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Cahuita on the Caribbean coast goes Calypso today through Saturday with the Ist Festival Internacional de Calipsonian Walter “Gavitt” Ferguson.

The festival, which has support from the culture ministry, promises up to 20 national and international artists. The festival carries the name of a Cahuita resident who is known as the king of calypso. The bulk of the event is in the park of Cahuita.

The event also has the support of the Embassy of  Trinidad y Tobago and the Asociación de Desarrollo Integral de Cahuita.

The three-day event is the product of the  Programa Corredor Cultural Caribe of the Minsterio de Cultura y Juventud.

The kickoff today is a parade of bands at 1:30 p.m. and a series of calypso singers through 7 p.m. Included is a Cahuita calypso group.

Friday is a full day starting at 11 a.m. with exhibitions of paintings and discussions about the music. The performances start at 4 p.m.

Hollis Urban Lester Liverpool, known as  ChalkDust, from Trinidad and Tobago closes the event at 8:30 p.m. Friday and 9 p.m. Saturday. A full schedule is HERE!

Ferguson, who was born in 1919, is the country's major proponent of its unique style of calypso Limonense, said the ministry, which calls it intangible heritage.

Calypso, itself, has had a long and controversial history. The technique of musical story telling is believed to have been introduced in the West


Indies by African slaves in the19th century. The songs carry stories which frequently are critical of social conditions, such as corruption and prostitution.

The music spread into white culture with the efforts of the Andrew Sisters during World War II and later with Harry Belafonte.

The Web site cites Ferguson in writing that the genre came to Costa Rica in the 1870s with the arrival of persons from Jamaica, Barbados and Saint Kitts. The music seems to have influenced many other types and has been itself heavily influenced by contacts here.

The best example of the protest and social criticism message that is readily available online is the song "Rum and Coca Cola" by the Andrews Sisters. It described activities of U.S. servicemen in Trinidad where mothers and daughters there were prostituting themselves for the Yankee dollar.

The Web site provides a detailed historical look at the music in Spanish HERE!

For the Caribbean coast, the festival is a much-needed tourism draw, but it has not been promoted heavily.

Expats hope La Nación's Milanes articles bring action
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some expat investors with the failed Saving Unlimited are pleased that the Spanish-language La Nación has begun reporting on the convoluted circumstances involved in the case.

Reporter David Delgado published three stories Wednesday and there is more today. He has spent several weeks working on the stories.

Some expats have long been concerned by what they see as special treatment afforded Luis Milanes, the operator of the high-interest firm.  Milanes continues to operate casinos in the metro area.

The expats are those who have entered into an agreement with Milanes under the sponsorship of the courts. The plan is that they will get back some of their money from property that Milanes has signed over. In exchange, Milanes will face many fewer accusers when and if he goes to trial.

The special treatment appears to have begun in 2008 when Milanes returned to Costa Rica after six years of being a fugitive. He spent a night in a cell and then was left free because he embargoed some of his property here in favor of the courts.
 Since then the situation has been a roller coaster ride for the estimated 500 investors who accepted the deal. Central to the deal is the Hotel Europa downtown. A court appraiser said the structure was worth more than $6 million. A.M. Costa Rica questioned the appraisal. So far the hotel has not been the subject of any offers, and the trust company handling the deal has not been vigorous in marketing it. Apparently there are no financial records of the operating hotel in which Milanes has one of his casinos.

Some of the more outspoken expats hope that publication in the Spanish language newspaper will have an effect on what appears to be a lethargic judicial system.  The next hearing in the case is supposed to be in October. The case has gone through a handful of judges and prosecutors.

Savings Unlimited left creditors hanging to the tune of $200 million when Milanes fled. He styled his operation after the infamous Villalobos brothers and offered investors a high monthly interest. He said he was investing in the casinos, but the casinos are not part of the court deal.

Many Milanes associates already have settled their cases, even though some have served prison time.

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Living here in Costa Rica for nine years now and, habitually for all of those years, I wake up, brew my coffee and sit down at my laptop to read the news. I start out with CNN, BBC, then Fox, then the Drudge Report and then I open up A.M. Costa Rica. In the past I really enjoyed the news on A.M. Costa Rica, of course because I reside here and I have even written quite a few articles and many were printed. These little letters to editor articles are interesting and somewhat entertaining and, at times, very informative. But now, I have no idea why the format has seemed to change so drastically.

First of all, why has this site keep printing more and more news about articles of the United States? I doubt if any avid news readers from the USA pays any attention to these articles since we have television stations from the U.S.A., and we now have decent Internet, and we would have to be dumb or blind not to have previously read or heard this information at least a day before. I think I know the reason or part of it. Of course we all have to make money in our jobs or business, and I'm sure I'm don't stand alone and notice that the largest percentage of A.M. Costa Rica is advertising. Its now reminding me of why I don't purchase magazines anymore because 75 percent of it is advertising. I tolerate the ads on A.M. Costa Rica because it is free to all. So for me, the articles allow for more space to place ads and increase income.

I can live with this as I, for one, only read the articles of interest, and I, for one, have never paid any attention to the ads, and I have skipped over the articles regarding the United States. What has happened to Costa Rica news? Why not copy some of the important articles printed in La Nacion and other local news of the many cantons of Costa Rica? I don't know the percentage, but I know many of my friends are from Canada and maybe there may be more Canadians here than the U.S.A., but I never see any articles about Canada in print.

Living here and meeting new tourist all the time, I hear many comments. Mostly they are positive but at times negative. Frequently about I hear about the cost of living here in Costa Rica. They went to buy groceries and said “We only bought two bags of food and it was $75.” Why are things so expensive here? Why are cars so expensive? Restaurants are more expensive here than the U.S.A. Is the tip includes in restaurants? My question would be “Where does all this money go?" I really think a page on economics here In Costa Rica would be a winner.

Or about all the new and changing laws here in this Country. How about political corruption here? Or how about the revolving door court system here? Maybe about how Costa Rica goes to extremes with changing the existing laws or fines. Why is Costa Rica so hard on cigarette smoking and not worried about all these cars and trucks spewing harmful pollution in the face of pedestrians? How about the good stories of people here in Costa Rica and some of the benefits of living in Costa Rica. I'm sure there are people out there doing good deeds for there countrymen.

How about a special section daily of letters to the editor. Sometimes these are more informative than what is printed. I know you folks at A.M. Costa Rica have to make a profit, and I can live with all the ads, but how about more local news that would help us here and how about letting us hear from some of the expats living here and their experiences and insight. I will continue with my morning habits no matter what happens.
Tom Ploskina
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Thanks for reading us. You raise some questions that deserve answers.

The newspaper has been expanded significantly recently and we have moved real estate, tourism and rental classifieds onto the news pages. The economy is tough, and we want to give our advertisers, including you and other readers, the best chance of selling. To do that, we have expanded the space allocated for news also. We also created a business section.

We think that we present international articles that are of interest here. The spying by the National Security Agency touches Costa Rica, as does the travails of Mr. Snowden, the whistleblower. Health news is universal, and our readership is a bit gray (as are the editors).

Frequently we are surprised at the lack of Costa Rican knowledge and general knowledge demonstrated by expats here. There are many here who do not read us, and there are many who read nothing. So we face the age-old editor's problem of trying to give readers what they need.

We would like nothing better than to sit back in our chair, pour another glass of red wine and copy material from La Nación and other Spanish-language publications. However, that is stealing. We know that other English-language publications do that. But we believe they are challenged ethically.

La Nación spends a lot of money getting the news, and we do, too, Sometimes we look similar because we obtain information from the same places. Editors at La Nación read us everyday, too. And a lot of the news in Costa Rica comes in the form of press releases and press conferences.

We try to present a unique package of news every day that is tailored to expats, be they from the U.S., Canada, Britain or elsewhere.

Some of our readers are ham radio operators, so we wrote about that Wednesday after plowing through 127 pages of rules and regulations. We wrote about cigarettes. too.

And today La Nación wrote extensively about Luis Milanes, the owner of the failed Savings Unlimited. We have written dozens of news stories on this topic.

One of our reporters went to Panamá and wrote about the differences in food prices between the two countries.

As to the display advertising, these are placed by your friends and neighbors who are trying to run businesses in the difficult economy of Costa Rica. We look upon advertising as paid messages. They want your business, which is why they have placed the ads. Most of what they spend is reinvested in A.M. Costa Rica and associated titles, thus bringing you the news of the day that you need to survive here.

This is not an easy place to live, particularly if you are in business. In addition, A.M. Costa Rica editors and reporters help out expats in many ways that never make the newspages.

And as is our custom, we throw your questions out for comment from other readers.
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Tropical storm loses steam
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Tropical Storm Chantal has dissipated in the Caribbean and is now a low pressure trough over Haiti and the eastern tip of Cuba.

As expected the storm took a turn to the northwest, as the U.S. National Hurricane Center predicted over the weekend. But instead of gaining strength, it weakened, although the center said that winds still were near tropical storm force.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that instability is growing in the air over Costa Rica. The forecast predicted rains in the afternoon today. The most intense are expected to be on the Nicoya peninsula, and the central and south Pacific, the institute said.

There were bright skies in the metro area for most of Wednesday and some brief light showers in the afternoon.

President approval loan
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country is accepting a loan of $200 million from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for higher education.

Casa Presidencial said the money would be used to improve access, and quality and increase innovations and scientific and technological development.

President Laura Chinchilla signed a decree authorizing the loan. The money will go to the educational agencies for distribution.

Loosening of credit urged
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Banco Central is coming under more pressure to eliminate restrictions on credit.

The Cámara Costarricense de la Construcción said that in the first six months of the year, construction approvals fell 7.6 percent compared to the same period last year.

Vice President Luis Liberman also urged that restrictions be loosened although the central government does not have the power to do that, said Casa Presidencial.

In January the central bank limited increases in credit to about 12 percent. But as Liberman noted, the inflow of dollars has lessened and the international economy is growing slower.

Weekend festival in Aserrí

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Cruz Roja in Aserrí plans a three-day festival in that community to raise funds for local operation. The event will begin Friday at noon and run until Sunday with a dance that night starting at 7 p.m.

Among other attractions the rescue organization said there will be a mechanical bull and carnival rides.

People who came from Asia
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By The Royal Institute of Technology news staff

Once thought to have been extinct, native American dogs are on the contrary thriving, according to a recent study that links these breeds to ancient Asia.

The arrival of Europeans in the Americas has generally been assumed to have led to the extinction of native dog breeds; but a comprehensive genetic study has found that the original population of native American dogs has been almost completely preserved, says Peter Savolainen, a researcher in evolutionary genetics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

In fact, American dog breeds trace their ancestry to ancient Asia, Savolainen said. These native breeds have 30 percent or less modern replacement by European dogs, he says.

“Our results confirm that American dogs are a remaining part of the indigenous American culture, which underscores the importance of preserving these populations,” he says.

Savolainen's research group, in cooperation with colleagues in Portugal, compared mitochondrial DNA from Asian and European dogs, ancient American archaeological samples, and American dog breeds, including Chihuahuas, Peruvian hairless dogs and Arctic sled dogs.

They traced the American dogs’ ancestry back to East Asian and Siberian dogs, and also found direct relations between ancient American dogs and modern breeds.

“It was especially exciting to find that the Mexican breed, Chihuahua, shared a DNA type uniquely with Mexican pre-Columbian samples,” he says. “This gives conclusive evidence for the Mexican ancestry of the Chihuahua.”

The team also analyzed stray dogs, confirming them generally to be runaway European dogs, but in Mexico and Bolivia they identified populations with high proportions of indigenous ancestry.

Savolainen says that the data also suggests that the Carolina Dog, a stray dog population in the U.S., may have an American origin.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats, tourism operators and exporters are hoping that the strengthening U.S. dollar will have an effect on exchange rates in Costa Rica.

In the Americas only Costa Rica, Guatemala  and Bolivia have shown stronger local currencies against the dollar this year. Costa Rica's colon is reported to be up 1.8 percent against the dollar. Bolivia is up 1.2 per cent, and Guatemala is up 0.07 percent, according to tables of data compiled by The Wall Street Journal.

The dollar advanced 9.2 percent in Colombia, and 9.9 percent in Brazil.

The local market for the dollar continues to be frozen with one U.S. dollar bringing 493.5 colons and 504 colons needed to buy a dollar at local banks.
Publicly traded companies in the United States are showing lower net income for the year due to the stronger dollar in places overseas where they sell their goods.

The exchange market for the dollar in Costa Rica is thin, and companies receiving dollars in sales must exchange them.

Expats on fixed incomes have been complaining since the dollar plummeted from about 570 to the colon to the current level. So have the tourism operators who generally receive money in dollars and must make payments locally in colons.

Improvements in the U.S. economy have been cited as a reason for the strengthening of the dollar. In addition, congressional politics have put a lid on federal government spending.

Tourism operators like a strong dollar because foreigners find prices here cheaper. The U.S. government likes a weak dollar to stimulate foreign sales.

New book covers 418 species of reptiles and amphibians
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 418 species of amphibians and reptiles are featured in a new bilingual book that has been produced by a national publishing house Zona Tropical.

The publisher is known for such books about the flora and fauna of the country. This one is "Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica," written by Federico Muñoz, a Costa Rican research biologist and science educator, and Richard Dennis Johnston, a biochemist who serves on the advisory board of the International Herpetological Symposium, said Zona Tropical.

The publisher said that the focus is on identification, with entries for all species in the country, including scientific, English common, and Spanish common names, as well as the older names for the many species that have been recently reclassified. Key ID marks are noted as well as adult sizes. Range maps identify the region(s) where species are known to be present. Color photographs and drawings are provided for over 80 percent of the species, representing those that are most likely to be encountered. Designed with ease of use in mind, this guide will be a great aid to the observer in the field, it said.

The book has been out since the middle of last month. Among the dangerous species in the book are the fer-de-lance and black-headed bushmaster, both snakes that expats would be better off not meeting. The identification of  poisonous snakes is a continuing topic on expat Internet discussion lists and frequently from foreigners seeking to relocate here.
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The confiscation of cocaine continues.

The Policía de Control de Drogas found a truck that had a double floor at the Penas Blancas border crossing. The truck, registered Guatemala, yielded 300 kilos of cocaine. The 36-year-old driver was detained.

Police credited the find to an anti-drug dog that called attention to the tractor trailer. Police, attached to the security ministry, reported that since May 8, 2010, 35 tons and 949 kilos of cocaine have been confiscated.
In another case, the fifth drug-related in a week, Fuerza Pública stopped two men who were traveling with 10 kilos of  suspected cocaine. That took place in Villa Bonita, Alajuela. Police said that a search uncovered a hidden compartment in the rear of the car. The men were of Costa Rican and Hungarian nationalities, said police.

Other cases this week involved a Mexican motorist with 344 grams of suspected cocaine and more than $90,000 stopped near the Panama border and an off-duty flight attendant detained carrying $160,000. Monday anti-drug police found nearly 10 kilos of cocaine hidden in the differential of a vehicle also in Paso Canoas.

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Lovely cottage on private coffee farm
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We offer for rent three furnished, 2-bedroom mountain homes located on the slopes of Barva Volcano, Sacramento, Heredia. The cabin-style homes are adjacent to the Braulio Carillo National Park and walking distance to the Barva Volcano crater lake. Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and garage. Take in breathtaking views of the Irazú Volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of bird species, to include the occasional Resplendent Quetzal, and a pristine cloud forest. We can also offer you an occasional ride on one of our beautiful mares. Contact Allan or Cristina at, or or for more information HERE! $850 USD/month. We can also offer a weekend or short-stay package.

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Other stars show tails that trail behind them like a comet's tail.  Stars shown are: LLOrionis, BZ Cam, and Mira.

Solar system leaves a tail
as it whizzes through space

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A speeding comet has a tail.  Scientists have thought that the solar system also has a tail, but they just observed it for the first time. 

NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer, or IBEX, is a satellite that peers out toward the edge of the solar system.  It allowed scientists to actually map out the tail of the heliosphere, that region of space that is influenced by the Sun.

Eric Christian, an IBEX mission scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, said scientists have seen tails around other stars.

"We know that the Sun is moving relative to interstellar gas, and so we presumed there was a tail, but this is actually the first real data that we have that gives us the shape of the tail," he said.

Scientists say the tail resembles a four-leaf clover, shaped by solar wind, the material that speeds away from the sun. Solar wind travels faster when it comes from the sun's poles, and slower when it comes from the equator, and scientists attribute the tail's shape to the combination of slow and fast moving particles.       

David McComas, an assistant vice president for space science and engineering at the Southwest Research Institute in Texas, is the IBEX principal investigator.

"The length of the tail is one of the things we don't measure particularly well," he said, noting that the measurements are taken from inside the heliosphere looking out.

But McComas says scientists can make calculations based on the particles they observe, and they think the heliotail trails off and evaporates over a distance of possibly 160 billion kilometers.

The findings about the solar system's tail were published in the July 10 issue of the Astrophysical Journal. 

NASA's IBEX spacecraft was launched in 2008, and the small satellite is roughly the size of a bus tire.  It has instruments similar to telescopes that are pointed toward the edge of the solar system.  These instruments collect particles that travel toward Earth from out beyond Pluto. 

Scientists analyze details about the particles' mass and energy, as well as the area they came from and the time they were collected, and they use these details to map the boundary of the solar system.

Republicans reject massive bill
on immigration from Senate

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives are rejecting the sweeping immigration reform bill passed in the Senate.  Leaders of the Republican majority say they plan to take a step-by-step approach aimed at slowing momentum toward reform that would provide legal status for the estimated 11 million people now living in the United States illegally. 

Members of the majority Republican conference in the House of Representatives met with their leaders late Wednesday to discuss how to react to comprehensive immigration reform passed last month in the Senate.  Republican leaders in the House agree with Democrats that the U.S. immigration system is broken, but they said in a statement that they reject a single, massive Obamacare-like bill.  Republican House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte told reporters the House plans to "take a step-by-step, careful approach, holding hearings and examining and marking up individual bills so that we do not make the same mistakes made in 1986."

In 1986, then-president Ronald Reagan, a Republican, signed a bill granting amnesty to 3 million people.  Chairman Goodlatte said Republican lawmakers are concerned the same thing could happen with the Senate bill, and they want to see border security and internal regulations enforced before any action is taken on legalizing immigrants already here without documents.  Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann strongly rejected Democratic demands for a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

"The only thing we are supporting right now is to actually build the fence," said Ms. Bachmann.

Earlier in the day, about 500 young immigrants and their parents gathered outside the U.S. Capitol to hold a mock citizenship ceremony to declare they are ready to be recognized as Americans.  Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez called on House Republicans to seize the moment.  He said that with the help of Democratic votes, the House could easily get the 218 votes needed to pass immigration reform.

"And we say to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives let the people's will be heard.  You know and I know that 218 votes exist for comprehensive immigration reform, and all we ask you is for five minutes on the floor of the House," said Gutierrez.

Lorella Praeli, who now lives in Washington and comes from Peru, said Hispanic voters are watching closely to see what Republicans do on the issue.

"So I think that they have an opportunity here to decide whether or not they want to be a party of the future or a party of the past," said Ms. Praeli.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney lost in 2012 to Democratic President Barack Obama by a margin of 27 to 71 percent among Hispanics.  But analysts say many House members come from solidly, mostly white Republican districts, and are more concerned about holding their own seats rather than the next presidential election.

Biden issues warning to China
on cyber security and theft

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden says Chinese cyber-theft of U.S. intellectual property must stop.
Speaking Wednesday at the State Department during annual high-level talks between the world's two largest economies, Biden said both the United States and China will benefit from an open, secure and reliable Internet.
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang said the two countries need to increase their trust through dialogue, but added China will never accept views that will hinder its development.
Wang added Sino-U.S. cooperation goes beyond bilateral relations to have a global impact. 
The annual talks, now in their fifth year, involve senior officials including U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi.
Kerry said the talks allow the two countries to speak candidly about their differences to constructively manage them and increase understanding.
He said this year's discussions have created working groups to investigate issues including cyber security and climate change.
Chinese state media reported Wednesday the first working group on U.S.-China cyber security went well, with both sides candidly discussing the matter and agreeing to expand cooperation.
U.S. officials say they raised the issue of economic-related hacking during the session.  They also said the two sides discussed international norms for cyber space.
Washington and Beijing have recently traded accusations of cyber-hacking attacks.  The issue has threatened to become a major irritant in bilateral relations.
Before the talks, rights groups and lawmakers called for the United States to prominently raise concerns about China's human-rights record, a particularly sensitive topic for Beijing.
A bipartisan group of top U.S. lawmakers also called for the United States to press China on a wide range of economic issues, including protecting intellectual property and ensuring China opens its markets to more foreign competition.

U.S. seems to have blown
$34 million in Afghanistan

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. congressional body overseeing government-funded projects in Afghanistan says the U.S. military has spent $34 million to build a new complex in the country's south, but is not likely to ever use it.

The Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction said Wednesday it believes the U.S. facility in the southern Afghan province of Helmand is a potentially troubling example of waste.

The body created by Congress to detect waste in Afghanistan raised that concern in a letter sent to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and senior military leaders on Monday. It released the letter to the media Wednesday.

The U.S. military hired British firm AMEC Earth and Environment to start building the facility in 2011, and intended to use it as a regional command headquarters. But Special Inspector General John Sopko said military officials recently told him it will not be occupied. He also said some U.S. commanders in Helmand objected to plans for the building in 2010, saying there was no need for it.

Sopko said he is deeply troubled that the military may have spent taxpayer funds on a project that should have been stopped. He asked Defense Secretary Hagel to respond to several questions about it by July 25. Defense Department spokesman George Little said Wednesday that Sopko's letter is under review.

The 6,000-square-meter complex is located at Camp Leatherneck, a major U.S. military base in Afghanistan's desolate south. It consists mostly of a large windowless building with spacious offices and expensive heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for up to 1,500 staff members.

Construction mostly finished in 2012, but various improvements were made early this year.

The special inspector general cited a senior military official as saying the site may become unprotected as Camp Leatherneck's perimeter shrinks with the gradual withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan in the coming year.

Sopko said that leaves the U.S. military with two main options, demolishing the building or handing it over to the Afghan government.

Washington-based senior writer for the Marine Corps Times Dan Lamothe said he saw the building last October, while spending 10 weeks on assignment in Helmand. He said he doubts the Afghan government has the capacity to manage the costly facility, whose electricity system runs on U.S. rather than Afghan voltage. 

Lamothe said he witnessed another example of U.S. government "waste" while embedded with an Afghan border police unit in the Taghaz region of southern Helmand. He said the United States built a $1 million police building for the Afghans with a kitchen and modern toilets, but its septic tank filled up because no one emptied it.

A second of time getting
more precise with strontium

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The second, as we know it, may soon be a thing of the past as a measurement of time.

French physicists have successfully tested two optical lattice clocks, which would lose just one second every 300 million years. The clocks are so accurate, they could lead to a new definition of a second.

Optical lattice clocks, which have been around for about a decade, could one day replace the atomic clocks, which have been the standard for decades. Atomic clocks work by measuring the vibration of cesium atoms exposed to microwaves.

Since 1967, the second has been defined as the duration of 9,192,631,770 oscillations of the microwave radiation absorbed or emitted when a cesium atom jumps between two particular energy states. Atomic clocks are accurate to one second every 100 million years.

The two new optical lattice clocks are being tested at the Paris Observatory. The Observatory’s Jerome Lodewyck says the new clocks use the element strontium instead of cesium and laser beams instead of microwaves.

Both atomic and optical lattice clocks can be compared to a grandfather clock, which uses the swing of a pendulum to measure intervals of time. The swing of an atomic clock’s cesium pendulum occurs trillions of times every second. An optical lattice clock strontium oscillations are 40,000 times faster.

That allows the division of intervals into smaller, more precise units, giving the optical lattice clock an accuracy of one second every 300 million years.

While losing a second every 300 million years might not seem important in daily life, many technologies such as telecommunications, satellite navigation and stock markets depend on incredibly accurate timekeeping.

Highly precise timekeeping has been integral to the development of the Global Positioning System because of the high degree of synchronization required for satellites to triangulate a receiver’s location.

The new super-accurate clock could have implications for theoretical physics in that it could allow physicists to see if nature’s constants do really do remain constant over time. Also, Earth-observation satellites could be improved because they would allow more accurate tracking of sea-level rise.

But despite the new optical lattice clocks’ accuracy, they may not be the final answer. The U.S. National Institutes of Standards and Technology in Colorado has developed an ion clock that is believed accurate to within one second every 3.7 billion years, but it is not yet considered stable enough to use and requires more testing.

San Francisco plane crash
prompts call to up standards

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. lawmakers are pressing for the swift adoption of new pilot training standards in the United States and across the globe. The push for uniform standards follows Saturday’s Asiana jetliner crash in San Francisco and a 2009 commuter plane disaster in Buffalo, New York.

Sen. Charles Schumer says recent air tragedies, including the Asiana crash, have illuminated a disturbing trend.

“From what we have seen, there is a pattern here: pilot error and inadequate response to stalling caused by loss of air speed," he said.

Schumer represents New York, where a commuter plane crashed in 2009, killing all 49 people on board.  An investigation of the disaster concluded that the pilot improperly responded to stall warnings, making a dire situation worse.  Congress responded by passing the Airline Safety Act, which revamped pilot training standards.

Wednesday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced implementation of a portion of those standards relating to mandatory flight time requirements for pilot certification.  Schumer and other New York lawmakers urged swift adoption of all other standards.

“The new rules would set minimum standards on pilot fatigue and certification, crew member training, safety management and flight simulation training.  The new rules would beef up training requirements for the exact type of situations we are talking about: aerodynamic stalls," he said.

But the senator noted that the FAA has no authority outside the United States.

“There is no reason that American passengers should be put at risk by poorly trained pilots in other countries.  So we are asking the FAA to push to make these rules a global standard if American passengers are involved," he said. "In other words, for international carriers departing from or arriving to the United States, we expect those airlines to meet the same safety standards we expect from our domestic carriers."

The U.N.’s International Civil Aviation Authority is to hold an assembly of its 191 member states in September.

As ocean bounty diminishes
farm fish may become veggies

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The search is on for a cost-effective alternative to traditional commercial feed pellets given to farmed fish.

Wild-caught fish are a key ingredient in these commercial feeds but that presents a problem because the amount of ocean-caught fish has plateaued while the global aquaculture industry continues to grow.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with fish farmers and university researchers to develop a fishless feed that carnivores, such as salmon, rainbow trout and tuna, will actually eat.

That's what brings dozens of taste test volunteers to Washington State University's School of Food Science's test kitchen.

They are presented with three samples of trout, plain, poached pieces of fish that are all alike, except for how they were raised. One was fed fish meal, another ate animal proteins and the third ingested a mostly vegetarian diet.

Some testers report a little bit of grassy flavor from what turned out to be the vegetarian-fed trout fillet. The trout raised on traditional fish meal had slightly more fishy flavor and aroma. The trout that ate chicken byproducts did not taste like chicken.

The definition of success in this aquaculture experiment would be for the non-fish alternative diets to yield fish that taste more or less the same as those raised on the current fish-based feed.

"I think they are getting close," said Carolyn Ross, who has been conducting these taste tests since 2008. "Certainly, there are differences between samples, but whether that is a game changer or not is a different question. So yes, I can tell one has a more fishy aroma. I can tell one is firmer. But if you're sitting down at home having a BBQ, it's not going to make a big difference."

Aquaculture is a huge industry worldwide, especially in Asia, where the production of farmed fish, eels and shrimp dwarfs the production on all other continents combined. The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization reports that farming of fish that eat pond plants or bottomfeed like carp, catfish and tilapia is expanding slower than production of carnivorous species, such as salmon, rainbow trout and tuna. That makes the search for a cost-effective alternative to fish-based feed more urgent.

It's the industry’s number one priority, according to longtime fish farmer Leo Ray of Idaho, the leading trout producing state in the United States. Ray says fish meal that cost $300 per ton about 15 years ago, now runs close to $2,000.

"We knew this was coming," Ray said. "There is a limit on the amount of fish meal the ocean can produce, and we've hit that limit."

Ray says the suppliers he buys from have already reduced the wild fish content in commercial feeds somewhat. He and his competitors in southern Idaho have gladly tested all sorts of alternative diets. They've fed their fish poultry byproducts, corn and soybean protein, coconut oil, and ground up insect larvae.

"Salmon are harder to wean off fish meal," Ray said, pointing out that other farmed species, like tilapia, could fairly easily be converted to a plant-based diet. But he doubts going completely vegetarian is the answer.

"We have healthier fish if we put a little bit of fish meal in the diet. I think what we will end up with is a diet that instead of using 20 or 30 percent fish meal, we'll be using 5 percent fish meal."

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says the effort extends to other aquaculture species as well. Parallel studies are testing alternative feeds for farmed Atlantic salmon and several species of warm water fish. Separate studies by university researchers in Texas and Alabama have investigated plant-based diets for farmed shrimp.

Resistant TB increases need
for new research and drugs

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tuberculosis, or TB, is spread when an infected person coughs or sneezes, dispersing the germ, mycobacterium TB, into the air. The World Health Organization says there were an estimated 8.7 million new cases of TB in 2011. Nearly all TB cases are found in low and middle income countries. People infected with HIV, the AIDS virus, are especially vulnerable because of their weakened immune systems.

TB is a difficult disease to treat because some strains of the bacterium have developed a resistance to drugs. But Peter Small, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is impressed by recent research developments.
“There were probably 40 years in which there was very little, arguably no, progress because there was no effort,” he explained. “What we’ve seen in the last decade is an acceleration. And it’s really changed what was a vicious cycle of neglect and despondency into one in which we’re starting to see exciting new products. We have now, for the first time, the capacity for untrained healthcare workers to definitively diagnose TB within two hours and know if it’s drug resistant. More than two and a half million of those tests run in the world.”
Small is the Gates Foundation’s senior program officer for TB. He has researched the genetic variability of the disease and has seen the effects of TB firsthand while living in India.
He says it’s important to determine which drug combinations provide the best treatment. Small says streamlining approval of effective drug regimens allows those who are infected to receive treatment sooner. But drugs are not the ultimate solution when addressing TB.
“I think the Holy Grail remains a vaccine,” Small said. “We do need a vaccine to finish the job. The great thing is that we’ve completed a phase three trial. We’ve shown that we can get definitive answers and unfortunately that trial was ineffective. But I think that the vaccine pipeline is now something which we know we can test. The good news is, in the last 15 years there have been massive improvements in understanding immunology.”
As the world awaits a vaccine, research continues on new drugs that could be effective against multi-drug-resistant and extensively drug-resistant types of TB.
Drug-resistant strains of TB develop through the improper use of medication. If the drugs are taken incorrectly, such as missing doses, they become ineffective because the bacterium develops resistance.
Multi-drug-resistant TB is on the rise, particularly in children. But finding the children who need treatment is not easy.
“It’s actually very difficult to diagnose TB in children because we generally think of TB as pneumonia,” Small said. “And we get pneumonia samples by having people cough and spit. And you can’t get 5 year olds and below to cough and spit. Because we can’t diagnose it, the world has tended to assume it doesn’t exist.  And because they assume it doesn’t exist, then they don’t feel the need to invest in diagnosing it. When you can diagnose TB with a blood sample, it’ll be a lot easier to diagnose TB in kids.”
Treating the millions of children and adults infected with TB may seem daunting. However, the fact that the TB mortality rate has decreased 41% since 1990 gives hope for future progress and elimination of the disease.

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Guiones retreat
Approximately half acre on the beach with private path to the surf. Very private three-home complex with pool, spacious patios with two wet bars, barbeque and yoga area. Featuring a three-bedroom ranch style home plus a two story Mexican villa style home with two master suites, large kitchen and living area with ocean views and breezes upstairs and a garden apartment downstairs with separate entrance. A caretaker's or teenager's cottage and lots of space for expansion. PRICED FOR QUICK SALE: $899,000.  Call 506 8867-8883 or

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
located halfway between Jaco and Quepos/Manuel Antonio
 BEST DEAL in Costa Rica!!! Lots starting at just $18,500 with financing available.
 Lot/ House packages from around $60,000
Great Retirement, Vacation, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers on site,
security and lawn maintenance, no time limit to build. Absentee Owner Friendly.
Water and power on site.
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Puriscal home
$71,000 SUPER Central Valley view home for you to finish
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, on 2,200 M2 lot with creek on one side. This is another "live in the view" home ready to finish out including appliances, solar water heater, PEX water distribution, custom cabinets, granite counter tops, radiant energy barrier, and tempered, bronzed, reflective windows for an additional $59,000. So total for lot and beautifully finished home is under $130,000. This home is within 7 minutes of Santiago de Puriscal at elevation of 3,200 feet on new concrete public road.
Please contact: email  or call 2417-1041 or 8888-4543.

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.
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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. $99k-/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.
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Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

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

$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website 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, from Jaco to Quepos/Manuel Antonio
- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
 - Beachfront Residential Lots from $58,000
- Coffee Shop/ Bakery, Coastal Town, Great Location, Real Estate Office Upstairs, Turnkey $85,000 Great ROI
- Lots in Gated Community near the beach from $18,500,
with Financing Available!!
- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
 1.25 acre + lots in ECO Development $39,000
- 58 acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
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Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at  See property video here:

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

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This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!

La Garita
This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.

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

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

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

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

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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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Health picture of Americans
show aging diseases on rise

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new study of Americans’ overall health picture shows that Americans are generally healthier, but may be living with chronic disease longer and dying younger. A look at the contributors, chronic disabilities and risk factors to poor health and premature death shed some light about what's happening.

If you ask Americans about health and life expectancy, they're pretty well informed.

"I believe Americans are living longer. I do not believe they are healthier,” said one woman.

“I don’t think Americans as a whole are very healthy,” said another.

These two people happen to be right, said Christopher Murray from the University of Washington.

“It turns out we’re living longer but we will spend more years with chronic disabilities of that extra life span,” he said.

Murray led a study that examined the major diseases and injuries that have contributed to poor health and premature death over the past 20 years.

The researchers found the biggest contributors to chronic disability include depression and anxiety, back pain, diabetes and lung diseases that block airflow and make breathing difficult. 

As for the greatest causes of premature death, topping the list are heart attack, stroke and cancer. The major causes of these diseases are smoking and eating too much of the wrong foods.

“680,000 deaths are attributable to poor diet. There’s still more than 400,000 deaths a year from tobacco, followed by obesity and then high blood pressure as the key contributors to ill health as risk factors," said Murray.

Air pollution also is a contributor. The National Institutes of Health says air pollution contributes to heart and lung diseases, and evidence points to long-term effects from air pollution on lung development in children.

The researchers also found that diseases related to aging, obesity, and alcohol and drug abuse also are on the rise.

“There are also diseases that are on the rapid increase, things like Alzheimer’s, drug-use disorders, chronic kidney diseases, diabetes,” said Murray.

On the plus side, the study shows Americans generally are enjoying better health longer. That's due to advances in treating stroke, and certain cancers, including colon and breast cancers. Even so, the U.S. lags behind other wealthy nations in advances in population health.

The researchers would like to see more public health programs and interventions to encourage Americans to become more physically active, to make better food choices, to reduce the use of alcohol and tobacco, and to decrease the amount of pollution in cities.

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Firm with offices here called best in U.S.

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Aegis Limited, a leading outsourcing and technology services company that employes about 800 persons here, has been named the Best Company in the U.S.A. by the Indo-American Chamber of Commerce,

This is the second time the firm has won that honor, it said. The award was presented in Mumbai, India, as a commemoration of the American Independence Day.

Aegis was also presented the award for the best Indian company in U.S.A. under the innovation” category for its significant investment in customer experience management, the firm added.

The firm operates as Aegis Communications Group, INC., here with offices in the  Aegis Free Zone Tower, Rohrmoser.

A spokesman said that the company began work here in 2006 and moved to its present location in March.

"Our agents in Costa Rica perform customer care, customer acquisition, reservations, technical support, and collections for our clients depending on the nature of the engagements," said the spokesman. "Clients supported in our Costa Rica center are in the healthcare, financial services, pharmaceuticals, technology, and consumer goods industries."

Aegis also employs more than 5,000 Americans in nine U.S. centers, the firm said. The U.S. headquarters is in Irving, Texas.

Worldwide, the firm has 55,000 employees working in 13 countries.