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The security ministry said that these legal firearms were surrendered by the owners in 2014 and this year. They have been destroyed.

Curiously, there is paperwork involved in surrendering a firearm. The  Dirección General de Armamento of the ministry requires the initial paperwork and an application for destruction signed by the owner.

There's no sense sitting around bored as it rains
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The rainy season certainly has arrived.

In all but the Pacific coast where drought prevails expats have to hurry though the morning to complete errands. Then after the early afternoon storms arrive, the question is "What to do?"

The medical literature is quite clear that sitting in front of the television with another beer in the hand probably has long-term negative repercussions.  Plus it's boring.

Here are 10 rainy afternoon suggestions:

1. Remember that half-finished model of the U.S.S. Constitution  that vanished sometime between elementary school and girls? Now is a great time to complete one. Wooden model kits can be found on eBay for about $30 to $100.  There are plastic kits, too. In either case, the challenging job is installing the rigging for Old Ironsides.

2. Instead of drinking it, why not make beer? Anything is better than Imperial. And those containers of spring water in the supermarket are perfect as fermentors. Instructions are all over the Internet, although some digging might be required to get all the supplies in Costa Rica.

3. The ladies might be able to get the spouse off the couch with some threats and inducements in order to learn or improve dance steps. YouTube, that great source of information, has hundreds of video lessons.

4. Expats have been know to write books. Electronic publishing makes this easy, and there are a handful of writer's groups that provide encouragement and advice. With the first movie deal, the expat author can avoid the rainy season all together and spend time at the newly acquired villa in the south of France.

6. The pawn shops are full of musical instruments. A plastic recorder costs about 2,000 colons. There is no excuse not to

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become an accomplished musician before December. Once again, YouTube has the instructional videos.

7. One expat in Nicaragua creates fantastic dishes and shares mouth-watering photos via email. Central America is full of regional dishes and the veggies and meats to make them.

8. A trip to Los Angeles will improve health, a fake trip that is on a stationary bicycle. A slow start still should reach Peñas Blancas in a week or two. Push pins on a wall map can show the dates and distances. And no passport is needed.

9. A hour a day will really improve the Spanish or provide basic fluency in any other language. Mandarine, anyone?

10. The local schools sure could use volunteers with real world knowledge. A visit and chat with the administrator might result in a fit. And classrooms are roofed and free of rain for the most part.

Emergency commission promises drought aid
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The month of May set all-time records for the lack of rain in Guanacaste, but the national emergency commission said that June will be a key month in distributing aid to farmers and ranchers.

The commission said that 15.5 billion colons or about $28.5 million will be distributed this month. The aid ranges from hay for animals to subsidies to families affected by the drought.

Officials from the  Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias met with their local counterparts last week to discuss the distribution. They 
also will be distributing seed and fertilizer for growers of cash crops like sugar cane, rice, corn 
onions, coffeeand beans., the commission said

The aid comes from a decree issued last September. In a release, the commission blamed the prior administration for not making plans to confront the effects of El Niño.

The  Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería will be in charge of the distribution, said a summary.

The commission said it spent four months approving the money for the supplies, but that other entities, such as the Banca para el Desarrollo and the Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social have been proving aid to residents of the area, too.

The decree covers more than just Guanacaste, Drought extends down the Pacific coast.

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Police close down fighting bird event

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Fuerza Pública officers and health ministry workers cracked down on another chicken-fighting establishment. This one was in Peñas Blancas de Pérez Zeledón.

The ancient blood sport is a firm part of Costa Rican culture. It involves betting, drinking and watching one rooster kill another.

Police said they were tipped by a 911 call, but the location of these sites, called a gallera in Spanish, are well known.

The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal also was involved in the raid.

Typically the most serious violation was not fighting chickens but the unlicensed sale of alcohol and food. The Municipalidad de Pérez Zeledón is expected to follow up on this case.

Police and animal health workers confiscated 20 live and one dead bird as well as alcohol, they said.

The operation had its own electrical generating setup, and the interior of the structure was air conditioned, said police.

Despite being in an isolated area, there were many persons there and their vehicles.

Although such activities are illegal, expats in the southern zone say those who raise the fighting birds are well-known and that large amounts of money are involved in the wagering.

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Women's League still fighting for peace

In April of this year 1,000 women, members of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, met in the Hague  to celebrate 100 years of working for peace.  There were two representatives from Costa Rica.

The league was founded in Abril 1915 by women from many different countries trying to halt the course of the war which was in its  eighth month.  Although they did not succeed, they were determined to continue.  When the war ended three years later,  millions were dead, countries were in chaos and economies were shattered.  The women of the league promised to continue “fighting” for peace and for civil rights in spite of incredible odds. 

The Second World War shattered their dreams for peace soon but also renewed hope as people around the world became aware of the consequences of war.

In the 100 years since WILPF was founded, a lot of progress has been made. Women got the vote in most countries, as did minority populations, colonies became independent nations, the United Nations was formed and international cooperation for science, health, and law were established.  Conventions and treaties now prohibit landmines, child soldiers, biological and chemical weapons and the use of the seas and space for military purposes.  The Arms Trade Treaty ratified in December 2014 oversees arms sales and transfers to prevent arms shipments to groups or armies that violate human rights.  Work is under way for a treaty to prohibit nuclear arms. Women of WILPF were a part of every one of those achievements.

But the week after the women met in the Hague to pledge their support for peace, the governments of the world continued to gear up for war.  Nicaragua announced plans to get combat planes from Russia, Quatar signed an agreement with France to purchase fighter jets and French president Hollande flew to Quatar to sign the agreement.  China showed off its "advanced" fighter plane, and Saudi Arabia, with U.S. supplied weapons, bombed Yemen.  Within a month Russia presented its newest T-14 tank which will be topped off with 152-mm guns with projectiles that can “burn through a meter of steel.”  Fighting continued in the Ukraine, Syria, the Republic of the Congo, Iraq, and there are threats to the peace in north Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, and Palestine to name but a few armed conflicts.

Even countries living in peace prepare for wars.  Military spending has increased.  Argentina, seeing a threat over the Falkland Islands, tripled its military expenses since 2005.  The United Kingdom also increases military spending to defend the Falklands. They plan for war instead of peace. 

Among the top 15 countries in  military spending is Brazil.  India, beset by poverty and social problems, is the biggest importer of arms, according to a report from Germany which gladly sells them more.

The United States and China top the list for military expenditures.  Among other top "defense" spenders are Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Turkey and Australia.  While some western countries are reducing their war expenditures, African and Asian countries are increasing theirs.

Even reductions in military spending can be misleading because newer weapons are more potent and require less personnel as “unmanned” weapons take over.  More kill for less bill.

The tragic story of refugees, millions leaving war-torn areas, victims of wars or ruined economies, is the outcome of choosing war over negotiations and peace.  Millions of people are forced to abandon their homelands to live precariously in refugee camps or risk their lives trying to reach safety so that wars can be fought. A generation of children is growing up without the security of homes, schools and family.

The clamor for peace has not abated.  The women at the Hague in 1915 determined to work for peace.  The women meeting in the Hague in 2015 are equally determined.  Someday peace will take precedence over war.

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Soccer federation exec admits taking bribes

U.S. court records unsealed Wednesday show that a former executive committee member of soccer's global governing body, admitted accepting bribes in connection with the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.

The man, Charles Blazer, a U.S. citizen who spent two decades as one of the world's most powerful soccer officials, secretly pleaded guilty in November 2013 to 10 criminal counts in New York as part of an agreement with U.S. prosecutors, according to the partially redacted transcript of the hearing.

Blazer told a U.S. judge that he and others on federation executive committee accepted bribes in connection with the choice of France as the host of the 1998 World Cup. He said he also accepted bribes linked to the 2010 event awarded to South Africa.

Also Wednesday, Interpol, an intergovernmental organization that facilitates global police cooperation, issued a red notice for two former federation officials and four executives on charges that included corruption and racketeering. They risk arrest anywhere in the world they travel.

The six are among 14 people indicted by the U.S. Justice Department on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering in a scheme that prosecutors say involved sports media executives paying or agreeing to pay more than $150 million in exchange for marketing rights to tournaments.

Two of the six already have been charged in their home countries: former federation vice president Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago, and former executive committee member Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay. Warner has been released, and Leoz was placed under house arrest.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that the soccer corruption scandal and Tuesday's resignation of federation president Sepp Blatter offer an opportunity for football’s governing body to “improve its public image and ensure its actions are consistent with its mission.”

Earlier, U.S. news outlets said Blatter was under investigation in the United States in connection with the corruption scandal.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch declined to comment on the investigation during a news conference Tuesday in Riga, Latvia, where she was attending an EU-U.S. Justice and Home Affairs Ministerial Meeting.

News that Blatter, 79, is the target of probes by federal prosecutors and the FBI came hours after he abruptly resigned his post during a news conference in Zurich.

Blatter, who on Friday had been re-elected to a fifth term as federation president, acknowledged that he did not "have a mandate from the entire world of football — the fans, the players, the clubs, the people who live, breathe and love football as much as we all do at FIFA."

He admitted that "FIFA needs a profound restructuring" and pledged his commitment to that goal.

Many of federation's multimillion-dollar sponsors praised Blatter's decision to step down. U.S. soft drink maker Coca-Cola said it was "a positive step for the good of sport, football and its fans."

Chung Mong-joon, the billionaire heir of South Korea's Hyundai conglomerate and a former member of  executive board, announced Wednesday in Seoul that he was considering running for the federation presidency.

The Jordanian government announced that Prince Ali bin al-Hussein was also considering a run for top job.

Prince Ali, who is the president of the Jordanian Football Association, lost to Blatter in the presidential election Friday.

Blatter has ordered an extraordinary congress of the football federation to choose a new president, and he said he would retain his presidential powers until then.

Election of a new president apparently will take months. Experts expect a vote could take place between December of this year and March 2016.

Swiss authorities have launched a separate investigation 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.

March for water is today at 9 a.m.

By the A.M. Cost Rica staff

Mercedes Peñas Domingo, the country's first lady, is expected to lead a march for water today at 9 a.m. leaving the Fuente de la Hispanidad in front of Mall San Pedro. The destination is the Antigua Aduana some two kilometers away where the Feria del Ambiente 2015. is talking place.

Organizers said they expected 2,000 person, including school children. The theme is to conserve water.

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Rabies outbreak near Buenos Aires blamed on vampire bats
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Animal health officials report an outbreak of  bovine paralytic rabies at Potrero Grande de Buenos Aires. So far one cow has died, but the virus infection is slow to show symptoms, so more cattle might be infected. There are nearly 200 cows on the same ranch.

The virus is carried by vampire bats who feed on the blood of cattle. The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal  said that efforts are under way in the area to reduce the population of bats.

The government also is providing vaccinations for persons who might have come in contact with the cow. The virus is spread by saliva, and humans can contract it. Infected cow with the paralytic form of the disease are not likely to attack. But there is a second form that makes cows aggressive.

The animal health officials suggested vaccinations for household pets, and, of course, a program of vaccination for cattle. Modern vaccines are 100 percent effective against the virus, cattle experts say.

During an outbreak in the 1960s when a vaccine was not available. Costa Rican cattle ranchers lost 10,000 head, according to statistics from the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization.

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A typical Costa Rican vampire bat

New manual will try to assist in production of culantro coyote
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some expats have thought incorrectly that culantro is the Spanish word for coriander or cilantro. These are related but different plants, and the production of  culantro coyote, as it is called here, is an important crop in the cantons of  Siquirres and Turrialba.

To aid the production, the  Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería just came out with a manual on good practices for raising the biennial herb.

Culantro (Eryngium foetidum) has a much stronger taste than cilantro (Coriandrum sativum), according to Purdue University, which notes that the herb is mostly unknown in the United States cusine even though it grows wild in the south. It also has medicinal value.

The purpose of the new manual is to produce a crop that is safe for national consumption and export, the agricultural ministry said. The manual favors non-chemical and biological control of insect pests.

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A handful of culantro.

Tot kills tot in a household shooting mishap in Matina
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents said that a 4 year old in Palestina de Matina shot his 2-year-old sister dead Wednesday morning in the family home.

Agents said that a loaded rifle was the weapon and that the

shooting took place while the mother was outside the rural home doing chores.  The weapon had been stored beneath a staircase in the home, agents said.

The girl suffered  a bullet wound in the right eye, said the Judicial Investigating Organization. The youngsters were not identified.

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Effects of rising sea levels is theme of California photo exhibit
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Scientists say the sea levels are rising and will continue to do so indefinitely.  Coastal communities around the world are already feeling the impact of the rising waters. Many cities and towns are adapting to this new reality. Their response has been photographed and is being presented at an exhibit called "Sink or Swim: Designing for a Sea Change."

Devastating storms and floods are part of a new reality around the globe, said oceanographer and president of the Aquarium of the Pacific, Jerry Schubel.

“Global climate change is resulting in rising seas, coastal flooding and increasingly powerful storm surges,” he said.

A video of the rising water produced by the aquarium shows how low-lying places around the world that flood historically are the areas that are immediately vulnerable to the sea level change. Meteorologist Dan Cayan with Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego said recent trends will continue.

“In the last couple of decades it’s risen at a greater rate.  We think very confidently it will accelerate in the next several decades,” said Cayan.

Scientists estimate by the end of the century, the seas will rise by an average of almost a meter around the world and continue to climb.

“Sea level rise will not end in 2100.  It’s an ongoing problem, as the planet adjusts to a new, essentially a new energy balance because of greenhouse gases,” said Cayan.

Cayan said greenhouse gases are warming the planet, “and as the climate warms, the potential for unleashing stored water on Earth, largely in Greenland, Antarctica, holds a lot of potential sea level rise in the future."

How people around the world are affected by flooding and how they are adapting to the rising sea is shown in the photo exhibit "Sink or Swim," said guest curator Frances Anderton.

“We have the issue of the rising seas but that is coupled with our desire to live on coastlines. There is an intense level of development on coastlines,” said Anderton.

One photo in the exhibit, taken in Bangladesh by Jonas Bendiksen, shows students attending a floating school on a wooden boat. Another photo, taken by Iwan Baan, features a more high-tech floating building from the Netherlands, a contemporary house boat made of aluminum and glass.

Scientists say city planners in coastal communities must continue to come up with innovative ways to adapt to rising seas. Through futuristic infrastructure and buildings that are water-friendly, communities will better withstand the fiercer storms of the changing environment and minimize human suffering.

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Live anthrax distributed
to many more locations

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The Pentagon says the case of live anthrax spores accidentally shipped to commercial and military labs in the U.S. and overseas is much worse than first reported.

An initial review says 51 labs in 17 states and Washington, D.C., and in three other countries, Australia, Canada, and South Korea, may have gotten the potentially dangerous shipment.

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Wednesday that those numbers could grow as the investigation proceeds. But Work stressed there is no danger to the general public and little risk for the lab workers.

"There are no suspected or confirmed cases of anthrax infection among any workers in any of the labs that have received these samples over the last 10 years," said Work.

He also said the concentration of the samples were too low to infect the average healthy person.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control is leading the investigation.

The anthrax samples were sent out from a U.S. military laboratory in the western state of Utah. Work says the probe will focus on why radiation failed to kill the spores and why testing failed to reveal that the spores were not dead.

The anthrax was being used to develop a test to identify biological threats in the field.

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

Harvard given $400 million
by an 1980 business grad

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

America's prestigious Harvard University said Wednesday it has received its biggest gift ever, $400 million from Wall Street hedge fund billionaire John Paulson.

The university said the money would support its School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, which is being renamed for the 59-year-old donor, a 1980 Harvard Business School graduate.

Harvard's science and engineering school has expanded rapidly in recent years. Its research laboratories have led advances in such diverse fields as the development of self-organizing robots and an implantable cancer vaccine.

Paulson's fortune is estimated at more than $11 billion. In the U.S. investment world, he is acclaimed for betting correctly against sub-prime mortgage bonds as the U.S. housing market plunged in 2007 in the months ahead of the country's steepest economic decline since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

In announcing his gift to Harvard, Paulson said, "There is nothing more important to improve humanity than education."

Harvard's endowment now totals $36.4 billion, making it the world's richest university.

Documental explores firms
involved in African mining

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Industrial mining firms have been put on trial, symbolically, in a documentary film being shot in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  A so-called tribunal, organized by Swiss film maker Milo Rau, has been hearing testimony for and against the firms, mainly against them, during two days of hearings in the city of Bukavu.

Rau is a 38-year-old film director with his own production company, called the Institute of Political Murder. He has been described by a German newspaper as the most controversial director of his generation.

His Congo film will center on a two-day citizens tribunal that he organized in the eastern city of Bukavu. The event had no legal authority, but he persuaded real lawyers, including some who have worked at the International Criminal Court, to take part.

They conducted the proceedings with a jury of Congolese politics and mining experts, in front of a large local audience, including the governor of South Kivu province.

The first day of hearings concentrated on disputes around two mining concessions, owned by multinational firms Alphamin Resources and Banro.  Alphamin has only started industrial mining in Congo in the past year, but Banro has been mining industrially in South Kivu since 2011.

Three witnesses complained that Banro had not adequately compensated them for being evicted from the company's land.

A witness told the tribunal that she and her family had had three houses on Banro’s concession at Luwhindja before they were evicted.  She said the company had built two houses at a new site for her and for one of her children, but another of her children was not given a house. Her other main complaint was that Banro resettled her at a site where she cannot raise her livestock.

The leading investigator at the tribunal was Sylvestre Bisimwa, who regularly works at the International Criminal Court.

Bisimwa asked another witness, Peter Mugisho, an activist from Luwhindja, why Banro chose to resettle the evicted families at an unsuitable site.

"I do not think Banro chose the site," he replied. "There was a process whereby some members of the community were consulted, but they did not consult the people directly concerned."

Several witnesses wore masks and spoke through voice distorting machines to conceal their identity.  One of these anonymous witnesses claimed he was a former member of a rebel group, and said his group had been formed to defend the interests of small-scale miners at the Bisie mining site.

Other witnesses and audience members said for the many miners who have already been evicted by these two firms and for the estimated two million or more artisanal miners still working in the country, industrial mining is not good news because they will likely struggle to make as good a living in other occupations.

The expert jury reached a similar conclusion. Jury member Venantie Bisimwa Nabintu summed up their views.

"At this stage," she said, "our judgment is that no industrial mining operation  has been accompanied by adequate investment in infrastructure, job creation or support to local communities."

“If they made this investment," she adds, "the mining companies could contribute to peace and democracy in the region.”

She also said that mining firms have taken advantage of the country’s instability to acquire concessions on terms unfavorable to local communities, which in the jurors’ view amounted to pillage.

Banro declined to be represented at the tribunal. In 2014 the company reported that since starting work some 10 years ago it had invested $766 million at its two sites in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including $40 million on local roads and buildings and about $4.5 million on social projects.

Rau's film on the mining issue and the tribunal is scheduled for release in the late 2016.  

Canadian report faults
police communications

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A police report into last October's terrorist attack on the Canadian parliament building shows officers missed their chance to stop the gunman because of miscommunication and a lack of proper training.

The report by Ontario Provincial Police released Wednesday said "the approach to the security and protection of Parliament Hill is highly inadequate . . . a grim reminder that Canada is ill-prepared to prevent and respond to such attacks."

The gunman, Muslim convert Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, shot and killed a security guard at a Canadian war memorial in Ottawa before commandeering a car and speeding to the nearby parliament building.

A woman who witnessed the attack tried to run for cover in a police woman's car. The report says the officer's radio message to another police car that could have intercepted the gunman was garbled.

The report also says Zehaf-Bibeau was able to storm the building because guards at the front door were unarmed. Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who did have guns, were under orders never to enter parliament with weapons.

Zehaf-Bibeau fired a number of shots in the halls before officers killed him.

The report says if the gunman had been better organized, there could have been casualties.

Canadian police have revised security procedures since the attack.

Airbus April crash blamed
on failure of three engines

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Airbus says three out of four plane engines failed in the crash of an A400M military plane last month near Seville, Spain, that killed four people.

Airbus Defense and Space made the announcement in Paris Wednesday, saying Spanish accident investigators confirmed that the engines of the plane were faulty in the May 9 crash.

It said the investigators made the judgment after completing preliminary analysis of the airplane's digital flight data and cockpit voice recorders.

Airbus blames the failures on a software problem.

Two members of the crew survived the crash.

Airbus says the aircraft was under flight trials at the airport and was scheduled to be delivered to a Turkish buyer.

Possible site of first farms
today is unforgiving desert

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

New findings by archeologists excavating a prehistoric site in Jordan may shed new light on the way early humans transitioned from hunter-gatherers to farmers. But the discoveries also reveal the dramatic consequences of ancient climate changes.

Driving through arid, barren lava fields in Jordan’s Black Desert, it is hard to imagine that about 14,000 years ago, this was the area where humans started a revolutionary transition from hunting and gathering to farming.

University of Copenhagen archaeologist Tobias Richter, who leads the excavation, says findings made so far show that after the last Ice Age, there was much more water here than there is today.

“When people appeared to have started to settle here, this would have been an extensive wetland area with birds, with lots of wetland plants that we found in the excavation, water fowl, herds of gazelle, of wild ass, of onager, roaming around this landscape. One can imagine it perhaps a little bit like the Serengeti in Africa," said Richter.

At this site, close to the Syrian border, scientists have found evidence that the area was occupied by a large number of humans who may have decided to stay because of the abundance of animals suitable for hunting.

Researchers think the lush richness of the land is also why the hunters eventually decided to settle down and begin farming.

Stone artifacts, along with bones of a child and an adult found nearby, may help scientists piece together a story about the lives of Neolithic humans, what plants and animals they grew and how they interacted within their social groups.

The project’s finds coordinator, Erin Estrup, showed off an ancient stone pestle, evidence that these early farmers grew seed pods and many other crops.

“We can then identify different species of plants which in turn will tell us what sort of things were growing out here. It's hard to imagine right now because it's all desert, but back many, many years ago, it was actually really nice and very, very green, and we can tell that from these plant remains," said Estrup.

On the environmental side, the dramatic transition from lush green steppes to now barren rocks in this part of Jordan is also strong evidence, scientists say, that climate changes occurred in the past and may happen in the future.

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Frida Kahlo is depicted in a 1940 self-portrait.

Big Apple exhibit highlights
Frida Kahlo's interest in plants

By the New York Botanical Garden news staff

The first solo presentation of artist Frida Kahlo’s work in New York City in more
than 10 years, "Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life," focuses on the artist’s engagement with
nature in her native country of Mexico, as seen in her garden and decoration of her home,
as well as her complex use of plant imagery in her painting.

On view through Nov. 1, The New York Botanical Garden’s exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on Ms. Kahlo’s intense interest in the botanical world.

Guest curated by distinguished art historian and specialist in Mexican art, Adriana Zavala,
the exhibition transforms many of The New York Botanical Garden’s spaces and
gardens. It reproduces Ms. Kahlo’s studio and garden at the Casa Azul and includes a rare display of more than a dozen original paintings and drawings.

Accompanying programs invite visitors to learn about Ms. Kahlo’s Mexico in new ways through poetry, lectures. Bilingual texts in English and Spanish provide historical and cultural background, with photos of the garden as it appeared during Ms. Kahlo’s lifetime.

Visitors entering the exhibition view a version of Kahlo’s garden
at the Casa Azul, the artist’s lifelong home outside of Mexico City, which she transformed with traditional Mexican folkart objects, colonial-era art, religious \paintings, and native Mexican plants.

A scale version of the pyramid at the Casa Azul, originally created to display pre-Hispanic art collected by Ms. Kahlo’s husband, famed muralist Diego
Rivera, showcases traditional terra-cotta pots filled with Mexican cacti and succulents.

Frida Kahlo, who died in 1954, is revered as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. She was highly political and a friend of Leon Trotsky, the exiled Bolshevik

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Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya. 7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 foot elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. Price for sale $179,000    Contact Mike: 
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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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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.
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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  
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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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 A good samaritan found this injured porcupine in Barrio Los
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Craigslist blamed for HIV increase

By the University of Maryland news staff

The introduction of Craigslist led to an increase in HIV-infection cases of 13.5 percent in Florida over four years, according to a new study conducted at the University of Maryland. The estimated medical costs for those patients will amount to $710 million over the course of their lives.

Online hookup sites have made it easier for people to have casual sex and also easier to transmit sexually transmitted diseases.  The new study measured the magnitude of the effect of one platform on HIV-infection rates in one state, and offered a detailed look at the varying effects on subpopulations by race, gender and socio-economic status. Looking at the period 2002 to 2006, it found that Craigslist led to an additional 1,149 Floridians contracting HIV.

The study underscores the need for broader communication and dissemination of the risks posed by the type of online matching platforms studied here, noted Ritu Agarwal, a professor at the University of Maryland, and Brad N. Greenwood, an assistant professor at Temple University.

The study also found that the new HIV cases came disproportionately from one racial-ethnic group, African Americans, who accounted for some 63 percent of the new cases. "That is a bit of paradox," says Agarwal, "because research suggests that the African American community is one which uses the Internet the least, even though the gap is narrowing."

Craigslist's arrival in different cities and different counties at different times made it possible to isolate the effects of the matching platforms; the phased rollout amounted to a natural experiment.

Perhaps most surprising of all, given the relatively high rates of infection among bi- and homosexual men, there was not a statistically significant difference in HIV-infection-rate increases across men and women.

It could be the case that homosexual men with HIV who used Craigslist were more likely to practice safe sex than infected heterosexuals, the authors speculated. Or matching platforms may lead to more homosexual activity by men who do not identify publicly as homosexuals, who then spread the virus to their female partners. The question demands more research, the authors said.

Agarwal and Greenwood were careful to note that they weren't making a statement about the overall value of Craigslist. Nevertheless, the study offers a reminder of the downside of connectivity. "While there is a general belief that connectivity is good on average, unfortunately on average means that some people are going to benefit more and others are going to lose more," Agarwal says.  “We need to better understand both the beneficial as well as the punitive effects of the Internet on individual and public health."

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Slower economic growth forecast for 2015

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The world economy will grow slower than expected this year and will pick up in 2016, if there is investment.  That is the latest forecast by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

In its latest global outlook launched in Paris Wednesday, the organization predicts growth for China and the United States will slow this year, compared to 2014. 

The organization cut its forecast for China to 6.8 percent this year, compared to 7.4 last year.  The U.S. economy is only expected to grow by 2 percent this year, down from 2.4 percent last year. 

The organization also trimmed forecasts for other big economies, like Japan and Canada.  Presenting the latest bi-yearly outlook, Secretary-General Angel Gurria said the process of healing from the worst economic crisis in decades has been slow.

“Years of weak investment, years of weak consumption, have dragged down potential growth, which in turn has reduced investment prospects for companies, and employment prospects for our citizens,” said Gurria.

The organization represents many of the world’s richest nations, and its outlook for some regions was more upbeat.  Growth in the eurozone is expected to pick up slightly to 1.4 percent this year, partly thanks to the European Central Bank’s supportive monetary policies. 

The report’s big message was for more investment. If that happens, Gurria said, it will boost world growth to nearly 4 percent in 2016 and finally turn the page on the economic crisis that hit in 2008.

The organization also predicts unemployment will drop next year, but Gurria said 40 million people will still be out of work, more than seven million more than before the crisis.