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4,000-year-old industry jeopardized by cost of clay
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The phrase dirt cheap does not resonate in the Costa Rican communities where residents produce traditional pottery.

The entire industry in San Vicente de Nicoya and Guaitil de Santa Cruz is in jeopardy because the clay that potters need comes from deposits on private lands.

Manuel Obregón, the minister of Cultura y Juventud was at a meeting there Thursday to hear about the problem. First he visited a site where the clay is extracted.

The Museo Nacional says that the residents of the San Vicente have been making ceramics for the last 4,000 years. That may be a conservative estimate. The production is known as cerámica Chorotega.

The community produces all types of dishes and pots as well as figurines and even some of those dramatic ceramic ritual pieces much valued by collectors. Some of the molds may well be the same ones that were used to put pots on the table of the Aztec elite in the Valley of México.

The museum estimates that about half the population of the community older than 12 years is involved in gathering the raw materials, fabricating the pieces, firing them and marketing them. The culture ministry estimated that about 700 families are dependent on this type of work.

The community even has its own museum, which is where the meeting was held Thursday.

Obregón told the meeting that the ministry was interested in protecting the heritage of the artisans 
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Ceramics frequently is a family affair

because many families depend on these activities.

He suggested that the clay sources might be declared in the national interests, according to a summary from the ministry.

The clay has been becoming harder and harder to obtain because the best sources are on private land and the price has become so high that it puts the economic stability of the community at risk, said the ministry.

The purpose of the meeting was to explore ways to keep this traditional trade alive and keep the community prosperous.

Judicial police bust up marijuana operation in Atenas
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial agents Wednesday morning raided the Atenas home of a 56-year-old U.S. citizen who now faces a charge of cultivating marijuana.

The Judicial Investigating Organization said that the man had a climate-controlled room in his home where they found 35 marijuana plants. They said there also were plants on the patio.

The man was not identified formally. He lives in an up-scale home complete with swimming pool.

Agents from the Atenas office of the judicial police wasted no time. They said they have been investigating the case just this month. Usually months and even years go by before agents develop enough evidence for a raid.

Agents attributed their knowledge of the case to a confidential telephone call. That means someone either spotted the plants in the man's patio or home or that a marketing competitor turned him in.

Agents also said they found 600 grams of marijuana seeds.

Investigators said that the room inside the home had its own power supply, ventilators and grow lights.

The home is in Santa Eulalia de Atenas, agents said.
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Atenas man has a date with prosecutors.

Marijuana possession is hardly a crime now if there is no intent to sell. But they act if a cultivation operation appears to be for commercial use.

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When the U.S. Federal bureau of Investigation issued a warning May 15 that a child molester might be in Central America, the
man's name was in the records of the Direccion General de Migración y Extranjería.

When immigration police caught up with him earlier this month, they confirmed that he had entered the country in November. They stopped him because he has an expired tourism visa.

The man, Harold Eugene Smith, 60, of  Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, had been on the run
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The case stems from a 2010 local investigation by police. Smith is accused of violating a girl when she was 12 and 13 years in a continuing crime.

The FBI announcement said that he skipped bail at the end of 2010.  The FBI did not explain in May why they believe Smith might be in Central America. They also did not explain why the agency took the unusual step of broadcasting a warning.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Some members of a legislative committee want testimony from Luis Liberman, the second vice president of the country, and Jean-Luc Rich, a Canadian who is general manager of Scotiabank de Costa Rica, among others.

Opposition members of the legislatures committee of expenses sought the appearances in a motion filed Thursday.

Liberman is a friend of Alejandro Toledo's mother-in-law, who lives here. Toledo is the former president of Peru who is trying to explain the origins of some $6.5 million that is in a Costa Rican bank. Toledo is in trouble in his home country because he used funds from Costa Rica and Panamá to purchase a luxury home there. The Peruvian opposition wants to know the origin of the money.

There is an investigation already underway by prosecutors into the case, and this may prevent any legislative testimony.

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When my husband came to the U.S. from Italy over 50 years ago, he had to have a sponsor and his mother was born in the U.S. His father died at an early age of his children's life, so it was no easy task for a mother of seven!! There was no welfare or public assistance in their lives. It was hard work for all who lived in a garage for a home!!

The U.S. makes it too easy, I don't see any rights given to expats here in Costa Rica. If anything they keep making things harder and could care less so why should it be easier for illegals in the US?? Americans pay taxes their whole lives for everyone else to live off of then have to worry about SSI and Medicare cuts. Who protects the us?? It's a shame. It can never be what it was!! Truly saddened.
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Africa to lead world in 2100
in population rise, study says

By the University of Washington news staff

A new statistical analysis shows the world population could reach nearly 11 billion by the end of the century, according to a United Nations report issued Thursday. That’s about 800 million, or about 8 percent, more than the previous projection of 10.1 billion, issued in 2011.

The projected rise is mostly due to fertility in Africa, where the U.N. had expected birth rates to decline more quickly than they have.

By far the largest expected increase is in Nigeria, projected to increase by 730 million people, from 184 million now to 914 million in 2100. Eight of the top 10  increases are in Africa, with India in second place. The United States is eighth, with an expected increase of 146 million, or 46 percent, from 316 million now to 462 million in 2100. The largest projected decline is in China, expected to decrease by about 300 million, from 1.4 billion now to 1.1 billion in 2100.

“The fertility decline in Africa has slowed down or stalled to a larger extent than we previously predicted, and as a result the African population will go up,” said Adrian Raftery, a University of Washington professor of statistics and of sociology.

The current African population is about 1.1 billion and it is now expected to reach 4.2 billion, nearly a fourfold increase, by 2100.

The new U.N. estimates use statistical methods developed by Raftery and his colleagues at the University of Washington Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences. The group’s improved fertility forecasting methods, combined with updated data collected by the U.N., were used to project the long-term consequences of the fertility change in Africa since the last population estimate two years ago.

New to this year’s projection are finer-tuned statistics that anticipate the life expectancies of women and men across this century.

Global population reached 7 billion in 2011. It passed 6 billion in 1999.

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Expats will have a chance
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

This newspaper in cooperation with the La Garita Pistol Club plans an informational meeting June 22 for English speakers who might be interested in obtaining a firearms permit.

The day is a Saturday, and the morning session will provide details on what foreigners need to do to comply with the law and legally to keep one or more weapons for sport and self protection.

One of the main speakers will be Paul Furlong, a founder of the pistol club and an expat who actually has used deadly force in the protection of a neighbor. Furlong also presents an advanced shooting course, and some of his former students will be at the session to demonstrate their techniques.

The club is seeking a donation of 3,000 colons per person or 5,000 colons per couple for the event, which will include discussions.

The location is the La Garita pistol range owned and operated by Enrique Rodriguez, a bilingual Costa Rican who is retired from a top position in the police force.

Furlong said that firearms officials regularly give the written and practical tests for a permit at La Garita.  He and Rodríguez can prepare a student for the exam and offer more advanced courses that teach a student to defend him or herself in real life, he said. He will explain that arrangement as well as introduce a bilingual psychologist who can provide required mental verification in English.  The costs for these services will be outlined.

The event, being called a field day, also is open to those of any age over 18 who may want to demonstrate other lethal and non-lethal methods of self protection.

A.M. Costa Rica, a sponsor of the field day, does not urge expats to own a firearm. However, in recognition that many do and many want to, the newspaper is providing a forum for correct information. Whether expats want to maintain a firearm in the home or to carry one concealed on their person, a permit is needed.

In addition to discussions and informational talks, those who wish to take a turn at firing a weapon can do so for an extra cost to cover the ammunition, weather permitting, said Furlong.
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Picnic planned to raise funds for struggling lifeguard corps
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

When they are not saving lives in the water, the lifeguards in Dominical are worrying about from where their next paycheck will come.

For years, Dominical Lifeguards S.A. has been an example of the kind of crew that should be on every public beach in the country. Like other emergency organizations, the lifeguards are usually out of sight and out of mind until they are needed.

The organization runs mostly on donations and special events.  One such event is the noon fund-raising picnic that will be held June 30 this year. The organization is seeking items for donations that can be raffled off that day. The picnic will be at and around the Roca Verde Hotel.

"Please support not just with attendance and donations this year but with ideas & volunteerism," said an announcement.  "The past years have been a weekly struggle to keep ahead of payroll and we were not able to make it happen.  The lifeguards have a proven record of saving lives and creating a safe area for our families and visitors to play.   They don’t just save people from drowning but help with heat stroke, stingray stings, heart attacks, etc."

Dominical is not a particularly dangerous beach but it can generate rip tides that can drag even an experienced swimmer out into the ocean. The lifeguards have an association with similar groups in Jacó, for training. But that does not pay the

 bills, the organization noted, saying "We have been promised government support but still have not seen a dime."

The idea of sponsorships also is being considered. Already local merchants make significant contributions.  The lifeguard corps has its origins in the death of a U.S. visitor 11 years ago. Information on donations or contributions to the raffle can be discussed by email HERE!
Dominical is on the central Pacific coast about 35 kms. (about 21 miles) south of Manuel Antonio and 33 kms. (about 20 miles) west of San Isidro. It is a surfer mecca.

Escape from Western New York  leads to Costa Rica
My sister Annetta is now happily settled into a retirement community in Florida.  She lost her husband, Stan, who was a great brother-in law and, even greater husband, many months ago. 

She is still grieving but prefers her new home, a two-bedroom apartment, over a large and empty house,  and tells me she is keeping busy practicing yoga, taking exercise classes in the pool, attending discussion groups, and socializing at the cocktail parties and at dinnertime.  And in-between there is live music in the lobby, where the residents can hear the songs they loved.  I would love to hear songs that don’t repeat the same words over and over, songs that tell stories by singers (like Sinatra) who can pronounce the words so I can understand them. That is the beauty of a retirement community.  You can have all of these things without having to get into your car, on the bus or walk a lot. 

Over the years a number of people have talked about building retirement communities in Costa Rica.  In many ways, it is an ideal place to do so, thanks to the weather, the good and fresh food available and the cultural activities always happening at reasonable prices, not to mention the Costa Ricans, who seem to have a caring gene as part of their makeup.   When I first moved here, it would have been ideal because Costa Rica offered special prices and privileges to expat pensionados.  Not so, any more. 

Some years ago I visited some possible beginnings.  They were, to my mind, either too far from the city, isolated, or in altitudes that would tend to be cool, even rainy, rather than temperate or warm. Most of these enterprises have not gone anywhere or when and if they are finished, will be only for the high income retirees.

If I could get on a ship that would take me to Ft. Lauderdale, I would visit my sister.  We have long had a mutual admiration society going between us.  When we were young, I thought she was as beautiful and charismatic as a movie star. She now tells me that she thought I was very smart. We both kept our opinions secret because I was sure she only thought of me as a nuisance.  I am younger by only one year and 12 days, so I could well imagine that I was a nuisance both to her, and to my mother. 

We are not the only members of our family.  There were four of us: our baby sister Donetta, whom we would tease as
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looking like the milkman. (We were jealous because we thought she was spoiled), and our big brother Angelo, who later changed his name to Michael and had a successful beauty school and was an inventor.  He was inventing things even as a kid, and working with electricity so that I thought he was an incarnation of Thomas Edison via Mickey Rooney.  The four of us were taken care of by our widowed mother, who owned a beauty shop.  If we were poor, we didn’t know it.  We had what we needed.

We all were very different, although I felt I was a late arriving twin to my brother who was five years and one day older than I.  Donnetta married young and had four children.  (I have to laugh today when a young newly divorced woman explains that she married when she was very young – just 21.)  Fifty years ago marrying young meant eloping when you were in your teens. 

All of us, except our mother, whose other relatives lived there, left Western New York State.  All of my siblings settled in Florida.  Once I left Jamestown, I just kept going.  I am not quite sure why. Maybe I was looking for a place like Costa Rica. 

I see in yesterday’s A.M. Costa Rica that President Laura Chinchilla has suggested to the representatives of other “middle income’ countries who are meeting here, that they consider new models to measure their advances as countries. It is time to look at success and the well being of their people by something other than income and the bottom line. 

The other day an economist said that more money brings more happiness only when it moves a family out of poverty into a state of having enough. President Chinchilla went on to mention other things like available health, care, the environment, education, a mindset committed to peace, and not fearing the possibility of war.

Ah, yes, a retirement community in Costa Rica could offer those intangibles plus a lot of music.  

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New recipe books feature the cuisine of Alajuela, Heredia and San José
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The nation's heritage center has released two recipe books featuring the cuisine of Alajuela and Heredia and one featuring the food of San José.
The publisher is the Centro de Investigación y Conservación del Patrimonio Cultural, an agency of the cultural ministry. Each year the Centro puts on a regional contest and asks for residents to submit local traditional dishes and a recipe. The recipes of the winners end up in the books.

The Centro said that this is a way of preserving the culinary culture in the days of fast food and supermarkets.
The Central also released a book about the architecture of Cartago after the 1910 earthquake. It is Señales en el cielo… El terremoto de 1910 y la transformación de la arquitectura de la Ciudad de Cartago – Álbum fotográfico by Carlos Luis Fallas Pastor and Sonia Gómez;

The Centro also released a tourist guide for Limón, Cahuita and Puerto Viejo as well as one for the Diquís region in the southern Pacific.

The books are available at the Centro's office in the former Banco Anglo building on the south side of the downtown pedestrian walkway just west of the fountain.

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U.S. Supreme court bars
patents on natural DNA

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that companies cannot patent human genes in their natural state. Patients’ rights groups are calling the decision a victory. The court, however, left room to protect patents on key biotechnology applications.

Myriad Genetics identified genes that raise a patient’s risk for breast and ovarian cancer. The company lifted those genes from the full set of genetic information that makes up a human being and patented them. That gave Myriad exclusive rights over the use of those genes.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been allowing patents on isolated DNA for three decades, said attorney Sandra Park with the American Civil Liberties Union.

“What was problematic about these patents was that Myriad was able to use those patents to stop other laboratories from providing genetic testing, even when those other laboratories were using different methods,” she said.

Ms, Park said that means genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer risk is more expensive than if other labs could compete with Myriad. And patients could not get a second opinion on an important medical issue. 

In a unanimous decision, however, the court struck down this type of patent because the genes are products of nature.

Lisbeth Ceriani was a plaintiff in the case. She is a breast cancer survivor who struggled to afford Myriad’s test.

“Our genes are not being held hostage by a private corporation anymore. We have the right to know that our doctor can look at our own genes and know what is there,” said Ms. Ceriani.

Supporters say the ruling will lower costs and improve access to testing for this and other genetic conditions for which companies have patents. Also, researchers will be able to share data that results from genetic testing, hopefully moving them closer to better treatment and prevention.

Myriad Genetics, however, also created versions of the genes called complimentary DNA [cDNA] - basically, cleaned-up versions of the genes - and patented those, too.

The Supreme Court said those patents are okay because cDNA does not exist in nature.

Jennifer Swize, an attorney for the company, said, “To Myriad, the decision is a win. For all practical purposes, companies like Myriad use cDNA to do their testing.”

Ms. Swize said the company will continue to move forward because it has 24 patents on its breast and ovarian cancer gene research, and the court only struck down five of those.

And cDNA is hugely important to the biotechnology industry. Insulin to treat diabetics is produced using cDNA, for example.

Paul Berghoff, an attorney for the Intellectual Property Owners Association, wrote in support of Myriad in the case. “Nobody in the biotech industry is going to be dancing in the streets because of this, but I don’t think this is too much of a setback, if any.”

Observers note that Myriad’s stock price rose after the decision, suggesting the markets saw the decision as a positive one for the biotech industry.

China's media cites Snowden
on claims of U.S. cyber attacks

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

China's state media have pounced on comments from former CIA analyst Edward Snowden that the U.S. government has been hacking computers in China for years, giving the issue prominent coverage. But when the Chinese foreign ministry was asked about the accusations Thursday, the response was slightly more muted.
State run Chinese media is reporting allegations from whistleblower Snowden that U.S. cyber attacks will weaken U.S.-China relations and stain Washington’s image overseas. 
When asked about Snowden’s charges, China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying declined to comment specifically on his case, but reminded reporters that China also is a victim of cyber attacks. She said China strongly advocates cyber security and wants to carry out cooperation to maintain peace. Ms. Hua also said China will carry out constructive dialogue with the international community about cyber security. 

Snowden’s leaks came just days after a U.S./China summit in California, where U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to form a working group on cyber security. Wang Dong, a professor of international relations at Peking University, said China’s government likely will react cautiously to Snowden’s charges. 

“President Xi Jinping and President Obama just had a very successful and very historic meeting in California. And they had talked over a broad range of issues, and agreed to build a new type of power relationship,” said Wang.
Snowden claims the United States has been launching cyber attacks against Hong Kong and China since 2009, hacking universities, businesses, government officials and Chinese citizens in Hong Kong and the mainland. 

Snowden left the U.S. for Hong Kong in late May, where he said he has full faith in the local legal system and vows to resist extradition. 
The state-run China Daily newspaper cites analysts saying the news of U.S. hacking could pose a challenge to growing goodwill between the two nations and that the Sino-U.S. relationship is constantly soured on cyber security. 
Wang Dong said Snowden’s allegations will effect U.S. China talks on cyber security and may put the United States on the defense going forward. “It will shift the balance in the sense that the U.S. government, the American media and others have been accusing China of doing this, and that and all of a sudden you have to defend your own record about that.”
Snowden remains in hiding in Hong Kong after checking out of a hotel Monday morning in the city’s Kowloon District.

Mandela reported improving
although still on serious list

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The South African government says former president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela continues to recover from a lung infection, but it says his condition remains serious.

In a statement Thursday, President Jacob Zuma appealed to the people of South Africa and beyond to keep Madiba -- Mandela's clan name -- in their prayers, and to wish him a speedy recovery.

The 94-year-old icon was hospitalized in Pretoria last week in serious but stable condition. It was his fourth such hospitalization since December.

Mandela has a history of lung problems dating back to the tuberculosis he contracted during his 27-year imprisonment under South Africa's apartheid system. He was released in 1990, and four years later was elected president in the country's first democratic polls.

Researchers find deadly link
between insecticide and bees

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A steady decline in the overall honeybee population year to year is a growing problem worldwide. The decreasing bee population could contribute to a dramatic increase in commodity prices for goods dependent upon pollination by honeybees. Researchers continue to study the decline as beekeepers are struggling to keep their colonies and their profits alive.

Terrence Ingram considers himself a naturalist. He said he’s best able to commune with the natural world around him at the center of a swarm of bees. “I love beekeeping. It’s one of God’s greatest miracles."

Since 1954, Ingram has raised tens of thousands of honeybees in managed colonies behind his house in rural Apple River, Illinois.

“We had 250 hives at one time. We sold five, six tons of honey a year,” said Ingram.

But that amount is dwindling. "Now we’re down to about probably four tons." And that's not because the 73-year-old Ingram is slowing down, but because he says there are fewer bees producing honey, something he blames on the use of insecticides and herbicides in the farmland surrounding his property. The gradual decline in his bee population began in 1996.

“Every three weeks that summer, they were spraying with the airplane, and by the end of the year, I didn’t have any of my 250 hives left,” he said.

This phenomenon caught the attention of researchers like Purdue University entomology Professor Christian Krupke.

“There have been similar reports from Europe in the past, and so we looked into it a little bit further from the point of view of wondering first of all what is killing these bees, and second how are these bees acquiring whatever this toxic chemical is,” said Krupke.

There are many reasons for the worldwide bee decline, not just insecticides.

But in this instance, Krupke and his colleagues focused on insecticides known as neonicotinoids that adhere to the seeds as they are planted in the ground, rather than from spraying above.

“The two compounds that kept coming up when we tested these dead bees were the pesticides clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Those are insecticides that are applied to corn seed. The key route for those acute bee kills that we have seen in past years and again this year is the planter exhaust. The talc that contacts seed and then is exhausted,” said Krupke.

About 30 years ago, there were about 4 million of these kind of managed bee colonies throughout the United States. Today, there are less than 2 million, and researchers say that’s due in part to the introduction of these insecticides.

“Can we get by without neonicotinoids insecticides in these field crops? I think we can. I believe we have data that show that we can. So that’s maybe something that’s a little more promising as far as reducing the stress on the honeybee population,” said Krupke.

In December, the European Union plans to ban the use of certain insecticides researchers linked to bee deaths. But no such restrictions are planned in the United States. For Illinois beekeeper Ingram, some of the damage already done is permanent.

“We’ve got many beekeepers who have quit, just gone out of business because they can’t succeed,” he said.

But not Ingram, who said his passion for bees is just as strong as it was when he tended his first colony, more than 60 years ago.

New York City might be
most diverse for languages

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In the Big Apple, home to more than 8 million people, one can find nearly every kind of food, music, art, people and nearly every kind of language. Some linguistic experts say it may be the most diverse city in the world with as many as 800 spoken languages.

With hundreds of languages and dialects spoken from around the world, few cities are as diverse as New York.

"New York is the capital of the world, where we live together in peace," said Ernesto Arias.

Arias from Bolivia says this is all possible without loss of tradition or the mother language. He speaks in his native Spanish.

“There are people from every background, so you’ll hear a variety of languages and dialects.  For example, in my country, they speak Aymara and Quechua.  Of course, here we’re starting to lose that.  But we are making an effort to maintain our community in some form so that we don’t lose it," he said.

According to the 2010 census, 51 percent of New Yorkers speak only English. The remaining 49 percent, according to experts, speak hundreds of other languages.

For many residents it probably comes as no surprise that the second-most spoken language in New York is Spanish, representing 25 percent of the population.

“It’s a very cosmopolitan city where you see people from around the world and listen to every language possible in the elevators, on the street, doing business.  I don’t know about 800 languages, but they all sound very different," said Gabriela Pisterna, Argentinian tourist.

Historically, the Big Apple has been known for welcoming immigrants, earning it the unofficial title of “Capital of the World.”

“Every place is represented here, at least from Latin America, there are so many," said Edmundo Datri, another Argentinian tourist.

Tomato packer raided
in Mexican slavery case

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Mexico abolished slavery in the early 19th century, but many poor Mexicans live and work in slave-like conditions either at home or abroad.  Mexican authorities this week rescued 275 people who said they were forced to work at a tomato plant in the western State of Jalisco for inadequate pay and housing.

Bioparques de Occidente is a tomato sorting and packing company in the municipality of Toliman in the western state of Jalisco.  The management finds workers to get the tomatoes ready for export in nearby rural areas.

Regional prosecutor Salvador Gonzales said people are lured to the plant by offers of reasonable wages, accommodation and schools for their children.  "They were offered jobs in Ciudad Guzmán where they were offered 100 pesos per day, schools, accommodation. The offer was attractive. But when they arrived here they realized it was a different reality. They made them work more than eight hours and didn't pay them 100 pesos,'' he said. 100 pesos is about $7.85.

Officials said the victims were mainly paid in vouchers redeemable at the company store, where items were sold at overinflated prices.  The living conditions were crowded and dirty.  But the workers were not permitted to leave.

Alejandro Acosta said they were treated cruelly. "We are badly treated here. It's not fair. They should pay us what they owe us in any case. Scoldings in the morning when one has a sick baby. They go to your room, kick the door open and tell you: 'Go to work, now!' If one does not go to work in the field you are not given any food, no food and apart from that you have to work here, sweep the floor, clean toilets, collect rubbish," Acosta explained. "It's not fair.''

But one man managed to escape and alert authorities in the state capital, Guadalajara.

Five foremen were arrested on charges of grave violations and crimes, including the illegal privation of liberty and human trafficking. 

In 2007, Mauritania became the last country to ban slavery officially, but rights groups said that global slave trade in various forms continues, generating an estimated $32 billion a year.

A recent study, by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, estimated that 880,000 people are trapped in forced labor in nine European countries alone: France, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain and Sweden.

Chemical in plastics can
hurt human tooth enamel

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A chemical compound that’s been linked to a number of health problems in animal studies may also damage tooth enamel in humans. BPA is found in many resins and plastics that people use everyday, such as water and baby bottles and food containers.

BPA, or Bisphenol A, can leach from the plastic and into food, water or snacks and from there into humans. A U.S. Centers for Disease Control survey in 2003 and 2004 found detectable levels of the chemical in 93 percent of more than 2,500 urine samples tested. It can also contaminate the environment with countless plastic bottles littering many landscapes and waterways.

The National Institutes of Health, says, “Animal studies indicate BPA may cause adverse effects, such as obesity, behavioral changes, diabetes, early onset puberty, asthma, cardiovascular diseases, reproductive disorders and development of prostate, breast and uterine cancer.”

It adds there is “reason for concern, especially for parents, because some animal studies report effects in fetuses and newborns exposed to BPA.” There’s ongoing research on whether BPA does indeed affect people the way it can animals.

French researcher Sylvie Babajko is the lead author of an article on BPA appearing in the American Journal of Pathology. She said that BPA is an endocrine disruptor.

An endocrine disruptor is a substance that disturbs the endocrine system. That means hormones in humans, as well as in progeny.

The endocrine system is a series of glands, such as the thyroid pituitary and adrenal, which release hormones affecting sexual development, growth and metabolism. And these hormones go everywhere in the body. Some chemicals can make their levels go up and down.

Ms. Babajko and fellow researchers are now trying to confirm that BPA can damage tooth enamel. She said they were notified about the possible link by others studying the effects of endocrine disruptors on lab animals’ reproductive systems.

“They found that the rats exposed to low doses of endocrine disruptors presented white spots on incisors. They called us, and we studied these white spots and found that there was an enamel hypomineralization due to endocrine disruptors exposure,” she said.

In other words, BPA, circulating in the body, can adversely affect cells that produce tooth enamel, making it fragile or brittle. The question is: Are those white marks now showing up on human teeth as well?

“It is probably a problem,” she said, “because things and food contain BPA and we are probably all exposed to BPA. And it has been shown, at least with experiments on animals, that BPA can cause a lot of defects and teeth are one additional target of BPA.”

Analysis of the rats’ teeth show similar characteristics found in about 18 percent of children between the ages 6 and 8. These kids may have teeth that are extra sensitive to pain or more liable to get cavities. It’s believed humans are most sensitive to BPA in the first years of life. Further study is needed, but those white streaks may be an indication of early exposure to the chemical.

Since BPA can disrupt estrogen levels in animals, there’s concern that could affect men’s reproductive health. Men do produce estrogen, but usually in much lower levels than women. However, Ms. Babajko said that’s not been confirmed and is difficult to prove.

“It is possible, but not demonstrated in humans, of course, because we are all subjected to many endocrine disruptors. And it is difficult to be sure that BPA is the only one that is responsible for the reproductive defects. It is difficult to know precisely if BPA is the only one or if it is acting in combination with other molecules,” she said.

Concerns about BPA have led to the production of BPA-free plastic products. Europe banned baby bottles containing the chemical in January 2011. The U.S. took similar action in July of last year. While the Food and Drug Administration began voicing concerns about BPA in 2010, it has not officially reversed its 2008 decision declaring BPA safe.

France intends to extend the BPA ban to all food containers in July 2015.

Genetic dyslexia component
clarified in Yale research

By the Yale University School of Medicine news staff

A new study of the genetic origins of dyslexia and other learning disabilities could allow for earlier diagnoses and more successful interventions, according to researchers at Yale School of Medicine. Many students now are not diagnosed until high school, at which point treatments are less effective.

The study is published online and in the July print issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics. Senior author Jeffrey R. Gruen, professor of pediatrics, genetics, and investigative medicine at Yale, and colleagues analyzed data from more than 10,000 children born in 1991 and1992 who were part of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children conducted by investigators at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

Gruen and his team used the data to unravel the genetic components of reading and verbal language. In the process, they identified genetic variants that can predispose children to dyslexia and language impairment, increasing the likelihood of earlier diagnosis and more effective interventions.

Dyslexia and language impairment are common learning disabilities that make reading and verbal language skills difficult. Both disorders have a substantial genetic component, but despite years of study, determining the root cause had been difficult.

In previous studies, Gruen and his team found that dopamine-related genes ANKK1 and DRD2 are involved in language processing. In further non-genetic studies, they found that prenatal exposure to nicotine has a strong negative affect on both reading and language processing. They had also previously found that a gene called DCDC2 was linked to dyslexia.

In this new study, Gruen and colleagues looked deeper within the DCDC2 gene to pinpoint the specific parts of the gene that are responsible for dyslexia and language impairment. They found that some variants of a gene regulator called READ1 (regulatory element associated with dyslexia1) within the DCDC2 gene are associated with problems in reading performance while other variants are strongly associated with problems in verbal language performance.

Gruen said these variants interact with a second dyslexia risk gene called KIAA0319. “When you have risk variants in both READ1 and KIAA0319, it can have a multiplier effect on measures of reading, language, and IQ,” he said. “People who have these variants have a substantially increased likelihood of developing dyslexia or language impairment.”

“These findings are helping us to identify the pathways for fluent reading, the components of those pathways; and how they interact,” said Gruen. “We now hope to be able to offer a pre-symptomatic diagnostic panel, so we can identify children at risk before they get into trouble at school. Almost three-quarters of these children will be reading at grade level if they get early intervention, and we know that intervention can have a positive lasting effect.”

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as an obesity antidote

By the American Chemical Society news staff

A major ingredient in those green coffee bean dietary supplements — often touted as “miracle” weight-loss products — doesn’t prevent weight gain in obese laboratory mice fed a high-fat diet when given at higher doses. That’s the conclusion of a first-of-its-kind study published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. It also linked the ingredient to an unhealthy build-up of fat in the liver.

Vance Matthews, Kevin Croft and their team note that coffee is rich in healthful, natural, plant-based polyphenol substances. They cite evidence from past studies that coffee drinkers have a lower risk of obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and other disorders collectively termed the “metabolic syndrome.” Chlorogenic acid, one coffee polyphenol, is the main ingredient in scores of dietary supplements promoted as weight-loss products. Much research has been done on mixtures of coffee polyphenols. Until now, however, scientists have not checked the effects of higher doses of chlorogenic acid alone on obesity and other symptoms of the metabolic syndrome. Matthews’ team decided to do that, using special laboratory mice that are stand-ins for humans in such tests.

They report that mice on a high-fat diet and mice on a high-fat diet plus chlorogenic acid gained the same amount of weight. The chlorogenic acid mice, however, were more likely to develop disorders that often lead to type 2 diabetes. They also accumulated fat inside the cells in their livers.

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A campaign by the government of Ecuador aimed at putting pressure on and discrediting the newspaper Hoy was denounced Thursday by the Inter American Press Association, which expressed its support for the newspaper and its editor, Jaime Mantilla, who is also the association's president.

Since late last month the Communication Secretariat within Ecuador’s Presidency has been waging an intense campaign to discredit the Quito-based newspaper through government newspapers, national radio and television networks.  This appears to have its origin in a report by the AFP news agency May 31, that Hoy headlined “Correa describes homosexual marriage as a fad.” According to the government, the headline seriously distorted the article involving President Rafael Correa.

The newspaper June 4 published a letter from National Communication Secretary Fernando Alvarado Espinel in which he said that the headline “does not correspond to the truth.” Hoy stated that the paper “did not distort the report.”

The official attacks on the newspaper have been increasing. In a recent Saturday nationwide hookup Correa warned that if the paper did not issue a correction “we will go to court,” and this past week several national radio and television networks aired broadcasts which said “it is reported” that “up to now Hoy has not rectified the lie nor published the truth as the Constitution demands …. We continue to count the hours until the truth is published.”

The chairman of the press association's Committee on Freedom of the Press and Information, Claudio Paolillo, said  the organization “is very familiar with the aggressive style used by the government to confront those that criticize its actions and that maintain an independent journalistic stance.”

On the occasion of its 31st anniversary, Hoy  June 7 ran an editorial in which it recounted the “gradual actions to destroy its financial situation” applied by the government of President Correa. Among these Hoy mentioned that several years ago the Communication Department prohibited “government and related entities” from advertising in the newspaper. In addition, the government cancelled subscriptions and contracts with the newspaper.

The editorial also stated that “the economic, political and social pressures have continued against the newspaper, its editor and other associates.” Editor Jaime Mantilla “has faced great pressures and judgments” and has been the victim of discrediting campaigns. On a number of occasions President Correa has expressed his wish that the newspaper shut down, because “almost nobody reads it” and for being “at the edge of bankruptcy.”

A new note from the communications secretary, Alvarado Espinel, Monday rebutted Hoy’s contention concerning the various actions taken by the government against the newspaper to harm it financially. In a sarcastic tone he said that “it is just an excuse which shows the growing lack of trust of its readers due to its articles not being based on the truth.”

Alvarado Espinel added that he would make his note public because, he said, “the people deserve the truth and not the lies that are constantly divulged by those belonging to the newspaper association, ADEP  and the IAPA cartel.” He was referring to the Ecuadorean Association of Newspaper Editors and Publishers and the Inter American Press Association.

Paolillo said, “The disrespectful style used by the representative of the government is regrettable. However in this case we are not surprised by the use of insulting words and mockery when debating.”

The Inter American Press Association is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the defense and promotion of freedom of the press and of expression in the Americas. It is made up of more than 1,300 publications from throughout the Western Hemisphere and is based in Miami, Florida.

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White House honors Costa Rican

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A Costa Rican immigrant to North Carolina has been honored by the White House as a Champion of Change.

This is a designation that White House aides frequently make for groups of individuals who have made an impact on the society.

In this case, the Costa Rican, John Herrera, was among 11 immigrants honored by
the white House.

He is the co-founder of a credit union for mostly Latin American depositors. It is the Latino Community Credit Union, headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. The credit union has 11 branches now. It was founded in 2000.

The credit union says on its Web site that it was founded as a grassroots response to a wave of  robberies and muggings of Latino immigrants in Durham. Since then, it has become a national model for credit unions and community development
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 financial institutions seeking to serve unbanked, immigrant communities, it added.

"The increasing immigrant population had little or no experience using a financial institution, often relying on high cost and inefficient alternative financial services," said the credit union. "The reliance on cash resulted in increased crime against Latinos, as they were viewed as 'walking banks.' State and local leaders, community advocates, and the credit union community, including The Support Center, Durham-based El Centro Hispano, North Carolina State Employees’ Credit Union and Self-Help Credit Union came together to form Latino Credit Union, a safe place for Latinos to save their money, access credit, and build wealth."

The White House said that the credit union is the first fully bilingual financial institution in the state of North Carolina. A pioneering example of how businesses can creatively meet a gap in the market for the underserved, it has become the fastest growing community development credit union in the nation and a model for banking for new immigrants, the White House added.

The foreign ministry in Costa Rica said that Herrera credited his success to the education and culture he received here. He is married to Glisceria Vindas, formerly of Venecia de San Carlos and founder of the Asociación  Costarricense de Carolina del Norte.

Despite the name, the credit union says on its Web site that one does not have to be Latin American or Latino to join. The credit union is producing videos to show its estimated 55,000 members the steps in buying a home.