security ministry plans
tighter controls of guard firms


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The security ministry department that oversees private guard services has a new director.  He is  Elbert González Ramírez, who was an adviser to a vice minister.

His appointment was announced at the same time that the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policia y Seguridad Pública said that it would be cracking down on guard agencies for violations. But the ministry also promised to make it easier for guards to obtain permits to carry guns.

The actions are related because the difficulty of obtaining a pistol permit frequently encourages persons who need work as a guard to fake paperwork or to simply ignore the need for a permit.

The ministry said it would check to make sure guard services were paying their required social charges to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. Also being studied will be any efforts to obstruct the police or failure to report robberies and the use of fasle papers, the ministry said.


 
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Translations may be a bit rough, but software is improving every day.

When you see the Summary in English of news stories not covered today by A.M. Costa Rica, you will have a chance to comment.

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Coral reefs are in decline, but their collapse can still be avoided with local and global action. That's according to findings reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology Thursday based on an analysis that combines the latest science on reef dynamics with the latest climate models.

"People benefit by reefs' having a complex structure — a little like a Manhattan skyline, but underwater," said Peter Mumby of The University of Queensland and University of Exeter. "Structurally complex reefs provide nooks and crannies for thousands of species and provide the habitat needed to sustain productive reef fisheries. They're also great fun to visit as a snorkeler or diver. If we carry on the way we have been, the ability of reefs to provide benefits to people will seriously decline."
               
To predict the reefs' future, the researchers spent two years constructing a computer model of how reefs work, building on hundreds of studies conducted over the last 40 years. They then combined their reef model with climate models to make predictions about the balance between forces that will allow reefs to continue growing their complex calcium carbonate structures and those such as hurricanes and erosion that will shrink them.
Ideally, Mumby said, the goal is a carbonate budget that remains in the black for the next century at least. Such a future is possible, the researchers' model shows, but only with effective local protection and assertive action on greenhouse gases.

"Business as usual isn't going to cut it," he said. "The good news is that it does seem possible to maintain reefs — we just have to be serious about doing something. It also means that local reef management — efforts to curb pollution and overfishing — are absolutely justified. Some have claimed that the climate change problem is so great that local management is futile. We show that this viewpoint is wrongheaded."

Mumby and his colleagues also stress the importance of reef function in addition to reef diversity. Those functions of reefs include the provision of habitat for fish, the provision of a natural breakwater to reduce the size of waves reaching the shore, and so on. In very practical terms, hundreds of millions of people depend directly on reefs for their food, livelihoods, and even building materials, researchers noted.

"If it becomes increasingly difficult for people in the tropics to make their living on coral reefs, then this may well increase poverty," said the study's first author, Emma Kennedy. It's in everyone's best interest to keep that from happening.


Detergent study shows that some labels lack required data
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

All of the powdered detergent packages checked by economics ministry investigators contained the correct weight, but 53 percent of the samples lacked at least one part of the required label information.

That's the result of another expedition into the marketplace by investigators of the  Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio. They issued a report Thursday.

The survey sampled 500-gram packages of brand detergents at Central Valley chain supermarkets in early March. The weight is 1.1 pounds. The detergents were Fab, Rinso, Xedex, Ariel, Suli, 123, Rendidor, bitq genérico, Fort 3, Surf, Unox, Irex, Súper Max, San Luis y Volga, said the ministry. The samples collected were submitted to the  Laboratorio Costarricense de Metrología to check the weight.

In some labels the lot number was not specified. That is an important bit of information if there is a problem later on with the product.
Costa Rican laws and decrees are specific about the type of information that must be on retail products, including detergents. There are 14 specific items of information that must be contained on a detergent label, including country of origin.

Three samples did not have a list of the product chemicals on the label, the ministry said.

The eight omissions were found on packages of eight different brands. Four packages did not state the production lot number, the ministry said.

Firms that has deficient packages were Procter &Gamble Interamericana de Costa Rica Ltda., Henkel Costa Rica Ltda., Unilever de Centro America, Corp. De Compañias Agroindustriales CCA. S.A. and Distribuidora Montelimar, said the ministry report.

Investigators found that all of the products were priced correctly. They said they issued letters to the distributors and the supermarkets where deficient labels were found.


Second thoughts on reincarnation: Sure you want to return?
My friend Steve told me about a public service ad he saw showing a man stuffing a musket with whatever you stuff a musket.  The caption read “Guns change, laws should change, too.”

A simple message, but true.  When something changes, there are adjustments to be made.

From the discussion that has been carried in the letters page this week, I started thinking about how religions have changed.

Before the advent of the three monotheistic religions, most of the people of the world followed nature-based religions with many gods connected with aspects of nature.  The belief was that humans were part of nature and should take care of it and everything in it.  The world seemed enough for them, because there was no Heaven or Hell, but rather reincarnation so they could come back to their home in one form or another.

The Greeks, also pagans, created the idea of a Heaven in the form of the Elysian Fields, a blissful place where virtuous people went when they died.  The concept of virtue changed from simply caring for your planet to being brave and devotional.  With monotheism, things changed even more. Religions became even less democratic. Wars over religion began.  Today personal salvation is strived for and is based upon belief and acceptance of a particular God or His prophet. (And God became capitalized).

But things change on mundane levels as well.  I became uncomfortably aware of this when I decided to stop downtown on my way home from visiting my dentist.  I was at the Avenida 3 stop for the Sabana Cementerio bus when I realized the Glass Café was just across the street.  (It is actually called Union Café, I believe). 

I decided to have a light lunch there.

It was five minutes to noon, and I was the only diner.  I ordered a sandwich that had a short piece of white tape in front of it.  The waiter explained the white tapes in front of several of the items meant they were not serving them.  I finally settled for an open face sandwich with smoked salmon and tomato.  It looked better on the menu than on the plate.  No capers, no lemon, no enhancement of any sort.

I ate the salmon, but the tomato and soaked slice of white bread stayed on the plate.
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So I turned my attention to people watching, which is what sidewalk cafes are for.  There was a nice parade of strollers in the spacious promenade between the café and the post office.  In front of the café a very large tree that looked like Siamese twins at the trunk provided shade for the people sitting and chatting on the bench that surrounded it. (Trees deserve to have their gods)  I noticed that there seemed to be very few overweight or obese people walking, but soon I tired of the parade, and I pulled the Kindle that was tempting me, out of my purse.

When I left just before one o’clock, the café had filled; most of the people were texting on their cell phones and at one table, there was a PC, which was the center of interest of the four men.  Were sidewalk cafes and people watching becoming obsolete, I wondered?  Maybe future cafes will have tables in little telephone booths so that diners can talk on their cell phones and not just text while they eat.

I returned to the bus stop where the line was now half a block long and would cover the length of the block before a bus arrived some 20 minutes later. The street seemed more crowded than I ever recalled ,and all of the people, unlike the strollers, looked harassed and isolated. Two buses filled up before I managed to board a third.  .

How far we have come from communal feasts and telling stories around the fire and living and working within walking distance of our homes.  And we have created a world that lots of people don’t want to return to.

After thinking about today’s world, I don’t wonder why there is a need for a Heaven for some modern day people. I do wonder what they will do when they get there — one thing is sure: Stop having religious wars.  Otherwise Heaven seems very much like life here — a gated community where the elite live and the poor devils who didn’t make it are in Hell’s kitchen and other departments taking care of the needs of the chosen.  Please don’t tell me they are shoveling coal just to shovel coal.

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Rains might be moving into Central Valley, but that's not all bad
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is an 80 percent chance of rain today in the Central Valley, according to the Weather Underground, A.M. Costa Rica's meteorological service. And there are thunderstorms forecast at least through Monday, the privarte firm said.

The probability of rain is around 50 percent from Saturday through Monday, the firm said

This could be good news for farms and ranchers who have been struggling with unseasonably dry weather.

The Atlantic hurricane season still is three weeks away and there are no indications of developing storms there.

Guanacaste is typically brown now, and farmers elsewhere are hoping irrigation effort, if any, will save their crops.

The lack of rain also have caused distress for the country's electrical power
generator, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. Reservoirs that supply
the water for hydro plants are dangerously low, and the utility is relying more and more on costly petroleum-fired generation.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional  in its Thursday forecast agreed that humidity is building over the country and that the rainy season is consolidating over the Central Valley.

The northern Pacific coast still is in the grip of the dry season, and the seasonal change is not expected until the last half of the month, said the weather agency.

Of course, as is typical, mornings will be hot and humid to provide the thermal necessities for afternoon thundershowers.

There was light rain in San José last night, and a mist lingered in some areas until after midnight.

`of course with thunderstoms comes the danger of lightning and electrical damage to electronic equipment.


 
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Could bioluminescent plants one day replace light bulbs?

That is the goal of a group of California scientists who are looking to genetically engineer bioluminescent plants that could eventually be used as streetlights or bedside reading lamps.

“We are using synthetic biology techniques and genome compiler’s software to insert bioluminescence genes into Arabidopsis, a small flowering plant and member of the mustard family, to make a plant that visibly glows in the dark,” the scientists write on their Kickstarter page, where they are raising money for the effort.

The process is done using the so-called Agrobacterium method, meaning that specially designed DNA derived from the luminescent compounds in fireflies will be inserted into a special type of bacteria that can inject its DNA into the plant.

“Flowers of the plant are then dipped into a solution containing the transformed bacteria. The bacteria injects our DNA into the cell nucleus of the flowers which pass it onto their seeds which we can grow until they glow!” write the scientists.

The group touts glowing plants as a potentially environmentally friendly source of light that is relatively cheap, easy to dispose of and doesn’t require an external power source such as polluting batteries.

The idea of glowing plants is not new. Back in the 1980s, scientists developed a glowing plant, but it required the injection of luciferin, a compound found in many bioluminescent organisms.

The scientists say that strongly luminescent plants are still a way off.

“We hope to have a plant which you can visibly see in the dark (like glow in the dark paint) but don't expect to replace your light bulbs with version 1.0.,” they write. “The more money we raise, the more we can refine our designs and the stronger the effect we will get.”

The project is not without controversy.

According to the New York Times, two environmental organizations have asked Kickstarter and the Agriculture Department to shut down the project.

In their letter, the groups said the project “will likely result in widespread, random and uncontrolled release of bioengineered seeds and plants produced through the controversial and risky techniques of synthetic biology,” according to The New York Times.

The controversy doesn’t seem to be turning away donors. Latest figures show the project has raised more than $285,000 from over 5,000 people. The original goal was to raise $65,000.


Kidnap suspect in Ohio
may face murder charges


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An Ohio prosecutor said on Thursday he will seek aggravated murder charges, which could carry the death penalty, against a former Cleveland school bus driver accused of kidnapping and raping three women during a decade of captivity in his house.
 
The charges would stem from the forced miscarriages that police say were suffered by one of the women at the hands of Ariel Castro, who is accused of holding them captive at his house in a low-income neighborhood of Cleveland.
 
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty told a news  conference that his office intends to pursue charges of kidnapping and sexual assault as well as aggravated murder.
 
Prosecutors also planned to file charges relating to the many abuses endured by Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight as well as Berry's 6-year-old daughter who was born in captivity, he said.
 
“I fully intend to seek charges for each and every act of sexual violence, rape, each day of kidnapping, every felonious assault, and each act of aggravated murder for terminating pregnancies that the offender perpetrated,'' he said.
 
The prosecutor's office will launch the official process to determine if the death penalty is appropriate, he said.
 
“Capital punishment must be reserved for those crimes that are truly the worst examples of human conduct,'' McGinty said.
 
Knight suffered at least five miscarriages that she told police were intentionally caused by Castro starving her and beating her in the abdomen, according to an initial police report.
 
The three women and child escaped on Monday from the house, where police said Castro used ropes and chains to hold them captive for around a decade, inflicting starvation, beatings and sexual abuse. Ms. Berry, now 27, disappeared in 2003, the day before her 17th birthday. Ms. DeJesus, 23, vanished in 2004, and Ms. Knight, 32, went missing in 2002.
 
The city of Cleveland has already filed kidnapping and rape charges against Castro, who appeared briefly in a municipal court on Thursday. Felony charges stemming from crimes that occurred in the city are first handled in municipal court and then transferred to the county court.
 
Castro's court appearance was the first time he has been seen in public since his arrest on Monday. Municipal Court Judge Lauren Moore set bond for Castro at $8 million.
 
Castro's home “was a prison to these three women and the child,'' Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brian Murphy told the judge. “Today the situation is turned on him,'' Murphy said. “Mr. Castro stands before you a captive, in captivity, a prisoner.''
 
The judge also ordered Castro to have no contact with the victims or their families. Their imprisonment came to an end Monday when Ms. Berry, helped by neighbors who heard her screams, broke through a locked door.
 
During the municipal court proceedings that lasted less than five minutes, Castro neither spoke nor entered a plea. He kept his face turned away from the gallery that was crowded with media and spectators.
 
Castro's court appointed lawyer, Kathleen DeMetz, said he  would be placed on suicide watch in jail and is expected to be held in isolation, the lawyer said.
 
He would need $800,000 cash, 10 percent of the bond amount, to get out of jail.
 
“The man doesn't have any money,'' Metz said. “He clearly doesn't have that,'' noting that Castro had been unemployed since being fired from his job driving school busses last November.
 
Berry told police that her escape on Monday had been her first chance to break free in the 10 years that she was held, seizing the opportunity during Castro's momentary absence.
 
Her baby was born in a plastic inflatable children's swimming pool on Christmas Day, 2006, authorities said. A paternity test will be conducted to determine the girl's father.
 
The women told police their abductions occurred when Castro offered them rides and they accepted, authorities said.
 
McGinty, the county prosecutor, said assembling a multitude of charges against Castro could take time, considering the ordeals the victims experienced.
 
“They need a chance to heal before we can seek further in-depth evidence from them,'' he said, describing them as having “found the internal strength and courage to outlast their tormentor and survive a decade of torture and depravity.''
 
Ms. Berry and Ms. DeJesus went home with family members on Wednesday, while Ms. Knight remained hospitalized in good condition. 


Massive hacking scheme takes
$45 million from ATMs


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. government charged eight individuals with using data obtained by hacking into two credit card processors in a worldwide scheme that netted some $45 million within hours, a crime prosecutors described as one of the biggest bank heists in history.
 
The individuals formed the New York-based cell of a global cyber criminal organization that stole Mastercard, Inc.,  debit card data from two Middle Eastern banks, the Justice Department said. The information was used to make more than 40,500 withdrawals at automated teller machines in 27 countries, prosecutors said.
 
The cards were issued by National Bank of Ras Al-Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates and Bank of Muscat in Oman, prosecutors said.
 
Bank representatives could not be reached for comment outside of regular business hours.
 
The case demonstrates the major threat that cyber crime still poses to banks around the world. Security experts frequently identify electronic fraud as one of the key challenges facing banks today.
 
“Hackers only need to find one vulnerability to cause millions of dollars of damage,'' said Mark Rasch, a former federal cyber crimes prosecutor, based in Bethesda, Maryland.
 
Authorities said they arrested seven of the eight defendants, all U.S. citizens and residents of Yonkers, New York. They are Jael Mejia Collado, Joan Luis Minier Lara, Evan Jose PeIna, Jose Familia Reyes, Elvis Rafael Rodriguez, Emir Yasser Yeje and Chung Yu-Holguin.
 
The eighth defendant charged in the indictment, Alberto Yusi Lajud-PeIna, also known as “Prime'' and “Albertico,'' was murdered on April 27 in the Dominican Republic, according to prosecutors. U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch in Brooklyn, New York, who filed the charges, said at a press conference it was unclear whether the murder was related to the cybercrime case.
 
Prosecutors said the attacks, known as unlimited operations,' occurred in two separate incidents in December 2012 and February 2013.
 
The hackers gained access to companies that process debit card transactions, eliminated the maximum withdrawal limits on the cards and then employed casher' crews to take money out of ATMs around the world using the stolen data, prosecutors said.
 
After the cards were shut down, cashers laundered the proceeds, often by purchasing luxury goods, and sent a portion of the money back to the organization's leaders, prosecutors said.
 
In the New York City area, the ring withdrew nearly $400,000 in less than three hours at more than 140 ATM locations, prosecutors said. On another occasion, approximately $2.4 million was collected in nearly 3,000 ATM withdrawals over a 10-hour stretch, according to prosecutors.
 
That makes the case the second biggest bank robbery in New York City history, Lynch said, after the so-called Lufthansa heist  in which robbers stole millions in cash and jewelry from John F. Kennedy International Airport.
 
Lynch said it was likely that the headquarters of the global scheme is located outside the United States and that the current charges focused only on the New York-based cell. Investigators are examining whether other cells are operating elsewhere in the United States, she said.
 
In a statement, Mastercard said it had cooperated with law enforcement in the investigation and stressed that its systems were not involved or compromised in the attacks.


Demotion disputed in case
of Benghazi diplomatic figure


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A senior State Department official says he has been demoted following his criticism of the Obama administration's handling of last September's attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.  Four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed.  State Department officials say there has been no retaliation against Benghazi whistleblowers.

Since his return to Washington following the Benghazi attacks, Gregory Hicks, the former deputy chief of mission in Libya, has told Congress he was punished professionally.

"The job now is a significant . . .  it's a demotion," said Hicks. "Foreign affairs officer is a designation that is given to our civil service colleagues who are desk officers.  So I've been effectively demoted from deputy chief of mission to desk officer."

Acting deputy State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell says that is not true.

"The department has not and will not retaliate against Mr. Hicks," said Ventrell. "As he testified yesterday, he decided to shorten his assignment in Libya following the attacks, in part due to understandable family reasons, and he has followed standard employment processes."

Ventrell says Hicks has had neither a reduction in pay nor in grade and is free to compete with other foreign service officers for his next posting.

A 22-year veteran of the State Department, Hicks is a fluent Arabic speaker who before Libya served in Afghanistan, Bahrain, Yemen, and Syria.

Hicks told the congressional hearing that superiors questioned his management skills after he told Republican lawmakers that U.S. soldiers in Tripoli should have been sent to Benghazi.

Hicks has criticized Washington's initial assessment of the violence as stemming from a demonstration instead of being a terrorist attack, and says he was stunned when the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, made that assertion.

The Obama administration corrected its account to say this was a terrorist attack.  The U.S. Defense Department says soldiers in Tripoli could not have reached Benghazi in time to rescue those who were killed and injured.


U.S. black lists companies
for helping Iran sell oil


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States has blacklisted two companies it says helped Iran evade sanctions on oil sales and slapped penalties on four Tehran-based firms it says helped the Islamic Republic enrich uranium, the latest efforts to pressure Iran's nuclear program.
 
“As long as Iran tries to evade our sanctions, we will continue to expose their deceptive maneuvers,'' David Cohen, the undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Treasury Department said in a news release.
 
The Treasury Department said on Thursday it blacklisted Sambouk Shipping FZC, a United Arab Emirates based company it says is tied to Dimitris Cambis, a Greek businessman the department recently sanctioned.
 
The Treasury imposed sanctions on Cambis in March, saying he secretly operated a shipping network on behalf of Tehran to evade sanctions on Iran's oil sales.
 
Thursday the department said Cambis used the recently formed Sambouk Shipping to manage eight vessels he operates on behalf of the National Iranian Tanker Co. The ships have been used to execute ship-to-ship transfers of Iranian oil in the Persian Gulf intended to obscure the origin of the oil, it said.
 
Under the sanctions, U.S. citizens are prohibited from doing business with Cambis and the shipping companies and any assets they have under U.S. jurisdiction may be frozen.
 
Cambis has previously denied trading for Iran or the involvement of his tankers in loading Iranian oil. He could not be immediately reached on Thursday.
 
Sanctions introduced by the West last year aim to choke funding of Iran's nuclear program by targeting its oil exports. The sanctions halved Iran's oil exports last year, by more than 1 million barrels per day.
 
The United States and the European Union say Iran is developing the ability to make nuclear weapons. Tehran denies the charge, saying its nuclear program is strictly for power generation and medical purposes.
 
The Treasury Department also imposed sanctions on the Iranian Venezuelan Bi-National Bank, saying it provided financial services to a branch of Iran's military and helped obscure oil deals. The department said the institution was originally established as a joint venture between Iran and Venezuela, but there is no evidence that Venezuela is still tied to the Tehran-based bank.
 
In addition, the U.S. State Department sanctioned four Tehran-based companies and one Iranian citizen it says helped procure equipment for the nuclear program. The companies are called Aluminat, Pars Amayesh Sanaat Kish and Pishro Systems Research Company.
 
Parviz Khaki, the individual cited, has procured goods for Iran's nuclear program that can be used to build, operate and maintain gas centrifuges to enrich uranium, the State Department said.
 
“We urge financial institutions to act in a manner that preserves their access to the U.S. financial system by cutting financial ties to these companies and individual,'' said Patrick Ventrell, acting deputy spokesman at the State Department.
 
The Tehran-based companies and Khaki could not immediately be reached for comment.
 
U.S. lawmakers aim to broaden sanctions ahead of elections in Iran next month. A bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation on Wednesday that would block Iran's access to its foreign currency reserves held around the world, estimated to be worth $60 billion to $100 billion.
 
Critics of the tightening of Western sanctions say the penalties will not slow the nuclear program, as the damage they wreak to Iran's economy pushes its leaders to continue funding the program in defiance of the West.


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This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at www.dreamincostarica.com and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!
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La Garita home
This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  Their is a 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to theinternaitonal airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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Grecia riverfront
Private gated paradise in Grecia 3/2 home with guest apartment,
5000m2 land $169K, River access, costaricariver@yahoo.com,
Phone: (506)2495-0487.
7953-6/8/13

Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
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7948-5/29/13

Pirate beach
For sale by owner: Ocean view condominium. Reduced $175,000

Gorgeous two- bedroom, two-bath with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built-in energy efficiently. This condo is located in a gated community with low HOA dues and offers amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to a beautiful white sandy Pirates Beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double panel windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, porcelain tile. Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025. www.puntaplayavistas.com
7947-5/28/13

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ALAZAN Eco-Friendly Community

- Ocean, mountain, and river views, built in harmony with nature
- 70% sold out, 1.25 acre + lots available from $75,000
- All lots held in separate corporations
- Functioning HOA with 24-hour security and gated front entrance
- 100% custom homes, turnkey construction
- Community homes have been featured in Su Casa Architectural Magazine
- Abundant wildlife on the property, access to 45-acre nature preserve
- Organic Permaculture farm coming soon
- Build your custom dream home and join our community of friends in paradise!
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7725-5/15/13

Rich Coast Montage
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Central Pacific Coast Real Estate
- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community, $89,000!!
- 2 Successful Coffee Shops and Bakeries, Turnkey $60,000/ $120,000 Great ROI
- Lots in Gated Community from $17,500!!
- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
- 3 Bedroom Oceanview House on 5 acres subdividable
into 4 oceanview properties $250k
- 58 acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
- Oceanfront Residential Lots from $40,000
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7829-5/8/13

Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here: http://www.intertica.com/homes/roy.htm
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Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 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 Guacamayas (we have three birds) 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, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request. http://www.intertica.com/ocean/wolfgang.htm
7929-7/18/13

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
SALE on our last 4 lots! Starting at just $17,500 with financing available.
Reserve today with just $5,000 down
Great Retirement Home, Vacation Home, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers house.
Water and power on site.
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7928-8/9/13

Nicoya views
Property with ocean and gulf view for sale
Tranquil million dollar view, 5,000-sq.meter property with 3/2 home built to American standards, artistically designed and decorated, 16-foot ceilings of mango and tamarindo, appliances, plunge pool, rancho, caretaker apartment, workshop, covered parking, views of Gulf of Nicoya and ocean, in countryside near San José to Caldera highway. Near the lovely town of Esparza. Can provide extra income from bed and breakfast room rental and stellar Tripadvisor reviews. www.oasisbytheseabandb.com $180,000 506-8869-9274.
7882-4/15/13

View from Orosi home

Majestically situated overlooking the Orosi Valley and the tropical rain forest, this 2-bedroom, 2½-bath home with a separate office is offered at $550,000.  From the extensive use of glass windows visitors are easily captivated by the unbelievably 7 acres of pure, natural Costa Rican landscape.   The property is located 15 minutes from the Cartago metropolitan area, an hour from San José, 1¼ hours to the Juan Santamaria International Airport, 2 hours to the beaches of the Pacific West Coast, or 3 ½  hours to the beaches of the southern Caribbean coast.
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FOR SALE BY OWNER
You can purchase property in Costa Rica legally without paying Land Transfer Tax; this plus the usual real estate commission of 5% will reduce your purchase price by approximately 11%. Save over $50,000.00 on the purchase of this $465,000.00 property. Large 5000+ sq.ft. House. Ideal for business executive, B & B or large family. E-mail for photos and more information to landofpalms@hotmail.com.
7869-4/6/13

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ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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7856-5/4/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
7845-8/18/13

Rich Coast Montage
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Central Pacific Coast Real Estate
- 2-bedroom house in gated community, $92,500.
- Lots in gated community from $20k w/financing available.
- 3-bedroom house in gated community, furnished, walk to the beach, $125k
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- 58-acre oceanview property subdividable, $169k
Oceanfront residential Lot $58k
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7829-5/8/13

Ocean view home
Georgeous House For Sale In Costa Rica
Gorgeous house built 5 years ago to U.S. standards on 37,000 sq. ft TITLED property. This is a very special and rare property because of the INCREDIBLE OCEAN VIEW and excellent location. This one of a kind home and property is truly a must see. Ocean view Only $345 000.00 US More details: http://www.monalbum.fr/Album=E3GLBJQX
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7789-2/14/13

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Just Reduced to $169,000!!!
58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
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Colombian president links
hostage release to talks


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Colombia will not enter peace talks with the country's second-biggest guerrilla group, the Ejército de Liberación Nacional, until it releases captives including a Canadian citizen held hostage since January, President Juan Manuel Santos said Thursday.
 
The Ejército de Liberación Nacional, a rebel group with about 3,000 fighters known as ELN, has expressed interest in seeking a peace accord similar to the one being discussed in Cuba with the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de  Colombia, or FARC.
 
The Ejército de Liberación Nacional seized Canadian geologist Jernoc Wobert in northern Bolivar province along with two Peruvian and three Colombian miners contracted by gold mining company Braeval Mining . His five colleagues were later freed by the rebels.
 
“Eventually, if the ELN decides to enter, and for us to agree, it has to free its captives, above all the Canadian it holds,'' Santos said during an address to soldiers in Bogota.
 
The Fuerzas |ARmadas has been hammering out peace terms with government negotiators since November to bring an end to five decades of war that has killed more than 100,000 people. The government wants a peace agreement signed by the end of this year.
 
Santos' demands come a day after the Ejército de Liberación conditioned Wobert's release on Braeval Mining handing over mining rights to people living close to its installations in northern Colombia.
 
The rebel group, like the Fuerzas Armadas, objects to foreign companies exploiting the land and damaging the environment. Both insurgent groups want the government to change the way it deals with overseas investors, something the government has refused to consider.
 
Colombia, a nation of 46 million, has attracted record foreign direct investment in recent years as government troops push the rebel guerrilla groups deeper into the thick jungles and make it harder for them to launch attacks.
 
But the rebels have managed to remain relevant, striking at oil and mining companies and causing damage to the nation's economic drivers.
 
The Ejército de Liberación, inspired by the Cuban revolution and established by radical Catholic priests, has battled a dozen governments since it was founded in 1964. It has sought peace before, holding talks in Cuba and Venezuela between 2002 and 2007.


Lawyer for cholera victims
threatens lawsuit for U.N.


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Lawyers working on behalf of cholera victims in Haiti have given the United Nations 60 days to compensate those sickened by the disease or face a lawsuit in a U.S. court.

The Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti announced the deadline Wednesday, their latest step in seeking $100,000 for the families of each of those who died from a cholera outbreak that began in October 2010. They also want $50,000 for those who became sick but survived.

More than 8,000 people have died since the outbreak that began after a devastating earthquake in Haiti.

U.N. peacekeepers from Nepal are suspected of bringing the disease into Haiti and spreading it into the water supply through poor sanitation at their camp. Cholera had not been documented in Haiti for decades and the strain responsible for the outbreak is one that is prevalent in South Asia.

The United Nations rejected a compensation claim in February, saying it is protected by immunity.

Lawyers representing 5,000 victims asserted in a letter to the United Nations that it is legally obligated to settle claims for deaths and injuries attributed to peacekeepers.

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