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Blindsided again, and this time the culprit is the Caja
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some expats are being caught up in another one of those governmental kafkaesque situations. This one is courtesy of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

Legal expats have been required to become members of the Caja medical system for the last two and a half years. But the Caja is not recognizing marriage certificates.

The problem all stems from the Costa Rican system at the Registro Civil. That agency keeps close track of the marital status of Costa Ricans and those who marry here. A marriage performed by a notary ends up in the Registro Civil rapidly. When there is a divorce, this information comes from the courts and is posted quickly. A document the Registro Civil produces on request is called the Constancia de Matrimonio.

So the marital status of most Costa Ricans and expats who marry or divorce here is open to the public.

Consequently, Caja clerks are seeking an updated document specifying the marital status. They are trying to avoid providing Caja health services to people who are not really covered by someone insured by the Caja who they falsely claim is a spouse.

One Canadian expat ran into this situation when she visited the local Caja clinic to renew her identification carnet. The problem also would face anyone married elsewhere who was trying to affiliate with the Caja on the strength of a spouse's employment here.

Because Caja affiliation is required for foreign residents, there is an urgency to do so.

As the expat pointed out, one solution would be to obtain a new copy of a marriage certificate from the country in which she was married. Caja clerks and possibly the hierarchy are unaware that other countries do not keep close track of a citizen's marital status.

U.S. citizens could be married in any one of the 50 states and the territories. The certificate would be filed with the local government and eventually end up in a state archive. The document would be untouched from the day it was issued.

Still, Caja clerks want an up-to-date certificate issued by the appropriate foreign agency within the last month. In the case of Canadians, this document would have to be validated by the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and then sent to a Costa Rican consul in Canada for validation of
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the ministry's approval. Then the document would have to be validated once again by the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto in San José.

Only then could the document be presented to the Caja clerk.

U.S. citizens could do the process quicker because both Costa Rica and the United States are signatories to what is called Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalisation for Foreign Public Documents. The agreement also is called the Apostille convention after the French word for certification.

That means the foreign ministry here will accept, validate and apply stamps to a document validated by one of the 50 U.S. secretaries of state. The state office would have attached a small document called the apostille validating the contents.

The Legalisation Office of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office reports that it is the authority in the United Kingdom.

Some expats caught in this pinch have considered being remarried in Costa Rica. But to do so both parties must swear that they are not married already, something that clearly is not true.

An irony is that many expat couples already have a validated and official marriage certificate on file in the office of Migración y Extranjería from the time they sought legal residency.

The Canadian expat said she probably would select a third option, that of affiliating with the Caja independently and pay the monthly fee.

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Canadians and Friends of Canada will celebrate the country’s 146th birthday at picnic festivities to be held June 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Quinta Roma Vista, Barrio Mercedes, Atenas in the province of Alajuela.  Members of the club, non-members, new and old friends are invited to come for a day of fun, said organizers.

Canadian Ambassador Wendy Drukier will attend to officially open the event and cut the birthday cake.

Much anticipated picnic fare for purchase will include famed Canadian bacon on a bun, traditional tourtiere pies, butter tarts and Nanaimo bars, as well as traditional hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and a Cash Bar. 

Activities include swimming, children’s games, dancing, live music and a tug-o-war featuring the Atenas firefighters!

A silent auction, 50/50 draw and buy it now table will all raise funds for the Asociación Caritativa Canadiense, the outreach arm of the Canadian Club that has for many years assisted schools and teaching programs in Costa Rica.  Vendors and local artisans will feature their works.

Children age 10 and under are admitted free! 

Advance Sales for admission tickets (¢1,500) or a reserved table for eight (¢12,000) are available at the offices of The Association of Residents of Costa Rica at  2233-8068 or 2221-2053 or info@arcr.net .  Deadline for advance purchase is June 24.

Admission at the door of Quinta Roma Vista will be ¢2,000.

The Canadian Club of Costa Rica dates back to the 1970s as both a social club for the expat community and a resource for charitable activities.  More information can be found at www.canadianclubcr.com

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Ambassador Sharon Campbell greets the crowd at the British community's charity picnic Sunday in Santa Ana. She is wearing her Manchester City soccer team shirt. Costa Rica's soccer standout Paolo Wanchope also was there and played with the youngsters.  Wanchope played for Manchester City for four seasons.



Fire heavily damages club
that caters to gay customers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fire destroyed much of the well-known gay nightclub Puchos late Sunday morning.

The downtown location on the southwest corner of Avenida 8 and Calle 11 was unoccupied at the time. The cause of the blaze has not yet been determined, but there were suspicions of criminality when the same nightclub suffered heavy damage in a fire in July 2009.

Lonely Planet reviewed the night club and gave this assessment: This gay male outpost is more low-rent (and significantly raunchier) than some; it features scantily-clad go-go boys and over-the-top drag shows.

But the L-shaped structure also was one of the centers of the gay political activity in Costa Rica, as evidenced by Facebook posting.



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Dots show estimated epicenters of weekend quakes.

Flurry of earthquakes detected
from early Saturday to today

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

At least a dozen earthquakes were felt in Costa Rica over the weekend.

The strongest was an estimated 4.9 magnitude quake that the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica
said took place at 6:57 p.m. Sunday southeast of Puerto la Playa de Golfito. The Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica at the Universidad de Costa Rica said the epicenter was offshore in Panamanian waters. It said the magnitude was 4.3.

The weekend started with a flurry of four quakes in Orosí de Cartago, the strongest at 3.5 magnitude took place at 1:50 a.m. Saturday.  About 3:28 p.m. there was a 3.5 magnitude quake near Jacó, also Saturday.

Both the Observatorio, based at Universidad Nacional in Heredia, and the Laboratoria registered a 4.7 to 4.9 quake in the Pacific west of Santa Cruz de Guanacaste at 5:58 p.m. Saturday.

Paritta had a 2.8 event at 2:21 a.m. Sunday.

At 3:18 p.m. Sunday a quake took place near Zarcero with a magnitude of 4.2

Then today at 31 minutes past midnight there was a 3.4 magnitude quake that the Observatorio estimated to be near Punta Caliente de Santa Cruz.



Mandela is back in hospital
with his respiratory infection


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former South African president Nelson Mandela is spending a third day in a Pretoria hospital where he is getting treatment for a recurring lung infection.

Officials provided no updates on Mandela's condition Monday. He was last described as being serious but stable.

The anti-apartheid icon, 94, was admitted to a Pretoria hospital Saturday. This is the fourth time he has been hospitalized since December.

Sunday, worshippers across the country prayed for the recovery of Mandela, who is seen by many South Africans as the father of their nation.

A friend of the elder leader, Andrew Mlangeni, told the Sunday Times newspaper that the internationally admired statesman may not be well again, and he urged family members to release him. Mlangeni said "once the family releases him, the people of South Africa will follow."

Mandela has been vulnerable to respiratory problems since contracting tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment under South Africa's apartheid system.

He was released in 1990 and went on to serve as president after his African National Congress party won the 1994 democratic election.

Mandela has rarely been seen in public in recent years, as his health has become more fragile.

 
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Five-day session designed to consider what blocks development
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Representatives from at least 68 countries will gather in San José this week to consider development. These are the so-called renta media countries with individual average income less than $13,000 a year.

The conference is a project of the Laura Chinchilla administration that once again puts the eye of the world on Costa Rica.

Analysis of the news

There are confirmed visits from officials in the Sudan, Belorussia, Jordan, Angola and even Poland. The vice minister of finance of the People's Republic of China is coming, too.

The purpose of the conference is to offer the opportunity to coordinate and establish processes of regional and global development, define the role of the middle income countries in the growth of prosperity, promote a sustainable environment and consider financing for sustainable economic development, said the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto.

The U.N. Organization for Industrial Development is one of the sponsors.

Some of the countries are strong examples of what hampers development. Angola has seen various internal wars from 1961 to 2002. Civil war is disastrous for development in many ways, even though Colombia has managed to prosper and still fight a civil war, thanks to massive amounts of aid from the United States.

Costa Rica, the host, is a good example of weak institutions that prevent development. Property thefts have hurt real estate development here, and the courts are notoriously slow. The rule of law is a sometimes thing.

The United States, although not a middle income country, is a good example as it continues to slide in world indexes as
bureaucracy, government agencies and mountains of rules  continue to stifle economic freedoms.

There are mixed views in academics on what corruption does to economic development. Intuitively, corruption is bad and takes the cream off the entrepreneur's efforts. Transparency International believes this and produces an annual Corruption Perceptions Index.

But Chris Blattman, a Columbia University political science professor says that corruption can also grease the wheels of prosperity. He sees it as a voluntary tax to circumvent smothering rules and bureaucracy.

Certainly education is a key to development, and out-of-control schools where bullying is epidemic or where students and teachers do not show up has long-standing negative results.

Religion, too, has been considered a negative factor for development. The late thinker Christopher Hitchens, who also was an atheist, said the key to development was empowerment of women.

If you allow women some control over over their cycle of reproduction so they are not chained by their husbands or by village custom to annual animals cycles, pregnancies, early death, disease, he said, the entire level of the community or region will rise culturally, socially, medically and economically.

Costa Rica also provides an example of the effects of nepotism on development. There are close family relationships throughout politics, business, medicine and culture in this small country. Many of these individuals, whether in politics or some other area, sometimes think of the family before the needs of the public.

At the end of the conference Friday, there will be a statement released, Officials already are calling it the Declaración de San José, as if it would echo down through the ages. The question is how many of the true impediments to development will be addressed in this statement or will there just be a pitch for more money from the First World.


Expats will have a chance to learn their rights with firearms
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This newspaper in cooperation with the La Garita Pistol Club plans an informational meeting June 22 for English speakers who might be interested in obtaining a firearms permit.

The day is a Saturday, and the morning session will provide details on what foreigners need to do to comply with the law and legally to keep one or more weapons for sport and self protection.

One of the main speakers will be Paul Furlong, a founder of the pistol club and an expat who actually has used deadly force in the protection of a neighbor. Furlong also presents an advanced shooting course, and some of his former students will be at the session to demonstrate their techniques.

The club is seeking a donation of 3,000 colons per person or 5,000 colons per couple for the event, which will include discussions.

The location is the La Garita pistol range owned and operated by Enrique Rodriguez, a bilingual Costa Rican who is retired from a top position in the police force.

Furlong said that firearms officials regularly give the written and practical tests for a permit at La Garita.  He and Rodríguez can prepare a student for the exam and offer more advanced courses that teach a student to defend him or herself in real life, he said. He will explain that arrangement as well as introduce a bilingual psychologist who can provide required mental verification in English.  The costs for these services will be outlined.

The event, being called a field day, also is open to those of any age over 18 who may want to demonstrate other lethal and non-lethal methods of self protection.

A.M. Costa Rica, a sponsor of the field day, does not urge expats to own a firearm. However, in recognition that many do and many want to, the newspaper is providing a forum for correct information. Whether expats want to maintain a
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firearm in the home or to carry one concealed on their person, a permit is needed.

In addition to discussions and informational talks, those who wish to take a turn at firing a weapon can do so for an extra cost to cover the ammunition, weather permitting, said Furlong.
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Believe it or not, Costa Rica is in first place for World Cup rankings
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
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World Cup fever is growing in Costa Rica, encouraged by a 1-0 victory by the national team Friday night over Honduras at the Estadio Nacional.

Costa Rica's team is in México today for a match with that country's best Tuesday. The once-invincible México squeezed out a 0-0 tie with Panamá Friday.

The U.S. Men's Soccer Team defeated Jamaica Friday night in Kingston.

The six-team North, Central America and Caribbean qualifying group will send three teams to Brazil for the World Cup next year.  The fourth place team advances to a playoff  against Oceania zone winner New Zealand for a possible berth.
Tuesday, the U.S. Soccer Team will host Panamá in Seattle, Washington, and on June 18 will play Honduras in Sandy, Utah, outside Salt Lake City.

Roy Miller scored in the first half as Costa Rica defeated visiting Honduras. Costa Rica now occupies first place on goal difference over the United States and Mexico, all on seven points.

After conceding an 89th minute equalizer, the United States pulled out its 2-1 victory over Jamaica on Brad Evans' last minute goal against Jamaica

The U.S. earned its first-ever qualifying win ever at the Jamaican National Stadium as the visitors snapped a four-game winless (three draws and a loss) streak in Jamaica.

The defeat was a devastating one for the winless Jamaican players, who fell further behind the pack in their quest to clinch a World Cup berth.

 
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A British and a U.S. newspaper have identified a contract employee of the National Security Agency as the source of leaked information that revealed the spy agency is monitoring Americans' phone calls.

The man, Edward Snowden, 29, says he urged The Guardian and The Washington Post to name him as their source. He tells the papers he will not hide because he insists he did nothing wrong.

Snowden, who fled the United States for Hong Kong last month, says he knows he will be made to suffer for his actions. But he said he is willing to sacrifice a very comfortable life to reveal the truth about what he calls a massive surveillance machine the United States is building.

He also tells the Post that he plans to ask asylum in any country he says believes in free speech and global privacy.

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The Guardian reported last week that the NSA was collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans. The newspaper, along with The Washington Post, also reported that a separate program called PRISM gives the NSA and FBI access to the servers of major Internet providers.

U.S. officials do not deny the reports. They say no one listens in on anyone's telephone calls, and that the data they gathered has stopped several terrorist plots.

U.S. intelligence officials say the NSA has asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into the leaks.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague says eavesdropping by its GCHQ security agency is legal and no threat to privacy. But he refuses to confirm or deny reports it received data from the secret NSA program.

 
Secret court at the center
 of massive eavesdroppings


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

This has not been a good week for keeping secrets.

Late Wednesday, it was revealed that America’s National Security Agency, or NSA, got secret court permission to access millions of telephone records of the Verizon telecommunications company’s domestic customers.  The following day, the Washington Post and Britain’s Guardian newspaper reported that nine Internet and computer service firms, including Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Skype, have been voluntarily providing the NSA with access to their data, allowing the NSA to monitor and analyze emails, photos and video chats from around the world as part of a program known as PRISM.

An analysis of the news

Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that “ people familiar with the NSA’s operations said the initiative also encompasses phone call data from AT&T…and Sprint Nextel records from Internet-service providers and purchase information from credit-card providers.”  Sensing a good fight, the group called Anonymous has jumped in as well, posting online what appear to be 13 secret U.S. documents that suggest data gathered through PRISM is being shared with the NSA’s intelligence partners, meaning the security and intelligence services of other governments.

“Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?” tweeted former presidential candidate Al Gore.

It’s no surprise the NSA has been aggressively collecting electronic data – that’s its job. For 61 years, the secretive intelligence agency – often dubbed “No Such Agency” for it’s lack of transparency – has monitored all manner of phone calls, radio signals, emails, texts and other electronic communications in the interests of national security.

However, for much of its history the NSA has been limited to collecting foreign communications only. Domestic surveillance was strictly illegal.  To ensure compliance, in 1978 Congress passed the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which in turn created a secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, that the NSA would have to appear before anytime it wanted a warrant to monitor domestic communications.

The idea was that the court would provide strict privacy protection for U.S. citizens. In practice — perhaps because all its actions are secret and that only the government may appear before the court, or because the very nature of Internet traffic knows no national boundaries — the secret court has been unusually compliant with the NSA’s requests.  For example, between 2010 and 2012, the FISC approved all of the NSA’s 5,180 surveillance requests.

In the Verizon matter, the FISC ruling, signed by Judge Robert Vinson, was leaked and posted online, making it one of the very few glimpses into the court’s activities seen in public. In the PRISM Internet data-mining story, journalists obtained 41 PowerPoint slides prepared by the NSA for top-secret briefings only.

Internet privacy advocates, like the non-profit Electronic Privacy Information Center, have warned that “there is simply too little known about the operation of the FISC today to determine whether it is effective and whether the privacy interests of Americans are adequately protected.”

For his part, U.S. National Director of Intelligence James Clapper has confirmed the existence of PRISM and decried the leaks as reprehensible, saying, “The unauthorized disclosure of a top-secret U.S. court document threatens potentially long-lasting and irreversible harm to our ability to identify and respond to the many threats facing our nation.” The nine Internet companies named by the Washington Post have issued either non-committal statements, or outright denied any knowledge of PRISM.

By its structure, Internet data doesn’t travel in a straight line from point to point, but rather in a zig-zagging trail that can route one email through dozens of servers across the globe. Much of that traffic transits through the United States, meaning that a Skype conversation or Facebook chat between someone in Jakarta and someone else in Baku will likely end up flowing through U.S.-based servers.

This enormous amount of data can be analyzed by NSA computers to determine not only who a suspected foreign terrorist is speaking with or emailing, but the people those individuals in turn are communicating with, and what they’re talking about. Even at just two hops, the number of people caught up in one terrorist’s surveillance can quickly number well into the thousands. That’s a tremendous amount of personal information that PRISM grants the NSA.

The phone monitoring is somewhat different, and not really phone tapping. The FISC order in the Verizon matter strictly limits surveillance to meta-data — that is, the time, duration and recipient of a phone call, but not the actual communication itself. By sorting through these many millions of data points, intelligence analysts are looking for patterns in the noise that may provide crucial clues about the identity and location of potential terrorists.

Another easily overlooked facet to these stories is that the very firms – like Apple, PalTalk or AOL – that people are using to chat and share online are themselves mining their data stores for their own corporate gains. While some companies like Facebook and Google provide privacy tools that allow users to restrict personal data sharing, each firm admits to using private data to tailor services to customers, or selling it to other firms hoping to, say, better target their online advertising.

While both Republican and Democratic members on Capitol Hill have been briefed on these, and likely other, NSA programs, they were limited in what they could say or object to by the secret court's classified nature. More congressional debate can be expected.

In the meantime, amid memories of the 2005 revelations of the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretapping program, and the current swirl of stories about tax agency over-reach and the Justice Department’s broad seizure of AP journalists’ phone records, worries about the NSA’s surveillance of all people – foreign and domestic – will only grow.

Obama and Xi in accord
on North Korea, aides say


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, have completed a two-day informal summit that addressed issues including cybersecurity, North Korea and climate change.

National security adviser Tom Donilon told reporters the two leaders agreed that resolving cybersecurity differences would be key to the future of the relationship. Donilon also said the two leaders agreed that North Korea must abandon its nuclear weapons program.

If cybersecurity issues are not addressed, and the direct theft of U.S. property continues, Donilon said there will be a very difficult problem in the economic relationship.

Both Donilon and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi said President Xi told Obama that Beijing and Washington were in agreement on the North Korean nuclear issue and that neither country will accept North Korea as a nuclear state.

North Korea depends heavily on China for aid and trade, and Beijing maintains close ties with Pyongyang. However, North Korea's recent bellicose rhetoric, including threats of nuclear strikes on the United States and other South Korean allies, has visibly cooled those ties in recent months.

Both Donilon and Chinese State Councilor Yang spoke to reporters separately, as the leaders of the world's two largest economies ended the two-day summit in California.

The White House said earlier that both presidents also agreed on a joint effort to combat climate change, including a push to curb the production of what it called "super greenhouse gases."

A White House statement said a global phase down of hydroflourocarbons used in air conditioners and refrigerators could significantly reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by 2050.

Ahead of the meeting, U.S. officials described the summit as an opportunity for President Obama and President Xi to speak candidly about the issues affecting their two countries.

The Chinese leader arrived in California Thursday after visits to Mexico, Costa Rica and Trinidad.

He and Obama were originally scheduled to hold their first meeting of the year in September at the G20 Summit in Russia. But both sides agreed there was a need to meet earlier.


Pollution in north blamed
for years of African drought


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing.

The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere.

The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas.

“We think people should know that these particles not only pollute air locally, but they also have these remote climate effects,” said the study’s lead author, Yen-Ting Hwang, a University of Washington doctoral student in atmospheric sciences.

Hwang’s co-author, Dargan Frierson, an associate professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington, said “to some extent, science messed this one up the first time around.”

“People thought that a large part of that drought was due to bad farming practices and desertification,” he said. “But over the last 20 years or so we’ve realized that that was quite wrong, and that large-scale ocean and atmosphere patterns are significantly more powerful in terms of shaping where the rains fall.”

Researchers also studied rainfall in other places on the northern edge of the tropical rain band such as northern India and South America. These areas also experienced less rainfall during the 1970s and 1980s. Meanwhile, areas on the southern edge of the tropical rain band, such as northeast Brazil and the African Great Lakes, saw an increase in rainfall.

The researchers also looked at 26 climate models used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and found that nearly all the models showed some southward shift in rainfall and that slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere was the primary cause.

“One of our research strategies is to zoom out,” said Hwang. “Instead of studying rainfall at a particular place, we try to look for the larger-scale patterns.”

There was a silver lining found in the research.

The study showed that steps taken in the United States and Europe in the 1960s and 1970s to reduce emissions and improve air quality began to improve the situation in the Sahel. While the area still suffers short-term droughts, “the long-term drought began to recover in the 1980s” as the rains began to move north again, according to the research.

“We were able to do something that was good for us, and it also benefited people elsewhere,” Frierson said.

It’s a trend that Hwang says is likely to continue.

As the atmosphere gathers higher levels of greenhouse gases, however, Hwang said the Northern Hemisphere will warm more rapidly than the Southern Hemisphere because there is more land.

“It’s not yet crystal clear what will happen,” she said. “There will be some shift in the tropical rains, and most models predict a northern shift.”


Post-traumatic stress help
reported in a new study


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Researchers have developed a possible treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental condition characterized by increased anxiety, depression and problems with memory triggered by witnessing a traumatic event.  Scientists say the drug potentially could be given to someone immediately following a trauma to prevent development of the psychiatric condition.

An international team of researchers has identified a gene linked to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Raul Andero Gali, a researcher at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, studies the molecular mechanisms underlying post-traumatic stress.  It is the only psychiatric disorder, according to Gali, that has a known trigger, such as a car accident or being in a combat zone.

“So we can even define more clearly which is the stimulus or the stressor that triggers the disease, whereas with other psychiatric diseases it is way more difficult.  For example, with depression or schizophrenia it is more uncertain what is triggering that disease," he said.

Gali and colleagues at Emory, the University of Miami in Florida, Scripps Research Institute in Florida and the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry in Munich, Germany identified a gene that is abnormal in post-traumatic stress.

In some people experiencing a high degree of stress, the gene, called OPRL1, releases a protein receptor for a molecule called nociceptin in the brain.  When that happens, Gali says they experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. But researchers found a compound that blocks the receptor, reducing symptoms of anxiety and fear in a mouse model of  post-traumatic stress.

Gali says investigators tested their drug, called SR8993, in rodents conditioned to fear a foot shock whenever they heard a particular tone. The rodents, learning that the sound was a danger signal, became very stressed out upon hearing the tone.

Immediately after the pairings of sound and foot shocks, Gali says some of the mice were given a placebo or compound with no effect, while researchers administered SR8993 to another group of rodents.

“The day after the animals were tested to see how afraid they were for the tone.  And the animals that got the compound SR8993 presented less fear to the tone.  So their conservation of fear memories is decreased," he said.

Gali says much work needs to be done to see whether the compound is effective in humans. But he envisions giving the drug to soldiers returning home from a war zone, for example, to keep them from developing  post-traumatic stress.

An article on a possible treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder is published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.


Homeland Security admits
children were held illegally

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Newly released data from the Department of Homeland Security suggests hundreds of immigrant children, unaccompanied and undocumented in the United States, have been held in adult detention centers, contrary to federal regulations.

The revelation comes as immigration authorities are grappling with an unprecedented rise in the number of youths illegally migrating to the U.S. from Latin America.

DHS detained at least 1,366 children in adult immigration facilities between 2008 and 2012, according to data released by the National Immigrant Justice Center this week.

The Chicago-based advocacy group obtained the data after a two-year legal battle with the agency.

The legal settlement required the Department of Homeland Security to release data for just 30 of the approximately 250 immigration detention facilities whose services it contracts.

The National Immigrant Justice Center says the limited reporting suggests the number of children locked up with adults could be much higher.

"It’s a startling revelation,” said the center’s executive director, Mary Meg McCarthy. "These children were isolated from access to legal counsel and may have been denied protections under U.S. law. It’s beyond time for Congress to step in and hold DHS accountable for an immigration detention system that has gotten too big and out of control."

The findings come as Congress is drafting new legislation to manage the U.S. immigration system, including the rights afforded to undocumented foreigners being detained.

Currently, federal regulations require the Department of Homeland Security to refer children under the age of 18 to the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Refugee Resettlement within 72 hours of their apprehension. Refugee Resettlement is specifically tasked to work with unaccompanied immigrant children, placing the kids in a network of shelters offering mental and physical support, translators, recreational activities and family reunification services.

However, the Department of Homeland Security data shows more than 1,300 children were detained in adult facilities for more than three days. Across 13 states, approximately 390 undocumented immigrant minors were held for more than a month in county jails, detention centers and private prisons run by the Corrections Corp. of America. Of that number, 15 were held in adult detention facilities for more than three months, and four were detained for between 1,000 and 3,600 days.

The data may speak to a larger issue. The number of immigrant children entering the U.S. by themselves is soaring, although border crossings overall have declined sharply in the last decade.

It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how many foreigners - adults and children - are entering the U.S. illegally because the people coming in don’t announce their arrival.  The best measure is data on apprehensions and detentions, which are also imprecise because of the many bureaucracies involved.

But the Office of Refugee Resettlement says one thing is clear: More kids are coming to the U.S. alone than ever before.

On average, the Office of Refugee Resettlement serves between 7,000 and 8,000 children annually. That number soared to 13,625 children in fiscal year 2012. By the end of this year, the office is expecting to have served 23,000 children.

And those are only the children referred to the Office of Refugee Resettlement by immigration authorities. The actual number may be much higher, as suggested by Customs and Border Patrol, which says its agents apprehended 31,029 juveniles in fiscal year 2012. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, another  Department of Homeland Security branch, has not released its numbers.

The influx has been so great that the Office of Refugee Resettlement has had to set up temporary emergency shelters to house children in gymnasiums and at an air force base.

The Office of Refugee Resettlement says the kids, most of them boys over 14 years old, are coming primarily from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico. The Office of Refugee Resettlement says gangs, drug cartels and poverty are pushing them from home.

Representatives from the Women’s Refugee Commission interviewed children at the emergency facilities last June and found kids who said that while in Border Patrol custody, they sometimes slept on crowded cement floors in facilities with no showers, where the lights stayed on 24 hours a day.

Jennifer Podkul, senior program officer at the Women’s Refugee Commission, said the Office of Refugee Resettlement was doing “the best it could” considering the circumstances and has since increased its number of beds and closed the emergency shelters.

But she said the strained situation her group was able to monitor raises questions about the situation it wasn’t able to monitor - children in adult immigration detention centers.

“I think this information was a surprise to people, and there’s still a lot of information we don’t know,” she said. “Why were they there? Were they misclassified or improperly screened? Was there a backup during a period when a lot of kids were coming in?”

Ms. Podkul said the newly released Homeland Security data is worrisome because it suggests the government has not been completely successful in improving the treatment of unaccompanied immigrant minors. As part of the 2002 Homeland Security Act, the U.S. government separated the duties of immigration authorities who were once tasked with apprehending and prosecuting kids, and with taking care of them.

Ms. Podkul acknowledged the government’s efforts to improve the situation for immigrant children, but she said more work is needed. 

“The government has to be more careful with children - they need to make sure they’re being held in the appropriate facilities,” she said. “Even if it’s a border patrol station, they still need to make sure there’s special conditions."

The Department of Homeland Security did not respond to requests for comment. But Immigration and Customs Enforcement said in a statement it takes seriously its responsibility to care for unaccompanied immigrant children in the U.S. illegally.

“It is against ICE policy to detain an unaccompanied minor for more than 72 hours and in no instance will an unaccompanied minor be housed in an ICE detention facility while awaiting transfer,” the statement said. “Unaccompanied minors are carefully kept in staging facilities away from the general population and minors are only held in ICE custody when accompanied by their parents in a facility designed to house families.”

 

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Grecaiproperty
Private Gated Paradise in Grecia 3/2 home with guest apartment, 5000m2 land $169K, River access, costaricariver@yahoo.com, Phone: (506)2495-0487.
7953-7/10/13

Flamingo
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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.
7986-8/6/13

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. $185,000. 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

Rich Coast Montage
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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
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
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- 100% custom homes, turnkey construction
- Community homes have been featured in Su Casa Architectural Magazine
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7725-5/15/13

Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here: http://www.intertica.com/homes/roy.htm
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7933-7/22/13

Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment. one bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom,  gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500 square-meter garden with aviary for Guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4 meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2 meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request. http://www.intertica.com/ocean/wolfgang.htm
7929-7/18/13

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
SALE on our last 4 lots! Starting at just $17,500 with financing available.
Reserve today with just $5,000 down
Great Retirement Home, Vacation Home, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers on site,
security and lawn maintenance.
Water and power on site.
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7928-8/9/13

Nicoya views
Property with ocean and gulf view for sale
Tranquil million dollar view, 5,000-sq.meter property with 3/2 home built to American standards, artistically designed and decorated, 16-foot ceilings of mango and tamarindo, appliances, plunge pool, rancho, caretaker apartment, workshop, covered parking, views of Gulf of Nicoya and ocean, in countryside near San José to Caldera highway. Near the lovely town of Esparza. Can provide extra income from bed and breakfast room rental and stellar Tripadvisor reviews. www.oasisbytheseabandb.com $180,000 506-8869-9274.
7882-4/15/13

FOR SALE BY OWNER
You can purchase property in Costa Rica legally without paying Land Transfer Tax; this plus the usual real estate commission of 5% will reduce your purchase price by approximately 11%. Save over $50,000.00 on the purchase of this $465,000.00 property. Large 5000+ sq.ft. House. Ideal for business executive, B & B or large family. E-mail for photos and more information to landofpalms@hotmail.com.
7869-4/6/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
7845-8/18/13

just reduced
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58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
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Fake upscale wines in China
common but unsophisticated

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services
 
Bruno Paumard, the cellar master at a vineyard in China, can't stop laughing while describing a bottle of supposedly French wine a friend gave him two years ago.

It's white wine, with a label proclaiming it is from the vineyards of Romanee-Conti, the bottle bearing the logo that is on bottles of Chateau Lafite-Rothschild, and declares its origin as Montpellier in southern France.

Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, better known for highly prized and highly priced vintages from France's Burgundy region, makes only a tiny amount of white wine, labelled Montrachet. It has nothing to do with the equally prestigious Lafite, which is from the Bordeaux region, and neither brand is produced anywhere near Montpellier.

"It's the most magnificent example of a hijacked brand of wine I've ever seen," says Paumard, who works with Chateau Hansen in China's Inner Mongolia. "It doesn't get better than that."

Liquor stores, restaurants and supermarkets in China, the world's most populous nation and fifth-largest wine consumer, wage a constant battle against fake wines. The amount of knock-offs on the market may increase as Beijing investigates wine imports from the European Union, threatening anti-dumping tariffs or import curbs.

It announced the investigation after the EU slapped anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar panels.

"More expensive wine is okay, I just don't want any fakes," said Helen Nie, a Beijing housewife sharing a bottle of the Italian house white at a restaurant with a friend. "If the cost goes up, I'd still buy wine, though some people wouldn't. The price makes a difference. But the quality is important; it's a health question."

EU wine exports to China reached 257.3 million liters in 2012 for a value of nearly $1 billion, more than a ten-fold increase since 2006 as rapidly increasing wealth transformed lives and tastes in the world's fastest growing major economy. More than half of the 2012 total - 139.5 million liters - came from France.

Nobody knows how much of the market is cornered by fakes and copycats, says Jim Boyce, who follows China's wine industry on his blog, grapewallofchina.com.

"Things that are faked tend to be things that are very popular," Boyce said.

And wine, especially expensive wine, is popular in China, sometimes more for bragging rights than taste.

"Those expensive wines are where you see more fakes," said Maggie Wang, who was sharing the house wine from Sardinia at the Beijing restaurant with Ms. Nie. "But there's lots of phony wine. Everything's faked in China," she said. "For a lot of Chinese consumers, the more expensive it is, the more they'll buy it. Chinese like things like that. They'll buy the most expensive house, drive the most expensive car. They don't want the best, they want the most expensive."

Given the high margins and the demand, the counterfeiters tend to focus on European fine wines.

The iconic Chateau Lafite has become the poster child for wine forgery. A bottle of Lafite from 1982, considered one of the greatest vintages of the 20th century, can cost upwards of $10,000.

That has led to a thriving industry in Lafite knockoffs in China. Aficionados say there are more cases of 1982 Lafite in China than were actually produced by the chateau that year.

Christophe Salin, president of Domaines Barons de Rothschild, which owns Lafite-Rothschild, says fake Lafite however isn't the major problem. "I have never seen a bottle of fake '82 Lafite," says Salin,who has been traveling to China for 20 years. "The problem we have is the creative attitude of some Chinese. They sometimes use our name in funny ways," he said in a telephone call from Paris.

Several wines on the market are branded with names close to Chateau Lafite, including "Chatelet Lafite". Chatelet is the name of one of the busiest subway stations in Paris.

Lafite "is such a generic brand in China that it has widespread appeal as a name and as a status symbol," says Boyce.

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U.S. jobless rate reported moving higher

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. said that its labor market added another 175,000 jobs last month, but its jobless rate edged higher to 7.6 percent as more Americans looked for work.

The job growth exceeded the expectation of most analysts. But economist Mark Vitner at the Wells Fargo bank said that many of the new jobs are in low-paying occupations, somewhat negating the favorable news.

"When you dig within the number you see that a very large proportion, nearly 60 percent of the jobs that were added, came in low-paying occupations, things like retail trade, leisure and hospitality, temporary staffing and home health care. And for that reason, they’re not likely to see a whole lot of income growth out of these numbers," Vitner said.

The White House noted that the U.S. economy has now added jobs for 39 months in a row, including nearly a million this year.

But the country's unemployment rate remains well above the country's long-term 5.8 percent average, even though it is still near a 4.5 year low, before the country was hit with a sharp economic downturn.

Analysts are questioning how much the jobless rate might fall in the coming months as the country's central bank, the Federal Reserve, decides whether to trim its massive support of the economy through large-scale bond purchases.

Vitner said the American economy seems to have slowed since April, down from the 2.4 percent advance in the first quarter of the year.  “I think we’re going to be hard-pressed to get economic growth much above 2 percent in the second half of the year,” he stated.

Friday's report said 11.8 million people were still looking for work in May, little changed from April, when the jobless rate was 7.5 percent.

The government said Friday that employment increased last month in professional and business services, restaurants and retail stores. 

The country's major stock indexes are at near record highs, but employers have been slow to start large-scale hiring. Some industries have grown, then stalled again. The country's housing market has shown signs of recovering in recent weeks, and consumers have increased their spending this year.

A recent survey of about 1,100 key financial and management officers of companies across the country shows they are growing more optimistic and have more plans to expand.

But the survey of members of the American Institutes of CPAs shows only a slight increase in the number of firms that plan to boost hiring soon.  CPA Jim Blake said economic growth is welcome, but will have to speed up before there is a surge in hiring. 

"It's going to take a lot more feeling that they are going to get a return on that investment before they open the flood gates," Blake said. "When you look at the survey, they do have a question related to do you have enough manpower?  Do you have enough people on staff?  By and far, during the quarterly survey people said, 'We are doing just fine.'"