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Climate change arguments seem to be one-sided

By Jay Brodell
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The much-promoted scientific consensus on human-induced global warming is troubling.

At one point the scientific consensus was that the earth is flat and that the sun revolves around it. Only in the 1960s did scientists begin to accept the theory of plate tectonics, something that is well-established today.

Science is supposed to be where opposing ideas collide and duke it out with evidence. Much of the global warming research relies on computer models and extrapolation.

Extrapolation tells us that when a child grows six inches between ages 3 and 6 that he or she will be 30 feet tall by age 45.

Then there is the problem of academic publishing. Professors get good marks at their universities when a scientific paper is published. Published papers and books result in promotion and tenure. Academics are more likely to go along to get along instead of challenging consensus.

In 1999 German scientists at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research concluded that the Sahara's abrupt desertification started by changes in the earth's orbit. Could they get their views published today?

Even in unrelated academic papers we see brief asides to global warming, as in:

"And with global warming more lemmings are expected to take the suicide jump."

Then there is misleading terminology.  So called ocean acidification is one. The image is of little fish being stripped of their flesh by acid. In fact, the oceans are nowhere near acidic on a pH scale. Research shows that there has been some slight movement toward neutral. But neutrification of the ocean does not have the same effect.

No one should doubt that the world has gotten warmer. The latest Ice Age is gone along with the megafauna. There is no doubt that the oceans are rising and have done so

for 11,000 years. And there should not be a dispute about making the air cleaner.

The United Nations is a political organization, not a scientific one. There is reasonable fear that the whole global warming scenario is about control.

Proponents of global warming see a placid past. They warn that a warmer earth will create more hurricanes, deserts and other life-threatening conditions. In fact, the world has been anything but placid. North Africa used to be the breadbasket of the Roman Empire. Giant cypress used to cover the U.S. Midwest. Volcano eruptions darken the skies for decades, causing civilizations to collapse. Long droughts do the same thing. And then a rock from space really messes up the landscape.

Change is inevitable and frequently unwelcome.

The ocean has risen hundreds of feet in the last 11,000 years. The plain of Nicoya is now the Gulf of Nicoya. Florida's west coast used to be hundreds of miles distant.  The turtles have endured, despite these changes. So warnings that global warming will inundate the breeding grounds may be true but give little credit to the turtles and nature's way of making more beaches.

There is a major U.N. climate conference in December intended to reach an international deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Will anyone present a view that global warming will have some benefits?

The Costa Rican economics ministry Monday announced an Alianza para la Carbono Neutralidad. The idea is to encourage more and more companies to adjust their operations to generate less carbon dioxide. All this is being done against a backdrop of active volcanoes that are spewing tons of all sorts of gases into the the atmosphere.

Does anyone want to bet that the alliance will quickly become mandatory?

Should not the government direct its attention to inevitable change and take appropriate action?

Woman slain with 22 machete slashes in Upala
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A woman who said she was a victim of domestic violence died Monday when she suffered 22 slashes with a machete.

Fuerza Pública officers and judicial investigators detained her partner Tuesday.

The 20-year-old woman and the man who became a suspect in her murder were visiting friends in Nazareth de Upala, said law officers. The woman declined to return home Monday evening and said she feared domestic violence.

Police said a discussion between the woman and her partner ensued on the patio of the home. That is where she was cut down with multiple machete blows, said the Fuerza Pública.

The suspect, later identified by the last name of Solano, fled into the adjacent woods. Tuesday the Judicial Investigating

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Organization and the Fuerza Pública used trained dogs to locate him around 1 p.m. in  a wooded area in San Antonio de Upala. Officers said they thought he was trying to cross the border into nearby Nicaragua.

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The health ministry is expected to make public today the results of a nationwide survey of tobacco use.

The ministry last did a survey in 2010 that showed 24.8 percent of men and women between 12 and 70 used tobacco. The percentage this year is expected to be lower.

In years past some 50 percent of Costa Rican men used tobacco, according to the figures from the Ministerio de Salud. The reduction in use is attributed to campaigns by the ministry and the increased awareness among members of the public of the dangers of tobacco use.

The survey report comes at a time of worldwide efforts to eliminate smoking.

For example, this week in Australia the first large-scale, direct evidence on smoking and mortality showed up to 1.8 million of the 2.7 million smokers will die from their habit if they continue to smoke. That is a report from the Sax Institute.

The research, just published in the international journal BMC Medicine, is an important reminder that the war on tobacco is not yet won, and Australia's world-leading efforts in tobacco control must go on, said Sax.

Costa Rica has signed an international convention designed to reduce smoking through campaigns and legal efforts.

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    This collapse of a shoulder at Puriscal creates a dangerous condition.

Experts say road collapses preventable

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country is not condemned to have roads falling away and other disasters caused by landslides, according to soil scientists.

The Asociación Costarricense de la Ciencia del Suelo puts the blame on lack of planning for the repeated collapses of highways. The problem not only is the soil, they say, but the failure to control water.

The country has seen two major collapses on main highways in the metro area and the current one at Kilometer 37 of the Interamericana Sur. Such roadway incidents cost millions for producers, truckers and average motorists.

The association will be hosting a gathering of soil experts March 16 to 20. An announcement said that the country could save millions by proper use of the soil.

In the case of the Interamericana Sur, for example, workmen trying to repair the road found a thick layer of clay underneath the roadbed. That material encourages slides, and may be the reason why one lane fell far downhill.

More than 200 experts from much of the hemisphere will be at the gathering, which will be in the Hotel Barcelo San José Palacio and later at the Barceló Playa Tambor.

Floria Bertsch and Renato Jiménez, president and vice president of the Costa Rican association, said that the country should create a national policy to make better use of natural resources and to avoid collapses and the poor design of roadway drainage.

Pulsed therapy seminar set for Saturday

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The benefit of  pulsed electromagnetic field therapy is the topic of a free seminar and demonstration Saturday in San Isidro de El General.

The presenter is Renata Beffa of San Jose’s Healing House, who characterizes the therapy as a non-invasive and pain-free treatment which stimulates the same meridian points as acupuncture.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved several devices that generate the electromagnetic field.

This is the system NASA uses to treat astronauts, athletes use to recover from sports injuries, and Linus Pauling and others have employed to stay young and vibrant, said a release about the 11 a.m. seminar, which is at Bazookas Restaurant on the Interamericana highway in San Isidro.

The therapy can be administered by a device called a MicroMat a flat electromagnetic field generator.

The technique was pioneered by veterinarians who used pulsed therapy to help horses with fractured legs. The pulses have a positive effect on bones and can help them knit.

The announcement said that the therapy has evolved from alternative to traditional medicine in recent years, with many prestigious hospitals and clinics using devices with remarkable and measurable results.  The therapy has been shown to benefit everything from arthritis, to circulation, to digestive disorders, sleep disorders, and cell regeneration, as well as many other conditions, it added.

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Sniper killer gets life term in Texas

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A jury in Texas has convicted a man in the shooting death of a former U.S. Navy SEAL whose life story was turned into the current hit movie “American Sniper.”

The man, Eddie Ray Routh, was found guilty Tuesday night of murder in the deaths of Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield, at a shooting range and resort in February 2013.  Jurors deliberated for less than three hours.

Since prosecutors did not seek the death penalty in the case, the 27-year-old Routh received an automatic life sentence without parole.

Kyle and Littlefield had taken the former Marine to the shooting range as a means of helping Routh, who had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq and in Haiti during the humanitarian response to the 2010 earthquake.  His attorneys said Routh was suffering from mental illness at the time of the shootings, and believed Kyle and Littlefield were going to kill him during the outing.

Chris Kyle was credited with over 100 confirmed kills during his four deployments during the U.S.-led Iraq war. The movie based on his autobiography was nominated for this year's Academy Award for best picture, and has earned more than $300 million in box office receipts. 

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Unfavorable news reports seem to have remained in the country this year
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Unfavorable news stories seem to have stayed in Costa Rica.

Expats in the tourism business were worried that the 33-day kidnapping of Ryan Piercy would give the country a black eye. So far the story appears to have remained a local one because an Internet search does not show that publications outside the country picked up the running story.

Piercy is Canadian and general manager of the Association of Residents.

Judicial investigators and the family made few comments on the case until Piercy returned home Sunday, and most news outlets treaded carefully for fear of disrupting the investigation.

In fact, there has been few negative stories in the last two months that might change the destination for a tourist.

Compared to a country like Venezuela that lurches toward civil war, Costa Rica is, well, tranquil.

Over the weekend a report of a rant by the Mayor of Talamanca made the jump from the English-language press to Spanish news outlets. The mayor, Melvin Cordero Cordero, basically told a couple of expats they should leave town
instead of making complaints about environmental faults.

Telling foreigners to leave the canton and perhaps the country is the kind of remark that could be picked up by U.S. and Canadian news sources. Tourism operators should be happy that this does not seem to have happened.

In the past murders of young tourists on the Caribbean coast and in southern Costa Rica quickly made international news.
For a time the string of missing tourists, mostly in Guanacaste, appeared to be the type of news story that would affect tourism. But the cases were so far apart in time and reasonable explanations of non-criminal possibilities blunted the impact.

That most recent missing tourist, Cody Dial, vanished in July 2014. He was believed to be going solo through the rugged Parque Nacional Corcovado, a report that suggests his disappearance was related to nature.

There has been no evidence to support alternate theories that might affect tourism.

And as the spring break tourism season begins, most North American college students have surf, sun and fun on their minds with little consideration of ancient history. Never mind that spring breaker Brendan Dobbins, an Australian visiting from Florida, was the first in the string of missing tourists in 2005.

Lawmaker seeking to reopen access to Volcán Turrialba national park
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A big tourist attraction is the Volcán Turrialba and its national park. However, the park has been closed because of eruptions of the volcano. Although the volcano frequently emits steam and gas, tourism interests are seeking to have controlled access to the park surrounding the mountain.

Paulina Ramírez Portuguez, a lawmaker, notes that the park and volcano represent major tourism draws to the area. The lawmaker said that she, the mayor of Turrialba, María Elena Montoya, and Wilhelm von Breymann, the minister of Turismo, are seeking support to have the area opened up.

The national emergency commission has closed access for safety reason. The park had been closed from 2009 to 2011, and then the park was closed again in 2013. The last major eruption was in October.

The lawmaker's plan is to hold a meeting among tourism interests, business interest and the emergency commission. She also said there is a plan that will be introduced to the legislature to create a trust to provide money for repairing t
he access roads to the park. The roads would plan an important role in an emergency evacuation.

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Massive amounts of Sahara dust fertilize Amazon each year, study says
By the University of Maryland  news staff

The Sahara Desert and the Amazon rainforest seem to inhabit separate worlds. The former is a vast expanse of sand and scrub stretching across the northern third of Africa, while the latter is a dense green mass of humid jungle covering northeast South America. And yet, they are connected. Every year, millions of tons of nutrient-rich Saharan dust cross the Atlantic Ocean, bringing vital phosphorus and other fertilizers to depleted Amazon soils.

For the first time, scientists have an accurate estimate of how much phosphorus makes this trans-Atlantic journey. A new paper, accepted for publication in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, puts the number at about 22,000 tons of phosphorus per year, which roughly matches the amount that the Amazon loses from rain and flooding.

This phosphorus accounts for just 0.08 percent of the 27.7 million tons of Saharan dust that settles in the Amazon every year. The finding is part of a bigger research effort to understand the role of dust in the environment and its effects on local and global climate.

"We know that dust is very important in many ways. It is an essential component of the Earth system. Dust will affect climate and, at the same time, climate change will affect dust," said lead author Hongbin Yu, an associate research scientist at the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center, a joint center of the University of Maryland and NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

Of particular interest is the dust picked up from the Bodélé Depression in Chad. This ancient lake bed contains huge deposits of dead microorganisms that are loaded with phosphorus. Amazonian soils, in turn, are short on phosphorus and other critical nutrients that get washed away by the basin's frequent and heavy rainfall. Thus, the entire Amazon ecosystem depends on Saharan dust to replenish these losses.

Yu and his colleagues analyzed dust transport estimates based on data collected by NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observation  satellite between 2007 and 2013. The team focused on Saharan dust transported across the Atlantic Ocean to South America and beyond, to the Caribbean Sea, because it is the largest transport of dust on the planet.

The team estimated the phosphorus content of Saharan dust

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What the massive amounts of Sahara dust might look like.

by studying samples from the Bodélé Depression and from ground stations on Barbados and in Miami. They then used this estimate to calculate how much phosphorus gets deposited in the Amazon basin. Although the seven-year data record is too short to make conclusions about long-term trends, it is an important step toward understanding how dust and other windborne particles, or aerosols, behave as they move across the ocean.

"We need a record of measurements to understand whether or not there is a fairly robust, fairly consistent pattern to this aerosol transport," said Chip Trepte, project scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center, who was not involved in the study.

Year by year, the pattern is highly variable. There was an 86 percent change between the highest amount of dust transported in 2007 and the lowest in 2011.

Yu and his colleagues believe this variation is due to conditions in the Sahel, the long strip of semi-arid land on the southern border of the Sahara. Years of high rainfall in the Sahel were typically followed by low dust transport in the next year.

Although the mechanism behind this correlation is unknown, Yu and his team have a few ideas. Increased rainfall could mean more vegetation and therefore less soil exposed to wind erosion in the Sahel. A second, more likely explanation is that the amount of rainfall is related to the wind circulation patterns that sweep dust from both the Sahel and Sahara into the upper atmosphere, where it makes the long journey across the ocean.

"This is a small world, and we're all connected together," Yu said.

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Near mountain town of San Isidro del General, elegantly furnished, orthopaedic bed, big kitchen, nice deck, WIFI, cable TV. Rare birds
Honeymoon cottage
in abundance. 10 minutes to town. 40 minutes to beach. Perfect  whether.  $45 per day.  Discount to 40 percent for month.  To see more please click HERE!  and enter #969365.   For more information, contact James. Email:

Coco condo
Condo for rent.
Conveniently located just a 200-meter walk to the beach. In the favorite community of Las Palmas, this condo is a perfect vacation home and/or great for vacation rental income.  The condo is located on the 2nd level offering beautiful vaulted ceilings, front and back balcony, pool and mountain view. Screens in every window/door, Air condition in both bedrooms and at living room. The condo is in perfect condition. It has been recently painted and super well-kept, new appliances, fully furnished. Wired to have own washer dryer. It has been the residence of the owners since they built it. Never rented out to third parties. The owners are selling as they are moving to the Central Valley.  The community has a great-size pool and beautiful landscaping and large parking. Just step out your condo and in less than 5-minute walk be swimming in the ocean! A must see! Rate $795 per month. Contact Bob Mobile C.R. ( 506 ) 8392-7520. E-mail:

Two houses for rent inside Sarchí working coffee farm. We will be renting out only one of them, so choose which suits you best.

Casita - Roomy, fully furnished 1 bedroom/1 bath/ 1 guest room, office or storage room. Hi-speed     WiFi, private phone line, hot water, balcony with lovely view across the Central Valley. Includes
linens, dishes, etc and washing machine. Rent is $500 per month plus utilities for 6 months or longer, $625 all inclusive for less than 6 months. Sorry, no pets.

Main house - Spacious 2 bedrooms/1 bath/ and an office w/Wifi. Fully furnished 
(except for TV), Sky satellite, private phone line, washer and dryer, alarm system.  There are lovely verandas with views of Poás and Central Valley, raised beds for gardening and lots of fruit trees. A well-behaved pet MAY be negotiable. Rent is $750 plus utilities for long term tenant.

Our farm is in a small, quiet and very safe neighborhood in Sarchí Sur and is gated and guarded 24/7 and we live on-site. It's totally private and quiet, but less than a 5-minute drive to Sarchí central and 15 minutes to Grecia.  There are great places to walk as well. More info and photos at

Maneul Antonio
The vacation homes at Manuel Antonio Estates offers luxury, comfort and peace of mind. We have numerous homes to chose from, all within walking distance of the town’s shops and restaurants and just a few minutes to the best beaches and the famous national park. While the homes are secluded and hidden among the rainforest, the surrounding area offers adventures like zip lines, white water rafting, mangrove kayaking and many more. All of the homes are available for short-term rentals, have easily accessible parking, cable TV, and Internet and are fully furnished. We are happy to assist with all your need for the perfect Costa Rican vacation.
Manuel Antonio Estates        TOLL FREE: 1800 346 9724
011 (506) 2777.3339

Beautiful 2-bedroom 2-bathroom American-style apartments with an elevator to your front door in a secure building located in Gringo Gulch the American Section of downtown San José. Costa Rica. Located between the Hotel Del Rey, the Hotel Mona Lisa and the Sportsman's Lodge and The Zona Blue (AKA) Little Habana across the street from Harry's Poas Bar, and next to the Holiday Inn.
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 There are 15 restaurants and American- style bars on this block and four supermarkets within a few blocks. There are 5 casinos within 2 blocks and dozens of hotels around this apartment. Included in your rental price, fast Internet, the best they have in Costa Rica, cable TV with 80 stations, water, washer
 and dryer. All you pay extra for is electricity. You have your own meter and receive a bill from the electric company every month.  This apartment has a American-style hot water system, hot water in both bathrooms and the kitchen. There is a 25-foot balcony to sit on and watch the people in San José walk by. The neighborhood Barrio Amón is the safest in San José For photos and more information contact:

Tropical Homes of Costa Rica is offering the best selection of vacation homes, condos and long-term rental homes in Playa Flamingo, Playa Potrero and Playa Brasilito on  the Pacific Gold Coast of Guanacaste. A wide selection of private residencies is providing an excellent choice for your stay in this beautiful part of Costa Rica.
We are offering homes for every budget and every need.
Please visit our Web page at or contact us at
or call at (506) 2654-5442.

MONTHLY $800 TO $1,200

Villas Casa Loma has everything you are looking for.  Best vistas, climate, value.  Four unique homes in a secure private compound on a ridge near Alajuela overlooking the entire Central Valley.  Two are available fully furnished and equipped, each a complete home accommodating 4 persons in two bedrooms with ensuite baths.  Pool, rancho, mirador, other features.  Ask about part-month rates.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at  See virtual tour of accommodations HERE!
Get to know the real Costa Rica – you may want to live here someday.

HP Cattle rentals
Mountain homes or farm for rent
Barva volcano, Heredia province
We offer for rent a gorgeous two-bedroom mountain chalet and a one-bedroom mountain home located on the slopes of the Barva Volcano, Heredia Province. The homes are situated at 7,300 feet altitude and within a working horse ranch just three kilometers from the Braulio Carrillo National Park entrance. From our homes one can hike to the Barva volcano crater-lake.  Enjoy a spacious living room, kitchen, fireplace and breathtaking views of the Irazú volcano and the Central Valley. Observe dozens of cloud forest bird species to include the resplendent quetzal.  The homes are incomparable in beauty and attention to detail within the Barva highland area.  We are only 35-55 minutes from Costa Rica’s three principal cities (Heredia, Alajuela, and San José), less than two hours from the central Pacific beaches, and three hours from the Caribbean beaches. Enjoy the tranquility of the mountains while maintaining quick access to the conveniences of the city and rapid access to other eco-tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Additionally, we can board your horses at a reasonable fee.  We can also offer our clients rental of a small and fully functional farm complete with stables, pasture, and office space.
Mountain chalet: $750.  Basic mountain home: $400.
Boutique mountain home: One-bedroom $850. Two-bedroom $1,000.
Small Farm that includes a chalet, basic mountain home, stables, and 8,000m2 of pasture/green areas: $1,500.

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Amnesty International says
2014 was catastrophic year

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The year 2014 was a catastrophic one for millions of people around the world, a human rights watchdog group said today.

Amnesty International released its annual report accusing world governments of failing to protect civilians from violence by states and armed groups, and calling the global response shameful and ineffective.

"As people suffered an escalation in barbarous attacks and repression, the international community has been found wanting,'' Amnesty's secretary general, Salil Shetty, said in a statement.

The report said millions of civilians were killed from Syria to Ukraine, Gaza to Nigeria, while the number of displaced people around the world exceeded 50 million last year for the first time since the end of World War II.

In 2014, Amnesty International recorded and investigated human rights abuses in 160 countries and territories worldwide.  These are some of the findings:

*  War crimes or other violations of the laws of war were carried out in at least 18 countries.

*  Armed groups committed abuses in at least 35 countries, more than 20 percent of the countries Amnesty International investigated.

*  119 countries arbitrarily restricted freedom of expression, including jailing of journalists and forced closures of media outlets.

*  62 governments held prisoners of conscience, people who were simply exercising their rights and freedoms.

*  93 countries conducted unfair trials.

*  131 countries tortured or otherwise ill-treated people.

*  28 countries around the world have laws which completely ban abortion even in cases where a woman’s life or health is in danger and in cases of rape.

*  78 countries have laws in effect that are used to criminalize consensual sexual relationships between adults of the same sex.​

Amnesty criticized the European Union's response to the 4 million Syrian refugees displaced by conflict in the world's worst refugee crisis. By the end of 2014, only 150,000 Syrian refugees were living in EU states, it said, while 3,400 refugees and migrants had died in the Mediterranean Sea trying to make their way to Europe.

"It is abhorrent to see how wealthy countries’ efforts to keep people out take precedence over their efforts to keep people alive," Shetty said.

Amnesty singled out the United Nations Security Council for criticism, with Shetty saying it had miserably failed to protect civilians.

The five permanent Security Council members, Britain, China, France, Russia and the U.S., consistently abused their veto right to "promote their political self-interest or geopolitical interest above the interest of protecting civilians," he said.

The report pointed out that the threat of a Russian veto has made it impossible for the Security Council to take any action because of events unfolding in Ukraine.

Amnesty is now urging the five states to give up their right to veto action in cases where genocide and other mass killings are being committed.

The report said armed groups committed abuses in at least 35 countries out of 160 surveyed in 2014, and called the rise of the Islamic State militant group a particular concern.

The report said the Islamic State committed wide-scale war crimes, including mass summary killings and abductions that targeted minorities.

The militants also killed members of the Sunni community they suspected of opposing them, the report said.

Hundreds of women and girls were subjected to sexual abuse by Islamic State fighters, the report said.

A huge number of arms were delivered to Iraq, Israel, Russia, South Sudan and Syria in 2014, despite the likelihood of these weapons being used against civilians, it said.

The report also highlighted how several governments, including Kenya and Pakistan, reacted to security threats with draconian and repressive tactics.

Shetty said world leaders have it in their power to alleviate the suffering of millions by committing enough political and financial resources. "The global outlook on the state of human rights is bleak, but there are solutions. World leaders must take immediate and decisive action to avert an impending global crisis," he said.

Obama vetoes pipeline plan
but may change his mind

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama has vetoed a bill approving the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that sparked a dispute between environmentalists and oil industry supporters in the United States.

The White House sent notice of the veto to the Senate Tuesday. It was the third veto of Obama's presidency.

This veto puts a freeze on a top Republican priority, at least temporarily. Earlier this year, the Republican-led Congress approved the bill forcing construction of the pipeline.

Obama, in his notice to the Senate, cited a procedural matter as the reason for his veto.

Shortly before the president issued the veto, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Congress had passed the bill without waiting for the State Department to conclude a review of the project.

"Through this bill, the United States Congress attempts to circumvent long-standing and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest," Obama wrote in his veto message.

Earnest indicated there still was a chance the president might approve the project.

"It certainly is possible," he said. "The president will keep an open mind as the State Department considers the wide range of impacts that this pipeline could have on the country, both positive and negative.”

Republicans, who support the project because of its job-creation potential, made passing a bill a top priority after gaining control of the U.S. Senate and strengthening their majority in the House of Representatives in November elections.

The House voted 270 to 152 to pass the bill Feb. 11 after the Senate approved it Jan. 29.

Neither the House nor the Senate passed the proposal by a wide enough margin to override the expected presidential veto.

Proposed in 2008, the Keystone XL pipeline would move as much as 830,000 barrels of oil a day, largely from Canada, to the Midwestern U.S. state of Nebraska. From there, it would be routed to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.

Republicans and the oil industry have argued that the $8 billion infrastructure project is about creating jobs and boosting energy security. They say it would import oil from a friendly neighbor and ship it to domestic refineries subject to stringent environmental regulations.

Democrats and their environmental allies have characterized the pipeline plan as a gift to the oil industry that would worsen global warming and subject parts of the U.S. to the risks of an oil spill.

Kerry says extremism fight
will be expensive process

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Tuesday called the threat posed by Islamic State and violent extremism the challenge of a generation, as he presented his case to a Senate panel for funding to carry out the Obama administration’s foreign policy.

The nation’s top diplomat told the Senate Appropriations Committee that brutal extremist groups like Islamic State represent “a horrendous step backwards in the context of the world’s march toward civility and the rule of law.”

The State Department is seeking $3.5 billion to counter the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, to bolster regional security and provide humanitarian aid to those in the region. However, the threat, he added, extends beyond the group to all violent extremists, and it will take a comprehensive strategy to eliminate it.

“They have threatened the world with their vision of how they want to live and how they want to impose their life on other people,” said Kerry.  “They destroy schools, they destroy books, they rape young girls, they sell people into slavery, they cut off heads in public, they burn people alive.”

Obama administration officials last week hosted a summit on countering violent extremism that brought together more than 60 nations and community and religious leaders from around the world. President Barack Obama called on nations to address core issues that may create an environment ripe for extremism, such as poor governance, oppression, poverty, and lack of jobs, education and opportunity.

Tuesday Sen. Steve Daines of Montana, a Republican, suggested the root cause of violent extremism “is more than jobs and governance, but comes back to ideology.”

Kerry answered, “Well, it is, but why does somebody fall prey to that ideology?  Why does somebody think going and cutting off somebody’s head is a good idea?"

The secretary of State said his department’s funding request before Congress includes financing for social media and other efforts to counter sophisticated and effective propaganda being distributed by Islamic State through YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other venues to lure more recruits.

“There’s no one-size-fits-all shoe that’s going to solve this.  It has to be a holistic approach,” Kerry told the panel.

“We have to step up and do more, and we have to view it holistically, and we have to understand it’s a whole bunch of things. And if we work at it holistically, we’re going to win,” Kerry continued.  “And if we make the wrong judgments, though, about what is going to make a difference, then we’re going to take a lot longer to do what we need to do.”

In addition, Kerry said, funding will pay for continuing military efforts to combat terrorists in Iraq and Syria.  So far, that has included 2,500 air strikes to help partners on the ground push back militants and retake territory, like the northern Syrian town of Kobani, taken back by Kurdish fighters in January.

The diplomat said the U.S. is leading in the fight against violent extremism but it needs more resources to carry out its goal. “The simple fact is we cannot lead, we cannot do what we need to do in the world, on the cheap,” he said.

Justice Department declines
to charge George Zimmerman

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Justice Department will not file civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012.

A Justice Department statement released Tuesday said that the evidence did not meet the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution, but that the decision should not end efforts to explore racial tensions in the justice system.

The decision closes the federal investigation.

Zimmerman, who is the son of a Peruvian mother, shot Martin Feb. 26, 2012, as the teen walked back to a relative's home after purchasing snacks at a convenience store in Sanford, Florida.

Once Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder by a state jury in July 2013, Martin's family turned to the federal investigation in the hope that he would be held accountable for the shooting.

The killing sparked protests and a national conversation on race. 

Days after Zimmerman was acquitted, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he considered Martin's death an unnecessary shooting.' In a news release Tuesday, Holder echoed remarks he made in the shooting's aftermath.
"We, as a nation, must take concrete steps to ensure that such incidents do not occur in the future,'' he said.

British Lords OK technique
to modify human eggs

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Britain has become the first country in the world to allow the creation of human embryos from the DNA of three people, a technique intended to help mothers avoid passing on genetically degenerative diseases to their babies.

Members of Parliament's House of Lords voted Tuesday to approve the controversial type of in-vitro fertilization that could prevent mothers from passing inherited health problems such as serious heart and brain disorders or muscular dystrophy. But critics see it as a step toward creation of so-called designer babies.

The House of Commons approved the move earlier this month.

Worldwide, about one in 6,500 children is affected by incurable mitochondrial diseases that could be limited by the genetic modifications.

The proposal is supported by key British medical authorities. They see the possibility of virtually eliminating the chance that women who are carriers of defective mitochondria, the energy-producing structures outside a cell's nucleus, could pass them on to their children.

Sally Davies, Britain's chief medical officer, said women should be given "the opportunity to have children without passing on devastating genetic disorders."

The proposal has drawn strong opposition from some medical ethicists, including David King of Britain's secular Human Genetics Alert. He said approval of the law would lead to a eugenic designer-baby future.

The Roman Catholic Church, which is opposed to any artificial reproductive techniques, opposes the British proposal, as does the Church of England, which said last week there has not been enough scientific study of the medical techniques involved.

Medical personnel in Britain now will be allowed to remove the nucleus DNA from the egg of a prospective mother and insert it into a donor egg from which the nucleus DNA has been removed. The resulting embryo then has the nucleus DNA from its parents, but the normal mitochondrial DNA from its donor. Scientists say the resulting embryo's genes have less than 1 percent of the DNA from the donor egg.

No mitochondria replacement treatments have been approved anywhere. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year discussed the techniques under consideration in Britain, but decided it was too soon to use them in humans. Monkeys have been produced using one of the laboratory techniques.

One U.S. opponent of the procedure is Wesley Smith, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism. He said it would further "the commodification of reproduction." He said prospective parents some day will have the chance to have "the kind of baby they want."

He said that while he understands the suffering of mothers with a genetic disorder, "the welfare of future children and the moral health of society must count for more."

Pakistan seeks to register
all users of  mobile phones

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pakistan is telling cellphone users they must register their identities by entering fingerprints in a national database, a move the government sees as a way to combat terrorism but one that has privacy experts wary.

Mobile phone users have a deadline this week to match their SIM cards with their fingerprints that will be collected and stored by the government.

Officials in Islamabad have said those mobile users who don’t or can’t register their fingerprints and SIM cards by the deadline will have their service cut off. Subscriber Identity Module or SIM cards are used by mobile devices to identify specific users and allow them access to their service.

But given the enormous size of the task, and the widespread use of mobile phones across Pakistan, that’s increasingly unlikely. While some Pakistanis have been critical of the shortened timeline, they still support the overall goal of fighting terror that is rampant in the country.

Pakistan has seen an unprecedented increase in violent extremism in the last decade. Tens of thousands of civilians have died in bomb attacks. People have been targeted and killed for expressing liberal ideas.

“I have two SIMS which I am using since five years,” said Sadat Ali, an attorney in Peshawar. “The biometrics team came to our office located on the premises of the courts in Peshawar and they verified my SIM. It’s never too late, but it should have been done before.”

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority has estimated there are approximately 130 million mobile phone users in Pakistan, over 70 percent of the population, and many of those users are clamoring for the latest 3G and 4G phones. It’s likely that there are many more SIM cards in use in Pakistan, making the approaching deadline an unprecedented challenge.

But as reported by the Washington Post, only 38 million mobile users have registered 53 million SIM cards with their fingerprints.

The International News reports that Pakistani authorities are considering extending the registration deadline, but remain firm that once that new deadline is passed, unregistered SIM cards will no longer be usable.

The massive biometric data collection plan is part of a larger security crackdown in Pakistan following a string of terror attacks, including one in December at a Peshawar school that killed 150 people, most of them students.

Because mobile phones have been used in some of these attacks to trigger explosions, officials in Islamabad hope establishing links between SIM cards and individuals will help combat terror attacks.

But some cybersecurity analysts have their doubts.

“Mass surveillance of an entire population is traditionally the hallmark of a totalitarian state,” says Patrick Eddington, policy analyst in civil liberties and homeland security at the Cato Institute. “This SIM card registration campaign is a clear indicator that, unfortunately, Pakistan is on the path to becoming a truly totalitarian state.”

A former CIA intelligence analyst, Eddington calls the SIM card plan a tacit admission that Pakistan’s intelligence service, the ISI, has proven itself unable to penetrate terror cells using more traditional human and signals intelligence tools. Beyond the potential abuses of an individual’s privacy, he says such a massive collection of data as is being proposed will likely have little to no effect.

“Terrorist groups survive in part because they’re adaptable,” he said. “So this campaign in Pakistan will not actually solve the problem because the terrorist groups will change their communication techniques and modalities in order to get around this SIM card registration campaign.”


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Beautiful house in Santa Ana, Valley and mountain view. Price: $1,300,000. Single story, bedrooms. 5 baths. Double-size garage: 360 m2. Lot: 4,487 m2. 
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San Isidro de Heredia. Great lot with 3 houses. $3,200,000 single story. 1,505 m2 Lot: 37,419m2  Click HERE!
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Finca Las Trufas, San Ramon-Esparza, Price: $3,900,000 Farm and ranch. Single story 1,500 m2. on 25 hectares Click HERE!


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Real estate for sale (paid category)

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In Alajuela , Penthouse in best location with views from all rooms. Quiet and private. Cheap to run. Extra large kitchen and balcony. Financing possible. Completely well furnished with $20,000 cost, including custom large kitchen and many cabinets. 10 minutes to Multiplaza, airport and close to highway 27, beach 45 minutes. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms + office. Open plan granite kitchen to living room. Wheelchair accessible, covered parking place by entrance. Large pool, jacuzzi, gym and tennis. Areas for walking and running. The best location in the complex. Close to all and only $127/month maintenance. Price $125,000. Write or call at:  8391-2080, 2220-2243.

Arenal home
LAKE ARENAL - Like new 3-bedroom, 3-bath, furnished, super views of lake, volcano, ranches, forests, mountains, 1 mile from town, gated. $195K. Contact Joe, Phone number 506-2694-4538. Email: Web:

Playas del Coco home
Playas del Coco  Unique opportunity, multiple possible uses, project property! i.e. large home, b&b, hostel, rooming house, retreat, or business?

The property consists of 2,200 sf of construction, pool, bodega, garage, 1,126 m2 lot (adjacent 550M2 vacant lot available to purchase), and is only a 3-minute walk to the beach. Google @: 10˚54’23.80”N  85˚70’41.40”W There is a well for irrigation, in ground sprinkler system, 5,000 liter in ground reserve water tank, fruit trees, palm trees, shrubs, and many flowers. The property is walled on 4 sides with 2 entrances. There is hot water throughout the house. The property has municipal water, telephone line, Internet, and cable. The property is in a clean & up to date LLC for easy transfer. The property taxes are less than $600. on a valuation of approximately $196,000.
Price $159999. Less than replacement. Contact for more info & pictures: 6283-1172 CR  or 00507 6620 3201  Panamá.

Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, 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 birds and other animals. 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, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email:  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

Fortuna view
Sometimes “distress sale” is a come-on.  Sadly, for this bruised North American ex-wife it is not.  She has a very nice modern- construction 2-br home on 1129 m2 intended for up to a couple dozen apartments with superb volcano view, short walk to downtown, all the amenities.  The existing 1st loan can be assumed but the 2nd has to be paid off, as do her other debts here, so that’s the distress part.  The irony is that their business plan was perfect, the place rents extremely well today, but she can’t manage it from a distance and doesn’t plan on returning to Costa Rica.  Asking $140k but her Costa Rica dream property is going to go to the first best offer with enough cash to clear her debts as well as clear her mind.  Her own personal bad experience provides an unusual opportunity at this time.  For interior pix: phone 506-8377-8402 or E-mail

1-acre beautiful beachfront lot
Power and water on the property A very nice tropical setting in Puerto Viejo, Limón. Choice location. 9 beautiful lots for sale. Each lot is $69,000 or offer. Please call Peter: 7122-3754 or e mail:

Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:  
Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085  
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Tambor three for jan. 15
Total area of the property is 23 hectares at $425,000. There's an option to buy 2 sub lots, the first one is land with no construction of 890 sqm at $19,900. The second, 1,700 sqm including a small house, for the price of $65,000
Located 300 meters from the south Jacó . First house is 110 sqm with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom,  private pool, A/C, kitchen and separate laundry. Second is a 120m, two-story house with 2 bedrooms, There's a small lot has its own entrance and is perfect for building  $280,000.
This 115 sqm condo is located four blocks from the heart of Santa Ana. It is a corner unit with a view of the green area from your living room. Two bedrooms, a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Kitchen is clean and modern. Home is in good condition, and ready to move into. $132.000.
Contact Jo-Anne  Cell phone number: 506 8310-2915
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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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Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

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Cariari luxury condo for sale
 PRICE REDUCED FROM $235,000 to $195,000
This is not an ordinary condo. Completed one year ago, a $45,000 renovating made it an exquisite dwelling. As soon as you walk in you know it is a special home. No detail has been overlooked, even minuscule ones. The owner has a need to move on, and someone lucky will be the beneficiary of the fine detailed work. The home itself has three bedrooms, two and half bathrooms plus a maid’s quarters with its own bathroom. Also, it has a living room, dining room and a gorgeous kitchen with a kitchenette. There’s also a small outdoor patio. Being the end unit of this four-home condo complex, there’s parking space for three vehicles.  Approximately 240 sq. meters. All this near the Cariari Golf and Country Club and its renowned Tom Facio golf course. The club also has amenities such as a fitness centre, exercise room, Olympic swimming pool, sauna, 12 tennis courts and many other benefits. Tel:  8384-9608 or 2293-9054  Price $195,000.

Atenas home
This developer's prime lot with super house is being offered in Roca Verde, 7,006 M2 of gentle grade, all landscaped for tropical effect, 3 bedrooms 2 baths with tile floors and hardwood kitchen, near the entrance of the neighborhood. Great floor plan on this one! There is a double carport, and a large patio and pool, wheelhouse style living room and many other features. View, large usable lot, close to town, nice, oh yeah. $495,000.

Maneul Antonio
Manuel Antonio Estates focuses on building vacation homes for clients within Manuel Antonio Estates and Palmas Pacifica. We take care of the details from permits and design to supervision of construction and management of the rentals, if needed. We provide privacy and security, and our gated community offers shared common recreational facilities, beautiful landscaping and parking areas. Our homes and lots are located just minutes from the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. If you've ever considered buying a second home, just minutes from the beach, do not hesitate, if you have any questions or would like to request more information please take full advantage of our Costa Rica real estate services and contact us today!
Manuel Antonio Estates    1 800 346-9724  (506) 8815-9606.

Ciudad Colon
Great Deal!! Apartment in condo with pool and extensive green areas:
Ciudad Colón, San José $112,000
The apartment has a master bedroom with a large ensuite bathroom with bath tub, and a smaller second bedroom/office with air conditioning. It has a second full bathroom, living/dining room, laundry room with hot water tank and storage area. The kitchen comes with granite countertops, a breakfast bar and new dishwasher. It has 82 m2 of construction. 2 balconies with beautiful views of the river and mountains. Private parking for one car. Elevator and a well presented reception area. Located in a very quiet and private neighborhood just 400 meters from the centre of Ciudad Colón. Within minutes to all major amenities in Santa Ana and Escazú. Easy access to the beach (less than 1.5 hrs).  24-hour security, visitor parking, pool, extensive and lush green areas, BBQ area, children’s playground and its own water treatment plant. Contact (506) 6022-9294 or 6022-9967, for further info or to arrange a viewing.

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Outrageous blowout prices on oceanfront condos in Los Sueños!

Located in the private Bay Residence enclave overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Los Sueños Resort and Marina, there are three gorgeous units available at unbelievable bargain pricing from $589,000.  All of these beautiful units are three bedrooms and two baths, 2,200 square feet, fully furnished and ready to move in.  Development includes a gym, access to 3 pools, jacuzzis, BBQ areas and the Beach Club.  If you’ve always wanted to own in Los Sueños, now is the time!  Contact  or call 8702-0778.  From U.S. call 209-482-1788.

Top floor unit: $649,000   Second floor unit: $675,000  Garden unit: $589,000

Newly available in Roca Verde
Well-built home of 215 m2, 3 bedrooms, two bath on 1,150 m2 of lot, with attractive rock retaining wall, carport, and a pool. Indoors there are high, vaulted hardwood ceiling, bright rooms, a laundry room.  The floor is ceramic tile in pastel shades. $247,000. Photos: 2446-5587.

San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya.7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 ft. elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. $199,000 Contact   Check out slide show HERE!


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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ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:   Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085   Email:   Web:

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The Moringa oleifera is found throughout Guanacaste

Another use found for moringa seeds

By the Uppsala Universitet news staff

Scientists continue to find new uses for the moringa tree and its seeds.

Previous studies have shown that the extracts from seeds of the Moringa oleifera tree can be used for water purification. In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University show that the Moringa seeds can also be used for separation of different materials.

Separation processes are very important in mining industries and the new knowledge could contribute to reduce the needs for expensive synthetic chemicals.

Moringa trees are known as miracle trees because of their many uses as food and as a source of oil.  Seeds from the trees are also used to purify water.  The special properties of the protein in the seeds have been studied by a group from Uppsala University in collaboration with the Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek, and the Institut Laue-Langevin in Grenoble, France.

New results published in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science suggest that Moringa seeds could be used for separation of different materials rather than just removal of all impurities.  Separation processes are very important in mining industries to remove valuable material from waste.  This further application of a natural product would reduce the needs for expensive synthetic chemicals.

Protein from crushed seeds of Moringa bind to particles in water and cause them to aggregate.  They can then be removed easily by filtration or settling. 

“The results can help us to find the optimum amount of Moringa seeds to purify water,” says Maja Hellsing, one of the researchers behind the study.

Experiments with detergents added to the bound protein showed that the behavior changes for different materials. 

“Combining the protein with detergents offers new ways to use this natural material in mineral industries that are important in many countries where Moringa grows well”, says Adrian Rennie, who led the study

Technology plan to be presented

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The central government is big on plans. So today officials will present what they call the Plan Nacional de Ciencia Tecnología e Innovación. The plan is supped to chart the country's technology course through 2021. The 8:30 a.m. presentation will be at the Muse de Jade.

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Cargo begins to move at West Coast ports

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Most West Coast U.S. ports have been busy since Friday, when negotiators reached a tentative settlement in a nine-month labor dispute and work slowdown. Both sides say with the cargo moving again, they can focus on long-term problems.

Dozens of ships have been docked or waiting offshore at 29 West Coast ports, and port officials say it will take months to process all the cargo. Most dockworkers have returned to work, but must still vote on the tentative five-year contract.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez had increased pressure as both sides talked in San Francisco, but negotiations were not easy, says Craig Merrilees of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union.

“You know, there are a lot of tough issues in this process that lasted over nine months, and some of them are the kinds of issues that are affecting all workers," he said. "That includes the outsourcing of good jobs.”

Workers say clerical jobs at the port have been moving to other states and other countries. They are also worried about increasing automation of the port facilities, reducing the need for workers.

Those who move goods into and out of the country include San Francisco coffee company, Ritual Coffee Roasters.

“We are reliant on constant arrivals of coffee in order to have a fresh supply,” said company founder Eileen Rinaldi.

Others who rely on the ports are small breweries that use imported hops to brew their beer.