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Festival promotes medical marijuana and hemp
By Sylvia Quesada Hildalgo
and the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica seems to be moving slowly toward legalization of marijuana.

A bill in the legislature would set up regulations for the production and use of cannabis for medical purposes and hemp for industrial uses.

Most proponents really see legalizing medical marijuana as just the first stage toward full legalization. A referendum on the issue certainly would receive an overwhelming support from the under-30 crowd.

Several hundred of the proponents met under the auspices of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud over the weekend. This was the CannaCosta 2015 Fest sponsored by  Emmanuel Javogue of  Zegreenlab. His Web site says "We are a support for researchers, information source and creators of the best organic products."

The company now focuses on medical cannabis and industrial hemp, the site says.  Cañamo is Spanish for hemp, hence the name of the event.

This was a strictly no-smoking affair, and it was not a protest. Among those who attended was  Marvin Atencio Delgado, a legislator who supports the regulated use of  cannabis and hemp.

A host of other guests participated in serious forums and roundtables on the topic.

There also were handicap activists pointing out the benefits of the plant since they started using it as pain reliever. In extremely cases  cannabis oil stops vomiting and increases the appetite, said Jason Lauve, director of  Hemp Cleans.

Those who attended the fest were mostly students and young professionals. Some said they are expecting changes in the regulation. An organization called LEAP Costa Rica was there, too. The acronym comes from Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. The international organization consists of ex-police officers and young volunteers. It says on its Facebook page that judges also support the effort.

The organization says it is against use or abuse of cannabis but supports freedom of choice for those who seek to use medical marijuana.

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Law enforcement has its stand, too.

In fact, the recreational use of marijuana is widespread in Costa Rica, and even the late A.M. Costa Rica columnist Jo Stuart wrote about her illicit use of marijuana for medical purposes.

The plant grows wild in the Talamanca mountains and elsewhere. Monday police announced the arrest of a man on the Caribbean coast who had in his possession eight kilos of the processed plant.

So far the major objection to the medical marijuana bill comes from the nation's anti-drug agencies. There also is most certainly pressure from the United States.

Even the White House maintains a marijuana information center. Says the presidential Web page:

Confusing messages being presented by popular culture, media, proponents of “medical” marijuana, and political campaigns to legalize all marijuana use perpetuate the false notion that marijuana is harmless. This significantly diminishes efforts to keep our young people drug free and hampers the struggle of those recovering from addiction.

Of course there is a famous photo of a younger commander in chief lighting up.

Scarlet macaws get dumped, too, by their owners
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Not just dogs, cats, puppies and kittens are dumped by unfeeling pet owners who tire of their responsibility.

A woman in  Rio Seco de Parrita reported that
she found a scarlet macaw that appeared to be sick.

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Someone dumped this pet.
Fuerza Pública officers took a look and discovered that the majestic bird had an eye problem, some sort of deformity to the beak and clipped wings.

The latter was the sure sign that the bird had been in captivity at one point.

Clearly the bird was not able to exist in the wilds.

The woman said she found the bird while walking in the mountains after visiting family.

She and the bird were enduring a heavy downpour, which is why she assumed the bird was sick.

The woman took the animal home and fed it. Police later took the bird to a veterinarian and later to a refuge.

The bird could live for decades more

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Child dies in drug shootout in Corredores

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A 10 year old in  La Cuesta de Corredores died Monday when he was caught in gun fire directed at anti-drug agents.

The child was in the wrong place at the wrong time, agents said, noting that he was not involved in the police action.

Agents of the  Policía de Control de Drogas were in the southern Costa Rican community in an effort to break up a major drug ring, the security ministry said. Men in a vehicle came by and fired on the officers, the ministry said.

Two agents were injured but not critically, a report noted. The ministry mounted a major effort to locate those who fired on the agents, it said.

Effort expanded against invasive lion fish

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The invasive lion fish is generating and extensive network of concerned officials and institutions.

Among other actions, it appears that the environmental ministry will create a  Comisión Nacional del Pez León.

The most affected by the fish are members of the  Asociación de Pescadores Artesanales del Caribe Sur. The lion fish has a voracious appetite and uses large fins to herd smaller fish to the dinner table.

The association also is the organization that runs a tournament for catching lion fish. The next one will be in September.

The Programa de las Naciones Unidas para el Desarrollo is now involved in the effort.

The best way to capture one of the fish is by spearing. And the fishing organization has created a plan that includes sweeps of the coast by divers. The organization also wants to alert residents to the culinary use of the lion fish, called  pez león in Spanish.

An outline of efforts against the fish was presented Monday to the  vice minister of Agua, Mares, Costas y Humedales of the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía.

The fish has been a problem for at least five years. It has made a home all over the Caribbean, and Florida academic institutions are major researchers.

The research says that the best way to eliminate the fish is by spearing.  And that is how the contest works on the Caribbean coast each year. Unfortunately, some fish tend to live below depths comfortable for divers.

The fishing association has been maintaining some 200 traps in the Caribbean for at least two years.

Some rain falls on the Pacific coast

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

There may be some good news for farmers and ranchers on the Pacific coast.

A low pressure area has formed offshore, and the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional predicts possible rain early today.  The forecast is more certain of rain this afternoon along the Pacific coast, the northern zone and the mountains of the Caribbean coast.

There was rain up to 15 milimeters Monday on the Nicoya peninsula, said the weather service. That is a bit more than half an inch.

At 6 p.m. the institute was predicting perhaps twice as much rain overnight in the southern Pacific along with thunder and lightning.

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The Zamora restaurant hotel vineyards is truly exotic and not expensive.
It offers a diverse menu with prices regular folks as Bill 0'Reilly likes to pontificate about can afford.

It is a relaxing oasis of nature with a hotel, several lakes, all kinds of aquatic animals and hundred-year-old trees the way Santa Ana must have looked before the urban sprawl created the demise of the wonder of Costa Rica
The owner, Mr. Zamora, has 14 hectares of a nature paradise untouched by the modern world with acres of grape vineyards, a giant pool and several cabinas.

Ge has  grown grapes like Napa Valley even though the experts have said it was not possible
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Nigeria now second as movie producer

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

It’s being called "Nollywood sur Seine,"  a Nigerian film festival, which is wrapping up its third edition in Paris Sunday. Nigeria is now the world’s second-largest movie producer, but film quality has not always been tops. That is changing, however.

Move over Hollywood. After India’s famous Bollywood, Nigeria’s Nollywood is now the world’s second-largest filmmaker, producing 2,000 or more movies every year.

Some of the best are being showcased at Nollywood Week, a film festival that’s wrapping up its third edition in Paris.

Nigeria may be an Anglophone country, but festival organizer Serge Noukoue said it makes sense to hold the festival in the French capital.

“Paris is the world’s cinema capital in a way. It’s a really important city for cinema. It’s a city that matters, and I believe Nollywood is a cinema that matters. I believe it just makes sense to have a platform here for Nollywood, and especially for Nollywood’s finest films,” said Noukoue.

The festival has been airing a mix of movies, including drama, comedy and even a zombie thriller. Also in the lineup were episodes of the popular Nigerian TV series "Before Thirty," about the pressures faced by Nigerian women to get married by that age.

The festival opened with Jimmy Goes to Nollywood, a documentary about Haitian actor Jimmy Jean-Louis discovering the film industry. Rachid Dhibou co-directed the movie.

He said at the beginning, people laughed at Nigerian movies because they were cobbled together on a low budget. But today, their quality is much better and they’re really giving Nigeria an international stature.

Cameroonian Ernest Mbong, who works in the music industry in Paris, has attended all three editions of Nollywood Week.

“It’s bringing a lot of light about what people are doing down there. Full of many things, many stories, taken from our roots. And also what people are living daily - that’s really important and interesting to all of us. And it’s really entertaining,” said Mbong.

Noukoue is not sure what next year’s festival will offer. He’s hoping to eventually include films from other African countries. But either way, he said, they will reflect a Nollywood state of mind - which is about being independent and making movies that ordinary people care about.

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New court ruling revives uncertainty over Zeta Gas

La Nacion: A recent court ruling revived uncertainty about who will take the reins of the company Zeta Gas, a situation that could lead to a new crisis of supply of liquid petroleum gas, as the country faced for 17 days between April and May.

Coast guards seizes almost two tons of marijuana in Limón

La Nacion: Law enforcement seized almost two tons (1,912 kilos) of marijuana in the Caribbean waters about 50 nautical miles from the port of Limón Monday afternoon after chasing a boat without registration.

Lawmakers take up to nine years to process a law.

La Nacion: Between May 1, 2002, and 2015, the legislature approved 1,015 initiatives as law with an average duration of 700 days for each.

Robbers wearing clowns masks break into a house in Limón

La Nacion: The incident occurred at 8:05 p.m. Monday in Buenos Aires de Pococí in Guapiles, when crooks entered the occupied house.

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Opponents of genetically modified crops irked by U.S. note
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Opponents of genetically modified crops are calling a letter from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative pressure put on Costa Rica to permit sowing genetically modified crops here.

More than 30 international opponents met in San Ramón, said the organization Federación Ecologista, adding that the attendees signed a document that said the U.S. letter offended the sovereignty of Costa Rica.

The document also said that there was no strong evidence showing that genetically modified crops would cause no harm and that efforts toward growing this type of crop was corporate biocolonialism.

The document supported efforts by the Ministerio de Agricultura y Ganadería to have the legislature pass a bill that calls for a 15-year moratorium on the planting of genetically modified crops outside the laboratory.

This is bill No. 19.477. This was the legislation that generated a letter May 26 from Darci L. Vetter, chief agricultural negotiator, in the  Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. She holds the rank of ambassador.

La Nación obtained a copy of the letter and published it late last month. The newspaper characterized the letter as questioning instead of applying pressure.

In part, Ambassador Vetter said to Alexander Mora, the minister of Comercio Exterior:

"I request your assistance in raising this issue within the Costa Rican government for consideration of the severe potential negative impact of this proposed moratorium, including on science-based decision-making, innovation and investment in Costa Rica as well the close partnership between our two countries through CAFTA-DR. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss this and other important issues regarding agricultural trade between or two countries."

She was referring to the Free Trade Treaty between the United States, Central America and the Dominican Republic.

The bill, which now is in committee, says that a moratorium should be enacted because it is not possible to discard with certainty either of the competing positions on genetically modified crops: That they are or are not harmful.

The bill specifically excludes from the moratorium imported

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genetically modified crops for human or animal consumption
or produce processed from these crops. Nearly all the snack foods coming from the United States have generically modified content because the use of such crops is widespread.
 U.S. based agricultural products companies, including Monsanto Corp., are seeking permission to grow test plots of genetically modified seeds. Such crops, including rice and cotton, have been grown here for years.

The  Federación Ecologista and its allies have prevailed on 71 Costa Rican cantons to pass moratoriums of their own.

A legislative committee already rejected one bill that would have imposed a moratorium. Lawmakers held extensive hearings.

A study published in A.M. Costa Rica June 3 said that opinions on the consumption of genetically modified crops is pretty well fixed in the human mind.

"First impressions are important," said the research article. "So much so that even armed with new information, many people won’t change their minds about genetically modified foods and global warming, a new University of Florida study shows."

Both the document signed over the weekend and the bill in the committee commit a logical error.  Each demanded proof that genetically modified crops are not harmful. Of course, proving a negative  is considered impossible. And academic scientists usually tell their freshman classes they cannot prove conclusively that unicorns do not exist.

Solis says developed countries should offer climate help
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Luis Guillermo Solís adopted a familiar theme Monday when he spoke at the United Nations office in Geneva, Switzerland.

The president suggested that developed countries should offer help to countries in development that are adopting actions to mitigate the effects of climate change.

This is the same theme that presidents of Central America, including former president Laura Chinchilla, supported when they met in October 2011 after tropical storms did heavy damage.

They incorrectly blamed the industrialized countries for generating greenhouse gases that promoted hurricanes.

The industrialized nations should not punish the advances of the middle income countries like Costa Rica, Solís said,. He also called for technology transfer and financing options by First World countries.

The developing countries should not continue subsidizing the emissions of the higher polluting nations, he said.

He said that the major polluters should assume their responsibility in reducing emissions and said that the efforts to do so should be transparent so the effort can be measured and the information made public.

Solís stressed cooperation and was more diplomatic than Ms. Chinchilla, who was demanding. The former president was unaware that the most devastating hurricane in the Caribbean took place in 1780.

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Despite high divorce rate, Americans are optimistic on marriage
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

June is the traditional month for weddings in the United States, where four out of every 10  marriages is a do-over for either the bride or the groom, and 20 percent of nuptials are remarriages for both, according to a report from the Council on Contemporary Families.

“Americans are fairly optimistic about marriage,” said Wendy Manning, co-director of the National Center for Family & Marriage Research, who prepared the report. “Americans are unique in that once they get divorced, they are much more likely to remarry than people in other countries.”

When compared to other industrialized nations, Americans marry at higher rates and then, once they divorce, they remarry at higher rates. Not only is getting married considered a major milestone in the United States, there might be practical financial considerations as well.

“A lot of our benefits in society are based on marital status,” Ms. Manning said. “So if you’re married, you get somebody’s life insurance, Social Security benefits, health benefits. In other countries, those things are provided regardless of whether or not you’re married.”

The remarriage numbers are even higher for people in their early 40s, where more than half of all marriages represent a second trip to the altar.

American men are twice as likely to remarry as women. While
40 out of every 1,000 men remarry, only 21 per 1,000 women do. More than half of people under 45 who’ve been married before remain optimistic that they will marry again.

However, overall, fewer Americans are choosing to remarry. In 1995, 54 percent of women who got a divorce before they turned 45 went on to  remarry within five years. Today, only 38 percent of those women are heading to the altar within five years.

Declining remarriage rates could be due to a number of factors, including more couples deciding to live together, and many older people’s concern about co-mingling finances in a way that could impact their children’s inheritance.

For those who do remarry, a fairy tale ending can be elusive. Remarriages end more often and more quickly than first marriages. Among women under 45, almost one-third of remarriages end in divorce within five years.

That could be because older people tend to have more complicated lives. Children from previous relationships, finances and problems with the ex-spouse, can all be stressors on these unions.

However, if they are willing to work at it, Americans have reasons to be hopeful about saying “I do” again.

“If you have people who are willing to communicate and work together and are really committed to making the relationship work and are active about it,” said Ms. Manning, “then the research seems to show that those marriages can be successful.”

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Inga spiralis are plants in the bean family only found in Panama. Many areas in the tropics have still never been thoroughly explored by botanists, according to researchers

Tropical forest more diverse
than previously considered

By the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute

A global analysis raises the minimum estimated number of tropical tree species to at least 40,000 to 53,000 worldwide in a paper whose co-authors include researchers from the Center for Tropical Forest Science-Forest Global Earth Observatory and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute .

Many of these species risk extinction because of their rarity and restriction to small geographic areas, reaffirming the need for comprehensive, pan-tropical conservation efforts, the researchers said.

Although scientists could confidently say the tropics are diverse, the answer to how diverse still remains open to speculation, they said. Tropical tree identification is notoriously difficult -- hampered by hard-to-access terrain and the sheer number of rare species. Much of the data came from observatory study sites, where standardized pan-tropical survey methods create opportunities to much more accurately gauge tropical diversity. By raising the estimated minimum number of tree species in the world, estimates for the number of insect and microbe species associated with tropical trees also increases, placing an even higher premium on protection of these forest ecosystems, the researchers said..

Co-author William Laurance, senior research associate at the Smithsonian Institute, explained that the stunningly high tree diversity of the tropics is represented by thousands of rare species, whose sparse populations may not be sustained in the long term by isolated protected areas. "This study once again validates a strategy of making forest reserves as big as possible and also trying to prevent their isolation from adjoining areas of forest, he said.

The study's lead author Ferry Slik, professor at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, collaborated with over 170 scientists from 126 institutions to study a dataset composed of 207 forested locations across tropical America, Africa and the Indo-Pacific. Each forest plot contains at least 250 individual trees identified to species, ensuring comprehensive coverage of the total species diversity in each geographical area.

Among their findings, the researchers note that, contrary to previous assumptions, the Indo-Pacific tropics contain as much species diversity as tropical America -- at least 19,000 species. Both tropical America and the Indo-Pacific are about five times as species-rich as Africa, whose forests are hypothesized to have experienced extensive extinction events during the Pleistocene era of glaciation and climate change. All three regions contain distinct tree lineages reflecting unique evolutionary histories.

Researchers note that their calculations excluded some 10 percent of unidentifiable trees in a dataset comprising 657,630 individuals. Since these trees could reasonably represent rare or previously unknown species, there's a high likelihood that the world's estimates of total tree species diversity will keep increasing as more of the tropics are surveyed and studied. Laurance notes that the observatory network continues to grow, adding new forest plots not just for basic research but also, as barometers of the long-term effects of global change on forest communities.

Meanwhile, as deforestation and development increase the extinction risk for many unique species, lessons may be learned from Africa's reduced tropical diversity, the researchers said. When forest areas shrink, rare species are usually the first to disappear. Consequently, even if the extinction pressure is eventually lifted, a much more limited palette of species remains to repopulate the region. While the tropics are vast and diverse, their individual components are irreplaceable.

Syrian group forces Army
to take down its Web site

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Army said Monday it temporarily took down its Web site after an element of the service provider's content was compromised in a hacking incident.

A group aligned with the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad claimed responsibility. The so-called Syrian Electronic Army boasted of the hack on Twitter, saying, "Your commanders admit they are training the people they have sent you to die fighting," and shared an image of an anti-U.S. message posted before the Web site went completely dark.

The group, which first surfaced online in 2011, has claimed responsibility for hacking a string of other targets, including U.S. Central Command, government contractors and media outlets.

The site remained offline late Monday afternoon, although the Army said it would only be temporary.

"Today, an element of the service provider's content was compromised," the Army’s spokesman, Brig. Gen. Malcolm B. Frost, said in a statement. "After this came to our attention, the Army took appropriate preventive measures to ensure there was no breach of Army data by taking down the Web site temporarily."

The attack on the U.S. Army Web site occurred days after the U.S. government's Office of Personnel Management, which collects background information and issues security clearances for millions of of federal employees, acknowledged it was the target of  a massive cyber attack.

Obama says integrity vital
to soccer governing body

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama weighed in on the deepening corruption scandal involving world soccer's governing body Monday, saying it was essential that the sport's integrity be ensured.

U.S. prosecutors last month unveiled indictments that painted a picture of endemic corruption and bribery among some officials at the Swiss-based organization that runs soccer tournaments around the world. That includes the quadrennial World Cup, by many accounts the most-watched sporting event in the world.

Speaking at a news conference in Germany, where he attended a meeting of the Group of Seven industrialized nations, Obama offered his first public comments on the ongoing investigation and the problems afflicting the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.

People in Europe and elsewhere want the federation to operate with "integrity, transparency and accountability," Obama said in response to a reporter’s question.

It’s important, he said, "to keep in mind that although football, soccer ... is a game, but it's also a massive business, a source of incredible national pride and people want to make sure that it operates with integrity."

"The United States … we want to make sure that a sport that’s gaining popularity is conducted in an upright manner," he said.

The indictments unsealed on May 27 in New York targeted 14 soccer executives and sport marketing officials and revealed guilty pleas by four other executives.

The charges rocked the soccer world and ultimately pushed the federation’s chief, Sepp Blatter, to resign after he initially defied calls to leave. Blatter has not been charged. His resignation likely won't take effect until at least December, the earliest date for a new election, according to Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of the federation's audit and compliance committee.

The indictments also detailed the process for the awarding of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

To gain the rights to host the tournament, the indictments allege, South Africa's soccer federation allegedly funneled $10 million in bribes to Jack Warner, the former head of the regional soccer organization for North and Central America and the Caribbean. Warner was arrested at a hotel in Switzerland and released on bail. He has denied the charges.

The news has stoked speculation that the federation decisions awarding the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively, could also be reviewed.

In a report last week, Reuters, citing an unnamed U.S. law enforcement official, said the FBI's investigation includes scrutiny of how the organization awarded those tournaments.

Swiss prosecutors have also said they were investigating the 2018 and 2022 bids. The decision on Qatar, a tiny desert country with no domestic tradition of soccer, was particularly criticized by soccer officials in Western countries.

A Swiss newspaper reported Scala as saying that Russia and Qatar could lose the right to host the tournaments if evidence is found of corruption in the bidding process.

"If evidence exists that Qatar and Russia received the awards only thanks to bribes, then the awards could be annulled," he was quoted by Sonntagszeitung in a report published Sunday.

Following the money showed
soccer rumors were correct

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The recent soccer scandal has shaken fans and nations enamored of one of the world's most popular sports, soccer. U.S. charges against more than a dozen people focused on decades-old rumors of corruption and bribery. Analysts say alleged links to U.S.-based financial institutions pushed U.S. prosecutors to take a closer look at the Fédération Internationale de Football Association.

The Justice Department indictment against 14 individuals includes racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering charges. Prosecutors say it was all part of a scheme that involved sports media executives agreeing to pay millions of dollars in exchange for marketing rights to federation tournaments.

Former U.S. prosecutor John Malcolm said federal prosecutors had all the evidence they needed.

"The U.S. financial system is a hub for a lot of transactions that take place around the world, so either monies were deposited into the United States or certainly money flowed through the United States. The allegations are that there were shell companies set up and nominees to make these payments and accept these payments, so a lot of money was being washed clean, money laundered through the U.S. system," said Malcolm.

Malcolm said the growing lure of big sponsorship dollars is a cause of concern for nations trying to compete fairly both on and off the field.

Soccer is nonetheless growing in popularity in the U.S. and "we compete and American companies compete heavily for marketing rights and the right to host these games. Some of the companies that have already pleaded guilty to corrupting this system and depriving victims of money that rightfully belonged to them and not into the pockets of corrupt officials were U.S.-based companies," Malcolm continued.

Others point to corruption allegations involving the federation, which awards each World Cup tournament to a host nation. The rejection by the federation of the U.S. bid for the 2022 games, awarded to Qatar, particularly rankled U.S. officials, according to economist Andrew Zimbalist.

"There was already information that people had at the time that people were buying votes. That the former head of soccer in Qatar, bin Hamman, was doing some politicking and some greasing of palms for several years. There were already indications that there was a collaboration that went all the way up to Mr. Blatter," said Zimbalist.

Zimbalist said U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch wanted to make a strong statement about concerns over corruption in a sport in which the U.S. wants a bigger role.

Zimbalist also pointed out that the U.S. has greater resources than many other nations to fight corruption.

"The United States has been a world leader, we've been a sort of world policeman if you will since World War II, and I think it's generally more comfortable for the United States to assume that kind of a posture than it is for many other countries," said Zimbalist.

The federation says it is cooperating with both the U.S. probe and a separate investigation by Switzerland into the winning bids for the 2018 and 2022 games. Authorities in Zurich have arrested seven FIFA officials.

Shift from Internet giants
needed, researcher reports

By the University of East Anglia news staff

A revolutionary power shift from Internet giants such as Google to ordinary consumers is critically overdue, according to new research from a University of East Anglia online privacy expert.

In a manifesto that ranges from “the right to be treated fairly on the Internet” to finding a better, more nuanced approach to using the Internet as an archive, Paul Bernal of university's School of Law delves deeper into his research on the so-called right to be forgotten. His paper, called ‘A right to be remembered? Or the Internet, warts and all,’ was to be presented at the annual Privacy Law Scholars’ Conference at the University of California, Berkeley.

Bernal, a lecturer in information technology, intellectual property and media law, was invited to write the paper for the prestigious conference where an international group of scholars and practitioners discuss current issues around privacy law.

Bernal said: “We ask a great deal of the internet, and much of what we ask for is contradictory.

“Our perceptions of the internet are similarly confused and contradictory. We think everything on the net lasts forever and we’re worried about everything being forgotten.

“We think anonymity abounds but that the security services and Google know everything there is to know about us.

“Google itself is a paradox: at times we treat it as a philanthropic indexer of the internet and champion of freedom of expression. At other times as an evil mega-corporation driven only by profit or trying to control the world and indeed us.

“We expect it to provide imaginative, innovative and engaging products and services – and we expect it to do so for nothing, and without invading our privacy or gathering our data.”

In his paper, Bernal said recent examples, such as the Google Spain case, demonstrate an increasing willingness of regulators to challenge Google, Facebook and other Internet giants that have access to vast swathes of personal data.

But because the Internet is not a permanent archive and data isn’t indexed by neutral, purely algorithmic services – rather “created by humans with biases, assumptions and faults” – Bernal said those affected need more control over what they want, or don’t want, displayed in searches that concern them.

Bernal said: “Sometimes what people would like to be remembered becomes lost, whilst at other times things that people would rather were forgotten is inconveniently but seemingly permanently remembered.

“Who might be the appropriate people to decide what are the right stories to promote and what are the wrong stories that need to be demoted or delisted? And how and when can it be right to interfere with an algorithm that is a key trade secret for a business like Google?

“The internet is messy, dynamic and not just imperfect but imperfectible, something that is particularly important to understand in the context of forgetting and remembering.

“That does not mean nothing can be done or should be done, but that the limitations on what can and should be done should be understood – and the need to constantly reassess the situation accepted.

“Very few of us want to be forgotten, but most of us would like more influence on how we are remembered – and more importantly, how we are seen in the present, and how decisions about us are made and upon what basis.”


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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.
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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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Disabling health issues affect billions
who mostly are aged, world study says

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Longer life is bringing more years of living with disabling health problems, a new study has found.

The Global Burden of Disease Study determined that 2.3 billion people, almost a third of the world’s inhabitants, live with multiple ailments, many of which contribute to disability but not death. In fact, the average older adult suffers from at least five ailments that are not life-threatening. More than 95 percent of people worldwide have health issues.

Researchers analyzed data on 301 diseases and injuries from 188 countries over a period from 1990 through 2013, quantifying their impact by years lived in disability.

Theo Vos, a professor of global health at the University of Washington’s Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation and the detailed study’s lead author, said the most common causes of disability were largely age related.

"Across the world, the two largest components are musculoskeletal problems – low back pain, neck pain and arthritis being very dominant" – and mental disorders including depression and anxiety, Vos said.

Study findings were published this week in the journal The Lancet and summarized on the Web site of the institute.

The top 10 leading causes of years lived in disability among both sexes in 2013, in descending order of frequency, were: lower back pain, depression; iron-deficiency anemia, neck pain, hearing loss, diabetes mellitus, migraines, pulmonary disease, anxiety disorders and other musculoskeletal disorders.

Asian countries had the lowest levels of disability, researchers found.

"China, Japan, Indonesia, Singapore – they have relatively lower rates of disability," Vos said. "And whether that is due to more prudent lifestyles, diet, less obesity, that is not so clear."

In sub-Saharan Africa, complications related to HIV/AIDS were key drivers of disability.

Given their toll on healthcare systems and quality of life, Vos said, preventable causes of poor health have not received the societal attention they deserve.


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Major survey sees U.S. growth at 2.4 percent

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Key economists and top U.S. business leaders say U.S. economic growth will continue this year, but at a slower pace than they first estimated.

That is the conclusion of a survey of members of the National Association for Business Economics. Members hold key positions at business of all kinds across the nation, and now predict the world's largest economy will grow at a 2.4 percent annual rate in 2015.

They have reduced their forecast of the rate that the economy will add jobs this year. However, they also predict that wages will grow a bit faster than the very modest rate of inflation, as economic recovery boosts hiring and competition for skilled workers.

National association member and survey analyst Ken Simonson said growth slowed because a strong U.S. dollar made American-produced goods more expensive for foreign buyers, cutting exports.

He said falling oil prices also cut investment in oil and gas drilling which reduced demand for the many products and services needed in that complex process. Simonson said association members expect growth to increase to 2.9 percent in 2016. 

Survey respondents also see some positive trends for growth, including government and consumer spending and investment in housing all rising at a faster rate.

A majority of these economists also think the U.S. central bank will raise the key interest rate some time in July, August, or September. They say the increase will likely be gradual, with the rate rising to just half a percentage point by the end of 2015.