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Forecast calls for below-average hurricane season
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The traditional start of the Atlantic hurricane season, June 1, takes place in 11 days. The Pacific season already has started, but there are no immediate threats.

The authoritative Colorado State University forecast says that the 2015 Atlantic season will
be one of the least active since the middle of the 20th century.

The forecast said that El Niño of at least moderate strength will develop during the summer and fall. The tropical and subtropical Atlantic are cool now, and the researchers said the probability of a major hurricane making landfall in the United States is below average.

This is the forecast provided by Philip J. Klotzbach and William M. Gray, which is

considered one of the most reliable. The initial prediction calls for seven named storms of which three will be hurricanes. The 30-year average is 12 named storms and six hurricanes.

The two researchers use complex statistical comparisons that they keep modifying and updating each year.

There are plenty of other forecasts, but many trace back to the Colorado State University. duo.

The U.S. federal agencies have yet to release their predictions.

Hurricanes hardly ever make landfall in Costa Rica, but the influence of big storms can pour plenty of water on the country and cause serious problems such as slides and flooding. Damage can be substantial.

Judicial agents are in search of bills and other documents that can be used as evidence in a court proceeding.

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Home for elderly raided in Escazú, and nurse detained
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents took over a senior citizen residence in Escazú Centro Wednesday and detained the administrator on allegations that she mistreated her patients both physically and psychologically.

Agents said that when they arrived they found one of the estimated 25 residents tied to a bed.

The Poder Judicial later in the day identified the administrator by the last names of  Rodríguez Sánchez. She is a 32-year-old nurse by profession. The facility was identified as Villa Amatista.

The firm's Web page says it is geriatric home and offers assisted living. The administrator did not spend the night in jail. Instead, a judge released her with restrictions.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the case involved complaints. The complaints included allegations that the
residents were sedated, tied to beds or wheelchairs and experienced other treatment that was called incorrect. The allegations also included one that said the residents were not fed adequately.

Residents at the home each paid between 500,000 and 700,000 colons a month, said the judicial agency. That is a bit less than $1,000 to more than $1,300.

After the raid, the 25 residents found there went to  Hospital Blanco Cervantes, the public geriatric facility, for evaluation, said agents.

The judicial agency said that some of the residents suffered from medical problems.

Specifically the woman is charged with violating the nation's law on the treatment of the aged. A judge at the Juzgado Penal de Pavas later in the day accepted a prosecutor's recommendation that the woman be required to sign in each month and avoid contact with victims or their family members.

Agents say cosmetic surgeon did not have a license
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

At least five women submitted to treatments by a man who turned out not to be a licensed physician, the Judicial Investigating Organization said Wednesday. Agents detained the man and searched a clinic in Curridabat where he worked.

The man, identified by agents with the last names of Vargas Jiménez, was detained at his home in  Alto de Guadalupe.

The man placed advertisements in social media describing himself as an expert in cosmetic procedures. The women complained that they did not receive the desired results, said agents.

Some paid as much as 800,000 colons for
various forms of  cosmetic surgery, including some done with lasers.

The  Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos de Costa Rica, the physician professional organization, filed the formal complaint, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

At the clinic, agent confiscated documents, computers, a client list and some of the devices used to perform the surgeries. Agents said that there also were videos of the man actually performing these surgeries.

Agents did not provide a background on the suspect. He may well have had medical training elsewhere, but working as a physician here without affiliating with the colegio is a crime.

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One of sextuplets dies in hospital

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

At the time of their birth Sunday night, physicians said that the first 72 hours were the most critical for the sextuplets. The medical experts listed a number of life-threatening conditions faced by premature babies.

That assessment proved to be correct, because the fourth sextuplet, named Diego, died of lung and heart problems Wednesday afternoon. The child had been moved to  Hospital San Juan de Dios immediately after the birth.

The mother, Silvia Villegas, remains in Hospital México where three of the sextuplets are in intensive care. She has been able to see her children there.

The six babies were around 2.2 pound each at birth at the end of the 27th week of pregnancy.

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Bringing back a mammoth is not that easy

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An international team of scientists recently sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. 

A University of California ecology associate professor, Beth Shapiro, finds ancient bones in the thawing permafrost in the gold fields of Canada’s Yukon Territory.

On a field trip to the Yukon, the expert in ancient DNA worked alongside mining operators as they blasted water from frozen layers of mud. What surfaced from the 700,000 year old permafrost were mammoth, bison and horse bones.

That adventure makes its way into Ms. Shapiro’s new book, "How to Clone a Mammoth," in which she imagines bringing the elephant's ancient cousin back to life. But she says de-extinction is a complicated process, riddled with technical, ethical and ecological challenges.

In the mid-1990s, Scottish researchers cloned a sheep. Dolly was the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell. Her birth sparked fears and speculation about human cloning. 

But Ms. Shapiro said cloning is not even an option for the mammoth.

“Once an organism dies, there is no living material that remains,” she explained. “The DNA starts to be broken down immediately by things like UV radiation and enzymes from soil bacteria or even inside the gut of the organism itself and the DNA starts to degrade right away. There are no living cells, so we can’t clone an extinct species.”

Genomics offers another pathway to resurrecting a species. The team that mapped the mammoth genome compared that genetic sequence with the Asian elephant, the mammoth’s closest living relative.

Ms. Shapiro said identifying the differences between the two species sets the stage for genomic editing. 

“In essence this genome editing technology is going to swap out bits of an elephant genome for the mammoth version of genes that we know are critical to making a mammoth look and act like a mammoth, turning an Asian elephant a little bit at a time into a mammoth.”

But Ms. Shapiro admitted this wouldn’t really recreate the mammoth, just something mammoth-like. And for what, asked Ross MacPhee, curator of mammals at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where mammoths and other bygone species are on display. 

“If the animals themselves have no further ecological role because they’ve disappeared for hundreds and even thousands of years," he wondered, "what does it mean to bring them back and park them in an environment to which they really have no relationship anymore?”

Ms. Shapiro argued, “the present focus on bringing back particular species – whether that means mammoths, dodos, passenger pigeons, or anything else – is misguided. In my mind, de-extinction has a place in our scientific future, but not as an antidote to extinctions that have already occurred.”

“Extinct species are gone forever,” she writes in her book, pointing out there is still a reason to pursue de-extinction.

“If we can create an animal that by bringing this animal back or bringing the traits back of an extinct species, we can somehow save living species or reestablish or reinvigorate existing ecosystems," she said.

"If we can use this technology not to bring back the past, but to protect living species, and populations and ecosystems in danger of extinction today from going extinct, then that is a powerful and compelling use of this technology.”

MacPhee is not so sure. “I do not think that de-extinction is going to go very far to solving any important environmental, evolutionary or ecological problems.”

He added that the concept deserves a broader public discussion. “Human manipulation of the biosphere is a serious and on-going problem. I think the only way forward is to have the conversation and get people aware of what the issues are and one hopes over time to have both political and economic and solutions.” 

Ms. Shapiro said she welcomes the discussion, especially before a de-extinction takes place, which she says given the technical, ethical and ecological challenges, will not occur for a very long time.

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Beware of a property confiscation law

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I have read the article about proposed property seizure laws in Tuesday's  A.M. Costa Rica. I must say that I am horrified that Costa Rica may choose to go down that slippery slope.

There are many things it has been called by many people - “illegal search and seizure,” “police action without probable cause,” “assumption of guilt,” blah blah blah. In many cases it’s just theft.

Stealing. Robbery. The state or municipal agency uses its power to take away someone’s property without due process. And if you try to get it back – watch out.

Much has written about the abuse of this process here in the U.S.A. The police enrich their departments through the process of forfeiture and seizure. That’s property and money. But if you want to know what can really happen, look into the case of Donald Scott and the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department back in 1992. It happened in the Santa Monica mountains in Ventura County where I lived at the time. They killed that fellow because they wanted his ranch.

Don’t go there, Costa Rica. Napoleonic law is bad enough – this is unworthy of your country.
Pete Todd
Fort Collins, Colorado

Cold weather reported more fatal than hot

By The Lancet news staff

Cold weather kills 20 times as many people as hot weather, according to an international study analysing over 74 million deaths in 384 locations across 13 countries. The findings, published in The Lancet, also reveal that deaths due to moderately hot or cold weather substantially exceed those resulting from extreme heat waves or cold spells.

“It’s often assumed that extreme weather causes the majority of deaths, with most previous research focusing on the effects of extreme heat waves,” says lead author Antonio Gasparrini from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine . “Our findings, from an analysis of the largest dataset of temperature-related deaths ever collected, show that the majority of these deaths actually happen on moderately hot and cold days, with most deaths caused by moderately cold temperatures.”

The study analysed over 74 million deaths between 1985 and 2012 in 13 countries with a wide range of climates, from cold to subtropical. Data on daily average temperature, death rates, and confounding variables such as humidity and air pollution were used to calculate the the optimal temperature and to quantify total deaths due to non-optimal ambient temperature in each location.

The researchers then estimated the relative contributions of heat and cold, from moderate to extreme temperatures.

Around 7.71 percent of all deaths were caused by non-optimal temperatures, with substantial  differences between countries, ranging from around 3 precent in Thailand, Brazil, and Sweden to about 11 percent in China, Italy, and Japan. Cold was responsible for the majority, 7.29 percent, of all death, while just 0.42 percent of all deaths were attributable to heat.

The study also found that extreme temperatures were responsible for less than 1 percent of all deaths, while mildly sub-optimal temperatures accounted for around 7 percent of all deaths with most (6.66 percent of all deaths) related to moderate cold.

According to Gasparrini, “Current public-health policies focus almost exclusively on minimising the health consequences of heat waves. Our findings suggest that these measures need to be refocused and extended to take account of a whole range of effects associated with temperature.”

Study says chamomile cuts death risk

By the  University of Texas news staff

Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston have found that drinking chamomile tea was associated with a decreased risk of death from all causes in Mexican-American American women over 65. The findings were recently published online in The Gerontologist.

Chamomile is one of the oldest, most-widely used and well-documented medicinal plants in the world and has been recommended for a variety of healing applications. It is currently widely used as an herbal remedy in Mexico and among Mexican-Americans.

The study examined a seven-year period during which researchers tracked the effects of chamomile and the cause of death in older Mexican- Americans. The researchers analyzed data from 1,677 women and men from the Hispanic Established Populations for Epidemiologic Study of the Elderly, a population-based study of Mexican-Americans aged 65 and older from five southwestern states, including Texas. Fourteen percent of the people in the study drank chamomile tea.

The data showed that consuming chamomile was associated with a 29 percent decreased risk of death from all causes among women compared with nonusers, even after adjusting for demographics, health conditions and health behaviors. This effect was not present in men.

“The reason for a difference in our reported findings between Hispanic women and men is not clear, although women were shown to be more frequent users of chamomile than men,” said Bret Howrey, assistant professor in the Texas Medical Branch department of family medicine. “This difference may be due to traditional gender roles whereby women manage the day-to-day activities of the household, including family health, and may also reflect greater reliance on folk remedies such as herbs.”

It is unclear how chamomile use is associated with decreased mortality. Recent studies of chamomile have shown potential benefits in treating hyperglycemia, upset stomach, diabetic complications and anxiety disorder. Chamomile has also been touted for its cholesterol-lowering, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and anti-platelet effects

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19 year old held in murder of schoolboy and attempt on his sister
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 19-year-old agricultural worker is in jail and under investigation for the murder of a schoolboy and the attempted murder of his sister in rural Upala.

The two children,  Teresita Tatiana Mendoza Espinoza, 9, and  Alexander Alberto Scott Espinoza, 11, had been reported missing Tuesday. They were walking about a half a kilometer to their school in the community of Suampito, Valle Bonito de San José de Upala.

Somehow the girl survived. The killer threw the brother down a cliff and then covered the body with vegetation.

Cruz Roja volunteers and Fuerza Pública officers found the girl about 9 a.m. About two hours later, they found the body of the brother. Judicial investigators said that the girl had received blows to the body. She also was reported to be suffering from hypothermia because she was outside all night.

The girl was hospitalized in San José.

Investigators have yet to determine a motive for the killing and the attempted killing. They also have not disclosed the evidence that they had that allowed them to arrest a suspect.

Much of the case will depend on the testimony of the  girl.

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Fire fighters to hold drawing to pick a civilian to live their life for a day
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Those who cherish an unfulfilled childhood dream of being a fire fighter now have a second chance. The  Cuerpo de Bomberos is holding a raffle of sorts to mark the fire-fighting agency's 150 years.

An individual who applies via Facebook or via email will have a change to go with two family members or friends to experience a day in the life of a fire fighter.

Entry is simple. There does not seem to be any age limit. To

apply, someone has to answer the question of why they want to be a fire fighter for one day.  The submission is via the Facebook page or a Web page. The agency also will take submissions via email.

Complete regulations are on the Web page. Submissions close May 31, and the drawing will take place soon after. This is the fourth year of the contest.

The winner will spend 24 hours from June 13, a Saturday, into the following Sunday at one or more fire stations and respond to alarms.

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Many U.S. malls are now considered obsolete and ready for recycling
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

There was a time in the United States when the enclosed shopping mall was the place to go. These commercial centers were community gathering places for people of all ages — a de facto Main Street and town center that the suburbs never had.

But now many of these vast shopping arenas are dead or dying, leaving behind sprawling abandoned properties.

There are approximately 1,200 enclosed malls in the United States and about one-third of them are dead or dying, according to Ellen Dunham-Jones, a professor at Georgia Tech. She says competition from other malls and a diminishing middle class have contributed to the demise of certain malls.

And while malls are thriving worldwide, especially in countries with extreme climates or cultures that haven’t grown up with malls, in the United States, it’s an issue of fatigue.

“A lot of us have gotten bored of the format. What we’re craving is a little bit of time outdoors,” Ms. Dunham-Jones said. “That has become enormously popular so a lot of malls have demalled. They’ve removed their roofs over the common areas or we’ve seen a real resurgence in the construction of more traditional, old open-air Main Streets.”

Instead of a super-block with one building surrounded by a sea of parking, these retrofitted spaces are being carved up into public streets with retail on the ground floor and apartments and offices up above.

Ms. Dunham-Jones maintains the world’s only database of suburban spaces that are being re-imagined into more sustainable spaces. She can cite more than 220 examples of dead malls that are currently being repurposed. About 50 of those have become the bustling city centers their suburbs had been longing for. These new spaces offer an urban lifestyle to the many people living in the suburbs whose lives don’t revolve around children and the local schools.

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Cinderella City was the largest mall west of the Mississippi when it opened in 1968 in Englewood, Colorado. The retrofitted space is now a walkable urban center called Englewood City, featuring residences, a civic center and retail space.

However, not all ailing malls get a new lease on life as a bustling little downtown.

“There are going to be very different solutions,” said Ms. Dunham-Jones. “If there’s no market right now, it might make more sense to simply re-inhabit the existing building but with that more community-serving use, like a school or a library or a gym and maybe, eventually, the market can accommodate urbanization. There is not the market to redevelop every single dead mall.”

And while the death of a mall might be sad for the surrounding community, Ms. Dunham-Jones views it as an opportunity.

“When I see a dead mall, I see it as a tremendous opportunity to now we get a chance for a do-over,” she said. “We get a chance to rebuild it in a much more sustainable manner.”

That means retrofitting these abandoned behemoths to meet community needs. Dead malls have been reborn as job centers, mega-churches, community colleges, schools, medical buildings and even apartments.

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Rand Paul start filibuster
to halt Patriot Act renewal

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. lawmaker has halted Senate proceedings by exercising his right to speak uninterrupted on the chamber floor as long as he is physically capable of doing so.

Republican Rand Paul began a filibuster Wednesday to protest any congressional attempt to renew the Patriot Act, a law enacted after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that grants the U.S. government broad powers to probe and prevent terrorist plots.

“I will not let the Patriot Act, the most unpatriotic of acts, go unchallenged,” said Paul at the beginning of what promised to be the most extensive floor remarks of any senator so far this year. “There comes a time in the history of nations when fear and complacency allow power to accumulate and liberty and privacy to suffer.”

Paul, a declared candidate for president in 2016, is an outspoken critic of the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, a program recently ruled illegal by a federal appeals court and which ultimately could be decided by the Supreme Court unless Congress reforms it.

Last week, the House of Representatives voted to keep such records in the hands of telecommunications companies unless the NSA gets a court order to review them.

That bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate. Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell favors reauthorizing the NSA program, which expires at the end of the month.

Paul strenuously objects to extending the program and has hinted that the House-passed bill does not go far enough to rein in the government’s snooping abilities.

“The bulk collection of all Americans’ phone records all of the time is a direct violation of the Fourth Amendment,” said Paul.

This is not Paul’s first filibuster. In 2013, he railed for 13 consecutive hours against the government’s use of drones.

Osama messages give clue
to his politics, personal life

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

“Do you wish to execute a suicide mission?" "What objectives would you like to accomplish on your jihad path?" "Who should we contact in case you become a martyr?" "Do any of your family or friends work with the government? If so, would he/she be willing to cooperate or help us?”

These are just some of the questions on what is basically an al-Qaida job application, one of thousands of documents recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan by U.S. Navy SEALs in 2011 and made public Wednesday.

Bin Laden was killed in the raid.

The documents released Wednesday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence range from personal letters to bin Laden's son Hamza, to a screed calling for the killing of Americans and the downfall of the West.

“The mission of the global mujahideen of today is to kill a few tens, or hundreds, or thousands of the infidel citizens of America and its western ally countries in their homelands and wherever they are sited on any spot on the planet,” stated one of the papers.

One of the letters from bin Laden to his associate Sheikh Mahmud Atiyah welcomed the revolutions and protest marches across the Arab world.

“These are gigantic events that will eventually engulf most of the Muslim world, will free the Muslim land from American hegemony,” the al-Qaida leader wrote.

The “next stage will be the reinstating of the rule of the Caliphate,” he said.

One U.S. intelligence official said the documents reveal al-Qaida's intentions at the time.

“Bin Laden at the time of his death remained focused on large-scale operations, while other al-Qaida leaders believed smaller operations or inciting lone terrorist attacks could succeed at bleeding the West economically," the official said.

Interspersed with messages of world domination and strategic discussions with al-Qaida affiliates are letters from bin Laden’s operatives telling the extremist leader that they are unsure if they can smuggle his son Hamza to him. Hamza had been under house arrest in Iran and was released a month before bin Laden's death. He was 20 years old at the time of his father's death.

“I am embarrassed to talk to you about this,” opens one letter. “You are his father, and you are our Amir, and we will obey. I have the feeling that you are not aware of the security situation here. I tried to find a way to send him to you on the main road, but I was not able to find one due to the intensified security procedures and searches.”

There also were personal notes, although it is unclear who wrote them. Living with bin Laden at the time was one of his wives, Amal; one of his sons; other women and children, and a man described as a courier.

In one of those notes that appears to be from bin Laden to his “dearest and precious” mother, he asks about her well-being and if she has had any dreams or visions. Another letter is to a daughter, Umm Mu’adh:

“How are you and what is your news? By God, I miss you so much. Yes, I miss my pious daughter,” he wrote. “I yearn for the beautiful days I spent with you.”

Former CIA Director James Woolsey felt the level of detail in bin Laden’s letters showed how intimately involved he remained in al Qaida and its affiliates around the world.
“He may have been only hands-on on paper, but still giving very detailed instructions about what ought to be done,” Woolsey said.

In a Skype interview Wednesday, Woolsey questioned the wisdom of the U.S. government’s decision to make the documents public, saying today’s terrorist groups will learn to be cagier.
“I think they would far rather take immediate action to ensure that we can’t do this again. They may find some way to have computers self-destruct if they are operated by someone who doesn’t use the right kind of code,” Woolsey said
“These are smart people, and they are used to war, and they are used to deception, and security, and they may be able to find some way to make it harder for us to exploit these types of materials if we come across them or are able to obtain them in the future.”

Patrick Skinner of the Soufan Intelligence Group said, however, the material released by U.S. Intelligence shows that bin Laden toward the end of his life was largely an isolated individual desperate for some kind of relevancy.

“It just shows you how aspirational everything was,” said Soufan. “He was still an inspirational figure, his image, but he himself, it appears that he was really disconnected.”

Spokesman Jeffrey Anchukaitis of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said the documents have been studied in detail.

“Analysts sifted through the recovered digital and hard copy materials in search of clues that would reveal ongoing al-Qaida plots, identities and locations of al-Qaida personnel, and other pertinent information of immediate intelligence importance,” he said.

Anchukaitis did not say if any terrorist attacks had been thwarted as a result.

The documents include bin Laden’s advice on how to conduct operations in Yemen, and take advantage of the upheaval in Egypt and Tunisia, regardless of the numbers of Muslims killed in achieving the ultimate goal of a caliphate.

The terrorist leader’s online library included West Point papers from its Combating Terrorism Center, a number of articles on France, a map of Iran nuclear sites, religious documents and material from other violent extremists. Inside the compound also was a guide to the video game “Delta Force Extreme 2.”

The documents, said Seth Jones of the Rand Corp., offer a glimpse of the inner workings of al-Qaida and the man who led the organization.

“What they provide in this sense, is transparency in how the organization operated,” Jones said. “What you really gauge, frankly, is that this is a social movement, that’s not going to go away any time in the foreseeable future.”

“Now, it is important to recognize that this is only a very small tranche of thousands and thousands of documents from the trove captured at bin Laden’s complex. It’s important to keep that in context in looking at these ones that are released,” Jones added.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence said in a statement that the release followed an interagency review. Hundreds of additional documents are under scrutiny for possible future declassification and release, the office said in a statement.

Five banks get heavy fines
for colluding on exchange rate

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Five of the world's largest banks face around $5.7 billion in penalties for illegally colluding to manipulate prices in currency exchange.

Officials at the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday that currency traders at these banks worked as collaborators rather than as competitors, making or holding off purchases to manage the prices of dollars and euros.  The group of traders called themselves the cartel and used electronic chat rooms and coded language to manipulate rates.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the huge fines were justified because "The prices the market sets for those currencies influence virtually every sector of every economy in the world."  Other officials said the euro-dollar currency market is five times the value of all U.S. stock markets.

Lynch added that the actions "inflated the banks' profits while harming countless consumers, investors and institutions around the globe – from pension funds to major corporations, and including the banks’ own customers.”

Four of the banks, Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, and the Royal Bank of Scotland, admitted violating antitrust laws.  The fifth bank, UBS, faces penalties for manipulating a key interest rate.

Some of the fines were imposed by the U.S. Federal Reserve and officials in Britain.

Mark Taylor, dean of the business school at the University of Warwick in Coventry, England, said the practices “cheated every one of us” and strike “at the heart of business ethics.”  Professor Taylor’s research includes foreign currency issues, and he called for some technical changes that would make it more difficult to manipulate currency markets.

Some in airline industry seek
new agency for traffic control

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Federal Aviation Administration says it has already made major progress modernizing air traffic control in the United States, but critics who say it is not deploying new technologies fast enough are pushing for splitting air traffic operations off from the agency.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta told a U.S. Senate committee  hearing Tuesday that his agency has created new routes above congested areas that are saving airlines millions of dollars in fuel, decreasing carbon emissions and cutting down on airport delays thanks to its Next Generation Air Transportation System, which is being rolled out gradually. 

Huerta cited the example of Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, where, he said, the number of planes that can land per hour has been increased.

But some industry participants say the FAA’s air traffic control operations have failed to keep up with the times.

The chairman and CEO of United Airlines, Jeff Smisek, told Tuesday's hearing that 20 years ago, a flight between Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (one of two primary airports serving Washington, D.C.) and Newark's Liberty International Airport (in the northeastern U.S. state of New Jersey) was scheduled for under one hour. Today, he said, "we must schedule that same flight for almost an hour and a half to account for ATC delays – more than twice the actual flying time.”

Former Michigan governor John Engler, now president of the Business Roundtable, an association of corporate chief executive officers based in Washington, said the federal budgetary process prevents the FAA from implementing the kind of technological advances achieved by corporations like AT&T and Verizon. 

“In the years we’ve been talking about NextGen, both have gone through four generations of cellular technology, from powering a basic flip phone to 4G streaming video in today’s modern iPhone,” Engler said.

The former governor urged the Senate committee to consider the transfer of air traffic control operations from the FAA to a new entity that is independent of federal budgetary uncertainties and able to finance large capital projects by selling bonds on Wall Street, something the FAA cannot do.

While the U.S. air traffic control system is operated by the federal government and financed through taxation, most other developed countries have abandoned systems financed directly by the national government.

Australia, Germany and New Zealand have created government corporations to provide air traffic control services.  Canada, France, and Britain all have unique structures: an  independent nonprofit user cooperative in Canada, a reformed government agency in France and a public-private partnership in Britain.

All six countries avoid relying on taxation to finance their air traffic control operations, which are instead funded by weight and distance fees charged to users of the airspace.

Letterman's last show brings
fans out to praise his style

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A mood of melancholy hung in the air outside the famed CBS Ed Sullivan Theater on New York City's Broadway Wednesday, as fans of David Letterman waited patiently, hoping to snag a rare ticket to watch the soon-to-be-legendary late night talk show host tape his 6028th and final broadcast later in the day. 

“Plenty of memories there,” said Robert McDowell, who wanted to personally congratulate Letterman on his retirement. McDowell admitted it might be time for Letterman to move on.  “He’s been doing this over 30 years so far," he said.  "I’m sure there’s lots of other things he’s like to do with his life. He’s up in age.” 

Still, many on line expressed sorrow at Letterman’s departure. “It’s a void” said John Jones of Washington D.C., who had been watching Letterman since he was a child.

Many of Letterman’s regular comedy features, such as “The Top Ten List," which often riffed on topical themes, and “Stupid Pet Tricks,” brought a zany unpredictability to late night television that contrasted with his more formal predecessors, like Johnny Carson and Jack Paar.

“The guy is just so instinctive and impulsive,” said Jones. “That kind of brashness and willingness to do things that are very real and very funny, was cutting edge back in the day.” 

The "Late Show with David Letterman” displayed a characteristic New York style and bravado. Indeed, Letterman’s routines often took him to the streets near the Broadway studio, to interact with neighborhood workers, tourists and passersby.

But Letterman himself, who was raised in Indiana, was widely praised for his unaffected conversational style with his parade of famous guests, including Bill Murray, Oprah Winfrey, Julia Roberts and President Barack Obama. He was always ready with his signature gap-toothed grin, which managed to convey both irony and innocence at once.

Fan Greg Contaldi also loved the seeming spontaneity of the carefully crafted program.

“I feel like so many late night shows now are so scripted, and you can tell they’re scripted,” said Contaldi. “Letterman is leaving behind a legacy that no one is really taking over now. It’s really the end of an era.”

Chinese premier begins visit
to South American countries

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived Monday in South America where China is announcing a massive amount of investment and trade deals.

Brazil was the first stop on Li’s tour of Latin America, his first visit to the region since he assumed the premiership in 2013. China has already announced $50 billion in deals with South America, and this time they focus largely on infrastructure projects.

According to Matt Ferchen of the Beijing-based Carnegie Tsinghua Center for Global Policy, the shift away from procuring commodities represents a new model for Sino-Latin American relations.

“China faces the same hurdles with the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank and the new Silk Road, it’s not just that their stuff is needed, it’s that it’s in developing countries where it has been historically difficult to get these projects off the ground," he said. "But especially with the end of the commodities boom I think it’s all the more apparent that China and Latin America need a new model of cooperation, so I think this is one of them they are revisiting.”

Over the last several years, China has provided more loans to Latin America than the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank. Most of those loans have been for oil. As China shifts its economy from manufacturing to consumption, demand for commodities in South America has dropped. Economic growth on the continent has slowed partly as a result.

According to the International Monetary Fund, Latin American growth is expected to dip below 1 percent this year, making the region a prime place for investment. China is responding with financing and plans for massive infrastructure projects, including a twin ocean railroad linking Peru to Brazil.

“Infrastructure investment is welcome, but it is crucial to determine where and how this investment will be done," said Rebecca Ray, a research fellow at Boston University’s Global Economic Governance Initiative. A project that should take five years can take 10 or 15 years if it’s not done right and social conflict increases because of poor management or lack of consultation with native communities, she said.

Local environmental degradation will also be a key concern for future Chinese infrastructure projects. China is the top destination for South American exports such as petroleum, copper, iron ore, tin and soybeans, whose extraction and cultivation has already exacted a hefty environmental toll in Latin American countries.

China’s engagement with the continent strengthens its ties to the Western Hemisphere, raising fears among some that China poses a geopolitical threat to the United States in its own neighborhood.

“The Chinese government is aware certainly that what it is doing will cause concern in Washington, D.C.," said Xiaohe Cheng, a professor of international relations at Renmin University. "So on the one hand, the Chinese government has conducted consultations with the United States in recent years, on the other hand the Chinese government as a big power, on these points, does not necessarily need to consult with the U.S.”

In January President Xi Jinping said trade with Latin America would rise to $500 billion in the next decade. Li will also visit Colombia, Peru and Chile.
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Are you buying a property? Our experienced team is ready to help you to find the right place. Are you selling? We are experts selling properties.  Keep it simple. Don't waste your time. We are  the best local and international listing.  Contact us, and we will be glad to assist you!
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The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and commercial real estate.  Call us: Ocean Surf and Sun Int. Realty Ldta at 011 (506) 2653-0073 or send us an email at:

Real estate for sale (paid category)

Small private ranch for sale
This exceptional private ranch sits on a 9+ hectare lot and supports 15-20 horses. Only 2 hours south of San José, on the road to Puriscal. Roomy stalls all with drains, water hookup, lights and fans, grooming and shoeing área. Two-story house all furnished and cowboy house. Don't miss your chance on that turnkey operation.  Offered at $949,000.
E-mail:  or call (506) 8707-1037 
(506) 2778-8408 Web:

San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
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
or phone (506) 8377-8402.

A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

A beautiful American style suburban home, 2,700 sq ft of living space with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front and rear living rooms, laundry area, kitchen and small attached library nook, arched windows and doors and connected hallways, exotic wood interior ceilings and trim, tile floors thru-out.  The lot is 835 m2 with mature landscape and orchid nurseries surrounding the house. There is an enclosed workshop and BBQ area in the back yard with lots of storage under roof, plus a nursery for an herb/vegetable garden.  This is a very well-kept property with many upgrades, a private feel but yet only 5 minutes from the center of town.  Pérez Zeledón is the commercial hub of the southern zone and considered to be one of the best places to live in all of Costa Rica, the perfect size town, not too big and not too small.  The beach is 45 minutes to the west and a short drive to the cool mountains is to the east. In between, this large valley has a moderate climate.  Pérez has plenty of modern goods and services, an excellent farmers market, private schools, private doctors and clinics, all you need without having to go to the crazy madness of San José.    Just reduced to $239,000.  Call  Jeff: 8824-8113 or 8725-8176.  Email:

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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Costa Rica Villas For Sale
*In 2009 this property appraisal for $240,000  (two hundred forty thousand).
*Located in Paraiso, Cartago, Costa Rica.
*We spent over $70,000 in renovating the villa.
*The first floor has renters with a year lease. They pay $200 a month.
*Health reasons need to return to the U.S.A.
*One of Costa Rica famous waterfalls, 100 yards in front of the villa.
*I'll sell this property for $189,000.
*Visit my Web site
Contact in Costa Rica:  Cray phone (506) 8977-2777
Contact in USA: Billy phone  001 (678) 576-5107

For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
Panoramic ocean view lot  5,400 sq. ft. (500m2)  $6,500. Financing available.
For rent two-bedroom house  five minute walk to water $350 a month.
Call 6261-7932 Or email See this Web site:

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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San José, Costa Rica, Thursday, May 21, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 99
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Some lawmakers question Cuba deal

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. lawmakers are questioning whether the country’s stepped-up engagement with Cuba will ultimately be beneficial or if it will be a setback.
In a Senate hearing Wednesday, on the eve of the next round of U.S.-Cuba talks, Sen. Bob Menendez called the engagement one-sided.
“I don’t know what we have gotten in return. We have gotten nothing in return,” said Menendez.  

“But Cubans have gotten plenty in return,” he added, saying if this was the United States’ way of negotiating, then the country has a real problem on its hands.
Among other things, Menendez cited reports of human rights abuses in Cuba.  He said the abuses have “continued unabated with more than 1,600 cases of arbitrary political arrests” this year.
“President Obama may have outstretched his hand, but the Castros have their fists real tight,” said Menendez.
In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, State Department officials acknowledged there is still work to be done, even as the U.S. pursues normalized diplomatic relations with Cuba.
“Significant differences remain between our two governments,” said Roberta Jacobson, the assistant secretary of State for Western Hemisphere affairs.
“While progress has been made in our efforts to re-establish diplomatic relations, we are not there yet,” she added.
Today, Ms. Jacobson will head the U.S. delegation in a fourth round of talks with Cuba on restoring relations. Cuba's delegation will be led by Josefina Vidal of the Cuban foreign ministry.

The talks in Washington will focus in part on the steps needed to re-open embassies.
Earlier this week, the Cuban foreign ministry deputy director, Gustavo Machin, said this could be the last round of talks before the opening of embassies.
In Wednesday’s congressional hearing, Sen. Ben Cardin questioned whether a normalization of relations could result in a loss of U.S. leverage in addressing Cuba’s human rights abuses.
He cited concerns raised about Cuba in the State Department’s most recent report on human rights practices, including arbitrary arrests, denials of fair trials and restrictions on free speech, the press and the Internet.
“There is no doubt that we will continue to write human rights reports that are honest and unflinching in what they describe as going on in Cuba,” replied Ms. Jacobson.

She said that enhanced U.S.-Cuba relations would result in the U.S. having another tool at its disposal.
“Direct engagement, including the human rights dialogue, which will move forward,” said Jacobson.
The talks Thursday will be the first high-level engagement between the two countries since President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro met during the April Summit of the Americas in Panama.
The talks also come just ahead of the May 29 deadline for Congress to weigh in on President Barack Obama’s decision to remove Cuba from the state sponsor of terrorism list.

Meanwhile, two U.S. lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require Cuba to address unsettled and unpaid legal claims with the United States.
Sens. Marco Rubio and David Vitter said there is as much as $8 billion in outstanding claims by American citizens and businesses, involving property confiscated by the Castro regimes, that is currently unsettled.
In a statement, the lawmakers said the amount is the largest uncompensated seizure of U.S. assets by a foreign government in U.S. history.
State Department counselor Thomas Shannon told lawmakers Wednesday that the broader purpose of U.S. diplomacy with Cuba is to enhance regional cooperation on a wide range of issues.
“I believe that we are actually going to be able to do more in the area of security. We are going to be able to do more in the area of non-proliferation. We are going to be able to do more in the area of fighting drugs because of this,” said Shannon.

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U.S. interest rate expected to remain low

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Top officials of the U.S. central bank appear unlikely to raise the key interest rate in June as some analysts had expected.

Notes from the most recent meeting at the U.S. Federal Reserve shows officials trying to make sense of disappointing recent economic data that show the economy growing more slowly than expected, and inflation remaining lower than they consider ideal.

The summary was made public Wednesday after the customary three-week delay.

The next scheduled meeting of the committee that sets interest rates is on June 16 and 17. Some analysts quoted in the financial press now expect rates to rise in September or later.

The Fed cut interest rates to record lows in 2008 in an effort to counter the recession. Lower interest rates cut the cost of borrowing money needed to make purchases, thereby raising economic activity and growth.

With unemployment falling nearly to normal levels, officials are seeking the right time to end this stimulus. Remove the help too soon, and the economy could lapse back into recession. Maintain the stimulus too long, and there is a risk it could push inflation up to levels that could damage the economy.

The situation may be clarified on Friday, when Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen is scheduled to give a speech on the U.S. economic outlook.