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Train's arrival to put Cartago motorists on their toes
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When regular train service begins Friday between Cartago and San José, motorists will have some help in avoiding collisions.

The transport ministry has installed 40 free-standing signs near the tracks and also has painted 28 warnings on the roads approaching the tracks.

A train on a test run already inflicted heavy body damage on a taxi in Cartago, and the experience in San José shows that there is a learning curve for motorists who face rail crossings without automatic gates that block the right-of-way. There have been deaths as a result of collisions since the valley railway went into service.

Even though train engineers are heavy on the whistle, many motorists have their windows rolled up and are listening to music as they drive. There have been many close brushes, too.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said it has put 3.8 billion colons or about $7.7 million into helping the Instituto Costarricense Ferrocarriles rebuild the line from Curridabat.

The ministry also noted that service to Alajuela Centro is expected to begin in the first half of next year.

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trackage fell into disrepair. When the rail institute extends the line, work crews usually have to replace the entire track bed, the ties and the rails. The wooden ties have given way to concrete versions.

As is usually the case when the rail line is extended, there was a ceremony and a band in Cartago Wednesday for the inaugural run with government officials. The new route certainly will have heavy usage in the first days of August for the religious gathering at the basilica of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Cartago. This is the destination of many pilgrims who will still hike there over the last days of July for the Aug. 2 morning service.

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Food options at Juan Santamaría airport have taken a turn for the better.

Five new restaurants have been opened by QSR International at the airport food court, the company said. There is a Quiznos, a Smaskburger,  KFC, Cinnabon and Q-Corner.

The food court features 198 seats and 18 large-screen TVs, said the company. All of the food outlets have extensive breakfast menus, the firm added.

The opening of these five new food options adds to QSR’s other Costa Rica airport operations which include two Quiznos kiosks, and a Centenario Rum Bar & Café at the Juan Santamaria and a Quiznos Sub restaurant at the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia, the firm noted. QSR won the primary food concession bids at both the International Airports of Costa Rica in 2012, he said.


Dutch firms plan an expo
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Embassy of Holland opens a commercial exposition today at the Casa de Cuño behind the Antigua Aduana on Calle 23.

Dutch companies, ranging from KLM to APM Terminals, will be showing what they do. There also is a special session today from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m. for Costa Rican firms that wish to export their products to Holland. The encounter is also sponsored by Costa Rican commercial organizations.

The exposition runs through 4 p.m. Sunday.

The embassy said that what is on display are Dutch innovations and modern solutions. There also will be games for children.

Some of the other firms showing their products are Phillips, NethWork, A-01, AED, DVL Plant, Nutrilon, Holland Roofing, AED and Berg Toys, said the embassy.

APM Terminals is the firm that has been selected as a concessionaire to build a $1 billion container handling facility at the Moín docks.

Also being featured at the free event are Dutch artists        Margreet Wielemaker, Ank Drayer,  Hetty Baak, and Ria Houtkooper who live and work in Costa Rica.

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Google to offer streaming music
for now only in United States


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Google, Inc., launched a music service on Wednesday that allows users to listen to unlimited songs for $9.99 a month, challenging smaller companies like Pandora and Spotify in the market for streaming music.
 
With its new service, announced at its annual developers' conference in San Francisco, Google has adopted the streaming music business model ahead of rival Apple, Inc., which pioneered online music purchases with iTunes.
 
Google's “All Access” service lets users customize song selections from 22 genres, ranging from Jazz to Indie music, stream individual playlists, or listen to a curated, radio-like stream that can be tweaked. It will be launched for U.S. users first, before being rolled out to several other countries.
 
Google unveiled a string of improvements to other services, including new mapping features and a voice-activated search, at the conference. The focus was on giving more options to users of mobile devices using its Android software, the operating system that now runs three out of every four smartphones sold.
 
Shares of Google, the world's largest Internet search company, jumped more than 3 percent while Pandora Media, Inc., shares were down more than 1 percent on Wednesday afternoon.
 
Google's new music service amps up the competition in the nascent market for subscription-based, streaming music. Amazon.com,  Inc., and Apple are among the Silicon Valley powerhouses sounding out top recording industry executives, according to sources with knowledge of talks.
 
Pandora is spending freely and racking up losses to expand globally. Even social media stalwarts Facebook and Twitter are jumping onto the streaming-music bandwagon.
 
All these companies see a viable music streaming and subscription service as crucial to growing their presence in an exploding mobile environment. For Google and Apple, it is critical in ensuring users remain loyal to their mobile products.
 
With a music service, Google further locks consumers into its sphere of products and services, said Chris Silva, an analyst with Altimeter Group.
 
“They're trying to sell an ecosystem,” he said. “The more things I'm doing, the more things that tie me to Google services.”
 
At $9.99 a month, Google's service is costlier than the $3.99 required for Pandora, but on par with Spotify.
 
The music service features millions of tracks from Universal Music, Sony Entertainment Group and Warner Music Group, as well as from thousands of independent labels, according to a Google spokeswoman.
 
Some analysts said the new service allowed Google to catch-up to offerings from the likes of Spotify, but did not offer anything unique. Forrester analyst James McQuivey said combining the service with video or game content might have made it stand out.
 
“You don't dismiss Apple, you don't dismiss anyone. But that is not the point,” said Rich Tullo, an analyst at Albert Fried & Co. “Pandora is the market share leader in the space and their platform is so disruptive - it's very hard to disrupt them. When you have 70 million people use it - they are the disruptors.”
 
A procession of Google executives described and showed off a litany of new features and software updates at the annual “I/O” developers' conference, from picture touch-ups on Google+ and re-designed Maps that spot when a user is walking or driving, to Star Trek-like voice-activated search that understands a users' sentences and figures out what he or she is looking for.
 
“We haven't seen this rate of change in computing for a long time, probably not since the birth of personal computing,” said CEO Larry Page, who began his address reflecting upon a significant moment in his life, when his father got him into a robotic science fair.
 
“We're really only at 1 percent of what's possible,” said Page, whose on-stage appearance came a day after he acknowledged suffering from a rare nerve problem affecting his vocal cords. The problem, which affects his breathing and makes it difficult for him to speak at length, sidelined Page from public speaking engagements last summer, though Page spoke for 45 minutes on stage  Wednesday.
 
Decrying a “negativity” in the technology industry which he said impedes progress, Page singled out competitors Microsoft Corp. and Oracle Corp., criticizing the companies for not being sufficiently collaborative with Google and other companies. Google was sued by Oracle last year, and companies affiliated with Microsoft have complained about Google's practices to European antitrust regulators.
 
“Most important things are not zero sum,” Page said.
 
The conference comes as Google's Android software has become the most popular operating system in both smartphones and tablet PCs. Executives said Wednesday that some 900 million smartphones and tablets running Google Android software had been activated since the platform's inception in 2010
 
Google's popular mapping service, a mainstay of Android devices, features tighter integration with reviews off Zagat, the popular dining-reviews brand that Google bought last year. It also sports more pictures from inside important buildings, sourced from user-uploaded photos. It can now even display the earth realistically as viewed from outer space, something Page said he personally requested.
 
Shares in Yelp, Inc., which like Zagat is built off users' personal reviews, slid 3.8 percent to $29.80 in the afternoon.
 
Conspicuously absent from the more than three-hour opening keynote session was any mention of Google Glass, the wearable computing device that the company began distributing to a limited set of early users and developers last month.

 
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President's plane trip to Perú results in the first resignation
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The president's trip to Perú on a private plane has turned into something of a train wreck for the Chinchilla administration.

The first candidate for the ax is  Francisco Chacón, who was minister of communications. That was a new job created by President Laura Chinchilla to enhance her public image.

Also Wednesday the Ministerio Público, the prosecutorial agency, requested and got documents from Chacón and  Mauricio Boraschi, the anti-drug czar who is a vice minister of the Presidencia. Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation.

The plot grew thicker Wednesday when opposition lawmakers and the Spanish-language newspaper La Nación revealed that the plane on which Ms. Chinchilla and her companions traveled is owned by a company that has links to a Colombia  businessman.

Casa Presidencial had said that the plane was owned by a
Canadian petroleum firm, but it turns out that the firm is based in Panamá.

It was  Chacón who set up the trip. which also included, the president's husband and a couple of close political allies.

Ms. Chinchilla was back in San José Wednesday and said she knew nothing about the travel arrangements.

The press office of the Poder Judicial said that a legislator has presented a criminal complaint about the trip, thus triggering a prosecutorial action.

Chacón, himself, said at an evening press conference that he was sending aspects of the trip to prosecutors because he claimed that the man who offered the use of the plane did not use his real name. The president has used the plane previously. She used it to attend the funeral of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela.

Chacón said he knew the man as Gabriel Olafán but that in fact he is Gabriel Morales. The owner of the plane has been reported to be the firm THXEnergy.


A hard-working candidate enters the campaign for lawmaker
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

What appears to be just another humorous dig critical of current lawmakers also appears to have a serious purpose.

The Internet is now the home of Don Burro, the deputado or legislator. The character is a real burro or donkey.

With Costa Rican lawmakers in the cellar on confidence polls, one could jump to the conclusion that the Web page and Facebook page and even the occasional emails are simply calling lawmakers jackasses.  But that is not the case.

Don Burro (who does not need a car, gasoline or a driver) is the creation of a man identified as César Monge Conejo, an engineer.  He said that Don Burro has gained 19,000 votes on the Facebook page, far more than any other political party.

He also says on his own Web site that the idea is to maintain the burro as an exemplary citizen who represents the public with dignity in congress. He said the significance is that voters should be more demanding in the selection of their representatives and look for those with the virtues that characterize Don Burro. Instead of a blank ballot they should vote for Don Burro, the campaign says.

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An example of the Don Burro campaign.

Monge notes that the burro or donkey has long been the symbol of the U.S. Democratic Party. He writes that the burro is a worker and had big ears to hear the constituency. Plus the burro has no clothes, so Don Burro is not hiding anything.

Internet records show that the donburrodiputado.com domain was created in February.

The humorous approach is probably one of the early efforts in what is now the campaign year for the February 2014 general elections.

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New species of pit viper has closest relative in Costa Rican mountains
By the Pensoft Publishers news staff

A new species of green palm-pit viper of the genus Bothriechis has been found in a seriously threatened cloud forest reserve in northern Honduras. Because of similarity in color pattern and scalation, the new species (Bothriechis guifarroi) was previously confused with other Honduran palm pit vipers. Genetic analysis revealed that the closest relatives of the new species are actually found over 600 kilometers to the south in the mountains of Costa Rica. The study was published in the open access journal Zookeys.

The gorgeous new species was discovered by scientists during two expeditions in 2010 aimed at studying the fauna of Texiguat Wildlife Refuge, one of the most diverse highland forests in Mesoamerica. This beautiful but highly toxic snake represents the 15th native species occurring in the region. Texiguat Wildlife Refuge was created in 1987 to protect populations of wildlife such as the famous but elusive jaguar and Central America tapir, as well as howler and white-faced monkeys, sloths, and a variety of amphibians, reptiles, and plants.

To draw attention to the dedication and sacrifice of many grassroots conservationists in Honduras and Central America, the new species was named in honor of Mario Guifarro of Olancho. Guifarro was a former hunter and gold miner who became an outspoken conservationist when he saw the vast rain forests of eastern Honduras being destroyed and converted to cattle ranches. After years of threats and multiple attempts on his life, Guifarro was ambushed and murdered on Sept. 15, 2007 while on a mission to reserve for the Tawahka natives.

The lead author of the study Josiah Townsend, Department of Biology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, commented on the importance of the
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The new species of green palm-pit viper

discovery and conservation status of the new species: "The description of
Bothriechis guifarroi has important implications for Central American biogeography as well as conservation. We recommend that B. guifarroi be immediately classified as critically endangered due to its limited known area of occurrence and the potential for anthropogenic damage to its habitat. We also consider that this species warrants immediate consideration for protection . . .  given its striking appearance and high potential for exploitation in the pet trade."


 
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Obama confirms IRS director
sacked for political targeting

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama says Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has asked for and received the resignation of the acting director of the Internal Revenue Service.  The tax collecting agency was found to have been improperly targeting conservative groups.

The president spoke Wednesday after meeting with Lew and his top deputy to review a report from the Treasury Department inspector general.  The report found that the IRS singled out for scrutiny conservative groups which were seeking tax-exempt status.

Top IRS officials acknowledged the abuses earlier this week and apologized.

Obama said new leadership is needed in the agency.

“Today, Secretary Lew took the first step by requesting and accepting the resignation of the acting commissioner of the IRS," said Obama. "Because given the controversy surrounding this audit, it is important to institute new leadership that can help restore confidence going forward.”

Obama, who some critics say has not responded quickly or strongly enough, said he is angry about the incident.

“I have reviewed the Treasury Department watchdog’s report, and the misconduct that it uncovered is inexcusable.  It is inexcusable, and Americans are right to be angry about it, and I am angry about it," said Obama.

The president said he has directed Secretary Lew to immediately put in place the safeguards the inspector general has proposed to prevent any further abuses.

He also said his administration will work with Congress to investigate and ensure that actions of this kind are never repeated.

“Democrats and Republicans owe it to the American people to treat that authority with the responsibility it deserves, and in a way that does not smack of politics and partisan agendas," he said.

Earlier Wednesday, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, a Republican, alleged that crimes were committed in the matter.

“My question is not about who is going to resign," said Boehner. "My question is, who is going to jail over this scandal?”

Obama promised to take reporters’ questions on the matter today at a news conference after his White House meeting with visiting Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The president is also dealing with two other controversies, the administration’s response to last year’s deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, and the government seizure of Associated Press phone records in a leak investigation.


White House releases emails
relating to Benghazi attack


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama moved late Wednesday to head off further potential political damage from the controversy over his administration's response to last year's terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Libya.

The White House released 100 pages of emails detailing intense debate among administration officials and the CIA about how to word public talking points after the attack in Benghazi.

Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the attack.

The emails were originally requested by Republican lawmakers investigating the response to the Benghazi attacks.  Until Wednesday, the White House had declined to make them public, allowing lawmakers only to review them.

The decision to release the emails was an effort to calm the furor over the Benghazi issue, which with other controversies threatens to slow or damage Obama's second-term agenda.

Republicans accused the administration of mishandling security and the response to the attack.  They asserted that mentions of prior terrorist threats, including by groups linked to al-Qaida, were removed for political reasons.

The emails confirm what had been reported before by media organizations: that then-State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland asked that a reference to an al-Qaida linked group, Ansar al-Sharia, be removed.

In the email she expresses concern that the content could be used by members of Congress to beat the State Department for not heading CIA warnings.

One former White House official, former National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor, referred to massive disinformation at the time in the U.S. Congress.

Final talking points eliminated CIA references to Ansar al-Sharia, and to CIA warnings about extremist threats linked to al-Qaida in Benghazi and eastern Libya.

Also eliminated was a reference to indications that Islamic extremists participated in the violent demonstrations in Benghazi.

Earlier Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney reiterated President Obama's remark earlier this week that the Republican investigation was a political sideshow.

"It is absolutely political.  And we have in the course of this been focused on what isn’t political and what is essential, which is the fact that four Americans were killed and we need to find those who are responsible and bring them to justice. Secondly, we need to take action to ensure that the inadequate security that clearly existed at the time, because we could not protect those four Americans, be looked at and addressed so that it doesn't happen again," Carney said.

Release of the emails does not end the Benghazi controversy, as Republicans press for additional documents.

Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican, welcomed the email release but said there is still much more for Americans to learn about the administration's response to the Benghazi attack.


Four British hackers face
sentencing for online turmoil


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Four British hackers who took part in 2011 cyber-attacks on targets ranging from the CIA to Sony were audacious, arrogant men whose motivation was anarchic self-amusement', a court heard on Wednesday.
 
The men, who have pleaded guilty to a variety of offenses, were members of the hacking collective LulzSec that caused millions of dollars of damage to corporate and government computer networks during an online crime spree they boasted about on Twitter.
 
“They are at the cutting edge of a contemporary, emerging species of international criminal offending known as cyber crime,'' prosecutor Sandip Patel told a London court at the start of the men's sentencing hearing.
 
“LulzSec saw themselves as latter-day pirates,'' he said.
 
The four men being sentenced were Ryan Cleary, 21; Ryan Ackroyd, 26; Mustafa Al-Bassam, 18, and Jake Davis, 20. In their hacker days, they hid their identities behind the online monikers ViraL, Kayla, tFlow and Topiary.
 
“The real-life identities of the hackers were aggressively concealed. Similar protection did not extend to their victims,'' Patel said.
 
Among other attacks, the men hacked into Pentagon computers, crashed the CIA's Web site, stole millions of items of private individuals' data such as passwords and user names from companies including Fox or Sony and posted them online on sites such as Pirate Bay.
 
Their exploits, as they described them, also included hacking into News International's computer system to post a fake story, purporting to be from the Sun tabloid, announcing that owner Rupert Murdoch had committed suicide.
 
They also attacked the U.S. public broadcaster PBS's Web site, redirecting users to a fake news story reporting that the late rapper Tupac Shakur was alive.
 
In addition to the hacking offenses to which all four have pleaded guilty, Cleary alone has pleaded guilty to charges of downloading pornographic images of babies and children.
 
Patel said the four men's activities were as much about self-promotion as they were about hacking, describing them as adept at getting the attention of media and of hundreds of thousands of Twitter followers and motivated by anarchic self-amusement.
 
He said LulzSec was a splinter group that had evolved out of Anonymous, a bigger, shapeless hacktivist collective, but that LulzSec lacked the libertarian political agenda of Anonymous.
 
He said the LulzSec slogan was “laughing at your security since 2011'' and that a press release in August 2011 had said they had acted in the way they had “just because we could''.
 
The name LulzSec is a combination of “lulz,'' a distortion of the commonly used “LOL'' or “laugh out loud'', and security.
 
The alleged ringleader of LulzSec was U.S.-based Hector Xavier Monsegur, known as Sabu, who was arrested in June 2011 but agreed to cooperate, maintaining his online persona for a time and leading the FBI to other members of the group.
 
Patel said the core members of LulzSec were Monsegur, Ackroyd, Al-Bassam and Davis. He said Cleary was not a core member but wanted to be.
 
Monsegur is awaiting sentencing in the United States, while a 24-year-old IT worker was arrested in Australia in April in connection with LulzSec.

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Gamera II pilot Henry Enerson hovers just short of the three-meter altitude required in the competition.

University students seek prize
for human-powered helicopter

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Students at the University of Maryland want to make aviation history by building the world's first human-powered helicopter.

In 1980, the American Helicopter Society announced an award for the first person to accomplish such a feat.

The $250,000 Sikorsky Prize would go to a vehicle that could hover for 60 seconds, not stray beyond a three-meter-square area, and at some point in the flight reach an altitude of three meters.

The prize has gone unclaimed for 33 years, but the student engineers are confident they can bring it home.

What seemed impossible when William Staruk began his Ph.D. studies at the University of Maryland three years ago, is now within reach. He's part of a 50-member team developing a flyer called the Gamera II.

“It has flown for 60 seconds and on a different flight gone to an altitude of nine feet [2.7 meters]." Staruk said. "We’re hoping now to combine both of those into a single flight, get that little bit of extra altitude we need and keep the helicopter controlled and stable so that we can take home the $250,000 prize.”

The volunteers are divided into the rotor, cockpit, transmission and stability working groups.  Weight is a major concern for all of them. The 36-kilogram craft is shaped like a giant x, with 21-meter long arms that look like railroad trusses.

“Everything on the helicopter that is black is carbon fiber," Staruk said. "The blades you see are largely white. That’s insulation foam. It’s a lightweight material that we can use to hold the shape of our blades. Those blades are covered in a skin that is Mylar. It is a clear plastic that forms the surface of the wings. ”

Staruk says unlike a normal helicopter with blades on the top and tail, the 4 rotors on the Gamera II, each with two blades at the tips of each cross-piece, are close to the ground. 

“So, by keeping our blades low they actually take less power to run," he said. "As we climb, it gets harder and harder for the pilot. That's what limits our altitude.”

The pilot sits suspended under the center of the X, with his feet clipped into bike-like pedals and his hands on a crank. A lightweight cord runs from the wheels spun by the pedals, through the craft, to the rotors.

“As the pilot pedals, it reels in the string just like reeling in a fish," Staruk said. "When the pilot cranks his hands and feet, the rotors all start spinning at the same speed and that lifts us into the air.”

Colin Gore is a student in materials science and knew little about helicopters before joining the team. But he is thin, 54.4 kilograms, and strong, which made him the perfect test pilot.

“I'm a pretty slim guy, but I’ve got a lot of muscle compared to the rest of my body," Gore said. "I feel like I've got a high profile but probably, I’ve got the easiest job of all of them, just dump power into it and give them the performance that they deserve.”

The Gamera II team plans to make another attempt at the Sikorsky Prize within two months.


U.S. Navy launches first drone
from the deck of a carrier


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Navy made aviation history Tuesday by launching an unmanned jet off an aircraft carrier for the first time, taking an important step toward expanded use of drones by the American military with an eye on possible rivals like China and Iran.
 
The bat-winged X-47B stealth drone roared off the "USS George H.W. Bush" near the coast of Virginia and flew a series of pre-programmed maneuvers around the ship before veering away toward a Naval air station in Maryland where it was scheduled to land.
 
“This is really a red-letter day. May 14 we all saw history happen” said Rear Admiral Ted Branch, the Atlantic naval air commander. “It's a marker ... between naval aviation as we've known it and the future of naval aviation with the launch of the X-47B.”
 
Because of its stealth potential and a range nearly twice that of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the X-47B and its successors are seen as a potential answer to the threat posed by medium-range anti-ship missiles developed by China and Iran, defense analysts said.
 
The missiles and other so-called anti-access, area-denial weapons would force U.S. aircraft carriers to operate far enough from shore that piloted aircraft would have to undergo refueling to carry out their missions, leaving them vulnerable to attack.
 
But with a range of 2,000 nautical miles, an unmanned jet like the X-47B could give the Navy both a long-range strike and reconnaissance capability.
 
“That makes it strategically very important,” said Anthony Cordesman, a senior defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He described the drone as “essentially a really long-range stealth system.”
 
“As we rebalance to the Pacific, the Navy is going to increasingly need range,” said Brien Alkire, a senior researcher at RAND's Project Air Force. “That's something an unmanned system can bring them that they don't really have right now and give them the ability to operate from a good standoff range.
 
The X-47B, one of only two demonstrator models made by Northrop Grumman Corp, carries the equivalent of two precision-guided bombs. It was catapulted from the aircraft carrier on Tuesday using the same sling-shot system that sends manned aircraft aloft.
 
It is scheduled to undergo two weeks of testing aboard the carrier leading up to a landing on the ship, in which a plane's tailhook grabs a wire that will slow it and keep it from plunging overboard.
 
While the carrier takeoff represented a significant milestone, defense analysts are focused on the next step, when the Navy attempts to use what has been learned with the X-47B to develop an unmanned aircraft for actual operations.
 
“The X-47B is a great story,” said Mark Gunzinger, a defense analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments think-tank. “It's a milestone and a step forward for unmanned, carrier-based aviation. But I think the real story is what's next. How do we operationalize this capability?”
 
Future variants of the drone could probably be designed for full-spectrum broadband stealth, which means it would be hard for radar to locate it, analysts said. That level of stealth would be one of the drone's major defenses.
 
U.S. drones currently in use in places like Afghanistan and the tribal areas of Pakistan, like the Predator and Reaper, are not up against any air defenses and are not stealthy aircraft.
 
Because of its long range and the Navy's need to have it take off and land, day and night, from an aircraft carrier, the X-47B has been designed to operate with far greater autonomy than the remotely piloted aircraft currently in use.
 
That has raised concerns among some organizations worried about the heavy U.S. reliance on drones in warfare and the rising use of autonomous robots by the American military.
 
Human Rights Watch, in a report launching its recent campaign against “killer robots,” cited the X-47B as one of several weapons that represent a transition toward development of fully autonomous arms that require little human intervention.
 
A follow-on program, known as the Unmanned Carrier Launched Airborne Surveillance and Strike System, or UCLASS, is expected to build on what was learned with the X-47B to produce operational aircraft.
 
An initial request for design proposals is expected to be issued by the Navy some time this month. Other aircraft makers, from Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co to General Atomics - are expected to compete to participate.

Kepler
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Graphic showing how Kepler telescope appears in space.

Space telescope has problem
with tiny wheel for aiming

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

NASA says its Kepler space telescope, which has been leading the search for Earth-like planets throughout the universe, has been crippled by the failure of one of the mechanical reaction wheels that helps keep it pointed.

The U.S space agency announced Wednesday that unless the reaction wheel's operation can be restored, or another way found to orient the spacecraft, Kepler's planet-hunting efforts will have come to a premature end.

Kepler was launched in 2009 on a seven-year mission to determine how many stars beyond this solar system are likely to host earth-like planets in habitable orbits. The space telescope has been carrying out a survey of hundreds of thousands of stars in one region of space looking for tell-tale blinks in starlight that signal the transit of an orbiting planet. So far, Kepler has identified 132 exoplanets and spotted 2,740 candidates.

NASA officials say they will continue trying to fix the faulty spacecraft, and will not give up on Kepler until the space telescope can no longer perform useful science.

Kepler was launched with four reaction wheels, and needs at least three of the critical positioning devices to keep its telescopic instruments precisely aimed at distant stars. One failed last year, and the wheel that failed Wednesday began showing signs of abnormal friction several months ago.

NASA engineers tried shutting down the space telescope for two weeks, in the hope that lubricants might redistribute on the wheel and solve the problem. But the friction was still there when they resumed operations. Until now, the problem had not interfered with telescope operations.


Eurozone economy shrinks
to continue its recession


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Eurozone economy shrank more than expected in 2013, falling two tenths of one percent between January and March.  The new data means the 17-nation currency bloc has now been in recession for six consecutive quarters, longer even than the deep recession that followed the global financial crisis of 2008.

Of the 17 nations that make up the common currency bloc, nine countries are now in recession.

While not as steep as the recession that came after the 2008 financial crisis, Commerzbank chief economist Jorg Kramer says this has been the longest.

“Usually a recession lasts only two, three, maximum four quarters. But six quarters is a lot. And to make the thing worse, the forward looking indicators such as the euro zone PMI, a gauge of manufacturing activity, these indicators have declined two months in a row.  Therefore we really have a problem in the euro zone,” Kramer said.

Senior economist Carsten Brzeski says in France, Europe's second largest economy, what is now a double dip contraction for the French economy spells more trouble.

“We do see some very vague light at the end of the tunnel in Spain, in Greece, because there we do see that these structural reforms are working.  In France, nothing has happened so far," Brzeski said.

Even Europe's powerhouse economy, Germany, just barely avoided recession, growing only one tenth of 1 percent between January and March this year.

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

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7967-7/17/13

La Cruz finca
La Cruz Finca 223 ha. (558.2 acre)
This beautiful 223-hectare (558-acre) farm is 70 kms. north of Liberia on the Pan-American Highway and has over a kilometer of frontage on the highway. The property is almost 3 kms deep and has good interior roads. The River Sapoa runs year round at the back side of the farm which is almost 1 mile wide with and incredible views over the Nicaraguan border to Lake Nicaragua and Isla Ometepe. Great property for an eco retreat, teak farm or cattle ranch.  At $900 per acre, this is one of the best farm deals around. See details HERE! The seller will entertain any reasonable offer. Price: $495,000 contact: Bruce Hummel. Email: Bruce@bh-cr.com. Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987 7166,  www.bh-cr.com
7966-6/16/13

Playa Octal home
Playa Ocotal Beach Home
This home is located in a residential resort complex made up of 40 luxurious, fully furnished beachfront villas, plus a clubhouse complete with poolside bar and restaurant. Bahía Pez Vela is located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, one kilometer from Playa Ocotal on the North Pacific coast and just 30 minutes drive from Liberia International Airport and three miles to downtown Playas Del Coco. From this home you can hear and see the waves crashing on the rocks of this pristine beach. See it HERE! This is the best priced beach home in Costa Rica! Price $225,000   Contact: Bruce Hummel Bruce@bh-cr.com, www.bh-cr.com - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.
7965-6/16/13

hree peanel montage
This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at www.dreamincostarica.com and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!
7958-6/2/13

La Garita
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This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  Their is a 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to theinternaitonal airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
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7948-5/29/13

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

Gorgeous two- bedroom, two-bath with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built-in energy efficiently. This condo is located in a gated community with low HOA dues and offers amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to a beautiful white sandy Pirates Beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double panel windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, porcelain tile. Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025. www.puntaplayavistas.com
7947-5/28/13

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ALAZAN Eco-Friendly Community

- Ocean, mountain, and river views, built in harmony with nature
- 70% sold out, 1.25 acre + lots available from $75,000
- All lots held in separate corporations
- Functioning HOA with 24-hour security and gated front entrance
- 100% custom homes, turnkey construction
- Community homes have been featured in Su Casa Architectural Magazine
- Abundant wildlife on the property, access to 45-acre nature preserve
- Organic Permaculture farm coming soon
- Build your custom dream home and join our community of friends in paradise!
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- 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
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- 58 acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
- Oceanfront Residential Lots from $40,000
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7829-5/8/13

Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here: http://www.intertica.com/homes/roy.htm
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7933-7/22/13

Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment. one bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom,  gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500 square-meter garden with aviary for Guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4 meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2 meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request. http://www.intertica.com/ocean/wolfgang.htm
7929-7/18/13

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

Nicoya views
Property with ocean and gulf view for sale
Tranquil million dollar view, 5,000-sq.meter property with 3/2 home built to American standards, artistically designed and decorated, 16-foot ceilings of mango and tamarindo, appliances, plunge pool, rancho, caretaker apartment, workshop, covered parking, views of Gulf of Nicoya and ocean, in countryside near San José to Caldera highway. Near the lovely town of Esparza. Can provide extra income from bed and breakfast room rental and stellar Tripadvisor reviews. www.oasisbytheseabandb.com $180,000 506-8869-9274.
7882-4/15/13

View from Orosi home

Majestically situated overlooking the Orosi Valley and the tropical rain forest, this 2-bedroom, 2½-bath home with a separate office is offered at $550,000.  From the extensive use of glass windows visitors are easily captivated by the unbelievably 7 acres of pure, natural Costa Rican landscape.   The property is located 15 minutes from the Cartago metropolitan area, an hour from San José, 1¼ hours to the Juan Santamaria International Airport, 2 hours to the beaches of the Pacific West Coast, or 3 ½  hours to the beaches of the southern Caribbean coast.
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USA 678-799-8803
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FOR SALE BY OWNER
You can purchase property in Costa Rica legally without paying Land Transfer Tax; this plus the usual real estate commission of 5% will reduce your purchase price by approximately 11%. Save over $50,000.00 on the purchase of this $465,000.00 property. Large 5000+ sq.ft. House. Ideal for business executive, B & B or large family. E-mail for photos and more information to landofpalms@hotmail.com.
7869-4/6/13

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

Rich Coast Montage
RichCoastRealty.com
Central Pacific Coast Real Estate
- 2-bedroom house in gated community, $92,500.
- Lots in gated community from $20k w/financing available.
- 3-bedroom house in gated community, furnished, walk to the beach, $125k
- 3-bedroom oceanview house on 5 acres subdividable, $270k
- 58-acre oceanview property subdividable, $169k
Oceanfront residential Lot $58k
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7829-5/8/13

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

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
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7766-6/17/13

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Pennsylvania fugitive
thought to be in isthmus

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation said its agents
think a Pennsylvania man who skipped out on a child sex charge may be in Costa Rica.

They identified the man as Harold Eugene Smith, 60, of  Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. He faces charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution - rape of a child, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault, incest and corruption of minors.
 
The case stems from a 2010
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local investigation by police. Smith is accused of violating a girl when she was 12 and 13 years in a continuing crime.

The FBI announcement said that he skipped bail at the end of 2010. The FBI agents are involved because he was charged last October  with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution, a federal crime.

The FBI did not explain why they believe Smith might be in Central America.


Raids result in six arrests
in fake permits case

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Another case of fraud involves the transport ministry, Judicial agents conducted 10 raids and detained six persons Wednesday on allegations that they were issuing fake permits for various types of public transportation.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the crime was facilitated because employees in the Consejo de Transporte Público provided the forms on which the phony permissions were written.

Among the arrests Wednesday were the two former employees of the Consejo, an agency of the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes. One was arrested in the Quesada Durán section of San José, and the other was detained in the Sagrada Familia section in the city.

The Consejo quickly put out a press release saying that officials there had reported their suspicions of a crime in February and May 2012.

Bus line operators also were detained.  One has a bus terminal in San Francisco de Dos Ríos, and another was in Guápiles, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Silvia Bolaños, vice minister of Transporte Terrestre y Seguridad Vial, said that 160 fake documents had been detected, according to the Consejo. The agency changed the form of the permission documents and permission stamps in August when the forgeries had become known, it said.

The permissions were for student transport, tourism and other types of passenger service, the Consejo said.

The Consejo said the fake permits were sold for sums ranging from 5,000 colons or about $10 to 1 million colons or about $2,000.


Four persons detained
to face cocaine charges


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The capture of a boat carrying 381 kilos of cocaine off the coast of Ecuador last Feb. 23 triggered four arrests in Costa Rica Wednesday.

A U.S. Navy ship, the "Gary," stopped the boat named the "Anzuelo" and detained three persons who remain in jail. according to the Poder Judicial.

Prosecutors and the Policía Control de Drogas conducted 6 a.m. raids Wednesday morning in Tárcoles de Garabito;  El Huerto, Puntarenas;  Barrio 20 de Noviembre, Puntarenas;  Llano Bonito de Golfito;  Sabanilla de Montes de Oca, and San Jerónimo de Moravia. Also raided were two boat yards in Golfito.

The security ministry said that three men and a woman were detained on allegations that they were involved in the ring. In fact, the ministry identified one of the persons detained Wednesday as the leader.

According to the Poder Judicial, the ring transported cocaine from South America to Costa Rica with the goal being the United States. The ring also provided fuel at sea for drug boats going north, the Poder Judicial said.

The ring operated three boats, including the "Anzuelo," cars and a motorcycle, said anti-drug agents.

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