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For some, Obama's visit means a five-day weekend
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This is a week filled with activities and perhaps salted with a little confusion.

Wednesday is a legal holiday, and those with gripes will parade through the downtown. Even though workers at the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad marched Monday, they will be back Wednesday, as will persons from all parts of the political spectrum.

Public offices will be closed, as will embassies. The holiday is International Labor Day.

Then Friday U.S. President Barack Obama comes to town during the afternoon, and much of the downtown will be off-limits to the average citizen. The Instituto Nacional de Seguros already said it would give its workers a holiday. The headquarters, among the tallest in San José, overlooks the foreign ministry to the east. Obama will visit there to meet with President Laura Chinchilla. Workers were putting up tents at the ministry Monday in anticipation of stormy weather.

Many public employees in the central cantons will have a day off Friday, too, and many are making the weekend a five-day one by ducking work Thursday.

Lawmakers also will not work Thursday, purportedly to digest the state of the nation speech given Wednesday night by Ms. Chinchilla. Her speech is dependent on a quick resolution to the selection of legislative leadership. Members of the Asamblea Legislativa will be picking new or reelecting officers for the coming year. This is a tradition on May 1. If a deadlock develops, as has happened in the past, the president's speech might be put off for a few hours.

The legislative positions are largely ceremonial, although the leadership can determine which committee gets which bill to study.

Security officials are supposed to outline today the steps they have taken to protect Obama and other visiting Central American presidents. One measure that is likely is restricting access to that area four blocks around the foreign ministry. Expats will be unlikely to await Obama on the sidewalk.

Fuerza Pública officers already have compiled lists of those who live and work in this area. Some businesses, such as A.M. Costa Rica, will close offices for the day. This newspaper's office overlooks the foreign ministry.
The local police will be supervised by U.S. Secret Service agents who are not known for their humorous approaches to security.

Even credentialed reporters are likely to be herded into roped off sections like they were when George Bush's wife visited for the Óscar Arias inauguration. Spanish-language television and the major newspapers are trying to obtain face-to-face access with Obama for a few minutes.

Typically the White House favors U.S. reporters and television personalities even when the president is overseas. Obama is not expected to say anything earthshaking in public.

James Carney, the U.S. presidential press secretary said Monday that Obama's visits to the region "are always significant because of the president’s commitment to expanding our economic ties to the countries of Latin America.  That's very much a part of this trip.  Our relationship with Mexico is especially vital and important economically and culturally and in other ways, and that remains the case."

Obama will be in México Thursday, although the White House has not yet released a full schedule.

Carney added during the daily White House briefing Monday that  ". . . our relationship with the countries in Central America is vital in many ways.  It’s certainly not limited at all to the matters of immigration reform in this country.  That's something that you can expect he’ll talk about because it’s very topical here in the United States and it is of interest to countries in the region.  But our relationship with those countries is vital in terms of our economic trade and other matters.  And I’m sure those will be topics as well."

In advance of such visits the groundwork is prepared by aides, so Obama is expected to confine his discussions to general terms.

Some businessmen hope Obama will champion U.S. companies that are facing problems in Costa Rica, such as a Denver oil firm that now faces a ban on drilling even though it has a concession.

Obama leaves Saturday afternoon, but Juan Santamaría airport is still closed to general aviation until midnight that day. Commercial flights might be delayed when the U.S. president actually is at the airport coming or going.

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Male humpback whales sing complex songs in tropical waters during the winter breeding season, but they also sing at higher latitudes at other times of the year.  Researchers have provided the first detailed description linking humpback whale movements to acoustic behavior on a feeding ground in the northwest Atlantic.

Findings from the study, published in the journal PLOS ONE, demonstrate the potential applications of passive acoustic tracking and monitoring for marine mammal conservation and management.

Co-author Sofie Van Parijs, who heads the passive acoustics group at the Woods Hole Laboratory of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, says this study is not so much about biology, but about acoustic methods. The science center is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“We have monitored and acoustically recorded whale sounds for years, and are now able to mine these data using new computer software applications and methods, “ said Ms. Van Parijs. “Passive acoustic tracking has enabled us to localize humpback whale song to study the movements of individual whales, and to relate the singing to specific behaviors.  This has never before been accomplished for singing humpbacks on a northwest Atlantic feeding ground.”

“Passive acoustic tracking of humpback whales and other cetacean species provides an opportunity to collect data on movement patterns that are difficult ― or impossible ― to obtain using other techniques,” said lead author Joy Stanistreet, who worked with Ms. Van Parjis and co-author Denise Risch at the Woods Hole Laboratory at the time of the study. Ms. Stanistreet is currently a graduate student at the Duke University Marine Laboratory in Beaufort, North Carolina.

Since 2007, science center researchers have used year-round passive acoustic monitoring to study ocean noise in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a feeding ground for humpback whales and other marine mammal species in the southern Gulf of Maine.  Humpback whales typically frequent the sanctuary between April and December and feed on sand lance and other small schooling fish.  Humpback whales singing in the sanctuary usually occurs from April through May, following the spring migration from southern waters, and from August to December before the return fall migration. During the summer, humpbacks remain in the sanctuary but generally do not sing while they feed.

The researchers used data from acoustic recordings collected from an array of 10 bottom-mounted marine autonomous recording units, called  MARUs. Continuous 24-hour recordings units were deployed in the sanctuary for four consecutive three-month periods during 2009. The MARUs were placed three to six miles apart, and the arrays shifted seasonally to areas within the sanctuary having high whale concentrations.

Humpback whale songs were recorded in distinct time periods during spring and fall.  No songs were recorded during summer and winter, although humpback whales remained in the area. Songs were most common in the spring, and occurrences of singing increased significantly before and after migration periods.

Forty-three song sessions, each lasting from 30 minutes to eight hours, were used to track individual singing whales. Most of the singers were actively swimming; the patterns and rates of their movement ranged from slow meandering to a faster directional movement.  In one case, two singers were tracked at the same time, suggesting a potential reaction by one singer to the presence of the other.

Marine mammal researchers could also use passive acoustic localization and tracking methods to better understand the geographic distribution, abundance, and densities of cetacean species, many of which are threatened by human activities.  These applications may help inform and enhance marine mammal conservation and management efforts

The study was funded by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, a collaboration of federal agencies that provides leadership and coordination of national oceanographic research and education initiatives.

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Letter of intent signed
for majority of casino firm


Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Sino Cement, Inc., has executed a letter of intent to purchase 70 percent of a Costa Rican company that is in the hotel and casino business.

The Costa Rican firm is Macau Live Gaming, S.A., based in San José, according to a company release by Sino Cement.

Macau Live Gaming provides internet casino services exclusively to non-Americans in Asia, the Pacific Rim, India, Philippines, Australia, Latin America and Europe, said the release. In connection with its business, Macau is negotiating for the acquisition of a resort in Escazú, on five acres of prime suburban property which is intended to be the designated host site of international poker and black jack tournaments. In addition to its restaurant and bar, a spa is located on the premises, serving an international clientele.

The President of Macau, as identified as Jenny Sheleby Sanchez,  She said the transaction would create an additional revenue stream. The deal involves the exchange of $6 million in convertible preferred shares of Sino Cement.


Slight reduction planned
in prices of motor fuels


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Super gasoline will drop 28 colons a liter while plus will go down 22 colons, according to prices announced Monday by the nation's regulating agency.

Diesel will drop 12 colons.

There are similar decreases in aviation gasoline, jet fuel and liquid petroleum gas.

The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos said the decreased were a result of changes in the international market. Petroleum prices have gone down.

The prices become effective when they are published in the La Gaceta official newspaper.

The new prices represent a 21-cent decrease in the price of super, from $6.88 a gallon to 5.67. Plus will go from $5.53 a gallon to $5.36, a decrease of 17 cents a gallon. Diesel goes from $4.99 a gallon to $4.89, a reduction of 9.2 cents when not rounded off to the nearest cent.

 
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Up close and personal with the Río Tárcoles crocodiles
By Kayla Pearson
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Rio Grande de Tárcoles is the habitat for various types of wildlife including hundreds of American crocodiles.

The beasts are one of the largest of the crocodiles and can grow up to 6 meters in length and have a recognizable V-shaped snout. 

Tourists and locals line the bridge on the coastal highway to get a glimpse of the large animals that can be found down below sunbathing.

Those who want a closer look can arrange tours.  Guides take persons out on the river where the creatures swim just a few feet from the riverboats.

One such tour is Jose’s Crocodile River Tour, which was founded six years ago by José Eduardo Chaves.

Chaves said he and his staff grew up in the area around the tours and decided to start their own.  He serves as a bilingual guide who entertains patrons for two hours with facts and funny anecdotes.

He points out different bird species such as the kingfisher, egrets and spoonbills and whistles for the crested caracara, which comes to feed on chicken pieces thrown in its direction.

“You have to whistle in Spanish,” Chaves jokes.

He also draws his tourist’s focus to the many iguana that are on the shorelines.

“Over here we have iguana condominiums,” he says.  “They all have riverfront properties.”

The main attraction comes minutes into the tour, when Chaves spots the first crocodile. 

The boat is brought close to the creature so those on the tour can take pictures.

Then the driver, known as Crazy Jimmy, jumps out of the boat with raw chicken in hand.  He lures the crocodile toward him .
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Crested caracara and offspring await chicken treats.

by smacking the water with the chicken

“It makes the crocodile think the chicken is live,” said Chaves.

Once Jimmy has the crocodiles full attention, he dangles the chicken out from him at which point the crocodile jumps up to catch the meat as Jimmy throws it in its mouth.

“He swallows it bones and all,” said Chaves.

Crazy Jimmy feeds several different crocodiles who the men named after pop stars such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Selena Gómez.  At one point of the tour, Jimmy even kisses one of the large beasts. 

“I’m not afraid, because I have many years doing this,” Jimmy says.  “I really love it.  It’s my job.”

Due to the territorial nature of the crocodiles, they are always seen in the same area of the river, awaiting the Jose’s Crocodile River Tour’s crew’s next visit.

The dock for the crew is located in Tárcoles, about an hour and a half from San José and 30 minutes from Jacó.  For more information visit the Web site at www.crocodilerivertour.com.


Caja officials say they are not about to raise the retirement age
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The good news is that officials at the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social say they are not about to raise the age at which workers can retire,

The bad news is that they said "at this moment."

A pension is one of the benefits of paying into the Caja system, which also provides a disability or death benefit and medical care. But the Caja is in a financial crisis, and some have suggested that the pension system is, too.

However, the head of the pensions department, José Luis
Quesada Martínez, and Luis Guillermo López Vargas head of the Dirección Actuarial, deny that.

The system has 180,000 participants who eventually will expect a pension.

Although expats who obtain residency are required to affiliate with the Caja, many are of the age where that are not eligible for a pension, so their monthly payment is adjusted downwards slightly.

The United States has changed the retirement age for Social Security benefits based on a scale that reflects the year of birth. The younger the worker, the longer they have to work.

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Dengue early warning system uses temperature and rainfall data
By the Umeå University news staff

With the help of a warning system which measures the risk of dengue incidence using precipitation and air temperature, it is possible to forecast the outbreak of dengue fever up to 16 weeks in advance. This is what Yien Ling Hii concludes in the dissertation she is defending at Umeå University in Sweden Friday.

Dengue fever is an infectious disease caused by virus and transmitted to persons by mosquitoes. A person contracting dengue fever usually shows symptoms including sudden spike of high fever, muscle ache, joint pain, rashes, and headache. An infected person normally recovers within a few weeks, but a small per cent of patients can develop fatal complications such as plasma leakage, severe bleeding, and severe organ impairments which can lead to death.

To date, there is no drug for treatment or vaccines to protect against dengue fever. Therefore, the most effective way to prevent dengue is to control the mosquito population.

Dengue fever is widespread in more than 100 countries in the tropical and subtropical regions, where climate is warm and wet. In recent years, dengue fever has also become a threat in southern Europe since a species of
mosquitoes that is capable of spreading dengue has been found in the region.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has reported more than a thousand dengue cases in Madeira in the outbreak in 2012. Dengue cases were also reported in France and Croatia in 2010.

Temperature and rainfall directly influence the biological development of mosquitoes. Higher temperature can accelerate mosquito development stages and increase dengue transmission; while rainfall produces more breeding sites for mosquitoes.

According to the study carried out by Ms. Yien using data from Singapore, higher risk of dengue cases can occur in three to four months after favorable temperature and rainfall conditions take place. A statistical forecasting model was developed to estimate the risk of dengue outbreak in this period to provide an early warning that allows sufficient time for response. The forecasting model is sensitive to detect dengue outbreaks and non-outbreaks with up to 20 per cent chance of false alarm.

“An early warning of disease outbreak can help local authorities and community to implement preventive measures such as eliminating mosquito breeding habitats to control or even prevent the outbreak from happening,” says Ms. Yien.

 
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General placed under arrest
in Venezuela election drama


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A Venezuelan court charged retired general Antonio Rivero on Monday with inciting post-election violence in the latest political flash point in the bitterly divided nation.
 
Opposition leaders say Rivero, a member of the Popular Will movement that is a driving force of Venezuela's opposition coalition, became new President Nicolas Maduro's first political prisoner when he was arrested over the weekend.
 
Authorities say he was one of those behind a wave of violence, on the day after Maduro's disputed April 14 election, that represented a coup attempt and killed nine people.
 
Rivero, who was an ally of former socialist president Hugo Chávez until 2008, was charged with conspiracy and public instigation at a Caracas court after authorities showed a video of him helping coordinate protesters in the capital's streets.
 
“This is part of the persecution the government has carried out, to spread fear,” opposition leader and losing presidential candidate Henrique Capriles said, calling for Rivero's release and an end to alleged harassment of his supporters.
 
“If they continue like this, they are going to have to jail eight million Venezuelans.”
 
Though his case appears to be losing steam and has not garnered much support from other Latin American countries, Capriles plans to challenge the presidential vote both in local and international courts.
 
He has asked for a full vote recount, alleging thousands of irregularities and accusing Maduro of stealing the election.
 
Maduro, who was Chávez's chosen heir and won the vote by less than 2 percentage points, has warned Capriles of legal action against him too and called the opposition leader a fascist bent on destabilizing the oil producing nation.
 
The president said violence whipped up by the opposition after the vote had included protests outside the home of Tibisay Lucena, head of the election board. The opposition accuses her of taking orders from the ruling Socialist Party.
 
“Why did they attack her house? Why did the media not denounce this?” Maduro said Monday. “Sooner rather than later, the feelings of fascist hate will be defeated.”

 
Movie recounts dark side
of products using aluminum


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Aluminum is everywhere.  From airplanes to cooking pans, this versatile, light-weight metal has been around for generations.  And its many benefits have made life easier and more convenient for millions of people. But a new documentary portrays what the filmmaker describes as the dark side of aluminum. 
 
It’s in the soda cans and in food products.
 
But Austrian filmmaker Bert Ehgartner says there’s another side to aluminum. “It has a lot of good pluses.  But there is also a dark side of this metal," he said.
 
Ehgartner explores that alleged dark side in his new film, "The Age of Aluminum."
 
The documentary shows the mining and production of aluminum and its resulting impact on the environment.
 
One sees the mining of bauxite, an ore that contains a large amount of aluminum hydroxide, from a rainforest in Brazil. The film shows how large areas of rain forest have to be dug up in order to reach the bauxite.
 
The toxic waste from aluminum production is then discarded over vast areas.
 
And according to the film, the mining waste is apparently causing health problems for the nearby inhabitants who swim in the water, drink it and cook with it.  The children complain of itchy skin and have developed blisters.
 
The film also includes footage of a 2010 accident at a Hungarian aluminum factory.
 
Ehgartner says aluminum is also making people sick, in other ways through the very products that make life more convenient, and safer, for so many.
 
“I was surprised, for example, when I found it in vaccines or when I found it in certain kinds of cosmetics and antiperspirants, even in foods. You find it everywhere," he said.
 
Scientists in the film link aluminum found in those products to a wide variety of modern diseases, including breast cancer, Alzheimer’s, allergies and autism.
 
Neuroscientist Christopher Shaw is particularly concerned about the link between aluminum, which can be found in drinking water and antacid medication, and Alzheimer’s, a fatal brain-wasting disease.
 
“Many researchers are beginning to accept that aluminum has some sort of role to play in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.  Whether it does in others is still an open question, but Alzheimer’s is really coming into focus and it's fairly clear that the body burden of aluminum from all the sources to which humans are exposed may be contributing to Alzheimer's disease," he said.
 
But not everyone agrees with those findings.
 
The Aluminum Association declined a request for an interview but issued the following statement:
 
"The Age of Aluminum" deviates from decades of mainstream scientific research and consensus. The weight of published scientific evidence demonstrates no direct causative link between aluminum and the illnesses depicted in the film.
 
“My first message would be don’t panic," said Melissa Perry, an epidemiologist at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services.
 
“The current status of the evidence does not give us definitive conclusions that aluminum is linked to Alzheimer’s disease or other brain problems, or breast cancer. This means it’s critically important to conduct more human studies," she added.
 
More studies, that's a point on which even "The Age of Aluminum" filmmaker Bert Ehgartner agrees.
 
“So aluminum is really a threat for mankind and we don’t have enough research, and that’s one of the reasons why I made this film, to give support to the scientists who want to do more research. And I think it’s really necessary," he said.
 
Experts on both sides of the issue agree that aluminum is here to stay.  They also agree that what is needed, at the very least, is more research to understand the link between aluminum and human health.


Voice of famous inventor
found on old wax disc

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

When Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone, died in 1922, the sound of his voice was lost to all but who knew him. Until now.

Historians have identified a recording Bell made 128 years ago and released it to the public for the first time. The sound of the Scottish-born inventor who lived in England, Canada and the eastern United States can be heard on a crackling recording laid down on a wax-and-binder-board disc way back on April 15, 1885.

Teams from the National Museum of American History, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Library of Congress analyzed and digitized the disc, comparing the recording to a 19th century transcript Bell signed and dated: “...in witness whereof, hear my voice, Alexander Graham Bell.”
 
The man, who has with his inventions given voice to so many others, finally has a voice of his own, helping historians eavesdrop on a period in history that gave birth to a new era in sound.


Part of World Trade jet
founds in New York alley


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

New York's medical examiner's office will search for human remains in an alley where a suspected part of a hijacked September 11 jet is wedged between two buildings.

Police have declared the area a crime scene, at least until forensics experts finish their work.

A piece of landing gear is stuck in a narrow, 60-centimeter gap between an Islamic center and another building in lower Manhattan, close to where the World Trade Center stood. The name "Boeing" and a series of numbers can be seen.

Police say Boeing has confirmed that the apparatus is from a Boeing 767, the type of plane that al-Qaida terrorists hijacked and flew into each tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

Police say a rope is tangled around the part, but the reason is not clear.

About 3,000 people were killed in the worst terrorist attack ever on U.S. soil.

Authorities say they may remove the gear on Monday and begin searching for human remains a day later.


China seeks to rein in
gamblers with state cash


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

With little fanfare, China is sending an official with a tough cop reputation to be its top man in Macau, the world's biggest gambling hub, as Beijing puts tackling corruption center stage.

Li Gang, a veteran of handling contentious issues in Hong Kong, is slated to this year take control of China's liaison office in the former Portuguese colony, which like Hong Kong, is a special administrative region under China's 'one country, two systems' principle.

The office, China's representative in Macau, has deepened its ties with casino and junket operators, who helped bring in over two-thirds of Macau's $38 billion in revenues last year.

The low-key but significant moves signal a deliberate attempt by China to be more directly involved in the oversight of Macau, which has drawn unwanted attention with reports of mainland officials laundering state funds and betting millions in the casinos' high-roller VIP rooms.

Rather than signaling a crackdown on Macau's lucrative gambling industry, casino executives say the target is those Chinese officials using public money or pledging state assets to gamble, money that could otherwise be invested in businesses.

For example, Yang Kun, a vice president at Agricultural Bank of China, owed Macau casinos 3 billion yuan ($490 million) in gambling debts, while local media have reported former high-flying politician Bo Xilai laundered money through Macau. There has been no official ruling on either case.

"They are taking a much more proactive role. The Chinese government is more concerned about assets being wasted," said a senior executive at a Macau casino, who didn't want to be named due to the sensitivity of the situation. "For them, it's not about the funds being gambled, but about businesses or factories being squandered."

China has revamped its anti-money laundering rules, and Macau is overhauling its laws to set more explicit requirements to detect suspicious transactions. Francis Tam, secretary for economy and finance, has said there will be stricter oversight of the gaming industry, with the government paying closer attention to abnormal capital flows.

Suspicious transaction reports in Macau rose by almost a fifth last year to 1,840, and more than 70 percent of those were related to the gaming industry, according to Macau's financial intelligence office.

Li, who sits on the Chinese Communist Party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, was appointed deputy director of the Macau liaison office in December, and political analysts expect him to be China's main representative later this year when the current chief is due to retire.

Having won plaudits for his firm handling of elections and electoral reform in Hong Kong as deputy director, Li has been quoted by local media as saying anti-corruption efforts are in line with a broader effort and one of new Chinese President Xi Jinping's priorities: To tackle graft and the illicit outflow of funds, rather than a crackdown on Macau's gaming industry.

Located on the tip of China's southern coast, Macau is the only place in China where casinos are legal, and more than two-thirds of its visitors come from the mainland. Each month, gaming rakes in more than half of Las Vegas' annual revenue of $6.2 billion.

"China's government is always focusing and concentrating on Macau's development," said a representative of the liaison office, which works from a recently renovated building that towers above the gaudy casinos and ubiquitous pawn shops, in response to a question on whether the government was increasing its attention on Macau.

After the release of notorious mobster Wan "Broken Tooth" Kuok-koi in December, representatives from the liaison office informed casino operators that if they faced any trouble they should go directly to them. Under Portuguese control, VIP junket operators like Wan tended to take matters into their own hands, resulting in frequent and bloody violence in the 1990s.

Macau junkets are companies or individuals authorized to issue credit to gamblers and settle any subsequent debts. The biggest junket firms run multi-billion dollar operations. Alvin Chau, founder of one of the leading operators Suncity Group, was this year selected as a member of China's Guangdong provincial committee, elevating his political credentials.

Macau's first junket association was created on the eve of "Broken Tooth's" release, with operators, liaison office representatives and local regulators attending a lavish dinner at Las Vegas Sands Corp's new resort. Photos and videos of the dinner posted online show junket operators taking oaths, raising their right hand and reading from a small piece of white paper in the other.

"The association will strive to work together to keep society stable and the economy flourishing and transform Macau into an international city," the Apple Daily quoted the association's president Guo Zhizhong as saying.

Deborah Ng, director of Macau's financial intelligence office, has said that casino operators have adequate controls in place to detect if government officials or high-ranking politicians are gambling.

"I think there's improvement. I can't say what we have done now will totally prevent the risk, but actually we can see that things are improving," Ms. Ng said.


Private spacecraft fires
its rocket for first time


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A six-passenger spaceship owned by an offshoot of Virgin Group fired its rocket engine in flight for the first time Monday, a key step toward the start of commercial service in about a year, Virgin owner Richard Branson said.
      
The powered test flight over California's Mojave Desert lasted 16 seconds and broke the sound barrier.
      
"It was stunning,'' Branson said. "You could see it very, very clearly. Putting the rocket and the spaceship together and seeing it perform safely, it was a critical day.''
      
The spaceship and its carrier aircraft, WhiteKnightTwo, took off from the Mojave Air and Space Port at 1400 GMT, heading to an altitude of about 14 kilometers, where SpaceShipTwo was released.
      
Two pilots then ignited the ship's rocket engine and climbed another 3 kilometers, reaching Mach 1.2 in the process. Additional test flights are planned before the spaceship will fly even faster, eventually reaching altitudes that exceed 100 kilometers.
      
"Going from Mach 1 to Mach 4 is relatively easy, but obviously we've still got to do it. I think that the big, difficult milestones are all behind us,'' Branson said.
      
Virgin Galactic is selling rides aboard SpaceShipTwo for $200,000 per person. More than 500 people have put down deposits.
      
Branson and his grown children plan to be the first non-test pilots to ride in the spacecraft, about a year from now.
      
SpaceShipTwo is based on a three-person prototype called SpaceShipOne, which in October 2004 clinched the $10 million Ansari X Prize for the first privately funded human spaceflights. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen bankrolled SpaceShipOne's development, estimated at $25 million.
      
So far, Virgin Galactic and partner Aabar Investments PJC of Abu Dhabi have spent about $500 million developing SpaceShipTwo, and expect to sink in another $100 million before commercial service starts, Branson said.
      
The company plans to build four more spaceships and several WhiteKnight carrier jets, which also will be used for a satellite-launching business.
      
In addition to flying passengers, Virgin Galactic is marketing SpaceShipTwo to research organizations, including NASA, to fly experiments, with or without scientists.
      
Other companies planning to offer suborbital space flight service include privately owned XCOR Aerospace, which expects to begin test flights of its two-person Lynx rocket plane this year.

Movie tracks rural ethics
in the heartlands of U.S.


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Filmmaker Ramin Bahrani and actor Dennis Quaid join forces in the new drama, "At Any Price," which explores the survival of a rural American family amidst today’s farming giants and seed monopolies.

Iowa farmer Henry Whipple knows what’s at stake and will stop at nothing to expand his holdings.

Henry’s ruthlessness does not win friends. But as the title implies, the story is about economic survival, whatever the cost.

Filmmaker Bahrani, the son of Iranian immigrants, sees America as a dynamic country of immigrants that re-invents itself to grow. His film reflects the idea that growth can come from strife.

“The heartland is not this romantic vision of yokels and overalls," he said. "These are very sharp shrewd men with telephones that are checking commodities, prices, and if by chance there is political instability in China, they would quickly shift what they are doing.”

Quaid offers a multilayered performance as Henry, a man who has lost his way. His relationship with his son is crumbling and his marriage is on the rocks.

“He has this vision of the way things used to be and, in his mind, the romantic vision of the family farm," Quaid said. "But the pressures of this big business have caused him to go into some corrupt practices. He presents this confident exterior to the world but he’s hiding the way he feels inside. He feels that he’s losing his soul.”

Henry survives the scrutiny of a corporation that suspects he is reselling their patented seeds.

“In the end of the film, Henry has gotten everything that he wants, which he wanted to have," Quaid said, "but at the same time there is a haunting that’s there.”

"At Any Price" uses a rural setting to address the human condition.


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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 desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
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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 desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025. www.puntaplayavistas.com
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Arenal Colonial
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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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For Sale By Owner
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Toros dominated in defense and in moving the ball.

Toros dominate Bulldogs
to take the championship

By Cody L Gear
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Saturday’s annual championship game of American football was to be a showdown between the best two teams in Costa Rica.

Many were expecting a hard-fought game with the score being relatively close. That did not occur. 

The Bulldogs championship reign came to an end, 28 to 7.  The Toros are the 2013 American Football Federation of Costa Rica Champion.

The Toros dominated the game from start to finish. Despite a nagging shoulder injury sustained in the last meeting between these two teams, Scott Doherty’s performance was outstanding.  The Bulldogs had no answer for the passing attack of Doherty. He completed 24 out 39 for 296 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another.

The Toros completed drives of 80 yards, 60 yards, 70 yards and 55 yards.  Doherty was sacked twice and had one interception.  Doherty was named the most valuable player and was presented the award after receiving the champion trophy by Gabriela Schaer of the Instituto Costarricense de Deportes and Commissioner Paolo Vincenzi of the Federation.

”We started the season strong by soundly defeating the previously undefeated and defending champions," said Doherty. "We concluded the season Saturday by dominating them.” The five years the game has been played the Toros have won two and the Bulldogs have won three.

The Toro defense led by Charlton Ortega held the Bulldogs to negative yardage in the first quarter and thwarted the Bulldog offense on consecutive series. Ortega and his defense menaced the Bulldog offense all day. Although there were many defensive standouts for the Toros, none stood out more than former Bulldog Anthony Feeny. Feeny became the first player in Costa Rica to win a championship with two different teams. Feeny also was responsible for one interception, and Ernesto Nieto intercepted two.

Ryan Weiss the veteran running back of the Bulldogs left the game with an injury and did not return.  The only score for the Bulldogs came on a trick play where the receiver entered the playing field just before the snap of the ball and Gabo Mena completed a pass to Luis Aguilar who was completely uncovered. Later in the game the Bulldogs attempted the same play again but were flagged and penalized for an illegal play.

 


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