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Tax collector devises new lottery to catch cheats
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's tax collecting agency is embarking on another series of raffles to put a spotlight on tax cheats.

This time the agency, the Dirección General de Tributación, said that those individuals or corporations that pay for goods or services with a debit or credit card automatically will be enrolled in the monthly drawings.

The last time the agency created a raffle, officials asked the public to submit paper facturas or receipts. The agency then compared these against individuals and firms on the sales tax and income tax rolls.

During this month, each purchase of 3,000 colons or multiples thereof with a credit card issued in Costa Rica will generate an electronic entry into the raffle. The first drawing will be Aug. 14.

If the payment is for professionals services, the number of electronic entries will be doubled. Professionals like private physicians and lawyers have been a challenge to the tax collectors because a lot of the payments are under the table. In fact, the agency is about to start an electronic invoicing system so that all the income of certain professionals are available for inspection.

The agency, part of the Ministerio de Hacienda, has jacked up the prizes for this raffle. Each month prizes totaling 50 million colons will be awarded. That's about $100,000. First price will be half that, 25 million colons. There will be five lesser premiums, all selected electronically.

The credit card issuers will have the responsibility of assigning raffle entries to each purchase, said Tributación.

The raffle will start fresh each month because the
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purchases of the previous month will not be considered, said Tributación. Cash withdrawals from automatic tellers will not be considered.

Electronic drawings will be monthly through December, the agency said. Winners will be listed on the ministry Web site, the agency said.

Tax cheats will be revealed when the agency cross-checks the credit card information with tax reports by individual vendors, it said.

The cash prizes appear to be motivation so that bills are paid with credit cards. The agency has had access to credit card data for years, although it is unclear on how it obtained this right. In fact, some officials have been urging that citizens pay nearly all their bills by credit card.

There are exceptions to the raffle. Payments for public services or public utilities do not count.

Country takes a big jump in innovation index
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country rose 21 places to 39th in the 2013 innovation index produced by Cornell University, the European Institute of Business Administration and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
Costa Rica led the Latin American and Caribbean category, one of seven in the report.

Naturally, public officials are pleased. President Laura Chinchilla credited the increase to efforts made by her government.

The Global Innovation Index is calculated as the average of two other indexes. One evaluates institutions, human capital and research, infrastructure, market sophistication and business sophistication. The second considers technology outputs and creativity outputs.
Clearly the multinational corporations here had an impact on the index.

The United States rejoined the five most-innovative nations and the United Kingdom moved up to the third spot while Switzerland retained its place atop the rankings in the Global Innovation Index, said a release on the results.

The index has been published annually since 2007.

The evaluators looked at 142 economies around the world and used 84 indicators to gauge both innovation capabilities and measurable results.

Anabel González, minister of Comercio Exterior, said that attracting foreign direct investment contributed significantly to improving the country's ranking.

Tax police stop the makings of many a party at border
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Policía de Control Fiscal put a real damper on festivities late last week. The agency intercepted a truck carrying 48,823 containers of untaxed whiskey, rum, vodka and beer.

The agency said it received an anonymous tip about a truck carrying the goods. When the driver was stopped, he produced a document that the tax police said was faked.
The alcohol came from Panamá.

Prices of beer and hard liquor are such that smuggling and bootlegging can be profitable. Tax police and others at the Panamá border are aggressive and are known to confiscate even small amounts of alcohol coming from the south. They also are active in finding commercial stills in the metro area that produce counterfeit scotch, guaro and other drinks. Frequently these are packaged under legitimate brand names for distribution.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Securing a fence to stop intruders is a matter of design.

Above are four illustrations. The one marked “Existing” is what the corrugated fence is now in the southern border between the U.S. and Mexico. A-B is the upright portion of the fence and BC is the upward sweep designed for the purpose of keeping intruders from coming over the fence.

Normally this portion is of barbwire or concertina wire. In this case it is corrugated sheet metal. When an intruder wants to breach the barrier, he needs to climb to point B of the upright and while hanging on with one hand reach with the other hand to grasp point C of the upward sweep. Whereupon he would transfer his first hand from point B to point C, let his body dangle and swing one of his legs over point C and then “up and over”. You can see that point C, being an upward sweep, assists the intruder greatly by giving him a very positive and secure grip; also that it is well within reach from point B in the existing fence.

Now if you can interrupt any of the steps above the intruder would be unable to breach the fence by going over it. One way to really secure the border via a fence is to extend the upward sweep B-C to D such that point D is out of reach from point B. While this would work in so far as stopping the intruder from point B reaching point D and “up and over,” it does not stop any intruder from using a hook-and-ladder (“skyhook”) to simply climb up and over. 

The best way is instead of extending the upsweep B-C from C to D upwards install the addition in a downward sweep C-E. When the intruder is at point B he needs to reach and grasp point E (in a downward sweep), let dangle his body and swing his leg up over point E. Unlike an upward sweep the downward sweep C-E does not give a positive grip at all and the intruder will simply fall off the fence. The angle BCE if greater than a right angle has the additional benefit of not giving a positive grip to a skyhook either. The cheapest but less efficient way is simply to swing the existing upward sweep B-C downward to B-F but gives a very positive grip for a skyhook.

Your fence is now truly secure in stopping intruders from coming over the fence instead of merely slowing them down a bit.

Skyhook is effective here only because the extension sweeps upwards giving the hook a positive grip. The same goes with climbing over – needs a positive grip. The remedy is to have the extension sweep downwards to eliminate this positive grip.

For areas where a chain-linked fence is used, adding a cap using corrugated sheet metal in the form of B-C-E can be installed and there will be no more climbing over.

A friend suggested: “Rather than face the fact that no fence is totally impenetrable, make the approach or exit hazardous. With all the trash we produce, a six-inch thick by three-foot wide swath of broken glass installed on the side they would have to jump from might cause second thoughts. Go with broken glass bottles, formulate a proposal, pay disposal companies by the hundred weight and ship railroad cars to the border, some medium sized bucket equipment and trucks would round out the package.”

An easy way is to use metal sheet and punch and turn up sharp triangles and place them over the jump off points. This would be a good deterrent. (Below)

The question does not seem to be whether a secure border is desirable but rather the will to secure it properly in the first place, once and for all. Technically speaking, it can be done.
Denis Jay


Electrical malfunction
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Cuerpo de Bomberos determined Tuesday that a fire that destroyed a dance hall in Aserrí Monday night was caused by an electrical malfunction.

The spectacular blaze could be seen for many points in the Central Valley. The former Isla Guilligan, now named El Nido del Tucán, was constructed mostly of wood. 

Because of the operator's involvement in a criminal case, Spanish language newspapers suggested revenge as the reason for the fire. Not so, said fire fighter investigators. They said the blaze started at a break box in the southwest corner of the principal dance floor.

Puppets to take the stage
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Teatro al Mediodía en el Museo will be a puppet show Thursday. The location is in the auditorium at the Museo Histórico Cultura Juan Santamaría in Alajuela.

Fernando Thiel and his group from Argentina will present a drama featuring their puppets. Show time is at 12:10 p.m. The dialogue is in Spanish.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Hundreds have evacuated their homes in the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona as emergency workers battle an out-of-control wildfire that killed 19 firefighters Sunday.

A Prescott Fire Department volunteer said military air tankers and five helicopters were dumping water on hot spots in an effort to contain the fire.  He said emergency workers had evacuated 250 homes late Monday, with hundreds of firefighters working around the clock.

Meteorologists are predicting powerful wind gusts could make it more challenging to battle the erratic blaze.

A sudden wind storm swept the flames over 19 firefighters late Sunday in the deadliest single day for U.S. firefighters since Sept. 11, 2001.

The lighting-sparked fire northwest of Phoenix has charred more than 34-square kilometers since Friday.

Arizona, and the neighboring western states of California and Nevada are in the middle of an extreme heat wave.  Temperatures have reached record highs, and excessive heat warnings are in effect across the region.

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June inflation was negligible, thanks to a slowing economy
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Inflation in June was negligible, just .02 of a percent, according to figures provided by the Banco Central.

That brought the accumulated inflation for the year to 3.24 percent, according to INS Valores Puesto de Bolsa, S.A. which keeps track of these types of data.

The Bolsa said that the low inflation was an indication that the economy was decelerating and that prices were expected to stabilize for the remainder of the year.
The data also shows that private employees received a pay increase less than inflation. The Consejo Nacional de Salarios ordered a 2.4 percent increase in the minimum wages for the second half of the year.

The report of the inflation for the year is likely to have an effect on negotiations with the government and public employees.

The Bolsa said that food and non-alcoholic drinks had a negative effect on inflation. Prices of tomatoes, rice, powdered milk, among others, declined, it said. Rents appeared to be higher, it added.

Front-runner Araya draws first major allegations in campaign
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
As expected, the curse of being the front-runner cast a shadow over the campaign of Johnny Araya Monge.

He was the target of financial allegations directed his way by a legislator and a member of the San José municipal council. Both are members of the Partido Acción Ciudadana.

According to allegations voiced at a press conference, Araya has left his job as mayor of San José with the municipality on the verge of a financial crisis.

The subtext was if he can't run the municipality he should not be allowed to run the country.

Araya is the nominee of the Partido Liberación Nacional. Acción Ciudadana also plans to field a candidate.

The Accion Ciudadana members were Yolanda Acuña Castro,
 the lawmakers, and Eugenia Bermúdez, who holds the position of regidora or council member.

Ms. Acuña said that 68 percent of the municipal debt is uncollectible. Ms. Bermúdez said that the municipal debt increased 43 percent in just one year.
The allegations strike at the base of Araya's campaign. He has styled himself as a public official who can get a job done.

Acción Ciudadana said it has raised the issue of municipal finance to the Contraloría General de la República, the budget watchdog. Much of the allegation was based on a study by an accounting firm.

Araya has not responded yet to the allegations, but he has been working to distance himself from President Laura Chinchilla, who belongs to the same political party.

Presidential elections are the first Sunday in February.

U.S. citizen from Orotina held on marijuana possession charge
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Colombian-born man with U.S. citizenship has been detained after police said they found marijuana inside his vehicle.

The police action involved the Fuerza Pública and the Policía de Control de Drogas.
The man was detained in the Coyolar de Orotina, Alajuela, subdivision, police said.

The man was identified by the last name of Betancur.

Police said they found 467 grams of marijuana, about 16.5 ounces.

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Researchers plan to continue their study of carbon dioxide and tropical plants
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

What does increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere do to tropical plants. That is a pressing question considering that there are predictions that levels of the gas will double in the next 90 years.

Most people know that plants love carbon dioxide. They inhale it and exhale oxygen. Plant life along busy roadways sometimes shows the beneficial effects of increased carbon dioxide.

Klaus Winter and colleagues at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center in Panamá are studying the question and have produced a review paper summarizing the current knowledge, said the institute.

The best way to answer the question is to put plants in a controlled atmosphere environment. Winter does that, said the institute.

Winter has published 20-plus peer-reviewed articles on how tropical
seedlings and saplings respond to atmospheric and climate change, said the institute.

His work, conducted primarily in open-top chambers and controlled-environment chambers thus far, shows that while growth responses to elevated carbon dioxide vary depending on soil conditions, tree species consistently become more efficient water users when exposed to greater concentrations, the institute added.

"The challenge is now to scale up from seedling and saplings to the full-grown forest," says Winter, as quoted by the institute. "Will trees grow faster in a CO2 enriched atmosphere? If so, will they turn over faster? Will the standing biomass of forests increase? Will species composition change?  Manipulative experimentations at a large scale are what we need, and we need them now."

The review article in Functional Plant Biology is "Tropical forest responses to increasing atmospheric CO2: current knowledge and opportunities for future research."

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Japan rejects Australian claim
that it really is hunting whales

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In its first appearance before the Hague-based International Court of Justice, Japan rebutted Australia's accusations that its annual whale hunts around Antarctica amount to commercial whaling and not research. The bitter legal dispute may have long-term implications.

Setting out his case in English and French, Japan's Deputy Foreign Minister Koji Tsuruoka argued Tokyo's annual hunt for minke and fin whales in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica is purely for research purposes. 

Speaking Tuesday before the United Nations' highest court, he said Japan strictly abides by international law, and its research findings help the scientific community.

"Japan is conducting a comprehensive scientific research program because Japan wishes to resume commercial whaling based on science in a sustainable manner," Tsuruoka said.

Without that research, Japan says, it will not have scientific grounds to prove commercial whaling can eventually be resumed around Antarctica where a moratorium has been in place for nearly three decades.

Australia wants the court to turn the Antarctica whaling moratorium into a permanent ban.  Arguing the case last week, Australian lawyer James Crawford claimed Japan's use of a special research provision is commercial whaling in disguise.

"Under the two programs, Japan has killed more than 10,000 whales purportedly on the pursuit of information that is not required for the effective conservation and management of whale stocks in the Southern Ocean or for any other identified scientific purpose," he said.

Whale meat is considered a delicacy in Japan. But widescale whaling by a number of countries in the past has decimated whale species in many areas, including around Antarctica.

Greenpeace Oceans Campaigner John Frizell backs Australia's arguments.

"The whale populations in the Antarctic have suffered tremendously from commercial whaling," he said. "Most of the populations are heavily depleted.  Whales are long living, up to 100 years.  They need long-term protection in order to recover."

Australia banned its own whaling in 1979, setting the country on the path of protecting whales.  Its case at the International Court of Justice is being supported by New Zealand.

But Japan's Tsuruoka argues Australia is trying to impose its beliefs on others and to change the framework of the International Whaling Commission.

"Australia has a sovereign right to decide its position," he said. "But Australia cannot impose its will on other nations, nor change the IWC to an organization opposed to whaling."

The court is not expected to rule for several months.  Its judgement on the legality of Japan's annual whale hunt is expected to be final and binding.

Obama ends his African trip
promoting continent's future

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama ended his Africa trip Tuesday, voicing confidence in Africa's future with help from a new U.S. model for development assistance.

In Tanzania, Obama and former U.S. president George W. Bush marked the 1998 al-Qaida terrorist bombing. Coordinated truck bomb attacks on the U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, and Nairobi, Kenya Aug. 7, 1998, left 224 people dead. 

Just over three years later, al-Qaida attacked the United States directly on home soil on Sept. 11, 2001.

In a brief ceremony at the new embassy building that opened in 2003, Obama and former president Bush laid a wreath at the memorial to those killed in the attacks.

With five family members of victims and those who survived the attack nearby, they walked side by side to the memorial, and bowed their heads for a moment of silence.

Obama's Africa trip has been focused primarily on enhancing trade and investment in the continent, based on a new model of aid, public-private partnerships with African governments and reforms.

But security threats faced by African nations, and the U.S. role in helping to counter extremist groups, were on the agenda in his discussions from Senegal to South Africa and Tanzania.

In South Africa, Obama spoke of what he called the  “senseless terrorism that all too often perverts the meaning of Islam - one of the world’s great religions - and takes the lives of countless innocent Africans.”

He also attempted to counter the notion that the United States is militarizing its involvement in Africa, saying ultimately Africans must shoulder their own security responsibilities.

“I know there's a lot of talk of America’s military presence in Africa.  But if you look at what we’re actually doing, time and again, we're putting muscle behind African efforts,” he said.

In the final event of his Africa trip, Obama visited a formerly idle power plant brought back to life through joint Tanzanian-U.S. efforts, highlighting his new initiative to double access to electricity in Africa.

Obama said this reflects his approach of combining public and private resources to spur economic progress.

He referred to other new initiatives, from agriculture to education and health, and said the United States intends to be a strong partner with Africa in years ahead.

“That is what all our efforts are going to be about, is making sure that Africans have the tools to create a better life for their people and that the United States is a partner in that process.  It's going to be good for Africa, it's going to be good for the United States and it's going to be good for the world,” he said.

Over a week of travel, Obama highlighted democratic progress and the importance of civil society and human rights in Senegal.

He held up South Africa's democratic transition and progress against HIV/AIDS as a model for Africa, met family members of critically ill former president Nelson Mandela, and underscored the role of Africa's youth in building the future.

As he left Tanzania he said he was inspired, and convinced that "with the right approach Africa and its people can unleash a new era of prosperity.”

Trial of Army Major Hasan
ordered to begin Tuesday

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

At a hearing in a Fort Hood, Texas, courtroom, the judge in the case of U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan cleared the way for the trial to begin on Tuesday with jury selection. Hasan is charged with murdering 13 people and attempting to kill 32 others in a shooting spree at the Texas army base in November 2009. Any further delays are unlikely.

The presiding judge, Col. Tara Osborn, swept away several issues at the hearing and also put in a plea of not guilty for Hasan since he did not formally enter a plea. Since this is a capital murder case in which the death penalty could be imposed, military law does not allow for a guilty plea.

Former military attorney Lisa Windsor, who now works for the Tully Rinckey law firm in Washington, DC, says the accused soldier probably cannot prevent the trial from starting next Tuesday.

"I think that there is a very good chance that this will now happen. I think that he has exhausted all his mechanisms for delay," said Ms. Windsor.

Hasan asked for a three-day delay so that he could hire former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark as his civilian lawyer in the trial.  However, Judge Osborn rejected that request, calling it untimely. Hasan already has appointed attorneys to assist him, but at a previous hearing he requested and was granted permission to defend himself.

Other issues Judge Osborn addressed involve the jury selection process and the evidence to be presented. Ms.  Windsor says there is a great deal of evidence in this case, but the judge will not let the prosecution use everything it has.

"There could be some pretty grisly evidence here, photos and video tapes. But it looks like the accused had no objection to that as long as it was not cumulative, enough to give the jury an idea of what went on in the incident, but not so much that you are going to have jury members running out of the room," she said.

Even so, she says the trial will likely take at least a few weeks, perhaps even five or six weeks.

Some political commentators have complained about the many delays in the process. Nearly a year was spent trying to resolve the issue of Major Hasan's beard, which violates standard military dress code, but which he claims is a sign of his Muslim faith. Judge Osborn has ruled he can keep the beard and dress in fatigues rather than a dress uniform because he is paralyzed below the waist as a result of being wounded by police at the scene of the crime.

Some critics say the evidence against him is so overwhelming that the lengthy process was unnecessary. But Geoffrey Corn, a former military lawyer who now teaches at the South Texas School of Law, says the U.S. military justice system is fair and efficient.

"I don't think what has occurred in this case is radically different from the way we deal with any military defendant. Getting this case to trial has been complex, but it is starting to move now and I think as it goes through, people will see that this actually works pretty darn well," said Corn.

The prospective jurors are traveling to Fort Hood from other bases around the country so as to avoid using anyone on the jury who might be biased because of links to the victims or family members of victims. All the jurors on what the military system calls the panel must be of higher rank than the accused, but voting is done anonymously and it only takes one not guilty vote to acquit.

Prosecution finishes case
in Manning WikiLeaks trial

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Court-martial prosecutors wrapped up their case Tuesday against the soldier charged with providing a trove of secret material to WikiLeaks in the biggest leak of classified files in U.S. history.
PFC Bradley Manning, 25, faces 21 charges, including espionage, computer fraud and, most seriously, aiding the enemy. Manning could face life in prison without parole if convicted.
Judge Col. Denise Lind allowed the final prosecution witness, Daniel Lewis, a counterintelligence adviser at the Defense Intelligence Agency, to testify in a closed session. An unclassified summary of his testimony, largely about the value of the material Manning provided to WikiLeaks, will be read into the record.
Lewis was the government's 28th in-person witness since the trial started June 3. More than 50 written statements from witnesses have also been submitted by prosecutors.
Judge Lind set a court recess from Wednesday to Monday, when “we will proceed with the defense case,” she said.
The defense has listed 46 potential witnesses and the trial is scheduled to run to Aug. 23.
Lawyers for Manning have described him as naive but well-intentioned in wanting to show the American public the reality of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Army prosecutors contend U.S. security was damaged when the WikiLeaks anti-secrecy Web site published classified information supplied by Manning. They say Manning obtained more than 700,000 classified files, combat videos and diplomatic cables while he was a junior intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2009 and 2010.
Among the accusations of harm to the United States, the former head of the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba has testified that the leaking of details of prisoners held there threatened serious damage to national security.
Military prosecutors have sought to portray Manning as a loner who boasted of his expertise with computers and ability to crack passwords. They contend that arrogance drove Manning to leak the information.
Manning's attorney, David Coombs, has said the soldier from Crescent, Oklahoma, believed the leaked material would not harm U.S. interests since it lacked operational value.
Coombs contends Manning, who is gay, was struggling with his sexual identity when he arrived in Iraq and was conflicted by his exposure to war and a trove of military data.
Dressed in a dark uniform, the slightly-built Manning has sat silently throughout the trial so far, dwarfed by his taller defense attorneys and listening with a chin on his fist or slumped in his chair.
As the case has ground on, the onlookers that filled the small courtroom in the early days dwindled to about a half dozen by Tuesday. About a dozen reporters were following the trial through closed-circuit television, far fewer than the crowds when the case opened.
The testimony at Fort Meade outside Washington, home of the ultra-secret National Security Agency, has portrayed a laid-back atmosphere at the outpost east of Baghdad where Manning worked.
He and other analysts often listened to music, played video games or watched movies while they were on duty, supposed to be tracking insurgents and al-Qaida, witnesses have said.
WikiLeaks returned to headlines last month when it helped organize the departure of fugitive former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden from Hong Kong to Moscow.
Wikileaks' founder Julian Assange has taken refuge in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London for the past year to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faces questioning about allegations of rape and sexual assault.
Assange, an Australian, says the charges are reprisal for WikiLeaks' publication of information embarrassing to the U.S. and other governments.

Supercomputer doesn't have
the monopoly on power

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new supercomputer developed by China's National University of Defense Technology has been ranked the fastest in the world by the Top500's semi-annual list of the world's most powerful computers. The supercomputer Titan at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory fell to number two. But what are supercomputers? And how important is the race to make them faster and more powerful?

The basic personal computer has one microchip at its core. The central processing unit, or CPU, executes a set of commands contained in a predesigned program.

The first supercomputers had a few more CPUs, but computer science professor Andrew Grimshaw, at the University of Virginia says that changed as microprocessors became cheaper and faster.

"Today, supercomputers are all what we call parallel machines. Instead of one CPU - central processing unit - they have thousands and thousands," he said. "And in the case of the Chinese machine, depending on how you count, millions of the central processing units."

Parallel machines consist of many individual computers called nodes, situated in one block. They use a lot of power, generate a lot of heat, and require huge cooling systems. Also, supercomputers use programs different from the ones used by ordinary computers.

With enough resources, Grimshaw says, anyone can build a supercomputer to address problems that require millions of mathematical calculations. 

But that's not always necessary. A virtual supercomputer can be created by networking individual computers within a university campus or company. These machines then process data during down time, when no one else is using them.

"Those are very easy to run on virtual supercomputers because each problem is independent of all the others and I can scatter these jobs out all around the place," Grimshaw said. "We run these all the time at UVA."

Grimshaw says that until a decade ago, engineers were focused on making computers faster. Since then, he says, they have worked to create more powerful parallel machines.

"It’s transforming science and engineering, and it’s going to continue to transform it in ways I think most people don’t fully grasp - how well we can model and simulate the world now," he said.

Grimshaw says computing ability makes the future of research look, "so bright I gotta wear shades."

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Yoga for the mentally ill
appears to provide help

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Millions of Americans take classes to learn the poses and breathing of the ancient Indian practice of yoga.  In recent years, yoga organizations have been reaching out to people who may not normally have the opportunity to take yoga classes, such as the homeless, trauma survivors, and people with drug and alcohol addictions. Green Door is a small mental health center in Washington where yoga is helping change people’s lives for the better.

Ericpaul Clark has been taking yoga classes for several months.  He’s been in jail and a psychiatric facility after abusing drugs.  Today, he says he’s clean and looking forward to a better life.  Yoga helps keep him calm, he said.

“I have rather a bad temper, and I’m afraid that if I really get angry I might do something dumb that will cause me to go back to jail.  When I do the stretches and poses it relaxes my muscles and just makes me feel more comfortable," said Clark.

The free, weekly yoga classes are offered as a part of Green Door’s program to help people who are mentally ill cope with their problems and become more independent.  Most are poor and many are homeless or in temporary housing.  Social worker Miranda White says a lot of them don’t exercise, but yoga is a good way to get them moving, even if it’s from a chair.

“Their patience for doing any type of exercise is minimal at first, but once they’ve gotten involved in yoga, I’ve seen this love for it," said White.

This is Clarence Marble’s first yoga class and he’s finding it challenging.

“I had to pull both my legs up with both my hands," said Marble.

He hopes yoga will help him lose weight and alleviate his depression.

“If it relieves me of some stress, I’ll really enjoy that, and if I can go do some yoga to get out of my depression that would be even better," he said.

Studies have shown the positive effect of yoga on a range of mental illnesses.  They indicate the practice helps reduce stress, ease chronic depression and lessen the symptoms of schizophrenia, a brain disorder characterized by hallucinations and delusions. 

Earnestine Jackson, who takes medication to control schizophrenia, says yoga benefits her in several ways.

“It helps you get your self-esteem together, and most of all, it helps me with peace of mind," said Ms. Jackson.

Miranda White says that’s something these people really need.

“It’s a moment for their bodies to just relax because if you’re homeless, or if you’re struggling with symptoms of hearing voices or depression, it’s hard to find a calm place within yourself and your environment, and with a lot of them you can see it in their faces," she said.

Instructor Megan Davis, a specialist in yoga therapy, says learning the proper way to breathe while doing yoga helps her students feel more in control.
“Especially the breathing techniques, really invite people not to be reactive, so it comes up when you’re having a craving for drugs, for a drink," said Davis.

That’s beneficial for Charles Bradley, who had a mental breakdown due to drug abuse, and has been clean for a year. 

“You don’t always have to go running back to substances to make you feel good.  You can make yourself feel good just by doing something as simple as breathing," said Bradley.

Bradley started taking yoga because he was curious but now considers it a vital part of turning his life around.

Special telephone program
shows blood pressure results

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Controlling blood pressure is a global issue as people live longer and lifestyles change. In developed countries, despite access to doctors and medication, many people don't have their blood pressure under control. In the U.S., almost half of those with high blood pressure are not able to control it.  A new study shows promising results in helping people live healthier lives.

High blood pressure increases the risk for heart attack and stroke. That's why health experts the world over are concerned about the increasing number of people with high blood pressure, even in developing countries.

Smoking, drinking alcohol, being sedentary are risk factors for hypertension, commonly called high blood pressure.  But there are also other risks. High blood pressure is a genetic trait that tends to run in families.

It runs in Pat Buchholz's family.

“I never smoked, I never drank, and I exercised," she said. "So that helps some but it did not prevent blood pressure problems from finding me.”

Ms. Buchholz took part in a study of 450 people with uncontrolled high blood pressure.  One group received usual care, meaning they had their blood pressure checked whenever they saw their doctors.

The other group monitored their blood pressure at home almost daily for a year.  Their results were sent electronically to a pharmacist.

“The pharmacist then was able to review the readings and make adjustments over the telephone, if needed, to the patient’s treatment regimen,” said Karen Margolis of HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research in Minneapolis who led the study. 
More than twice as many patients in the self-monitoring group had their blood pressure under control a year later compared to the other group.  And, Margolis says, the improvement continued even after the study ended.

“Seventy percent of the patients in the tele-monitoring group kept their blood pressure control at 18 months, six months after the program ended,” she said.

Ms. Buchholz says working with her pharmacist made a huge difference in improving her health.

"I learned more, I was able to listen better and retain what she told me… and I trusted her,” she said. 

The researchers say the intervention helped patients become more likely to take their medication, get more involved in their own health care and communicate better with their health care team.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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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!

Heredia land
San Rafael, Heredia, great opportunity, 17,000m2 land for development,
US$600,000 or best offer.  email: or call 8385-2542.

Minimum bid starts @ $10,000.
 ½ acre to 4 acres.
Walk to San Juanillo Beaches.
1 day only -10 a.m. June 15
Phone: 506-2682-0185

music studio
Musicians dream!!!
Two-story house, 2,400 sq. ft. (223 sq. mt.) total with covered porches, 2-car covered parking, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, open kitchen/living room, bodega, laundry room, upstairs sala. Separate 320-sq. ft. (29 sq. mt.) music studio that could be used as an art studio, workshop, or additional bedroom. Studio has a patio on top, partially covered with ozonated hot tub. Mature citrus trees, avocado, mango, pineapples, bananas, and many colorful flowers. Completely fenced, security system, Internet, cable TV, automatic gates, one-car additional secured gravel parking. Double lot, 7,320 sq ft (680 sq mt). Backs up to a large cafetal and looks up to Natural Reserve Madre Verde. Located in La Granja, Residencia Palma Real, Palmares, Alajuela. Walking distance to town, 5 minutes to pista, 35 minutes to airport, and close to bus service. Comes with kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, bed set in master bedroom, shoe cabinet just inside front door. Other furnishings negotiable. More pictures available upon request. House and property are in a corporation. $215,000.

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

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.

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

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. $185,000. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987
U.S. Phone:  6630-886-4458  or   (305) 848- 5577
Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799 4041

Guaancaate condos
Little Dreams La Colina Magnolias

Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

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

$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website 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

Rich Coast Montage
Central Pacific Coast Real Estate
- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
- Beachfront Residential Lots from $35,000! Financing Available
- 2 Coffee Shops and Bakeries Turnkey $40,000/ $120,000 Great ROI
- Lots in Gated Community near the beach from $17,500!!
- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
- 3 Bedroom Oceanview House on 5 acres subdividable
into 4 oceanview properties $250k
- 58 acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
and much more....
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718 9891

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.

hree peanel montage
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,
security and lawn maintenance.
Water and power on site.
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891

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.

just reduced
Just Reduced to $169,000!!!
58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005  CR Cell 8718-9891

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Aspen once again is center
of creativity and thinking

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Every summer, some of the most interesting thinkers, leaders and artists in the U.S. gather to share ideas in Aspen, Colorado.

It's called the Aspen Ideas Festival.  It is an incubator of creativity which attracts the best and the brightest in many fields from across the United States and around the world to the small western U.S. town of Aspen, known for its great natural beauty.

Xiao Xiao, pianist, technologist and doctoral candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, brought to Aspen her insights from piano-playing to human-computer interaction, designing experiences that bridge the digital and the physical.

"One day when I was practicing the piano I was looking at the really pretty reflection that's in front of the keyboard of my hands, and I had this thought of wouldn't it be really beautiful if instead of seeing my own hands there I could see somebody else's hands," Ms. Xiao said.

Joel Dudley is director of bioinformatics and assistant professor of genetics and genomic sciences at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He shared at Aspen the great strides made in health care, specifically in the field of personal genomics.

"A genome for a single individual, for example, will have six billion letters in it, so six billion with a "B" letters. It's a tremendous amount of information to interpret, and we now have the tools to make it cheap and easy, relatively easy, to interpret that, or at least measure that," he explained.

Patricia McLaughlin is associate vice president of communications at the Legacy Foundation, a leading public health organization working to drive down smoking rates. She is at Aspen to keep media and business leaders engaged with the issue.

"We have worked with three different artists who have all taken a position on some of the key issues that we are engaged in around tobacco use, and what they've done is through their art, they're illustrating the issue for us and helping drive the conversation with people," she said.

These are just a few of the many ideas presented at Aspen. For more than 60 years, the Aspen Institute has been a gathering place for leading writers, artists, scientists, public officials, business executives, scholars, economists and foreign policy experts.

Kitty Boone, vice president of public programs at the Aspen Institute and director of the Aspen Ideas Festival, said the conference gives attendees, who number as many as 4,000, a new appreciation of important topics.

"The goal of an organization like ours and of this type of event is to get people to think, and to understand an issue from multiple perspectives," Ms. Boone stated.

From early in the morning to late in the evening, meeting on footpaths and sidewalks, on the lawn or at coffee bars, with thinkers, artists, musicians and other leaders - in this remote part of the Rocky Mountains to the beautiful music of renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

French citizen found dead

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 60-year-old French citizen died in his home in Granadilla de Curridabat, the apparent victim of robbers.

The man, identified by the last name of Bigolet by the Judicial Investigating Organization, was found about 1 a.m. Tuesday tied up in his bed. Agents said that a youth was staying in the home temporarily and made the discovery and saw men leaving the property.

Some small appliances had been gathered as if for transport, agents said.

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U.S. banks have new rules on reserves

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. central bank has imposed stiffer operating rules for the country's banks in an effort to prevent them from failing and threatening American economic prospects.
The Federal Reserve Tuesday set the new rules, requiring banks to hold more money in reserve against bad debts. The rules exceed the guidelines set in recent years by the world's financial leaders in the aftermath of the worldwide economic downturn in 2008 that was caused in part by risky lending.
The central bank, which oversees monetary policy in the world's largest economy, said the new rules would permit banks to have enough cash on hand to make more loans to businesses and consumers "even after unforeseen losses and during severe economic downturns."
One bank official, Daniel Tarullo, called the adoption of the rules "a milestone in our post-crisis efforts to make the financial system safer."
The Federal Reserve says that many banks are already in compliance with the new rules, but that about 100 banks will have to raise a combined $4.5 billion by 2019 to comply.
In the coming months, the Fed plans to propose further restrictions on the eight largest U.S. financial institutions, the ones it considers systemically important to the world economy.