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Canadian, 42, murdered by Escazú home intruders
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A Canadian expat died Thursday morning when armed men invaded the living quarters where he was talking with friends. The Judicial Investigating Organization said that his last name was Peering and that he was 42. Friends said he was Brad Deering.

Although the case looked like another home invasion, investigators also are considering the possibility that the two men came specifically to kill the Canadian. One intruder did that after Peering tried to escape. The Canadian ran from the home in the direction of a neighboring dwelling. Judicial agents said that one of the intruders caught up with him in the garden of the adjacent home. There the gunman shot Peering three times in the head.
The three friends who were tied up by the intruders appear to have escaped harm.

The four men were in a gated and guarded section of Guachipelín de Escazú. The two intruders showed up outside dressed in the uniform of a guard service. By trickery they managed to overcome the guard and tied him up. Then they entered the El Roble development. This was about 9:30 a.m., agents said.

There was no report of items being stolen, and agents were asking questions about the motive at the scene.

Daytime home invasions are unusual, although victims usually are threatened with death if they resist.


Frog-killing fungus confirmed as an African import
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Scientists have long suspected that the deadly fungus disease that is killing millions of New World amphibians came form Africa.

Thursday a scientific research paper offered proof and said that the fungus,  Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, came to the Americas on the skin of African clawed frogs that were being used for pregnancy tests in the early 20th century.

Costa Rican frog populations have been wiped out by this fungus, which first became known here in the early1980s. Scientists have blamed pesticides, global warming and other factors, too. Among the victims are the golden toad (Bufo periglenes) which vanished in 1988 and the the harlequin frog (Atelopus varius) which vanished in Monteverde, as AmphibiaWeb of the University of California, Berkeley. notes online.

The confirmation of the origin of the fungus came from researchers at San Francisco State University in California.

From the 1930s to 1950s, thousands of African clawed frogs were exported across the world for use in pregnancy tests, scientific research and the pet trade. These frogs will ovulate when injected with a pregnant woman's urine, reported biologist Vance Vredenburg. Modern pregnancy tests did not replace the frogs until the early 1960s in some countries.

Vredenburg and colleagues swabbed genetic material from the skins of preserved frogs that have been captured from 2001 to 2010. Then they also tested archived specimens collected in Africa since 1871 and found evidence confirming that the fungus was present among native populations of this species before they were exported worldwide, said the university. The African clawed frog appears to be able to live some time even when infected.
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African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis


Although no longer used in pregnancy testing, African clawed frogs (Xenopus laevis) are still imported to
the United States for use in biomedical and basic science research, according to the university. Because of their suspected role as a carrier of the fungus and other potential pathogens, 11 U.S. states already have restricted the importation of these frogs, for example by requiring special permits and not allowing them to be sold as pets, it added.

The fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, has been detected by researchers here even in the high Talamanca mountains, according to research at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia.

The AmphibiaWeb source reports that as many as 200 species of frogs have been wiped out by the fungus even in pristine, remote habitats. And the disease has been implicated in the unexplained disappearances of Central American salamanders as well, it said.

The fungus has been in Costa Rica since at least 1986 when it was located on Costa Rican museum amphibian specimens dating from then.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country has 39 museums, and many of them are unfamiliar to the public.

That was the report Thursday from the Museo Nacional as it pointed out that Saturday is the international Day of Museums.

The country's museums range from community to national. Many will be hosting special events for the day. Around the world, some 30,000 museums in 120 countries will be marking the day.

The Museo Nacional offered a list for the country's museums. The list contains contact information.


Quake hits peninsula

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica said an earthquake took place Thursday at 7:49 p.m. eight kilometers southwest of Pencal de Nandayure on the Nicoya peninsula. The magnitude was estimated at 4.1 and the depth of the epicenter was an unusual 202 kilometers.


Study shows developing world
prone to toxic waste pollution

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Millions of people in developing countries living near toxic waste dumps are facing potentially severe mental and physical health dangers, according to a new study.  The report finds the hazards posed by exposure to these chemical waste sites are comparable to those from malaria and air pollution.

The study by a New York-based environmental organization analyzed water and soil samples at 373 waste sites in three countries, India, Indonesia and Pakistan, with a combined population of more than 1.5 billion people, roughly a fifth of the global population.
 
The researchers found that the more than 8.6 million people living near the sites in 2010 were being exposed to a veritable soup of toxic chemicals.

“Lead, chromium, phosphates, different kinds of organic chemicals, pesticides and the like.  They’re all over the world, unfortunately," said Richard Fuller.

Co-author Richard Fuller is head of the Blacksmith Institute, which funded the study and works to solve pollution problems in low- and moderate-income countries.

Fuller and colleagues calculated the affected population lost more than 828,000 years of healthy life due to toxic waste exposure, as a result of illness, disability and early death. In comparison, researchers say malaria in the same countries caused less illness and early death, and air pollution slightly more.

The three-nation survey found pollution levels were highest for lead, a toxic metal which, if absorbed into the bloodstream, can impair the neurological development of unborn babies and lower children’s IQ, a measure of their cognitive skills.

Two-thirds of those exposed to lead near waste dumps in Pakistan, India and Indonesia were children and women of child-bearing age, according to researchers.

But lead author Kevin Chatham-Stephens, a pediatric environmental health expert at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, says those living near toxic waste sites can take simple steps to reduce their risk.

“Even though it may not sound like a lot, washing your hands is one of the most effective ways that we can decrease our exposure to chemical pollutants just because we know that oftentimes chemicals such as lead can end up in the dust and if we have that dust on our hands, and then we eat our foods and we wipe our mouths or something like that, then that chemical can enter into our body," said Chatham-Stephens.

The Blacksmith Institute is evaluating toxic waste sites in 70 other developing countries, hoping to help organize clean-up efforts.  Fuller says it’s a slow process to remediate the chemical dumps, but the countries he’s working with have been eager to cooperate.

“Everyone here has the right heart and keen to do the best that they can.  So, we think it’s possible.  It’s just going to take a lot of work," he said.

The study on the burden of disease from toxic waste dumps in India, Pakistan and Indonesia is published online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.

 
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President dumps two more in shakeup after Perú air trip
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Laura Chinchilla fired her top aide and the nation's security chief in the midst of a media feeding frenzy over her trip to Perú.

The aide, Irene Pacheco, and the security chief, Mauricio Boraschi, did not protect her, said the president. Ms. Pacheco was involved in acquiring a private plane flight for Ms. Chinchilla last week.  Boraschi, as head of the Dirección de Inteligencia y Seguridad, is suppose to know what is going on in the country.

A Colombian who is a naturalized Costa Rica, Gabriel Ricardo Morales Fallon, was a middleman in helping Casa Presidencial line up the executive jet. The nation's chief prosecutor, Jorge Chavarría, said Thursday that Morales has been looked at by investigators since 2011 because of his frequent trips in and out of the country.

In her televised talk Thursday night, Ms. Chinchilla made much of the nation's fight against drugs. However, the plane that Ms. Chinchilla, her husband and several other members of the administration took to Perú is owned by a legitimate Colombia petroleum company,  THX Energy.

That firm issued a press release Thursday in which it said that Morales has no role in the company and that the firm has no activities or expects to have any activities in Costa Rica. It described the loan of the jet as a courtesy.

It turns out that Morales lives in the same upscale subdivision as a local representative of the energy company.

THX Energy also said that it lamented the fact that the loaning of the plane generated such controversy.

Ms. Chinchilla said in her talk that Celso Gamboa Sánchez, a current vice minister of Seguridad Pública, would take over from Boraschi.

Francisco Chacón, the minister of communications, announced
his resignation Wednesday evening. He also was involved in obtaining the loan of the plane.

Ms. Chinchilla also said that there was nothing wrong with the president of the country borrowing the use of an airplane.

Earlier in the day Casa Presidencial released a list of 14 flights that the president has taken on non-commercial planes. Four of these, including the Perú trip, were private flights. One March 7 and 8 involved a flight to Caracas, Venezuela, on the same  THX Energy plane for the funeral of former president Hugo Chávez. The flights to and from Perú were May 11 and 13. Many of the other flights were on the aircraft of other governments, and one was to Panamá on a security ministry craft.

Although Ms. Chinchilla suggested in her talk that she was in danger, the main problem appears to be bad publicity. The Spanish language media jumped on the issue Wednesday and cited stories in Colombian magazines that Morales had once been investigated years ago. Still, one lawmaker, Edgardo Araya Pineda, claimed in a press release that the life of Ms. Chinchilla was put in danger by the plane trip.

Thursday the press corps camped out in front of the Santa Ana home of former soccer standout Rolando Fonseca. He represents THX Energy in Costa Rica. He did not show, but La Nación ran 10 major articles about the case in the Wednesday edition and the Thursday update.

The newspaper revealed that Morales has been married briefly to a Costa Rica woman and used the marriage to gain residency here, suggesting a fake marriage. Such a situation is not unusual here. The marriage was in Colombia and the woman was represented by proxy.

The major television stations dedicated nearly their entire news times to the story Thursday evening. Much of the material was a repeat of what the written press has said earlier in the day. But Channel 7 interviewed a report in Bogotá who said the energy firm was well known and respected and that Morales was not the target of any investigation.


Youth orchestra will have its debut this weekend in two places
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's juvenile orchestra, made up of students from 9 to 14, makes its appearance Saturday in San Ramón and Sunday in El Guarco, Cartago.

This is a project of the Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical and includes students form 30 of the system's music schools.

The young musicians have been preparing their presentation in San Ramón.

The correct name is the Orquesta Nacional Infantil Carmen Lyra. The orchestra fills a gap for students this age. In its fifth year is the Orquesta Sinfónica Manuel María Gutiérrez for older youngsters.

Carmen Lyra is a pen name for María Isabel Carvajal Quesada, a famous 20th century Costa Rican writer and teacher. She also wrote children's books, which is why her name was chosen for the orchestra. She died in 1949, but her literary works still are very much alive.
 
The Saturday performance will be at 6 p.m. in the Centro Pastoral San Ramón.  The Sunday performance will be a
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Glaciers, not ice sheets, making big contributions to rise in sea level
By the University of Colorado news service

While 99 percent of Earth’s land ice is locked up in the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, the remaining ice in the world’s glaciers contributed just as much to sea rise as the two ice sheets combined from 2003 to 2009, says a new study led by Clark University and involving the University of Colorado Boulder.

The new research found that all glacial regions lost mass from 2003 to 2009, with the biggest ice losses occurring in Arctic Canada, Alaska, coastal Greenland, the southern Andes and the Himalayas. The glaciers outside of the Greenland and Antarctic sheets lost an average of roughly 260 billion metric tons of ice annually during the study period, causing the oceans to rise 0.03 inches, or about 0.7 millimeters per year.

The study compared traditional ground measurements to satellite data from NASA’s Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite, or ICESat, and the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or GRACE, missions to estimate ice loss for glaciers in all regions of the planet.

“For the first time, we’ve been able to very precisely constrain how much these glaciers as a whole are contributing to sea rise,” said geography Alex Gardner of Clark University in Worcester, Mass., lead study author. “These smaller ice bodies are currently losing about as much mass as the ice sheets.”

A paper on the subject is being published in today's issue of the journal Science.

“Because the global glacier ice mass is relatively small in comparison with the huge ice sheets covering Greenland and Antarctica, people tend to not worry about it,” said CU-Boulder Professor Tad Pfeffer, a study co-author. 
"But it’s like a little bucket with a huge hole in the bottom: it may not last for very long, just a century or two, but while there’s ice in those glaciers, it’s a major contributor to sea level rise,” said Pfeffer, a glaciologist at CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research.

ICESat, which ceased operations in 2009, measured glacier changes using laser altimetry, which bounces laser pulses off the ice surface to determine changes in the height of ice cover. The GRACE satellite system, still operational, detects variations in Earth’s gravity field resulting from changes in the planet’s mass distribution, including ice displacements.

GRACE does not have a fine enough resolution and ICESat does not have sufficient sampling density to study small glaciers, but mass change estimates by the two satellite systems for large glaciated regions agree well, the scientists concluded.

“Because the two satellite techniques, ICESat and GRACE, are subject to completely different types of errors, the fact that their results are in such good agreement gives us increased confidence in those results,” said CU-Boulder physics Professor John Wahr, a study co-author.

Ground-based estimates of glacier mass changes include measurements along a line from a glacier’s summit to its edge, which are extrapolated over a glacier’s entire area.  Such measurements, while fairly accurate for individual glaciers, tend to cause scientists to overestimate ice loss when extrapolated over larger regions, including individual mountain ranges, according to the team.

Current estimates predict if all the glaciers in the world were to melt, they would raise sea level by about two feet. In contrast, an entire Greenland ice sheet melt would raise sea levels by about 20 feet, while if Antarctica lost its ice cover, sea levels would rise nearly 200 feet.

 
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University student tracking
worldwide carbon dioxide

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Arizona State University atmospheric scientist Kevin Gurney is mapping carbon dioxide emissions for the entire planet and he wants help. 

Power plants account for more than 40 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere. Gurney wants more information on the 25,000 plants around the world.
 
He says good data exists for the United States, Canada, India and the European Union, but estimates for the rest of the world are sketchy. “In fact, it’s so inaccurate that it is really insufficient for the type of science that we’re trying to do,” he said. 

His project is called Ventus, which is Latin for wind. He has set up a Web site where a viewer can zoom in and drop a virtual pin on the power plant map. The viewer's job then is to provide an accurate address and other details about the plant. “We just need the amount of electricity generated at a power plant,” Gurney explained. “We also need to know the primary fuel. And with those two things we can actually create a better estimate of CO2 emissions than we do right now.” 

Internal checks are built into the Ventus system to monitor the accuracy and consistency of information. Gurney says the uploaded data will be included in a virtual map of CO2 emissions in 10-kilometer squares across the planet. “We will produce the emissions on a map, every hour, every year, he notes. “We will use that within models of climate change to more accurately characterize emissions, greenhouse gas concentration and the projections of those concentrations into the future.” 

The first version of the map will go online within the next several months and will be updated as information is received. Gurney hopes it will help to better inform policy makers and the public.

He also expects citizens engaged with the project to become advocates of change.  “I think that the power of bringing that information to the scale at which people live, allowing them to see it on a map, contribute information about this real physical thing that is around them, tends to lessen the abstraction of this problem. It makes it more real.”

Gurney says that connection makes it easier to take action.

Gurney encourages people to register on the Ventus Web site. The citizen scientist who provides the most usable information will be named supreme power plant emissions guru, an honor which comes with a trophy and listing as a co-author on a scientific paper about the project.


Opponents vow to continue
pressure over IRS excesses

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Republican lawmakers and fiscally conservative Tea Party leaders are vowing to keep up the pressure on the White House to see if it was involved with the Internal Revenue Service's targeting of conservative groups for extra scrutiny.  Tea Party leaders say the IRS scandal confirms their worst fears about a federal government they see as too big and too powerful. 

A large number of Republican members of Congress and Tea Party leaders from across the country gathered outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday to criticize the Internal Revenue Service and the Obama administration over allegations the tax agency targeted Tea Party groups for special scrutiny.  Conservative lawmakers called on Congress to dig deep to find out who made the decision to single out the groups seeking non-profit tax exempt status.  House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, said House committees would stop at nothing to get to the truth.

"We need to know where the facts are.  Somebody made a decision to do this.  And I doubt that it was some low level employees in the Cincinnati field office," said Boehner.

Democratic President Barack Obama sought to push back against the criticism during a week where he has been plagued by several scandals at once.  Obama said he did not know about the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups until last Friday, and condemned the IRS action.

"I am outraged by this in part, because, look, I am a public figure.  If a future administration is starting to use the tax laws to favor one party over another or one political view over another, obviously we are all vulnerable," said Obama.

The president appointed Daniel Werfel as the acting commissioner of the tax agency.

At the Capitol, Tea Party lawmakers and activists said the conduct by some IRS staff members amounts to harassment, and that there will be lawsuits against the agency.  Rep. Paul Broun, a Georgia Republican, said he has been warning about the dangers of big government for years.

"It is the strong arm of the government that is trying to affect elections, to try to stop the freedom of speech that we are guaranteed under the First Amendment and all Americans should just shudder and shiver at the prospects of a government out of control, too big, spending too much money," said Broun.

The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on the IRS scandal today, and many more hearings are likely to follow in the Republican-led House of Representatives.


Plenty of space still open
for incoming freshmen


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Many leading U.S. colleges and universities face a shortfall in enrollment for fall classes and will offer price discounts as they compete for students in an ever expanding higher education market, according to Forbes.
 
The magazine highlighted 50 public and private U.S. colleges listed in the Princeton Review's Best Colleges list that are still accepting students in their 2013 freshman classes.
 
In their scramble to fill empty seats, colleges are likely to offer significant tuition discounts in the form of grants in a type of free market pricing that goes on behind the scenes, Forbes said.
 
“There are many more colleges in the United States than is economically viable,” wrote Matt Schifrin, managing editor of investing content at Forbes Media. “Many colleges make deals with families, offering significant rebates to their advertised prices.”
 
Among colleges still seeking students for fall classes are Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., the University of Maryland, College Park, The New School in New York City, Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., and Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, according to Forbes.com.
 
Its list includes more selective schools but the National Association of College Admissions Counselors counts 288 colleges nationwide that have reported having space for incoming freshmen this fall.
 
The rising price of college tuition scares families and parents, but they can get discounts if they look, Schifrin said.
 
Average tuition and fees alone at private nonprofit four-year institutions rose $1,173 or 4.2 percent to $29,056 in 2012-13, according to the College Board. The costs are not much lower for out-of-state students at public four-year institutions where average tuition and fees rose $883 or 4.2 percent to $21,706.
 
Although most colleges ask for deposits from accepted students by May 1, Forbes said it's not too late to apply.
 
Most schools on the list offer grants and scholarships to at least 90 percent of their incoming freshman, with some schools' average grants exceeding $20,000.
 
For example, 99 percent of incoming students receive a grant or tuition rebate from Juaniata College, a private liberal arts college in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, according to Forbes.
 
If students meet certain academic qualifications, they should not expect to pay more than half of Juaniata's 2013 tuition rate of $45,590, even if their family's household income is above $200,000, it added.
 
Private not-for-profit schools are the most likely to offer discounts in the form of grants, but Schifrin said that there are relative bargains to be had at public schools, though the percentage of students who receive grants tend not to be as high.
 

Saudi princes lose bid
to keep court trial secret


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two Saudi princes will not be able to keep details of an international commercial dispute a secret, a British court ruled on Thursday, despite lawyers arguing that the case could damage Saudi relations with Britain and the United States.
   
The appeal was made by Prince Mishal bin Abdulaziz al Saud, a former defense minister, and his son Prince Abdulaziz bin Mishal, who are locked in a legal business tussle with Jordanian businessman Faisal Almhairat.
   
The Court of Appeal in London upheld an earlier ruling by a lower court that the case should not be heard in secret.
   
The sides accuse each other of misappropriating the proceeds of shares, sold in 2010 and 2011, in London-registered Fi Call Ltd. which they jointly owned. Few details on the company are publicly available.
   
Almhairat also alleges the young prince was guilty of wrongdoing in what have only been referred to as the “Beirut” and “Nairobi” transactions, while he says Prince Mishal is involved in some matters relevant to the dispute.
   
But if details of the deals were made public in open court, lawyers for the princes argued, Prince Abdulaziz would be “at risk of serious personal injury or death from reprisals,” while diplomatic damage could also be done.
   
The princes, who reject the allegations against them as scandalous and outrageous, had sought sovereign immunity from being sued as members of the Saudi king's household. Prince Mishal is one of King Abdullah's many brothers.
   
The Court of Appeal dismissed that argument on Wednesday.
   
Two newspapers, the Financial Times and the Guardian, went to court in December arguing there was no reason why a case initiated by the princes should not be heard in public according to Britain's fundamental principle of open justice.
   
High Court Judge Paul Morgan agreed with the newspapers in a Feb. 13 ruling, although his judgment gave little information into what the dispute was actually about.
   
The princes then challenged in the Court of Appeal, but with that appeal now dismissed, documents that have previously been restricted are expected to come to light.
   
The case could test relations between Britain and Saudi Arabia some seven years after a corruption investigation into a huge arms deal with the kingdom was dropped because of concerns that it could harm Britain's security interests.
   
There was widespread criticism at the time that the real motivation for shelving the case was to protect Britain's commercial prospects in Saudi Arabia.


Other options exist for those
with cancer-prone genes


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Actress and U.N. goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie is in the spotlight for her decision to undergo a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer, even though she is cancer free.  The actress announced her decision, and her surgery, in an article she wrote for The New York Times. Ms. Jolie's decision was based on a genetic test she had and other options available to women facing a breast cancer risk.

She's beautiful, glamorous, and known for being outspoken whether it's about refugees or women's rights. Angelina Jolie's decision to have both breasts surgically removed when she doesn't have cancer, has put the spotlight on preventive surgery. 

Ms. Jolie's mother died of cancer when she was 56 years old. The actress said her children wanted to know if she would, too.  Jolie said genetic tests put her chances of getting breast cancer at 87 percent and at 50 percent for ovarian cancer.    

Doctors have found that certain genetic mutations can increase the odds of developing breast and ovarian cancer. The two major genes associated with hereditary breast and ovarian cancer are BRCA1 and BRCA2.  

One study found that if a woman develops BRCA-related cancer early in life, her daughter may get cancer even earlier than she did if she inherited the genetic mutation.

Women with BRCA-related breast cancer have the same rate of survival as other breast cancer patients at the same stage. But Marc Boisvert of Medstar Washington Hospital says there's a significant difference.

"The problem is that these cancers frequently appear in younger women, and younger women tend to have more aggressive cancers, and they’re not suspecting them," Boisvert said. 

Women in their 20s and 30s are not likely to be screened for breast cancer.  Those most likely to have the BRCA mutations are of east European Jewish descent. But "you can have it if you’re black, white, Hispanic, Chinese, Asian, any ethnic group can have it," Boisvert  said.

The National Cancer Institute recommends genetic testing if close relatives have had breast or ovarian cancer. But not having the BRCA1 or 2 mutations is not an all-clear sign. And having the genetic marker doesn't mean getting the disease is a given. But geneticists can come up with the likely odds, which is why Jolie said her chance of getting breast cancer was 87 percent.   

The cost for genetic testing can run into the thousands of dollars.

The preventive surgery can lower the odds to less than 5 percent, but Boisvert says surgery isn't the only choice.

"I think education is important here because you can get peace of mind knowing that you are being monitored very carefully and knowing what the numbers are, what the chances of recurrence are,” Boisvert  said.

Boisvert says in the end, the patient needs to be comfortable with her care, whether it involves careful monitoring or surgery.


Charges finally filed in Cuba
for expat in corruption cases


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Canadian and British executives of three foreign businesses shut in 2011 by Cuban authorities, ostensibly for corrupt practices, have been charged after more than a year in custody and are expected to go on trial soon, sources close to the cases said.
 
The arrests, part of a broad government campaign to stamp out corruption, sent shockwaves through Cuba's small foreign business community where the companies were among the most visible players.
 
Until then, expulsions rather than imprisonment had been the norm for those accused of corrupt practices.
 
The charges against the executives involve various economic crimes and operating beyond the limits of their business licenses on the Communist-run island, according to the sources, who include a close relative of one of the defendants.
 
Some of the foreigners are alleged to have paid bribes to officials in exchange for business opportunities.
 
Dozens of Cuban state purchasers and officials, including deputy ministers, already have been arrested and convicted in the investigation into the Cuban imports business that ensued.
 
Cuba has mounted a crackdown on corruption in recent years as part of a gradual reform process to open up the state-run economy to greater private sector activity.
 
Under Cuban law, trials must begin within a month of charges being filed, though small delays are common and postponement can be sought by the defendants' lawyers.
 
"There is definitely movement and the trials could begin soon," a Western diplomat said.
 
The crackdown began in July 2011 with the closure of Canadian trading firm Tri-Star Caribbean and the arrest of its chief executive, Sarkis Yacoubian.
 
In September 2011, one of the most important Western trading firms in Cuba, Canada-based Tokmakjian Group, was also shut and its head, Cy Tokmakjian, taken into custody.
 
In October 2011, police closed the Havana offices of the British investment and trading firm Coral Capital Group Ltd. and arrested chief executive Amado Fakhre, a Lebanese-born British citizen.
 
Coral Capital's chief operating officer, British citizen Stephen Purvis, was arrested in April 2012.
 
All four men are being held in La Condesa, a prison for foreigners just outside Havana, after being questioned for months in other locations.
 
A number of other foreigners and Cubans who worked for the companies remain free but cannot leave the island because they are considered witnesses in the cases.
 
Cuban officials and lawyers for the defendants could not be reached for comment.
 
The legal limbo of the foreign executives has put a strain on Cuba's relations with their home countries, where the legal process protects suspects from lengthy incarceration without charges, diplomats said.
 
Cuba says the cases are being handled within the letter of Cuban law. Attorney General Dario Delgado said late last year that the investigation had proved complex and lengthy.
 
"These cases, which involve economic crimes, are very complicated," he said. "They do not involve, for example, traffic violations or a murder."
 
Comptroller General Gladys Bejerano has said the length of investigations depended on the behavior of those involved.
 
"When there is fraud, tricks and violations . . .  false documents, false accounting . . .  there is no transparency and the process becomes more complicated because a case must be documented with evidence before going to trial," she said.
 
Transparency International, considered the world's leading anti-graft watchdog, last rated Cuba 58 out of 178 countries in terms of tackling corruption, ahead of all but eight of 33 nations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
 
Soon after taking over for his ailing brother Fidel in 2008, President Raúl Castro established the comptroller general's office with a seat on the ruling council of state, even as he began implementing market-oriented economic reforms.
 
The measure marked the start of the anti-corruption campaign. Since then, high-level graft has been uncovered in several key areas, from the cigar, nickel and communications industries, to food processing and civil aviation.
 
Rodrigo Malmierca, the minister of foreign commerce, last week delivered a report to the cabinet highlighting irregularities in foreign joint venture companies, according to state-run media.
 
Malmierca blamed "the lack of rigor, control and exigency" of the deals "as well as the conduct and attitudes of the officials implicated," the reports said.
 
Castro has been less successful, however, in tackling low salaries and lack of transparency, which contribute to the problem, according to foreign diplomats and businessmen.
 
There is no open bidding in Cuba's import-export sector, and state purchasers who handle multimillion-dollar contracts earn anywhere from $50 to $100 per month.
 
Cuban officials blame U.S. sanctions for the lack of open bidding, accusing their arch-enemy of trying to scare off any foreign company interested in doing business with the country.


Venezuela is net importer
of gasoline, data shows

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuela in 2012 became a net importer of gasoline as a result of escalating problems at its refineries and increasing demand for fuel in its internal market, joining a growing list of countries that struggle with fuel supplies despite ample oil reserves.
 
The nation exported 30,000 barrels per day of gasoline and naphtha last year, according to state oil company PDVSA's annual report. But it imported an average of 66,300 barrels per day of the same fuels from the United States alone, according to U.S. Energy Department data.
 
Fuel imports jumped following an August explosion and fire at the country's largest refinery, Amuay, that killed more than 40 people and caused extensive damage to its storage facilities.
 
“Between the days of the incident and the resumption of operations, PDVSA imported blending components worth a total of $1.572 billion,'' the company said in its financial results.
 
The report does not provide import volumes. PDVSA did not respond to requests for comment.
 
Oil Minister Rafael Ramírez has consistently denied that the country is importing finished gasoline, insisting the purchases have been limited to blending components.
 
But data provided by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, or EIA, shows most of the imports between September and January from the United States were finished gasoline and diesel.
 
Crude exporters in the region including Mexico and Ecuador depend on energy markets to meet fuel needs because of insufficient investment in refining.
 
Venezuelans enjoy a massive fuel subsidy that makes gasoline the cheapest in the world, letting drivers fill their tanks for less than the equivalent of a dollar. That spurs fuel smuggling to neighboring Colombia and Brazil.
 
In addition, the government is installing diesel generators to reduce dependence on hydroelectric power, which has increased demand for diesel.
 
The Amuay fire and explosion caused extensive damage to one of the 635,000-barrel per dayfacility's distillation units and forced a temporary halt to the entire facility. The refinery resumed full operations in April.
 
Losses at PDVSA's domestic refining and sales division more than tripled to $8.4 billion in 2012 from $2.3 billion the previous year as a result of these factors.
 
Between September and January, PDVSA imported an average of 148,000 barrels per day, most of which was gasoline, according to the  U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Although import volumes fell in February, PDVSA continues seeking to acquire fuel in international markets, according to traders. The company's 2013 targets show crude and fuel exports dropping by 8 percent this year.
 
PDVSA's earnings statement says purchases of crude and fuel rose 47 percent to reach $26.3 billion in 2012, while purchases from third parties by foreign subsidiaries such as U.S.-based refiner Citgo dropped 3.4 percent.
 
The tight supplies of fuels were reflected in a sharp decline in sales to Citgo, which has traditionally received finished fuel from PDVSA through supply contracts.
 
Fuel sales to Citgo reached only $302 million last year compared with $4.2 billion the year before.
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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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7967-7/17/13

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
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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!
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- 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
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- 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.
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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

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
- 3-bedroom oceanview house on 5 acres subdividable, $270k
- 58-acre oceanview property subdividable, $169k
Oceanfront residential Lot $58k
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7829-5/8/13

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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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Proposed immigration plan
could kill diversity lottery

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The popular Green Card Lottery program could be eliminated if the U.S. Congress passes the current version of the bipartisan immigration reform plan. The lottery was set up as a way to give persons in underrepresented countries a chance at the American dream. But the new plan will focus instead on adding more highly-educated workers in science, technology, engineering and math.

Two years ago Rafiq-ul-Islam won a U.S. permanent resident visa through the Green Card Lottery and came to the United States from Bangladesh with little more than the clothing he owned and a dream of a better life in America. 

“I want to change my luck. If I can change my luck I can support my family, everything, all will be changed, everything like, that’s why I applied,” he said.

The late Sen. Edward Kennedy came up with the idea for a visa lottery system in the 1990s as a way to give opportunity to European and other countries with low immigration quotas. The lottery program, officially known as the diversity visa, is relatively small, granting about 50,000 visas compared to the more than one million new green cards issued each year.

The lucky winners like ul-Islam must pass a background check, but need only a high school degree or work experience to qualify.  Immigration attorney Rajiv Khanna says the diversity visa has come to symbolize core American values.

“But United States is blessed and perhaps cursed with that unique vision we have, that we are as a nation, a citizen of the world community.  And we have to accommodate certain things in good conscience and good faith rather than as a matter of self-interest,” Khanna said.

But under the proposed immigration reform plan being considered by the U.S. Congress, the diversity visa faces elimination.  Instead, the plan would expand opportunities for professionals like Bhushan Parekh who hold advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.  Parekh’s H-1B professional visa was sponsored by a major U.S. company.

“Because I had done the engineering in India, the four-year degree, and I’d also worked in India for a year after.  During the interview process it was very apparent to them that I had the management skills they were looking for,” Parekh said.

Some members of Congress oppose eliminating the diversity visa saying the U.S. should give some opportunity to the world's poor and disadvantaged.  But, in these hard economic times, Khanna says fairness is no longer the priority.

“So diversity by itself is no longer the virtue that we seek in our current immigration system as proposed.  What we seek instead is, ‘What can you do for us?,’” Khanna said.

Khanna says while U.S. businesses are lobbying for more professional visas, the poor from developing countries have no such powerful sponsors.

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