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Three zoo protesters detained by police officers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

About 30 persons who appeared to be university students tried to disrupt the 97th anniversary celebrations of the zoo at Parque Bolívar Sunday morning. Three were detained for throwing rocks.

The Fuerza Pública said that the arrests were made before the group reached the zoo entrance. The individuals appeared to be trying to  prevent others from entering the zoo. During a scuffle, one protester grabbed the radio of a zoo security guard and smashed it to the pavement, said police.

One of the detained trio, identified by the last names of  Mireno Solano, went to the flagrancia court on a rock-throwing allegation, said police.

The Parque Zoológico Simón Bolivar is in the news this week because the environmental ministry is trying to close it. Animal rights groups have complained for years about the condition of the zoo, the size of the cages containing the animals and other factors, including odor. The zoo and
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Parque Bolivar where it stands in north San José are state-owned.

The zoo contractor, Fundación Pro Zoológicos, said that the notice that the ministry would not renew the agreement came too late. The issue is likely to be a drawn out legal case.


Another stiff traffic law fine found disproportionate
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala IV constitutional court has found that the fine for not carrying a first aid kit and battery cables in a vehicles is disproportionate.

The court struck down the  108,180-colon fine. That's about $216.

This was the section of the traffic law that sent every motorist scurrying to purchase one of those kits that contained a red triangle, cables, a collection of adhesive bandages and some other basic tools.

The court ruling was released Friday. The magistrates also said that the state did not have to  return any money paid as fines for violating the
law, according to a summary provided by the Poder Judicial. There was no indication how many fines already had been collected..

The fine was one of a series instituted by the legislature. But the court said that the amount was not justified considering the socioeconomic condition of many Costa Ricans. The court did say that the idea was a good one to have motorists carry these implements.  The fine now reverts to what it was before the new traffic law received approval,

The high fine was part of the original traffic law rewrite that won approval in December 2007.

Many aspects of this law were called draconian, and the current legislature passed some changes.


Law officers capture well-armed, camouflaged men
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The  Policía de Fronteras  with help from the  Fuerza Pública  and the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas managed to detain four men dressed in camouflage in the extreme northwestern part of the country.

The time was Saturday, and the location was Playa Papaturro in La Cruz.

The three Nicaraguans and a Costa Rican were dressed more for warfare than for hunting. The Costa Rica, identified by the last name of  Medina Amoretti, carried an AK-47 firearm and 86 rounds of ammunition. Another man carried a shotgun. There also was a .38-caliber handgun and binoculars.

Two of the men were illegal Nicaraguans. Another
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Here is what the men were wearing and carrying.


Nicaraguan had Costa Rican residency, said police.

Police said that the men tried to resist arrest, but  that no police officer was injured. The charges will relate to illegal possession of a weapon, said officers.


Gulf ferry operators told to establish senior discount
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The two ferry companies that operate in the gulf of Nicoya have been ordered to come up with a senior discount by the middle of August.

That was the outcome of an appeal brought before the Sala IV constitutional court. The appeal said that the two ferry companies, Naviera Tambor S.A. and Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Transporte Marítimo
R.L. had never agreed to a discount even though they are suppose to do so under terms of their concessions.

Naviera Tambor operates ferries from Puntarenas to  Paquera and and Cooperativa Autogestionaria de Transporte Marítimo sails form Puntarenas to Playa Naranjo.

The court noted that the companies had been negotiating since 2005 with the  Consejo Nacional para la Persona Adulta Mayor but without result.

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Despite the hour, jazz envoys
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By: Kimberly Beck
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Friday at 11 a.m. hardly sounds like the perfect time for an Afro-Cuban jazz show, and hosting it at the public library in Limón makes it sound even less perfect. Electrical storms and heavy rains had closed schools and caused flooding that morning. But against all odds the Joel La Rue Smith Trio, played a captivating set to the 30 or so persons who came to be a part of Costa Rica’s 2013 International Jazz Festival, which runs through Sunday.

The Joel La Rue Smith Trio is comprised of Joel (pronounced Joe-L), who in addition to being the leader is also the current director of Jazz/Big Band at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. He plays piano. Parker McCallister, a former Smith student, is on a five-string bass, and Charles Burchell, also a former student who recently was graduated by Harvard University with a master's in education, handles percussion.

Smith was happy to discuss what it means to be a part of a U.S. cultural envoy, his music style and his upcoming CDs.

Smith, 40, who is from Queens, New York, and has roots on his father’s side in Louisiana, has travelled all over the world playing with orchestras and in major jazz festivals. He has performed at the White House as well as the Royal Albert Hall in London.

This is his fourth trip to Costa Rica but his first time as part of a U.S. State Department cultural envoy. 

“To be asked here in an official capacity that means that they have acknowledged your worth on more than just a verbal level,” he said. “Being part of the cultural envoy is like creating an ally in spreading the music to the world. I’m following in the tradition of Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, people that I admire.”

He added that he has always had a positive experience in Costa Rica. He’s been around the world and he considers Costa Rica a mountain top experience. Diversity is a buzz word in the world now, but it really exists in Costa Rica.

In fact, he said, the student band members are playing in place of  previous band members because of Costa Rica. Before the start of 2012’s jazz festival Manuel Arce, cultural director for the Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano, asked him if he could bring African-Americans and students to help promote the Black Culture festival. Last year was his first year to bring them “and we have been playing together ever since,” he said.

He said has a favorite Costa Rican group. “. . . the kids in the New Jazz Project. They are the group to watch. They play with authenticity and are fusing Latino roots with jazz.”

The core of his jazz music has a strong allegiance to Cuban tradition and his classical to the Russian school of piano playing. He considers Isabelle Vengerova a musical grandparent because he studied with someone who studied with her. “It’s almost like a pedigree.” he said. He insists that he prefers performing live to recording and wants his music to make listeners feel uneasy but good all at the same time.

“I have worked very hard to be a leader," he said. "I have worked for everything I have.”

“This is just the tip of the iceberg for me. As an artist you never get settled, you don’t feel like you accomplish much. There is always more to do.”

“Everyone has a purpose and it is up to us to find out what it is and believe in it. Let no one tear you away from it.”

The trio’s two new CDs are coming out this December. The classical "Colossus Piano Collection" includes an original sonata, and the Afro-Cuban Jazz is "Motorman’s Son," which has seven original songs and three standards. Smith's father is a motorman for the New York City subway.

His Web site is www.joellaruesmith.com and more information on the upcoming events in Costa Rica’s 2013 International Jazz Festival can be found at  www.centrocultural.cr


Three get 32-year sentences
in the murder of Lisa Artz


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three men have been sentenced to 32 years in prison each for the murder of Lisa Artz, who was the resident manager of  Casa Tres Palmas in upper Matapalo, just south of Puerto Jiménez on the east shore of the Osa peninsula.

The Poder Judicial reported that the three men have been remanded into custody for six months while an appeal of their case is processed.
The men have the last names of  González, Chaves and Cedeño.

Ms. Artz, 52, died July 20, 2011. She was planning a trip to the United States, and the murder was attributed to robbery. The Judicial Investigating Organization said at the time that she was found in a small cabina bound hands and feet with a blanket over her face. Agents presumed she was smothered. Acquaintances said the woman lived in the small cabina, the first structure her family build on the land, because the adjacent 6,000-square-foot structure was rented frequently to vacationers.


Landon Donovan honored
as his team takes Gold Cup


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Landon Donovan of the United States was named the winner of the 2013 Gold Cup’s Golden Ball as the tournament’s most outstanding player. The announcement was made Sunday after the Americans defeated Panama 1-0 in the final at Soldier Field. It was the first time that Donovan won the honor after six attempts and four Gold Cup titles.

The L.A. Galaxy star finished the competition with five goals and seven assists.  He shared the Golden Boot award with team mate Chris Wondolowski and Panama’s Gabriel Torres.

Donovan was instrumental in the championship game, too. He served up a centering pass that teammate  Brek Shea put into the net for the game's only score. The game was at Soldier's Field in Chicago.

The Gold Cup is put on by the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.

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Robberies escalate into murders in Sixaola, Heredia, Jacó
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Robbers killed the driver of a Limón-Sixaola bus Friday night

In Jacó investigators are trying to find the robbers who stabbed the administrator of a commercial center to death when he stumbled upon their crime.

In Guararí, Heredia, agents are seeking more young men who were involved in the murder of  a man waiting at a bus stop. A companion suffered injuries in the robbery.

The murder of the bus driver is yet another crime to trouble the long-suffering residents of the Caribbean coast. The Judicial Investigating Organization said the time was about 9 p.m. Friday when two bus passengers put on masks and announced a stickup. The bus was near the end of its route at Sixaola.

The driver, identified by the last name of  Alvarez tried to stop the holdup and suffered the fatal wound as he struggled with one of the robbers. He was 64.

The bus left Limón Centro at 7 p.m., said agents. The few remaining passengers on the bus when the crime took place were uncertain when the robbers boarded, they said.

The time was a little past midnight Saturday when the Jacó 
crime happened. The 49-year-old administrator of the commercial center was identified by agents with the last name of Vilalobos.

Agents said that four men overpowered the guard, tied him up and put him in a bathroom. The administrator appeared unexpectedly and was stabbed fatally.

The robbers broke into several establishments and took 100,000 colons, about $200, from a beauty shop. They also took 400,000 colons and $500 from a surf shop, said agents.

The Heredia crime happened about 5:30 a.m. when the two men were waiting at a bus stop. A group of youngsters showed up and began robbing the men.

The weapon in this case appears to have been homemade.

A man with the last name of  Gutiérrez suffered a fatal wound, and his companion, identified by the last name of  Espinoza, was shot in the chest. Police detained two suspects about an hour later in the public street.

Also Saturday judicial agents were called to Hospital San Juan de Dios where a man wounded in the head Wednesday died. The cause is believed to have been a family dispute in the home in Hatillo 6.


'Tis the season for volunteer work along the Caribbean coast
By Connie Foss
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Costa Rican schools are back in session, but students from the United States are using their long summer vacation to do some volunteer tourism.

Two separate volunteer groups have been visiting the Puerto Viejo area to serve area schools.

Mi Jardin (My Garden) is a preschool through elementary school found on a gravel road on the forest side of Playa Chiquita. Its founder and director, Uta Epple, built Mi Jardin three years ago after many years as director of the Playa Chiquita School.

Ms. Epple, originally from Germany, has a practical view of education, adapting the methods of Waldorf schools to the reality of life in the Caribe Sur of Costa Rica. It is difficult to get the special materials used in a Waldorf program, and books are rare here. But the main thing is the spirit of the school. Teachers lead by example with kind words and gentle voices. Teachers show respect and, in turn, students are expected to respect one another. Every activity is a learning experience, including snack and mealtimes. No one begins eating until everyone is seated at the table with hands folded. The teacher sings a song about the mealtime gathering and students sing along, or not.

Will providing a better education for the children bring positive changes to the community? Ms. Epple and her teachers hope so.
Nina Epple and Michelle Zentner are teachers for the kindergarten group. Nina, Ms. Epple’s daughter, has a teacher certification from the Universidad Latina in San Jose. She chose to return to Playa Chiquita and teach here at Mi Jardin. She has been in public school classrooms and sees the difference between Mi Jardin, which operates independently of the Ministerio de Educación Pública, and other schools that follow state rules.  According to Ms. Zentner, who was a teacher in Panamá before coming to live in the Caribbean, this school is different from the normal system of education. The children here want to learn because the learning environment is real, she said.

As class continued, a morning rain shower created a deafening sound on the metal roof, and a torrent poured outside the open windows. Outside, the sounds of hammers and saws stopped. The volunteers working on various painting and building projects were forced to take a break and wait out the storm.

At Mi Jardin, Jeremy and Kerbi Smith, directors of The Concrete Jungle skate park ministry in Puerto Viejo, were hosting a group of friends from a church in Texas. Mornings the group spends at Mi Jardin on the various projects Ms. Epple has planned out for them. Afternoons they participate in games and activities at the skate park.

This group of five families has been spending summer vacation time volunteering in Costa Rica for the last six years, but this is the first time they have come to the Caribbean. Their church in Tyler, Texas, pays for materials but the families — parents and children ranging from elementary to high school age — come here to give freely of their time and energy.

Jason Smith, the group’s pastor, said they have several friends living in Costa Rica and want to show their support to these friends by coming to volunteer in the communities where they live. Jeremy and Kerbi Smith know Ms. Epple and offered to help her complete some projects around her school, such as painting walls and clearing land for a garden.

According to Smith, his group sees their work at Mi Jardin as a spiritual service to the community. “We love God by loving other people, whether we know them or not. There is a perception that Christians are closed-minded and self-righteous. But Christians who act that way are not truly reflecting Christ. We want people to see that there are
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 Volnteers are at work on a mural at the Playa Chiquita
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Christians who really practice the Golden Rule.”

In addition, the parents in the group are working side by side with their children as a way to show them another side of Mom and Dad. They hope this family-bonding experience will continue in their communities back at home.

In addition to the school renovation projects, the group offered a Basic First Aid and CPR clinic. Two medical doctors in the group, also gave consultations to anyone in the community needing general medical advice.

Simultaneously, this week the Centro Educativo Playa Chiquita is bustling with its own volunteers, a group of 14 college-age youth spending a three-week session of combined tourism and service all over Costa Rica.

Group leaders Melissa Lehman and Cooper Kersey said they are impressed by the Playa Chiquita School because it is a melting pot of international culture. The administration is also very different from other schools because Playa Chiquita school, like Mi Jardin, operates more independently from the education ministry than other area schools.

Overland Summers, the organization sponsoring the trip, recruits college students from all over the United States for summer trips to Costa Rica, the most popular destination country. Overland Summers is connected with Field Studies Costa Rica and supervised by Gail Nystrom, founder and director of San Jose-based Costa Rica Humanitarian Foundation.

Not every three-week tour includes a week of community service, as this one does. Ms. Nystrom connected this group with the Playa Chiquita School to do outdoor painting, build bookshelves, and do some guest appearances for the English classes, among other projects.

Overland Summers has been sending groups to Costa Rica for 11 years, and to the Caribbean for five years. The  feel safe and welcome in the Puerto Viejo area.

Although the U.S. Embassy has issued a warning to American tourists that the Caribbean is a dangerous place and to proceed with caution, the volunteers have had a very positive and trouble-free experience. These people are giving of their time and talents to the Caribbean community in spite of the risks involved.

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Weekend was a good time to make that annual pilgimage to Cartago
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The weekend proved to be a good time for pilgrims to make their annual hike to Cartago and the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles.

The Cruz Roja said that some 300 persons were treated Saturday and Sunday at temporary aid stations set up along the routes. The bulk of the problems were sunburn or a flare up of an existing medical condition, said the Cruz Roja.

The flow of pilgrims, known as romeros, will continue all this week as the feast day of the Virgin, the country's patroness, approaches. It is Friday.

The Cruz Roja said there were no serious medical conditions, and there were no reports from police agencies of any serious problems.

The bulk of the patients was at the basilica itself, said the Cruz Roja. Medical technicians treated 195 persons there. Some 99 more were treated at the Ochomogo aid station on the Autopista Florencio del Castillo. At Tres Ríos volunteers treated 14, the Cruz Roja said.

The aid agency will have some 35 aid stations operating by 7 a.m. Thursday, which is expected to be the big day for pilgrims. Yhey will reach Cartago and overnight in the Plaza awaiting a 10 a.m. Mass Friday.
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Ambassador Monge with the pope.

Pope hints at Costa Rican visit
in meeting with ambassador

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
and wire service reports

Pope Francis met with  Víctor Manuel Monge Chacón, the Costa Rican ambassador in Brazil, during a World Youth Day event.

Monge said that the pope sent a special blessing to Costa Rica, its youth, the poor and families. The pope also sent a greeting to President Laura Chinchilla and said that there is the possibility of a papal visit to Costa Rica and to the  Basílica of the Virgen de los Angeles in Cartago,

Monge met the pope in the  Teatro Municipal in Rio de Janeiro, according to the foreign ministry in San José, which relayed the ambassador's comments. Monge was one of five diplomats from as many continents who participated in the event, the ministry said.

Pope Frances ended his trip to Brazil with a Mass on the world famous Copacabana beach.
 
An estimated three million people gathered for Sunday's oceanfront service to mark the end of the Catholic Church's World Youth Day festivities.
 
The Argentine-born pope urged Catholics to go to the fringes of society and continue to spread the message of the Catholic faith.
 
The Mass, which included Bible readings and a concert, had a festival-like atmosphere with the pope receiving an enthusiastic welcome from people waving flags, singing and dancing.
 
The service was attended by presidents Dilma Rousseff of Brazil, Christina Kirchner of Argentina and Bolivia's Evo Morales.
 
Pope Francis was due to leave for Rome later Sunday after meeting with Latin American bishops.
 
During his week-long trip to Brazil the pope urged bishops, priests and other clergy to get out of their churches to spread the gospel. Thursday, he personally reached out to the poor with a visit to one of Rio's notorious slums, or favelas.
 
The pope announced that the next World Youth Day would be held in Krakow, Poland, the home of the late Pope John Paul II.


Obama continues his push
for more money in budget


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

This week, U.S. President Barack Obama will continue advocating his economic agenda with a speech to workers in Tennessee. The effort comes as battle lines are being drawn in Congress over funding the government and implementing Obama’s signature health care law.

The president has a message for the American people: Even in tough fiscal times, there are things the federal government must do for the common good.

“America has to make the investments necessary to promote long-term growth and shared prosperity: Rebuilding our manufacturing base, educating our workforce. upgrading our transportation and information networks. That is what we need to be talking about,” he said.

An active government role in the economy, however, is precisely what Republican lawmakers reject. House Speaker John Boehner offers a free market-oriented agenda.

“Simplify our tax code, reduce harmful regulations, and fix a broken government,” said Boehner.

The clash in visions will intensify in the coming months as deadlines loom for authorizing next year’s federal budget and increasing the U.S. government's debt limit. Republicans say budget cuts must accompany any hike of the federal borrowing cap.

“We have spent more than what we have brought in for 55 of the last 60 years. I hope somebody is willing to actually talk about it,” said Boehner.

A similar stand-off two years ago triggered a downgrade of U.S. creditworthiness.

“We have seen a sizable group of Republican lawmakers suggest they would not vote to pay the bills that Congress rang up — a fiasco that harmed a fragile economic recovery in 2011, and one we cannot afford to repeat,” said Obama.

The looming implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it's commonly known, is further complicating the picture. The program compels Americans to purchase private health insurance, and provides subsidies for those of modest incomes. Some Republicans say they will not vote for any budget that contains funding for Obamacare. Obama will not sign any budget bill that does not.


Math approach to gun control
pioneered in new study


By the University of California - Irvine news staff

Aiming to quell heated national debate about gun control with factual answers, two University of California — Irvine mathematicians have designed parameters to measure how to best prevent both one-on-one killings and mass shootings in the United States. Their paper appears Friday in the journal PLOS ONE.

"It's time to bring a scientific framework to this problem," said lead author Dominik Wodarz, a mathematical biologist who works on disease and evolutionary dynamics. His co-author and wife, Natalia Komarova, a mathematician who studies biomedical and social trends, added: "Can we design a rational way to argue about guns?"

Both were appalled not just by the December shooting deaths of 20 youngsters and eight adults in Newtown, Conn., but also by the bitterly emotional dispute over weapons that erupted anew. They decided to put their professional expertise to work.

"This debate cannot be settled satisfactorily by verbal arguments alone since these are often driven by opinion and lack a solid scientific backing," the authors write. "What is under debate is essentially an epidemiological problem: How do different gun control strategies affect the rate at which people become killed by attackers and how can this rate be minimized?"

The duo reviewed available data stretching as far back as World War I, then drew up equations to compute whether policies ranging from a total firearm ban to arm everyone increase or decrease homicides. After running the numbers, they found that in more common domestic and one-on-one crimes, reduced legal gun availability – if properly enforced – is likelier to lower deaths. But in rare mass shootings, armed citizens might save lives if sufficiently trained to avoid accidentally shooting fleeing bystanders.

They note that data is missing that could strengthen their results. For instance, homeowners who used a weapon to stop a robbery might not make a report to police. Stand your ground laws being widely discussed in the wake of Trayvon Martin's killing could influence the parameters too. "Whether such laws better protect the public or increase deaths needs to be determined statistically," Wodarz said. "Do you have a greater chance of dying if you run or if you face your attacker with a weapon?"

The authors say key parts of their equations should be studied more closely: the fraction of offenders who illegally possess a gun, the statistical degree of protection provided by legal gun ownership, and the number of people who are legally carrying a gun when attacked. Comprehensive data in those areas, they say, could further aid the development and implementation of effective policies.

Federal funding for gun control research was essentially nonexistent for nearly two decades, but President Barack Obama in January labeled firearm deaths a public health crisis and ended the longstanding freeze. About 11,000 Americans die each year from gunshot homicides.

A large number of peer reviews, 11 in total, were solicited by journal editors. Two or three are the norm. A wide array of opinions were expressed, ranging from enthusiastically positive and constructive to a critic who stated that scientific methods would never be useful in this area.

The authors were warned to be prepared for heated responses to their paper but believe it's critical to bring the best tools of research to the issue.

"If the current discussion could be steered toward science, rather than having a heated debate without much of a logical foundation, a big step forward toward saving lives would be achieved," they said.


Migraines linked to incomplete
array of arteries near brain


By the University of Pennsylvania news service

The network of arteries supplying blood flow to the brain is more likely to be incomplete in people who suffer migraine, a new study by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania reports. Variations in arterial anatomy lead to asymmetries in cerebral blood flow that might contribute to the process triggering migraines.

The arterial supply of blood to the brain is protected by a series of connections between the major arteries, termed the circle of Willis after the English physician who first described it in the 17th century.   People with migraine, particularly migraine with aura, are more likely to be missing components of the circle of Willis. 

Migraine affects an estimated 28 million Americans, causing significant disability. Experts once believed that migraine was caused by dilation of blood vessels in the head, while more recently it has been attributed to abnormal neuronal signals.  In this study, appearing in PLOS ONE, researchers suggest that blood vessels play a different role than previously suspected: structural alterations of the blood supply to the brain may increase susceptibility to changes in cerebral blood flow, contributing  to the abnormal neuronal activity that starts migraine.

"People with migraine actually have differences in the structure of their blood vessels. This is something you are born with," said the study's lead author, Brett Cucchiara, associate professor of neurology. "These differences seem to be associated with changes in blood flow in the brain, and it’s possible that these changes may trigger migraine, which may explain why some people, for instance, notice that dehydration triggers their headaches."

In a study of 170 people from three groups, a control group with no headaches, those who had migraine with aura, and those who had migraine without aura, the team found that an incomplete circle of Willis was more common in people with migraine with aura (73 percent) and migraine without aura (67 percent), compared to a headache-free control group (51 percent). The team used magnetic resonance angiography to examine blood vessel structure and a noninvasive magnetic resonance imaging method pioneered at the University of Pennsylvania, called Arterial spin labeling, to measure changes in cerebral blood flow.

"Abnormalities in both the circle of Willis and blood flow were most prominent in the back of the brain, where the visual cortex is located.  This may help explain why the most common migraine auras consist of visual symptoms such as seeing distortions, spots, or wavy lines,” said the study’s senior author, John Detre, professor of neurology and radiology.

Both migraine and incomplete circle of Willis are common, and the observed association is likely one of many factors that contribute to migraine in any individual.  The researchers suggest that at some point diagnostic tests of circle of Willis integrity and function could help pinpoint this contributing factor in an individual patient. Treatment strategies might then be personalized and tested in specific subgroups.


Historian documents impact
of fictional detectives on CSI


By The University of Manchester news service

Two of literature’s most famous detectives had a major influence on the development of the modern crime scene investigation, according to a historian from The University of Manchester.

Ian Burney’s research into the history of CSI has revealed that two of its founding fathers – Frenchman Edmond Locard and Austrian Hans Gross – were influenced by British writers Arthur Conan Doyle and R. Austen Freeman.

Doyle, a doctor and creator of Sherlock Holmes, and Freeman, another doctor whose creation John Evelyn Thorndyke is the prototype for the modern forensic investigator, were evangelists for a professionalized CSI – according to the material analyzed by Burney.

The historian was speaking at the 24th International Congress of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, held at The University of Manchester.

Burney is based at the University’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine. He said: “It’s surprising but clear that the fictional creations of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Thorndyke were a major influence on the crime scene as we know today.

“The stories showcased new methods of CSI: protecting the crime scene from contamination; preserving and recording the relationships between all objects in the scene, even the most trivial; and submitting minute trace evidence to scientific scrutiny.

“So it’s fair to say that Conan Doyle and Freeman helped investigators to systemize their methods to make the invisible, visible and the inconsequential, consequential.

“It wasn’t until the 1920s that dedicated CSIs began to appear as supervisors of a complex police and scientific operation, accompanied by photographers and policemen to search and protect the scene.

“Freeman and Conan Doyle helped bring this about.

“It’s amazing that both writers were able to conceive of the modern crime scene from their own imaginations – though I would guess they were familiar with the writings of Gross and Locard.”

In an English translation of Hans Gross’s handbook for crime investigators, Burney discovered a passage referring to the forensics kit bag taken by English police to crime scenes as “the Thorndyke,” a clear reference to Freeman’s character.

And in his textbook, Edmond Locard, repeatedly urged all students of police science to read and absorb the lessons of Sherlock Holmes.

Burney added: “During the Victorian era, there were certainly people who investigated the scenes of crimes, but they were not systematic and scientific in the way they went about their work.

“At murder scenes, the representative of science was a medical man, sometimes a pathologist but often just a local practitioner.

“But Sherlock Holmes and especially Dr Thorndyke- were critical of they way Victorian pathologists might contaminate a scene and helped change practice for good.

According to Burney, "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" is one of many examples of how like modern CSI the novels were.

In this story, Holmes laments the destruction of crime scene evidence by investigators unaware of the need to adhere to CSI protocol saying: “Oh, how simple it would all have been had I been here before they came like a herd of buffalo and wallowed all over it.”

And Thorndyke argued in one of his earliest stories, “Message from the Deep Sea”, that the scene of a murder should be treated like: “the Palace of Sleeping Beauty … Not a grain of dust should be moved, not a soul should be allowed to approach it, until the scientific observer has seen everything in situ and absolutely undisturbed. No tramplings of excited constables, no rummaging by detectives, no scrambling to and fro of bloodhounds.”

The key to solving this particular murder was Thorndyke’s attention to and scientific analysis of sand traces on the dead woman’s pillow.

Burney said: “When we consider the look of a crime scene today, with its protective tents and its ceremonially cloaked guardians, it is not difficult to see it as Thorndyke’s “Palace” come to life.”


Ocean's long-term role
linked to climate variations


By the  GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre
for Ocean Research news service

Why does hurricane activity vary from decade to decade? Or rainfall in the Sahel region? And why are the trans-Atlantic changes frequently in sync?

A German-Russian research team has investigated the role of heat exchange between ocean and atmosphere in long-term climate variability in the Atlantic. The scientists analyzed meteorological measurements and sea surface temperatures over the past 130 years. It was found that the ocean significantly affects long-term climate fluctuations, while the seemingly chaotic atmosphere is mainly responsible for the shorter-term, year-to-year changes. The study appears in the current issue of the prestigious journal Nature, and provides important information on the predictability of long-term climate fluctuations.

How do the ocean and atmosphere communicate? What information do they exchange, and what are the results? These are questions that climate scientists must ask, especially if they want to understand the cause of natural climate fluctuations of varying duration.

These fluctuations superimpose the general global warming trend since the beginning of industrialization and thus complicate the accurate determination of human influence on the climate. The causes and mechanisms of natural climate variability, however, are poorly understood.

A study led by scientists at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel shows that the ocean currents influence the heat exchange between ocean and atmosphere and thus can explain climate variability on decadal time scales. The study also references the potential for predicting such phenomena.

The presumption of such predictability potential has been around for more than half a century. In 1964, the Norwegian climate researcher Jacob Bjerknes postulated different causes of climate variability on different time scales. While the atmosphere is mainly causing climate variations on shorter time scales, from months to years, the longer-term fluctuations, such as those on decadal time scales, are primarily determined by the ocean. The first part of this hypothesis has been well studied by now, but the second part still required some verification.

"In the current study, we can utilize a new analysis of shipboard measurements, taken since the end of the 19th century, to verify the second part of the Bjerknes hypothesis," says Mojib Latif of GEOMAR, co-author of the study. "In particular, for the long-term climate variability in the Atlantic sector, the Gulf Stream circulation is of vital importance," said Latif.

Ocean currents affect the surface temperature of the oceans and thus the heat exchange with the atmosphere, eventually causing climate variations on the adjacent continents. The most evident is an oscillation with a period of 60 years.

"Such decadal climate fluctuations are superimposed on the general warming trend, so that at times it seems as if the warming trend slowed or even stopped. After a few decades, it accelerates once again,” explained Latif. “It is important for us to understand these natural cycles, so that we can finally provide better climate predictions as well."

One of the major problems, as Latif explained, is that there are just very few long-term oceanic measurements, thereby complicating the analysis and interpretation of climate change signals. Therefore, scientists are using increasingly refined statistical methods to extract more and more information from the available data sets.

"We need both, realistic model simulations and long-term data records, and really sophisticated analysis methods to produce reliable climate predictions. Our work is an additional piece in the giant puzzle of global climate variability, but I am confident that we will be able to extract the secrets underlying the natural climate fluctuations," said Latif.


Twitter content seen changing
to commercials and celebrities


By the Columbia University news service

New research from scholars at Columbia Business School and the University of Pittsburgh questions the sustainability of Twitter, the social network that has more than 500 million registered users. The research was recently published in the journal Marketing Science.

Columbia Business School Professor Olivier Toubia has a thought-provoking, 140-character-limit comment about the research he co-authored with University of Pittsburgh's Assistant Professor Andrew T. Stephen.

"Get ready for a TV-like Twitter," said Toubia.

The research examined the motivations behind why everyday people, with no financial incentive, contribute to Twitter.

The study examined roughly 2500 non-commercial Twitter users. In a field experiment, Toubia and Stephens randomly selected some of those users and, through the use of other synthetic accounts, increased the selected group's followers. At first, Toubia and Stephen noticed that as the selected group's followers increased, so did the posting rate. However, when that group reached a level of stature, a moderately large amount of followers, the posting rate declined significantly.

"Users began to realize it was harder to continue to attract more followers with their current strategy, so they slowed down," Toubia added. "When posting activity no longer leads to additional followers, people will view Twitter as a non-evolving, static structure, like TV."

Based on the analyses, Toubia and Stephen predict Twitter posts by everyday people will slow down, yet celebrities and commercial users will continue to post for financial gain.

"Twitter will become less of a communications vehicle and more of a content-delivery vehicle, much like TV. Peer-to-peer contact is likely to evolve to the next great thing, but with 500 million followers, Twitter isn't just going to disappear. It's just going to become a new way to follow celebrities, corporations, and the like," said Toubia.


Scientist says that a bacteria
can fix nitrogen in all plants


By the  The University of Nottingham news staff

A major new technology has been developed by The University of Nottingham, which enables all of the world’s crops to take nitrogen from the air rather than expensive and environmentally damaging fertilizers.

Nitrogen fixation, the process by which nitrogen is converted to ammonia, is vital for plants to survive and grow. However, only a very small number of plants, most notably legumes (such as peas, beans and lentils) have the ability to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere with the help of nitrogen-fixing bacteria. The vast majority of plants have to obtain nitrogen from the soil, and for most crops currently being grown across the world, this also means a reliance on synthetic nitrogen fertilizer.

Edward Cocking, director of The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Crop Nitrogen Fixation, has developed a unique method of putting nitrogen-fixing bacteria into the cells of plant roots. His major breakthrough came when he found a specific strain of nitrogen-fixing bacteria in sugar-cane which he discovered could intracellularly colonize all major crop plants. This ground-breaking development potentially provides every cell in the plant with the ability to fix atmospheric nitrogen.

The implications for agriculture are enormous as this new technology can provide much of the plant’s nitrogen needs.

A leading world expert in nitrogen and plant science, Cocking has long recognized that there is a critical need to reduce nitrogen pollution caused by nitrogen based fertilizers. Nitrate pollution is a major problem as is also the pollution of the atmosphere by ammonia and oxides of nitrogen.

In addition, nitrate pollution is a health hazard and also causes oxygen-depleted dead zones in waterways and oceans. A recent study estimates that the annual cost of damage caused by nitrogen pollution across Europe is £60 billion to £280 billion pounds a year.

Speaking about the technology, which is known as ‘N-Fix,’ Cocking said: “Helping plants to naturally obtain the nitrogen they need is a key aspect of world food security. The world needs to unhook itself from its ever increasing reliance on synthetic nitrogen fertilizers produced from fossil fuels with its high economic costs, its pollution of the environment and its high energy costs.” 

N-Fix is neither genetic modification nor bio-engineering. It is a naturally occurring nitrogen-fixing bacteria which takes up and uses nitrogen from the air.  Applied to the cells of plants via the seed, it provides every cell in the plant with the ability to fix nitrogen. Plant seeds are coated with these bacteria in order to create a symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationship and naturally produce nitrogen.

The N-Fix technology has been licensed by The University of Nottingham to Azotic Technologies Ltd. to develop and commercialize N-Fix globally on its behalf for all crop species.

N-Fix is a natural nitrogen seed coating that provides a sustainable solution to fertilizer overuse and nitrogen pollution. It is environmentally friendly and can be applied to all crops. Over the last 10 years, The University of Nottingham has conducted a series of extensive research programs which have established proof of principal of the technology in the laboratory, growth rooms and greenhouses. 




 
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7721-4/29/13



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Naranjo views

NARANJO VIEW PROPERTY READY TO BUILD: ALL PERMISSIONS

4254 msq. 1.2 acres - $59,000.00
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• Incredible views - The Central Valley and nature reserve
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8034-8/19/13

Playa Palo Seco - Gorgeous beachfront 2-story home of roughly 2,000 square feet set on a half acre ocean front full of beautiful fruit and shade trees in Playa Palo Seco.
Playa Paol Seco
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 Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8033-8/19/13

El Castillo - Up to 60-acre tract with breathtaking views of Volcán Arenal and Lake
Catillo
Arenal are available. Multiple GORGEOUS home building sites are scattered throughout this area. This is definitely a one-of-a-kind piece of land that cannot be replicated. Perfectly suited for either real estate investment, homebuilding, or even a resort. Owner financing  is available! Please visit us at Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8032-8/19/13

San Ramon - Beautiful tracts of land of all shapes and sizes for sale in the San Ramón
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area. Vista Rica Realty has been in the business for over 20 years which allows us to outcompete in not only selection, but also price. Oceanview homesites from only $30,000 with easy access to San Ramón. Up to 90-hectare fincas perfect for raising cattle or an off-the-grid project. Owner financing is available! Please visit us at Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8031-8/19/13

Guiones retreat
SURFERS PARADISE on PLAYA GUIONES, NOSARA
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 heidebob2@gmail.com
8027-1/12/14

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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7928-8/9/13


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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8012-8/8/13

Beautiful fully renovated house in Bello Horizonte, Escazu, 446 sq. meters. Four bedrooms; four baths. Price includes all furniture and fixtures - ready to move in! Light, bright and airy....$550,000 USD. Telephone 2288.6451. More details HERE!
8010-7/28/13

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

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. $208,000. terrycr2007@gmail.com
7998-74/13

Flamingo
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Condo for sale in Flamingo

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

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

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

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

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

Guaancaate condos
Little Dreams La Colina Magnolias

Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

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

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

Rich Coast Montage
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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
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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
- 58-acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
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7972-8/9/13

NOW REDUCED TO $680,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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7967-7/17/13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Robber suspect was free
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A suspect in the stickup of an electronics store in Aserrí Friday had been convicted in the past for aggravated robbery and given a 22-month prison sentence. But he was granted conditional liberty and only had to sleep in custody, said the Fuerza Pública.

The man was identified by the last names of  Barrantes Cortés. He and three other suspects were detained Friday shortly after an Importadora Monge store was held up by four men. They were found in some apartments after the robbery, police said.


German government juggles
spying scandal and elections


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In Germany, debate continues over allegations of surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency. German Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff testified before a parliamentary committee Thursday, and the chancellor herself continues to come under fire by some who say she has not told the public enough about Germany's cooperation with U.S. intelligence services. Hearings on the issue seem to have become a platform for the opposition to weaken Merkel before the fall elections.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff, Ronald Pofalla, quickly addressed the media before meeting with the intelligence oversight board.

Pofalla said he hoped to address criticism levied against Germany's intelligence agency.

Pofalla spoke privately to the 10-member body. Sebastian Feyock of the German Council on Foreign Relations said the committee will likely keep its findings secret in the near term.

"The government is supposed to report to the parliament on actual missions and the tasks that the secret services are engaged in. This is of course the reason why it's held in secret," Feyock said. "I don't think that the control committee will submit a report in the end of something like that."

Chancellor Merkel's government denies that German citizens' data was transferred en masse to the United States or to the NSA.  Members of the committee told reporters that they still are not comfortable with the information they have received from her government.

Germany appears to be the only country in Europe investigating the NSA spying allegations with such zeal. And Veit Medick, who is covering the hearings for the magazine Der Spiegel, said he thinks the reason is simple. "It's mainly because of the elections that we have in September," he stated.

Medick said the Social Democratic Party is trying to chip away at Merkel's nearly 20-point lead in the polls. But Medick said the investigations could backfire because the last government, composed of the very opposition now challenging Merkel, also cooperated closely with the U.S.

Medick said polls have revealed that the German public is not too interested in the spying affair. "If you look at the reaction of German society - there is no reaction.  It's a media debate, I would say," stated Medick.

Medick and other observers said they think Chancellor Merkel's government will try to remain quiet on the NSA affair going into the elections and only respond when directly confronted with leaks.

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Reserve uses crowd funding for program

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Reserva Playa Tortuga has turned to crowd funding in an effort to raise $3,500 to hire an environmental educator half time.

The non-profit reserve says it is developing a pilot environmental education program in the canton of Osa which will go to  18 schools and about 1,100 students

The reserve has set up a page on the  Indiegogo crowd funding Web site. The idea is that anyone checking the site can make a donation to the project. The reserve's goal of $3,500 is relatively modest when compared to other solicitations on the site.

If the goal is exceeded, the non-profit will use the money to purchase equipment like binoculars and nets, it said.

In an email, the reserve said that it originally was set up in 2009 to protect the turtles at Playa Tortuga, but that the research has expanded into other areas that the new program will impart to local students.