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U.S. tourist shot in robbery dies after long struggle
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Posted at 2 p.m.
A 31-year-old U.S. tourist who inexplicably ended up in a dangerous section of Desamparados has died at Hospital San Juan de Dios.

The man was identified as Steve Flesch by the Judicial Investigating Organization. He was shot in the head in the afternoon of April 2 when he was confronted by a gang. He died today.

Judicial agents said the Wisconsin was walking in  Torremolinos en Desamparados about 1:50 p.m. when he was confronted by the gang and taken to a nearby side street at gunpoint. The robbers took his possession and one shot him in the head.
During a series of 5 a.m. raids April 30 judicial agents detained two adults, both 19, and three minors, 15, 16 and 17, on suspicion of being involved in the crime. They are being held.

That section of Desamparados has seen a wave of robberies, including one in which a taxi driver killed one assailant and wounded another.

There was no explanation as to why the U.S. tourist was in that section of the Central Valley. 

Robbers have been known to use a ploy to lure a tourist to some area on a pretext and then commit a crime. The lure sometimes can be the promise of drugs or a meeting with a female.

Country still struggles with making business easier
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica gets six low scores of the 10 used to compute the World Bank Doing Business index.

The 2013 Index evaluates 185 economies on 10 specific business activities. Costa Rica ranks the lowest at 169th place for protecting investors. The country also is in 128th place on starting a business, dealing with construction permits, enforcing contracts and resolving insolvencies.

The country scores highest, 45th position worldwide, in a firm being able to obtain electricity.

The country's composite ranking is up 12 positions to 110th place, according to the report. Costa Rican officials have expressed pleasure at the upward trend of the rankings, particularly since several online systems have been put in place to do business activities.

The 2013 index ranking does not fully reflect these new systems because some are only in the metro area.

In addition to the overall index figures, the World Bank produced a 113-page online document that discusses in detail the ease or challenges of doing business in Costa Rica. There also are regional comparisons. For example, México is ranked 36th on the ease of obtaining a construction permit. Honduras is ranked 65th. Costa Rica is ranked 128, well below the regional average of Latin America and the Caribbean of  80.

For those who are considering undertaking construction in Costa Rica or any other country that is covered in the report, there are step-by-step procedures and estimated costs for a typical project. In Costa Rica, the World Bank estimates that to build an $885,000 warehouse in San José will cost $15,800 in fees not counting insurance.

Approvals will take 160 days for the project, a considerable decrease from the 228 days estimated in 2006 by the same index.

The score for protecting investors actually fell two places in the 2013 index, This category measures the rights of minor investors, usually those with less than 10 percent of the ownership of a firm. Or as the index summary says: The strength of minority shareholder protections against directors‘ use of corporate assets for personal gain — or self-dealing. The indicators distinguish three dimensions of investor protections: transparency of related-party transactions, liability for self-dealing and shareholders‘ ability to sue officers and directors for misconduct.

As far as the index category for enforcing contracts, the summary said that Costa Rica has improved contract enforcement with new modes of service delivery, and auction procedures were simplified by authorizing the publication of a single auction notice. The index outlines some 40 steps in a legal procedure to enforce a contract and collect money. 
                        business index

Doing Business 2013 Index*

Starting a Business
Dealing with
Construction Permits
Getting Electricity
Registering Property
Getting Credit
Protecting Investors
 Paying Taxes
Trading Across Borders
Enforcing Contracts
Resolving Insolvency

*Source: Doing Business Index.

The estimated times is 852 days in a  typical case, down just 25 days from 2006, according to the index. That puts the country in 128th place in the index, just below the 115 average for regional economies.

Costa Rica was in 125th place worldwide for the ease of paying taxes. On average, firms make 23 tax payments a year, spend 226 hours a year filing, preparing and paying taxes and pay total taxes amounting to 55.0 percent of profit, said the summary.

The report did note that some of the obligatory payments are now being done via the internet. The time required is down from 402 hours per year in 2006. The index did not address the issue that many firms duck their tax obligations.

The index notes that the estimated time for starting a business and obtaining all the permits and completing all the paperwork in Costa Rica would be about 60 days. The average for First World countries is 12 days with considerable less cost because Costa Rica requires work by lawyers to complete the job.

By comparison some U.S. states will register a corporation in a couple of minutes via the Internet and with the payment by a credit card.

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Our readers' opinion
Everyone has a chance
of going to Heaven

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Reader Henry Kantrowitz is right.  Christians understand that the Christ is the only way to eternal life in oneness with God.  Being a Christian only can define those who confess that Christ, the Messiah, the fullness of God made manifest, is their Lord and Savior, being so by giving up life selflessly as atonement for the sins of humankind.  Christianity is not a social club. It is the faith of those who confess that Christ voluntarily gave up life for their sins, nothing more nor less.  Those who do not accept this are, by definition, not Christians, no matter how often they go to church, pray, do good works etc.
However, everyone, including Henry, does have a chance of going to Heaven – being one with God.  According to Christians, it is only via the path I mentioned above.  Christ, the fullness of God, appeared throughout the ages as many understand the Jewish scriptures and other sacred writings.  Christ was made manifest in the person of Jesus of Nazareth over 2013 years ago and gave birth to the Christian faith as it is known today in all its ramifications.  Tolerance has nothing to do with it.  Either you believe in Christ’s sacrifice or not. 

If you are not a Christian, that is neither good nor bad, that is just the way it is.  It was good of you and your wife’s sister to tell your mother-in-law the truth about not being a believer in this salvation.  Many who use the title “Christian” are only fooling themselves, since they do not believe either.

We all have free will.  Whether or not you are going to Hell or Heaven is all a personal choice.  We will all have the opportunity to know the truth and follow it.  I believe that this is a truth that few have had revealed to them completely and which few fully understand.  We all have a destiny to be one with God — the omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent and universal perfection of love and unity.  Whether we choose to fulfill that destiny is up to our own free will.  It is a choice that sadly few choose to make in this life.
Tom Ghormley
Playa Jaco

God established the rules
governing the sciences

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

Here is a reply to Henry's "Muslims seem a bit more liberal on who gets to Heaven'

It amazes me that those learned in the various exacting sciences can think that an Omniscient God who established the rules governing the sciences could not also establish a unique way to approach Himself.

And He has. As it is written; ‘I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no one comes to the Father, except by Me.’  John 14:6  And again; ‘Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.’

A large part of my 30+ years living in Costa Rica; I have studied God Word, the Bible, for an hour or more daily starting at 4 a.m. I have written various books, the latest one entitled "The Character of Christ" You can download it as a free e-book.  in either English or Spanish.

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Make sure you tiptoe
when you pass Heaven No. 17

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

The torah itself makes no mention of Gehenna, but little matter – it’s a part of Jewish and Yiddish religious and folk tradition and lore nevertheless.

Henry Kantrowitz’s piece ‘Muslims seem a bit more liberal on who gets to go to Heaven’ (June 6) reminds me of an old joke:

A man dies and goes to Heaven. After St. Peter reviews his papers at the Pearly Gates, he tells the man: “Congratulations, welcome to Heaven. It will be your home for an eternity. Enjoy…

“See that building there? Go in. There will be a big hall just past the entrance. Walk down the hall, and when you get to the door on the left with the number 29 on it, open it and go in. But just one thing: Make sure to tiptoe and make as little sound as possible when you walk past number 17.”

The man is puzzled. “Why room 29?”

“Well”, says St. Peter, “you are a Lutheran. Up here, every religion has its own Heaven corresponding to what that religion says Heaven must be like. Room 29 is Lutheran Heaven, I’m sure you’ll recognize it in an instant. Room 2, for instance, is Catholic Heaven. Room 5 is Orthodox Jewish Heaven. Room 7 is Sunni Muslim Heaven. Room 10 is Buddhist Heaven. Room 16 is Anglican Heaven. Room 20 is Shi’ite Muslim Heaven, etc., etc. So everyone is happy."

“And why tiptoe past Room 17?”

“That’s Born-Again Christian Heaven. Let them think they’re the only ones up here”.
Mark Sydney
Santa Ana

Eight persons are detained
in wake of Cartago game

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Pública officers detained eight persons in the wake of a major league soccer game in Cartago Sunday.

Three persons were detained on the allegation that they robbed 15,000 colons from a women outside the stadium. The woman victim was reported to have been injured by a rock.

Two more persons were detained as suspects in an attempt to rob clients in a nearby bar.  Three other persons, all fans of the Liga Deportiva Alajuelense, were detained for behaving badly in a public place, said the Fuerza Pública.

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

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

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Expat moms here always get two mother's days each year
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Being an expat mom in Costa Rica is a good deal. There are two holidays for mothers. The two countries in the north celebrate Mother's Day Sunday. That's is why the inboxes on most computers are filled with spam offering flowers, perfumes and other appropriate gifts.

But Costa Rica does not celebrate the day until Aug. 15, which also is the Roman Catholic feast day of the Assumption of Mary. This is a wildly commercial time, too, when stores jack up prices of gift items.

The mother has a special place in the Costa Rican family, which is why the Día de la Madre is a legal holiday. This year it falls on a Thursday, and one can speculate that there will be many five-day weekends and an excuse to take Mom to the beach.

Plenty of Costa Rica mothers would skip the restaurant meal in favor of remaining the boss of her kitchen for her day.  The irony is that many mothers will be putting on a full meal for the family and visiting relatives that day. Still, restaurants will present all sorts of promotions to bring in the families.

If mom has a job, the boss will have to pay her double if she works Aug. 15. Another irony is that many mothers who work in restaurants will have to be on the job that day to serve Aug. 15 meals.

Mother's Day

There are no such economic benefits like double time up north. Canadians share the same day with those in the United States.

The day also is special for A.M. Costa Rica. The newspaper made its first appearance online Aug. 15, 2001.

Dry weather likely to stick around until Thursday or Friday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is a good chance that clear but windy weather will stick around until Friday.

Both the Instituto Meteorological Nacional and the Weather Underground, Inc., A.M. Costa Rica's weather service, agree on this point.

The weather institute said that there will be low humidity in the first days of the week with little rain. In the second half of the week the humidity will increase with the possibility of rain on the Caribbean coast and on the Pacific coast. The Central Valley probably will receive influences from both coasts, it said.
The Weather Underground notes that there is dry weather over the Gulf of México and that a cold front there is moving eastward and weakening.

There is a low pressure area south of Panamá that will mean light showers and thunderstorms that may reach Costa Rica.

This Weather Underground predicts dry weather until Friday. The weather institute in Barrio Aranjuez is a little less certain and says there may be rain Thursday in the Central Valley.

Although this is supposed to be the rainy season, Costa Ricans were suffering under bright sun in the Central Valley Monday. Many were complaining about the heat, which is typical when there is not a protection of clouds.

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Much younger or much older spouse seen as negative indication, study says
By the University of Colorado, Denver, news service

Despite the popular image of the rich older man or woman supporting an attractive younger spouse, a new study shows those married to younger or older mates have on average lower earnings, lower cognitive abilities, are less educated and less attractive than couples of similar ages.

"Hugh Hefner is an outlier," said Hani Mansour, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Colorado, Denver, who co-authored the study with Terra McKinnish, associate professor of economics at the University of Colorado, Boulder. "Our results call into question the conventional wisdom regarding differently-aged couples."

The study, published online last week in the Review of Economics and Statistics, showed that those married to older or younger spouses scored negatively in key areas like education, occupational wages, appearance and cognitive skills.

The researchers did not give a range of how much older or younger a spouse had to be to see these effects. It simply found that the greater the age difference, the higher the negative indicators.

The economists examined U.S. Census Bureau data from 1960 through 2000 looking at age at first marriage, completed education, occupational wages, and earnings. They also used the 1979 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth to measure cognitive skills and the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health to gauge physical attractiveness.

Their findings largely reflect the different networks that lower or higher ability individuals belong to.

Those attending four-year colleges interact more with people of about the same age. After graduation, they and their peers often enter careers with upward mobility at a time when people tend to marry.

By contrast, those who attend community colleges or work in low-skilled jobs with little chance of advancement are more likely to interact with more widely diverse age groups, increasing their chances of marrying someone significantly younger or older, the study said.

"It really depends on who your social network is," Mansour said. "People with lower earning potential are in networks that are more age diverse."
The study also found that men married to younger or older spouses made less money than those married to women of a similar age.

In the 1980 Census, for example, men married to women eight or more years younger or older earned on average $3,495 less per year than men married to women no more than a year older or younger.

At the same time, women married to differently-aged spouses made more money than their mates but that was due to working more hours, not earning higher wages.

A battery of tests conducted in high school measured verbal, math and arithmetic reasoning skills. Those married to differently-aged spouses scored lower on the tests.

Men with spouses at least eight years younger scored on average 8.4 points less than those who married women of a similar age. Women had less drastic drops in their scores.

Physical attractiveness was determined by interviewers conducting the Adolescent Health survey. They rated their subjects on a scale of one to five with one being very unattractive and five being very attractive.

"Overall, the estimates indicate that individuals married to differently-aged spouses are less attractive than those married to similarly-aged spouses, with the possible exception of men married to older women," the study said.

Mansour said the study shed light on how and why people marry who they do.

The researchers also found that despite Hollywood portrayals to the contrary, there is nothing new about older women searching for younger men to marry.

"We really didn't find any evidence of a new cougar phenomenon," he said. "Although their share has slightly increased over time, cougars have been among us since the 1960s."

The real trend, he said, is that people of similar ages are increasingly marrying each other.

"The benefits from marriage might be changing. When you are close in age you can do things together," he said. "You can have children when both parties want to, retire at the same time and grow old together"

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Climate change, not humans,
gets blame for early extinctions

By the University of New South Wales news service

Most species of gigantic animals that once roamed Australia had disappeared by the time people arrived, a major review of the available evidence has concluded.

The research challenges the claim that humans were primarily responsible for the demise of the megafauna in a proposed extinction window between 40,000 and 50,000 years ago, and points the finger instead at climate change.

An international team led by the University of New South Wales, and including researchers at the University of Queensland, the University of New England, and the University of Washington, carried out the study. It is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“The interpretation that humans drove the extinction rests on assumptions that increasingly have been shown to be incorrect.  Humans may have played some role in the loss of those species that were still surviving when people arrived about 45,000 to 50,000 years ago – but this also needs to be demonstrated,” said Stephen Wroe of the University of New South Wales, the lead author of the study.

“There has never been any direct evidence of humans preying on extinct megafauna in Sahul, or even of a tool-kit that was appropriate for big-game hunting,” he said.

About 90 giant animal species once inhabited the continent of Sahul, which included mainland Australia, New Guinea and Tasmania.

“These leviathans included the largest marsupial that ever lived, the rhinoceros-sized Diprotodon, and short-faced kangaroos so big we can’t even be sure they could hop. Preying on them were goannas the size of large saltwater crocodiles with toxic saliva and bizarre but deadly marsupial lions with flick-blades on their thumbs and bolt cutters for teeth,” said Wroe.

The review concludes there is only firm evidence for about 8 to 14 megafauna species still existing when Aboriginal people arrived. About 50 species, for example, are absent from the fossil record of the past 130,000 years.

Recent studies of Antarctic ice cores, ancient lake levels in central Australia, and other environmental indicators also suggest Sahul - which was at times characterized by a vast desert - experienced an increasingly arid and erratic climate during the past 450,000 years.

Arguments that humans were to blame have also focused on the traditional Aboriginal practice of burning the landscape. But recent research suggests that the fire history of the continent was more closely linked to climate than human activity, and increases in burning occurred long before people arrived.

“It is now increasingly clear that the disappearance of the megafauna of Sahul took place over tens, if not hundreds, of millennia under the influence of inexorable, albeit erratic, climatic deterioration,” said Wroe, an associate professor.

Town aided by Erin Brockovich
still in crises over chemicals

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The first and second graders at the Hinkley School gather in pairs to practice their vocabulary words. It seems business as usual for now, but with so many families leaving town, the school is scheduled to close forever in June.

“We’re learning every day different areas the kids are moving to now and we’ve had many, many tears," said Sonja Pellerin, a teacher at the school. "Some people have lived here for generations, and it is turning families upside down.”

Hinkley is the California town made famous by the movie "Erin Brockovich." Twenty years ago, the California-based energy company Pacific Gas & Electric paid hundreds of millions of dollars to settle legal claims by residents that PG&E had poisoned their well water by improperly dumping industrial waste into the ground. But that landmark legal victory, which was recounted in the Julia Roberts movie, was not the end of the story.

Since then, the plume of groundwater contaminated with toxic hexavalent chromium, also known as chromium 6, has continued to spread. Now, Hinkley residents are leaving, and the town's future is uncertain.   

But Hinkley School's future is not. With enrollment falling sharply for several years, education officials say they can’t afford to keep the school open.

Roberta Walker, who came to school to have lunch with her grandchildren, is angry that the PG&E energy company declined school officials’ request to buy the campus in order to keep it open.

“The school was the biggest, biggest part of the community," Walker said. "And they refused to admit that they were at fault for the decline in enrollment.”

In the 1990s, Walker was the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit by hundreds of Hinkley residents against PG&E for dumping cooling water from a natural gas compression plant south of town into unlined ponds. The waste, laden with toxic chromium 6, contaminated Hinkley’s groundwater wells, and the suit blamed the company for the increased incidence of cancer and autoimmune disease that followed.

The company settled. With her share of the money, Ms. Walker built new homes for herself and her daughters several kilometers from the contamination site. Now, chromium 6 has turned up in her well water again. Ms. Walker and her daughters are negotiating with PG&E to buy their homes.

“There’s still that little hope that the state will continue pushing along, but am I gonna do it?" she said. "And once I leave, and once I get out of here, am I going to? No. I’m not. I’m tired. I’m done.”

PG&E has already agreed to buy out a third of Hinkley’s residents. Company spokesman Jeff Smith has said repeatedly over the years that PG&E wants to make sure Hinkley survives. But that’s getting more complicated.

“We certainly remain committed to working with the people of Hinkley," Smith said. "If their preference is to have their property purchased and to depart from the community, we want to make sure we have that option available to them as well.”

At the national level, the Environmental Protection Agency has spent the past five years studying new limits on chromium 6 in the environment. The EPA released a draft assessment in 2010, but that study is still under scientific review. The agency says it would be inappropriate to revise national drinking water standards until the process is complete. 

“Hinkley is an example of, even when you get a lot of attention, still we can be lacking, on a larger society level, standards that are protecting people,” said Renee Sharp, with the Environmental Working Group, a private research and advocacy organization.

Under state orders, PG&E is still trying to clean up its mess. It's been pumping millions of liters of contaminated water onto nearby alfalfa fields each year, to let microbes in the soil break down the poison. The company also is pumping ethanol into the ground to trigger a chemical reaction designed to neutralize the chromium. At a public meeting in October, project engineer Kevin Sullivan offered this encouragement.

“We’re making a lot of progress. We’ve cleaned up like 54 acres [22 hectares]," he said. "I understand that if it’s not your property, you know, ‘What have you done for me lately?’ But 54 acres is a lot of progress. ”

But it’s only a fraction of the environmental damage. Three years ago, state water quality officials estimated the contamination plume was a little more than four kilometers long. According to the most recent state report, it may now stretch more than 11 kilometers, and the state water quality board says it's spreading more than half a meter per day.

“It seems like the more we look, the more we’re finding, and it’s something that is scary for folks,” said the state water quality board's Lauri Kemper.

Frightening as the pollution is, Patsy Morris, 83, was determined to stay until recently. With Hinkley emptying out, she’s decided she has no choice but to leave, too.

“You get a bitterness about the whole thing," Morris said. "They’re just going to make this a big dustbowl, that’s all I can say about it. My friends are leaving, one way or another. It gets you, you know?”

PG&E estimates it could take another 40 years to clean up all of the chromium 6 pollution. That draws grim laughter from people in Hinkley. They predict that within 10 years, their community will be a ghost town.

Another outbreak crops up
on the Arabian Peninsula

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Novel coronavirus outbreaks are continuing on the Arabian Peninsula, and the The World Health Organization announced Monday that so far, it has been “notified of 30 novel coronavirus confirmed cases, including 18 deaths.”

The World Health announcement comes after reports May 2 from the ministry of health in Saudi Arabia confirming three new cases of the disease. Two of the cases were from the same family, World Health reported. All the victims were reported in critical condition.

Within the past five days, there have been 13 new cases of the virus reported, including seven deaths in Saudi Arabia alone.

World Health is encouraging countries to monitor cases of severe acute respiratory infections. In a statement, the agency said it is working with international experts and countries where cases have been reported.

The first case of the virus was reported in June in Abu Dhabi.

China expanding influence
with help of its military

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

It's been years since China embarked on a major effort to modernize its military, all the while becoming increasingly assertive in pressing its claim in places like the South China Sea.  Now, a report from the U.S. Defense Department says Beijing is actively looking to project its power farther than ever before.

China's military muscle has been most visible on the high seas where it has dispatched ships to press its claims to uninhabited islands also claimed by Japan.

There was also the recent deployment of new ballistic missiles along China's southern coast.

David Helvey is a U.S. deputy assistant secretary of Defense.

"We're concerned about the ability of China to develop missiles that can project its military power with precision great distances from China," said Helvey.

But it's not just missiles.  China is investing in submarines, new fighter jets, and it even launched its first aircraft carrier.

"The issue here is not one particular weapons system," he said. "It's the integration and overlapping nature of  these weapons systems into a regime that can potentially impede or restrict free military operations in the western Pacific."

In March, China announced it was increasing its defense budget by almost 11 percent, to $114 billion this year.  And U.S. defense officials say unreported spending could be pushing China's total military spending upwards of $200 billion.

Another cause for U.S. concern is Beijing's focus on space programs and a growing number of attacks in cyberspace, including on U.S. government systems, that the Pentagon says "appear to be directly attributable" to  China's government.

The cyber-security firm Mandiant says it has traced scores of those attacks to hackers operating near this Shanghai military building.

The Pentagon report says it is all part of a long-term strategy designed to expand China's reach far beyond its own borders.

Current strain of bird flu
can't spread via humans

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the current strain of bird flu that is causing illness and deaths in China cannot spark a pandemic in its current form, but he added that there is no guarantee it will not mutate and cause a serious pandemic.

Thomas Frieden, director of the centers, said more than 2,000 people have been in contact with infected individuals, and only a handful have become ill.

Virtually all of the rest have had direct contact with poultry, the identified cause of the virus.

"This particular virus is not going to cause a pandemic because it doesn't spread person-to-person," Frieden said. "But all it takes is a bit of mutation for it to be able to go person-to-person.  I cannot say with certainty whether that will happen tomorrow, within 10 years or never."

The new strain of bird flu known as H7N9, which began infecting people in February, has so far sickened at least 127 people and killed 27. According to the latest estimates, the flu kills about 20 percent of the people it infects.

The United States has been working closely with Chinese health officials, and has recently distributed test kits to detect this new strain of flu, which has never before appeared in humans.

Tests by Chinese health officials have found the virus in chickens, ducks and pigeons, but Frieden said it is not yet clear how the virus spreads in birds.

New strains of flu present a threat because if they do become easily transmissible, they might quickly spread around the globe, attacking individuals who have no natural defense against the virus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has activated its Emergency Operations Center to monitor the disease and currently has 193 staff working on H7N9.

"We've got a team working in China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam," Frieden said.

Frieden said there are several factors that make this particular virus especially worrisome.

An analysis of the genetic code of the virus shows that it has receptors that bind to the lower respiratory tract of people, much like the more familiar bird flu strain known as H5N1.

"That is why it's causing severe disease," Frieden said.

But it also has receptors that bind to the upper respiratory tract of people, which may explain why it is more transmissible from birds to people than H5 appears to be, he said.

And unlike H5N1, which caused severe disease in poultry, this new virus does not, which may make it more difficult to control because researchers will not be able to cull poultry flocks.

Frieden said even with H5, it took 18 months from the emergence of the virus until the 100th case. By comparison, it took only about one month from the emergence of H7 until the 100th case.

"If you look at the geographic spread of H5, within a couple of years it was all over Asia, into Africa, into the Middle East," he said.

Frieden said he cannot predict what the spread of H7 will be in birds, though he said he is concerned it may be quite wide.

"If there is evolution in the virus, it could go person-to-person, and that could cause severe pandemic," he said.

In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has developed and distributed H7N9 test kits, given to states and to several countries.

Frieden said the agency is working on flu vaccines for the virus and clinical trials could begin in the summer.

Canada loses trade appeal
over favors to local firms

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Canada lost an appeal at the World Trade Organization on Monday in a ruling on incentives offered to local companies, a case that has already led to legal challenges over suspicions of similar perks elsewhere.

Japan and the European Union brought the case over a scheme intended to promote renewable energy in the province of Ontario.

It offered above-market prices for electricity supplied by renewable energy companies but only offered the premium to firms who bought most of their equipment locally.

Monday's appeal decision revised some of a December ruling in which Japan and the EU had won most of the case.

But it left in place the key finding that Ontario's incentives were illegal because they discriminated against foreign firms.

"Today's ruling is good news for everyone caring about clean energy and the environment: it has been made clear that use of quality, cost-effective technologies should not be hampered by protectionist measures," EU trade spokesman John Clancy said in a statement.

"The EU supports the promotion of renewable energy but considers this must be done in a manner consistent with international trade rules," he said.

A spokeswoman for Canada's federal trade ministry, Caitlin Workman, said the government would work with the provincial authorities to respond to the World Trade Organization appeal ruling, which is final.

Ontario will have to bring its rules into line with the World Trade Organization rules or risk a claim for trade sanctions against Canada.

Canada's defeat may spur more World Trade Organization disputes by countries which are desperate for economic growth and suspect their firms are being illegally locked out of infrastructure projects abroad.

The United States has already charged India with illegally favoring local producers in its solar sector and China has hit the EU with a claim that Greece and Italy favored solar power firms that bought local components.

Other potential disputes are simmering, with Brazil, Indonesia, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine and the United States all under scrutiny in sectors such as energy, mining, car making and telecoms.
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- 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
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Rich Coast Montage
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....
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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:

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.

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.
USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891

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. $180,000 506-8869-9274.

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.
USA 678-799-8803
CR Cell 011-506-8-910-2904

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

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  See property video here:

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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.

Rich Coast Montage
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....
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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:
Jack 506-2778-8172    Email:

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.
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Fewer road deaths credited
to new law and enforcement

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The transport ministry said Monday that April road deaths were the lowest since 1994. They attributed the decrease to the new traffic law and changes in enforcement procedures.

There were 20 deaths in April. In addition there were 93 deaths in the first three months of the year, and officials said this was the lowest toll since 1995.

The minister of Obras Públicas y Transportes, Pedro Castro Fernández, said that the efforts at night by traffic police have cut down on drunk drivers.

The ministry also said that the improved condition of vehicles, particularly the tires, was another reason there were fewer fatal accidents.

Woman severely injured
by attack from machete

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Police are blaming a domestic partner for the machete attack on a woman in the Bribri community of Chinakicha in southeastern Costa Rica.

The woman suffered machete slashes to her shoulder and head, and she lost her left hand, said the Fuerza Pública. She is 24, police said.

The woman suffered the injuries Sunday afternoon in her home. Her companion, a man aged 25, fled but was detained later by police, they said.

The woman went to  hospital Tony Facio in Limón but due to the severe nature of the injuries she was in Hospital Calderón Guardia.

Acidity seen as danger
in the Arctic oceans

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Arctic ecosystem, already under pressure from record ice melts, faces another potential threat in the form of rapid acidification of the ocean, according to an international study published Monday.

Acidification, blamed on the transformation of rising levels of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide from the air into carbonic acid in the sea, makes it harder for shellfish and crabs to grow their shells, and might also impair fish reproduction, it said.

Cold water absorbs carbon dioxide more readily than warm water, making the Arctic especially vulnerable. The report said the average acidity of surface ocean waters worldwide was now about 30 percent higher than at the start of the Industrial Revolution.

"Arctic marine waters are experiencing widespread and rapid ocean acidification," said the report by 60 experts for the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, commissioned by the eight nations with Arctic territories.

"Ocean acidification is likely to affect the abundance, productivity and distribution of marine species, but the magnitude and direction of change are uncertain."

At almost 400 parts per million, there is now 40 percent more carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than before the industrial era began. Almost all experts say the rise is linked to the burning of fossil fuels.

With global surface temperatures rising, the Arctic sea ice shrank in 2012 to the smallest area since satellite records began, disrupting the hunting livelihoods of native peoples and opening the region to more shipping and oil and gas exploration. As yet, the consequences of acidification are harder to predict.

Experiments with the eggs of brittlestars, which are related to starfish, showed that they died within days when exposed to the levels of acidification likely in coming decades, said Sam Dupont, one of the report's authors from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.

That would have effects on creatures that prey on them, such as crabs and fish.

The report said adult and juvenile fish were likely to cope with levels of acidification likely in the coming century but fish eggs and young larvae might be more sensitive.

In general, the report said, fish stocks might be more robust to ocean acidification if the other stresses they are already subject to, such as overfishing or habitat degradation, were minimized.

A warming of Arctic waters means that plankton are growing further north, providing a new source of food for fish such as cod and salmon, but Dupont said acidification would constrain the positive effects of warming for some species.

Meanwhile some types of seagrass seem likely to thrive with acidification.

Overall, Dupont said, acidification was "an additional stressor on a system that is already quite fragile."

The report will be presented to Arctic governments at a meeting in Sweden next week attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, among others.

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