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All over the country there are pilgrims on the roads
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Pilgrims from San Vito de Coto Brus are still trudging the highways en route to Cartago.

The Cruz Roja reported that aid workers were standing by at Cerro de la Muerte Tuesday keeping an eye on the walkers.

Some 205 treatments have been given to pilgrims at a clinic in  Pérez Zeledón, and all who were checked rejoined the hike, said the Cruz Roja.

Every year pilgrims from distant points of Costa Rica make news as they spend days on the highways in all kinds of weather headed for the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, the country's patroness.

One group  of 185 pilgrims from San Vita is being escorted by an ambulance, a physician and Cruz Roja workers. They are facing cold weather in the mountains, but there are no cases of hypothermia, the Cruz Roja said.

Employers can pretty well cross off Thursday because much of the population of the Central Valley will be on foot headed to Cartago. Although there is now train service to the basilica, many pilgrims will continue the traditional hike, including President Laura Chinchilla. But they might return to their home by train. There always have been fleets of buses ready to take pilgrims home after the religious services on the morning of Aug. 2

Friday, Aug. 2, is a legal holiday, and some pilgrims will have time to rest their tired feet and muscles. But if they are in Montes de Oca, they will not be able to quench their thirst buying alcohol. The municipal council has decreed that no alcoholic beverages will be sold that day in the
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The basilica is illuminated at night.

canton that includes San Pedro. Municipalities have the right to do this under the 2012 liquor law.

The  Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that it was suspending the toll on the Autopista  Florencio del Castillo between Curridabat and Cartago from 6 p.m. Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday in honor of the pilgrimage. Motorists probably should try to avoid that area if they can because the highway will be flooded with pilgrims.

Each year more than a million persons walk to Cartago as a test of religious faith. Some estimates range as high as two  million, nearly half the population of the country.


Eight arrests made in case of slain environmentalist
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Posted at 2:30 p.m.
Judicial agents have detained eight persons in the Limón area in the murder of environmentalist Jairo Mora.

The Judicial Investigating Organization took the unusual step of putting some of the arrests on YouTube because the case was publicized highly.

Not all those arrested are suspects in the murder. The Judicial agents are describing a gang of robbers who also were involved in stealing turtle eggs and other crimes.

The encounter with Mora and four female passengers was accidental, according to investigators. Robbers had blocked a road with a tree in order to stick up occupants of a car that came by. Some had a grudge with Mora, and when he showed up, they took him away.

Mora and the non-profit organization for which he worked had filed complaints against some of the individuals for stealing turtle eggs, something that is frequent in the area. The non-profit was trying to safeguard a turtle nesting location.

Judicial agents made the arrests this  morning when they conducted eight raids. The arrests can be seen HERE, HERE and HERE.

Mora was kidnapped and murdered May 30 or early May 31 in Moín. 
He was with four women headed to a turtle sanctuary when his was taken.

The vehicle was intercepted between  Barra de Matina and Moín because someone blocked the road with a tree trunk.  When Mora got out of the car he was confronted by the five men, agents said.

A protest march had been planned for this afternoon to deliver a petition demanding justice for Mora.

Organizers said they had collected some 130,000 signatures seeking justice for Mora.

An announcement of the march sent by the Programa de Restauración de Tiburones y Tortugas Marinas  said that sea turtle poaching and drug trafficking continue to threaten the lives of people and sea turtles, endangering Costa Rica's image as an ecotourist mecca. Costa Rica's Caribbean beaches have seen an increase in sea turtle poaching, it said, adding that Mora's murder has forced an abrupt halt to protection efforts in Moín.

Local environmentalists have long complained of lack of police protection.

The four women with Mora when he was abducted were taken to a shack and then freed themselves when captors left.

Agents zeroed in on the suspects because of their prior involvement with turtle eggs and encounters with police over that practice.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is a high probability that municipal property tax will increase in Montes de Oca.

Mayor Fernando Trejos B. said that he will introduce a new system for evaluating property to cover the years 2011 to 2013 at a municipal council meeting at 7 o'clock tonight.

He said in a release that the system of evaluating construction had been created by workers in the Ministerio de Hacienda. He said that the municipality's system had not changed since 2008.

The changes cover all types of buildings, including homes, condos and apartments.

The meeting is in the auditorium of the Colegio de Profesionales en Ciencias Económicas, which is near the Monumento de la Bandera.


Diesel fuel is going up
12 colons per liter soon

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Diesel will increase by 12 colons a liter when new prices are published, said the nation's regulatory agency Tuesday, The new price will be 623 a liter or about $1.25.

Both super and plus gasoline are nearly unchanged.  Super will be down a colon to 738, about $1.48,  and plus will be 708 ($1,42), said the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos.

The regulating agency said that taxes went up a colon for most products, too. There is about a 30 percent tax on motor fuels. Super is taxed at 233.25 colons per liter, and plus is taxed at 222.75 colons. Diesel owners pay 131.75 colons in taxes per liter.

The monthly adjustments in the price of petroleum products is based on the world price and the exchange rate, among other factors. Costa Rica imports all its petroleum via the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo state monopoly.


New  Campaña Nacional exhibit
being opened today in Alajuela

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría  in Alajuela is opening a new exhihit today on the war the country fought in 1856 and 1857. The war is called the national campaign, and it pitted Costa Rica against the Nicaraguan forces of U.S. filibusterer William Walker.

The new exhibit is called  Caminos de Libertad or "Roads of Liberty." The official opening will be at 11 a.m.

The museum spent 120 million colons or about $240,000 to produce this exhibit, which includes dioramas and articles from the war, including personal documents. The exhibit developed with the use of historians, educators, visual artists and professionals in communication, said the museum.


Milanes investors set up
Facebook page as forum

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some disgruntled former investors with Savings Unlimited have set up a Facebook page in an effort to create a forum for the estimated 500 persons in similar circumstances. it is HERE!

Saving Unlimited was run by Luis Milanes, who is trying to negotiate his way to stay out of prison. Many investors have accepted a deal in which Milanes surrendered property that can be used as compensation. But some of this group are unhappy with the delays.

A court session in October is when investors will vent their feelings.

Others has not accepted any deal, but the judiciary seems reluctant to follow up on fraud charges against Milanes.


Municipalities would receive
right to forgive sidewalk costs


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A legislative commission approved and reported out Tuesday a proposal that would allow municipalities to install sidewalks without charging low-income residents in adjacent homes.

Under current law, municipalities install sidewalks and then bill the adjacent homeowner or occupant. They have eight days to pay the charge or face a 50 percent fine.

The proposed law gives the municipality latitude to evaluate the economic condition of the persons living in the adjacent home. The application of the proposed law, if passed by the full legislature, would seem to expedite the installation of sidewalks in low-income areas.


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during a time of tragedy


Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I have seen numerous letters to the editor critical about this or that related to the U.S. Embassy and its staff (that are probably justified!), but would like to give credit where credit is due.

My brother, Bruce Loev, and sister-in-law, Ruth Rowe, on their honeymoon (visiting Costa Rica for the first time) drowned together in a rough ocean at Playa Linda on the 10th of July.   I was in Costa Rica with them and had to deal not only with the shocking tragedy for both families, but the logistics and process of repatriation of their remains back to the U.S. 

After being notified of the terrible accident and identifying the bodies at the police station in Quepos, I called the U.S. Embassy.  It was by that time 9 p.m. and was frankly in a state of despair as well as total confusion as to what would happen next.  I was put in contact with consul Barbara Szczpaniak, who could not have been more supportive, helpful, and understanding.   She gave me straightforward instructions about what had to be done and gave me her home telephone number and personal cellphone number.  She invited me to call her at any time, day or night that I felt the need. 

She and Astrid Villalta of the American Citizen Services section of the U.S. consular section of the embassy were patient, considerate, and helped me through the process, which involved submitting lots of paperwork to the embassy as well as finding a local (San José) funeral home to coordinate the many steps involved, from release of the bodies from the morgue after autopsy, to preparation for and flights to the U.S.  I am also very appreciative of the efficient and personable service provided by Ruben Salazar of Funeraria Yire, all organized on very short notice.  

I fervently hope that no one reading this will need these kinds of services, but please know that should personal tragedy occur to American citizens while in Costa Rica, from my experience, the staff at the U.S. Embassy will be there for you.
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Judicial agents ship confiscated drugs to Miami for disposal
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Law enforcement and judicial officials here sent 23.7 tons of confiscated drugs to Miami Saturday for destruction.

The Judicial Investigating Organization announced the collaboration after the drugs were destroyed Monday.

The agency said that it stopped using the incinerator that has been provided by the Holcim (Costa Rica) S.A. because it was
generating air pollution. Confiscated drugs usually were destroyed there.

The agency said that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agreed to accept the drugs, and a U.S. Air Force plane carried the confiscated cargo. More than 100 judicial agents and members of other police forces provided security for the transport of the drugs to Juan Santamaría airport. The judicial agency reported that it took five hours to destroy the tons of drugs.


Sunday many residents will face restrictions on water
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some residents of San José and those living in communities to the east will face a water cutoff Sunday

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and the Instituto Nacional de Acueductos y Alcantarillados jointly announced that work at the Planta Hidroeléctrica Río Macho will cause rolling cutoffs.

The eastern barrios of San José will be without water from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sunday, the agencies said. So will much of Curridabat, and a portion of Montes de Oca.

Also from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. the following will be cut off in La Unión: Omega y Sofía, Montufar, Florencio del Castillo, Don Efraín, Villas de Ayarco, La Itaba, La Mariana, Paso Real, San Marino and La Araucaria.

Most of Desamparados will be cut off from noon until 5 p.m, as will Santiago del Monte, La Jeny and La Eulalia in La Unión, said the agencies.

These areas will be cut off from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., according to the announcement:

Curridabat: Granadilla Norte, Altamonte, Bosques de Altamonte, Montañas Rusas, Lomas de Granadilla, Granadilla Sur, Bosques de Catalán and Altos de Granadilla;

Montes de Oca: San Rafael, La Begonia, Salitrillos, La Europa, La Alameda, Alfred Nobel, Condominio Punta del Este, La Maravilla, La Españolita. San
Rafael, La Begonia, Salitrillos, La Europa, La Alameda, Alfred Nobel, Condominio Punta del Este, La Maravilla and La Españolita;

Goicoechea: Urbinación Bruncas, Tepeyac, El Carmen, Las Hortensias, Yaranaba, Jardines de La Paz, Tejares, Calle La Cruz, Purral, Kurú, Las Heliconias, Los Castores, La Esmeralda, Mozotal, Ipís, Korobó, Río Alto, Las Violetas, La Facio, Zetillal and Nazareno;

Moravia: San Blas, Jardines, Los Girasoles, Calle Barro de Olla, Alta Moravia, Saint Clare, Llama del Bosque, La Isla Alta, Las Rosas and La Trinidad;

Vasquez de Coronado: Centro, San Antonio, Patalillo, Dulce Nombre, Los Angeles, Villa Margarita, Cataluña y La Fabiola, El Carmen, El Rodeo, La Y Griega, Villaflores, La Esmeralda, La Calabria and San Francisco;

La Unión: La Flor y Llanos de Concepción, Calle La Cabuya, Condominio Hacienda Imperial, La Floresta, Barlovento, Colinas de Montealegre, Monserrat VI Etapa, Monterán and Gregal.

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said workmen also would be making changes to the pipes that feed some turbines, The plant is undergoing a $122 million remodeling which is expected to be completed in 2015.

Five new generators are being installed.

The water company did not announce cutoff times for Cartago Centro and the canton of Paraíso., which are served by the municipal water sytem.



Famed composer creates song to honor nation's fire fighters
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's fire fighters now have their own song. The composition is in honor of the 148th anniversary of the founding of the  Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica. The song appropriately is title Bombero Yo Soy or "I am a fire fighter."

The words and music came from  Jaime Gamboa, a member of the famous group Malpaís. He said he learned a lot in being with the fire fighters to gain knowledge for the lyrics.

Gamboa, is on a YouTube video explaining how he came to write the song. He also recited the words and later the words are song with images of fire fighters at work.
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Congressman says Guantanamo detainees have interesting literary tastes
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire  services

The "Fifty Shades of Grey" series of erotic novels are the favorite reading material among former CIA captives held at the Guantanamo detention camp, a U.S. congressman is quoted as saying.

Rep. Jim Moran of Virginia, a Democrat, was among congressional delegates who last week toured Camp 7, the top-security facility that holds more than a dozen  prisoners, including five men charged with plotting the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States in 2001.

“Rather than the Quran, the book that is requested most . . . is 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' They've read the entire series in English, but we were willing to translate it,” Moran was quoted as saying Monday.

“I guess there's not much going on, these guys are going nowhere, so what the hell,” he said.

Moran, who favors shutting down the detention camp on the Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base in Cuba, said he learned about the book's popularity while touring Camp 7 with the base commander and deputy base commander, the head medical official and the officer in charge of that camp.

Moran's office did not return a call. A military spokesman said he could not
discuss details of Camp 7, whose inmates were held in secret CIA prisons before being sent to Guantanamo in 2006.

“We don't discuss our high-value detainees except in the most generic terms. Further, we do not discuss the assertions made by members of Congress,” said Lt. Col. Samuel House, a spokesman for the prison camp.

Some prisoners are taking part in a hunger strike to protest their indefinite detention.

Journalists are not allowed to visit that part of the detention camp, but can tour the other prisons and the library that provides books, magazines and DVDs to all 166 captives.

During a visit last week, a reporter saw an eclectic mix of books in numerous languages, from religious tomes to Star Trek novelizations, Agatha Christie mysteries, stress-reduction workbooks and the Greek classic "The Odyssey."

Also on offer is "The Hunger Games," according to a librarian. "We have the movie and the book, too,” he said.

Guantanamo librarians have said in the past that they screen reading material for sexual content, even blacking out photos of scantily clad women in the advertisements in sports magazines.

 
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3D printer in the home
seen as a big money saver

By the  Michigan Technological University news service

It may seem like a stretch to envision a 3D printer in every home. However, a Michigan Technological University researcher is predicting that personal manufacturing, like personal computing before it, is about to enter the mainstream in a big way.

“For the average American consumer, 3D printing is ready for showtime,” said Associate Professor Joshua Pearce.

3D printers deposit multiple layers of plastic or other materials to make almost anything, from toys to tools to kitchen gadgets. Free designs that direct the printers are available by the tens of thousands on Web sites like Thingiverse. Visitors can download designs to make their own products using open-source 3D printers, like the RepRap, which someone can build from printed parts, or those that come in a box ready to print, from companies like Type-A Machines.

3D printers have been the purview of a relative few aficionados, but that is changing fast, Pearce said. The reason is financial: the typical family can already save a great deal of money by making things with a 3D printer instead of buying them off the shelf.

Pearce drew that conclusion after conducting a lifecycle economic analysis on 3D printing in an average American household.

In the study, Pearce and his team chose 20 common household items listed on Thingiverse. Then they used Google Shopping to determine the maximum and minimum cost of buying those 20 items online, shipping charges not included.

Next, they calculated the cost of making them with 3D printers. The conclusion: it would cost the typical consumer from $312 to $1,944 to buy those 20 things compared to $18 to make them in a weekend.

Open-source 3D printers for home use have price tags ranging from about $350 to $2,000. Making the very conservative assumption a family would only make 20 items a year, Pearce’s group calculated that the printers would pay for themselves quickly, in a few months to a few years.

The group chose relatively inexpensive items for their study: cellphone accessories, a garlic press, a showerhead, a spoon holder, and the like. 3D printers can save consumers even more money on high-end items like customized orthotics and photographic equipment.

3D printing isn’t quite as simple as 2D printing a document from a home computer—yet. “But you don’t need to be an engineer or a professional technician to set up a 3D printer,” Pearce said. “Some can be set up in under half an hour, and even the RepRap can be built in a weekend by a reasonably handy do-it-yourselfer.”

It’s not just about the money. 3D printing may herald a new world that offers consumers many more choices as everything can be customized. “With the exponential growth of free designs and expansion of 3D printing, we are creating enormous potential wealth for everyone.” said Pearce.

Before 3D printers become as ubiquitous as cellphones, they could form the basis of small-scale manufacturing concerns and have huge potential both here and for developing countries, where access to many products is limited.

“Say you are in the camping supply business and you don’t want to keep glow-in-the-dark tent stakes in stock,” Pearce said. “Just keep glow-in-the-dark plastic on hand, and if somebody needs those tent stakes, you can print them.”

“It would be a different kind of capitalism, where you don’t need a lot of money to create wealth for yourself or even start a business,” Pearce said.

The study is described in the article “Life-Cycle Economic Analysis of Distributed Manufacturing with Open-Source 3D Printers,” to be published in the journal Mechatronics


Heart surgeons obtain
3D models before operating


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

3D printers are slowly entering everyday life and they are increasingly being used in medicine. Doctors at Washington's Children's National Medical Center say the life-size tri-dimensional prints of their patients' hearts helps them in planning and executing surgeries.

Magnetic resonance imaging, computer tomography and ultrasound already give pretty good images of patients' internal organs, but doctors at the Children's National Medical Center say nothing beats holding a life-size model of a heart in your hand prior to the surgery. They can study it, plan the procedure and even practice the access to the damaged area.

Pediatric cardiologist Laura Olivieri says many of their young patients were born with hearts that did not form as they should have, but surgeons can correct that.

"Seeing the heart defect in three dimensions can really help the interventionist or the surgeon plan the best procedure," she said.

The hospital acquired the $250,000 printer about 18 months ago, and the team is still expanding and finding new areas to print.

The procedure always starts with taking a set of three-dimensional images with magnetic resonance imager, computer tomography scanner and ultrasound machine. Highly trained pediatric cardiologists manipulate those images and separate the organ from the noise in the picture. In order to save time in printing, they sometimes also cut away parts of the image irrelevant to the planned procedure.

"It takes us now about an average I would say about two hours of manual work on the computer to manipulate the data in to generate the 3D model and the printer takes about, for a full size heart like this, it takes about 12 hours," said mechanical engineer Alex Krieger, the principal investigator for pediatric surgical innovation at the Children's National Medical Center. "A smaller heart maybe five, six hours."

Krieger says in one instance his team printed a model of the heart of a patient with stenosis, or narrowing of the passage between two heart chambers. The interventional cardiologist wanted to see exactly what kind of stent he should use, the size and length of it, and also the access path.

"So this model allowed him to really look at that in depth and plan, and prepare for the procedure better," he said.

The machine prints by spraying layers of plastic, one on top of the other, while the ultraviolet light immediately cures it before the next layer is sprayed. Krieger says the printer can be loaded with two different materials. Precise control of their ratio allows the printed model to feel very natural, with both hard and soft tissues.

Cardiologist Olivieri says doctors still have to learn a lot about the new procedure.

"It's a brand new field. These have only been possible for a very little amount of time and I don't think we even know the full capability of what we're going to be . . . what they're going to be used for," she said. "We're kind of talking about a technology that went going from feasible to kind of usable and we're right in that middle ground right now."

There is also hope that someday hospitals will be able to print even replacement parts for damaged organs.

"There's eventually some organ printing, you know, that's the ultimate goal, but I think there are a few steps between that we will reach in the next few years, on the way to full organ printing that I'm very excited about," said Krieger.


Cell phones create sign
of possible cancer precursor

By the  Tel Aviv University news staff

Scientists have long been worried about the possible harmful effects of regular cellular phone use, but so far no study has managed to produce clear results. Currently, cell phones are classified as carcinogenic category 2b — potentially carcinogenic to humans — by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. A new Tel Aviv University study, though, may bring bad news.

To further explore the relationship between cancer rates and cell phone use, Yaniv Hamzany of Tel Aviv University looked for clues in the saliva of cell phone users. Since the cell phone is placed close to the salivary gland when in use, he and his fellow researchers, including departmental colleagues hypothesized that salivary content could reveal whether there was a connection to developing cancer.

Comparing heavy mobile phone users to non-users, they found that the saliva of heavy users showed indications of higher oxidative stress — a process that damages all aspects of a human cell, including DNA — through the development of toxic peroxide and free radicals. More importantly, it is considered a major risk factor for cancer.

The findings have been reported in the journal Antioxidants and Redox Signaling.

For the study, the researchers examined the saliva content of 20 heavy-user patients, defined as speaking on their phones for a minimum of eight hours a month. Most participants speak much more, Hamzany says, as much as 30 to 40 hours a month. Their salivary content was compared to that of a control group, which consisted of deaf patients who either do not use a cell phone, or use the device exclusively for sending text messages and other non-verbal functions.

Compared to the control group, the heavy cell phone users had a significant increase in all salivary oxidative stress measurements studied.

"This suggests that there is considerable oxidative stress on the tissue and glands which are close to the cell phone when in use," he says. The damage caused by oxidative stress is linked to cellular and genetic mutations which cause the development of tumors.

This field of research reflects longstanding concerns about the impact of cell phone use, specifically the effects of radiofrequency non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation on human tissue located close to the ear, say the researchers. And although these results don't uncover a conclusive cause and effect relationship between cellular phone use and cancer, they add to the building evidence that cell phone use may be harmful in the long term, and point to a new direction for further research.

One potential avenue of future research would be to analyze a person's saliva prior to exposure to a cell phone, and then again after several intense minutes of exposure. This will allow researchers to see if there is an immediate response, such as a rise in molecules that indicate oxidative stress, Hamzany said.


Manning guilty of espionage
but not of aiding the enemy


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A military judge in Maryland has found Army Pvt. Bradley Manning guilty of espionage but not aiding the enemy by leaking hundreds of thousands of documents to the anti-secrecy Web site WikiLeaks. Manning could now get a life sentence, and the case sets a precedent on how the U.S. government is willing to deal with intelligence leaks in the Internet era. 

Some of the leaked files were found in the hideout of Osama bin Laden.

Manning earlier pleaded guilty to what is being called the largest leak of secret U.S. documents in history:  700,000 files sent to WikiLeaks while he was deployed in Iraq.  They included this video of a U.S. helicopter crew attacking civilians in Baghdad.

Those disclosures led civil libertarians to rally behind the 25-year-old intelligence analyst. On the morning of the verdict, as they did throughout the case, his supporters demonstrated outside Fort Meade.

“He represents the American desire for freedom of information, for democracy, where we hold our leaders accountable, for direct governance by the people," said Manning supporter Emma Cape.

But to the U.S. government, he's a traitor who put the lives of U.S. troops and U.S. national interests in danger. 

Jeffrey Gordon is a former spokesman for the U.S. Department of Defense.

“We're in a 21st century conflict and a big part of that conflict is a battle of ideas.  So if you can embarrass the United States, if you can make them look bad in the eyes of the world, that's actually part of war.  It's asymmetric war.  I think Bradley was a frontline warrior against his own country," he said.

The defense sought to portray Manning as a young, naive, and well-meaning humanist.  Since his arrest three years ago, details have emerged of emotional problems and resentment against his own government that observers say raise questions about why the military put him in a sensitive position.  Larry Korb is a former U.S. assistant secretary of defense.

“Before he deployed to Iraq, his commanding officer said, 'I don't know if we should deploy this guy. He's got all kinds of mental problems, but we're desperate,' so they put him over there.  So basically, what happens if you take someone who doesn't belong there, you put them into a situation, you're asking for trouble," he said.

Korb and Manning's supporters believe the government went too far in charging Manning with aiding the enemy and in the end, the judge ruled the evidence did not support it.  But the verdict also shows the government will convict those who leak information to expose alleged wrongdoing.

The Manning case was tried at Fort Meade, in the shadow of the National Security Agency where Edward Snowden was a contractor.  He recently leaked secret documents on government surveillance of private citizens.

Manning's sentencing phase could take weeks, and the judge will decide if he'll spend the rest of his life in prison.


Obama promotes new plan
for middle class employment


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama is proposing a compromise to help break a deadlock with opposition Republicans over his economic plans.

Tuesday the president went to a giant product distribution center for retailer Amazon.com in the southern city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, to announce his latest proposed grand bargain on the U.S. economy.

"So today, I came here to offer a framework that might help break through some of the political logjam in Washington, try to get Congress to start moving on some of these proven ideas," he said.

Obama offered to cut corporate tax rates in exchange for more spending on programs designed to create jobs for the middle class.

"If folks in Washington really want a grand bargain, how about a grand bargain for middle class jobs?" he asked. "How about a grand bargain for middle class jobs?"

White House officials have said the president’s proposal will be the first of a series of new economic ideas he will advance in the next few months. He said serious people in both parties should accept this deal.

"I am willing to work with Republicans on reforming our corporate tax code, as long as we use the money from transitioning to a simpler tax system for a significant investment in creating middle class jobs," he said. "That's the deal."

Republican lawmakers were quick to dismiss the ideas. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Obama’s initiative is nothing new and makes no concessions to Republican demands.

"It is just a further-left version of a widely-panned plan he already proposed two years ago, this time with extra goodies for tax-and-spend liberals."

Both the president and Republicans have supported simplifying corporate tax rates. But Republicans disagree with the Obama plan to reform corporate tax policy separately from individual tax rates.

The president wants the revenue generated by the tax changes to be spent on enhancing infrastructure, manufacturing and education.

Tuesday’s appearance in Tennessee was Obama’s fifth trip in seven days to promote his economic plans. With Washington facing budget deadlines in the coming months, the president is trying to build public support for his economic initiatives.

In Washington, policy makers at the U.S. central bank, the Federal Reserve, are meeting. They are considering when they might begin to trim their $85-billion-a-month purchase of securities they have used to pump more money into the U.S. economy, the world's largest. They plan to announce any policy changes today.


Project creates parallel text
of many vanishing languages


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

There are about 7,000 languages in the world, and half of them could disappear by the end of the century. An effort called the Rosetta Project, however, is preserving a key to understanding them for future generations.

A dozen summer interns are working with the Rosetta Project and professional linguists to expand a digital record of endangered languages. It's inspired by the Rosetta Stone, which contained an ancient inscription in Greek and two different Egyptian writing systems providing scholars with the first key to understand Egyptian hieroglyphics.

Started by a nonprofit group called the Long Now Foundation, the project is creating an online archive and is also preserving parallel texts on an optical disc, a kind of Rosetta Stone for linguists in the future. The small hand-held disc is etched with tiny print and plated with nickel. There are 13,000 pages, sampling 1,500 languages in microscopic text, according to the foundation's Alexander Rose.

“A single parallel text, a description, a map of where it's from, these types of things that just give you enough that you can compare to another language that you know or have studied or scholars have figured out, you can start pulling parallels between the two and reconstruct the basics of a language,” said Rose.

A recent demonstration of endangered languages sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington featured the Hawaiian language and other vanishing tongues, including Tuvan, which can still be heard in southern Siberia.

Many languages like this are spoken by small groups, said Rosetta project director Laura Welcher.

“They're spoken by thousands of people or even smaller-sized groups, and a lot of those languages are in remote parts of the world. They haven't been well documented," she said.

Linguists at universities and research institutes are in a race against time to record these languages before they die out.

Ms. Welcher said that linguists and students at the Rosetta Project are doing their part.

“The idea is to purposely create a massively parallel linguistic collection that is broadly representative of all of our human languages, that can be that kind of secret decoder ring for human languages and what we leave for the future,” she said.


Chinese convert urine
into way to grow teeth


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Chinese scientists claim they have been able to generate new teeth from a strange source: human urine.

In a study published in the Cell Regeneration Journal, researchers from the Guangzhou Institutes of Biomedicine and Health say they were able to create induced pluripotent stem cells from cells in human urine and coax them into becoming different cell types that mimic tooth components such as enamel, dentin, cementum and pulp.

Stem cells have shown great promise because of their ability to be made into many types of cells including heart cells and even neurons.

After culturing the cells, they were mixed with mouse cells and transplanted into the mice’s jawbones. In three weeks tooth-like structures were recovered, but with only a 30 percent success rate.

While the experiment may offer hope for those who have lost teeth due to decay or injury, the teeth generated in the process were only about one-third as hard as human teeth.

Harvesting stem cells from urine avoids the controversy of using human embryonic stem cells, but Chris Mason, a stem cell scientist at University College London, said that urine does not make for a good source of stem cells and that it is prone to infection.

"You just wouldn't do it in this way,” he said.


Rising seas and damage
present puzzle of priorities


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy last year along the northeastern coastline of the United States has convinced many skeptics that global warming and rising sea levels are now a real and present danger. The state of New Jersey is spending millions of dollars to build up sea walls and sand dunes to protect popular beaches but, in some poor coastal communities people are being urged to flee their homes and move inland.

William Bowen is the oldest living resident of Money Island in New Jersey. He remembers a time when there was a wide beach in front of his home.

Now workers are helping him replace the small sand embankment that was washed away by Hurricane Sandy last year.  He says neither the storm damage nor the encroaching sea will make him leave his home.  

 “I am here to stay, okay?  I love it here. This is my roots," he said. "I have some problems with being here at my age. I’m 85. And where am I going to go?”

Money Island is not an island. It's a small village of modest homes and trailers in the wetlands of southern New Jersey where the Delaware River meets the Atlantic Ocean. 

Mayor Robert Campbell says ever since Hurricane Sandy there seems to be a concerted effort by regulatory agencies to force residents to move away from the coastline. Houses located in flood zones must be elevated. He says the county is imposing stricter sewage and septic standards, forcing residents to spend thousands of dollars to upgrade their systems.

“I don’t know what their agenda is, but they are using all the regulatory powers that they have to scare and intimidate people along the bay and make them want to sell out to programs like Blue Acres,” he said.

Blue Acres is state program to buy houses in floods zones.  Renee Brecht, who is with the environmental organization The American Littoral Society, has been urging many in Money Island to move.  She's against governments spending millions of dollars to protect a small number of houses from rising sea levels. 

“I mean you can put up big sea walls and so forth but those things a lot of times will not only cost an enormous amount of money for taxpayers but they also will only be a short term solution," she said. "So 20, 30 years down the road you’re back in the same position.”

Ms. Brecht says she would like to make much of the bay area a natural preserve like the Nature Conservancy’s restoration project in nearby South Cape May.

That project received some government funding and turned 86 hectares of abandoned homes into a wildlife habitat that protects the community from storms like Sandy.

“The dune actually held which was wonderful and protected the local town from the storm water coming in, the storm surge,” said Adrianna Zito Livingston, a project coordinator with the Nature Conservancy.

She says it will cost $35 million to maintain the Cape May preserve over the next 50 years.


Nasal spray can deliver
snakebite anti-venom

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venomous snakes kill as many as 125,000 people each year.  Snakebite is a leading cause of accidental death in the developing world, especially among otherwise healthy young people.  Most die before they can reach a hospital, largely because there is no easy way to treat a snakebite in the field.  Even if the snake is identified and an anti-venom exists, the medicine is expensive, and requires refrigeration and significant expertise to administer.

Matt Lewin, director of the Center for Exploration and Travel Health at the California Academy of Sciences, led an effort to find an easier way to treat snakebites where they occur.  His team focused on common drugs that can reverse the deadly paralysis caused by a snake's neurotoxins.  Those drugs are typically given intravenously, an approach that is difficult outside of a hospital.  So Lewin put them into a nasal spray.

In an experiment in California and an actual treatment in India earlier this year, the nasal spray reversed paralysis within a half hour.

Lewin is now conducting studies to determine the best methods and drug combinations to address this neglected tropical menace.


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Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
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Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
 
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7922-10/15/13

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7721-4/29/13



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Great climate
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Naranjo views

NARANJO VIEW PROPERTY READY TO BUILD: ALL PERMISSIONS

4254 msq. 1.2 acres - $59,000.00
• 10 minutes to the autopista and Naranjo centro
• Tranquil and Quiet
• Landscaped with fruit trees and flowering plants, and coffee#
• Incredible views - The Central Valley and nature reserve
• Close to public transportation - paved main road
• Building pad prepared and soil tested
• Survey/topo
• All services in place and underground - water/electricity/phone
Email monicacal@mac.com
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
San Ramon
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.
http://www.haciendamontemar.com/
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
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.
Please contact: email
george@glundquist.com  or call 2417-1041 or 8888-4543.
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
RichCoastRealty.com
Central Pacific Coast Real Estate, from Jaco to Quepos/Manuel Antonio
- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
 - Beachfront Residential Lots from $58,000
- Coffee Shop/ Bakery, Coastal Town, Great Location, Real Estate Office Upstairs, Turnkey $85,000 Great ROI
- Lots in Gated Community near the beach from $18,500,
with Financing Available!!
- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
 1.25 acre + lots in ECO Development $39,000
- 58-acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
and much more....
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USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718 9891
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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

hree peanel montage
This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at www.dreamincostarica.com and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!
7958-6/2/13

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

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

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

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

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

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
http://www.richcoastrealty.com/1060.html
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
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7766-6/17/13

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San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, July 31, 2013, Vol. 13, No. 150
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The Inter American Press Association has expressed its concerns to the Venezuelan government regarding the abrupt economic measures taken against the country’s journalists and news media companies. This form of action could be considered part of the ongoing harassment campaign against the independent news media.

The association also asked for a fairer treatment on the part of the national government in its actions against journalists. This in response to Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz’s, tweet from June 27  where she publicly requested to freeze all bank accounts belonging to Miguel Henrique Otero, director of the newspaper El National, for his presumed legal disputes against  former mayor and former director of the newspaper, Alfredo Peña, who has been in exile for more than a decade.

Otero said that he found out about the allegations through Twitter and that he doesn’t have knowledge of the legal proceedings. He deemed the actions of the attorney general’s office as part of the national government’s tactic to silence, intimidate and discredit via a strategy by which “it buys, threatens, and closes private news-media companies, and opens legal proceedings against its journalists and editors.”

Moreover, on July 24, the Public Ministry ordered the closing of bank accounts belonging to Leocenis García, president of the Group 6to Poder, a group composed by the weekly newspaper 6to Poder, 6to Poder Radio, the newspaper El Comercio, 6topoderweb, 6to Poder Datos and the magazine U-Sex.

These legal measures, based on accusations of alleged money laundering, fiscal evasion and terrorist financing, included the freezing of eight bank accounts belonging to the group and three personal accounts belonging to García.

García described the action as unconstitutional, adding that “it was part of the political pursuit and legal harassment characteristic of totalitarian regimes.” 6to Poder is known for its critical editorial stance against the Venezuelan government.

Claudio Paolillo, president of the the association's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, called attention to “these type of actions that form part of a government strategy, to close down news media companies by suffocating them financially, which will eliminate the negative political impact that would result from closing them any other way”

Paolillo, director of the weekly newspaper Búsqueda, said that “the economic pressure applied would not permit 6to Poder to pay off its staff or suppliers, demonstrates the government’s intentions to use the crudest forms of censorship to end with the independent press.”

The Inter American Press Association has been calling attention to the harassment suffered by the 6to Poder Group. On May 21, Conatel, the organism in charge of implementing the Law on Social Responsibility on Radio and Television, forced various cable providers to take the Atel TV signal off the air, during the time 6to Poder Group was negotiating the purchase of stock from this television channel.

In August 2011, the distribution of the weekly was banned for several days following the publication of a satiric photomontage depicting cabaret dancers with the faces of several government officials. García and the director of 6to Poder, Dinora Girón were temporarily placed in detention, and were accused of “vilification of a public official,” “public instigation to hatred,” and of committing a “gender-related public offense.”

The Inter American Press Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and of expression in the Americas. It is made up of more than 1,300 print publications from throughout the Western Hemisphere, including A.M. Costa Rica, and is based in Miami, Florida.


Rental law gets final OK

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmakers passed for the second and final time a redo of the nation's rental law that is believed to be an advantage to landlords.

The law covers the process of evicting a tenant for non payment of rent or for failing to provide promised services. Among other changes, the propoed law provides for a speedy and oral judicial hearing.

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Business chamber seeks end to credit cap

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's business chamber said Tuesday that it hopes the  Banco Central de Costa Rica eliminates restrictions on the increase in credit that were imposed at the beginning of the year.

The restrictions have slowed down production, exportations and the creation of jobs, the organization said. It is the  Unión Costarricense de Cámaras y Asociaciones del Sector Empresarial Privado,

Business leaders said that since March they have been observing clear signs of an economic slowdown in all the nation's productive sectors.

Jaime Molina, president of the chamber, noted that a similar hope had been expressed by President Laura Chinchilla who said that the central bank should reconsider its policy because economic conditions have changed.

The business chamber offered to work with the central bank to develop policies that would increase jobs and improve the economy.