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Government and teachers finally agree to end strike
By Michael Krumholtz
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By planting their signatures on the latest proposal, the country's education officials have finally put an end to the strikes that kept many public school teachers out of classrooms for five weeks.

Teacher unions issued the list of demands with oversight from the Catholic Church Monday. Similar to past proposals, this document requires the government to supply full payments for all unpaid salaries from February to May. In all cases, the state has 72 hours to make the payments. The document also calls for the formation of a high-level commission to investigate the Integra2 payroll system at the root of the pay catastrophe.

Minister of Educación Sonia Marta Mora
 Escalante said Monday that the government was willing to accept the latest list of demands as long as teachers put a stop to all strikes.

“The proposal is reasonable and, although it demands an extraordinary effort, the administration is in capacity to respond to our teachers' demands,” Minister Mora said.

Region by region, divisions of the Asociación Nacional de Educadores voted to pass the agreement and return teachers to school.

A group of union heads, government officials, and the archbishop of San José then met to sign the final document Monday afternoon. According to the document, the government cannot levy any sanctions against teachers for missing school time while striking.


Burial was Monday for slain wife of  U.S. expat
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican wife of a U. S. expat was buried Monday after being fatally stabbed last week in the parking lot of a dental clinic in Curridabat.

The woman, Marlin Corrales Alfaro, 38, and husband Mike Lomax had been married since 2001. She is also survived by the couple's two sons, 12-year-old Isaac and 8-year-old Mikey, and her two sisters.

Ms. Corrales was a nurse who finished at the top of her graduating class from Universidad Autónoma de Centro América. She recently earned a nurse practitioner degree, according to Lomax.

She was also an administrator at their dental laboratory, Reliable Arts Dental Lab in
Curridabat. The lab is associated with the Costa Rica Dental Clinic.

Ms. Corrales and her niece were attacked near the dental clinic Thursday. Her niece was able to take the knife out of the assailant's hand and stab him in the groin, but not after suffering serious wounds to her neck and hand. The niece was taken to Hospital Calderón Guardia, though Lomax said he transferred her to Hospital CIMA where she underwent a successful, seven-hour surgery on her hand.

Police have detained the office's security guard who was found at the crime scene and is believed to be the primary suspect.

Family members held a funeral for Ms. Corrales Monday and buried her at the Cementerio Montesacro in Curridabat.


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Two students being held by the Venezuelan police are being subjected to continual torture, according to their lawyer, their family and an international organization.

The students are Marco Aurelio Coello and Christian Holdack. The Human Rights Foundation said that the pair have been held in arbitrary detention since Feb. 12 for their participation in student demonstrations on Youth Day in Caracas. They are accused by the Venezuelan government of perpetrating the crimes that opposition leader Leopoldo López is charged with organizing, said the foundation.

Coello’s defense attorney and members of his family described in detail the methods used agents of the National Bolivarian Police to force the 18-year-old to confess to crimes he did not commit, said the foundation, adding:

Among other acts of torture, Coello was stripped down, wrapped in a rubber mat, and beaten repeatedly for hours with blunt objects, including fire extinguishers, baseball bats, and golf clubs. Coello received electric shocks on numerous occasions and he was threatened with execution several times while a gun was held to his head. He was also doused in gasoline as agents armed with lighters threatened to burn him alive. Christian Holdack was subjected to similar methods of torture.

The Human Rights Foundation said it strongly condemns the torture and gave this summary:

The Venezuelan government is accusing Coello and Holdack of perpetrating acts of violence that took place during a demonstration near Carabobo Park — including the burning of police cars and damage to a government office building. López is currently awaiting trial and is accused of organizing these same acts. All three individuals face charges of incitement to commit a crime, conspiracy, arson, and damages to public property. Coello and Holdack were part of a group of 16 students arrested on Feb. 12, during the student protests that were the first of numerous massive protests against the regime of Nicolás Maduro. Six young men were jailed, but four were released under measures alternative to pre-trial detention. Coello and Holdack remained imprisoned.

Recently, Coello’s family members have reported to the media that his mental health has suffered as a result of the physical and psychological trauma he has endured during his arrest and torture. According to two psychiatric evaluations performed by private and public institutions, Coello shows clear signs of acute post-traumatic stress disorder, including serious depression and suicide risk.

“The Venezuelan government knows that if they let these innocent young men go, they would also have to let Leopoldo López go, so they prefer to keep them in prison and torture them to extract false confessions. This must stop. The judge must release these students immediately in light of the complete lack of evidence against them,” said Garry Kasparov, the Russian chess champion who is now the foundation chairman. “Our hearts are with the families of these innocent young men and we will continue to document and denounce the government’s abuses,” he added in a release.

The preliminary hearing for Coello, Holdack, and López has been postponed on two occasions and one was set for Monday.

 

Son's agricultural effort runs into trouble

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

They seem to make wonderful houseplants, and the female of the species has wonderful flowers.

But under current law, keeping one or more Cannabis plants for decoration is frowned upon by police authorities.

Fuerza Pública officers spotted two such houseplants in the corridor of a Parrita home. They appeared to be cared for well and growing vigorously. They also were in the full view of the public.

Enter the Fuerza Pública who said they told the housewife the nature of the agricultural endeavor. She claimed innocence and said that the plants were the property of her son, said police.

Now if the home were in the U.S. State of Colorado instead of the province of Puntarenas, the plants might be no big deal.  And there is a chance that there may be some movement in the Costa Rica legislature to legalize individual use of marijuana, which already has been made legal by public opinion. Until then, the son is just going to have to get himself some more pots, because the police took the offending houseplants away, containers and all.
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Some reject shots and put others at risk

By the Loyola University Health System news service

Measles have reached a 20-year high in the United States and the cause lies squarely with those who deliberately refuse to be vaccinated. Eighty-five percent of all unvaccinated U.S. residents who contracted measles cited religious, philosophical or personal reasons for not getting immunized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Religious, philosophical or personal reasons are not medical reasons for not getting vaccinated,” said Jorge Parada, medical director, infectious disease at Loyola University Health System.

From Jan. 1 to May 23 of this year, 288 measles cases were reported to the federal health agency, the highest year-to-date total since 1994. Measles has caused 43 patients to be hospitalized this year, but no deaths have occurred.

“Whether they recognize it or not, most people who consciously opt out of vaccines are depending on herd immunity – that enough other people will get vaccinated so as to prevent widespread infection. Yet by opting out they are seriously undermining the very herd immunity they depend on for safety,” Parada said. “It’s a numbers game, and America is losing ground in the fight against preventable disease."

Parada said the people he fears for most are those who for legitimate medical reasons cannot tolerate a vaccine.

“Herd immunity may be life-saving for people who medically cannot tolerate a vaccine, for these people are the most vulnerable to disease,” Parada said. “It should be frightening to every single American that people deliberately are refusing vaccinations.”

Too often the people who consciously opt out of vaccinations count on not getting sick, Dr. Parada said.

“I have worked in Africa and Europe where I witnessed outbreaks of vaccine-preventable illness due to a lack of access to immunizations, not due to personal choice” he said. “I saw moms begging for vaccines for their kids. In America, the collective memory of the horrific outbreaks of preventable diseases has faded."

Many simply underestimate the risk of natural infection and overestimate the risk of vaccinations.

“Deliberately choosing not to get vaccinated while relying upon others getting vaccinated is a dangerous combination,” Parada said. “I only hope those who opt out do not come to discover firsthand the potentially devastating consequences of natural infection."


Containers found to contain cocaine

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Drug control police found 122 kilograms of cocaine on a boat coming from Colombia. Packets of  the drug were found hidden in three supposedly empty containers when police went through each one of the 48 containers on board.

Officials from the security ministry coordinated with Colombian authorities to intercept the illegal shipment that left from the port of Turbo in Colombia. They said they are now looking into whether this specific smuggling route is part of a consistent operation.

“At this moment investigation has begun to find the source of these drugs and to see if this is a common route,” said Vice Minister Gustavo Mata.

The ship was the "Eastern Bay" and 47 of its 48 storage containers were either totally empty or only had cocaine in them. Mata confirmed that no arrests have been made.


Tourism chamber charity event is Friday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's tourism chamber will hold its 28th annual Bingotur Friday night at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobicí and raffle off a number of tourism  packages for the
benefit of the  Asociación Rescate Animal.

This is the major social event of the year for the  Cámara Nacional de Turismo.  The event starts at 6:30 p.m., but the game boards that will be in use Friday are available for purchase beforehand at the chamber offices some 200 meters east of the Universidad Veritas in Zapote. One advantage of
Bingotur
 buying beforehand is that those who purchase 10 or more game boards can have a reserved table.

The chamber said that it expects about 1,000 persons. Game boards also are available on the night of the event, the chamber said.

The prizes are from chamber members and include air tickets, hotel stays and meals at fancy restaurants. Avianca and Nature Air  are participating.

The event is open to the public.

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Road crews finish one highway job
repainting Costanera Sur markings

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Anyone who travels Costa Rica roads at night knows that many sections have washed out or obliterated lines.

The job of keeping the lines visible is that of the Dirección de Ingeniería de Tránsito. But the public employees do not really do the work. Instead the job falls to contractors.

For example, the transport ministry just spent 134 million colons, some $240,000, to mark the asphalt on 46 kilometers of Ruta 34, the  Costanera Sur, between Barú and Damas. The job also included some 403 vertical signs.

In addition to a double yellow center line, the job includes various arrows and the typical painted instructions found on highways.

This time the ministry and its Consejo Nacional de Vialidad ordered the installation of 11,000 of what are called captaluces along the center line and sidelines of the stretch of the highway. These are the little reflectors that appear to last much longer than the painted lines.

Last year, the agency did the same thing on a highway stretch from  Pozón to Esterillos. Next month the same work is supposed to be done on Rutas 150 and 160 from Nicoya to Puerto Carrillo.

The lack of adequate lines in the road is one reason visitors are encouraged to refrain from driving at night. Traffic on the Central Valley's heavily traveled roads, like the Circunvalación, seem to obliterate lines as soon as they can be painted.

The southern bypass round still has several traffic circles, and the lack of lines makes driving difficult.
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Road crew marks a center line avoiding the small captaluz at the front of the machine.


Endangered trees face threats
from wood crooks near Liberia

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Another load of wood has come into police hands, and officers said the 26 slabs came from the protected cocobolo.

The wood was inside an enclosed vehicle that police stopped Sunday in El Salto de Liberia. Illegal logging is a continual problem, particularly in Guanacaste. The Fuerza Pública said three men were in the truck.

In this case, the men showed documents that were supposed to come from the environmental ministry giving permission for the lumbering. Police said the documents were fakes.

All of the men were from the area.

The cocobolo is valued highly for furniture and other decorative uses.

The men will face a court action in Liberia. Police officers said that the men had been turned in by an anonymous caller.

Such valuable lumber is a temptation in rural areas where a day of work can pay off handsomely. Police probably catch few of the offenders.
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University study suggests that Costa Rica is experiencing brain drain
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new study suggests that Costa Rica is experiencing a brain drain.

Luis Muñoz Varela of the Instituto de Investigaciones en Educación reported Monday that during the 1990s between 7 and 9 percent of highly educated Costa Ricans left the country to work elsewhere.

At the end of 2012 Muñoz surveyed some 145 professionals and academics who live in foreign lands. He used a data base of the Red de Talento Costarricense en el Extranjero de la Academia Nacional de Ciencias, and received 65 responses. 
Nearly 61 percent of the respondents were in North America, about 28 percent were in Europe and a bit more than 9 percent were in Latin America, he reported. On average the respondents had been in the foreign country for a bit more than eight years, said a summary of the findings.

Muñoz said the brain drain is nothing new because the country experienced a similar outflow to Europe right after World War II. He said that the globalization of the world economy encouraged the flight of talent.

The study, done in December 2012, had sponsorship by the World Bank. The education institute is part of the Universidad de Costa Rica.

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Researcher thinks early man worked with dogs to kill mammoths
By the Pennsylvania State University news service

A new analysis of European archaeological sites containing large numbers of dead mammoths and dwellings built with mammoth bones has led Pennsylvania State Professor Emerita Pat Shipman to formulate a new interpretation of how these sites were formed. She suggests that their abrupt appearance may have been due to early modern humans working with the earliest domestic dogs to kill the now-extinct mammoth, an animal distantly related to the modern-day elephant.

Professor Shipman's analysis also provides a way to test the predictions of her new hypothesis. Advance publication of her article "How do you kill 86 mammoths?" is available online through Quaternary International.

Spectacular archaeological sites yielding stone tools and extraordinary numbers of dead mammoths, some containing the remains of hundreds of individuals, suddenly became common in central and eastern Eurasia between about 45,000 and 15,000 years ago, although mammoths previously had been hunted by humans and their extinct relatives and ancestors for at least a million years. Some of these mysterious sites have huts built of mammoth bones in complex, geometric patterns as well as piles of butchered mammoth bones.

"One of the greatest puzzles about these sites is how such large numbers of mammoths could have been killed with the weapons available during that time," Professor Shipman said. Many earlier studies of the age distribution of the mammoths at these sites found similarities with modern elephants killed by hunting or natural disasters, but Professor Shipman's new analysis of the earlier studies found that they lacked the statistical evaluations necessary for concluding with any certainty how these animals were killed.

Surprisingly, Professor Shipman said, she found that "few of the mortality patterns from these mammoth deaths matched either those from natural deaths among modern elephants killed by droughts or by culling operations with modern weapons that kill entire family herds of modern elephants at once." This discovery suggested to Professor Shipman that a successful new technique for killing such large animals had been developed and its repeated use over time could explain the mysterious, massive collections of mammoth bones in Europe.

The key to Professor Shipman's new hypothesis is recent work by a team led by Mietje Germonpré of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, which has uncovered evidence that some of the large carnivores at these sites were early domesticated dogs, not wolves as generally had been assumed. Then, with this evidence as a clue, Professor Shipman used information about how humans hunt with dogs to formulate a series of testable predictions about these mammoth sites.

"Dogs help hunters find prey faster and more often, and dogs also can surround a large animal and hold it in place by growling and charging while hunters move in. Both of these effects would increase hunting success," Professor Shipman said. "Furthermore, large dogs like those identified by Germonpré either can help carry the prey home or, by guarding the carcass from other carnivores, can make it possible for the hunters to camp at the kill sites." Professor Shipman said that these predictions already have been 
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A fragment of a large bone, probably from a mammoth was placed in this dog's mouth shortly after death. This finding suggests the animal was according special mortuary treatment, perhaps acknowledging its role in mammoth hunting.

confirmed by other analyses. In addition, she said, "if hunters working with dogs catch more prey, have a higher intake of protein and fat, and have a lower expenditure of energy, their reproductive rate is likely to rise."

Another unusual feature of these large mammoth kill sites is the presence of extraordinary numbers of other predators, particularly wolves and foxes. "Both dogs and wolves are very alert to the presence of other related carnivores -- the canids -- and they defend their territories and food fiercely," Shipman explained. "If humans were working and living with domesticated dogs or even semi-domesticated wolves at these archaeological sites, we would expect to find the new focus on killing the wild wolves that we see there."

Two other types of studies have yielded data that support Professor Shipman's hypothesis. Hervé Bocherens and Dorothée Drucker of the University of Tubingen in Germany, carried out an isotopic analysis of the bones of wolves and purported dogs from the Czech site of Predmostí. They found that the individuals identified as dogs had different diets from those identified as wolves, possibly indicating feeding by humans. Also, analysis of mitochondrial DNA by Olaf Thalmann of the University of Turku in Finland, and others, showed that the individuals identified as dogs have a distinctive genetic signature that is not known from any other canid. "This finding may indicate that these odd canids did not give rise to modern domesticated dogs and were simply a peculiar, extinct group of wolves," Professor Shipman said. "Alternatively, it may indicate that early humans did domesticate wolves into dogs or a doglike group, but the rare mtDNA lineage was lost over time."

As more information is gathered on fossil canids dated to between 45,000 and 15,000 years ago, Professor Shipman's hunting-dog hypothesis will be supported "if more of these distinctive doglike canids are found at large, long-term sites with unusually high numbers of dead mammoths and wolves; if the canids are consistently large, strong individuals; and if their diets differ from those of wolves," Shipman said. "Dogs may indeed be man's best friend."

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New details are coming out
on soldier who was missing

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. officials are defending the Taliban prisoner swap that freed an American prisoner of war in Afghanistan, but those who served with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl said he willingly walked away from his post after becoming disillusioned with the U.S. war effort.
 
Military personnel who knew Bergdahl, then 23, when he disappeared nearly five years ago said that while on guard duty, he left his weapons behind and walked off his post.

Some said Bergdahl should have to answer for his actions.
 
Bergdahl was captured by Taliban insurgents in June 2009 and held until the United States won his freedom May 31 by agreeing to release five Taliban terrorism suspects held at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
 
Military officials are confirming to news agencies that Bergdahl left his unit voluntarily, but said they do not know why.

Bergdahl is undergoing medical tests in Germany before he returns to America for debriefings and a reunion with his family.
 
U.S. soldiers who leave their posts without permission can face serious charges of desertion or being absent without leave. But U.S. officials said that is unlikely in Bergdahl's case, given his five years in captivity at the hands of the Taliban.
 
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Bergdahl's health is most important at the moment and questions about his disappearance can wait.
 
"Our first priority is assuring his well-being and his health and getting him reunited with his family. Other circumstances that may develop and questions, those will be dealt with later," said Hagel.
 
A Rolling Stone magazine profile of his case in 2012 said an email he sent his parents in the western U.S. state of Idaho shortly before disappearing showed that he had become sharply disenchanted by the U.S. war effort in Afghanistan.

The U.S. invaded Afghanistan in 2001 to destroy Taliban military operations at the root of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
 
Bergdahl profanely criticized some of the leaders of his Army unit and said the U.S. war was misguided.

Bergdahl concluded, " I am ashamed to be an American. And the title of U.S. solider is just the lie of fools."
 
But within a month, in a video released by the Taliban, Bergdahl sat on a floor eating a meal and acknowledged his fright in captivity.
 
"Well, I am scared, I am scared I will not be able to go home. It is very unnerving to be a prisoner," he said.
 
U.S. officials have not said when Bergdahl will return to his homeland.


White House ducked law
to release Taliban quintet


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Obama administration is trading barbs with Republican lawmakers over the legality of Taliban prisoners released in exchange for the freedom of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan.

The top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, says top Obama administration officials have admitted to flouting U.S. law mandating that Congress be notified 30 days before prisoners are released from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

“They violated the law, and anybody in public service takes an oath to uphold the law and ought to keep that oath," said Grassley.

The means for securing Bergdahl’s release last Saturday are expected to be a focus of upcoming congressional hearings. At the White House, Obama spokesman Jay Carney brushed aside allegations of wrongdoing.

“It should not have come as a surprise to members of Congress that this was possible, because we had been working to secure Sergeant Bergdahl’s release for a long time. Prisoner exchanges in armed conflicts are hardly a new development," said Carney.

Carney added that the United States does not leave our men and women in uniform behind.


Russian hacker indicted
in $100 million in thefts

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Justice Department has accused a Russian computer hacker of leading an international operation targeting hundreds of thousands of computers with malware that allowed hackers to steal more than $100 million from unsuspecting victims.
 
Justice Department lawyer Leslie Caldwell, chief of the department's criminal division, identified the ringleader as Evgeniy Bogachev, who remains at large. She said hacker gang members from Russia, Ukraine and Britain infected computers with software that captured passwords and account numbers.
 
Its victims included an American Indian tribe, an insurance company and a corporation that runs assisted living centers.
 
Bogachev was named in a single indictment Monday, charged with conspiracy, computer fraud and money laundering. He is not in custody, and Russia does not extradite accused criminals to other countries.
 
He was named in connection with a single victim, a Pennsylvania plastics firm, where he and other conspirators are alleged to have stolen more than $800,000 from the company's bank accounts in one day in 2011.
 
Ukrainian authorities are reported to have seized servers in Kyiv and Donetsk. The Justice Department said U.S. and other agents worked in recent days to seize other servers around the world, freeing about 300,000 victim computers from the malicious software so far.


Abdication of Spanish king
considered a political move


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Spain's King Juan Carlos said Monday he would abdicate in favor of his more popular son Prince Felipe in an apparent bid to revive the scandal-hit monarchy at a time of economic hardship and growing discontent with the wider political elite.

Filipe is a regular visitor to Costa Rica and other Latin countries and nearly always shows up for the inaugurations of new presidents. He was in San José May 8 and in El Salvador Sunday.
 
“A new generation is quite rightly demanding to take the lead role,'' Juan Carlos, 76, said on television, hours after a surprise announcement from Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy that the monarch would step down after almost 40 years on the throne.
 
The 76-year-old king, who walks with a cane after multiple hip operations and struggled to speak clearly during an important speech earlier this year, is stepping down for personal reasons, Rajoy said.
 
But a source at the royal palace said the abdication was for political reasons. The source said the king decided in January to step down but delayed the announcement until after the European Union election May 25.

Political analysts said the ruling conservative People's Party was eager to put the more popular Felipe on the throne to try to combat increasingly anti-monarchist sentiment, after small leftist and anti-establishment parties did surprisingly well in the election.
 
The country is just pulling out of a difficult and long recession that has seen faith in politicians, the royal family and other institutions all dwindle.

It was not immediately clear when the abdication will take place, allowing Felipe's assumption of power.

Felipe, 46, has had an increasingly important role in ceremonial events in the past year.

Spain does not have a precise law regulating abdication and succession. Rajoy's cabinet was scheduled to have an extraordinary meeting today to set out the steps for Prince Felipe to take over as Felipe VI. The transition will likely be accomplished by passing a law through parliament, where Rajoy's People's Party has an absolute majority.

The 76-year-old Juan Carlos oversaw his country's transition from dictatorship to democracy, coming into power in 1975, just two days after the death of longtime dictator Francisco Franco.

Far from being a mere ceremonial figurehead, Juan Carlos played a determining role in Spanish modern history when he stepped up as the first crowned head of state in 44 years after Franco's death.

He defied the hopes of the Francoists for an extension of autocratic rule. Instead, he oversaw the creation of a new system of parliamentary monarchy, with a new constitution that was approved by referendum in 1978.

Juan Carlos was credited with helping defuse an attempted coup in February 1981 by soldiers who stormed into parliament shooting and who held lawmakers hostage for several hours.

The king's appearance on television urging support for the democratic government was instrumental in blocking the attempt.

However, Juan Carlos' popularity has been deeply eroded by scandals swirling around him and his family.
 
He went on a luxury elephant safari to Botswana in the middle of Spain's financial crisis during which he broke his hip and had to be flown back to Spain for medical treatment aboard a private jet.

Further damaging the royal family's standing, a judge opened a corruption investigation in 2010 centered on former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, the husband of the king's youngest daughter, Cristina, who has also been accused of involvement.

Both deny any wrongdoing.

A judge in Palma de Mallorca is expected to decide soon whether to put Urdangarin on trial on charges of embezzling 6 million euros in public funds through his charity.

At the same time, Felipe's approval rating has risen.

Sixty-two percent of Spaniards were in favor of the king stepping down, according to a January poll by Sigma Dos. That compared with 45 percent a year earlier. Only 41 percent of those polled had a good or very good opinion of the king.

Felipe has a positive rating of 66 percent and most  Spaniards believe the monarchy could recover its prestige if he took the throne, according to the poll.

Felipe wed former television presenter Letizia Ortiz, in a glittering ceremony in Madrid's Almudena Cathedral in 2004 after several previous romantic dalliances, including one with a Norwegian lingerie model.

They have two daughters.
 
Ms. Ortiz, a 41-year-old divorcee, was the first commoner to come in line for the Spanish throne.


Chinese corruption probe
nets state oil company veep


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ongoing corruption crackdown has now nabbed a major state oil corporation senior official.

PetroChina Co. Ltd. Vice President Bo Qiliang has been removed from his position and detained by authorities, who have prevented him from leaving the country.  Bo’s secretary has also been held in the probe.
 
Bo, who headed overseas operations for PetroChina, a subsidiary of CNPC, the China National Petroleum Corp., is reported by the anti-corruption news portal FCPABlog to be under investigation for colluding with other senior Chinese oil executives to steal state assets.

The identity and nature of those assets, however, have yet to be publicly revealed.
 
The 52-year-old native of Shandong joined CNPC shortly after his 1983 university graduation.  After CNPC acquired the PK oilfield in Kazakhstan in 2005, Bo was put in charge of that operation.

There are published allegations that during his two years heading PetroKazakhstan, he paid substantial bribes to Kazakh government officials to enlarge the company’s holdings.
 
Bo’s replacement at PetroChina is Lu Gongxun, who formerly headed PetroChina’s Kazakhstan operation.
 
The government’s central discipline inspection division probe into PetroChina has already swept up a number of other officials, including the detention in April of Foreign Cooperation Department General Manager Yan Cunzhang. Former PetroChina chief geologist Wang Daofu has also been put under investigation.
 
China analyst Edward Schwarck at the British research organization Royal United Services Institute says the corruption focus on PetroChina is about profits as well as integrity.
 
“PetroChina,” which is one of the country’s three major oil companies, is “the worst performing among them by a considerable margin,” Schwarck said.

“Investigations into PetroChina executives over the past year,” he said, “suggest that Beijing sees corruption as having contributed to the company’s business failings.

The anti-corruption campaign in PetroChina is probably part of a broader drive to make the company more profitable and efficient.”
 
The Guangzhou-based 21st Century Business Herald says that more than 120 officials from CNPC and its subsidiaries have been put under investigation for alleged corruption.

Caixin, a Beijing based business Web site, says at least 45 people have been collared by authorities relative to CNPC-connected dealings.

Caixin quotes an unidentified official as saying “in addition to the names of corrupt officials that have been made public, many others are also implicated, notably those in charge of the company’s business dealings.”
 
To a number of observers, the probe into PetroChina and its CNPC parent also has a strong political component – the drive by President Xi Jinping to suppress any rivals.

These analysts point to the ongoing and ever-tightening spiral of investigation into former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang.  Zhou headed CNPC in the 1990s and that, along with his position as Sichuan Communist Party chief, propelled himself into China’s all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee.
 
In May 2012, Gen. Ruan Zhibo died unexpectedly, and Hong Kong-based Waican News asserted he was murdered on Zhou’s orders, reportedly because the general had knowledge that Zhou and Chongqing Communist Party boss Bo Xilai, now imprisoned, were allegedly plotting a political coup against President Xi and his circle.
 
While Zhou has not been hit yet with official corruption charges, those associated with him have been targeted, investigated, and in some cases, taken into custody. Earlier this year, members of Zhou’s immediate family and close associates had a total of $14.5 billion in assets seized.
 
Several weeks ago, suspected Zhou ally Liu Han, a Sichuan mining magnate, was convicted of heading a 38-member crime gang and sentenced to death.  So was his brother, Liu Yong.
 
“I think what’s happening is that Xi Jinping and Wang Qishan want to establish a harsh precedent,” Chinese University of Hong Kong researcher Willy Lam said.

Lam said the death sentences were intended “to make people afraid, in a sense, to have a deterrence impact on corrupt officials.”
 
If Zhou is formally charged, he would be the highest ranking Chinese official to be hit with corruption charges.

But a number of analysts express doubt that authorities want to put someone once in the Politburo on trial because it would weaken the perceived invincibility of that institution, and, perhaps, draw too much attention to its other members.
 
“It is still unclear whether Zhou himself will be prosecuted, but the purging of his former allies,” Schwarck said, “is still important in sending a message that obstructive interest groups [those who stand against President Xi] in industry and politics will not be tolerated.”


Solar wind believed
contributor to lightning

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Lightning is one of nature’s most spectacular and mysterious phenomena, yet there is much scientists still don’t know about it.

British researchers have found evidence that high-energy particles, which are blown toward Earth on the solar wind, play a role in triggering lightning on Earth.

These energized solar particles can travel from the sun at a rate as high as 800 kilometers per second, according to NASA.

The scientists from the University of Reading’s Department of Meteorology discovered a large and significant increase in lightning strikes across Europe for up to 40 days after solar winds struck the atmosphere.

The British study comes on the heels of a report released about a year ago by Russian researchers who found evidence that cosmic rays ‒ high-energy radiation generated by exploding stars deep in the universe that travel through the cosmos at the speed of light ‒ play a role in initiating lightning strikes.

Of course, the atmospheric conditions needed to produce lightning must first be present before it can be triggered either by cosmic rays, solar particles, or other phenomena, says the new study’s lead author, Chris Scott from the University of Reading.

While the specific mechanism behind the causes of lightning still remains a mystery, study scientists think the air’s electrical properties change when the charged solar particles hit the atmosphere.

The team’s research found the sun can generate particles that ‒ while not as energetic as cosmic rays ‒ are nonetheless able to penetrate the atmosphere, helping to enhance and speed the lightning process.

Solar wind is the continuous expulsion of material from the sun into space.

“It’s a bit like steam rising from a sauce-pan,” Scott said. “It’s the most energetic particles in the solar atmosphere that are able to escape and move out into space.”

He also suggested that if one thinks of the sun as a leaky football, it has various different jets that produce fast and relatively slower solar winds that can cause gusts and concentrations within the solar wind, all of which can intensify the sun’s magnetic field in space.

This concentration of the sun’s magnetic field also shields Earth from cosmic rays because they’re deflected by that magnetic field, which also accelerates the solar particles ahead of it in much the same way as a “surfer is accelerated by the wave he’s riding,” said Scott.

The research team noticed an increase in lightning when the streams of accelerated solar particles blew toward the planet.

They were able to make their findings after examining and analyzing lightning strike data from 2000 to 2005 recorded by the Met Office – the UK’s weather service – and its lightning detection system. They focused on lightning strikes that took place within a 500-kilometer radius in central England.

They compared that with data provided by NASA’S Advanced Composition Explorer spacecraft, which has studied and measured the high energy particles contained within the solar wind since August 1997.

Scott and his team found that, for 40 days prior to the arrival of a solar wind at Earth, there was an average of 321 lightning strikes across the UK.  But for the 40-day period after the arrival of the solar wind, that number increased to about 422. Their studies also revealed that the number of lightning strikes peaked between 12 and 18 days after the solar wind’s arrival.

The findings made by the researchers are outlined in a study published by the Institute of Physics journal Environmental Research Letters.

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Cell (506) 8880-8888
Phone number from the U.S. (305) 307-0088
Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com
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8321-10/17/14



Costa Rica,

Central America
Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate
and safe communities.





Visit our Web Site:
 www.greciarealestate.com

English calls: (Cristian Arce) Phone: 
(506) 2494-0016  
 
English calls :  (Luis David) Phone: 
(506) 8331-5228

Español calls: (Luis G. Jiménez)  Phone:   
(506) 8707-4016
Grecia 794
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $1,100,000: HERE!
30,000 square meters of land and 750 square-meters of construction.
Grecia home
1,000 square meters of land, 350 square meters of construction.  CLICK HERE
Grecia home
  1,900 square meters of land, 253 square meters of construction. Price $350.000. CLICK HERE
  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
8352-8/13/14

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Tiliran property
Turnkey commercial/apartment building for sale in San Luis, Tilaran, Guanacaste. In a corporation. 100 percent occupancy and all permits in place. Great opportunity to gain investor status residency. New construction - 2012. Consists of three studio apartments upstairs with lake view and 4 storefronts on ground level, including laundry service, soda, consigment store. Comes with purchase or start your own business while you live in one of the apartments. $308,000. Please email tierrasmorenaslou@yahoo.com
8257-8/17/

organic
Stunning organic ocean view home site in San Ramón
2.93 acres, only $60,000

Gorgeous homesite on organic land available for quick sale! Only 10 minutes to downtown San Ramón and within a terrific private community. Close to town but away from it all! Features amazing views of the ocean, great sunsets every night and privacy. Multiple building spots. Comparable lots in the area are selling for $75,000 to over $100,000! At 11,864 square meters, or $5 per square meter, this is a great investment too! This lot is priced to move! Looking for a quick sale, so no tire kickers please! See Web site for additional information and photos. or email bizcr@hotmail.com
Tel: CR (506) 8350-7647
8369-6/26/14

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Tropical lots located walking distance to a beautiful white sandy beach
Only $49,999 with interest-free financing
These lots are located in a gated, private community with low HOA dues and offer amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to Playa Conchal and Pirates beaches.  And only 20 minutes to the resort town of Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia International airport. Reserve your lot with only a $1,500 deposit.  We are offering Interest-free financing for 5 years for a limited time only. Contact: Christian  info@puntaplayavistas.com 
U.S. (732) 962-6525 or CR (506) 8349-2025    www.puntaplayavistas.com
8372-8/23/14

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For Sale: Fully Furnished OCEAN VIEW CONDOMINIUM
Reduced $199,999
Gorgeous 2-bedroom, 2-bath condo with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built energy green. 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 beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort town Tamarindo and an hour from Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double pane windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom cabinets. Contact www.puntaplayavistas.com or email info@puntaplayavistas.com 
U.S. (732) 962-6525 or CR (506) 8349-2025
8271-8/23/14

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For Sale by Owner: Playa Conchal ocean view home reduced $339,999

Casa de Eden is  2,600 square feet with 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, outdoor shower, private outdoor terrace and pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure, gated community surrounded by nature and close to the resort town of Tamarindo, only an hour from Liberia airport.  The home is being offered fully furnished with: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire Professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, internet, cable. 
Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. (732) 984-7549
or CR (506) 8349-2025.
8370-8/3/14

Belen home
Comfortable in Costa Rica
Asuncion de Belen. Home in exclusive Residencial La Jolla.  Gated community with controlled access,  security 24/7. Resort swimming pool and gym. Spacious and elegant finishes, private jacuzzi and social areas. 3 bedrooms. 2.5 baths.  Private gardens. Conveniently located close to airport, shopping, bilingual schools, Intel and Duty Free Zones. 322m2 on 249m2 corner lot. Lease with purchase option  $3,400/ $449,000 USD. Contact owner at 8309-2000 for details or email rafa@rafacr.com.
9368-6/4/14



Residential Del Monte (San Rafael de Heredia)
Close to Hotel Tirol and El Castillo Country Club. 1,804 m2 lot  (19,418 sq. ft.) 
replacement
It has two fronts to different roads in the neighborhood  Front 36 meters, back 33 meters. 95 percent flat All utilities available. Paved roads. Price: $135,000.  More information please call:  506 8853-0000 or email:  jpmata2000@yahoo.com
Video here: http://vimeo.com/93149638
8340-6/15/14

Large estate on island with sea view !!!
Located on the Big Island and five minutes from the center of Golfito on boat.  The large land has three hills with forest in which there are many trees and animals such as parrots, parakeets and monkeys.!!   It has a beautiful view
island one
of downtown Golfito , mountains and sea. It has three entry beach options. Your own beach,  large land with fruit trees, livestock grazing.Mangrove front with lots of fish, snapper, etc. Also access to your own part of sea with full of  seafood: pianguas, cambutes, chuchecas, clams, etc. .  Natural beauty is a paradise to live, walking, diving, fishing, horse riding, climbing to the mountains, swimming in the creek or the sea, exploring
the land, animals and trees, etc.  Your paradise is here for you, your family or develop your own rain forest country club. This is  the place of your dreams !  The full land measures 119,284 m2. All legal papers and blueprints are ready to get a new owner.   Property has its own water and  ready to instal solar panel or electric  power plant.     It is Isla Grande - Segura, diagonal to grazing
 Puntarenitas Beach in Golfito for sale at $1.500.000 U.S. Further information contact : Raquel or Maria Ester at  rakell.leon6@gmail.com, Local phone numbers: +506 8690-2325   or  +506  8673-0112.
8361-8/15/14

Casa Fiesta
Caribbean Beachfront Home and Apartment  Puerto Viejo
 Right on the Beach!
Ranch style home with detached garage and apartment Air-conditioned home sleeps 4, apartment sleeps 2 ,  3 baths, hot water showers  Fenced-in property with pool, screened in patio  Turnkey....Everything is included with the sale!   Washer/dryer, furniture, appliances, tools, household items and linens, bicycles, and even a vehicle! Great income potential also  259,000 US Please visit our Web site for many more photos go to: http://www.casafiestacostarica.com  Email inquires to:   suez2cats@hotmail.com
8358-8/8/14

Balcony view
This is a great opportunity
Get your home in one of the best locations. Four-bedroom condo near Universidad de Costa Rica, ULatina & UFidelitas   $$165.000 USD.  24/7 gate security with in-home alarm, three levels, parking for two cars and play area for children. First Level: Living room/dining room, kitchen with breakfast bar, laundry room, patio/garden with roof, storage area, & guest bathroom. Second Level: Large master bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in closet, two additional bedrooms, linen closet, full bathroom. Third Level: Large fourth bedroom or TV room, full bath, large storage attic, spacious roofed balcony and breathtaking views of mountains to the east, south, west. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987 / U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458 . C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email: sjogringo@yahoo.com
8354-8/13/14

Dragon montage
New amazing, modern, eco-friendly three-bedroom, three-bath executive modern home perched on your own small mountain.  270-degree ocean view with unbelievable teak-look concrete deck, to the RED 48-foot fiberglass infinity lap pool. Separate covered deck with pool table. Guest house with kitchen, Jacuzzi, outdoor shower. Exquisite entryway of 20-foot rock wall and electric gate, with video feed. Large work garage separated from house. Guardhouse. Hidden metal shutters to secure the property for weeks. Private registered well. Inside/outside kitchen. Propane fire pits. Several water features including a waterfall and a water bubble wall. Property can be purchased stand-alone with the house at $550K, or the whole mountain for further development at $950K.  Contact drako13@me.com
8344-5/23/14

Selva Rio
SELVA RIO ESTATES (SRE) www.selvarioestates.com is a 10-lot  development with lots starting at $65,000US. You know what they say "Location, Location, Location." Well SRE is  located only 10 kms. from Atenas (best climate in the entire world!),  only 3 kms. from Highway 27 access, only 3 kms. from grocery stores and restaurants, only 35 kms. (30 min) from SJO airport, only 50 kms. from  Pacific Ocean, only 42 kms. from Escazu, 0  kms. from gorgeous country living with nature!  Contact the developer at selvarioestates@hotmail.com or call 8704-6106. We can help you build your dream home now!
8341-6/22/14

Beautiful Survival Farm with panoramic Pacific views
In the heartland of one of the world's five blue zones, Nicoya. 12 acres with ample space for planting, natural forest, own perennial waters, public road yet hidden access, electricity. Fire sale 59,000 USD   axelspecial@gmail.com
8333-5/9/14

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Another 'live in the view' home in Puriscal
$179,900 includes:
Lot on river, concrete road, custom kitchen & bath with granite counter tops, PEX plumbing, 2” Styrofoam, sandwiched in steel roof, 4” concrete/recycled Styrofoam & steel walls, laminated, bronzed windows, custom wood doors, appliances and all transfer taxes, and fees.

2, 900 sq feet under roof, 1,250 sq feet inside walls, 2 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, laundry room, three separate patio areas, covered carport, shade trees, in upscale, secure project.  This project has river with protected areas & walkways. It is only 10 minutes on all paved roads to Santiago de Puriscal, 45 minutes to La Plaza Mall/Hospital CIMA and SJO airport, and 1 ½ hours to Pacific Beaches. It has recently upgraded public water supply and dependable ICE electric and high-speed internet.
Please come visit our projects and meet four new homeowners who have recently moved into their new “live in the view” homes to verify how happy they are and that they all came in under budget. CONTACT: George Lundquist www.costaricaretireonss.com  Home phone: 2417-1041 Cell phone: 8888 4543 Skype glundquist.
To see more Photos of this house, click HERE!
8310-7/1/14

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$499,500 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8309-6/29/14

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean.  This design allows for barrier-free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room its spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors.  $365,000.00 or rent for $900 per month including WIFI and PLUS utilities.  Long term rentals only please.  Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage.  3 bedrooms/ 2 baths.  Fully furnished   Automatic entry gate.   Custom exotic wood cabinets   High end stainless steel appliances   Granite counter tops  Slide show at   
 www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24055899   
For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8305-6/26/14

Esterillos

Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away.  Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails: edumace64@yahoo.es and pdvartanian@aol.com.
8269-5/27/14

Five bedrooms
Puntarenas City, Puntarenas
Beach home central Pacific Ocean
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach.  The home is completely furnished including all linens, kitchen cook ware, pots, pans, all dishes and much much more. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Office with all connections for WiFi,  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes all linens, TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances   Will consider trade for U.S. Property.  Asking  $250,000. 
Call Gary 8784-2945  English only, or email  combrokers@aol.com
8259-8/25/14

Los Reyes home
House for sale in La Guacima, Alajuela
Located on 9th tee of Los Reyes Country Club. Club offers golf, tennis (6 courts), swimming pool, gym and restaurant. Easy access to schools, shopping, hospitals & Caldera highway. One hour to Pacific beaches. House price: US $450,000.00. Contact Bill, Phone 506 -8878-9221  Email: losreyes191@gmail.com Click on the link below for photos and additional details:
https://plus.google.com/photos/105244969603261154850/
8240-8/6/14

NOW REDUCED TO $595,000
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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8230-3/13/14

St. Michael
Ocean View estates inside a gated community from $5.94 M2.  Properties start at 39K. NO HOA FEES.  Community salt water modern waterfall swimming pools, organic vegetable gardens, exotic flower gardens, food forest, mature orchards, fresh fish from aquaponics, stables, community center, and much more.  Each lot comes with an edible landscaping including pineapples, plantains, papayas, guanabanas, bananas, and more.  Most lots already have mature mango, lemon, orange, or caimito trees.  This is the most secure community in CR with multiple sources of water, electric, and high speed internet.      www.saintmichaelscostarica.com
8215-7/14/14


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.
8166-5/29/13

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Gingerbread Boutique Hotel and Fine Restaurant For Sale
botique hotel
A very  famous, highly regarded unique lake view themed boutique hotel consisting of three air conditioned suites with satellite TV and high speed Internet, two themed cottages with garden showers, one large super suite with kitchen and garden shower, managers apartment, restaurant rated one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica {see reviews} and the premier real estate office at Lake Arenal,which puts all its clients in to the hotel, plus room for additional lake view rooms and a pool, all less than a mile from Nuevo Arenal and the public park on the lake.  Go to the Web site for photos and complete information  at  www.gingerbreadarenal.com  This is the finest boutique hotel in Costa Rica in one of the fastest growing areas of all of Central America.  Sale opportunity $750,000.   Contact to :
Terry Moran, Owner Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com 
Office phone: 506 2694-0088  Cell phone: 506 8880-8888 
USA # rings in Costa Rica:  305 307-0088
8263-8/20/14

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

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NASA photo                       
Depiction of the new flying saucer.

New NASA craft is very much a saucer

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Earthlings have long fantasized about flying saucers from Mars, but in a strange twist, it may be humans that end up launching one to the Red Planet.
 
Early this month, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration will test what it calls the Low Density Supersonic Decelerator mission. The test will take place high in the Earth’s atmosphere, at altitudes that most resembles the thin Martian atmosphere.
 
The saucer-shaped craft could be the key to future exploration of Mars as it would allow heavier payloads to be delivered to the planetary neighbor.
 
“Future robotic missions to Mars and even future human exploration will require more massive payloads than previously sent to the surface of the Red Planet,” NASA said in a statement.
 
The inspiration for the saucer came, oddly enough, from a sea creature, the Hawaiian pufferfish.
 
When threatened, the pufferfish is able to rapidly inflate, something NASA researchers hope the new craft can do to slow heavy cargo as it speeds through the thin Martian atmosphere.
 
NASA said the current technology for landing spacecraft on Mars dates back to the 1970s and the Viking missions.

“That same technology is still being used and most recently delivered the Curiosity rover to Mars in 2012,” the agency wrote.
 
For the test, NASA plans to use a balloon to take the saucer 120,000 feet into the air. At that altitude, the balloon will have swollen to 34 million cubic feet, or large enough to “fit a professional football stadium inside it.”
 
At that point, the balloon will detach and a rocket engine will fire the craft up to 180,000 feet at a speed of four times the speed of sound.
 
From 180,000 feet, the saucer will begin a free fall. At this point the pufferfish concept will be tested when the supersonic inflatable aerodynamic decelerator  is deployed. This is a kevlar tube that inflated rapidly, slowing the spacecraft.
 
Once the disc reaches a safe speed, it will deploy a new kind of supersonic parachute which will allow for a safe landing in the ocean.

NASA has identified several dates early this month to conduct the test from the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii.



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Earthquake observatory marks 30 years

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The volcano and earthquake agency at the Universidad de Costa Rica is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

The Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica has been studying the actions of volcanos and the tectonic activity under Costa Rica for that long.

The national emergency commission has given some 2 billion colons, nearly $4 million, for the improvement of equipment that the observatory will use to keep track of earth movements on the Osa peninsula.

Much of what the observatory has done can be translated into practical applications, including making structures more resistant to quakes.