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Map clearly shows the drought along the Pacific coast, which is colored in brown, and the excessive rainfall in the northern zone and around Limón Centro in blue. Even the southern Caribbean has a 45 percent excess of rain in the first months of the year.

Weather extremes are found on country's two coasts
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A good reason exists why farmers and ranchers along the Pacific coast are struggling. Rain there from Jan. 1 through Wednesday was about 85 percent lower in Guanacaste than normal.

The situation was a little better further to the south with deficits of rain ranging from 45 percent in the central Pacific to 25 percent in the south Pacific, based on statistics from the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional.

The situation was the reverse on the Caribbean coast where rainfall was about triple the annual average. The weather is expected to remain like this at least through August.

A representative of ranchers was at the legislature Tuesday urging rapid disbursement of promised aid. He said that cows were dying of thirst and lack of food in the canton of Santa Cruz in Guanacaste,

The culprit, of course, is El Niño in the far Pacific which causes such disruptions of normal climate.

The Central Valley also has been dry with an estimated 65 percent deficit of rainfall.

The weather for the rest of the year depends on the progress of El Niño.

The U.S. National Weather Service said that there is an approximately 90 percent chance that El Niño will continue through the Northern Hemisphere summer and a greater than 80 percent chance it will last through 2015.

The weather service here also noted in a report released Wednesday that El Niño is intensifying

The U.S. agency noted that there were weak to moderate El NIño conditions in early May and that sea surface temperatures across the  equatorial Pacific were above average.

Restrictive land-use plan appears to be far from dead
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A proposal to impose major restrictions on land development may be down but the concept is not out.

President Luis Guillermo Solís has only said that he will raise the issue with  Sonia Mon­te­ro, the head of the  Ins­ti­tu­to Na­cio­nal de Vi­vien­da y Ur­ba­nis­mo, the agency that put forth the idea as a proposed regulation.

The agency withdrew the 51-page proposal Friday after news stories about the plan, including one in A.M. Costa Rica, alerted the public.

The proposed regulations would have restricted development of vacant land and allowed construction only if population pressures showed a need. The measure also would open up internal streets and public areas in condominium projects and gated communities. The proposal gave vast powers to the central government agency.

Farmers and other non-urban land owners would be prohibited from subdividing their land and would be required to keep it as  agricultural, forest or vacant, said the proposal.
President Luis Guillermo Solís has not acted decisively on the project, suggesting that he might favor some or all of the measure.

He told reporters that he would seek an explanation from Ms. Montero and made the excuse that he was out of the country when the controversy developed. However, the proposal was posted to the agency Web site May 5,

In an interview Friday with Channel 6 Repretel, Ms. Montero said that to honor Mother Earth persons should not be able to do with the land what they want.

The Spanish-language newspaper CR Hoy found that so interesting that editors declared it the phrase of the day.

That was because the woman used the term Gaia, the short form of the Gaia hypothesis which sees the earth and living things as a unified part of a system.

The concept has been adopted and even altered by radical environmentalists.

Some lawmakers and development interests oppose the proposal. Some say the concept, if it becomes a regulation, would kill investments.

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Arrest of Li shocks Costa Ricans

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Ricans, who take their soccer very seriously, were stunned Wednesday to find out that Eduardo Li, president of the Federación Costarricense de Fútbol, was one of the suspects grabbed in a U.S.-inspired sweep in Zurich.

Li still is in jail in Switzerland and is believed to be fighting extradition on U.S. money laundering and conspiracy charges. He also is a member of the executive committee of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, soccer's ruling organization.

He is vulnerable to U.S. law because investigators say he used banks in Miami and New York to hold money they say came from bribes.

Law enforcement in Costa Rica said they would launch an investigation of Li and his 28 registered companies. The Costa Rican consul in Switzerland is trying to contact him.

Some Costa Ricans said they were relieved that the allegations involve bribes for media coverage and not allegations against players.

Li would have been protected against extradition if he remained in Costa Rica.

Federal agents said they have a very strong case, and that some of the suspects already have pleaded guilty and are giving them information as part of the plea deals. Agents also managed to obtain tape recordings of meetings they say are incriminating.

Attorney general cites abuse of soccer roles

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The seven soccer federation officials arrested Wednesday in an investigation into the organization's governing body have corrupted the international game, U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said.

"They corrupted the business of worldwide soccer to serve their interests and to enrich themselves," Ms. Lynch said at a news conference. "All of these defendants abused the U.S. financial system and violated U.S. law, and we intend to hold them accountable."

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association was rocked Wednesday by the massive U.S. federal corruption indictment against current and former top officials as well as the announcement of a separate investigation by Swiss authorities into allegations connected to the awarding of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Authorities arrested seven federation officials Wednesday at a luxury Zurich hotel where they were staying for the organization’s annual meeting.

The seven face extradition to the United States. Later Wednesday, the Swiss Justice Ministry said six of the seven were fighting extradition.

The Justice Department said another four individuals have already pleaded guilty in the case.

Federation President Sepp Blatter is not involved in either investigation. Ms. Lynch told reporters the U.S. was not charging Blatter "at this time." She said the investigation is ongoing and they are seeking additional defendants.

Blatter, who is seeking a fifth term, has led the multibillion-dollar organization for 17 years and faces a re-election vote Friday.

He released a statement Wednesday, saying: "This is a difficult time for football, the fans and for FIFA as an organization. We understand the disappointment that many have expressed and I know that the events of today will impact the way in which many people view us.

"As unfortunate as these events are, it should be clear that we welcome the actions and the investigations by the U.S. and Swiss authorities and believe that it will help to reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken to root out any wrongdoing in football," the statement said.

Blatter's only challenger, Jordan's Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, released a statement Wednesday saying it was "a sad day for football."

The U.S. indictment includes 47 counts against nine soccer officials and five sports media and promotions executives, covering charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering, in a scheme that prosecutors said involved sports media executives paying or agreeing to pay more than $150 million in exchange for marketing rights to tournaments.

The Justice Department described the alleged corruption as a "24-year scheme to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer."

The federation released a statement later Wednesday, saying, "We are pleased to see that the investigation is being energetically pursued for the good of football and believe that it will help to reinforce measures that FIFA has already taken."

Walter De Gregorio, federation's director of communication and public affairs, told reporters that the corruption cases mark a difficult moment for the soccer governing body, but that there will be no changes to the upcoming tournaments.

"The World Cup in 2018 and 2022 will be played in Russia and Qatar," he said.

De Gregorio also rejected suggestions that Blatter should resign

Also Wednesday, agents from the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service executed search warrants in a raid at the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean  Association Football headquarters in Miami Beach, Florida. The association coordinates the sport in North and Central America and the Caribbean.

Neither the FBI nor the IRS would comment on the U.S. investigation into corruption in soccer. No one answered the phone at the office in Miami Beach.

In the indictment against theinternational federation, Ms. Lynch described "rampant, systemic and deep-rooted" corruption that "spans at least two generations of soccer officials who, as alleged, have abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks."

Ms. Lynch said the alleged corruption "has profoundly harmed a multitude of victims, from the youth leagues and developing countries that should benefit from the revenue generated by the commercial rights these organizations hold, to the fans at home and throughout the world whose support for the game makes those rights valuable."

U.S. prosecutors also said they uncovered a dozen different schemes while investigating corruption at the federation and some of those schemes involved the awarding of the 2010 World Cup to South Africa.

Acting Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Kelly Currie said nine of the schemes involved sports-marketing companies seeking a piece of the lucrative business surrounding soccer events. He said corrupt federation officials solicited bribes from sports marketing companies, which often made tens of millions in profits from soccer tournaments such as the World Cup.

Currie said U.S. officials want "to send a message around the world that this behavior will not be tolerated."

James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said, “As charged in the indictment, the defendants fostered a culture of corruption and greed that created an uneven playing field for the biggest sport in the world."

In the Swiss case, federal prosecutors said they opened criminal proceedings against a group of individuals suspected of mismanagement and money laundering in connection with awarding the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar.

The federation's ethics committee investigated similar allegations, and concluded in November that there were only limited ethics breaches and not sufficient evidence of bribery in awarding the tournaments.

Those charged in the U.S. case include five corporate executives along with current federation Vice Presidents Jeffrey Webb and Eugenio Figueredo; former vice president Jack Warner; executive committee member-elect Eduardo Li of Costa Rica and former committee member Nicolas Leoz; development officer Julio Rocha; Olympic tournament organizing committee member Jose Maria Marin; Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean  Association president attache Costas Takkas; and South American football federation president Rafael Esquivel.

Daryll Warn and Daryan Warner, sons of Jack Warner, are among those who have already entered guilty pleas along with Charles Blazer, former Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association general secretary, and Jose Hawilla, founder of the Brazilian sports media company Traffic Group.

In addition to the allegations involving sports marketing bribes, the indictment includes alleged schemes related to bribes and kickbacks related to the Brazilian national soccer federation's sponsorship by a U.S. sportswear company, the selection of the 2010 World Cup host and the 2011 FIFA presidential election.

Bulk of suspects are from the Americas

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The high-ranking world soccer officials arrested Wednesday come mainly from the Americas and cut at the heart of the governing entity of the sport.

Here's a look at their backgrounds:

Jeffrey Webb, 50, of the Cayman Islands, current Fédération Internationale de Football Association vice president and executive committee member, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean  Association Football president, Caribbean Football Union executive committee member and Cayman Islands Football Association president.

Eduardo Li, 56, of Costa Rica, current federation executive committee member-elect, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football executive committee member and Costa Rican soccer federation president.

Julio Rocha, 64, of Nicaragua, current federation development officer; former Central American Football Union president and Nicaraguan soccer federation president.

Costas Takkas, 58, of United Kingdom, current attaché to the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association president.

Eugenio Figueredo, 83, of the U.S. and Uruguay, current federation vice president and executive committee member; former Uruguayan soccer federation president.

Rafael Esquivel, 68, of Venezuela, Venezuelan soccer federation  president.

José Maria Marin, 83, of Brazil, current member of the federation organizing committee for the Olympic football tournaments and former Brazilian federation president.

Two others charged in the indictment Wednesday:

Jack Warner, 72, of Trinidad and Tobago, former federation vice president and executive committee member, Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean  Association president and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation special adviser.

Nicolas Leoz, 86, of Paraguay, former federation executive committee member.

Four of the defendants were sports marketing executives:

Alejandro Burzaco, 50, of Argentina, controlling principal of Torneos y Competencias S.A., a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliates.

Aaron Davison, 44, of the U.S., president of Traffic Sports USA, Inc.

Hugo and Mariano Jinkis, controlling principals of Full Play Group S.A., a sports marketing business based in Argentina, and its affiliates. Hugo Jinkis, 70, and Mariano Jinkis, 40, are both from Argentina.

And one of the defendants was in the broadcasting business but allegedly served as an intermediary to facilitate illicit payments between sports marketing executives and soccer officials: Jose Margulies, 75, of Brazil, controlling principal of Valente Corp. and Somerton, Ltd.

The guilty pleas of four individual and two corporate defendants were also unsealed Wednesday.

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Bill nearing passage would keep track of unpaid labor in the home
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A legislative division that has the power to pass laws has given preliminary approval to a measure that recognizes the unpaid labor of child care, household work and the care of older adults and the disabled.

The action came from the Comisión con Potestad Legislativa Plena Segunda on proposal No. 18.073

Specifically the measure asks that the Banco Central, the Ministerio de Hacienda and the Instituto Nacional de

Estadisticas include this unpaid labor in what is called the  Sistema de Cuentas Nacionales.

The Sistema is a complex list of economic activities that has been handled by the Banco Central since the 1950s. The gross domestic product, the sum of all goods and services, is derived from this system.

The idea is to give credit for this unpaid activities by putting it in a special category. Still uncertain is how this labor can be calculated. The government will have six months to figure how to do that if the measure gets a second approval.

Costa Rican composition to be featured at orchestra performances
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Álvaro González will perform the world premier of the  “Concierto para violonchelo y orquesta,” composed by Carlos Escalante, also a Costa Rican, for the fifth concert of the season by the  Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.

González  also will perform the "Chant du ménéstral" for cello and orchestra by  Aleksandr Glazunov, an announcement said.

The orchestra performances will be Friday at 8 p.m. and repeated Sunday at 10:30 a.m., both in the Teatro Nacional.  Irwin Hoffman will conduct.

Also on the program is "Russian Easter Festival," composed by  Nikolái Rimski-Kórsakov.

González, who is member of the orchestra, has performed previously as a soloist and holds the Premio Nacional de la Música.

González, was a student in the juvenile program of the  Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, and he played a solo when he was 17. Then in 1982 he went to Israel to the University of Tel-Aviv and was in several youth orchestras that made extensive tours.

He has taught at festivals in the United States and France.
He also is a member of the Cuarteto UNA at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, where he also is director of the university orchestra.

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New municipal parking plan does not sit well with some in Quepos
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some Quepos residents are seeing red over the yellow paint that has been marked on downtown curbs.

Parking is prohibited in the yellow zones, and the principal complaint is that there is nowhere to park.

That the municipality also is installing 350 colon-an-hour parking meters does not sit well with the workers and shoppers downtown either.

To express their unhappiness some of those who oppose the new parking plan said they would attend a municipal council meeting Wednesday night where they were going to present petitions with 1,200 signatures.

One merchant said that his sales are down 40 percent because of the month-old parking restrictions.

Miguel Masis, head of the anti-parking meter movement, said that there's no public parking space and that everyone is getting tickets like crazy.

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Ocean current study suggests major change taking place in Atlantic
By the University of Southampton newsroom

A new study by scientists from the University of Southampton and National Oceanography Centre  implies that the global climate is on the verge of broad-scale change that could last for a number of decades.

The change to the new set of climatic conditions is associated with a cooling of the Atlantic and is likely to bring drier summers in Britain and Ireland, accelerated sea-level rise along the northeast coast of the United States and drought in the developing countries of the Sahel region.

Since this new climatic phase could be half a degree cooler, it may well offer a brief reprise from the rise of global temperatures, as well as resulting in fewer hurricanes hitting the United States.

The study, published in Nature, proves that ocean circulation is the link between weather and decadal scale climatic change. It is based on observational evidence of the link between ocean circulation and the decadal variability of sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean.

Lead author Gerard McCarthy from the center said: “Sea-surface temperatures in the Atlantic vary between warm and cold over time scales of many decades. These variations have been shown to influence temperature, rainfall, drought and even the frequency of hurricanes in many regions of the world. This decadal variability, called the Atlantic Multi-decadal Oscillation is a notable feature of the Atlantic Ocean and the climate of the regions it influences.”

These climatic phases, referred to as positive or negative AMOs, are the result of the movement of heat northwards by a system of ocean currents. This movement of heat changes the

temperature of the sea surface, which has a profound impact on climate on time scales of 20 to 30 years. The strength of these currents is determined by the same atmospheric conditions that control the position of the jet stream. Negative AMOs occur when the currents are weaker and so less heat is carried northwards towards Europe from the tropics.

The strength of ocean currents has been measured by a network of sensors, called the RAPID array, which have been collecting data on the flow rate of the Atlantic circulation for a decade.

David Smeed, also from the center and and lead scientist of the RAPID project, said the observations from the array, over the past 10 years show that it is declining. "As a result, we expect the AMO is moving to a negative phase, which will result in cooler surface waters. This is consistent with observations of temperature in the North Atlantic,” he said.

Since the RAPID array has only been collecting data for last 10 years, a longer data set was needed to prove the link between ocean circulation and slow climate variations. Therefore this study instead used 100 years of sea level data, maintained by the National Oceanography Centre’s permanent service for mean sea level. Models of ocean currents based on this data were used to predict how much heat would be transported around the ocean, and the impact this would have on the sea surface temperature in key locations.

Co-author Ivan Haigh, lecturer in coastal oceanography at the University of Southampton, said: “By reconstructing ocean circulation over the last 100 years from tide gauges that measure sea level at the coast, we have been able to show, for the first time, observational evidence of the link between ocean circulation and the AMO.”

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Military accidentally sent
live anthrax spores to labs

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Pentagon said Wednesday that a U.S. military laboratory in the state of Utah accidentally sent live anthrax spores to civilian commercial labs in nine states and to a military lab in South Korea.

Pentagon spokesman Col. Steven Warren sought to reassure the American public, saying there was no known risk and no suspected or confirmed cases of infection in lab workers.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control was investigating. Warren said the Pentagon had stopped shipping anthrax spores until the investigation was complete.

The U.S. labs and the one in South Korea were supposed to get dead spores as part of a Pentagon program to develop a test to identify biological threats in the field. But somehow, the Utah lab sent live spores instead.

Contact with live anthrax can lead to a severe flu-like illness that could be fatal if not treated early.

U.N. says 800 million face
hunger around the world

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A report by the United Nations finds that just under 800 million people around the world are going hungry today, but that estimate of world hunger has declined by 216 million people in the past 25 years.

The annual report, "The State of Food Insecurity in the World 2015," says chronic undernourishment also has declined in the world's developing regions but that more progress is needed.

The report is a joint effort by the United Nations' three major food agencies, the Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the World Food Program.

The report finds 72 out of 129 developing countries will have achieved the Millennium Development Goal of cutting hunger in half by the end of this year.

The director of the World Food Program's policy and program division, Stanlake Samkange, applauds this result, but says it is too soon to celebrate.

“Since the establishment of the Millennium Development Goals, extreme poverty has been reduced by more than half. However, hunger has only been reduced by 14.5 percent. This provides clear evidence for the fact that growth and rising incomes do not correlate proportionately with improved food security and nutrition. Economic growth is not always inclusive. Rural livelihoods are not always invested in,” said Samkange.

The report’s hunger map shows wide differences among the regions persist. It finds large reductions in hunger in East Asia and very fast progress in Latin America and the Caribbean, southeast and central Asia, as well as some parts of Africa.

It says sub-Saharan Africa still has the highest prevalence of undernourishment in the world.

Samkange said chronic hunger on the continent actually is on the rise.

“In sub-Saharan Africa, nearly one in four are estimated to remain undernourished," he said. "Crisis environments like extreme weather events, natural disasters, political instability and civil strife have all impeded progress in sub-Saharan Africa, but, also in other countries. Globally, one in five of the world’s undernourished lives in a crisis environment. Protracted crises have in many countries prevented the protection of vulnerable population groups and the promotion of income opportunities for all.”

The report says severe food insecurity is close to being eradicated in North Africa, where the prevalence of undernourishment is now below 5 percent.

Authors of the report say no single solution exists for improving food security but that certain measures can have a great impact. They say improved agricultural productivity, especially by small and family farmers, leads to less hunger and poverty.

And they say economic growth must be inclusive and benefit everyone in society, not just those who already are well off.

U.N. adopts a resolution
urging protection of

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Wednesday on the protection of journalists in conflict zones.

The measure comes as the number of deaths and kidnappings of media professionals continues to climb. Reporters Without Borders says 66 journalists were killed last year and 25 more have died since January. In the last decade, 700 media workers have been killed in the field or because of their profession.

The Security Council resolution condemned such attacks and warned parties to conflicts, including governments and armed groups, that they should take all reasonable steps to protect journalists.

It also calls for the immediate and unconditional release of reporters who are hostages in conflict zones.

The head of Reporters Without Borders, Christophe Deloire, said Iraq and Syria have become two of the most dangerous places for journalists to work. He said 45 media workers were killed in Syria since that conflict started in 2011 and at least 15 have died in Iraq since 2013.

He said ensuring accountability is key to preventing future attacks.

“In the world, more than 90 percent of crimes against journalists are never prosecuted, are never punished," said Deloire. "It is like an encouragement for all those who commit crimes against journalists. If we want to protect journalists, we have to fight impunity.”

Deloire said attacks on journalists in conflict zones could be considered war crimes and should be referred to the International Criminal Court.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power, herself a former journalist, said even in countries at peace, erosions on press freedoms and the harassment and intimidation of reporters often signal a crackdown on civil, political and human rights.

She gave as an example the current political turmoil in Burundi where part of the military challenged President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek what is widely seen as an unconstitutional third term in power.

“Since the unlawful attempt to seize power was quashed, several independent journalists report being told that they are on a list of people to be arrested, and many more reportedly have been threatened with death, torture and disappearance, leading them to go into hiding,” she said.

Ms. Power said regimes like the one of Bashar al-Assad in Syria and armed groups, such as the self-proclaimed Islamic State, target journalists because they do not want people to see them for what they really are.

As the Security Council met, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a statement condemning the murder of Brazilian radio reporter Djalma Santos da Conceicao, whose tortured body was found Saturday, one day after he was reported to have been kidnapped by gunmen in the country’s northeast. It was the second murder of a Brazilian journalist in less than a week.

School program seeks
to introduce good foods

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The kindergarten students at John Burroughs Elementary School are staying an hour later on this day not to brush up on their reading or math skills, but to taste kale, many for the first time.

“Yum, it tastes good,” said Robert Smith as he puts the green leaves seasoned with olive oil in his mouth.

Since the start of the school year, FoodCorps member Karen Davison has spent each day in a Washington, D.C., classroom introducing new vegetables to these 5-year-olds, while teaching them where their food comes from and how they can make healthier choices on a daily basis.

“They see a lot of packaged food. If they eat vegetables, it’s not necessarily fresh. It’s not necessarily whole, so being able to bring in fresh vegetables, leafy greens, interesting fruit, is really a great experience for these students,” Ms. Davison said.
In its fifth year, FoodCorps puts more than 180 young Americans into 500 schools across the United States. There, they focus on teaching students about nutrition, engaging them with hands-on activities, and improving their access to healthy foods whether in the cafeteria or the greater community.

FoodCorps, a grantee of the AmeriCorps service program, also partners with existing organizations to plant gardens in schools and bring healthier options to stores, particularly in urban areas where choices may be limited.

FoodCorps Fellow Maddie Morales says the mission is particularly critical at a time when U.S. obesity rates in children have doubled in the last 30 years.

“The repercussion of having an unhealthy population is absolutely unacceptable and really scary in some ways that it affects our national security. It affects our ability to be a productive country, and it is imperative that we change the system,” Ms. Morales said.

Tiny parasite is suspect
in die-off of honey bees

By the University of California San Diego
news staff

Biologists at the University of California San Diego have discovered that a tiny single-celled parasite may have a greater-than expected impact on honey bee colonies, which have been undergoing mysterious declines worldwide for the past decade.

In this week’s issue of the journal PLOS ONE, the scientists report that a microsporidian called Nosema ceranae, which has been known to infect adult Asiatic and European honey bees, can also infect honeybee larvae. They also discovered that honey bee larvae infected with the microsporidian have reduced lifespans as adults.

Since 2006, beekeepers in North America and Europe have lost about one-third of their managed bee colonies each year due to colony collapse disorder. While the exact cause is unknown, scientists have speculated that pesticides, pathogens, mites and certain beekeeping practices have all contributed to this decline. Nosema ceranae, a kind of fungal pathogen spread by spores, is also implicated in colony collapse because it reduces colony health and is widespread.

“Previous research suggested that Nosema ceranae could not infect honey bee larvae,” said James Nieh, a professor of biology at the University of California San Diego who headed the research effort with graduate student Daren Eiri, the first author of the study. “But this was largely based upon indirect evidence, spore counts in newly emerged adult bees, which typically have low spore counts.”

Because Eiri and his co-authors conducted their experiments with larvae exposed to spores and reared in the laboratory, they said the extent of larval infection needs to be studied further using field bee colonies to determine the true impact of larval infection on colony health. Nieh noted that a study conducted recently by other scientists detected low levels of Nosema DNA in honey bee larvae, suggesting that larval infection can occur in field colonies.

“However, no study had directly investigated whether larvae could become infected with Nosema ceranae,” said Eiri. “Our study provides a direction to continue investigating this question outside the lab and in the field using entire colonies

The UC San Diego discovery may also clarify a mystery. “One puzzling aspect of Nosema ceranae infection is that infection in adult bees usually decreases after medication is given by beekeepers to a colony, but can later resurge,” Nieh said. “Some of this resurgent infection could be due to transmission between bee colonies or to adult bees that have a low, but resistant level of infection.”

“However, our study raises the possibility that brood are also infected. If so, this typically would not be detected for weeks until the emergence of adult bees. Generally, older adult bees are more heavily infected with Nosema. Thus, bees infected as brood may not develop high Nosema spore counts until they are much older adults, further delaying detection.”

Those unanswered questions suggest the impact of this microspordian on honey bee colonies deserves a second look.

“We hope that our study will spur further research into how Nosema ceranae is transmitted and into the potential infection of larvae in natural and managed honey bee colonies in the field,” said Nieh.

PLoS ONE  photo  
Skull shows injuries above the left eye.

Ancient skull shows signs
of premeditated murder

By the Binghamton University news staff

Research into lethal wounds found on a human skull may indicate one of the first cases of murder in human history some 430,000 years ago and offers evidence of the earliest funerary practices in the archaeological record.

The study, conducted by an international team of collaborators including Binghamton University anthropologist Rolf Quam and published this week in the noted research journal PLoS ONE, was carried out at the archeological site of the Sima de los Huesos in northern Spain.

The site is located deep within an underground cave system and contains the skeletal remains of at least 28 individuals that date to around 430,000 years ago, during the Middle Pleistocene. The only access to the site is through a 13-meter deep vertical shaft, and how the human bodies arrived there remains a mystery.

A nearly complete skull, Cranium 17, from the Sima de los Huesos is comprised of 52 cranial fragments recovered during excavations at the site over the last 20 years. This skull shows two penetrating lesions on the frontal bone above the left eye. "Evidence for interpersonal violence in the human fossil record is relatively scarce, and this would appear to represent the coldest cold case on record," said Quam.

Relying on modern forensic techniques, such as contour and trajectory analysis of the traumas, the authors of the study showed that both fractures were likely produced by two separate impacts by the same object with slightly different trajectories around the time of the individual’s death.

According to the authors, the injuries are unlikely to be the result of an accidental fall down the vertical shaft. Rather, the type of fracture, their location and that they appear to have been produced by two blows with the same object lead the authors to interpret them as the result of an act of lethal interpersonal aggression or what may constitute the earliest case of murder in human history.

Furthermore, if this individual was already dead, other humans likely carried him to the top of the vertical shaft. The authors suggest that humans were likely responsible for the accumulation of bodies in the Sima de los Huesos, which supports the idea that this site represents early evidence of funerary behavior.

"This is really good evidence for an intentional role for humans in the accumulation of bodies at the bottom of this pit and suggests the hominins from this time period were already engaging in complex cognitive behaviors," said Quam.

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They say a stock market crash is overdue.  Is your money in the bank earning only pennies in interest?  Is it time to get some of your assets out of the United States and into a wonderful retirement location?  That was this owner’s plan.  Gross ROI for this property was 11% most recent 5 months with 1,129 m2 lot crying for development of more rentals.  Build two or even three inexpensive fourplexes and live off of the income the rest of your life.  But current owner is unable to stay in Costa Rica (divorce, health reasons) so must sacrifice retirement dream property.  Offered at only $140,000 by extremely motivated seller and cash talks!  Very desirable location only a short 5-minute walk to central La Fortuna, clean and modern construction 2 bedroom 1 bath home is 102 m2 with no wasted space, very livable.  THIS ABSOLUTELY MUST BE SOLD!  For interior pix email
or phone (506) 8377-8402.

A beautiful American style suburban home just reduced.

A beautiful American style suburban home, 2,700 sq ft of living space with 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, front and rear living rooms, laundry area, kitchen and small attached library nook, arched windows and doors and connected hallways, exotic wood interior ceilings and trim, tile floors thru-out.  The lot is 835 m2 with mature landscape and orchid nurseries surrounding the house. There is an enclosed workshop and BBQ area in the back yard with lots of storage under roof, plus a nursery for an herb/vegetable garden.  This is a very well-kept property with many upgrades, a private feel but yet only 5 minutes from the center of town.  Pérez Zeledón is the commercial hub of the southern zone and considered to be one of the best places to live in all of Costa Rica, the perfect size town, not too big and not too small.  The beach is 45 minutes to the west and a short drive to the cool mountains is to the east. In between, this large valley has a moderate climate.  Pérez has plenty of modern goods and services, an excellent farmers market, private schools, private doctors and clinics, all you need without having to go to the crazy madness of San José.    Just reduced to $239,000.  Call  Jeff: 8824-8113 or 8725-8176.  Email:

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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*In 2009 this property appraisal for $240,000  (two hundred forty thousand).
*Located in Paraiso, Cartago, Costa Rica.
*We spent over $70,000 in renovating the villa.
*The first floor has renters with a year lease. They pay $200 a month.
*Health reasons need to return to the U.S.A.
*One of Costa Rica famous waterfalls, 100 yards in front of the villa.
*I'll sell this property for $189,000.
*Visit my Web site
Contact in Costa Rica:  Cray phone (506) 8977-2777
Contact in USA: Billy phone  001 (678) 576-5107

For sale: Titled beachfront lot 1/2 acre (1,750m2) near Jacó $89,000. Just one hour drive from San José.
Panoramic ocean view lot 1.25 acres (5,000m2) 25 minutes from Tamarindo  $25,000.
Panoramic ocean view lot  5,400 sq. ft. (500m2)  $6,500. Financing available.
For rent two-bedroom house  five minute walk to water $350 a month.
Call 6261-7932 Or email See this Web site:

Shangra la
Located in Jacó in the best and safest location possible, at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.

Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 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 birds and other animals. 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, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email:  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

Finca home
 Little piece of paradise near Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica.       

16 acres (approximately.)   Price: $599,000USD
We are selling our beautiful finca that has been in the family for 37 years. It is located 3 miles (5 k) northwest of Santiago de Puriscal in the village of Desamparaditos.  We are looking for a discriminating buyer who would appreciate the location, views, flora and fauna. Excellent for artists, writers and nature lovers. Fantastic birding. Very private but not isolated. For more  information: In the U.S.A. call the owners: Pete & Debbie Todd: 970 -221-1457 or 720-951-7928 or email In Costa Rica call: Ivo Henfling at Godutch Realty: 2289-5125/8834-4515

Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:  
Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085  
Email:   Web:

ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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Fantastic location for condo/ hotel, restaurant. Large lower lot. incredible views. Flexible zoning $2.3 M 
Easy to get liquor license.
Low interest financing
Call Bruce at: (506) 8307-0164.

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 This classic AC Cobra is not really the iconic Ford sports car. The
  U.S. Department of Energy made this electric version with a 3D
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Press organization laments latest murder

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The Inter American Press Association has expressed its dismay upon learning of a new murder of a journalist in Brazil, the second in less than a week.

The body of Djalma Santos da Conceição, a journalist with RCA community radio, known by the nickname Djalma Potato, was found Saturday near a highway in Timbó, a rural area in the municipality of Conceição da Feira, some 68 miles from Salvador, in Bahía state. The body had bullet wounds and signs of torture.

The journalist, 53, was host of the radio program “Acorda, Cidade” (Wake Up, City!). According to reports by the local press, he had been receiving threats. Recently he carried out an investigation for the magazine Globo into the murder of a local teenager by drug traffickers.

Inter American Press President Gustavo Mohme, editor of the Lima, Perú, newspaper La República, called on the authorities to “act urgently and identify the motives so as to punish the perpetrators and masterminds,” of this murder, and that of blogger Evany José Metzker, whose decapitated body was found  May 18 in Minas Gerais state.

The chairman of the association's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Claudio Paolillo, editor of the Montevideo, Uruguay, weekly Búsqueda, lamented that during the same week in which the murders occurred, on May 20, a chamber of deputies committee rejected a bill seeking the participation of the federal police in investigations into crimes against journalists.  However, the chamber’s Constitution and Justice and Citizenry Committee is due to review this decision.

The Inter American Press officers expressed their satisfaction on learning that the Brazilian judiciary had upheld charges filed against five individuals accused of the murder on July 5, 2012, of sports commentator Valério Luiz de Oliveira, in the city of Goiânia, Goiás state. The trial date is yet to be determined.

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Web program tries to place seniors in jobs

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tecnológico de Costa Rica, the public university, debuts an employment marketplace for seniors today at the Centro de Transferencia Tecnológica in Zapote.

The Web-based program is called  Intégrate al trabajo. The minister of Trabajo,  Víctor Morales Mora, is expected to attend.

The  Consejo Nacional de la Persona Adulta Mayor also is involved in the program.

The Costa Rican labor market favors the young, and those 40 and over have a hard time finding a job.