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Good grief! What would you ever want to do with this?
Some of those homemade weapons are jaw droppers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

One of the homemade weapons destroyed Monday was an eight-shot pistol that fired 12-gauge shotgun shells.

Another was a crude revolver that appears to have been made from scratch.

These were among the 1,121 homemade weapons that went under the chop saw at the Dirección General de Armamento in Coronado. Police said the weapons were confiscated from 2001 to 2012, but there are few mentions in the records of criminal cases related to the illegal firearms.

The bulk of the weapons were pipe guns and other fairly crude devices. Also destroyed were 3,674 firearms that have been used by agents and police. These had been replaced with newer models.
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Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía 
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Revolver with spring firing mechanism.


A.M. Costa Rica reported on the proliferation of homemade weapons in a news story Monday.


Consider victims, magistrate says of ankle bracelets
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

If the country's prison system is going to set free individuals on the strength of an ankle bracelet, the safety of victims should be considered, too.

That's the thrust of a summary by a Corte Suprema magistrate after studying a proposal that is being consider by lawmakers.

The law would allow suspects and convicts to wear an interactive bracelet and basically remain under house arrest. That was the view expressed by Zarela Villanueva  of the Sala Secunda of the court. This is the criminal section. The magistrate has been elevated temporarily to the presidency of the entire high court because of the death of Luis Paulino Mora.

The summary, released Monday by the Poder Judicial, said that the proposed law emphasizes the penal aspects but does little to protect victims.

In addition, the law does not require victims to be notified if a presumed aggressor is about to be freed with an ankle bracelet, the summary said.

The magistrate mainly discussed domestic violence
 cases and said that there are about 48,000 requests for protective measures each year. In addition in just 2011 there were 5,000 reports of violations of protective measures. Prosecutors are overwhelmed by all these cases.

She suggested changes in the proposed law that would allow victims to participate in the process and receive information about the judicial process, including the possibility of an interactive bracelet.

Costa Rican prisons are more than full and lawmakers are looking for inexpensive ways to solve the problem.

In 2002 the Sala IV constitutional court ruled against a plan by a U.S. company to build and run a modern maximum security prison as a concession.

The existing prisons vary widely in security. At some of the minimum security prisons the inmates are contained only by a plastic tape that shows the boundaries.

Others have questioned the ability of the Ministerio de Justicia y Paz to monitor thousands of persons who might be freed wearing ankle bracelets.

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Costa Rica seeks contact
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Costa Rican foreign ministry officials are trying to run down their countrymen in the Boston area to see if they suffered injuries in the Monday terrorist attack.
 
The Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores y Culto said Monday that it had asked workers at consulates in New York and Boston to contact Costa Ricans.

The twin explosions seconds apart were at the finish line of the famous Boston marathon, and at least 30 Costa Ricans were known to have participated. There also may have been some expats from Costa Rica running the marathon.
 
U.S. President Barack Obama has vowed to bring to justice  whoever was responsible for the explosions which killed three people and wounded about 140. Many suffered amputated limbs because of the nature of the explosion. One of the dead was a boy, 8, who was waiting for his father to finish the race.

President Obama says he has directed the full resources of the federal government to help state and local authorities protect Americans, as an investigation continues into the Boston explosions.

"We still do not know who did this or why, and people should not jump to conclusions before we have all the facts," said Obama. "But make no mistake, we will get to the bottom of this and we will find who did this and we will find out why they did this.  Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice."

Obama did not specifically describe the explosions in Boston as a terrorist attack.  But a White House official said "any event with multiple explosive devices, as this appears to be, is clearly an act of terror, and will be approached as an act of terror.

The official said a thorough investigation will have to determine whether the Boston attack was planned and carried out by a terrorist group, foreign or domestic.

Obama said he has spoken with U.S. congressional leaders.  On Capitol Hill, House Speaker John Boehner led the chamber in observing a moment of silence.

The president was notified of the explosions minutes after they occurred and briefed by his new Homeland Security adviser Lisa Monaco and other members of the White House senior staff.

Obama telephoned Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to offer support. 

The president also received a briefing from Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

In addition to the two explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis also reported a fire at the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library. But that blaze later was said to be unrelated to the blasts.

Police in other cities took steps to reinforce security.

Rape near Jacó continues
to be reported under study


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Investigators still have not arrested two teens suspected of raping a woman in Pueblo Nuevo outside of Jacó 20 days ago.

According to the Judicial Investigating Organization, a 23-year-old Costa Rican woman was walking down the street when she was attacked and raped by her two teenage neighbors March 27.   The victim is deaf and mute, they said.

The suspects are 17 and 18 years old, and have no prior crimes recorded, said agents. Neighbors said that they still might be suspects in a prior forcible rape case.

A judicial spokesperson said that the two would remain free until investigators could fully study the case.  It is unknown how long this will take, they said. Neighbors have expressed concern that the suspects still are free. Despite the woman's disabilities, she is reported able to communicate with investigators and has identified the suspects, neighbors said.

In addition, some wondered why an 18-year-old would be treated as a juvenile.

Tight race, quick decision
prompt uncertainty in Caracas


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Venezuela's electoral council has declared Nicolás Maduro the winner of the nation's presidential election by a slim margin. But opposition candidate Henrique Capriles is demanding a recount.
 
National electoral council President Tibisay Lucena announced Maduro's victory late Sunday with 50.7 percent of the vote, an estimated 235,000 ballots more than opposition candidate Henrique Capriles, who garnered 49.1 percent of the vote.
 
The election official called the narrow margin irrefutable, describing results as the irreversible outcome of the country's electoral process.

Fireworks resounded throughout the capital as Maduro's supporters took to the street to celebrate, many of them chanting “Viva Chávez!”
 
Speaking at a rally, Maduro urged supporters to defend his victory in a peaceful and orderly manner, allowing that he would consider an audit of the vote. If an audit were to indicate defeat by even a single vote, he said, he would immediately concede to Capriles.
 
"But that is not how it happened," Maduro said, claiming that he won by 300,000 votes, a decision of the people he urged his opponent to accept.

Maduro has rejected election observers from the Organization of American States. The election council members are Chávez appointees.

In a fiery speech denouncing the results and demanding a recount, Capriles said his team had identified thousands of incidents of electoral fraud or manipulation, and that he said he would not recognize results until each and every vote is counted.
 
"Maduro and his government are the losers," Capriles told supporters.
 
Late president Hugo Chávez, the popular and controversial socialist leader who died from cancer last month, picked Maduro as his successor. The former union leader and vice president has vowed to continue the Chávez policies that cut poverty from 50 to 29 percent with popular health, education and food programs.
 
Early in the campaign, Maduro held a significant lead in polls, but Capriles narrowed the gap in the final days of the campaign. His strong showing speaks to growing frustration in the country with double-digit inflation and a soaring crime rate.

"I want to say to the government's candidate, the loser today is you and say that firmly," said Capriles. "You are the loser. You and your government. I say that with firmness and with all the compromise and transparency. We will not recognize the results until each and every Venezuelan vote, one by one, has been counted. We demand here that the national electoral council open all of the boxes and that each Venezuelan vote be counted.''
 
Cuban President Raúl Castro was among the first to congratulate Maduro in a statement published in the Communist Party newspaper Granma.
 

White House backs request
for a recount of the votes


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The White House says a recount in Venezuela's close election is necessary and prudent to ensure Venezuelans have confidence in the results.
 
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday rushing to a decision in these circumstances would be inconsistent with the expectations of Venezuelans for a clear and democratic outcome.
 
Costa Rican officials has no such concerns. The foreign minister released a statement Monday morning congratulating the Venezuelan government and the people there for holding the election. It said it hoped the two countries would continue to deepen their friendship and cooperation.

Costa Rica gets a lot of its petroleum form Venezuela.


Canada to recognize
country's organic products
 
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Canada and Costa Rica will accept the other country's certification of organic products.  For Costa Rica that means fruits and vegetables, packaged as organic, can enter Canada without further paperwork or certifications.

This reduces the cost of exportation, said the Ministro de Agricultura y Ganadería. Canada already has such agreements with other countries, including the United States.

Although all farm products are organic, the term in marketing means fruits or vegetables that have been grown without pesticides and other chemical additives.

Costa Rica offers organic rice, bananas coffee, sugar and a number of other fruits and vegetables.


 
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Here is the section where you can scan short summaries from the Spanish-language press. If you want to know more, just click on a link and you will see and longer summary and have the opportunity to read the entire news story on the page of the Spanish-language newspaper but translated into English.

Translations may be a bit rough, but software is improving every day.

When you see the Summary in English of news stories not covered today by A.M. Costa Rica, you will have a chance to comment.

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The case of the highway concession for the San José-San Ramón route keeps getting worse. Now prosecutors are involved in the controversial issue because someone made a criminal complaint.

The Ministerio Público confirmed Monday afternoon that some of its prosecutors had conducted a search of the Consejo Nacional de Concesiones. The goal was to obtain copies of documents, the ministry said.

The report was confirmed by the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes, the ministry in which the concessions unit is located.

Edwin Rodríguez Aguilera, the secretario técnico of the
 concessions council, said prosecutors and judicial agents arrived about 1:30 p.m.

The Ministerio Público said that the investigation centers on irregularities in the concession process.

This is the route that was the subject of a protest against President Laura Chinchilla Thursday at Juan Santamaría day in Alajuela. Residents along the route object to the 2,000-colon one-way toll that is being proposed.

A Brazilian firm, OAS, received the concession.

The Contraloría General de la República said Monday that it, too had received a complaint about the way the concession was issued. But it said after an investigation it rejected the complaint.


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Retired industrialist dies from injury sustained in fall, agents say
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A U.S. industrialist died Sunday evening from a fall and not because his dog attacked him, judicial agents said.

A close friend identified the dead man as 71-year-old Kenneth McClain. He lived in Matapalo near Quepos.

McClain was the developer of McClain Industries, Inc., a publicly traded firm in Sterling Heights, Michigan, near Detroit.

His friend, Raymond Elliott, said that McClain recently lost a lot of weight and was weaker than normal so when his  doberman, Lex, jumped to greet him Sunday, McClain fell backwards and hit his head, Elliott said.

Spanish-language newspapers incorrectly reported that McClain had been attacked by his dogs. A second animal, a rottweiler, was chained up elsewhere, said Elliott.
McClain "immensely loved the dogs, and the dogs loved him," said Elliott." McClain had been in Costa Rica for eight years and had traveled back and forth to the United States.

Elliott said that he and McClain came here 20 years ago and that his friend liked the climate. McClain retired 10 years ago.

McClain lived here with his Costa Rican companion and her two children, said his friend.

The body will be transported to the United States, and a memorial service here is pending, said Elliott.

McClain was a very strong man who was a doer and made things happen in the world, said Elliott. Internet sources said that McClain industries, which McClain and his brother, Robert, took over in 1968, employees 560 persons.  Among other products, the company manufactures truck bodies and containers for waste transport.

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Kerry Michael Deevy has pleaded guilty to 13 counts of an indictment pending against him, including one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, three counts of mail fraud, and nine counts of wire fraud, the Justice Department and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service said.

The plea was in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida in Miami.

The case involves the long-running business opportunity frauds, based in Costa Rica, that preyed on frequently elderly U.S. citizens.

Deevy, a Canadian citizen, was arrested in Costa Rica in February 2012 following his indictment by a federal grand jury in Miami on Nov. 29, 2011.   Following his arrest in Costa Rica, Deevy was extradited to the United States for prosecution.   Deevy was arrested based on charges that he and his co-conspirators purported to sell vending machine and greeting card business opportunities, including assistance in establishing, maintaining and operating such businesses.   The indictment is part of the government’s continued nationwide crackdown on business opportunity fraud.

In addition to Deevy, 11 other individuals have been charged in connection with business opportunity fraud ventures based in Costa Rica.   Deevy is the ninth of those individuals to be convicted in the United States.

Beginning in 2006, Deevy and his coconspirators fraudulently induced purchasers in the United States to buy business opportunities in Cards-R-Us Inc., Premier Cards Inc. and Nation West Distribution Co.. said the Justice Department.   The business opportunities cost thousands of dollars each, and most purchasers paid at least $10,000, the agency added. 
Other scams were named USA Beverages Inc. and Twin Peaks Gourmet Coffee, Inc., according to previous news stories. They were operated out of Escazú and Sabana Sur.

Deevy participated in a conspiracy that used various means to make it appear to potential purchasers that the businesses were located entirely in the United States.  In reality, Deevy operated out of Costa Rica to fraudulently induce potential purchasers in the United States to buy the purported business opportunities. 

USA Beverages was registered as a Florida and New Mexico corporation and rented office space in Las Cruces, New Mexico.   Twin Peaks was registered as a Florida and Colorado corporation and rented office space in Fort Collins, Colorado, and Cards-R-Us was registered as a Nevada corporation and rented office space in Reno, Nevada.   Premier Cards was registered as a Colorado and Pennsylvania corporation and rented office space in Philadelphia, and The Coffee Man was registered as a Colorado corporation and rented office space in Denver.   Nation West was registered as a Colorado corporation and also rented office space in Denver.

A.M. Costa Rica confirmed that the Fort Collins, Colorado, location was just a mail drop.

The justice department said that the companies made numerous false statements to potential purchasers of the business opportunities, including that purchasers would likely earn substantial profits; that prior purchasers of the business opportunities were earning substantial profits; that purchasers would sell a guaranteed minimum amount of merchandise, such as greeting cards; and that the business opportunity worked with locators familiar with the potential purchaser’s area who would secure or had already secured high-traffic locations for the potential purchaser’s merchandise stands.

 
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Western-style diet linked
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By the American Journal of Medicine news staff

Data from a new study of British adults suggest that adherence to a Western-style diet of fried and sweet food, processed and red meat, refined grains, and high-fat dairy products reduces a person’s likelihood of achieving older ages in good health and with higher functionality. Study results appear in the May issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

“The impact of diet on specific age-related diseases has been studied extensively, but few investigations have adopted a more holistic approach to determine the association of diet with overall health at older ages,” says lead investigator Tasnime Akbaraly, of Montpellier, France. “We examined whether diet, assessed in midlife, using dietary patterns and adherence to the Alternative Healthy Eating Index is associated with aging phenotypes, identified after a mean 16-year follow-up.”

The index of diet quality was originally designed to provide dietary guidelines with the specific intention to combat major chronic conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

Investigators analyzed findings from the British Whitehall II cohort study, which suggest that following the index can double the odds of reversing metabolic syndrome, a condition known to be a strong predictor of heart disease and mortality. The research team sought to identify dietary factors that can not only prevent premature death, but also promote ideal aging.

Researchers followed 3,775 men and 1,575 women from 1985-2009 with a mean age of 51 years from the Whitehall II study. Using a combination of hospital data, results of screenings conducted every five years, and registry data, investigators identified mortality and chronic diseases among participants.

The study determined that participants with low adherence to the index increased their risk of cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular death. Those who followed a Western-type diet consisting of fried and sweet food, processed food and red meat, refined grains, and high-fat dairy products lowered their chances for ideal aging.


U.S. Supreme Court hears
cases on patents for genes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

For more than 30 years, companies in the U.S. have been able to patent human genes, giving them exclusive rights to produce drugs, diagnostic tests or other tools based on those genes. But now the U.S. Supreme Court is revisiting this controversial issue. The high court heard arguments Monday in a case that has implications for medicine, agriculture, clean energy and beyond.
 
Myriad Genetics was the first company to identify two genes that, when defective, greatly increase a woman’s risk of breast and ovarian cancer, two of the most common and lethal forms of the disease.
 
The company patented the genes and used them to produce a test for the gene defects. Patent protection gave Myriad a 20-year monopoly to recoup its investment.
 
But outside the Supreme Court, American Civil Liberties Union attorney Chris Hansen said a part of the human body cannot be patented.
 
“The Supreme Court has held for 150 years that you can’t patent a product of nature. You can’t patent gold or iron. A human gene is nothing more than just the same thing. Its structure and function are dictated by nature. It’s not an invention," he said.
 
But isolating those genes took a great deal of work and a $500 million investment. Greg Castanias is Myriad’s attorney.
 
“It’s not just the work but it’s ultimately what the result of the work was, which was a new molecule that was never before available to the world, which has potentially lifesaving applications," he said.
 
The biotechnology industry says gene patents have led to other potentially lifesaving applications like synthetic insulin for diabetics, new treatment for anemia, and many other products.
 
Castanias says striking down these patents would stifle new advances.
 
“One possibility is that investment in the biotechnology sector might dry up. Another possibility is that inventions like these, instead of being protected by patents, companies might resort to trade secrets," he said.
 
Castanias says that while patents are freely available for others to study and learn from, trade secrets would push these discoveries underground.
 
But the ACLU’s Hansen says the patents risk doing more harm than good.
 
“Myriad has the authority to stop all research on a piece of the human body. That ought to be sufficient harm in and of itself. But also, Myriad has, in fact, prevented women from getting a second opinion," he said.
 
A second opinion in the form of another test that could be more accurate.
 
Companies making biotech products from energy-producing algae to genetically modified cotton are watching the case closely. They are concerned that a strict ruling against gene patents could choke off innovation in the industry.
 
During oral arguments, the Supreme Court justices appeared to be seeking a balance. Many were skeptical that an isolated piece of DNA is substantially different from the same gene found in the body. But they seemed to be looking for ways to allow biotech patents that would protect innovation.
 
A decision is expected this summer.


More immigrant supports
press their case in Washington


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Immigrants rights leaders, civil rights leaders and a group of young immigrants from across the country gathered outside the U.S. Capitol Monday to send Congress a message, as they said, that “We are Ready” for comprehensive immigration reform.  The activists gathered as a group of eight U.S. senators known as the “Gang of Eight” is expected to introduce immigration reform legislation as early as today.

The demonstrators push for comprehensive immigration legislation which would grant legal status and a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants currently living in the United States illegally.
 
The chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, Xavier Becerra of California, said he has been ready for immigration reform for a long time.
 
“Quite honestly I was ready the moment I was born, as the son of immigrants, a father who had a chance to go to about the sixth grade, a mother who came when she married my father at the age of 18, when she came from Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to this country.  We are ready," he said.
 
Freshman African-American Rep. Steven Horsford, a Democrat from Nevada, said that it is time for U.S. public servants to step up and do their jobs.
 
"To me, immigration reform is the civil and human rights issue of our time.  Our system is broken and unless we do something immigrants will continue to be forced to live in the shadows, families will continue to be torn apart and our country will suffer," he said.
 
But not all lawmakers agree that any immigration reform legislation should include a pathway to citizenship.  Speaking on ABC News This Week,  Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama warned that from what he has heard about the proposed immigration reform, it would hurt low-wage American workers.
 
“They have produced legislation, it appears, though it looks like now it may be another week before we see it, that will give amnesty now, legalize everyone that is here effectively today, and then there is a promise of enforcement in the future," he said.
 
The so-called Gang of Eight senators working on immigration reform includes four Republicans, including Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.  Rubio has strongly endorsed the legislation, which, if it passes in the Senate and then in the House, would be the most far-reaching overhaul of U.S. immigration law in almost three decades.
 
Becerra said he believes Republican House Speaker John Boehner does want to take immigration reform up in the House if it passes in the Senate, but said immigration activists and others will have to keep knocking on the doors of Republican members of the House of Representatives to win their support.


New bird flu virus reported
 to be still evolving in China


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new bird flu virus that has killed 13 people in China is still evolving, making it hard for scientists to predict how dangerous it might become.
 
Influenza experts say the H7N9 strain is probably still swapping genes with other strains, seeking to select ones that might make it fitter.

If it succeeds, the world could be facing the threat of a deadly flu pandemic. But it may also fail and just fizzle out.
 
The virus' instability also raises questions about whether H7N9 might become resistant to antiviral drugs such as Roche's antiviral drug Tamiflu, a possibility already suggested by analyses of genetic data available on the strain so far.
 
“Even with just the three sequences we have available, there's some evidence that one doesn't quite fit with the other two. So we might think this virus is still fishing around for a genetic constellation that it's happy with,” said Wendy Barclay, a flu virologist at Imperial College London.
 
“Maybe there are other viruses out there that it is still exchanging genes with until it gets to a stable constellation.”
 
To be able to say with any confidence whether this new strain, which before March had never been seen in humans, could go on to cause a pandemic, scientists need to know a lot more.
 
So far, genetic sequence data from samples from three H7N9 victims and posted on the Web site of GISAID, the Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data, show the strain is a so-called triple reassortant virus with a mixture of genes from three other flu strains found in birds in Asia.
 
Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine last week, researchers who conducted a detailed analysis of the strain's origin said it seemed that so far the re-assortment of genes to make H7N9 had taken place in birds rather than in humans or in any other mammal, a somewhat reassuring sign.
 
Barclay said this may continue, and could mean it is some time before the strain finds a form in which it can spread swiftly and efficiently in bird populations.
 
Yet genetic analyses also show the virus has already acquired some mutations that make it more likely be able to spread between mammals, and more able to spark a human pandemic.
 
A study in the online journal Eurosurveillance by leading flu experts Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin and Masato Tashiro at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo, said the H7N9 sequences “possess several characteristic features of mammalian influenza viruses, which are likely to contribute to their ability to infect humans”.
 
These features, the scientists wrote, raise concerns regarding their pandemic potential.
 
That sentiment was echoed on Saturday by the World Health Organization, which said “genetic changes seen among these H7N9 viruses suggesting adaptation to mammals are of concern” and warned: “Further adaptation may occur”.

While experts take some comfort in the lack of evidence so far that H7N9 is passing from person to person, a factor that would dramatically increase its pandemic potential, they find little comfort in not yet knowing how the 60 or so people confirmed as having this flu strain became infected.
 
“We know H7 viruses can spill over into humans. . . and for me the most important thing to find out now is from which species do we think this H7N9 is spilling over,” said An Osterhaus, head of viroscience of the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands.
 
“Is it one species? Are there different species? At this stage we are still lacking a lot of data.”
 
He said rigorous surveillance of wild birds, such as ducks and quail, and poultry such as chickens, as well as well-known flu-carrying mammals such as pigs, should yield answers.
         
Recent pandemic viruses, including the H1N1 “swine flu” of 2009/2010, have been mammal and bird flu mixtures. Experts say these hybrids are more likely to be milder, because mammalian flu tends to make humans less severely ill than bird flu.
 
Pure bird flu strains like the new H7N9 strain and like the H5N1 strain that has killed around 371 of 622 people it has infected since 2003 are generally more deadly for people.
 
The world's worst known pandemic, the Spanish flu of 1918 that killed more than 50 million people, was a bird flu that had picked up gene mutations that enabled it to spread efficiently in humans.
 
David Heymann, a flu expert and head of Britain's Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, said it is important to put the discovery of H7N9 in humans into the context of modern-day scientific capability.
         
He said that in the years since the outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome in China in 2003, there has been a significantly increased focus on detecting and reporting flu-like respiratory infections in Asia and across the world.
 
The harder scientists look, he said, the more likely they are to find viruses that are potentially threatening but may equally be the sort of events that in the past might have flared up and petered out again under the flu surveillance radar.
 
That said, he stressed this is no time to relax.
 
“Influenza viruses are very unstable. And  mutation is  a random event. So nobody can predict when it will happen,” he said. “You can't take your eye off anything. You have to keep your eye on everything.”


The New York Times wins
four journalism Pulitzers


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The New York Times newspaper has won four Pulitzer Prizes for journalism, including a story that exposed corruption in high levels of China's government.

The newspaper also won prizes for reporting on the business practices of Apple and WalMart and an avalanche in Washington state. 

The Denver Post won in the breaking news category for its coverage of the mass shooting in a movie theater last year in Aurora, Colorado.

In addition to 14 journalism categories, Pulitzer Prizes are also given in seven arts categories.

The fiction prize went to a novel set in North Korea, Adam Johnson's "The Orphan Master's Son."

The novel was one of several works with Asian themes to win Pulitzers in the arts categories. The drama prize went to Ayad Akhtar's "Disgraced," about a successful Pakistani-American lawyer and the history prize went to Fredrik Logevall's "Embers of War: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam."

Caroline Shaw won the music award, for her a cappella work "Partita for 8 Voices."

Prizes were also awarded in the categories of biography, poetry and general non-fiction.

Pulitzer Prizes, named for newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, have been awarded annually since 1917.  The prizes are awarded by New York's Columbia University and each winner receives $10,000.


World Bank, Monetary Fund
meet to help world's poor

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The world’s toughest economic problems top the agenda as finance officials from around the globe gather in Washington, trying to cut poverty, boost growth, and keep an eye on banks and national budgets.  Participants in the annual International Monetary Fund and World Bank meetings, starting today, include their 188 member nations.

There has been some progress in reforms that would reallocate power from wealthy countries to fast-growing emerging nations.

More than one billion people around the world live in extreme poverty, and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim is determined to change that.  He is asking the bank’s member nations for more resources to help the poorest people.

Kim says the deepest poverty can be eliminated by 2030.
 
“Is there anyone who has lived on less than $1.25 a day who would not join me here today in telling you that it is time to end extreme poverty," he asked.

Economists say global economic growth will help the poor and make it easier for the world's 200 million unemployed to find work.
 
Christine Lagarde, Monetary Fund chief, says overall growth is getting better.
 
“The economic world no longer looks quite as dangerous as it did nine months ago," she said.

But growth will still be tepid, she warns, especially in wealthy developed nations.  She says it could be hurt by ill-considered cuts in government budgets and economic stimulus efforts, or further disruptions in Europe.

The United States and Western Europe are traditionally given the most money and provide the top leaders to the Monetary Fund and World Bank. So stalled growth hurts international financial institutions.

That means new resources are likely to come from faster-growing, emerging nations in Asia or Africa, according to University of Waterloo Professor Bessma Momani. She spoke via Skype.

“They will come with the money that will bolster the coffers of the IMF that is so sorely needed, and they won’t have to come to the United States all the time," she said.
 
Brookings Institution scholar Domenico Lombardi says many nations have already approved a reform package giving emerging economies more power in the Fund. But, until recently, the deal seemed stalled in Washington. 

“What has happened is that the administration has formally proposed the legislation to Congress, and the expectation is that Congress might approve the package, ratify the package by the end of the year," he said.

One scholar says the success of this gathering will be measured by the amount of money actually sent in the near future to help the poor and improve infrastructure.
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The undiscovered jewel of Central America, 35 square miles of blue, pristine, clear water ideal for fishing, swimming, boating, Real estate values still low.
Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
 
This is far and away the most beautiful place in all Central America — cool climate. Try our two-day, all-inclusive discovery tour for $299.

Check with our Web site at www.moranlakearenal.com
Contact us at the office: (506) 2694-0088
Cell (506) 8880-8888
Phone number from the U.S. (305) 307-0088
Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com
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7922-10/15/13

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Since 1996, CRREC has been providing the most valuable resource for discovering real estate in Costa Rica. Our Costa Rica properties database contains some of the most exclusive and hard to find properties in the country. Not to mention how affordable some of our Costa Rica homes for sale are. So if you're in the market for Costa Rica real estate then we encourage you to
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7721-4/29/13

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For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 2228-5961 or 8339-2112. www.costaricarealtyone.com
7876-4/5/13



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Central America
Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate
and safe communities.
Grecia new
This is a property with real character offered at $1.2 million. Click HERE!
San Lis home
Incredible view of the Central Valley from San Luis $282,000 Click HERE!
 Great deals for you!
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Visit our Web Site:
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   (506) 8538-6186
   (506) 7100-8489
   (506) 8707-4016

  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
7685-2/7/12

Real estate for sale (paid category)


Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
SALE on our last 4 lots! Starting at just $17,500 with financing available.
Reserve today with just $5,000 down
Great Retirement Home, Vacation Home, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers house.
Water and power on site.
http://www.haciendamontemar.com/
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
7928-8/9/13

Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
7905-4/27/13

Pirate beach
For sale by owner: Ocean view condominium. Reduced $175,000

Gorgeous two- bedroom, two-bath with private terrace offering spectacular ocean views and built-in energy efficiently. This condo is located in a gated community with low HOA dues and offers amenities including a pool & rancho.  It is located close to a beautiful white sandy Pirates Beach. Only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport.  Luxury finishings: Pella double panel windows, AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, porcelain tile. Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
7904-4/27/13

Condo
FIRE SALE ON THIS SPACIOUS CONDO
WITH GREAT OCEAN VIEWS $205,000 USD
This is a well distributed condo, very spacious and meticulously maintained. It sells furnished with quality furnishings and appliances. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths and lots of storage place. It's a 2,200-sq. foot condo with double garage. Ideally located 20 minutes south of Jacó. It comes with a free beach club membership at Monterey Hotel in Esterillos. Call 2778-8408 or 8707-1037. Email marietta234@yahoo.es or www.beachfrontcentralpacific.com
7900-4/22/13
Las Escadas
Welcome to our Paradise
Las Escadas – Condomimium & Club
San Juan del Sur – Nicaragua

1 and 2 bedroom condos from $ 39,900.
Las Escadas Condominiums & Club is the best Investment opportunity for those who want to live surrounded on all sides with nature and very closes to many beautiful beaches, amazing places with rich history and culture.
Security entrance – Administrative office – Swimming pool – Children's playground – Reserved parking available – Basketball court – pathways – Underground utilities.
Only $ 99 to reserve your Unit. Limited time offer
Contact: info@lasescadas.com    www.lasescadas.com
Cell English +505 8588-9827 – Cell Spanish/English 8551-4391
7895-4/20/13
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Nicoya views
Property with ocean and gulf view for sale
Tranquil million dollar view, 5,000-sq.meter property with 3/2 home built to American standards, artistically designed and decorated, 16-foot ceilings of mango and tamarindo, appliances, plunge pool, rancho, caretaker apartment, workshop, covered parking, views of Gulf of Nicoya and ocean, in countryside near San José to Caldera highway. Near the lovely town of Esparza. Can provide extra income from bed and breakfast room rental and stellar Tripadvisor reviews. www.oasisbytheseabandb.com $180,000 506-8869-9274.
7882-4/15/13

View from Orosi home

Majestically situated overlooking the Orosi Valley and the tropical rain forest, this 2-bedroom, 2½-bath home with a separate office is offered at $550,000.  From the extensive use of glass windows visitors are easily captivated by the unbelievably 7 acres of pure, natural Costa Rican landscape.   The property is located 15 minutes from the Cartago metropolitan area, an hour from San José, 1¼ hours to the Juan Santamaria International Airport, 2 hours to the beaches of the Pacific West Coast, or 3 ½  hours to the beaches of the southern Caribbean coast.
http://ackermanrealtyinternational.com
USA 678-799-8803
CR Cell 011-506-8-910-2904
Margo@ackermanrealtyinternational.com


FOR SALE BY OWNER
You can purchase property in Costa Rica legally without paying Land Transfer Tax; this plus the usual real estate commission of 5% will reduce your purchase price by approximately 11%. Save over $50,000.00 on the purchase of this $465,000.00 property. Large 5000+ sq.ft. House. Ideal for business executive, B & B or large family. E-mail for photos and more information to landofpalms@hotmail.com.
7869-4/6/13

ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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7856-5/4/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
7845-8/18/13

Rich Coast Montage
RichCoastRealty.com
Central Pacific Coast Real Estate
- 2-bedroom house in gated community, $92,500.
- Lots in gated community from $20k w/financing available.
- 3-bedroom house in gated community, furnished, walk to the beach, $125k
- 3-bedroom oceanview house on 5 acres subdividable, $270k
- 58-acre oceanview property subdividable, $169k
Oceanfront residential Lot $58k
and much more....
http://www.richcoastrealty.com/
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718 9891
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
7829-5/8/13

Ocean view home
Georgeous House For Sale In Costa Rica
Gorgeous house built 5 years ago to U.S. standards on 37,000 sq. ft TITLED property. This is a very special and rare property because of the INCREDIBLE OCEAN VIEW and excellent location. This one of a kind home and property is truly a must see. Ocean view Only $345 000.00 US More details: http://www.monalbum.fr/Album=E3GLBJQX
Jack 506-2778-8172    Email: quadtours@yahoo.ca
7789-2/14/13

just reduced
Just Reduced to $169,000!!!
58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
http://www.richcoastrealty.com/1060.html
Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005  CR Cell 8718-9891
7766-6/17/13

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ALAZAN Eco-Friendly Community

- Ocean, mountain, and river views, built in harmony with nature
- 70% sold out, 1.25 acre + lots available from $75,000
- All lots held in separate corporations
- Functioning HOA with 24-hour security and gated front entrance
- 100% custom homes, turnkey construction
- Community homes have been featured in Su Casa Architectural Magazine
- Abundant wildlife on the property, access to 45-acre nature preserve
- Organic Permaculture farm coming soon
- Build your custom dream home and join our community of friends in paradise!
Brokers Welcome
http://www.richcoastrealty.com/1011.html
USA Toll Free 1 866 833 4005
CR Cell 011 (506) 8718-9891
7725-xxxx

Costa Azul view
costa azul ocean
Properties in Osa near the ocean.
50% discount from the valuation price, starting at $30.000.
Financing available. Contact us at +506 2233-7778 or +506 8815-6476.
Grupo Costa Azul – A property waiting for you!
www.grupocostaazulcr.com
7484-9/11/12

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Forum planned Wednesday
to discuss power plant in park


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The environment ministry and the power company plan a forum Wednesday to discuss the installation of a geothermic generating facility in a national park.

The project has generated strong opposition. Many sectors of the citizenry have been invited, including students and environmentalists, the national power company said.

The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad wants to build the project that will use the heat underground to generate power. All of the country's active volcanos are in national parks, and this project is for Parque Nacional Ricón de la Vieja.

The alternative for geothermal generation would be solar, wind or expensive petroleum-fired systems. The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said that petroleum is five times as expensive as geothermal.

The park is off-limits now to such developments, but there is a proposed law in the legislative hopper that would give the firm permission. The Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía supports the idea, but private environmentalists see the project as the first step in dismantling the country's national park system.

The power company wants permission to explore 1,000 hectares of park land for adequate heat and then the use of 100 hectares for the plant. A hectare is about 2.47 acres.


More wind and less rain
predicted for most of country


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The atmospheric pressure is picking up in the Caribbean, so there is less chance of major downpours today than there was Monday when weather experts issued an alert.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that there was a chance of isolated showers today in the Caribbean and the northern zone. More wind is predicted on the Pacific coast today with seasonal hot temperatures. That means there still is a chance of downpours in the central and south Pacific.

The Central Valley is expected to be windy, too, in the morning with possible isolated showers in the afternoon.

The weather institute warned of heavy rains Monday but they did not materialize in the Central Valley, although the sky was cloudy and rumbly.

Expats have little time now to protect their computers. For most that means unplugging the devices when there is a thunderstorm. That is true also for other electronic devices. Although there are many devices that can direct electric surges to ground instead of to delicate electronic machines, lightning picks its own direction.

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