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A planned exodus of two U.S.-based businesses and the loss of local jobs has shaken Costa Rica. Between the move of Intel Corp's manufacturing operation to Vietnam and the eventual closure of the Bank of America subsidiary BA Continuum, the nation stands to lose 3,000 total jobs.

Government leaders confirmed Intel's decision to remove production operations at a noon press conference Tuesday. Led by Anabel González, the minister of Comercio Exterior, officials downplayed the impact of Intel's departure and said the nation benefits from a wealth of investors.

“It's become a country where others can invest,” Ms. González said. “Today we don't depend on one business nor one sector.”

Chuck Mulloy, a corporate spokesman for Intel, later confirmed the company's plans and said all manufacturing operations will be completely shut down by December following gradual closures over the next few months. Mulloy said Intel will keep nearly 1,000 Costa Rican positions in engineering, information technology, and finance.

While the economic bruise was still being assessed, a second announcement hit. According to a source, employees from BA Continuum were called in for a 2 p.m. meeting to announce that the facility on Calle Blancos in San José will be closing and layoffs are inevitable. Around 1,400 call center and information positions are expected to be cut as a result.

By the afternoon Dan Frahm, a communications executive for Bank of America had confirmed that the parent company alerted BA Contiuum heads in Costa Rica that the office will be totally closed in nine to 12 months. Frahm said the company has been in talks with ministers and other government leaders to relay their plans with transparency and give the country time for assessment.

At the conference neither Ms. González nor a pair of representatives from the Coalición Costarricense de Iniciativas de Desarrollo, known as CINDE mentioned word of BA Continuum. Gabriela Liobet, who is the executive director at CINDE, was at the meeting. She said later the investment agency was as shocked as was the rest of the nation when they
learned of the company's plans.

“This announcement from BA Continuum took us by surprise,” said Ms. Llobet in a written statement. “We had not been informed of any development by the company, so really we receive this news with great astonishment.”

Ms. Llobet, and CINDE president José Rossi were unanimous in assuring that the nation has enough foreign investment and demand to survive. Rossi said the country's economic prowess has come a long way since Intel first planted itself in Costa Rican soil in 1997.

“Back then we began only with the development of high-tech industries, and we had just installed a dozen companies,” Rossi said. “Today we have added more than 250 high-tech multinationals that operate in the country and manufacture a great diversity of devices.”

Heavyweight foreign investors like Hewlett-Packard and IBM are among the many that continue to keep Costa Rica on the international marketplace's map. Still, the loss of Intel production takes out a big chunk of the country's trade opportunity.

Ms. González said that when Intel began in Costa Rica, its production represented a third of the total exports coming from the country. Today the percentage has dropped to 13 percent. When asked at the press conference if the loss of business may scar Costa Rica's future marketability and shy away potential foreign investors, Ms. González said she was confident that it would not.

“There is no blemish on the country's business card,” Ms. González said. “It's still a card with a respected name. There are 250 business leaders still invested in this country.”

Later in the day the Spanish-language press was reporting that Ms. González was getting a job with the World Bank.

The individual impact on employees of both firms will be heavy. The Bank of America worker who attended the 2 p.m. meeting said that he just received a promotion, married and now his wife is expecting a baby.

Several expats said that the impact of the loss of jobs would have a ripple effect.


At least 10,000 still at risk from arsenic in water
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The most recent reports from the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados show that more than 10,000 Costa Ricans still receive tap water containing too much arsenic. Drinking water in parts of Guanacaste and northern Alajuela may be overly contaminated, according to the nation's water management institution known as AyA.

The amount of arsenic in drinking water should not exceed 10 micrograms per liter. A recent study done by Columbia University and reported Tuesday by A.M. Costa Rica may show that high arsenic levels in tap water can lower children's IQs.

Starting in 2010, AyA worked with the Ministerio de Salud to clear arsenic from the Guanacaste tap waters. The specific target areas were Cañas, Bagaces, and Puerto Soley. A report done by Carlos Vargas of AyA details how the institute went from house to house to install sanitary water in affected
houses. Since they began, more than 28,000 people have had their water upgraded to suitable conditions. Twenty-three communities in northern Costa Rica were said to be at risk when the investigation work started.

AyA worked to sanitize their waterways of high arsenic levels through either replacing contaminated sources or using removal technology to clear them up, according to Vargas. His report estimates that by the end of this year the number of at-risk people will be cut in half to 5,000.

Other countries that have discovered alarming levels of arsenic in their water have ordered people to stop drinking the water or using it to prepare foods until it returned to an uncontaminated state.

Vargas' report stated that there could potentially be more communities whose waters may harbor unsafe amounts of arsenic. Nearly 600 communal systems remain unevaluated, he said. The arsenic is naturally occurring in the subsurface rocks.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police officers thought that the driver was nervous because he was carrying drugs in his Isuzu. They stopped the vehicle at a checkpoint on the Interamericana highway Saturday.

They instructed the driver to follow them to the Buenos Aires police station, but the man seems to have panicked and crashed the car and then fled on foot.

After towing the vehicle to the police station and getting legal permission to search it, Fuerza Pública officers said they brought in an anti-drug dog. There were no drugs but some $62,000 in dollars was found hidden in the vehicle, police said.


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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Laura Chinchilla signed Tuesday a contract to build part of the northern section of the Circunvalación. The $147 million contract also calls for designing the entire new route.

The job is supposed to take 18 months with six months for design. The contractor is the Consorcio La Estrella-Hernán Solís.

The construction is supposed to be from La Uruca where the Circunvalación now ends to an intersection with Ruta 32. The design work will include the shorter stretch from Ruta 32 to Calle Blancos.

The money comes from a loan from the Banco Centroamericano de Integración Económica.

The new road will be a boon for truckers who now have to navigate their way through San José to reach Ruta 32. And trucking from the west usually exits the General Cañas highway at La Uruca and travels briefly on the Circunvalación and then enters city streets. This includes any produce shipments from the south that are on the way to the docks in Limón and Moín.

The contract needs approval from the Contraloría de la República, the budget watchdog.

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Plaque was found in Rivas
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
 
Every country seems to need their heroes, valiant people who overcome overwhelming odds to accomplish noble deeds for the good of his or her country and countrymen, usually at great peril to themselves. Costa Rica is no different, and, although for centuries she has avoided the wars and troubles of much of the world, Costa Rica still seems to need her heroes.

I have always heard of the brave Juan Santamaria who threw the fire into the house of William Walker´s filibusteros in Rivas, Nicaragua, causing them to retreat in panic. So, around 20 years ago when I was in Rivas I asked the local people, ‘Where is the William Walker house that was burned down?’ No one knew. I asked police officers, school teachers, tourist guides and no one knew. Finally an elegant elderly gentleman told me how to find it: up that street, over two streets, down that one, in the middle of the block. I went there and found a fenced-in empty lot with a plaque on the side.

It said, in Spanish, “Here is the site where the Filibusteros of William Walker were fighting until the brave Nicaraguan hero, Emmanuel Felipe Neri Mongalo, threw a torch into the house causing it to burn and putting the filibusteros in retreat.”  |

James Loren
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EDITOR'S NOTE:  Mongalo y Rubio is a national hero of Nicaragua and survived the war.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I applaud president-elect Solis' move to have GMOs labelled.  People deserve to know what is in their food, and products exported from the U.S. to other countries already are labelled, so it is no burden to request it for Costa Rica.  Of course, the "scientific" information is conflicting on the health effects of GMOs.  Many of the people doing the studies and most in the U.S. regulatory agencies are GMO industry insiders. 

There are studies that show that some of these products have less nutritional value than the natural versions.  Most Monsanto GMOs are Roundup-ready, engineered to tolerate mega-doses of Monsanto's famous herbicide, which has been linked to health problems especially in children and negative environmental effects due to run-off from fields into streams.

As importantly, I hope that president-elect Solis addresses the problem of over-use of pesticides (insecticides, herbicides, and fungicides) on crops grown here in Costa Rica.  Costa Rica uses more pesticides per hectare of cultivated land than any other country on the planet.  We over-use those chemicals to such an extent that we use more than three times the number 2 country (Colombia) and use more than #2-9 combined.  It is quite possible that these chemicals in food and in the water supply are responsible for some of the chronic health conditions suffered by Ticos, especially agricultural workers. 

One reason that these chemicals are used with such abandon is that they are inexpensive due to a special import tax exemption.  Another reason is, no doubt, ignorance about the proper usage of these chemicals.  The Costa Rican government should reconsider the import tax exemption and should consider requiring an educational program for those growers who use these chemicals.
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Consumer agency does its survey in advance of Semana Santa
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

With Semana Santa just a few days away, Costa Ricans are stocking up on the traditional foods for the Easter season.

Among these are a number of fresh and canned fish products, traditional because of the Catholic Church's long-standing prohibition against eating meat on certain important religious days. But then there is the unique miel de chiverre, which is best purchased processed in a supermarket. The alternative is to chop into the rock-hard squash with a hammer and blow torch to prepare the sweet jelly in the home.

Then there is the encurtido in vinegar, pieces of vegetables that have been pickled. And a big meal also will include palmito dishes.

The fish products can be tuna or salmon and even squid, called calamares. Then there is the canned octopus or even a fresh-caught one that can be found at the Mercado Central.

The period before Semana Santa is also when the consumer protection agency of the economics ministry does its annual survey. As expected, the survey found big differences in some food.

The survey was from March 20 to 26, which is about when the local supermarkets had set up their displays of traditional foods. The survey covered 40 supermarkets in the metro area, Heredia, San Ramón and Cartago and involved pricing on 29 separate foods.

The biggest difference in identical products was found in Calvo brand tuna packed with vegetables. Megasuper had the product for 620
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colons and Jumbo & Perimercado sold it for 1,246 colons. That was a bit misleading, however, because the lower price was a special promotion.  Other differences in the same product and size were about 60 percent or less.

In fact, most of the big differences were the result of stores having an unusual low price for an item as a promotion.

The consumer division urged shoppers to check the per-unit price. In one case an 88-gram can of imported sardines cost 2,435 colons and a similar can of 87 grams cost 520 colons, the surveyors reported. That was a 363 percent difference, but the products are different, too.

The study is on the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio Web site.


Judicial agents say this is where some of those stolen cattle go
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Agents from the Judicial Investigating Organization are rooting out cattle thieves who are illegally butchering stolen cows and selling the meat. Tuesday morning agents conducted six raids and arrested eight suspects in Turrialba.

During the raids agents discovered an underground slaughterhouse. There they found a load of crucial evidence like meat wrapped in plastic, machines for grinding meat, and even a grave with cattle bones. They arrested the 62-year-old owner of the illegal meat factory and confiscated his vehicle that is believed to have been used for deliveries.

At a nearby house they detained a man who is suspected to be the butcher. Agents found blood-stained clothes and shoes lying around the house, as well as rope.

A store in Mora de Turrialba was also raided and another suspected butcher was arrested. Members of the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal who were joining the investigating agents closed down the unauthorized shop. They found more than 200 kilograms of poor quality meat.

A third illegal store was raided inside a supermarket in Aquaires. The store's owner was promptly arrested for being suspected to have a contracted agreement with the original slaughterhouse.

There was a final raid near the center of Turrialba at a chicken stand.
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This is not exactly the most modern and clean slaughtering facility.

Besides the owner, agents detained two more men who they believed were buying the meat to sell to poor Nicaraguan coffee pickers.

The eight men were sent to prosecutors.

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Infants seem to have been born with the basics for learning language
By the Northeastern University news staff

Humans are unique in their ability to acquire language. But how? A new study published in the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences shows that humans are, in fact, born with the basic fundamental knowledge of language, thus shedding light on the age-old linguistic nature vs. nurture debate.

While languages differ from each other in many ways, certain aspects appear to be shared across languages. These aspects might stem from linguistic principles that are active in all human brains. A natural question then arises: are infants born with knowledge of how the human words might sound like? Are infants biased to consider certain sound sequences as more word-like than others?

“The results of this new study suggest that, the sound patterns of human languages are the product of an inborn biological instinct, very much like birdsong,” said Iris Berent of Northeastern University in Boston, who co-authored the study with a research team from the International School of Advanced Studies in Italy.

Consider, for instance, the sound-combinations that occur at the beginning of words. While many languages have words that begin by bl (e.g., blando in Italian, blink in English, and blusa in Spanish), few languages have words that begin with lb. Russian is such a language (e.g., lbu, a word related to lob, “forehead”), but even in Russian such words are extremely rare and outnumbered by words starting with bl.

Linguists have suggested that such patterns occur because human brains are biased to favor syllables such as bla over lba. In line with this possibility, past experimental research from Professor Berent’s lab has shown that adult speakers display such preferences, even if their native language has no words resembling either bla or lba. But where does this knowledge stem from? Is it due to some universal linguistic principle, or to adults’ lifelong experience with listening and producing their native language?

These questions motivated the research team to look carefully at how babies perceive different types of words. Researchers used near-infrared spectroscopy, a silent and non-invasive technique that tells how the oxygenation of the brain cortex (those very first centimeters of gray matter just below the scalp) changes in time, to look at the brain reactions of Italian newborn babies when listening to good and bad word candidates, such as blif and lbif.

Working with Italian newborn infants and their families, researchers observed that newborns react differently to good and bad word candidates, similar to what adults do. Infants have not learned any
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 words yet. They do not even babble yet, and still they share a sense of how words should sound. This finding shows that humans are born with the basic, foundational knowledge about the sound pattern of human languages.

It is hard to imagine how differently languages would sound if humans did not share such type of knowledge. Babies can come to the world with the certainty that they will readily recognize the sound patterns of words a language they will grow up with.

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The Hidden Garden Art Gallery near the Liberia airport is a great place to find quality remembrances of Costa Rica to take home or to decorate your home or office in Costa Rica.  We also offer commissioned pieces so you can create your own unique masterpiece to cherish forever.  With more than 60 artists on exhibit and fine art in 15 rooms full of paintings, prints, sculptures, and diverse artistic expressions, we are easy to locate just 5 kms west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport. Visit our Web site at
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Beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bathroom American-style apartments with an elevator to your front door in a secure building located in Gringo Gulch the American Section of downtown San José. Costa Rica. Located between the Hotel Del Rey, the Hotel Mona Lisa and the Sportsman's Lodge and The Zona Blue (AKA) Little Habana across the street from Harry's Poas Bar, and next to the Holiday Inn.
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Venezuela
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Venezuela protest are getting
minimal press due to curbs

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Outside of Latin America the anti-government street protests in Venezuela have been receiving relatively little news coverage, especially when compared to the crisis in Ukraine. Even though the South American nation is a major oil producer, and its deteriorating economic and political stability could affect the world, restrictions on the press and a seeming lack of engagement by U.S. officials are keeping Venezuela out of the headlines.

Demonstrations in Venezuela that often turn into violent and deadly confrontations with police, the National Guard and pro-government militias have been going on for weeks.

This situation is similar to the crisis in Ukraine that forced President Viktor Yanukovych to flee the country and culminated in Russia’s takeover of Crimea.

Venezuela is getting less international media attention, in part, however, because its government has refused or revoked journalist visas, and made it difficult and dangerous for reporters.

Cynthia Romero, who is with the Freedom Forum, a press freedom organization, said "There are several cases of intimidation, of attacks, not only of journalists, local journalists, but also as international journalists, which also makes it very difficult for the international press to get the news out about what is happening.”

The United States and Europe are engaging in high-level diplomatic talks with Russia and Ukraine to try to resolve the regional conflict. Romero said Washington is not as engaged in Venezuela, which has led to less media coverage. 

“We do not have key officials within the U.S. and European policy circles, key opinion shapers really talking about Venezuela the way they are talking about Ukraine, and so I think that also drives the media attention,” she said.

Sen. Marco Rubio. a Republican, asked Secretary of State John Kerry why the United States has not spoken out forcefully against the Venezuelan government’s repression of opposition groups.

“Why can’t we just say what is obvious to anyone who sees these facts that the government of Venezuela is not and does not comport itself as a democracy, and in fact because of all of these activities and others, and violence against their own people have lost the legitimacy of a government,” said Rubio.

Washington has dismissed repeated charges by Venezuela’s leaders that it is aiding the protesters. Kerry said U.S. involvement in resolving the crisis could be misconstrued and believes regional organizations should lead international efforts.

“We are very supportive of third-party mediation efforts that are aimed at trying to end the violence and see if we can not get it  an honest dialogue to address the legitimate grievances of people in Venezuela,” said Kerry.

This less confrontational approach, however, also makes less news for the media to cover.


Search crews in the Pacific
are closing in on black box


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Search crews in the Indian Ocean have reacquired the underwater signal they believe could belong to the black box of the missing Malaysian jetliner.
 
Australian search chief Angus Houston said a U.S. Navy towed pinger locator acquired the signal on two separate occasions Tuesday.
 
Houston told a news conference early today the signals will help narrow the search area, but that it still stands at 75,000 square kilometers.
 
The retired air chief marshal said authorities will not yet deploy a robot submarine to search the ocean floor. For now, he said, it is important that the search for signals continue.
 
It has now been over a month since the Boeing 777, which was carrying 239 people, disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
 
The batteries on the plane's black box locator beacon were expected to only last for about 30 days, meaning authorities are running out of time to locate the signals.


Amnesty develops a guide
to fair trials and legal rights

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Amnesty International has issued a new manual designed to promote fair trials around the world and says it should have an impact even in some of the globe’s most repressive countries.

The thick paperback manual has chapters on such topics as the Right to liberty and the Right to equality before the law.  It includes sections on dealing with torture, children’s rights, death penalty cases and military courts, among others.
 
The manual is aimed at lawyers and judges, but the previous edition, published 15 years ago, was also used by ordinary people to help them press for their own rights.
 
Amnesty’s head of international law and policy, Michael Bochenek, says fair trial problems are concentrated in repressive societies, but also exist in developed democracies.  But he says the problems are most prevalent in countries in crisis.
 
“We continue to see backsliding year in and year out when it comes to things like how you respond to public protest, how you deal with political opponents, how you avoid reaching for easy solutions in an effort to solve what is actually a far more difficult social problem,” says Bochenek.
 
He says the manual is based on international and regional legal standards, and so provides a tool to educate judges, lawyers and political leaders, and to put pressure on them when necessary.
 
“I think there is a growing recognition of what it takes to adhere to due process.  And I think there is more sensitivity than ever before and more opportunity for states to be held to account publicly than ever before,” says Bochenek.
 
He says no official wants to be singled out for using torture or for violating widely-recognized rights, even in the most repressive societies.
 
“It may be that in particular cases where we are seeing the most abuses, these kinds of standards that we are pointing to are going to be disregarded.  But it makes a difference over time, in the way that more generally they respect the fair trial rights that everybody should have,” says he.
 
Bochenek says no single project, like the Fair Trials Manual, can end the many problems in legal systems around the world.  But he says it is an important part of the effort to protect what he calls “one of the basic building blocks of life in a democratic society.”


World Health says outbreak
of ebola is challenging fight


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The World Health Organization says the ongoing ebola outbreak in West Africa is one of the most challenging outbreaks of the virus it has ever faced.

Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda says it could take four more months to contain the outbreak, which has resulted in more than 110 deaths.

Guinea remains the center of the outbreak, with 157 suspected or confirmed cases of ebola.  Another 21 cases are suspected or confirmed in Liberia.

During a Tuesday news conference in Geneva, Fukuda said the current outbreak is especially challenging because it is spread over a wide area.

The outbreak began in Guinea's forested southeastern region in February, before spreading across the border into Liberia.

Health officials are also investigating suspected cases in Mali and Sierra Leone.

Ebola is spread through contact with bodily fluids.  The virus can cause hemorrhagic fever, leading to symptoms that can include muscle pain, vomiting, unstoppable bleeding and organ failure.

Health experts are warning people in the affected areas to avoid direct contact with patients or those killed by the virus.

This is the first major outbreak of ebola in West Africa.  Previous outbreaks have occurred in Central African countries, including Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


World economy is recovering,
Monetary fund exec reports

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The International Monetary Fund says the global economic recovery is strengthening.

Fund Economic Counselor Olivier Blanchard said Tuesday the Washington-based agency is projecting that the world economy will advance 3.6 percent this year, up from 3 percent last year. He said it will increase again in 2015, moving ahead 3.9 percent.

Blanchard said that the recovery from the depths of the world downturn in 2008 is not only stronger, but also broader. He said that government austerity measures aimed at cutting national debt levels are being eased and investors are less worried about the possibility of government defaults. Blanchard said the world's banks are gradually becoming stronger.

Still, Blanchard said there are economic worries on the horizon, with potential growth in advanced economies very low, while the advance in emerging economies is possibly weakening. He also said growing income inequality between society’s haves and have-nots is becoming more of a problem.

Blanchard said the recovery across the world is uneven. He said it is strongest in the United States, the world's largest economy, where the Monetary Fund is projecting a 2.8 percent advance this year.

Blanchard said Germany, the top economy in the 18-nation bloc that uses the euro currency, will advance 1.7 percent. The Fund said that for the first time in two years, economies in the southern tier of eurozone countries will have positive, if admittedly still low, growth.

He said emerging and developing countries will continue to have strong growth - 4.9 percent, up slightly from 2013. The Fund predicted 7.5 percent growth in China, the world's second biggest economy. The Fund sees a 5.4 percent advance in India, as well as in sub-Saharan Africa.

The Fund said geopolitical risks have increased, but not yet had a global economic impact.


Obama signs executive order
to insure equal pay for women


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama is stepping up his push to ensure that women are paid wages equal to those of men.
 
In the latest episode of yet another escalating battle with Congress, the president signed an executive order he hopes will increase transparency about wage disparities between men and women.
 
The order bans companies that do business with the U.S. government from firing or otherwise punishing employees who inquire about or discuss their wages and compare them openly to what others in the company are earning.
 
Sex-based discrimination in the workplace has been illegal in the United States since 1963. At the signing ceremony Tuesday, Obama said disparities still exist.
 
“Today, the average full-time working woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. For African-American women and Latinas, it's even less, and in 2014, that's an embarrassment; it is wrong,” said Obama.
 
Allowing open discussion of wages in the workplace could make it harder for companies to defend themselves in lawsuits where they are accused of illegally paying men more than women for equal work.
 
Obama signed the order as the Senate prepares to vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a law backed by the president that seeks to remedy wage disparities between the sexes.
 
Political opponents accuse Obama of raising the issue to gain support among women voters in congressional elections this year.
 
Sen. John Thune, a Republican, said the law Obama is pushing would not help women in the workplace.
 
“This election year ploy would actually hurt women by increasing federal regulations that would cut flexibility in the workforce for working moms and end merit pay to reward quality work," said Thune.
 
Obama's efforts have included his push for a minimum wage increase, a move that opponents argue would harm women by killing jobs that are predominantly held by females.


New genetics technique
shows Neandertal inbreeding


By the Genetics Society of America news staff

Technical objections to the idea that Neandertals interbred with the ancestors of Eurasians have been overcome, thanks to a genome analysis method described in the April 2014 issue of the journal Genetics. The technique can more confidently detect the genetic signatures of interbreeding than previous approaches and will be useful for evolutionary studies of other ancient or rare DNA samples.

“Our approach can distinguish between two subtly different scenarios that could explain the genetic similarities shared by Neandertals and modern humans from Europe and Asia,” said study co-author Konrad Lohse, a population geneticist at the University of Edinburgh.

The first scenario is that Neandertals occasionally interbred with modern humans after they migrated out of Africa. The alternative scenario is that the humans who left Africa evolved from the same ancestral subpopulation that had previously given rise to the Neandertals.

Many researchers argue the interbreeding scenario is more likely, because it fits the genetic patterns seen in studies that compared genomes from many modern humans. But the new approach completely rules out the alternative scenario without requiring all the extra data, by using only the information from one genome each of several types: Neandertal, European/Asian, African and chimpanzee.

The same method will be useful in other studies of interbreeding where limited samples are available. “Because the method makes maximum use of the information contained in individual genomes, it is particularly exciting for revealing the history of species that are rare or extinct,” said Lohse. In fact, the authors originally developed the method while studying the history of insect populations in Europe and island species of pigs in Southeast Asia, some of which are extremely rare.

Lohse cautions against reading too much into the fact that the new method estimates a slightly higher genetic contribution of Neandertals to modern humans than previous studies. Estimating this contribution is complex and is likely to vary slightly between different approaches.

“This work is important because it closes a hole in the argument about whether Neandertals interbred with humans. And the method can be applied to understanding the evolutionary history of other organisms, including endangered species,” said Mark Johnston, editor-in-chief of the journal Genetics.


Intel says its components
are free of conflict material

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Manufacture of modern electronic components, such as computers and smart phones, requires rare minerals found in some of the world’s worst conflict areas.  Earlier this year, a major U.S. computer chip maker, Intel Corp., announced that it has stopped buying minerals from the conflict zones and that its products are now conflict free. 

Gold, tantalum, tin and tungsten are often called conflict minerals because they come from regions plagued by some of the world's worst violence.  One of them is Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the commodities’ high value is fueling fighting over the mineral rich areas.

Intel’s conflict-free program manager, Carolyn Duran, speaking via Skype, says it took several years to carefully build a new infrastructure to avoid inadvertently supporting the conflicts.

“We know where these minerals show up in our products, we know which suppliers provide us parts or components that have those in them, so we actually spent the first couple of years mapping the supply chain out to get to the smelter," said Ms. Duran.

Ms. Duran says Intel required the smelters to show the sourcing of the minerals so the corporation could be sure that they were conflict-free.

But simply switching to suppliers from other parts of the world could hurt non-combatants in conflict zones, who depend on the jobs in the mines.  In order to minimize the effects of the loss of those jobs, Intel is also helping other humanitarian efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

“We do support in-region programs, which helps provide a source of livelihood for those that are legitimate miners in the region, and we are investigating other opportunities to see from a broader corporate social responsibility if there is more that we can do in the region," she said.

But other high-tech manufacturers continue to buy from conflict zones. Ms. Duran says she hopes Intel’s initiative prompts them to reconsider their sources.

“Our hope is, as we become more public on it, and demonstrate that this can be done, that others would do the same thing, that they would look through their supply chains and ensure that they know the source of the origin of the minerals and materials they use, too," said Ms. Duran.

Although Intel has invested time and resources in this initiative, Duran says consumers will not see any increase in the prices of Intel's chips.





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Beautiful Survival Farm with panoramic Pacific views
In the heartland of one of the world's five blue zones, Nicoya. 12 acres with ample space for planting, natural forest, own perennial waters, public road yet hidden access, electricity. Fire sale 59,000 USD   axelspecial@gmail.com
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Another 'live in the view' home in Puriscal
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Lot on river, concrete road, custom kitchen & bath with granite counter tops, PEX plumbing, 2” Styrofoam, sandwiched in steel roof, 4” concrete/recycled Styrofoam & steel walls, laminated, bronzed windows, custom wood doors, appliances and all transfer taxes, and fees.

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Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$499,500 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
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Atenas mansion
ATENAS!!
In 2006, the developer of a popular subdivision in Atenas chose a large 7,000 m2 corner view lot for his first spec home. Now, eight years later that home is once again for sale with first class tropical landscaping that much more mature. With 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2-car carport, laundry room, and more than 300 m2 under roof next to a pristine pool, this home is located in a gated community with its own water sources. And the location, just 1 1/4 km from town, is convenient to shopping and services, too. The views are of  Candelaria and the central valley. No wonder this community is so popular! $495,000. More photos HERE. And then contact  larry@atenasrealty.com
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Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean.  This design allows for barrier-free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room its spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors.  $365,000.00 or rent for $900 per month including WIFI and PLUS utilities.  Long term rentals only please.  Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage.  3 bedrooms/ 2 baths.  Fully furnished   Automatic entry gate.   Custom exotic wood cabinets   High end stainless steel appliances   Granite counter tops  Slide show at   
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Belen home
Comfortable in Costa Rica
Asuncion de Belen. Home in exclusive Residencial La Jolla.  Gated community with controlled access,  security 24/7. Resort swimming pool and gym. Spacious and elegant finishes, private jacuzzi and social areas. 3 bedrooms. 2.5 baths.  Private gardens. Conveniently located close to airport, shopping, bilingual schools, Intel and Duty Free Zones. 322m2 on 249m2 corner lot. Lease with purchase option  $3,400/ $428,000 USD. Contact owner at 8309-2000 for details or email rafa@rafacr.com.
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Beautiful Palo Seco Beach home priced to sell!
Also looking for full-time housekeeper!
Gorgeous beachfront two-story home, of roughly 2,000 square feet, set on a half acre oceanfront lot that is full of beautiful fruit and shade trees in Playa Palo Seco. This home features two bedrooms, three full baths, high quality A/C units in all rooms, huge front and back yards, and of course, a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean just feet away from the front door! Playa Palo Seco is perfectly situated between Jacó and Quepos and is only minutes away from five-star dining such as El Clandestino.  We have reduced the price from $150,000 to $125,000 firm for a fast sale in the new year! This is a must see property! Owner financing is available. This truly is a once in a lifetime offer and it will go fast! Please call 8816-2478 or email bmcart3@gmail.com for more information!

We are also currently looking for an English-speaking, full-time housekeeper. The housekeeper will be required to pay utilities but not rent. We are offering the chance to live rent free in this beautiful beach home at the small cost of keeping the property in good shape and keeping it safe while we are looking for a new owner! If you are interested, please e-mail bmcart3@gmail.com for more information!!
88288-xxxx

Esterillos

Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away.  Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails: edumace64@yahoo.es and pdvartanian@aol.com.
8269-5/27/14

Five bedrooms
Puntarenas City, Puntarenas
Beach home central Pacific Ocean
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach.  The home is completely furnished including all linens, kitchen cook ware, pots, pans, all dishes and much much more. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Office with all connections for WiFi,  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes all linens, TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances   Will consider trade for U.S. Property.  Asking  $250,000. 
Call Gary 8784-2945  English only, or email  combrokers@aol.com
8259-8/25/14

Tiliran property
Turnkey commercial/apartment building for sale in San Luis, Tilaran, Guanacaste. In a corporation. 100 percent occupancy and all permits in place. Great opportunity to gain investor status residency. New construction - 2012. Consists of three studio apartments upstairs with lake view and 4 storefronts on ground level, including laundry service, soda, consigment store. Comes with purchase or start your own business while you live in one of the apartments. $308,000. Please email tierrasmorenaslou@yahoo.com
8257-8/17/

Balcony view
This is a great opportunity
Get your home in one of the best locations. Four-bedroom condo near Universidad de Costa Rica, ULatina & UFidelitas   $170,000. USD.  24/7 gate security with in-home alarm, three levels, parking for two cars and play area for children. First Level: Living room/dining room, kitchen with breakfast bar, laundry room, patio/garden with roof, storage area, & guest bathroom. Second Level: Large master bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in closet, two additional bedrooms, linen closet, full bathroom. Third Level: Large fourth bedroom or TV room, full bath, large storage attic, spacious roofed balcony and breathtaking views of mountains to the east, south, west. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987 / U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458 . C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email: sjogringo@yahoo.com
8253-5/12/14

Los Reyes home
House for sale in La Guacima, Alajuela
Located on 9th tee of Los Reyes Country Club. Club offers golf, tennis (6 courts), swimming pool, gym and restaurant. Easy access to schools, shopping, hospitals & Caldera highway. One hour to Pacific beaches. House price: US $450,000.00. Contact Bill, Phone 506 -8878-9221  Email: losreyes191@gmail.com Click on the link below for photos and additional details:
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8240-8/6/14

NOW REDUCED TO $595,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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8230-3/13/14

Land near Monte de La Cruz, 27 hectors+, Must sell for best offer due to cancer, dogfood@carolina.rr.com 8841-1606
8223-2/21/14

St. Michael
Ocean View estates inside a gated community from $5.94 M2.  Properties start at 39K. NO HOA FEES.  Community salt water modern waterfall swimming pools, organic vegetable gardens, exotic flower gardens, food forest, mature orchards, fresh fish from aquaponics, stables, community center, and much more.  Each lot comes with an edible landscaping including pineapples, plantains, papayas, guanabanas, bananas, and more.  Most lots already have mature mango, lemon, orange, or caimito trees.  This is the most secure community in CR with multiple sources of water, electric, and high speed internet.      www.saintmichaelscostarica.com
8215-7/14/14

complex
Located in Jacó 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 guacamayas (we have three birds) 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, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built to highest standard by German owner in 2005,  room for two more apartments, plans approved. Less then a 10 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jaco. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. 70% owner financing available. More photos on request HERE!  Email: wolfganghilbich@yahoo.com  cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.
8200-4/3/14

Rich Coast montage
Real Estate, Central Pacific Region
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Central Pacific between Jacó and Quepos-Manuel Antonio
Lots in gated community near the beach  from $17,999! Only 3 left
2-bedroom house in gated community was $120k now $99,900
3-bedroom house with 2 additional residential lots, walk to the beach $160k
Turnkey coffee shop/ bakery, corner location, great ROI! $65k
2-bedroom panoramic oceanview house, guesthouse on 2.5 acres $269k
Panoramic oceanview  property, 3 houses, on-ground pool $375k
And much more!!!

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8191-4/30/13


Gulf road

Beachfront pristine five-hectare (13-acre) property

includes a common open air lodge with kitchen, three cabins, a caretaker's house, a garage and a secure storeroom. The property is maritime and has a current and valid maritime user's permit, all up to date and clear. In addition to the immaculately landscaped portion of the property that is already developed with bungalows, there are an additional three hectares that are ready for expansion and are cleared and planted in grass. The sales offer includes furnishings, appliances, catamaran, kayaks, and a whole series of extras. This property has about 300 meters of beach front in a docile portion of the gulf about 15 minutes north of Puerto Jimeenez, ideal for mooring boats just off the property shoreline. Has municipal water and power. Offered at $970,000. All reasonable offers will be considered. See photos and maps and more at www.suenos.org. Contact us at: osaproperty@gmail.com or +1-866-514-7435.
8172-1/6/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
8166-5/29/13

Becker montage
Beach property on the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste.

House and guest house on adjacent half acre lots. Each with separate electric,  private septic and well. Each can be sold stand alone or packaged. Modern kitchen, granite counters, Viking stove, large separate frig and freezer. Private commercial grade septic and well. No water shortages even in dry season. High speed internet and U.S. standard electric. Center of the beach -- NEVER floods. Estuary at each end of the beach with excellent kayaking and bird watching through the mangroves. Excellent fishing right off the shore. Great surfing, horseback riding, bicycling or Turtle watching. Groceries three miles away. Mentioned in "The Lonely Planet" Page 301. "Two of the most beautiful and least visited beaches in Costa Rica. Wilderness beaches of fine silver-grey sand." Despite opportunities for great surfing, kayaking and just about anything else you want to do on a sandy strip of paradise, the beaches are nearly always abandoned. $500K Will finance.  More pictures available at: http://www.rebecker.com/journal102006a.htm.  Contact information: ginbecker@gmail.com,  US: 001-612-599-0205 or Costa Rica 011-506-2655-1202.

beach scenes
Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West, maryandjerre@aol.com, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603
8123-4/22/2104

montage
For sale is a beautiful 50-acre property located in Los Alpes, just 15 minutes outside of San Ramon. At about 4,000 feet above sea level, this finca provides gorgeous views of the Central Valley as well as the Pacific Ocean in the distance while also offering a wonderful climate year around. The main house is two stories with three bedrooms and two full baths. High quality construction using exotic hardwoods such as almond, which covers the ceilings throughout the entire house. There are also two corrals and a small casita on the property. This location is perfect for a farm-style home or for beginning an agricultural business. This truly is a rare piece of property and is available for $399,999. Price is somewhat negotiable and we will be happy to work with the buyer to make it work! Please call 8816-2478 or e-mail bmcart3@gmail.com for more information ¡y se habla español!
8097-xxx


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Gingerbread Boutique Hotel and Fine Restaurant For Sale
botique hotel
A very  famous, highly regarded unique lake view themed boutique hotel consisting of three air conditioned suites with satellite TV and high speed Internet, two themed cottages with garden showers, one large super suite with kitchen and garden shower, managers apartment, restaurant rated one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica {see reviews} and the premier real estate office at Lake Arenal,which puts all its clients in to the hotel, plus room for additional lake view rooms and a pool, all less than a mile from Nuevo Arenal and the public park on the lake.  Go to the Web site for photos and complete information  at  www.gingerbreadarenal.com  This is the finest boutique hotel in Costa Rica in one of the fastest growing areas of all of Central America.  Sale opportunity $750,000.   Contact to :
Terry Moran, Owner Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com 
Office phone: 506 2694-0088  Cell phone: 506 8880-8888 
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8263-8/20/14

Tanning montage
This is your chance to acquire a totally equipped tanning salon with five machines.  Fantasia Tropical has been open 14 years but the founder needs to retire and return to the U.S. for medical reasons.  You can assume the lease in Sabana West buying the S.A. or buy the assets and move them to a location you prefer. Taxes, permits, bank accounts all in order. Excellent opportunity for an energetic, creative hands-on owner or couple. Long-time manager available to stay on if desired. With an asking price of $30,000 this won't
last long.  Some owner financing may be available.  Contact galanses@hotmail.com for an appointment. For a preview www.facebook.com/FantasiaTropicalCR
8232-2/24/14

A successful, local, long-running business for sale.
In the nine years of operation, this company has grown to cover the entire Southern Pacific Zone, and opened the door to further penetration in San José, Manuel Antonio and Osa Peninsula areas. And it is the only one of its kind with no comparable competition. With the extensive groundwork that has already been achieved, the business is now poised to expand into a new level of success. Operating since 2005, the owner is retiring to another Latin American country. It is now time to turn the business over to a new owner who could expand it to even greater success. Details on the business, its history, a strategic analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as a pro-forma income statement from 2008 through to 2013 are available upon request to aha_jm@yahoo.com.
8213-2/13/14

beach scenes
Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West, maryandjerre@aol.com, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603
8123-4/22/2

Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

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Full lunar eclipse Tuesday
visible in much of continent


By the Goddard Space Flight Center news staff

When people in North America look up at the sky in the early morning hours Tuesday, they can expect the moon to look a little different.

A total lunar eclipse is expected at this time, a phenomenon that occurs when the Earth, moon and sun are in perfect alignment, blanketing the moon in the Earth's shadow.

Although lunar eclipses happen multiple times in a year during a full moon, this eclipse will be a particularly unusual viewing opportunity for North America. Since the Earth's Western Hemisphere will be facing the moon during the eclipse, the continent will be in prime position to view it from start to finish. In addition, the eclipse will coincide with nighttime in North America. The entire continent won't be able to witness a full lunar eclipse in its entirety again until 2019.

"Sometimes they'll happen and you'll have to be somewhere else on Earth to see them," said Noah Petro, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter deputy project scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. "Most of the continental United States will be able to see the whole thing."

For those who are awake to watch the eclipse, which is scheduled to begin around 2:00 a.m. EDT and last over three hours, Petro said there would be several changes people can witness. When the moon first enters the Earth's partial shadow, know as the penumbra, a dark shadow will begin creeping across the moon. This will give the illusion that the moon is changing phases in a matter of minutes instead of weeks.

"Eventually there will be a chunk of darkness eating the moon," Petro said. 

At the eclipse's peak, around 3:45 a.m. EDT, the moon will enter the Earth's full shadow, the umbra. At this stage, the Earth's atmosphere will scatter the sun's red visible light, the same process that turns the sky red at sunset. As a result, the red light will reflect off the moon's surface, casting a reddish rust hue over it.

"It's a projection of all the Earth's sunsets and sunrises onto the moon," Petro said. "It's a very subtle effect, and if any part of the moon is illuminated in the sun, you can't really see it."

Although lunar eclipses are fairly common, Petro said they don't happen every month. Because the moon's orbit is tilted, it doesn't pass through the Earth's shadow each time it orbits the planet. This is the same reason why solar eclipses—which occur when the Earth passes through the moon's shadow—don't occur monthly.

Petro said lunar eclipses are a special treat people should take the opportunity to watch, even if it is at a late hour.

"They don't happen all the time, and the sky has to be clear," Petro said. "It really gives you a chance to look at the moon changing." 



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Japan agrees to finance geothermal plants

 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Japan International Cooperation Agency will lend $549 million for the construction of geothermic electrical generators on the skirts of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano.

The generators are being built by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. They include Las Pailas II, Borinquen I and Borinquen II projects.

The loan requires legislative approval, and the bill authorizing the loan has been sent to the  Comisión de Asuntos Hacendarios.

Officials from the power generator said that the new plants would reduce the cost of electricity.