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Tourism institute makes a big bet on the silver screen
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

With tourism operators facing another sagging green season, the country's tourism ministry is turning again to the Atlanta, Georgia, ad firm of 22 Squared.

This time the agency plans to put an ad campaign in 1,345 movie theaters across the U.S. and Canada. This is the same agency that created the talking sloth that was the central figure in the "Gift of Happiness" campaign that consumed a third of the ministry's annual ad budget by giving 100 couples free trips to Costa Rica.

Although not charting new territory this time, the ad agency has selected a medium that is under attack from Netflix, iTunes, YouTube and a host of other online video purveyors.

In addition, the movie audience is skewed to persons younger or older than those likely to be Costa Rican tourists.

The Nielsen Co., the authority on advertising demographics,said the makeup of the moviegoing audience has remained relatively consistent over the last couple of years, but the proportion of younger moviegoers (12 to 24 years) and oldest moviegoers (65 to 74 years) has grown gradually at the expense of middle-aged moviegoers (25 to 54 years).

The Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. said that those under 24 represent 41 percent of the tickets sold in 2011. Some 35 percent of the tickets went to persons over 40 years, including 13 percent to those 60-plus years.

The same year 11 percent of the tickets sold were to those 11 or under and 24 percent to those under 17, said the association, based on a survey of  4,018 adults done in January 2012 by a professional research firm.

Said Moviephone, which tracks attendance, "The studios are still geared toward making expensive event movies for young men under 25 (and overseas audiences for whom spectacle translates better than well-written dialogue), to the near exclusion of all other fare aimed at different audiences."

The effectiveness of video advertising in movie houses also is questioned.  An academic study by Jason Dunnett and Janet Hoek, published in 1996, said that " . . . a reasonable proportion of the audience was not exposed to any advertising, although this is, arguably, also a characteristic of other media. Second, the low levels of unprompted recall, the vagueness with which respondents recalled some advertisements, and the varying proportions of respondents able to recall any details about the advertising content, raises more questions than it addresses about cinema advertising and its effectiveness.

A report in the Small Business Chronicle cites research in the academic marketing journal Marketing Bulletin that says the timing and length of featured advertisements that are shown prior to films is predictable by audiences and easily avoidable. The research indicates a significant   number of audience members stay outside the 
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The sloth is back, this time on an iPad application

theater for the duration of ads, including those purchasing refreshments or arriving late, it said, adding that this preemptive evasion of advertisements has the potential to lump cinema advertising in with the multitude of ads seen and heard every day by consumers, thereby minimizing its effect.

In a YouTube summary 22 Squared said that there were 372,000 entries in the sloth contest and that Costa Rica received $6 million in media exposure for an investment of $1 million. It cites such events as giving away a free trip to a couple on a show with Anderson Cooper and a gift of a free trip to a weather reporter in a snowy state.

The campaign continued the fiction of Costa Rica as the happiest country in the world. That designation is a misinterpretation of an index produced by the New Economics Foundation in 2009 that put Costa Rica in first place based on life expectancy and environmental footprint.

The report itself seems to contradict the organization's press release: "The Index doesn’t reveal the ‘happiest’ country in the world. It shows the relative efficiency with which nations convert the planet’s natural resources into long and happy lives for their citizens. The nations that top the Index aren’t the happiest places in the world, but the nations that score well show that achieving, long, happy lives without over-stretching the planet’s resources is possible."

Nevertheless, Costa Rica continues to base its advertising on the press release and not the real data. Costa Rica continues to lead the Happy Planet Index in the 2012 version, followed closely by Vietnam, Colombia, Belize and El Salvador.

22 Squared is heavily into new media. Another aspect of the new campaign is an  iPad application, calls the Enviromixer, that lets users hear the sounds of Costa Rica.

Atlanta ad executive John Stapleton, the creator, received notice in The Wall Street Journal for "enabling users to create their own jungle music, syncing the sounds of howling monkeys, frogs, rain, fish and streams into a rhythmic symphony, free for children and potential adult visitors to download as a window into Costa Rica's biodiversity."

Stapleton was quoted as saying he was working on a campaign for three weeks until he finally traveled to Costa Rica that he got the idea of making an ad based on something other than words.

Garbage collector honored for his heroism at fire
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

In an instant someone in a mundane occupation can be transformed by circumstances into a hero.

That is what happened last May 23 to Juan Rafael Cortés. a garbage collector in Alajuela.  He was working on a route that took him to Urbanización Monte Rocoso in Coyol de Alajuela. There he was confronted by a blazing home and a screaming mother.
The woman's child still was in the burning home.  Cortés broke in through a window to save little Bielka Rodríguez while the fire consumed the rest of the home.

That's why he was honored Friday with a medal by the Instituto Nacional de Seguros.

He also received a scholarship to finish his secondary school studies, said the national insurance company.

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Obama going to México
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Washington’s political cacophony will be muffled this week with Congress in recess and President Barack Obama scheduled to travel outside the United States.  Even so, the president’s trip to Mexico and Central America will shine a spotlight on efforts to overhaul America’s immigration system.
President Obama had hoped to go to Mexico touting new gun-control laws that would impede the flow of American firearms to Mexico’s notoriously vicious drug cartels.  The drug war has claimed thousands of lives in Mexico in recent years, but Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has pledged to continue the fight.
“We will not abandon the fight against drug trafficking, drug production.  Mexico’s government, my government, will continue to face these types of crimes," he said.
Gun reform stalled in Congress, but another issue of great importance to Mexico is very much alive: U.S. immigration reform.  Many of the 11-million undocumented immigrants in the United States were born in Mexico. 
Overhauling America’s immigration system is a priority for President Obama, as he made clear in his second inaugural address.
“Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity, until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country," he said.
Immigration reform would be welcomed by Mexico’s leaders, and by human-rights advocates like Andrea González.
“The reality is that migrants live there and support the country through their hard work, their labors, the things they buy and the taxes they pay," she said.
A bipartisan immigration reform bill was unveiled in the Senate earlier this month.  Although Congress is in recess, this week could prove pivotal in building legislative support for the proposal. 
Lawmakers will be in their home states meeting with constituents.  Voters’ strong support or fierce opposition to immigration reform could sway members of Congress for or against the bill when they return to work next week.

Two earthquakes Saturday
were located on Pacific coast

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two quakes Saturday rattled the central Pacific coast.

The first, estimated by both the Laboratorio de Ingenieria Sismica and the Observatorio Vulcanológico y Sismológico de Costa Rica at 4.3 took place at 6:14 a.m. The epicenter was estimated to be just off the Pacific coast about 5.5 kilometers south southwest of Pasito de Savegre de Aguirre, Puntarenas. This quake appears to have been felt as far east as Turrialba.

The second quake at 5:07 p.m. had a magnitude of 3.9, said the  Observatorio. The epicenter was estimated to be exactly on the coastline south of Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio. This quake, too, was felt in the Central Valley and points east.

Crowd planning to appear
to support maritime law

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some 2,000 persons are due to show up at the legislature today to press for approval of a law to protect coastal dwellers.

This is the Ley de Territorios Costeros Comunitarios that would supplant a two-year moratorium on evictions that the Laura Chinchilla administration has issued.

The measure is important to those living in the maritime zone without official permission. These may be individuals whose families have lived there for years.

A spokesperson said that at least 250 persons could be evicted if the measure is not passed. That may be a low estimate.

For example in communities like Montezuma on the Nicoya peninsula, much of the business zone is within the maritime zone. Residents there have been unhappy because the municipal council of Cóbana is promoting a zoning plan that would see the demolition of many structures.

A legislative commission has reported out the proposed law, and now the decision rests with the full legislature.

This year is a runup to presidential elections in 2014, so the issue is being politicized.

Crime news on weekend
gets more exposure

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Over the weekend usually there is little real news, and police activities get more than their fair share in daily newspapers.

That is why the Sunday evening television news is just one crime or traffic accident after another.

At the same time police agencies and the Judicial Investigating Organization continue their reporting of events.

During the week such reports would be buried in political, economic and other news.

Most weeks there are no more murders and other serious crimes over the two-day weekend than take place on any two days of the week. That is in spite of the flurry of alcohol-fueled machete attacks, stabbings and shootings that generally take place Saturday night and early Sunday.

This weekend there were three murders reported.

A 43-year-old man with the last name of Martínez died shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday when he headed home from work as a security guard.  The man was shot near a bridge that links Tirrases de Curridabat with Lomas de Ayarco Sur. Investigators suspect he was the victim of a robbery.

Someone found the body of a 19- year-old woman in a mountainous area of León Cortés Saturday. She had been stabbed. She lived in the area, said agents.

In Upala investigators reported the case of a 29-year-old man who died when stabbed in the neck. Agents said the man was on the fairgrounds of  Brasilia de Upala about 11 p.m. Saturday when he became involved in a dispute. Agents said they knew who did it. The victim had the last name of  Cheves,

Legion will hear summary
of traffic, immigration laws

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The president of the Association of Residents of Costa Rica will be the guest speaker Wednesday when American Legion Post 10 meets in Escazú.

He is Terry Wise, and he will speak about the latest changes to both the traffic and immigration laws, said a Legion announcement. The talk is not restricted to Legion members.

"There is no cost to guests who attend so we invite them as a public service, said John Moran, post commander.

The meeting is at the Bello Horizonte Country Club. A map showing the location of the club is available on the Web site, said Moran, adding that post meetings begin promptly at noon and there is an optional lunch available after the meeting.

Scientists dispute UK ban
on genetically modified crops

By the Cell Press news staff

The European Union cannot meet its goals in agricultural policy without embracing genetically engineered crops. That's the conclusion of scientists who write in Trends in Plant Science, a Cell Press publication, based on case studies showing that the EU is undermining its own competitiveness in the agricultural sector to its own detriment and that of its humanitarian activities in the developing world.

"Failing such a change, ultimately the EU will become almost entirely dependent on the outside world for food and feed and scientific progress, ironically because the outside world has embraced the technology which is so unpopular in Europe, realizing this is the only way to achieve sustainable agriculture," said Paul Christou of the University of Lleida-Agrotecnio Center and Institució Catalana de Recerca i Estudis Avançats in Spain.

"Many aspects of the EU agricultural policy, including those concerning GMOs, are internally inconsistent and actively obstruct what the policy sets out to achieve," Christou and his colleagues continued.

For instance, the Lisbon Strategy aims to create a knowledge-based bioeconomy and recognizes the potential of genetically modified crops to deliver it, but EU policy on the cultivation of such plants has created an environment that makes this impossible. In reality, there is a de facto moratorium in Europe on the cultivation of genetically engineered crops such as maize, cotton, and soybean, even as the same products are imported because there is insufficient capacity to produce them by conventional means at home.

(The issue is in the news in Costa Rica because a U.S. firm, Monsanto, wants to plant a small patch of genetically modified corn for seed. There has been a groundswell of opposition.)

Subsidies designed to support farmers now benefit large producers at the expense of family farms, Christou says. The EU has also banned its farmers from using many pesticides and restricted them from other non-chemical methods of pest control, while allowing food products produced in the same ways to be imported.

"EU farmers are denied freedom of choice — in essence, they are prevented from competing because EU policies actively discriminate against those wishing to cultivate genetically engineered crops, yet exactly the same crops are approved for import," Christou says.

All this, he says, despite the fact that genetically modified crops must pass stringent safety tests and there has been no evidence of harm or health risks, despite more than 15 years of such agriculture around the world.

"We recommend the adoption of rational, science-based principles for the harmonization of agricultural policies to prevent economic decline and lower standards of living across the continent," the authors write. And that means short-term political expediency mustn't trump long-term objectives on challenges, including hunger and malnutrition.

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Moto ready to go

appears in Jacó

A new sculpture in Jacó appears ready to take to the road. The motorcycle is the work of Costa Rican artist Juan Carlos Sojo, who also produced works for downtown San José.

The artist also has had an exposition in the United States. Costa Ricans call the real vehicle a moto.

Magic number is 20 under nation's new driver's point system
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new system of points for wayward motorists went into effect Friday six months after the new traffic law went into effect. Now drivers can lose their license with 20 points instead of the 50 that was the rule under the previous version of the law.

However, there are fewer violations that cost points.

For example, driving 130 to 150 kph (74.4 mph to 93 mph) will cost a motorist six points when caught.

Failing to have a child 12-years-old or younger in a security seat will cost a motorist four points.

The stiffest penalties are levied in a category where the fine is 280,000 colons or about $568. These violations include driving drunk with a blood alcohol reading of from .5 to .75 grams of alcohol per liters of blood.

Also facing the fine are those driving with an expired license or passing on a curve or at a railroad grade crossing. Making a
 U-turn in a prohibited area also carries this maximum fine.

Professional drivers and new drivers face the same penalty with a lower level of alcohol,  .2 to .5 grams of alcohol per liter of blood.

In addition to failing to provide a special seat for a child, violations that cost four points are failing to have a vehicle inspection, carrying a child under 5 years on a motorcycle, going through a red light and driving with false license plates. The fine for these violations is 189,000 colons or about $393.

Lesser violations may cost a fine, ranging from 20,000 to 94,000 colons (from $40.50 to $190.50) but no points, said the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes. The idea is to penalize with points only those violations that jeopardize life, said the ministry.

Anyone who accumulates 12 points loses the right to drive for a year under this system.  That could be two drunk driving arrests. Of course driving with more alcohol in the system still is a criminal offense.

A review of the play
'God of Carnage' keeps the audience glued to their seats

By Jo Stuart
of the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The “God of Carnage” has arrived in Costa Rica and settled for the moment at the Laurence Olivier Theater in San José.  Settled is the wrong word.  If there is such a thing as psychic gravity, it seems to have lost its pull because emotions were flying all over the stage and among the audience.

Simply put, “God of Carnage” is a play about two couples, parents of two boys, who are meeting in order to come to some sort of closure after Henry, the son of one of the couples has suffered a couple of broken teeth when he was hit by the other couples’ son, Benjamin.  (I tell you the names of the boys because I kept forgetting who was who).

“God of Carnage” was written by French playwright and actress, Yasmina Reza.  The play has had a long run internationally and among other awards, won a Tony for its run on Broadway in 2009,

If there were awards given in Costa Rica for plays in English, this production would win one.

First the set: I always marvel at the magic that Jim Theologos and the crew can do with the limited space and odd shape of the stage at the Laurence Olivier.  This production is no exception.  (I am told the director had a lot to do with it.)

The action takes place in the attractive living room of Michael and Veronica’s New York apartment.  The walls are covered with pictures of Africa, and there are some lovely tulips in a vase on the sideboard.  They are the parents of Henry, the boy who has the broken teeth.

Although there are only four actors in the play, the stage is full of so many aspects of their personalities, each change triggered by a word or action, the fun doesn’t need another person.  However, I must mention that a fifth ‘actor’ is present in the form of a cell phone that Alan “I have to take this call,” has in his pocket.  Soon the audience feels the same disgust the three other players feel as he takes phone calls that persist throughout the play.

Michael and Veronica are the hosts. Veronica, played by Lisa DeFuso, loves everything African, is writing a book on Darfur and fervently believes people can be better.  Ms. DeFuso plays Veronica with all of the passionate devotion to a cause one could ask . . . at first.  Her husband, Michael, played by Tom Humes, sells all sorts of hardware and kitchen appliances and pots and pans wholesale and really couldn’t give a damn about
problems outside his ken.  Humes makes his character a human being, even likeable ….at times. Their son, Henry, is the one who has suffered some broken teeth.

The other couple, the parents of Benjamin, are played by Susan Hall Liang as Annette, who says she is a “wealth manager” which really translates into taking care of the money her lawyer husband makes, and running their household.  Ms. Liang is properly concerned and contrite in the beginning, at what her son has wrought.  Deceptively, she seems a gentle soul . . . but don’t push her too far.

And finally we have Alan, the lawyer with the cell phone, who has a pretty jaundiced view of the world in general and of this meeting in particular.  James Kissane, whose profession is acting, came to Costa Rica, just to play the part of Alan and to enjoy some time with his friends Tom and Lisa.

Not very long into the play I was convinced he is actually a lawyer, the kind who “takes no prisoners,” as someone told me about a lawyer once.  Like a good lawyer, he gets to the heart of things . . . even though he seems heartless a good part of the time.

The play begins like a friendly foursome badminton game, but soon it gets out of hand, with partners and opponents changing, the feathers flying, and the net trampled.  The atmosphere changes with an unfortunate word uttered by one member of this hapless group, and they are off.  By the end of the play we know these people as well as we know our families.  Every one of them is fascinating and makes us wonder about ourselves. It does not take more than a couple of minutes for the audience to realize that as one person said, “this play is a hoot.”

My kudos to the director, Noel Montagano, because as good as the actors are, one must know the director has something to do with it.

“The God of Carnage” is just 90 minutes long and is usually played without a break, but the Little Theatre Group decided perhaps the audience needed a breather.  In fact, few of us left. We were all glued to our seats (getting our second wind, perhaps), wondering what the maelstrom would bring next.

The moral seems to be sometimes grownups should not interfere with the affairs of children.

The play will be running this coming weekend, Friday, May 3rd curtain is at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, May 4th and 5th matinees are at 2:30. I suggest you put it on your calendars. Reservations call 8858-1446 or on the Web HERE! 

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Latin American cancer cases are predicted to soar due to lifestyle changes
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Latin America's growing prosperity is fueling a cancer epidemic that threatens to overwhelm the region unless governments take urgent preventive action, a study published on Friday warned.

A multinational team of researchers found the current state of cancer care and prevention in Latin America is incompatible with the socioeconomic changes taking place in the region, where an increasingly urban populace faces mounting lifestyle-related cancer risks.

Writing in The Lancet Oncology medical journal, researchers said Latin Americans are enjoying the benefits of growing economic prosperity, but also are leading longer, more sedentary lives, accompanied by a rise in alcohol consumption, smoking and obesity. That is not only leading to an increase in cancer rates, which are expected to rise more than 33 percent in the region by 2020, but a disproportionately high number of cancer deaths.

"If corrective action is not taken this problem will become magnitudes of order bigger than it is today, it will create massive human suffering and it will threaten the economies of the region," Paul Goss, a professor at Harvard Medical School who led the study, said at an event in Sao Paulo on Friday.

While Latin Americans contract cancer at lower rates than residents of the United States, they are nearly twice as likely to die from it, the study said.
Much of that has to do with the way cancer is treated in Latin America. More than half of those in the region have little or no health insurance and relatively few public health efforts are focused on preventive medicine. That means most patients seek treatment when they are at advanced stages of the disease and often too sick to be saved.

That type of care not only is ineffective but often very expensive, draining already scarce resources from public coffers, the study found.

The study recommended Latin American nations make major changes to their healthcare policies, such as dedicating more funds to public health, widening healthcare access so cancer patients can be treated earlier and developing better national cancer plans. It also envisions shifting funds away from costly end-stage cancer treatment toward palliative care.

While researchers speaking at Friday's event acknowledged the difficulty of enacting such reforms quickly, they called on governments to start with short-term solutions, such as raising taxes on tobacco and providing families with cleaner-burning wood stoves.

The total cost of cancer to Latin American countries currently is about $4 billion per year and stands to grow precipitously, according to the study.

"If we don't put these things on the agenda now, we won't be prepared to deal with this in 10 or 15 years," said Carlos Barrios, a professor at Brazil's Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio Grande do Sul.

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Global decline of pollinators
said to be from complex causes

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The global decline of honey bees and other pollinating insects is caused by multiple, largely human-induced effects, according to a new study.

Over the past decade, scientists have been reporting steady and mysterious declines in the populations of so-called pollinator insects.

These include the honeybees, wasps, flies, beetles, butterflies and moths that help pollinate three-quarters of the world’s food crops, services worth $200 billion annually to the global economy.

The new report is the first to pull together years of research on pollinator species decline. Forty scientists from six countries worked on the project organized by the Insect Pollinators Initiative of the United Kingdom.

While no single factor is responsible for the population decline, the analysis finds intensive land use, climate change and the spread of alien species and disease, are among the major threats to pollinating insects.

"What we are beginning to see is that it’s likely that there’s a combination of these effects that are driving the declines in these insects and in some cases they may be combining in subtle ways that exacerbate the overall negative effect,” said Adam Vanbergen, an ecologist with the Britain-based Centre for Ecology and Hydrology who served as the science coordinator on the initiative-led review.

Vanbergen says more research must be done on this complex interplay, across a vast scale, from genetics to worldwide ecosystems.

“We need to launch a whole suite of studies looking at subtle interactions between, say, land use change and its impacts on the resources that insects rely on, and how that can effect interactions with disease organisms or with exposure to pesticides that would be one example,” he said.

The ecologist says there is also a need to carefully document how climate change affects the insects’ ability to adapt to a warmer world.

“There is evidence now accumulating that impacts from these different pressures hits insects at different levels of biological organization," Vanbergen said. "So you have some pressures that will be damaging, for example, the brain function of individual insects and you have other pressures that will be perhaps affecting the ability of species to move in landscapes or indeed their range across continents.”

Learning how to protect pollinators from these environmental pressures will require a multi-disciplinary scientific effort. Farmers, policy makers, and industry will need to collaborate on programs to conserve these species.

“We need to come together really to try and set the appropriate framework to enable strategic planning at a landscape scale," said Vanbergen. "That’s going to be important if we are going to devise the appropriate habitat network to help support these insects in order to buffer them against effects such as climate change and local effects such as pesticide impacts.”

The initiative analysis also calls for re-evaluating common pesticide risks and developing new treatments for insect disease.

“All we really need to do is just try to build a more sympathetic approach to integrate practices that are able to lessen some of these impacts and to support the biodiversity that provides these important ecosystem services to human kind,” said Vanbergen.

Country music's George Jones 
inspired many performers

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Music fans are mourning the loss of a true country legend. George Jones, 81, died Friday at Nashville’s Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

In 1955, Jones recorded “Why Baby Why,” his first hit for Starday Records.  Born in Saratoga, Texas, he began performing in local clubs at age 10.  In the late 1940s, he worked as a disc jockey at various radio stations in his home state, before entering the U.S. Marine Corps in 1950.  Three years later, Jones completed his military service and returned to the Texas nightclub circuit.  He was discovered by Starday’s founder, “Pappy” Dailey, who convinced Jones to record for his label.

Jones says his first studio session proved a great learning experience.

“The first time I went in to do my first recording session, for about two hours I sang like Roy Acuff, Lefty Frizzell and Hank Williams," he said. "Finally, the producer came in the studio – after he figured I’d had enough fun – and he wanted to know if I could sing like George Jones.  So I said, ‘Oh, I didn't know that.  I thought I was supposed to sing like those people.’  They were selling records.  I didn’t know the difference, you know.”

After leaving Starday Records in 1957, Jones worked with several other labels.  In 1969, he joined Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, and the same year, married singer Tammy Wynette.  Their union lasted only six years, but during that time, they collaborated on numerous duets, including the Number One hits “We’re Gonna Hold On,” “Near You” and “Golden Ring.”

Through much of his life, George Jones battled an addiction to alcohol that nearly ruined his professional career.  He earned the nickname “No Show Jones” for missing numerous concert dates.  At one point, lawsuits against him by show promoters seeking compensation forced Jones to declare bankruptcy.  He credited his fourth wife, Nancy, whom he married in 1983, for helping him overcome his dependency to alcohol and giving his life new meaning.

Countless singers, including Garth Brooks, George Strait, Alan Jackson and Randy Travis name George Jones as a major influence.

At age 62, Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.  The surprise announcement was made during the 1992 Country Music Association Awards telecast. 

New pop-oriented trends have broadened country music's boundaries in recent years, but never lessened the popularity of George Jones’ traditional sound.  Several of his peers, including Vince Gill, Patty Loveless, Clint Black, Travis Tritt and Pam Tillis, fulfilled a life-long dream, when they collaborated with Jones on the Grammy Award-winning single, “I Don’t Need Your Rockin’ Chair.”

U.S. middle class worried
about money and leadership

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new opinion poll shows middle-class Americans are deeply worried about finances, critical of political and business leaders, and frustrated by the high cost of college.

Thursday's report from the Heartland Monitor Poll says nearly half of Americans consider themselves middle class, which they define as having financial security and holding a steady job. 

But a majority of respondents say they are worried a serious medical problem or job loss could push them out of the middle class.

Speaking at a seminar on middle class concerns, the head of the Northern Virginia Community College said the key to a secure job with a middle class salary is higher education.

But Robert Templin also said millions of U.S. jobs are going unfilled at a time of high unemployment because too few people have the math, science, and computer skills employers need.

According to Templin, by 2018 more than six out of 10 jobs will require post-secondary education. He added the United States is cutting investments in higher education just as the need for it is growing.

"America is disinvesting in higher education, pushing the financial burden for college-going from taxpayers to individuals. Higher education now is not seen as a public benefit; it is seen as a private good," he said. "And we expect families to pay the bill themselves."

Reduced education aid is particularly hard on minority groups who need education to overcome the effects of poverty and language barriers, Templin said.

The poll was conducted on behalf of the National Journal magazine and the Allstate Insurance Co.  The data comes from a phone survey of 1,000 adults and has a margin of error just more than three percent.

Spanish projections said
to be worse than expected

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Spain says its economy is worsening and that it will take two years longer than first thought to meet Europe's deficit target.

Madrid said Friday it expects its economy will shrink 1.3 percent this year, instead of the one-half of one percent figure it projected earlier. The government said it expects the Spanish economy will begin to grow again in 2014.

At the same time, Spain, the fourth largest economy in the euro currency bloc, said its deficit would fall this year to 6.3 percent of its national economy. That is a sharp improvement over last year, but still more than double the 3 percent target set by the European Union.

Spain said it would not meet the European target until 2016, two years later than promised in 2012.

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy embarked on a year of austerity measures when he took office in late 2011, but more than a quarter of the country's workers are unemployed and the troubled Spanish banking system has had to secure an international bailout.

Economic Minister Luis de Guindos said Spain's high jobless rate is the country's key political and social problem.

"The data that affects Spaniards is the deterioration of the labor market. This is obviously the principle political and social problem," he said. "In fact, I would go so far as to say that this is the principle weakness of the Spanish economy. That Spain has an unemployment rate of 27 percent is the element that makes us most weak in the eyes of international markets."

Iraq censors television outlets
for fostering violence

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Iraqi authorities have suspended the licenses of the pan-Arabic television network al-Jazeera and nine other satellite television operations, after accusing them of inciting sectarian violence.
The suspensions, announced Sunday and effective immediately, come as Baghdad seeks to curb rising unrest spawned by clashes at a Sunni protest camp last week. At least 170 people have been killed in the fighting since Tuesday. A statement from Qatar-based al-Jazeera said it was astonished by the suspension, saying it covers all sides of news stories in Iraq.
The suspension decree stops short of blocking the networks' satellite signals. But it warns of legal action from security forces if any of the networks deploy reporters inside the country.
A statement Sunday from the Communications and Media Commission accuses the networks of encouraging what it calls "criminal acts of revenge" against security forces deployed by the Shi'ite-led government to quell the violence.
Most of the channels, including local stations such as "al-Sharqiya" and "Baghdad" are pro-Sunni and frequently critical of Shi'ite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government.
Last year, Iraqi media regulators ordered the closure of more than 40 media outlets, including the Voice of America and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

China is not the major market
for expensive luxury vehicles

 By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

China is cementing its reputation as the most important market for the auto industry.  Chinese auto sales are up 13 percent from a year ago with sales expected to top 20 million this year.  By comparison, total sales in the United States this year are forecast at just a little more than 15 million vehicles.  The importance of the Chinese market is reflected in the size and sophistication of the Shanghai auto show, where automakers are capitalizing on China's growing demand for luxury cars and SUV's.

Bring an auto show to Shanghai, China, and people are sure to come: tens of thousands of potential car buyers from the world's largest auto market. 

Ford Motors' Dave Schoch is counting on it. "So you've got 30 million customers out there, all with different tastes and different affordability levels.  And what Ford wants to do is bring the power and leverage of our global line-up, you know from small to medium to large, into China," Schoch said.

But the competition is fierce. 

"We are increasing our local content here in this country. And next month we are opening the first engine plant with the capacity of 250,000 units outside of Germany for Mercedes engines," said Daimler AG Chairman, Dieter Zetsche.

The Chinese see cars as a potent symbol of success. Autoforesight analyst Yale Zhang says the rising demand for premium and luxury automobiles reflects China's emergence as an economic superpower.

"This market is becoming more like European or American style entry-level premium like Mercedes C-class or BMW-3 series.  This kind of entry-level premium is growing very fast," Zhang said.

Demand has been especially high for larger, sport utility vehicles (SUV's).  Karsten Engel, who heads BMW's China Group, says the roomy interiors appeal to China's newly rich -- even though some will probably never drive them.

"The ultimate driving machine, you probably experience a lot from the rear seat with your driver, so you need more space, you want more space.  You want to have the possibility to work in the car," Engel said.

That's something luxury automaker Bugatti's marketing director Stefan Brungs understands. "This is what the Chinese have learned and perceived as luxury -- to sit in the back and be chauffeured," Brungs said.

Despite the high demand for larger automobiles, environmental issues and fuel consumption concerns are contributing to the heightened interest in green, fuel efficient vehicles. 

"Four years ago, when we introduced the concept of the electric car, most of our colleagues in the industry thought that we had lost our minds.  Now it doesn't look so stupid, you know?," said Nissan's Asia Vice President Andy Palmer.

But for now, analysts say new hybrid and electric technology is likely to take a back seat in China.  Despite higher government taxes on larger gasoline combustion engines, new data show sales of SUV's are up nearly 50 percent from a year ago and likely to double by 2015.

Parkinson missing link
explains damage to cells

By the Washington University news staff

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have described a missing link in understanding how damage to the body’s cellular power plants leads to Parkinson’s disease and, perhaps surprisingly, to some forms of heart failure.

These cellular power plants are called mitochondria. They manufacture the energy the cell requires to perform its many duties. And while heart and brain tissue may seem entirely different in form and function, one vital characteristic they share is a massive need for fuel.

Working in mouse and fruit fly hearts, the researchers found that a protein known as mitofusin 2 is the long-sought missing link in the chain of events that control mitochondrial quality.

The findings were reported last week in the journal Science.

The new discovery in heart cells provides some explanation for the long-known link between Parkinson’s disease and heart failure.

“If you have Parkinson’s disease, you have a more than two-fold increased risk of developing heart failure and a 50 percent higher risk of dying from heart failure,” said senior author Gerald W. Dorn II, a professor of medicine. “This suggested they are somehow related, and now we have identified a fundamental mechanism that links the two.”

Heart muscle cells and neurons in the brain have huge numbers of mitochondria that must be tightly monitored. If bad mitochondria are allowed to build up, not only do they stop making fuel, they begin consuming it and produce molecules that damage the cell. This damage eventually can lead to Parkinson’s or heart failure, depending on the organ affected. Most of the time, quality-control systems in a healthy cell make sure damaged or dysfunctional mitochondria are identified and removed.

Over the past 15 years, scientists have described much of this quality-control system. Both the beginning and end of the chain of events are well understood. And since 2006, scientists have been working to identify the mysterious middle section of the chain — the part that allows the internal environment of sick mitochondria to communicate to the rest of the cell that it needs to be destroyed.

“This was a big question,” Dorn said. “Scientists would draw the middle part of the chain as a black box. How do these self-destruct signals inside the mitochondria communicate with proteins far away in the surrounding cell that orchestrate the actual destruction?”

“To my knowledge, no one has connected an Mfn2 mutation to Parkinson’s disease,” Dorn said. “And until recently, I don’t think anybody would have looked. This isn’t what Mfn2 is supposed to do.” He used jargon for  mitofusin 2.

Mitofusin 2 is known for its role in fusing mitochondria together, so they might exchange mitochondrial DNA in a primitive form of sexual reproduction.

“Mitofusins look like little Velcro loops,” Dorn said. “They help fuse together the outer membranes of mitochondria. Mitofusins 1 and 2 do pretty much the same thing in terms of mitochondrial fusion. What we have done is describe an entirely new function for Mfn2.”

The mitochondrial quality-control system begins with what Dorn calls a “dead man’s switch.”

“If the mitochondria are alive, they have to do work to keep the switch depressed to prevent their own self-destruction,” Dorn said.

Specifically, mitochondria work to import a molecule called PINK. Then they work to destroy it. When mitochondria get sick, they can’t destroy PINK and its levels begin to rise. Then comes the missing link that Dorn and his colleague Yun Chen, senior scientist, identified. Once PINK levels get high enough, they make a chemical change to Mfn2, which sits on the surface of mitochondria. This chemical change is called phosphorylation. Phosphorylated Mfn2 on the surface of the mitochondria can then bind with a molecule called Parkin that floats around in the surrounding cell.

Once Parkin binds to Mfn2 on sick mitochondria, Parkin labels the mitochondria for destruction. The labels then attract special compartments in the cell that destroy the sick mitochondria. As long as all links in the quality-control system work properly, the cells’ damaged power plants are removed, clearing the way for healthy ones.

“But if you have a mutation in PINK, you get Parkinson’s disease,” Dorn said. “About 10 percent of Parkinson’s disease is attributed to these or other mutations that have been identified.”

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The pilot of a small plane managed to put his ailing craft into the banks of the Rio Torres Sunday and avoided a crash into homes.

The pilot was reported to be injured but conscious.

The crash happened after 4 p.m. The pilot was taking off from the Tobias Bolaños airport in Pavas. He reported mechanical problems before the crash.

The aircraft, which was destroyed, was owned locally.

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Ethiopian Airlines over the weekend became the world’s first carrier to resume flying the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, since it was grounded in January with battery problems.

Stella Sabiiti, an international peace and security consultant with the African Union Commission for Peace and Security, was a passenger aboard a 787 flight from Nairobi to Addis Ababa.

Ms. Sabiiti said it was smooth and gentle.  She also said she likes the inside of the plane, particularly the windows which, she said, change colors with the push of a button.

“It was one of the smoothest flights I have ever been on.  The takeoff was so smooth, so gentle.  Mid-air, we flew very well, very comfortably, and the landing was just as smooth as the side of a little baby,” she said.

Ms. Sabiiti said she had no idea she would be flying on the Dreamliner.

“No, I didn’t know, but the whole morning I was listening to the radio, and I was following events about the Dreamliner testing its flight, and I was thinking, ‘Well, good to those people.’ And, the news was unfolding very slowly, every half hour, every hour.  Eventually, I heard something like Ethiopian Airlines from Addis to Nairobi, and it took time to sink in.  Then, I realized, ‘Oh my, that’s the flight that will take me back from Nairobi to Addis, so I’ll be on the Dreamliner,’” Ms. Sabiiti said.

The Ethiopian flight was the first since regulators grounded the Dreamliner in January after two battery warnings on two separate planes.  The battery faults raised fears of a possible mid-air fire.

Ms. Sabiiti said she offered a little prayer when she learned she would be flying on the Dreamliner.

“At first, I was thankful I would be on that flight.  Then, after a few hours, I realized I would on that flight.  So, I prayed for myself, as well as whom else would be on that flight.  And, as we were boarding, we were joking with strangers.  We didn’t know each other, but we were making jokes,” Ms. Sabiiti said.

She said the jet was being highly photographed by passengers and television crews.

“It’s beautiful, especially it’s wide inside, and it’s quite long and it’s high. But, what I love most about it are the windows. They change colors. You just press a button and it becomes dark blue, then you press the button and it becomes light.  Everything is so smooth, everything is so automatic.  But, I think also the air is very user friendly.  You don’t feel the dryness on the plane,” Ms. Sabiiti said.

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