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Predictable rock fall closes key Caldera highway
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A cliff where problems took place in the past has given way on Ruta 27, the Caldera highway. Employees of the highway concession spent the day knocking down fractured rock.

The highway remains closed, but it is expected to re-open today if workers think that there will be no more falling boulders. Passage may be down to one lane.

Meanwhile, lawmakers who oppose concessions on principle or oppose the current administration, have begun to urge action by the Ministerio de Obras Pública y Transportes.

The rock fall is at kilometer 45 near Atenas.  The highway is two lanes there. An alternate
route, the Interamericana Norte can accommodate motorists, but the Caldera highway is quicker.

There has been trouble at this location in the past. Workers had installed wire mesh and plastered the cliff face. Falling rocks destroyed this preventative effort.

The  Consejo Nacional de Concesiones asked the concession holder,  Globalvía, to prevent a plan to remedy the problems by July 24.

The highway basically is a death trap with vertical cliffs in many locations. The cliffs should have been eliminated as the road was constructed, experts have said in the past.
This is a continuing situation in the rainy season.

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There's some good news and bad from store survey
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A new economics ministry study showed that 94 percent of supermarket items met the legal requirement of displaying a unit price, the agency said Thursday.

The legal compliance dipped drastically when items were on a special or promotion.

A popular Escazú store, Walmart, once again was an offender, said the ministry's consumer division.

The ministry, the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Comercio, reported the results of a survey from April 17 to 24 of 17 establishments. The surveyors were looking as shelf items that were on special as part of a promotion.

The law says that such items must show the prior and the current price. In addition, they

also must show what the benefit is to the consumer. The benefit may be expressed in terms of savings by buying bundled amounts of an item on special.

Surveyors determined that only 65 percent of the stores complied with this rule. The bulk of the stores in violation have been cited in the past, the ministry said.

However, the stores seem to be playing straight on price. The ministry asked the  Laboratorio Costarricense de Metrología to verify weights and quantity, Only one of 15 samples failed, the ministry said.

As usual when checking prices, the surveyors found a range 113 percent different among the stores for the same item and 407 percent among similar items

The details of the survey are on the ministry Web site.

Fire investigators confirm lightning destroyed statue
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The 10-meter fiberglass statue of Jesus Christ in  San Rafael Norte de Pérez Zeledón was destroyed by a lightning strike, fire investigators have confirmed.

They reported Thursday that there was no sign of accelerants or any evidence of arson. In addition, the Instituto Costarricense de

Electricidad agency that keeps track of lightning strikes confirmed that five bolts hit the ground in that area between  4:49 and 5:04 p.m. Tuesday, said the  Cuerpo de Bomberos.

The investigators found that some of the fiberglass crystalized, something that requires a temperature of 1,000 degrees C, they said.

The entire body of the statue melted or burned.

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Tourism chamber to help collect Caja debt

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social reports that 228 tourism businesses are behind on their monthly payments.

The Caja has made an agreement with the Cámera National de Turismo to help clear the debt of those member firms that are behind. The Caja says that 78 of the 455 members of the chamber are behind in payments.

Some 936 tourism companies are not chamber members, and of these 150 are behind, said the Caja.

The Caja said that its total debt in the tourism sector is 3.7 billion colons or about $7 million.

Employers are supposed to make payments for each employee each month based on the salaries received.

Tourism is the sixth largest sector that is behind with payments, said the Caja

The thrust of the agreement is that the chamber will approach its members who are behind and help set up a payment plan, said a joint announcement. The Caja suggests an initial payment of 20 percent of the debt owed with monthly payments after that.

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One man in custody in murder of family

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Posted Friday at 2:45 p.m.

Police and judicial agents have detained one man in the murder of an entire family in Santa María de Dota.

Three men more and two women either are in custody or are being sought, the Fuerza Pública said today.

Law enforcement fielded 80 officers to make the arrest of the man identified by the last name of Diaz. He is a 38-year-old Nicaraguan, they said

The man was detained about 6 p.m. Thursday as he tried to flee his home in the section known as Las Cataratas.

At the time of the murders a week ago, investigators said they suspected more than one person was involved because of the number of victims. The number that are believed to be involved suggests a murder-for-hire plot.

The case began May 28 when the body of a girl was found tied to her bed and stabbed to death. She was Abigail Suarez Miranda, 9. Searchers later found the father, Ramon, 50, the mother, María, 32, and the son, Abraham, 11, not far from the home.

Investigators have been working closely with their Nicaraguan counterparts, because the family is of that nationality.

Investigators at first thought the principal suspect fled the country, but after receiving information from Nicaraguan police, they continued to look locally. Nicaragua sent a prosecutor, two investigators and a forensic expert to assist.

At first the crime was attributed to a heavy handed effort to collect a debt. now police say they think that property boundaries were the motive.

Would-be robber killed by guard in Limón

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Two men tried to hold up a soft drink delivery truck crew Thursday afternoon in  Cangrejos, Limón. In the gun battle that followed, one of the presumed robbers died and a guard on the delivery truck suffered a bullet in the shoulder, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The dead man was said to be 21, according to agents.

The second robber fled, and it is believed it was he who delivered the bullet that hit the guard.

Most delivery crews in Costa Rica include a guard or there is a guard close by.

Hurricane moving away from México

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There is a Category 2 hurricane, Blanca, in the eastern Pacific off southern México. Like most Pacific storms, this one appears to be headed to the northwest out to sea, said the U.S. Hurricane Center.  Maximum winds are about 105 mph, the center said.

Blatter says he's reforming federation

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Outgoing soccer federation President Sepp Blatter held talks Thursday with the head of the organization's compliance and audit committee on reforming football's world governing body.

In a statement Thursday, Blatter said he had a constructive meeting with Domenico Scala to establish a framework for action and a timetable.  He said he wants a comprehensive reform program and is aware that only the federation's congress can pass such reforms.

Blatter met with Scala two days after announcing his resignation as president and admitting the embattled organization needs a profound restructuring.

Blatter, who was elected to a fifth term last week, says he intends to stay on to lead the federation until a new president is elected sometime between December 2015 and March 2016.

In other news, former federation vice president Jack Warner said he has proof of financial dealings involving the organization's governing body and the 2010 general elections in his home country, Trinidad and Tobago.

Warner, who has been charged in the corruption scandal, said in a televised address late Wednesday he has documents and checks that link the federation with the Caribbean island nation's 2010 election.

He said he will no longer keep secrets for people who seek to actively destroy Trinidad and Tobago's hard-won international image, adding he fears for his life.

The U.S. Justice Department last week charged 14 people with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering in a scheme prosecutors say involved sports media executives paying or agreeing to pay more than $150 million in exchange for marketing rights to tournaments.

Warner, who faces extradition to the United States, is a former government minister in Trinidad and Tobago.  He is free on bond after his arrest last week.

Meanwhile, a South African special crimes unit said Thursday it has opened a preliminary investigation into bribery allegations surrounding the country's 2010 World Cup bid.

South Africa's government and national football association have denied bribes were paid to secure the right to host the tournament.

U.S. court records unsealed Wednesday reveal a former executive committee member of FIFA admitted in 2013 to accepting bribes in connection with the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.

The former executive, Charles Blazer, a U.S. citizen who spent two decades as one of the world's most powerful sports officials, secretly pleaded guilty 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 executive committee accepted bribes in conjunction with the choice of France as the host of the 1998 World Cup.

The American says he also accepted bribes related to the 2010 event awarded to South Africa.

Federation president Blatter is reportedly the target of probes by federal prosecutors and the FBI. He abruptly resigned his post during a news conference in Zurich Tuesday.

The 79-year-old Blatter, who was re-elected a week ago, 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."

U.S. suburbs seen as past their prime

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

There was a time when the idea of moving from the city to the suburbs defined success for many Americans. Owning a house with a white picket fence was the embodiment of the American dream.

Suburbs, mostly residential communities within commuting distance of a city, flourished after World War II. Originally, suburbs were designed around families with children with their local schools at the center. Social life revolved around the school, while bars and other kinds of nightlife were not seen as having a place in these family-centric communities.

However, many of the post-war suburbs are aging badly — with dead or dying shopping centers, empty big box stores, and abandoned office parks — and that white picket fence many Americans were so eager to attain, is now the very thing holding them back.

“The suburbs were built for the Baby Boomers [people born between 1946 and 1964] but they will not be able to age gracefully there,” said Ellen Dunham-Jones, a Georgia Tech professor of architecture and urban design. “The privacy that they valued when they were raising their family, now entraps them and isolates them.”

While suburbanites might still love their individual homes, they are not enamored of all of the driving, traffic and congestion they often encounter.

Atlhough the burbs were designed for kids and stay-at-home moms, the majority of modern-day mothers work outside the home. Ms. Dunham-Jones believes the working mom who is trying to shuttle her kids around to all of their activities is probably the least served by the suburban model.

And then there’s the inconvenient fact that although the suburbs were designed with families in mind, since 2000, two-thirds of suburban households have not had kids in them.

All of which means, the suburbs don’t seem to be serving anyone effectively, not the aging baby boomers, the working families with children, or the majority of households with no children.

“The vast majority of households in the suburbs do not have a connection to the schools and the majority of households in the country right now are one- and two-person households and they’re craving places where they can still feel some kind of social connection,” said Ms. Dunham-Jones.

Increasingly those places are retrofitted walkable urban spaces that give these communities a downtown they never had. These town centers often have retailers and restaurants at the street level, with office and residential space on the upper levels. A little farther from the center, you might find townhouses, and then single family homes, as well as open spaces that allow for social and communal interaction.

“Millennials [people born between the early 1980s to the early 2000s] want an urban lifestyle, they want to live in the cities,” said Ms. Dunham-Jones. “But most of their jobs are out in the suburbs, so they’re often really driving this kind of redefinition of a form of urbanism in the suburbs that can include nightlife and can include places to go and hang out as adults that aren’t focused on families and kids.”

These centers also serve the aging population by allowing them to stay in the same community as they age, where they can maintain friendships, see the same doctors, and live where they can walk to a variety of their daily needs. There are also the undeniable health benefits of living in these urbanized spaces, because, overall, people are less sedentary.

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Climate change dominates public policy despite myths and rumors
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Climate is the driving force in public policy, and Costa Rica is among the leaders. Yet facts often give way to rumors and myths.

Today is the last day of an environmental fair at the Antigua Aduana on Calle 23, and climate change, air pollution and related topics were the themes.

A Costa Rican housing agency tried to put out regulations last month that would have prevented a lot of development in the lands outside the core cities. San José officials are promoting repopulation, a plan to bring more residents back to the metro center to reduce commuting time, vehicle use and pollution.

Costa Rica supports the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and United Nations efforts to reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide, a so-called greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere.

Officials here seem to agree wholeheartedly that humans are one of the principal causes of rising world temperatures. The antidote is to restrict some human activities.

A news story Thursday about a photo exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific quoted director Jerry Schubel saying “Global climate change is resulting in rising seas, coastal flooding and increasingly powerful storm surges.”  Some readers objected, and one said that the global temperature has not risen for 18 years.

Schubel, an eminent oceanographer with many years standing, certainly must know that the sea has been rising for the last 18,000 years since the end of the Ice Age. What he probably also said that did not make the story is that sea level rise is accelerating.

The rise is attributed to expansion due to rising water temperature and glacial runoff. Since the end of the Ice Age, the oceans have risen about 120 meters (390 feet).

And despite the comment from the reader, warming does not appear to be slowing, according to the U.S.  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

A new study published online Thursday in the journal Science finds that the rate of global warming during the last 15 years has been as fast as or faster than that seen during the latter half of the 20th Century. The study counters the notion that there has been a slowdown or hiatus in the rate of global warming in recent years, as mentioned by the reader.

The researchers used the latest global surface temperature data.

The apparent observed slowing or decrease in the upward rate of global surface temperature warming has been nicknamed the hiatus. The Intergovernmental Panel concluded that the upward global surface temperature trend from 1998­­ to 2012 was markedly lower than the trend from 1951 to 2012.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists said Thursday that they have made significant improvements in the calculation of trends and now use a global
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surface temperature record that includes the most recent two years of data, 2013 and 2014, the hottest year on record. The calculations also use improved versions of both sea surface temperature and land surface air temperature data sets. One of the most substantial improvements is a correction that accounts for the difference in data collected from buoys and ship-based data, they said.

Sea level height used to be measured by local tidal gauges. For the last 13 years  satellites have been used. There still are some difficulties. Sea level height is supposed to be the mean height between high and low tide. That changes with location. In fact, some spots show a decline in seal level.

And El Niño pushes large quantities of water across the Pacific to confound the measurements.

Records and research show that sea level has been steadily rising at a rate of 0.04 to 0.1 inches per year since 1900, said the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Since 1992, new methods of satellite altimetry (the measurement of elevation or altitude) indicate a rate of rise of 0.12 inches per year. the agency said.

For the period between 1870 and 2004, global average sea levels are estimated to have risen a total of 195 millimeters (nearly eight inches). If this acceleration would stay constant, the 1990 to 2100 sea level rise would range from 280 to 340 millimeters, some 13.5 inches, according to the Weather Underground, A.M. Costa Rica's meteorological service.

The University of Colorado predicts a higher rate. Sea level rose 85 millimeters between 1993 and 2015, says that institution. That would be 3 and 11/32nds of an inch.

During the last Ice Age, global temperatures are estimated to be from 4 to 7 degrees C colder than now, and 3 million years ago, some researchers estimate that the world was 3 degrees C warmers and the sea levels were perhaps as much as 35 meters higher, some 115 feet.

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President Luis Guillermo Solís is received by French President François Hollande. The French government is holding a week for Latin American and the Caribbean.

Solís was delayed when his flight left Juan Santamaría airport an hour late.

The Costa Rican president has a full week of activities in Europe.

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Hatillo taxi driver detained as leader of a home invasion gang
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Last April, Fuerza Pública officers stopped a vehicle in which five persons were riding. They had ski masks and what amounted to burglary tools. But only one person was detained, said judicial agents. The arrest was because one of the five men was in violation of his parole on a previous charge, agents said.

But Thursday, judicial agents detained the driver, a man who
lived in Hatillo 4. He was identified as a taxi driver who was the leader of a home invasion gang.

The Judicial Investigating Organization confirmed the arrest and said that the man recruited others who were take advantage of an open gate or other easy access. There would enter a home, threaten those inside and steal what they could.

Agents noted that the three others persons who were in the vehicle last month are fugitives.

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Scientists wonder what most of those older than 100 are female
By the Cell Press news staff

Human supercentenarians share at least one thing in common: Over 95 percent are women. Scientists have long observed differences between the sexes when it comes to aging, but there is no clear explanation for why females live longer.

In a discussion about stem cell behavior and sex, Stanford University researchers Ben Dulken and Anne Brunet argue that it's time to look at differences in regenerative decline between men and women. This line of research could open up new explanations for how the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone, or other factors, modify lifespan.

It's known that estrogen has direct effects on stem cell populations in female mice, from increasing the number of blood stem cells, which is very helpful during pregnancy, to enhancing the regenerative capacity of brain stem cells at the height of estrus.
 Whether these changes have a direct impact on lifespan is what's yet to be explored. Recent studies have already found that estrogen supplements increase the lifespan of male mice, and that human eunuchs live about 14 years longer than non-castrated males.

More work is also needed to understand how genetics impacts stem cell aging between the sexes. Scientists have seen that knocking out different genes in mice can add longevity benefits to one sex but not the other, and that males in twin studies have shorter cell telomeres, a sign of shorter cellular lifespan compared to females.

"It is likely that sex plays a role in defining both lifespan and healthspan, and the effects of sex may not be identical for these two variables," the authors write. "As the search continues for ways to ameliorate the aging process and maintain the regenerative capacity of stem cells, let us not forget one of the most effective aging modifiers: sex."

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Chinese hackers get blame
for government data breach

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. officials said Thursday that hackers in China launched a massive cyber attack on the federal agency responsible for collecting background information and issuing security clearances for millions of government employees.

The Office of Personnel Management said that as many as 4 million current and former federal employees may have been affected. It said that number could go higher as the investigation continued.

Law enforcement officials told various media outlets that they thought Chinese hackers were behind the attack.

A Chinese Embassy spokesman in Washington, Zhu Haiquan, said China outlaws cyber warfare, adding that "jumping to conclusions and making hypothetical accusations is not responsible and counterproductive."

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, California's Adam Schiff, said this attack was most shocking "because Americans may expect that federal computer networks are maintained with state-of-the-art defenses."

The Office of Personnel Management said it detected the security breach in April, before it made what it called an aggressive effort to implement tougher controls. It said the FBI and Department of Homeland Security were investigating to determine the full extent of the damage.

The FBI said it takes all threats to public and private sector cyber systems seriously and would hold those who make such threats accountable.

The Office of Personnel Management said it would notify all current and former federal employees whose information might have been stolen. The agency will offer those workers access to credit reports and monitoring and identity theft recovery services at no cost.

The Office of Personnel Management cyber attack may be the biggest, but is not the first time hackers gained access to federal government computer systems.

Unclassified computers at the White House and State Department have been hit. Twitter and YouTube accounts of the U.S. central military command were also struck.

The Internal Revenue Service, which is responsible for tax collection, said last month that hackers stole information on 100,000 U.S. taxpayers.

Cyber warriors have also attacked such commercial giants as the Sony Pictures movie studio, Target and Home Depot stores, the eBay online auction site and JPMorgan Chase, a banking and financial services company.

Some of the attacks have been blamed on North Korea, Russia and China. Experts say China is desperate to get its hands on U.S. industrial and trade secrets. China angrily denies the accusations and says it has been targeted by U.S. hackers.

Schiff said late Thursday that it was "clear that a substantial improvement in our cyber databases and defenses is perilously overdue."

Texas governor joining
crowd of GOP hopefuls

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Former Texas governor Rick Perry declared Thursday that he would make a second try for the White House in 2016, becoming the 10th Republican to officially declare a bid for the presidency this year.

The crowded field has no clear front-runner.  Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is expected to officially join the race June 15.

Surrounded by family and supporters, Perry announced his candidacy in his home state, in the Dallas suburb of Addison. He focused much of his statement on what he believes are the foreign policy failings of President Barack Obama, including the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq and the rise of the Islamic State group.

On Iraq, Perry said, “No decision has done more harm than the president’s decision to withdraw our troops from Iraq.”  Like many of his fellow Republican contenders, Perry vowed a more muscular foreign policy if elected next year.  “We don’t have to settle for a world in chaos or an America that shrinks from its responsibilities.  We don’t have to apologize for American exceptionalism or Western values,” he said.

Perry said he was running to end an era of failed leadership.  Memories, however, are still fresh of his implosion during the 2012 Republican primaries and his infamous moment during a debate when he could not remember one of three Cabinet departments he had pledged to eliminate.

Perry is the latest of several Republicans to join the 2016 race in recent days.  South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham announced his candidacy this week and said his focus would also be on foreign policy and the struggle against Islamic State militants in particular.  “I want to be president to defeat the enemies that are trying to kill us — not just penalize them or criticize them or contain them, but defeat them!” he said.

Graham’s announcement came shortly after declarations from former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum and former New York governor George Pataki.  Santorum narrowly won the Iowa caucuses vote over Mitt Romney in 2012 and hopes to energize social conservatives again next year, although he will have plenty of competition from other conservative contenders.

Bush, who has been traveling the country and raising millions of dollars for his political action committee, has come under pressure of late to formally announce his candidacy.

When pressed about the matter recently on the CBS program "Face the Nation," he said,  “I’m nearing the end of this journey of traveling and listening to people, garnering and trying to get a sense of whether my candidacy would be viable or not.”

University of Virginia analyst Larry Sabato said the Republican presidential field remains wide open.

“The three at the top are Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio and Scott Walker," he said. "That is a very tentative listing because this is a fluid situation, and there is a long campaign and hundreds of millions of dollars to be spent just to get the nomination.”

The battle for the Democratic Party nomination has also become more crowded with the announcement that former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee has entered the race.  He becomes the third challenger to front-runner Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of State and New York senator.

Chafee won election to the Senate and his governor’s race as a Republican, but in recent years he switched to the Democratic Party.  While in the Senate, Chafee was the only Republican to oppose the war in Iraq, and he cited Mrs. Clinton’s vote in favor of the Iraq war authorization as a major reason he was running.

Chafee began his campaign with some unusual policy ideas, including a call for the U.S. to switch to the metric system and a refusal to rule out negotiations with the Islamic State group.  “Without a doubt, we have prodigious repair work to do in the Middle East and North Africa," he said. "We have to change our thinking.  We have to find a way to wage peace.”

Chafee joined Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley as challengers to Mrs. Clinton.  O’Malley began his long-shot campaign in Baltimore, where he once served as mayor:  “The story of our country’s best days is not found in a history book, because this generation of Americans is about to write it!”

Mrs. Clinton’s approval ratings have dipped of late because of controversies involving her use of a private email account while secretary of State and the fundraising practices of the Clinton Foundation, a nonprofit established by her husband, former president Bill Clinton.

Analysts, however, believe that Mrs. Clinton remains a strong favorite.  “What she does run on is having great experience, great support from the party, great support from all of the leaders, all of the fundraisers, and that is a very strong position to begin from,” said John Fortier of the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington.

More announcements could come this month in addition to that of Bush. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Walker, the Wisconsin governor, are both expected to announce their intentions by the end of June.  New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Ohio Gov. John Kasich could also join the field at a later date.

Los Angeles council due
to raise minimum to $15

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Los Angeles is about to become the largest American city to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, an increase to be phased in over five years. The wage is more than twice the current minimum rate required by U.S. law, and its approval will be the latest victory in a national drive by labor unions and low-income workers.

Some business groups, however, say such increases will cost jobs.

Protesters demanding a higher minimum wage have been rallying around the country, from New York to Phoenix. Minimum-wage workers went to Los Angeles City Hall last week as council members considered the wage increase.  It was given preliminary approval Wednesday and is expected to pass a final vote June 10.

The measure will raise the minimum wage in increments starting next year, to reach $15 an hour by 2020.  Workers for small businesses and nonprofit organizations will reach the $15 mark the following year. 

McDonald's worker Edgar Gonzalez, a young father, said it would make a difference.

"It will mean a lot," he said. "It will help me out with rent.  It will help me out with diapers.  It will help me out with having a better life.”

Former Walmart worker Evelyn Cruz said the new wage would keep her from having to make unreasonable choices, such as "if I am going to pay for the roof over my head or food on the table.”

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and some other business groups said that the measure would put an unfair burden on small businesses and that revising taxes would be a better way to help the poor. But the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, a trade union coalition, said the measure would boost the economy and help workers. 

Federation official Rusty Hicks said U.S. cities are stepping in where the federal government has not. “That is why you are seeing L.A., San Francisco, Oakland, New York and others step forward and try to address this issue on their own,” he said.

Business analyst Shon Hiatt of the University of Southern California said companies like McDonald's face stiff competition and slumping sales, and are starting to cut costs, and potentially cut jobs, through automation.

“McDonald's and other fast-food restaurants are moving in this direction," he said. "You will see the emergence of these touchscreens where individuals can order their food without even having to talk with an employee.”

The drive to raise the minimum wage is spreading.  Laphonza Butler of the Service Employees International Union said the goal of $15 an hour might be tailored to local economies and be lower in some cities and higher in others.

“The number is an aspiration and a symbol as much as anything," Ms. Butler said. "The real goal here is to shift the values of our country back to rewarding hard work.”

As workers savor their victory in Los Angeles, they say the drive to raise the minimum wage across the United States has gained momentum.

Citizens in 80 countries plan
to consider climate change

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

This Saturday, June 6th, hundreds of citizens in 80 countries will have a chance to voice their concerns and learn about climate change. The comments and opinions will be considered when the next Climate Change Conference is held in Paris in December.

The citizen consultation and deliberation process is called World Wide Views. It’s an effort to raise awareness about climate change and other issues. Organizers said it’s better suited for discussions on environmental matters than traditional surveys or focus groups and that it will help close the widening gap between citizens and policy makers.

World Wide Views is described as a “global citizen consultation that provides decision-makers with a unique insight on complex governance issues that are debated and negotiated at global venues, such as the U.N.” It’s been in use for climate conferences since 2009.

University of Helsinki Adjunct Professor Mikko Rask has studied the consultation process. He said while supported by the U.N., the consultations are actually organized by the World Wide Views initiative

“It’s a network of research institutes, environmental and other NGOs, assessment institutes and maybe some ministries, as well. But the coordinator, real coordinator, is Danish Board of Technology that used to be a parliamentarian body that provided advice to Danish parliament,” he said.

The day-long event in 80 countries features groups of 100 randomly selected people discussing major issues facing the climate.

Rask said the process is superior to surveys and focus groups because of the high level of ignorance among the public about environmental issues. For example, a poll shows only 44 percent of Europeans know the meaning of biodiversity. A simple definition is the variety of different types of life found in specific geographic locations.

He said, “If citizens lack sufficient information, how can you survey their opinions?”

“Questions and issues of climate negotiations are really complicated and not available for the public to start reflecting without any kind of background information. So, you cannot survey what folks should think about problems of biodiversity.”

So, the group meetings will also be used to raise awareness.

Professor Rask is co-editor of a new book entitled "Governing Biodiversity through Democratic Deliberation." The book contains evaluations by 30 international researchers on the role of the citizen consultation process in environmental policy.

The majority of the articles are analyzing this new process that tries to provide an alternative for complex environmental issues by allowing the informed reflection by randomly selected citizens, he said, adding "So, there are students of political sciences, science and technology studies, who are analyzing how the process was conducted in different countries, how reliable the method was.”

The book does find some problems with the World Wide Views consultations. Researchers say the method often relies “too heavily on numerical information, while ignoring local perspectives.”

Rask said that “since the U.N. is interested in more democratic decision-making, the local perspectives of different countries should be integrated more closely into global policy making.”

Drop of blood to show
viral infections histories

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Every virus that has ever made people sick can now be detected in a drop of blood.  A new test can tell doctors about a person's history of prior viral infections, something that may head off more serious diseases in the future.

The new blood test, called VirScan, has the potential to detect more than 1,000 different viral strains.

Principal investigator Stephen Elledge of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston says the genetics test, which requires only a single drop of blood, can tell doctors whether a patient was exposed to harmful viruses

For example, people can be infected for years with hepatitis C that can destroy the liver, leading to cancer.

“These sorts of viral infections — HIV is another one — can get going for a long time before you start seeing problems," Elledge said. "And by the time you see problems, it is much more dangerous.”

There are now treatments that cure hepatitis and lifesaving therapies for HIV.  By knowing whether someone was infected with a harmful virus years before, Elledge said, doctors can begin treatments early.

Researchers used blood samples from 600 donors in the United States, Perú, South Africa and Thailand to develop VirScan. They found people in each country had been infected with a unique set of about 10 viruses.

Right now, doctors can order a single test to detect a single virus,  and that is only if the physician is astute enough to suspect a particular infection.

More broadly, Elledge said, VirScan might make it possible to look at the health impact of combinations of viruses. "So we do not really know where this is going to go,” he said.

Elledge said VirScan could also be used to determine the root of more vexing conditions, such as which viruses trigger autoimmune diseases like diabetes and lupus.

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San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
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 just reduced.

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

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

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

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

Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for birds and other animals. 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built in year 2005 to highest standard by German owner now 69 years old, who wants to downgrade. Room for two more apartments, plans approved. Only 6 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jacó.  Price reduced for quick sale to $1,150.000 and still negotiable. All fittings and furniture included. Excellent quality and well maintained. Just upgraded and remodeled for $ 30,000. Owner financing available.  More photos on request HERE! Email:  Cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jaco hotel

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

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

The Pan American Health Organization is urging travelers to the 2015 Americas Cup, scheduled for June 11 to July 4 in Chile, to ensure they are protected from vaccine-preventable diseases, especially measles and rubella.

Intensified international travel and population movement associated with mass events increase the risk of imported cases of measles, rubella and other vaccine-preventable diseases, the World health agency said. For this reason, it said it is calling on travelers to make sure they are up to date on their vaccines and, if not, to get vaccinated against measles and rubella, ideally at least two weeks before traveling.

"Anyone over 6 months old who has not been vaccinated, or who does not remember if they were vaccinated, should get vaccinated against measles and rubella at least two weeks before traveling to the Americas Cup," said Cuauhtemoc Ruiz, chief of the agency's Comprehensive Family Immunization program.

In late April, the Americas became the world's first region to be declared free of endemic transmission of rubella and congenital rubella syndrome. The region is also on track to be declared free of measles, after interrupting endemictransmission of the disease in 2002. However, measles continues to circulate at the global level, and some countries in the Americas have reported imported cases.

Between 2003 and 2014, countries in the Americas reported a total of 5,077 imported measles cases. During 2015, 499 confirmed measles cases have been reported in the region up to the third week of May.

While traveling and for two weeks upon return, travelers should be alert for symptoms that include fever, skin rash, cough, joint pain or swollen glands. Anyone who thinks they might have measles or rubella should remain in their lodgings except to go to the doctor, and should especially avoid traveling or visiting public places. If symptoms appear after their trip, travelers should follow the same advice, seek medical attention and inform their doctor about their travel history.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that can be prevented with vaccination. It affects mostly children and is transmitted via droplets from the nose, mouth or throat of infected persons. Initial symptoms, which usually appear 10to 12 days after infection, include high fever, runny nose, bloodshot eyes, and tiny white spots on the inside of the mouth. Several days later, a rash develops, starting on the face and upper neck and gradually spreading downwards.

There is no specific treatment for measles, and most people recover within two to three weeks. However, particularly in malnourished children and people with reduced immunity; measles can cause serious complications, including blindness, encephalitis, severe diarrhea, ear infection and pneumonia, the agency said. The disease caused an estimated 145,700 deaths worldwide in 2013, most of them children under 5 years old, it added.

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Monetary Fund seeks freeze on U.S. rate hike

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The International Monetary Fund is urging the U.S. central bank to delay its planned interest rate hike until 2016.  Although the monetary fund says the underpinnings for continued growth are still in place, Managing Director Christine Lagarde says recent data suggest U.S. growth is likely to remain subpar.  Her comments reflect new concerns about the world's largest economy, which shrank 0.7 percent in the first three months of the year. 

Earlier optimism about the U.S. economy has faded a bit, after new data showed momentum slowing between January and March, the result of a harsh winter and a stronger U.S. dollar that has made U.S. goods more expensive abroad. 

Ms. Lagarde says raising U.S. rates too soon could result in significant market volatility around the world.

Buoyed by a steady improvement in the labor market, the central bank had signaled a modest rate hike by the middle of the year, its first in nearly nine years.  But the contraction in the first quarter and a slowdown in spending suggest consumers remain wary. Consumer spending rose only 1.8 percent in the first three months of 2015, a surprisingly modest increase given the more than 5 percent jump in disposable income, says Federal Reserve board member Lael Brainard.