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More winds for today in Central Valley, N. Pacific
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Don't count on much rain over the weekend in the Central Valley or the North Pacific, but hang on to your hat!  Strong winds are predicted similar to what some parts of the country experienced Thursday.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional estimated that there will be gusts today up to 90 kph (56 mph) in the north Pacific and up to 70 kph (44 mph) in the Central Valley.

The weather institute said that conditions might be at their worst in mountain passes.  However, the wind is expected to diminish over the weekend.
   
The institute said that those in small boats should be careful of the turbulence.

The situation is different in the central and south Pacific coast.

The Weather Underground, A.M. Costa Rica's weather service, said that a monsoonal trough of low pressure maintains shower and thunderstorm activity in the Pacific. Radar images showed that there were storm conditions early today just west and north of the Osa peninsula in extreme southwest Costa Rica. This trough of low pressure is expected to move up the coast today and over the weekend.

Meanwhile, the winds are due to high pressure in the Caribbean. This condition will contribute to cloudiness in the northern zone and along the Caribbean coast where there also is a chance of some rain.
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Wind whips a flag atop the Museo Nacional

At the very least, said the weather agency, today and the weekend would not be a good time to do any outdoor burning. Meanwhile on the Pacific coast, a high seas warning continues.


Researcher finds that trees can create cancer agent
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has long had a love affair with trees. Even when a road is widened, officials are loath to cut down trees, so in some places trees share the right-of-way with vehicles.

And as Costa Rica protects huge tracts of land, many of the beneficiaries are all sorts of trees. They are supposed to be the country's bulwark against greenhouse gases and global warming.

Now it turns out that trees can create a cancer agent.

After years of scientific uncertainty and speculation, researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill show exactly how trees help create one of society’s predominant environmental and health concerns: air pollution, the university said Thursday.

Trees are known to emit a chemical called  isoprene, the university said in a summary of the work of Jason Surratt, assistant professor of environmental sciences and engineering at the Gillings School of Global Public Health.

The researcher found that isoprene, once it is chemically altered via exposure to the sun, reacts with man-made nitrogen oxides to create particulate matter, and nitrogen oxides are pollutants created by cars, trucks, aircrafts, coal plants and other large scale sources, said the university. These tiny particles that can get lodged in lungs, lead to lung cancer and asthma, and damage other tissues, the university noted.
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Trees and traffic are a deadly combination.

“The work presents a dramatic new wrinkle in the arguments for reducing man-made pollutants worldwide,” said Surratt, whose work was published this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. “Isoprene evolved to protect trees and plants, but because of the presence of nitrogen oxides, it is involved in producing this negative effect on health and the environment.”

“We certainly can’t cut down all the trees,” Surratt adds, “but we can work on reducing these man-made emissions to cut down the production of fine particulate matter.” He was quoted by the university in a summary of his work.

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Our readers' opinions
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Re: Fake bombing report hurt Twitter and raised questions

It is not Twitter that should be "tarnished" by this episode, but rather the gullible users — including so many "major" news parrots -— who are all too ready to swallow every tweet they read.  The more fantastic the tweet, the readier they are.  A good journalist, and any intelligent reader, wants more than one source for news stories.  In the rush to be first, in the desire not to be left off the bandwagon, checking a story through additional independent sources has taken a back seat to simply reporting every rumor as fact. 

Were it not for the turmoil that so often results, it would be laughable.  If anyone is out there on another planet watching us, they must think Planet Earth is just a full-time sit-com.  From down here on the planet, it's sad.
Joe Sexton
Amherst, New York


Feeding the world is not
the job of the United States


Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

"Shah said buying food in the affected region, or providing cash or vouchers to people in need, is up to 50 percent cheaper than buying and shipping food from the U.S. Plus, it gets to where it’s needed up to 14 weeks sooner."

Here we go again. Nothing like creating another society of people dependent on the U.S. taxpayer. This should go a long way toward creating a black market society, trading vouchers for everything except food. Locally purchasing food should increase demand, which will drive up prices in the affected regions. Why sell to the local populace when the U.S. is willing to pay more?  If food is available in the local region, why can't the people buy it for themselves?  Look at the welfare state that our country has created within our own borders.

We, as a nation, cannot save the entire world. There has to be people of means in these poor countries. If they are unwilling to provide for their own population, it should not fall upon the U.S. to do so. I have a better way of reducing the amount of money spent on foreign aid and it will save 100 percent.  Cut it off.

Dan Jackson
Calhan, Colorado



Costa Rica on the brink
because it is undemocratic

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I have owned property and investments in Costa Rica for some 20 years and see that the government is making it more difficult for foreigners and investors to live and do business in Costa Rica. The regime of Laura Chinchilla is set on isolating Costa Rica from foreign capital, investments, homes, vacation retreats, and holiday retreats, and this is hurting the Costa Rica economy greatly. The people in the U.S. are now going to other countries and tropical locations because the present government, Costa Rica is a duplicate of the U.S., and people in the US are trying to get away from such a non-democratic place as the U.S. has become. All the points you just included in your paper are correct and must be eliminated or Costa Rica will no longer be a desirable place to live, retire or visit.

I am delighted to see that Banco Popular is taking the position they have regarding money brought into the country, and people coming to Costa Rica to buy a home and retire are not running from the law but are wanting to escape this dictatorship here in U.S. under this Obama clan. This info and report of how the expats feel about Costa Rica must be given to Laura Chinchilla and the government.

If they want our money and buying of products from U.S. citizens. It needs to be told that the National Association of Realtors here in U.S. determined long ago that every new house built in the country creates 3.5 new permanent jobs and that is why the economies in U.S. and Costa  Rica are not growing – no new homes or businesses, and that equates to no new jobs for anyone and the loss of funds to other places in the world.
 Joel B. Buice
South Carolina


Three suggestions to help
country recover its course


Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

A great deal has changed in Costa Rica over the past 10 years. We left the U.S. after 9/11 and have watched the progress of our home country with dismay.  Sinking in debt and with many of the freedoms gone that many families fought and died for, we rejoiced that Costa Rica was seemingly on the right track.

We personally never expected to be accepted as citizens nor did we have high expectations that much would change. In fact, we hoped that it wouldn’t.

Unfortunately, change has occurred, and most of it for the worst.

Many of the same problems that plagued that States now plague Costa Rica. Too much debt and a decided lack of transparency and a cumbersome, balky government are just beginning to hamper the country’s growth.

We have seen the people who settled here hoping to enjoy the beauty of Costa Rica be treated with almost total disrespect and disregard by the government.   There is virtually no consideration given to at least 90 percent of the new laws and regulations that affect us.   I would venture to say that literally tens of millions of dollars have left the country because the governing parties simply did not want to make the time to even consider how new legislation would affect them.
 
We are seeing the average middle class Costa Rican citizen just now starting to say “enough is enough.” Costa Rica, like it or not, is heavily dependent upon outside investment, and its growing middle class is nearly totally dependent upon foreign investment and the influx of employment.

The middle class in Costa Rica is being strangled, and now the expats, foreigners and the corporations which came here seeking a first class labor pool and a lower cost infrastructure are also being choked to death by increasing costs.

Will it end?

Will the next ruling party and administration come to their senses? Based on the past, it is doubtful.

Expats have no power here. Money should have, but it does not, nor does common sense.

I am sad because one of the most beautiful countries in the world is slowly dying.

Three suggestions that I can almost guarantee would help the government:

1.    ASK for help... I can guarantee that consultation with a committee of expats would result in much more income for the Costa Rican government and thus the country.

2.    I would bet my pension that there are at least five people who are pensionados or expats here in Costa Rica that, if asked, could probably draft a program to bring dozens of overseas corporations into Costa Rica and thus millions more dollars and countless jobs.

3.    ASK FOR HELP... Do feasibility studies instead of just blindly listening to people with no track records in the government. There are qualified people in the country. Do not only trust relatives.   Asking for assistance and input is a sign of strength, not weakness.

Can things be turned around in Costa Rica?   Of course, they can.

But with politicians running things, maybe not. But we can hope.

Randy Berg
San Mateo  


Cartago fare increased
after rail firm appeals


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Service hasn't even started yet, but the national railroad firm got an increase in the fare for the new Cartago line.

The price regulating agency said that the increase of 55 colons was justified due to errors and inconsistencies in the information that was used to set the original fare.

One of the errors was the number of coaches a train engine will pull in six of 34 daily trips. The train will pull four coaches.

In addition the estimate of fuel use was increased.  The trains will use 1.16 liters of petroleum fuel for each kilometer. The original fare was based on two coaches and a fuel use of .57 liters a kilometer, said the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos.

Another inconsistency was the salaries proposed to be paid for the train crews, the agency said.

The fares are fixed by the Intendencia de Transporte within the agency.  The Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarrilles sought the review of the original 495-colon fare. That amount is about $1. The increase is about 10 U.S. cents.



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

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By Kayla Pearson
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The United States will donate $850,000 to support five different clean energy policies and projects in Costa Rica, U. S. Embassy officials said Thursday. This is in addition to $1 million for another project.

These grants are part of a promise made by President Barack Obama to partner with energy and climate initiatives in the Americas during the 2009 presidential summit, they said.

'”Our countries are making efforts to reduce our dependence on oil and promote technologies and policies of clean energy, as well as greater energy efficiency in all sectors,” said Ambassador Anne Andrew.

A regional contest was held last year to decide who would receive the donations.  Applicants submitted plans to develop clean energy technologies and clean energy policies.  Universidad de Costa Rica, Yo Emprendedor, the Academia de Profesionales Solares de las Américas, Purdue University and the Organización de Desarrollo de Holanda are the winning organizations.

The projects are as follows:
Yo Emprendedor (meaning "I, the entrepreneur") will receive $100,000 to help entrepreneurs design and obtain funds for green startups, processes, and policies.

Universidad de Costa Rica will receive $200,000 to develop a sustainable model for Central American coffee producers.  This model will implement, test and disseminate the best practices related to three alternative sources of energy: Solar, wind and biomass.

Academia de Profesionales Solares de las Américas will receive $190,000 to train professionals on how to better use solar energy.

Purdue University from the ambassador's home state of Indiana will receive $150,000 to deploy solar power distribution systems in the Caribbean.  This project is in conjunction with the Universidad de la Antillas in Puerto Rico.

SNV/Organización de Desarrollo de Holanda will receive $210,000 to generate electricity from biogas.

The United States will also donate $1,000,000 to Michigan State University to work with the Universidad de Costa Rica to develop solar bioengineering technology.  This system is scheduled to be presented the beginning of May next year.


An elegant lunch with friends in the former male sanctuary
My apartment has southwest and northeast exposure, depending on which room you are in.  The sun now pushes its rays smack into my bedroom every morning between 6 and 7 telling me to get out of bed.  I love this time of year.  I have been worried that the small amount of rain in the city is predicting a drought in the country.  But enjoying a meeting with my fellow writers under a manteca tree near Ciudad Colón, surrounded by a lawn of green green grass, I learned that it has been raining where it is most needed.

I don’t have to feel nervous about all of the lovely sunshine in the city, which I was able to appreciate this week.

I had the opportunity to enjoy the company of two exceptional women.  Ileana, who is a Tica, would be exceptional no matter where she was born.

She is the mother of three teenage boys, married for 20 years.  She teaches languages via the computer, is secretary to her husband who is a doctor, is a great cook and baker, is always  there to give a friend a hand and does it all without household help.  One of her favorite pastimes is dancing with her husband, which they enjoy whenever they can. They are two people who know how to enjoy life.

This week she invited me and a new friend (to me), Michale to lunch at the Union Club downtown to celebrate her (Ileana’s) birthday a couple of days late.  Ileana said that she learned of the custom of the birthday person doing the treating in Germany.

Michale is relatively new to Costa Rica and is a storyteller by profession.  She has told stories in schools, and libraries and businesses in many states in the U.S. and in other countries, some countries few Americans have visited.  She has stories for all occasions, but mainly to enable peace and harmony.  At least that is how I saw it. 

The Union Club is the venerable building facing the main post office, and as a club is celebrating its 90th anniversary this month.  It has an impressive history.  The location was chosen because the area was known as the “Wall Street” of San José because of the banks nearby.  The architecture is neoclassical and inside, the floors are marble, the walls fine wood with giant glass lamps. The whole atmosphere is elegant and a bit hushed.

It was originally founded as a gathering place for the elite of Costa Rica to meet and talk business and politics over some wine and coffee. And it was for men only, with women accepted only on special occasions and with their husbands.

The idea to build it began when 10 partners met and with 10
Butterfly in the City
 
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shares each, valued at 2,000 colons a share plus a loan it began to happen.  Its first president was Oscar F. Rohrmoser.

In front of the building is the statue of Juan Mora, president from 1849 to1859, during which time carpetbagger William Walker was defeated.

On March 8, 1983, a fire destroyed the first building.  A replica of the original building was inaugurated on April 7, 1988.
Included in their proud history is the visit of Charles Lindbergh.  After his famous trip around the world in 1928 he stopped in Costa Rica and is said to have enjoyed a meal in the Union dining room. 

It is still a place for the elite in the world of business and politics to meet and talk.  As the world changes, women were welcomed.  During our lunch, we were warmly greeted by the current chairman of the board and other gentleman of the club.  

Recognizing that the world continues to change, the board is hoping to attract more young professionals. But trying to
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Recently, in front of the building, was erected an all
glass  coffee shop, open to the public.  It is the closest thing to a sidewalk café in San José and it is located in an ideal spot for people watching (as well as aspiring politicians and young entrepreneurs) because the foot traffic in front of the post office (another lovely and venerable building) is constant, not to mention the people just sitting in the square waiting, socializing or doing business.  The glassed-in café is perfect because there is a constant breeze in San José that can be disruptive to dishes and cooling to coffee.

In my opinion it is the perfect solution to one of the two requirements I had for the land where I would retire.  The first was a climate where bougainvillea grew, and the second was sidewalk cafes.  Now I have them both.

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Excavation crews continue to work at a site in Guatemala where discoveries show that the city of Ceibal was older than the Olmec center of La Venta.

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Seven years of excavations reveals complexity of Mayan origins, study says
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Excavations at Ceibal, an ancient Maya site in Guatemala, suggest that the origins of early Maya civilization are more complex than previously thought.

The Maya civilization is well-known for its elaborate temples, sophisticated writing system, and mathematical and astronomical developments, yet the civilization's origins remain something of a mystery. The Mayan area of influence reached into Guanacaste in Costa Rica and perhaps as far as the Central Valley.

A new University of Arizona study in the journal Science challenges the two prevailing theories on how the ancient civilization began, suggesting its origins are more complex than previously thought.

Anthropologists typically fall into one of two competing camps with regard to the origins of Maya civilization. The first camp believes that it developed almost entirely on its own in the jungles of what is now Guatemala and southern Mexico. The second believes that the Maya civilization developed as the result of direct influences from the older Olmec civilization and its center of La Venta.

It's likely that neither of those theories tells the full story, according to findings by a team of archaeologists led by husband-and-wife anthropologists Takeshi Inomata and Daniela Triadan of the University of Arizona.

"We really focused on the beginning of this civilization and how this remarkable civilization developed," said Inomata, the study's lead author.

In their excavations at Ceibal, an ancient Maya site in Guatemala, researchers found that the city actually predates the growth of La Venta as a major center by as much as 200 years, suggesting that La Venta could not have been the prevailing influence over early Mayan development.

That does not make the Maya civilization older than the Olmec civilization since the Olmec had another center prior to La Venta. Nor does it prove that the Maya civilization developed entirely independently, researchers say.

What it does indicate, they say, is that both Ceibal and La Venta probably participated in a broader cultural shift taking place in the period between 1,150 to 800 B.C.
"We're saying that the scenario of early Maya culture is really more complex than we thought," said anthropology graduate student Victor Castillo, who co-authored the paper with Inomata and Ms. Triadan.

"We have this idea of the origin of Maya civilization as an indigenous development, and we have this other idea that it was an external influence that triggered the social complexity of Maya civilization. We're now thinking it's not actually black and white," Castillo said.

There is no denying the striking similarities between Ceibal and La Venta, such as evidence of similar ritual practices and the presence of similar architecture – namely the pyramids that would come to be the hallmark of Mesoamerican civilization but did not exist at the earlier Olmec center of San Lorenzo.

However, researchers don't think this is the case of simply one site mimicking the other. Rather, they suspect that both the Maya site of Ceibal and the Olmec site of La Venta were parts of a more geographically far-reaching cultural shift that occurred around 1,000 B.C., about the time when the Olmec center was transitioning from San Lorenzo to La Venta.

"Basically, there was a major social change happening from the southern Maya lowlands to possibly the coast of Chiapas and the southern Gulf Coast, and this site of Ceibal was a part of that broader social change,"  Inomata said.

"The emergence of a new form of society with new architecture, with new rituals became really the important basis for all later Mesoamerican civilizations," he added.

The Science paper, titled "Early Ceremonial Constructions at Ceibal, Guatemala, and the Origins of Lowland Maya Civilization," is based on seven years of excavations at Ceibal.

"We were looking at the emergence of specific cultural traits that were shared by many of those Mesoamerican centers, particularly the form of rituals and the construction of the pyramids," Inomata said. "This gives us a new idea about the beginning of Maya civilization, and it also tells us about how common traits shared by many different Mesoamerican civilizations emerged during that time."

 
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Spanish and France at record
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Spanish unemployment shot up to a record 27.2 percent in the first quarter of this year. Joblessness also increased at alarmingly high levels in France, with the number of documented job seekers rising by 1.2 percent in March from February to 3,224,600. That's up 11.5 percent from March of 2012, right before Francois Hollande took over as president in May.

More than six million Spaniards now are out of work, underscoring the grim message that the woes of Spain and a number of other eurozone countries are far from over. Figures published Thursday by Spain's National Statistics Institute also show that nearly one in six Spaniards under the age of 25 is unemployed.

Today Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is expected to announce new measures aimed at jump-starting the country's ailing economy.

Standing in line at one Madrid unemployment office, Spaniard Fina Garcia expressed impatience at the government, saying he didn't know what the solution was, but that the government needs to act since the numbers of unemployed people like himself are growing every day. He expressed fear there would be more cuts to come.

Some experts are surprised at Spain's latest unemployment figures. Not analyst Zsolt Darvas, from the Brussels-based economic think-tank Bruegel.

"Unfortunately, I'm not surprised, because the economic outlook of Spain but also other European countries is extremely bleak," said Darvas. "There is no private demand, banks are in very bad shape and the policy is fiscal conservation. So from these factors nothing else can come out, just some deeper recession or unemployment."

Darvas said he believes the European Union, along with the European Central Bank, should do more to help struggling southern members, as should stronger countries like Germany. He predicts the ECB will be responding shortly by cutting its interest rate.

Growing joblessness also is posing a major problem for neighboring France, the eurozone's second-largest economy. Socialist President Francois Hollande, who came to power last year promising to grow the economy and cut joblessness, is now struggling with record low popularity ratings.
 
Overall, said Darvas, the outlook for the 17 nations sharing the euro currency is not bright.

"I think the major problem in the euro area is the lack of demand. Because the private consumption is falling, private investment is falling. And at the same time public expenditures are also cut back. So if you put these three things together… nothing else can come out of this, just deeper recession," said Darvas.

One thing that is growing is public anger, with many Europeans taking to the streets to express their discontent with the tough economic times.


U.S. arms treaty facing
grim future in U.S. Senate


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Senate recently rejected measures that would expand background checks on potential gun buyers, renew and strengthen a ban on military-style assault weapons and limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds. The National Rifle Association, a powerful gun lobby group, is widely credited for helping defeat the measures. The organization is now expected to work against Senate ratification of an international treaty regulating trade in conventional weapons.

The Senate action defeating the gun control measures came four months after a gunman fatally shot 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut and was seen as a major defeat for President Barack Obama and gun control advocates.

Following the vote, President Obama did not mince his words.

“The gun lobby and its allies willfully lied about the bill. They claimed that it would create some sort of big brother gun registry, even though the bill did the opposite. This legislation, in fact, outlawed any registry. Plain and simple, right there in the text,” said Obama. “But that didn’t matter. And unfortunately, this pattern of spreading untruths about this legislation served a purpose, because those lies upset an intense minority of gun owners, and that in turn intimidated a lot of senators.”

Obama said it was a “pretty shameful day for Washington.”

Earlier this month, the United Nations by a vote of 154 to three with 23 abstentions overwhelmingly approved a landmark treaty regulating trade in conventional weapons from battle tanks and warships to small arms and light weapons. Only Syria, Iran and North Korea voted against the pact. Costa Rica was an original sponsor of the treaty.

The National Rifle Association is also opposed to the treaty.

Martin Butcher, an arms policy adviser with Oxfam, the international humanitarian organization, said “If I were the National Rifle Association, I wouldn’t want to be standing with Iran, Syria and North Korea on this, and that’s where they are.”

The National Rifle Association argues that the Arms Trade Treaty infringes on the rights of Americans to bear arms under the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It is part of the Bill of Rights guaranteeing individual freedoms.

NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre made that point during a speech to the treaty conference last July.

“Without apology, the NRA wants no part of any treaty that infringes on the precious right of lawful Americans to keep and bear arms,” said LaPierre. “Let there be no confusion. Any treaty that includes civilian firearms ownership in its scope will be met with the NRA’s greatest force of opposition.”

But Daryl Kimball, head of the Arms Control Association, an independent research organization, said the NRA’s charge that the treaty limits domestic gun ownership rights is simply false.

“The National Rifle Association is demagoguing the arms trade treaty. They are trying to scare their members into thinking that this treaty is a problem for domestic gun ownership when it is not,” said Kimball. “And what that does is it enables the NRA to raise money and to be able to claim that they are somehow protecting domestic gun ownership rights.”

The treaty will be open for signature beginning in early June and will become part of international law once 50 countries ratify it.

President Obama is expected to sign it. But John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, said Senate ratification of the treaty will be a difficult task.

“I think it has almost no chance of passing. We have already seen resolutions in the Senate where a majority of senators have disapproved of the treaty, even before they had the language,” said Bolton. “And of course under the U.S. Constitution, treaty ratification requires two-thirds of the senators present and voting to approve. So if advocates of the treaty don’t even have a majority, obviously there is simply no chance, I think, that this treaty will be ratified.”

Martin Butcher with Oxfam said many of the senators who expressed their disapproval of the treaty “were misled by the NRA.”

“It will be a process of educating them what the treaty is actually about, how it will actually work, and the fact that this is intended to help populations in conflict affected areas, in Africa and elsewhere, and nothing to do with the United States," he said. "I’m sure that will reduce opposition to the treaty in the Senate.”

Analysts also said the National Rifle Association will make sure that its opposition to the treaty is well-known in the Senate chambers.


European space agency
issues warning on junk


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Space junk such as debris from rockets must be removed from the Earth's orbit to avoid crashes that could cost satellite operators millions of euros and knock out mobile and GPS networks, the European Space Agency said.
 
At the current density of debris, there will be an in-orbit collision about every five years, however research presented at a conference hosted by ESA in Germany showed that an increase in such junk made more collisions likely in the future.
 
Five to 10 large objects need to be collected from space a year to help cut down on smashes and stem the risk of fragments being sprayed into space that could cause more damage, it said.
 
Scientists estimate there are about 29,000 objects larger than 10 cm (four inches) orbiting Earth at average speeds of 25,000 kph (15,500 mph) — about 40 times faster than airplanes travel.
 
At that speed, even small pieces of fast-traveling debris can damage or destroy spacecraft and satellites — which could cost billions of dollars to replace and disrupt mobile phone communication or satellite navigation.
 
"Within a few decades, there are going to be collisions among large objects that will create fragments that can do further damage," Heiner Klinkrad, the head of ESA's Space Debris Office, told Reuters.
 
"The only way to keep this from happening is to go up there and remove them," he said. "The longer you wait, the more difficult and far more expensive it is going to be."
 
Space debris includes any man-made litter left in space — parts of rocket launchers, inactive satellites and broken parts from past collisions.
 
Space agencies around the world are cooperating on space debris research, and ESA's Clean Space initiative, launched in 2012, aims to develop the technology to safely capture and remove space debris.
 
Researchers are looking at several different methods for removing space debris from orbit, Klinkrad said, ranging from the use of propulsion packages, conductive tethers or lasers, to nets and harpoons.
 
But any decision to go ahead with a mission, as well as funds to pay for it, would need to come ESA's 20 member states, which include France, Germany, Italy and Britain.
 
Demand for the removal of objects from orbit could eventually offer opportunities for private companies, Klinkrad said, though many issues, including legal ones, surrounding space debris would need to be settled first.


Space agency testing bird
that can track Earth closely


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. space agency is adapting tools it has used to learn about water on the moon, minerals on Mars and the composition of exoplanets to analyze ecosystems on planet Earth. NASA this week finished a month of preliminary high-altitude tests of a new Earth-imaging instrument package, which the agency plans to launch into orbit.
 
The instruments have been flying on NASA’s ER-2, an aircraft that skirts the edge of space at an altitude of 20,000 meters, nearly two times the cruising altitude of commercial jetliners.
 
The imaging tools gather data about how different wavelengths of light interact with landscape molecules and particles to produce a spectral fingerprint. According to Robert Green, a scientist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and principal investigator on the Hyperspectral Infrared Imager or airborne campaign (HyspIRI), sensors for an instrument called the Airborne Visible/Infrared Imaging Spectrometer precisely measure the light and temperature characteristics of each ecosystem the plane overflies.
 
“We can see the interaction of the molecules that are present in the earth’s atmosphere, such as water vapor and carbon dioxide, and on the earth’s surface in plants such as cellulous and leaf water and the other constituents of plants," he said.
 
The tool, whose imaging spectroscopy technology was tested over California’s varied landscape, can also measure the impact of surface events such as volcanic eruptions, wildfires and droughts.
 
“We have snow-covered mountains, we have coasts, we have agriculture, we have deserts, we have forested areas," Green said of the testing region along the nation's western edge. "So in one fairly small region of the country, we can capture a tremendous diversity of ecosystems and environments found on the surface of the Earth.”
 
Green says each pixel captured by the imager holds a wealth of information invisible to the human eye. “We can map the species type. We can look at the bio-geochemistry of the plants, and determine the state of the chemicals in the leaves of the plant to tell us about their health and productivity," he said. "In the geology area, we can look at the different mineral signatures, which tell us the molecules in the rocks to know exactly what those minerals are.”
 
The test flights, he adds, are part of preparations for an eventual satellite mission that will provide global coverage from low-Earth orbit, about 700 kilometers above the planet.
 
“This would give us global direct measurements of molecules and temperatures of the Earth’s surface, repeated each year, so we could see seasonal and temporal variations," he said.
 
The HyspIRI satellite mission is still in the study phase, with ER-2 test-flights continuing through 2014.
 
Green says the new images of the planet could help scientists better assess how Earth is changing and possibly help policy makers and the public make better-informed decisions about how humans can adapt to the changes.


Bush library inauguration
raises question of his role


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Thursday’s dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Texas is sure to rekindle the debate over the former president’s place in history. Public opinion polls showed Bush was highly unpopular when he left office in 2009. Some recent surveys, though, suggest his approval rating is making a bit of a comeback.

Former president George W. Bush has always insisted he was never bothered by opinion polls and that history will be the final judge of his presidency.

At the dedication of his presidential library, Bush said he hoped his administration will one day be remembered for advocating the spread of freedom.

“The political winds blow left and right. Polls rise and fall. Supporters come and go. But in the end, leaders are defined by the convictions they hold,” he said.

Historians say it can be difficult for presidents to either escape the judgment of history or to try to alter it once they are out of office.

Bruce Buchanan, a political scientist at the University of Texas and an expert on the presidency, said the former president faces some daunting challenges in trying to change the perception of his administration over time, especially when it comes to the war in Iraq.

“If Iraq becomes the flower of democracy that blooms 20, 30, 40 years from now and spreads to the rest of the Middle East, it’s very likely the president’s highly controversial decision to invade without provocation will be forgiven. Right now it would be hard to predict that with confidence or certainty,” said Buchanan.

When Bush left the White House in early 2009, his approval rating had dipped to 33 percent. The latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, however, found his approval had climbed to 47 percent, giving Bush supporters some hope that his image will improve over time.

Former presidents Harry Truman and Richard Nixon also left office under a political cloud. Truman was unpopular because of the Korean War. Nixon was forced to resign the presidency because of his involvement in the Watergate scandal.

Over time, Truman’s approval ratings improved, but that was not the case for Nixon.

Buchanan said George W. Bush is hoping his post-presidential popularity follows the Truman model.

“One of the things people seemed to like about President Bush is that he stayed out of the limelight. He didn’t get out there like Richard Nixon did and try to resurrect his own image. He left it to others,” he said.

Historian Richard Norton Smith said ex-presidents often become more popular over time, especially in the modern information age. He said that was not the case for many U.S. presidents in the country’s early years.

“Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers worries that former presidents would be like ghosts wandering around and haunting their successors with nothing particular to do. And the fact of the matter is that for the first 100 years or so of the republic, there was some truth to that,” said Smith.

In the modern era, former presidents like Herbert Hoover, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have dedicated themselves to public service.

Buchanan said some of the presidents least successful in office were able to burnish their reputations by the work they did after they left the White House.

“Most of the books still being written about Carter are not very flattering in terms of their treatment of his presidency," he said. "But he’s increasingly regarded as the best ex-president in American history because of his good works.”

President Barack Obama attended the Bush Library dedication and it’s possible he took a few mental notes. Obama is barred by the Constitution from seeking a third term and is slated to join the ‘ex-presidents club’ when he finishes his second term in January 2017.


$5.5 billion plan announced
to eradicate polio forever


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new campaign has been announced to eradicate polio. The six-year plan costing $5.5 billion was unveiled Thursday at the Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi.

The Global Polio Initiative says the plan is the first that aims to eradicate all types of polio – the wild poliovirus and vaccine derived cases. Health officials say on rare occasions, the live, but weakened poliovirus in the oral vaccine may genetically alter in the immunized person’s gut triggering the disease.

If all the funding comes through, more than one billion children could be vaccinated. The U.N. children’s fund, describes ending polio as a historic feat for humanity.

“This is really the beginning of the end. We’re tantalizingly close to eradicating polio and really making history. So it’s an extraordinary opportunity,” said UNICEF spokesperson Sarah Crowe.

"Never before have there been fewer cases in fewer places,” she said.

There were 223 cases reported last year and just 19 so far this year.

“We must seize this opportunity because if we don’t make history – and we last made history, the grand we, was smallpox. The last time a disease was eradicated,” she said.

That was 1979. But the world was close to polio eradication before. It was nearly achieved in 2005, but immunization faltered in some countries, like Nigeria. So what’s different now?

Crowe said, “Because we’ve never been as close. We’re down now to three endemic countries in the world, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. And in those cases there are really just a handful of children who have been affected by polio this year. So we’ve never seen that kind of a drop-off in history.”

At the Global Vaccine Summit, leaders and philanthropists have pledged nearly three-quarters of the funding. $1.5 billion in pledges is still needed.

The polio eradication plan is seen as part of an overall effort to provide vaccines to children around the world.


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Arenal Colonial
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Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here: http://www.intertica.com/homes/roy.htm
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Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 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. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request. http://www.intertica.com/ocean/wolfgang.htm
7929-7/18/13

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

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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. www.oasisbytheseabandb.com $180,000 506-8869-9274.
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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.
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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 landofpalms@hotmail.com.
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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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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.
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Survey of graduates and jobs
will run until November


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tecnológico de Costa Rica will conduct two studies to find out the status of the labor market for university graduates and the opinions of employers about the education the graduates received.

The research is a followup of graduates from 2008 to 2010 from Costa Rican universities and will be overseen by the Observatorio Laboral de Profesiones at the Cartago university.

The labor professionals will collect data May 6 to Nov. 30.  They will issue surveys to 13,200 people across 106 different disciplines over this time period. 

All interviews will be done by phone, and the interviewer will be identified.  The interviewer will also state the purpose of the survey, said a release.

"The information that is collected is paramount in the planning processes of higher education in the country and for the decision-making process of the different universities," said spokespersons.


Shark fins and sailfish found
on craft located off Quepos


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The coast guard has found a fisherman who had onboard his ship 108 illegal shark fins and 775 kilos of sailfish, the agency said.

The Servicio Nacional de Guardacosta estimated that the fins came from 27 sharks.

The coast guard intercepted the boat about six miles off Quepos Tuesday, the agency said. The crew members of the boat, the “Mujer Gitana,” live in the area.

Since October law enforcement has cracked down on the taking of shark fins.


Highway to airport getting
flags for holiday, Obama


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In honor of International Labor day next Wednesday and the visit of U.S. President Barack Obama,  electric company crews are hanging the national flag on the General Cañas highway between San José and Juan Santamaría airport.

The Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, S.A.  said that 12 workers had the job of putting the flags on the center utilities poles on the highway.

Consequently there will be obstructions in the center lanes through today, the company said.

Labor day or the Día de la Clase Trabajadora in Costa Rica is a legal holiday.


New burger outlet planned
for international airport

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The local Smashburger franchise will open an outlet at Juan Santamaría airport.

The Denver, Colorado, firm said that the airport was one of three new airport locations. The other two are in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Dallas/Fort Worth International airport.

The firm in a release that Smashburger has partnered with Richard Eisenberg of QSR International to open a new restaurant in the main terminal of Juan Santamaria International Airport this year. Eisenberg is a current franchisee of Smashburger and is developing 18 units in Latin America, the company said. This restaurant will be the first international airport location for the brand, Smashburger said. Eisenberg was identified as a franchisee of the Quiznos, KFC, Cinnabon and Teriyaki Experience brands.

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