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Jacó businessman deplores his prison conditions
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Jailed Jacó businessman Patrick Hundley says conditions in his Pérez Zeledón prison are deplorable, evil and a poor, poor reflection of Costa Rica. He said he hopes President Luis Guillermo Solís can find the strength to make needed changes.

Hundley runs Daystar Properties, a development firm in the Pacific coast community. He is facing an allegation of administrative fraud, meaning that he did not follow through on promises to purchase and develop a property with money given to him by investors.

The project appears to be one that was caught in the 2009 economic downturn and is further clouded by the divorce and death of a previous owner. Five investors claim he took $7 million.

Hundley wrote a letter in which he outlined his situation and hopes for the future. That letter is HERE! The letter was delivered via email by a third party.

Hundley is the owner of the Jacó Rays second division soccer team and a founder and former president of the Central Pacific Chamber of Commerce.

The allegation against him is of the type that usually is resolved with negotiations and perhaps some form of restitution, but the Jacó man notes that he has been in preventative detention for 113 days in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in the southern zone prison.

By contrast, Luis Milanes Tamayo, accused of
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fraud by taking $200 million from investors in 2002, has served just a single day in jail while his case drags through the courts in San José.

Hundley, originally form Michigan, correctly notes that many who are held in preventative detention eventually are declared innocent. Predictably, he said the allegation against him is false. But the thrust of the letter is not to discuss his criminal case. Instead, he said "The system is broken and in need of immediate repair."

In addition to overcrowding, he cites inadequate food, lack of drinking water and unsanitary situations that sometimes lead to violence. He said that Costa Rica should live up to its ideals.

Much of what he says has been said earlier in A.M. Costa Rica by others who have experienced time in prison.

Little summer expected in the next two weeks
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

With lightning cracking and heavy rains raking the country in the afternoons, many Costa Ricans and expats are yearning for the veranillo de San Juan.

The country's folklore says that the "little summer of San Juan" will begin its five-day run every June 24, according to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.

In fact, Saint John the Baptist maintains a flexible calendar. The weather institute says that the five days without rain, the little summer, can take place any time in the last two weeks of the month.

The condition only affects the Central Valley and the Pacific coast. The words play on the Costa
Rican concept of calling the dry season from December to May summer.

The summer may not be all that welcomed in Guanacaste.  The weather institute noted that Liberia, the administrative and commercial center, had 12 dry days during the first 17 of this month.
The meteorologists blamed the El Niño condition in the Pacific for this dry spell.

Guanacaste already is experiencing drought conditions, and more dry weather would not be received well in the agricultural community.

The meteorological institute said that it could not be certain exactly when the little summer will take place in the Central Valley.

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There is no escaping selfie fever, as politicians all over the world are now well aware. While touring the new Museo del Jade Wednesday afternoon, President Luis Guillermo Solís stopped to snap a quick selfie with a group of tourists from the United States.

Solís was joined by his wife, Mercedes Peñas, and their daughter Inés in viewing the museum that cost $21.5 million to construct. Elizabeth Fonseca Corrales, the minister of Cultura y Juventud, also accompanied the president on the guided tour.

The Museo del Jade, specializing in pre-Columbian stone art, opened in its new five-story building May 5 with an official inauguration featuring former president Laura Chinchilla. Now open to the public, the museum sponsored by the Instituto Nacional de Seguros features more than 7,000 ceramic and jade pieces. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. everyday. Tickets are $15 for foreigners and $5 for residents.

Presidential Web page still not functioning

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

After more than 40 days in office, the new administration's presidential Web site remains under construction. A representative from the communications department at Casa Presidencial said Wednesday the staff hopes to have the Web page at functioning by mid-August, although there is no definite release date.

Web site construction is being done by the presidential press office as an in-house job not by being contracted to an outside firm. The staffer said that the Web site will be focused around a section for suggestions and comments where citizens have a space to easily notify the Costa Rican government of any issues.

This philosophy of allowing the people a forum to speak follows Luis Guillermo Solís' emphasis on increased transparency from governmental bodies. The Casa Presidencial Web page will also include a news section to keep people up-to-date on Solís and his cabinet in the same way his Facebook and Twitter pages do now.

Currently the site redirects to those pages as well as a link to the president's weekly public agenda.

Chile surprises Spanish champs, 2-0

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Only two countries have won back-to-back World Cups: Italy in 1934 and 1938 and Brazil in 1958 and 1962.  On Wednesday, Chile made sure that Spain will not be the third country to do so.

Chile eliminated the defending champions with a 2-0 win in a Group B match at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. 

Spain suffered its second loss of the tournament after being dominated by the Netherlands last week, 5-1.

The win assured Chile and the Netherlands of spots in the Round of 16, also known as the knockout round.  Both countries have six points, the most in Group B, but the Dutch are ahead on goal difference with plus-five to Chile's plus-two.

Chile scored both of its goals in the first half.  Eduardo Vargas tricked Spain's goalie Iker Casillas and shot into an unguarded net in the 20th minute.  Charles Aranguiz doubled the lead in the 43rd minute when the ball landed at his feet after Casillas punched out a free kick.

Spain has been outscored 7-1 in this year's World Cup.

Before the game, more than 100 fans of Chile stormed the Maracana media center in hopes of getting into the stadium.  Security officers surrounded the group and led many of them away.

Earlier Wednesday, the Netherlands added three points with a 3-2 win over Australia in Porto Alegre.  Australia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, took a 2-1 lead in the 51st minute with a goal by Mile Jedinak, but the Dutch overpowered the Aussies with two goals in the next 15 minutes.

In a Group A match, Croatia routed Cameroon in Manaus, 4-0.  The must-win game for both teams kept Croatia's World Cup dreams alive and eliminated Cameroon.  Croatia lost its first game to Brazil, 3-1.

Wednesday, Brazilian football legend Pele said there is too much pressure on Brazil's superstar striker, Neymar, to win a sixth World Cup for his country.  Pele won World Cups in 1958, 1962 and 1970 and is Brazil's all-time leading goal scorer.

"It's a little bit different, you know, but it's almost the same because it's the big star from the Brazilian team now," Pele said at a football clinic in Rio de Janeiro.  "But In 1958, I was 17 years old, now Neymar is 22 and plays in Europe.  But I think there is too much pressure on him because everybody expects Neymar to win the World Cup for Brazil.  But the one who wins the World Cup is the team, not the player.  He's a good player, but it's too big a responsibility to expect him to win the World Cup."
Pele also said he hopes his country can avoid a repeat of the 1950 World Cup, the only other time Brazil has hosted the event.  That year, Brazil suffered a heartbreaking loss to Uruguay in the championship game.

"As I told you, this is a game, and I hope I don't have the same experience as that," he said. "I saw my father was crying, I saw my father cry.  I don't want my sons, my kids to see me cry at this World Cup because Brazil lost.  I want to cry out of happiness!"

Brazil is the consensus favorite to win the tournament but has struggled.  The Brazilians beat Croatia with the help of two generous calls by a referee and battled Mexico in a scoreless draw.

Brazil and Mexico have the most points in Group A with four, but Brazil is ahead on goal difference.  Croatia is right behind with three points.

In other news, Russian President Vladimir Putin plans to be in Brazil for the end of the World Cup.  He will take part in a handover ceremony after the tournament championship game on July 13.  Russia will host the next World Cup in 2018.

Souvenir business brings in bucks

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Souvenirs and traveling go hand-in-hand, and that’s amplified at an event as grand as the World Cup. In Rio de Janeiro, the souvenir business is raking in big money for Brazil.
A stroll down Avenida Atlântica in Copacabana reveals a wealth of knick-knacks and souvenirs for tourists to buy during their World Cup trip to Rio de Janeiro.
If you can imagine it, it’s probably here.
Jewelry, whistles, jerseys, flags, and hats are on offer, as are face-painting, beer, and  even has a pre-match massage.
But all of these small purchases add up to big business for Brazil. The government expects more than $3 billion to be spent throughout Brazil by foreign tourists during the World Cup.
Marcus Viera, who operates a small stand on a busy corner, said he can’t keep up with sales.
“Business has been terrific. So good that I’m having difficulty to find the merchandise to sell. The factories are sold out,” said Viera. 
Crowds are lining up outside the shop at the Fan Fest location on Copacabana Beach. Authentic jerseys, stuffed animals - even wine - are all on sale. All of it is stamped with the official World Cup logo.
Adi Filipovic, a Bosnian-American, said he just had to buy something.
“Look, you’re at this event. Everybody back home expects you to bring something back,” said Filipovic.
Others said the souvenirs brought an emotional attachment. Hiko Harada, from Japan, agreed.
“It’s kind of a memory. I want to bring back something with a memory of Brazil,  the World Cup,” said Harada.

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My name is Patrick Hundley and I am a Costa Rican resident who currently resides in Pérez Zeledón prison.  Prior to Pérez Zeledón I lived in Jacó since 2003.  I would like to tell you my story in hopes that it will create conversation amongst the people of this beautiful country and inspire change to fix a broken system.

I first came to Costa Rica with my family in 2002.  We were drawn here by the recommendations of friends that had traveled here.  They said it was the most naturally beautiful country they had ever visited.  The weather was great, and the natural beauty reminded them of Hawaii.  My three young children fell in love with the ocean, beach and mountains.  My wife and I fell in love with the kindness and generosity of the people.  We have been very fortunate to have traveled around the world, and I am certain that the people of Costa Rica are the friendliest we have ever met.  We decided that we would move our family to Costa Rica for a couple of years to expose our children to a new culture and experiences.

During our family experience in Costa Rica I started a real estate development company called Daystar Properties.  We lived in Jacó, and I had a vision for that small beach town.  I felt we could help transform Jacó into the best beach community in all of Central America.  A town that all Costa Ricans could be proud of.  As many of you know, Jacó has always been known as the weekend get-away party spot.  There was a perceived drug and crime problem.  That would be one of the many issues we would attack in our attempt to create a better Jacó.

I started construction of our first project called Bahia Azul in 2004.  Since that time I have built five condominium projects on the beach in Jacó.  Daystar has employed 100s of local Costa Ricans and has been responsible for 100s of millions of dollars to be put into the local economy.  I am very proud of Daystar and its role in the community.  With the hard work of many local workers and government officials, we have accomplished many great things, and I believe have helped improve quality of life in Jacó.

In 2006 I started the Chamber of Commerce and served as the president for six years.  Under my guidance and with the efforts of a committed board of directors we were able to tackle some of the challenges we faced in Jacó.  Many local residents and government officials worked very hard to establish the municipal police and tourist police.  Almost immediately everyone noticed a stronger police presence and a decrease in criminal activity.  We had less complaints of theft against locals and tourist.  We helped pave roads, improve infrastructure, donated to local education programs for children and organized a beach cleanup program.  Everyone pitched in to help make Jacó the best it could be.  It became a community I was proud to call home.  After 11 years I believe we have a greatly improved Jacó.  We helped make it an international vacation destination and most importantly a community that locals could be proud of and feel safe with their families.  We created job opportunities for locals and helped build a sustainable local economy.  I recognize we still have more work to do, and I am as excited as ever to be part of the progress.  I truly believe Jacó can become the best beach community in all of Central America.

This brings me to my current situation.  I am currently being held on preventiva in Pérez Zeledón prison.  I am being accused by an American of wrongdoing in a real estate transaction from 2006.  I am a partner of his in the real estate deal.  His accusations are 100 percent false.   However, I do not want to focus on my case, but rather what I have learned while going through this ordeal.  What I have experienced and learned should be of great concern to all Costa Ricans.

To start, I need to give you a brief background to my case in order to understand where I am today.  I was taken hostage by the Costa Rican government on Feb. 17, 2014.  I do not use the term hostage in jest.  I voluntarily showed up for a deposition at the prosecutors office in Puntarenas to give my response to my accuser's claim.  I thought that I would be there for about one hour then return to work.  I was wrong.  After answering a few personal questions about my family history, several OIJ officers came into the room and handcuffed me.  I never gave my side of the story – they were not interested in hearing the facts then, and they continue to be uninterested.  Instead of giving a deposition, I was arrested.  I was taken to a jail cell where I remained for three days.  I was never given an explanation or told of my rights.  My home for three days was approximately four meters by four meters and I had as many as 16 roommates at any given time.  You sleep on the concrete floor wherever space is open.

Next, I appeared in front of a judge in Jacó.  She decided that I should be held in preventiva at Pérez Zeledón.  The prosecutor had no proof or documents to support his case, but the judge felt I should be in prison while the prosecutor had time to build his case.  So, I was taken away from my family and business with no evidence of wrongdoing.  I was determined guilty until proven innocent, which of course, is completely opposite of how the law is supposed to work.  In an effort to get to the purpose of my letter, it is day 113 of being held hostage.  I am celebrating 113 days of imprisonment and my 25th wedding anniversary today.  The prosecutor still has no proof or evidence, and he never will because the accusations are false.

More important than my own case, are the cases of 1,000s of other men.  The system is broken and in need of immediate repair.  While in prison I have made a conscious decision to make this a positive experience that I can learn from.  In spite of the inhumane conditions and unbelievable injustice, I am persevering and learning from this experience.  I will make something good come from this unjust situation.

I do not blame any particular person for this broken system.  In fact, I have met many kind and generous people that work in the judicial system.  All of the OIJ staff that I have encountered have been kind and respectful.  Many of the prison guards at Pérez Zeledón seem to be good people.  Office staff I met at Pérez Zeledón recognize the problems and try their best to work within this very broken system.

As residents of Costa Rica and as citizens our hearts should be broken and we should be ashamed to know that our country that claims Pura Vida has such a deplorable and inhumane judicial system.

To start, the system of preventiva needs to be fixed.  It is abused by overworked and sometimes lazy prosecutors as a way to buy time for their case.  Unfortunately, men are sent to prison with no proof or evidence of guilt while the prosecutor builds his case.  This goes against the laws of this country and against all human rights.  A system that punishes without proof of guilt is indefensible.  Under the preventiva system people are treated as guilty until proven innocent and we all know it should be innocent until proven guilty.

There is no question there are criminal people in prison who deserve punishment for their crimes.  However, I have met many good.  A large percentage of the prison population comes from poor backgrounds which usually means very limited education as well.  Education increases opportunities.  These people are caught in a vicious cycle of poverty that is hard to break.  Without changes, the pattern will not be broken, and we will simply continue with increased crime rates and prison over population.  I have no verifiable statistics to support my opinions but the following numbers are educated guesses based on my observations, interviews and experiences with inmates.  I believe 80 percent come from families that fall under the poverty line and at least 25 percent cannot read or write.  Of the 75 percent that can read or write, about half of those did not finish elementary school and 80 percent of the other half did not finish high school.  Without increased job opportunities and education, you can expect the same results.  Crime rates continuing to climb and overcrowded prisons.

The current prisons cannot handle additional inmates.  They are currently over capacity and the conditions are inhumane.  For example, the cell in which I am currently located was built for 22 inmates.  During my stay, we have had as many as 66 men.  That is three times capacity.  We are packed in like sardines in a can, men sleeping all over the floor.  This overcrowding creates an unbelievable hostile environment.  Plus, it creates an even more unsanitary condition.  It overburdens the infrastructure.  We have 
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had countless days with interrupted water service.  We had a 20-day period where it was necessary to fill a bucket with water to flush toilets and to pour water over you to take a shower.  We have had complete days with no drinking water available.  Frankly, the overcrowded and unsanitary conditions breed on an unhealthy environment which leads to many illnesses and violent actions. 

The access to medical attention is deplorable.  I have seen many inmates go untreated for infections and gripe for many weeks.  I believe it is due to an understaffed and overworked medical department.  Most of the illnesses could be prevented if the overcrowding and unsanitary conditions were eliminated.  In an extreme case, I watched an older inmate have what appeared to be a heart attack.  Several guards surrounded him and simply watched.  I rushed to him to offer assistance because I am CPR trained.  Thankfully, he was having an asthma and panic attack and recovered.  The point is, the staff is obviously not properly trained to administer any medical help if needed.

The food provided to the inmates does not meet the minimum daily requirements to keep your dog healthy.  In this land of abundance where many fruits grow wild, inmates are given one banana a week, and, if lucky, maybe one small slice of papaya.  On the few days that the typical rice and beans comes with a small piece of meat, you might be one of the unlucky ones who does not receive meat.  There is not enough for everyone all the time.  The pavillan has a staggering amount of second-hand smoke resembling a bar on a Saturday night.  This just contributes to the overall unhealthy conditions. 

I know that many people reading this will say “good,” that is what convicted criminals deserve.  But that response comes from uninformed and ignorant people.  First, not all people in prison are convicted criminals.  There are many in prison being held under preventiva and ultimately many of those are found innocent.  Plus, the imperfect judicial system has convicted many innocent people, and they are serving time for a crime they did not commit.  But, even for the guilty, a healthy environment is vital for rehabilitation.  They are human beings and deserve our help at becoming contributing members of society.

It is important to understand what role prison serves.  Of course it is a punishment and designed to be a deterrent.  We all know that it does not detour most criminals from repeat offenses.  Without increased job opportunities many released inmates return to criminal activity to support their families.  Additionally, without education they feel inferior and unable to secure legitimate employment that earns enough money to support their families.  If we want to reduce the number of repeat offenders and help our fellow man become contributing members of society, it is imperative to create a rehabilitative environment in prison.  We must teach job skills, improve education and offer counseling to improve mental health.  If not, then simply call prison a punishment and continue to expect crime rates to soar and repeat offenses to rise. 

I know many will ask ‘Why should I care?”.  Or think that it does not affect me.  Well, it does affect you.  It affects all of us.  We must all live together and strive for a more harmonious and safe environment in which to live.  Costa Rica prides itself on being a pro humans rights country.  Government officials always brag to the international community that Costa Rica is army-free and a democratic country.  There is an arrogance to every Costa Rican who believes Costa Rica is superior to all other Latin American countries because of their enlightenment regarding democracy and army-free beliefs.  A past president won the Nobel Peace Prize for his humanitarian efforts.  Those efforts were not his alone.  They were supported by an entire country.  The Nobel Peace Prize was earned by a nation with humanitarian beliefs and morals.  A belief that there is value to human life and all people should be treated fairly and with respect.  The men in these prisons are grandfathers, fathers, husbands, brothers, uncles, and sons.  They are members of our society.  Without necessary changes to the system and the help of everyone, the future is dim for this great country.  The current system is evil and a poor, poor reflection of Costa Rica.

Costa Rica is a small country in the world community but it has a growing presence on the world stage.  Costa Rica is under the microscope more than ever, and it is time to shine, showing the world the true character of its people.  Once the character and quality of the people are exposed to the world, Costa Rica will see an unprecedented prosperous period of time.  There are two old phrases that I like to live by in my life, and they apply perfectly to Costa Rica and all its citizens.

     It Ain’t the Size of the Dog
     In the Fight, It’s the Size
     Of the Fight in the Dog”

Basically, Costa Rica might be small in size, but there is a powerful spirit to the people.  Even a small country can be a leader in the world.  They can lead by example rather than by how big their army is.

     All that is needed for Evil to
     Succeed is for Good Men to
     Remain Silent”

No one seems to know exactly what to do, it is a feeling of collective helplessness.  But the time is now for positive change.  What are you going to do?  What are we going to do?

I have never met the new president, Mr. Solís, but from what I see and hear, he appears to be genuinely trying to make positive changes.  With most politicians we are left with broken promises after a short time.  I pray he finds the strength and courage for the challenges he faces.  It is a very difficult job leading a country.  I am optimistic as I hope all of you are that he is the right man to lead this great country for the next four years.

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter.  It is an open and honest love letter from me to the people of Costa Rica.  Whether you agree or disagree with me is not important.  What is important is that it creates intelligent discussions, which hopefully lead to positive action.  Regardless of what faults I believe the current system has, I love Costa Rica and I want to be part of the solution.  I am proud to call Costa Rica my home.

Editor's Note: Much of what the writer says about overcrowding in the Pérez Zeledón prison is confirmed by news files. The case against him involves five foreign investors. A.M. Costa Rica has editorialized against the injustices of presión preventiva.

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Solar panels at foreign ministry predicted to save 10% on electricity
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Iconic Casa Amarilla in Barrio Otoya already gets attention as one of the most distinctive buildings in downtown San José for its yellow-coated walls. Now government leaders want the country to notice it for what's on the roofs.

After installing 130 solar panels donated by the German-affiliate company Programa 4E, the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto is expected to reduce its electric bill by 15 percent.

Germany's ambassador to Costa Rica, Ernst Martens, said the yellow building provides a beacon to follow for those worried about the country's exorbitant prices of electricity. “Casa Amarilla now serves as an example that private businesses and Costa Rican residents can follow,” he said.

Manuel González Sanz, the minister of foreign relations, said the new installations atop his building show the country's dedication to sustainable development. He then called on local companies to sacrifice the initial costs of placing solar energy panels on their properties because in the long run they can save on soaring electric costs that have crippled some businesses here.

“It could give business better competitivity in their markets while also serving to protect the environment,” González said.

During a presentation at Casa Amarilla Wednesday, Programa 4E's regional director, Manfred Haebig, estimated that the clean energy system could save the government nearly $10,000 annually in electricity costs. This would allow for a quick return of investment on the $64,000 the agency put down to install the panels. “By year
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seven or eight, it's basically free,” Haebig said.

Besides cutting expenses, the solar panels should also reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which goes hand-in-hand with the state's proposal to be carbon neutral by 2021. 

Both Haebig and Martens said Germany wants to keep supporting sustainable development practices all over Central America but that for now Costa Rica is the location with the best infrastructure to handle renewable energy projects. Programa 4E is owned by the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation, or GIZ, which is a state-run agency that also works with the European Union and the United Nations, among other significant international clients.

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Conflicting policies blamed
for flood of young illegals

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Conflicting policies may be contributing to the surge of undocumented young people from Central America trying to enter the United States. While immigration authorities say anyone who enters the country illegally -- regardless of their age -- will be deported, U.S. courts and the Obama administration have made exceptions that give many cause for hope.

In the last year, nearly 50,000 children from Central America have been apprehended at the U.S. border, overwhelming detention facilities. Many say they are fleeing gang violence and poverty.  But they are also motivated by the perception that if underage children make it to the United States they will not be sent home.

Elyn Rivas, herself an undocumented immigrant living in the state of Maryland, recently paid smugglers $6,000 to bring her 15-year-old son, Hector Ivan Rivas, to the U.S. The boy was detained by the border patrol in Texas, but eventually was released to his mother’s custody until a court hearing is scheduled.

Ms. Rivas said she does not believe U.S. authorities will deport him. “No, I do not think they will send him back. I do not know. I trust they will not send him back, at least that is what I hope. I trust in God.”

Immigration opponents blame Obama’s directive not to deport undocumented immigrants who came as children before 2007 for encouraging this new wave of illegal migration. 

Security analyst Adam Isacson with Washington Office on Latin America recently was in Central America interviewing migrants making their way to the United States, and heard rumors of amnesty.

“We have heard that newspapers and especially smugglers are spreading some story that until the end of this year -- why the end of this year who knows -- there is a special dispensation or a special status or something that will allow women and children to come to the United States," said Isacson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson recently tried to clarify the U.S. position, saying authorities will deport these young people trying to enter the country illegally. 

"I also wish to make clear that those apprehended at our border are priorities for removal. They are priorities for enforcement of our immigration laws, regardless of age," said Johnson.

But Isacson says U.S. courts also could overrule deportation orders if the children can claim credible fear from gang violence. “It is possible that some of those kids do have a good chance of staying, especially if they can argue they face some danger when they come back," he said.

With 60,000 more undocumented minors expected to cross the border this year, the president is trying to get the word out that deportation laws will be enforced. He also is seeking $160 million in new funds from Congress to assist in swiftly processing the young immigrants.

Pa. man, 89, is detained
for World War II SS role

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. authorities have arrested an 89-year-old man and accused him of being a guard at Nazi concentration camps during World War II.

Johann Breyer, a retired toolmaker born in Czechoslovakia, was apprehended Tuesday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and held in jail after an initial court appearance Wednesday.

Germany is seeking to extradite Breyer to face charges that he was complicit in the 1944 killings of 158 trainloads of European Jews at the Auschwitz concentration camp. Officials say he was a guard at the Birkenau section of the camp where Jews were killed in gas chambers.

Breyer immigrated to the United States in 1952. His arrest reopens a case that has been dormant for years.

The U.S. Justice Department first accused him of Nazi ties in 1992. But he was allowed to stay in the U.S. after a legal fight based on his claim that he is an American citizen because his mother was born in the United States.

Officials say Breyer joined the Waffen SS at age 17 and also worked as a guard at the Buchenwald concentration camp. He has acknowledged being at Auschwitz for a period of time, but said his service there was involuntary.

House committee hears
testimony on Bergdahl

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The service record of a U.S. Army sergeant freed by the Taliban has come under congressional scrutiny. Many Republican lawmakers, and some Democrats, continue to object to the prisoner exchange that freed five Taliban militants. A House panel heard emotionally charged testimony about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s alleged desertion of his unit in Afghanistan, as well as a life reportedly lost searching for him.

One day after Bergdahl’s release from five years of captivity, President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, went on U.S. television proclaiming that the sergeant had served with honor and distinction. A fellow soldier in Bergdahl’s unit, retired Specialist Cody Full, took issue with Rice, saying the sergeant intentionally left his post and appeared to have actually sought out the Taliban.

“The only thing you can count on in combat is the commitment of your fellow American. Knowing that someone you needed to trust deserted you in war and did so of his own free will is the ultimate betrayal,” said Full.

Full’s firsthand account has yet to be independently verified. The committee also heard from Andy Andrews, the father of a U.S. officer, Darryn Andrews, who was reported killed in a clash with militants while searching for Bergdahl.

“Bergdahl walked away, was not captured. And Darryn was killed while searching for him,” said Andrews.

Obama has said that all U.S. service members deserve to be rescued, regardless of the circumstances of their capture.

During the hearing, no House members said Bergdahl was unworthy of freedom from the Taliban. Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said she would not have made the prisoner exchange, though, that Obama first mentioned as a possibility to lawmakers in 2011.

“I opposed the swap, not because I did not want to bring Bowe home," she said. "I opposed the swap because the proposal would have resulted in a huge coup for the Taliban, would have benefited them, jeopardized the security of our brave men and women in uniform, and compromised our national security.”

Those comments provoked a vigorous response from Rep. Ted Deutch, a Democrat who accused Republicans of hypocrisy.

“We can have a debate over whether the price for Sergeant Bergdahl was too high," he said. "But we should also be reminded of the 532 Guantanamo Bay detainees who were transferred before this president came to office. Where was the outrage then?”

Deutch also criticized what he sees as a rush to judge Bergdahl’s service record before an exhaustive review promised by the Pentagon is conducted.

Felipe will become king
in ceremony today in Spain

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Spain enters a new era today when Crown Prince Felipe will be sworn in as the new king, taking over for his father, Juan Carlos.
Thursday's handover will be simple and low-key. Spanish officials say the royal family is mindful that in a country struggling with a recession and 25 percent unemployment, an extravagant ceremony would be out of place.
The 76-year-old Juan Carlos formally abdicated the throne Wednesday after nearly 40 years.
Forcing him to give up power are health problems and scandal, including an elephant hunting trip to Africa in 2012 while Spain was at the height of its economic crisis.
Juan Carlos rose to power in 1975 when longtime military dictator Francisco Franco restored the Spanish monarchy just before his death.
But instead of continuing Franco's repressive rule, Juan Carlos moved Spain toward democracy and almost single-handedly put down a military coup attempt in 1981.

Felipe has been a frequent visitor to the former Spanish colonies, including Costa Rica.

Mutation seems to protect
against bad  cholesterol

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Researchers have discovered that mutations to a particular gene can dramatically lower the risk for heart attack. Scientists are now trying to develop drugs that target the gene in the hopes of bringing down the high rate of heart disease.

Two papers published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine identify a gene called APOC3 in connection with the body's removal of triglycerides, a type of blood fat. Circulating triglycerides, if not eliminated from the body, stick to blood vessels and are stored in tissues in the hips and belly.

When elevated, triglycerides, or lipids, are thought to be a risk factor for heart disease. Approximately one in 150 people has mutations to the APOC3 gene that keep their triglyceride levels low, according to the findings of a new study.

A large investigation of 110,000 patient blood samples found those with the rare mutations had lower levels of triglyceride fats and a significantly reduced risk for the most common form of heart disease.

“We compared the heart attack rates of people who carried the mutations and those who didn’t, and found that people who carried the mutations and had the lower triglycerides had 40 percent lower risk for heart attack,” said Sekar Kathiresan, director of preventive cardiology at Massachusetts General Hospital and an associate researcher at the Broad Institute of Biomedical Research.

Kathiresan helped lead the study that identified four beneficial genetic mutations to the APOC3 protein. 

The connection with elevated LDL - a blood fat commonly called bad cholesterol - and heart disease is well-known. Experts know less about the benefits of raising HDL, or a blood lipid called good cholesterol, as a hedge against heart attack, and the role triglycerides levels play in coronary artery disease.

The latest study of thousands of research subjects found elevated levels of good cholesterol were not protective, while low triglyceride levels appear to be.

With discovery of the four mutations, researchers now have a target to develop a drug to lower blood lipids, reducing the risk of heart attack.

“Given that these people are naturally protected, if you develop a medicine that mimics this, then your chances of it working in terms of reducing the risk of heart attack are quite great,” Kathiresan said.

Many people still have elevated triglycerides despite exercising, eating a low fat, low carbohydrate diet and taking statin drugs. An agent that targets APOC3 may further reduce blood fats, lowering the risk of heart attack, he said.

U.S. growth rebounding,
Fed chairwoman reports

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. central bank says economic growth is rebounding after stalling in the first few months of the year. But as expected, the U.S. Federal Reserve lowered its growth forecast for 2014 from 3 percent to only slightly more than 2 percent. Despite the weaker outlook, Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen expressed confidence in the U.S. recovery.
The U.S. Federal Open Market Committee concluded its two-day policy meeting in Washington with assurances that the economy remains on solid footing. Despite a 1-percent contraction in the first quarter, Ms. Yellen said consumer spending and factory output picked up in the second quarter.
“The committee thus believes that economic activity is rebounding in the current quarter and will continue to expand at a moderate pace thereafter,” said Ms. Yellen.

In addition, unemployment has fallen more rapidly than the Fed expected, while inflation is still below the Fed’s target rate of 2 percent.  That means the economy is healthy enough for the Fed to keep reducing monthly bond purchases that help stimulate the economy and keep interest rates near record lows.

“Starting next month, we will be purchasing $35 billion of securities per month, down $10 billion per month from our current rate,” said Yellen.

U.S. stocks rose sharply after the Fed announcement -- partly because there were few surprises and partly because the central bank vowed to keep interest rates near record lows until at least the middle of next year. That’s welcome news for businesses and consumers, according’s Greg McBride.

“In all likelihood, those interest rates are going to start to move up and at this point, it looks like that’ll be next year. So use this opportunity while you can, that tailwind of low interest rates, to accelerate your debt repayment so that you’re not having to do so in a less favorable interest rate environment next year or the year after.”

One drawback, say economists, is that low interest rates could spur inflation. Even though this hasn't happened yet, many worry that rising prices and stagnant wage growth could slow consumer spending and further hamper an already lackluster recovery.

Feared secret radio facility
gets backing by scientists

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

One of the most wide-spread conspiracy theories of recent years has concerned a radio-frequency facility in a remote part of Alaska, started by the military in 1993 and known by its acronym HAARP. Critics allege the government was trying to control the weather or even people’s minds. Scientists who worked there say the fears are completely unfounded, though, and they now are fighting to preserve the project from being shut down.

The late inventor Nikola Tesla, whose ideas and designs contributed to the modern electricity supply system, claimed it is possible to send power through the air.

Dennis Papadopoulos, a professor of electrical engineering at the University of Maryland, said Tesla was a genius.

“He had a lot of wonderful ideas. About 10 percent were great and the 90 percent ended up being crack-pottish,” said Papadopoulos.

Sure, some power can travel through the air. That is how the radio, TV and mobile phones work, but radio waves deteriorate with distance, and even more so when they pass through water. That is one of the reasons the U.S. military began the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP.

The 12-hectare facility has rows of towering antennas, 180 in all, each with a transmitter. Together, they can send up to 3.6 million watts into the ionosphere, the electrically conductive part of the upper atmosphere that can bounce radio signals back to earth.

Papadopoulos, who was involved in the research at the Alaska facility, said one of the military's major interest at the time the project's conception was communication with submarines on patrol.

“To communicate with submarines, you have to have very low frequencies, which means wavelengths which are a thousand kilometers or larger. To create those with ground stations, you have to have installations that were half the state of Wisconsin,” he said.

He said the idea was to turn the ionosphere into a giant antenna to transmit signals underwater.

The United States also was concerned with the possibility of a nuclear bomb blast in the atmosphere increasing the density of electrons in the radiation belt and disabling all its satellites.

Papadopoulos said so little was known about the ionosphere that each new experiment led to new discoveries.

“We discovered for the first time that we could create our own little ionosphere, namely we can increase the density of electrons and create patches, which we could use as reflectors of any frequency we want, so we can really guide even gigaherz waves around,” he said.

But controlling the weather? Or causing earthquakes? The idea that an individual project could have an effect greater than the polar vortex, the energy of the sun or even the total sum of human interactions with nature is rather difficult to believe, said Scott Pace, George Washington University's Space Policy Institute director

“There are a lot of conspiracy theories because people tend to believe that somewhere, someone, some human is in control. The actual answer is that things are much more chaotic and much more not subject to our control," he said.  "Mother Nature does not care and trying to understand what is going on with nature is much broader and bigger than any individual project.”

Scientific advances and shrinking budgets caused the U.S. military to propose closing the facility this year. Papadopoulos said the international scientific community would like to keep HAARP open, and offers to contribute to its $5 million annual budget have come from Canada, Britain and Taiwan.

Congress is expected to decide soon whether to accept that help.

Cheap paper microscope
seen as Third World boon

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A $1 microscope made of paper might help diagnose diseases in the developing world provided there are also people trained to use it.

The folded-paper microscope, called the Foldscope, could also open the microscopic world to curious young minds.

The Foldscope takes less than 10 minutes to put together from folded pieces of pre-cut paperboard.

It’s a simple design, but powerful: its tiny lens can magnify samples 2,000-fold.

The Foldscope's designers say it could be a big help in countries plagued by malaria, for instance.

The World Health Organization estimates the disease killed more than 600,000 people in 2012.

But, “there are many different strains, there are many different medications, and you could potentially make the problem even worse,” said Stanford University bioengineer and Foldscope co-designer Manu Prakash in a university video.

It’s important to know which kind of malaria the patient has  or if she has malaria at all.

Microscopes are the most common way to identify what is causing the patient’s symptoms.

But Duke University bioengineer Robert Malkin notes that microscopes are often broken in many labs around the developing world.

"It's pretty amazing, actually," he said. "The number of broken microscopes is overwhelming."

Those that can’t be fixed must be replaced, but, Malkin added, “None of our hospitals can afford to buy a microscope. They’re far too expensive.”

That’s where the Foldscope comes in.

The user punches the body of the scope out of pre-cut card stock, folds it up, and solders in a cheap LED light. The most expensive part is the high-power lens, a 56-cent ball of glass. The low-power lens only costs 17 cents.

“It was a hard challenge thinking of making the best possible instrument, but almost for free,” Prakash said. “That was our starting line.”
Foldscope is cheap but durable. Lab videos show members dropping one from a three-story building and stepping on it, but it still works.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” Malkin said.

“But there are a lot of other considerations in a microscope to make it actually work on the ground,” he added.

In many developing countries, staff members who know how to use a microscope can be harder to find than the microscopes themselves, notes London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine epidemiologist Aurelie Jeandron.

“A microscope without trained human resources is quite useless,”  she observed.

But Ms. Jeandron adds that Foldscope could be a useful educational tool. She works to improve access to clean water and sanitation, and she says if people could see the microbes in water that make them sick, “that might help change their behaviors and their beliefs.”

Putting microscopes in the hands of the masses is part of Prakash’s mission. His group is launching the “Ten Thousand Microscopes Project,” which will distribute Foldscopes to volunteers around the world. They will field-test the Foldscope and come up with their own ways to use it.

People from 130 countries have signed up. Prakash hopes to deliver all the microscopes by the end of the summer.

He acknowledges the training gap in developing-world healthcare. But he hopes that making the tools available will be a step forward.

And he looks forward to opening eyes and minds to the wonders of the microscopic world.
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For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 4030-5480 or 8339-2112.

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Re/Max offers comprehensive Costa Rica Real Estate, vacation rental and relocation services. Our award-winning team is the largest in the country, and can show you the best lifestyle and financial investment properties in the most desirable locations including prime real estate in Tamarindo, Langosta, Conchal, Flamingo, Pinilla, Coco, Hermosa and Playa Panama.  Give us a call in Costa Rica at 506-2653-0073, or toll free from the U.S. and Canada 1-800-385-5930. Re/Max, the name you trust for the finest real estate services in Costa Rica.

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The undiscovered jewel of Central America, 35 square miles of blue, pristine, clear water ideal for fishing, swimming, boating, Real estate values still low.
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The only private guarded development in El Castillo
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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, consignment store. Comes with purchase or start your own business while you live in one of the apartments. $308,000. Please email

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
Tel: CR (506) 8350-7647

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Tropical lots located walking distance to a beautiful white sandy beach
Only $49,999 with interest-free financing
These lots are located in a gated, private community with low HOA dues and offer amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to Playa Conchal and Pirates beaches.  And only 20 minutes to the resort town of Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia International airport. Reserve your lot with only a $1,500 deposit.  We are offering Interest-free financing for 5 years for a limited time only. Contact: Christian 
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For Sale: Fully Furnished OCEAN VIEW CONDOMINIUM
Reduced $199,999
Gorgeous 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built energy green. This condo is located in a gated community with low HOA dues and offers amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to a beautiful white, sandy beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort town Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double pane windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom cabinets. Contact or email 
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For Sale by Owner: Playa Conchal ocean view home reduced $339,999

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

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

Residential Del Monte (San Rafael de Heredia)
Close to Hotel Tirol and El Castillo Country Club. 1,804 m2 lot  (19,418 sq. ft.) 
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:
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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, Local phone numbers: +506 8690-2325   or  +506  8673-0112.

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:  Email inquires to:

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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:

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

Selva Rio
SELVA RIO ESTATES (SRE) 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 or call 8704-6106. We can help you build your dream home now!

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

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

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!

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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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: and

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

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: Click on the link below for photos and additional details:

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  See property video here:

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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.

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.

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

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says the United States stands with Colombia as it negotiates peace with leftist rebels.

Biden was in Bogota Wednesday for talks with newly re-elected President Juan Manuel Santos, who said U.S. support in the peace process is of great importance.

Biden said nothing would make him happier than to be able to return to Colombia to witness the signing of a final peace deal.

Santos said earlier this month that talks with Fuerzas Armadas Revoluciarias de Colombia rebels which began in November are in their final stages.

He also said the government has opened talks with Colombia's second-largest rebel group, the Ejercito de Liberación Nacional.

For about 50 years, both groups have been waging a guerrilla war against the Colombian government, killing more than 200,000 people.

The United States has spent billions helping Colombia fight the rebels.

Major flaws found at Google Play

By the Columbia University news staff

Two researchers at Columbia University say they have discovered a crucial security problem in Google Play, the official Android app store.

They are Jason Nigh, professor of computer science at Columbia Engineering, and doctoral candidate Nicolas Vienna.

“Google Play has more than one million apps and over 50 billion app downloads, but no one reviews what gets put into Google Play — anyone can get a $25 account and upload whatever they want. Very little is known about what’s there at an aggregate level,” says Nigh. “Given the huge popularity of Google Play and the potential risks to millions of users, we thought it was important to take a close look at Google Play content.”

Nigh and Vienna's paper is the first to make a large-scale measurement of the huge Google Play marketplace. To do this, they developed Play-Drone, a tool that uses various hacking techniques to circumvent Google security to successfully download Google Play apps and recover their sources. Play-Drone scales by simply adding more servers and is fast enough to crawl Google Play on a daily basis, downloading more than 1.1 million Android apps and decompiling over 880,000 free applications.

Nigh and Vienna discovered all kinds of new information about the content in Google Play, including a critical security problem: developers often store their secret keys in their apps software, similar to usernames/passwords info, and these can be then used by anyone to maliciously steal user data or resources from service providers such as Amazon and Facebook. These vulnerabilities can affect users even if they are not actively running the Android apps. Nigh notes that even top developers, designated by the Google Play team as the best developers on Google Play, included these vulnerabilities in their apps.

The researchers used Play-Drone to recover app sources and, in the process, uncovered crucial security flaws.

“We’ve been working closely with Google, Amazon, Facebook, and other service providers to identify and notify customers at risk, and make the Google Play store a safer place,” says Vienna. “Google is now using our techniques to proactively scan apps for these problems to prevent this from happening again in the future.”

In fact, Nigh adds, developers are already receiving notifications from Google to fix their apps and remove the secret keys.

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Bill would restrict docking bus driver salaries

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Most public buses now have electronic devices that count the number of passengers who enter.

Sometimes drivers get testy when a passenger stands inside one of the metal gateways that register their presence. That's because the driver may end up paying for any extra passengers counted by the devices when the number is not accurately reflected in the amount of the fares.

Lawmakers want to do something about that.

So the Comisión Permanente de Asuntos Jurídicos reported out Wednesday a bill that would require bus company owners to install a due process procedure before they dock salaries of drivers.

Lawmakers on the committee said keeping peace between employees and employers was important for the country. The measure would be debated on the legislative floor before any vote is taken.

The transport lobby is sure to oppose the bill.