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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Museos del Banco Central wants to show the world how to make money.

The museums mean how to really make it from start to finish.  The newest exhibit at the museums is a detailed explanation on how the new family of currency was created.

The bills have been in circulation for three years. The museums are operated by the Banco Central de Costa Rica, which really is in the business of making money. It ordered the bills to be printed.

The exhibition, which is scheduled to be on display all year, highlights the source and designs for each note.

Each of the individuals depicted on the bills are famous Costa Ricans, but the bills also feature wildlife.

“This exhibit shows how the concept and design of a new family of banknotes is achieved, based on determining and selecting its new denominations, designs, motifs and security measures," said Manuel Chacón, numismatics curator, on the bank Web site. "It is the second time in Costa Rican history that a family of banknotes is issued, the last one in 1964. This new family was issued in 2009 to substitute, or rather, eliminate the previous banknotes . . . .”

This exhibit marks the first time visitors can get a first-hand impression of each banknote, as well as the
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original drawings by illustrator Fernando Zeledón, the pre-Columbian seals that served as reference for the security band designs and the banknotes they replace, said the museums. Electronic devices will also show images of the original illustrations and videos detailing the features of these notes, it added. The ceramic seals date from 100 to 800 A.D.

The new bills are considered to be more secure than the older banknotes. That is one reason they were issued. Each is a slightly different size so that persons who cannot see can determine the value of a bill.

The numismatics museum also contains permanent exhibits of Costa Rican coinage and money from elsewhere in the world. There are other museums in the facility under the Plaza de la Cultura, which is why the title is plural.


Two men and a woman murdered on Caribbean coast
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A man with a knife murdered three persons Sunday night or early Monday in Valle la Estrella on the Caribbean coast.

The triple killing was blamed on a personal dispute, and the principal suspect surrendered himself in Tres Ríos de Cartago Monday afternoon. Judicial agents said that police were alerted to the crime by an emergency call. They said the killings happened between 9 p.m. Sunday and 1 a.m. Monday.

The three victims, two men and a woman, were leaving a home in Finca Nazareno de San Andrés. The initial report by the Judicial Investigating Organization said
 that the man confronted the trio and became involved in a dispute over personal matters. He was ordered to leave, and did so, but returned a short time later. He appeared to have committed the murders in a rage. One man, identified by the last name of Acevedo, was 45, suffered multiple stab wounds, and the killer even amputated his left hand.

The woman, who had the last name of Gómez, was 25. She also suffered multiple stab wounds including to the neck. The third person, identified by the last name of Rosales, was 65. He, too, suffered multiple stab wounds.

The suspect is 31.

The three victims were dead at the scene.


Woman dies near Jacó when tree falls on her vehicle
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Now the current weather can be called killer winds. A woman died Sunday afternoon when a tree fell on the vehicle in which she was riding.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said the accident happened at Punta Leona, the development north of Jacó on the central Pacific coast.

The dead woman was identified by the last name of  Rodríguez. She was 29, agents said. The Punta Leona development is heavily wooded. It is both a tourist resort and a housing development.
Judicial agents said that the woman was in the vehicle with her mother when the tree fell. The woman was fatally injured when the tree smashed down on the roof of the vehicle.

She remained trapped in the vehicle for a time. She was reported dead at the scene. Her mother was not injured, agents said.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional has warned of objects falling because of the wind. The weather forecast calls for more wind due to a high pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico. These conditions are expected to last for the week.

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Election officials have made the runoff official. The election for president will be April 6.

The Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones officially set the rules Monday and issued a long set of rules.

The action follows a mandatory recount that did not change the fact that the candidates in the runoff will be Johnny Araya Monge of the Partido Liberación Nacional and Luis Guillermo Solís of the Partido Acción Ciudadana.

That lineup was known election night, Feb. 2, but the tribunal has to make it official. Solís finished with 30.6 percent of the popular vote and Araya got 29.8 percent.


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A boy presumed to be a Venezuelan holds a sign saying 'No more bullets. Liberty for my country' He was at a rally Sunday. Three persons died in protests last week in Caracas.

High drama expected today
as Venezuelan leader gives up

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López is expected to surrender himself in Caracas today accompanied by hundreds of his supporters.

Meanwhile, young members of the Partido Liberación Nacional said here Monday that they reject the violence in the South American country and also the way President Nicolás Maduro has curtailed liberties.

The foreign ministry in the persona of the temporary presidency of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, also issued a statement. It deplored the violence and called for dialogue.  The community is the organization that former Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez set up as an alternative to the Organization of American States. Costa Rica just assumed the temporary presidency at a session in Havana, Cuba.

The opposition in Caracas appears to have the support of Venezuelans living in Costa Rica. There was a rally Sunday.


Concert band and museum
plan concert on Wednesday


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Museo Nacional and the Concert Band de San José usher in a summer of love with their first performance in the concerts of summer series. The opening concert will be held at Plaza de la Democracia and is set to feature romantic songs dedicated to themes of love and friendship.

The free concert boasts 44 musicians and their maestro, Juan Bautista Loainza, playing wind- and percussion-based melodies. Both residents and tourists are invited, and the show will begin on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

The concerts of summer series are part of the music in the museum project, which has scheduled concerts for certain Wednesdays and Sundays of the season. The remaining dates for Wednesday concerts are: March 5, March 19, and April 9. 

Beginning this Sunday concerts are scheduled for the last Sunday of each month at the main garden inside the Museo Nacional. The project aims to allow concert goers to enjoy the outdoors while simultaneously taking in great music.


China denies any role assisting
North Koreans rights crimes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

China is rejecting the charge of a U.N. human rights inquiry that suggested Beijing was aiding and abetting crimes against humanity by returning defectors to its ally, North Korea.

Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Tuesday that China cannot accept what she called the unreasonable accusation made in the inquiry's report, published a day earlier.

The U.N. report said many North Koreans forcibly repatriated by China have been subject to torture, summary execution and various forms of sexual violence upon their return to Pyongyang.

Beijing has long portrayed North Korean defectors as criminals or economic migrants. At a daily news briefing, Ms. Hua said the Chinese government does not refer to them as refugees, but as illegal border crossers.

Around 20,000 North Koreans have fled their country, mainly through China, since a famine in the 1990s.

They were fleeing a country whose leaders were described in the U.N. report Monday as committing crimes against humanity without "any parallel in the contemporary world."

The report said North Korea has systematically exterminated, tortured and enslaved its people, ordered forced abortions, and persecuted people on political, religious, racial and gender grounds.

It called for the international community to take urgent action to refer the North Korean government to the International Criminal Court for prosecution. It has also suggested the establishment of an ad hoc U.N. tribunal.

However, even before the report's release, China, a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, said it would veto any such move.

North Korean diplomats in Geneva dismissed the report, saying it was an "instrument of a political plot aimed at sabotaging the socialist system."

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Road agency serving up another dose of driving frustration
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Get ready for more lost time, more late arrivals to work and a spike in the frustration index.

Traffic officials have reduced the single-lane bridges over the Circunvalación washout from four to three.

They did that so prefabricated girders could be placed for a new bridge.

This is the washout that took place in August and eventually led to the closing of the key four-lane highway. The resulting delays caused millions in lost time, expended fuel and unproductive work hours.

Fixing the job is a $6.3 million project.  The job is in the hands of  CODOCSA/Productos de Concreto.
Workmen began removing one of the bailey bridges over the weekend. So traffic is now reduced to three lanes.

The bailey bridges created a jam because large sheets of steel were placed on the roadway, and motorists tried to pass over them gingerly.

The girders are going down where the bridge had been.

Saturday the situation gets worse. The road will be closed to traffic from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. while another temporary bridge is removed, and then until March 1 there will just be two one-lane bridges. Traffic is expected to be jammed for miles on each side of the washout.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes and the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad said that by March 2 there should be four bridges, two permanent ones and two of the remaining temporary ones on the westbound lanes.
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Prefrabricated girder awaits installation at bridge site.

The washout site is between Hatillo 8 and the Pavas turnoff. The Río María Aguilar has eroded the soil below the highway.

The Circunvalación is a bypass route south of the San José city center. The road agency, the Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, closed down westbound lanes of the Circunvalación Aug. 27 when it became obvious that the river was undermining the road.

Workers hurried to erect four temporary bailey bridges to handle traffic. But the bridges also became undermined.

The central government closed the highway in mid-September because of the failure of the temporary bridges. Workmen then began erecting steel walls and pouring more concrete to host the temporary bridges and to prepare for a permanent fix.

When traffic is jammed on the Circunvalación motorists seek out alternate routes resulting in a city-wide traffic jam.


Another round of rowdy behavior by soccer fans ends in arrests
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Soccer or as it is called in Spanish fútbol is sacred in Costa Rica, so the riot that took place Sunday in the Estadio Nacional has captured the attention of most residents. The Fuerza Pública detained more than 50 persons, and the  Cartago-Alajuela game was suspended

The judiciary is seeking anyone who may have been affected by the disturbances. Those who have been arrested are fans of
 the Alajuela team, and they have been a pain to police for years.

Officers are even on high alert when the fans are gathering to get a bus ride to the various games.

In this latest incident, investigators are studying video of the game and the disturbances to identify those involved.

The Poder Judicial said Monday that there was not sufficient evidence against those who were detained.

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First there was the plunge to work for himself and then another to find subjects
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Five years ago Carlos Hiller helped start a one-room art gallery with his paintings in Liberia. Now that gallery, Hidden Garden, is the largest private art gallery in the country.

The installment of more rooms (now 15 in total) and the influx of local painters and sculptors has allowed such an immediate growth. But it is through its resident artist, Hiller, that the space finds a consistent identity with brilliant marine life paintings.

An Argentinean by birth, he is a naturalized Costa Rican and has lived here for 22 years. He came to Costa Rica after weeks of traveling with a friend through the Amazon. During that excursion he crossed paths with local aborigines and flew a plane over part of the rainforest, moments that he said shaped his artistic vision.

“You always paint what you see,” Hiller said. “For me it was all related to my experiences in the jungle.”

While working for his own Costa Rican business that made road signs, Hiller said he became dissatisfied at work. In 2000 he made the jump full-time to living off his artwork. At this same time he started recreational diving, an activity that has fueled and inspired his passion for painting.
His newest exhibition called “Sparkle: Vibrant Colors” is on display at Liberia's Daniel Oduber airport, located just five kilometers from the gallery. The collection, which is up until April 23, features three unique pieces of brightly profiled game fish: the sailfish, roosterfish, and mahi-mahi. These large canvases represent these sought-after fish amid the beauty of their natural habitats.

Hiller works with Parque Nacional Isla del Coco, where he has gone diving off the rock island to swim with the diverse swarms of fish and fauna that make the island so well known. His paintings hang up inside park buildings, and he draws illustrations for children and science guides that detail endangered or rare marine species.

“Anything I can do for Isla del Coco, I don't hesitate in doing it,” Hiller said.

As a resident artist at the Four Seasons in Liberia, he often draws paintings while accompanied by music. Hiller also draws beachside paintings, and even stenciled an outline for one of his lucid works underwater.

“I feel very fortunate that I've had the ability to make a living off of my painting,” he said.

The three pieces are hanging at the airport's passenger screening room, which is available for entrance to all ticketed passengers.

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EU officials reflect deeply
over grim corruption report


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The European Union is taking a closer look at itself in the aftermath of a recent report that showed what one official called a breathtaking web of corruption.

The EU Anti-Corruption Report issued earlier this month detailed corruption among its 28 member states through tax avoidance, improper invoicing of trade, bribery, and other illicit acts that add up to some 120 billion Euros, more than US $160 billion, a year.

The EU’s watchdog has called for a probe.

"The EU administration has to live up to the very highest standards," European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly said in a statement.

The 41-page report states that while corruption is far more prevalent among some EU states than others, it exists everywhere.

“One thing is very clear. There is no corruption-free zone in Europe,” says EU Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, who describes the level of illicit activity as breathtaking.

“The long standing absence of comprehensive anti-corruption strategies in some member states which are facing systemic corruption problems,” the report says, needs to be responded to by “a comprehensive coordinated approach at central level.”

As it stands now, there is a patchwork of laws among members, and the European Parliament has not always found agreement as to how to best tighten controls.

Just over three out of four EU citizens polled by the EU’s Eurobarometer survey say they think corruption is widespread within their own countries.

Greeks are near unanimous at 99 percent, and 97 percent of Italians agree.  But right behind them, with 95 percent agreeing are Lithuania, Spain, and the Czech Republic.

On a personal level, a quarter of all EU citizens say corruption directly affects them.  Among Spaniards and Greeks, that leaps to nearly two-thirds.
 
A majority of Cypriots, Romanians, and Croatians also reported personal contact with corruption.  On the brighter side, only 4 percent of the people in the UK and Malta were personally affected, with Denmark and Finland even better, at 3 percent.

Bribery, the universal symbol of corruption, was surveyed directly. People were asked if they personally ever had to pay a bribe to an official. The UK, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Luxembourg all came in below 1 percent.

At only 2 percent were Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, and Estonia.  Austria came in at 5 percent.  On the higher end were Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland, but all were at or under 15 percent.

Overall, 40 percent of the EU businesses surveyed said they believe corruption is widespread.

But that soared to two thirds of the companies polled in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Greece, and Portugal. Two professions, contracting and engineering, told the survey that about a third of their businesses have encountered illicit activity.

The Feb. 3 report noted that while transparency laws are widespread, they’re not robust enough EU-wide, and not uniformly followed by member states.

It also points out these countries have not come to common terms on holding elected officials accountable for their behavior, stating “there is a need for a clear harmonization of criminal liability of elected officials for corruption offenses.”

The report says that once again, there needs to be greater uniformity among member states with stronger regulations on reporting contributions and other activities.  It also brought up the need for tighter asset disclosure laws covering public office holders.

Another section found widespread failures in controlling a culture of collusion between politicians and the business community.

That includes favors connected to lobbying, the revolving job door between public office and corporations, and a lack of oversight of the public contracting process.

State-owned companies came under a separate spotlight.

The report says that in some member states, “There is little transparency regarding the allocation of funds, and in some cases, purchases of services by these companies.”

It goes on to say: “Recent investigations into alleged misuse of funds, corrupt practices, and money laundering linked to state-owned companies indicate the high level of corruption-related risks in this area, as well as the weakness of control and prevention.”

The EU report also admits there are deficiencies in laws and regulations covering public access to information, and legal protections for whistleblowers who bring corrupt acts to light.

The watchdog group Transparency International responded critically, saying the report, however, fails to issue detailed recommendations as to how to bolster laws and procedures to resolve those critical problems.

Transparency International Board Chair Edda Muller reacted to the EU report with a call for Brussels and its member states to extend the anti-corruption fight beyond Europe’s borders to nations where members are engaged in NATO and other military actions.

EU member states have to further integrate, she said, approaches to good governance, rule of law, and anti-corruption in their peace operations.  Cited directly were Afghanistan, and Sahel countries in Africa as areas where military-related corruption is rampant.

London-based attorney Alastair Craig, writing in fcpablog.com (an acronym for the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act) raises a pointed question regarding the EU’s report.

“One issue it does not illuminate is why recent offers of EU membership were not made conditional on candidate countries putting in place appropriate and harmonized anti-corruption regimes,” he wrote.

Perhaps the greatest criticism of the report is that Brussels does not live up to its own standards.

Michael Levi, in an analysis of the EU report published in the Beirut Daily Star and elsewhere, notes that it's rather unfortunate for the commission’s credibility, not to focus as well on corruption in EU institutions, as was originally envisaged.

“This reflects political sensitivity, but is hard to justify if the commission claims to be bold,” he wrote. “Future reports would benefit from greater boldness and efforts to evaluate anti-corruption measures rigorously.”



Immigration rights activists
want Obama to take lead


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Immigrant rights advocates are urging President Barack Obama to use his executive authority to stop the deportations of illegal immigrants. Some arrests were made Monday when dozens of advocates rallied in Washington.

Religious and civil rights activists chanted and prayed alongside illegal immigrants near the White House as they urged the president to stop the deportations, which they say are tearing families apart.

Methodist Bishop Julius Trimble said he wants comprehensive, humane immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship.

"A majority of people who are detained and deported have no criminal record or have done no crime," he said. "They are just here because they don't have documentation and we don't have a pathway for dealing with those persons who are our neighbors or parts of our churches and who have businesses in our communities."

One of those undocumented immigrants is Gerardo Torres. He's from Mexico, but he said he has lived in Arizona for more than 20 years.

"I want to have the freedom to go to my country and visit my family and just the freedom of movement," he said. "That's all I want."

Police moved in and arrested some of the demonstrators after they edged closer to the White House.

Jessica Vaughan is director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies. The group believes the law should be changed to meet U.S. economic needs not to satisfy the demands of those who have entered the country illegally or overstayed visas.

She said it would be wrong for Obama to stop the deportation of undocumented immigrants.

"Not only would it be a bad political move, it would be a horrible thing for public safety, national security, and immigration law enforcement in general for him to do that. Enforcement is already about as bare-bones as it gets," she said.

More than 1.9 million undocumented immigrants have been deported since Obama took office in 2009. The rate of deportations under his administration is outpacing that of his predecessor, president George W. Bush.

During a November speech in San Francisco, the president heard first-hand from immigration reform advocates who are unhappy with his policy.

Obama said he needs to rely on Congress.

"If, in fact, I could solve all these problems without passing laws in Congress, then I would do so," he said. "But we are also a nation of laws. That is part of our tradition."

The Senate passed immigration reform last year, but the legislation has stalled in the House.

House Speaker John Boehner has said he is pessimistic about immigration reform passing this year.



3-year-old pizza possible
in rations for U.S. soldiers


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. soldiers will finally have their long-time wish granted. Researchers at the U.S. Army’s Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Natick, Massachusetts, say they will soon be ready to add pizza to the field rations, known as meals ready to eat or MREs.

As one of the most popular foods in the U.S., pizza has long been the most frequently requested food option for soldiers deployed far from field kitchens.

Researchers say they are close to perfecting a recipe for the pork or turkey pepperoni pizza that can stay edible for up to three years without the need for refrigeration.

Scientists say they have found a way to prevent the moisture in tomato sauce, cheese and toppings from making the dough soggy and susceptible to mold and bacteria. 

Those who tried the MRE pizza say it tasted pretty good, and the only missing experience was that it was not hot.



West Nile fever is costly.
new health study reports


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

It’s been 14 years since West Nile Virus disease arrived in the United States. A new study says the disease has cost about $780 million in health care costs and lost productivity.

Before 1999, West Nile Virus had not been detected outside the Eastern Hemisphere. That changed following reports in the U.S. of serious infections and deaths.

Erin Staples is a medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – and the lead author of the study, which appears in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. She said the virus is carried by infected mosquitoes.

“Once people get bitten and infected by the virus a fair proportion will actually not develop any symptoms. But a proportion will go on to develop either a febrile illness with muscle aches and feeling generally unwell. And in a small proportion of people that get infected, they’ll go on to develop kind of a more severe presentation or clinical manifestations, which include what we call neuro-invasive disease. That means infections of the nervous system,” she said.

These include encephalitis, meningitis and acute flaccid paralysis, where part or all of the body is paralyzed.

She said, “Anybody can be infected by West Nile Virus – anybody that’s going outdoors – potentially getting exposed to mosquitoes – can get infected. But we tend to see kind of the more severe manifestation in people that are older than the age of 50. Otherwise, we’ve seen that some people with underlying medical conditions also might be at more risk for being hospitalized if they do get West Nile Virus infection and disease – as well as they’re more likely to potentially die due to the infection.”

From its arrival through 2012, there have been more than 37,000 cases of West Nile Virus in the United States.

“Following its introduction into the United States in 1999, it started in the Northeast and then spread across the country. So by 2003 we had seen West Nile Virus disease occur from coast to coast. And then since that time, we are considering it – what we call – an endemic disease, meaning that it will continue to occur,” said Dr. Staples.

Of the more than 37,000 cases, over 1,500 patients died. About 16,000 patients had neurologic disease and over 18,000 required hospitalization.

“However,” Staples said, “we do expect that that is an underestimate of the number of people infected, as well as the number of people that might have gotten sick. And some of that is due to the fact that not everybody that gets sick will actually choose to go to the doctor and be seen for their symptoms, particularly, maybe the less severe manifestations or the fever with muscle aches.”

There is a test for West Nile virus, usually using a blood sample or cerebral spinal fluid or the fluid around the brain. This may be done when patients show symptoms of neurological problems.

Dr. Staples said that besides the health concerns, it’s also important to know the effects of the nearly $780 million cost of the disease.

“The reason we really wanted to do that is to allow different organizations – whether it be policymakers, public health or researchers in both academia and industry – to better assess and understand the impact West Nile Virus is having on them. Not only from the morbidity, the number of cases and the mortality, but also from the economic perspective.”

Little is known about the long-term effects of West Nile Virus disease. There are no medications to treat it and no vaccines to prevent it. Medical care can be expensive -- tens of thousands of dollars, for example, for those who suffer from partial or whole body paralysis. The study said patients who were hospitalized were absent from work or school for a median 42 days.

The CDC epidemiologist said, “National surveillance efforts are critical in determining where and when outbreaks of mosquito or tick-borne diseases occur.”

That allows health officials to react quickly and empty standing water areas where mosquitoes might breed or begin community insecticide spraying. Using insect repellent can also help.

The World Health Organization says the disease was first discovered in 1937 in the West Nile District of Uganda.



Suspects in Sept. 11 attacks
remain awaiting trials in Cuba


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

It has been six years since Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four other detainees at the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were first charged with murder for the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.  Why is it taking so long to bring them to trial?

Justice is moving slowly for the five men charged in connection with the murder of nearly 3,000 people in the attacks.

They are being held in a maximum security prison at the detention center in Guantanamo Bay.

Alleged mastermind Khalid Sheik Mohammed and four others are charged with plotting the assaults.

The sheer magnitude of the crime is one reason for the slow pace of the case.

Cully Stimson is an expert on military detention and commissions. “It is taking this long because these are the most complicated national security cases our country has ever attempted to try,” he stated.

Stimson said more than a half-million documents have been introduced in the 9/11 case.

He said discussions have just started on information that is classified.

Security clearances are needed for the attorneys and those assisting them.

More than 100 pretrial motions have been argued and some are taking months to resolve.

Unusual and unexpected issues have come up.

“Questions about whether or not there have been outside censors, namely the CIA, that have been listening in on the courtroom and closing the courtroom unilaterally.  Those kinds of things just don’t happen in federal civilian court,” explained law professor Jennifer Daskal.

There are currently 155 detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay.

Many have long been approved for transfer if security conditions are met.

About a third are from Yemen but remain stranded at Guantanamo because of instability at home.

President Obama has been trying to close the prison since early in his presidency and repeated that hope in this year’s State of the Union address. “With the Afghan war ending, this needs to be the year Congress lifts the remaining restrictions on detainee transfers and we close the prison at Guantanamo Bay,” he said.

But the prison remains open and the 9/11 case drags on.

Months went by when the Obama administration tried to move these detainees and their trials to the U.S.

But vehement opposition from the American public and some members of Congress forced the administration to return to the military court at Guantanamo.

Evidence in these terrorism cases is extremely sensitive and the military judge must take the time to decide what can be made public.

“These men were initially captured, most of them in 2003 and held for some period of time, in the case of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad for three years in CIA black sites where he was allegedly tortured and water boarded and subjected to inhumane, cruel treatment.” stated Ms. Daskal.

Lawyers for Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and the other defendants continue to file motions.

They must be decided before a trial can start.

“Khalid Sheikh Mohammad is an egomaniac.  He knows he is never going to get out, ever.  And so he is going to do what he can to mess with the system,” said Cully Stimson.

The prosecution has proposed the trial start in January of 2015 at Guantanamo.

If there is a conviction there will be appeals. Analysts say it could take a decade or more before the appeals are complete.



Inventor success possible,
the creator of Eggie affirms

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Many of the most innovative gadgets sold in America today are speciality items, generally marketed through extravagant late-night TV commercials. These items also are sold through bulk mail advertisements that use the slogan as seen on TV! The business can generate big profits for those who come up with successful products.

TV ads offer U.S. viewers all kinds of unconventional products like the bacon bowl -- a device that molds fried bacon into an edible container.

It is probably safe to say that nobody really needs a bacon bowl or any of the other products advertised like this, but they do offer a level of convenience that appeals to a lot of people.

Another simple product is aimed at parents of small children who tend to spill things.

There is the Eggie, which addresses the plight of those who hate to peel the shells off hard-boiled eggs, and apparently, there are a lot of them. Six million boxes of this product have been sold, much to the delight of Betsy Kaufman, who came up with the idea at her home in Houston.

"You just crack an egg, like that, and then you put it into the Eggie," she said. After being boiled, the eggs are easy to extract, cut and combine with other food items.

But Ms. Kaufman did not develop the Eggie as it appears today, nor did she create a prototype, do a patent search, find a manufacturer or develop a marketing plan.

"A creative idea hit my brain and I followed through and submitted it, that is all I did," she said.

Kaufman submitted her basic idea along with a simple sketch and a $25 fee to North Carolina-based EdisonNation, a company that helps develop and market such products.

The company takes a good portion of the product earnings as its fee. Ms. Kaufman said this is a better option for inventors, however, than trying to go it alone.

"They are bleeding money, getting a patent and a patent attorney, and that process can take years," she said.

There are a number of online forums for inventors that offer many of the same services, but Ms. Kaufman said EdisonNation suited her, and her success has created the urge to come up with another idea.

"Then the bug hits you, you are driving down the street and you are thinking, 'Oh, this would be a good idea, I had this luck with Eggies, so sure.' But then you get a big X mark through it -- it is not chosen. My brain may have only one Eggies in it," she said.

Based on market research, Ms. Kaufman has helped to create an Eggies 2, with a simpler design, and all she has to do now is wait to see how much profit it will generate.



Winter blamed for decline
in U.S. factory production


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Harsh winter weather hurt U.S. factory output in January, slowing production of cars, appliances and other items.

Friday's report from the Federal Reserve says production was off eight-tenths of a percent last month, the first drop since July and steepest decline in several years.

A separate study by the University of Michigan said a reading of consumer sentiment in early February was little changed from the prior month.

Consumers' optimism about their economic future was tempered by worries about the current economic situation.

Consumer demand drives about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity, so investors and economists watch consumer sentiments closely.



'12 Years a Slave' wins big
at British movie awards

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

"12 Years a Slave," the true story of a free 19th century black man who was kidnapped into servitude in the U.S. South, won the top prize for best film Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards.

The film's director, Steve McQueen, reminded the black-tie audience that in some parts of the world, slavery is not a thing of the past.

"There are 21 million people in slavery as we sit here," he said.

The best actor trophy went to British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, for his starring role in "12 Years a Slave."

The lost in space thriller "Gravity" won six prizes, including best director for Alfonso Cuaron. "Gravity" also won the best British film prize despite being directed by a Mexican and starring American actors.

Cate Blanchett won the best actress award for her portrayal of a riches-to-rags socialite in the Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine."

Newcomer Barkhad Abdo won best supporting actor for his stunning debut as a Somali pirate in "Captain Phillips," while Jennifer Lawrence took home the best supporting actress prize for her work in the con artist caper "American Hustle."

The British prizes, coming two weeks before Hollywood's Academy Awards, are watched as an indicator of likely Oscar success.


Coercion and control
necessary for slavery

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Of the estimated 21 million people in forced labor, slavery or victimized by trafficking, 11 million of those victims are in Asia, according to the International Labor Organization. But there’s been a debate for quite some time as to who is considered a slave and under what circumstances. When is a slave a slave?
 
Beate Andrees, the head of the special action program to combat forced labor at the International Labor Organization, explained the current definition of slavery, adopted by the International Slavery Convention in 1926, how slavery differs from forced labor and why it’s important to make the distinction.
 
"Slavery is defined as a situation where a person keeps control or ownership over another person," she said. "In other words, you need to have an element of coercion and control in a situation of slavery. And that is very similar to the forced labor definition adopted by the ILO in 1930, which also emphasized the element of coercion. Not every situation where a worker does not receive a fair wage or where a worker has to work long hours is automatically a situation of forced labor. We have to look for this element of coercion and control." The ILO is the International Labor Organization.
 
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Grecia 794
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $850.000: HERE!
30,000 square meters of land and 750 square-meters of construction.
Grecia 792
300 square meters of land, 195 square meters of construction HERE
Grecia 807
  18,000 square meters of land and 300 square meters of construction. HERE!
  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
8245-5/12/14

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Five bedrooms
Puntarenas beach home central Pacific Ocean
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
 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.  Will consider trade for U.S. property. Asking $250,000. Seller financing available Call Gary 8784-2945 or  email combrokers@aol.com
8259-8/25/14

Tiliran property
Turnkey commercial/apartment building for sale in San Luis, Tilaran, Guanacaste. In a corporation. 100 percent occupancy and all permits in place. Great opportunity to gain investor status residency. New construction - 2012. Consists of three studio apartments upstairs with lake view and 4 storefronts on ground level, including laundry service, soda, consigment store. Comes with purchase or start your own business while you live in one of the apartments. $308,000. Please email tierrasmorenaslou@yahoo.com
8257-8/17/14

Spectacular 79-acre view property in Guanacaste overlooking tens of miles of pristine coastline with sunset over the Pacific. Own water, electricity, hi-speed internet, property roads, huge building view sites, terraced landscape perfect for growing trees, fruits and vegetables or run horses or cattle, hidden access and high-level security. 169,000 USD. Contact:   axelspecial@gmail.com   or text messages to  8916-5550.
8255-3/17/14

Excazu montage
Trejos  Montealegre, Escazú.
Two bedrooms and two baths.  220 m2 construction on  289 m2 of land. Beautiful contemporary house across from a small park, easy walk to Avenida Escazú.
Great views. Only 7 years old. Two patios and a balcony. In a quiet and secure neighborhood with guard shack across the street. Nice landscaped garden. Sale includes all furniture.  Price: $275,000.    Phone  Ron Eaton  at 8997-1799. Email: ronaldeaton95@yahoo.com
8251-3/14/14

Balcony view
This is a great opportunity
Get your home in one of the best locations. Four-bedroom condo near Universidad de Costa Rica, ULatina & UFidelitas   $170,000. USD.  24/7 gate security with in-home alarm, three levels, parking for two cars and play area for children. First Level: Living room/dining room, kitchen with breakfast bar, laundry room, patio/garden with roof, storage area, & guest bathroom. Second Level: Large master bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in closet, two additonal bedrooms, linen closet, full bathroom. Third Level: Large fourth bedroom or TV room, full bath, large storage attic, spacious roofed balcony   and breathtaking views of mountains to the east, south, west. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987 / U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458 . C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email: sjogringo@yahoo.com
8253-5/12/14

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
2852-5/17/14

Los Reyes home
House for sale in La Guacima, Alajuela
Located on 9th tee of Los Reyes Country Club. Club offers golf, tennis (6 courts), swimming pool, gym and restaurant. Easy access to schools, shopping, hospitals & Caldera highway. One hour to Pacific beaches. House price: US $450,000.00. Contact Bill, Phone 506 -8878-9221  Email: losreyes191@gmail.com Click on the link below for photos and additional details:
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8240-8/6/14

NOW REDUCED TO $595,000
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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8230-3/13/14

Land near Monte de La Cruz, 27 hectors+, Must sell for best offer due to cancer, dogfood@carolina.rr.com 8841-1606
8223-2/21/14

beachfront home
Beautiful Palo Seco Beach home priced to sell!
Gorgeous beachfront two-story home, of roughly 2,000 square feet, set on a half acre oceanfront lot that is full of beautiful fruit and shade trees in Playa Palo Seco. This home features two bedrooms, three full baths, high quality A/C units in all rooms, huge front and backyard, and of course, a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean just feet away from the front door! Playa Palo Seco is perfectly situated between Jacó and Quepos and is only minutes away from five-star dining such as El Clandestino.  We have reduced the price from $150,000 to $125,000 firm for a fast sale in the new year! This is a must see property! Owner financing is available. This truly is a once in a lifetime offer and it will go fast! Please call 8816-2478 or email bmcart3@gmail.com for more information!
8218-2/17/14

St. Michael
Ocean View estates inside a gated community from $5.94 M2.  Properties start at 39K. NO HOA FEES.  Community salt water modern waterfall swimming pools, organic vegetable gardens, exotic flower gardens, food forest, mature orchards, fresh fish from aquaponics, stables, community center, and much more.  Each lot comes with an edible landscaping including pineapples, plantains, papayas, guanabanas, bananas, and more.  Most lots already have mature mango, lemon, orange, or caimito trees.  This is the most secure community in CR with multiple sources of water, electric, and high \[speed internet.      www.saintmichaelscostarica.com
8215-7/14/14

Cahuita estate
Beach house in Cahuita for sale
2,000-sq. ft. house, 2 bedrooms. 2 baths. With incredible view of sea.  House has beautiful hardwood open upstairs deck. Teakwood floor upstairs. CB and ceramic downstairs, Very well built with beautiful hardwoods upstairs.  Oval bathtub, hand painted ceramic sinks  The view is through 240 meters of jungle and coconut trees to the beach. The beach in front is perfect and quiet. Very secure area. Property located adjacent to our wildlife sanctuary and botanical gardens. Great group of neighbors from U.S.A.,  Italy, Holland, Sweden, etc. This very private property is owned by Todd Scottland for more then  35 years. Taxes are paid up to date. This is a gem of a house. Must see!  Price  $205,000.00.  Email to:
scottlandtodd@live.com. Email for more photos.
Phone 2755-0014 or cell phone 8610-0490.
8207-3/8/14

Ojochal montage
Ojochal Paradise
Tropical paradise of 6.5 acres in Ojochal.  Cabin with one sleeping loft, all services, mountain and distant ocean views.  Several building sites available for main house or rental units. Close to surfing, fishing, golfing. Sale for $129.000  Contact:  sjwiens@gmail.com  for more photos/information or go here:
www.rainforestnaturals.ca/songbird/cr/land/photogallery.htm
8197-2/6/14

complex
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: wolfganghilbich@yahoo.com  cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.
8200-4/3/14

Rich Coast montage
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!!!

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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


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

Becker montage
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.

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


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Tanning montage
This is your chance to acquire a totally equipped tanning salon with five machines.  Fantasia Tropical has been open 14 years but the founder needs to retire and return to the U.S. for medical reasons.  You can assume the lease in Sabana West buying the S.A. or buy the assets and move them to a location you prefer. Taxes, permits, bank accounts all in order. Excellent opportunity for an energetic, creative hands-on owner or couple. Long-time manager available to stay on if desired. With an asking price of $30,000 this won't
last long.  Some owner financing may be available.  Contact galanses@hotmail.com for an appointment. For a preview www.facebook.com/FantasiaTropicalCR
8232-2/24/14

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 aha_jm@yahoo.com.
8213-2/13/14

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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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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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Droughts sparked epidemics,
climate data study suggests


By the University of Arkansas news service

Epidemiological data integrated with climate data taken from tree-ring estimates of soil moisture levels demonstrate that drought contributed to the spread of typhus in Mexico from 1655 to 1918, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Arkansas.

The study has modern-day policy implications because although typhus can be treated with modern antibiotics, it remains a threat in remote, impoverished areas of South America, Asia and Africa and could reemerge as a serious infectious disease, especially where social strife and underdeveloped public health programs persist.

The researchers describe their findings in an article published Feb. 11 in Emerging Infectious Diseases, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention journal that tracks and analyzes disease trends.

“Historical records show that typhus has traditionally accompanied war, famine and poverty,” said David Stahle, a distinguished professor of geosciences. “Now, because of Mexico’s rich historical record of epidemic disease, we can see that drought, as reconstructed by tree-ring chronologies, caused conditions that allowed typhus to flourish in central Mexico over a 250-year period.”

Stahle and Jordan Burns, a graduate student in geography at the university, compared historical records of 22 typhus epidemics in central Mexico with soil moisture estimates based on tree-ring reconstructions. They analyzed data gleaned from almanacs, diaries and personal accounts, as well as medical and death records from hospitals, physicians, cemeteries and municipalities. They compared this with instrumental data for the Palmer Drought Severity Index, an index of the effects of temperature and precipitation on soil moisture dating back to 1895.

Burns, Stahle, and their collaborator Rodolfo Acuna, a professor of microbiology at the National University in Mexico City, observed a significant relationship between periods of drought and famine in rural, agricultural regions of central Mexico. Below-average tree growth, drought and low crop yields occurred during 19 of the 22 typhus epidemics.

“The observed relationship between drought and typhus epidemics in colonial and modern Mexico is curious because drought has not been specifically considered a risk factor for typhus,” Burns said. “But drought, much like war and natural disasters, caused famine in poor, agricultural regions and forced impoverished refugees to move into already crowded urban areas where infrastructure and sanitary systems were insufficient.” 

Epidemic typhus is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium transmitted between people by body lice. The disease spreads where conditions are crowded and unsanitary. It is recognized for its high mortality rate throughout human history, particularly before modern sanitary practices and the availability of antimicrobial drugs. Despite these advances, the disease persists in some areas of Africa, South America and Asia and has not been eliminated from industrialized regions, because body lice infestation still occurs in homeless populations of Europe and the United States.

For more than 30 years, Stahle has taken core samples from trees and examined the chronology of their rings to help explain the societal impact of drought and other climate changes.

Stahle’s recently published 1,238-year-long tree-ring chronology, the longest and most accurate of its kind for Mesoamerica, was the first to reconstruct the climate of pre-colonial Mexico on an annual basis over a period of more than a thousand years. That study identified four ancient megadroughts and their exact years. Previous research found large and epic droughts in North America during the eighth and 16th centuries.





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President inaugurates digital export-import system

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Laura Chinchilla announced on Monday the start of the Ventanilla Única de Comercio Exterior 2.0 (VUCE 2.0), which plans to convert all export and import procedures into digital formats.

Though an initial version was started in 1996, this latest upgrade by the Promotora del Comercio Exterior provides one-stop method of completing all paperwork.

Through VUCE 2.0, businesses are expected to save millions per year in cutting out operating and printing costs.

According to Ms. Chinchilla, this latest modernization shows that Costa Rica is and will continue to be a force in the global marketplace. “Costa Rica has an obligation to make a presence in every commercial sector both regionally and internationally,” she said.

The president, who is in the waning months of her tenure, said that the country has seen substantial growth in infrastructure and commercial procedure during her four years in office. In functioning 24 hours a day for 365 days a year, VUCE 2.0 works with 16 domestic institutions and should allow rapid processing of such things as customs reports, health certifications and other business people have to do to export or import.

During her speech, Ms. Chinchilla addressed the need for the future administration to keep transparent practices regarding trade regulations. In repeatedly using the words success and belief, she stressed that Costa Rica has thrived in successful modernization and through the people's belief in their companies. Increasingly competitive business models have allowed the country to open itself up to the world with reassured confidence in its resources, Ms. Chinchilla said.

Though the past was littered with doubt and protests before the advent of the Central American Free  Trade Agreement, now, she said, the future of trade looks brighter.

“There are many reasons to be optimistic,” she said. “The most important thing is that the country is better suited for the future.”