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Children's museum features a kid-size village inside
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Firefighters and the Fuerza Pública have constructed a child-size community inside the children's museum.

The project is called Barrio Seguro or "secure barrio." Of course it is, being inside the Museo de los Niños, the former national prison in north San José.

The Cuerpo de Bomberos, police and other officials inaugurated the project Thursday. It is described as an attractive educational space that offers valuable lessons on protection and prevention in emergencies.

For the kids, the place is where they can live out their dreams of being a fire fighter, a policeman or one of many other trades.

The exhibition was a year in the building, said the
 fire fighters. The first visitors Thursday were 30 students from the nearby Escuela Barrio México.

There are 12 areas that represent a community. These include a child-size restaurant, church, school, park,  a police station and a fire station. There also is a home in flames.

That is the focus for education about prevention.

Youngsters will find that the police station even contains a locker room, a miniature patrol car parked nearby and bikes.

Officials call the museum the Castillo de los Sueños or castle of dreams. The former prison watchtowers are not turrets, the building itself is spectacular, and there are many more exhibits for visitors beyond the secure barrio.


Watchdog report delivers setback to proposed refinery
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's watchdog agency said Thursday that it had found deficiencies in a feasibility study done in anticipation of a joint Chinese-Costa Rican petroleum refinery in Moín.

The watchdog, the Contraloría General de la República, launched an investigation after complaints were raised about the company that did the feasibility study.

The petroleum project has been in the works since 2007.  The China National Petroleum Corp. is participating with the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A.
The Contraloría said that a major problem was that the firm that did the feasibility study, identified as  HQCEC, was closely related to the Chinese petroleum firm. That is contrary to Costa Rican law, the Contraloría said.

The watchdog report also said there were glaring omissions in the feasibility report. 

For example, it said, the profitability of the project was set at 16.28 percent but the expenses of the refinery were not included in the projections.

The Contraloría ordered that the state petroleum firm not use the feasibility study and any studies that are based on it.


Registro gives new license plate details . . . maybe
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats who have been anxious about getting new license plates got their answer Thursday. The Registro Nacional said that the distribution of the plates would begin next month and be based on the last digit of the existing plate.

The new plates are supposed to be more secure. They begin with letters instead of the current numbers.

The Registro Nacional has been hot and cold on the project. Just a month ago it said it was rethinking the entire idea. A year ago Correos de Costa Rica announced that it could deliver the new plates.  All that was lacking was a deadline.
The deadline appears to be far in the distance depending on the last digit of the license plate.  Those motorists with plates ending in the number 1 have until October to exchange their plates. Those with other numbers will have subsequent three-month periods to do so thereafter.

The new plates are 15,000 colons for passenger vehicles, and can be obtained at Registro offices the same day or with a five-day wait at the post office. Included with the plates will be a sticker showing the number that will be affixed to the vehicle windshield.

Eventually the Registro will put detailed instructions on its Web site and perhaps additional information on how to obtain the plates.

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Man killed in Puerto Viejo,
and disabled suspect detained


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Pública officers detained a man in a wheelchair Wednesday night after another man was shot dead in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca on the Caribbean coast.

The Judicial Investigating Organization identified the dead man as  Ángel Renato Leiva Martínez, 38. However, the name of Martínez was questioned by some who knew him.

Detained was a 41-year-old man with the last names of Lewis Fisher, agents said.

The shooting took place outside a restaurant identified by the name of Cashu. The Cruz Roja said the victim suffered multiple bullet wounds to the chest.

Fuerza Pública officer said the victim was a native Costa Rican and lived on the Reserva Kekoldi.  Lewis has been in trouble with the law before, agents said, although they added that the weapon used in the shooting had not been located.

The Federación Ecologista  quickly issued a statement to say that although the organization regretted the death, the victim was not known as an environmentalist. The organization was responding to early news reports.

Mauricio Álvarez, the organization's president, said that environmentalists still were at risk all over the country. He mentioned the murder in Moín May 31 of environmental activist  Jairo Mora. Some environmentalists continue to protect turtle nests without any police support, he said.


Trade treaty arbitration begun
in Playa Grande land case


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Property owners who own land that may be inside the boundaries of an expanded park at Playa Grande and Playa Ventanas on the Pacific Coast are hauling Costa Rica into arbitration under the provisions of the Free Trade Treaty with the United States and Central America.

A summary from the property owners' lawyers said that since 2006 the owners have lost full use of their titled property because the country has expanded the boundaries of the Parque Nacional Marino Las Baulas. The complaint in which the property owners join recites a long list of inaccurate information and delays on the part of Costa Rica.

The property owners say they do not object to expropriation of their land but they would like to see that take place.

They also are seeking significant funds. The complaint lists $49 million as a starter amount and undefined amounts thereafter.

Costa Rica has stalled in buying out the affected owners because officials have said they do not have the money.

Those in the arbitration case, all U.S. citizens, say they are in accord with the country's environmental policies and describe the beaches as outstanding. They purchased the properties for subdivision and resale.

The persons involved in the case are Bob E. Spence, Joseph M. Holsten, Brenda and Ronald Copher, Brett, Trevor and Aaron Berkowitz and Glen Cremillion. Also involved is at least one  corporation, Spence International Investments LLC.

The 26-page complaint carries the names of Todd Weiler of London, Ontario, Tina Cicchiette of Vancover, British Columbia, and Vianney Saborio Hernández of San José as lawyers.

The complaint says that the free trade treaty requires prompt payment for expropriation. In addition, the murky legal situation there, basically a result of Costa Rica's actions and inconsistencies in park boundaries, represents a de facto taking, the complaint suggests.

One resident of that area already won an arbitration case against the country for many of the same reasons. But he chose to litigate it through the arbitration arm of the World Bank.


Students visiting to assist
museum with online jobs


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Museo de Guanacaste in Liberia is getting some online help from students visiting under the auspices of Wiles University in Pennsylvania.

R.A.W. Tours is coordinating the visit here. The firm said that the students will focus on assisting in the creation of content and a proper listing for the museum on Wikipedia, submitting to get the museum listed as a Google point of interest, creation and translation of an informative brochure, translation of the museum's Facebook page to help in broadening the reach for non-native speakers, creation of a static flyer template which will be utilized by museum officials to announce and market current events and exhibits as they change throughout the year.

“Our hope is this is the first of many groups of volunteers that we can bring to engage with the museum and help with the continued development of this historic landmark," said Kattya Lomel, operations director for the tour company in a release. "This is the first project of the summer class for Wilkes University students and we are so thankful for their generous contribution of time and energy, along with their fresh perspective in approaching these needs.”


Service stations warned

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Service station operators are again threatening to go on strike because their income is being cut, but the price regulating agency said in a release that they have an obligation to be open.

The agency, the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos, also said that the price for which fuel was being sold to the stations was adequate.


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Human right to Web seen
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

RE: Internet being considered for status as a human right.

A human right? I don't think so. Yes it is important and a very good tool for communication, education and free speech. This is the first step in saying "if you can't afford Internet, your government will supply it for you." I would hate to give up Internet access, but I would hate it even more if I were taxed to provide free Internet service for the poor. In the U.S., the government provides the poor with phone assistance through the Universal Service Fund, a cost that is usually passed on to the phone company consumer.

All telecommunications service providers and certain other providers of telecommunications must contribute to the federal USF based on a percentage of their end-user telecommunications revenues.

Is the phone a human right?  I don't think so,  Who I help with charity should be my choice, not the government's.

Dan Jackson
Calhan, Colorado

 
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New postal issue honors immigrants who came to Costa Rica
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The United States frequently features itself as a nation of immigrants. But now Costa Rica has adopted that theme for a new postal issue.

The issue is a pair of identical stamps with five characters obviously of different races. The idea also applied to North American expats here, although there is no figure that seems to represent older Gringos.

The official presentation of the stamp took place Thursday afternoon at the central offices of Correo de Costa Rica. Among those present was Mario Zamora Cordero, the security minister. He also supervises the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería.

The Laura Chinchilla administration is trying to legalize the many thousands of foreigners here who are illegal. More than 50,000, mostly Nicaraguans, already have applied through a program that was a form of amnesty.

During the ceremony officials praised immigrants as being valuable additions to the country. Zamora said that the administration is trying to make legal an estimated 200,000 immigrants who are here illegally.

Many are construction and domestic workers, and officials just announced a special program for them.
migrants

Of course, the native population whose roots go back before
Columbus, might have a different opinion, although presumably they, too, were migrants to Costa Rica in the distant past.

Each of the two stamps has a 500-colon value. That's about $1 each. There were 15,000 stamps produced. The designer is Cristian Ramírez Vargas.

Gozaka S.A. in La Uruca did the printing. First-day covers are available for collectors.


Supreme Court rejects USAID's anti-prostitution fund pledge
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The U.S. Agency for International Development got its knuckles rapped Thursday by the U.S. Supreme Court. The court rejected a requirement that organizations receiving funds affirm their opposition to prostitution. The majority of the court ruled that this requirement was a violation of free speech.

The case came from the Alliance for Open Society International, Inc., which uses USAID funds to fight HIV/AIDS. Alliance for Open Society said it was neutral to prostitution and sought a declaratory court judgement that the requirement was unconstitutional.

Both USAID and the U.S.  Department of Health and Human Services require recipients of funds from certain programs to promise that they will not promote or advocate the legalization or practice of prostitution or sex trafficking. Recipients also must have a clear policy opposing prostitution, according to a summary of the decision from the Cornell University Legal Information Institute.
USAID fought a U.S. district court ruling against the requirement all the way to the Supreme Court.  A number of federal grant programs have similar requirements.

"The distinction that has emerged from this court’s cases is between conditions that define the limits of the government spending program — those that specify the activities Congress wants to subsidize — and conditions that seek to leverage funding to regulate speech outside the contours of the federal program itself," said the decision by Chief Justice John Roberts.

The requirement makes fund recipients pledge allegiance to the government’s policy of eradicating prostitution, and that condition on funding violates the First Amendment, the decision said.

Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas issued dissent in which they said the requirements were a means of selecting suitable agents to implement the government’s chosen strategy to eradicate HIV/AIDS.


Mandatory trip downtown is more of a treat than a trial
I was downtown this week after a visit to Hospital Caderón Guardia for an annual checkup.  Theoretically, my pacemaker is good to go for another year.  I just hope it takes me with it.  Being lazy, I took a taxi from the hospital to the Automercado on Avenida 3.  I could have caught the bus by walking over to the stop opposite the Parque Nacional, but the sidewalk to the bus is a landmine of peddlers and pedestrians. 

After shopping for a few things, I took my usual method for crossing the city.  I caught the Sabana Cementerio bus on the corner of Calle 3 and Avenida 3, being careful not to get hit by one of the countless buses that cross that intersection.  Sitting on the bus beats driving or taking a taxi. It saves money, nerves, and maybe even one’s life.  

Busing through the market area on Avenida 3 is the only way to go to turn a nerve wracking, frustrating ordeal into an interesting sight-seeing trip.

Today I noticed yet another impediment to the journey:  policemen on bicycles.  About seven of them had gathered on the side of the street to, as far as I could see, chat. There was no suspect visible.  They were resting on their bikes side by side, blocking the lane and turning the street into one lane for more than a block, and then to complicate matters a fellow pushing a high cart filled with cartons of eggs came walking against traffic in that lane.  Now, if one were in a car or taxi, one would be furious.  I was amused and amazed at the tranquil way the bus driver took it all in stride.  He directed the egg man to either cross the street or get to the side.  He got to the side.  We then waited patiently while the police moved themselves enough so we could pass – just barely. 

That bus took me to near the Canada House on Avenida 4, just past the park with some remarkable trees where I hailed a taxi for the rest of the way home. As I got off the bus, I thanked the driver and told him his job was not an easy one. 

I am more and more aware of the difficulty with which older residents mount the stairs and manage that last long step off
Butterfly in the City
 
. . .  Musings from San José

By Jo Stuart
jostuart@amcostarica.com

Jo Stuart


the bus.  I had to smile as I read the newly posted sign on the bus window that cautions riders to be considerate of mayores. The bus companies could follow their own advice by adding a step.

I always enjoy my rides through San José, unless there is an accident, which seems to happen more frequently of late.  But the end of the ride is past the Sabana Park, with the newly planted native trees that are already adolescents and the people taking advantage of the park’s many offerings. 

Recently I was reading an article about the mystery still surrounding the death of an American, John Bender, in Costa Rica.  The author, Ned Zeman, basing his comments upon a seemingly brief trip through the city, described San José as a “sprawling grey mess that doubles as the sex tourism capital of Latin America.”  He adds that, thanks to the legalization of prostitution, “parts of downtown look like Disneyland for horny middle-aged Australians.” 

That is not the San José I see.   One must go to a certain section of San Jose to be aware of the sex workers and their clients.  What Mr. Zeman did not see were policemen going after defenseless women for plying a trade that seems to have a huge Australian as well as American demand.
 
He obviously did not see the pedestrian promenades where the positive energy of the people going and coming is contagious or the market district where all manner of colorful fresh fruit and vegetables are visibly on sale to tempt the passerby.  So often, it seems that in the eye of the beholder is the I of the beholder.

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Unknown major Mayan city located in Mexican nature reserve in Yucatan
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Archaeologists have found an ancient Maya city that remained hidden for centuries in the rain forests of eastern Mexico, a discovery in a remote nature reserve they hope will yield clues about how the civilization collapsed around 1,000 years ago.
 
The team, led by Ivan Sprajc, associate professor at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts, found 15 pyramids, including one that stands 75 feet (23 meters) tall, ball courts, plazas and tall, sculpted stone shafts called stelae.
 
They named the city Chactun, meaning "Red Rock" or "Large Rock." Sprajc said it was likely slightly less populous than the large ancient Maya city of Tikal in Guatemala, and could have been home to as many as 30,000 or 40,000 people, though further research is necessary to determine an exact estimate.
 
Chactun likely had its heyday during the late Classic period of Maya civilization between 600 and 900 A.D., Sprajc said.
 
The team's research was approved by the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History and funded by the National Geographic Society and two European companies.
 
Sprajc said the site, which covers 22 hectares (54 acres) and lies 75 miles (120 km) due west of Chetumal, is one of the largest found in the Yucatan's central lowlands. The nearest settlement to the ruins is the small town of Xpujil, around 16 miles (25 km) away. The site is in the modern state of Campeche.
 
"The whole site is covered by the jungle," he said.
 
While the site was unknown to the academic community, Sprajc found evidence that other people had been to the site as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, but not since.
 
"Lumberjacks and gum extractors were certainly already there, because we saw cuts on the trees," Sprajc said. "What happened is they never told anyone."
 
While reviewing aerial photographs taken by the National Commission for
Stelae
Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia photo
One of a number of stelae at the site.


the Knowledge and Use of Biodiversity 15 years ago to monitor the nature reserve, Sprajc and his team saw suggestions of ruins and marked the coordinates.

They then spent three weeks clearing a 10-mile (16-km) path through the jungle to reach the site. After mapping the site for six weeks and documenting the monuments, they blocked the path before leaving to prevent access.
 
The presence of multiple ball game courts is an indication that Chactun was a very important city, Sprajc said. It was likely abandoned around the year 1,000, probably due to demographic pressure, climate change, wars and rebellions.
 
He hopes the find could shed new light on relations between different regions of the Maya empire during that period.
 
The Maya civilization was one of the most advanced in the pre-Columbian Americas and ruled over large swaths of the Yucatan, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras at its height. Tikal, which was first mapped by archaeologists in the late 19th century, had a population estimated at up to 90,000.

 
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Shark fin backlash hits
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hong Kong is the world's shark fin capital, where about half of all fins are traded. But a backlash from environmentalists and consumer groups is pressuring restaurants to stop serving dishes containing shark fin.

Harvesting is what fishermen call the brutal act of cutting the fins off of living sharks and throwing the torso back into the ocean. Around 50 percent of all shark fins worldwide are traded through Hong Kong. In 2008 around 10,000 tons of fins from 87 countries passed through the city’s ports, according to the environmental organization Oceana.

For environmentalists like Stanley Shea of French-founded Bloom Association, that must change. He is fighting against finning by raising awareness in Hong Kong.

“We try to understand when we eat the fins and when is the biggest occasions," he said. "Then when we are understanding the theme, then we can start moving on developing a strategy to reduce the demand of shark fins.”

Shea and fellow activists have been quite effective. Over the last two years governments in Hong Kong and mainland China, as well as big corporations and hotel chains, have announced they will take shark fin soup off their menus and banquets.

It is in Hong Kong’s Sheung Wan District where a lot of the shark fin trade happens. Here the local marine-product industry is suffering.

Inside the small shops merchants talk freely about how little shark fin they sell these days. But in front of a camera nobody wants to mention shark fins; it is just too sensitive, they say.

Not far away, at restaurant Lin Heung Kui, shark fin soup is a common dish on the menu. Around lunchtime, it is mostly the elderly and a few tourists who frequent the place.

“We prepare and serve the fins in lots of ways - with a clear soup or with shredded chicken. It is definitely more popular at night. We offer an especially cheap deal at $88 at the moment, but sometimes people come to get more expensive dishes,” said a restaurant employee. The 88 Hong Kong dollars is about $11 U.S.

Shark fin soup has been the food of the rich and wealthy for hundreds of years in China.

But times are slowly changing, said Veronica Mak, an anthropologist at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who researches eating habits.

“Not consuming shark fins becomes a kind of signifier to show you are a socially responsible person. In the past, when you wanted to show your social status, people made shark fins a signifier in a banquet, but nowadays this signifier changes,” she said.

Shea said young people were increasingly interested in social responsibility. He said that helped make his campaign a success in Hong Kong.

“I can see kids, like students, and whenever I go to talks or seminars about the marine conservation and the shark fin issue, they know about the shark fin issue already. And they are eager to learn more and get more knowledge about the marine species,” said Shea.

The activists in Hong Kong believe that awareness and education is the key to change consumer behavior. And less demand for shark fins will result in fewer sharks finned and fewer left for dead.


U.S. House rejects farm bill
in dispute over food stamps


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. House of Representatives has rejected a $500 million farm bill because of bipartisan opposition to cuts in food stamps.

The bill was defeated Thursday on a vote of 234 to 195, just a week after the Senate passed its own version of the bill.

House Democrats objected to the bill's $2 billion cut in food stamps, which poor people use in supermarkets to help pay for groceries. They said millions of Americans would lose those benefits.

Republicans who voted against the bill said the cuts were not deep enough.

Thursday's defeat means Congress is highly unlikely to reconsider another farm bill before the end of the fiscal year.

The Senate's version of the bill included continuation of an international food aid program and expanded crop insurance to help U.S. farmers survive when grain prices fall.

Farm bills are typically authorized in five-year increments, but an agreement on this latest installation of the legislation has eluded Congress.


Protests continue to grow
among unhappy Brazilians


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Brazil's biggest protests in two decades have intensified, despite government concessions meant to quell the demonstrations.

Thursday, 300,000 people took to the streets of Rio de Janeiro and hundreds of thousands more flooded other cities.

Police in Rio cordoned off the area around Maracana Stadium Thursday, worried that protesters would try to disrupt the Confederations Cup soccer match under way inside.

Anti-government protests have spread across Brazil in the past week. Originally triggered by an increase in bus and subway fares, the demonstrations focus on the government's neglect of public services and rampant corruption.

The protests also are targeting the billions of dollars being spent to host the 2016 Summer Games, next year's World Cup and this month's Confederations Cup.

Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have scrapped plans to increase public transportation fees but that has not contained the protests.

The Confederations Cup soccer tournament began June 15 and lasts two weeks. The event that is considered a warm-up for the 2014 World Cup features teams from eight countries, including Brazil.


Twitter lawyer appointed
to White House position


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Obama administration has appointed Twitter lawyer Nicole Wong to a new senior advisory position to focus on Internet and privacy policy, a White House official said Thursday.
 
Ms. Wong will work with federal Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, and will join the White House as Obama focuses more attention and resources on fighting hackers.
 
Her appointment comes as the Obama administration grapples with issues that arose from the U.S. government's surveillance of Internet and phone communications in its anti-terrorism effort.
 
Rick Weiss, a spokesman for the White House Office of Science and Technology, said Ms. Wong is joining as deputy U.S. chief technology officer and will work with Park on Internet, privacy and technology issues.
 
“She has tremendous expertise in these domains and an unrivaled reputation for fairness, and we look forward to having her on our team,” Weiss said.
 
Congress and the White House have been arguing about how best to address cybersecurity for more than a year.
 
Last month, the House of Representatives passed a new cybersecurity bill which will next be considered by the Senate. It is designed to help companies and the government share information on cyber threats, though concerns linger about the amount of protection it offers for private information.
 
Ms. Wong, who was legal director at Twitter, has testified before Congress about her concerns about Internet censorship in countries around the world.
 
In 2010, when she was Google's vice president and deputy general counsel, Ms. Wong told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that the U.S. government should make Internet freedom a key part of foreign policy.
 
At Google, Ms. Wong was nicknamed “the Decider,” author and law professor Jeffrey Rosen has written, because part of her job was deciding whether to remove content from YouTube and links from Google that governments objected to.


Facebook going video
with Instagram subsidiary


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Facebook, Inc., introduced video for its popular photo sharing application Instagram in an attempt to go head-to-head with rival Twitter.
 
The world's No. 1 social network said on Thursday its more than 130 million Instagram users can now record and post 15-second videos on the platform.
 
The move takes aim at Twitter's Vine video platform that allows users to record and share six-second videos.
 
"There's definitely a one-upmanship going on," said Brian Blau, research director at Gartner.
 
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom were on hand to unveil the offering at Facebook's Menlo Park, California, headquarters.
 
Among the features of Instagram video, which works with Apple's iOS and Google Android operating system, are a video stabilization technology and spate of custom design filters.
 
Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion in April 2012 as a way to keep its users hooked on new features weeks before the social media network became a publicly traded company.
 
Instagram is part of Facebook's mobile strategy as it seeks to get more advertising revenue.
 
More than 60 million people in the United States regularly watched video on their phones last year, according to research firm eMarketer. Almost 75 million are expected to do so this year.


Maduro's rocky honeymoon
shows series of weaknesses


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Wearing sports gear in the national colors and sitting on a sofa in a modest family home, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a microphone, chats with locals and expounds on the benefits of socialism.
 
Variations of the scene play daily on national TV as Hugo Chávez's successor makes Gobierno en la Calle, or "Street Government," the chosen slogan of his rule.
 
Almost constantly on the road since being elected in April, Maduro has launched a plethora of new schemes, from raising the minimum wage to sending soldiers into city slums to fight crime.
 
Trumpeting his modest background as a bus driver and union activist, he continually reminds Venezuelans he is the South American nation's first worker president, guaranteed to empathize with the poor and thus continue Chavez's legacy.
 
The avuncular images that Maduro, 50, has been promoting, however, cannot hide the tough realities he has inherited: an economy verging on recession, a ruling socialist party under some strains from within, and an impatient populace.
 
Such pressures make him vulnerable going forward, both to a newly confident opposition and potential rivals inside the Partido Socialista Unido de Venezuela, though there is no formal mechanism to challenge Maduro before a recall referendum allowed three years into his presidency.
 
"We're behind him, but he has to be behind us, too, like Chávez was," said Eglis Rodriguez, a 39-year-old housewife and mother of three waiting to see Maduro at a street government event in the poor Macarao neighborhood on the edge of Caracas.
 
"He must not forget that he got in thanks to the votes of the poor," she said. "We put him there and we can remove him."
 
Far from enjoying a newly elected president's customary honeymoon, Maduro's ratings have stayed stuck around the level of his April 14 victory — by 50.6 percent to 49.1 against the opposition — or have even dropped, according to some pollsters.
 
He has struggled, sometimes awkwardly, to replicate Chavez's famous charisma and connection with the masses.
 
Maduro argues that his mentor's old foes in the private media and Venezuela's fascist right wing are doing their best to sabotage his government, from plotting to assassinate him to ignoring his flagship policies such as the drive against crime.
 
The opposition, delighted at winning nearly half the votes in April yet bitter at being deprived of the prize by what they claim was electoral fraud, says Maduro's incompetence and illegitimacy are ever more evident to Venezuelans.
 
Yet opposition leader Henrique Capriles' formal challenge to Maduro's election win is running out of steam: The election board ratified his loss after an audit and the supreme court is also likely to give short shrift to his allegations.
 
Though the United States has been lukewarm, Latin American neighbors have embraced Maduro as president.

So Capriles, 40, appears to be biding his time and is casting local elections in December as a referendum on Maduro. Right now, though, most Venezuelans are more concerned with day-to-day economic realities than big-picture politics.
 
Shortages of basic goods ranging from toilet paper to flour have been an embarrassment to the government, while monthly price increases hit a 17-year high in May at more than 6 percent.
 
Growth in the oil producing nation slowed to a paltry 0.7 percent in the first quarter, despite high oil prices. And the local bolivar currency fetches five times more on the black market than at the official, controlled rate.
 
"When you shop now you have to queue for four hours. I never experienced that before. We were better with Chávez ... Maduro needs to get his skates on," said Carmen Natera, 60, another government supporter and mother of four, at the Macarao event.
 
The feistier attitude from grassroots supporters, who worshiped Chávez and would seldom criticize him directly, is reflected at all levels.
 
There is more criticism within the ruling party, where one faction revolves around the powerful congress president and party No. 2, Diosdado Cabello.
 
The president is also sometimes openly challenged by the public at events.
 
And Venezuela's biggest private company, food and drinks maker Polar, which generally kept quiet in confrontations with Chávez, spoke out quickly when criticized by Maduro.
 
Amid it all, Maduro has lurched between fierce Chávez-style rhetoric and the pragmatism that many think comes more naturally to him.
 
In recent days, he has met business and church leaders to try and bury some hatchets from the Chávez era. And authorities have released from house arrest a judge whose detention since 2009 was a cause célèbre for human rights activists.
 
"Chávez was a military man and believed in defeating the enemy. Maduro was a union activist, he believes in negotiating with the enemy," said pollster Luis-Vicente Leon.
 
There has as yet been no rapprochement between Maduro and Capriles, and their bitter attacks on each other illustrate a political polarization as stark as at any time under Chávez.
 
Much now depends on how Maduro is able to handle the economy and whether that will weigh further on his popularity or strengthen the Cabello-led faction within the PSUV.
 
With orthodox socialist heavyweights such as Planning Minister Jorge Giordani still wielding substantial influence while others push for liberalization, Maduro faces hard decisions about currency controls, price caps, and other once sacred cows.
 
The most famous aspect of Chavez's economic policy, nationalizations, appears to have been quietly shelved.
 
But Maduro may balk at the political cost of another devaluation, something many economists see as inevitable, or a loosening of the foreign exchange regime to get more dollars into the hands of importers.
 
Leon, the pollster, said the opposition actually had an interest in keeping Maduro in power until a 2016 referendum as an earlier exit would more likely lead to a replacement from his party.
 
"Their best chance is in three years against a Maduro who is destabilized but still in power," he said.


Batteries the size of sand grain
produced from 3D printers


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists using new 3D printing technology have produced lithium-ion batteries the size of a grain of sand. They say the tiny batteries, similar in function to those in cell phones and digital wristwatches, could be used in a new wave of innovative, miniature medical devices.

Teams from Harvard University and the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana used 3D printing techniques to interlace minute battery electrodes, each less wide than a human hair.

“Not only did we demonstrate for the first time that we can 3D-print a battery; we demonstrated it in the most rigorous way,” said Jennifer A. Lewis of Harvard, senior author of the study. Lewis is the Hansjörg Wyss Professor of Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The tiny batteries could bode well for medical devices such as implants, minute robots, tiny cameras and microphones, which currently need batteries as large, or larger, than the devices themselves. 

Miniature batteries have traditionally been made of thin films of solid material. Due to the thinness, the batteries were not able to hold enough energy to power devices of the future. The use of 3D printing provided the opportunity to stack layers of materials capable of storing much more power.

The first hurdle to overcome was to develop a specialized ink. The 3D printers, instead of releasing liquid droplets like a typical inkjet printer, release ink through fine nozzles like toothpaste from a tube. The ink also needed to function as electrochemically active material to form the battery’s anodes and cathodes and also to immediately harden.

The printer deposited the inks onto the teeth of two tiny gold combs, creating a tightly interlaced stack of anodes and cathodes. Then the researchers packaged the electrodes into a tiny container and filled it with an electrolyte solution to complete the battery.

“The electrochemical performance is comparable to commercial batteries in terms of charge and discharge rate, cycle life and energy densities. We’re just able to achieve this on a much smaller scale,” said co-author Shen Dillon, an assistant professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana.

The microbattery ink designs “open up entirely new possibilities for miniaturization of all types of devices, both medical and non-medical,” said Donald Ingber, who is also a professor of bioengineering at Harvard.

The results have been published online in the journal Advanced Materials.
 
 
Russia and China criticize
U.S. trafficking report


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

China and Russia are criticizing a U.S. report that cited both countries among the world's worst in fighting sex trafficking and forced labor.

In its annual report on human trafficking, released Wednesday, the U.S. State Department dropped Beijing and Moscow to its lowest possible rating, putting them at the same level as North Korea and Iran.

A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Thursday called the report arbitrary, saying Washington should take an objective and impartial view of its efforts to fight human trafficking.

In Moscow, Russia's foreign ministry suggested the State Department was simply ranking countries according to their degree of sympathy with Washington.  It threatened to retaliate against any sanctions that could result from the designation.

The report said an estimated one million people in Russia are exposed to exploitative labor conditions characteristic of trafficking cases, such as non-payment for services, physical abuse and very poor living conditions.

The report described China as a source, transit and destination country for men, women and children subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking.  It also said the Chinese government’s one-child policy has resulted in a ratio of 118 boys to 100 girls, creating a demand for the trafficking of foreign women as brides and for forced prostitution.

Uzbekistan was downgraded to the worst level, known as Tier Three, because of what the report said is its state-sanctioned use of forced labor in its annual cotton harvest.

Iran, North Korea, Cuba, Sudan and Zimbabwe are among the 21 countries rated at the lowest level in terms of human trafficking. The list of Tier Three countries also includes Algeria, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Kuwait, Libya, Mauritania, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen.

In the report, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States has a moral obligation to meet the challenge of ending human trafficking.  He called the practice an assault on freedom and basic human dignity.

President Barack Obama will determine by September whether to order sanctions against China, Russia and Uzbekistan.
 
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Great climate
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Heredia land
San Rafael, Heredia, great opportunity, 17,000m2 land for development,
US$600,000 or best offer.  email: celigar53@gmail.com or call 8385-2542.
8008-7/24/13

auction
6 LOTS – AUCTION
Minimum bid starts @ $10,000.
 ½ acre to 4 acres.
Walk to San Juanillo Beaches.
1 day only -10 a.m. June 15
Email: Karen@racsa.co.cr
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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. $139k-/best cash offer! River access, costaricariver@yahoo.com, Phone: (506)2495-0487.
7953-7/10/13

Flamingo
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Condo for sale in Flamingo

Ocean view 3-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom condo. Designer furnished 1,800 square feet, gated community. Only six units. Huge pool and balcony, pet friendly, parking, walking distance to Flamingo beach, banks, grocery store, farmacia, etc. New building. $349,000 asking. Ask for photos. 8705-0056. or 1-800-536-2322.
7986-8/6/13

Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
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7982-6/30/13

San Pedro condo
Condo for Sale in Flor del Este
Lourdes, Montes de Oca San Jose

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. $185,000. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 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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- Beachfront Residential Lots from $35,000! Financing Available
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- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
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7972-8/9/13

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

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7967-7/17/13

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

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

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

La Garita
                                  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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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/
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
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.
http://www.richcoastrealty.com/1060.html
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7766-6/17/13

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Autopista operator told
to pay for slide damage

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Tribunal Contensioso Administrativo has issued a judgment against the operator of the San José-Caldera highway due to a landslide that took place in Atenas in 2009.

The operator of the highway, Autopista del Sol, was told to pay 19 million colons, about $38,000, to five persons who live near the site of the slide.

However, owners land that was affected by the slide are seeking much more.


Laundering penalties upheld
as not being unreasonable

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala IV constitutional court has upheld the legitimacy of penalties for money laundering. The court decision was announced Thursday.

A former prosecutor who is facing a money laundering trial challenged the penalties, which have a maximum of 20 years in prison. The minimum is either eight years or 10 depending on the type of conviction.


European agencies urging
Google to change policies


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

France and Spain led a Europe-wide push Thursday to get U.S. Internet giant Google to change its policies on collecting user data.
 
News that the U.S. National Security Agency under the PRISM surveillance program secretly gathered user data from nine U.S. companies, including Google, to track people's movements and contacts makes the timing especially sensitive for Google.
 
France's data protection watchdog said Google had broken French law and gave it three months to change its privacy policies or risk a fine of up to 150,000 euros ($200,000).
 
Spain's data protection agency told Google it would be fined between 40,000 euros and 300,000 euros for each of the five violations of the law, that it had failed to be clear about what it did with data, may be processing a disproportionate amount and holding onto it for an undetermined or unjustified period of time.


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Fed comment puts stocks in the tank

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

World stock markets plunged Thursday after U.S. Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke said the central bank may ease efforts to stimulate the country's improving economy.

News of a slowdown in China's manufacturing sector also contributed to a down day on Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 354 points, about 2.3 percent. The Standard & Poors-500 and Nasdaq were also down more than 2 percent.

Earlier Thursday, key Asian exchanges dropped by 2 percent or more, with markets in Paris, Frankfurt and, London all falling 3 percent or more.

Thursday's sell-off came after the U.S. Federal Reserve noted that the U.S. economic recovery is strong enough that it may ease off some of the moves it has made to stimulate the economy.

This includes its monthly bond purchases which have helped keep interest rates at record lows. Economists said many investors did not anticipate the Fed making such a move.