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Monarchs cluster at their Mexican destination

How did they

get to México?

How can the stately monarch butterfly find its way to central México from its breeding sites in the eastern United States?

That's a question that has puzzled scientists for years. Some say the tiny insects use the sun. But what happens when the day is overcast?

Researchers in Massachusetts say they have the answer. They even put butterflies on tethers inside flight simulators to reveal the navigational secret

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Costa Rica's soccer team next faces Greece Sunday
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff
with wire service reports

The Ticos are marching on to the World Cup's knockout rounds after a 0-0 tie with England Tuesday. Though Costa Rica was already secured a spot in the Round of 16, the tie meant a first-place finish in Group D, edging out second-place Uruguay. Both Italy and England are now on their way home after failing to qualify from the Group of Death.

Costa Rica will meet another surprise contender, Group C runner-up Greece, this Sunday. The match will kick off at 2 p.m. and will be played in Recife at Arena Pernambuco, site of the Ticos' upset win over Italy.

In a must-win game, the Greeks shocked Ivory Coast 2-1 with a go-ahead penalty kick stemming from a controversial call in stoppage time. Defensive-minded Greece may not play an entertaining, light-up-the-scoreboard brand of soccer, but they will challenge Costa Rica's attackers by limiting opportunities.

Still this matchup may have been the most favorable one La Sele could have asked for, considering Greece didn't even score in its first two World Cup matches. This is the first time the Greeks have ever made it to the knockout rounds. If Costa Rica wins, it would then face the winner of Mexico –Holland match in the quarterfinals July 5.

In a local development, from June 15 to June 19, local housing development company Rock Construction offered $1,000 off a new home for every goal that Costa Rica's national team scored
in the World Cup. An advertising representative said the offer only counts for the first round games, meaning the company now owes $5,000 credit to anyone who purchased a house from them in that time span.

Uruguay's victory over Italy was eclipsed by a bizarre incident late in the second half when superstar Luis Suarez allegedly bit Italian Giorgio Chiellini during a contested play.

The referee didn't notice, and no free kick or card was given. However, in TV footage that ricocheted around the Internet, Suarez indeed appears to bite down on Chiellini's left shoulder.

After the encounter, Chiellini pulled his jersey off his shoulder while yelling at the referee, and Suarez appeared to grab his teeth.

Despite not being booked, Suarez could still face disciplinary action from the governing authorities that could keep him out of the next round. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association has given Suarez and the country's football association until this afternoon to give their positions on the incident and any relevant evidence.

Suarez has a history of biting opponents. In 2010, while playing for Ajax, he accepted a seven-match ban by the Dutch Football Federation for biting another player. After that game, Italy's coach Cesare Prandelli and the country's football federation president, Giancarlo Abete, announced their resignations.

In Group C action Tuesday, Colombia sent Japan packing, with a decisive 4-1 victory, having earlier clinched a spot in the knockout round.

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Crooks have been conducting a steady string of robberies involving the deflating of tires on tourist rental cars.

That became known Tuesday when Policía Turística officers were able to detain a suspect in the center of Alajuela. Police said the suspect carried U.S. passports of two robbery victims who had been confronted Monday.

They also found more than 40 credit cards in his possession, so the investigation covers more than one crime.

Deflating a tire is a long-time technique by crooks who have access or accomplices at rental car operations near Juan Santamaría airport. The tire is stuck with a sharp object before or while the tourists are getting possession of the vehicle. Then when the tire deflates, the driver and any passengers are stranded usually on the General Cañas autopista where the robber quickly shows up to claim his prize.

Police said they tried to contact the U.S. citizens who were robbed Monday afternoon, but predictably they already had left the country. The technique of puncturing tires has had a significant impact on repeat tourism.

The technique has not been in the news lately. That seems to be because police are not reporting a lot of routine crimes and only issue a statement when a suspect is caught.

The Policía Turística were able to detained the suspect, identified by the last name of Monge, because they had a warrant. Officers must have had knowledge of his activities before the most recent robbery.

Child snatched from pool airlifted

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police and rescue workers may have saved the life of a year-old Jacó child who fell into a swimming pool Tuesday afternoon.

The name and condition of the child was not available Tuesday night.

A helicopter from the Dirección del Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea intercepted an ambulance in the middle of Ruta 27, the Caldera highway. The helicopter crew completed the trip by bringing the child to the Hospital Nacional de Niños in rainy weather.

The Caja Costarricense del Seguro Social made the initial contacts, the security ministry said. Fuerza Pública officers, traffic police, firemen and the Jacó municipal police all were involved in the case, the ministry said.

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By the University of Massachusetts  Medical School Communications

Each fall millions of monarch butterflies use a sophisticated navigation system to transverse 2,000 miles from breeding sites across the eastern United States to an overwintering habitat in specific groves of fir trees in central Mexico. Scientists at the University of Massachusetts  Medical School and Worcester Polytechnic Institute have identified a new component of this complex system. They reported in Nature Communications that monarchs use a light-dependent inclination magnetic compass to help them orient southward during migration.

“Taken as a whole, our study reveals another fascinating aspect of the monarch butterfly migratory behavior,” said senior study author Steven Reppert, a professor of neuroscience at the university. “Greater knowledge of the mechanisms underlying the fall migration may well aid in its preservation, currently threatened by climate change and by the continuing loss of milkweed and overwintering habitats. A new vulnerability to now consider is the potential disruption of the magnetic compass in the monarchs by human-induced electromagnetic noise, which can also affect geomagnetic orientation in migratory birds.”

Co-author Robert Gegear, assistant professor of biology and biotechnology at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, explained, “Our study shows that monarchs use a sophisticated magnetic inclination compass system for navigation similar to that used by much larger-brained migratory vertebrates such as birds and sea turtles.”

Monarchs use a time-compensated sun compass in their antenna to help them make their 2,000 mile migratory journey to overwintering sites. During the absence of daylight cues, such as under dense cloud cover, migrants have been, surprisingly, seen flying in the expected southerly direction. It’s been hypothesized that monarchs use geomagnetic cues to help navigate when day light cues are unavailable to them during migration.

Previous attempts by scientists to isolate use of an internal inclination compass in monarchs have yielded conflicting or unconvincing results. These studies, however, may not have accounted for the possibility that the magnetic compass was influenced by ultraviolet light that can penetrate cloud cover.

Using flight simulators equipped with artificial magnetic fields, Patrick Guerra,  a postdoctoral fellow in the Reppert lab, examined monarch flight behavior under diffuse white light conditions. He found that tethered monarchs in the simulators oriented themselves in a southerly direction. Further tests in the simulator revealed that the butterflies used the inclination angle of Earth’s magnetic field to guide their movement. Reversing the direction of the inclination caused the monarchs to orient in the opposite direction, to the north instead of the south.

To test the light-dependence of the monarch’s magnetic compass, Guerra applied a series of wavelength blocking filters to the lights in the simulator. Tests showed that the monarch’s magnetic compass, and thus directional flight, was dependent on exposure to light wavelengths found in the ultraviolet A blue light spectral range.

Together, these results provide the first demonstration that the monarch butterfly uses a light-dependent, inclination compass during its long journey. It is also the first evidence of such a navigational tool in a long-distance migratory insect.

“For migratory monarchs, the inclination compass may serve as an important back up system when daylight cues are unavailable,” Guerra said. “It may also augment hand-in-hand with the time-compensated sun compass to provide orientation and directionality throughout the migration process.”

Republican senator beats Tea party choice

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A longtime Republican U.S. senator has narrowly beaten his Tea Party opponent in a runoff election ahead of the Senate race later this year, two weeks after a top Republican leader lost his seat to a more conservative Tea Party candidate and ignited fears of an ultra-conservative takeover of the party.
Sen. Thad Cochran of the southern state of Mississippi declared victory over state legislator Chris McDaniel in Tuesday's runoff. McDaniel collected more votes in the original June 3 primary, but did not get the 50 percent majority necessary to avoid a runoff.
For the runoff, Cochran took the unusual step of appealing to Democratic voters who had not voted in the state's Democratic primary and were therefore eligible to vote in the Republican runoff.
McDaniel indirectly criticized the move, telling his supporters after Tuesday's vote that there were dozens of irregularities in the runoff election. He said before the race is over, Mississippians must be absolutely certain that the runoff was won by Republican voters.
McDaniel's supporters favor lower government spending and lower taxes, while Cochran argues that Mississippi, one of the poorest states in the U.S., needs the billions of federal dollars it receives for disaster relief, military support, and agricultural support.

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San Diego, California, volunteers are hard at it moving rock and making a playground for  students. They also put in a concrete walk.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Kids at an underfunded elementary school in Playa Hermosa are getting a new playground thanks to some volunteers from the United States. As part of the service-learning program Global Leadership Adventures, 10 teenagers from San Diego, California, are spending about a month constructing the playground for the school of 42 children.

Gary Lindquist, chairman of the Playa Hermosa School Committee, said this is a substantial gift for a school where most of the children come from very poor backgrounds. Their poverty is in direct contrast with the town's wealthy tourist and expat population, making Playa Hermosa's beach community a paradox of fortunes.

Though the elementary school hidden in the trees has been in
existence for about 35 years, Lindquist said it was on very few peoples' minds when he first arrived. “So many people lived here and they didn't even know there was a school here,” Lindquist said.

Recently the school has nearly doubled in enrollment, but the kids in grades first through sixth are still instructed in one classroom as the younger children are relegated to a small kitchen.  Principle and teacher Javier Rosales and a new instructor are the only two on staff at the school.

Lindquist said the committee has $5,000 in donations saved up to build another classroom, plus money earned from a recent fundraising run sponsored by Delta Airlines. To construct a new room for the school would cost at least $12,000, he said. They are also looking to add an English teacher and computers with additional donations in the future.

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Trafficking report casts a wide net against to support U.S. programs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. State Department has again issued what it calls its "Trafficking in Persons Report 2014."

Like reports in previous years, the document will maintain jobs for those associated with the department's  Office To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and justify spending taxpayers money overseas.

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Like previous reports, the document lumps someone in actual slavery with a 17-year-old prostitute who is on the prowl for money. The document also continues to call U.S. and European sex tourists a serious problem even though the Costa Rican  government did not prosecute or convict any child sex tourists in 2013. However, two suspicious foreigners were deported for which the U.S. Embassy took credit in the report.

"Child sex tourism is a serious problem, with child sex tourists arriving mostly from the United States and Europe," says the report without documentation. The State Department also categorizes anyone under 18 as a child, and says "There are no exceptions to this rule: no cultural or socioeconomic rationalizations alter the fact that children who are prostituted are trafficking victims."

In fact, in Costa Rica, the biggest threat for many children are older relatives. In addition, in Costa Rica there is a much lower age for legal consensual sex.

None of these nuances is outlined in the report. which equates a molested 6 year old with an experienced 17-year-old prostitute or a 40-year-old agricultural worker being smuggled in from Nicaragua.

Perhaps the biggest omission is that the report does not state that adult prostitution is common and not penalized in Costa Rica. To understand trafficking in Costa Rica, one must have the full story. For eight years editors have encouraged without success the U.S. Embassy staffers here to include that in the country narrative.

Those who contributed to the country report on Colombia also did not make this clear.  They  may have forgotten the escapades of the U.S. Secret Service agents in 2012.

Fighting sex trafficking is big business. Costa Rica assessed an exit
tax at airports, and $1 of the tax goes to a fund to fight trafficking, the report notes, adding that the country collected but did not allocate about $1.5 million.

In addition during the course of the year under study, 2013, the government paid  approximately $134,000 to one non-governmental organization to provide services to adults and children in prostitution, as the report noted.

There also was a $230,000 effort to construct a shelter for trafficking victims. But, as the report notes, authorities here reported identifying and assisting just 15 trafficking victims in 2013, all of whom were female and four of whom were Costa Rican.

"Eleven were adults and four were children, said the report. "Of the 15, 11 were victims of sex trafficking and four were victims of labor trafficking. Authorities reported assisting 33 child victims of commercial sexual exploitation.

Considering that non-government agencies sends staffers with police as they raid night spots where entrepreneurial women meet men, that number is astonishingly small.

During the raids, volunteers for the private agency conduct interviews with women and basically force them to fill out a questionnaire,

Obviously there is an economic motive to identify many trafficking victims. The State Department says: "An adult’s consent to participate in prostitution is not legally determinative: if one is thereafter held in service through psychological manipulation or physical force, he or she is a trafficking victim."

Also "When a child (under 18 years of age) is recruited, enticed, harbored, transported, provided, obtained, or maintained to perform a commercial sex act, proving force, fraud, or coercion is not necessary for the offense to be characterized as human trafficking."

The trafficking report covers forced labor, child labor, debt bondage and child soldiers elsewhere in addition to sex trafficking. Under the State Department definition trafficking does not require the movement of a person from one place to another.

The report did mention for the first time that there are transgender Costa Ricans in the commercial sex industry who could be vulnerable to sex trafficking. 

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This is what the State Department said about trafficking here
This is the country narrative for Costa Rica from the 2014 U.S. State Department trafficking in persons report:

Costa Rica is a source, transit, and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to sex trafficking and forced labor. Costa Rican women and children are subjected to sex trafficking within the country; residents of the north and central Pacific coast zones are particularly vulnerable to internal sex trafficking. Authorities have identified cases of adults using children for drug trafficking; some of these children may be trafficking victims.

There are a significant number of transgender Costa Ricans in the commercial sex industry who could be vulnerable to sex trafficking. Women and girls from Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, and other Latin American countries have been identified in Costa Rica as victims of sex trafficking and domestic servitude. Child sex tourism is a serious problem, with child sex tourists arriving mostly from the United States and Europe. Men and children from other Central American countries and from Asian countries, including China, are subjected to conditions of forced labor in Costa Rica, particularly in the agriculture, construction, fishing, and commercial sectors. Nicaraguan sex and labor trafficking victims transit through Costa Rica en route to Panama. Indigenous Panamanians are also reportedly vulnerable to forced labor in agriculture in Costa Rica.

The government of Costa Rica does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. In 2013, authorities convicted an increased number of trafficking offenders compared to the previous year and created a dedicated prosecutorial unit for human trafficking and smuggling. Victim services remained inadequate; however, the government budgeted funds for an NGO to build a dedicated shelter and established a fund that collected the equivalent of approximately $1.4 million earmarked in part for assistance to trafficking victims. Government capacity to proactively identify and assist victims, particularly outside of the capital, remained weak. Authorities continued to lack adequate trafficking data collection and categorized cases of human trafficking that did not involve the displacement of the victim as other crimes.

Recommendations for Costa Rica:

Use resources from the newly established fund to provide comprehensive services for trafficking victims, including child sex trafficking victims, in partnership with civil society organizations; intensify efforts to proactively investigate and prosecute human trafficking offenses, including forced labor, and convict and punish trafficking offenders; improve the efficacy and the implementation of Costa Rica’s victim assistance protocol, particularly outside of the capital and for victims of labor trafficking; continue to strengthen dedicated prosecutorial and police units through increased resources and training, including on victim treatment; investigate and prosecute cases of trafficking not involving movement and provide appropriate services to Costa Rican victims; increase efforts to investigate and prosecute child sex tourists; and continue to improve data collection for law enforcement and victim protection efforts.


The Government of Costa Rica increased its law enforcement efforts during the reporting period by convicting an increased number of trafficking offenders and creating a dedicated prosecutorial unit for human trafficking and smuggling. Authorities often failed to proactively investigate cases and had a limited capacity to conduct investigations outside of the capital. The anti-trafficking law enacted in December 2012, Law 9095, came into effect in February 2013 and prohibits all forms of human trafficking and prescribes penalties of four to 20 years’ imprisonment; these penalties are sufficiently stringent and commensurate with other serious crimes. The definition of trafficking in this law is in some respects too narrow—continuing to require the displacement of the victim—and in other respects too broad—penalizing non-trafficking crimes such as illegal adoption, sale of organs, moving persons for the purpose of prostitution, and labor exploitation that does not rise to the level of forced labor.

Data collection on human trafficking remained problematic. Authorities investigated 17 new cases and prosecuted seven defendants for movement-based human trafficking during the reporting period. In addition, prosecutors reported 18 new investigations for sex trafficking of minors under pimping statutes in 2013. The government convicted at least seven sex traffickers during the reporting period; six of these convictions were achieved under anti-trafficking statutes, with sentences ranging from five to 27 years’ imprisonment. Authorities also reported three trafficking convictions in 2013 under aggravated procuring statutes, resulting in sentences ranging from seven to ten years’ imprisonment. In comparison, there were two labor trafficking offenders convicted during the previous reporting period.

A dedicated anti-trafficking police unit investigated movement-based labor and sex trafficking cases, as well as  smuggling cases; the majority of cases investigated involved sex trafficking. In August 2013, the government created a dedicated prosecutorial unit for human trafficking and  smuggling with two prosecutors; this unit had no dedicated
 budget, but used human and financial resources from the organized crime prosecutor’s office. The unit investigated trafficking cases involving displacement, while local prosecutors were responsible for prosecuting cases of trafficking without movement, making it difficult to assess fully the government’s prosecution efforts. The effectiveness of police and prosecutors’ anti-trafficking work was limited by inadequate staffing and resources, as well as frequent turnover of law enforcement officials in dedicated units. Some officials conflated trafficking with smuggling. Government ministries provided training to prosecutors, police officers, and other public officials, often in partnership with civil society organizations receiving foreign government funding. Prosecutors worked with Nicaraguan, Panamanian, and Indonesian officials on an unspecified number of trafficking investigations in 2013. Authorities continued to investigate a mayor for possible trafficking crimes, but did not report any prosecutions or convictions of government employees complicit in human trafficking offenses.


The Costa Rican government maintained its protection efforts during the year. Although authorities assisted a limited number of victims and dedicated funds to an NGO to build a shelter for trafficking victims, specialized services remained inadequate, particularly outside of the capital. The government continued to implement its “immediate attention” protocol, which defines steps for government agencies that comprise the emergency response team to identify, protect, and provide integrated assistance to victims. Some officials, particularly outside of the capital, remained unaware of the protocol. NGOs and some officials asserted that victim identification was often reactive and referral mechanisms were not always implemented in an effective or timely manner. Authorities reported identifying and assisting 15 trafficking victims in 2013, all of whom were female and four of whom were Costa Rican. Eleven were adults and four were children. Of the 15, 11 were victims of sex trafficking and four were victims of labor trafficking. Authorities reported assisting 33 child victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Labor inspectors had a limited capacity to identify possible forced labor victims.

The government did not provide or fund specialized shelters or services for trafficking victims, and officials and NGOs noted that the lack of dedicated housing for victims was a significant challenge. The government relied on NGOs and religious organizations to provide specialized care for trafficking victims and provided the equivalent of approximately $134,000 to one NGO to provide services to adults and children in prostitution. In October 2013, Costa Rica’s Congress approved an additional allocation of the equivalent of approximately $230,000 to buy land for this NGO to build a dedicated trafficking shelter. Authorities maintained emergency government shelters for female victims of domestic violence, but staff members were reportedly reluctant to house trafficking victims there due to security concerns. Authorities used government and international organization funding to shelter an unspecified number of adult victims in hotels on a temporary basis. The government reported that all of the 33 child victims of commercial sexual exploitation identified in 2013 received psychological and social services and authorities coordinated shelter for at least two child trafficking victims. Police and NGOs noted that specialized victim services were virtually nonexistent outside of the capital.

The government granted temporary residency status, with permission to work, to five foreign victims in 2013. Costa Rican authorities encouraged victims to assist with the investigation and prosecution of trafficking offenders, and several victims did so during the reporting period. Other victims did not collaborate with investigations due to their lack of confidence in the judicial system. The government did not penalize identified victims for unlawful acts committed as a direct result of being subjected to human trafficking.


The Government of Costa Rica maintained its prevention efforts during the year. The human trafficking and smuggling directorate continued to implement a national action plan on human trafficking and coordinate the national anti-trafficking coalition. The coalition met on a quarterly basis and included civil society actors. The fund to fight human trafficking and smuggling—financed primarily by the country departure tax equivalent of approximately $1.00 per traveler—was established in 2013 and collected the equivalent of approximately $1.5 million in revenue. The government did not use these funds during the reporting period, but earmarked these funds for future trafficking victim assistance efforts, as well as efforts against migrant smuggling. Authorities conducted public awareness campaigns, often in partnership with civil society organizations. The government continued to investigate and prosecute individuals that paid child trafficking victims for commercial sex, resulting in 37 investigations and at least five convictions in 2013. With information from U.S. authorities, Costa Rican police deported two American citizens in 2013 for alleged involvement in child sex tourism. Despite continued reports of child sex tourism, the government did not prosecute or convict any child sex tourists in 2013. The government took efforts to reduce the demand for commercial sex, but did not report efforts to reduce the demand for forced labor.

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Wave of unaccompanied kids
creates D.C. political divide

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A political battle is brewing in Washington over the dramatic surge of unaccompanied children who are crossing the southwest border into the United States. Republicans blame the Obama administration for what they describe as lenient and confusing immigration policies, while Democrats say the children are fleeing extreme poverty and drug-related violence. The White House has dismissed suggestions to put troops on the border with Mexico.
So far this year, 52,000 unaccompanied children, mostly from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, have made the long journey across Mexico to cross the border into the United States. U.S. border patrol agents detain most of them and eventually place some of them with a relative or foster family in the U.S.
The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Republican Michael McCaul, said the Obama administration should have seen this coming.
"The tragic fact is these children are making a dangerous journey based on misinformation and the false promise of amnesty," said McCaul.
McCaul, from Texas, said border states like his are completely overwhelmed by the influx of children, and he is calling on the president to take action.
"States should not need to protect what is in the federal government’s role under our Constitution. The president needs to immediately send the National Guard to the Southwest border to deal with this crisis," said McCaul.
The White House rejected putting guard troops on the border after announcing last week the federal government would open additional detention centers.
Democrats rejected blame for the situation, saying Central American children are also seeking refuge in other countries.
"It is irresponsible to attribute this crisis to one U.S. policy, or for that matter to one U.S. president," said Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat.
Many of the children who come across alone are eventually released to the custody of relatives with instructions, pending court appearances. Some are deported.
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson calls it a humanitarian crisis.
"We are talking about large numbers of children without their parents who have arrived at our border, hungry, thirsty, exhausted, scared and vulnerable. How we treat the children, in particular, is a reflection of our laws and our values," said Johnson.
But some Republican lawmakers are frustrated, saying they have been calling for more fences and tougher security along the border.
"I have been there.  I know what I am talking about.  And we don't have a fence down there, and if did, we would not have 5-year-old children coming across,” said Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican.
Secretary Johnson explained that U.S. law has special provisions for unaccompanied minors.
"The law that was created in 2008 requires that we turn these kids over, if they are unaccompanied, to the Department of Health and Human Services within 72 hours, generally," said Johnson.
Johnson said the U.S. is working to get the message out to parents in Central America that their children face unacceptable risks coming to the United States and that there are no immigration permits waiting for them.

Homeland Security chief
says he seeks lawful options

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says he will consider every conceivable lawful option to deal with the huge flood of illegal immigrants crossing into the United States from Latin America.

Johnson spelled out the steps his agency is taking to address the problem to a House panel Tuesday.

They include using more resources to track down human traffickers and dismantle their organizations.

Johnson also said the Obama administration has launched public information campaigns in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. He said families are being warned about the dangers of letting children head alone to the U.S. and the spread of wrong information about U.S. immigration laws.

More than 52,000 immigrant children have illegally entered the U.S. from Latin America this fiscal year. Seventy-five percent are from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

Many of the illegals are being held in detention centers in the southwest, awaiting processing and possible deportation.

Some in Congress want President Barack Obama to deploy the National Guard along the Mexican broader.

But Johnson called the immigrant influx a humanitarian issue as much as one of border security.

He says the children reach the United States hungry, thirsty, scared, and vulnerable. Johnson says the way these children are treated reflects U.S. laws and values.

Projected needs for food
boost fish farming projects

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As the world population grows, there is a growing need for more food, including seafood. By 2030, the World Bank expects that 70 percent of the demand for fish will come from Asia. A recent report led by the World Resources Institute finds that global fish production needs to more than double by the middle of the century to meet that demand. The  study says the world’s oceans, lakes and rivers are fished to their limit, and it encourages sustainable growth of aquaculture or fish farms.
In an ancient lake bed 26 kilometers north of the California-Mexico border, there is fresh water and new life.
“We’re probably the largest catfish farm this side of the Mississippi, the largest catfish farm in California,” said Craig Elliott, the co-owner of Imperial Catfish
Elliott said that several times a week, thousands of kilograms of fish from his ponds end up in Asian grocery stores where live fish is in high demand.
“In fact, we can’t really produce enough fish for the demand,” he said.
As demand for seafood increases worldwide, so do the number of fish farms.
“It’s a relatively young industry but it grows at about 9 percent a year and we expect to keep that growth rate going in the next couple of decades,” said Mike Velings, founder of Aqua-Spark, a company that invests in sustainable aquaculture businesses.
Velings said China is the world leader in producing farmed fish. There are very few farms in the United States.
“The U.S. relies heavily on wild caught and on imports and only one percent of the world’s farming today is done in the U.S,” he added.
Elliott pointed out that aquaculture is not an easy business in which to make a profit.
“You put a fish in at this big and it’s going to be 18 months to two years before they are two to three pounds and so you have all that big outlay and you have no return for a long long time.  Some people make it, some of them don’t,” said Elliott.
There are also environmental concerns. Activist Nathan Weaver cites the polluting impact of uneaten fish meal and waste products from farmed fish, in addition to the disruption of the natural food chain.
“Many of the species of fish we like to eat are large predatory fish, they are things like tuna or salmon that are already two or three levels up the food chain. So in order to farm these large carnivores you have to actually feed them smaller fish and the concern is that in order to keep a tuna farm or a salmon farm going you’ll end up having to catch all the little fish in the ocean,” said Weaver.
But the World Resources Institute says public policies, technology and private initiatives have prompted improvements in fish farms. For example, U.S. based Whole Foods Market sells farm raised seafood from environmentally conscious farms that do not use pesticides, antibiotics or added growth hormones. 
For aquaculture to continue to grow, the World Resources Institute calls for investments in technological innovations in areas that include breeding and disease control, and a shift to farming fish lower on the food chain, such as catfish. Elliott’s fish eat a mostly vegetarian diet, and he offers simple prescriptions for keeping his ponds free of pollution.
“Don’t overfeed, don’t overcrowd, you’re not going to have those issues,” he said.
He plans to expand his farm to keep up with the demand.

Sharp youngsters learning
the way hackers think

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

At a boot camp here in San Diego, some tech-savvy youngsters are learning to hack computers,  essentially breaking into the world of cybersecurity.
"They set networks, and we can hack into the network, or we can hack into other people’s computers and then mess with them," said Chloe Chrisostomo, 16.
She’s among roughly 20 high school students, top contestants in a local computer competition, taking part in a five-day program at the California offices of IT security firm ESET North America. They’re learning about cyberspying and the online marketing of stolen information.
Data breaches, like the one experienced by retailer Target last year, can be devastating to consumers and citizens, with financial institutions forced to cancel and reissue compromised credit cards. The average cost to a company was $3.5 million, according to a report released last month. The Massachusetts-based research firm IDC estimated data breaches globally could cost more than $350 billion in a single year. Hundreds of billions more are spent to prevent the attacks.
Businesses and law enforcement worldwide are struggling to keep up with cyber-criminals. Experts in the burgeoning field of computer security say they need more young people to counteract the growing numbers of criminal hackers.

The camp is designed to give students a realistic experience, security researcher Cameron Camp said.

Students are seated at computers in a so-called war room.
"It's set up very similar to what would be a typical corporate environment," replicating Wi-Fi and corporate networks that store information, Camp said. Students learn how to hack into the closed environment.
Jomarri Salomon, 18 and a recent high school graduate, said the workshops help him understand a criminal hacker’s mind.
"You have to know how a hacker attacks or how a hacker thinks to be able to defend against that kind of vulnerability," said Salomon, who plans to join the U.S. Air Force and specialize in computer security.
Liz Fraumann, executive director of the nonprofit Securing Our eCity Foundation, said high schoolers change their attitudes during the weeklong training.
"When we look at them initially, they think they know it all," she said. "They know a lot already. And by Wednesday  'I do not know quite as much as I thought.'"

Camp said that by week’s end, the students are well versed in white hat thinking and have learned to help, not harm, computer users.
"We would like to convince these folks who are skilled computer people that the rewards in the end are much better for working for the good guys rather than the bad guys," he said.

Egyptian president supports
sentences against news crew

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi says he will not interfere with judicial verdicts, a day after a Cairo court sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to seven years in prison on charges of supporting the banned Muslim Brotherhood and spreading false news.

Sissi said Tuesday during a televised speech that rulings should be respected and not criticized.
The seven-year sentences announced Monday for Peter Greste, Egyptian-Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohamed drew harsh reactions from leaders and press freedom groups around the world.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said Tuesday the Egyptian justice system has the right to make its own decisions, but that Australia was bewildered by the ruling.
"Yes, we understand the need of the Egyptian government to maintain internal order and to crack down on extremism including the Muslim Brotherhood. But, but, it is important that there be due process. It is important that decisions be made on a fair and just basis. So we will be talking to the Greste family. We will be talking to the Egyptian government about what we can do to try to ensure that Peter Greste comes home as quickly as possible," said Abbott.
Peter Greste's father, Juris Greste, told reporters Tuesday in Brisbane that the family will continue to fight until the journalists are free, and called the sentencing a dark time for journalism.
"Journalism is not a crime, or you should all be behind bars. It's as simple as that. This man, our son, Peter, is an award winning journalist. He is not a criminal. He is not a criminal," said Greste.
Egypt defended the Cairo court's ruling and rejected foreign reaction as interference in its internal affairs.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who met with Egyptian leaders a day before the ruling, was among those who harshly criticized the convictions Monday.
"Today's conviction is obviously a chilling and draconian sentence," said Kerry.
United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called for the journalists' release, saying media in Egypt should be protected, not prosecuted.
Al-Jazeera has always maintained its employees were simply reporting the news.
The network's acting general director, Mostefa Souag, called the verdict shocking and said Al-Jazeera will continue its international campaign to free its journalists.
Officials at The Hague and in London have also summoned the respective Egyptian ambassadors over the sentences.
Greste, Fahmy and Mohamed were arrested in December at a Cairo hotel where they were working after Egyptian authorities closed the Qatar-based television network's bureau.
Last week, Egypt freed another Al-Jazeera journalist who spent 10 months in prison without being charged. Prosecutors ordered the release of Abdullah Elshamy for health reasons after he had been on hunger strike since January to protest his detention.
Egyptian authorities have carried out a crackdown on the Brotherhood since Sissi, then the army chief, led the ouster of president Mohamed Morsi last July. The crackdown included violently dispersing protests and arresting many of the Brotherhood's leaders.
Since Morsi's ouster, Egypt has drafted a new constitution and voted Sissi into office. It plans to hold parliamentary elections later this year.

U.S. has bad public image
as its tries to re-enter Iraq

 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Any American assistance to the beleaguered government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki needs to take into account widespread suspicion of U.S. motives across the country’s sectarian divide, analysts say.

Given the unpopularity of the U.S., its actions will be “suspect from either the Sunni or Shia standpoint,” warns Mansoor Moaddel, a sociology professor at the University of Maryland, who has surveyed Iraqi opinion polls stretching back to 2004.

Speaking Tuesday in Irbil, the capital of semi-autonomous Iraqi Kurdistan, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry repeated President Barack Obama’s insistence that American support for the Iraqi government would be limited.

“The support will be intense, sustained and, if Iraq’s leaders take the necessary steps to bring the country together, it will be effective,” America’s top diplomat said after meeting with Kurdish leaders.

On his second day in Iraq, Kerry said al-Maliki should step aside if he is unable to forge a political solution and unify the Iraqi people. Sunni insurgents – and U.S. officials – have accused al-Maliki of pursuing exclusionary pro-Shia policies.

U.S. efforts to bolster the Iraqi government include sending 300 military advisers to help train Iraqi security forces. But an appeal by Iraqi officials for U.S. air strikes against Sunni insurgents, who are being led by al Qaida offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, have so far been rebuffed. U.S. officials say air strikes could cause high civilian casualties.

But even limited U.S. intervention – including encouraging the formation of a new government—is fraught with danger. According to Moaddel’s analysis, Americans remain highly unpopular in Iraq.

“Among the Sunnis, the percentage of those who did not wish to have Americans as neighbors fluctuated between 92 percent in 2011 and 99 percent in 2006,” he said.  “Among Shia between 86 percent in 2011 and 98 percent in 2006; and among the Kurds between 46 percent in 2006 and 69 percent in 2011.”

In an interview with CNN, Kerry acknowledged the difficulty the U.S. faced in trying to staunch the sectarian bloodshed in Iraq. He said forming a new government that represents all of Iraq’s ethnic and religious groups is a crucial step to whatever the Obama administration might do to intervene in the unfolding crisis.

“The key is, if you don’t have a viable government that is a unity government that is not going to repeat the mistakes of the last few years, whatever we might choose to do would be extraordinarily hampered,” Kerry said.

The U.S. is not the only country whose reaction to the crisis could be hampered by Iraqi distrust. Iran is held in equal suspicion, according to polling data – overwhelmingly so when it comes to Iraqi Sunnis. But a majority of Iraqi Shia Muslims would also prefer if Iran were not a neighbor.

Just a few days ago, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned against U.S. intervention in Iraq. “The U.S. aims to bring its own blind followers to power since the U.S. is not happy about the current government in Iraq,” he said.

Iran has been a backer of the al-Maliki government and has offered military support.

Analysts say surveys suggest that the majority of Iraqis don’t want the country to divide into ethnic enclaves and that most Sunnis would like to see a separation of politics and religion – but that was before the recent sectarian violence.  It is unclear how the conflict triggered by jihadists seizing Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, will shift opinion.

Sectarian bloodletting risks pushing religious and ethnic groups to the extremes and erasing the middle ground – a dynamic hard to stop once set.

Jihadists in Mosul claimed they killed 1,700 Shia Muslims since taking control of the city. Shia villagers near Mosul said last week that they had heard that 300 Shia and Christian inmates of the city jail had been executed. And Shia Turkmen Monday claimed that al Qaida-inspired Sunni militants carried out a savage massacre in four villages near the city of Kirkuk.

The United Nations reported Tuesday that more than 1,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed so far in June violence in Iraq.  U.N. human rights office spokesman Rupert Colville said that figure “should be viewed very much as a minimum.”

Kurdish leaders say they would prefer the country hold together but remain uncertain that is now possible. “We are facing a new reality and a new Iraq,” Iraqi Kurdish President Massoud Barzani told Kerry.
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• 50% off for limited time only   • $26/square meter
• Neighbors are $80/square meter  • Incredible view
Clubhouse, pool, equestrian, country club
Only 2 remaining
Secure a spot in a million dollar neighborhood for under $100k
 Free architecture services
•  Full commission paid to brokers   • Financing available
Email or call the 24-hour recorded message for full info   CR: 4000-1983 (English/Español)
USA: 619-800-8550 (English only)

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 
U.S. (732) 962-6525 or CR (506) 8349-2025

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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 
U.S. (732) 962-6525 or CR (506) 8349-2025

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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

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:

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

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

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

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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: 
Office phone: 506 2694-0088  Cell phone: 506 8880-8888 
USA # rings in Costa Rica:  305 307-0088

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U.S. renews travel warning for Honduras

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States has renewed its travel warning for Honduras, saying crime and violence remain critically high.

The State Department said Tuesday Honduras has had the world's highest murder rate since 2010 and that the government lacks the resources to address the issue.

It says Honduran police have been known to take part in such crimes as murder and car theft and the police force does not have enough cars or gasoline to respond to reports of violent crime.

The warning says the Honduran government has increased police presence at tourist sites, such as resorts and the Copan Mayan ruins. But it says visitors are at risk of murder, robbery, and attacks on tourist vans elsewhere, including the large cities of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula.

Rustling scheme broken up by police

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Rustling of cattle has reached epidemic proportions, and police have stepped up activities in rural areas where such crimes might happen.

Fuerza Pública officers were able to frustrate one theft of calves in La Angostura de San Ramón. Neighbors reported an unfamiliar pickup in the area. Officers said they were able to approach without being seen and spotted two men putting calves in the bed of a pickup truck. After arrest, the men were found to be from outside the area.

In most cases, crooks steal cattle and then slaughter them. The meat goes into a gray food market usually under unsanitary conditions. Cattle are well marked with brands and ear tags so that relocating an adult animal might lead to arrest.

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These plants in La Rita will never reach harvest.

That weed still is prohibited here

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

San Ramón is not Colorado. Neither is la Rita de Pococí. Hence police are quick to arrest anyone carrying or growing marijuana.

In San Ramón officers stopped a 24-year-old man on a motorcycle, and as part of the checking of documents, police also inspected a small bag which, they said, contained 51 grams of marijuana.

In la Rita, police found 17 young marijuana plants inside a home. The owner said he was growing the plants for medicinal use, an excuse that would fly in Colorado where the weed has been legalized.

There are rumblings in the legislature to take the same action here, but no bill has been filed.

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Soccer could cut occupancy, chamber says

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

World Cup soccer has grabbed hold of much of the globe's attention, and Costa Rican tourism officials fear that means it could distract from the region's vacation numbers. Costa Rica's tourism chamber said it believes that the World Cup could reduce midyear vacations and hotel occupancies.

A study from the Cámara Nacional de Turismo took into account 115 hotels with nearly 5,000 rooms and said half of those hotel operators think the World Cup will detract from commerce.

“The World Cup usually creates a lot of business, however, tourism businesses find that it can harm them because local tourists may not to leave their homes to watch the games,” said Pablo Heriberto Abarca, the chamber's president.
However, the study still expected that there will be an overall hotel occupancy rate just above 67 percent during this midyear period. That number would far exceed last year's 56 percent occupancy. Abarca said that the 2013 occupancy numbers were particularly low and that the country usually expects much higher percentages.

The midyear period officially runs from June 27 to July 13. Beach-area hotels are expected to receive 73 percent occupancy, while mountain-area hotels should get 66 percent, and hotels located in the cities expect to be 55 percent full.