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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmakers have received a bill that would create another layer of bureaucracy in the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo specifically for medical tourism.

The measure also would install the private medical tourism promotional company known as Promed into a committee with equal footing with ministries.

The proposed medical tourism committee would develop a seal of quality, inspect medical providers and obtains names of all foreigners who seek medical services here, according to a draft of the bill, No. 19.603.

The bill would formalize as a government project the seal of quality. Promed, formally known as the Council for the International Promotion of Costa Rica Medicine, already has a seal of quality to which 17 providers have subscribed, according to the organization's Web site.

The new entity would be called the Consejo de Asesor and would be made up of Promed, the tourism institute, the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio, the Cámara Nacional de Turismo and the  Ministerio de Salud.

The bill would award this committee broad, unspecified  powers, including developing and implementing public policy and setting parameters, certifications, licensing, evaluations, providing reports and making regulations.

The Consejo would have the job of creating a national strategy and setting up an international promotional marketing program, the bill says.

The Consejo also would design and promote Web sites and other electronic platforms to promote medical tourism services here.

The Consejo also would evaluate periodically all the facilities and installations that are certified for medical tourism.

Those medical providers that seek a seal of quality would have to promise to conform to a code of ethics and provide a list of their international customers for statistical purposes, the bill says.

The Consejo Asesor would have the power to suspend medical providers from using the seal of quality in the event there were reports of bad practices, says the bill.

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 Recipients of the seal also would promise to adhere to the fees established by the various medical colegios, says the bill.

The Consejo would meet just once a month, but an entity called the Oficina de Turismo de Salud would be created within the tourism institute to handle day-to-day responsibilities.

The bill does not say where money would originate for promotion. The tourism institute has an annual budget for marketing, but the amount directed to promote medical tourism has never been outlined. Most medical providers here operate their own marketing efforts, and they are assisted by what are known as facilitators who receive commissions for directing patients to the various medical firms.

The bill does not say if the medical tourism marketing effort would be restricted to the providers who hold the seal of quality.

The country's tourism promotional efforts in general have not been impressive. The most recent campaign is Save the Americans, a Web site that seeks to tell Americans that they need more vacation.

The Alexa Web monitoring service said Sunday night that the Web site ranks in 1,610,587th place globally and in 513,758th place in the United States.

The Web site also does not show any changes since it was set up in December by an Atlanta, Georgia, ad agency, even though the tourism market changes dramatically here throughout the year.

A companion site for Canadians was listed Sunday as being in 7,594,950th place.

Lawmakers heard about the new tourism law June 2, but the text was not available online until late laat week. The measure went to committee.

Solís seeks a regional climate change meeting here
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President  Luis Guillermo Solís wants to set up a climate meeting in San José.

He issued an invitation to leaders of Central American countries and those of Colombia and Mexico.

Solís sent the message to the leaders who were gathered in Antigua, Guatemala, and at the same time apologized for not attending himself. Costa Rica was represented by Vice President Helio Fallas. The meeting was of the Sistema de Integración Centroamericana.

Solís said he wanted to have the meeting within 45 days so that the countries could devise a uniform position to present at the United Nations climate change conference in Paris in October.

He said in his letter that he was sure that the meeting would come to agreement on a climate mitigation policy that may be adopted by the leaders who meet in Paris.

All of the countries face the prospect of rising sea levels unless the climate reverses itself and begins getting colder.

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Shooting victims include man in wheelchair

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Four individual died by gunfire Friday, including one victim who was confined to a wheelchair. Shootings continued through the weekend.

The disabled victim had the last name of Obando and was 33, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. He was found about 5 a.m. Friday in the  Proyecto Manuel de Jesús Jiménez in Cartago still seated in his wheelchair on a public street but with fatal bullet wounds to the chest, said agents.

Another shooting victim was a 50-year-old man with the last name of  Jiménez, who was walking about 2:30 a.m. Friday in Los Guidos, Desamparados. The Judicial Investigating Organization said that a vehicle passed him and someone inside opened up and shot him several times. He was dead at the scene, agents said.

Also early Friday in Desamparados a woman died and three men suffered wounds when a man  dressed in black entered a drinking establishment and began shooting. The bar is in  San Antonio de Desamparados. The woman was identified by the last name of  Ramírez. She was 23.

Also Friday agents were called to León XIII in Tibás where the body of a man later identified by the last name of Montero was on a sidewalk. Agents said that the 25-year-old man had multiple gunshot wounds.

The most seriously wounded was a woman with the last name of  León who suffered a bullet wound to the head Saturday night. She was in a vehicle traveling in the  San Diego section of  Tres Ríos. Someone in another car fired into the one in which the woman was riding, said agents.

Also Saturday night a man identified by the last name of Alcazar  showed up at Hospital San Juan de Dios with a bullet wound to the left leg, said judicial agents. The 29-year-old man reported he was shot on a street in  Barrio Corazón de Jesús where he was involved in an argument with another man.

At Hospital México four men showed up with various bullet wounds about 11 p.m. Saturday from La Carpio, La Uruca. Judicial agents said they were victims of individuals in a vehicle who drove through the area shooting randomly. Agents said they recovered shells from a 12-gauge shotgun and from  .38-caliber and a  7.65-caliber weapons.

Also Saturday agents were called to Hospital Calderón Guardia where a man hospitalized there since May 25 died. He was 28 with the last name of  Guerrero, said agents. The man suffered knife wounds in the section of Cartago known as  la Carpintera. He also is believed to have been the victim of an argument.

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U.S. citizen dies while swimming

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A U.S. citizen has died in the Pacific just off Flamingo in the vicinity of the Isla Pata.

The reason for the death was not clear. The  Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas said that its crew members were told that the man was swimming and just did not surface Saturday.

The coast guard responded in time to recover the body.

Pre-teen reported missing from Tibás

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Investigators are seeking a 12 year old girl who has been reported missing after leaving her home in  Cinco Es­qui­na de Tibás Friday afternoon.

She is  Laura Mi­che­lle Bravo Ren­te­ria, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Information can be telephoned to judicial agents at 800-8000-645 or via email at  cicooij@​poder-​judicial.​go.​cr.

Turtle volunteers report attack by poachers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sea Shepherd  Conservation Society said that two of its volunteers were attacked by poachers on Playa Pacuare Thursday night.

A guard protecting the volunteers fired eight warning shots and then became a target of poachers who returned fire, the organization said.

A group of 11 volunteers were on the beach to protect nesting turtles and their eggs, the organization said.

Sea Shepherd said an estimated 10 poachers confronted the volunteers and attacked them with branches and machetes.  The volunteers suffered minor injuries, the organization said.

A second guard was attacked by three poachers but managed to fend them off, said Sea Shepherd.

The organization said that the group was warned June 16 of a possible attack and reported these concerns to the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Suspects captured after delivery robbery

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents have been following a gang of robbers for some time.

So Saturday morning when a delivery driver was held up at an Heredia commercial center, agents were able to stop four suspects in  San Antonio de Belén.

Agents said the delivery driver was forced into the truck and detained while four men loaded merchandise in their own vehicle. The driver was making a delivery to a shoe store, agents said.

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Costa Rica: The fourth Latin American power in tourism

La República: The World Economics Forum ranks countries according to their business environment, hygiene, safety, health, infrastructure, price competitiveness and culture, among others. Expensive as it is, Costa Rica still is one of top options.

What is the Greek crisis? Could something similar happen in Costa Rica?

La Prensa Libre: What is happening in Greece is essentially a crisis of sovereign debt. Greek debt is more than 170 percent of its gross domestic product.  In other words, this country owes much more than it produces.

The Ministerio de Cultura is paying off its arts festival debt

CR Hoy: The ministry still has a pending bill of more than 148.7 million colones due to performers.

Number of nation's bridges is unknown

Diario Extra: The nation's road agency has signed an agreement to get an inventory and assessment of bridges which are characterized as being in intensive care.

Driver kills a man on a motorcycle and left him

Diario Extra: Despite the efforts of aid workers from the Red Cross, they failed on saving the motorcyclist's life. The accident was today on the Autopista General Cañas.

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Much of the Caribbean coast near rivers is like this: Flooded with a meter or more of water.

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Caribbean coast hit with heavy damage from another tropical wave
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A third wave of flooding covered much more of the Caribbean coast and the northern zone. The losses to agriculture are in the millions.

President Luis Guillermo Solís declared a national emergency Sunday, and this will allow moving government funds around to assist in the disaster.

The Ministerio de Educación Pública suspended classes for a week in the affected cantons of  Sarapaquí, Talamanca, Limón, Matina, Pococí, Siquirres, Guácimo and Turrialba

Hit again were the cantons in the northeastern part of the country, but this time the heavy rains caused extensive damage as far south as the border with Panamá. Sections of the high Talamancas were hit hard with with flooding from the Rio Tilire. Some resident were in a shelter there.

Sunday evening the latest toll included:

• 1,585 homes flooded
• 745 persons in shelters
• 18 schools flooded
• 23 roadways damaged
• 11 bridges damaged
• seven dikes breached
• three water lines out of service

Highway 32 was knocked out of service by multiple landslides and the collapse of a bridge at Río Frio. A pedestrian bridge was set up over the gap.

Most of the agricultural damage came when dikes were breached by the adjacent rivers. Hundreds of hectares were flooded.
Also rivers tore off pieces of crop land.

Emergency officials issued a low-level alert for the central and south Pacific over fears that the tropical wave would bring heavy rains and damage there. Rain was expected overnight.

The rains lessened during Sunday daytime, and Cruz Roja workers were able to reach most communities with food and drinking water.

However, there were reports that 12 communities in the canton of Sarapiquí were cut off. Seven other communities also were said to be cut off in other cantons.

The Ministerio de Seguridad said that two Fuerza Pública officers and two agents from the  Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas suffered injuries in trying to help persons on a

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President Solís inspects collapsed bridge at Peralta,  Turrialba.

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This slide was on Ruta 142 between La Unión and the Arenal dam. Officials said Friday that the route was reopened.

boat that overturned in Barra del Colorado.

A large wave caught the boat and inflicted broken legs on two of the officers, said officials. They were airlifted to the metro area.

Emergency officials are expected to continue the evaluation of the damage today with an emphasis on dikes and bridges.

Unlike emergencies last week, the more recent involved heavy damage in Turrialba where the president toured Sunday.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Smart phones, essentially pocket-sized computers, already exist. Flying drones with cameras are available to everybody. Robots and self-driving cars are just around the corner. Now, two groups of inventors say very soon the brave will be able to try flying platforms and flying bikes.

Being able to fly around as simply as riding a bicycle has been a long-standing dream of many inventors. But the safety and stability of such vehicles was always a huge problem.

As relevant technologies, such as quadcopters and high-capacity batteries, have developed within the past decade, the dream of personal flying vehicles has moved closer to reality.
The British firm Malloy Aeronautics has demonstrated a prototype of its hoverbike that it says will be a truly personal flying platform.

“It's inexpensive, it can carry a decent load, it can get in and out of very small spaces very quickly, and it can be moved across continents very quickly because it can be folded and packed,” said Malloy Aeronautics’ marketing sales director, Grant Stapleton.

He said with safety as the primary concern, designers came up with an innovative idea of overlapping rotors, whose, so-called adducted propellers are turning in enclosed spaces.

“With adducted rotors you immediately not only protect people and property if you were to bump into them, but if you ever were to bump into somebody or property, it's going to bring the aircraft out of the air,” said Stapleton.

The company is doing extensive testing with a one-third 
scale model, and also with a full scale tethered prototype.
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Personal hoverbike has overlapping rotors.

Inventors say their Hoverbike will most likely be used first by the military, police and rescue squads.

Meanwhile, Martin Aircraft Co. from New Zealand already is testing a full-scale prototype of its personal flying device called Jetpack that can fly for more than 30 minutes, up to 1,000 meters high, and reach speed of 74 kilometers per hour.

Martin CEO, Peter Coker, said, “This is built around safety from the start. Reliability is the most important element of it. We have safety built into the actual structure itself. Very similar to a Formula One racing car.”

Jetpack runs on a four-cylinder 200-horsepower gasoline engine producing two powerful jet streams. Coker said it also has a built-in parachute.

“It opens at very low altitude and actually saves both the aircraft and the pilot in an emergency," he said.

Coker said Jetpack will be ready for the market by the end of 2016, with a price of about $200,000.

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Greek government freezes
banks and stock markets

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Cash-strapped Greece, cut off from further infusions of European funds,  ordered its banks and stock market closed for six days beginning today, as the country's financial crisis deepens and a Tuesday deadline for easing it fast approaches.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras went on national television Sunday to announce the moves, hours after the European Central Bank said it will not continue an emergency loan program that had allowed Greek banks to remain open in recent weeks.

Tsipras' announcement came after weekend talks between Greek negotiators and their European creditors ended without a deal on terms of an ongoing cash-for-reforms bailout.  Without a deal, analysts say Athens likely will default Tuesday on a $1.8 billion loan payment due to the International Monetary Fund.

The prime minister blamed European creditors for the crisis that threatens Greece's membership in the 19-nation euro currency bloc.

On its current timetable, the banks and stock market will remain closed until Greek voters decide in a July 5 referendum whether to accept new austerity measures demanded by the country's creditors.

During the banking shutdown, the reports say customers will be permitted to withdraw a maximum $65 a day and that no cash can be moved abroad unless pre-approved.

In a related development, reports from neighboring Macedonia say the Skopje government on Sunday ordered its financial institutions to pull their money from Greek banks.  Restrictions also were imposed on the outflow of capital to its southern neighbor. 

Earlier Sunday, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis hinted that Athens might not make the $1.8 billion payment to the Monetary Fund. He noted that the European Central Bank profited on Greek bonds in 2014, and said the bank should simply transfer that money to the fund to cover the loan payment.

Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde voiced disappointment over the stalemate.  The White House said President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by phone Sunday and agreed that it is critically important that Greece accept European reform demands as a path toward growth within the 19-nation euro currency bloc.

Shortly after the Greek parliament voted Sunday to approve the July 5 referendum, Tsipras told his national audience that the people must decide free of any blackmail whether to accept the new austerity reforms.  He also said his government is urging a no vote unless the terms, said to include new cuts in pensions, are changed.

Puerto Rico is bankrupt,
New York Times reports

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A prominent U.S. newspaper reported Puerto Rico cannot pay roughly $72 billion in debts.

The New York Times reported Sunday that Puerto Rican Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla and senior members of his staff have said "they would seek significant concessions from as many as all of the island's creditors."  The report said the concessions could include deferring some debt payments for five years or more.

"The debt is not payable," Garcia Padilla told the Times. "This is not politics, this is math."

The newspaper account says the island has more municipal bond debt per capita than any American state.

The New York Times said much of the island's debt is widely held by individual U.S. investors on the mainland in mutual funds or other investment accounts who may not be aware of it.

The report added that the island, because it is a commonwealth, does not have the option of a bankruptcy. A default would "leave the island, its creditors and its residents in a legal and financial limbo," similar to the financial crisis in Greece.

The governor has commissioned a report of the island's financial status by former officials at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. The report said "there is no U.S. precedent for anything of this scale or scope."

The Times said Puerto Rico has hired Steven Rhodes, the retired judge who oversaw the City of Detroit's bankruptcy, as an adviser.  Puerto Rico is also consulting with a group of bankers from Citigroup who advised Detroit on its debt exchange with creditors.

Rhodes told The New York Times Puerto Rico needs "Chapter 9 for the whole commonwealth."   Chapter 9 is the legal term for a bankruptcy proceeding.

Puerto Rico is a territory of the United States with commonwealth status.

SpaceX cargo shuttle blows up
after liftoff for space station

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An unmanned U.S. rocket carrying supplies to the International Space Station exploded shortly after lift-off Sunday, sending bits and pieces of its 2,300 kilograms of cargo plunging into the Atlantic Ocean.

It was the third time in eight months that a station shipment had failed, with a Russian cargo ship returning from the space station spinning out of control upon re-entry in April and another supply ship destroyed in a launch accident last October.

Sunday's failure occurred two minutes and 19 seconds into the flight from Cape Canaveral, Florida, when a 63-meter rocket owned by Space Exploration Technologies exploded against a deep blue sky. The rocket was traveling at more than 4,600 kilometers an hour 43 kilometers above the Earth when it broke up in a cloud of smoke.

Losing the shipment — including replacements for the cargo in the two previous failed missions — was a huge loss for the U.S. space agency NASA, which is counting on private industry to supply the International Space Station. SpaceX is one of the contenders for the ongoing supply runs and had carried out seven previous successful missions dating to 2012.

"It's not clear yet from the data what happened," said NASA launch commentator George Diller. "They are beginning to play back video to look and see if there are any indications in the video what may have happened."

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said the accident appeared to be linked to excessive pressure in the liquid oxygen tank of the rocket's upper stage.

Supreme Court decision
shows growing tolerance

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Friday’s landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the United States is an outcome few thought possible just years ago, and shows a nation that increasingly tolerates and even celebrates the hopes and aspirations of gay people.

Hundreds of euphoric gay rights backers celebrated outside the Supreme Court Friday, including Lena Hernandez, who wept with joy.

“This is such a great day, such a great day for us, for me and my wife,” said Hernandez. “I’m so excited – these are tears of happiness,” said she.

Hernandez and her spouse, Candy Cintron, married last year when same-sex unions became legal in the state of Virginia. Although work kept Ms. Cintron from joining Ms. Hernandez at the Supreme Court, the couple spoke at their home near Washington.

“When we decided to get married, I was betting on forever,” said Ms.  Hernandez.

Because same-sex marriage came to Virginia thanks to lower federal court rulings, an adverse high court decision would have thrown into question the legality of their marriage, something they both treasure.

Marriage "makes you legal, makes you count,” said Ms. Cintron.

The couple is expecting a baby.  Without a marriage license, Ms. Cintron’s legal rights as a spouse as well as the child’s second parent could be challenged.

“We are both very vested in having the kid,” said Cintron. “We are a couple, and if we go anywhere else where it is not recognized, where does that leave me?”

Now, that is one less concern for the couple as they prepare for motherhood.

“It is an overwhelming feeling, but I do not want to be in this with anybody but her,” said Ms. Hernandez. “I do not feel like I am doing it all by myself, which is very nice.”

But not everyone is cheering.

“This is a particularly difficult ruling for the Catholic Church,” said Chad Pecknold, who teaches theology at Catholic University in Washington and says the court decision conflicts with centuries of church teachings.

“Same-sex marriage is, in fact, not definitionally marriage, but seeks to imitate marriage," said Pecknold.

He worries the legal empowerment of gay people will erode religious freedoms in America and constrain the church’s outreach to society.

“This is the fear is that we are increasingly, the Catholic Church and its institutions, are increasingly being vulnerable to anti-discrimination lawsuits because we have a different, we have indeed the ancient view of marriage,” said Pecknold.

Some legal experts say that fear is unfounded.

“No member of the clergy ever has to perform a same-sex marriage if he or she does not believe in that or wish to do so,” said a Georgetown University law professor, Nan Hunter. “Just like today members of the clergy sometimes do not perform inter-faith marriages if they object to that.  It is really about the separation of church and state.”

Ms. Cintron and Ms. Hernandez have a message for those who disagree with the Supreme Court.

“I would give them my shoes and say, ‘Walk a day in my life, and have your marriage questioned, and have your life questioned,'” said Ms. Cintron.

That sentiment was captured by Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion in the 5-4 decision legalizing same-sex marriage. Kennedy concluded by saying this of gay people: “Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

In a dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts said the high court had usurped the democratic process. “The court is not a legislature,” he wrote.

Debate about same-sex marriage may go on, but from a legal standpoint, the issue is settled.

Gay marriage decision
prompts flood of weddings

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Gay couples have been celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage with spontaneous weddings and gatherings across the United States, while some conservative politicians and religious groups are demanding stronger legal protections for those wishing to avoid endorsing those unions.

Marriage licenses were issued to same-sex couples minutes after the ruling in at least eight states in the South and Midwest where gay marriage was previously banned.

In Louisville, Kentucky, Benjamin Moore and Tadd Roberts wore matching tuxedos to the county clerk's office to get married Friday.

"It's just been incredible and historic and amazing to live this moment," Moore said.  The mayor took commemorative photos of him and Roberts getting their license.

The courthouse in Georgia’s Fulton County had performed 17 same-sex marriages by 2:30 p.m. local time Friday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Georgia’s gay marriages continued Saturday in DeKalb County, where courts held special hours to handle the high demand. 

In New York Friday, thousands gathered around the city's Stonewall Inn, the site of riots in 1969 that are regarded as the catalyst for the gay-rights movement in the United States.  Gay marriage has been legal in New York since 2011, and Mayor Bill de Blasio marked Friday's court ruling by officiating at two same-sex weddings and at the renewal of another couple's vows on the steps of City Hall.

Thousands also gathered in Washington, where the White House was illuminated in rainbow colors Friday night.

The reaction, however, was not as welcoming in some of the 14 states that have been holdouts against same-sex marriage.

In rural Alabama, a local judge refused to issue any marriage licenses at all to avoid having to give them to gay couples.  Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen said Alabama law gives judges the option of granting licenses, and "I have chosen not to perform that function."

Conservative governors in Texas and Louisiana, as well as religious groups across the South and Midwest, also rallied against the ruling.

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, a Republican candidate for president, cautioned that the decision “will pave the way for an all-out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree.”

Religious organizations are exempt from the ruling, and Southern Baptist, Mormon and other churches opposed to same-sex marriages can still make their own decisions about whether clergy will conduct gay marriages in their places of worship.

Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, a prominent conservative Christian group based in Colorado, called the ruling “startling in its rejection of a societal understanding of marriage that goes back to the dawn of civilization.” 

“We are concerned that this decision will fan the flames of government hostility against individuals, businesses and religious organizations whose convictions prevent them from officiating at, participating in or celebrating such unions,” Daly said. 

The ruling will not take effect immediately because the court gives the losing side about three weeks to ask for reconsideration.

Saudi identified in bombing
of  crowded Shi'ite mosque

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Kuwait said Sunday it has identified a Saudi national as the suicide bomber who attacked a crowded Shi'ite mosque, killing 27 people and wounding 227 others.

The Interior Ministry said Fahd Suleiman Abdulmohsen al-Qaba'a is responsible for Friday's assault on the mosque during the holy month of Ramadan.

Authorities said he flew into the country at dawn Friday, just hours before detonating the explosives.  Kuwait said it has detained the driver of the vehicle that took him to the mosque, the owner of a house where the driver was staying and five others in connection with the attack.

The incident in Kuwait was one of three terrorist attacks Friday on three continents.

Tunisia deployed 1,000 extra police at tourist sites and beaches in the North African country as hundreds of foreign tourists fled following a terrorist attack at a seaside resort.

Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid ordered army reservists deployed at hotels and other tourist sites, and said that about 80 mosques known for radical preaching would be shut down.

At least 38 people were killed and dozens more wounded Friday when a young Tunisian militant disguised as a tourist opened fire on a private beach and other facilities of the five-star Imperial Marhaba Hotel in Sousse.  The beach, crowded on Friday with European and regional tourists, has since been empty, blocked off by police tape.

Tunisia's Health Ministry said Saturday it had identified the bodies of 17 people from Britain, Germany, Ireland, Belgium and Portugal, while still trying to identify others shot dead in their beach attire.

In southern France, a man stormed an American-owned chemical plant, decapitated one person, his boss, and defaced the body with Arabic writings while trying to blow up the facility.  A suspect is in custody and authorities said he has admitted the killing.

In a statement Friday, the White House described the assaults as heinous. Other world leaders, including U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and European heads of state, also condemned the attacks.

In a Twitter statement, Islamic State extremists took credit for the Tunisian slaughter, identifying the gunman as Abu Yahya al-Qayrawani. The Sunni group also claimed responsibility for the Kuwait mosque bombing.

U.S. officials said it was not immediately clear whether all three attacks were coordinated by the Syria- and Iraq-based Islamic State.

Christopher Chivvis, associate director, RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center, said the factory attack shows that secular France is the target of both al-Qaida and the Islamic State group.

He also said the resort attack in Tunisia targeted the last vestige of fully-functioning state security in North Africa.

"It’s the only state that’s maintained a democracy after the Arab Spring, but the Islamic State clearly has it in its sights, and in the case of Kuwait, it’s obviously an important American ally in the region, so it should be a concern that it’s been targeted by the Islamic State,” said Chivvis.

Michael Pregent, adjunct lecturer on international security affairs at the National Defense University, said while it would be a mistake to assume that all three attacks were coordinated by the Islamic State group, the militants could easily claim credit.

“They’ve basically given license to anybody to claim affiliation with ISIS when they carry out a terrorist attack, even though there is no formal affiliation,” said Pregent, using another of the group’s acronyms.

“If you do anything in the name of ISIS, that’s good. ISIS doesn’t have to spend money on your operation, ISIS doesn’t have to coordinate it, ISIS doesn’t have to do anything, but they get credit for these things,” Pregent said.

Regardless of the horror factor of the three assaults, Pregent said the Islamic State did not gain much strategically from the attacks. He added that the violence did not compare with the 2005-2006 Ramadan campaigns of its predecessor, al-Qaida in Iraq.

“It is not impressive compared to what al-Qaida was able to do. In 2005, you had 56 attacks a day in Baghdad, 56 attacks a day: car bombs, kidnappings, assassinations,” Pregent said.

Muslim comedians suing
N.Y. transit authority on ad

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The New York City transit system is being challenged in federal court by two young Muslim comedians who want to advertise their new movie on subways.

The Metropolitan Transit Authority signed a contract for promotion of "Beware: The Muslims Are Coming" on subways. But it now says the film contains disputed, pro-Muslim content, and it wants to block the ads.

Comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah, whose Vaguely Qualified Productions made the film, say the bid to block the ads violates their First Amendment free-speech rights, and they're suing the transit authority for allegedly reneging on a signed contract. They have already spent almost $20,000.

Glenn Katon, legal director for Muslim Advocates, said the yransit authority made the wrong call.

“You can’t dispute comedy," he said. "You can’t dispute the underlying message, which is Muslims are human beings, some of whom have a sense of humor. These are things that I don’t think anyone can reasonably dispute."

The transit authority's decision represents something of a turnaround. It got out of so-called political messaging after being burned in a lawsuit over its efforts last year to keep ads sponsored by anti-Islamic campaigner Pamela Geller off its buses.

But the transit authority's latest decision is loopy, said transit watchdog Gene Russianoff of the New York Public Interest Research Group's Straphangers Campaign.

“It’s really important to have free speech in the New York City subways," Russianoff said. "For people who don’t live in New York, they’re like the streets. They’re where you go to communicate, where you listen to music that's being played by performers on platforms.”

"Beware: The Muslims are Coming" is now playing on major streaming services, and the subway promotion was important to the two comedians. They felt betrayed by the transit authority contract decision.

“What’s political about saying Muslims love frittatas ... or other posters, like Muslims hate a lot of things, like hipsters who wear winter hats in the summertime?" Obeidallah asked. "There’s nothing political about expressing who we are and telling our story. That’s really the point about this.”

Farsad called the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution "totally awesome.  It protects speech, all kinds of speech, even speech that we don’t like, and that’s what makes it great.”

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A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

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

Aerial Ocean and Volcano Views with Boutique Coffee! 33 Acres $725,000. Click HERE!

San Ramon rollover
Three-bedroom home with view near San Ramón
Beautiful house in magical setting in the hills above San Ramón in Costa Rica can be yours for $185,000! House was built 10 years ago with soaring 16-foot ceilings.  Enclosed area is 1,200 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, large kitchen, and utility room.  It is located at 4,000 feet with typical temperatures ranging between 75 and the low 80s during the day and the low to mid-60s at night.  The house is offered fully furnished, including all appliances (nearly new energy-efficient Samsung refrigerator). The front of the house features a large covered veranda (another 500 square feet), with a barbecue and outdoor patio furniture to seat 8, and hooks for a hammock. There are many tropical plants, flowers, and trees are on the half-acre property.  Set on the far western edge of the Central Valley in a small, pastoral community, it's only 10 minutes to San Ramón and its many small stores, restaurants, museums, a branch campus of the University of Costa Rica, and a weekly farmers' market.
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For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú
Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant.
Large lower lot, incredible views. Flexible zoning.
Easy to get liquor license. Low interest financing.
Call: 877-778-8515
(506) 8307-0164
(410) 975-6703

private ranch home
Small private ranch for sale
This exceptional private ranch sits on a 9+ hectare lot and supports 15-20 horses. Only 2 hours south of San José, on the road to Puriscal. Roomy stalls all with drains, water hookup, lights and fans, grooming and shoeing área. Two-story house all furnished and cowboy house. Don't miss your chance on that turnkey operation.  Offered at $889,000.
E-mail:  or call (506) 8707-1037 
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For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
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.

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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Go nuts for that shady spot under the tree

Here it is, next week already and we are talking about shady spots. You decided on a grass for your lawn and prepared and fertilized the soil.
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Now your grass seed has taken root and rewarded you with a light fuzz of green. Time to look to the area under those trees.

My No. 1 solution for a single tree that makes dense shade? Landscaper fabric and macadamia nut shells. The fabric covers the ground preventing weeds and the
covering of nut shells keeps the rain from pounding the soil and washing it away. It also guarantees that the roots of the tree will not have to compete with other roots for nutrients. Start the fabric about a foot (30 cm) from the trunk and extend it out as far as the grass. If you don’t care for the nut shells, try using crushed rock. You might use the nearly white stone available to brighten up the darkness under the tree. Whatever you choose, make sure to put down about two inches of material.

Once the fabric and nut shells are down, you have a choice. You can put a border around the area with rock, brick, or some other material to keep the nut shells in place or you can put in a border of plants that are shade tolerant, or both. You might decide to continue the green of your lawn right up to the nut shells. In that case, ferns are a wonderful choice for the area. If you prefer to make a complete break from the green, a variegated liriope (mondo or monkey grass, ophiopogon japonicas) is an excellent choice to outline and define the space. Liriope is also slow growing and non-invasive, unlike some other choices. Ivies, for example, will start to creep both into the lawn and onto the nut shells, sometimes within days of planting, and that can be a nuisance. 

There are other choices, of course. I have seen lovely areas surrounded with begonias and they are impressive. You can probably find wild begonias by fence lines on your property and transplant them or you can visit your local vivero for a wider choice. In partial shade, the Rex begonia develops colorful red and light green foliage to go along with its flowers so it looks wonderful even when not blooming.

So, choose your grass seed or sod wisely, try to stay away from a lawn in dry areas, and make good use of shady areas. Your yard is going to look wonderful.

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Plant of the Week

Remember the wait for fall for this kind of color? Not any more because chrysanthemums are blooming now, and the color palette is as wonderful as always. Because mums don’t like wet feet, keep them above ground level and feed them well. Trial and error is key here as there is not a lot of information on growing them in the tropics. Find your mums at La Garita Central near San José.

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Tiny tax proposed for electrical generating

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Representatives of industry are not pleased by a proposal to assess a one centavo tax on each kilowatt of power generated by public and private entities.

The measure was proposed by lawmaker Jorge Rodríguez Araya who said in a summary of the bill that the money would go to the political subdivisions where the power was generated to compensate them for the presence of the  facility. The summary speaks glowingly of  Paraíso in the province of Cartago before the construction of dams.

The summary addresses at length of how prime farmland was destroyed by dams and the lakes they created.

The bill, No. 19.119, also blames the generating projects and their dams for creating microclimates. A centavo is one one hundredths of a colon.

The bill does not address directly thermal plants or wind farms, but the wording is such that they would be included. The Ministerio de Hacienda would be empowered to collect the tax that would be paid by the end user.