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Taxi blockades resulted in big losses, chambers say

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Restaurants and tourism operators were big losers Wednesday when informal taxi drivers blockaded major highways.

Both the Cámera Nacional de Turismo and the Cámara Costarricense de Restaurantes deplored the lack of action by the government.

The restaurant chamber estimated that the average eating place lost 1 million colons due to the 12-hour blockade.

The tourism chamber said that visits to the volcanos and museums and city tours were considerably diminished.

The chamber also sketched what happened on the General Cañas highway as tourists were trapped by blockades. Many missed their flights from Juan Santamaría airport. Others hiked to the airport from their blockaded transportation carrying or dragging their suitcases.

Pablo Heriberto Abarca, president of the tourism chamber, said that the government on one hand accepts the protests and on the

other says that no more blockades will be tolerated.

Casa Presidencial reported Thursday that the representatives of the  Servicios Especiales Estables de Taxi promised that their drivers, the  porteadores, would author no more blockades.

Negotiations continued Thursday night over a government ruling that would reduce the number of informal taxis to about 30 percent.

The restaurant chamber estimated that in addition to the lost to the establishment, waiters lost tips they might have received because potential customers were tied up in traffic. Bars were losers, too, even though there was a Costa Rican national soccer team match on televsion. Both chambers said they deplored the impact on foreign tourists who were caught in the protest.

The economic loss pales in comparison to the vehicle death of two women in an Alajuela crash. The Ministerio de Seguridad Pública said that the driver tried to avoid the blockade by porteadores on the Bernardo Soto highway and pulled into the path of a tractor trailer.

Red line shows proposed canal route that passes through Lake Nicaragua, also known as Lago Cocibolca, which is a major tourist destination.

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Canal's impact on Costa Rica called devastating
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The proposed Nicaraguan canal is completely within that country, but Costa Ricans are beginning to realize that the project has a direct impact on this country, too.

Nicaraguan opponents of the canal also look to Costa Rica for support in their confrontation with President Daniel Ortega and their central government

In the words of  Salvador Montenegro Guillén, former director of the Centro para la Investigación en Recursos Acuáticos de Nicaragua, the canal will have a devastating impact on both countries. He was quoted on a summary of a panel discussion on the topic that was held last month.

The written summary of the comments at the Universidad de Costa Rica were released Thursday.

One Nicaraguan participant,  Octavio Ortega Arana, noted that 66 of the 153 municipalities in Nicaragua have come out in opposition to the law creating the canal project. He is coordinator of the  Consejo Nacional por la Defensa de Nuestras Tierras, Lago y Soberanía.

A principal concern voiced at the panel session was that Nicaragua and Costa Rica share the same underground source of water, the aquifer.

The proposed canal not only will affect Lake Nicaragua but also the water sources shared by both countries, according to  Nicolás Boeglin of the university. Both countries feed the Río San Juan and share the underground water, he noted.

The lake is the headwaters of the river and the largest source of fresh water in Central America.

The political implications in Nicaragua are enormous. There have been at least 46 separate protests, and 300 communities will be destroyed, according to  Ortega Arana. He estimated that 119,000 persons would be displaced.

Then there is the concern of pollution of Lake Nicaragua by petroleum from shipping as well as the agitation of the water and possible intrusions of sea water.

Many landowners in Nicaragua have said in the past that they believe that expropriations

for the canal are just a way to steal their land.

The Nicaraguan panel speakers also noted that the canal deal gives the Chinese construction company 116 years of absolute dominion over the lake and seven currently protected areas.

They also are unhappy that the entire deal was negotiated in secret.

Boeglin pointed out that after two years environmental impact studies still are secret. "Water does not respect borders," he was quoted as saying.

Nicaraguan residents are not the only persons concerned. Rice University in the United States reported in March on a study of the canal impact by a  consortium of environmental scientists

This plan will force the relocation of native populations and impact a fragile ecosystem, including species at risk of extinction, according to Rice University environmental engineer Pedro Alvarez and other members of the consortium.

Alvarez is co-corresponding author of an article that includes 21 co-authors from 18 institutions in the United States and Central and South America who gathered at a multidisciplinary international workshop in Managua, Nicaragua, last November to discuss the project. The paper, titled “Scientists Raise Alarms About Fast Tracking of Transoceanic Canal Through Nicaragua,” was published  by the American Chemical Society journal Environmental Science and Technology.

A private company, the Hong Kong Nicaragua Canal Development Group, is building the 172-mile, $50 billion canal in collaboration with the Nicaraguan government, which granted the concession 13 months ago.

Preparation for the project has begun with the construction of roads to move heavy equipment and supplies into place, with the first ships scheduled to pass through the canal in late 2019. It will be longer, wider and deeper than the 51-mile Panama Canal to the south.

The canal company is believed by many to be a proxy for the Chinese government, which basically would create a colony in Central America.

Up until now there has been little public concern expressed by Costa  Ricans.

Election protesters beaten and jailed in Managua
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(Posted at 2:45 p.m. today, Friday)
Freedom House has deplored the repression of protestors in the Nicaraguan capital today.

Said said Carlos Ponce, director for Latin America and Caribbean programs for the Washington, D.C.,-based organization:

"The beating and detaining of peaceful protestors in Managua and the harassment of journalists attempting to cover the incident are clear violations of the fundamental freedoms of expression and assembly.

"This incident involving protestors who are 

members of the opposition Independent Liberal Party shows the government's intolerance of political dissent and should be resoundingly condemned by the international community." 

Members of the opposition Independent Liberal Party marched in downtown Managua to call for free and fair elections in 2016, Freedom House reported. Police responded with tear gas and beat and detained the demonstrators. The opposition alleges that the Supreme Electoral Council has committed fraud in the last two presidential elections. Nine party members were arrested during the demonstration.

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RACSA finances seem to be a state secret

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The contralora general went to a legislative committee Thursday to discuss the finances of Radiográfica Costarricense S.A., the Internet provider that is a child of Grupo ICE.

Normally this would be about as exciting as watching paint dry.

But the contralora general's agency, the budget watchdog, issued a statement before the noon meeting that it would be private. Having a private session before any legislative committee is unusual. The decision by the  Comisión de Ingreso y Gasto to hold a private hearing certainly is not comforting to firms and individual who have accounts and Internet connections with the provider known as RACSA.

The statement also said that  Marta Acosta, the  contralora general, would not answer questions before or after the closed session.

Also Thursday, Carlos Manuel Obregón, the president of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad announced what the company said were strategic controls over subsidiaries so that RACSA could emerge from its financial crisis by the end of the year.

The financial troubles with RACSA have been long-standing. Although it was set up as an Internet provider, the institute, known as ICE, decided to become a competitor of its own subsidiary.

Advertisers carry a lot of ethical clout

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Today, when news of a sports scandal breaks, it becomes a problem for everyone involved, including corporate sponsors and advertisers. They can pay a heavy price for their actions or inaction.

“Sponsors and advertisers really have to react almost immediately when news of a scandal breaks," said Lee Igel, co-director of Sports & Society, a New York University academic program. "Before, in the past, even in the past handful of years, we've been able to see that there can be a little bit of a waiting. You can really try to read the market, read customers and see how people are feeling. Now, that no longer exists.”

In the case of football's governing body, the stakes are particularly high, perhaps so high that no major sponsor has yet to pull out.  Igel said there is too much money and too many years of planning involved for any sponsor to easily back down.

Meanwhile, four sports marketing executives and an unnamed “major U.S. sportswear company” — widely presumed to be Nike — are at the center of investigations into alleged bribes and kickbacks.

Economist Fredy Marin said the Fédération Internationale de Football Association established its own set of financial rules, leaving corporations with little choice.

“The rules were there," Marin said. "The only thing that they had to do was accept it. They say, ‘OK, if you want to advertise, you have to pay extra fees in order to gain your rights.  Are you willing to do it?'  'Oh, is there another option? No! So, I have to do it.’ ”

Ethics and compliance expert Jeff Thinnes of JTI, Inc., a business strategy consultant, thinks otherwise.  He said corporations collectively carry heavy economic weight and influence and only need to understand how to use it effectively.

“Of the roughly 12 tier-one and tier-two corporate sponsors, if you look at their collective annual revenue, you reach something like $450 billion," Thinnes said. "I mean, if they were a country, that would put them roughly 25th or 27th on the list of GNI top countries in the world.”

Thinnes said that what's missing in the world of sports is an integrity pact, an agreement among competing corporations to increase transparency about how they pursue opportunities.

Federal law helped boost women's soccer

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. women's soccer team is a powerhouse on the world stage.

The American women just won a record third World Cup, beating Japan Sunday in Vancouver, Canada, in demonstrative fashion, 5-2.

That record is startling considering that international football is far from the most popular professional sport in the United States. Plus, the U.S. women have never finished out of the top three teams since the women's World Cup debuted in 1991, and have never missed out on the Olympic gold medal since winning silver in Sydney, Australia in 2000.

The U.S. men's team, in comparison, lags behind perennial football juggernauts such as Germany, Argentina, the Netherlands and Brazil. The American men have never even made it to the semifinals in the modern era of World Cup competition, and only made it to the quarterfinals once, in 2002.

So why is there such a disparity in success between the two U.S. teams?

"I think you have to begin with the fact that almost every country in the world prioritizes their men's national soccer team," said Steven Goff, who covers international football for The Washington Post.  "On the women's side, there are only about 10 or 20 countries that take it seriously.

"The second point is that the development of men's international soccer goes back 100 years," Goff added, "and the U.S. men's development system for soccer really didn't get started in earnest until the 1970s and 1980s, so we're decades and decades behind in men's soccer development.  That's not something you can make up overnight or even within 10, 20 years."

George Quraishi, founder and editor of the U.S.-based soccer publication Howler Magazine, also said the U.S. men had a late start relative to the rest of the world.  He points out that the American men went 40 years without competing in a World Cup, a stretch that ended in 1990.  They have qualified for every World Cup since then.

"That’s a long period of time to go without just participating in the World Cup," Quraishi said.  "But now young players see they're the guys they’re supposed to look up to playing in the World Cup, knowing that that’s a possibility, having expectations, having the coaches who have that experience, who sort of retired from playing soccer and can go and help the next generation of players achieve the same.

"It would be pretty shocking now for the U.S. men not to qualify for the World Cup for a couple of reasons, but for a long time that wasn't the case," Quraishi said.  "The expectation wasn't there."

In terms of the women's game, Goff and Quraishi agree that the United States has made a commitment toward the success of women's sports, including soccer, that goes far beyond what many other countries have done.

A centerpiece of that commitment is Title IX, the U.S. federal law passed more than 40 years ago that prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender in any federally funded education program.  Title IX forced universities to invest in women's sports, and soccer benefited tremendously from funding created under the law, according to Quraishi.

"And I think what we see with the women is the U.S. was one of the first countries to really establish a strong tradition of women playing soccer and to put the programs in place," Quraishi said.  "I think college soccer had a lot to do with it.  We had a feeder system from the very beginning. Teams like North Carolina, UCLA have been providing talented players to the national team for decades now."

Immigration order aired today in court

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Whether millions of illegal aliens in the United States could apply for temporary legal status will depend on the ruling of a federal appeals court in New Orleans, which will hear the case about an executive order by President Barack Obama today.

President Obama issued the executive order last November, deferring deportation of nearly five million undocumented immigrants who met certain standards, but the court has blocked its implementation because Texas and 25 other states brought a lawsuit against it.

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Costa Rica closes its embassy in Norway

CR Hoy: The foreign ministry said the decision was made in the context of an analysis of cost reduction to responsibly manage budgetary resources.

The miracles of the acrocomia palm tree

La República: A new species of palm has commercial applications, include soap, oil, fertilizer, animal feed, and biofuels, and no part of the fruit is discarded.

Hacienda submitting draft tax reform in late July

El Financiero: Fernando Rodriguez , deputy of revenue, confirmed that a revised bill against tax fraud is one of the priorities and a draft will be sent to lawmakers later this month.

Women steal computers in San Pedro

CR Hoy: Two women took advantage of the several breaks and lunch time  near  the Universidad de Costa Rica  to  steal lap tops and more from students.

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New minimum salaries are online as first pay day approaches
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Ministerio de Trabajo has published the new minimum salaries for the second half of 2015.

The list by job category reflects a .94 percent raised that was negotiated last month as well as a special 1.04 percent increase for low-paid domestic help. A domestic worker is now supposed to make 170,901.34 colons a month, some $324.

Some employers have complained about the salaries of university graduates who may need months of training. A university graduate is supposed to receive 512,552.17 colons a month, according to the new schedule. That's about $971.

Those who studied longer and obtained a licenciado should get 615,083.69 colons or about $1,165.

Heading the list are graduate journalists or periódistas  who are supposed to make 757,535.85 colons a month. That's about $1,434.35. A number of public relations workers at state institutions call themselves periódistas to take advantage of that job category.

The new salaries went into effect July 1, so the July 15 pay day will be the first that many employees see the increase.

Employers point out that in addition to the salaries, they must pay to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social each month an amount based on the new figures. In addition, riesgo de trabajo or workplace insurance also is based on salary amounts. And then there is the year-end aguinaldo that usually is the equivalent of a month's pay.

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Another load of suspicious wood snagged by police in La Cruz
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

How likely is it that police will stop a trucker whose vehicle is carrying more than 300 planks of wood. A good guess would be very likely.

And that is what happened Wednesday in La Cruz, Guanacaste. The truck had 339 planks of what is called here  cocobolo. The name in English is rosewood, one of the most desirable species. The Fuerza Pública said that the driver produced a receipt for the wood, but that it was inconsistent.

Police agencies in rural areas are very sensitive about wood cargos because there is so much pilfering from trees on public land
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Tax agency finds many merchants who are failing to follow the law
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The tax agency and the tax police went shopping during June and the early days of this month and found 2,500 cases of merchants who were violating the law in some ways.

Nearly 1,000 failed to provide the appropriate receipts, facturas, for purchases. Some 45 firms were just not enrolled as taxpayers.

The agency, the Dirección General de Tributación, said that 40 percent of the establishment in some way were violating the law. The businesses visited were in  Puntarenas, Guanacaste, Heredia,  Alajuela and the northern zone.

The penalties for these violations are relatively modest.

Failing to provide facturas results in a fine. A second offender's business may be closed for up to five days, the agency said.

The receipts or facturas are a way that the agency has to check if a business is filing an honest tax return. Professionals soon will be asked to issue their facturas electronically by use of a central computer under the control of the tax agency.

The tax police also were on the lookout for retail items that may have been smuggled. The agency reported that in 19 cases there was confiscation of a product.

The tax agency has even set up a lottery that individuals can enter by providing copies of their facturas. The idea is that the tax agency will compare the factures with the existing records to check up on the firm that issued them

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Researchers find that some healthy people are testing old at 38 years
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An international team says there may be a reason why some people seem to stay young well into their dotage.

Researchers from the U.S., Britain, Israel and New Zealand observed that at the physical age 38, the biological age of individuals was all over the map.  Some 38-year-old bodies were still in their 20s, while others were nearly 60.

Dan Belsky, a professor of geriatrics at Duke University’s Center for Aging and a study author, said the findings, that people decline faster or slower physically beginning at a relatively young age, go counter to what is commonly believed.

A second surprise, he said, "was how much variation in that change there was in that population.  People really did age very slowly or very rapidly.”

Investigators analyzed data from the Dunedin Study, a long-term health study in New Zealand seeking clues to factors involved in aging.

Eighteen biomarkers, including blood vessel integrity, kidney and liver functions, measurements of metabolism and immunity, were measured in a group of 1,000 people beginning at age 26. The health biomarkers were taken again when the participants were age 32 and again at 38.

A calculation based on the readings was developed to determine each volunteer’s pace of aging. Then, Belsky said, tests usually reserved for older individuals were given to the participants.

“We tested their balance, we tested their strength, we tested their motor coordination," he said. "We interviewed them about physical limitations they may have, having trouble climbing stairs, carrying groceries, walking a mile.  And we also gave them some cognitive tests.  And what we saw was that the study numbers we had measured to be aging faster were having more physical problems; they were weaker, they had poor balance, they were not as coordinated. And they were more likely to report physical limitations.  And they are still 38 years old and mostly free of any chronic disease.”

Then, researchers conducted what was in some ways the ultimate litmus test of aging:  They asked college students to look at pictures of the participants.

"They rated those faces as either looking young or looking old," Belsky said. "And the very same study numbers we had measured to be aging very rapidly were also rated by the Duke undergraduates as looking older.”

The findings were published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. By studying the rate of aging, investigators hope they can get a jump on some age-related diseases earlier in people's lives.

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Trump surges after comment
citing illegal immigration

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Donald Trump is surging in the polls, and that has a lot of Republicans worried. A recent CNN/ORC poll had Trump in second place nationally with 12 percent support, trailing only former Florida governor Jeb Bush who had 17 percent.

Trump was ahead of other Republican contenders, however, such as Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida, as well as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who formally enters the race Monday.

Trump set off a firestorm during his formal announcement last month with his blast at illegal immigrants. "They are bringing drugs. They are bringing crime. They are rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." 

Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus reportedly told Trump on Wednesday to tone down his comments on immigration, though Trump disputes that characterization. The comments also have drawn critical responses from some of Trump’s Republican rivals.

Bush told voters in New Hampshire that Trump’s views are “way out of the mainstream of what Republicans think.”

Trump’s surge in the polls, both nationally and in the early contest states of Iowa and New Hampshire, comes at an opportune time for his supporters. Trump is hoping to make the cut in the first debate among Republican contenders Aug. 6. The debate will be carried by the Fox News Channel, which will limit the debate to the top 10 Republican contenders based on a mix of national polls.

Trump appears to be striking a chord with conservative voters who favor a crackdown on illegal immigration and who also like Trump’s blunt style, especially his vows to confront China on trade issues and to pursue a more aggressive stance in confronting the Islamic State.

But Trump appears to be a double-edged sword for Republicans. His participation in the debate could boost the television audience and might offer some lesser known Republicans an opportunity to become better known.

Some Republicans are concerned, though, that Trump’s presence will overshadow the rest of the field and his strident comments on illegal immigrants could hurt the party next year when Republicans hope to boost support among minority voters, especially Hispanics.

Three more current or former Republican governors are set to join the already large field of Republican presidential contenders for 2016. Walker is expected to announce Monday. Ohio Gov. John Kasich will follow the week after, and former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore will announce his bid in early August.

That will bring the Republican field to 17 contenders just as the first televised debate is scheduled for Cleveland Aug. 6.

Analysts say Walker and to a lesser extent Kasich could have a major impact on the field. 

“No matter how much people look at running during the next year as performance art, at some point someone is going to say, 'well, what have you actually done?' And Walker and Kasich have a record that they can be proud of,” said Republican analyst Scot Faulkner. 

Faulkner is a big fan of former president Ronald Reagan, but he doesn’t see anyone of that stature in the 2016 field, as yet.

Walker has won three elections in Wisconsin in four years including a recall battle sparked by his efforts to end collective bargaining for most public workers in his state.

He has appeal to social conservatives, Tea Party activists and some mainstream Republicans looking for a contender who can compete with Democrat Hillary Clinton in battleground states in 2016. At the moment, Walker leads the Republican field in Iowa, which kicks off the 2016 nominating process early next year with its caucus vote.

Kasich looks to position himself as a moderate in the field and could gain traction should Bush stumble. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie also is targeting moderates and will make his stand in New Hampshire where he hopes to take advantage of his ability to win over voters in small settings like town hall meetings, which New Hampshire voters like.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has been drawing some big crowds in Wisconsin and Maine, and recent polls show he has cut Hillary Clinton’s formidable lead in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

Sanders has focused his campaign on trying to level the economic playing field for the poor and middle class. “This great country and our government belong to all of the people and not just a handful of very wealthy people,” Sanders told an enthusiastic crowd of more than 10,000 people recently in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sanders has struck a chord with liberals and college students, said John Fortier with the Bipartisan Policy Center. “Right now the criticism of Hillary Clinton from the left that maybe she is too hawkish on foreign policy and not enough concerned about  inequality is coming from Bernie Sanders, and he is getting some traction.”

Most experts believe Mrs. Clinton will prevail in the end, but they acknowledge that Sanders is creating some buzz on the campaign trail. Mrs. Clinton told CNN that her campaign always believed the Democratic primary race would be competitive and wherever she speaks she also brings up the income inequality argument that Sanders has made as his calling card.

Mrs. Clinton also told CNN that “people should and do trust me,” an acknowledgement of polls that show voters are less trustful of her in the wake of controversies about her use of a private email account while secretary of State, and questions about the fundraising practices of the Clinton Foundation.

Sanders’ supporters are encouraged by his bump in the early contest states of Iowa and New Hampshire, and they would love nothing more than a surprise early win in either state they believe would transform the Democratic race from a coronation to a grass roots battle for support.

House hosts heated debate
over the Confederate flag

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As the southern U.S. state of South Carolina prepared to take the Confederate battle flag down from its capitol grounds, passionate debate over the flag issue unexpectedly erupted on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Republican Rep. Ken Calvert of California introduced an amendment to a spending bill Thursday that would have reversed an earlier House amendment banning the display of Confederate flags at federal cemeteries and the sale of the flags in national park gift shops.

In reaction, Democrats lined up to denounce the proposal on the House floor.

“What exactly is the tradition the Confederate battle flag is meant to represent? Is it slavery, rape, kidnap, genocide, treason or all of the above?” demanded Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York.

But Republican Rep. Steven Palazzo of Mississippi argued in a written statement: "Congress cannot simply rewrite history and strip the Confederate flag from existence. Members of Congress from New York and California cannot wipe away 150 years of Southern history with sleight-of-hand tactics."

A small version of the Confederate flag makes up the top corner of Mississippi’s state flag.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio sought to avoid further conflict, pulling the spending bill  along with the flag amendment from the day’s voting agenda.

Boehner told reporters: “I think it is time for some adults here in the Congress to actually sit down and have a conversation about how to address this issue. I do not want this to became some political football.”

Asked if he personally thought Confederate flags should be displayed in federal cemeteries, Boehner said he did not.

Pulling the bill did not stop the Democrats. Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California introduced a privileged resolution that would ban any state flags that include elements of the Confederate flag from the U.S. Capitol complex. Using a privileged resolution, Ms. Pelosi was attempting to force a vote without approval from the Republican leadership.

Tempers flared on the House floor. Both Democratic and Republican members shouted loudly and banged on chairs over whether a vote should be held on the Pelosi’s resolution. The Republican majority prevailed, and the measure was instead sent to committee, where  a hearing will be held.

Afterward, House Democrats held a news conference asking why the Republican leadership felt it needed to hold a hearing on banning any image of the Confederate flag from the U.S. Capitol and congressional office buildings. The Democrats argued that the flag is an historical artifact and should be relegated to museums.

A spokesman for Boehner released a statement saying he was trying to find a mature solution to the sensitive flag issue and accused Ms. Pelosi of staging a cheap political stunt on the House floor.

Public and private initiatives to ban the Confederate flag were reignited after nine parishioners of a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, were fatally shot during Bible study June 17.

Photos later emerged showing Dylann Roof, a white youth who has been charged in the shootings, holding the Confederate flag, which many Americans consider a symbol of the American South's era of slavery and white supremacy.

FBI chief says his agents
broke up July 4 terror plots

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The head of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said Thursday that agents broke up a number of terror plots in the weeks leading up to the Independence Day holiday.

"I do believe our work disrupted efforts to kill people, likely in connection with July 4," Director James Comey told reporters.

He said more than 10 people were arrested. But he gave no information about what they were plotting or where they planned to strike.

Separately, a national security source said multiple overseas plots by Islamic State sympathizers had also been halted in recent days.

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security had issued warnings of possible terrorist attacks to be carried out on July 4, when millions of Americans were celebrating Independence Day with concerts, parties, picnics and fireworks shows.

Comey said the Islamic State group was encouraging would-be homegrown terrorists to act and that some of those arrested had been communicating with the militants through encrypted message platforms.

The FBI has pressured tech companies to remove encryption that gives users privacy protections that cannot be broken by law enforcement. Comey estimated that dozens of people influenced by Islamic State have "gone dark" and disappeared from the FBI's watch because of encrypted data.

The director said said the FBI was especially challenged because Islamic State-inspired terrorists are highly unpredictable and act on the spur of the moment.

Comey noted that the FBI does not discount the possibility that an individual who plans an act of terrorism for a particular day such as July 4 might randomly decide to kill someone earlier.

He cited as an example the case of a 26-year-old terror suspect who was fatally shot by police in Boston last month after authorities said he lunged at them with a military-style knife. The FBI has said he had been scheming with other men, both now facing charges, on a future plot to kill a conservative blogger known for provoking Muslims but decided to change plans.

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The Ernest Hemingway villa in Havana.

Hemingway home in Havana
links U.S. and Cuban cultures

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s Havana home, is a grand reminder of Cuba’s past and its love for the famous American author.  It’s about to undergo a major restoration, a project made possible, in part, by warming diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba. 

“Ernest Hemingway is really something that unites them," Hemingway’s grandson, John, said in a telephone interview from Spain. "He is apolitical.  He is for the Cuban people.  He is very much an American writer.  He is the perfect bridge between the two countries.”

President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro began rebuilding that bridge when they met at the Summit of the Americas in April.  Since then, a sense of anticipation has been building on the island nation, and among many Cubans living in the U.S.

Marc Hanson from the Washington Office on Latin America said the change was long overdue.

“Our Cuban policy has run counter to our values for quite some time," he said. "Younger people don’t get it.  Most people don’t get it.  And even in the Cuban-American community, what we’re seeing now is that they increasingly don’t think it’s the right strategy going forward.”

Although opposition continues in the U.S. Congress to lifting the decades-long economic embargo, mainly because of human rights concerns, American companies are already seeking ways to do business with Cuba.

The younger Hemingway, a frequent visitor to the island, said the Cubans are ready.

“They want change.  They want a normal life," he said. "This is something they are very anxious about. They want it. They are really looking forward to seeing change, to a kind of liberalization in relations and enjoying the kind of normality that other countries have."

Russia called top threat
to U.S. national security

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. general ranked Russia and China as the number one and two threats to the United States national security.

“Russia presents the greatest threat to our national security,” Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said Thursday during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Russia’s behavior is nothing short of alarming, he added.

Asked whether the United States should provide lethal weapons to Ukraine, Dunford said that from a military standpoint, it would be a reasonable response.

Without that kind of support, Ukrainians are not going to be able to defend themselves against Russian aggression and fight against pro-Russian separatists in eastern region of their country, Dunford said.

Chairman of the committee, Arizona Sen. John McCain interjected, saying that “in Europe, Vladimir Putin's Russia continues its onslaught in Ukraine."

“But even as Russian troops and equipment execute this neo-imperial campaign to undermine Ukraine's government and independence, the United States has refused Ukraine the weapons it needs and deserves for its defense,” he said.

Relations between Russia and the West have sunk to the lowest point in post-Cold War period, because Moscow's annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and its support for pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.  The United States and the European Union have imposed sanctions on Russia, but so far no lethal arms are provided to the Ukrainian forces.

Asked about China, Dunford said he would rank that country as the second potential threat to the U.S. national security.

“China is not necessarily our enemy,” but said it is his responsibility to evaluate the military capability of that country vis-à-vis the U.S. national security.             

In his prepared testimony, Dunford said China’s “rapid military modernization and growing defense budgets, have led many in the region — including the United States — to question its long-term intentions.”

Dunford also listed North Korea and the so-called Islamic State militant group among other top threats, though he pointed out his ranking was not an indication of the order the U.S. should deal with each potential threat.

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Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

Coffee farm
Organic coffee farm for sale
34,000 meters square zoned ARC. 130 meters paved road frontage. City water and irrigation runes through property. Year round spring. Bananas and many fruit trees on property. Approx. 1.5K from Sarchí Center, 40K from airport. Plans and permits ready for 2-bedroom house. Proposed subdivision plans are also included. @$15US per meter for total $510,000. Email or

Highway Restaurant & Bar
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

San Ramon
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!

Goetl in Palo Seco

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
or call (506) 8707-1037  (506) 2778-8408

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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Phone: (506) 7009-0364

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.
Toll free US phone 877-778-8515
In Costa Rica 8307-0164

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 
(506) 2778-8408 Web:

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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New tropical wave not as bad as expected

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The weather is looking up.

A tropical wave, a trough of low pressure, passed over the country without generating substantial rain.

At 8 p.m. the  Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the most rain, some 75 millimeters or about 3 inches, fell on Cerro Chitaría in the Central Valley.

Elsewhere in the country there was a scattering of rain with the largest amount being about 15 millimeters, a bit more than half an inch.

The prediction for today is for cloudy skies with thunderstorms on the Pacific coast and perhaps in the Central Valley. There might even be some rain in drought-stricken Guanacaste later today, the institute said.

The weather institute said in an evening report that rivers had returned to their banks.

Emergency officials were concerned about the latest tropical wave because previous ones have brought so much rain and damage. Plus the system looked fierce on weather radar in the late afternoon.

President  Luis Guillermo Solís visited a shelter in Sarapiquí Thursday and later visited shelters in  Pococí, Limón, Matina and Turrialba.

The number of individuals in shelters was reduced by half to about 827 Thursday, said the national emergency commission.

Most roads were reported open, and the biggest job now becomes evaluation of the damage from the third weather emergency in three weeks.

The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal  expressed concern for some 14,000 head of livestock in the northeaster part of the country where the rain and damage was the heaviest. Some efforts will be made to bring in feed.

The tropical waves are unique to the tropics although some have been known to pass over the southern part of the United States. They are believed to be the product of wind currents in Africa. These troughs of low pressure travel west and frequently circle the globe.

The wave that passed over the country late Thursday and early today ended up becoming a disturbance off the coast of Guatemala, said the U.S. Hurricane Center. The center said it expected the system to organize and become at least a tropical depression over the next few days.

Monetary Fund cuts growth prediction

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The International Monetary Fund trimmed its 2015 global economic forecast Thursday, saying the main culprit was weaker growth in the United States, the world's largest economy.

The Monetary Fund is predicting 3.3 percent growth across the world this year, down from its 3.5 percent prediction in April. With foul winter weather in early 2015, the American economy contracted two-tenths of a percentage point in the first quarter, and the Monetary Fund has cut its U.S. growth forecast for the year to 2.5 percent, just slightly above the 2014 figure.

But the Washington-based agency is projecting 3 percent growth in the United States in 2016, with global growth accelerating to 3.8 percent.

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Economics minister promotes commerce in Guanacaste

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The economics minister is visiting Guanacaste just in time for the marimba festival.

The festival is in Santa Bárbara de Santa Cuz for three days through Sunday as a tourism draw and to keep the musical instrument and its associated culture alive.

The minister, Welmer Ramos, began a visit Thursday with the goal of developing commercial contacts in the area.

The Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio said the hope is to discuss initiatives that will provide help in the development process. Today the minister and his team will be in  La Cruz, Santa Cruz, Nicoya, Carrillo and Hojancha where they were expected to discuss reducing paperwork and encouraging small and medium enterprises to consider financing through the Sistema de Banca para el Desarrollo.