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There are ways to beat those soaring expenses here
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As the government imposes new taxes and utility rates go up, more and more expats complain about prices.

A quick trip through a supermarket shows products priced two or three times of what they cost in the United States.

Filling the tank of a vehicle can be a $100 experience with gasoline at more than $5 a U.S. gallon.

Some expats who came with the impression that life would be cheaper in Costa Rica are considering relocating.

Those pensionados who gained residency with a $600 a month income under the prior immigration law are being hammered.

But there is an option that has been used repeatedly during tough times. And that is doing it yourself. Today there are extensive articles and videos on the Internet designed to help viewers beat high prices.

A.M. Costa Rica columnist Jo Stuart advocates public transportation and shopping at the weekly open-air markets, the ferias. But not all the options can be found there.

There is a long tradition in Anglo-American history of growing food and recycling discards when times get tough. The works of Henry David Thoreau promoting simple livng is known to most readers. Anyone old enough to remember the Great Depression understands these techniques. Then there was World War II when loose lips sank ships and those who stayed behind turned to home gardens and perhaps a few chickens. These individuals would be in their 70s and 80s now.

After the war there was a migration to the cities and urban life, so the number of persons growing up learning handy ways on a farm declined.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s a back to the land movement, perhaps generated by hippies, brought renewed interest on low-cost ways of self-sufficiency. The old standard, the 1943 book "The Have More Plan," was reprinted and circulated. This is still available today either in paper or as a free ebook download.

Ed and Carolyn Robinson's wartime outline of a mini-farm is correctly called a classic.

The year 1968 saw the birth of "The Whole Earth Catalogue," the uninitiate's guide to self-sufficiency and rural gadgets.

Two years later, John and Jane Shuttleworth came out with the monthly Mother Earth News four months before the first Earth Day. Not only did the magazine give detailed instructions on such skills as beekeeping, small motor repair and raising chickens, it also fanned the flames of the growing ecological movement. The anti-government survivalist movement picked up on the trend.

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A.M. Costa Rica would like to hear from expats who are successfully cutting corners. A photo or two would be helpful to show others the technique.  And any special tips specific to Costa Rica would be welcome. For example, one expat constructed a roof over his raised garden bed to prevent a washout by tropical rains.

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World products is a budget buster. But they did not come to Costa Rica to be condemned to a diet of rice and beans.

A trip through supermarkets that are approaching monopoly status can be frightening: $8 for a box of breakfast cereal, $2 cans of beer, $7 blocks of cheese, a $3 loaf of bread, $6 cans of soup and $10 for six frozen sausages.

Plenty of expats already have found their farm home and are busy raising their own foods and livestock. For those who have not done so, YouTube is a treasure of cost-saving ideas.

Detergent is cheap to make with easily available chemicals. Manufacturers add some perfume and bright packages. Then they advertise heavily and slap on a high price. Dozens of YourTube videos show how to make $240 worth of liquid detergent for about $9. And the process is not that hard. The main ingredient is a bar of soap.

A BBC series even instructs viewers on using natural products to replace expensive drugs. Countless videos have tips on low-cost meals. Then there is the video showing how to make three cases of beer for about $7. There are similar videos on wine making, although some of the ingredients might have to be bootlegged into the country. A country so full of fruit would seem to be a great place to experiment.

Expats can search these videos to learn a new skill, sewing, for example, and trade their free time for home-made products. How about a hair-cutting tutorial? Internet searches can amplify what appears on the videos

There even are dozens of videos cataloged under the general term of saving money. Plus there are segments that can put viewers into a home craft business.

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This is the murder case involving the  Hotel Mountain Paradise. Killed were Geovany Soto, 52, and his sons   Mauricio, 29, and Emanuel, 20.

The murders took place early Feb. 9 in two locations in the La Fortuna countryside.

The arrest today was in Tirrases de Curridabat. Detained was a 32-year-old man, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. A first suspect was detained five days after the crime in La Fortuna. At the same time today agents entered a home in La Fortuna in search of evidence, they said.

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How about Fourth as well as
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
Mr. Randall Aguilar of Flower Mound, Texas, is obviously very upset with some of Jo Stuart's comments.  He invokes the First and Second Amendments in attacking Jo's comments.  I fail to see why these attacks are justified by her writing, but then I see through only my eyes and not the eyes of others.
If Mr. Aguilar is so concerned about the "ultra-liberals" who have contempt for Christianity (which I do not), then perhaps if he and others would not try to use the Bible as the Constitution then we would all get along better.  It would be interesting to learn his thoughts on the Fourth Amendment which is:  "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Of course this amendment is the one which the Supreme Court determined was the reason a woman should have control over her own body when making a choice about terminating a pregnancy.  Does Mr. Aguilar believe in this amendment as much as he does the First and Second?
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Christians insert their beliefs
into the political arena

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

After reading the lengthy anti-Jo Stuart diatribe by Randall Aguilar of Flower Mound Texas, I had to go back and re read Jo's piece myself because I didn't remember it being anything like the anti-Christian rant that this obviously irate gentleman describes. And after reading it again, two things became apparent. (1) It wasn't anti-Christian, and (2) Mr. Aguilar is obviously one of those folks with a hair trigger sensibility who won't tolerate anything negative being said or even vaguely implied about any aspect of his faith. If he's looking for a reason why there IS in fact a great deal of criticism being directed at Christianity in the U.S. these days, he need only look to the open hostility of his letter to A.M. Costa Rica as part of the problem.

Beyond that, he should take into consideration the large scale politicization of Christianity that has taken place in America over the last 40 years since the Roe v. Wade decision and the LGBT community's emergence from their traditional sociopolitical closet. What's afoot is a religious crusade against reproductive choice, gay rights, and even the very scientific foundation that defines our knowledge of who we are and where we came from. In short, it's a frontal attack by extremists on the separation of church and state. How can Mr. Aguilar expect that there won't be a strong reaction against a campaign of that duration and intensity?

Intolerance and extremism only serve to expose the vast majority of honest, hard working, God-loving, moderate Christians who do NOT subscribe to these increasingly unpopular views, to unjust criticism and reverse intolerance that they don't deserve. That's undeniable. But it's also undeniable that equally undeserved attacks on someone like Jo Stuart over IMAGINED slights, and the unwillingness of Christians like Mr. Aguillar to recognize where their real problems lie, combine to assure that the internecine conflicts that typify the American Christian and conservative movements today will continue unabated, and will in fact worsen as the American electorate moves further and further away from the policies being pushed by the Christian right.

But what can one expect when religion becomes political? Politics is based on cooperation and compromise over questions of the laws of the land, (or used to be, anyway), while religion is based on religious teachings, obviously. And any challenge to Christian teachings, which is unavoidable when Christians insert their beliefs into the political arena, is considered heretical. Period. Even when/especially when the laws of the Lord, as they're interpreted by Christian conservatives, stand in clear conflict with the laws of the land, religious crusaders will stand firm and will treat attempts to defeat their religiously inspired legislation as an unpardonable attack on their faith. Jo Stuart is not the problem. Christians like Mr. Aguillar need to stop looking outside of themselves for the reason their house is in conflict.

Dean Barbour
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

It's appropriate that President Chinchilla has canceled the concession to Consturtora OAS Ltda. for making minor roadway improvements and charging tolls to the section of Costa Rica Carretera Número Uno between Aéropuerto Juan Santamaría and San Ramón.  And it's even more appropriate that the Poder Judicial is investigating the Consejo Nacional de Concesiones and the would-be concessionaire and associated construction firms. 

I'm very familiar with the highway, especially between Alajuela and Grecia, traveling it round-trip three days/week.  I'm also very familiar with the stretch between the Grecia exit and San Ramón.  The stretch between the airport and the Grecia exit has several points that back up to stop-and-go traffic during rush hour, principally those areas where two travel lanes go to one lane.  The two principal bridges in that stretch are those crossing the Rio Poás downhill west of the La Garita exit and the Rio Rosales bridge just east of the Fábrica Nacional de Licores. 

According to information published in La Nación, the concession agreement did not provide for OAS to add any travel lanes, which means that the bottlenecks where two lanes reduce to one would remain under the concession.  The claim made by the Consejo Nacional de Concesiones and the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes that improvements to the highway made by OAS would cut the rush-hour travel time in half, in spite of the addition of three toll plazas, was ludicrous.  The addition of the toll plazas would certainly lengthen the necessary travel time at any time of day, especially during rush hour. 

There was little information provided to the press by transport ministry agencies and the would-be concessionaire about the proposed "improvements" to the highway, but they appear to be limited to widening of some shoulders, replacement of some safety barriers (which ought to be done within a week of their damage in an accident by CONAVI, but that stretch has missing barrier sections that haven't been replaced in years, if not decades), and construction of an overpass to allow traffic from San Ramón to enter the highway without having to stop at the existing stop sign.  Insignificant improvements and investment not remotely justifying a ¢2,000 one-way toll.

To bring the airport-to-San Ramón stretch of Carretera Número Uno to modern highway standards, the entire stretch should have two travel lanes in each direction, including the bridges over the Río Poás and the Río Rosales.  The highway should be re-routed such that no grades exceed 6 percent — overly steep grades such as those both east and west of the Río Poás and Río Rosales bridges need to be re-routed, possibly including new much longer and higher bridges and approaches constructed.

Such major re-construction ought to be funded by loans from an international financial institution such as the Inter-American Development Bank or World Bank or international development assistance from an international donor country and repaid by reasonable tolls combined with general tax receipts.  The experience with Autopistas del Sol, in which the government of Costa Rica funded construction of the most expensive bridges and turned over long-since constructed and freely used stretches of the highway such as that between San José and Santa Ana to the concessionaire, after which the concessionaire refuses to reveal to the government how much it collects in tolls, clearly demonstrates that the concessionaire build-and-toll paradigm is a bad deal for the citizens, businesses, and local governments of Costa Rica.

Loren B. Ford

Quake rattles central Pacific

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An earthquake took place Monday around supper time, The epicenter was fixed to be just off shore in the Pacific near Bahia Ballena de Osa

The Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica estimated the magnitude at 4.0 and said the quake was southwest of Playa Hermosa de Osa. The Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica estimated the magnitude at 3.7. Both agreed that the time was about 6:39 p.m.

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Monsanto prevails in Supreme Court case of patented soybeans
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Monsanto Co., which is engaged in controversy in Costa Rica, has won a U.S. Supreme Court victory against a creative Indiana farmer.

The farmer is Vernon Hugh Bowman, who tried to outsmart the agricultural giant by getting herbicide resistant soybeans  from the operator of the local grain elevator. The decision has wide ramifications beyond the Indiana case.

Monsanto produces seeds for a number of crops, including soybeans, that are resistant to glyphosate, marketed as Roundup Ready. The company has caused controversy in Costa Rica because it seeks to plant genetically modified corn in a test plot. The corn is modified against the herbicide.

Bowman was a Monsanto customer for its special soybeans. But he also obtained soybeans from the local grain elevator that has been destined for food products, according to the Supreme Court summary prepared by the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School. Bowman planted the soybeans and treated the emerging plants with Roundup. The resistant plants survived and produced seeds that Bowman used the next year, the summary said.

Monsanto considered this an assault on its Roundup patent. Lower courts agreed, but the elderly Bowman carried the case to the U.S. Supreme Court on the grounds that someone using a patented article has the right to sell it. That is called patent exhaustion.

The Supreme Court's unanimous decision, drafted by Justice Elena Kagan, characterized Bowman's activities as copying the seeds and not just selling ones he purchased legitimately from Monsanto.
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Monsanto has been aggressive in protecting its patents. One concern of Costa Rican farmers is that they could be vulnerable if their own seed corn became pollenated with the genetically modified genes  nearby. There have been court cases in the United States over this same issue.

Ironically, Mosanto's Roundup Ready patent is due to expire next year. The company has come out with a new version that also is under patent.

Said the Supreme Court decision: "Bowman who is asking for an exception to the well-settled rule that exhaustion does not extend to the right to make new copies of the patented item. If  Bowman was granted that exception, patents on seeds would retain little value. . . . Bowman, who purchased seeds intended for consumption, stands in a peculiarly poor position to argue that he cannot make effective use of his soybeans."

New supreme court president says she will reduce delays
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new president of the Corte Suprema de Justicia, the first
woman to that that post, promised Monday to confront the judicial backlog.

The new court president is Zarela Villanueva Monge, who had been vice president of the court. The position became open with the death of Luis Paulino Mora Mora. The new court president, a magistrate in the Sala Secunda since 1989, was one of three candidates who still were in the running after a week of posturing. There are 22 magistrates divided among four chambers or salas.

She said in an acceptance speech
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Zarela Villanueva
that a priority is to standardize the procedures, do some redesign and identify the courts that are behind. She also said that a system of control should be created that received input from those who use the courts.
Perhaps her most specific comment was that her door would be open to anyone who has suggestions. Ms. Villanueva otherwise spoke in generalities and stressed that there should be an independent, efficient and democratic administration of justice.

Although the new court president mentioned challenges, she  did not single out any except the court backlog. She did not say anything about a matter that is of great importance to expat property owners. That is the land jumping that puts ownership in jeopardy. There are many such cases, and most are languishing in the slow-moving courts.

Ms. Villanueva noted that she has 34 years in the Poder Judicial and that she has served at many levels.

At the same Monday session José Manuel Arroyo Gutiérrez received the designation of court vice president. He is a magistrate in the Sala Tercera, the high criminal court.

The other salas are civil, labor and the Sala IV, the constitutional court.

In her speech, Ms. Villanueva said that Arroyo withdrew his bid for court presidency in favor of her.

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More winds for the Central Valley while rain to continue on Caribbean coast
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The winds that picked up Tuesday morning will continue in the Central Valley and the Pacific coast through Wednesday, said the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional in a 7 p.m. Monday bulletin.

Meanwhile, the Caribbean coast is getting rain. The weather institute said that nearly an inch and a quarter fell in some parts of the coast and that more was expected overnight. Rain and clouds were expected to move into the higher parts of the Central Valley, too.
Meanwhile, gusts of up to 100 kph (62 mph) are expected in the lower regions of the valley and the north Pacific. Isolated rains and some
 thunderstorms are predicted for the central Pacific and the southwestern part of the country, said the weather agency.

The weather institute warned of possible falling branches and trees in the metro area and turbulence in the mountains. The bulletin urged extreme vigilance on the Caribbean coast for rising water in streams and rivers. There should be no open burning, the weather institute said.

The Weather Underground, A.M. Costa Rica's meteorology service, said that a ridge of high pressure remains dominant across the Gulf of Mexico. The wet weather along the Limón coast is caused by low pressure in the Caribbean which favors development of storms from Panamá into Costa Rica. it said.

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U.N. food agency promoting
putting insects on the menu

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new study by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization says insects could be used in the fight against hunger and to increase food security.

A report released Monday says that forest insects form part of the traditional diet for some two billion people worldwide and are a readily available source of nutritious and protein-rich food.

Some of the most widely consumed insects include beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps and ants. The food agency report says insects are rich in protein, good fats, iron and other minerals.

The report cites the disgust factor as being a large reason as to why eating insects is rare in Western countries, an effect that trickles down to much of the world. It also suggests chefs can help raise the status of insects by incorporating them into recipes and menus.

Insects produce a fraction of emissions such as methane, ammonia and greenhouse gases compared to other animals, according to the food agency.  It adds that on average, insects use just two kilograms of feed to produce one kilogram of meat, compared to cattle which require eight kilograms of feed to produce the same amount.

The food agency also pointed out that in addition to food, insect gathering and farming can also offer employment and income generation for people and businesses.

The AP says Justice Department
grabbed reporter phone records

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Associated Press news agency says the U.S. government has seized two months of telephone records for many of its reporters and editors.

The organization's chief executive, Gary Pruitt, called the action a massive and unprecedented intrusion into AP's newsgathering operations.

Pruitt said Monday that The AP learned from the Justice Department Friday that the government agency gathered phone records for more than 20 separate phone lines of AP offices and journalists.

He said the records cover a two-month period in early 2012 and include AP bureaus in New York, Washington and Hartford, Connecticut.

An Associated Press story on the matter says the government has not given any explanation why the phone records were seized.

However, the story notes that U.S. officials have previously said the Justice Department is conducting a criminal investigation into who may have provided information for an AP story in May 2012 about a CIA operation in Yemen that foiled an al-Qaida bomb plot.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington said in a statement Monday that it is "always careful and deliberative" when dealing with issues of the press. It did not specifically mention The Associated Press case.

NATO chief cites cyber threat
as priority for modern society

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The departing top NATO military commander has listed cyber security as the number one challenge for the coming years.

Cyber attacks on corporations and governments are no longer unusual. Suspects and their computers are hauled away on a regular basis. 

That's why Admiral James Stavridis said he sees cyber security as the top challenge for his successor. he said, "Our society is so dependent on all these cyber capabilities, and yet our level of preparation is very low, particularly as an alliance.”

It’s also relatively easy. Anyone with decent computer skills can do it.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization  does have a command center for cyber defense and a cyber research center in Estonia.  But Admiral Stavridis said, even within the alliance, international cooperation on cyber defense is limited.

“This is, of course, an area in which nations are extremely sensitive and are very concerned about showing what they know to each other," he said. "But we’ve got to get over that because the threat is very high and very real.”

Cyber attacks can range from nuisance attacks to strikes at computers that control banks or air traffic. There have been thefts of government intelligence and corporate secrets. And cyber attacks can have physical consequences, like disabling power plants. Last week, U.S. officials said a cyber attack helped a gang steal $45 million from cash machines around the world.

At London’s City University, Professor Kevin Jones heads the department of computer sciences. He said the Internet makes it possible for anyone to be a terrorist.

“That’s sort of terrorism at a much more approachable level than individuals carrying explosive devices because people are doing it from the security of their own bedrooms,” he said.

Many countries are developing offensive cyber weapons, and some, including China, Israel and the United States have been accused of using them.

“I think it’s too soon to bring that into the alliance," the admiral said. "But that’s an area that I think individual nations are going to be looking at. And, over time, what’s needed here is the intellectual capital that evolves a theory of deterrence in the world of cyber.”

Deterrence could be achieved through threats of cyber or conventional attacks. Professor Jones thinks it just might work.

“You could imagine setting up a situation where it’s deemed far too risky to make an attack on country X’s stock exchange because you know the consequences are your systems will then be attacked and closed down in a certain way,” he said.

But an individual with a grievance might not care whether his or her country suffers a counterattack, adding another dangerous dimension to the issue Admiral Stavridis already has at the top of his list.

Newseum adds 82 names
to wall of dead journalists

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The First Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees freedom of speech and also protects freedom of the press. But in many countries, journalists are not allowed to report the news or criticize their governments, and are punished or even killed for doing so. And in war zones, journalists are frequently exposed to crossfire. The dangers to journalists are evident in the number of those killed in the line of duty.

They were killed last year while doing their jobs. The Newseum in Washington has added 82 names to its Journalists Memorial.

Photojournalist Ahmed Ismael Hassan al-Samadi was shot in Bahrain while taping an anti-government protest.

His father Ismail carries the camera his son was using when he was killed. No one has been charged in his death.

"What I hope is that every martyr gets justice -- everyone who died this year and previous years. And I hope that justice takes its course," Ismael said.

Voice of America radio reporter Mukarram Khan Aatif was killed by gunmen while saying prayers at a Pakistani mosque.

Aatif joins more than 2,200 journalists on this wall — all killed while practicing their craft — often in countries that do not have freedom of the press, or are plagued by war. Syria was the deadliest country for journalists last year, with 29 deaths.

NBC correspondent Richard Engel knows the danger. He and his crew were kidnapped last year in Syria then rescued after five days.

"You have pockets of the country that are run by one group, pockets of the same country that are run by yet another group, the capital that is still in the government's hands and how you navigate from one political space to the next where you don't really know who to trust, who has capacity to give you safe passage. I fear next year Syria is going to be very represented on this list as well," Engel said.

The second most dangerous country last year was Somalia with 12 deaths, followed by Brazil and Pakistan. Those journalists join the others on the memorial, dating back to 1837.

Richard Engel says these journalists died doing what they loved. Not behind a desk, but with their boots on and pencil in hand.

April retail sales were up
slightly, government says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. retail sales rose in April, as households bought cars, building materials and other goods. 

Monday's report from the Commerce Department said consumer spending rose one-tenth of a percent from the previous month.

Outside the volatile areas, like fuel and cars, spending in the overall economy jumped five-tenths of a percent.

Economists and investors track retail sales closely because consumer demand drives about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity.

The report surprised many economists who had predicted that retail sales would decline as the effect of tax increases and government spending cuts worked their way through the economy.

Obama citing improvements
in the U.S. housing market

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama says the U.S. housing market is healing, seven years after the real estate bubble burst, but he adds there is still more work to do to help homeowners save money and stay in their homes.
Obama said in his weekly address Saturday that home sales are up and foreclosures are down, construction is expanding, and 1.7 million families are no longer behind on their mortgages. He said his housing plan has helped more than two million people refinance their mortgages and save an average of $3,000 a year.
But he said there are other U.S. homeowners who have not been allowed to refinance, or have done everything right but still owe more on their homes than their homes are worth. Obama called on Congress to support the effort to give all homeowners a chance to refinance.
He also called on members of Congress to support his nominee, North Carolina lawmaker Mel Watt, to take over leadership of the U.S. Federal Housing Agency.

European banking union
remains uncertain, elusive

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Spain and Portugal called Monday for the eurozone to complete a banking union as Germany underscored legal hurdles before a central element of the plan to deal with failing banks can be introduced.
“It is indispensable that we stick to the agreed calendar on banking union and that we take steps to make sure families and small companies receive credit,” Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy told reporters.
“Banking union is the credibility test of the European Union,” he said, after meeting Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, who backed his calls for progress on Europe's most ambitious reform of the financial crisis.
The call came as finance ministers from the eurozone met in Brussels, ahead of which German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble reiterated the need for a change to EU treaties to underpin the new system of bank resolution.

“When a bank is wound up, money and jobs are usually lost. Those affected will seek redress. If there is an activity that needs a solid legal base, it is resolution,” he wrote in an article in the Financial Times Monday.
To avoid treaty change and have a banking union “of sorts” Schaeuble proposed to stick for now to the intermediate stage of a coordinated network of national resolution authorities, rather than a new EU resolution authority.
“This would be a timber-framed, not a steel-framed, banking union,” Schaeuble wrote.
Most eurozone countries and institutions believe a full banking union, which would help deal with banking crises, is needed urgently to restore investor confidence.
Under the plan, the biggest banks will be supervised by the European Central Bank from the middle of next year. There is also to be a single bank resolution mechanism that would wind down insolvent banks. Plans for a common deposit guarantee scheme are unlikely to happen any time soon.
But while the bank supervision looks set to take effect as planned, the single authority that would order and finance the closure of a bank is unlikely to materialize soon, because Germany believes it needs a change to the EU treaty.
Some were sympathetic to this message.

"Many of the building blocks for the banking union can be put in place. The issue of the treaty change can be addressed later on,'' Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the Eurogroup chairman, told reporters before the ministerial meeting.
“I think the Germans are putting forward understandable questions, which will have to be dealt with. But I don't see why that should stop us making progress on banking union,” he said.
But the issue is divisive because a change to the European Union treaty could take years and entails risks — the revised law could be rejected in one of the 27 national EU parliaments during ratification.
Some policy-makers believe Germany is demanding treaty change to push the discussion on bank resolution back until after its parliamentary elections in September, in which Chancellor Angela Merkel will have to deal with rising popular discontent with bailing out eurozone banks and governments.
“You do not need treaty change for banking resolution, it can be done under the existing rules,” one EU diplomat said. “Germany is erecting barriers to slow down the process, but that is a political decision, not a technical one.”

New report says the world
is falling short on sanitation   

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

By 2015, almost one-third of the global population will remain without access to improved sanitation - which is U.N.-speak for hygienic toilet facilities. That would fall well short of a key global Millennium Development Goal, which is detailed in a new report published jointly by the World Health Organization and the U.N. Children’s Fund.
Bruce Gordon, the acting coordinator for water, sanitation and health at the World Health Organization, said Monday’s report was published as a wake-up call.

“Now, with the period of the MDGs coming to a close — I think it is in about 1,000 days or so — we are seeing very clearly that unless we do something very differently, the sanitation goal is going to be missed.”

The U.N.'s Millennium Development Goal number 7, aims to reduce by half by 2015 the number of people without access to clean, reliable toilet facilities compared to numbers reported in 1990.
According to the report, if the current trend persists, 2.4 billion people will still be living without improved sanitation. They say the goal will be missed by 8 percent.
Gordon said a major drive needs to be made to get the numbers on track.
One of the key efforts, he said, needs to be made in rural areas. Gordon noted that a lot of money is spent on complex urban sanitation systems in cities, at the expense of those in rural areas who have nothing.

The World Bank estimates global economic losses due to poor sanitation at $260 billion a year.

Human brain still recognizes
bad grammar when distracted

By the University of Oregon news service

The brain often works on autopilot when it comes to grammar. That theory has been around for years, but University of Oregon neuroscientists have captured elusive hard evidence that people indeed detect and process grammatical errors with no awareness of doing so.

Participants in the study — native-English speaking people, ages 18-30 — had their brain activity recorded using electroencephalography, from which researchers focused on a signal known as the event-related potential. This non-invasive technique allows for the capture of changes in brain electrical activity during an event. In this case, events were short sentences presented visually one word at a time.

Subjects were given 280 experimental sentences, including some that were syntactically correct and others containing grammatical errors, such as "We drank Lisa's brandy by the fire in the lobby," or "We drank Lisa's by brandy the fire in the lobby." A 50 millisecond audio tone was also played at some point in each sentence. A tone appeared before or after a grammatical faux pas was presented. The auditory distraction also appeared in grammatically correct sentences.

This approach, said lead author Laura Batterink, a postdoctoral researcher, provided a signature of whether awareness was at work during processing of the errors. "Participants had to respond to the tone as quickly as they could, indicating if its pitch was low, medium or high," she said. "The grammatical violations were fully visible to participants, but because they had to complete this extra task, they were often not consciously aware of the violations. They would read the sentence and have to indicate if it was correct or incorrect. If the tone was played immediately before the grammatical violation, they were more likely to say the sentence was correct even it wasn't."

When tones appeared after grammatical errors, subjects detected 89 percent of the errors. In cases where subjects correctly declared errors in sentences, the researchers found a response in which the error is recognized and corrected on the fly to make sense of the sentence.

When the tones appear before the grammatical errors, subjects detected only 51 percent of them. The tone before the event, said co-author Helen J. Neville, a psychology professor, created a blink in their attention. The key to conscious awareness, she said, is based on whether or not a person can declare an error, and the tones disrupted participants' ability to declare the errors. But, even when the participants did not notice these errors, their brains responded to them, generating an early negative event-related potential response. These undetected errors also delayed participants' reaction times to the tones.

"Even when you don't pick up on a syntactic error your brain is still picking up on it," Ms. Batterink said. "There is a brain mechanism recognizing it and reacting to it, processing it unconsciously so you understand it properly."

The study was published in the May 8 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

The brain processes syntactic information implicitly, in the absence of awareness, the authors concluded. "While other aspects of language, such as semantics and phonology, can also be processed implicitly, the present data represent the first direct evidence that implicit mechanisms also play a role in the processing of syntax, the core computational component of language."

It may be time to reconsider some teaching strategies, especially how adults are taught a second language, said Ms. Neville, a member of the university's Institute of Neuroscience.

Children, she noted, often pick up grammar rules implicitly through routine daily interactions with parents or peers, simply hearing and processing new words and their usage before any formal instruction. She likened such learning to "Jabberwocky," the nonsense poem introduced by writer Lewis Carroll in 1871 in "Through the Looking Glass," where Alice discovers a book in an unrecognizable language that turns out to be written inversely and readable in a mirror.

For a second language, she said, "Teach grammatical rules implicitly, without any semantics at all, like with jabberwocky. Get them to listen to jabberwocky, like a child does."

Psychologist and media figure
Joyce Brothers dies at 85

 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

American psychologist and pop-culture figure Joyce Brothers, 85, who parlayed her 1950s game show celebrity into a six-decade media career, died Monday.

Her long-time publicist said she died outside New York City of natural causes.

Ms. Brothers, who once taught at Columbia University, first gained fame on the 1950s game show "The $64,000 Question" for her encyclopedic knowledge of boxing.

She became the only woman to win the show's top prize, and by 1958 NBC television had signed her as a program host who dispensed advice on love, marriage, sex and child-bearing.

Ms. Brothers also boosted her celebrity as an author and magazine columnist, and wrote a syndicated advice column that appeared in more than 350 newspapers. She also appeared in film roles portraying her professional self in more than a dozen Hollywood movies.

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Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate
and safe communities.
Grecia new
This is a property with real character offered at $1.2 million. Click HERE!
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Incredible view of the Central Valley from San Luis $282,000 Click HERE!
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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 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!

La Garita
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.

Grecia riverfront
Private gated paradise in Grecia 3/2 home with guest apartment,
5000m2 land $169K, River access,,
Phone: (506)2495-0487.

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

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

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

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

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ALAZAN Eco-Friendly Community

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

Rich Coast Montage
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
and much more....
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718 9891

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:

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.

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.
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891

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

View from Orosi home

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

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

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

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

Rich Coast Montage
Central Pacific Coast Real Estate
- 2-bedroom house in gated community, $92,500.
- Lots in gated community from $20k w/financing available.
- 3-bedroom house in gated community, furnished, walk to the beach, $125k
- 3-bedroom oceanview house on 5 acres subdividable, $270k
- 58-acre oceanview property subdividable, $169k
Oceanfront residential Lot $58k
and much more....
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718 9891

Ocean view home
Georgeous House For Sale In Costa Rica
Gorgeous house built 5 years ago to U.S. standards on 37,000 sq. ft TITLED property. This is a very special and rare property because of the INCREDIBLE OCEAN VIEW and excellent location. This one of a kind home and property is truly a must see. Ocean view Only $345 000.00 US More details:
Jack 506-2778-8172    Email:

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

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

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Breaking up is even harder
to do with electronic goodies

By the University of California, Santa Cruz,
news service

The era is long gone when a romantic breakup meant ripped-up photos and burned love letters. Today, digital photos and emails can be quickly deleted but the proliferation of social media has made forgetting a bigger chore.

What about the ubiquitous digital records of a once beloved that lurk on Facebook, tumblr, and flicker?

"People are keeping huge collections of digital possessions," says Steve Whittaker, a psychology professor at the University of California Santa Cruz who specializes in human-computer interaction. "There has been little exploration of the negative role of digital possessions when people want to forget aspects of their lives."

In a paper, "Design for Forgetting: Disposing of Digital Possessions after a Breakup," Whittaker and co-author Corina Sas, of Lancaster University, examine the challenges of digital possessions and their disposal after a romantic breakup. Ms. Sas worked on the research as a visiting professor at Santa Cruz.

Digital possessions include photos, messages, music, and video stored across multiple devices such as computers, tablets, phones, and cameras. Their pervasiveness "creates problems during a breakup, as people inhabit their digital space where photos and music constantly remind them about their prior relationship."

In interviews with 24 young people between the ages of 19 and 34, Whittaker and Ms. Sas found that digital possessions after a breakup are often evocative and upsetting, leading to distinct disposal strategies. Twelve of the subjects were deleters; eight were keepers, and four others were selective disposers.

They presented their findings last week in Paris at the Association for Computing Machinery Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, the premier international conference on human-computer interaction, with more than 3,300 attendees. The paper will be published in the conference proceedings.

Some of the heartbroken may want to forget but are extremely resistant to actual deletion, Whittaker and Ms. Sas found, most often the dumpees. Others later regret disposing of everything.

Disposal is made more difficult today because "digital possessions are in vast collections spread across multiple devices, applications, web-services, and platforms," they write. "When the relationship is good, this promotes a rich digital life. But when it sours … people have to systematically cull collections across multiple digital spaces."

Facebook photos can be untagged but not deleted if posted by someone else. "It's time consuming and emotionally taxing because people tend to re-engage with possessions, especially photos," they note.

Some of the initial tactics encountered: Changing one's relationship status to "single," immediately unfriending or blocking ex-partner's access to ones' profile.

Whittaker and Ms. Sas propose that software solutions might help scrub cyberspace of painful memories, for instance automatic harvesting using facial recognition, machine learning or entity extraction.  Or a holding pattern until a cooler head prevails.

"A lack of disposal tools meant most participants either kept, or disposed of everything," they said. "Keepers took longer to heal, disposers often regretted their impulsiveness."

The authors propose a "Pandora's Box" that could automatically scoop up all the digital artifacts of a relationship, put them in a single place for later strategic deleting or retention.  Or a trusted friend could be put in the position as a gatekeeper.

Or there could be new tools for active selection from collections of digital possessions to create a treasure chest of valuable items that may be retained for later happy memories.   

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