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Tell our public servants to follow the Constitution

Because today is July 4, the 237th anniversary of the political experiment which is the United States of America, it would seem fitting to share this editorial with Thomas Jefferson:

". . . Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness."

Jefferson, James Madison, Patrick Henry, James Mason and other anti-federalist founders also produced this paragraph:

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

These philosophies matured in 1776 as revolutionary documents that have moved the world. For many of the downtrodden, the United States has been a beacon of freedom and justice.

Today that beacon is faltering because of what Dwight Eisenhower termed the military-industrial complex. Today these are the people put to work technologies to abrogate the natural rights of every American and non-American.

More specifically, there is no justification for universal eavesdropping on telephone calls, emails and other forms of communications by federal bureaucrats and secret courts. Nor is there justification for weak-willed lawmakers to accept the argument that such destruction of human rights are necessary to guard against terrorism.
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This is not a partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats are equally at fault. The people now have the responsibility to set things straight. Each American has the responsibility to defend these historic rights. That includes expats overseas.
They must raise their voices to their elected representatives and even the overseas representatives of that government which has gone off the track.

Tell them today at the picnic that electronic surveillance by the government is a crime. Tell stateside representatives that they better reject all those fake arguments by the National Security Agency and other nameless agencies as well as administration mouthpieces. Tell the president to live up to his oath of office and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

The out-of-control intelligence community must be curbed and those violating Amendment IV of the U.S. Constitution (above) must pay the price for their excesses.

And this outrage should extend to the use of drone aircraft flying in the nation's skies. What are these people thinking?

We do not trust the spy agencies. We do not trust their friends in the legislature and the courts. We believe that Thomas Jefferson knew what he was writing.
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Today is U.S. Independence day, and the big picnic for expats is west of town in the Cervercería Costa Rica grounds. 

Members of the American Colony Committee have been knocking themselves out for years to put on a picnic that is directed mainly at the youngsters of expat families here. The idea is to introduce U.S. youngsters who may have lived in Costa Rica much of their life to a typical U.S. July 4.

The weather forecast is good, even though the picnic wraps up in the early afternoon. The experts at the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that the Central Valley and Guanacaste are likely to experience another one of the periods of reduced rain from today through Monday.

This happens a couple of times a year when the winds pick up and drive away the moisture. These periods are called veranillos or little summers.

The picnic today is not the only one. U.S. residents of Grecia said they would hold a picnic Sunday. It will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Quinta Real in San Isidro de Grecia. The event is a fund raiser for charities.

"We have great plans for the day, and are working hard to benefit three separate charity organizations," said Margaret Macik, one of the organizers.

The Fiesta Committee of Grecia includes both U.S. citizens and Costa Ricans, she said.  Everyone is invited regardless of nationality.

That is in contrast to the American Colony picnic where each U.S. citizen can bring one Costa Rican friend. For years the picnic was restricted to U.S. citizens and family because admission was free, so this is a recent change as is an admission charge.

Some of the expat watering holes in downtown San José and on the Pacific coast also plan July 4 celebrations.


Mallon Oil loses another
case in constitutional court


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala IV constitutional court has decided that the country is not obligated to sign a contract with Mallon Oil Co. of Denver. The firm wants to explore for petroleum in the northern part of the country.

The oil firm had appealed a decision by the Sala Primera and the Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo. The firm argued that the Sala Primera and the Tribunal have not considered a 2010 Sala IV decision.

Mallon now appears to have exhausted its options for arguing the case in the Costa Rica courts. The firm was invited by Costa Rica when it accepted six bids in 1999 covering about 2.3 million acres. Since then, the political winds have changed, and the current Laura Chinchilla administration is opposed to petroleum fuels.

In addition, a number of the opposition parties in the legislature do not want to see petroleum exploration. Costa Ricans pay more than $5 a gallon for gasoline, all of which is imported as petroleum. However, the country has been involved in negotiations with the People's Republic of China to rebuild the refinery on the Caribbean coast.

That, too, has become a political football with the nation's budget watchdog rejecting a contract due to presumed close connections between the Chinese firm and a firm doing a feasibility study.

Mallon is a subsidiary of Black Hills Exploration & Production, Inc. The firm is likely to seek international arbitration to recover its 14 years of expenses and anticipated profits.

The experiences of Mallon and also of Industrias Infinito S.A. are being cited by foreign business sources. Infinito is the subsidiary here of a Canadian gold mining firm and also faced an adverse court decision that caused it to lose its concession for a major open pit gold mine in northern Costa Rica.

Mallon faces new rules after it cleared years of legal hurdles erected by environmentalists. For one thing, the government tightened the environmental rules and sought more studies.


Slight reduction approved
for super gasoline and diesel


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Super gasoline and diesel prices are going down but plus gasoline will remain the same at 707 per liter under new prices announced Wednesday by the regulating agency.

Super gasoline drops 8 colons to 739 a liter, and diesel drops 13 colons to 611.  Eight colons is about 1.4 U.S. cents. 13 colons is about 2.4 U.S. cents.

The reductions were attributed to the changes in the price of petroleum on the international markets, said the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos. When the new prices are published and become effective, super gasoline will cost $5.67 a U.S. gallon. Plus or regular still will cost $5.42, and diesel will be $4.69 a U.S. gallon.

All petroleum fuels are sold through the state monopoly Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A.

Aviation gasoline went up 31 colons to 983 colons a liter, and jet fuel drops just 6 colons.


Mixed street fair springs up
around Mandela's hospital


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Outside the Pretoria Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital, where former South African President Nelson Mandela has been undergoing treatment since June 8, a village of sorts has sprung up filled with international media, well-wishers and entrepreneurs.

It feels like a street fair. Broadcasters from all corners of the globe have set up tents, tripods and generators along the closed off street near the entrance to the clinic in Pertoria.

There is a constant stream of well-wishers throughout the day. Mothers bring children to drop off notes wishing Mandela well. Workers nearby come to see what the scene looks like. And of course,  there are journalists.

But there are also those who see the demand, and are providing the supply.

A slew of entrepreneurs have shown up to make the most of an opportunity.
 
"I'm selling the merchandise of the ANC…it's my business," explained Godfrey Mooketsi, who was selling Mandela tablecloths and fabric, along with an African National Congress headscarf for women. Two meters of cloth sells for 100 rand, or $10. He hired someone to sell his goods on the street.
 
"I pay this guy.  I'm empowering somebody. Now Mandela is empowering me, because I'm selling Mandela stuff," Mooketsi said, adding that he feels it is what Mandela would want.

But not everyone has been happy with this large group of local and foreign media.

Behind a chain link fence, Fatima Bele, her sister and a friend run a fruit and snack stand every day. On a normal day, the stand would be visible to everyone walking by. But two satellite trucks and a white tent are now set up right on her doorstep, making it nearly impossible to see her stand from the street.
 
"Most of the customers they don't' even come," Bele complained. "They are afraid of the media. And they park in front of the business, there's no way to pass. So really it’s very quiet. I'm not making money for the whole month."

Eight gasoline-powered generators are also running non-stop in front of her stand, emitting fumes and making the area sound like a truck stop.
 
"Every day I'm having a headache. I'm tired and I'm fed up," she said. "We don't know when it is finishing from the beginning we are happy to see the media people, but now we are tired."


 
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ceramics in Washington
From the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Nicoya pottery is well represented in the Washington, D.C., exhibition.
Costa Rica's ancient artisans getting their due in Washington
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country's prehistoric past is getting major exposure in Washington, D.C.  The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center have an exhibit running until Feb.1, 2015 that spotlights Central America pre-Hispanic cultures.

The emphasis of “Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed,” as the name suggests, is on the pottery left by the cultures. But there is much more. Couple with the exhibit is a book edited by archaeologist Rosemary A. Joyce, of the University of California at Berkeley. She has been conducting fieldwork in Honduras since 1977.

Her thesis is that Central American cultures have been under
rated because they did not create giant and unsustainable cities like the Mayans and other cultures.

"Outstanding works of art force us to acknowledge that links existed from the Nicoya peninsula of Costa Rica to the Ulúa Valley in Honduras, and from there to Belize and Guatemala," she said in the book, "Revealing Ancestral Central America."

Costa Rica's other major archaeological sites outside the Nicoya peninsula also have strong representations. Of course, there are the stone spheres from the
Figure of a woman
Greater Nicoya female figure 800-1350 A.D.
southern Pacific coast. Las Mercedes on the campus of University Earth in Guácimo, Limón, is represented as well as the enigmatic Guayabo de Turrialba.

"It is evident that people of pre-16th-century Central American societies lived in a visually rich, materially luxurious, world, said Ms. Joyce. She also said that even in farmers homes excavations uncovered colorful ceramic pots and bowls.

The area around San Vicente de Nicoya is filled with small workshops where residents produce ceramics in much the same way their ancestors produced the pieces that are on display in Washington.

In fact, the Ecomuseo de la Cerámica Chorotega there organizes the Festival de las Nimbueras every year to honor the artisans who work with clay to produce masterpieces.

Pottery making there has been continuous for at least 4,000 years.

The Washington exhibition draws on the extensive holdings of
ceramics
From the collection of the Smithsonian’s
National Museum of the American Indian
Greater Nicoya bowl with human and harpy eagle design.

12,000 pieces at the Smithsonian, but many similar pieces are on display here in the Museo de Jade, the Museos del Banco Central and the Museo Nacional, not to mention the museum in Nicoya about 17  kilometers southeast of Santa Cruz.

However, the bilingual exhibit in Washington outlines a trade network and cultural similarities among the inhabitants of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panamá.

Together, these objects span the period from 1000 B.C. to the present and illustrate the richness, complexity and dynamic qualities of Central American civilizations that were connected to peoples in South America, Mesoamerica and the Caribbean through social and trade networks that shared knowledge, technology, artworks and systems of status and political organization, said the museum.

“This is our first major exhibition that examines our remarkable Central American collection, which is world class based on its sheer size and the fact that these are whole and intact objects,” said Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in a release. “It also marks the first time that we have created a bilingual exhibition that will increase our scholarship and outreach to an entirely new audience.”

Ms. Joyce also makes the point in her book that much of the early archaeology cites in Central America have been lost due to landslides, river erosion and construction even by later Indian groups. She notes that there is evidence that there were inhabitants here at least  9,000 years ago. She is supported in that view by a site just over the line in Panamá in the Parque Internacional La Amistad that has been dated at least that old.

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There is no San José financial crisis, Liberación responds
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Partido Liberación Nacional came to the support of its presidential candidate Wednesday and rejected the charge that the Municipalidad de San José was in tough financial shape.

That allegation had been raised Tuesday against the former mayor, Johnny Araya Monge, who is the Liberación presdiencial candidate. The charge came from members of the rival Partido Acción Ciudadana.
The municipality is in solid financial shape, there is no financial crisis and there is no budget deficit, said Liberación citing a report by Edgar Sandoval Montero, the municipality's financial administrator. There will be no reduction in resident services, the party said.

Sandoval attributed the allegations that were raised, in part, by a municipal councilwoman to confusion about the accounting information. He said the municipality continues to enjoy high ratings from credit organizations.

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U.N. meteorologists say 2001-2010 temperatures averaged half a degree higher
By the World Meteorological Organization

The world experienced unprecedented high-impact climate extremes during the 2001-2010 decade, which was the warmest since the start of modern measurements in 1850 and continued an extended period of pronounced global warming. More national temperature records were reported broken than in any previous decade, according to a new report by the World Meteorological Organization.

The report, "The Global Climate 2001-2010, A Decade of Climate Extremes," analyzed global and regional temperatures and precipitation, as well as extreme events such as the heat waves in Europe and Russia, Hurricane Katrina in the United States of America, Tropical Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar, droughts in the Amazon Basin, Australia and East Africa and floods in Pakistan.

The decade was the warmest for both hemispheres and for both land and ocean surface temperatures. The record warmth was accompanied by a rapid decline in Arctic sea ice, and accelerating loss of net mass from the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets and from the world’s glaciers. As a result of this widespread melting and the thermal expansion of sea water, global mean sea levels rose about 3 millimeters per year, about double the observed 20th century trend of 1.6 millimeters per year. Global sea level averaged over the decade was about 20 centimeters higher than that of 1880, according to the report.

The report charted rising atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. Global-average concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rose to 389 parts per million in 2010 (an increase of 39 percent since the start of the industrial era in 1750), methane to 1808.0 parts per billion (158 percent) and nitrous oxide to 323.2 parts per billion (20 percent).

“A decade is the minimum possible timeframe for meaningful assessments of climate change,” said agency Secretary-General Michel Jarraud.  “WMO’s report shows that global warming was significant from 1971 to 2010 and that the decadal rate of increase between 1991-2000 and 2001-2010 was unprecedented.  Rising concentrations of heat-trapping greenhouse gases are changing our climate, with far reaching implications for our environment and our oceans, which are absorbing both carbon dioxide and heat.”

“Natural climate variability, caused in part by interactions between our atmosphere and oceans – as evidenced by El Niño and La Niña events - means that some years are cooler than others. On an annual basis, the global temperature curve is not a smooth one. On a long-term basis the underlying trend is clearly in an upward direction, more so in recent times” said Jarraud.
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Average temperatures over the decades. Click HERE for larger image.

Between 2001 and 2010, there was no major El Niño event, which normally leads to higher temperatures (as occurred in the then-record warm year of 1998). Much of the decade experienced either cooling La Niña or neutral conditions, except for the 2009/2010 moderate to strong El Niño.

The 100-page report and an executive summary, incorporating findings from a unique survey of 139 national meteorological and hydrological services and socio-economic data and analysis from several U.N. agencies and partners, were released to coincide with the first session of the Intergovernmental Board on Climate Services. This board is overseeing the implementation of the Global Framework for Climate Services, an international initiative to improve and expand scientifically-based climate information to help society cope with the natural variability of our climate and human induced climate change.

"A decadal perspective makes it possible to assess trends in the climate system and anticipate the future. It can also inform efforts to develop operational climate services that provide information and forecasts for decision-making in agriculture, health, disaster risk, water resources and other sectors. These efforts are being coordinated through the WMO-led Global Framework for Climate Services,” said Mr. Jarraud.

The average land and ocean-surface temperature for the decade 2001-2010 was estimated to be 14.47°C, or 0.47°C above the 1961–1990 global average and +0.21°C above the 1991–2000 global average with a factor of uncertainty of ± 0.1°C.

Every year of the decade except 2008 was among the 10 warmest years on record. The warmest year ever recorded was 2010, with a temperature estimated at 0.54°C above the 14.0°C long term average of 1961-1990 base period, followed closely by 2005.

 
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Plastic in ocean is found
to harbor colonies of bacteria

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Plastic pollution in the ocean is harboring colonies of bacteria that could be harmful, not only to marine animals, but also to humans.
   
Thoughtless habits and practices, a bottle dropped here, a bag thrown there, are creating garbage dumps in the world’s oceans. The flotilla of debris moves with the currents and harms fish and marine mammals that either ingest or get entangled in it.

But for some organisms, it’s home. Scientists have discovered a wide diversity of microbes colonizing and thriving on plastic that is polluting the ocean in the so-called plastisphere.
 
It takes about six weeks for a plastic bag or bottle to ride the surface currents from the U.S. East Coast to the Sargasso Sea, in the center of the North Atlantic. The area is a gyre, essentially a big whirlpool that traps and swirls the debris which, unlike other types of trash in the ocean, never bio-degrades.

This is where Tracy Mincer, a microbiologist with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and colleagues from the Marine Biological Laboratory, joined students aboard a Sea Education Association vessel to sample plastic debris for microbes.
                      
“We hypothesized that the microbes on plastic were specifically interacting with it, rather than just a random association,” Mincer said. “It’s not just flypaper that is just grabbing on to anything. Things are actually specifically interacting with plastic for a reason.”

The team skimmed the surface with fine nets, collecting confetti size bits of plastic. They analyzed the plastic with electron scanning tools and gene sequencing techniques. They found rich colonies of bacteria, including some that they hadn’t expected, which they called pit formers.

“We were surprised when we saw microbes that appeared to be hydrolyzing the plastic and etching into it,” said Ms. Mincer, “as well as just a whole other amazing ecosystem that was thriving on this plastic surface.”

The organisms in this plastisphere were different from those in the surrounding nutrient-poor water, indicating that the plastic acts as an artificial microbial reef, one that could harbor disease-causing pathogens and other harmful algal species.

“It’s certainly possible. And a lot of time certain toxins are oily in nature and they will absorb on to the plastic, but when the microbes interact with it they could be releasing those toxins off of the plastics,” Ms. Mincer said.

Some of those additives are known to have hormonal effects in humans.

More than 90 percent of the trash floating on the ocean surface is plastic. The largest of the planet’s five gyre sites is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, which is twice the size of Texas. Ms. Mincer says with so much plastic out there, it is important to know how it impacts marine species and by extension, people.

“Fish are eating the plastic,” Ms. Mincer said. “Are they picking up certain toxins from the plastic or not? And what does happen to plastic once it goes out into this environment? Does it eventually degrade into little tiny bits? And then what does it do?  Do the microbes make it heavier and make it sink quicker? Does it go away?  Is it a problem?”

The initial survey identified about 1,000 microbes that live on and interact with plastic. The next step is to sequence their genomes to get a better idea of whether or not they could be harmful pathogens.


Obama has to placate
foreign officials on leaks


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Allegations that the United States has been eavesdropping on some of its European and Asian allies have created an international uproar. U.S. President Barack Obama and some former top officials are defending the U.S. surveillance as important for national security. But European lawmakers and officials are demanding an explanation and say relations may be damaged.

The National Security Agency is at the heart of allegations by the former contractor Edward Snowden that the United States has targeted some of its allies for surveillance. 

The German news magazine Der Spiegel reports the NSA eavesdropped on European Union offices in Washington, New York and Brussels, and that it has intercepted some half a billion phone calls, emails and text messages in Germany alone. 

James Bamford has written several books on the NSA. He explains why Germany was a target.

“The interest in Germany would be economic, since it is the economic powerhouse in Europe, and political, because whatever happens in Europe pretty much goes through Germany at one point or another, it is being discussed in Germany,” said Bamford.

Bamford also pointed out that two of the Sept. 11 hijackers studied in Hamburg, Germany. 

German officials have expressed outrage at the revelations. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle:

''We are countries which are friends. There cannot be any justification with security aspects. At this point, clarification is urgently needed," he said.

During his recent visit to Tanzania, Obama said that European and Asian intelligence services are also trying to pry information from sources that are not open.

"I guarantee you that in European capitals, there are people who are interested in, if not what I had for breakfast, at least what my talking points might be should I end up meeting with their leaders," said Obama.

Former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden told the CBS program Face the Nation that Snowden's disclosures will hurt U.S. intelligence sharing with its allies.

“Look, we cooperate with a lot of governments around the world. They expect us to be discrete about that cooperation. I cannot imagine a government anywhere on the planet who now believes we can keep a secret,” he said.

NSA’s access and technical capabilities, however, dwarf those of other countries, said author Bamford.

“The United States has the equivalent of a nuclear weapon in terms of eavesdropping. I mean we are armed with nuclear eavesdropping capabilities, basically, compared with the rest of the world."

Some European experts say Obama will have to do more than deliver speeches to calm the furor over privacy rights, especially as negotiations are set to start next week on a major new free trade agreement between the United States and the European Union.


South American leaders irate
at treatment of Evo Morales


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

South American leaders, outraged by the diversion of a Bolivian presidential plane in Europe over the Edward Snowden affair, on Wednesday weighed whether to hold an emergency summit to denounce what some called a U.S.-led act of aggression.
 
Bolivian President Evo Morales was en route from a conference in Moscow to his home on Tuesday when France and Portugal abruptly banned his plane from their airspace on suspicions it was carrying fugitive U.S. spy agency contractor Snowden, who is wanted by Washington.
 
The unusual treatment of the Bolivian leader touched a sensitive nerve in the region, which has a history of U.S.-backed coups, and other presidents rallied in support of Morales.
 
“Definitively, they're all crazy,” Argentine President Cristina Fernandez wrote on her Twitter account after a phone call to Morales, who was stranded in Vienna overnight.
 
Mrs. Fernandez described Morales as defiant. “'I'm not a thief,”' she quoted him as saying, although he was unable to prevent Austrian officials from searching his aircraft. Snowden was not onboard.
 
Nicaragua and Cuban officials also decried the incident.
 
The 12-nation  group which includes leftist leaders of Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina and Bolivia as well as the more moderate Chile and Brazil issued a statement, calling France's and Portugal's actions dangerous.
 
The group's secretary general said the group was coordinating with member nations to set a date and place for an emergency summit.
 
Snowden is believed to be still in the transit area of a Moscow airport, where he has been trying since June 23 to find a country that will offer him refuge from prosecution in the United States on espionage charges.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama has warned that giving Snowden asylum would carry serious costs.
 
Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia told reporters that Morales had been kidnapped by the empire. Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra accused the United States of strong-arming the Europeans into withdrawing the flight permits, although the restrictions were later lifted.

Bolivia has filed a formal complaint with the United Nations and has called in diplomats from the French, Italian and Portuguese embassies in La Paz to demand an explanation.
 
In Ecuador, President Rafael Correa called the Europeans' actions extremely grave.
 
“We're trying to convene a meeting of ... presidents, and take measures against this affront to Latin America,” he wrote on Twitter. “How they've trampled upon international law!”


Immigration group holds
an un-barbeque in Philadelphia


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Barbecues and fireworks symbolic of America’s fight for freedom are a tradition of Independence Day celebrations in the United States. But this year, immigration activists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the birthplace of America, are marking July 4 by fasting.
 
The interfaith immigrant rights group the New Sanctuary Movement staged a so-called un-barbecue Wednesday, setting up empty plates, picnic baskets and grills around the iconic Liberty Bell to draw attention to the freedoms that aren’t shared with undocumented immigrants in the U.S.
 
“It’s no picnic for the immigrant community in this country. They’re still lacking that liberty and justice,” said Peter Pedemonti, director of the New Sanctuary Movement and dozens of activists fasting for 40 days in the name of immigration reform.
 
“People are being separated from their families every day,” he said, noting that 1,000 undocumented immigrants are deported daily from the U.S. “That’s certainly not the liberty and justice I think our forefathers imagined and that people throughout history have struggled and fought for.”
 
The New Sanctuary movement is pushing the Philadelphia government to stop participating in the Preliminary Arraignment Reporting System, which allows U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to access Philadelphia’s police database. The system helps immigration determine if suspects picked up by the police are in the U.S. illegally.
 
“If someone’s arrested even for a traffic violation, the information is shared with ICE, and ICE can put a hold on them and take them into police custody, then ICE custody, then deportation. It violates people’s rights to due process and a trial,” Pedemonti said.
 
PARS is similar to the Secure Communities program managed by immigration, which has stirred controversy across the U.S. Opponents say immigration agents are using their partnerships with local and state law enforcement agencies as a general deportation tool, rather than a way to identify criminals.
 
The Obama administration, which has deported record numbers of people, says it is focusing on undocumented immigrants considered a threat to public safety.

9/11 Families for a Secure America supports Philadelphia’s partnership with immigration. The group, formed after the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks on the U.S., says concealing “illegal alien criminals from federal immigration authorities will result in the deaths of innocent Americans.”
 
The Philadelphia mayor’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
 
The U.S. Congress is debating an immigration reform bill that could help millions of undocumented immigrants gain legal status by paying back taxes and passing other requirements. The bill, if passed, also would boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border.
 
Pedemonti said he would welcome the relief to undocumented immigrants, but added that no amount of border security or monitoring will solve the problem of illegal immigration. That, he said, can only be addressed by looking at the reasons why people come to the U.S.


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Kenneth Bae photo published by Japanese newspaper Choson Sinbo

Korean-American being held
by Pyongyang seeks help

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A Korean-American sentenced to hard labor in a North Korean prison camp has appealed to the U.S. government to secure his release, saying he is in poor health and wants to be reunited with his family.

Kenneth Bae made the emotional appeal from prison as he spoke in Korean in a videotaped interview granted to Japanese newspaper Choson Sinbo, which is sympathetic to Pyongyang. The newspaper published the interview Wednesday and said it was conducted on June 26 with North Korean government approval.

In the interview, Bae appeared with his head shaved and wore a blue prison uniform while sitting in a room next to a radiator. It was the first time he had been seen publicly since being convicted in April of trying to topple the North Korean government and being sent to the camp in May to serve 15 years of hard labor.

North Korea arrested Bae, a tour operator, in its northeastern port of Rason last November.

The Korean-American said he was suffering from health problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure and a painful back while performing daily eight-hour shifts of farm work. He also told the pro-North Korean interviewer, however, that he appreciated the medical care he has received from doctors at the camp.

Bae held back tears as he talked about his desire to see his family in the United States and celebrate his father's 70th birthday on July 4. He expressed hope that North Korea will show leniency and the U.S. government will provide help to enable him to be released soon.

The U.S. State Department has urged North Korea to grant Bae amnesty and immediate release. Former U.S. presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter have made private visits to North Korea in recent years to bring home other Americans detained by Pyongyang, but there has been no sign of a similar mission being planned for Bae.


Florida Georgia Line emerges
as a top country group


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

During the past few years, the Country music industry has seen the arrival of several new duos.  One of the most successful is Florida Georgia Line.

“Cruise” was the first single from the group’s debut album, “Here’s To The Good Times.”  The album topped the Billboard Magazine Country chart.  Last month, “Cruise” set a record on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart by spending a 12th week at Number One, longer than any other duo in the 69-year history of that list.  The track sold nearly 4.3 million copies to become the best-selling tune by a Country duo in the era of digital singles.

Florida Georgia Line is 27-year-old Brian Kelley from Ormond Beach, Florida, and 26-year-old Tyler Hubbard from Monroe, Georgia.  They met while attending Nashville’s Belmont University.  Following graduation, Kelley and Hubbard packed a car and traveled the United States playing their music anywhere they were hired.  Florida Georgia Line eventually caught the attention of record companies, and last year they signed with Big Machine Records’ Republic Nashville label.

The second big hit from “Here’s To The Good Times” was “Get Your Shine On.”  The duo’s Brian Kelley describes the songwriting session for the recent Number One Country Airplay track.
 
“That was one of my personal favorite days of writing that we’ve ever had," he said. "We wrote it about a year ago right before the Big Loud Shirt Christmas party.  Tyler came in with that hook ‘Get Your Shine On.’  He threw that out at us and Chris Tompkins and Rodney Clawson.  We were off to the races.  I mean, I think we wrote it in an hour and a half.  It’s one of those songs just like “Cruise” that came together really quick.  Every songwriter will tell you it doesn’t always happen like that. You really count your lucky stars and thank the songwriting Gods when it does happen quick.”

The success of Florida Georgia Line’s first two hits brought the duo two Academy of Country Music Awards for Best New Artist and Best New Country Duo.

Florida Georgia Line will spend much of 2013 performing concerts throughout the United States.  In addition to appearances at summer festivals and local fairs, the duo has secured high-profile opening slots on Taylor Swift and Luke Bryan’s North American tours.

Tyler Hubbard describes the appreciation Florida Georgia Line has for its fans.

“I can relate to them and it means a lot to us if they want to take that hard-earned money, whatever they do," he said. "We’ve both had jobs where a dollar goes a long way.  We might have been making eight or nine bucks an hour doing some really bad jobs we hated.  So, money’s still sparse and we still try to stretch it, but it’s cool to have fans spend money on a ticket or spend money on a CD or buy a T-shirt when you know 15 bucks could be two meals.  Yeah, it just goes to show how passionate our fans are and how much they believe in us and support goes such a long way and we never take that for granted.”  
 
Later this year, the duo will return to the recording studio to work on its second album.  In the meantime, they are watching the third single from their debut album, “Round Here,” climb the popularity charts.
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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!
8010-7/28/13

Heredia land
San Rafael, Heredia, great opportunity, 17,000m2 land for development,
US$600,000 or best offer.  email: celigar53@gmail.com or call 8385-2542.
8008-7/24/13

auction
6 LOTS – AUCTION
Minimum bid starts @ $10,000.
 ½ acre to 4 acres.
Walk to San Juanillo Beaches.
1 day only -10 a.m. June 15
Email: Karen@racsa.co.cr
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Phone: 506-2682-0185
8007-6/29/13

music studio
Musicians dream!!!
Two-story house, 2,400 sq. ft. (223 sq. mt.) total with covered porches, 2-car covered parking, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, open kitchen/living room, bodega, laundry room, upstairs sala. Separate 320-sq. ft. (29 sq. mt.) music studio that could be used as an art studio, workshop, or additional bedroom. Studio has a patio on top, partially covered with ozonated hot tub. Mature citrus trees, avocado, mango, pineapples, bananas, and many colorful flowers. Completely fenced, security system, Internet, cable TV, automatic gates, one-car additional secured gravel parking. Double lot, 7,320 sq ft (680 sq mt). Backs up to a large cafetal and looks up to Natural Reserve Madre Verde. Located in La Granja, Residencia Palma Real, Palmares, Alajuela. Walking distance to town, 5 minutes to pista, 35 minutes to airport, and close to bus service. Comes with kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, bed set in master bedroom, shoe cabinet just inside front door. Other furnishings negotiable. More pictures available upon request. House and property are in a corporation. $215,000. terrycr2007@gmail.com
7998-74/13

Grecaiproperty
Private Gated Paradise in Grecia 3/2 home with guest apartment, 5000m2 land. $99k-/best cash offer! River access, costaricariver@yahoo.com, Phone: (506)2495-0487.
7953-7/10/13

Flamingo
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Condo for sale in Flamingo

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

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

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

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

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. $185,000. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987
U.S. Phone:  6630-886-4458  or   (305) 848- 5577
Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799 4041
Email:  sjogringo@yahoo.com
7973-8/23/13

Guaancaate condos
Little Dreams La Colina Magnolias

Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

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

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

Rich Coast Montage
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7972-8/9/13

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

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7967-7/17/13

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

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

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 www.dreamincostarica.com and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!
7958-6/2/13

La Garita
                                  home
This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here: http://www.intertica.com/homes/roy.htm
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7933-7/22/13

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

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

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

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

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

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
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7766-6/17/13

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New twist against malaria
going to clinical trials

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An experimental malaria vaccine, poised to undergo human clinical trials, seems to protect against all types of the disease.  The Australian researchers who developed the drug say it can be simply and inexpensively made in countries where it is most needed. 

There's a reason most malaria vaccines do not work, says Michael Good, an immunologist at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia.  It's because the drugs now in clinical trials try to stimulate an immune response against the infection by using surface proteins from the mosquito-borne parasite. 

But Good says those proteins are highly changeable, allowing the parasite to evade destruction by the body’s protective white blood cells.

The vaccine approach taken by Good and colleagues uses the entire parasitic worm, which they bathe in chemicals that bind to the organism’s DNA so it cannot reproduce. 
 
”It’s completely weakened.  It can’t actually cause an infection.  But it fools the body into thinking that there has been an infection," said Good.

After the parasites are essentially neutered by the chemicals, Good says they are processed into a vaccine that, in experiments with mice, triggered a very strong protective response by the body's T cells. 

In a Skype interview, Good said the inoculated mice were shielded for more than six months when researchers tried to infect them with different strains of a rodent version of malaria. 

This indicates that the whole parasite vaccine approach, as Good calls it, could potentially protect against infection by any number of human malaria strains, by targeting proteins common to all of them.

“To get protection against multiple strains to us was extremely encouraging because that has been to date one of the major issues...about making vaccines for humans," he said.

Researchers also found that even the deadliest human malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, was weakened by the drug compounds they tested to make the vaccine.

Human clinical trials to test the safety and immune response of the novel malaria vaccine are expected to get under way in the coming months.  Good says the vaccine is simple to make and could easily be produced locally in malaria-endemic countries, including those in sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease claims upwards of three-quarters of a million lives each year.


Painkiller overdose epidemic
among women, CDC says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says drug overdoses from prescription painkillers is a growing epidemic, especially among women.

The CDC says 48,000 women died from prescription painkiller overdoses from 1999 to 2010. It says overdose deaths among women have increased 400 percent since 1999, compared to 265 percent among men.

The CDC says that while men are still more likely to die of prescription painkiller overdoses, the gap between men and women is closing. It says the rate in deaths relates to the increased prescribing of painkillers in the United States in the past decade.

The CDC is urging health care providers to recognize that women are more at risk of painkiller overdose when prescribing the medicines.

The painkillers included in the CDC report include common opioid or narcotic pain relievers, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, oxymorphone and methadone.

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U.S. service sector growth slows

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Reports published Wednesday paint a mixed picture of the U.S. economy.
 
An Institute for Supply Management measure shows the June services sector growing at the slowest pace in three years. A separate report from the government said the U.S. trade deficit got worse in May, as stronger U.S. demand boosted imports, particularly of autos, food, oil and beverages, by more than $4 billion.
 
Weak growth overseas made a slight cut in U.S. exports. The $45 billion monthly trade deficit shows the gap between what U.S. companies sell overseas and what Americans buy from foreign sources.
 
Two reports showed the job market improving. The number of Americans signing up for unemployment compensation last week dropped by 5,000 to a nationwide total of 343,000. An improving job market was also shown by data from ADP, a company that processes millions of paychecks across the country. ADP says the number of jobs created in the U.S. economy rose by tens of thousands in June.
 
Government experts publish the closely-watched unemployment report for June on Friday. Economists surveyed by news agencies predict the data will show the economy had a net gain of 165,000 jobs last month.
 
Many experts predict the U.S. unemployment rate will decline slightly, and fall one-tenth of a percent to 7.5 percent.