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Notary called key figure in 11 property fraud cases
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A fraud prosecutor revealed Thursday the existence of an organized crime enterprise involved in stealing real estate, mostly from foreigners.

The  Fiscalía Adjunta de Fraudes announced the detention of a notary who is linked to 11 cases involving fake paperwork, said the Poder Judicial.

The notary was identified only by the last names of  Sojo Romero, and the prosecutor's office said that residents should be on the alert for documents bearing his name.

A notary is a lawyer who has taken additional course work. He is empowered with the right to give public faith that the document he presents is authentic.  In Costa Rica it is the notary and not the seller who signs the documents related to a real estate transaction.

The notary uses special paper available only to those who have reached this level. The Registro Nacional only accepts such documents sealed by a notary.

The fraud prosecutor said that the man was detained a week ago.
He is accused of being a member of a gang that spotted properties that had been several years without movement and generally belonged to foreigners, said the Poder Judicial.

The notary is accused of making fraudulent sales to another party who was part of the criminal group, the Poder Judicial said.

With documents bearing a notary's
authentication, individuals unrelated to the fraud would accept the documents.

A.M. Costa Rica has pointed out the continual use of crooked notaries to steal real estate or other items like vehicles with the stroke of a pen. Sometimes the property is resold to an unknowing buyer or the person who has received the property illegally applies for and negotiates a steep mortgage.

The crook walks away with the cash, and the real owner discovers that he or she is on the hook for mortgage payments.

Reversing such illegal transactions is difficult and time-consuming. Many times the frauds involve widows who are uncertain how to obtain legal help.

The Poder Judicial said that investigators searched the notary's home and found blank pieces of notary paper that already had been signed. Such documents can be filling in and  create ownership or a legal power that does not really exist, the Poder Judicial noted. Consequently the prosecutorial agency issued the warning to avoid any documents bearing the man's name and told other notaries that they should avoid doing transactions that rely on legal powers emitted by the suspect.

Prosecutors are seeking the suspension of the suspect from his notary duties and an order that he sign in every month  The case was presented to the Juzgado Penal de San José.

Prosecutors said more suspects were being sought.

Two more pedestrian bridges ready to be erected
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's road-building agency is closing in on the last two of 10 pedestrian overpasses.

One is at Paseo de las Flores in Heredia. The second is at Brasil de Mora.

The contractors are using prefabricated materials that will be assembled on site.

Between January and May this year  28 pedestrians lost their life in traffic accidents, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad noted. Of these, 22 died because of a judgment error on the part of the victim, it said. Some died within sight of a pedestrian overpass.

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Prefabricated parts await erection in Heredia.

Flores commercial center is five lanes, the Consejo noted.

The goverment has invested 2.2 billion colons in the 10 pedestrian bridges, the Consejo said. That's about $4.2 million.

Sarchí furniture makers plan a major exhibition
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Merchants of the famed furniture center of Sarchí plan an 11-day exhibition of their goods along with cultural events, concerts and sports in the local central park.

The Feria de Muebles Sarchí is sponsored by the  Cámara de Comercio Industria y Turismo de Sarchí with support from the  Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio. The exhibition opens Thursday and runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through the following Sunday, July 12.

The location will be in the old workshop of carretas Joaquín Chaverri in Sarchí Sur, and 30 furniture makers and 20 artists of different types are expected to be present. All are rated by the ministry as small enterprises.

The ministry said it is seeking to give the community an economic boost.

The local chamber said it is guaranteeing the moisture content and quality of the wood as well as the species used.

Most of the furniture will be of  cenízaro (Albizia saman), guanacaste (Enterolobium cyclocarpum), cedro amargo (Cedrela odorata), melina (Gmelina arborea) or teca (Tectona grandis), the chamber said.

Sarchí is about 50 kilometers west of San José, some 31 miles.

The community is an obligatory stop on nearly every tourism trip because of the many furniture shops and other attractions

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Some corals prosper in warmer water

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Some coral populations already have genetic variants necessary to tolerate warm ocean waters, and humans can help to spread these genes, a team of scientists from The University of Texas at Austin, the Australian Institute of Marine Science and Oregon State University has found.

The discovery has implications for many reefs now threatened by global warming and shows for the first time that mixing and matching corals from different latitudes may boost reef survival. The findings are published this week in the journal Science.

The researchers crossed corals from naturally warmer areas of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia with corals from a cooler latitude nearly 300 miles to the south. The scientists found that coral larvae with parents from the north, where waters were about 2 degrees C warmer, were up to 10 times as likely to survive heat stress, compared with those with parents from the south. Using genomic tools, the researchers identified the biological processes responsible for heat tolerance and demonstrated that heat tolerance could evolve rapidly based on existing genetic variation.

"Our research found that corals do not have to wait for new mutations to appear. Averting coral extinction may start with something as simple as an exchange of coral immigrants to spread already existing genetic variants," said Mikhail Matz, an associate professor of integrative biology at The University of Texas at Austin. "Coral larvae can move across oceans naturally, but humans could also contribute, relocating adult corals to jump-start the process."

Worldwide, coral reefs have been badly damaged by rising sea surface temperatures. Bleaching — a process that can cause widespread coral death due to loss of the symbiotic algae that corals depend on for food — has been linked to warming waters. Some corals, however, have higher tolerance for elevated temperatures, though until now no one understood why some adapted differently than others.

"This discovery adds to our understanding of the potential for coral to cope with hotter oceans," said Line Bay, an evolutionary ecologist with the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville.

Reef-building corals from species in the northern Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea are similar to those used in the study. There, too, reefs may benefit from conservation and restoration efforts that protect the most heat-tolerant corals and prioritize them for any restoration initiatives involving artificial propagation.

"This is occasion for hope and optimism about coral reefs and the marine life that thrive there," Matz said.

Sunblotch not easily spread by avocados

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agricultural experts are unanimous that avocado sunblotch is spread by grafting and infected pruning tools.

This is the disease that caused Costa Rican plant health officials to cut off avocado imports last May 5.

The decision has created an international incident mainly involving México.

Plant health officials from México met with representatives of the  Servicio Fitosanitario del Estado of the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería.

The plant health service put out a statement Thursday that said the action was taken because Costa Rican officials realized that the country was free of avocado sunblotch. The statement also showed that officials here realize that the causal agent of the disease can be spread also by the avocado seed.

The disease has been recognized since early in the 20th century. Recent research blames a viroid, a small piece of genetic material smaller than a virus, for the infection. These virods are also spread by pollen, but the research available online says that under such conditions only the avocado fruit and not the tree becomes infected.

It appears that in order to bring the disease into Costa Rica, someone would have to import infected trees or infected seeds. In the latter case, they would have to raise seedling from the seeds and then graft the bud or branch of the seedling onto a health tree.

The best protection against the disease, according to online sources, including Plant Health Australia, is for growers only to purchase blotch-free plants and to sterilize pruning equipment when moving from tree to tree.

Plant Health Australia also said: "Sunblotch can be transmitted on sap-contaminated pruning blades, harvesting clippers and injection equipment. It can be transmitted in pollen, but only the developing fruit, and not the fruit-bearing tree, are infected."

Francisco Dall´Anese Alvarez is the director of the  Servicio Fitosanitario del Estado. His actions have causes some to think his decision was protectionist for the benefit of Costa Rican growers instead of protecting the trees from Méxican contamination.

The Hass avocados from México have been the staple of Costa Rican cuisine. This is the black avocado with the bumpy skin.

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No license plate restrictions for vacation

La Nacion: Traffic police will not issue tickets between July 6 and 17 based on metro area restrictions. This is the period of mid-year vacation for school kids.

Regulator recounts death threats

El Diaro Extra: Dennis Meléndez of the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos said that he has received various death threats due to his work setting utility rates.

U.S. again issuing visas in San José

CR Hoy: The U.S. Embassy confirmed today that the process of issuing visas is back on track. Hardware problems froze the system for two weeks worldwide.

Heredia raids net drugs

CR Hoy: Raids today at two homes in San Rafael de Heredia and a store in  San Pablo de Heredia turned up 200 kilos of cocaine and led to the arrests of a Colombian and Mexicans who are accused of being linked to an international cartel. Agents here credited the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for the tip.

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U.S. State Department sees some human rights problems here again
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The United States lightly criticized Costa Rica Thursday for human rights abuses, including trafficking in persons, particularly sex trafficking of children. The U.S. government also listed discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and harsh prison conditions and treatment.

Other human rights concerns included rising reports of official corruption and infringements on the rights of native people, according to the annual human rights report compiled by the State Department.

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However, the narrative lacks substantial documentation to these allegations. The report, issued in Washington, D.C., covered activities in 2014, particularly between January and June in some cases.

The report makes no mention of U.S. citizens who have been defrauded of their real estate or were victims of parental child abduction. Both are major human rights issues.

The report did list overcrowded prisons and noted that 13,769 convicts  are in supervised work release programs and serve no time.

The report also noted that the trial rate for reported crimes was less than 8 percent with just two thirds of that percentage resulting in convictions.

The report noted that the legislature has not complied with an
order from the  Inter-American Court of Human Rights to pass a law regulating  in-vitro fertilization, which continues to be banned. The cases involve a few couples.

The report also noted that an immigration appeals tribunal has a three-year backlog of 700 cases, many including appeals for refugee status.

The report said that the government, security officials, and child advocacy organizations acknowledged that commercial sexual exploitation of children was a serious problem.

From January to June, 2014,  the Patronato Nacional de la Infancia, the child welfare agency,  reported 11 cases of commercial sexual exploitation of minors and seven cases of trafficking for commercial sexual exploitation, said the report.

In 2013 the judicial branch’s statistics office reported five cases of sex with minors with payment involved, the U.S. report said.

The government identified child sex tourism as a serious problem, said the report, but it failed to give specifics or amplification.

Although the minimum age for marriage is 18 or 15 with parental consent, the report repeated local statistics that said 981 girls and adolescents between the ages of 12 and 14 were living under common-law marriage.

The report seems to be based only on official statistics, newspaper clippings and input from agencies and organizations. The full report is HERE!

The threatening clouds have passed away in northeastern part of country
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

With the improvement of the weather, some 600 residents displaced by flood water this week are back in their homes, the national emergency commission said Thursday.

These are the residents who spent up to four nights in a public shelter. Now they have muddy messes to clean up in their homes and perhaps appliances to replace.

The emergency commission crews are continuing to provide

food and water to the individuals because many of the water sources are contaminated.

Meanwhile, engineers are checking the damage to bridges

and roadways. Ruta 32, the key link from San José to the Caribbean still is closed while work crews clean up major landslides. Travelers have to take the route through Turrialba.

Some 27 communities were cut off by landslides, flooding or both. These now have been reached by emergency crews, the commission said.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that a high pressure area has appeared in the Caribbean, so there are winds but not a lot of rain expected for today.

Those involved in cleanup duty in the half dozen cantons in northeastern Costa Rica hope that the good weather holds through the weekend.

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Researchers track mutations that made latest flu vaccine ineffective
By the The Wistar Institute news staff

Viruses like influenza have the ability to mutate over time, and given that the flu vaccines administered during the 2014-2015 season were largely ineffective at preventing the spread of the flu, it appears the virus that recently circulated had taken on mutations not accounted for when last year’s vaccine was developed.

Now, researchers at The Wistar Institute identified specific mutations that influenza recently acquired to escape the current vaccine design.

Scott Hensley, assistant professor at The Wistar Institute, led a study published online by the journal Cell Reports.

Each year, seasonal influenza sickens 3 to 5 million people worldwide and is responsible for up to half a million deaths.  When the flu vaccine is designed each year, it is meant to protect against specific viral strains that are expected to circulate. The vaccine elicits antibodies that respond to those specific strains when a person gets infected with the virus. If the antibodies match the strain, then a person should be protected from the flu virus in a given year.

However, specific antibodies that are elicited by vaccination can be ineffective when the virus acquires mutations at sites where the antibodies are supposed to bind, which are called antigenic sites.

In a phenomenon known as antigenic drift, mutations accumulate in these sites, thus creating new viruses for which previously effective antibodies can no longer fight against. This leads to vaccines that are less able to protect against the virus.  According to some estimates, only about one in four

people who received last year’s seasonal flu vaccine were protected against the virus.

“Our studies show that flu viruses recently acquired mutations in critical regions that are recognized by our immune system,” Hensley said.  “These new mutations likely contributed to the ineffectiveness of flu vaccines during the 2014-2015 flu season.”

Researchers in Hensley’s lab identified 10 different viral mutations that circulated from 2014-2015 and differed from the viral strain that was used to create the vaccine.  They then examined sera, the clear part of the blood that contains viral antibodies, from humans as well as ferrets and sheep exposed to the current H3N2 vaccine strain. This was done because ferrets and sheep can be infected with and respond similarly to the same influenza strains that affect humans.  They found that mutations in a specific region of H3N2 viruses significantly decrease the effectiveness of these antibodies.

Researchers in Hensley’s lab began investigating antigenic drift of the 2014-2015 seasonal influenza viruses in December of 2014 while the virus was still circulating. The mutations were studied using reverse engineering and allowed them to modify the ineffective H3N2 vaccine strain so that it matched the H3N2 strain with mutations caused by antigenic drift.

The World Health Organization has recommended that the seasonal flu vaccine be appropriately updated for the 2015-2016 flu season to account for this recent case of antigenic drift. 

The authors note that their data strongly supports the recommendation to update the flu vaccine for future seasonal influenza infections, and they are currently completing studies to determine if antibodies elicited by the new vaccine strain recognize the types of H3N2 strains that might circulate next year.

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Human rights report rips
Iran, Cuba and Myanmar

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States labeled countries such as Iran, Cuba, Myanmar and Vietnam serial human rights abusers, even as it seeks to improve relations with them, in a long-delayed annual human rights report released Thursday.

The report was released just days before the resumption of high-level nuclear talks with Tehran and weeks before the expected re-opening of embassies in Washington and Havana.

In the report, the State Department cited Iran and Cuba, along with many other nations, for violating citizens' basic freedoms in 2014.

Though the U.S. and other world powers are attempting to reach a nuclear deal with Iran by June 30, the State Department report criticized Tehran for having the second-highest execution rate in the world "after legal proceedings that frequently didn't respect Iran's own constitutional guarantee to due process."

The report accused Iran of severely restricting multiple civil liberties and taking few, if any, steps to punish abusers.

"Iran continued to severely restrict civil liberties, including the freedoms of assembly, speech, religion, and press, and to execute citizens at the second highest rate in the world after legal proceedings that frequently didn't respect Iran's own constitutional guarantee to due process or international legal norms,'' the department said.

On Cuba, the State Department said that while Havana had largely eased travel restrictions in January, the government still denied passport requests for certain opposition figures or harassed them upon their return to the country.

Since announcing U.S. plans to normalize relations with the island nation,  Obama administration officials have defended their outreach to Cuba as an effort to improve the human rights situation in the country after decades of isolating the Communist country through an embargo and strict sanctions.

As part of the normalization process with the United States, Cuba released 53 political prisoners in January.

However, the reports noted that Cuban activists in 2014 had recorded the highest number of arbitrary arrests of dissidents in the past five years.

And, though the government in 2014 has indicated it will expand Internet and telecommunications access, it "continued to block its citizens' access to uncensored, independent information in general," the report said.

Secretary of State John Kerry said, “No country can fulfill its potential if its people are held back or, more so, beaten down by repression.”

“Despite that simple truth, these reports show that too many governments continue to tighten their grasp on free expression, association, and assembly, using increasingly repressive laws, politically motivated prosecutions and even new technologies to deny citizens their universal human rights, in the public square, and in virtual space,” he said in a written preface to the report.

The report also denounced the brutality of extremist groups and said "the year 2014 will be remembered as much for atrocities committed by non-state actors."

"No development has been more disturbing than the rise of groups such as Daesh," Kerry said, referring to the Islamic State group, as he unveiled the report at the State Department.

In some regions of the Middle East and Africa, violent extremists have shown zero regard for human rights and human life, Kerry said.

“Groups like ISIL burn human beings alive, barbarically behead prisoners, sell girls into slavery, and execute innocents widely and indiscriminately,” he said, using an acronym for the Islamic State group.

The world has “witnessed the brutality and nihilism of the horrific attacks by Pakistani Taliban and Boko Haram on schoolchildren, the assassinations of Charlie Hebdo journalists, and numerous outrages and killings carried out by ISIL,” Kerry said.

Governments in China, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Russia and Saudi Arabia, among others, continued to stifle free and open media and the development of civil society through the imprisonment of journalists, bloggers, and nonviolent critics, he said.

In Thailand, the military overthrew a democratically elected government, repealed the constitution, and severely limited civil liberties, he added.

Other threats to human rights noted in the report include terrorism, corruption, crackdowns on access to the Internet and information, and counter-terrorism efforts that have been used to crack down on personal freedoms.

The report said authoritarian governments overtly sought to crack down on Internet freedoms, with 41 countries seeking to pass laws to punish or restrict online speech.

Kerry said the reports have included more data over the years, including on human trafficking and crimes against gay and lesbian citizens.

“Every country, including the United States, has room to improve” on the human rights front, said Kerry, who mentioned the racial discord that has occurred in the U.S. in the past year.

Meanwhile, Tom Malinowski, assistant secretary of State for democracy, human rights and labor, denied the report, which was due in February, had been delayed due to concerns that it could affect negotiations with Iran on a nuclear deal and with Cuba on restoring diplomatic ties.

Obama celebrates decision
upholding health care law

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

For President Barack Obama, the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision Thursday to uphold his signature health care law represents a victory for him and his legacy.

Signing a national health care law that would guarantee coverage for all Americans was a cornerstone of Obama’s bid for the presidency seven years ago. Now the Supreme Court’s ruling means that law has survived yet another challenge.

“This was a good day for America," the president remarked, celebrating the court’s upholding of the law – known unofficially as “Obamacare” - in a statement in the White House Rose Garden shortly after the ruling was announced.

“Today, after more than 50 votes in Congress to repeal or weaken this law, after a presidential election based in part on preserving or repealing this law, after multiple challenges to this law before the Supreme Court, the Affordable Care Act is here to stay," he said.

With many Americans who were previously excluded from health plans because of pre-existing conditions now covered, the president said he believes there can be no doubt the law is working, and described it as part of the fabric of America that can not be undone.

The president sought to counter any remaining opposition from those who see the law as a government overreach and warn of future skyrocketing health care costs, saying the law does not represent a government takeover of health care in the country.

Obama on Thursday offered to work with Republicans to further improve health care, as House Speaker John Boehner warned he would continue efforts to do everything possible to put the American people back in charge of their own health care and not the federal government.

Numbers of personnel files
hacked remains uncertain

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Katherine Archuleta acknowledged Thursday that the number of people affected by separate cyber attacks on U.S. government records disclosed earlier this month may increase from the 4.2 million already reported as an active review continues.

She is director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Ms. Archuleta, under fire from congressional investigators all week regarding the administration’s handling of the massive data breach, said her agency is looking into whether up to 18 million unique Social Security numbers were stolen as part of a hack on security clearance records.

"I cannot yet provide a more definitive response on the number of individuals affected by the background investigations intrusion, and it may well increase from these initial reports," she said.

The embattled head of the Office of Personnel Management repeated testimony from previous hearings that she is "hesitant to put out a number until we've looked at all the possibilities" regarding the theft of security-clearance records,

Her statements came during testimony before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

The two hacks into separate databases were discovered in April after new security safeguards were rolled out. Ms. Archuleta clarified that the 4.2 million people affected by the first intrusion have already been notified.

Andy Ozment, an assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and head of its National Protection and Programs Directorate, said the two attacks hit two different sets of data, in two different locations.

China-linked hackers are believed to be responsible for both cyber intrusions, a claim China dismisses as irresponsible.

The security clearance forms stolen in the second attack contain information that foreign intelligence agencies could use to target espionage operations.

China officially designated
as leading hacking suspect

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States' top spy official said Thursday China is the leading suspect in the investigation into the massive cyber theft of U.S. federal employee data.

The comments by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper represent the first time a U.S. official has pointed a finger at China for the data breach.

"You have to kind of salute the Chinese for what they did," Clapper told an intelligence conference in Washington, referring to the difficulty of the operation.

A later statement by Clapper's office confirmed the comments, while stressing the U.S. government continues to investigate the hack.

The U.S. 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.

The U.S. has blamed China for a series of high-profile cyberattacks on U.S. government and business entities in recent years. China has strongly rejected the allegations.

Clapper said Thursday such attacks on U.S. targets are likely to continue as long as Washington fails to come up with sufficient deterrents.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the investigation is ongoing and that it is too early to speculate about a possible response.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials believe as many as 18 million current, former and prospective federal employees were affected by the data breach.

The hackers are believed to have accessed not only basic personnel information, but also extremely sensitive data found in federal background checks.

Senior U.S. and Chinese officials this week held three days of talks in Washington where the issue of cybertheft was expected to be discussed.

Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. made it "crystal clear that cybertheft was not acceptable, but did not go into the specifics of the conversation related to the hacking.

"There was an honest discussion — without accusations, without any finger-pointing — about the problem of cybertheft and whether or not it was sanctioned by government or whether it was hackers and individuals that the government has the ability to prosecute," he said.

Mrs. Clinton has misplaced
emails, State Department says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. State Department says it cannot find 15 emails from Hillary Clinton during her time as the top U.S. diplomat.

The agency said Thursday it discovered that former secretary of State Clinton's email records were incomplete after learning that longtime Clinton friend and confidante Sidney Blumenthal handed over several previously undisclosed emails to U.S. lawmakers investigating the deadly 2012 attack on the diplomatic staff in Benghazi, Libya.

"She has turned over 55,000 pages of materials to the State Department," Nick Merrill, a Clinton campaign spokesman said, "including all emails in her possession from Mr. Blumenthal."

Mrs. Clinton, who is widely expected to be the Democratic Party's nominee for the 2016 presidential race, revealed earlier this year that she kept a private email account and server during her State Department tenure. The private address was connected to a non-governmental server kept at her house.

Trey Gowdy, the Republican congressman in charge of the congressional committee investigating the attack on Benghazi, said Mrs. Clinton's email record "raises serious questions… This has implications far beyond Libya, Benghazi, and our committee's work. This conclusively shows her email arrangement with herself, which was then vetted by her own lawyers has resulted in an incomplete record." 

Mrs. Clinton says she gave all her State Department-related emails to the agency and then destroyed other emails that she said were personal.

U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens was among four Americans killed in the Benghazi attack. 

Bishop opens global meeting
to same-sex Catholic families

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. bishop says homosexuals will be able to attend a global meeting of Catholic families in Philadelphia during a visit by Pope Francis.  About 15,000 people are expected to attend lectures and take part in workshops during that five-day event in September, aimed at strengthening sacred family bonds.  The pontiff will visit during the last two days of the meeting.

Same-sex parents are becoming a reality despite religious and civil laws. The Catholic Church has firmly opposed same-sex marriages, but Pope Francis has expressed more tolerance for homosexuality than his predecessors.

Thursday, a U.S. bishop visiting the Vatican announced that homosexual groups and families can have official representation at the congress in Philadelphia. At an event dedicated to gay issues, Ron Belgau, a well-known celibate gay Catholic, will share his experience, said Philadelphia Bishop John McIntyre.

"He will talk about his own coming to terms with his sexual orientation and the manner in which he embraced the teaching of Christ and the Church in that process.  And his mother will also speak about her own acceptance of her son's sexual orientation and shed light on that whole experience in terms of, from her perspective as a mother within that reality within the family," said McIntyre.

But Philadelphia church leaders made it clear that meeting attendees will not be allowed to speak against the teachings of the church.

"So we are not providing that kind of lobbying opportunity, but certainly everyone is welcome for everything all the time, without exception. And we have to also be aware that we are going to be dealing with very real issues and not just speculative issues, and that is very real for many families today," said Charles Chaput, archbishop of Philadelphia.

The Vatican is not likely to change its stance on marriage in the near future, but under the leadership of Pope Francis it seems prepared to embrace families in more than one form.

U.S. women's soccer team
meets Chinese this evening

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. and Chinese women's soccer teams are set to play one another in the World Cup for the first time in 16 years Friday in one of the tournament's four quarterfinal matches. 

The two teams will clash at Lansdowne Stadium in Ottawa, Ontario, at 5:30 p.m. Costa Rican time.  They last met in the World Cup in the 1999 final, which the United States won on penalty kicks at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

In recent years, the U.S. women have dominated the Chinese in head-to-head matchups, winning the last 20 meetings and outscoring China during that stretch, 54-8.

Thus far in this World Cup in Canada, the second-ranked Americans have scored only six goals, but their solid defense has gone 333 minutes without allowing a goal.

However, the Americans will be without midfielders Lauren Holiday and Megan Rapinoe in the quarterfinals.  Both are out after receiving two yellow cards.

But star U.S. forward Abby Wambach does not seem concerned.

"No matter who they put in, I know they're going to step up," she said.  "Whoever it is has to, because we're in the quarterfinals.  This is the World Cup.  Obviously, you win or you go home, and China's not a team to take lightly.''

Earlier Friday, Germany and France will square off in Montreal, Quebec, in what is widely considered the best match of the quarterfinals. 

The other two quarterfinal matches are on Saturday, when defending champion Japan plays 10th-ranked Australia in Edmonton, Alberta, and sixth-ranked England takes on eighth-ranked Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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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. Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: 
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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 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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Costa Rica Villas For Sale
*In 2009 this property appraisal for $240,000  (two hundred forty thousand).
*Located in Paraiso, Cartago, Costa Rica.
*We spent over $70,000 in renovating the villa.
*The first floor has renters with a year lease. They pay $200 a month.
*Health reasons need to return to the U.S.A.
*One of Costa Rica famous waterfalls, 100 yards in front of the villa.
*I'll sell this property for $189,000.
*Visit my Web site
Contact in Costa Rica:  Cray phone (506) 8977-2777
Contact in USA: Billy phone  001 (678) 576-5107

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.
Panoramic ocean view lot  5,400 sq. ft. (500m2)  $6,500. Financing available.
For rent two-bedroom house  five minute walk to water $350 a month.
Call 6261-7932 Or email See this Web site:

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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Haiti prepared to receive the deported

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Haiti is preparing to receive hundreds of thousands of migrants deported from the Dominican Republic by road.

The Martelly government announced it has taken the necessary measures to receive the migrants returning home.

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 it was first 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.

Earlier this week, Haiti's Prime Minister Evans Paul said he did not know exactly when the Dominican Republic would begin deporting Haitian migrants. Paul said the Dominican Foreign Affairs Minister Andres Navarro had reassured him there would be no mass deportation. Hundreds of Haitians have already begun returning to Haiti voluntarily.

But Sen. Jean-Baptiste Bien-Aime, who represents the Department of the Northeast in Parliament said he is worried that the Michel Martely government is not ready to receive the migrants.

In an interview in Washington, Haitian industrialist and presidential candidate Carl Henri Baker criticized the Dominican law as illegal and unconstitutional .

"My message is this: First, this law they passed to deport Haitians who don't have citizenship - get rid of it - it's illegal, it's unconstitutional - even in the Dominican Republic," Baker said. "And I'm asking the international community to pressure the Dominican government to rescind this law."

In Port-au-Prince, presidential candidate Clarens Renois called for solidarity among all sectors of society to assist the returning migrants.

Meanthile in Miami, two U.S.-based authors with roots in Hispaniola. the island where the Dominican Republic and Haiti are located, are urging a range of protests against the deportations of migrants from the Dominican Republic.
Dominican-American writer Junot Diaz and Haitian-American writer Edwidge Danticat rallied Wednesday night with about 150 activists and community members in Miami. They called for political pressure, travel boycotts and consumer choices over items such as sugar to strip power from the governments and corporations benefiting from a policy that they say targets black migrants.

Lunch club to hear folklorist today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Jack Connelly, the expat folklorist, is scheduled to speak and entertain today at 11:15 a.m. for another meeting of Carol's Costa Rica Club.

The Carol is Carol Vaughn who has set up this English-language monthly lunch club in Pérez Zeledón. The gathering is at Bazookas Restaurant on the Interamericana Sur in San Isidro.

Those who wish to attend must say so in advance by calling 6036-4273 or by visiting this link.

The animals will be waiting at Wal-Mart

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Wal-Mart in Heredia will be the location for an animal adoption fair Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The organizer is the Asociación Animales de Asís, which promises cats, kittens, dogs and puppies. A donation is sought.

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Cargill increases its presence in Costa Rica

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Cargill Business Services, a division of the multinational, has opened operations in La Ribera de Belén and already has contracted 200 employees, said the Ministerio de Comercio Exterior.

The firm plans to handle finance and human resources at the call center and will add an information technological section, said an announcement.

The firm might have as many as 800 employees there by next year, trade officials said.

Cargill is no stranger to Costa Rica. The firm owns the meat processing firm Cinta Azul and the chicken firm Pipasa. In total, the firm has 4,500 employees here. The firm has been here since 1999