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officers of various ranks. The parade and a cultural evening Saturday for Quepos residents featured this folklore dance group made up of coast guard members.


Early morning quake in Panamá shakes Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An estimated 5.6 to 5.7 earthquake gave an early wakeup call to most of Costa Rica today.

The Red Sismológica Nacional estimated the epicenter to be south of Costa Rica in Panamá. Still the Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica said its instruments showed that the quake was felt all over Costa Rica except in northwest Guanacaste.

The area around Sixaola on the southern Caribbean coast felt the quake the strongest along with a sensor in San Isidro de El General and also a sensor in Cartago.  The intensity has a lot to do with the composition of the soil beneath an area, experts have noted in the past.

The quake took place at 3:42 a.m. and much of the Central Valley rocked for at least a minute. Instruments at the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica at Universidad Nacional in Heredia showed that the quake endured for about 3.5 minutes in some areas.
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There were no immediate reports of damage, but the magnitude of the quake suggest there may have been some in Panamá and in southern Costa Rica


Calls to firemen over gas leaks are up 151 percent
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Calls to fire fighters because of petroleum gas leaks are up 151 percent in the first quarter of the year, in part because of an explosion that killed five persons, the latest last week.

The Cuerpo de Bomberos said that they have been called 2,686 times to handle gas leaks in the first four months of the year. Last year the number during the same period was 1.070 calls.

The explosion at the small eating place in Barrio el Carmen en Alajuela took place Jan. 21.

Since then there has been a crackdown on vendors of liquid petroleum gas and tougher inspections of the canisters in which the gas is contained. Some tanks were found to be rusty and dangerous.

This type of gas is used by many Costa Ricans for cooking and for heating hot water. There are no gas lines in the street here.
 The fire agency notes that there are a number of rules that keep gas users safe, including purchasing the tanks only from reputable dealers and only using appropriate connectors and lines. The agency also said that tanks should be transported vertically.

Most importantly, the agency said, is that gas leaks should generate the evacuation of persons in the structure and nearby as well as a quick 911 call to fire fighters. The agency also urged that in the face of gas leaks, individuals should not manipulate electrical devices for fear of generating a spark.

Most expats do not know that a small gas cylinder can explode with the force of a bomb. Such a blast can level a home.

Fire fighters also noted that a gas leak can suffocate individuals who are below the level of the tank.

The fire agency also said that there were increases in the first four months in calls about field fires and short circuits.

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Trial continues this week
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Trial continues Wednesday in the Tribunal Penal de Golfito in the murder case in which Kelly Robert Nutting, a local hotel operator, was the victim.

The suspect has the last name of  Miranda, said the Poder Judicial.

Fishermen found Nutting's body floating in the Gulfo Dulce about 800 meters from shore. That was in March 2010.

He was tied up and was draped with a sheet. The concrete attached to his feet was not heavy enough to keep him below water.

Nutting, 38, was a U.S. Navy veteran who loved the Golfito area. He operated the Hotel Delfina that was owned by his parents.

A curious twist to the case was when the head of the Judicial Investigating Organization, Jorge Rojas, incorrectly speculated that Nutting had committed suicide because he was depressed. That comment was carried in a Poder Judicial magazine.


Police grab 24 persons
in soccer championship effort


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Fuerza Pública fielded some 400 officers to safeguard those attending the championship match of the Costa Rican professional soccer teams.

They ended up detaining 24 persons.  Most of the arrests were for possession of drugs.

The game was between Heredia and Cartago, and Heredia won.

Soccer games have been marked by violence, but not usually from the fans of these two teams.


Officials seek technicalities
to use against Avianca-Taca


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Officials are looking at the fine print in an effort to force the  Avianca-Taca to reverse a decision to end direct flights from five cities.

The Dirección General de Aviación Civil said it was evaluating the airline's decision and noted that the law requires prior notice for such decisions.

The tourism industry fears that ending the direct flights will reduce the number of tourists. Some 6,000 to 8,000 passengers a month are affected by the decision.


Tamarindo dispute ends
in murder of man, 22


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A patron of a Tamarindo dance club died from an injury sustained early Saturday.

The man, 22, and identified by the last name of Dixon, suffered a wound from a sharp instrument in the stomach, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. Rescue workers took him to a nearby private clinic and then to the  Clínica de Santa Cruz where he was dead on arrival, said the agency.

A 26-year-old suspect in the killing was detained by investigators two hours after the incident also in Tamarindo. The man was held for prosecutors.

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Medicines from Nicaragua
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Policía de Fronteras in La Cruz managed to intercept two suitcases of medicine coming in from Nicaragua. The medicines do not have health approval in Costa Rica.

Both confiscations were Thursday when police inspected the luggage of buses coming from Nicaragua. One bus was stopped in the Santa Cecilia section and the other was in Santa Elena, police said.


Hunter caught with game

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Pública officers managed to detain a hunter over the weekend in El Pelón de La Bajura de Bagaces.

The man had shot three agouti, known in Spanish as tepezcuintles, Police confiscated a .22-caliber carbine.


Fast-food diners underestimate
caloric content, study says


By the British Medical Journal news staff

People eating at fast food restaurants largely underestimate the calorie content of meals, especially large ones, according to a paper published on bmj.com, the British Medical Journal Web site.

From 2006 to 2010 many American states and cities passed laws requiring chain restaurants to print calorie content on menus. The US Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 included a provision that will require all restaurant chains with more than 20 U.S. sites to print calorie content on menus.

Previous research has shown that adults and children underestimate calorie content often by large amounts. However, these studies did not monitor consumer choices at restaurants or focused on a narrow range of fast food restaurants or individuals.

Researchers carried out a large cross sectional study of repeated visits to fast food restaurant chains in 89 restaurants across the New England region of America: McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC, Subway and Dunkin’ Donuts. At the time of data collection, none of the chains routinely printed calorie content on menus.

Researchers enrolled a diverse group of adults 18 years and older, adolescents aged 11 to 20 and school age children 3 to 15 years. They collected receipts from participants to calculate the calorie content of their meals, and they administered a short questionnaire which included a question asking participants to estimate the calorie content of their meal. Parents provided answers for the school age children. The final sample size was 1,877 adults, 1,178 adolescents and 330 school age children.

Among adult participants, 65 percent were either overweight or obese, as were 34 percent of adolescents and 57 percent of school age children. Less than one quarter of participants reported noticing calorie information in the restaurants, and less than 5 percent reported using it to help them choose their meal.

The mean calorie content of meals was 836 for adults, 756 for adolescents and 733 for children. On average, adults, adolescents, and parents of school-age children underestimated calorie content by 175 calories, 259 calories and 175 calories, respectively. Two thirds of all participants underestimated the calorie content of their meals with approximately one quarter underestimating the calorie content by at least 500 calories. Participants consuming high calorie meals underestimated by a greater amount than small calorie meals. Underestimation was greater among Subway diners than at any other chain. Adults and adolescents eating at Subway underestimated by 20 percent and 25 percent more than those at McDonald’s.

The researchers conclude that adults, adolescents and parents of school age children generally underestimate the calorie content of meals, especially large meals and when eating at Subway restaurants. They say that the “forthcoming calorie menu labeling requirements of the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act might help to correct underestimation of calorie content.”

The researchers suggest that in addition to providing calories on menus, policy makers could perhaps improve menu labeling by supporting social marketing campaigns to better explain the concept of calories.


Having a dog in the house
related to more bacteria

       
By the North Carolina State University news service

New research shows that households with dogs are home to more types of bacteria, including bacteria that are rarely found in households that do not have dogs. The finding is part of a larger study to improve the understanding of the microscopic life forms in homes.

"We wanted to know what variables influence the microbial ecosystems in our homes, and the biggest difference we've found so far is whether you own a dog," says Rob Dunn, an associate professor of biology at North Carolina State and co-author of a paper describing the work. "We can tell whether you own a dog based on the bacteria we find on your television screen or pillow case. For example, there are bacteria normally found in soil that are 700 times more common in dog-owning households than in those without dogs."

And these microbial differences may be important. For example, it's known that women who have a dog in the home when pregnant are less likely to have children with allergies. This is a correlation. There's no known causal link between the presence of a dog and the absence of allergies, but it has been hypothesized that the difference is related to the women's exposure to a wider variety of microbes.

Citizen scientists in 40 homes sampled nine common surfaces to help researchers determine what kinds of bacteria lived there, and in what relative numbers. The nine surfaces were the television screen, kitchen counter, refrigerator, toilet seat, cutting board, pillow case, exterior door handle, the trim around an interior door and the trim around an exterior door. The study found 7,726 kinds, of bacteria in the homes.    

 
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Expat seeks to make top beef a signature Costa Rican product
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Red meat is frequently ridiculed as an unhealthy food. Environmentalists blame cows for eating too much, too.
Cattle are frequently victims of the weather, including the current drought in Guanacaste. And cattlemen are the first to characterize their business as low-income.

Consequently, the Costa Rica cattle numbers have been in dramatic decline.

A La Garita expat is following in the steps of his father in an effort to reverse all that. He is Loray Greiner, who sees his  mission to be developing a Costa Rican cattle industry known for exceptionally high quality and unique pieces of meat. He said he wants to help Tico cattle ranchers to regain their dignity.

Raising cattle is a lot more complicated than just turning some animals onto some grassland or convenient field. But some ranchers do just that. Not far from one of Greiner's haciendas, cattle can be seen trying to find food among mature oil palms.
Not far away is his Hacienda Sur, more than 220 hectares near Paritta where Greiner seeks to explain the complexities.

His father, Fred, who died in April 2011, styled himself as a grass farmer. And that is where the various research emphases start. Greiner continues to try to find a perfect combination of grasses and  legumes for his cows.

Many expats do not realize that cattle ranchers here face seasonal problems like their counterparts in the north. Although there is no cold winter here, the dry season is a time of little food for animals in the field.  Cattlemen like Greiner cut grass in the good times and pack it into silage trenches for the dry period.

Less ambitious farmers have been known to just let their animals forage for themselves and then send them to slaughter when they are at the point of starvation.

Like his father, Greiner is experimenting with African grasses such as bracharia and other species to provide the protein needs of his stock. "What we're doing now is trying to find legumes that can coexist with these tall, fast-growing grasses," said Greiner.  "In other words, we're trying to make a nutritious salad that contains more protein and nutrients for the cattle."

Sometimes the problems are unexpected. One species of grass is so thick that bird predators cannot catch little creatures like mice living there. This attracts snakes, such as the dreaded fer-de-lance that killed three of his animals.

Beef production also is a research challenge for Greiner. In fact, he sees so many problems related to raising cattle that he is considering establishing a non-profit research center at his Paritta ranch. He said he would seek young academics to continue his work and the work of his father to seek his two holy grails: A perfect forage for cattle that also is good for the soil and that exceptional high quality, unique piece of meat.

The cattle have a special problem, the heat. Like most tropical ranchers, the stock has a lot of brahman blood. These are the  long-eared animals of Indian origin that can survive in difficult times and are generally unaffected by Costa Rican coastal temperatures.
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An imported European breed such as an angus, for example, would immerse itself in the nearest waterhole and spend its life panting, Greiner noted.

Much of the stock is brangus, a genetic mixture of both breeds. But Greiner hopes to cross with a very special cow, the legendary Japanese wagyū from which comes the renowned Kobe beef.  Wagyū commands astounding prices in Asian markets, perhaps $100 or more per kilo. Those who pay that amount say the price is worth it.

Scientists say that the Japanese cattle produce beef with a high percentage of  monounsaturated fats, the so-called good fats. That is an argument against those detractors of beef.

Because it is so special, the Japanese are very protective of the wagyū, so Grenier said he managed to obtain the semen from Alvaro Clachar, another breeder who labored 10 years to bring the genetic material into the country.

"If this particular cross of cattle becomes successful and widespread in Costa Rica, it will be because of the insight and efforts of Alvaro Clachar," said Greiner.

Genetics is another complexity for the expat. Some of his first generation crosses are exactly what he wants. Sturdy, efficient animals with superb angus meat and the meaty rump of the brahman. But some of these desirable traits vanish in the subsequent generation. So Greiner seeks a strain that breeds true.

The Paritta ranch is an oasis amid monoculture like oil palms and bananas. The more than 540 acres hosts all sorts of birds and other creatures, in part because the Greiner family was an early adopter and proponent of environmentally-friendly practices.

Surprisingly, Greiner's main job is publishing an Asian investment newsletter in Thailand where he used to be based. So he is balancing two major businesses, including the cattle ranching that has Costa Rican supermarkets as customers.

If he is successful with his goal, there will be more emphasis in the market on beef quality and a substantial reason for Costa Rica ranchers to export more of their production.


Hacienda Pinilla owner will keep control of Guanacaste project
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Agroganadera Pinilla, S.A., the owner of Hacienda Pinilla Beach Resort and Residential Community in Guanacaste has announced the appointment of Bree McClure Pattillo as its new president.

Ms. Pattillo succeeds H.G. “Pat” Pattillo as the new president of the company. Ms. Pattillo brings nearly two decades of experience to the project, as well as a shared passion passed to her from her grandfather and a lifetime spent on the property and with the people that call Hacienda Pinilla home, said the firm. Ms. Pattillo is a director and officer of Pattillo Construction Corp. and several real estate holding companies in the United States, and received an MBA from the Citadel.

Last August, the owner of Hacienda Pinilla initiated a comprehensive review of succession planning options for the project in order to ensure a continuation of founder H.G. Pattillo’s vision and to ensure that the work of the charitable foundations he founded in Guanacaste continued over the long term, the firm said.

The firm has announced an auction of the property for November that was put forward until this month. The combined estimated sale prices were about $2 billion.

Discussions with interested investors and management companies continued through early May.  After careful
 consideration of all offers and options, Agroganadera said it determined that retention of ownership control and an aggressive reinvestment in the project, along with improvements to resort operations, would result in the optimal outcomes for current ownership, property owners, partners, the foundations and staff.  

“I am excited about stepping into the role as steward of Hacienda Pinilla and its affiliated foundations,” said Ms. Pattillo in a release. “While we were presented with a number of opportunities to sell all or portions of the property, we ultimately determined that retaining control and reinvesting in the property was the best course of action. We are also far along in negotiations for sale of key development parcels within the project, and the selection of resort management and sales and marketing companies. We anticipate making further announcements shortly. We have the flexibility and resources to take a course of action that reflects our long term commitment to the project.

“My initial and primary focus will be on improving resort operations, marketing exposure and property sales within the project with new and increased investments in local and global marketing, sales team management and training as well as staffing,” Ms. Pattillo continued.

“The goal of these efforts is singular … a full and uncompromising restoration of momentum to the property and realization of the comprehensive vision of Hacienda Pinilla.”

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Hong Kong sign of cow
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There are no chopsticks on the table at Sammy's Kitchen in Hong Kong. And that is not the only way this restaurant stands out in a neighborhood clustered with Cantonese fare.
 
Sammy's trademark is a large three-dimensional billboard of a cow. It juts out over Queen's Road West in the Sheung Wan district, a neighborhood where the odor of dried squid mingles with the aroma of herbs from nearby traditional medicine shops.
 
An elderly, heavily inebriated Caucasian man, sitting across the street on the stoop of the Chun Sing stationery store, gazes incredulously at the imposing bovine while taking swigs from his large bottle of Skol beer.
 
More sober passersby also do a double-take, and curiosity compels some to explore what the billboard represents.
 
The unusual sign actually is an endangered species.
 
Sammy's Kitchen is primordial fusion both in decor and menu, which may give some diners pause.
 
A reviewer rates Sammy's reasonably priced meals as rather mediocre but praises the establishment for friendly and welcoming service. Frommer's Guidebook adds, "It's comforting to see a place that remains virtually unchanged over the decades in such a fast-changing environment.”
 
The restaurant's namesake, owner Sammy Yip, began cooking at the age of 12 and worked as a chef for the five-star Peninsula and Mandarin Oriental hotels.
 
He has adorned most of his tables with orange or violet-colored checkered tablecloths. That was an upscale touch when he opened the restaurant in 1970.
 
The corner booths are laminated tables, bare except for bottles of Del Monte ketchup, salt, pepper, sugar and recycled plastic containers of toothpicks.
 
One side of the establishment is decorated with faux brick. Tiny white lights have been strung across the top of the walls.
 
The voluminous bilingual menu runs the gamut from beefsteak through pastas to fried rice but mostly favors dishes that appeal to carnivores. Many are smothered in Sammy's secret sauce, which has won a loyal following over the decades. Fans include high-ranking government officials.
 
For a man who has been cooking for 70 years, Sammy Yip appears to have retained his enthusiasm for the culinary arts and what should accompany every restaurant meal – sincere hospitality.
 
Hong Kong authorities, however, have recently turned an inhospitable eye toward Sammy's landmark sign. The giant cow looming over Queen's Road West not only serves as a beacon for diners but also for residents, visitors and taxi drivers.
 
Anyone heading for the restaurant or anywhere close to it can simply tell a taxi driver:  "Take me to the cow!"
 
Thirty-four years after the illuminated animal first moved into position, the Hong Kong buildings department ruled the signboard was an illegal structure protruding into public space and ordered the Yip family to remove it.
 
The Yips' appeals have been unsuccessful, as have customers' hopes the sign can be declared a vintage Hong Kong landmark.
 
“The cow will be removed. ... We must remove it,” says catering manager Iry Yip Fung-yee, Sammy's daughter. “We're just a small business,” she laments, explaining why the Yips are not going to launch a potentially costly legal fight to save Hong Kong's most famous cow.


Obama visits Oklahoma
and promises federal aid


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Obama traveled Sunday to Moore, Oklahoma, to meet with and console residents of the midwestern town devastated by a tornado that killed 24 people and injured more than 200 others.  The president has pledged $3.4 million in federal aid to help the town rebuild.

“This is a strong community, with strong character.  There is no doubt they are going to bounce back, but they need help. Just like any of us would need help if we saw the kind of devastation that we are seeing here," he said.

Elsewhere investigators are looking into the cause of two major transportation accidents in the United States, the collapse of a major road bridge in Washington state and a freight train collision in rural Missouri that caused the collapse of a highway overpass.  Robert Sumwalt is a member of the National Transportation Safety Board.

“Anytime we have something like that, we are very concerned about it.  That is why we are here.  We are here to find out what happened so we can learn from it and keep it from happening again," he said.

The Federal Highway Administration says about a quarter of the country’s 607,000 bridges are structurally deficient.

And while Congress is not in session this week, calls for investigations into the Internal Revenue Service after learning it targeted conservative groups for special scrutiny, and into the Justice Department’s decision to search the emails of journalists working on stories about national security, continue to dominate the news in Washington.


London hacking suspect
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Kenyan officials say a suspect in last week's savage murder of a British soldier in London was arrested in 2010 near the East African country's border with Somalia.

Michael Adebolajo and five others were detained and questioned by Kenyan authorities in the port city of Mombasa over links to the al-Qaida-linked Somali militant group al-Shabab.

Adebolajo was believed to have been preparing to train and fight with al-Shabab, but was released after two days due to lack of evidence.

Kenya's government spokesman said he was arrested under the fake name he was using at the time, Michael Olemendis Ndemolajo, and handed to British authorities.

British soldier Lee Rigby, who had served a tour of duty in Afghanistan, was killed in broad daylight last week near the Royal Artillery Barracks in southeast London. Video footage shows Adebolajo wielding a bloodied knife and meat cleaver, shouting threats and "God is Great" in Arabic.

Saturday, British police arrested three men in their 20s in connection with the murder, two of them at a residential address in southeast London and one on a London street. All three were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

Also Saturday, thousands in northern British city of Newcastle protested Rigby's murder and demanded more government efforts to monitor radicals and extremists in the country.

The two suspects in the stabbing, Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale, remain under guard in a hospital after being shot by police during their apprehension.

Both suspects are believed to have converted to Islam after being brought up Christian by their African immigrant families. The two men told bystanders they were acting in retaliation against British forces killing Muslims. Neither one has been charged.

Another young man was arrested Friday on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. News reports identify him as Abu Nusaybah, a friend of Michael Adebolajo.

In an interview with the BBC hours before his arrest, Nusaybah said Adebolajo had been approached by Britain's security service months ago to work as an informant, which he refused. Nusaybah said Adebolajo had changed after a visit to Kenya.


Killer robots draw concern
for fear of being independent


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

United Nations’ special rapporteur on executions has joined calls for a moratorium on so-called killer robots, automated weapons systems which critics fear may one day operate independently from human commanders. It may sound like something from a sci-fi movie, but campaigners say the threat is real and the robots already exist.

A human-sized robot joined campaigners outside the British Parliament last month to highlight what they say are the imminent dangers of automated weapons systems or killer robots.

Among them was American Jody Williams, who won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize for her role in the campaign to ban land mines.

"There has to be discussion about technology that will totally transform war. And when my country wants to call it a bloodless battlefield I feel enraged," said Ms. Williams.

Unmanned combat air vehicles, or drones, have been a part of warfare for several years and form a key part of the United States’ battle against militants in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The X-47B drone, currently undergoing flight testing, is one of the world’s most advanced, able to take off from an aircraft carrier. Many countries operate drone programs.

Noel Sharkey, a professor of artificial intelligence and robotics, and chairman of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, says drones mark the final step in the industrial revolution of war.

“Now the big question is, ‘who is looking at the targets, who is deciding when to fire it?’ We’re only concerned with the kill function being autonomous. So we need proper human supervision to select the targets and engage them," said Sharkey.

Sharkey says currently all drones operate under human supervision.

But supporters argue that technology like drones can eliminate human fallacy from the battlefield.

Professor Christopher Coker of the London School of Economics is author of "Warrior Geeks: How 21st Century Technology is Changing the Way We Fight and Think about War."

“One argument is they have greater oversight than anyone’s ever had before. They are actually watching the target for hours at a time sometimes, days at a time, so there’s a certain behavioral profile and on that basis they take the decision on whether to strike or not. But that gives you no greater insight into the character that you’re actually dealing with, and, of course, there is collateral damage as well," said Coker.

The soundtrack to a promotional video from South Korean industrial giant Samsung Techwin for its SGR-A1 sentry robot, which aims to replace border or security guards with intelligent surveillance cameras.

It is armed with a 5.5-mm. machine gun but still controlled by human operators. The campaign group Human Rights Watch says it fears the human element could one day easily be removed.

Again, professor of robotics Noel Sharkey.

“The thing about an autonomous robot is you couldn’t hold it accountable. It’s not a moral agent. So who do you hold accountable? Well the problem is that you’re probably going to talk about having the commander being accountable. But that really wouldn’t be fair because there are so many things that can go wrong within a robot," he said.

Campaigners say there is huge interest from industrial corporations in developing so-called killer robots.

The U.N.’s special rapporteur on executions has joined calls for a moratorium on their deployment.

The issue is due to be discussed at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva Wednesday.


Intelligence found linked
to filter for useless information


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

New research indicates there is a strong link between the brain’s ability to ignore useless information and intelligence.

Researchers at the University of Rochester in New York state say they can predict a person’s intelligence quotient, or IQ, using some simple visual tests.

Test subjects were asked to watch brief video clips of black and white bars moving across a computer screen within three different sized circles. They were asked to identify in which direction the bars drifted.

The exercise measures the brain's unconscious ability to filter out visually distracting background motions. The study, researchers said, shows that individuals whose brains are better at automatically suppressing background motion perform better on standard measures of intelligence such as a written IQ test, which subjects were also given.

According to the study, subjects with higher IQ scores were able to perceive the direction of movement when observing the smallest image. The findings support previous research that people with higher IQs are able to make perceptual judgments more quickly and have faster reflexes.

However, the higher a person's IQ, the slower they were at detecting movement when presented with the larger images.

"From previous research, we expected that all participants would be worse at detecting the movement of large images, but high IQ individuals were much, much worse," says Michael Melnick, a doctoral candidate in brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester.

The key discovery, researchers said, is how closely this natural filtering ability is linked to a person’s IQ score.

Researchers say there was a 64 percent correlation between motion or distraction suppression and IQ scores. Other research exploring the relationship between intelligence and color discrimination, sensitivity to pitch and reaction times only have shown a 20 to 40 percent correlation, scientists said.

"In our first experiment, the effect for motion was so strong," said Duje Tadin, a senior author on the study and an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester. "I really thought this was a fluke."

The test represents the first non-verbal and culturally unbiased way to assess IQ, researchers said.

"Because intelligence is such a broad construct, you can't really track it back to one part of the brain," said Tadin. "But since this task is so simple and so closely linked to IQ, it may give us clues about what makes a brain more efficient, and, consequently, more intelligent."

According to the study, the relationship between IQ and motion suppression points to the fundamental cognitive processes that underlie intelligence. The brain’s ability to filter important information from the bombardment of sensory information is an indication of the brain’s efficiency and therefore intelligence.

"Rapid processing is of little utility unless it is restricted to the most relevant information," the authors conclude.

"We know from prior research which parts of the brain are involved in visual suppression of background motion. This new link to intelligence provides a good target for looking at what is different about the neural processing, what's different about the neurochemistry, what's different about the neurotransmitters of people with different IQs," says Tadin.

The unexpected link between IQ and motion filtering was reported online in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on May 23.


Brazilian jet manufacturer
basking in flood of sales


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Embraer SA, the world's third-largest commercial jet maker, expects just one more big regional jet order as a result of its current U.S. sales campaign, Chief Executive Officer Frederico Curado said in an interview, after the Brazilian plane maker clinched three of four major deals since December.
 
“After the American Airlines competition, the game is over for a while,” Curado told the Reuters Latin America Investment Summit late Thursday, reinforcing views that Embraer has come away victorious in the latest round against Canadian rival Bombardier, Inc.
 
Curado said much of the lingering demand for regional jets over the next year or so, which could amount to between 150-250 planes seating up to 76 passengers, is likely to be satisfied by outstanding options in recent contracts.
 
Embraer booked the lion's share of those contracts over the past six months, with 117 firm orders from United Airlines and regional operators SkyWest Inc and Republic Airways, plus options for an additional 247 jets.
 
Bombardier's only major U.S. contract in the same period was a December deal with Delta Air Lines for 40 firm orders and 30 options.
 
Embraer's flurry of new orders this year, worth at least $4.8 billion at list prices, guaranteed stable or growing output of its regional E-Jets in coming years, Curado said, in his first interview since a milestone Tuesday order from SkyWest.
 
Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts estimate that Embraer's order backlog may rise from a six-year low last year to 16.1 billion Brazilian reales ($78.58 billion) by June, its highest since 2009.
 
While U.S. demand has concentrated on the smaller E175, due to renegotiated labor contracts for regional airlines, Curado said there is ongoing sales activity for larger models in the E-Jet lineup, despite a slowdown in their traditional markets.
 
“Europe is facing a tricky economic outlook and the Chinese market for regional aviation has been settling. So at this point we're talking about smaller volumes, but the E190 is the most-sold of the E-Jet family and that should continue,” he said.
 
Embraer's backlog should continue to grow next year, according to analysts at Brazilian investment bank BTG Pactual, pointing to the outlook for smaller orders from emerging markets and continued demand in North America.
 
Curado said he expected most demand for jets of around 100 seats to come from fleet renewals over the coming decade, rather than market growth. He mentioned hundreds of aging Fokker 100, McDonnell Douglas DC-9 and Boeing 737-200/300 that will need to be replaced.
 
While that represents a small slice of airlines' global fleets, Curado said it will remain Embraer's core business, justifying a hefty investment to renew the E-Jet lineup with more fuel-efficient engines, wings and other systems by 2018.
 
Engineers have been working two years on the specifications of the next generation of planes, Curado said, but the program is still awaiting approval by Embraer's board of directors.
 
Many analysts expect the formal launch of the next generation next  month at the Paris Air Show, which Curado neither confirmed nor denied.
 
If Embraer does go ahead with the program, Curado said it could cover development costs using cash flow and debt, with no need to raise new capital.


Colombia and rebels OK
one aspect of agreement


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The government of Colombia and the country's largest rebel group have agreed on land reform, after more than six months of peace talks.

Their deal calls for the economic and social development of rural areas and providing land to poor farmers.

Land reform is one of the most contentious issues in the talks on ending five decades of conflict.

This step is the first major advance in six months of peace talks taking place in Cuba.

A joint statement warns that the agreement is "conditioned on reaching an agreement on the totality of the agenda," because the talks are based on the principle that "nothing is agreed upon until everything is agreed upon."

The Fuerza Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia has been fighting the Colombian government since the 1960s. It is the longest-running insurgency in Latin America.


Judge raps Sheriff Joe
on claims of profiling


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. federal judge has ruled that an Arizona sheriff known for his tough policies has been singling out Latinos in immigration patrols and traffic stops.

U.S. District Judge Murray Snow ruled Friday in Phoenix that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his officers unfairly targeted Latino drivers when pulling people over for traffic stops and identity checks.

A controversial Arizona law allows law enforcement officers to randomly stop people and check their immigration status.

Snow said Arpaio was using racial profiling to make law enforcement decisions. He said the evidence demonstrates that the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office specifically equated being a Hispanic or Mexican day laborer, as opposed to a Caucasian or African American, with being an unauthorized alien.

The ruling was the result of a lawsuit brought last year by a group of Latino drivers who accused Arpaio's officers of using race to decide which motorists to stop. The lawsuit sought no damages, just corrective action.

The American Civil Liberties Union has praised the ruling. Latino civil rights organizations also praised the ruling and said they looked forward to seeing reforms implemented in the sheriff's office. Arpaio, who won re-election in November, has not commented but is expected to appeal.

Arizona lies on the U.S. border with Mexico and is often at the center of discussions on immigration policy.
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San Pedro condo
Condo for Sale in Flor del Este
Lourdes, Montes de Oca San Jose

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
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7973-8/23/13

Guaancaate condos
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Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

$28,500 - Little Dreams - Ocotal beach studio condo, furnished upper floor condo in great complex just 1 mile from Ocotal beach, 2 miles from Coco beach, great price for this complex.
$70,000 - La Colina - another Ocotal beach 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, 80 m2 and fully furnished with upgraded kitchen, complex has Infinity pool, mountain views.

$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website WendyLovesCostaRica.com. All 3 of these condos are about 35 minutes away from Liberia Intl. airport, no need to drive a long way to get to your condo.  Call for more information, 1-415-670-9382 or 011-506-826-1211. Or email Wendy@WendyLovesCostaRica.com.
7971-6/23/13

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- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
- Beachfront Residential Lots from $35,000! Financing Available
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7972-8/9/13

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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

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This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at www.dreamincostarica.com and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!
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 the international 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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7725-5/15/13

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 on site,
security and lawn maintenance.
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

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

just reduced
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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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Pavlof volcano eruption on May 18

Two volcanoes in Alaska
continue their active stage

By the U.S. Geological Survey

Two of Alaska’s most active volcanoes, Pavlof and Cleveland, are currently erupting. Their activity continues at low levels, but energetic explosions could occur without warning.

Located close to the western end of the Alaska Peninsula, Pavlof is one of the most active volcanoes in the Aleutian arc, having erupted more than 40 times since the late 1700’s.

Pavlof has been erupting since May 13 with relatively low-energy lava fountaining and minor emissions of ash, steam, and gas. So far, volcanic ash from this eruption has reached as high as 22,000 feet above sea level. The ash plume has interfered with regional airlines and resulted in trace amounts of ash fall on nearby communities. The ash plume is currently too low to impact commercial airliners that fly between North America and Asia at altitudes generally above 30,000 feet.

Cleveland, located on Chuginadak Island in the Aleutian Islands, is also one of Alaska’s most persistently active volcanoes. It has exhibited some sign of unrest almost annually since the early 1980s, with at least 19 confirmed eruptive events since then.

The current episode of eruptive activity at Cleveland has been characterized by single, discrete explosions, minor ash emissions, and small flows of lava and debris on the upper flanks of the volcano. On several occasions, ash-producing explosions have occurred reaching as high as 35,000 feet.

A small lava dome formed in the summit crater of Cleveland volcano in late January, 2013. At that time, the dome was about 300 feet in diameter and remained that size until a brief eruption on May 4 explosively removed a portion of the dome. The presence of a lava dome increases the possibility of an explosive eruption, but it does not necessarily indicate that one will occur.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is responsible for monitoring and issuing timely warnings of potential volcano activity. The Survey and its partners operate five volcano observatories, and monitoring of these two volcanoes is coordinated through the Alaska Volcano Observatory,


4.0 quake in southern zone

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Laboratorio de Ingenieria Sismica reported early today that a 4.0 magnitude earthquake took place at 2:36 a.m. in the southern zone. The Universidad de Costa Rica agency said that the epicenter was estimated to be 5.4 kilometers southwest of Rio Claro de Guaycara, Golfito. The Laboratorio said that the quake was felt strongest in Golfito, Corredores, San Vito and Ciudad Neily.

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