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Rain-soaked residents are waiting for better weather
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 1,600 residents of northeastern Costa Rica are remaining in shelters until they see a break in the weather.

A tropical wave, a trough of low pressure, passed over the country Wednesday and brought more rain to the northern zone and the Caribbean where there has been at least three periods of flooding since mid-June.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said it expected more rain overnight and through today. The  Ríos Chirripó and Reventazón were reported rising again.
The national emergency commission said there were about 1,600 persons in 14 shelters Wednesday, mainly in  Matina, Siquírres, Sarapiquí, Limón and Turrialba.

Most planned to stay for at least another night while the weather stabilizes.

More landslides closed Ruta 32 early in the day, but they were expected to be cleared.

The Cruz Roja said it rescued 36 trapped persons over the last few days. Cruz Roja crews were busy bringing mattresses, water, diapers and other necessities to residents in flooded areas.

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Solís orders traffic police to end protest blockades
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Luis Guillermo Solís blamed blockading taxi drivers for forcing a helicopter ambulance flight Wednesday.

The president did not go far enough. The security ministry said that two persons died Wednesday afternoon when the driver tried to avoid a taxi blockade and pulled in front of a tractor trailer. The two women in the front seats of the car died, and two children suffered injuries.

Solís took to the airwaves Wednesday night to explain why he has ordered traffic police to break up any future blockades by so-called informal taxi drivers, the porteadores.

The drivers blocked roads all over the country Wednesday protesting a decision by the Procuraduría General de la República.

They are calling on the central government to ignore the ruling, something Solís said he could not do.

This is the latest in a long-running conflict between licensed taxi drivers and porteadores that began when a long-ago government declined to enforce the licensing laws.

The Procuraduría General, basically the government's lawyer, ruled that just 30 percent of the existing  porteador vehicles, some 1,324, could remain in service.

Solís made a quickly arranged television speech in which he deplored the actions by the drivers. He noted that the country is facing two weather emergencies, heavy rain on the Caribbean coast and drought along the

Pacific.  And, he noted, more rain is coming.

Despite the emergencies, the  porteadores blockaded routes to hospitals, ports and workplaces even in the areas affected by the rain or the drought, he said.

Principal blockades were on the Circunvalación in San José, on the Costanera Sur on the Pacific coast, on the Bernardo Soto highway west of Juan Santamaría airport and at Casa Presidencial in Zapote. It was on the Bernardo Soto where the fatal accident happened about 3 p.m. in Villa Bonita in Alajuela.

Drivers of emergency vehicles had trouble getting to the crash scene. The security ministry sent a helicopter from the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea to carry the most seriously injured child to Hospital Nacional de Niños in San José.

The craft landed in the middle of Paso Colón.

The blockades lasted about 12 hours, and central government officials spent much of the day in discussions with the driver union, the  Servicio Especial Estable de Taxi.

Solís in his talk said the central government would not give in to pressure or fail to enforce the law. He left the door open to discussions but asked the porteadores to refrain from more blockades.

Licensed taxi drivers see the  porteadores as unfair competition. The government has set up a system to legalize the informal taxi drivers, but the Procuraduría General's ruling partly reversed this plan. Licensed taxi drivers also have been known to set up blockades to protest the porteadores.

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Sala IV freezes expat expulsion hearing

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In what most certainly is a speed record for the Costa Rica judiciary, the Sala IV responded within 24 hours with a nearly 2,000 word order in the case of two expats being haled before the Talamanca council.

The Sala IV preliminary ruling froze an effort by the Municipalidad de Talamanca to hold a hearing Wednesday afternoon on expat residents Carol Meeds and Philippe Vangoidsenhoven.

As the Sala IV sardonically notes in the Tuesday decision, the pair are accused by the municipality of being environmentalists. The court noted that the municipal council has been trying to declare the pair personas non gratas but that there have been no administrative or jurisdictional procedures to show that they have done anything wrong.

The pair's lawyer, José María Villalta, had delivered on Monday a Sala IV appeal over the hearing Wednesday, and the court issued the lengthy decision Tuesday afternoon.

Last March 6 the council declared the pair to be unwelcome in the canton. The Sala IV constitutional court quickly reversed that municipal action April 24 and said in passing that the two expats had not been give the right of response.

So the council on a motion by the council president, Carlos Cascante, and the mayor, Melvin Cordero, sought to give them what it called the right to defense. That decision was made June 26 and the hearing was set for Wednesday at 1 p.m.

Both the expats have been active in making many environmental complaints.

The Sala IV noted that in neither case did the municipality make any concrete allegations that could be contested with evidence.  It said the bulk of the allegations consisted of 22 pages of a petition signed by other residents.

The court decision ordered the municipal officials to remit in three days copies of allegations and evidence that might exists about the pair and warned against perjury. In an unusual twist, it said that the declarations have to be made personally by municipal officials and not their lawyers.

So far, the court order said, the municipality's actions lacked due process.

      'The Arrival of the Pilgrims in America,' by Antonio Gisbert (1834-1902)
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Many think God made U.S. special

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Last year at the U.S. Military Academy, President Barack Obama said, “I believe in American exceptionalism with every fiber of my being.”

A majority of Americans seem to share that belief. Six in 10 agree with the notion that God has granted America a special role in human history.

“Fundamentally, if there is one thing that has been traditionally what makes America unique in the world, it’s this idea that we as Americans have a special relationship with God,” said Dan Cox, research director at the Public Religion Research Institute, which studied the subject, “that we are supposed to make a difference, that we are sort of first among equals in the world and it goes back to the pilgrims really.”

The Pilgrims came to North America from England in 1620 to avoid religious persecution and established a colony in what is now Plymouth, Massachusetts. The Pilgrims are credited with leading the way in establishing religious freedom and laying the foundations of  American democracy.

John Winthrop, first governor of the Massachusetts Bay colony, delivered a sermon declaring that his fellow settlers must establish a city on the hill. This notion of being a beacon of light suggests that the American colonists and the people who followed them were uniquely blessed by God to establish a society that would better all humankind.

The concept of American exceptionalism also has secular roots. In his 1776 revolutionary manifesto "Common Sense," Thomas Paine argued America’s difference from the Old World demanded that it be independent from it. He perceived America as a unique land where humankind could begin again, establishing a society built on progressive new ideas.

Others believe the idea of American exceptionalism first appeared in the 1830s, when "Democracy in America" author Alexis de Tocqueville wrote, “The position of the Americans is therefore quite exceptional, and it may be believed that no democratic people will ever be placed in a similar one.”

Whatever its exact origin, for many, the idea of American exceptionalism became, and remains, central to the national identity.

“You’ve seen it the second half of the 20th century, espoused by politicians quite frequently,” said Cox. “It’s this belief that, yeah, there’s something unique about being American, that our religiosity, our morality, our economic strength, all makes us something different in the world and you still see people really holding on to that idea, and I think you’ll continue to.”

However, not all Americans are on board with the the notion that the United States is inherently unique or exceptional when compared to other countries. One-third do not believe a higher being has given America a special role in human history.

Not surprisingly, religious people are far more likely to believe in American exceptionalism than people who consider themselves to be religiously unaffiliated. Eighty-three percent of white evangelical Protestants agree that God has granted the country a special role in human history, while a majority (53 percent) of religiously unaffiliated Americans disagree.

South Carolina votes to banish flag

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Lawmakers in South Carolina's House of Representatives have approved a measure to remove the Civil War-era Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol in Columbia.

The bill passed early this morning by a vote of 94-20 on its third and final reading after more than 13 hours of contentious debate.  Opponents of the bill, which was overwhelmingly approved by the state senate on Tuesday, offered more than 60 amendments during the debate aimed at delaying or possibly scuttling its eventual passage.

"It is a new day in South Carolina," Gov. Nikki Haley said on her Facebook page, "a day we can all be proud of, a day that truly brings us all together as we continue to heal, as one people and one state."

Today's vote caps an intense effort that began after nine parishioners of a black church in nearby Charleston were fatally shot during Bible study June 17.  Photos later emerged showing the alleged white gunman, Dylann Roof, holding the Confederate flag, which many blacks consider a symbol of the American South's era of slavery and white supremacy.

Gov. Haley had called for the flag's removal after the massacre, rejecting the views of supporters who say it symbolizes the South's history and heritage.  The flag will be removed within 24 hours of Gov. Haley signing the bill into law, and it will be placed in a museum.

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International help would take care of  the bridges

La República: International credit and the help of Korean experts are ways the government hopes to tackle the problem of bridges of which 75 percent are in poor condition.

Music and company to relieve the pain

La Prensa Libre: Cancer patients at Hospital San Juan de Dios and Hospital México enjoyed a magic show and music this morning.

The software company GPE to open business in Costa Rica

El Financiero: GEP, a firm that provides consulting, outsourcing and software procurement and management, announced it will set up a service center in the country later this year.

Cartago band travels to play Italian melodies

La Prensa Libre:  Melodies of the 19th century are on the program when the Banda Concierto de Cartago visits  Coto Brus and Corredores from July 16 to 24.

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Government says it has figured out what to do with Chinese cash
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

When President Luis Guillermo Solís visited Chia, his hosts offered $24 million in aid.

Now the central government has come up with six projects for which it will use the money. The government said that the selected projects were ones already planned and ready to be set up, mostly in rural areas.

The first is a network of education institutions, mainly technical schools in various parts of the country.

The second is storage facilities for water in the parts of the country that are being ravaged by drought. The third is a metropolitan park in  los Diques de Cartago.

The remaining three relate to the country's fishing industry. The proposals are for building a market, setting up a laboratory and developing outlets for fish in several parts of the country.

Personnel from the Chinese embassy have considered the proposals and forwarded them to their country. They have proposed starting by the end of the year, Costa Rican officials said.

Rare plants form the basis for a new Museo Nacional exhibit
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Museo Nacional is hosting an exhibition of 18 photos of extinct or nearly extinct plants compiled by artist Carolina Guillermet.

Some of the photos are of very rare specimens. The museum said that one plant, with the scientific name of  Pradosia argentea, was collected in 1799 and 1804 by the famous Alexander Von Humboldt and his associate Bonpland Aimé Jacques Alexandre. The plant was kept in the Berlin herbarium, which was destroyed in World War II, the museum said. Only a single leaf, captured in one of the 18 photos, remains because the plant has not been seen again.
The museum maintains its own botanical garden, and it has an extensive collection of plant-related texts, diaries and specimens, some coming from the 19th century. Ms. Guillermet used some of these resources.

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Ice cores date centuries of global cooling caused by volcanoes
By the  Desert Research Institute news staff

That large volcanic eruptions contribute to climate variability is well-known. However, quantifying these contributions has proven challenging due to inconsistencies in both historic atmospheric data observed in ice cores and corresponding temperature variations seen in such measurement tools as tree rings.

Published in the journal Nature, a new study led by scientists from the Desert Research Institute and collaborating international institutions resolves these inconsistencies with a new reconstruction of the timing of nearly 300 individual volcanic eruptions extending as far back as the early Roman period.

"Using new records we are able to show that large volcanic eruptions in the tropics and high latitudes were the dominant drivers of climate variability, responsible for numerous and widespread summer cooling extremes over the past 2,500 years," said the study's lead author Michael Sigl, an assistant research professor at the institute.

"These cooler temperatures were caused by large amounts of volcanic sulfate particles injected into the upper atmosphere," Sigl added, "shielding the Earth's surface from incoming solar radiation."

The study shows that 15 of the 16 coldest summers recorded between 500 B.C. and 1,000 A.D. followed large volcanic eruptions with four of the coldest occurring shortly after the largest volcanic events found in record.

This new reconstruction is derived from more than 20 individual ice cores extracted from ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica and analyzed for volcanic sulfate primarily using a state-of-the-art ice-core analytical system. These ice-core records provide a year-by-year history of atmospheric sulfate levels through time. Additional measurements including other chemical parameters were made at collaborating institutions.

"We used a new method for producing the timescale," explained Mai Winstrup, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, Seattle. "Previously, this has been done by hand, but we used a statistical algorithm instead. Together with the state-of-the-art ice core chemistry measurements, this resulted in a more accurate dating of the ice cores."

"Using a multidisciplinary approach was key to the success of this project," added Sigl.

In total, a diverse research group of 24 scientists from 18 universities and research institutes in the United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, and Sweden contributed to this work, including specialists from the solar, space, climate, and geological sciences, as well as historians.

The authors note that identification of new evidence found in both ice cores and corresponding tree rings allowed constraints and verification of their new age scale.

"With the discovery of a distinctive signature in the ice-core records from an extra-terrestrial cosmic ray event, we had a critical time marker that we used to significantly improve the dating accuracy of the ice-core chronologies," explained

Kees Welten, an associate research chemist from the University of California, Berkeley.

A signature from this same event had been identified earlier in various tree-ring chronologies dating to 774-775.

"Ice-core timescales had been misdated previously by five to 10 years during the first millennium leading to inconsistencies in the proposed timing of volcanic eruptions relative to written documentary and tree-ring evidence recording the climatic responses to the same eruptions," explained Francis Ludlow, a postdoctoral fellow from the Yale Climate & Energy Institute.

Throughout human history, sustained volcanic cooling effects on climate have triggered crop failures and famines. These events may have also contributed to pandemics and societal decline in agriculture-based communities.

Together with Conor Kostick from the University of Nottingham, Ludlow translated and interpreted ancient and medieval documentary records from China, Babylon and Europe that described unusual atmospheric observations as early as 254 B.C. These phenomena included diminished sunlight, discoloration of the solar disk, the presence of solar coronas, and deeply red twilight skies.

Tropical volcanoes and large eruptions in the Northern Hemisphere high latitudes (such as Iceland and North America) in 536, 626, and 939 , for example, often caused severe and widespread summer cooling in the Northern Hemisphere by injecting sulfate and ash into the high atmosphere. These particles also dimmed the atmosphere over Europe to such an extent that the effect was noted and recorded in independent archives by numerous historical eyewitnesses.

Climatic impact was strongest and most persistent after clusters of two or more large eruptions.

The authors note that their findings also resolve a long-standing debate regarding the causes of one of the most severe climate crises in recent human history, starting with an 18-month mystery cloud or dust veil observed in the Mediterranean region beginning in March, 536, the product of a large eruption in the high-latitudes of the Northern Hemisphere.

The initial cooling was intensified when a second volcano located somewhere in the tropics erupted only four years later. In the aftermath, exceptionally cold summers were observed throughout the Northern Hemisphere.

This pattern persisted for almost 15 years, with subsequent crop failures and famines likely contributing to the outbreak of the Justinian plague that spread throughout the Eastern Roman Empire from 541 to 543, and which ultimately decimated the human population across Eurasia.

This reconciliation of ice-core records and other records of past environmental change will help define the role that large climatic perturbations may have had in the rise and fall of civilizations throughout human history.

"With new high-resolution records emerging from ice cores in Greenland and Antarctica, it will be possible to extend this reconstruction of volcanic forcing probably all the way back into the last Ice Age," said Sigl.

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The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes from 2 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms ocean view with private pool,  all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous Manuel Antonio national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, whitewater rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, Fully equipped, Pool, concierge,  parking, cable TV, and Internet. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation, Call us for your family vacation package.
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Two-bedroom, 1-bath condominium available for rent starting June 1st in Corteza del Sol in the Quebrada Seca, just across the Costanera from Jacó. 24-hour security, wifi/cable, AC, luxurious amenities, kitchen includes everything you need to cook, gorgeous pools just steps from your front door. 15 minute walk to town or quick bike ride. ¢2,000 taxi to center of town. Short-term renter is fine. Long-term would be great! Looking for someone low-key who will fit in well with the complex. $950/month including cable & internet, NOT INCLUDING ELECTRIC! Call 8725-0344 or email

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Triple glitches hit market,
airline and N.Y. newspaper

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

All trading on the New York Stock Exchange resumed Wednesday after being halted for nearly four hours for unknown internal technical reasons.

Top U.S. law enforcement and security officials said they didn't see a link between the outages at the New York Stock Exchange and the temporary grounding of United Airlines flights and the temporary malfunction of the Wall Street Journal Web site.
"We do not see any indication of a cyber breach or a cyber attack,'' FBI Director James Comey told the Senate Intelligence committee.

As officials and cybersecurity experts scrambled Wednesday to find out the causes of the interruptions, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said his department is aggressively accelerating cybersecurity protective layers.

The coincidence of the three glitches demonstrated that the nation’s critical infrastructure is equally vulnerable to system’s failures as well as hacking attacks.

Speaking at an event at Washington’s Center for Strategic and International Studies, Johnson said protecting the nation from cyberattacks is a complex job.

“There is no one silver bullet for cybersecurity. The key is to install multiple layers of protection to best secure our networks,” said Johnson.

According to Johnson, the three-layered cybersecurity system called EINSTEIN is steadily expanding its protection of cyberspace borders of federal government’s civilian departments and agencies.

EINSTEIN 1 observes and records all activity when someone enters or exits an agency’s network. EINSTEIN 2 detects such activities by known adversaries, while EINSTEIN 3 Accelerated, also known as E3A, is placed with the Internet service providers where it identifies and blocks malicious traffic.

Another program called CDM will help civilian agencies identify and fix problems.

“Once fully deployed, CDM will monitor agency networks internally for vulnerabilities that could be exploited by bad actors that have breached the perimeter,” said Johnson.

Johnson said that he also ordered agencies to fix their own vulnerabilities and share cybersecurity threat indicators among themselves and with the private sector through an automated system that will be initiated in October.

The national security chief also called on Congress to ensure adequate legal and financial resources for cybersecurity initiatives.

New pollution evaluator
sought for California beaches

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The current drought in California means less water runoff from cities and cleaner ocean water for beachgoers.  Some beaches, however, are still polluted, including some tourist hotspots. Now, researchers are developing a faster way to check beach water quality.

The famous sun and surf of southern California may look glamorous, but what beachgoers cannot see in some of the ocean water is anything but attractive, says Angelo Bellomo of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

“When we have runoff from the urban environment, it could be carrying with it contamination due to animal waste, sewage overflows. And if those enter the beaches through the normal pipes that terminate in the ocean, you want to avoid contact with water during those periods,” he says.

Bellomo says a number of infectious diseases could be transmitted in ocean water. 

Plenty of people, however, play in the water at the beach at Santa Monica Pier, one of the most polluted beaches in California.

Public health officials are concerned and are looking at a better way of determining water quality.  Water at the beaches is monitored with a lab test.  If the quality is poor, a sign is posted, but it does not necessarily reflect what is in the water that day, said Leslie Griffin with the environmental group, Heal the Bay. 

“Right now it takes 18 to 24 hours to get those water quality results, but we think that that is a little ridiculous because we want people to know the day of when they are going in the water whether or not they can be getting sick,” Griffith says.

Researchers in California are developing what they call a predictive modeling system that could speed up the process, says Heal the Bay’s James Alamillo.

“It can take 15 minutes to produce a similar result in terms of a public health decision,” Alamillo says.

With the help of computers, researchers pull data from the environment and a prediction is made about the water quality of that day.  It is called "
Some of the environmental data may include wind speed and direction, wave information and historic bacterial counts, but the beaches are unique in their own way, so the models have to be tailor-made for each one. 

So far, Bellomo says the predictive modeling looks promising:
“We think that the modeling that we have seen so far is generally more accurate than the testing that we are doing, and the reason for that is that even though it is a model and it's predicting water quality, it is more timely.”

Hong Kong and the U.S. state of Ohio have similar methods of predicting water quality.  The experts on the U.S. West Coast say predictive modeling may be the best tool they have until technology advances and offers a faster way of testing the water in the lab.

U.S. officials deplore locks
on data in smartphones

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Top U.S. officials said Wednesday that encryption technology on smartphones and other devices is blocking their ability to lawfully access data and communications that could prevent a terrorist attack, thwart cybercrime or help find a missing child.

“Increasingly, we are finding that even when we have the authority to search certain types of digital communications, we can’t get the information we need because encryption has been designed so that the information is only available to the user,” said Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillan Yates in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The hearing came at a time of persistent and emerging security threats and heightened public angst over privacy and the security of their personal information in the digital age.

Of particular concern for U.S. law enforcement is going dark, a shorthand term for impenetrable data stored on a device or being sent and received in real-time.

“I am finding that the tools we are being asked to use are increasingly ineffective,” said FBI Director James Comey. “I don’t come with a solution. This is a really, really hard problem.”

Ms. Yates said that even when a court authorizes access to a locked, encrypted smartphone, “it is essentially a brick to us. We can’t access any of the information on that phone.”

According to Corney, such data protection, crafted by technology giants like Apple in response to consumer demands for privacy, hampers the fight against communications-savvy groups like Islamic State, which uses Twitter and other platforms to recruit and inspire radicals across the globe.

“ISIL is reaching out, primarily through Twitter, to about 21,000 English-language followers,” Comey said. “So it’s no longer the case that someone who is troubled needs to go find this propaganda and this motivation. It buzzes in their pocket.”

Ms. Yates and Comey said some smartphone manufacturers have responded to their pleas to find a fix to the data-access barrier, while others have not.

The situation puts lawmakers in the difficult position of wanting to act to protect national security while representing an electorate of avid smartphone users leery of government snooping and unnerved by recent government data breaches.

“We want our data to remain private. We want it to be secure,” said the committee’s chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley, a Repubican. “But at the same time, these wonderful technologies are also being employed by those who seek to do us great harm.”

New legislation governing cybersecurity is needed, according to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who spoke at a separate event Wednesday in Washington.

“There is more Congress can do,” Johnson said. “Congress has a role in cybersecurity to ensure that we have adequate resources and budget and the legal authorities necessary to pursue the mission.”

The secretary recommended universal federal adoption of a program called EINSTEIN to monitor and protect all federal agency networks, encourage private companies to share information about cyber threats, and deploy a national system for reporting data breaches.

“We cannot detect and stop every single intrusion,” said Johnson. “But, my message today is we have increased, and will continue to increase the instances in which attempted intrusions are either stopped at the gate, or rooted out from inside the system before they cause damage.”

Not everyone is enamored with the idea of aggressive federal action. This week, a group of elite technology experts issued a report concluding that any solution contemplated by Congress could have vast and damaging unintended consequences.

“New law enforcement requirements are likely to introduce unanticipated, hard-to-detect security flaws,” said the report, issued by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“Beyond these and other technical vulnerabilities,," the report continued, "the prospect of globally deployed exceptional access systems raises difficult problems about how such an environment would be governed and how to ensure that such systems would respect human rights and the rule of law.”

Others testifying on Capitol Hill said while technology presents ever-changing challenges for law enforcement and national security, it also arms authorities with unprecedented abilities and a cornucopia of data.

“Law enforcement has access to growing and unparalleled evidence due to the technological changes of the past 25 years,” said privacy and cyberlaw expert Peter Swire of the Georgia Institute of Technology. “The balance has, indeed, shifted clearly in the direction of law enforcement having the evidence it never had before in human history.”

Head of Baltimore police
loses job over riot response

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The mayor of Baltimore on Wednesday fired the city’s police commissioner following criticism of his handling of rioting triggered by the death of a black man in police custody, as well as a subsequent surge in homicides.

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake thanked Police Commissioner Anthony Batts for his service and praised the job he had done  but said growing criticism of his performance had become a distraction' that was preventing the city from moving ahead.

"We need a change,'' the mayor said at a news conference. "This was not an easy decision but it is one that is in the best interest of Baltimore. The people of Baltimore deserve better, and we're going to get better.''

Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who has been with the department only since January, will serve as interim commissioner, Mayor Rawlings-Blake said.

Batts' firing came 2-1/2 months after the city broke out into riots following the death of Freddie Gray, who died in April of injuries he received while in police custody. Six police officers have been criminally charged in Gray's death.

After the violence, arrests in the city plummeted and homicides spiked.

Tuesday, Baltimore's police union alleged in a report that Batts and the mayor had failed to give rank-and-file officers the training, equipment and support needed to confront rioters.

The report from the Baltimore Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 3 also said officers were told not to wear protective gear, and to request permission from the department's legal section before making arrests.

The union represents approximately 2,500 officers in the Baltimore Police Department. Its report echoed the sentiments of many local civic and religious groups that had called for a change in leadership.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake on Wednesday denied that Batts' dismissal was connected with the union allegations.

U.S. zeros in on hacker
but keeps info a secret

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. homeland security chief says investigators have collected "strong evidence" leading to a prime suspect in the massive cybersecurity breach of government records that compromised personal information about millions of federal workers and people applying for national security clearances.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday the government is not ready to officially disclose who it thinks was behind the attack on its computers earlier this year, although Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, has said Chinese state interests are the leading suspect.

In two hacks into Office of Personal Management computers, personal information about 4.2 million current and former government workers was stolen, as well as millions of records about people seeking government security clearances.

Johnson told a Washington public policy research group, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the government is making a concerted effort to thwart new attacks on its computers. He said the U.S. has significantly increased the scope of its monitoring throughout the government but not to the degree it wants.

"To be frank, our federal cybersecurity is not where it needs to be," he said.

He said cyberattacks against the government and American business interests were widespread.

"These threats come from a range of actors, including nation-states with highly sophisticated capabilities, profit-motivated criminals and ideologically motivated hackers or extremists," Johnson said.

New online data theft group
emerges with for-profit aim

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A previously unknown group of highly trained hackers presents a major new digital security risk for corporations, according to a report released by the Web security firm Symantec.

Symantec researchers tracked the group, dubbed Morpho, back to dozens of attacks against 49 separate organizations, almost exclusively corporations working in the financial, pharmaceutical, commodities and telecommunications fields, among others.

Firms based in the United States represented more than a third of all Morpho attacks, with those based in Europe and Canada coming in second and third. Fourteen other countries were also home to corporations targeted in Morpho attacks.

"The attackers focused on obtaining access to specific systems of interest in all of the compromised organizations," the researchers wrote in a white paper.

"In most organizations, these systems were email servers: either Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Domino servers. Once the attackers had this access, they presumably then eavesdropped on email conversations and may have been in a position to potentially insert fraudulent emails as well."

Report authors said there are "some indications that this group may be made up of native English speakers, are familiar with Western culture, and may operate from an Eastern Standard Time time zone."

The attackers are also believed to be small in number but highly capable, creating custom malware and using advanced exploits to infect corporate systems and steal data.

Unlike many recent high-profile attacks, which have involved governments as targets or as state sponsors, the Morpho attackers focused exclusively on corporate systems, even targeting security-minded megafirms such as Apple and Microsoft.

Given such valuable intellectual property targets, the attacks may be primarily tailored for monetary gain: selling off one firm’s data to a competitor, for example.

"A key difference between attacks coming from competitors and state-sponsored attackers is that competitors are likely in a better position to request the theft of specific information of value and make more rapid use of this information than government-sponsored attackers would," the report concludes.

Numerous Internet security analysts and professionals have previously said that hacking attacks are, in fact, becoming more numerous globally. That’s due to a variety of factors, including the relatively low expense and ease of launching persistent attacks.

"We’re kind of living in what amounts to a digital wild west," said Patrick Eddington, a policy analyst at the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute. "This is something that folks are going to have to adapt to."

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Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

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Golfito, Costa Rica’s paradise. About 5 acre, choice property on the highway. Ideal to build a drive-in restaurant and home. Asking Only $65,000.00 Agents inquiries welcome. Call Jens: 2775-0225 or

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Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike:   Check out slide show HERE!

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Charming small oceanfront hotel for sale in Playa Palo Seco
Ideal oceanfront location with back up to a mangrove estuary. The
charming small hotel has a fully equipped kitchen, bar and restaurant and is exceptionnally well maintained. Located on a very private beach of the central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica 35 minutes north of Quepos-Manuel Antonio and 45 minutes south of  Playa Jacó. The main building is a two-storey house with 12 bedrooms. The lot measures 3,054 M2. Beautiful gardens around the large pool and exceptional flora and fauna. Well mentioned in tourist guides like Lonely Planet and Guide Ulysse. Offered at $1,250,000. USD
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A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

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

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

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

private ranch home
Small private ranch for sale
This exceptional private ranch sits on a 9+ hectare lot and supports 15-20 horses. Only 2 hours south of San José, on the road to Puriscal. Roomy stalls all with drains, water hookup, lights and fans, grooming and shoeing área. Two-story house all furnished and cowboy house. Don't miss your chance on that turnkey operation.  Offered at $889,000.
E-mail:  or call (506) 8707-1037 
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For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
Panoramic ocean view lot  5,400 sq. ft. (500m2)  $6,500. Financing available.
For rent two-bedroom house  five minute walk to water $350 a month.
Call 6261-7932 Or email See this Web site:

Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.

Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for birds and other animals. 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email:  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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  U.S. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney hands President Luis
  Guillermo Solís his credentials.

New ambassadors present credentials

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Six new ambassadors, including one from the United States, have presented their credentials to President Luis Guillermo Solís.

This is a long-time custom in diplomatic circles.

In addition to  S. Fitzgerald Haney of Englewood, New Jersey, the new ambassadors are:

Danilo Sánchez of Cuba,  Milos Slenka of the Czech Republic,  Alexis Rosado of Belize,  Marie Philippe Archer of Haiti and  Pál Varga Koritár of Hungary.

The ceremony was at the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto.

Clothing and medicines confiscated

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Fuerza Pública said that is officers had stopped a man taking apparently smuggled goods to Upala for sale.

The shipment included medicines and 70 pieces of clothing valued at about 500,000 colons, nearly $1,000, the police agency said.

The man was a passenger in a vehicle stopped by police at a checkpoint in Santa Cecilia, La Cruz, Guanacaste. Officers reported that the man could not show documents proving that the goods had been imported legally.

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Greek prime minister vows tax, pension reforms

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Debt-wracked Greece asked its European neighbors for a new three-year bailout Wednesday, pledging to immediately implement tax and pension reforms.

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras told the European Parliament in Strasbourg that Athens would produce new concrete proposals by Thursday to meet the demands of European leaders who've grown weary of Greece's debt crisis.

With his country's banks near collapse and running out of cash, Tsipras said he is confident of meeting an end-of-the-week final deadline European leaders have given him to reach a bailout deal, and a deal that will keep his country in the euro currency union.

However, Tsipras also defended his country's reluctance to agree to new austerity measures in exchange for more financial aid, saying five years of austerity imposed on it by the country's international lenders proved to be a failure.

"I think all of us have to accept that this experiment has not been a success," he said. "Over these five years, we have seen a skyrocketing of poverty, unemployment has soared, social marginalization has increased, as has the public debt, which is now 180 percent of the GDP."

Leaders from the 28-member EU called a new summit for Sunday, telling Greece there would be a decision then on a new Greek bailout or Athens would likely exit the 19-nation euro currency bloc if no agreement could be reached.

"Until now I have avoided talking about deadlines," said European Council President Donald Tusk, "but tonight I have to say loud and clear that the final deadline ends this week."

Tsipras was greeted by both boos and cheers as he spoke to the European Parliament Wednesday, just hours after the end of an inconclusive summit in Brussels and just hours before a Thursday deadline for Athens to deliver a credible reform plan to fellow eurozone members.

He said any reforms must share burdens among the population, create jobs and encourage entrepreneurship.