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This is what the pilgrimage is all about. The small statue representing Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles sits in a gold container for a formal photo with priests and representatives of the security ministry. The photo taken Wednesday night was at a ceremony when the police and others in the ministry paid homage to the Virgin. Normally the Virgin and the receptacle are placed high up on the main altar. Traditionally the tiny statue leaves the church for a procession every Aug. 2. The main religious service is at the basilica in Cartago this morning. Hundreds of thousands are waiting, including more than 100 who walked from San Vito in the southern part of the country. The Cruz Roja says it has treated more than 2,000 for various complaints, Some were hospitalized. Today is a legal holiday to honor the Virgin.


Women's committee moves to protect female image
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A legislative committee moved Thursday to make sexy ads illegal. There is no surprise that the action came from the  Comisión Permanente Especial de la Mujer.

The committee approved the proposed law that forbids using partial or complete bodies of women when they have nothing to do with the product being sold.

The country already has an office of advertising control, called the  Oficina de Control de Propaganda. The word propaganda has a much more neutral meaning in Spanish than in English. That office would be in charge of enforcing the proposed law. The measure is No. 18.102, which updates a 1975 law.

The 1975 law, which still is on the books, is vague. It says that the government will control and regulate any ads that offend the dignity and modesty of the family when images are used dishonestly or cynically to promote sales. The proposed update is much longer and does not restrict itself to commercial messages. The proposed change would seem to relate to any type of mass communication that uses the image of a woman, according to an analysis by the legislative staff.

The proposed law also seems to set up an advisory council that can give prior approval to questionable advertising messages. The members of this group
would be come from various women's organizations, including the Instituto Nacional de las Mujeres and from a university women's studies program.

Another change adds fines to violations. Any fines collected would go back to the Oficina de Control de Propaganda, which probably would be an incentive for enforcement. In addition, the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública could confiscate and destroy offending advertising.

"The objective is to protect the image of the women when images are utilized that can go against her dignity and also give the state the legal mechanisms that guarantee an effective protection of human rights," said  Pilar Porras, president of the women's committee in a legislative release. The proposed text also cites two U.N. treaties on women.

Female models are frequently used in advertisements promoting alcohol, cigars, cars and motorcycles.

And many of the country's advertising on television and in print come for other countries.

Most countries have legal systems that give less protection to commercial messages than to political speech. The last time the  Oficina de Control de Propaganda made big news was when it shut down Chavespectáculos which runs a lot of photos of scantily dressed women that have nothing to do with commercial messages. The owner,  Jorge Chaves, refused to submit his publication to  prior censorship. That was in May 2004.


Sala IV upholds rule against felon getting gun permits
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala IV constitutional court has upheld a rule by the security ministry that denies a firearm permit to persons with a criminal record  involving crimes against property, domestic violence, crimes against life or liberty or drug crimes.

The procedure was challenged by a man who said that he was being prejudged without due process.
Mario Zamora Cordero, told the court when he appeared that having a gun permit is not a right but something that is conferred on a citizen by the state.

He defended the rule. The rule covers both having a firearm and having permission to carry one.

Zamora, via a news release, expressed his satisfaction with the ruling later and said it benefits all Costa Ricans.

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Immigration agents now online
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The immigration agency and judicial police revealed Thursday that agents at the country's ports of entry have been online with the International Police Agency since April. This gives agents checking arriving foreigners access to real time data that may contain information sufficient to deny entry.

The local  Sección de Interpol is now within the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The  Dirección General de Extranjería said that its agents would be in direct contact with the main Interpol office in France and be on the lookout for warrants, notices of fugitives and other police information.

The system also will be able to identify abducted children and missing persons, said  Fredy Mauricio Montero Mora, vice minister of  Gobernación,



Limón murder suspects sent
to prison for six months


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Six men, suspects in the murder of environmentalist Jairo Mora, have been remanded to jail for six months of preventative detention. The decision came in the  Juzgado Penal de Limón.

A woman with the last name of Delgado, a wife of one of the men, was freed but required to sign in every 15 days. A second woman, who has the last name of  Martínez, was freed after being questioned, said the Poder Judicial.

The six men have the last names of Salmon, Delgado, Cash, Arauz, Quesada and Centeno,  They were detained in raids Wednesday morning. Three of the men, identified by the Poder Judicial as  Salmon, Cash and Quesada, also face investigation in an unrelated incident. That was the robbery of persons on the Moín beach and the rape of a woman there.

The Poder Judicial said that in the raids, agents confiscated 15 cell phones, a homemade firearm, a homemade shotgun and jackets of the type described by witnesses.   Investigators are trying to link these to crimes.

Mora, who was working to protect turtles, their nests and their eggs, died late May 30 or early May 31 when he was taken from a car by bandits.



Warning issued on seas
along Caribbean coast


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

High seas are expected on the Caribbean coast Sunday due to low pressure areas between Costa Rica and Panama and Colombia.

That alert comes from the Centro de Investigaciones en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología at the Universidad de Costa Rica. The situation is expected to endure until Tuesday.

The Centro issued a warning for bathers and operators of small boats. The Centro also said that high seas in the last week have done damage so some coast lines, and the coming waves might do more. It urged coastal residents to take steps to mitigate damage.



Lawmakers get a to-do list
from the president's office


By the A.M. Costa rica staff

The executive branch has designated 42 bill for lawmakers to consider in what is known as extraordinary sessions.

The bills range from one to clamp down on money entering the country to a law to provide limited protection to same-sex couples.

Extraordinary sessions are when the president calls lawmakers to meet at times other than those specified in the Costa Rican Constitution.  In previous centuries that power was reserved for emergencies. Now it is just a technicality under which lawmakers cannot act on any measure that is not put before them by the Presidencia.

Among the bills are the nation's budget, a U.N. treaty on firearms and a trade treaty with Colombia. The Presidencia can add or subtract bills from the list.



Caja workers get training
in use of digital file network

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 1,000 workers at the  Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social have been trained as teachers for the new system of digital files.

The training involved Caja employees from clinics and other offices outside major hospitals from all over the country. The Caja plans to train a total of 6,000 in the  use of the digital files.  Those trained would be able to provide the same to coworkers.

The system is called the  Expediente Digital Único en Salud, and it will give those involved in health care quick access to a patient's file. In addition to eliminating bulky files, the information on a patient would be available at any Caja terminal in the country.



Anemia linked to dementia
in massive older adult study

The American Academy of Neurology news service

Anemia, or low levels of red blood cells, may increase the risk of dementia, according to a study published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

“Anemia is common in the elderly and occurs in up to 23 percent of adults ages 65 and older,” said study author Kristine Yaffe with the University of California – San Francisco and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. “The condition has also been linked in studies to an increased risk of early death.”

For the study, 2,552 older adults between the ages of 70 to 79 were tested for anemia and also underwent memory and thinking tests over 11 years. Of those, 393 had anemia at the start of the study. At the end of the study, 445, or about 18 percent of participants, developed dementia. The research found that people who had anemia at the start of the study had a nearly 41 percent higher risk of developing dementia than those who were not anemic. The link remained after considering other factors, such as age, race, sex and education.

Of the 393 people with anemia, 89 people, or 23 percent, developed dementia, compared to 366 of the 2,159 people who did not have anemia, or 17 percent. “There are several explanations for why anemia may be linked to dementia. For example, anemia may be a marker for poor health in general, or low oxygen levels resulting from anemia may play a role in the connection. Reductions in oxygen to the brain have been shown to reduce memory and thinking abilities and may contribute to damage to neurons,” said Dr. Yaffe. The study was supported by the National Institute on Aging and the American Health Assistance Foundation.


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The Capitanía features a balcony with an interior plaza.
Historic Limón building selected for restoration funds
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Another historic Limón building will be restored as part of the culture ministry's architectural heritage program. In addition, the structure, the  Antigua Capitanía de Limón, will anchor a handful of historic structures in the coastal community that will be restored under the  Limón Ciudad Puerto program.

The L-shaped wooden building in Afrocaribbean style  was initiated by the United Fruit Co. in 1930. Eventually it held the office of the local political leader who also served as port captain.  Priscilla Lescouflair, the 25-year-old architect who with two friends created the proposal, said she hopes that when the job is finished, the structure will house government offices again.

The Capitanía is a wooden two-story structure on the north side of Parque Balvanero Vargas. The building has survived relatively intact because workmen used a wood that is called in Spanish  pinotea. Although the wood, Podocarpus guatemalensis, grows in Costa Rica, the material used for the Limón structure was imported, historians say. The wood might be called mountain pine in English. The wood contains a lot of resin that protects it even from the kind of climate typical of Limón and insects.

The Capitanía was in service until until 1986 when then president Óscar Arias Sánchez transferred the work of overseeing the port to the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transporte. At one time the building held the office of the
regional governor who also served as port captain, a medical office and the office of an engineer associated with a government development agency.

Limón came into its own as a port in the 1870s with the construction of the nation's railroad along with the cultivation of bananas.

By being declared this year's winner of the architectural heritage award, the  Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural will contribute 100 million colons to the restoration. That is about $200,000. The Black Star Line in Limón was a winner in a past year.

There were 13 entries this year, the Centro said.

The Limón Ciudad Puerto, an initiative by the central government, also seeks to restore the  Edificio de Correos, the Casa de la Cultura, other United Fruit buildings, the Mercado Municipal and the coastal promenade that was damaged in the 1991 earthquake. The plan is to make the area more attractive for tourism. The project also involves massive investments in infrastructure like roadways and sewage systems.

The Capitanía is the property of the Municipalidad de Limón. The next step is to obtain permits to begin reconstruction.   Ms. Lescouflair developed the idea for the restoration in conjunction with the two friends who also attended the Universidad de Costa Rica, Lucía Artavia and Ingrid Villanueva, said the  Centro del Patrimonio, a unit of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.


An Escazú entry in the developing field of assisted living
It has been probably five years since I have written anything about assisted living residences.  Back then I wrote about the Luis Pujol Residence in San Antonio de Belén from first-hand experience, and then I reported on those facilities that were planned or in progress.  Pujol is a very nice facility but with limited accommodations and limitations on who is eligible. 

Still in existence since the late 90s is the Tom and Norman Home in La Rita de Guápiles. Sponsored by the Angel of Love Foundation, the home is a haven for the forgotten and indigent seniors as well as people who are ill and still forgotten.  It is supported in the main by fundraisers and charitable expats. 

I have not written about any others lately because nothing much has happened since then.  Those that were in the planning stage simply faded and others closed or never finished their buildings, or they keep their existence pretty much a secret.   

The local attitude, I think, was that Ticos took care of their parents, who often lived with them, and Gringos as tourists were eagerly welcomed, but oldsters who could also become regular users of the national health system, and other advantages offered to ciudadanos by the government, not so much.

But times are changing.  I am hearing from Tico friends that young people are moving out, making their homes and the culture of taking care of the old is dying out, just as it seems to be in Japan.
 
Then I received a notice that there actually is being built (as opposed to thinking about building) a four-story apartment complex that will house adults who want to live an independent life but would like the amenities and chores taken care of for them.  It will also accommodate people with Alzheimer’s who need full-time attention and care and respite rooms for temporary stays for those recovering from an illness or operation or just if you want to try out the facility before committing yourself.

The apartment complex is located in Trejos Montealegre, Escazú, and within walking distance of Avenida Escazú and Hospital CIMA. There will be a doctor on call who will have office hours on-site. He is a gerontologist with offices in CIMA.  However, residents will be free to go to their own doctors and hospitals.

There will be 61 living accommodations that range from suites, which are bed-sitting rooms with bathrooms outfitted
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for older people, to one-bedroom apartments. All suites and
apartments have mini kitchens equipped with sink, stove top burner, microwave, and a small refrigerator.  I think it is assumed that residents will spend a lot of time socializing and enjoying what the building or the community has to offer. There also will be an underground garage.

They plan the usual amenities of independent adult living facilities, including a library, computer room, gym, social activities, a restaurant, a pub and 24-hour nurse and receptionist.  They also provide access to a doctor as well as transportation to doctor and hospital appointments. 

All of this information and more came from Jill McWilliams, gerente de servicios al residentes.  Jill is in charge of, just what her title implies: services to the residents.  She is well-prepared, both in education and experience with a degree in gerontology and years working with older adults in assisted living residences in the United States and with people living with Alzheimer’s. 

And she loves what she does.  Her husband, Jamie, is in charge of the business side of the endeavor. 

Although they both are from the United States, the money to build and get the facility operating comes from local bankers and individuals.  Costa Ricans are obviously seeing a future in offering assisted living.

I won’t go into prices because I got confused with the various options and situations.  I was clear that for the independent living sections, the rent for the deluxe suite will be $1,700 a month.  Meals, care, and other charges can be explained, as well as any misinformation I have given you, by Jill at jill.mcwilliams@verdeza.com or simply check into www.verdeza.com for more information.  The official opening is planned for Nov. 15 this year.

I am delighted that finally such a facility actually looks like it will materialize.  To my mind, Costa Rica missed the boat by not getting into the business years agoऀ

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PVC tubing will be used to built musical instruments

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Here's an idea for the musically minded but frugal person. Residents in the  San Ramón area will have a chance to learn how to construct wind instruments from tubing, mostly PVC.

The workshop will be given in the  Centro Cultural e Histórico José Figueres Ferrer starting Wednesday. The one-day-a-week workshop runs through Sept. 25.

The workshop is open to persons 14 and older with some basic musical experience. As the end of the workshop, the participants will give a concert with their homemade instruments.

The basic instrument will be a  zampoña, those pipes played by Andean musicians. Each consists of five or six tube of various lengths. Bolivian musicians usually use a form of bamboo.

Also on the agenda is the creation of a flute. In all, participants will build four or five instruments, said the Centro. There is an enrollment fee as well as the cost of materials.
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An example of a PVC flute.


 
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White House disappointed
by Snowden's Russian asylum


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

White House officials say they are extremely disappointed by Russia’s decision to grant asylum for one year to Edward Snowden, who is accused of leaking U.S. government secrets.  Officials are deciding how to respond.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday Russia’s offer of asylum to Snowden has undermined Russia’s record of law enforcement cooperation with the United States.

“We are extremely disappointed that the Russian government would take this step, despite our very clear and lawful requests, in public and and in private, to have Mr. Snowden expelled to the United States to face the charges against him,” he said.

The former National Security Agency contract systems analyst had been living in a Moscow airport for the past six weeks.  Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the Obama administration’s demand that Snowden be returned to the U.S. to face espionage charges for leaks that revealed American surveillance practices.

Carney described Snowden as a security risk who has been in possession of classified information both in China and in Russia.

“Mr. Snowden is not a whistleblower.  He is accused of leaking classified information and has been charged with three felony counts, and he should be returned to the United States as soon as possible, where he will be accorded full due process and protections,” he said.

Moscow’s move could further strain U.S.-Russian relations, which are already under pressure from disagreements over Syria and other issues.

Carney said advisers were discussing whether to go ahead with President Barack Obama’s meeting with President Putin in Russia, scheduled to coincide with the September G20 summit in St. Petersburg.

“I do not have a scheduling announcement for you today, but obviously, this is not a positive development, and we have a wide range of interests with the Russians, and we are evaluating the utility of a summit,” he said.

Carney said Russia did not give the Obama administration notice of its asylum decision.  He said this was not just a legal matter, but also a matter of U.S. relations with Russia.

The president’s spokesman, however, called the relationship between the two countries broad and important.  Carney said the benefits of engagement with Russia have been worth the accompanying conflicts and disagreements.

He said officials in Washington would continue to discuss the Snowden situation with their counterparts in Moscow.

Some U.S. lawmakers have called on the president to take a tough stand against Russia, possibly including a U.S. boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.



Other NSA workers skipped
to Moscow during Cold War


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Edward Snowden isn't the first National Security Agency insider to leave the United States and spill spy agency secrets.
 
It hasn't gone according to plan for Snowden, who fled to Hong Kong and then spent more than a month marooned in the transit zone of a Moscow airport before finally getting his temporary asylum papers Thursday.
 
And it didn’t go well for a couple of NSA defectors who came long before him.
 
William Martin and Bernon Mitchell were friends working at the National Security Agency in the late 1950s. The two were working in a highly technical field, the code-related work known as cryptology.
 
In the course of their work, Martin and Mitchell came across highly-secret documents, says David Barrett, a national security expert now teaching at Villanova University.
 
“For example, they became aware that not only was the NSA listening in to the communications of foreign countries that were enemies or rivals, like the Soviet Union, they discovered that the National Security Agency was also monitoring communications of countries that were our allies,” Barrett said. “And they thought this was deeply offensive and just wrong.”
 
Barrett said the two also learned that the American government was intercepting and reading mail that came into the U.S. from other countries.
 
And now more than half a century later, Snowden, is accusing the agency of doing more or less the same thing.
 
Barrett says Martin and Mitchell were disillusioned and decided to do something about it.
 
 “They noticed the idealistic language that President Eisenhower used in his speeches – public speeches – and compared it to some of what they knew the government was doing and so they decided to defect to the Soviet Union.”
 
Barrett says that in June of 1960, Martin and Mitchell told their superiors they were going on a month-long vacation to visit family and friends. But instead, they made their way to Moscow via New Orleans, Mexico City and Cuba.
 
When they didn’t return from vacation, their superiors got suspicious. Barrett says two months later, the NSA issued a statement saying agency mathematicians might have defected behind the Iron Curtain.
 
“But they said there is no way that anything that these two guys know could do any harm to the security of the U.S.,” he said. “And so it was treated as sort of a small event and initially, the press simply accepted that story that it was a small event.”
 
On Sept. 6, 1960, Martin and Mitchell held a news conference in Moscow. Barrett says “there was a real outpouring of information about the National Security Agency.”
 
“It became on the public record what the National Security Agency was, what it was doing,” he said. “Honestly, until this defection, there was almost no public knowledge of the NSA. And in fact, people around Washington who knew that it existed would joke that NSA stood for ‘No Such Agency.’”
 
Barrett says President Dwight Eisenhower referred to the two defectors as “self-confessed traitors,” and former president Harry Truman said “they ought to be shot.”
 
“There wasn’t much that Martin and Mitchell offered the Soviets after the passage of some months or maybe a year – and they just became these sorts of exiles in the Soviet Union,” Barrett said.
 
“They chose the Soviet Union in part because they thought it was a workers’ paradise,” he continued. “They thought it would be a wonderful place to live. And the story after that is not really a happy story because they became disillusioned with life in the Soviet Union. It was no kind of paradise.”
 
Peter Savodnik, who has written about American defectors, says Martin, Mitchell and others were far different from those who decided to move to the Soviet Union in the 1920s and 1930s.
 
“In the Cold War era, they tended to be a much sadder set of people – people who are really disenfranchised, who really feel sort of spiritually at sea,” Savodnik said. “The Soviet Union was not so much a beacon of hope for them, as it was an escape.”
 
William Martin died in 1987 at the age of 56, while Bernon Mitchell died in 2001 at the age of 72.
 


Politicians facing grim numbers
in latest public opinion polls


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Politicians in Washington are no strangers to negative public opinion polls.  But a recent spate of dismal surveys suggests the political polarization and dysfunction in Washington is reaching new depths. 

The numbers are mind-numbingly bad. In the latest Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll, Congress has a disapproval rate of 83 percent, an all-time high for that survey.

President Barack Obama’s approval rating is 45 percent, which matches that of George W. Bush at a similar point in his presidency.

Only 29 percent see the country on the right track at the moment, down from the 41 percent who held that view in the same poll at the end of last year.

Several other recent national surveys contain similar negative results, and experts say all of this has consequences for the president and members of Congress from both major political parties.

Charlie Cook, a political analyst with the National Journal, says the president’s weakening poll numbers could hurt Democrats in next year’s congressional mid-term elections.

“Obviously you watch the president’s approval rating because mid-term elections do typically become to a certain extent a referendum on the incumbent president and he has been dropping since mid-January about a point every three or four weeks," he said.

Despite signs the economy is growing, many Americans still have a negative overall view, especially when it comes to jobs and their future standard of living.

Obama has embarked on a speaking tour to refocus on economic issues and has not been shy about laying much of the blame for the political gridlock in Washington on Republicans.

“Wasting the country’s time by taking something like 40 meaningless votes to repeal Obamacare is not a jobs plan," the president said.

But Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner, are doing plenty of finger-pointing of their own.

“We are not just over here making noise.  The House Republicans are continuing to take action," said Boehner.

Steve Bell of the Bipartisan Policy Center says the president has a tough job in trying to change public perceptions about where the country is headed.

“I think he realizes that the American people are getting a little bit frightened and a little bit, I think, dismayed," he said. "By about a two to one margin, Americans think the country is going in the wrong direction and has gotten off track."

Quinnipiac pollster Peter Brown says Obama has been losing steam in his recent polls as well.  But Brown says Obama has shown an ability to mount a political comeback.

“His numbers are not good but it is worth mentioning that he has been here before.  Much of 2009, 2010 and 2011 his job approval was in the mid 40s and he still wound up being re-elected fairly comfortably," he said. "Historically second term presidents generally have rough patches."

The president may be down in the polls but the Republican brand is even worse off at the moment, says analyst Charlie Cook.

“For Republicans to take advantage of Democratic problems they really need to get their numbers, their party favorable numbers up and the unfavorable numbers down, and that simply hasn’t happened," he said.

As bad as the public perception is at the moment, it might actually get worse when Congress returns to work in September.  Lawmakers are sharply divided on funding levels for the government, on immigration reform and on a move by some Republicans to defund the president’s health care law.



Samantha Power confirmed
to represent U.S. at U.N.


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Senate has voted to confirm President Barack Obama's selection for ambassador to the United Nations, approving human rights advocate Samantha Power by a vote of 87-10.

Ms. Power, a 43-year-old former journalist and National Security Council staff expert, was described Thursday by Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Robert Menendez as "a tireless defender of human rights." 

Ms. Power won one of journalism's highest awards - the 2003 Pulitzer Prize - for a book describing what she called timid U.S. responses to human rights crises, including massacres in Rwanda and Bosnia in the 1990s. She most recently called the U.N. failure to end widespread killing in Syria's civil war "a disgrace that history will judge harshly."

A White House statement Thursday called Ms. Power a fierce advocate for universal rights and one of America's leading foreign policy thinkers.

Ms. Power is among seven presidential nominees approved by the Senate since Republican and Democratic leaders struck a deal in mid-July aimed at averting drastic Senate rules changes.

The rules changes would have ended the ability of minority parties to block votes on presidential nominees by launching endless debate aimed at stalling or preventing actual votes.

Faced with the permanent loss of the stalling tactic known as the filibuster, minority Republicans agreed to move forward with votes on the seven nominees in the Democrat-controlled chamber.



U.S. jobless claims take
biggest dip since 2008

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. government says the number of Americans making their first claims for jobless benefits fell last week to the lowest level in more than five years.

The government said Thursday that 326,000 people sought unemployment compensation, a drop of 19,000 from the previous week. It is the lowest weekly total since January 2008.

The dip in the number of jobless claims signals that employers are laying off fewer workers.

The good news on jobs sent stocks to another record high Thursday. The Dow Jones rose 128 points and the Standard & Poors 500 closed at 1,707 - its all-time high.

The government is set Friday to release its monthly jobs and employment report for July. Analysts predict the country added another 183,000 jobs last month and and that the unemployment rate will fall to 7.5 percent. The U.S. has added more than 200,000 jobs a month since January.

Financial analyst Greg McBride at Bankrate.com said the U.S. economy needs to add even more jobs before the jobless rate dips significantly.

"We'll see continued job growth, but it's at a pace that makes for nice headlines but really doesn't do much to move the needle in terms of getting people back to work. If we see 175,000, 200,000 new jobs, I mean that's nice, but you know what we really need to be seeing on a consistent basis is something north of 250,000 jobs a month, so that we can not only account for population growth, but actually get all those unemployed, particularly long-term unemployed, back to work, rather than seeing the unemployment rate drop because people are giving up their job search altogether," said McBride.

 

U.S. embassies to be closed
for unstated security reasons

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States will close a number of its embassies and consulates around the world on Sunday for security reasons.

In a written statement, the State Department did not specify which missions have been asked to close, nor the type of threat they face.

The statement said the embassies and consulates that have been told to close are ones normally open on Sundays. That would include embassies in the Muslim world, where the work week generally is from Sunday to Thursday.

Officials said the closures could be extended after an evaluation.



Uruguay lower house votes
to legalize growing marijuana


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Uruguay's leftist President Jose Mujica said his country would not become a haven for pot smokers the day after its lower chamber of Congress narrowly voted to legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana.

The bill, which needs to pass the senate to become law, goes beyond the no penalization policy in the Netherlands and creates a government body to regulate legal sales and public smoking clubs and to monitor marijuana consumption for Uruguayans.

To avoid making the country a drug tourism destination, only Uruguayans would be allowed to use marijuana. The use of marijuana is already legal in the South American nation, but the sale and cultivation is not.

“No one should think implementing this law would create disorder or encourage consumption,” said Mujica, a former guerrilla fighter and strong supporter of the measure.

Controlling the marijuana trade under strict guidelines would instead help undermine drug-smuggling gangs and fight petty crime, he told a local radio program on Thursday.

“No where in the world has repression yielded results,” he said. “We know we are embarking on a cutting edge experiment for the whole world.”

A recent poll showed 63 percent of Uruguayans oppose the measure. Critics say it would lure people to harder drugs and create problems for Latin American countries that have battled drug-related violence, like Colombia and Mexico.

The legislation would establish a national cannabis institute to control the drug's production and distribution, impose sanctions on rule-breakers and design educational policies to warn about the risks of marijuana use.

Households would be permitted to grow up to six plants, or as much as 480 grams (about 17 ounces) of marijuana per year under the measure.

Mujica, 78, said on Thursday he had never smoked pot.

“I'm old - I've had the vice of smoking and a drink now and then but never in my life have I tried a joint,” he said.

“But I've realized it's the life of these youth, consumption is there on the corners and it's produced a clandestine market with ferocious rules. It's a monopoly of the mafia,” he added.

 

Americans visiting Cuba told
not to go near the water


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

After several frenetic days of traveling, listening to lectures, walking through historic Havana and meeting Cubans, Terry McAbee did not hesitate when asked what the trip with her fellow West Virginia school teachers was missing.

"Beach time,'' she said with a laugh. "They have these beautiful beaches, and we can't go.''
 
"We're not supposed to be having fun,'' another teacher, Steve Stanley, joked as they sat sipping drinks with 20 fellow travelers in a small Havana bar.

They are part of the growing flow of Americans to Cuba on so-called "people-to-people'' trips, the only kind the United States government allows for most citizens under its 51-year-long trade embargo of the one-party state.

The trips are regulated to be more like work than fun — "meaningful'' in the political parlance of the times — so no beach time on heavily scheduled sprints through Cuban society.

Despite that, people pay a lot of money to visit the Caribbean island that has been mostly off limits the past half century even though it is just 90 miles (145 km) from Florida.

A four-day trip to Havana for two costs nearly $5,000, not including airfare, but the forbidden fruit aspect of Cuba is a big draw, said Edward Piegza, who led the first trip for his San Diego, California-based travel company Classic Journeys.

"It is a place and a people so close, yet off limits to us that it creates the natural desire of wanting what you can't have,'' Piegza said. It is, he said, a place many travelers want to see before they die.

Tourists from other parts of the world, mostly Canada and Europe, freely visit the island for its beaches, vintage American cars and Spanish colonial architecture.

 In its short history, people-to-people' travel has been a political football, a reflection of the tug-of-war between those who want to change U.S. policy toward Communist Party-ruled Cuba and those who do not.

 It was authorized in 1999 under President Bill Clinton, then shut down by his successor President George W. Bush in 2003 and reinstated in 2011 by President Barack Obama.

While the United States tightly controls licenses for travel to Cuba, Havana approves the itineraries.

Cuba's dissidents, considered by Havana to be mercenaries of the U.S. government, are predictably not part of the people-to-people' contacts.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control, the U.S. Treasury agency which enforces the embargo, said it has granted  250 licenses since Obama reopened the program.

One travel agency, Insight Cuba, will bring 150 groups to Cuba this year, its president Tom Popper said. Popper estimates as many as 75,000 travelers could go to the island in 2013.

 The first trips of the Obama era began in August 2011 and since then Americans, once so rare as to be almost exotic, have become a common sight, particularly in Havana.

So far, the groups are made up mostly of white, middle-aged and retired people, but the most famous visitors were two young, black superstars: rapper Jay-Z and singer Beyonce.

The married couple attracted international media coverage in April as they strolled through Old Havana, met Cuban artists and enjoyed the music scene, often accompanied by adoring crowds.

 The trip touched off a controversy among Cuban-American groups and politicians who oppose liberalization of U.S.-Cuba policy and questioned its legality.

As it turned out, the couple had a proper people-to-people' license and did not visit the beach.

Before Cuba's 1959 revolution, it was a playground for American celebrities and socialites, among them singer Frank Sinatra, author Ernest Hemingway and actress Ava Gardner.

 For the West Virginians in Cuba in 2013, their trip was organized by Washington-based Cuba Educational Travel. That meant conversations with artists, historians, teachers, priests, and small business owners, who described their work and lives in a country that is slowly modernizing its economy.

They sat on the floor of a cramped Central Havana apartment to talk with hip hop artist Magia López Cabrera and watch her music videos on a laptop. They went to the Madrigal, one of the stylish new private bars opened under economic reforms by President Raúl Castro, where they talked with university students and the bar owner, filmmaker Rafael Rosales.

 "Now I have to worry about paying the bills, paying my employees,'' Rosales said with a wan smile.

After a few questions, they rewarded him with a spontaneous rendition of the unofficial anthem of West Virginia, "Take Me Home, Country Roads,'' by late singer John Denver.

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8033-8/19/13

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8032-8/19/13

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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
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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.
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7973-8/23/13

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Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

$28,500 - Little Dreams - Ocotal beach studio condo, furnished upper floor condo in great complex just 1 mile from Ocotal beach, 2 miles from Coco beach, great price for this complex.
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$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

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7972-8/9/13

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

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7967-7/17/13

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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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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Climate change is affecting the spread of infectious diseases worldwide, according to an international team of leading disease ecologists, with serious impacts to human health and biodiversity conservation. Writing in the journal Science, they propose that modeling the way disease systems respond to climate variables could help public health officials and environmental managers predict and mitigate the spread of lethal diseases.

The issue of climate change and disease has provoked intense debate over the past decade, particularly in the case of diseases that affect humans, according to the University of Georgia's Sonia Altizer, who is the study's lead author.

"For a lot of human diseases, responses to climate change depend on the wealth of nations, healthcare infrastructure and the ability to take mitigating measures against disease," said Ms. Altizer, an associate professor in the Odum School of Ecology. "The climate signal, in many cases, is hard to tease apart from other factors like vector control and vaccine and drug availability."

Climate warming already is causing changes in diseases affecting wildlife and agricultural ecosystems, she said. "In many cases, we're seeing an increase in disease and parasitism. But the impact of climate change on these disease relationships depends on the physiology of the organisms involved, the location on the globe and the structure of ecological communities."

At the organism level, climate change can alter the physiology of both hosts and parasites. Some of the clearest examples are found in the Arctic, where temperatures are rising rapidly, resulting in faster developing parasites. A lungworm that affects musk oxen, for instance, can now be transmitted over a longer period each summer, making it a serious problem for the populations it infects.

"The Arctic is like a canary in the global coal mine," said co-author Susan Kutz of the University of Calgary and Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre.

"Climate warming in the Arctic is occurring more rapidly than elsewhere, threatening the health and sustainability of Arctic plants and animals, which are adapted to a harsh and highly seasonal environment and are vulnerable to invasions by southern species—both animals and parasites."

A changing climate also is affecting entire plant and animal communities. This is particularly evident in tropical marine environments such as the world's coral reef ecosystems. In places like the Caribbean, warmer water temperatures have stressed corals and facilitated infections by pathogenic fungi and bacteria. When corals — the framework builders of the ecosystem —succumb, the myriad of species that depend on them are also at risk.

"Biodiversity loss is a well-established consequence of climate change," said coauthor Richard Ostfeld of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. "In a number of infectious disease systems, such as lyme disease and West Nile virus, biodiversity loss is tied to greater pathogen transmission and increased human risk. Moving forward, we need models that are sensitive to both direct and indirect effects of climate change on infectious disease."

Where human health is concerned, there is not only the direct risk from pathogens like dengue, malaria and cholera, all of which are linked to warmer temperatures, but indirect risks from threats to agricultural systems and game species crucial for subsistence and cultural activities, the researchers said.

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U.S. citizens are better off filing
late income tax returns then not at all


By Randy Lindner and Ross Lustman*

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Americans living overseas are still required to file U.S. tax returns. The deadline for filing is automatically extended by two months, to June 15 from April 15. Even with the automatic deadline extension, many folks living overseas fail to file
their tax returns by the June 15 deadline. Maybe you're one of them. Maybe you've been in Costa Rica long enough that mañana and pura vida have entered your lexicon and you simply put it off. Maybe you didn't even know that you still had to file a tax return after you left the United States. Tax
matters


If you're an American and you haven't filed your U.S. Federal Income Tax Return for 2012, it is better to get started on it now rather than to wait and see what happens. There are penalties for failure to file and failure to pay taxes owed. The failure to file penalty is higher than the failure to pay penalty, so if you can't pay the tax you owe right away, it is better to file the tax return and slowly pay the balance off in installments.

Taxable payments you've received from the United States, such as pensions, social security, interest, dividends, and stock transactions, will be reported to the Internal Rvenue Service. Because the mail in Costa Rica sometimes isn't quite as reliable as it might be in the United States, you might not receive all of the tax reporting documents here in Costa Rica. You can request all of this information directly from the IRS.  You can also authorize a certified tax practitioner, such as those at U.S. Tax and Accounting in Rohrmoser, to look the information up for you on the Internet.

When you have the information about your United States income, the next thing you need to collect the information on your income in Costa Rica and any other country. That's right, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident has to pay tax on all of the income they earn overseas. However, a qualified tax professional may be able to help you reduce or even eliminate the tax you owe by filing the correct forms on foreign earned income and foreign taxes paid.

If you find yourself in this position every year, you should strongly consider filing or asking your accountant to file a request for an extension. Anybody can request that their tax return deadline be extended to Oct. 15. You don't need to request the two month extension to June 15, that occurs automatically when you live overseas. You do, however, have to request the later extension to Oct. 15. The good news is that the IRS never says no to this request. Anybody can have an Oct. 15 deadline if they simply ask for it. You still need to pay your taxes by June 15, but the failure to pay is much lower than the failure to file penalty, so the extension is still beneficial.

 *Lindner and Lustman are with U.S. Tax and Accounting