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Nicoya plans a fiesta, but protesters are organizing
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Municipalidad de Nicoya has 38 events planned for the week because Thursday is the day the country celebrates the region's union with Costa Rica in 1824.

There was a 10K race Sunday, and today there are parades and band performances. At 6 p.m. the decorative lights on the major streets will be turned on.

The major events are the ceremony at the Monumento de La Anexión, across from the Liceo de Nicoya at 8 a.m. Thursday, and the Consejo de Goberino at 10 a.m. in  Parque Recadero Briceño.

Although the municipality is welcoming President Laura Chinchilla and her ministers this year, other organizations are trying to embarrass her. Among these is the Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados, which is supporting a protest march.

There have been protests before because Guanacaste residents and those who live on the lower part of the Nicoya peninsula are seeking more attention and public services.

In rebuttal, Casa Presidencial is now emitting press releases saying what the government has done.  The latest report says that since  2010 some 3.2 billion colons have been invested for security. That's about $6.4 million. Officials are counting new police stations, and a facility for the  Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas.
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The  Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados, nevertheless, has published a sarcastic poem on its Web site in which it said the Nicoya hospital is near collapse, roads are a mess and that President Chinchilla has not followed through on promises.

The political protests have to be seen in the context of the next general election. Ms. Chinchilla has less than a year to serve, and she is getting low marks in public opinion polls. Even Johnny Araya Monge, the Partido Liberación Nacional presidential candidate, is distancing himself from her and her policies even though she is from the same party.

Protests are nothing new when a president goes to Nicoya. Last year the municipal mayor, Marco Antonio Jiménez, joined the protest. But he has openly welcomed the president this year.

He is of another political party.

Last year protesters complained that they were kept from entering Nicoya centro by police. They came in convoys of vehicles.

U.S. Embassy springs ex-CIA official from Panamá
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The former CIA station chief in Milan has been spirited out of Panamá to the United States.

This is the man who is accused of the 2003 forced abduction of an Egyptian terror suspect, He appears to have been detained by police in Panamá as he tried to cross into Costa Rica Wednesday. He was the subject of a warrant in Italy where he had been convicted in absentia.

The man is Robert Seldon Lady, and Eric Jackson of The Panamá News said that the man had been working in that country as a mercenary in the war on drugs. There is no information what his interest was in Costa Rica or how many times he had crossed the border.

Jackson said that the U.S. Embassy in Panamá intervened. Other reports say the man was released Friday at the country's international airport. Panamá officials said Thursday they knew nothing about the arrest. Later, they said that Italy has not presented the appropriate papers to hold Lady.
Lady, 59, was born and grew up in Honduras. He
 was accused of engineering the abduction of Islamic cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr under what was called extraordinary rendition.  The cleric was later transferred to Egypt, where he was interrogated and allegedly tortured for information on his alleged links to terrorist organizations.

The cleric, suspected of recruiting militants to fight in Iraq, was released from Egyptian detention in 2007 without having been charged.

Naturally Italian justice officials are irate. The case has not raised much interest in Costa Rica although the man might have been working here. There is likely to be more fallout this week. However, the case is getting a lot of interest in the United States, mostliy from progressive online publications.
Marie Harf, the State Department deputy spokesperson in Washington, told reporters Friday that she understood that Lady was headed back to the United States but that she had no further information. Lady faced nine years in Italy, but due to an amnesty he would only have to serve six.

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Scientists are keeping a close eye on the Turrialba volcano because instruments are detecting small earthquakes and the possible movement of magma inside the mountain. So far the activity has not become visible in the craters, they said.

Since July 14, the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica at Universidad Nacional said it has observed low-frequency sounds characteristic of movements of fluids. The number went from 200 a day to 1,000 at the peak July 15. That average seems to be continuing.

Since Thursday, the scientists have been detecting low-frequency tremors with a cumulative duration of 90 minutes by Friday.

The observatory has the mountain covered with sensors and a camera trained on the craters. Some kind of activity has been expected because Turrialba has been emitting gas and ash since 2010.

International airport sought
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A legislative commission heard a pitch for an international airport to be built at San Carlos. The Comisión de Gobierno y Administración  is studying a bill that would authorize adding such a project to the priorities of the  Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes.

Mireya Zamora Alvarado, a lawmaker with Liberación Nacional, was the promoter of the project. The area is one of the most important in the national economy because of its agriculture, cattle, industry and tourism, the committee was told.

There also are a number of wildlife refugees and the Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna. The bill is  No. 17.937.

An international airport proposed for Palmar Norte still is in the planning stages.

2013 pilgrimage to Cartago
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The pilgrimage to Cartago started officially Sunday when police took up posts along the principal routes. There were lines outside the basilica with the faithful who were waiting to approach  the altar on their knees.

Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles is the patroness of the country. She is a small black Madonna sculpture maintained on the elevated part of the central altar. 

The pilgrimage is a family and national tradition. Estimates were that about 1,000 persons took advantage of the Sunday weather to walk to the basilica. The weather cooperated, and the rains generally held off until after 6 p.m.

There will be more police and more pilgrims, called romeros, as August approaches. Friday, Aug. 2. is the feast day of the Virgin. This is the official end of the pilgrimage. Government and church officials will gather for a Mass and speeches presenting their points of view.

For several days before there will be persons waiting in the plaza in front of the church. There will be entertainment, too. Over the nezt week and a half more than a million will make the pilgrimage.

Escazú municipal archives
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The archives of the  Municipalidad de Escazú have been recognized by the Archivo Nacional de Costa Rica with an award.

The presentation will be today.

The Escazú archives were created in 1996 and now is in the charge of  María de los Ángeles Hidalgo. This is where the paperwork for all the municipal permits are kept along with property files, building permits and other official documents. The archives have been using a digital process.

Pope begins week-long visit
today on arrival in Brazil

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pope Francis on Monday opens a weeklong visit to Brazil, the world's largest Roman Catholic country that has in recent weeks been swept up in waves of anti-government protests.

More than one million young Catholics are expected to flock to Rio de Janeiro to celebrate the new pope. His itinerary includes meetings with local and national leaders and events connected to Thursday's celebration of World Youth Day.

The pontiff's schedule also includes a meeting with young inmates at a Rio prison, and a visit to shantytowns largely cleared of drug traffickers earlier this year by police and the Brazilian army. He also will inaugurate a Rio hospital wing for the treatment of drug addicts, and will pray at a shrine to Our Lady of Aparecida, the patroness of Brazil.

The former Argentine cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who became pope earlier this year, will be welcomed to the country by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

The papal visit originally was planned for Francis' predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict. who resigned the papacy in February.

Vatican analysts, noting early speculation the new pope might cancel the trip because of Vatican scandals, are describing the visit as a way to direct attention to social justice issues that Francis is seeking to make the centerpiece of his papacy.

The pope's visit comes at a time of social upheaval that began with protests in June against a bus fare increase in Sao Paulo. Those demonstrations quickly grew into massive street protests against government expenditures for hosting the 2014 Word Cup, and then spread to include protests against official corruption.

Reasons for North Korean cargo
remains elusive without facts

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

It was a bizarre discovery: Customs officials find containers loaded with Soviet-era weapon parts hidden under bags of sugar on a North Korean-flagged freighter trying to pass through the Panama Canal.
In a state television broadcast, Cuba announced it owns the parts, which Havana says include obsolete anti-aircraft missiles, radar and warplane components that were going to North Korea for repair.
But one big question remains. Why would Cuba bother sending seemingly useless items to North Korea for repair?
"All we know is basically we have a North Korean ship with a lot of raw sugar, obsolete anti-aircraft missiles and radar equipment, and some spare aircraft engines bound for North Korea," said Tim Brown, a senior fellow at  "And we don't know whether the North Koreans are going to repair it or if it was going to be for sale, barter or what."
Although it could be weeks or months before it is known exactly what the cargo is, Panamanian Security Minister José Raúl Mulino says has roused the interest of U.S. officials and international agencies.
"The United States has confirmed they will be sending an entire team, and the foreign ministry informed me that a visit of the United Nations experts has been scheduled in Panama for August the 5th to verify the weapons," he said.
Beyond their shared ideological adversity to the United States, Pyongyang and Havana have no history — at least none that is public — of any significant military cooperation.
"You have two ailing Stalinist regimes, the only two that are basically left in the world, and the only ones able to communicate with each other and deal with each other doing what would normally be considered just a nonsensical deal," said Brown.
It is because the case appears to make so little sense that intelligence analysts are working to learn more.
One possible explanation for the shipment that is being evaluated: whether North Korea is building a new relationship halfway around the world with Cuba. North Korea's isolation has been growing as traditional ally China raises pressure on Pyongyang.
"It's still to be determined what the Cubans were trying to get out of this, what the North Koreans were getting out of this," said Brown. "Why they would go to these lengths and risk this to achieve such very, very little benefit? If anything, it shows the desperation of the North Koreans."
U.S. officials have been cautious in their response, saying little about the seizure.
The United States considers Cuba an enemy government, but not an existential threat. The Obama administration has been taking steps to improve relations that have been frozen for more than a half century, and Cuba wants the U.S. economic embargo lifted.
The revelation of the illegal arms shipment and findings of further investigations may determine whether efforts to improve relations will go forward.

Two held to face allegations
of counterfeiting currency

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Judicial agents have detained two men on a counterfeiting allegation.

The pair were using bad 5,000-colon and 10,000-colon bills to make purchases in and around  Garabito de Guápiles, agents said.

Agents conducted raids and found more bad bills at the homes of the men, they said.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Eight citizens of Nepal who were being smuggled to Nicaragua most likely will be treated as victims of trafficking, said the security ministry Sunday. Under a new human trafficking law, this gives them the right to work in Costa Rica and some financial support.

The eight were occupants in three vehicles that were seen and stopped at Playa  Tivives south of Caldera.

Two Costa Ricans were detained. Presumably there is at least  one person still free because there were three vehicles.

The men in the vehicle fired on police when they were discovered, the security ministry said.

Police said they became aware of the situation because of a confidential informant.  A patrol car crew spotted three vehicle that seemed to be riding as a convoy.

The drivers of the vehicles appear to have dumped their passengers before they were detained. One driver executed a U-turn to block policemen. The second suspect was detained later in Esparza, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The men from Nepal had the intention to try to enter the United States illegally, said police. They are not believed to be the men from Nepal who have been the topic of a missing persons bulletin since last week. They were four persons who vanished from a downtown hotel

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New cases of dengue reported on the decline in Parrita
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The battle against dengue seems to have turned the corner. Casa Presidencial is announcing that new daily cases of the mosquito-born disease have dropped from 100 to seven in Parrita.

The central Pacific community has born the brunt of this year's outbreak. In addition, the community hosts mosquitoes that carry three of the four various of the disease. That can be a dangerous mix.

The Ministerio de Salud has sent brigades into the community
to knock on each door to seek cooperation from the residents. The brigade members are trying to eliminate the breeding places of the dengue mosquito.

President Laura Chinchilla visited the community over the weekend to inspect the new clinic put up by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. The clinic will serve about 20,000 persons.

The mix of different dengue strains is dangerous because although a person develops immunity to one strain, a mosquito bite delivering another strain exposes the individual to possible hemorrhagic fever, a severe and sometimes fatal condition.

New legislation would protect property owners in Cahuita
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is another move afoot to declare Cahuita a city.

Lawmaker Walter Céspedes Salazar has presented bill No. 18.425 that would do just that.

The action is more than just a change in title. City status would allow officials to protect the many properties long held by families there from the maritime zone law.

President Laura Chinchilla has frozen application of the maritime law, but there is a time limit. She has been expecting legislation to rectify the problem.
The law forbids construction in the first 50 meters from mean high tide. Many properties along the Caribbean coast are in this zone. Elsewhere, municipalities, following edicts from San José, have demolished homes.

The properties in Cahuita have been in the hands of families there for many years. But most residents lack the paperwork to show this. In fact, many have no deeds or paperwork of any kind.

A previous law passed by the legislature made provisions for property owners along the Caribbean, and residents were signing up so that they could obtain titles, but the Sala IV constitutional court threw it out.

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International jazz festival starts Tuesday and runs through Aug. 3
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The  Costa Rica Internacional Jazz Festival begins Tuesday with the Joel LaRue Smith Jazz Trio performing at 7 p.m. in the Centro José Figueres Ferrer, San Ramón. This is the first performance by the invited group of  musicians from the United States, Guatemala, Switzerland and Costa Rica.

The event is an annual one sponsored twice a year by the Centro Cultural Costarricense-Norteamericano. Performances are planned in Alajuela, Santa Ana, Manuel Antonio, Jacó and Guápiles as well as the metro area.

Smith and his fellow musicians are coming here as the U.S. State Department's Cultural Ambassador Program. He is, among other positions, the  director of the jazz orchestra and jazz studies at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts.

Smith is a pianist, arranger and composer. The U.S. Embassy said that his music builds on diverse influences, including Afro-Cuban rhythms, classical music and jazz, creating a mosaic of musical themes in his compositions and interpretations.  His music is full of rich sounds and unpredictable delights, imagination, rich textures and passion, all the while looking for ways to redefine the musical experience, it added.

The trio has been all over the world, and Smith has played at Carnegie Hall in New York, Lincoln Center and the Whitney Museum, also in New York; The White House. Symphony Hall in San Francisco and The Royal Albert Hall in London.

The only appearance in the San José area will be Wednesday at the Hogar de Ancianos Carlos María Ulloa, which is in Guadalupe, Goicoechea. That will be at 10 a.m.

Thursday the trio plays at 5 p.m. in Parque Vargas in Limón Centro and then Friday at 11 a.m. in the American Corner, in the public library in Limón at 11 a.m.

The final concert is also Friday at the Black Star Line in Limón at 7 p.m.

But there is much more. The Centro Cutural gave this outline:

Wednesday: The Kansas State University Jazz Sextet will play at 11 a.m. in front of the Correos Nacional in San José, at 4 p.m. at the Automercado in Guachipelín, Escazú, and at 7 p.m. in the Studio Hotel, Santa Ana.
Thursday: The Centro is holding a conference at its Los Yoses location to discuss studying music in the United States at 2 p.m. At 5 p.m. the  Kansas State University Jazz Sextet performs at the Automercado in Plaza del Sol, Curridabat.

Friday: The Kansas State University Jazz Sextet will give a master class at 3 p.m. in the Centro's Teatro Eugene O’Neill. Then at 8 p.m. the sextet will give a concert at the same place.

Saturday: The Kansas State Sextet has two concerts, one at 11 a.m. in Parque Morazán in San José and at 7:30 p.m. in the Hotel Club del Mar, Jacó.  The  Frank Salis Jazz Trío from Switzerland will be performing at the Teatro Eugene O’Neill at 8 p.m., and the  Juilliard School's New York Jazz Quartet will perform at the Hotel GAIA in  Manuel Antonio at 7:30 p.m.

Monday, July 29: The  New York University Jazz Quintet will play at 11 a.m. on the steps of the Museos del Banco Central at Plaza de la Cultura downtown. The  Juilliard School Jazz Quartet will give a master class at the Teatro Eugene O’Neill from 2 to 5, and then it will perform at 6 p.m. at the Centro.

Tuesday, July 30: The  Frank Salis Jazz Trío performs at Costa Rica Costa Rica Country Club, Escazú, at noon. The  New York University Jazz Quintet also performs at noon at the Teatro Nacional. Later the group has a concert at 7 p.m. at the Studio Hotel, Santa Ana. At the Teatro Eugene O’Neill the Guatemalan group , the  IMOX Trío de Jazz, performs at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 31: The  New York University Jazz Quintet will play at 10:30 a.m. in front of the Correos de Costa Rica downtown. At 11:30 a.m. IMOX Trío de Jazz will performs in the lobby of the Centro in Los Yoses. At 7 p.m. The  Frank Salis Jazz Trío performs at the Museo Juan Santamaría in Alajuela. Also at 7 p.m. the Costa Rican group, The New Jazz Project, will be part of the entertainment for pilgrims at the  Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in  Cartago.

Thursday, Aug. 1: The IMOX Trío de Jazz plays at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Centro's facilities in Heredia. The New York University Jazz Quintet will play at the Centro's facilities in Guápiles at 7 p.m. The Juilliard School Jazz Quartet  gives an 8 p.m. concert at the Teatro Eugene O’Neill.

Saturday, Aug. 3: On this, the last day of the jazz festival, the  New York University Jazz Quintet plays at 1:30 p.m. at the Centro facilities in La Sabana and gives a final concert at 8 p.m. in the Teatro Eugene O’Neill

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Proyecto Arqueológico El Perú-Waka´y PACUNAM/ Juan Carlos Pérez
Engraved stone contains the name of  the snake queen, Lady Ikoom

Buried monument illuminates
dark period of Mayan culture

By the Washington University news service

Archaeologists tunneling beneath the main temple of the ancient Maya city of El Perú-Waka’ in northern Guatemala have discovered an intricately carved stone monument with hieroglyphic text detailing the exploits of a little-known sixth-century princess whose progeny prevailed in a bloody, back-and-forth struggle between two of the civilization’s most powerful royal dynasties.

“Great rulers took pleasure in describing adversity as a prelude to ultimate success,” said research director David Freidel, a professor of anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. “Here the Snake queen, Lady Ikoom, prevailed in the end.”

Freidel, who is studying in Paris this summer, said the stone monument, known officially as El Perú Stela 44, offers a wealth of new information about a dark period in Maya history, including the names of two previously unknown Maya rulers and the political realities that shaped their legacies.

“The narrative of Stela 44 is full of twists and turns of the kind that are usually found in time of war but rarely detected in Precolumbian archaeology,” Freidel said.

“The information in the text provides a new chapter in the history of the ancient kingdom of Waka’ and its political relations with the most powerful kingdoms in the Classic period lowland Maya world.”

Carved stone monuments, such as Stela 44, have been unearthed in dozens of other important Maya ruins and each has made a critical contribution to the understanding of Maya culture.

Freidel says that his epigrapher, Stanley Guenter, who deciphered the text, believes that Stela 44 was originally dedicated about 1,450 years ago, in the calendar period ending in  564 A.D., by the Wak dynasty King Wa’oom Uch’ab Tzi’kin, a title that translates roughly as “He Who Stands Up the Offering of the Eagle.”

After standing exposed to the elements for more than 100 years, Stela 44 was moved by order of a later king and buried as an offering inside new construction that took place at the main El Perú-Waka’ temple about A.D. 700, probably as part of funeral rituals for a great queen entombed in the building at this time, the research team suggests.

El Perú-Waka’ is about 40 miles west of the famous Maya site of Tikal near the San Pedro Martir River in Laguna del Tigre National Park. In the Classic period, this royal city commanded major trade routes running north to south and east to west.

Freidel has directed research at this site in collaboration with Guatemalan and foreign archaeologists since 2003. Guatemalan archaeologist Griselda Perez discovered Stela 44 in this temple.

The project carries out research under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Guatemala and its Directorate for Cultural and Natural Patrimony, the Council for Protected Areas, and it is sponsored by the Foundation for the Cultural and Natural Patrimony and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Early in March, Ms. Pérez was excavating a short tunnel along the centerline of the stairway of the temple in order to give access to other tunnels leading to a royal tomb discovered in 2012 when her excavators encountered Stela 44.

Once the texts along the side of the monument were cleared, archaeologist Francisco Castaneda took detailed photographs and sent these to Guenter for decipherment.

Guenter’s glyph analysis suggests that Stela 44 was commissioned by Wak dynasty King Wa’oom Uch’ab Tzi’kin to honor his father, King Chak Took Ich’aak (Red Spark Claw), who had died in A.D. 556. Stela 44’s description of this royal father-son duo marks the first time their names have been known to modern history.

A new queen, Lady Ikoom, also is featured in the text and she was important to the king who recovered this worn stela and used it again.

Researchers believe that Lady Ikoom was one of two Snake dynasty princesses sent into arranged marriages with the rulers of El Perú-Waka’ and another nearby Maya city as a means of cementing Snake control over this region of northern Guatemala.

Secret U.S. court renews
telephone collection powers

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The secret U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has renewed the government's authority to continue collecting millions of telephone records, one of the classified counter-terrorism programs that was disclosed by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a statement Friday that the court had reaffirmed the powers.

The surveillance program has seen intense scrutiny since June, when Snowden revealed once-secret information about government telephone monitoring.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers expressed concerns in the last week about the life span of the surveillance program, suggesting that Congress may not renew legislative authority for it when it comes up for review.

Snowden faces criminal charges and is stuck in the transit zone of a Moscow airport while seeking temporary asylum in Russia.  He has said he wants to eventually head to Latin America, but his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said that Snowden also could ask for Russian citizenship.

The United States is demanding Russia extradite Snowden to stand trial for espionage.

Helen Thomas, reporter,
dies at 92 in Washington home

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who covered American presidents for nearly 50 years, has died at the age of 92.

Friends and colleagues say she died early Saturday at her home in Washington.
Thomas was a pioneer for women in journalism at a time when men dominated the profession. She covered every U.S. commander-in-chief since President John F. Kennedy.
U.S. President Barack Obama said Saturday that Ms. Thomas opened doors and broke down barriers for generations of female journalists, all while keeping several presidents, including himself, on their toes.
She was known to often express strong views on sensitive issues, even when questioning a president during nationally broadcast news conferences. Obama praised her fierce belief that democracy works best when tough questions are asked to hold leaders accountable.
In 2010 Thomas was recorded on video saying that Israel should get out of Palestine. She later apologized but ended her White House career after the video led to widespread condemnation.
Helen Thomas worked for the United Press International wire service and Hearst newspapers. She ended dozens of presidential news conferences with the familiar phrase "Thank you, Mr. President."
White House Correspondents Association President Steve Thomma called Ms. Thomas a trailblazer in journalism. She served as the first woman president of the association from 1975-1976.

Thousands join protests
seeking action on Zimmerman

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Thousands of people in the United States have joined nationwide rallies to demand federal action in support of civil rights, one week after a Florida jury acquitted a Hispanic neighborhood watchman in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager.
The National Action Network, led by the American civil rights leader, Rev. Al Sharpton, organized Saturday's vigils in honor of the teenager, Trayvon Martin, outside government buildings in more than 100 cities around the country.
They were the latest in a series of national protests against the July 13 acquittal of the former neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who was found not guilty of second degree murder and manslaughter in the February 2012 incident in which he fatally shot Martin in the chest during an altercation. The jury accepted Zimmerman's claim that he was acting in self-defense.
The verdict angered many Americans who believe Martin's killing was racially motivated. Race was not discussed in court during the trial.
Saturday's main rally was in New York City, where hundreds of people gathered to see Martin's mother Sybrina Fulton, Sharpton and pop superstar couple Beyonce and Jay-Z. Addressing the crowd, Fulton said "today it was my son, tomorrow it might be yours." She also vowed to fight for change in the country to ensure that her son's death is not in vain, saying "I am going to work for your children as well."
Ms. Fulton's former husband Tracy Martin also led a rally of hundreds of people in Miami, Florida.
Sharpton is pressing the U.S. Department of Justice to launch a civil right prosecution of Zimmerman on suspicion of targeting Martin because of the teenager's race. Some legal experts say it would be difficult for federal prosecutors to prove the allegation.
President Barack Obama paid tribute to Martin in a surprise appearance before White House reporters on Friday, saying the teenager "could have been my son ... could have been me 35 years ago."
The nation's first black president urged people to see the Martin case from the perspective of African-Americans, saying he and others have experienced society perceiving them as threatening because of their race.
Obama also said he is looking into ways to examine state and local laws to see if they encourage confrontations like the one in Florida.

German firm says phones
may have a vulnerability

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A United Nations group that advises nations on cybersecurity plans to send out an alert about significant vulnerabilities in mobile phone technology that could potentially enable hackers to remotely attack at least half a billion phones.

The bug, discovered by a German firm, allows hackers to remotely gain control of and also clone certain mobile SIM cards.

Hackers could use compromised SIMs to commit financial crimes or engage in electronic espionage, according to Berlin's Security Research Labs, which will describe the vulnerabilities at the Black Hat hacking conference that opens in Las Vegas July 31.

The U.N.'s Geneva-based International Telecommunications Union, which has reviewed the research, described it as hugely significant.

"These findings show us where we could be heading in terms of cybersecurity risks," Isaid Hamadoun Touré. He is secretary general of the International Telecommunications Union

He said the agency would notify telecommunications regulators and other government agencies in nearly 200 countries about the potential threat and also reach out to hundreds of mobile companies, academics and other industry experts.

A spokeswoman for the GSMA, which represents nearly 800 mobile operators worldwide, said it also reviewed the research.

"We have been able to consider the implications and provide guidance to those network operators and SIM vendors that may be impacted," said GSMA spokeswoman Claire Cranton.

Nicole Smith, a spokeswoman for Gemalto NV, the world's biggest maker of SIM cards, said her company supported GSMA's response.

"Our policy is to refrain from commenting on details relating to our customers' operations," she said.

Cracking SIM cards has long been the holy grail of hackers because the tiny devices are located in phones and allow operators to identify and authenticate subscribers as they use networks.

Karsten Nohl, the chief scientist who led the research team and will reveal the details at Black Hat, said the hacking only works on SIMs that use an old encryption technology known as DES. The technology is still used on at least one out of eight SIMs, or a minimum of 500 million phones, according to Nohl.

The ITU estimates some 6 billion mobile phones are in use worldwide. It plans to work with the industry to identify how to protect vulnerable devices from attack, Touré said.

Once a hacker copies a SIM, it can be used to make calls and send text messages impersonating the owner of the phone, said Nohl, who has a doctorate in computer engineering from the University of Virginia.

"We become the SIM card. We can do anything the normal phone users can do," Nohl said in a phone interview. "If you have a MasterCard number or PayPal data on the phone, we get that too."

The mobile industry has spent several decades defining common identification and security standards for SIMs to protect data for mobile payment systems and credit card numbers. SIMs are also capable of running apps.

Nohl said Security Research Labs found mobile operators in many countries whose phones were vulnerable, but declined to identify them. He said mobile phone users in Africa could be among the most vulnerable because banking is widely done via mobile payment systems with credentials stored on SIMs.

All types of phones are vulnerable, including iPhones from Apple Inc, phones that run Google Inc's Android software and BlackBerry Ltd smartphones, he said.

BlackBerry's director of security response and threat analysis, Adrian Stone, said in a statement that his company proposed new SIM card standards last year to protect against the types of attacks described by Nohl, which the GSMA has adopted and advised members to implement.

CTIA, a U.S. mobile industry trade group based in Washington, D.C., said the new research likely posed no immediate threat.

"We understand the vulnerability and are working on it," said CTIA Vice President John Marinho. "This is not what hackers are focused on. This does not seem to be something they are exploiting."

drive in

Some drive-in theater owners
manage to hang on in U.S.

By the A.M. Costa rica wire services

Drive-in movie theaters were once a vibrant part of American culture. The outdoor theaters with huge screens reached their peak in the late 1950s with more than 4,000 of  them across the US.  These days it's tough to find one.  However, some drive-ins still bring in big crowds just like the old days. 

Cars line up at the entrance to the Family Drive-In Theater in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. It's about 130 kilometers from Washington, D.C., where ticket attendant still great visitors cheerfully.

Shannon Scott and her family, like many others, arrived here more than two hours before the scheduled show.

“You get the ambiance, you get the fun concession stand," Scott said. "You get to wait for the dark so there is family time together.”  

Since her family discovered Family Drive-In three years ago, Scott said they have often made the hour and a half drive to enjoy two movies for less than the price of one where she lives.

“It's a beautiful drive," she said. "It is worth it to come here all the time. We love it."

The first drive-in opened in the eastern U.S. state of New Jersey in 1933. By 1958, there were 4,000 in the United States. They began to disappear rapidly in the 1970s and 80s. Today, fewer than 400 are still operating.  

Jim Kopp owns Family Drive-in.

“The drive-ins were built on the edge of towns," he said. "And as the towns were expanded, the price of land started to go higher. The land was more valuable than the business. So a lot of drive-ins lost to the townhouse developments and the retail developments.”

In the early years, drive-ins were a popular date destination. Now they mostly attract families. Kopp's theater even has a playground where children can play before the movies start. 

Fifteen members of Fred Cunliffe's family drove from Texas, North Carolina and other parts of Virginia for a show.

"It is something that we used to do as kids with my parents," he said. "So we decided it will be a really nice family event to come to the drive-in and let the kids get to see everything going on.” 

Some nearby hotels now offer special rates for people who drive in.

"We have had a lot of guests that come from very far and wide to see the drive in theater," said James Revere, from the Holiday Inn Express.

Family Drive-In can fit up to 500 cars on its lot and plays new releases on its two screens. On a good night, Kopp says, he may sell as many as 1,500 tickets.

“Majority of movie ticket sales goes to the studios for a film rental. They take up to 70 percent of the box office takes," said Kopp.

So the theater maintains itself through the sale of food and drink. And there's a new challenge. Drive-ins will have to convert to digital projection by the end of the year, when movie studios stop distributing 35 millimeter films.

“Seventy thousand dollars per projector, so for my theater, it is 140 thousand dollars’ worth of debt that I have to take on to go to digital," Kopp said.

Some drive-ins may not survive. Yet fans hope to enjoy movies under the stars for years to come.

Harvard duo lay groundwork
for a drug cure for cancers

By the Harvard University news staff

New research conducted by Harvard scientists is laying out a road map to one of the holy grails of modern medicine: a cure for cancer.

As described in a paper recently published in eLife, Martin Nowak, a professor of mathematics and of biology and director of the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, and co-author Ivana Bozic, a postdoctoral fellow in mathematics, show that, under certain conditions, using two drugs in a targeted therapy — a treatment approach designed to interrupt cancer’s ability to grow and spread — could effectively cure nearly all cancers.

Though the research is not a cure for cancer, Nowak said it does offer hope to researchers and patients alike.

“In some sense this is like the mathematics that allows us to calculate how to send a rocket to the moon, but it doesn’t tell you how to build a rocket that goes to the moon,” Nowak said. “What we found is that if you have a single point mutation in the genome that can give rise to resistance to both drugs at the same time, the game is over. We need to have combinations such that there is zero overlap between the drugs.”

Importantly, Nowak said, for the two-drug combination to work, both drugs must be given together — an idea that runs counter to the way many clinicians treat cancer today.

“We actually have to work against the status quo somewhat,” he said. “But we can show in our model that if you don’t give the drugs simultaneously, it guarantees treatment failure.”

In earlier studies, Nowak and colleagues showed the importance of using multiple drugs. Though temporarily effective, single-drug targeted therapy will fail, the researchers revealed, because the disease eventually develops resistance to the treatment.

To determine if a two-drug combination would work, Nowak and Bozic turned to an expansive data set supplied by clinicians at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center that showed how patients respond to single-drug therapy. With data in hand, they were able to create computer models of how multidrug treatments would work. Using that model, they then treated a series of “virtual patients” to determine how the disease would react to the multidrug therapy.

“For a single-drug therapy, we know there are between 10 and 100 places in the genome that, if mutated, can give rise to resistance,” Nowak explained. “So the first parameter we use when we make our calculations is that the first drug can be defeated by those possible mutations. The second drug can also be defeated by 10 to 100 mutations.

“If any of those mutations are the same, then it’s a disaster,” he continued. “If there’s even a single mutation that can defeat both drugs, that is usually good enough for the cancer — it will become resistant, and treatment will fail. What this means is we have to develop drugs such that the cancer needs to make two independent steps — if we can do that, we have a good chance to contain it.”

“You would expect to cure most patients with a two-drug combination,” Bozic said. “In patients with a particularly large disease burden you might want to use a three-drug combination, but you would cure most with two drugs.”

The trick now, Nowak and Bozic said, is to develop those drugs.

To avoid developing drugs that are not vulnerable to the same mutation, Bozic said, pharmaceutical companies have explored a number of strategies, including using different drugs to target different pathways in cancer’s development.

“There are pharmaceutical companies here in Cambridge that are working to develop these drugs,” Nowak said. “There may soon be as many as 100 therapies, which means there will be as many as 10,000 possible combinations, so we should have a good repertoire to choose from.

“I think we can be confident that, within 50 years, many cancer deaths will be prevented,” Nowak added. “One hundred years ago, many people died from bacterial infections, and now they would be cured. Today, many people die from cancer, and we can’t help them, but I think once we have these targeted therapies, we will be able to help many people — maybe not everyone — but many people.”

Open access to financial data
being readied for governments

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development has unveiled new plans to tackle tax evasion by improving the way tax authorities share information about individuals and entities like trusts.

Countries are increasingly moving to a standard of sharing information on taxpayers even in the absence of any specific request.

This is more likely to flag up inappropriate behavior than the longer established practice of one tax authority starting an investigation into suspicions of wrongdoing, and then making a request for data.

The European Union has estimated hundreds of billions of euros are lost each year to tax evasion. The stashing of undeclared earnings in accounts in offshore jurisdictions has long been a favored method for hiding cash from one's home tax authority, aided by the veil of secrecy.

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, which advises its mainly rich nation members on economic and tax policy, issued an updated standard for the automatic exchange of information at the sidelines of a meeting of G20 finance ministers on Saturday.

The organization has proposed a detailed description of the kinds of information that would be exchanged and proposals for common legal and technological standards to facilitate the flow of information.

The organization hopes to have a new draft agreement ready for countries to sign in late 2013.

The shift to an international standard on automatic sharing of information has been accelerated by the U.S. Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, which forces banks outside the United States to give Washington details of foreign accounts held by U.S. citizens.

Countries like Bermuda, often labeled a tax haven by Western lawmakers, said that once they agreed to share information with the United States, other large countries pressured them for a similar deal.


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This home features two bedrooms, three full baths, high quality A/C units, huge front and backyard, and of course, a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean just feet away from the front door! Playa Palo Seco is only minutes from  the tourist hot spot Jacó but far enough away to be quiet and tranquil. This is an incredible opportunity at $150,000! Owner financing is available! Visit for more information!

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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

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 BEST DEAL in Costa Rica!!! Lots starting at just $18,500 with financing available.
 Lot/ House packages from around $60,000
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Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers 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.
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Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$550,000 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!

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San Rafael, Heredia, great opportunity, 17,000m2 land for development,
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Two-story house, 2,400 sq. ft. (223 sq. mt.) total with covered porches, 2-car covered parking, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, open kitchen/living room, bodega, laundry room, upstairs sala. Separate 320-sq. ft. (29 sq. mt.) music studio that could be used as an art studio, workshop, or additional bedroom. Studio has a patio on top, partially covered with ozonated hot tub. Mature citrus trees, avocado, mango, pineapples, bananas, and many colorful flowers. Completely fenced, security system, Internet, cable TV, automatic gates, one-car additional secured gravel parking. Double lot, 7,320 sq ft (680 sq mt). Backs up to a large cafetal and looks up to Natural Reserve Madre Verde. Located in La Granja, Residencia Palma Real, Palmares, Alajuela. Walking distance to town, 5 minutes to pista, 35 minutes to airport, and close to bus service. Comes with kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, bed set in master bedroom, shoe cabinet just inside front door. Other furnishings negotiable. More pictures available upon request. House and property are in a corporation. $208,000.

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.

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Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. $185,000. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
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$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.
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- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
 - Beachfront Residential Lots from $58,000
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- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
 1.25 acre + lots in ECO Development $39,000
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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.

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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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This is the new bridge over the Río Caraigres that allows access to some Aserrí communities

New bridge linked to festival
promoting those jocotes

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national emergency commission is linking the opening of a new bridge in Aserrí to the  Feria Nacional de Jocote The agency said it has replaced the span that was taken out by water generated by Tropical Storm Tómas in 2010.

Benefitting are the communities of La Uruca de Aserrí, Santa Marta, Barrio Los Ángeles and la Legua de los Naranjos, said the agency.

La Uruca is the location for the annual jocote festival. The event continues next Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Jocotes are those little green fruits that can be eaten raw or included in a number of dishes. As part of the festival, locals will provide guided tours of the fincas in whichh the jocote are grown.

The event has the support of the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo.

New pipeline along Pacific

By the A.M.  Costa Rica staff

The Asociación Administradora de Acueducto de Esterillos inaugurated a new pipeline  from Quebrada Amarilla at Playa Hermosa,  to Playa Bejuco in Esterillos Este and Parrita, Included in the project is a storage tank. The Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social contributed to the project.

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Business expo planned for Aug. 5 and 6

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Some 50 vendors are expected to attend the two-day  Expo Oficina Aug. 5 and 6. The business magazine EKA is the sponsor and predicts that there will be 101 stand at the event in the Hotel Real Intercontinental in Escazú.

The hours will be from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The organizers said they expect 3,000 executives, including business owners, purchasing managers and others to attend.

Firms that will be displaying their products include commercial and office area developers, furniture and office equipment suppliers, technology, communication, general services, food, financing and insurance, health, personnel services, outsourcing, recruiting, transport, education and business services, said an announcement.

Those who attend will have a chance to enter a green office contest in which they will try to devise a facility that is environmentally friendly, said the organizers.

EKA, La Revista Empresarial, is part of EKA Consultores Internacional.

Those who attend the event also can take part in a number of discussions, the announcement said. The topics include cloud computing, the future of real estate, the benefits and downside of factoring receivables and business financing.