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Mid-year vacation is beginning on a soggy note
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The much-awaiting mid-year vacation is starting under skies weather expert call unstable.

The little summer of San Juan appears to be over after a handful of sunny days.

The forecast for today is for daytime rains in the Caribbean and then in the northern zone with clouds transiting to the Central Valley, said the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional. Afternoon rains will be mainly in the Pacific, and much of the weekend will be cloudy and rainy, said the weather institute.

There were thunderstorms in the south Pacific early today.

The rain was not as heavy Thursday as it was Wednesday in the Caribbean and the northern zone. Up until 7 a.m. Thursday about 51 millimeters (a bit more than two inches) of rain had fallen in some areas of the central Caribbean.

There is an area of disorganized and disturbed weather in the Pacific to the north of Costa Rica. Although the system is off the coast of southern
México, satellite photos clearly show that the instability generated by this system extends into Costa Rica. The system may become a tropical story,
said the U.S. National Hurricane Center, but it is moving northwest away from Central America.

There are several tropical waves moving through the Caribbean, but both appear to be at a higher latitude than Costa Rica.

They will bring rain to Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, said the Weather Underground, A.M. Costa Rica's weather service.

The weather will not stop the exodus from the Central Valley which appears to have begun Thursday. The bulk of the destinations are on the Pacific and Caribbean coast.

The Policía de Tránsito has gone into action already to keep an eye on the vacation travel. Officers are using radar of several types to catch speeders.

The Fuerza Pública reported Thursday that its officers are beginning their vacation watch today. The public school vacation lasts until Sunday, July 14. The Fuerza Pública said that 2,500 police officers will not be on vacation. They are focusing on specific areas such as tourist locations and dwellings in likely burglary spots.

The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas will be patrolling the coasts, as will the Cruz Roja.

Voters may get chance to decide on same-sex unions
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A campaign is being launched to hold a referendum to legalize same-sex marriages.

That was announced Thursday by an organization called Frente por los Derechos Igualitarios. The organization said it would be collecting signatures to put the question on the ballot during the march for diversity Sunday in San José.

Costa Rica has a law that allows citizens to put items on the general election ballot. The only time the relatively new law was used was when voters ratified the Free Trade Treaty with the United States in October 2007. Even then the measure was placed on the ballot by president Óscar Arias Sánchez because opponents were collecting signatures, a process that would have delayed passage.

The decision to seek legality for same-sex marriages in Costa Rica was not unexpected in light of the twin decisions by the U.S. Supreme court this week that advanced gay marriages there.

Naturally the ballot measure, if approved for a vote, will be fought aggressively by the Roman Catholic clergy and others.

The organization said it needed 160,000 signatures. The measure also must get approval from the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones.
This is one of the innumerable other grave discriminations against lesbians and homosexuals that would be corrected if they were able to marry, said the organization. A statement delivered by email added that efforts to make changes via the Asamblea Legislativa would fail.

To some extent the U.S. State Department is supporting the diversity march Sunday. Performer Mary McBride and her band will be playing around 4 p.m. in front of the headquarters of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, said the U.S. Embassy. The group is on a cultural tour to several Latin countries.

There is another performance in San Ramón Monday at 7 p.m. at the Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical and one Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Teatro Eugene O’Neill at the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano in Los Yoses.

There also is a 4 p.m. Wednesday performance in the Centro Nacional de Cultura, the Antigua Fabrica de Licores on Avenida 7 just east of Parque España. That complex houses the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

Organizers of the July 4 Independence Day Picnic also said that the group would perform there at the Cervecería Costa Rica grounds west of San José. Ms. McBride is a country rhythm and blues singer who has toured the world under the auspices of the State Department.

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Patrons may doubt it but there really is an agency in charge of inspecting buses. It is the Departamento de Inspección y Control.

Officials from this agency and a vice minister of transport have been on tour to encourage enforcement of bus rules and also some of the new laws that came into force with the passage of the recent traffic law.

For example, there are specifications for security seats for youngsters and an obligation for persons in motor vehicles to use seat belts.

The minister is Silvia Bolaños. She had visited Guápiles, Cariari and Siquirres and is expected to be in Limón today. The tour includes meeting with taxi drivers, bus operators and traffic police. The vice minister's area of concern also includes traffic safety,

New money laundering probe
involves funds from Venezuela

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Money laundering investigators conducted searches Thursday in a case in which agents believe money from Venezuela passed through Costa Rican bank accounts before going elsewhere.

Agents searched the home of a Costa Rican lawyer in Guachipelín de Escazú and his office in Sabana Sur. They also searched a hotel where the Venezuelan stays. There have been no arrests, but agents said the lawyer has been involved in another money laundering investigation.

The money passed though accounts set up by the lawyer in Costa Rica purportedly to purchase products for importation to Venezuela. The most recent purchase was supposed to be for 10 million bars of soap. That involved the attempted payment of $9.7 million that stopped because the funds here were frozen by a bank. Payments in the past have gone to Panamá, Honduras, the United States and China, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Agents said that there were much higher payment than the products purchases required.

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The HMCS Ottawa has left Esquimalt, British Columbia, to campaign against drug traffickers in the Caribbean.

The Halifax-class frigate, with a crew of approximately 220 crew members, will work with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, and other regional partners in a support role to locate and track vessels of  interest, said the Canadian government.

"Our forces have established long-standing relationships and enhanced cooperation and interoperability with our allies and partners in the region," said Peter MacKay, minster of National Defence. "HMCS Ottawa will work with her partners to deter and deny
transnational organized crime from using merchant shipping lanes for smuggling illicit cargo."

Ottawa's departure marks the start of Canada's 2013/2014 commitment to Operation Martillo, a multinational, joint, combined,
and interagency effort led by the Joint Interagency Task Force South, involving Western Hemisphere and European nations in the Caribbean basin, eastern Pacific, and littoral waters of Central America.

Parade this morning in Jacó

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is a 9 a.m. parade in Jacó today to kick off the third Interinsitutional Festival Garabito sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and many of the town's businesses.

Most of the activities will be in the Parque Central with bands, traditional dances, beach football and many other activities. Fire fighter also will be giving demonstrations, said the chamber.

Rock and Roll Sunday at 11

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Banda de Conciertos de San José will present a rock and roll tribute Sunday  at 11 a.m.  in the garden of the Museo Nacional. Works of  The Beatles, Chicago, Queen and Pink Floyd are on the program. The concert is free for residents and citizens of Costa Rica.

South African President Zuma
visits Mandela twice in hospital

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire servcies

South African President Jacob Zuma Thursday visited anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela for the second time in under 24 hours, a sign of growing concern about the former president’s health.  Mandela has remained in critical condition in a Pretoria hospital for five days, but his condition slightly improved Thursday, officials said.
Mandela has struggled for most of his life: First against South Africa’s racist apartheid system, then for 27 long years in prison, and then to bring his fractured nation together as its president.
His past 19 days in a Pretoria hospital have been a struggle as well, as the former fighter has battled a serious lung infection.  For two weeks he was in serious but stable condition. The past five days, he has been in critical condition.
Zuma visited Mandela late Wednesday and then again Thursday afternoon. Zuma determined Wednesday night that Mandela’s condition was severe enough for him to cancel a planned one-day trip to Mozambique.  Thursday he was more optimistic, saying the former president had improved overnight. 
Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj praised Mandela’s resilience.  The two men got to know each other while imprisoned at Robben Island.  Maharaj referred to the former leader by his clan name, Madiba.
“Well, we all know that Madiba is a fighter.  He has been through so much, both at the health level and in other arenas of life.  He’s endured it all.  I think that he has phenomenal willpower. And this is a matter that’s between him and God,” said Maharaj.
President Zuma’s office on Thursday confirmed that the ailing leader’s health has not disrupted U.S. President Barack Obama’s plan to visit South Africa today.  The two leaders will hold talks on Saturday.

Mandela’s daughter Makaziwe told state broadcaster SABC that anything is imminent with regards to her father’s condition in an exclusive interview aired Thursday.
“He doesn’t look good, Vuyo, I mean, I’m not going to lie.  But I think that for us, as his children and grandchildren, we still have this hope because, you know, when we talk to him, he will flutter trying to open his eyes and will open his eyes.  When you touch him he still responds, and I think for us, as his progeny, as long as Tata is still responding, when we talk to him, when we touch him, I think that gives us hope,” she said.
She also criticized the intense media coverage her father has received.  Maharaj, too, has verbally tussled with journalists who have pressed the government for detailed information on Mandela.  He has also lashed out over unconfirmed reports about the 94-year-old’s medical condition.
Also Thursday, the ruling African National Congress said it would start holding daily prayer sessions for Mandela.  Spokesman Keith Khoza said the party urged people to pray for Mandela’s full recovery.
Mandela was the first ANC leader to be elected South African president, and the first black man to be elected president in the nation’s first all-inclusive elections in 1994.  He was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in bringing apartheid to an end.

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Conservation director seeks funds to buy land already in parks
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The head of the nation's conservation system told lawmakers Thursday that the agency needs extensive funding to pay for private land incorporated into protected areas.

The man is Rafael Gutierrez Rojas, executive director of the  Sistema de Áreas de Conservación.  The agency has responsibility for public parks and other protected areas. He was testifying before the Comisión Permanente Especial de Ambiente. He was supporting a bill that he said would provide permanent financing for the conservation system.

Gutierrez said that in 2012 there were 12 judicial decisions against the state ordering it to compensate owners whose lands have been incorporated into the parks and reserves. He said his agency should receive about $160 million a year to handle these expropriations. It now gets a small percentage of that amount.
One such case involved owners of property at Parque Nacional Las Baulas on the Pacific coast.

They said last week that they were seeking international arbitration because the government has kept them and their property in limbo for years.

They are seeking compensation and the initial figure that did not cover all the damages alleged was $49 million.  Gutierrez told lawmakers that the state has paid for only 50 percent of the land at Las Baulas,

Once the government says that land will be expropriated, owners cannot build or develop it. But they may wait years for payment.

In some cases, the state has not purchased nearly 80 percent of the land that is designated for a national park, he said.

You must have a computer if you are going to read this
I was thinking about my column and what to write this week.  I really did not want to deal with the global unrest and protests in the most unlikely places, (including Costa Rica), the “taper tantrum” on Wall Street that has subsided since it looks like they are not going to be weaned from the bottle called “stimulus,” the corruption that renders just about every government on earth ineffective and makes big business prosper, the stupid endless wars on people’s “vices,” how I am struggling to turn my so-called espresso coffee beans into espresso tasting-coffee in my so-called espresso pot.

Besides, I confess, I am fascinated by the George Zimmerman trial in which he is being charged with the second degree murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.  Trials fascinate me.  In between, I was in the throes of trying to cook some authentically delicious beans.  I think I added one too many ingredients.   

As I was multitasking all of this, I came across a file in my documents labeled “from Mavis.”  So I opened it.

It said “This might help when you can't think of a topic for your column.   Love, MB.”

In her last years, Mavis Biesanz and I used to talk on the phone almost daily. She buoyed me up, made me laugh and was forever helpful.  So, thanks again, Mavis.

What followed was an article that her friend Margaret Nydell sent to her on September 6, 2006.  (Nydell is the author of “Understanding Arabs,” a book every Westerner who favors knowledge over prejudice, would appreciate.) 

The article was entitled “Earth Status report - 2006" 

"If the population of the Earth was reduced to that of a small town with 100 people, it would look something like this:
57% Asians
21% Europeans
14% Americans (northern and southern)
8% Africans 
52% women 48% men 
70% colored-skins  30% Caucasians 
89% heterosexuals 11% homosexuals 
Six people would own 59% of the whole town’s wealth, and all of them will be from the United States of America  
80% would have bad living conditions  
70% would be uneducated  
50% underfed  
1 would die  
2 would be born  
1 would have a computer  
1 (only one) will have higher education 

“When you look at the world from this point of view, you 
Butterfly in the City
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can  see there is a real need for solidarity, understanding, patience and education.

“Also think about the following:

This morning, if you woke up healthy, then you are happier than the 1 million people that will not survive next week.

If you never suffered a war, the loneliness of the jail cell, the agony of torture, or hunger, you are happier than 500 million people in the world.

If you can enter a church (mosque, synagogue) without fear of jail or death, you are happier than 3 million people in the world.

If there is food in your fridge, you have shoes and clothes, you have a bed and a roof, you are richer than 75% of the people in the world. 

If you have a bank account, money in your wallet and some coins in the money-box, you belong to the 8% of the people on the world, who are well-to-do.  

If you read this, you are three times blessed because:

1. Somebody just thought of you (that was me.)  
2. You are not one of the 200 million people who cannot read.  
3 ….. and, you have a computer!”

That was the world in 2006.  It would be hard to argue that things have improved, unless you consider that many more people have computers or are connected via the Internet one way or another a positive change.

The file ends with this advice from someone (and you might consider it even if you think the world is going to hell in an empty bread basket):  “Work like you don’t need the money.  Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like nobody’s watching.  Sing like nobody’s listening, and live like it’s Heaven on Earth.”

There are now people who are as rich as Croesus, not all from the United States, and there are people as poor as church mice (to coin a couple of phrases.) 

The above statistics do not include the number of fish in the oceans, animals that are not extinct or land that is arable.  But the message seems to be, if you can read this, you are doing okay.    

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Boat ready to carry drugs north
captured by coast guard crew

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A crew from the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas broke up what appears to have been the transfer of drugs from a shipping container to a fastboat early Thursday.

Coast guard crewmen encountered a small boat in Cieneguita that was stocked with containers of fuel for its three 200-horsepower motors. This is a classic drug boat. The crew fled when the Coast guard approached, officials said. The boat contained firearms, a radio, food and drinks. The small boat appeared ready to head for the open seas.

Some time later, police encountered a container that contained 445 kilos of cocaine. The container had come to Costa Rica from Turbo, Colombia. 

The inlet where the coast guard crew members found the boat is just off the Caribbean in Limón. This is in an area that has limited police protection and where drug smuggling and other crimes are rampant. Police had been fired on in this area.

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U.S. Senate OKs immigration bill which faces uncertain future

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Senate has approved a landmark overhaul of immigration laws by a 68 to 32 vote. The bill is a top item on President Barack Obama’s agenda, but faces an uncertain future in the House of Representatives.
The Senate’s comprehensive reform bill provides a long and arduous path to residency and eventual U.S. citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. 
Democrat Richard Durbin helped craft the bill and explains the provisions.
“To have 11 million people come forward, identify themselves, register with our government, pay their taxes, pay a fine, submit themselves to a criminal background check before we allow them to stay in this country," he said.
The bill also seeks to streamline legal immigration, with an emphasis on attracting high-skilled workers.  And it mandates a surge in U.S. border security, as noted by Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican.
“This proposal mandates the most border and interior security measures in our nation’s history.  For example, it requires and funds the completion of 700 miles of real border fence.  It adds 20,000 new border agents.  It details a specific technology plan for each sector of the border," he said.
All Democratic senators backed the bill, joined by about one-third of Republicans.  Opponents, like Sen. David Vitter, doubt it will achieve its security goals.
“The amnesty is first, virtually immediately.  The enforcement is later, maybe," he said.
Other Republicans argued adding millions of undocumented immigrants to America’s legal workforce would depress wages and add to unemployment.
But according to a non-partisan congressional analysis, the Senate bill would boost U.S. economic growth and reduce federal deficits, a projection highlighted by Sen. Charles Schumer, a Democrat.
“Fewer illegal immigrants, higher GDP, more jobs, reduced deficit," he said. "Who could oppose that?”
Republican Bob Corker was one of many senators who noted the vast contributions immigrants make to America, regardless of their legal status.
"They are walking across our border to work hard, to do all kinds of things.  They create companies and they are entrepreneurs.  They also raise our kids, they serve us meals, they bring our crops in, they build our homes, they build our buildings.  They want to participate in the American dream," he said.
But opposition to the Senate’s vision for immigration reform runs high among Republicans who control the House of Representatives.  House Speaker John Boehner has ruled out a vote on the Senate bill.
Instead, the House could pass border security measures mirroring Senate provisions, but skip legalization of the undocumented.  An enforcement-only approach would be unacceptable to Democrats, including President Obama.

On Twitter, the reaction to the bill's Senate passage hinted at the divisive debate expected in the lower house of Congress.

Words of dying woman
will be heard at terror trial

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The judge in the trial of a U.S. Army major accused of the terrorist killing of 13 people has ruled that an emotional recording of a dying victim can be used as evidence.  The judge also set the date for Nidal Hasan's formal plea for Tuesday.  Legal experts, however, say Hasan could still cause another delay in the proceedings.

Col. Tara Osborn ruled Thursday that military prosecutors can use a recording from the cell phone of Pvt. Francheska Velez after she was shot.  She was pregnant at the time and cried out, "My baby, my baby!"  Pvt. Velez died soon afterward.

Such dramatic material is often ruled inadmissible in trials, but military law expert Geoffrey Corn at South Texas College of Law in Houston says statements from dying victims are an exception.

"It will have an emotional impact on the jury, but there is nothing unfair about that.  That is the key; you only get to keep relevant evidence out when the prejudicial effect is unfair and there is nothing unfair in allowing the jury to hear the dying declaration of a murder victim," Corn said.

Military prosecutors say Pvt. Velez was one of 13 people killed Nov. 5, 2009, when Hasan fired on a gathering at Fort Hood, an army base in Texas.

The judge also cleared the way for jury selection to begin July 9.  Osborn set a July 2 hearing for Hasan to make his formal plea.

Since this is a capital case, in which the death penalty could be imposed, military law prohibits him from pleading guilty to first-degree murder.  Corn, however, says Hasan could cause another delay by trying to plead guilty to a lesser charge.

"He would do that to try to get some clemency value out of it. In other words, he could argue to the jury, 'Look, I am trying to accept responsibility without a deal, without any benefit, I am pleading guilty to non-capital murder.  I would have pled guilty to the capital offense, but I am not allowed to,'" Corn said.

Corn says that if Hasan tries this tactic, it could complicate the case and even result in two sets of accusations being considered separately.

Victims' families have expressed frustration over the delays in starting the trial.  Last year, there were several hearings over whether Hasan would be allowed to wear a beard, which he says is an expression of his Islamic faith.

The judge presiding over the case at that time ordered him to shave or be forcibly shaved to meet Army regulations.  But that judge was eventually replaced and Judge Osborn has allowed Hasan to keep the beard. She also has allowed him to serve as his own lawyer, but kept appointed defense attorneys on hand so that they can step in if needed.

Another year of Glastonbury
opens beneath cloudy skies

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Britain's largest music festival got off to a traditionally muddy start Thursday as thousands of campers arrived at Glastonbury in pouring rain for three days of music headlined by veteran rockers the Rolling Stones.
The event that started as a retreat for about 1,500 hippies on a dairy farm in rural Somerset in 1970 has grown into the world's largest music festival, featuring about 2,000 acts on 58 stages and attended by more than 135,000 people.
Gates opened early Wednesday and by late Thursday nearly 120,000 people had flooded into the 900-acre site about 130 miles southwest of London, turning the working farm of festival founder Michael Eavis into a tent city.
But while Glastonbury is known for megastars performing alongside eclectic acts, it also has a reputation for falling afoul of Britain's fickle summer weather, and this year was no exception, despite forecasts for dry weather.
By mid-afternoon Thursday the rain was falling heavily, continuing into the night, with revelers in raincoats and rubber boots — known as wellies — negotiating muddy tracks.
"The forecast was fine so I am glad I did bring clothes for all weather," said Grace Murphy, 23, an Irish social work student, dressed in a bright pink raincoat and black wellies. "We'll still have fun. It's a great atmosphere and there's no other festival as awesome as Glastonbury."
Meteorologists from Britain's national weather service, the Met Office, had forecast largely dry weather, but even in the rain the music fans descending on Glastonbury were determined to have fun, having paid 205 pounds ($315) each for tickets.
"You've got to expect some rain at Glastonbury. It's part of the experience," said Amanda Delve, a retailer aged in her 40's, browsing some of the 350 food stalls on the site.

The resources needed at Glastonbury are staggering, with 13 miles (20 kms) of fences ringing the site where there are about 198 pubs and bars, and 4,500 toilets. The festival was not held in 2012 as the London Olympics needed so much of the equipment.
An army of workers spends weeks preparing the site where the Rolling Stones play Saturday, their first performance at Glastonbury, marking their 50 years in the music business.
The headline act on Friday is Britain's Arctic Monkeys and on Sunday it is British folk band Mumford & Sons who confirmed this week that bassist Ted Dwane was well enough to perform after undergoing surgery for a blood clot on the brain.
While the big names grab the spotlight, Eavis has ensured the event stays true to its alternative roots with music of all genres as well as dance, circus, and workshops in meditation, willow sculptures, and shamanic drum-making.
Thursday the Gyuto Monks, a group of Tibetan monks, chanted from a stage in the pouring rain. The Grammy-nominated group live in Dharamsala, north India, with the Dalai Lama who they followed when he fled Tibet after a failed uprising against Chinese rule in 1959.
Over the years the festival has not only grown in size but it has also started to attract a different crowd, with research showing the average age of revelers at Glastonbury is now 36 and it does not have to be too rough an experience.
Campers can opt for a more glamorous stay known as glamping with companies offering ready-pitched tents, golf carts to get around, champagne, private toilets and showers.
"The type of people here this year are totally different from when I first came in 1995, much older, but I guess at 205 pounds a ticket that's to be expected," said Mark Bignell, 45.

Voyager probe encounters
strange area in deep space

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Reports last summer that NASA's long-lived Voyager 1 space probe had finally left the solar system turned out to be a bit premature, scientists said Thursday.
Rather, the spacecraft, which was launched in 1977 for a five-year mission to study Jupiter and Saturn, has found itself in a previously unknown region between the outermost part of the solar system and interstellar space.
It is an unusual and unexpected thoroughfare, a place where charged particles from the sun have virtually disappeared and those coming from galactic cosmic rays beyond the solar system are plentiful.
By that measure alone, scientists initially thought Voyager 1 did indeed finally reach interstellar space on Aug. 25, 2012, becoming the first man-made object to leave the solar system.
But one key measurement killed that theory. The magnetic field in which Voyager 1 traveled was still aligned like the sun's. If the probe were truly in interstellar space, scientists expect that the direction of the magnetic field would be different.
“You can never exclude a really peculiar coincidence, but this was very strong evidence that we're still in the heliosheath,”  the bubble of plasma from the sun that surrounds the solar system, said Voyager scientist Leonard Burlaga, with NASA's Goddard Space Fight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Additional measurements later turned up a second odd reading. The cosmic ray particles were not uniformly distributed around Voyager 1 like scientists expected them to be in interstellar space. Instead, the charged particles, which stem from distant supernova explosions, were oriented in particular directions.
That led scientists to conclude that Voyager 1 was in some sort of magnetic boundary zone, where particles from inside and outside the solar system could easily swap places, but where the sun's influence still reigns supreme.
“We have no explanation for why we even found this new region,” Burlaga said.
So far, Voyager's sister probe, Voyager 2, which is exiting the solar system in a different direction, has not encountered the same phenomena nor may it ever.
“Voyager 2 has seen exactly what the models predicted we would see, unlike Voyager 1, which didn't,” said lead scientist Ed Stone, with the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.
Voyager 1 may be in an unusual place where the heliosheath and interstellar space connect, he added.
Voyager 1 is now about 11 billion miles (18 billion km) from Earth. At that distance, it takes radio signals, which move at the speed of light, 17 hours to make a one-way trip to Earth.
Scientists do not know how much farther Voyager has to travel to reach interstellar space. The spacecraft, which is powered by the slow decay of radioactive plutonium, will begin running out of energy for its science instruments in 2020. By 2025, it will be completely out of power.

New evidence discovered
in Alzheimer research

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Researchers at the Columbia University Medical Center have identified a brain protein that may have a role in causing the dementia of Alzheimer’s disease.

The finding could allow scientists to develop more effective treatments.

Neurons are the wiring through which information, in the form of electricity, travels through the brain. For these electrical impulses to get where they’re going, they have to jump across the spaces between neurons. These spaces are called synapses, and a protein called caspase-2 usually maintains them. One of the early effects of Alzheimer’s, however, is a disruption of normal synapse function, which can lead to neuron death. Columbia researchers thought caspase-2 might play a role in that degeneration of synapses.

They tested that idea by specially breeding mice who had amyloid-beta plaques in their brains and lacked the caspase-2 brain protein. Buildups of amyloid-beta appear to be one of the main causes of Alzheimer’s symptoms, and mice with amyloid-beta plaques suffer memory losses like that of human Alzheimer’s sufferers.

The new mice, however, did not lose memory as they aged. In fact, it stayed the same as normal mice. This seems to indicate that when brains have amyloid-beta plaques, as they do in Alzheimer’s cases, the normal caspace-2 protein somehow causes memory loss.

The researchers think the amyloid-beta plaques in Alzheimer’s patients make caspace-2 and a few other proteins more active, damaging the way electrical signals travel through the brain.

This new knowledge about the activities of the caspace-2 protein may allow researchers to develop new medical therapies to treat Alzheimer’s.

Alzheimer's is a degenerative brain disorder that usually strikes older adults. As it progresses, the disease causes memory loss and behavior changes. It also affects thinking and language skills. Patients usually need extensive care from relatives or medical professionals for years.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says around the world about 18 million people now have Alzheimer's and the number is expected to rise to 34 million by 2025.

Smithsonian features genes
in new Washington exhibit

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A genomic revolution is changing people’s lives.  A new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington explores the extraordinary impact it is having on science, medicine and nature. 

"Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code" opened to large crowds seeking to learn more about the field. The exhibit marks two scientific milestones: The 10th anniversary of the completion of the human genome project, the first blueprint of the human body, and the 60th anniversary of the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure which laid the foundation for understanding how our genetic information is encoded and copied.

"I have always found it really intriguing that everything about who we are and what we look like is controlled by these tiny molecules called DNA," said Ben Thomas, 12, who came with his family from Dayton, Ohio excited to embark on a genomic journey. "This exhibit is like cake to me.  I love this stuff."

The four chemicals that make up the fabric of humanity are on display in a mesmerizing variety of ways throughout the exhibit: from photographs of faces highlighting genetic differences to an endless scroll of the letters representing them in our genome - A,G,C and T - on a huge TV screen.  Those same letters are projected in eye-popping orange on a mannequin nicknamed Gigi, says exhibit developer Meg Rivers.

“She has on her the human genetic code and she is meant really to engage visitors and get them to think about having their own code and what does it means to them,” she said.

Rivers says visitors get that chance thanks to 3D models, animated videos, personal stories, touch screen panels, interactive games and genetic sequencing equipment. 

“You are able to go into these different alcoves, looking at personalized medicine, exploring medical mysteries," she said. "What does it mean to your health, the ethnical, legal and social implications that people are now starting to come across in the media, looking at our ancient ancestry up to today and what genomic science means to our natural world, our understanding it, our environment.”

But genomic science is not static. A scrolling news line keeps visitors up-to-date on the latest medical breakthroughs.

Eric Green is director of the National Human Genome Research Institute, which collaborated with the Smithsonian to create the exhibit.  He says the overall aim is to raise genomic literacy.

“By the end of this decade, genomics will become very much part of medical care in areas like cancer, in areas like infectious disease, in areas like deciding which medications to give people, in areas related to rare diseases that have genetic cause," he said. "This is going to become part of the language of medical care and people are going to need to become familiar with it.” 

For 12-year-old Kellen Alfaro that immersion starts immediately as she joins her classmates from Meridian Public Charter School in Washington in a hands-on activity to capture DNA from cheek cells.  Those cells are transferred from her saliva into a tube that has a solution that makes DNA visible.   The tiny white threads are Kellen’s DNA, which she pours into a tiny bottle that becomes a pendant for a necklace.

She says she’ll wear her DNA all the time.

“It defines me. And it tells me who I am and where I come from,” she said.

Her teacher, Andrea Conway, says the outing makes the science real.

“This helps us in the classroom because it not only gives students an opportunity to be excited about what we’re learning, but it helps us to actually make connections to different things that we learned about before in terms of human life, plants and animals,” she said.

Seven-and-a-half million people visit the National Museum of Natural History each year. They will have a chance to unlock life’s code for themselves through September.

Snowden still in Moscow
perhaps waiting for Maduro

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Edward Snowden, the fugitive American intelligence leaker, missed another plane to Havana Thursday.  As an overnight stopover in Moscow drags on, Snowden’s stay is taking a toll on the U.S.-Russia relationship.

President Obama took time out on a trip to Africa to prod the Kremlin to turn over Snowden.

“My continued expectation is that Russia or other countries that have talked about potentially providing Mr. Snowden asylum recognize that they are part of an international community, and that they should be abiding by international law," Obama told reporters in Senegal. 

Separately, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters in Washington: “I would hope that the Russians do the right thing here and turn Snowden over to the United States. He has broken laws and I think, as far as I know, the decision of the Russian Government, at least a final decision, hasn't been made yet.”

American congressmen have come out with a series of statements sharply critical of the Kremlin.

“Snowden has overstayed his welcome at the Moscow airport,” Sen. Bob Menendez, a Democrat from New Jersey, said Thursday. “I call on the Russian government, in the interest of justice, as well as U.S.-Russian relations, to release him into the custody of the U.S. government today.”
“For political reasons it is impossible for both China and Russia to extradite him to the United States,” said Fyodor Lyukanov, who edits Russia in Global Affairs magazine. “That will make enormous damage to their reputations because at least half of the world believes Snowden is a hero because he revealed this big brother practice of the state.”

American intelligence experts worry that Russian officials have copied the memories of the four laptops that Snowden brought with him.

Russian President Vladimir Putin rejects U.S. pressure over Snowden.

“He's in the transit hall as a transit passenger now,” President Putin said on a visit to Finland Wednesday. “Our special services have never worked with Mr. Snowden and aren't working today."

In Hong Kong, Snowden told journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras with The Guardian newspaper he rejects accusations that he leaked America’s secrets to help foreign powers.

“Anyone in the position of access with the technical capability that I had could suck out secrets and pass them on the open market to Russia,” Snowden said in a videotaped interview. “They always have an open door, as we do.”

The longer Snowden stays in Russia, the more he is winning conservative support in the country. Russian lawmakers and some human rights leaders now want the Kremlin to grant Snowden asylum. One Russian senator, Ruslan Gattarov, invited Snowden to address a parliamentary working group set up to explore allegations of American wiretapping of Russian citizens.

President Putin says he will not extradite Snowden to the United States. But he wants the fugitive to keep moving. "Mr. Snowden is a free man,” he said in Finland. “The sooner he chooses his final destination, the better it would be for us and for himself."

If Snowden keeps missing flights to Havana, a new solution could be on the horizon.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said that he is considering granting Snowden asylum. Next week, President Maduro is to fly to Moscow in Venezuela’s presidential jet, an Airbus, to attend a conference of gas-producing nations.

In the roomy jet, he could bring along two other left-leaning leaders of South American gas-producing nations, Bolivian President Evo Morales and Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. Ecuador has said it is reviewing an asylum request from Snowden.

Conceivably, Snowden could fly directly from Moscow to Caracas with this high level entourage. Perhaps aware of this possibility, President Obama promised not to take extraordinary measures. 

“No, I'm not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker,” he said, referring to Snowden who turned 30 last week in Hong Kong..
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Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$550,000 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!

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San Rafael, Heredia, great opportunity, 17,000m2 land for development,
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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.

Private Gated Paradise in Grecia 3/2 home with guest apartment, 5000m2 land. $139k-/best cash offer! River access,, Phone: (506)2495-0487.

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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.

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  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.

San Pedro condo
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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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$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.
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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  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: Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987 7166,

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, - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.

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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 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!

La Garita
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.

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:

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.

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,
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Water and power on site.
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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. $180,000 506-8869-9274.

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.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Seven million low-income U.S. college students face higher costs unless President Barack Obama and both Democrats and Republicans in Congress reach an agreement by July.

Many experts doubt the bickering politicians will act in time to prevent a doubling of the interest charged on education loans for students who need the financial help the most.  This dispute comes as a college education is more important than ever to get good jobs, and college costs are soaring. 

About one-third of college students in the United States rely on low-cost loans that are subsidized by the government. 

Right now, the interest rate is 3.4 percent a year, but it will double to 6.8 percent if Congress doesn't act.  

That could add up to thousands of dollars in additional repayments if low-income college students borrow $20,000 or more for the four years of undergraduate studies.

Spencer Hughes, student government president at Iowa State University, says the higher costs will hurt the students who can least afford it.

"For many of them this assistance is necessary for them to be able to afford a college education.  So there are going to be some serious considerations if it is worth it for me to consider pursuing a degree with this increased burden," said Hughes.

Hughes says students are fed up with politicians who spend their time blaming each other for the impasse.  He says it is time for Congress to do its job and reach an agreement so students know what their costs will be as they pursue higher education. 

The evolving debate includes some who want to extend current rates, while others say it is too costly for taxpayers.  Some want to tie interest rates to market conditions, while others say to do so would be okay if there were an upper limit on rates and a way to set the rate for a term in college.
Terry Hartle of the American Council on Education says he hopes the various factions can work out a deal.  He says the issue is important to students and the national economy. 

"Countries with a high percentage of educated and skilled workforce will do better than countries that do not have a highly educated and well-trained workforce," said Hartle.

Hartle says if Congress misses the deadline, members could work out a deal later and set interest rates retroactively.

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