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How to get access to U.S. movies on TV the easy way
By Garland M. Baker
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Expats living in Costa Rica would love to watch U.S. movies, shows, and sports on their home televisions. Hotels and bed & breakfast owners would like to offer the same to their guests. Travelers would like to access their favorites from home while visiting the country.

An article July 1 outlined how to use a VPN, a virtual private computer network, to accomplish this goal. There is another way, and for many, a simpler means to unblock U.S. sites like Netflix, Hulu plus and HBO GO to name a few.

This system is not secure like a VPN, but it has great benefits. It can be applied to almost any smart device or any router in a network.  What does this mean?  It means that any device connected to the network can access the unblocked content.  In other words, at home, changing the DNS on the home network unblocks all the TVs and any other connected device. In a household, the adults can be watching a movie on Netflix while the kids are watching cartoons on Hulu plus.

This method involves nothing more than changing the DNS numbers in a device like an iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle, or TV interface like Apple TV, Roku, Google TV, WD TV or a Boxee Box.

DNS is the translation system used by the Internet to change names like Google.com into numbers – which is what computers understand.  Whenever anyone types a Web address, for example Google.com, into a browser, the request is first sent to a DNS server for translation into a number.  This reference number is like a street address. It is returned to the person requesting the address so the Internet can find the destination.

All devices connected to the Internet use DNS and have a place in them where the numbers can be changed. Yes, numbers, usually there are two.  The primary DNS and the secondary.  However, companies like Apple are now opting to use only one, the primary.

Enough with the tech!  Most people just want the results. Unblocked movies.  There are many companies out there offering DNS network tunneling.  To name a few: Tunlr.net is 100 percent free, UnoTelly.com, Unblock-US.com, and StrongDNS.com. 

UnoTelly and Unblock-US have free trials.  In testing these companies, Tunlr did not work very well. It is free, so one gets what one pays for in this case.

UnoTelly and Unblock-US work similarly well with the latter successfully unblocking Netflix, Hulu plus, and HBO GO.  StrongDNS was a disappointment.  Its VPN service is among the best in the industry.

However, its DNS service just does not make the grade. This is the conclusion after spending hours with their technical support trying to get the system to work.  Unblock-US.com worked great from the start. Instructions were easy to understand and implement. 

HBO GO is different from Netflix and Hulu plus. The service requires a subscription to cable TV in the United States and a cable service offering HBO GO. 
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When connecting with an Apple TV, the TV presents an authorization code, which needs to be
put into a computer to validate the service.  An expat in the U.S. provided his cable account information to test the system.  It worked perfectly. 

All this blocking by media companies has to do with geographical restrictions on content as explained July 1.

There is so much more content available in the U.S. that most people want to unblock these sites. However, unblocking also works for the United Kingdom to watch the BBC and other channels. 

Some services also offer other countries for those wanting to access their home content. A person needs to review the information provided by unblock services to see what they offer.

Using unblocking may violate the terms of service agreements of the content providers, but are not illegal to use. 

Netflix, Hulu plus and HBO GO are paid services so one is paying for what they receive and needs to have an account to use the media. What is avoided is the different pricing models base on a person’s location.

Not convinced?  It is very easy to try everything stated here for free.  Netflix offers a one month trial.  Hulu plus a week, unless you go to this secret web place offering two months. UnoTelly offers an eight-day trial. Unblock-US offers a seven-day trial with no credit card required, just an email address.

In conclusion, want to watch some favorite movies or TV series free for the next week?  Step one, an important step, sign up for Unblock-US using only an email address.  Step two. Change the DNS numbers to the numbers provided by the service. 

Turn the device you are using off and then on again.  It is important to do this before step three because you want the next step to think you are in the U.S. 

Step three. Sign up for a free trial to Netflix or Hulu plus.  Step four. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Garland M. Baker is a 42-year resident and naturalized citizen of Costa Rica who provides multidisciplinary professional services to the international community.  Reach him at info@crexpertise.com.  Baker has undertaken the research leading to these series of articles in conjunction with A.M. Costa Rica.  Find the collection at http://crexpertise.info, a complimentary reprint is available at the end of each article.  Copyright 2004-2013, use without permission prohibited.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A flurry of earthquakes greater than 3.0 magnitude took place over the weekend.

The most recent was at 3:53 p.m  Sunday 20.4 kilometers south of Bahia Balena in the Pacific, according to the Laboratorio de Ingenieria Sismica at the Universidad de Costa Rica, which said the magnitude was 3.5.  The Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia said 3.3.

A quake at 3:17 a.m. Sunday was 23.2 kilometers south of Jacó in the Pacific and had a magnitude of 3.8, said the Laboratorio. The Observatorio said 3.9.

A quake at 1:53 a.m. was estimated to be 11.4 kilometers southeast of Ciudad Quesada de San Carlos. The Laboratorio said 4.0, and the Observatorio said 3.6.

A quake at 6:13 p.m Saturday was estimated to be 3.4 kilometers southeast of Salitrillos de Aserrí with a magnitude of 3.8, said the Laboratorio. The Observatorio said 3.9.

The earthquake monitoring services differ frequently on magnitude and exact location of epicenter because they use different systems of tracking the movements of the earth.



Women's Club plans to hear
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Women's Club members will hear Michale Gabriel expound on "The Healing Power of Story" when they meet at Club Unión Aug. 14 at 9:30 a.m.

Ms. Gabriel, a professional storyteller, had been a consultant and strategic communications partner to The Boeing Co. for 12 years. She also is a member of the Women's Club of Costa Rica. Said the club:

"Michale has been a professional storyteller for over 30 years; her work has taken her to the former Soviet Union, Iraq, Uganda, as well as across the United States from urban centers to the remote villages of Alaska.  She’ll share many heart-warming experiences of how stories can affect people’s lives."

Club Unión in downtown San José is directly east of the Correos de Costa Rica headquarters between avenidas 1 and 3  at the Calle 2 pedestrian walkway.

The Women's Club of Costa Rica is a non-profit organization supporting education in Costa Rica,

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Would-be robber shot dead
in attempt to stick up store


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A robber picked the wrong target Saturday night in  Las Brisas del Caribe de Cariari, Pococí.

The 44-year-old man, later identified by the last name of  Valencia entered a small food store and announced that he was there for a robbery. The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the store is operated by the father of a judicial agent. The agent and his gun happened to be in the store at the time.

What followed was a brief firefight n which Valencia suffered a bullet in the chest. He was dead at the scene.



Puerto Viejo man is dead
after argument in public


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 65-year-old man has died after an argument in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. The man, identified by the last name of Gordon, suffered a knife wound in the stomach. He died in Hospital Tony Facio in Limón.

Police detained a 28-year-old man, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The stabbing took place in the public right-of-way in the center of Puerto Viejo about 6 p.m., said police.



Set fire called the cause
of man's death in bed

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A man died early Sunday in what appears to have been  set fire in Tambor de Alajuela. The dead man was identified by the last name of  Calvo. He was 46 and lived alone, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. He was found in his bed.

Fire fighters received the alarm about 3 a.m.



Expat businessman in Grecia
dies in vehicle accident


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A U.S. expat who ran a car rental business in Grecia died when his vehicle ran off the road and into the Río Vigía, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Agents identified him by the last name of  Charles and said he was 52. The accident took place in San Roque de Grecia. Agents aid the man lived in the community for eight years.

The accident took place at 3:30 a.m., agents said. The crash was not discovered for another 90 minute when a passer-by spotted the overturned vehicle, said agents. The water was about four meters deep.



Right commission files away
old complaint by deportees


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Interamerican Commission on Human Rights has filed without further action an 18-year-old case involving Nicaraguans who were deported from Cost a Rica.

The case relates to the Feb. 28, 1995, detention and deportation of 47 Nicaraguans. The deportees said they were detained and deported immediately without have any chance at legal recourses. The foreign ministry said that the commission reported that the complainants had not followed up on the case.


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Home invaders are at work in many areas of the country
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Although the current administration has taken steps to clean up the streets of small-time robbers, home invasions are becoming the crime of choice throughout the country.

There were at least four such incidents since Friday evening, and the victims included a legislator and a government minister. Not all were reported by police agencies. A reader made a report involving a home invasion Friday evening in Golfito.

The gangs of crooks take advantage of times when residents are most vulnerable. In La Uruca at the home of Patricia Pérez, a legislator, bandits stuck a gun to the head of her daughter as the woman was driving her car into a parking area. Open and closing the electric portones or gates on parking areas are times of vulnerability.

The education minster,  Leonardo Garnier, was not at home when bandits invaded his Zapote home Saturday night, but three other persons were there. The news spread quickly through the educational community, and  Garnier acknowledged the crime and thanks those who sent him messages in a Twitter posting.

A reader said that the Golfito crime involved four men. they found two women in the home, including the owner. The usual
goods were taken: a wide-screen television, cell phones and computer,

Earlier Saturday, at 2 a.m. bandits invaded a home in the center of Hatillo, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.
There the crooks confronted the homeowner as he went to investigate noises. They took goods and jewelry worth about 2 million colons, said agents. That is about $4,000. The family operates a liquor store adjacent to the home, so the money was from the business, agents said.

Another home invasion took place in Puntarenas, also on Friday. Not a lot of details were available.

There did not seem to be any serious injuries in any of the robberies, but frequently this type of crime escalates into a shooting and perhaps murder.

Crooks seem to be able to defeat easily locks and steel bars. A typical beginning would be in attempting to poison any dogs that might be on guard. Sometimes a crook will vault a fence and let in his companions.  Almost always there is a vehicle waiting, but crooks are not shy about stealing the vehicle of a victim if it is available. What used to be metro area crimes have now spread to many other parts of the country, thanks to new highways.


Northen zone, Caribbean getting more than their share of rain
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Heavy rain has been causing problems in the northern zone of the country, and this type of weather was predicted to last though most of this morning.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said at 6:55 p.m. Sunday that an estimated 40 to 85 millimeters had fallen in the last 24 hours. That is about one and a half to three and a third inches.

La Tigra de San Carlos was the hardest hit community, according to the Cruz Roja. Starting about 4 p.m. Saturday some homes there began to flood, the rescue agency said. Some
30 persons were forced from their homes due to rising rivers, the agency said.

About 20 were camping out in the local church hall. Some parts of the community lost electrical power and water Saturday, although the services were reported restored Sunday.

Rainfall ialong the Caribbean coast also was expected to be signfiicant with more rising rivers.

Less amounts of rain were predicted for the Central Valley and the Pacific coasts.  The weather institute predicted from 10 to 14 millimeters. That is from about a half  to a third of an inch.

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Marijuana is the biggest crime uncovered during this year's romería
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Wherever there is a crowd, there are individuals trying to take advantage. That also is true with the pilgrimage or romería that brings nearly 2 million persons to Cartago and the Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles every year.

This is one reason why police assign such a strong presence.  More than 1,400 participated this year.

This year there were undercover officers mingling with the pilgrims. One pair of officers managed to collar a man who now is accused to drying to sell marijuana to pilgrims.

The man was apprehended in Curridabat in the flow of individuals on the main road to Cartago, said the Fuerza Pública. Police said they confiscated six grams.

Police also confiscated various amounts of drugs from the pilgrims. Some 800 officers were on duty Thursday and Friday.

They also managed to collar three persons who had been the subject of arrest warrants, they reported.

Not all of the police work was to put suspects into jail. The Servicio de Vigilancia Aérea of the security ministry once again dropped 25,000 flowers on the assembled multitude in the plaza of the basilica about 11
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Earlier Friday, some 150 police officers and security ministry workers got together in Curridabat for a run to Cartago.

 
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Two-bedroom, two-bath furnished apartment available in a safe, gated community near Hotel Cariari. You pay power and rent only, $500 month.  8486-7709 Or email: DogFood@carolina.rr.com.
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1 bedroom with private bath. Rooms in large, 3.000 sq ft. historical mansion in heart of Barrio Amón.  Prices starting at $350. for long-term. Smoking ok in common areas. Includes electricity, water, commercial kitchen use, laundry, high-speed internet. 7078-6985. More info HERE!
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7945-5/30/13

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Beautiful mountain chalet surrounded by nature, built with tropical hardwoods and  located on a  5,000 m2  (54,000 sq feet) lot  with two other cottages.  House has basic furniture and  kitchen  appliances.  Ground floor:  Very large living/ dinning room, kitchen, office (or guest bedroom), and 1 bathroom . Upstairs:  2 bedrooms (one with a balcony), and 1 bathroom. 140 m2 approximately  Great BBQ rancho outside. Plenty space for visitor parking. Pets are welcome.  Quiet place, rural, restaurants close by. Near El Castillo Country Club, Tirol and La Condesa mountain hotels.  Only 45 minutes by car from San José.  All public services available  More information call Liseth.  Phone: (506) 7158-1548. Or send me a email:  licortes@hotmail.com
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7975-6/16/13

Perez  Zeledon:   Large studio home overlooking river with deck.  Elegant, ceramic floors, nice cabinets, walk-in closet.  Beautiful gardens and grounds.  Secure. Private. Only  10 minutes
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Rare birds in abundance. Includes,  One  double bed and refrigerator, stove, juicer, sofa, tables,  dishes, pans, etc.  Plus, electric, (hot) water   Phone, TV connected, Internet cable connected, garbage and gardener. All included for $425. /month.  Looking for one good person, reliable, long-term.    Non-smoker. jjpepman@hotmail.com
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We offer for rent three furnished, 2-bedroom mountain homes located on the slopes of Barva Volcano, Sacramento, Heredia. The cabin-style homes are adjacent to the Braulio Carillo National Park and walking distance to the Barva Volcano crater lake. Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and garage. Take in breathtaking views of the Irazú Volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of bird species, to include the occasional Resplendent Quetzal, and a pristine cloud forest. We can also offer you an occasional ride on one of our beautiful mares. Contact Allan or Cristina at HPCattleCR@aol.com, or or for more information HERE! $850 USD/month. We can also offer a weekend or short-stay package.
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Gene promotes deep rooting
of rice and give drought edge


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists have identified a gene that helps rice plants produce grain even during drought conditions.

The gene is the blueprint for a protein that makes the plant’s root tips more responsive to the pull of gravity.

Rice plants with the gene send their roots deeper into the soil than those without it. They can access water farther underground.

The gene is called DRO1, short for “deeper rooting.”

The Japanese researchers found that, under moderate drought conditions, plants without DRO1 produced 60 percent less rice than normal. But plants with the gene were virtually unaffected.

“This group of authors has identified a gene that seems to be of pretty significant importance,” said Julia Bailey-Serres, a rice researcher at the University of California-Riverside, who was not involved in the study.

Under severe drought conditions that cut rice production to near zero in plants without the gene, the DRO1 plants still managed to produce some grain.

“There was only 30 percent grain yield in this new rice variety under that condition, but still, comparing zero to 30 is quite a significant insurance policy for the farmer,” said Ms. Bailey-Serres.

She added that it would take only a few years to introduce this gene to shallow-rooting rice varieties around the world.

Rice is a staple crop for roughly half the world’s population, and climate change is expected to pose challenges to crop production.

The Japanese researchers say other crops, such as maize, have genes similar to DRO1, which may prove useful in adapting them to drought conditions as well.



U.S. says some overseas posts
will remain closed all this week


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States says most of its diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa will remain closed all week. More than 20 embassies and consulates were closed Sunday due to security concerns.

The State Department said Sunday that a small number of additional posts will be closed, while others will reopen Monday.

It said the extension was not related to new security threats, but that officials were simply exercising caution.

Sunday's move to close U.S. embassies and consulates came several days after American officials warned of a possible al-Qaida attack.

Most of the more than 20 diplomatic missions are in Muslim countries, where Sunday is a regular business day, and included embassies in Iraq, Libya and Yemen. The embassy in Baghdad will reopen on Monday.

The United States has issued a global travel alert to American citizens that said the potential for terrorist attacks is strong in the Middle East and North Africa.

The State Department says diplomatic posts in the following places will be closed all week: Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antanarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis.

The following embassies and consulates were closed Sunday, but will be allowed to reopen on Monday: Dhaka, Algiers, Nouakchott, Kabul, Herat, Mazar el Sharif, Baghdad, Basrah, and Irbil.

U.S. lawmakers and former high-ranking officials called the decision to close diplomatic missions and to issue the global travel alert an extraordinary move.

Other countries took similar actions, and the international police organization Interpol issued its own security alert.

The U.S. security moves come nearly a year after Islamic militants attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing four Americans including the U.S. ambassador.



Apple gets a trade break
allowing continued imports

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Obama administration has overturned a U.S. trade panel's ban on imports of some Apple iPads and older iPhones into the United States, dealing a setback to Apple's rival, Samsung.
 
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman Saturday overturned the ban, which the U.S. International Trade Commission had announced June 4, saying some Apple products violated a patent owned by Samsung.
 
In a letter to Trade Commission Chairman Irving Williamson, Froman said this policy decision was not an endorsement or a criticism of the commission's decision or analysis. He also said Samsung could continue to pursue its case through the courts.
 
This was the first time since 1987 that a U.S. administration had taken action against a product ban that the Trade Commission had ordered. The Trade Commission ban was to have taken effect Sunday.
 
Apple welcomed Saturday's decision, while Seoul-based Samsung said it was disappointed.
 
The two companies have taken their disputes to courts around the globe.
 
Last year, Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1 billion in damages for patent infringements. A judge later reduced the award.
 


Rising temperatures are linked
to rising hostilities in  study

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As global temperatures rise, so do levels of hostility and violence, according to a new study.

Scientists from the University of California-Berkeley and Princeton University  discovered a strong link between shifts in climate to human violence around the world.  The study found that even minor climate deviations, such as slight changes in normal temperature and rainfall, can greatly increase the risk of conflict.

The link between climate variations and violent behavior was noted on a small scale—in one-on-one crimes like assault, murder or domestic abuse—as well as on a much grander scale involving riots or civil war.

Unlike previous similar studies, this project combined data and evidence from a wider number of fields such as economics, political science, geography, psychology and archeology, according to Edward Miguel from the University of California-Berkeley.

Climate shifts researchers explored included temperature as well as rainfall. from very low rainfall and drought conditions to extreme amounts of rainfall.

The scientists say  their findings could have critical implications for understanding the impact of future climate change on human societies. Many global climate models project temperature increases of at least 2 degrees C over the next half century.

The researchers compared extensive data,  spanning from ancient times until today.  Collecting more material than any prior study, the researchers were able to show that the Earth’s climate plays a more influential role in human affairs than previously thought.

Among the historical correlations researchers found was the case of the advanced Mayan civilization which was established around 2000 BC in what is now Mexico and Central America.  Some scholars say this Mesoamerican civilization peaked between the years 250 to 900 AD, when it mysteriously collapsed.

Scientists and historians, including those involved in this study, theorize that climate may have had a lot to do with the Mayan decline and failure.

“The Mayan civilization, the Mayan empire…during the 9th century AD, experienced an unprecedented century of warm, dry weather,” said Miguel. “In fact, they had three mega-droughts during that century and at the end of the third mega-drought, that’s the time at which that civilization collapsed into civil war never to recover its previous grandeur.”

Looking at the link between climate and violence in more modern times, Miguel pointed to hot temperatures and dry conditions in Somalia  and the extreme violence it has endured in recent times.

“When you have temperature spikes on top of what’s already a very hot place, that’s associated with political violence in Somalia, so Somalia is an African case where you can see this come through very clearly,” said Miguel.

The study also found a link between high temperatures and a rise in domestic violence in India.

In Brazil, scientists found a correlation between rainfall and land invasions. Miguel pointed to a landless people’s movement in the South American country that organizes violent raids.

“It turns out that when rainfall is really bad, either way too much or way too little rainfall in a given year, in those years you see spikes in the number of land invasions in Brazil,” said Miguel.

Results of the Berkeley/Princeton research could be used to predict future violent trends and potential trouble spots around the world, which could help in the development of strategies that would address possible violence and conflict in the future.

“There are at least two different approaches you can take, given these findings,” Miguel said.

The first approach is building better forecasts for where there will be potential violence going forward.

“So if we know, for instance, that temperatures are rising very quickly in a part of the world that is prone to civil conflict, then early on in that year or maybe there’s a drought that year, that is a trouble spot where governments and foreign aid donors and other agencies should focus their efforts,” said Miguel.

The second approach Miguel suggested would be to use the results to really understand just how high the stakes are in dealing with climate change in the next 40 to 50 years.

Politicians could look at the changing climate and try to craft new policies to deal with changing climate, said Miguel. “We can develop new technologies and approaches that are more resilient to a changing climate. That may be our only way out.”



Trust in government plummets
even in European countries


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Years into an economic crisis that has rocked the eurozone, European citizens are losing trust in their governments. A recent survey found that trust in political parties is at an all-time low with up to 90 percent in some countries saying politicians are affected by corruption. The survey comes as a number of top political figures in Italy, Spain, and France face allegations of fraud and tax evasion.

Across Europe, citizens are losing trust in their governments.

A recent study carried out by the corruption watchdog Transparency International surveyed people in 107 countries. Only 23 percent said their governments are making effective efforts to beat corruption.

In Europe, the figures were much lower. In Spain, 8 percent felt like corruption was being addressed; in Italy, 13 percent; in Greece and Portugal, just 1 percent.

Valentina Rigamonti of Transparency International  said the crisis of confidence was deepest in the countries hardest hit by the economic crisis, arguably the ones most in need of citizens’ trust.

“The global corruption barometer has showed that corruption is very strong in southern Europe, the countries that are hit by the financial crisis,” said Ms. Rigamonti.

Trust in political parties themselves has also gone down. In Greece, one of the eurozone’s major economic worries, 9 in 10 people surveyed said they think political parties are affected by corruption.

Ms. Rigamonti said that while the deteriorating trust was most noticeable in economic crisis zones, corruption was a problem in every European country, even Nordic nations, which typically have a good reputation for transparency.

“No one of the countries in Europe is clean. All of them are involved in corruption, at different levels with different problems,” said Ms. Rigamonti.

Transparency International’s research comes as politicians across Europe are being hit with accusations of corruption.

Thursday, a prison sentence was upheld for Italy’s former prime minister and current senator, Silvio Berlusconi, for tax fraud.

A day earlier, Spain’s prime minister was forced to defend himself before parliament over corruption allegations, after he was accused of receiving under-the-table cash payments from construction magnates, an accusation he denies.

Last month, the prime minister of the Czech Republic resigned following a corruption scandal involving one of his aides, as did the entire government of Luxembourg, again because of corruption allegations.

William Bartlett is a Europe analyst at the London School of Economics.

He said the economic recession in Europe has not necessarily made corruption worse. Government corruption, he said, has been a problem across Europe for decades.

But he said that when money was tight, the problem became more apparent.

“I think in recession, in a way, strangely enough, although there are less opportunities for corruption because the pie is shrinking and there is less to go around, nevertheless at that time people are much more sensitive to it, so it's much more likely to come to public attention,” said Bartlett.

He said the loss of citizens' trust in their governments was a major problem for European countries as they tried to implement austerity measures.

Bulgaria has recently seen weeks of public protest over alleged government corruption.  In Spain, the allegations over the prime minister’s links to corruption also brought people onto the streets in protest.

“Countries such as Greece, France, Italy, where unemployment is increasing, living standards are falling, whenever these issues crop up, people think, why should we be taking the costs of all of these policies when politicians are not taking part, too?,” said Bartlett.

According to the Transparency International survey, citizens of 51 nations see political parties as their countries' most corrupt institution. And more than half of those surveyed said they feel government is run by special interests.



hydrogen producer
University of Colorado Boulder graphic
An artist's conception of a commercial hydrogen production plant that uses sunlight to split water in order to produce clean hydrogen fuel.

Sunlight system proposed
to produce hydrogen as fuel

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The dream of using hydrogen as a clean fuel source may be a step closer to reality, according to a new scientific report.

A team of researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder say they have developed a system that would use sunlight as an energy source to split water into hydrogen and oxygen.

The method would use a vast array of mirrors that would concentrate sunlight onto a single point atop a central tower. The temperatures there could rise to as high as 1,350 Celsius. That energy would then be sent to a reactor vessel containing metal oxides, which, when heated, release oxygen atoms, according to the report in the journal Science.

That, in turn, would cause the material to seek out new oxygen atoms. When steam produced from the boiling water in the reactor vessel is added, the oxygen molecules would adhere to the metal oxide, freeing hydrogen molecules to be collected as gas, the report said.

“We have designed something here that is very different from other methods and frankly something that nobody thought was possible before,” said Alan Weimer, a professor, in a statement. He is a member of the team that worked on the project. “Splitting water with sunlight is the Holy Grail of a sustainable hydrogen economy.”

While there are other methods to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, Colorado Boulder scientists say their method is unique because the two chemical reactions can be done at the same temperature.

“The more conventional approaches require the control of both the switching of the temperature in the reactor from a hot to a cool state, and the introduction of steam into the system,” said Associate Professor Charles Musgrave. “One of the big innovations in our system is that there is no swing in the temperature. The whole process is driven by either turning a steam valve on or off.”

Despite the findings, the commercialization of such a solar-thermal reactor is likely years away.

With the new method, the amount of hydrogen produced for fuel cells or for storage is entirely dependent on the amount of metal oxide. which is made up of a combination of iron, cobalt, aluminum and oxygen, and how much steam is introduced into the system.

The research results were published in Friday’s issue of Science.



U.S. growth put at 1.7%,
better than predictions


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The world’s largest economy grew only slightly in the second quarter, expanding at an annualized rate of 1.7 percent between April and June.  Despite the lackluster growth and a downward revision in U.S. gross domestic output in the first quarter, the GDP numbers were still better than some analysts expected.  But the data also suggest the economy is still not growing fast enough for the central bank to change course on monetary policies that have kept interest rates at record lows.
 
Gross domestic product, GDP,  the broadest measure of the U.S. economy, confirms continuing slow but steady growth led by better than expected consumer spending and a much improved housing market.  Economists say it shows an economy barely in recovery, but one resilient enough to absorb deep government spending cuts enacted by Congress earlier this year.

Joseph Gagnon, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, D.C., says the numbers took him by surprise.
 
"I’m really amazed at how well we’re doing given the sequester  and the big tax increases we had this year.  Although I was predicting a year ago that if we could have avoided the sequester and the tax increases this year, we could have kicked that can down the road another year or two  that we might be growing over three percent, almost four percent this year," says Gagnon. The sequester is the mandatory government spending cuts.
 
The U.S. central bank has said as much, warning Congress that a continuing focus on government austerity could further slow the recovery.

Anthony Valeri, at LPL Financial, says weak growth in the first half of 2013 means the Federal Reserve, as the U.S. central bank is referred to, is unlikely to scale back too quickly on its easy money policies.
 
“I think Bernanke and company made it pretty clear that they are still very dovish. They are in no rush to remove accommodation  and that they are in no rush, more importantly, to raise interest rates,” says Valeri of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben  Bernanke.
 
The Federal Reserve has been purchasing $85 billion a month in bonds and mortgage-backed securities to keep long-term interest rates at record lows. Experts say ending the program too soon could stall the housing recovery.

Economist Ken Simonson says that would hurt employment.
 
“Clearly, over time, more people would find they don’t qualify for a mortgage if rates do keep rising, so that could put a lid on (bring to a halt) how high home sales and home construction go.”
 


Week in the woods will reset
the biological clock of humans


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A week-long wilderness escape from the electrical lights that illuminate most of our daily lives is enough to reset our internal circadian clocks to synchronize with sunrise and sunset, according to new research from the University of Colorado Boulder.

Eight hardy study participants spent a week camping in Colorado’s Eagles Nest Wilderness with just the blaze of the sun and the glow of a campfire for light. At the end of the trip researchers found that the campers’ biological night times shifted to start when the sun went down and end when the sun came back up.

The shift happened for all the participants, even though some are night owls in their normal lives and others are early birds.

“What’s remarkable is how, when we’re exposed to natural sunlight, our clocks perfectly become in sync in less than a week to the solar day,” said Kenneth Wright, who led the study.

Electrical lighting, widely available beginning in the 1930s, has affected the human internal circadian clocks, which tell the bodies when to prepare for sleep and when to prepare for wakefulness. The ability to flip a switch and flood a room with light allows humans to be exposed to light much later into the night than is possible naturally.

Even when people are exposed to electrical lights during daylight hours, the intensity of indoor lighting is much lower than sunlight and the color of electrical light also differs from natural light, which changes shade throughout the day.

To quantify the effects of electrical lighting, a research team led by Wright, and including undergraduate and doctoral students, monitored the study participants for one week as they went about their normal daily lives. The participants wore wrist monitors that recorded the intensity of light they were exposed to, the timing of that light, and their activity, allowing the researchers to infer when they were sleeping.

At the end of the week, the researchers also recorded the timing of participants’ circadian clocks in the laboratory by measuring the presence of the hormone melatonin. The release of melatonin is one of the ways bodies signal the onset of biological nighttime. Melatonin levels decrease again at the start of  the biological daytime.

The same metrics were recorded during and after a second week when the participants, six men and two women with a mean age of 30, went camping in the Rocky Mountains. During the week, flashlights and personal electronic devices were not allowed.

On average, participants’ biological night times started about two hours later when they were exposed to electrical lights than after a week of camping. During the week when participants went about their normal lives, they also woke up before their biological night ended.

After the camping trip when study subjects were exposed to four times the intensity of light compared with their normal lives participants’ biological nighttimes began near sunset and ended at sunrise. They also woke up just after their biological night had ended. Becoming in sync with sunset and sunrise happened for all individuals even though the measurements from the previous week indicated that some people were prone to staying up late and others to getting up earlier.

“When people are living in the modern world, living in these constructed environments, we have the opportunity to have a lot of differences among individuals,” said Wright. “Some people are morning types and others like to stay up later. What we found is that natural light-dark cycles provide a strong signal that reduces the differences that we see among people, night owls and early birds, dramatically.”
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7721-4/29/13



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Naranjo views

NARANJO VIEW PROPERTY READY TO BUILD: ALL PERMISSIONS

4254 msq. 1.2 acres - $59,000.00
• 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
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8034-8/19/13

Playa Palo Seco - Gorgeous beachfront 2-story home of roughly 2,000 square feet set on a half acre ocean front full of beautiful fruit and shade trees in Playa Palo Seco.
Playa Paol Seco
This home features two bedrooms, three full baths, high quality A/C units, huge front and backyard, and of course, a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean just feet away from the front door! Playa Palo Seco is only minutes from  the tourist hot spot Jacó but far enough away to be quiet and tranquil. This is an incredible opportunity at $150,000! Owner financing is available! Visit Vistaricarealty.com for more information!
8033-8/19/13

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

San Ramon - Beautiful tracts of land of all shapes and sizes for sale in the San Ramón
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.
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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.
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
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Central Pacific Coast Real Estate, from Jaco to Quepos/Manuel Antonio
- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community near the beach, $89,000!!
 - Beachfront Residential Lots from $58,000
- 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,
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- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
 1.25 acre + lots in ECO Development $39,000
- 58-acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
and much more....
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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.
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7766-6/17/13

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An Australian mining company has been found guilty of desecrating a sacred Aboriginal site. OM Manganese was fined $130,000 for damaging an area in a remote corner of the outback.

It is the first successful desecration case brought against a mining company under Australian law. OM Manganese was been found guilty of two charges of damaging a sacred site known as Two Women Sitting Down. Magistrates heard evidence that, despite warnings, the company used explosives about 25 meters from the spiritually significant area.

“We deeply regret any damage that has been caused to the sacred site," said Peter Toth, the company's chief executive. "We never had any intention to cause damage or hurt or disrespect during this process, and I also personally, unreservedly and sincerely apologize to the traditional owners for the hurt that we have caused throughout this process.”

The company had permission to work at Bootu Creek, about 170 kilometers north of the outback town of Tennant Creek, but was advised of sacred sites that had to be protected.

To the local Kunapa Aboriginal people, the area tells the ancient story of a marsupial rat and a bandicoot, a small native animal, that fought over food. Their blood dripped onto rocks, turning them the rich red color now associated with manganese, which is used to manufacture stainless steel.

Tribal elder Gina Smith says the area has been ruined for future generations.

“We've lost some very significant rock formation," Smith said. "It will never be the same so I could not go and take our children or our nephews who are responsible to ensure that we teach them the law.”

Land lies at the heart of indigenous culture in Australia. Aborigines believe the Earth is the mother of creation, and is full of mystery and knowledge. Indigenous groups have stressed that, while there is broad support for mining on tribal lands, sacred sites, which are believed to hold ancient stories, must be protected.

Australia’s Aborigines make up about 2 per cent of the population, and remain, by far, the country’s most disadvantaged people, suffering disproportionately high rates of poverty, ill health and unemployment.



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Four Seasons plans travel writing retreats

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Four Seasons Resort Costa Rica at Papagayo is hosting two writing retreats.

The first is Aug. 30 to Sept. 3, which is U.S. Labor Day. Perry Garfinkel, a professional travel article writer and book author, will be the host. He said the event is the first time that any Four Seasons hotel will offer a travel writing retreat.

"The hotel's idea is to show that hotels these days are not just about putting head in beds and inundating guests with 1,000-thread pampering in that chain's well respected tradition, but to show that hotels can and should be centers of learning and cultural exchange.

Garfinkel said he started teaching travel writing in the early 1980s. His book, "Travel Writing for Profit and Pleasure," was published in 1989. He has an extensive list of published articles.

"We will have environmental assignments and interview local experts," he said of the retreat. "Along with taking a chocolate-making class using local cacao, participants will learn and write about the hotel's own local Growing Together program, and its tree planting and other ways it adheres to environmental conscientiousness. And lots more sandwiched in between talks and reviews of people's writing assignments."

The weekend probably is not for struggling writers. The retreat costs $500, and accommodations at the Four Seasons will be start at  $319 a night.   Garfinkel said that he hopes to fuse luxury travel writing with eco-travel to create what he calls a new breed, the eco-lux writer.

Annie Fitzsimmons and Becca Hensley will lead the Nov. 7 to 10 retreat. Ms. Fitzsimmons writes the Urban Insider column for National Geographic Traveler and has been a contributor to Forbes, Travel + Leisure and CNN, and a consultant to luxury brands. She is based in New York City. Ms. Hensley is best known for her first person stories that plunge readers into the moment, said the hotel. She is from Austin, Texas.

The  Papagayo peninsula is in northwestern Costa Rica best reached through the Daniel Oduber airport in Liberia.