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Cardiologist tells lawmakers of unacceptable deaths
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The drama of the dead heart patients reached the legislature Thursday when Sofía Bogantes testified.

She is the chief of cardiology at Hospital México and the woman who went public last month to say that more than 100 patients died because they did not receive treatment quickly enough.

She told lawmakers Thursday that she reported her concerns about an extensive waiting list nearly two years ago. She told lawmakers that 138 patients died before they could receive the procedure.

They were suppose to receive angioplasty in which a catheter is placed in an artery or vein to widen it and permit passage of more blood.

"All of these patients are dead, none carried a terminal disease. All were evaluated by a cardiologist who gave clear indications of the

catheter procedure," she said. All of the patients received an order for the procedure with the promise that they would be called for the operation, she added, saying that they all died waiting for the procedure that could have saved their lives.

The testimony was before a special commission to investigate the allegations against the hospital administration. The committee asked her to return Monday.

She said that a waiting period of five years was not acceptable and was inhumane. She said that now physicians are doing the procedure on five or six patients a day to reduce the size of the waiting list. The problems with the procedures was the lack of materials including catheters.

Waiting times are chronic at Caja hospitals. Costa Ricans show up at 4 a.m. each day to secure an appointment. One reader reported this week that his elderly Costa Rican mother-in-law spent 14 days with a broken hip in a hospital before an operation could be done.

Tax agency seeks broad new powers in fraud bill
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A proposed law to fight tax fraud seems to set up a judicial system within the Dirección General de Tributación.

The redone text of the bill contains many fines that can be imposed administratively. In addition, the tax agency would be given the power to embargo for two years properties of those who may be delinquent.

The embargoes that freeze bank accounts and properties could be renewed for an additional two years.

Some of the proposed fines include penalties for not showing up at meetings called by the tax agency or not providing all the documentation that is demanded.

A fine could be levied if an owner refuses to allow tax investigators to enter property even though they do not have a warrant.  Fines also are extended to third parties, who could be accountants who prepared tax returns, according to the bill.

The bill, No. 19.245, has drawn criticism from lawmakers and the technical staffer who review proposed bills.

Under the proposal if property is embargoed, it can be offered for sale to satisfy tax debts.

But the money received will go to first satisfy fines and other administrative charges before being applied to taxes.

The bill also seems to say that the agency can put its own representatives into the management of a company that is embargoed for tax reasons. That would happen if the company is likely to collapse

if its goods
are frozen and seized, according to the bill.

The tax agency and its parent Ministerio de Hacienda has received extensive help from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Treasury in making plans for new taxes and systems to collect what is owed. There is no way to tell how much of that advice is in the current bill.

The tax agency has been known to make appeals by citizens difficult. Under the current rules, if the tax agency disputes what has been paid and seeks more money, the taxpayer must post that money before making an appeal.

Another multiple birth renews focus on sextuplets
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country is in the midst of a population boom. While the public awaits the birth of sextuplets in Hospital México, a woman delivered quadruplets at Hospital Calderón Guardia Thursday.

That was enough new material for the local television stations to bolster their daily sextuplet coverage.

The 34-year-old woman in Hospital México completes her 27th week of pregnancy today.

The births at Calderón came in the 27th and a half week. The births were by caesarian, as the Hospital México births are expected to be.

A team of physicians and nurses from a handful of the nation's public hospitals are standing by at Hospital Mexico and they are said to be training with simulations each day. The plan is to take most of the newborns to other hospitals where they can receive close attention.

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social will be under observation by the entire country, so the government institution is taking no chances.

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More opposition to genetic modifications
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is a new wave of opposition building against a request by Dow AgroSciences to experiment with genetically modified crops here.

The permission is being sought from the Comisión Técnica Nacional de Bioseguridad.

An environmental organization issued a statement against the proposal although it admitted that the details were unknown. Thursday so did members of the Partido Acción Ciudadana.

Both statements noted that the Sala IV constitutional court has declared parts of the way permission are granted to be unconstitutional. That is why approval of a Monsanto Corp. project still is in limbo.

Javier Cambronero Arguedas, one of the lawmakers, said that he wants to keep genetically modified crops out of Costa Rica even though the legislature earlier this year declined to pass a moratorium bill.

He said that there was a risk and threat of crossing native species with genetically modified plants. He said experiments should only be done in confined areas.

So far no one has said that he or she has determined the genome of traditional species of corn and other plants to find out exactly what are natives. In addition nearly all the imported snack foods contain genetically modified products. There has been no outcry over them.

New logo attests to healthy handling

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's animal health agency has launched a program to allow producers to place a symbol to show that the products are not adulterated
or contaminated.

The program is voluntary, and the first beneficiaries will be beekeepers, said the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal, part of the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería.

The products will undergo inspections to attest to purity, said the agency.

There area about 31,000 bee hives in

Costa Rica, primarily in the provinces of Alajuela, San José and Puntarenas. Honey is easily adulterated with various types of sugar syrup that is not easy to detect.

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Squatters turned out to be fakes

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

In reference to your article of May 14, 2015, I have never found the U.S. Embassy willing to interfere with the sovereign courts of the government of Costa Rica on behalf of U.S. citizens. 

I think that this type of pressure should be exerted at a much higher level, especially when it comes to treaties being proposed between the two nations (CAFTA).   

A few years ago I worked on an investigation of the precaristas (squatters) who had been occupying large swaths of citrus farms in Los Chiles for over five years (a section called Medio Queso), claiming they were poor Nicaraguan peasants who had no land of their own. 

Upon further investigation, I learned that most of the squatters were Ticos who would actually go home for lunch and then return to the illegally occupied land. It got so ridiculous that after a few years the rural police  put a small police station right on the occupied land.  

The citrus farms were owned by Canadians, and since they had a commercial treaty with Costa Rica, they were able to file a case in front of the World Bank Court in Washington, D.C.   Ultimately, it turned out that the leader of the precaristas was formerly a student at the University of Costa Rica and then currently employed at the Ministry of Education as some type of roving educational consultant. 

After five years of this nonsense, an aggressive judge showed up at the encampment at 4 in the morning with a couple of police detention buses and an army of police and they started interviewing and classifying each squatter.  When one woman with a child was confronted, she didn't have anybody to call to take care of the child as she was being arrested, and the judge threatened to call PANI, telling the lady, "you shouldn't endanger your child by squatting illegally." 

When this chisma spread, the whole organization dissolved like smoke.    I Later I interviewed this judge who was reassigned to Cartago, and he said that it was an incompetent district attorney who never properly filed charges to remove the squatters.  The government claimed they did not have adequate police in the border region. 

I interviewed the former chief of police for the entire northern frontier and he said they had 850 police ready with high speed watercraft and, if necessary, helicopters to remove these squatters.  I guess the point of this story is that even investors at the highest levels get burned along with the rest.
Seth Derish
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Costa Rica and Chico, California

New women's group meets Saturday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The now independent Professional Woman's Network will hold its first meeting Saturday with a master chocolatier as the guest speaker.

The meeting is at Tin Jo Restaurant in San José at 9:30 a.m.

The speaker is George Soriano, general manager of Sibu Chocolate. His topic is "Entrepreneurism: The Secret to Starting from Scratch," said an announcement.

Those who attend are invited to stay for lunch, said the organization, which has its roots in the Women's Club of Costa Rica.

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Uvita topic will be vocational training

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Julie McKeithan of The Oasis, a vocational training program for local Costa Rican women, will be the principal speaker Saturday in Uvita.

The meeting is of the Costa Ballena Womens Network and begins at 11:30 a.m. The location is the Roadshack Deli.

A tour of the Oasis facility next door will be available following the luncheon, organizers said. 

The network's board has designated The Oasis as this year’s charitable project, so the public is invited to come and learn all about the vocational training work done for women in the Uvita community.

Those who attend will be able to purchase a lunch for the network for 5,000 colons, the organization said.

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Bandit kills store operator in struggle

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A store operator suffered a fatal bullet wound when he struggled with a robber Wednesday night, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The 42-year-old man and his son were in the food store in Concepción Arriba de Alajuelita about 7 p.m. when the bandit arrived on a motorcycle and appeared to be a shopper, agents said.

The bandit then pulled a firearm, which is what caused the struggle.

The store owner, who had the last name of Huiwan, died at the Clínica de Alajuelita a short time later due to the bullet wound in the chest, said agents.

Animal adoption fair planned for Saturday

 By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Animales de Asís will hold another animal adoption fair at Walmart in Escazú Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The puppies, dogs, kittens and cats are vaccinated and ready to take home. The organization seeks a donation for each adoption.

Amazon receives patent for drone delivery

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services, the largest U.S.-based online retailer, has received a patent for its planned delivery system to get merchandise to customers by flying drones. In March, federal regulators gave their approval for Amazon to begin testing the new technology. But, the new service is still some time off.

According to the patent application published by the U.S. Patent Office, Amazon plans to use the Global Positioning System, or GPS, not only for deliveries to homes around the country, but directly to purchasers, wherever they may be.

Focusing on the location of the customer’s mobile device, usually a smartphone, the drone will be able to avoid both living things and inanimate obstacles, identify areas safe for landing and deliver the package within 30 minutes.

For security reasons, the Federal Aviation Administration requires the drones in this experimental test period to remain within sight of their operators, which severely limits their reach.

Amazon is working on solutions, says Loretta Alkalay, from Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in New York.

“I think that they are going to work on those in parallel with advancing the new technology. So I don’t see the security problems as being something that should stop the technology," said Alkalay.

Amazon is still not advertising the drone deliveries, but Alkalay is optimistic that they will happen.

“I do think that in the reasonably foreseeable future they are going to start doing deliveries. We have already seen deliveries being done in disaster areas and remote areas. I think there is a huge demand for that type of delivery," she said.

There are still a number of concerns regarding possible collisions with various objects, as well as vandalism and theft of the drones and goods, but Alkalay says the media has assumed incorrectly that deliveries would be made to people’s front doors.

“If you think of a drone delivery perhaps to your rooftop, then you’ll have an opportunity to separate the pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and at the same time separate it from air traffic," said Alkalay.

Alkalay says even though American homes are not set up for rooftop deliveries, it is possible that future homes will have special platforms for air deliveries of small merchandise.

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This graphical perspective shows the Turrialba volcano 3,330 meters high (10,925 feet) and the Irazú volcano, 3,402 meters high (11,161 feet) behind it at the east side of the Central Valley. The graphic was made with satellite imaging.

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There is a lot of work that is going on underneath Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Living in Costa Rica is like being in a construction site. There seem to be workmen hammering away all day long in the basement.

But there is much to be done. The isthmus on which Costa Rica sits is very new, geologically speaking. Scientists argue just when the isthmus closed the waterway between North and South America. Some say 15 million, and others say just 3 million.

Still, either date is very recent in geology where the estimates can be in the hundreds of million.

Consequently the work is not done. Hundreds of earthquakes take place each month, although only a small percentage are felt by humans. The Cocos tectonic plate in the Pacific continually is forcing its way under the Caribbean tectonic plate on which the country rides.

The interaction between the plates and other adjacent ones creates the central volcanic ridge that is the spine of Costa Rica.

The Cocos plate made its most recent statement at 8:08 a.m.

Thursday with a 5.3 quake off northern Costa Rica in the Pacific. Scientists estimated the epicenter at 95 kilometers west of Santa Elena de Santa Cruz and 111.4 kilometers northwest of Tamarindo.

The quake was felt along the northern Pacific coast, according to the Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

Scientists suspect that the water pushed through the area where the plates make contact is responsible for some of the inland volcanic activity. And Costa Rica certainly is having plenty of that. The Volcán Turrialba east of the Central Valley in Cartago erupted again Thursday at 3:13 p.m.

Scientists at the Red Sismológica Nacional said they recorded a strong tremor associated with the eruption that lasted 50 minutes. The tremor comes from gas and ash forcing their way through the volcano vents. The volcano has been an annoyance because the ash sometimes lands at Juan Santamaría airport and causes administrators there to close the runways.

Things could be worse. Under much of the Central Valley are thick layers of ancient material expelled from the volcanos to the west.

Five home invading suspects caught after bold, daylight robbery
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Bold daylight home invaders broke into a dwelling in Turrucares, Alajuela, Thursday afternoon, tied up the occupants and then looted the place.

Fuerza Pública officers got a tip and grabbed two suspects near the home in a vehicle. Then they were able to surprise three more as they left the home through the front door. Police said they confiscated a firearm.

Also Thursday police in Granadilla de Curridabat managed

to capture two juveniles and an 18 year old who are suspects in a home burglary there. The minors are 14 and 16.

Police said they recovered stolen items from the trio.

Out in Playa Azul de Santa Cruz, Guanacaste, neighbors alerted police when they saw a man and a woman breaking into a car that had been parked by tourists from Switzerland, said the Fuerza Pública. Officers were able to chase suspects who were in a car and detain them, they said.

Officers recovered cameras, cell telephones and cash, they said.

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Latin American expansion of agricultural land reported to be slowing
By the University of British Columbia news staff

For the first time, satellite mapping of Latin America shows that the continent’s agricultural expansion has waned in the wake of the global economic downturn, according to University of British Columbia research.

“Nearly every agricultural region across Latin America slowed down in expansion from 2007 to 2013, compared to the previous six years,” says Jordan Graesser, the study’s lead author. Graesser is a visiting international student at the university.

The study, recently published in Environmental Research Letters, involved the first large-scale mapping of changes in cropland and pastureland over more than a decade at the continental scale, using satellite imagery.

The slowdown is notable, given that agriculture in Latin America expanded faster over the past few decades compared to any other region on earth. The growth was fueled by the continent’s green revolution in the 1960s, where agricultural innovations, such as the development of new seeds, increased crop yields.

But the agricultural decline revealed by the study may not last. “Agriculture in Latin America is tied to global commodity prices,” says Graesser, a doctoral student at McGill University’s Department of Geography. “So if the

global economy continues to recover, and if crop prices increase, there’s likely going to be more expansion, which could impact biodiversity and boost carbon emissions.”

Soy production is the key driver of cropland expansion in South America. Much of the soy grown there is used to feed poultry and pigs in China, where the consumption of meat has surged as the population gains affluence. Pasture expansion is driven by the growth of beef cattle production, fueled by exports to Europe and increasing domestic consumption.

Biofuels are another driver of cropland expansion in some Latin American countries. For example, sugarcane from Brazil is used for biofuel production.

The study used 13 years of satellite imagery to quantify cropland and pastureland expansion across Latin America. Cropland, the more intensive practice, refers to the growing of row crops such as soy, maize, wheat and cotton.

Pastureland refers to grassland ecosystems that are grazed by livestock, primarily beef cattle in Latin America.

Brazil’s Cerrado and Atlantic Forest regions, and Argentina’s Humid Pampas region, experienced the greatest increase in new cropland from 2001 to 2013. The southern and eastern borders of the Brazilian Amazon and the Dry Chaco region that stretches across Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina and Brazil had the largest amount of new pastureland.

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When you visit Costa Rica, you'll want to discover what you need to know to  make the right choice about moving to this tropical paradise.  Our familiarization tours have won hard-earned credentials that prove general excellence and the right focus.  These are the only retirement tours that are licensed and approved by the Costa Rican government and tourism institute  (ICT). In 2006 we were featured on the NBC Today Show and World News.  In 2010, we won the  prestigious Latin America-Asia Travel Excellence Award for the Best and Most Unique Tour in Latin America.

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 There are 15 restaurants and American- style bars on this block and four supermarkets within a few blocks. There are 5 casinos within 2 blocks and dozens of hotels around this apartment. Included in your rental price, fast Internet, the best they have in Costa Rica, cable TV with 80 stations, water, washer
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Rights groups ask organizers
to push to free Baku prisoners

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Athletes across Europe will gather next month in Baku for the inaugural European Games, a triumph for Azerbaijan’s ambitious government and an outrage for human rights and anti-corruption activists.

Human Rights Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists called on the leadership of the European Olympic Committees Thursday to insist that the government of Azerbaijan release “those imprisoned on politically motivated charges, including journalists and human rights defenders, and to end its crackdown on critical voices,” ahead of the European Games.

Quick to praise President Ilham Aliyev’s preparation for the inaugural European Games, the European Olympic Committees leadership has so far maintained a public silence in the face of serious abuse and repression by Azerbaijan’s government against its critics, said Jane Buchanan, associate Europe and Central Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The window to finally speak up before the games open is closing fast, but the EOC still has an opportunity to stand up for Olympic values, including by unambiguously calling for prisoner releases.”

Twelve journalists or bloggers have been arrested on government orders in Azerbaijan. They include Azerbaijan’s leading investigative journalist, Khadija Ismayilova of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Azerbaijani Service, Radio Azadliq.

“The EOC needs to use its unique leverage with Azerbaijan in the run-up to Baku 2015 to stand up for press freedom and human dignity,” said Nina Ognianova, Europe and Central Asia program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists. “These values are universal ones that Azerbaijan has voluntarily committed to uphold.”

Ms. Ognianova said that “the EOC and international leaders should press for Azerbaijan to adhere to its voluntarily assumed international commitments regarding human rights and fulfill its obligations on freedom and human dignity.”

Earlier this week, the U.S. State Department called on the Azeri government to release the arrested journalists.

Some analysts say that by holding these games, President Ilham Aliyev’s government is trying to portray Azerbaijan as a country with 21st century values, like any other in Europe.

But looking at the reports compiled by international organizations working to ensure press freedom and human rights around the world, Azerbaijan falls among the countries not conforming to the best practices. In its most recent report, Freedom House classified Azerbaijan as not free when it comes to press freedom.

Freedom House joined other human rights organizations and former diplomats in a joint letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, asking the United States to impose a visa ban and freeze assets of Azerbaijani officials involved in large-scale human rights abuses.

While some analysts are questioning the wisdom of European countries that promote human rights values around the world for taking part in games hosted by a government with dubious human rights records, others do not see it this way.

Klaus Larres, professor at the University of North Carolina, is an expert on contemporary transatlantic relations and European integration. He hopes that the participation of European countries with good human rights and press freedom record may nudge President Aliyev in the right direction. “These games cannot do any harm. They may do some good.  We don’t know yet.  Azerbaijani people are intelligent enough to see that the games and European values are not one and the same,” Larres said.

While the Azerbaijani government is busy preparing for the games, international human rights bodies continue to urge U.S. and European governments to pressure it to release the journalists and human rights activists arrested on trumped up charges.

Jeb Bush having his problems
with his take on Iraq invasion

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former Florida governor and expected presidential candidate Jeb Bush sought to end a political controversy Thursday over the Iraq war. Bush said at a town hall event in Tempe, Arizona, that faced with the decision today, he would not have launched the invasion of Iraq carried out by his brother, former President George W. Bush, in 2003.

"Knowing what we know now, I would not have engaged. I would have not gone into Iraq," Bush told the crowd.

Bush’s statement in Arizona was the latest attempt to put a controversy to rest that has dogged the former Florida governor for most of this week. Bush set off a political firestorm Monday when he was asked by anchor Megyn Kelly on Fox News about the Iraq war and the faulty intelligence used to justify it. “Knowing what we know now, would you have authorized the invasion?” asked Ms. Kelly. 

“I would have and so would have Hillary Clinton, just to remind everybody, and so would have almost everybody that was confronted with the intelligence they got,” responded Bush.

Bush later said he misheard the question and gave a different response during a town hall event in Reno, Nevada, two days later. 

“What we ought to be focusing on is what are the lessons learned.  There are two lessons learned on this.  One is that if you are going to go to war, make sure that you have the best intelligence possible and the intelligence broke down.  And, secondly, if you are going to do this, have a strategy of security and have a strategy to get out,” said Bush.

When pressed, Bush declined to answer directly what he would do today, adding it was a hypothetical question.

Bush’s varying answers on Iraq gave an opening to some of his rivals for the Republican nomination.  Senators Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida all said, given what they know now, they would not have launched an invasion.  All three have officially announced their candidacies.  Rubio spoke at a foreign policy event in New York. “If the intelligence had said Iraq does not have a weapon of mass destruction capability, I don’t believe President Bush would have authorized to move forward,” said Rubio.

Analysts said that Bush hopes now to close out the controversy with his latest comments.  But University of Virginia analyst Larry Sabato said he was surprised by what he called the Bush stumble on Iraq this week. 

“The Iraq war was going to be very controversial for Jeb Bush regardless, but he has made it much worse for himself with a gigantic gaffe.  It is inevitable that his foes in the Republican Party and if he makes it to the general, the Democrats will be using those soundbites in which he appears to endorse his brother’s actions in Iraq when even his brother, President George W. Bush, has indicated repeatedly that he wished that he hadn’t gone into Iraq.”

Still, Sabato and many other analysts see Bush as a strong contender on the Republican side, along with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.

Republican strategist Ford O’Connell predicts staying power for Bush.

“What we can say is that there will be certain names that are likely to hang around at least until the end, and Jeb Bush is one of them, as well as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell.

One conservative foreign policy advocate who will not be among the Republican presidential contenders in 2016 is the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton.  But Bolton told reporters in a conference call that he would try to ensure that the Republican contenders keep national security and foreign policy concerns front and center during the upcoming campaign.

“I am putting a marker down that I expect the Republican Party will remain the party of national security and that all of the candidates who may go forward are going to have to show that they are systematically and comprehensively addressing national security issues.”

Jeb Bush has raised millions of dollars for a possible campaign.  His formal campaign announcement could come next month.  Sabato said the latest controversy over Iraq will be encouraging to some of Bush’s rivals. 

“It is pretty clear that Jeb Bush is not frightening anybody out of the race.  There could be as many as 20 candidates and there probably will be about a dozen and it is obvious already that Jeb Bush is doing very poorly in Iowa and several of the other early states.”

The latest Fox News poll found Bush tied for the lead among Republican primary voters with 13 percent along with retired surgeon Ben Carson, who announced his campaign last week.  Scott Walker came in at 11 percent followed by Mike Huckabee with 10 percent, Marco Rubio at 9 percent and Rand Paul at 7 percent.

Bilingual schools increasing
as parents see the advantages

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Grand View Boulevard Elementary in Los Angeles is an unconventional school.  Subjects are taught in both English and Spanish.  That ultimately puts these students ahead of their peers in traditional English-only schools, said Principal Alfredo Ortiz.

“The students at the beginning, at the initial stages, might not be ready," he said. "However, as they get into third, fourth and fifth grade, the scores began to change, where our students in the dual-language program are excelling and, in fact, outperforming our students in the English-only program."

With a 26-year track record, this dual-language immersion program at Grand View is the oldest of its kind in the Los Angeles Unified School District. 

Other language-immersion schools have emerged within the district, including a Mandarin program at Broadway Elementary.  The school's principal, Susan Wang, said the programs are growing.

“The Mandarin-immersion program grew four classes per year and slowly filled up the school, to the point that we really need to think about another space to grow the program,” she said.

Over the last 10 years, the number of bilingual programs within the district has quadrupled, according to school board member Steve Zimmer.

“With a global economy and with global marketplaces, folks understand, parents understand, that multiliteracy is almost as important as literacy itself — almost as important as any other baseline academic marker," he said. "That is what has changed."

This trend is not limited to Los Angeles.  The organizer of a recent Los Angeles bilingual education fair also held an event in New York City last year.  The response for both events has been good. 

In addition to an awareness of what is needed in a global economy, there has been a shift in thinking among immigrants, said fair organizer Emmanuel Saint-Martin of the magazine French Morning.

“A lot of the immigrants of today have a different view than their parents had," Saint-Martin said. "Their parents, a few decades ago, would rather have their kids speak only English.  They were really obsessed with the idea of integrating. Now they know, those parents, that you can integrate in the country, speak perfect English, and keep your heritage language.”

That is how Xavier Lannes is raising his children. “I am French, my wife is Mexican, and we are living in the U.S. so my kids speak three languages. They speak French, Spanish and English,” he said.

Education researchers have found speaking more than one language can enhance cognitive abilities.  Bilingual and multilingual speakers process information more efficiently, and some studies even find that speaking more than one language can delay the onset of Alzheimer’s.

That is why some nonimmigrant American parents are exposing their children to another language as early as preschool, said Angelika Putintseva of the WorldSpeak School, a language-immersion school in Los Angeles.

“We are on the frontier of multilingual education, so it is not only one language, one second language that the child is learning with us," she said. "We are teaching second, third, fourth, and some children speak five languages.“

The Los Angeles public school system expects its language-immersion program to continue to grow. The ultimate goal, many educators said, is to offer the programs from kindergarten through the 12th grade, so graduates are truly citizens of the world.

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Steve Brill seen among cemetery monuments.

Forager gives city folks
a taste of edible plants

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Since 1986, a man who calls himself Wildman Steve Brill has been leading foraging tours in New York City parks, showing people how to identify plants and fungi that they can dig up and take home for dinner.

Recently Brill led his first urban foraging tour in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery, showing people which wild plants are good to eat and which are not.

“Eat the wrong thing, and" he hums a few bars of a funeral march. "Okay, so, at this time of year there are lots of greens coming up, we’re going to look for those. There are shoots, which are stems with leaves around them, and there are roots,” he said.

Though he usually forages in New York parks, he and his tour group are not bothered one bit by the graveyard setting.

“It’s a little unusual, definitely, but it’s peaceful and serene here, plus, if anyone eats the wrong thing, they’ll be right at home,” said Brill.

Over the course of two hours, Brill finds plenty of edibles among the graves: violets, hairy bittercress, star chickweed and wild garlic, among others. He serves them all up with Borscht Belt humor.

“Okay, here’s probably the best-known edible plant, the wild dandelion. The name dandelion comes from the French dent-de-lion, which means lion’s tooth, " he explained to the group.

He shares his knowledge of botany and cooking, spicing it up with stories from history, myth and his own life, like the time he was arrested in Central Park for eating a dandelion.

“They were undercover agents that were set on my tour by the New York City Parks Department . . . popped out from behind the bushes.  They surrounded me in case I was going to climb up a tree. They searched my backpack. Fortunately I had eaten all the evidence,” he said.

While the foragers gather eagerly, what they find gets mixed reviews.

Brill said the point of the tours is education and enjoyment not sustenance from New York City earth. But he still could survive on foraged items if he had to.

“I’m not a wilderness survivalist, but if I had to, I certainly know enough plants that you can eat, that I wouldn’t starve,”  he said.

Unless, maybe, more people take up urban foraging. In fact, Brill said, he first learned it from some Greek women he saw gathering grape leaves in a park in Queens.
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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: 
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They say a stock market crash is overdue.  Is your money in the bank earning only pennies in interest?  Is it time to get some of your assets out of the United States and into a wonderful retirement location?  That was this owner’s plan.  Gross ROI for this property was 11% most recent 5 months with 1,129 m2 lot crying for development of more rentals.  Build two or even three inexpensive fourplexes and live off of the income the rest of your life.  But current owner is unable to stay in Costa Rica (divorce, health reasons) so must sacrifice retirement dream property.  Offered at only $140,000 by extremely motivated seller and cash talks!  Very desirable location only a short 5-minute walk to central La Fortuna, clean and modern construction 2 bedroom 1 bath home is 102 m2 with no wasted space, very livable.  THIS ABSOLUTELY MUST BE SOLD!  For interior pix email
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Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.

Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 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 birds and other animals. 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, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email:  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

Finca home
 Little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica.       

16 acres (approximately.)   Price: $599,000USD
We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 k) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos.  We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. For more  information: In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 720-951-7928 or email In Costa Rica call: Ivo Henfling at Godutch Realty: 2289-5125/8834-4515

Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:  
Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085  
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ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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Fantastic location for condo/ hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot. incredible views. Flexible zoning $2.3 M 
Easy to get liquor license.
Low interest financing
Call Bruce at: (506) 8307-0164.

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Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact:

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Trade promotion authority revived

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Senate has bolstered President Barack Obama’s trade agenda by voting 65-33 to begin debate on a bill facilitating the approval of a free trade pact among 12 Pacific Rim nations that account for 40 percent of global economic output.

“This debate will determine whether our nation is willing and able to accept the challenges of the world economy, or whether we continue in retreat and yield to the siren song of isolationism and protectionism,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch, a Republican who co-authored trade promotion authority, a bill that subjects trade accords to up-or-down congressional votes with no amendments allowed.
“It will determine whether we as a nation are able and willing to set the rules for the world economy, or whether we will sit on the sidelines and let other countries create the rules,” said Hatch.
Two days after Democrats blocked debate on trade promotion authority, a faction of pro-trade Democrats joined with Republicans Thursday to advance the measure, which has the firm backing of the Obama administration.
Still, a sizable number of Democrats normally loyal to Obama voted no including Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats.
“Any objective look at these trade agreements will tell us that they have cost us millions of decent-paying jobs and have led us to a race to the bottom where American workers are forced to compete against workers in low-wage countries who are making pennies an hour,” said Sanders, who is also a Democratic candidate for president.
Trade promotion authority backers insist the shortcomings of previous trade legislation, like the North American Free Trade Agreement, have been corrected.
“We are putting in place a modern trade policy, a trade policy that sets aside once and for all the NAFTA playbook of the 1990s,” said Democrat Ron Wyden. “It must start with a tough, robust, effective trade enforcement package.”
Trade promotion authority is viewed as critical for concluding the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, which has been negotiated for years. It will be merged with a bill to assist American workers displaced by new trade pacts, satisfying a key demand of Democratic lawmakers.
The trade debate exposed an acrimonious rift between President Obama and a sizable number of congressional Democrats leery of new trade deals or strongly opposed to them. In recent weeks, the White House publicly disagreed with those lawmakers, earning unusual praise from the Senate’s Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell, who hailed the advance of trade legislation as good news for America’s middle class.
“I’d like to thank the president,” said McConnell. “No, you’re not hearing things. President Obama has done his country a service by taking on his base and pushing back on some of the more ridiculous rhetoric we’ve heard.”

Congressional debate could rage for weeks on trade promotion authority, which America's business community overwhelmingly supports and labor groups and environmentalists fiercely oppose.

Before the procedural vote on trade promotion authority, the Senate voted 78-20 to approve a bill cracking down on currency manipulation by America’s economic competitors, especially China.
“China seems to feel it can get away with any kind of trade misdeed,” said Democrat Chuck Schumer. “We must do something that shows China once and for all they just can’t get away with it.”
Hatch expressed concerns that punitive currency provisions would invite retaliatory measures by other countries against U.S. monetary policy.
The Senate also voted 97-1 to approve preferential tariff treatment for goods produced in African and other developing nations.
“This renewal of the AGOA law takes the program to the next level,” said Wyden of the African Growth and Opportunity Act. “I believe it works for our country, for Sub-Saharan Africa, and it ought to be a cornerstone of our economic policy in the region.”

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Two firms announce more job openings

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Multinational companies Dole and Precision Concepts announced they will expand their operations in Costa Rica, resulting in 200 new jobs, said Casa Presidencial.

Dole said it will double its payroll in Costa Rica and hire 150 new employees at its shared service center to strengthen its European operations.

Meanwhile the company in the life sciences industry, Precision Concepts, said it will increase its payroll by 50 new jobs for a total of 200 workers.
The announcement from both companies comes on the second day of a U.S. investment by a delegation headed by President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera.