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There's no reason to miss a World Cup game now
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Who says you can't do two things at once: Like driving and watching a World Cup game.

Time was when traffic police would be suspicious when a taxi driver mounted a small television on his dashboard. That took some mechanical skills and the set was pretty obvious.

No more. Electronics have shrunk, and even the state phone company is serving up devices that can be affixed easily to the rear view mirror.

No longer does a taxi driver have to miss the action while zipping along the autopista.

Such devices are sprouting up like mushrooms as World Cup fever takes hold. The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, the state telecom company, is offering what amounts to a free cell phone that is television-ready. The company's World Cup promotion includes what it describes as an Avvio 814 cell phone for 20,000 colons, about $36. The device has a 2.4-inch screen, and the company is kicking in 20,000 colons worth of online time for free.

The wonders of competition.

Now no taxi driver has an excuse for not hanging one of these on the rear view mirror! And motorists can be sure as they ply the country's streets and roads that plenty of average citizens are coming in the opposite direction with their attention divided (probably not equally) between the road and the current soccer match.
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A case in point was Monday evening as the minutes counted down on the U.S.-Ghana World Cup preliminary.

There are some sections of the city where reception is not good. So a taxi driver to follow the action as the U.S. won 2-1 on a last minute goal jumped red lights and created extra lanes to reach a high spot where the signal was stronger.

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Negotiations have begun for salary increases July 1
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Employee representatives are seeking a  4.12 percent increase in the minimum wages as of July 1. That would be on top of the 3.788 percent increase that took effect Jan. 1.

Negotiations began Monday afternoon. The Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados said that the request includes an estimated 3.75 percent accumulated inflation as of May.

The public employees organization expects a better reception from the government of Luis Guillermo Solís than it received from prior administrations.

Nearly 1.3 million employees are in the private sector, and many work for the minimum wage.
 The wages are specified as daily for some categories. Others are monthly wages. There are changes every six months.

When negotiations are complete, the Ministerio de Trabajo will publish a list of salaries by job title.

Employers, of course, will try to push for a smaller increase. They realize that the salary increase is just the first step. For every dollar earned by an employee, the employer also has to pay a bit more than 26 percent to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social and more to an insurance provider for workman's comp. All are based on the gross salary.

Even if negotiations continue past July 1, the employers will have to eventually compensate the workers as of that date.


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An undercover cockfighting ring in Pococí was broken up on Monday. Officers said they confiscated eight hens, hundreds of metal spurs used for fighting and beer at the scene.

Fuerza Pública officials said they received numerous phone calls complaining about noise and overly drunken behavior coming from the area in Río Frío de Pococí, Limón. When they arrived they found the clandestine fighting ring and immediately informed authorities from the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal.

Though officers made no arrests, they ordered for the operation to be completely demolished by the end of the month.


Five shot at by gunman in Pavas

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Five people were shot in Pavas Saturday night. One of the wounded was reported to be in critical condition in Hospital San Juan de Díos.

The other four victims also were taken to the hospital but were said to be in stable condition, according to a Judicial Investigating Organization report. There were four men and one woman between the ages of 23 and 31 that ended up being shot following a brief argument.

Police reports indicate that one of the wounded saw a subject with a gun in a holster and said it bothered him and looked suspicious. In that moment the individual pulled out the gun and shot at the group multiple times. They ran back to their two cars and drove away while still being shot at, agents said.

Investigators are seeking ballistic evidence that may lead to zeroing in on a suspect.


Sports fishing boat catches fire

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A boat berthed at Los Sueños caught fire Monday morning on the high seas, and five U.S. citizens aboard were forced to abandon ship.

The sports fishing boat sunk, but the boat occupants escaped in a small boat.

The incident off the coast of Playa Herradura near Jacó caught the attention of many on land. The fire generated a response from the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas.


U.S. makes quick goal against Ghana

By the US Soccer news staff

U.S. Men’s National Team defender John Brooks scored the game-winning goal in the 86th minute and forward Clint Dempsey scored the sixth-fastest goal in World Cup history as the U.S.A. earned a 2-1 victory against Ghana in front of a crowd of 39,760 at Estadio das Dunas in the Group G opener for both teams at the 2014 World Cup.

Brooks became the first U.S. substitute to score a goal in a World Cup game. Dempsey became the first U.S.A. player to score in three separate World Cups and U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard made four saves to lead the squad to its third opening-game win in the tournament. It also marked the U.S.A.'s first international win against Ghana, which defeated the U.S. in the two previous World Cups.

Th U.S. needed a mere 30 seconds to take a one-goal lead against Ghana.

The U.S.A. had to clear a massive hurdle in the early going, however, when Jozy Altidore left the game with a strained left hamstring in the 21st minute, World Cup newcomer Aron Johannsson replaced his former AZ Alkmaar teammate in the 23rd minute.

Earlier in the day, Germany defeated Portugal 4-0 in Group G play at Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador. Germany sits atop Group G based on goal differential. Portugal will face the U.S.A .on Sunday without defender Pepe, who received a red card in the first half of the loss to Germany.


Monetary Fund says U.S. to grow faster

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The International Monetary Fund says the U.S. economy will grow 2 percent this year.

That is slightly faster than last year, but well below earlier predictions from the Fund.

Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde said unusually bad winter weather hampered business activity and made the world's biggest economy shrink a bit in the first three months of this year. She said the economy has resumed growth and will get stronger in the next few months.  

"We believe that this slowdown is temporary, and better prospects lie ahead. "

The Fund says U.S. officials should continue efforts to stimulate the economy with low interest rates, more government spending on infrastructure, and a higher minimum wage. Ms. LaGarde said the U.S. minimum wage is lower than other advanced nations.

Top officials of the U.S. central bank begin a routine meeting Tuesday in Washington on where they will make their own assessment of the economy, debate interest rate policy and efforts to bolster growth.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen will meet Wednesday with journalists to explain the Fed's latest decisions.


Supreme Court rules against Argentina

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Supreme Court has dealt Argentina a pair of defeats in its long-running attempt to avoid paying some debts from its 2001 default.

The court Monday let stand a lower court ruling that Argentina cannot make payments on restructured debt unless it also repays investors who refused to accept terms of the refinancing offered by Buenos Aires.

In addition, the court said investors could use the U.S. courts to pursue information about where Argentina owns property around the world. That should make it easier for creditors to collect on court judgments against the South American nation.

Argentina has claimed that if it is forced to make the payments, it will lead to further economic turmoil. 

Argentina defaulted on about $100 billion in debt during its financial crisis.

In 2005 and 2010, investors holding more than 90 percent of the debt agreed to write off two-thirds of the value of the government bonds they held.

But some bond holders who are owed $2.5 billion refused to accept the deal and sued Argentina for payment on the securities, leading to Monday's court rulings.


Ad puffery tricks consumers about health

By the University of Houston news staff

Health-related buzzwords, such as antioxidant, gluten-free and whole grain, lull consumers into thinking packaged food products labeled with those words are healthier than they actually are, according to a new research study conducted by scholars at the University of Houston.

That false sense of health as well as a failure to understand the information presented in nutrition facts panels on packaged food may be contributing to the obesity epidemic in the United States, said Temple Northup, an assistant professor at the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication the university.

“Saying Cherry 7-Up contains antioxidants is misleading. Food marketers are exploiting consumer desires to be healthy by marketing products as nutritious when, in fact, they’re not,” said Northup, principal investigator of the study, “Truth, Lies, and Packaging: How Food Marketing Creates a False Sense of Health.”

The study examined the degree to which consumers link marketing terms on food packaging with good health. It found that consumers tend to view food products labeled with health-related euphemisms as healthier than those without them. The research also showed that the nutrition facts panels printed on food packaging as required by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration do little to counteract that buzzword marketing.

“Words like organic, antioxidant, natural and gluten-free imply some sort of healthy benefit,” Northup said. “When people stop to think about it, there’s nothing healthy about antioxidant Cherry 7-Up – it’s mostly filled with high fructose syrup or sugar. But its name is giving you this clue that there is some sort of health benefit to something that is not healthy at all.”

The study also looks at the priming psychology behind the words to explain why certain words prompt consumers to assign a health benefit to a food product with unhealthy ingredients.

“For example, if I gave you the word doctor, not only doctor would be accessible in your mind – now all these other things would be accessible in your mind -  nurse, stethoscope, etc.,” Northup said. “What happens when these words become accessible, they tend to influence or bias your frame of mind and how you evaluate something.”

This triggered concept is then available to influence later thoughts and behaviors, often without explicit awareness of this influence – the so-called priming effect, Northup said.

Northup developed an experiment using priming theory to gather quantitative research on how food marketers influence consumers. He developed an online survey that randomly showed images of food products that either included actual marketing words, like organic, or a Photoshop image removing any traces of those words, thereby creating two different images of the same product. A total of 318 study participants took the survey to rate how healthy each product was.

Northup found when participants were shown the front of food packaging that included one of those trigger words, they would rate the items as healthier.

“I took a label from Cherry 7-Up Antioxidant and Photoshop it without the word ‘antioxidant’ and only the words, ‘Cherry 7-Up.’ I then asked people via the online survey which one they thought was healthier,” said Northup. “Each time a participant saw one of the triggering words on a label, they would identify it as healthier than the other image without the word. ”

Northup said he hopes the results of this study will contribute to an increased dialogue on how food is marketed, guide development of specific media literacy and help people understand the effects of how food is marketed to consumers.

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Employee association questions salaries of top Caja physicans
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Although the average Costa Rican salary is around $500 a month, many well-placed individuals make much more.

Particularly in public agencies, there is no benefit for managers to hold down the salaries. Although many blame the country's fiscal woes on corruption, there also are little-known salaries that some might consider extravagant.

One such critic is the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados, which takes a special interest in the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, the nation's medical and pension provider.

This employee group has had key roles in a series of corruption allegations, many related to the Caja.

The latest complaint does not involve corruption but high salaries. The association has reported that 100 physicians bring in 1.35 trillion colons a month in salaries. That works out to $24,100 a month on average, but the employee group said that some physicians make as much as 18 million colons a month. That's about $32,142.

The employe association said it found out this information unofficially when it received a list of the physicians with the top 100 salaries. Many physicians also work for the Caja part time and have lucrative private practices on the side.

The Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados said that it was unable to obtain the salary list formally even though a Sala IV constitutional court ruling said that such information is public.

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specialists or administrators, and that it recognizes that many Caja employees serve with altruism and in compliance with the Hippocratic Oath.

The organization said it was trying to generate public opinion in favor of the proposals it has advanced for changes in the Caja.

The Caja is in delicate financial shape, and several recent corruption probes suggest that part of the reason is because some employees are taking advantage of the public agency. Judicial agents just raided offices at Hospital Calderón Guardia because of allegations that physicians and administrators faked the number of orthopedic patients and collected more than $2 million that way by billing for medical equipment that never was delivered.


Multi-national anti-drug patrol in Pacific captures a sneaky craft
By the U.S. Southern Command news service

Working with the Colombian navy and air force, U.S. Navy and Coast Guard forces aboard "USS Ingraham" captured a semi-submersible vessel packed with $107 million worth of cocaine in the Eastern Pacific last month.

The seizure of such a vessel, classified as a self-propelled semi-submersible,  is a significant feat for U.S. and multinational forces that conduct year-round counter illicit trafficking operations in the waters off Latin America and the Caribbean.

Semi-submersibles are commonly used by illicit traffickers to move large amounts of drugs and other contraband because the vessel's low profile makes it extremely difficult to detect at sea. U.S. and regional partner nation law enforcement agencies rarely spot a semi-submersible on the high seas.

And when they do, capturing a semi-submersible is very difficult since the crews often attempt to scuttle and sink the craft to dispose of evidence.

The recent semi-submersible seizure followed this script.

When the semi-submersible was tracked by "Ingraham" and visually located by its SH-60B Seahawk helicopter and rigid-hulled inflatable boat, the suspected traffickers punctured the hull in an attempt to scuttle the craft.

A U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment from "Ingraham" boarded the semi-submersible, detained the crew and gained control of the sinking vessel. "Ingraham" then quickly arrived on the scene and brought the semi-submersible alongside the ship. As the Colombian navy worked to tow the vessel into port, sailors from "Ingraham" worked to pump water out of the slowly sinking
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Sailors and Coast Guardsmen from 'USS Ingraham' inspect a captured self-propelled semi-submersible.

semi-submersible and kept the vessel afloat long enough to retrieve the contraband loaded inside

The Coast Guard said the semi-submersible was transporting about 2,380 kilograms of cocaine worth $107 million. Three suspects who crewed the semi-submersible were taken into custody.

The semi-submersible and cocaine seizure was part of Operation Martillo, a multinational effort targeting illicit traffickers and the movement of narcotics, precursor chemicals, bulk cash, and weapons in Central American waters.

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Betting decisions linked to genetic influences by study of brains
By the University of California, Berkeley news staff

Investors and gamblers take note: Your betting decisions and strategy are determined, in part, by your genes.

Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, National University of Singapore and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have shown that betting decisions in a simple competitive game are influenced by the specific variants of dopamine-regulating genes in a person’s brain.

Dopamine is a neurotransmitter – a chemical released by brain cells to signal other brain cells – that is a key part of the brain’s reward and pleasure-seeking system. Dopamine deficiency leads to Parkinson’s disease, while disruption of the dopamine network is linked to numerous psychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, including schizophrenia, depression and dementia.

While previous studies have shown the important role of the neurotransmitter dopamine in social interactions, this is the first study tying these interactions to specific genes that govern dopamine functioning.

“This study shows that genes influence complex social behavior, in this case strategic behavior,” said study leader Ming Hsu, an assistant professor of marketing in Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. “We now have some clues about the neural mechanisms through which our genes affect behavior.”

The implications for business are potentially vast but unclear, Hsu said, though one possibility is training work forces to be more strategic. But the findings could significantly affect the understanding of diseases involving dopamine, such as schizophrenia, as well as disorders of social interaction, such as autism.

“When people talk about dopamine dysfunction, schizophrenia is one of the first diseases that come to mind,” Hsu said, noting that the disease involves a very complex pattern of social and decision making deficits. “To the degree that we can better understand ubiquitous social interactions in strategic settings, it may help us understand how to characterize and eventually treat the social deficits that are symptoms of diseases like schizophrenia.”

Hsu established two years ago that when people engage in competitive social interactions, such as betting games, they primarily call upon two areas of the brain: the medial prefrontal cortex, which is the executive part of the brain, and the striatum, which deals with motivation and is crucial for learning to acquire rewards. Functional magnetic resonance imaging scans showed that people playing these games displayed intense activity in these areas.

“If you think of the brain as a computing machine, these are areas that take inputs, crank them through an algorithm, and translate them into behavioral outputs,” Hsu said. “What is really interesting about these areas is that both are innervated by neurons that use dopamine.”

The competition was a game called patent race, commonly used by social scientists to study social interactions. It involves one person betting, via computer, with an anonymous opponent.
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Brain scans show high activity in the medial prefrontal cortex.

“We know from brain imaging studies that when people compete against one another, they actually engage in two distinct types of learning processes,” said Illiniois graduate student Eric Set, referring to Hsu’s 2012 study. “One type involves learning purely from the consequences of your own actions, called reinforcement learning. The other is a bit more sophisticated, called belief learning, where people try to make a mental model of the other players, in order to anticipate and respond to their actions.”

Using a mathematical model of brain function during competitive social interactions, Hsu and Set correlated performance in reinforcement learning and belief learning with different variants or mutations of the 12 dopamine-related genes, and discovered a distinct difference.

They found that differences in belief learning – the degree to which players were able to anticipate and respond to the actions of others, or to imagine what their competitor is thinking and respond strategically – was associated with variation in three genes which primarily affect dopamine functioning in the medial prefrontal cortex.

In contrast, differences in trial-and-error reinforcement learning – how quickly they forget past experiences and how quickly they change strategy – was associated with variation in two genes that primarily affect striatal dopamine.

Hsu said that the findings correlate well with previous brain studies showing that the prefrontal cortex is involved in belief learning, while the striatum is involved in reinforcement learning.

“We were surprised by the degree of overlap, but it hints at the power of studying the neural and genetic levels under a single mathematical framework, which is only beginning in this area,” he said.

Hsu is currently collaborating with other scientists to correlate career achievements in older adults with genes and performance on competitive games, to see which brain regions and types of learning are most important for different kinds of success in life.

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Copper coin of Constantine the Great, struck AD 318-319 at the mint of Siscia.

Looting of ancient coins
muddies history, expert says

By the Baylor University news staff

Millions of ancient coins looted from archaeological excavations enter the black market yearly, and a Baylor University researcher who has seen plundered sites likens the thefts to stealing smoking guns from crime scenes. But those who collect and study coins have been far too reluctant to condemn the unregulated trade, he says.

“Archaeologists are detectives. When something has been taken away from a historical site, the object is divorced from its relationship with other objects, and its utility for the writing of history — much like solving a criminal case — is diminished,” said Nathan Elkins, assistant art professor in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Elkins is the staff numismatist at the excavations of an ancient synagogue from the Roman/Byzantine period in Huqoq, Israel. He has written an article, “Investigating the Crime Scene: Looting and Ancient Coins,” that appears in the current issue of Biblical Archaeology Review.

Numismatists — those who study or collect such currency as coins, tokens, paper money and even such trade objects as shells or lambskins — must not condone or, worse, encourage that destructive behavior, Elkins said.

Coins are among objects stolen and sold through the multi-billion-dollar black market in antiquities. The New York Times recently reported looting in Spain and also in Egypt, where looters have taken advantage of political upheaval to steal thousands of objects from unprotected sites and even a national museum. The U.S. market alone imports “hundreds of thousands of earth-encrusted coins annually that are smuggled from Balkan nations such as Bulgaria,” Elkins says.

He saw up close and personal the results of thefts at a site he previously worked — a Roman Empire-era fort in Israel.

“One season we arrived and found one area that had been looted by someone with a metal director. Pits were dug into the floors and walls, and the soil dug out was greenish, indicating they had removed copper coins and perhaps other metal objects,” he said. “It caused a lot of damage to the site and destroyed information.”

Coins taken in such illegal and secretive excavations and touted with fake histories are easy to find in auction catalogs and online storefronts — and inexpensive to boot, he said.

“‘Common’ coins such as these may sell for the price of a fast-food lunch, but they’re invaluable sources to archaeologists and historians,” he said. When discovered beneath floors, foundations or wells, they provide information about how people lived and behaved in the past and can date occupation levels and monuments.

Elkins noted that there is “a widespread demand for biblical coins on account of their associations with Judaism, Christianity and the Bible, which of course exacerbates the looting problem. And the intellectual and material consequences of looting biblical coins are equally severe as that of Roman imperial coins and Greek coins.”

Among such biblical coins are those used to pay temple taxes, tribute coins to Romans rulers and the widow’s mite, a small coin of little value mentioned in the Gospel of Mark.

For some coin collectors, obtaining coins of questionable origin is a matter of shortsightedness, he said. The origin and history of a coin may be irrelevant to them if their interest is merely in its image, rarity and method of production.

Some scholars and collectors may be hesitant to question a coin’s background for fear of alienating dealers or other collectors, Elkins said. And, to be fair, some coins are in public or private collections with no recorded history rather than having been illegally obtained and passed off with a fake history, he said.

Elkins said that most collectors have a genuine passion for ancient history, but they must be more assertive and conscientious in reporting suspected illegal activity, insisting on the provenance of coins and avoiding giving money to those who buy from looters and smugglers.

Elkins became fascinated with ancient coins as a teen who was interested in Roman history.

“Those images tended to be politicized, commemorating an imperial virtue or referring to a recent military victory, for example,” he said. “As much of the ancient population was illiterate, and the majority of people lived outside of Rome, coins were a primary vehicle for the communication of political ideology in the Roman Empire.

“The study of coins lies at the intersection of multiple fields, including archeology, art history, classics, ancient history and economics,” Elkins said. “Coins are the ‘smoking guns,’ the definitive evidence — and it’s important to preserve as much evidence as possible.”


Genetic study shows México
to be extraordinarily diverse


By the University of California, San Francisco
news service


In the most comprehensive genetic study of the Mexican population to date, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and Stanford University, along with Mexico’s National Institute of Genomic Medicine, have identified tremendous genetic diversity, reflecting thousands of years of separation among local populations and shedding light on a range of confounding aspects of Latino health.

The study, which documented nearly 1 million genetic variants among more than 1,000 individuals, unveiled genetic differences as extensive as the variations between some Europeans and Asians, indicating populations that have been isolated for hundreds to thousands of years.

These differences offer an explanation for the wide variety of health factors among Latinos of Mexican descent, including differing rates of breast cancer and asthma, as well as therapeutic response. Results of the study appeared in the online edition of the journal Science.

“Over thousands of years, there’s been a tremendous language and cultural diversity across Mexico, with large empires like the Aztec and Maya, as well as small, isolated populations,” said Christopher Gignoux, who was first author on the study with Andres Moreno-Estrada, now a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford. “Not only were we able to measure this diversity across the country, but we identified tremendous genetic diversity, with real disease implications based on where, precisely, your ancestors are from in Mexico.”

For decades, physicians have based a range of diagnoses on patients’ stated or perceived ethnic heritage, including baseline measurements for lung capacity, which are used to assess whether a patients’ lungs are damaged by disease or environmental factors. In that context, categories such as Latino or African-American, both of which reflect people of diverse combinations of genetic ancestry, can be dangerously misleading and cause both misdiagnoses and incorrect treatment.

While there have been numerous disease/gene studies since the Human Genome Project, they have primarily focused on European and European-American populations, the researchers said. As a result, there is very little knowledge of the genetic basis for health differences among diverse populations.

“In lung disease such as asthma or emphysema, we know that it matters what ancestry you have at specific locations on your genes,” said Esteban González Burchard, professor of bioengineering and therapeutic sciences at the San Francisco institution.  “In this study, we realized that for disease classification it also matters what type of native American ancestry you have. In terms of genetics, it’s the difference between a neighborhood and a precise street address.”

The researchers focused on Mexico as one of the largest sources of pre-Columbian diversity, with a long history of complex civilizations that have had varying contributions to the present-day population. Working collaboratively across the institutions, the team enlisted 40 experts, ranging from bilingual anthropologists to statistical geneticists, computational biologists and clinicians, as well as researchers from multiple institutions in Mexico and others in England, France, Puerto Rico and Spain.

The study covered most geographic regions in Mexico and represented 511 people from 20 native and 11 mestizo populations.

Among the results was the discovery of three distinct genetic clusters in different areas of Mexico, as well as clear remnants of ancient empires that cross seemingly remote geographical zones. In particular, the Seri people along the northern mainland coast of the Gulf of California and a Mayan people known as the Lacandon, near the Guatemalan border, are as genetically different from one another as Europeans are from Chinese.

"We were surprised by the fact that this composition was also reflected in people with mixed ancestries from cosmopolitan areas,” said Moreno-Estrada, a life sciences research associate at Stanford. "Hidden among the European and African ancestry blocks, the indigenous genetic map resembles a geographic map of Mexico.”

The study also revealed a dramatic difference in lung capacity between mestizo individuals with western native Mexican ancestry and those with eastern ancestry, to the degree that in a lung test of two equally healthy people of the same age, someone from the west could appear to be a decade younger than a Yucatan counterpart. Burchard said this was clinically significant and could have important implications in diagnosing lung disease.

Significantly, the study found that these genetic origins correlated directly to lung function in modern Mexican-Americans. As a result, the research lays the groundwork for both further research and for developing precise diagnostics and possibly even therapeutics, based on these genetic variations. It also creates a potentially important opportunity for public health policy, especially in Mexico, in allocating resources for both research and care.


Obama sending U.S. troops
to Iraq to protect embassy


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama is sending 275 U.S. military personnel to Iraq to help provide security to the embassy in Baghdad and U.S. personnel.  The administration on Monday sought to reassure Americans that the deployment is not another open-ended commitment of troops to Iraq.

"This force is deploying for the purpose of protecting U.S. citizens and property, if necessary, and is equipped for combat," Obama said in a letter to lawmakers. "This force will remain in Iraq until the security situation becomes such that it is no longer needed."

Obama's notification to Congress Monday also said the move has the consent of the Iraqi government.

U.S. officials say 170 troops already are in Iraq, and about 100 more could be deployed as needed. Officials say the soldiers will help relocate some staff from the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.

The embassy itself remains open.

While the president has ruled out sending ground forces back into Iraq, he met with his national security team Monday to consider other options.

They include possible air strikes against the Sunni militants who already control large parts of northern Iraq and have vowed to seize Baghdad from the Shiite-led government.

The U.S. also is considering working with Iran. But the Pentagon says it has no plans to enter into military cooperation with the Iranians in any action in Iraq.

A top State Department official says U.S. and Iranian diplomats met briefly Monday on the sidelines of nuclear talks in Vienna. The official says talks with the Iranians will not include any discussion of military coordination.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Iranians first have to be prepared to do something to respect Iraqi integrity and sovereignty before Washington makes a decision.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says this is not just a military challenge for Iraq's government. She says Iraqi leaders must make a sincere effort to govern in a non-sectarian manner and listen to the legitimate grievances of the Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish communities.

Iraq's Sunni minority bitterly complained that the Shiite government sidelined it and ignored its problems -- leading to terrorism and setting the stage for the current uprising by the militants.


GM issues another recall
also related to ignition


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. automaker General Motors is issuing another recall, this one affecting more than three million cars with faulty ignition switches.

The switch defect is similar to an ignition problem that has been linked to at least 13 deaths and led to an earlier recall.

GM says the latest issue involves ignition switches that can be jolted out of position, potentially affecting the car's steering, brakes and airbags. It says the problem has led to at least eight crashes and six injuries.

In total, the company has issued 44 recalls this year, affecting about 20 million vehicles.

GM's slow response to the ignition switch issue has triggered several federal investigations, including by Congress, the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Last month, the federal government fined GM $35 million, the maximum amount allowed by law, for its delayed response to the problem.

GM also is facing a number of lawsuits by families of crash victims.

 
Multidimensionally poor
includes more than cash


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Poverty is not just about a lack of money. Oxford University says it’s also about not having enough food, education, healthcare and shelter.  And some poor are much worse off than others.
 
Oxford has released its latest Multidimensional Poverty Index, or MPI. This year it covered 108 countries where 78 percent of the world’s population lives. Of those people, about 1.6 billion are listed as multidimensionally poor. And most of them are in rural areas.
 
Sabina Alkire, director of the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative, explained multidimensional poverty.
 
“I mean a person who has different things going wrong at the same time. They might not have many assets and they might have malnutrition. And they might not have more than five years of schooling. So, several things are going wrong in their life at the same time. That’s what it means to be multidimensionally poor. It’s not just one,” she said.
 
The index found that in nearly 50 developing countries half of the poor are so deprived they should actually be classified as destitute. The index measured overlapping deprivations, with destitute meaning an extreme lack of basic living standards.
 
Most of those considered destitute, some 420-million, are found in countries in South Asia. And of those, India is home to 343 million of them. The index says there are 200 million destitute people in 24 sub-Saharan African countries. Niger has the highest percentage of its population listed as destitute with nearly 69 percent.
 
Income is the most common measure of poverty, but Dr. Alkire said more information is needed to tell the whole story.
 
“It needs a measure that looks at the other aspects of people’s lives -- like bad health, bad education, no water and sanitation or poor housing – and sees how they’re doing in those. Because it’s actually not the same people who are poor in both. And so both measures together give a more balanced picture of how people are living.”
 
She said it’s surprising, but in some places many people who are malnourished may not be considered income poor.
 
“For example, in Bhutan, according to their national poverty measure, 12 percent of people are income poor and 12.7 are multidimensionally poor, but only a quarter of those –3.2 percent – are poor in both.”
 
She said despite the findings of the index, policies aimed at reducing poverty are working.
 
“We studied changes over time for 34-countries this year, housing 2.5 billion people. And 30 of those countries had significant reductions of poverty. And the really good news we find is that it’s low income countries and least developed countries that actually reduced poverty the fastest,” she said.
 
The Oxford University study reported that the largest reduction in destitution occurred in Ethiopia, down “30 percentage points between 2000 and 2011.” Large reductions were also seen in Niger, Ghana, Bolivia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Nepal, Haiti, Bangladesh and Zambia.
 
The U.N. Millennium Development Goals, which set targets regarding poverty, hunger, malnutrition, health and other issues, expire at the end of next year. Dr. Alkire said the index could help in the creation of a replacement for the goals that gives a complete picture of poverty.
 
“We need a replacement that keeps our eyes really focused on human poverty and the pain and suffering that it entails, but also brings in the environment. And our suggestion is really simple. That along side the $1.25 a day measure – or some extreme income poverty measure – that we bring into view these people who are multidimensionally poor. And that we can do so with a measure of destitution and a measure of multidimensional poverty and maybe even a measure of vulnerability that would be more appropriate for middle and high income countries,” she said.
 
She said with more poverty data available, different government agencies could better coordinate their efforts.


Embassy chefs compete
with their national dishes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Chefs at Washington embassies usually need to please only a small universe of diners: the ambassador, embassy staff and guests at diplomatic functions.
 
But recently in Washington, an array of international chefs donned their best white uniforms and prepared some of their finest dishes in a diplomatic cooking competition that has become an annual event.
 
The 2014 Embassy Chef Challenge last month brought a diverse set of cooks, from Botswana to Venezuela, who sought to feed the public and sway a panel of culinary judges.
 
The event was sponsored by the non-profit group Cultural Tourism DC in the atrium of the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center on Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue.
 
There were famous national dishes, such as Italian eggplant, Iraqi kibbeh, Jamaican jerk salmon and Nepal’s momo dumplings. Polish women in traditional dress accompanied their embassy chef’s offering.
 
The Russian Embassy decided to take an untraditional approach by mixing fish and dessert in their chef’s salmon ice cream offering. Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak was very proud of what he termed a unique recipe that he helped refine in tastings with his chef.
 
Kislyak and his ambassadorial colleagues ranging from Latin America’s El Salvador to Asia’s Thailand, said in brief interviews they were also relieved to be at an event that was informal -- and centered on food rather than political differences.
 
North Korea, Syria, Ukraine and other world trouble spots were set aside.  Culinary competition triumphed over geopolitics for an evening in Washington.
 
“It’s so loud that you can’t talk seriously,” Moscow’s emissary Kislyak said. “That’s something I like about this event.”
 
“It is one day to leave behind the troubles of world,” Thai ambassador Vijavat Isarabhakdi said.  Vijavat would later have huge diplomatic issues to face over his country’s coup.
 
It took Isarabhakdi’s wife some time to locate the Thai ambassador among the spread-out group of inviting embassy food stations.
 
“I was sampling the competition,” he said.
 
A Jamaican diplomat sipped coconut water and said he enjoyed the chance to visit other countries simply by going around the room.

The normal Washington power order was turned upside down, with the chefs being in charge of representing their countries and the ambassadors left as hopeful bystanders. The cooks took their craft as seriously as diplomats pondering the implications of a speech.
 
Turkish embassy chef Hasan Siyam had been working for days on his entry: tender lamb wrapped inside eggplant, accompanied by mini-rice pilaf in a phyllo dough dome.
 
“Turkish food you have to work,” he said, compared to “American food, mostly burgers, hot dogs, pie—that kind of stuff.”
 
Several chefs said a secret to cooking in embassies is to literally leave a flavor of their home country, no matter what the origins of the dish.
 
Norway’s chef Sindre Risvoll, who started culinary school at age 15, prepared North Atlantic halibut confit, accompanied by smoked puree of celeriac, sun choke, and cured game meat.  At an informal event, he said he might serve burgers “but with soured cabbage for a Norwegian twist.”
 
A colleague from a very different country also took the same approach to embassy cooking.
 
“I take a typical American dish and fuse it with a Latin touch,” said El Salvador’s Edgar Melendez, who was serving tenderloin of beef, but diced with Salvadorian plums in honey brown sugar.
 
At the embassy chef event, those normally behind the stove were glad to come out and be put on public display with their colleagues. Some had their names embroidered on their chef’s jackets.
 
Botswana’s chef Boitshwarelo Graffius was grateful to have the opportunity to see how her pulled goat meat with sweet onion sauce, butternut squash and spinach would stack up among the judges.
 
“This is a competition. At the embassy, I’m just cooking,” she said with a hearty laugh.
 
In the end, the judging was a split decision, with salmon triumphing in both categories. The culinary professionals voted for Thailand’s “Phla Salmon,” spicy salmon salad.
 
The People’s Choice Award went to Russia for its unusual but popular salmon ice cream. It was a triumph for Russia in a building named for Ronald Reagan, seen by many as prevailing over the Soviet Union in the Cold War.
 
More than a dozen chefs lined up for a group portrait in their formal outfits, as if they were national leaders at a world summit. They chatted animatedly as television cameras captured the scene in several languages. A volley of cameras clicked to take their picture.
 
For one night in Washington, international politics were put aside and the chefs were the star of the diplomatic show.


Presbyterians to vote
again on Israeli sanctions


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

One of America’s oldest Protestant denominations is holding its biennial assembly this week, and high on the agenda is a proposal to divest from companies that do business with Israel.

If approved, the Presbyterian Church USA would be the largest religious organization in the country to impose sanctions on Israel.

During Sunday worship at the Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, interim pastor Beverly Dempsey offered a prayer for her Protestant denomination’s leaders gathering this week in Detroit.

“As the general assembly moves into full swing, there are many issues that threaten to tear the PCUSA apart,” she said from the pulpit.

“In the end, we may or may not wholeheartedly agree with the position that the denomination is taking on marriage equality, or divestment, or immigration reform, or the mandatory registration of guns, or any of the key issues of our day.”

Like many other mainline Protestant churches in America, this once influential denomination has been hemorrhaging members. It now has around 1.75 million. And, while the debates have divided those still in the pews, several proposals to sanction Israel for the lack of progress in the Middle East peace process may prove to be the most controversial.

One calls for Israel to be branded an apartheid state. Another calls for the church to withdraw investments from three U.S. companies whose products are used by the Israeli military in the occupied territories.  A similar measure came within a few votes of passing at the last assembly in 2012.

A vote on the divestment proposal is scheduled for later this week. If it goes through, it would be a major victory for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, or BDS, movement. The movement wants to isolate Israel with sanctions like those applied to apartheid-era South Africa.

The Rev. Susan Wilder of the Presbyterian Israel/Palestine Mission Network, which has backed the divestment motion, says the aim is not to delegitimize Israel.

“But we do need to shine a spotlight on Israel’s - on bad policies,” she says. “This isn’t about good guys and bad guys, or being against Israel, or wanting to isolate Israel or even punish Israel, this is about wanting to shine a spotlight on actions that are harming everyone.”

She says she doesn’t want to profit from someone else’s pain.

“For us,” she adds, “this is a matter of living out our faith and it's a matter of our stewardship of our financial sources. It's a matter of getting our investments in line with our values.”

Earlier this year, the Israel/Palestine Mission Network published a congregational study guide called Zionism Unsettled. Critics say it demonizes Israel by calling Zionism a false theology and blames it for the entire Middle East conflict.

The Rev. John Wimberly, retired pastor of Western Presbyterian Church, says Christians should think twice before imposing sanctions on Israel.

“There is a 2,000-year history of economic sanctions being used by Christians aimed at Jews, and it's a bloody, nasty history and that is kind of my bottom line opposition right there,” says Wimberly, who is now on the steering committee for Presbyterians for Middle East Peace.

He says he doesn’t agree with Israel’s settlement policies. But he argues that the BDS movement ignores Palestinian attacks on Israel, while the divestment proposal has been pushed by lobbyists from outside the denomination.

“This divestment thing has come up ever since 2004 and at every general assembly, and every general assembly the Presbyterian Church, which is kind of a progressive body, has defeated it,” he says. “So Israel has lots of friends in the mainline churches.”

But Israel’s supporters fear a yes vote could prompt other churches to follow suit.  That could leave it with fewer friends among left-leaning Protestant Christians and more dependent on support from largely evangelical Christian conservatives.
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8321-10/17/14



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8352-8/13/14

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Castillo
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The only private guarded development in El Castillo
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8382-7/5/14

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

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

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

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These lots are located in a gated, private community with low HOA dues and offer amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to Playa Conchal and Pirates beaches.  And only 20 minutes to the resort town of Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia International airport. Reserve your lot with only a $1,500 deposit.  We are offering Interest-free financing for 5 years for a limited time only. Contact: Christian  info@puntaplayavistas.com 
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8372-8/23/14

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Gorgeous 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built energy green. This condo is located in a gated community with low HOA dues and offers amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to a beautiful white, sandy beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort town Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double pane windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom cabinets. Contact www.puntaplayavistas.com or email info@puntaplayavistas.com 
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8271-8/23/14

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean.  This design allows for barrier-free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room its spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors.  $365,000.00 or rent for $900 per month including WIFI and PLUS utilities.  Long term rentals only please.  Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage.  3 bedrooms/ 2 baths.  Fully furnished   Automatic entry gate.   Custom exotic wood cabinets   High end stainless steel appliances   Granite counter tops  Slide show at   
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For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8305-6/26/14

Esterillos

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

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

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

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

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8230-3/13/14

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


For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
8166-5/29/13

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

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Iconic elephant slain for its famous tusks

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Last week, an international group reported that more than 20,000 African elephants were poached last year alone.

A day after the report was issued, wildlife officials in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park announced that Satao, one of Africa’s largest elephants, had been killed.

The elephant was shot with poison arrows by poachers, who then hacked off its face and stole the tusks.

The carcass was found earlier this month. Conservationists who had followed Satao for years identified the body from the ears and other signs.

Satao, about 45 years old, was known as a tusker – his tusks so long they swept the ground at his feet.

"It is with enormous regret that we confirm there is no doubt that Satao is dead, killed by an ivory poacher's poisoned arrow to feed the seemingly insatiable demand for ivory in far off countries, a great life lost so that someone far away can have a trinket on their mantelpiece," Tsavo Trust said in a statement released late Friday.
 
The death of Satao, the latest in a surge of the giant mammals killed by poachers for their ivory, came a day after wildlife regulator CITES warned entire elephant populations are dying out in many African countries due to poaching on a massive scale.

China is helping to fuel this multibillion-dollar illicit trade with its demand for ivory to use in decorations and in traditional medicines.

Those eager to reap the benefits include organized crime syndicates and rebel militias looking for ways to fund insurgencies in Africa.  Tusks can rake in thousands of dollars a kilo in Asia.

According to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, 2013 was the third year in a row that more than 20,000 elephants were killed across the African continent.

It said the sharp upward trend in illegal elephant killing observed since the mid-2000s peaked in 2011 and is leveling off.

Satao lived in a vast wilderness stretching over a thousand square kilometers (400 square miles), a major challenge for rangers from the government-run Kenya Wildlife Service to patrol.
 
"Understaffed and with inadequate resources given the scale of the challenge, KWS ground units have a massive uphill struggle to protect wildlife," the Tsavo Trust added.

Elsewhere, Garamba National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is under constant assault by renegade Congolese soldiers, gunmen from South Sudan and others.

The Johannesburg-based African Parks group, which manages Garamba, said since mid April, the 5,000-square kilometer (1,900-square mile) park has faced an onslaught from several bands of poachers who have already killed 68 elephants, about 4 percent of its population.
 
“The situation is extremely serious,” Garamba park manager Jean-Marc Froment said in a statement. “The park is under attack on all fronts.”
 
One group of poachers in the park is shooting the elephants from a helicopter and then chopping off their tusks with chain saws, removing the elephants' brains and genitals as well. In some cases, baby elephants that do not yet possess the valuable ivory tusks are killed as well, the AP reported.
 
African Parks, which runs seven parks in six countries in cooperation with local authorities, said the poachers include renegade elements of the Congolese army, gunmen from South Sudan and members of the Lord's Resistance Army, a militant rebel group whose fugitive leader Joseph Kony is an alleged war criminal.

Social media was humming over the weekend with accounts and photos of Satao's death.

On National Public Radio's Web site, Mark Deeble, a wildlife filmmaker, wrote of his attempts to film the elephant as it took more than an hour zig-zagging his way through brush to approach a watering hole.

"I was mystified at the bull's poor attempt to hide — until it dawned on me that he wasn't trying to hide his body, he was hiding his tusks. At once, I was incredibly impressed, and incredibly sad — impressed that he should have the understanding that his tusks could put him in danger, but so sad at what that meant," Deeble wrote.

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Prensa Libre newspaper celebrates 125 years

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In 1889 a Costa Rica very different from today's, with a population of less than 250,000, saw the birth of one influential business that still remains as the country has grown and undergone some drastic changes. La Prensa Libre newspaper is now celebrating its 125th anniversary and its success as Costa Rica's longest-running news provider.

The paper spent its first years surrounded by the country's heavy political turmoil and electoral fraud. It openly backed José Rodríguez Zeledón in the 1890 presidential election where he received the majority vote but was nearly denied office by then-president Bernado Soto, who had chosen Ascensión Esquivel Ibarra to succeed him. La Prensa Libre and the Catholic Church rallied the people to protest Soto and threaten him with an armed uprising.

Rodríguez eventually took the presidency and during his tenure he began a dictatorship by disbanding congress in 1892 and suspending civil and political rights until he left office in 1894. The federal government under Rafael Yglesias Castro censured La Prensa Libre from reporting on politics a few years later.

Since then it has been through world and civil wars, economic crises, the construction of the nation's first railway, and the proclamation of the 1949 Constitution of Costa Rica.

According to a release from the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados, “La Prensa Libre is undoubtedly an inherent characteristic of what it means to be Costa Rican, it's part of our idiosyncrasy and the existence of the same democratic national system could not be conceivable without this legendary medium.”

Prensa Libre is currently owned by Grupo Extra, which also runs Diario Extra, Extra TV, and Radio América.