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Labor day in Costa Rica is when a citizen can express political views. Many did so Wednesday. Despite a small disturbance in front of the legislature, a march mostly by union members was good spirited. Youngsters from the
Universidad de Costa Rica, of course, are eager to express leftist views with a banner of Ernesto "Che' Guevara. Frente Amplio members condemned Barack Obama's approach to terrorism. Our story is HERE!


Obama and Mexican leader have different priorities
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama will visit Mexico and Costa Rica this week, starting with a flight Thursday to Mexico City, where he will meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto, who took office in December. The two leaders may put most emphasis on trade and bilateral cooperation, but they also are likely to review efforts to defeat drug smuggling organizations based in Mexico.

The presidential visit to Mexico provides leaders from both countries an opportunity to emphasize their commitments to trade, economic development and bilateral cooperation. But George Grayson, who teaches at the College of William and Mary and is the author of numerous books about Mexico, says each man has separate priorities.

"The goal is to get the United States to shift its emphasis from security to social and economic matters. The United States is quite anxious to find out the blueprint for Mexico's new policy toward organized crime," Grayson said.

Peña Nieto took office in December amid a continuing drug war that so far has claimed around 75,000 lives. His predecessor, President Felipe Calderón, shortly after taking office in 2006, used the military to attack organized crime groups, known as cartels in Mexico. He also forged an agreement with the United States that led to close cooperation in the drug war.

But capturing or killing cartel leaders left vacuums that other drug traffickers rushed to fill, often using extreme violence. Grayson says violence remains pervasive.

"The number of deaths per day has increased slightly under Peña Nieto's first hundred days or so in office and, as far as I can tell, the cartels are as strong as ever," Grayson said.

In a recent speech, Peña Nieto said he will continue the fight for law and order.
He said his goal is to restore peace, while respecting individual rights and promoting economic development.

But his government is scaling back cooperation with the United States and avoiding the large-scale operations carried out by Calderón. 

Grayson says the new Mexican leader is seeking help from France, rather than the United States, to develop an elite national police force and a more sophisticated strategy.

"Use drones, informants, eavesdropping and various technological devices to try to be smarter in fighting the cartels and that kind of know-how really only comes from the United States," Grayson said.

Grayson says Mexican leaders have always been leery of cooperation with the United States that might involve meddling in Mexico's affairs. But such thinking may be losing ground.

A recent public opinion poll conducted in Mexico by the Washington-based Pew Research Center showed 66 percent of respondents with a favorable attitude toward the United States, 10 percentage points higher than it was a year ago.

But the same poll shows that around 35 percent of Mexicans would move to the United States if they could.

Grayson says this poses a problem for immigration reform.

"An earlier poll showed that two thirds of Mexicans believe that the border between the two countries is only a surveyor's line.  There is just no doubt that if we were to open the border you would have a cascade of people coming across," Grayson said.

Grayson says passage of a comprehensive immigration bill by the U.S. Congress seems unlikely at this time, but that some pieces might be approved separately.

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Researchers try to block uptake
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Two researchers are studying whether a naturally occurring soil bacterium, referred to as UD1023, can create an iron barrier in rice roots that reduces arsenic uptake.

Rice, grown as a staple food for a large portion of the world’s population, absorbs arsenic from the environment and transfers it to the grain. Arsenic is classified as a poison by the National Institutes of Health and is considered a carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program.

The researchers are Harsh Bais and Janine Sherrier of the University of Delaware’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences.

Long-term exposure to arsenic has been associated with skin, lung, bladder, liver, kidney and prostate cancers, and low levels can cause skin lesions, diarrhea and other symptoms.

The risks of arsenic in rice were recently highlighted in the national press, when arsenic was detected in baby foods made from rice. In regions of the world where rice is the major component of the human diet, the health of entire communities of people can be negatively impacted by arsenic contamination of rice.

Arsenic may occur naturally in the soil, as it does in many parts of Southeast Asia, or it may be a result of environmental contamination. Despite the health risks arsenic in rice poses to millions of people around the world, there are currently no effective agricultural methods in use to reduce arsenic levels.

Sherrier, professor, and Ms. Bais, associate professor, are investigating whether UD1023 — which is naturally found in the rhizosphere, the layer of soil and microbes adjacent to rice roots — can be used to block the arsenic uptake. Bais first identified the bacterial species in soil samples taken from rice fields in California.

The pair’s preliminary research has shown that UD1023 can mobilize iron from the soil and slow arsenic uptake in rice roots, but the researchers have not yet determined exactly how this process works and whether it will lead to reduced levels of arsenic in rice grains.

“We have a bacterium that moves iron, and we want to see if creating an iron shield around the rice roots will slow arsenic movement into other parts of the plant,” Bais said.

Sherrier and Ms. Bais ultimately want to determine how UD1023 slows arsenic movement into rice roots and whether it will lead to reduced levels of arsenic in the rice grains, the edible portion of the plant.

“That is the most important part,” Bais said. “We don’t know yet whether we can reduce arsenic in the grains or reduce the upward movement of arsenic towards the grain, but we’re optimistic.”

Bais says that, if successful, the project could lead to practical applications in agriculture.

“The implications could be tremendous,” he said. “Coating seeds with bacteria is very easy. With this bacteria, you could implement easy, low-cost strategies that farmers could use that would reduce arsenic in the human food chain.”


ATM crooks use camera
and clone victim's cards

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Investigators have evidence that a sophisticated ring of credit card thieves are working the Central Valley.

The ring uses what is known as a skimmer to obtain detailed credit card information.  The skimmer is placed in an automatic teller machine so that a victim's credit card passes over it. The skimmer extracts the important data from the card, and the victim is probably unaware of what has happened.

But that is not enough. The gang also installs small cameras at the automatic tellers so that the crooks also can capture the keystrokes as the victim puts in a personal identification number.

Then the crooks use the skimmer data to clone the bank card. With the duplicate card and the victim's PIN number, the crooks simply loot the bank account.

Investigators have made two arrests, but there probably are more members of the gang still at large.


Bandits invade impound lot
to take weapon and packages


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents said that two men took a firearm and packages containing an unknown substance from a vehicle that had been impounded.

The robbery took place at the installations of the Ministerio de Obras Pública y Transportes in Zapote in eastern San José. The Judicial Investigating Organization said that two armed men held up a guard at the impound lot and then broke a window in the vehicle to obtain the 9-mm. pistol and the packages.

The car was the same one that had been stolen from a man April 25. He was attacked and suffered blows to the head. He is the owner of the firearm.

Later the vehicle  turned up along the Caldera highway, and police took it into custody.


Expedition measures salinity
in top layer of North Atlantic

By the National University of Ireland, Galway, news staff

Details are emerging from a recent research expedition to the sub-tropical North Atlantic. The objective of the expedition was to study the salt concentration or salinity of the upper ocean. Scientists aboard the Spanish research vessel "Sarmiento de Gamboa",  explored the essential role of the ocean in the global water cycle.

This oceanographic research campaign is aimed at understanding the salinity of the upper ocean, which is a much more reliable indicator of the water cycle than any land-based measurement. How the water cycle evolves in response to global warming is one of the most important climate change issues.

Participating were Brian Ward, professor, and two graduate students from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

The experiment was located in the North Atlantic salinity maximum, which has the highest salt concentration of any of the world’s oceans. Ward explained: “It is not the depths of the ocean which is its most important aspect, but its surface. Everything that gets exchanged between the ocean and atmosphere, such as water, must cross the air-sea interface. We are trying to better understand how small scale turbulence is responsible for the air-sea exchange of freshwater. What is surprising is that these small-scale processes can affect large-scale patterns over the North Atlantic, and we are trying to connect the dots.”

The initial part of this ocean field campaign was to conduct a survey of the area to map out horizontal and vertical distribution of salinity using an instrument that was towed behind the ship. “We found quite a lot of fresher water intermingled with the background salty water, but it is moving around quite a bit due to ocean currents, and when we returned to the fresh patch, it had moved. We were currently hunting for this freshwater, as one of the objectives is to understand the spatial inhomogeneity of the upper ocean salinity,” explained Ward.

Studying the processes at the ocean surface requires specialized instrumentation, as most measurements miss the upper few meters. The researchers are measuring the salinity, temperature, and turbulence of the upper 10 meters of the ocean with very fine detail using their Air-Sea Interaction Profiler. The torpedo-shaped device, which is deployed into the water to gather data autonomously, is unique and the only one of its kind.

“The ocean surface has been the focus of my research for several years, but there was no easy way to measure what is going on here as there were no instruments available, so we built our own," said Ward.

 
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The Junta de Protección Social is not for sale, this group says of the lottery agency.
Firebombs make an appearance at downtown labor day gathering
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police moved in and thwarted Wednesday what appeared to be a plot to rain down firebombs on a crowd at the legislature.

Police detained 12 persons, including a minor and two foreigners, and also confiscated material for homemade firebombs, ski masks, briefcases, rocks and sticks as well as marijuana and crack.

The police acted after mostly young people tried to break through a metal barricade that had been set up along Avenida Primera in front of the legislature.

The event was the Día del Trabajador, Costa Rica's labor day. Some participants arrived at the legislature to provoke the police.

One person tried to throw a firebomb, a Molotov cocktail, at a police officer. He was detained as was another person who was caught with a briefcase full of bottles containing flammable liquid.

The early afternoon confrontation only lasted about eight minutes, police officials estimated. The trigger appeared to be the burning of a U.S. flag and a cardboard character of Barack Obama, the U. S. president. The situation escalated from there.

Many in the crowd were surprised because the march started in the morning with the bulk of the participants in a holiday mood even though they were making political protests. There even were bands.

Celso Gamboa Sánchez, a vice minister of Seguridad Pública.
said that one person detained is from Belgium. A second, he said, is Colombian.

The disturbance escalated into burning signs and pushing over the metal barriers. Fuerza Pública officers were reinforced by members of the Unidad de Intervención Policial.

Motorcycle policemen had a confrontation with an unlikely group at the Centro de Amigos para la Paz, the organization said. The center said in a release Wednesday night that eight to 10 policemen on motorcycles behaved in an aggressive manner,

Also involved were members of the Asociación Costarricense de Derechos Humanos and the Servicio Paz y Justicia. About 70 persons were involved, the center said.

The peace center, which is located several blocks from the legislature said representatives would carry a complaint to the Defensoría de los Habitantes.

The center also demanded that those persons detained at the disturbances at the legislature be released. It said that the visit of Obama to Costa Rica was being used as an excuse to repress social movements and their leaders.

Many of those who marched were union members who were simply celebrating the day. Some carried signs condemning corruption, and one called President Laura Chinchilla the reina de chorizo, or the "queen of corruption," using a slang word.

Others were protesting the contract by a U.S. firm to install automatic lottery ticket machines. They claimed this was tantamount to selling the Junta de Protección Social, the public agency that runs the lottery.


President Chinchilla outlines priorities for her last 12 months
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Laura Chinchilla outlined the accomplishments of and the challenges facing her administration in a speech to the legislature. The president recognized that she has just a bit more than 12 more months in office.

The speech was optimistic in that the president said that crime had diminished, citing lower homicide rates and reports of vehicle thefts. She also said that tourism had increased 7 percent. The president wondered why some have negative opinions in the face of reality.

She only made one direct mention of the corruption that has bedeviled her administration. She said that acts of corruption in the public administration remain without answer or resolution and this has generated a deep lack of confidence toward politics and those who make political decisions. She did not elaborate but the biggest corruption case involved the Ruta 1856 being built along the Río San Juan at the northern border.

Many involved in the case are under investigation, but Ms. Chinchilla has denied any direct knowledge of any crimes.

The president admitted that unemployment is still a problem. And the continuing deficit in the nation's budget still is
unresolved. She called for dialogue to solve the nation's problems.

However she said that during the first three years of her administration the economy had experienced a successful recovery, She said exports were up in 2011 and up again in 2012. And she credited the country's economic condition to allow the floating of three bond issues on the international market.

She also cited road construction projects, including the one that will link the Caribbean coast to the northern zone and design efforts on the northern Circunvalación.  Even though she had to halt the concession for the La Sabana-San Ramón highway, she said she still plans to push ahead with it.

She also said that 2012 was the first year that the poverty rate did not increase.

Ms. Chinchilla said one of her goals is to help change the nation's Constitution to make the legislative process more responsive. She has empaneled a group of experts who have issued a report outlining technical changes in the legislature that would break any logjams.

The speech in text form is slightly more than 8,400 words.

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Egyptian deities recalled
with new NASA project

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two ancient Egyptian deities are set to rendezvous in space later this decade, but it's a meeting of a scientific, not mythological, kind.

The U.S. space agency, NASA, announced Wednesday that Asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36 has been renamed Bennu after an ancient Egyptian deity that is often depicted as a gray heron. 

Bennu will get a visit from a NASA spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx, more formally known as Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer.

The spacecraft's arm will collect a sample of Bennu and store it for return to Earth.

The spacecraft shares its moniker with Osiris, the ancient Egyptian god of the underworld also worshiped for agriculture.  Bennu and Osiris are often connected in Egyptian stories.

The space agency says 8,000 students from more than 20 countries entered a contest to give Asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36 a new moniker.  9-year-old Michael Puzio of the southeastern U.S. state of North Carolina suggested the winning name.

In a news release, NASA said Puzio envisioned OSIRIS-REx's sampling arm and solar panels as resembling the neck and wings of the mythical Bennu.

OSIRIS-REx is set to launch in 2016, rendezvous with asteroid Bennu in 2018 and return a piece of the primordial space rock to Earth in 2023.  Scientists say the sample could hold clues to the origins of the solar system.

Asteroid (101955) 1999 RQ36's original name indicates it was discovered in 1999, and it was the 101,955th confirmed asteroid.


European Union puts ban
on some forms of pesticides


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The European Union has decided to impose a two-year ban on three of the world’s most widely-used agricultural pesticides.

The move follows a report in early April from the European Food Safety Authority that the three pesticides pose an acute risk to honey bees, which are vital to food production. 
 
The targeted farm chemicals, which will be banned for two years starting this Dec. 1, belong to a class of insecticides called neonicotinoids. They are a type of insect nerve agent that has been widely used for more than a decade.

Although the chemicals’ manufacturers say field tests have shown the pesticides pose no threat to bees, a recent British honeybee field study found evidence to the contrary, and that was enough to convince 15 of 27 EU member governments, and the executive European Commission, to support a ban. 

Adam Vanbergen, an ecologist with the Center for Ecology and Hydrology in Britain, says some of the evidence against neonicotinoids is debatable, but much of it is troubling.

“There were abundant laboratory studies that were showing some worrying signs," he said. "It’s sad to say that the evidence wasn’t as strong in the field. But then it is much more complicated to demonstrate cause and effect in field situations.” 

Vanbergen says that in the absence of any systematic monitoring, it will be hard to determine the impact of the ban and whether it can reverse the decline in pollinator populations. 

He directed a study, released last week by the Insect Pollinators Initiative of the United Kingdom, that compiled years of research on threats to pollinating insects. It found that a variety of factors is responsible for the decline, including pesticides, habitat loss, climate change, spread of disease and alien species.
                                                    
“My concern about the neonicotinoid issue is that to an extent it may distract attention from the bigger picture," Vanbergen said. "We really do need to try and manage our landscapes much more sympathically towards biodiversity. And pesticides are a part of that without question. But I’m a little bit worried that people may go away thinking that moratoriums such as this are going to solve the issue.” 

Vanbergen hopes the EU moves forward with new research on how farmers can employ pest control techniques less reliant on toxic chemicals. 

"But also we should be exploring alternatives to better manage pests in agricultural systems and that may well include integrated pest management strategies," he said, "where pesticides are a sort of judicious last resort to outbreaks of pests, and they are not used in a sort of prophylactic way.”

Vanbergen adds that the fate of the bees and other threatened insect pollinators, such as butterflies, wasps, flies and beetles, is a matter of food security, not only in Europe, but around the world.


Obama may name official
to expedite Guantanamo exits


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama is considering naming a senior diplomat to work on sending prisoners at Guantanamo Bay home or to third countries as part of a renewed effort to close the detention camp at the U.S. Naval base in Cuba, the White House said Wednesday.
      
If he does so, it would be the first action by the U.S. government since Obama vowed on Tuesday to make a renewed effort to close the camp, where about 100 inmates are on hunger strike to protest against their years in detention without trial.
      
"One of the options available to us that we're examining is reappointing a senior official at the State Department to renew our focus again on repatriating or transferring detainees that we determine can be returned to their home countries or third countries,'' White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters.
      
The post at the State Department has been vacant since January.
      
Most of the prisoners have been kept in detention without trial or charge since the prison was set up in 2002 to hold foreign terrorism suspects.
      
Obama's administration also wants to speed up a process for reviewing the cases of the detainees, Carney told reporters during a briefing. The administration has been criticized for allowing these reviews to lag behind schedule.
      
Carney blamed Congress for making it difficult to close the camp. For example, lawmakers have held back funding that would allow the government to transfer detainees to prisons in the United States, he said.
      
"We have to work with Congress and try to convince members of Congress that the overriding interest here, in terms of our national security, as well as our budget, is to close Guantanamo Bay,'' he said.
      
Human rights groups have welcomed Obama's renewed pledge to close the prison camp, but said that he could not blame Congress entirely for the failure to shut it down and should take action on his own.
      
Members of Congress of both political parties have resisted transferring the inmates to the United States, where some lawmakers are concerned they might pose a security risk.
      
"There are things that the president can do administratively, but this will also require congressional agreement,'' Carney said.
      
Obama has said he would examine every option available to close the camp, including actions he can take independently of Congress. He has not said whether he would use executive powers that some legal experts say he has to transfer the detainees.
      
The Guantanamo camp was opened by President George W. Bush, to hold foreign terrorism suspects captured overseas after the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States in 2001.
      
Obama failed to meet his promise to close the prison within a year of taking office in early 2009 and it has become an enduring symbol of widely condemned U.S. interrogation and detention practices during the Bush era.


Bird flu in China considered
to be world health threat


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A new strain of bird flu that is causing a deadly outbreak among people in China is a threat to world health and should be taken seriously, scientists said on Wednesday.
 
The H7N9 strain has killed 24 people and infected more than 125, according to the Geneva-based World Health Organization, which has described it as one of the most lethal flu viruses.
 
The high mortality rate, together with relatively large numbers of cases in a short period and the possibility it might acquire the ability to transmit between people, make H7N9 a pandemic risk, experts said.
 
“The WHO considers this a serious threat,” said John McCauley, director of the the agency's Collaborating Center for Influenza at Britain's National Institute for Medical Research.
 
Speaking at a briefing in London, experts in virology said initial studies suggest the virus has several worrisome characteristics, including two genetic mutations that make it more likely to eventually spread from person to person.
 
“The longer the virus is unchecked in circulation, the higher the probability that this virus will start transmitting from person to person,” Colin Butte, an expert in avian viruses at Britain's Pirbright Institute, said.
 
Of the some 125 people infected with H7N9 so far, around 20 percent have died, approximately 20 percent have recovered and the remainder are still sick. The infection can lead to severe pneumonia, blood poisoning and organ failure.
 
“”This is a very, very serious disease in those who have been infected. So if this were to become more widespread it would be an extraordinarily devastating outbreak,” Peter Openshaw, director of the center for respiratory infection at Imperial College London, told the briefing.
 
Scientists who have analyzed genetic sequence data from samples from three H7N9 victims say the strain is a so-called triple reassortant virus with a mixture of genes from three other flu strains found in birds in Asia.
 
Recent pandemic viruses, including the H1N1 swine flu of 2009/2010, have been mixtures of mammal and bird flu - hybrids that are likely to be milder because mammalian flu tends to make people less severely ill than bird flu.
 
Pure bird-flu strains, such as the new H7N9 strain and the H5N1 flu, which has killed about 371 of 622 the people it has infected since 2003, are generally more deadly for people.
 
Human cases of the H7N9 flu have been found in several new parts of China in recent days and have now been recorded in all of its provinces.
 
Last week a man in Taiwan became the first case of the flu outside mainland China, though he was infected while traveling there. The H7N9 strain was unknown in humans until it was identified in sick people in China in March.
 
Scientists say it is jumping from birds - most probably chickens - to people, and there is no evidence yet of the virus passing from person to person.
 
Jeremy Farrar, a leading expert on infectious diseases and director of Oxford University's research unit in Vietnam, said the age range of those infected so far stretched from toddlers to people in their late 80s, a range that appeared to confirm the virus is completely new to the human population.
 
“That suggests there truly is no immunity across all ages, and that as humans we have not seen this virus before,” he said. “The response has to be calm and measured, but it cannot be taken lightly,” he said.


U.S. Fed will continue
keeping interest rate at zero

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. central bank has decided to continue with its aggressive measures to boost the sluggish U.S. economy.

After a two-day meeting in Washington, the Federal Reserve said Wednesday it would continue to buy $85 billion in U.S. Treasury debt and real estate-related securities each month as it attempts to spur job creation in the world's largest economy. It also said it would keep its benchmark interest rate near zero percent.

At the same time, the central bank said it is prepared to reduce or increase the pace of its purchase of securities depending on whether U.S. economic fortunes improve, or falter again.

In a statement, the Federal Reserve said economic activity in the U.S. has been expanding at a moderate pace, and that hiring has shown some signs of improvement in recent months. But it also noted that unemployment remains high.

The U.S. recorded a 7.6 percent jobless rate in March, and analysts are predicting the figure will stay the same when the April jobs report is released Friday. About 11.7 million U.S. workers are unemployed, with millions more working at part-time jobs or filling positions they consider beneath their skill level.


Bolivia's Morales evicting
USAID for meddling, he said


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Bolivian President Evo Morales says he is expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development, accusing it of interfering in his country's internal affairs.

Morales said Wednesday during a May Day speech in La Paz that the United States no longer will manipulate the Bolivian economy and its politics.

In 2008, he threw out the U.S. ambassador and officials from the Drug Enforcement Agency.

State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said the U.S. deeply regrets Wednesday's expulsions. He called allegations of political interference in Bolivia baseless. He said those who will suffer will be Bolivian citizens, who he said benefit from USAID's work on health, education and the environment.

USAID has operated in Bolivia since 1964. It has spent nearly $2 billion there over the past 50 years.

U.S. relations with Bolivia have been cool since Morales' leftist government took power in 2006. He has nationalized several Western-owned companies. Bolivia also is a major coca producer. The crop not only is the key ingredient in cocaine, but also sustains indigenous farmers and is used for non-drug related purposes.


Press freedom suffering
decline, Freedom House says

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A leading U.S.-based human rights group says the number of people living in societies with a fully free press has fallen to its lowest level in more than a decade.

In a report issued Wednesday, Freedom House pinned the overall downturn to dramatic new media restrictions in the war-torn West African nation of Mali, as well as new regulations in Greece and parts of Latin America.

The report, Freedom of the Press 2013, says analysts continue to see heightened efforts by authoritarian governments across the globe to put a stranglehold on open political dialogue. It links those crackdown efforts to an authoritarian backlash against the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East.

The Freedom House document also cites growing pressure on citizen journalists using unorthodox social media tools, including microblogs, social networks and mobile telephones. It says repressive measures employed by authoritarian governments include the jailing of bloggers and the blocking of web-based content and text messaging services during periods of political unrest.

The report singles out China and Russia for using a variety of techniques to maintain tight media controls, and says those techniques include the jailing of critics and the forced closure of websites.

It listed the world's eight worst-rated countries as Belarus, Cuba, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Iran, North Korea, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Western Europe was cited for the highest level of press freedom worldwide, even as the report noted the region's average rating underwent an "unprecedented" decline in 2012. The decline was attributed to deteriorating press conditions in Greece and Spain, and to what Freedom House said is Turkey's high number of imprisoned journalists.

The United States was labeled "one of the stronger [media] performers" in the Americas, while the report criticized the "limited willingness" of high-level U.S. officials to provide access and information to journalists.

Burma was cited as having made the greatest progress of any nation in opening up its media environment.


Gangnam Style originator
becomes comic book subject


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The story of South Korean rap sensation Psy's ascent to global stardom with his megahit "Gangnam Style" has now been immortalized in full color and with appropriate dramatic flourishes in a comic book.

Fame:Psy, which went on sale in the United States and South Korea Wednesday, focuses mainly on what went into making "Gangnam Style," which catapulted the sunglassed singer with the garish jackets to global fame and became YouTube's most popular song ever with more than 1.5 billion hits.

"Has he fallen from the sky? Has he risen from the earth?" the comic begins, with illustrations showing Psy - in the suits he made famous in "Gangnam Style" and striking poses from his "Horse Riding Dance" - descending from heaven and bursting through the earth.

"It was the end of summer, 2012, when a little-known Asian rapper put his music video on YouTube. It exploded in popularity," continues the 26-page tale, from U.S. publisher Bluewater Productions and South Korean firm "able".

"His stubby build and dynamic stage presence caught people's eyes. Psy's not your typical pop star."

In similarly breathless prose the comic covers the decade of Psy's pre-Gangnam career in Korea, the origins of the video and the dance, and the fame that followed, including scenes of a delighted Psy teaching U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon his dance and performing for U.S. President Barack Obama.

The comic, which also touches on the less happy parts of Psy's past such as being charged with possession of marijuana in 2002, includes a guide that shows readers how to do Psy's dance themselves.

It ends with the release of Psy's second video, "Gentleman," last month. The video has racked up nearly 260 million YouTube hits after smashing the previous record of first-day views for songs, and hit fifth place on the Billboard Hot 100 last week.


Imprisoned spy murdered,
report Pakistan authorities

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A convicted Indian spy who was on Pakistan's death row has died from a head injury after two inmates attacked him with a brick.

Sarabjit Singh was hospitalized last Friday after the attack in the Kot Lakhpat Jail in Lahore.

He was arrested in 1990 and had been convicted of spying and setting multiple bombs in Pakistan that killed 14 people.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh says those responsible for "the barbaric and murderous act must be brought to justice."

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has demanded an investigation and has requested Pakistan release Singh's body for a funeral in India.

The ministry says the "shocking attack" highlights the need for "concerted action" by Pakistan to safeguard Indians in Pakistani jails.

Pakistan's former military ruler, Pervez Musharraf, rejected Singh's mercy petition in 2008.

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7873-4/7/13

Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)


Re/Max, the Pacific coast expert
Re/Max offers comprehensive Costa Rica Real Estate, vacation rental and relocation services. Our award-winning team is the largest in the country, and can show you the best lifestyle and financial investment properties in the most desirable locations including prime real estate in Tamarindo, Langosta, Conchal, Flamingo, Pinilla, Coco, Hermosa and Playa Panama.  Give us a call in Costa Rica at 506-2653-0073, or toll free from the U.S. and Canada 1-800-385-5930. Re/Max, the name you trust for the finest real estate services in Costa Rica.
7949-11/15/13

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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
7938-6/8/13

Moran Arenal
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
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.

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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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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!
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Incredible view of the Central Valley from San Luis $282,000 Click HERE!
 Great deals for you!
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7685-2/7/12

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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.
www.puntaplayavistas.com
7948-5/29/13

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. www.puntaplayavistas.com
7947-5/28/13

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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
7725-5/15/13

Rich Coast Montage
RichCoastRealty.com
Central Pacific Coast Real Estate
- 2 Bedroom House in Gated Community, $89,000!!
- 2 Successful Coffee Shops and Bakeries, Turnkey $60,000/ $120,000 Great ROI
- Lots in Gated Community from $17,500!!
- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
- 3 Bedroom Oceanview House on 5 acres subdividable
into 4 oceanview properties $250k
- 58 acre Oceanview Property subdividable, $169k
- Oceanfront Residential Lots from $40,000
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

Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here: http://www.intertica.com/homes/roy.htm
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7933-7/22/13

Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment. one bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom,  gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500 square-meter garden with aviary for Guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4 meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2 meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request. http://www.intertica.com/ocean/wolfgang.htm
7929-7/18/13

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

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

NOW REDUCED TO $680,000
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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Not everyone's on Facebook
and some like it that way


By the Cornell University Media Relations Office

With more than a billion active accounts worldwide, it can be easy to forget that some people don’t use Facebook.

A study by Cornell University researchers suggests that non-use of the social networking site is fairly common. A third of Facebook users take breaks from the site by deactivating their account, and one in 10 completely quit.

Of 410 people who responded to an online questionnaire, 46 reported that they had deleted their Facebook account. More than 90 percent said they were happy with their decision, and most stayed away. Others were not able to completely cut themselves off, but nonetheless reported taking breaks from using the social networking site.

More than one-quarter of respondents reported deactivating their account, which hides everything they have done on Facebook but retains the data and allows them to reactivate at any time. Two-thirds of deactivators reported being happy with their decision. One-third subsequently returned to Facebook.

A few respondents reported using other creative means to limit their use of the site, according to the study’s lead author, Eric P. S. Baumer, a postdoctoral associate in communication at Cornell. The study will be presented today at the Association for Computing Machinery’s Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in Paris, France.

“Several participants asked their significant other or spouse to change their password, only allowing them to log in on a limited basis,” Baumer said. “One participant described redirecting all email from Facebook to an email address that he never checked. Others installed browser plugins that blocked them from visiting the site.”

The motivations for leaving were varied, from concerns about privacy and data misuse, to problems with productivity and addiction. Some respondents said they were tired of engaging in shallow or banal social interactions. Others left or suspended activity to avoid being friended by a boss, a student or former romantic partners, Baumer said.

“In some cases, people reported feeling pressured to leave based on an institutional status, such as being a military officer or parolee,” he added.

There were also 75 people in the survey who reported never having an account.

“While some respondents reported simply not having a use for the site, others provided elaborate lists of reasons they would not join,” Baumer said. “Some did not want to be on display or live ‘life in a global aquarium.’ We also observed a sense of rebelliousness and pride among those who resisted Facebook.”

While previous work has compared users and non-users of social networking sites, this study is one of the first to give a sense for the prevalence of non-use. It also provides some evidence that Facebook users who deactivate their account are more likely to know someone else who has also deactivated, and Baumer plans to further explore this potential network effect.





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