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Detained surgeon reports he did 550 transplants
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A surgeon who specializes in kidney transplants says in Internet promotions that he has done 550 of these life-saving procedures.

He is Francisco Mora Palma, chief of nephrology at Hospital Calderón Guardia. He was detained Tuesday morning at his office on allegations that he was engaged in the illegal trafficking in organs.

At least one of Mora's operations did not turn out well. An overweight and elderly U.S. citizen underwent a kidney transplant last November at the hands of Mora. The procedure took place at the private Hospital Hotel La Católica in Guadalupe. The man at the time told friends here that he could not get a transplant in the United States because physicians there rejected him because of his weight and age, more than 80 years. He received the kidney of a younger friend, he reported.

The wealthy U.S. citizen has a long association with Costa Rica, but he said he found out about a package deal offered by the hospital via an Internet search. He said at the time he spent upwards of $150,000.

There is an interview with Mora on YouTube HERE where he speaks about his long history with kidney transplants. Mora is reported to have done nearly all his private practice transplants at La Católica.

After the surgery, the U.S. citizen returned to his home there and immediately was put in intensive care by his own physicians, who expressed shock that he had undergone such an operation. He died several weeks later.

When he was detained Tuesday, Mora was handcuffed with his hands behind his back and led to detention with a garment thrown over his head in much the same way that robbers and other street crooks are treated. Investigators said that a policeman also was detained because he had made arrangements for transplant operations.

Agents also confiscated the physician's files at La Católica.

Prosecutors here were responding to a report in a Mexican newspaper that said Costa Rica was a center for organ trafficking.

The actual violation that prosecutors allege is a little murky. A law that received final approval 
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Transplant surgeon is being detained at hospital.


last Oct. 8 criminalizes the possession, transport, sale or purchase of organs in an illicit way.

Another section of the law, No. 9095, criminalizes the illicit extraction of organs. At the time that was interpreted to be extraction against the will of the person who had the organ.

So the law does not seem to forbid the sale or transactions in organs but only those of an undefined illicit nature. There has been no description of Mora being involved in anything illicit.

The Ministerio de Salud filed a complaint against organ transplants on the heels of the Mexican news report. Costa Rican law also says that transplants have to be done in accord with health ministry policies.

Costa Rica Report said last October than a 1994 law gives the ministry this power but that the country still lacks a database of donors and a medical protocol for the procedure. "Patients waiting for organ transplants must endure long waits and painful treatments," it said.

A.M. Costa Rica reported in February that there were only 454 transplants in public hospitals in 2012 and half of them were cornea replacements for the eyes. There were only 115 kidney transplants, five liver transplants and 55 bone marrow transplants. The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social said that 60 percent of the procedures were done at Hospital México.

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Drug raid nets 13 suspects
in Barranca and El Roble

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Anti-drug police detained 13 persons, including a 17-year-old girl, in a morning sweep in Puntarenas Centro Tuesday.

That brought the total of suspects in a drug distribution ring to 15 because two already are in prison.

Anti-drug agents said they confiscated 4,525 doses of crack cocaine and marijuana. Also confiscated were a shotgun and two handguns. They also found more than 7 million colons, more than $14,000, and a luxury automobile.

Agents with help from other agencies raided and searched 14 locations. The Policía Control de Drogas said that the raids were in the El Roble and Barranca sections of Puntarenas Centro.

The investigation began in October with a confidential telephone call, said the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública. The action Tuesday was triggered by the arrest of a man and his female companion May 28. They were described as distributors of drugs.

Agents said that the network was headed by three brothers with the last names of  Zapata Mora. The 17-year-old girl is a companion of one of the brothers and is, herself, a distributor, the agency said.

Many of those detained Tuesday have had prior contact with police, and two of the brothers have served jail terms, agents said.

Five judicial agents suffered injuries after the arrests when their pickup overturned on the Caldera-San José  highway.


Country Day School accredited
again by U.S.-based agency


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Country Day School in Escazú has again won accreditation from a U.S. agency.

That was announced Tuesday by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools.

The reaccreditation signifies that Country Day School has met the Middle States Association Standards for a quality school, said the agency. Accreditation also is beneficial for graduates when they try to enter universities.

The agency said that Country Day is known for having a high graduate acceptance rate to United States and Canadian universities and colleges.

Country Day School was able to achieve reaccreditation by completing a comprehensive self-evaluation and hosting a volunteer evaluation team of independently-appointed educators, which conducted its own assessment and evaluation, said Middle States. A steering committee guided the school and community through the months-long process, it said. For the seven-year-term of the accreditation, the Country Day School community will engage in a commission-directed series of reports and/or site visits to maintain the rigor of the accreditation process, the agency added.

Middle States is one of the major regional accreditation agencies in the United States. The Middle States region includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and more than 85 countries around the globe, it said.

Over the past 125 years, the Middle States Association said it has accredited more than 3,500 public, private, parochial schools and school districts, including traditional and online programs, early-age education schools and supplementary education programs serving students pre-kindergarten to12, as well as colleges and universities.


Chinese visiting to assess
special economic zones


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministerio de Comercio Exterior said that a team from the  Banco de Desarrollo de China will be in Costa Rica this week to study the viability of proposed special economic zones.

The bank representatives will visit Puntarenas and San Carlos and meet in San José with representatives from Cartago, Limón and Guanacaste, the ministry said.

The idea is to create bases of commerce for exports to other countries, including the United States, said the ministry. Costa Rica likes the idea because it will mean foreign direct investment.


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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

The answer to Sra. Victoria Torley's question about why the U.S. government is planning to spend $1.25 billion to inform its citizens about the Afforadable Care Act's provisions is simple enough. The act imposes requirements and provides benefits that many people do not yet understand. Because compliance with the law is mandatory, the populace needs to know what is required and what opportunities are available.

That's why the U.S. government plans to spend $1.25 billion -- to inform its citizens.
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Central America's own news service is celebrating 40 years here, and 45 photos of dramatic and historical moments will be on display starting Friday at the Museo de los Niños.

The agency is the Agencia Centroamericana de Noticias, a creation of the Spanish news service Agencia EFE S.A. It is known as ACAN-EFE.

The Central American agency came into being in June 1973 because of what the company said was the scarcity of information among the countries. Some 20 subscribers to EFE were the founders.

Costa Rica is the first stop for the photo exhibition.  The photos will be here until July 20. The agency calls the exhibit 40 years of sharing the history of Central America, and there certainly has been no shortage of news.

The agency began a year after the devastating Nicaraguan earthquake, and that country became a hot spot as Anastasio Somoza tried to hang on to absolute power. An insurgency developed, culminating in the Nicaraguan civil war in which the United States had a leading role.

The agency also saw the arrival of Pope John Paul II to the Americas in 1983, the United States invasion of Panamá in 1989, Hurricane Mitch that killed 5,000 in Honduras in 1998 and the continuing struggle of the Guatemalan Indians against genocide by the central government.

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Symphony orchestra debuts recording of its bossa nova concert
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional will debut online a recording of its March bossa nova concert July 1. This is the concert that took place March 21 and 22 that featured music by Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim played by visiting Brazilian musicians.

U.S. conductor Jeremy Fox directed the orchestra for the twin concerts at the Teatro Nacional.
The recording will be available through the iTunes store, said the Centro Nacional de la Música, which produced the work,

The work also is eligible to compete for a Grammy Award, and it will be entered in several categories, said the center. The recording also allows those Costa Ricans who might not have been at the concert to enjoy the orchestra.

The center said that 72 members of the orchestra participated. The title of the recording is "Bossa Nova Sinfónico."

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Design job for controversial northern highway rejected in paperwork review
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Contraloría General de la República has thrown out a contract for the design of Ruta 1856 from Los Chiles to Río Pococol.

The Contraloría, the national budget watchdog, did so because one of the unsuccessful bidders complained. The Contraloría rejected a complaint by  Consorcio DEHC-ITP but agreed with IMNSA Ingenieros Consultores S.A. that additional documentation was needed from the successful bidder,  Compañía Asesora de Construcción e Ingeniería S.A.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad quickly said it would schedule another bid opening in two weeks.

The Contraloría reviews most public contracts. 
The job in question is for $760,000.

Ruta 1856 is the troubled stretch along the northern border of the country on the south bank of the Río San Juan. The original jobs there were deficient, in part because the contracts were awarded directly without competitive bidding.

There are criminal investigations taking place.

As a result of the scandal, the Consejo took over the job from private contractors and began the process of repair and rebuilding.

Design is critical for the various stages of the projects to avoid heavy runoff into the nearby river and to maintain the stability of the roadway. Nicaragua already has complained about sediment washing into the river.

 
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$400 per month furnished. House is 150 yards from a beautiful beach in a jungle area. Next to our wildlife rescue center. Very safe, good water and electricity. One large bedroom, walk-in closet. Newly built and furnished. Must see. A tropical paradise. Contact: Todd at 2755-0014.
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Beautiful mountain chalet surrounded by nature, built with tropical hardwoods and  located on a  5,000 m2  (54,000 sq feet) lot  with two other cottages.  House has basic furniture and  kitchen  appliances.  Ground floor:  Very large living/ dinning room, kitchen, office (or guest bedroom), and 1 bathroom . Upstairs:  2 bedrooms (one with a balcony), and 1 bathroom. 140 m2 approximately  Great BBQ rancho outside. Plenty space for visitor parking. Pets are welcome.  Quiet place, rural, restaurants close by. Near El Castillo Country Club, Tirol and La Condesa mountain hotels.  Only 45 minutes by car from San José.  All public services available  More information call Liseth.  Phone: (506) 7158-1548. Or send me a email:  licortes@hotmail.com
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Perez  Zeledon:   Large studio home overlooking river with deck.  Elegant, ceramic floors, nice cabinets, walk-in closet.  Beautiful gardens and grounds.  Secure. Private. Only  10 minutes
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Rare birds in abundance. Includes,  One  double bed and refrigerator, stove, juicer, sofa, tables,  dishes, pans, etc.  Plus, electric, (hot) water   Phone, TV connected, Internet cable connected, garbage and gardener. All included for $425. /month.  Looking for one good person, reliable, long-term.    Non-smoker. jjpepman@hotmail.com
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Manuel Antonio long term apartment for rent
This modern two-bedroom apartment with a breathtaking view of the Quepos town and the Pacific Ocean is situated near Manuel Antonio National Park and beaches. The location offers a unique experience in the edge of the jungle, where you can observe wildlife. The apartment has two separate bedrooms and sleeps three guests maximum. The bathroom has a walk-in shower and a toilette. The living room is furnished with very comfortable furniture. The kitchen is fully equipped. Public transports like taxis, bus station, port as well as shops, groceries, restaurants, cafes, bars, and nightlife are within a very short distance. Fully furnished, all bills included (water, electricity, cable tv, wireless internet), $575 per month, 6-month minimum. Contact us now!!! 8853-8245. or see our
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We offer for rent three furnished, 2-bedroom mountain homes located on the slopes of Barva Volcano, Sacramento, Heredia. The cabin-style homes are adjacent to the Braulio Carillo National Park and walking distance to the Barva Volcano crater lake. Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and garage. Take in breathtaking views of the Irazú Volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of bird species, to include the occasional Resplendent Quetzal, and a pristine cloud forest. We can also offer you an occasional ride on one of our beautiful mares. Contact Allan or Cristina at HPCattleCR@aol.com, or or for more information HERE! $850 USD/month. We can also offer a weekend or short-stay package.
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Feds say phone taps stopped
many attacks by terrorists


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Top National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials say newly revealed surveillance programs have helped to stop more than 50 terrorist attacks in 20 countries around the world.  The officials delivered a strong defense of the exposed surveillance programs to the House Select Committee on Intelligence, saying they are essential to national security and have not violated any laws or Americans' privacy rights.

FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce outlined four terrorist plots that he said were foiled with the help of the top secret surveillance programs. Joyce said the NSA discovered one of the plots while monitoring a known extremist in Yemen who was in contact with an operative in Kansas City, Missouri.

"We found through electronic surveillance that they were actually in the initial stages of plotting to bomb the New York Stock Exchange,"Joyce said.

Joyce said those involved in the plot were arrested and later convicted.  Joyce also said an NSA intercept of an email from a terrorist in Pakistan in 2009 led authorities to Najibullah Zazi, who later pleaded guilty to a plot to bomb New York City's subway system. 

Joyce said the program also linked an American citizen, David Headley, in Chicago to the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, and to a plot to bomb the offices of a Danish newspaper that published a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad.  Joyce said the FBI would release details of more than 50 thwarted plots to the House and Senate intelligence committees in a classified setting, but not in an open hearing because of security concerns.

NSA chief Keith Alexander told the congressional panel U.S. intelligence officials were criticized after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks for not connecting the dots on pieces of information, and he said the surveillance programs are providing those dots.  Alexander sought to answer concerns about privacy, saying the surveillance programs are limited and properly supervised throughout the process.

"Let me start by saying that I would much rather be here today debating this point than trying to explain how we failed to prevent another 9/11," Alexander said.

The intelligence officials stressed that no phone calls can be monitored without a court order.  But some lawmakers expressed concern about the collection of ordinary Americans' phone records.  Rep. James Himes, a Democrat, said the recent disclosures by NSA contractor Edward Snowden still trouble him.

"They trouble me because of the breadth and the scope of the information collection.  They trouble me because I think this is historically unprecedented in the extent of the data that is being collected on potentially all American citizens," Himes said.

Another Democratic congressman, Adam Schiff, suggested that perhaps changes could be made to the Patriot Act provisions so that telecommunications companies could collect and store Americans' phone records instead of the government, and the government could ask for access to a specific individual's records only when there are substantial suspicions of a terrorist connection.


China gets short advantage
over leaks, experts predict


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Analysts say the recent leaks exposing top-secret U.S. surveillance programs may benefit China temporarily, but will not likely sway Washington from putting more pressure on Beijing to stop alleged Chinese cyber hacking against U.S. targets.

The leaks by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden came at an opportune time for China, just before U.S. President Barack Obama planned to prominently raise the issue of Chinese cyber hacking during a summit in California.

The original documents leaked by Snowden had little to do with China.  They detailed a pair of classified domestic surveillance programs by the U.S. National Security Agency, under which authorities collected and monitored phone records and Internet usage.

Subsequent leaks by Snowden, who has fled to Hong Kong to fight extradition, revealed the NSA has been secretly spying on Chinese targets for years.  That accusation prompted an angry reaction from China's state-controlled media.

The Communist Party-controlled Global Times newspaper on Monday published an editorial calling for Hong Kong, a semi-autonomous sovereign territory of China, to not extradite Snowden.

It also praised him as a hero who exposed the U.S. government's violation of civil rights.

The Global Times, which often expresses official viewpoints, has also called for Beijing officials to meet directly with Snowden in order to obtain more intelligence information that could be used during future negotiations with the United States.

Such comments suggest China will use Snowden's information to deflect diplomatic pressure from Washington, which has attempted to hold China accountable for a series of high-profile cyber hacking attempts originating from its soil.

But there is not yet any evidence that Snowden has directly provided sensitive intelligence to Chinese officials.  In a question-and-answer session in The Guardian newspaper on Monday, Snowden denied having had any contact with the Chinese government. 

Jeffrey Reeves with Hawaii's Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies says that such assurances have done little to calm the fears of U.S. intelligence officials, since Snowden has promised to reveal more information in the coming days.

"I think absolutely there is a lot of concern from the FBI now that's investigating how much access he actually had," he said.  "And people from the NSA are very concerned that he could potentially have quite damaging information."

But Steven Lewis, a China scholar with Houston's Rice University, said it is unlikely Snowden is in direct contact with the Chinese government, given its official reaction.

"If he was actually being run as a spy, and it was viewed as an exceptionally sensitive thing by the Chinese government, I do not think the Global Times would be allowed to speculate on that issue," he said.

Lewis says the leaks may have embarrassed the United States and made it more difficult for Obama to raise the issue of cyber attacks during his talks with Xi.  But he doubts whether it will hamper U.S. efforts to raise the issue in the future.

William Martel, a professor of international security studies at Boston's Tufts University, agrees. He says that the United States will have no problem keeping up the pressure, as long as allegations of widespread Chinese cyber hacking continue to appear in the headlines.

"I think it takes a little pressure off China at this point, but long-term, if in fact, as many allege, that China has been engaging in cyber spying and hacking, the pressure and scrutiny will continue," he said.

President Obama echoed that sentiment in an interview that aired Monday on "The Charlie Rose Show" on PBS television. Obama said the Chinese have understood his very blunt message that cyber attacks have the potential to adversely affect the fundamentals of the U.S.-China relationship.


Manning's lawyer challenges
Twitter and Web evidence

 
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The court-martial of the U.S. soldier accused of providing reams of classified documents to WikiLeaks in a case illustrating the challenge of keeping secrets in the digital age must decide whether tweets and Web pages can be admitted as evidence.
 
Lawyers for PFC Bradley Manning, 25, who is accused with providing more than 700,000 files to the anti-secrecy Web site in the biggest breach of classified U.S. data in the nation's history, argued on Tuesday that Twitter postings offered by prosecutors do not meet the court's standards.
 
“Anyone can create a Web page . . . that looks like WikiLeaks or that looks like Twitter,” argued the defense attorney, Capt. Joshua Tooman, when the government sought to admit a May 7, 2010, tweet from WikiLeaks seeking military Internet addresses, and the Web page of the Internet archive site archive.org that showed a 2009 WikiLeaks “Most Wanted” list of items it was seeking from the public.
 
Tooman said a government investigator had accessed the tweets indirectly, through Google, rather than directly through Twitter or WikiLeaks. He said the evidence failed to meet the test of authenticity since there was no way of knowing what the Web site looked like when the tweet or page was published.
 
Prosecutors argued those tweets, as well as one on Jan. 8, 2010, from WikiLeaks saying it had an encrypted video of a U.S. air attack, were evidence of a leak and should be admissible.
 
The judge, Col. Denise Lind, did not rule on the evidence. She ordered the trial into recess until a status hearing next Tuesday. The trial is scheduled to resume June 26.
 
Manning was an intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010 when WikiLeaks published the classified information. He faces 21 charges, the most serious being aiding the enemy, and faces life in prison without parole if convicted.


Military officials move to put
women in key combat roles


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. military says that within the next three years, it will put women in key combat roles from which they were previously excluded. 

American women have been serving in combat roles and hundreds have been killed on the front lines for years, but they have been excluded from key positions in areas including special operations and infantry.

In January, then-Defense secretary Leon Panetta announced changes to regulations banning women from 237,000 positions.  

Tuesday officials from all four branches of the U.S. military gathered at the Pentagon to announce a timeline for those changes.  The Marines already have come up with new gender-neutral physical tests, and by the middle of 2015, the Army will have new standards that will allow women to be part of its elite Ranger regiment.

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Bennet Sacolick was among those making the announcement.  He said it is the start of a new era, and he referred to the action film series depicting a U.S. war hero who relies much on his brute strength.

“We're looking for smart, qualified operators.  You know, there's a new dynamic.  The days of Rambo are over.  We're looking for young men that can speak and learn a foreign language and understand culture, that can work with indigenous populations and culturally tuned manners.  The defining characteristic of our operators, intellect," said Sacolick.

The changes have prompted questions of whether changing standards will diminish military readiness. Among their concerns, critics say having women in tight-knit, high-stress situations will create privacy issues and hurt unit cohesiveness.

Officials Tuesday said they are fine-tuning their plans before beginning the implementation and looking at models of other countries such as Israel and Canada, which have successfully integrated women into their militaries.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said he is confident the changes will not diminish the U.S. military's effectiveness.


U.S. UK trade deal praised
as biggest in world history

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

At the G8 Summit in Britain, President Barack Obama and European leaders announced the start of an effort to reach what is being called the biggest trade deal in history. Officials are focusing on regional trade agreements because the long effort to reach a new global trade deal is stalled.

British Prime Minister David Cameron stood with U.S. President Barack Obama and European Union leaders to make the announcement.

"We are talking about what could be the biggest bilateral trade deal in history," Cameron noted. "A deal that will have a greater impact than all the other trade deals on the table put together."

It was one of Cameron’s key goals for the summit he hosted for leaders of eight of the world’s top industrialized countries.  But such regional trade deals are really not the leaders’ first choice, according to G8 expert Stephen Pickford of London’s Chatham House.

“I think everybody accepts that having a fully multi-lateral, universal trade deal is the best option.  But that seems to be unattainable at the moment.  And so I think people are focusing on what is the second best, which is to take forward trade liberalization between willing partners,” said Pickford.

But not all the partners are so willing, even in this effort among close allies. 

At preliminary talks, the French trade minister nearly vetoed the plan. 

France was concerned about trade in movies and other entertainment products.  French officials want to protect their industries from the power of Hollywood and American Internet companies.

But aside from such concerns, most leaders see trade as a jobs creator and a stimulus to economic growth worldwide. 


Republicans in House move
to derail citizenship for illegals


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Work intensified on Tuesday to revamp the U.S. immigration system, but gaps widened between the Democratic-led Senate and Republican-led House of Representatives over what proposed changes should become law.
 
The net effect was to raise further doubts about the prospects for both houses approving a comprehensive measure that would grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants.
 
House Speaker John Boehner made a surprise announcement in telling reporters that he would only permit for consideration immigration bills backed by most of the 234 Republicans in the 435-member chamber.
 
“I don't see any way of bringing an immigration bill to the floor that doesn't have a majority support of Republicans,” Boehner said after a closed-door meeting with his caucus.
 
It is widely believed that most House Republicans oppose a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, a key  feature of sweeping legislation now moving through the Senate.
 
Previously, Boehner had only said that he would await Senate passage of a bill before deciding what course the House would take on an issue at the top of President Barack Obama's legislative agenda this year.
 
Many Democrats had hoped Boehner would advance a bill like the Senate's, one containing the pathway to citizenship, and that it could pass the House with the combined backing of most of the 201 House Democrats and some Republicans.
 
But the House Judiciary Committee worked on Tuesday not on  pathways for the undocumented but on a Republican proposal to clamp down on them.
 
It would do so by allowing state and local law enforcement officers to get involved in immigration enforcement, an activity that is now conducted by federal agents. It would also let states and localities enact and enforce their own immigration laws, as long as they were consistent with federal laws.
 
“We can't just be fixated on securing the border,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said at the start of the panel's work session on the bill. He added that the Republican-backed bill would strengthen federal enforcement of immigration laws while ensuring “that where the federal government fails to act, states can pick up the slack.”
 
Rep. John Conyers, the senior Democrat on the committee, called the bill extreme and heinous. He likened it to an Arizona state law he said had resulted in “widespread racial profiling and unconstitutional arrests.”
 
Some Democrats said they were hopeful Boehner would back off his new requirement that any immigration bill be backed by a majority of House Republicans, just as he did in the past year on such issues as tax hikes on the wealthy, the U.S. debt limit, disaster relief and renewal of a landmark bill to curb domestic violence against women.
 
“Boehner is trying to maximize his leverage so he can get a bill that is as conservative as possible,” one Democratic aide said.
 
In the Senate, the immigration bill sponsored by a bipartisan “Gang of Eight” was moving more slowly than had been expected.
 
A split over how to strengthen border security has slowed action on the measure, which would legalize the 11 million illegal immigrants and eventually allow them to apply for citizenship.
 
The bill also would tighten security along the border with Mexico, but not sufficiently, so far, for many Senate Republicans.
 
Sen. John Hoeven of North Dakota said he and some fellow Republicans were making progress on a compromise amendment that could be unveiled as early as Wednesday to deal with border security.
 
Boehner echoed complaints by many Republicans about the Senate bill, saying he believed the measure “is weak on border security.”
 
Once the Senate passes its bipartisan bill, there will be pressure on Boehner to bring it or a similar measure up for a vote in his chamber, regardless if most House Republicans oppose it.
 
“The political winds will be much different after the Senate passes its bill,” the Democratic aide said, especially if there is an overwhelming bipartisan tally.
 
The Republican Party urged its members to embrace comprehensive immigration reform after last year's election, which saw 71 percent of Hispanics, members of the fast-growing voting bloc, support Obama's re-election.
 
A Republican strategist predicted that Boehner would end up “saving Republicans from themselves” by eventually permitting a vote on the Senate bill in the House.
 
The strategist said the move could help rescue the Republican Party, but end up costing Boehner his speakership.


Chinese official's ex-friend
goes public with costly affair


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A Chinese government official is facing accusations of supporting a mistress with extravagant spending beyond his modest salary, in the latest sex scandal to hit the ruling Communist Party.
 
The scandal erupted Friday when a 25-year-old female presenter for Chinese state television announced on her blog that she had a four-year affair with the deputy director of China's state archives, Fan Yue.
 
The presenter, Ji Yingnan, in an interview, said that Fan spent around $1.5 million on her during the relationship. She said Fan bought her jewelry, cars and other luxury items that a civil servant at his level typically would not be able to afford.
 
Prominent Chinese anti-corruption activist Zhu Ruifeng said Ji reached out to him recently to seek his help in exposing the affair. Zhu said he contacted Fan by phone to verify the woman's claims.
 
The activist said Fan acknowledged the affair and admitted spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on his mistress.
 
There was no immediate public comment from the state archives official about the scandal.
 
The former anchorwoman for the China Travel and Economic Channel revealed her affair with Fan by posting videos and photos of their four-year relationship on her blog. She provided many of the same images to Zhu, who published them on his own blog Friday.
 
Zhu said his post about the scandal attracted tens of thousands of views in the first half-hour before state Internet censors apparently blocked access to it. Ji’s blog also was shut down Friday, shortly after she posted the images.
 
Zhu accused the Chinese government of trying to cover up the scandal, and defiantly vowed to publish a new image of the affair every day. He previously exposed a sex scandal involving a lower-ranked municipal level Communist official in the southwestern city of Chongqing last November.
 
Ms. Ji said she wants an apology from Fan for allegedly failing to tell her that he has a wife and son. She said she decided to take her story to foreign media after complaining about the official to Chinese authorities and receiving no response.
 
Chinese state news agency Xinhua briefly reported the scandal on its microblog Monday before the post was removed. The Xinhua post quoted Fan's supervisor as saying the archives official resigned due to unspecified problems.
 
Chinese President Xi Jinping has promised tougher action on corruption since taking office earlier this year. His government has been running a campaign to punish officials who use taxpayer funds to engage in the kind of lavish and extravagant behavior that triggers public disgust.
 
The Chinese government has said it welcomes the support of citizen activists in highlighting cases of official corruption. But a recent editorial by the state-run People's Daily newspaper warned against relying on whistle-blowing mistresses to expose such wrongdoing.
 
In the article published last month, the newspaper said some mistresses seek "bribes or ... huge illegal profits" when disclosing affairs, proving that they are motivated by the same greed as the philandering officials.
 

NASA's capture of asteroid
said to have many benefits


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. space agency says its proposed asteroid capture mission takes several of NASA's ongoing initiatives and aligns them for one major mission. 

These chunks of ancient space rocks hold clues about the formation of the universe, pose threats to our planet, and present new territory for explorers.

NASA's proposed asteroid mission is a logical next leap for the space agency, says associate administrator for human exploration and operations Bill Gerstenmaier.

"It essentially fits right with what we were doing already.  This whole mission activity captures a lot of what we were doing before.  It captures the observation things.  It captures the electric propulsion, and it captures and utilizes our Orion and SLS  just as it was envisioned," said Gerstenmaier of the capsule and rocket.

Astronomers already are identifying and tracking near-Earth asteroids in an attempt to find potential threats, which will help as NASA chooses a target.

And the space agency's engineers are working on propulsion technologies that use sunlight to efficiently produce low thrust, reducing the amount of propellant needed for such a mission.
       
"We're going to capture and redirect a 7-10 meter, approximately 500-ton near-Earth asteroid to a stable orbit in translunar space, probably a deep retrograde orbit around the moon, and this will enable an astronaut mission to the asteroid as early as 2021," said Gerstenmaier.

A successful mission would show that humans can alter an asteroid's path, and be useful if one is found to be a danger to Earth. 



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8007-6/29/13

music studio
Musicians dream!!!
Two-story house, 2,400 sq. ft. (223 sq. mt.) total with covered porches, 2-car covered parking, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, open kitchen/living room, bodega, laundry room, upstairs sala. Separate 320-sq. ft. (29 sq. mt.) music studio that could be used as an art studio, workshop, or additional bedroom. Studio has a patio on top, partially covered with ozonated hot tub. Mature citrus trees, avocado, mango, pineapples, bananas, and many colorful flowers. Completely fenced, security system, Internet, cable TV, automatic gates, one-car additional secured gravel parking. Double lot, 7,320 sq ft (680 sq mt). Backs up to a large cafetal and looks up to Natural Reserve Madre Verde. Located in La Granja, Residencia Palma Real, Palmares, Alajuela. Walking distance to town, 5 minutes to pista, 35 minutes to airport, and close to bus service. Comes with kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, bed set in master bedroom, shoe cabinet just inside front door. Other furnishings negotiable. More pictures available upon request. House and property are in a corporation. $215,000. terrycr2007@gmail.com
7998-74/13

Grecaiproperty
Private Gated Paradise in Grecia 3/2 home with guest apartment, 5000m2 land $169K, River access, costaricariver@yahoo.com, Phone: (506)2495-0487.
7953-7/10/13

Flamingo
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Condo for sale in Flamingo

Ocean view 3-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom condo. Designer furnished 1,800 square feet, gated community. Only six units. Huge pool and balcony, pet friendly, parking, walking distance to Flamingo beach, banks, grocery store, farmacia, etc. New building. $349,000 asking. Ask for photos. 8705-0056. or 1-800-536-2322.
7986-8/6/13

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

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

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

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. $185,000. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987
U.S. Phone:  6630-886-4458  or   (305) 848- 5577
Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799 4041
Email:  sjogringo@yahoo.com
7973-8/23/13

Guaancaate condos
Little Dreams La Colina Magnolias

Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

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

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

Rich Coast Montage
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7972-8/9/13

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

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7967-7/17/13

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

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

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

La Garita
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This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here: http://www.intertica.com/homes/roy.htm
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7933-7/22/13

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

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
SALE on our last 4 lots! Starting at just $17,500 with financing available.
Reserve today with just $5,000 down
Great Retirement Home, Vacation Home, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers on site,
security and lawn maintenance.
Water and power on site.
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CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
7928-8/9/13

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

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

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

just reduced
Just Reduced to $169,000!!!
58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
http://www.richcoastrealty.com/1060.html
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Stunt double files U.S. suit
over phone tapping by papers


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A stunt double for Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has sued News Corp over allegations its British newspapers hacked her phone, the first lawsuit in the United States against the company since a hacking scandal broke out two years ago.
 
The lawsuit filed on June 13 by professional stunt double Eunice Huthart said reporters from News Corp's tabloids The Sun and the defunct News of the World, hacked her mobile phone while she was working for Jolie on location in Los Angeles.
 
A spokesman for News Corp declined to comment on the lawsuit.
 
Ms. Huthart's lawsuit said the hacking occurred in 2004 and 2005 while she was in the United States and Britain and resulted in lost voice messages that she never received.
 
The missing voice mails provided information later used in news reports, according to the court document in U.S. District Court in California. Ms. Huthart is seeking unspecified damages.
 
The allegations include stories that ran in the tabloids about Jolie's budding relationship with actor Brad Pitt when only a tight circle of people had knowledge of it while they were filming the movie “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”
 
In one instance, Ms. Huthart was instructed to meet Ms. Jolie, who was checked into a hotel under the pseudonym “Pocahontas.” Ms. Huthart said she never received the message with the code name even though Ms. Jolie's assistant said she left it for her on the phone.
 
The lawsuit said that the tabloids intercepted messages left by Ms. Jolie regarding her movie career. It citied a News of the World article with the headline “Pitt Stop for Jolie” that began “Hollywood babe Angelina Jolie has threatened to quit the movies for good,” according to the complaint.
 
Ms. Huthart of Liverpool, England, is godmother to one of Jolie's children.
 
The phone hacking scandal sent shockwaves through the British establishment, forced the closure of the Sunday tabloid News of the World, prompted a huge police inquiry and lead to the arrest of more than 60 people.
 
But until the Huthart lawsuit, the scandal has been contained in Britain.
 
News Corp is preparing to split its publishing assets, which includes its British newspapers, the Wall Street Journal and book publisher HarperCollins, from its cable networks and movie studio  June 28.
 


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Farmers unhappy with cash for food plan

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Food for Peace program costs about $1.5 billion annually and provides U.S.-grown food to countries in need. But President Barack Obama’s proposed 2014 budget includes changes to the 59-year-old program replacing some commodity shipments with direct cash purchases in foreign countries. While some aid agencies welcome the proposed changes, farmers and millers in the midwestern United States say the changes will hurt their business and cost U.S. jobs.

Plano, Illinois, farmer Bill Wykes has been behind the wheel of a tractor for almost four decades, planting and harvesting corn and soybeans on land his family has owned even longer.

Throughout his entire career, he’s known that even though it’s a small amount, part of what he grows will help those who need it most.

“We’re glad to see it go and be used and help millions of people over the years to prevent malnutrition, starvation and things like that,” Wykes said.

Since the 1950s, commodities produced in the fertile farmlands of the United States have traveled across the globe to feed more than 3 billion people in 150 countries under the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food for Peace program. 

It’s been a source of pride for farmers like Wykes, who are strongly opposed to the Obama administration’s plan to send cash to countries in need instead of commodities.

“It’s a ridiculous, ridiculous idea. These things can only be done in certain areas and the United States has the best quality, and why not give them the best quality instead of trying to provide them with cash to go to a market that doesn’t have the quality or the commodity that is really needed,” Wykes said.

But U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak said changes to the program are necessary because it takes too long to get U.S. food aid where it’s urgently needed.

“The way we currently do business can basically add 11 to 14 weeks of delay in terms of getting food where it's needed most in an emergency circumstance, and the reality is that is far too long.  This is about saving time and saving lives,” Vilsak said.

But for Dow Didion, who runs Didion Milling in Cambria, Wisconsin, saving time could mean eliminating some of his 212 employees.

“We have a large number of people in this portion of the business from processing to packaging to quality assurance to logistics, so it would impact us in the jobs area,” Didion said.

Didion’s mill processes and packages hundreds of thousands of bags of U.S. food aid each month.  Each bag with a U.S. flag is bound for foreign ports.  Didion says that sends a stronger message than money.

“I don’t feel that cash will have the same impact that a bag that says 'gift of the United States' will have. We are concerned about feeding the starving people a quality product, and have concerns if the program turns into a cash program, what will that money be used for,” Didion said.

Farm Bill legislation making its way through both houses of Congress significantly scales back President Obama’s plan to overhaul the Food for Peace program.