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U.S. wrestles with bill that would alter face of country
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A proposed immigration bill now being studied in the U.S. Senate is too strict, according to advocates for illegal immigrants.

But opponents of the bill say the measure will fail to stop illegal immigration and not do what it proposes to do.

The situation in the north is of major concern to expats here because their Costa Rican neighbors and extended families might be affected dramatically and the U.S. culture is bound to undergo major changes.

Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, is in the forefront of opposition. "Americans are tired of hearing endless border security promises without seeing any realistic mechanism for guaranteeing results," he said in a news release.

He has proposed an amendment that would not allow illegal immigrants to move toward permanent residency until the administration can show that 90 percent of the illegal entries have been stopped.

Advocates complain that the bill outlines an expensive and difficult path for eventual citizenship by illegals who are now in the U.S. There is an initial $500 fee and the would-be resident must pay all back taxes. Those with felony criminal records are not eligible.

Then if the illegal immigrant can speak English and meets income and job qualifications he or she can take the 13-year path to citizenship. Anyone who arrived in the United States after 2011 could not apply.

Advocates in an April press conference complain that these rules were too strict and that perhaps as many as a million of the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants would not be able to complete the requirements.

The bill does not really say what will happen in that case.

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Some opponents complain that lawmakers have not read the 800-page plus bill. They also say that proposals in the bill to tighten the southern border of the United States are mainly unworkable and expensive. The bill says $3 billion will be provided to do this.

The original copy of the bill can be found HERE! The text is from the Web site of Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a New York Democrat, who is one of the eight senators, the so-called gang of eight, who drew up the bill.

The bill contains faster routes for youngsters who came to the United States illegally when they were under 16 years.  There also is a special provision for agricultural workers.

The bill also calls for a speedy e-verify system so  employers would know if a would-be worker is legal. For years the rule in the U.S. has been that a potential worker would have to submit evidence of legality. But that rule, which involves paperwork, often is overlooked. The e-verify system would be phased in over five years.

Some advocates for workers said they think that a flood of recently legalized immigrants with the proposed provisional status will displace American citizens from jobs.

If passed, the bill also will eliminate existing applications for legal visas to the United States and replace the system with one that rewards education and talent.

The bill needs 60 votes to pass in the Senate, and a handful of Republican lawmakers say they are supporting the bill. Prospects in the House of Representatives are not as rosy. If representatives pass a bill the differing versions would be made into one bill by a joint committee for a future vote.

Schumer has called for a public discussion of the bill.


Rewards total $56,000 in murder of turtle worker
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Conservation organizations said that they have posted rewards totaling $56,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who murdered Jairo Mora Sandoval.

Mora, 26, appears to have been beaten and smothered in sand by masked men who intercepted his vehicle early May 31 in Moín.   He was active in the continuing effort to protect and raise sea turtles that nest on the beach.

Among those posting a reward is Capt. Paul Watson, the fugitive founder of the Sea Shepherd Society. He is sought by Costa Rica in an unrelated boating incident.

Mora worked for Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network. He was traveling about 11:30 p.m May 30 toward a beach turtle refuge when he stopped for a tree placed in the roadway.  Four women, including three U.S. volunteers, with
him were abducted but released a short time later.

Investigators have not concluded that the murder involved the man's work with turtles, but that is the dominant theory of the motive.

“Jairo Mora Sandoval was a most dedicated and brave young biologist,” said Todd Steiner, a wildlife biologist and executive director of SeaTurtles.org, in a release. “There can be no higher priority than protecting those who dedicate their lives to protecting others. We call on the government of Costa Rica to redouble its efforts to find Jairo’s killers.”

“The global outpouring of support to demand justice for Jairo and his family has been inspiring,” said Jaclyn Lopez, an attorney with the Center for Biological Diversity. “We will not give up this fight until Jairo’s killers have been convicted and the beaches are safe for sea turtles and people alike.” She also was quoted in a release.

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Trash is the foundation for an artist who is being featured at the  Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo. He is Carlos Fernández and the show is Eco Contra Lógico, "Eco Against logic."

He uses discarded materials and organic waste as his medium.

The show consists of wall art, discarded plastic bags on the floor and other free-standing sculptures.

The inauguration is tonight at 7 p.m. The museum is within the complex of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud on Avenida 7 east of Parque España. The show runs until July 6.


Elevation influences language
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By the University of Miami news service           

Language is formed by giving meaning to sounds and stringing together these meaningful expressions to communicate feelings and ideas. Until recently most linguists believed that the relationship between the structure of language and the natural world was mainly the influence of the environment on vocabulary. Now, a new study published in the Wednesday edition of PLOS ONE shows that there is a link between geographical elevation and the way language is spoken.

The study reveals that languages containing ejective consonants are spoken mainly in regions of high elevation. Ejectives are sounds produced with an intensive burst of air, and are not found in the English language.

The findings show that 87 percent of the languages with ejectives included in the study are located within 500 km of a region of high elevation on all continents. The findings also indicate that as elevation increases, so does the likelihood of languages with ejectives.

"This is really strong evidence that geography does influence phonology—the sound system of languages," says Caleb Everett, associate professor of anthropology, in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Miami and author of the study. The study is titled "Evidence for Direct Geographic Influences on Linguistic Sounds: The case of ejectives."

An area of high elevation is defined as exceeding 1,500 meters above sea level. Most of the inhabitable high altitude areas of the world are found in six regions, including the North American Cordillera; the Andes and the Andean altiplano; the southern African plateau; the plateau of the east African rift and the Ethiopian highlands; the Caucasus range and Javakheti plateau; and the Tibetan plateau and surrounding plateaus.

For this project, Everett analyzed the locations of about 600 representative languages, of the 7000 or so languages of the world. Ninety two of this sample had ejectives. He utilized the World Atlas of Linguistic Structures—the most comprehensive survey of linguistic sounds. Everett imported the coordinates of these languages into the geographic software of Google Earth and ArcGIS v. 10.0, then superimposed the locations of these sound systems on the world's landscape to analyze the patterns.

The results show a strong correlation between high altitude and the presence of ejectives in languages on, or near, five of the six major high altitude regions on earth where people live. The relationship is difficult to explain by other factors, according to Everett.

"I was really surprised when I looked at the data and saw that it correlated so well," Everett says. "It really does not rely very much on my interpretation, the evidence of a relationship between altitude and language is there."

According to the results, the only region with high elevation where languages with ejectives are absent is the large Tibetan plateau and the adjacent areas. People of this region have a unique adaptation to high altitude that may account for this fact.

"Ejectives are produced by creating a pocket of air in the pharynx then compressing it." Everett says. "Since air pressure decreases with altitude and it takes less effort to compress less dense air, I speculate that it's easier to produce these sounds at high altitude."

Previous studies have shown that Tibetan people breathe at a faster rate than other high altitude populations. This is believed to be an adaptation to the climate and results in a reduction of the effects of hypoxia in high altitude.

The findings show a pattern between elevation and ejectives appearing on all major land masses and reflecting a positive correlation between the two. Everett is now looking at other possible connections between geography and the way language is spoken.


The role of water in quakes
questioned in German study

By the German Research Centre for Geosciences

Water in the Earth's crust and upper mantle may not play such an important role as a lubricant of plate tectonics as previously assumed. This is a result geoscientists present in the current issue of the scientific journal Nature after the examination of water in the mineral olivine.

Water has been credited with quake activity in Costa Rica.

Laboratory experiments over the past three decades have suggested the presence of water greatly weakens the mechanical strength of the mineral olivine, a key component of the Earth's upper mantle.  In a recent study led by the Bayerisches Geoinstitut in Bayreuth, the Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometer facility at the Potsdam based GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences was used to reassess the importance of water in defining the rigidity of olivine.  While earlier studies were based on mineral aggregates, the current method enabled a look at the role of water in single olivine crystals at the near-atomic scale.

Michael Wiedenbeck, who conducted the SIMS experiment at the GFZ: “We discovered that water has a much, much lower effect in terms of the mechanical weakening of olivine as previously believed. The new observations call for a reassessment of the role of water within the Earth's interior.”  One important consequence is that the earlier concept, indicating that water provides lubrication for continental drift, needs to be carefully reconsidered.


Tuna farming on land explored
by U.S. university researchers


By the University of Rhode Island news staff

Swimming around and around in a 20,000 gallon tank at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus are several large yellowfin tuna captured last fall about 100 miles off the Rhode Island coast. The fish are part of the first effort in the United States to breed tuna in a land-based aquaculture facility to meet the growing demand for one of the ocean’s top predators.

“Worldwide demand for tuna increases yearly, even as tuna stocks are dwindling precipitously,” said Terry Bradley, a  professor of fisheries and aquaculture. “What we’re trying to do is produce fish in captivity and take the pressure off the wild stocks.”

Proposed tuna farming just offshore in the Pacific has become highly controversial in Costa Rica.

Bradley and Peter Mottur, director of Rhode Island-based Greenfins, are taking the first steps in developing the techniques to raise tuna from egg to harvest size while creating a new sustainable industry in Rhode Island.

According to Bradley, some in Australia, Mexico and several Mediterranean countries are doing what he calls “tuna ranching” by capturing wild tuna, putting them in pens and raising them to harvest size. “All they’re doing is taking wild fish and fattening them up,” he said. “It’s still depleting the wild population and has had a long-term impact on tuna stocks.”

Bradley and Mottur are starting the process by trying to get a few wild-caught tuna to spawn in the tank, but it is a challenging undertaking. Tuna are long-distance migrants that swim at great speeds, so acclimating them to a 20-foot diameter tank has been difficult. Once the fish spawn and the eggs hatch, the microscopic larvae must be fed live food raised on site. Then they must be weaned from live food to a dry, formulated feed.

“The early stages of the project are all about research – learning about the early life cycle of these fish and developing the techniques to raise them,” Bradley said. “But we also think there is a lot of commercial potential.”

Bradley and Mottur envision local entrepreneurs using the techniques they develop to produce juvenile tuna that could then be sold to others who want to grow them further. In Japan, an eight-inch juvenile tuna raised in captivity can be sold for $100 to $125.

“It’s a sustainable project that we hope will create green technology jobs here in Rhode Island to leverage the great intellectual capital we have in the state,” said Mottur.

Bradley and Mottur believe that construction of a larger tank, which will be built at the university's Bay Campus later this year, will markedly increase the project’s likelihood of success.

“Tuna are open ocean fish that require a lot of space and need very good water quality,” Bradley said. “If you put too many fish in a tank, they get stressed and the water quality begins to degrade. The less you stress them, the more likely they are to spawn in a reasonable time frame.”


 
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President promotes a new way to measure development
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Laura Chinchilla urged new methods to measure national development over and above per capita income when she spoke to foreign visitors Wednesday.

The president delivered her remarks at the gathering of representatives of what are being called middle-income countries. She said that the meeting should be capable of discussing new paradigms of development and new forms to measure the progress of nations.

This has been a recurring theme for the president and other Costa Rican officials as they seek to include methods to measure well being and human happiness to define what they say is an integrated and balanced development.

Ms. Chinchilla outlined the achievements of Costa Rica, such as the abolition of the army, significant expenditures on education and the national health system.

The president also said the visitors should raise their voices against developed nations that use polluting sources of energy as a way to put the economic crisis behind them. She also was critical of monetary speculation.

She urged the visitors to discuss topics such as a fair and just
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The session that ends Friday is an initiative of Costa Rican and the United Nations industrial development arm.

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Contest of young chefs called first step to world culinary fame
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some in the culinary business see gastronomic tourism as a goal to rival the other reasons that attract visitors here.

As a start, the country is hosting a contest involving chefs from 16 countries who will prepare plates to demonstrate creativity, innovation and culinary techniques, said the Asociación National de Chefs de Costa Rica, which is sponsoring the event. It is called the Copa Culinaria Mundial Junior and it is under the auspices of the World Association of Chefs Societies.

The demonstration of chef talent takes place Tuesday through next Thursday at the Centro de Eventos Pedregal in San Antonio de Belén. Chefs are not the only attraction. The larger
event is the Expo Hoteles y Restaurantes where some 100 companies in the hotel and restaurant business will be showing  their wares. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Organizers predict up to 250 separate stands by participants.

In addition to the competition among chefs, the expo will be the setting for a contest of baristers, the experts who prepare special coffee drinks. These participants have to present an original drink. This is the fifth edition of the contest.

Costa Rica is not known for world class cuisine, although the Costa Rican Embassy in Paris put on a show for residents there several years ago.

Eka Consultores, the organizer of the restaurant and hotel show, said that Costa Rica has a variety of interesting dishes and more than 5,000 restaurants. The firm said that a survey of 50 restaurants determined that 90 percent think that Costa Rica could become a culinary tourism destination.

The survey was published in the magazine Revista Apetito.

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Exiting U.S. ambassador honored with a Costa Rican decoration
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Diplomats have a tradition of exchanging medals among one another. In Costa Rica when an ambassador leaves after several years on the job, the foreign ministry rewards him or her with a medal.

Most of the time the decoration is the Orden Nacional Juan Mora Fernández. These are the decorations best observed in action movies scenes of diplomatic cocktail parties when some of the guests are wearing red ribbons across the chest.

This was the case Tuesday when Anne Slaughter Andrew called at the foreign ministry for a farewell visit. The Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto said that she was awarded the Juan Mora decoration at the grade of Gran Cruz Placa de Plata.

Diplomats from other countries attended, and peak hour motorists expressed their displeasure with vehicles being double parked in front of the ministry on Avenida 7.
The foreign ministry noted that she was the first female ambassador to represent the United States here.

Ms. Andrew is from Indiana and the wife of the former chairman of the Democratic National Committee. He endorsed Barack Obama in the Democratic primary elections in that state and was credited with reducing the margin of victory by Hillary Clinton.

The ambassadorship followed Obama's election.

Ms. Andrew has been criticized by conservative commentators in her home state for not having any experience or training for the post.

But that always is the case in Costa Rica when the U.S. president of either party appoints an ambassador for political reasons and not one from the professional corps.

The exit of Ms. Slaughter became known when the July 4 picnic committee announced that she would not be at the Independence Day event.

 
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First Superman comic sells
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A rare 75-year-old comic book featuring the debut of Superman found in a Minnesota home's wall fetched $175,000 at auction, comic book seller Comicconnect.com said on Wednesday.

The identity of the buyer in the online auction, which ended Tuesday, was not disclosed. The comic book, Action Comics No. 1 from June 1938, was the first appearance of the all-American superhero by writer Jerry Siegel and illustrator Joe Shuster.

It had been estimated to sell for about $100,000, Comicconnect.com CEO Stephen Fishler said, adding that there are about 100 remaining copies of the 250,000 original copies.

“It's so noteworthy because it was a historic milestone,” Fishler said. “There was no such thing as a superhero or a man in costume.”

The comic book was sold by building contractor David Gonzalez, who discovered it among newspapers used as insulation in a wall during a home renovation in Hoffman, Minnesota, about 150 miles northwest of Minneapolis.

Gonzalez bought the vacant 1938 home for $10,100, said Fishler.

The book's condition was graded 1.5 out of 10 because its back cover was accidentally ripped shortly after it was found.

“Conservatively, that's a $50,000 tear, but probably more,” Fishler said.

A mint condition copy of Action Comics No. 1 would command about $3 million, according to Fishler. A 9.5 graded copy of Action Comics No. 1 sold for $2.16 million in 2011.

Superman gets a big-screen reboot in the movie “Man of Steel,” which opens Friday in North America.


Spy agency chief says taps
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The head of the National Security Agency told a U.S. congressional panel on Wednesday that dozens of terrorist attacks have been prevented thanks to a recently revealed surveillance program that has raised concerns about privacy.

Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, appeared before a Senate panel looking into cybersecurity threats.
 
But a number of senators appeared more concerned about a secret surveillance program that has been mining Americans’ telephone and Internet data.
 
Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont asked the NSA chief how many attacks had been thwarted by data collected under Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which was signed into law shortly after the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.
 
Alexander: It’s dozens of terrorist events that these have helped prevent.

Leahy: Ok, so dozens.  Now we collect millions of millions of millions of records through 215, but dozens of them have proved crucial, or critical, is that right?  Dozens?

Alexander: For both here and abroad, in disrupting or contributing to the disruption of terrorist attacks.”

Leahy: Out of those millions, dozens have been critical.”

Alexander: That’s correct.
 
The questioning came after details of the program were leaked by a government contractor.
 
Sen. Richard Durbin of Illinois pointed out that the contractor, Edward Snowden, was a 29-year-old high school dropout who had worked as a security guard at the NSA.  Durbin said he wanted to look at that resume.

“And ask you if you’re troubled that he was given that kind of opportunity to be so close to important information that was critical to the security of our nation,” Durbin said.

“I do have concerns about that, over the process, Senator.  I have great concerns over that, the access that he had, Alexander said.
 
Alexander, who also heads the U.S. Cyber Command, promised to declassify some information in the coming days to show that the surveillance programs are working lawfully and in the national interest.
 
“This is not us doing something under the covers, this is what we’re doing on behalf of all of us, for the good of this country.  Now, what we need to do, I think, is to bring as many facts as we can out to the American people," Alexander said.
 
Several lawmakers said that U.S. intelligence agencies are engaged in a cyber war and need, as one of them put it, “a little space.”


Books on totalitarian states
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

“1984,” George Orwell’s classic novel of a future gone wrong is seeing a spike in sales in the wake of the news this past week that the U.S. government operates a vast surveillance program monitoring phone calls and Internet use to track down possible terrorists.

Several editions of the book, which is about an omnipresent and totalitarian surveillance state, were among Amazon.com’s top 200 sellers as of June 11. “1984” was first published in 1949 and has been required reading in many high schools and colleges ever since.

The book also provided the theme for a famous television commercial introducing the Apple company’s first Macintosh computer in 1984.

Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World,” another futuristic novel in which individuality is crushed by an omnipresent government, also has had increased sales on the online bookseller and was reported out of stock.

Orwell’s “1984” book was mentioned by President Barack Obama last Friday when he defended the NSA surveillance programs.

"In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother and how this is a potential program run amok, but when you actually look at the details, then I think we've struck the right balance,” the president said.


15 arrests in cyber scheme
that took at least $15 million

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Federal prosecutors in New Jersey on Wednesday unveiled criminal charges against eight people accused of trying to steal at least $15 million from U.S. customers in an international cybercrime scheme targeting accounts at 15 financial institutions and government agencies.
 
U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said the conspiring hackers gained unauthorized access to computer networks, diverted customer funds to bank accounts and pre-paid debit cards and used helpers to make ATM withdrawals and fraudulent purchases in Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York and elsewhere.
 
Among the entities targeted were Automatic Data Processing, Inc, Citigroup, Inc, eBay Inc's PayPal, JPMorgan Chase & Co, TD Ameritrade Holding Corp. and the U.S. Department of Defense, Fishman said.
 
The charges come as law enforcement officials crack down on cybercrime heists. This has included arrests announced last week of 11 people in the United States, United Kingdom and Vietnam in a worldwide credit card fraud ring, and a May raid on Liberty Reserve, a Costa Rica company that provided a virtual currency system to move money without using traditional banking.
 
The alleged ringleader of the latest scheme was Oleksiy Sharapka, 33, of Kiev, Ukraine, who was helped by Leonid Yanovitsky, 38, also of Kiev, according to federal prosecutors.
 
Other defendants are Oleg Pidtergerya, 49, of Brooklyn, New York; Robert Dubuc, 40, of Malden, Massachusetts, and Andrey Yarmolitskiy, 41, of Atlanta, who prosecutors said managed crews in their areas.
 
Richard Gundersen, 46, of Brooklyn and Lamar Taylor, 37, of Salem, Massachusetts, were accused of working for Pidtergerya and Dubuc, respectively, while Ilya Ostapyuk, 31, of Brooklyn, allegedly helped move fraud proceeds, court papers show.
 
In a court filing a Secret Service agent described the scheme, including an email about an ultimately thwarted transfer from an ADP account, where Sharapka told Dubuc: “You can do the same thing with the rest of the regular cards, so I can activate them and start giving them to guys to put money on, because we are losing time again.”
 
Prosecutors charged the eight defendants with three conspiracy counts: wire fraud, money laundering and identity theft. Each defendant faces as much as 20 years in prison on the first two counts and up to 15 years on the third.
 
“Cybercriminals penetrated some of our most trusted financial institutions,” Fishman said in a statement. “Today's charges and arrests take out key members of the organization, including leaders of crews in three states that used those stolen identities to cash out hacked accounts in a series of internationally coordinated modern-day bank robberies.”
 
Fishman said Dubuc, Ostapyuk, Pidtergerya and Yarmolitskiy were arrested this week, Gunderson and Taylor are being pursued and Sharapka and Yanovitsky remain at large.
 
Igor Niman, a lawyer for Ostapyuk, declined immediate comment. Lawyers for the other defendants could not be located.
 
TD Ameritrade said it cooperated with authorities, adding that its case involved a client whose credentials were obtained outside its network and that its systems were not breached or hacked.
 
ADP, Citigroup, JPMorgan, PayPal and the Department of Defense either declined immediate comment or were not immediately available for comment.
 

Glitter seems to be coming off
Brazil's World Cup image


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

All but diehard fans of international soccer could be forgiven for not knowing, much less caring, about the Confederations Cup, a two-week tournament that kicks off in Brazil Saturday.
 
For 200 million Brazilians, though, the competition is the first in a series of big events that will say a lot about their country, their first-world ambitions and the government's ability, amid fading confidence in Latin America's biggest economy, to deliver on the promise of a Brazil transformed.
 
The Confederations Cup, an eight-team competition, will  serve as a dress rehearsal for two far bigger shows on Brazilian soil: the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics.
 
When it won rights to host those events, Brazil was on a tear. They were supposed to showcase a country that in the century's first decade channeled booming export revenue, soaring consumer demand and ambitious social programs into economic growth that catapulted over 30 million people out of poverty.
 
But now, at showtime, Brazil has lost its luster.
 
Economic stagnation, rising inflation and a spike in the sorts of violent crimes that were supposed to recede with prosperity are reviving questions, asked here for decades, about how far Brazil has actually traveled on the difficult path from emerging nation into the ranks of developed countries.
 
As the Confederations Cup gets going, in six of the dozen cities that will host the World Cup, many Brazilians fear visitors will see anything but a country in full bloom.
 
“We've been eating baloney and burping caviar,” says Juca Kfouri, a prominent sportswriter and commentator, using a local expression for pretense outpacing reality. “These events are now upon us and this is the same old Brazil.”
 
Sports fans, the government says, can rest assured.
 
Naysayers, after all, routinely predict disaster before every major sporting event, be it here or in the world's richest countries. They quibble over everything from Olympic mascots to the design of the World Cup ball.
 
And the show, invariably, proceeds.
 
“We have no fears of not being ready,” Aldo Rebelo, Brazil's sports minister, said this week, citing ongoing work to finish remaining World Cup venues by a December deadline and expand crowded airport terminals in time to welcome visitors.
 
Still, critics are outraged by cost overruns, construction delays, a perceived lack of transparency and quickly rising prices for tickets and tourism related to the events.
 
Work at the MaracanIa, the Rio stadium that for half a century was one of the temples of global soccer, took so long that it will host Confederations Cup games with its exterior and much of the surrounding area still a construction site.
 
Then there's the questionable practicality of new stadiums in far-flung cities, including the farm hub of Cuiaba and the Amazonian capital of Manaus, that don't even have top-tier soccer teams let alone a place on the concert circuit organizers say will ensure they don't morph into white elephants.
 
In a recent report, the Federal Accounts Tribunal, an agency that probes public spending, calculated that World Cup costs have already exceeded an initial budget of about 24 billion reais ($11.2 billion) by at least 15 percent.

Organizers for the Olympics, to be held in and around Rio, haven't even disclosed an official budget, though they concede it will cost far more than the 29 billion reais estimated when Rio bid for the games.
 
What bothers many the most is that Brazil, despite lofty ambitions early on, gave up on many of the grand designs it proposed for the big events, from a bullet train between Sao Paulo and Rio to rapid transit systems in smaller cities.
 
Romario, the superstar striker who won the 1994 World Cup with Brazil and is now a legislator in Congress, has taken to the assembly floor to decry squandered time and resources.
 
“Brazilians will be disappointed to have lost yet another good opportunity to make this country a better place to live,” he predicted recently.
 
The assessment comes as a spate of bad news undermines much of the confidence that Brazil had just a few years ago.
 
After posting economic growth of 7.5 percent as recently as 2010, the country last year grew by just 0.9 percent. A worsening outlook for 2013, combined with rising inflation and a deterioration of public finances, last week led ratings agency Standard & Poor's to warn it could downgrade Brazil's debt.
 
The woes caused President Dilma Rousseff, who has enjoyed high approval ratings since she took office in 2011, to slip in two recent polls. Meanwhile, a series of high-profile rapes and assaults in Rio and Sao Paulo, where violent crimes have spiked by more than 10 percent in three years, is prompting citizens to wonder whether security is slipping, too.
 
Yet Brazil is unlikely to don a dour face for visitors.
 
The government recently launched an advertising campaign that asked Brazilians to flaunt their diversity, creativity and hospitality and “show what it means to be Brazilian”.
 
Globo, the dominant TV network, has run a series of spots during a weekly news show illustrating problems that foreigners face when they arrive - from confusing signs at airports to limited foreign language skills among Brazilians to aggressive street vendors who swarm them at popular tourist attractions.
 
As it lays out the welcome mat, some fear Brazil is slamming the door on itself.
 
High demand for hotel rooms and airline seats means many locals can't afford to travel during the events. And the need to recoup costly stadium investments means high ticket prices that exclude workaday soccer fans from enjoying the national sport.
 
After the re-inauguration of the MaracanIa earlier this month, many longtime visitors remarked on the homogenous, mostly white, audience and a staid public compared with the raucous crowds of games past.
 
TostIao, a legendary forward who is now a columnist for the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, after the game lamented “the elitization of soccer across Brazil”.


Soccer maneuver of heading
shown to cause brain damage


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Heading the ball, a popular move in soccer in which players use their heads to hit and direct the ball, can cause brain injuries, according to a new study.  Researchers say frequent heading can result in mild brain trauma and memory problems similar to concussion.

Soccer is the world’s most popular amateur sport.  It is enjoyed and played seriously as a hobby by an estimated one-quarter of a billion people of all ages around the world.  But there’s concern that repeatedly heading the ball, which travels at speeds up to 80 kilometers per hour, can result in brain damage. 

Researchers at New York’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University studied the brains of 37 amateur players selected from around the New York City area.  All played soccer as a hobby for an average of 22 years, practicing two times a week and playing a competitive match at least once a week.

Michael Lipton, director of the school’s Magnetic Resonance Imaging Research Center, says investigators assessed how much heading each player had done for 12 months.  The participants also took a series of tests that measured memory and brain function, and researchers used a high-tech MRI machine to scan the participants' brains.  They wanted to see whether the amount of heading in each player was related to microscopic structural changes in the brain and performance on the memory tests.

Investigators found that players who headed the ball 1,500 times per year or less had significantly less damage such as lacerations to white matter - fatty tissue that covers the brain - which contains nerve fibers called axons.

“But as you get to a higher level and cross a threshold, there is a sudden increase in the likelihood that we are going to find both changes in the brain tissue as well as worse function on our psychological tests, especially tests of memory, related to that increased heading,” Lipton said.

Lipton says mild brain changes and memory impairment similar to what is seen in concussions was seen in players who headed the ball 1,550 times or more per year, while players who headed the ball more than 1,800 times had the worst memory scores.

Experts say most damage comes from practices where the average player may hit the ball with his head 30 or more times.  During games, soccer players head butt anywhere from six to 12 times.

Helmets used in American football have been shown to be effective at preventing skull fractures and bleeding in the brain, according to Lipton.  But he says protective head gear is not likely to help with the type of brain injury caused by heading.

“The type of injury that we are looking at here is due to rapid acceleration and deceleration or rotation of the brain inside the skull, sort of your brain sloshing around inside the skull as it moves,” Lipton said.

Researchers will now try to determine the effect of heading in players of different ages and in different countries.

The study on the effect of heading in amateur soccer players is published in the journal Radiology.

  
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8007-6/29/13

music studio
Musicians dream!!!
Two-story house, 2,400 sq. ft. (223 sq. mt.) total with covered porches, 2-car covered parking, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, open kitchen/living room, bodega, laundry room, upstairs sala. Separate 320-sq. ft. (29 sq. mt.) music studio that could be used as an art studio, workshop, or additional bedroom. Studio has a patio on top, partially covered with ozonated hot tub. Mature citrus trees, avocado, mango, pineapples, bananas, and many colorful flowers. Completely fenced, security system, Internet, cable TV, automatic gates, one-car additional secured gravel parking. Double lot, 7,320 sq ft (680 sq mt). Backs up to a large cafetal and looks up to Natural Reserve Madre Verde. Located in La Granja, Residencia Palma Real, Palmares, Alajuela. Walking distance to town, 5 minutes to pista, 35 minutes to airport, and close to bus service. Comes with kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, bed set in master bedroom, shoe cabinet just inside front door. Other furnishings negotiable. More pictures available upon request. House and property are in a corporation. $215,000. terrycr2007@gmail.com
7998-74/13

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
                            view
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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- Beachfront Residential Lots from $35,000! Financing Available
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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
                                  home
This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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ALAZAN Eco-Friendly Community

- Ocean, mountain, and river views, built in harmony with nature
- 70% sold out, 1.25 acre + lots available from $75,000
- All lots held in separate corporations
- Functioning HOA with 24-hour security and gated front entrance
- 100% custom homes, turnkey construction
- Community homes have been featured in Su Casa Architectural Magazine
- Abundant wildlife on the property, access to 45-acre nature preserve
- Organic Permaculture farm coming soon
- Build your custom dream home and join our community of friends in paradise!
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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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CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
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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Facebook adopting hashtags
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Facebook Inc., the world's No. 1 social network, is adopting the hashtag, one of the most recognizable features of its younger rival, Twitter, in a move to position its Web service as an important complement to television, sporting events and breaking news.
 
Facebook said Wednesday that it will begin to roll out the feature on its social network, making it easier for users and advertisers to find hot spots of user activity around specific events or topics.
 
The hashtag, which appears as the # symbol and was first popularized on Twitter, enables users to follow specific topics of conversation within a social network's ever-changing stream of user comments.
 
Facebook users will now be able to group comments on the same topic by typing the hashtag alongside a keyword - such as #election - at the end of a post.
 
The hashtag has proven to be a handy system for social networking users to join online conversations as events unfold in real-time, such as political debates, television shows and sports. And it provides an easy way for advertisers to reach a particular audience.
 
“Between 88 and 100 million Americans log in to Facebook every night during prime time TV hours, which represents a significant opportunity for broadcasters, advertisers and our other partners,'' Justin Osofsky, director, platform partnerships and operations at Facebook, said in a blog post Wednesday. A recent episode of the "Game of Thrones" series on HBO generated 1.5 million mentions on Facebook, he said.
 
Until now, however, Facebook said in a separate blog post Wednesday, its service lacked a “simple way to see the larger view of what's happening or what people are talking about.''
 
Whether conversations about events on Facebook will have the same level of activity and comments as on Twitter is not clear. Unlike tweets, which are public and viewable to all users, most comments posted on Facebook are only viewable to a user's circle of friends.
 
The company said that hashtags were the first of several new features that will be introduced to highlight discussions about events on Facebook.
 
The company is rolling out hashtags to roughly 20 percent of its users on Wednesday, with a full global launch expected in the coming weeks.

  
Twin quakes take place
just south of Quepos

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A quake with an estimated magnitude of 4.5 took place Wednesday night right at 9 p.m. Four minutes later a second quake of 3.5 magnitude followed. The epicenter for both was a few miles inland and between Quepos and Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast.

The initial quake was felt in the Central Valley and as far north as Liberia, said the Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica at the Universidad de Costa Rica.


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Manuel Antonio hotel given recognition

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Hotel Byblos Resort has announced that it has received the prestigious 2013 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence, honoring top-rated lodging businesses as reviewed by visitors from around the world on the popular travel site.  

To qualify, hotel businesses must maintain an average rating of four or higher out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on the TripAdvisor Web site from around the world. Additional criteria include volume of reviews and how recently they have been submitted by TripAdvisor users. The accolade is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide and is considered a badge of honor in the travel industry.

“Byblos Resort and Casino is very excited to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Kimberly Barron, director of marketing at the Manuel Antonio facility. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable travel experience at an affordable price, and this prestigious accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on an important site like TripAdvisor.”

“The TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence program gives exceptional businesses in a variety of different industries around the world the recognition they deserve,” said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business. “From top-rated restaurants in Los Angeles to top-rated attractions in Italy, we want to applaud these businesses for offering TripAdvisor travelers a great customer experience.”

The hotel said in a release that it has spent more than two years retraining staff, improving the installations around the hotel, as well as adding a strict sustainable tourism policy and launching numerous community projects and recycle initiatives.

Hotel Byblos says it offers all the amenities and comforts of a three-star boutique resort while conserving the essence of jungle style lodging in Manuel Antonio.