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Use of trawler nets for shrimp defended in legislature
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The head of the nation's fisheries institute appeared Tuesday before a legislative commission to urge rejection of a proposal to ban the use of trawler nets to catch shrimp.

He is Luis Dobles, executive president of the Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura.

Lawmakers in the Comisión Permanente de Asuntos Agropecuarios  are considering a bill, No. 18.543, that would, as it says, make fundamental changes in the commercial fishing laws.

The non-profit organization MarViva has embarked on a campaign to have these nets made illegal in Costa Rica. Records show that the organization has appeared before the committee.

Among other changes, the proposed law would prohibit anyone who is not Costa Rican for trawling for shrimp. Also banned would be factory ships.
Dobles said that there are 69 current licenses for commercial shrimp fishing and about 37 of these are in active use. He said that by eliminating the use of trawler nets the shrimp industry would go into bankruptcy.

The discussion comes at a time when commercial and sports fishing operators say that the bounty of the ocean has been seriously depleted. The trawler nets also can snag air-breathing turtles, but the use of turtle excluded can allow these protected creatures to escape.  Costa Rica has been barred from shipping shrimp to the United States several times in the last decade because of limited compliance with the excluder rule.

Dobles also added that there was no government plan to pay off shrimp fishing workers if the nets were prohibited.

Committee members were told that there is a Sala IV constitutional court appeal involving the use of trawler nets in the country's waters.


Sala IV rejects yet another appeal of corporate tax
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Another challenge to the tax on corporations has been rejected by the Sala IV constitutional court.

The appeal was technical in that it questioned the way in which the tax money was being collected.  It cited sections 185 and 186 of the Costa Rican Constitution that says the national treasury is the  only agency empowered to receive revenue.

The law, which was published at the end of 2011 says that the tax money collected would go to the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública for programs to fight crime and ensure citizen security.

Just 5 percent of the money collected goes to the Registro Nacional for administering the tax program.

The court did not explain why it rejected the appeal
 but previous appeals against the tax have met with a similar fate.

This is the law that this year provides for a 190,000 tax on active corporations. That's about $385. The tax will keep getting bigger because it is indexed to a judicial salary.

A summary of the court's decision was released by the Poder Judicial, but the summary did not include any of the written decision.

The tax, which is in its second year, took many expats by surprise because many have cars and homes in personal corporations. There has been a wave of legal efforts to eliminate corporations to avoid the tax.

This is permitted by the law but costs lawyers fees.

Corporations that have not paid the tax will be eliminated by the Registro in three years.

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Water rates in Heredia area
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Water is going up in Heredia but not as much as the local utility provider wanted.

The Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos said it has approved a 5 percent increase for the Empresa de Servicios Públicos de Heredia. The increase takes effect as soon as the new rates are published.

The utility wanted a 27.6 percent increase. The increase covers customers in Heredia Centro, San Rafael, San Isidro, Barva and Flores, said the rate-fixing agency.

The agency also approved a 16 percent hike for 2014 and 9 percent for 2015, it said.

The agency also approved a 600-colon fixed monthly charge over and above consumption for utility customers. That's about $1.22. The company wants 2,049 colons.

The rate includes a sliding scale that increased the cost per cubic meter of water the greater the use. For example, for home consumption the first 14 cubic meters of water are each 194 colons. For business the cost per cubic meter is 464. There are seven steps in which the cubic meter cost increases up to 912 percent for use over 120 cubic meters for homes and businesses. After 61 cubic meters of water a month the price for homes and businesses is the same.


Costa Rica signs tax treaty
with Ecuador to share data

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica and Ecuador have signed an agreement to exchange tax information.

Ricardo Patiño Aroca, the foreign minister of Ecuador, was in town to participate in the ceremony.  This is part of the effort that the country is making to comply with rules of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. To do otherwise would cause Costa Rica to be considered a tax haven.

Since 2009 Costa Rica has signed agreements with a number of countries.


Three young burned victims
airlifted to valley hospitals

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three persons, including an 8-year-old girl, suffered serious burns Tuesday when a container of fuel exploded, said security ministry officials.

The three were airlifted by helicopter to Tobias Bolaños airport in Pavas and then to hospitals.

The mishap took place in Grano de Oro near Chirripo in the canton of Turrialba. Involved were a youth, 18, the girl and a boy, 4. The girl appeared to be the most badly burned, ministry officials said.


Environmental fair begins
today at Antigua Aduana


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An estimated 130 environmentally conscious businesses will be showing their wares starting today at the Feria Ambiental 2013. The event is in the Antigua Aduana on San Jose's east side.

The event begins on the World Day of the Environment. The inauguration is this morning. Most major government agencies will have displays as well as the various utilities. The Antigua Aduana is on Calle 23.


Venezuela's Zulia state
will ration food purchases


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A Venezuelan state is testing a system to limit purchases of food and other staples in a move that officials defended as necessary to stop contraband trade but opposition critics slammed as Cuban-style rationing, local media reported Tuesday.
 
The nation's consumers have for months had to endure long lines or visit several stores to find basic products that run the gamut from toilet paper to butter, driven in part by a lack of hard currency to ensure imports.
 
The state of Zulia in western Venezuela said it will launch a pilot program next week that uses a digital system to block shoppers from buying the same staple products at different stores on the same day.
 
“Considering the average size of a family, one person should only buy 20 staple products during the period that we establish, which we think will be one week,” said Bladimir Labrador, an official with the Zulia state government. He spoke to the newspaper Panorama in an interview published Tuesday.
 
Venezuela's price control system leaves the cost of basic products such as rice and flour considerably below their market value, creating a temptation for consumers to buy them in large quantities and resell them during shortages.
 
The business is even more lucrative in border states such as Zulia, which neighbors Colombia, because shoppers can buy goods and resell them across the frontier where they trade for several times the subsidized Venezuelan price.
 
Products to be covered by the system include rice, milk, toothpaste and diapers. The pilot program is to be carried out in 65 supermarkets in Zulia's capital Maracaibo and the neighboring municipality of San Francisco.
 
Supporters of the system credit the late leader Hugo Chávez for creating welfare programs that keep groceries cheap for the poor as part of his self-styled socialist revolution that his protege and designated successor Nicolas Maduro has vowed to continue.
 
Opposition leaders say the nagging shortages are a sign that the Chávez-era state-led model of price controls and frequent nationalizations is running out of steam.
 
“We cannot allow the government to use our state to create a Cuba-style rationing system,” said opposition legislator Elias Matta of Zulia. “This shows the failure of 21st century socialism.”

 
Obama is expected to press Xi
on espionage and cyberattacks


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

White House officials say U.S. President Barack Obama will take a tough stance on China-based cyberattacks when he hosts his Chinese counterpart at an informal summit later this week.

Speaking anonymously Tuesday, the officials said Obama will tell President Xi Jinping that Washington holds the Chinese government responsible for any hacking attempts that originate inside China.

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The official told reporters Obama will urge China to take action to stop the large-scale theft of U.S. military and commercial secrets that has been detailed in a series of recent government and private reports.

Both sides hope to use the relatively relaxed, two-day summit beginning Friday at a luxury resort in California to ease tensions between the world's two largest economic powers.

But the two leaders are expected to find little agreement on the issue of cyber attacks, which are becoming a growing strain to U.S.-China relations.

Much to the displeasure of China, which denies the attacks, Washington has grown increasingly bold in directly accusing Beijing of involvement in the cyber theft and espionage.

Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel told a Singapore security forum Saturday the U.S. is concerned about the growing threat of cyber intrusions, "some of which appear to be tied to the Chinese government and military."

A recent report prepared for the Pentagon by the U.S. Defense Science Board said Chinese hackers have stolen the designs for over two dozen top U.S. weapons systems. Earlier this year, the U.S. Internet security firm Mandiant said the Chinese military has stolen large amounts of data from about 150 U.S. companies and organizations.

China has accused Washington of using the media to make what it views as irresponsible claims for political reasons. It has also returned the accusations, saying it is the victim of widespread cyberattacks by U.S. hackers.

A top Chinese Internet security official on Tuesday told Chinese state media that Beijing has mountains of data with which to accuse the U.S. of hacking attacks, if it wished to do so.

But Huang Chengqing, director of the National Computer Network Emergency Response Technical Team/Coordination Center of China, said such disputes are best settled through communication, not confrontation.

Last week, the U.S. and China agreed to hold regular, high-level talks on cyber security. The first such panel will occur in July. Obama officials say they hope it will focus on developing an international code of conduct for operating in cyberspace."


 
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This photo is of Volcán Poás. It was taken at 5:35 p.m. Sunday from  Vara Blanca de Sarapiqui. It is one of many donated to the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico.


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Central Valley bracketed by plumes from nearby volcanoes
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

At two places overlooking the Central Valley, volcanoes are blowing their top.

Volcán Poás emitted plumes of gas estimated to be at least a kilometer into the air Sunday and Monday. The plumes were seen from Poás, Alajuela, Zarcero, Heredia, San Carlos, Desamparados and Zurquí, said the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica at University Nacional in Heredia.

The outlets in the volcano crater are emitting vapor about 450 to 575 degrees C, and the vapor is largely water and sulfur dioxide, said the Observatorio.

Poás is a major tourist destination and there was no indication that the plumes would jeopardize this activity.

At the east end of the valley, Volcán Turrialba also was putting out a column of vapor. The plume was seen from at least
 Heredia, San José, Cartago, Guápiles, as well as locations nearer the mountain.

Particles of fine silica from deposits of volcanic ash gave a rosy color when hit with the light of the sun, said the Observatorio. The plume also contained ash and sulfuric acid. The gas outlets at the crater of Turrialba are estimated to be emitting vapor about 800 degrees C.

Tuesday a park worker reported a light deposit of ash in   Pacayas y San Pablo de Oreamuno de Cartago, said the Observatorio. Two volcano experts went to the summit Tuesday between 2 and 3 p.m.  and reported that they saw a flow of gas stronger than normal.

Officials continue on alert at Turrialba, and farmers and stockmen near the volcano have pretty much abandoned those parts of their land damaged by acid rain. They also are prepared to make a haste exit if the mountain really acts up. The national park there is closed to visitors.


Investigators detain 25 in case of driving test impersonators
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is another scandal involving the nation's driver's license testing. Judicial agents said Tuesday that they had detained 25 persons on allegations that a substitute was used to take the written test.

Agents said they conducted arrests in Desamparados, San José, Cartago, Santa Cruz, Liberia, and Upala, among others.

The main allegation is that four persons were taking the written test under the names of other persons. For their efforts they received 80,000 to 90,000 colons or about $160 to $180, according to the Judicial Investigating Organization.
The arrests involved the test takers and the individuals who paid them to take the test.

Agents said that workers at the educational section of the transport ministry noticed a year ago that one individual had taken the written test 13 times.

Agents said that the test takers used the idenity documents of those who paid them to get into the testing room.

Investigators have been busy at the driving license facilities. Individuals have been detained in cases where licenses were  issued without the road test. There also was a case of faked documents for passenger transport.

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Tiny drones designed to gather secrets of powerful Caribbean hurricanes
By the University of Florida news service

Kamran Mohseni envisions a day when the unmanned vehicles in his laboratory at the University of Florida will swarm over, under and through hurricanes to help predict the strength and path of the storms.

The tiny, autonomous craft can spy on hurricanes at close range without getting blown willy-nilly, while sensors onboard collect and send in real time the data scientists need to predict the intensity and trajectory of storms: pressure, temperature, humidity, location and time.

Mohseni said people always ask him how the miniature flying machines can take on one of the monster storms. They are just 6 inches long and about the weight of an iPod Nano.

“Our vehicles don’t fight the hurricane. we use the hurricane to take us places,” said Mohseni, a professor in two engineering departments.

The aerial and underwater vehicles can be launched with commands from a laptop hundreds of miles from the eye of a hurricane. Mohseni and a team of graduate students use mathematical models to predict regions in the atmosphere and ocean that can give the vehicles a free ride toward their destination. Once in the vicinity, they can be powered off to wait for a particular current of wind or water.

'When they detect the current they need for navigation, they power back on, slip into the current, then power off again to conserve fuel as the current carries them to a target location.

In essence, they can go for a fact-gathering ride on hurricane winds and waters.

The devices are a departure from current technology, which uses hurricane reconnaissance aircraft to punch through a storm’s eye wall and release sensors that free-fall and might or might not collect helpful data. Underwater data are even more difficult to collect today, although just as important, considering that the warm, moist air on the ocean surface provides fuel for hurricanes.
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This is one of the mini-drones.

Mohseni’s vehicles, even launched hundreds at a time, also reduce the cost of hurricane reconnaissance.

“If you want to blast through a hurricane, you have to build a bigger airplane,” Mohseni said.

“We are going the opposite direction. We don’t have anything that is super duper. We have cheap sensors, but with a lot of them you can significantly increase the accuracy of your measurements,” said Mohseni

The prototypes produced at the institute are about $250 apiece and are too small and lightweight to cause damage when they hit something, a big consideration in hurricane-force winds and waves. Mohseni does not use a landing strip to test the aerial vehicles. He just tells them to crash, picks them up and flies them again. The carbon fiber shell of the aerial vehicles is wafer-thin but resilient. With proper funding, Mohseni said, the vehicles could be tested in a real-world hurricane in two or three years.


 
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Crowd lights candles in Victoria Park before the rain.

Thousands remember massacre
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tens of thousands of Hong Kong residents braved torrential rain to attend a candlelight vigil marking the 24th anniversary of Beijing's deadly crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square.

Organizers of Tuesday's annual vigil in Hong Kong's Victoria Park claimed a turnout of 150,000 people, while police gave a smaller estimate of 54,000. 

Some of those who gathered in the park left when the rains started, but many stayed, huddling under umbrellas and chanting slogans calling on China's Communist leaders to vindicate the 1989 protest movement in Beijing's main square.

Chinese troops backed by tanks crushed the student-led demonstration on June 4 of that year, killing hundreds and possibly thousands of people. Beijing considers the protest to be a counter-revolutionary rebellion and blocks annual attempts by pro-democracy activists to commemorate the killings.

Residents of the former British colony of Hong Kong have retained the right to protest since it returned to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. 

The chairwoman of Hong Kong's main opposition Democratic Party, Emily Lau, was at the latest vigil, organized by the Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements in China.  Speaking to a reporter by phone, she said many locals still have strong emotions about the Tiananmen crackdown.

"They really feel that China should move forward, should have an investigation to set this whole thing to rest," Ms. Lau said. "So, in a way, the Hong Kong people are very, very persistent.  Twenty-four years is a very long time, and these people keep turning up every year and they keep giving money to the Patriotic Alliance."

The rainstorm forced organizers to end Tuesday's rally after 50 minutes, the first time it has been cut short. Ms. Lau was among those who ran for cover.

"We were all drenched," she said. "It was pouring down with rain.  It was like a river flowing.  Some people left.  I left early too because we got so completely soaked.  But there were lots and lots of people going in, and all the football pitches were filled up, and they had to move over to the grass land."

Speakers at the vigil also vowed to keep fighting against what they see as Beijing's attempt to slow Hong Kong's progress toward universal suffrage for the city's leader and legislature in the coming years.

Turnout estimates for last year's event ranged from 180,000 people, as claimed by organizers, to 85,000 as reported by police.

In Beijing, police were on guard for possible protests at Tiananmen Square and other prominent areas.

Many Chinese activists already had been detained, placed under house arrest or monitored closely in the lead-up to the sensitive anniversary.

Chinese government censors also tried to block any reference to the anniversary on social media sites.  China's popular Sina Weibo service even removed a candle icon to prevent subscribers from displaying it as part of a digital vigil.

Ms. Lau said such actions have tarnished the image of the new Chinese Communist rulers who took office last November in a once-in-a-decade leadership transition.

"The impression is that the new leadership is very, very tough and, in fact, things are getting from bad to worse," Ms. Lau said.  "So it is exceedingly disappointing, because some people thought that President Xi Jinping is going to be some kind of reformist.  But I guess all those dreams have been dashed.  Nevertheless, the people still want to soldier on, because they want to see a democratic China."

Earlier this year, Xi called for more political courage to deepen reform in China and said the ruling party must improve its policies to benefit more people in a fairer way.

But he also said the process of opening up the state is a long-term, arduous and onerous cause which needs efforts from generation to generation.


Obama and Chile's president
discuss trade relations


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera have met at the White House, discussing progress toward creation of a trans-Pacific free-trade zone, and other regional and global issues.

Pinera's visit comes just more than two years after Obama visited Chile, where in an address in Santiago he praised political, economic and social progress across Latin America.

Vice President Joe Biden, who recently was in the region as part of a second-term Obama administration outreach to the region, also attended the Oval Office discussions.

Chile and the United States are among 11 nations working to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a new trade agreement.

Obama praised what he called Chile's remarkable growth trajectory and its role in the negotiations.

"We discussed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a high standard, high level trade agreement with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region which is the most dynamic and fastest growing region of the world, and Chile has been an excellent partner with us in trying to bring this multilateral trade agreement to a close," said Obama.

Negotiations involve 11 nations: the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Australia and New Zealand, with Japan also scheduled to join the talks.

Talks involve complex market access, legal, financial and labor issues. Washington said momentum was strong after the last round of talks in Peru. The next round is in Malaysia in July.

Pinera said Chile hopes a final deal on the trade zone will be achieved.

"Chile is fully committed not only achieving an agreement to create the largest free trade zone in the world, which will be the case if the Trans-Pacific Partnership is approved, but also we want to approve it within the time frame that we have set," said Pinera.

The discussions, which Obama called wide-ranging, also included the subject of negotiations for Chile to join the U.S. visa waiver program.

Next week, Obama welcomes the president of Perú, and the White House announced recently that President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil will pay a state visit in October.

The flurry of U.S. activity on Latin America, with an emphasis on trade, comes as China, which is not part of Trans-Pacific negotiations, has conducted what media reports have called a charm offensive in the region.

China's President Xi Jinping, who is to meet Friday and Saturday with Obama in California, has visited Mexico, Costa Rica, and Trinidad and Tobago discussing economic cooperation.


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Queen Elizabeth celebrates
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A fanfare of trumpets and cheering crowds greeted Queen Elizabeth on the 60th anniversary of her coronation Tuesday, with a service in Westminster Abbey featuring a priceless crown that has adorned the heads of British monarchs for 350 years.
 
Decorated with rubies, sapphires and amethysts, the golden St Edward's crown was made for the coronation of Charles II in 1661 and has been used to crown every British monarch since.
 
Together with a golden, eagle-shaped bottle containing the holy oil for anointing, it took pride of place beside the altar for the historic service.
 
For Elizabeth, 87, it was a return to the scene of her coronation when, at age 27, she ascended the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI.
 
Jubilant throngs and trumpets heralded the arrival of a monarch who has seen 12 prime ministers during her reign: from Winston Churchill to David Cameron.
 
The service was attended by all the senior British royals including the Queen's 91-year-old husband Prince Philip, who had had to withdraw from an engagement the previous day with an unspecified ailment.
 
Heir-to-the-throne Prince Charles, Prince William and his pregnant wife Kate and Cameron were among 2,000 guests in the Abbey, the site of coronations for nearly 1,000 years.
 
While coronation day in 1953 was dull and rainy, bright sunshine poured through the stained glass windows of the soaring gothic edifice during Tuesday's service.        
 
In 1953, millions of Britons gathered round brand new black-and-white television sets to watch Elizabeth's coronation, an event that gave Britain a chance to celebrate in the grim, austere years after World War II.
 
“A nation watched. It was the first time the whole nation had watched anything as it happened,” said Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in his address. “This they saw: pomp and ceremony on a rainy June day, wrapped in time and custom. Very British.”
 
Hers was the 38th coronation to take place at the Abbey, a tradition launched in 1066 by William the Conqueror, the first Norman King of England.
 
Tuesday's ceremony marked another milestone for Elizabeth as she edges towards Queen Victoria's record as Britain's longest-serving monarch. Victoria died in 1901 after more than 63 years and seven months on the throne.
 
The congregation sang the national anthem at the beginning of the service, and Cameron read from the Old Testament Book of Kings. Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy wrote a poem for the occasion that focused on the symbolism of the historic crown.
 
Read by actress Claire Skinner during the service, it contained the lines: “One head alone can know its weight, on throne, in pageantry, and feel it still, in private space, when it's lifted: not a hollow thing, but a measuring; no halo, treasure, but a valuing; decades and duty.”


Public opinions divided
on case of Bradley Manning


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The court martial of U.S. Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, who gave hundreds of thousands of secret government files to the WikiLeaks Web site, began this week in a courtroom at Fort Meade, Maryland.  Some analysts say Manning is a traitor who endangered American lives while supporters believe he is a whistle blowing hero. 

Prosecutors contend the 25-year-old Army intelligence analyst effectively put U.S. military secrets into the hands of the enemy, including Osama bin Laden.  They want to send him to prison for the rest of his life.

But Manning’s lawyers say he was young and naïve and only wanted to enlighten the public about the harsh reality of America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Steven Bucci is a senior foreign policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation.  He says Manning engaged in espionage and broke the trust of the nation. 

“He took an oath not to violate that trust and he willfully and with disregard for any of the potential implications of what he did, stole information and gave it away to people who were not authorized to have it. That’s called spying in the vernacular," said Bucci.

Manning has admitted turning over hundreds of thousands of documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.  He had access to the material and was arrested while serving in Iraq.

It is the largest release of classified information in U.S. history and is the most sensational since publication in 1971 of the Pentagon Papers, a secret Defense Department history of U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

Morris Davis is a former chief military prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay who says he plans to testify in Manning’s defense at the court martial.  

He says the prosecution in the Manning case is overzealous.

“I think the government, when it started, thought it was going to be like the trial of the century and I think the impact has not borne that out.  So they ought to accept a reasonable resolution and move on," said Davis.

As Manning’s trial opens, a grassroots activist network is supporting him through a Facebook page, Twitter account and website. 

Rallies are being held this week in dozens of U.S. cities and at least six foreign countries.  Thousands of people have donated more than $1 million for his defense fund.

Anne Wright is a retired U.S. Army colonel and former diplomat who supports Bradley Manning and his decision to release classified documents.

“And these are particular cables that we need to know because they, many of them identify government malfeasance or even criminal actions being done by government employees that should be exposed to the world," said Ms. Wright.

But others say the release of the material threatened to expose valuable military and diplomatic sources and strained America’s relations with other governments.


U.S. tourist gang rape victim
in crime-plagued India

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An American tourist was gang-raped by a group of men in a hill resort in northern India, police said Tuesday, in the latest of a series of attacks that have thrown the spotlight on women's safety in the world's largest democracy.
   
The woman was picked up by three men in a truck on Monday night while hitchhiking back to her guest house in the town of Manali in Himachal Pradesh state, police said. She had been visiting friends and had been unable to find a taxi home.
   
Three men were briefly detained and then released in connection with the attack, Himachal Pradesh Police Chief B. Kamal Kumar said, clarifying an earlier statement which appeared to say the men had been arrested.
   
“Sorry, I think it was misquoted. I think they were detained for questioning, they were not arrested,” Kumar said.
   
The woman told police her attackers took her to an isolated area and raped her. She was taken to a local hospital for preliminary tests before being taken back to her guest house, said a local police inspector, who declined to be identified.
   
“We are in contact with authorities but due to issues of privacy we have no further comment,” Peter Vrooman, spokesman for the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, said in an email.
   
Instead of dropping the woman at her hotel, the men drove in a different direction for about 16 or 17 kilometers (10.5 miles), then overpowered and raped her, the inspector said, adding that the hospital test had confirmed the sexual assault.
   
“Her condition is stable and she is accompanied by two women constables. All medical help has been given, and the doctors have been taking care of her,” the inspector said. “We have told her we are like family and are available for any help.”
   
In March, a Swiss tourist was gang-raped while on a camping trip in a forest in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. In the same month, a British woman jumped out of her hotel balcony in Uttar Pradesh state to escape a feared sexual assault.
   
Sex crimes are common in India. The National Crime Records Bureau says more than 24,200 rapes were reported across the country in 2011, about one every 20 minutes.
   

U.S. officials seeing test
for modified wheat grain


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. government is working with private companies to develop a rapid test for genetically modified wheat in response to fears about an unapproved wheat strain, said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Tuesday.

Buyers in Asia and Europe have shunned U.S. wheat since the Agriculture Department  announced last week that a strain of wheat, modified by Monsanto Co. for herbicide tolerance, was found in an Oregon field. Genetically modified wheat is not approved for cultivation anywhere in the world.

Vilsack said development of a reliable, low-cost test for modified wheat was an Agriculture Department priority. Asked how soon a test would be available, Vilsack said, “Obviously, as soon as we can do it.”

Current tests are expensive and time consuming, and the new test is intended to be quick and easy.

Vilsack's remarks, on the sidelines of an event focused on cutting down food waste, were his first public comments on the subject since the wheat find was announced May 29.

Agriculture officials have said daily there are no signs genetically modified wheat was in commercial channels. Vilsack said development of a rapid test would allow grain exporters and processors to assure customers that their products are safe to eat.

With that assurance, he said, “The markets will be re-opened.”

Japan, South Korea and the European Union have said they plan to test incoming wheat shipments for modified wheat. Preliminary tests by Korea on U.S. wheat and flour were negative, officials said on Monday. Final results are expected today.

U.S. agriculture officials  were communicating with trading partners and customers about the investigation, said Vilsack.

Two approaches are available for a wheat test, said Vilsack. One test, used on corn and soybeans, examines protein in crop. The other method is a DNA test.

The department's other priority is to find the source of the wheat that sprouted in the northeast Oregon field. The unwanted volunteer seedlings survived when sprayed with the weed killer glyphosate, which led to tests that identified the wheat as a Monsanto strain.

Other fields on the farm tested negative for the wheat, said an Agriculture Department spokesman.

Some $9 billion in U.S. wheat exports hang in the balance. The United States, the world's largest farm exporter, exports nearly half of its wheat crop.


U.S. Marine and kin grabbed
by kidnappers in rural México


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is searching for clues in the kidnapping of a U.S. Marine reservist in México.

The FBI says U.S. citizen and Iraq War veteran Armando Torres, III, disappeared May 14, along with his father and uncle, who are Mexican citizens.

A statement by the FBI's San Antonio division says armed gunmen took the three men by force from Torres' father's ranch in La Barranca in Mexico's northeastern state of Tamaulipas.  The statement says Torres had driven across the border from the southern U.S. state of Texas to visit the ranch.

Torres' sister, Cristina, said her family members' abductions came as a shock.

"It is just shocking, you know, because you do not want to believe it.  My cousin called me," she said. "She told me that she had seen a white truck outside the house.  She saw several people just get out the car and go into the house.  And they grabbed my brother, and my uncle, and my father, and they just, you know, just took them."

The FBI is turning to the public for help identifying those responsible for the kidnapping.  Anyone with information is being asked to call the agency at 956-546-6922.

México has been plagued by kidnappings in recent years, many of them carried out by the nation's drug cartels.  Official figures showed 1,043 cases between January and October 2012, although experts say the numbers are likely much higher.

In addition to the Mexican criminal investigation, the FBI says it has opened an international investigation in the case.
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7721-4/29/13



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Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
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7982-6/30/13

San Pedro condo
Condo for Sale in Flor del Este
Lourdes, Montes de Oca San Jose

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 8876-7399
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7973-8/23/13

Guaancaate condos
Little Dreams La Colina Magnolias

Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

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

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

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- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
- Beachfront Residential Lots from $35,000! Financing Available
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- Lots in Gated Community near the beach from $17,500!!
- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
- 3 Bedroom Oceanview House on 5 acres subdividable
into 4 oceanview properties $250k
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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
- Functioning HOA with 24-hour security and gated front entrance
- 100% custom homes, turnkey construction
- Community homes have been featured in Su Casa Architectural Magazine
- Abundant wildlife on the property, access to 45-acre nature preserve
- Organic Permaculture farm coming soon
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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

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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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New carbon-based catalyst
improves batteries cheaply


By the Los Alamos National Laboratory news staff

Scientists have designed a new type of nanostructured-carbon-based catalyst that could pave the way for reliable, economical next-generation batteries and alkaline fuel cells, providing for practical use of wind- and solar-powered electricity, as well as enhanced hybrid electric vehicles.

In a paper appearing in Nature Communications, researchers Hoon T. Chung, Piotr Zelenay and Jong H. Won, describe a new type of nitrogen-doped carbon-nanotube catalyst. The new material has the highest oxygen reduction reaction activity in alkaline media of any non-precious metal catalyst developed to date. This activity is critical for efficient storage of electrical energy.

The new catalyst doesn’t use precious metals such as platinum, which is more expensive per ounce than gold, yet it performs under certain conditions as effectively as many well-known and prohibitively expensive precious-metal catalysts developed for battery and fuel-cell use. Moreover, although the catalyst is based on nitrogen-containing carbon nanotubes, it does not require the tedious, toxic and costly processing that is usually required when converting such materials for catalytic use.

“These findings could help forge a path between nanostructured-carbon-based materials and alkaline fuel cells, metal-air batteries and certain electrolyzers,” said Zelenay. “A lithium-air secondary battery, potentially the most-promising metal-air battery known, has an energy storage potential that is 10 times greater than a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery. Consequently, the new catalyst makes possible the creation of economical lithium-air batteries that could power electric vehicles, or provide efficient, reliable energy storage for intermittent sources of green energy, such as windmills or solar panels.”

The scientists developed an ingenious method for synthesizing the new catalyst using readily available chemicals that allow preparation of the material in a single step. They also demonstrated that the synthesis method can be scaled up to larger volumes and could also be used to prepare other carbon-nanotube-based materials.


Some computer addresses
blocked by anti-span sites


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some Costa Rican Internet provider pathways have been showing up on block lists.

The pathways, identified as IP numbers, are the way computers identify themselves and talk to other computers and how email is routed.

Two Costa Rican IP numbers within the last two days have been identified by anti-spam sites as sources of unwanted or malicious material. Consequently, most Internet servers block these IP numbers automatically.

That means the individual who signs on to a computer and is automatically assigned a blocked IP number by a service provider here cannot see some Web pages or send email.

The IP addresses that were identified as blocked are operated by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad. Some computers have permanent IP addresses but others are assigned them dynamically by the provider.

Servers also will block IP addresses when there is a series of unsuccessful signons. The server interprets this as a cyberattack.

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Donations site is new venture tool

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Yael Krigman is equal-parts baker and businesswoman. She sells her treats through her company's Web site. She was a lawyer but she knew she was onto something when her homemade cake pops, balls of cake and frosting dipped in candy-coating that sit atop lollipop sticks, thrilled colleagues at work.

"I made them one week, and people got so excited, they just went nuts," she explained. "They thought they were so delicious, and I started selling them that same week."

Now, Ms. Krigman wants to expand her Washington, D.C.-based business by opening a shop that specializes in cake pops.  

"I was talking to a friend of mine, and we were discussing the different options for financing my storefront, and we talked about bank loans and investors and he told me about Kickstarter," she said.

Kickstarter is a platform for crowd-sourced funding. Entrepreneurs such as Ms. Krigman post their projects and funding goals on Kickstarter.com, and people around the world pledge money. Backers and Kickstarter don't get a share of the business, but there are incentives. In Ms. Krigman's case, most levels of backers will get cake pops.

Kickstarter is just one of the ways Ms. Krigman hopes to get funding for her store. She says the Web site makes it easier to think about expanding her business.

"Bank loans are difficult to get, especially for small businesses with not many assets, and investors, you know, you have to give away part of your company, and I'm really proud of what I've built and I want to continue to grow it," she said. "I don't just want to be a manager at a bakery."

Ms. Krigman's goal is to raise $70,000. But if a project doesn't meet its goal in time, no money changes hands.

"I've really been sending out a lot of e-mails to everybody that I've ever known and anybody who has ever ordered from me, and I've been telling my friends and just trying to get people to spread the word," said Ms. Krigman of her Kickstarter campaign.  

She hopes her shop will join the more than 40,000 projects that have been funded through Kickstarter.

But it's not just upstarts that are taking to Kickstarter.  Hollywood has taken notice, too.

Rob Thomas, the creator of the canceled television series "Veronica Mars," turned to Kickstarter to fund a Veronica Mars movie, and he made a playful video with the show's cast.

Fans of "Veronica Mars" flocked to the site.

"Our Kickstarter page went live, I think about 45 minutes ago, and we already have $123,000," the show's star Kristen Bell said in a video update she posted on Kickstarter.  

The Veronica Mars movie project broke records, raising $5.7 million. That inspired actor, writer and director Zach Braff, who used Kickstarter to raise $3 million for his film, "Wish I Was Here." 

"Maybe this could be a new paradigm for filmmakers who want to make smaller personal films without having to sign away any of their artistic freedom," Braff explained in the video he posted on Kickstarter. He noted he could get funding in Hollywood, but he feared investors would want control over casting and creative matters.  

As of June, people had posted about 100,000 projects on Kickstarter.  Less than half reached their funding goals. The successful ones raised more than $500 million combined. Kickstarter, which is based in New York City, takes a 5 percent fee from successfully funded projects.

Some projects on Kickstarter don't get a start at all. One in 10 projects don't receive a single pledge.