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Two presidents outline similar approaches on drug
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Posted at 6 p.m.

Presidents of the United States and Costa Rica outlined their broader approach to attacking drug trafficking at a press conference here Friday.

Both Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla and U.S. President Barack Obama said they saw a successful anti-drug effort with one that is coupled with the economy and education. Ms. Chinchilla said that promoting trade would help mitigate the problem.

The press conference at the Centro Nacional de Cultura was the most public event of the day for the visiting U.S. president.

Ordinary Costa Ricans poured out by the thousands Friday to welcome Obama to Costa Rica.

Obama in México . . . HERE!

Police and other security forces had cleared the downtown, but crowds gathered the full length of Obama's route on the General Cañas autopista.

Some even arrived early at Juan Santamaría to picnic simply to catch a glimpse of Air Force One as it arrived from México.

The Obama aircraft arrived at 1:50 p.m. He was greeted by Enrique Castillo, the foreign minster, and the Costa Rican-U.S. citizen Franklin Chang Diaz, the former astronaut. Also there were four students who had won scholarships named for Chang to study next year in the United States.

As the presidential motorcade, led by nine officers on motorcycles, left the airport, Costa Ricans pressed against the fences to wave. Traffic police had stopped the flow on the General Cañas but they could not stop Costa Ricans on foot from lining the route, sometimes shoulder to shoulder and sometimes several persons deep.

The first stop was the Hotel Intercontinental in Escazú where Obama stopped for 15 minutes. Then he headed to the Casa Amarilla.  That route along Paseo Colón and Avenida Secunda, too, was lined with Costa Ricans waving flags and banners. Many had the day off.

When Obama arrived at the foreign ministry, Casa Amarilla, about 3 p.m., he was greeted by Castillo again and then President Chinchilla, who shook his hand as he ascended the front steps. They both posed with school children waving U.S. and Costa Rican flags.

Then Obama, Ms. Chinchilla and Castillo went inside for a private meeting to discuss, security, economic development and investments. The average Costa Ricans on the street expressed their high expectations for the meeting. They said they hoped for more tourism, more investment generating jobs and special considerations from the north. Costa Ricans do not show the political polarization present among citizens in the United States.

Casa Presidencial said that Ms. Chinchilla would ask Obama for support to become members of international trade groups, including the Trans Pacific Association Agreement. Later at the press
conference, Obama praised Costa  Rican's stature in the world community but stopped just short of saying his country would endorse the membership. Borrowing a tourism promotion term he said that Costa Rica does not have any artificial ingredients.

At the press conference, Ms. Chinchilla outlined six themes that had been addressed with her private meeting with Obama. They included the U.N. Arms Control Treaty that Costa Rica promotes. She also mentioned green energy, the Central American Free Trade Agreement and governmental transparency. She also outlined her approach to drug control by stressing education and the economy. She asked that the United States increase the investment in Peace Corps volunteers to help train Costa Rican youngsters in English so they can be more competitive in adult life. She spoke in Spanish.

Obama, speaking in English noted the long standing ties between the United States and Costa Rica and praised the benefit of free and fair trade. He also noted his support for clean energy and immigration reform in the United States, which he noted was important to all of Central America.

Three of the four questions that followed touched on drugs in some way. A fourth question for the Washington press asked the president his plans for the Syrian civil war. Obama spoke at length on the complexities presented by the immigration bill that has been introduced in the U.S. Senate, and he said he doubted everyone would get what they wanted.

He also said that regardless of other efforts, drug trafficking still would require law enforcement. He noted that the United States has invested a half billion dollars in Central America to stem the drug trade. But he rejected militarizaiton of the effort.

The two presidents then adjourned for an evening meeting with other heads of state in the Teatro Nacional.

The nation's television stations starting covering the visit at noon, and on-air personalities had a lot of time to fill. There were historical sequences on the other presidents who had visited Costa Rica, and Channel 9 had a panel including Frank McNeil, who served as U.S. ambassador to Costa Rica in the early 1980s. Some stations even played sequences of Obama's humorous presentation to the White House Correspondents dinner April 27.

Many other heads of state arrived Friday for the summit of the Sistema de Integración Centroamericana here with minimal television coverage. Daniel Ortega and his wife from Nicaragua got the most air time at the airport. He is one of the six Central American heads of state who are visiting. Ortega was the last to arrive about 4:30 p.m.

As promised, about 30 members of the Nuevo Partido Socialista mounted a protest at Parque Central. They had planned to march on Avenida Secunda, but the Fuerza Pública changed their minds.

They spent several minutes shouting anti-Obama slogans for the benefit of television cameras.

Fuerza Pública officers earlier had detained one man they claimed presented false press credentials. The city was monitored by 150 cameras operated by the municipality.

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Costa Rican officials are mounting an aggressive security program to guard U.S. President Barack Obama and to a lesser degree seven other heads of state today.

Obama is supposed to arrive today at Juan Santamaría airport about noon from México on Air Force One. The presidential limo will carry him along the General Cañas autopista and the Circunvalación to Casa Amarilla, the foreign ministry on Avenida 7 opposite Parque España. The refreshment table already was set and waiting Thursday afternoon. A large banner with the Costa Rican colors had been hung just east of the main
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entry. A small U.S. flag was in evidence, too

This is where Obama will meet with president Laura Chinchilla. There was a concentration of police there Thursday, and metal barricades were stacked on the sidewalk. Obama and
 Ms. Chinchilla are expected to walk from Casa Amarilla to the Centro Nacional de Cultura a half block away about 4 p.m. for a press conference. Later there is a dinner of all the heads of state in the Teatro Nacional.

The conference is expected to be dominated by the Washington media who traveled with the president. That usually is the case. And the issues raised may not be about Latin America.

Costa Rican officials and U.S. Embassy personnel are encouraging persons here to avoid the downtown and watch the Obama arrival on television. 

The staff at the embassy has set up a special feed for the arrival at the foreign ministry.
It is https://conx.state.gov/costa-rica.

Access to the park and the area around the foreign ministry will be restricted. Police already obtained lists of residents and those who work in the area.

The Instituto Nacional de Seguros gave its workers in the metro area a holiday. The headquarters is adjacent to the foreign ministry.

As in México Thursday, Obama is expected to concentrate on economic issues. That is expected to be the major topic here. Of course, a possible change in anti-drug strategy also is a possibility.

The environmental group Oilwatch issued a statement that said Obama had a hidden agenda to promote the concession of Mallon Oil Co. of Denver. The firm has been fighting for 10 years to exercise its rights under an exploratory drilling
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concession. Typically heads of state would not get involved in such issues.

A few posters telling Obama to go home appeared in the park Thursday, but police managed to tear down some.

Obama in México . . . HERE!

The same group of youngsters who were involved in a disturbance at the legislature Wednesday are now free from detention. Anti-American leftists have said they would march at 3:30 p.m. down Avenida Secunda. That street is well within the restricted zone, so another confrontation is likely.

One reason for Obama's visit with the Central American heads of state is to generate support for the proposed immigration bill that his administration is promoting. All the Central American nations have significant numbers of illegal immigrants in the United States.

Saturday morning Obama will be meeting with the heads of state at the Antiguo Aduana on Calle 23. Most have countries that are members of the Sistema de Integración Centroamericana. Obama is due to depart the airport at noon.

Costa Rica will have more than a thousand Fuerza Pública officers and members of other organizations in the field today. Highways will be blocked when Obama will be using them.  That includes the General Cañas from the airport to San José The national emergency commission declared a low-level alert for the Obama visit. The alert covers the cantons of San José, Alajuela, Belén, Escazú, Montes de Oca, Curridabat and Goicoechea.
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Refinery will pay 26 owners
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The national refinery will pay 44 million colons, about $89,000, to 26 owners of motor vehicles that suffered damage because the company put an excessive amount of additive into the fuel.

That was the announcement Thursday by the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos, which arbitrated the cases.

The additive is methylcyclopentadienyl manganese tricarbonyl, known as MMT.

The problem developed last August. The agency said that 176 complaints were received and that many are still being processed.

The Autoridad has been receiving from two to eight complaints a week over the matter. The Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo appeared to have added too much of the chemical.


Costa Rica advances slightly
in ease of doing business


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The economics ministry reported Thursday that Costa Rica has advanced 12 places on the World Bank Doing Business index. A low ranking reflects the ease of doing business in 10 categories.

Costa Rica's new ranking is 110 out of 185 economies, according to the World Bank.

The Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio last year set up a plan to improve the ranking and put in place 86 reforms, it said. However, nearly half are long-range.


Seven firms have achieved
carbon neutral certification

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Instituto de Normas Técnicas de Costa Rica said that seven industries have been certified as carbon neutral. The designation comes from the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía, but the institute verifies the accomplishment.

Becoming carbon neutral is voluntary now, although the government has obtained funds to establish a carbon credit market.

The institute, a private firm, will be the evaluating agency.


Quake felt on coast

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Laboratorio de Ingenieria Sismica reported that a 3.8 magnitude quake took place Thursday at 11:18 p.m. about 6.2 kilometers south of Sabanillas  de Acosta. The quake was felt on the Central Pacific coast in Jacó and Quepos as well as on the Nicoya peninsula at Paquera.


Scientists learn how body
builds new emergency arteries

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists have discovered how heart disease patients with dangerously blocked arteries are able to grow new blood vessels to by-pass the blockage and keep oxygen-rich blood flowing through their bodies. The discovery is raising the possibility of new treatments for cardiac patients. 

In people with heart disease, it is not uncommon for new blood vessels to grow around blocked arteries in order to keep essential, oxygenated blood coursing through the body. But those emergency blood vessels don’t grow in everyone with coronary artery disease.

Researchers have been working for more than a decade trying to coax new blood vessel formation, or angiogenesis, using human growth factors, specific enzymes and hormones that promote cellular growth.

But Michael Simons, a cell biologist and head of cardiovascular research at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, says scientists found that growth factors only went so far in stimulating new blood vessel growth.

“They do that in normal animals and in normal people.  But they did not work in people with advanced illnesses, and we never understood why," said Simons.

Simons and colleagues took a step back, looking at factors that cause blood vessels to form during fetal development, to try to determine why that process often doesn't occur in people with advanced heart disease.
 
When organs are damaged because of a lack of blood flow, Simons explains, they release a repair molecule called VEGFR.  Another molecule called NRP1 binds to that protein, and transports it, along with a second repair protein called VEGFR2, to the inside of blood vessels, stimulating the healing process.

But in experiments with mice, researchers discovered repair doesn't take place, or is poorly executed, in rodents bred to have damaged NRP1. Simons says angiogenesis is hampered because the molecules can't enter damaged blood vessels.

Simons believes heart patients whose bodies do not repair and grow new arteries to bypass damaged blood vessels also have impaired NRP1. 

“So, now that we understand how this works, you can now begin designing therapies that will specifically stimulate this pathway where you need it if you want to grow arteries.  On the other hand, if your goal is to inhibit the growth of blood vessels, you could do this of course in reverse," he said.

Reversing blood vessel formation would choke off and destroy cancerous tumors, which require an arterial blood supply to grow and spread.

An article by Yale University’s Michael Simons and colleagues on blood vessel formation is published in the journal Developmental Cell.

 
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Just because some expats are seniors, they are not defenseless. They have many options to protect themselves and their loved ones from aggression.

That's the view of Darren Friesen, who teaches self defense.

"With the ever-increasing number of North Americans moving down to Costa Rica to retire, this demographic often escapes the self-defense community as a demographic worth pursuing," he said.

Heard often is this characterization of seniors, he said: “They’re slow, without athleticism, restrictive with technique, have no stamina, are a potential liability issue.”  Many instructors crave the flash and acrobatics of their art,  Friesen notes, adding that "there is a shelf-life for all of us with regards to what we can do athletically as we grow older."

When individuals turn 65 they want no less than to keep their family and themselves safe from harm, and even though the goal remains the same, the route to achieve that goal needs modification, he said.

Friesen has a list of what he calls the dirty dozen of targets where seniors should strike an aggressor, but first he said he believed in non-violent conflict resolution.

The skills this provides can often eliminate potential surprises. Verbal diffusion, spatial awareness, submissive posturing, situational awareness, improvisation tactics, autogenic breathing are all techniques that do not require top physical form, he said. The breathing technique itself is used to control the emotions in a stressful situation.

Friesen also likes canes.  "The cane is a low maintenance, completely legal and easy-to-teach self-defense tool," he said. "And it doesn’t need to be concealed. It’s immediately accessible, legal at airports, draws no attention in public and can be used in a wide variety of ways on the criminal.

As many seniors start to have a decrease in balance, injuries to the lower extremities and a drop in bone density, they find themselves needing a stabilizer anyway, he said, so the cane is a convenient choice.

Of course in Costa Rica, the part-time weapon of choice might be a sturdy umbrella.

A little fitness goes a long way, so the instructor promotes classes for seniors.

He suggests teaching a wooden sword class for seniors using slow, controlled movements. The wooden sword movements builds arm strength and gave the senior yet another weapon, a tree branch, pipe, broom handle or umbrella, that could be used in a pinch.

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He said he also encourages yoga or chi kung class. He also said he likes isometric exercise classes where the movements they do are easily achievable regardless of ailment or age and can build or rebuild muscle.

What about those dirty dozen? He advances these as targets:

1. The eyes to take away vision and exact a psychological toll;

2. The fingers, which are easy to break, to prevent the aggressor from holding a weapon;

3. The tops of the feet, which are sensitive and easy to break due to smaller bones. This reduces the attacker's mobility;

4. The groin is not a sure thing all the time, particularly if the attacker is on drugs, but, when used in combination with other targets, a blow here creates immense amounts of pain;

5. The front, outside and inside of the knee, which prevents mobility and stability if damaged;

6. The throat to take away respiration;

7. The neck is often vulnerable as it’s hard to train for strength there;

8. The nose is sensitive and, when struck, vision blurs, the pain is intense and the bleeding is profuse;

9. The solar plexus, when hit, takes away respiration;

10. The elbow is sensitive to pain and can be broken with force;

11. The hair controls the head and can bring a person, even big men, down quickly, and

12. The ears where a blow can rupture the eardrum and damage equilibrium and balance. A well-placed blow can generate tremendous head pain and the ears are easy to grab.

Aging cannot be avoided, Friesen said, but this doesn’t mean that seniors need to be victims of violence and the only alternative is to hope something doesn’t happen. He urged seniors to be proactive, confident and aware of their options.

Friesen martial arts academy in Alajuela promotes what is called reality-based self-defense. He calls the firm Civilian Preservation Technologies.


Obama visit affecting the Central Valley including the theater
The visit of President Barack Obama of the U.S. and the presidents of other Central American countries is affecting a lot of activities in San José.  The Little Theatre Group has put out a notice that tonight’s performance of “God of Carnage,” at the Laurence Olivier Theatre has been canceled due to circumstances beyond” their control. There will be a Saturday night performance at 7:30 instead of the Saturday matinee.  Obama et al. will be leaving Saturday afternoon.
The Sunday matinee at 2:30 will take place as planned. 

The visit will be a bonanza for workers in the city.  Wednesday was a legal holiday, being Labor Day in Costa Rica as well as many other countries, so rather than figure out the complicated logistics for the rest of the week, many companies and government offices are closing and people will enjoy a five-day holiday and won’t have to go into the city, at least not until Saturday night.  And it looks as if those of us who live in Sabana Norte and environs are going to be confined to our homes, since the American Embassy is in Pavas.

Some people have been asked what they would say to President Obama if given a chance to talk to him.  I would say, “Mr. President, I know you dislike war as a solution to problems.  Yet you have inherited and continued to wage the longest lasting war in history, or will be, and that is the war on drugs.

“Wars don’t just kill and injure people. Wars brutalize and corrupt people, especially people who can make money from them.  How many officers of the law are going to be tempted to make some easy money cooperating with the drug lords. How many banks are profiting from laundering money, and how many empty high rises are we going to have blight the skies in Costa Rica as the result of the drug war?  And how many guns will be smuggled into this country to aid and confront the drug war? And how many innocent people will be caught in the cross fire?
 
“Just read the local papers and you will find evidence of all of that.  Costa Rica is not a perfect little country, but it was a lot safer and happier and there was less corruption before it was included as a full member in the war against drugs.

"Not only that, once it was a nonmilitary country.  Somehow, war, any war brings the military.  That is an unfortunate state of affairs, to my mind.

It’s a big order and you have a lot on your plate.  I wish you luck.”

Meanwhile, life goes on.

There are roosters in the morning that awaken people who live in the country.  The city has its yigüirro, a bird whose name I can neither spell nor pronounce.

It is the national bird of Costa Rica, and I love the fact that Ticos have chosen this ordinary brown bird, about the size of a robin, without the red breast, as their national bird.  It is not colorful, not powerful, and it is useful to humans (and probably other animals) because it announces rain. 

Or rather, it is supposed to.  This year it is as confused as the rooster who thinks dawn is at 4:30 a.m. and as muddled as the meteorologist in today’s world of climate change.
Butterfly in the City
 
. . .  Musings from San José

By Jo Stuart
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The famous yigüirro that provides wake up calls

Like the roosters, my neighborly yigüirro start their frantic “the rain is coming!” chirping at 4:30 a.m., and they do it so loudly that only earplugs will silence them so I can sleep at least until 6:30. 

After 6:30, there are other birds that appear on my balcony looking for the banana I usually put out.  The little blue birds make their stops and fly away, hoping they will get lucky later.  Another species, which I call “yellow breasted nutcases” throw themselves against my windows time and again demanding bananas. Friends have told me that actually they are seeing their reflection in the window and are attacking it. 

My friends underestimate the intelligence of birds. 

These fellows stop their attention-getting self-battering after I walk into my living room and give them a stern look, arms akimbo (a look and stance I learned from my mother that made me behave). Once I put a banana out they share it quite peacefully, but not nearly as politely as the blue finches.

Probably, even without the presence of roosters or yigüirro, or dogs, newcomers to Costa Rica would be wise to buy some earplugs.  Ticos can tolerate more noise with nonchalance than any people I know, except perhaps Brazilians during carnival.

Editor's Note: The call of the yigüirro can be heard via a link from an archive story.

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Obama and Mexican president stress economic cooperation in their meeting
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto both say they will work together to further integrate their countries’ economies, and to fight cross-border crime. The two leaders met Thursday in Mexico City.

After their meeting, President Obama said he and Peña Nieto are working to further bolster an economic relationship that already produces a half-trillion dollars in trade each year.

“We are your largest customer, buying the vast majority of Mexican exports.  Mexico is the second-largest market for U.S. exports.  So every day, our companies and our workers, with their integrated supply chains, are building products together,” Obama said.


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President Obama issues a joint statement with President Peña Nieto.
The two presidents agreed to upgrade the infrastructure at the border, hold more frequent high-level discussions on trade, and enhance their economic outreach to Europe, Asia and the Pacific.

Both leaders have emphasized their desire to shift the focus of U.S.-Mexican relations away from drugs and security to the economy.

That move could strengthen the relationship, according to analyst Carl Meacham at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

“This bodes well for the administration and it offers the administration an opportunity to put together different elements that could make this relationship new, contemporary, and make people excited about the United States and the region in a way that it hasn’t been done in the past,” Meacham said. 

Security was a main topic in the meeting, however.  President Peña Nieto has moved to limit the access that U.S. security agencies have had in Mexico to fight drug trafficking and organized crime.

The Mexican leader downplayed that change, and said it would not diminish cooperation with the U.S. on cross-border security. Obama said Washington will cooperate on the basis of mutual respect to tackle the problem.

“We will interact with them in ways that are appropriate, respecting that ultimately, Mexico has to deal with its problems internally, and we have to deal with ours as well,” Obama said.

Obama pledged to work to reduce the U.S. demand for illegal drugs and the number of illegal guns into Mexico.  Despite the recent failure of several gun control bills in the Senate, the president said he will persist on the issue.

He said he is optimistic that immigration reform legislation will pass in Congress, and that the initiatives have support in both parties. Peña Nieto expressed his support for Obama’s efforts to get the bills passed.

This is the president’s first visit to Latin America since his re-election, and his first meeting with Peña Nieto since the Mexican president took office.

 
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A team of engineers at Harvard University has taken cues from Nature to create the first robotic fly. The mechanical bug has become a platform for a suite of new high-tech integrated systems. 

A team of engineers designed a robot to do what a fly does naturally. The tiny machine is the size of a fat housefly. It’s agile and fast. Its miniature flapping wings allow it to hover in place and perform controlled flight maneuvers.

“It’s extremely important for us to think about this as a whole system and not just the sum of a bunch of individual parts," said  Robert Wood.

A Harvard engineering professor, Robert Wood, has been working on the robotic fly project for over a decade. A few years ago, his team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering got the go-ahead to start piecing together the components. 

“The added difficulty with a project like this is that literally none of those components are off the shelf, and so we have to develop them all from scratch," he said.

They engineered a propulsion system with wings, tiny actuators to drive the wings, and a mechanism to maintain proper wing alignment.

“The seemingly simple system which just flaps the wings has a number of interdependencies on the individual components, each of which individually has to perform well, but then has to be matched well to everything it’s connected to," said Wood.

The flight apparatus was integrated into a set of power, computation, sensing and control systems. Wood says the success of the project proves that the flying robot with these miniaturized components can be built and manufactured.
   
While this prototype robotic flyer is tethered to a small, off-board power source, the goal is eventually to make it autonomous, so that it might someday perform surveillance and data-gathering work at rescue sites, in farmers’ fields or on the battlefield. 

“Otherwise the fly is totally unconstrained. Basically it can take off, land and fly around," he said.

Wood says the design offers a new way to study flight mechanics and control at insect-scale. Yet, the power, sensing and computation technologies on board could have much broader applications. 

“You can start thinking about using them to answer open scientific questions, you know, to study biology in ways that would be difficult with the animals, but instead using these robots," he said. "So there’s a host of technologies and open interesting scientific questions that are really what drives us on a day to day basis.” 

Wood says that while he finds real flies to be annoying little bugs, curiosity and awe at their mechanics inspired his design.  He and his colleagues describe their work in an article in this week’s edition of the journal Science.


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Amateur and professional skywatchers all over the world send observations to the Minor Planet Center, which collects information about near-Earth objects. The clearinghouse is just one way people are working to protect the Earth from asteroid strikes. Scientists also are developing innovative ways to detect, deflect and possibly destroy dangerous asteroids in Earth's neighborhood.

It sounds like something out of a Hollywood blockbuster. But it's real, and, it's getting $5 million from the U.S. space agency.  

The Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System, ATLAS for short, is being developed with NASA support by a team of astronomers at the University of Hawaii. As the name implies, their goal is to find asteroids that are just about to make their final plunge and strike the planet.

ATLAS is envisioned as a network of as many as eight ground-based telescopes, armed with cameras, that would scan the visible sky twice each night. The aim is for ATLAS to provide at least a day's warning for an asteroid that could wipe out a town, a week for one that could devastate a city, or three weeks' notice for one that could wipe out a larger area. 

"We really aren't going to be able to deflect these asteroids as they're coming in on their last plunge. There's just no chance of that," said astronomer John Tonry, who leads the ATLAS project. "The thing that we can do is provide warning, and the thing that is remarkable about the warning we can provide for asteroid impact is that it's not like hurricanes or tsunamis or earthquakes. It's really accurate. We can say exactly where and when this thing is going to come down."   

ATLAS is designed for a shallow and wide search of the sky, which Tonry says would complement other projects that are searching deep into narrow slivers of sky to find objects still decades away.   

The system would be sensitive enough to spot a match flame from across the United States. Tonry says there would be a better-than-50/50 chance of providing a day's warning for an object like the meteor that exploded over Russia in February, if copies of ATLAS were spread around the world.  

"What we really want to do is get diversity around the planet," he said. "Hawaii can't see the southern sky, and if we really want to cover the whole sky, we need to get units in the southern hemisphere, like Australia or Chile or South Africa."  

Other scientists focus on space-based assets that aren't hindered by Earth's weather conditions, atmosphere or bright skies.

A former NASA astronaut, Ed Lu, heads a non-profit organization called the B612 Foundation. Earlier this year, he told lawmakers about efforts to privately raise $450 million to build and operate an infrared space telescope called Sentinel.  Lu says the goal is planetary defense.

"As Sentinel moves around the Sun, faster than the Earth does, it will scan Earth's orbit, so it's going to find about 100-times more asteroids than all other telescopes combined," he said.    

Detecting dangerous asteroids is one step. Aerospace researchers such as Brent Barbee, a flight dynamics engineer at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, focus on asteroid deflection.   

"If we know that the asteroid is coming, say, 20 years in advance, then that opens up a wide range of possibilities," he explained.  "In those cases we could conceivably knock the asteroid off course with a kinetic impactor spacecraft or we could gradually nudge it off course with a gravity tractor spacecraft, things like that." 

Such spacecraft would, theoretically, divert an asteroid. 

Barbee considers an even more dramatic scenario. He looks at very short warning-times, less than 10 years' notice of a major impact, and he researches the idea of quickly deploying a nuclear-armed, two-body vehicle to an incoming asteroid. 

"One part of the vehicle is a kinetic impactor that excavates a shallow crater on the surface of the asteroid, and the follower vehicle contains a nuclear explosive device that follows the lead impactor vehicle into that shallow crater and detonates the explosive device," he said.

The nuclear bomb would shatter the asteroid, and Barbee said simulations indicate that only a fraction of a percent of the original mass of the asteroid might hit the atmosphere.   

While pieces of the necessary technology do exist, Barbee says the guidance-navigation technologies needed to precisely strike the speeding asteroid are still under development.   

So, if there is a large, dangerous asteroid that is about to crash into our planet, earthlings might want to consider NASA chief Charles Bolden's advice.  He told lawmakers earlier this year, "the answer to you is, if it's coming in three weeks, pray."


Urban air pollution seen
as hardening the arteries


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. researchers say urban dwellers exposed to the highest levels of fine particulate air pollution had faster hardening of the arteries, putting them at increased risk of stroke, compared to people in less polluted sections of the same city.  The finding adds to a growing body of evidence that residing in polluted urban areas is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

Atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, is a leading cause of death around the world.  It can cause stroke or death when a blood clot or piece of hardened plaque inside a blocked coronary artery breaks off and travels to the brain, cutting off blood flow.

To investigate the role of air pollution in the development of atherosclerosis, researchers followed a group of almost 5,400 adults in six metropolitan areas.  None of the participants was known to have heart disease.  They were part of a larger U.S. study called the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis and Air Pollution.

Between 2000 and 2005, researchers conducted two non-invasive ultrasound examinations on each participant, at intervals of three years, to measure the thickness of the subjects' carotid artery walls.  The carotid carries blood to the head, neck and brain.  Thickening of an arterial wall is a good indicator of atherosclerosis throughout the body, even in patients with no obvious symptoms of heart disease.

Analyzing the ultrasound results, researchers found a slight, but significant increase in the thickening of carotid artery walls among individuals who resided in high pollution areas compared to those in less polluted urban centers.  According to lead researcher Sara Adar, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, their findings corroborated earlier studies of the group.

“Based on another study that was done in the same cohort of people, they found that the amount of change that we saw for living in a high-pollution neighborhood versus living in a low pollution neighborhood would correspond to about a  2 percent increased risk of stroke," said Adar.

Fine particulate air pollution, the kind of black soot belched out by smoke stacks and the tailpipes of buses in many urban areas around the world, is widely believed to cause inflammation and oxidative stress that can contribute to heart disease.

Adar says people already are encouraged to stay indoors on days when pollution is particularly high.  But she says doctors should make a point of discussing the hazards of air pollution with their patients:

“So, just as they might ask somebody 'Do you smoke?' or think about if someone is obese,  how long someone has lived in a highly polluted environment might factor into a physician’s notion of whether or not somebody is at high or low risk for cardiovascular disease or heart disease," she said.

An article linking air pollution to accelerated hardening of the arteries is published in the journal PLoS Medicine. 


Saudi diplomat involved
in domestic servitude case


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. officials are investigating a report of human trafficking at a suburban Washington home owned by Saudi Arabia.
 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Brandon Montgomery says agents removed two possible victims of domestic servitude from a Saudi diplomat's home Tuesday in McLean, Virginia.
 
The State Department says two women from the Philippines who currently work at the Saudi Embassy in Washington, claim they were mistreated. U.S. authorities acted after a tip to a telephone hotline.
 
There was no word on an identity of the Saudi diplomat who lived there. The Saudi Embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comment.
 
The case is being handled by Homeland Security Investigations, a unit within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


Ex-pope Benedict has returned
to his Vatican apartments

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former pope Benedict has moved back to the Vatican in an unprecedented arrangement that will see a ruling pontiff and his predecessor live side-by-side as neighbors in the tiny state.

Pope Francis welcomed Benedict Thursday outside his new retirement home, which is a converted monastery near St. Peter's Basilica. The two then went inside to pray together.

The low-key return for the 86-year-old pope emeritus was off-limits to all media except the Vatican's own media service, which announced that it would not provide expected video coverage of the event.

The former pontiff had looked extremely frail at his last public appearance in March when Francis visited him at the papal retreat south of Rome. Benedict had been living there since he stepped down Feb. 28 and became the first pontiff to do so in hundreds of years.

Vatican officials say Benedict is only suffering from the normal ailments of old age.

Despite having two men clothed in white now living at the Vatican, the papal apartments remain empty. Pope Francis has chosen to remain in the more modest accommodation of the Vatican's Casa Santa Marta hotel, which hosted the cardinals during the papal conclave that elected him.


Federal review sought
for big chemical facilities


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Democratic lawmakers are seeking a federal review of security at industrial chemical facilities after the deadly explosion at a west Texas fertilizer plant in April. The blast killed 15 people and injured scores more.
   
U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman of California, ranking member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, and Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, his counterpart on the House Homeland Security Committee, asked President Barack Obama Thursday to set up an expert commission to assess security risks at chemical plants, refineries and related facilities.
   
Those committees have jurisdiction over the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program, a regulatory program for high-risk chemical facilities.
   
Waxman and Thompson cited a “distressing lack of progress” in securing such facilities since the program was established in 2007.
  
Recent reports by the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security and the Government Accountability Office, Congress' investigative arm, have also found that the program is failing.
   
Since the April blast, it has been determined that the facility in Texas had never submitted required documentation under the standards program. But Homeland Security took no action and was unaware that the West plant had chemicals of concern at levels above the regulation threshold, the lawmakers noted.
   
“We ask you to consider steps that can be taken in response to the explosion to reduce the security risks of chemical plants, refineries, water treatment facilities, and other facilities holding large stores of industrial chemicals,” the lawmakers wrote to Obama.
   
Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, head of the Environment and Public Works Committee, said she plans a hearing soon on the Texas disaster and will probe for gaps in the enforcement of chemical safety laws.


U.S. officials are pressured
to institute pesticide ban

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

This is the time of year when farmers in the northern hemisphere count on bees and other insects to pollinate orchards, vegetables and berry fields. But what has the beekeeping world abuzz this season is the continuing phenomenon of mass honeybee deaths  and how governments on two continents are responding to them.
 
U.S. regulators on Thursday released a scientific report blaming the widespread decline of bees on the combined effects of parasites, viruses, bacteria, poor nutrition and chemical pesticides. For its part, the European Commission announced plans this week to impose a two-year moratorium beginning in December on the use of three popular pesticides judged to pose high risk to bees. Beekeepers and environmental groups are pushing governments in North America to go in that direction, too.
 
For the past decade, many beekeepers around the world have been plagued by unexplained die-offs in their hives. It recently happened to Mark Emrich, who raises bees on his small farm near Olympia, Washington.
 
“I was doing great until about five weeks ago,” he said. “Then I came down and opened up the hives and I had five dead boxes of bees. That was a huge hit."
 
He lost one third of his production.
 
"It is very hard to deal with bee losses. They are kind of like your little livestock and you try to really manage them and take care of them the best you can. When they die off, you feel that you've failed."
 
Emrich sports a bushy beard and a ball cap with the logo of the Washington State Beekeepers Association. He's the group's president. Even before the die-off in his hives, he was writing letters to government officials, asking that some potentially risky and widely used pesticides be pulled from store shelves.
 
While U.S. and Canadian environmental health agencies have both announced they will reevaluate the registration of pesticides in question, those processes are slated to take years. Emrich worries that mounting bee colony losses means he can't wait that long, so he and his fellow beekeepers are petitioning county and state governments, calling for local rules to restrict home and garden use of common bug killers, rose and flower treatments, and grub controls.
 
"We have people who are using it who don't understand all the implications, and the labeling is inadequate as far as what it actually will kill,” Emrich explained. “So basically, the idea is at least we'll get it out of the hands of the general public."
 
The insecticides in question belong to a class called neonicotinoids. "Neonics," for short, appear in more than a hundred different garden products sold under global brand names such as Bayer, Ortho and Scotts. While a range of studies have shown significant adverse effects on bees exposed to high doses in the lab, separate studies using more realistic field conditions show minimal harm or are inconclusive.
 
Pesticide makers argue that banning neonics would not save a single hive. Barb Glenn, who oversees science and regulatory affairs for the industry association CropLife America, pointed out, "If we use these products according to the label, then we don't see an effect on pollinators — or honey bees — that are contiguous to these fields where we're using these products."
 
Glenn says it is in her industry's best interest to safeguard bees because agriculture needs pollinators to thrive. In her view, many factors conspire against bee survival: diseases, parasites, the availability of habitat, the practices of the beekeeper, and their own nutrition.
 
“Pesticide use is also a part of that continuum," she added.
 
Glenn's list looks almost the same as ones compiled by independent researchers with Britain’s Insect Pollinators Initiative, and by scientists at Oregon and Washington state Universities.
 
WSU entomologist Steve Sheppard said a lot of new research is focusing on the pesticide angle.

"There's not a consensus I think in the scientific community that the levels that are found in agricultural crops, for example, have been directly linked to colony losses," he said. "But some countries — in Europe, for example — have taken a more prudent approach to not use those pesticides until they feel all of the data are in."
 
That's also the gist of a petition for rule making before the Washington State Department of Agriculture. The department's initial response was to ask all affected parties to send in their best science. The state plans to announce in early June whether it sees enough evidence to draft tighter rules for home and garden bug killers.
 
Meanwhile, a coalition of national environmental groups has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to suspend registration of two neonic insecticides.
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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.
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Early Bob Dylan lyrics
will go to auction in London


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The unpublished lyrics of an anti-nuclear protest song written by Bob Dylan 50 years ago are to be sold in London next month after being found in a drawer in Sweden.
   
Auction house Christie's said the song, "Go Away You Bomb," was written for an unpublished book of protest songs when Dylan was working on his second album, "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan," which helped to propel him to global fame.
   
Dylan's early years were dominated by poetic, anti-war songs, including the folk classic "Blowin' In The Wind."
   
The lyrics of the new song include typically beat Dylan verse: “I hate you cause yer man-made and man-owned an' man-handled/An' you might be miss-made an' miss-owned an' miss-handled an' miss-used/An' I hate you cause you could drop on me by accident an' kill me.”
   
Christies said Dylan compositions at the time were among his most political and led to him being dubbed the Spokesman of a Generation.
   
This is not only a beautiful example of Dylan’s songwriting, representing his political protest activities during that era, but is also a potent symbol of the anxieties of the American public in the early 1960s, Nicolette Tomkinson, a director of Christie's, said in a statement.
   
She said the sheet of typed lyrics, including handwritten deletions and alterations, was expected to sell June 26 for between 25,000 to 35,000 pounds ($39,000 to $54,000).
   
Dylan wrote "Go Away You Bomb" in 1963 for Izzy Young, who owned the Folklore Center in Greenwich Village, New York, and organized Dylan's first concert in 1961.
   
Young, 85, who moved to Stockholm in the early 1970s and set up a similar center, came across the forgotten lyrics in a drawer a few years ago.
   
Funds raised from the sale will go to keep the center running.


European Central Bank
cuts rate to half percent

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In a move to help ailing eurozone economies, the European Central Bank on Thursday cut its benchmark interest rate to a record low of 0.5 percent, and raised prospects of a further rate cut, if needed.

The move by the European Central Bank was widely expected. Nonetheless, the bank cut its key interest rate from 0.75 percent to 0.5 percent.

Speaking at a press conference in Bratislava, bank President Mario Draghi said the cut could help turn around the ailing fortunes of the 17-member euro currency union.

"Monetary and loan dynamics remain subdued. At the same time, weak economic sentiment has extended into spring of this year," he said. "The cut in interest rates should contribute to support prospects of recovery later in the year."

Along with the rate cut, the ventral bank also has extended cheap loans to banks to encourage them to lend.

Those measures aim to combat a spate of grim economic news, showing sputtering growth and high unemployment rates across much of the eurozone. Thousands of Europeans have taken to the streets to protest tough austerity measures, sparking a debate on whether European governments went too far.

But Draghi defended austerity as a necessary pill for many European economies that would pay off in the long run. He also said many of the reasons for stalling growth were rooted in areas other than monetary policy.

"Many of the problems we see today in competitiveness, in their labor markets, in their tax area, don't have anything to do with monetary policy… neither can they be fixed by monetary policy, but can only be fixed by changing what is wrong with these three areas, at least," he said.

A number of experts are skeptical the central bank's moves will be enough to jolt the eurozone out of its slump.

Zsolt Darvas, an analyst at the Brussels-based economic think-tank Bruegel, said the bank should have cut its rates much earlier.

"I think it won't be enough. I expect the European Central Bank will do more. They may cut interest rates further, to 0.25 percent, but in itself it won't help much. What will be needed is much more forceful action for helping revive credit growth throughout the euro area," said Darvas.

Draghi left open the possibility of a further cut in the main interest rate, saying the central bank will be monitoring the situation closely in the months ahead.

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