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Winter Storm Hercules had only minimal impact on flight operations to and from Costa Rica Thursday, but delays and cancellations in the northern United States and Canada have reduced visitor numbers. The impact may be greater today.

Air flights by major lines arrived Thursday, but some were late. The only cancellation at Juan Santamaría was of United Airlines flight, No. 1082, from Newark, New Jersey, that was supposed to arrive at 10:15 p.m. The reason was not given, but the strengthening storm was the likely reason. United, American and Delta flights arrived from New York and Newark earlier in the day. But they were as much as 68 minute late.

United said that it was expecting the worst of the storm to be Thursday night. The airline expected the storm to continue moving east with snow stopping by lunchtime today even in the New Jersey and New York areas.

There were reports of many canceled local flights all over the northeast. These are the flights that bring tourists and other travelers to Costa Rica to the major airports for their international trip.

According to one account, the powerful storm forced about 1,807 U.S. flights to be canceled and about 4,536 delayed, with the worst-affected airports being Chicago's O'Hare International and Newark's Liberty International Airport. That summary was from FlightAware, a Web site which tracks air travel.

The heavy snow also brought dangerously low temperatures and strong winds that snarled travel just as many people were returning from holiday breaks.
 
The wide storm system stretched from the lower Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic coast, with parts of New England including Boston bracing for as much as 14 inches (36 cm) of snow by Friday morning. Some cities along the storm's southern edge expect only minimal snowfall.
 
Boston's Logan International Airport warned that it expected takeoffs to end at about 8:30 p.m., and officials at New York area airports were setting up cots for potential stranded travelers.

The snowfall was expected to intensify after
freezing


sunset, with the heaviest accumulation coming overnight.

“The real action is going to get cranked up this evening and during the overnight hours. We'll have heavy snow, windy conditions, reduced visibilities,” said Kim Buttrick, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Taunton, Massachusetts, earlier Thursday.

Forecast snowfall varied widely, with Washington expected to see under an inch (2 cm), Philadelphia and New York 4 to 8 inches (10-20 cm), Hartford 6 to 10 inches (15-25 cm) and Boston 8 to 14 inches (20-36 cm).
 
Officials across the region urged residents to stay off roadways and planned to close some major highways in New York State beginning at midnight.
 
“Tomorrow people should definitely consider staying in their homes if the storm continues as we expect,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “This is nothing to be trifled with. We have learned too well over the past few years the power of Mother Nature. We have seen the damage that has been done.”
 
The U.S. National Weather Service said the mass of Arctic air would drop temperatures to levels 20 to 30 degrees below normal, with record lows possible today. The low temperature in the contiguous United States Wednesday was -47 Fahrenheit (-43 Celsius), reached in Van Buren, Maine, and tied in Babbitt and Embarrass, Minnesota, the weather service said.


Fires in 2013 killed 23 persons, including a fireman
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fire fighters say that 23 persons, including one of their own, died in blazes in 2013.

The dead fireman was Andrés Cruz Castro, who was trapped by a forest fire. Reports at the time said that he was probably suffocated by thick smoke.  The March fire consumed at least 300 hectares in Cerro Tárcoles en Turrubares. That is about 740 acres of trees and underbrush.  He was a volunteer.

Five person each died in two emergencies during the year. One was the explosion and fire at a small eating spot in Barrio El Carmen de Alajuela. The cause was a gas leak.

Five persons also died in a Puriscal hotel fire.

The Cuerpo de Bomberos noted that the agency handled a record number of calls and that 1,077 were structure fires. Investigations showed that 22.4 percent or 48 of these were set deliberately, said the
 agency. In all, fire investigators looked into 214 cases.

The leading cause of structure fires continues to be the electrical systems with the second most frequent cause being some type of electrical appliance. Cooking fires are third.

Many of the Costa Rican homes have out-of-date wiring and electrical service. In addition, in many low income neighborhoods, the electrical work is done by amateurs and consists of a maze of wires not fully protected by appropriate fuses or breakers.

Several major fires that destroyed dozens of homes in 2013 eventually were blamed on improper wiring.

The fire agency urged Costa Ricans to seek an examination of the electrical service in their home or business every three years.

They also urged residents to only allow experts to hook up bottled gas service.


The two-part marchamo sticker is challenge to some
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A little publicized fact is that the marchamo sticker comes in two parts. Motorists are supposed to detach part of the paperwork and then use the provided sticker to fasten the small paper tab to the windshield. The deadline was Wednesday.
Amused police are stopping expats who are driving around with just the sticker on the windshield. The sticker is mostly transparent material. There have not been any reports of traffic police hanging a 47,000-colon fine on expats who made the mistake.

But there has been some laughter.

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Presidential campaign resumes
after a break for holiday


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's election officials gave the go ahead Thursday to a resumption of the presidential campaign.

The Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones reminded political parties that the moratorium on campaigning is over. The election rules shut down campaigning over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.

Most political parties comply. Johnny Araya of the Partido Libración Nacional is getting heat because he sent out a New Year's greeting on the Internet. He did so Jan. 1, and opponents are construing this as a campaign action.

Members of the Partido Unidad Social Cristiana caused a minor flap when they carried party flags and beat a bongo drum during the Tope Nacional, the Dec. 26 horse parade. Police ushered them away.

However, many of the presidential candidates also were there, but they were on horses and not obviously campaigning.

The election is Sunday, Feb. 2, so there is not much time to mount a campaign. Most have been less than memorable so far. Many voters are not sure if they will vote, and many more are undecided for whom they will vote.

Another election rule requires survey firms to register. Election officials believe that reputable firms will produce reputable results even if they are working at the behest of a political party. The idea is to avoid the use of fake polls that promote one candidate over another. Poll results showing a likely winner have a tendency to suppress the vote for opponents

Meanwhile the Tribunal is getting ready to begin the delivery of more than a million ballots to the appropriate polling spots.


At least eight murder victims
died in the last three days


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The judicial morgue received 17 corpses Tuesday and Wednesday, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Seven were the bodies of murder victims, and one was a suicide, according to the agency. Five were victims of traffic accidents, according to the summary. Two deaths remain under investigation.

Among the victims was a 74-year-old man with the last name of Solano who died at the hands of a presumed intruder. He lived in Santa Rosa de Tilarán.

Solano was found by one of his sons about 7 a.m. New Year's Day, agents said, adding that there was evidence that entry to the home had been forced. In addition to a flat screen television, a pistol and a rifle were missing, they said.

The man had been shot and stabbed.

Another man on the list is an 18 year old with the last name of  Moreno. He died in Barrio San José in Alajuela New Year's morning. Agents detained a man Thursday afternoon as the prime suspect.

Not on the morgue list is a 34-year-old man with the last name of Navarro who was knifed to death in San Jose's Barrio México about 1:45 a.m. Thursday while he was walking home with a relative. Three men jumped and killed him, agents said. They added that they were still uncertain about the motive.


Judge protects Guatemalan VP
against critical journalist


Special to A.M. Costa Rica

A judge in Guatemala has issued a no-contact order to protect the nation's vice president from a reporter.

The Inter American Press Association repudiated the surprising order by a judge. The action is in favor of the Central American country’s vice president, Ingrid Roxana Baldetti Elías. The order prohibits a journalist from getting physically near her due to criticism and statements he has been making in his publications.

Dec. 11 the judge of the criminal court for offenses and violence against women and sexual violence, Karen Jeannette Chinchilla Menéndez, issued an order for the physical protection of Ms. Baldetti, labeling the newsman, José Rubén Zamora, editor of the newspaper el Periódico, an aggressor and prohibiting him from disturbing or intimidating Ms. Baldetti and any member of her family.

The order also bans Rubén Zamora’s access to her permanent or temporary home and place of work or study for six months.

In recent months Rubén Zamora has published investigations and formulated serious criticism and allegations of wrongdoing in the work in which the vice president is engaged. He has also shown that the national government has withdrawn official advertising from his newspaper in reprisal for those criticisms and that his online edition has been hacked.

“What most calls the attention to this incredible court order is that it is a new way of shielding an official from criticism,” declared Claudio Paolillo, chairman of the press association's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information.

Paolillo, editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda, added, “We energetically repudiate this new form of censorship, an order that re-invents the offense of contempt, giving public officials the privilege of silencing criticism.”

He publicly called on the Guatemala judiciary to set aside this censorship order for contravening constitutional and elemental legal principles regarding freedom of expression in Guatemala.


Chinese icebreaker may be stuck
after chopper rescue in Antarctica


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

All 52 passengers aboard a Russian research ship stuck in ice for over a week in Antarctica were airlifted to safety Thursday, but now there are concerns that a Chinese vessel involved in the rescue has also gotten stuck.

Today the crew of the Chinese icebreaker "Snow Dragon," which provided the helicopter used in the airlift, said they were worried about their ship's ability to move through the thick sea ice after remaining stationary for several days.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority reported that the Australian icebreaker "Aurora Australis," tasked with taking the rescued passengers back to Australia, has been instructed to stay in the area temporarily in case the "Snow Dragon" needs help. The authority said the crew of the Chinese ship will attempt to break through to open water early Saturday when tidal conditions are more favorable.

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority said Thursday that the passengers had been safely evacuated from the "Akademik Shokalskiy," which has been stranded since Dec. 24.

All passengers aboard the research ship were airlifted to safety after a rescue helicopter was finally able to land nearby.

Chris Turney, one of the scientists on the ship, posted a message to Twitter saying the passengers reached a nearby Australian icebreaker ship safe and sound.

The passengers, including scientists, tourists, and journalists, were airlifted 12 at a time to the Australian vessel.

Blizzard conditions hampered previous attempts to evacuate the passengers by helicopter. Icebreaker ships from China, Australia and France had also failed to reach the Russian vessel.

Seventy-four people were on board the "Akademik Shokalskiy," which has weeks of supplies and is in no danger of sinking. Most of the 22-member Russian crew are expected to stay behind and wait for the ice to break up naturally.

The Russian ship, which left New Zealand on Nov. 28, was trying to recreate Australian explorer Douglas Mawson's century-old voyage to Antarctica.


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This is the new Museo de Jade taking shape west of the Plaza de la Democracia. The scene is from the plaza.

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Jade museum shuts down to prepare for its big moving day
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Administrators of the new Museo de Jade hope to have 6,881 archaeological pieces on display when the structure is open to the public. That is nearly six times what is on display now in the first floor of the Instituto Nacional de Seguros on Avenida 7.

Museum officials said Thursday that they were shutting down the facility temporarily in order to design the displays that will be in the new building.

That building is opposite the Museo Nacional just west of the Plaza de la Democracia between Avenida Central and Avenida 2 in San Jose's downtown. Officials hope that the developing museum row will attract more visitors.

The Museos del Banco Central with its world famous gold collection is several blocks to the west.

The jade museum does much more than put archaeological pieces on view. There have been many dioramas that contain
pieces that have been selected meticulously to correspond with what is being presented. The museum announcement Thursday said that an interdisciplinary team would be working to construct the new exhibits.

The desire to have nearly every piece on display is unique in the museum world. Most museums present a sampling and keep the bulk of the collection in secure storage. The New York Museum of Natural History does this, as does the Museo Nacional here, which maintains a large warehouse in Pavas. The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, for a time kept many items boxed up, and in large shipping crates left in the museum hallways.

The Museo de Jade also is unique in that curators have developed an ethnological section with displays on the modern native inhabitants of the country.

The museum is operated by the state insurance company, and many of the holdings are gifts from amateur archaeologists who were working in the field long before the professional practice of archaeology came to be in Costa Rica.


It's time to bring back the friendly downtown neighborhood
Instead of making any resolutions for the coming year and creating more stress and disappointment than I need or want, I am going to make a wish, or, if you prefer, a suggestion.  This is for my city, San José, and how to really enhance it. 

First we must concede that the new “Chinatown” street was a nice gesture but something of a dismal failure.  And it destroyed a street that had everything, including a picturesque name.

In the 1990s I lived on the east side of town, in Barrio California and later just above Barrio Lujan.  It was a pleasant and interesting walk to downtown; especially along Avenida 8.  I always headed for Paseo de los Estudiantes, which happens to have been the name of South Ninth Street that is now Chinatown.  

The name of the street honoring students is not just because the Liceo de Costa Rica and the Colegio Superior de Señoritas are nearby. The designation reflects the bravery of students to overthrow the dictatorship of president Federico Alberto Tinoco Granados and his brother, Joaquín, who was minister of war, in 1918.

Students and others took to the streets to end the bloody dictatorship after an armed uprising was stifled by assassinations.

Once on the Paseo de los Estudiantes, I could check my mail at the post office branch, bank at the local branch of, if I recall, Banco de Costa Rica, shop at the supermarket, MasxMenos, find almost any kitchen item I was looking for at one of the Chinese Woolworths, and eat at one of the several restaurants. Two excellent Chinese restaurants were and are just around the corner on Avenida 11.  There also was a hardware store and one with the amusing sign. “Superb locks,” which I always thought was supposed to be “Super Blocks,” but never inquired within since I was not in the market for either.  

At the north end of the street is the charming church La Senora de la Soledad, (Our Lady of Solitude), and the Plaza de los Artes.  There used to be the station for buses going to Nicaragua, and across the street, a pastry shop and on the corner, a roast chicken restaurant. What more can you ask of one street?  The only thing it lacked was a building that can house stores on the first floor, offices on the next two floors and a couple of floors of apartments, and maybe a small hotel – but all of these amenities are nearby.

There always seemed to be a sense of camaraderie among the shoppers and friendliness from the clerks in the stores, who were quick to offer help.  After all it was a neighborhood, and we were familiar.

In short, if we cannot re-establish the Paseo de los Estudiantes where it once was, perhaps there can be another street that has the variety of stores and services, instead of rows of shoe stores or upscale clothing stores more interested in getting customers than providing services.

Which brings me to this new evolving economy that some are
Butterfly in the City
 
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By Jo Stuart
jostuart@amcostarica.com

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deploring, others seeing as the future.  It is what is being called, “the sharing economy,” where what is being stressed is “access over ownership.”  I am not sure who first said that, but Lisa Gansky, author of “The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing,” is a pioneer of the idea of a world where items are shared – or rented – or temporarily traded, rather than owned and help is exchanged, or rented, also on a temporary basis.

It seems to make ultimate sense ecologically when the problem is not one of supply but of distribution and waste.  Our world is being contaminated by the stuff that is wasted.  Our life’s experiences are also being limited by ownership of things that we use only a fraction of our time but pay a lot for.

Steven Strauss has written an article entitled, ”Welcome to the Sharing  Economy –  Also Known as the Collapse of the American Dream.” His point is that people are resorting to sharing for the same reason that people shared and did piecework during the Great Depression, not because they want a “lightweight (asset-free) living.”

He is right, the American Dream has become a nightmare in many countries for both the middle and poor classes.  Preceding both collapses, the rich got greedy, and “mistakes and bad decisions” were made by the banks.  But I think he has misread the people of today – more are looking for experiences other than the joy of getting rich and richer. 

I think it is best summed up by his statement about the Airbnb venture.  You get to “rent a room to complete strangers who in turn get to stay with complete strangers.  What a delightful, desirable use of one’s home!”

(I think he’s being sarcastic.)

My friend Darrylle, who was a member of Airbnb had the best response to this.  He said, “(Steven Strauss) doesn't have a clue as to the incredible value that both hosts and guests receive from sharing times together in our homes and what that does for society in general. He is what is wrong with our current economic system - everything is based on money and economic growth. Living a good life is about positive and meaningful experiences. I've had 350 guests and now have 350 friends around the world who have nearly all welcomed me into their homes as a guest, not a client. What could that possibly be worth?”

And, in a way, that is what the Paseo de los Estudiantes was like.  It was not just a pedestrian boulevard with store after store selling the same thing and competing with one another for customers. It was inhabited by people who related to and helped other people.

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Climate change expected to have deep ocean impact, too, new study reports
By the National Oceanography Centre news service

A new study quantifies for the first time future losses in deep-sea marine life, using advanced climate models. Results show that even the most remote deep-sea ecosystems are not safe from the impacts of climate change.

An international team of scientists predict sea floor dwelling marine life will decline by up to 38 per cent in the North Atlantic and over 5 per cent globally over the next century. These changes will be driven by a reduction in the plants and animals that live at the surface of the oceans that feed deep-sea communities. As a result, ecosystem services such as fishing will be threatened.

In the study, led by the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, England, the team used the latest suite of climate models to predict changes in food supply throughout the world oceans. They then applied a relationship between food supply and biomass calculated from a huge global database of marine life.

The results of the study are published this week in the scientific journal Global Change Biology.

These changes in sea floor communities are expected despite living on average four kilometers under the surface of the ocean. This is because their food source, the remains of surface ocean marine life that sink to the sea floor, will dwindle because of a decline in nutrient availability. Nutrient supplies will suffer because of climate impacts such as a slowing of the global ocean circulation, as well as increased separation between water masses, known as stratification, as a result of warmer and rainier weather.

Lead author Dr. Daniel Jones says: “There has been some speculation about climate change impacts on the sea floor, but we wanted to try and make numerical projections for these changes and estimate specifically where they would occur.

“We were expecting some negative changes around the world, but the extent of changes, particularly in the North Atlantic, were staggering. Globally we are talking about losses of marine life weighing more than every person on the planet put together.”

The projected changes in marine life are not consistent across the world, but most areas will experience negative change. Over 80 per cent of all identified key habitats, such as cold-water coral reefs, seamounts and canyons, will suffer losses in total biomass. The analysis also predicts that
sea
              creature
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Sea creatures. such as this hydroid Corymorpha glacialis, are projected to suffer major declines under the latest climate change predictions.

animals will get smaller. Smaller animals tend to use energy less efficiently, thereby impacting seabed fisheries and exacerbating the effects of the overall declines in available food.


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Times and Guardian suggest
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The New York Times and Britain's Guardian newspaper are calling for clemency for Edward Snowden, the former U.S. national security contractor who leaked a massive trove of details about clandestine American spying.

The 30-year-old Snowden is living in asylum in Russia as the United States seeks his return to face espionage charges and a lengthy prison term if he is convicted.

In an editorial Thursday, the Times said Snowden may have committed a crime, but said "he has done his country a great service" by giving Americans their first extensive information about the scope of the surveillance programs being conducted by the National Security Agency.

The Times said U.S. President Barack Obama should direct "his aides to begin finding a way to end Snowden's vilification."

The Guardian said Snowden's disclosure of the information was an "act of some moral courage," and Obama should allow him "to return to the U.S. with dignity."

A key NSA official investigating Snowden's leaks, Rick Ledgett, recently suggested that Snowden could be given amnesty if he handed over undisclosed documents he still has.  But the White House and other key U.S. intelligence officials have remained adamant in their call for Snowden's prosecution.

The Times says Snowden was clearly justified in his belief the only way to expose the information was to leak it to the public, rather than to work internally to get the NSA to reduce the amount of information it is collecting. The Guardian said he set "a shining example about the value of whistleblowers and of free speech itself."

Snowden leaked much of his information last year to the Guardian and The Washington Post, which have published voluminous accounts of the U.S. spying, including its collection of records of millions of telephone calls, including the numbers called and the length and dates of the calls, although not the content.  American spy chiefs say the United States needs the information to thwart new terrorist attacks against itself and other countries.


Tripling tobacco taxes seen
as way to cut world smoking


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Tripling tobacco taxes could save up to 200 million lives, according to new research published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

"The international tobacco industry makes about $50 billion in profits each year – that’s a profit of approximately $10,000 per death from smoking," said Richard Peto an epidemiologist at Cancer Research UK and co-author of the study.

Raising the tax, the study said, would lower the price gap between the most and least expensive brands, which would lead to more people quitting smoking rather than just moving to a cheaper brand. Higher prices could also discourage young people from taking up smoking, it added.

The effects of higher taxes would be felt especially in low-to-middle-income countries where the cheapest cigarettes are relatively affordable. It would also be effective in richer countries. For example, France halved cigarette consumption from 1990 to 2005 by raising taxes well above inflation, according to the study.

The research points to numerous studies which found that a 50 percent higher inflation-adjusted price for cigarettes reduces consumption by about 20 percent, with stronger reductions among the young and among the poor.

“Globally, about half of all young men and one in 10 of all young women become smokers, and, particularly in developing countries, relatively few quit,” said Peto. “If they keep smoking, about half will be killed by it, but if they stop before 40, they’ll reduce their risk of dying from tobacco by 90 percent.”

Smoking is the largest cause of premature death from chronic disease, according to the study, and in 2013 the World Health Assembly called governments to reduce smoking by a third by 2025.

The study said that tripling tobacco taxes would decrease worldwide consumption by about a third, but despite this it would also increase government revenues from tobacco by a third, from $300 billion a year now to $400 billion a year – income which could be spent on better health care.

About 1.3 billion people smoke, most in low and middle-income countries, according to the study.

Furthermore, the study said two-thirds of all smokers are, in descending number of smokers, in China, India, the EU, Indonesia, the United States, Russia, Japan, Brazil, Bangladesh and Pakistan. China consumes over two trillion cigarettes a year, out of a world total of six trillion, the research states.


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Ingredient in Chinese plant
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Researchers have discovered a natural ingredient in an ancient Chinese plant that relieves chronic pain, including backache.  The compound comes from the roots of the flowering corydalis herb, which the Chinese have used for centuries to treat pain.

The corydalis plant is grown primarily in central eastern China. For thousands of years, people in the Asian country have harvested the plant’s roots or tubers, ground them up and boiled them in vinegar.  The concoction, often processed into a tea, was given to treat pain.  Although it is effective in easing all types of pain, including temporary and inflammatory joint pain, it may have its greatest benefit in treating long-term nagging pain, for which experts say there is no good medicine.
 
A researcher with the University of California Davis, Olivier Civelli, says the active compound in corydalis identified by researchers is dehydrocorybulbine or DHCB. In animal experiments, the compound appears to work well in easing low-level chronic pain. The plant is a member of the poppy family.
 
Civelli explains so-called opiod drugs like morphine are often given to treat chronic pain when they should only be prescribed for a short period of time because of their addictive properties.
 
But ehydrocorybulbine, says Civelli, appears to be both effective and non-addictive in the treatment of persistent pain.
 
“So what we find is our compound does not do that.  It does not lose its effect over time.  Because we have injected animals for seven days and the analgesic effect we are seeing stays stable,” says Civelli.
 
Addictive drugs act through a morphine pathway in the brain. But Civelli says it appears ehydrocorybulbine works through another brain transport chemical called a dopamine D2 receptor, which studies suggest plays a role in pain sensation.
 
Civelli and colleagues discovered ehydrocorybulbine as part of the herbalome project to identify and catalog the active ingredients in traditional Chinese medicine.
 
Noting new drug development can cost a $1 billion or more, Civelli says the project seeks to discover cost effective, natural compounds.
 
“Trying to understand ... why people are taking it for 3,000 years or something like that?  And it was efficient.  How many compounds are out there that do something for pain relief? And that is what we are interested in doing now,” says Civelli.
 
Corydalis preparations can be purchased on the Internet but without further testing to make sure they are safe, Civelli does not recommend people take them.
 
An article on discovery of the pain relieving ingredient in the ancient Chinese plant Corydalis is published in the journal Current Biology.


U.S. biomedical spending
reported to be decreasing


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. spending on biomedical research has declined, and now represents less than one-half of such spending worldwide. The New England Journal of Medicine says research spending by China and Japan has increased dramatically during the past five years, but those countries still spend about half as much as the United States.

The United States funded 51 percent of the world's biomedical research in 2007, but by 2012 its share fell to 45 percent. Medical researchers and economists who prepared the new analysis said Asia's share of spending increased by one-third over that same period, from 18 to 24 percent, which Europe's investment in medical research held steady at 29 percent.

The analysts said the decline in U.S. spending on research was primarily due to reduced investment by private industry, although government institutions such as the National Institutes of Health also have reduced resources.

The study said the shift toward Asia for biomedical research, including clinical trials of new drugs, may be due to lower labor costs and less regulation by governments.

Previous analyses have pegged the U.S. share of global medical research spending as high as 80 percent. Authors of the new study note that the traditional U.S. leading role in research and development has been vital to the country's long-term economic health, including job creation. They called on government leaders to provide more funding for research, and to develop incentives for private companies to invest in health research in the United States.
 
The study appears in the Thursday edition of  The New England Journal of Medicine.


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Soprano Sumayya Ali as Harriet Tubman.

Folk opera tries to be true
to history of  Harriet Tubman

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new opera, written by a second-generation Nigerian-American, tells the story of Harriet Tubman, who, a century-and-a-half ago, escaped from slavery and led others to freedom.

When Nkeiru Okoye was a girl, she spent a lot of time shuttling between the United States, her mother’s home country, and her father’s homeland, Nigeria.  While she found the culture shock disorienting, there were some things that remained constant.  For one, “I don’t remember ever not knowing about Harriet Tubman," she said. "My mother used to love to read my sister and me stories, so my mother probably told me about her even before I learned about Harriet in school.”

Those early stories turned into a fascination that Ms. Okoye has now turned into a work of art.

"Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom," is presented by the American Opera Projects.  The group received an award from America's National Endowment for the Arts to present works commemorating Ms. Tubman in this, the 100th anniversary of her death. 

Ms. Tubman was born into slavery in the state of Maryland around 1820. In 1849, a dozen years before the U.S. Civil War would be fought between northern and southern states over the question of slavery, she escaped to the north and freedom.

“But she became famous because she went back down to rescue the rest of her family and anyone else that would go with her,” Ms. Okoye said.

Ms. Tubman helped arrange a series of safe houses and hiding places called The Underground Railroad, that escaped slaves used to reach freedom.  The people who ran the railroad were called conductors.

“Harriet, who became known as Moses, was the most famous conductor in the U.S,” said Ms. Okoye.

There are many tall tales about Ms. Tubman’s life.  And Ms. Okoye says she originally set out to add to that tradition.

“When I started this process, I wanted to pay tribute to Harriet Tubman by writing a highly fictionalized account of her,” she said.

Instead, she was inspired to dig into the true story of Tubman, rather than the legend. 

“I spent three years getting to know Harriet's world,” she said.

​Using that research, Ms. Okoye created what is called a “folk opera.”

“Which is slightly different from regular opera.  Most of the music in Harriet Tubman is rooted in traditional African-American folk idioms," she said. "So there are elements of gospel, jazz, blues, and then you hear a field holler, you hear ragtime, work songs and there are things that sound like spirituals throughout the opera.
   
Ms. Okoye’s attempt to be true to Ms. Tubman’s life is a key part of "When I Crossed That Line To Freedom." 

“The First Act is called ‘In slavery’ and the Second Act of the opera is called ‘In Freedom.’  I did that because I thought it was very important for listeners to experience Harriet as a full person," Ms. Okoye said.  "I think most people like to think of Harriet as a born liberator and it robs them of an important part of the story.  It’s kind of hero worship.  We don’t get that there’s this vulnerable person who’s there.  We don’t get the full picture.

"Harriet Tubman: When I Crossed That Line To Freedom," is being performed in February and March in New York’s Fort Greene, the location of an actual Underground Railroad station.


France considers banning
comedian who mocks Zionist

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

France is considering banning performances by a black comedian whose shows have repeatedly insulted the memory of Holocaust victims and could threaten public order, Interior Minister Manuel Valls said today.
 
He said his ministry is studying legal ways to ban shows by Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, a comedian repeatedly fined for hate speech who ran in the 2009 European Parliament elections at the head of an anti-Zionist list including far-right activists.
 
Valls announced the move after Jewish groups complained to President Francois Hollande about Dieudonne's trademark straight-arm gesture, which they call a Nazi salute in reverse and link to a growing frequency of anti-Semitic remarks and acts in France.
 
“Dieudonne M'bala M'bala doesn't seem to recognize any limits any more,” Valls said in a statement announcing the legal review aimed at banning his public appearances.
 
“From one comment to the next, as he has shown in several television shows, he attacks the memory of Holocaust victims in an obvious and unbearable way,” he said.
 
France has Europe's largest Jewish minority, estimated at about 600,000, but also sees a steady emigration to Israel of Jews who say they no longer feel safe here.
 
In the worst recent anti-Semitic incident, a French Islamist killed a rabbi and three pupils at a Jewish school last year in the southwestern French city of Toulouse.
 
Dieudonne, as he is known on stage, has responded to the  criticism from prominent Jewish figures by threatening to sue them for linking his gesture, a downward straight arm touched at the shoulder by the opposite hand, to the Hitler salute.
 
He calls the gesture la quenelle, the word for an elongated creamed fish dumpling, and says it stands for his anti-Zionist and anti-establishment views, not anti-Semitism.
 
The gesture has gone viral on social media recently, with mostly young fans displaying it at parties and sports events. Some do it while in the audience at live television shows.
 
Two soldiers were sanctioned by the army in September for making the gesture in uniform in front of a Paris synagogue.
 
“It's the Nazi salute in reverse,” Roger Cukierman, head of an umbrella group of Jewish organizations, said after complaining about it to Hollande last week.
 
“Very clearly, Mr. Dieudonne is developing a nearly professional anti-Semitism under the cover of telling jokes.”
 
Dieudonne, 46, Paris-born son of a Cameroonian father and French mother, began his comedy career with a Jewish sidekick in the early 1990s and appeared in several films.
 
Originally active with anti-racist left-wing groups, he began openly criticizing Jews and Israel in 2002 and ran in the European elections two years later with a pro-Palestinian party.
 
He has been fined several times in France for defaming Jews. Police broke up his one-man-show in a Brussels theater last year for suspected anti-Semitic hate speech, but he was not convicted.
 
When Radio France's Patrick Cohen asked on air last week if the media should pay so much attention to him, Dieudonne suggested the journalist should get ready to emigrate.
 
“When I hear Patrick Cohen speaking, I say to myself, you see, the gas chambers ... too bad,” he said.


Hospitalized Barbara Bush
reported anxious to go home


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former first lady Barbara Bush was in good spirits and doing well after being admitted to a Houston hospital earlier this week with a respiratory ailment, a family spokesman said Thursday.
 
“She's definitely keen to get home to her dogs and her husband, and not in that order,” said Jim McGrath, a spokesman for former President George H.W. Bush.
 
Barbara Bush, 88, was being evaluated by doctors day-to-day, and no time has been set for her discharge, McGrath said.
 
Former president Bush took to social media and sent a message on behalf of his wife to President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton in appreciation of their concern.
 
“Barbara thanks Barack Obama & Bill Clinton for their get-well wishes and is heeding their advice. Doesn't happen w every President she knows!” he said on his Twitter feed.
 
The former first lady was admitted on Monday to Methodist Hospital in Houston's Texas Medical Center.
 
Obama sent his best wishes in a statement from Hawaii where he is vacationing with his family.
 
Barbara Bush is known to the American public as a no-nonsense wife and mother who said she was more interested in running a household than in helping her husband run the country.
 
After leaving the White House, she pursued her interest in promoting literacy and reading and also wrote her memoirs.
 
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Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos
in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 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. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. Owner financing available. More photos on request HERE!
8200-4/3/14

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Real Estate, Central Pacific Region
RichCoastRealty.com

Central Pacific between Jacó and Quepos-Manuel Antonio
Lots in gated community near the beach  from $17,999! Only 3 left
2-bedroom house in gated community was $120k now $99,900
3-bedroom house with 2 additional residential lots, walk to the beach $160k
Turnkey coffee shop/ bakery, corner location, great ROI! $65k
2-bedroom panoramic oceanview house, guesthouse on 2.5 acres $269k
Panoramic oceanview  property, 3 houses, on-ground pool $375k
And much more!!!

     www.RichCoastRealty.com
   USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
   CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
   Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
8191-4/30/13


Samara church and lot
Commercial lot with great visibility in heart of Playa Sámara commercial district. Located alongside town's largest church, bank, hardware store/lumber yard, mini shopping plaza, and Pali (Sámara's largest supermarket). This lot has a large elevated building platform shaded with mature treees. All this makes for many commercial options.  One block from stunning "blue flag" beach. This is a perfect location for a eco/boutique hotel, restaurant/catering, apartments, or condominium. All utilities to this property. Lot size 1,414m2. Price 325K. Email: mwk350@yahoo.com
8186-3/13/14

forest
Gorgeous Survival Farm located between San Ramón and Arenal Volcano bordering the huge Arenal Monteverde Nature Reserve. 30 acres of virgin rain forest with no neighbors, river, spring waters, rich soil, giant trees, homesite, no electricity, year-round 4WD access. 59,000 USD   axelspecial@gmail.com.
8182-1/13/14


Gulf road

Beachfront pristine five-hectare (13-acre) property

includes a common open air lodge with kitchen, three cabins, a caretaker's house, a garage and a secure storeroom. The property is maritime and has a current and valid maritime user's permit, all up to date and clear. In addition to the immaculately landscaped portion of the property that is already developed with bungalows, there are an additional three hectares that are ready for expansion and are cleared and planted in grass. The sales offer includes furnishings, appliances, catamaran, kayaks, and a whole series of extras. This property has about 300 meters of beach front in a docile portion of the gulf about 15 minutes north of Puerto Jimeenez, ideal for mooring boats just off the property shoreline. Has municipal water and power. Offered at $970,000. All reasonable offers will be considered. See photos and maps and more at www.suenos.org. Contact us at: osaproperty@gmail.com or +1-866-514-7435.
8172-1/6/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
8166-5/29/13

long view

200 miles of panoramic views over the Gulf of Nicoya and from Nicaragua along the volcanoes of the Cordillera de Guanacaste down to Jacó and around the southern Nicoya Peninsula to the open Pacific. 55 acres located at an altitude of about 2,800 feet in a fresh eternal spring climate, forest and pasture plus an old avocado forest. Many home sites, hidden entrance, property roads, spring waters.  195,000 USD   axelspecial@gmail.com
8164-12/28/13

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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8162-1/11/14

Five bedroom home
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Price reduced $100,000 for quick sale. Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach. The home is completely furnished with U.S. products. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances.  To see more, go to YouTube
http://www.youtube.com/user/CasaDelSolCostaRica
Asking  $250,000.    Call Gary 8784-2945 or email combrokers@aol.com
8157-2/22/13

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Beach property on the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste.

House and guest house on adjacent half acre lots. Each with separate electric,  private septic and well. Each can be sold stand alone or packaged. Modern kitchen, granite counters, Viking stove, large separate frig and freezer. Private commercial grade septic and well. No water shortages even in dry season. High speed internet and U.S. standard electric. Center of the beach -- NEVER floods. Estuary at each end of the beach with excellent kayaking and bird watching through the mangroves. Excellent fishing right off the shore. Great surfing, horseback riding, bicycling or Turtle watching. Groceries three miles away. Mentioned in "The Lonely Planet" Page 301. "Two of the most beautiful and least visited beaches in Costa Rica. Wilderness beaches of fine silver-grey sand." Despite opportunities for great surfing, kayaking and just about anything else you want to do on a sandy strip of paradise, the beaches are nearly always abandoned. $500K Will finance.  More pictures available at: http://www.rebecker.com/journal102006a.htm.  Contact information: ginbecker@gmail.com,  US: 001-612-599-0205 or Costa Rica 011-506-2655-1202.

condors

HIGH SECURITY Condo
ULatina, UCR, & U Fidelitas San Pedro, San Jose. $185,000.
Quietly located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada, 500 meters north of Iglesia Lourdes, San Pedro. ULatina, UCR, U. Fidelitas, bus & new train station are within five minutes Four-bedroom, three and half-bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with secure entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. Security fencing with electric wire, and a CCTV recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house.  For additional peace of mind, this residence equipped with an independently wired security system, iron bars on windows and patio doors, a telephone communication system to contact the guard house and secure parking at your front door.   Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. A green park area inside the complex for your children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Cable TV/Internet lines and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Water storage tank with pump maintains high pressure to bathrooms on all three floors. American style washer and electric dryer, refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. Other furniture items may be available. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987   or  U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458  or   (305) 848-5577. C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email: sjogringo@yahoo.com
6141-2/11/14

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at  www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24055899   
For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8135-2/5/14

beach scenes
Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West, maryandjerre@aol.com, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603
8123-4/22/2104

montage
For sale is a beautiful 50-acre property located in Los Alpes, just 15 minutes outside of San Ramon. At about 4,000 feet above sea level, this finca provides gorgeous views of the Central Valley as well as the Pacific Ocean in the distance while also offering a wonderful climate year around. The main house is two stories with three bedrooms and two full baths. High quality construction using exotic hardwoods such as almond, which covers the ceilings throughout the entire house. There are also two corrals and a small casita on the property. This location is perfect for a farm-style home or for beginning an agricultural business. This truly is a rare piece of property and is available for $399,999. Price is somewhat negotiable and we will be happy to work with the buyer to make it work! Please call 8816-2478 or e-mail bmcart3@gmail.com for more information ¡y se habla español!
8097-xxx

humming bird nest

Bed & Breakfast for sale and personal home with 2 houses on property of 3/4 acre (3,030 m2) and buildings w/verandas & carport approximately 350 m2. One house at entrance is central to village w/gated parking lot and a 3-bedroom house for rental or employees/family w/carport/yard/gardens. A 50-meter sendero winds to the top among lush gardens where the main house is situated w/2 buildings attached by verandas & stairway to second floor.  There are 2 bedrooms, sala, 4 baths, large kitchen, laundry rooms, work bodega, storage bodega and hot tub on veranda w/tiled shower room.  Home is surrounded by tropical gardens, views of Arenal Volcano, panoramic views of Lake Arenal, private w/school owned property on one side, pasture land on back side and connecting entry gate on other side to Cabinas El Castillo & Fusion Restaurant.  A bird watcher's paradise w/hummingbirds, Montezuma, toucans, butterflies and visits from howler monkeys.  The B&B is listed four consecutive editions of Lonely Planet and the first established B&B in this area.  Photos can be viewed on the Web site: www.hummingbirdnestbb.com.  Make your dream come true with a slice of paradise in a quiet, private setting. Call Ellen Neely at  8835-8711.  Email: nidocolibri@hotmail.com
8058-11/15/13

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

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Jaco station
Gas Station/Auto Plaza
Located on the Pan American Highway, Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Central America. This property is  45,000  square feet or  18,000  meters.  Liquor and convenience store is operational. Room to add an automotive service, car wash, restaurant, pharmacy, lotto sales, tour sales, ATM's,  etc, for a real money maker. Also future plans for a 80-unit  auto motel and casino. See on Youtube at:  http://youtu.be/iDXurhJ4fCk Asking price  $3.9 million. Email costaricapropertysales@gmail.com or call: 8899-9870.
8153-112/22/13

beach scenes
Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West, maryandjerre@aol.com, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603
8123-4/22/2
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DIGITS RESOURCE GUIDE is for sale!
In the nine years of operation, DIGITS Resource Guide has grown to cover the entire Southern Pacific Zone, and opened the door to further penetration in San Jose, Jacó, Manuel Antonio, and Osa Peninsula areas.  DIGITS is the only one of its kind with no comparable competition. With the extensive groundwork that has already been achieved, the business is now poised to expand into an even greater level of success. Operating since 2005, the owner is retiring to another Latin American country. For a preview of the magazine, go to www.everydigit.com, or simply go to a local Distributor for a copy. Details on the business, its history, a strategic analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as a Pro-Forma Income Statement from 2008 through to 2013 are available upon request to aha_jm@yahoo.
8115-11/18/13

Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

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Researchers find that lungs
have cells that can smell


By the Washington University news service

The nose is not the only organ in the body that can sense cigarette smoke wafting through the air. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Iowa have shown that lungs have odor receptors as well.

Unlike the receptors in the nose, which are located in the membranes of nerve cells, the ones in the lungs are in the membranes of neuroendocrine cells. Instead of sending nerve impulses to the brain that allow it to perceive the acrid smell of a burning cigarette somewhere in the vicinity, they trigger the flask-shaped neuroendocrine cells to dump hormones that make airways constrict.

The newly discovered class of cells expressing olfactory receptors in human airways, called pulmonary neuroendocrine cells, were found by a team led by Yehuda Ben-Shahar, assistant professor of biology, Washington University in St. Louis.

“We forget,” said Ben-Shahar, “that our body plan is a tube within a tube, so our lungs and our gut are open to the external environment. Although they’re inside us, they’re actually part of our external layer. So they constantly suffer environmental insults,” he said, “and it makes sense that we evolved mechanisms to protect ourselves.”

In other words, the cells, described in the March issue of the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, are sentinels, guards whose job it is to exclude irritating or toxic chemicals.

The cells might be responsible for the chemical hypersensitivity that characterizes respiratory diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma. Patients with these diseases are told to avoid traffic fumes, pungent odors, perfumes and similar irritants, which can trigger airway constriction and breathing difficulties.

The odor receptors on the cells might be a therapeutic target, Ben-Shahar suggests. By blocking them, it might be possible to prevent some attacks, allowing people to cut down on the use of steroids or bronchodilators.


  

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Unemployed benefit extension is a tough sell

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Five years after the financial crisis, many indicators suggest a recovery is finally taking hold in the world’s largest economy.  U.S. gross domestic product is growing at its fastest pace in two years, and unemployment has fallen to pre-crisis levels.  Despite the prognostications, 2014 may prove to be a difficult year for some unemployed Americans.

I’m 51-years-old, born, bred, raised in Baltimore. My father was a plumber, my mother was a nurse. I’ve worked my whole life for everything I’ve ever had," said Kathy Biscotti.

Ms. Biscotti lost her job as an office assistant six months ago. She received her last unemployment check Tuesday.

"I received on Tuesday $332, and now I have to decide what to do. If I give it to my landlord, then I have no money at all," she said.

Ms. Biscotti is one of 1.3 million Americans grappling with the same dilemma. Congress allowed their extended unemployment benefits to lapse Dec. 28 because some lawmakers said extending benefits beyond the standard 26 weeks makes people less likely to look for work.
 
Among them:  Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican,  who spoke on Fox News.

“If you extend it beyond that, you do a disservice to these workers," said Paul.
 
But advocates for the unemployed say that’s not true.  Christine Owens, executive director at the National Employment Law Project, says the majority of the four million Americans who receive benefits want to work.

“These are not folks who are just sort of sitting around on their couch watching TV and eating Christmas candies. These are people who have made a full time job out of trying to find another job," said Ms. Owens.

For Ms. Biscotti that's 10 to 20 job applications per week.

“I applied for a job yesterday.  There were 865 applications went in for that one job," she said.

Without benefits, Ms. Biscotti fears she could soon be homeless, unable to afford food or even bus fare for job interviews. Her New Year's resolution is to find work.

Lawmakers have extended long term benefits 11 times, something President Obama insists Congress needs to do when lawmakers return from holiday recess.

“I think we're a better country than that.  We don't abandon each other when times are tough," said Obama.

A bipartisan group is expected to introduce a three month extension when Congress resumes work. But proponents say it could be a tough sell.

Support for extended benefits has waned as the economy has improved. But despite recent job gains, the number of Americans unemployed 27 weeks or longer remains at a record high representing about 40 percent of all unemployed Americans.