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There's no need to go postal over a little delay
By Jay Brodell
editor of A.M. Costa Rica

I had a bad feeling as I walked into the main office of Correos de Costa Rica.

In my hand I clutched a letter containing a couple of dollar checks, including one for $17.35 from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. That was the amount they told me I owed six months ago. So I sent them the money. They promptly sent a refund. I have no idea why.

But now was the time to deposit these miscellaneous checks in a Stateside account.

Coreos de Costa Rica has certified mail. What can go wrong?

Actually nothing, but the delay lends new meaning to the term snail mail.

That was April 19.  A FedEx shipment would have cost more than the checks therein. So the nice lady at Corros, K. Gómez, prepared the certified letter. The stamp was 335 colons and the certification was 550. The total was about $1.80.

As I left the postal window Ms. Gómez reminded me that the letter could be tracked online.

"Wow, these guys are really up to date," I said to myself.

Indeed, at the top of the Correos Web site there is a tab for rasteros that opens a window where the number on a certified receipt can be typed.

A couple of days later, I called up the Web page, typed in the certified number and learned that the letter had left the main office just 15 minutes after my transaction. "It's on its way," I said.

Week after week, the Web page showed that the
going
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Report Monday night says letter still is in transit.


letter had not gone anywhere.

Fortunately, there is an information desk at the main post office. That is where I learned that the letter went to Zapote but that the computers in the Zapote delivery hub are missing in action.

Day after day I checked the Web page to learn nothing.

The bank computers in the States are on line, so it was clear that my checks had not been deposited.

Stateside bank workers were very kind but seemed to roll their eyes electronically when they learned the deposit was coming from Costa Rica.

The amazing part of this entire tale is that the checks did arrive eventually. They were in transit for a month. One day, magically, they showed up in the Stateside account.

But now more than six weeks later, the Correos computer shows that the letters still are in transit.

The moral of the story: Costa Rica is great at teaching patience. But if you are in a hurry, don't go postal.


Reward posted in murder of conservation activist
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Conservation groups have posted a $10,000 reward for information on the murder of  Jairo Mora Sandoval.

The announcement came from 10 organizations, including Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network where Mora worked.

“Jairo’s murderers must be brought to justice so that sea turtle activists around Costa Rica and the world know that this will never be tolerated,” said Todd Steiner, a wildlife biologist and executive director of SeaTurtles.org, in a news release. “The whole world is watching to make sure the Costa Rican government brings these thugs to justice and makes sea turtle nesting beaches safe for conservationists to do their work.”

The reward is based on the assumption that men murdered Mora for his work with turtles. Turtle eggs have value, and a principal goal of volunteers and conservationist is to safeguard them from thieves.

However, Vice President Alfio Piva characterized the death as an accident brought about by drug traffickers. He said this on a CNN interview show and spent the afternoon apologizing and praising Mora on his Twitter feed. Piva correctly noted that the area is dangerous because it is used by traffickers.
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For whatever the reason, Mora was singled out late
Thursday by the men who chopped down a tree to stop his vehicle. They separated him from the four women in his vehicle, took him away, beat him and then shot him in the head. The women freed themselves early Friday. Police and the coast guard have beefed up patrols of the beaches in the Moín area.

The conservation groups said that they have set up a system to accept donations for the Jairo Mora Sandoval Reward Fund HERE!
 
Due to the murder the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network has halted its sea turtle monitoring program, the organizations noted.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Arsenic in the water supply threatens several hundred million people, according to a study published Friday in BioMed Central’s open access journal Environmental Evidence.

The study concluded that there is a lack of evidence regarding the effectiveness of technologies used to reduce arsenic contamination.

The study is important to Costa Rica because arsenic has been found in the drinking water, mainly in Guanacaste.

In the most recent study researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School compared eight different technologies all of which claim to make drinking water safe. They found that most of the studies reviewed were found to be of poor quality and missing data and that only two technologies showed good evidence of effectiveness, said a release from BioMed Central.

The publisher also said that arsenic is now recognized to be one of the world’s greatest environmental hazards, threatening the lives of several hundred million people. Naturally occurring arsenic leaches into water from surrounding rocks and once in the water supply it is both toxic and carcinogenic to anyone drinking it, the publishing firm explained in a release. It is colorless and odorless and consequently people use it instead of more obviously polluted surface water, it added. Natural arsenic pollution affects 21 countries across the world sometimes reaching a concentration more than 10 times the World Health Organization guidelines, it said.

In Costa Rica, Bagaces and Cañas are among the communities that have arsenic in the public water.

Some residents of Guanacaste have filed a Sala IV constitutional appeal because of their tap water. The Sala IV has asked the government agencies involved to respond.

Arsenic in the water is nothing new because the chemical occurs naturally in the ground.

However, more than a year ago, President Laura Chinchilla declared an emergency based on the problems with the water, and the group of residents said nothing has been done since. Among other requests they are asking the government to build whatever it takes to keep the arsenic out of the water.  This probably will mean bringing water in from elsewhere because the Biomed Central study casts a doubt that technology can cure the problem..

The original presidential decree cited problems in communities in Alajuela province and in the canton of Bagaces, Cañas and La Cruz in Guanacaste. The residents note that arsenic is listed as a cause of cancer.

The problem is well-known, and there have been cases of farm animals suffering due to the arsenic in the water.

Among other agencies, the residents name the Instituto Costarricense de Acueductos y Alcantarillados, the national emergency commission, the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos, the Presidencia, the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energies and the Ministerio de Salud.

Arsenic also has been blamed for renal failure, and health authorities are looking into the deaths at a dialysis clinic in Cañas.

Adding to the problem, rice seems to soak up arsenic. International studies have found high concentrations of arsenic in rice, but as A.M. Costa Rica reported, rice in Costa Rica is not checked for such heavy metals.


Crime problems plague
expats in Panamá, too


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Panamá also is suffering from what The Panamá News calls a crime wave.

There have been more than a dozen armed robberies in Gorgona, Coronado and San Carlos, the newspaper said. The crimes, including armed invasions, are being blamed on organized criminal gangs.

One gang mainly picks on Canadian or American victims, particularly newcomers, in circumstances which suggest that they have some sort of source that conveniently identifies such people, said the newspaper.

Wednesday, bandits robbed for the second time the popular Rancho del Toro hotel and restaurant in El Nance near the Pan-American highway, the newspaper reported.


Perú trade treaty enters
into force with Costa Rica


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A free trade treaty between Perú and Costa Rica has entered into force.

Costa Rica will be opening a trade office in Lima, officials said Monday.  The principal imports from Perú are expected to be vegetables, precious metals, jewelry and cloth. Costa Rica will continue to export meat and palmito.


Vegetarian diet associated
with lower risk of death


By the Journal of the American Medical Association
news staff

Vegetarian diets are associated with reduced death rates in a study of more than 70,000 Seventh-day Adventists with more favorable results for men than women, according to a report published Online First by JAMA Internal Medicine, a Journal of theE American Medical Association Network publication.

The possible relationship between diet and mortality is an important area of study. Vegetarian diets have been associated with reductions in risk for several chronic diseases, including hypertension, metabolic syndrome, diabetes mellitus and ischemic heart disease, according to the study background.

Michael J. Orlich of Loma Linda University in California, and colleagues examined all-cause and cause-specific mortality in a group of 73,308 men and women Seventh-day Adventists. Researchers assessed dietary patients using a questionnaire that categorized study participants into five groups: non-vegetarian, semi-vegetarian, pesco-vegetarian (includes seafood), lacto-ovo-vegetarian (includes dairy and egg products) and vegan (excludes all animal products).

The study notes that vegetarian groups tended to be older, more highly educated and more likely to be married, to drink less alcohol, to smoke less, to exercise more and to be thinner.

“Some evidence suggests vegetarian dietary patterns may be associated with reduced mortality, but the relationship is not well established,” the study notes.

There were 2,570 deaths among the study participants during an average follow-up time of almost six years. The overall mortality rate was six deaths per 1,000 person years. 

“These results demonstrate an overall association of vegetarian dietary patterns with lower mortality compared with the non-vegetarian dietary pattern. They also demonstrate some associations with lower mortality of the pesco-vegetarian, vegan and lacto-ovo-vegetarian diets specifically compared with the non-vegetarian diet,” the authors conclude.


Billionaire faces jail term
for asbestos negligence

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A billionaire Swiss industrialist convicted for his part in Italy's biggest asbestos scandal had his jail sentence lengthened to 18 years Monday in a ruling campaigners said would set a precedent for work-safety lawsuits.
 
The billionaire, Stephan Schmidheiny, found guilty of negligence that led to more than 2,000 asbestos-related deaths, was also ordered to pay millions of euros in damages to local authorities, victims and their families by an appeals court in Turin.
 
The former owner of Swiss building material maker Eternit was found guilty in February last year and originally sentenced to 16 years in prison and ordered to pay other damages.
 
He was not immediately sent to jail. Prison sentences in Italy are often not enforced until appeals processes, which can take years, are exhausted.
 
The 65-year-old was not in court when the appeals judges rejected his appeal against the sentence and extended it on Monday.
 
A spokesman based in Zurich said the industrialist would now take his case to Italy's top appeals court and dismissed the ruling as “scandalous” and “absurd”.
 
The Turin court also dropped charges against Belgian Eternit shareholder and former company executive Jean Louis Marie Ghislain de Cartier de Marchienne, who died on May 21 aged 91.
 
Prosecutors had said Schmidheiny intentionally failed to install measures to prevent workers' health being affected by asbestos at Eternit's Italian plants, which closed in 1986.
 
More than 6,000 people - including former employees and residents of the four towns where the plants were located - are seeking damages in the case.
 

 
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Chinese President  Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, sample Costa Rican coffee at the home of Marco Tulio Zamora and his wife, Ruth Calvo Chacón. That was Monday afternoon in Barrio El Socorro de Santo Domingo de Heredia.

Coffee time
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Chinese president enjoys coffee and snacks during Heredia visit
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
                            
Acting very much like a politician seeking office, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a visit Monday to a Costa Rican coffee producer to sample the brew and to eat an empanada.

The session was very much like U.S. presidential candidates who eat hot dogs, blintzes, tacos and corned beef to show that they are of the people.

Of course, Xi does not have to run for popular election, much less in Costa Rica, but he conditioned his visit on a trip to a typical Costa Rican family.

Officials picked Marco Tulio Zamora, 77,  and his wife, Ruth Calvo Chacón. in Barrio El Socorro de Santo Domingo de Heredia, about 12 kilometers from the downtown. The man, who is known for never removing his hat, is one of 52,000 small Costa Rican coffee producers. He has about two hectares or about five acres planted and has been a grower for 30 years.

Also on the menu for Xi and his wife, Peng Liyuan, were, in addition to empanadas, corn tortillas, a dish from the root crop  arracache, cookies and sweet bread.

The visiting couple spent a bit more than an hour there in the
mid-afternoon. Costa Rica hopes to export shiploads of coffee to China.

The Chinese leader made the rounds of officials Monday and tied up traffic for hours. There was a state dinner Monday night, and the delegation leaves for México this morning.

Costa Rican officials were very positive about the visit and talked about a new strategic relationship with China.

Most of all the visit of the Chinese leader was a public relations boost for President Laura Chinchilla who has been facing sagging percentages in public opinion poles. The visit by Xi followed by a month a similar rapid visit by U.S. President Barack Obama.

For its part, China has to feed its population and also seeks to woo away other Central American and Caribbean nations from arch rival Taiwan. Costa Rica broke with Taiwan in 2007 and has been the recipient of many gifts and benefits from China, including the new Estadio Nacional.

Costa Rica hopes to get health approval to export many more agricultural products to China and also seeks to create a special economic zone. Both those topics came up in discussions Monday, officials said.


$400 million road loan and food deals among Chinese goodies
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The country got some financial promises from visiting Chinese officials Tuesday.  But some of the deals had been announced previously and some are loans.

Costa Rica got a $400 million line of credit with the Export Import Bank of China to rebuild Ruta 32.  This is the highway that runs north from San José and then east to Limón. The area within Parque Nacional Braulio Carrillo is becoming more and more prone to slides, some of them fatal.

Costa Rican and Chinese officials also signed an agreement under which the country would get $16.3 million for the proposed Academia Nacional de Policía. That agreement has been announced months ago.

The Chinese also reaffirmed an agreement to provide more than 9,000 computers for school children and teachers. This, too, had been announced when President Laura Chinchilla visited China in August.

Casa Presidencial said that both countries continued discussions
on the proposed petroleum facility in Moín. The deal hinges on feasibility studies by the Contraloría de la República and experts hired by the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo.

Chinese officials also confirmed that they would be advancing a fund for the purchase of 5,000 solar panels for electrical generation.

In the private sector, several deals were announced.  Quality Impex Costa Rica S.A., Hangtrong Investment Corp. in China said they had concluded a deal for the purchase of $12 million in teak wood and $8 million in leather.

Cooperativa de Productores de Leche Dos Pinos R.L. said it would begin exports of milk products to China next week.

Gloria Abrams, the minister of Agricultura y Ganadería, was scheduled to travel this week to China with a group of Costa Rican agribusiness leaders to explore market possibilities under the countries' free trade treaty.

Costa Rica also announced approval from Chinese health officials for the export of pork. That had been expected.


Chinese leadership urged to recognize Tiananmen massacre
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Several prominent Chinese dissidents and human rights activists called Monday for a tougher U.S. stance on ongoing human rights abuses in China, at a hearing held to mark the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing.  The hearing comes just days before President Barack Obama is set to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

On June 3 and 4, 1989, the Chinese military opened fire on unarmed civilian protesters in and around Beijng's Tiananmen Square, and ran over many others with tanks, killing hundreds.  Across the world, many remember an iconic photo of one courageous individual facing down a Chinese tank. After the massacre, the Chinese government arrested thousands of people and imprisoned them on charges of counterrevolution.   Rep. Chris Smith, a Republican of New Jersey said the massacre was unfortunately not just a one-time event, but that persecution in China continues.

"China today is the torture capital of the world. Its victims include religious believers, ethnic minorities, human rights defenders like Chen Guangcheng and Gao Zhisheng, and political dissidents," he said.
China denies human rights abuses and calls the events witnessed 24 years ago a counterrevolutionary riot.

Several survivors of the massacre who now live in the United States attended a hearing of a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee Monday in Washington, including Wei Jingshing, Chai Ling and Yang Jianli.  Yang said the hearing could not come at a more timely moment, just days ahead of a visit by Chinese President Xi to California.

"This is a crucial moment to signal to the leadership of China that the quality of its relationship to the United States largely depends on how it treats its own citizens," he said.

Yang said a failure to speak up on human rights abuses by President Obama would send a strong message that the Chinese government can continue its current policies of repressing political dissent.  Sophie Richardson of Human Rights Watch also called on President Obama to speak out. She accused the Chinese government of seeking to expunge the Tiananmen Square massacre from the history books.  Richardson called on the new leadership in China to acknowledge the massacre and to allow family members of those killed and imprisoned to commemorate the events without fear of persecution.

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Costa Rica's vice president signed U.N. firearms sales tracking treaty
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Vice President Alfio Piva signed the U.N. treaty over the sale of firearms Monday.

He was in New York at the United Nations Building. This was expected, and Costa Rica has promoted this treaty for seven years.

The agreement established an international tracking system for firearms.

The United Nations General Assembly passed the measure 154 to 3 with 23 abstentions April 2.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the Obama administration would sign the measure, too. He has voiced conditional support for months.

The United States, the world's largest producer of conventional weapons,
voted for the measure, but most observers believe that there is little chance for the U.S. Senate confirming it by the needed two-thirds votes. In addition, the National Rifle Association, which considers the treaty an end run around Congress and the states, plans to continue an aggressive campaign against ratification.

There is little opposition in Costa Rica. The country does not manufacture firearms, and a proposed firearms bill would prohibit such activities.

The treaty does not cover weapons sold or transferred by a national government.

The treaty does not cover nuclear or biological weapons. And the treaty is open to amendments in the future.

However, the document does create a U.N. bureaucracy to oversee the treaty and Article 5(4) requires annual reports by nations to the United Nations of arms deals, and these reports will be available for other U.N. members.

 
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Somali pirate suspects face
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Three Somali men face a possible death penalty when they go on trial this week for a pirate attack that led to the death of four Americans.

Jury selection begins today in the city of Norfolk, Virginia, for Ahmed Muse Salad, Abukar Osman Beyle and Shani Nurani Sheikh Abrar.

The three were among 15 Somalis arrested after the killing of the Americans aboard the "Quest," a vessel hijacked by pirates near the coast of Somalia in February 2011. 

A U.S. indictment accuses Salad, Beyele and Abrar of shooting and killing the four Americans without provocation during hostage negotiations with the U.S. Navy and FBI.

The three face a total of 26 counts of piracy, kidnapping, hostage-taking and discharge of a firearm resulting in death.  All three have pleaded not guilty.

Eleven other Somalis along with an onshore negotiator arrested for the "Quest" incident have received sentences of life in prison. 

The four Americans killed, Scott and Jean Adam of California and their friends, Robert Riggle and Phyllis Macay, both of Seattle, were sailing from India toward Djibouti when pirates seized their boat.

At the time, Somali pirates were attacking dozens of ships each month and receiving multi-million dollar ransoms to release hijacked vessels and their crews.

Since then Somali piracy has been in sharp decline, because of increased security on ships and international naval patrols near the coast. 

The International Maritime Bureau has recorded only seven piracy incidents off Somalia this year, and only one successful hijacking.


Mississippi man indicted
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted a Mississippi man for allegedly sending poisoned letters to President Barack Obama, a U.S. senator, and a state judge.

The man, James Dutschke, faces life in prison if he is convicted.

Charges include possessing a biological agent for use as a weapon and threatening the president of the United States. Dutschke says he is innocent.

He is accused of sending ricin-laced letters to Obama and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi. The letters were intercepted at mail-handling facilities, and the president and senator were never in any danger.

Police arrested Dutschke in April after arresting and later releasing another man whom Dutschke allegedly tried to frame.


Wildfire in California grows
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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A fast-moving wildfire in Southern California spread to a total of 30,000 acres over the weekend, and firefighters said they no longer think they can contain it this week.
 
The fire, which started Thursday, grew by 10,000 acres during the day Sunday and overnight into Monday, U.S. Forest Service officer Ronald Ashdale said.
 
The blaze was 40 percent contained by Monday morning, he said, and a change in its direction meant fewer homes were now threatened: 400, down from 1,000.
 
Still, none of the 2,000 evacuated residents had been allowed back in their homes as of Monday morning, Ashdale said.
 
Despite cooler, wetter weather that moved into the region overnight, the firefighters now believe it will take them longer than they had anticipated to contain the blaze, Ashdale said. Full containment, initially predicted for Wednesday, is now not expected until next Monday, he said.
 
The fire started near a power plant owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in the community of Lake Hughes, about 65 miles (105 kms.) north of Los Angeles. By Sunday, it had destroyed six houses and forced 2,000 people out of their homes.
 
Ashdale said 2,185 fire personnel were fighting the blaze from several California agencies.
 
The U.S. Forest Service is using night-flying helicopters to help fight the fire for the first time in decades, although that is a long-standing practice among other firefighters in the region, Ashdale said.


White lightning from China
seeks spot in western markets

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Chinese baijiu, a flammable, pungent white liquor averaging a 110-proof wallop, is the world's most consumed form of liquor thanks to its popularity in China. For the first time distillers are looking to develop export markets.
 
According to data from International Wine & Spirit Research, Chinese people drank over 11 billion liters of baijiu in 2012; the spirit, distilled from sorghum, wheat or rice, accounted for more than one-third of all spirits consumed in the world.
 
But as a new generation of Chinese drinkers discovers the imported spirits that were unavailable to their parents, baijiu risks losing that market share unless it creates new markets overseas.
 
"Baijiu hasn't been marketed to the West yet, but I think it can be," said James Rice, managing director of Sichuan Swellfun Co. Ltd., a baijiu maker in Chengdu, western China, in which London-based beverage multinational Diageo has taken a sizable stake.

"People are interested in China, and here's a piece of Chinese culture that can go right to your dinner table."
 
The opportunity has also attracted small entrepreneurs like David Zhou, who founded Everest Spirits LLC in the Washington, D.C., metro area to import a Chinese baijiu and rebrand it for sale locally.
 
"We really want to go for mainstream U.S. consumers, and we do believe they can accept it."
 
But Rice and other distillers have to deal with a major challenge: baijiu tends to make a terrible first impression.
 
"I thought it tasted like paint-thinner and felt like a liquid lobotomy," said Michael Pareles, manager at the U.S. Meat Export Federation in Beijing. "However, like many other things in China, I eventually grew to like it."
 
Torsten Stocker, head of Greater China consumer practice at Monitor Group in Hong Kong, was skeptical about prospects for overseas expansion.
 
But he suggested the liquor could be better distributed to the swelling overseas Chinese community, which now depends on duty-free stores in airports to stay stocked.
 
Baijiu's punch makes it a tough sell in Western bar culture where people drink on an empty stomach. So does its fuel-like odor and its aftertaste. But the history of alcoholic beverages shows that nearly any taste can be acquired.
 
"Tequila has a very unusual flavor compared to more popular spirits," said Derek Sandhaus, industry consultant and author of a forthcoming book on baijiu appreciation.
 
"But through clever marketing, good cocktails, and good management, it's earned a place on the bar shelf. I see no reason why the world's most popular spirit can't do the same."

But an adjustment is still probably necessary.
 
Matt Trusch, a former China resident, founded a distillery called Byejoe USA that imports baijiu base from China, then re-filters it to make it more drinkable.
 
"We've made it much more palatable to American tastes."
 
Vinn Distilleries in Portland, Oregon, founded by a family of ethnic Chinese immigrants from Vietnam, is reproducing a generation-old baijiu recipe, and Vinn president Michelle Ly has marketed it in very small volumes to non-Chinese consumers.
 
Curiously enough, she said a group of investors had approached her with an idea to export her U.S.-made baijiu back to China, advertising it as a product of high quality control, an issue domestic baijiu brands have struggled with.
 
Baijiu expert Sandhaus thinks the best avenue for developing drinkers overseas is to follow the model of Japanese sake and market baijiu as the alcohol to drink with Chinese food. But he added that there is no need for distillers to rush.
 
"It will still be a very long time before baijiu stops being a very lucrative business in China."


Healthiest U.S. cities list uses
obesity, parks, playing fields

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. cities that provide parks, walking trails, playing fields and running tracks are setting standards for the country's healthiest urban areas and showing that if they build fitness opportunities, residents will come.
   
A new ranking of the 50 healthiest U.S. cities weighs community indicators that include everything from obesity rates and percentage of smokers to the number of baseball diamonds and tennis courts.
   
“Community indicators and personal health pretty much follow each other,” said Walter Thompson, the chairman of the American College of Sports Medicine's American Fitness Index Advisory Board, which compiled the report.
   
Despite its bone-chilling winters, Minneapolis-St. Paul topped the list for the third year in a row. High obesity and smoking rates placed Oklahoma City at the bottom.
   
Minnesota's Twin Cities understand that at certain times of year they will be buried in snow, and so they have created lots of places to exercise indoors, Thompson said. The report also notes Minneapolis-St. Paul's generous per-capita number of dog parks, golf courses and baseball diamonds.
   
More than 76 percent of Minneapolis-St. Paul residents reported exercising in the past 30 days.
   
Minnesota is sometimes referred to as the land of 10,000 lakes, and the natives appear to use every one of them.
   
“We have a lot of triathlons because we have so many lakes,” said Minneapolis-based fitness expert Chris Freytag. “There is a lake every five miles, so you can't get far from a lake with biking paths, windsurfers, kayaks. Water is a motivator.”
   
The index relied on information from municipalities and federal government data, such as Centers for Disease Control and U.S. Census reports.
   
Washington, D.C., Portland, Oregon; San Francisco and Denver scored well in the fitness stakes, while Memphis, Tennessee; Louisville, Kentucky; San Antonio, Detroit and Oklahoma City were the least healthy.
   
Robust park-related spending helped Portland spring to third place from seventh in 2012 and Denver move to fifth position from ninth.
   
Anne Graves, director of health initiatives and partnerships for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis, sees her city's 45th place ranking as a challenge and an opportunity.
   
“We use AFI as our guide,” said Ms. Graves, adding that the YMCA has convened a coalition of community partners to focus on AFI points, from increasing the number of farmers' markets and bicycle lanes to encouraging physicians to emphasize the importance of exercise.
   
The California cities of San Francisco, Sacramento and San Jose fell within the top 10 on the list.
   
American Council on Exercise spokeswoman Jessica Matthews said California's beautiful weather, daily farmers' markets and abundance of parkland were only part of the story.
   
“California public schools have pretty high standards for physical education,” said Ms. Matthews, a former physical education teacher living in 14th-ranked San Diego, California. “Great habits are instilled at a young age.”


World Health is expressing
concern over Mideastern virus

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The World Health Organization says that since September 2012 there have been 53 laboratory-confirmed cases of infection with a new virus called the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome known as MERS-CoV, and 30 of the people infected with the disease have died. All those who have come down with MERS-CoV had a direct or indirect connection to the Middle East, but there is growing concern that the virus could spread quickly and threaten the entire world.

The new Middle East Respiratory Syndrome strain was diagnosed in Saudi Arabia last year. It is a coronavirus, the same viral family that triggered the outbreak of SARS, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, that killed 775 people in 2003. At first, the symptoms can seem like a severe stomach virus accompanied by breathing problems. The illness can lead to pneumonia and kidney failure.

Anthony S. Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said they do not yet know how the virus is transmitted to people.

"We are assuming that they are being exposed inadvertently to an infected animal. The characteristics are that it doesn't spread well at all from person to person, so it doesn't have what's called sustained transmissibility from you to me, from me to my family, etcetera,'' said Fauci.

While the number of cases is relatively low so far, Fauci said there is growing concern the deadly virus could mutate and be spread by direct human contact. If that happens, it could spark a global outbreak, something experts fear. 

"When you look at a typical influenza virus, for example seasonal flu, where you have millions and millions of people infected, the mortality is less than one percent, a fraction of a percent. The mortality for this if you do the math is 50 cases and you have 30 deaths, so you are talking about a 60 percent mortality already," said Fauci.

The virus has been found in Middle East countries and isolated cases have been exported to Europe by visitors. But the largest cluster of infections is in Saudi Arabia, home to the Muslim holy cities of Mecca and Medina, which draw millions of pilgrims a year. The World Health Organization says it is closely monitoring the situation but is not currently recommending any travel or trade restrictions.


Traditional power in decline,
says Venezuela ex-minister

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

What do Syria's crisis, Europe's economic woes and global warming have in common?

Moises Naim, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says the answer is simple.

"All three are events that we need to stop," said Naim. But, "no one has the power to stop them."

Naim, on a discussion show, said globalization and a deeper interdependence have caused the number of problems and challenges that cannot be solved by any one country to soar.

Naim describes this phenomenon in his new book, "The End of Power."  A former trade and industry minister for Venezuela, Naim said from battlefields to boardrooms, "being in charge isn't what it used to be" when it comes to making things happen.

Across the globe, he said, well-established governments and corporations are being upended by micropowers, such as fringe political groups, insurgents or innovative start-up companies.

Naim said historically, powerful individuals or institutions had been able to protect or shield themselves from these rivals or challengers.

"Those barriers are now easier to overwhelm, easier to circumvent or undermine," he said.

As an example, he cited Eastman Kodak, a once-dominate U.S. photographic products company that filed for bankruptcy last year.  He said Kodak had lost ground to online start-ups like Instagram, a photo-sharing and social networking service.

Researchers Diego Comin and Thomas Philippon reached the same, broad, conclusion in their New York University study, "The Rise in Firm-Level Volatility: Causes and Consequences."

"The expected length of leadership of any particular firm has declined dramatically," they said, primarily because of increased competition in product markets.

Naim said increased competition has benefited consumers by giving them more choices and options.

However, he said it also had a downside - a dilution of power, especially in terms of governments.

A lot of groups, or in some cases individuals, now had enough power to block the initiatives of others, but no one had enough power to push through an agenda, Naim said.  He cited Washington gridlock as an example of what he said had become a global trend.

Naim said the power shift is playing out differently in some parts of the world.

In China, he said, a profusion of products and wealth has resulted in a more informed and better connected population.  Naim said the government, which in his view has been stagnant, will have to adjust to address the needs of China’s dramatically transformed population.

In sub-Saharan Africa, Naim said, life for autocrats has become deeply uncomfortable as populations become better connected through social media.

Author Joseph Nye offers a similar world view on government authority in his book, "The Future of Power."

"The problem for all states in the 21st century is that there are more and more things outside the control of even the most powerful states, because of the diffusion of power from states to non-state actors," said Nye.

Naim said that while it may not be possible to stop the erosion of traditional power, there are things that can be done to lessen the negative effects.

In his book, Naim suggests working to restore trust in institutions, which, he said, will result in more effective collaboration.

He also said traditional political parties should work to broaden their appeal and platforms - especially to young voters - so that potential supporters are not swayed by fringe groups.


Bus seat with marijuana
put woman in Mexican jail


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Mexican authorities have released a U.S. mother of seven who was being held on drug trafficking charges, in a case that had attracted global headlines and threatened to upset U.S.-México relations.

Yanira Maldonado was greeted by her family and other well-wishers as she walked free last week out of a prison in the Mexican border town of Nogales, where she had been held for nine days.

The Mexican military had jailed her after more than five kilograms of marijuana were found stashed under her seat in a passenger bus headed for the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona.

Charges against her were dropped after a review of security tape footage at the bus station appeared to show her and her husband boarding the vehicle with only blankets, water bottles and her purse.

Maldonado is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in México. She and her husband Gary said they were visiting México to attend a relative's funeral.

She has repeatedly pleaded her innocence during television interviews from the prison, saying she is a devout Mormon who is not involved in the illegal drug trade.  Media outlets have reported that court records suggest there have been no prior drug charges against her.

Drug traffickers in México have in the past tried to smuggle their goods into the U.S. using passenger buses.

The Maldonado family believes they were framed. They say they were originally told they could bribe the judge with $5,000 in order to release the charges, but the deal fell through.

The Maldonado case had drawn the attention of several Arizona politicians and U.S. officials who had been pushing for her release.
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Casa de Eden
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Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
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7982-6/30/13

San Pedro condo
Condo for Sale in Flor del Este
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Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
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7973-8/23/13

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Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

$28,500 - Little Dreams - Ocotal beach studio condo, furnished upper floor condo in great complex just 1 mile from Ocotal beach, 2 miles from Coco beach, great price for this complex.
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$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website WendyLovesCostaRica.com. All 3 of these condos are about 35 minutes away from Liberia Intl. airport, no need to drive a long way to get to your condo.  Call for more information, 1-415-670-9382 or 011-506-826-1211. Or email Wendy@WendyLovesCostaRica.com.
7971-6/23/13

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- 3 Bedroom House in Gated Community, furnished, walk to the beach, $120k
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7972-8/9/13

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ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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7967-7/17/13

La Cruz finca
La Cruz Finca 223 ha. (558.2 acre)
This beautiful 223-hectare (558-acre) farm is 70 kms. north of Liberia on the Pan-American Highway and has over a kilometer of frontage on the highway. The property is almost 3 kms deep and has good interior roads. The River Sapoa runs year round at the back side of the farm which is almost 1 mile wide with and incredible views over the Nicaraguan border to Lake Nicaragua and Isla Ometepe. Great property for an eco retreat, teak farm or cattle ranch.  At $900 per acre, this is one of the best farm deals around. See details HERE! The seller will entertain any reasonable offer. Price: $495,000 contact: Bruce Hummel. Email: Bruce@bh-cr.com. Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987 7166,  www.bh-cr.com
7966-6/16/13

Playa Octal home
Playa Ocotal Beach Home
This home is located in a residential resort complex made up of 40 luxurious, fully furnished beachfront villas, plus a clubhouse complete with poolside bar and restaurant. Bahía Pez Vela is located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, one kilometer from Playa Ocotal on the North Pacific coast and just 30 minutes drive from Liberia International Airport and three miles to downtown Playas Del Coco. From this home you can hear and see the waves crashing on the rocks of this pristine beach. See it HERE! This is the best priced beach home in Costa Rica! Price $225,000   Contact: Bruce Hummel Bruce@bh-cr.com, www.bh-cr.com - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.
7965-6/16/13

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This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at www.dreamincostarica.com and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!
7958-6/2/13

La Garita
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This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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7725-5/15/13

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

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

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
SALE on our last 4 lots! Starting at just $17,500 with financing available.
Reserve today with just $5,000 down
Great Retirement Home, Vacation Home, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers on site,
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Water and power on site.
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7928-8/9/13

Nicoya views
Property with ocean and gulf view for sale
Tranquil million dollar view, 5,000-sq.meter property with 3/2 home built to American standards, artistically designed and decorated, 16-foot ceilings of mango and tamarindo, appliances, plunge pool, rancho, caretaker apartment, workshop, covered parking, views of Gulf of Nicoya and ocean, in countryside near San José to Caldera highway. Near the lovely town of Esparza. Can provide extra income from bed and breakfast room rental and stellar Tripadvisor reviews. www.oasisbytheseabandb.com $180,000 506-8869-9274.
7882-4/15/13

FOR SALE BY OWNER
You can purchase property in Costa Rica legally without paying Land Transfer Tax; this plus the usual real estate commission of 5% will reduce your purchase price by approximately 11%. Save over $50,000.00 on the purchase of this $465,000.00 property. Large 5000+ sq.ft. House. Ideal for business executive, B & B or large family. E-mail for photos and more information to landofpalms@hotmail.com.
7869-4/6/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
7845-8/18/13

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58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
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New applications ease
speaking another language


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

New apps are aiming to make traveling in a foreign country easier by putting translation tools in tourists' pockets, makers of the devices said Monday.
 
A set of free apps for iOS devices from the language learning company Rosetta Stone give users short exercises so they can learn the basics of another language and commonly used phrases in French, Spanish, German and Italian.
 
The exercises in the Rosetta Stone Navigator apps use speech recognition to test whether the user is repeating a word correctly.
 
“It's about speaking, not just about reading and thinking through it,” said Jonathan Mudd, senior director of global communications at Rosetta Stone, which is based in Virginia.
 
“When you get over that obstacle of hearing yourself say words in new languages, and messing them up, you will get comfortable a lot faster,” he added.
 
Another free language app launched by Duolingo, for Android and iPhones, makes learning a new language into a game. Languages are broken down into different components, such as tenses and nouns, and when a user perfects a skill they can unlock new ones.
 
Other language apps, such as Google Translate and Vocre for iPhone and Android, use speech recognition technology paired with translation technology to translate speech. After speaking a phrase, the app converts it to one of dozens of other languages.
 
An app called VerbalizeIt, for iPhone and Android, takes a different approach. It connects translators around the globe with people struggling with a language.
 
Users choose the language they need to be translated and after touching a button on the app they are connected to a person on the other end of the phone. The app is free but the cost of the service ranges from $1-2 per minute.
 
“That call from the customer is routed through our virtual call center to the next available translator for that given language you need,” said Ryan Frankel, chief executive officer of New York-based company VerbalizeIt.
 
The company said more than 8,500 translators, who have passed a language proficiency exam, work for it. It has also launched a platform for businesses to translate documents.
 
“We realized that when you build up this community of translators they're capable of doing so much more than phone translations,” Frankel said.
 
He added that it may still be some time before apps can accurately translate speech from one language to another.
 
“I think the biggest hurdle - and this is the reason why you will always need humans - is that understanding local context, dialect, sarcasm and emotion is difficult. There's so much that a machine cannot pick up on that humans are capable of picking up on,” Frankel said.

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Irish officials are faking prosperity

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Local councils in Northern Ireland have painted fake shop fronts and covered derelict buildings with huge billboards to hide the economic hardship being felt in towns and villages near the golf resort where G8 leaders will meet this month.
 
Northern Ireland's government has spent two million pounds tackling dereliction over the past two years, the province's environment department said, demolishing some buildings and giving others a facelift in a bid to make areas more attractive.
 
Almost a quarter of so-called dereliction funds were freed up for local councilors in the county of Fermanagh in anticipation of Britain hosting the annual Group of Eight leaders summit there on June 17 to 18. More than 100 properties have been spruced up.
 
In the one-street town of Belcoo, the changes are merely cosmetic. At a former butcher's shop, stickers applied to the windows show a packed meat counter and give the impression that business is booming.
 
Across the street, another empty unit has been given a makeover to look like a thriving office supply shop. Locals are unimpressed.
 
“The shop fronts are cosmetic surgery for serious wounds. They are looking after the banks instead of saving good businesses,” said Kevin Maguire, 62, an unemployed man who has lived all his life in Belcoo.
 
“Where would you see a shop front in Northern Ireland like this anyway? It's more like something you'd find in Belgravia or Chelsea,” he said, referring to elite districts of London.
 
The fakes are not the first of their kind in Northern Ireland, a province recovering from three decades of sectarian violence that was largely ended by a peace deal 15 years ago.
 
Last year smart-looking shop fronts appeared in a series of derelict Belfast stores along the main route from the city center to the grand Stormont parliament building.
 
“Northern Ireland is in the international spotlight so it is entirely right that we should portray it in the best light possible,” Northern Ireland Environment Minister Alex Attwood said in a statement. “We should do everything we can to make these areas as attractive for residents, tourists and consumers. If we want tourists to visit and stay longer, then tackling major eyesores and dereliction will certainly help.”
 
Although partly shielded from the economic crisis in the Republic of Ireland thanks to an annual grant from London that accounts for about half of public sector spending, the North has been hit hard by the downturn. Even the luxury five-star hotel where G8 leaders will meet in two weeks' time has been in receivership since 2011.
 
In Belcoo, some wonder what will happen to the new shop fronts once Barack Obama and other world leaders have left.
 
“In six months' time how are these shops going to look?” asked Jim Leonard, a 50-year-old unemployed bricklayer. “They'll just be pieces of paper blowing around the ground.”


Asian markets fall on U.S., Chinese concerns

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Asian stock markets fell Monday as investors continued selling on concerns about weak Chinese manufacturing data and the direction of the U.S. economy.

European stocks were mixed in afternoon trading, and U.S. indexes edged higher as the week's trading opened in New York. U.S. markets fell sharply Friday.

Japanese stocks led the losses across Asia on Monday, as the benchmark Nikkei 225 index and the Topix index both lost more than 3 percent.  Indexes in South Korea and Australia also suffered significant losses.

The sell-off in Asia accelerated after an HSBC Chinese manufacturing index fell to 49.2 in May, the lowest mark in at least seven months.  Any number below 50 signals a contraction. 

Investors are also concerned over speculation the U.S. Federal Reserve may begin scaling back its massive bond buying program aimed at stimulating the U.S. economy, after a series of positive economic reports.