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Mid-year school vacation might be boon to tourism
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Public schools and many private schools will be on vacation in less than two weeks, and tourism operators are ready to receive them.

The mid-year vacation is not high season or is it Semana Santa, but there is a significant flow of tourists with their young charges in tow. Many parents arrange their own schedules so that they are free during the school vacation.  This year it is from July 1 to July 12.

Tourism operators, especially those in the price range that attracts national visitors, are expected to offer promotional packages. Attracting Costa
Ricans is a bit of a hard sell because nearly everyone has a family member with a home at the beach or the mountains. And like during Semana Santa, some families just set up tents at the beach.

Meanwhile, many institutions are planning special activities for those youngsters who stay at home. The Museo de los Niños in San José said Monday that it would offer two week-long sessions of a program called Campamento Safari. The emphasis will be on the protection of animals and the environment. Older youngsters will be able to camp out on night at the museum. There is a fee.

Other museums and private clubs are expected to also present programs geared to youngsters.



Colombian naval vessel finally given OK to dock
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Not only U.S. warships are non gratae among some members of the legislature. A proposal that a Colombian craft dock at Caldera and Golfito ruffled some feathers Monday.

Lawmakers finally approved the visit with 38 votes, but members of the Partido Acción Ciudadana issued an objection.

The craft is the "Valle de Cauca" of the Armada de la República de Colombia. There are 109 crew members. The Costa Rican constitution requires legislative approval for the docking of foreign warships. The Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública sought the approval because the patrol boat crew members are scheduled to provide training to police and members of the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas.
 
The boat is supposed to visit from the end of this week until July 4, said lawmakers.

The ministry has a hard time getting approval for U.S. Navy boats to tie up in Costa Rican ports. That has been the case even when the boats are carrying cocaine evidence vital to a criminal prosecution of smugglers.

Claudio Monge Pereira, the deputy legislative leader of the Partido Acción Ciudadana, issued a press release after the vote saying that his party
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supports the fight against drug trafficking but that it also has respect for the civilian traditions of the country. Acción Ciudadana has been in the forefront of efforts to keep U.S. Navy boats out of Costa Rican ports.

Monge also said that it was not convenient for police here to undergo training by members of foreign military. He noted that the original request came in March. He said that the party members would approve the arrival of coast guard vessels or those sailing under a civilian flag.

Ironically, the cutter is a former U.S. Coast Guard boat called the "Durable" that was given to Colombia in 2003.


Bill to help coffee growers gets its first approval
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmakers unanimously approved on first reading Monday the creation of a $40 million trust to help coffee growers fighting a disease. The measure is likely to receive the second and final approval this week.

The bill authorizes the Ministerio de Hacienda to issue bonds to cover the costs of the trusts, but other funds and donations also are sought. The money is to be directed to small coffee producers. A state bank will administer the funds, according to the bill.

The disease is the roya de cafe, a fungus that has swept through plantations in Central America and Mexico. The disease is expected to drastically reduce the coffee yield.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

After reading the article on the "Affordable" Healthcare Act, I have one simple question.

If Obamacare is so "affordable" and such a boon to the citizens, why does the government have to spend 1.25 billion dollars to promote it?

Surely people must be standing in line to get such a wonderful program?
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Facebook approach generated
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Garland Baker deserves the Expat Medal of the Year Award for his article suggesting that expats frustrated with Costa Rica's bureaucracy simply message the recalcitrant bureaucracy through Facebook.

I tried it with CCSS, and to my astonishment not only received a prompt reply but even a reply in English, despite my original message having been in (lousy) Spanish.

This is amazing.  It would have taken me much more time to go downtown, take a number, and wait than it did to message through Facebook--and given my experiences with the live Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social bureaucracy, my Facebook contact was much more productive.  I am now a tired veteran of four live visits to the CCSS on the same matter with no results, while my Facebook contact is on top of it.

If we must fault Mr. Baker, it is only for letting the cat out of the bag.  Now that we masses know how to make contact with a Costa Rican bureaucracy, you can bet that this method will become as clogged and unresponsive as all the others.  But for the moment Facebook is definitely the way to go.

And oh, to your quip about the employees wasting time on Facebook rather than doing their jobs, I have to point out that they are on the agency's Facebook page, not their personal pages.  Maybe they have other windows open to their personal pages too, but who cares?  As long as they attend to customers, I'm good.

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'Carmen' from The Met
presented twice this week

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There will be some knife play and murder at the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m.

The center is streaming "Carmen" from the Metropolitan Opera. The opera is subtitled in English, the center said. Admission is $18 with a $15 fee for seniors and students.

The showing will be in the Eugene O'Neill theater at the Los Yoses location.


Accountants issue warning
over fake emails from IRS

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Two local accountants are warning expats not to fall for phony emails from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service.

The accountants, Randy Linder and Ross Lustman report that the Internal Revenue Service has issued a bulletin alerting U.S. taxpayers, including citizens and resident aliens living abroad, to be alert to data theft schemes that purport to be IRS e-mails.

An unsuspecting victim may receive an e-mail using official IRS and Treasury Department logos that looks very official and very serious, they said, quoting the IRS. These e-mails usually request information. In truth, they are sent by criminals who seek to find out personal information and use it for identity theft, they added. 

"If you receive such an e-mail, do not reply to it, do not open any attachments on the message, and do not click any links. Go immediately to the IRS Web site and view their page on identity theft for more information," Linder said. You can forward suspicious e-mails to phishing@irs.gov, he added.

The IRS never initiates contact with a taxpayer through e-mail or social media and never asks for detailed personal and financial information such as bank passwords, said Lustman. The IRS is a government agency and it's official domain is IRS.gov, so anything coming from a .com, .net. or .org address can't be from the IRS, he said.

"If you receive correspondence from someone claiming to be the IRS but you aren't sure, contact the IRS immediately to verify," said Lustman.

Both are with U.S. Tax and Accounting, S.A.


Caja issues warning

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social is reminding employers that they could be fined if the insurance number of their foreign workers is incorrect on the monthly report.

Foreigners have had different types of numbers in the past, but now each has been assigned a 10-digit unique identification, said the Caja.


Mandela reported recovering
from serious lung infection


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The daughter of former South African president Nelson Mandela said he is doing very well as he recovers in the hospital from a lung infection.

Zenani Mandela-Dlamini, South Africa's ambassador to Argentina, spoke Monday to reporters gathered outside of the Pretoria hospital where her father is being treated.

Sunday, President Jacob Zuma said the 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon remains in serious but stable condition, but said his doctors are seeing sustained improvements.

Visiting family members have in recent days spoken of Mandela's improving condition after more than a week of hospitalization for a recurring lung infection. 

Family members Monday viewed flowers and cards left for Mandela outside of his Pretoria hospital.

Mandela-Dlamini is the eldest daughter from Mr. Mandela's marriage to his ex-wife Winnie.

The former president's current wife, Graca Machel, issued a message of thanks Monday to people worldwide who have offered their support.

This is Mr. Mandela's fourth hospitalization for his lung problems since December.

Mandela has a history of lung problems dating back to the tuberculosis he contracted during his 27-year imprisonment under South Africa's apartheid system. He was released in 1990, and four years later was elected president in the country's first democratic polls.

 
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Bullfrogs absolved as major carrier of amphibian fungus
By the Oregon State University news staff

Amphibian populations are declining worldwide and a major cause is a deadly fungus thought to be spread by bullfrogs, but a two-year study shows they can also die from this pathogen, contrary to suggestions that bullfrogs are a tolerant carrier host that just spreads the disease.

When researchers raised the frogs from eggs in controlled experimental conditions, they found at least one strain of this pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, also called Bd or a chytrid fungus, can be fatal to year-old juveniles. However, bullfrogs were resistant to one other strain that was tested.

The findings, made by researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Pittsburgh, show that bullfrogs are not the sole culprit in the spread of this deadly fungus, and add further complexity to the question of why amphibians are in such serious jeopardy.

About 40 percent of all amphibian species are declining or are already extinct, researchers say. Various causes are suspected, including this fungus, habitat destruction, climate change, pollution, invasive species, increased UV-B light exposure, and other forces.

“At least so far as the chytrid fungus is involved, bullfrogs may not be the villains they are currently made out to be,” said Stephanie Gervasi, a zoology researcher in the University of Oregon's College of Science. “The conventional wisdom is that bullfrogs, as a tolerant host, are what helped spread this fungus all over the world. But we’ve now shown they can die from it just like other amphibians.”

The research suggests that bullfrogs actually are not a very good host for the fungus, which first was identified as a novel disease of amphibians in 1998. So why the fungus has


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spread so fast, so far, and is causing such mortality rates is still not clear.

“One possibility for the fungal increase is climate change, which can also compromise the immune systems of amphibians,” said Andrew Blaustein, a distinguished professor of zoology at Oregon and international leader in the study of amphibian declines. “There are a lot of possible ways the fungus can spread. People can even carry it on their shoes.”

The average infection load of the chytrid fungus in bullfrogs, regardless of the strain, is considerably lower than that of many other amphibian species, researchers have found. Some bullfrogs can reduce and even get rid of infection in their skin over time.

While adult bullfrogs may be carriers of some strains of Bd in some areas, the researchers concluded, different hosts may be as or more important in other locations. International trade of both amphibian and non-amphibian animal species may also drive global pathogen distribution, they said.

The findings of this study were published in EcoHealth, a professional journal.


Regional strategy against organized crime is session topic
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Jurists, prosecutors and investigators from Central America, the United States, Spain and México are meeting through Wednesday at the Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobicí, to develop strategies against organized crime.

Among the goals is a plan to unify some of the criminal laws, said the Poder Judicial. The conference began Monday. Also involved is the Sistema de la Integración Centroamericana.

The conference appears to emphasize strategies against drug
trafficking, in part because of the presence of a number of U.S. officials who are trying to maintain the tenor of the anti-drug campaign in the region.

Several presidents, including Laura Chinchilla, has questioned the success of the so-called war on drugs.  Ms. Chinchilla even suggested seeking help from the United Nations.

Jorge Chavarría Guzmán, the Costa Rican chief prosecutor, spoke Monday.  Eric Nelson, the chargé d'affaires at the U.S. Embassy also was there, said the Poder Judicial. Panamá and the Dominican Republic also were represented.


Immigration seeks to legalize more blue collar workers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Immigration officials have renewed the offer to make legal certain foreigners who are working in the country.

This is a continuation of a program that saw 50,000 applicants through the middle of December.

The offer mainly applies to workers in construction, domestic workers and those in agriculture. The workers need to show 
that they have been employed here prior to Dec. 31. They also have to pay a $1.50 fee and provide an official birth certificate.

Another requirement is to have a contract with an employer.

The Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería said that carpenters, bricklayers and general construction workers were urged to apply. There is no need to show that the individuals are in the country legally, said the agency.

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Popular antibacterial chemical found to be fatal to nursing rats in study
By the  Endocrine Society news service

A mother’s exposure to triclocarban, a common antibacterial chemical, while nursing her babies shortens the life of her female offspring, a new study in rats finds. The results were presented Monday at The Endocrine Society’s 95th Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.

Commonly used in antibacterial soap and other personal care products, triclocarban has the potential for a large portion of the public to be exposed to it, said the study’s lead author, Rebekah Kennedy, a graduate student in the Department of Public Health at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

“Our study provides supporting evidence for the potential adverse effects of triclocarban exposure during early life, specifically during the lactation period,” Kennedy said. “The results indicate that a mother’s long-term use of
this compound might affect the early development of her offspring, at least according to our animal model.”
Past studies by the senior investigator, Jiangang Chen, an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee, showed that triclocarban enhances the growth of sex organs in the adult male rat. In this study, the researchers sought to learn if exposure to the same compound, either in the womb or during lactation, would affect rat pups.

The investigators found that all pups nursed by control rats survived until weaning, including those born to triclocarban-fed maternal rats but nursed by control rats. No pups nursed by rats that received the larger triclocarban dose, 0.5 percent, survived until day 6. Among pups nursed by rats that received a 0.2 percent dose of triclocarban, 57 percent reportedly lived to nine days after birth, and only 13 percent survived after weaning.

“Our data suggest that the critical exposure window affecting rat pup survival is related to lactation, as all pups raised by control rats survived regardless of triclocarban exposure status during gestation,” Kennedy said.

 
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. space agency has introduced eight new astronaut candidates, selected from a pool of 6,300 applicants.

The new astronaut trainees, Josh Cassada, Victor Glover, Nick Hague, Christina Hammock, Nicole Mann, Anne McClain, Jessica Meir and Dr. Andrew Morgan, have all dreamed of becoming space explorers. During the past year-and-a-half, they have passed rigorous medical and psychological evaluations, and have performed well during multiple tests and interviews. Now they are letting their families and employers know that they are changing careers, all in the pursuit of their dream.

NASA's Janet Kavandi, a veteran astronaut and the director of Flight Crew Operations, says the candidates are an amazing group of people. 

Once they complete their training, they'll join NASA's astronaut corps, which currently stands at 48. That is about one-third the size it was at its peak a decade ago.

"With a smaller astronaut corps and fewer people in the office, now each person needs to have as diverse a background as possible, so we tried to work hard to make sure that the eight people we got had a broad spectrum of experiences, and I think you can tell that from their qualifications," Ms. Kavandi said.

Most of the candidates either are presently in the military or have served in the military. One is a medical doctor. Some are civilians who are trained scientists, and several have spent ample time in a cockpit. The candidates are all in their 30s, and they will begin their astronaut training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas this August

Candidate Josh Cassada, a former naval aviator, was emotional in his video introduction that was broadcast on NASA TV Monday.

"I think if society isn't exploring, we're really just kind of sustaining, and to be able to contribute to that exploration in any small way is really exciting to me," he said.

Candidate Christina Hammock serves as the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration station chief in American Samoa.

"What actually inspired me to make the move to actually do the application was just reflecting on my career and realizing that through following my own personal dreams, I had accumulated a set of skills that I thought could really be useful in contributing to human space flight," she said.

Nick Hague, a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, said this was the third time he applied to the astronaut corps.

"My parents are going to be excited.  They know that this has been a life-long goal, trying to become part of the program," he said. "My brothers, as they always do, will give me a hard time." 

Half of the new astronaut trainees are women. NASA says this is the highest percentage of female candidates ever selected for a class.

"That was not by choice or by determination," said Ms. Kavandi. "We never determine how many people of each gender we're going to take, but these were the most qualified people of the ones that we interviewed. They earned every bit of the right to be there."

Ms. Kavandi said she attributes this to women's achievements in demanding fields that put them on equal footing with male candidates.

This is NASA's 21st astronaut class. The U.S. space agency has selected and trained 330 astronauts since the initial class of 1959.

NASA says its plan is to keep an active astronaut corps of between 45 and 55 people.   


Snowden denies telling Chinese
information about surveillance


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The British newspaper The Guardian says a former U.S. intelligence contractor who recently exposed some U.S. surveillance operations has denied he had any contact with the Chinese government.

The newspaper said Edward Snowden made the comment Monday in a live question-and-answer session with Internet users, hosted on The Guardian Web site. Snowden has been hiding in the autonomous Chinese territory of Hong Kong since leaking U.S. intelligence documents to several newspapers earlier this month.

Former U.S. vice president Dick Cheney denounced Snowden as a traitor in a Sunday television interview, warning that the former National Security Agency contractor could provide classified U.S. information to Chinese authorities.

In Monday's online interview, Snowden is quoted as calling Cheney's assertion a predictable smear and saying that being labeled a traitor by the former vice president is the highest honor you can give an American.

Snowden's comments could not be independently verified.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying also denied that Snowden has spied for China, calling the suggestion complete nonsense.

In her Monday briefing, Ms. Hua urged U.S. authorities to pay attention to international concerns about their surveillance operations and provide what she called a necessary explanation. It was the first comment by a Chinese official on the NSA leaks.

In another part of the online interview, The Guardian quoted Snowden as saying U.S. intelligence analysts have the ability to view the content of U.S. citizen phone and e-mail communications without a warrant, provided that they label such data collection as incidental to the search for suspected terrorists.

Snowden also criticized other U.S. political figures including President Barack Obama, senior members of Congress and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. He accused them of colluding to expand a suspicion-less surveillance operation that he described as an abuse of human rights.

The former NSA contractor did not mention any specific cases of U.S. intelligence operatives viewing private communications of Americans and did not give any examples of alleged rights abuses by those operatives.

Some U.S. officials and lawmakers have accused Snowden of damaging national security by tipping off U.S. enemies about previously-secret surveillance programs and enabling them to change tactics. Snowden rejected that charge, saying "I did not reveal any U.S. operations against legitimate military targets."

Snowden fled to Hong Kong last month and has vowed to use its British-rooted legal system to fight any attempt to extradite him to the United States. The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has said Snowden is under criminal investigation but it has not filed any charges against him or asked for his extradition.

In an earlier report Monday, The Guardian said documents leaked by Snowden show that Britain spied on diplomats attending the 2009 Group of 20 summit in London.

The newspaper said Britain's eavesdropping agency, the General Communications Headquarters, hacked into the phones and computers of Turkish and South African delegates at the summit. It said the agency also tricked some G-20 delegates into using Internet cafes that it secretly modified to intercept diplomatic communications.

The Guardian published redacted versions of some of the documents, but their authenticity could not be immediately confirmed. Their release coincided with Britain hosting the first day of a Group of Eight industrialized nations summit in Northern Ireland.


Obama's popularity sags
in midst of multiple scandals


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Controversies are taking a toll on U.S. President Barack Obama's popularity with Americans, according to a public opinion poll published by CNN.

The data show Obama's approval rating fell 8 percentage points over the past month, to 45 percent. CNN said that is the lowest approval rating in a year and a half. 

The poll follows revelations about government surveillance of Americans, unfair treatment of conservative groups by the tax agency, government snooping into reporters' phone records, and questions about the way the administration handled an attack on a U.S. diplomatic facility in Libya.

Pollsters working for CNN questioned more than 1,000 Americans by telephone between June 11 and 13.

Other recent polls showed mixed results on Obama. Gallup and Rasmussen show more voters disapprove of the president's performance than approve of it. But a poll conducted for Time magazine showed more poll respondents approve than disapprove.


U.S. firms balk at signing
workplace safety agreement


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The tragic collapse of the Rana Plaza clothing factory in Bangladesh in April that killed more than 1,200 people has brought greater pressure to increase garment building safety and worker protections.  A number of European fashion companies have signed an accord to address workplace safety.  But, most U.S. retail firms have not signed the pact.

The factory fell just days after it was considered unsafe, but employees were told to come to work anyway.  

U.S. Rep. George Miller, a long-time advocate for garment workers’ rights, recently visited the site.  He also put blame on the retail industry, which he says pits one factory against another to drive the prices of apparel to its lowest level.

“So the factory owners are under stress all the time about whether they're going to get a new contract.  That doesn't leave a lot of room for improvements in working conditions in factories. That really hampers the ability of the factory owners in upgrading their factories," said Miller.

The Rana Plaza tragedy has created a call for action.  This includes the Accord on Fire and Safety in Bangladesh that legally binds apparel retailers to having independent building and fire safety inspections in factories.

Miller is urging U.S. retail firms to sign the pact, but so far, only a few have.   However, some 40 European companies have signed it, and Miller explains one reason why.

“Many of the American firms use middle men.  Anytime something bad happens in a factory they say that was unauthorized, where Europeans, in many instances, put people in the factories to monitor what's taking place," he said.

U.S. firms are concerned about their legal liability, says global trade expert Kimberly Elliott.

“They may be more concerned than the European firms about actually being sued.  They don't want to have it be that it's their responsibility to pay for health and safety for factories that they don't own," said Ms. Elliott.

Instead, these clothing firms, including the giant Wal-mart company and fashion retailer The Gap, want to continue self-regulation.   Both Wal-mart and the Gap said they were not available for TV interviews.  But in a statement, a Gap spokesperson said while the company shares the goals of the accord, it also believes the Bangladeshi government and local industry and worker representatives need to be included.  

Ms. Elliott says the garment factory collapse and a massive fire at another clothing factory in Bangladesh five months earlier show that self-regulation isn't working.

“We're still having big problems in the garment sector.  There have been improvements.  Some of the programs are better than others, but it's not a solution. I think it's more about protecting the brand than improving conditions," she said.

A U.S. State Department official says American retail companies need to make their own decisions as to whether they will sign the accord.


U.S. High Court rejects
voter citizenship rule


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot demand proof of citizenship when people register to vote.

The justices' 7-2 ruling Monday struck down Arizona's requirement that voters prove they are U.S. citizens in order to use a federal registration form. The court's ruling could affect other states with similar laws, including Alabama, Georgia and Kansas. Twelve other states are contemplating similar legislation.

States say the laws were designed to prevent voter fraud, but civil rights groups said the Arizona law was aimed at discouraging certain groups from voting, such as Native Americans, the elderly and minorities.

The ruling only affects those trying to register using federal forms. Most register through the state, meaning they will continue to be asked to provide proof of citizenship when signing up to vote.


Religions turning green
despite natural conservatism


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Few religious communities have gone as far in fighting climate change as a church in Queensland, Australia, which has 24 solar panels bolted to the roof in the shape of a Christian cross.
 
“It's very effective. It's inspired some members of our congregation to install panels on their homes,” Rev. David Lowry said of the solar cross mounted in 2009 on the Caloundra Uniting Church, which groups three Protestant denominations.
 
Many religions have been wary of moving to install renewable energy sources on their places of worship, from cathedrals to mosques or of taking a strong stand on climate change in general despite teachings that people should be custodians of nature.
 
But slowly, that may be changing, thanks to new religious leaders including Pope Francis, the head of the Roman Catholic Church.
 
Francis's stress on environmental protection since he was  elected in March and his choice of the name of a 13th century nature lover, St. Francis of Assisi, may make a difference for all religions trying to work out how to safeguard the planet from threats including climate change.
 
Under his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican took green steps such as installing solar panels on the roof of the Papal Audience Hall in 2008. It says it wants to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but has no formal target.
 
“Religious environmentalism is slowly increasing,” said John Grim, a coordinator of the forum on religion and ecology at Yale University in the United States. “It's very uneven. Religions tend to be very conservative in their practice and doctrine.”
 
Grim said the pope's influence was significant since few other religions recognize a single earthly leader, and there are 1.2 billion Catholics, amounting to a sixth of humanity, according to the Vatican.
 
In his inaugural homily, Pope Francis stressed that people should safeguard the Earth.
 
“Let us be 'protectors' of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. Let us not allow omens of destruction and death to accompany the advance of this world!” he said.
 
In a 2010 book “On Heaven and Earth”, when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, he said mankind sometimes lost respect for nature, “then ecological problems arise, like global warming.”
 
Some religions have been reluctant to be associated with climate change policies because of divisions among believers. A 2012 Pew Research Center poll showed that only 42 percent of Americans agree global warming is mainly man-made, a view overwhelmingly held by climate scientists, for example.
 
The Church of England says it aims to cut its carbon emissions by 42 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050 across widely varying energy use in 16,000 buildings, but it is an exception.
 
“Some churches are used all week and others used very occasionally, with only one light bulb,” said David Shreeve, environmental advisor to the Archbishops' Council. He said other religions were now asking for advice on emissions cuts.  Irrespective of climate change, big savings can be made by plugging drafts and improving heating and lighting.
 
Some believers object that solar panels can damage or disfigure fragile historic buildings. Some cathedrals, like the Catholic St. Stephens in Vienna, have elaborate patterns on the roof.
 
Bradford Cathedral, where the oldest parts of the Nave date from 1458, installed solar panels in 2011 and said it was the first cathedral in England and perhaps in the world to generate its own power.
 
Among other examples, a planned mosque in Bursa, west Turkey, aims to use solar panels and install a vertical axis wind turbine - without big revolving blades on a minaret.
 
“Mosques ... can be covered with photovoltaic panels,” the mosque's architect ECelik Erengezgin said.
 
Green initiatives by religious leaders and groups are not new.
 
The Jewish Temple Emanuel in Lowell, Massachusetts, installed solar panels in 1978 in what is believed to be the first such system on a religious building in North America, the Lowell Green Building Commission says.
 
And Greek Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, has long been called the Green Patriarch for seeking to protect the environment, from organizing conferences about fresh water to writing an encyclical in 2012 urging repentance for “our sinfulness in destroying the world.”
 
St. Francis has long been a green inspiration.
 
In what are known as the Assisi Declarations from 1986, Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish and Islamic leaders called for people to live in harmony with nature. Baha'i, Jainism and Sikhism later added their own declarations.
 
In the United States, many evangelical Christians stress a broad need for stewardship of creation, rather than man-made climate change, as a spur to action.
 
Many evangelical Christians are Republicans who are more likely than Democrats to doubt that climate change is mostly caused by human activity, such as burning fossil fuels.
 
“Americans allow their politics to inform their faith,” said Katharine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian and climate scientist at Texas Tech University.
 
In Australia, Lowry said the solar panels were saving money and cutting greenhouse gas emissions for the Uniting Church, which brings together Methodists, Congregationalists and Presbyterians.
 
“The solar cross ... doesn't bring hordes of people into the church,” he said. “But it helps people understand that God is a presence in the world in which we live.”
 
The Vatican has an observer seat at U.N. talks among 200 nations who have agreed to work out, by the end of 2015, a climate deal to avert more floods, droughts and rising sea levels.
 
Pope Francis himself has focused on environmental protection without yet spelling out clear solutions.
 
Raising awareness of the environment could be a step to modernize the church, besieged by scandal for covering up sexual abuse of children by priests and whose strict moral traditions are often at odds with a increasingly secular society.
 
“With Pope Francis there is new hope,” said the Rev. Henrik Grape of the Church of Sweden, who is also a member of the World Council of Churches' climate change group.


Chinese supercomputer called
the world's fastest device


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

China can now boast the world’s fastest supercomputer, according to the semiannual TOP500 official listing of the world's fastest supercomputers released Monday.

Tianhe-2, or Milky Way-2, clocked in at number one with a performance of 33.86 petaflops per second, according to a press release issued byTOP500. The computer was developed by China’s National University of Defense Technology and will be deployed at the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzho, China, by the end of the year.

China last wore the crown of fastest supercomputer in November of 2010 with Tianhe-1.

The Chinese computer was a surprising winner, according to the release, because it was developed two years ahead of schedule.

Tianhe-2 has 16,000 nodes, each with two Intel Xeon IvyBridge processors and three Xeon Phi processors for a combined total of 3,120,000 computing cores.

"Most of the features of the system were developed in China, and they are only using Intel for the main compute part," said TOP500 editor Jack Dongarra in a news release accompanying the announcement. "That is, the interconnect, operating system, front-end processors and software are mainly Chinese," said Dongarra, who toured the Tianhe-2 development facility in May.

The previous number one, the Cray-made Titan computer installed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, is now ranked second. The third ranking computer, IBM’s Sequoia, installed at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is also in the U.S.

  
John Denver tribute unites
artist to perform biggest hits

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Fifteen years after his death in an ultralight plane crash and more than 40 years after his first hit, John Denver’s songs are getting a new lease on life. “The Music Is You,” is a new tribute that brings musicians from various genres and generations together to re-imagine Denver’s biggest hits.

The musicians include southern rockers My Morning Jacket, who cover “Leaving On A Jet Plane.” The 10-piece alternative band Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros reinterprets “Wooden Indian.” And multi-Grammy winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams delivers a soulful take on “This Old Guitar.” Ms. Williams says she was determined to make the song her own.

“You know, you don’t want to do a John Denver song and sound like John Denver. I mean, you want to show that ‘Wow, look how this song can be done,” she said.“You know, the more I got into it, I was really moved. I was actually moved to tears a little ... you can hear that in the song.”

Unlike some tribute discs, “The Music Is You” was not produced to bring attention to an underrated or forgotten artist. Denver was a superstar, selling millions of records, packing concert venues the world over and starring in hit movies. He was instantly recognizable, even when on humanitarian missions in the most remote places.

Denver would have been 70 years old this December. Producers of the tribute CD hope that the new versions of old favorites will please Denver’s loyal followers while winning his music new fans.  Among the new versions on the release is Evan Dando of the Lemonheads singing "Looking for Space.”

Brandi Carlile, 32, grew up listening to Denver’s music and his writing inspired her own career as a singer-songwriter.

“I hope that people that love John Denver’s music will look at this album and its tribute as an honest to goodness inspired version of how we as singer-songwriters are influenced by John Denver’s music and by his lyrics and his life," she said. "I hope that they’ll see that none of us are trying to be John Denver, because that is a bar that no one will reach.”
   
Teaming up with Emmylou Harris, Brandi Carlile took on the daunting task of covering Denver’s iconic “Take Me Home, Country Roads” for “The Music Is You.” They’ve made it sound like their own song…that’s the mark of a good tribute.

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Minimum bid starts @ $10,000.
 ½ acre to 4 acres.
Walk to San Juanillo Beaches.
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Phone: 506-2682-0185
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) 6011-6987
U.S. Phone:  6630-886-4458  or   (305) 848- 5577
Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799 4041
Email:  sjogringo@yahoo.com
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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7972-8/9/13

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

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7967-7/17/13

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

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

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

La Garita
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This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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- Ocean, mountain, and river views, built in harmony with nature
- 70% sold out, 1.25 acre + lots available from $75,000
- All lots held in separate corporations
- Functioning HOA with 24-hour security and gated front entrance
- 100% custom homes, turnkey construction
- Community homes have been featured in Su Casa Architectural Magazine
- Abundant wildlife on the property, access to 45-acre nature preserve
- Organic Permaculture farm coming soon
- Build your custom dream home and join our community of friends in paradise!
Brokers Welcome
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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.
http://www.haciendamontemar.com/
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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
Just Reduced to $169,000!!!
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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7766-6/17/13

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Hemisphere press group rips
restrictive law in Ecuador

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

A new communications law enacted in Ecuador represents “the most serious setback for freedom of the press and of expression in the recent history of Latin America,” the Inter American Press Association said Monday.

Ecuador’s National Assembly, on a 108 to 26 vote, passed the Communication Organic Law, more commonly known as the gag law, which regulates journalistic content, sets administrative and financial sanctions and establishes a requirement that journalists have a university degree, among other rules “which reduce the free practice of journalism to its lowest expression,” said Claudio Paolillo, chairman of the association's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information.

“This law has been adopted by a government elected by the people and therefore has legitimacy, but its enactment demonstrates very clearly that this same government lacks legitimacy in practice, as the enacted regulations are no different from those set down by the military dictatorships that devastated the region in the 1970s and ’80s. It is the most serious setback for freedom of the press and of expression in the recent history of Latin America,” declared Paolillo, editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda.

“This law,” Paolillo added, “is the culmination of a government plan that has been under development and has been carried out since Rafael Correa assumed the presidency, and that establishes government censorship in Ecuador, legalizes the concentration of media in government hands, violates all the case law of the Inter-American Human Rights Court regarding freedom of expression, seeks in a direct way to eliminate opinions critical of the government and promotes self-censorship, with serious punishments and prohibitions envisioned in the law for anyone thinking differently than the official government line.”

The law, which includes 119 articles and 23 transitory regulations, establishes in its Article 45 the creation of a communication regulation and development council with powers to punish failures to comply with its requirements. This body will be made up of five members, among whom will be a delegate named by the president, a representative of the “National Equality Councils, another from the citizen participation and social control council, and others from the decentralized autonomous governments, and the ombudsman.

The law also creates the office of superintendent of information and communication, with powers to oversee, audit, intervene in and control media behavior, and that will be in charge of compliance with the law and of the punishments to be meted out. The person heading this office will be chosen by the citizen participation and social control council from a short list of candidates proposed by President Rafael Correa.

It also creates the offense of media lynching, when a media outlet publishes repeated information with the objective of discrediting or reducing the credibility of persons or legal entities. A communiqué from the national assembly stated that “the Office of Superintendent will be able to take – after having confirmed the relevance of the claim – the following administrative measures: public apology and publication in the respective news media outlet”.

Paolillo reiterated that the law “will increase the restrictions on press freedom and the pluralism that it supposedly is seeking to encourage, as well as interfere with news media content.” “We are witnessing a government which aims to silence the critical press and has resorted to a law in which it has named itself judge and jury. The collateral effects that this legislation will bring about, among them the restrictions on information and the self-censorship triggered by fear of reprisals, are of great concern” added Paolillo.

The new regulations also reduces private sector space through a new government distribution of radio and television frequencies, establishing that 34 percent of them be granted to “community” media, 33% to state-owned media, and 33% to privately owned media. According to official figures, currently 68 percent of the news media are privately owned.

At the same time, Article 40 establishes the requirement of a university degree in order to work as a journalist. “Journalistic activity of a permanent nature carried out in the news media at any level or in any job shall have to be performed by professionals or experts in journalism or communication,” with the exception of editorial writers, those writing op-ed pieces and those that publish in indigenous languages. The law allows a six-year period in which to obtain a university degree.

Debate on the original bill for this law began in September 2009 and was suspended in July 2012. The law was passed Friday after seven voting sessions and three and a half years of discussion.

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Switzerland targeted in tax push

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The European Union official in charge of tax policy tried to persuade Switzerland on Monday to agree to surrender more information about clients of its big banking industry as part of a drive to combat tax evasion.
 
Commissioner Algirdas Semeta's meeting with Swiss Finance Minister Eveline Widmer-Schlumpf in Bern came as British Prime Minister David Cameron was due to put his aim of fighting tax evasion on the agenda of a G8 summit he is hosting.
 
“It is widely accepted worldwide today that the era of bank secrecy is over,” Semeta told a news conference after the talks.
 
“Switzerland can gain from a stronger tax agreement with the EU with automatic exchange of information at its core. It would be a clear signal from Switzerland that it supports fair play.”
 
Switzerland, the world's biggest offshore financial center, with $2 trillion in assets under management, is under pressure  from both the EU and the United States to end bank secrecy as cash-strapped states seek to stop tax evasion.
 
The issue has become even more heated in recent months as U.S. authorities threaten to indict Swiss banks, a French minister quit over his Swiss account and Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness admitted evading taxes through a Swiss bank.
 
EU finance ministers last month gave the European Commission the go-ahead to negotiate with Switzerland, Liechtenstein, San Marino, Andorra and Monaco to expand the kind of client information banks must surrender to tax authorities.
 
Widmer-Schlumpf said the Swiss government would probably only be able to start formal talks with the EU in the autumn and would push for global standards on data exchange at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
 
“For Switzerland it is important that we continue to engage ourselves for a level playing field, not just within the EU but beyond the EU,” she said.
 
A Swiss government commission recommended last week that the country should be ready to share data on foreign depositors with the EU even before a global standard is established for exchanging information on bank clients.
 
The report said Switzerland should seek in return better access for its financial industry to the EU market, a position Widmer-Schlumpf echoed on Monday, although it was swiftly rebuffed by Semeta.
 
“The mandate is very clear. Progress on these negotiations is not linked to any specific issue,” he said.
 
Switzerland has accused the EU of being protectionist and fragmenting global markets with new rules it says are unfair to countries outside the bloc, including the draft EU law MiFID, which imposes stringent obligations on companies from non-EU countries wanting to do business in the bloc.


Global economy still reported as weak

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

G8 leaders say global economic prospects remain weak as Europe, Asia and the United States still try to recover from the worldwide recession.

After the first day of their annual summit in Northern Ireland Monday, the G8 said significant policy actions taken by the eurozone, U.S. and Japan have reduced the risk of an economic downturn.

The leaders said promoting growth and jobs remains their priority. They called the fight against long-term and youth unemployment critical.

Earlier Monday, the United States and European Union said they are starting talks on a new transatlantic free trade agreement. The first session is set for Washington next month.

The U.S. and 27-nation EU already account for nearly half of the global economy, with $1 trillion in annual trade. U.S. President Barack Obama said a new deal to cut tariffs and permit the free flow of business deals could be "potentially groundbreaking."