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Pope to add a moral dimension to climate change
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Support for United Nations efforts to slow climate change is becoming a moral issue.

Proponents of U.N. action are awaiting  an encyclical from Pope Francis in the hopes that it rallies the Catholic faithful to the cause.

The encyclical takes the form of a letter to bishops urging certain actions. The pope said he would issue the message Thursday.

The Argentine pope, who is widely seen as a leftist, has been a supporter of United Nation's causes, including  food security. The pope spoke Thursday to a U.N. conference. He urged consumers to decisively commit to modified lifestyles and sustainable living, according to a U.N. news report.

Costa Rica is at the forefront of climate change politics. Christiana Figueres is the head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat.

The pronouncements on climate change are likely to increase as governments move toward a December conference in Paris, France, where actions to reduce carbon dioxide emissions will be proposed.

Also Thursday, Guy Ryder, the head of the International Labour Organization, opened a summit meeting devoted to tackling climate change as a unique opportunity for job creation and economic growth, saying that up to 60 million jobs can be created in a greener, low-carbon economy if the right policies are adopted.

While some countries are struggling with persistent droughts, he said, others simply witness changes in the timing and rhythm of their agricultural and even their fishing seasons, affecting food production and security, and peoples’ incomes, he said according to a U.N. summary.

In Costa Rica, the issue brought together climate action proponents last week in San José. The gathering was part of WorldWideViews, which sponsored seminars in 79 countries.

The local organization, Costa Rica Limpia, said Thursday that 94.59 percent of those attending agreed that Costa Rica should

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Pope Francis addresses the Food and Agricultural Organization conference Thursday.

take steps to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases.

The organization also said that 88 percent of the participants supported some kind of tax on carbon dioxide emissions, although they differed on how it would be applied. Nearly half wanted to punish countries that did not reduce emissions and about a third would adjust the tax to the level of development in a country.

There were just 74 respondents in the poll but the totals were consistent with similar surveys in the 78 other countries.

Of course, the respondents were self-selected and proponents of climate change action because they attended the seminars. Survey results are HERE!

The involvement of the United Nations in efforts toward some kind of carbon dioxide tax or quotas tends to make some observers skeptical.

A recent Huffington Post poll said that  84 percent of U.S. Catholics  and equal percentages of Protestants and agnostics and atheists said humans have a moral duty to protect the environment, the publication reported.

Climate change has long been a morality issue in philosophical and intellectual circles. The actions of the pope are likely to bring the issue into popular culture.

Former senator and U.S. presidential candidate  Rick Santorum was critical of the pope's proposed letter even though Santorum is a Catholic. The Pennsylvania resident has been expressing his view on various U.S. political shows.

Lawmakers change Constitution to reflect diversity
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Costa Rican legislature took an additional step Thursday to define the country as multi-ethnic and multicultural.

Some 41 lawmakers voted for a third time to change the Constitution to insert the new words  multiétnica y pluricultural in the first article of the Constitution.

The measure, No. 17150, passed through an unusual procedure whereby lawmakers had to vote three times instead of the usual two. Assembly rules require this for constitutional changes.

The bill had been in the legislature for seven years.

The bill notes that the country already celebrates the  Día de las Culturas that highlights the many cultural roots that make up present day Costa Rica. Changing the Constitutional represents another step, the summary said.

The bill also pays tribute to previous
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Artículo 1.- Costa Rica es una República democrática, libre, independiente, multiétnica y pluricultural.

presidents Luis Alberto Monge, Óscar Arias Sánchez and, of course, José Figueres for their contributions to what the country is today, including the elimination of the armed forces.

A number of nationalities and even undocumented immigrants are listed as those making the country multicultural. North Americans are not listed specifically,

Although the summary is lengthy, the bill itself has but 32 words.

Legislator  Epsy Campbell Barr said that 15 years had passed for the concept to arrive at its final vote.

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Tico bat guano shown to be good for trees

By the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research news staff

Bats in tropical regions are fertilizing trees with their excretions. An international team of scientists recently discovered that seeds of a tropical tree species, which regularly hosts bats in large hollows, contain nutrients from bat excreta. The study has now been published in the scientific journal Biotropica.

Many tropical ecosystems are low in nutrients. Especially phosphorus and nitrogen are essential for plant growth and their availability limits the productivity of plants. Past studies showed that plants in nutrient-poor environments use animal-derived nutrients on a large-scale basis. It has yet been unknown if trees also take up nutrients from bat excretions. Bats depend strongly on tree hollows as daytime roosts. While roosting they also defecate into the cavities. The so-called bat guano is rich in nutrients, its specific composition depends on the bats’ feeding habits.

Christian Voigt from the German Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research and scientists from the University of Tel Aviv and the Doñana Biological Station in Sevilla tested in their study if tropical trees benefit from hosting bats in large cavities at the base of trunks.

They investigated large, hollowed mountain almond trees (Dipteryx panamensis) in an Atlantic lowland rainforest in Costa Rica. These trees are frequently used by fruit-eating, insect-eating and blood-licking bat species as daytime roosts. To test if the trees profit from the presence of bats by incorporating nutrients from bat excreta into their seeds, the researchers analysed a specific form of nitrogen, the stable isotope 15N.

This form of nitrogen is more abundant in animal tissues and excreta than in plants. The analysis revealed that the seeds of bat-hosting trees were more enriched in 15N than the seeds of trees without bat roosts. “Thus, we were able to track nitrogen from bat guano into the seeds of Dipteryx trees,” explained Voigt. “Nitrogen may be assimilated by the fine mesh of roots that we found in all natural tree cavities.”

Furthermore, the study results indicate that larger bat colonies may provide more nutrients for the trees than small colonies. Also the species composition of bats seems to play a role: Colonies with vampire bats, feeding on other animal’s blood, supply more nitrogen to the trees than those without vampire bats.

Many of the bat species that occupy the examined tree hollows during the day forage outside of the forest, for example in pastures. Consequently, they may transfer nutrients from nearby areas to the tropical trees, acting as mobile nutrient links in tropical ecosystems.

Previous reports already demonstrated that tropical plants use animal-derived nutrients, for example nitrogen from bat excreta. The present study is the first to show that this also occurs in trees. The bat-originated nitrogen is incorporated into the seeds of the trees and thus allocated to reproduction.

Stolen posts are a new highway mystery

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some of those flexible  posts that are being placed on the center line of
Ruta 32 lasted less than 48 hours.

Traffic engineers said Thursday that someone risked their life and took time to unscrew some of the posts to steal them.

Others appeared to be the victim of vandalism. They were damaged.

The posts are seen as a way to reduce head-on crashes on the key highway that leads out of San José to the north and then to Limón.
One of the damaged posts

The posts have no commercial value, and
them mystery remains as to why someone would take the trouble to steal them. The  Dirección General de Ingeniería de Tránsito said it filed a complaint with the Judicial Investigating Organization.

Don't forget to bring your umbrella

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As is traditional with the season, the Central Valley faces a week of wet weather with likely afternoon thunderstorms. The Weather Underground, A.M. Costa Rica's weather service, predicts Central Valley storms with rain ranging from a quarter inch to a half inch through next Thursday.

The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional agrees as far as today is concerned. The local weather will see thunderstorms in the Central Valley, along the Pacific coast, the northern zone and the Caribbean mountains in the afternoon and into the evening, the forecast said.

Health confab blames multinationals

By the  Pan American Health Organization news staff

Experts from 12 countries of Latin America meeting in Panamá this week urged a stronger role by civil society in supporting and promoting policies on food, tobacco, alcohol, and physical activity to counter the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases in the region.

The experts, convened by the Coalition Latin Healthy America, the Pan American Health Organization and the Ministry of Health of Panamá, said it is crucial for civil society to take an active role in defending public health policies and measures, especially when they provoke opposition from economic interests.

Latin America is in the forefront of promoting policies on tobacco control, healthy diet, and increased physical activity. Among examples cited by the participants were:

* Mexico is one of the first countries in the world to adopt a tax on sugary beverages aimed at reducing consumption, noted Alejandro Calvillo, executive director of Poder del Consumidor in Mexico.

* Ecuador has advanced with front-of-package labeling that allows consumers to rapidly decide if products they are buying are good for their families' health.

* Argentina was the first country in the Americas to eliminate harmful trans fats.

* Brazil has adopted new nutritional guidelines that are a model for countries around the world.

Enrique Jacoby, Pan American Health adviser on nutrition and physical activity, said that multinational food and beverage companies, like the tobacco and alcohol industries, have tried to block legislative and regulatory action in several countries, and in others have tried prevent or delay the implementation of these measures.

"The industry tries to place all the responsibility on the consumer, but there is broad evidence that their ultra-processed products and their aggressive marketing have created an environment that leads to overweight and obesity, with awful consequences in terms of disability and deaths from noncommunicable diseases."

Beatriz Champagne, of the Inter-American Heart Foundation, said that the active role of multinationals is what makes the voice of independent civil society so critical, "to make it clear that we are vigilant and to help ensure that governments play their role to protect the common good and not give in to pressure."

Noncommunicable diseases, also known as chronic diseases, are the leading cause of death in nearly all countries of the Americas. They include heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic pulmonary disease, and diabetes. An estimated three out of four deaths in the Americas are from noncommunicable diseases

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Director wants more fire stations

El Diario Extra: Wendy Varela, a director of the Cuerpo de Bomberos, said that  response times in some areas of the country are long so it is necessary that these areas have their own station.

Bike champ gets a hero's welcome

La Nación: Competitive biking fans turned out at Juan Santamaría airport to welcome Andrey Amador Thursday when he returned from achieving a fourth-place finish in an demanding European race.

DEA spy was a manager ran drugs through Costa Rica

El Diario Extra: A former member of the Medellin Cartel and an informant for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration,Carlos Toro, told the online Huffington Post that he managed drug shipments when he lived in Costa Rica from 2006 to 2009.

Liberia will be without water Monday

El Diario Extra: The reason is the realization of interconnection pipeline work in the canton. At  9 a.m. service will be suspended until 2 p.m.

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Study of fish wrecks theory of how and when Isthmus formed
By the Louisiana State University news service

A long-standing fact widely accepted among the scientific community has been recently rebutted. This now has major implications on the understanding of how Earth has evolved.

Until recently, most geologists had determined the land connecting North and South America, the Isthmus of Panama, had formed 3.5 million years ago.

But new data shows that this geological event, which dramatically changed the world, occurred much earlier. In a comprehensive biological study, researchers have confirmed this new information by showing that plants and animals had been migrating between the continents nearly 30 million years earlier.

“This means the best-dated geological event we ever had is wrong,” said Prosanta Chakrabarty, associate professor and curator of ichthyology at the Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science. His research on the evolution of freshwater and marine organisms in Central America was part of the study with colleagues at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, American Museum of Natural History and University of Gothenburg, which included living and extinct mammals, birds, plants, fish and invertebrate animals.

The researchers found large pulses of movement among these plants and animals between North and South America from 41 million, 23 million and eight million years ago. These coordinated spikes in migration imply that geological changes in Central America, such as landmass formation and new freshwater corridors, were aiding migration for many kinds of plants and animals.

“Before, South America was thought of as an island with no communication until 3.5 million years, so the only way to explain such high biodiversity was to say that it accumulated extremely fast. Now, with a longer history, we know that processes and patterns took a lot of time to form,” said Christine Bacon, lead author of the study and associate researcher at the University of Gothenburg. “Our results change our understanding of the biodiversity and climate, both at the regional and global levels.”

Even after the reported geological closure, related marine species found on opposite sides of the narrow isthmus, also provide evidence that this landmass between North and South America is more like a sponge where organisms can periodically pass rather than a solid barrier. The current expansion of the Panama Canal has yielded new fossils that have supported these observations.

“Now we know that the closure of the Isthmus of Panama, which is supposed to be one of the biggest deals in geology, is just one part of a really complicated puzzle of how the

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One of the Cebtral American cichlids use din the study.

continents came together,” Chakrabarty said.

He and colleagues mapped the evolution of two major families of fishes in Central America, cichlids, which include many aquarium fish, and poeciliids, which include guppies and swordtails. They collected samples of fishes from every country in Central America and sequenced the DNA to determine the genetic relationship between species. Matching the skeletal structure of fish found in the fossil record, they calibrated the DNA-based evolutionary tree and determined the age of each species.

Because freshwater fish can only migrate when a new passage way opens to a river or lake, there must have been dry land with freshwater running through it, Chakrabarty said. Therefore, their arrival in Central America signifies early geological changes.

“The cool thing is there are so many freshwater fish species that are essentially stuck in one place until the land changes, so they can tell us about the history of the Earth,” he said.

The formation of the Isthmus of Panama had large-scale effects on the planet. It divided the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, thus changing sea levels and ocean currents. This affected global temperatures possibly causing periods of glaciation.

“The geology of this whole region is so complicated, and it’s amazing to me that the biology can inform us of that,” he said.

Chakrabarty has been conducting research on Central American freshwater fish for about 15 years. He has received more than $1 million in National Science Foundation funding for this work. He and his lab have collected fish species from every country in Central America and have expanded the specimen collection at the university to South America, the Greater Antilles and much of Asia.

He is currently researching the evolution and migration of freshwater fish between South America, Central America and the Greater Antilles that may have began 50 to 60 million years ago.

Rate-setting agency proposes a reduction in electrical costs
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Between monthly changes in fuel prices and continual bickering over the electrical rates, there is no wonder that expat heads are swimming.

Added to the complexity, the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos proposed a new cut in electrical rates to take place between July and September.

The percentage differs based on what company supplies the power, but the reduction for customers of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad  would be 7.93 percent.

Customers of the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz would see a decrease of 8.53 percent.

There would be a decrease in the rate with which the  Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad sells power it generates to the retail distributors.

The regulating agency adjusts rates every three months to reflect changes in the cost of petroleum. The proposed rate reductions reflect the use of sources other than oil-fired turbines and also the ability to import power through the regional network, said the regulating agency. Power companies may protest these proposed cuts.

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Could aspirin be the magic bullet that kills or stalls cancer in humans?
By Veterans Affairs Research Communications

"Take two aspirin and call me in the morning" has been the punchline for countless jokes. Could it also be good advice for cancer patients?

A new study published online in Laboratory Investigation found that a daily dose of aspirin was effective at blocking breast tumor growth. Previous studies have already shown a similar effect on colon, gastrointestinal, prostate, and other cancers.

The trick, says Sushanta Banerjee, research director of the Cancer Research Unit at the Kansas City, Missouri, Veterans Administration  Medical Center, is to ensure conditions around cancer stem cells aren't conducive for reproduction, something aspirin seems able to do.

"In cancer, when you treat the patient, initially the tumor will hopefully shrink," says Banerjee. "The problem comes five or 10 years down the road when the disease relapses." Cancer has stem cells, or residual cells. These cells have already survived chemotherapy or other cancer treatment and they go dormant until conditions in the body are more favorable for them to again reproduce. "When they reappear they can be very aggressive, nasty tumors," he says.

To test his theory that aspirin could alter the molecular signature in breast cancer cells enough that they wouldn't spread, Banerjee, also a professor at the University of Kansas Medical Center, used both incubated cells and mouse models.

For the cell test, breast cancer cells were placed in 96 separate plates and then incubated. Just over half the cultures were exposed to differing doses of acetylsalicylic acid, commonly known as aspirin. According to Banerjee, exposure to aspirin dramatically increased the rate of cell death in the test. For those cells that did not die off, many were left unable to grow.

The second part of his study involved studying 20 mice with aggressive tumors. For 15 days, half the mice were given the human equivalent of 75 milligrams of aspirin per day, which is considered a low dose. At the end of the study period, the tumors were weighed. Mice who received aspirin had tumors that were, on average, 47 percent smaller.

To show that aspirin could also prevent cancer, the researchers gave an additional group of mice aspirin for 10 days before exposing them to cancer cells. After 15 days, those mice had significantly less cancerous growth than the control group.

Potential use as both treatment and preventive measure

"We found aspirin caused these residual cancer cells to lose

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their self-renewal properties," says Banerjee. "Basically, they couldn't grow or reproduce. So there are two parts here. We could give aspirin after chemotherapy to prevent relapse and keep the pressure on, which we saw was effective in both the laboratory and the mouse model, and we could use it preventatively."

Experts suggest patients consult with a doctor before starting a daily aspirin regimen. The drug is known to thin the blood and increase the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding.

"Of course there is a risk," says Banerjee, "but you have to weigh that against the risks of cancer. It's true this is relatively new and we don't know all the side effects yet, but this was a very low dose."

Nevertheless, Banerjee is taking his own medicine. For three years he has been on a daily aspirin regimen with, he says, no ill effects. Each person, he says, should of course check with his or her own provider before doing the same.

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Workers at Dannemora
shocked at prison break

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

“We’re stunned. Having worked there all those years . . . .”

To hear him tell it by phone from upstate New York, you can sense Phil shaking his head.

Having worked 35 years as a registered nurse at Dannemora's Clinton Correctional Facility, the Northern Adirondack prison two convicted killers broke out of last weekend, he never imagined two inmates could penetrate the towering concrete walls surrounding the penitentiary's maximum-security wing.

“Whenever you talk to anybody who has ever worked at this prison, they always make the statement, ‘Nobody’s ever escaped from here,’ ” he says. “So I think a bit of complacency may have occurred.”

As Phil spoke from Plattsburgh, some 21 kilometers west of the prison, police reports indicated the fugitives may be moving closer. Law enforcement was zeroing in on Cadyville, located between West Plattsburgh and Dannemora, following up on the latest of some 500 leads in the search for Richard Matt, 48, and David Sweat, 34.

But how did they do it? Phil still can’t get his mind around it.

“I was stunned. Everyone who worked there was stunned. It is the largest maximum-security prison in New York State, and it has a big 40-foot wall around it. Nobody has really escaped from behind the wall, ever.”

Aspects of the escape are baffling — especially to those who know the facility well. How was it no one heard the inmates cutting through the reinforced steel walls of their adjoining cells with power tools? Phil says he thinks other inmates must have heard and is surprised not one of them alerted the prison officers.

And even before that, how did the pair obtain the power tools? While inmates at the prison do use power tools to perform various jobs, authorities strictly account for the devices.

“They have a bunch of shops, industrial areas," he says. "When the inmates work there, they do use these tools, but at night they have a board where they hang all these tools, and they make sure that every tool is back where it is supposed to be.”

Like many New York state residents, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Phil is convinced the escapees had help, but not just with the power tools. The layout of the prison — the complex web of catwalks behind the cellblocks and the tunnel system that runs beneath — would have required access to guarded information. Those kinds of blueprints, he says, would not have been readily available to prisoners.

Authorities say they believe an industrial supervisor from the tailor shop, Joyce Mitchell, had agreed to be the getaway driver for the pair after they escaped. But Ms. Mitchell reportedly changed her mind and checked into a local hospital with anxiety-related symptoms. Her possible involvement in the escape is being investigated.

“We don’t know how involved this industrial supervisor was,” Phil says, adding that relationships between inmates and prison workers have happened more than once.

“Each year you have to go to classes, and they explain this. You have to be very careful. Inmates ask you to maybe make a phone call for them or to bring something in. You just can’t do it. Even the smallest little thing. Once they get you hooked, they could threaten to blackmail you.”

The Clinton Correctional Facility is one of the biggest employers in Clinton County. Many of its 82,000 residents either worked at the prison or are currently employed there. Phil remembers it as a good work environment. He recalls the famous prisoners he encountered, including David Berkowitz, the so-called Son of Sam, a serial killer convicted of a series of shootings in New York City, and Robert Chambers, dubbed the Preppie Killer by media outlets after he was convicted of strangling a young woman in Manhattan's Central Park.

Despite the high-profile convicts, Phil never felt threatened at Dannemora, and he empathizes with the people who work there now in the wake of the unprecedented prison break.

“I just happened to meet up with a lot of the retirees this morning at breakfast, and of course they are all saying, ‘Glad we aren’t there right now, because it is a difficult situation.’ ”

Space station trio back
on ground after 199 days

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A three-person crew from the International Space Station has returned to Earth following a nearly 200-day stint in space.

A Soyuz space capsule carrying NASA astronaut Terry Virts, Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency and Russia's Anton Shkaplerov landed safely Thursday on the steppes of Kazakhstan.

The trio arrived at the International Space Station Nov. 24 and spent more than six months conducting research and technology demonstrations.

NASA says they spent 199 days aboard the space station and logged almost 84 million miles during their time in orbit.

Remaining on the space station are Expedition 44 Commander Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency, Flight Engineer Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos.

Kelly and Kornienko are almost three months into their year aboard the complex where NASA says they will collect information valuable to the planning of future deep space, long-duration missions.

NASA says the remainder of the Expedition 44 crew, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and Kimiya Yui of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, is scheduled to launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, in late July.

Creativity seems related
to being somewhat crazy

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

It’s a question that philosophers have been grappling with for centuries: Do you have to be a little crazy to be creative? Genetic researchers now think they have an answer: What makes people creative can also make them crazy.

Artist Vincent Van Gogh painted iconic images like Starry Night. Mathematician John Nash developed revolutionary ideas in economics. Considered geniuses in their art, both men also suffered from fits of hallucinations and bouts of deep emotional despair.

Geneticist Kári Stefánsson wondered about the differences between the brilliant brains that spawned jaw-dropping paintings and mathematical proofs and the average brains.

“To be creative, you have to be able to think differently, you have to be able to think outside the box. And When you leave the box in the morning, you may not be able to make it back to the box at night," said Stefánsson.

So he and colleagues from the deCODE Genetics group in Iceland gathered information on tens of thousands of actors, musicians, visual artists and writers in the country and looked at their genes for clues.

The researchers found genetic variations that are also found in people who have schizophrenia, even if the artists did not have the disorder. Stefánsson compares it to a double-edged sword.

“Creativity, just like almost everything in our world, everything in our lives, comes with a price. This price is paid by this 1 percent who could develop schizophrenia. And this double nature of the qualities conferred on us by our brain, for some people this turns out to be good, for other people it turns out to be bad," said Stefánsson.

Stefansson says understanding the association between creativity and mental illness could help health professionals treating schizophrenia to contain the beast while keeping the beauty.

Broward Sheriff's Office booking photographs show Sheheryar Qazi, left, and Raees Qazi.

Pakistani-American brothers
get long terms for bomb plot

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Two Pakistani-American brothers were sentenced to long prison terms Thursday for a bomb plot to attack New York City in 2012.

Raees Qazi, 22, and Sheheryar Qazi, 32, both naturalized U.S. citizens from Pakistan, were sentenced to 35 years and 20 years respectively by a court in the southern state of Florida.

They pleaded guilty in Miami last March to terrorism charges after being accused of plotting to detonate a bomb in New York City. The brothers also pleaded guilty to assaulting two U.S. marshals while being escorted in the Miami court complex.

Authorities say the alleged plot never got beyond planning stages. The FBI says Raees Qazi traveled to New York in 2012 to scout targets but didn't attempt any attacks. He was arrested after returning to Broward County, Florida, where the brothers lived.

During the hearing at which he pleaded guilty, he admitted to using an al-Qaida online publication to build an explosive from Christmas tree light bulbs.

Sheheryar Qazi, a former taxi driver, supported the plot by paying bills, and providing a computer and cell phone.

In calls to his brother, Raees Qazi asked about the size of crowds at Times Square, Wall Street and at some New York City theaters, the FBI said.

Both brothers pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to terrorists and conspiring to assault a federal employee. Raees Qazi also pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

U.S. becomes worlds biggest
in terms of petroleum output

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The United States became the world's largest oil producer in 2014, according to a report by the BP energy company.

BP economist Spencer Dale credits the shale revolution for a surge in American oil production that helped U.S. producers leapfrog over Saudi Arabia. American output of natural gas and oil combined is now greater than that of Russia, the previous global leader.

In a presentation to energy experts in Washington, Dale said we are witnessing a changing of the guard in terms of global energy suppliers with profound implications. The U.S. now spends far less on energy imports, which once hurt the nation's balance of trade and the economy. 

Dale said that at the high point last year more than 1,800 rigs were operating in major U.S. oil and gas sites and drilling around 40,000 new wells.

That’s enough wells to boost U.S. production to 11.6 million barrels per day — roughly 16 percent more than the year before.

The credit belongs in part to expanded use of fracking technology, which extracts more petroleum product from shale deposits once thought to be out reach.

But the technology remains controversial.  The earth-friendly World Business Academy says increased production means a higher risk of spills.

Matt Renner, executive director of the academy, said, "An oil spill anywhere is a crime.  Oil belongs in the ground, and we need to leave the rest of it in there.”

While the increased production capacity means the U.S. is no longer dependent on foreign energy imports, Bob Deans, spokesman for the Natural Resources Defense Council, says the challenge has never been how to produce more oil, but how to use less.

"We’ve got to stop burning oil in Oklahoma, in Kansas, and Ohio and Pennsylvania — all over this country and all over the world," Deans said. "That’s got to be the long-term goal.”

Energy demand grew less than 1 percent last year, the weakest rate since 2009. BP experts calculate that weak demand and changes in Chinese energy use combined to keep growth in carbon emissions to about one-half of a percent for the year.

With energy supplies outpacing demand, prices fell sharply, allowing consumers to save money for other purposes, a change that is eventually expected to boost economic growth. 

Smart shoes keeping tabs
on hospital sanitation

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that, in 2011, about 75,000 hospital patients in the U.S. died of causes related to healthcare-associated infections. One French hospital is trying to lower the rate of infections by asking its staff to wear so-called smart shoes.

Hospitals need to be the epitome of cleanliness.

The problem is that harmful microorganisms are stubborn creatures able to find their way into even highly sterile environments such as hospital operating rooms.

One of the ways they get there is by hitching a ride on humans, especially on the hands.

That's no surprise, so at the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases in North Hospital, in Marseille, France, hydro-alcoholic solution dispensers are everywhere,  The problem is that members of the staff, like nurse Lugdivine Gancia, aren't perfect, and sometimes they forget to wash their hands before touching a patient.

“Yes, because there are situations when we forget or we omit to do the hydro-alcoholic solution. When we bring in food trays, we don't always think about the hydro-alcoholic solution, "said Ms. Gancia.

Since 2013 the hospital has been testing a system, developed by French companies Micro BE and Ephygie-Hand, for tracking how often the staff uses sanitizer dispensers.

Department head Philippe Brouqui explained that radiofrequency identification chips are placed in soles of hospital shoes while antennas are placed on the floor.

“The system knows that I'm on this antenna, I'm going to take here the hydro-alcoholic solution, it sends an impulse to the same system so we know that I took some alcohol," said Brouqui.

The system registers every time the dispenser is used and sends text messages to the staff about their compliance rate.

“Here is an sms sent every 15 days to two different groups in terms of shifts, that tells us our level of hand washing, not the exact level, but whether we have improved, if we haven't improved, or, on the contrary, if we've done worse," said Brouqui.

Brouqui says since the system was installed it has improved the level of compliance from 20 to almost 50 percent. His goal is to get it to 80 percent. He also dreams of setting up alarms that would go off whenever a member of staff approaches a patient before using the sanitary lotion dispenser.

Blockbuster season means
more special effects in movies

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Every summer, big Hollywood studios roll out big budget flicks, rich in special effects and celebrity actors. These blockbusters attract large audiences to multiplex and luxury movie theaters. Revenues from domestic and international ticket sales of these movie behemoths reach the billions of dollars.

The trend for summer superflicks started 40 years ago with Jaws.

Filmmaker Steven Spielberg scared summer vacationers with this suspenseful shark attack story featuring a terrifying great white, a killing machine. Jaws raked in half a billion dollars worldwide, making it the highest grossing film of its time.

The on-screen recipe of thrills and chills continues today.
"Avengers"? or "San Andreas"?  The tsunami of ticket sales at home and abroad towers over the hundreds of millions it took to produce these action mega-flicks. Shown in IMAX and 3D, extravaganzas like these are the offspring of big Hollywood studios and multiplex theaters. Their theme, saving the world from monsters or natural disasters of catastrophic proportions, is rather consistent.

In "San Andreas," a massive earthquake threatens to devour California  and action superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson plays a rescue pilot battling against time to save his daughter, while in the process saving everyone else lucky enough to be in his path.  The exceptional 3D visuals make up for what is, to say the least, a mediocre script.

In its opening weekend, "San Andreas" grossed over $50 million, while Marvel's latest superhero flick, "The Avengers: Age of Ultron," a $250 million production, has so far brought in over a billion dollars worldwide. Disaster films are Hollywood's major export as they cross cultural barriers and can excite any audience, while top stars such as "The Avengers'"  Robert Downy Junior, Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth are bankable the world over. 

For the older crowd, Hollywood also invests heavily in productions that hearken back to older film franchises. This summer, 14 years after Spielberg’s last "Jurassic Park" installment, "Jurassic World" comes roaring back, with a larger, fiercer T-Rex wreaking havoc. 

The film cost $150 million, and the revenues? The sky's the limit. The film's premiere in Washington, D.C., featured endless lines of  Rex's movie fans. Universal Studios will profit not just from theater ticket sales but also from its pricey admission fees to the Jurassic Park theme park in Orlando, Florida, and its movie merchandise in the U.S. and abroad.

Other blockbusters return with mature mega-stars, mainly men, who still hold a spell over movie-goers. They capitalize on the 3D and IMAX film technologies to drive Hollywood's money-making machine. Tom Cruise returns to "Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation," to take on, well, a rogue nation. The new MI5 - as the film is abbreviated affectionately - is the fifth of the series and a sure international box office success.

But wait! Arnold Swarzenegger is back, too!

In "Terminator Genysis," the fifth installment of the Terminator franchise,  Arnold Swarzenegger, soon to be 70, plays the iconic terminator-turned-savior-of-humanity, and proves he can still carry his weight and bring the masses to the theaters.

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Are you buying a property? Our experienced team is ready to help you to find the right place. Are you selling? We are experts selling properties.  Keep it simple. Don't waste your time. We are  the best local and international listing.  Contact us, and we will be glad to assist you!
Local CR Phones: (506) 2785-0282 or  (506) 2785-0278

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For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 4030-5480 or 8339-2112.

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The experts in buying property in Costa Rica, with more than 20 years experience and the largest networked team of agents in the country.  We can help you learn if investing in Costa Rica is right for you with our low-key, educational approach to sales. Our professional agents can tell you more about Costa Rica properties, including condos, homes, lots and commercial real estate.  Call us: Ocean Surf and Sun Int. Realty Ldta at 011 (506) 2653-0073 or send us an email at:

Real estate for sale (paid category)

San Ramon rollover
Three-bedroom home with view near San Ramón
Beautiful house in magical setting in the hills above San Ramón in Costa Rica can be yours for $185,000! House was built 10 years ago with soaring 16-foot ceilings.  Enclosed area is 1,200 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms, large kitchen, and utility room.  It is located at 4,000 feet with typical temperatures ranging between 75 and the low 80s during the day and the low to mid-60s at night.  The house is offered fully furnished, including all appliances (nearly new energy-efficient Samsung refrigerator). The front of the house features a large covered veranda (another 500 square feet), with a barbecue and outdoor patio furniture to seat 8, and hooks for a hammock. There are many tropical plants, flowers, and trees are on the half-acre property.  Set on the far western edge of the Central Valley in a small, pastoral community, it's only 10 minutes to San Ramón and its many small stores, restaurants, museums, a branch campus of the University of Costa Rica, and a weekly farmers' market.
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Phone: (506) 7009-0364

For sale 5,200 m2 Escazú
Fantastic location for condo, hotel, restaurant.
Large lower lot, incredible views. Flexible zoning.
Easy to get liquor license. Low interest financing.
Call: 877-778-8515
(506) 8307-0164
(410) 975-6703

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Small private ranch for sale
This exceptional private ranch sits on a 9+ hectare lot and supports 15-20 horses. Only 2 hours south of San José, on the road to Puriscal. Roomy stalls all with drains, water hookup, lights and fans, grooming and shoeing área. Two-story house all furnished and cowboy house. Don't miss your chance on that turnkey operation.  Offered at $949,000.
E-mail:  or call (506) 8707-1037 
(506) 2778-8408 Web:

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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Union says hackers got data
on all federal workers, retirees

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

An American labor union said hackers are now in possession of sensitive personnel information on all federal employees following a major cyber intrusion that U.S. officials say originated in China.

The American Federation of Government Employees made the claim Thursday in a letter to the Office of Personnel Management, the federal government's human resources agency that was targeted.

"The hackers are now in possession of all personnel data for every federal employee, every federal retiree, and up to one million former federal employees," said the union president, David Cox, in the letter.

The Office of Personnel Management said last week as many as four million current and former federal employees may have been affected by the December hacking, in what is the most extensive breach of government personnel data in years.

The stolen information includes Social Security numbers, addresses, birth dates, as well as job and salary histories, according to the union, which based its assertion on what it said was incomplete information provided by the Office of Personnel Management.

The agency, citing security concerns, so far has failed to provide detailed information about what exact information was stolen or what personnel were targeted.

The Union said the breach represents an "abysmal failure on the part of the agency to guard data that has been entrusted to it by the federal workforce."

Some U.S. officials and lawmakers have said China-based hackers, possibly with links to Beijing, carried out the attack. China dismissed the accusations as irresponsible.

Pakistan ousts Save the Children

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pakistan has closed down the offices of the international aid agency Save the Children, accusing the organization of involvement in anti-Pakistan activities.

Authorities sealed the office in the capital, Islamabad, Thursday and gave staff members 15 days to leave the country, according to the Interior Ministry.

A Pakistan official said "We have been monitoring their calls and watching their offices and their activities are very suspicious."  The official did not specify what activities were objectionable.

Save the Children, which has been in Pakistan for 35 years, said it has no expatriate staff in Islamabad. "We strongly object to this action and are raising our serious concerns at the highest levels," a statement read.  

The charity's expatriate staff was forced to leave a few years ago after a Pakistan intelligence report said the Save the Children organization had ties to Shakil Afridi, the Pakistani doctor allegedly recruited by the CIA to help find al-Qaida head Osama bin Laden. The organization has denied any links to the doctor.

Save the Children said "All our work is designed and delivered in close collaboration with the government ministries across the country and aims to strengthen public service delivery systems in health, nutrition, education and child welfare."

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Working hours cut for police officers

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The security ministry has cut the work day for most police officers on the street from 12 hours a day to 10. The reduction applies to officers who are assigned to work five days a week and have two days off, said the ministry.

The reduction was negotiated by the  Asociación Nacional de Empleados Públicos y Privados.

Officers also get 90 minutes a shift for lunch and relaxation, said the ministry.