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Proposed law says the state has the power to suspend the possession or use of firearms.
Opposition growing against restrictive firearms bill
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Opposition is growing among Costa Ricans and expats to a more restrictive firearms bill now in the legislature. The bill is patterned after the 2010 presidential decree that stripped rentistas and pensionados of the right to own and carry firearms.

The bill is No. 18050 that would limit citizens to a single firearm and also require a reason they would want to carry a concealed weapon. Curiously, the current draft of the measure would allocate three handguns each to every minister and vice minister in the government without any need for them to show competence.

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Costa Ricans opposed to the measure are meeting Tuesday at the Asociación Nacional de Fomento Económico in Barrio Francisco Peralta to discuss the bill.  Already there is a petition drive sponsored by the Web site armascr.com.

An organization called Asociación Pro Defensa Civil y de la Seguridad Ciudadana has prepared a highly critical analysis of the bill.

The interest of expats in the right to possess firearms was demonstrated Saturday when 44 persons attended an informational meeting co-sponsored by the La Garita Pistol Club and A.M. Costa Rica. Among those at the session was one expat who had passed all the required tests and was about to obtain a firearm permit when President Laura Chinchilla issued her decree limiting firearm possession to only citizens and permanent residents. In the past, persons with other types of residency could earn a permit.

The Asociación Pro Defensa Civil points out that the proposed law is highly bureaucratic and carries an anti-firearm tone.

"The contents are not legal or transparent principles but a series of ideological aspects of extreme pacifism completely disassociated from reality," the organization says on its Web site.

There are two elements that are important to expats, even if they hold permanent residency. The first is the requirement to obtain a police clearance letter from their country of origin in order to obtain a gun permit. There is no indication of what this paper is and why someone who has been in the country long enough to be a permanent resident would need to get one. The process for legal immigration requires a similar document as part of the application process.

The second element is the requirement to show the
need to carry a concealed weapon. That would seem
to give officials a right of refusal if they did not agree with the reason.

Some expats also have argued against the rule limiting individuals to a single weapon. Paul Furlong of the La Garita Pistol Club told expats Saturday that it took him eight months to have a weapon returned after he used deadly force to save the life of a neighbor. If an expat were limited to one weapon, crooks would know he or she was disarmed after the expat was forced to use it.

President Chinchilla seeks to reduce the availability of weapons to cut violence, but as the Asociación Pro Defensa Civil says the firearms bill is almost completely about legal weapons and not the illegal ones used by crooks.

The proposed bill also continues the requirement that those seeking the right to have a firearm or to carry one concealed must pay a psychologist or psychiatrist to evaluate the applicant's mental state. Professionals generally acknowledge that a single interview is inadequate for this purpose. That aspect of the law was put into force during the Abel Pacheco administration, He is a psychiatrist.

The need for personal self defense is made clear daily by home invasions and street robberies. An expat in  Chacarita, Puntarenas, is the last victim of intruders. He was shot in the buttocks in his bedroom early Saturday morning.

The Sala IV constitutional court has declined to rule on the case of a pensionado resident who was stripped of his 10-year-old right to carry a firearm by the presidential decree. That decision came down in October 2011.

Although the expat called the decree discriminatory and damaging to his fundamental rights, the Sala IV said that the legal conflict was outside of its area of competence. That position is at odds with Anglo Saxon jurisprudence where self defense has been considered a fundamental right since at least the 17th century.

The meeting is Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the offices of the Asociación Nacional de Fomento Económico. This is an organization that says it is a defender of liberties. The location is 200 meters west of Casa Italia and on the north side of Sacred Heart Church. Admission is free but organizers ask that those interested in attending  confirm  participation at 2253-4460, 2224-7350 or 8996-6569 or by email to info@anfe.cr. The meeting will be conducted in Spanish, but several bilingual expats said they would attend to help those who are not fluent.


Finders, readers in book promotion at Real Cariari
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Those books Saturday at the Plaza Real Cariari were not lost. They were liberated or sown deliberately in a worldwide program.

Book lovers were urged to collect some favorites and just leave them in a public place to pass on the joys of reading to someone else.

The Gran Liberación Mundial, organized by the
 Club de los Libros Perdidos, appears to be mostly an event in Latin America, and online sources show that people from México to Argentina participated during the 24 hours allocated for the event.

At Real Cariari, organizers said they had help from Libros para Todos of Grupo Nación and Librería Internacional.

Much of the organization and promotions came via the social networks.

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Smoking blamed for fire
that killed Heredia man


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Smoking is being blamed for the fire that killed a 76-year-old man in San Rafael de Heredia early Friday.

The Judicial Investigating Organization identified the man by the last name of Vargas. The Cuerpo de Bomberos said the man was rescued alive from the fire but that he died later at Hospital San Vicente de Paul from burns.

The fire agency said that the man was found in a large chair that contained flammable substances. He was disabled and had lost both legs, they said.

Both agencies said that investigators presume the man dropped a cigarette by accident into the chair.


Deficiencies is fuel service
reported by regulating agency


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Service station owners are threatening a strike Wednesday because their profit margin has been cut. So the nation's price regulating agency is getting in a first shot.

The agency, the Autoridad Reguladora de Servicios Públicos, said Friday that 5 percent of the nation's service stations have violated quantity and quality standards.

The agency said that inspectors checked 348 stations and found 12 that were delivering short amounts of fuel and five with quality problems.

The norm for errors in fuel delivery is 100 milliliters for each 20 liters, the agency said. Any deviation greater than this is a violation.

The agency already had announced that five stations were delivering fuel at a lower octane level than indicated.


Nosara shaken again
by Sunday afternoon quake


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

An earthquake, estimated with a magnitude of from 5.6 to 5.8m took place at 2 p.m. in the vicinity of Nosara on the Pacific coast of the Nicoya peninsula.

Reports from that community said that the quake was felt strongly but that there was no significant damage. The area is in an earthquake zone.


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Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

What a mean-spirited soul we have here. Fact is, there is a global drive on through the Gates Foundation to ensure that all world persons have access to the Net whether it be through library systems, schools or other delivery systems. A 21st Century version of the Carnegie library system.

The Internet is, above  all, about access to knowledge . Is knowledge only access able to those who can pay? Who exactly is "poor," the bright children in Alabama who will never understand world events or learn how to read on line? People who live in remote societies who are prevented from understanding democratic societies.

We need free access to the Net for all the citizens of the world to understand this incredible planet - it's problems, it's hopes, it's future. We are all in this together. And we have a perfect global forum for us all to share our ideas.

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Mandela takes turn for worst
and is listed as critical


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Anti-apartheid icon and former South African president Nelson Mandela is in critical condition after more than two weeks in a Pretoria hospital. South Africa President Jacob Zuma made the statement Sunday night.  Mandela is now 94 years old and has been suffering from a lung infection.

Presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj says Mandela's condition has deteriorated in the last 24 hours. He was admitted to the hospital June 8. It is his fourth hospitalization since December.

Maharaj did not give any specific details of the anti-apartheid icon's condition, aside from classifying it as critical. Maharaj referred to Mandela by his clan name, Madiba.

"The medical team has briefed President Jacob Zuma who was accompanied by the deputy president, Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, when they visited former President Mandela at his hospital on the evening of the 23rd of June. Their briefing has indicated that the former president's condition has become critical over the past 24 hours. They have also met during that visit at the hospital Mrs. Graca Machel and discussed Madiba's condition. Doctors are doing everything possible to get his condition to improve and ensuring he is well-looked after and is comfortable. He is in good hands, says President Zuma, but he has appealed to the nation and the world to pray for Madiba, the family and the medical team that is attending to him during this difficult time," he said.

The ANC is the African National Congress, and Ms. Machel is Mandela's wife.

Maharaj said the man considered the father of modern South Africa was in serious, but stable condition until recently. "Over the last 24 hours, clearly there is a downturn, which is a cause for concern. And the condition that was described as serious has now deteriorated to the point where the doctors now say his condition is critical," he said.

Mandela served as South Africa’s first black president. He was elected in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison for fighting racist white rule. He is credited with being one of the main personalities who brought apartheid to an end.

His health has worsened in recent years. He has been in and out of the hospital for much of this year, and between that has been given home-based intensive care.

He spent 18 days in a hospital in December. He also tested positive for tuberculosis in 1988, during his prison term.

Mandela retired from public life in 2004.


Nick Wallenda walks a cable
to cross part of Grand Canyon


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

American daredevil Nick Wallenda has successfully walked across a section of the Grand Canyon on a five-centimeter steel cable.

The self-described King of the High Wire finished the amazing stunt more than 450 meters above the Little Colorado River in just under 23 minutes.

Wallenda crossed the Grand Canyon Sunday without a tether or a safety net as winds whipped around him and caused the cable to sway. He is very open about his strong Christian faith and could be heard praying almost constantly throughout the walk.

Wallenda kissed the ground when he reached the other side as spectators cheered.

The Discovery Channel broadcast the hair-raising stunt live around the world.

The 34-year-old Wallenda is a member of the "Flying Wallendas'' family of acrobats, which goes back seven generations. Several of his family members, including his great-grandfather, have died while performing stunts.

Last year, Wallenda made history by becoming the only person to walk on a high wire over the Niagara Falls.


Japan has World Court date
to defend its whale hunting

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Sea Shepherd said Sunday that legal proceedings will begin at the International Court of Justice in The Hague Wednesday 26th as the Australian government presents its case against Japan's whaling operations in the Southern Ocean. The hearings are set down for three weeks until July 16.
 
“I expect the World Court will find Japan is whaling for commercial reasons and that it is a breech of international law,” said Sea Shepherd's Australia chairman, Bob Brown.

“There is no global environment policing agency. It will be up to the Australian and New Zealand governments to uphold the law if Japan ignores the International Court of Justice ruling that commercial whaling must stop,” said Brown.

 
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Araya leaving mayoralty with legacy of a restored Botica Solera
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Today is a big day for Johnny Araya, the mayor of San José who is leaving that job to continue his run for president.

At 10 a.m. there is the inauguration of the restored Botica Solera, that unusual building in Barrio México that had been taken over by drug users and assorted hobos.

Then tonight at 6:30, Araya will be the guest of honor at what is being called a homage put on by athletes and the various sports committees.  That will be at the Ciudad Deportiva de Hatillo.

Araya is wrapping up 22 years as mayor. One of the crowning achievements has to be the restoration of the Botica Solera, which guards one of the entrances to the capital at the five-corner intersection at Avenida 9 at Calle 10.

In fact, it is the strange intersection that makes Botica Solera unique. It resembles the New York Flatiron Building which also was constructed on a triangular lot. The building was built to be a drug store in the early 1930s. Early photos show that it originally was one floor, although that is not obvious today.

The Municipalidad de San José spent 350 million colons to fix up the historic structure. That's about $700,000. The building, which had been invaded and turned into an informal hotel for the homeless and addicts, was not the only problem.
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The Botica Solera in its heyday.


There were title problems, too, that had to be resolved.

The restoration began in November 2011 when workers put on a new roof and sealed the building to outsiders. The building was reinforced and a new electrical system installed. The idea is to make the building a cultural center to aid in the restoration of the entire area.


Union workers and others gear up for a massive protest Tuesday
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Tuesday is going to be one of those days when union employees take to the streets in what they say will be a massive demonstration.

There is no single complaint.  One of the leading organizations, the Unión Nacional de Empleados de la Caja y la Seguridad Social, outlined a number of complaints, ranging from deteriorating infrastructure to concessions of public works, like the $1 billion container terminal in Moín.

The union cited the incapability of the government and the growing social inequality reflected in the deterioration of services, and institutions, the declining standard of living and corruption.

Specifically in the Caja the union cited that long wait lines for services and the number of employers who owe money.

The union called on the education sector, youth, the public sector, the employees of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, community members and pensioners to join in the protest. The response may equal some of the protests against the free trade treaty with the United States.

Strikers certainly are aware of the protests in Brazil that seem to center on the cost of living there and the expenses incurred by the central government for the coming international sports events. They are the World Cup, this month's Confederations Cup as well as the 2016 Olympic summer games.

Expats probably can expect blocked roads in the capital as strikers march to Casa Presidencial. There also may be smaller strikes in other communities.
Today the Consejo Nacional de Salarios is supposed to
announce the mandatory increase in the minimum wages for private workers. The expectation is for an increase of from 2 to 3 percent. Although most of the strikers are public employees, the increase for private employees will suggest a trend.

Naturally there will be groups with their own agendas. Workers on the public docks in Moín and Limón most certainly will protest.  In the past they have done so at home. But Tuesday may be different. They are trying to kill the concession that will allow the Dutch company APM Terminals, to erect a modern container handing facility.

They fear with plenty of justification that the new facility will make their jobs obsolete.

There also will be a contingent demanding quick action on a new highway to San Ramón. They successfully protested to force the central government to pull the concession given a private firm to build the road. The protesters mostly were mad about proposed tolls. Now they want the government to step in and build the project.

There also is a general uncertainty over the way the central government can toy with contracts. The firm contracted to build the San Ramón project, OAS, wants a big payoff for losing the contract.

Industrias Infinito S.A. wants more than $1 billion because the central government and the courts prevented the cooperation of the Las Crucitas gold mine.  Mallon Oil Co. is considering its option because President Laura Chinchilla basically has rejected their 11-year-old contract to do exploratory drilling for petroleum in the northern zone. Strikers also are aware of the loans being acquired by the central government.

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Trucker had medicines
in his cab at border post


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Policía de Fronteras officers say they intercepted medicines being brought into the country illegally when they searched a tractor trailer cab in La Cruz.

The driver did not have the necessary permissions to bring the medicines into the country.  He was stopped Friday.

Police said that such confiscations are frequent along the Nicaraguan border. They warned citizens that using such medicines might endanger them.
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Snowden stays a step ahead
of U.S. law enforcement net


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. officials say the former intelligence contractor accused of espionage has had his passport revoked.

Authorities say the passport revocation occurred before fugitive Edward Snowden left Hong Kong for Moscow early Sunday to avoid extradition to the United States. A U.S. statement late Sunday said the United States is advising governments in the Western Hemisphere that Snowden is "wanted on felony charges, and as such should not be allowed to proceed in any further international travel."

Snowden went to Hong Kong earlier this month to disclose secret details of the U.S. government's broad surveillance of telephone and Internet activities at home and abroad. U.S. prosecutors Friday unsealed spy charges based on those disclosures, and on Sunday voiced dismay that Hong Kong did not detain the fugitive.

With pressure mounting on Hong Kong authorities, Snowden left the Chinese city and arrived Sunday in Moscow, en route to expected political asylum in Ecuador.  Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino confirmed the asylum request, but did not offer further details.

Snowden remained inside Moscow's airport after arriving Sunday. Russian news agencies said he is expected to leave Monday on a flight to Cuba, before continuing to his final destination.

The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said its legal advisors and unidentified diplomats accompanied Snowden as he fled to Moscow Sunday. It said the escorts will remain with Snowden as he travels to Ecuador, one of Latin America's strongest critics of U.S. foreign policy.

Ecuador has sheltered WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at its London embassy for the past year, to prevent his possible extradition to the United States, where he faces charges related to the group's publication of secret U.S. diplomatic cables in 2010.

Snowden leaked documents showing that U.S. intelligence services have gathered data for years about patterns of telephone and Internet use at home and abroad. He said he believes the programs violate the privacy rights of citizens.

Senior U.S. officials have said the surveillance programs do not monitor the content of phone conversations, but look for patterns in the metadata, including information on the time, date and numbers called.

U.S. authorities also have said the programs prevented at least 50 terrorist attacks worldwide since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.  They have accused Snowden of weakening their ability to foil future plots.


Chain of battery charger sites
planned for electric vehicles

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Co-founder of the Internet financial service PayPal and owner of electric car maker Tesla Motors, billionaire Elon Musk, is pushing hard for enabling long distance travel in electric cars.
 
At an event in Tesla's design studio in Los Angeles, Musk unveiled a new battery swapping system that automatically replaces a discharged battery with a fully charged one in about the same time it takes to fill up a 50-liter gas tank, and for about the same price.
 
Recharging the batteries at Tesla's supercharging stations is free but it takes about 30 minutes. A fully charged battery gives the car a range of approximately 320 kilometers.
 
Tesla Motors has eight charging stations in California but plans to open many more, making it possible to travel in one of its cars from coast to coast by the end of the next year. The battery-swapping stations will open later this year, first along the busy highway between Los Angeles and San Francisco.
 
Purely electric cars are cheaper to run than gasoline but have been slow to catch on because of the cost, limited driving range, lack of infrastructure and the time it takes to recharge the batteries.
 
Tesla electric cars have been selling at a rate of about 20,000 per year. Investors are supporting the company's strategy and its shares have nearly tripled this year.


Electric fish give glimpse
into the brains of humans


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Electric fish, which have electric receptors in their skin that serve as a kind of radar system to help them navigate, communicate and locate food and mates, could provide insight into how the human central nervous system works.  

Electric fish live mostly in fresh water in tropical rivers and are found primarily in only two parts of the world.

There are two main groups, one in South America, the Gymnotiform, and that’s about 200 species that are known," said Rudiger Krahe, associate biology professor at Canada’s McGill University. "And then there is a second group in Africa, the Mormyri fish, and there are also about 200 species.” 

These two groups evolved independently, yet share the same ability to generate and sense weak electric waves. Their electric fields can be recorded with simple devices that pick up the signals in the water. 

“We can observe electrically, observe the activity of these fish continuously because they produce these signals non-stop, day and night," Krahe said. "And so we can monitor what they do, what their signals look like, how they modulate them in different context such as communication and then we can play them back artificially to them in experiments.”

While humans never developed this electric sense, the nervous system processes signals from our environment in much the same way as these fish do.

“How information is transmitted, how different aspects of the sensory information are extracted, that’s extremely similar to what happens in the auditory systems, so, in our hearing, and also, in many ways, what happens in vision,” Krahe said.  

Fish don’t have brains nearly as complicated as humans, but many of the structures and pathways are quite similar. That link offers a new approach to understanding human physiology.  

“How we extract sensory information, how we use that to guide our behavior, how our nervous system accomplishes that and of course we do experiments with fish that we cannot do with humans," Krahe said. "And we’re trying to learn general principles of nervous system action, basically, and how behavior is controlled. ”

This research could be applied in studies on the impact of serotonin, a hormone in the central nervous system believed to influence mood and depression.


Crowdfunding may become
a source of stock investments


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Crowdfunding Web sites have grown rapidly as a way to raise money for creative ventures, everything from movies to scientific research to clever inventions.  People with an idea for a project invite supporters to pool their money via online platforms with names such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo or Rockethub.

Using those same platforms to sell shares in a startup is illegal in the United States, but that might not be the case for long.

Here's a story of small business in the Internet Age.  Five years ago, Roberto Hoyos of Seattle founded a company to make what he describes as "geeky" pillows.

"The whole thing really kind of started to impress a girl," Hoyos said. "I actually made a gift of throw pillows that looked like computer icons."

Hoyos' grandmother, a Peruvian immigrant, was a seamstress who taught him to sew at a young age and he inherited her vintage 1954 sewing machine. On this particular day, he puts it to work in his living room, assembling colorful pillows in the shape of chat bubbles.

Now, Hoyos is ready to take his business, named Throwboy, to the next level. 

"Where we're able, you know, to get into stores and be on every couch," he said.

He wants to finance a production run in China, but this is where Hoyos bumps into a familiar hurdle for budding entrepreneurs. He has a promising product, but no collateral and no big investors to finance expansion.

"When the business types find out that behind the scenes it's really just one guy doing this, they stop taking it seriously," Hoyos said.

So he turned to the Internet, recording a video pitch to raise money from the public on the Kickstarter Web site.

"With your support," he said on the video, "I know Throwboy can grow into something bigger."

In the crowd-funding arena, supporters who pledge money are, technically speaking, backers not investors.  Hoyos promises to reward his backers with pillows.  If the business tanks, at least they’ve got a few pillows. If Throwboy becomes wildly successful, they’ve got...a few pillows.

"For my money, I'd like to get a piece of the upside if the company does well," said attorney Cyrus Habib, who advises startups and also serves in the Washington state legislature.

In April, he introduced a bill to expand crowdfunding by allowing local companies to offer equity in an enterprise to potential local shareholders. Just a couple of other U.S. states — Kansas and Georgia — and a few European countries, allow the practice now. What Habib envisions is entrepreneurs collecting small amounts of money, no more than $1,000 or $2,000 at a time, from a large number of people. 

He sees this as democratizing startup investment.

"You know we all wonder, 'Geez, I wish I could have gotten involved with Facebook when it was a start up.' Well, good luck with that," Habib said. "You've really got to be a multi-millionaire to have those kinds of opportunities. What this does is it just opens that sort of thing up to the average Joe."

The U.S. Congress has already directed federal regulators to legalize equity crowdfunding.  But rulemaking at the Securities and Exchange Commission has fallen way behind schedule. That's partly why Habib wants to proceed with a state exemption to the usual hoops and hurdles for selling shares.

Bill Beatty is all for moving ahead with caution. He's in charge of securities oversight at the state level at Washington's Department of Financial Institutions.

Beatty worries crooks could use online share offers to cheat people, pointing to some of the come-ons already crowding e-mail in-boxes.

He says the challenge is to strike the right balance between simplicity, oversight and sufficient disclosure of risks to protect investors.

"We want to keep it simple," Beatty said. "The entrepreneur probably doesn't have the resources to know how to write some kind of document that fairly puts the investor on notice about what the risks are. How do we accomplish that?"

Regulators in Sweden, Finland, Germany and the United Kingdom have allowed a handful of equity crowdfunding platforms to launch and solicit investors. Initial ventures to get funded include an online flea market, a distillery in London, and several renewable energy companies.

American entrepreneurs must wait to take advantage.  But, even when it's legal in the U.S., pillow company founder Hoyos says he's not sure he'd sell stock to raise money. He says he's happy to reward backers with pillows, but isn't sure he wants to answer to hundreds of small shareholders.


Brazilians continue protests
despite plea by president


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A plea for calm by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has failed to deter protesters who again took to the streets on Saturday.

Thousands of demonstrators chanted and waved banners in Belo Horizonte. Smaller rallies took place on Saturday in several other cities.

At Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana Beach, demonstrators placed hundreds of soccer balls in the sand.

Some of the protests have targeted the billions of dollars being spent for Brazil to host next year's World Cup, this month's Confederations Cup as well as the 2016 Olympic summer games.

Saturday's demonstrations erupted in spite of President Rousseff's call late Friday for an end to the unrest. In a nationally televised address, she said peaceful demonstrations are what make a strong democracy, but vowed that protest-related violence would not be tolerated.

Earlier Friday, she held an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the protests.

The emergency meeting came a day after at least one million demonstrators rallied in dozens of cities across Brazil, including Rio where police fired tear gas into crowds of protesters.

The wave of protests was originally triggered by an increase in bus and subway fares, but protesters have since focused on what they say is the government's neglect of public services, high taxes and rampant corruption.

President Rousseff has already called off a trip to Japan planned for next week to respond to the protests, the country's biggest in two decades.

Protesters have been undeterred by the news that Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro have scrapped plans to increase public transportation fees.


Gene that controls rhythms
may also defeat aging process


By the Massachusetts Institute of Technology news office

Human sleeping and waking patterns are largely governed by an internal circadian clock that corresponds closely with the 24-hour cycle of light and darkness. This circadian clock also controls other body functions, such as metabolism and temperature regulation.

Studies in animals have found that when that rhythm gets thrown off, health problems including obesity and metabolic disorders such as diabetes can arise. Studies of people who work night shifts have also revealed an increased susceptibility to diabetes.

A new study from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology shows that a gene called SIRT1, previously shown to protect against diseases of aging, plays a key role in controlling these circadian rhythms. The researchers found that circadian function decays with aging in normal mice, and that boosting their SIRT1 levels in the brain could prevent this decay. Conversely, loss of SIRT1 function impairs circadian control in young mice, mimicking what happens in normal aging.

Since the SIRT1 protein itself was found to decline with aging in the normal mice, the findings suggest that drugs that enhance SIRT1 activity in humans could have widespread health benefits, says Leonard Guarente, a professor of biology at the university and senior author of a paper describing the findings in the June 20 issue of Cell.

“If we could keep SIRT1 as active as possible as we get older, then we’d be able to retard aging in the central clock in the brain, and health benefits would radiate from that,” Guarente says.

In humans and animals, circadian patterns follow a roughly 24-hour cycle, directed by the circadian control center of the brain, called the suprachiasmatic nucleus, located in the hypothalamus.

“Just about everything that takes place physiologically is really staged along the circadian cycle,” Guarente says. “What’s now emerging is the idea that maintaining the circadian cycle is quite important in health maintenance, and if it gets broken, there’s a penalty to be paid in health and perhaps in aging.”

Last year, Guarente found that a robust circadian period correlated with longer lifespan in mice. That got him wondering what role SIRT1, which has been shown to prolong lifespan in many animals, might play in that phenomenon. SIRT1, which Guarente first linked with aging more than 15 years ago, is a master regulator of cell responses to stress, coordinating a variety of hormone networks, proteins and genes to help keep cells alive and healthy.

To investigate SIRT1’s role in circadian control, Guarente and his colleagues created genetically engineered mice that produce different amounts of SIRT1 in the brain. One group of mice had normal SIRT1 levels, another had no SIRT1, and two groups had extra SIRT1 — either twice or 10 times as much as normal.

Mice lacking SIRT1 had slightly longer circadian cycles (23.9 hours) than normal mice (23.6 hours), and mice with a 10-fold increase in SIRT1 had shorter cycles (23.1 hours).

In mice with normal SIRT1 levels, the researchers confirmed previous findings that when the 12-hour light/dark cycle is interrupted, younger mice readjust their circadian cycles much more easily than older ones. However, they showed for the first time that mice with extra SIRT1 do not suffer the same decline in circadian control as they age.

The researchers also found that SIRT1 exerts this control by regulating the genes BMAL and CLOCK, the two major keepers of the central circadian clock.

A growing body of evidence suggests that being able to respond to large or small disruptions of the light/dark cycle is important to maintaining healthy metabolic function, Guarente says.

“Essentially we experience a mini jet lag every day because the light cycle is constantly changing. The critical thing for us is to be able to adapt smoothly to these jolts,” Guarente says. “Many studies in mice say that while young mice do this perfectly well, it’s the old mice that have the problem. So that could well be true in humans.”

If so, it could be possible to treat or prevent diseases of aging by enhancing circadian function — either by delivering SIRT1 activators in the brain or developing drugs that enhance another part of the circadian control system, Guarente says.

“I think we should look at every aspect of the machinery of the circadian clock in the brain, and any intervention that can maintain that machinery with aging ought to be good,” he says. “One entry point would be SIRT1, because we’ve shown in mice that genetic maintenance of SIRT1 helps maintain circadian function.”

Some SIRT1 activators are now being tested against diabetes, inflammation and other diseases, but they are not designed to cross the blood-brain barrier and would likely not be able to reach the suprachiasmatic nucleus. However, Guarente believes it could be possible to design SIRT1 activators that can get into the brain.

Roman Kondratov, an associate professor of biology at Cleveland State University, says the study raises several exciting questions regarding the potential to delay or reverse age-related changes in the brain through rejuvenation of the circadian clock with SIRT1 enhancement.

“The importance of this study is that it has both basic and potentially translational applications, taking into account the fact that pharmacological modulators of SIRT1 are currently under active study,” Kondratov says.

Researchers in Guarente’s lab are now investigating the relationship between health, circadian function and diet. They suspect that high-fat diets might throw the circadian clock out of whack, which could be counteracted by increased SIRT1 activation.


U.N. says global warming
to have big impact on business


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Extreme weather events, including rising temperatures linked to climate change, and growing competition for natural resources mean tough times may be ahead for the business sector, the United Nations said in a report published Friday. 

Nick Nuttall is from the United Nations Environmental Program.

“We are living in a world of more extreme weather events.  We are living in a world of rising water scarcity.  We are living in a world where things like natural resources are being gobbled up at an increasing rate.  By 2050, if we carry on this way, natural resource consumption will triple," said Nuttall.

The report is called "GEO-5 for Business: Impacts of a Changing Environment on the Corporate Sector."   It follows the U.N.’s Global Environment Outlook which made a comprehensive assessment of the state of the world's changing climate. 

According to that report, human pressures on the planet mean that several critical environmental thresholds are approaching or have already been surpassed.

Nuttall says that has widespread implications for global business.  The new report looks at how construction, chemicals, mining, food, and other industries will all be impacted.
 
Nuttall gives the example of South Africa, where pressure on natural resources will impact mining costs.

“Certainly in respect to their platinum mines, they could actually face water charges 10 times their current value by 2020, so that's in just seven years, because of water scarcity in South Africa," he said.

Rising temperatures will also impact the tourist industry, the report says.  For example, it says less than half of the ski resorts operating in the northeast of the United States will remain economically viable 30 years from now.

Nuttall says that meanwhile, the world's population is growing, especially in countries with developing economies.  Governments will have to make major investments for infrastructure needs such as transport and electricity. 

Nuttall says it’s important the future is built with the environment in mind.

“So there is a huge amount, trillions of dollars, being invested in the coming years in many developing countries.  And that is happening in a sense through the private sector.  The question is whether the governments involved can push that investment into the green, environmentally friendly space," said Nuttall.

According to the U.N. report, 80 percent of the capital needed to address climate change may come from the private sector.


Malaysia declares emergency
over smoke from Indonesia


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Malaysia has declared a state of emergency in two parts of the southern state of Johor, as smoke from land-clearing fires in Indonesia pushed air pollution above safe levels.

The Malaysian natural resources and environment minister, G. Palnival, said Sunday that the edict was made after pollution levels in Malaysia reached their highest levels in 16 years.

Air quality in neighboring Singapore improved Sunday after reaching record pollution levels Friday for a third straight day.

Indonesia has deployed helicopters to help battle raging fires and to seed clouds in a desperate attempt to create rain to douse the flames.

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the haze that began afflicting the city-state Monday could persist until the end of the dry season on Indonesia's Sumatra Island in September or October.

Singapore's national environment agency chief, Andrew Tan, has called on Indonesia to take decisive action against companies suspected of burning forests on Sumatra as a cheap way of clearing land.

However, the Indonesian minister for people's welfare, Agung Laksono criticized Singapore's reaction to the haze, accusing the city-state of acting like a child.

Indonesia has defended its response, saying it is investigating companies suspected of setting the fires and trying to educate plantation owners about alternatives to traditional burning methods.
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Heredia land
San Rafael, Heredia, great opportunity, 17,000m2 land for development,
US$600,000 or best offer.  email: celigar53@gmail.com or call 8385-2542.
8008-7/24/13

auction
6 LOTS – AUCTION
Minimum bid starts @ $10,000.
 ½ acre to 4 acres.
Walk to San Juanillo Beaches.
1 day only -10 a.m. June 15
Email: Karen@racsa.co.cr
Webs:  www.viviun.com/AD-129905/
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Phone: 506-2682-0185
8007-6/29/13

music studio
Musicians dream!!!
Two-story house, 2,400 sq. ft. (223 sq. mt.) total with covered porches, 2-car covered parking, 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, open kitchen/living room, bodega, laundry room, upstairs sala. Separate 320-sq. ft. (29 sq. mt.) music studio that could be used as an art studio, workshop, or additional bedroom. Studio has a patio on top, partially covered with ozonated hot tub. Mature citrus trees, avocado, mango, pineapples, bananas, and many colorful flowers. Completely fenced, security system, Internet, cable TV, automatic gates, one-car additional secured gravel parking. Double lot, 7,320 sq ft (680 sq mt). Backs up to a large cafetal and looks up to Natural Reserve Madre Verde. Located in La Granja, Residencia Palma Real, Palmares, Alajuela. Walking distance to town, 5 minutes to pista, 35 minutes to airport, and close to bus service. Comes with kitchen appliances, washer and dryer, bed set in master bedroom, shoe cabinet just inside front door. Other furnishings negotiable. More pictures available upon request. House and property are in a corporation. $215,000. terrycr2007@gmail.com
7998-74/13

Grecaiproperty
Private Gated Paradise in Grecia 3/2 home with guest apartment, 5000m2 land. $139k-/best cash offer! River access, costaricariver@yahoo.com, Phone: (506)2495-0487.
7953-7/10/13

Flamingo
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Condo for sale in Flamingo

Ocean view 3-bedroom, 3 1/2-bathroom condo. Designer furnished 1,800 square feet, gated community. Only six units. Huge pool and balcony, pet friendly, parking, walking distance to Flamingo beach, banks, grocery store, farmacia, etc. New building. $349,000 asking. Ask for photos. 8705-0056. or 1-800-536-2322.
7986-8/6/13

Casa de Eden
For sale by owner Playa Conchal home. Reduced $329,000

Casa de Eden is an ocean view three-bedroom, 2.5-bath, with outdoor shower, private pool located only minutes from Playa Conchal.  The home is in a private, secure community surrounded by nature but still only 20 minutes to the resort towns of Flamingo & Tamarindo and less than an hour from the Liberia airport. There is 2,600 square feet under the roof, which includes a large outdoor terrace and has phone, Internet & satellite TV. The home boasts luxury finishings: AC & ceiling fans, Frigidaire professional series stainless steel appliances, granite kitchen countertops, marble bathroom vanities, custom wood cabinetry, ceramic tile.  Contact desmondproperties@gmail.com  U.S. 1-800-939-2617 or CR (506) 8349-2025.
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7982-6/30/13

San Pedro condo
Condo for Sale in Flor del Este
Lourdes, Montes de Oca San Jose

Located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada 500 meters north of Inglesia Lourdes. U Latina, UCR, and U Fieditas are located within 5 minutes.  Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. Condo is a 3-story. Three/four-bedroom, three and half bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with only one entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. In addition, to security fencing, and electric wire, a recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house. Residence has a telephone communication system to contact the guard house. In addition there is a green park area inside the complex for children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Equipped with an independent wired security system in addition to iron bars on windows and patio doors. Equipped with circuit breaker box and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Also has water storage tank under parking area and water pump to maintain high pressure on all three floors. American-style washer and electric dryer, Refrigerator, glass top stove, and kitchen cabinets included. $185,000. Other furniture items may be available for purchase.
Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987
U.S. Phone:  6630-886-4458  or   (305) 848- 5577
Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799 4041
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7973-8/23/13

Guaancaate condos
Little Dreams La Colina Magnolias

Great Guanacaste Beach Condos Available

$28,500 - Little Dreams - Ocotal beach studio condo, furnished upper floor condo in great complex just 1 mile from Ocotal beach, 2 miles from Coco beach, great price for this complex.
$70,000 - La Colina - another Ocotal beach 2 bedroom, 2 bath condo, 80 m2 and fully furnished with upgraded kitchen, complex has Infinity pool, mountain views.

$75,000 Magnolias 2 bedroom, 1.5 bath townhome just 1 minute's walk from Coco beach and the 2 beach clubs in Coco. Nicely furnished, walk to town, 67 m2, perfect location.
Find out more information on these and other condos at my website WendyLovesCostaRica.com. All 3 of these condos are about 35 minutes away from Liberia Intl. airport, no need to drive a long way to get to your condo.  Call for more information, 1-415-670-9382 or 011-506-826-1211. Or email Wendy@WendyLovesCostaRica.com.
7971-6/23/13

Rich Coast Montage
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7972-8/9/13

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ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

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7967-7/17/13

La Cruz finca
La Cruz Finca 223 ha. (558.2 acre)
This beautiful 223-hectare (558-acre) farm is 70 kms. north of Liberia on the Pan-American Highway and has over a kilometer of frontage on the highway. The property is almost 3 kms deep and has good interior roads. The River Sapoa runs year round at the back side of the farm which is almost 1 mile wide with and incredible views over the Nicaraguan border to Lake Nicaragua and Isla Ometepe. Great property for an eco retreat, teak farm or cattle ranch.  At $900 per acre, this is one of the best farm deals around. See details HERE! The seller will entertain any reasonable offer. Price: $495,000 contact: Bruce Hummel. Email: Bruce@bh-cr.com. Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987 7166,  www.bh-cr.com
7966-6/16/13

Playa Octal home
Playa Ocotal Beach Home
This home is located in a residential resort complex made up of 40 luxurious, fully furnished beachfront villas, plus a clubhouse complete with poolside bar and restaurant. Bahía Pez Vela is located in Guanacaste, Costa Rica, one kilometer from Playa Ocotal on the North Pacific coast and just 30 minutes drive from Liberia International Airport and three miles to downtown Playas Del Coco. From this home you can hear and see the waves crashing on the rocks of this pristine beach. See it HERE! This is the best priced beach home in Costa Rica! Price $225,000   Contact: Bruce Hummel Bruce@bh-cr.com, www.bh-cr.com - Cell Phone: 011 (506) 8819-2119, From US/Canada: (816) 987-7166.
7965-6/16/13

hree peanel montage
This dream Costa Rica beach house overlooking Carara National Park and the Pacific has been rented continuously for two years. D.C. owners are on site at the house in May and prepping for June 1 Move in and/or vacation rentals and have an unbelievable offer. Already listed way under value, $150,000 Cash or $199,500 with owner financing through May 30th. Note: This was the owner's (14 year residents of Costa Rica) dream home before their relocation to Washington, D.C., Your own salt water Infinity pool, expansive sala and balcony, views from every room. Each room is individually air-conditioned, ceramic tiles, cathedral ceiling; three bedrooms in an international community. Scarlet macaws fly by your veranda each evening.
zen/natural contemporary design ideal for your location overlooking Costa Rica's biological corridor. 50 minutes from San José, minutes from beaches/20 minutes from Jacó Beach. Tour this property online first at www.dreamincostarica.com and if interested contact Barry in Costa Rica through May 30th for a tour. In Costa Rica: 8701-5639 or call Rosemary in the U.S. 239-910-3354. Note: On June 1 the price of this property will increase to over $200,000 after equipping, painting and acceptance of rental income. Don't wait!
7958-6/2/13

La Garita
                                  home
This home was built by a California contractor with all the amenities expected in a 3,000-square foot home.  There is a little less than one acre of land.  There is an 800-square foot shop easily converted to a rental unit or studio.  Located in La Garita de Atenas, 15 minutes to the international airport and 30 minutes to San José.  $225,000. 2487-4500.
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Arenal Colonial
Property for sale, great potential income
Turnkey business $350K. Rental $1,250/month This luxury home (4,000 square feet and two story private home) is a botanical paradise overlooking beautiful Lake Arenal. Only one block from the lake park and boat ramp. Close to Tabacón hot springs and Monteverde cloud forest. Caño Negro national park and many beautiful beaches along the Pacific are only a short drive away. Costa Rica bird watching, wind surfing, fishing, water sports, ecotourism adventures, hiking, tennis and mountain biking are out your front door. Also has a wonderful view of the Arenal Volcano, a safe 25 miles away. Electric gated entrance. Safe private home and entire property. To see more pictures and info, click here: http://www.intertica.com/homes/roy.htm
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7933-7/22/13

Jacó compound
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 bath 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 Guacamayas (we have three birds) 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, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture, included even a car. Owner financing available. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. More photos on request. http://www.intertica.com/ocean/wolfgang.htm
7929-7/18/13

Monte Mar
Hacienda Monte Mar
Gated Community near the beach
SALE on our last 4 lots! Starting at just $17,500 with financing available.
Reserve today with just $5,000 down
Great Retirement Home, Vacation Home, or investment option!
Lots of wildlife on the property. Gated front entrance, caretakers on site,
security and lawn maintenance.
Water and power on site.
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7928-8/9/13

Nicoya views
Property with ocean and gulf view for sale
Tranquil million dollar view, 5,000-sq.meter property with 3/2 home built to American standards, artistically designed and decorated, 16-foot ceilings of mango and tamarindo, appliances, plunge pool, rancho, caretaker apartment, workshop, covered parking, views of Gulf of Nicoya and ocean, in countryside near San José to Caldera highway. Near the lovely town of Esparza. Can provide extra income from bed and breakfast room rental and stellar Tripadvisor reviews. www.oasisbytheseabandb.com $180,000 506-8869-9274.
7882-4/15/13

FOR SALE BY OWNER
You can purchase property in Costa Rica legally without paying Land Transfer Tax; this plus the usual real estate commission of 5% will reduce your purchase price by approximately 11%. Save over $50,000.00 on the purchase of this $465,000.00 property. Large 5000+ sq.ft. House. Ideal for business executive, B & B or large family. E-mail for photos and more information to landofpalms@hotmail.com.
7869-4/6/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
7845-8/18/13

just reduced
Just Reduced to $169,000!!!
58-acre oceanview and mountainview property

Segregated into 9 lots, Excellent Development Potential!
20 minutes from the beach Central Pacific Coast, between Jacó and Quepos.
http://www.richcoastrealty.com/1060.html
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7766-6/17/13

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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Judicial police said that intruders shot a U.S. citizen during a home invasion Saturday morning.

They said the victim, identified by the last name of Lee, was being cared for at Hospital CIMA in Escazú.

The victim lives in Chacarita in Puntarenas. Agents said that the man usually is guarded when he sleeps, but that he had fired his guard Friday.

The intruders came to where the man was sleeping on the second floor and shot him in the buttock, said agents. They took 300,000 colons or about $600, they said,


Why we put sex and orgy
in this story headline


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Researchers at the University of Bristol say they studied tens of thousands of news articles to find out what words cause readers to click on a story.

The researchers developed a model of news appeal based on the words contained in an article’s title and text intro, which is what a reader uses when they choose to click on a story, said the university.

The university press release did not say so, but a closer study of the data shows that sex was right up there.

That was the most clickable word from stories at news.com.au, an Australian news site.  The most attractive words for readers of Forbes, the online financial magazine, were, predictably and among others, billionaire and richest.

Unlike A.M. Costa Rica, many online new sources require readers to click on a headline or a brief description to see a full story.

A less intense study here involved Costa Rica Report, the A.M. Costa Rica title that summarizes Spanish-language news stories. The Alexa Web site can track the popularity of the news stories on any given day. So far the big winner is orgy, a word used in a Diario Extra murder story. That word is not usually found in Forbes.

The University of Bristol study used news stories from 14 Web sites, including the BBC.

According to the university, researchers found that there is a significant correlation between the demographic profiles of audiences and their preferences. They also found that more sentimentally charged language being preferred, and to content with public affairs topics, such as finance and politics, being less preferred, it said.

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Accesibility Total S.A. photo                     
Chair has large wheels to handle sandy beaches and underwater rocks.

Special devices help disabled enjoy surf

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

A local company says that a disability should be no reason to avoid the surf or a swimming pool.

The company is Accesibilidad Total S.A., and it makes devices that allow persons with limited or no mobility to enjoy the water.

Among the products is an amphibious walker with four fat tires that can be used at the beach. The device allows someone with balance and mobility problems to walk right into the surf.

The firm also markets a number of other devices, such as elevators and lifts, that can help disabled persons. The firm said with mid-year vacations just a week away hotel and resort operators ought to be aware that about 5 percent of the population has some form of disability.

Costa Rican law 7600 stipulates access for disabled persons, but much of the emphasis during the 18 years of the law's existence has been on public buildings, sidewalks and places of public accommodation. The San José firm says this particular line of products can provide the access at the beach hotel or resort.

These include amphibious chairs and platforms that allow even persons with no movement to enjoy the ocean safely if they get some assistance from family or friends, the firm said.