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Minimum wages will go up 2.4 percent July 1
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Employees in the private sector will receive a 2.4 percent raise July 1 if they are receiving the minimum wage for their job category, as many Costa Ricans are.

The Consejo Nacional de Salarios approved that percentage Monday, the Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social reported.

The percentage reflects inflation for the last six months and anticipated inflation for the next half of the year, said the ministry. The percentage is based on a methodology set up by the Consejo, employers and workers in October 2011.

About 85 percent of the country's labor force work in the private sector. That is about 1,275,000 persons.

The Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado greeted the announcement with satisfaction. The chamber said that the members of the government and employers on the Consejo voted for it.

The chamber had proposed an increase of 1.84 percent.

The increase for the first six months of the year, established before Jan. 1, was 3.65 percent. So workers will receive a 6.05 percent increase for the year.

The Consejo adjusts minimum salaries every six months .

For a university graduate working for the minimum monthly wage, the decision represents a 10,983.53-colon increase, about $22.25. The mandatory salary for the first half of the year was 457,646.94 colons, and the new salary will be 468,630.47 colons, about $949.60.

This is one of the top salaries on the ministry list, 
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which contains a mandatory wage for just about every job category.

A worker with no special skills will earn 257,219.78 colons a month for the next six months, according to the ministry. That is about $521.22.

The ministry will post the new salaries on its Web site.

The minimum wage per job category sometimes is a problem for university grads and others who are eligible for higher minimum salaries. If they insist on the legal salary, they might not be hired for lesser jobs, and employers will be vulnerable to a labor case if they pay them for less than the law stipulates


Protesters today are all targeting President Chinchilla
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The string of protests across the country today stem from many complaints, but all are aimed at the presidency of Laura Chinchilla.

Although the central government has promised to withdraw a legislative bill that would prohibit this kind of national strike that is planned for today, those affected are dubious.

For example, the Asociación de Profesores de Segunda Enseñanza, the politically active organization of high school teachers, voted unanimously to stage the strike and march today. That's 700 affirmative votes, the organization said.

The organization will be joined by many others in what amounts to a repudiation of governmental policies for the last three years.

The more radical elements in the protests today are calling for the resignation of the president.

There is a long list of grievances, but the main reason for the protest today is that those with complaints see the president as weak. She bowed to group pressure when she suspended the concession for the San José-San Ramón highway. She said she would withdraw the bill against protests.

Protestors expect her to do likewise with their pet complaints. Casa Presidencial insiders say that Ms. Chinchilla is affected strongly by these public protests.

One major issue is the $1 billion concession for a
huelga
The Asociación de Profesores de Segunda Enseñanza produced this poster calling for the strike.


container handling facility in Moín. Workers at the public docks there will be out in force today and probably will close down shipping.

The teachers will be gathering in front of Mall San Pedro this morning for the march to Casa Presidencial. That is conveniently located near the Universidad de Costa Rica where hundreds of students are expected to join the march. This is where much of the irresponsible radical elements can be found. In the last major protest, a student was found carrying firebombs and many others were detained for rowdy behavior.

Expats are best advised to remain at home today with their children. Public schools will be closed or nearly so, and private institutions might be hard to reach due to protests.

Marches and demonstrations are scheduled for nearly every major community n the country.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

There are many issues that need confronting in the proposed gun law, but perhaps the most interesting is the clause that would "allocate three handguns each to every minister and vice minister in the government without any need for them to show competence."

I shudder at how this clause speaks to the ongoing existence of a privileged ruling class in Costa Rica. If ministers are at greater risk, they should be trained to protect themselves, and certainly, one handgun is enough for them if it is enough for the rest of us. And if it isn't, why restrict the rest of us to only one?

But I am trying to apply rational thought to an irrational situation. Costa Rica is either a democracy or it is not. Sadly, this proposed law gives evidence that it is not.
John French
Heredia



She's not upset by provisions
in the proposed gun law

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

The right of self-defense is fundamental in Anglo-Saxon law?  In case someone has not noticed, we are not living in an Anglo-Saxon country.

That being said, we would still like to have a firearm for protection in our home.  Since there are two of us, having one weapon detained by the police would still leave us with protection.  We have no reason to carry concealed weapons as we make it a rule not to venture into areas that are considered unsafe – certainly not at night.  If permanent residency is required, and we need a form from the U.S., so be it.

As to allowing government officials to have handguns without showing competence, well, they didn’t have to demonstrate competence to get elected . . . .  (just joking. Please don’t send OIJ to my casa).
Victoria Torley
Aguacate


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he would leave country

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

The new firearms bill was written by ignorant people who obviously have no respect and concern for the well being of foreign residents of Costa Rica. I've been here for 10 years, but it only took me 10 days to figure that the police are woefully understaffed, underpaid, and completely disinterested in protecting me and my home from criminals, (especially after dark if there's a good soccer match on TV). The only security I have here is that which I provide for myself in the form of sturdy security bars, an ear splitting alarm system, a big, loud dog (who's secretly a cupcake), and a gun.

Only five days ago, I fired a warning shot out my window/into the ground to dissuade an exceptionally stupid and aggressive burglar who shined his flashlight right in my bedroom window at 2 a.m., then walked across my well lit patio and started rattling the security gate that protects my front door! Wanna-be burglars have entered my property at least one or two times per month over the last decade. Do the math!

Beyond the obvious security issues, it seems that our fearless leaders in San Jose are just not capable of non compartmentalized thinking or any kind of foresight! This law, if passed as written, will only serve to provide one more reason for some prospective expat retirees and would-be residents to look elsewhere for a place to settle. At a time when our economy is wheezing along on fumes, every little loss hurts. How can legislators and the president not understand this?

And how can they believe that this law will make anybody safer? It's not law abiding expat residents who are attacking, robbing and shooting people! (I often wonder if lawmakers harbor an unspoken tolerance of small time criminals because they're poor, and an animosity towards ME because I'm "rich"!) The inconvenient truth of the matter is that this law will only make a criminal out of me and many other expat residents who, like me I'm sure, will not surrender their guns even if they do become illegal.

I love my home in Manuel Antonio. The vast majority of my many Tico neighbors are honest, friendly, hard working people who smile at me much more often than my neighbors did back in San Francisco. But most of my neighbors are relatively poor, even by Tico standards, and that means there are a few bad apples in the barrel, the "neighborhood property redistribution technicians." As much as I want to stay here for the rest of my days, if I couldn't have a gun to protect myself, I'd leave.

And lest anybody think I'm some kind of paranoid, gun hugging, crazy-gringo cowboy, please understand this: I would NEVER shoot a burglar, even if he was inside my home, unless he threatened me physically. I'm not going to appoint myself judge, jury and executioner in defense of my cell phone or my laptop. But if I'm attacked in my own home, all bets are off and I will most definitely use deadly force to protect my life. I pray to God that a tragedy like that will never befall me. Or you.

Dean Barbour
Manuel Antonio

New vice minister named
to replace Carlos Roverssi


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Gioconda Ubeda Rivera has been named a vice minister in the .
ministry of foreign relations.

Ms. Ubeda is a former ambassador of Costa Rica in México. She replaces Carlos Roverssi, who was named minister of communications to President Laura Chinchilla.

Ms. Ubeda is a lawyer who has held many posts in the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto. She is now the secretary general of the  Organismo para la Proscripción de las
Gioconda
                                                          Ubeda
Gioconda Ubeda
Armas Nucleares en la América Latina y el Caribe.

She has been a professor at the Universidad de Costa Rica  where she was graduated as a lawyer.


Lust for food can be seen
in eyes of brownie eater


By the Drexel University news staff

The brain’s pleasure response to tasting food can be measured through the eyes using a common, low-cost ophthalmological tool, according to a study just published in the journal Obesity. If validated, this method could be useful for research and clinical applications in food addiction and obesity prevention.

Jennifer Nasser, an associate professor in the department of Nutrition Sciences in Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, led the study testing the use of electroretinography to indicate increases in the neurotransmitter dopamine in the retina.

Dopamine is associated with a variety of pleasure-related effects in the brain, including the expectation of reward. In the eye’s retina, dopamine is released when the optical nerve activates in response to light exposure.

Ms. Nasser and her colleagues found that electrical signals in the retina spiked high in response to a flash of light when a food stimulus (a small piece of chocolate brownie) was placed in participants’ mouths. The increase was as great as that seen when participants had received the stimulant drug methylphenidate to induce a strong dopamine response. These responses in the presence of food and drug stimuli were each significantly greater than the response to light when participants ingested a control substance, water.

“What makes this so exciting is that the eye’s dopamine system was considered separate from the rest of the brain’s dopamine system,” Ms. Nasser said. “So most people – and indeed many retinography experts told me this – would say that tasting a food that stimulates the brain’s dopamine system wouldn’t have an effect on the eye’s dopamine system.”

This study was a small-scale demonstration of the concept, with only nine participants. Most participants were overweight but none had eating disorders. All fasted for four hours before testing with the food stimulus.

If this technique is validated through additional and larger studies, Ms. Nasser said she and other researchers can use the electroretinography for studies of food addiction and food science.

“My research takes a pharmacology approach to the brain’s response to food,” Nasser said. “Food is both a nutrient delivery system and a pleasure delivery system, and a side effect is excess calories. I want to maximize the pleasure and nutritional value of food but minimize the side effects. We need more user-friendly tools to do that.”

The low cost and ease of performing electroretinography make it an appealing method, according to Ms. Nasser. The Medicare reimbursement cost for clinical use of the electroretinography is about $150 per session, and each session generates 200 scans in just two minutes. Procedures to measure dopamine responses directly from the brain are more expensive and invasive. For example, PET scanning costs about $2,000 per session and takes more than an hour to generate a scan.


 
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Hotels and traffic police gearing up for mid-year vacation
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Friday begins the mid-year vacation for school children and many of their parents.

Hotels are predicting about 62 percent occupancy in key vacation spots.

Meanwhile, the Policía de Tránsito is mounting another operation similar to Semana Santa or the Christmas holidays.

Those youngsters who do not go away have a number of possibilities for workshops and other diversions.

The Cámara Costarricense de Hoteles polled its membership to come up with the 62 percent figure. Beach hotels estimated that their occupancy would be about 67 percent, the hotel chamber said Monday. Hotels in the mountains estimated 43 percent, the chamber said.

The actual figure for 2012 was 66 percent overall, so the hotel chamber said that the preliminary estimated is a decrease in occupancy of about 4 percent.

The traffic police are looking at another number.

There were 36 fewer road deaths in the first five months of the year, and they would like to keep this downward trend.

They will be zeroing in on excessive speed with 28 radar laser devices that capture the image of the vehicle and also show the speed. Of course they will concentrate on the route to tourist locations until July 15.

Traffic police will begin their seasonal effort Friday. they also will be looking for pedestrians behaving badly and drunk drivers, they said. The police also are calling on the heads of families to keep track of the children and to keep them safe .
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Just as last year, there will be checkpoints on major roads.

while riding bikes, playing ball or participating in other games that might bring them into the streets.

In addition to the radar lasers, police will have 115 conventional devices tracking speed. There will be 650 patrol cars on the highways and 166 officers of motorcycles.  For those with vehicle problems or serious offenders there are 255 tow trucks. There also will be checkpoints on the highways and in the cities.

The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud said that most of the area museums will be hosting programs for children. Some are free and some require a small admission.


DNA testing of leatherback hatchlings provide major clues
By the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration

For 220 million years they have roamed the seas, denizens of the bustling coral reef and the vast open ocean. Each year, some emerge from the pounding surf onto moonlit beaches to lay their eggs. Throughout human history, humans have revered them, used them, and worked to protect them, but scientists have only begun to understand these ancient, iconic creatures. Now, with all five of the sea turtle species in the U.S. threatened or endangered, knowledge is more crucial than ever.

Peter Dutton, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist, leads a team that’s trying to answer some important questions about marine turtles. What will happen as sea levels rise, covering the nesting beaches turtles have used for hundreds of years? Which turtle laid this mysterious clutch of eggs on a remote beach? Where in the ocean do they mate, and how big is this population?

Thanks to a recent breakthrough in the genetics lab, Dutton and his colleagues have a clever way to find answers. Like detectives, they have learned that fingerprints help solve the puzzle, genetic fingerprints. For decades, most sea turtle studies and conservation efforts have focused on nesting females and hatchlings because they’re easiest for humans to access. Male sea turtles, which don’t come ashore, are elusive characters.

Dutton’s team has pioneered a technique that allows them to fill in the blanks using tiny DNA samples from nesting females and hatchlings. As Dutton and his colleague Kelly Stewart wrote in a recent article, “Hidden in a hatchling’s DNA is its entire family history, including who its mother is, who its father is, and to what nesting population it belongs.”

This innovative tool is opening up new avenues in marine turtle conservation. Population recovery goals are based on how long turtles take to reach maturity, and genetic fingerprinting can help reveal this key piece of information, which may be different for each population. Dutton’s team developed the technique while studying endangered leatherbacks on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. In the last four years, they have sampled 20,353 hatchlings there, and discovered the genetic identity of the fathers, even when multiple males have sired a single clutch of eggs; how often individual turtles mate and their reproductive success; and the
 
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Scientists Peter Dutton and Kelly Stewart collect DNA  samples from a leatherback hatchling.

ratio of males to females among the breeding turtles.

On Padre Island National Seashore in Texas, critically endangered Kemp’s ridley turtles have been leaving scattered nests along remote beaches, but females are often long gone by the time monitors find the nests. There, the administration’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center and the National Park Service are using the technique to match mystery nests to mother turtles. Identifying who’s nesting where and when, survival rate, and breeding success over many years will help scientists monitor this small population and gauge the impact of major events like disasters.

In the most surprising news yet, green turtles have begun nesting in the main Hawaiian islands for the first time in generations. Green turtles, or honu, have nested in the remote Northwest Hawaiian Islands, primarily on the quiet, low-lying beaches of French Frigate Shoals, a coral atoll about 500 miles from Honolulu.

Genetic fingerprinting shows that about 15 untagged females have become founders on the main Hawaiian islands, boldly nesting where no one has nested before, at least not for hundreds of years. It’s possible that this pioneer population could provide a kind of buffer as sea level rise threatens to shrink their traditional nesting beaches.

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There is a new wrinkle that crooks are using to steal items from advertisers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is a new scam in town, according to the Judicial Investigating Organization.  Already about 50 persons have fallen for the con man's pitch.

The targets are those who have portable items for sale on the Internet, like blenders or electric tools.

The crook will contact someone who has advertised an item for sale and offer to make the purchase. A meeting place will be arranged. When the seller shows up with the item, the crook will be watching. He will make a call saying that he has to go to the bank and that the seller should leave the item
at a nearby store and meet him in the bank lobby.

The crook already will have visited the nearby store and told employees there that an individual will be dropping off an item for him.

Once the victim leaves the item and heads to the bank, the con man visits the store and leaves with the item.

Judicial agents make the obvious suggestions that persons selling items should not surrender them until there is cash in hand. They said that there should be an identification made in the initial telephone call with name, number of the cédula and phone number.

 
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Obama say U.S. actively seeks
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama says the United States is using all the appropriate legal channels to try to apprehend the fugitive intelligence contractor who disclosed clandestine American surveillance programs.

The White House on Monday said it believes Edward Snowden is in Russia and is pressuring Moscow to expel him to face espionage charges in the United States.

In his secretive hide-and-seek run for asylum, Snowden had been booked on a Monday flight from Moscow to Havana, with his possible eventual destination Ecuador, where he is seeking asylum. But the flight to the Cuban capital left with no sign of him on board.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose secret-disclosing organization is assisting Snowden, said Snowden is safe, but he declined to disclose where he is.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said the U.S. has frequently returned criminal suspects to Russia, and said it expects Russia to turn over the 30-year-old Snowden to American authorities.

"Given our intensified cooperation with Russia after the Boston Marathon bombings, and our history of working with Russia on law enforcement matters, including returning numerous high-level criminals back to Russia at the request of the Russian government, that we do expect the Russian government to look at all the options available to them to expel Mr. Snowden back to the United States," he said.

Carney criticized China for what he said was Beijing's deliberate choice to allow Snowden to fly Sunday from Hong Kong to Moscow. He said the Chinese decision unquestionably damaged relations between the U.S. and China.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, on a visit to India, said U.S. authorities don't know, specifically, where Snowden may head, or what his intended destination may be.

The diplomat said that the programs Snowden divulged have damaged U.S. counterterrorism efforts, and could cost lives.

"This man just took real information and put it out there because he happens to believe something that is not in fact justified by the facts.  I think he has put counterterrorism at risk. He has put individuals at risk. And it may well be that lives will be lost in the United States because terrorists now have knowledge of something they need to avoid that they did not have knowledge of before he did this," he said.

Ecuador's foreign minister, Richard Patino, said at a news conference in Vietnam that Snowden has asked for asylum but he can't give information on Snowden's whereabouts. Patino said his government has been in contact with Moscow.

Kerry said it would be deeply troubling for Hong Kong and Russia to allow Snowden to continue his international journey to escape prosecution in the U.S.  

National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden says the White House is disappointed that Snowden was allowed to leave Hong Kong despite a legally valid request for his arrest.  The statement early Monday says the United States has registered strong objections with authorities in Hong Kong and the Chinese government. Assange said Snowden had a refugee document of passage from the Ecuadorian government before leaving Hong Kong.

Ecuador says it is analyzing Snowden's request for asylum. Patino said Ecuador would consider the asylum request based on the principles of its constitution.

Quito has often criticized U.S. foreign policy, and Patino noted that the U.S. has refused in the past to extradite "fugitive bankers... who have hurt the interests of many Ecuadorians."

U.S. officials say Snowden's passport was revoked before he left Hong Kong for Moscow.  The government has advised countries where Snowden may pass through or serve as his final destination that he is wanted on felony charges and should not be allowed to travel internationally.

Ecuador has sheltered Assange at its London embassy for the past year to prevent his possible extradition to Sweden where he is under investigation for sexual assault. His lawyers say Assange fears he will be sent to the United States in connection with the group's publication of secret U.S. diplomatic cables in 2010.

Snowden leaked documents showing that U.S. intelligence services have gathered data for years about patterns of telephone and Internet use. He said he believes the programs violate the privacy rights of citizens.

A senior administration official sharply criticized Snowden's motives, saying his focus on transparency and individual rights "is belied by the protectors he has potentially chosen."  The official listed China, Russia, Cuba, Venezuela and Ecuador, saying Snowden's failure to criticize those governments shows his true motive was to harm U.S. national security.

Senior U.S. officials have said the surveillance programs do not monitor the content of phone conversations but look for patterns in the metadata, including information on the time, date and numbers called.

U.S. authorities also have said the programs prevented at least 50 terrorist attacks worldwide since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.  They have accused Snowden of weakening their ability to foil future plots.


Leaker's choice of Ecuador
rebuts free speech claims


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In asking for political asylum from the government of Ecuador, NSA leaker Edward Snowden seems to be contradicting his earlier statement that he would look for a country that believes in protecting free speech and global privacy.  The South American country’s democratic but increasingly authoritarian government has been criticized by human rights groups for imprisoning journalists and political opponents.

Ecuador’s Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño says his government will consider Snowden’s request for asylum because of the risk of persecution from the government of the United States.

"The state will consider the request, but also will consider some important international principles under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," said Patiño.

On one hand, it is understandable why Edward Snowden, who leaked details of a top secret U.S. surveillance program, would look to Ecuador for asylum. Last year, Ecuador granted asylum to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, who remains in that country's embassy in London. He is under extradition from Sweden on rape charges. Assange and Wikileaks have been assisting Snowden in avoiding extradition to the U.S. on charges of espionage.

Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has been a harsh critic of Washington, and these asylum cases could enhance his international stature.  Carl Meacham, the director of the Americas Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, says the Ecuadorian leader wants to be seen on the same level as the Castros in Cuba and the late Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. 

“The countries in the world that don’t like the United States, what it stands for, that they would see him as a leader in that effort to say these things that are negative and point out faults with American foreign policy," said Meacham.

Even though President Correa obtained a doctorate in economics from the University of Illinois, he is critical of what he calls U.S. imperialism and capitalism. The president describes himself as a Christian leftist, and defaulted on foreign loans he said were illegitimate.  He closed a U.S. airbase in Ecuador, saying the U.S. could keep the base if Ecuador could operate a similar base in Miami.
 
But on the other hand, Ecuador is an unusual destination for advocates of free speech, transparency and human rights. The opposition in Ecuador has accused President Correa of dictatorial policies. Reporters Without Borders criticized the president for shutting down several broadcasting outlets that were critical of the government.  José Miguel Vivanco with Human Rights Watch says Ecuador recently passed some of the most restrictive media laws of any democratic country in the world, laws that ironically forbid the media from disseminating classified information. 

“The case of Ecuador is unique in the region in terms of standards that imposed prior censorship on the media, even creates an environment for self-censorship and criminal punishment for journalists or anyone who cross the line," said Vivanco.

While espionage and treason are not covered under Ecuador’s extradition treaty with the U.S., the United States does have some economic leverage. Ecuador relies on the U.S. for 45 percent of its exports. Under the Andean Trade Preferences Act, it is allowed to ship many goods duty free.  Congress must soon vote to renew the program, but could opt to exclude Ecuador if its leaders give Snowden asylum.


Trial begins for Florida man
who shot black teenager

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A closely watched U.S. trial has opened for a neighborhood-watch volunteer charged in the shooting death of a black teenager last year in Florida.

Defendant George Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, claiming self-defense in shooting 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

In his opening statement, the prosecutor said Zimmerman thought Martin was about to commit a crime solely because he was a black man. He said Zimmerman, a Hispanic, followed Martin through his neighborhood, confronted him, and then fatally shot him during a fight.

Zimmerman said he feared for his life because the teenager attacked him and was trying to take his gun.

The case has attracted widespread attention in the United States because Zimmerman was charged 44 days after the shooting. The delay in the arrest prompted protests nationwide.


Senate passes new proposal
to tighten border with México


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A proposal to dramatically boost U.S. border security has cleared a key procedural vote in the Senate, providing momentum for the chamber’s final passage of a bill to overhaul U.S. immigration laws, possibly later this week.

Prospects for immigration reform brightened in the Senate after a 67-27 vote ending debate on an amendment mandating 20,000 additional border agents, more than 1,000 kilometers of new fencing between the United States and Mexico and a boost in border monitoring technology.

The amendment was crafted to win the support of Republican senators seeking iron-clad guarantees that America’s porous borders will be secured before 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country gain legal status. Republican Bob Corker helped draft the proposal.

“If you really believe in making sure that we address our border security, this amendment is something you should support. This amendment gives results," said Corker.

Corker said that, under the amendment, the so-called border surge will have to be in place before undocumented workers gain permanent residency in the United States. Few Democratic senators were wildly enthusiastic about the added border security measures, but most were willing to back them if they help win bipartisan support for comprehensive immigration reform, a top item on President Barack Obama’s agenda.

Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat, said the amendment removes border security doubts as a reason to vote against immigration reform.

“No one can dispute that the border becomes virtually airtight. And that means those who cross the border will be few and far between," said Schumer.

Even so, some Republicans were not swayed. Sen. Chuck Grassley said that, even with the amendment, immigration reform amounts to de facto amnesty for the undocumented with promises of border security that are likely to be broken.

“We are going to secure the border after legalization. Because a plan put before Congress is not securing the border. But legalization is going to take place before any plan is put into effect," said Grassley.

Monday’s vote is seen as a hopeful sign for Senate passage of the larger immigration overhaul bill. Majority Leader Harry Reid says he wants a final vote by the end of the week.

Even if the bill clears the Senate, its passage is far from assured in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, where many legislators steadfastly oppose any plan that provides a path to citizenship for the undocumented.


Network of personal computers
will seek solar chemicals


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists from Harvard University and IBM Corp. plan to use the down time of thousands of personal computers in search of the next generation of solar cell materials.

Researchers with the Clean Energy Project will ask volunteers from IBM's World Community Grid to create a virtual supercomputer for studying millions of chemical compounds in order to identify those suitable for harvesting the sun's energy more efficiently.

U.S. computer giant IBM already has what is called the World Community Grid, a network of private computers worldwide, which can be employed for scientific research when not in use by their owners, for instance during the night.

The Clean Energy Project has collected about 2.3 million candidate compounds for organic voltaic cells, which can be accessed free online.

The biggest hurdle for much wider use of solar cells is their relative low efficiency of around 19 percent for standard commercial silicone cells. Other materials are more efficient but the cost is prohibitive.

Harvard scientists hope to be able to find new organic based materials that will be more efficient and at the same time cheaper to manufacture and install.

Volunteers in the World Community Grid already help scientists with projects such as the fights against AIDS, childhood cancer and malaria.


Google Street View maps
world's tallest building


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Google Street View allows anyone with an Internet connection to tour many parts of the globe virtually, and now users can even take a virtual tour of Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

In a post on the Google blog, the company said this was the first time they’ve mapped a skyscraper using Street View.

The Burj Khalifa stands at an amazing 828 meters in height and has been described as a vertical city.  It took the Google team three days to gather the high-resolution, 360-degree panoramic imagery both inside and outside the building.

Some of the highlights include views from the world’s tallest observation deck on the 124th floor, the highest occupied building floor in the world on the 163rd floor and the highest swimming pool in the world on the 76th floor.

Construction of the Burj Khalifa began in 2004, and the building was officially opened in 2010.


Indonesia holding captive
many refugee children

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hundreds of children who have fled war, violence, and poverty have been detained in Indonesia and face violent and degrading conditions, according to a Human Rights Watch report published Monday. The report says some are held in detention for years.

The Human Rights Watch report says more than 1,000 unaccompanied children arrived in Indonesia in 2012.  Many, it says, were detained by Indonesian authorities and faced inhumane conditions in overcrowded, unsanitary, and occasionally flooded detention centers.

Human-rights researcher Andreas Harsono says the children rarely see sunlight.

"Sometimes, once in a week or twice in a week, they are given the freedom to walk inside the compound of the migrant detention center where they can walk free, running around, playing, being children," he said.

The report is based on interviews with more than 100 migrants, including 42 who were children when they entered Indonesia.

It says the migrants described guards kicking, punching, and slapping them and, in one case, parents said immigration guards forced their children to watch guards beat other migrants.

Harsono says the number of migrants entering Indonesia is on the rise and many have experienced persecution in nearby countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burma and Iran.

"The Indonesian government should open their eyes that increasingly over the past three to five years, because of the conflict in the Middle East and in South Asia, because of the persecution of minorities there, religious minorities mostly, these people are running away," he said. 

Indonesia has not ratified the 1951 Refugee Convention.  The U.N. Refugee Agency is responsible for processing asylum claims, but Human Rights Watch says even when the agency recognizes people as refugees, Indonesia often refuses to release them from detention.

Harsono says for those who avoid detention, the goal is to reach Australia.  For them, a dangerous journey lies ahead.

"If they are lucky, they are not arrested,"  he said. "It takes them another year or a year-and-a-half to get them to another smuggler who specializes in using boats to cross the Indian Ocean into Australia."

Human Rights Watch says hundreds are thought to die on these crossings each year. 

Last week, the Australian Immigration Department announced that more than 700 unaccompanied minors are in the Australian immigration network.


U.N. adopts measure aimed
at use of rape as war weapon


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution strengthening ways to fight the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war.

U.N. agencies estimate more than 40,000 women were raped during Liberia’s civil war from 1989-2003, as many as 60,000 in the former Yugoslavia during the early 1990s, and at least 200,000 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1998.

Syria has now been added to this sad list, with reports of women and girls, and some boys, being sexually violated as a result of that country’s on-going conflict.

Those are just a few examples.

After a war ends, the effects of sexual violence continue in the form of pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections, discrimination and ostracizing of victims.

The resolution adopted Monday by the U.N. Security Council aims to strengthen mechanisms across the U.N. system that can help tackle rape in war, such as deploying gender advisors with peacekeeping and political missions and urging sanctions against perpetrators of sexual violence where appropriate.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague, who chaired the meeting, called for an end to sexual violence, saying it is as much a weapon of war as tanks and bullets, intended to tear apart communities and achieve military objectives.

“We need action on all fronts, from the Security Council and the United Nations as a whole, and from governments in conflict-affected countries," Hague said. "We need to begin to demolish impunity, to create a new culture of deterrence, and at the same time focus on long-term care and support for survivors.”

Perpetrators often go unpunished and are able to rebuild their lives, but their victims have difficulty moving forward, according to Zainab Bangura, the U.N. point-person on sexual violence in conflict.

“In their day-to-day lives, survivors of sexual violence are forced to face the men who raped them; in banks, in supermarkets and at the schools of their children," Bangura said, "children whose inheritance is the stigma of sexual violence, many of whom are children born of rape.”

Also addressing the council meeting was American actress and humanitarian activist Angelina Jolie, who is a U.N. Special Envoy for Refugees. She appealed to the Security Council to be united in stopping such atrocities.

“Rape as a weapon of war is an assault on security," Ms. Jolie said. "And a world in which these crimes happen is one in which there is not, and never will be, peace.”

She noted that all countries are affected by some form of sexual violence, whether it is domestic abuse or female genital mutilation, and therefore all countries have a responsibility to act to prevent it.


Murders of mountaineers hurt
tourism in Pakistan's West


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pakistan's once thriving mountaineering industry is reeling from the killing by militants of 10 foreign climbers, a massacre likely to drive away all but the hardiest adventurers from some of the world's tallest and most pristine peaks.
 
A tour company present during the attack said gunmen dressed as police ordered tourists out of tents at the 4,200-meter (13,860-foot) base camp of Nanga Parbat, the country's second highest peak, late on Saturday night, then shot them and a Pakistani guide.
 
The attack on the last peak over 8,000 meters (26,400 feet) in the western Himalayas has been claimed by both the Pakistani Taliban and a smaller radical Islamist group.
 
The foreign victims included two citizens from China, one from Lithuania, one from Nepal, two from Slovakia, three Ukrainians, and one person with joint U.S.-Chinese citizenship.
 
Manzoor Hussain, president of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, said at least 40 foreigners including citizens from Serbia, Italy, Ireland, Denmark and the United States, among several other nationalities, were evacuated from a higher camp.
 
A group of Romanians is believed to be scaling the mountain from another side. Some other groups booked for climbs this summer have already canceled, one company said.
 
Hussain said the attack was a fatal blow for his efforts to attract more climbers to the Hindu Khush, Karakoram and western Himalayan ranges, home to many unexplored summits.
 
“We are still in shock, we've had to apologize to so many mountaineers across the world,” said Hussain, who described the attack as appalling and said he was devastated.
 
Geographically, Pakistan is a climbers paradise. It rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 7,000 meters and is home to the world's second tallest mountain, K2, and three more that are among the world's 14 summits higher than 8,000 meters.
 
In more peaceful times, northern Pakistan's beauty would be a major tourist draw, bringing sorely needed dollars to a nation that suffers repeated balance of payments crises.
 
Mountaineers, many from China, Russia and Eastern Europe, are among the last foreigners who regularly visit Pakistan for leisure. Tourism has been devastated since 2007 by militant attacks and fighting between the Taliban and the army in once popular tribal valleys such as Swat in the northwest.
 
The number of expeditions had also dwindled, but before the attack some 50 groups were expected this year in the remote Gilgit-Baltistan region, a stop over on the historic Silk Road.
 
That has changed following Sunday's massacre, which sparked protests on Monday in Chilas, the closest town to the base camp, which depends on climbing for income in the summer.
 
“I haven't slept since yesterday, it's a very sad situation,” said Ghulam Muhammed, whose company Blue Sky Treks and Tours guided five of the climbers killed at the base camp.
 
Blue Sky is based in the town of Skardu, which is heavily reliant on the income brought by outsiders.

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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.
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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.
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7973-8/23/13

Guaancaate condos
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Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

$28,500 - Little Dreams - Ocotal beach studio condo, furnished upper floor condo in great complex just 1 mile from Ocotal beach, 2 miles from Coco beach, great price for this complex.
$70,000 - La Colina - another Ocotal beach 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, 80 m2 and fully furnished with upgraded kitchen, complex has Infinity pool, mountain views.

$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website WendyLovesCostaRica.com. All 3 of these condos are about 35 minutes away from Liberia Intl. airport, no need to drive a long way to get to your condo.  Call for more information, 1-415-670-9382 or 011-506-826-1211. Or email Wendy@WendyLovesCostaRica.com.
7971-6/23/13

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

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

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

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

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

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

just reduced
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58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
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Soccer authority rejects idea
of moving World Cup

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Soccer's world governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, has not contemplated an alternative stage for next year's World Cup in Brazil, secretary-general Jerome Valcke said Monday.
 
“The World Cup will be played in Brazil in 12 cities,” Valcke told reporters. “There is no plan B.”
 
His comments came as this month's Confederations Cup, a dry run for the World Cup, has been played against the backdrop of nationwide protests, with tear gas and rubber bullets being used by police against demonstrators.
 
Some of the protests have been held near stadiums being used for Confederations Cup matches. The money spent on the stadiums is among the protestors' many grievances.
 
Valcke also rejected a suggestion from Brazil sports minister Aldo Rebelo, sitting next to him at a news conference, that other countries had expressed an interest in staging the World Cup if Brazil pulled out.
 
Rebelo said he had read in the media that the United States, England, Germany and Japan had all put themselves forward.
 
“I have never received any official offer from any other countries around the world to stage the World Cup in 2014,” said Valcke.
 
Colombia was the last country to pull out of staging the World Cup when it withdrew in 1984, two years before the tournament which took place in Mexico instead.
 
The tournament was on a much smaller scale at the time with fewer sponsorship and television contracts, making a last-minute move far less complicated.


Balance and arm strength
seen keys for tightrope walk


By the Ohio State University news service

Nick Wallenda, who completed a 1,400-foot tightrope walk over a river gorge near the Grand Canyon on live television Sunday, is not super-human despite his successful feat, according to Ajit Chaudhari, an assistant professor of orthopaedics at The Ohio State University.

The Discovery Channel invited Chaudhari to serve as a biomechanics consultant for the program that aired Sunday night.

Chaudhari might even call Wallenda an average guy except for two specific qualities: better balance than 99 percent of other humans and significant endurance in his arm muscles, enabling him to carry a 43-pound pole for 45 minutes without experiencing fatigue.

Wallenda also has excellent control over his heart rate variability, which indicates his ability to remain calm on the wire, noted Chaudhari, who is co-director of the Movement Analysis & Performance Program in Sports Medicine at Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.

“I can’t say whether it’s genetics or practice, but from what I observed, it comes down to the mental fortitude to be able to not think about fear or falling and to focus on the task at hand,” Chaudhari said. “I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that he has been practicing for essentially his entire life.”

Chaudhari made an appearance on the Sunday program. He collected data about Wallenda during practice walks in Sarasota, Florida, earlier in June. Under study were Wallenda’s balance with shoes and barefoot, with eyes open and closed, and with and without the balancing pole; grip strength; and heart rate. Chaudhari also used electromyography to detect the muscle activity in Wallenda’s arms.

Even after watching Wallenda practice without safety gear, Chaudhari said he was nervous while watching the live broadcast on TV.

Chaudhari’s research focuses on the role of core stability and balance in the prevention and treatment of injuries across the entire body and the mechanisms behind overuse running injuries, ACL injuries and throwing injuries, all with the goal of answering a basic question: Can we better understand how athletic injuries happen by studying the human body as a mechanical system?

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School to train ESL teachers now in Jacó

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Proficiency in English is considered almost requisite to take career strides in Costa Rica. With continued foreign investment by predominantly North American companies, the need for employees with a firm grasp of English is essential for job consideration at the several Fortune 500 businesses present in Costa Rica. As a result, there is a continued need for travellers, recent college graduates and retirees to move to Costa Rica and teach English as a second language. 

Global TESOL College Costa Rica, a recently launched institute located in Jacó on the central Pacific, aims to be the country's primary source for English teacher education.  The center will offer teaching English to speakers of other languages or TESOL certification, which is internationally recognized and guarantees employment for aspiring ESL teachers. The Global TESOL College has certified more than 40,000 graduates globally and continues to be a popular vocational choice that provides teachers the opportunity to explore the world. 

The Global TESOL College Costa Rica is the only accredited college on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. As the first training center in Jacó, it offers five different certificate and diploma certifications that range from 120 to 700 hours, depending on the program chosen. Included in all program packages are accommodations, meal plans, health care, planned weekend excursions and guaranteed job placement worldwide. Jacó is only an hour and a half from San José and the town offers all needed amenities, such as health clinics, shopping centers, and affordable living arrangements. 

Global TESOL College originally arrived to Costa Rica in 2009 when franchise owner Andre Sigourney, a Boston native, launched a center in Coronado, a suburb of San José. After deciding to relocate to Jacó this year, Sigourney hired two new instructors, Corey Coates and Andrew Woodbury, who combined have more than 10 years of ESL experience in Latin America. Both served as the academic director of prominent private language institutes in the Central Valley of Costa Rica and will manage the Jacó site to cater to the town’s large English need.

Courses at the institute are available every month and the college gives students the flexibility to choose when they want to begin the course.  The most popular program, the Advanced TESOL Program, runs for four weeks, Monday through Friday, with in-class sessions in the mornings and practice teaching sessions at a local language institute in the evenings.  On weekends students are free to enjoy the country as they see fit.  At the end of the program, the college books in-person job interviews for all students. 

“I have talked to many people that have done a TESOL or TEFL course, and no one I know has told me of a course that covered as much information,'' said Jessie Usselman, a former student and program graduate. "It instructs you on how to be a great teacher and gives you the opportunity to implement the techniques learned at Global TESOL College Costa Rica.”