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A criminal investigation has been added to the problems of the proposed San José-San Ramón highway.

Meanwhile, the 58-kilometer stretch has soared in estimated cost from $150 million to the current $525 million estimate. It remains in administrative limbo.

This is the highway project that has drawn strong opposition from residents of the communities along the route. They object to the proposed 2,000 colones one-way toll that is being proposed. The public outcry was so strong that President Laura Chinchilla said last month that she had canceled the contract.

The highway was supposed to be a concession with the contracting firm building the road in return for the tolls over the next 25 years. The legal validity of the president's decision is still unclear. That decision in itself may be grounds for litigation.

Still, prosecutors staged five raids Friday as a continuation of the investigation in to the roadway.

Originally the highway was supposed to be constructed by Autopistas del Valle, a firm related to Autopista del Sol, the company that built the highway from San José to Caldera. Autopistas del Valle surrendered the contract to the Brazilian firm Construtora OAS Ltda. This action was ratified by the Contraloría General de República, the budget watchdog, last month.
The short story for commuters is that there will not be a modern four-lane highway anytime soon.

The investigation by the anti-corruption prosecutors is expected to be lengthy. The purpose of the raids Friday was to obtain documents. Search warrants already had been executed at the Consejo Nacional de Concesiones, the agency supervising the contracts.

The firms where documents were sought by prosecutors were Compañia Asesora de Construccion E Ingenieria Cacisa S.A. in Santa Domingo Heredia; Soares da Costa in La Sabana, San José, and Empresa CyC CACISA in Rohrmoser. Also visited by prosecutors were the Escazú offices of Autopistas del Valle and OAS.

The nature of the investigation indicates that the principal targets are public officials rather than just private businesses.

The Poder Judicial said Friday that the focus was failing to fulfill official duties and that the complaint came into prosecutors April 8.

The announcement of the raid did not rule out investigations for other illegalities.

The criminal probe is one more involving the Chinchilla administration. Still under investigation is the Ruta 1856 road that was put through along the Río San Juan at the northern border of the country.
Lawmakers also are conducting investigations of these projects but without any conclusions.


Just get some pretty cans, and you are in business!
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Short on cash? This may be a solution.

Round up a uniform or perhaps clerical garb, find a can and paste drawings of happy kids on it. Then you are ready to solicit funds for your favorite charity: You!

A couple of warnings: Don't dress like a Cruz Roja volunteer because personnel in that agency are available 24 hours a day to verify your activities.

And there seems to be a Costa Rican law against soliciting funds at agricultural markets or ferias.

The Fuerza Pública said that a couple of Cartago men were snagged by those rules Sunday when they were passing a can at the open-air market in Hatillo. Some citizens became suspicious and called police. And workers at the Cruz Roja Costarricense were on the job to report that they never heard of the men, later identified as the brothers Vargas Zamora. The agency also said that only in extreme emergencies does the Cruz Roja solicit funds in public.

But, said the Cruz Roja workers, they had heard of the brothers' uncle who had been associated with
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Who would not be impressed by these cute cans?

the Cruz Roja in Cartago. Police speculate that is from whom the brothers got the uniforms.

One of the brothers should have known about the rule against soliciting at open-air markets. The security ministry said he had been a policeman himself until December.

Fake solicitations are a favorite technique of some panhandlers in San José. Most of the panhandlers are honest with what they do and just sit on the sidewalk shaking cans and perhaps playing a musical instrument. But there are some impersonators of members of religous groups and some with other creative techniques at work in the city.

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Jo Stuart demonstrates
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I would like to submit the following piece for your online paper in response to Jo Stuart's Friday piece:

Once again Jo's rant against religion betrays her ultra-liberal mind set.  Why do liberals have such contempt for Christianity which, in my opinion is the real target of her loathing in her Friday piece? Think, for instance, how the "Statist," or those that subscribe to the idea that government is the means to utopia (e.g., the old USSR), have tried to remove the "under God" from the Pledge and the Ten Commandments from the courtrooms and schools.   The government has never been nor will it ever be an ally to Judeo-Christian values. In fact, they cannot coexist.  This is why the writers of The Constitution sought the protection of religion from government itself in the very first amendment creating a separation of (not from) religion.  This amendment is just intolerable to the liberals (that call us intolerable).

She confuses religion with the Christian faith.  Indeed, there were so called "religious wars" as happened with the crusades.  The hordes that participated can hardly have been called Christian though they may have carried banners to that effect.  Those joining were no more Christian than the keyboard I'm using to write this piece. Ignorant and covetous, these folks were more interested in winning instant access to heaven and riches promised by the head of an institution (could not have been a church which by definition is the assembly of true believers) than in "defending" the Holy Land.  Many a poor soul lost their lives never having really attained real salvation through Christ...and through Christ alone.

Jo goes on to paint ancient pagan religions as superior to Christianity.  Her insinuation that they just sought peace with nature and “caring for the planet” is absurd.  Their own wars and vile behavior aside, consider their child-sacrifice (Spartans), or human sacrifice (Aztecs).

Heaven is also mistreated by her pen.  Note that for the Christian the true bliss, the true heaven, is not just a locality.   While there is indeed a place called Heaven, what makes it heavenly is our Lord’s presence there.  Thus the ultimate reward for the Christian is to be where God is.  The Bible says it better “To be absent from the body, is to be present with the Lord.” 2 Cor 5:8

One more thing regarding Christianity, why does she focus on these negative aspersions when there is vastly much more good?  Imagine all the charity that has been possible across the ages and in every continent thanks to "religion."  Miss Jo Stuart's butterfly wings have likely been performing the good deeds of a great neighbor and been kind and good in many ways this past year no doubt, but her actions will never measure up to the level of what the charitable organizations have done in Costa Rica in a single day in the name of Christ.

To question the Christian "religion" is to question Jesus Christ; to have contempt for Christianity is to have contempt of Jesus Christ. Talk to him about your hatred of His church. You take it up with him; therefore, leave me be!

As with Christianity and the First Amendment; so with the gun laws and the left’s contempt against the Second Amendment; these two amendments are vexatious to our Statist friends.  Just note one thing, and I'm done. Isn't it funny that the very institution that the Second Amendment was created to protect us from (i.e., the government) is the one that is trying to undermine its very existence by watering it down with their own definitions etc.?
Randall Aguilar
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Thanks for your article on the Ara Project and your continued support of this unique situation

As the article points out, The Ara Project is being evicted from it's Alajuela home of three decades.  The population they house and breed at the Alajuela/Rio Segundo site (5 minutes from SJO airport) consists of about 180 rescued scarlet and the very rare great green macaws as well as the offspring of both species raised at the project in captivity.  Young macaws cannot be released till after two years old and before eight years old.  They can live to 70 years.  This is not a short-term project.

The project has found a new home at the excellent Hotel Punta Islita, south of Samara.  The move to Islita is being funded by support from various sources including Hotel Punta Islita itself, the British Embassy, a new donation from the German ambassador and funds raised through crowdfunding sources HERE. and HERE  as well as local support through visitor donations and a major local supporter.

But it is not enough. They need to build cages, plant food sources, build infrastructure on the raw land.  The British Embassy helped house the volunteers and get the basic infrastructure started along with Hotel Punta Islita support which has been amazing.

Back here in Alajuela, the original four hectare site has been sold and is now being carved up for construction.  The developer has given the project a bit more time but without the funds to finish the cages in Islita, they cannot move.  The large cages cost about $25,000 each. Macaws have terrible beaks (the only known living creature to be able to crack a mountain almond) and need strong cages as well as protection from predatory creatures.  They need three more of these cages.

If you'd like to visit the project in Alajuela, any day at 9 a.m. by appointment only (call either phone number below) - your donation will help keep this project the viable with the extraordinary service it has been to saving the great green macaw.

HERE is something Channel 7 just put out:
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The Alajuela visit itself is fascinating and is the top rated tourist activity in Alajuela though not, unfortunately, for volume of visitors but for the quality of the experience.
 
If any of your readers want to get more involved, they should contact Chris Castles 8730-0890 or Jenny Pettigrew at 8662-2663.  Or The Ara Project at chris@thearaproject.org.  If you need further information on this or would like to visit, I'd be happy to help explain.

Thanks again to AM Costa Rica for keeping this in the public eye.

Check out the Channel 7 video. After just a few months a few of the juveniles are now flying free where there have been none for over a generation.  Human or macaw, they are the same.

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Short circuits increase
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A transformer exploded in la Uruca Sunday night, and sent fire fighters on a search in the dark for the damaged device. Power was out to homes for about 20 minutes.

The problem might have been caused by weekend rains, and fire fighters said that short circuits are more frequent in the rainy season than in the dry season.

There are 40 percent more calls for that reason during the rainy season, they said. During wet months there are about 10 short circuit calls a day, they said, up from six during the drier months.

In 2012 there were 1,702, said the Cuerpo de Bomberos. The agency urged person with suspect electric systems to get some professional advice.

Some of the short circuits can come from trees falling on lines and pieces of metal hitting electrical installations during windy weather. Metal gutters also can interfere with the electrical system, the agency noted. And some situations can be life-threatening.


 
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Navies of the United States and Holland team up Friday to chase a presumed drug boat into Costa Rican waters, but all that the local patrol boats could come up with were 58 kilos of packaged marijuana.

The security ministry said that a U.S. aircraft spotted the vessel about 6 p.m. about 100 miles in the Caribbean from Limón. A Dutch navy ship took up the chase and came within 30 miles of the Costa Rican coast.

Although the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas sent two patrol boats to intercept the smaller vessel, the crews were
 unsuccessful. By 5 a.m. Saturday, the Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea was patrolling the sea from above, but the crew of this plane had no luck either.

The patrol boats managed to pick up the packages of marijuana that for some reason, perhaps to distract pursuers, the smugglers threw in the water.

There seems to be a steady flow of high-grade marijuana from Jamaica. and the packages are carried in fast boats much the same way that cocaine is smuggled north.

The Dutch has had an anti-drug agreement with Costa Rica since 2010.



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Face painting is a universal attraction no matter what the event. Art fairs, vegetable markets, holidays, church carnivals, expositions. Nearly every event features creative artists and young girls lining up for a touch of color.

Such was the case Sunday in Barrio Juan Santana in San Antonio de Escazú. The Fuerza Pública set up street football for youngsters, but many of the young girls opted for face painting.

This is another of the police community efforts, and this section of the barrio does not have a soccer field. So police and mostly the neighborhood boys played in the street.
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Two neighbors held in home invasion murder of elderly woman
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents detained two neighbors Sunday in the home invasion murder of a 73-year-old woman Thursday.

The crime took place Thursday in El Carmen de Goicoechea north of San José, The two suspects, 26 and 27, attracted police attention because they were selling goods stolen from the woman's home in the community. Agents said they recovered everything that had been stolen except for a 14-inch television.

The dead woman was Ana María Rivera Acuña. She was found in the kitchen of her home bound hands and feet.

Death was attributed to asphyxiation.
The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the woman had been surprised by crooks forcing their way in through the back door of her home. The door shows signs of being forced. Behind the home is a wooded area through which agents believe the intruders approached the home out of sight of possible passers-by.

The two male neighbors who are held were frequent passers-by themselves, agents said. Agents detained one man Saturday morning and the second Saturday night, they said.

Agents said they were concerned because the stolen goods had been sold to persons in the community at low prices and that purchasing such obviously stolen goods contributed to more such crimes.

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Documents of the Rodrigo Carazo presidency will go to Archivo Nacional
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican presidents do not have their own libraries after they leave office.

But they do have the Archivo Nacional  in Zapote where the country's important documents are kept.

That is where the documents generated by Rodrigo Carazo Odio are being put. He was president from 1978 to 1982.  His widow, Estrella Zeledón, will be signing a contract this week with the Archivo Nacional in anticipation of presenting the archive with the presidential papers
Carazo was an economist by education, and his administration was one of difficult financial times in Costa Rica. He also saw the victory of the Sandinistas over the Somoza regime in Nicaragua and the beginnings of the U.S. intervention in that country.

Carazo was an opponent of the Free Trade Treaty with the United States and the Central American nations. Despite his age, he was a frequent participant in protests in the streets of San José against the treaty. He died in 2009 at 82.

When the documents and other artifacts of the Carazo presidency are in the archive, they will be available for historical study

 
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Astronauts make repairs
with prolonged space walk

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Astronauts carried out an unscheduled space walk Saturday to replace a pump that they believe was the cause of an ammonia leak from the International Space Station that was first detected on Thursday. NASA flight engineers plan to monitor the site of the leak closely in the weeks ahead to make sure no other problem exists.

NASA Astronauts Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn spent five and a half hours outside the orbiting space station, removing a 97-kilogram pump controller box and replacing it with a spare. After completing the task, tethered to the orbiting craft in the weightlessness of space, the two astronauts looked for any further sign of leakage and saw none.

But in a news conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston later, the deputy International Space Station program manager, Joel Montalbano, said it could be some time before engineers can be certain that the problem is completely resolved.

"It is going to take the teams a few weeks to go ahead and just watch the system, understand the system, see how it is performing, look at the different day and night cycles and, again, just watch it over time, before they are ready to tell us that we were 100 percent successful," Montalbano said.

Thursday the space station crew and engineers monitoring the orbiting laboratory from earth noticed white ammonia crystals, resembling snowflakes, that were floating out of an area where power units are located. Ammonia is used to cool the solar power systems that supply the station with electricity. In November there had been a similar leak in that area that crew members thought they had fixed.

International Space Station Flight Director Ed Van Cise said engineers thought the pump was the problem, but they could not be certain until it was replaced.

"That is the reason we kept the crew out there for 40 minutes after everything was done is that we wanted to have their eyes there at the scene while we turned it on and they could look for not only a big flow of ammonia crystals, but any smaller things that may tell us that there is still a leak going on," he said.

NASA engineers say the ammonia in that power channel would have run out within a day had it not been shut down after the leak was discovered Thursday. But they say it never posed a serious threat to the space station or the six-man crew.


U.S. nursing grads facing
slow market for their skills


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. nurses are caught between a sour economy, a demographic bump and a flood of unemployed new graduates. After years of worry about a shortage of nurses, about one-third of new nursing graduates in the United States have been struggling to find work. Experts say there will be many job openings for nurses eventually.

”I’ve applied for 35 different jobs and, despite having a 4.0 GPA, I have not received any jobs, so it’s really concerning,” said University of Maryland student Alexandra Bauernschub. She is finishing a master’s degree in nursing, and learned patient care using high-tech simulators, as well as through traditional classroom activities.
   
She is finishing school just as new graduates are struggling to find work. Nurses with a two-year degree have more difficulty than those who graduate from four-year schools or graduate programs.
 
Experts say there are fewer job openings than usual right now because nurses in their 50s and 60s are putting off retirement so they can rebuild savings lost during the financial crisis, or pay the bills when a spouse loses a job.
 
“This economic downturn has created this tension in terms of people staying in the workforce right at the same time we have been working hard to increase the number of graduates to meet that growing health care need," said Jane Kirschling, the dean of the University of Maryland’s nursing school.

Nursing school enrollments have soared in recent years as the medical profession prepared for the retirement of the baby boomers, the larger-than-usual generation of Americans born right after World War II.  Hundreds of thousands of nurses are expected to eventually leave the workforce, just as the rest of their generation reaches the age when they need more medical care.
 
Additionally, changes in health care laws give millions more Americans access to health insurance and care, which means demand for nurses will grow even more.
    
Health economists say if the economy improves, many older nurses will be willing to leave their jobs and make room for newcomers. One study says a drop in overall unemployment could open tens of thousands of nursing jobs.

"One percentage point in unemployment seems to lead to about 30,000 additional nurses in the workforce," said Rand Corp. analyst David Auerbach, who spoke via Skype. "So we are at about 7.6 percent [unemployment]. So if we go down to about 5.5 percent, that suggests that about 60,000 RNs kind of opening up those spots and retiring."  

Nursing school dean Kirschling said that in spite of problems at the moment, nursing is a rewarding career with a bright future. “The opportunities are going to continue to be very, very strong. We are just sitting in this window of time where the economy has played out, the boomers staying in the workforce."

In the meantime, many nursing students say they are worried because they face an uncertain job future, and the certainty of having to repay thousands of dollars in college loans.


Vaccine against heroin seen
as major anti-drug advance


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists have developed an experimental vaccine to treat heroin addicts.  Such a vaccine would be a major advance for both public health and safety.  Addiction to the powerful, illicit narcotic not only destroys human lives, but also fuels a violent global drug trade.  

An estimated 20 million people around the world are addicted to heroin and related opiates.  Their addiction and frequent use of contaminated syringes put heroin users at risk of a variety of diseases, notably HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.  They are also more likely to die prematurely, either from a drug overdose or the violence related to drug trafficking.

Drug relapse after conventional treatment for heroin addiction is an especially difficult challenge.  The experimental vaccine may prevent addiction even if a user is re-exposed to the drug.

The heroin vaccine developed by Kim Janda and colleagues at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California, essentially tricks the body's immune system into thinking heroin is a pathogen, like a bacterium or virus.  

The experimental compound stimulates the production of antibodies that keep the drug from reaching the brain, which is where Ms. Janda notes the drug  produces the euphoric high that heroin addicts crave.

"So, it creates like a wall to block the drug from entering the brain, the pleasure centers," said Ms. Janda. "And when it’s in circulation, our own body has enzymes that degrade heroin.  And as it degrades it loses its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, it loses its potency and eventually it’s just removed.”

Ms. Janda, a chemist and immunologist, says developing a vaccine against heroin has been especially challenging because the body rapidly metabolizes the drug into several byproducts, the last being morphine, the compound which actually triggers the high.  

So, researchers had to develop a pretty versatile vaccine, one able to empower the immune system to recognize and produce antibodies that bind to all of the breakdown products before they reach the brain.

In experiments with heroin-addicted rats exposed to an unlimited supply of the drug, Ms. Janda says the results were striking.  The drug-sated rodents were detoxified for one month, a period similar to a human going through drug rehabilitation.

Next, researchers divided the rats into two groups, again giving them as much heroin-laced water as they wanted.  Only this time, Ms. Janda says half the rats had been vaccinated against heroin.

“What happens if you don’t vaccinate them they re-escalate and double the amount of intake," he said. "In the case of the vaccine, they completely don’t recognize the heroin at all and stop taking it.”

None of the vaccinated rats relapsed after being re-exposed to heroin.  

The National Institute on Drug Abuse, which has been interested in drug vaccine development, helped fund the research.

David Shurtleff, acting deputy director of the institute, says a heroin vaccine is not a magic bullet and would have to be used as part of a comprehensive treatment program that also addresses drug-seeking behavior.  Like heroin-addicted humans who continue to crave the drug even after going through treatment, Shurtleff notes that the vaccinated rats persisted for a while in trying to get high.

"Once they are in an environment where they've been using the drug, they start to crave the drug and they will use it even though the vaccine may kick in to prevent the high," said Shurtleff. "They will still try and attempt to take the drug to overcome the craving, to reduce the craving for the drug.  So, there's a lot of behavioral to addiction beyond what the vaccine can do."

Scripps investigators are currently seeking funding to begin human trials of the vaccine, possibly by later this year.

An article describing an experimental heroin vaccine is published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  

Benghazi gains new life
after email disclosures


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scrutiny of the Obama administration could reach a fever-pitch this week.  New questions have arisen concerning last year’s deadly attack at U.S. outposts in Benghazi, Libya.

Just when it seemed investigations of the Benghazi attack had run their course, ABC News said it obtained emails showing State Department editing of administration talking points to downplay terrorist involvement in the incident, in which four Americans were killed.

The revelation breathes new life into congressional probes, particularly in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives. Rep. Darrell Issa said, “Our goal in this investigation is to get answers.”

The White House has long denied intentionally misleading the American people about the September attack, which came at the height of President Barack Obama's re-election effort.  Spokesman Jay Carney said, “This would be more significant if we did not acknowledge from the beginning that extremists were likely involved.  This is an effort to accuse the administration of hiding something that we did not hide.”


Probe sought of IRS scrutiny
of conservative groups

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Republican lawmakers have called for a broad investigation of the U.S. tax agency's revelation that its agents singled out conservative political groups for heightened scrutiny, demanding that President Barack Obama personally apologize for the action.

The House Intelligence Committee chairman, Rep. Mike Rogers, said Sunday the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service during the 2012 political campaign "is something we cannot let stand. It needs to have a full investigation."

Sen. Susan Collins said she doesn't believe "this was a couple of rogue IRS employees. After all, groups with progressive in their names were not targeted similarly." She called the practice truly outrageous.

The IRS claims the groups were targeted as part of an inappropriate policy by a small number of bureaucrats, rather than for political reasons.

Lois Lerner, a top IRS official who heads the IRS division that oversees tax-exempt groups, apologized Friday to conservative groups that were singled out for additional scrutiny. She said about 75 organizations that included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in applications for tax-exempt status were put through unnecessary, additional reviews.

In some cases, groups were asked for lists of donors, which violates IRS policy in most cases. Ms. Lerner acknowledged it was wrong for the agency to target groups based on political affiliation.


U.S. education Vietnamese
named to country's politboro


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Vietnam's ruling Communist Party has appointed for the first time a U.S.-educated official to its powerful politburo, a landmark decision as pressure mounts to reform an economy stagnating after years of boom growth.

The top decision-making body of the party that has ruled Vietnam since 1975 voted to increase its membership and bring in Nguyen Thien Nhan, a deputy prime minister overseeing education, health and technology, it said on its website.

Nhan, 59, has a master's degree in public policy from the University of Oregon and joins an elite group long dominated by politicians educated locally or in the former Soviet Union.

Vietnam's ruling party is facing its toughest economic challenges in years and has vowed reforms to tackle crippling debt in its banking system, and mismanagement at scores of cash-sapping state-owned firms.

Economists say policy makers have acted effectively to rein in inflation but have been too slow, or reluctant, to implement the sweeping structural changes needed to revive what was a promising economy now growing at its slowest pace in 13 years, and put Vietnam back on foreign investors' radar.

Vietnam's economy is hamstrung by weak credit growth and consumer demand that has forced 113,000 businesses to close since 2011, when inflation soared to over 20 percent and foreign investors delivered only a sixth of the $64 billion pledged.

The politburo also picked its second female member, Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, a deputy chairwoman of parliament. Ms. Ngan, also 59, is a former deputy minister of trade and finance. The two appointments will increase the politburo's size to 16 members.

Nhan studied in the former East Germany in the 1970s before being awarded a scholarship to the United States. He also served as vice mayor of Ho Chi Minh City.


New film follows Pakistani
after twin towers attack


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Indian-born filmmaker Mira Nair has made acclaimed films on multiculturalism: mixed marriages amid racial intolerance and U.S. immigrants grappling with ethnic identity.

Her most recent film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, deals with the mistrust and alienation of a young Pakistani immigrant in the post 9/11 world. Her film, based on Mohsim Hamid’s 2007 novel by the same name, was released days after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Changez, a son of an intellectual Pakistani family and a brilliant financial adviser, has everything going for him: a great job on Wall Street, a beautiful American girlfriend, connections. After 9/11, everything changes. He is heckled at the airport and profiled as a potential terrorist.

Ms. Nair says people like Changez were forced to take sides.

“They were encouraged to because Bush said, ‘Either you are with us or you’re against us.’ He set up this so-called Axis of Evil," she said. "He taught people to look at ‘us' and 'them.’ And I don’t think that that reaction has led to greater understanding or peace."  

In the film, Changez loses his girlfriend, gives up his lucrative job and returns to his country to teach economics at the University of Lahore. His theories criticizing rampant capitalism and the American dream attract a following, and he becomes a prime suspect in the kidnapping of an American professor.  

An American CIA operative posing as a journalist is convinced Changez is responsible for the kidnapping because he fits the profile of a disaffected emigrant. The conversation between the two characters describes two worlds mired in mutual suspicion.

“Because so often both sides and any side in our life is presented as reductionist, as good or bad, or black or white," Ms. Nair said. "But there is a whole level of gray and gray is also beautiful in its own way.”

The film reveals that Changez, although radical, is not a terrorist and thus counters stereotypes.   

Elizabeth Goitein of the Brennan Institute for Justice says such stereotypes can jeopardize the fight against terrorism.

“Like growing a beard, wearing traditional Islamic dress, giving up gambling and cigarettes and drinking," Ms. Goitein said. "The focus needs to shift from trying to identify these personal attributes of a would be terrorist. It needs to shift from that to focusing on actual criminal activity or activity that has indicators of potential criminality.”

Ms. Nair hopes her film will help shatter some of the misconceptions and promote dialogue in a growing multicultural world.

“Yes, I‘m Pakistani," the character of Changez says in the film. "Yes, I’m Muslim. But that’s not all I am.”


European Union-U.S. pact
seen as game-changer

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

European Union officials on Thursday touted the huge economic potential of a proposed free-trade pact with the United States even as they poked fun at its cumbersome name, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

"We've launched this strange animal called TTIP ['tee tip']," EU Ambassador to the United States JoIao Vale de Almeida said at a reception to mark Europe Day. "This is a game-changer. As I like to say, this is the mother of all free trade areas."

The two sides are expected to begin talks on the pact in July and hope to finish in one to two years. If successful, the final agreement would cover half the world's economic output and about a third of global trade.

The proposed pact "sends a strong signal... that despite our economic challenges, we are all open for business and trade," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton told the group.

The United States already is negotiating another free trade agreement called the Trans-Pacific Partnership with 11 countries in the Asia Pacific region, so there is symmetry in the moniker for the proposed U.S.-EU pact.

But Ashton still said it was "bizarrely named... I call it a free trade agreement. I can't get my head around TTIP."

Whatever it is called, negotiations are expected to be tough, with EU lawmakers already backing French demands to exempt cultural and audiovisual services, which would be a big disappointment for U.S. film and television companies.

Members of the U.S. Congress also want the pact to tackle longtime barriers to U.S. farm products, potentially requiring many European countries to overcome their aversion to importing U.S. genetically modified crops.

It will be "a long difficult process of negotiations. We have of course the best negotiators on the European side. But we respect a lot the American negotiators," Vale de Almeida said to laughter from the crowd.

Last week, President Barack Obama nominated Mike Froman to be the next U.S. trade representative, effectively charging his longtime friend and chief international economic affairs adviser with the task of completing the U.S.-EU deal.


Grandson of Malcom X
beaten to death in México

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of U.S. rights activist Malcolm X has died in a Mexico City hospital after an apparent beating. He was 28.

Mexican authorities said Shabazz died after suffering multiple injuries following a fight Thursday in a bar near Plaza Garibaldi, home to Mariachi bands, strip clubs and bars.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico City declined to give information on the death at the request of his family.

In June 1997, Malcolm Shabazz, then 12, set a fire at his grandmother Betty Shabazz's home. She died from severe burns, and he served four years in juvenile detention.

Shabazz also served time on a 2002 attempted robbery conviction, and was released in 2005. In 2006, he pleaded guilty to criminal mischief for smashing the window of a Yonkers doughnut shop.


Rios Montt will appeal
his genocide conviction


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A Guatemalan court has found former dictator Efrain Rios Montt guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity.

A judge in Guatemala City sentenced the 86-year-old to 80 years in prison, 50 years for genocide and 30 years for crimes against humanity.

Rios Montt was convicted of ordering the deaths of 1,771 people of the Ixil Maya ethnic group during his time in office in 1982 and 1983.

The retired general had denied the charges, saying he neither knew of nor ordered the massacres while in power.

He is expected to appeal the court's decision.  
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This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at www.dreamincostarica.com and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!
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La Garita
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This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  Their is a 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to theinternaitonal airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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Grecia riverfront
Private gated paradise in Grecia 3/2 home with guest apartment,
5000m2 land $169K, River access, costaricariver@yahoo.com,
Phone: (506)2495-0487.
7953-6/8/13

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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7948-5/29/13

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 desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025. www.puntaplayavistas.com
7947-5/28/13

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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
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CR Cell 011 (506) 8718-9891
7725-5/15/13

Rich Coast Montage
RichCoastRealty.com
Central Pacific Coast Real Estate
- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community, $89,000!!
- 2 Successful Coffee Shops and Bakeries, Turnkey $60,000/ $120,000 Great ROI
- Lots in Gated Community from $17,500!!
- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
- 3 Bedroom Oceanview House on 5 acres subdividable
into 4 oceanview properties $250k
- 58 acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
- Oceanfront Residential Lots from $40,000
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7829-5/8/13

Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
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
Gated Community near the beach
SALE on our last 4 lots! Starting at just $17,500 with financing available.
Reserve today with just $5,000 down
Great Retirement Home, Vacation Home, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers house.
Water and power on site.
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7928-8/9/13

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. www.oasisbytheseabandb.com $180,000 506-8869-9274.
7882-4/15/13

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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USA 678-799-8803
CR Cell 011-506-8-910-2904
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FOR SALE BY OWNER
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.
7869-4/6/13

NOW REDUCED TO $680,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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7856-5/4/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
7845-8/18/13

Rich Coast Montage
RichCoastRealty.com
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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CR Cell 011 506 8718 9891
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
7829-5/8/13

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: http://www.monalbum.fr/Album=E3GLBJQX
Jack 506-2778-8172    Email: quadtours@yahoo.ca
7789-2/14/13

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.
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Wind farmers seeking
extension of tax credits


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Kansas cattleman Pete Ferrell almost lost his ranch in the recent drought that ravaged much of the United States, but he credits a series of 100-meter tall wind turbines situated on his property for saving his business.

“In my case, it doubled my income stream, and it helped me essentially weather the storm," Ferrell said. "It was essential in my ability to maintain my livelihood.”

Wind farms like Ferrell’s are now a common sight throughout the United States. This alternative energy source helps power America while providing an alternative source of income for landowners.

“The wind blows, even during a drought, and it may be our best drought-resistant crop we have, and a lot of farmers and ranchers are really waking up to that fact,” Ferrell said.

But while farmers are waking up to that fact, so are U.S. lawmakers, who scrutinize programs like the Federal Renewable Energy Production Tax Credit when attempting to end tax breaks to close budget deficits.

The credit, which gives a 2.2 cent per kilowatt-hour tax break to renewable energy production facilities, was shelved until last-minute negotiations brought the program back to life in January.

For Ferrell, the program is critical.

“The production tax credit drove the first project that I worked on, on the ranch, and it was essential to seeing that completed,” he said.

The Production Tax Credit, which has been offered off and on to renewable energy providers since 1992, is set to expire again at the end of this year.  Ferrell says with it go jobs and the stability of the industry.

“The wind industry tends to bounce with the production tax credit, immediately drops off and jobs are lost, and there’s a huge sucking sound as money is pulled out of the industry," Ferrell said. "Then, when it’s renewed, investments are renewed.”

The credit helps companies like EDP Renewables, the third largest provider of wind farms in the U.S., compete with more traditional sources of energy, like coal and gas, says project management director Erin Bowser.

“All sources of energy do get subsidies from the government, both federal and locally, so we want there to be a level playing field, and we know we can succeed if that exists,” she said.

At Wind Power 13, the industry’s largest trade show in the United States, the incoming CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, Tom Kiernan, told attendees his priority is getting the Production Tax Credit renewed, and encouraging lawmakers to develop longer term tax policies.

In the meantime, energy companies are taking advantage of the current program, which grants the credit to facilities that begin construction on new wind farms by the end of the year.


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