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This Ministerio de Seguridad Pública helicopter crashed on takeoff in Alto Telire in the Talamanca mountains Tuesday afternoon. Two crew members and three passengers, all police officers, were not injured serious. The mission was involved with fighting drugs.

Irazú gave the valley a continual bath of ash
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Emergency officials are preparing themselves for a major eruption of the Turrialba volcano. Nothing is certain, and the mountain may go back to sleep. The worse-case scenario, they hope, is based on the eruption of its twin, Irazú, in 1963.

That eruption took began in March while President and Mrs. John Kennedy were visiting. Guillermo Alvarado, a volcano expert, said that a light amount of ash came down on the crowd as they were waiting on Paseo Colón for the Kennedys.

That eruption lasted until 1965. He said that a national emergency was declared and there were large quantities of ash that fell through the end of 1963

Alvarado also noted that the nearby rivers turned to mud and flooded, causing significant lost of property and the deaths of 20 persons.

Irazú and Turrialba are linked underground.

A writer cited by Alvardo in his book "Costa Rica: Land of Volcanoes" said this:

"Great black clouds covered a sky that had no blue, only a sad and melancholy gray. The residents of the valley looked toward the huge cloud over Irazú volcano with amazement and no little apprehension; from deep within, the volcano was furiously spewing out toward the heavens a black, colossal column of ashes, rocks and smoke which would change its shape from one minute to the next but without ceasing to grow, lighted occasionally by bright golden serpentines of lightning."

The Irazú volcano can be approached on foot, so many Central Valley residents made the trek to the rim even as the mountain was erupting.

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Tourists are seen near the erupting volcano.

During the Irazú eruptions Central Valley residents dressed to protect their bodies from the ash. Estimates are that thousands of tons of ash fell on San José alone. The United States airlifted in four street sweepers, the report said.

Turrialba did not erupt Tuesday, but there were continual small earthquakes under the mountain.

That is why the experts are expecting more activity.

Of course, there are worse worse-case scenarios. When Mount St. Helens exploded 35 years go and launched a column 19 kilometers into the sky, the ash covered 11 U.S. states, noted the Red Sismológica Nacional.

Prosecutor and agent face charge for lawmaker probe
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A local prosecutor and a judicial agent are facing a criminal charge because they launched an investigation of a prominent legislator.
That was announced Tuesday by the office of the chief prosecutor or fiscal general. He is  Jorge Chavarría Guzmán.

The lawmaker who was the target of the investigation is  Karla Prendas Matarrita, who is one of the 57 elected legislative deputies.

She is a member of the Partido Liberación Nacional.

The fiscal general said in a prepared statement that the lawmaker enjoys immunity and that a directive he issued a year ago requires local prosecutors to submit to him any cases against individuals having immunity. That was just as newly elected members of the legislature and the central government were taking office.

In addition to lawmakers, ministers and the president enjoy immunity, according to the Costa Rican Constitution.

Having immunity does not mean a criminal case will not proceed. There is a provision for the legislature, the president or the courts to lift immunity to allow prosecution. But the last

time that happened, the process took so long that the lawmaker left office, and the case was remitted to the local courts.

The fiscal general said that the investigation against the lawmakers was on an allegation of embezzlement. It was the lawmaker herself who complained to Celso Gamboa Sánchez., the deputy fiscal general. The prosecutor and the judicial agent sought by letter confirmation from the Concejo Municipal of the central canton of Puntarenas of the lawmaker's service as a regidora or council member, said the statement from the fiscal general.

The case of the two judicial workers will be handled by the  Fiscalía Adjunta de Probidad, Transparencia y Anticorrupción, said the statement. The allegation against them is what amounts to a misdemeanor punishable by a fine. Specifically, the allegation is not following the rules.

Immunity is provided highly placed officials to protect them from harassment by multiple legal actions. In the United States members of Congress have a form of immunity that forbids their arrest while they are headed to a session.

The fiscal general's statement said that his action did not mean that the investigations against the lawmaker would not continue.

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14 persons detained in major drug raids

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents conducted 16 raids Tuesday morning to detain 14 persons who are accused of being involved in a drug smuggling ring.

Agents conducted the raids in La Cruz, Cartago and Liberia.

The arrests stem from two prior cases. Last October agents raided a home in Heredia to find $2.5 million. The next month police discovered 150 kilos of cocaine hidden in a truck in La Cruz near the Nicaraguan border.

The criminal gang also was involved in money laundering and invested in real estate, food outlets, vehicles and boats, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Two boats and eight vehicles were confiscated Tuesday, said agents. In addition, seven pieces of real estate were frozen at the Registro Nacional, they added.

The investigation began in August. The smuggling centered on Playa Junquillal in Guanacaste, agents said. The smuggling involved moving cocaine from Costa Rica to Nicaragua, they added.

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Home invasion suspect detained

 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents said they detained a man Tuesday who would burglarize homes that were vacant and pull a homemade firearm on any persons he found inside a house.

The man was detained in Alajuelita and faces allegations from at least seven crimes, said agents. The crimes took place between November and April in  Escazú, Coronado, Calle Blancos, Heredia, Sabana and Grecia, they said.

When they raided the man's home to make an arrest, agents said they found items that appear to have come from some of the crimes.

They also found a homemade, multiple-barreled firearm that was triggered with an elastic band and marijuana.

The individual who committed the crimes forced gates and main doors to gain access. If he found individuals inside, he would hold them at gunpoint, agents said.

Mom accused of burning her son with iron

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 38-year-old mother of two is accused of burning her 8-year-old son with a hot iron. The boy suffered first- and second-degree burns on a leg, said the Poder Judicial.

The burn was delivered May 12, but a teacher brought the case to the attention of investigators and first aid workers Friday. The child suffered a slight blow while playing at school, and when the educator checked to see if there was an injury, he discovered the burn, agents said.

Cruz Roja workers took the child first to the Barranca clinic near his home. He now is in the burn unit at the Hospital Nacional de Niños. A 3-year-old sister has been placed with the Patronato Nacional de Infancia, said investigators.

Killing cartoonists emerges as new threat

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The January massacre at the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo focused world attention on the sometimes deadly threats political cartoonists face.

But it’s far from an isolated incident, according to a new report from the Committee to Protect Journalists which calls the threat a global phenomenon.

The release of the report “Drawing the Line: Cartoonists Under Threat” documents cases from Malaysia, India, South Africa, Bangladesh, Venezuela, the United States, Ecuador, Sri Lanka, Syria and Iran.

The Committee to Protect Journalists findings show that “cartoonists have been targeted with censorship, punitive lawsuits, physical assault, imprisonment, disappearance, and murder for their art-form journalism.”

“There is almost a formula that we can recognize well in advance that tells us when things are getting risky for cartoonists,” said Robert Russell, executive director of Cartoonists Rights Network International, an advocacy and monitoring group based in the U.S., in a statement.

“Any failed state or . . .  leader headed toward either an election or some kind of political transition will always crack down on cartoonists during times of insecurity and strife,” he said.

According to the the committee, social media has played a role in the growing risk cartoonists face.

“In many quarters, cartoons are reaching people now more than ever with the advent of social media,” said Aseem Trivedi, an Indian cartoonist, in a statement. Trivedi added that “if there’s a message that speaks to something greater, its chances of going viral and spreading to the masses are high.”

Increased visibility has also given fodder for enemies of free speech, Russell said.

“Both governments and the intolerant monitor social networks very closely, hunting for any sign of adverse commentary,” Russell said. “The world is unfortunately waking up to the power and influence of cartoonists . . . ."

While there were many public displays of support for Charlie Hebdo, the committee said the event caused “the spread of measures against offensive speech and greater surveillance of media in the name of combating terrorism.”

In many of the countries studied by the committee, cartoonists faced threats of arrest, were forced into exile or worse.

Malaysian cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, known as Zunar could be jailed for up to 43 years for cartooning, according to the report. His trial begins later this month.

“In a corrupt regime, the truth is seditious,” said Zunar, who has had five books banned since 2010. “I will keep drawing until the last drop of my ink.”

North Korea announces it has a mini-nuke

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

North Korea has announced that it has successfully miniaturized a nuclear weapon, an accomplishment that, if confirmed, could represent a significant new threat to the U.S. and its allies.

The North's National Defense Commission said Wednesday via the state-run Korean Central News Agency that the miniaturized nuclear bombs are small enough to fit on a missile.

"It has been a long time since we began miniaturizing and diversifying our means of nuclear strike," said the statement. It added that the North's long-range missiles "have reached the stage where the highest accuracy rate is guaranteed."

Western officials fear North Korea has been perfecting a nuclear bomb small enough to fit on one of its ballistic missiles. But there has been disagreement over how close Pyongyang was to achieving this goal.

The North has conducted three underground nuclear tests since 2006. Following the third test in 2013, Pyongyang said it had used a "miniaturized and lighter nuclear device with greater explosive force" than in previous experiments.

North Korea also has conducted repeated tests of ballistic missiles, including one announced this month in which it claimed to have launched such a missile from a submarine.​

Earlier, North Korea abruptly cancelled an invitation to U. N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to visit the isolated state.

Ban, who is on a five-day visit to South Korea, said Wednesday no explanation was given for the last-minute change, which he said was conveyed via diplomatic channels.

"This decision by Pyongyang is deeply regrettable. However, I, as the secretary-general of the United Nations, will not spare any effort to encourage the DPRK to work with the international community for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and beyond," he said, referring to the North by its official title.

The U.N. chief was planning on Thursday to visit the Kaesong Industrial Complex that lies just north of the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea.

Ban's planned tour of the jointly run factory would have marked the first time in more than two decades that a U.N. secretary-general visited North Korea.

The last head of the international body to visit the North was Boutros Boutros-Ghali, who crossed through the DMZ in 1993.

South Korea's Unification Ministry on Wednesday also said it was regrettable that Pyongyang canceled the visit.

Canada detains 10 youths going overseas

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Canadian police have detained 10 young people at Montreal's main airport on suspicion of preparing to travel overseas to join the Islamic State militant group.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said late Tuesday that they made the arrests last weekend at Montreal's Trudeau International Airport and withdrew the passports of the detainees.

Authorities said the families and friends of the detainees are being interviewed but no charges have been filed yet.

In a statement, the police asked the media to respect the privacy of the young people's families, noting that they are going through very difficult times as they try to cope with their children's actions.

Canadian authorities have been on alert for young people leaving the country to travel overseas and join the Islamic State, which controls territory in Iraq and Syria. A half-dozen young Canadians are believed to have traveled to Turkey in January, en route to Syria to join the group.

Since then, officials have arrested several other youths on suspicion of trying to travel overseas to join jihadist groups.

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Medical tourism promoters will go to Florida to make deals
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Firms involved in medical tourism here will be sending representatives to Tampa, Florida, for a June 14 to 16 trade show.

The show, called the Medical Travel & Global Healthcare International Business Summit, is organized by the  Promoción Internacional de la Medicina de Costa Rica, the University of South Florida and the Promotora del Comercio Exterior de Costa Rica. This is the sixth edition.

The organization known as Promed said that some 300 firms were expected to send representatives. Among these are companies form the United States, Canada, Argentina, the
Dominican Republic, Panamá, México, El Salvador, Guatemala and Colombia., according to an announcement.

Although getting an exact number is hard to do, the best estimate is that there were about 45,000 medical tourists who
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The  Promotora del Comercio Exterior said that Canada is a country that is being targeted for marketing because there are long waits of up to 35 weeks for specialized treatment there under the national health care system.

Those in the medical tourism promotion field are seeking to tap the budget of the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo to set up a Web page and to do other types of marketing. The industry is talking about 20 percent of the institute budget or perhaps $3 million a year.

More police officers are sought for the province of Cartago
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The province of Cartago does not have a reputation as a hotbed of criminality. However, lawmakers who represent the area are seeking more police.

Of the estimated 13,500 police officers in the country, only 850 are assigned to Cartago to cover three shifts, the lawmakers noted Tuesday.

The special committee of Cartago lawmakers heard from top police officials and then determined that judicial agents also have a bigger case load than elsewhere.

The committee heard from  Gustavo Mata, the minister of Seguridad Pública, that 75 percent of the crimes in Cartago are related in some way to drugs. He also said that there is the continual presence of drug cartels in the province.

Also appearing was the regional head of the Judicial Investigating Organization, Alberto Palma.

Lawmaker Paulina Ramírez Portuguez cited the number of police assigned to the province. She and other members of the committee are planning a meeting with a larger group to include mayors, education officials and representatives of other agencies in the province, they said.

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Monkey study reveals a downside to the practice of grooming
By the Emory University news staff

Social grooming or helping others to stay clean and free of lice and other ecto-parasites has long been associated with hygiene and good health in wild primates. In the process of picking out ecto-parasites, however, the groomers may be picking up internal ones, a new study finds.

The journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B published the results of the study on critically endangered brown spider monkeys, showing that physical contact is associated with the spread of several common gastrointestinal parasites.

“Previously, it was generally assumed that animals are more likely to pick up these parasites from feces or other environmental sources,” says Thomas Gillespie, a disease ecologist at Emory University whose lab led the study. “Our research shows that the external surfaces of animals can serve as viable locations for development to infective stages of such parasites.”

Living in groups comes with costs and benefits. The benefits include more eyes, ears, noses and collective knowledge to hunt food sources and to avoid predators. The costs are competition for food and for mates. And growing evidence is revealing how group interactions affect the dynamics of disease transmission among social animals.

“Breakthroughs in technology are allowing for more detailed network analyses, so that we can study the connection between sociality and health in ways that we couldn’t in the past,” Gillespie said. “We are working on models of health risk factors for different species of endangered primates, to try to ensure that disease does not finish them off, but our data could also have implications for people.”

The current study centered on a community of 16 brown spider monkeys in Hacienda San Juan, a patch of tropical rainforest in central Columbia.

Spider monkeys, which also are native to Costa Rica, spend most of their time in the trees. They swing from branch to branch through the canopy by their prehensile tails. Their communities split into smaller groups that later reconvene, a trait known as fission-fusion.

“They basically hang out with whoever they want, and that changes often,” Gillespie said. This fission-fusion trait is associated with intelligence, he adds, and is also seen in chimpanzees, dolphins and humans.

While humans are far more complex, subdividing into groups bound by their families, churches, schools and workplaces, brown spider
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monkeys split into smaller groups primarily to search for food. “That enables them to cover more ground,” Gillespie explains. “They spend most of their day looking for ripe fruit, in between mating and playing.”

The monkeys keep in contact with other members of the group through loud vocalizations. “They can really put on a show when they’ve found a fig tree full of fruit,” Gillespie said.

The interactions of fission-fusion animals are difficult to study in the wild because they are often on the move. For this study, the research team followed 12 individual spider monkeys of the community, collecting about 160 hours of data for each of them over the course of two years. The researchers recorded all social interactions that involved physical contact – including grooming, resting, embracing, mating and social play – and the duration of each interaction. They also collected a total of 166 fecal samples from the study group during the two-year period of the study and tested them for a variety of parasites.

The researchers used the data to diagram the contact and proximity networks, along with the levels of parasite infections, for each individual. The results showed no correlation between mere proximity and parasite infection, but a strong correlation between physical contact and infection. Specifically, infections with the roundworms Strongyloides and Trichostrongylus were associated with grooming interactions.

“Our findings suggest that social grooming is the biggest risk for parasite transmission among this community of spider monkeys,” Gillespie says. “The groomer is removing matted fur and debris from another monkey, and some of that debris can contain active life stages of parasites that are not visible to the naked eye.”

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Two Chinese with U.S. jobs
indicted as technology spies

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged six Chinese nationals with economic espionage and theft of trade secrets for allegedly accessing secret U.S. technologies and sharing them with universities and companies controlled by the Chinese government.

Unsealing an indictment filed last month, U.S. officials in Washington announced the charges Tuesday. The defendants, all Chinese nationals, include Hao Zhang, who is in custody, his fellow engineer Wei Pang and four other Chinese engineers and professors of stealing trade secrets from two U.S. technology companies, Skyworks Solutions and Avago Technologies. 

The American companies produce radio-frequency filters known as thin film bulk acoustic resonators, devices used in cellphones and other mobile devices that process incoming and outgoing wireless signals.

Pang and Zhang were awarded doctorates in electrical engineering from a university in California in 2005 and subsequently began working for Avago and Skyworks, respectively.

According to the indictment, during 2006 and 2007 the two U.S.-trained engineers, together with other co-conspirators approached Chinese universities and companies with proposals to begin manufacturing the resonator chips in China.

By 2008, they began working with Tianjin University to establish a fabrication facility there while continuing their work at Avago and Skyworks, U.S. officials said. One year later they resigned and took up full-time professorships at the school, later forming a company to mass-produce the chips.

Those indicted along with Pang and Zhang were identified as Jinping Chen, Huisui Zhang, Chong Zhou and Zhao Gang.

The defendants, all of whom range in age from 26 to 41 years old, are accused of stealing computer source code and processes, specifications, design layouts and other documents from the American technology companies, sharing the information among themselves and with others working for Tianjin University.

The defendants leveraged their access to and knowledge of sensitive U.S. technologies to illegally obtain and share U.S. trade secrets with China for economic advantage, said John Carlin, the U.S. assistant attorney general for national security.

The FBI's David Johnson says the conduct alleged in the indictment revealed "a methodical and relentless effort by foreign interests to obtain and exploit sensitive and valuable U.S. technology through the use of individuals operating within the United States."

"The FBI is committed to rooting out industrial espionage that puts U.S. companies at a disadvantage in the global market," he said.

Zhang was arrested in Los Angeles May 16 when he arrived on a flight from China. He faces a maximum of 50 years in prison if convicted. Arrest warrants have been issued for the other five defendants.

Kerry makes a strong pitch
for  Trans-Pacific Partnership

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Secretary of State John Kerry was clear: Either the United States signs onto a wide-ranging Pacific Rim free trade pact or risks getting left behind in the world of global economic competition.

“If we don’t clinch free-trade agreements in the Asia Pacific, it doesn’t mean that those agreements may not happen, it just means that we may not be part of them, and we may not shape them,” Kerry said.

The U.S. Senate is embroiled in a debate over the huge, 12-nation Pacific Rim trade deal, with lawmakers grappling with a multitude of national and local interests that could be affected by resulting international competition.

If finalized, the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be the largest free trade agreement in history. According to the Brookings Institution, it would impact up to one-third of all world trade and roughly 40 percent of the global gross domestic product.

Kerry described it as a historic deal.

“The TPP is not your grandparents’ trade agreement. It’s not your mom and dad’s trade agreement. It’s not even your older brother’s or sister’s trade agreement. This is a new, new entity, and ultimately this is a 21st century agreement,” Kerry said.

The deal encompasses Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States, and Vietnam.

Critics of the deal include labor unions and environmental groups, who are worried that the pact will lead to a loss of jobs in the United States and an erosion of environmental standards.

Workers at a Boeing plant in the western state of Washington gathered to hear Kerry’s rebuttal of those concerns. Kerry insisted the solution was not in shutting the door to trade, but in transforming the system to make it work for everybody. He warned of harsh economic times ahead if the U.S. chose to not participate.

“The result would be boarded up windows and going-out-of-business signs in places from one end of America to another. We could see dock workers with pink slips in their hands instead of container ships steaming in and out of ports,” the secretary of State said.

“The remedy is not to pull back from trade agreements themselves, or to attempt to stop globalization, because that’s not possible,” Kerry said. “Globalization has no reverse gear.”

Simon Lester, a trade policy analyst and free trade advocate at the Cato Institute acknowledged the concern over job losses, but said on balance the United States is better off with free trade.

“It is better for consumers, it lowers prices, and even though it may cause job losses in some industries, it creates jobs in other industries as we open up foreign markets,” Lester said.

Kerry also said that with the United States being part of the deal, Washington would be able to set international labor, trade and environmental standards. Without a place at the table, he said, others would determine the future and quality of international trade.

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Catfish are stumbling block
in effort to expedite treaty

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Senate debate over a bill to facilitate approval of a mammoth, 12-nation Pacific Rim free trade pact was mired Tuesday in a squabble over catfish, a whiskered, fresh-water fish commercially farmed in the United States that faces competition from Asian imports of a similar species. The controversy illuminates domestic political hurdles for trade legislation, as lawmakers contend with a multitude of local interests affected by international competition.

The nations attempting to forge the Trans-Pacific Partnership account for trillions of dollars in collective annual trade. But negotiations are being hampered by a spat over the lowly catfish, a regional U.S. industry that accounts for less than a billion dollars in yearly production.

That spat spilled onto the Senate floor Tuesday, when Republican John McCain decried a measure that smells fishy to Vietnam and other trade partnership nations: enhanced U.S. government inspections of an Asian-produced catfish equivalent.

“The true purpose of the catfish program is to create a trade barrier to protect a small, handful of catfish farmers in two or three southern states, one of the most brazen and reckless protectionist programs that I have encountered in my time in the U.S. Senate," said McCain.

The 2008 U.S. farm bill mandated a new catfish inspection regime run by the Agriculture Department. All other seafood sold in America is tested by the Food and Drug Administration.

McCain says the program is hurting America’s larger economic interests.

“Ten Asian-Pacific nations have sent letters to the U.S. Trade Representative warning that this USDA catfish office is hurting TPP negotiations. At least one nation, Vietnam, has threatened trade retaliation," he said.

According to Sen. Roger Wicker, another Republican, the real issue is not protectionism, it’s the health of American consumers. Wicker represents Mississippi, one of America’s biggest catfish producers.

“What this is about is food safety for Americans in 50 states who deserve to know that the fish they are eating is unadulterated," said Wicker.

Wicker says Asian-produced seafood has been found to have higher levels of chemicals and other contaminants.

“We’re talking about cancer! Many overseas productions are simply not operated under the sanitary conditions that we insist upon in the United States with our farm-raised catfish," he said.

Such animated Senate debate illustrates the challenge of finalizing a free trade pact among 12 nations, all with interests to promote and protect. Claude Barfield specializes in trade issues at the American Enterprise Institute.

Barfield says the United States will win in some areas of trade negotiations and have to compromise in others, but should remain confident that the final deal will benefit America in the long run.

Big Paris bank surrenders
$8.8 billion to Uncle Sam

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A huge Paris-based bank, BNP Paribas, has forfeited some $8.8 billion to the U.S. Department of Justice after it was convicted of handling funds in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran, Cuba and Sudan.

Now U.S. justice officials are considering whether to use part of that forfeiture to compensate people harmed by the three governments.

New York State banking regulators, who worked alongside federal authorities on the BNP case, say BNP cleared more than $190 billion involving Iran, Cuba and Sudan from 2002 through 2012. State regulators also say the bank intentionally hid information from those transactions that would identify their source.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said BNP Paribas engaged in the hat trick of sanctions violations. The prosecutor said the bank engaged in what he called a tour de fraud.

The forfeiture by BNP, fourth-largest bank in the world, became official May 1 when the financial house was sentenced in federal court. It agreed last June 30 that it would give up the cash when it admitted guilt in the sanctions violations.

Then-U.S. attorney general Eric Holder underscored the seriousness of the bank’s criminal activity.

“BNP Paribas went to really elaborate lengths to conceal prohibited transactions, cover its tracks, and deceive U.S. authorities,” Holder said, adding “These actions represent a serious breach of U.S. law.”

The U.S. criminal complaint against BNP says it set up a network of so-called satellite banks to try to disguise both the origins and destinations of financial transactions.

BNP CEO Jean-Laurent Bonnafé admitted its role in a 2014 statement.

“We deeply regret that past misconduct that led to this settlement," he said

The Justice Department said earlier this month that it will be using the funds to compensate persons and entities harmed by the Cuban, Iranian, and Sudanese regimes.

"In an effort to better understand who may have been harmed by these regimes, the Justice Department is inviting individuals or their representatives to provide information describing the nature and value of the harm they suffered,” the department said in a statement.

Attorney Heather Lowe with the better-governance and transparency group Global Financial Integrity said that at least in the case of Sudan, group reparations are the best course of action.

“I'm not sure that individual claims is the right way to go about this,” Mss. Lowe said, “because you are talking about harms that were inflicted on an entire society because the bank contributed to ensuring that a brutal regime continued to have access to funds to keep its soldiers paid, weapons supplied, etc.”

Foreign policy takes lead
in GOP campaign debate

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Though still early in the 2016 presidential campaign, foreign policy issues such as countering Islamic State militants and negotiating a nuclear deal with Iran continue to dominate the debate among Republican White House contenders.

“No one, no one understands any longer whom America stands with or whom we stand against," implored New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during a visit to the early primary state of New Hampshire this week, where he made the case for a more active U.S. presence overseas. "No one understands exactly what we stand for and what we are willing to sacrifice to stand up for it.”

Christie, who is expected to announce his presidential intentions soon, is one of a more than a dozen Republicans who have either formally joined the 2016 race or are seriously considering a run.

During a recent Republican forum in the early contest state of Iowa, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum offered his strategy for countering the Islamic State. “They want to bring back a seventh century version of Islam, and so here’s my suggestion: We load up our bombers and bomb them back to the seventh century!”

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said he will announce his candidacy June 1 and promised to make national security the focal point of his campaign.

Telling “CBS This Morning” he decided to run because the world is falling apart, he also told the Iowa forum that the threat of the Islamic State requires the deployment of U.S. ground forces.

“And I’ve got one simple goal," he added, "to make sure this war never comes back here again and that means some of us have got to go over there to fight.”

But one Republican contender, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, remains skeptical of U.S. military involvement overseas in the wake of the Iraq War. “Is there more chaos or less chaos? Is there more of the rise of radical Islam?" he asked. "Is ISIS more of a threat now because of the instability?”

Paul also said the recent focus on whether the current crop of Republican presidential contenders would have invaded Iraq, now knowing the intelligence was faulty, is a legitimate topic for debate.

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, one of the Republican frontrunners, stumbled over the Iraq question last week before finally concluding that he would not have gone into Iraq given what he knows now.

“Who is going to take care of the Christians who were killed in Kenya only because they were at a university?" Bush said while pressing for a strong U.S. role overseas in remarks at the Iowa forum. "Who is going to take care of the Christian girls in northern Nigeria? But for us, who?”

The early Republican focus on foreign policy is unusual in a presidential campaign, says John Fortier of the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center.

“Often our elections are about domestic things even when important foreign policy issues are going on. The world has been troubled in many ways and so it is hard to keep foreign policy off the stage," he said "Will that be a good thing for Hillary Clinton, who is quite experienced in foreign policy and yet has been in the mix on the issues that will be potentially controversial? We will see.”

Democratic pollster Celinda Lake said that the 2016 race won't become a foreign policy election, saying voters will ultimately focus on the economy and their own prospects for the future.

“Americans are searching for a leader who understands the challenges that are out there and who has a clear economic message, and both parties have challenges and opportunities on the economy.”

So far, six Republicans have officially declared their candidacies. Among Democrats, only Mrs. Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders have declared.

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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: 
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They say a stock market crash is overdue.  Is your money in the bank earning only pennies in interest?  Is it time to get some of your assets out of the United States and into a wonderful retirement location?  That was this owner’s plan.  Gross ROI for this property was 11% most recent 5 months with 1,129 m2 lot crying for development of more rentals.  Build two or even three inexpensive fourplexes and live off of the income the rest of your life.  But current owner is unable to stay in Costa Rica (divorce, health reasons) so must sacrifice retirement dream property.  Offered at only $140,000 by extremely motivated seller and cash talks!  Very desirable location only a short 5-minute walk to central La Fortuna, clean and modern construction 2 bedroom 1 bath home is 102 m2 with no wasted space, very livable.  THIS ABSOLUTELY MUST BE SOLD!  For interior pix email
or phone (506) 8377-8402.

A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

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

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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Costa Rica Villas For Sale
*In 2009 this property appraisal for $240,000  (two hundred forty thousand).
*Located in Paraiso, Cartago, Costa Rica.
*We spent over $70,000 in renovating the villa.
*The first floor has renters with a year lease. They pay $200 a month.
*Health reasons need to return to the U.S.A.
*One of Costa Rica famous waterfalls, 100 yards in front of the villa.
*I'll sell this property for $189,000.
*Visit my Web site
Contact in Costa Rica:  Cray phone (506) 8977-2777
Contact in USA: Billy phone  001 (678) 576-5107

For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
Panoramic ocean view lot  5,400 sq. ft. (500m2)  $6,500. Financing available.
For rent two-bedroom house  five minute walk to water $350 a month.
Call 6261-7932 Or email See this Web site:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:  
Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085  
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ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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

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Ballet 'Ivan, the Terrible,' to be shown

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano closes the 2015 season of Bolshoi Ballet at the Cultural Center with the story of the great and troubled Russian czar ''Ivan, the Terrible.''

Presentations of the ballet on video are Friday at 7 p.m. and May 30 at 11 a.m. in the centro's Teatro  Eugene O'Neill.

Choreographer Yuri Grigorovich based the 1975 ballet on the composition of Sergei Prokofiev. "Ivan, the Terrible" has become the perfect example of ballet in the Soviet era with the presentation one of the most complex male ballet roles, according to critics.

Mikhail Lobukhin, will be responsible for giving life to the character of Ivan while Anna Nikulina returns after her role as Juliet in "Romeo and Juliet" to portray Anastasia, his wife.

Those who come to enjoy "Ivan the Terrible" will be guaranteed a great experience as a spectator, not only for the quality of a powerful, strong and vibrant choreography, but also for the opportunity to revive the controversial reign of "Terrible" and Russian 16th century, amid visually stunning scenes, said Karl Schmack of the centro.

Tickets for this last event of the season of the Bolshoi Ballet in high definition can be purchased on or at 2528-8778. Prices range from 5,000 to 10,000 colons.

Antarctica ice shelf thawing, NASA says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A huge section of Antarctica’s ice shelf is rapidly thawing, according to a just-released study by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The loss of ice from polar caps is slowly but steadily raising the level of the Earth’s oceans, scientists say. They predict it will be only a few years before the Larsen B Ice Shelf – at 1,600 square kilometers or almost 618 square miles – completely disengages from the ground and breaks into hundreds of icebergs.

Two-thirds of the 10,000 year-old shelf is already gone, said Ala Khazendar, the study’s lead scientist. "This is a clear indication of the enormity of changes that are taking place in the Antarctic Peninsula and elsewhere in Antarctica," he said.

Ice shelves are giant frozen platforms that hang over the edges of the Antarctica continent, supported by ocean water below. The largest of them is almost as big as France.

Khazendar said three glaciers that supply the Larsen B shelf with ice are thinning and gaining speed.

"From our study, now we know that these glaciers are flowing faster and most likely they are putting more ice into the ocean," said Khazendar, who led a team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

Using sophisticated airborne instruments, including radar, scientists already have noticed new cracks in the ice that were not there when they submitted their findings nine months ago.

The disintegration is “happening fast and it's just a matter of years,” Khazendar said.

The study was published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

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Conservatives rap U.S. Export-Import Bank

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Congressional squabbling intensified Tuesday over a controversial U.S. government agency that promotes American exports.

Conservative critics of the U.S. Export-Import Bank have called the agency a waste of taxpayers’ money and a needless intrusion into the free market.

The bank provides loan guarantees and other services that help foreign customers of U.S. companies purchase American-made goods and services. Sixty other nations that compete with the United States operate similar export-support agencies.

House Finance Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling said the bank picked economic winners and losers, a task he said was better left to the free market.

The Texas Republican also said most of the bank’s resources went to help a small number of huge companies that were well-connected politically and should not need government help.

“We want an economy where your success is dependent on how hard you work on Main Street, not who you know in Washington," said Hensarling.

The bank’s charter is expiring, and without congressional action, it will go out of business at the end of June. Republican Jim Jordan from Ohio said that was fine with him. “All Congress has to do is what Congress does best – nothing. And this thing  goes away,” he said.

Some bank supporters told a subcommittee hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Export-Import's actions supported 64,000 U.S. jobs last year and make important economic contributions in Texas, South Carolina, Massachusetts and across the nation.

Export-Import President Fred Hofberg said most of bank’s customers were small companies, including firms that sell ice cream, fire trucks, small aircraft, pickles and many other products.

He said the bank charged fees for its services, and has set aside billions of dollars to cover losses from loan defaults. Hofberg said Export-Import was profitable and has also sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the U.S. Treasury.
More hearings are scheduled before both House and Senate committees in early June.