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Government lends its support to 2013 book fair
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The 14th annual edition of the country's international book fair has received the support of the culture ministry for the first time. The support is in the form of money, some 50 million colons, about $100,000.

The 10-day fair has always been a cultural event. It will be at the Antigua Aduana on Calle 23 and in the adjacent buildings, such as the glass Casa del Cuño and the Teatro La Aduana. There also will be an exposition at the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo, which is down the street in the headquarters of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

Even those who are not fluent Spanish speakers cannot help but to be overwhelmed by the literary atmosphere and the enormous display of books. Costa Rica has its own editorial houses, but this year the featured country is México, which shares with Argentine the role of literary powerhouse in Latin America. The titles range from children's books to all sorts of adult fiction, science and technical tomes and even humor and poetry.

The fair runs from Aug. 23 to Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There will be 48 invited literary figures from México and 25 from other Latin countries, said organizers. In addition to the enormous display or books and related items, there will be entertainment, lectures, discussions and presentations. Many of the key figures speak English, so even though challenged in Spanish expats will have chances to chat.

One of the guests from México will be photographer Lourdes Grubet, who will present  "Espectacular de Lucha Libre," a publication by the Trilce editorial house. The 320-page epic is bilingual English-Spanish and is a major documental work about the popular sport. This is professional wrestling Mexican style in which many of the heros and villains wear masks. Many have even graduated to the movies still wearing the mask.

The photography used to create the book will be on display at the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo.
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This is the cover of the wrestling book.

Although masked and muscled wrestlers are not what comes to mind when thinking about a book fair, the book and photos document the wide range of interests that always is present at the book fair.

Organizers said that they expect about 80 exhibits. Some will be of the country's university editorial houses and independent publishers. Of course there will be some from foreign countries.

Cuba also is a strong literary producer.

The fair also is promising movies, theater and concerts.

The  Feria Internacional del Libro is sponsored by the  Cámara Costarricense del Libro and admission is free. Many exhibitors also have special book fair deals for purchasers.

The ministry said it was becoming involve so that the fair becomes a true cultural event. 

The extensively remodeled Antigua Aduana  has changed from an unreinforced brick warehouse to a first-class area for events like the book fair with modern facilities.


Lawmakers asked to consider bill on climate change
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Lawmakers heard Thursday that to survive climate change, the country must be prepared. That opinion came from legislator Alfonso Pérez Gómez  as he presented a proposed law that creates a structure and financing to counter climate change, he said.

The measure, if passed, will call for training the public, the private sector and public institutions about climate change and extend the education to the primary and secondary grades, he added.

Pérez sketched a scenario that said that Costa Rica already is suffering from the effects of climate change. He cited the appearance of animal and plant
epidemics, human diseases like dengue, floods, landslides and other ills.

The presentation of the bill was accompanied by Rafael Aybar, director of the Iniciativa de Globe para el Capital Natural, an international non-profit to which Costa Rica belongs. He also appeared at the Comisión de Ambiente.

He said that adopting such a law was important so that countries could come to an accord at a meeting planned for 2015 in Paris. That conference is sponsored by the United Nations.

The text of the measure submitted Thursday was not available.


Postponed water cutoff rescheduled for this weekend
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The power company and the water company are going to try again.

Both the  Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad and the  Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados said Thursday that the water will be cut off in sections of Cartago and eastern San José Saturday from 6 a.m. and Sunday until 10 a.m. In each geographical area it appears that the cutoff will not be for more than four hours.

The reason is necessary work on the  Río Macho hydro plant. There is a tunnel involved that feeds water to 550,000 customers in the metro area. The state firm known as ICE blocked the tunnel last October so work could be done on the hydroelectric
plant. This weekend workers are going to unblock the tunnel. Both firms said they hope to reduce the time allocated for the work.

A cutoff was announced for last weekend, but the Sala IV intervened and pointed out that there still would be many pilgrims in the Cartago area due to the celebration of Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles.  The companies quickly postponed the plan.

Affected will be eastern San José, Montes de Oca, including San Pedro, Desamparados, La Unión, Curridabat, Moravia and Vasquez de Coronado. Cartago residents will be subject to the schedule of the municipal water company.

The Río Macho remodeling is a $122 million project that should be finished in 2015.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Municipal workers in the canton of Aguirre are still on strike. They started Tuesday in a dispute over pay that has not been raised for more than a year.

The  Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social sent a negotiator to arbitrate the dispute, but the sessions did not produce an agreement.  Isabel León Mora, the mayor, has threatened to take legal action to make the strike illegal.

Strikers also said that they were worried about possible layoffs. They said that the municipality is trying to terminate 25 persons. They also said that the municipality is about to terminate all the municipal police officers.

The central Pacific coast municipality, which includes Quepos, has a 600 million-colon deficit, strikers said. That's about $1.2 million.

Strikers are trying to drum  up support in the community, they said.


Gifts for mother's day offered
at the ministry of culture


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The culture ministry is offering a two-day event in which residents can purchase gifts from some 50 small business operators. Most are those who have started making art and gifts under the wing of the Instituto Mixta de Ayuda Social, the country's antipoverty agency.

The goods will be on display Saturday and Sunday at the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud. just east of Parque España. The program, called  Feria de Empresarios  is being put on as part of  Enamórate de tu Ciudad, the Saturday festival that brings music and other activities to the park.

Thursday is the Día de la Madre, a time when children try to give gifts to their mother.


Accident victim identified
as U.S. citizen Dean Krieg


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Judicial Investigating Organization has confirmed that a U.S. citizen who died in a motor vehicle accident Sunday morning was Dean C. Krieg. He operated a vehicle rental agency.

Krieg lived in the Grecia area for about eight years and also spent time in Escanaba, Michigan.

Until telephones became available widely here, he rented them, too.

Krieg had received a master's of business administration from the University of Tennessee. His firm is called Deans Costa Rica 4x4 Rentals.

Sunday judicial police identified him as Mr. Charles. That is his second name. They said Thursday that his name was Dean Charles Krieg. He was 52.

The accident took place in San Roque de Grecia about 3:30 a.m. The vehicle went into the  Río Vigía and overturned in four-meter deep water, said agents. The crash was not discovered until about 5 a.m.


This is a new wrinkle
on the advance fee scam

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

If crooks are anything, they are creative. And they pay attention to the headlines.

Consider the case of a man who was taking money from person in small communities on the pretext that he would install a profitable cell tower on their land.

The Judicial Police said the crook would visit homeowners in smaller towns like  Guatuso de Alajuela, Santa Cruz in Guanacaste and Acosta. He would present himself as an executive of a cell telephone company and claim an interest in erecting a cell tower on the homeowner's land. But first the homeowner had to pay 100,000 to 300,000 colons for a license or some other fabrication. That's from $200 to $600.

Judicial police said there were 10 complaints just from Guanacaste. They detained a 46-year-old man as a suspect.


Our reader's opinion
Regulation of online games
is not government business


Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

The article about online gaming addiction raises interesting ethical and legal issues. Gaming operators have taken to publishing warning messages onscreen. The article does not note that this is obviously for legal reasons, to protect the companies against claims of liability for losses of time or money.

The article hints that regulations to curtail use would be appropriate, apparently to protect the gamer against himself (most gamers are males). Society makes many laws designed to protect people against themselves, but typically, the danger extends beyond the individual, to others. Alcohol use is a good example. Laws regulate age, place, and amount of drinking. (Amount is regulated as not-drunk vs drunk.)

The key difference between gaming and alcohol or drug use regulations is that the latter is also designed to protect others against the violator's behavior. Not so in the case of gamers. They harm only themselves. Granted, their excessive use of time and money to gamble takes away from their involvement with others, but is that really the business of government?

Anyone interested in a thorough and fascinating exposition of laws regulating such behavior as gaming should read Peter McWilliams' book "Ain't Nobody's Business if You Do: The Absurdity of Consensual Crimes in Our Free Society." Although McWilliams died tragically a dozen years ago, his books are still available online.

John French
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U.S. economic news positive
with housing prices rising

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Economic reports published Thursday show improvements in the U.S. housing and job markets.

​A trade group says strong demand for houses pushed prices up more than 12 percent over the past year. The National Association of Realtors says that is the biggest price gain in more than seven years.

Severe problems in the housing market played a key role in the economic crisis, which prompted a wave of layoffs and boosted the unemployment rate.

The Labor Department says that has changed. The number of Americans signing up for unemployment compensation has fallen to the lowest level in six years.

Thursday's report says the average number of people asking for compensation each week fell by an average of more than 6,000 over the last month.

That pushed the average number of jobless claims down to just 335,500 per week. The claims are a way of tracking layoffs, which have not been this low since late 2007.

The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen to 7.4 percent. While that is an improvement, it is above the five or six percent rate that has been the norm over the past couple of decades.

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One of the waterways on which emergency experts are keeping an eye is the Río Pirrís, the name of the upper reaches of the Río Parrita, The community of Parrita is flooded frequently.

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Emergency commission checks out river above Parrita
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national emergency commission enlisted a University of Costa Rica hydrologist Thursday to fly over vulnerable sections of a Pacific coast waterway. This was the third such observation after rains last weekend caused flooding and destroyed homes in the northern zone.

The observations Thursday were of the Río Pirrís, which has its headwaters in the Cerro de la Muerte. The river becomes the Río Parrita in its lower stretches. It empties into the Pacific.

The hydrologist was  Rafael Oreamuno, said the  Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias.

The report was favorable, The commission said that the waterway does not present a risk to housing but officials plan
to keep a close eye on this river because the community of Parrita is a frequent location for extensive flooding.

The river has housing in many places along its length, and it has a fairly steep drop from the central mountains.

Emergency commission workers also were interested in how construction they did along the river had held up. They have been installing dikes, canals and roadways for flood prevention and mitigation. The flooding of the community of Parrita usually is caused by a ruptured dike.

Commission workers flew over the  Ríos La Tigra and Toro Amarillo in San Carlos earlier in the week. They said they saw a lot of loose material that would be dangerous in flooding. The commission pointed out that August through October are the months with the heaviest rain.


The death factor imposes tricky ethical and personal questions
There is the D word that nobody likes to talk about.  At least in the Western world, there are many people who simply cannot talk about death, especially when they are confronted with the possibility.  I am referring to the death after life of a premature or severely disabled baby and the death of someone who is at the end of their life and either comatose or in great pain. 

Actually, the pain probably applies in both cases.  And in some cases great pain is all some people have to look forward to but still are kept alive, often with all possible medical and technical means and at great cost to families and communities until death rescues them. 

This baffles me especially when this fear and attitude exists among people who religiously believe in heaven or a life after death that will be free of suffering if one believes enough. 

I met a man who was vacationing in Costa Rice, He told me his job was to oversee a warehouse of people suspended between life and death, often because their families refused to let them go or because some heroic medical treatment had not only failed but left them in that condition.  He told me his was not the only such warehouse in the United States.  I also met a woman who worked in a nursery entirely for babies born with such profound defects they would never survive babyhood, but were still breathing and had to be tended to and fed in order to keep them alive until their little bodies gave up despite the attention they were given.  The woman told me that some of the babies were just too grotesque to look at.  This warehousing is not cost free, on whatever level.

Some tribal peoples believe that an evil spell has caused the death of a young person prematurely, but most view death when it comes to the aged as part of the natural cycle of life.  Some even believe there is a time to die.  The more civilized people in the modern Western world slowly began to come to this thinking when they started hospices. However, assisting someone who wants to die to die on their terms is generally not just frowned upon but in some societies considered a crime.  Ironically, these societies that think that enabling one to die is criminal are the same ones that invent machines that kill thousands who don’t want to die.

Some religions consider suicide a sin unless one performs a suicidal act for one’s god.  Otherwise a person is expected to endure until the ravages of their illness or condition does them in.  The caretakers in hospices at least don’t keep administering chemo or other medication that make one’s last days truly miserable. Instead they do what they can to ease their pain and anxiety.

Talking about death after birth is even more difficult for parents and doctors.  There has been an increase in children 
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. . .  Musings from San José

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being born and living with disabilities in the United States.  I do not know if the same holds true for other countries.  There seem to be some disabilities such as blindness and Down’s syndrome that are noticeable in Costa Rica.  I am not talking about these conditions, I am talking about disabilities due to babies born too soon to survive on their own.

An article by Dr. April R. Dworetz, professor of pediatrics specializing in neonatology at Emory University, got me to thinking about this sad and often tragic situation.  She said that of the half a million babies born before 28 weeks (40 weeks is considered a full term baby), 30,000 will have serious physical, social or cognitive disabilities, sometimes a combination.  Serious lung problems are common.  Once many of them could not be saved, but with today’s technological and medical advances, it is possible to keep them alive. Many of these babies will need medical treatment all of their lives. 

I just heard Whoopee Goldberg on the View say she had quit smoking when she heard a little boy with a serious lung disease say, all he wanted in life was to breathe like other people.

The problem often really begins after the baby is able to be taken home.  Many of these children live a life of pain, others live just a short time.  If there are other children in the family, they find themselves overlooked as the attention to the child in need is paramount.  I recall one mother who was interviewed because her disabled son had been able, as a grown man, to live on his own, which seemed amazing because of his disability. 

She commented that her son had had all kinds of attention and help growing up, but no one helped her other three children who had suffered neglect as a result and who were now struggling as young adults.

I am not suggesting that the lives of premature babies should be terminated, I just think there needs to be a conversation with expectant parents about what to expect and for them to come to terms beforehand, with whatever informed decision they may have to make.  No child should be left behind, but arresting the development of other children is not the answer either.

The same applies for the end of a long life.  We cannot pretend that not talking about death will make it go away.

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Mayan frieze gives archaeologists a clue on the politics of the classical era
By the National Geographic news staff

Archaeologists have uncovered a large frieze at a strategic Classical Mayan city, and the discovery sheds some light n the politics of the era.

The enormous frieze which measures 26 feet by nearly 7 feet (8 meters by 2 meters) depicts human figures in a mythological setting, suggesting these may be deified rulers. It was discovered in July in the buried foundations of a rectangular pyramid in Holmul in the Peten region of Guatemala

Maya archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli and his team were excavating a tunnel left open by looters when they happened upon the frieze. "The looters had come close to it, but they hadn't seen it," Estrada-Belli said.

According to Estrada-Belli, the frieze is one of the best preserved examples of its kind. "It's 95 percent preserved. There's only one corner that's not well preserved because it's too close to the surface, but the rest of it isn't missing any parts," said Estrada-Belli, who is affiliated with Tulane University, Boston University, and the American Museum of Natural History.

Maya archaeologist Marcello Canuto agreed, calling the frieze "amazingly and beautifully preserved."

"We often dream of finding things this well preserved, and Francisco did it," said Canuto, who is the director of the Middle American Research Institute at Tulane University in New Orleans. He was not involved in the project.

Despite being mostly faded away now, traces of red, blue, green, and yellow paint are still visible on the frieze.

"It gives you an idea of how intricate and ornate these sites that we are excavating must have been during their apogee," Canuto said. "These sites must have been a feast for the eyes when they were inhabited."

David Stuart, a Maya hieroglyph expert at the University of Texas at Austin, pointed out that archaeologists think most large Maya temples were probably decorated with similar sorts of designs.

"But not all temples were so carefully buried and preserved like this," said Stuart, who did not participate in the project. "Also, each temple facade was slightly different and therefore unique in terms of its detail and message." (

The section of the temple at Holmul where the frieze was found dates back to about A.D. 590, which corresponds to the Maya classical era, a period defined by the power struggles between two major Maya dynasties: Tikal and Kaanul.

The two kingdoms competed with one another for resources and for control of other, smaller Maya city-states. Until now, however, it had been unclear which dynasty Holmul owed its allegiance to, but an inscription on the newly discovered frieze reveals that the temple was commissioned by Ajwosaj, ruler of a neighboring city-state called Naranjo, which archaeologists know from other discoveries was a vassal city of the Kaanul kingdom.

"We now know that Holmul was under the influence of the Kaanul dynasty," Canuto said.

In 2012, Canuto's team found and deciphered a series of hieroglyphically
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Archaeologist Anya Shetler cleans an inscription below an ancient stucco frieze recently unearthed in the buried Maya city of Holmul. Sunlight from a tunnel entrance highlights the carved legs of a ruler sitting atop the head of a Maya mountain spirit.

 inscribed panels at another Maya city of a similar size to Holmul, called La Corona, which was also under the patronage of the Kaanul kingdom.

Recent discoveries at sites like La Corona and Holmul are helping reveal how these sites, despite being relatively small compared with some of their neighbors, were important players on the region's larger geopolitical stage.

Holmul, a minor city that was home to only 10,000 to 20,000 people, was important to the Tikal and Kaanul dynasties.

Previous work by Estrada-Belli suggests Holmul occupied a strategic position for both kingdoms. The city lay along the best east-west route between the Tikal dynasty's capital city, also called Tikal, and the coast. It also lay along a north-south route between the Kaanul capital city of Dzibanche and the Guatemalan highlands that did not pass through Tikal territory.

The Guatemalan highlands contained precious resources such as basalt, obsidian, and jade that were coveted by both kingdoms.

"A king without jade was no king at all," Canuto said.

By controlling Holmul in the east and La Corona in the west, the Kaanul dynasty was able to effectively access these riches without going through the capital city of its rival.

The frieze still lies buried in Holmul where it was initially discovered because it is too big to move, said Estrada-Belli.

"We're going to try to preserve it and create a stable environment around it so people can eventually visit it," he said.

"We're very concerned about its present condition, so we had to re-bury the entrance tunnel to keep the humidity and climate around it stable."

 
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Malaria vaccine declared
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By the National Institutes of Health news staff

An preliminary malaria vaccine has been found to be safe, to generate an immune system response and to offer protection against malaria infection in healthy adults, according to the results of an early-stage clinical trial published Thursday in the journal Science.

The vaccine, known as PfSPZ Vaccine, was developed by scientists at Sanaria, Inc., of Rockville, Maryland. The clinical evaluation was conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, and their collaborators at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research and the Naval Medical Research Center, both in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Malaria is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. After the bite occurs, infectious malaria parasites in the immature, sporozoite stage of their life cycle first travel to the liver, where they multiply, and then spread through the bloodstream, at which time symptoms develop.

The PfSPZ Vaccine is composed of live but weakened sporozoites of the species Plasmodium falciparum, the most deadly of the malaria-causing parasites.
 
“The global burden of malaria is extraordinary and unacceptable,” said Anthony S. Fauci,  National Institutes of Health director. “Scientists and health care providers have made significant gains in characterizing, treating and preventing malaria. However, a vaccine has remained an elusive goal. We are encouraged by this important step forward.”

The Phase I trial, which took place in Bethesda, received informed consent from and enrolled 57 healthy adult volunteers ages 18 to 45 years who never had malaria. Of these, 40 participants received the vaccine and 17 did not. To evaluate the vaccine’s safety, vaccinees were split into groups receiving two to six intravenous doses of PfSPZ Vaccine at increasing dosages. After vaccination, participants were monitored closely for seven days. No severe adverse effects associated with the vaccine occurred, and no malaria infections related to vaccination were observed.

Based on blood measurements, researchers found that participants who received a higher total dosage of PfSPZ Vaccine generated more antibodies against malaria and more T cells, a type of immune system cell, specific to the vaccine.

To evaluate whether and how well the PfSPZ Vaccine prevented malaria infection, each participant, the vaccinees as well as the control group that did not receive vaccine, was exposed to bites by five mosquitoes carrying the P. falciparum strain from which the PfSPZ Vaccine was derived. This controlled human malaria infection procedure, a standard process in malaria vaccine trials, took place three weeks after participants received their final vaccination. Participants were monitored as outpatients for seven days and then admitted to the  National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, where they stayed until they were diagnosed with malaria, treated with anti-malarial drugs and cured of infection, or shown to be free of infection.

The researchers found that the higher dosages of PfSPZ Vaccine were associated with protection against malaria infection. Only three of the 15 participants who received higher dosages of the vaccine became infected, compared to 16 of 17 participants in the lower dosage group who became infected. Among the 12 participants who received no vaccine, 11 participants became infected.

“In this trial, we showed in principle that sporozoites can be developed into a malaria vaccine that confers high levels of protection and is made using the good manufacturing practices that are required for vaccine licensure ,” said Robert A. Seder, chief of the Cellular Immunology Section of the Vaccine Research Center and principal investigator of the trial.

An important challenge in the continued development of PfSPZ Vaccine is that the vaccine currently is administered intravenously, a rare delivery route for vaccines. Previous studies at lower doses have shown that the more common injections into the skin and under the skin) did not yield as strong an immune response as the intravenous route.

“Despite this challenge, these trial results are a promising first step in generating high-level protection against malaria, and they allow for future studies to optimize the dose, schedule and delivery route of the candidate vaccine,” said Seder.

A number of follow-up studies are planned, including research to evaluate the vaccine’s different dose schedules, possible protection against other Plasmodium strains and the durability of protection.



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The White House has cancelled a planned summit meeting next month between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin. One of the reasons given was Moscow’s decision to grant asylum to an American who leaked top secret information.
 
The American, former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, is wanted in the United States on espionage charges after he leaked information about how the super-secret National Security Agency monitors U.S. and international telephone and Internet traffic. 
 
Snowden is now living in Russia after spending more than a month in the transit area of a Moscow airport. But his plight has triggered a discussion on the issue of treason.
 
In other words, is Snowden a traitor?
 
For John Bolton, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the issue is clear.
 
“I do consider him a traitor. He has taken vital secrets of the United States, undoubtedly given some to China, given some to Russia. Russia and China may have them all now for what we know,” Bolton said.
 
“Some people say well that’s not really espionage, because espionage only takes place when you give it to one government,” Bolton continued. “I’d have to say making it public is worse than espionage, because then you have 190 governments that learn America’s secrets.”
 
David Barrett, a national security expert teaching at Villanova University, sees Snowden in a different light.
 
“I would regard him as a defector. There are a lot of different names that are used to describe him: whistleblower, leaker,” Barrett said. “Sure, I’d call him a defector. This is a very serious event for a person who works for an intelligence agency, who signs documents agreeing to keep things secret. I think it is a very serious thing to reveal those secrets, to leave this country and reveal these secrets.”
 
Snowden received this temporary asylum visa to Russia Aug. 1.

The U.S. Justice Department has filed criminal charges against Snowden: theft of government property, unauthorized communication of national defense information and willful communication of classified communications intelligence to an unauthorized person.
 
Snowden tries to justify his actions by saying one of the reasons he leaked the documents was to start a discussion about the U.S. government’s secret spying programs.
 
Stephen Vladeck, an expert on national security law at American University College of Law, says those discussions would not be happening now if it weren’t for Snowden’s action.
 
“I think it’s a good thing that they are happening,” he said. “At the end of the day, if someone asks me ‘is Edward Snowden a criminal or a whistleblower,’ I would say ‘yes’ – he’s both. And that’s okay.
 
“And that goes to the larger point that we have to keep in mind that sometimes doing what’s legal and doing what’s right are not necessarily the same thing,” said Vladeck.
 
Aziz Huq, an expert on national security issues and constitutional law at the University of Chicago, says one thing is for sure: Edward Snowden is not a traitor.
 
“We have a very precise definition of treason in American law,” Huq says. “And it’s a definition that is embedded, not just in a federal statute. It is actually embedded in the Constitution. And it refers to a very narrow class of intentional forms of aiding an enemy in times of war.”
 
For example, says Huq, those Americans who fought with the Nazi army were traitors and there were treason prosecutions and executions in World War II.
 
“The last person who was indicted for treason, a chap named Adam Gadahn, who is an American, who went to join al-Qaida and serve as one of their English language spokesperson. There is a very strong argument for indicting him under the treason statute because he has gone and aided, in an affirmative and intentional way, an enemy of the United States. Those conditions and those cases are nothing like Snowden’s case.”
 
Huq says there is something extraordinarily inappropriate about using the word traitor with respect to somebody who has disclosed information that is unquestionably relevant to the public debate.”
 
A majority of Americans seem to agree with Huq. A recent Quinnipiac University poll says 55 percent of those questioned believe Snowden is a whistleblower, but not a traitor.



Clinton and baseball star
among those getting medals

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A former U.S. president, a Hall of Fame baseball star, a country music icon and a television personality are among 16 recipients of the U.S. Medal of Freedom.

The medal is the country's highest civilian honor, created 50 years ago by the late president John F. Kennedy.

This year's recipients include former president Bill Clinton, who established the Clinton Foundation following his second term.  Other recipients include former baseball superstar Ernie Banks, who played for the Chicago Cubs for 19 years, Loretta Lynn, the country music superstar known as the "Coal Miner's Daughter" for her tales of poverty and heartbreak, and entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey, who is best known for creating "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

President Barack Obama says these individuals and the other recipients dedicated their lives to enriching ours by sharing their talents with the world.

The Medal of Freedom will be handed out later this year at a White House ceremony.

The other recipients include former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, the late U.S. senator from Hawaii Daniel Inouye, Nobel prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman, Republican senator from Indiana and arms control advocate Richard Lugar, Mexican-born Nobel prize-winning chemist Mario Molina, the first U.S. female astronaut Sally Ride, the late civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, Cuban-born jazz superstar Arturo Sandoval, former college basketball coach Dean Smith, writer and women rights activist Gloria Steinem, minister and early civil rights campaigner C.T. Vivian and Patricia Wald, the first female judge appointed to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.



Goats plow into vegetation
at famous Washington site


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

While members of the U.S. Congress are on vacation this month, work continues around the U.S. Capitol. Not by Congressional aides, though. A herd of goats was set loose in the historic Congressional Cemetery to clean up a snarly environmental problem.

The goats came to eat. And, they didn’t lose any time, says handler Brian Knox, who owns a company called Eco-Goats.

“They will eat until midnight and get up and eat at three o’clock in the morning and have something else to eat too," said Knox.

The historic Congressional Cemetery dates to 1807.  While it’s not officially connected to Congress, the graveyard is the final resting place of some 200 congressmen and their families, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, composer John Philip Sousa and even a circus performer who was killed by a tiger when in town.

The goats are here to remove the overgrown thicket that blocks a view of the Anacostia River on one end of the property, says Paul Williams, president of the Association for the Preservation of the Historic Congressional Cemetery.  
 
“We brought in the goats because we have an invasive species problem in our wooded area, not in our burial area. But those vines tend to kill the big mature trees and in turn the trees tend to fall on our historic headstones," said Williams.

Williams says that goats are a more ecologically friendly alternative to removing the vines by hand cutting, chemicals or heavy equipment.

Knox has 60 goats on the job.

“So the perfect place to put the goats is where you don’t have anything you want to save, because they are pretty indiscriminate. I refer to them as herbicide with legs," he said.

The animals are confined behind electric and chain link fences to keep them off the actual burial ground, which is neatly mowed.  Paul Williams says while the goats aggressively consume the vegetation non-stop, they are also attracting visitors to the historic landmark.    

“It really is bringing people. We’re treating it as an education program to bring people into this beautiful cemetery," he said.

Knox expects his goats to clear the nearly one hectare plot in about a week. By the time Congress gets back in town, they will be long gone and on to another job.



Ingredient in herbal medicine
appears to be cancer cause


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A plant compound in herbal medicines and used for thousands of years may be responsible for urinary tract cancers and kidney damage common in Asia.

Known as aristolochic acid, the ingredient is found in the plant Aristolochia, commonly known as birthwart.  The vine is used to treat arthritis, gout and inflammation as well as a weight loss remedy.

Researchers studied the genetic makeup of 19 cancer patients exposed to aristolochic acid and seven patients with urinary tumors but no known exposure to the herbal medicine.

Scientists were able to directly tie the protein fingerprints to urinary tumors in patients in the aristolochic acid group.

They found 753 mutations in the toxin-exposed group compared to just 91 abnormalities in the tumors of cancer patients who did not take the herbal remedies.

Bin Tean Teh of National Cancer Center Singapore is co-author of a study that identified the genetic protein mutations in toxin-exposed participants.
 
Teh, in an interview with the journal Science Translation Medicine, said aristolochic acid was a powerful carcinogen or cancer-causing substance.

“This carcinogen caused actually more mutations than say smoking-related lung cancer or even the ultraviolet radiation associated skin cancer, melanoma,” said Teh.

Health officials in many Western countries have long suspected that Aristolochic acid is a carcinogen, and banned its import.

The medicinal vine has also been found to be an environmental hazard, contaminating wheat fields in the Balkans, where it grows naturally.

Teh’s article, along with a second study on the cancer-promoting genetic mutations of aristolochic acid, are published in Science Translational Medicine.



NASA has eye on Europa
for possible robotic landing


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. space agency, NASA, is looking at the idea of sending a robot lander to Jupiter’s ice-covered moon, Europa, figuring it’s the most likely place in the solar system to harbor extraterrestrial life.

That idea has now taken a big step forward with a NASA study group report detailing what a trip to Europa would be like. Europa presents a tantalizing target because scientists believe there’s a large ocean of liquid water under the icy crust, water that could be home to some kind of life.

"If, one day, humans send a robotic lander to the surface of Europa, we need to know what to look for and what tools it should carry," said Robert Pappalardo, the study's lead author, based at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

"There is still a lot of preparation that is needed before we could land on Europa, but studies like these will help us focus on the technologies required to get us there, and on the data needed to help us scout out possible landing locations,” he said. “Europa is the most likely place in our solar system beyond Earth to have life today, and a landed mission would be the best way to search for signs of life."

Some key questions posed in the paper included what makes up the reddish freckles and cracks that have been viewed on Europa’s surface.

While scientists have gotten detailed imagery from NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1979 and NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the mid-to-late 1990s, they need better photos to provide a better context about Europa’s composition.

Another question is about the geological activity on the moon. Before a landing could be made, scientists would need to know how active the surface is and “how much rumbling is there from the periodic gravitational squeezes” from Jupiter.

"Landing on the surface of Europa would be a key step in the astro-biological investigation of that world," said Chris McKay, a senior editor of the journal Astrobiology, who is based at NASA Ames Research Center in California. "This paper outlines the science that could be done on such a lander. The hope would be that surface materials, possibly near the linear crack features, include biomarkers carried up from the ocean."

The paper appears in the journal Astrobiology.



Human-like computer setup
takes a different approach

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

IBM researchers have announced the development of a breakthrough software system designed to operate a new generation of cognitive computers that work like the human brain.

IBM said the new system is “inspired by the function, low power, and compact volume of the brain.” It could lead to an entire new era of computing with machines that learn and interact more naturally with people.

They say new machines could mimic the brain’s ability for perception, action and cognition.

The company says the long-term goal is to “build a chip system with ten billion neurons and hundred trillion synapses, while consuming merely one kilowatt of power and occupying less than two liters of volume.”

“Architectures and programs are closely intertwined and a new architecture necessitates a new programming paradigm,” said  Dharmendra S. Modha, a senior manager on the project.

While modern computing systems excel at number crunching, the amount of data produced these days is pressing the limits of this old way of processing data. The brain, which operates more slowly than some modern-day computers is, however, much better at recognizing, interpreting and acting on patterns while using only the amount of energy required to light a 20 watt light bulb, while only occupying the space of a two-liter bottle.

This new ecosystem, according to IBM, is “tailored for a new class of distributed, highly interconnected, asynchronous, parallel, large-scale cognitive computing architectures.”

For example, the human eye takes in over a terabyte of data per day, interpreting the most important data for, say, navigation. Systems built from these new chips could lead to low power, lightweight eyeglasses to help the visually impaired.

To date, the most well-known cognitive computer is IBM’s Watson, which famously defeated two human competitors on a popular television quiz show.

These innovations are being presented at The International Joint Conference on Neural Networks in Dallas, Texas.


Obama will meet the press
to discuss Putin and terrorism


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama will hold a formal news conference today. The decision to cancel a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and terrorism threats that forced the temporary closure of U.S. embassies, are likely to dominate the event.

It will be Obama's first opportunity to speak publicly about his decision to cancel the summit with President Putin.  They were to have met in Moscow before next month's G-20 summit in St. Petersburg.

In explaining the decision, the White House has said that despite cooperation with Russia in several areas, there was not enough progress on key issues in the bilateral agenda to make a summit constructive.

Russia's decision to grant temporary asylum to Edward Snowden, the admitted leaker of information about U.S. electronic surveillance programs, was a factor as the White House put it, in the summit decision.

Obama will have a chance to expand on that when he addresses the media in the East Room.

Thursday, spokesman Jay Carney said the U.S. position remains that Snowden should be returned to the United States to face espionage charges. 

With U.S. and Russian officials going ahead with Washington talks on Friday, Carney said Snowden is just one of many issues on which to engage with Russia in a relationship marked by challenges.

"We still do have cooperation with the Russians on number of important issues, and we will continue to engage with the Russians as we are tomorrow to try to make progress on those and other areas.  But there is no question that we have run into some obstacles on some important issues," said Carney.

Other issues include the political crisis in Egypt, and the civil war in Syria, including the status of arms and aid flows to Syrian rebels, in addition to domestic issues such as his push for comprehensive immigration reform.

President Obama is also certain to be asked about the terrorism threat warning that forced the temporary closure of nearly two dozen U.S. embassies across the Middle East, North Africa and other areas.

Asked how long the current level of vigilance would have to be maintained,  Obama's spokesman declined to provide a time line, but stressed the very specific nature of the threat.

"This was not the ongoing, generalized reality that we have groups and individuals out there in the world who want to do harm to the United States, this was more specific than that," said Carney.

On the diplomatic rebuke to President Putin, White House spokesman Carney was asked whether President Obama and President Putin might still meet at some point in St. Petersburg during the G20 summit.

Since Russia is hosting the summit, Carney said it is likely the two will meet, but not in any formal bilateral session.

Friday's news conference comes a day before Obama and his family are due to depart Washington for a nine-day vacation in Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts.
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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
• Building pad prepared and soil tested
• Survey/topo
• All services in place and underground - water/electricity/phone
Email monicacal@mac.com
8034-8/19/13

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

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

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

Guiones retreat
SURFERS PARADISE on PLAYA GUIONES, NOSARA
Approximately half acre on the beach with private path to the surf. Very private three-home complex with pool, spacious patios with two wet bars, barbeque and yoga area. Featuring a three-bedroom ranch style home plus a two story Mexican villa style home with two master suites, large kitchen and living area with ocean views and breezes upstairs and a garden apartment downstairs with separate entrance. A caretaker's or teenager's cottage and lots of space for expansion. PRICED FOR QUICK SALE: $899,000.  Call 506 8867-8883 or heidebob2@gmail.com
8027-1/12/14

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
located halfway between Jaco and Quepos/Manuel Antonio
 BEST DEAL in Costa Rica!!! Lots starting at just $18,500 with financing available.
 Lot/ House packages from around $60,000
Great Retirement, Vacation, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers on site,
security and lawn maintenance, no time limit to build. Absentee Owner Friendly.
Water and power on site.
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CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
7928-8/9/13


sold home

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,
with Financing Available!!
- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
 1.25 acre + lots in ECO Development $39,000
- 58-acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
and much more....
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CR Cell 011 506 8718 9891
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7972-8/9/13

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

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7967-7/17/13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Americans are increasingly installing wind turbines near their homes, farms and businesses to generate their own energy, concludes a new report.

The "2012 Market Report on Wind Technologies in Distributed Applications" is the first comprehensive analysis on a growing field called distributed wind, which involves generating wind energy close to where it will be used instead of purchasing power from large, centralized wind farms. Distributed wind can range from a small, solitary turbine in someone's backyard to several large turbines that power a manufacturing facility or a neighborhood.

"The public often pictures large wind projects with long rows of turbines when they think of wind power," said the report's lead author Alice Orrell, an energy analyst at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. "But this report provides detailed data that shows this image is incomplete. Many of the nation's turbines are for distributed, not centralized, wind projects."

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory wrote the report for the Department of Energy with support from energy consulting firm eFormative Options, the Distributed Wind Energy Association and the American Wind Energy Association.

Some of the report's findings include:

•  68 percent of all wind turbines installed in U.S. between 2003-2012 were distributed wind turbines, representing about 69,000 turbines that can generate 812 megawatts combined;

• About a third of all wind turbines installed in the U.S. in 2012 were distributed wind turbines, representing about 3,800 turbines that can generate 175 megawatts combined;

• While the total number of distributed wind turbines installed in 2012 declined by nearly 50 percent, the amount of power those new turbines could potentially produce increased by 62 percent;

• This shift is mainly because more large turbines are being used in distributed wind projects.




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A new, innovative Costa Rican legal services company, Essentials, has recently entered into a joint venture with a long-established United States tax and accounting firm, U.S. Tax and Accounting Services S.A., and a Costa Rican certified public accountant, Jorge Granados, to put together an informational seminar for U. S. citizens and permanent residents living in Costa Rica.

Essentials was founded in 2010 by Costa Rican attorneys and a U. S. financial analyst to provide legal services specifically for U. S. citizens and green card holders residing in Costa Rica.

U.S. Tax and Accounting Services, S.A.,  was founded over 15 years ago in Rohrmoser by Enrolled Agent Randall Lindner to provide tax and accounting services to U. S. citizens living around the world. Jorge Granados has been an independent CPA for several years and teaches accounting courses at a local university.

The legal, accounting, and regulatory environment has become increasingly complex in Costa Rica and in the United States. U.S. citizens and green card holders have unique challenges complying with Costa Rican law and complying with their new U.S. tax obligations as expatriates.

These professionals are working to put together an informational seminar to help U.S. citizens with all of the various issues they may face. Scheduling individual meetings with a Costa Rican attorney, a Costa Rican CPA, and a U. S. tax accountant would cost several hundred dollars in consultation fees. However, this joint seminar will be priced at only $40 per person or $60 per couple for advanced registration, or $50 per person at the door, the firms said.

Essentials, U.S. Tax and Accounting, and Jorge Granados are presenting the informational seminar Wednesday, Aug. 28, at the Hotel Wyndham Gardens in Escazú at 4 p.m. For more information or for registration, those interested can contact Jimena Ramirez at 8370-0373 or jramirez@essentialscr.com.