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Posted at 3:15 p.m.

Five men ambushed an environmentalist near Moín late Thursday and carried him off to execution.

The dead man, a Costa Rican, was identified by the last name of Mora by the Judicial investigating Organization. He was 26 and involved in the turtle refugee that is maintained on the beach in that area.

Judicial agents said that Mora was in a vehicle accompanied by three U.S. woman and a Spanish veterinarian. They were traveling to observe and provide help to the turtles. It is not unusual to work with turtles and patrol the beach in the night.

The vehicle was intercepted between  Barra de
 Matina and Moin because someone blocked the road with a tree trunk. When Mora got out of the car he was confronted by the five men, agents said.

The women were taken to an abandoned home. Mora was taken elsewhere. Later the women realized that the two men guarding them had left, so they walked to get help.

Mora was found about 6 a. m Friday by the side of the road with a bullet in his head.

Protecting turtles is controversial in that area because there is along tradition of killing the protected creatures for food and taking the eggs for sale. However, agents have not yet linked the murder to the work at the refugee.  But there have been other incidents there.

Canadian prof disputes CO2 global warming theory
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Canadian climate scientist has broken ranks with many of his colleagues and says that carbon dioxide is not the cause of climate change. He blames instead chlorofluorocarbons, known as CFCs.

The scientist is Qing-Bin Lu, a professor of physics and astronomy, biology and chemistry in Waterloo University's Faculty of Science in Ontario Province.

A release from the university said that the professor's peer-reviewed study had been published in the International Journal of Modern Physics B this week.

Much of the scientific establishment blames what they call global warming on an increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and they usually blame human activities for raising the level.

In a release from the university Lu said that since 2002, global temperatures have actually declined and the decline correlates with a reduction in chlorofluorocarbons over the same period.  The university said the findings are based on in-depth statistical analyses of observed data from 1850 up to the present time, Lu’s cosmic-ray-driven electron-reaction theory of ozone depletion and his previous research into Antarctic ozone depletion and global surface temperatures.

In Costa Rica there is a major effort to make the country carbon neutral by 2021, although the term has not been fully defined. The central government also has received international funds to begin developing a carbon credit system. There also is substantial private investment in firms that will measure the carbon footprint of businesses, for now on a voluntary  basis.

Former U.S. vice president Al Gore has become the leading advocate against human-caused changes in the carbon dioxide level, mainly through his movie "An Inconvenient Truth." He also is involved in carbon trading schemes.

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla has gone on record demanding that First World countries
compensate developing lands because the carbon they produce results in warmer weather and stronger storms.

"Conventional thinking says that the emission of human-made non-CFC gases such as carbon dioxide has mainly contributed to global warming. But we have observed data going back to the Industrial Revolution that convincingly shows that conventional understanding is wrong,” said Lu in a university release. “In fact, the data shows that CFCs conspiring with cosmic rays caused both the polar ozone hole and global warming.”

“My calculations of CFC greenhouse effect show that there was global warming by about 0.6 °C from 1950 to 2002, but the earth has actually cooled since 2002. The cooling trend is set to continue for the next 50-70 years as the amount of CFCs in the atmosphere continues to decline,” he said.

Chlorofluorocarbons concentrations in the atmosphere have been in decline because of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer adopted in 1987. They have been used in the manufacture of aerosol sprays, blowing agents for foams and packing materials, as solvents, and as refrigerants, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Lu says that cosmic rays, not ultraviolet light, break down chlorofluorocarbons, the ozone-depleting molecules, and then ozone. The chlorofluorocarbons are blamed for the so-called Antarctic ozone hole.

“This study underlines the importance of understanding the basic science underlying ozone depletion and global climate change,” said Terry McMahon, dean of the faculty of science. “This research is of particular importance not only to the research community, but to policy makers and the public alike as we look to the future of our climate.” He was quoted in the same release.

The university release is HERE! The bombshell study is certain to generate strong reactions because so many researchers have academic investments in the carbon dioxide theory.


17-story casino-condo complex planned for Jacó
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A ground breaking is scheduled June 20 in Jacó for a 17-story casino resort.

The business, to be known as Croc's, is expected to be in operation by December 2014. The building will be on the north side of the central Pacific community.

Owners are Dag and Jennifer Hascall. He is the owner of a Michigan steel company and other businesses there. His cousin, Rory Hascall, identified as a long-time Las Vegas executive, will operate and manage the business.

A press release said that Dag Hascall owned the property but did not have a solid development plan. That is when Rory Hascall came into the picture. The management team has been spending the last year assembling permits.

Croc's Casino Resort represents an investment of at least $30 million, according to informal sources, and the plan is to hire 300 employees. The release said that this would make the casino the biggest employer in the region.

The firm is planning 152 hotel rooms and 44 condominium residences, it said. The project is being called a Las Vega-style casino with a beachfront pool, restaurants, a disco, a spa, retail shopping and convention facilities.

In keeping with the name, also planned is a habitat for crocodiles. A spokesperson said that the casino operators will be very aware of the health of the reptiles and that veterinarian facilities will be maintained nearby. Approval for this still is pending.

The Jacó area is known for its crocodiles. A major tourist attraction is the overlook on the Costenera bridge over the Río Grande de Tárcoles where crocodiles always are lounging on the mud flats below. Surfers are probably not aware that genetic tests show that male crocodiles at least travel in the
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With the crocodile habitat, tourists will be able to get a much closer look.

Dag Hascall is president of Hascall Steel Co. in Grandville, Michigan. But he is no stranger to overseas projects. A biography provided by the company said that he moved to Katmandu, Nepal, where he operated a firm that manufactured, exported and imported jewelry and handicrafts.

The Costa Rican firm PM Arquitectos designed the structure. Renderings show a three-tone building with bridges connecting some of the upper floors to span an area open to the ocean breezes. The firm has established a Web site and is pre-selling the condos.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Law enforcement expects to have 1,000 persons in the streets when Chinese President Xi Jinping visits early next week.

The Chinese leader will arrive at Juan Santamaría airport Sunday at 8 p.m., according to a schedule announced Thursday. Like Barack Obama, the Chinese president and his wife, Peng Liyuan, will stay at the Hotel Intercontinental in Escazú. The couple will be accompanied by 11 high ranking Chinese officials, said the government here.

A.M. Costa Rica incorrectly reported Thursday that the Chinese president would arrive Friday.

Costa Rican officials noted Thursday that the visit comes on the sixth anniversary of the country establishing diplomatic relations with the Asian giant.

Paseo Colon and Avenida Segunda will be closed to traffic from 11 p.m. Sunday until 8 p.m. Monday, security officials said.

The Chinese delegation leaves Tuesday morning. Public employees are getting a holiday in San José, Montes de Oca and Goicoechea.

Later in the day the visitors meet with legislators and then with Johnny Araya, the mayor of San José. In the afternoon the Chinese president will travel to a farm house because he has said he wanted to see how a representative Costa Rican family lives. The location has not been disclosed.

President Chinchilla will host a state dinner at the Teatro Nacional at 7 p.m.

Costa Rican officials are expecting to sign several agreements with the Chinese and seek funds for various projects.


Country will be working
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country has been invited to apply for membership in the Organisation for Cooperation and Economic Development. Costa Rican officials consider membership in this organization of developed  countries to be a seal of confidence and reflects the country's stability.

The Ministerio de Comercio Exterior has been working for three years to achieve this invitation, which now means the organization will help define the many actions the country must take to join.

The nation's business chamber said it was pleased because membership would give the country a reason to make certain adjustments such as improve transparency. The Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado also said that the experiences of other Latin countries have been beneficial when linked to this organization.


Embassy official to visit

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Vice-consul Daniel Mark of the U.S. Embassy will be in Dominical June 7 to meet with U.S. citizens and brief them on the services offered for them. The session is at 9 a.m. at the Whales and Dolphins Hotel, the embassy said.

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The University for Peace in Ciudad Colón awarded master's degrees in 11 programs to 145 student Thursday.

Attending as a guest was Aristides Royo, the former president of Panamá who served on the school's board of directors. He was awarded an honorary doctorate for his intellectual leadership and dedication to the cause of peace worldwide, said the U.N. sponsored school.

The new graduates come from 43 different countries, said the school.


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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

In reading your lead expat Internal Revenue Service article I think it's important to note that the FBAR form does go to the U.S. Treasury, but you must check the box and let the IRS know you filed one on the 1040 Form. Also, most FBAR filers MUST file the FATCA form and attach that to there 1040s.
 
The FATCA rules are much more comprehensive and this way the IRS has a double backup way of knowing what. Also, a second way to charge a penalty. With two penalty avenues and interest the amount can quickly reach $ 50,000 and become a felony. This can  allow arrests at ports of entry into the U.S.A. at airports and border crossings.
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

In Costa Rica we have four disasters we should be prepared for: earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and flooding.

A major earthquake its not if, but when. The scary thing is if they happen when you are sleeping. You should have many child's plastic whistles around your house or business, many around your beds. They cost 500 colons for a bag full. If your house collapses on you, you can blow on the whistles, and rescuers will find you faster. Most likely you will have something broken, so the faster they can find you the better.

Have flashlights by your bed. Instead of storing your canned food in your kitchen cabinets, store them in your nightstand by your bed or under your bed. Use them as you need them, but when you use one, replace it with a new one or something else. Keep proteins like tuna fish, canned beans, peanut butter, dried nuts, breakfast cereal. No dried rice or beans. They need to be cooked, or you will get sick eating them.

If you need some medicines, have them with your food and some ibuprofen. Have 5-10 plastic containers of water under your bed. You can only live five to seven days without water. You do not want to die from thirst.

Try and think of things you may need. Sadly, most Latin families don't have the money for stored food. But they could have the water and whistles. So many times rescuers don't know where people are buried.

If a earthquake happens in the night, lay in bed, and if you hear things smashing to the floor, get outside, if you can get on your feet. Major earthquakes are so severe you can't get on your feet.

Hug your body to a wall. It's your best shot at surviving. Most people think doorways, but experts say the wall is best bet. Plus a good solid bed can hold debris off of you. A girl survived 21 days after a earthquake because she had some access to water and food.

Next is tsunamis. flooding and hurricanes. This one is cheap and easy: Swim noodles. They sell these as pool toys. They are six feet long and four inches around and cost $1 to $3.  One size fits all, but if  you have small children get smaller ones. They make excellent life jackets. You just loop them around your back and under your armpits with the ends sticking up in the air. They will last forever and will keep your head above water.

I believe if the people who died in these recent water disasters had them, half or more would still be alive today for just a couple of bucks. These pool toys could save thousands of people a year from drowning. Governments could have them at fire houses, police stations, schools or have them ready to drop into potential disaster areas. It would be best if they where florescent green so they could be seen by rescue crews at night better.

A little preparation could save your life. Be prepared.

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By Connie Foss
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Costa Rica serves up its share of little irritations. And on the Caribbean side residents are irritated because garbage pickup is a sometimes event.

In fact, residents are at the point of traveling to BriBri to stage some kind of demonstration at the Talamanca municipal building.  And, they point out, the piles of garbage are obvious enough to affect tourism on which many expats there depend.

The municipal garbage pick-up for the beach villages of Puerto Viejo is chronically late. That has been the case for at least five months.

When contacted by telephone, municipal workers say that the pickup date has been changed. From Monday to Wednesday to Tuesday. But never "today."

Nearly a year ago residents began organizing to clean up the trash, and the problem has existed a long time, not just a year, But the situation seems to be getting worse.

Work is not easy for garbage crews when they have to pick up a couple of weeks worth of plastic bags at the same time. The workers on the trash truck are at least as vague as those in the municipal building.

Once when confronted by a resident, a trash collector said that the pickup day was Monday.
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 Garbage collectors make an unscheduled stop at a Puerto
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"But this is Wednesday," the resident replied.

“There is only one truck, and it comes from Limón," said the worker. "The truck breaks down a lot.”

There was no garbage pickup in the Puerto Viejo area last week and it appears that there will be no pickup this week.

People are concerned about disease, too.


Philosophy blossoms when the physician keeps you in bed
Not long ago I compared hospital emergency rooms with the ninth circle of Dante’s inferno, a place where poor souls waited to see where they would be sent.  This time, after a day and a half watching a stream of troubled beings come and go, I was promoted from emergency to the fifth floor ward for an extended treatment of antibiotics that required two days between intravenous dosages.

I had not eaten in that time and the first morning I was pretty hungry.   I was brought coffee con leche and a butter sandwich made with two slices of white bread.  I was also reading "The Life of Pi" and was just in the part where he was the hungriest and contemplating eating his fellow passenger’s droppings when my breakfast arrived.

On the one hand I could imagine Pi being overjoyed to get bread and butter.  On the other hand, I remembered a friend of mine who opened a very successful sandwich shop.  She told me the secret of a good sandwich was to spread the butter or mayonnaise to the very edge of the bread to keep it moist.  The hospital cook did not know this secret.  I also recalled reading once that the bread and water prisoners a hundred years ago were served was nutritious enough given the quality of wheat, etc. for them to survive.

The woman in the bed next to me was hugely obese diabetic.  She never left her bed, or her back.  Out of necessity she required more attention than the remaining five of us combined. 

With two days and nothing to do, I entertained myself with my thoughts (besides becoming addicted to free cell on my iPad since the Wi-Fi available at the hospital was for doctors, only, I was told). 

For some reason Thomas Kuhn’s theory about paradigms and a lecture I had attended years before by a physicist on the systems theory kept coming together in my perhaps feverish brain.  The world, I felt is headed for disaster unless there is a paradigm shift in the way we perceive things.  (And then Anais Nin entered the conversation with her insightful, “We do not see things as they are, we see them as we are.” ) It was, I thought, necessary to see everything in terms of systems.  No longer could we study single cells and predict their properties and behavior any more than we could study an
Butterfly in the City
 
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animal isolated in a cage and extrapolate that species’ behavior.  The same with a person. 

I attempted to tell the doctor that I was not just an infection and a problem heart.  Those parts of me were part of a system and the whole person needed care so it could work together to get better.  

Hospitals, at their best, are no happy place to be.  My friend Michale told me about her sister-in-law who was in a hospital room for 300 days fighting a losing battle with leukemia.  She so wanted to be at the beach instead of where she was that Michale decorated and furnished her room as if it were at the beach. Doctors and nurses were constant visitors just to enjoy the cheerful change.  My ward was no day at the beach. 

What I really needed was to go home where I could care for all of me. Eventually the doctor agreed and sent me home with some powerful antibiotics to take for the next five days. The day I found myself in the kitchen chopping onions, I knew I was on the mend. 

Thank you to those who were concerned and asked about me.  I missed writing my column as much as I missed my apartment, and even the view of the stadium from my office window.

I am now trying to ignore the lure of free cell and get back to "The life of Pi," appreciating that my situation was not nearly as dire as his.
 
That’s the way it always is, isn’t it?  The last time I was in the hospital I had a private room with TV and got to watch the Katrina disaster unfold in Louisiana.

Maybe it is time we stopped seeking dominion over the world and consider ourselves a part of the whole system, a system that has a lot of sick parts that need help from the healthy parts.

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World Health urges more curbs on advertising tobacco products
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Today is World No Tobacco Day. The message from the World Health Organization to governments around the globe is to ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship. That's to try and prevent children from taking up smoking and to encourage smokers to quit. Tobacco kills nearly six million people every year, and the numbers are only expected to rise.

Costa Rica recently passed such a law prohibiting the advertisement or tobacco and tobacco company sponsorships. Health workers here marched against tobacco Sunday.

Terrie Hall is a former smoker. Her grandchildren will never know what she sounded like before she got cancer. She appears in a public service announcement: "If you're a smoker, I have a tip for you. Make a video of yourself before all this happens. Read a children's story book, or sing a lullaby.  I wish I had."

Hall is part of a new campaign from The U.S. Centers for Disease Control that features stories from former smokers.

Bill Busse is another former smoker. "Last year they amputated my left leg because of poor circulation.  After surgery, I reached down and found that my foot wasn’t there anymore.  That was the day I quit," he recalled.

The campaign has renewed interest in quitting, according to Dr. Thomas Frieden of the Centers. "Quitting smoking is the single most effective thing you can do to improve your health," he said.

But it's hard.  Only 10 percent of smokers will quit in a given year according
 to Joanna Cohen from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.  "Tobacco use is an addictive behavior, and it's a human behavior which is very complex," she explained.  "So just think of any behavior on your own that you want to change, and it's not easy."

That's why the Centers tells smokers to ask their doctors for help.

"My doctors finally helped me quit. Along with my amputation, the doctors prescribed me some medicine and counseling," said Busse.

That's a message the Centers wants people to know.

"They have medications that can double the successful quit rate, and they can connect our patients with resources in the community which they can have on top of that," stated  Jeff Cain, head of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

The U.S. government has been warning people about the harmful effects of tobacco for 50 years.  Other countries are doing the same.  Thailand requires graphic labels on packs of cigarettes.  Turkey and Russia have enacted strong tobacco control laws. 

In Russia, it was only partly due to health care costs, according to Cohen. "Their citizens were dying off early, way earlier than they should be," she said.

The World Health Organization says four out of five tobacco-related deaths are in low and middle-income countries. These countries bear the greatest burden of disease and premature death.  According to World Health, these countries are where the tobacco industry is seeking new smokers.

 
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Marine turtles are among the most endangered species of the world ocean. For a better protection of these fascinating animals, scientists try to understand why turtles return to their birthplace in order to reproduce after rather long distance migrations.

Using molecular tools applied to turtles from the Cape Verde islands, scientists from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel in Germany found that males and females adopt different strategies: while females are very faithful to their island of birth, males appear less selective and mate at multiple locations.

Furthermore, the study published now in the “Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences” demonstrates that females from different islands have different immune genes, suggesting that returning home to reproduce is linked to advantages in parasite resistance. This is the first evidence ever to explain why many migratory animals show this type of behavior.

Worldwide, over 15,000 species are threatened by extinction, and the loggerhead sea turtle is no exception. Once the mysteries surrounding some of the species behavior are resolved, more effective conservation programs can be developed to facilitate their protection. The case of the loggerhead sea turtle is particularly interesting: Why do they migrate for several thousands of kilometers to eventually come back to their place of birth for reproduction after roughly 25 years?

To address this question, a group of evolutionary biologists from GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre focused on the world’s third largest nesting population of the loggerhead sea turtle which is found in the archipelago of Cape Verde. Despite the fact that the species is protected, the number of nesting turtles has been decreasing rapidly due to the slaughter of turtles for their meat, marine pollution, coastal development in nesting areas and fisheries by-catch. Hence, the loggerhead turtle has the “endangered” status on the Red List of Threatened Species.
 
The archipelago of Cape Verde is composed of numerous islands where turtles can be observed. In this study, scientists collected tiny skin samples from turtles on four different islands of the archipelago for analysis. Using multiple genetic tools, the scientists found that Cape Verdean female loggerheads only return to Cape Verde to breed but also to reproduce. “It was fascinating to demonstrate that most female turtles actually return to the exact island where they were born,” said lead author Victor Stiebens.

This outstanding behavior has some advantages for the turtles. The study found that a certain region in the turtle’s genome is responsible for fighting parasites and diseases, the so-called major histocompatibility complex. “Indeed, the study shows that turtles nesting at the most distant islands of the archipelago have different sets of these genes, providing the right genetic make-up to pass to the offspring to fight off the local parasite fauna present in that specific place,” explained senior author Christophe Eizaguirre.

At the same time, always returning to the same island may have detrimental effects for species with small population sizes since it may lead to inbreeding. In this study, the scientists were able to show that males counteract this inbreeding risk by being less selective in choosing their mating places. “Males seem to look for females over large regions of the archipelago, whereas females are more faithful to their place of birth to mate” reports Stiebens. “These gender-specific behaviors assure genetic transfer between the nesting islands but also the existence of genes needed in these local environments” says Eizaguirre.

The conclusions of the study show that returning home to reproduce gives individuals an additional advantage to fight off parasites and diseases, and may thus add a piece to the puzzle of the intriguing journey of marine turtles. “From a conservation perspective, the results suggest that it is very important to not lose any of the nesting colonies as each singular location provides important genetic adaptation for the survival of the entire population in the case of major biotic/abiotic changes in a globally changing environment,” says  Eizaguirre.


U.S. households have not
recuperated from recession

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. central bank has concluded American households have recovered less than half the wealth they had before the country's deep recession in 2008 and 2009.

A regional branch of the Federal Reserve in St. Louis, Missouri, says U.S. families accumulated a net worth of $66 trillion by the end of last year. But it said that amounted to only 45 percent of the total households had amassed in 2007, in the months before the sharpest U.S. downturn since the 1930s.

The Fed said any conclusion the recession's economic damage largely has been repaired is not justified.

With U.S. stock indexes soaring in recent weeks to all-time highs, some experts concluded the country's households had recouped nearly all of the lost wealth. But the new report says stock-market gains primarily have benefited wealthy families.

It said that young people, the less educated, and black and Hispanic people lost the biggest share of their wealth during the recession. The report said their personal debt and difficulty in rebuilding have played a significant role in the country's sluggish economic recovery.

The U.S. jobless rate has been falling, and is now at 7.5 percent, but that is still high by the country's long-term standard. The country's economy, the world's largest, grew by 2.4 percent in the early months of the year.


Sequestration not seen hurting
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tourism in Washington, D.C., was expected to be hurt by the $85 billion of federal budget cuts known as sequestration.  The White House canceled tours, while national parks and museums announced reductions in service, but, the summer tourism season is underway and most visitors are unaffected by the cutbacks.

The number of visitors coming to the National Air and Space Museum has actually increased since the sequester took effect.  The budget for the Smithsonian Institution museums that line the National Mall in Washington was reduced by $42 million, but spokesperson Linda St. Thomas says most tourist-related programs have not been affected.
 
“And so we had to take that out of maintenance and contracts.  We reduced travel.  We reduced a lot of staff activities.  We had a hiring freeze," she said. "So we did all that so that we would have less impact on tourists."

Budget cuts forced the closure of only three exhibits in all 16 Smithsonian museums.  Evening hours have been cut at the National Archives, where visitors can see the original Declaration of Independence.  The most visible effect of sequestration has been the cancellation of White House tours.  But on average, only three percent of the 18 million visitors to Washington every year go on a White House tour.

Marcus Warden, who is visiting from Britain with his family, did not know about the sequester cuts and thought that only foreigners were banned from the tours.

“But the White House tours, we would have liked to do that, but foreign nationals are not allowed to go round at the moment.  So, I do not know why that is," said Warden.

The intent behind the sequestration budget cuts was to impose a level of pain and discomfort that the public would not tolerate and therefore pressure the president and Congress to negotiate a long-term-debt reduction deal.  But David Nathanson, who came from Virginia with his daughter to visit the museums, says that strategy is not working. 

“I think it was a political tool for both parties, and I do not think it has had the impact that many people thought, and I do not think the impact has been far reaching and damaging, and for me it has been pretty transparent," he said.

He and most of the tourists visiting Washington say they are feeling no pain from the sequester budget cuts.


Obama and Bloomberg sent
letters with possible poison

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Secret Service says the White House mail screening facility has intercepted a letter that is similar to the ones sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg that were laced with the deadly poison ricin.

The agency, which protects the president, announced Thursday they have turned over the letter to the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force for testing and investigation.  The agency says the letter was addressed to the White House.
 
Hours earlier, New York City police said two letters sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg tested positive for ricin.

One of the letters was opened Friday at a New York mail processing facility and the other was opened Sunday at the Washington office of Mayors Against Illegal Guns - a Bloomberg-founded organization.

A police spokesman said both letters threatened the mayor and referred to his anti-gun group.  The spokesman said police officers who came in contact with the New York letter showed minor symptoms of ricin exposure.

Last month, ricin-tainted letters were sent to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator and a Mississippi state judge.  A suspect in that case is in custody.


Radiation in space seen
as big danger on Mars trip


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. space agency is relying on findings from an ongoing, unmanned mission to Mars as it shapes plans for a human mission to that planet in the mid-2030s.

As NASA's Mars Science Laboratory sped toward the Red Planet in 2011 and 2012, an instrument called the Radiation Assessment Detector measured radiation levels that a space crew could experience during the long journey.  

New findings published in the journal Science indicate a trip to Mars could subject space travelers to more radiation than NASA allows. Longstanding research shows that exposure to radiation increases a person's risk of developing cancer.

Scientists say one way to reduce radiation exposure is to develop new propulsion technologies that would shorten the time it takes to get to Mars, thereby reducing the time a person is subjected to radiation in deep space.

NASA's deputy director of advanced exploration systems, Chris Moore, says engineers are working on advanced systems that could cut a one-way trip to Mars down from about 250 days to 180 days.

"To get really fast trip times and cut down on the radiation exposure, we would probably need nuclear thermal propulsion, and we're working with the U.S. Department of Energy now to look at various types of fuel elements for these rockets," said Moore. "But it's a long-range technology development activity, and it will probably be many years before that is ready." 

Moore emphasized that nuclear thermal propulsion is part of the current plan to get humans to Mars.  

During the journey through deep space, astronauts would be exposed to two types of radiation that pose potential risks. Galactic cosmic rays are caused by supernova explosions and other high-energy events outside the solar system. Solar energetic particles are linked to solar flares and coronal mass ejections from the sun.

Eddie Semones, the space flight radiation health officer at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, says this requires a two-pronged mitigation approach.

"We need to get there faster to reduce the impact of the galactic cosmic rays, but we need to have shielding, local shielding, on board to eliminate the effects of solar particle events, so it's hand-in-hand," he said.      

Semones says deployable shields are effective at reducing the effects of solar particle events because those events are low energy. But he says in order to reduce the effect of high-energy galactic cosmic rays, shields would have to be meters thick -- too thick for a spacecraft to launch successfully from Earth.

The Curiosity rover's Radiation Assessment Detector continued to take measurements after it landed on the Martian surface in August.

NASA says the medical community is using the radiation data to develop exposure limits for deep space explorers.


U.S. lawmakers want controls
on money in Trans-Pacific deal

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Nearly 200 U.S. lawmakers have signed a letter urging President Barack Obama to insist on new rules against currency manipulation in a proposed trade agreement with Japan and 10 other countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
 
“As the United States continues to negotiate the Trans-Pacific Partnership, it is imperative that the agreement address currency manipulation,” the letter said, according to a copy obtained by reporters Thursday.
 
The effort is being led by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives, including Democratic  Rep. Michael Michaud of Maine and Rep. John Dingell of Michigan and Republican Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas and Rep. Sam Graves of Missouri.
 
Lawmakers plan to send the letter, which has nearly 200 signatures, to Obama next week, a congressional aide said.
 
The United States has not pressed for rules against currency manipulation in its previous free trade deals.
 
The Obama administration hopes to finish talks on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership by the end of the year, and making new demands on an issue as contentious as currency could slow the negotiations.
 
However, Japan's recent entry into the negotiations has raised concerns, especially among Detroit-based automakers that  accuse Japan of deliberately pushing down the value of its yen to give Japanese auto exporters an unfair advantage.
 
In addition, many lawmakers want to send a message to China, which many believe is the worst currency manipulator, even though it is not a part of the talks.
 
“Incorporating currency provisions in the agreement will strengthen our ability to combat these unfair trade practices and help to create a level playing field for American workers, businesses, and farmers,” the lawmakers said in the letter.
 
Most Japanese brand autos sold in the United States are made in North America, rather than imported from Japan, according to Global Automakers, a group that represents Japanese, South Korean and some European auto companies.
 
In a letter earlier this month to U.S. lawmakers, the group argued against including currency provisions in the pact since it would only cover 12 countries.
 
In addition, Japan is essentially pursuing the same policy of “quantitative easing” that the United States has used to revive its economy, the Global Automakers said.
 
“If currency provisions were included in the TPP, those disciplines would also apply to U.S. policies, restricting our own economic policy options necessary to each future economic growth,” the group said.
 
The push to include currency rules in the agreement has support at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, a non-partisan think tank based in Washington which estimates currency manipulation by China and other countries has cost the United States as many as one million jobs.
 
Fred Bergsten, a senior fellow and director emeritus at the institute, has urged the United States to push for currency rules in both the Pacific agreement and in talks on a proposed agreement with the European Union which are expected to begin in July.
 
That would be a step toward forging rules covering more countries in the World Trade Organization and the International Monetary Fund, Bergsten said.


Tropical storm in Pacific kills
three in México then weakens

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tropical storm Barbara weakened to a depression as it crossed southern Mexico Thursday headed toward the Gulf of Mexico, with warnings lifted as wind speeds dropped, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.
 
Barbara reached hurricane strength on Wednesday, hitting the southern Pacific coast near Mexico's biggest oil refinery and flooding roads, toppling trees and killing three men. It then weakened to a tropical storm as it moved inland.
 
The depression was near Mexico's Gulf coast, but was described as very ill-defined and the threat of heavy rains and flooding continued.
 
The Red Cross said the Salina Cruz refinery was operating normally. State oil monopoly Pemex said the same Wednesday but was not immediately available for comment on Thursday.
 
The depression was located around 40 miles (64 km) northwest of the port city of Coatzacoalcos in southern Mexico, with maximum sustained winds dropping to around 30 mph (48 kph), the center said.
 
It was moving northwest at 3 mph (5 kph) and was expected to turn toward the west and northwest and move near or along the Gulf coast, the center added.
 
“The center of Barbara is expected to emerge over the extreme southwestern Gulf of Mexico later today. Barbara is expected to weaken to a remnant low later today,” it said.
 
Fourteen fishermen were missing in the state of Oaxaca during the storm, local media reported in Mexico. Local emergency services said they could not confirm that information.


U.S. rushes to ease foreign fears
over modified wheat discovery


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Major global importers expressed alarm over U.S. wheat supplies Thursday after the first-ever discovery of an unapproved strain of genetically modified grain in Oregon, as U.S. officials raced to contain the fallout.
 
Japan canceled a tender offer to buy U.S. western white wheat and the European Union said it would test incoming U.S. shipments and block any containing genetically modified wheat. U.S. wheat merchants did not report any cancellations of purchases Thursday, but some analysts feared a potentially damaging blow to the $8 billion export business.
 
“Unless there's a quick resolution, this is not going to be good for the export market,” said Art Liming, grain futures specialist with Citigroup.
 
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said nine investigators were collecting evidence in and around Oregon, the West Coast state where the genetically modified, or GM, wheat was found growing. A USDA spokesman said the investigators are taking witness statements, records and samples.
 
“We have increased the number of investigators throughout this month to work quickly and carefully to cover as much ground each day to determine what we are dealing with, how it got there, and where it might have gone,” he said.
 
The USDA said the modified wheat found in Oregon posed no threat to human health, and also said there was no evidence that the grain had entered the commercial supply chain.
 
Modified crops tolerate certain pesticides, allowing farmers to improve weed control and increase yields. Many consumers are wary of such food, and few countries allow imports of such cereals for direct human consumption.
 
While most of the U.S. corn and soybean crops come from genetically modified plants, no modified wheat varieties are approved for general planting in the United States or elsewhere, the USDA said. The EU has asked Monsanto, the maker of the GM wheat, for a detection method to allow its controls to be carried out.
 
Scientists said the wheat found in Oregon was a strain field-tested from 1998 to 2005 and deemed safe before St. Louis-based Monsanto withdrew it from the regulatory process. Wednesday, Monsanto said there was considerable reason to believe that the presence of its product was very limited.
 
U.S. wheat futures on the Chicago Board of Trade dipped on Thursday. CBOT wheat for July delivery closed 4 cents per bushel lower at $6.98-3/4 per bushel.
 
Asian wheat importers South Korea, China and the Philippines said they were monitoring the situation. The world's biggest wheat importer, Egypt, said it had no fears yet over supplies.
 
The wheat was discovered this spring in an Oregon field that grew winter wheat in 2012. USDA officials said that when a farmer sprayed the so-called volunteer plants with a powerful herbicide meant to kill off standard, unaltered wheat plants, some of them unexpectedly survived.
 

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

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
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7982-6/30/13

San Pedro condo
Condo for Sale in Flor del Este
Lourdes, Montes de Oca San Jose

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 8876-7399
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7973-8/23/13

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Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

$28,500 - Little Dreams - Ocotal beach studio condo, furnished upper floor condo in great complex just 1 mile from Ocotal beach, 2 miles from Coco beach, great price for this complex.
$70,000 - La Colina - another Ocotal beach 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, 80 m2 and fully furnished with upgraded kitchen, complex has Infinity pool, mountain views.

$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website WendyLovesCostaRica.com. All 3 of these condos are about 35 minutes away from Liberia Intl. airport, no need to drive a long way to get to your condo.  Call for more information, 1-415-670-9382 or 011-506-826-1211. Or email Wendy@WendyLovesCostaRica.com.
7971-6/23/13

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- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
- Beachfront Residential Lots from $35,000! Financing Available
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- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
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7972-8/9/13

NOW REDUCED TO $680,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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7967-7/17/13

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

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

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This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at www.dreamincostarica.com and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!
7958-6/2/13

La Garita
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This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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- Ocean, mountain, and river views, built in harmony with nature
- 70% sold out, 1.25 acre + lots available from $75,000
- All lots held in separate corporations
- Functioning HOA with 24-hour security and gated front entrance
- 100% custom homes, turnkey construction
- Community homes have been featured in Su Casa Architectural Magazine
- Abundant wildlife on the property, access to 45-acre nature preserve
- Organic Permaculture farm coming soon
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7725-5/15/13

Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here: http://www.intertica.com/homes/roy.htm
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7933-7/22/13

Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment. one bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom,  gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500 square-meter garden with aviary for Guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4 meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2 meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request. http://www.intertica.com/ocean/wolfgang.htm
7929-7/18/13

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

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

FOR SALE BY OWNER
You can purchase property in Costa Rica legally without paying Land Transfer Tax; this plus the usual real estate commission of 5% will reduce your purchase price by approximately 11%. Save over $50,000.00 on the purchase of this $465,000.00 property. Large 5000+ sq.ft. House. Ideal for business executive, B & B or large family. E-mail for photos and more information to landofpalms@hotmail.com.
7869-4/6/13

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

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58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
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Liberty Reserve was known
for years by investigators


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican officials are abuzz with concerns about money laundering now that the case of Liberty Reserve has become public.

But some officials were well aware of the suspicious operation of the company. Among these is the Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas, which said it had received suspicious transaction reports from banking entities.

Such reports are made when a banking entity does not believe that the origin of the funds is adequately explained.

Liberty Reserve created its own form of currency known as the L.R., and certainly that point will be argued in U.S. courts against a money laundering allegation. But the exchanging of money took place at third party companies that converted national currencies into the L.R.s. The operators of Liberty Reserve, including Arthur Budovsky, who was arrested last week in Spain, also operated some of these exchange firms.

The Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas, said it turned over accounts of the suspicions to the prosecutors in Costa Rica. They were believed to be working at that time with U.S. law enforcement and investigators from other nations which is why there was no immediate action here.

Liberty Reserve also applied for and was rejected by the Superintendencia de Entidades Financieras here. The operators pretended to go out of business to avert suspicion.

U.S. officials have termed Liberty Reserve the largest money laundering operation ever broken up. They said the firm handled billions of dollars, much of it of criminal origin.

Judicial agents said that they raided and searched these firms as part of the investigation a week ago:  Empresa Silverhand Solutions & Technology S.A. in Santa Ana; Empresa Web S.A. in Escazú; and Grupo Lulu, also in Escazú. Also searched was a firm identified as Grupo Tritón and a firm that rented Internet servers.

In addition three homes were searched, including that of  Budovsky and one occupied by Maxim Chukharev, another principal in the firm who was taken into custody there. He lives in Santa Ana.

As the case unfolds, there is more support for a proposal in the legislature to allow the extradition of Costa Rican nationals. That is forbidden by the Costa Rican Constitution regardless of the crime alleged.

However, law enforcement officials and U.S. officials support a measure that would lead to the extradition of persons involved in organized crime activities. A number of Costa Ricans who live here are wanted in other jurisdictions and cannot be extradited.

If the measure wins approval in the described form, criminals engaged in joint activity would be eligible for extradition even if they were Costa Rican. But a murderer who acted alone would-be protected.


Nosara going to the dogs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Dogs will be on parade Sunday in Nosara at the Campo Alegre Tennis Court.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and had a variety of categories for the dogs. One is waggiest tail in which the animals will be judged on the exuberance of their tail motion.

There is an entry fee and also a raffle of items donated by local individuals and merchants in the Pacific beach community.


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Liberty Reserve was known
for years by investigators


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican officials are abuzz with concerns about money laundering now that the case of Liberty Reserve has become public.

But some officials were well aware of the suspicious operation of the company. Among these is the Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas, which said it had received suspicious transaction reports from banking entities.

Such reports are made when a banking entity does not believe that the origin of the funds is adequately explained.

Liberty Reserve created its own form of currency known as the L.R., and certainly that point will be argued in U.S. courts against a money laundering allegation. But the exchanging of money took place at third party companies that converted national currencies into the L.R.s. The operators of Liberty Reserve, including Arthur Budovsky, who was arrested last week in Spain, also operated some of these exchange firms.

The Instituto Costarricense sobre Drogas, said it turned over accounts of the suspicions to the prosecutors in Costa Rica. They were believed to be working at that time with U.S. law enforcement and investigators from other nations which is why there was no immediate action here.

Liberty Reserve also applied for and was rejected by the Superintendencia de Entidades Financieras here. The operators pretended to go out of business to avert suspicion.

U.S. officials have termed Liberty Reserve the largest money laundering operation ever broken up. They said the firm handled billions of dollars, much of it of criminal origin.

Judicial agents said that they raided and searched these firms as part of the investigation a week ago:  Empresa Silverhand Solutions & Technology S.A. in Santa Ana; Empresa Web S.A. in Escazú; and Grupo Lulu, also in Escazú. Also searched was a firm identified as Grupo Tritón and a firm that rented Internet servers.

In addition three homes were searched, including that of  Budovsky and one occupied by Maxim Chukharev, another principal in the firm who was taken into custody there. He lives in Santa Ana.

As the case unfolds, there is more support for a proposal in the legislature to allow the extradition of Costa Rican nationals. That is forbidden by the Costa Rican Constitution regardless of the crime alleged.

However, law enforcement officials and U.S. officials support a measure that would lead to the extradition of persons involved in organized crime activities. A number of Costa Ricans who live here are wanted in other jurisdictions and cannot be extradited.

If the measure wins approval in the described form, criminals engaged in joint activity would be eligible for extradition even if they were Costa Rican. But a murderer who acted alone would-be protected.


Nosara going to the dogs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Dogs will be on parade Sunday in Nosara at the Campo Alegre Tennis Court.

The event begins at 9 a.m. and had a variety of categories for the dogs. One is waggiest tail in which the animals will be judged on the exuberance of their tail motion.

There is an entry fee and also a raffle of items donated by local individuals and merchants in the Pacific beach community.