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Scientists splash cold water on wonderful sunsets
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Talk about wet blankets. Those spectacular ocean sunsets have a downside, according to scientists associated with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panamá.

Particles in the air that enhance those sunsets also may have an adverse effect on coral and other ocean life.

A research team, including staff scientist Héctor Guzmán from the institute, linked airborne particles caused by volcanic activity and air pollution to episodes of slow coral-reef growth. Their data came from several coral cores drilled in reefs near the Atlantic entrance of the Panama Canal and also at reefs in Belize.
Particles from air pollution, primarily sulfate, reflect incoming sunlight and make clouds brighter, reducing the amount of sunlight reaching the sea surface, said the institute in a summary.

Coral growth corresponded closely to sea surface temperatures and light levels, it added, noting that growth fluctuations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries were largely driven by volcanic activity.

Researchers said a dive in surface temperatures and coral growth in the 1960s by increased air pollution associated with post-World War II industrial expansion in North America and to a lesser extent in Central and South America. The influence of human aerosol emissions was more pronounced in coral cores from Belize, perhaps because Belize is closer to sources of industrial emissions, said the summary.

Another active Atlantic hurricane season predicted
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Colorado hurricane forecasters say that the 2013 season will be more active than normal.

The forecasting team at Colorado State University predicts 18 named storms, nine of which will be hurricanes. Of the hurricanes they see two major ones.

The higher activity than the 1981 to 2010 average is due to warmer ocean surface temperatures and the lack of an El Niño condition, said the forecast.

Last season was similar and saw two major
hurricanes, 19 named storms and 10 hurricanes. Many dissipated in the open Atlantic.

The forecast is important to Costa Rica, because the country feels the backlash of strong storms even if the actual hurricane does not enter the country.

The researchers are Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray. Gray has been making fairly accurate predictions for 29 years.

The Pacific hurricane season begins May 15, and the Atlantic season begins June 1. Both end Nov. 30. However, it is not unusual for a storm to ignore the calendar and develop before the official start.

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Police planning protest
over salary this Monday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Various police forces are gearing up for a protest Monday.

The participants will include the Fuerza Pública, the Policía Penitenciaria and the Policía Profesional de Migración y Extranjería, said the public employees union. Other sources said that traffic police would participate, too.

The issue is salary.

The union, the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados, said that officers would be at the protest in the off-duty hours and that the country's security would not be affected.

U.S. expat dies at home,
and the cause is awaited

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A U.S. citizen has been found dead in his home in Las Magnolias in La Uruca.

Judicial agents identified the man as Robert Lee, and say he had been dead for days.  His body was found in the middle of a marijuana-growing operation.

Although his death appeared to be nonviolent, investigators are waiting for the results of an autopsy to be conclusive, spokespersons said.

Lee and his wife used to operate a small food store in the area, a neighbor said.

House committee receives
push for residency-base tax

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The U.S. House Ways and means Committee has received comments from citizens suggesting tax reforms. More than half urged the House committee to adopt a residency-based tax system.

In March, the committee called for comments from citizens on the subject of tax reform, with a deadline for submissions of April 16.

American Citizens Abroad asked members and supporters to write to the committee’s Tax Reform Working Groups requesting a change to the tax treatment of Americans living and working overseas.  American Citizens Abroad is a citizens’ advocacy group representing the four to seven million U.S. citizens living outside of the United States, it noted in a release.

“Of all the comments on tax reform sent to the committee’s international tax working group by Americans overseas, the overwhelming majority mentioned and recommended ACA’s proposal for residence-based taxation,” said Mary Louise Serrato, executive director of American Citizens Abroad, in a release.

The organization has calculated that a residence-based system would be either tax-neutral or would possibly bring in more tax revenue than the current system of citizenship-based taxation. The United States is the only major country in the world which taxes its citizens and green card holders, no matter where they live, the organization noted.

American Citizens Abroad said it believes that basing U.S. taxation on residence rather than on citizenship would help keep overseas Americans competitive, allowing them to create jobs for companies and factories state-side through increased exports.

“After this outpouring of comments from overseas, the International Tax Reform Working Group of the Ways & Means Committee can no longer ignore the major tax issues raised by this important group of American citizens,” added Ms. Serrato.

In the submitted comments, and in addition to expressing strong support for residency-based taxation, many Americans overseas related their own personal hardship cases in which individuals overseas have been denied jobs and refused basic banking services like current accounts and mortgages, simply because of their U.S. nationality and the highly negative U.S. system of
citizenship-based taxation, the organization said.

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New York faces prospect
of continued sea-level rise

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The continued warming of the earth's climate is melting mountain glaciers and polar ice sheets and that's causing the world's oceans to rise slowly, but surely.  Most scientists agree that sea levels could rise by more than one meter by the end of this century, and that could spell trouble for low-lying island nations and coastal cities around the world, such as New York.  America's most populous city is studying ways to keep those rising waters at bay.

When Hurricane Sandy struck last October, New York got a taste of what its future could be.

One Brooklyn youngster, Jerry Gonzalez, was in the midst of it.
“The water was up to half of the door, and then we had to get buckets and try to take out all the water," he said. "Until we opened the door, and we saw the refrigerator floating on the water."

In New York City, the waters surged more than four meters above the average high tide mark.

Klaus Jacob is a research scientist at the Lamont-Doherty Observatory at Columbia University.  He describes what New York would look like if sea levels around the island city rise by 70 centimeters, as some studies predict they will by the year 2100.

“It would look like Wall Street doesn’t have yellow taxis. But it might have yellow taxi boats," said Jacob.

Jacob says below-grade basements would have to be sealed, and heating, cooling and electrical equipment would move to higher floors.  Subways entrances and air grates would have to be redesigned.

The federal government's Emergency Management Agency has released new flood zone maps for New York to review.  New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg calls the maps a blueprint for the future.

“Those maps will guide us in setting new construction requirements to ensure that buildings can withstand intense winds and waves that we expect down the road," he said. "The fact of the matter is we live next to the ocean, and ocean comes with risks. If, as many scientists project, sea levels continue rising, however, there may be some coastline projections we can build that will mitigate the impact of a storm surge-from berms and dunes, to jetties and levees."

Columbia University's Jacob said he believes elevation is key. Like the Highline, an abandoned railroad track turned into a fashionable promenade, life above sea level could become routine.
"And we may want to have many more Highlines connecting skyscrapers," he said. "Some of them even may have transportation systems above ground instead of just subways." 

Michael Byrne is FEMA's coordinator in New York. He says decisions about building and rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy must be planned intelligently.

“Elevation is only one of the methods to protect," said Byrne. "We can build sea walls, we can build levees, we can choose not to rebuild at a place.  We can do buyouts so that people can move on with their lives in a safer place.”

Scientists say the seas have risen 20 to 30 centimeters over the past 100 years and some experts believe they could rise another 1.5 meters by the end of this century. Coastal cities and island nations are at greatest risk.

But whether the sea rises by five centimeters or 70, the prediction for New York, residents of this city know they will either have to keep the ocean out or retreat to higher ground.

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Translations may be a bit rough, but software is improving every day.

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Canadian activists blast Infinito's $1 billion arbitration plan
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Six Canadian environmental and public policy organizations have demanded that Infinito Gold Ltd. end its decade-long harassment of the people and government of Costa Rica and withdraw a threat to bring the country into international arbitration.

The group is headed by an organization called Mining Watch, which is based in Ottawa, Ontario.

Said a release:

"Infinito Gold has tried to portray itself as the victim of a capricious court system. In reality, the Calgary-based company has tried to strong-arm Costa Rica’s judiciary into overturning two supreme court rulings (2010 and 2011) that upheld the country’s ban on open-pit mining. The courts told the Canadian company it could not develop the Crucitas mine, and told Infinito to pack up and go."

Actually the 2010 ruling favored the mining company, which operates in Costa Rica as Industrias Infinito S.A.. The mine is the Crucitas in the northern part of the country.

In a summary posted to the Canadian firm's Web site earlier this month John Morgan, Infinito company president, noted that his firm is facing two conflicting court rulings. The Sala IV constitutional court ruled April 16, 2010, that all legal objections raised against the project were without merit. But the lower Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo that November ordered that the concession be annulled, and this was upheld by the Sala I Nov. 30, 2011.

The environmental coalition directed its letter to Morgan, it said in a release. Industrias Infinito sought to extract some 800,000 ounces of gold over 15 years. Concerns for protected trees and birds derailed the plan.

"Instead of leaving, the company ratcheted-up a campaign of intimidation, attempting to censor a University of Costa Rica course focused on the mining project and launching defamation suits against two professors and three other Costa Ricans who have spoken out publicly about the potential impact that this mining activity could have on a fragile environment," said the Mining Watch release.

Other organizations listed as signatories of the letter to Morgan are Common Frontiers, Sierra Club Canada, Comité pour les droits humains en Amérique latine, Council of Canadians,  The Blue Water Project, the Polaris Institute and the Public Service Alliance of Canada.
The letter also sought to implicate former president Óscar Arias Sánchez:

"In 2012 the Canadian government was asked by Costa Rica to provide information about an alleged US$200,000 donation to then-President Oscar Arias’ Arias Foundation in 2008, coming from Canada, and made just days before Arias decreed that the Crucitas mine was to be considered ‘in the national interest.’ Canada’s Department of Justice responded to this request in early February of this year, but has refused to comment on the information provided. The Costa Rican government suddenly announced last week that the long-time head of the Arias Foundation had been named as its ambassador to Argentina."

Prosecutors have been investigating Arias and a former environmental minister, but there have been no charges filed.

The company used the decree by Arias that the mine was in the public interest to start logging operations to clear a site for the open pit mine, but these were halted by the courts.

Meanwhile, at the urgings of President Laura Chinchilla, the legislature passed a ban on large-scale commercial mining.

The letter also took a slap at the Canadian Embassy here:

“The company’s behavior, and the public support it has enjoyed from the Canadian Embassy, has seriously damaged Canada’s reputation in Costa Rica, a country that is a favorite destination for Canadian eco-tourists.”

Infinito has not actually filed an action with the World Bank's International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes.  It sought discussions with Costa Rican officials.

The company seems to have a good case in its demand for $1 billion.

The Canadian firm, which has spent 20 years trying to get the las Crucitas Project working has been hamstrung by the court actions. One decision ordered that the concession be revoked.

The Las Crucitas operation was to be an open pit mine in which the gold-bearing rock was carried to the surface, crushed and treated with chemicals to extract the valuable metal. That raised concerns on two fronts. First, the company had to cut protected almendro or mountain almond trees that the protected great green macaw favors. 

Secondly, there was concern that the harsh chemicals might leach into the environment and perhaps into the nearby Río San Juan.

Not all the differences are the effects of  the Costa Rican diet
Although I don’t walk downtown as much as I used to or even visit the city, there are two phenomena that I became aware of after living here a short time and notice that today they still prevail.

One was and is that very few older women in Costa Rica have the dowager’s hump, which is the colloquial term for the rounded back that is a visible sign of osteoporosis.

The other was and is that few women have white hair.  The first phenomenon I credited to the diet, especially the beans that are eaten daily. The latter, I also credited to the diet until I walked in a hair salon the first time and saw the shelves lined with every hair color you can imagine.

As the daughter and sister of beauticians, I should have been the wiser without the proof.  However, I am happy to say, that in spite of the not so happy changes in the diet here, generally speaking, older women still walk with heads up and backs straight. The changes in the diet is affecting the younger generations, as has been noted by recent research on the deleterious effects of a western diet on people approaching middle age.

Now I take taxis more often.  I don’t chat much with the drivers because I am often carrying stuff and cannot tolerate the seat belt in the front seat.

So I check what is new on both sides of the streets, and in the market districts I enjoy the colorful displays of vegetables in season and love watching the bustling people and their exchanges. Sometimes an exchange can go beyond pleasant and I have been surprised to note that people don’t often interfere with contentions between two others.

This week on Calle Blancos was a brand new, huge building.  The sign on it said in large and proud letters, AMAZON.  I asked my taxista if that belonged to the company on the Internet, and he said it did, although he had no further information, like was it a warehouse or what.  This does call for further investigation.*  I recall when I was living in San Antonio de Belén, seeing the huge warehouse in the valley and learning it was a Walmart warehouse.

And the beat goes on.

I received a notice that seven Canadian organizations that monitor Canada’s mining activities around the world, have sent a strongly worded letter to John Morgan, the CEO of Infinito Gold to stop the company’s “decade long harassment of the people and government of Costa Rica.” The Canadian
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company continues its efforts to start open pit mining for gold
in Crucitas, recently by threatening to sue Costa Rica for $1 billion.

Jamie Kneen, the spokesman for Mining Watch Canada, one of the seven organizations, knows and respects the efforts of the people and government of Costa Rica to remain eco-friendly.  He lived here from 1995-1997 when open pit gold mining was initiated and then dropped by Placer Dome. But he says, “Costa Rican organizations have been very strong in local and regional organizing and both Crucitas and Bellavista have been emblematic struggles for communities affected by mining throughout Central America.”

In 2012 the Costa Rican government asked the Canadian government to divulge what it knew about the reputed $200,000 donation to the Oscar Arias Foundation in 2008 “just days before Arias decreed that the Crucitas mine was to be considered ‘in the national interest.’  No answer has been forthcoming.

Kneen and others admonish the Canadian Embassy for its public support of Infinto saying that it has damaged Canada’s reputation in Costa Rica, a country that long has been popular as a destination for Canadian eco-tourists, and I might add, expats.

There is nothing new here.  When profit becomes the main concern of an endeavor or an individual, the welfare of others, the damage to the environment, or even to themselves, is often ignored.

Benjamin Franklin, my favorite politician, inventor, philanthropist, said it better.  “He that is of the opinion that money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for Money.”

I wish the Canadian organizations well.  I hope they turn out to be as successful as “The Magnificent Seven.”

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Carbon footprint study seeks to have tourists share their travel arrangements
By the Bournemouth University news staff

Each year our desire to get away from it all contributes to around 5 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Ignoring the impact of tourism on the environment would be equivalent to ignoring the carbon emissions of a developed industrialised nation, according to British researchers..

This is why Janet Dickinson and Viachaslau Filimonau from Bournemouth University’s School of Tourism are working on ways to reduce the tourist carbon footprint.

Rather than developing punitive taxes or penalties, the research is looking at how to give people good incentives and strategies to cut down on unnecessary travel.

The team is starting close to home by studying the behavior of visitors at a Dorset campsite, where up to 300 people stay each week during the summer peak season.

“The aim is to try to revolutionize the travel decision making process,” said Ms. Dickinson, a senior lecturer in the university's School of Tourism.

“The idea is to give people visibility of transport options in their immediate future through social networking and through smart phones so they can see there are opportunities to share transport, or opportunities to avoid making journeys,” she said.

The study is part of a wider Sixth Sense Transport Project, a collaboration with colleagues from the Universities of Southampton, Lancaster, Edinburgh and Salford.

“We are looking at a campsite, but the same approach could be used in any holiday community, a hotel, group of cottages or caravan park,” Dickinson explains.
“You have a community in the same place often all doing things at the same time and there’s a huge potential for people to make better use of travel resources. You have an awful lot of congestion in the areas linked to tourism.”

The idea is to use social networks so people can reveal anonymously to their fellow campers where they are and what they are doing. At the same time they can see what everyone else on the campsite is up to, what their immediate plans are, and what the weather and travel conditions are like.

“If you are heading to the beach tomorrow, and you know 50 other people are too, it allows you to make contact and share travel – or find out about bus routes – or warn of congestion. You might need just one item from the shops – and this could allow you to ask someone already at the shops or heading off there to pick it up for you,” suggests Dickinson.

The project is first assessing travelers' attitudes to sharing. The team are finding out more about  habits, what sort of information they are willing to share and how prepared they are to join forces.

Then they will experiment with real life visitors at the campsite, inviting them to try out smart phone applications designed to help them on their break.

Other parts of the project are looking at social networking in schools to help parents share transport to school and promote so-called walking buses, supervised groups of children walking to school on predetermined routes.

Another is looking at reducing the carbon footprint of the logistics industry,  the moving of goods by truck and train.

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The diagram compares the planets of the inner solar system to Kepler-62, a five-planet system about 1,200 light-years from Earth.

Planets that may support life
found many light year away

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists have announced the discovery of three planets in two planetary systems that are in or on the edge of the so-called habitable zone, the range that is just the right distance from their stars so they wouldn't be too hot or too cold to have liquid water.

They made these discoveries with NASA's Kepler space telescope.

William Borucki, the Kepler science principal investigator at NASA's Ames Research Center in California, described the Kepler-62 planetary system, which he says is 1,200 light years away.  One light year is 10 trillion kilometers.

Much like our solar system, he said, Kepler-62 is home to two habitable-zone worlds, called Kepler-62e and Kepler-62f.  Those planets are about one-and-a-half times the size of Earth.

"In fact, these two planets are our best candidates for planets that might be habitable, not just in the habitable zone," he told reporters at a news conference at Ames.  "They're part of a planetary system of five planets that we've discovered so far, but these are the two that are most important."  

Borucki said 62e might be a water world, but scientists aren't certain as they only know its radius, not its mass.  He says planet 62f, the smaller of the two, might very well be a rocky planet, and possibly have polar caps, significant land masses and water.     

Planets 62e and 62f orbit a star about two-thirds the size of the sun and one-fifth as luminous.  Borucki said someone standing on 62f,  would find the light to be as bright as a cloudy day on Earth. 

These are the smallest exoplanets found in a habitable zone. 

Lisa Kaltenegger of the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, says scientific models indicate that planets about this size could have water.

"The fascinating idea is that maybe we've actually found the first ocean planets, the first water worlds out there, and what it just shows you is the diversity that we're discovering out there," she said.  "And let me say that we only have the radius, so what we infer from the models is very exciting but always has to be taken a little bit with a grain of salt."   

Thomas Barclay, a Kepler scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute in California, is most excited about the discovery of a planet in another system -- Kepler 69.  He says Kepler-69c is a planet 70 percent bigger than Earth that orbits a sun-like star, and it's just on the edge of the habitable zone.

"The habitable zone is a region between fire and ice.  Well, this is orbiting closer to the fire than the ice," he said.  "We consider this perhaps to be more of a super-Venus than a super-Earth, perhaps."  

The Kepler space telescope explores the structure and diversity of planetary systems.  It finds planets by looking for tiny dips in the brightness of a star that occur when a planet crosses in front of it. 

Kepler was launched in 2009, and it has found more than 100 planets.

Boston church service honors
those killed or injured in blast

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Three days after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, local officials and religious leaders honored those killed and wounded and the spirit of Bostonians at a service in Boston. 

The Obamas were seated in the front pew at Boston's Church of the Holy Cross as religious leaders paid tribute to the dead, wounded, first responders, and the people of Boston.

Rev. Liz Walker of the Roxbury Presbyterian Church spoke about strength of community in the face of evil.

"We are members of one another, a community of resilience, hard-pressed but not defeated, confounded but not consumed," she said.

There were tributes from other Christian denominations, and Jewish and Islamic faith leaders.

Mayor Tom Menino paid tribute to those killed in the attacks: 8-year-old Martin Richard, 29-year-old Krystle Campbell, and 23-year-old Chinese student Lu Lingzi.

Saying nothing can tear down the resilience of Boston, he said the city and its marathon will come back even stronger next year.

"It will push us forward, push us, thousands and thousands and thousands of people, across the finish line next year. Because this is Boston - a city with courage, compassion and strength that knows no bounds," said Menino.

"We will have accountability without vengeance, vigilance without fear, and we will remember, I hope and pray, long after the buzz of Boylston Street is back and the media has turned its attention elsewhere, that the grace this tragedy exposed is the best of who we are," said Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick.

Obama called the resolve of the people of Boston the greatest rebuke to those who committed this heinous act.

"If they sought to intimidate us, to terrorize us, to shake us from those values that Deval described, the values that make us who we are as Americans, well it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it. Not here in Boston," the president said.

Obama said Bostonians will run again and the country will be with them on their long journey of recovery.

To those who perpetrated the attacks and anyone who would do harm to Americans, he said, "Yes we will find you, and yes you will face justice."

White House officials said the Obamas visited with family members of Krystle Campbell, one of the three killed in the marathon attacks.

Obama also stopped at Massachusetts General Hospital, where many of the wounded from the attacks are undergoing treatment.

Searchers still seek victims
in gigantic Texas explosion

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling Wednesday's deadly fertilizer plant explosion a truly nightmare scenario.

Rescue workers are searching still smoldering ruins for survivors of the explosion that leveled homes and businesses in the town of West. 

Police said it is not clear how many people remain trapped in the rubble, but said as many as 15 people may be dead, more than 160 injured. Several are missing.

Police said responders are still in the search and rescue' phase, as they go house to house. About 80 houses within a five-block radius were either heavily damaged or destroyed.

During a news conference, Perry said much of the information about victims remains very preliminary. He said U.S. President Barack Obama has offered to quickly declare West an emergency disaster area eligible for federal aid.

West's 2,800 residents were evacuated. Authorities have not determined the cause of the disaster.

An official with the Texas Department of Public Safety described the scene.

He said, "I can tell you I was there. I walked through the blast area, I searched some houses earlier tonight.  Massive, just like Iraq, just like the Murray building in Oklahoma City. Same kind of anhydrous exploded, so you can imagine what kind of damage we are looking at there."

Authorities said that the deadly explosion ripped through the fertilizer plant injuring more than 100 people, leveling dozens of homes and damaging other buildings including a school and nursing home.

Authorities have not determined how the initial fire started at the plant. Patrick Swanton, spokesman for the Waco police department, said the site is being treated as a crime scene, but insists there is no evidence to suggest it was anything other than an accident. 

A nearby high school football field was turned into an emergency staging area to treat the victims.

Emergency crews from dozens of nearby towns and counties traveled to West to assist with the response. Texas Governor Rick Perry said state resources have been mobilized to provide assistance to local authorities. 

Earth Day organizers seek
photos from around world

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

More than one billion people around the world mark Earth Day each April 22, making this environmental celebration one of the largest civic observances on the planet.

At its hub is the Earth Day Network, the not-for-profit organization that launched the first Earth Day in 1970 and has helped promote the event ever since.

This year’s theme is The Face of Climate Change. The campaign harnesses the Internet and social media to create a worldwide digital display of people, places and wildlife that have been affected by climate change.

Franklin Russell, director of Earth Day for the Earth Day Network and the Face of Climate Change campaign, wants individual faces on his virtual wall. The network’s 20,000 partner groups are helping spread the word.

“We had a couple of photos coming from India recently, from students who were using recycled plastic bags to make pots for their plants," Russell said. "We had a bunch of people take to the streets in Bulgaria to protest deforestation and to demand the government start taking action.”

The Web-based campaign is collecting thousands of digital photos from Facebook, Instagram and other social media, which link to

“The key is engaging as many people as possible . . .  to take a photo of themselves, depicting either the impact of climate change or even some of solutions that they are engaged in," Russell said, "and share with us and allow us to build this really impressive digital mosaic that we can share with the world to influence change.”

That mosaic, which appears as a scanable wall of photos, is mesmerizing. You can stop on a photo, click on it to turn it over, read more on the back and join a live Twitter feed to comment on what you see.

Negotiated deal for Google
would prevent long case

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

What's the best way to deal with a complex legal case that threatens to drag on for years while leaving unchecked a dominant player in an economically important market?

For EU antitrust chief Joaquin Almunia, the answer in the case of Google, Inc., was clear. Not the long and winding road of formal charges and a potential fine for the world's most popular search engine, but the quicker route of a settlement.

Google formally submitted its concessions to the European Commission last week, aiming to end the 30-month long case. The regulators said they would market test the proposals soon, indicating they were content with the offer.

While the commission, the EU's competition authority, and the U.S. company may be happy with the result, some of Google's rivals are not so convinced.

They see it as a missed opportunity by regulators to tackle what they regard as a dominant player determined to crush smaller rivals and thwart any chances they have to grow.

For his part, Almunia defends the approach he has taken, which was designed to secure a resolution of the case without having to prove guilt and adjudicate a fine. In that way, consumers benefit more quickly from the resolution, rather than having to wait for years as in past EU cases against Microsoft Corp. and Intel Corp.

"We. . . prefer to conclude cases swiftly when this brings the most benefits to the markets. In certain industries, such as high-tech and fast-moving markets, it is important that competition is restored quickly and effectively," the EU commissioner said earlier this month.

Almunia had been concerned that Google may have broken the rules by promoting its services over those of rivals, copying competitors' travel and restaurant reviews without permission and restricting advertisers from moving to competing services.

In trying to settle the case, the EU competition commissioner has a point, given the length of earlier proceedings against Microsoft and Intel, said Nicolas Petit, law professor at the University of Liege in Belgium.

"The first Microsoft case took six years and even then the remedies were only applicable two years later. The Intel case took nine years from when the complaints were filed to the prohibition decision," he said.

Given the complexity of the EU case and the fact that U.S. regulators found no wrongdoing in their own investigation of Google's core search business, Almunia is just being pragmatic, said Edmon Oude Elferink at law firm CMS Derks Star Busmann.

"From the legal and strategic point of view, it's the thing to do. If a case is not clear-cut, going for a hardline approach is risky. The risk of losing face is very serious," he said, referring to the Commission's settlement procedure. "Article 9 is a comfortable road. The commission can claim that it has dealt with the case without running too many risks."

Lawyers leave Rios Montt
sitting by himself in court

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A session in the genocide trial of former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt ended abruptly Thursday, as his lawyers tried to suspend proceedings over a legal technicality and stormed out, leaving him sitting alone in court.

Rios Montt, who ruled between 1982-83, was ordered to trial for genocide and crimes against humanity in January to answer for a counterinsurgency plan that killed more than 1,700 members of the Ixil indigenous group during Guatemala's long civil war.

The 86-year-old's lawyers contend that the judge who ordered the trial should not have presided over pre-trial hearings, but rather another judge, and are seeking to annul the proceedings.

The case must return to the pre-trial phase,' defense lawyer Cesar Calderon said before walking out of the court. "We can't have two judicial processes at the same time. This trial must be annulled.''

That left Rios Montt sitting alone in the courtroom without legal counsel. He tried to reach his lawyers by telephone, but got no answer. Judge Yasmin Barrios suggested he appoint a public defender, before calling off the day's hearing and ordering both sides to reconvene today.

Prosecutors dismissed the walkout by Rios Montt's lawyers.

"It's all a political show,'' attorney Hector Reyes told reporters. "What the defense team is showing is that they have no legal arguments to defend their client and that they have no way to prove his innocence.''

Prosecutors allege that Rios Montt, an army general before becoming head of a junta that ruled Guatemala, turned a blind eye during the country's civil war as soldiers used rape, torture and arson to rid Guatemala of leftist insurgents during the 1960 to 1996 civil war.

His defense team has argued Rios Montt had no control over battlefield operations and that genocide did not take place.

Monetary Fund chief haled
into court over last job

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde has been summoned to appear before a French court next month in connection with her handling of a political scandal during her past job as French finance minister.

The summons could pave the way for a formal investigation of Ms. Lagarde, whose Paris apartment was raided by French police last month. The French court is seeking to determine whether Ms. Lagarde misused public funds when she helped broker a $520 million settlement for businessman Bernard Tapie to end a long-running legal battle between him and the state.

Tapie was a friend of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who was Ms. Lagarde's boss when she served as finance minister. She has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Ms. Lagarde has earned widespread praise as the Fund's first female head. Among other issues, she has been a key player in bailout talks with indebted European countries. She took over the job from another Frenchman, Dominique Strauss Kahn, who resigned amid a sexual assault scandal in New York. Those charges were later dropped.

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Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.

Pirate beach
For sale by owner: Ocean view condominium. Reduced $175,000

Gorgeous two- bedroom, two-bath with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built-in energy efficiently. This condo is located in a gated community with low HOA dues and offers amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to a beautiful white sandy Pirates Beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double panel windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, porcelain tile. Contact  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.

This is a well distributed condo, very spacious and meticulously maintained. It sells furnished with quality furnishings and appliances. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and lots of storage place. It's a 2,200-sq. foot condo with double garage. Ideally located 20 minutes south of Jacó. It comes with a free beach club membership at Monterey Hotel in Esterillos. Call 2778-8408 or 8707-1037. Email or
Las Escadas
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Las Escadas – Condomimium & Club
San Juan del Sur – Nicaragua

1 and 2 bedroom condos from $ 39,900.
Las Escadas Condominiums & Club is the best Investment opportunity for those who want to live surrounded on all sides with nature and very closes to many beautiful beaches, amazing places with rich history and culture.
Security entrance – Administrative office – Swimming pool – Children's playground – Reserved parking available – Basketball court – pathways – Underground utilities.
Only $ 99 to reserve your Unit. Limited time offer
Cell English +505 8588-9827 – Cell Spanish/English 8551-4391

Nicoya views
Property with ocean and gulf view for sale
Tranquil million dollar view, 5,000-sq.meter property with 3/2 home built to American standards, artistically designed and decorated, 16-foot ceilings of mango and tamarindo, appliances, plunge pool, rancho, caretaker apartment, workshop, covered parking, views of Gulf of Nicoya and ocean, in countryside near San José to Caldera highway. Near the lovely town of Esparza. Can provide extra income from bed and breakfast room rental and stellar Tripadvisor reviews. $180,000 506-8869-9274.

View from Orosi home

Majestically situated overlooking the Orosi Valley and the tropical rain forest, this 2-bedroom, 2½-bath home with a separate office is offered at $550,000.  From the extensive use of glass windows visitors are easily captivated by the unbelievably 7 acres of pure, natural Costa Rican landscape.   The property is located 15 minutes from the Cartago metropolitan area, an hour from San José, 1¼ hours to the Juan Santamaria International Airport, 2 hours to the beaches of the Pacific West Coast, or 3 ½  hours to the beaches of the southern Caribbean coast.
USA 678-799-8803
CR Cell 011-506-8-910-2904

You can purchase property in Costa Rica legally without paying Land Transfer Tax; this plus the usual real estate commission of 5% will reduce your purchase price by approximately 11%. Save over $50,000.00 on the purchase of this $465,000.00 property. Large 5000+ sq.ft. House. Ideal for business executive, B & B or large family. E-mail for photos and more information to

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  See property video here:

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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.

Rich Coast Montage
Central Pacific Coast Real Estate
- 2-bedroom house in gated community, $92,500.
- Lots in gated community from $20k w/financing available.
- 3-bedroom house in gated community, furnished, walk to the beach, $125k
- 3-bedroom oceanview house on 5 acres subdividable, $270k
- 58-acre oceanview property subdividable, $169k
Oceanfront residential Lot $58k
and much more....
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Ocean view home
Georgeous House For Sale In Costa Rica
Gorgeous house built 5 years ago to U.S. standards on 37,000 sq. ft TITLED property. This is a very special and rare property because of the INCREDIBLE OCEAN VIEW and excellent location. This one of a kind home and property is truly a must see. Ocean view Only $345 000.00 US More details:
Jack 506-2778-8172    Email:

just reduced
Just Reduced to $169,000!!!
58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005  CR Cell 8718-9891

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ALAZAN Eco-Friendly Community

- Ocean, mountain, and river views, built in harmony with nature
- 70% sold out, 1.25 acre + lots available from $75,000
- All lots held in separate corporations
- Functioning HOA with 24-hour security and gated front entrance
- 100% custom homes, turnkey construction
- Community homes have been featured in Su Casa Architectural Magazine
- Abundant wildlife on the property, access to 45-acre nature preserve
- Organic Permaculture farm coming soon
- Build your custom dream home and join our community of friends in paradise!
Brokers Welcome
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011 (506) 8718-9891

Costa Azul view
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Properties in Osa near the ocean.
50% discount from the valuation price, starting at $30.000.
Financing available. Contact us at +506 2233-7778 or +506 8815-6476.
Grupo Costa Azul – A property waiting for you!

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New Cruz Roja facility

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Cruz Roja will inaugurate a new facility Sunday in Nueva Cinchona, the community where survivors of the Jan 8, 2009, earthquake live.

The rescue agency facility also will service Ujarrás, Cariblanco and La Virgen. The facility cost 174 million colons, nearly $350,000.

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Special to A.M. Costa Rica

A member of the LulzSec hacking group was sentenced Thursday to one year and one day in federal prison for his conviction on federal computer hacking charges related to an extensive computer attack that compromised the computer systems of Sony Pictures Entertainment.

The man, Cody Andrew Kretsinger, 25, who used the online moniker “recursion,” formerly lived in Phoenix, Arizona. He now lives in Decatur, Illinois. He was sentenced by U. S. District Judge John A. Kronstadt.

In addition to the prison term, Judge Kronstadt ordered Kretsinger to serve one year of home detention following the completion of his prison sentence, to perform 1,000 hours of community service, and to pay $605,663 in restitution.

Kretsinger pleaded guilty in April 2012 to conspiracy and the unauthorized impairment of a protected computer. According to court documents, during a one-week period in late May and early June of 2011, the computer systems of Sony Pictures were compromised by a computer hacking group known as LulzSec or Lulz Security, whose members anonymously took responsibility for the attack.

Kretsinger and others involved in the intrusion obtained confidential information from Sony Pictures’ computer systems. Kretsinger and the other attackers distributed the stolen data on the Internet, information that included names, addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses for tens of thousands of Sony customers.

LulzSec is known for its affiliation with the international group of hackers known as Anonymous, which is a loose collective of computer hackers and others around the world who conduct cyber attacks and disseminate confidential information stolen from victims’ computers.

Another member of LulzSec, Raynaldo Rivera, known by the online moniker neuron, of Chandler, Arizona, pleaded guilty last October to conspiracy charges in connection with his participation in the Sony Pictures attack. Rivera is currently scheduled to be sentenced by Judge Kronstadt May 16.

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