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These chiverre squash are deceptively tough. Like a tank of war. Preparation includes burning the outer skin and then whacking the squash multiple times with a hammer.

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Fair for the Easter squash begins today in Zarcero
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Another installment of the Feria Nacional del Chiverre, or the National Squash Fair, begins today in Zarcero. The five-day festival blends together a packed schedule that includes dancing, local food, and cimarronas.

Chiverre (cucurbita ficifolia) is a type of squash that sometimes looks identical to a watermelon. Behemoth in size and flexible in use, the vegetable becomes a staple during Semana Santa and is used to make empanadas, a sweet jelly and other dishes.

The 11th annual festival that takes place in the
 chiverre's name will be based out of the Plaza de Deportes de Laguna de Alfaro Ruíz in Zarcero, Alajuela. As a fair catering to families, a variety of parades and animal exhibitions are among the many events planned. The iconic march of disciplined, high-stepping horses called tope is a traditional Costa Rican activity that will premiere on Friday afternoon.

The festivities start off with an official inauguration today at 3 p.m. on the fairgrounds.

Jose Martínez, the press executive at the Instituto de Tourism Costarricense, said that around 30,000 people are expected to attend the fair. Entrance is free.

Tomorrow begins the long vacation for many here
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tomorrow not only is a legal holiday, the Día de Juan Santamaría, but it also is the beginning of a 10-day break for many government workers.

The driver's licensing offices will be closed starting tomorrow. President Laura Chinchilla has decreed the long vacation for much of the executive branch. Other branches of government are doing the same.

The Instituto Nacional de Seguros will close its main office for the duration, but many departments in the state insurance agency only will be closed tomorrow and April 17 and 18. The insurance agency's medical and rehabilitation facilities will be open the entire time. Accident investigators will be on duty the entire time, too.

The Cruz Roja will be operating at full strength with 160 aid stations located strategically around the country for the benefit of vacationers. More than 1,000 Cruz Roja workers and volunteers will be on duty.
Naturally the traffic police will be at full strength. So will the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas.

Crew members will be patrolling off popular beaches.

From noon April 17, Holy Thursday, until 6 a.m. April 19, the day before Easter, toll booths will be closed on highways operated by the state.

More good news is that the restrictions on license plates for the metro area are being suspended for tomorrow through Easter, April 20.

The Barrio Otoya offices of A.M. Costa Rica will be closed tomorrow, but a Friday edition will appear.

The offices also will be closed all of Semana Santa, but the daily newspaper will be published each weekday except Good Friday, April 18. Telephones will be attended as usual, 24 hours a day.

The festivities tomorrow are in Alajuela, the home of Juan Santamaría, the hero of the Battle of Rivas in 1856.

Another Pacific boat chase results in four arrests
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Coast guard crew members have captured a boat hauling an estimated 100 kilograms of cocaine.

The crew of a U.S. anti-drug aircraft tipped the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas Tuesday evening of a suspected drug run near the Pacific coastline that borders Panama.

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Two coast guard cruisers intercepted the 42-foot vessel with four Colombians aboard. By that time, the boat was 15 miles off the coast of Playa Sirena on the Osa Peninsula. The coast guard's director, Martín Arias, said the men did not stop their boat when initially approached.

They eventually started to pull plugs out from the boat to sink it, and agents were forced to fill the holes with their own shirts to keep the ship afloat, officials said.

According to the report from the security ministry, though the suspects managed to throw some evidence overboard, four packets were still salvaged. Agents found 27 fuel tanks aboard. The boat, loaded with modern navigation and communications systems, had three outboard motors.

Both the ship and the four men were taken to Golfito. The ship was handed over to drug control officials for further investigation.

Authorities say the four packs are presumed to contain 100 kilograms of cocaine.

Costa Rican authorities credited the crew of the U.S. aircraft for chasing the craft and sending it into Costa Rican waters.

Since Wednesday afternoon drug control officials on patrol boats and aircrafts have been monitoring the waters around where the arrest was made to find the discarded evidence.

Officials have also been collaborating with Panamanian authorities since the tides could carry the remaining evidence towards their patrol zones, they said.

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A man on a motorcycle stopped and confronted a 32-year-old woman while she was walking with a girlfriend Tuesday night. The man threw some sort of liquid on the woman that caused burns on 80 percent of her body.

The attack happened in Pueblo Cívil de Golfito, and by Wednesday morning the woman, identified by the last name of  Marchena, had been transported to Hospital San Juan de Dios in San José

Her injuries include to her face.

The man appeared to be prepared for the attack because he was dressed in black and threw the liquid without any words.

Judicial investigators from Ciudad Neily are looking into any interpersonal conflicts in the woman's past to try to identify suspects, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

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A worker at the Consejo de Seguridad Víal was detained Wednesday morning by agents from the Judicial Investigation Organization on suspicion of information fraud, identity fraud, and the use of false documents. Agents also arrested another man and two women thought to have paid money in exchange for falsified documents.

The worker for the road safety agency was arrested at his house in Desamparados where a raid and subsequent confiscation allowed investigators to come upon critical evidence, they said. The other three suspects were detained at their  homes throughout the Central Valley.

Investigators found that the worker had compiled and put into the agency computers fake medical reports, dictámenes médicos, that are required for getting a license. 

The four suspects were presented to prosecutors on Wednesday.

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Thomas Fisher, a long-time resident of Costa Rica, died in bed Sunday at his home in Sabana Norte, and his remains were cremated Monday.

Fisher was a former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps, and served in the Chu Lai, Vietnam, vicinity in the late 1960s.  He was a former member of Costa Rica Post 10 American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Marine Corps League.

Although originally from Tennessee, Fisher moved to Costa Rica from Dallas, Texas, and was known in expat circles as Dallas Tom.

He leaves a widow, Marietta Fisher, and a teenaged daughter, both Costa Rica born, who live at the family home in Sabana Norte.

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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

This is in response to the small story you published on motorcycle deaths in Tuesday's edition;

I am a moto rider and have been for many years. I used to race moto X in Canada when I was younger and now ride a dual sport bike in Costa Rica for leisure. There are way too many moto deaths in the city. This is obvious. The ridiculous part to this is that the transit police feel that checking the rider's equipment and licensing will cut down on the enormous number of accidents and deaths.

In my opinion the reason for the deaths is largely attributed to erratic driving. Why do the police, government, and most motorists turn a blind eye as to the way these idiots ride the city streets. 90 percent of the motos on the streets DO NOT follow safety or traffic laws. They take way too many unnecessary chances. They go through red lights at will, weave around in and around cars, cut people off and then look at them like they're at fault.

I don't know how many times I have just about run one of these guys over trying to change lanes. A person can't be expected to see them splitting traffic doing double any sort of reasonable speed. I have been on the highway and had a rider split between me and another driver on a two-lane highway while doing 100 kms.

The bottom line is that they do not follow any of the traffic laws and put theirs and other drivers' lives in danger.

I don't think checking their equipment and registration is the answer. Education and enforcement is desperately needed or the deaths will continue to accelerate. You need to get some of these guys off the streets. Maybe the police should enforce the same traffic laws as for automobiles. Sure, most of these riders don't have much money, so traffic tickets may not be the answer. Why don't we start seizing bikes from the crazy riders. Keep the bikes for 30 days then make them read a bike etiquette and safety manual, then pass a small test. Give them back their bikes after they pass with 80 percent or better. Slowly they might figure it out.

But most important of all, ENFORCE some traffic laws on these guys. There are traffic laws for motorbikes here, right?

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Security glitch brings call
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A glitch in software meant to encrypt and protect online transactions has potentially exposed millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other sensitive bits of information to potential theft by computer hackers.
Security researchers at Google and Internet security firm Codenomicon revealed the breakdown, known as Heartbleed, on Tuesday. The glitch was in a vulnerable version of software known as OpenSSL. 
OpenSSL software is meant to protect online accounts for emails, instant messaging and a wide range of electronic commerce.
Heartbleed is of particular concern because it went undetected for more than two years, making it difficult for people to know if they’ve been compromised. Security researchers are advising people to consider changing their online passwords.
“The Heartbleed bug allows anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems protected by the vulnerable versions of the OpenSSL software,” according to the Web site, which was set up by Codenomicon. “This compromises the secret keys used to identify the service providers and to encrypt the traffic, the names and passwords of the users and the actual content.”
Codenomicon said it had tested its own services from an attacker’s perspective and successfully stolen usernames and passwords, instant messages, emails and business critical documents all without leaving a trace.
The discovery of the bug prompted the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to issue a warning computer users and systems administrators to see whether they’re using OpenSSL.
Codenomicon is advising service providers and users to “install the fix as it becomes available for the operating systems, networked appliances and software they use.”

Experts say Heartbleed is serious and of concern to all Internet users, but that before changing passwords, check to see that the bug has been patched.

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Effort to create La Peninsula in Nicoya runs into legal technicalities
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo has sidestepped the question of the status of the lower Nicoya peninsula, and the case will go to an appeal panel.

That was the report from the parties involved in pressing the case.

Former lawmaker Mario Arredondo and the Municipalidad de Nicoya are trying to take the districts in the lower part of the peninsula and merge them with the province of Guanacaste as a single canton known as La Peninsula.

At a hearing Monday the central issues were not aired.  Arredondo says that former president Alfredo González Flores did not have the
power to use a decree to attach the southern part of the peninsula permanently to the canton of Puntarenas. That was a temporary measure consistent with the transportation that existed at the time in 1915, he argues. The southern Nicoya is across the gulf of Nicoya from Puntarenas Centro.

Involved are Cóbano, Lepanto and Paquera on the peninsula and the islands in the gulf of Nicoya. Prior to the decree these areas were in the province of  Guanacaste.

The Tribunal Contencioso Administrativo said that the question of the legality of the decree should have been presented before 1966. So the appeal will be argued on technical legal aspects rather than the legality of the decree, a statement from the promoters of the La Peninsula idea said.

Taxi driver, 48, murdered in most serious of reported crimes
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A passenger shot a taxi driver fatally in San Francisco de Dos Ríos, and in Zapote, a warehouse operator confronted an intruder and wounded him twice, according to the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Meanwhile, the Fuerza Pública detained a man who is suspected of threatening a woman with a knife in Parque Nacional and taking her cell telephone.

In another case in Barrio Pitahaya, San José, police officers detained two men they characterized as known robbers and confiscated a knife. The pair are suspects in the street robbery of a foreigner.

The taxi driver was identified by the last name of Molina. He was 48 years of age. Judicial agents said that he brought two women and a man to a destination in Barrio La Colina in San Francisco de Dos Ríos Tuesday night. The trio seemed to be trying to beat the driver out of a fare because the two women, aged 16 and 17, fled from the taxi when it stopped, agents said. However, the driver had a confrontation with the male passenger, 26. The result was that the passenger shot the driver in the stomach and then fled.

The driver died a short time after reaching Hospital Calderón Guardia. Agents said that Fuerza Pública officers detained three suspects at a nearby home.

The suspected intruder at a warehouse in Zapote is a 23-year-old man. The owner of the facility lives nearby, so he responded when he heard noises, said judicial agents. The suspect suffered bullet wounds to the  knee and hip, they said.  When they investigated, agents said they found among other items a machete, a flashlight with a red lens and a knife.

Fuerza Pública officers detained two men in Barrio Pitahaya quickly enough to remand them to the flagrancy court for an immediate hearing. One of the men also carried a knife.

Parque Nacional is in the middle of the capital adjacent to the legislative complex. Fuerza Pública officers in charge of providing security there were credited with capturing the suspect in the robbery of a cell telephone from a woman pedestrian. The arrest was aided by citizens who witnessed the crime. The suspect was identified as a man with a record of such crimes. He. too, went to the flagrancy court, police said.

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Work begun on major renovation of fairgrounds in Heredia
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Construction has started on a new fairground in Mercedes Norte in Heredia.

The municipality said Wednesday that the contract with CBL-JAVJ Construcciones y Alquileres had been approved by the Contraloría de la República, the budget watchdog, and that the order has been given to begin the job.

The municipality said it wants to move the agricultural fair from
Avenida 14 to this new location to reduce traffic congestion on the community's main streets. The contract is worth 788 million colons, some $1.4 million.

For that the contractor is supposed to repair completely the exiting wall around the facility, install two sets of bathrooms, renovate some existing storage areas including roofs, windows, floors and walls.

The electrical system will be renovated completely, said the municipality. The contract calls for completion in 10 months.

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Sea harbors soot and charcoal that date back many thousands of years
By the Rice University news service

A fraction of the carbon that finds its way into Earth’s oceans — the black soot and charcoal residue of fires — stays there for thousands of years, and a new first-of-its-kind analysis shows how some black carbon breaks away and hitches a ride to the ocean floor on passing particles.

The study by scientists from Rice University, the University of California, Irvine, and the University of South Carolina offers the first detailed analysis of how black carbon gets into deep ocean sediments, as well as an accounting of the types and amounts of black carbon found in those sediments.

“Our previous work showed that the black carbon in ocean sediments is ancient,” said lead investigator Ellen Druffelof the University of California, Irvine. “It’s anywhere from 2,000 to 5,500 years older than the organic carbon in the same sediments. That means that it either stays dissolved in the water for a long time before it’s deposited or it stays trapped somewhere else — like the soil — for thousands of years before it enters the ocean. This new study offers the most complete picture yet of how black carbon finds its way into deep ocean sediments.”

“The environmental fate of black carbon is not well-understood,” said study co-author Caroline Masiello, a Rice biogeochemist who began studying black carbon with Ms. Druffel in the 1990s. “It’s extraordinarily stable, and though we don’t fully understand how nature breaks it down and recycles it into the deep Earth, we know that it must because otherwise we would be knee-deep in it.”

Virtually all black carbon results from combustion. Soot, the airborne version of black carbon, is a key element of smoke. Charcoal is another form of black carbon. Each form is produced naturally by wildfires, as well by industry and other human activities.

Ms. Druffel and colleagues said their study did not aim to answer questions about how much black carbon people are producing today or how human-produced black carbon is affecting global climate.

“Our aim was to show how the black carbon cycle likely works in the ocean,” Ms. Druffel said. “We are looking for the baseline, which is an important thing for others to have to do future studies about anthropogenic change.”

Scientific interest in black carbon is high. On the one hand, a comprehensive 2013 study found that soot is a far more important player in global climate than was previously believed. On the other,
there is a growing global movement among gardeners, farmers and others to use another form of black carbon — biochar — to both boost crop yields and to counter greenhouse emissions by locking carbon in soil for centuries.
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Sediment traps, like this one being deployed from the research vessel 'New Horizon,' were used to sample black carbon in particles that sank to the bottom of the northeast Pacific.

“Whether you come at this from the point of view of reducing soot in the atmosphere or of using biochar to counter global warming, it’s important to have a better understanding of where black carbon goes, how it gets there and how much of it breaks down along the way,” said Ms. Masiello, associate professor of earth science at Rice. “One of the important things about this study is that we were able to classify the kinds and types of black carbon found in sea floor sediments. This helps us narrow down the role of the ocean as a sink for both soot and charcoal.”

Black carbon’s journey to the bottom of the ocean begins when the material enters the water. Airborne soot gets into the ocean via rainfall and runoff from streams. Though charcoal residue can stay trapped in soils for thousands of years, runoff and erosion eventually carry some of it to the ocean as well.

The researchers used radiocarbon dating and other techniques to examine the black carbon that was buried in sea floor sediments in the northeast Pacific that dated to about 20,000 years ago.

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Ask the others what you get for your money, and then compare the quality of accommodations, quality, quantity and variety of food and drink to measure the best value for your money. 

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Swiss pilot plans world trip
using just solar cell power

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A Swiss pilot unveiled what could be a history-making aircraft Wednesday. The plane is designed to fly around the globe powered only by the sun.

The Solar Impulse 2 will begin test flights next month in preparation for a planned around-the-world trip next year.

The plane has the same wingspan as a jumbo passenger jet, but only weighs about as much as a large car.

That is because instead of heavy fuel tanks, Solar Impulse 2 is powered by more than 17,000 solar cells, grabbing energy from the sun and storing it in batteries.

Pilot Andre Borschberg said he expects to take five days and five nights to travel around the world. But he said Solar Impulse 2 could stay in the air indefinitely.

The plane is an updated model of a solar-powered aircraft built five years ago and flown across the United States last year.

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Ebola outbreak is continuing
to spread in West Africa

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The World Health Organization calls the ebola outbreak in West Africa among the most challenging ever. The organization reports the virus has killed 101 people in Guinea and 10 in Liberia.

Ebola is one of the world's deadliest viruses and the humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders is helping local health care workers in Guinea treat ebola patients. The fatality rate for the strain that has broken out in Guinea is up to 90 percent.

The virus has spread to the capital, Conakry, from forests in the south. World Health is concerned that ebola has broken out in a region where it had never appeared before.

But Anthony Fauci, director of the infectious diseases division at the National Institutes of Health), says ebola's appearance in West Africa should not come as a surprise.

“It’s a disease that’s spread by direct contact with an infected person, but it’s also spread by exposure to an infected animal like a bat," Fauci said. "And since we know those animals are in those areas of those adjacent countries, it’s not that unusual to see outbreaks in areas of southern Africa that are adjacent to each other."

Fruit bats are the primary carriers of ebola, although the virus doesn't kill the bats. Humans get the virus from infected bats or other animals that these bats come in contact with. Fauci says people should avoid eating bush meat and bats when there's an outbreak of ebola.

The symptoms are very much like those of the flu: fever, weakness, muscle pain, headache and sore throat. But that's where the comparison ends. The next stage in ebola is vomiting, diarrhea, and in some cases, internal and external bleeding. The flu is airborne, ebola is not.

"Ebola is almost invariably spread by direct contact with bodily fluids, particularly blood and secretions - vomit, things like that - of people who are deathly ill and people are taking care of them, so it’s usually family members, health care providers, ministers who minister to the sick and to the dead, and to morticians who take care of the bodies," Fauci said.

The best way to control the virus is to get people with symptoms into isolation wards. Researchers are trying to find effective medications, but at the moment the best chances of beating the disease are to drink plenty of fluids and get treated for secondary infections such as diarrhea.

A number of patients in Guinea have recovered and have been discharged from treatment centers. But doesn't mean they are completely free of ebola.

World Health reports that men who have recovered from the disease can still transmit the virus to sex partners for up to seven weeks after they recover.

Search for black box pings
continues in Indian Ocean

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner narrowed further today, as authorities search for more signals they think belong to the plane's flight data recorder.
Australian authorities said the search area in the remote southern Indian Ocean now stands at 57,000 square kilometers, the smallest yet in the over month-long search for the Boeing 777.
Search chief Angus Houston Wednesday expressed hope the plane would soon be found, after authorities reacquired two pings consistent with the jet's black box.
"I'm now optimistic that we will find the aircraft in the not too distant future," said Houston.
Time is running out for authorities to locate the origin of the signals, since the batteries on the black box's locator beacon are set to run out after about 30 days.
The Malaysia Airlines jet, which was carrying 239 people, disappeared on March 8 while traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.
Malaysian authorities believe the plane was deliberately diverted and crashed into the sea. But without wreckage, many are skeptical.
In the Malaysian capital Thursday, salesman Wee Boon Seow said it is hard to be optimistic that search crews are narrowing in on the plane.
"I mean, as a Malaysian, we tend to take everything with a pinch of salt, because there is always this latest development, this latest news about how they discovered the pings in the south Indian Ocean. But I don't know. I'm pretty pessimistic about the news," said Seow.
A total of 14 planes and 13 ships are involved in Thursday's search for the plane, which extends from about 2,300 kilometers northwest of the Australian city of Perth.
If authorities can locate more pings, they plan to deploy a robot submarine to search the ocean floor.
Once the black box is retrieved, authorities will be able to determine what happened to the plane. Its fate has become one of the most puzzling mysteries in modern aviation.
The plane vanished without any distress calls, and authorities have refused to rule out any possibilities, including hijacking, sabotage or a mechanical malfunction.

Boston response to bombing
praised in Washington

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Just days before the first anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing attacks, a congressional panel invited several Boston area law enforcement officials to reflect on their response and discuss ways for other communities to prepare for potential tragedies.

Democratic and Republican lawmakers were united in praising Boston's response to the unexpected events that unfolded a year ago. House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul had emotional praise for the neighboring Boston and Watertown Police Departments.

The Boston area was the scene of days of dramatic events after the marathon bombing, as brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev engaged in a deadly gun battle with police, which resulted in the death of Tamerlan, and a prolonged manhunt for Dzhokhar.

During a hearing Wednesday, McCaul pointed out the brothers had allegedly planned to go to New York City next.

"These terrorists had six more bombs in their car and they were on their way to Times Square," said McCaul.  "If it was not for these heroic acts of bravery, New York City could have been hit again."

Rep. Loretta Sanchez pointed out there is an ongoing investigation, and urged caution at the hearing not to interfere with the prosecution of Dzhokhar, who will go on trial Nov. 3, facing the death penalty.

"You know Attorney General Holder's decision to seek the death penalty is a game changer," she said.

Former Boston police commissioner Edward Davis said the people of Boston are still united in the feeling of "Boston Strong," and many are preparing to run in this year's marathon to honor those who died last year.

"And we run for the men and women and children who can not be there this year, Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard and Officer Sean Colliert," he said.

Watertown Police Chief Edward Deveau said he is entering the race.

"This year I will run with 12 of my officers.  It is going to be an emotional day for my officers as we run that route and cross the finish line on Boylston Street," he said.

Harvard University Professor Dutch Leonard said it is no accident Boston area police and other first responders did such an excellent job.  He said one year earlier police and medical personnel held a training exercise mimicking a multiple-front attack.  

"Any community can engage in joint planning and execution for any major fixed event," he said. "Paying your dues on good days builds the infrastructure of inter-agency familiarity, respect and trust, and has an immediate payoff. And if a bad day ever comes, as it did in Boston, that infrastructure is literally a lifesaver."

Several lawmakers said that local law enforcement plays a crucial role in responding to terrorist and other attacks, and federal agents should share information with them.

Technique developed to up
speed of human metabolism

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Some people can eat and eat but never gain weight while others easily put on pounds. Why?

Scientists say that the body’s natural ability to control weight is tied to the body’s natural rate of burning energy, something called basal cellular metabolism. One of the reasons some people can eat without gaining weight is because they have higher metabolism rates.

A research team at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston has discovered that altering the biochemical process that underlies a cell’s ability to burn energy could help speed a person’s metabolism possibly leading to new therapies in the worldwide fight against obesity and diabetes.

“With this discovery, we now have a means of metabolic manipulation that could help speed energy production and lead to weight loss,” said senior author Barbara Kahn from the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and the Harvard Medical School.

Writing in Nature, the Boston researchers’ said reducing the amount of the protein nicotinamide N-methyltransferase  in the fat and liver cells of mice slowed the development of obesity and diabetes in mice. At the same time, they also confirmed that obese and diabetic mice had higher levels of the substance in their liver and fat.

From this key piece of information, the researchers speculated that cutting down the levels of N-methyltransferase in these cells would speed up a series of metabolic reactions involving an organic compound called polyamines.

“Polyamines are a group of biological molecules that are found throughout the body, which have fundamental functions, including regulating cell growth,” said Daniel Kraus, a co-author of the study.

The accelerated metabolic reactions would increase the amount of calories the body burns as energy while at the same time would reduce the number of calories transformed into fat.

“While diet and exercise are important in controlling weight, anti-obesity therapies could be of tremendous help, and NNMT looks to be a promising target for future therapeutic development,” said Kahn.

Tax on plastic bags promoted
to reduce pollution source

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The world consumes hundreds of billions of single-use plastic bags each year.  Environmental activists say they are difficult to recycle, wasteful and damage the biosphere. They want to ban plastic bags or, as many communities have done, charge a fee for them at the register. But the plastic bag industry defends their use, saying people reuse plastic bags, and industry officials argue recycling is a matter of personal responsibility and should not be regulated.
City officials say New Yorkers use 5.2 billion plastic bags each year. They are offered free with nearly every supermarket, pharmacy or convenience store purchase.  Many people like them, even if they sometimes feel guilty about using them.
“They’re easy to use, they’re lightweight, and they’re easy to store,” said one man.
“I don’t feel good about it, but I use them sometimes because it’s convenient,” said a woman shopper.
But what happens to those bags after they’ve been used is a huge environmental problem, said Lilly Belanger of
“They are found on beaches. They are found clogging storm drains. They are caught in trees. They are swallowed by marine life. And once that happens, we actually eat marine life.  What’s bad for the planet is almost always bad for us,” said Ms. Belanger.
Plastic bags are made of petroleum products and natural gas, and do not biodegrade.  And, Ms. Berenger added, they are difficult to recycle. So New York City spends nearly $10 million a year to send 100,000 tons of plastic bags to landfills out of state.
Attorney Jennie Romer of helps craft state and local legislation to either ban plastic bags or charge a fee for their use. She said nearly 150 American municipalities have already done so, to good effect.
"In Washington, D.C., a five percent charge on all single-use bags led to about a 60 percent reduction and in Los Angeles County in California, a ban on plastic bags and a 10 cent charge on paper bags led to a 95 percent reduction in single-bag use overall,” said Romer.
Environmental activists and some New York City Council members are proposing a law to charge 10 cents for single-use plastic bags.
That is government overreach, said Mark Daniels of the American Progressive Bag Alliance, an industry trade group.
“It’s your personal responsibility as well. If you shop at a convenience store and buy a pack of gum and a Coke, it does not necessarily need a plastic bag. You can refuse that,” said Daniels.  
Jennie Romer counters that people usually don't refuse a free convenience.
“But with a 10 cent charge on bags, customers are much more likely to stop and think about whether they need a bag or not. And that’s really all that these laws are doing,” said Ms. Romer.
Mark Daniels said most people reuse plastic bags at home, and limiting the use of American made bags will cost jobs in the plastic bag manufacturing sector and recycling centers.
Environmental groups are racing to put an increasing number of plastic bag fee proposals on ballots and before city and state legislators, as the federal government reports a dramatic rise in the number of plastic bags Americans use each year.

U.S. Navy is making fuel
by extracting from sea water

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Navy may have discovered a way to make fuel from seawater.

Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory say they’ve developed a prototype technology for the “recovery of carbon dioxide and hydrogen from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel.”

Using the technique, the Navy was able to fly a model airplane with an internal combustion engine using fuel from seawater, according to the Navy, which called the technology game changing.

The process extracts carbon dioxide and hydrogen from the seawater and converts those gases into liquid hydrocarbons by a metal catalyst in a reactor system, according to the Navy.

Despite the success, the technology could be seven to 10 years away from commercial viability, meaning the process would have to produce jet fuel at the price of roughly 78 cents to about $1.60 per liter, according to the Navy.

A Navy admiral responsible for fleet readiness and logistics told the UK’s Daily Mail that the Navy was in very challenging times regarding energy.

“We need to challenge the results of the assumptions that are the result of the last six decades of constant access to cheap, unlimited amounts of fuel,” he told the Daily Mail. “Basically, we've treated energy like air, something that's always there and that we don't worry about too much.”

Obama says troop safety
must be improved at home

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama said more must be done to improve the safety and health of U.S. troops both in the war zones and at home. Obama made his remarks at a ceremony paying tribute to the victims of the April 2 shooting in Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday. The president's visit to Texas will also include attending the commemoration of 50 years since the signing of the historic U.S. Civil Rights Act.
Love was the central theme of President Obama's speech Wednesday at a memorial ceremony for three servicemen killed by a fellow soldier at Fort Hood earlier this month.  He said it was love for their country that inspired these soldiers to join the Army, and love that will help their families overcome the grief surrounding their loss.
“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends,” said Obama.
Last week, a disgruntled solder killed himself and three others at Fort Hood, where an Army psychiatrist killed 13 people in a shooting spree in 2009. President Obama said the latest tragedy reopens the old wounds and that more needs to be done to secure U.S. military facilities.
"In our open society, and at vast bases like this, we can never eliminate every risk.  But as a nation, we can do more to help counsel those with mental health issues, to keep firearms out of the hands of those who are having such deep difficulties.  As a military, we must continue to do everything in our power to secure our facilities and spare others this pain," said Obama.
Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno said it is not clear why wartime hardships make some soldiers stronger, while others struggle with the effects.  He said the Army will do more to address the problem.
"We will also do everything within our power to investigate every detail, to learn, to adapt and to protect our most valuable resource: the men and women of our U.S. Army," said Odierno.
Secretary of the Army John McHugh praised the victims for their bravery, which he said saved many other lives.
"We may never know how many lives were saved or how many others might have been lost were it not for these heroes. But know this: we are incredibly grateful for their bravery and even more humbled by their selflessness," said McHugh.
On Thursday, President Obama joins former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in the state capital, Austin, to honor the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.  The legislation outlawed racial discrimination in voting, schools, public accommodations, and the workplace.

Churchgoers among those
satisfied with love life

By the Springer Science+Business Media news service

Regular churchgoers, married people or those who enjoy harmonious social ties are most satisfied with their love life. This also goes for people who are currently in love or who experience the commitment and sexual desire of their partners, says Félix Neto and Maria da Conceição Pinto of the Universidade do Porto in Portugal. Their findings, published in an article in Springer’s journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, look at the influences on love life satisfaction throughout one’s adult life.

The researchers associate love with the desire to enter into, maintain, or expand a close, connected, and ongoing relationship with another person. In turn, love life satisfaction is a purely subjective, overall measurement of someone’s actual enjoyment of love. To investigate the factors that influence this across various age groups, 1,284 adult Portuguese women and men ranging between 18 and 90 years old were asked to evaluate and weigh specific facets of their own love lives by using the Satisfaction With Love Life Scale.

Neto and Pinto found that a combination of factors such as age, religious involvement, marital status and love style (e.g. manipulative or playful), influence a person’s love satisfaction. Young adults (18 to 30 years old) enjoy similar overall levels of love satisfaction as do adults (31 to 59 years old) and older adults (60 to 90 years old). In comparing adults in the older age groups, those beyond 60 years of age were found to be less satisfied with their love lives than those between 31 and 59 years old, partly because it is of less importance to them. While education does not impact a person’s love life satisfaction, religious involvement does. The finding that believers and regular churchgoers are positive about their love lives is in line with previous studies that associate religious involvement with better mental health and greater satisfaction with life and sexual relationships in general.

People who enjoy higher levels of well-being and have harmonious social relationships also tend to be more content with their love lives. The same is true for people who are currently in love, in contrast to those who are not in a romantic relationship. Married and cohabiting respondents (and especially those who experienced the commitment and sexual desire of their partners) of all ages enjoy higher love satisfaction than divorced people.

While men and women’s satisfaction with their love lives are generally the same, gender does play a role when various love styles are considered for specific age groups. Adult men with a Ludus style (game-playing, manipulative love that keeps partner uncertain about relationship) or Mania style (possessive, jealous) rate their love lives as more fulfilled.

The authors conclude: “In contrast to much past investigation on love, our research used a sample of adults representing a full range of age. Focusing on exploration of age variations in satisfaction with love life, the research displayed a comprehensive view of differences and similarities across the adult life span.”

Genes give a clue to type
of environment for kids

By the University of Michigan news service

Genes amplify the stress of harsh environments for some children and magnify the advantage of supportive environments for other children, according to a study that's one of the first to document how genes interacting with social environments affect biomarkers of stress.

"Our findings suggest that an individual's genetic architecture moderates the magnitude of the response to external stimuli—but it is the environment that determines the direction," said Colter Mitchell, lead author and a researcher at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, uses telomere length as a marker of stress. Found at the ends of chromosomes, telomeres generally shorten with age and when individuals are exposed to disease and chronic stress, including the stress of living in a disadvantaged environment.

Mitchell and colleagues used telomere samples from a group of 40 nine-year-old boys from two very different environments—one nurturing and the other harsh. Those in the nurturing environment came from stable families, with nurturing parenting, good maternal mental health and positive socioeconomic conditions, while those in the harsh environment experienced high levels of poverty, harsh parenting, poor maternal mental health and high family instability.

Telomere length was shortest in a disadvantaged environment and longest in a supportive environment, researchers found.

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Belen home
Comfortable in Costa Rica
Asuncion de Belen. Home in exclusive Residencial La Jolla.  Gated community with controlled access,  security 24/7. Resort swimming pool and gym. Spacious and elegant finishes, private jacuzzi and social areas. 3 bedrooms. 2.5 baths.  Private gardens. Conveniently located close to airport, shopping, bilingual schools, Intel and Duty Free Zones. 322m2 on 249m2 corner lot. Lease with purchase option  $3,400/ $428,000 USD. Contact owner at 8309-2000 for details or email

beachfront home
Beautiful Palo Seco Beach home priced to sell!
Also looking for full-time housekeeper!
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 back yards, 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 for more information!

We are also currently looking for an English-speaking, full-time housekeeper. The housekeeper will be required to pay utilities but not rent. We are offering the chance to live rent free in this beautiful beach home at the small cost of keeping the property in good shape and keeping it safe while we are looking for a new owner! If you are interested, please e-mail for more information!!


Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away.  Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails: and

Five bedrooms
Puntarenas City, 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 including all linens, kitchen cook ware, pots, pans, all dishes and much much more. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Office with all connections for WiFi,  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes all linens, 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. 
Call Gary 8784-2945  English only, or email

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

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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 additional 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:

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: Click on the link below for photos and additional details:

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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Land near Monte de La Cruz, 27 hectors+, Must sell for best offer due to cancer, 8841-1606

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.

Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos
in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built to highest standard by German owner in 2005,  room for two more apartments, plans approved. Less then a 10 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jaco. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. 70% owner financing available. More photos on request HERE!  Email:  cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

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Real Estate, Central Pacific Region

Central Pacific between Jacó and Quepos-Manuel Antonio
Lots in gated community near the beach  from $17,999! Only 3 left
2-bedroom house in gated community was $120k now $99,900
3-bedroom house with 2 additional residential lots, walk to the beach $160k
Turnkey coffee shop/ bakery, corner location, great ROI! $65k
2-bedroom panoramic oceanview house, guesthouse on 2.5 acres $269k
Panoramic oceanview  property, 3 houses, on-ground pool $375k
And much more!!!
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   CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891

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

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

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Beach property on the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste.

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

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

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

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Gingerbread Boutique Hotel and Fine Restaurant For Sale
botique hotel
A very  famous, highly regarded unique lake view themed boutique hotel consisting of three air conditioned suites with satellite TV and high speed Internet, two themed cottages with garden showers, one large super suite with kitchen and garden shower, managers apartment, restaurant rated one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica {see reviews} and the premier real estate office at Lake Arenal,which puts all its clients in to the hotel, plus room for additional lake view rooms and a pool, all less than a mile from Nuevo Arenal and the public park on the lake.  Go to the Web site for photos and complete information  at  This is the finest boutique hotel in Costa Rica in one of the fastest growing areas of all of Central America.  Sale opportunity $750,000.   Contact to :
Terry Moran, Owner Email: 
Office phone: 506 2694-0088  Cell phone: 506 8880-8888 
USA # rings in Costa Rica:  305 307-0088

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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 for an appointment. For a preview

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

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

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

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11 Venezuelan journalists
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At the end of its midyear meeting in Barbados the Inter American Press Association Wednesday expressed “its solidarity with the people of Venezuela, the victims and their families and the news media and journalists beset by violence” and deplored the kidnapping of journalist Nairobi Pinto, whose whereabouts are unknown.

Ms. Pinto, chief correspondent of the Globovisión television chain, was abducted  Sunday outside the apartment building where she lives by at least two armed and hooded assailants who forced her into a vehicle. So far neither police not her family have received any news.

The organization Monday reviewed the state of press freedom in the Americas. On the case of Venezuela the organization stressed that “the independent press and journalists are facing their most dramatic moment, marked by a pattern of unprecedented institutional and social violence.” According to local press organizations since the start of protests on Feb. 12 a total of 111 journalists have been arrested, threatened, beaten or injured. In some cases their equipment has been seized and their newsgathering material destroyed.

The chairman of the press association Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Claudio Paolillo, declared, “Given the difficult situation of danger and violence being faced by our Venezuelan colleagues the journalist’s disappearance cannot be overlooked. We urge the authorities to make every effort to locate Pinto’s whereabouts.”

Paolillo, editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda, added that during its April 4 to 7 meeting in Bridgetown, the association issued country-by-country resolutions on major issues, among them one on Venezuela which detailed the violations of freedom of the press and of expression in the South American country.

In speaking of Costa Rica, the association said that the most significant violation of press freedom, the newspaper Diario Extra reported that the special prosecutor for organized crime had ordered a trace on all incoming and outgoing phone calls of journalist Manuel Rodríguez Estrada, known as Manuel Estrada, as well as the calls of other journalists and staff members for the newspaper.

The Judicial Police and prosecutor ordered the tracings to identify the public officials who were providing information to the journalist, who, on the basis of this information, revealed matters of great public interest, the association noted. 

Using the results of the tracings, criminologists and analysts at the narcotics section of the judicial police identified some 20 judicial employees with whom the journalist had communicated by phone, and police intelligence agents identified them as the source for news items written and disseminated by the journalist, the association said.

A judicial employee was detained and charged with revealing secrets and revealing confidential information. Her arrest had a chilling effect on many other informants who, for fear of reprisal, were reluctant to provide information of public interest, said the association.

The story was reported extensively in Costa Rica, and Diario Extra eventually obtained a Sala IV constitutional court ruling that such tracing was unconstitutional.

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Asian-Pacific trade talks continue in Japan

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States and Japan are holding a round of talks to resolve significant differences over a wide-ranging Asia-Pacific free trade deal.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman was to meet in Tokyo with Japanese economy minister Akira Amari.

Before the talks, Froman acknowledged that there is "a lot of work to do."

"I'm looking forward to I hope a productive set of discussions today with Minister Amari. We have a lot of work to do, and I think there is good will on both sides, and we can make progress toward bridging our outstanding differences," said Froman.

Talks earlier in the week appeared to break down with Japanese officials reporting little progress in narrowing gaps.

Washington is urging Japan to further open up key agricultural markets, which have historically been protected by Tokyo.

Both sides hope to reach a deal by the time President Barack Obama visits Japan in late April.

Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko denied that the visit represents a hard deadline.

"We consider President Obama's visit to Japan as an important juncture but not a deadline. We're not considering a specific deadline for our negotiations as the most important task to us is to promote our national interest," said Seko.

The U.S.-Japan disagreements have played a key role in slowing talks on the U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership, which involves 12 nations.

The talks already have extended past a 2013 deadline, and it is unclear if a consensus will be reached any time soon.