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Infinito Gold announces it is going out of business
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
(posted at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday)
Infinito Gold, Ltd., said today that it is going out of business because it cannot get any more financing.  This is the firm that is involved in an international arbitration case with Costa Rica. The company, based in Calgary, Canada, issued an announcement that said all directors and officers had resigned.

Infinito, through a Costa Rican subsidiary, planned to operate the Las Crucitas  open pit gold mine in northern Costa Rica. The plan was opposed strongly by environmentalists and some government officials even though the company had been granted all necessary permissions..

Last month Infinito announced that it had accepted an offer of a loan for up to $500,000 from Exploram Enterprises, Ltd., its major shareholder, and that $115,000 has been

advanced to the company under the loan to date.

The money was to bankroll Infinito's legal battle against Costa Rica.

However, today the firm said that the company's major shareholder and creditor has advised the company that it is unwilling to advance any further funds. A key figure in the company has been is Ronald Mannix, operator of  Exploram and a wealthy Canadian.

The company said today that it owes $90.1 million. The announcement came over the PR Newswire.

The decision by the company leaves the status of the arbitration case in doubt. The case is in the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes, and an arbitration panel already has been formed.

Harry could give a needed boost to country's tourism
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican tourism operators might be missing a bet by not embracing cryptozoology, that is the study and pursuit of unknown animals.

A YouTube video  purports to be a shot of the extinct dodo caught on a Costa Rican automatic trail camera. The video was posted in March, but recently it has gained publicity among those who follow such things.

The video has more than 700,000 views.

The dodo requires some imagination because it is shrouded in darkness. And there is no indication where the photo originated. Some viewers suspect a hoax.

Hoax or not, mysterious animals are big business. After all Costa Rica is the home of Jurassic Park, and a couple of brontosaurs would be great for tourism.

The country actually has a number of legends and sightings that could be exploited. These presumed creatures are far older than the likes of La Llorona and La Suegra, which appear to be Spanish imports.

Central America even has its own Bigfoot. It, too, is a hairy beast that is better known in Honduras and Guatemala as Sisemite.

Some call the creatures the protectors of the forest because they are said to attack hunters.

The creature's history goes way back, and there are even representation in Mayan and Olmec pottery.

A University of Costa Rica researcher studied the legend as part of a linguistic report on the Chibchan language of the Pech peoples in Honduras.

There are plenty of automatic trail cameras in operation here for environmental research. The most crypto shot reported to A.M. Costa Rica has been someone running in the deep Cocovado jungle in his birthday suit. The man appears to be a modern 
Harry from the 1987 movie

human with little hair, not the Sasquach-type  Sisemite or Yeti.

The stone spheres of the canton of Osa already are attracting a following of tourists interested in the supernatural or extraterrestrial. The spheres, after all, have been attributed to space travelers, among others. Still, legitimate archaeologists have refrained from exploiting this aspect.

Bigfoot, however, is nearly mainstream. The Animal Planet network has run a series of documentaries of a team seeking the humanoid in North America. The participants interview many individuals who said they saw such a creature, but Bigfoot has eluded the research team season after season.

Then there is the clever movie "Harry and the Hendersons," which also is available on YouTube.

Such creatures are not to be confused with the flying saucer sightings at Lake Arenal, but that is another topic.

An A.M. Costa Rica editorial
Deal with Iran is like dealing with the Devil

The assertion that there will be peace in our time has an uncomfortable ring.

That phrase was uttered in 1938, and it is being uttered today as government  officials congratulate themselves on a deal with Iran.

As a result, the United Nations is expected to lift the economic sanctions leveled on the criminal regime in Tehran. There are many parallels between the Iranian regime and the Nazis. Not the least of which is that they want to kill all the Jews. But the Iranians want to thrown in all the Americans, too.

Any deal that allows Iran to continue its unverifiable nuclear program is just an invitation for a Middle East nuclear war or worse.

Barack Obama and John Kerry know this. So the question is why they are dealing with the criminal regime in Iran in the first place. If any country and any fine people need regime change, it is there.

The nuclear deal is not verifiable. Iranian officials are fanatical liars and sneaks in the name of Allah, and Israel is probably going to have to take them out while U.S. officials wring their hands.

These facts did not stop the Costa Rican foreign ministry from praising the deal and putting in a plug for nuclear disarmament.

However, the better-connected Josh Block, president  of U.S.-based The Israel Project said this:

"Today’s announcement of this nuclear agreement with Iran is a realization of the deepest fears and the most dire predictions of skeptics who have, for two years, been warning against exactly this outcome — a bad deal that both enriches this tyrannical regime and fails to strip Iran of nuclear weapons capability.

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 President Rouhani: 'All our goals materialized under final agreement.'

"The deal will give Iran billions in cash and sanctions relief to fuel its terror and war machines, shred the hard-won sanctions regime beyond repair, and enable the Iranians to get away with hiding the full extent of their nuclear work, infrastructure, and know-how. It will not have an enforceable inspections regime or a workable way to re-impose pressure on Iran when it cheats.

"And then, after just over a decade, most of this deal will expire, and Iran will be allowed to have a full-blown nuclear program — a screw’s turn away from a nuclear weapon."

We agree and urge the U.S. Senate to dump this deal.

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Sea Shepherd expands to Florida beaches

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The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will launch a third location for Operation Jairo, its 2015 Sea Turtle Defense Campaign, in Florida this week. The campaign will bring Sea Shepherd volunteers from Belgium, China, Denmark, Germany, the United Kingdom and United States to the shores of southeastern Florida’s Greater Fort Lauderdale area beginning today, the organization said.

Operation Jairo also continues in Costa Rica and Honduras where it began May 31, marking the two-year anniversary of the tragic murder of young Costa Rican sea turtle conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval.

In Costa Rica and Honduras, Sea Shepherd is currently patrolling the beaches to protect nesting turtles and their eggs from poachers. In Florida, Operation Jairo volunteers will work to defend these ancient marine species from other human-induced threats – the most deadly being commercial lighting along the beaches, which can disorient nesting turtles and hatchlings, causing them to head away from the sea and toward dangerous lighted roadways and properties where they can become dehydrated and die or get crushed by cars.

Florida beaches are crucial nesting grounds for sea turtles, important for sustaining populations of these migratory marine animals around the world. All five species that nest in Florida, loggerhead, green, leatherback, hawksbill and Kemp’s ridley, are considered threatened or endangered. Each year, tens of thousands of turtle nests are laid on Florida’s shores. According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 90 percent of all loggerhead turtle nesting in the United States occurs in Florida and the federal government states that Florida is the most important nesting region for loggerhead, green, and leatherback turtles in the United States.

Teams of Sea Shepherd volunteers will patrol the beaches each night from July 15 through Sept. 30, working in collaboration with the local non-profit organization, Sea Turtle Oversight Protection to locate nests and rescue and release newly hatched leatherback, green and loggerhead turtles to the sea, as well as to ensure that local ordinances put in place to regulate lighting along the shore are adhered to and enforced by documenting and reporting violations.

Operation Jairo patrols continue in Costa Rica and Honduras, despite an attack by armed poachers against Sea Shepherd crew members on Costa Rica’s Pacuare Beach June 25. Two volunteers sustained minor injuries. In Honduras, Sea Shepherd volunteers have located 16 nests to date, saving more than 1,600 eggs since the campaign began. Sea Shepherd is receiving ongoing updates from its team in Costa Rica, which has also been successful in its patrols of the beaches for nesting turtles and their eggs.

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Art City Tour being held tonight

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The fourth edition this season of Art City Tour takes place tonight. This is a time when visitors can get free glimpses at the many cultural attractions in the metro area.

The event is from 5  to 9 p.m. with four bus routes passing by a number of locations for the benefit of riders.

There also will be a a number of visitors on bicycles who participate every time the event is held.

Organizers said they expected a good turnout because many students are on vacation.

The cultural locations that are open to guests are both public and private.

Among the featured locations are the  Museo del Jade y la Cultura Precolombina,  Museo Calderón Guardia, the Centro de Estudios Brasileños, the  Kukara Makara store, the Centro Cultural de España and the  Galería Sophia Wanamaker in Barrio Dent.

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Hunger will always be with us

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

As usual, the U.N. is requesting huge sums of money, spread over 15 years, so as to defeat hunger.  Hey, it's only a $1.25 per day for each hungry person, and it's only 0.3 percent of global GDP. Hey, whatever works.

In reference to global GDP however, is interesting to note that Brazil's humanitarian spending dropped by 97 percent, while China cut aid by 84 percent and Russia's  donations fell by 45 percent,  according to The Guardian, and Muslim countries, other than Turkey (as a result of Syria being next door) pale in comparison. So much for the global aspect in such matters.

A couple of points to reflect upon:

- 650 million - really?   Believe the U.N. should stop looking at crystal balls. Yes, there will be hungry - always have and always will - to quantify in such specific manner is an absurdity repeated all too often in this day and age.

Perhaps it's time to stop disparaging genetically Modified organisms at every turn?
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Traffic cop makes 2.7 million colons a month

La Nación: A Universidad de Costa Rica traffic officer earns up to 2.7 million colons a month, a bit more than $5,100.

The head of the nation's rail line says the service is obsolete

Prense Libre: The executive president said that the service being offered and the equipment are not sufficient.

Major theft at prison

El Diario Extra: A safe in the administrative offices of the  La Reforma prison in Alajuela is missing. It contained money and jewelry belonging to prisoners.

Farmers are optimistic about avocado legal process

CR Hoy: They have a strong concern over the possible trade sanctions sought by foreign growers.

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Figueroa walked some of the Central American rail lines and used the artifacts in his works. These included rusty spikes and rail ties.
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New exhibit considers the 19th century railroad as a social force
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new art exhibit addresses the power shift in Latin America with the arrival of the railroad.

The artist, Óscar Figueroa, also compared the varying contemporary views of the railroad with the current electronic culture, said the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo.

The exhibition, which opens Thursday, is titled in English “On the other side of the railroads.”

The Costa Rican artist is concerned with sociology, identity, culture and economic factors, according to a summary by the museum.

Figueroa walked some of the Central American rail lines and used some of the artifacts in his works. These included rusty spikes and rail ties.

He also addresses the many deaths that took place building the Costa Rican railroad that was promoted by U.S. citizen Minor Keith. Construction started in 1871. He tapped contemporary narratives of travelers in those times, said the museum.

Among the consideration is a study of just what is progress, said the museum.

Keith's United Fruit Co. became a political powerhouse and also managed to obtain large tracts of land for banana cultivation. The opening Thursday is at 7 p.m.

Heredia man detained on allegation that he created malicious software
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 24-year-old Heredia resident has been identified as a suspect in creating and distributing malicious computer programs.

He was detained in his home in Barreal de Heredia, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The agency said that it was working on a tip from the U. S. Federal Bureau of Investigation that identified the man though the Internet address he was using.

That led to Costa Rica, said the judicial agency.

The FBI is in the process of seeking the arrest of 30 persons

in various parts of the world for the same reason, according to the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Computers and other electronic equipment were confiscated, the agency said.

As a Costa Rican, the man cannot be extradited to the United States, but he can be tried here.

The exact natures of the operation was not given. Usually individuals with this type of activity work as groups.  The malicious software is believe to be the type that can take over computers and  send unsolicited emails to many persons. The captured computers also can be used as a weapon to disable target computers with massive amounts of data.

High court annuls marriage that was contracted for immigration reasons
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala Secunda has voided a 2007 marriage because it was contracted for purposes of obtaining an immigration status.

This was an unusual case because the woman involved, a Costa Rican, originally sought to annul the marriage because she wanted to register a child in the name of the real father.
She testified that she received 200,000 colons to participate

in the sham marriage. She said she did it for economic reasons.

Despite that, the woman's claim was rejected initially by a family court judge, but the  Procuraduría General de la República brought the case to the high civil court.

The court annulled the marriage and ordered that the child be registered as the son of the real father, said the Poder Judicial in a summary.

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Researchers make progress in redefining the kilogram as a constant
By the American Institute of Physics news staff

An ongoing international effort to redefine the kilogram by 2018 has been helped by recent efforts from a team researchers from Italy, Japan and Germany to correlate two of the most precise measurements of Avogadro's number and obtain one averaged value that can be used for future calculations. Their results are published this week in the Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data, from AIP Publishing.

Avogadro's number is approximately 6.022x10^23,  an almost unfathomably large quantity. But the number, which represents the number of discrete particles like atoms or molecules in a mole of a substance, is a useful way to wrangle these tiny particles into more meaningful quantities. A mole of water molecules, for instance, is only a few teaspoons of liquid. Because Avogadro's number is linked to a number of other physical constants, its value can be used to express other units, such as the kilogram.

The team has calculated Avogadro's number several times in the past. Each time, they obtained a value for Avogadro's number by counting the number of atoms in a one kilogram sphere of highly pure Si-28. When silicon crystalizes, it forms cubic cells of eight atoms each. Thus, it is possible to calculate the number of atoms in such a sphere by examining the ratio between the total crystal volume and the volume occupied by each silicon atom, which can in turn be calculated by measuring the cubic cell.

Earlier this year, the group obtained a new value for Avogadro's number with an uncertainty of less than 20 atoms per billion -- down from a 30-atom uncertainty in their 2011 value. But because both numbers have some degree of uncertainty, albeit a tiny one, it is more accurate to correlate them and then average them into one more neutral value: 6.02214082(11)x10^23. The number in parentheses represents the uncertainty of the last digit in the result.

Currently, the kilogram weight standard is a platinum-iridium cylinder about the size of a golf ball, housed in the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in Sevres, France. But in a day and age when science is a truly global endeavor, having just one physical standard against which all others must be calibrated is an impediment to progress. Plus, the standard itself is subject to subtle fluctuations in mass over time due to surface reactions.

That's why the international metrology community is working to redefine the kilogram in terms of a constant of physics instead of a physical object. After years of discussion and research, the kilogram will be officially redefined in terms of Planck's constant in 2018.

However, redefining one of the standard measurement units is far more complicated than updating the dictionary. "Prior to redefining the kilogram, we must demonstrate that the
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This ball is the current standard for the kilogram.

new realization is indistinguishable from the present one, to within the accuracy of the world's best balances," said Giovanni Mana, one of the lead researchers on the new paper. "Otherwise, when changing from the present definition to the new one, all users in science, industry, and commerce must change the mass value of all the existing artefacts." Such adjustments would be time-consuming and inconvenient, and would leave ample room for error.

That's where Avogadro's number comes in. Before creating a new definition of the kilogram based on Planck's constant, metrologists must first be sure that the fixed value of Planck's constant is as good as possible. Because Planck's constant can be derived from Avogadro's number (and vice versa), using other fundamental constants known more precisely, a more precise definition of Avogadro's number also strengthens the definition of Planck's constant.

Even though fixing Avogadro's number will not be the official way to define the new mass standard, counting atoms remains an important check for the accuracy of the Planck's constant-based definition, as well as a way to put the definition in practice. The two kilogram measurements, reached by different means, should closely agree with each other.

Ultimately, the redefinition of the kilogram will make precision measurement more readily available to a greater number of labs. "In metrology, it is important to ensure independence and democracy, to avoid the monopoly of a single nation or laboratory," said Mana. Pinning down Avogadro's number is one small step in this direction.

"The absense of technologies to redefine the kilogram is the biggest impediment to a redefinition of the whole system of measurement units, which is expected to deliver even more solid foundations and reliability to precision measurements and to set the stage for further innovations in technology and science," said Mana.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama will have more to say today about the historic Iran nuclear deal when he holds a news conference at the White House to continue promoting the agreement.

Many Republicans and some Democrats in Congress, as well as leaders such as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, disagree with Obama's assessment of the deal. He contends it will cut off all pathways Iran has to develop a nuclear weapon.

Tuesday, the president discussed the Iran deal with various allies in the Middle East. Among the phone calls he made, he spoke to Saudi Arabia's King Salman and reached out to Crown Prince Mohammed Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates.

The White House said Obama recalled a summit earlier this year with Persian Gulf nations and reiterated that the U.S. remained committed to working with them to counter Iran's destabilizing activities in the region.

The prospect of an increasingly assertive Iran has seen Gulf states build up their militaries, including with U.S. weaponry.

Next week, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter will head to the Middle East to try to reassure allies that the Iran deal will not undermine America's commitment to their security. As of late Tuesday, the White House had disclosed only one stop: Israel, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already condemned the accord as a stunning, historic mistake.

Secretary of State John Kerry, who spearheaded efforts by the P5+1 countries to broker an accord, on Tuesday left Vienna, where the marathon negotiations took place. He pronounced the accord a good deal.

It will limit Iran's potential development of nuclear weapons while allowing the country to maintain a civilian atomic program, scaling back the number of Tehran's advanced centrifuges by two-thirds, according to senior U.S. administration officials.

Via Twitter, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke of the deal as a new diplomatic beginning for the countries involved, calling it “not a ceiling but a solid foundation. We must now begin to build on it.”

Under economically crippling economic sanctions, Iran’s strained diplomatic relations with the U.S. and the other Western countries involved in the talks — Britain, France, and Germany — and the demands by negotiators on both sides at times threatened to thwart the Vienna talks.

One contentious point — access by monitors to Iran’s nuclear sites — was ultimately addressed with the creation of a mechanism that will allow the U.N. to push for entry, but that gives Iran the right to challenge the request through arbitration.

The deal also addresses U.N. embargoes on conventional weapons, which Iran, backed by Russia, sought to remove. It upholds the arms ban for five more years and the missile ban for eight, but the bans could end earlier if the International Atomic Energy Agency determined that Iran had complied with the terms of the nuclear deal, which includes dismantling any current work toward nuclear weapons — a charge Tehran has repeatedly denied.

In exchange, P5+1 countries agreed to lift economic sanctions on the country, in part by unfreezing billions of dollars in assets abroad as soon as Iran complies with the requirements of the nuclear agreement.

In a televised address, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani praised the agreement as well, saying "a new chapter" had begun in the country’s foreign relations.

The Vienna talks began in late June, missing three deadlines and exhausting both the diplomats. The international press corps followed the talks so closely that reporters would shout questions up to Zarif as he took work breaks on the balcony of the Palais Coburg.

By last weekend, with the latest deadline looming, the mood swung depending on the answers from the terrace,  the cloud coverage in the city, and any snippets of information gleaned from the P5+1 diplomats as they arrived at and left from the hotel.

The last full day — the deadline of July 13 — began and ended with high-level meetings at the Coburg.

Senior administration officials described a late-night phone call from Kerry to Obama, and a moment in the talks when Zarif, EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and Kerry asked all their staff to leave the negotiations table so that they could confer alone on the final details of the agreement.

By the end of the night, as the deal was largely finalized, negotiators were too exhausted for a triumphant celebration, a senior U.S. official said.

Tuesday's agreement represents a historic compromise after a 12-year standoff that has, at times, threatened to provoke a new conflict in the Middle East. It will take effect only after it clears several hurdles in Washington as well as Tehran. Conservatives in both capitals have fought against making the compromises needed to reach the agreement.

Key Points:

• Iran will reduce stockpile of low-enriched uranium by 98 percent to 300 kg for 15 years.

• Iran will reduce by two-thirds the number of centrifuges operating to enrich uranium at its main processing center.

• Iran is prevented from designing warheads or conducting experiments on nuclear weapons-related technology.

• Arms embargo on Iran will be eased, as long as International Atomic Energy Agency  judges Iran's nuclear program to be peaceful.

• International sanctions on Iran will be lifted, enabling it to export oil.

• If an international panel finds Iran is not honoring the accord, it can vote to restore sanctions.

The greatest hurdle will be the U.S. Congress, which will have 60 days to review the agreement. Republicans have a majority and are expected to vote against the deal; Obama is expected to veto any negative vote.

Tuesday, Iran and the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog signed an agreement aimed at answering questions about possible military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program.

The International Atomic Energy Agency has tried for years to get answers, including access to the Parchin military site, but has faced resistance from Iran. Agency chief Yukiya Amano said the roadmap of expert meetings and items involving Parchin should allow him to issue a report with the agency's final assessment by the middle of December.

"This is a significant step forward toward clarifying outstanding issues regarding Iran's nuclear program," he said.

U.S. military officials conceded, however, that unchaining Iran's economy from crippling sanctions would most likely translate into more money for Iran's military and its surrogates abroad.

Offering a hint of the message he'll take to U.S. allies next week, Carter said in a statement about the Iran deal that the United States stood ready to check Iranian malign influence.

"We remain prepared and postured to bolster the security of our friends and allies in the region, including Israel," the defense secretary said.

Presidential candidates split
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Candidates in the 2016 U.S. presidential race are sounding off on the Iranian nuclear deal, and their reactions primarily are split along party lines. Republican contenders have been critical and blunt in their assessment of the agreement. Their skepticism contrasts with much warmer reactions from the Democratic side.

Here is a list of some comments collected after the deal was announced Tuesday in Vienna:


Former U.S. secretary of State Hillary Clinton said President Barack Obama called to tell her an agreement had been reached even before it was announced. She called it a big advance in the effort to ensure Iran will not get nuclear weapons: "It's an important first step. All in all, we have to look at this carefully and seriously."

"I know well that the devil is always in the details in this kind of negotiation," Mrs. Clinton said in a statement. "The onus is on Iran and the bar must be set high. It can never be permitted to acquire a nuclear weapon."

Iran is the largest state sponsor of terrorism, Mrs. Clinton said, so “relentless” enforcement of the agreement is necessary. “I think this is an important step that puts the lid on Iran’s nuclear programs. It will enable us to turn our attention, as it must, to do what we can with other partners in the region and beyond to try to prevent and contain Iran’s other bad actions.”

"There is much to do and much more to say in the months ahead," Mrs. Clinton added. "But for now diplomacy deserves a chance to succeed."

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont said shortly after the agreement was announced: “I congratulate President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the leaders of other major nations for producing a comprehensive agreement to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This is a victory for diplomacy over saber-rattling and could keep the United States from being drawn into another never-ending war in the Middle East. I look forward to learning more about the complex details of this agreement to make sure that it is effective and strong.”


Former Florida governor Jeb Bush said the agreement "will only legitimize" Iran's secret nuclear activities.

“This isn’t diplomacy. It is appeasement," Bush said, adding that he could not see any justification for lifting U.S. and international sanctions against Iran. "I cannot stand behind such a flawed agreement."

Ben Carson said in a statement: "The Iran deal announced today with fanfare and another heaping dose of false hope is almost certain to prove an historic mistake with potentially deadly consequences.

"A careful review of the 100-plus pages is in order to fully understand the lengths to which the negotiators were willing to stoop to secure a deal at any cost with the world's leading sponsor of terrorism and a regime dedicated in word and deed to bringing death to America.

Of Tehran's nuclear facilities he said "Without anywhere, anytime surprise inspections  a full accounting of Iran's past secret nuclear arms pursuits, elimination of Iran's uranium stockpiles and the lifting of any sanctions only upon verification of Iranian compliance, this is not a good deal, but a recipe for disaster, and the first fateful step toward a frenzied nuclear arms race in the Middle East."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he fears for Israel’s security, and he urged Congress to block the Obama administration from moving forward on the Iran deal.

“The deal threatens Israel, it threatens the United States, and it turns 70 years of nuclear policy on its head,” said Christie. “I urge Republicans and Democrats in Congress to put aside politics and act in the national interest. Vote to disapprove this deal in numbers that will override the president’s threatened veto.”

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, on his first trip to Iowa as an announced presidential candidate, said in Cedar Rapids: "The very first step for any deal, good or bad, should be submitting it to Congress, and the president making the case both to Congress and to the American people why this advances the national-security interests of the United States . . . Everything President Obama has said up to this date has suggested that he is going to do everything he can to circumvent Congress."

Carly Fiorina, former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Corp., said Iran cannot be trusted, based on the previous actions of the regime there.

“Iran has demonstrated bad behavior for 30 years,” she said. “We know they have been trying to cheat on this deal. We know they have been funding proxies with the strategic objective of destabilizing the region.”

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said, "This is a death sentence for Israel if it is not changed."

"The impacts of a bad deal with Iran are unimaginable to our own national security, the region as a whole, and our allies," Graham added in a statement. "We simply cannot take President Obama's word that it is this or war."

Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee said if he is nominated and elected, he would "keep all options on the table, including military force, to topple the terrorist Iranian regime and defeat the evil forces of radical Islam."

In a statement he wrote, "Shame on the Obama administration for agreeing to a deal that empowers an evil Iranian regime to carry out its threat to 'wipe Israel off the map' and bring 'death to America John Kerry should have long ago gotten up on his crutches, walked out of the sham talks, and  straight to Jerusalem to stand next to Benjamin Netanyahu and declare that America will stand with Israel and the other sane governments of the Middle East, instead of with the terrorist government of Iran."

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal called on Congress and Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton to oppose the deal. "If Secretary Clinton goes along with President Obama's efforts to appease Iran," Jindal said in a statement, "it will make our enemies stronger, endanger our ally Israel and trigger a nuclear arms race in the Middle East that will destabilize the region."

Former Texas governor Rick Perry wrote on Twitter: "Americans and our allies are right to be wary of a nuclear deal . . . Iran that is riddled with concessions by the Obama Administration."

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida said the agreement was very troubling, and added, "this attempt to spin diplomatic failure as a success is just the latest example of this administration's farcical approach to Iran."

Former U.S. senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania said the idea of negotiating with Iran is folly.

"The Iranian government continues to call for 'Death to America, death to Israel,'  has existing commitments in place that they're not living up to," Santorum said. ". . .  In fact, Iran has never lived up to any of its treaty obligations. Why do we believe now that they're going to change all of a sudden? The only reason they came to the table was because of these economic sanctions that were causing problems to their economy. And now we've given them some relief on that. We're about to give them more relief on that. Why would they feel that they need to go along with this? . . . No one credibly believes that we'll be able to snap back any sanctions once this deal is signed, because it will then be an argument of interpretation: The United States will say, 'They're not doing this'; Iran will say, 'Yes, we are.' And so this will go into a long, drawn-out process."

Donald Trump, the real-estate mogul and television personality said Persians are "laughing at us," because they are great negotiators and have made "an amazing deal." Trump said sanctions against Iran should not be lifted, but should have been doubled or tripled at the outset of the long-running negotiations.

“This negotiation should have taken a week" at most, Trump said. "That’s because I’m being generous. Should have taken a day . .  This is going on forever.”

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, through his political group, "Our American Revival," posted on the Web site: "By leaving Iran as a nuclear threshold state, President Obama's deal with the Supreme Leader risks provoking a nuclear arms race in the most volatile region of the world, one that threatens the survival of our closest regional ally Israel and our key Arab partners. History and common sense tell us that we should remain distrustful of Iran."

Walker's Web site statement said, “The deal rewards the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism with a massive financial windfall, which Iran will use to further threaten our interests and key allies, especially Israel."

Terrorist hunters are seeking
support from the U.S. public

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. law enforcement teams sometimes walk a fine line in trying to enlist the help of the same communities that they're also monitoring. Authorities say they need everyone's help in battling violent extremist ideologies and actions, and to that end, they are urging the public: Trust us.

"You have to have the basic trust in law enforcement," said Chuck Jenkins, sheriff of Frederick County, Maryland. "We are the ones out there, really, to protect and serve the public, and the only way we can do that is with their help."

Countering extremism through cooperation at a time of rocky relations between authorities and the public, however, could be a hard sell. Police overreach has come under intense scrutiny in the past year after the police killings of several unarmed African-Americans.

Muslim Americans say they, too, are unfairly singled out, and not just by police, but by federal agencies taking part in Countering Violent Extremism efforts.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says those efforts begin with "the premise that well-informed and well-equipped families, communities and local institutions represent the best defense against violent extremist ideologies." It acknowledges that it pays special attention to communities that may be targeted for recruitment by violent extremists.

“I think the problem with our CVE work right now with law enforcement is they seem to be focused on Muslims, when actually, from their own data, the problem is much wider,” said Imam Johari Abdul-Malik of the Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, where he runs programs aimed at curbing extremism.

Abdul-Malik referred to recent data by the Washington-based research center New America that indicated nearly twice as many people have been killed by non-Muslim extremists — which include white supremicists and anti-government militants — as Muslim ones in the years since the 2001 al-Qaida attacks in the U.S.

Law enforcement officers say they understand extremism takes all guises. They point to the man charged in the killing of nine black parishioners in a Charleston, South Carolina, church last month, who had posted his white supremacist views online prior to the attack.

But authorities say CVE projects are aimed at militancy of all stripes.

“We encourage every parent ... to monitor their children’s social media sites, their cellphone usage, their text messaging — all those that could indicate that they're getting involved with the wrong group," said Jenkins. "And not only Muslim groups, but locally homegrown groups are becoming a real concern."

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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.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

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

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

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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A camera trap caught this cat in the corridor

Landowners creating corridor for cats

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 18 landowners near the  Proyecto Hidroeléctrico Reventazón will be getting $1.6 million today in a project to preserve the forests and to plant more trees.

The money comes from the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. The Fondo de Financiamiento Forestal de Costa Rica also is contributing an equal amount

The lands are part of a link between the Áreas de Conservación Amistad ─ Caribe and the central mountains. It is called the Subcorredor Biológico Barbilla ─ Destierro.

The corridor also is called the Paso del Jaguar because the big cats range in the area.

The area involved is  804 hectares or nearly 2,000 acres.

The meeting today will be in Siquirres, and the electrical company also is donating 34,000 tree for planting, the company said.

In addition to helping animals. the land will provide a stable watershed for the area.

Man forced into home and murdered

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Pública officers were called to  Catarina de Sixaola Monday night and said they spotted a body in a plastic bag inside the home.

The Judicial Investigating Organization identified the dead man by the last name of Gallo and said that he had been forced into the home from the public street shortly before his death.  That is why a neighbor called police.

The location is in the southeastern part of the county on the Caribbean coast.

The two suspects are 18 and 26, the agency said.

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Rail agency says its value is $1.02 billion

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's rail agency said Tuesday that an inventory of its holdings shows that it has a value of $1.02 billion.

The agency is the  Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles, which operates the valley train line.

The institute said that a complete inventory had not been done since 2000 and that the estimated worth was needed so that the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos could set rates.

The report also point out the way Costa Rican appraisal methods differ from world standards. The study by the  Centro de Investigación y Capacitación en Administración Pública at the Universidad de Costa Rica did a piece-by piece inventory and assigned values to each piece of real estate, rail line and even automobiles. The study did not address the gross and net income of the rail institute.

The last time that the inventory was done, the institute determined that its holdings were work about $69 million, so the new value is nearly 15 times as much.