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This is part of the new form that some U.S. bank account holders must use.
There is yet another deadline for some U.S. citizens
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. government has changed the form that some taxpayers must use to report their overseas bank account. But the agency has put the form online.

That is the news from the Association of Americans Resident Overseas, an expat advocacy organization.

The association noted that Americans overseas and U.S. green card holders are required to file the Foreign Bank Account Report if the aggregate value of all their overseas bank accounts abroad exceeded for even one day $10,000 in the 2012 tax year.

"The penalties for not filing are very high and we all
 know that banks are talking to each other more and more, so it's just not worth ignoring this obligation, which has nothing to do with income taxes," said the association.  "The form is not filed with your tax form or sent to the IRS."

The U.S. Treasury Department must receive the form by June 30, the association noted. The downloaded .pdf file can be filled out with Adobe Reader. The form, known as FBAR, can be found HERE!

Although the form is available electronically, it must be delivered by mail or express service to the Treasury Department in Detroit, Michigan.

Details are given in the .pdf. file.







Looking very much like a synchronized swim team, Costa Rican fire fighters participate in training designed to help them rescue persons trapped in urban floods.


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Fire fighters preparing for the certainty of flooding
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tuesday and Wednesday gave proof that the country is well within the rainy season. Further evidence is that fire fighters are in training to effect urban rescues during flooding.

The latest course was this week at the Academia de Bomberos in Miramar. Some 24 fire fighters participated as did two from Nicaragua.

The trainees, of course, learned water rescue techniques but also the use of lines and other devices to bring flood victims out of the water.
They also learned how to use their equipment that includes a life vest, a helmet, a whistle  and boots. Water rescue is just one of many courses given at the academy, but this training will certainly be tested as the rains develop.

Each year flooding rivers inundate Costa Rican communities. Fire fighters and their heavy trucks are called in to rescue stranded persons and perhaps to save those being carried away by flooding.

The Cruz Roja also has a water safety organization that is equipped with boats and other rescue devices as do local emergency committees.

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Slight reduction authorized
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

All prices of petroleum-based products are going down, but only diesel is getting a significant cut.

The Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos issued its monthly report Wednesday and said that super gasoline would go down two colons a liter to 742 colons and that plus gasoline would go down three colons to 702.

Diesel goes from 641 to 619, a reduction of 22 colons when the new prices are published in the La Gaceta official newspaper.


Symphonic concert this week
features three percussionists


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fernando Meza of the University of Minnesota,  Bismarck Fernández, currently with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and Ricardo Alvarado, another international percussionist, will be the headliners Friday and Sunday for the fifth concert of the season by the orchestra.

Both the event Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. will be in the Teatro Nacional. The director will be Lior Shambadal.

The three soloists will interpret "The Glory and the Grandure: A Concert for Percussion and Orchestra" by the U.S. composer Richard Peck. The music calls for at least a dozen different percussion instruments.

Also on the program is a work by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Alvarado studied at the Instituto Nacional de la Música under Fernández and Meza.


Chinese president due here

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

San José residents are facing another disruption tas Chinese President Xi Jinping visits beginning Monday.

The central government already has ordered a day off for public employes in three central cantons.

The Chinese leader will be arriving at  Juan Santamaría airport. He plans later visits to two Caribbean countries and than a meeting next week in California with U.S. President Barack Obama.


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Evening musical event
features famed pianist

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The afternoon music event at the Teatro Nacional today at 5:10 p.m. features pianist Juan Pablo Andrade. This is the weekly Música al Atardecer that seeks to catch Costa Ricans on their way home from work. Admission is 4,000 colons (about $8) with a big discount for seniors and students.

Andrade, a much recognized musician, will be playing Mozart, Ravel and Brahms. He just returned from a tour to Italy and Austria.

He now is a professor at a Texas university.


12K race is scheduled
for Sunday in Cartago


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tecnológico de Costa Rica. in Cartago presents its 18th edition of the Carrera Clásica TEC Sunday. This is a 12-kilometer race with a money prize for victors.

The 8 a.m. start is on the university's central campus and the route goes through a number of Cartago neighborhoods.


Modified mosquitoes fail
to seek out human beings


By the Howard Hughes Medical Institute new staff

In one of the first successful attempts at genetically engineering mosquitoes, researchers have altered the way the insects respond to odors, including the smell of humans and the insect repellant DEET. The research not only demonstrates that mosquitoes can be genetically altered using the latest research techniques, but paves the way to understanding why the insect is so attracted to humans, and how to block that attraction.

“The time has come now to do genetics in these important disease-vector insects. I think our new work is a great example that you can do it,” says Leslie Vosshall, an investigator at The Rockefeller University who led the new research, published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

In 2007, scientists announced the completion of the full genome sequence of Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that transmits dengue and yellow fever. A year later, when Vosshall became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, she shifted the focus of her lab from Drosophila flies to mosquitoes with the specific goal of genetically engineering the insects. Studying mosquitoes appealed to her because of their importance as disease carriers, as well as their unique attraction to humans.

Ms. Vosshall’s first target: a gene called orco, which her lab had deleted in genetically engineered flies 10 years earlier. “We knew this gene was important for flies to be able to respond to the odors they respond to,” says Ms. Vosshall. “And we had some hints that mosquitoes interact with smells in their environment, so it was a good bet that something would interact with orco in mosquitoes.”

Ms. Vosshall’s team turned to a genetic engineering tool called zinc-finger nucleases to specifically mutate the orco gene in Aedes aegypti. They injected the targeted zinc-finger nucleases into mosquito embryos, waited for them to mature, identified mutant individuals, and generated mutant strains that allowed them to study the role of orco in mosquito biology. The engineered mosquitoes showed diminished activity in neurons linked to odor-sensing. Then, behavioral tests revealed more changes.

When given a choice between a human and any other animal, normal Aedes aegypti will reliably buzz toward the human. But the mosquitoes with orco mutations showed reduced preference for the smell of humans over guinea pigs, even in the presence of carbon dioxide, which is thought to help mosquitoes respond to human scent. “By disrupting a single gene, we can fundamentally confuse the mosquito from its task of seeking humans,” says Ms. Vosshall. But they don’t yet know whether the confusion stems from an inability to sense a bad smell coming from the guinea pig, a good smell from the human, or both.

Next, the team tested whether the mosquitoes with orco mutations responded differently to DEET. When exposed to two human arms — one slathered in a solution containing 10 percent DEET, the active ingredient in many bug repellants, and the other untreated — the mosquitoes flew equally toward both arms, suggesting they couldn’t smell the DEET. But once they landed on the arms, they quickly flew away from the DEET-covered one.

“This tells us that there are two totally different mechanisms that mosquitoes are using to sense DEET,” explains Ms. Vosshall. “One is what’s happening in the air, and the other only comes into action when the mosquito is touching the skin.” Such dual mechanisms had been discussed but had never been shown before.

Ms. Vosshall and her collaborators next want to study in more detail how the orco protein interacts with the mosquitoes’ odorant receptors to allow the insects to sense smells. “We want to know what it is about these mosquitoes that makes them so specialized for humans,” she said. “And if we can also provide insights into how existing repellants are working, then we can start having some ideas about what a next-generation repellant would look like.”

 
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Embassy staffers clearly got a kick out of participating in the Gangnam-Style promotional video. They probably would dispute the critic who called the production a ridiculous music video.

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U.S. Embassy staffers dance on YouTube to defeat coyotes
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Staffers at the U.S. Embassy on the Pavas Boulevard are
continuing to dabble in showbiz.

The latest effort is a Gangnam-Style promotional video in Spanish for tourist visas to the United States. Tourism is a big priority with the Barack Obama administration, and the embassy here has come a long way since the time when Costa Ricans had to stand outside in the rain awaiting a visa interview. The video is subtitled in English.

Now, it seems, embassy staffers really want to approve visa applications.
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The embassy has reported that more than 80 percent of the applicants are approved anyway. But there still is a steady flow of illegals taking a long and dangerous trip through Central America to challenge the U.S. border.

Usually these illegal immigrants use the services of so-called coyotes.

Well, the embassy video has someone dressed up in a real coyote outfit as an example of who should not be trusted.
 When last seen, the Wile E. Coyote markdown was chasing a Costa Rican around the embassy lawn.

The embassy staff enlisted the aid of Costa Rican singer  Daniel Castillo to get the workers dancing. Even Ambassador Anne Slaughter Andrew dons sunglasses and catches the beat.

Outside much of the staff can be seen in a traditional  Gangnam Style flashmob. The video is being featured on the embassy Web site with a link to the YouTube video.

Embassy staffers put together a side-splitting video in 2011 to warn tourists to avoid crimes while visiting.

The embassy here is not the only one getting YouTube time.  The embassy in Manilla put up a song and dance number in December but it does not seem to carry a serious message as the production here does. Embassies in Laos, Cambodia, South Korea, Brazil and others.

The only serious criticism seems to come from Ambassador Andrew's home state of Indiana. The most unkind words come from a conservative Internet commentator named Debbie Schlussel, who said the production was a ridiculous music video and that the United States did not need to advertise to get visa violators.

In Costa Rica, the embassy video got positive writeups in the Spanish-language press and on television.


Costa Rica getting another hero of its 19th century war
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica is about to get a new hero.  He is Nicolás Aguilar Murillo, who distinguished himself in the war against the filibusters in 1856 and 1857.

The Comisión Permanente de Asuntos Sociales reported out the bill Wednesday, and it now goes to the full legislature for approval.

The bill also instructs the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud and the Ministerio de Educación Pública to remember the Barva man every Sept. 10 and to include an account of his exploits in educational material.

Aguilar was born Sept. 10, 1834, and spent most of his life in Barva. He joined the Costa Rican army when he was 22. He was among about 200 persons who were sent along the Río San Juan to attack troops of U.S. filibuster William Walker. This was called La Campaña del Río.
Illness and other problems reduced the attacking force to 80, and Aguilar appears to have done much more than just holdup his end.

Among other feats, he managed to capture a cannon and later helped take over the steamship "San Carlos" that was Walker's flagship along the river.

Aguilar is called by the rank of colonel in the bill, but that was an honor awarded much later when he had fallen on hard times. The legislature authorized the military rank and awarded him a pension in 1892. Later he was decorated with a gold medal in front of the Monumental Nacional that was unveiled the same day in 1895.

By honoring Aguilar, the legislature would open the door for the installation of monuments honoring him.

A principal promotor of the bill is legislator Marielos Alfaro Murillo.

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U.S. regulators surprised by genetically modified wheat in Oregon
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A strain of genetically engineered wheat never approved for sale or consumption by authorities was found sprouting on a farm in Oregon, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Wednesday.
 
The wheat was developed years ago by biotechnology company Monsanto Co. but never put into use because of worldwide opposition to genetically engineered wheat.
 
The most recent field test of such wheat was in 2005.
 
Roughly half of the U.S. wheat crop is exported and most of the crop is used in making food such as breads, pastries, cookies and noodles. USDA officials said the Food and Drug Administration determined years ago there is no health risk to humans from the strain, though.
 
“Hopefully, our trading partners will be very understanding,” Michael Scuse, the acting U.S. deputy agriculture secretary, said at a briefing with reporters.
 
Scuse said trading partners and major customers for U.S. wheat had been informed of the discovery over the past day.
 
Genetically modified crops cannot be grown legally in the United States unless the government approves them after a review to ensure they pose no threat to the environment or to people.
 
Monsanto entered four strains of glyphosate-resistant wheat for U.S.
approval in the 1990s but there was no final decision by regulators because the company decided there was no market.
 
The genetically modified wheat sprouted this spring on an Oregon farm, in a field that grew winter wheat in 2012.
 
When the farmer sprayed the so-called “volunteer” plants with a glyphosate herbicide, some of them unexpectedly survived. Samples were then sent to Oregon State University and to USDA for analysis.
 
Testing showed the wheat was a Monsanto-developed strain resistant to glyphosate. Monsanto is assisting in the investigation, USDA said.
 
Monsanto tested Roundup-Ready wheat varieties, those resistant to spraying by the widely-used herbicide, in 16 states from 1998 to 2005, said USDA.
 
Scuse and Michael Firko, who oversees USDA's biotechnology approval process, said USDA was investigating how the strain appeared on the farm when no seeds should have been available for several years.
 
“I think it will have a significant impact,” said Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Association, which battled to keep genetically modified wheat out of the marketplace years ago.
 
The U.S. Senate last week rejected by a wide margin a measure to allow states to order labeling of food made with genetically engineered, or GE, crops. Cummins said the discovery of the rogue plants in Oregon would accelerate efforts to require GE food labels.

 
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Success of invasive species
may not hold for all of them

By the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
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For decades, ecologists have assumed the worst invasive species — such as brown tree snakes and kudzu — have an away-field advantage. They succeed because they do better in their new territories than they do at home. A new study led by the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center reveals that this fundamental assumption is not nearly as common as people might think.

The away-field advantage hypothesis hinges on this idea: Successful invaders do better in a new place because the environment is more hospitable to them. They escape their natural enemies, use novel weapons on unsuspecting natives and generally outcompete natives on their own turf by disrupting the balance of nature in their new ecosystems.

“They’ve been presumed to be good citizens at home and bad citizens away,” said ecologist John Parker, lead author of the paper published in the May issue of the journal Ecology. But when researchers investigated it on a large scale, they discovered the assumption was not true for all, or even most, of the species they looked at.

The research team, which included 24 invasion biologists from the National Science Foundation-funded Global Invasions Network, compiled data on 53 different plant and animal invaders. They pulled 37 from the list of “100 of the World’s Worst Invasive Alien Species,” and 16 from an exhaustive search of the published literature. They ended up with a list that included European green crabs, Asian kelp, nutria, brown tree snakes, garlic mustard and other common suspects. After combing through hundreds to thousands of papers to find published demographic data, they were able to do a statistical analysis of whether invaders were bigger, more reproductively successful and thus more abundant in their introduced ranges.

On the surface the assumption seemed to hold true. Across all 53 species, there was a 96 percent probability invaders would do better in their adopted ecosystems. But closer inspection revealed some surprising weaknesses within the paradigm. When they looked at individual species, they discovered a handful of extremely successful invaders were driving up the average. In reality, more than half of the species performed roughly the same at home versus abroad, and a few were even likely to perform worse in foreign territory.

This suggests that the key to a successful invasion depends less on the environment and more on the individual species doing the invading. Plants, for example, were more likely than animals to thrive abroad in this study. But even the plants showed a wide range of variability, with many, like garlic mustard, performing equally well in both their introduced and home ranges.

“The general notion that invasive species are doing something fundamentally different in their new versus their old ranges may be a fair starting point overall, but there is a lot of grey area even for the worst-case invaders,” Parker said. “These findings might also have applications for management. Some species might be invasive regardless of novel conditions, whereas others thrive only because of their new environment. If this new found success is reversible, it’s these latter species that might be our best bet to try and control.”


Chinese army will fight
mock battle with digital arms


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

China's state news agency says the Chinese army will conduct an exercise next month to test new types of combat forces, including units using digital technology.

Xinhua reported Wednesday the drill marks the first time China's military will focus on digitalized combat forces to be used in informationalized war.

The announcement of the digitalized combat forces comes as U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to talk about cybersecurity next week with Chinese President Xi Jinping, amid fresh reports of cyber attacks on critical American defense systems.

U.S. officials have not commented on the latest reports, but White House spokesman Jay Carney says he is certain cybersecurity will be discussed when President Obama meets with President Xi in California.  Carney calls the issue a key concern for the administration that U.S. officials raise at every level in meetings with Chinese counterparts.

Monday, The Washington Post newspaper published parts of a confidential defense report accusing Chinese cyberspies of compromising some of the most sensitive and advanced U.S. weapons systems.

Classified sections of the report outlined more than two-dozen breaches of missile defense and other weapons systems by Chinese hackers, including many that had not been previously reported.

China firmly denies involvement in the hacking attempts.  It has also returned the accusation, saying U.S.-based hackers have attacked several Chinese military websites.

The defense report says the weapons designs the hackers compromised include the advanced Patriot missile system and the Navy's Aegis ballistic missile defense system.  Vital aircraft and ships, such as the F/A-18 fighter jet, the Black Hawk helicopter and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, are also reported to have been targeted.


Hospital prices out of line
with actual costs, experts say


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Americans like to consider their health care the best of the best.  But in the most recent Central Intelligence Agency life expectancy estimates, the U.S. ranks 51st in the world.  And the cost?  Americans pay at least twice as much for their health care than most developed nations, including England and France.  These costs hit uninsured Americans the hardest.  And the charges vary from hospital to hospital.

Rickey Dana is one of millions of Americans living with a long-term illness.

"I would wake up in the middle of the night, vomiting whatever I had eaten, if there was anything left in there.  It was disastrous," said Ms. Dana.

The diagnosis: chronic Lyme disease, a tick-borne bacterial infection.  Her pre-existing condition of depression had already caused insurance companies to either deny her coverage or offer unaffordable policies.  And the bills kept adding up.

"March. March. March. March. These were all due within a week of each other," she said.

Her doctor put her on four different drugs and told her she needed rest.  But all she could think about was how to get by after losing her job and racking up tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

"I have to pay rent, and you're charging me $400 for a 30-minute consult.  But you don't want me to have stress in my life," she said.

New data released from the government this month reveal the costs of care vary wildly from hospital to hospital.  For example, the same procedure can cost $12,000 or $37,000 in Arkansas; $35,000 or about $100,000 in different California hospitals; and $14,000 or $32,000 in Virginia. 

Gerard Anderson heads the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management.  He says hospitals have marked up the charges so much over the past 30 years that they no longer have any ties to actual costs.

"It's not the input prices.  It's not the cost of nurses and labor and those kinds of things.  It is just what they choose to charge," said Anderson.
 
Michelle Katz is a nurse and health care consultant.  She says those pricing practices are unfair.

"There needs to be some sort of regulation, some sort of transparency, where if I go to the hospital I know I'm not going to go into debt because I went into the hospital," said Ms. Katz.

Millions of Americans like Ms. Dana are hoping when a key part of the Obama Administration's health care reform initiative goes into effect next year, it will fix these sky-rocketing costs.  The Affordable Care Act will give tens of millions of Americans new access to health care services.  But Anderson says the wild and inconsistent charges won't be going down.

"It's not bringing them back to a normal, reasonable amount.  It's just constraining the rate of increase," he said.

Ms. Dana applied for financial aid and reduced her bills from $40,000 to $10,000.

"I didn't even have to fight them or anything.  They were great," she said.

But even then, the remaining double-digit cost has placed such a burden on her that she's had no choice but to leave her home for a cheaper place to live.

In another case, Tatyana Schum was at home with her dogs when a burning sensation ripped through her body.

"Unbelievable pain like I've never felt before," said Ms. Schum.
 
The pain was from an inflamed gallbladder that had to be removed in emergency surgery.

And that 90-minute procedure produced about $18,000 in bills. 

"$18,000 seems a little bit crazy," said Ms. Schum. "But then how do you know?"

You don't, according to Anderson at Johns Hopkins.

"If you go to a hospital in the United States and you want to know what you're going to get charged for an MRI or a day in the hospital or anything, they're not going to tell you.  And they're not required to tell you by law," said Anderson.

"That's hard for me to swallow, and I'll tell you why: It's because everybody's going to need a hospital at some point," said Ms. Schum.

Michelle Katz, a nurse and health care consultant. looked at the $18,000 bill.  She's written two books on how to bring down hospital costs.  Ms. Katz says patients can look out for additional charges or errors in bill coding.

"You know when you're typing on your iPhone and you accidentally push "P" instead of "O"?  That happens to people, and unfortunately it may be a code that's $50 compared to a code that's $1,000," said Ms. Katz.

Gallbladder surgery is seen as a moderate problem, or Level 3 in hospital speak.  But Ms. Schum was charged for a hospital stay with a Level 4 or high severity problem, the nurse noted.

Ms. Katz says sometimes a hospital charges a patient under a code that includes things that have already been billed.

"It's kind of like getting the Happy Meal [at McDonald's] and knowing what comes in it, then they charge you for an extra hamburger, and you didn't order it," she said.

"And don't forget the high cost of medication and medical supplies.  These $60 charges?  They're bags of salt water - or saline solution.  You can buy them online for less than $2.50 each."

"And you say, 'but it doesn't cost $60.'  And they say, 'but that's how much it costs in a hospital,'" said Anderson.

Ms. Schum took her bills to the hospital and the doctors to try to reduce her charges.  In all, they agreed to cut her bills from nearly $18,000 to $10,000. 

"It's amazing.  And it's much more manageable," she said.

They even gave Ms. Schum a payment timetable that works with her income.  And she hopes hospitals will start providing more cost transparency to patients so everyone can know they're getting good care at a fair price.


California professor uses
tips from traditional healers

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

 Many modern medicines have their origin in natural remedies, and some researchers say traditional herbal cures hold clues for modern medicine. A pharmacology professor who studies Native American healing is sharing what he has learned.

Hikers often explore the foothills of the Angeles National Forest, but one group of hikers has a purpose.  They are learning how Native Americans used the local vegetation in their healing, including plants like Yerba Santa, adopted by early Spanish settlers for lung problems.

The hike is led by James Adams, who teaches pharmacology at the University of Southern California.

“The science of pharmacology originally was the science of going out, talking to traditional healers, finding out which plants they used in their healing, and then taking those plants back to the lab to figure out why they work,” Adams said.

Aspirin, for example, was derived in the 19th century from salicylic acid, a long-time remedy for pains and fever found in plants like willow and meadowsweet.  It was developed and marketed by the German company Bayer.

Adams says each society has developed a form of medicine based on plants.

“Of course, in India, they have Ayurvedic medicine.  In China they have traditional Chinese medicine.  In the Arab countries, they have traditional Arabic healing.  The Jews have traditional Judaic healing, on and on.  Everybody has their own traditional healing that depends on plant medicines,” Adams said.

In California, Adams says, the Chumash people learned from experience which plants helped with specific ailments.

“We have, of course, the sagebrush, which makes a very powerful pain-relieving liniment that I think we should all learn how to use, because it is much safer than the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents.  It is much safer than the opioid drugs,” Adams said.

Besides easing aches and pains, Adams says the pleasant aroma of the California sagebrush helps people relax.  He says a plant called Spanish bayonet was used by American Indians for food.  Its leaves and roots produce a kind of soap, and the fiber from the stems can be used as a poultice for wounds, and for making clothing.

The plant called chamise can be used in a balm that helps with skin problems, and the anesthetic qualities of California bay help with toothaches. 

Adams warns that some plants are poisonous, and says knowledge of vegetation is essential.  He learned traditional native healing from a Chumash healer, and sometimes takes plant samples back to his laboratory to learn how they work.

He says modern pharmaceuticals remain important in medicine, but are often overused and can be harmful.

“Certainly if you need a drug that can help you, then you should use that drug.  But the thing that we keep forgetting is first and foremost to balance your health.  Get your body back into balance so that your body can heal itself,” Adams said.

Adams says a good diet and exercise are two keys to a healthy life, and that an educational hike looking for medicinal plants is another good way to keep the body in balance.


Chinese firm seeks to buy
Smithfield pork producer

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

China's Shuanghui International plans to buy Smithfield Foods Inc for $4.7 billion to feed a growing Chinese appetite for U.S. pork, but the proposed takeover of the world's No. 1 producer has stirred concern in the United States.
 
The transaction, announced on Wednesday, would rank as the largest Chinese takeover of a U.S. company, with an enterprise value of $7.1 billion, including debt assumption.
 
As it stands, the deal is the biggest Chinese play for a U.S. company since CNOOC Ltd. offered to buy Unocal for about $18 billion in 2005. The state-controlled energy company later withdrew that bid under U.S. political pressure.
 
Like similar foreign transactions, the Smithfield deal will face the scrutiny of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, or CFIUS, a government panel that assesses national security risks.
 
And at least one member of Congress said the deal raised alarms about food safety, noting Shuanghui was forced to recall tainted pork in the past.
 
“I have deep doubts about whether this merger best serves American consumers and urge federal regulators to put their concerns first,” U.S. Rep. Rose DeLauro, a Democrat from Connecticut, said in a statement.
 
Shuanghui is already majority shareholder of Henan Shuanghui Investment & Development Co., China's largest meat processor. It would join forces with a company that has a worldwide herd of 1.09 million sows, according to industry data compiled by Successful Farming magazine.
 
The CFIUS review process comes at a time of sour relations between the United States and China over cross-border deals. In the latest irritant, a $20.1 billion bid by Japan's SoftBank Corp to control U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Nextel Corp has fanned fears of Chinese cyber attacks against the United States.

Shuanghui offered $34 a share for Smithfield, a 31 percent premium to its closing stock price on Tuesday. The Chinese company will assume $2.4 billion of Smithfield's debt.
 

Caracas Otelevision station
moderates its tone after sale

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A flagship Venezuelan TV channel known for its militant opposition to late socialist leader Hugo Chávez has toned down under new owners, depriving the opposition of a favored platform as it fights a new government.
 
During Chavez's tumultuous 14-year rule, Globovision played a controversial and high-profile role: it was derided by officials as a pro-U.S., law-breaking broadcaster but feted in the opposition as a beacon of free speech.
 
Its majority owner, businessman Guillermo Zuloaga, who lives in exile in the United States, sold the station this month. The new bosses have made immediate changes, including stopping live broadcasts of opposition leader Henrique Capriles.
 
“I was told that the new directors gave an order not to show me live,” Capriles said on Twitter this week, arguing the buyers were stooges of recently elected President Nicolas Maduro's government.
 
“My eternal gratitude to the Globovision workers for having provided a window to speak to our people,” added Capriles, who lost last month's presidential election to Maduro by 1.5 percentage points but is disputing the result.
 
Globovision, now owned by three little-known businessmen who are also shareholders of a local insurance company, has denied accusations by some disgruntled workers at the broadcaster that it was kowtowing to the government.
 
“The board of directors has not banned any official or political leader from Globovision,” Globovision said in a statement. “On the contrary, the editorial policy consists in broadening the line of information and opinion to all voices in the country, without any discrimination.”
 
Still, various high-profile contributors, including opposition politician Ismael Garcia, who had a Sunday program, and anchor Francisco “Kico” Bautista, who became a household face of “anti-Chavismo,” are now gone.
 
Though private TV stations were openly anti-Chávez at the start of his tenure, including during a brief 2002 coup against him, one broadcaster later lost its license and others became more moderate in their public programming.
 
So Globovision had been an outlying, aggressive voice for the opposition on television. Its premises were attacked several times, and it faced a battery of legal charges and a multi-million-dollar fine over its coverage of jail violence.
 
Strident opposition to Chávez, and now to his successor Maduro, has continued among a plethora of newspapers and radio stations. One paper, for example, recently ran a front page picture of Maduro mocked up as Hitler.
 
On the other side, a huge array of state media defend the government and vilify Capriles as a fascist.
 
Some government officials have been rubbing their hands in glee over developments at Globovision, which was a constant thorn in their side, though it did also provide a useful argument against criticism they were crushing free speech.
 
“They sold because they ran out of money. They used the station as a political party,” scoffed Diosdado Cabello, the powerful vice president of the ruling Socialist Party.
 
Anti-government activists, glued to Globovision for years, are quickly turning to other venues such as webcasts of Capriles events.
 
Capriles also reaches a huge audience via Twitter: his 3.4 million following is the largest of any other Latin American politician, including heads of state. In fact, only the deceased Chávez beats him, with 4.2 million followers still.
 
“While it is tempting to be frightened by Globovision's demise, it's possible that we may not need it in the end,” wrote pro-opposition blogger Juan Cristobal Nagel. “With the advent of social media, perhaps we're all better off without our Globovision addiction.”
 
Throughout the Chávez years, most Venezuelan media were openly partisan and often caught up in controversy and journalists have stayed in the news under Maduro.
 
Influential state TV commentator Mario Silva, who for years acted as a pugnacious mouthpiece for “Chavismo,” had his nightly program pulled after the opposition released a recording purportedly showing him discussing corruption and conspiracy within state circles with a Cuban intelligence agent.
 
Like Capriles, Maduro has also been complaining of censorship. The president accused private media of ignoring his public announcements of plans to fight crime, and also said U.S. network CNN's Spanish-language channel was backing coup plans.
 
“It's a TV station at the service of destabilization, calling openly for a coup d'etat in Venezuela, distorting the political and social life of our fatherland,” he said this week in his latest dramatic accusations since taking office.

 
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Casa de Eden
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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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7982-6/30/13

San Pedro condo
Condo for Sale in Flor del Este
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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

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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.
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$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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- Beachfront Residential Lots from $35,000! Financing Available
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- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
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7972-8/9/13

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

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7967-7/17/13

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

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

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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.  There is an 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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- 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
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- 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
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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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Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Latin American countries must review and strengthen the institutions and instruments in order to maximize the contribution of natural resources to regional development, particularly in the current cycle of high prices.

That is the thrust of a report released this week by the U.S. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The report "Natural resources within the Union of South American Nations: Status and trends for a regional development agenda" was presented by Antonio Prado, deputy executive secretary of the United Nations regional commission, at the Conference of the Union of South American Nations in Caracas, Venezuela.

In the document, the commission analyzes the issue of natural resource governance in the region, which refers to the set of national policies over ownership and allotment of natural resources and the distribution of productivity gains arising from their exploitation.

Latin America and the Caribbean has 65 percent of the world's reserves in lithium, 42 percent of silver, 38 percent of copper, 33 percent of tin,  21 percent of iron, 18 percent of bauxite and 14 percent of nickel. It also has large oil reserves: a third of world bioethanol production, almost 25 percent of biofuels and 13 percent of oil.

The region has around 30 percent of the world's total renewable water resources, which represents over 70 percent of the water throughout the Americas, as well as having 21 percent of the planet's forests and plentiful biodiversity.

However, the region has major weaknesses, such as low investment in infrastructure and poor performance in innovation, science and technology.

According to Prado "Historically, the region has been unable to translate the boom periods of exporting its resources into long-term economic development processes.  The challenge for the countries of the region is to generate and efficiently invest extraordinary revenue from the current price cycle with social and environmental sustainability".

In the new report, the commission describes the various legal and economic instruments that Latin American and Caribbean States have at their disposal to appropriate and distribute the revenues from the exploitation of natural resources relating to mining, water and hydrocarbons.

Between 2000 and 2010, the region's oil exports did not follow the upward trend of prices, unlike the pattern in the rest of the world. Despite this, estimated income of the hydrocarbons sector during the boom of 2004-2009 was double the average recorded between 1990 and 2003.

The Commission describes the region as facing the challenge of achieving homogenization and integration in energy consumption, with a view to narrowing the subregional divides that still persist, namely: the heterogeneity of natural resources, supply structures and energy consumption, and the need to achieve institutional consolidation and establish the basic conditions for renewable energy promotion and penetration policies.



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