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Security ministry says World Cup causes violence
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Fuerza Pública has embarked on a campaign to prevent domestic violence amplified by the World cup soccer games. The department said in a tape prepared for radio that there were 20 domestic violence calls per hour during the Costa Rica-Greece game in Brazil Sunday.

Despite the number of calls, the same agency reported detaining just two persons Sunday and early Monday. In Guápiles, a 20-year-old man threatened his mother and a cousin with a knife during a family argument. Police also went to a home in Ticabán because a neighbor complained a man was hurting his female companion. The woman would not file a complaint, but police arrested the man on the allegation that he resisted officers.

The idea that professional sports encourages spousal violence, sometimes called an urban legend, stems from a 1993 press conference in the United States where a women's group claimed that Superbowl Sunday is the biggest day of the year for domestic violence. The Superbowl is the American professional football championship.

Later news stories said that the authors of academic studies cited in the press conference disavowed the characterization. Yet, the belief lingers that men routinely beat up their significant other as a result of watching sports matches.

The Fuerza Pública may be influenced by a recent Lancaster University study in the United Kingdom. The researchers are Stuart Kirby and Rosalie O’Flaherty in the university's Department of Applied Social Science and a mathematics professor, Brian Francis.

The trio studied domestic abuse incidents from a police force in northwest England during World Cup tournaments in 2002, 2006 and 2010.

The trio concluded that "the risk of domestic abuse rose by 26 percent when the English national team won or drew, and a 38 percent increase when the national team lost. Secondly a tournament trend was apparent, as reported domestic abuse incidents increased in frequency with each new tournament."

The researchers said that no prior study has associated soccer with domestic violence but this correlation has already been established with American Football. They cited a study by California academics David  Card and Gordon B. Dahl that appeared in The Quarterly Journal of Economics in 2011.

That study is available online, and it says that
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How many such incidents can be blamed on sports viewing?

upset losses lead to a 10 percent increase in the
rate of at-home violence by men against their wives and girlfriends. Other losses and wins have no effect, they said.

The Lancaster University trio also used complex math similar to the Card and Dahl study. They used Poisson and negative binomial regression models.  Poisson, named after a 19th century French mathematician, is basically predictive, similar to a chi square test.

Unlike the California study, the Lancaster research said that the risk of domestic abuse rose by 26 percent when the English national team won or drew. The researchers reported a 38 percent increase when the national team lost. Secondly a tournament trend was apparent, as reported domestic abuse incidents increased in frequency with each new tournament, they added.

They compared domestic violence reports on days that the English team played in the World Cup and days that it did not.

All the researchers pointed out that alcohol can play a role, as can a number of various factors.
The use of the Poisson regression model did not fit the data, so the Lancaster academics discarded it.

Based on the second regression method, the researchers concluded that "although there are numerous methodological issues surrounding the accurate identification and collection of incidents, the study provides a statistically significant finding that domestic abuse does increase in England on the days when the English national team played in the foreign tournament."

One confounding fact is that domestic violence always is greater on the weekends than during the week, and seven of the 13 World Cup games in 2002, 2006 and 2010 used in the complex mathematic formulas were on Saturdays and Sundays.


Administration acts to study electrical price options
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In response to the power prices that loom over home and business owners each month, Costa Rican officials have decided to create a committee that will search for alternative pricing models in hopes of cutting down on electricity costs.

During the weekly press conference at Casa Presidencial Tuesday, Édgar Gutiérrez, the minister of Ambiente y Energía,  joined some fellow politicians to announce their plan. He said the group will look into the country's current energy make-up, possible alternatives through gas, geothermal, wind, and solar energies, and how to calculate new rates.

“Costa Rica has to put out on the table what we plan to do with energy forces and which ones shall make up our electric grid,” Gutiérrez said. “We are now working on a national program that will educate the population on the efficient use of energy, as the president requested.”

Though President Luis Guillermo Solís was busy  attending the presidential inauguration in
 Panamá, the commission's creation stemmed from his directive. Members are set to include representatives from the energy ministry, from related chambers and from local universities.

At the end of the investigation, the panel is expected to relay a list of cost revisions, performance indicators, and impacts of alternative energies into the nation's energy company, the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

Solís and government officials have reiterated that any new energy structure will not depend on petroleum.

Also accompanying Gutiérrez on Tuesday were Vice President Helio Fallas and Melvin Jiménez, minister of the Presidencia, who said this has been a growing worry for Costa Ricans over the past few years, but the government wants to make sure any solutions are not quick patch-up jobs.

“This is something we need to resolve for the long-term, not just for as long as this administration is in office,” Jiménez said.


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Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís met with U. S. Secretary of State John Kerry during the presidential inauguration in Panamá Tuesday. Kerry is calling on Central American nations to address a growing immigration crisis that has seen thousands of unaccompanied children arrive illegally across the U.S. border.

“We hope to continue working with the Central American and Mexican governments to address the complex root causes of migration and identify ways the United States and countries in the region can more effectively contribute to the effort,” said Jen Psaki, the spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, at a Monday press conference.

In Panama the newly elected Juan Carlos Varela was officially sworn in Tuesday. The 50-year-old Varela is the former vice president who had served under Ricardo Martinelli since 2009.

Kerry also met with the presidents of El Salvador and Guatemala and the foreign minister of Honduras.

Appearing alongside the Central American leaders, Kerry acknowledged the region's struggles with violence and poverty. He said the U.S. understands people who want to look for a better life. But he said the children flooding the U.S. border are being exploited and put in great danger.

"There are rules of law and there is a process, and there is false information that is being spread about benefits that might be available to these young people who are looking for that better life,” Kerry said.

“We need to work together to communicate to our people, to try to apply the law, and most importantly, to work with each of these countries to address the fundamental, underlying causes of this particular challenge."

Most of the children who have crossed into the United States recently have come from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

El Salvador's President Salvador Sánchez Cerén said the three countries already have taken some measures since they learned of the situation.

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina said the three nations' foreign ministers will visit Washington this week. He said there are also discussions about joint meetings among the three countries on security programs, as well as economic teams to generate investment and employment opportunities — a step he said "helps to avoid this type of immigration."

The arrival of so many children has overwhelmed U.S. immigration officials, but under U.S. law the immigrants cannot be immediately sent back to their home countries. Some of the children may be reunited with parents already living in the United States.

President Barack Obama, meanwhile, is asking Congress for new authority to deport such children.

In a letter to congressional leaders Monday, Obama said the U.S. has the legal and moral obligation to care for the 52,000 unaccompanied children and 39,000 women with children who have crossed into the United States along its southwestern border with Mexico since October.

But he asked Congress for new funding that could total $2 billion for an aggressive deterrence strategy to carry out deportations and curb the migration.

In the United States, the situation has reignited the political debate over immigration.

Republicans say Obama's moves to ease immigration rules have encouraged Central Americans to flee violence in their countries and make the risky trip to the U.S.

But Obama puts the blame on Republicans for refusing to pass legislation to reform the U.S. immigration system.

And the president is now pledging to act without Congress. He said Monday he has asked Homeland Security Secretary Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder for recommendations on possible executive actions he could take.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visited Guatemala two weeks ago and warned that those crossing the border would be detained. He also announced that the U.S. government is looking to assist countries in the region by solving underlying issues like poverty and violence that make migrants flee.


High seas predicted for end of week

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Ocean experts at the Universidad de Costa Rica say that both coasts can expect high seas Friday and thereafter.

The choppy conditions in the Caribbean are blamed on a high-pressure area in the North Atlantic and a low-pressure area near Colombia.

In the Pacific a low -pressure system in the south is producing waves of up to 12 to 16 meters. These will be reduced to about 3.5 meters, about 11.5 feet, when they reach Costa Rica, said the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología. The waves will be less in the central and north Pacific, the Centro said.

On both coasts, a small-boat warning has been issued, and bathers are urged to use caution, said the Centro.

The Centro also said that although the waves are not expected to be high, there might be some difficulties at high tides.

The Centro urged coastal dwellers to be vigilant.


Load of cocaine confiscated off Coco

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U. S. Coast Guard seized more than two tons of cocaine from a fishing boat found off the coast of Isla del Coco Monday.

Three Costa Ricans and one Nicaraguan who were aboard the vessel were detained. Two of them were said to be from Quepos while another lives in Puntarenas.

A Fuerza Pública report detailed that there was 2,300 kilograms of cocaine onboard when the U.S. patrol searched the ship named Goliat. The drugs were separated into 113 packs with about 20 kilograms in each container.


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Guanacaste monkey study suggests that bugs built human brains
 By the University of Washington at St. Louis news service

Figuring out how to survive on a lean-season diet of hard-to-reach ants, slugs and other bugs may have spurred the development of bigger brains and higher-level cognitive functions in the ancestors of humans and other primates, suggests research from Washington University in St. Louis.

“Challenges associated with finding food have long been recognized as important in shaping evolution of the brain and cognition in primates, including humans,” said Amanda D. Melin, assistant professor of anthropology and lead author of the study.

“Our work suggests that digging for insects when food was scarce may have contributed to hominid cognitive evolution and set the stage for advanced tool use.”

Based on a five-year study of capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica, the research provides support for an evolutionary theory that links the development of sensorimotor skills, such as increased manual dexterity, tool use, and innovative problem solving, to the creative challenges of foraging for insects and other foods that are buried, embedded or otherwise hard to procure.

Published in the June 2014 Journal of Human Evolution, the study is the first to provide detailed evidence from the field on how seasonal changes in food supplies influence the foraging patterns of wild capuchin monkeys.

The study is co-authored by biologist Hilary C. Young and
anthropologists Krisztina N. Mosdossy and Linda M. Fedigan, all from the University of Calgary, Canada.

It notes that many human populations also eat embedded insects on a seasonal basis and suggests that this practice played a key role in human evolution.

“We find that capuchin monkeys eat embedded insects year-round but intensify their feeding seasonally, during the time that their preferred food – ripe fruit – is less abundant,” Ms. Melin said. “These results suggest embedded insects are an important fallback food.”

Previous research has shown that fallback foods help shape the evolution of primate body forms, including the development of strong jaws, thick teeth and specialized digestive systems in
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primates whose fallback diets rely mainly on vegetation.

This study suggests that fallback foods can also play an important role in shaping brain evolution among primates that fall back on insect-based diets, and that this influence is most pronounced among primates that evolve in habitats with wide seasonal variations, such as the wet-dry cycles found in some South American forests.


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An adult female tufted capuchin monkey of the Sapajus lineage using a stone tool and a sandstone anvil to crack a palm nut as her infant hangs on.


“Capuchin monkeys are excellent models for examining evolution of brain size and intelligence for their small body size, they have impressively large brains,” Ms. Melin said. “Accessing hidden and well-protected insects living in tree branches and under bark is a cognitively demanding task, but provides a high-quality reward: fat and protein, which is needed to fuel big brains.”

But when it comes to using tools, not all capuchin monkey strains and lineages are created equal, and Ms. Melin’s theories may explain why.

Perhaps the most notable difference between the robust (tufted, genus Sapajus) and gracile (untufted, genus Cebus) capuchin lineages is their variation in tool use. While Cebus monkeys are known for clever food-foraging tricks, such as banging snails or fruits against branches, they can’t hold a stick to their Sapajus cousins when it comes to the innovative use and modification of sophisticated tools.

One explanation, Ms. Melin said, is that Cebus capuchins have historically and consistently occupied tropical rain forests, whereas the Sapajus lineage spread from their origins in the Atlantic rainforest into drier, more temperate and seasonal habitat types.

“Primates who extract foods in the most seasonal environments are expected to experience the strongest selection in the sensorimotor intelligence domain, which includes cognition related to object handling,” Ms. Melin said. “This may explain the occurrence of tool use in some capuchin lineages, but not in others.”

Genetic analysis of mitochondrial chromosomes suggests that the Sapajus-Cebus diversification occurred millions of years ago in the late Miocene epoch.

“We predict that the last common ancestor of Cebus and Sapajus had a level of SMI more closely resembling extant Cebus monkeys, and that further expansion of SMI evolved in the robust lineage to facilitate increased access to varied embedded fallback foods, necessitated by more intense periods of fruit shortage,” she said.

One of the more compelling modern examples of this behavior, said Ms. Melin, is the seasonal consumption of termites by chimpanzees, whose use of tools to extract this protein-rich food source is an important survival technique in harsh environments.

While it’s hard to decipher the extent of seasonal dietary variations from the fossil record, stable isotope analyses indicate seasonal variation in diet for at least one South African hominid, Paranthropus robustus. Other isotopic research suggests that early human diets may have included a range of extractable foods, such as termites, plant roots and tubers.

Modern humans frequently consume insects, which are seasonally important when other animal foods are limited.

This study suggests that the ingenuity required to survive on a diet of elusive insects has been a key factor in the development of uniquely human skills:

It may well have been bugs that helped build the brains.


Former director named to again head Museo Nacional
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

María del Rocío Fernández Salazar has been named to again head the Museo Nacional.

Her appointment comes at a time when the country seeks to capitalize on the major publicity that has been given to the pre-Columbian Delta del Diquís culture and the stone spheres there.
Ms. Fernández was museum director from 2008 to 2010 in the Óscar Arias Sánchez administration. The appointment was by Elizabeth Fonseca, the minister of Cultura y Juventud.

Ms. Fernández is not an anthropologist or archaeologist, She is a journalist and has worked at La Nación and other publications, according to the ministry. At the Universidad de Costa Rica, she specialized in cultural journalism, an announcement said.

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Reduction in harmful  traffic noise is goal of Swedish university report
By the Chalmers University of Technology

Traffic noise is the second biggest environmental problem in the EU, according to World Health Organization. After air pollution, noise is affecting health the most. But legislation regarding noise pollution is insufficient. A new report shows how negative health effects of noise can be reduced. Several means are easiest to apply in dense cities.

Cars today produce as much noise on the outside as they did 40 years ago. However, heavy vehicles have become somewhat quieter. The number of people exposed to noise pollution in cities remains high. Traffic noise is today linked to stress-related health problems such as stroke and heart disease.

“In recent years, the scientific basis for assessment has broadened considerably. But the legislation to protect residents of unhealthy noise levels is completely inadequate,” says Tor Kihlman, professor emeritus of applied acoustics at Chalmers in Sweden.

Last fall, Kihlman and Wolfgang Kropp initiated a meeting between international experts from the automotive industry, universities and government agencies in Innsbruck to discuss technical possibilities to achieve better urban environments. 

No simple technical solution exists for solving the traffic noise problem – neither at the source nor for preventing noise from reaching ears. In order to achieve improvements, concerted actions from everyone involved are required, but such coordination of actions is lacking today and the division of responsibilities is unclear, says Tor Kihlman.

“Many of the needed measures are ideal for implementation in dense cities. They are often in line with what is required to tackle climate change. Here are double benefits to point to,” says Kihlman, mentioning three examples: the procurement of quiet public transport, reduced speed, and the usage of buildings as effective noise barriers, through good urban planning.

The new report describes the first steps needed, politically, for
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society to move towards substantially reduced health effects caused by traffic noise.

“The problems with traffic noise from roads cannot be satisfactory resolved by only taking actions at the source of the noise, not with foreseeable technology. Therefore, the report is also covering planning and construction measures. But today’s methods of measuring and describing the noise emissions are neither sufficient nor adequate from the exposed citizens’ point of view, says  Kihlman.

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The Hidden Garden Art Gallery near the Liberia airport is a great place to find quality remembrances of Costa Rica to take home or to decorate your home or office in Costa Rica.  We also offer commissioned pieces so you can create your own unique masterpiece to cherish forever.  With more than 60 artists on exhibit and fine art in 15 rooms full of paintings, prints, sculptures, and diverse artistic expressions, we are easy to locate just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport. Visit our Web site at
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EU Human Rights Court
upholds French burqa ban

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld France's ban on the Muslim burqa and other full-face coverings in public.

The Strasbourg court ruled Tuesday that the ban does not violate religious freedom. It says the French government's desire to encourage people to live together is a legitimate reason for the ban.

Decisions by the court cannot be appealed.

A French Muslim woman brought suit against the ban. Her lawyer argued that the burqa is as much a part of her identity as her own DNA.

French authorities banned the veil in public in 2012, calling it a security risk because it conceals the wearer's identity.

France has Europe's largest Muslim population, but is officially a secular country


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Vice Chief of Naval Operations  Michelle Howard

First female four-star admiral
is now second in command

 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

For the first time in its 236-year history, the U.S. Navy has a woman as its second-highest ranking officer. Michelle Howard was promoted Tuesday to a four-star admiral and assumed her new duties as vice chief of naval operations.

Ms. Howard received her fourth star at a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery with her family and fellow servicemen.

"If you don't believe today was the first, when I called to order, a four-star shoulder board for women, they didn't exist.  A special contract was let, and you folks are seeing the first set in the history of the United States Navy," said Ms. Howard.

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus was the promoting officer.

"The Navy picked the best officer to be the VCNO. That's the only thing that happened here today," said Mabus.

Since 1982, when she graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, Ms. Howard has achieved many historic firsts in her career. She was the first African-American woman to achieve three-star rank in the U.S. armed forces, as well as being the first woman to achieve the rank of admiral in the Navy. She also was the first African-American woman to command a naval ship.

Chief of Naval Operations Jonathan Greenert said the honors mean extra obligations.

“She will bear the burden of a role model, and she is ready to bear that very well, and I am very excited about that because we need lots more women in the Navy,” said Greenert.

Ms. Howard was in the Pentagon during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack, and in 2009 participated in the naval task force dispatched to rescue the U.S.-flagged merchant vessel Maersk Alabama and its captain Richard Phillips, who had been kidnapped by Somali pirates.

"I was just three days in the job when we got word that Captain Philips had been kidnapped," recalled Ms. Howard.

American women serving in the military have broken many barriers in recent years and can compete for positions that once were closed to them. Ms. Howard said her promotion can serve as further encouragement.

Ms. Howard is the third woman in the U.S. military to reach a four-star rank. One is in the Army and the other in the Air Force.

“We, as a Navy and as a nation, have just got to quit wasting the talent and the ability based on race or gender or anything else," said Mabus.

Officials from all military service branches have announced plans to open combat positions to women who meet physical or performance standards by 2016. 


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Touch is part of the experience

Virtual lab considers ideas
for future military projects

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Mixed Reality Lab at University of Southern California's Institute for Creative Technologies is developing a futuristic workspace for the Navy using virtual reality.

Called E2C2, codename "Blueshark," the project's goal is to see how virtual reality can transform the way the Navy communicates and collaborates, elements both essential to warfare.

Recently members of the public, such as film student Dean Moro, got a sneak preview of the possibilities.

“Your eyes are fully immersed in fully stereoscopic 3-D environment and once your eyes are there, your mind is there," said Moro, utilizing a workstation replete with headset, gloves and sensors. "Your ears are there, you’re being guided by a sergeant who has a computer voice but nonetheless it works. And probably the most potent about this experience in particular is that your touch is there as well."

According to lab director Mark Bolas, the aim is to imagine technology that will be available in 15 years so Navy ships can become lighter, better protected and provide more information to sailors to help them make better decisions.

”Instead of looking at data on 2-D screens, for example, you can have it floating as a 3-D map in front of you," he said. “If you’re going to build a ship, you better be thinking about the design of that ship at least 15 years before you build it because that’s how long it’s going to take to make it.”

Bolas and his team visited different types of ships to learn about real world problems and how virtual reality and 3-D models can help, from ship design to more operational improvements, including using strategically-placed cameras.

“In our demonstration here you can see that you can put yourself in the eyeball of a drone that’s out miles away from the ship but instead of trying to figure from some video feed what the drone is seeing you’re actually flying in that drone,” Bolas said.

The new software and hardware in the near future may also mean the end of computer monitors, he added.

“Any dumb surface can become an active surface by knowing where you’re touching by tracking the hand and knowing you’re pushing against it," he said.

For Moro the film student, the possibilities aren't limited to the armed forces. He sees a range of industries benefiting from this kind of workspace of the future.

“This is maybe a more productive way for creative people to work," he said. "Because you’re using your entire body to work instead of hunched over at a laptop typing.”

Lab director Bolas says many of these virtual reality technologies may hit the commercial market before they end up on a Navy ship.


Fitness in children linked
to success in academics


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Numerous studies show children across the world are becoming less fit, result is a spike in obesity, diabetes and other related diseases.

That's why schools across the U.S., such as Lincoln Elementary in Redondo Beach, California, have instituted programs like the walking school bus in which kids carry a large cardboard cutout of a school bus and join other kids along the way.

Parents see it as a way to get the kids exercising in the morning, while kids see it as a way to have fun and talk to their friends on the way to school.

Experts say parents and schools have to find ways to keep kids active, even if they are participating in interactive exercise programs, like the WII Fit jogging program.

The World Health Organization recommends that children between the ages of 5 and 17 should do at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each day.

A study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control shows that most American children are physically unfit.

Yet studies on children and exercise show that fitness contributes to more than good physical health.

Researchers at the U.S. Institute of Medicine looked at children's exercise programs and found they actually help students academically. University of Texas epidemiology professor Harold Kohl led the study.

"The evidence is really emerging in the last five or six years," he said. "Both cognitive studies, brain imaging studies and others show the acute effects that a bout or two of physical activity has on blood profusion in the brain — in the centers that really help children learn to recall things faster and think faster."

Kohl says that overall, physically active kids are more likely to achieve their full academic potential compared to children who are not physically active.

Another study from the University of Illinois shows similar results, according to Community Health Professor Charles Hillman.

"We find that following a bout of walking, children have higher academic achievement scores in reading and mathematics," he said.

Hillman says children in his study who had regular physical activity improved academically, but he also says when teachers build physical activity into the classroom or get children to exercise before class, they are then at their peak for learning.


Hong Kong police arrest
500 in pro-democracy rally


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Police in Hong Kong arrested more than 500 protesters from an overnight sit-in early Wednesday that followed a massive pro-democracy rally.

The protesters were charged with illegal assembly and obstructing police after vowing to stay in the city's financial district until 8 a.m.

Most protesters did not put up a struggle. Others, chanting political slogans, had to be dragged away from the Chater Road protest site.

Organizers say 510,000 people attended the protest on the 17th anniversary of the former British colony's return to Chinese governance.

Police put the figure at just under 100,000.

The annual protest took on added significance this year amid a campaign to pressure Beijing to allow Hong Kong residents to elect their leader.

Many of the protesters chanted anti-China slogans and carried signs demanding real democracy as they marched from Victoria Park to the financial district.

The protest follows an unofficial referendum in which nearly 800,000 Hong Kong residents voted to be allowed more control over the nomination of candidates in a 2017 election.

Beijing says it will fulfill its promise to allow the semi-autonomous territory to elect its leader in 2017, but insists only mainland-approved candidates can run.

Chinese state media on Wednesday quoted mainland officials as saying Tuesday's protest shows the civil and political rights of Hong Kong residents are respected.

But Zhang Xiaoming, Beijing's top official in Hong Kong, said any decision concerning the 2017 election would not be affected by the size of the protest or the referendum.

Mass protests have, in the past, convinced Beijing to alter its policies toward Hong Kong. In 2003, half a million people showed up for a pro-democracy protest, prompting China to scrap proposed anti-subversion laws.

But this time Communist Party leaders appear to be standing firm.

The party last month issued a white paper emphasizing its comprehensive jurisdiction over Hong Kong, which it stressed did not enjoy full autonomy.

Hong Kong residents enjoy more civil and political rights than their counterparts on the mainland due to Beijing's 1997 agreement with Britain.

But discontent with perceived Chinese interference in Hong Kong is rising and a heavy-handed response by the mainland could trigger more protests.

Occupy Central, a coalition of protest groups, has threatened to shut down the city's financial district later this year if its demands for electoral reforms are not met.


Iraq turns to the Russians
for air power against rebels


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Sunni militants bent on establishing an Islamic caliphate are putting pressure on Baghdad. It has nervous Iraqi officials looking for help anywhere they can find it, even if it means turning away from the United States.

In the skies over Baghdad, there are signs of hope, not from the U.S., but from the Russians.

For weeks, Iraqi officials have simmered over a lack of U.S. air strikes against the militants.

In Washington, Iraqi ambassador Lukman Faily made no apologies for seeking help elsewhere.

“We have a need.  There is a void. If the U.S. can’t fill that void, whomever is available, including Russia, then they are welcome to fill that void,” said Faily.

The safety of Baghdad and its surroundings has been a growing concern, and U.S. military officials acknowledge the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is posing problems by its sheer presence.

“We continue to see ISIL putting pressure on Baghdad from the north and the west.  That hasn’t let up,” said Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby.

The Islamic State of Iraq continued its show of force across the border in Syria, where it paraded captured weapons while an audio recording of its leader, posted on the Internet, called on Muslims to join his self-declared caliphate.

“I understand they’ve declared this caliphate.  But declaring it doesn’t make it so,” said Kirby.

Still, the U.S isn’t taking any chances, saying 300 new troops being sent to Baghdad will have the support of drones and Apache attack helicopters to protect the embassy, facilities at the Baghdad airport and personnel.

As for Iraq’s allegations the U.S. isn’t doing enough, Pentagon officials say U.S. military advisers are still assessing the threat and Iraq’s needs and that the Iraqis can talk to whomever they like as long as those countries do nothing to further inflame sectarian tensions.

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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
island one
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

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 
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8263-8/20/14

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U.S., despite super goaltending, falls
to Belgium and two extra time shots
 

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

World Cup drama remained alive Tuesday in Brazil, with Argentina and Belgium winning in extra time to advance to the quarterfinals.

It was the final day of competition in the opening round of the knockout stage, in which five of the eight contests were decided in extra time.

Argentina beat Switzerland in Sao Paulo, 1-0, after breaking through in the 118th minute. Superstar striker Lionel Messi set up the winner with a pass to the right of the box to Angel Di Maria, who blasted it into the corner of the net.

Switzerland had a free kick from the top of the box in the waning moments, but it was blocked by the Argentine wall.

The two teams waged a tight, scoreless battle through regulation and nearly all of extra time. The Argentines thought in advance that the game would be decided following the first 90 minutes, according to Di Maria.

"We know that this could happen to us, but we gave our souls out there on the pitch, we fought with our lives for each ball, and we ended up as the winners," Di Maria said.

Swiss coach Ottmar Hitzfeld praised Argentina, which has won all four of its matches in this year's World Cup.

"We made life very tough on them," Hitzfeld said. "They kept their cool. It shows Argentina has a good team."

Argentina will now meet Belgium in the quarterfinals. The game is a rematch of their 1986 World Cup semifinal match, when Argentina beat Belgium, 2-0, and went on to win the World Cup led by the legendary Diego Maradona. It is the last time the Argentines captured the championship.

In Salvador Tuesday, Belgium took a 2-0 lead in extra time and held on to eliminate the United States, 2-1.

The Belgians applied relentless pressure on U.S. goalie Tim Howard. Howard responded by putting forth one of the greatest efforts by a goalie in World Cup history with 16 saves.

But Belgium beat him in the third minute of extra time when Kevin De Bruyne scored following a pass from substitute Romelu Kukaku. A few minutes later, De Bruyne returned the favor with a pass to Kukaku, whose goal gave Belgium a 2-0 edge.

The U.S. did not fold. Forward Julian Green scored in the 107th minute to create a 2-1 game, becoming at age 19 one of the youngest players ever to score in the World Cup. Sparked by Green's goal, the Americans generated other good scoring opportunities as the clock wound down. Belgian goalie Thibaut Courtois, one of the best in the world, made an excellent save on Clint Dempsey to prevent the game from going into a penalty shootout.

The U.S. had a chance to win in stoppage time, but forward Chris Wondolowski sent a point-blank shot over the cross bar.

Afterward, U.S. coach Jurgen Klinsmann described Howard's performance as phenomenal.

"He had an absolutely amazing match, you can give him the biggest compliments in the world," Klinsmann said. "He kept us in the game over the 120 minutes."

The Americans were hoping to get a boost from star forward Jozy Altidore, who suffered a hamstring injury in the team's opening win against Ghana and was medically cleared to play Tuesday. But Altidore did not play against the Belgians. Against Belgium, the U.S. also lost standout Fabian Johnson to a hamstring injury.

All of the quarterfinal matchups are now set. On Friday, France takes on Germany in Rio de Janeiro and Colombia faces Brazil in Fortaleza. On Saturday in Salvador, surprising Costa Rica plays the Netherlands, the 2010 runner-up, and Argentina plays Belgium in Brasilia.

Brazil, the consensus favorite to win it all, is seeking an unprecedented sixth World Cup championship.


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