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Ham radio decree still recognizes foreign licenses
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The telecom agency has posted a proposed decree covering those who would use citizen band and amateur radio transmitters here.

The proposed decree in on the Web site of the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones under a pull-down menu and listed as reglamentos telecom.

The proposed decree, which has been posted since last  Monday continues the practice of recognizing foreign radio licenses as long as the country that issues them recognizes those from Costa Rica.

North American tourists can transmit from Costa Rica for three months with permission from the telecomunicaciones section of the ministry. The visitor can use a valid passport for this application, said the ministry.

That may not be the case for obtaining a new amateur radio license. For both a citizen band permit and one of three classes of an amateur radio license, the decree specifically calls for a copy of a cédula or DIMEX, the Documento de Identidad Migratoria para Extranjeros, issued by the immigration agency.

New expats frequently have to wait months and even years to obtain a DIMEX card.

The ministry noted that there no longer is a practical test for a radio license. There still is a written test on radio operation and theory. Until 2013 there was a written test
and then the applicant had to demonstrate the use of a transmitter.
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The problem with the DIMEX is the same that expats face when trying to obtain a driver's license. There is a long delay after arrive to the country for issuance of the identification card. The ministry may adjust that problem in the final decree.

For U.S. expats who want to participate in the amateur radio hobby but do not have a license from home, there is a workaround. Some expats are voluntary examiners for the U.S.-issued radio licenses. There are written test given periodically here that can qualify U.S. citizens for the license issued by the Federal Communications Commission.

With the U.S. license in hand, the expat is eligible for the Costa Rican license. The U.S. exam appears to be much easier than the Costa Rican written test.

The proposed decree does not address topics such as frequencies that can be used or radio operations. The only topic is licensing. The license is valid of five years.

Those who have held Costa Rican licenses in the past were invited earlier to  sign up again without testing.

Economic doomsday message has surprising source
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Subscribers to a mailing list that promotes overseas living got a different type of message over the weekend.

Instead of touting azure blue skies, beach dwellings and cheap overseas living, the message predicted the collapse of the U.S. economy.

The message on the International Living mailing list did not come from some guy wearing a tinfoil hat and living in a yurt in rural Montana. The message was from  Bill Bonner, who correctly described himself as the founder of International Living.

The financial doomsday scenario he sketched told of a day when ATMs and credit cards stop working. He said:

"You see, back when I started International Living, you could retire overseas but still depend on U.S. banks . . . and the U.S. dollar . . .  and U.S. retirement benefits. . . .

"I believe that's about to change. Very quickly."

Bonner heads Agora, Inc., which counts International Living as one of its newsletters. The Maryland-based company also owns the 
well-respected Stansberry & Associates Investment Research firm.
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The email message was particularly scary for some readers who noted they depend on U.S. Social Security while living in Costa Rica.

In an online video Bonner spoke of black helicopters, "a systemic shock will disrupt our lives in ways we never thought possible," the shutdown of all services including the gasoline supply and events that will bring the "entire nation to its knees."

Bonner is a big believer in the value of precious metals to counter inflation and the uncertainties of paper money. His scare tactic on the usually upbeat mailing list appears to be an effort to promote another newsletter, this one on economic themes.

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Workers are taking down the second floor of the building.

Municipality acts against illegal project

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Sometimes the old Costa Rica rule just does not work. The rule is that it is easier to ask forgiveness instead of asking permission.

An apartment developer has found that out the hard way.

The Municipalidad de Desamparados reported Friday that demolition has started on some 250 square meters of construction in the  Cerámica  Poas  subdivision in Calle Fallas.

The developer had carried the legal fight as far as the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo. By the time the judicial panel ruled for the municipality two weeks ago, the three apartments has been occupied, the municipality said.

The problems were many in addition to the developer failing to have permission to build the two-story structure.

The structure also was in an area that violated the zoning rules and intruded on municipal property, said the municipality. In addition, the building was in a place where landslides were possible and construction is prohibited, it added.

The municipality went public with the case because it said it was continually fighting against illegal construction.

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Arsenal discovered in Los Anonos, Escazú

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Five adults and three juveniles were shooting up the Los Anonos section of Escazú early Sunday.

The celebration drew the attention of police, who collared the eight and confiscated an arsenal.

In addition to three riot guns. police reported they confiscated a revolver and an AK-47 rifle with banana clips.

As police entered homes to make the arrests, they also discovered some 64 baggies of marijuana, they said.

Police were unable to determine the nature of the celebration that generated the shots into the air.

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Crewman pulls in another illegal fish trap.

Illegal fishing crackdown nets 10

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Patrols from the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas captured 10 fishermen and three boats over the weekend as officials enforced the moratorium in the Gulf of Nicoya.

The moratorium is to allow marine species to recover, and the government provides payments to those who are prohibited from fishing.

Nevertheless, the coast guard said its crews were able to find illegal nets and traps in the gulf.

The  coast guard said that more than 100 wire fish traps were located and hundreds of fish were liberated.

El Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social and the Instituto Costarricense de Pesca are supposed to be providing economic aid to fishing families while the moratorium continues.

GOP senators expect Cuban embassy soon

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Three U.S. Republican senators met with senior Cuban officials Saturday in Havana, with one lawmaker saying the opening of a U.S. embassy on the island is close.

Sens. Jeff Flake, Susan Collins and Pat Roberts comprise one of several congressional delegations to Cuba since the December announcement by leaders in Washington and Havana to restore diplomatic relations.

"We talked about U.S.-Cuba relations, so just a continuation of the meetings we have had before and will continue to have. We are very excited about the new prospects for full diplomatic relations, and it looks like we're close," Flake said, adding that no date is set for the embassy's opening.

Cuba's first vice president, Miguel Diaz-Canel, Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez, and negotiations chief Josefina Vidal were among the officials who met with the senators.

Flake is championing the Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act to his colleagues on Capitol Hill, in an attempt to end travel restrictions on U.S. citizens to the island.

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Director wants more fire stations

El Diario Extra: Wendy Varela, a director of the Cuerpo de Bomberos, said that  response times in some areas of the country are long so it is necessary that these areas have their own station.

Bike champ gets a hero's welcome

La Nación: Competitive biking fans turned out at Juan Santamaría airport to welcome Andrey Amador Thursday when he returned from achieving a fourth-place finish in an demanding European race.

DEA spy was a manager ran drugs through Costa Rica

El Diario Extra: A former member of the Medellin Cartel and an informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration,Carlos Toro, told the online Huffington Post that he managed drug shipments when he lived in Costa Rica from 2006 to 2009.

Liberia will be without water Monday

El Diario Extra: The reason is the realization of interconnection pipeline work in the canton. At  9 a.m. service will be suspended until 2 p.m.

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This a shot from the new camera installed by the Red Sismológica Nacional on the summit of the mountain. What is being issued continually is mainly water vapor, the experts say.

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Volcán Turrialba fails to conform to proposed theory on eruptions
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A.M. Costa Rica predicted another thrilling eruption from the Volcán Turrialba between June 2 and 9.

Instead, the mountain went back to sleep after a June 1 eruption.

The May 26 prediction were based partly on some reader comments that the moon has an effect on volcanoes. The effects are well established on the world's tides. There also had been some preliminary work done of the theory by Steve and Donna O'Meara in Italy 25 years ago.

The Red Sismológica Nacional at the Universidad de Costa Rica said that periods of calm are normal for volcanoes and that the experts were not discarding the possibility of more eruptions.

The mountain still is issuing a steady plume of mostly water vapor from the main crater.
The eruption prediction theory was based on the full moon, which was June 2 and the perigee of the moon's orbit, which was June 9.

That is the time when the moon is closest to the earth.

The theory is that the period between the full moon and the perigee has more potential for eruptions.

The next perigee is July 5 just before 1 p.m. when the moon will be 367,093 kilometers or 228,101 miles from the earth.

The full moon took place July 1. The theory suggests that greater volcanic activity can be expected between the full moon and the perigee.

Volcano experts at the Red Sismológica Nacional have installed a new camera on the summit of Turrialba. However, the Internet link has not yet been published.

Former expat and wife set up campagn to get computers for school kids
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Like a lot of North Americans, Scott Tucker sees a way to help the Costa Rican schools.

The former resident has an advantage in that his wife, Ana, is Costa Rican. They live now in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Government budgets for schools are less than adequate, and the Tuckers  cite that in the name of their 501(c)(3) organization: Global Digital Divide, Inc.

Their short-term goal is to send computers to needy students and schools in Costa Rica. The organization grew out of a family tradition of bringing small electronic items here when they visited.

Now they have set up an Indiegogo campaign to raise $10,000 to  change lives by helping provide computers, laptops and tablets to needy students, they said.

They said they already have six desktop computers, two laptops, a monitor and a printer.  With money raised on the donation site they hope to acquire more new and used computers and send then to Costa Rican students and schools.


Computers for schools are a sensitive topic in Costa Rica because many schools simply do not have modern machines. Lawmakers were discussing the issue from a budget perspective a week ago. As Tucker pointed out, students will be able to maximize their potential with access to computers.

He said the computers also will be set up with a link to the free, online  Khan Academy that  provides instructional videos and practice exercises primarily in the area of elementary and secondary math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics and  English language.

Each computer also will have Skype, a typing training program and a set of spreadsheets, presentation and writing software.

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Cutting carbon emissions might increase hunger, new research says
By the American Chemical Society news staff

As many of the world’s nations prepare and implement plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, researchers say another critical factor needs to be considered.

A new study has found for the first time that efforts to keep global temperatures in check will likely lead to more people going hungry. That risk, they say in the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science & Technology, doesn’t negate the need for mitigation but highlights the importance of comprehensive policies.

Previous studies have shown that climate change reduces how much food farms can produce, which could lead to more people suffering from hunger.

Curbing the greenhouse gas emissions that lead to climate change can help maintain the yields of existing crops. But   there might be indirect ways in which cutting emissions
 could actually put more people at risk of going hungry.

For example, some grasses and other vegetation used for biofuels require agricultural land that might otherwise be used for food production, researchers noted. So, increased biofuel consumption could negatively affect the food supply.

Also, the high cost of low-emissions technologies such as carbon capture and storage will be borne by consumers, who will then have less money to spend on food.

Tomoko Hasegawa and colleagues wanted to get a better idea of how these pieces fit together.

The researchers used multiple models to determine the effects of strict emissions cuts and found that many more people would be at risk of hunger than if those cuts weren’t in place. The team concludes that governments will have to take measures, such as increasing food aid, as they address climate change.

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The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes from 2 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms ocean view with private pool,  all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous Manuel Antonio national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, whitewater rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, Fully equipped, Pool, concierge,  parking, cable TV, and Internet. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation, Call us for your family vacation package.
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house for rent
$800 plus electric
Two-bedrooms, two-bath house, fully furnished, INCLUDES internet, WiFi, cable TV, water bill. Inside private property, safe and secure. In the country but close to town. Santa Bárbara de Heredia. Email for more info and pictures. Long term. NO DOGS.

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Rent my beautiful little home for a year or two and see if you like it. Located in the hills of San Isidro de Heredia. Cool weather, peaceful
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and quiet. Fully furnished to function with style, $950  a month includes: Guard and grounds maintenance fee in gated community. Security alarm system PROARSA. Wi-fi. Washer/dryer. Refrigerator/oven. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths. 103 m2 construction on 1,000 square
 meters lot. Fireplace and deck. Lovely garden, meditation rock on the River Turú. Available starting July 1, 2015. Contact; Michael at or 8843-5322. More photos:

Apartment Lemur del Bosque for rent
San Francisco de Dos Ríos, 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 prefered. Call 8375-6838. Email:

Furnished apartment for rent  Available Now!
Impeccable newly remodeled villa in Villas de Cariari for rent day, week or month. Rates from US$85 per day. Utilities, washer and dryer, car parking,  24 hour security, Wi-Fi, close to airport and shopping. Long=term and corporate renters are accepted.
Contact: Chris English/Spanish U.S. phone: 1-804-699-8073
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Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet.  Rent per month $750 plus utilities with free internet.  Price for Sale $179,000   Contact Mike:  Check out slide show HERE!

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:

Condo in Jacó for rent
Two-bedroom, 1-bath condominium available for rent starting June 1st in Corteza del Sol in the Quebrada Seca, just across the Costanera from Jacó. 24-hour security, wifi/cable, AC, luxurious amenities, kitchen includes everything you need to cook, gorgeous pools just steps from your front door. 15 minute walk to town or quick bike ride. ¢2,000 taxi to center of town. Short-term renter is fine. Long-term would be great! Looking for someone low-key who will fit in well with the complex. $950/month including cable & internet, NOT INCLUDING ELECTRIC! Call 8725-0344 or email

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Homes for rent in Palmares, Alajuela

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Condo for rent.
Conveniently located just a 200-meter walk to the beach. In the favorite community of Las Palmas, this condo is a perfect vacation home and/or great for vacation rental income.  The condo is located on the 2nd level offering beautiful vaulted ceilings, front and back balcony, pool and mountain view. Screens in every window/door, Air condition in both bedrooms and at living room. The condo is in perfect condition. It has been recently painted and super well-kept, new appliances, fully furnished. Wired to have own washer dryer. It has been the residence of the owners since they built it. Never rented out to third parties. The owners are selling as they are moving to the Central Valley.  The community has a great-size pool and beautiful landscaping and large parking. Just step out your condo and in less than 5-minute walk be swimming in the ocean! A must see! Rate $795 per month. Contact Bob Mobile C.R. ( 506 ) 8392-7520. E-mail:

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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British spies were withdrawn
due to Snowden, reports say

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

British media are reporting that London has had to pull its spies from hostile countries after Russia and China learned how they operate by decrypting top secret files disclosed two years ago by former U.S. national security contractor Edward Snowden.

The Sunday Times said the pullback was ordered after Moscow gained access to more than one million encoded files in Snowden's possession when he fled the United States in 2013, and was eventually granted residency in Russia. The BBC carried a similar report.

Quoting a Downing Street source, the Times said the decryption "has meant agents have had to be moved and that knowledge of how we operate has stopped us from getting vital information." The official at Prime Minister David Cameron's office also was quoted as saying there is no evidence of anyone being harmed.

The newspaper, quoting separate government sources, said China also had accessed the documents, which are also said to reveal a wide array of Western intelligence techniques.

There was no immediate official comment on the report from London or Washington.

Snowden worked as a contractor for the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency.  At the NSA, he downloaded 1.7 million secret documents that showed the government secretly intercepting data on hundreds of millions of civilian telephone calls in and from U.S. territory. He fled first to Hong Kong, with Russian President Vladimir Putin first granting him asylum, then residency in Russia.

He has been both widely praised as a hero and a patriot for releasing troves of classified information and ridiculed as a traitor for the disclosures.

A U.S. grand jury has charged him with two counts of violating the U.S. Espionage Act and theft of government property, but Russia has refused to extradite him.

Comet lander awakens
to send data back home

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The European Space Agency's comet lander has awakened after a seven month hibernation and communicated with Earth.

The German Aerospace Center says the lander, Philae, resumed communication for more than a minute late Saturday. The space agency says the probe sent about 300 packages of data to Earth via its mother ship Rosetta, which is orbiting the comet.

Philae became the first spacecraft to land on a comet when it touched down Nov. 12, but it shut down three days later when its batteries were depleted and it was forced into hibernation.

Following a 10-year journey from Earth, Philae landed on the icy surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko after separating from Rosetta.

Space agency officials say the probe bounced on the surface of Comet 67P twice because its harpoons, which were designed to anchor Philae to the surface, failed to deploy.

Scientists say the probe settled at an angle in a dark ditch. They said they hoped as the comet drew closer to the Sun, better light would recharge Philae's batteries enough for it to reboot, make contact, and carry out a new series of experiments.

The space agency says the 100-kilogram lander has sent back unprecedented images. The agency says the images show the surface of the comet covered by dust and debris ranging from millimeter to meter sizes, while panoramic views show layered walls of harder-looking material.

Scientists hope the $1.6 billion project will help answer questions about the origins of the universe and life on Earth.

Comets date back to the formation of the solar system 4.6 billion years ago. Scientists suspect impacting comets delivered water to the young Earth.

The space agency says the comet is about 215 million kilometers from the Sun and 305 million kilometers from Earth, traveling at 31.24 kilometers a second. Rosetta and Philae have traveled an accumulated distance of 6.9 billion kilometers.

By Aug. 13 the comet will reach its closest point to the Sun, called perihelion, before veering off again into the deeper reaches of space.

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David Yáñez and his bird-friendly wind turbine.

Bird-friendly wind turbine
uses no rotating blades

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Wind turbines are efficient sources of cheap energy but also a source of concern as their huge spinning blades frequently kill birds and bats. A new type of wind generator developed in Spain offers a creative solution to that problem.

In 2002, Spanish inventor David Yáñez saw a short film about the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in the U.S. collapsing in strong wind. It was a vivid example of the powerful vibrations wind can create when it blows past a long pole, such as a car antenna or even a stick of bamboo. It gave him the idea for a new type of wind-energy generator.

“The initial philosophy or spirit was to create a generator of dreams that had all the qualities one would want: It should be as cheap as possible, need as little maintenance as possible, the setup as simple as possible," he said.

Yáñez and his friend Raoul Martín took the idea to an engineering firm, where they were told it would never work. Undiscouraged, they started experimenting on their own in a small wind tunnel they built.

Good initial results were repeated by a larger working model called Vortex installed in a nearby field.

“What we have is a mast, which is the top piece and acts as a blade," Yáñez said. "It's constructed from the same material as a conventional generator, and what it does is it oscillates, transmitting the oscillation to a conventional alternator, which by its own oscillation converts the wind's energy into electric energy.”

Yáñez said the output of the 6-meter-tall generator, and even that of smaller models, was better than expected. The Vortex creates about 30 percent less energy than a comparable bladed wind turbine, but it is lighter and cheaper to build and maintain. It is made mostly of reinforced plastic and has very few moving parts. Also, it does not create noise and — even more important for many environmentalists — it does not present a threat to passing birds.

The current prototype works at wind speeds ranging from 1.5 to 7 meters per second.

The inventors say the next step is building a 12.5-meter tall bladeless generator with a 4-kilowatt capacity that could power small businesses or individual homes, or provide supplemental power to a main grid.

The commercial version of the Vortex Bladeless generator should be ready for the market by 2017.

Save the Children saved
by reversal in Pakistan

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pakistan's Interior Ministry on Sunday allowed the international non-governmental organization Save the Children to resume operations, days after shutting down its headquarters in Islamabad and giving staff members 15 days to leave the country.

The ministry did not elaborate on the reversal.

Authorities sealed the office in the capital on Thursday, accusing the organization of involvement in anti-Pakistan activities. By Friday, every office in the country was closed.

At the time, a Pakistan official said "We have been monitoring their calls and watching their offices and their activities are very suspicious." The official did not specify what activities were objectionable.

Save the Children, which has been in Pakistan for 35 years, said in a statement it has no expatriate staff in Islamabad.

The charity said "We strongly object to this action and are raising our serious concerns at the highest levels."

The charity's expatriate staff was forced to leave a few years ago after a Pakistan intelligence report said the Save the Children organization had ties to Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor allegedly recruited by the CIA to help find al-Qaida head Osama bin Laden. The organization has denied any links to the doctor.

Save the Children said "All our work is designed and delivered in close collaboration with the government ministries across the country and aims to strengthen public service delivery systems in health, nutrition, education and child welfare."

Another Bush to announce
as presidential candidate today

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, the son and brother of U.S. presidents, is set to officially announce his candidacy for the presidency Monday in Miami, becoming the 11th Republican in the race.

Bush has raised vast sums of cash for his campaign and was initially thought to be the leading Republican contender.  But recent national political surveys show him virtually deadlocked with two other candidates, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has joined the contest, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who has yet to officially announce.

Meanwhile, the leading U.S. Democratic Party presidential contender, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is campaigning in Iowa, looking to enlist political volunteers in a state that snubbed her when she first ran for the presidency in 2008.

Early next year, Iowa Democrats and Republicans will cast the first votes of the 2016 presidential race at party caucuses in the long, state-by-state list of contests to select nominees to face each other in the national presidential election. The eventual winner will succeed President Barack Obama in January 2017.  Obama is limited by the country's Constitution to two terms in office.

Mrs. Clinton fared poorly in the 2008 Iowa caucuses, with Obama's victory in the rural, farm belt state giving him an early springboard to the Democratic nomination.  Other candidates have joined the contest against Clinton this year, but national public opinion surveys show her the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination, and she is ahead in possible matchups against a wide array of Republicans seeking their party's nomination.

At her New York rally Saturday, Mrs. Clinton promised to promote equal opportunity and to fight for a hard-pressed middle class.  She told thousands of supporters she is running for president for all Americans, including those left behind after the recession.

"America can't succeed unless you succeed. That is why I am running for president of the United States," she said to chants of "Hillary, Hillary."

She castigated the Republican presidential contenders as out of touch with the needs of American voters and their evolving views on several issues.

New York search expands
for two who fled prison

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Authorities are expanding their search for two escaped killers who broke out of maximum-security prison in northern New York state near the border with Canada.

More than 800 officers are hunting for David Sweat and Richard Matt who escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility June 6. State, local and federal law enforcement personnel are involved. Police have mainly focused on a wooded area south of the prison, but say they are expanding eastward.

Friday, a prison worker was charged with providing the convicts with materials to aid in their escape.

Matt and Sweat used power tools to cut through the back of their cell wall and through steel pipes as they made their escape.

Authorities have received more than 700 leads in the case.

Previously, the longest escape from a New York prison was three days.

Sweat is serving a life sentence for the 2002 death of a sheriff's deputy. Matt is facing 25 years to life in prison on murder, kidnapping and robbery charges following the 1997 killing of a man.

Canada holds Somali man
in kidnapping of journalists

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Canadian police have arrested a Somali man for involvement in the kidnapping of two foreign journalists in 2008.

Police said Friday that Ali Omar Ader was one of the main negotiators of the group that seized the two journalists, Canadian Amanda Lindhout and Australian Nigel Brennan. 

An assistant commissioner with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, James Malizia, said Ader was arrested Thursday in Ottawa, a few days after he arrived in the country. He said the arrest was the result of an undercover operation in Somalia that included surveillance and wire taps.

Malizia gave few details of the operation, and also declined to say whether the Somali government was aware of the investigation.

"This is an extremely complex investigation, it required the deployment of a number of investigative techniques over a long period of time. In addition, the accused was located in Somalia which made the collection of evidence more challenging," said Malizia.

Ms. Lindhout, a Canadian freelancer, and Brennan, an Australian photojournalist, were kidnapped in Somalia in August, 2008. They were released 15 months later after a reported ransom was paid. The two journalists say they were kept apart from each other during their captivity and were beaten and tortured.

Brennan tweeted Friday "Amazing news of the arrest of Ali Omar Ader, aka Adan the Somali criminal involved in my kidnapping. Finally Justice will be served!"

Canadian police thanked the journalists and their families for providing witness statements that assisted police in their investigation.

U.S. rugby teams prevail
and get ticket to Olympics

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Rugby enthusiasts in the United States are celebrating a major achievement for their national men's and women's Sevens teams, which qualified Sunday for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The U.S. Eagles, as the men's and women's players are known, secured their places in Rio by winning their respective finals in the North America and Caribbean Olympic qualification tournament in Cary, North Carolina.

The U.S. men defeated Canada, 21-5, scoring three first-half tries through Perry Baker, Danny Barrett and Maka Unufe, with captain Madison Hughes successfully kicking the conversions after the tries. In the preceding match, the U.S. women routed Mexico, 88-0.

Rugby is returning to the Olympics next year for the first time since the 1924 Summer Games in Paris, when there was no women's competition, and the U.S. men won gold in the 15-a-side version of the sport. Seven-a-side rubgy is typically a higher scoring game that is popular with fans around the world.

The U.S. men join six other teams that already have qualified for Rio: Argentina, host Brazil, Britain, Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa. The U.S. women will compete in the Olympics alongside Australia, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Colombia and New Zealand.

Five more teams still can qualify for both the men's and women's Olympic Sevens tournaments through a series of upcoming continental and global repechage competitions.

The U.S. men headed into their regional finals brimming with confidence after winning a Sevens World Series tournament for the first time with a Cup victory in London on May 17. The London triumph lifted the U.S. men to a best-ever sixth place out of 22 nations in the end-of-year Sevens standings. The U.S. women finished their Sevens season as the world's fifth-ranked team.

The strong performances of both the men's and women's Eagles in the past season have led many U.S. rugby fans to believe their teams have a realistic chance of winning a medal in Rio with a top-three finish.

In an interview month, U.S. men's Sevens head coach Mike Friday, an Englishman, said Olympic qualification should mark the start of a process of upgrading national investment in the sport.

"We need infrastructure to ensure that American high schools are picking up the game," Friday said. "We also need to create coaches who are able to coach the game to all these potential American rugby athletes who chase the dream of playing for the National Football League and the National Basketball Association, as well as those that want to be an Olympian at rugby."

Friday also called for more foreign coaching talent to be brought to America. "If we do well, and we get a medal in 2016, it will be in spite, not because, of the existing rugby infrastructure," he said.

The U.S. men will compete in the 15-a-side Rugby World Cup in England this September and October.

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Big house for sale.
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If you know about house for sale prices,  you will realize that this is a real deal.  Original price of  $400,000 now is $320,000.
Due to its characteristics and location, it can also be used for commercial purposes (boutique hotel, offices, medical center).  Large house, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, one office, just 250 meters from Grecia downtown. High quality construction, built in 2009, high ceilings, balcony with beautiful views over central Grecia valley, elegant luxury furnitures included, network cabling 6 gigabits throughout the house, Giant TV flat projection system of 120 inches in the main room, sound system 7.1 channel. Air conditioning system, security system, and cameras, lighting system in open areas. 4-car parking space plus large garage, Recommended for large families.

Property Location: Central Grecia, Alajuela
Total area construction (two floors):
252 square meters
Total area: 250 square meters
Construction Type: Concrete
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San Ramon rollover
Three-bedroom home with view near San Ramón
Beautiful house in magical setting in the hills above San Ramón in Costa Rica can be yours for $185,000! House was built 10 years ago with soaring 16-foot ceilings.  Enclosed area is 1,200 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, large kitchen, and utility room.  It is located at 4,000 feet with typical temperatures ranging between 75 and the low 80s during the day and the low to mid-60s at night.  The house is offered fully furnished, including all appliances (nearly new energy-efficient Samsung refrigerator). The front of the house features a large covered veranda (another 500 square feet), with a barbecue and outdoor patio furniture to seat 8, and hooks for a hammock. There are many tropical plants, flowers, and trees are on the half-acre property.  Set on the far western edge of the Central Valley in a small, pastoral community, it's only 10 minutes to San Ramón and its many small stores, restaurants, museums, a branch campus of the University of Costa Rica, and a weekly farmers' market.
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For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú
Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant.
Large lower lot, incredible views. Flexible zoning.
Easy to get liquor license. Low interest financing.
Call: 877-778-8515
(506) 8307-0164
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Small private ranch for sale
This exceptional private ranch sits on a 9+ hectare lot and supports 15-20 horses. Only 2 hours south of San José, on the road to Puriscal. Roomy stalls all with drains, water hookup, lights and fans, grooming and shoeing área. Two-story house all furnished and cowboy house. Don't miss your chance on that turnkey operation.  Offered at $949,000.
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San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: 
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A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

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

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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Costa Rica Villas For Sale
*In 2009 this property appraisal for $240,000  (two hundred forty thousand).
*Located in Paraiso, Cartago, Costa Rica.
*We spent over $70,000 in renovating the villa.
*The first floor has renters with a year lease. They pay $200 a month.
*Health reasons need to return to the U.S.A.
*One of Costa Rica famous waterfalls, 100 yards in front of the villa.
*I'll sell this property for $189,000.
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For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
Panoramic ocean view lot  5,400 sq. ft. (500m2)  $6,500. Financing available.
For rent two-bedroom house  five minute walk to water $350 a month.
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Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jaco hotel

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

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San José, Costa Rica, Monday, June 15, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 116
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Often a surprise awaits around the bend

Around the bend and down the road, you can see the most amazing things.

Sometimes it’s one of the great trees with a trunk so grand that five people could stand around it, arms outstretched, and their fingertips would barely touch. Sometimes it’s a field strewn with boulders thrown
Victoria torley
from a volcano a dozen miles away and now surrounded by wildflowers.

And sometimes it’s a tiny house, a two-room affair, tin-roofed, with a flower garden so well-tended it could be part of a noble estate.

Those are the gardens I adore. They are grown and cared for with
love.  They aren’t there to make an impression, although they do. They are only there because someone has watched over them from seed to blossom. Sometimes they are there in front of the home (the rear is for vegetables, of course) and sometimes they are hidden (the only open land is to the rear), and you will never see them unless you are invited in.

It is the open ones, then, that you see, so bright and cheerful that you have to stop and snap a picture or two. Then, if you are bold enough, you knock on the door and try you halting Spanish on the owner.

My halting Spanish has always been met with a broad smile, even though I can only say, “Su jardin es muy especial, muy bonito.” 

This is usually met with a cascade of Spanish to which my only answer is to say, “Mi español es poquito.” More smiles and nods, and I am escorted around the yard with the gardener giving me names and describing things with broad gestures. Bulbs and vines, shrubs and trees, the gardener is proud of them all. I am encouraged to smell this one (heavenly), feel the underside of that leaf (a bit like sandpaper).

There is a lot of color in these gardens and it is all unplanned, natural. No one ever told the gardener that two particular colors clash. and it doesn’t seem to matter. It just seems bold and alive. A few more pictures, and it’s time to go but not before the hostess insists that you take a cutting, some seeds, a flower or two. Sometimes even a seedling already started on its way.

Don’t try to refuse, it would be insulting to say no. Just nod and smile and be on your way. Both your days are brighter now.

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Plant of the Week
This jumble of begonias — about five feet wide — is right on the road. They are a wild variety often found growing on or near fences and they are doing very well in the sun, no pampering needed. If you saw them in someone’s yard, wouldn’t you stop?

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Rejection of a key aspect crimps trade hopes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Concerted efforts are underway to save President Barack Obama’s trade agenda after lawmakers of his own Democratic Party scuttled a vote critical for congressional approval of blockbuster free trade pacts spanning the Atlantic and the Pacific.

“This isn’t over yet,” said Rep. Paul Ryan, a Republican, after Friday’s resounding House vote rejecting a retraining program for American workers impacted by trade.

In actuality, Democrats strongly favor the retraining program, but voted against it in order to block trade promotion authority, also known as fast track, that subjects proposed pacts to up-or-down votes with no amendments allowed.  The mechanism was critical for getting past trade deals approved, notably the North American Free Trade Agreement of the 1990s between the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

House Democrats say such deals have been disasters for American workers and the environment, and are determined to block pending pacts the Obama administration has been negotiating for years.

“We can stop it here and save the American economy,” said Rep. Peter DeFazio, a Democrat.

While Democrats buck their own president, Republicans are in the unusual position of joining him on a major fight.

“The president has some work yet to do with his party to complete the process,” said Ryan.

To that end, Obama wasted no time, using his weekly address Saturday to call for free-trade opponents to reverse course.

“I urge members of Congress who voted against Trade Adjustment Assistance to reconsider, and stand up for American workers,” said Obama.

Publicly, at least, the White House is putting a brave face on the challenge.

“I certainly would not rule out the ability of the speaker of the House to convince even more Republicans to vote for Trade Adjustment Assistance,” said White House Spokesman Josh Earnest.  “We certainly believe that we can convince more Democrats to vote for a program that many of them have previously supported and that economists can demonstrate significantly benefits middle class families all across the country.”

But so far House Democrats are holding firm against proposed trade pacts like the Trans-Pacific Partnership and withholding votes on legislation key to facilitating their approval.

“The time has come for Congress to say no to this agreement,” said Rep. Rick Nolan, a Democrat.  “The time has come to put an end to them.  They have been negotiated in secret for the benefit of the few and kept from the public for the benefit of a few at the top of the economic ladder.  The fact is it is destroying the American dream.”

If and when another vote is scheduled is up to House Speaker John Boehner, an ardent backer of free trade.

“When America leads, the world is safer, for freedom and free enterprise,” said Boehner.  “And when we do not lead, we are allowing and inviting China to set the rules of the world economy, and what that does it keep our workers and our products on the sideline.”

Retraining U.S. workers impacted by trade is a provision of a Senate-passed trade promotion authority bill.  Unless the House passes identical language, trade legislation will remain stuck in Congress, and a major component of President Obama’s economic agenda will be in limbo.