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Credit card debt at $1.5 billion, and arrears mount
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Costa Ricans have reduced slightly what they owe credit card companies, but the amount in arrears has increased.

The country's 1.7 million credit card holders owe a staggering 729 billion colons or about $1.5 billion to credit card companies as of April 30, according to the latest figures from the economics ministry. The average debt per card is about 428,144 colons or  $867.59, based on a 493.5 rate of exchange.

According to the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio, Costa Ricans and others who hold credit cards issued here reduced their debt by 5.3 billion colons since January. That's about $10.7 million. There was no information on what percentage was paid down and what percentage was a write off by the credit card companies.

All the data came from the 29 companies that issue credit cards. The largest is, of course, Credomatic de Costa Rica, which offers 67 separate types of cards. Banco Promerica is second with 41 different cards, followed by Banco Nacional with 32 and Credex World S.A. with 28.

Some 12.05 percent of the total debt was in arrears from one to 90 days, and 3.82 percent was in arrears for more than 90 days, the companies reported. That might explain why the annual interest rate on colon credit card debt is between 24 and 54 percent. Nearly 70 percent of the cards carry a rate between 40 and 49 percent, the ministry reported.

Arrears 90 days or less showed an increase of 2.28 percent since January, according to the study.
Credit card debt as of April 2013
Credit cards issued

1,702,914
Total debt
in colons


¢ 729,111,000,000
Total debt
in dollars


$ 1,477,428,571
Average debt
per card


     colons
¢ 428,155
     dollars
$ 867.59
Amount
in arrears


     colons
¢ 115,709,915,700
     dollars
$ 234,467,914


There was a slight increase, 0.15 percent, in debts older than 90 days, it added.

The interest rate on credit cards denominated in dollars was between 14 and 36 percent with about 74 percent of the cards carrying interest rates between 30 and 36 percent, said the ministry. About 40 percent of the accounts are in dollars.

The study noted that there also are 4.9 million debt cards in circulation.


Foreign firms and electronic lottery under attack
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An Acción Ciudadana lawmaker has launched an attack on the proposed electronic lottery and the foreign firm that will provide the machines and management. The lawmaker's complaints were echoed quickly by the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados.

At issue is the proposal by the Junta de Protección Social to use the services of two foreign firms to distribute more of the lottery tickets electronically.

GTech Global Services Corporation Ltda. and Boldt Gaming, S.A. of Argentina said they have a six-year contract with the Junta de Proteccion Social to assume operational responsibilities and provide technology goods and services for the online lottery. The contract received approval in May 2012 from the Contraloria General de la República, the nation's budgetary watchdog.

The lawmaker from the Partido Acción Ciudadana is  Claudio Monge, who said Monday that the electronic lottery will cut in half the income of the army of vendors who now sell paper tickets. He also said that GTech would make a profit from bank interest because it has eight days to remit proceeds to the Junta. Under terms of the agreement, the Junta still will conduct the lottery drawings.

GTech is one of the world's leading authorities on lotteries and is active in 60 countries, it said. It can provide electronic point of sale terminal as it does
elsewhere. The company is a subsidiary of the Italian Lottomatica Group S.p.A.

Both Monge and the employees union said that the agreement violates a law designed to protect the handicapped, No. 7600 because the electronic process will put blind lottery vendors at a disadvantage.

GTech has opened an office in Escazú.

Monge noted that the Junta has been running electronic versions of the lottery for five years and that the vendors have not had a raise in that time.

He said the new deal would cut their income from 12 percent of sales to 6 percent.

He said the Junta's plan would displace hundreds of lottery vendors to benefit a foreign company.

The Junta has said one reason for the electronic lottery is to combat the several illegal underground lotteries that can be found in Costa Rica.

The Junta de Protección Social has come out with several lottery products to counter the illegal games in the past. There are the tiempos, sort of a daily lottery, and instant, scratch-off tickets.

The Junta has been trying since 2010 to put electronic games into practice. The proposal is to have video outlets all over the country offering smaller instant prizes and also selling tickets for drawings from one to three times a week.

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More heavy rains are likely
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A good chance exists today for a repeat of the heavy rains that hit the Central Valley Monday.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that 35.1 millimeters, about 1.4 inches, fell in the early afternoon in San José. The agency had issued a warning.

The skies were restless even before noon.

The weather institute predicted downpours today in the northern zone and the Pacific coast today as well as the Central Valley.  Much of the rest of the country did not see much rain Monday.

Rain of variable intensity also is forecast for the Caribbean coast.

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Parts of destroyed guns put
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rican artist  Juan Carlos Chavarría Chorres has created a work that uses more than 26 pounds (11.9 kilos) of gun parts.  The work is called Hora Zero: Esperanza, translated a "Zero hour: Hope."

The 50-kilo work has been displayed in México and Perú.

The security ministry has a program to destroy firearms and the art work was on display there Monday.

"A firearm is a latent danger in each home, in each family," said Mario Zamora Codero, the minister. He was quoted in a ministry press release relating to the art work. He spoke of the death of children due to the misuse of guns and said it was necessary to exchange firearms for books or games.

From 2001, the ministry said that 22,535 firearms have been destroyed. Most are chopped up with electric saws, and it is some of these that the artist included in his work.

The art work will be displayed in the country's museums and cultural centers, the ministry said.


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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

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.

I recently went to renew my wife's expiring Caja card and the clerk would not take a photocopy of my marriage license and insisted on registering my wife as my compañera.  I have no idea what this might do in the event she needed treatment and some other bureaucrat decided relationships of that type were not covered.

When we were granted our residency a dozen years or so ago, the ministry gave our originals back.  But now they were at the court being used for my wife's adoption proceeding.  I eventually got them back, but this time I had to have my lawyer write and formally request their return.

My advice to expats is work diligently to get your original documents returned to you whenever you have to produce them because new certified copies are very hard to come by these days.  Treat your certified originals like they were gold.

So now I'm going back to the Caja with the certified original to see if she can manage to change my wife's card to her correct legal status.  She'll no doubt look at the date on it and say oh my goodness, this is very old.  Yes, I'll agree, and so are we.  But since we are required by law to come see you and we both have valid cédulas, please take care of this.

The frustrating part about Costa Rica is also a good thing other times: it all depends on the attitude of the clerk.  If they want to be stubborn, nothing helps.  If they want to be helpful, amazing things can be accomplished.  I find that if I remember my manners and treat them courteously and in a friendly manner that things go very well.  Still, I've known the lady at our Caja for a dozen years and she wasn't budging, so you never know.

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as South Africa prays for him


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former South African President Nelson Mandela remained hospitalized for the third straight day Monday, as he battles health problems stemming from a lung infection.

Mandela has been hospitalized since 1:30 a.m. Saturday, when he was taken to a Pretoria hospital after doctors at his home felt he needed more critical care.

Mac Maharaj, spokesman for South African President Jacob Zuma, said Monday morning that Mandela remains in serious but stable condition.

"Former president Nelson Mandela remains in hospital, and his condition is unchanged. He was admitted for treatment in a Pretoria hospital for a lung infection. And President Jacob Zuma calls upon all in South Africa and abroad to pray for Madiba and the family during this time," said Maharaj. Madiba is a nickname for Mandela based on the name for his Xhosa tribe.

This is Mandela's fourth hospital admission since December. The Nobel Peace laureate has suffered from lung problems since he was diagnosed with tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment on Robben Island for fighting apartheid.

Monday morning, the South African newspaper The Star reported that the Mandela family is limiting visitors to just family, barring South African political leaders.

Maharaj said those reports are untrue.

"Those reports are, have got an unnecessary twist to it and are incorrect," he said. "We will appreciate that any patient under treatment under the normal rules that apply when a patient is receiving intensive care, from the medical side there is a restriction put on the number of people who visit him and who visits him. That is all that is operative, the normal conditions that apply when a person is under intensive care. … from our side we are avoiding too many people visiting him. We are making sure that only those who are very close to him, who would help to create a conducive atmosphere/environment for him to recover maximally, to be able to go to him."
 
Mandela was visited by President Zuma and other members of the African National Congress Party in April.  In a video of that visit, Mandela looked frail and unresponsive.

Andrew Mlangeni, a friend of Mr. Mandela's who was imprisoned with him on Robben Island, told South Africa's Sunday Times newspaper that it is time to let him go, and that the family should release him.

Mandela, who is to turn 95 next month, was visited by family Sunday and Monday morning.

 
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Researcher expands on theory of tropics as biodiversity cradle
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The University of Chicago evolutionary expert has refined his theory that the tropics is the key to the biodiversity in the world today.

He is David Jablonski. and much of his study is based on the marine bivalves, clams, oysters and similar.

He studies these because they leave a strong record in fossils and because there are about 8,000 species throughout the world.

An article by the University of Chicago said Monday that  Jablonski has added another chapter to his out of the tropics theory.

That's a play on words mimicking the out of Africa theory about the development and dispersion of humans.

In research to be published this week, Jablonski describes bridge species that are found in the tropics and also in cooler climates.

In 2006 Jablonski first establishes that most of the marine bivalve lineages worldwide that first appeared in the past 11 million years did so in the tropics.

This suggests that, besides having the most species, the tropics are likely the primary source of diversity elsewhere on Earth.
Reported the university:

"The new research corroborates the out of the tropics model that Jablonski and others introduced in a 2006 publication. In fact, the new study documents this dynamic over the past 12 million years — even during the Ice Ages, when the temperature differences between the equator and the poles became more severe. That runs counter to the broadly accepted principle of niche conservatism, which suggests that related species tend to retain the ecological limits of their ancestors, Jablonski said. 'Most species we studied do adhere to that principle, but the ones that do not are crucial to the deployment of biodiversity on Earth.'

"There are many such bridge species but each evolutionary lineage generally has only one or two. Therefore, bridge species are widespread in an evolutionary sense but rare in terms of overall biodiversity, according to the research. And the fossil record shows that most of today’s bridge species started as tropical species. 'Somehow they left their tropical cradle, adapting to the colder temperatures and more variable climates of the temperate zones,' said Jablonski. 'It’s impressive that they apparently expanded their ability to tolerate these harsher conditions.'

The research is not without a warning.  Jablonski notes that a crisis in the tropics, such as pollution or over exploitation, would have great impact all over the 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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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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Prosecutor freezes $6.5 million bank account linked to ex-president of Perú
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Prosecutors here have opened an investigation over a bank account that was used to purchase a home for the mother-in-law of a former Peruvian president.

The Poder Judicial said that the account was frozen still containing $6.5  million.

The former president is Alejandro Toledo, who is now a professor at Stanford University in California. The case also is involved in internal Peruvian politics.

The Poder Judicial said that the investigation would center on money  laundering. Toledo's political opponents have questioned if the bank account
 in the name of Eva Fernenburg was not really Toledo's money. A bank account in Panamá also contributed to the purchase of the home.

Prosecutors said they had been asked by their colleagues in Peru to look into the matter. They also were responding to news stories about the home purchase in an exclusive Lima neighborhood. The Peruvian investigation center on the illicit enrichment of public officials. Toledo was president from 2001 to 2006.

The Costa Rican prosecutor involved, Olger Calvo Calderón, said the bank account was in a private institution. He was quoted by the Poder Judicial as saying that there may be other persons, including Costa Ricans, involved.

Toledo has maintained that the purchase of the home and the money involved were totally legal.

 
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Opinions on Snowden are split
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some national security advocates are calling for the prosecution of ex-federal employee Edward Snowden, who leaked details of a top secret U.S. surveillance program. But Snowden’s supporters say he should be protected as a whistleblower for exposing U.S. constitutional violations of civil liberties.

To many who support increased security even at the cost of some personal privacy, Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor who exposed vast government surveillance programs, is a villain. 

The information he revealed included NSA programs to collect phone records and gain access to the Internet usage of millions of Americans. U.S. officials say the programs are legal and the data they gathered has stopped several terrorist plots. 

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, wants Snowden to be tried for espionage.

“It's dangerous to our national security, and it violates the oath of which that person took. I absolutely think they should be prosecuted," said Rogers.

But to others who think the NSA has exceeded its legal authority, Snowden is a hero for speaking out.  Jesselyn Radack is with the Government Accountability Project.

“I think he is a whistleblower, and it was incredibly brave, well thought out, risky action that he took for the benefit of people in this country. So I can’t think of a better definition of a hero," said Ms. Radack.

She says the NSA data mining programs that Snowden leaked intrude on the privacy of Americans beyond the limits set by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 2008 and the Patriot Act.

“So the laws have been clearly broken and he definitely disclosed information that reveals massive waste, abuse and patent illegality on a grand scale that I have not seen in a long time," said Ms. Radack.

President Obama has said that while the programs are classified, they are authorized by Congress. White House spokesman Jay Carney declined Monday to comment on the ongoing investigation, but said the president has tried to balance privacy rights with keeping Americans safe. 

“I think the president’s record on making the kinds of changes that he promised he would make to the ways that we pursue our fight against al-Qaida and our fight against terrorists and extremists, he has lived up to," said Carney.

Snowden is currently in Hong Kong and plans to seek asylum from any countries that he says believe in protecting free speech and global privacy.

The 29-year-old man appears to be a high school dropout who rapidly moved through U.S. intelligence circles.

Snowden grew up in North Carolina and Maryland. In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, he said he never completed high school, but studied computing at a Maryland community college and obtained a general educational development diploma.

The Guardian quoted the U.S. military as saying Snowden enlisted in the army reserve as a special forces recruit in May 2004 but did not complete the training and was discharged four months later.

Snowden told the paper that his military career was cut short after he broke both his legs in a training accident.

The Guardian said Snowden got his first job as a security guard for the U.S. National Security Agency, or NSA, which assigned him to a covert facility at the University of Maryland.

The paper said Snowden's talent for computer programming helped him to move on to a job with the Central Intelligence Agency as an information technology security specialist. It says the CIA stationed him with diplomatic cover in Geneva, Switzerland, by 2007. The CIA generally refuses to confirm or deny employment with the agency.

Snowden told the paper that he left the CIA in 2009 and took on several jobs as a private contractor for the NSA, including assignments at the computer company Dell and a U.S. military facility in Japan.

U.S. defense consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton said it hired Snowden earlier this year at an office in Hawaii. It said he had been employed for less than three months when he told reporters that he was the source of leaks on the U.S. surveillance programs.

The company expressed shock at the revelations and said that if confirmed, Snowden's actions represent "a grave violation of the code of conduct and core values of our firm."

Neighbors said Snowden lived in a house near Honolulu for several months, sharing it with his girlfriend. They say he kept largely to himself and stored an usually large number of boxes in his garage.

The Guardian said Snowden is an Internet freedom advocate, placing stickers on his laptop bearing the names of groups such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Tor Project.

It also quoted him as saying voted for a third party candidate in the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Snowden says he believed in the promises of President Barack Obama, who won that election, and waited to see how Obama would govern before exposing the secret programs.

Snowden said he eventually disclosed the information in part because Obama, in his view, continued the policies of his predecessor.


Extradition from Hong Kong
could be highly complex


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Experts said Monday that any attempt to extradite the man who says he leaked details about the U.S. government's secret monitoring of phone calls and Internet use from Hong Kong could be long and complicated.

The U.S. and Hong Kong signed an extradition treaty in 1996, just before the British handed over control of the territory to China, in which both parties agreed to hand over fugitives. While Hong Kong is a semi-autonomous Chinese territory, Beijing can veto extraditions if it believes returning a suspect to a foreign country would impinge on its essential public interest or policy.

Edward Snowden, who says he worked as a contractor for the highly secretive National Security Agency in the United States, said he disclosed the country's surveillance programs because he grew increasingly concerned about the extent of the monitoring. He had taken up residence in a Hong Kong hotel, and on Sunday he urged two newspapers he had leaked information to, Britain's Guardian and The Washington Post, to disclose his identity.

A New York lawyer who has handled international extradition cases, Robert Anello, told a reporter that any extradition of Snowden could take years, and be a complicated decision for China.

“Whether or not they would decide to override it and keep him is a political issue that would be a very involved decision. I mean, given China’s relationship with the U.S., which at least appears to be relatively good these days, one might argue against it. On the other hand, if his computer is full of important information that would be of interest to a foreign government, they would have an interest in overriding it and maintaining him there," said Anello.

Ultimately, Anello said he thinks "the odds are very substantial" that the United States will be able to extradite Snowden.

Snowden told the Guardian he went to Hong Kong because it "has a strong tradition of free speech."

The Hong Kong government said only that it would abide by its laws, and could not comment on individual cases. U.S. authorities say they are in the initial stages of investigating the leaks, and no formal criminal charges have been filed.

One Hong Kong legal expert, Ronny Tong, said he is not certain that even if the U.S. charges Snowden with offenses related to his acknowledged leak of the documents to the two newspapers it would lead to his extradition.

"If he is being indicted for the crime of espionage in United States, again I am not sure that that would suffice in Hong Kong, because in Hong Kong there is no law as yet which covers espionage or covers the leakage of national interest because we have failed in passing Article 23 legislation, which is the national security legislation in Hong Kong," said Tong.

Another expert, Shi Yinhong at the U.S. Research Center at Renmin University, questioned whether the Chinese government would want to approve Snowden's release to U.S. authorities.
 
"I also think that the Chinese government also will consider the indirect negative impact upon Chinese international prestige, because it's not in Chinese interest to help the U.S. government to take someone who has done nothing criminal against China, but maybe who will get some international sympathy," said Shi.

Snowden also expressed interest in seeking asylum in Iceland, but officials in the North Atlantic island nation said he would have to appear in person to seek asylum there.

In a lengthy interview with the Guardian, Snowden said his dismay grew over time at the extent of the U.S. surveillance of phone and Internet records. He said he believed that Americans not suspected of any wrongdoing were being targeted.

"Even if you're not doing anything wrong, you're being watched and recorded," said Snowden.


Farm bill in Senate drops
one subsidy, adds another


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Senate has cut a $5 billion-per-year farm subsidy program as part of a bill shaping U.S. farm policy and much more. But lawmakers have added new subsidies that critics say could end up hurting other countries’ farmers more than the old program did.

The $955 billion farm bill passed the Senate with a wide, bipartisan majority. It cuts about $24 billion from the budget over 10 years, in part by doing away with $5 billion a year in what are called direct payments. Farmers got those payments in good years and bad.

High crop prices, historic farm profits and tight federal budgets made that subsidy politically unpopular.

Getting rid of it was one big change in the new bill, says the Agriculture Committee chairwoman, Debbie Stabenow.

“It’s a reform bill. It ends subsidies and moves us in the direction of risk management, and we are very proud of the work that we have done," said Sen. Stabenow.

The Senate bill helps farmers manage the risks of bad weather as well as bad markets. It offers crop insurance to farmers raising crops that have not previously been eligible. And it provides farmers with payments if prices drop below a certain point.

Stabenow says it’s intended to help the farmers who provide the U.S. with a safe, affordable food supply.

But critics say the bill goes too far. Montana State University economist Vince Smith says the new guarantee against market drops could get the U.S. in trouble with the World Trade Organization.

“When prices fall from the current levels, subsidies to a whole plethora of crops go up. Well, that’s exactly when countries like Brazil will bring trade dispute cases claiming price suppression in world markets," said Smith.

Brazil already has won a World Trade case against the United States over cotton subsidies. Smith says the new farm bill could revive that dispute.

The bill also permits $60 million to be spent buying emergency food aid closer to where a crisis is happening, rather than shipping food from the U.S. Supporters say it’s faster and cheaper and could save more lives.

Eric Munoz with the anti-poverty group Oxfam says it’s a step forward. But he points out that it’s just $60 million out of a food aid budget of more than $1 billion.

“It is a very small portion of a relatively large program. So I think we’re just at the beginning, really, of creating the kind of flexibility for food aid that we’d like to see on a much larger scale," said Munoz.

But farm groups, food processors and shippers object to changes that they say will cost American jobs.

The changes are not included in the version of the farm bill the House of Representatives is expected to begin debating in the next few weeks. And the House and Senate are even further apart on domestic food aid programs.


China's emissions raise
world totals to a record


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

China led a rise in global carbon dioxide emissions to a record high in 2012, more than offsetting falls in the United States and Europe, the International Energy Agency said on Monday.
 
Worldwide CO2 emissions rose by 1.4 percent to 31.6 billion tons, according to estimates from the Paris-based agency.
 
China is the biggest emitter and made the largest contribution to the global rise, spewing out an additional 300 million tons. But the gain was one of the lowest China has seen in a decade, reflecting its efforts to adopt renewable sources and improve energy efficiency.
 
In the United States, a switch from coal to gas in power generation helped reduce emissions by 200 million tons, bringing them back to the level of the mid-1990s.
 
Even though the use of coal increased in some European countries last year due to low prices, emissions in Europe declined by 50 million tons because of the economic slowdown, growth in renewables, and emissions caps on industrial and power companies, the agency said.
 
Japan's CO2 emissions increased by 70 million tons, as efforts to improve energy efficiency failed to offset increasing use of fossil fuels after the Fukushima nuclear accident in 2011.
 
Scientists say global average temperature rise needs to be  limited to below 2 degrees Celsius this century to prevent devastating climate effects like crop failure and melting glaciers.
 
That would only be possible if emission levels are kept to around 44 billion tons of CO2 equivalent by 2020.
 
However, the International Energy Agency said the data shows the world is on a path to an average temperature rise of between 3.6 and 5.3 degrees Celsius.
 
“Global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions in 2020 are projected to be nearly 4 billion tons higher than a level consistent with attaining the 2 degree target, highlighting the scale of the challenge still to be tackled just in this decade,” the agency said.
 
The International Energy Agency urged governments to quickly adopt four policies that would ensure climate goals could be reached without harming economic growth. They are: improving energy efficiency in buildings, industry and transport; limiting the construction and use of inefficient power plants; halving methane emissions; and partially phasing out fossil fuel subsidies.
 
These would reduce global energy-related emissions by 8 percent or 3.1 billion tons of CO2 equivalent in 2020, the International Energy Agency said.
 
“Delaying stronger climate action to 2020 would come at a cost: $1.5 trillion in low-carbon investments are avoided before 2020, but $5 trillion in additional investments would be required thereafter to get back on track,” the agency said.
 
International negotiators are meeting in Bonn, Germany, until Friday for U.N. talks aimed at getting a new global climate treaty, which would cut emissions, signed by 2015.
 
However, the talks got off to a slow start last week due to attempts by three nations to amend one of the meeting's many agendas to discuss how future decisions should be made.


State Department faces claims
of coverups and misconduct


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. television network is alleging that State Department officials have tried to cover up alleged sexual misconduct by American diplomats serving overseas.

The U.S. broadcaster CBS News says it has obtained a memo from the State Department's Inspector General reporting that several recent investigations into misconduct overseas were influenced or manipulated.

The CBS News report says the memo cites specific examples. Among them are allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut engaged in sexual assaults on foreign nationals hired as embassy guards. There also are allegations that members of former secretary of State Hillary Clinton's security detail engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries.

The CBS News report says members of the State Department's security force were told to stop investigating a U.S. ambassador suspected of patronizing a prostitute in a public park. It quotes the memo as saying that "Hindering such cases calls into question the integrity of the investigative process, can result in counterintelligence vulnerabilities and can allow criminal behavior to continue."

Asked if she challenges any of those allegations, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said Monday she would not comment about ongoing investigations.

"We hold all employees to the highest standards. We take allegations of misconduct seriously and we investigate thoroughly. All cases mentioned in the CBS report were thoroughly investigated or under investigation, and the department continues to take action," Ms. Psaki said.

Ms. Psaki says officials have responded to the recommendations in the Office of the Inspector General report regarding the Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

"Diplomatic Security has taken the further step of requesting an additional review by outside experienced law enforcement officers on top of the OIG inspection so that officers with law enforcement experience can make expert assessments about our current procedures," Ms. Psaki said.

Asked about allegations against a current U.S. ambassador, Ms. Psaki said she would not talk about specific cases.

"But I can say broadly that the notion that we would not vigorously pursue criminal misconduct in a case, in any case, is preposterous. And we've put individuals behind bars for criminal behavior. There is record of that. Ambassadors would be no exception," Ms. Psaki said.

Ms. Psaki says the State Department "would never condone any undue influence on any report or investigation." She dismissed the memo's reported conclusion that contact between the secretary of State's security detail and prostitutes is endemic, saying, "It's not at all."


Microsoft and Apple announce
new products at expositions


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Apple and Microsoft unveiled new products Monday at separate high-tech conference events.

Apple’s biggest news, announced during the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, was the unveiling of its next OS X operating system, which is called Mavericks. The name breaks a decade-long tradition of naming operating systems after big cats. Instead, Mavericks is named after an undersea rock formation near Half Moon Bay, California, that produces big waves.

“We do not want to be the first software release in history to be delayed by a lack of cats,” joked Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of software engineering.

Federighi said Mavericks will increase battery life and reduce boot time, as well as incorporate a tab system similar to those found in web browsers for multiple displays within Mavericks. The operating system will incorporate maps as well as iBooks, the company said.

iPhones and iPads also will be getting new software, as the company plans to roll out iOS 7, the next generation of its mobile operating system.

The most striking aspect of iOS 7 is the flat design of the screen icons and overall look. New features, according to Apple, include better battery life, faster multitasking, a better version of Apple’s web browser, Safari, and perhaps biggest of all, applications will automatically update during times when the  mobile device is not being used heavily..

Apple CEO Tim Cook called the new mobile operating system the “biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone.”

On the hardware side, the company unveiled the new Mac Pro, which has been completely revamped from a silver box to a black cylinder one eighth the size of the old version.

The computer will be available later this year.

Microsoft’s splash came during the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry's annual trade show, when the company announced the next-generation Xbox One.

"The platform features and capabilities of Xbox One allow developers to push the boundaries of creativity and push the genre in new directions," Phil Harrison, Microsoft's vice president, told the crowd at University of Southern California's Galen Center.

The gaming console will depend heavily on cloud computing, meaning it will need to have a constant Internet connection. Microsoft is calling the Xbox One, to be released in November,  an “all-in-one" entertainment solution.

 
Amazon begins Web site
in India for online sales


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hoping to tap the growing potential in India for online commerce, the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon has launched its first shopping Web site in India.

The amazon Web site in India offers seven million books and 12,000 movies and TV shows. In the coming weeks, it will add more products such as mobile phones and cameras.

The U.S. online retailer will not sell its own products in India, because Indian laws prohibit companies that carry goods from more than one brand from selling directly to consumers on the web.  Instead the Web site serves as a marketplace, selling goods of local retailers.
 
Last year, Amazon launched a site in India which allowed customers to compare prices online, but not purchase items.

The company enters a market where digital shopping is still in its nascent stages, but is expected to grow rapidly, said Shabori Das at market research firm Euromonitor.   

“Internet retailing is expected to witness a year of growth of nearly 17 percent in the next five years, and this makes India among the top 20 fastest growing Internet retailing markets in the world," said Das. "These will be driven by various products such as apparel, footwear and consumer electronics.”

Online retailers are eyeing India’s huge young, urban population as potential customers. Only about 12 percent of Indians have access to the Internet -- much less than in countries like China. 

But at about 150 million, the total number of Internet users in India is still the third largest in the world. And this will grow exponentially as more people get connected to the web.

These growing numbers have made entrepreneurs confident that online shopping in India will grab a larger slice of total retail.

However the path to big profits may not be easy for online retailers. Online retail adds up to $10 billion at present, but a large chunk is air tickets.

Das at Euromonitor said that most online stores are struggling to make money. To win customers, many companies have to offer facilities such as cash on delivery. And persuading people to shop online is a challenge.

“Most of the online retailing companies, despite the fact that their volume sales are high, their net profit is still in losses. If you see the cost of the item, along with its packaging, free shipping, together will be higher than the price the consumer is paying to the retailer. Finally, there is this reluctance among consumers whether the product being bought is in good condition, whether the money they are paying is worth it or not,” said Das.
 
With the entry of companies like Amazon, the competition to win new customers is only going to get tougher.
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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
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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 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
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- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
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7972-8/9/13

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

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7967-7/17/13

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

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

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This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at www.dreamincostarica.com and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!
7958-6/2/13

La Garita
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This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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- Ocean, mountain, and river views, built in harmony with nature
- 70% sold out, 1.25 acre + lots available from $75,000
- All lots held in separate corporations
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- 100% custom homes, turnkey construction
- Community homes have been featured in Su Casa Architectural Magazine
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7725-5/15/13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
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A pink bollworm caterpillar emerges after devouring the seeds within a cotton boll. This devastating pest quickly evolved resistance to genetically modified cotton in India, but not in the southwestern United States where a coordinated resistance management program has been in place since the biotech crop was introduced in 1996.

Insect resistance linked
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By the University of Arizona news service

Since 1996, farmers worldwide have planted more than a billion acres (400 million hectares) of genetically modified corn and cotton that produce insecticidal proteins from the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis, or Bt for short. Bt proteins, used for decades in sprays by organic farmers, kill some devastating pests but are considered environmentally friendly and harmless to people. However, some scientists feared that widespread use of these proteins in genetically modified crops would spur rapid evolution of resistance in pests.

A team of experts at the University of Arizona has taken stock to address this concern and to figure out why pests became resistant quickly in some cases, but not others. Bruce Tabashnik and Yves Carrière in the department of entomology at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences together with visiting scholar Thierry Brévault from the Center for Agricultural Research for Development in France scrutinized the available field and laboratory data to test predictions about resistance. Their results are published in the journal Nature Biotechnology.

"When Bt crops were first introduced, the main question was how quickly would pests adapt and evolve resistance," said Tabashnik, head of the university's Department of Entomology who led the study. "And no one really knew. We were just guessing."

"Now, with a billion acres of these crops planted over the past 16 years, and with the data accumulated over that period, we have a better scientific understanding of how fast the insects evolve resistance and why."

Analyzing data from 77 studies of 13 pest species in eight countries on five continents, the researchers found well-documented cases of field-evolved resistance to Bt crops in five major pests as of 2010, compared with only one such case in 2005. Three of the five cases are in the United States, where farmers have planted about half of the world's Bt crop acreage. Their report indicates that in the worst cases, resistance evolved in two to three years. But in the best cases, effectiveness of Bt crops has been sustained more than 15 years.
               
According to the paper, both the best and worst outcomes correspond with predictions from evolutionary principles.

"The factors we found to favor sustained efficacy of Bt crops are in line with what we would expect based on evolutionary theory," said Carrière, explaining that conditions are most favorable if resistance genes are initially rare in pest populations; inheritance of resistance is recessive – meaning insects survive on Bt plants only if have two copies of a resistance gene, one from each parent – and abundant refuges are present. Refuges consist of standard, non-Bt plants that pests can eat without ingesting Bt toxins.

"Computer models showed that refuges should be especially good for delaying resistance when inheritance of resistance in the pest is recessive," explained Carrière.

Planting refuges near Bt crops reduces the chances that two resistant insects will mate with each other, making it more likely they will breed with a susceptible mate, yielding offspring that are killed by the Bt crop. The value of refuges has been controversial, and in recent years, the U.S, Environmental Protection Agency has relaxed its requirements for planting refuges in the U.S.

"Perhaps the most compelling evidence that refuges work comes from the pink bollworm, which evolved resistance rapidly to Bt cotton in India, but not in the U.S.," Tabashnik said. "Same pest, same crop, same Bt protein, but very different outcomes."

He explained that in the southwestern U.S., scientists worked with growers to craft and implement an effective refuge strategy. In India, on the other hand, the refuge requirement was similar, but compliance was low.

One of the paper's main conclusions is that evaluating two factors can help to gauge the risk of resistance before Bt crops are commercialized. "If the data indicate that the pest's resistance is likely to be recessive and resistance is rare initially, the risk of rapid resistance evolution is low," Tabashnik said. In such cases, setting aside a relatively small area of land for refuges can delay resistance substantially. Conversely, failure to meet one or both of these criteria signifies a higher risk of resistance.

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MIEX televsion

When not broadcasting live, the Internet station shows public service ads

Internet TV aims to help entrepreneurs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The economics ministry had established a television program to help small business operators.

The ministry said Monday that there would be training, information and success stories aired from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. weekdays and also at 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

The station is seen via the Internet at  www.costaricapymes.tv with a simulcast radio station 89.1 FM, said the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio.

The target audience are those business operators who have associated with the PYMES program, which is the Spanish acronym for small and medium enterprises.

The ministry has as one of its functions to promote small businesses. The  Fundación Europea para la Sociedad de la Información also is involved in the project, as is the Universidad Estatal a Distancia and several other agencies.

The internet station went live Monday. A major goal is to pass on information about technology to the business community, said the ministry.