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Guanacaste developer detained briefly in fraud case
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents briefly detained Craig Williamson, the real estate developer behind a purported billion dollar project in Guanacaste, because he failed to appear in court to answer a fraud charge.

A prosecutor released Williamson Wednesday afternoon a few hours after the initial arrest once court officials fixed a new preliminary hearing for Oct. 16, Williamson said via a call from his cell phone. According to the arrest warrant, Williamson faces a criminal charge of fraud.

The prosecuting lawyer in the case, Juan Francisco Ruíz, said that Williamson failed to show up for multiple hearings, including the most recent one July 22. The arrest warrant was issued that day.

Williamson is working with Frank Biden, younger brother of the U. S. vice president, on a massive development in Libería that has blueprints promising multiple casinos, hotels, and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course.

In mid-June Williamson said a major announcement on the project would be made on July 2. However no word came of breaking ground for the long-stalled construction. The developer said he and his associates had to postpone again and that Wednesday's detention will not affect the Guanacaste Country Club, the name for the supposed $921 million project.

When reached for comment Wednesday afternoon, Biden said he was unaware of Williamson's arrest but that it “absolutely” does
not endanger the country club's construction. He declined to comment any further on the state of the country club until he could talk to Williamson.

“I'm sure there's a logical explanation for all of this,” Biden said from the United States by telephone.

In addition to not showing up for a preliminary hearing, the warrant from a criminal court in Liberia said that Williamson failed to update his address after moving, which put him in contempt.

Williamson said that he doesn't want the Libería project to be attached to this criminal accusation because “it doesn't have any validity.”

In a June conversation, Williamson denied knowing Ruíz, but said Wednesday that the lawyer has been “bullying” him for five years concerning the case of alleged fraud. He also denied in June that he had any knowledge of the upcoming court hearing.

He added that he is preparing to counter with legal action against Ruíz. “He has been trying to extort money from us,” Williamson said.

The criminal case stems from an allegation by a Canadian, Boyd Wade Kendall, who, Ruíz said, is trying to recover money he invested with Williamson.

Williamson maintains a Web site for Guanacaste Country Club selling home sites and also one for a firm called Virtus One, that says it owns and operates an array of companies, land assets, contracts and developments in the resort, recreation, utility and technology industry, according to its Web site.

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He no longer can accept the prices here

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

A followup to Ralph Simonson’s letter-to-the-editor lament in a recent issue of A.M. Costa Rica.

Adios, Pura Vida:  After being an expat for 18 years I’ve finally decided I’m no longer willing to pay the exorbitant prices in order to continue to maintain my standard of living.  Friends in the States are astounded when I recount prices I’ve been paying:  


During a recent weekly shopping visit to my local AutoMercado I walked out with two shopping bags filled with food for which I’d paid 74,022 colons ($134.00).  Last week I left overpriced Whole Foods in Fort Lauderdale with two bags of groceries which cost me $48.17.  Admittedly not the identical products from each of the stores.

Fine Dining:

Maybe here’s a better comparison:  Recently I had lunch by myself at a popular Anonos area steak house.  I had an 8-ounce. cut of meat, a small baked potato, black beans, slices of platanos, two glasses of wine.  The bill was 34,506 colons ($64.61).  Last week I took a friend to classy J. Marks in Fort Lauderdale.  Each of us had an 8-ounce prime rib with two dipping sauces, a large side of garlic mashed potatoes, a glass of Oregon Pinot Noir.  Total price including a 20 percent tip: $64.00.


I waited until I returned to Florida to get a pedicure, because it’s $10 less than what is charged at a foot care chain in San José.  And it includes a lengthy back massage.

Pura Vida indeed.
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Women should take charge internationally

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

In most of the world's countries, it is the women who preserve life.  Not only by giving birth and nourishing the next generation, but it is the women who hold the community together. 

It is the women who promote education, support the schools, hold sales to raise money for needed equipment, who help the children with their studies and extra curriculars.  And most of the teachers are women.

In almost all communities, it is the women who see that water, social services and communications function,  who hand down traditions, culture, family and friendship ties, who organize activities in the churches, the choirs, the study groups, the processions.  Women provide the moral training for the children, in church or by example.  It is the women who promote, teach and implement family planning and contraception. While it is mostly men who administer the government of a community, it is the women who take on the tasks.  They are the secretaries, the librarians, the cleaning ladies, the organizers. 

All over the world women work, without remuneration, to bring order out of chaos.  In refugee camps, in sun-parched lands, in homes, in developed countries as well as under developed ones, women feed, care, heal, and organize.

It is the women who call attention even on the international level and rise up against violence around the world.  In Pakistan, a teenage girl motivated the world for education for her gender.  In India, the women are demanding an end to violence and punishment for those who rape.  In African countries, they speak out against genital mutilation. In Liberia, the women put an end to a civil war and brought a change in government. In Arab countries, women defy the restrictions put exclusively on their sex for the right to drive cars and have jobs and to not be burdened by excess dress.

Millions of women work for peace in thousands of peace organizations in hundreds of countries.  Women have banded together for peace, for civil rights, for the right to vote, to improve conditions where they live and to protest against dangerous and harmful policies and practices.  Women's organizations fill the world. Women are capable. Women are competent. 

But where are the women on the international stage?  The few like Angela Merkle. Vilma Doussof and Cristine Laguard are still considered extraordinary in a “man's world.”  But look at any picture of any international decision-making group, including the very U.N. that declares the equality of women.  Where are the women?  Women are the peacemakers, but look at the peace conferences for Syria? For the Ukraine? For the Middle East. For the European Union?  Women handle budgets at home, in the schools, in the churches, in community programs.  But where are the women in economic forums?  The men of G8  propose to end the inequality but never do.  Let  the women do it.

United Nations Resolution 1325, which was adopted unanimously in 2000, requires consideration of gender in everything, that is, that women have equal participation in the decisions.  That includes women's participation in peace negotiations and in post conflict reconstruction, and economic planning.  But where are the women?

And where are the girls?  In February 300 girls were abducted from a school in Nigeria and have disappeared.  We saw a month of furious activity with marches, petitions and international news coverage but the girls have not been found and the world's interest has shifted to more appealing stories (World Cup).  All the technology, money and resources of the world are employed for military and political machinations but there is nothing available to find the 300 girls.  Why?

Perhaps we should ask  Where are the values?  Why are women and girls so undervalued?  Conferences on the status of women, declarations, international women's days and generations of women protesting have not brought about equal status for women.

Respect for women, which everyone endorses, means full participation of women in the world, and putting equal value on women and girls. The time has long since passed for women to take charge and to make the changes that are needed.  We can do it.
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom
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Metal theft suspects are searched from going to flagrancy court.

Police frustrate bands of metal thieves

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police detained four men Wednesday morning and seven in the afternoon during an effort to prevent the theft of railway material.

The arrests brought to 15 the number of persons detained this month for taking metal that belongs to the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles, the rail agency, said the Fuerza Pública.

Officers said the rail agency has been plagued by such thefts. The arrests were made at Alto de Birrisito in Paraíso de Cartago. The bulk of the material consists of metal cross ties from an unused line. Each cross tie costs the rail institute 35,000 colons, about $66, said officers. The thieves are believed to be selling the metal to junk yards for 2,000 colons each, less than $4.

The rails themselves are too long and heavy for most individuals to handle.

On its new and rebuilt lines, the rail agency now uses concrete cross ties.

Montes de Oca provides free Internet

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The  Municipalidad de Montes de Oca, which includes San Pedro,  says it has set up free WiFi Internet access around eight locations for the benefit of residents. Access is free and without a password, said a municipal announcement.

The municipality has invested 14 million colons, some $22,000, to support the project through December. Next year, an expansion is planned, said the announcement.

The access also is available in the vicinity of the locations to benefit hundreds of residents and businesses, it said. The locations are: Parque John F. Kennedy in San Pedro, Parque de Barrio Vargas Araya, Parque de Sabanilla, the Cedros community center, the community center in Urbanización San Marino, the community center in Barrio Betania and at the Escuela Inglaterra de San Rafael.

The eighth location, the  Parque de Urbanización Buenos Aires, still is being installed, the announcement said.

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Visiting U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon lauds Costa Rica as a model of peace
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Upon his much-anticipated arrival Wednesday, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Costa Rica a model for peace that the world could look to during times of widespread turmoil. Alluding to a number of current global conflicts, principally the unending violence in Gaza, Ban said the small country's commitment to non-violence is inspiring.

“You have been successful at keeping peace without an army, and other member states can learn from this,” Ban said. After meeting President Luis Guillermo Solís at Juan Santamaría airport Wednesday morning, the two discussed a variety of pertinent domestic and international themes. Ban said the two discussed climate change, the U.N.'s Millenium Development Goals, and child migration in Central America.

Solís accompanied Ban as he addressed the Inter-American Human Rights Court in San José with a short speech entitled “Costa Rica and the United Nations: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st century.”

Costa Rica will soon be up for re-election on the U.N.'s Human Rights Council, and national leaders have routinely expressed their desire to remain a part of the board.

Following an hour-long conversation with Foreign Minister Manuel González Sanz, the secretary general met with local reporters at Casa Amarilla for a brief interview. Among other national topics, Ban was asked about Costa Rica's conflict with Nicaragua, where he just visited before coming here. Though he said he couldn't directly comment on the matter, he said the land feud was being worked out in the U.N.'s International Court of Justice.

Ban also spoke about the vicious war between Israel and Palestine that continues to ravage Gaza and its people. After a shelter for Gaza children was bombed by Israel early Wednesday, Ban said that this 
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Protesters say they want the U.N. to blockade Israel.

was an issue of humanity and that humanity could not go on like this.

“Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children,” Ban said.

Earlier in the day President Solís made an official proclamation to call for a ceasefire in Gaza. He said Costa Rica was working with the U.N. to find any solution possible in stopping this nightmarish violence. 

“Again I want to express the repudiation and strong condemnation of Costa Rica towards violence, especially that which causes so much harm to innocent civilians,” Solís said. “We demand, under the United Nations, that there is an immediate ceasefire that would allow a stop to this bloodbath which so offends humanity.”

Environmental inspection team released after entering Nicaragua
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Six members of an environmental inspection team accidentally crossed into Nicaragua Tuesday and were detained until 11 p.m. by the Nicaraguan army.

The incident was no big deal, according to the press office of the Tribunal Ambiental Administrativo, which was critical of media sensationalism.

But the security ministry took credit along with the foreign ministry for freeing the six without an international incident.

The team was part of an announced inspection of hydro projects and
agricultural sites. They were seeking environmental damage.

The incursion into Nicaragua took place at Pueblo Nuevo in the San José de Upala district. The Tribunal Ambiental said the incursion happened because the border was not well marked and that a global positioning device carried by the team had a problem. The team was in the process of inspecting a field of rice.

The Tribunal Ambiental explained later in the day that the six had driven 650 meters into Nicaragua. The team included biologists, an environmental judge, a forestry engineer, a driver and Allan Flores, a lawyer who is the former tourism minister. The two vehicles involved were returned Wednesday. The Tribunal Ambiental is part of the  Ministerio del Ambiente y Energía.

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11 suspects held after police raids on marijuana operation in Heredia
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police broke up a large drug ring in Heredia Wednesday morning, according to a security ministry report. Officers say two Costa Rican brothers were in charge of the operation and were smuggling Jamaican marijuana into the country to then distribute.

In all, drug control officers came away with more than four kilograms of marijuana and 18 plants, along with 27 grams of cocaine and about $1,400 worth of cash.

Police detained 11 Costa Rican suspects, including one minor, for allegedly being involved in the ring. The Policía de Control de Drogas raided 12 different locations in separate towns throughout Heredia, the report said.

Celso Gamboa, the security minister, said a 34-year-old man with the last names of Morales Fallas was determined to be the operation's boss along with his brother. A third brother had been arrested in March for aggravated robbery, Gamboa said.

The security ministry report said the investigation into this criminal organization began last September. Authorities said the trafficking of marijuana from Jamaica occurred at both small- and medium-scales in terms of the amount being brought into the country with each shipment. Gamboa said that the ring seemed to be selling about a kilogram of marijuana every week, but that their suppliers had been moving around 10 kilograms per week.

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U.S. House votes to sue
president over use of power

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

After a day of drama in the chamber, the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill on a party-line vote that authorizes the House to file a lawsuit against President Barack Obama.

House Republicans say the president violated the Constitution in 2013 by changing his signature health care reform law without getting approval from Congress. Democrats say the bill is a political stunt designed to undermine the president's legitimacy.

It was a day of impassioned debate on the House floor about the state of American democracy. House Republicans say President Barack Obama, a Democrat, has openly bragged on several occasions that he has a pen, and if Congress will not act to solve problems, he will act on his own on issues such as immigration and health care.

Republican House Speaker John Boehner said the lawsuit is not about Republicans or Democrats, but about defending the U.S. Constitution from overreach by the Executive Branch.

“Are you willing to let any president choose what laws to execute and what laws to change?  Are you willing to let anyone tear apart what our founders have built?" asked Boehner.

But most Democrats fiercely oppose the lawsuit as a political move to fire up conservative Republican voters during an election year, and as a waste of Congress’ time and taxpayer money. 

Some Democrats said some Republicans have bitterly opposed President Obama from his very first day in office.  Congressman and civil rights leader John Lewis, a Democrat, said the lawsuit goes too far.

“I urge each and every one of my colleagues to have the raw courage, nothing but courage, to oppose this insulting and offensive resolution,” said Lewis.

Speaking to an enthusiastic crowd in the midwestern city of Kansas City, Missouri, the president seemed to brush off the vote, and he poked fun at Republicans for wasting time on the measure with only two days left before they leave Washington for their August recess.

“Instead of suing me for doing my job, I want Congress to do its job, and make life a little better for the Americans who send them there in the first place. Stop posturing,” said he to cheers and applause.

Some Democrats pointed out that it is ironic that House Republicans want to sue the president for delaying part of the Affordable Care Act, which the House has voted to repeal or delay more than 50 times.

Presidential historian Alan Lichtman of American University said he believes the vote, like many things in Washington, is highly political.

If it is a political maneuver, it is quite likely to backfire on the Republicans just as the impeachment of Bill Clinton backfired on the Republicans back in the late 1990s.

Lichtman said if courts find that the House has the standing to sue the president, it would put Congress in uncharted waters.

“Well this effort, if it were to succeed, to sue President Obama, would be historically unprecedented.  Usually the remedy, when you believe the president has been abusing his power, is impeachment,” said Lichtman.

Some Democrats have suggested that the lawsuit may be a first step, laying the groundwork for Republicans to try to impeach President Obama.

House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi challenged House Speaker Boehner to rule impeachment out.

“Impeachment is off the table.  Why hasn’t the speaker said that?” asked Pelosi.

Earlier in the week, Boehner said the talk of impeachment was a scam by Democrats to fire up their voters and raise money for the November elections. The White House has said it is taking the possibility of impeachment seriously, especially if the president takes more executive actions on immigration reform.

Analysts say a potential lawsuit against the president, if it moves forward, could take years to actually make it to court.

Argentina to default on debt
after bond negotiations fail

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Argentina’s economic minister says the country will default on its debt.

Minister Axel Kicillof said Wednesday the South American country failed to reach agreement with several New York hedge funds before a midnight deadline. He said Argentina had negotiated in good faith.

The hedge funds sued, demanding full repayment of their $1.5 billion share of the Argentine debt.

As Argentina’s delegation scrambled in negotiations at a New York office for a last-minute deal, the price of Argentina bonds surged 15 percent to levels not seen in more than three years.

The move higher came as U.S. ratings agency Standard & Poor's downgraded Argentina's credit rating.

This marks the second time in 13 years Argentina has defaulted on its debt.

The country moved money to a New York bank to make the scheduled debt payment, but a federal judge would not allow the country to pay only those bondholders who agreed to its debt restructuring.

Argentina officials said that means they have only partially defaulted.

The downgrade from S&P will require the country to repay some debt early.

Flood of illegal immigrants
continues at U.S. border

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. The issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.

Central American migrants continue to arrive at the south Texas border, overwhelming U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facilities there and diverting agents from patrols.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has ordered up to a thousand National Guard troops to the border to help prevent illegal activity.
"Drug cartels, human traffickers, individual criminals are exploiting this tragedy for their own criminal opportunities," said Perry.
Although Perry said the troops' presence would deter many lawbreakers, law enforcement officials in the border area are skeptical, since the National Guard lacks the authority to arrest or detain people.
But Tony Payan, director of the Mexico Center at Rice University's Baker Institute, said Perry's plan might discourage people from crossing the border.
"This impact that 1,000 National Guard members may have is if you deployed them in a specific area that is seeing a lot of traffic, because they may be able to stem the tide. So, in some sense, it is not altogether in vain," said Payan.
But Payan said an overall reform of the U.S. immigration system is needed to resolve this crisis.
"In the end, it is not new, it has always been there and it is only one small bit of a larger problem, which only Congress and the president can resolve," he said.
But that resolution is on hold for now, as the Obama administration seeks $3.7 billion from Congress to deal with the Central American influx, which U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said is quickly depleting funds.
"At our current burn rate within the Department of Homeland Security, ICE will run out of money by mid-August; Customs and Border Patrol will run out by mid-September," he said of  Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

But many Republican lawmakers, like Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby, are reluctant to approve the request.
"Will this request be the end or will it be the beginning of many new requests by the administration for emergency funding?" asked Shelby.
Payan said enforcement efforts alone will not be effective. "This is really a transnational problem that requires that the U.S., Mexico and the three Central American nations in the northern triangle of that section of the continent sit down and find development solutions, long-term solutions to this problem."
President Barack Obama met with the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala last week. They all pledged cooperation and agreed much more needs to be done to address the fundamental reasons for the migration.

House votes to overhaul
U.S. Veterans Administration

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Wednesday for a bill overhauling the scandal-ridden Veterans Affairs Department.

The $16 billion measure passed 420 to 5. It now goes to the Senate, where it also is expected to pass.

The changes are aimed at making it easier and faster for former U.S. servicemen and women to get medical treatment.

It provides funds for veterans to see private doctors if they are unable to get an appointment at a VA hospital.

It also allows for the hiring of more VA doctors and nurses and makes it easier to fire incompetent bureaucrats.

Congress moved to overhaul the VA after reports surfaced of some veterans having to wait as long as 90 days to see a doctor. Some veterans are reported to have died while waiting.

A number of VA officials were accused of altering paperwork to cover up the long waiting periods and other problems.

Ethiopians who vanished
finally located in Oregon

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Four Ethiopian athletes who disappeared after competing in a track meet in the northwestern U.S. state of Oregon last week have been found.

Police say they found three of the runners in the town of Beaverton and the fourth staying with a friend in a town in the neighboring state of Washington.

It is not clear if the Ethiopians are seeking asylum in the United States.

The four competed in an International Association of Athletics Federations championship at the University of Oregon last week.

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University of Michigan’s 2014 solar car, Quantum, speeds down the highway.

Solar car Quantum again
wins U.S. challenge race

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A car driven by a University of Michigan team has won the bi-annual American Solar Challenge for the fifth consecutive time.

This year, student-designed solar-powered cars from 23 universities in the United States, Canada, Iran and India raced 2,735 kilometers from Austin, Texas, to Minneapolis, Michigan, sharing the roads with regular traffic. The competition started on July 20 and lasted for eight days.

The University of Michigan’s Solar Car Team crossed the finish line first, in spite of problems with a motor at the beginning of the race that delayed their car, named Quantum, for as much as 30 minutes.

The three-wheeled vehicle was not built by this year's team, the usual procedure. The Quantum team raced in the 2011 World Solar Challenge, held in Australia, placing third, and came in first in the American Solar Challenge in 2012.

Due to graduation and turnover, the members of this year's team have never raced before. Team member Pavan Naik said they learned to work together, however, and help each other out. "I'm excited for the next World Solar Challenge," he said.

Kerry urges India to change
stand on global trade rules

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in New Delhi, urging India to drop its opposition to global trade reforms that economists say would stimulate the world economy.

Thursday is the World Trade Organization's deadline for adopting the reforms.

Kerry said earlier this week that India's willingness to support a rules-based trading system would attract greater investment from the United States and around the world.

India has said it would not back the trade reforms unless it is also allowed the right to buy grain from farmers at above-market prices, stockpile it, and sell it to the poor at government-subsidized prices.

World Trade rules say stockpiled food can only be sold at market prices.

Kerry is in New Delhi for the U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue.  He is the first high-level U.S. official to meet with the new Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi.

Along with trade, U.S. and Indian officials also plan to talk about climate change, energy issues, and what the State Department calls the robust people-to-people ties.

U.N. marks world day
against human trafficking

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United Nations is calling for an end to human trafficking as it marks the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. It comes four years after the U.N. General Assembly adopted a global action plan to combat the crime. This plan focuses on preventing trafficking, prosecuting offenders and protecting victims.  It calls on states to set up national programs that implement these measures.

Human rights activists regard this day as another significant step in the fight against this modern form of slavery.  Youla Haddadin, advisor on human trafficking to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said the sale and exploitation of people for economic gain occurs all over the world.  She says no country is immune from this crime.

“It takes place in farms, in factories, in private households… for me this is the most serious form when you subject people to servitude and abuse them as domestic workers," said Ms. Haddadin.  "It takes place in the form of exploiting the prostitution of others or forced prostitution.  It takes many, many different forms…Nowadays, we can see a lot of forced marriages and forced marriages are a form of trafficking.” 

This criminal flesh trade flourishes because it is highly lucrative. The International Labor Organization reports traffickers, employers, and organized crime rake in $150 billion a year from commercial sexual exploitation and forced economic exploitation.

The labor organization estimates 21 million men, women and children are victims of forced labor and forced prostitution.  It reports the Asia-Pacific region accounts for the largest number of forced laborers in the world, followed by Africa and Latin America.

Ms. Haddadin says it is difficult to pinpoint the root causes of human trafficking.  She notes there are many factors that make people vulnerable to exploitation.

“Certain groups are subjected to violence, discrimination in all its forms.  Poverty can be a contributing factor.  I would not say it is a root cause, but rather it is a contributing factor because not all poor people are victims of trafficking.  Some victims are even from rich families.…You know people choose to emigrate to other countries, seeking a better life and it turns out that they become victims of trafficking because no clear immigration policies are in place,” she said. 

The United Nations is using the event to raise public awareness of the violations suffered by millions of victims of trafficking.  It says such violence and abuse must not go unpunished.  Since human trafficking occurs in all countries, the U.N. says all governments must work to end this hideous practice.
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Police effort may save 100 turtle babies

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Law enforcement officials think they can save some 100 turtle eggs they confiscated when they were serving a warrant near the Río Parismina on the Caribbean coast.

Judicial agents and members of the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas went to a location near the river to detain a man who is facing a charge of killing turtles.

They reported that when they arrived the man pulled up in a boat containing turtle meat and some 200 turtle eggs. The man and a companion were quickly detained, and police were able to sort out viable eggs. These were turned over to a turtle hatchery run by a non-profit organization, they said. The organization is the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network.

Law officers also confiscated some 75 kilos of turtle meat. The eggs that were not viable appear to have been extracted fror the dead sea creature.

They said that the slain turtle carried a plate on a fin that appears to have been placed there for scientific research. They will attempt to locate those who did so and return the plate, they said.

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Dates set for industrial expo in 2015

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country's industrial chamber said Wednesday that the seventh edition of its Expoindustria will be April 16 through April 18. This is a showcase of products made in Costa Rica.

The Cámara de Industrias de Costa Rica said that there also will be opportunities for business discussions and chances to find new marketing opportunities domestically and internationally.

The location is at the Centro de Eventos Pedregal in Santa Ana.

Some 90 business people participated Wednesday in the announcement and the reservation of  stands at the expo. The event has its own Web site:

The chamber calls the expo the most important one for the industrial sector.