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Holiday Thursday combines themes to honor mothers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

With a little bit of luck and planning, a number of Costa Ricans have a five-day weekend coming up.  Thursday is a legal holiday, el Día de la Madre. But Wednesday and Friday are days that might easily be included, depending on available vacation time and office politics.

Not so at the U.S. Embassy, Workers there only will be off Thursday. And certain retail and appliance stores will be open Thursday for that last-minute gift buying.

Costa Rican Mother's Day is a big deal. Not only is the day a special one for Roman Catholics, but mothers in general are revered in Latin countries.

For Catholics the day marks the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven. And it is no coincidence that the two commemorations go together.

The tourism chamber also is offering special deals for that day, although a bit late.

The Cámera Nacional de Turismo made the announcement Monday and said that some tourism operators and eating places were offering from 10 to 35 percent discounts.

From the offers, it appears that Mom can have a great breakfast in a quiet beach resort, practice some yoga, maybe relax in a hot pool and maybe get coated with mud in a spa. Of course some of the chamber offers are in the Central Valley, too.

The economics ministry already has presented its report of the Mother's Day shopping pitfalls. The differences in price on some identical items run up to more than 270 percent, the ministry survey found.
This is the 'Assumption of the Virgin' by Peter Paul Rubens, done about 1626. And this is the way many Costa Ricans regard their own mother.

Mothers here still are the soul of the home. Even with continuing social changes, many Costa Rican homes are multi-generational with Grandma continuing to be the matriarch.

A.M. Costa Rica will publish both Thursday and Friday, as usual, but the Barrio Otoya offices will be closed Thursday. Telephones will be monitored. 

Small raise proposed for local and airport taxi fares
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's regulatory agency is proposing a 10-colon increase in fares for taxis and also the special service at Juan Santamaría airport.

In both cases, the increase will be around 1 percent.

The  Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos is putting the proposed increases out for public comment. New rates are expected to go into effect in September. The rates usually are increased twice a year.

Standard taxi fares, the so-called flota roja, are now
595 colons for the first kilometer and the same for additional kilometers. The proposal is to increase both these rates. 10 colons is about 2 U.S. cents. Rural taxi rates are a bit higher, but the proposed increase is the same.

Airport taxi fares are now 865 colons, about $1.73, for the first kilometer and 755 colons, $1.51, for subsequent kilometers.

The proposal is to raise each of these 10 colons.

The Autoridad is accepting public comment on the proposal via email and at its offices in Guachipelín de Escazú.

School kids enlisted into campaign against dengue
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

School children will be enlisted Aug. 19 into the campaign against dengue.

The  Ministerio de Educación Pública said Monday that every school in the country would dedicate time to find breeding places for mosquitoes, which transmit dengue.

The country has experienced about 22,000 cases this year, a figure that is much higher than normal.  There have been deaths.

The ministry said that the school event is mostly symbolic but has the potential to muster up to a million children, parents and staffers into the anti-dengue campaign. The ministry noted that the spread of the disease has the potential to worsen as the rainy season continues. The dengue virus already has entered the Central Valley.

School kids are expected not only to survey their school grounds for breeding sites but to do so within 100 meters of the school property, the ministry said. They also are expected to repeat the exercise in each of the subsequent months until the end of school Dec. 11.
The education minister, Leonardo  Garnier, will participate in the campaign at the  Liceo Napoleón Quesada in Guadalupe next Monday, the ministry said.

The youngsters are expected to search for standing water and puncture old tires that might hold water.

They also are expected to fill in any low spots that hold standing water.

They also are supposed to bring this knowledge home.

The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the vector for dengue. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said that the female of the species can lay dozens of eggs up to five times during her lifespan. The mosquito does not lay eggs in drainage ditches, wetlands, rivers of lakes, said the Centers. The preference is for containers that have been filled with water by people or the weather.

Chlorination of swimming pools prevents that water from hosting larvae, the Centers said.

Health officials also say that visitors should use repellent and remember that the mosquito is a day biter.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some farmers and certainly some opposition party members have been up in arms over what they say is a secret effort to close down the weekly vegetable markets or ferias. A protest march was planned for today.

However, the government said that it is getting a bad rap.

Gloria Abraham, the minister of Agricultura y Gandería, was at the legislature to dispute the rumor Monday. She said that there were no plans to privatize the markets. In fact, she said that the ferias would soon be declared in the public interest, a legal designation. The law authorizes private control of each feria and not by the government, the minister said.

Ms.  Abraham added that her ministry will be distributing 500 million colons, about $1 million, to the various ferias to improve the infrastructure.

Many of the weekly markets in the Central Valley are in public right-of-ways with no permanent infrastructure. Elsewhere there are more formal arrangements.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Boston Brass jazz quintet and the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional are offering two free concerts. The first is tonight in Alajuela. The second is Wednesday in the auditorium the Museo de los Niños  in San José.

The Boston Brass has been playing for 26 years, Among the members is  José Sibaja, a Costa Rican who plays trumpet.

The program for the concerts contains 10  works, said the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

 The Alajuela performance tonight is in the gym of the  Colegio Marista at 7 p.m.  The children's museum performance is at 8 p.m.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I have been following with interest the letters from your readers regarding the Edward Snowden issue. I have never weighed in on events like this, but I feel that I must this time.

Some of your readers have inferred that the national Secuirty Agency broke the law by collecting the private email and phone records of U.S. citizens. Well, they are wrong! In 2001 George Bush and Dick Cheney crafted the Patriot Act. The act was overwhelming passed in both houses. Section 215 of this act authorizes the NSA to collect the private data, thus, the NSA has not broken the law, indeed they have followed it.

In my opinion the real problem is the fact that many of U.S. citizens are too lazy to keep up with what our elected officials are doing. If we were more involved on a daily basis, rather than just election day, we would have fewer problems.

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If you do not like this act, then complain to your congressman and senators, and start involving yourselves in your government daily. Give up one hour of television each day and send emails to your elected officials. Go online and look at bills that are being considered by lawmakers, and tell your elected officials how you feel about them.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
As I read the story by Connie Foss about the murder in Puerto Viejo of a man who allegedly ran a drug house on a property he took care of, I couldn't help but feel a genuine twinge of sadness over what has become of the once sleepy, funky, little town at the end of a long dirt road to nowhere that I fell in love with almost a decade and a half ago.
What has happened in and to Puerto Viejo is proof positive that development is a double-edged sword.
To be sure, there are aspects of development that are positive, but there are other aspects of development that are every bit as negative.
There is a bitter irony in the reality that the rapid pace of development that has washed over Puerto Viejo, especially in the last six to seven years, has destroyed many of the things and traits that made el Caribe Sur so special in the first place.
It is also interesting that many of the expats who have been in the area for a decade or more, along with a disproportionately large number of life long locals, are troubled, saddened, and angered by what is being done, largely by expats, to a place that once was, truly, a little piece of paradise — all in the name of "development."
Nothing exemplifies the negative aspects of development more than the changing nature of crime in the region.
When I arrived in Puerto Viejo nearly 15 years ago there was, to be sure, a crime problem. But it was largely a problem of petty crime, like that which plagues most tourist destinations around the world.
One's camera would be at great risk of being stolen if one was foolish enough to leave it visible on one's towel while one went for a dip in the ocean but, hey, that happens at the National Seashore on tony Cape Cod in Massachusetts. Items left in unlocked cars were also likely prey for a thief with sticky fingers. But there was, overall, little violent crime, or crimes that involved firearms.
But that all began to change six or seven years ago as the development of greater PV took off in earnest.
Eight years ago, I wrote a column for another English language news outlet in which I said the escalating whining about the changing nature of the crime in Puerto Viejo was a bit hypocritical if people weren't also going to get honest about the growing drug problem, the influence the drug traffickers wield in the community, and the fact many businesses, especially restaurant and bar businesses, more than a few of which are owned by expats, enable both the use and sale of drugs in their establishments.
In fact, more than few such establishments see real economic benefits in drugs being widely and affordably available because many tourists looking to party heartily in paradise think is it just pura vida that they can score drugs like cocaine in a beachfront night club for a fraction of what they would  cost in the U.S.
It is all very sad but also all too real.
When I chose not to return to Puerto Viejo for six to eight months for the first time in more than a decade last year, I did so, as I have told many of my friends here in Massachusetts, because I believe the colonization/development that has overwhelmed el Caribe Sur in recent years has, truly, forever changed the place in ways that, overall, are more negative in nature than they are positive.
And coming to that sad conclusion was, indeed, as corny as it may sound, heartbreaking.
Michael Cook
Gloucester, Massachusetts 

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Both Pacific coasts have a number of restaurants of note, too
By Ann Antkiw
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Where to eat and where not to eat? That is the question. Finding good restaurants, whether at the beach, on the side of a mountain or in the rainforest can make or break a vacation, weekend getaway or Sunday outing.

Both residents and visitors alike have their favorites, and, as always, when it comes to food, glorious food, opinions differ enormously. Throughout the country there are many excellent restaurants, beach bars and sodas offering local and international cuisine to suit every pocketbook, appetite and craving.

In northern Guanacaste with its beautiful beaches and rolling savannah landscape the choice is endless. From Liberia, Guanacaste’s capital, heading towards the coast on the main road a mile south of the Daniel Oduber International Airport the Café Europa and German Bakery (2668-1081) is not to be missed. This German-owned family bakery’s wonderful assortment of freshly baked bread is irresistible. Open from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. visitors can stock up on bread and goodies to take to the beach or enjoy breakfast on the shady patio. Delicious German specialties are available for lunch and throughout the day.

On the coast heading from North to South Playa Hermosa’s calm and peaceful bay is home to the acclaimed Ginger (2672-0041). located on the main road that runs through town. Both locals and visitors clamber up the stairs to this unique tree-house restaurant that specializes in creative, fusion style tapas made with fresh tropical ingredients and seafood. Ginger offers an extensive wine and cocktail list and patrons flock there on Fridays for Martini Night. Open 5 to 10 p.m. Closed Monday.

The next port of call is Playa Flamingo where a couple of favorites are mentioned, such as Marie’s (2654-4136), a long-standing institution in this beach town and one of the original and best places to eat. They have now moved to new, swanky premises, but the menu continues to offer all the old favorites, fresh fish, plus international and Costa Rican standbys that have been Marie’s tradition over the years. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, daily 6:30 to 11 p.m.

It seems that Coco Loco (2654-6242)  continues to grow in popularity and no doubt, that’s to do with its location right on Flamingo’s white sand beach, as well as delicious, reasonably priced fare, plus live, sunset Reggae evenings 5 to 8 p.m., on Fridays. Open every day 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tamarindo appears to be the eating mecca on this part of the coastline. Nevertheless, a few favorites really stand-out. Dragonfly Bar & Grill (2653-1506), located in an open-air wooden rancho, the funky décor and wonderful, creative Latino-Asian, fusion cuisine guarantees a memorable dining experience in a romantic, tropical setting.

Tamarindo foodies just love Seasons by Shlomy (8368-6983). Chef Shlomy, a graduate of  “Le Cordon Blue” in Paris plies his culinary talents using the abundance of fresh, local seafood and creates an amazing variety of Mediterranean and fusion cuisine. Al fresco dining in Hotel Arcos Iris’s small, quiet, poolside restaurant is always popular and reservations are recommended. Open Monday to Saturday 6-10 p.m.

Other favorites include Pangas Beach Club (2653-0024) at the north end of Tamarindo’s beach where visitors can enjoy the beach club amenities by day, a sunset cocktail or a candlelit dinner by night. The eclectic menu offers a choice ranging from rib eye steaks, lobster, catch of the day and healthy snacks. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday brunch commences at 9 a.m. and for updates about happy hour happenings and live music events check the Facebook page.

Leaving the ever-popular North Pacific coast behind, the intrepid travelers who face the rough, often unpaved roads of the Nicoya Peninsula’s Pacific coast will find some of the most praiseworthy restaurants in the country. In Nosara the Café de Paris (2682-1036) started out as a simple bakery but has blossomed into a hotel and restaurant serving hearty breakfasts, lunch and afternoon snacks. French, typical Costa Rican and vegetarian choices, plus delicious bread and pastries are their drawing card. Open daily 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

On the outskirts of town the always popular La Dolce Vita (2682-0107) is small and simple, but owner Roberto makes it a local favorite with his traditional Italian fare and wood-oven pizza. Open daily 6 to 9 p.m. Please note that he will close all of September and October.

The south eastern coastline of the Nicoya Peninsula with its stretch of beachfront road is now booming and Santa Teresa, Playa del Carmen, Mal Pais and Montezuma have become chosen destinations for tourist and residents looking for a laid-back lifestyle. However, these beach communities offer culinary delights as good as you will find throughout the country.

Brisas Del Mar (2649-0941) is located in the Buenos Aires Hotel in Santa Teresa. Perched on the hilltop with a breathtaking view, it offers an excellent menu with a variety of local seafood and Continental cuisine. Although the location has changed, British chef Jon Dewhurst and his wife, Barbara, have a restaurant still considered one of the best in the area. Open daily for breakfast and brunch 8 a.m. to 11 a.m., and 5 to 10 p.m., when reservations for dinner are recommended.

Mary’s (2640-0153), an age-old landmark near the end of the road in Mal Pais, was once the general store and provided the local kids with cerviche and snacks. Today, it’s a budding family business serving the catch of the day purchased from the local fishermen, plus delicious brick oven pizzas and other items prepared with ingredients from an organic farm. A popular hangout to shoot a game of pool, Mary’s is open from 5 to 10 p.m., closed Wednesday.

On the southwestern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, the small,

charming, funky beach town of Montezuma has a variety of excellent restaurants. When talking about favorites the following three are always mentioned.

Playa de los Artistas (2642-0920), This beachfront restaurant with a pricey menu that changes daily, serves wonderful, Mediterranean inspired choices and the freshest of fresh seafood. Customers can enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner in the rustic dining area or sitting on cushions at the low tables by the ocean. Open Monday to Saturday 5 to 9 p.m. Reservations recommended.

El Sano Banano (2642-0638)  and Restaurant Ylang Ylang (2642-0636). Owners Lenny and Patricia Iacona arrived in Montezuma when it was an isolated fishing village. Today they have two of the most popular businesses in town. On the main street El Sano Banano with its front and back patios serves healthy, fresh, organic food with an emphasis on vegetarian offerings, wonderful salads and delicious smoothies. Movies that change nightly are shown at 7.30 p.m., and the restaurant is open every day from 7 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. At the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort a 15-minute walk along the sand, its stunning ocean front restaurant specializes in vegetarian, vegan, raw and gluten free foods, plus fresh seafood and other choices, which are prepared with a Mediterranean flair. Candlelight dining under a beach front palapa or seated at an elegantly set table on the sand is a unique experience. Open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Please note that the resort and restaurant Ylang Ylang are closed throughout September and October, but El Sano Banano remains open.

On the Central Pacific coast Jacó dominates the tourist scene. However, there is one restaurant that is so popular that fans will drive the hour and a half from San José to satisfy their cravings for sushi. Located in Jaco’s main street, on the second floor of C.C. IL Galeone, it’s claimed that Tsunami Sushi (2643-3678) is one of the best, but expensive Japanese restaurants to be found in the area. Offered are specials and two for one nights. 

A happy clientele chill out in the modern, stylish décor while they enjoy the excellent sushi, sashimi, an amazing variety of creative rolls, plus a selection of Japanese dishes. Open Saturday to Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Fridays, 5 to midnight.

Lemon Zest (2643-2591) is located on the second floor of El Jardin Plaza on Jaco’s main street. Renowned chef Richard Lemon and Nellie, his son, have gained a reputation for their inventive, international cuisine. Meats, poultry, fish and other menu choices are enhanced with a combination of flavors using local products, plus the fine wines from the wine cellar add to the enjoyment of a perfect dinner. Open for dinner Monday to Saturday 5 to 10 p.m.

Manuel Antonio is one of the country’s smallest and most visited national parks. Despite the area’s booming popularity and numerous luxury hotels and restaurants, there is a wide range of eateries that won’t break the budget. Locals and visitors seem to agree that their favorites mentioned below deserve rave reviews.

Top of the list without a doubt, is Ronny’s Place (2777-5120) off the beaten track, surrounded by jungle, the restaurant’s rancho stands in the middle of a 90-acre farm. The view is mind-blowing with spectacular sunset vistas that stretch across two bays. Ocean fresh seafood, red snapper and lobster are house specialties, but the large burgers are a popular item, plus the sangria is touted as the best in Costa Rica. Open daily noon to 10 p.m.

Agua Azul (2777-5280) has a scenic location on the top floor of Villas el Parque with an ocean view and reasonable prices. Chef Rob and Paige’s hospitality adds to the enjoyment of the traditional and inventive menu. For lunch there’s a delicious choice of munchies, salads and hearty fare including huge burgers. Diners can start the evening with a special sunset cocktail while they choose from the dinner specialties on the menu, which include tempting seafood concoctions and the highly recommended Panko crusted tuna. Open 11a.m., to 10 p.m. Closed Wednesdays.

El Avión (2777-3378) is one of the Costa Verde Hotel’s three restaurants and a favorite in town. Built around a C-123 Fairchild plane, it’s a fun family restaurant during the day and a lively pub at night. The bar is in the cockpit and the balcony restaurant has a wonderful ocean view. A huge, reasonably priced menu offers a great variety of choices ranging from seafood to U.S. standbys and oriental platters. Open daily, low season: 1-10 p.m., high season: 12 noon to 11 p.m. 

Last but not least, El Wagon (4000-1540 Ext:103) offers casual, relaxed dining in a patio setting with the most astounding mosaic tiled, still life floor depicting birds, butterflies and exotic animals. The kids really love this! The menu says “Act British, Think Yiddish, Eat Hebrew National,” and they actually do serve all beef Jewish hot dogs. Among many other fairly priced options chef Sebastiano’s scrumptious wood fired pizzas won “The Best Pizza in Manuel Antonio 2013 Award. Open daily 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

They didn't think anyone would become suspicious, did they?
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There are some bold drug smugglers on the Pacific. Four more persons have been detained on the high seas in a boat that was captured for the first time last November. There was a new crew, and the suspected leader of the smuggling ring is in jail, but the long-line fishing boat "Capitán Erson" was at sea again.

The former fishing boat was intercepted last Nov. 28 by the Canadian Coast Guard with  U.S. Coast Guard personnel aboard about 350 miles southeast of Cabo Blanco, officials said then.

The boat was crewed by four men, and it carried 1,086 kilograms (2,394 pounds) of cocaine on board, said the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública. Although the crew was remanded to the custody of prosecutors, a judge in Golfito ordered that the boat be returned to its owner, said the security ministry Monday.

So it was no surprise that the U.S. Navy intercepted the boat again this weekend some 200 miles off of the Isla del Coco near the Galapagos Islands. There was a new crew of four and about a ton of cocaine, said the ministry. Three Costa Ricans and a man presumed to be Nicaragua are in custody on the high seas and being transported to Puntarenas. The architect of the November trip has been identified as  Pedro Pablo Torres Arboleda, who was detained as part of a series of extensive raids last April.

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Some in Jacó await return of the convicted pedophile who was deported
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Kirk Owen, the convicted pedophile picked up and deported as a visa violator, has been set free in Florida, and the guessing in Jacó is when he will return.

Although he is legally barred from the country for five years, that has not stopped others who have been deported.

Meanwhile, Owen's fan club in Jacó has characterized him as an innocent man. A personal note posted on Craigslist said that "Somebody here in Costa Rica stuck his nose into somebody else's business without any other reason than the fact that he wanted attention from the police and the press. And boredom."

The writer also said "Costa Rica doesn't need snitches" and that "hopefully Mr. Owen will come back and play catch up with his protagonist."

The personal ad writer is not exactly correct. Owen was facing local charges
in court, including one involving a firearm. In order for him to be deported, those cases had to be dismissed.

The Judicial Investigating Organization, the U.S. Embassy and the Jacó municipal police had received complaints for months. The Dirección General de Migración didn't move until the agency was embarrassed by a news story in the Spanish-language CRHoy. Owen was picked up the same day as a visa violator.

The man left a fancy vehicle and an expensive home in Costa Rica, so there is an incentive for him to return. Others feel that he is too well known to return, and that he is likely to go elsewhere.  His police record says he weights 400 pounds, so he would stand out in a crowd.

As a convicted pedophile, Owen is required to register as such in Florida if he remains in the state for long. Costa Rica said that it would deny entry to airports and border crossings to persons who are listed by the International Police Agency as having this type of criminal record. However, the system failed to spot Owen the last time he entered the country in July.

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Obama seeking a review
of intelligence gathering

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama is directing his national intelligence chief to review how agencies gather information on security threats while making sure the public trusts what the government is doing.

Obama wrote in a memo to James Clapper that it is important to assess how technological advances have changed intelligence gathering.

Clapper's Review Group will look at whether the United States uses new technology in a way that protects national security and advances foreign policy while protecting privacy.

Many U.S. citizens and lawmakers were outraged when former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden revealed that the National Security Agency gathers their telephone and Internet records. The NSA also tracks overseas communications.

Obama said at a news conference last week that the United States must be more transparent. He said he is confident the surveillance programs are not being abused, but that Americans must have trust in them.

The NSA says its surveillance foiled several terrorist plots. Snowden fled to Hong Kong and now has temporary asylum in Russia. The United States wants him back for trial.

Justice Department moving
to free some drug offenders

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Justice Department is taking steps to reduce the number of non-violent drug offenders who face long mandatory prison terms.

U.S. laws dating from the 1980s require long jail terms for anyone convicted of certain drug crimes. But in a speech Monday to the American Bar Association in San Francisco, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he has ordered prosecutors to make sure minor offenders are not charged with crimes that carry sentences appropriate for drug kingpins.

Those laws impose five-year prison terms for first-time offenders caught with certain amounts of drugs, such as 100 grams of heroin, 500 grams of cocaine powder or 100 kilograms of marijuana. Higher amounts bring 10-year mandatory sentences.

Holder said offenders will instead be charged with offenses carrying sentences "better suited to their individual conduct." He said the current system traps too many Americans in a cycle of poverty and incarceration.

Federal prisons hold more than 219,000 inmates, of which 47 percent are serving time for drug offenses. Holder said the United States should remain strict, but be smarter about tackling crime.

Mandatory minimum sentences have drawn criticism for their lack of flexibility, which critics say puts too many people in prison for too long.

Holder will ask federal prosecutors to develop guidelines for determining which cases are lower-level crimes that can be handled with state and local charges, and which are the more serious crimes that should be classified as federal crimes.

He also endorsed efforts in the U.S. Congress to give judges more discretion in sentencing defendants convicted of drug offenses.

Before a 2010 amendment, five grams of crack cocaine brought the same five-year sentence for first-time offenders as 500 grams of cocaine powder. The new guidelines close that gap to 28 grams of crack cocaine for the same sentence.

The United States Sentencing Commission reported in June that inmates who appealed their sentences to get those new standards applied to their cases have had their terms reduced by an average of 20 percent.

The attorney general says the reforms he announced Monday will save the United States billions of dollars.

In addition to altering the guidelines for sentences leading to prison, he wants to encourage the use of alternatives for offenders, including drug treatment and community service. Holder also announced a policy to reduce sentences for elderly, non-violent inmates.

Kerry in Colombia reports
NSA spying was minor topic

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the National Security Agency's controversial surveillance program was a very small part of his talks in Colombia.

Kerry was in Bogota Monday for meetings with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Foreign Minister María Angela Holguin. He travels to Brazil today.

Colombian and Brazilian officials were angered that their countries were included in the NSA's efforts to track telephone and Internet communications.

Kerry said the U.S. is engaged in very complex efforts to stop terrorists from killing people in many different places. He said he is confident he was able to explain to the Colombians the legality of the spying and its intentions.

Holguin said she received what she calls the necessary assurances that allow Colombia and the U.S. to keep working together on the matter.

Kerry also pledged U.S. support for Colombia's efforts to negotiate an end to the 50-year-long battle with leftist rebels.

Kerry is on his first trip to South America since becoming secretary of state earlier this year.

New York police technique
ruled to be discriminatory

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. judge has ruled the New York Police Department has violated the rights of tens of thousands of people by intentionally discriminating against racial minorities with its controversial stop-and-search policy.
But New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city will appeal the decision.  He says the possibility of being stopped by police acts as a vital deterrent to crime.
Police say they have made about five million stops during the past decade, mostly of black and Hispanic men.
The judge said the practice has become "a fact of daily life in some New York City neighborhoods," but is flawed because "the stopped population is overwhelmingly innocent, not criminal.''  She said she is not putting an end to the policy, but is reforming it and ordered a court monitor to oversee its use.
City lawyers argued the police department does a good job of monitoring itself.
New YOrk Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly defended the policy by saying the notion the police department engages in racial profiling is recklessly untrue.
Legal experts say the ruling on the nation's largest police department may affect how other U.S. police departments operate.

Bradley Manning put forward
for 2013 Nobel Peace Prize

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. rights group has collected over 100,000 signatures urging the Norwegian Nobel committee to give this year's Peace Prize to Bradley Manning, a U.S. soldier convicted of leaking classified U.S. government files touching on military policy.
Recognizing Manning, the head of the RootsAction group said, would also help repair the Nobel panel's reputation after it chose President Barack Obama for the Peace Prize in 2009, only a few months into his first term of office.
“There's a cloud hanging over the Nobel Peace Committee,” Norman Solomon, co-founder of RootsAction said on Monday, as he prepared to hand his 5,000-page petition to the committee.
“In a sense, the Nobel Peace Prize at this point needs Bradley Manning more than Bradley Manning needs the Nobel Peace Prize ... There has now grown a question about the Nobel Committee's commitment to human rights and peace in an even handed, independent way.”
Private First Class Manning was convicted earlier this month of charges that included espionage and theft for releasing more than 700,000 battlefield videos, diplomatic cables and other secret documents to the anti-secrecy Web site WikiLeaks. He now faces up to 90 years in prison.
Solomon argued that the disclosures shortened the U.S. military involvement in Iraq and made it more difficult for the country to engage in conflict. A representative of the Nobel committee said the petition would not influence its decision.
“The Nobel Peace Prize is not a popularity contest, and a large number of signatures will neither help nor hinder his candidacy,” Asle Toje, the Norwegian Nobel Committee's research director said.
“It will be reviewed on its merit, based on the principles laid out in the will of Alfred Nobel. It's not unprecedented that we receive a large volume of supporting material for a candidate ... but these do not influence the committee.”
Manning, 25, was a low-level intelligence analyst in Iraq in 2010 when he was charged with leaking files including videos of a 2007 attack by a U.S. Apache helicopter gunship in Baghdad that killed a dozen people, two of them from the Reuters news staff.
The Nobel committee, which also came under fire for awarding the Peace Prize to the European Union last year, has repeatedly rejected criticism over its selection of Obama before the first black U.S. president had achieved anything notable in office.
The 2013 Peace Prize will be announced on Oct. 11. A total of 259 people and groups were nominated by the February deadline, including Manning, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousufzai, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Myanmar President Thein Sein.

Drones ready to take to air
to track hurricanes from above

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S.-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says this Atlantic hurricane season will likely be even more active than usual.  And, as the hemisphere heads into peak hurricane season, the U.S. space agency, NASA, is planning to investigate the tropical storms and hurricanes that churn over the Atlantic Ocean. 

Two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft will take to skies above the Atlantic storms and collect measurements so scientists can see how hurricanes evolve.  It's the second year of NASA's Hurricane and Severe Storm Sentinel field campaign, says Scott Braun, a research meteorologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center outside Washington. 
"What we're really after, scientifically, is to better understand the relative roles of the environment and those inner-core processes in the formation and intensification of hurricanes in the Atlantic," said Braun, the campaign's principal investigator.

Global Hawks can reach an altitude of almost 20 kilometers, roughly twice as high as a commercial airliner.  On-board instruments, such as the High-Altitude Imaging Wind and Rain Profiler, allow scientists to gather details about storms from high above them.  

The Global Hawks will monitor the environment near the storms to see how surrounding conditions affect their intensity and also collect data about the storms themselves.  One craft will deploy dropsondes, instruments that measure temperature, humidity, pressure, wind speed and wind direction.  The dropsondes have parachutes that slow their descent, and Braun says it takes about 20 minutes for them to travel from above the storm down to the surface. 

The robotic planes in this mission launch from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, on the eastern U.S. coast, and they can fly as far as 20,000 kilometers.  

That's just one of the benefits of using this kind of craft, says Braun.

"With the Global Hawk, we can fly for up to about 28 hours, and because all the crew and the scientists are on the ground rather than on the plane, we can swap out shifts," he said.  "That just means that you can go much farther or stay out over a storm much longer than you can with a manned aircraft." 

Researchers will analyze the data in depth after the field campaign, but Braun says they also plan to do a quick analysis and share some of the information they collect while the Global Hawks are flying over the storms. 

The mission also looks into something else that perplexes researchers.

"In addition to wind speed and wind direction, we're also interested in temperature in the environment, particularly in association with something called the Saharan Air Layer," Braun said.  "It's a very hot, dry, dusty air mass that comes off Africa."
Last year, the Global Hawks gathered some data about the dust layer that accompanied Tropical Storm Nadine.  Scientists debate whether Saharan dust fuels or suppresses the development of tropical storms.    

This year's flights run from Aug. 20 to Sept. 23.

Pneumatic tube transports
advanced by SpaceX boss

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Inventor Elon Musk, founder of Tesla Motors, SpaceX and PayPal, is proposing what he’s calling a fifth mode of transportation after planes, trains, cars and boats.

In a release posted Monday on the Tesla Motors Web site, Musk calls the Hyperloop idea a “safer, faster, lower cost, more convenient, immune to weather, sustainable self-powering and resistant to earthquakes” mode of transport compared to the high-speed rail link that has been approved to run between Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The solar-powered Hyperloop as conceived, would be a tube structure that would shoot pods filled with passengers through the tubes at speeds approaching 1,000 kilometers per hour.

He wrote that the system could be “some enlarged version of the old pneumatic tubes used to send mail and packages within and between buildings. You could, in principle, use very powerful fans to push air at high speed through a tube and propel people sized pods all the way from L.A. to San Francisco.“

While still very much a concept, Hyperloop was described by Musk last May as “a cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table.”

Musk expressed disappointment in the high-speed rail link set to run between the two cities.

“How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL – doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars – would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world?” he wrote., referring to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Musk said something like the Hyperloop would be the best solution for cities between 1,500 kilometers apart.

“Around that inflection point, I suspect that supersonic air travel ends up being faster and cheaper,” he wrote.

Musk said while he thinks the idea is viable, he won’t have the time to dedicate to it.

“I think I kind of shot myself by ever mentioning the Hyperloop,” he said during a Tesla earnings call last week. “I don’t have any plans to execute, because I must remain focused on SpaceX and Tesla.”

Dell computers grappling
with battle for control

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Months of public bickering, secretive backroom negotiations and eleventh-hour deals for control of Dell, Inc., belie the fact that the combatants are vying for a company facing steadily declining sales prospects.

The tussle between chief executive Michael Dell and firebrand activist investor Carl Icahn is also starting to spook some customers.

It's the last thing a company, grappling with the ever-darkening global outlook for personal computers, needs. Dell's PC shipments slid 4.2 percent in the second quarter, compared to a year earlier, according to one estimate.

Some customers have begun asking if Dell is even going to be around in the longer term, said Michael Gavaghen, vice president of sales and marketing at Florida-based Dell reseller SL Powers. Sales are taking longer to close as well, he said.

”We hold their hand and gently say to just table the purchasing decision another few weeks,” said Gavaghen. He stressed, however, that customers are not fleeing by any means.

The cacophony surrounding the $25 billion buyout bid proposed by Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners has picked up over the past month. Icahn threatened to wage a campaign to replace the CEO and his board, and sued the company in Delaware to try to force an earlier shareholder vote.

Michael Dell raised his offer twice to try to win over major investors. A shareholder vote has been scheduled for September after being delayed three times.

Morale within the company is stable for now, say some employees, though they add that could change rapidly if Icahn has his way and were to reshuffle management.

John Pucillo-Dunphy, senior engineer and owner of Miracle Networking Solutions, a Dell reseller based in Middleboro, Massachusetts, said he supports Dell's going private and is more comfortable with Michael Dell's leadership since it remains unclear what Icahn's long game is.

”I have seen the emails from Michael Dell. I haven't seen anything from Icahn,” Pucillo-Dunphy said.

Icahn, who with 8.9 percent of the company is now its second-largest shareholder, has said little about what future he envisions for the company beyond that it has promising prospects based on its large base of PC customers, and that it should remain partly public.

Pucillo-Dunphy said customers are not overly concerned about the drama.

The company declined to comment on the issue. Michael Dell sent employees an email on Thursday exhorting the troops to stay focused. He followed that up on Friday with a similar assurance for customers.

”I know this hasn't been an easy time. The competition has been aggressive during this period of uncertainty, but we are, as we have always been, determined to prove to you why Dell is the best solutions provider to meet your needs,'' the CEO said.

China's Lenovo zipped into first place for PC sales globally in the second quarter, and its 16.7 percent market share now takes it past Hewlett-Packard's 16.4 percent, according to an industry estimate. Dell is No. 3 at 12.2 percent.

Apart from personal computers, analysts say arch-rival HP already outpaces Dell in key areas of the industry including networking and storage. HP is also making strides into enterprise computing, catching attention with its just-launched Moonshot micro-servers, intended to save on power and costs for corporations.

”Without individual specifics, safe to say that the roadmap is robust,” said Dell spokesman David Frink, adding that the company will soon host a number of customer conferences around the world to showcase new products and services.

Analysts have so far refrained from estimating the longer-term impact of the battle on Dell's business. They are watching the situation carefully ahead of the company's quarterly earnings release Aug. 20. “It's going to be a high-risk and painful process,” Morningstar analyst Carr Lanphier said, adding that the unsettled outcome makes customers leery.

The average Wall Street forecast is for a quarterly profit of $417 million, about half the $875 million reported a year ago. Revenue is expected to slip 2 percent to $14.2 billion.

Dell's fortunes remain closely tied to PC sales, despite $13 billion in acquisitions since 2008 to expand into everything from software to networking. PC sales, which have been shrinking for the last three years, still yield half of revenue.

Global PC sales are expected to fall 6 percent this year and 4.5 percent next year, according to analysts. Dell's revenue is seen shrinking every year through 2016, according to Boston Consulting Group, the firm hired by Dell's board to review the buyout offer.

”Investors should take the Silver Lake-Michael Dell bid and run for the hills,” said Brian Marshall, an analyst. He said the company may end up underperforming his earnings forecast of 26 cents per share on revenue of $14.3 billion.

The CEO, responding to opposition to his buyout, had raised his offer price this month by a dime to $13.75 a share and tacked on a special dividend of 13 cents per share. Before the offer was announced in February, shares were trading around $10 apiece.

Michael Dell, who holds roughly a 16 percent stake in the company he started in college in 1984, wants to overhaul it without interference from shareholders. His option involves sticking to a path established years ago, of transforming the company into a provider of services like storage and computing to corporations and government agencies, in IBM's mold.

Yet even if he should triumph over Icahn, some analysts think it may be too late, since a large swathe of the corporate market has been locked up by IBM and Hewlett-Packard Co.

”HP and IBM have being doing this for the last seven to 10 years,” said Steven Nathasingh, managing director at research and consulting firm Vaxa Inc. “Dell has just started.”

Aging Boston gangster
guilty of many crimes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A jury in the northeastern U.S. city of Boston has found former crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger guilty on charges of murder and racketeering, following a two-month high-profile trial.
The 83-year-old Bulger was charged with committing or ordering 19 murders in the 1970s and 1980s while running the so-called Winter Hill crime gang.

He was found guilty of 31 charges and 11 murders.  He faces a court sentence of life in prison.

Bulger pleaded not guilty to 32 separate criminal charges, although his lawyers acknowledged their client was an organized criminal, drug dealer, extortionist and loan shark. 

Several former friends and gang members testified against Bulger during the trial.

Bulger was one of the nation's most wanted fugitives after fleeing Boston in 1994, and was captured in Santa Monica, California, in 2011.

Family members of Bulger's victims have long waited for verdicts on the killings, and about a half dozen survivors have been a regular presence in the courtroom.

Hungarian who helped deport
many Jews dies in a hospital

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A 98-year-old Hungarian man who topped the dwindling list of surviving Nazi war crimes suspects has died in the hospital while awaiting trial for allegedly sending nearly 16,000 Jews to the death camps. The announcement about Laszlo Csatary's death was made Monday in Budapest.

Csatary's lawyer said the Nazi war crimes suspect died in the hospital over the weekend after contracting pneumonia. His death came as a setback for Holocaust survivors seeking some justice.

Csatary was allegedly involved in the deportations of as many as 15,700 Jews from a town in present-day Slovakia to Nazi death camps during World War II. After being sentenced to death in absentia in 1948, he made it to Canada, where he lived and worked as an art dealer before being stripped of his citizenship in the 1990s.

He returned to Hungary, where he lived undisturbed for years. Prosecutors only began investigating his case in late 2011 after pressure from the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center.

Csatary was eventually charged with involvement and assisting in the 1944 deportations of Jews from a ghetto in Kassa, now known as Kosice.

The former police officer also allegedly "regularly beat the interned Jews with his bare hands and whipped them with a dog-whip without any special reasons, regardless of their sex, age or health."

Csatary was placed under house arrest in June of last year, and activists demanded he be put on trial.

"We shall never forget," shouted both elderly and younger people outside his home in Budapest while they formed a human chain.

Eventually, a court suspended the trial, saying Csatary had already been convicted.

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Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. $185,000. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
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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, - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.

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Rat study adds support
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By the  University of Michigan Health System news staff

The near-death experience reported by cardiac arrest survivors worldwide may be grounded in science, according to research at the University of Michigan Health System.

Whether and how the dying brain is capable of generating conscious activity has been vigorously debated.

But in this week’s PNAS Early Edition, a university study shows shortly after clinical death, in which the heart stops beating and blood stops flowing to the brain, rats display brain activity patterns characteristic of conscious perception. 

“This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain,” says lead study author Jimo Borjigin, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology and associate professor of neurology at the University of Michigan Medical School. 

“It will form the foundation for future human studies investigating mental experiences occurring in the dying brain, including seeing light during cardiac arrest,” she said.

Approximately 20 percent of cardiac arrest survivors report having had a near-death experience. These visions and perceptions have been called realer than real, according to previous research, but it remains unclear whether the brain is capable of such activity after cardiac arrest.

“We reasoned that if near-death experience stems from brain activity, neural correlates of consciousness should be identifiable in humans or animals even after the cessation of cerebral blood flow,” she says.

Researchers analyzed the recordings of brain activity called electroencephalograms from nine anesthetized rats undergoing experimentally induced cardiac arrest.

Within the first 30 seconds after cardiac arrest, all of the rats displayed a widespread, transient surge of highly synchronized brain activity that had features associated with a highly aroused brain.

Furthermore, the authors observed nearly identical patterns in the dying brains of rats undergoing asphyxiation.

“The prediction that we would find some signs of conscious activity in the brain during cardiac arrest was confirmed with the data,” says Borjigin, who conceived the idea for the project in 2007.

“But, we were surprised by the high levels of activity,” adds study senior author anesthesiologist George Mashour, assistant professor of anesthesiology and neurosurgery at the the university. “ In fact, at near-death, many known electrical signatures of consciousness exceeded levels found in the waking state, suggesting that the brain is capable of well-organized electrical activity during the early stage of clinical death.­­­”

The brain is assumed to be inactive during cardiac arrest. However the neurophysiological state of the brain immediately following cardiac arrest had not been systemically investigated until now.

“This study tells us that reduction of oxygen or both oxygen and glucose during cardiac arrest can stimulate brain activity that is characteristic of conscious processing,” says Ms. Borjigin. “It also provides the first scientific framework for the near-death experiences reported by many cardiac arrest survivors.”

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Blackberry says it is considering options

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry, struggling to compete in a difficult market, has set up a committee to look at options, including joint ventures, partnerships or a sale of the company.

In a statement released before the market opened Monday, the company said board member Timothy Dattels, an investment banker and former Goldman Sachs executive, will chair the new committee, which also will include Blackberry Chief Executive Thorsten Heins.

“Given the importance and strength of our technology, and the evolving industry and competitive landscape, we believe that now is the right time to explore strategic alternatives,” Dattels said in a statement.

BlackBerry pioneered on-your-hip email with its first smart phones and email pagers. It has struggled to compete against the likes of Apple and phones using Google's Android operating system, however, and its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones have failed to gain traction.

BlackBerry was reported considering going private to give it some breathing room as it works through its turnaround.

BlackBerry shares rose 9.4 percent in premarket trading.

“While a change in structure could result in a higher stock price in the near term, we do not envision any changes that would help BlackBerry reverse the significant smartphone share loss or rapid decline in service revenues,” said Tim Long, an analyst at BMO Capital markets.

Heins said he was pleased with the progress that has been made and still sees compelling long-term opportunities for the BlackBerry 10. He said the company will continue a cost-cutting drive that already has shrunk the company considerably.