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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

What are the traditional dishes along the south Pacific coast. That is a question food historians will seek to answer Saturday as residents of that area are invited to demonstrate their unique food products.

This is another of the contests set up by the  Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural at the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. Residents of the cantons of Golfito, Osa and Corredores can compete in three categories: main dish, breads and desserts and traditional drinks.

The contest will be in the Centro de Estudios y Capacitación Cooperativa, which faces the Parque de las Esferas in Palmar Sur. Considering that this area hosts some of the country's great archaeological sites, the traditions go back way before Columbus. Descendants of those who made the giant stone spheres still live in the area.

The Centro has been taking signups for the event, but those who wish to present a dish or drink can still contact organizers at  2786-6098.

Participating is worthwhile because the prize for the four best main dishes is 500,000 colons each, more than $1,000.

There are three prizes for the best bread or desserts. That amount is 450,000 colons each, more than $900. The top two drink winners will get 225,000 colons each, some $455.

As with other regional food contests, the Centro will be putting the recipes into a booklet for distribution later. Chefs and cooks must supply the recipe along with the dish or drink. The Centro asks that the traditional use of the dish or drink be included if it is typical
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Judges are seeking traditional presentations like these from prior events.

of a specific social occasion. This is the 13th such event. Plates or drinks can be delivered between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

Recipe books from prior contests are available at the nation's 57 public libraries and many private bookstores.

The southern Pacific has been distant from the Central Valley until recent years when better roads were installed.  In addition there was an immigration of Italians to parts of that area. So the possibilities for unique foods are great.



Protests were many, peaceful and not well-attended
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Midday rains put a damper on what was supposed to be a national strike Tuesday.

Police said they only detained six persons and five of them were minors. Casa Presidencial reported that only about 3 percent of the workers at the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social did not show up for work.

There were spotty annoyances, such as a blockade by protesters that prevented vehicle access to the Tambor ferries in Puntarenas. There also were some blockades reported on the General Cañas autopista that slowed traffic, including that for tourists headed to Juan Santamaría airport.

Casa Presidencial also reported that there were normal operations at the Moín docks on the Caribbean. Dock workers were expected to block access as part of the protest.

Despite the generally orderly protest march, the U.S. Embassy put out a warning bulletin well after the demonstrations had dispersed Tuesday afternoon. It said in part:

"Large protests are underway throughout downtown San Jose, its surrounding areas, the Caribbean province of Limón, and Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. At the present time, Second Avenue downtown is closed due to protesters and there are large crowds gathered in front of the Congressional building and the Presidential Palace in Zapote. Currently, the protests are peaceful in nature, but U.S. citizens are encouraged to avoid these areas when there is an ongoing demonstration and to exercise caution if in 
the vicinity of demonstrations.  Please be advised that there could be further protest activity in other locations as the day progresses."

The Fuerza Pública said it detained two minors who were rolling rocks toward pedestrians in La Carpio and that three minors and an adult, 18, were detained along Ruta 32 in Limón where they were trying to charge motorists tolls. Those who did not pay suffered busted windshields, said police.

Police noted that there were protest groups at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia and outside the law school of the Universidad de Costa Rica in San Pedro. The group in San Pedro, who styled themselves as anarchists, blocked the highway for a time.

There were protests of some form or another at about 30 locations in the country.

Casa Presidencial noted that the demonstrations were peaceful and reiterated the desire of officials to engage in dialogue with groups with grievances. It said that only about 2,000 Caja employees joined the marches out of the 53,000 persons employed by the agency. That claim does not take into account those who might have not marched during working hours.

Casa Presidencial quoted Carlos Ricardo Benavides, minister to President Laura Chinchilla, saying that the central government will not permit strikes by employees in essential services. Listed were police, physicians and health workers.

One complaint of marchers was that the president had vetoed legislation last year that would have reaffirmed their right to strike without restriction.

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The principal ingredient in abstract works is passion, and that is what musician-artist Christian Porras Piedra brings to the canvas.

The artist, who also is known as C Po Pie, inaugurates a show Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hidden Garden Art Gallery, located 5 kilometers west of the Daniel Oduber Airport in Liberia.

The artist was born in San José but is considered one of the rising generation of Guanacaste artists. His show is titled, simply, "Abstraccionísimo."

He is the son of a lawyer and a mother who is a sculptor. She helped in his training with oils and watercolors, the gallery said. His father added the love of music.

His current technique is characterized to be less academic and more passionate.

"Developing his own techniques and flair, Porras exhibited his work both within and outside of his native Costa Rica, in places where his pictorial work creates the buzz and interest of spectators," said the gallery.

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Train operator to get funds
for expansion to Alajuela

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Casa Presidencial said Tuesday that it was sending to the legislature a special budget request to support routing the valley train to Alajuela Centro.

Under the plan, the Instituto Costarricense de Ferrocarriles will get 1.5 billion colons, about $3 million, to finish the job. This is the last link in the project that provides train service from Cartago to Alajuela.

The announcement also said that the San José-San Carlos road would receive 30 billion colons, about $60 million.


Tourism chamber hosting
major fund raiser Friday


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The tourism chamber will host its 27th edition of Bingotur for an anticipated 1,200 persons Friday night in the Hotel Crowne Plaza Corobicí.

The main goal of the fundraising is to help pay for a mobil hospital that will be associated with the Hospital de Niños.

The Cámara Nacional de Turismo said that 200 prizes are available to those who come. Admission will be available at the door.

Bingotur also is a way for tourism providers to showcase their products. Top prices Friday include stays at five-star Pacific beach hotels.


Period expiring for motorists
to submit their email address


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Today is supposedly the last day that motorists have to submit their email address to the Consejo de Seguridad Vial, but so far only about 35 percent have.

The agency issued a reminder Tuesday and said that 455,000 motorists have responded to the request that was supposed to expire two months ago but was extended.

The requirement is in the new traffic law. Those who do not provide an email address will be notified of vehicle infractions via publication in the La Gaceta official newspaper, a process guaranted to escape their notice.

The process set up by the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes is not easy, A form can be downloaded HERE!. Persons with digital signatures can use it to submit the document to direccionelectronicavial@csv.go.cr.

Lacking a digital signature, a motorist can scan the document and provide a scanned copy of a cédula, said the agency. An alternate way of delivery is to hand the document in at driver's license offices in the country or offices of the Policía de Tránsito, the agency said.


License plate prohibition
suspended for vacation


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Motorists are getting a break during the mid-year vacation because the license plate prohibition will not be enforced in the metro area.

This is the law that limits a motorist to four of five weekdays depending on the final digit of the license plate. The idea is to reduce congestion in the capital. The area extends from La Uruca to San Pedro and from the Circunvalación north to Calle Blanco.

When there is a vacation or legal holiday, officials suspend the rule because congestion probably will not be a problem.

The prohibition will continue in effect for the rest of this week. It will resume July 15, the Monday after the end of the school vacation.

The fine for driving in the capital on a day proscribed by the last digit of the license plate is 20,000 colons, about $40.


Family meets to discuss
situation with Mandela


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire service

Relatives of former South African president Nelson Mandela gathered at his home Tuesday as the ailing icon remained in critical condition.

South African media reports say Mandela's children called the meeting to discuss important family matters, presumably related to his failing health.  Various relatives were seen arriving around mid-day at the home in Qunu, in Eastern Cape province.

The presidency said earlier that Mandela's condition was unchanged and that doctors are doing their best "to ensure his recovery, well-being and comfort."

The anti-apartheid leader was hospitalized in Pretoria more than two weeks ago for a lung infection.

Tuesday, residents in the city of Soweto talked about their wishes for the ailing Nobel Peace laureate.

"My message will be simple: a speedy recovery. Because we as a nation and his family, we need him more than we did in the past," said Isaac Mabena.

"He has been an inspiration to most of us and may the good Lord have mercy upon him and make him well.  But if it is time for him to let go and leave us now, so be it," said Mpho Marotola.

Officials and family members said last week that Mandela appeared to be improving, but the reports turned grim on Saturday, when the government said his condition was critical.

South Africa's minister of international relations said Tuesday that U.S. President Barack Obama will not meet with Mandela during his upcoming visit to South Africa.

A White House spokesman would not speculate Monday about how Mandela's health might impact Obama's visit.  Jay Carney said only that Obama continues to look forward to the trip and said the U.S. president sees Mandela as one of his heroes.

Mandela family members continued to visit him in the hospital Monday.

Mandela's daughter, Makaziwe, said Monday the family is taking each day as it comes and is enjoying as much time as they can with him.  She said she believes her father is at peace.


 
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Lawmakers vote to issue bonds to help coffee growers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmakers voted Tuesday in the second and final round to issue bonds to help beleaguered coffee growers.

At the same time, Casa Presidencial said it would send a budget change to lawmakers that would provide 20 billion colons to come to the aid of coffee growers.

The coffee farmers are battling the roya de cafe or coffee rust that drastically cuts harvest and may kill plants.
In addition to the $20 million promised by Casa Presidencial, the lawmaker empowered the Minsterio de Hacienda to issue $40 million in bonds and opened the way for donations and other sources of money for a trust fund.

Pérez Zeledón and Coto Brus are the cantons most affected by the disease. About 60,000 hectares (about 148,264 acres) are involved, and the disease keeps spreading.

The money will go to replantings and spraying against the fungus.

Similar fungus disease shows there is no quick remedy
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Many similarities exist between today's epidemic of coffee blight and the Irish Potato famine in the 1840s. Both today's coffee plants and the 19th century Irish potatoes lack genetic diversity.

Cornell University researcher Phil Arneson notes that nearly all the coffee in commercial production when rust appeared in the Americas, could trace its lineage to a single tree planted in the conservatory of King Louis XIV in 1713.

So, too, did an estimated third of the Irish population depend on a potato variety that is known as the lumper. This variety did well on poor Irish soil but it was highly vulnerable to the potato blight, Phytophthora infestans.

Thanks to the politics of the time and this form of monoculture, the cost to Ireland was 1 million dead from famine and millions more emigrating elsewhere. The country has not really recovered.

Potato blight continues to be a serious problem, although agricultural practices and spraying can battle the spores.

The situation is more complex with coffee. The plants grown here are of the arabica species, which is known for its taste that is in high demand.  The species also seems to be highly vulnerable to blight. Coffea canephora, the robusta coffee that is forbidden in Costa Rica, contains most of the resistant commercial species. Robusta is considered a lower grade coffee with a bitter taste. There are about 25 other coffee species that have not been studied well, according to a research report by Arneson.

A recent National Public Radio report in the United States addressed the efforts by the Center for Tropical Agricultural Research and Education in Turrialba to find resistant species.

In both potato blight and coffee rust, Hemileia vastatrix, the disease is caused by fungus spores entering small openings in the leaves and then propagating.

The orange coffee rust causes the plants to shed leaves and either kills the host or reduces the yield. Potato blight appears
as purple blotches on the leaves, and it can infect the potatoes underground. Scientists are still trying to find a resistant potato of high commercial value. And even if they do, the
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blight may evolve to defeat the resistance. The same is truewith an potentially resistant coffee variety.

Both pathogens are spread by the wind and rain. There is some debate in coffee circles whether shade-grown plants are less susceptible to the rust. Some scientists say that growing coffee grown in full sun can reduce the infestation spores like wet leaves.

While scientists seek genetic answers, growers are encouraged to use aggressive management to reduce infestation by spraying, pruning infected branches and fertilizing to keep plants healthy, as Arneson noted.

As with potato blight, the disease is likely to be around for a long time.

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Virgen del Mar procession on the water will be televised to the world
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The celebration of the Virgen del Mar in Puntarenas July 7 will be televised throughout the world, said  Telefides, the religious station that is initiating the broadcast.

This is special day. It is the 100th anniversary of the procession by boats through the local harbor. The Virgin is the local name of the Virgen del Carmen, and she is the patroness of fishermen.

Telefides, Channel 40, styles itself as being the positive station for Costa Rica. The programming is mostly religious.

The celebration of the Virgin will go at least to the United States and Spain. Channel 13 and 7 are expected to carry the signal in the Central Valley.

EWTN, the Catholic network, also is expected to pickup the signal,

Telefides

Telefides said. The station said it expected an audience of 400 million. The station has an anniversary, too. It is marking its 20th year.
 
The event in Puntarenas began as a result of what the faithful said at the time was a miracle.

A boat, the Galileo, was believed lost at sea. The populace prayed for the crew, and the fishermen showed up having been rescued by another vessel. The day begins with a Mass in the Catedral de Puntarenas followed by the procession of boats with one carrying a statue of the Virgen.


 
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Obama outlines measures
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday laid out his agenda for fighting climate change.  The president will issue a series of executive orders to address the problem.
 
Obama put forth an ambitious, wide-ranging plan aimed at reducing the carbon emissions that are blamed for climate change.

And he said the debate over the existence of global warming is obsolete.

“The planet is warming, and human activity is contributing to it,” the president said. “So the question now is whether we will have the courage to act before it is too late.”

At Washington’s Georgetown University, the president said one of his main goals is for the government to regulate the amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide put out by power plants.

“But power plants can still dump unlimited amounts of carbon pollution into the air for free.  That is not right,” Obama said. “It is not safe, and it needs to stop.”

Obama plans to implement his initiatives through executive orders, since Congress has blocked his environmental legislation in the past.

The top Senate Republican, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, said Tuesday imposing carbon rules on power plants amounts to an energy tax.

McConnell, from the coal-producing state of Kentucky, also blasted Obama’s call to end U.S. support for public financing for new coal-fired plants in other countries.

“Declaring a war on coal is tantamount to declaring a war on jobs,” he said. “It is tantamount to kicking the ladder out from beneath the feet of many Americans struggling in today’s economy.”

As part of a global effort, Obama said he would work with China and other major polluters to reduce carbon emissions.  He recently reached an agreement with Chinese President Xi Jinping to phase out chlorofluorocarbons, greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners.

“We compete for business with them, but we also share a planet,” Obama said.  “And we have to all shoulder the responsibility for keeping the planet habitable, or we are going to suffer the consequences together.”

The president’s initiative would also allow more wind and solar energy projects on government land.

It would raise government standards for vehicle fuel efficiency.

And it would send federal money to local governments to help them deal with the effects of climate change-related weather disasters.


Obama’s trip to Africa seen
as boost to economic status

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. officials say Sub-Saharan Africa is a center of global growth, home to many of the world’s poorest people, and a place where U.S. business investment and trade could help boost economic expansion.  U.S. President Barack Obama is headed to Africa along with key U.S. economic officials and will meet American and African business executives.

Economists say many of the world’s fastest-growing economies are in Africa, and the potential for future growth, particularly outside the resource sectors, is greater than it has been in decades.  Trade within Africa and with the United States is up and could grow more.

U.S. officials say rising African incomes and a growing middle class could boost demand for American-made products, and help create jobs in the United States.

But China has more trade with African nations, and some critics of U.S. policy say Beijing has made the continent more of a priority, and rarely imposes the kinds of political conditions on investments that come with some U.S. deals.

New U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman says American companies offer deals that build a future.

“Africa wants investors, particularly American investors.  They like the fact that when American companies invest, they hire, train and promote local staff, they invest in the communities and they’re focused not just on taking resources out of Africa, but also in investing in human resources in Africa as well.” said Froman.

Froman says these investments are not charity but hard-headed profit-oriented deals that participants expect to pay off.

The United States and other donors continue to send aid to help Africa’s poor.  Froman says the flow of investment and trade is a critical part of the U.S. development strategy to reduce poverty.

“We need trade, not just aid; investment, not just assistance,” he said.

The agenda for the trip includes talks on improving the rule of law.  Companies say they are much more likely to succeed, grow and hire people if they have effective and predictable courts to settle business disputes.

Trade officials say they will discuss efforts to improve regional trade.  One idea is to streamline the sometimes complex and slow process of paying tariffs on exports moving through Africa’s many nations, a problem that discourages exports and hurts economic growth.


South Africa is taking steps
for its own economic growth


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

This is only Obama’s second trip to sub-Saharan Africa, after he made a brief stop in 2009 in the West African nation of Ghana. There, he spoke about the importance of democracy.

This time, his focus is different. The president is expected to talk about economic growth, among other issues, with officials in Africa’s economic powerhouse, South Africa.

Trade between South Africa and the U.S. totaled $22 billion in 2011, according to the U.S. government.  South Africa is a major destination for international brands and also has its own burgeoning industries.

South Africa also benefits from duty-free import status to America, which has allowed the nation to export high-value items such as cars.

South Africa has also made its own move to boost trade by becoming the newest member of BRICS, a group of emerging economies comprising Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

The U.S. consulate in Johannesburg has placed itself squarely in the middle of the bustling Sandton business district, home of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Senior Commercial Officer Larry Farris says trade between Africa and the U.S. is growing and changing.

“The interesting thing is, is it’s gone from being, just primarily a focus on import of raw materials and primary products to be one that shows a lot more diversity and a lot more interests in looking at both trade into the US and into South Africa in areas that represent higher value, represent technology, represent a lot of where the growth in the international markets are,” said Farris.

Officials could not say what sort of deals Obama may sign while in Africa.  But Farris says the engines of business are churning on the continent.

“I think there’s a lot of excitement about some of the things that are going on in eastern Africa right now, where a number of the countries there have come together, working on free trade agreements, working on increasing connections between their countries, infrastructure and the like, and all of that is really good for business. At the same time, there’s a real focus on that part of the continent on making a really solid business environment,” he said.


U.S. Supreme Court voids
section of voting rights law


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday struck down a key provision in the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant civil rights laws ever passed by Congress.  The law is designed to ensure the rights of minority voters, but critics have argued that some aspects of the law have become outdated.

The high court split along traditional conservative-liberal lines by a vote of five to four. The majority opinion was written by Chief Justice John Roberts who said the law relies on 40-year old data that does not reflect the racial changes that have occurred in much of the country.

The law was enacted in 1965 to address glaring problems, primarily in southern states where African-Americans were routinely blocked from voting.  The law sets out standards for close federal monitoring of voting and has been reauthorized by Congress several times since.

This latest Supreme Court decision strikes down a part of the law that sets the formula for which states and localities must make changes in voting procedures.  But the high court did not strike down another section of the law that requires states and localities to get pre-clearance from the federal government for any voting changes they may want to make.

Civil rights groups were disheartened by the ruling.

“We are deeply disappointed by the court’s decision today,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, who is with the Legal Defense and Educational Fund of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. She spoke to reporters in front of the Supreme Court. “Make no mistake about what has happened.  The court has decided that it stands in a better position than Congress to determine how to protect voting discrimination.”

The Supreme Court decision leaves it up to Congress to change the part of the law that it finds out of date.

The White House issued a statement that said President Barack Obama was disappointed by the decision and called on Congress to ensure all Americans have equal access to the polls.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the law remains a useful tool to block discriminatory voting practices.

“These problems have not been consigned to history,” he said. “They continue to exist.  Their effects are real.  They are of today, not yesterday, and they corrode the foundations of our democracy.”

Conservative groups welcomed the high court decision.

“Back in 1965, an average black man in many areas in the United States couldn’t vote because there were things that were put in their way and various impediments to their voting,” said David Almasi, executive director of the National Center for Public Policy Research in Washington. “Now we have a black president and we have in those same areas that were considered discriminatory back in 1965, we have black office holders that are very common.  We live in a much different world that needs to be figured into things.”

Almasi is also skeptical that Congress will move quickly to update the Voting Rights Act given that the House of Representatives is controlled by Republicans.

“We are looking at some potential problems because it is a hot issue and Congress tends to not want to deal with the hot issues,” he said. “I think people need to realize that it is not the same world as it was back in 1965.”

The voting rights case was one of the most closely-watched cases of this Supreme Court term.  The high court will close out its annual session on Wednesday with two more highly-anticipated rulings on same sex marriage.


Distant star system hosts
three habitable zone planets


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Astronomers have discovered three new planets orbiting in the habitable zone around the star Gliese 667C. The habitable zone is where temperatures would allow liquid water to exist.

Counting the three newly discovered planets, which scientists are calling “super-Earths,” the Gliese 667C system contains at least six planets in total.

“We knew that the star had three planets from previous studies, so we wanted to see whether there were any more,” says Mikko Tuomi of the University of Hertfordshire, UK in a statement. “By adding some new observations and revisiting existing data we were able to confirm these three and confidently reveal several more. Finding three low-mass planets in the star’s habitable zone is very exciting!”

Gliese 667C, an M-dwarf star, is just over one third the mass of the Sun and is part of a triple star system known as Gliese 667, which is 22 light years away from Earth in the constellation of Scorpius.

The view from one of the newly identified planets would be spectacular. They orbit the fainter of the three stars in the system, and the other two stars would be visible in the daytime. At night, they would provide roughly the light of a full moon.

This is the first time that three such planets have been spotted orbiting in the habitable zone of the same star system. The super-Earths are more massive than Earth, but not as big as Neptune or Uranus.

“The number of potentially habitable planets in our galaxy is much greater if we can expect to find several of them around each low-mass star — instead of looking at 10 stars to look for a single potentially habitable planet, we now know we can look at just one star and find several of them,” adds co-author Rory Barnes of the University of Washington.

The habitable zone around Gliese 667C is very close to the star, roughly within the size of Mercury’s orbit of Earth’s Sun. Gliese 667C is the “first example of a system where such a low-mass star is seen to host several potentially rocky planets in the habitable zone,” according to the research.

The observations were made using a HARPS instrument at European Southern Observatory’s 3.6 meter telescope in Chile. HARPS observes potential planets by detecting the effect their gravity has on the parent star, often causing the star to wobble or twitch.


Burma censors Time magazine
over radical monk on cover


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Burma has banned distribution of a Time Magazine cover story that portrays a fundamentalist Burmese monk as an inciter of terrorism against Muslims.

In a statement late Tuesday, the Burmese government said the ban is aimed at preventing a recurrence of violence between majority Buddhists and minority Muslims.

The magazine cover features a photo of the fundamentalist monk known as Wirathu, with the words “The Face of Buddhist Terror.”

Officials said a committee investigating recent Buddhist-Muslim violence made the decision to block the magazine cover and accompanying article. It is not clear whether the rest of Time Magazine’s latest issue will be distributed in Burma.

Radical monks, such as Wirathu, have been urging Burmese Buddhists to boycott Muslim-owned businesses and avoid marriages with Muslims. His critics say the boycott appeals have encouraged Buddhist extremists to commit violence against Muslims.

Wirathu insists he is a man of peace. Many Buddhists have objected to the Time Magazine story, saying it distorts the peaceful nature of their faith.

Wirathu was jailed in 2003 for inciting deadly anti-Muslim riots, but was released in 2012 as part of a general amnesty. Some analysts say new freedoms of speech introduced in Burma since the end of military-rule have made it easier for radicals to promote their views.

Deadly confrontations between Burmese Buddhists and Muslims have killed more than 200 people in the past year, most of them Muslims.


Question is who let Snowden
flee with all that data to China?

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. government is accusing Edward Snowden of espionage for leaking classified information about American surveillance programs.

Ariel Cohen, with the Heritage Foundation, said this is a huge embarrassment for the Obama administration, given the security breach.

“Somebody with so much access is allowed to just board the plane carrying, allegedly, four laptops with him and skipping to Hong Kong.  That is a failure of security of enormous proportions.”

Snowden did not stay in Hong Kong as Chinese authorities allowed him to leave for Moscow.

White House spokesman Jay Carney strongly criticized that decision.

“This was a deliberate choice by the government to release a fugitive, despite a valid arrest warrant and that decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the U.S.-China relationship,” he said.

Carney also urged Russian officials to expel Snowden to the United States.

But Charles Kupchan, with Georgetown University, says in China and Russia, there are domestic political pressures to help Snowden.

“There is a certain frustration and impatience with American lecturing about domestic freedoms, the lack of democracy, domestic surveillance  and now, all of a sudden, the United States has been shown carrying out its own surveillance,” said Kupchan. “I think there is a certain amount of what one might call schadenfreude, enjoyment on behalf of others of the plight that the United States finds itself in.”

Some analysts are asking what the United States can do to pressure Moscow to expel Snowden.

“There are lots of issues in play with the Russians from Iran to Afghanistan, to the issue of intelligence cooperation in dealing with extremism, to the question of missile defense and arms control,” said Kupchan. “But does the United States really want to take one of those issues in which it has clear geopolitical interests and tie it to Snowden? I think the answer is that that kind of linkage is problematic.”

As for China, Kupchan said the United States doesn’t want to end up doing things that harm its own interests.

“And in that respect, I don’t think the U.S. has a lot of sharp arrows in its quiver. There is a lot at stake with China and yes, the U.S. can and should express its displeasure with the fact that Hong Kong let Snowden out,” said Kupchan. “But it’s hard to see powerful punishments that don’t in some ways work to the disadvantage of the United States.”

Kupchan says in the final analysis, it is better for the United States to let the Snowden affair run its course.


Iceland residents just crazy
for fascinating game of golf

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The names of the world’s greatest golf venues roll off the tongue like a putt rolling toward the cup. Pebble Beach. St. Andrews. Valderrama.
 
Then there are Vestmannaeyja and Porlakshafnar. Those names don’t trip off the tongues of anyone except the hardy residents of Iceland. Surprisingly, this island in the frigid North Atlantic is one of the most golf-obsessed places on earth.
 
With 65 courses for a population of 322,000, Iceland has more courses per person, one for every 5,000 people, than any other country.
 
Though many are just nine holes, that’s nearly twice as many courses per capita as Scotland, according to a 2007 survey by Golf Digest. The magazine said Scotland had the most courses per capita but it didn’t count countries with fewer than 500,000 people.
 
About 10 percent of Iceland’s population plays golf, a higher rate than the United States or Britain. That makes it the country’s second most popular sport, after soccer.
 
In contrast to America and Britain, golf club membership in Iceland is still growing, albeit more slowly than before the country’s banking bubble burst five years ago.
 
“We joke that if just three or four people are living near one another, they’ll probably start a golf club,” said Haukur Orn Birgisson, a young attorney who serves as vice chairman of the Icelandic Golf Union.
 
Indeed, some clubs have as few as 20 members, dedicated souls who will upkeep the course themselves.
 
Birgisson’s club, Golfklubberinn Oddur,  just outside Reykjavik, is among the country’s largest, with 1,300 members. Like most clubs in Iceland it is open to the public as well as members, charging a guest fee of 6,900 Icelandic krona ($57).
 
Iceland’s golf season includes the annual Arctic Open tournament, scheduled this year for June 27 to 29. Open to amateurs and professionals alike, it’s played at the Akureyri Golf Club in northern Iceland, which boasts of being “the most northerly 18-hole golf course” on earth.
 
Golf is popular in Iceland despite the obvious drawbacks. The season lasts just four months, from mid-May to mid-September. Summer temperatures rarely venture above 15 degrees Celsius (59 Fahrenheit) and even then occasional days of wicked winds and steady mist can keep all but the most foolhardy or dedicated off the course.
 
Iceland does offer unique advantages and challenges to golfers. Most notably, in June, July and August, golfers can play virtually 24 hours a day.
 
Golfklubburinn Keiler in suburban Reykjavik is booked solid all summer with starting times from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.. Playing under the midnight sun can be surreal.
 
Another advantage: Iceland’s cool, moist climate makes for lush, green fairways. Also, golf courses don’t have trees to disrupt errant shots. Trees aren’t native in Iceland.
 
Iceland does, however, have lava beds, volcanic rock from past eruptions. They dominate the rough on many courses and are filled with crevices that can swallow golf balls like a whale gulping down krill.
 
The lava beds also are nesting sites for Arctic terns, birds that migrate from pole to pole. Golfers hitting near a tern’s nest will find themselves playing their next shot under aerial bombardment from the ill-tempered birds.
 
Formidable lava beds line the course on Heimaey Island, population 4,500, about three hours by car south east of Reykjavik. A lava flow from a 1973 volcanic eruption almost choked the harbor, but today cruise ships bring bird watchers, nature lovers and, yes, golfers.
 
The sheer cliffs, lava beds and sea vistas made it “the most dramatic course I have ever played”, said Kimber Bilby, an American from Michigan who played the course recently in calm weather. One of their favorites was the par three 17th hole, which requires a tee shot across a sea inlet and lava beds to reach the green.
 
As for why golf is so popular here, Birgisson cites the Icelandic character.
 
“We always seem to go ‘all in,’ and golf is no exception,” he explained. “That mentality didn’t serve us well leading up to the banking crisis, but it has taken us far with golf.”




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8008-7/24/13

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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

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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.
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$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.
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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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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

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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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In a busy world filled with the sounds of traffic, airplanes, construction equipment and crowds, noise pollution has emerged as a leading environmental nuisance.

However, quiet places remain if you know where to look.

Eight years ago, audio engineer Gordon Hempton identified the quietest place in the continental United States, a place he calls the “One Square Inch of Silence.” Via this symbolic spot in a northwestern rain forest, Hempton has campaigned against noise pollution.

But the self-described Sound Tracker is now going deaf, and is in a race to edit his life’s work before losing more of his hearing.

For Hempton, it started with an experience familiar to many people, having to keep asking, “What? What did you say?”

Then the stakes got higher.

“I was laying in bed in the springtime about a year ago. The sun was shining. The birds could be singing,” Hempton said. “They should be singing and I was hearing none.”

Hempton leaned over to his partner at their home in a wooded, rural neighborhood on Washington’s Puget Sound.

“And I said, ‘Kate, do you hear birdsong?’ She said ‘Yes.’ I knew my life was going to be different,” he said.

Hempton’s eyes get watery as he describes the cruel irony. More than two decades ago, he trademarked his The Sound Tracker nickname. Keen ears drove his career as an Emmy award winning sound recordist and spurred his activism against noise pollution.

He has literally circled the globe three times in pursuit of the sounds of pristine nature from howler monkeys in a tropical forest in Belize, to a coyote chorus in an eastern Washington canyon.

Hempton’s hearing loss is accelerating, which lends real urgency to a culminating project.
 
“It is a race, very much,” he said. “I’m not totally deaf, but I have lost most of my hearing in my left ear and my right ear is quickly disappearing. So I am running a race to finish the Quiet Planet collection.”

That’s the title of a planned 19-volume set of nature recordings. The sound tracks could be licensed for use in movies, video games, exhibits and plays.

Volunteer assistants now help Hempton review and edit sound files and identify imperfections.

“I miss the sounds, I miss it,” he said. “I feel so connected when I can listen to the place I am. The difference between hearing where you are and not is like the difference being awake and not.”


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U.S. home prices reported rebounding

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new report confirms U.S. home prices are on the rise.  Of  20 major cities in the Standard & Poor’s/Case Schiller home price index - 12 posted double digit gains in April, compared to last year.  Industry experts say prices will continue to rise due to smaller inventories but some say tight lending standards and rising interest rates could put a damper on the housing recovery.

U.S. home prices are up more than 12 percent since last year.

That bodes well for the world’s largest economy and could help offset the drag from higher taxes and government spending cuts. 

Lawrence Yun is the chief economist for the National Association of Realtors.

“When home values rise, this is good news for the economy because for many homeowners, they feel wealthier, they feel more comfortable going out and spending money," said Yun.

Home prices are rising because there are fewer homes to buy.  But despite historically low interest rates, Yun says construction of new homes has not kept pace.

“Construction loan availability is very difficult at the moment so the homebuilders who are in the market are relying not on construction loans but are going to Wall Street and issuing bonds, issuing stocks, so these are big homebuilders, publicly listed companies who can tap Wall Street funds, who are able to build.  But many of the smaller builders are shut out of the market and they are unable to enter," he said.

A sustainable housing market is important for global economic stability because severe problems with the U.S. market played a key role in the financial crisis and the global recession that followed.

Ken Simonson at the National Association for Business Economics says buyers are more wary now.

“I think there’s been quite a change in attitude among potential first-time homebuyers.  They saw what happened a decade ago to people who bought, confident they could sell at any time and instead they wound up being stuck in their home or being kicked out of their home and that really made people more cautious about buying a home," said Simonson.

While some economists say tight lending standards and rising interest rates could constrain recent price gains, home builders are more optimistic. 

The National Association of Home Builders’ confidence index is at a seven-year high.  The group says that means more home construction projects - and more jobs.