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Teatro Nacional ceiling gets international recognition
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The ceiling of the Teatro Nacional has made a short list of 10 best published by USA Today, the U.S. national newspaper.

The ceiling shares the honor with the Sistine Chapel in Vatican City, the one at the Library of Congress and the elaborate and restored ceiling at the Church on the Place of the Spilt Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia.

The article was written by staffer Larry Bleiberg with information supplied by Jennifer Tombaugh, president of a New York travel agency.

USA Today has a number of 10 best articles including "10 great places to ride a carousel" and "10 great places that showcase the best in bacon."

Still, the distinction was enough for the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo to send out a bulletin along with a photo of the Teatro Nacional ceiling.
As Ms. Tombaugh notes in the article:
"This lavish theater was one of the first buildings in Central America with electric lighting, but it's most famous for its ceiling murals. One, a tribute to the country's coffee and banana crops, is notable for technical errors. Painted by an Italian master who hadn't visited, it shows coffee growing at sea level (it's normally cultivated in the mountains). And the bananas? They're upside down."

The ceiling also is featured on the old Costa Rican five-colon note. Street vendors outside the theater seem to have an unlimited supply of the obsolete banknotes.

The Sistine Chapel art is the work of Michelangelo. The St. Petersburg church is built on the spot where an assassin fatally wounded Czar Alexander II in 1881. Only after the fall of the Soviet state was the building restored to its former glory.

Other favorites include the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and the Chicago Cultural Center with its glass dome.

The full story is HERE!

Press and television taking hard look at candidates
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Press and television reporters in Costa Rica are digging deeper this year into the backgrounds and promises of candidates.

Channel 7 Monday night subjected one promise by each of the five leading candidates to independent evaluation. Two promise dealing with financial matters were classified as risky. Three were considered impossible.

Meanwhile, two legislative candidates for Movimiento Libertario quit after La Nación, the Spanish-language daily, pointed out they had faced criminal prosecution. One was facing a child sex charge.

In all, nine legislative candidates had faced serious criminal charges and 15 are under investigation by prosecutors on various allegations, the newspaper said. One legislative candidate from a minor party has been taped offering a bribe to a judge in a drug case, the newspaper reported. However, the prison sentence stemming from his1999 arrest was thrown out on appeal for technical reasons, the newspaper said.

Some 91 of the candidates from all 19 political parties faced some kind of civil court action from creditors seeking money.

La Nación reporters compared the names of the candidates against court records, the debtor list at the Caja Costarricense de Seguros Social and the criminal courts, among others. The series is being called #Novotoaciegas, which means don't vote blind. It can be found HERE!

A separate news story outlining the project said that the average voter does not have the time to check out the past of candidates. The story said reporters took four months to run down all the data.

Reporters took candidates from the five leading parties and the top two legislative deputy candidates from the other minor parties and ran them against 32 public sources of information, they said.

Legislative candidates are elected by province proportional to the percentage of votes their party received. They are not elected directly.
The Channel 7 program Siete Dias asked experts to consider a promise by Otto Guevara Guth, the presidential candidate of Movimiento Libertario, that he would create 500,000 jobs. That was considered unlikely by independent experts.

Johnny Araya Monge, the candidate of the Partido Liberación Nacional, said he wants to apply 3 percent of the sales tax to pensions to ease the burden on the public pension plan. Other experts said this was financially risky.

Also discounted were promises to eliminate extreme poverty in two years, to remove the eight-year limit on payments to public and private retirees and to reduce the bureaucracy procedures.

It was Rodolfo Piza de Rocafort of Partido Unidad Social Cristiana who is promoting the reduction of the complexity in governmental procedures, called tramites. He said this was a way to reduce corruption.

Jose María Villalta Florez-Estrada of Frente Amplio said he wanted to eliminate the eight-year limit on severance and retirement pay. Now such payments by employers to a fired, retiring or dead employee are capped at eight years. Villalta would provide about a month's pay for every year worked, regardless of the number.

Luis Guillermo Solís of Partido Acción Ciudadana was the candidate who promises to eliminate extreme poverty in two years. Analysts said this was unlikely because every other government has tried to eliminate extreme poverty without success. The proposals and criticisms are HERE!

The La Nación investigative reporting using public documents is going to be more difficult because the Poder Judicial has issued privacy guidelines that restrict access to the names of individuals involved in court decisions. Some private investigators already have complained about this, but the action is too new to have affected more of the information sources consulted by the newspaper reporters.

Political parties usually try to look into the backgrounds of their candidates to avoid embarrassment later. In many cases, however, they just take the word of the candidate instead of doing independent research.

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Now would be a good time to quit smoking because the health agency plans to start a five-year anti-smoking campaign today.

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social said Monday that it would outline plans for the campaign today. The special target is the young, it said.

The Caja operates the nation's hospitals so it is fully aware of the human and financial cost of smoking. It said that smoking contributes to 50 percent of the deaths in Costa Rica.

The campaign will dovetail with what the health ministry is doing, based on approval of an international convention against smoking.

The Caja is expected to adopt an educational approach while the health ministry already has engineered prohibitions on smoking in public places and an increase in the cigarette tax. More efforts are coming, according to legislation that already has been past.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's top cultural awards are going to a poet and a sculptor.

The minister of  Cultura y Juventud, Manuel Obregón, announced the awards Monday.  The poet is Julieta Dobles, She is a 70-year-old former professor who has published four books of poetry mainly about Costa Rica.

The sculptor is Evangelista Blanco Brenes, 75, of Zarcero, who took a former sports area in his town and turned it into a magical garden with figures made out of bushes and trees. The park is in front of the  San Rafael Arcángel church. He was awarded the Cultura Popular Tradicional prize.

He has been working in the garden since 1964 and has created about 100 figures. He said he is creating an elephant now.

The awards will be presented at a future date.

Caja invests $1.3 million
for anesthesia machines

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's health provider says it has purchased 25 anesthesia machines and distributed them to 13 public hospitals.

The investment was $1.3 million, said the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social.

In all, the Caja wants to replace 120 machines, but there is a four-step plan to do so. The first 25 machines went to hospitals that have the most need. They are Max Peralta, Golfito, México, Carlos Valverde Vega, el Centro Nacional de Rehabilitación, Max Terán Valls, Fernando Escalante Pradilla, William Allen Taylor, Enrique Baltodano Briceño, Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia, Tony Facio and San Juan de Dios, said the Caja.

The next 40 machines still are the subject of a solicitation for bids, the Caja said.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Maybe its because I am a Canadian, but I think having to pay to the Caja which works to benefit all, rather than to a private insurance company who’s top priority is to benefit their share holders, is a better system.

I feel it is very little for the government of Costa Rica to ask of us as guests to their country. If you don’t see the benefit to all, just pay the fee and use something else, like private insurance. Then, consider the fee a donation to the health care of the country you live in. Someday you may be happy that you did, like when one of your Costa Rican friends needs medical.

Regarding the government not wanting expats, we have to make ourselves useful. Donate your time, be good guests, be patient, be polite, you just can’t expect people to appreciate you. Maybe the reason you are not in your own country came with you.

Don’t worry about the chemtrails.   The plastics will beat them out by killing our planet first. Talk about a conspiracy, we are addicted to using them.
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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

The brave gentleman Carl Nichols referred to as the "Guachipelin writer" seems to be one of the few people with a functioning mind and his eyes wide open.

Chemtrails whose purpose and effect on humans he aptly describes in his letter are real, and the phenomenon also can be seen in Costa Rica. According to an article I once saw on the Internet the planes responsible for the trails in the Costa Rican skies are said to be stationed at a U.S. base in Honduras.

These so-called chemtrails which certainly are not condensation trails I have photo-documented extensively in Europe traveling from Germany via Holland, Belgium and France to Spain. The editor's note suggesting to discard Mr Nichols observations and indirectly labeling him a conspiracy theorist by referring the readers to the subject Wikipedia Web site is misleading and analogous to referring someone with questions about the assassination of JFK to the Warren Commission Report or offering to consult the official version when researching the fall of the WTC (plus building #7) in 2001. 

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Two types of taxes easily survive Sala IV court appeals
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala IV constitutional court has delivered a one-two blow to expats over taxes.

In the first case, the court shot down an appeal against the nation's corporate tax.

The petitioners argued that the law was being applied retroactively on corporations that had been formed before the tax was passed. The petitioners also argued that the tax, about
$400 this year, is disproportionate.

The magistrates rejected both arguments.

The second appeal, which also was rejected, questioned why Internet purchases were subject to sales tax but not those items brought into the country by travelers. Travelers who are outside the country for at least 72 hours can bring in goods worth about $500, according to the current customs law.

The court also dismissed this appeal on technical grounds.

Election officials take to malls to provide voting information
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The election tribunal is going to the people.

The agency has set up booths at both Mall Paseo de las Flores and Multicentro de Desamparados to distribute election information and to explain the election process.

The Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones said the booth will be in operation through Sunday. The election is less than two weeks away on Feb. 2.

Costa Ricans also will be able to find out their voting location and other details at the booth, the Tribunal said.

In addition, the Tribunal has set up a call center at 1020 to answer questions by citizens. The system also accepts text messages. And those with questions also can go to the Tribunal Web site where there is a lot of information about the location of polling places.

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El Dairio Extra blames Poder Judicial for shameless spying
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Executives at El Diario Extra, the popular Spanish-language daily newspaper in San José, said Monday that the Poder Judicial has illegally tapped into reporters' phone calls. Surrounded by the familiar cameras and microphones of fellow local journalists, Diario Extra's management said that basic journalist rights had been violated since as far back as last March.

“It's a shameless act of espionage,” said deputy director Paola Hernández. The intention of Poder Judicial is to know and to discover each source of information from Diario Extra and possibly other media outlets, she added.

The Poder Judicial denied any wrongdoing in a later news release, stating it is aware that “the function of the media is essential in respect to the public liberties of each citizen.” Consisting of the Corte Suprema de Justicia, prosecutors and the Judicial Investigating Organization, the Poder Judicial is the government branch that is in charge of law enforcement.

News reporter Manuel Estrada, who Diario Extra executives say had his personal and corporate phones hacked, assured his
 subjects and sources that he would maintain their basic right of anonymity, saying, “I want to let my sources know that will not reveal the names of any of my informants.” The media group's lawyer, Carlos Serrano, said he plans to take the case to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to preserve the rights of journalistic expression and source protection in Costa Rica and the rest of the Americas.

The commission says "each social communicator has the right to reserve his or her sources of information, notes, as well as personal and professional archives.”

“All of the national and international press must understand that no power of the Republic can frighten us,” Ms. Hernández said.

Grupo Extra executives were joined by representatives from other media outlets and the Colegio de Periodistas, the journalism professional organization.

The full Corte Suprema de Justicia said Monday it was seeking information from investigators about the case.

The judicial said that the situation involved an investigation of a judicial employee who may be leaking information.


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Martin Luther King federal holiday is a day of service for some in U.S.
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Americans across the country paused Monday to observe the annual federal holiday marking the birthday of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.  While the holiday usually means the day off from work or school, many honored King by participating in the National Day of Service.

President Barack Obama led by example Monday, during the national day of service.

"We just want to thank everybody here for the great work they do," he said.

Alongside first lady Michelle Obama and his daughters, the family made burritos with volunteers at a local community kitchen.

Meanwhile, at Fort Dupont Park in Washington, National Park Service head Jonathan Jarvis spoke about the significance of Martin Luther King's call to service.

“The message Dr. King carried was of service to others," he said. "He asked each of us: 'What are you doing for each other, what are you doing for others, what are you doing for your community?'  And he lived that life, and he stands as a symbol for all of us.”

Heeding this message, volunteers from AmeriCorps, the Student Conservation Association, local schools and residents got their hands dirty, picking up trash and pulling weeds at the park.
“I love being in nature and I just love these parks, and I just want other people to be able to enjoy them, and the species that live here, to be able to continue to live here," said student Charlotte Leape. "I think it’s really important to pick up trash in the park.”

“I like animals, and I want to be a veterinarian when I grow up," Shannon Mueller said.  "I want to help the animals and the wildlife, anywhere, so why not go to a park and pick up trash?”

Sarah Catchot, a Student Conservation leader, agreed.

“I really like to lead people, to give back to their communities, to get outdoors, to be in nature, to do something for the planet," she said. "There’s a lot of work to be done.”

Local resident Paul Mackie said the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service appeals to him personally.

“My grandfather marched with Martin Luther King, Jr., and was a big civil rights leader in the south," he said. "I’ve always identified with MLK’s messages of service."

The Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service is the country’s largest day of civic engagement.

Advocates call it a “Day On, not a Day Off.”

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Terrorist video threatens
attack at Olympic Games

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Russian security forces are studying a video posted by an Islamic militant group that claims responsibility for last month's suicide bombings in Volgograd and threatens attacks at the upcoming Olympics in Sochi.

The video was posted online Sunday by a militant group from the predominately Muslim region of Dagestan. It is unclear when the video was made.

In the video, two Russian-speaking men warn President Vladimir Putin to expect what they call a present at the Sochi Winter Olympics. The two men in the video claim that they are the suicide bombers who attacked Volgograd last month, killing 34 people. There is no independent confirmation of that claim.

The U.S. military said Monday it will make available air and naval support to the Russian government as it makes security preparations for the Olympics. A Pentagon spokesman said in a statement that support, including two U.S. Navy ships in the Black Sea, will be available, if requested, for all manner of contingencies in consultation with the Russian government.

In another development, hotel workers in Sochi told reporters they have seen wanted posters for a woman from Dagestan. She is described as a 22-year-old widow of a militant killed by Russian security forces last year. The posters say the woman may be in or near Sochi and could be planning an attack.

Also Monday, Russian security forces say they killed three militants in Dagestan's capital, Makhachkala.

The deaths are the latest violence in the city. Saturday, security forces said they killed seven suspected militants who were believed to be involved in an attack on a restaurant. That attack left at least 16 people injured.

President Putin said in comments broadcast Sunday that his country will do "whatever it takes" to ensure security at the upcoming Olympic games. He spoke about massive security preparations in and around Sochi and said: "If we betray weakness, betray fear -- display our fear -- then we will be helping terrorists achieve their goals."

U.S. allies still unsatisfied
by Obama's plan on spying

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

There has been a muted response from U.S. allies to President Barack Obama’s plans to curb the surveillance activities of the  National Security Agency. Documents leaked by fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden suggested the agency has been collecting electronic data on millions of American and foreign civilians, and had tapped the phones of foreign leaders. 

The leaked documents revealed the National Security Agency had harvested data on the phone calls, emails and SMS messages of millions of people across the globe.

The president sought to quell anger among U.S. allies by extending some privacy protections enjoyed by U.S. nationals to foreign citizens.

The changes are unlikely to change global opinion, however, according to Chris Brown, a professor at the London School of Economics. “The people who were fairly relaxed about it beforehand will be quite reassured by these words. But the people who were not relaxed will not be.”

The leaked documents revealed last year that the United States had tapped the cell phone of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, prompting a furious response from Berlin.

In his speech Friday, Obama pledged to tighten the protocol for decisions on spying on foreign leaders.

“Obama has apologized for that, he has said it will not happen again," said Brown. "He has gone out of his way to go on German television to try to reassure. But I do not think he has.”

German Green Party lawmaker Hans-Christian Stroebele, who sits on a parliamentary intelligence committee, remains unsatisfied with the reforms and wants Europe to demand more answers from Washington.

Stroebele said the debate gives the German Bundestag and parliaments in other European countries the opportunity to talk openly on the topic of surveillance with colleagues in the U.S. Congress, and to ask what it all means for Germany, and the steps that must now be taken.

Spying on foreign leaders is not legally problematic, but rather a diplomatic issue, said Stephen Vladeck of the American University College of Law.

“What is the best way for the president to at once preserve our capabilities to know what our friends and enemies are up to overseas, while not provoking these very uncomfortable conversations with Germany, with France, with China over the extent to which we are criticizing their governments for doing the exact same intelligence gathering that it now seems we are doing to them," he said.

Many European leaders would like to move on from the mass surveillance revelations, which have engulfed their own intelligence agencies, said Brown. “If they are a major European country, they know that they have agencies that do this themselves. The trouble is their public opinion is very upset about this, and if you are a democratic leader you have to listen.”

Analysts say that as long as fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden continues to leak information on NSA activities, global anger over the extent of U.S. surveillance likely will remain high.

Economic recovery leaves out
young, labor agency reports

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The global economy may be on the mend, but the International Labor Organization says the recovery has not improved the global employment picture.  In a new report released this week, the U.N. labor advocacy group says unemployment around the world is rising, especially among young people.

The World Bank says growth in high income countries will fuel the global economic recovery - with overall growth expanding 3.2 percent in 2014 - then 3.5 percent by 2015.
But the U.N.’s International Labor Organization says those prospects have not helped the world’s unemployed.

Guy Ryder is the agency's director general.

“The bottom line figure for 2013 is that there are nearly 202 million people around the world unemployed, and that represents an increase of nearly five million on the previous year," said Ryder.

The Geneva-based group says the bulk of the increase came from East and South Asia, which represents nearly half of the additional job seekers, followed by sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. 

The International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde says growth remains too weak to boost employment.  

"Overall, as I said, the direction is positive, but global growth is still too low, too fragile and too uneven.  Moreover, even as it is, or as we forecast that it will be, it is not enough to create 200 million jobs that are needed by people who are looking for a job everywhere in the world," said Ms. Lagarde.

Based on current trends, the labor organization says the world’s jobless will grow another 13 million by 2018 - with youth unemployment rising nearly three times faster.
“Young people are the particular victims of unemployment: 74.5 million of the unemployed, aged between 15 to 24, that is one million more than the year before," said Ryder.

On a more positive note, the U.N. agency says the number of working poor is declining.  But it says about 800 million workers or more than a quarter of the world’s labor force still live on about two dollars a day or less.

Maduro seeks soap opera help
in stemming country's violence

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Nicolas Maduro is urging representatives of Venezuela's television stations to change what he calls a culture of violence glamorized by the media.

Voters routinely cite violent crime as their top concern. In the latest case to put pressure on the government, gunmen shot dead a former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband in front of their young daughter.

Maduro, who narrowly won a presidential election last April to succeed his late mentor Hugo Chávez, has accused TV stations, especially popular soap operas, or "telenovelas," of glamorizing guns, drugs and gangsters.

"We are going to build a culture of peace," he said last week, summoning representatives of local terrestrial and cable channels to the Miraflores presidential palace Monday.

"They transmit negative values of death, drugs, arms, violence and treachery and everything bad that a human can be," he said.

The government has launched about 20 campaigns to improve security in recent years, but the murder rate has continued to worsen. According to official figures, the number of homicides has risen by 105 percent since Chávez won power 15 years ago.

A new national police force has been inaugurated, and the socialist authorities have also taken aim at products they say contribute to a culture of violence. Five years ago, Chávez banned the manufacture, importation and distribution of violent video games and toys.

Venezuela's official homicide rate last year was 39 per 100,000 inhabitants. Local non-government organizations put the figure at nearly twice that for a total of 24,000 deaths.

This month's murder of the beauty queen and telenovela actress, Monica Spear, prompted an emergency meeting between politicians to discuss crime, and a rare handshake between Maduro and his opposition rival Henrique Capriles, their first since last April's bitter election standoff.

Critics say the latest version of the government's anti-crime plans do not tackle root causes, such as widespread impunity for criminals, largely due to a creaking and corrupt judicial system, and complicity by some poorly paid police.

Rosetta wakes up as planned
and continues comet chasing

By the European Space Agency news staff

It was a fairy-tale ending to a tense chapter in the story of the Rosetta space mission this evening as the European Space Agency heard from its distant spacecraft for the first time in 31 months.

Rosetta is chasing down Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, where it will become the first space mission to rendezvous with a comet, the first to attempt a landing on a comet’s surface and the first to follow a comet as it swings around the Sun.

Since its launch in 2004, Rosetta has made three flybys of Earth and one of Mars to help it on course to its rendezvous with 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, encountering asteroids Steins and Lutetia along the way.

Operating on solar energy alone, Rosetta was placed into a deep space slumber in June 2011 as it cruised out to a distance of nearly 800 million kms. from the warmth of the Sun, beyond the orbit of Jupiter.

Now, as Rosetta’s orbit has brought it back to within  673 million kms. from the Sun, there is enough solar energy to power the spacecraft fully again.

Thus Monday, still about 9 million kms. from the comet, Rosetta’s pre-programmed internal alarm clock woke up the spacecraft. After warming up its key navigation instruments, coming out of a stabilizing spin, and aiming its main radio antenna at Earth, Rosetta sent a signal to let mission operators know it had survived the most distant part of its journey.

The signal was received by both NASA’s Goldstone and Canberra ground stations during the first window of opportunity the spacecraft had to communicate with Earth. It was immediately confirmed in the European space operations centre in Darmstadt, Germany.

“We have our comet-chaser back,” says Alvaro Giménez, the European agency's director of science and robotic exploration. “With Rosetta, we will take comet exploration to a new level. This incredible mission continues our history of firsts at comets, building on the technological and scientific achievements of our first deep space mission Giotto, which returned the first close-up images of a comet nucleus as it flew past Halley in 1986.”

“This was one alarm clock not to hit snooze on, and after a tense day we are absolutely delighted to have our spacecraft awake and back online,” adds Fred Jansen, the Rosetta mission manager.

Comets are considered the primitive building blocks of the Solar System and likely helped to seed Earth with water, perhaps even the ingredients for life. But many fundamental questions about these enigmatic objects remain, and through its comprehensive, in situ study of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, Rosetta aims to unlock the secrets contained within.

“All other comet missions have been flybys, capturing fleeting moments in the life of these icy treasure chests,” says Matt Taylor, Rosetta project scientist. “With Rosetta, we will track the evolution of a comet on a daily basis and for over a year, giving us a unique insight into a comet’s behavior and ultimately helping us to decipher their role in the formation of the Solar System.”

But first, essential health checks on the spacecraft must be completed. Then the 11 instruments on the orbiter and 10 on the lander will be turned on and prepared for studying Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.

“We have a busy few months ahead preparing the spacecraft and its instruments for the operational challenges demanded by a lengthy, close-up study of a comet that, until we get there, we know very little about,” says Andrea Accomazzo, Rosetta operations manager.

Rosetta’s first images of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko are expected in May, when the spacecraft is still 2 million kms. from its target. Towards the end of May, the spacecraft will execute a major maneuver to line up for its critical rendezvous with the comet in August.

After rendezvous, Rosetta will start with two months of extensive mapping of the comet’s surface, and will also make important measurements of the comet’s gravity, mass and shape, and assess its gaseous, dust-laden atmosphere, or coma. The orbiter will also probe the plasma environment and analyze how it interacts with the Sun’s outer atmosphere, the solar wind.

Using these data, scientists will choose a landing site for the mission’s 100-kg Philae probe. The landing is currently scheduled for Nov. 11 and will be the first time that a landing on a comet has ever been attempted.

In fact, given the almost negligible gravity of the comet’s 4 km-wide nucleus, Philae will have to use ice screws and harpoons to stop it from rebounding back into space after touchdown.

Among its wide range of scientific measurements, Philae will send back a panorama of its surroundings, as well as very high-resolution pictures of the surface. It will also perform an on-the-spot analysis of the composition of the ices and organic material, including drilling down to 23 cm below the surface and feeding samples to Philae’s on-board laboratory for analysis.

The focus of the mission will then move to the escort phase, during which Rosetta will stay alongside the comet as it moves closer to the Sun, monitoring the ever-changing conditions on the surface as the comet warms up and its ices sublimate.

The comet will reach its closest distance to the Sun Aug. 13, 2015, at about 185 million kms, roughly between the orbits of Earth and Mars. Rosetta will follow the comet throughout the remainder of 2015, as it heads away from the Sun and activity begins to subside.

“We will face many challenges this year as we explore the unknown territory of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko and I’m sure there will be plenty of surprises, but today we are just extremely happy to be back on speaking terms with our spacecraft,” adds Matt Taylor.

Berries, tea and chocolate get
high marks fighting diabetes

By the University of East Anglia news service

Eating high levels of flavonoids including anthocyanins and other compounds found in berries, tea, and chocolate could offer protection from type 2 diabetes, according to research from the University of East Anglia and King’s College London.

Findings published in the Journal of Nutrition reveal that high intakes of these dietary compounds are associated with lower insulin resistance and better blood glucose regulation.

A study of almost 2,000 people also found that these food groups lower inflammation which, when chronic, is associated with diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

Aedin Cassidy from Anglia’s Norwich Medical School led the research. She said: “Our research looked at the benefits of eating certain sub-groups of flavanoids. We focused on flavones, which are found in herbs and vegetables such as parsley, thyme, and celery, and anthocyanins, found in berries, red grapes, wine and other red or blue-coloured fruits and vegetables.

“This is one of the first large-scale human studies to look at how these powerful bioactive compounds might reduce the risk of diabetes. Laboratory studies have shown these types of foods might modulate blood glucose regulation – affecting the risk of type 2 diabetes. But until now little has been known about how habitual intakes might affect insulin resistance, blood glucose regulation and inflammation in humans.”

Researchers studied almost 2,000 healthy women volunteers from TwinsUK who had completed a food questionnaire designed to estimate total dietary flavonoid intake as well as intakes from six flavonoid subclasses. Blood samples were analyzed for evidence of both glucose regulation and inflammation. Insulin resistance, a hallmark of type 2 diabetes, was assessed using an equation that considered both fasting insulin and glucose levels.

“We found that those who consumed plenty of anthocyanins and flavones had lower insulin resistance. High insulin resistance is associated with Type 2 diabetes, so what we are seeing is that people who eat foods rich in these two compounds, such as berries, herbs, red grapes, wine, are less likely to develop the disease.

“We also found that those who ate the most anthocyanins were least likely to suffer chronic inflammation – which is associated with many of today’s most pressing health concerns including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.

“And those who consumed the most flavone compounds had improved levels of a protein which helps regulate a number of metabolic processes including glucose levels.

“What we don’t yet know is exactly how much of these compounds are necessary to potentially reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes,” she added.

Tim Spector, research collaborator and director of the TwinsUK study from King’s College London, said: “This is an exciting finding that shows that some components of foods that we consider unhealthy like chocolate or wine may contain some beneficial substances. If we can start to identify and separate these substances we can potentially improve healthy eating. There are many reasons including genetics why people prefer certain foods so we should be cautious until we test them properly in randomized trials and in people developing early diabetes.”

Researchers are now seeking local men and postmenopausal women to help investigate whether blueberries can improve aspects of health linked to heart disease and diabetes.

The six-month research study will test if daily consumption of one or two portions of freeze-dried blueberries improves heart health and insulin action in people with metabolic syndrome, a condition characterized by a larger waistline and raised blood sugar, blood fats and blood pressure and which is found in more than a quarter of UK adults.

States with restrictive gun laws
have higher crime, study says

By the Taylor & Francis publishers news service

It may make sense to assume that states in which there are tight laws on weapons would make that state a safer place and one with less gun crime, however, recent research argues that the very opposite is true.

Mark Gius from Quinnipac University, published in Applied Economics Letters, suggests that this is in fact not the case, research shows that in states with more restrictive concealed carry weapons laws there is actually an increase in gun related crime.

Over the period of the study the average murder rate was 3.44. Data available in the full article indicates that states with more restrictive carry laws had a gun-related murder rate that was 10 percent higher than the average. In addition to this finding, the federal assault weapons ban seemed to make an even bigger impact, with murder rates 19.3 percent higher when this ban was in effect.

There are four broad types of carry laws, unrestricted, which means an individual requires no permit to carry a concealed handgun. Shall issue means a permit is required but authorities must issue one to all qualified applicants who request one. May issue means authorities can deny a request for a permit, and finally no issue means those states that do not allow private citizens to carry a concealed weapon.

Although there have been many studies on gun control, there has been limited research into assault weapon bans and carry laws. Of those that do currently exist there has been a mix in the exact results, however, a 1997 study found those states with a less restrictive law saw a 7.65 percent drop in murders.

This new study examines data from 1980 to 2009, one of the biggest time periods in research of this kind. It also looks solely at gun crime, rather than violent crime which is the case in similar research. State level data on gun related murder is taken from the Supplementary Homicide Reports from the U. S. Department of Justice and the information on carry laws was obtained from a variety of United States bodies.

Florida researchers are worried
about archaeological sites

By the Florida State University news service

Prehistoric shell mounds found on some of Florida’s most pristine beaches are at risk of washing away as the sea level rises, wiping away thousands of years of archaeological evidence.

“The largest risk for these ancient treasure troves of information is sea level rise,” said Shawn Smith, a senior research associate with the Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies at Florida State University.

But a joint project between Smith and the National Park Service is drawing attention to the problem to hopefully minimize the impact on the state’s cultural sites.

Smith and Margo Schwadron, an archaeologist with the National Park Service, have embarked on a project to examine past and future changes in climate and how those changes can be adapted to save areas of shoreline and thus preserve cultural and archeological evidence.

“We’re kind of the pioneers in looking at the cultural focus of this issue,” Smith said, noting that most weather and ocean experts are concerned about city infrastructure for coastal areas.

To complete the project, the National Park Service awarded Smith a $30,000 grant. With that money, Smith and former Florida State University undergraduate Marcus Johnson spent hours compiling modern, colonial and paleo weather data.

The focus of their initial research is the Canaveral National Seashore and Everglades National Park, which both have prehistoric shell mounds, about 50 feet to 70 feet high. Researchers believe these shell mounds served as foundations for structures and settlements and later served as navigational landmarks during European exploration of the region.

Modern temperature and storm system information was easily available to researchers. But, to go hundreds and then thousands of years back took a slightly different approach.

Log books from old Spanish forts as well as ships that crossed the Atlantic had to be examined to find the missing information.

The result was a comprehensive data set for the region, so detailed that modern era weather conditions are now available by the hour.

Smith and Ms. Schwadron are trying to secure more funding to continue their work, but for now, they are making their data set available to the general public and other researchers in hopes of raising awareness about the unexpected effects of sea level rise.

The National Park Service has also published a brochure on climate change and the impact that sea level rise could have on the shell mounds found at Cape Canaveral.

Thermal image better at airports
to control crowds, study says

By the Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning
news service

Thermal imaging cameras at airports could calculate queues and check-in times better than systems that make estimates using Bluetooth and WiFi on passengers' mobiles.

Current security control procedures at Værnes Airport use two infra-red thermal imaging cameras and strategically located optical sensors to provide an estimate of how long the queue will take to pass.

Researchers at Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning have been working with the video surveillance company Detec AS to develop a passenger counter using these sensors.

These counters provide results that are more accurate than systems based on Bluetooth and WiFi. This is partly because many people often turn off these services in order to save power. Surveys have shown that less than 30 per cent of people have one or both of these services turned on.

At Værnes, two infra-red thermal imaging cameras and strategically located optical sensors provide an estimate as to how long people will spend in the queue.

"The system, installed at Værnes in December 2013, is a soft type of video surveillance, from which personal identities are erased. You can view people's body temperature, but no other details", says Asbjørn Berge of the research  institute.

Queues at airports are arranged in mazes using retractable ribbon barriers. Security personnel adjust the barriers according to the size of the queue, and the system automatically learns how the flow of people moves. This is then used to give an estimate of how long it takes for the queue to pass through security.

For several decades, researchers have been working with Detec AS to develop advanced video analysis software that can be used to detect undesirable or threatening activity in crowds of people, or to secure special areas automatically.

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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. Built to highest standard by German owner in 2005,  room for two more apartments, plans approved. Less then a 10 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jaco. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. 70% owner financing available. More photos on request HERE!  Email:  cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

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Real Estate, Central Pacific Region

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!!!
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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:

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

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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 Contact us at: or +1-866-514-7435.

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.

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  See property video here:

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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. 
Asking  $250,000.    Call Gary 8784-2945 or email

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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:  Contact information:,  US: 001-612-599-0205 or Costa Rica 011-506-2655-1202.


ULatina, UCR, & U Fidelitas San Pedro, San Jose. $175,000.
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:

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   
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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,, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603

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 for more information ¡y se habla español!

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:  Make your dream come true with a slice of paradise in a quiet, private setting. Call Ellen Neely at  8835-8711.  Email:

Guiones retreat
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

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A successful, local, long-running business for sale.
In the nine years of operation, this company has grown to cover the entire Southern Pacific Zone, and opened the door to further penetration in San José, Manuel Antonio and Osa Peninsula areas. And it 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 a new level of success. Operating since 2005, the owner is retiring to another Latin American country. It is now time to turn the business over to a new owner who could expand it to even greater success. 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

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: Asking price  $3.9 million. Email or call: 8899-9870.

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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,, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603

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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:

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Quakes from 4.0 to 5.0, are represented by the green dots. The blue dots are from 3.0 to 4.0 magnitude. Yellow dots are greater than 5.0.

Only one strong earthquake  registered last year in nation

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Earthquake experts registered 282 events in 2013, but only one was categorized as strong, and that may have been a fluke.

The Laboratorio de Ingeniería Sísmica at the Universidad de Costa Rica said that the more significant quake happened June 15 off the coast of Nicaragua. That had a magnitude of 6.5, but it was only felt weakly in Guanacaste because of the distance.

There were 68 quakes in Costa Rica with a magnitude of from 4 to 5.0 and eight greater than 5.0, the monitoring agency said.

A quake in Panamá May 27 had a magnitude of 5.7. The location in Bocas del Toro is just south of Costa Rica.

The quake that registered the strongest in 2013 was one in Cartago that had a magnitude of 4.0. The Laboratorio said that the high reading may have been because the epicenter was very near the station holding the sensor.

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Construction insurance policy available via Internet

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Contractors and individuals doing their own construction can obtain insurance for their workers over the Internet.

The Instituto Nacional de Seguros announced this Monday. The main requirement is to have approval of a plan from the Colegio de Ingenieros y Arquitectos.

The colegio provides a number once a plan has been approved so that the insurance agency can get an idea of the scope of the work. The policy can be obtained via the agency's Web site.

The policy covers riesgo de trabajo for employees on the job and while commuting to work. Without the policy, employees would be working illegally, and the contractor would be in jeopardy if a worker were injured. The contractors would be liable personally.