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World Health discounts zika risk in large gatherings
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
and wire service reports

The World Surfing Games in Jacó got a boost Tuesday when the World Health Organization said that large gatherings do not mean a greater risk of zika virus transmission.

The U.N.’s health agency was reporting mainly about this summer's Olympic Games in Brazil, but Jacó business leaders were concerned that the surfing games in August would be canceled if the Olympics were, too.

World Health’s emergency committee on the zika virus met Tuesday to consider the possible risks to mass gatherings in countries and cities with a zika outbreak, including Rio de Janeiro.

"Individual risks in areas of transmission are the same whether or not a mass gathering is conducted, and can be minimized by good public health measures," the committee said.

At last count, Jacó has 63 reported cases of zika of the country’s 98, although many persons with light cases of zika or those with no symptoms probably number much more. A new report is due later today.

The surfing event in Jaco is taking place from Aug. 6 to 14.  Area business leaders are expecting $38 million in income from visitors to the event. But they have been concerned that the games might be canceled due to the zika outbreak. Brazil, of course, has thousands of reported cases.


The U.N. agency said there is only a very low risk that the Olympic Games in August and the Paralympic Games in September might result in spreading zika internationally.

The games are taking place during winter in Brazil, when the spread of such viruses is minimal. World Health also noted that Brazilian authorities are stepping up their mosquito-control measures.

The zika committee reaffirmed previous recommendations that pregnant women should not travel to areas with a virus outbreak, and that while they are pregnant they should either abstain from sex or practice only safe sex with partners who do travel to zika-infected areas.

More than 100 doctors called on the World Health Organization last month to either postpone the Summer Games or move them to a different venue.

Zika is responsible for microcephaly, a severe birth defect in which babies are born with abnormally small heads and possible developmental problems. It is spread by mosquitoes, and Brazil has been at the heart of Latin America's zika outbreak.

Here's one way to get that @3%&!* traffic to move
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Traffic jams are reaching monumental proportions in the Central Valley, and the tempers of many motorists are beyond frayed.

Considering that getting across San José frequently takes two hours or more, motorists can be forgiven for wishing that their 1972 Datsun sedan really was a modern military tank that could crawl up the mass of cars in front and crush them into scrap while easily making the next appointment.

The government has not made life easier, either with a series of construction projects that slow traffic. Consequently many motorists will have great sympathy for the man stuck in traffic Saturday night in Alajuela. He was in Barrio Lourdes in the San Rafael district of the central canton.

The 43-year-old man leaped from his car and fired pistol shots in the air to intimidate other drivers.  Presumably this was more effective than blowing the car horn. When police arrived, they confiscated the pistol and pronounced him drunk.

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Santa Ana construction mishap kills three

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A concrete floor collapsed on three persons while they were doing an inspection in Santa Ana Tuesday, and all died.

The site was the location of a new Automercado in Rio Oro de Santana, said the Cruz Roja that mustered four motor units and 10 volunteers.

One of the dead was a female civil engineer, 27 with the last names of  Vargas Hall. The foreman, identified by the last names of  Rodríguez Quirós and a worker, identified by the names of  Chaves Quirós also died.

507 motorists caught not using child seat

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Policía de Tránsito said Tuesday that in the last five months its officers have stopped 507 motorists who did not have their children in the appropriate safety seat.

The fine for this offense is 209,200.50, about $390, said the agency.

Police also reported that 72 motorcyclists were ticketed for transporting a child under 5 years on the vehicle. That offense carries the same fine.

Florida alligator snatches wading tot, 2

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Authorities are searching for a 2-year-old boy who was dragged by an alligator into the water near a Disney World hotel in Florida late Tuesday.

The boy was with his parents and siblings on vacation from Nebraska. The family was wading in a manmade lake used mostly for boating when the attack occurred, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told a news conference.

More than 50 law enforcement personnel have been dispatched to search the Seven Seas Lagoon, which reaches a depth of about four meters, outside Disney's Grand Floridian resort in Orlando.

Demings said there have been no other recent reports of similar alligator attacks in the area. Last October, a 61-year-old swimmer was the first victim killed by an alligator in Florida since 2007.

Democrats blame Russians for hacking

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. Democratic National Committee said Tuesday its computer network was breached by Russian government hackers who gained access to opposition information on presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz described the incident as serious and said the committee moved quickly to "kick out the intruders and secure our network" with the help of a cyber company called CrowdStrike.

The hacking incident, first reported by The Washington Post, does not appear to have yielded financial or personal information, said the committee.

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Last week I traveled along Paraiso Road by car. It was a very poorly maintained road with several dangerous places. This road connects two popular tourist destinations of Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo-Gandoca and deserves attention and resources to maintain safety.

The road climbs rapidly from sea level up to 200 feet. Sometimes, the slopes are steep and the substrate is loose or slippery. The rock and dirt road is bumpy and narrow at some points. Drops are sharp and a mistake can be fatal.

There are places on the road where tall cane plants on both sides touched the car and went to the top of the roof. In some places there was a shoulder to pass on and in other places the grass hid a deep drop off.

There are several bridges over small streams. Some of them show very long falls overboard. Some are falling apart. In a place where there is no bridge, the water crossing requires a high body truck when it is not raining. One can only imagine the challenge of crossing dangerously in heavy rain.

I found some old documents online that seemed to say that there was an objective of funding and improvement of these roads and the roads ministry was training and helping local municipal governments do this.  Can't prove it by this road . . . .
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Constitutional court admits action against state refinery union contract
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala IV constitutional court unexpectedly decided Tuesday to admit for consideration an action against the Refinadora Costarricense de Petróleo S.A.

The action claiming unconstitutionality had only been presented the day before.

This is the action that challenges the contact between the state petroleum monopoly and its union, Sindicato de Trabajadores Petroleros, Químicos y Afines. The action asks the court to throw out many of the benefits provided employees.

The action was presented by Otto Guevara Guth, a lawmaker with the Movimiento Libertario.

In the summary of the case, the political party quoted Guevara saying that the state refinery is an absolutely inefficient firm.  He said that union contract, called a convención colectiva in Spanish is a piñata, best translated into English as something providing costly benefits.

The refinery is a politically sensitive state company like the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad with employees very conscious of their rights and benefits.

The Sala IV has been subjected to criticism over the weekend because it ruled that all the benefits paid to refinery employees can be calculated to be included in the price of motor fuel. The Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Público sought to exclude the items.

That means motorists are paying the tab.
According to Guevara, the union contract calls for:

-12 million colons a year to purchase medicines that are not available through the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social;

-Payments to workers for gynecological, prenatal and post-natal health care;

-Payments to private labs for all the male workers for prostate exams;

-11.2 million colons a year for scholarships for employees and their children;

-Burial payments for workers, their spouses, parents or dependent children.

-A marriage bonus and bonuses at the birth of each child.

-6.2 million colons each year for social, union, sports and cultural activities for workers and their families as well as money for end-of-year activities.

-A payment of 650,000 colons a month to each worker to pay for child care center enrollment.

-A transfer of 5.6 million colons to the union to pay for school supplies for workers’ children.

In addition, there is a fund for savings, loans and housing to which the company pays 10 percent of the total monthly salaries.

In addition to payments to workers, Guevara criticized the management of the company for spending millions in modernization of the refinery that has been closed.

The refinery is basically a distributor of imported petroleum products.

He also cited the ill-fated plan to build a refinery in conjunction with the Chinese in Moįn. The deal was with the Sociedad Reconstructora Chino Costarricense and cost $50 million, he said. The deal has been shelved.

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Dense brain in birds lets them think as well as primate, study says
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Calling someone a bird brain used to be an insult. Not anymore. A study published online Tuesday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that birds have more densely packed neurons in their brains than other animals, contributing to cognitive ability on par with that of primates.

"For a long time, having a bird brain was considered to be a bad thing. Now it turns out that it should be a compliment," said the study's senior author, Suzana Herculano-Houzel, a Vanderbilt University neuroscientist.

Parrots and crows have cognitive abilities similar to those of primates, the study found.

The birds can make tools and use them to obtain food and solve other problems. They also can recognize themselves in mirrors and plan for future needs, cognitive capabilities only primates were previously thought to have possessed.

The findings contribute to the ongoing theory that, although

brain structures may be different in classes of animals, it is not necessarily the size or even the structure that makes a brain more advanced. It may be the contents.

An earlier study found that trained pigeons can detect malignant tumors in mammograms with the pinpoint accuracy of human radiologists.

Ms. Herculano-Houzel and her co-author, Pavel Nemec, a researcher at Charles University in Prague, found that birds generally have more neurons than some mammals, but parrots and songbirds packed twice as many neurons on average than primate brains, "indicating that avian brains have higher neuron-packing densities than mammalian brains," the study said.

"That explains why they exhibit levels of cognition at least as complex as primates."

Although the link between intelligence and the number of neurons has not been firmly established, the scientists believe that the brains of birds with the same number of neurons as much larger mammal brains can potentially produce higher cognitive power per kilogram.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire service

Former secretary of State Hillary Clinton was projected to be the big winner of the last primary in the 2016 presidential campaign, held Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Mrs. Clinton already had enough delegates to be the presumptive Democratic nominee.

Mrs. Clinton and her rival for the nomination, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, met Tuesday night in the nation's capital to talk about the Democratic Party platform to be drawn up at this summer's convention.

Sanders is promising the most progressive platform ever passed by the Democrats.

He told reporters it would be "crystal clear that the Democratic Party is in fact on the side of working people. . . .The time is long overdue for a fundamental transformation of the Democratic Party."

Many progressive and ultra-liberal Democrats have complained that the party has become too centrist and too willing to compromise with Republicans, making it seem as if there is little difference between the two major parties.

Mrs. Clinton did not talk about her meeting with Sanders, but a Clinton campaign official had said that she was looking forward to the chance to discuss how to move forward with what the official called their shared commitment to a progressive agenda and stopping Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.

Meanwhile, media coverage during the past year has boosted Trump's popularity at Mrs. Clinton's expense, but that has not stopped her from widening her lead over Trump, according to findings from a Harvard University study and a new poll.

A study released Tuesday by Harvard's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy said Trump has disproportionately benefited from news coverage of his campaign, although Trump has regularly complained the media has treated him unfairly.

Despite the study's findings, Trump announced Monday he was banning The Washington Post from campaign events, extending the list of banned media organizations to more than a half dozen.

In response to the ban, the White House Correspondents Association criticized Trump for arbitrarily banning news outlets.

"Any nominee for the highest office in the country must respect the role of a free and adversarial press, not disown the principles of the First Amendment just because he or she does not like the tone or content of their coverage," President Carol Lee said in a statement Tuesday.

The study found Trump received 34 percent of the media's coverage of the Republican primaries, far more than any of his Republican rivals. Jeb Bush came in second with 18 percent. Trump's media coverage was worth about $55 million, compared with $19 million for Bush.

The report said that because Trump had no political experience or voter base, he resorted to the use of harsh rhetoric to compete with party rivals Bush, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio. That attracted a lot of media attention, said the report.

The media was not as generous to the Democratic presidential candidates, particularly during the early days of the campaign season, the study said. The media coverage was significantly less, but Mrs. Clinton enjoyed substantial leads in polls over Sanders and other democratic hopefuls. 

As media coverage of Trump boosted his poll ratings, it gradually eroded Mrs. Clinton's advantage. Moreover, the study found that 84 percent of the issue-related coverage of Mrs. Clinton was negative.

The report was based on an analysis of coverage from eight print and broadcast news outlets: CBS, Fox, the Los Angeles Times, NBC, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.

Despite the study's findings, a poll released Tuesday showed Mrs. Clinton had widened her lead over Trump, 49 percent to 42 percent.

The poll, conducted by NBC News and SurveyMonkey, was conducted last week, when Mrs. Clinton secured enough delegates to become the presumptive Democratic nominee. It was also the week in which Trump was roundly criticized for claiming a federal judge was biased because of his Mexican heritage.

Republicans hold their convention in Cleveland July 18 to 21. The Democrats gather in Philadelphia July 25 to 28.

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By the A.M. Costa Rica wire service

Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan questioned if presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump understood the role of the free press in America just hours after he revoked the press credentials for Post reporters covering his campaign.

Ms. Sullivan said Tuesday that she had contacted Trump's campaign and wanted to ask the candidate to expand on his definition of the ban against the Post and how he would define the role of America's free press. She said she had not received comment as of her deadline.

Trump's campaign took issue with an article that appeared on the Post's Web site on Monday with the headline, "Donald Trump suggests President Obama was involved with Orlando shooting." The headline was changed to "Donald Trump seems to connect President Obama to Orlando shooting" within an hour after it was published.

Trump wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday, "Based on the incredibly inaccurate coverage and reporting of the record setting Trump campaign, we are hereby revoking the press credentials of the phony and dishonest Washington Post."

Later in the day, at a rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, Trump joked about revoking the Post's press credentials.

After losing her credentials revoked by the Trump campaign, the Post's national political correspondent, Karen Tumulty, tweeted: "Trump has revoked the Washington Post's press credentials. If elected, he will build a wall around 13th and K Streets” the D.C. location of the Post.

White House reporters and several media entities condemned the move.

Kathleen Carroll, executive editor of The Associated Press, said: "This is a race for the most powerful position on the planet. The public is interested in what the candidates do and say and having independent coverage is part of what keeps the public informed.

"The founders who crafted the U.S. Constitution may very well have disliked some of the stories written about them, but they enshrined the right to a free press in the First Amendment anyway," Ms. Carroll said.

"Donald Trump's decision to revoke The Washington Post's press credentials is nothing less than a repudiation of the role of a free and independent press," the newspaper's editor, Marty Baron, said in a statement.

"When coverage doesn't correspond to what the candidate wants it to be, then a news organization is banished. The Post will continue to cover Donald Trump as it has all along, honorably, honestly, accurately, energetically, and unflinchingly. We're proud of our coverage, and we're going to keep at it," Baron said.

Tuesday, CNN reporter Brian Stelter interviewed Trump regarding the Post's ban and he said Trump said that if elected, he wouldn't try to revoke anyone's White House press credentials.

The Post's Ms. Sullivan commented that Trump's revocation put the D.C. newspaper among other media that had its press credentials revoked, including The Des Moines Register, Politico, Buzzfeed and the Huffington Post. Some of those bans were later reversed, but it was unclear if the Post's would be.

The Post later Tuesday published an op-ed piece called "How to Cover Donald Trump Fairly: A Style Guide." It's No. 1 lesson: Donald Trump is never wrong.

The Post, based in the U.S. capital, is one the country's most influential newspapers and has one of the largest circulations.

Florida bank finally issues
credit cards for Cuban use

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire service

A small regional Florida bank is making history. Stonegate Bank is issuing the first credit card that can be used in Cuba since Washington and Havana normalized relations.

"In the past, everyone's had to use cash, which is difficult. . . . It's dangerous. It doesn't really make a lot of sense," Stonegate CEO David Seleski said Tuesday in Havana. "By having a credit card now, people will be able to use corporate travel down here, just like any other country."

The card will be a limited-edition MasterCard. Stonegate will issue only 1,000 cards initially. Each card will feature artwork by celebrated Cuban painter Michel Mirabal.

The Cuban government will waive the usual 10 percent penalty on dollar exchanges for those using the Stonegate cards.

Seleski said he hopes more U.S. banks will issue cards that can be used in Cuba to ease the burden on the new wave of travelers expected to visit the island in the future.

U.S. Appeals court upholds
FCC internet neutrality rules

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire service

A U.S. federal appeals court has upheld the government's landmark net neutrality rules that require internet service providers to treat all web traffic equally.

Tuesday's 2-1 ruling by the U.S. appellate court for the District of Columbia was strongly backed by consumer groups.

The rules, approved by the Federal Communications Commission early last year, treat broadband services like a public utility, and mandate that all operate at the same speed. In doing so, major service providers such as Verizon and Comcast are blocked from providing faster service to large content providers like Amazon and Facebook, in exchange for higher fees than those assessed smaller content providers.

Cable and telecom opponents have argued that the rules will prevent them from recovering costs for connecting to high-volume broadband users. Service providers, including Comcast, AT&T and Verizon, say the rules threaten to undermine future investment in broadband infrastructure.

But President Barack Obama last year said the new rules would protect innovation, while allowing equal opportunity for the next generation of entrepreneurs, large and small.

Tuesday's ruling is expected to be appealed, but no details were immediately disclosed.

But what does net neutrality mean for consumers and internet service providers?

The concept means barring service providers from blocking, censoring or discriminating against any content provider. Under this principle, companies that provide internet access to most homes and businesses are prohibited from favoring one Web site over another or punishing sites because of their business practices or political positions.

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission proposed rules to make sure cable and phone companies don't manipulate traffic. They can't create special fast lanes for some data, like video from YouTube, or intentionally block or slow web traffic.

The industry opposed to the idea because it gives the FCC the power to regulate the internet more strictly. Companies say the stricter regulation will undermine investment in broadband, and that it's not clear what is and isn't allowed under the greater authority the FCC has to investigate unspecified complaints.

The service providers also are concerned about price regulation, even though the FCC has said it won't preapprove prices for service. 

"Today's ruling . . . ensures the internet remains a platform for unparalleled innovation, free expression and economic growth," FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said in a statement.

The agency already has proposed making it harder for broadband providers to use consumer data for advertising purposes.

Although Tuesday's ruling is expected to be appealed, it’s not clear yet that the Supreme Court will choose to hear it.

Much also will depend on the outcome of the presidential elections in November. It is customary for the FCC chairman to resign to make room for a new appointment after a presidential election. If the new chairman is appointed by presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, it is likely the new appointee will work to overturn the agency’s net neutrality rules.

U.S. officials try to find
ways to disarm terrorists

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire service

He bragged to co-workers about having ties to terrorist groups, including al-Qaida and Islamic State. He talked about wanting to become a martyr. He was the subject of two separate FBI investigations. He beat his wife so badly that her family had to come to Florida and rescue her.

There were seemingly endless red flags that could have popped up when Omar Mateen walked into a central Florida gun store earlier this month to purchase the weapons he would later use to kill 49 people and wound more than 50 others at a gay night club in Orlando in what is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

Yet Mateen, who pledged allegiance to Islamic State moments before the early Sunday shooting, was able to legally purchase the Sig Sauer MCX, a variation of the popular, military-style AR-15 rifle, and a Glock 17 handgun.

The apparent ease with which Mateen secured the weapons used in the massacre has revived a debate over whether those with suspected extremist ties should be able to purchase firearms, increasingly the weapon of choice for those carrying out terrorist attacks in the U.S.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, 85 percent of people killed by terrorists in the U.S. were killed by guns, according to an analysis by the FiveThirtyEight Web site. That figure, which was based on data from the Global Terrorism Database, did not take into account the shooting in Orlando.

The reason terrorists are using guns is that they are readily available, and they have a better ability to kill with precision, said Malcolm Nance, a former counterterrorism and intelligence officer, who now heads the Terror Asymmetrics Project.

"All you have to do is close the doors, and everyone in front of you is going to be a victim," Nance said. "It doesn't take a political analyst or someone with counterterrorism experience to know that that could be the most highly charged type of attack in the United States."

The increased use of guns in terrorist attacks has led many to speak of a terror loophole in U.S. gun laws.

The debate has largely fallen along party lines: Democratic lawmakers generally support the gun control restrictions on terror suspects and Republican lawmakers for the most part oppose them.

Last December, Senate Republicans voted down a proposal to block terror suspects from buying guns and explosives. That effort followed the San Bernardino terrorist shooting that killed 14 people.

Following the Orlando shooting, several Democratic lawmakers were quick to push for another vote as soon as possible.

Senate Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid said Monday there is no excuse for the fact that terror suspects can "walk into a gun store and legally purchase assault weapons and explosives."

Sen. Chuck Schumer, a Democrat, said he will work to put the issue up for a vote as soon as possible.

"If that legislation had been in effect, it is very likely that the FBI would have been able to block the purchase of these two weapons by Mr. Mateen," he said.

Gun control measures have also been widely discussed on the presidential campaign trail.

"If the FBI is watching you for a suspected terror link, you shouldn't be able to just go buy a gun with no questions asked," presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said in a speech Monday.

Donald Trump, the likely Republican presidential nominee, said last November that people on a terror watch list should absolutely not be allowed to purchase a firearm. But he also argued that "if people are on a watch list, this is already covered in the legislation we already have."

But it isn't clear whether any of the proposals would actually have prevented Mateen from purchasing the guns he used in the massacre.

The 29-year-old worked as a security guard and had a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

FBI officials had put Mateen on a federal terror watch list, as a result of 2013 and 2014 FBI investigations into his inflammatory statements and past ties with a U.S. citizen who had gone to fight with Islamic extremists in Syria. He was pulled from the list, however, after no conclusive evidence was found that suggested he was actually linked to terror groups.

That represents a failure of law enforcement, not a failure of gun laws, according to Sean Davis, a gun rights advocate and co-founder of the conservative Federalist web magazine.

"I don't think the solution to terrorists killing Americans is to eliminate due process for Americans," Davis said. "I think the solution is for the federal government to do a lot better job of tracking and apprehending these people and building cases against them when they do appear to be terrorists."

Shouldn't it be harder, though, for terror suspects to purchase weapons? For Davis, it all depends on how you phrase the question.

"When I hear the question, I hear: 'Do you think we should curtail some people's constitutional rights without due process if a bureaucrat puts their name on a secret list somewhere?'" Davis said. "I look at that question, and I say no."

But others disagree.

Ladd Everitt, director of communications at the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, says tightening gun laws on terror suspects does not necessarily mean curtailing someone's rights.

"What's fundamentally important to understand is that we have a gun purchase system in this country that is predicated on speed and making the sale," Everitt said. "Why not have a system that places a priority on caution and then allows due process for the individual involved if they are indeed clean of wrongdoing?"

Since the Orlando shooting, President Barack Obama has focused on the terror loophole legislation, presenting it as an issue where both Republicans and Democrats can find a compromise.

"We have to make it harder for people who want to kill Americans to get their hands on weapons of war that let them kill dozens of innocents," Obama said Tuesday. "It is absolutely true, we cannot prevent every tragedy, but we know that consistent with the Second Amendment there are common sense steps that could reduce gun violence and reduce the lethality of somebody who intends to do other people harm."

Some Republicans, including Rep. Peter King from New York, have also said more restrictions are necessary, but the prospects of progress for now look grim.

"I support it," said King in response to a question. "But the fact of the matter is, it's not going to pass now."

Official migrant death toll
put at 60,000 over 20 years

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A report from the International Organization for Migration found at least 60,000 migrants died or disappeared at sea or on land routes over the past two decades. The agency considers the real number to be much higher because many bodies are never found or identified.

The report said the majority of known deaths in the last two years have occurred in the Mediterranean region. The International Organization for Migration estimates 5,400 migrants globally died or were recorded as missing in 2015. 

This year, the agency has documented more than 3,400 migrant deaths worldwide.  The director of its Global Migration Data Analysis Center, Frank Laczko, said  more than 80 percent of the deaths were people attempting to reach Europe by sea.

“The rate of death across the central Mediterranean route, we estimate is approximately one in 23 persons," he said. "The one in 23 persons who have tried to cross the central Mediterranean have died or are unaccounted for among migrants this year, which is a shocking statistic.” 

The Turkey-EU agreement intended to provide legal migrant routes to Europe has largely choked off the eastern Mediterranean Sea route from Turkey to Greece. So most migrants are making the dangerous sea crossing from Libya to Italy. Laczko said the risk of death on the route has increased, but the actual volume of people crossing the Mediterranean has not increased as much as expected.

He said there has not been a substantial increase in the number of people coming from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

“There have been fears that with the closing of the eastern Mediterranean route, we would see substantial increases in migrants turning to the central Mediterranean route," he said. "It still seems to be predominantly dominated by migrants from sub-Saharan African countries.” 

Laczko said about 10 percent are from Nigeria, another 10 percent from Eritrea and most of the remaining migrants are from West and East Africa. He noted migrant death rates in southeast Asia are as high as those in the Mediterranean, though the volume of people crossing the sea in that region is lower.
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Maduro says he’ll delay recall vote

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says no recall referendum against him will take place before 2017 at the earliest, as he seeks to stall a growing opposition push to hold a vote this year.

With the country teetering on the brink of economic collapse, socialist Maduro's opponents are pushing for a vote before January 10, 2017.  A successful recall ballot before that date would trigger new elections, while one later would simply transfer power to the vice president.

Saturday, Maduro, a one-time bus driver and union leader, was adamant.  "The recall referendum will be held next year.  Period," he said.

Friday, electoral officials declared more than 600,000 signatures on a recall petition invalid, setting off a new round of opposition accusations that electoral authorities are working in tandem with Maduro to scuttle the recall process.

The government has countered with claims of widespread fraud that include accusations that the names of at least 11,000 dead people and 2,000 convicts were among those on the petition submitted in late May.

The latest political maneuvering comes as polls show as many as 7 in 10 Venezuelans want Maduro out.  It also comes as the patience of the Venezuelan public is tested by skyrocketing inflation, long lines at supermarkets for basic food necessities, and a significant jump in food looting and violent crime.

The International Monetary Fund predicts that inflation in Venezuela, already the world's highest, could more than double in 2016, topping out at more than 720 percent.

The country's economic crisis was spawned by falling global oil prices and decades of financial mismanagement, forcing Maduro last month to announce a 60-day national state of emergency.  That decree was immediately rejected by the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

The opposition won control of legislature in December.  But its initiatives aimed at forcing a recall vote have been routinely undercut by the country's Supreme Court.

North Dakotans reject corporate farming

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

North Dakota voters overturned legislation Tuesday that loosened Depression-era regulations on corporate farming in the midwestern state.

A law colloquially known as the ham and cheese law was passed last year, exempting pork and dairy operations from the state's longtime ban on corporate farming. Supporters of the law said that it would bring more money to the state by boosting the two dwindling industries.

But opponents spoke up for family farming, arguing that local farms would not be able to compete with corporations who would have no stake in the local communities in which they would operate. The North Dakota Farmers Union unanimously voted to bring the legislature to referendum, just one week after it was passed.

More than 70 percent of voters Tuesday acted to overturn the law, keeping North Dakota free of corporate farms.

"The citizens of North Dakota do not support corporate farming, and we should respect that," Mark Watne, president of the North Dakota Farmers Union said Tuesday.

But those in favor of the law, including multiple Republican senators, say that corporate farming would have helped the state's pork and dairy industries, which are struggling without many other prospective solutions
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Consumers asked to buy sea food responsibly

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

MarViva, the ocean protection organization, is embarking on a new campaign to encourage the purchase of food in a way that is consistent with the environment and responsible.

The organization said that fishermen are only part of the problem in the over exploitation of sea creatures. It said that consumers should think each time they acquire a product that the sea creature is an adult and that it is not in danger of extinction.

 The organization has developed a smartphone app that will help with the decision, it said.  The app is free HERE through the iTunes network.

MarViva quoted the U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization saying that 57 percent of sea species are fully exploited and that 30 percent are over exploited.