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Teachers who strike today told they will not be paid
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Public employees are expected to take to the streets today in force, but the central government has warned that teachers, at least, will not be paid if they take off the day to march.

The Ministerio de Educación Pública said that the decision to strike violated the rights of children. A statement urged parents to send their youngsters to school today. The ministry appealed to the ethics and professionalism of teachers.

The ministry's department of human resources has asked school directors to keep an accurate list of who comes to work today and who does not.

The principal education unions are the  Asociación Nacional de Educadores and the Asociación de Profesores de Segunda Enseñanza.

The ministry said that officials had held 31 meetings with teacher union representatives, but blamed the unions for breaking off negotiations.

Meanwhile, the union that represents Caja employees issued a blistering statement that said nothing had changed under the Luis Guillermo Solís administration. It listed waiting lists containing thousands of patients.

The union is the Unión Nacional de Empleados de la Caja y la Seguridad Social.  

The union for years has been issuing critical statements about conditions in the national health system.

The union said Thursday that despite claims to the contrary, the waiting lists are growing. It said that just in the Hospital de Alajuela some 11,000 patients are waiting for a gastroscopy and 5,000 are awaiting a colonoscopy.

At Hospital México some 5,000 persons are awaiting the results of biopsies due to the lack of equipment and professionals, it added.

The union also voiced unhappiness with increases in the months of service needed for a pension and the size of the pension.

The central government vows that services will be maintained despite the strike, but the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio  already postponed a press conference that had been scheduled for 10 a.m. today to discuss credit cards.

The protest today is being organized by the Bloque Unitario Sindical y Social Costarricense, which claims to represent from 50 to 80 other unions.

The organization said that between 8 and 10 a.m. today strikers will gather at either Parque Central on Avenida Segunda or at the Fuente de Hispanidad in front of Mall San Pedro. Either gathering will block traffic on Avenida Central.

The route of the march will be to Casa Presidencial in Zapote.

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Six-shooter shotgun and a former syringe are among confiscated weapons.
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Some homemade weapons are finely machined but others are primitive.
There's no shortage of creativity in making firearms
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Ricans can be creative in the manufacture of weaponry. There is no secret that firearms can be purchased easily on the street, despite government prohibitions.

But for many the problem is money. A new, top-of-the-line revolver might cost as much as $1,000 when purchased illegally.

A stolen pistol might cost much less, but there always is the danger of the purchase being blamed for a previous crime.

The Fuerza Pública said it confiscated 89 homemade weapons since January. Such seizures seldom end in jail time for those in possession. Police as well as most citizens
 know that firearms are nice to have in some neighborhoods.

So usually those with homemade weapons are poorer individuals, although some jury rigged weaponry has been used in crimes.

Police said Thursday that they confiscated one homemade weapon in Miramar. The device was a veterinarian's syringe that had been modified to shoot a .22-caliber bullet.

Other weapons look like they came from the plumbing department of some hardware store. Sometimes the trigger and firing pin is just a big elastic band.

Most appear to be more lethal to the user than a target.

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Decree expands Parque Braulio Carrillo

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The president signed a decree Thursday that added the existing Reserva Forestal Cordillera Volcánica Central to the Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo.

He took the action along with Edgar Gutiérrez, the minister of Ambiente y Energía.

The ceremony was at the Escuela de Concepción in San Isidro de Heredia.

The park is just north of San José and most of the mountains seen from the capital in that direction are in the park.  So is the Autopista  Braulio Carrillo, the main highway to the northern zone and the Caribbean coast.

The decree adds 2,386 hectares or 5,896 acres to the park's 47,588 hectares or 117,593 acres.

Solís said the new designation would give the reserve more protection.

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  Visiting croc gets run out of town

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 1.65 meter female crocodile might not seem to be a mighty foe, but pets and children might think so. That is why law enforcement is quick to remove such wandering critters.

The last such case was in Boca Vieja de Quepos where neighbors spotted the five and a half-foot reptile near homes Wednesday night.

Members of the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas, the Cuerpo de Bomberos and the Sistema Nacional de Áreas de Conservación of the Ministerio del Ambiente participated in the relocation.

The animal ended up in the mangroves along the Río Pirrís, which is considered good territory for crocs.

Missing man's brother to run to help others

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Michael Dixon, who vanished in Tamarindo six years ago, is the
motivation for his brother to run in the Frankfurt, Germany, Marathon this month.

The brother, David, has been instrumental in keeping alive the case of his brother, a British citizen and magazine newsman who was working in Belgium.

David Dixon said that he is running in the marathon Oct. 25 to raise money for a missing person charity.

Michael Dixon is one of a handful of tourists and expats who have gone missing in Costa Rica. Some Costa Ricans also have vanished.

David Dixon said that Missing People is a
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registered charity in London, where he lives and that sponsors can donate via JustGiving.

Michael Dixon stayed at the Villas Macondo Hotel in Tamarindo, and he is believed to have been seen last at a local nightspot.

The brother continues to be critical of the police response.

"Evidence indicates he was the victim of violent crime," the bother said of Michael, adding that " . . . Costa Rica authorities and British police did little to investigate. They've now given up on the case, despite the family’s long-standing appeals for assistance."

 “I’m going to run in Frankfurt to raise money for Missing People because families can only rely on themselves, or on charities like this, if their loved ones go missing abroad,” he said, adding:

“Michael’s case was grossly mishandled. So I’m also running to raise awareness of the issue. The British government needs better procedures to protect people when they travel.”

Michael Dixon was 35 when he vanished, and his brother said the nature of his work was not likely to be a reason for his disappearance.

“It’s never too late for someone to come forward if they know what happened to my son,” Lynn Dixon, Michael’s mother said.

“Things sometimes feel normal after all this time. But then, every day, I realize that nothing is normal. I don’t want anybody else to go through what we’re going through,” she added. 

Veterans will honor the fallen Nov. 6

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Veterans here will gather Nov. 8, a Sunday,  for a U.S. Veterans Day and Commonwealth Remembrance Day ceremony.

The location is the International Baptist Church in Guachepelín, Escazú. Officiating at the 5 p.m. ceremony will be the Rev. Stacey Steck of the Escazú Christian Fellowship.

A spokesman for the local veteran groups said that everyone is invited to attend, especially all former British Commonwealth country military vets and all members of the U.S. military. The invitation extends to their families and widows and children of veterans, the spokesman, Melvin Goldberg, a retired U.S. Navy commander, said.

The purpose of this day is to honor all living veterans and to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in time of war, he added.

The church is visible from the Caldera highway just one mile west of Multiplaza, he noted.

Veterans Day this year is Nov. 11. The original name was Armistice Day when it was declared to mark the end of World War I.  Commonwealth Remembrance Day is the same date.

Young directors to perform tonight

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Seven directors will lead the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional tonight in a program for young conductors.

The symphony will perform at the Catedral Metropolitana at 7 p.m. The event is free.

The young directors are students of  Carl St. Clair, who is the full-time director of the orchestra. For some of the directors, tonight will be their first time in the role in public.

Man accused of robbing pedestrians

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents have detained a man they say has committed at least 10 street robberies.

The 31-year-old man was detained near his residence in Tejacillos de Alajuelita. Agents said they tracked the man down due to the type of vehicle he drove and reports from victims.

Agents alleged that this was the man who cruised the streets and would stop to ask pedestrians for directions. Once they neared the vehicle, the robber would threaten them by saying he had a gun. He then ordered them into the vehicle where a second man in the back seat would take their belongings, agents said.

The crimes took place between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. in  San José, Santa Ana, Desamparados and Aserrí.

Agents said that when the man was detained they recovered a briefcase that had just been taken from a robbery victim. They expect to hear from more victims.

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Nicoya council to mourn the loss of southern part of peninsula Sunday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The government of the Canton of Nicoya says it will declare a period of provincial mourning Sunday as part of its battle to reclaim the southern part of the peninsula.

The mayor, Marco Antonio Jiménez Muñoz, noted in a statement that exactly 100 years have passed since the then-president Alfredo González Flores issued a decree incorporating the districts of  Lepanto, Cóbano, Paquera and
islands in the Gulf of Nicoya to the canton of Puntarenas.

The Nicoya municipal government has claimed lately that  González Flores did not have the power to do that and that a law was required to change the boundaries of the province of Guanacaste.
Jiménez said that those who support the cause will gather in the Parque Recaredo Briceño at 5 p.m. and that lights will be dimmed for five minutes and 100 candles will be lighted to mark the passage of time.

The municipality is involved in a court case to recover the districts.

González Flores apparently took the action because transportation across the waters of the gulf was more efficient at the time.

Residents of the lower part of the peninsula still have to cross the gulf either by ferry or by the Puente de Amistad further to the north to handle local governmental paperwork

Country represented at forums
in two European cities

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica was represented in two European cities Thursday.

Mercedes Peñas, the wife of President Luis Guillermo Solís was in Turin, Italy, for a forum on local development.

Manuel A. González, the foreign minister, also was at a forum. 

This one was in Budapest, Hungary, where he stressed in a speech the strategic importance of the country's relationship with the European Union, said the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto.

González also urged approval of a a cooperation and commercial association agreement with Costa Rica.

The president's wife is expected to travel to New York where she will participate in the 35th anniversary celebration of the University for Peace in Ciudad Colón.

That will be at the United Nations, which operates the university.

Casa Presidencial said that expenses for her trip were being assumed by sponsors of the two events.

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Mercedes Peñas, Costa Rica's first lady, presents a gift to Giuliano Giubilei, deputy director of TG3, the Italian state television station who is involved with the forum in Turin.

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Manuel A. González addresses the forum in Hungary.

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Four-year study determines impact of rain and heat on turtle sex
By the Florida Atlantic University news staff

Marine turtles deposit their eggs in underground nests where they develop unattended and without parental care. Incubation temperature varies with environmental conditions, including rainfall, sun, shade and sand type, and affects developmental rates, hatch and emergence success, and embryonic sex.

Although the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) has been around for more than 60 million years, drought, heavy rainfalls and record temperatures are impacting hatchling sex ratios and influencing future reproduction. Because sea turtles don’t have an X or Y chromosome, their sex is defined during development by the incubation environment. Warmer conditions produce females and cooler conditions produce males.

Researchers from Florida Atlantic University have just published the results of a four-year study in the journal Endangered Species Research, on the effects of turtle nest temperatures and sand temperatures and on hatchling sex.

“The shift in our climate is shifting turtles as well, because as the temperature of their nests change, so do their reproduction patterns,” said Jeanette Wyneken, professor of biological sciences at the university. “The nesting beaches along Florida’s coast are important, because they produce the majority of the loggerhead hatchlings entering the northwestern Atlantic Ocean.”

Loggerhead turtles are already fighting an uphill battle since roughly one in 2,500 to 7,000 sea turtles make it to adulthood. The typical loggerhead produces about 105 eggs per nesting season and would have to nest for more than 10 nesting seasons over the span of 20 to 30 years just to replace herself and possibly one mate. And, if enough males aren’t produced because of climate changes, then this will result in a dire problem for this species.

“If climatic changes continue to force the sex ratio bias of loggerheads to even greater extremes, we are going to lose the diversity of sea turtles as well as their overall ability to reproduce effectively. Sex ratios are already strongly female biased,” said Professor Wyneken. “That’s why it’s critical to understand how environmental factors, specifically temperature and rainfall, influence hatchling sex ratios.”

Professor Wyneken and her team documented rainfall and sand temperature relationships as well as rainfall, nest temperatures and hatchling sex ratios at a loggerhead turtle nesting beach in Boca Raton, located in southeast Florida.

Nesting season, which runs from April through October,
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were sampled across 2010 and 2013. The researchers used temperature dataloggers in the sand at three locations and buried them at three different depths to create temperature profiles of the sand column above the level that would directly influence eggs. The rainfall data were graphed with sand temperature for each depth.

Nest temperatures were recorded throughout incubation. Rainfall data collected concurrently with sand temperatures at different depths showed that light rainfall affected only the surface sand. Effects of the heaviest rainfall events tended to lower sand temperatures. However, the temperature fluctuations were very small once the moisture reached upper nest depths.

Nest temperature profiles were synchronized with rainfall data from weather services to identify relationships with hatchling sex ratios.

The sex of each turtle was verified laparoscopically in a lab to provide empirical measures of sex ratios for the nest and the nesting beach.

“The majority of hatchlings in the sampling were female, suggesting that across the four seasons most nest temperatures were not sufficiently cool to produce males,” said Professor Wyneken. “However, in the early portion of the nesting and in wet years, nest temperatures were cooler, and significantly more males hatched.”

After a small operation to determine sex, the baby turtles were kept in the lab to recover and then released into the Atlantic.

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Fully Furnished American style Apartments for Rent
2-bedroom, 2- bathroom, fully furnished American-style apartments with elevator in a secure building in Barrio Amó. Cable, Internet, water included. Shared laundry. Convenient to Parque Morazán,
hotels, restaurants, casinos, city government, national registry. $600-$650 per month plus electricity. ½ month security deposit. No lease.  The larger apartments are $650 per month. They have larger bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens. It would be best for the prospective tenants to visit
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San Francisco de Dos Ríos, El Bosque, furnished 2-bedroom,1-bath apartment, quiet area, free cable TV WiFi, large patio area, swimming pool, parking, security. Close to San José. $450/month. Retired persons preferred. Call 8375-6838. Email:

Unfurnished 400-sq. ft. apartment, with modern kitchen, located on beautiful Junquillal Beach is waiting for you. Sea Turtles are common to this beach. Great area for surfing one of C.R.'s premier surf spots or boogie boarding. Close to a market, restaurants and more touristy areas - Playa Negra and Tamarindo, if you want shopping, etc. This area is a great community. If you are looking for a nice relaxing area, this is it. $500 month + electric, visit our Web page -  - for more info, photos and to view a video. Or call (506) 5004-3473.

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for  your stay in this beautiful part
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The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes from 2 bedrooms to 8 bedrooms ocean view with private pool,  all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous Manuel Antonio national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, whitewater rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, Fully equipped, Pool, concierge,  parking, cable TV, and Internet. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation, Call us for your family vacation package.
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Small furnished apartment with private entrance for one or two adults. No pets. Located in Colonia del Rio, San José, approx. 1.5 miles northeast of San José Centro. Location can be seen in Google maps: Calle 24 on the Rio Torres. Apartment fronts the river.  All utilities including Wi-Fi and TV cable. Photos on request. $350 a month with a month's deposit and three months minimum rent. Enclosed garage available for $50. Available Oct. 26. Email telephone 2256-9426.

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Available immediately. Rural, secure (24/7) gated community. 20 minutes from Playas del Coco and only 7 minutes. from Playa Matapalo (think RIU Hotel).  Two-story, 3-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath home with pool, carport, wifi and access to the community pool and workout center. $1,100 USD plus utilities. (Agents: flat fee)  Contact: Wanda R Dunn at 8337-0032 or 1-610-732-3204 from U.S.
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2 bedroom, 1 bath, $700 includes electric, water, cable, Internet & WiFi. Fully furnished. Inside gated property close to town, Santa Bárbara de Heredia. No dogs please.

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Beautiful fully furnished apartment for rent
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Spectacular rentals are available for low weekly prices on at resorts such as Bahia Turquesa Residences and Villas Sol Playa Hermosa in Guanacaste. We have 
1- to 3-bedroom ocean and garden view timeshares available and most offer air conditioning, cable TV, fully equipped kitchens, and relaxing hammocks on private balconies. Enjoy the unique combination of seclusion and convenience as all resorts listed on our site are close to popular Costa Rican attractions and downtown 
centers, but are surrounded in lush, tropical forest. Villas are also available for sale in our inventory, so you can enjoy yearly vacations to this mesmerizing rainforest paradise. Please visit our rental inventory HERE!  or call us toll free at 877-815-4227, International: 603-516-0200.  Email:

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 Unfurnished apartment with modern kitchen right on the beach
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Villa with separate studio apartment in north Playas del Coco. Two bedrooms and two baths in the villa. Fully furnished.  Laundry facilities. Yard fenced in. Pets Ok. Large covered terrace with views. A/C, satellite TV. Surrounded by gardens, palms and other tropical trees frequented by monkeys. Rent villa for $1,300/month or both for $1,500. Contact owner Linda: 2670-0779 or 8347-4705.

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Beautiful Cottages for rent
Cottages located in the mountains of Los Angeles, San Rafael, Heredia. Surrounded by trees and nature, beautiful gardens. 45 minutes from San José. Bus line service, security. Pets allowed.
    - 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 balcony, 1 ranch. $900 monthly
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 Surrounded by nature.
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Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet.  Rent per month $750 plus utilities with free internet.  Price for Sale $179,000   Contact Mike:  Check out slide show HERE!

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Hacker from Kosovo held
for aiding the Islamic State

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In what the Justice Department calls the first case of its kind, the United States has charged a Kosovo citizen with computer hacking and handing over the personal information of more than 1,300 U.S. military members to Islamic State.

Authorities in Malaysia arrested Ardit Ferizi on a U.S. warrant. The Justice Department will seek his extradition to the U.S.

Prosecutors allege Ferizi used the alias Th3Dir3ctorY and ran an Internet hacking group called the Kosova Hacker's Security.

They say he broke into the computer system of a U.S.-based company and stole personal information on 1,351 U.S. military members and federal employees and passed that information to the terrorists.

In August, an Islamic State member named Junaid Hussain sent out a Twitter message that contained a link to a longer document. That document said, "We are in your emails and computer systems, watching and recording your every move. We have your names and addressees . . . we are extracting confidential data and passing on your personal information to the soldiers of the khilafah who soon with the permissions of Allah will strike at your necks in your own lands."

The rest of the document listed the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of the federal military and civilian workers. It is not yet clear whether any Americans were harmed as a direct result of the stolen information.

Ferizi faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted.

Synthetic drug sweep nets
151 persons in 16 U.S. cities

By the A.M. Costa Rica  wire services

U.S. law enforcement officials say they have arrested 151 people in 16 cities in connection with more than 10 metric tons of assorted synthetic drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Agency, along with other federal, state and local police agencies also seized more than $15 million and 39 weapons in a 15-month nationwide operation.

Officials say they targeted money launderers and major dealers who allegedly sold or facilitated the sale of illegal substances.

Drug designers have created 400 new substances in an effort to get around laws banning certain drugs. Authorities blame these substances for serious illnesses, emergency room visits, overdoses, and some deaths.

A DEA note to journalists says many of the drugs were created in rogue laboratories in China while profits from these activities make their way to countries of concern in the Middle East.

U.S. government deficit lower
but still put at $18.4 trillion

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. government's budget deficit fell to its lowest level in eight years for the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, as the recovering economy boosted tax revenue.

Treasury Department officials reported Thursday that the deficit fell 9 percent to $439 billion, an amount equal to 2.5 percent of the total output of the world's largest economy. 

While the deficit is growing more slowly than it has in other years, adding it to past deficits brings the total national debt to $18.4 trillion, which is around the size of the entire U.S. economy.

The Republican-dominated Congress and the Democratic Obama administration are in a political squabble over a looming deadline to renew the legal authorization for financing the debt.

Under U.S. law, Congress has to authorize borrowing money by raising the debt limit. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew said Thursday that Washington would hit that limit Nov. 3, a few days sooner than previously thought.

Major New York restaurants
to phase out tipping waiters

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tipping, giving a waiter or waitress an extra 10, 15 or 20 percent of the check when dining out, is an American custom that baffles many visitors to the United States, but it may be changing.

The popular Union Square Hospitality Group of restaurants in New York is eliminating the practice, saying that it will instead give a fair wage to its employees so that they are no longer dependent on tips for their income.

Chief Executive Officer Danny Meyer said all 13 of his restaurants would phase out tipping over the next year. The practice isn't fair to all employees, he said.

"We believe hospitality is a team sport, and that it takes an entire team to provide you with the experiences you have come to expect from us," he said in an announcement.

"Unfortunately, many of our colleagues, our cooks, reservationists and dishwashers, to name a few, aren't able to share in our guests' generosity, even though their contributions are just as vital to the outcome of your experience at one of our restaurants," Meyer added.

Meyer is not the first to eliminate tipping, with some higher-end restaurants having already abolished the policy. But the fact that such a large and prominent group would do away with tipping may lead the way for more restaurants to do the same, analysts said.

Food workers around the country have been seeking a higher minimum wage, and the state of New York plans to phase in a $15-an-hour minimum wage. 

Canadian who was Iran hero
reported to have died at 81

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former Canadian ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor, who sheltered six Americans during the 1979 Iranian hostage crisis, has died at the age of 81.

His family said Taylor died Thursday after a two-month battle with colon cancer.

As Canada’s envoy to Iran, Taylor played a key role in the rescue mission carried out by the Canadian government and the CIA. The mission inspired Ben Affleck's 2012 Acadamy Award-wining movie "Argo."

Taylor kept the Americans hidden at his residence and at the home of his deputy, John Sheardown, in Tehran for three months. Taylor facilitated their escape by arranging plane tickets and persuading the Ottawa government to issue fake passports.

Former Canadian prime minister Joe Clark, who was in office during the Iranian hostage crisis, called Taylor a Canadian hero and “an example of what we can be at our best.”

For his actions in Iran, Taylor was awarded the U.S. Congressional gold medal. In 1980, he was made an officer of the Order of Canada.

After his return from Iran, Taylor was appointed Canada’s consul general in New York.

He is survived by his wife and son.

Two more suspects identified
in 1988 Pan Am bombing

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scottish prosecutors have identified two more Libyan suspects in the 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, which killed 270 people.

Scotland's Crown Office said Thursday chief prosecutor Frank Mulholland and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch agree that the two Libyans can be questioned under Scottish and U.S. laws as part of the ongoing investigation.

The Scottish government did not name the suspects. But newspapers identify them as former Libyan intelligence chief Abdullah Senussi and bomb expert Abu Agila Mas'ud. Both are in prison in Libya on unrelated charges with Senussi having been sentenced to death.

Libyan authorities have not yet responded to Scottish requests to meet with the two.

A bomb planted in a suitcase blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over the Scottish town of Lockerbie in December 1988. All 259 people on board were killed along with 11 people on the ground. Most of the victims were American college students.

The late Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi never admitted guilt for the terrorist attack, but as part of his efforts to ingratiate himself with the West, he said Libya was responsible. He paid $2.7 billion in compensation to the the victims' families.

He also turned over the main suspect in the bombing to Scotland, Libyan intelligence agent Abdel Baset al-Megrahi.

Al-Megrahi became the only person convicted for the attack. He died in 2012 still insisting he was innocent.

Families of those killed say they always believed more people than al-Megrahi were involved.

Scientists zero in on shots
against hemorrhagic viruses

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

For the second week in a row since the most recent ebola epidemic began in March 2014, the World Health Organization says no new cases of the disease have been reported in West Africa, according to an ebola situation report issued Oct. 14.

Despite the good news, the ebola epidemic in West Africa is not over yet. Nor has the world heard the last of the deadly virus, according to Anthony Fauci at the National Institutes of Health.

"We are going to have other ebola outbreaks. History tells us that ebola doesn’t just disappear and go away," Fauci said.
To prove his point, Fauci pointed out that there have been 24 outbreaks of ebola since 1976. But it wasn't until this year that a vaccine that’s 100 percent effective was available. That's because scientists in the public and private sectors, even those from competing pharmaceutical companies, worked together to produce a safe and effective vaccine in record time.

The vaccine combines a piece of the Zaire strain of ebola with a weakened cold sore virus. The result is vaccine that doesn't make people sick, but protects against ebola-Zaire.

There are four different strains of ebola virus that can affect people. "The available evidence is that a vaccine against one strain will not protect against other viruses of a different strain," according to Mark Feinberg, the chief scientist for Merck Vaccines, a branch of the pharmaceutical company that produced the vaccine for trials in West Africa. Merck is also known as MSD.

Although the current vaccine only protects against ebola-Zaire, Feinberg said the cold sore virus, or VSV, can be combined with proteins from other strains of ebola. He said, "The VSV approach for the Zaire ebola strain that was tested in this study has been successfully and very effectively applied to all the other known strains of ebola" in studies involving monkeys. 

Fauci, who heads the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said marrying the weakened cold sore virus with a piece of other hemorrhagic viruses could produce vaccines against the deadly marburg virus or the less deadly but more prevalent lassa virus.

Well before the first case of ebola broke out in West Africa, scientists were working on vaccines for other deadly hemorrhagic viruses. Marburg is just as deadly as ebola, and lassa is a virus that is far more common in Africa than ebola or marburg. Up to half a million people in West Africa get lassa fever every year and about 5,000 die from it, according to data from the World Health Organization.

Lassa fever is a major health problem throughout West Africa. Fauci said. "Our original purpose before the outbreak of ebola in West Africa, was to . . . have VSV as a vector and to have marburg, lassa and ebola in there."

He said the research on producing vaccines against hemorrhagic viruses will go forward. The goal is to never have an ebola epidemic again. "Our original purpose before the outbreak of ebola in West Africa, was to do just that: to have VSV as a vector and to have marburg, lassa and ebola in there. That was the original plan. When ebola had this historic outbreak in West Africa, we put aside the plans for the others and we focused on developing just the ebola," Fauci said.

The next time ebola breaks out, Fauci said, public health specialists want to be prepared.  Meanwhile, research continues on vaccines for all hemorrhagic viruses. The goal is to end the suffering from all hemorrhagic fevers in West Africa.

Find in China challenges
out-of-Africa migration

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Forty-seven human teeth dug out of a cave in southern China reveal that the modern human species, Homo sapiens, may have arrived in China 80,000 to 120,000 years ago, much earlier than prevailing theories suggest.

A study published Wednesday in the science journal Nature says teeth from the Fuyan Cave site in Hunan province's Daoxian County place Homo sapiens in southern China 30,000 to 70,000 years earlier than in the eastern Mediterranean or Europe.

"The model that is generally accepted is that modern humans left Africa only 50,000 years ago," said Maria Martinon-Torres, a researcher at University College London and a co-author of the study. "In this case, we are saying the Homo sapien is out of Africa much earlier."

Older traces of modern humans have been seen outside Africa, such as the roughly 100,000-year-old remains from the Skhul and Qafzeh caves in Israel. But many researchers had argued that those remains were only evidence of unsuccessful efforts at wider migration.

The excavations for the Fuyan Cave also found the remains of hyenas, extinct giant pandas and dozens of other animal species. The researchers found no stone tools. It is likely that humans never lived in the cave and their remains were instead hauled in by predators.

It is also not clear why modern humans would have reached East Asia so long before they reached Europe. Martinon-Torres suggests that humans could not gain a foothold in Europe until Neanderthals there were teetering on extinction. The frigid climate of Ice Age Europe may have presented another barrier to people adapted to Africa.

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These 2 lots are in the Pacific southern zone,
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Will give a great deal on one of these lots, only $29,990.  Both of these lots have water, phone lines, Internet accessibility, electricity, easy 3 kms. access to the Costanera.  2-wheel drive accessible.  Close to new hospital, beautiful beaches and county services.  Financing available.   Lote 234, This corner lote is excellently located in lower Tres Rios.  Has 2 well-sculptured lots for 2 houses or one for multiunit cabins.  Lote 236,  1 1/2 hectare.  Big lote for building a grand house, with a smaller plantel for a cabin.  Small ocean view with great sunsets.  Watch the videos for more information, Planos,  and details.   Email: CR phone   2786-5555. USA call  760-536-4717 YouTube link for more real estate deals. 

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Lovely east coast property for sale
This is a huge property surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens. The house is about 85% built, but I will give you the property completely finished.  The whole land includes 7,886 m2 or 84,884 ft2 of forest and gardens in a mountain area of Cimarrones, Limón, east coast. Full house with large master bedroom plus bathroom. One extra guest bedroom. Large dining room. Large kitchen area. Another extra bathroom for guests. Large laundry room and two cellars (storage areas). The house has wide corridors where you will see a breathtaking view of large gardens and forest.  I am open to hear your offer. The full property and land price is $125,000. Call Harold Fonseca, Phone number (506) 8702-4217, Email:

Escazu villa
Escazú villa. spectacular 360 degree city and mountain views.
Enjoy the sunsets along with the sunrise

There are special properties, which are more than mere houses. Where you can appreciate moments where you build memories. Relaxing reading in the garden of 5000 sq. m. Places to enjoy moments with family or friends with large heated pool. Beautiful city views of San José with mountain view. Places, where you can enjoy the comforting warmth of the sun throughout the day with cool nights of living 1,300 meters up on your own Mountain Noel. You are away from all the noise of San José, yet you are only 15 minutes drive there. Costa Rica largest mall is also only 15-minutes drive away.
The main house four bedrooms with four bathrooms, large office with built-in wood cabinets, and beautiful hardwood ceilings throughout the whole house. The main house is 330 sq. m. For your guest, there is a self-contained apartment of 100 sq. m. consisting of two bedrooms and two baths. Nice layout with a living room and dining room and kitchen all have views. For being so near to the city and to have that much land is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The selling price is land value will throw in the house and the apartment. Price is $690,000. Contact

Osa home
Costa Rica Tropical Paradise Beach House For Sale
Tropical 5-acre forested beachfront property with custom house and guest casita on the Osa Península, South Pacific Coast. Abundant wildlife, exotic plants and fruits, secluded beach.

Located 8 km south of Puerto Jiménez on the way to Matapalo and Corcovado National Park. Great Price $775,000. Contact:
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Hill Villa Esterillos Oeste, Costa Rica
Property size: 3405.14 sq. mtrs or 37,000 sq. feet
Gorgeous house built 5 years ago to U.S. standards on 37,000 sq. ft TITLED property. This home (240 sq. mtrs or 2,600 sq. ft) has 360-degree ocean and mountain views and electric-gated private road access. The large open style home has soaring teak ceilings, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, custom cabinetry and ceramic tiles throughout and a doubled car electric garage door. There is also a beautiful large swimming pool surrounded by exotic garden, laundry room and bodega. This is a very special and rare property because of the INCREDIBLE VIEW and excellent location. This one of a kind home and property is truly a must to see. all custom built furniture included. Photo gallery click here:    Contact Jack  Email:   Cell: (506) 8812-1789

  Beautiful house 
in nature reserve
for sale
La Union
Sustainable design, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 2 parking spaces, surrounded by nature and overlooking La Carpintera reserve. Construction 180 m2, land 670 m2. Cartago, Tres Rios La Union. Residential Sierras de la Union. Great Price $250,000. For more information, please contact us at  Phone: (506)  8922-9413.

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 $999,000. USD
or call (506) 8707-1037  (506) 2778-8408

Big House for Sale in Playa Grande,
Santa Cruz, Guanacaste
834.62 square meters property with 326 square meters construction. Two-storey house with front porch, entry lobby, living room, dinning room, large kitchen, breakfast room, large cupboard, 3 ½ bathrooms, 3 large bedrooms, the main bedroom includes jacuzzi and balcony. Playground, office, laundry area, garage for two cars, own and municipal potable water supply, electricity service, cable TV system, A/C. Located 700 meters from Las Colinas Golf Course, near the airport, Tamarindo Beach and the best beaches of the country. Excellent construction and great details. Price $349,000. 2,866.33 square meters building lot with three terraces. Price $75,000. For more information, please contact us:
Email Phone (506) 2653-6417.
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For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú
Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant.
Large lower lot, incredible views. Flexible zoning.
Easy to get liquor license. Low interest financing.
Toll free US phone 877-778-8515
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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 $749,000.
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Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
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.

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!

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 $199,000.  Call  Jeff: 8824-8113 or 8725-8176.  Email:

Aerial Ocean and Volcano Views with Boutique Coffee! 33 Acres $380,000. Click HERE!

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:

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 fire stations to be built with bonds

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The fire department will get two new large stations as a result of a bond issue engineered by the Instituto Nacional de Seguros.

The amount involved is 13.7 billion colons or about $26 million. The bonds will be paid off by the income the Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica gets from a small percentage of each insurance policy sold in the country, said the state insurance firm.

The Superintendencia General de Valores authorized the bond issue Thursday, the insurance firm said.

The stations will be designed as Metropolitana Norte and Metropolitana Sur.

The north station at Plaza Traube near the Caribbean bust station in Barrio Amón will house the current Barrio México fire fighters. The south station at Parque Cañas at Avenida 18 and Calle 2 will house fire fighters currently at Barrio Lujan and the central station. The land still needs to be acquired.

The current locations are not sufficient for future expansion, said the fire department.

Buena Vista Social Club at White House

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Cuba's legendary Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club became Thursday the first Cuban-based musical act to perform at the U.S. presidential mansion in more than 50 years.

The group's appearance at the White House was part of a reception honoring both Hispanic Heritage Month and the 25th anniversary of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Named after a long-defunct members-only venue in Havana, the group was formed in the late 1990s when a group of elderly Cuban musicians was brought together for a recording session by American guitarist and producer Ry Cooder that led to a multimillion-selling Grammy Award-winning album, an acclaimed documentary film and sold-out world tours.

Thursday's performance at the White House not only comes in the middle of the group's farewell tour, it also represents the end of the Cold War-era animosity between Washington and Havana. The two sides have reopened long-shuttered embassies in their respective capitals in the 10 months since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban counterpart Raul Castro announced they were restoring diplomatic relations.

President Barack Obama said that he had purchased one of the group's CDs in the 1990s.

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Tax reporting system subject of Sala IV appeal

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Someone has filed a Sala IV appeal against the obligatory use of the Ministry of Hacienda's new online tax reporting system.

The press office of the Poder Judicial said Thursday that the appeal had been filed this week.

The system is called Administration Tributaria Virtual, and it was the subject of a news story Thursday HERE!

The system is a replacement for the EDDI-7 system.

The appeal specifically challenges the ministry's Dirección General de Tributación and its Oct. 1 decree published in the official La Gaceta newspaper.

There was little additional information on the appeal except that the grounds seem to be that the ministry did not give sufficient time for airing objections.

The Poder Judicial did not disclose who filed the case.

The use of the system was mandatory for the filing of the September sales tax report, which had a deadline of Thursday.