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Parents are being invited to send their kids off to Africa for the mid-year vacation.

Africa in this case, is at the Museo de los Niños, which has set up a special program for youngsters.  The museum is one of many that are planning vacation diversions starting Saturday.

At the children's museum vacationers will go on safaris in search of artifacts and end their trip by zipping down a 20-meter slide. There is an admission and the program extends through July 14.




Most bean packages have correct weight, study says
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Beans, both red and black, make up a substantial portion of the Costa Rican diet. So economics ministry inspectors went to supermarkets to check these products for net weight and quality.

Packages were taken from 11 markets around the Central Valley and in Grecia and Sarchí. The good news is that all the markets had their shelves marked correctly with the final price, as the law requires. And most of the packages of beans contained the correct weight, either 900 or 800 grams.

Three packages were underweight slightly, and a
third of the packages had some deficiency in labeling. The biggest shortage was about 23 grams, which is about 2.5 percent of the promised weight.

The consumer department of the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio does studies like this frequently.

The study also showed that some of the packages did not measure up to the top quality promised on the label.

Packing firms will have to answer for the deficiencies, said the ministry. One package was infested by insects.


Construction chamber seeks takeover of road agency
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Cámara Costarricense de la Construcción is urging a government shakeup of the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad because the agency has not done what it has promised and has suffered a loss of confidence.

The chamber issued a statement Wednesday.

The chamber said that the Consejo, which is in charge of road work, was behind on important projects.

The average time from the beginning to the end of a project should not be seven or eight years, said  Gonzalo Delgado, chamber president. He based his estimate on an analysis of statistics of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes of which the Consejo is a part.

He was critical of the complexities of the documentation in the bidding process that, he said, cause unnecessary delays and setbacks.
He pointed to some infamous projects, including the so-called platina bridge on the General Cañas autopista where workers just cannot make pieces of metal lay down. He also mentioned the so-called trocha, the roadway along the Río San Juan at the country's northern border that has turned into a major scandal for the Laura Chinchilla administration.

The chamber president also said the beginning of construction on the route from Vuelta de Kopper to Bajos de Chilamate is behind. That is a roadway across the northern part of the country linking the northern zone with the Caribbean coast.

Delgado said that the money has been in the country from various international agencies for two years and that the central government is accruing interest on the funds.

The chamber represents firms that would be involved in road construction. Not much is expected to come from the chamber complaints because the Chinchilla administration leaves office next May.

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New bridge going in at Barva

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The road agency said that the first girders of a new bridge at the entrance to the Heredia community of Barva were installed Wednesday.

The agency, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, said that traffic will be halted from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. while the bridge is being constructed. It will be four lanes, much wider than the existing span. There also will be a pedestrian sidewalk with ramps for the disabled.

Work has been going on since April at this spot on Ruta 126.


Latest crisis in Panamá
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The latest crisis in the Panamá public health care system is the death of at least eight newborns at the Arnulfo Arias Hospital Complex, according to the Panamá News that reported extensively on the situation.

Editor Eric Jackson said the rash of newborn deaths rattle an already troubled public health care system and said that President Ricardo Martinelli is into at least his third public hospital crisis and certain patterns seem to be holding from the past.

So far there has been no clear explanation of why the babies died, the newspaper said. The first deaths were reported June 12.

Jackson was critical of the lack of candor by the social security fund that operates the hospital. He said workers were told to keep their mouths shut about the situation.


Home invasion suspect held
after months of investigation


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents have detained a man they say was a vicious home invader who worked during the day.

The man was detained Monday in Ciudad Neily after six months of investigation, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. He was detained at his home in Parcelas Alfa de Sabalito de Coto Brus where agents confiscated as evidence a firearm, gloves and a mask that they said were used in the invasions.

Unlike many burglars who prefer empty homes, the 31-year-old man is accused of making telephone calls to homes he wanted to victimize. The bandit wanted to make sure persons were at home, agents said.  He would then go to the home and call at the front door. Then he would violently enter the home.

Agents said there were at least five complaints about a bandit with this method of invading a home.


Investment source for region
updates sustainability policy


Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The Inter-American Investment Corp. has approved a new environmental and social sustainability policy, laying down a framework of guidelines and principles to enhance its social impact and reduce the ecological footprint of its operations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

The new policy incorporates internationally recognized standards and regulations and will serve as a yardstick for agency projects and technical assistance activities. The document is the result of more than a year of extensive research, analysis and widespread collaboration from civil society, the Inter-American Investment Corp. said. A draft version of the policy was released for public consultation earlier this year and received input from organizations including the World Wildlife Fund, Conservation International, and the World Resources Institute, it added.

“The IIC is firmly committed to promoting social and environmental sustainability as part of its development mission in Latin America and the Caribbean,” noted Angela Miller, the agency's lead environmental specialist. “The new policy consolidates our efforts to prevent pollution, mitigate climate change and protect biodiversity. It also seeks to further strengthen our commitment to promoting gender equality, good working conditions and the inclusion of indigenous people and persons with disabilities as part of our work.”

Inter-American Investment Corp. activities are subject to an appraisal process prior to implementation where they are vetted to ensure compliance with environmental and social safeguards, it said. The new policy broadens the scope of a previous framework document in effect since 1999.

The Inter-American Investment Corp. has been training small and medium enterprises and financial intermediaries on sustainability topics for more than a decade. More than 1,000 representatives from the private sector have participated in energy efficiency workshops and some 220 financial institutions have improved their environmental and social risk management as part of the agency's annual Sustainability Week, it said.

The Inter-American Investment Corp. has a portfolio of close to US$140 million in renewable energy projects,


South African president
cancels trip over Mandela


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

South African President Jacob Zuma has canceled a scheduled trip to Mozambique, as former president Nelson Mandela remains in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital.

The anti-apartheid icon has been hospitalized for nearly three weeks for a recurring lung infection.

Cape Town Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Tuesday offered a prayer that Mandela, the nation's first black president, be granted a "peaceful, perfect end." He is reported to be on life support.

Mandela's relatives are gathered at his home in Qunu, in Eastern Cape province.  South African media reports say his children called the meeting to discuss important family matters.

U.S. President Barack Obama plans to be in South Africa Friday as part of his week-long visit to the continent.  He will visit Robben Island, where Mandela was imprisoned for almost 20 years.

The White House says President Obama considers Mandela as one of his heroes.


New EU tariff jeopardizes
U.S.-made designer jeans

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Made in USA label is still coveted in many parts of the world. Some consumers, especially in Europe, will pay a high price for a pair of American-made designer jeans, many of them made in California.  Now, the industry says it is being threatened by a new European tariff, which it says could cost California jobs and have an impact on other parts of the world.

The EU recently imposed a 26 percent tariff on top of the existing 12 percent on imported American premium jeans for women.  

Three-quarters of the brands producing these jeans come from California.

Ilse Metchek, of the California Fashion Association, says the tariff could send jobs to other countries and impact the local economy.

"The companies will make their jeans in Mexico, in South America," she said.
 
Peter Kim, the founder of Hudson Jeans and a connoisseur of high-end American-made jeans, also warns the consequences could be dire.

“It’s just trying to decimate all of our business out here," he said.

For now, Hudson Jeans says it will absorb the tariff so consumers won’t have to pay more for their jeans. It will also continue making jeans in Los Angeles. 

At the same time, U.S. manufacturers hope that in upcoming talks between the U.S. and the European Union, leaders will find a fix for the high tariff on premium jeans.

 
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Judicial agents detained the head of the Fuerza Pública in Moravia and two of his assistants Wednesday on allegations that they abused their authority.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the case stems from a complaint in April and one in May. Individuals said they were stopped by police and taken to the headquarters of delegación for questioning and a search. Judicial agents said it appeared that the individuals brought to the station were shaken down for small quantities of marijuana and other drugs and that reports of these confiscations never were made. Some evidence may have been planted.

Agents were at the police station Wednesday morning with a drug sniffing dog. They confiscated a number of crack pipes, knives, a homemade firearm and marijuana.

Agents also said that the three men are suspected of setting up checkpoints for the purpose of getting names of drivers and later threatening them with drug arrests.

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Sala IV ducks chance to clear up key question on property theft
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala IV has ducked the chance to resolve a key issue in property theft.  The Sala IV, the constitutional court, rejected an appeal because it said the case still was open.

The issue centered on the traditional tendency of the Sala Tercera, the criminal branch of the Corte Surpema de Justicia, to protect the original victims in property fraud cases.

The Sala Primera, the civil appeals court, generally protects what are known as innocent third parties, that is those who purchase property from someone who is not really the owner.

The decision by the constitutional court case came as a brief memo from the Poder Judicial. The memo said that the court left open the possibility of continuing to study this legal question.

The question is important because many property thieves use fake documents to transfer real estate into their name or the name of a trusted accomplice. From there, the real estate is transferred to a third party who may not be so innocent.

In the civil court, the final recipient of the real estate would be protected, and the real owner who lost the property would only have the option of seeking redress from the persons who did the forgery. At the criminal court, the magistrates would return the property to the person who originally owned it.
One expat had to fight and eventually win a case when politically connected women said they purchased a million dollar property from a snow cone vendor on the Quepos beach. They were trying to characterize themselves as innocent third parties, but the story was so fantastic that even judges did not buy it. In most cases, the reverse is what happens.

Property theft is a continuing problem and a barrier to investment in Costa Rica. The property transfer system does not depend on the signature of an owner on a deed. What counts is a written statement from a notary that the property has changed hands. That tradition stems from a time when many citizens  could not read or write.

So a motivated notary can simply transfer any piece of property in the country into the hands of fellow crooks. All it takes is one bad apple with a tendency for cocaine to totally muddle the property records.

Every few months judicial agents detain notaries and others as property thieves. Most of the cases end up in limbo in the judicial system, and frequently the case dies because the time to prosecute the case has expired. A bad situation is when a crook shows up with ownership documents from the Registro Nacional shortly after a property owner has died. Heirs are hard-pressed to dispute the claim.

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Judicial agents trying to bust up ring that seeks victims at licensing offices
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There has been another series of license scams. The Judicial Investigating Organization said there were at least 80 complaints of would-be motorists who were ripped off when they tried to get a driver's license.

Judicial agents showed up at the Paso Ancho and La Uruca offices where licenses and tests are given Wednesday and took names of individuals waiting there to assist those seeking to do business with the government.

Agents said later they think that there is a group of up to 18 persons that has been preying on license applicants.

The crooks would intercept an individual leaving the licensing facility and the testing facility. They seek out those who have failed to pass the driving test or failed to obtain a license.
The crooks promise to provide what the victim could not get for sums of up to 350,000 colons, about $700.

Sometimes the supposed victim balks. Then the crooks might take the individual's cell telephone and money at gunpoint, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Or they trick the victim by saying they need to take a photo with the victim's cell telephone for the approval process, agents said.

Paso Ancho and La Uruca are the two principal offices operated by the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes for licensing and testing. 

The effort by agents Wednesday is one of a long line of actions in an effort to eliminate fraud against motorists and those seeking to be one.

 
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One-bedroom furnished apartment for rent
One-bedroom furnished apartment in central San José, Barrio Amon...Calle 3B between Holiday Inn and Mona Lisa (Clarion Hotel) . Another in Barrio Otoya. Both available NOW for quiet, low-key, non smoker. Includes high-speedIinternet, cable TV, electricity, water, washer dryer and safe. Excellent security. You only pay the rent, $600 monthly, 3-month minimum plus $600 deposit. Call 8816-0796 in the US 540-319-4300 view picture HERE!
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Unique beach house for rent in Cahuita
$400 per month furnished. House is 150 yards from a beautiful beach in a jungle area. Next to our wildlife rescue center. Very safe, good water and electricity. One large bedroom, walk-in closet. Newly built and furnished. Must see. A tropical paradise. Contact: Todd at 2755-0014.
7985-7/4/13

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Conveniently located  two-bedroom, two-bathroom house, new construction, wheelchair accessible to rent for $750/month or to share with owner (female).  Located on outskirts of San José metro area, 5 minute drive to Sta. Barbara de Heredia, 20-30 minutes from SJO International Airport, an easy drive to Alajuela
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New construction includes some wooden stairs to the main gate and a small pavilion above the house overlooking the village. The distance to Golfito harbor/downtown is 7 kms and you can get there by car, taxi or bus. The sale price is $72,000 which is negotiable and includes the property lot of 26,000 sq, ft, for more houses. The rent is $300/month, which is very reasonable for those who want to live near sea and Panamá in an inexpensive lifestyle. It was so nice to live near Panamá where people can shop for much lower prices including for groceries. Please contact me at berosyyourlife@hotmail.com for more details. Thank you.
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This small but new and clean American-built house is settled on an organic farm a 10-minute walk from the center of town in Santa Bárbara de Heredia. Taxis are $1 to town and buses run to
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completely furnished. Large windows overlook the valley and the gardens, There are large trees. Surrounded by fruit trees and vegetable gardens, it has a beautiful view of the valley. The kitchen comes fully equipped, with large refrigerator, gas stove and oven, all accessories. The bathroom has a large shower; both kitchen and bath have hot water. A brand new extra firm queen-size bed is included. A breakfast bar separates the living area and kitchen and a porch overlooks the farm and valley. This house is for one or two people only. $300 deposit required to be returned when renters leave house. Email for photos and questions. laurelfanderson@gmail.com
7945-5/30/13

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Beautiful mountain chalet  for rent
Beautiful mountain chalet surrounded by nature, built with tropical hardwoods and  located on a  5,000 m2  (54,000 sq feet) lot  with two other cottages.  House has basic furniture and  kitchen  appliances.  Ground floor:  Very large living/ dinning room, kitchen, office (or guest bedroom), and 1 bathroom . Upstairs:  2 bedrooms (one with a balcony), and 1 bathroom. 140 m2 approximately  Great BBQ rancho outside. Plenty space for visitor parking. Pets are welcome.  Quiet place, rural, restaurants close by. Near El Castillo Country Club, Tirol and La Condesa mountain hotels.  Only 45 minutes by car from San José.  All public services available  More information call Liseth.  Phone: (506) 7158-1548. Or send me a email:  licortes@hotmail.com
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7975-6/16/13

Perez  Zeledon:   Large studio home overlooking river with deck.  Elegant, ceramic floors, nice cabinets, walk-in closet.  Beautiful gardens and grounds.  Secure. Private. Only  10 minutes
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to San Isidro de El General. Mountain town with everything!  Then, 40 minutes to Playa Dominical, 40 minutes to Chirripó National Park, and also near many other attractions, yet very private and secluded.  Listen to river sounds and sleep like a baby.   
Rare birds in abundance. Includes,  One  double bed and refrigerator, stove, juicer, sofa, tables,  dishes, pans, etc.  Plus, electric, (hot) water   Phone, TV connected, Internet cable connected, garbage and gardener. All included for $425. /month.  Looking for one good person, reliable, long-term.    Non-smoker. jjpepman@hotmail.com
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Manuel Antonio long term apartment for rent
This modern two-bedroom apartment with a breathtaking view of the Quepos town and the Pacific Ocean is situated near Manuel Antonio National Park and beaches. The location offers a unique experience in the edge of the jungle, where you can observe wildlife. The apartment has two separate bedrooms and sleeps three guests maximum. The bathroom has a walk-in shower and a toilette. The living room is furnished with very comfortable furniture. The kitchen is fully equipped. Public transports like taxis, bus station, port as well as shops, groceries, restaurants, cafes, bars, and nightlife are within a very short distance. Fully furnished, all bills included (water, electricity, cable tv, wireless internet), $575 per month, 6-month minimum. Contact us now!!! 8853-8245. or see our
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7901-4/25/13

Mountain cabin for rent
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We offer for rent three furnished, 2-bedroom mountain homes located on the slopes of Barva Volcano, Sacramento, Heredia. The cabin-style homes are adjacent to the Braulio Carillo National Park and walking distance to the Barva Volcano crater lake. Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and garage. Take in breathtaking views of the Irazú Volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of bird species, to include the occasional Resplendent Quetzal, and a pristine cloud forest. We can also offer you an occasional ride on one of our beautiful mares. Contact Allan or Cristina at HPCattleCR@aol.com, or or for more information HERE! $850 USD/month. We can also offer a weekend or short-stay package.
7875-4/11/13

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part 
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U.S. Senate poised to pass
overhaul of immigration law

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Senate is poised to approve a landmark overhaul of America’s immigration laws. A vote could come late today or Friday.
 
Wednesday the Senate formally adopted tough border security requirements as a condition for legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States. It also acted to limit debate on the bill, setting the stage for a final vote expected by the end of the week.
 
The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee tasked with oversight of immigration matters, Democrat Patrick Leahy, all but proclaimed Senate passage of immigration reform a done deal.
 
“It is obvious that a majority, a very large majority, a bipartisan majority, of the Senate will support an immigration bill," he said.
 
Democratic senators, who are in the majority, all support the bill, as do about a third of Republicans.  Those opposing the legislation, like Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, say they do not believe it will succeed in blocking future illegal border crossers.

 Our opinion . . . HERE!

“A bill that fails to guarantee a border that is secure and offers only promises, which historically Congress has been very, very, very bad at keeping.  Does that sound like real immigration reform?  I know we can do better," he said.
 
But fellow Republican Marco Rubio argues the immigration overhaul will be a vast improvement over the status quo.
 
“We have a badly broken immigration system. Not only one that does not work, it actually encourages illegal immigration.  We have a border with Mexico that, despite billions of dollars already spent, is still not secure.  And we have 11 million people living in this country illegally in de facto amnesty.  This is the status quo, and it is a terrible mess," he said.
 
Senate passage, should it occur, does not guarantee a vote in the Republican-led House of Representatives, or passage if a vote is held.  Only approval by both houses of Congress will send the bill to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature.


Official mouthpiece role urged
for U.S. agency broadcasting


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A former leader of U.S. international broadcasting Wednesday urged Congress to re-organize the journalistic agency so that broadcasters follow foreign policy directives. The proposal came during a U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee hearing critical of the management of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency that oversees the Voice of America and other international broadcasters.

The title of Wednesday's hearing gave away its main question: "The Broadcasting Board of Governors:  An Agency Defunct."  In January, then-secretary of State Hillary Clinton told a congressional panel on Benghazi that the agency that oversees U.S. broadcasting, known as the BBG, is dysfunctional and practically defunct.  The House Foreign Affairs chairman, Republican Ed Royce, stressed that the problem is not with the journalists working for Voice of America and other broadcasters.

"Each broadcasting service is full of enterprising reporters who literally risk their lives for what they do," Royce said.

But Royce and others at the hearing said that BBG's structure makes reporters' jobs more difficult and that the agency's overall mission is unclear in the post-Cold War era.  An inspector general report issued earlier this year concluded that the BBG is failing in its mandated duties.  Committee member Eliot Engel, the senior Democrat on the panel, cited that report.

"And it attributed that failure to a flawed structure and strong internal dissension," Engel said.

James Glassman, a former BBG chairman, said the BBG is not defunct, but alive and well and serving an audience of more than 200 million people worldwide each week.  But Glassman called for ending the journalistic agency's independent status and putting it under the U.S. State Department.

"It should be made clear to the various broadcasting services that they are in the public sector and are part of the U.S. foreign policy team.  This does not simply mean performing in a manner consistent with the broad foreign policy objectives of the United States as the law states, but instead following actual strategic directives," Glassman said.

Glassman argued this would remove what he called confusion about the BBG's mission. The Voice of America is required by law to provide accurate, objective and comprehensive news, and to present the policies of the United States clearly and effectively.

Among the witnesses at the hearing were two other former BBG governors who differed on the future management structure.  All of them agreed that it is difficult for a part-time board to oversee all the broadcasters.

But Jeff Hirschberg, a former BBG governor, strongly disagreed with Glassman that the Voice of America and other broadcasters should be put under the State Department.

"The most important thing that U.S. international broadcasting has in its favor around the world is its credibility," Hirschberg said.

Hirschberg stressed that doing away with individual broadcasters or putting them under the State Department would destroy credibility won through decades of maintaining journalistic integrity.

After the hearing, the BBG issued a statement saying the current BBG board has been working on ways to address the structural issue, reduce overlap and promote innovation, with the aim of providing the best support possible for its award-winning journalists' work around the globe, under increasingly tight budget constraints.

Some lawmakers pointed out that other international broadcasters such as al-Jazeera operate with much bigger budgets, and called for more funds for the Voice of America and other broadcasters to help them compete on the world stage.

 
Twin decisions advance cause
of same sex marriages in U.S.


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Supporters of same-sex marriage in the United States won two victories Wednesday at the Supreme Court with potentially far-reaching legal and political consequences.

Just after the decisions were made public, chants of “USA” and “thank you” from gay marriage supporters filled the air outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.

In a five-to-four decision, the high court struck down a federal law passed in 1996 known as the Defense of Marriage Act that barred same-sex couples from receiving federal tax, health and pension benefits.

The majority opinion was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy and was joined by the court’s four liberal-leaning members.  The court’s four leading conservatives were in the minority.

Kennedy cited the U.S. Constitution’s guarantee of equal protection under the law in striking down a law that barred federal benefits to same-sex couples who were married in states where same-sex marriages are legal.

The case was brought by 84-year old Edie Windsor who was denied a federal tax break given to married couples because the federal law did not recognize her marriage to her partner, Thea, who died in 2009.

“And to the justices of the Supreme Court, thank you for affirming the principle of equal justice under the law," Ms. Windsor said to reporters in New York City.

"To all of the gay people and their supporters who have cheered me on, thank you, thank you, thank you!  I am sure Thea is thanking you too.”

In a second case, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.  By a five-to-four decision, the high court ruled that defenders of the state’s gay marriage ban known as Proposition 8 did not have the legal standing to bring a challenge to a lower court ruling that struck the law down.

That decision was welcomed by plaintiff Sandy Stier, who can now marry her partner, Kris Perry, in California.

“We thank the justices for overturning DOMA," she said, using the acronym for the Defense of Marriage Act. "It is so, so important for us and for all families.  And we thank the justices for letting us get married in California, but that is not enough.  It has got to go nationwide and we can not wait for that day!”

The court rulings do not establish a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.  But the Defense of Marriage decision bars the federal government from treating same-sex couples differently than heterosexual couples. Prior to Wednesday's ruling on California, same-sex marriage was legal in 12 states and the District of Columbia.

Opponents of gay marriage were disappointed with the two decisions, including the Rev. Rob Schenck, who represents an organization of evangelical Christians.

“One thing true about today’s court decisions on marriage, they do not change the biblical or timeless truth of the nature of marriage as between a man and a woman," he said.

Same-sex-marriage opponents also vowed to fight on, including Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a conservative Republican from Kansas.

“The court has taken it upon itself the attempt, a radical attempt, to redefine marriage," Huelskamp said. "In this decision the courts have allowed the desires of adults to trump the needs of children.  Every child deserves a mommy and a daddy.”

President Barack Obama welcomed the court’s decision. First on Twitter, then later, in a written statement. Obama said the decision has righted a wrong and the country is better off for it.


Public seems to be ready
for homosexual unions


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The latest U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage have been welcomed by many Americans, but not all.

In Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, Ken Kidd stood resplendent in a hot pink suit and tie, and celebrated Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings.

"I’m euphoric. It gives me hope and I never thought I’d live to see this day," he said.  "It’s never the end of the story.  There are 37 states that have their own fights to fight.  Once they get recognized in their states, they do have full national freedom, they are entitled to the same 11-hundred plus rights that their heterosexual counterparts have in marriage.  It’s huge, absolutely huge.  I’m still just a little bit in shock, actually."

Underground in a subway car, a young immigrant named Nadia rejected the idea that homosexuals should be treated differently than other citizens. 
 
“They’re just people!  As people, they do have right like the rest of us.  Marriage is one of those rights.  I don’t know many people who are against.  Most of the people I know that are against it are older,” Nadia said.

A few seats down, a high school student named Spencer sat with his friends and seconded the point.

“My parents are actually against same same-sex marriage.  They are Christian so they don’t believe in it, but I have to disagree with them on this one.  I think it should be legal," he said.

Above ground, a young Christian woman said she supported the idea of civil unions for gays, but not state-sanctioned marriage, per se. 

"I think the term marriage is a biblical term.  I mean the biblical view is of marriage is between a man and a woman.  One man, one woman," she said. 

"I think that the government, the direction it’s going, is creating disunity among the people and they are utilizing these hot topics to create disunity.  In the long run it’s not going to really matter.  It’s going to matter whether we actually love one another or not.  And that is in itself what people need to focus on," she added

In a nearby pizza restaurant, Tim Nissen put down his slice to assert that technically, marital status should be a strictly secular matter.

“Consenting adults should be at liberty to do what they want as long it’s not harming anybody else. Religious people may use the word marriage, but there is a legal definition of it in our country, and the law should apply equally to everybody.  That’s something that conservatives and liberals can agree on,” Nissen said.

Two construction workers, also on their lunch break, offered their opinions.

Worker #1: "Why shouldn’t they get married?  They should be miserable just like I am, right?

Worker #2: Let them live their lives and whatever is going to make them happy.  So be it.  I have nothing against them.

Reporter: What do you think about people who say it’s against God’s law and all that?

Worker: There are too many gods for me to judge.  If they feel comfortable with what they’re doing and they don’t hurt or harm anybody in the interim, I give them my blessing."

Although the U.S. Supreme Court rulings do not offer a definitive judgment on whether same-sex partners have the same constitutional right to marry as opposite sex partners do, advocates of legalized same-sex marriage were universally heartened by the news, and promised to continue their fight at the ballot box, in the courts and in the streets.


Obama in Senegal to back
democracy and U.S. trade


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama has arrived in Senegal, the first stop of a three-nation African trip focused on supporting democratic progress, and increasing U.S. trade and investment. 
 
Senegal is the starting point for what is only Obama's second visit to sub-Saharan Africa as president.
 
It is an opportunity to speak directly to the large French-speaking population in Africa and voice support for emerging democracies and institution-building.
 
"In Senegal you have a country that is an emerging democracy, that is a partner with us in situations like Mali, that we want to invest in, on issues like food security, and the development of civil society," said the deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, Ben Rhodes.
 
After talks Thursday with President Macky Sall, Obama goes to Senegal's Supreme Court to meet with judicial leaders from across the region.
 
He is then joined by his wife, Michelle, for a visit to Goree Island, to tour the museum about the history of the slave trade.
 
Obama also will meet there with Senegalese civil society leaders.
 
Friday, Obama joins private and agricultural sector leaders from Senegal and West Africa to discuss steps to enhance food security, one of his key policy priorities.


U.N. says flow of new drugs
challenges the legal system


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Designer drugs that are sold openly and legally are on the rise and the international drug control system is foundering under the speed and creativity of their proliferation, the United Nations said in a global report Wednesday. 

A swathe of new drugs is hitting the international market. New psychoactive substances are marketed as legal highs and designer drugs and they are proliferating at an unprecedented rate, according to the U.N.’s 2013 World Drug Report.

Thomas Pietschmann, a co-author of the report, says a major effort needs to be made to prevent the manufacture, trafficking, and use of the drugs. But he says managing the drug’s proliferation is proving difficult because their make-up is constantly shifting.

“Substances emerge on the market only for a short period of time, emerge, disappear, and then another substance emerges, which creates the problem," he said.

According to the report, the number of new phychoactive substances reported by member states to the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime rose from 166 in 2009 to 251 by last year. That’s a 50 percent rise.

The U.N. report says it’s an alarming problem.

But Pietschmann says there is also some good news from the report.

“When we come to the traditional drugs, like cannabis and cocaine, we see some stabilization," said Pietschmann.

According to the report, heroin use seems to be declining in Europe while cocaine use is falling in the United States, the world’s largest cocaine market.

John Collins is Project Coordinator for the IDEAS International Drug Policy Project at the London School of Economics. He says drugs statistics as listed in Wednesday’s U.N. report should be treated with caution.

“There is a broader cultural shift happening," said Collins. "Maybe people are shifting toward new psychoactive substances. Maybe they will go back to more traditional drugs, maybe they will not. We will not actually know. That is a process that is still playing out, so it's hard to predict to be honest.”

He says the current global approach to cannabis, cocaine and opium is a very singular, prohibitionist-oriented approach in which its production, manufacture and distribution is criminalized.

He says so far that is not happening with new psychoactive substances and it has yet to be seen how governments and global bodies decide to tackle their proliferation.


Brazilians continue the protests
despite some concessions


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tens of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets on Wednesday in new demonstrations calling for a crackdown on corruption and better public services, just a day after congress ceded to a handful of the key demands galvanizing protests across the country.
 
Police deployed in force and shut down traffic in the central esplanade of the modernistic capital of Brasilia ahead of Wednesday's marches.
 
In Belo Horizonte, some 50,000 people gathered to demand improved education and health care as Brazil's third-largest city hosted a Confederations Cup semi-final soccer game between Brazil and Uruguay. Police fired tear gas at stone-throwing marchers to stop them from reaching the stadium.
 
Almost two weeks after a wave of discontent suddenly erupted into Brazil's biggest protests in 20 years, the country's shaken political leadership is scrambling to respond to popular pressure for change.
 
Tuesday night, congress rejected a constitutional amendment that would have limited the power of federal prosecutors to investigate crimes, a measure protesters saw as a self-serving attempt by politicians to avoid corruption probes.
 
“Our representatives are listening to the people now. We are creating a new political consciousness,” said Amanda Caetano, spokeswoman for a group called Enough is Enough that hopes to mobilize 10,000 people in Brasilia to demand an end to the privileges enjoyed by politicians.
 
In another response to the protests, the lower house of congress voted overnight in favor of a bill allocating royalties from future oil production to education and health programs. And a senate committee approved a measure that would cut taxes on public transport, making it easier for cities and states to lower bus and subway fares.
 
The senate also was expected to vote later on Wednesday on a bill that introduces stiffer sentences for corruption.
 
It was a relatively small protest against an increase in transport fares and an ensuing police crackdown earlier this month that ended up igniting the unrest that has shaken Latin America's largest country and economy.
 
Several Brazilian cities have since agreed to roll back the fare increases, but the leaderless protest movement has widened its focus to a litany of grievances, from the billions of dollars spent on soccer stadiums for the 2014 World Cup to a gay cure bill in Congress that would allow psychologists to treat homosexuality as an illness.
 
But one common theme remains: a deep distrust of a political class that is widely viewed as corrupt, overpaid and more worried about serving itself than society at large.
 
Most of the protests have unfolded peacefully, though some have been marred by vandalism and looting. Last Thursday, for instance, a demonstration by an estimated 40,000 people in Brasilia turned violent when vandals threw molotov cocktails at the iconic building that houses Brazil's Foreign Ministry.

The demonstrations against Brazil's political establishment have jolted politicians of all stripes and clouded the outlook for left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff, who is expected to seek re-election next year.
 
Ms. Rousseff sought to defuse the protests by proposing on Monday that Brazil hold a plebiscite to convene a constituent assembly that would adopt political reforms to make the political system more accountable and transparent.
 
The proposal lasted 24 hours. Rousseff withdrew the plan for an assembly late Tuesday after it was shot down by politicians and lawyers who questioned the legality of a president bypassing congress to amend the constitution.
 
Her workers' party government and its coalition allies are now discussing putting political reforms to the country in a referendum later this year after consulting congress.
 
However, many, including the chief justice of Brazil's supreme court, doubt that a meaningful overhaul of Brazil's political system to increase transparency and accountability will prosper without the input of the general public.
 
Political analysts are waiting to see how the protests will affect Ms. Rousseff's approval ratings in new opinion polls. Her popularity had already begun to slip prior to the protests, hurt by concerns about high inflation and a sluggish economy.


Foreign direct investment
declined in 2012, U.N. reports


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new United Nations Report finds global foreign direct investment -- or investment of foreign assets into domestic structures, equipment, and organizations -- fell by 18 percent last year to $1.35 trillion.  But, the U.N. Conference on Trade and Development’s annual World Investment Report notes developing countries, for the first time ever, received the majority of investment. 

The conference's annual survey of investment trends finds global foreign direct investment declined in 2012 to below the pre-economic crisis level.  It attributes this mainly to economic fragility and policy uncertainty for investors. 

The report says developing countries took the lead in attracting foreign direct investment in 2012.  For the first time ever, it says developing economies did better than developed countries, accounting for 52 percent of global investment flows. 

The report says inflows to least developed countries rose by 20 percent in 2012 to a record $26 billion.  It notes the growth was led by strong gains in Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Liberia, Mauritania, Mozambique and Uganda.

The report says flows to African countries increased by 5 percent to $50 billion in 2012, mainly due to investment in extractive industries.  While natural resources are still the mainstay of investment flows to Africa, the report notes consumer-oriented manufacturing and services are attracting more money.


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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....$550,000 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8010-7/28/13

Heredia land
San Rafael, Heredia, great opportunity, 17,000m2 land for development,
US$600,000 or best offer.  email: celigar53@gmail.com or call 8385-2542.
8008-7/24/13

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6 LOTS – AUCTION
Minimum bid starts @ $10,000.
 ½ acre to 4 acres.
Walk to San Juanillo Beaches.
1 day only -10 a.m. June 15
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Phone: 506-2682-0185
8007-6/29/13

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

Grecaiproperty
Private Gated Paradise in Grecia 3/2 home with guest apartment, 5000m2 land. $139k-/best cash offer! River access, costaricariver@yahoo.com, Phone: (506)2495-0487.
7953-7/10/13

Flamingo
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Condo for sale in Flamingo

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

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

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

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

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

Guaancaate condos
Little Dreams La Colina Magnolias

Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

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

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

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7972-8/9/13

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

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7967-7/17/13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
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7766-6/17/13

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Four detained in Colombia
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Colombian police captured four members of a crime gang thought to be behind the death of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent James Watson last week after a street robbery, Gen. Jose Roberto Leon, the police chief, said.
 
The United States has sought the extradition of those involved in the killing, which was not connected to his work as a DEA agent, Leon said. More arrests are expected.
 
Special Agent Watson, a 13-year veteran of the DEA, caught a taxi outside a restaurant in Bogota's exclusive Parque de la 93 area late Thursday. Two men entered the taxi as part of a robbery in which the taxi driver also participated. Watson was stabbed then escaped from the taxi and later died in hospital.
 
“These four people have red Interpol circles around their names and are sought for extradition for the murder of the DEA agent,” Leon told reporters in Bogota.
 
“They tried to erase the evidence to avoid being detected. They removed the seats of the taxi in which the victim was transported and tried to sell them.”
 
The buyers of the seats turned out to be investigators, Leon said. A bracelet was also found in the taxi, likely from another robbery. A bloody pair of trousers thought to belong to the driver of the taxi was seized as evidence, he said.
 
While most robberies in taxi cabs don't end in death, they are common in Bogota. Victims are taken on what is known as a millionaire ride, in which passengers are driven to a spot where a driver's accomplices are waiting. The victims are then driven to cash machines where they are forced to withdraw money.
 
Surveillance video of the streets show a second taxi pulling up behind Watson's and two men exiting and entering the first. Within seconds, Watson can be seen escaping the taxi and running from it, where witnesses say he collapsed and was taken to hospital.
 
Crime in Colombia has fallen sharply over the last decade in step with a U.S.-backed offensive against drug gangs, Marxist rebels and paramilitaries. The murder rate has dropped about 36 percent since 2003, the year after President Juan Manuel Santos' predecessor, Álvaro Uribe, took office on a pledge to improve security.
 
But poverty remains rife in Bogota and crime is one of the top concerns for its residents.
 
With the latest arrests, Colombian police have dismantled seven crime gangs that engage in millionaire rides this year, Leon said.
 
Watson was assigned to the DEA's office in the coastal city of Cartagena but on temporary duty in Bogota. He was deployed three times to Afghanistan on anti-narcotics missions and had served in the U.S. Army.


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Employees at work during the cleanup.

Panduit workers spruce up roadways

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Employees of  Panduit Costa Rica took to the roads to collect about a ton of trash last week around the company's Grecia plant.

This is the fourth year for the cleanup that marks occupational health and environment month.

Naturally finding trash was not hard. Collected items range from old vehicle tires to glass and plastic bottles, said the firm.

In past years, employees cleaned river banks and ditches.

The company specializes in connections among electronic devices.