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U.S. visa system slowly coming back into service
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. visa system is recovering slowly, although State Department officials are unable to say exactly what went wrong.

The system for visas for foreigners to enter the United States collapsed June 8, and workers in local embassies were unable to print visas on the passports of foreigners. They also were not able to conduct visa interviews for those who submitted their applications after June 9.

State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters in Washington, D.C., Tuesday that the Bureau of Consular Affairs reported that the database responsible for handling biometric clearances has been rebuilt and is being tested.

However, he struggled to explain what went wrong. The best explanation that reporters got at the daily State Department briefing was that there was some hardware problem.

He said that 33 embassies and consulates representing 66 percent of State Department's  normal capacity are now online and issuing visas and the department expects to restore full processing worldwide. The
department  issued more than 45,000 visas
Monday and nearly 15,000 visas in Beijing alone, he said.

The 33 embassies do not include the one in Costa Rica.

The State Department says it usually handles 50,000 applications worldwide every day, so the backlog is substantial.

The agency said that issuing passports to U.S. citizens continued but there were some delays.

Kirby could not be specific with reporters on the hardware problem and he could not say how the department obtained the system.

The Obama administration has been plagued with computer problems.

There was no announcement of the problem by the U.S., Embassy here, although other embassies posted notices prominently on their Web sites. However, some readers have complained about the delays.

The State Department said that interviews for visas would be rescheduled, perhaps as soon as today. The glitch is likely to have an effect on U.S. tourism from abroad.

Pork producers seek relief from foreign competition
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

When the free trade treaty came into force, Costa Rican officials were excited that the bulk of the country's exports and services would continue to be free of tariffs in the United States.

But the treaty also provided deep cuts in import duties on products  from the United States, although some import tariffs will endure for up to 20 years.

Costa Rican pork farmers are feeling the impact of that treaty now, and other agricultural producers are likely to  begin to feel the pinch. Many of the tariff reductions are staged in over five, 20, 15 or even 20 years for some chicken parts.

Pork producers took their case to Casa Presidencial Tuesday, and officials there said that they recognized the need to impose methods to insure the sustainability of the industry. Casa Presidencial asked for 24 hours to respond and said it would do so consistent with international treaties.

Pork producers had a decade to figure out how they would confront the juggernaut of agricultural production in the U.S. heartland.

In 2006 a trade delegation visited from the U.S. State of Iowa where there are five pigs for every resident. The state produces 25 million pigs a year. The visitors said that farmers in their state could produce food cheaper than Costa Rican farmers

The same year a delegation came from the U.S. State of Indiana. A representative from Indiana Packers Corp. in  Delphi, Indiana, said his firm handles 12,000 pigs a day with its 1,3500 employees.

The pork meat products are then shipped vacuum packed all over the world.

The representative said that Costa Rica imposed at that time a 45 percent tariff on U.S. pork and required a Costa Rican veterinarian to inspect the packing plants. And then the government said it did not have enough money to send the inspectors.

Not any more. Under the Central American Free Trade Treaty Costa Rica is obligated to accept the inspections done by U.S.

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Department of Agriculture veterinarians at the packing plants. In addition U.S. pork producers have a 1,100 metric ton quote of tariff-free pork each year. and the amount increases 10 percent annually, according to the U.S. Trade Representative.

One of the goals of the free trade treaty from the U.S. perspective was to let U.S. exporters enjoy the same tariff-free or reduced-tariff status that Costa Rica and other Central American nations enjoyed. Another goal was to encourage foreign producers to become more efficient.

The Costa Rican agriculture department and other agencies acted Monday to increase the purchase of domestic pork by government institutions and private packing firms. The officials were responding to producer complaints that they could not sell the meat and make a profit.

That is probably true because some of the U.S. agricultural visitors bragged that they could deliver shipping containers full of vacuum-pack pork at prices far cheaper than the cost of locally produced meat.

The situation will only get worse for pork producers because all tariffs on pork expire 15 years after the 2008 approval of the trade treaty.

Of course any government action to increase the price of Costa Rican pork will have an impact on the pocketbook on the nation's shoppers.

Consumers already pay more for rice because the government tries to keep out foreign imports for the benefit of the big rice growers.

Right now a pork roast sells in an upscale supermarket here for a bit less than 3,000 colons a kilo. That's about $2.60 a pound.

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Ex-president will face another trial

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Former president Miguel Ángel Rodríguez is going on trial again along with seven other former public employees.

The Poder Judicial said Tuesday that the Juzgado Penal de Hacienda has ordered the opening of a new trial.

The case involves the reinsurance premiums paid by the Instituto Nacional de Seguros to a large London firm to cover the activities of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. Insurance firms typically use reinsurance to spread out their risks.

Other defendant include the former head of the state insurance company and employees of both state agencies.

Prosecutors charge that some of the money was diverted and ended up in the hands of officials here.

No date has been set for the trial, which will be open to the public. A judicial panel at one point threw out the case, but prosecutors appealed successfully to have it reinstated, They said they were informed of the judicial ruling Tuesday afternoon.

Flood victims may face more rain

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The rain-soaked cantons in northeastern Costa Rica got a break Tuesday as the rain tapered off.

Engineers got as chance to check damage from the heavy rains and flooding that hit the area.

Still, the  Instituto Meteorológico Nacional was predicting Tuesday night that more rain will fall in the mountains. That causes the rivers to rise. There also was intermittent rain predicted for the morning.

Both the ríos Sixaloa and  Chirripó were reported rising.

President Luis Gillermo Soís and his wife were expected to visit the stricken area today. They were to inspect a bridge at Río Blanco, Sarapiquí, and then meet with local officials.

The national emergency commission said that so far 114 communities have been located with some problems in the roadways, bridges and dwellings and 25 roadways were blocked partly or completely.

Six bridges, including the one for Ruta 32 at Río Blanco, were damaged, said the commission. Ruta 32 has been closed for two days due to some landslides as well as the bridge problem.

Tuesday afternoon there were 576 persons in shelters in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiquí,  Horquetas, Jiménez de Pococí and in Goshen de Matina.

Explosion causes fire in Naranjo

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An early morning gas explosion in the Mercado Central of Naranjo injured one man and destroyed two storefronts Tuesday. Two other locations were damaged.

The man suffered first- and second-degree burns to a shoulder and forearm, said the Cuerpo de Bomberos.

Fire fighters said that the source of the blaze was in a small eating place in the sprawling, 6,500-square meter market. A pocket of liquid petroleum gas ignited, they said.

The blaze reached the roof of the structure. The man may have been changing gas cylinders when the pocket of gas reached an ignition source.

Fire fighters got the call at 5:35 a.m.

Ton of cocaine confiscated in Pacific

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two boats carrying a total of more than a ton of cocaine have been boarded in the Pacific.

The first case involved a Costa Rican-flagged craft with the name  Embarcación Huko II. A U.S. patrol crew took over the craft and detained four Costa Ricans near the Isla de Coiba in Panamá. Under an agreement with Costa Rica, the U.S. crew turned the suspects over to Costa Rican officials.

A second fishing craft named  Kinia Andrea was intercepted some  117 miles from Punta Burica, said the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública. Three persons were aboard along with nearly 400 kilos of cocaine.

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Athagy is a happy find.
After a hot day of shopping at the open air market in Limon, lunch with a cold beer sounds good and so does getting out of Limón and on the road back to Puerto Viejo.  

About 20 kilometers out of town (I am guessing) this new restaurant appears on the left.  Well, actually, what appears is a giant Pilsen beer sign. It is like a beacon to the hot and weary heavily-laden shoppers.  At first we drove past it and entered an older restaurant on the west side, but they had no lunch and we made a U-turn back to the place on the left (Caribbean-side).

It offered a large parking lot some of it with an awning cover and an open dining area and very clean appearance. 

The waitress won my approval when she informed us that the ceviche would take 45 minutes and did we want to wait?  Prices were reasonable.  Most lunch plates were in the $7 or $8 range, and beer was $2. 

My friend found the ceviche very fresh and well worth the wait.  I enjoyed my plank steak with french fries and a salad, and I believe the others all enjoyed their meals as well.  Fresh food, well prepared at a good price.  I hope they do well and put in a few fans to move the air a little bit.

The large parking lot on the highway make this an easy rest stop, but not a very romantic one.  GPS 9:54:42.39600  83:1:0.852000
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Riu Hotel in Guanacaste  accused of environmental damage

Diario Extra:  Hotel managers and environmental officials have been named in a criminal complaint filed with the courts. During construction the hotel is accused of  destroying mangroves.

Costa Rica should strengthen the right on freedom of expression, says minister of  communication

La Prensa Libre:  The minister of communication says the country must strengthen freedom of expression so  people can assert their rights as citizens and access to accurate and timely information.

More work urged for deputy mayors

La República: Lawmakers are considering to eliminate the deputy mayor jobs, 90 percent of which are held by women. The alternative is to strengthen the position.

More than 17,000  residents without water in Atenas Thursday

CR Hoy: The disruption would be from 7  a.m. until evening as workers repair a main line.

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Mercado Central merchants to mix religion and Costa Rican traditions
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Thursday will see a mix of the religious and traditional at the Mercado Central in downtown San José.

The merchants who have their shops in the market will be honoring their patron, Jesus Christ, in the persona of the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús. Some shoppers may have noticed the life-size statue of Jesus permanently inside the market.

The annual festivities Thursday start off with a Mass on the sidewalk outside the market. Celebrating the Mass will be Archbishop José Rafael Quirós, said an announcement from the merchants who are members of the Unión de Comerciantes del Mercado Central.

Following the 10 a.m. Mass is a mix of Costa Rican culture ranging from marimbas to tamales.
The merchants said they not only promise an event filed with devotion but also filled with Costa Rican tradition.

There will be a  cimarrona, the brass street band, and the traditional mascaradas, those towering papier-mâché figures.

The market was founded in 1880, and just walking through the corridors is to take a trip back into the 19th century where the market was the center of the daily routine. 

Some tourists are reluctant to have a meal at one of the many sodas inside the market, but some are associated with national chains, and the sanitation standards are equal to restaurants elsewhere. However, the menus are skewed toward the traditional, including the tamales. The market also is a place to find foods and spices in bulk.

The event also is being sponsored by the municipality.

Deteriorating primary school gets historic restoration in Tucurrique
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The  Escuela Eduardo Peralta Jiménez is one historic building that will not stand empty while officials try to figure out what to do with it.

The school is exactly that, and now some 300 primary students have a modern facility within a building that is a national heritage site.

The work was done with a 147 million-colon investment by the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural. Four new classrooms were added as well as modern bathrooms.

A leaky roof and the entire electrical system were replaced. The centro said the building was in an advanced stage of deterioration.

The school is in Tucurrique,  Jiménez de Cartago. The

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weather there is great for vegetable farming, but the moisture and the cold challenge wooden structures. The school is believed to have been built in the World War II era.

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Analysis of 80 studies shows some value to the use of medical marijuana
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In an analysis of the findings of nearly 80 randomized trials that included about 6,500 participants, there was moderate evidence to support the use of cannabinoids, chemical compounds that are the active principles in cannabis or marijuana, for the treatment of chronic pain. There was less evidence suggesting that cannabinoids were associated with improvements in nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, sleep disorders, and Tourette syndrome, according to a study in the most recent issue of  Journal of the American Medical Association

Medical cannabis refers to the use of cannabis or cannabinoids as medical therapy to treat disease or alleviate symptoms. In the United States, 23 states and Washington, D.C., have introduced laws to permit the medical use of cannabis; many other countries have similar laws. Despite the wide us of cannabis and cannabinoid drugs for medical purposes, their efficacy for specific indications is not clear, according to background information in the article.

Penny F. Whiting of the University of Bristol, Bristol, United Kingdom, and colleagues evaluated the evidence for the benefits and adverse events of medical cannabinoids by searching various databases for randomized clinical trials of cannabinoids for a variety of indications.

The researchers identified 79 trials with 6,462 participants that met criteria for inclusion in the review and meta-analysis.

The researchers found that most studies suggested that cannabinoids were associated with improvements in

symptoms, but these associations did not reach statistical significance in all studies.

There was moderate evidence to suggest that cannabinoids may be beneficial for the treatment of chronic neuropathic or cancer pain and spasticity due to multiple sclerosis involving sustained muscle contractions or sudden involuntary movements.

There was less evidence suggesting that cannabinoids were associated with improvements in nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, weight gain in HIV, sleep disorders, and Tourette syndrome and very low-quality evidence for an improvement in anxiety. There was low-quality evidence for no effect on psychosis and very low-level evidence for no effect on depression, said the study.

There was an increased risk of short-term adverse effects with cannabinoids, including serious ones. Common effects included dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, fatigue, somnolence, euphoria, vomiting, disorientation, drowsiness, confusion, loss of balance, and hallucination.

There was no clear evidence for a difference in association, either beneficial or harmful, based on type of cannabinoids or mode of administration.
Further large, robust, randomized clinical trials are needed to confirm the effects of cannabinoids, particularly on weight gain in patients with HIV/AIDS, depression, sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, psychosis, glaucoma, and Tourette syndrome are required, said the authors. Further studies evaluating cannabis itself are also required because there is very little evidence on the effects and adverse effects of cannabis, the authors added.

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The Hidden Garden Art Gallery near the Liberia airport is a great place to find quality remembrances of Costa Rica to take home or to decorate your home or office in Costa Rica.  We also offer commissioned pieces so you can create your own unique masterpiece to cherish forever.  With more than 60 artists on exhibit and fine art in 15 rooms full of paintings, prints, sculptures, and diverse artistic expressions, we are easy to locate just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport. Visit our Web site at
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Meet many Expats who are willing to share their experiences and how the tour has value long after the “lust” wears off.
See how to choose a Retirement tour video by past guest!

Ask the others what you get for your money, and then compare the quality of accommodations, quality, quantity and variety of food and drink to measure the best value for your money. 

Learn how others “talk the talk” and learn who really can “walk the walk”

Please visit my Web site  to contact my references.
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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet.  Rent per month $750 plus utilities with free internet.  Price for Sale $179,000   Contact Mike:  Check out slide show HERE!

Beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bathroom American-style apartments with an elevator to your front door in a secure building located in Gringo Gulch the American Section of downtown San José. Costa Rica. Located between the Hotel Del Rey, the Hotel Mona Lisa and the Sportsman's Lodge and The Zona Blue (AKA) Little Habana across the street from Harry's Poas Bar, and next to the Holiday Inn.
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 There are 15 restaurants and American- style bars on this block and four supermarkets within a few blocks. There are 5 casinos within 2 blocks and dozens of hotels around this apartment. Included in your rental price, fast Internet, the best they have in Costa Rica, cable TV with 80 stations, water, washer
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Two-bedroom, 1-bath condominium available for rent starting June 1st in Corteza del Sol in the Quebrada Seca, just across the Costanera from Jacó. 24-hour security, wifi/cable, AC, luxurious amenities, kitchen includes everything you need to cook, gorgeous pools just steps from your front door. 15 minute walk to town or quick bike ride. ¢2,000 taxi to center of town. Short-term renter is fine. Long-term would be great! Looking for someone low-key who will fit in well with the complex. $950/month including cable & internet, NOT INCLUDING ELECTRIC! Call 8725-0344 or email

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Obama expected to back off
on threats to hostage families

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. government will no longer threaten to prosecute families who try to negotiate with the captors of Americans being held hostage overseas or pay ransom to win their release, media reports say.

President Barack Obama is expected to soften a U.S. policy when he releases a broad review of U.S. hostage guidelines Wednesday at the White House alongside several hostage families. 

The six-month review was prompted by sharp criticism of the Obama administration by some victims' relatives, who said they had been threatened with prosecution if they tried to raise money to pay a ransom.

U.S. officials said new administrative measures would improve coordination and communication with hostage families and help facilitate communications with kidnappers on behalf of families seeking the safe return of hostages.

But White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters Tuesday that the president would not change the prohibition against making concessions to hostage-takers.

Several U.S. hostages have been killed in the past year in the Middle East, including some who were beheaded in videos released by Islamic State militants.

Unlike some European allies, the United States insists it will not make concessions to hostage-takers and has a strict no-payments strategy, saying ransoms only encourage further kidnappings and put funds in the hands of the militants.

But last year it exchanged five Taliban detainees held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to secure the release of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who had been held five years by Taliban forces in Afghanistan.

White House denies targeting
French President Hollande

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The White House says it is not targeting French President Francois Hollande's communications and will not do so, after transparency Web site WikiLeaks released documents that it says shows the U.S. National Security Agency spied on him and his two predecessors.

There was no immediate confirmation of the accuracy of the documents, which were released by WikiLeaks in collaboration with French daily newspaper Liberation and investigative Web site Mediapart.

NSA spokesman Ned Price said the Obama administration does not conduct any foreign intelligence surveillance unless there is a specific and validated national security purpose, a standard he said applied to both world leaders and ordinary citizens.

"We work closely with France on all matters of international concern and the French are indispensable partners," Price said.

The spokesman did not address whether French presidential communications had been wiretapped in the past.

A French presidential aide said Hollande is expected to meet Wednesday with his defense council to evaluate the information published by Wikileaks.

In 2013, WikiLeaks reported that the NSA had wiretapped German Chancellor Angela Merkel's private phone. The report sparked a political scandal in Germany and prompted an official inquiry.

The U.S. reply to Germany on the matter, in September 2013, was similar to the one it provided France on Tuesday: that the U.S. was not monitoring Ms. Merkel's calls at that time and would not monitor them in the future.

Tuesday's revelations come just weeks after President Obama signed a law ending the U.S. government's power to investigate the private phone and internet communications of U.S. citizens.

Senate votes to advance
trade promotion authority

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to once again advance legislation facilitating the approval of two blockbuster trade pacts spanning the Atlantic and the Pacific.

The procedural 60-37 vote revives President Barack Obama’s trade agenda, which had been dealt a severe blow when trade promotion authority, which is often called fast track, stalled on Capitol Hill earlier this month.

“This is a very big vote. It’s an important moment for the country,” Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. “It’s demonstrating that both parties can work together to strengthen America’s national security at home, and America’s leadership abroad – instead of simply ceding the future in one of the world’s fastest-growing regions to Chinese aggression.”

Thirteen pro-trade Democrats joined with Republicans to support the bill, including Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, a western U.S. state where many of his business constituents support trade with Asia.
“Let’s pry open foreign markets and send more of our exports abroad,” Wyden said. "Let’s fight for the American brand against the trade cheats and the bad actors that are blocking our way."
Ahead of the vote, scores of trade opponents protested outside Senate office buildings and pressed lawmakers to vote no. One demonstrator, Margaret Flowers, said Tuesday’s vote was disappointing but not a surprise.
“It is really important in our minds that they not just pass this vote quietly,” Ms. Flowers said. "That they know and see that there are people that are opposed to what they are doing. We can’t be silent.”
Inside the chamber, Democrat Sherrod Brown called the legislation immoral and shameful.
“People are going to lose their jobs,” Brown said. "What a betrayal we are inflicting on those workers if we make this decision today.”
The push on trade puts the White House in conflict with labor unions, environmentalists, and other elements of the progressive coalition that helped elect President Obama and numerous Democratic lawmakers.
Trade promotion authority mandates up-or-down congressional votes with no amendments allowed on two of the biggest trade deals in U.S. history: one with the European Union and another with Pacific Rim nations that, together, account for 40 percent of global economic output.

South Carolina lawmakers
will debate status of flag

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The South Carolina Legislature has agreed to debate whether to remove the Civil War-era Confederate flag from the Capitol grounds after an appeal from Gov. Nikki Haley to remove it.

Hundreds chanted "Bring it down" as they stood outside the State House in Charleston Tuesday, urging lawmakers to scrap the official public display of what the protesters call a symbol of racism and slavery.

Haley said Monday that she would call the legislature back into special session if it did not agree to open debate.  She said that while many in South Carolina respect and revere the flag, others see it as a reminder of a brutally oppressive past. 

The young white gunman who has admitted killing nine African-Americans inside a Charleston church last week is a self-confessed racist who has been pictured holding the Confederate flag.

Many in the state were stunned to see the Confederate flag still flying at the top of a pole on the State House grounds while the U.S. and state flags flew at half-staff in tribute to the shooting victims.

The Confederate flag flew from the top of the South Carolina State House from 1962 until it was moved to a Civil War memorial in 2000.  Flag opponents say it was originally put up over the Capitol to defy racial integration.

The church massacre has led others around the country to take a second look at the flag and other Civil War-era signs.

Sears, Kmart and Wal-Mart, the country's largest retailer, said they would no longer sell Confederate flag goods in their stores. The online auction site eBay will also stop selling such merchandise.

The speaker of the House in Mississippi has called for the removal of the Confederate symbol from the state flag.  Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has ordered car license plates with the flag on them to be replaced.

Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers in Tennessee want a bust of Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest removed from the state Senate. Forrest was also the first leader of the Ku Klux Klan,  a white supremacist group founded after the Civil War and still in existence.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined the growing chorus of opposition to the Confederate flag on Monday. The Kentucky-born lawmaker called the flag a painful reminder of racial oppression and said "that the time for a state to fly it has long since passed."

Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton  Tuesday urged all businesses to stop selling products with Confederate flag images, and praised Wal-Mart Stores and other retailers for pulling flag-related items.

"You know and I know that's just the beginning of what we have to do," Ms. Clinton said in Florissant, a St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, the site of violent protests last year after a young black man was killed by a white policeman. "Equality, opportunity, civil rights in America are still far from where they need to be."

The flag is "a symbol of our nation's racist past that has no place in our present or our future. It shouldn't fly there. It shouldn't fly anywhere," she said.

The Missouri speech was the third time Ms. Clinton has made public remarks on last week's shooting in Charleston.

Last week, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney urged that South Carolina remove the Confederate flag from state Capitol grounds, calling it a symbol of racial hatred.

Romney's statement was widely seen as intensifying pressure on current Republican candidates to face an issue of race and symbolism that has long vexed the party.

The Confederate flag was the symbol of the Confederate States of America,  Southern states that broke away from the United States in 1861. They fought a Civil War for independence from the federal government and for the right to preserve slavery.  The rebel states surrendered in 1865 after slavery had been outlawed in the U.S.

People in South Carolina and other states who want to keep flying the flag say the banner is about history, pride and family heritage, not slavery.  They condemn racists who they say have corrupted the flag, turning it into a sign of hate.

Those who want to get rid of the flag say no one can escape the fact that it once stood for a fight to keep slavery legal and is a constant reminder of white supremacy.

U.S. blames China for spying
and maybe personnel hacking

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States has criticized China for carrying out state-sponsored cyberattacks, a blunt accusation that comes as authorities in Washington continue to investigate a massive hack into federal employee data.

Treasury Secretary Jack Lew made the comment Wednesday during the second day of high-level security and economic talks with Chinese officials.

"We remain deeply concerned about Chinese government-sponsored cyber-enabled theft," he said.

In his public comments, Lew did not specifically mention the series of attacks revealed earlier this month during which hackers accessed or stole the sensitive personnel info of millions of current and former U.S. government employees.

The Obama administration has not openly accused the Chinese government of being behind the digital attack on the Office of Personnel Management, but various officials have said they are increasingly convinced this is the case.

Ahead of this week's annual talks with Beijing officials in Washington, a senior State Department official promised the hacking incident would be discussed "in very direct terms." No details of those conversations have been released.

Details continue to emerge about the scale of the hack into Office of Personnel Management computers. FBI Director James Comey now believes as many as 18 million current, former, and prospective federal employees were affected, according to U.S. lawmakers briefed on the matter who spoke to CNN.

That figure is much higher than the 4.2 million employees that the Office of Personnel Management has said were affected by the breach. Reports have also suggested the hackers gained access to extremely sensitive information found in federal employee background checks.

The Chinese government has strongly denied it is behind the cyber intrusion, and has blasted U.S. officials and media for speculating about the identity of the hackers.

State Councilor Yang Jiechi said China is prepared to work closer with the U.S. on the issue of cybercrime and said Beijing supports an international code of conduct for cyber information sharing.

The U.S. last year charged five Chinese military officers with hacking into and stealing trade secrets from the computers of several large American nuclear, metal and solar companies.

China angrily denounced the indictment and suspended a series of discussions with the U.S. to combat cybercrimes. That dialogue has not yet resumed.

Haitian controversy reaches
New York immigrant groups

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The fight against the deportation of hundreds of thousands of Haitians living in the Dominican Republic has moved to the United States, where 600,000 Haitian immigrants and more than one million Dominicans live.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose constituents include over 135,000 Haitians and 500,000 Dominicans, described the threat of deportation of Haitians by the Dominican government as illegal, immoral and racist.

“It is clearly an illegal act. It is an immoral act. It is a racist act by the Dominican government,” the mayor said. “And it’s happening because these people are black. And it cannot be accepted.”

His comments were supported by some but rejected by a number of other Dominicans who oppose the presence of Haitians in the Dominican Republic, especially after hundreds of thousands poured into the country after the  2010 earthquake on the island.

Both Haitians and Dominicans inhabit the island of Hispaniola, divided into two separate countries and often alienated by the issue of illegal immigration.

A 2013 Dominican citizenship law aims to cut off more than 200,000 Haitians who were born in the country to undocumented Haitians.

The decision leaves them without legal documentation and stateless since they have neither Haitian nor Dominican citizenship. They are now subject to deportation.

Although at first it was feared that the deportations would begin on Thursday, after the law went into effect, the Dominican government has now clarified that repatriations would be a slow and gradual process with no sudden surprises.

Monday in Washington, the Association of Haitian Professionals called for a meeting followed by a march to the Embassy of the Dominican Republic  to demand an end to the deportations and expulsions.

The association claimed there is increasing anti-Haitian sentiment in the Dominican Republic resulting from violence against anyone with Haitian facial features, citing the example of the lynching of Henry "Tulile" Jean Claude in February.

"Tulile", a shoe-shiner, was found hanging in a Santiago public square on Feb. 10, his hands and feet bound. The lynching, which was widely condemned, was blamed on a group of Dominican nationalists who had called for the deportation of Haitians living in their country and burned a Haitian flag Feb. 9.

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

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Beautiful house in magical setting in the hills above San Ramón in Costa Rica can be yours for $185,000! House was built 10 years ago with soaring 16-foot ceilings.  Enclosed area is 1,200 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, large kitchen, and utility room.  It is located at 4,000 feet with typical temperatures ranging between 75 and the low 80s during the day and the low to mid-60s at night.  The house is offered fully furnished, including all appliances (nearly new energy-efficient Samsung refrigerator). The front of the house features a large covered veranda (another 500 square feet), with a barbecue and outdoor patio furniture to seat 8, and hooks for a hammock. There are many tropical plants, flowers, and trees are on the half-acre property.  Set on the far western edge of the Central Valley in a small, pastoral community, it's only 10 minutes to San Ramón and its many small stores, restaurants, museums, a branch campus of the University of Costa Rica, and a weekly farmers' market.
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This exceptional private ranch sits on a 9+ hectare lot and supports 15-20 horses. Only 2 hours south of San José, on the road to Puriscal. Roomy stalls all with drains, water hookup, lights and fans, grooming and shoeing área. Two-story house all furnished and cowboy house. Don't miss your chance on that turnkey operation.  Offered at $889,000.
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Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: 
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Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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*In 2009 this property appraisal for $240,000  (two hundred forty thousand).
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For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
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Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.

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

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

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

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

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

Jaco hotel

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

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A magma crystal before being lasered and analyzed.

Crystals in magma can tell its history

By the  Trinity College Dublin news staff

Every volcano has a story, but, until now, most of these stories were shrouded in mystery.

However, scientists from Trinity College Dublin have just discovered how to pry volcanic secrets from magma crystals, which means they are better able to piece together the history of global geography and to predict future eruptions of active volcanoes.

Their method will help to understand the reasons for past eruptions, and thus allow more accurate predictions for eruptions yet to occur, the researchers said.

Teresa Ubide was among those who worked out how to persuade volcanoes to tell their stories. She is a research fellow in geology in the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity,

She said: “Volcanoes are fascinating, but also dangerous. We need to understand how they work to be better prepared for volcanic eruptions, such as the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption in Iceland, which collapsed air traffic across Europe and caused huge economic, political and cultural problems for huge numbers of people.”

The volcanic cones and lava flows on the surface of the Earth are fed by magma from great depth. It is thought that the injection of fresh magma into deep reservoirs is the key trigger in volcanic eruptions.

But how is it possible to reconstruct what is going on many kilometers below the surface, at temperatures greater than 1000 degrees C?

Dr. Ubide added: “Just as investigators reconstruct events to learn the truth, we prise magma injections from the crystals that are transported to the surface by erupted magmas to do the same thing. This method helps us form a detailed picture of the magma history.”

Magmatic crystals typically grow from the center outwards, like tree rings. The microscopic growth rings or zones of crystals record the history of magmatic processes occurring during crystallization, which can be read by expert eyes. The chemical composition of successive growth zones is a particularly valuable source of information about magma history.

The Trinity scientists worked to improve the method by which a laser beam, similar to that used for eye surgery, removes a thin film from the surface of the crystals. This produces a group of particles than are analyzed to visualize the precise pattern of growth zones of the crystal.

Importantly, the method works even for chemical elements present at very low concentrations, some of which are particularly useful for unveiling magma history with unprecedented detail.

The article presenting the methodology and its optimization for magmatic crystals has just been published in the journal Chemical Geology. The paper includes results for crystals from magmas related to the opening of the North Atlantic Ocean, where the separation of tectonic plates made the crust thinner and weaker, allowing the ascent of magmas.

That particular magmatic system developed 79 million years ago in northeast Spain, where the Costa Brava is located today, and where tourists enjoy its warm weather and selected cuisine unaware of the many secrets hidden in the rocks and crystals just next to their beach umbrellas.

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Biogas is good bet for pineapple waste, ICE says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The state power company says a small pineapple producer can save $450,000 a year by converting crop waste to biogas. And the company said that this also solves other environmental problems.

The gas would be used to generate electricity, said the  Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. The state firm said it had experimented on a small pineapple operation of some three hectares to make the calculations.

The country produces 8 million tons of pineapple waste a year, said the firm.

The agricultural waste represents a big problem. It attracts flies, and processors spend money on chemicals to dry out the waste.

Biogas would solve those problems, said the firm known as ICE. In addition, it said, the digested material that produces biogas would be returned to the soil as fertilizer as would liquid generated by the process.

 The calculations showed the the small operation would produce 300 kilowatts a day over 18 hours, which translates to an annual value of $450,000, the firm said.

By generating composed material the farmer also would save the cost of chemical fertilizers, it said. Agrochemical infiltration of ground water and water sources is a big problem. The pineapple monoculture ha increased 42 percent in the last four years, said ICE.