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This is the DC-8 that would have provided low-cost tourism flights
Costa Rica nearly had its own low-cost tourism airline
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

When TACA Airlines said May 17 that it was suspending 10 direct flights to and from Costa Rica, tourism operators were outraged. Officials were surprised, and the civil aviation authority said it would look into the lack of notice of those flights carrying the LASCA destination.

LASCA is the long-time Costa Rican airline that is now part of Grupo TACA.

For a former expat businessman now living in Florida, the news was bittersweet. Frank Parish tried to establish a Costa Rican flag charter line in the country in the early 1980s. Like many foreign businessmen, he was blindsided by officialdom, and the project never got off the ground.

Now living in Port Charlotte, Florida, Parrish was a driving force behind VEL Airlines. This was supposed to be a charter line that would bring in tourists on low-cost flights to Costa Rica, he recalled in a telephone interview Thursday.

Controlling interest in the firm was by a Costa Rican, as was required by law. That man was the legendary hotel developer Bernardo Monge Otarola, who founded what is today the Grupo Marta.

Monge had foresight, and he was the man who built the first major hotel in Jacó even when the town did not have electricity, according to his company's history..

"Just imagine, if VEL airlines could be operating today . . .  Costa Rica would have its own Airline to build its own tourism," Parrish said in an email to a friend here.  "VEL airlines was to become an economic weapon for Costa Rica.  Instead of begging others to promote tourism, VEL was designed to go and get tourists from their homes and bring them to Costa Rica at unbelievably low prices.  The losses to Costa Rica have been unbelievable."

Parrish says he believes LACSA officials at the time were concerned about the competition and raised objections with the civil aviation authorities that has given VEL permission to fly. LACSA had accused VEL of dumping in the marketplace even before the first flight took place. Parrish said he lined up hundreds of tourism agencies in the Chicago area that would fill his plane for frequent charter flights. Dumping is when a firm sets its prices lower than cost.
Eventually the Consejo Técnico de Aviación Civil issued an ultimatum, Parrish recalled Thursday. The firm had to use its aviation permit right away or lose it. So he made a deal with Disney World in Orlando, Florida, to bring Costa Rican tourists at $199 apiece.

The 180 seats on his D C-8 filled up quickly due to local advertising, he said.

About the same time, Monge died in a private aviation accident at Tobias Bolaños airport, so Parrish was left without his close Costa Rican friend and business partner. That was in March 1983.

But the cheap flights were not to be. More legal maneuvering forced the airline to return the money would-be passengers had paid, and the firm went bankrupt. Some time later, the Costa Rican courts found no merit in the allegations against VEL, but by then the company did not exist, said Parrish. He moved back to the States.

"Now Costa Rica suffers the consequences even today," said Parrish in his email.  "Costa Rica being a small country with all of the others, with hat in hand, begging for airlines to fly to Costa Rica, competing with all other countries for tourism in a difficult economic condition. This reminds me again, of how Mexico turned Cancún into such a tourism mecca. Sure, Cancún had nice white sandy beaches in a remote jungle area.  There were no hotels or tourists in the beginning. Were there tourists just standing on these remote beaches begging for hotel rooms?  Or did they build large hotels just hoping that tourists would come?  Well, neither one is true, it was the PLAN, that made it happen . . .  ." 

Monge, of course, wanted tourists to stay in his growing chain of hotels. Out of respect, VEL named it's aircraft the Don Bernardo.

Parrish was proud to say Thursday that any firm or person owed money by the airline was reimbursed.

Some money came from the sale of the aircraft because VEL owned it outright.  That was one reason why VEL could offer low-costs flights.

Parrish, now 72, did not leave empty handed. He met his wife, Ligia, because she was in the first class of flight attendants for the airline. They still are married and have two grown children.

But he still says nostalgically of the airline "A great loss for Costa Rica."

Service station can't sell gasoline due to low octane
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's price regulating agency has suspended gasoline sales at an Alajuelita service station because three separate inspections showed that the octane levels of regular and super gasoline were lower than required.

The station is Servicio Alajuelita, Until an analysis can be made of the gasoline in its tanks, the station
crews can only sell diesel, said the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos.

The agency has a department that checks the fuel in every station in the country.

Using gasoline of a lower octane than the vehicle manufacturer specified can cause damage, said the agency. Inspectors also check the accuracy of the fuel flow at the pumps.

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A missing hiker was found alive Thursday in the shadow of Chirripó. The Cruz Roja identified the woman as Rocío Venegas Chavarría who had been missing since Tuesday.

Chirripó is the country's tallest peak, and the territory is rough. A university student still is missing in this area two years after he vanished.

Overnight temperatures in the area approached 6 degrees C., rescuers said. That's about 43 degrees F.

Rescue workers from the Fuerza Pública and the Cruz Roja, as well as park rangers participated in the search for two days.

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Costa Rica will be on the world stage again next week when it hosts the first conference of middle-income nations. So far 68 countries have said they will send representatives, according to the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto.

The aim of the conference which starts Monday is to develop contact among these nations for the purpose of development.

Some 70 percent of the world's poor are in these countries.  Officials here expect that the five-day session will develop a declaration of San José that will bring before the eyes of the world the countries' concerns.

The United Nations are also involved in planning the conference.

Many of those who have said they will come hold offices in their own country linked to environmental protection.

New museum construction
irks the merchants nearby

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Work has begun on a new museum in downtown San José, and vendors who maintain stalls near the site are not happy.

The Instituto Nacional de Seguros, the state insurance firm, confirmed that there was a demonstration Thursday by merchants who say the workers are intruding into their space. The insurance firm denied this.

The project is for the new Museo de Jade, which has been housed in the headquarters of the insurance firm on Avenida 7. The new site is west of the Plaza de la Democracia between Avenida Primera and Avenida Segunda.

This also is the location of the artisans market that is visited heavily by tourists. The market actually is on a closed city street that runs north and south at the west end of the plaza. The stalls have been there for years, and the merchants all are legal with sales tax licenses and business permits issued by the city.

The new museum is adjacent to what is now the Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress. In all the job is $9.8 million, according to the insurance institute.

The new museum is opposite the Museo Nacional, which is on the east side of the plaza, and will contain many of the same items that are found in the Museos de Banco Central at Plaza de la Cultura.

The insurance institute said that museum officials expect to show some 6,881 pieces when the job is done in 2013.

Jade has a religious significance among some of the pre-Columbian peoples in Costa Rica. But the museum, which is now on the first floor of the insurance headquarters, has much more. A lot of the collection was gathered by amateur archaeologist before Costa Rica made prior cultures a priority.

Lawmakers agree to look into
the death of turtle worker

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A legislative committee has agreed to investigate the death of Jairo Mora Sandoval, who was beaten to death early May 31.

Mora is the man who worked at the turtle refugee in Moín.

Lawmakers will not be trying to do a criminal investigation. That is the job of the Judicial Investigating Organization. Instead, they said they would be looking at the actions of governmental agencies and the failure to respond for requests from help by the turtle workers.

The death took place near a refugee which also is on a beach that is known for its use by cocaine smugglers. Before he died, Mora penned columns for the national media that were critical of governmental response.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 65-year-old man had a run-in with a poisonous snake in Palmar Sur Thursday.  The security ministry's Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea had to fly him to Juan Santamaría airport where he was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Snake bites are not rare in the rural areas, and Costa Rica has most anti-venoms available on short notice.

The man was identified as Santos Núñez Núñez.

Miss World contestants
in Jakarta to shun bikinis

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Miss World contestants will not wear bikinis when they vie for the pageant's crown in Indonesia this September to avoid causing offense in the world's most populous Muslim country.

Miss World organizers said the 137 women in the competition instead will wear one-piece swimwear, some of which also will have sarongs over the top.

“This is perfectly reasonable in a country that prefers one-piece swimwear,” London-based Miss World Organization Chairwoman Julia Morley said Thursday.

Ms. Morley denied suggestions the decision to ditch bikinis was made after local complaints about the contest.

However, reports in Indonesian newspapers said a number of conservative groups had taken issue with the staging of the contest, highlighting bikinis as a key objection.

The Jakarta Post reported on Monday that deputy tourism minister, Sapta Nirwandar, said the government had also asked Miss World to follow Indonesian tradition.

“Some people in Indonesia still consider it taboo for women to wear bikinis and outfits that expose body parts,” the paper quoted Nirwandar as saying on its Web site.

Over the past year other entertainment events have been disrupted in Indonesia due to threats by Muslim organizations.

Pop star Lady Gaga was forced last year to pull out of a concert after a hardline Muslim group threatened to disrupt her show, saying her performances were immoral.

Last month veteran U.S. rock band Aerosmith canceled a concert in Jakarta citing security concerns.

The 63rd Miss World pageant will be held on Sept. 28 in Jakarta, the capital of a country where nearly 90 percent of its 240 million people consider themselves to be Muslims.

The Miss World contest dates back to 1951 and during its first decade the outfits of contestants raised eyebrows and grabbed headlines while building a growing audience for its televised show.

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Heavy winds and perhaps a tornado cause damage in valley
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Heavy storms lashed the Central Valley Thursday, and in no place was the damage greater than in Heredia.

The Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica confirmed the death of one woman who was killed by a falling tree in Guararí.  A number of homes lost their roofs. Others suffered major leaks.

The Bomberos said that strong winds took roofs from seven homes and damaged the roofs of 27. Unofficial estimates were greater.

The Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz said that parts of Heredia were without power during much of the afternoon. They characterized the winds as a tornado that hit the area about 1 p.m. The areas most affected were Los Lagos, Bajos del Virilla, Santa Rosa de Santo Domingo, and San Francisco de Heredia, the company said.

In Los Lagos about 400 meters east of the Catholic church there a tree fell on power lines and pulled town three utility poles, it said.  The strong winds also made signs airborne, and this brought down another utility pole and damaged another, the company said.

Three signs also fell on utility lines near the church of Santa Rosa and affected power to surrounding areas.
Fire fighters said that storm sewers also were flooding and that the Río Pirro in Guararí flooded and displaced 20 persons from their homes. Officials were setting up a shelter in La Lucía de Guararí and one in Liceo de Heredia.

One of the buildings with a damaged roof was the Colegio Samuel Saénz Flores, and that caused the evacuation of the students there, said the fire agency.

The Walmart facility in Heredia also suffered roof damage and the Hospital San Vicente de Paúl lost windows on its fifth floor, the agency added.

The Bomberos noted it was working in conjunction with the Cruz Roja, Fuerza Pública, the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias, the Municipalidad de Heredia, and the Ministerio de Salud.

Heavy rain hit the downtown of San José, too, and there were some branches and trash in the street, but no serious damage was reported.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that rainfall was between 50 and 90 millimeters during the day. That's between 2 and 3.5 inches.  It also issued a warning about lighting.

Traffic was tied up all over the Central Valley through the evening rush hour, and there were a flurry of minor accidents caused by skidding or reduced visibility.

It's pretty abnormal just trying to get back to normal
Once again I have rediscovered a phenomenon that can’t just apply to me.  That is that it is easier to adjust to a vacation or travel mode than it is to readjust to life as usual.

Way back in May my dear friend Ellen came to visit me. We had not seen one another in years, and since Ellen is a sun-and-sea lover, I made reservations at the remarkably charming hotel Alma del Pacifico.

How easy and quickly we changed into beach wear, walked through the grounds and smiled at the delightful murals done by the wife of the husband and wife team who designed and built the hotel.  A walk along the beach and a game of Scrabble -- it was as if we had been doing this sort of thing for years.  Then I got sick, and it came to an end.

Hospital life is not difficult to adjust to mechanically:  You do what you are told, and, if you are sick enough, you obey without question.

By the time I got back home, Ellen had left, having had, in my opinion, a vacation from Hell.  After a four-day bed stay, I looked around my empty but clean apartment (it was obvious how Ellen had spent her time), trying to remember what my daily routine was, or if I even had one.  I turned on the TV, which I had not looked at in nearly two weeks, and discovered that good old Tigo had CNN frozen framed once again. Oh, well, if it starts moving, the anchors will just be repeating the breaking news from last Thursday.

I turned on my computer to discover I had 6,092 messages.  I searched for anything that looked personal and then turned it off.  I couldn’t face news about the civil war in Syria (haven’t we learned yet that civil wars are the bloodiest wars of all and outsiders get involved at their own peril?).  I am tired of hearing about the corruption in politics, the worsening health of the world at large, the demise of the environment, the rising crime, and even the feverish offers to make me smarter, richer, healthier, or better known on the Web.

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Butterfly in the City
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in our food supply and how it is grown, and not just our really bad personal habits are also contributing to making us sicker and fatter.

Chopping onions and making soup helped to anchor me a bit, but I still feel like a stranger in a strange apartment with a way of life that just manages to escape me.

One thing I did see that gave me heart was the notice that reminded me that expat communities are still actively involved in having fun and doing good at the same time.

This month it is the British community.  They are having their annual fund raising picnic this coming Sunday at the Zamora Estates in Santa Ana.  It starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until 3.  You need to get your tickets and reservations beforehand at Bagelman’s in Escazú, or you can call 8912-4518 or 8854-4069 to make other arrangements.

The good cause will be funds for the schools of Costa Rica.

I have attended before, and there is something for everybody, but my favorite part is visiting the British shop where all kinds of English goodies have been imported just for this occasion.  If you see any Rose’s lime Juice, I will trade you with a jar of Jo’s chocolate sauce.

Meanwhile I am going to explore my apartment, find and use the delete button on my computer, read the latest adventures of my friend, Sandy who took a freighter to Europe and is still there.

Maybe if I go to the feria this Saturday, it will all come back to me.

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Five held in case of kidnapping and extortion to collect a debt from victim
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Five men including a lawyer, were detained Thursday on allegations that they kidnapped a man to recover a debt.

The kidnapping happened in the first week in May, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. The man, a concert promoter, met the operator of an Heredia sportsbook in an Escazú hotel to arrange payment of the debt.

Instead, agents said that the man was taken to a home in  San Pablo de Heredia. The kidnappers wanted $1.4 million, but the man went free May 7 in exchange for less.

Agents said that the man paid some cash via an electronic transfer and also
agreed to make out a life insurance policy to benefit the kidnappers.

The leader of the group was identified by the last name of Seevers. Agents said it was he who operated the sportsbook in Heredia Centro. The lawyer, identified by the last name of Kahle, is accused of preparing the legal documents that the kidnapped man had to sign.

Another man, identified by the last name of Echandi, occupies the home where the man was held. A man with the last name of Barberena and a partner of Seevers, is accused to tricking the victim and taking him into captivity. A man named Masís is accused of holding the man for 27 hours.

The victim had to pay $15,000 and give his captors the passports of his daughters, said judicial agents.

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Both countries are expecting
results from Obama-Xi summit

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

When President Barack Obama and Chinese leader Xi Jinping hold an informal summit today and Saturday in California, it will be their first get-together since  Xi became China’s president.

The meeting comes at a time when growing mistrust, concerns about cyber attacks and the question of how to deal with North Korea are among a range of issues testing ties. Despite those challenges, expectations are high in China that the meeting will be a crucial if not historic moment for the two countries to put relations on more stable footing. 
Coming into this week’s meeting, both China and the United States are talking up the importance of ties and the need to find ways to better work together. The United States has a list of concerns it wants to address. China does too, but Beijing is putting more of its emphasis on a vision it has for U.S.-China relations.
Talking about that vision earlier this week, China’s Ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, said the upcoming meeting would be strategic and historic. According to a Xinhua news report, Cui says the talks will include in-depth discussions on major issues about how to build ties and a new type of great power relationship between the two countries. China feels that by publicly recognizing each other as great powers, one emerging and the other an established power, the two can avoid conflict.
Pang Zhongying, a political scientist at Renmin University in Beijing, said: “I think this is a very important opportunity, because the meeting is very informal and candid and casual. Perhaps this is just happening by chance, or perhaps they’re making history. I do hope they’re making history, but I don’t know if they’ll be able to grab this chance or they’ll let it go.”
White House officials say they want to cover as many issues as possible during the meetings and focus on forging a working relationship. U.S. officials have given China’s new idea some attention, mentioning it in speeches, but their focus more often than not has been on other issues.
“Sometimes the Americans like to give a name to China-U.S. relations. Strangely, this time the Chinese also care about how to define China-U.S. relations. But once they've discuss the definition, the Americans want to talk concrete issues,” Pang said.
Not all believe the meeting will achieve groundbreaking results.
Xie Tao, a professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University, said he believes the meeting is more about developing personal trust. He said it is an opportunity for the two leaders to get a sense of whether they can be friends.
“I think that’s why it’s set up in such an informal and private setting, unlike the previous couple of summits between Chinese and American leaders,” Xie said. "So the expectation is that the two leaders they will build up personal trust and that trust probably will spill over to the other areas. And so that will help the lower level officials, the real bureaucrats who deal with U.S.-China relations on a day-to-day basis."
U.S. officials say the two leaders will have ample time to talk and Washington is eager to discuss what hopes will be a broad agenda. Unlike state visits which allow only limited time for in-depth discussions, the two leaders will have a meeting on Friday, a private dinner and then more talks on Saturday before wrapping up around midday. The United States says it wants to talk about human rights, North Korea and cyber attacks that it says originated in China and the impact they are having on U.S. businesses.
Wu Riqiang, an associate professor at the School of International Studies, Renmin University of China, said that before there are ways the U.S. and China could cooperate on cyber security, but added that more clarity is needed about the different types of hacker attacks that exist.
He said the U.S. has yet to give enough information about the first type of attacks, economic losses because of hacker attacks.
“On the second type of hacking, which has to do with intelligence, we cannot do anything, because every one is acting the same way in this regard. China is stealing information about the U.S., and the U.S. is also stealing information from China," Wu said.

"Nobody is a good guy here, everyone is a crook. The third type of hacking has to do with technical infrastructure which is a common interest for both the U.S. and China, and that is the realm where we can cooperate on how to protect banks system so that there is no breach, or protect our power grid so that it does not collapse," Wu added.
Xie Tao said North Korea is likely to be a key topic of discussion as well. He said that while China’s position hasn’t made an about face, it has changed significantly.
“We cannot afford to have a country that is a dictatorial, is unpredictable to test nuclear weapons. And besides, close association with a regime like this does no good at all to China, I think eventually our leaders realize that, we need to change our course," he said. "Many people don’t like the word abandon but I think we’re changing our course.”
China has repeatedly urged North Korea to reform its economy and return to the six-party talks on ending its nuclear weapons programs. In a briefing earlier this week, White House officials say that even as it has been raising concerns about cyber issues, Beijing and Washington have had pretty constructive cooperation on North Korea.

Swimming and movie star
Esther Williams dies at 91

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Esther Williams, whose experiences as a young swimming champion led to a career of Hollywood aqua-musicals designed just for her, died Thursday in Beverly Hills, California, at the age of 91, her spokesman said.
Williams, one of the biggest box-office stars of the 1940s and 1950s, died peacefully in her sleep and had been in declining health due to old age, spokesman Harlan Boll said.
Williams became known as Hollywood's Mermaid and The Queen of the Surf. At her peak, the woman with the wide smile and bright eyes was second in earnings only to Betty Grable and often in the top 10 box-office draws.
Williams' aqua-musicals were escapist comedies in lush color with lavish song and watery dance numbers and lots of footage of synchronized swimming. They were so popular that some credited her with a jump in the popularity of home swimming pools.
A typical finale featured Williams diving into a pool or lagoon and surfacing to a crescendo of music with water drops glistening on her smiling face and sleek body.
She dismissed her talent, saying “I can't act, I can't sing, I can't dance. My pictures are put together out of scraps they find in the producer's wastebasket.”
After watching the films decades later, she softened that self-deprecating assessment, saying: “I look at that girl and I like her. I can see why she became popular with audiences. There was an unassuming quality about her. She was certainly wholesome.”
Williams was born in the Los Angeles suburb of Inglewood on Aug. 8, 1921. As a young swimmer, she set what were then world records in the 100-meter freestyle and 880-yard relay. She also worked as a model.
In her later career, Williams did a few 1960s television specials and hosted swimming events for ABC-TV's coverage of the 1984 Olympic Games.

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Another mission readied
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

WASHINGTON — The U.S. space agency NASA is preparing to launch a new mission to study the sun. The Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, will observe the way solar material gathers energy and heats up as it moves through the sun's lower atmosphere.

The upper layer of the sun's atmosphere, known as the corona, is thousands of times hotter than the sun's surface. 

Scientists want to figure out how that happens, so they are preparing a mission to study the sun's so-called interface region, the area between the sun's photosphere and its corona. 

Energy and plasma that flow through the interface region have an impact on those on Earth. That region is the source of the sun's ultraviolet emission, which has an effect on the planet's climate, as well as the near-Earth space environment. Energy that seeps through the interface region drives solar wind.   

That's where NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph, or IRIS, mission comes into play. IRIS is a small satellite with the ability to perform complex solar observations.

Alan Title, the IRIS principal investigator based at Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center in California, spoke to reporters about the mission's importance.

"What we want to discover is what the basic physical processes are that transfer energy and material from the surface of the sun out to the outer atmosphere to the corona," he explained. "And, remember, the corona extends throughout the heliosphere. We live in the sun's outer atmosphere."

IRIS will provide high-resolution images that even will show individual structures of energy as they rapidly stretch away from the sun. The U.S. space agency says IRIS images will be three-to-four times as detailed as those from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. 

IRIS also will provide spectra, data that reveals information about multiple wavelengths of light at once.

NASA says IRIS will observe a range of temperatures from about 5,000 to 65,000 degrees Celsius, and up to about 10 million degrees Celsius during solar flares. But IRIS will not be observing the sun from up close.

"IRIS flies around the Earth so it only gets about 600 kilometers closer to the sun than we are here on Earth, and that's about 92 million miles away," said principal investigator Alan Title. "So it's really not very much closer to the sun."

The $181 million mission is set to last two years, but scientists say the solar explorer could function much longer. 

IRIS is set to launch aboard a Pegasus XL rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California  June 26.

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Martian Rover to travel
to base of distant peak

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission is shifting gears. The Curiosity rover is going to take a break from drilling into Martian bedrock and analyzing rock samples to do what Mars rovers are made to do: drive across the terrain.

The U.S. space agency says this will be the biggest turning point since Curiosity landed on the Red Planet last August.

Curiosity is exploring within a deep, 150-kilometer-wide depression called Gale Crater so that scientists can learn about the area's environmental history. The rover soon will shift into distance-driving mode to make the 8-kilometer trek to the base of a Martian peak called Mount Sharp. Scientists picked this target because they expect the mountain's layers to offer clues about the way the Martian environment evolved.

The journey to Mount Sharp is expected to take many months, and mission scientists note that the rover will investigate interesting features along the way.

Members of the Mars Science Laboratory team based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California gave reporters an update about the rover's activities.

Joy Crisp, the deputy project scientist, described the decision to stop sampling and start moving as one of the classic struggles the science team faces.

"The team has decided that it really is a good time now to turn around and start making progress to Mount Sharp," she said.   

The mission's main objective - to see if ancient Mars had environmental conditions that could have supported micro-organisms - already has been accomplished. Earlier this year, scientists said a rock sample from an area known as Yellowknife Bay contained some key chemical ingredients needed for life, including oxygen, hydrogen and carbon. Martian bedrock showed evidence of multiple periods of wet conditions.

The nuclear-powered Curiosity is investigating Martian geology, weather and radiation levels during its two-year, $2.5 billion mission.

China seen as big consumer
that will affect prices

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development says China's appetite for food imports will soar in the next few years. The report comes on the heels of large mergers and acquisitions in the agribusiness industry between China and the United States.

Demand is rising in China for food, and the country is set to increase its imports of grains, oil seeds and meat during the next 10 years. But as China's need for food imports grows, global food production is on the decline, said Angel Gurria of the  Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development . 
“In the last 10 years agriculture grew by 2.1 percent. Now we’re saying the next 10 years its going to grow 1.5 percent.  So about a third less. That’s pretty big.  A third less accumulated over time, that’s a big difference, and that has to be taken into consideration," he said.
Mean imports to China are expected to increase by 3 percent a year to 1.7 million tons by 2022.  Beef is set to become the fastest growing import sector with a growth rate of 7 percent a year.  China's imports of coarse grains, used to feed animals, are expected to double by 2022, and soybean imports are expected to grow 40 percent.  The country's imports of oilseeds, also used in animal feed, are set to rise 41 percent over the next decade. 

China's economic growth is fueling its appetite for imports, and the country is already having a huge impact on global food markets, Gurria said.
“You cannot understand the world of agriculture and the production of agriculture if you don’t have China front and center because of their importance in production, because of their importance in consumption, because of their importance in the shifts and changes of the market," he said.

To meet this growing demand for food, Jose Graziano Da Silva, director general of the Food and Agriculture Organization, said the waste of food in global production must be reduced. 
“We are still losing 30 percent to half of what we are producing now," he said. "This is unbelievable, and this is a lack of investment in food storage, in food transportation, in better rural conditions.”

The rise in the Chinese demand for food is expected to help fuel commodity prices, and companies have already started to capitalize on China's impact on global food trade. Meat processing firm Shuanghui of China announced a $7 billion bid for American pork company Smithfield last week.

China is already the world's biggest importer of milk and soybeans and is expected to become the world's biggest consumer of pork within a decade.  The two agencies estimate that international pork prices will rise 5 to 8 percent as a result.

Breast feeding shows impact
in brains of youngsters

By the Brown University news staff

A new study by researchers from Brown University finds more evidence that breast feeding is good for babies’ brains.

The study made use of specialized, baby-friendly magnetic resonance imaging to look at the brain growth in a sample of children under the age of 4. The research found that by age 2, babies who had been breastfed exclusively for at least three months had enhanced development in key parts of the brain compared to children who were fed formula exclusively or who were fed a combination of formula and breast milk. The extra growth was most pronounced in parts of the brain associated with language, emotional function, and cognition, the research showed.

This isn’t the first study to suggest that breast feeding aids babies’ brain development. Behavioral studies have previously associated breast feeding with better cognitive outcomes in older adolescents and adults. But this is the first imaging study that looked for differences associated with breast feeding in the brains of very young and healthy children, said Sean Deoni, assistant professor of engineering at Brown and the study’s lead author.

“We wanted to see how early these changes in brain development actually occur,” Deoni said. “We show that they’re there almost right off the bat.”

The findings are in press in the journal NeuroImage and available now online.

Deoni leads Brown’s Advanced Baby Imaging Lab. He and his colleagues use quiet machines that image babies’ brains as they sleep. The technique Deoni has developed looks at the microstructure of the brain’s white matter, the tissue that contains long nerve fibers and helps different parts of the brain communicate with each other. Specifically, the technique looks for amounts of myelin, the fatty material that insulates nerve fibers and speeds electrical signals as they zip around the brain.

Deoni and his team looked at 133 babies ranging in ages from 10 months to 4 years. All of the babies had normal gestation times, and all came from families with similar socioeconomic statuses. The researchers split the babies into three groups: those whose mothers reported they exclusively breastfed for at least three months, those fed a combination of breast milk and formula, and those fed formula alone. The researchers compared the older kids to the younger kids to establish growth trajectories in white matter for each group.

The study showed that the exclusively breastfed group had the fastest growth in myelinated white matter of the three groups, with the increase in white matter volume becoming substantial by age 2. The group fed both breast milk and formula had more growth than the exclusively formula-fed group, but less than the breast milk-only group.

“We’re finding the difference is on the order of 20 to 30 percent, comparing the breastfed and the non-breastfed kids,” said Deoni. “I think it’s astounding that you could have that much difference so early.”

Deoni and his team then backed up their imaging data with a set of basic cognitive tests on the older children. Those tests found increased language performance, visual reception, and motor control performance in the breastfed group.

The study also looked at the effects of the duration of breast feeding. The researchers compared babies who were breastfed for more than a year with those breastfed less than a year, and found significantly enhanced brain growth in the babies who were breastfed longer — especially in areas of the brain dealing with motor function.

Deoni says the findings add to a substantial body of research that finds positive associations between breast feeding and children’s brain health.

“I think I would argue that combined with all the other evidence, it seems like breast feeding is absolutely beneficial,” he said.

Irish chronicles show impact
in Europe of tropical eruptions

By the Institute of Physics news staff

Medieval chronicles have given an international group of researchers a glimpse into the past to assess how historical volcanic eruptions affected the weather in Ireland up to 1,500 years ago.

By critically assessing over 40,000 written entries in the Irish Annals and comparing them with measurements taken from ice cores, the researchers successfully linked the climatic aftermath of volcanic eruptions to extreme cold weather events in Ireland over a 1,200-year period from 431 to 1649.
Their study, which has been published Thursday, in the Institute of Physics Publishing’s journal Environmental Research Letters, showed that over this timescale up to 48 explosive volcanic eruptions could be identified in the Greenland Ice Sheet Project ice-core, which records the deposition of volcanic sulfate in annual layers of ice.

Of these 48 volcanic events, 38 were associated, closely in time, with 37 extreme cold events, which were identified by systematically examining written entries in the Irish Annals and picking out directly observed meteorological phenomena and conditions, such as heavy snowfall and frost, prolonged ice covering lakes and rivers, and contemporary descriptions of abnormally cold weather.

Lead author of the study, Francis Ludlow, from the Harvard University Center for the Environment and Department of History, said: “It’s clear that the scribes of the Irish Annals were diligent reporters of severe cold weather, most probably because of the negative impacts this had on society and the biosphere.

“Our major result is that explosive volcanic eruptions are strongly and persistently implicated in the occurrence of cold weather events over this long timescale in Ireland. In their severity, these events are quite rare for the country’s mild maritime climate.”

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Private Gated Paradise in Grecia 3/2 home with guest apartment, 5000m2 land $169K, River access,, Phone: (506)2495-0487.

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Condo for sale in Flamingo

Ocean view 3-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom condo. Designer furnished 1,800 square feet, gated community. Only six units. Huge pool and balcony, pet friendly, parking, walking distance to Flamingo beach, banks, grocery store, farmacia, etc. New building. $349,000 asking. Ask for photos. 8705-0056. or 1-800-536-2322.

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  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.

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
U.S. Phone:  6630-886-4458  or   (305) 848- 5577
Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799 4041

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Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

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

$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website 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

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- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
- Beachfront Residential Lots from $35,000! Financing Available
- 2 Coffee Shops and Bakeries Turnkey $40,000/ $120,000 Great ROI
- 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
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- 58 acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
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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  See property video here:

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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: Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987 7166,

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, - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.

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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 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!

La Garita
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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ALAZAN Eco-Friendly Community

- Ocean, mountain, and river views, built in harmony with nature
- 70% sold out, 1.25 acre + lots available from $75,000
- All lots held in separate corporations
- Functioning HOA with 24-hour security and gated front entrance
- 100% custom homes, turnkey construction
- Community homes have been featured in Su Casa Architectural Magazine
- Abundant wildlife on the property, access to 45-acre nature preserve
- Organic Permaculture farm coming soon
- Build your custom dream home and join our community of friends in paradise!
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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:

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.

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.
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891

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. $180,000 506-8869-9274.

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

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.

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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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Global deal may be in works
over solar energy products

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States, China and the European Union have had initial discussions on a possible global agreement to resolve solar energy disputes, a senior U.S. official said Thursday.
“There have been some initial discussions with both the European market and China about how to deal with this on a global basis,”  White House international economic affairs adviser Mike Froman said at a Senate hearing on his nomination to be U.S. trade representative.
The United States last year slapped duties on billions of dollars of solar energy products from China that it said were unfairly priced and subsidized.
The European Union has recently imposed similar duties on the Chinese goods, but has held talks with China on a possible negotiated settlement.
China responded to the U.S. duties by threatening duties on U.S. exports of polysilicon, which is used to make solar cells, and is also threatening duties on European wines.
Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, pressed Froman on the need for a deal covering all three trading partners.
“As you and I have talked about, our country can't resolve this on its own. We've got to have really a global settlement. We've got to have an opportunity for governments to discuss this, ours, China and Europe,” Wyden said.
He accused the Chinese of circumventing U.S. duties and urged Froman to move aggressively to strike a deal if confirmed as U.S. trade representative.
“This is a hugely important issue. We've got to be able to be producers in renewable energy,” Wyden said.
Froman said he supported a global agreement because the current disputes threaten to harm polysilicon manufacturers, solar panel manufacturers and solar panel installers.
“I look forward to working with you in determining how to do that in the best way possible,” Froman told Wyden.

Family posts $5,000 reward
for suspect in Limón slaying

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The family of a 28-year-old man slain in a robbery attempt in Limón April 9 has posted a $5,000 reward for
Javier Watson Smith
information leading to the arrest of a suspect.

The victim was  Jermaine Barrientos Vargas, who was confronted by armed robbers after he left work in Limón Centro about 11 p.m. April 9.

Police detained one of three suspects in the neighborhood shortly after the crime. The family said two suspects still were in flight and that the man suspected of pulling the trigger is Javier Antonio Watson Smith,
19.  The reward is posted for his capture.

Watson was the subject of a juvenile arrest warrant that never had been executed, the family said through their lawyer..

The family said information can be given at 6124-2798 or 6128-0535

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Canadian digital agency opens hub here

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Critical Mass, a Canadian digital marketing agency, has opened a Latin American hub in San José to service global clients. Critical Mass Latin America will support HP with regional projects as part of its role as global digital agency of record.

In Latin America, consumers’ media consumption and shopping habits are evolving at an unprecedented rate, the Calgary company said. Today, there are more active social network users in the region than North America and mobile phone penetration is nearing 70 percent of the population, it added. Digital advertising is still only a fraction of the media dollars spent, but that is quickly changing with 20 percent growth over the next four years, the firm estimated. In e-commerce, over 30 percent of internet users now shop online, a population that continues to grow in the double digits each year, it said, adding that there’s no sign of this shift changing in the near future.

“As global digital agency of record to world-class brands such as HP, Critical Mass creates extraordinary experiences that customers want to use," said Dianne Wilkins, CEO of Critical Mass. "As consumers habits in Latin America are changing, brands need to strongly consider how they create a cumulative customer experience – across channels, devices, borders and time – and Critical Mass is strongly positioned to be the global and regional partner to provide universal programs and local experiences.”

Critical Mass’ Latin America office in San José shares an office with The Hangar Interactive, a digital production facility wholly owned by the agency. Founded in 2009, and profitable within two years, the success and experience of building The Hangar Interactive helped Critical Mass to see the potential in the regional talent pool and the accessibility of the marketplace, the firm said. Today, The Hangar Interactive is now home to more than 90 digital designers and developers, it added.

“Throughout the Omnicom agency network, we’ve seen strong demand for an agency partner to help global brands address their digital business needs in Latin America,” said Carmen Baez, president, DAS Latin America at Omnicom Group.  “Critical Mass has a deep understanding of the complexity of digital communications options facing consumers today. They are the perfect partner to help companies create a well-rounded brand experience for their customers over time. With its strong global agency of record relationships and experience setting up a successful business in Latin America, Critical Mass is well positioned to succeed as the digital agency leader in the region and around the world.”

Leading Critical Mass Latin America is Jaime Escobar, general manager. Working with him are Enrique Ottone, creative director, and Miguel Alvarez, technology director. Before moving to San Jose, Escobar and Ottone worked at Critical Mass in the agency’s offices in Toronto and Calgary. Alvarez joined Critical Mass from Possible Worldwide in Costa Rica, where he managed development.

In addition to the leadership team, Critical Mass said it is developing and recruiting for regional talent in the areas of creative, strategic planning, account management and marketing science. The agency will also relocate talent from its global network to the region, it said.