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Río San Juan canal plan dumped, Managua says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Nicaraguan development officials have decided not to use the Río San Juan for a canal across the isthmus.

The decision appears to mean that no canal will be built, opening the door for Costa Rica to install its own dry canal and use the exiting rail system to compete with the 99-year-old canal in Panamá.

The Nicaraguan canal, estimated to cost $30 billion, is a pet project of President Daniel Ortega.

Orlando Gómez Zamora, a vice foreign minister, wrote this week to foreign diplomats in Managua to tell them that the Río San Juan canal project is off.  Costa Rica's foreign ministry released the text of the letter, which was drafted Monday.

The letter said that work by the HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. Ltd. has caused the Autoridad del Gran Canal de Nicaragua to shelve the project. The letter cited unspecified technical reasons. The decision is to use another route that is located north of the autonomous region of the Atlantic, the letter said. The detailed route was not given.

The Autoridad is a new government agency. The HK Nicaragua Canal Development Investment Co. Ltd. is a firm owned by Chinese businessman Wang Jing, who was expected to put up much of the money.

The suggestion of a northern route does not seem feasible. The only possible waterway is the Río Coco that is the border for much of its 750 kilometers between Honduras and Nicaragua. But to call the river meandering is an understatement. Plus it is heavily silted. Less than a quarter of the river is navigable, according to online sources.

More likely is a falling out among investors or the realization that the cost of the Río San Juan project was much more than the estimate.

A canal connecting the Caribbean with the Pacific at San Juan del Sur has been a dream since colonial days. Nicaragua owns the entire river. The international boundary with Costa Rica is the south bank. The river found use in the mid-19th century
 as a waterway transporting gold seekers to and from California. At least one expat in northern Costa Rica has made the river trip from near the mouth of the Caribbean upriver to Lake Nicaragua in a small boat. The proposed canal project would have meant building a short stretch with locks between Lake Nicaragua and the Pacific. There also would have had to be locks along the river course at some of the rapids. The Río San Juan is big enough to accommodate ocean going ships.

Another possibility is that the canal project was kayoed by global warming. Warmer temperatures are melting Arctic ice and the northern sea can be navigated at least four months of the year now connecting Europe and Asia. The season can be lengthened somewhat by using ice breaker escorts.

A study released this week by the University of Massachusetts Amherst showed that 2.2 to 3.6 million years ago with estimated atmospheric carbon dioxide similar to today’s levels, the Arctic was very warm with no ice sheets. The conclusion was reached by studying sediment cores from an ice-covered lake, the university said.

The international research team was quoted as saying "this could tell us where we are going in the near future. In other words, the Earth system response to small changes in carbon dioxide is bigger than suggested by earlier models.”

The Costa Rican government has contracted with a Dutch firm, APM Terminals, to build a $1 billion container port at Moín. The project is controversial, and unionized state employees who work at the existing docks want to halt the project. If the new container facility is built, it will be one key features in a possible dry canal using the nation's railway system to move cargo from one ocean to the other.

The political problems are bigger than the technical ones, and Costa Rican officials have tried not to step on the toes of their colleagues in Panamá, where a $3 billion expansion of the canal there is taking place to accommodate modern shipping.

Ships traveling the Panama Canal can pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in tolls.

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Although she is in Perú, President Laura Chinchilla is in the middle of controversy.

Lawmakers of the Partido Acción Ciudadana Tuesday called for an investigation of the president by the Procuraduría de la Ética, an arbiter of governmental activities.

The allegations of impropriety arose because Ms. Chinchilla and some of her staff took a trip on a plane owned by what has been identified as a Canadian petroleum company. This appears to be the second time that Ms. Chinchilla and others have used the aircraft.

Ms. Chinchilla is in Lima for the wedding of a child of one of the country's two vice presidents.  Belatedly she was reported to have an appointment to speak with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on Monday.

The lawmakers challenging the trip are Gustavo Arias and Jorge Gamboa, who wrote the Procuraduría de la Ética after the Spanish language daily La Nación revealed the trip.

Another problem is that the Costa Rican Constitution says that a president must notify the legislature of any foreign trips and their purpose. Ms. Chinchilla did not do this.

The lawmakers also suggested that Ms. Chinchilla violated the law by accepting a gift from a private firm.

The investigation is not likely to have significant results. As president, Ms. Chinchilla has immunity to any criminal actions and the ethics prosecutor is far from criminal. At worst a report will be prepared after a long investigation criticizing what the president did.

The president has less than a year left in her term and she cannot run for re-election. She has opposed gold mining and the drilling of exploratory petroleum wells in the northern zone. But none of these projects involved the Canadian firm.

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of murders in La Fortuna

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents have detained a second man in the murder of a La Fortuna hotel owner and his two sons.

This is the murder case involving the Hotel Mountain Paradise. Killed were Geovany Soto, 52, and his sons Mauricio, 29, and Emanuel, 20.

The murders took place early Feb. 9 in two locations in the La Fortuna countryside.

The arrest Tuesday was in Tirrases de Curridabat. Detained was a 32-year-old man, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. A first suspect was detained five days after the crime in La Fortuna. At the same time Tuesday agents entered a home in La Fortuna in search of evidence, they said.

Editor's Note; This story ran in a late edition of the Tuesday paper.


God decides who can enter
Heaven, not the extremists


Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I am having a problem with the prolonged diatribe on the virtues of southern, extremist views of Christianity expounded in this newspaper over the past week.

For ANY Christian, Muslim or any other religion, to tell ANYONE, Christian, Muslim, or any other religion that they are not going to meet in heaven is, I believe, to usurp God’s right to decide.  My immediate response to this judgment is, who died and appointed someone else God?

This narrow approach to salvation is abhorrent to the sensibilities of many Christians and other religions. I would not want any of these individuals deciding on my future resting place.

Why do any of these ‘religious’ feel they must control people?  Who do they think they are?

Most governments in the free world that are based on common law are founded on the Judeo-Christian model.

Christianity is based on the Judeo-Christian values and therefore, I believe that God loves EVERYONE.

Have there been mistakes? Absolutely. Have people been hurt? Absolutely. Do people today still die needlessly, due to someone else’s version of Christianity or interpretation of the law? Absolutely.

Jesus tells us, ’Judgment in mine’. We are admonished to love one another.

With the recent writings, I am finding very clear similarities between radicalized Muslims and fundamentalist or radicalized Christians. Also referred to as, born again.

President Bush rationalized invading Iraq, calling it a holy war.  This statement radicalized the population in 2001. There is nothing holy about war.

When Christians decide who is right and wrong, it denies the basics of Christianity.

When Muslims decide who is right and wrong, it denies the basics of Islam.

Many verses in the Bible can be interpreted in a number of ways. It is important that Christians recognize that Jesus was a Jew. Jesus was a good Jew. Jesus knew the scriptures. Jesus preached in the temple. The scriptures Jesus preached on were written thousands of years before the New Testament.

Jesus was not a Christian!  We need to remember what Jesus did. Jesus healed people who were not believers, who were not circumcised, who were Gentiles. Jesus went to parties, drank wine. Jesus made sure everyone was enjoying themselves at the wedding at Cana. The story tells us, he turned water into wine! Jesus did not discriminate!

The Bible is a book, written by people. People who all fall short of being the very best they can be. Since there were no photocopiers when the authors wrote down their thoughts and observations, the Bible is a log of people’s interpretations. When you view whatever bits of scripture there are, there is no punctuation, there are no spaces between words and those bits date back to hundreds of years after the originals. They are copies!

An interpreter of the Bible needs to be aware of the thinking of the society of that time. What was the purpose of their writing? Who were they attempting to affect? This is important because, many things we would never do today, was acceptable behavior in Biblical times. This is called being form critical. We have no problem using this to study Shakespeare.

The Bible is a collection of wise and wonderful stories that can help us to live a better life. The difference between the Bible and the Koran are miniscule, the similarities are the vast majority.

Good Muslims and good Christians believe in peace, love and caring for all regardless, of their belief system.

Most religions, promote the Golden Rule: Treat others as you would have them treat you. Not the literal Biblical version, but then, there are many translations. None of which is accurate.

If we are being the best people we can be. We have no need to decide, who is right.

I can say these things because God and only God will judge me in the end. Whew!!!! That is all that matters and my God loves me with all my warts and sins and all the mistakes I have and will make. I thank God that the people who have written these letters (with the exception of Jo Stuart) will not be responsible for God’s judgment of me.

A Costa Rican saying: We need to decide whose house we wish to live in.
Ellen Munro
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U.S. expats will have another July 4 picnic again this year
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The American Colony Committee once again will present a traditional U.S. July 4 celebration at the Cerveceria Costa Rica picnic grounds west of San José.

All the details are not yet finalized, but the picnic once again will be on July 4, U.S. Independence Day.

Recent picnics nearly always have been at the beer company grounds except when the firm's employees have the use of the area, usually Sundays. One year the committee joined forces with Avenida Escazú for an afternoon event notable for the heavy downpour and traffic jams.

One year the picnic was canceled.
That is why the picnic usually is held in the morning.

Many expats travel great distances to bring their children to the event. The main purpose of the July 4 picnic is to provide a July 4th experience for U.S. youngsters who may have spent much of their lives overseas. Consequently the menu features hot dogs and other picnic style foods.

Traffic police like the picnic, too, because they have been known to stake out the picnic grounds and prey upon U.S. citizens leaving the picnic with some beers under their belt. Fortunately the picnic grounds is convenient to bus stops along the General Cañas autopista.

The American Colony Committee traditionally seeks donations from local businesses, including those run by U.S. citizens.


Four persons detained as suspects in San José land fraud case
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents detained three men and a woman Tuesday on allegations that they participated in the theft of property by using false paperwork.

The property, reported to be in downtown San José, was sold for $180,000, agents said.

The arrests were made in San José and Tres Ríos, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. The investigation began in July, the agency said. The names have not yet been released officially.
One of those detained is the man who became the new owner of the property.

Typically such scams require the services of a crooked notary because in the Costa Rican system it is the notary and not the owner who prepares the sales documents for the Registro Nacional. Agents did not say if there was a notary among those detained Tuesday.

Land thefts through paperwork are a continuing problem, but the Registro has initiated a system so that property owners can be notified by email if there are transactions affecting their holdings.




U.S. citizen spent four months as a fugitive

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents captured A 55-year-old U.S. citizen Tuesday after his photo showed up among a batch of fugitives that the Judicial Investigating Organization had distributed.

He was identified as Charles Espina, who faces a 12-year sentence for paying for sex with minors, according to the agency.

Agents located Espina in Los Yoses at noon. Agents said he had been a fugitive for about four months.

He was located due to a call to a confidential judicial telephone number, they said.

Under the Costa Rican system, a trial court sentence usually is appealed and many times the person who has been convicted remains free until the appeals court makes a decision. For that reason, the Judicial Investigating Organization had circulated the photos of 15 fugitives, including Espina.
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Museums and zoo will celebrate their international day this Saturday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Saturday is the international day of the museums, called here Día de los Museos, and local institutions are joining in the fun.

Among these is the Parque Zoológico y Jardín Botánico Nacional Simón Bolívar in north San José. The zoo is offering a free evening walk through the park starting at 5:30 p.m. Visitors are invited to walk the trails of the zoo at that time because the animals are more active then, said an announcement. The event ends at 8:30 p.m.

Although the event is free, the zoo officials are asking for reservations at 2256-0012.
Two musical groups also have been invited to play for the evening, said the zoo announcement.

At the Museos del Banco Central under the Plaza de la Cultura from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday there will be guided tours of the pre-Columbian gold museum for adults and youngsters 15 and older, the museums said.

Reservations can be obtained by calling 2243-4208 or 2243-4224, an announcement said.

There also will be discussions about the pre-Columbian objects in stone and ceramic. In addition there is a workshop in creating modern pieces inspired by the past.

 
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Canadian among three persons
detained in marijuana case

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Canadian was one of three persons detained Monday on allegations that they were engaged in growing marijuana.

Agents of the Judicial Investigating Organization confiscated 322 marijuana plants that had been growing hydroponically under artificial light.

The law enforcement action was in San Gerardo de Rivas de Pérez Zeledón. Agents said they had been on the case since they received a tip about suspicious activity in December. They entered the property at 5:30 p.m. Monday and said they found the marijuana growing in a storage facility near the home.

A man and a woman, both Costa Ricans, were detained along with the 40-year-old Canadian, they said. The names have not been released officially.


Crisis times comes early
for the Obama White House


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The recent history of second term U.S. presidents indicates trouble will come at some point.  Trouble is not expected to come three at a time with roots both foreign and domestic.  But for the moment that is where the Obama administration finds itself.

All of a sudden last November’s easy re-election victory over Republican Mitt Romney seems like a galaxy far, far away.  And that soaring rhetoric from the second Obama inaugural about all of the hoped-for accomplishments now sounds a bit off key.  Second term presidents often find that their relevance begins to wane after the second congressional midterm election, in the final two years of their presidency.  But in some ways it feels like it’s already waning with this president.

President Obama was rightfully indignant about attempts by America’s taxation authority, the Internal Revenue Service, to target Tea Party and other conservative groups for special scrutiny.  The president told a news conference this week that operating the IRS in “anything less than a neutral and non-partisan way” would be outrageous, and he quickly added that he wouldn’t tolerate it.  He also said he wasn’t aware of it until recently and there is no suggestion the White House was behind the idea.

Allegations of abuse by the IRS conjures up memories of the administration of President Richard Nixon and his efforts to intimidate and punish political opponents, sometimes by threatening IRS audits as political payback.  Nixon is the only president who ever resigned the presidency and the last thing any president wants, especially a Democrat, is to be lumped into the same category with the man who left the office in disgrace back in 1974.  In fact, for both parties, using the IRS as a political tool is one of those no-no’s that would invite certain political peril.

An analysis of the news

The IRS has already apologized for scrutinizing the tax-exempt status of some of the conservative groups. But this has already set off a firestorm on the political right and it’s hard to imagine a dumber political move than to play right into the hands of the harshest critics, the Tea Party groups, by putting them in the position of playing the victims.

This is likely to rekindle some of the Tea Party true believers and get them fired up for the 2014 congressional midterm elections.  A pretty neat trick given how distraught and bummed out they were when the president won a second term at the White House last November.

Given the Tea Party influence among Republicans in the House of Representatives, it could also make it even less likely that some of the president’s major domestic goals like immigration reform will have much of a chance getting through the House.  The politics of Washington went sour some years ago but this kind of thing just gets everyone on the political right fired up and ready to go, to borrow a phrase from the Obama campaign, circa 2008.

Add into the mix the revelations that the Justice Department last year secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors at The Associated Press, supposedly in connection with an AP story a year ago that focused on a foiled terror plot.

AP officials described the act as a massive and unprecedented intrusion into their news gathering operation and are demanding explanations from the Justice Department.  The irony here is that it was congressional Republicans who were demanding an investigation into leaks about the Obama administration’s anti-terror efforts that appeared to portray it in a positive light.

Federal prosecutors have been known to request reporter phone records in the past.  But the extent of the Justice Department sweep encompassing so many AP staffers and different bureaus is considered unusual.

Civil libertarians on both ends of the political spectrum are spitting mad about both the IRS missteps and the apparent fishing expedition targeting the Associated Press.  News organizations are usually notified in advance when the government is seeking phone records and very often a negotiation ensues as to what in the end will be turned over.  But the fact this was done secretly and covered a two-month period has sparked an angry reaction, not just from the AP but from journalist watchdog groups around the country.

In his latest news conference, the president was much more forceful in putting up a defense of his administration’s handling of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, last Sept. 11.  Obama blasted the back and forth over administration talking points about the attack as a political sideshow being fomented by partisan Republicans.

On one hand the story has had some staying power, given that it hasn’t gone away even after congressional hearings featuring former secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  At the same time, some Republicans are coming close to overplaying their hand.  For example, Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe compared it to Watergate and the Iran-Contra scandal and raised the possibility that the president might be impeached over the incident.

An added temptation for some Republicans is that they can’t seem to resist trying to pin much of the responsibility for the problems at Benghazi on Hillary Clinton.  They would like nothing better than to politically knock her down a peg or two well in advance of the 2016 presidential election cycle should she decide to run.

The problem is, even if some Republicans are going overboard on Benghazi, it becomes added into the mix of the IRS flap, plus the new revelations about tapping the AP phones.  These budding all-at-once mini-scandals tend to have a greater cumulative impact on the public and can give the impression that the administration has been weakened and is in political trouble.

All three of these issues relate to the central concern about the president’s credibility, and that is something that could affect the rest of the administration’s second term.  Just a few weeks ago, administration supporters were enthusiastic about the prospects of passing gun control legislation, immigration reform and maybe even getting a long-term deficit reduction deal.

Gun control has now been defeated and the prospects for a sweeping deficit deal seem to be fading.  Immigration reform remains the best hope as a major accomplishment for the second term.  But the worry now is that these three controversies over the IRS, Benghazi and phone monitoring will taint the political waters to the point where compromise on a major piece of legislation becomes untenable.  Few would have predicted that a key turning point in this administration’s second term would come so quickly.  But it appears to be here.


Attorney general defends
massive AP records sweep


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is defending a leak investigation that included secretly obtaining phone records from The Associated Press.

The Associated Press is protesting what it calls a massive and unprecedented intrusion into its newsgathering operation by the Justice Department in connection with a leak investigation dating back to last year.

But at a Washington news conference Tuesday, Holder defended the investigation.

“I have been a prosecutor since 1976, and I have to say that this is among the, if not the most serious it is within the top two or three most serious leaks that I have ever seen,” Holder said.

Holder did not disclose details about the investigation.  But U.S. officials have said previously they are looking for the sources of a May, 2012, Associated Press story that disclosed details of a CIA operation in Yemen that stopped an Al Qaida plot to bomb an airliner bound for the U.S.

Holder told reporters that he recused himself from the investigation and that it was now in the hands of his deputies.

The attorney general also said he had no doubt that the leak jeopardized national security.

“It put the American people at risk and that is not hyperbole.  It put the American people at risk and trying to determine who was responsible for that I think required very aggressive action,” Holder said.

The Associated Press says the government secretly obtained two months’ worth of phone records last year for 20 separate phone lines.  The AP says more than 100 journalists work in the offices covered by the phone records.

“This is not a very narrow cast inquiry.  It seems to be very broad and we don’t really know what it’s all about since they haven’t told us.  It’s one of the reasons that our CEO, Gary Pruitt, wrote such a strongly worded letter to the attorney general objecting to the broad nature and the unprecedented breadth of this inquiry,” said Kathleen Carroll, AP’s senior vice president and executive editor.

The revelations have brought criticism and concern from some members of Congress and from the American Society of News Editors, which called it a disturbing affront to a free press.


U.S. diplomat is labeled
by Russia as CIA recruiter


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Russia is ordering the immediate departure of a U.S. embassy employee it accuses of trying to recruit a Russian intelligence officer to work for the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency.

Acting deputy State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell confirms that an officer of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow was briefly detained and released.

"We have seen the Russian Foreign Ministry announcement and have no further comment at this time," Ventrell said.

Russia's Federal Security Service says it briefly detained a U.S. citizen it identified as Ryan Fogle, who it says was caught with special technical equipment, disguises, a large amount of cash and a letter to the Russian he was attempting to recruit.

Russian media quoted the letter as offering the Russian intelligence officer $100,000 to begin, and up to $1 million for long-term cooperation with the CIA.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a session of the Arctic Council in Sweden. State Department spokesman Ventrell said allegations of spying would not disrupt efforts to convene an international peace conference on Syria.

"We are very much committed to working with the Russians toward this peace conference, and the secretary's active diplomacy on that continues," Ventrell said.

In a statement Tuesday, Russia's Foreign Ministry said that at a time when the Russian and U.S. presidents have declared a readiness to expand bilateral cooperation, "such provocative actions in the spirit of the Cold War by no means promote the strengthening of mutual trust."


Angelina Jolie describes
why she had mastectomies


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hollywood star Angelina Jolie has had a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer and says she hopes her story will inspire other women fighting the life-threatening disease.

Ms. Jolie wrote in The New York Times Tuesday that the operation has made it easier for her to reassure her six children that she would not die young from cancer like her own mother did at 56.

"We often speak of 'Mommy's mommy,' and I find myself trying to explain the illness that took her away from us. They have asked if the same could happen to me,'' wrote Jolie, 37.

"I have always told them not to worry, but the truth is I carry a faulty gene.''

The Oscar-winning actress said her doctors had estimated she had an 87 percent risk of breast cancer and 50 percent risk of ovarian cancer.

"Once I knew this was my reality, I decided to be proactive and to minimize the risk as much as I could. I made a decision to have a preventive double mastectomy,'' she said.

Partner and fellow Hollywood star Brad Pitt was by Ms. Jolie's side through three months of treatment that ended late in April, she said. The two got engaged last year.

"Having witnessed this decision firsthand, I find Angie's choice, as well as so many others like her, absolutely heroic,'' Pitt told the London's Evening Standard newspaper. "All I want is for her to have a long and healthy life, with myself and our children. This is a happy day for our family.''

Jolie said that even though she had kept silent about her treatment while it was going on, she hoped her story would now help other women.

"I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer. It is my hope that they, too, will be able to get gene tested.''

Breast cancer alone kills some 458,000 people each year, according to the World Health Organization. It is estimated that one in 300 to one in 500 women carry a BRCA 1 or BRCA 2 gene mutation, as Ms. Jolie does.

CNN anchor Zoraida Sambolin announced on Tuesday that she had breast cancer and was also getting a double mastectomy.

Ms. Sambolin, who anchors CNN's "Early Start'' morning show, discussed her condition on the show while talking about Ms. Jolie's procedure.

"I struggled for weeks trying to figure out how to tell you that I had been diagnosed with breast cancer and was leaving to have surgery,'' Ms. Sambolin, 47, said on Facebook. "Then ... Angelina Jolie shares her story of a double mastectomy and gives me strength and an opening.''

Ms. Jolie's decision was also welcomed by breast cancer patients and charities.

Richard Francis, head of research at the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity in Britain, said it demonstrated the importance of educating women with the gene fault.

"For women like Angelina, it's important that they are made fully aware of all the options that are available, including risk-reducing surgery and extra breast screening,'' Francis said.

Baroness Delyth Morgan, the Breast Cancer Campaign chief executive,  said Ms. Jolie's openness in talking about her experience and her decision to have surgery would raise awareness of the disease and its risk.

Ms. Jolie won a 1999 best supporting actress Oscar for "Girl, Interrupted."

She lends her star power to a range of humanitarian campaigns, including serving more than 10 years as a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.

In April, she urged governments to step up efforts to bring wartime sex offenders to justice.


BlackBerry to offer messaging
on devices sold by other firms


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

BlackBerry announced plans Tuesday to offer its popular instant messaging system on rival devices and introduced a new mid-tier smartphone targeted at countries where its faded brand remains strong.
 
Tapping into its popularity outside North America, BlackBerry said the new Q5 smartphone would be available in selected markets in Europe, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
 
It gave no prices, but it will clearly target a younger, more price-sensitive crowd with the device, which will be available in colors including pink, red and white.
 
The new phone includes the tiny qwerty keyboard that still sets BlackBerry apart from most rivals.
 
BlackBerry, under its old name Research In Motion, virtually invented the concept of on-your-hip email with a series of blocky devices with tiny thumb-operated keyboards.
 
But in recent years it has bled market share to Apple, Inc.'s iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co's popular line of Galaxy devices powered by Google's Android operating system, forcing it into big job cuts, and a huge rethink of its products and priorities.
 
“You know it hasn't been that easy and you also know there is still a lot of work to do, but man, we have reached solid ground with this company," Chief Executive Thorsten Heins told delegates at the BlackBerry Live conference in Orlando, Florida.
 
To those who ask if the company can survive the drastic changes he brought in, Heins said: “We are not only still here, we are firing on all cylinders as a company.''
 
In a new shift of direction, Heins said BlackBerry would offer BlackBerry Messaging, free of charge, to consumers using rival phones.
 
“This is such a great experience, it is just too good to keep it only to ourselves. It's time to bring BBM to a greater audience," he said to cheers from the audience. BBM is used for 10 billion messages a day, he said.
 
BlackBerry long relied on BBM to keep customers tied to its own devices, so the shift recognizes a new reality where many customers have already fled.
 
Heins said he is confident that BlackBerry can offer the service more broadly without losing its own customers.
 
BlackBerry has gambled its future on a new line of devices using its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, and Heins said the two new BB10 smartphones BlackBerry has already started selling have given it its most successful launch year.
 
The touchscreen Z10 device is now available in many countries, including the United States, and Heins said the keyboard Q10 phone will be launched in the United States next month.
 
BlackBerry's volatile shares were down more than 2 percent at $15.22 in New York late Tuesday morning.


Walmart says it will inspect
Bangladesh suppliers' factories

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The world's largest retailer, Walmart, is ordering inspections of all 279 of its suppliers' factories in Bangladesh and will publicly announce the results.

Walmart is acting after a building containing garment factories in Bangladesh collapsed last month, killing more than 1,100 workers.

Walmart says it will no longer buy goods from any factory that fails safety inspection and does not make proper repairs.

Walmart is acting separately from a joint agreement by several top global clothing retailers and brands to demand better working conditions in Bangladesh. They include H&M, Zara, Tesco, Calvin Klein, and Izod. They have set a Wednesday deadline for all retailers to sign on to the agreement.

Last month's building collapse killed 1,127 people. Nearly 2,500 people were pulled alive from the rubble, including a 19 year-old girl who survived in the wreckage for 17 days. Bangladesh authorities have arrested nine people in connection with the collapse.

The government says it has since shut down 18 garment factories for safety reasons. It also plans to raise the minimum wage for garment workers and allow for the easier formation of labor unions.
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For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 2228-5961 or 8339-2112. www.costaricarealtyone.com
7938-6/8/13

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Re/Max offers comprehensive Costa Rica Real Estate, vacation rental and relocation services. Our award-winning team is the largest in the country, and can show you the best lifestyle and financial investment properties in the most desirable locations including prime real estate in Tamarindo, Langosta, Conchal, Flamingo, Pinilla, Coco, Hermosa and Playa Panama.  Give us a call in Costa Rica at 506-2653-0073, or toll free from the U.S. and Canada 1-800-385-5930. Re/Max, the name you trust for the finest real estate services in Costa Rica.
7949-11/15/13

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7721-4/29/13



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Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
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Great climate
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7685-2/7/12

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La Cruz finca
La Cruz Finca 223 ha. (558.2 acre)
This beautiful 223-hectare (558-acre) farm is 70 kms. north of Liberia on the Pan-American Highway and has over a kilometer of frontage on the highway. The property is almost 3 kms deep and has good interior roads. The River Sapoa runs year round at the back side of the farm which is almost 1 mile wide with and incredible views over the Nicaraguan border to Lake Nicaragua and Isla Ometepe. Great property for an eco retreat, teak farm or cattle ranch.  At $900 per acre, this is one of the best farm deals around. See details HERE! The seller will entertain any reasonable offer. Price: $495,000 contact: Bruce Hummel. Email: Bruce@bh-cr.com. Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987 7166,  www.bh-cr.com
7966-6/16/13

Playa Octal home
Playa Ocotal Beach Home
This home is located in a residential resort complex made up of 40 luxurious, fully furnished beachfront villas, plus a clubhouse complete with poolside bar and restaurant. Bahía Pez Vela is located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, one kilometer from Playa Ocotal on the North Pacific coast and just 30 minutes drive from Liberia International Airport and three miles to downtown Playas Del Coco. From this home you can hear and see the waves crashing on the rocks of this pristine beach. See it HERE! This is the best priced beach home in Costa Rica! Price $225,000   Contact: Bruce Hummel Bruce@bh-cr.com, www.bh-cr.com - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.
7965-6/16/13

hree peanel montage
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!
7958-6/2/13

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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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!
Brokers Welcome
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7725-5/15/13

Rich Coast Montage
RichCoastRealty.com
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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7933-7/22/13

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.
http://www.haciendamontemar.com/
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
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.
http://ackermanrealtyinternational.com
USA 678-799-8803
CR Cell 011-506-8-910-2904
Margo@ackermanrealtyinternational.com


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

NOW REDUCED TO $680,000
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
RichCoastRealty.com
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
- 3-bedroom oceanview house on 5 acres subdividable, $270k
- 58-acre oceanview property subdividable, $169k
Oceanfront residential Lot $58k
and much more....
http://www.richcoastrealty.com/
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718 9891
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
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
Jack 506-2778-8172    Email: quadtours@yahoo.ca
7789-2/14/13

just reduced
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.
http://www.richcoastrealty.com/1060.html
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005  CR Cell 8718-9891
7766-6/17/13

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All Stars and Boston team


By Cody L. Gear
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Saturday the third annual Tropic Bowl will take place at the Cuty Monge stadium, which is located at Olympia Village in Desamparados. The Tropic Bowl was the brainchild of expat Sid Owens, who has been a coach and referee for American football here in Costa Rica. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

Owens said that Ray Darden joined forces with him in 2012 and they plan to continue the Tropic Bowl for years to come. Owens said he had the inaugural Tropic Bowl in 2011 and that it was in response to having a post season contest that would allow players from other teams who did not make the finals an opportunity to have a post season experience.

The first two years the Tropic Bowl was hosted by the Costa Rica All Stars. This year it will be hosted by The Federation of American Football in Costa Rica,  and the members of the home team this year will be the national selection team for the federation.

The national selection team will be directed by a group of coaches from all of the teams that competed in the 2013 season. The head coach for the national selection team is Johan Quesada, who is the head coach of the Costa Rica Saints. Scott Doherty, the most valuable player of this year’s federation championship, who led the Toros Football Club in a dominating win over the defending champions Santa Anna Bulldogs, will be the offensive coach for the National Selection Team. 

In the previous two Tropic Bowls the opponents have been from other Central American countries. This year the opponent will be the New England All Stars from Boston, Massachusetts. The All Stars are expected to arrive today at Jaun Santamaria airport. There are scheduled events for this year’s Tropic Bowl which includes a greet and meet at a hotel in central San José at 6 p.m. Friday.   This event is open to all players, fans and the public.

The schedule of events for Saturday's game includes an American football clinic to be held at the stadium from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. there will be an exhibition game between two minor league teams, the Titans and the Dragons. The game between the Costa Rica Selection Team and the New England All Stars will start at 2 p.m.

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