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Police will maintain plate restrictions

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The next two weeks may be called midyear vacation, but traffic police are not taking any time off and are issuing tickets for those who enter the metro area with the incorrect final digit on their vehicle' license plate.

The Policía de Tránsito announced Friday that the restrictions based on plate number will continue to be enforced. The police decided this even though no public school classes are held during the two weeks and such vacations usually warrant lifting the restrictions.

The fine is 21,000 colons, about $38.

The director of the Policía de Tránsito, Mario Calderón, said that despite school closings, a significant number of small buses travel within the metro area carrying teachers and students who might be headed to vacation spots. He also said that five out of the 10 fatalities last year happened in the metro area. In addition, he said that a large number of persons will be celebrating World Cup events. He cited a study by the Cámera Nacional de Turismo that said vacation occupancies are expected to be lower due to the World cup.

However, the police director did not tie this fact into why they have an impact on metro traffic. The next Costa Rican World Cup game is Saturday, for example.

Calderón said that 726 traffic officers will be on duty throughout the country.

The license plate restrictions are in force Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays vehicles with the last digit of the plate ending in 1 or 2 are prohibited from traveling the area generally outlined by the Circunvalación. Tuesday the prohibited numbers are 3 and 4, and so on.


Odorless gas results in a warning

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national regulatory agency said that liquid petroleum gas being produced in the country did not pass the small test June 17.

A warning has been issued to the public, and the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo has been asked to take corrective steps.

Petroleum gas does not have an odor that humans can sense.  So disagreeable smelling substances are deliberately put in the gas in case of a leak. The Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos said its sensing machines should have been able to detect ethyl mercaptan or dimethyl sulfide. A government decree covers the percentage of these additives in petroleum gas.

The refinery is supposed to present a report Tuesday detailing the measures it has taken to correct the problem.

The tests were taken at the refinery plant in Moín.

The agency said it was very worried that some of this odorless gas has gotten into the chain of commerce. This is the gas many Costa Ricans use for cooking and heating water.


Isthmus may have major impact on world

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

When North and South America joined millions of years ago to create the isthmus blocked a strait between the two oceans. The worldwide effect may have been significant.

New research published in Nature Scientific Reports says that the closing of the strait caused the last ice age.

The research is by Thomas Stevens of Royal Holloway, University of London. He wrote that he found a previously unknown mechanism by which the joining of North and South America changed the salinity of the Pacific Ocean and caused major ice sheet growth across the Northern Hemisphere, according to the university. The change in salinity, in turn, encouraged sea ice to form which, in turn, created a change in wind patterns, leading to intensified monsoons. These provided moisture that caused an increase in snowfall and the growth of major ice sheets, some of which reached three kilometers thick.

The Earth has experienced at least five ice ages over the last four billion years, scientists say, but Stevens is referring to the Pliocene-Quaternary glaciation that started about 2.5 million years ago. That resulted in a series of warming and cooling that brought sheets of ice into temperate areas of the planet. The last such event ended about 10,000 years ago.

Although the age of the isthmus is disputed, Stevens and his team analyzed deposits of wind-blown dust called red clay that accumulated between six million and two and a half million years ago in north central China, adjacent to the Tibetan plateau, and used them to reconstruct changing monsoon precipitation and temperature, said the university.

“Until now, the cause of the Quaternary ice age had been a hotly debated topic,” said Stevens, quoted in the university release. “Our findings suggest a significant link between ice sheet growth, the monsoon and the closing of the Panama Seaway, as North and South America drifted closer together. This provides us with a major new theory on the origins of the ice age, and ultimately our current climate system.”

Scientists say that a series of islands and a peninsular began to join about 30 million years ago resulting in a fully formed isthmus about 2.5 to 3 million years.

Scientists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panamá have done extensive work on the geological changes that created the isthmus. Says the research institute of the impact of the closing of the seaway:

For three million years, Panama has separated the oceans and joined two continents. It promoted the exchange of species between the Americas, enabling Amazonian fauna to colonize areas as far north as Mexico and creating the abundant tropical biodiversity we have today. It is responsible for the extensive development of coral reefs, initiated a new global ocean circulation pattern, contributed to the glaciation of the northern hemisphere, and changed the climate of the tropics. Because of the isthmus, the winds that cross the Gulf Stream are warmed, and Europe is spared from freezing over in the winter. It is even possible that the ancestors of the human race came down out of the trees because of climate change in Africa which was also a product of the emergence of the Isthmus.


North Korea holds two more U.S. citizens

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

North Korea says it is preparing to put two American tourists on trial for committing crimes against the state.

The official Korean Central News Agency said Monday that Jeffrey Fowle and Matthew Miller had committed hostile acts that were confirmed by their testimony and evidence.

North Korean media said 56-year-old Fowle entered the country on April 29 and was arrested for acts not consistent with being a tourist. The French news agency says he was detained after he left a Bible in his hotel room.

Pyongyang says 24-year-old Miller entered the North on April 10 and was arrested after he ripped up his tourist visa and demanded asylum.

No details were given on the dates of the trials.

North Korea has also been holding Korean-American missionary Kenneth Bae since November 2012.  He is serving 15 years of hard labor for what Pyongyang says were hostile acts against the state.


Vehicle fumes said to distract pollinators

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Insects that pollinate flowers and crops face an increasingly complex and distracting world of smells.

Their olfactory receptors are activated by all scents, the natural smell of blossoms and grasses, as well as man-made ones, such as fumes from car and truck engines. Researchers at the University of Washington and University of Arizona say those background odors can mask floral scents. As a consequence, insects spend more time and energy looking for flowers.

Using advanced instruments, the researchers found that background odors significantly influenced how a moth called Manduca sexta detected flower scents, both in nature and in laboratory settings. Writing in the journal Science, they report the moths, which can detect odors about as well as dogs can, were easily misled by non-floral scents.

The scientists now plan to look at honeybees to see whether emissions from cities affect pollination at surrounding farms.


Gay Pride marked around the world

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Gay Pride parades have taken place around the world, in cities large and small, including San José.

"Pride Weekend" celebrations took place Sunday in several major U.S. cities, including New York, Chicago and San Francisco.

Events also took place internationally on Saturday in France, Spain, Israel, Turkey, Mexico and Peru.  The weekend-long event highlights equal rights for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community and commemorates the 1969 inception of the modern gay rights movement.

The U.S. events come amid an eventful year since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the statute that denied federal recognition to same-sex marriages and cleared the way for gay couples to wed legally in California.

Since then, seven more states have legalized same-sex marriage, boosting the total to 19, plus Washington, D.C.

In Costa Rica, the Gay movement hopes that the news administration and a new legislature will legalize some form of  civil union.

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social already has ruled that same-sex partners should be covered for health care in the same way spouses and other dependents are.


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Thousands poured into the streets to celebrate the national team's victory.

Despite being down a man, Tico squad sends the Greeks home
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Miles of red-clad bodies again enveloped main streets throughout Costa Rica. Just like last weekend, the president waved down upon the swelling crowd at Fuente de Hispanidad. Seemingly the entire population of this tiny country had taken to the streets Sunday to celebrate the national team's latest World Cup victory.

These boisterous street-side celebrations have not only become a trend over the past two weeks, they've now become part of history. For the first time ever, Costa Rica is advancing to the Cup's quarterfinals.

La Sele was well-represented with thousands of vocal fans watching their 5-3 shootout win over Greece, despite being undermanned on the field. Down to 10 men after defender Oscar Duarte was expelled with a second yellow card (an automatic red) in the 66th minute, Costa Rica let a 1-0 lead slip away at the last minute of regulation before holding off the Greek side in both extra time periods.

The Ticos' hero was goal keeper Keylor Navas, who made plenty of key saves during regulation. Though Navas let the first three penalty kicks through, he stuffed Greece's Theofanis Gekas with a perfectly timed dive to his right on the fourth. That stop by the man voted as the best goalie in Spain's La Liga decided the match as all five Costa Rican shooters scored.

“Obviously being a man down made a difference, but we never gave up,” said Navas in a press conference after the game in Recife. “As for my save at the end, I can’t remember what was going through my mind. All I did was react and keep it out.”
Officials became a central part of the game, as they have too often in Brazil, and doled out six yellow cards to Costa Rica. Duarte's red forced coach Jorge Luis Pinto to retreat his midfielders so they could help out Navas on the backend. But after Navas deflected an attempt in stoppage time, his defenders were too few and too slow to recover as Greece's Socratis Papastathopoulos rebounded with the tying score.

Earlier in the 52nd minute, captain Bryan Ruiz's goal gave his side the initial lead that put an end to a sloppy and forgettable first half.

On the same section of the Cup bracket, the Netherlands came back to beat Mexico with two late goals Sunday. Trailing 1-0, the Dutch scored the equalizer at the 88th minute and then capitalized on a penalty kick four minutes into stoppage time to put the dagger to Mexico's heart. Now instead of playing their traditional rival, Costa Rica meets up with a Dutch side that had looked very impressive up to Sunday.

As the dream run continues for another week, depth still remains a worry going forward. The Ticos entered World Cup play with probable starters Bryan Oviedo and Álvaro Saborío sidelined due to injuries. Now after playing more than 120 minutes Sunday, heavy-legged players will take advantage of every day of rest they can get until Saturday's showdown with the Dutch.

And even after they've made history as the soccer-obsessed nation's most successful World Cup team, Pinto said his squad isn't going to lay around being satisfied to finish in the top eight.

“I’ll say it again – we’re delighted and we’d like to dedicate this win to all the people of Costa Rica,” Pinto said. “We respect the Netherlands, just as we respect all our rivals, but the story goes on, and we’re hungry for more.”


Netherlands, Brazil and Colombia win and advance to Cup quarterfinals
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Netherlands stunned Mexico with two late goals to advance to the quarterfinals of the World Cup soccer  championship.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored on an injury-time penalty shot Sunday to give the orange-clad Dutch team a 2-1 win in the round of 16 knockout match.  On the winning goal, Huntelaar rifled a powerful low shot into the left corner of the net as Mexican goalie Guillermo Ochoa lunged in the opposite direction.

Mexico led for much of the second half, with Giovani Dos Santos scoring in the 48th minute to break a scoreless tie in Fortaleza, Brazil. Wesley Sneijder scored the equalizer for the Dutch in the 88th minute.

The Netherlands joins Saturday winners Brazil and Colombia in the quarterfinals.

Powerhouse Brazil barely escaped elimination from the World Cup Saturday, while Colombia subdued an Uruguayan team that competed without one of its best players.

In the opening match of the round of 16, also known as the knockout round, Brazil beat Chile in a dramatic game decided by a penalty kick.

The teams were tied, 1-1, after 90 minutes of play and 30 minutes of overtime, before going to 2-2 in the penalty shootout.

Brazilian superstar Neymar then faked out Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to find the back of the net, while a shot by Chile's Arturo Vidal hit the post. Penalty sessions are a best of five, but the game goes to sudden death if the teams are tied after five rounds.

Brazil's goalie Julio Cesar was nearly impenetrable in the shootout. He stopped Chile's first two shots, staying near the middle of the goal to block Mauricio Pinilla's attempt, then diving to deflect Alexis Sanchez's kick. He also dove on Vidal's attempt and watched as it bounced away.
Cesar also made a key save that prevented Chile from taking the lead in the 65th minute.

"Cesar deserves all the credit today," Neymar said.

Brazil nearly lost to Chile in the final seconds of overtime, but the shot ricocheted off the crossbar.   

Both goals came in the first half of the match, played in Belo Horizonte.

Colombia's 2-0 victory over Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro secured its first ever trip to the quarterfinals. Colombia's James Rodriguez scored two goals, one in each half, against an Uruguayan team that played without star striker Luis Suarez.

Suarez was banned from nine international matches and from all football-related activities for four months for biting an Italian player in group competition. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, the governing body for international football, also fined Suarez $112,000.

It was the harshest punishment ever imposed for an on-field incident at the World Cup. But Uruguay's coach Oscar Tabarez did not blame the suspension of Suarez and the controversy triggered by his bite of Italian player Giorgio Chiellini for the loss to Colombia, which won all three of its group matches.

"I don't know what energy we could have lost on Suarez," Tabarez said. "We accepted he was suspended, we criticized the excessive harshness of the sanction, and that is the feeling of an entire people."

Tabarez praised Colombia for the win.

In addition to the Netherlands and Colombia, Belgium and Argentina won their three group games.

Unlike the group round, teams must win to advance in the knockout stage. Ties are followed by 30 minutes of overtime separated into two 15-minute periods and then, if needed, a shootout. The championship game is on July 13 in Rio de Janeiro.

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The tourism institute says that some 1,000 chefs, bartenders and others in the commercial food industry have been trained in creating traditional dishes and drinks. More than 200 general managers also have been introduced to the concept.

This is a program of the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural, the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo and the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje.

The idea is to put a traditional spin on restaurant fare so that they reflect the culture. Many claim Costa Rica has no exciting dishes, but the Centro de Patrimonio Cultural has been proving this statement incorrect with a series of regional contests over the last four years. Local cooks are invited to submit traditional dishes, desserts or drinks.

The result has been six cookbooks that have been developed into a course for chefs, cooks and bartenders. Five of the books are focused on regional foods. A sixth book outlined traditional drinks. Not all of them are alcoholic, but in others guaro, the sugar cane liquor, dominates. 

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Congressman objects to trial
for Benghazi terror suspect


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A senior U.S. lawmaker says terror suspects, including the accused leader of the deadly 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, should be held at the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN Sunday that Ahmed Abu Khatallah should be treated as an enemy combatant and not as a criminal on U.S. soil, arguing that doing so would be costly and could hamper the ability of U.S. officials to extract valuable intelligence from suspected terrorists.

Khatallah pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges Saturday in a federal court in Washington.

Rogers said Khatallah has been "compliant but not cooperative" with U.S. interrogators.  

The United States alleges Khatallah led a conspiracy that resulted in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

That crime is punishable by up to life in prison, but the government is expected to file additional charges that could lead to the death penalty.

Khatallah's next court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.

U.S. Special Forces and the FBI arrested Khatallah earlier this month near Benghazi.  Authorities questioned him aboard the Navy ship that brought him to U.S. soil. 

Republicans in Congress accuse the Obama administration and the State Department of being negligent in providing enough security in a volatile region prone to terrorism.

The case also represents a test of the Obama administration's goal of prosecuting terror suspects in civilian courts in the face of Republican critics who say such defendants are not entitled to the protections of the American legal system.


Obama says he'll go it alone
to grow economy for all


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama says he will continue to take actions on his own as long as congressional Republicans block his economic agenda.

Obama said in his weekly address that he has already taken action to attract new jobs, raise workers' wages, and help students pay off their loans. 

The U.S. leader said "we could do so much more as a country" if Republicans were less interested in "stacking the deck for those at the top" and more interested in "growing the economy for everybody."


President seeks $2 billion
to stem tide of illegal kids


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama is seeking $2 billion in emergency funds to curb the influx of women and children fleeing Central America and illegally entering the United States.

In addition, Obama will seek greater authority for U.S. immigration officials to speed up the deportation of children caught crossing from countries such as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, the official said.

The request will mark a dramatic increase in Obama's attempt to gain control of a chaotic scene on the U.S. border with Mexico where tens of thousands of children have crossed without their parents, straining resources and creating a political and humanitarian crisis.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi visited a Border Patrol facility in Brownsville on Saturday that held unaccompanied children.

Ms. Pelosi said the U.S. must deal responsibly with the influx of children. "We have a moral responsibility to address this in a dignified way."

More than 52,000 unaccompanied children and 39,000 women and children from Central America have been apprehended entering the U.S. illegally since October.

Obama plans to make the requests of Congress in a letter to be sent today, a White House official said.

Details of the emergency appropriation, including the exact amount and how it would be spent, will come after lawmakers return from their holiday recess July 7, the official said.

Obama will also ask Congress to increase penalties for the so-called coyotes who smuggle children across the border and profit from it, the official said.

The official said Obama will also request a "sustained border security surge through enhanced domestic enforcement," along with an increase in immigration judges to more speedily adjudicate the cases of recent border crossers.

Obama will step up efforts with Central American countries to repatriate migrants who are returned to their home countries and address the root causes of migration.

And, the official said, he will seek "the resources necessary to appropriately detain, process and care for children and adults."

In an ABC interview last week Obama urged Central American parents not to let their children leave on a frequently hazardous trip to the United States, but his words have so far had little impact.

In Brownsville, Ms. Pelosi said she holds little hope that Congress will pass comprehensive immigration reform this year but that politics should be set aside.

"A few days ago I would have been more optimistic about comprehensive immigration reform," Pelosi said. "I thought that we had been finding a way because we have been very patient and respectful . . .  trying to do it one way or another. I don't think he gives us much reason to be hopeful now, but we never give up. There's still the month of July," she said referring to Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Congressional Republicans have expressed outrage at the Obama administration's handling of the crisis, accusing the government of letting the children into the country to pile pressure on Congress to approve a long-stalled immigration overhaul.

This past week, a leading House supporter of policy changes said legislative efforts on the issue were dead.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Illinois, who's been one of the most bullish Democrats about the chances for action, said he had given up.

Boehner's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Saturday.

The Border Patrol in South Texas has been overwhelmed for several months by an influx of unaccompanied children and parents traveling with young children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.

Unlike Mexican immigrants arrested after entering the U.S. illegally, those from Central America cannot be as easily returned to their countries.

The U.S. had only one family detention center in Pennsylvania, so most adults traveling with young children were released and told to check in with the local immigration office when they arrived at their destination. A new facility for families is being prepared in New Mexico.

Children who traveled alone, like those visited by Ms. Pelosi in Brownsville, are handled differently.

By law, they must be transferred to the custody of the Health and Human Services Department within 72 hours of their arrest. From there, they are sent into a network of shelters until they can be reunited with family members while awaiting their day in immigration court.


Veterans Administration said
to host a corrosive culture


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A newly released White House report speaks of a corrosive culture within the scandal-plagued Veterans' Affairs health care system.

President Barack Obama ordered the review after some former soldiers reportedly died while waiting as long as three months for treatment at a veterans hospital.

The White House review found what it calls significant and chronic system failures throughout the Veterans Health Administration.

It says personnel problems have seriously affected morale and impacted the timeliness of health care. It also criticized the VA's standard 14-day waiting period for an appointment as unrealistic and arbitrary.

Reports of long waits by ailing veterans to be seen by doctors, and of VA bureaucrats misreporting waiting times caused an outcry in Congress and the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki.


Now two terror groups
dispute Mideast leadership


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Iraqis aren’t alone in wondering if the Sunni Muslim insurgency led by the al-Qaida offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant can be stemmed. Al-Qaida, once the world’s leading terror organization, is being surpassed by its onetime, wayward affiliate, and it is none too pleased, say analysts.

In the winter, al-Qaida’s top leadership disowned the Islamic State of Iraq and its mercurial leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi – a slap down for refusing to obey orders and for his ambition to carve a borderless caliphate across the Levant taking in Syria, Iraq, Jordan and even Lebanon. And al-Qaida’s official affiliate in Syria joined Islamist and mainstream Syrian rebels in battling the Islamic State of Iraq and pushing its fighters out of some key northern Syrian border towns and the city of Aleppo.

Sunday, in an audio recording posted online, the Islamic State of Iraq declared its chief the caliph and leader for Muslims everywhere – another affront to al-Qaida, which claims that al-Baghdadi swore allegiance to its overall leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor.

According to the Islamic State of Iraq spokesman Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, the group decided “to establish an Islamic caliphate and to designate a caliph for the state of the Muslims.”

He added: “the words Iraq and the Levant have been removed from the name of the Islamic State in official papers and documents.”

Caliphate refers to a system of government stretching across most of the Middle East and Turkey that ended nearly a century ago with the fall of the Ottomans.

ISIL’s recent successes in Iraq have increased its standing among jihadi groups worldwide and more foreign fighters are choosing to join the Islamic State of Iraq rather than al-Qaida, analysts say. “The two groups are now in an open war for supremacy of the global jihadist movement,” according to Middle East scholar Aaron Zelin in a research paper published by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank based in the U.S. capital.

“ISIL holds an advantage, but the battle is not over yet,” Zelin believes.

The announcement of  the establishment of a caliphate by the Islamic State of Iraq will likely exacerbate the feuding between the two terror groups and intensify their fierce competition to secure the loyalty of affiliates and offshoots across the Middle East and Africa. Jihadi religious scholars skirmished in the winter and spring with opposing rulings about al-Baghdadi’s refusal to obey instructions and withdraw the Islamic State of Iraq to Iraq and allow al-Qaida affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra to assume the lead role in Syria.

Most of the leading jihadist ideologues such as Abu Qatada al-Filistini and Iyad Qunaybi sided with al-Qaida. Abu Qatada al-Filastini, a Jordanian whom Britain deported to Jordan this summer, criticized al-Baghdadi for being power hungry.

Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Middle East Media Research Institute the most senior jihadist ideologue, bewailed the al-Qaida disputes in Syria but condemned al-Baghdadi.

But the Islamic State of Iraq leaders have attracted the backing of his fair share of militant theologians in the continuing struggle for ideological supremacy. Another Jordanian sheikh, Omar Mahdi Zidan, defended the Islamic State of Iraq leader, arguing the mujahedeen are entitled to exercise their own judgment and choose which commanders they want to follow.

And in a shake-up of the global jihadi order, al-Baghdadi has secured the backing of some al-Qaida affiliates and other jihadist groups.

The Sinai-based Egyptian jihadist group Ansar Bait Al-Maqdis, which claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing of a tourist bus earlier this year in Egypt that left three South Koreans dead and more than a dozen people injured, has been sympathetic to al-Baghdadi. “There are indications that it is allying itself with ISIS (aka ISIL)”, says Steven Stalinsky, executive director of the Middle East Media Research Institute. 

He says the Islamic State of Iraq “is positioning itself as an alternative to al-Qaida.”

Ansar al-Sharia groups in the North Africa’s Tunisia and Libya have posted pro-Islamic State of Iraq propaganda online. And jihadists in Gaza are siding with al-Baghdadi.

Sunday’s declaration of a caliphate by the Islamic State of Iraq “poses a huge threat to al Qaida and its long-time position of leadership of the international jihadist cause,” says Charles Lister, a visiting fellow with the Brookings Doha Center.

“Put simply, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has declared war on al-Qaida. While it is now inevitable that members and prominent supporters of al-Qaida and its affiliates will rapidly move to denounce Baghdadi and this announcement, it is the long-term implications that may prove more significant,” says Lister.

For Lister and other analysts Sunday’s announcement demonstrates that al-Baghdadi has no intention of caving in to al-Qaida, and means to pursue a rivalry that they say represents its biggest challenge since U.S. Special Forces killed bin Laden.

Lister adds: “Taken globally, the younger generation of the jihadist community is becoming more and more supportive of ISIL, largely out of fealty to its slick and proven capacity for attaining rapid results through brutality. We will very likely find ourselves in a dualistic position of having two competing international jihadist representatives – al-Qaida, with a now more locally-focused and gradual approach to success; and the Islamic State, with a hunger for rapid results and total hostility for competition,” says Lister.

But some analysts say the declaration also risks splitting the Sunni coalition the Islamic State of Iraq has managed to pull together for an insurgency that in the last two weeks has swept northern and western Iraq.


Mars landed parachute fails,
but officials still are happy


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. space officials are declaring the test flight of a new Mars landing craft a success even if a parachute failed to open fully.

NASA hopes to use the new vehicle in a future manned mission to the red planet.

A helium balloon and motor Saturday carried the huge saucer-shaped craft from the launch pad in Hawaii to more than 36,000 meters over the Pacific, where the atmosphere is as thin as that over Mars.

But the 34-meter-wide parachute that was supposed to guide the craft to an ocean splashdown failed to open completely.

NASA, however, says it is pleased with the results, and says this was a more valuable experience than if everything had gone perfectly.


Plastic pollution reported
to cause $13 billion damage


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As World Cup play continues across Brazil, the country is gearing up to host the 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Among the concerns is that the sailing venue near Rio de Janeiro is too polluted to hold any event, says local biologist Mario Moscatelli.
  
“The Brazilian authorities seem like they live in a parallel universe in a world of rose-colored glasses that has a different smell, different colors, that doesn’t have the trash we see floating and accumulating in the mangroves along Guanabara,” he says.   

The same story is playing out globally. Plastic accounts for $13 billion in damage to marine habitat, according to a United Nations report released at this week's Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya.

Plastic that washes from roads into streams and rivers, eventually makes its way to beaches and oceans. Over time, it accumulates in the water column. It never goes away because plastic is synthetic and doesn’t biodegrade, it just simply breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces. 

“There are chemicals in plastic that can leach out into oceans, but then there are also a lot of chemicals and pollutants in the oceans," said Nancy Wallace, who heads the Marine Debris Program for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "So things like DDT that are outlawed now, but their legacy compounds that are still in the ocean, they will go on to the plastics because of the properties and because of that they are on those plastics when the fish are ingesting them.”

That potentially moves dangerous toxins up the food chain and back to human consumers. Humans cause the problem and humans can solve it, Wallace adds.

“By using less single use items, by recycling our items, by disposing of those properly and making sure they’re going where they should be going," she said. "We can really make a huge difference. It’s really about caring about the environment and knowing that we are the ones that impact it.”

Richard Mattison, CEO of Trucost, the company that calculated the $13 billion marine damage figures, points out that the report promotes an alternative: a business model that opens new markets for sustainable plastic products.

“You could replace the use of virgin raw materials for plastic, which is oil, with bio-based products," he said. "You could reduce the energy intensity of plastics production by using renewable energy resources. You could reuse bottles in your households many times if you wish to, rather than ending it off after the first use. We could when we get rid of that plastics, recycle it and reuse it, which replaces the need for virgin raw materials.”

The report calls for companies to better measure, manage and disclose information about the use and disposal of plastics, says Andrew Russell, director of the Plastic Disclosure Project, which released the report at the Nairobi meeting.

“We see the opportunities for them to save money, quite frankly," Russell said. "We also see them to be much more aware, much more cognizant of risks they face in the environment from a reputation perspective, or from a regulatory perspective. If they think about plastic the way they do other things, then I think these opportunities will present themselves.” 

Russell says that by putting a new value on plastic, industry has an incentive to clean up the environment, but adds that all sectors of society must join to address the problem.

 
Central bankers mystified
by soaring prices of stock

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A consortium of the world's central banks has concluded that rising global corporate stock values are at odds with a world economy that is still not fully recovered from the depths of the downturn of six years ago.

In its annual report, the Swiss-based Bank for International Settlements said "it is hard to avoid the sense of a puzzling disconnect" between near-record stock indexes in New York, London and Frankfurt and elsewhere around the world even as economic trends are not as robust.

The central bankers said the global economy continues to face serious challenges.

It also said, "Despite the euphoria in financial markets, investment remains weak," corporate and personal debt is increasing and the world economic and political outlook is uncertain.

The Bank for International Settlements acts as a clearinghouse for transactions among national central banks.

U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, European Central Bank president Mario Draghi and other top central bank officials are on the group's board and meet periodically discuss the world's economic fortunes.
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• 50% off for limited time only   • $26/square meter
• Neighbors are $80/square meter  • Incredible view
Clubhouse, pool, equestrian, country club
Only 2 remaining
Secure a spot in a million dollar neighborhood for under $100k
 Free architecture services
•  Full commission paid to brokers   • Financing available
Email or call the 24-hour recorded message for full info
mail@davidcollier.net   CR: 4000-1983 (English/Español)
USA: 619-800-8550 (English only)
8382-7/5/14

Tiliran property
Turnkey commercial/apartment building for sale in San Luis, Tilaran, Guanacaste. In a corporation. 100 percent occupancy and all permits in place. Great opportunity to gain investor status residency. New construction - 2012. Consists of three studio apartments upstairs with lake view and 4 storefronts on ground level, including laundry service, soda, consignment store. Comes with purchase or start your own business while you live in one of the apartments. $308,000. Please email tierrasmorenaslou@yahoo.com
8257-8/17/

organic
Stunning organic ocean view home site in San Ramón
2.93 acres, only $60,000

Gorgeous homesite on organic land available for quick sale! Only 10 minutes to downtown San Ramón and within a terrific private community. Close to town but away from it all! Features amazing views of the ocean, great sunsets every night and privacy. Multiple building spots. Comparable lots in the area are selling for $75,000 to over $100,000! At 11,864 square meters, or $5 per square meter, this is a great investment too! This lot is priced to move! Looking for a quick sale, so no tire kickers please! See Web site for additional information and photos. or email bizcr@hotmail.com
Tel: CR (506) 8350-7647
8369-6/26/14

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Tropical lots located walking distance to a beautiful white sandy beach
Only $49,999 with interest-free financing
These lots are located in a gated, private community with low HOA dues and offer amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to Playa Conchal and Pirates beaches.  And only 20 minutes to the resort town of Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia International airport. Reserve your lot with only a $1,500 deposit.  We are offering Interest-free financing for 5 years for a limited time only. Contact: Christian  info@puntaplayavistas.com 
U.S. (732) 962-6525 or CR (506) 8349-2025    www.puntaplayavistas.com
8372-8/23/14

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For Sale: Fully Furnished OCEAN VIEW CONDOMINIUM
Reduced $199,999
Gorgeous 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built energy green. This condo is located in a gated community with low HOA dues and offers amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to a beautiful white, sandy beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort town Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double pane windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom cabinets. Contact www.puntaplayavistas.com or email info@puntaplayavistas.com 
U.S. (732) 962-6525 or CR (506) 8349-2025
8271-8/23/14

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For Sale by Owner: Playa Conchal ocean view home reduced $339,999

Casa de Eden is  2,600 square feet with 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, outdoor shower, private outdoor terrace and pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure, gated community surrounded by nature and close to the resort town of Tamarindo, only an hour from Liberia airport.  The home is being offered fully furnished with: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire Professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, internet, cable. 
Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. (732) 984-7549
or CR (506) 8349-2025.
8370-8/3/14

Belen home
Comfortable in Costa Rica
Asuncion de Belen. Home in exclusive Residencial La Jolla.  Gated community with controlled access,  security 24/7. Resort swimming pool and gym. Spacious and elegant finishes, private jacuzzi and social areas. 3 bedrooms. 2.5 baths.  Private gardens. Conveniently located close to airport, shopping, bilingual schools, Intel and Duty Free Zones. 322m2 on 249m2 corner lot. Lease with purchase option  $3,400/ $449,000 USD. Contact owner at 8309-2000 for details or email rafa@rafacr.com.
9368-6/4/14

Large estate on island with sea view !!!
Located on the Big Island and five minutes from the center of Golfito on boat.  The large land has three hills with forest in which there are many trees and animals such as parrots, parakeets and monkeys.!!   It has a beautiful view
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of downtown Golfito , mountains and sea. It has three entry beach options. Your own beach,  large land with fruit trees, livestock grazing.Mangrove front with lots of fish, snapper, etc. Also access to your own part of sea with full of  seafood: pianguas, cambutes, chuchecas, clams, etc. .  Natural beauty is a paradise to live, walking, diving, fishing, horse riding, climbing to the mountains, swimming in the creek or the sea, exploring
the land, animals and trees, etc.  Your paradise is here for you, your family or develop your own rain forest country club. This is  the place of your dreams !  The full land measures 119,284 m2. All legal papers and blueprints are ready to get a new owner.   Property has its own water and  ready to instal solar panel or electric  power plant.     It is Isla Grande - Segura, diagonal to grazing
 Puntarenitas Beach in Golfito for sale at $1.500.000 U.S. Further information contact : Raquel or Maria Ester at  rakell.leon6@gmail.com, Local phone numbers: +506 8690-2325   or  +506  8673-0112.
8361-8/15/14

Casa Fiesta
Caribbean Beachfront Home and Apartment  Puerto Viejo
 Right on the Beach!
Ranch style home with detached garage and apartment Air-conditioned home sleeps 4, apartment sleeps 2 ,  3 baths, hot water showers  Fenced-in property with pool, screened in patio  Turnkey....Everything is included with the sale!   Washer/dryer, furniture, appliances, tools, household items and linens, bicycles, and even a vehicle! Great income potential also  259,000 US Please visit our Web site for many more photos go to: http://www.casafiestacostarica.com  Email inquires to:   suez2cats@hotmail.com
8358-8/8/14

Dragon montage
New amazing, modern, eco-friendly three-bedroom, three-bath executive modern home perched on your own small mountain.  270-degree ocean view with unbelievable teak-look concrete deck, to the RED 48-foot fiberglass infinity lap pool. Separate covered deck with pool table. Guest house with kitchen, Jacuzzi, outdoor shower. Exquisite entryway of 20-foot rock wall and electric gate, with video feed. Large work garage separated from house. Guardhouse. Hidden metal shutters to secure the property for weeks. Private registered well. Inside/outside kitchen. Propane fire pits. Several water features including a waterfall and a water bubble wall. Property can be purchased stand-alone with the house at $550K, or the whole mountain for further development at $950K.  Contact drako13@me.com
8344-5/23/14

Selva Rio
SELVA RIO ESTATES (SRE) www.selvarioestates.com is a 10-lot  development with lots starting at $65,000US. You know what they say "Location, Location, Location." Well SRE is  located only 10 kms. from Atenas (best climate in the entire world!),  only 3 kms. from Highway 27 access, only 3 kms. from grocery stores and restaurants, only 35 kms. (30 min) from SJO airport, only 50 kms. from  Pacific Ocean, only 42 kms. from Escazu, 0  kms. from gorgeous country living with nature!  Contact the developer at selvarioestates@hotmail.com or call 8704-6106. We can help you build your dream home now!
8341-6/22/14

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

2, 900 sq feet under roof, 1,250 sq feet inside walls, 2 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, laundry room, three separate patio areas, covered carport, shade trees, in upscale, secure project.  This project has river with protected areas & walkways. It is only 10 minutes on all paved roads to Santiago de Puriscal, 45 minutes to La Plaza Mall/Hospital CIMA and SJO airport, and 1 ½ hours to Pacific Beaches. It has recently upgraded public water supply and dependable ICE electric and high-speed internet.
Please come visit our projects and meet four new homeowners who have recently moved into their new “live in the view” homes to verify how happy they are and that they all came in under budget. CONTACT: George Lundquist www.costaricaretireonss.com  Home phone: 2417-1041 Cell phone: 8888 4543 Skype glundquist.
To see more Photos of this house, click HERE!
8310-7/1/14

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$499,500 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8309-6/29/14

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean.  This design allows for barrier-free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room its spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors.  $365,000.00 or rent for $900 per month including WIFI and PLUS utilities.  Long term rentals only please.  Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage.  3 bedrooms/ 2 baths.  Fully furnished   Automatic entry gate.   Custom exotic wood cabinets   High end stainless steel appliances   Granite counter tops  Slide show at   
 www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24055899   
For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8305-6/26/14

Esterillos

Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away.  Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails: edumace64@yahoo.es and pdvartanian@aol.com.
8269-5/27/14

Five bedrooms
Puntarenas City, Puntarenas
Beach home central Pacific Ocean
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach.  The home is completely furnished including all linens, kitchen cook ware, pots, pans, all dishes and much much more. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Office with all connections for WiFi,  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes all linens, TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances   Will consider trade for U.S. Property.  Asking  $250,000. 
Call Gary 8784-2945  English only, or email  combrokers@aol.com
8259-8/25/14

Los Reyes home
House for sale in La Guacima, Alajuela
Located on 9th tee of Los Reyes Country Club. Club offers golf, tennis (6 courts), swimming pool, gym and restaurant. Easy access to schools, shopping, hospitals & Caldera highway. One hour to Pacific beaches. House price: US $450,000.00. Contact Bill, Phone 506 -8878-9221  Email: losreyes191@gmail.com Click on the link below for photos and additional details:
https://plus.google.com/photos/105244969603261154850/
8240-8/6/14

NOW REDUCED TO $595,000
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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8230-3/13/14

St. Michael
Ocean View estates inside a gated community from $5.94 M2.  Properties start at 39K. NO HOA FEES.  Community salt water modern waterfall swimming pools, organic vegetable gardens, exotic flower gardens, food forest, mature orchards, fresh fish from aquaponics, stables, community center, and much more.  Each lot comes with an edible landscaping including pineapples, plantains, papayas, guanabanas, bananas, and more.  Most lots already have mature mango, lemon, orange, or caimito trees.  This is the most secure community in CR with multiple sources of water, electric, and high speed internet.      www.saintmichaelscostarica.com
8215-7/14/14

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Gingerbread Boutique Hotel and Fine Restaurant For Sale
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A very  famous, highly regarded unique lake view themed boutique hotel consisting of three air conditioned suites with satellite TV and high speed Internet, two themed cottages with garden showers, one large super suite with kitchen and garden shower, managers apartment, restaurant rated one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica {see reviews} and the premier real estate office at Lake Arenal,which puts all its clients in to the hotel, plus room for additional lake view rooms and a pool, all less than a mile from Nuevo Arenal and the public park on the lake.  Go to the Web site for photos and complete information  at  www.gingerbreadarenal.com  This is the finest boutique hotel in Costa Rica in one of the fastest growing areas of all of Central America.  Sale opportunity $750,000.   Contact to :
Terry Moran, Owner Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com 
Office phone: 506 2694-0088  Cell phone: 506 8880-8888 
USA # rings in Costa Rica:  305 307-0088
8263-8/20/14

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Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

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Gender seems to have kids' language role

By the Newcastle University news staff

Experts believe language uses both a mental dictionary and a mental grammar. The mental dictionary stores sounds, words and common phrases, while mental grammar involves the real-time composition of longer words and sentences. For example, making a longer word walked from a smaller one walk.

However, most research into understanding how these processes work has been carried out with adults.

"Most researchers agree that the way we use language in our minds involves both storing and real-time composition," said lead researcher Cristina Dye, a specialist in child language development at Newcastle University. "But a lot of the specifics about how this happens are unclear, such as identifying exactly which parts of language are stored and which are composed.

"Most research on this topic has concentrated on adults, and we wanted to see if studying children could help us learn more about these processes."

A test based around 29 irregular verbs and 29 regular verbs was presented to the young participants. Only verbs which would be known by 8-year-olds were used.

They were presented with two sentences. One featured the verb in the context of the sentence, with the second sentence containing a blank to allow the children to produce the past-tense form. For example: Every day I walk to school. Just like every day, yesterday I ____ to school.

The children were asked to produce the missing word as quickly and as accurately as possible and their response times were recorded. The results were then analyzed to discover which words were stored or created in real-time.

Results showed girls were more likely to memorize words and phrases -- use their mental dictionary -- while boys used mental grammar -- i.e assembled these from smaller parts -- more often.

The findings could have implications in the way youngsters are taught in the classroom, believes Ms. Dye, who is based in the Centre for Research in Linguistics and Language Sciences.

She said: "What we found as we carried out the study was that girls were far more likely to remember forms like walked while boys relied much more on their mental grammar to compose walked from walk and ed. This fits in with previous research which has identified differences between the sexes when it comes to memorizing facts and events, where girls also seem to have an advantage compared to boys.

"One interesting aside to this is that as girls often outperform boys at school, it could be that the curriculum is put together in a way which benefits the way girls learn. It may be worth further investigation to see if this is the case and if so, is there a way lessons could be changed so boys can get the most out of them too."


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Call center firm to close offices here

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Startek, a provider of business process outsourcing services, announced Friday it would close its Heredia location. The last day of operation is planned for Aug. 30, said the company in a release. Some 500 employees are losing their job.

“The difficult decision to close our Heredia site was made as part of our strategic plan to optimize our capacity and continue building upon the efficient solutions we provide our clients,” said Chad Carlson, president and CEO in a prepared statement. “This decision was not due to performance of our employees in Costa Rica and we are grateful for their service to Startek and our clients.”

The New York Stock Exchange-listed company has its facilities in the American Free Zone in Heredia.

In February the Denver, Colorado-based firm said it had signed a lease for space in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The firm already has offices in San Pedro Sula with about 1,300 employees.

Overall, the firm has about 11,000 employees. Some also are in the United States and the Philippines.