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Decree gives health officials power against virus
By the A.,M. Costa Rica staff

The president and the health minister issued an emergency decree Tuesday that gives officials the power to impose quarantines and other measures to stop the spread of the swine flu virus.

At the same time, the health minister, María Luisa Ávila, said that a second individual, a 30-year-old Heredia man, had been diagnosed with the disease. That followed by several hours the revelation that the first confirmed case of swine flu had been discovered. The patient, a 21-year-old San José woman, had just returned from México, the origin of the disease.

The decree lets health officials dictate measures in general or individually to counter an expected epidemic.

At the same time the health minister and President Óscar Arias Sánchez urged vaccinations for annual flu for children under 8 years and seniors over 65. Arias received his shot from the minister. The shot will not prevent swine flu, but it will protect against the annual form.

The health minister also spoke to legislators and told them that there were no immediate plans to prevent public gatherings, like sports events or concerts. She described the nation's health system as strong and ready to handle what might come.

Arias said the same thing at Casa Presidencial: ". . . this is a country that for many decades had been investing in a health system that is the pride for all, a Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social that is 60 years old and I believe we are prepared to confront this epidemic."

The Cruz Roja Costarricense said it was going on a preventative alert, as did the national emergency commission.

The words of Arias notwithstanding, citizens seemed to be taking steps on their own, including purchasing surgical masks. The masks can cut down on infections, according to an Australian study released Tuesday.

Most are concerned by the uncertainty. There are indications that the virus is milder than it was in México. That's the word from the United States, where officials also warn that at least 35,000 persons die each year from seasonal flu.

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There also is the question of the incubation
period. The incubation period in the United States appears to be about two to seven days, which is typical for what you see with an influenza virus, said Richard E. Besser, a physician who is acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He spoke at a press briefing.

A news story here Tuesday incorrectly reported that the incubation period was 15 days.

In Costa Rica health officials were trying to conduct educational campaigns among the most vulnerable populations, such as old age homes and slums. Dr. Ávila said that health officials were paying close attention to the arrival of passengers at the nation's airports and land border crossings. Some officials were wearing masks.

They also were awaiting tests from other suspected sufferers that might increase the number of those stricken here.

The health minister said that samples from both the confirmed swine flu patients had been sent to the United States for more confirmatory tests.

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Investigators say that men arrested Tuesday used false documents to steal cars from the government impoundment yards.

Prosecutors and agents of the Judicial Investigating Organization conducted four raids in Los Cuadros de Goicoechea. Three places searched were homes. One was a video store. Three suspects were apprehended, said the Poder Judicial.

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The Poder Judicial said that one of the men arrested Tuesday had been arrested in March on a similar allegation involving an impoundment yard in Cartago.

Opposite views on Cuba trade
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In recent congressional hearings, members of U.S. Congress have listened to opposing views about prospects for political change and human rights improvements in Cuba, and the question of whether to further loosen trade restrictions under the four decade-old economic embargo imposed in 1962. 

With decisions in April to ease aspects of the U.S. embargo, President Barack Obama left no doubt he would like to see a new relationship develop with Cuba, while keeping the issue of the Castro government's human rights record at the top of an emerging agenda.

How successful the administration's outreach to Havana will be determined as U.S. and Cuban officials hold additional exploratory meetings in coming months to determine if formal talks on key bilateral and regional issues can take place.

Walter Bastian, deputy assistant secretary of Commerce for the Western Hemisphere and International Trade Administration, says easing restrictions on family visits, monetary remittances, and telecommunications investment was aimed at setting relations on a more productive course:

"President Obama indicated at the Summit of the Americas that the U.S. seeks a new beginning in its relations with Cuba. The measures announced on April 13th were intended as a signal to the people of Cuba and to the government of Cuba that the U.S is prepared to pursue policies that will strengthen the ties between the people in our countries and bolster progress toward a free and Democratic Cuba," he said.

Bastian noted that the 1996 Helms-Burton Act, which strengthened U.S. embargo policy, remains in effect and requires that restrictions continue unless conditions change in Cuba, including formation of a transition government.

Supporters and opponents of further easing the embargo testified about advantages and drawbacks in the process for U.S. businesses, and Washington's efforts to support human rights advocates and political prisoners in Cuba.

"We do not feel that a unilateral ending of what remains of the embargo now will promote greater economic or political freedom in Cuba, or great benefit to American companies," said Ambassador James Cason, president of the Center for a Free Cuba, and a former chief of mission at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana.

Kirby Jones, president of the U.S. Cuba Trade Association, says 47 years of the U.S. embargo failed to achieve any of its original objectives, and he asserts Obama should neither set preconditions nor put too much weight on pronouncements by Fidel Castro.

"It would be a mistake to take an editorial or a column in Granma and interpret that as being the final word on Cuban government's policy. I think we ought to take them up on their word. I think there is a way to begin in terms of talking about resurrecting the bilateral talks that the previous administration stopped on immigration, drug interdiction and the environment, all to our interest and we ought to begin the process of talking in the same way that Ronald Reagan in calling the Soviet Union the evil empire, still kept on talking," he said.

Opposing views on engaging Cuba were evident in statements by Rep. Bobby Rush, the Democratic chairman of the Energy and Commerce Trade Subcommittee, and ranking Republican George Radanovich:

RUSH: "All nations in the Americas, except the U.S. have resumed diplomatic relations with Cuba. All of our economic competitors, including China, Brazil, Mexico, Japan, Canada and the EU are currently trading with Cuba. Cuba has also made it clear that the same doors are open to the U.S. and our policies should not prevent American companies from doing business with the Cuban people."

RADANOVICH: "As long as the Castros maintain a regime which represses individual freedom, oppresses dissenting political views, and expresses hostility toward religious expressions while at the same time maintaining a state-controlled economy to the benefit of the Castro family and their adherents, further trade relations beyond humanitarian aid in the name of making a buck is an injustice to the Cuban people and their brave freedom advocates."

Adrean Rothkopf, of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, agreed with one lawmaker that the U.S. has a record of pursuing a double standard, isolating Cuba while engaging other countries with human rights problems.

She calls decisions by Obama, and proposed legislation in Congress, important first steps toward a policy more likely to promote a transition to full democracy and civil liberties. "Rather than encouraging Cuba to democratize, the embargo has helped prop up the Communist regime. Instead of isolating Cuba from the rest of the world, it has isolated the U.S. from its allies," she said.

Geoff Thale, program director at the Washington Office on Latin America, says the Obama administration should continue to press Cuba on clearly unacceptable violations of internationally-recognized human rights norms.

But he says engagement, and using trade as part of a broader strategy, is preferable to continuing a nearly 50-year embargo policy that has limited contact with Cuba, and left the U.S. with little influence there.

"We have very little influence and very little leverage. Cuba is free to ignore our views on human rights because we don't make much significant difference to the government, or its economy, or its politics, or its diplomacy," he said.

But Rep. Phil Gingrey, a Repoublican, says any future steps with Cuba must be heavily conditioned on human rights improvements. One question, he says, remains paramount as the Obama administration and the Castro government continue their contacts:

"Will Cuba trade with the U.S. improved political and economic conditions for the Cuban citizens, or will it simply reward and endorse the oppressive Communist government run by both Fidel and Raúl Castro?," he said.

A State Department spokesman said this week that the Obama administration would like to see Cuba reciprocate for U.S. steps by easing political restrictions and releasing political prisoners, among other steps, but said the U.S. was not insisting on conditionality.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told lawmakers recently that the Obama administration was taking a hard look at an initial statement by Cuban President Raul Castro that Havana would be willing to put everything on the table, including human rights, in bilateral discussions.

Mrs. Clinton said this in response to Rep. Barbara Lee, a Democrat who with other anti-embargo members of Congress recently met with Raúl and Fidel Castro: "I think that there is such a stake that the Castro regime has in making the U.S. the excuse for everything that goes wrong inside Cuba that they are going to really have a change in attitude about how and under what circumstances they would want to really have that discussion that you describe."

Mrs. Clinton said the administration is available to engage with the Cuban government and remains open as part of its outreach efforts.

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Calderón registers as candidate even as his trial continues
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country had the unusual opportunity Tuesday to see a former president register again as a candidate with his political party at the same time his corruption trial was continuing not far away.

The new candidate, or pre-candidate as nomination seekers are called here, is Rafael Ángel Calderón Fournier.

His followers had a mariachi band at the office of Unidad Social Cristiana where he went to sign up.

Calderón is a principal figure in a $39.5 million loan scandal in which the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social purchased medical equipment from suppliers in Finland. Corporation Fischel, the drug and medical supply company, brokered the deal. An investigation developed when word of a $9 million commission leaked out and much of the equipment was determined to be unneeded.

Segments of the trial have been played on the television news nearly every night. Tuesday key employees of the Caja, which operates the hospitals, testified that they were never consulted on the equipment purchases.
Calderón has been consistent in declaring his innocence. Shortly before his trial started in November, he and his wife aired paid television spots where he criticized the judicial branch. Even now he says he is certain he will be acquitted.

He was jailed from October 2004 to the following March. He was president from 1990 to 1994. He is the son of former president Rafael Ángel Calderón Guardia, one of the famous figures in the country's history.

Although at first glance it may appear having a presidential candidate in such a legal jam would be suicidal for a political party, that may not be the case. Unidad suffered humiliating election losses in February 2006 when the party ended up with just five of the 57 deputy seats in the legislature. Some 19 Unidad members served in the previous four-year term. It's presidential candidate ended up in fourth place with a mere 3.55 percent of the vote.

Some of the pragmatic loyalists at Unidad think that Calderón can bring the party back to leadership. In addition to Calderón, recent party candidates who won the presidency are Miguel Ángel Rodríguez Echeverría in 1998 and Abel Pacheco de la Espriella in 2002. Coincidentally Rodríguez is facing trial in another case.

Two new plants bringing more jobs to Turrialba
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The president took a tour through two new industries in Turrialba Tuesday.

One is a new Firestone Industrial Products that will employ 130 persons. Lam Snacks will employ 45 persons directly and obtain its raw materials from many parts of the country. The firm makes snack foods, including plátino and yuca chips, mostly for export.

Óscar Arias Sánchez, the president, said that the Firestone
plant used to be in Indianapolis, Indiana, and managers moved it here to cut the cost of production. He noted that Turrialba could use the financial lift. Some 26 persons work there now.  The firm makes industrial springs.

Álvaro Murillo, the Firestone manager, said the firm began production April 1 and that some $8 million had been invested. The company expects to put a total of $14 million into the plant.

The springs are delivered to warehouses in Indiana, officials said.

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Australian study says masks are an effective measure
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In what Australian researchers say is a world-first clinical trial, surgical masks have been found to be a cheap and effective front-line weapon against epidemics such as swine and avian flu. A team at the University of New South Wales says masks have an important role to play especially when vaccines are unavailable.
Australian researchers say their trial provides the first scientific evidence that surgical masks greatly reduce the risk of contracting contagious respiratory illnesses, including swine flu or even the common cold.
The study commissioned by the Australian Department of Health and Aging analyzed the effect that close contact with sick children had on about 300 adults.
The research team was led by Raina MacIntyre, a professor of infectious diseases epidemiology at the University of New South Wales.
She says the results show that surgical face masks have an important part to play in protecting public health.
"They do show that there is clinical effectiveness of masks and that if a pandemic were to take off that masks are a 
potentially effective way of preventing transmission and, you know, right now we do not have a matched vaccine. It
will take a minimum of eight weeks — possibly up to 12 weeks — before we have a matched vaccine," Dr. MacIntyre said. "And (in) that period we need to look at all available, other measures to prevent the transmission of influenza."
Experts say that the new H1N1 swine flu virus is spread the same way as the other forms of the disease — through sneezes and coughs and by touching contaminated surfaces.

The Australian study pointed out that while there has been strong public acceptance of surgical masks across Asia, less than half the Australians who participated in the trial kept their masks on despite being exposed to sick children.
Other research has shown that few hospital doctors and nurses in Australia wear such protection at work.
A larger study into the effectiveness of face masks has been carried out in China and results will be published shortly.
No cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Australia, but there are about 20 suspected cases spread throughout the eastern states of New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania.

Virus does not seem to be mutating as it travels world
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

As public health officials around the world try to contain the spread of the swine flu, scientists are working overtime to develop a vaccine against this new strain of the virus. 

According to molecular biologist Andrew Pekosz of The Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, little is known about the H1N1 swine flu virus that has emerged in several countries.  The speed of the swine flu expansion from country to country has caused alarm that the disease could become an international pandemic.

The virus is a type A influenza virus that causes mild to severe respiratory symptoms that, if bad enough, can result in death.  The virus is spread easily from person to person.
Pekosz says no one has immunity against the virus, which is made up of bits of genetic material from pigs, humans and birds.

"It's a new virus whose biological properties we're still not sure of," said Pekosz. "And with influenza, it's been documented that different strains have a differential ability
to cause disease in animals and in humans.  And right now, we're getting mixed signals about this virus' ability to cause disease."

But the good news is that molecular analysis of the swine virus shows it is the same pathogen all over the world, according to Kathy Neuzil of PATH, an international non-profit organization that promotes vaccine development.

"So we're not seeing a changing virus. We're seeing the same virus being isolated in México and various places in the United States," said Ms. Neuzil.

Ms. Neuzil, who heads PATH's Influenza Vaccine Project, says that because the swine flu virus does not appear to be mutating, it should be easier to develop a vaccine.

She says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has started preparing swine flu virus strains that can be sent to drug companies for vaccine production.
Experts say the challenge now will be trying to decide how to distribute a swine flu vaccine. 

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Chávez recalls ambassador
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Venezuela has recalled its ambassador to Perú after Lima granted political asylum to Venezuela's opposition leader who is wanted on corruption charges in his home nation.

Peruvian Foreign Minister José Antonio Garcia Belaunde announced Monday that Venezuela's opposition leader Manuel Rosales would be granted asylum in accordance with Peru's commitment to international law.  Garcia said he hoped the decision would not strain relations with Venezuela.

But late Monday, Venezuela's foreign ministry said the decision made a mockery of international law, was a blow to the fight against corruption and an insult to the people of Venezuela.

Venezuelan authorities said the International Police Agency had issued an alert for Rosales' arrest, saying he had failed to appear at a court hearing to face the charges against him.

Venezuelan prosecutors accuse Rosales of illegal enrichment between 2002 and 2004 when he was governor of the state of Zulia. Rosales says the accusations are politically motivated.

Authorities say the charges are based on an investigation of his assets and that he has not explained the origin of some funds.

Rosales unsuccessfully ran against Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez in the 2006 elections.

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In a new move in its hemisphere-wide campaign to create public awareness of the need to solve unpunished murders of journalists the Inter American Press Association, together with hundreds of newspaper readers, Tuesday called on the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to encourage the government of México to see that justice is done in the case of the April 2, 2005, disappearance of journalist Alfredo Jiménez Mota.

A reporter for 25 years for the Hermosillo, Sonora, newspaper El Imparcial, Jiménez Mota went missing but to date no one has been arrested or charged in connection with the disappearance. Existing information indicates that he was abducted in reprisal for articles he had written exposing the activities of organized crime and its links to Sonora state government officials.

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The Canadian-Colombian free trade agreement has generated a coalition of opponents. The organizations and individuals are calling on Canadian parliamentarians to reject the deal.

One group faxed a letter to Liberal members of Parliament in advance of the Liberal Party Convention to be held in Vancouver. The groups plan demonstrations for the Friday convention.

“The idea is to apply pressure on the Liberal Party in particular,” says Micheál Ó Tuathail, an opponent in Vancouver. “Liberal politicians have flip-flopped between supporting and condemning the Colombian regime, one of the most brutal violators of human rights in the world. What the Liberals do on this issue will define their new leader’s vision for Canada, whether they will meaningfully stand by the Canadian values they once helped to promote and project in the world.”

The letter says that the Colombian government is attempting to use Canada’s international reputation as political leverage in its attempt to influence U.S. congressional members to pass the U.S.-Colombia agreement, which is stalled primarily due to human rights concerns. In March Canada’s Conservative government tabled legislation that would ratify the free trade agreement.

Rural tourism bill passed

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The rural tourism bill finally passed the Asamblea Legislativa Tuesday for the second and final time.

This is the bill that creates a role for the government in the development of rural tourism. Lawmakers from all parties supported the measure, which had been delayed by extended debate Monday.

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San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, April 29, 2009, Vol. 9, No. 83

Chinese bottles
A.M. Costa Rica/Arron O'Dell
There's no need to read the bottle. In fact, most of us cannot, despite loosely enforced Costa Rican laws to the contrary that call for labels in Spanish. It's just time for experimentation!

Take the Chinese liquor plunge
and drink that mystery elixir

By Arron O'Dell
Special to A.M. Costa Rica

China is a country known for the Great Wall, temples, big cities, big culture, a billion people and their seeming love to eat anything.  If it grows out of the ground, walks, crawls, slithers, swims, flies or does any combination, the people of China have found a way to kill it, cook it, eat it and enjoy it.  However, the liquor traditions of China seldom come up in conversation.

There are more Chinese than you can shake a stick at around the globe and not one beer that is popular around the world.  This is the sort of thing not to be taken lightly. There must be a good reason for it.   Most Chinese joints here don't even sell an Asian beer and, if they do, it's almost always Thai or Japanese.  You will never here a Chinese expat say something like "Yeah, this Pilsen  is okay but you should try this beer I use to drink back home." 

What the Chinese did bring with them was liquor, high octane, burn-on-the-way-down, glorious liquor.  You haven't seen the stuff at Hipermás, any of the big mercados or your local super, because it is not there.  You cannot find it in any of the places you frequent for your standard shopping needs. 

The only way to track down Chinese liquor is to search out the small shops around town with the Chinese characters on the front.  These shops are here. You can find them.  When you fall into one of these places you hit gold because of the strange and exotic smells.  A good shop will have two or three shelves of bottles in a variety of shapes sizes with red and gold labels and writing that means nothing unless you read Mandarin.
My friend and I have found the best way to pick the best one is by style.  The first bottle we took home was chosen this way and still remains a favorite.  It was a short and fat bottle shaped like an oversize pineapple hand grenade with a colorful label.  When my friend saw it, he said something like 'I've got to have that bottle. It looks cool!'   He was that excited about this new elixir we had found. 

With bottle in hand we quickly made our way to the closest place to home that sold beer and yanked several six packs off the shelf and darted home at a near run.  With two open cans and empty shot glasses in front of us we stared admiring the bottle for a moment.  Then with stupid giddy expressions on our faces we poured. 

After the straight shot, we felt compelled to try it every way we could come up with until there was no more. We sipped it, drank it on ice, with soda, chased it, used it as a chaser for beer.  This tasting was was done very scientifically. 

It was very similar to Jägermeister without the bite on the front, and for 2,000 colons it was a superb deal.  Somewhere around around the bottom of the bottle it occurred to us it might be nice to have a name to put to this wonderful concoction.   We studied every character that  The People's Republic of China felt necessary to put on the ornate paper label on that fine, cheap bottle, and all of it was in some form of Chinese.  

When we inquired of the proprietor of the local Chinese restaurant, he told us that it was  an “export-only” liquor from mainland China. How fortunate for us that they chose to export this fine elixir!

chile relleno
Chile relleno envuelto en huevo: Pepper stuffed with a mixture of rice and meat rolled up in an egg omelette.
scallon omlette
Torta de Huevo con cebollin:
scallion omelette.
Canelones de carne envueltos en huevo. Cannelloni stuffed with a mixture of rice and meat rolled up in an egg omellete
yucca balls
Enyucada de carne: This is a yucca ball stuffed with meat and then fried until crunchy.
Yes, there is good typical food
on the Costa Rican menu

By Saray Ramírez Vindas
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

When visitors to Costa Rica turn up their nose at the concept of Tico food, its because they have not looked hard enough.

Those who come to San José can find a wide assortment of great typical food at a place like the Central Market or Mercado Central.

At one time this was where most food transactions took place. The building itself is an historic site. The structure is on the Avenida Central pedestrian mall not far west of the Banco de Costa Rica. Tourists and locals alike will find that gallitos, a typical Tico canape or snack, is available here at the several sodas or inside lunch counters.

Around the eating spots, daily commerce takes place. The smell of leather goods, flowers and all kinds of foods and plants fill the air.

Inside, the gallito you can get a chile relleno (a filled pepper), an almuerzito de repollo (cabbage), tortas de huevo con cebollin (a scallion omelette) a barbudos (string bean omelette), a canellone ticos rellenos de carne (pasta stuffed with meat) or an enyucada with beef as well as cheese. The last is meat or cheese wrapped in yucca and deep fried.

There also are empanadas, pastry stuffed with meat, chicken, beans, potatoes with meat and/or cheese, all good food anytime of the day.

The word soda has a unique Costa Rica usage for a luncheon spot or snack bar.  The stands are small with some inside tables surrounded by a counter with stools. As you eat, you can see the food being prepared. The Mercado Central is operated by the municipality, so proper food preparation can be expected.

One well-known place is the Soda San Bosco at the western part of the Mercado Central. It is run by Luis Garcia Campos and his family. They have had the location for at least 30 years. Even though the place is small, it is very popular with locals. Garcia said the reason for the popularity is the freshness of the food, the friendly and quick service and the prices. 

You can drink the juice of different kinds of fruits for 350 colons (62 U.S. cents),  a coffee for 400 colons (71 cents), a gallito of chile relleno, canelloni or barbudos just for 600 colons ($1.06), the gallo de salchichon (sausage) with salad and tortillas for 500 colons (89 cents) as well the similarly priced empanadas, enyucadas and torta de huevo.

Soda San bosco and Luis Garcia Campos
A.M. Costa Rica/Saray Ramírez Vindas  
Luis Garcia Campos at his Soda San Bosco

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