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After 30 years, La Penca case still holds mysteries
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This Friday will be the 30th anniversary of La Penca bombing, the failed assassination attempt on Edén Pastora, then the leader of the southern Contras who was called Comandante Cero.

Pastora suffered injuries, but seven persons, including three news staffers, died from the explosion during a press conference. One was Linda Frazier, a reporter for The Tico Times and wife to the Costa Rican bureau chief for The Associated Press.

The scene was at a rebel camp on a finca called La Penca across the Río San Juan in Nicaragua.

This was during the time that the United States was attempting to oust the Daniel Ortega regime in Nicaragua on the claim that he was a puppet of Moscow. The Cold War continued to rage. Some accused the United States for wanting to silence Pastora. U.S. citizens living in Costa Rica also were accused of complicity.

The case still is an enigma with conspiratorial allegations that surpass any current spy movie.

• Pastora has ended up working for Ortega in dredging the Río San Juan, a situation that caused Costa Rica to file an International Court of Justice case. Some say Ortega gave Pastora the job to earn forgiveness for the bombing.

• Two U.S. citizens here, Tony Avirgan, who was a victim of the bombing, and Martha Honey, tried to pin the bombing on the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. They were principals in a 1986 U.S. federal court case that failed legally but appears to have exposed the Iran Contra Connection to the public. The Christic Institute that carried the suit forward received a $1 million fine and penalty.

• The Costa Rican legislature investigated, and in July 1989 then-president Oscar Arias issued a directive barring Oliver North, President Ronald Reagan’s counter-terrorism coordinator, and others from Costa Rica forever.  In addition to North, those barred from entering the country were Maj. Gen. Richard Secord; John Poindexter, the former national security adviser; Lewis Arthur Tambs, then the U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica; and the former CIA director in Costa Rica, Joseph Fernandez.

• Allegations arose that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration helped John Hull flee Costa Rica to avoid a murder trial. Hull was investigated and was one of several suspects in the La Penca bombing. A U.S. government report later said that agency pilots were involved in his
escape but added that the pilots said they did not know Hull was wanted at the time. Hull owned a sprawling ranch with an air strip in northwest Costa Rica near the Nicaraguan border that was used as a supply point for Contra rebels.

• Many of the allegations raised in the wake of the bombing, such as Contra smuggling of cocaine to the United States, surfaced again in 1996 when reporter Gary Webb published his "Dark Alliance" series in the San José Mercury News. Webb said the smuggled cocaine found its way as crack into Los Angeles neighborhoods and provided income for the Contras. Faced with scorn from colleagues, Webb killed himself. A later CIA internal investigation supported many of his conclusions.

• A Miami Herald reporter in 1993 managed to confirm that the bomber was Vital Roberto Gaguine, an Argentine leftist now believed to have been working for Ortega's Sandinista government. He was reported to have been killed in Argentina in 1989, but others have said they saw him later in Costa Rica.  Gaguine used the name of Hansen to infiltrate the Pastora press conference.

* Costa Rican officials investigated the bombing extensively and ended up unsuccessfully seeking the extradition from the United States of a CIA operative and Hull.

• Peter Torbiörnsson, a Sandinista sympathizer and La Penca survivor, came forward in 2009 to accuse the Ortega regime of engineering the bombing. He produced a documentary, “Last Chapter: Goodbye, Nicaragua,” supporting his claim. Ortega was not directly involved but his security forces were, according to Torbiörnsson, a Swede, who helped  Gaguine learn about Costa Rica.

• Costa Rican judicial officials have closed the book on the case. A formerly secret F.B.I. report released under the Freedom of Information Act is so heavily censored as to be useless.

• The date of the bombing has been designated the journalists' national day in Costa Rica, the Día Nacional del Periodista.

A British journalist who had survived, Susan Morgan, made a documentary about her experience in 1988, and wrote a book three years later. Jorge Quirós, a Channel 7 cameraman, and his assistant Evelio Sequeira, also died in the bombing.

To mark the day this year, the Cruz Roja and the  Colegio de Periodistas scheduled a seminar starting at 8:45 a.m. to provide tips for reporters and camera operators who might be working in violent areas.


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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The public school teacher strike continues today even though the central government was supposed to deposit funds to cover non-payment and under payments.

The Sindicato de Trabajadoras y Trabajadores de la Educación Costarricense said Monday night that teachers will gather again at various places in the country today. This may mean more highway and street blockages.

In San José the gathering will be sought of the La Merced church, most likely in Paseo Colón.

The teacher union noted that the only action that can end the strike would be a decision by all the teachers.

These regional assemblies also will provide the union leadership information as to whether teachers have been paid. The union has set up a system of email and other methods so that teachers can report under payments or lack of payments.

The Ministerio de Educación Pública was supposed to begin making electronic payments at 8 p.m. starting with the regular salaries. Teachers have complained about lack of payment or underpayments since January.

The strike began May 5.


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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The director of the Judicial Investigating Organization presented lawmakers Monday with a new draft of the agency's organic law. The director, Francisco Segura, said among other things, that his employees should have at least a university degree.

He also wants to create regional directors and an internal disciplinary tribunal.

The presentation was to the Comisión Permanente de Asuntos Jurídicos.

The proposal includes the creation of an office of plans and operation that would work closely with the Ministerio Público, the prosecutors.

Any additional expense as a result of these changes could be offset by taking a piece of the goods that are confiscated in drug cases, according to the plan.


Foreign ministry moving
to provide services in Brazil

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An estimated 4,000 to 6,000 Costa Ricans will be going to Brazil next month for the World Cup soccer championship. So the foreign ministry is setting up temporary consulates in key cities.

Right now there is just one Costa Rican consulate in Brasilia and honorary consuls in Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. World Cup games are being played in many Brazilian locations, but the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto is setting up the temporary consulates in cities where the Costa Rican national team may play. These include Fortaleza, Natal, Recife, Santos and Belo Horizonte.

Another consulate will be in Santos where the national team will practice.

Consulates handle problems like lost passports, injured or dead citizens and other situations facing their citizens.

Víctor Monge Chacón, the Costa Rican ambassador in Brazil, will represent the country in official activities related to the World Cup, the ministry said.

The ministry also is suggesting that Costa Rican citizens carry photocopies of their passport and leave the original in a secure location when they are in Brazil.


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Workmen were installing this pipe Monday.

Interamericana Norte open
for passenger cars and buses

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Ruta 1, the Interamericana Norte was closed Sunday and much of Monday at Cerro Cambronero, which is at kilometer 77 of the key highway.

The reason was another slide and the loss of part of the asphalt.

The Consejo Nacional de Viliada is doing a 600 million-colon job that included putting a large pipe under the highway to solve the problem.

This is the site where there have been frequent washouts, and road officials have been designing a solution since a similar slide in March, they said.

The roadway was supposed to be opened by Monday night but only to passenger vehicles and public transport. Larger trucks were being asked to use Ruta 27, the Caldera highway.

The road closing was not as big a crisis as it would have been five years ago because the Caldera highway is in service.

In addition to the drainage pipe, workmen are installing retaining walls and plan to resurface much of the construction site, they said.

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Contraloría cites concerns with oversight of security firms
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There are major management flaws with Costa Rica's private security services, according to a Contraloría General de la República report released Monday. The country's government accountability office concluded that privatized security, which is regulated by the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública, is mismanaged and underfunded.

A laundry list of faults made up the Contraloría's study, which stated that these oversights greatly increase risks for the general population. Here are some highlighted conclusions:

The security ministry lacks crucial resources to ensure the control and supervision of these private firms are matching guidelines set in the regulatory law, the Ley de Regulación de los Servicios de Seguridad Privados.

Registration information and records are outdated, hampering customers from receiving crucial information that can allow for timely decision-making.

Monitoring instruments used to make inspections do not comply with the law.
There are no regular reports on security personnel, facility location, weapon inventory, and other information necessary for security workers and the firms' clientele.

The study added that no improvements were seen in the last year in areas of control, verification, or supervision of security services. Since the regulatory law was enacted in 2003, private security in Costa Rica has seen exceptional growth. Around 30,000 people and 1,200 companies provide security services, the Contraloría estimated.

Authorities from the public security ministry responded by saying this study was largely carried out by 2012, meaning it should not speak to the new administration's abilities.

The ministry's press office said many of the faults have already been corrected and that they have revoked licenses and cancelled permits for those security businesses deemed as the worst offenders.

Servicios de Seguridad Privados director Elbert González said his team focused on the social area of punishing those that don't comply with laws and making sure security workers are given at least minimum wage. He added that they are working on issues of gun control, including how many registered weapons each security company is permitted. 




Pre-Columbian life


Students from the fifth grade at Saint Jude School receive an introduction to how Costa Ricans lived before Columbus at an educational session in the new Museo de Jade.

The students were the first school group to visit the $21.5 million museum, which opened to the public Monday.

The location of the new museum is on the west side of the Plaza de la Democracia.

Visible in the photo, among other artifacts, are a mano and matate used for grinding corn.

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Two U.S. citizens are detained
in Liberia on cocaine allegation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Two United States citizens were arrested in Libería this weekend on an allegation of transporting cocaine in a vehicle. Fuerza Pública officers detained the pair, identified as Jesse Goges and Steve Little, along with three Costa Ricans.

One was a 17-year-old girl who police said is involved in a romantic relationship with Goges. Both he and Little are 34 years old, according to a press representative.

Officers found 83 grams of cocaine, around 80,000 colons in cash of suspect origin, two knives, and a firearm registered to a security company in the car, according to the police report. The local police chief said police had them under constant surveillance before the arrest and that officers had the Policía de Control de Drogas test the substance with positive results.

Both men presented officers valid U.S. passports. They, along with the two Costa Rican men, were taken to the Fiscalía de Libería, while the minor was given to the Patronato Nacional de Infancia.

Per fiscalía rule, Goges and Little are temporarily barred from leaving the country. Convictions for crimes of drug transportation and money laundering can merit prison sentences of up to 15 years.
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Online gambling, legal and illegal, said to be $1 trillion-a-year industry
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Next month’s World Cup in Brazil will not only bring worldwide cheering.
 
It’s also bound to set off a global betting frenzy – one that now involves international sports of most every kind.
 
“Taking the illegal market, the under-regulated grey market, and the totally legal market together, it’s really close to a trillion dollars annually gambled on sports today,” said Chris Eaton, director of sports integrity from the International Center for Sport Security in Qatar and the Sorbonne in Paris.
 
Analysts say that a billion dollars was bet worldwide on the 2010 World Cup title match.

And, the 2014 playoffs are expected to generate a handle even higher than that.
 
Eaton said the betting action on just one football league alone – Britain’s Premiere League – comes to more than a billion dollars a year.
 
Huge quantities of money attract criminal elements.  So it is with sports wagering.
 
A Sports Security report says that sports betting is used worldwide by organized crime syndicates to launder some $140 billion a year.
 
It also says 80 percent of the total global sports wagering activity is illegal.
 
The rise of the Internet over the past 20 years has added even more gambling activity, according to the report, which says the web now handles 30 percent of the action.
 
Instead of having to seek out illegal bookmakers or go to legitimate betting shops, such as Britain’s Ladbrokes and William Hill, bettors only need a computer and a credit card.
 
Britain, according to the study, has the greatest number of online gambling licenses – 114 operations. Malta was second, with 86.
 
Along with making wagering easy, the Internet has enabled criminal elements to set up global betting operations that siphon off and send profits to anonymous bank accounts in lax-regulated countries.
 
The report also says legal sports betting is only adding about $6 billion to national tax coffers globally, a tiny fraction of the total take.
 
The ICSS-Sorbonne report says Asia accounts for 53 percent of the world’s illegal gambling, largely because most East Asian countries do not allow legal wagering.
 
That’s why casinos in places such as Macao attract huge numbers of bettors from mainland China.
 
And, it turns out that illicit betting shops – bookmakers -  and legal betting houses are linked together in a form of risk management that is similar to what is done in the insurance industry, where big firms backstop the smaller ones.
 
“So, you’ve got dense networks of street bookmakers throughout countries like China and Vietnam,” said David Forrest, a gambling analyst at the University of Salford in Britain.
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“And those small guys tend to take the stake and quickly pass it on up a chain so they don’t handle the risk themselves,” he said. “And at the top of this chain lie legal bookmakers, who are registered in the Philippines, the five biggest bookmakers in the world.”

The Philippines is an international wagering hub because the regulatory environment in that country is relatively weak.
 
Huge amounts of cash can move in and out without much difficulty, analysts say.
 
Illegal gambling has taken on some of the practices of Wall Street where hedge fund traders may take positions both for and against a particular stock or security to help ensure that they win regardless of the outcome.
 
“Illegal bookmakers will collect their bets,” said University of South Florida sports betting analyst Richard Borghesi, “and if they wind up with a negative position on one side or the other, they will lay off their risk by betting on the opposite teams in the legalized gambling market.”

Borghesi said legal sports betting in Nevada and other locations has made such hedging relatively easy.
 
But skimming cash from the handle and other illicit activities are not the only fraud paths.
 
Analysts Forrest cites a scam that took place in January 2012 that created a fictitious match between Turkmenistan and the Maldives.
 
The operators posted advertisements for the game to attract bettors, collected cash, and then created a phony play-by-play broadcast of the game so gamblers could follow the action.
 
The final score, Turkmenistan won by 3-2, was an outcome designed to give the perpetrators the biggest possible take.
 
The ICSS-Sorbonne study says the sports gambling industry needs to develop international reporting and accountability systems much like those that have been established in recent decades in the global financial markets.
 
“We need the same sort of cooperative model operating in the gambling side and the bookmaking side of international sports,” said the ICSS’ Eaton. “So we can see exactly who was transacting what – and how – so you can pick the anomalies.”

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Drop in to see some of Costa Rica's finest art
at the largest gallery in Guanacaste.

The Hidden Garden Art Gallery near the Liberia airport is a great place to find quality remembrances of Costa Rica to take home or to decorate your home or office in Costa Rica.  We also offer commissioned pieces so you can create your own unique masterpiece to cherish forever.  With more than 60 artists on exhibit and fine art in 15 rooms full of paintings, prints, sculptures, and diverse artistic expressions, we are easy to locate just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport. Visit our Web site at
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Gallery hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tel. 2667-0592 / 8386-6872; U.S. telephone 702-953-7073. International shipping available.
8199-4/6/14

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

Meet many Expats who are willing to share their experiences and how the tour has value long after the “lust” wears off.
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Ask the others what you get for your money, and then compare the quality of accommodations, quality, quantity and variety of food and drink to measure the best value for your money. 

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

Please visit my Web site  to contact my references.
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We are looking for a person with good manners, medical student, exchange program student or a foreigner, to share my house. We offer you: Two bedrooms, breakfast and dinner. You will have Internet and TV cable. We have laundering service and cleaning service. All of this only for $35 per night per person!!. Please call: (+506) 8313-3472 or 6116-3218. Or email: alvaradoleonor@gmail.com Thanks you!!!
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Full furniture, AC, security, rooftop swimming pool, 2 parking space, good location: Escazú near district 4. Close to mall, hotels, restaurants and business centers (Grupo Roble). 8336-7762 or email NoushinRavery@yahoo.com.
8363-6/19/14

Tropical Paradise in downtown San José
$485 per month.

The apartments are located in the heart of San Pedro, just a few minutes from the capital, San José. We are close to everything: banks, food, supermarkets, transportation, many language schools, Humans’ Rights Court, United Nations, Oscar Arias Foundations, the Defense
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of Children, the University of Costa Rica, VERITAS, U. Latina and other private universities. We provide a positive friendly and quiet atmosphere which includes gardens, parking, security, laundry/cleaning services, high speed (2 mega bytes) Wireless DSL Internet/active cable T.V. connections 
with 90 channels (TV not included). The apartments include the following: one bedroom, kitchen/dining/living room area, bathroom (with hot shower), refrigerator, coffee maker, toaster, stove top, basic kitchen supplies, basic furnishings and all linens. We also offer 100 percent free, unlimited phone calls to U.S.A., Canada,  and Puerto Rico. 3 MONTH MINIMUM CONTRACT.    Contact us at 506-8818-2004    or  506-8302-1499   villalakshmi@gmail.com  Check our Web site, www.villalakshmi.com, for more info.
8360-6/13/14

Apartments Lemur
Apartment Lemur for rent
San Francisco de Dos Rios, El Bosque, furnished, 2-bedroom, 1-bath apartment, quiet area, free cable TV, WiFi. large patio area, swimming pool, parking, security. Close to San José. $440/month. Retired persons preferred. Call 8375-6838.
Email: jorge.jorgejim@gmail.com.
8349-6/2/14


oranic farm
$800 plus utilities, 2-bedroom, 2-bath house, fully furnished, Internet included, cable TV available. Inside organic farm, safe and secure. In the country but close to town. Santa Barbara de Heredia, Email for more info and pictures. Long term, NO DOGS. organicfarmhouserental@gmail.com
8337-6/14/14

Beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bathroom American-style apartments with an elevator to your front door in a secure building located in Gringo Gulch the American Section of downtown San José. Costa Rica. Located between the Hotel Del Rey, the Hotel Mona Lisa and the Sportsman's Lodge and The Zona Blue (AKA) Little Habana across the street from Harry's Poas Bar, and next to the Holiday Inn.
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 There are 15 restaurants and American- style bars on this block and four supermarkets within a few blocks. There are 5 casinos within 2 blocks and dozens of hotels around this apartment. Included in your rental price, fast Internet, the best they have in Costa Rica, cable TV with 80 stations, water, washer
 and dryer. All you pay extra for is electricity. You have your own meter and receive a bill from the electric company every month.  This apartment has a American-style hot water system, hot water in both bathrooms and the kitchen. There is a 25-foot balcony to sit on and watch the people in San José walk by. The neighborhood Barrio Amón is the safest in San José For photos and more information contact:  rentnowcr@gmail.com.
8357-5/28/24

Gorgeous views, safe and peaceful, above Alajuela
 4-
bedroom, three-bath house for rent, near Pura Vida Yoga Center. Perfect weather, great views, nice neighbors. Two phone lines. Internet access through Cable Tica. Long-term rental only. $900 plus utilities. Click HERE for more information. Contact noelsusana@yahoo.com
8299-5/1/14

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
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We are offering homes for every budget and every need.
Please visit our Web page at www.tropicalhomesofcostarica.com or contact us at rentals@tropicalhomesofcostarica.com
or call at (506) 2654-5442.
8267-8/17/14

100 houses

CARIARI AND LINDORA areas, nice garden apartments, furnished or not, ideal for small family, couple/singles. US $1,000 and up. Email  1000houses@ice.co.cr   Tel. 8383-6388.
8241-3/7/14

ALAJUELA – SERENE LIVING
MONTHLY $800 TO $1,200

Villas Casa Loma has everything you are looking for.  Best vistas, climate, value.  Four unique homes in a secure private compound on a ridge near Alajuela overlooking the entire Central Valley.  Two are available fully furnished and equipped, each a complete home accommodating 4 persons in two bedrooms with ensuite baths.  Pool, rancho, mirador, other features.  Ask about part-month rates.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See virtual tour of accommodations HERE!
Get to know the real Costa Rica – you may want to live here someday.
9229-3/3/14

Los Arcos gated community 2 bedroom 2 bath apartment $500 monthly. aAso efficiency apartment $300 month. dogfood@carolina.rr.com 8841-1606
8222-2/21/14




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Pope to meet abuse victims
next month in Vatican City


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pope Francis has announced that he will meet with sex abuse victims next month at the Vatican, saying he has zero tolerance for those responsible for such crimes.

Speaking to reporters on his way back from the Middle East Monday, Francis said three bishops are being investigated for abuse-related reasons. He gave no details, but said there will be no privileges for church officials facing charges.

Francis said a priest who abuses a child betrays the body of God, calling it a satanic Mass.

This will be Francis' first meeting as pope with victims of sex abuse. The scandal and cover-up is still shaking the Catholic Church more than a decade after many of the victims started going public.


Three persons still sought
in western Colorado slide


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Rescue teams are searching for three people missing after a large mudslide struck late Sunday in the western U.S. state of Colorado.

The mudslide is estimated to be three kilometers wide, 6.5 kilometers long and 76 meters deep in an unpopulated area near the town of Collbran, about 64 kilometers east of the city of Grand Junction.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said rescuers raced to the scene, but slowed operations after nightfall.

Heavy rain fell on the area during the previous two days, and "likely contributed to the cause of the slide," according to the Sheriff’s Department.
 
The avalanche occurred about two months after a massive mudslide hit the Washington state community of Oso on March 22, killing 43 people.


Clippers' owner reported
to have transferred team

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

News reports said that Donald Sterling has transferred his ownership stake in the Los Angeles Clippers to his estranged wife, Shelly.

The reports – by sources not authorized to comment on the negotiations – said that Shelly Sterling was negotiating the sale of the team but wanted to retain a minority interest.

That creates a complicated mix for the National Basketball Association.  Commissioner Adam Silver has banned Sterling for life after his secretly recorded racist rant against African American players, including former star Magic Johnson.

Sterling has been charged with damaging the league and causing it to come into disrepute through his comments. So far, Sterling has refused to pay the $2.5 million fine, which also violates the NBA constitution and the agreement he signed as a team owner.

But a prolonged court fight could be bad for the league as well.  Roshini Rajkumar is a licensed attorney and the author of "Communicate That! Your Toolbox for Powerful Presence."  She said that the last thing the NBA wants is a drawn-out fight with the Sterlings.

“This certainly does not help the NBA in any way," she said. "It reminds us – every time one team gets a strike against it, reporters dig up all the other bad things that have happened in the NBA so you are seeing those anecdotes come back to life because of the Sterling controversy,” Ms. Rajkumar said.

Technically, the Clippers are owned by the Sterling Family Trust, in the names of Donald and Shelly Sterling.  And Commissioner Silver said the league’s actions were against Donald Sterling only.

But players want both Sterlings to lose any control of the team.  Miami Heat star player LeBron James said the sooner the Sterlings are gone, the better.

“I mean it’s very important," James said. "We don’t want this lingering around our sport. It sucks that it happened, but the players the owners and everyone associated with this game – there’s no need for it so, the quicker it gets done, the quicker we can move on," he added.

But moving on might not be as simple as getting rid of Donald Sterling.  Last week, controversial Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told Inc. Magazine that if he saw “a black kid in a hoodie, and it’s late at night, I’m walking to the other side of the street.” Cuban said he would also avoid what he called “a bald white guy with tattoos on the street.”

Cuban has not said how he will vote in Sterling’s case, but many observers have defended his comments because the Mavericks’ owner said to charge someone else with racism while harboring racist thoughts made him a hypocrite.

Roshini Rajkumar says that a prolonged court fight with Donald Sterling would not be good for the league’s image.

“I don’t know that a lot of owners are going to want to open themselves up to the depositions that could follow if they decide to forcibly oust him," she said. "And then his legal team might come back at them and then fully open up the lids of every other team and other possible racial behavior or misdeeds of the other owners,” Ms. Rajkumar said.

LeBron James says that players are hoping the situation is resolved quickly.

“I mean we all hoped that it would go fast but we also know the judicial system as well and litigations can go on from time to time to time," James said after a Miami practice.  "So obviously you have to be patient with that.  But we are all optimistic that it will go faster,” he added.

Sterling has to respond to the NBA’s charges by today. He also has the right to appear at a June 3 hearing in New York and to make a presentation to the league before it votes whether or not to terminate his ownership.

A three-quarters vote of the league owners is needed to strip Sterling of the team. The league says the same is true if Shelly Sterling owns the Clippers.


Gunmen kill U.S. doctor
visiting graves in Pakistan

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Gunmen in Pakistan have shot dead a visiting American doctor from the minority Ahmadi sect in front of his wife and toddler son.

Two gunmen riding a motorcycle shot Mehdi Ali Qamar numerous times early Monday while he was visiting family graves in the town of Chenab Nagar in Pakistan's Punjab province.

Qamar was a naturalized U.S. citizen who lived in Columbus, Ohio.  He had just arrived in Pakistan Saturday to visit family and volunteer at a cardiac hospital.

The cardiologist and his family belonged to the Ahmadi sect of Muslims whose members were officially declared to be heretics under Pakistan's law in the mid-1970s.

Members of the Ahmadi sect follow the self-proclaimed prophet Ghulam Ahmad and consider themselves Muslims.  They are forbidden from presenting themselves as Muslims by Pakistani law, and they have long been targeted by Islamic extremists.

Qamar's killing is the latest in scores of attacks carried out by hardline Islamists targeting members of minority communities in Pakistan, including Shia Muslims.  The attacks are carried out by hardline members of the Sunni Muslim community, which represents Pakistan's majority population.


Survey of tree varieties
can help assess carbon

By the University of Edinburgh news service

Carbon offsetting initiatives could be improved with new insights into the make-up of tropical forests, a study shows.

Scientists studying the Amazon Basin have revealed unprecedented detail of the size, age and species of trees across the region by comparing satellite maps with hundreds of field plots.

The findings will enable researchers to assess more accurately the amount of carbon each tree can store.

This is a key factor in carbon offset schemes, in which trees are given a cash value according to their carbon content, and credits can be traded in exchange for preserving trees.

Satellite maps of the world’s forests don’t contain enough information about their carbon content. Developing understanding of this aspect of forests, in the Amazon and elsewhere, could be hugely important.

Existing satellite maps of the area have estimated trees’ carbon content based largely on their height, but have not accounted for large regional variations in their shape and density.

Researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and Leeds, who led the research, say their findings could help quantify the amount of carbon available to trade in areas of forest.

This could help administer carbon offsetting more accurately, and improve understanding of how much carbon is stored in the world’s forests, which informs climate change forecasts.

Scientists studied a database of thousands of tree species, taken from more than 400 hectare-sized plots across the nine countries of the Amazon Basin, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname and Venezuela.

The survey was developed as part of a sister project, known as RAINFOR, involving more than 200 researchers across the region.

Their research found that forests in the basin’s northeast on average stored twice as much carbon as those in the southwest, as a result of soil, climate and species variation.

The northeast has slow-growing, dense-wooded species, while the southwest is dominated by light-wooded trees with faster turnover.

Scientists say this highlights the need to recognize that carbon is not distributed uniformly in the forest.

The study, funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, was published in Global Ecology and Biogeography.

 Satellites can’t see species, but species really matter for carbon. This is the big challenge for the next generation of satellite and field scientists, researchers said. New satellites will be launched soon that will be more sensitive to forest structure and biomass, but scientists must ensure we have sufficient ecological ground data to correctly interpret and use them, they said.

 
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For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 4030-5480 or 8339-2112. www.costaricarealtyone.com
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Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
 
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8352-8/13/14

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Tiliran property
Turnkey commercial/apartment building for sale in San Luis, Tilaran, Guanacaste. In a corporation. 100 percent occupancy and all permits in place. Great opportunity to gain investor status residency. New construction - 2012. Consists of three studio apartments upstairs with lake view and 4 storefronts on ground level, including laundry service, soda, consigment store. Comes with purchase or start your own business while you live in one of the apartments. $308,000. Please email tierrasmorenaslou@yahoo.com
8257-8/17/

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Stunning organic ocean view home site in San Ramón
2.93 acres, only $60,000

Gorgeous homesite on organic land available for quick sale! Only 10 minutes to downtown San Ramón and within a terrific private community. Close to town but away from it all! Features amazing views of the ocean, great sunsets every night and privacy. Multiple building spots. Comparable lots in the area are selling for $75,000 to over $100,000! At 11,864 square meters, or $5 per square meter, this is a great investment too! This lot is priced to move! Looking for a quick sale, so no tire kickers please! See Web site for additional information and photos. or email bizcr@hotmail.com
Tel: CR (506) 8350-7647
8369-6/26/14

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Tropical lots located walking distance to a beautiful white sandy beach
Only $49,999 with interest-free financing
These lots are located in a gated, private community with low HOA dues and offer amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to Playa Conchal and Pirates beaches.  And only 20 minutes to the resort town of Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia International airport. Reserve your lot with only a $1,500 deposit.  We are offering Interest-free financing for 5 years for a limited time only. Contact: Christian  info@puntaplayavistas.com 
U.S. (732) 962-6525 or CR (506) 8349-2025    www.puntaplayavistas.com
8372-8/23/14

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Reduced $199,999
Gorgeous 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built energy green. 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 beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort town Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double pane windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom cabinets. Contact www.puntaplayavistas.com or email info@puntaplayavistas.com 
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8271-8/23/14

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For Sale by Owner: Playa Conchal ocean view home reduced $339,999

Casa de Eden is  2,600 square feet with 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, outdoor shower, private outdoor terrace and pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure, gated community surrounded by nature and close to the resort town of Tamarindo, only an hour from Liberia airport.  The home is being offered fully furnished with: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire Professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, internet, cable. 
Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. (732) 984-7549
or CR (506) 8349-2025.
8370-8/3/14

Belen home
Comfortable in Costa Rica
Asuncion de Belen. Home in exclusive Residencial La Jolla.  Gated community with controlled access,  security 24/7. Resort swimming pool and gym. Spacious and elegant finishes, private jacuzzi and social areas. 3 bedrooms. 2.5 baths.  Private gardens. Conveniently located close to airport, shopping, bilingual schools, Intel and Duty Free Zones. 322m2 on 249m2 corner lot. Lease with purchase option  $3,400/ $449,000 USD. Contact owner at 8309-2000 for details or email rafa@rafacr.com.
9368-6/4/14



Residential Del Monte (San Rafael de Heredia)
Close to Hotel Tirol and El Castillo Country Club. 1,804 m2 lot  (19,418 sq. ft.) 
replacement
It has two fronts to different roads in the neighborhood  Front 36 meters, back 33 meters. 95 percent flat All utilities available. Paved roads. Price: $135,000.  More information please call:  506 8853-0000 or email:  jpmata2000@yahoo.com
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8340-6/15/14

Large estate on island with sea view !!!
Located on the Big Island and five minutes from the center of Golfito on boat.  The large land has three hills with forest in which there are many trees and animals such as parrots, parakeets and monkeys.!!   It has a beautiful view
island one
of downtown Golfito , mountains and sea. It has three entry beach options. Your own beach,  large land with fruit trees, livestock grazing.Mangrove front with lots of fish, snapper, etc. Also access to your own part of sea with full of  seafood: pianguas, cambutes, chuchecas, clams, etc. .  Natural beauty is a paradise to live, walking, diving, fishing, horse riding, climbing to the mountains, swimming in the creek or the sea, exploring
the land, animals and trees, etc.  Your paradise is here for you, your family or develop your own rain forest country club. This is  the place of your dreams !  The full land measures 119,284 m2. All legal papers and blueprints are ready to get a new owner.   Property has its own water and  ready to instal solar panel or electric  power plant.     It is Isla Grande - Segura, diagonal to grazing
 Puntarenitas Beach in Golfito for sale at $1.500.000 U.S. Further information contact : Raquel or Maria Ester at  rakell.leon6@gmail.com, Local phone numbers: +506 8690-2325   or  +506  8673-0112.
8361-8/15/14

Casa Fiesta
Caribbean Beachfront Home and Apartment  Puerto Viejo
 Right on the Beach!
Ranch style home with detached garage and apartment Air-conditioned home sleeps 4, apartment sleeps 2 ,  3 baths, hot water showers  Fenced-in property with pool, screened in patio  Turnkey....Everything is included with the sale!   Washer/dryer, furniture, appliances, tools, household items and linens, bicycles, and even a vehicle! Great income potential also  259,000 US Please visit our Web site for many more photos go to: http://www.casafiestacostarica.com  Email inquires to:   suez2cats@hotmail.com
8358-8/8/14

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This is a great opportunity
Get your home in one of the best locations. Four-bedroom condo near Universidad de Costa Rica, ULatina & UFidelitas   $$165.000 USD.  24/7 gate security with in-home alarm, three levels, parking for two cars and play area for children. First Level: Living room/dining room, kitchen with breakfast bar, laundry room, patio/garden with roof, storage area, & guest bathroom. Second Level: Large master bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in closet, two additional bedrooms, linen closet, full bathroom. Third Level: Large fourth bedroom or TV room, full bath, large storage attic, spacious roofed balcony and breathtaking views of mountains to the east, south, west. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987 / U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458 . C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email: sjogringo@yahoo.com
8354-8/13/14

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New amazing, modern, eco-friendly three-bedroom, three-bath executive modern home perched on your own small mountain.  270-degree ocean view with unbelievable teak-look concrete deck, to the RED 48-foot fiberglass infinity lap pool. Separate covered deck with pool table. Guest house with kitchen, Jacuzzi, outdoor shower. Exquisite entryway of 20-foot rock wall and electric gate, with video feed. Large work garage separated from house. Guardhouse. Hidden metal shutters to secure the property for weeks. Private registered well. Inside/outside kitchen. Propane fire pits. Several water features including a waterfall and a water bubble wall. Property can be purchased stand-alone with the house at $550K, or the whole mountain for further development at $950K.  Contact drako13@me.com
8344-5/23/14

Selva Rio
SELVA RIO ESTATES (SRE) www.selvarioestates.com is a 10-lot  development with lots starting at $65,000US. You know what they say "Location, Location, Location." Well SRE is  located only 10 kms. from Atenas (best climate in the entire world!),  only 3 kms. from Highway 27 access, only 3 kms. from grocery stores and restaurants, only 35 kms. (30 min) from SJO airport, only 50 kms. from  Pacific Ocean, only 42 kms. from Escazu, 0  kms. from gorgeous country living with nature!  Contact the developer at selvarioestates@hotmail.com or call 8704-6106. We can help you build your dream home now!
8341-6/22/14

Beautiful Survival Farm with panoramic Pacific views
In the heartland of one of the world's five blue zones, Nicoya. 12 acres with ample space for planting, natural forest, own perennial waters, public road yet hidden access, electricity. Fire sale 59,000 USD   axelspecial@gmail.com
8333-5/9/14

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Another 'live in the view' home in Puriscal
$179,900 includes:
Lot on river, concrete road, custom kitchen & bath with granite counter tops, PEX plumbing, 2” Styrofoam, sandwiched in steel roof, 4” concrete/recycled Styrofoam & steel walls, laminated, bronzed windows, custom wood doors, appliances and all transfer taxes, and fees.

2, 900 sq feet under roof, 1,250 sq feet inside walls, 2 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, laundry room, three separate patio areas, covered carport, shade trees, in upscale, secure project.  This project has river with protected areas & walkways. It is only 10 minutes on all paved roads to Santiago de Puriscal, 45 minutes to La Plaza Mall/Hospital CIMA and SJO airport, and 1 ½ hours to Pacific Beaches. It has recently upgraded public water supply and dependable ICE electric and high-speed internet.
Please come visit our projects and meet four new homeowners who have recently moved into their new “live in the view” homes to verify how happy they are and that they all came in under budget. CONTACT: George Lundquist www.costaricaretireonss.com  Home phone: 2417-1041 Cell phone: 8888 4543 Skype glundquist.
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8310-7/1/14

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$499,500 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8309-6/29/14

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 its spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors.  $365,000.00 or rent for $900 per month including WIFI and PLUS utilities.  Long term rentals only please.  Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage.  3 bedrooms/ 2 baths.  Fully furnished   Automatic entry gate.   Custom exotic wood cabinets   High end stainless steel appliances   Granite counter tops  Slide show at   
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For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8305-6/26/14

Esterillos

Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away.  Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails: edumace64@yahoo.es and pdvartanian@aol.com.
8269-5/27/14

Five bedrooms
Puntarenas City, Puntarenas
Beach home central Pacific Ocean
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach.  The home is completely furnished including all linens, kitchen cook ware, pots, pans, all dishes and much much more. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Office with all connections for WiFi,  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes all linens, TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances   Will consider trade for U.S. Property.  Asking  $250,000. 
Call Gary 8784-2945  English only, or email  combrokers@aol.com
8259-8/25/14

Los Reyes home
House for sale in La Guacima, Alajuela
Located on 9th tee of Los Reyes Country Club. Club offers golf, tennis (6 courts), swimming pool, gym and restaurant. Easy access to schools, shopping, hospitals & Caldera highway. One hour to Pacific beaches. House price: US $450,000.00. Contact Bill, Phone 506 -8878-9221  Email: losreyes191@gmail.com Click on the link below for photos and additional details:
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8240-8/6/14

NOW REDUCED TO $595,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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8230-3/13/14

St. Michael
Ocean View estates inside a gated community from $5.94 M2.  Properties start at 39K. NO HOA FEES.  Community salt water modern waterfall swimming pools, organic vegetable gardens, exotic flower gardens, food forest, mature orchards, fresh fish from aquaponics, stables, community center, and much more.  Each lot comes with an edible landscaping including pineapples, plantains, papayas, guanabanas, bananas, and more.  Most lots already have mature mango, lemon, orange, or caimito trees.  This is the most secure community in CR with multiple sources of water, electric, and high speed internet.      www.saintmichaelscostarica.com
8215-7/14/14


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.
8166-5/29/13

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Gingerbread Boutique Hotel and Fine Restaurant For Sale
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A very  famous, highly regarded unique lake view themed boutique hotel consisting of three air conditioned suites with satellite TV and high speed Internet, two themed cottages with garden showers, one large super suite with kitchen and garden shower, managers apartment, restaurant rated one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica {see reviews} and the premier real estate office at Lake Arenal,which puts all its clients in to the hotel, plus room for additional lake view rooms and a pool, all less than a mile from Nuevo Arenal and the public park on the lake.  Go to the Web site for photos and complete information  at  www.gingerbreadarenal.com  This is the finest boutique hotel in Costa Rica in one of the fastest growing areas of all of Central America.  Sale opportunity $750,000.   Contact to :
Terry Moran, Owner Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com 
Office phone: 506 2694-0088  Cell phone: 506 8880-8888 
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8263-8/20/14

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Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

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New use for popular fruit
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The limits of what can be done with a jocote have not yet been reached.

Workers in Aserrí have shown this by creating a chileras de jocote that is being sold commercially. Chilera is a spicy dressing that usually contains more than one type of fruit or vegetable.

The Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de La Uruca de Aserrí generated the idea and Banco Nacional provided the money. Some 80 families produce jocotes, those little green fruits that usually are eaten out of hand.

The problem was to locate a place to process the fruit and train the workers to process them. Then there was the big problem of marketing a new product.

But chileras were just a start. Now the plant is producing some 25 products, including a jocote shampoo, a jocote ice cream and jocote jelly.

The problem with jocotes always has been marketing the gigantic harvests. Some studies suggest that up to 40 percent of the fruit remain on the trees. In 2013 the region generated 2,000 tons of jocotes. The usual season is June through August.



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Foreclosures linked to higher suicide rates

By the Dartmouth University news service

The recent U.S. foreclosure crisis contributed significantly to the nation’s jump in suicides, independent of other economic factors associated with the Great Recession, according to a new study by Dartmouth and Purdue University professors.

“Foreclosures are a unique suicide risk among the middle-aged,” says Jason Houle, an assistant professor of sociology.

The study, appearing in the June issue of the American Journal of Public Health, is the first to show a correlation between foreclosure and suicide rates.

The authors analyzed state-level foreclosure and suicide rates from 2005 to 2010. During that period, the U.S. suicide rate increased by nearly 13 percent, and the number of annual home foreclosures hit a record 2.9 million in 2010.

“It seems that foreclosures affect suicide rates in two ways,” says co-author Jason Houle, an assistant professor of sociology at Dartmouth. “The loss of a home clearly impacts individuals and families, and can arouse feelings of loss, shame or regret. At the same time, rising foreclosure rates affect entire communities because they’re associated with a number of community-level resources and stresses, including an increase in crime, abandoned homes, and a sense of insecurity.”

The impact of foreclosures on the incidence of suicides was strongest among adults 46 to 64 years old. Those in this age group also experienced the highest increase in suicide rates during the recessionary period.